Admit it: Everyone who ever even seen a fully tricked-out Grand Prix raceboat has dreamed of driving it at full volume at least once. But for 99.99% of all sailors, the necessary skills—not to mention the opportunity—are far out of grasp.
Rome Kirby steering Numbers - IRC East Coast Championship Sara Proctor
Meet Rome Kirby, age 21, of Newport, Rhode Island. [If the name sounds familiar, Jerry Kirby of Volvo, AC and big-boat fame is his dad.] Kirby, a Grand Prix-level big boat and dinghy sailor who has been playing the game at a high level since he was 13, got the chance of his career (thus far) at this past weekend's IRC East Coast Championship. Dan Meyers, the owner and driver of Numbers, a superbly designed Judel/Vrolijk IRC 66, couldn't make the series and young Kirby got the nod. 'The opportunity was sprung on me on the way out to the racecourse that I was going to drive the boat' wrote a still-elated Kirby yesterday in an email correspondence. To put the experience further into perspective, Meyers sails with the core Alinghi crew, with Brad Butterworth serving as skipper. 'I learned a ton over the weekend and had a blast doing it. Its hard not to enjoy every second of sailing when you're with that group of guys.'
Apparently so: Numbers clinched victory in IRC 1.
Rome Kirby Rome Kirby
While Kirby will likely be pinching himself for some time, it's always wonderful to see sailing dreams—and careers—take flight. Watch for Numbers —with Meyers back on the helm—at this year's Key West Race Week, and keep your eye out for both Kirbys, wherever fast boats do battle.
Meanwhile, there has been action in the Route Du Rhum. Skipper Franck Cammas, aboard the maxi trimaran Groupama 3 has taken the lead, averaging 20+ knots in roughly 20 knots of northeasterly breeze. Fortunes have not been so good for skipper Bertrand Quentin, who was safely airlifted off of Cote d'Or II after displaying extreme tiredness, nausea and chest pains. And in the Velux 5 Oceans Race, race leader Brad Van Liew is waiting for a proper 'window of opportunity' to make his final approach into Cape Town (also, check out the video of Van Liew crossing the equator in this issue). And in Warkworth, New Zealand, the layup has begun on the first AC45 cat.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
David Schmidt,Sail-World USA Editor
IRC East Coast Championship - Kirby/Butterworth a victorious combo Barby MacGowan, IRC East Coast Championship - Kirby/Butterwoth a victorious combo - The 66.5' Judel-Vrolijk design was minus its owner Dan Meyers (Boston, Mass.) but loaded up with plenty of go-power, including the young Rome Kirby (son of Volvo Ocean Race veteran Jerry Kirby) who helmed while Brad Butterworth (of America's Cup fame) served as skipper.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Two new teams enter on opening day for Challenges America's Cup Media and Sail-World, Event organizers today confirmed receipt of the first entries for the 34th America's Cup in 2013. 'We're only a few hours into a five-month entry period, so to already have a total of four entries is a very positive sign,' said Iain Murray (AUS), Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup and CEO of America's Cup Race Management (ACRM).... [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' - just a week to go, so enter now!! Complete the quick survey below and go into the draw to win one of six Musto fleeces... [more] Share this story
Volvo Ocean Race supports World Yacht Racing Forum for the third year Laila Anbar, World Yacht Racing Forum organisers are pleased to announce the addition of the Volvo Ocean Race as Platinum Partner of the 2010 edition of the Forum from 14-15 December in Estoril, Portugal.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Hatfield shaves off his moustache at equator crossing Velux 5 Oceans, Canadian solo sailor first person ever to take part in ‘Movember' from middle of ocean. Ocean racer Derek Hatfield made a special offering to Neptune as he passed the Equator yesterday – by shaving off his iconic moustache. The 57-year-old has crossed the Equator many times and has always honoured the tradition among sailors of performing a ritual to appease King Neptune, ancient god of the seas.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale - Groupama 3 continues to gain Route du Rhum, Franck Cammas on the giant trimararan Groupama has taken the lead in the Ultimate class since early this morning, continuing to set a fierce pace as his southern routing takes him under the critical Azores high pressure system.... [more] Share this story
McConaghy 38 (MC38) is cause for excitement John Curnow, It won't be long before we see the anticipated arrival of the exciting McConaghy 38. Setting new benchmarks in one design yacht racing this boat has been meticulously designed and engineered and crafted by world renowned boat builders, McConaghy Boats... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has 102 applications - here is list Lisa Ratcliff, Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has 102 applications - Organising club, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, and naming rights sponsor Rolex are delighted with the roll-up which will include legends and luminaries and plenty of newcomers as well as the regulars now synonymous with the legendary blue water race. Here is the full application list.... [more] Share this story
Innovative Joint 420 and 470 Clinic in South America Luissa Smith, Innovative Joint 420 and 470 Clinic in South America - Organised by Fernanda Sesto, 470 helm at three Olympic Games, four experienced coaches delivered a very full 3-day training programme for over 60 sailors, together with six coaches from South American and Caribbean countries.... [more] Share this story
