How does the expression go... If it wasn't for bad luck, this guy would have no luck at all! After hitting a whale earlier this week, Belgian Christophe Bullens is now in a no wind zone as he desperately tries to make it to Cape Town before the start of the next leg. His bad luck started even before the race was underway when his original boat was dis-masted during the delivery to France; he acquired another boat but was delayed at the start after completing his qualification passage on the new yacht. He then had to stop in the Canaries early on to make some repairs and seek medical treatment; broke a head-stay off the coast of Brazil, took on a water in the South Atlantic and collided with a marine mammal. His ordeal should be over in five days or so; it will then be a matter of another week before he has to set off again for the Southern Oceans on his way to New Zealand. I am sure the job list is long and there will be many sleepless nights in Cape Town for his shore crew.
In Dubai, Emirates Team New Zealand showcased their strength in the last Louis Vuitton Trophy event; they posted two wins against BMW Oracle Racing to capture the event, their third win in four events this past season. While it was a great victory on the water, mixed feelings were felt back on shore following the finish gun that signaled the end of 20 years of competition for the International America's Cup Class yachts. Introduced in 1990, the ACC boats that we easily associated with the America's Cup until last February had competed in five Cup events, many Louis Vuitton Cup and Louis Vuitton Trophy series. They will not likely compete again other than through demonstration events. On a positive note, Louis Vuitton took the opportunity to confirm its significant sponsorship involvement in the next America's Cup and associated challengers series.
The final event of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour is taking place in Malaysia; there are still many contenders who can walk away with the ISAF World Match Racing Championship at the 2010 Monsoon Cup. Sail-World is on site with daily reports,images and footage! Keep an eye on Ben Ainslie (Teamorigin) as the round-robin series start today.
Those of you who wish to relive the 2008 Vendée Globe will surely be interested in a new one-hour documentary 'Racing Around the World Alone'; the work of Toronto's Resolve Films Production, the film will be aired on CBC in late January but is already available on iTunes for those who can't wait. I downloaded my copy earlier this week and was very impressed with the film; it is exciting for offshore enthusiasts but remains accessible to the main stream public. Excellent work! More details here http://www.racingaroundtheworldalone.com/
Velux 5 Oceans - Less than a 1000 miles to go for Christophe Bullens Velux 5 Oceans, Under a week at sea left in ocean sprint one for the tenacious skipper. Belgian ocean racer Christophe Bullens has less than 1,000 nautical miles to sail to reach Cape Town and the finish line of the first sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans. The end is finally in sight for the 49-year-old solo sailor who has been at sea for more than 40 days... [more] Share this story
Monsoon Cup - Live on Sail.tv Monsoon Cup, Follow the Monoon Cup Live - on Sail.tv... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race entries Virbac-Paprec 3 and Foncia launched Isabel Genís, Barcelona World Race - At a little after 1000hrs (CET) on an uncharacteristically damp and cold Barcelona morning the cargo ship Olivia offloaded her precious cargo, the duo of IMOCA Open 60's Foncia and Virbac Paprec 3, on schedule without a hitch.... [more] Share this story
Monsoon Cup – Winning when it matters Monsoon Cup 2010 Media, As the battle begins at the 2010 Monsoon Cup the skippers are very much aware that on the World Match Racing scene there is a very narrow margin between winning and losing... [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
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
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
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
Velux 5 Oceans - No rest for racers as preparation begins for next leg Velux 5 Oceans, The first ocean sprint from La Rochelle to Cape Town is still fresh in the minds of the Velux 5 Oceans skippers – for some, it is not yet over – but already work has begun preparing the fleet of Eco 60 yachts for the next round of gruelling ocean racing.... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour - New Points System and 2011 Tour Schedule WMRT, The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) has unveiled a new scoring system for the 2011. Under the new scheme the winner of each stage will still win 25 points but the runner up and third place will now receive 22 and 19 respectively compared to the existing model of 20 and 15.... [more] Share this story
Sailing Videos of the Week - Sail-World selection - ouch and more ouch 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
Farr 40's to have pre-Worlds Match up at Sydney Short Ocean titles Solveig Walkling, The Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship's (SSORC) Farr 40s One Design yachts will make for a riveting match outside Sydney Heads this weekend when some of Australia's most experienced crews go bow on in the upcoming Rolex World championships' waters.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Success breeds.. Ryan Breymeier on final prep Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - Following the success of team principal ‘Bilou', making history with his second back to back win in the the Route du Rhum, last week's celebrations in Concarneau, HQ for Team Kairos are but a radiant, lasting memory as Ryan Breymeier and Boris Hermann make final preparations to leave for next week's passage to Barcelona with Neutrogena Norwegian Formula.... [more] Share this story
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Heineken's decades of dedication Heather Tackling, St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Simpson Bay-St.Maarten-After more than 25 years of commitment to the event, Heineken has signed another three year contract to fully support the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta. This regatta, which has become a staple to many sailors' regatta schedules, has developed a long lasting and very rewarding partnership with the International beer brand Heineken.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Bad luck comes in floods for Christophe Bullens Velux 5 Oceans, Belgian skipper's sail fitting breaks and food destroyed in night of drama. Up to two tonnes of water flooded into Belgian ocean racer Christophe Bullens' yacht Five Oceans of Smiles too last night after a part on his generator broke. Christophe awoke in the early hours to find water up to his knees in the engine compartment of the Eco 60 yacht.... [more] Share this story
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