For many sailors—myself included—crossing the Pond for the first time represents a serious sailing objective. Plenty of sailors seek group crossings, races, flotillas, or other scenarios in order to afford a bit more safety. Take, for example, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers.
The ARC, as is known in the sailing lexicon, represents an awesome opportunity to cross with fellow sailors around. A racing category (19 yachts this year) takes care of the go-fast crowd, and a cruising fleet (the vast majority of the fleet) is made up of more sensible sailors who actually want to enjoy a few creature comforts. This weekend, 233 boats from 26 nations crossed the starting line off of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, headed off on an adventure of some 2,700 miles en route to the official finish in Rodney Bay, St Lucia. It will be interesting to follow this fleet as they make their way across the Pond.
Meanwhile, at the Louis Vuitton Dubai Trophy, BMW/Oracle Racing still commands the top spot, with Team New Zealand in second place and All4One rounding out the current Top Three. Be sure to check out Sander van der Borch's great image gallery, as well as the racing reports.
And in the Velux 5 Oceans Race, Canadian skipper Derek Hatfield (57) finished the first leg in third place when he crossed the finishing line on Saturday, nearly six days astern of Brad Van Liew. 'It's fantastic to be here,' said Hatfield. 'All those hard times of the last month are going to disappear pretty quickly now! It's been a good leg though, not my best ever but I am very happy with third. The first two weeks of the race I found very difficult. I really missed the children and I had a hard time getting motivated. I was still getting to know the boat but I think I know her pretty well now and I have some ideas about how to go quicker on the next leg.' Stay tuned for the start of leg two, which kicks off on December 12 in Cape Town, South Africa, and races to Wellington, New Zealand.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
ARC 2010 Starts - 233 yachts cross the line in sunshine World Cruising Club, Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) started in spectacular style today as 233 yachts from 26 nations sailed across the start line off Las Palmas de Gran Canaria heading for their final destination, 2,700 nautical miles away in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Here comes the Italians Bruno Troublé, Kiwi skipper Gavin Brady guided the Italian team to a comfortable victory against Sweden's Artemis Racing after overtaking them a few minutes into the first beat. The Italian team is only half a point away from overtaking second-placed Emirates Team New Zealand which lost today after botching a spinnaker takedown and flying the giant sail like a flag from the top of their mast.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum - The second wave of Class40s Oliver Dewar, Throughout Thursday and early on Friday, the lead pack of single-handed Class40's swarmed over the finish line of the Route du Rhum. Thomas Ruyant and his 2009 Tyker40 Destination Dunkerque were first across the line, followed by Nicolas Troussel and the new Pogo S² Crédit Mutuel de Bretagne just over three-and-half hours later.... [more] Share this story
Volvo Ocean Race - Race veterans head Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team Volvo Ocean Race, The 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race winning navigator, Jules Salter (GBR), heads a strong quartet of race veterans signed up to the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team for the 2011-12 round-the-world race. Jules Salter (GBR), Craig Satterthwaite (NZL) as watchleader, Justin Slattery (IRL) on bow, and Simon Fisher (GBR). With skipper Ian Walker at the helm, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing will have one of the most experie... [more] Share this story
Images of Dubai: Dhow racing in the Louis Vuitton Trophy + Video Gilles Martin-Raget, Top photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget presents this gallery of images of the dhow racing staged on the lay day of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - providing the top monohull racing crews with a taste of centuries old sailing culture in boats built of Indian teak and capable of sailing almost at the speed of the wind.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy images by Chris Schmid Chris Schmidt images, Photographer Chris Schmid presents this gallery of images from the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai. We hope you enjoy them... [more] Share this story
ABYC Turkey Day Regatta day 2 wrap-up Rich Roberts, ABYC Turkey Day Regatta day 2 wrap-up - Between them, the two 14-year-olds won five of their class's six races and seemed ready for more, while some of their shivering peers suffered disabling breakdowns or chose to check out early, concluding that there are too many nice days to sail in Southern California without punishing yourself for the pleasure.... [more] Share this story
ICSA National Match Racing Championship - Boston College wins Andrea Watson, Boston College Wins the 2010 ICSA National Match Racing Championship - In a first to three points finals, skipper Taylor Canfield, and his crew of Tyler Sinks, Bianna Provancha, Danny Bloomstine, Ryan Mullins, with alternate David Gross, thwarted every attempt by the very skilled St Mary's team to come behind in all three matches.... [more] Share this story
Sailing boat fire - 30 years of memories lost Sail-World Round-up, Those who build their own boats in order to go sailing have a special relationship with the vessel. So losing his home built sailing boat this week after thirty years of memorable cruising was the saddest of blows to ex-Pentagon worker and Washington resident Dan Van Sickel.... [more] Share this story
Global Ocean Race - A strong French team is entry number 19 Oliver Dewar, Global Ocean Race - A fifth, French, double-handed Class40 team has entered bringing the total of confirmed entries to 19 with a rush of four entries within the last four weeks. The highly-experienced, professional sailor, Lionel Regnier, will be sharing the circumnavigation with two co-skippers: fellow Frenchman, Pierre-Yves Cavan, and Belgian yachtsman, Denis Van Weyn Bergh.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Images by Sander van der Borch Sander van der Borch, Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Artemis Racing during the second day of the RR2. Not the best day as Artemis Racing lost two matches, one against Synergy and one against BMW Oracle.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - BMW Oracle Racing dominates Bruno Troublé, Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - The American team BMW Oracle Racing sailed a near-flawless race today against Sweden's Artemis Racing to maintain their margin at the top of the leaderboard.... [more] Share this story
