Christophe Bullens finally arrived in Cape Town earlier this week, completing his first leg of the Velux 5 Oceans solo race. In an amazing display of companionship and solidarity, the entire Velux 5 Oceans team rallied around Christophe after his arrival at the docks; fellow skippers and their shore crews were joined by the race team, chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Cape Town harbour master Stephen Bentley and even passersby to start work on Christophe's yacht Five Oceans of Smiles Too. Christophe is struggling with a limited window of opportunity to effect repairs and get his yacht ready for the start of leg 2 on December 12th; this reminds me I better keep an eye on the South African weather for my Virtual Regatta start.
In Malaysia, Britain's Ben Ainslie and TEAMORIGIN demonstrated their great form completing the double on Sunday, securing both the 2010 ISAF Match Racing World Championship and the prestigious Monsoon Cup.
Only 24 days to the start of the Barcelona World Race; fifteen duos are currently busy making final adjustments and delivering their Open 60s to Barcelona, Spain ahead of the December 31st start. Many big names and some new yacht designs in this one; it promises to be interesting again! More details in the next few weeks...
In Canada, congratulations to Richard Clarke who was recently awarded British Columbia's Sailor of the Year Award in Vancouver, B.C. Among Clarke's recent outstanding sailing achievements were podium finishes at the 2009 Star North American Championship and the 2010 Star Western Hemisphere Championship, along with several US-IRC events. Also of interest are some early comments about a Canada-wide challenge for the America's Cup led by a group that includes the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and Royal Halifax Yacht Squadron. The word is they would put together a joint challenge to be run out of the RCYC on Toronto Island and feature an all-Canadian crew.
ISAF World Match Race Rankings ISAF, ISAF World Match Racing Champion and 2010 world Match Race Tour winner Ben Ainslie (GBR) has today also claimed the top position in the open rankings for the first time in his career. Nicky Souter (AUS) maintains her position at the top of the women's rankings.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Photos of Bullens in Cape Town Sail-World Staff, Christophe Bullens is welcomed by fellow skippers upon his arrival in Cape Town. The entire Velux 5 Oceans community gets ready to help Christophe make repairs on his yacht Five Oceans of Smiles Too.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - 24 days to the start Barcelona World Race, From an entry of the 15 duos for the upcoming Barcelona World Race there were six native French speaking skippers who met the media and received a rapturous public welcome at the Salon Nautic, either live in person or by audio conference from their boat.... [more] Share this story
Phuket King's Cup 2010: pictures, and a taste of sunshine Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Two days into the regatta, and a lot more pictures later than you ever see in the press releases and race reports... for the man with the camera, the day started with a stranding on the beach when the camera RIB was discovered to have a punctured tube. Oh dear, but anyway we made it out to the race course - a little delayed - in time to find a bit of sunshine, and a moderate breeze... [more] Share this story
Derek Hatfield third after first leg of Velux 5 Oceans solo yacht race James Christie, Hatfield, 58, sits third as Canada's entry in the single-handed, around-the-world race known as the Velux 5 Oceans. Through the first leg of the race – 32 days from La Rochelle, France, to Cape Town, South Africa – Hatfield could only catnap briefly from time to time in a sleeping chair on deck when his autopilot equipment failed to work.... [more] Share this story
New world speed record ratification - Charlotte Consorti John Reed, The WSSR Council announces the ratification of a new World Record... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Christophe Bullens triumphs against adversity Velux 5 Oceans, Tenacious solo sailor Christophe Bullens arrived in Cape Town this morning bringing to an end a gruelling six-week ocean sprint in the Velux 5 Oceans round the world yacht race. The 49-year-old was given a rapturous welcome as he sailed into the South African port 49 days, 22 hours and 55 minutes after the race start in La Rochelle, France, on October 17... [more] Share this story
Richard Clarke named B.C. Sailor of the Year Lynn Fitzpatrick, Richard Clarke was awarded British Columbia's Sailor of the Year Award at a December 4th dinner in Vancouver, B.C. Among Clarke's outstanding sailing achievements during 2010 were his podium finishes at the 2009 Star North American Championship and the 2010 Star Western Hemisphere Championship and a several US-IRC events.... [more] Share this story
King Ben takes the Monsoon Cup 2010 Monsoon Cup 2010 Media, A thrilling five race final at the 2010 Monsoon Cup. Coming into this event a lot was a stake – the Monsoon Cup 2010 and the ISAF Match Racing World Championship.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Headwinds halt Central Lecherias Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - Headwinds halt Central Lecherias - Strong easterly Levante headwinds in the Straits of Gibraltar have meant that Fran Palacio (ESP) and the delivery crew on Central Lechera Asturiana have had to stop temporarily in Porto Sherry by Cadiz to await an improvement in the weather.... [more] Share this story
ORC and RORC work together towards a common goal for offshore racing ORC, Offshore Racing Congress - Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and Union Nationale pour La Course au Large (UNCL), joint owners of the IRC rating rule, have been in discussion with the ORC about the possibility of creating a unified organisation to govern yacht ratings worldwide. This initiative to bring the world offshore rating systems together was endorsed by ISAF following its AGM in 2009 in Korea.... [more] Share this story
Clarke and O Canada prepare for Pacific racing Lynn Fitzpatrick, Canada's Richard Clarke and Philippe Kahn were the first to finish overall and doublehanded in the 2007 Transpac and the 2008 Pacific Cup in an Open 50. The 2001/01 Volvo Ocean Race helmsman/trimmer is spicing up his 2011 big boat and Olympic sailing programs with offshore racing in the Pacific this spring and summer. This season's flavor is an Open 60.... [more] Share this story
Killing has a mind for sailing Mike Dodd, Looking at him as he covers the floor of the upstairs office, you'd think Steve Killing is about to start working on someone's 2011 tax return. But it's doubtful the word sailing would come to mind. However, that's exactly what the easygoing Killing is up to his neck in these days as he looks forward to the 2013 America's Cup, an event that can only be described as the Super Bowl of sailing.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Bullens expected to reach Cape Town by Monday Velux 5 Oceans, Solo sailor, Christophe Bullens, is predicted to arrive in Cape Town late Sunday or early Monday on his 60ft yacht, Five Oceans of Smile too. Christophe, who has been beset with problems during first leg of the VELUX 5 OCEANS, will be the fifth and final skipper to finish the first of the five ocean sprints.... [more] Share this story
J/24 Ontario and World Qualifier winners Katie Nicoll, Peter Wickwire in Sunnyvale and Ted Bartlewski in Driver's Wanted walked off with most of the hardware at this year's Ontario J/24 Awards Night held at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club Friday, November 26th. Peter won the Matthews Ambassador Award and the Ontario Provincial Championships. Ted won both the Ontario & World Qualifier Series.... [more] Share this story
Canadian sail team could challenge for America's Cup Dave Perkins, Toronto may be closer to the World Series than we all think. No, not that World Series. I mean the newly created America's Cup World Series, the pinnacle of big-time yacht racing, for which a Canada-wide challenge, to be put forth by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club at a cost of $30 million to $45 million, is being discussed.... [more] Share this story
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