The crews for Grant Hood's challenging Vincere team from Canada's Port Credit Yacht Club and for Don Wilson's Team Chicago Match Race Center racing on Convexity are getting ready for next week's 2010 International Championship Match Race Series for the Canada's Cup. Like in 2007, racing will be on Farr 40 class yachts, and will be held over October 15-17th at the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC). Traditional windward-leeward 4-leg courses will be set to achieve matches ranging from 60 to 75 minutes in target length, and no races will be sailed in sustained winds exceeding 22 knots. The club represented by the team who is first to win five matches will win the Canada's Cup. Race tracking will be available on the CMRC website, courtesy of Kattack.
The Velux 5 Oceans home port of La Rochelle is buzzing with activities as we get closer to the big day. First, the bad news, Belgian solo sailor Christophe Bullens was dismasted yesterday off the coast of France en route to the start of the race. The dismasting occurred just weeks after he completed a grueling 2,500-mile qualifying passage; fortunately, no one was hurt on board as Christophe the yacht was being delivered with a crew of four. The yacht had to be towed to Cherbourg as the mast and rigging went overboard and fouled the propeller. Christophe's Team Sapphire, aided by the race management team, are now doing all they can to ensure he makes the start of The Ultimate Solo Challenge. The good news came to Polish skipper Zbigniew Gutkowski who has signed a title sponsorship deal with publishing house Operon. The 36-year-old skipper, known as Gutek, announced his partnership with Operon, a major supplier of educational materials and promoter of education in Poland. While some skippers are still making their way to La Rochelle, others are busy getting their yachts and themselves fully prepared; video equipment is being mounted on the yachts and skippers are attending medical training. Starting today with Canada's own Derek Hatfield, we will be presenting a short profile of each skipper over the next few days, keep an eye on the website.
I wish I could say I will see you at the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis but, unfortunately, other commitments are keeping me home; I will be relying on my Canadian Yachting Magazine and Sail-World USA colleagues for their reports from the show. Stay tuned for more!
Velux 5 Oceans - Skipper profile Derek Hatfiled Velux 5 Oceans, When Derek Hatfield started work as a Canadian mounted policeman in 1971, little did he know nearly 40 years on he would be one of the most respected solo sailors in the world. Back then he specialised in complex fraud investigations - now he specialises in racing state of the art yachts thousands of miles across the world's toughest oceans, alone.... [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
Chris Stanmore-Major gets wet in the marina at La Rochelle Velux 5 Oceans, Chris Stanmore-Major goes swimming in the marina during scrutineering.... [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
Velux 5 Oceans skipper Gutkowski signs title sponsorship deal Velux 5 Oceans, Polish ocean racer Zbigniew Gutkowski has signed a title sponsorship deal.... [more] Share this story
Canadian Albacore Association - Racing every weekend Ken Yamazaki, The last month and a half has seen at least one, often two, and sometimes even three events each weekend. This includes regattas for all skill levels, the Harbour Master series, the Friday night series, and the fall series.... [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
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
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
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
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
Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew has some fun in La Rochelle Velux 5 Oceans, Brad proves he still has a sense of humour amid the pressure of preparing for the Ultimate Solo Challenge.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans – The countdown continues Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans skippers have had a full-on week as the countdown to race day continues. Four of the solo round the world race's six ocean sailors have now gathered in the beautiful French port of La Rochelle, the home of the Velux 5 Oceans, ahead of start day on October 17.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans Fleet gather in La Rochelle ahead of Race Start Velux 5 Oceans, Chris Stanmore-Major is fourth ocean racer to arrive! The Bassin des Chalutiers in La Rochelle is filling up as the Velux 5 Oceans skippers congregate ahead of race start. Yesterday evening British ocean racer Chris Stanmore-Major sailed out of the Bay of Biscay into the historic French port, the fourth competitor to arrive.... [more] Share this story
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