Yesterday, five skippers hoisted sail and began a 7,500 mile leg from La Rochelle, France to Cape Town, South Africa, one of five such 'ocean sprints' that will carry the fleet through some 30,000 miles during the 2010/2011 Velux Five Oceans Race. Conditions couldn't have been finer for the start: bluebird skies, a good breeze, and plenty of fanfare as the general public actually cares about sailing in France.
American Brad Van Liew, a two-time veteran of the race who won Class Two in 2002, hit the track hard, crossing the line in second before overtaking Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski's Operon Racing. Van Liew's Le Pingouin has been looking quick thus far—may this good fortune continue.
Meanwhile, at the RC 44 World Championship for the Islas Canarias Puerto Calero Cup, BMW Oracle helmsman Jimmy Spithill and his 17 team concluded a great week of racing by taking home top honors. This event marks the first RC 44 World Championship. 'We're feeling great,' said Spithill. 'It was a tough day on the water for us. We tried to stay clean but got tangled up a couple of times. It was really unpredictable on the water, but at the end of day we hung tough and got it done.'
At the 2010 Canada's Cup, Don Wilson's Team Chicago Match Race Center successfully defended the trophy for the U.S. in a three-day event. In Connecticut at the Champion of Champions, Chris Raab and his crew of Robert Kinney won their first Jack Brown Trophy.
At the Hobie 16 North Americans, defending champions Enrique Figueroa and Victor Aponte (PUR) cinched the trophy by nabbing an impressive 11 bullets in 16 races. And finally, kiteboarder Robert Douglas established a new national record when he ticked 52.58 knots in the ditch at the Luderitz Speed Challenge.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
Kidnapped Briton 'on mission to free the kidnapped cruising sailors' Sail-World Cruising roundup, The British press are reporting that the Aid worker kidnapped in Somalia near Adado was on a mission to negotiate the release of cruising sailors Paul and Rachel Chandler, who were kidnapped from their yacht and held for ransom on 22nd October 2009, and are still being held. Little has been heard of the kidnapped sailors in the last six months... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Five skippers begin the journey of a lifetime Sarah Hames, Velux 5 Oceans - AND they're off! With the sun shining brightly and a fresh breeze blowing, the five international skippers in the Velux 5 Oceans blasted across the start line beginning a 30,000-mile adventure around the globe.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship 2010, Annapolis MD - Day 2 Farr 40 Media, Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship 2010, Annapolis MD - Day 2 - Local knowledge of Chesapeake Bay tides and currents seemed to pay off for the crew of Ramrod, who consistently led the fleet around each and every mark. Large swells and 30 knot gusts did not phase Jabin, who boat handling skills and excellent crew work made for quite the show.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Start day video Velux 5 Oceans, The skippers and their yachts have left, but it will be a few days before life returns to normal in La Rochelle following following yesterday's start of the Velux 5 Oceans race.... [more] Share this story
Linda Elias Memorial Women's One-Design Challenge – Consistency pays Rick Roberts, Linda Elias Memorial Women's One-Design Challenge this year saw that consistency was the winning formula for Colleen Cooke and her team from Southwestern Yacht Club on Sunday, an event sponsored by the Long Beach/Los Angeles Women's Sailing Association and hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship - Jabin's Ramrod dominates Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship, Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship - Jabin's Ramrod dominates - On Friday (Oct. 15), the first of three days of racing, Ramrod won two races straight off the bat, in each case leaving second to defending champion Helmut Jahn (Chicago, Ill.) on Flash Gordon. When the two teams traded finish positions in race three, it left some hope.... [more] Share this story
USA wins 2010 Canada's Cup Beth Paul, Last match hard-fought, but U.S. comes out ahead 5-2; MBYC challenge issued now for 2011. In one fantastic finale to a hard-fought series, where both teams traded the lead and the tension was always high, Don Wilson's Team Chicago Match Race Center has successfully defended the 2010 Canada's Cup for the U.S. in a three-day challenge made by Grant Hood's Vincere team from the Port Credit YC.... [more] Share this story
Canada's Cup - Canada wins today, but U.S. still leads 4-2 Beth Paul, Canada's Cup - Canada wins today, but U.S. still leads 4-2 - This takes the overall score to 4-2 with one day of racing left tomorrow, so the Canadians must win the first match to stay alive in the first-to-five point series held at the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC). Racing in this year's Canada's Cup is in Farr 40 class yachts.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Scoring system and prize money announced Velux 5 Oceans, The scoring system that will be used for the 2010/11 edition of the Velux 5 Oceans can today be revealed. The winner of the Velux 5 Oceans will be the ocean racer who scores the most points over the course of the five gruelling ocean sprints which make up The Ultimate Solo Challenge. The Velux 5 Oceans skippers will be racing for their share of a massive €500,000 prize pot.... [more] Share this story
RC 44 World Championship - Overall winner and Fleet Racing winners MacComm Communications, Heading into the final heat of the fleet racing portion of the regatta the top three boats – No Way Back, BMW Oracle Racing and 17 – were within one point of the title. Top honors on the final day of racing went to Chris Bake's Team Aqua, with New Zealander Cameron Appleton calling tactics. Team Aqua posted the low score of 6 points on finishes of 1-1-4, a welcome day after two days of struggles.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing's 2010 Championship of Champions - Jack Brown Trophy Jake Fish, US Sailing's 2010 Championship of Champions - In his sixth appearance at US Sailing's 2010 Championship of Champions, Chris Raab (Sunset Beach, Calif.) won his first Jack Brown Trophy on Saturday. Raab and crew Robert Kinney were the most consistent team all week and won by a 12-point margin.... [more] Share this story
Hobie 16 North American Championships day 5 David Brookes, Hobie 16 North American Championships day 5 - Defending champions Enrique FIGUEROA/Victor APONTE (PUR) won the event with 11 bullets in 16 races, followed by Jason HESS/Guillermo ROSEMBERG (GUA) and Francisco FIGUEROA/Jolie BERRIOS (PUR).... [more] Share this story
RC 44 World Championship 2010 - Katusha's last day Paul Cayard, RC 44 World Championship 2010 - A fantastic day for Katusha today with scores of 5, 5, 1. In the last race we played the shifts to stretch out to a massive 200 meter lead on the second place boat.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Time runs out for Australian skipper Velux 5 Oceans, The Velux 5 Oceans race management has announced that Australian Garry Golding will not compete in the 2010/11 edition of the race. With just one day until the start of the race, Golding has not arrived in La Rochelle, home of the Velux 5 Oceans. He has also not sailed a qualification passage which skippers must complete to prove both they are up to the challenge of sailing around the world.... [more] Share this story
New America's Cup Rule - second wingsail but big advantage remains Richard Gladwell, A revised version of the measurement rule has been released which will be used for the new AC72 class of catamaran to be sailed in the 34th America's Cup. As with any rule revision, the second release - just a few weeks after the first, tidies up some areas and clarifies others.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 North American Championships 2010 Day One Sail-World, 2010 Rolex Farr 40 North American Championships. - Postcard perfect start in a 15 knot, west north westerly, a beautiful sunny day. Results and images... [more] Share this story
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 - 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
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