It's not everyday that you hear a raceboat honor their Race Committee with a bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace prior to the first gun, but that's exactly what happened yesterday aboard Nellie, Jeff Boal and Fernando Alva's Bristol condition 60-foot Herreshoff gaff cutter (built in 1903).
Yet when Alva took up the pipes and played Amazing Grace, his tune perfectly matched the scene unfolding at the 38th annual Panerai-sponsored Opera House Cup: Elegant, yachts of a proud yesteryear gracefully plying the waters of Nantucket Sound as an eight-knot breeze carried the notes across their canvas wings.
Fernando Alva plays Amazing Grace prior to the first gun David Schmidt
While the airs were light throughout the day—not Nellie's conditions—the course provided an unbelievable stage, featuring storied 12-Meters, Herreshoff's, Alden's, and Sparkman and Stephens (amongst others) designs. Boats with names such as Bolero,When And If,Weatherly, and Spartan are not exactly common sights outside of classic-yacht regattas, which, while certainly old-fashioned in their traditions, are certainly not shy on strong competition and a strong Corinthian tradition. And when it comes to racing classics, truly, there are few places as classic to sail them than Nantucket.
Meanwhile, in Weymouth, England, the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta wrapped up yesterday with strong finishes from US SAILING Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) members.
In Womens Match Racing, Team Tunnicliffe (Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi) secured a Bronze Medal, as did Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar. Surprisingly, these were USSTAG's only medals, but top-ten finishes were posted in four other classes as well. Be sure to check out the great image galleries from the various medal races.
On deck this week: the 18ft Skiff International Regatta. Keep your eyes pegged to San Francisco Bay, where these ultra-fast skiffs just may help show the world why the Bay truly is the best option for hosting the 34th Defense. Just don't expect to hear the soulful moan of bagpipes as these carbon-fiber speedsters come ripping past.
Boats from different classes spread out on Nantucket Sound during the 38th annual Panerai-sponsored Opera House Cup David Schmidt
Fair winds and following seas,
Commodores Cup - Runaway leader Trish Jenkins, Conditions were perfect for today's two races with brilliant sunshine and more breeze – 14-17 knots from the northwest. In the big boat class race one saw a rare corrected time tie between Anthony O'Leary's Ker 39 Antix (IRL), maintaining her perfect scoreline for the Irish team, and Nicolas Loday and Jean Claude Nicoleau's Grand Soleil 43 Codiam in France Blue.... [more] Share this story
18ft Skiff International Regatta - Thrills aplenty on the Bay Rich Roberts, The powers ruling the next America's Cup want to make sailing a spectator sport, they need look no farther than their own front yard for a primo demo with the ninth annual 18ft Skiff International Regatta starting Sunday.... [more] Share this story
Images from Skandia Sail For Gold: US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics OnEdition, OnEdition presents this gallery of image from the 2010 Skandia Sail For Gold regatta, Weymouth, England where US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) won two bronze medals and three ISAF Sailing World Cup medals.... [more] Share this story
J/22 North American Championship to be hosted by Buffalo Yacht Club Marty Biniasz, From Wednesday, August 18th to Saturday, August 21st, more than 60 sailboats from across the United States and Canada will compete on the waters of Lake Erie in the Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo 2010 J/22 North American Championship, hosted by the Buffalo Yacht Club (BYC) in Buffalo.... [more] Share this story
Signature moment of 33rd America's Cup offered in charity auction Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com's America's Cup Editor took a sequence of images of what is now regarded as the signature moment of the 33rd America's Cup as USA-17 flew two hulls before attacking the Swiss Defender. This image is offered for auction - in a large size print of 1200mm by 850mm, gloss finish (smaller size if requested in these proportions).... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail For Gold 2010 - USSTAG wins two bronze medals Marni Lane, Skandia Sail for Gold 2010 - The world's best Olympic class sailors battled it out for regatta medals and ISAF Sailing World Cup titles today in 5-15 knot Northerly winds and rain on the last day of racing. Held at the venue of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Regatta, Sail for Gold was the final event in the 2009-2010 Sailing World Cup.... [more] Share this story
One Design Champion accepts Director of Sailing position Veronica Brown, North Sails One Design expert Greg Fisher has formally accepted the position of Director of Sailing at the College of Charleston. Fisher, who became a sail-maker immediately after college in 1978, opened his own loft, Fisher Sails in 1986, and eventually joined North Sails in 1991. He has won 21 National and North American titles in seven different one design classes throughout his sailing career.... [more] Share this story
