Yacht racing traditions have deep roots in North America; competitions between Canadian and American yachts owners and clubs go back to last century on the Great Lakes and the West Coast. This past week-end saw the defense of two of the most sought after international trophies: the Canada's Cup in Lake Michigan off Chicago, IL and the Alexandra Cup in English Bay, off Vancouver, BC. The two trophies share a similar story of yachting challenges between the two nations; this time, Canada was challenging the USA for the Canada's Cup while the USA was challenging Canada for the Alexandra Cup. In both cases, the defending nation retained their cherished trophy; Don Wilson representing the Chicago Match Race Center was awarded the Canada's Cup defeating Grant Hood from the Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga. In Vancouver, Royal Vancouver Yacht Club past commodore Don Martin's Lady van was successful over Pirate from the Seattle Yacht Club. While the racing for the Canada's Cup took place in modern Farr 40 yachts, the Alexandra Cup contenders stayed through to traditions racing vintage 'R Class' sloops.
Speaking of Farr 40's, the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championships just wrapped up in Annapolis, MD, where local skipper Rodrick Jabin, on Ramrod, dominated the competition with seven bullets in eight races, defeating last years champion Flash Gordon in rather decisive fashion. Things are looking up as the teams prepare for the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds scheduled for late February in Sydney, Australia.
After perfect conditions in La Rochelle for the start of the Velux 5 Oceans, the five skippers are facing challenging conditions in the notorious Bay of Biscay; light winds and patchy conditions are hindering progress. A different challenge for Derek Hatfield, who remembers too well his last outing in those waters when he faced vicious storms at the start of the last Vendée Globe race. American Brad Van Liew is currently leading the way around Cape Finisterre in Le Pingouin, a lighter yacht showcasing its superior light air performance. The next major decision for the skippers will be the selection of their preferred route south across the Atlantic Ocean; the unusual weather patterns prevailing will certainly have an impact on their choice.
It's been four years since the last Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale race where Lionel Lemonchois pulverized the previous course record by over 4 days, completing the 3,510 miles distance in 7 days and 17 hours on board the 60 foot ORMA multihull Gitana 11. As a point of reference, Lemonchois had already been in port for 5 days when the first IMOCA Open 60's competitors completed the course after 12 days at sea. Things have changed for 2010: Multihulls will include a Multi 50 class, as defined by the Class 50 rules and an Ultime class, for mutihull with an overall length greater than 60 feet without size limitation. Keep an eye on Frank Cammas' Groupama 3 at 31.5m in length. Monohulls will see nine IMOCA Open 60's, over forty Class 40 yachts and approximately ten Route du Rhum yachts on the start line; this last category includes a variety of yachts that do not meet the other Class rules. Racing solo across the Atlantic to Guadeloupe promises to be quite exciting in 2010! Start day is October 31st in Saint-Malo, France.
Velux 5 Oceans - Day 2 Update Velux 5 Oceans, Leaders round Cape Finisterre in search of trade winds. With two full days at sea now under their belts, the skippers racing in the Velux 5 Oceans are finding their rhythm and enjoying the psychological boost of the first major milestone - rounding Cape Finisterre and getting out of the busy shipping lanes.... [more] Share this story
Lady Van wins the Alexandra Cup Ladyvan.com, Day 3 of Alexandra Cup competition started with a whimper. While the sunny skies were welcome, the lack of wind was a concern. After an hour delay ashore, the breeze finally started around 11:10 and filled in to 9 kts by the time the first race was underway at 12:30. With a 5 point lead going into Day 3, clearly Don Martin and the Lady Van was going to be careful and not let events overtake them.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Racers settle into life at sea Velux 5 Oceans, After a perfect start in ideal weather conditions yesterday, the five Velux 5 Oceans skippers have been settling into life alone at sea. Their 60ft Eco 60 yachts will be their homes for the nine months as they sail 30,000 miles around the planet. After 24 hours of racing, American skipper Brad Van Liew is leading the fleet as they make their way through the notorious Bay of Biscay.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum - Groupe Bel has arrived in Saint-Malo Groupe Bel, Groupe Bel monohull and its skipper entered the harbor of St. Malo this Friday morning after a ten day journey.... [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
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
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
Vancouver-Seattle sailing feud ends with Alexandra Cup Yvonne Zacharias, A century-long spat between Seattle and Vancouver officially comes to a glorious end on the peaceful waters of English Bay this weekend where two ancient, venerable sailboats will compete for a large, shiny, ornate piece of hardware known as the Alexandra Cup. Such is the perfidy of human nature that battles can brew for an entire century.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Start to be streamed live on the internet Velux 5 Oceans, The start of theVelux 5 Oceans is set to be one of the biggest sporting spectacles of the year – you can now watch all the action streamed live over the internet. The US-based producers of On-The-Water Anarchy have confirmed that they will stream live video and audio from the shoreside ceremonies and start of the Velux 5 Oceans 2010 via the internet.... [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
