Close your eyes and imagine perfect ocean sailing. It probably goes something like this: tropical air with water temps to match, steady breeze on the beam and surfing-friendly ocean rollers. Factor in long days and short, pleasant nights and you're talking the stuff of dreams.
While many of the boats sailing in the 'Vic-Maui Race' are dealing with some squalls, both big and small, they're certainly into better conditions than they were a week ago. Depending on how well the race leaders play these squalls, the RC should have some scoring to do in the next several days.
And in the Pacific Cup, Philippe Kahn's IMOCA Open 50 Pegasus Motion X-50 set a new 24-hour distance record of 403+ nautical miles (not yet ratified by the Word Sailing Speed Record Council). Impressively, the team broke the IMOCA 50 24-hour record by more than 80 miles!
Pegasus Motion-X 50 403 nm in 24 hours
Chances are excellent that these guys have been seriously enjoying themselves out there, hopefully savoring some perfect ocean sailing conditions for the rest of us less fortunate souls. We will get more on this shortly.
Switching gears from offshore sailing to match racing, TeamOrigin has been busy. While the Defender has yet to announce the class of boat for the next Cup (we'll check back on that in late September, hopefully at the latest), it's looking as though their design work with the brilliant Argentinean designer Juan Kouyoumdjian isn't progressing. Instead, TeamOrigin will likely move its design work in-house.
Of course its summer in Europe too and in Largs, Scotland, the Laser Radial World Championships were shut out of their last two days due to no breeze.
The Delta Lloyd 470 Worlds have also been facing tough conditions (first a wind famine, then a feast), but they finally got in some great racing. Americans Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar scored an impeccable 1-1-1, putting them solidly in control of the leader board at that stage. And finally, ace lensman Dave Kneale has provided us with some great shots from the Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds in Istanbul.
Fair winds and following seas,
Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds: Images from Day 3 at Istanbul Dave Kneale, Top international photographer, Dave Kneale, presents this galley of images from the third day of racing at the Volvo ISAF Youth World Championships being sailed at Istanbul, Turkey. Images today from the RS:X and 29er courses... [more] Share this story
USSTAG's Railey, USSDT's Kiss win bronze at Laser Radial Worlds Marni Lane, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics' (USSTAG) Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) and US Sailing Development Team's (USSDT) Mitchell Kiss (Holland, Mich.) conquered a wide range of conditions to win bronze medals in the women's and men's divisions, respectively, at the Laser Radial World Championship in Largs, Scotland.... [more] Share this story
Tour de France a la Voile - Race win for American Groovederci team Tour de France à la Voile, Tour de France à la Voile. The winner was Groovederci. A great result for the American team led by Deneen Demourkas. For sure, sailing with no wind is something you want to avoid even though Groovederci made the best of it. It is the first time the American team have succeeded in this offshore race.... [more] Share this story
Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship - Heating up literally ISAF, After the scheduled lay day, Wednesday dawned with another hot and hazy day on the Bay of Marmara at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Istanbul.... [more] Share this story
Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships - Wind up but early home Delta Lloyd 470 News, Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships 2010 - For the first day so far, the wind conditions at sea in front of The Hague allowed racing to get away on time for the three groups in the Men's division and the two in the Women's. Today the wind was typically above 10 knots, gusting up to 18 on the men's course, the tide still pushing the doublehanders over the start line early.... [more] Share this story
Newport International Boat Show - 40th Anniversary Carol Dietz, Newport International boat show is celebrating its 40th Anniversary, the show is one of the four largest in-water boat shows in the country and features both power and sail boats displayed over 13 acres along America's Cup Avenue, September 16-19, 2010.... [more] Share this story
