For the nine IMOCA Open 60 skippers racing in this year's Route Du Rhum, they are stressful days—heady for some; painful for others. At the front of the pack is Roland Jourdain aboard Veolia Environnement, with rival skipper Armel Le Cléac'h Brit Air a somewhat comfortable margin astern with Journdain at the time of writing this just hours from the finishing line in Pointe à Pitre, Guadeloupe.
Roland Jourdain - La Route du Rhum 2010 Route du Rhum
'I have just had a look at the rankings and there are days when life is good, really beautiful,' wrote Jourdain. 'Being at the front I obviously avoided the worst of the zone with no wind, and that was not so easy because I had to work hard and to trim the sails a lot. I thought I could sleep, but there was not the time in the end. It was not a good day for that. I was pretty happy though to cross in front of Armel because it allowed [me] to stay in the same stretch of water, in the same zone, and I thought I had lost some ground to him. In the short term, the files seem to give winds from the south and the southwest. But it will certainly be complicated. I will need to be aware of what was going on. It seems that the conditions do look like the wind will come back.'
More on this 3,539 mile solo classic as the final positions are determined over the balance of the weekend and into next week.
And in the other solo distance race that's currently playing out, the Velux 5 Oceans Race, Brad Van Liew ( Le Pingouin) continues to enjoy a comfortable lead over Polish skipper Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski (Operon Racing). But elsewhere in the fleet action seems to be heating up between Canadian Derek Hatfield and Brit Chris Stanmore-Major for the last remaining podium position in Leg One.
Cupfreaks: Be sure to check out Richard Gladwell's photo spread of AC45 construction efforts, taking place at Core Compoites' facility in Warkworth, New Zealand. The Kiwi builder is scheduled to deliver the first of these high-performance, wingsail cats in late 2010 or early 2011. Richard has also been talking to Iain Murray, some interesting news there too.
Just ahead of the big European trade show METS, we provided during the week an update on one of the major world marine hardware companies Lewmar, who have had a major turn around in spite of the GFC.
And finally, spend some of your own or your employer's time checking out Sail-World's Video Selections of the week.
Highlights include dinghy and skiff carnage, footage of the new J/111 at full pace, rough stuff from the BT global Challenge 2000 and some high-strung multi-hull action.
Our third newsletter of the week was later than we'd have liked, sorry a tech hitch.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
Route du Rhum - Jourdain on course for second win this evening Gaia Coretti, Route du Rhum - If only the local afternoon and evening winds comply, and very often they decide shut down at nightfall, then Roland Jourdain should be sailing towards his second successive victory in the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale's coveted IMOCA Open 60 Class, which would be the first time a monohull skipper has won twice in a row.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Regatta Director Iain Murray reflects at Portside Richard Gladwell, One of the icons of Australian sailing Iain Murray, in his new capacity as Regatta Director for the ACWS and America's Cup events was in Auckland to check out progress on the first of the AC45's in Warkworth about 40 minutes drive north of Auckland. Here he reviews the progress made on the boat and regatta side of the 34th America's Cup... [more] Share this story
Lewmar - the turn around Pt.I John Curnow, When you are one of the world's best known brands in boating, its tough to stay at the front of the game. Lewmar is a leisure marine equipment supplier that designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of products, including anchors, winches, windlasses, hatches, hardware, rigging, steering and thrusters.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Valencia's Mayor unhappy over missing venue choice Stuart Alexander and Las Provincias, A long and painful complaint has been lodged by Valencia over the selection of the venue for the 2013 America's Cup. According to a local newspaper, Las Provincias, the mayor of Valencia, Rita Barberá, has reprimanded BMW Oracle, for failing in what she sees as a commitment to hold the next, America's Cup 34, in Valencia.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Annual Conference - Decision day ISAF, ISAF Annual Conference - It was a big decision making day at the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference in Athens as the Council voted on the some of the key decisions in the sport.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Kiwi skippers feature in Dubai opener Bruno Troublé, Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Kiwi skippers will meet head-to-head tomorrow in the opening match race of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai as Dean Barker, skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand, faces off against Gavin Brady, steering the Italian entry Mascalzone Latino Audi.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Annual Conference 2010 comes to a close ISAF, ISAF - The Council of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) concluded their meeting in Athens, Greece, today with the final decisions made at this year's ISAF Annual Conference.... [more] Share this story
