The stage is set: the sailors have all arrived, their gleaning offshore raceboats practically tugging at their running rigging, itching to hoist their sails and start Leg One—from La Rochelle, France, to Cape Town, South Africa—of the Velux 5 Oceans Race. All that remains is for a few more hours to burn by (no doubt frantic, get-the-last-minute-details-done-now hours for the five skippers competing) before us pundits lucky enough to be watching the race from the plush comforts of our homes and offices can start obsessing about a distance race, starting this Sunday (October 17).
The best part? American Brad Van Liew, a legend in solo offshore-sailing circles, is poised to hopefully cap his already-shining sailing career with another strong performance. Stay tuned on more from Van Liew and the rest of the Velux 5 Oceans skippers.
In the meantime, be sure to check out 'The race in context - 28 years of history and drama', in this issue, to bone up on your Velux 5 Oceans history.
At the RC44 Worlds, Jose Juan Calero helped BMW Oracle Racing win the event's practice race. Class legend holds that s/he who wins the practice race won't fair well in the actual event, but this far Calero is proving that superstition is no match for fast sailing and great tactics, as his team finished day one's races topping the leader-board. Says Calero: 'I feel like I'm in heaven. I'm learning quite a lot with these guys. It's a life experience. I'm so happy.' Interestingly, Calero's brother Danny was driving Islas Canarias Puerto Calero. Be sure to check out this interesting family drama.
And at the Luderitz Speed Challenge, Alex Caizergues has officially set a new World Speed Sailing Record of a mind-boggling 54.10 knots. Check out the jaw-rattling video of Caizergues' run to get some perspective on exactly how fast 54.10 knots is. Caizergues' record represents the first time that a human has used the wind to travel faster than 60 mph, which has long been touted as a mythical barrier. American Robert Douglas is also at the event and will hopefully settle his long-standing rivalry with Caizergues this year. More as it becomes known.
And for Cup fans, be sure check out 'New AC45 catamaran class takes shape' in this issue for more info on this exciting new class.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew signs Eco partner Velux 5 Oceans, Brad Van Liew has joined forces with Cape Wind, the developer of America's first offshore wind farm. Cape Wind will be an Eco Partner for Brad's Velux 5 Ocean campaign, in which he aims to sail round the world solo without using fossil fuels.... [more] Share this story
RC 44 World Championship 2010 - Cayard reports from Katusha Paul Cayard, RC 44 World Championship 2010 - A very good day for Katusha today. We scored 2, 3, 5, 7 in the four races held in 10-15 knots of steady Southerly wind. A combination of good starts, good speed and minimizing maneuvers were the keys to a great day.... [more] Share this story
RC 44 World Championship 2010 - A new leader at the Fleet Race Worlds Bernard Schopfer, RC 44 World Championship 2010 - BMW Oracle Racing skipper Jimmy Spithill and amateur helmsman Anders Myralf of Denmark rode the strength of all single-digit finishes to push their yacht 17 in the lead for the RC 44 Fleet Race World Championship for the Islas Canarias Puerto Calero Cup.... [more] Share this story
Australian Yachting Awards - Spithill wins Male Sailor of the Year BMW Oracle Racing, BMW Oracle Racing proudly announced a few moments ago that team skipper James Spithill has won the Australian Male Sailor of the Year award for 2009-2010.Australian Yachting Awards: 'It's an honour to have won the award. I'd like to congratulate all the other competitors and nominees,'... [more] Share this story
Luderitz Speed Challenge - Spanish record tumbles Luderitz Speed Challenge, Another day of 'training' in Luderitz and another record broken. Today it was the turn of Marc Avella from Spain to set a new National record at 48.33knots! Tomorrow promises to be another record breaking day as big winds are forecast from early in the day and we are hoping for a 8.15am start.... [more] Share this story
Hobie 16 North American Championships - Day 4 David Brookes, Hobie 16 North American Championships - Day 4 results - It was very tactical racing. Enrique FIGUEROA/Victor APONTE (PUR) continue to hold the lead followed by Jason HESS/Guillermo ROSEMBERG (GUA) and Francisco FIGUEROA/Jolie BERRIOS (PUR). Greg THOMAS/John WILLIAMS (USA) are in sixth place and lead for the USA Pan AM qualifier.... [more] Share this story
Tornado is ready for the Olympic comeback Andrew Dowley, With the new and strict High Quality One Design concept, the Tornado is well prepared for the future and the Olympic Games. The new strict One Design Tornado has it all. The most modern Rig with an ultra light carbon mast which makes the Tornado still the most advanced Multihull available.... [more] Share this story