US 470 Teams and Coaches: Here, There, Then and Now Shauna McGee Kinney, Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl (USA 1713), Adam Roberts and Nick Martin (USA 81) and their coaches – Morgan Reeser and Nigel Cochrane look at the recent-past and changes in Olympic qualifying, 470 team development and international competition.... [more] Share this story
Windsurfing Fremantle – Revisited Shauna McGee Kinney, Vincenzo Baglione, 0ne of the top windsurfers from the 1985 World Windsurfing Championships in Fremantle returns 25 years later as one of the official Perth International Regatta photographers. He's at Fremantle this year with his son Marcantonio Baglione (ITA) – one of the top RS:X Youth and Men's athletes from Italy.... [more] Share this story
Product of the Week: the Night Vision Cap Lee Mylchreest, They've finally done it - a brilliant way of seeing at night on the deck, without a torch, without the old cumbersome head torch and without blinding your fellow crew! It's called a 'Powercap' Night Vision Cap, using light and long lasting LED batteries, and it's our product of the week.... [more] Share this story
PWA Cabo Verde World Cup - Day seven Paul Griffiths, PWA Cabo Verde World Cup - Clear blue skies, calm seas, and a gentle tropical breeze provided idyllic conditions for a relaxing afternoon in paradise.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - BMW Oracle keeps top spot after split Tim Jeffery, Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - By splitting its two races today BMW Oracle Racing maintained the top spot at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai. BMW Oracle Racing skipper James Spithill and his crew defeated the Swedish-flagged Artemis Racing, a challenger for the 34 America's Cup, by 1 minute and 3 seconds, and lost by 45 seconds to All4One, the combined French/German team.... [more] Share this story
Perth International Regatta - Finals day! Perth Internatonal Regatta, Perth International Regatta ended today with the eight gold medals being shared between sailors from the northern and southern hemisphere.... [more] Share this story
ICSA Match Racing National Championship - Boston College in the finals Andrea Watson, ICSA Match Racing National Championship - Boston College in the finals - The other team in the finals will be determined Sunday morning when St. Mary's and Brown go head to head in a match that will decide who has the good fortune of vying for the top podium finish against Boston College.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy racing put on hold Paul Cayard, Louis Vuitton Trophy racing was put on hold so the six teams could race a traditional Dhow race. Dhows have plied the waters of the Arabian Gulf for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Nowadays, they race them regularly in fleets of up to 70 boats.... [more] Share this story
2010 PWA Cabo Verde World Cup – Day six an all British affair Vivienne Masters, On day 6 of the PWA Cabo Verde World Cup, a dramatic day sees four more heats completed, a man in hospital, the first title contender down, and a few less urchins on the rocks of Curral Joul!... [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 on the Olympic Events by http://www.one.sail-world.com/NZ/Gladwells-Line:-Olympic-Decision---will-ISAF-get-caught-by-a-Yorker/75967!clicking_here... [more] Share this story
Mixed Sailing - New website promotes Mixed Sailing on Multihull Nahid and Roland Gaebler, Mixed Sailing - at the 2010 ISAF conference in Athens there was a clear signal that mixed sailing on multihulls can be a new Olympic sailing discipline for the Rio Olympics 2016.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai: On board the Dhows Chris Cameron, Six high-tech yacht racing teams went sailing on traditional Arab dhows today - the team's competing in the LVT Dubai found some surprising modern touches – carbon-fibre spars for instance. The guys found themselves handling the sails through blocks and tackle (no high-tech winches here) in a down-wind race to the ...finish. For the record ALL4ONE was first, Emirates Team NZ were second.... [more] Share this story
ICSA Match Race National Championships 2010 - Photos from Friday GTSPhotos.com, ICSA Match Race National Championships 2010 - Day 1.... [more] Share this story
Perth International Regatta - Slingsby wins Gold in tricky conditions Craig Heydon, Perth International Regatta - Tom Slingsby has picked up the Australian Sailing Team's first medal at the Perth International Regatta, winning Gold in the Laser class on Saturday.... [more] Share this story
Perth International Regatta - Medal race results Perth Internatonal Regatta, Perth International Regatta - Newly crowned ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, Australian Tom Slingsby, took out the Laser Men's event today at the Perth International Regatta after a double points medal race sailed in light and fluky winds.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Derek Hatfield finishes third in first leg Velux 5 Oceans, Veteran sailor arrives in Cape Town after 33 days alone at sea. Canadian solo sailor Derek Hatfield today sailed into Cape Town to take the third podium position in the first ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans. Derek's arrival in the South African city ends a gruelling 33 days at sea for the 57-year-old, the oldest skipper in the Velux 5 Oceans fleet.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2011 NOR and Entry now available Farr 40 Class Association, The Notice of Race for the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2011 to be sailed in Sydney, Australia February 23 - 26 is now available.... [more] Share this story
Making History at the 2010 ICSA Match National Championship Andrea Watson, Making History at the 2010 ICSA Match National Championship - Hosted by USMMA at Kings Point, it was a day of good solid match racing with some really hard fought, exciting matches and as is always the case in match racing, some surprises. Boston College, the top ranked college team in the country, moved into the Repechage Group after a three-way tie.... [more] Share this story
Storm Trysail Foundation Award presented to Ted Turner and Crew Barby MacGowan, Storm Trysail Foundation Award Presented to Ted Turner and Crew - The Storm Trysail Club's charitable educational foundation, the Storm Trysail Foundation (STF), has awarded Ted Turner and his 19-man crew of Tenacious--winner of the infamous gale-battered 1979 Fastnet Race--with its newly inaugurated Storm Trysail Foundation Award.... [more] Share this story
2012 Vic-Maui International Yacht Race announced Vic-Maui, The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and the Lahaina Yacht Club are pleased to announce the 2012 Vic-Maui International Yacht Race.... [more] Share this story
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