Key West Race Week has long served as one of racing's quintessential canaries in the coal mine. On good years (read: good years for the economy), the entry list swells to near epic proportions, but when the money vanishes, so too do the boats. For the past few years, KWRW has endured dismal attendance, but, finally, things seem to be bouncing back as the 2011 event is already looking strong from a scratch-sheet perspective. Thus far, Numbers, (J/V 66) Bella Mente, (R/P 69) and Titan XV (R/P 72, which is being charted from by former AC skipper Bill Koch) make up the ranks of the big boats, and action is rumored to also be strong in the always-awesome TP52 class. Also, expect great things from the Melges 32 and 24 classes, as well as the Farr 30's.
'Sometimes you don't know what to make of the early numbers,' said Event Director Peter Craig. 'But having nearly double the entries by October 1st is good news any way you look at it.' May the good numbers continue to grow, as Key West is easily one of the coolest regattas in this hemisphere...provided that your crew doesn't get too caught up in the nefarious shenanigans of the habitually colorful Duval Street. (If you've sailed KWRW, you know of what I speak!)
The Argo Group Gold Cup, Bermuda World Match Racing Tour
This week's Bermuda Argo Gold Cup is sure to be a nail-biter as the world's best match racers have gathered in Bermuda for one of the final stops on the ISAF Match Racing World Championship. Headline names include (but are certainly not limited to) Ben Ainslie, Mathieu Richard, Adam Minoprio, Torvar Mirsky, Ian Williams, Anna Tunnicliffe and Sally Barkow. Teams will be racing International One Designs, boats that for many of these sailors are a bit different than their normal steeds. 'They are long and heavy, and respond quite differently to the types of boats we have been racing recently; they take rather longer to respond to our commands than we are used to,' says Tunnicliffe. 'It will take a while to get used to them. But I can guarantee they will be fun!' Stay tuned for more on this event as it unfolds.
Also on the radar this week are the J/80 Worlds, which are being contested off of Newport, Rhode Island, as well as the TP52 Worlds, which are being sailed in Valencia, Spain. For any Olympic hopefuls out there, US Sailing has recently released the NOR for the 2011 Miami OCR. The event, which will be contested on Biscayne Bay from January 23-29, 2011, is sure to attract the best and the fastest; stay tuned for more on this important regatta as we get closer to the first starting guns.
And finally, for anybody feeling the need for speed (or simply a mid-week saline fix), be sure to check out this issue's Melges 32 video, shot at the class' recent Worlds, which were sailed on San Francisco Bay. Hold on and giddyup!
Fair winds and following seas,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
America's Cup: Wingsails under construction at Warkworth Richard Gladwell, One of the features of the new AC45 yacht, designed as a trainer racer for the 34th America's Cup, is the wingsail. At the Core Composites building facility in Warkworth, 40 minutes north of Auckland, a mould is being built to produce the wingsails for the new one design. Looking remarkably like something out of a model plane construction kit, the main spar male mould is being is being construc... [more] Share this story
San Francisco Supes approve America's Cup bid in stormy hearing poliva, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today passed by a 9-2 vote Item 39 on the official agenda: the resolution endorsing the City's formal term sheet for hosting America's Cup 34 and supporting efforts to bring the AC34 to San Francisco. The term sheet acts as a detailed letter of intent. The city now officially has a formal bid in play once it is transmitted to BMW Oracle Racing, backed by a... [more] Share this story
J80 World Championships - Ferocious Northeaster blitzes fleet on day 1 J/80 Worlds, The start of the 2010 J/80 Worlds promised to be an epic day. With breezes on the course area in the 60-75 degree direction blowing 15-25 knots and ginormous waves with cross-chop from the east, everyone knew they were going to be in for a serious, physically demanding day.... [more] Share this story
Wilson and Hood armed and ready to compete in 2010 Canada's Cup Beth Paul, Wilson and Hood Armed and Ready to compete in 2010 Canada's Cup - Talent at this caliber is suitable for the Canada's Cup, a symbol of sailing supremacy on the Great Lakes since its inception by the Royal Canadian YC in 1896 as a challenge trophy between representative yachts clubs of the US and Canada.... [more] Share this story