Sail-World Mailbag: The Week that Was - More on the Olympic Decision Sail-World Readers, Sail-World readers comment on the Olympic decisions for November - following the 'Olympic Decision - will ISAF get caught by a Yorker?' and the earlier 'Olympic sailing destined for another major jolt at Athens in November'. You can have your say by clicking on the reply form on the bottom of http://www.one.sail-world.com/NZ/Gladwells-Line:-Olympic-Decision---will-ISAF-get-caught-by-a-Yorker?/75967!th... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: First of the AC45's begins layup in Warkworth Ivor Wilkins, Last Monday, Ivor Wilkins from www.americascup.com revisited the Core Composites building facility in Warkworth 40 minutes drive north of Auckland, and found the first of the new AC45 one design class was being laid up in the female moulds. This boat is scheduled for launch at the end of next month, and will be owned by BMW Oracle as a spare boat for the America's Cup World Series.... [more] Share this story
Groupama 3 averaging over 20kts to lead Route du Rhum Franck Cammas, Leading the fleet of 84 competitors still racing since the skipper of Côte d'Or had to be airlifted to hospital, Franck Cammas is continuing to extend his lead aboard Groupama 3. Never dipping below an average of 20 knots, the maxi-trimaran is now positioning her bows westward in a NE'ly breeze of around twenty knots, which is highly reminiscent of the tradewinds.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans Video - Brad Van Liew crosses the equator Velux 5 Oceans, See Brad Van Liew's crossing of the Equator on video... [more] Share this story
Disappointing to be out of the America's Cup says Ainslie Ben Ainslie, The decision to pull Team Origin out of entering and competing for the Americas Cup was obviously extremely disappointing. For some of us it has been three years of work, getting the team to a position where we had a strong core group to move forward, with enough talent and experience to have a realistic shot at winning.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing's 2011 Rolex Miami OCR – Registration now open Dana Paxton, US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR is the second regatta of the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup and will bring together the world's top sailors for elite-level competition in the classes selected for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games from January 23-29, 2011.... [more] Share this story
Velo Veloce tops the IRC 52's at IRC Fall Championships Lynn Fitzpatrick, Vela Veloce, Richard Oland's Southern Cross 52 won the IRC 52 Class at the 2010 IRC Fall Championship Regatta hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club from October 29-31. Vele Veloce was second overall to Dan Meyers' Numbers, a Judel-Vrolijk 66.5, in the IRC 1 Division. With this week's performance, Vela Veloce clinched the 2010 US-IRC Gulf Stream Series, which comprises 19 events throughout the year.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards – One week to go Regatta News, ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards will be announced just one week from today, on Tuesday 9 November. The spectacular ceremony and presentation will be held in Greece.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum - Bertrand Quentin airlifted to safety Jean Maurel, Route du Rhum Race Director Jean Maurel gives an update on the situation facing Skipper Bertrand Quentin.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew has his eyes on Cape Town Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans race leader Brad Van Liew is waiting for a 'window of opportunity' to start the final sprint to Cape Town. The 42-year-old American solo sailor has led the fleet for the majority of the last 16 days since leaving La Rochelle in France on ocean sprint one to Cape Town.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum - Bertrand Quentin (Cote d'Or II) medivac by helicopter Route du Rhum media, Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale news flash! Medivac required for Cote d'Or II skipper Bernard Quentin. In coordination with the MRCC and race director Jean Maurel, the skipper was asked to activate his distress beacon.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand waiting in the wings Michelle Slade, Grant Dalton, CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand, is eager to return to the America's Cup game. His team came up just short in the 32nd Match against the defender Alinghi team during the 2007 Valencia event, and he would like to see his team get another bite of the apple. Last week he met with Marin Independent Journal sailing columnist Michelle Slade in Auckland, NZL to offer his perspective on the... [more] Share this story
Kiteboarders make strong claim for 2016 Olympic inclusion Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, With the International Sailing Federation's Annual Conference due to get underway in Athens, Greece, next week, the International Kiteboard Association makes a strong claim for inclusion in the 10 event card for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Sweden's Artemis Racing confirmed as one new Challenger Richard Gladwell, The Swedish professional racing team, Artemis Racing, have confirmed that they are one of the new Challengers who lodged their entry on the 1 November with the Golden Gate Yacht Club. Led by Torbjorn Tornqvist, details of the Challenge will be announced at a Media Conference held in Stockholm, Sweden on Monday afternoon, 8 November at 1.30pm local time.... [more] Share this story
Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas preview Rich Roberts, Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas preview - The race starts Saturday at noon from Belmont Pier in the Long Beach outer harbor and measures 804 nautical miles to the tip of the Baja California peninsula. Admission to the pier is free for spectators to wave adios from the pier and wish Akela skipper Doug Baker good luck in his quest to fill a missing link in his offshore racing resume.... [more] Share this story
Marine Technology expert Nigel Calder to discuss Hybrid Technology Cynthia Goss, When it comes to developing hybrid technology for boats, the marine business does not have the car industry's big budgets and armies of innovators.... [more] Share this story
Richmond Yacht Club Barn Burner - The Great Pumpkin lives! Eric Simonson, Richmond Yacht Club Barn Burner - The Great Pumpkin lives! - With light breezes in the 5-6 knot range and courses of just 1.5 miles, once around, (except the Deep water course) the committee kept things moving, although slowly. A few bands of showers dampened the participants but not the spirits during the midst of race 2.... [more] Share this story
