Congratulations to Derek Hatfield who managed to hold off Christopher Stanmore-Major to take third place in the first leg of the Velux 5 Oceans; they both completed the sprint in 33 and 36 days respectively and are now getting some needed rest and readying their yachts in South Africa. Belgian Christophe Bullens has just initiated the big left turn along the Brazilian coast and has Cape Town in his sight with approximately 2400 miles to go. The next leg, set to start in mid-December, will take the skippers through 7000 miles of the Indian Ocean to Wellington, New Zealand.
While the big boats were certainly impressive to watch in the Route du Rhum, in my mind, it's the 44 Class 40 yachts on the start line that stole the show. Only six years after its creation, the popularity of the class is way beyond the original expectations of making offshore races accessible to amateur sailors; many professionals have now been attracted to the class' simple and stringent rules that were created with cost control in mind. The yachts are fast, exciting and challenging and relatively affordable when you compare them to previous professional classes of similar size. One of the most attractive aspects is that you do not need the latest yacht to win races; five-year-old designs were perfectly competitive in the Route du Rhum.
The next major Class 40 event will be the Global Ocean Race, a round-the-world, double-handed race scheduled for September 2011. The class is also gaining popularity in North America; 11th Hour Racing has recently announced the Class 40 Atlantic Cup in May 2011. The event will include Pro-Am racing in New York Harbor, a double-handed offshore race from New York to Newport, followed by crewed inshore races in Newport; the organizers are planning to make this event fully accessible to the public through social media, yacht tracking and on shore activities.
The 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race is also taking shape; four teams have already publicly confirmed their entry in the event; you can expect to see Franck Cammas (Groupama), Ken Read (Puma Ocean Racing), Ian Walker (Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing) and Chris Nicholson (Camper) on the start line in October 2011. A revised route will take the fleet from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi in the Persian Gulf, before heading east to the Island of Hainan in the South China Sea. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
Velux 5 Oceans - British solo sailor takes fourth place in Leg 1 Velux 5 Oceans, British skipper Chris Stanmore-Major today became the fourth skipper to complete the first ocean sprint of the epic Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world yacht race. After 36 days and 44 minutes at sea, the 33-year-old from Cowes, Isle of Wight, crossed the finish line in Cape Town, South Africa, at 4.44pm local time in beautiful weather conditions.... [more] Share this story
Men's RSX: Canada's Multi-talented Good Fortune Shauna McGee Kinney, Canadian RSX sailors Zachary Plavsic (CAN 33) and David Hayes (CAN 11) made the trip to the 2010 Perth International Regatta. The wind didn't make the trip, but the multi-sport Canadians still had a great event.... [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
Velux 5 Oceans: Chris Stanmore-Major reflects Velux 5 Oceans, Congratulations first to Derek Hatfield and the Active House team on their podium position - I tried my best to catch him. After keeping my head down for the past few days in this foul weather I have begun to reflect on the past month and tried to analyze what I have got out of this trip if not the podium position I was so keen for.... [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
Great Lakes Cruising Club launches online school Donn Larson, Great Lakes Cruising Club School - Recreational boaters on the five Great Lakes and Great Loop waterways have a fresh resource to enrich their experience: a program of new 'webinar' tutorials conducted by knowledgeable boaters discussing their subject in live on-screen presentations with visual aids, and an opportunity for students to interact with the instructor and each other.... [more] Share this story
Perth 2010 Canadian 49ers waiting for breeze Shauna McGee Kinney, The Canadian 49ers along with the rest of the fleet saw more action rigging their boats in the unusually light, humid air than they did on the water yesterday. Their morning event were on the furthest north race course and the sailors were concerned about how much time was needed to sail that far in windless conditions.... [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
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
Velux 5 Oceans - Hatfield due to finish Velux 5 Oceans, A landmark day for the Velux 5 Oceans - all of the skippers are now in the Southern Hemisphere after Christophe Bullens crossed the Equator this morning... [more] Share this story
Sailing Videos of the Week - the Sail-World selection - serious action 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
Route du Rhum - Class 40s in tight finish Oliver Dewar, Thomas Ruyant and Destination Dunkerque took first place in the Class40 division of the Route du Rhum at 11:12:17 GMT on Thursday with Nicolas Troussel and Crédit Mutuel de Bretagne chasing him across the line off Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadaloupe, just three and-a-half hours later after 4,000 miles and 18 days... [more] Share this story
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