WMRT Argo Group Gold Cup - Emerging talent puts top seed on the ropes WMRT, Argo Group Gold Cup - Emerging talent puts top seed on the ropes - Macgregor had a shaky start, losing her first two matches, the second against a young Kiwi skipper who's starting to make big waves in match racing – Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing.... [more] Share this story
Heaven Can Wait 2010 - interview with PRO Blake Middleton Heaven Can Wait Media, Heaven Can Wait PRO Blake Middleton interview. The 51 year old US Race Officer has made a 9,000 mile trek, each year for the last five years, to come to Australia's Lake Macquarie for the Heaven Can Wait 24 hour race.... [more] Share this story
TP52 World Championships - Artemis images from Sander van der Borch Sander van der Borch images, Sander van der Borch images of Artemis on the first day of the TP52 World Championships in Valencia.... [more] Share this story
TP52 World Championship - Cayard reports on Artemis progress on day 1 Paul Cayard, TP52 World Championship 2010 - A good start to the Championship for Artemis today with a 3, 5, 2. We had to wait for a while this morning for the Southeasterly seabreeze to fill in but when it came in, it built nicely up to 17 knots in the second and third races.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: First wingsailed AC45 well advanced at Warkworth Richard Gladwell, The first of the AC45 class continues to take shape in the Warkworth building facility of Core Composites. The 45ft one design wingsailed catamarans are intended to be used in the first of the America's Cup World Championship regattas, before being turned over to Youth teams, to compete on the same circuit when the larger AC72 class comes into being in March 2012.... [more] Share this story
TP52 World Championships - Red letter day for Synergy Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, TP52 World Championships - Two back to back wins sees the Russian boat Synergy leading the TP52 World Championships after three excellent races in a building sea breeze off Valencia today.... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour Argo Group Gold Cup - Upset victory World Match Racing Tour, World Match Racing Tour - Mathieu Richard French Match Racing Team was put to the sword by reigning Women's Match Racing World Champion, Lucy Macgregor Match Race Girls on day one of Qualifying at the Argo Group Gold Cup. The added grit of the lesser known teams who also attacked Richard on the front foot means the current leader now faces more than a formality to reach the Quarter-Finals.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans – Christophe Bellens dismasted en route to event Velux 5 Oceans Media, Velux 5 Oceans hasn't yet started, but the problems have for Belgian Sailor Christophe Bullens as he was dismasted this morning off the coast of France en route to the event. The 49-year-old skipper had been sailing his Eco 60 class yacht Five Oceans of Smiles in 18-knot winds and choppy seas 15 miles from the Normandy coast when disaster struck.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans on board media coverage Velux 5 Oceans, The Velux 5 Oceans is bringing the action to you via a dedicated on board camera system that enables broadcast and web feeds from anywhere at sea.... [more] Share this story
RC44 World Championships - Regatta of the Year Bernard Schopfer, RC44 World Championships Islas Canarias Puerto Calero Cup will take place next week (October 11-16) in Lanzarote, on the Canary Islands. It will be the RC 44 Class' first official World Championship, recognized by the International Sailing Federation.... [more] Share this story
TP52 World Championships - Hard to read form guide TP52 World Championships, The final training day prior to the start of the TP52 World Championships offered strong winds for the eight teams. With the Audi MedCup Circuit only just finished the World Championships' programme of up to ten races with no discard are a new opportunity which requires a very different approach.... [more] Share this story
Bahamas Optimist National Championship title awarded Bahamas Sailing Association, Bahamas Opti National Championship saw a total of thirty-six boats compete this past weekend on Montagu Bay in Nassau. Sailors coming from Nassau, but also from Long Island, Abaco, Freeport, Governor's Harbour and Harbour Island.... [more] Share this story
Argo Group Gold Cup 2010 - Practice day for Team Tunnicliffe Anna Tunnicliffe, Argo Group Gold Cup 2010 - Practice day for Team Tunnicliffe - It was a picture perfect day with an 8-12kt south south easterly blowing over the hill into Hamilton Harbor, the site for the racing. It was warm and the wind was puffy and shifty making for some hard, but fun sailing.... [more] Share this story