Racing starts tomorrow in 2010 Canada's Cup Beth Paul, Final preparations are underway to tomorrow's start of exciting big-boat match race action in the 2010 International Championship Match Race Series for the Canada's Cup, being held at the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC). This event is a prestigious symbol of sailing supremacy on the Great Lakes since its inception by the Royal Canadian YC in 1896.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing Hanson Medal awarded to crew of Chesapeake Bay Rescue Jake Fish, A crew that rescued five people from Chesapeake Bay were awarded Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medals by the US Sailing Safety-at-Sea Committee for the seamanship displayed by their crews.... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour - money increases - new boats - more venues WMRT Media, ISAF Match Racing World Championship, which is in its 22nd year and is now known as the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), today committed its future to monohull match racing and unveiled its future strategy which has been designed to ensure the growth and sustainability of the discipline.... [more] Share this story
Hobie 16 North American Championships - Day three David Brookes, Hobie 16 North American Championships - Day three saw excitement building on the beach this morning as the sand was blowing and the boats were hopping on the beach.... [more] Share this story
Match Racing in Monohulls or Multihulls – Have your say!! The Sail-World Team, Now Sail-World gives everyone in the sailing community, both match racers and other sailors the chance to have your say, or rather vote, as we conduct a survey to find out the 'People's Choice' Complete the quick survey below and go into the draw to win one of six Musto fleeces... [more] Share this story
America's Cup - New AC45 catamaran class takes shape Golden Gate Yacht Club, Iain Murray today inspected production of the new AC45 catamaran class. The AC45 is the little sister with attitude to the AC72. Both classes are fundamental parts of the transformation of the America's Cup. A one-design wingsail catamaran of 45 feet, the AC45 has been created to fulfill three roles... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Circuit 2011 - Synergy Sailing Team to build new TP52 Audi MedCup, Russia's Synergy Sailing Team will build a new TP52 for the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit. Theirs is the third new build TP52 to be announced for next season and will be built from the same mould as the new Botin Carkeek designed Quantum Racing (USA), to be launched ready to have their first racing at Palma Vela in April next year.... [more] Share this story
New World Speed Sailing Record to Alex Caizergues plus Video Luderitz Speed Challenge, Alex Caizergues has officially set a new World Speed Sailing Record at 54.10 knots during his first run at 15h38 yesterday afternoon. Five New National records were broken on the same day. Insane videos from the trench at the speed record venue at Luderitz in Namibia.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray inpects new AC45 class. Golden Gate Yacht Club, America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray today inspected production of the new AC45 catamaran class. The AC45 is the little sister with attitude to the AC72. Both classes are fundamental parts of the transformation of the America's Cup.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing's 2010 One-Design Symposium preview Jake Fish, US Sailing's 2010 One-Design Symposium, presented by Gowrie Group, is just one month away. This year's symposium takes place on November 13-14 at the Balboa Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, Calif. The annual One-Design Symposium brings together industry experts, racing gurus, and legendary one-design leaders to one venue for an insightful exchange of ideas and information.... [more] Share this story
New World Speed record - Alexandre Caizergues, kitesurfer hits 54.10 k Tanguy Blondel, Alexandre Caizergues beat the outright world speed record under sail with an average of 54.10 knots (100.19 km/hr) over 500 metres of the Luderitz channel (Namibia) yesterday. The young Frenchman is the new outright speed record holder. He has deposed Hydroptère and its 51.36 knots.... [more] Share this story
Storm Trysail Foundation Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta Barby MacGowan, 20 knots for the subsequent races on both days. The race organizers worked hard to put together one-design and closely-rated divisions to keep the racing tight.... [more] Share this story
Boaters speak up - No more Ethanol without testing it first BoatUS, BoatUS - In the battle to add up to 50% more ethanol to the nation's gas supply without first providing scientific evidence it won't harm boat engines or cause serious safety issues, America's recreational boaters have spoken. Of the over 22,000 Americans who have emailed President Obama urging him to stop the EPA from approving, nearly three-fourths of those are from recreational boaters.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing's 2010 Championship of Champions for One-Design class Jake Fish, US Sailing's 2010 Championship of Champions - Thirty-one applications from one-design classes were submitted to compete in US Sailing's 2010 Championship of Champions. Of those 31, 20 of the country's best one-design sailors and their crew were selected to race for the Jack Brown Trophy this week in Greenwich, Conn. for three days of racing in Ideal 18s.... [more] Share this story
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