There's a borderline-contrite saying here in Seattle that it always rains on the Fourth of July. To hear locals describe it, this Independence Day deluge is a cathartic sort of precipitation, for the same borderline-contrite saying holds true that come July 5, summer arrives in full swing.
True to form, the annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival greeted Fourth-of-July visitors with Seattle's own brew of misty, cold 'pre-summer' rain. Still, the smiling faces and the perfectly restored wooden yachts at this year's festival served as a fitting reminder of sailing's place in our nation's heritage on this anniversary of our national independence.
Meanwhile, the Golden Gate Yacht Club, Defender of the 34th America's Cup, recently announced that the Rating Rule authority in both the U.K. and the U.S. have been commissioned to draft the rules for the next generation of America's Cup yachts.
The GGYC, in asking US Sailing and the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Seahorse Rating affiliate to draft the rules, has yet again demonstrated that a new era of America's Cup racing has begun. And because the defender has not yet announced what type of boat will contest the next Cup, US Sailing is working up rules for a multihull design, while the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Seahorse Rating affiliate is authoring rules for a monohull design. 'It would be premature to rule either a monohull or multihull in and the other out at this stage,' commented Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW Oracle Racing.
And in offshore circles, the Victoria-Maui (or Vic-Maui in local parlance) fleet has been encountering strong breezes and likely cold offshore temps as they work to weather. A thousand miles south, sailors racing in this year's Pacific Cup are getting seriously psyched, as this race to Hawaii kicks off today. It will be interesting to see which fleet gets to savor their first tropical drink ashore.
Fair winds and following seas,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
New York Yacht Club Race Week looming Dana Paxton, New York Yacht Club's (NYYC) Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex is July's most anticipated sailing regatta and the count down has begun. Scheduled for July 17-24, the split format biennial regatta offers One-Design, Classic, 12 Metre and PHRF racing in the beginning of the week (Saturday, July 17-Monday, July 19), while the second half of the week (Wednesday, July 21- Saturday, July 24) is d... [more] Share this story
505 North American Championship report and results Mike Holt, 505 North American Championship, Chicago Yacht Club, June 24th-27th. The North American Championship was last held on Lake Michigan in 1978 and was won by 505 legends Dennis Surtees and Pip Pearson. Teams traveled from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, California and Ontario to join the local competitors from the resurgent Fleet... [more] Share this story
Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta Volvo Ocean Race, Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta is to be held in Alicante, Spain from 1st to 5th November 2011. The event will include a full racing schedule. As part of a rich programme of events, which will include a regatta prizegiving and a host of social events in the week running up to the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.... [more] Share this story
Charlie Barr's Atlantic record holder to sail later this week Compiled by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, Pierre Alain Varreon presents some images of Atlantic schooner, the three masted replica of the 1905 Atlantic record holder with Charlie Barr. The record lasted for 93 years until 1980 when Eric Tabarly crushed it with Paul Ricard the foiled trimaran.... [more] Share this story
Optimist North American Championship - And the winner is Opti, Optimist North American Championship 2010. Christopher Williford from USA has just been crowned North American Champion 2010. He was first overall in last year's North American Championship held in Republica Dominicana.... [more] Share this story
Sail Fest South - Top Boat announced Talbot Wilson, 2010 US Sailing Junior Olympic Sailing Festival was sailed Saturday and Sunday in Pensacola Bay in Pensacola, Florida. In the first annual US Optimist Dinghy Association Gulf Coast Championship, Greiner Hobbs from Davis Island, Florida snatched the win.... [more] Share this story
2010 PWA Costa Teguise, Lanzarote World Cup – Event Summary Paul Griffiths, After four days of testing conditions in the perfect freestyle playground of Lanzarote, three times world champion Jose ‘Gollito' Estredo (Fanatic, North) and two times world champion Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard, Vandal) raise the silverware at the first stop of the PWA Canaries tour.... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial World Championships - Tunnicliffe returns Andi Robertson, Laser Radial Olympic gold medallist Anna Tunnicliffe will contest the Laser Radial World Championships in Largs, Scotland. Although in 2008 she won the first America's first Women's Olympic sailing medal for the more than 20 years, Tunnicliffe, 27, was born in Doncaster, Yorkshire into a sailing family.... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial World Championships - A breezy welcome to Largs Andi Robertson, Laser Radial World Championships. A full 18-25 knots of south westerly breeze Friday and Saturday gave the growing number of international athletes a challenging taste of the upper wind ranges, as well as the chilly Clyde waters as more and more Laser Radial sailors familiarise themselves with the race areas.... [more] Share this story
Canada's 2010 Vic-Maui Division 1 fleet flying Ed Watson & Sail-World Canada, Solid westerlies off Canada BC's Victoria waterfront made for a great start for Division 1 boats in the Vic-Maui Yacht Race. It's a 2308 nautical mile race, but each skipper and crew was eager to gain an early advantage on their competitors.... [more] Share this story
A-Cat Worlds 2010 - Full Results and more pictures Sail-World.com, Here are the final results and images from the Presentation of the 2010 A Class Catamaran World. Australia's Glenn Ashby has taken out his seventh A Class World Championships, on the Adriatic in Cesenatico Italy, from a fleet of 100 entries. Ashby won from current Australian A Cat champion Steve Brewin and in third place was Darwin sailor Jack Benson, who this week will be crewing for Brewin at th... [more] Share this story