Moore-phing into another decade, The Moore 24: Still the classic Jeremy Leonard, Moore-phing into another decade, The Moore 24: Still the classic - I'm in the hills above Santa Cruz and I'm standing in a redwood grove on the spot where the plug for a boat named Grendel, the predecessor to the Moore 24, was almost destroyed.... [more] Share this story
Key West 2011 - Encouraging numbers Jeanne Kleene, Key West 2011 - With racing still over three months away, the competition is shaping up to be world-class. The IRC fleet is sure to be one of the marquee attractions. It will feature a strong TP52 class and mini-maxis Bella Mente (R/P 69), Numbers (J/V 66), Titan (R/P 72 chartered by former America's Cup Skipper Bill Koch) and the former Shockwave (R/P 69).... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour Argo Group Gold Cup - Cool facades Talbot Wilson, World Match Racing Tour - Everyone knows but no one is saying it – that sums up the atmosphere on the waters of Hamilton Harbour on Practice Day of Argo Group Gold Cup. Five of the 22 teams competing all still have a chance of snatching the overall ISAF Match Racing World Championship. Their skippers have been playing down the challenges awaiting them in a bid to deflect any additional pressure.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR 2011 Notice of Race available online Dana Paxton, US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR will bring together the world's top sailors for elite-level competition in the classes selected for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games from January 23-29, 2011, US Sailing announced today. This prestigious event is the second stop on the ISAF Sailing World Cup 2010-2011 circuit. The Notice of Race is now available online at the event website.... [more] Share this story
BoatUS Foundation wants to know - Who helps Boaters stay 'Green'? Boat US, With a call for entries now underway through December 15 for the 2010 BoatUS Foundation Environmental Leadership Award, now is the time to shine the spotlight on those who have made significant contributions in helping others become more environmentally responsible.... [more] Share this story
Derek Hatfield describes his worst moment at sea Velux 5 Oceans, In a video interview, Derek Hatfield describes his worst moment at sea during the 2002-2003 Around Alone. In a storm off Cape Horn his boat pitched polled causing a near catastrophe.... [more] Share this story
Barker and Bundock team up for Extreme 40's Exteme Sailing Series Europe, Emirates Team New Zealand will enter an Extreme 40 in the final round of the 2010 circuit, with America's Cup skipper, Dean Barker teaming up with Australian Tornado World Champion Darren Bundock for the Italian event. They are one of two new teams.... [more] Share this story
Cutting, sewing, stitching: Ocean racers get hands on medical training Velux 5 Oceans, It is not every day you are asked to cut open a pig's trotter with a sharp knife then stitch it back together again. But that's exactly how the VELUX 5 OCEANS skippers Brad Van Liew, Derek Hatfield, Zbigniew Gutkowski and Chris Stanmore-Major spent an afternoon as they learnt how to cope with medical emergencies at sea.... [more] Share this story
Sail Auckland 2011 moves to Takapuna - NOR now on-line and entry open Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ, Sail Auckland 2011, New Zealand's ISAF Grade 1 Olympic and Invited Classes Regatta, will be sailed from Auckland's North Shore in early February next year. Entry is now open and the Notice of Race is available at www.sailauckland.org.nz Takapuna Beach was the venue for the 2008 Festival of Sailing, where four Olympic classes staged their 2008 World Championships and Olympic Qualifiers.... [more] Share this story
Melges 32 Worlds video - San Francisco in the Big Breeze! Vince Casalaina, When the Melges 32 class signed on for sailing their World Championship on San Francisco Bay, what did they expect? Big Breeze!!!?? Thirty two boats showed up on the starting line for a ten race series over four days. Everyone got what they expected. This is a must see video, both for the quality of the production and great action.... [more] Share this story
Sail-World Mailbag: The Week that Was - Olympic Decisions Sail-World Readers, Sail-World readers comment on the Olympic decisions for November... [more] Share this story
