Franck Cammas and Groupama 3 covered the 3,539 miles course in 9 days 3 hours 14 minutes and 47 seconds, at an average speed of 16.14 knots to take line honors in the much coveted Route du Rhum la Banque Postale race. His achievement is a sizable one on a trimaran spanning 31.5 metres in length and 22.5 metres wide! It is in fact the biggest boat that has ever competed in the event! Congratulations for a well deserved win! Finishing a little over 10 hours behind Cammas is Francis Joyon on IDEC. Still many miles of racing reamaining for the rest of the participants where Roland Jourdain leads the bulk of the Open 60 fleet north of the rhumb line, but Desjoyaux and Boissières might surprise on their southern route to Guadeloupe.
Each racing day brings new developments in the Velux 5 Ocean race. Christophe Bullens will be stopping in the Cape Verde island, approximately the same latitude as Guadeloupe, for medical advice while further south, the battle for the lead rages on. Gutek lost his larger head sail yesterday following a halyard breakage as he was chasing Brad Van Liew in first place; everything else being equal, this pretty much guarantees a first place on the Cape Town podium for Brad. But things never remain equal for very long in yacht racing. Derek is finally getting good boat speed but has fallen behind the leaders.
Blanca Manchón from Spain and Tom Slingsby from Australia were the recipients of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award yesterday in Athens. Slingsby is a recent winner of the Laser Worlds and Etchells Worlds; Manchón is the female RS:X windsurfer World Champion.
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Velux 5 Oceans - Chistophe Bullens diverts to the Cape Verde Islands Velux 5 Oceans, Belgian ocean racer Christophe Bullens is en route to the Cape Verde Islands this morning after feeling unwell for several days. He has been suffering from a fever, affecting his ability to race in The Ultimate Solo Challenge. On the advice of the Velux 5 Oceans medical experts, Christophe is now sailing to the island of Sao Vicente, where he will seek advice from a doctor.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award winners announced ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award, ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award winners are announced - Tom Slingsby could not make it to Athens for the ceremony due to electrical storms over Sydney that grounded international flights. Slingsby was surprised when his phone call to 'discuss laser sailing', turned into a live announcement from HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark announcing that he had won.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum - Cammas and Groupama take transatlantic solo victory Vincent Borde, Franck Cammas' achievement is a sizeable one on a trimaran spanning 31.5 metres in length and 22.5 metres wide! After a triumphant departure from Saint Malo where they took the lead of the fleet from the off, Groupama 3 and her skipper led the Ultimate fleet virtually from beginning to end, only conceding their leadership during the first 24 hours.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: San Francisco makes big move to secure the Venue Richard Gladwell, San Francisco took a big step towards securing selection as venue for the 34th America's Cup after the City's Board of Supervisors approved a Host City Agreement setting out the terms and conditions under which the City could be selected by the Defender Golden Gate Yacht Club. To many the selection is now like kissing your sister, as the Defender, San Francisco based Golden Gate Yacht Club sets th... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Gutek's challenge for first almost ended in disaster Velux 5 Oceans, Ocean racer Zbigniew Gutkowski has suffered a painstaking blow to his fight for first place in the first leg of the Velux 5 Ocean after losing a vital sail. The 36-year-old, known by his nickname Gutek, had been locked in a tense battle with American Brad Van Liew since the race started from La Rochelle, France, three weeks ago.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum - A winner in waiting? Gaia Coretti, Route du Rhum - Franck Cammas is in the throes of what should logically be his final tacks on Groupama 3 this evening, ones which should take him to a sweet but hard earned victory in this ninth edition of the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew in front again Velux 5 Oceans, American Brad Van Liew is out in front again after exciting weekend in the Velux 5 Oceans. It was not easy for Brad to hang on to his lead - and it's not over yet.... [more] Share this story