ISAF - Mixed multihull is an Olympic sailing discipline Andrew Dowley, ISAF council followed the recommendation of the ISAF Events committee with 19 votes in favour and 16 against. Multihull is back on the wave to the Olympics. This is a provisional result and there is still theoretically chance to change this result in May 2011 at the ISAF Meeting in St. Petersburg (RUS).... [more] Share this story
Snipe Women's World Championship win to Team Tunnicliffe Anna Tunnicliffe, Snipe Women's World Champions - Team Tunnicliffe wins - We started with the day with 10kts that quickly died to borderline hiking conditions. The first race got under way on time. We had a good start and rounded the top mark in about sixth. We sailed well and managed to draw a penalty on Kathleen Tocke, the overnight leader.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy - Dubai: Images from the Opening Emirates Team New Zealand and Chris Cameron, Teams were on the water today for the first official practice of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai regatta and attended the Opening ceremony on Friday. The breeze was light and the sky hazy; the teams were happy to be back on the water and the scene was being set for two weeks of intense match racing.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing announces 2011 US Sailing Development Team Dana Paxton, US Sailing - Fifty-five talented athletes have been named to the 2011 US Sailing Development Team (USSDT), the youth pipeline team supported by US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC)... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum - Multi 50 or IMOCA Open 60s? Gaia Coretti, It is potent cocktail which is on the menu for the weekend in Point-Ã -Pitre, Guadeloupe, what is just not sure is who or when the leading Multi 50 and IMOCA Open 60's will reach the finish line of this enthralling ninth edition of the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale. But, were both of tonight's class leaders hold their leads to the finish, then it would mark a wonderful double as 2006 winners... [more] Share this story
BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - Lighting the Match Linda Phillips, BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival - Hands down, the most exciting recent sailing trend to have swept North America and Europe is match racing's meteoric surge in popularity. Now, in time for its 40th anniversary, the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival is thrilled to announce its new partnership with Gill to bring the Gill BVI International Match Racing Championship to its lineup.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing recognizes 2010's outstanding sailing coaches Dana Paxton, US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) has chosen two exemplary sailing coaches for the 2010 Coaches of the Year Awards. Based on nominations from the public, the OSC has named Greg Wilkinson (Rockport, Mass.) the National Coach of the Year and Jay Kehoe (Annapolis, Md.) the Developmental Coach of the Year.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew leading fleet as Cape Town approaches Velux 5 Oceans, American solo sailor Brad Van Liew is on the verge of victory in the first leg of the Velux 5 Oceans. The experienced 42-year-old skipper has less than 600 nautical miles to go to reach the finish line of the first of five ocean sprints that make up the 30,000-mile Ultimate Solo Challenge.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world yacht race sails into Cape Town Velux 5 Oceans, Table Mountain to provide stunning backdrop for the 30,000-mile race's first stopover. The Velux 5 Oceans has landed in Cape Town! In just a few days the city will welcome the first of the five ocean racers as they cross the finish line of the first sprint. Cape Town will be home to the Velux 5 Oceans until the race restarts again on December 12.... [more] Share this story
Sailing Videos of the Week - the Sail-World selection - the latest The Sail-World Team, More and more great sailing video footage is turning up 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
ISAF Conference: Gender balance skewed with 2016 Event selection Richard Gladwell, The International Sailing Federation's Events Committee have effectively skewed the gender balance in Olympic sailing, with its choices of Event for the 2016 Olympic Regatta, which were selected at its meeting in Athens on Wednesday. The reason for the imbalance is the selection of two Mixed classes (one male and one female sailor), when previously this type of Event has not been used in the O... [more] Share this story
