Ever since things went pear shaped with the America's Cup in 2007, many professional sailors have sought alternative classes in which to compete at the ultra-high-end. Some have gravitated to grand-prix classes such as the Melges 32's or 24's, but the TP52 class—once a true offshore breed that has evolved into purpose-designed inshore steeds—has perhaps seen more pro-sailor influence than any other class presently afloat. Simply scroll through the storied names of TP52 skippers and crew and it quickly becomes impressive—and obvious—how AC-influenced the TP52 class has become.
Few teams have proved more dominant in this ultra-competitive class in recent years than Terry Hutchinson's Quantum Racing. After losing Race 7 of the 32nd AC by a mere one second, 'Hutch' clearly had an axe to grind. He successfully and convincingly took care of this on the TP52 circuit, winning the class' 2008 World Championships; a tour de force that, combined with his consistently dominant Farr 40 racing and his Melges 32and 24 sailing, earned him a coveted US SAILING Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award in 2008.
2009 proved harder for Quantum Racing as newer boats were coming online, but after some boat modifications, some fantastic sailing and spot-on teamwork, Quantum Racing is back on top, wrapping up day one of the Camper Regatta (Conde de Godó Trophy) in first place and now back in third place.
Says Hutch about the first day's sailing: 'Oh man, it was really hard. The last race was 12-13, the middle race was about 11-13 and it was really, really lumpy. The NE'ly breeze was bouncing off the beach and the sea wall and we had a lot of chop and standing waves, and that on top of everything else when you are competing against really, really good sailors, you have to contend with that.' Keep your eyes on this hyper-competitive class and this impressive American-flagged team as the series continues. We have the latest news online now.
Another race to keep firmly on your radar for this weekend is the 102nd Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. This 333-mile freshwater race historically draws teams and exotic boats from all over the world, and this year is shaping up to be no exception. Look for Karl Kwok's (a former TP52 owner) new Farr 80, Beau Geste —including Gavin Brady of AC fame (there's that matriculation again)—to put in a strong showing.
Fair winds and following seas,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
AudiMedCup: Last place kills Quantum Racing on Day 3 at Barcelona MedCup Media and Sail-World, A day of late, but fresh breezes, gave good racing but played games with the points table, breaking the tight grouping at the top of the table after Day 2 of the series. when three races were sailed. Three more races were sailed today in the third round of the Audi Med Cup being sailed in Barcelona, Spain. Two wins weren't enough for early leader of the round, Quantum Racing (USA) today, a... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial World Youth Championship - wind at last Sue Pelling, Laser Radial World Youth Championship 17-25 July 2010, Largs, Scotland -Day 4: Sparkling day on Clyde as qualifying series comes to a close... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2010 - Sailors heading for Weymouth Lucy Harwood, Just a few days remain until entries for the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta close on Monday 26th July. Currently over 800 competitors from 53 nations have entered the fifth installment of this ISAF Sailing World Cup event. Many of the world's top sailors have signed up, including World, European and Olympic champions, who will all descend on Weymouth and Portland from the ninth - 14 August for the... [more] Share this story
World & European Championships Sailing - Yngling World title to USA Diana Bogaards, On the final day, Friday July 23, a lack of wind determined the podium positions of the World & European Championships Sailing 2010 in Lelystad/Netherlands. The breeze did not want to fill in.... [more] Share this story
Audi Med Cup TP52 pictures Sail-World.com, Audi Med Cup 2010 - Camper Regatta - action pictures from Stefano Gattini and Guido Trombetta... [more] Share this story
U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship - Delisser claims title Connie Bischoff/US Sailing, U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship final day of racing was canceled due to Tropical Storm Bonnie approaching Miami. Miami's Arielle deLisser won her second USJWSC in three years with a come from behind win.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup - Team Artemis has a good opener Paul Cayard and Sander van der Borch, Team Artemis skipper Paul Cayard reflects on the first day of racing at the Audi MedCup. Sander van der Borch provides the great images: The breeze was in from the East and the racing was on. Artemis had a good day with a 7, 2, 4. But it wasn't without a lot of fighting with the other boats as the fleet is incredibly even.... [more] Share this story
Day 3 2010 Starboard Severne US Windsurfing National Championships David Wells, Day 3 2010 Starboard Severne US Windsurfing National Championships see Long Distance and Slalom racing on the agenda... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial Youth World Championship - Consistency pays Ellie Williamson, The wind arrived on the Clyde a little later than predicted today causing yet another long postponement at the Laser Radial Youth World Championship.... [more] Share this story