PWA Costa Teguise, Lanzarote World Cup day four - Faultless Estredo PWA/Paul Griffiths, PWA Costa Teguise, Lanzarote World Cup day four. Both the men's and women's winner's finals went by without a glitch, but the loser's finals proved slightly more difficult as the wind became increasingly gusty throughout the day. The men's loser's final between Philip Soltysiak (Starboard, Dakine) and Tonky Frans (F2, Gaastra) was cancelled during its first run, and after an agonizing 2½ hours on... [more] Share this story
Sardinia Cup - Germany wins 2010 ISAF Offshore titles Jill Campbell, Sardinia Cup 2010 – ISAF Offshore Team World Championship. Team Germany has taken victory in the Audi Sardinia Cup 2010 – ISAF Offshore Team World Championship from Italy and USA.... [more] Share this story
29er Europeans – Dutch hold on after Day 3 Jerelyn Biehl, 29er Europeans - Annemiek Bekkering and Kaj Bocker of the Netherlands had a tough day on the course with three races held for the opening of the finals for the 29er Europeans.... [more] Share this story
Hit in the face with the boom - dramatic rescue Sail-World Cruising, This photo of a rescue in action was taken during a Medevac operation on the Atlantic Ocean after a swinging boom caused a crewman a severe injury. Helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod was called to the rescue by the yacht Bombardino off the coast of Massachussets this week. A satellite phone was used for the rescue call.... [more] Share this story
IODA North American Championship - Leader OCS IODA North Americans, IODA North American Championship. The second last day of the championship saw almost perfect sailing conditions: temperature around 22°, sunny skies with almost no clouds and winds reaching 15knots... [more] Share this story
44th Annual Governor's Cup Teams are announced Nancy Mellon, Balboa Yacht Club's 44th annual Governor's Cup International Junior Match Racing Championship will take place July 20 to 25, 2010. The event features the best young match racing talent from all over the world. The racing will be held in the afternoons from Wednesday through Sunday in the ocean near the Newport Pier in Newport Beach, California. The round robin format of two boats racing against e... [more] Share this story
22nd Victoria to Maui (Vic-Maui) Division 2 fleet away Sail-World.com, The 22nd Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race started yesterday under overcast skies from the Victoria Harbour start line at 10am PDT.... [more] Share this story
Sardina Cup Day 4 – Great swimming weather Jill Campbell, Audi Sardina Cup 2010 Day 4 - The sea off Porto Cervo in the Costa Smeralda region of Sardinia was the perfect venue today for a refreshing dip to help combat the soaring temperatures in the area but was not, unfortunately, well suited to competitive sailing.... [more] Share this story
PWA Costa Teguise, Lanzarote World Cup day three - Wind plays havoc PWA/Paul Griffiths, PWA Costa Teguise, Lanzarote World Cup day three. The world's top tricksters awoke to an overcast sky this morning, which frustratingly halted any thermal effects from boosting the usually consistent trade winds to a suitable level for competition until late in the evening.... [more] Share this story
High Performance Mono and Multihull rules written for America's Cup Golden Gate Yacht Club, The Defender of the America's Cup, Golden Gate Yacht Club has announced that Rating rule authorities in America and Britain have been commissioned to draft the rules for the next generation of America's Cup yacht. In asking US SAILING and the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Seahorse Rating affiliate to write the rules, BMW ORACLE Racing and Golden Gate Yacht Club, winner of the 33rd America's Cup las... [more] Share this story
Abby Sunderland - the final minutes Sail-World Cruising roundup, Sixteen-year-old adventure sailor Abby Sunderland told the detail of her rescue to the world's press when she arrived back in Marina del Rey in Los Angeles this week. She described how she blacked out when a giant wave smashed her yacht's mast to pieces in the remote southern Indian Ocean.... [more] Share this story
A-Class Worlds 2010 – Ashby wins seventh World Championship Sail-World.com, This afternoon Australia's Glenn Ashby has taken out his seventh A Class World Championships, on the Adriatic in Cesenatico Italy from a fleet of 100 entries.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Baltic Week - Ultra hot competition for the Metre Classes Andreas Kling / Regattanews.com, Rolex Baltic Week, day two and the Metre classes are proving that age is no barrier to ultra-close racing. There's a dead-heat for the headline act, with three boats tied on equal points for the Robbe & Berking 12mR Sterling Cup, whilst Friday's (2 July) podium positions for the six-metres were once again split between five boats in the fleet.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Baltic Week – The love of the Eights Andreas Kling / Regattanews.com, Rolex Baltic Week update from Kiel, Germany: There must be something very special about sailing an Eight; special enough to inspire a family from Japan to have a new yacht built from old drawings in Portugal, and then travel to Europe once a year to take part in eight-metre racing.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Russell Coutts' School Days Compiled by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 'You don't have to be a good Optimist sailor to be a good sailor,' Coutts told the assembled sailors. 'When I was growing up in New Zealand I used to read about the races in Newport, but never thought I'd get the chance to compete. I also never dreamed of visiting the White House and meeting the President of the United States. It just shows what you can accomplish with hard work and dedication... [more] Share this story
America's Cup at Sail Newport by Daniel Forster Daniel Forster, Top international sailing photographer, Daniel Forster, was on hand at Sail Newport's America's Cup Luncheon at Fort Adams, attended by the Governor of Rhode Island, Donald Carcieri and his wife.... [more] Share this story
Sardinia Cup ISAF Offshore Team World Championship day three Jill Campbell, Audi Sardinia Cup – ISAF Offshore Team World Championship. Today's race was the only coastal one scheduled for the event and took the fleet north through the islands of the La Maddalena archipelago to round Monaci island and down to the shortened finish at Mortoriotto island. The race started in approximately 7-8 knots of northerly breeze which had fallen to approximately five knots and shifted to... [more] Share this story
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