Finn Class - 'Sailing at its best' video Robert Deaves, Finn Class - 'Sailing at its best' video - A new video released this week by the International Finn Association hopes to demonstrate what is possible and is offered to showcase how appealing sailing can be, as much as it showcases the Finn.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Miami OCR online registration open Barby MacGowan, Online registration opened Monday, November 1 for US Sailing's 2011 Rolex Miami OCR at the event web site, RMOCR.ussailing.org... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum - Choices and challenges Gaia Coretti, Route du Rhum - After more than 24 hours at sea in conditions which have progressively eased off for the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale skippers, already many of the class leaders are hooked firmly into their strategic plays which could already dictate the outcome of their race.... [more] Share this story
Budget Marine Match Racing Cup 2011 Heather Tackling, The Budget Marine Match Racing Cup which will take place March 1st 2011. Match Racing started its journey with the America's Cup races over 100 years ago and has been evolving steadily since then. The organizing committee has gone to great lengths to make sure that each year this event remains competitive and professional.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing ISAF Youth World Qualifier 2011 equipment announced Dana Paxton, US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee announced today the equipment for the 2011 US Sailing International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth World Qualifier, which will be held January 14-17, 2011 at Houston Yacht Club in La Porte, Texas.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Annual Conference - Over 500 expected to attend ISAF, At the end of this week over 500 people from the world of sailing will come together in Athens, Greece, for the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference. ISAF Committee, Sub-committee and Commission members, all of them volunteers, will travel from around the world to Athens.... [more] Share this story
Monsoon Cup - Mathieu Richard in confident mood WMRT, Monsoon Cup hopeful Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team, is in buoyant mood ahead of the World Match Racing Tour's decider event, confident in the belief he can exploit the weaknesses of his nearest rivals to win the Match Racing World Champion title that has so far eluded him.... [more] Share this story
British-American Cup - First win for Britain since 1999 Malcolm McKeag & Ingrid Abery images, British-American Cup 2010, report: Andy Cornah and his fellow skippers Ben Field, Mark Lees and Jon Pinner - all members of the Royal Thames Yacht Club team racing squad - reversed more than a decade of American domination in the British-American Cup today with an emphatic performance on Queen Mary Water, West London to take the oldest prize in keelboat team racing by seven wins to two.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Bullens makes pit stop after double crash Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans skipper Christophe Bullens has been forced to head for port after his yacht Five Oceans of Smiles too was damaged in strong winds in the North Atlantic. The 49-year-old Belgian singlehander was sailing near to Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands, when his boat was knocked flat twice while travelling at 16 knots.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Derek Hatfield snared by Doldrums Velux 5 Oceans, Canadian ocean racer Derek Hatfield said this morning he is 'devastated' to still be in the Doldrums. At the end of last week the 57-year-old was just a few hundred miles behind race leader Brad Van Liew, sights firmly set on escaping the frustrating and unpredictable weather that characterises the Doldrums.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Entries open today, announcement expected later Richard Gladwell and AC Media, Today is, or was 1 November 2010 - the first day entries for the 34th America's Cup will be accepted. The entry widow for the receipt of Challenges will remain open until 31st March 2011. Due to the fact that the defender Golden Gate Yacht Club is located in San Francisco, they will see the first day of November later than most - certainly after New Zealand and Europe from where the first c... [more] Share this story
18 Foot Skiffs - Yandoo wins Race 1 of Club Championship Frank Quealey, 18 footers - Skill and experience won the day for John Winning, Andrew Hay and Dave Gibson when they sailed their skiff Yandoo to victory in Race 1 of the Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship on Sydney Harbour today... [more] Share this story
US Sailing seeks nominations for 2010 Coach of the Year awards Dana Paxton, US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) seeks nominations from the public for the 2010 Coach of the Year Awards in Sailing. The awards are a part of the United States Olympic Committee's (USOC) Coach Recognition Program which highlights the accomplishments and contributions of coaches who train athletes at all levels of sailing.... [more] Share this story
Oman Air Majan starts La Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale 2010 Lucy Harwood, The multihulls powered off the line and extended from the monohull fleet as they headed towards Cap Fréhel 18 miles to the west of St. Malo, where the fleet rounded a mark of the course before gybing offshore into the English Channel.... [more] Share this story
La Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale 2010: A perfect start Rivacom, Franck Cammas on Groupama 3, the most powerful of the Ultime's; setting out for the first time on their first ever head to head showdown of the giants - forged steadily ahead of the pack in this nine boat class. Jean-Pierre Dick on the new Virbac-Paprec 3, leads the IMOCA Open 60's at Frehel.... [more] Share this story
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