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
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
Route du Rhum - Groupe Bel delivery in all kinds of weather www.beltchiztour.com, Groupe Bel left Port-Camargue eight days ago and is continuing her journey to Saint-Malo. As one day follows another, each one is different for Kito de Pavant and his crew: swell, grey skies, and a wild sea, following the trade winds and the mild Mediterranean climate.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Skipper pledge commitment to planet Velux 5 Oceans, The Velux 5 Oceans skippers today pledged their commitment to sustainability at sea by signing an Eco Charter in front of distinguished guests including the Deputy Mayor of La Rochelle and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. The Eco Charter states that the sailors will do all they can to limit their impact on the planet as they sail 30,000 miles round the world solo.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - When two legends meet: Sir Robin visits Joshua Velux 5 Oceans, When Sir Robin Knox-Johnston sailed back into Falmouth on his 32ft ketch Suhaili in 1969 as the first person ever to sail solo around the world, he had never even met his main rival Bernard Moitissier let alone seen his yacht Joshua. Frenchman Moitissier set off from Plymouth in the UK in August 1968, more than two months after Sir Robin and chased Suhaili around the globe.... [more] Share this story
Breton Skipper to take part in his first Barcelona World Race BWR Media, He is back! Jean Le Cam is returning to IMOCA ocean racing competition. Following the frightening loss of VM Matériaux off Cape Horn in the last Vendée Globe and his participation as crew on Vincent Riou's PRB in the recent 'Vuelta a España', the round Spain race, the renowned French skipper will take on his fourth racing circumnavigation of the globe.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Skipper profile Christophe Bullens Velux 5 Oceans, When 17-year-old Christophe Bullens first took the water in 1978, it was actually on a powerboat. The young Belgian had decided sailing couldn't be fun because they just weren't as quick as powerboats. Then one day a friend took Christophe out to sea on his yacht and after giving him the helm, disappeared into the cabin emerging several hours later to find Christophe a sailing convert.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans: The race in context - 28 years of history and drama Velux 5 Oceans media, What is now known as the Velux 5 Oceans Race, the singlehanded around the world race with stopovers has been sailed for almost 30 years, and has seen most of the worlds top and most revered singlehanded sailors compete.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum – Sylvain Mondon's weather predicitons Soazig Guého, Unlike the Ultimate multihull category, routing is not allowed for the IMOCA monohulls during this year's Route du Rhum – La Banque Postale. How is Marc Guillemot preparing to deal with the weather in this race? By working with Sylvain Mondon, a forecaster with Météo France, who has had an amazing series of successes... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Tall ship The Belem completes race village Velux 5 Oceans, Thousands flock to see historic three-masted tall ship. It was all go in the Velux 5 Oceans race village last night as crowds gathered to welcome the arrival in La Rochelle of the beautiful tallship the Belem, one of France's most famous boats. The majestic three-masted tallship entered the Bassin des Chalutiers at 7.30pm to cheers and applause from the thousands of people that had gathered.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Shakedown sail: Total success for activehouse.info Spirit of Canada Sailing Team, Derek Hatfield returns with a smile after a productive day on the water. For Derek Hatfield, today was a banner day. Today was the day that his brand new suit of sails were put through the paces and we are pleased to report that they performed beautifully. The skipper put in some serious miles today in the waters off of La Rochelle, France in advance of this weekend's Velux 5 Oceans Race start.... [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
Velux 5 Oceans - Skipper Profile Zbigniew Gutkowski Velux 5 Oceans, Zbigniew Gutkowski is one of Poland's best known and most experienced sailors with a wealth of offshore and inshore racing. The 36-year-old first honed his talents as a member of the Polish national sailing team, representing his nation in the 470 dinghy class from 1987 to 1995. He also spent several years campaigning state of the art 49er's and was one of the most successful crews in Poland.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Christophe Bullens wins race against time Velux 5 Oceans, The Velux 5 Oceans has not even started yet and already Belgian ocean racer Christophe has been on an incredible voyage. After a nail-biting ten days, Christophe Bullens has confirmed he expects to be on the start line of the Velux 5 Oceans after securing a new boat for the race. With just five days to go, Christophe has bought the Eco 60 Artech from French yachtsman Jean-Baptiste Dejeanty.... [more] Share this story
Canadian Yachting Hosts 8th Annual Industry Breakfast in Annapolis Elizabeth A Kerr, Canadian Yachting hosts eighth Annual Industry Breakfast at US Sailboat Show in Annapolis.... [more] Share this story
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