US Optimist Fleet National Championship day 2 racing abandoned USODA Fleet Nationals, Racing on day 2 of the 2010 USODA Fleet National Championship was abandoned. The sea breeze never managed to come in and there was never more than six knots of wind all day.... [more] Share this story
U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship - DeLisser leads Connie Bischoff/US Sailing, U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship, hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club, 2008 champion Arielle deLisser (Miami, Fla.) posted three bullets out of the four races. Today's racing proved that great sailors can always recover. In race five, deLisser capsized on her first downwind leg. However, she scurried back to finish in seventh place.... [more] Share this story
Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup - Three races on Lake Garda Joy Dunigan, Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup opening day. The first two races saw Benedetto Giallongo's Value Team serving notice to the fleet that they were the team to beat, with two first-place finishes in as many starts. The strong Garda winds left two teams with damaged bowsprits after the second race.... [more] Share this story
Governor' s Cup 2010 - Round Robin completed Nancy Mellon, Day two of racing included completion of the first round robin. The wind was light, the temperature mild with overcast most of the day, but the racers were able to complete thirty-six matches in time to return to participate in the BeerCan racing in big boats in the evening.... [more] Share this story
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Perfect day for a distance race Regattanews.com, It was a perfect day for NYYC's Race Committee to send the fleet, all sailing under the IRC handicap rating, on a distance race starting in Newport Harbor, then out on Rhode Island Sound toward Block Island and finally finishing on Narragansett Bay near Quonset Point.... [more] Share this story
Chicago Yacht Club's 102nd Race to Mackinac is here Mackinac Committee, Chicago Yacht Club's 102nd Race to Mackinac. This year all the boats participating in the Mac are equipped with tracking devices.... [more] Share this story
2011 California Dreamin' Series - New match racing series Rick Roberts, A new set of match racing events, the California Dreamin' Series, has been created for the spring of 2011 offering sailors the opportunity to compete in three consecutive weekends of ISAF Grade 3 match racing.... [more] Share this story
PWA Sotavento, Fuerteventura Grand Slam – Event Preview PWA/Paul Griffiths, This year's Fuerteventura Grand Slam will run from the 23rd of July through to the second of August. Currently slalom's archrivals, Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard, Severne) and Antoine Albeau (JP, NeilPryde) are neck-and-neck with an event win and a second place a piece.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Match Race Rankings - 21 July 2010 ISAF Media Unit, The leaders of the current ISAF World Match Race Rankings remain unchanged but the chasing pack are applying pressure and closing the gap. Current Open World Match Race Champion Adam Minoprio (NZL) has had his lead narrowed as has Lucy Macgregor (GBR) in the Women's Rankings.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Circuit - Quantum Racing shows the way Audi MedCup Circuit, Quantum Racing lead the TP52 Series after the first day of racing, while Madrid - Caser Seguros' s perfect hat trick of wins sees them top the GP42 leaderboard.... [more] Share this story
Melges 24 World Championship 2010 - 84 entries, 17 nations Fiona Brown, Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship 2010- With anticipation building ahead of the 2010 Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship, taking place in Estonia from the fourth - 12th August, eighty-four crews from seventeen nations are very soon set to converge on the 1980 Moscow Olympic Regatta venue in Tallinn.... [more] Share this story
Two points cover top five after three races in Audi MedCup, Barcelona MedCup Media and Sail-World, Just two points separate the top five teams after the first day of racing at the Camper Regatta on what proved an especially testing first day of racing as the Audi MedCup Circuit competes for the first time ever off Barcelona, Spain. As an introduction to a new venue nothing was gained easily with the start line set directly in front of where the Olympic village was for the 1992 Olympic Games,... [more] Share this story
2010 Starboard Severne US Windsurfing National Championships Day 2 David Wells, The 2010 Starboard Severne US Windsurfing National Championships Day 2 Report. More Wind and More Cold! With the tides set to flood almost all day long the fleet was ready for an easier day of racing after a bruising round of four races the day prior.... [more] Share this story
Melges 20 Gold Cup - Record fleet on Lake Garda Joy Dunigan, 37 boats from a record six nations will square off for the first day of the inaugural Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup in Malcesine, Italy. One first-time Melges 20 racer is British-born Singapore resident Andy Bird, who traveled with his crew nearly 7,000 miles to join the action in Malcesine on his chartered Audi Melges 20.... [more] Share this story
