The world-famous San Francisco Bay will be home to the America's Cup 34 in 2013, preceded by the Challenger Selection Series for the Louis Vuitton Cup, as well as an America's Cup World Series event in 2012. This will be the first time the America's Cup has been hosted in the United States since 1995. 'San Francisco couldn't be prouder to host the 34th America's Cup. With our natural stadium at the footsteps of the City and our consistent, heavy winds, San Francisco Bay will be an arena for some of the most spectacular racing the world has ever seen,' said Mayor Gavin Newsom. He also added 'Paired with the plans of the America's Cup Event Authority to stage the ultimate fan experience on shore, the 34th edition of the America's Cup will fast forward the sport of sailing globally.'
Unfortunately, Belgian solo sailor Christophe Bullens has been left with no choice but to retire from the Velux 5 Oceans following a string of technical problems onboard his yacht; meanwhile, the remaining four racers are facing a massive storm in the Southern Oceans. Canadian Derek Hatfield shares the following: 'The storm has started to subside slowly. The low pressure system that has developed is massive, probably almost 1000 miles across and is moving slowly to the south and east. Other than the hurricane that I encountered at Cape Horn in 2003, this is probably the most extreme storm that I have experienced. A few facts of my encounter this time, top wind gust: 54 kts; sustained wind of 40 kts for almost two days; estimated biggest wave: 15 meters (luckily not breaking at the top), top boat speed on a wave surf; 25.4 kts, amount of sleep in 48 hour period; two 15 minute cat naps in the deck chair. I have since slept for about 6 hours once the wind came down to 30 kts and I could relax a bit on the wave height. The end of a storm is like leaving the dentist, so rewarding and relaxing. I'm hoping to reach the gybe point sometime in the next 12 hours and this will allow me to head more direct to NZ. Gutek and I are having a ding dong battle and I hope we can continue to the finish.'
After an uneventful start in the Mediterranean for the Barcelona World Race skippers, they are finally settling into a downwind run in the Atlantic. As expected, Virbac-Paprec and Foncia are leading the way as the rest of the fleet is selecting the best route around the Canary Islands. South of the islands, the trade winds are well established and the first ones there will make precious gains. Currently third in the standings, Dominique Wavre(SUI) and Michèle Paret (FRA) on Mirabaud were boarded by Moroccan customs officials earlier this week as their yacht was approximately 50 miles east of the entrance to the Straits of Gibraltar and 30 miles off the Moroccan coast. The officials searched the boat over a period of around 35 minutes, opening many of the couple's vacuum sealed bags of food and equipment. The race organizers have reported the incident to the authorities to avoid a repetition with similar effects.
Staring tomorrow, the 53rd Toronto International Boat Show has something for everyone! The world's largest indoor lake returns to Ricoh Coliseum for the 2011, Zac Sunderland will be sharing how he became the youngest solo sailor to circumnavigate the world, the most popular sailing yachts will be open for boarding in the Sail Fest area, Diane Reid will be there with One Girl's Ocean Challenge and you will find us at the Canadian Yachting's Island Village. Watch out for contest details and enter to win a CHARTER for FOUR in the BVIS. Sign up online at http://www.winatriptobvi.ca/ or fill in a ballot at the show!