International Knarr Championship – Conclusion report and results Sean Svendsen, International Knarr Championship concluded today with another race win by series leader Jon Perkins (STFYC – USA). The win left him with a commanding eight point lead over his brother and second place finisher Chris Perkins (STFYC – USA).... [more] Share this story
Chicago Match Cup - Buckley v Corbett in final Dobbs Davis, Hardesty leads Chicago Match Cup - Mike Buckley (USA) and his team of Nathan Hollerbach, Dave Hughes, Danielle Soriano, and Mark Pinney have claimed the top prize in this ISAF Grade 2 event, the first of the August Grade 2 Trifecta. Buckley has also earned an invitation to next month's Danish Open, the next event on the ISAF Grade WC World Match Race Tour.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Commodores' Cup 2010 Day 1 - Irish set formidable pace Trish Jenkins, Rolex Commodores' Cup 2010 was grabbed by the throat on the opening day by Ireland. With two windward-leeward races held in the Solent, the three Irish boats won in each of their classes. In the second race, the team's otherwise perfect scoreline was only tarnished by their mid-sized boat, posting a second. With six days of competition left, the Irish, on 7 points, already hold a huge lead.... [more] Share this story
Transpacific Yacht Race - Hawaiian boat is first out the gate Transpacific Yacht Club, Transpacific Yacht Race - Entries are open for the next great race of the Pacific Ocean.... [more] Share this story
19th Hobie 16 Worlds in Weihai, China - Racing imminent Anthony Duchatel, Racing starts tomorrow in the Masters and Grandmasters series at the Hobie 16 Worlds in Weihai, China. The venue is now ready with the completion of the sailing centre. Chinese organisers and craftsman have established a magnificent stage for the launch of the World titles and for up to 400 sailors from around the World.... [more] Share this story
Young entrepreneur enjoys Chester Race Week Katie Nicoll, Sam Julien has had gourmet sandwiches and cookies for sale during Chester Race Week. Sam is the son of Laura and Didier Julien, owners of a patisserie up the street from the Chester Yacht Club. For the past three years, Sam puts in his orders at the restaurant, arrives down at the yacht club with a cooler and umbrella in time to be at the entrance to the dock when the sailors leave for the day.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail For Gold: Action images from the Medal Races Cathy Vercoe, Cathy Vercoe of Luvmyboat.com presents this gallery of images from the Final Day of the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta at Weymouth... [more] Share this story
Images from Weymouth: The Medalists are honoured Various Media, Several photographers provide this gallery of images from the medal ceremonies at the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth... [more] Share this story
Images from the Medal Races: Drama and changes on the Final Day onEdition, Onedition present a gallery of images from the final day of competition from the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta... [more] Share this story
Eight teams advance in Chicago Match Cup Dobbs Davis, Eight teams advance in Chicago Match Cup - Event organizers have therefore decided to forego completion of this stage and proceed directly to the Quarter-Finals in tomorrow's final day of competition. As such, only eight teams in the field of ten will be advancing to this stage tomorrow at this ISAF Grade 2 event hosted by the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC).... [more] Share this story
Team Tunnicliffe Bronze at Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta Team Tunnicliffe, Team Tunnicliffe briefly reports on a bronze medal at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta.... [more] Share this story
PWA World Cup 2010 Alacati day six - Full force havoc PWA/Paul Griffiths, Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup 2010 Alacati, Turkey, Day Six - Micah Buzianis and Valerie Arrighetti claim victory on the crystal clear waters of Alacati, and Antoine Albeau secures yet another slalom world title with an event to spare!... [more] Share this story
Rolex Commodores' Cup - No clear cut favorite Trish Jenkins, Rolex Commodores' Cup - International entries from as far afield as Hong Kong and South Africa have descended on Cowes ready for Sunday's start.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail For Gold 2010 - Aussie Bling... Lucy Harwood, Skandia Sail For Gold 2010 - Australia went home laden with gold after an astonishing week of racing in Weymouth Bay – the 2012 Olympic venue. The Aussies picked up gold in four classes; Women's Match Racing, the Skud-18, the Laser Men, and the 49er class.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail For Gold 2010 - Belcher and Page win silver and gold Lynn Fitzpatrick, Skandia Sail for Gold - Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page, Australia's Golden Boys won the silver medal at the finale of the ISAF World Cup circuit. Australia's Golden Boys have grossed two gold and three silver medals in the seven World Cup events for the year. Their dominance of the Men's 470 Class throughout stands out among all of the other Olympic Class sailors' records this year.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold - Great Scott breaks Ainslie's record run Robert Deaves, Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - An eighth place finish in the medal race was enough for Giles Scott (GBR) to break the longest standing record in Finn sailing history. Ben Ainslie (GBR), undefeated in the Finn for six years, could only finish third, behind both Jonathan Lobert (FRA) and Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) and dropped to fourth overall.... [more] Share this story
