For the fortunate few, these are heady, exciting times. We're not talking about the AC or the Volvo here folks, but we are talking about a big, notorious Mediterranean distance race that has spelled the demise of more than one yacht over the years. For the lucky 81 skippers and crews who will be on this Saturday's starting line for the Rolex Middle Sea Race, this event is not only a big adventure, but it's also one of the most important Mediterranean regattas of the year.
The course, which runs from Grand Harbour in Valletta, Malta, takes the fleet through 606 'interesting' nautical miles involving seven distinct 'legs' that lead the fleet back to the finishing line near Marsamxett Harbour, Malta. Boats travel from far and wide to attend, and this year's fleet is no exception, with entries including Super-Maxi's, Volvo Open 60's, mini Maxi's and other hardware exotica.
'The forecast that we have for Saturday's start is for wind from the southeast – the sirocco – so the first leg should be a fast delivery to Messina,' says Piero Paniccia, the skipper and owner of the canting-keeled Cookson 50, Calipso IV. 'For us it's a good forecast because the boat will be fast in those conditions. I think the crew is okay and we have the opportunity to do a good result.'
Meanwhile, in the Velux 5 Oceans Race, Brad Van Liew and Polish solo sailor Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski are engaged in an interesting dogfight. 'You know in the movie Top Gun when Tom Cruise's character Maverick goes to Top Gun and dog fights with the old, salty war-proven pilot Viper?' ponders Van Liew. 'Viper's trying to take Maverick out nice and easy but Maverick won't let go, and Viper thinks ‘damn this kid is good'. That's kinda the way I feel about Gutek. I'm like ‘where the hell did he come from?' It's awesome. I didn't come here to mess around so if he wants a boat race let's get it on.' Big words, but from an ocean racer as decorated as Van Liew, gentlemen, I think it's fair to say that we've got a sailboat race on our hands.
Our Editor at Large Richard Gladwell has been busy on the AC front, he caught up with Iain Murray after the recent Paris meeting where there was a larger than expected crowd to hear about the serious and somewhat complex campaign ahead.
Another case of Gentlemen, start your engines!.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2010 - Start preparations Alex Bocage, Rolex Middle Sea Race 2010 - The day before the start of the 2010 Rolex Middle Sea Race and for the crews of the 75 boats registered there are different approaches to be battle ready. Most of the boats have been onsite in Malta for the past week and despite some rough conditions early on, they have been able to get out a few times to practice.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup Questionnaire: Checking in at the 1,000 response mark Richard Gladwell, With the survey responses pouring in, the sailing fans are showing a strong preference for the 34th America's Cup to be sailed in monohulls. Here we take another look at the responses, now there are 1,000 submitted, and the margin of error is much less than when we had the first 200 responses.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Regatta Director Iain Murray on the Challenger Meeting Richard Gladwell, With the Regatta Management and Event Management sides of the 34th America's Cup, briefing the Challengers group, Regatta Director, Iain Murray (AUS) believes most would have come away well informed. 'It was the start of the Event. I think they got more than they were expecting and they were appreciative of our candor and being up front, and our desire to tell them what we know', he told Sail-Worl... [more] Share this story
ISAF Sailing World Championships 2014 - Preliminary Bids ISAF, ISAF Sailing World Championships 2014 - The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has received a very positive response to the request for preliminary bids to host the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships.... [more] Share this story
IYRS Fall lectures explore modern and traditional boatbuilding methods Cynthia Goss, International Yacht Restoration School - Beginning in early November, the International Yacht Restoration School will host a four-part lecture series that will explore the boatbuilding methods of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.... [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
La Route du Rhum - 86 in Saint-Malo La Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale, In the glowing Autumn sunshine 2010 Route du Rhum La Banque Postale took shape and form today around the historic basins in the heart of Saint Malo, a remarkable fleet mustering for what promises to be a remarkable ninth edition. There are nine days still until the start gun sounds at 1302hrs on Sunday 31st October.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans day 5 - Brad Van Liew knock down Velux 5 Oceans, rican ocean racer Brad Van Liew had his first scare of the VELUX 5 OCEANS just days into the first ocean sprint when his yacht Le Pingouin was knocked flat in the Atlantic. Brad had been resting in his bunk with Le Pingouin travelling at 20 knots when the power to his autopilot, failed, forcing the boat to crash gybe.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Large turnout for secret Challenger Briefing in Paris America's Cup Media and Sail-World, Twenty-four prospective teams for the 34th America's Cup met today with the newly established independent organization, America's Cup Race Management (ACRM), regarding the details for the next Cup racing cycle set to begin in 2011 with an America's Cup World Series.... [more] Share this story
Moth World Championships 2011 to be sponsored by Zhik Scott Babbage, The International Moth Class Association (IMCA) welcomes the timely addition of Zhik as title sponsor of the Zhik 2011 International Moth World Championships and Australian Championships, to be held on Lake Macquarie, Australia in January 2011.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing's Annual Meeting - Herreshoff Trophy honours Muldoon Jake Fish, US Sailing, the National Governing Body of the sport, has awarded its prestigious Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy to Jim Muldoon for his outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing in the U.S. over many years. Muldoon, a former president of US Sailing, has been a strong advocate of community sailing programs at the grass roots level, especially in the areas of youth sailing, training, and saf... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: new AC45 class build progresses in Warkworth Ivor Wilkins, A couple of weeks after his last visit, Ivor Wilkins toured the Core Composites facility to check progress on the new AC45 class that will be used for the opening rounds of the America's Cup World Championship series of regattas. The first set of female moulds have now been constructed from the male moulds that were being finished in the last visit, in preparation for the first layup.... [more] Share this story