U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship starts this week US Sailing, The Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, Fla. welcomes 46 of the best junior girl sailors in the country, ages 13-18, for this week's U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship (USJWSC).... [more] Share this story
Governor's Cup racing underway Nancy Mellon, On the first day of racing at the Governor's Cup, the international field of racers and umpires gathered early for breakfast and a final briefing, then prepared their boats and were towed out to the race course.... [more] Share this story
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Class leaders emerge Regattanews.com, The second half of New York Yacht Club (NYYC) Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex began as many New England summer days do with fog, humidity and light wind.... [more] Share this story
Whale dismasts yacht - investigation pending Sail-World Cruising, The advice to stay several hundred metres away from a whale took on new resonance after the latest incident in South African waters. The owners of a well known Cape Town Sailing Academy were dismasted this week by a whale who apparently didn't notice the yacht and breached virtually on top of them.... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial World Youth Championship - Multinational wins Sue Pelling, The conditions were far from what the senior Radial fleet experienced at their world championship the previous week when gusts of 40kts swept through the fleet, but adequate enough to allow the 320 competitors to enjoy the first tactical race of the series.... [more] Share this story
34th America's Cup television trials begin tomorrow Tim Jeffery, America's Cup television evaluation kicks off tomorrow with a small army on hand to carry out a water-borne lab experiment the likes of which the 'Auld Mug' has never seen.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Circuit-TP52's racing kept on ice in hot, very light winds Audi MedCup Circuit, Audi MedCup Circuit update: Only the GP42 Series' official practice heat was completed today, the first scheduled racing day of the Camper Regatta – Conde de Godó Trophy – Barcelona. The 11 strong TP52 Series fleet representing 10 different nations, were left waiting, poised and ready for their first ever points racing off Barcelona... [more] Share this story
USODA Layline Girls National Championship – Report and results Jon Deutsch/Lina Scott, USODA Layline Girls National Championship was held today in Deltaville Virginia. Eighty of the best girl sailors from around the country sailed three races to determine the girls national champion.... [more] Share this story
Bayview Mackinac Race winners Sail-World.com, A total of 206 sailboats in 20 classes raced in the 2010 Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race that started under blue skies and a light 12 knot breeze and ended with a rainstorm and 20-knot gusts on Saturday in Lake Huron. All have now completed the race.... [more] Share this story
2010 Starboard Severne US Windsurfing National Championships Day 1 David Wells, The 2010 Starboard Severne US Windsurfing National Championships and Formula North Americans Kicked off July 20th in San Francisco California.... [more] Share this story
Leading sparmakers Southern Spars and Nordic Mast to merge Southern Spars and Sail-World, The Directors and Shareholders of Nordic Mast and Southern Spars have announced the merger of Nordic Mast and Southern Spars. The merger will create a combined entity with over 350 staff that will be better equipped to compete on the world stage, supplying a comprehensive range of high quality carbon fibre masts, booms and carbon rigging to meet the demands of all market sectors. Taki... [more] Share this story
Christopher Sands reports his ISAF World Championship experience Thierry S Huguenin, Boys Laser Radial division at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Istanbul had sixteen year old Christopher Sands proudly represent The Bahamas. He is now back from Turkey with plenty of souvenirs and the good feeling to have learned a lot and built up his sailing experience.... [more] Share this story
MacMan Challenge 2010 this week! Dave Naples, The seventh Annual MacMan is this week and things are coming to a head. Skippers are polishing, cleaning and preparing their boats for 127 miles of racing. This weekend boats will be leaving Little Current, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Saint Claire to reach Mackinac by Thursday the 22nd. In the mean time, the race committee deals with late entrants, new information and a thousand last min... [more] Share this story
A Lake Ontario 300 to remember! Guy Perrin, Most of the fleet is in and the stories have started to flow! Racers are relating their tales of hurricane winds, high seas and resulting damaged sails and equipment. A record number of retirements, over 55 as I write this, most of them associated with the series of line squalls that went through the fleet a few hours after the start on Saturday afternoon.... [more] Share this story
Race to Mackinac - West Marine Tether Recall Chicago Yacht Club, Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Committee received the following notice and a request that we relay this to all of our competitors and friends. Please note that we are relaying this information as a service to our sailors and to West Marine and have no affiliation with the product being recalled or with West Marine's decision to recall the product.... [more] Share this story
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