Vic-Maui Yacht Race - Warm with squalls Ed Watson, Vic-Maui Yacht Race - For a sailor from the Canadian west coast, (or from the Pacific Northwest of the USA) it's an odd feeling sailing in water warmer than the air temperature outside. But those conditions are now facing the Vic Maui boats as the leaders enter what is potentially their last couple of days sailing.... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial World Championship day 6 - Champions crowned Laser Worlds, Laser Radial World Championships 6-25th July, Largs, Scotland - It is never an especially satisfying way to win world titles, but with no racing on the final two days of the Laser Radial World Championships at Largs Finland's Sari Multala and Poland's Marcin Rudawski prevailed and were piped up on to the podium this evening as the 2010 world champions.... [more] Share this story
Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships - Globalising the 470 Delta Lloyd 470 News, ISAF Olympic Commission report the number of nations taking part was identified as being one of the shortcomings of sailing as an Olympic sport. For example at this week's 470 World Championships there are 39 nations represented. This is a very high number when compared to other events in sailing, but up against other Olympic sports it is small.... [more] Share this story
Extreme 40 World Championship - Hagara brothers on day one Emily Caroe, Extreme 40 World Championship competitors, the Hagara brothers, demonstrated their sibling rivalry is as strong as ever as they stole the show in the first day.... [more] Share this story
Anna Tunnicliffe - Laser Radial Worlds seventh place overall Anna Tunnicliffe, Anna Tunnicliffe - Laser Radial Worlds ended today with no racing, and Finland's Sari Mutala successfully defending her World Championship title over Netherlands' Marit Bouwmeester. My USSTAG team mate Paige Railey ended up tied for third, winning the tie breaker. I managed to rally back to a seventh place overall.... [more] Share this story
Vic-Maui Yacht Race - Delicate Balance's story Delicate Balance, Vic-Maui Yacht Race - I still took us another day and a half to sail out of the rough conditions and we were pooped several more times. We deployed our Aquair towed generator, but the connection sparked and smoked and we had to retrieve it. It connects through an opening port in the cockpit.... [more] Share this story
IFDS World Championship - USSTAG's Whitman and Dorsett win silver Marni Lane, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) members Scott Whitman (Brick, N.J.) and Julia Dorsett (West Chester Pa./Boca Raton, Fla.) scored a silver medal in the 12-boat SKUD-18 fleet at the 2010 IFDS World Championship... [more] Share this story
ISAF Sailing World Championships appoints host broadcaster ISAF, International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has appointed Sunset+Vine|APP as the Host Broadcaster for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.... [more] Share this story
Argo Group Gold Cup - Two Women skippers take on the men Colin Wilson - Bermuda Sun, Two of the world's finest women's match racing skippers will grace the island's surf during October's Argo Group Gold Cup in Hamilton Harbor.... [more] Share this story
ICSA All-Academic team nominations sought Matthew Lindblad, The ICSA All-Academic Sailing Team recognizes those scholar athletes who have distinguished themselves in national and intersectional competition, while achieving the highest levels of academic excellence. The ICSA All-Academic Sailing Team (AAST) was inaugurated in 2006, and joins the ICSA All-American Sailing Team, which recognizes outstanding competitive performance only.... [more] Share this story
Hobie 16 - The countdown to the 19th Hobie 16 World Championships Anthony Duchatel, The countdown to the 19th Hobie 16 World Championship has commenced. Billed as one of the top international events in China following the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2010 Shanghai World Expo its also likely to be the largest single class catamaran series ever to be held with up to 400 sailors from nearly 30 countries participating in youth, women's, masters, grandmasters and open competition.... [more] Share this story
2010 Laser Radial Worlds - No wind, no racing, result: Counting sheep Anna Tunnicliffe, 2010 Laser Radial Worlds, Largs, Scotland - With a promising forecast, the 2010 Laser Radial Worlds' race committee sent us all out at 11am this morning for a noon start. Unfortunately, just as the race committee began to get things underway to start a race, the wind faded and the postponement flag went back up to delay the racing.... [more] Share this story
US Windsurfing National Championships 2010 start July 20th David Wells, 2010 Starboard Severne US Windsurfing National Championships start July 20th in San Francisco and run through July 24th.... [more] Share this story