Images of the 2010 Coastal Classic: Start to Rangitoto Light - 2 Richard Gladwell, Although TeamVodafoneSailing was pulling most of the media interest in the 2010 Coastal Classic, the rest of the fleet looked set to enjoy a good fast, but comfortable race in ideal sailing conditions.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Osprey Cup - Tulloch leads Jan Harley, Rolex Osprey Cup - Tulloch, Manard Leonard, Chamberlin & O'Reilly lead - Now, less than two years until the debut of women's match racing at the 2012 Olympic Games, 10 teams are fighting for the Rolex Osprey Cup title on Tampa Bay.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans day 4 - Van Liew relishes the battle Velux 5 Oceans, It's day four of the Velux 5 Oceans and with 700 of 7,000 nautical miles sailed the competition is hotting up. American yachtsman Brad Van Liew has taken to using film comparisons to describe his tussle with Polish solo sailor Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski at the head of the Velux 5 Oceans fleet.... [more] Share this story
Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race contributed $25 million to economy Bayview Yacht Club, Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race - The 86th annual 'Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race' of 206 sailboats from Port Huron to Mackinac Island generated an estimated economic impact of $25 million to Michigan's economy this past summer, according to an independent study released today.... [more] Share this story
BoatUS reports top three items stolen from boats over the winter BoatUS, BoatUS - Boats stored over the winter can be easy targets for thieves. Many boat owners don't find out they have been a victim of theft until long after, often when spring preparations are being made. To help boaters, anglers and sailors deal with this consistent problem, the folks at BoatUS Marine Insurance have these tips for storing your boat this winter.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Readying for the start Alex Bocage, Rolex Middle Sea Race - The bulk of the fleet is situated in Grand Harbour, the waterfront area of Valletta, specifically in Galley Creek, the body of water that lies between Fort Saint Angelo and Fort Saint Michael. Towering above the fleet docked in the Grand Harbour Marina in Birgu, is the 19th-century clock tower, built of iron, steel, and Maltese rock, rising above the Malta Maritime Museum.... [more] Share this story
RenRe Jr. Gold Cup was a lot harder than previous years says Sam Stan Colin Thompson, Sam Stan secured a podium finish at last week's RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup to demonstrate why he is the current Bermuda national champion.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup winner reports on his return home Brad Webb, Brad Webb, one of the crew of USA-17 returned home to the club where it all started for him. He reports: Back home in New Zealand recently for a friend's wedding I took the opportunity to return to Muritai Yacht Club on the shores of Wellington Harbor. Muritai is where I started sailing P Class and it still exemplifies the renowned, homegrown, kiwi yachting culture.... [more] Share this story
Kite Racing World Championships 2011 at Sylt IKA, The 2011 Kite Racing World Championships will be held on the well known German island of Sylt from June 28th – July 3rd, 2011.... [more] Share this story
Antigua Sailing Week's Ocean Series- Tailored to thrill Alison Sly-Adams, Antigua Sailing Week's Ocean Series is definitely for you if you want to experience the thrill of surfing offshore in some of the best sailing grounds anywhere and be back in time to party at one of the world's most famous sailing events.... [more] Share this story
Sailing should be a national sport Don Burgess/Bermuda Sun, Bermuda Sailing Association - Is it time for sailing to be adopted as a national sport? Tim Patton, president of the Bermuda Sailing Association, thinks so.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Day 3 and the harsh realities set in Velux 5 Oceans, He has only been alone at sea for a few days but already British ocean racer Chris Stanmore-Major is quickly learning the harsh realities of long distance solo sailing. Constant breakages, lack of sleep and the realisation of leaving loved ones behind are all things every Velux 5 Oceans skipper must overcome, and CSM is no exception.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Middle Sea Race – Warm up in Malta Regatta News, Rolex Middle Sea Race update: Dark clouds scudded across the sky over Valletta, bringing with it wind pressure for the ten boats that took to the start line for a coastal race in advance of Saturday's start of the premier event, the Rolex Middle Sea Race.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing's 2010 Annual Meeting – What can you expect? Jake Fish, US Sailing's Board of Directors, House of Delegates, Committee Members and Staff are looking forward to US Sailing's 2010 Annual Meeting this Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 20-23, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Phoenix, Ariz.... [more] Share this story
MCSA Match Racing Champion to attend Chicago Match Racing Center CMRC Media, Five Midwest collegiate sailing teams will gather in Chicago this weekend to compete in the 2010 MCSA Match Race Championship and vie for two coveted spots at the 2010 ICSA Match Race National Championship. The ICSA championship, to be sailed over November 19-21st at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in Kings Point, NY, will draw on teams qualifying from all over the US.... [more] Share this story
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