Sailing Videos of the Week - the Sail-World selection The Sail-World Team, There is more and more video footage being published online. For your enjoyment Sail-World is going to bring you a mixture of the latests and greatest and some historic footage each week. If you'd like to make sure everyone sees the best old stuff, give us your feedback.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Hatfield in search of stronger, more consistent winds Velux 5 Oceans, It has been a tough and frustrating weekend for Derek Hatfield and Active House as they try to find a quick route around the St Helena High. The same weather system that Derek is wrapped up in now cost race leader Brad Van Liew several hundred miles on his nearest rival Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum - Prudence is key for Groupama 3 Vincent Borde, Route du Rhum - With less than 200 miles to the finish, the skipper of Groupama 3 is focusing more than ever on prudence in the squally weather.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Sweden's Artemis Racing confirmed as a Challenger Artemis Racing, Artemis Racing confirmed today the team's entry as a Challenger for the 34th America's Cup, which will include competing in the America's Cup World Series in 2011-2012 and culminate with the Challenger Selection Series in 2013.... [more] Share this story
The REAL challenges for Olympic Sailing Rob Size, 470 sailor, The overwhelming response to this Olympic shake down has been focused around the classes sailed at the Games. This is an important issue no doubt, but in no way the most significant challenge sailing faces as an Olympic sport. The number one challenge faced by sailing as an Olympic sport is the disappointing way in which it is presented on television.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum - Nothing is guaranteed Vincent Borde, Route du Rhum - You cannot count on anything in the Route du Rhum. Unless you refer to the suspense, which is something that is always guaranteed. With 474 miles to go, Groupama 3 is tackling a zone of light airs as forecast. Speeds have dropped from 20 to 10 knots, which is inversely proportional to the effort put in by Franck Cammas.... [more] Share this story
Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing building pace Volvo Ocean Race, Volvo Ocean Race - With only a year to go to the start of the race, the Volvo Ocean Race teams are making their final crew selections and starting to train before the Volvo Open 70s under construction are ready to hit the water. The second update this week is from PUMA Ocean Racing powered by Berg Propulsion, skippered by Ken Read, who led PUMA's il mostro to second place.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Bath time on Spartan Velux 5 Oceans, It was time for a bath this morning on Spartan - I was moving equipment around inside the boat taking heavier tool bags and kit forward and to windward to help trim the boat into a slightly faster angle of attack and increase my speed when I heard an ominous 'swishing' sound coming from the other side of the bulkhead here in the cabin. ... [more] Share this story
BMW Oracle Racing victory tour comes to Toronto, Canada Tim Jeffery. BMW Oracle Racing, The BMW Oracle Racing Team, winner of the 33rd America's Cup last February, continued its America's Cup Victory Tour with a visit to Toronto Yacht Club, Canada. Accompanied by the famous America's Cup itself, it is believed that this is the first time that one of sports' most iconic trophies has been brought to Canada.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Videos of the week Velux 5 Oceans, The Sail-World team brings you the latest videos from the Velux 5 Oceans race. The skippers are sharing the action with you via a dedicated on board camera system that enables broadcast and web feeds from anywhere at sea.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum - The battle of the Atlantic Vincent Borde, Route du Rhum - Whilst Groupama 3 has just passed the midway mark in the race in exactly the same position as the winner of the 2006 edition after four days of sailing, her main rival, Sodebo, has just finished her stint through headwinds and is now hurtling along on a direct course towards the finish.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Freeze dried food, the reality of eating at sea Velux 5 Oceans, Life alone at sea is tough for the Velux 5 Oceans skippers at the best of times, fighting extreme exhaustion, facing massive physical challenges and having to constantly make major decisions at the drop of a hat. Now imagine if all you had to eat for every meal for a whole month came out of a packet. No fresh food, very few treats, none of life's little comforts.... [more] Share this story
ORC and RORC working together towards common goal Trish Jenkins, Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and Union Nationale pour La Course au Large (UNCL), joint owners of the IRC rating rule, have been in discussion with the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) about the possibility of creating a unified organisation to govern yacht ratings worldwide. This initiative to bring the world offshore rating systems together was endorsed by ISAF following its AGM in 2009 in Korea... [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
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