Chicago Match Cup – Hardesty leads in Chicago CMRC Media, Chicago Match Cup, day one: After a long day of conditions that varied from light to moderate breeze, but never without Lake Michigan's large choppy seas, as Team Line Honors led by skipper Bill Hardesty (USA) taken an early lead at the Chicago Match Cup on a score of 8-1.... [more] Share this story
PredictWind: Afternoon change for Day 6 of Skandia Sail for Gold Richard Gladwell, PredictWind.com is forecasting an afternoon change for the final day of racing on the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, being sailed at the 2012 Olympic venue. According to PredictWind they will enjoy breezes from a northerly direction.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail For Gold: Reports from the Medal races plus Video Richard Gladwell, Race reports from the Medal Races on Finals Day of the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta: Laser, Laser Radials,Star,Finns,RSX Mens... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold – Campbell fighting to stay in! Campbell Sailing, Skandia Sail for Gold 2010 is still underway and essentially we had to win the day to extend our series. With a little more risk than normal we sent it to the left hand side in the first race to take fourth and then bee-lined it for the approaching thunderstorm to the right in the second race and made one pass to win the final race of the series.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold - Team Tunnicliffe to battle for bronze Anna Tunnicliffe, Skandia Sail for Gold - 1-3 Day Leads To A Battle For Bronze - The day started with the quarter finals in which we were racing GBR's Lucy Macgregor. We had a 2-0 lead in the series entering the day, but in tricky conditions, dropped the first two races of the day to tie the score at 2-2.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Sailing World Cup 2009/10 - Mixing it up with the Olympic stars ISAF, ISAF Sailing World Cup 2009/10 - The success of almost any major sports event is now dependent on the volunteers and their connection with the event. The final regatta in Weymouth has attracted a record fleet of nearly 700 boats and requires a large team to manage them. At this years regatta there are around 350 volunteers.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold - First champions medal at Weymouth Lucy Harwood, Skandia Sail for Gold created its first 2010 Champions today in three classes. In the other ten classes, it was also judgment day of a kind. The drop was looming yesterday, and this evening we can see the big names that didn't make the cut for tomorrow's medal race.... [more] Share this story
PWA World Cup 2010 Alacati, Turkey - Sheltering in the shade PWA/Paul Griffiths, Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup 2010 Alacati, Turkey day five. After a couple of hours on standby the Meltemi fought back, and with gusts of 14kts, caused those sailors in the early heats to frantically rig in time for the start. Unfortunately, the wind was simply playing games with everyone, and just as the start sequence was about to begin, huge holes appeared in the course.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold Finn focus - One step closer to victory Robert Deaves IFA, Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta Day Five brought lighter and more fickle winds in Weymouth Bay and a real mix of results in the Finn fleet. The final qualification race was crucial for most of the top 10. Race nine was sailed in 10 knots and under and brought some new faces to the front of the fleet as well as sealing the fate of several sailors.... [more] Share this story
Pacific Cup Race 2010 - A race full of firsts! Erik Simonson, Pacific Cup Race 2010 from San Francisco to Kanehoe Hawaii was full of surprises and firsts! It was the first time Mini Transats were allowed, and they proved themselves more than capable and worthy. It was one of the rare occasions that the northerly route paid off, and did so in spades.... [more] Share this story
Chester Race Fleet Heads Out To Sea for Wind Lynn Helpard, Today, Chester had everything going for it but a steady breeze. Beautiful sunshine and warm weather greeted the three fleets as they headed out for the second day of racing. The A course consisting of Distance racers, larger PHRF boats and J29 & J24 headed farthest out to sea and waiting for the winds to come up and settle in. The race committee moved the course further to sea to find wind.... [more] Share this story
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