470 World Championships - Racing in challenging conditions James Boyd, After a first day lost initially to too little wind and then too much, it was with considerable relief that three races for the Men and two for the Women could be held off the Hague today at the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championship.... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial World Championships - Frustrating day Laser Radial Worlds, At the Laser Radial World Championships more than five hours of frustrating drifting on the Clyde off Largs today proved to be in vain for the sailors awaiting racing.... [more] Share this story
Pac Cup 2010 - 21 foot Pocket Rocket and Pocket Rocket Skipper leads Pac Cup 2010, Pacific Cup 2010 As the sun rose on the fleet this Bastille Day, Pocket Rocket, the tiny Mini Transat design, was the closest boat to Hawaii. Sailing with only two aboard, and starting with the Doublehanded 2 fleet on Tuesday, July 6, Emma and her Rocket have used the head start to great advantage.... [more] Share this story
Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds: Images from Day 2 at Istanbul Dave Kneale, Top international photographer, Dave Kneale, presents this galley of images from the second day of racing at the Volvo ISAF Youth World Championships being sailed at Istanbul, Turkey. Today's images come form the 420 course... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Spirit of Australia takes the overall win Heather Ewing, Spirit of Australia has won the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race after finishing fourth in Race 13. The team's elated skipper, Brendan Hall, from Brisbane, Queensland, was full of praise for his crew.... [more] Share this story
Pacific Cup 2010 Excellent daily runs as leaders find strong winds Pac Cup 2010, Pacific Cup 2010 - The fifty-odd racers on the way from San Francisco to Kaneohe Bay, Oahu are cheering: wind is at hand. The maddeningly light winds that plagued the start of the sixteenth biennial Pacific Cup, billed as 'the FUN Race to Hawaii,' are now a distant memory. For the three hundred sailors in the race, the FUN has begun.... [more] Share this story
Extreme 40 World Championship - Teams line up for inaugural event Emily Caroe, The boat park in Portorož is awash with international sailing talent as the teams entered into the inaugural Extreme 40 World Championship prepare their boats for action.... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial Worlds - Good race for Anna Tunnicliffe Anna Tunnicliffe, Anna Tunnicliffe - I had another good day on the water, finishing second in the only race of the day at the 2010 Radial World Championships. It was the first race in the Gold fleet racing, and what a tricky race it was.... [more] Share this story
Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds: Long Day 2 on the water in Istanbul sun ISAF Media and Sail-World, 250 boats were rigged in the dinghy park in the glaring Istanbul, Turkey, sun early in the morning of the second day of the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, waiting for a sea breeze to form. Competitors had to wait until 16:30hrs local time for the breeze to fill. When the postponement signal was dropped a blaze of dinghies sailed off into the early evening sunshine to try and get a... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial World Championships Day 4 - Champions in control Laser Worlds, Laser Radial World Championships - Finland's defending champion stepped further clear of the chasing pack today when she sailed to a well earned fifth place from another difficult race at the Worlds on the Clyde off Largs. Both Women's and Men's current title holders lead their championships.... [more] Share this story
Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships - calm before the storm James Boyd, Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships opening day conditions transpired against the possibility of racing, taking place off the Hague, Holland.... [more] Share this story
TeamOrigin update on design resource for AC34 TeamOrigin and Sail-World, TeamOrigin today announced that discussions with JYD for the 34th America's Cup are not progressing. Grant Simmer, who joined TeamOrigin in June after 10 years with Alinghi in various senior roles, including design coordinator, has been undertaking a review of the team's design options. Simmer holds a strong view that with a new design rule soon to be announced, teams need to be in a position t... [more] Share this story
Mauri Pro Sailing - The multi lingual online chandlery David Schmidt, Sourcing the right gear for your team and your boat can be tricky business. Proper experience can dictate the difference between an excellent choice and a poor finish on a racecourse or a lackluster cruising experience. Therefore, choosing the right chandlery quickly becomes as important as the equipment itself.... [more] Share this story
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