U.S. Team Racing Championship – Five times a winner! Jake Fish, New York Yacht Club's Silver Panda found themselves in a familiar position on Sunday at the final round of the U.S. Team Racing Championship. Silver Panda won their fourth Hinman Trophy in five years and their record fifth overall. After losing in the final series last year to Team Extreme, 3-2, they won this year's finale over the perennial power house from Great Britain, the West Kirby Hawks.... [more] Share this story
Argo Group Gold Cup - Groups announced Talbot Wilson, Argo Group Gold Cup. The match is on as the top three sailors on the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) head up the three groups for the qualifying ‘round robin' competition. The sailors in each group will match up against each other in the qualifying rounds, Tuesday to Thursday, sailing a scheduled round-robin format.... [more] Share this story
Annapolis puts the finishing touches on preparing for Twin Shows Media Services, As doors open Thursday for the four-day US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, organizers hope that the city can recover from the storms that battered the city last week and the entire industry can emerge from the economic gloom that hit the industry in the past few years.... [more] Share this story
PWA Colgate World Cup 2010 Sylt, Germany final day - Winners PWA/Paul Griffiths, Colgate World Cup 2010 Sylt - Thirty-Five times world champion, Bjorn Dunkerbeck claims the final event crown, but it's Antoine Albeau who walks away with the last race of the season and the 2010 title!... [more] Share this story
Farr 40 European Championship 2010 - Nerone burns the competition Jill Campbell, Farr 40 European Championship 2010 - 2010 is clearly Nerone's year: although the Farr 40 owned by Antonio Sodo Migliori and Massimo Mezzaroma has won both European and World Championships in the class several times, never has she claimed both titles in the same year. That changed today as the Italian crew added the Farr 40 European to their long list of achievements.... [more] Share this story
Les Voiles de Saint Tropez – Fantastic week of racing finishes Regatta News, Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2010 edition concluded today with the prize-giving at La Citadelle, the 16th century fortress set imposingly overlooking the white-capped Golfe de Saint-Tropez. More than 1000 competitors and supporters gathered on a sunny, windy, beautiful fall day... [more] Share this story
Volvo Ocean Race: Simon Gundry on the Mast falling down parties Volvo Ocean Race Media, ‘It seems like a lifetime ago', says Ceramco New Zealand's crewmember Simon Gundry. ‘Almost 30 years ago to be exact, since we were sailing down the Atlantic on the first leg of the 1981-82 Whitbread .‘Twelve New Zealanders off to conquer the world on this epic adventure, as it was in those days and I remember the moment now, as clearly as if it happened yesterday...... [more] Share this story
Farr 40 European Championship - Nerone holds firm Jill Campbell, PRO Peter Reggio was able to fit in three races today in the championship. A further two windward-leeward races are scheduled for tomorrow and with just eight points separating the top four boats and no discards coming into play, the battle for the podium is still wide open.... [more] Share this story
PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt, Germany - Day 8 spectacle PWA, The gusty offshore breeze once again proved tough for the world's top ranked racers to tame, but with the help of a few caddies, and some patience from the race crew, everyone had a fair chance of choosing the right gear to match the conditions they were dealt.... [more] Share this story
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - A fitting finale Anna Maria Gregorini, Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez and a fitting finale for the last day of racing. Leading their classes in the Tradition division going into today's final race – and tied for the Rolex Trophy – were Graham Walker's NYYC 40 Rowdy in the Epoque (Classic) Marconi 1, and Yves-Marie Morault's 12 metre, Ikra in Grands Classiques.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Sir Keith Mills reflects on the TeamOrigin withdrawal Richard Gladwell, British America's Cup team principal, Sir Keith Mills had given an extensive interview with Yachting World's Matthew Sheahan covering the reason behind the cessation of action to Challenge for the 34th America's Cup. Entries open for the event on 1 November 2010 closing in the first quarter of 2011. TeamOrigin was formed after the 32nd America's Cup and was a leading participant amongst challen... [more] Share this story
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