Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I found the family car pointed towards Port Townsend. As is usually the case with these trips, my goal was window shopping for a perfect little wooden sloop, outfitted with a wood-burning stove and wooden spars.
A Herrescoff Rozinanti under the shed at the Northwest Maritime Center and the Wooden Boat Foundation in Port Townsend, Washington David Schmidt
While there were plenty of fine specimen to be seen in town, my personal favorite (actually, a personal all-time favorite sailboat) was the Herrescoff Rozinanti that the folks at the Northwest Maritime Center and the Wooden Boat Foundation had under the shed. This fine-looking double ender could melt hearts anywhere that people love boats. While my visit was brief, it was still a wonderful reminder of sailing's rich history and deep-seated traditions.
And speaking of wooden boats, be sure to check out the photo gallery and the video of the Dhow racing that took place at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai.
Meanwhile, all international sailing attention this weekend was centered on the main event at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai, which concluded this past Saturday. Ultimately, Emirates Team New Zealand bested their American-flagged opponent in a clean sweep of two races. 'We kinda saved our best 'til last,' observed Emirates Team New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton. 'Oracle have been the form boat for the whole regatta. We came out today with determination knowing that on our day we are good enough but we would really need to produce.'
The Wooden Boat Foundation David Schmidt
'It's pretty disappointing,' commented BMW/Oracle skipper James Spithill. 'We had our opportunities in both races, but they beat us fair and square. The results stand and we've got to congratulate them. They're a strong team and sailed a good regatta.'
Also in Cup circles, the America's Cup Event Authority this weekend introduced its first partner, Louis Vuitton. 'We are extremely privileged that our vision for the next America's Cup has attracted the return of a company like Louis Vuitton,' said Richard Worth, Chairman, America's Cup Event Authority. 'The 34th America's Cup will culminate in 2013, marking the 30th anniversary of Louis Vuitton's support of the sport of sailing, so we could not be more proud to see this great partnership continue and strengthen.'
And lastly, two-time Cup winner Alinghi—Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli's professional sailing team—announced that they will not compete in AC34, citing the Protocol and other initiatives taken by the Defender that they do not approve. Alinghi is now the second high-profile sailing team, along with British sailing squad TeamOrigin, to decline to sail in the next Cup.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
David Schmidt,Sail-World USA Editor
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Potential challengers front for America's Cup briefing in Dubai Stuart Alexander. The Independent, The Independent's yachting correspondent, Stuart Walker attended a briefing for potential competitors in the 34th America's Cup and media at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai. He reports: Hurry up and wait was the message for a whole raft of potential America's Cup challengers meeting in conference as the swan-song regatta of the Louis Vuitton Trophy series switched to fleet racing in Dubai.... [more] Share this story
Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race registration now open Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race, Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race - The Boston Yacht Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron announce their plans for the 34th, biennial Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race. The 363 nautical mile course will start on July 10, 2011, and will be open to all yachts meeting the requirements of the Notice of Race... [more] Share this story
Ice Cup Sweden - Oskar Kihlborg images from the event Oskar Kihlborg, It was -10 degrees C but the snow was not a big problem for the 120 Vikings who turned up for the start. The 25 teams raced in J92 boats and on Sunday six teams contested the final.... [more] Share this story
Stan and Patton clinch the Fall Optimist Series titles Somers Cooper, The Bermuda Optimist Dinghy Association (BODA) completed their Fall Series this past Sunday with winners determined in both the Intermediate and Advanced divisions.... [more] Share this story
Australian Farr 40 Circuit - Kokomo wins MHYC SSORC division Sam Crichton, Australian Farr 40 Circuit: In the third event in the 2010-2011 circuit, the Middle Harbour Yacht Club Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC) was won by Lang Walker's Kokomo after two days of racing on the Manly Circle off Sydney heads... [more] Share this story
Volvo Ocean Race - Cape Town superstition Volvo Ocean Race, Volvo Ocean Race - A year from now, the Volvo Open 70 fleet will be arriving into the first port of call in the 2011 - 12 Volvo Ocean Race, Cape Town. ‘The tavern of the seas' will be a safe haven after the proving ground of the first 6,500 nautical miles of the race.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Emirates Team NZ takes Last Waltz Bruno Troublé, Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Racing in its second home, Emirates Team New Zealand won the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai today, defeating the USA's BMW Oracle Racing in two straight races.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - BMW Oracle congratulates Team New Zealand Tim Jeffery, Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - BMW Oracle Racing fell short of its goal of winning the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai, the final regatta for the America's Cup Class, when Emirates Team New Zealand scored a 2-0 victory in the final.... [more] Share this story
34th America's Cup announces partnership with Louis Vuitton Stephanie Martin, 34th America's Cup - The next major step in realizing its new vision, the America's Cup Event Authority introduced its first partner, Louis Vuitton. A continuation of its 30-year long association with the America's Cup, the fashion house will present the prize, the Louis Vuitton Cup, to the winner of the Challenger Series, as well as serve as Official Timing for the 34th America's Cup.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: 1987 Defence Head dies after car crash Perthnow.com and Sail-World, Kevin Parry, the man who backed Australia's defence of the 1987 America's Cup in Fremantle, has died after a car rollover in Bullsbrook on Friday. Police said the 77-year-old Bullsbrook man was only kilometres away from his home when his Toyota Prado rolled on Warbrook Rd at about 4.20pm. He died as a result of injuries from the crash.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Chris Schmid images Chris Schmid images, Chris Schmid images from the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Dubai.... [more] Share this story
Emirates Team NZ makes Finals of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai Warren Douglas, Emirates Team New Zealand has gone through to the final of the Dubai Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta. The team has now made the finals in all five regattas; The team scored two good wins over Mascalzone Latino and will face BMWOracle tomorrow in the final.Oracle beat the French-German syndicate ALL4ONE 2-nil in their semi-final.Emirates Team New Zealand will sail the first race in NZL92, Oracle in... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai: Mascalzone Latino Audi Team bows out Lorenza Priamo, Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai: Good but not perfect, yet. There was nothing to be done against the kiwis, for the fourth and fifth time. Even if they hadn't shined every single day of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai, today, in a best-of-three semifinal, the crew of Emirates Team New Zealand was in full form and with two wins they blocked Mascalzone Latino Audi Team's access to the finals.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup family pay tribute from Dubai to Pike River miners Richard Gladwell, Just over a week ago, 29 miners perished in an explosion in the Pike River coal mine, near Greymouth on New Zealand's picturesque West Coast. In Dubai, before the start of Semi Finals racing in the Louis Vuitton Trophy, four Emirates Team New Zealand chase boats packed with New Zealanders took part in a moving ceremony to commemorate the miners lost at Pike River mine.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - BMW Oracle Racing reaches final Tim Jeffery, Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - BMW Oracle Racing advanced to the final of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai, the fitting finale for America's Cup Class monohulls, with a sterling performance in today's semifinal round. The winning formula for today was as it's been throughout the regatta that began 13 days ago. Tactician John Kostecki and strategist Murray Jones called the windshifts... [more] Share this story
Americans and Kiwis will race Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai Finals Peter Rusch, New Zealand and the USA will meet in the finals of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai tomorrow after each team won their semi-final contests 2-0 today in close racing on inshore waters off the Dubai International Marine Club.... [more] Share this story
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