In most sailing communities, fall's arrival blows a bittersweet breeze: Sure, the typically light summer winds will be replaced with big-grin sailing days, but so too does it mean that the season is winding down. Not so here in Seattle.
Sure, we commonly suffer through frustratingly windless summer spells, but come fall, racing heats back up as the winds return, mostly. Take this weekend's 2010 Grand Prix.
Crews were treated to everything from big breezes to light zephyrs, with some rain (we might enjoy a full winter racing calendar, but Miami this ain't!) and lashing winds thrown in for good measure.
Meanwhile, it has been a weekend of clash of the maxis in the Rolex Middle Sea Race as Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard and Flavio Favini's Esimit Europa 2, both 30-meter supermaxi's, drag raced for line honors, with Esimit Europa 2 leading for most of the weekend. Be sure to check out the event's struggles and dramas in this issue.
And in the Velux 5 Oceans Race, competition remains red-hot between race veteran Brand Van Liew and Polish ace Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski. Van Liew is currently leading the chase, but no doubt our man would like a thicker margin of error (read: sleep opportunities) than 'Gutek' is affording him. Stay tuned.
Richard Gladwell has more from the AC scene.
Lastly, US SAILING Membership has elected three distinguished sailors to their Board of Directors. Maureen McKinnon-Tucker (Marblehead, Mass.), Ed Adams (Middletown, R.I.) and Susan Epstein (Sharon, Mass.) all bring huge strengths to the table and will no doubt help make this organization even stronger.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
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: Entry process opens on 1 November Richard Gladwell, The America's Cup Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club, has announced the process for entry into the 34th America's Cup, ahead of the entry window opening on 1 November 2010 and closing on 31 March 2011. The only fee that is required with the lodgment of the Notice of Challenge is a $25,000 payment to America's Cup Properties Inc.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Line honours to Esimit Europa 2 KPMS, Esimit led from the race start in Grand Harbour and managed to keep putting distance on Leopard until some 25 miles from the Strait of Messina where the maxi stopped in a big hole and their speed dropped away to zero.... [more] Share this story
Notification of World Match Racing Tour host venue bidding process WMRT, The ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), sailing's premier global match racing tour, has opened the bidding process for cities, regions and countries from around the globe to enter the race for the right to host a stage of sailing's leading world series.... [more] Share this story
Boating safety starts at home - Online Learning Center Boat US, Learning about boating safety from the comfort of your own home just got a lot easier with the new BoatUS Foundation Online Learning Center. The website offers a no-cost online Boating Safety Course that makes learning easier and retention stronger with the use of new animations, videos and interactive activities.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Chaos onboard - latest news from Spartan Velux 5 Oceans, Blogpost from CSM- The bowsprit tack fitting which holds the forward lower corner of the spinnaker to the boat broke late last night and the ensuing chaos saw my Code 5 kite ripped in two, the boat crash gybed and six long hours of back breaking work putting it all right. The precursor to the night's main event was a crack and the sound of a very unhappy kite flogging.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Middle Sea Race - In tact for another year KPMS, Nearly 48 hours into the Rolex Middle Sea Race, and it's clear that the record set in 2007 by George David's Rambler – 47h, 55m, 3s – will remain intact for at least another year. The current race leader, Esimit Europa 2 (SLO), passed Pantelleria at 06.00 this morning, currently nearing Lampedusa.... [more] Share this story
Campbell Cup - Perterson's Alchemy wins second annual regatta Rick Roberts, Per Peterson's Andrews 68, Alchemy, won the second annual Campbell Cup Sunday. David Voss's Piranha dominated his competitive 10-boat Farr 40 class in a weekend challenged by changing wind conditions between Southern California storm systems.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Osprey Cup - Tulloch, Manard Leonard, Chamberlin & O'Reilly win Jan Harley, Rolex Osprey Cup - Tulloch, Manard Leonard, Chamberlin & O'Reilly win - Although a lack of breeze cut short the second round-robin on the penultimate day of racing, there was enough wind on the final day (Saturday, October 23) of the four-day regatta for the Race Committee from St. Petersburg Yacht Club to run a four-race semi-finals.... [more] Share this story
RS:X Youth World Championship 2010 RS:X Class, RS:X Youth World Championship 2010 - 114 athletes from 16 nations and three continents are assembling in Limassol, Cyprus for the 2010 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships which starts racing on Monday 25 October.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum - A champions' colours but a different class Route du Rhum, Route du Rhum - Back in St Malo in a different, new configuration, lengthened to be competitive in the new Ultime category, Gitana XI is ready for the 'off'.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum La Banque Postale - One week until the start Gaia Coretti, Route du Rhum - One week to go to the start of the ninth edition of the legendary Route du Rhum-La Banque Populaire and Saint Malo turns out in her Sunday best for the huge crowds who visited to enjoy their day around the pontoons, getting up close and personal with the skippers and their boats of the record 86 strong entry, now primed and ready to go when the start gun next Sunday at 1302hrs.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Imagery Sail-World and Carlo Borlenghi, Rolex Middle Sea Race - Imagery... [more] Share this story
18ft Skiffs - Mick Scully Memorial Trophy on Sydney Harbour Frank Quealey, Press and his crew sailed consistently throughout the race in a southerly wind which varied between 10-18 knots. There was plenty of drama at the mark with at least three skiffs capsizing. Next Sunday will be the first big test for the fleet when the Australian 18 Footers League stages Race 1 of its Club Championship on Sydney Harbour.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing Membership elects three to Board of Directors Jake Fish, The Nominating Committee nominated four candidates to fill two slots on the board and serve a three-year term. All current US Sailing adult and family members were encouraged to vote. This election is just another way US Sailing members let their voices be heard and take part in deciding the best people to lead the sport in the United States.... [more] Share this story
Beneteau 36.7 North Americans - First Today was first today Tim Wilkes, First Today was first today. While the fleet is small, this highly competitive group would likely take at least the top 10 spots at any North American championship. The breeze has ranged from 10 to 20+ knots and there's been plenty of sunshine over the last three days.... [more] Share this story
RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships 2010 - RS:X youth gathering RS:X Class, RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships 2010 - 114 athletes from 16 nations and three continents are assembling in Limassol, Cyprus for the 2010 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships which starts racing on Monday 25 October.... [more] Share this story
2010 Snipe US Nationals: Big change at top of fleet + Video Vince Casalaina, Annapolis delivered the weather everyone expected for the 2010 Snipe US Nationals. Six days of sun and one day or rain. Five days of light but sailable breeze. Mostly t shirt and shorts weather. Two of the top five finishers were younger Snipe teams, Brian Kamilar with Enrique Quintero and Nick Voss with Nicole Popp. They were knocking on the door of Augie Diaz and Kathleen Tocke... [more] Share this story
US Sailing recognises key sport contributors at annual meeting Jake Fish, Several noteworthy sailing contributors were presented with US Sailing's highest honours during Friday night's Annual Meeting Awards Dinner at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Phoenix. US Sailing presented three esteemed awards to those who made extraordinary achievements in the areas of sailing education and race management.... [more] Share this story
IRC's Premier Event is Coming to Lake Ontario in 2011 Kevin Brown, The executive of the International IRC Owners Association - Lake Ontario Fleet is proud to announce that the 2011 IRC North American Championship will take place August 12-14, 2011 at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto. Members of the IRC Lake Ontario Fleet executive, representatives from RCYC and John Brim, President of US-IRC, met in Toronto to finalize the awarding of the event.... [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
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
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