Snipe Women's Worlds - Team Tunnicliffe second going into last day Anna Tunnicliffe, Snipe Women's Worlds - Team Tunnicliffe lying second going into last day - Finally today we had just enough wind to complete three races. Although at times the wind got very light, we hung around and got the racing in. We finished with a 3, 7, 3 today and are now lying in second overall with 16 points, three points behind overnight leaders.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing's Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year nomination US Sailing, US SAILING's Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year nomination - By making a nomination you automatically enter to win two tickets to the Awards Ceremony at the New York Yacht Club's Model Room with travel and accommodations provided by Rolex and US SAILING.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Presidents Report - 11 November 2010 ISAF, ISAF Presidents Report - 11 November 2010 - ISAF President Göran Petersson set out the challenges ahead as he delivered his opening address, the President's Report, to the ISAF Council members during their first day of meetings at the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference held in Athens, Greece.... [more] Share this story
Ronstan investing in Australian manufacturing Brendan Maxwell, While around the world manufacturing is moving from the major industrial countries to Asia, one of the world leaders in the marine industry Ronstan, one of the largest sailing and architectural hardware manufacturers in the world, is in fact expanding manufacturing operations on its home turf.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - BMW Oracle ready to race Tim Jeffery, BMW Oracle Racing team has been in preparation this week for the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai, the final event of the Louis Vuitton World Series.... [more] Share this story
PWA Cabo Verde World Cup Event Preview PWA, November 14th the beautiful island of Sal, Cabo Verde will greet the world's most impressive professional windsurfers. Only one World Champion will be crowned, and with the rankings wide open, it's bound to be an exciting showdown between the most talented competitors from across the globe.... [more] Share this story
49ers - theatre style in Perth Jerelyn Beihl, The International 49er class will be performing a second test of 'Theatre Style' racing in Perth, Australia on November 14th.... [more] Share this story
International Rolex Regatta 2011 NOR published Barby MacGowan, Nothing says 'fun in the sun' quite like the International Rolex Regatta, set for March 25-27, 2011. The racing is serious (the International Rolex Regatta is a part of the US-IRC Gulf Stream Series), with a professional race management team and an international jury.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Regatta Dubai is the end of an era Bruno Trouble, IACC boats were used in five America's Cup and five Louis Vuitton Cup regattas from 1992 to 2007. The four Version 5 boats racing in Dubai – two from BMW Oracle Racing and two from Emirates Team New Zealand – were amongst the last boats built to the rule.... [more] Share this story
Monsoon Cup - Minoprio dismisses rivals Williams and Mirsky WMRT, Current ISAF Match Racing World Champion, Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing believes Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar and Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team pose no threat to his quest to win this year's Championship.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Conference - Multi suggest supplied boats as lobbying continues Roland Gaebler, ISAF World Cup Series -The votes and the comments of the ISAF Events committee members yesterday shows us clearly that many nations have major proplems to finance sailing on the Olympic Level. The Olympics and the ISAF World Cup Series with many events around the world is a real financial challenge for many MNAs and sailors.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Battle for podium positions ramps up Velux 5 Oceans, With less than 2,300 nautical miles to go to the finish line, the competition for a podium position in the first leg of the Velux 5 Oceans is as hot as ever. While Brad Van Liew on Le Pingouin and Zbigniew Gutkowski on Operon Racing fight it out for first place, a similar battle is raging between Derek Hatfield and Chris Stanmore-Major for third... [more] Share this story
Images from the 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Kurt Arrigo and Rolex, ISAF and Rolex announced that the male and female winners of the 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards are: Blanca Manchón (ESP) and Tom Slingsby (AUS). Rolex presents the following gallery of images from the glittering evening... [more] Share this story
ISAF Athens - Multihull back on the Olympic path Roland Gaebler, ISAF Athens - Dear Sailing Friends, we made the first step for a comeback of the Multihull. As a Mixed Olympic Discipline. We got 84% positive votes in the ISAF Events Committee. This is sensational and far ahead of all other classes (Finn, Match race women, Star, 470 mixed, 470 men) which were in our voting group for the last four Olympic slots for 2016.... [more] Share this story
Gladwell's Line: ISAF Events Committee falls into its Heffalump Trap Richard Gladwell, ISAF's Events' Committee seems to have fallen into its own Heffalump Trap after conducting two key votes at the ISAF annual Conference in Athens. The trap was inadvertently set by the ISAF's own Executive Committee in the form of two submissions which prescribed two votes to be undertaken, first by the Events Committee and then by the ISAF Council.... [more] Share this story
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