Velux 5 Oceans - A stark Warning Velux 5 Oceans, Sombre environmental reflections on sailing through the world's oceans... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Breeze at last Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - While Barcelona and the rest of Spain was last night and today celebrating the Festival of the Three Magic Kings, the Barcelona World RACE skippers, for the first time in recent days, shared the same present; the gift of good breezes.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup - San Francisco celebrates Stephanie Martin, America's Cup - San Francisco will play host to a very different America's Cup Finals. With a focus on enhancing the overall event experience, substantial enhancements are being added to both on and off the water elements.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - CSM takes the Southern Ocean in his stride Velux 5 Oceans, For many sailors the thought of taking on the mighty Southern Ocean at all is enough to send shivers down their spines, let alone facing it singlehanded. 'Getting knocked down was just one of those things,' Chris Stanmore-Major said. 'I feel very respectful of what's possible in the ocean but I am very conservative when it comes to heavy weather and I am looking forward to the next blow.'... [more] Share this story
One Day: Jan 21/11, One Race: Around Barbados, One Goal: Break Records Raphael Grisoni, The Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race has a 75 year tradition of sail boats of all sizes racing around the island to break records and gain bragging rights. Come and enjoy sun, sand and most importantly sea and join us in the race around Barbados. Any one and any boat of size can join. If you don't have a boat, charter one or join the crew of a participating vessel.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Foncia closes gap on leader Barcelona World Race, This morning at 0500hrs (UTC) the leading five boats have passed the latitiude of Maderia. It has been a decent night too for Boris Herrmann (GER) and Ryan Breymaier (USA) restoring Neutrogena to sixth, while 'les red Cow-Boys', Groupe Bel's Kito de Pavant (FRA) and Seb Audigane(FRA) are up to eighth, catching Dee Caffari (GBR) and Anna Corbella (ESP) on GAES Centros Auditivos.... [more] Share this story
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to get a new fleet Zoe Williamson, British sailing legend, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, is celebrating 15 years as chairman of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race by announcing a brand new fleet of twelve 70-foot racing yachts for his global ocean challenge.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Different emotions Barcelona World Race, They may be in separate oceans, dealing with very different conditions, but the moods of the Barcelona World Race skippers today spanned a full range of emotions and each did not necessarily directly reflect their current fortunes.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Eerie calm Velux 5 Oceans, After managing to sleep less than an hour in the past 24 hours, Derek was this morning taking advantage of the lighter winds found in the very centre of the depression to catch up on some desperately needed rest.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Escape from Gibraltar Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race and while the leaders have got away, and may extend still further, the difficult combination of very light winds and fast flowing westerly current in the Straits has halted their adversaries for many hours.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Southern Ocean storm set to pummel fleet Velux 5 Oceans, The Velux 5 Oceans skippers preparing for howling 40 knot winds and huge seas. After 20 days at sea the ocean racers have covered around 5,000 nautical miles but still have more than 2,500 left to sail to the finish line in Wellington, New Zealand.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - First to Gibraltar this evening Barcelona World Race, In the first edition of the Barcelona World Race back in November 2007 it was Jean-Pierre Dick who was first to Gibraltar, escaping from the Mediterranean on Paprec-Virbac 2 with co-skipper Damian Foxall after setting the inaugural record of 3 days 14 hours and 25 minutes.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Work begins on creating a world class event venue Michelle Slade, New Zealand born journalist, Michelle Slade, now based in San Francisco, interviews Craig Thompson, CEO of America's Cup Event Management for the Marin Independent Journal: We've already surveyed office space in San Francisco and are planning to be there this month. We're going to start building up a staff in January and will continue building that staff up until we get to the America's Cup... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Bullens forced to retire after further problems Velux 5 Oceans, Belgian solo sailor Christophe Bullens has been left with no choice but to retire from the Velux 5 Oceans. With the second leg taking the fleet through the notorious Southern Ocean, fears about the safety of Five Oceans of Smiles too further added to Christophe's decision to pull out of the race.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup 2013 - San Francisco wins hosting right - its official Stephanie Martin, The world-famous San Francisco Bay will be home to the 2013 America's Cup Finals and the Challenger Selection Series for the Louis Vuitton Cup, as well as an America's Cup World Series event in 2012. This will be the first time the America's Cup has been hosted in the United States since 1995.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - A neck and neck drag race reports Derek Hatfield Derek Hatfield, Boat speeds have been in the high teens and it has been a neck and neck drag race. The wind has backed now by a permantent 45 degrees and within an hour the sun had come out. Such exteame weather changes are both humbling and awe inspiring.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Thomson's substitute skipper announced Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race team Hugo Boss have announced the temporary skipper substitute for Alex Thomson. Vebraak, known in crewed racing as ‘Wouter the Router' has considerable experience in weather routing for IMOCA Open 60 teams has raced in crews with Meiklejohn, and competed in the crew of the IMOCA Open Estrella Damm on the last Istanbul Europa Race.... [more] Share this story
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