The class has been enjoying its Worlds just finishing on Australia's Lake Macquarie, with big breeze being the key feature. Steady winds of 24 knots—with puffs punching up to 27—pummeled the fleet, with big carnage everywhere. Irrespective of fleet standings or class rankings, swimming was the game, with Mother Nature again demonstrating the true meaning of the term 'equal opportunity'. Bora Gulari had a great second last day, taking one bullet. 'I love it out there,' he reported of the conditions. Read about the final day and and be sure to check out the great images of heavy-air Moth action in this issue.
The first AC45 hulls arrive at the Oracle base in Auckland's Viaduct basin. Chris Cameron
Cup fans will be happy to hear that the first of the AC45s, the hard wingsail cats that will serve in the new America's Cup World Series, arrived in Auckland's Viaduct Harbor today from Core Composites, in Warkworth, New Zealand. Sailors, designers and engineers will assemble the boat in the former Team New Zealand shed, with a launch date scheduled for January 17. Check out Chris Cameron's images of the cat out of the Core Composites shed, and stay tuned for more on these speed machines, as it becomes known.
West Coast sailors should take note that two important NORs have gone up recently, namely that of the 2011 Van Isle 360 and the 2011 Transpac. While your editor has not been fortunate enough to sail his first Transpac (it's high on the list!), I can say that the Van Isle 360 is one of the coolest sailboat races anywhere on the planet. Even if you're not racing in these West Coast classics, it's worth a few mouse clicks of your time to remind yourself that this winter too shall pass and our great game will resume pace again.
Day 3 - Broo Premium Lager Musto Skiff Worlds, Melbourne Richard Gladwell
And for you pent-up speed freaks out there, be sure to live vicariously through Richard Gladwell's great image gallery from the Broo Lager Musto HP Skiff Worlds. It might be cold up in the Northern Hemisphere, but in Melbourne, Australia the skiff boys were certainly having their fun.
May the four winds blow you safely home.
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
Zhik Moth Worlds - Outteridge wins on home pond Lizzi Roundtree, Hugs and Champagne welcomed the newest Moth World Champion Nathan Outteridge (AUS). Samantha England (AUS) beat out American Lindsay Bergan by one point for the title of leading lady at 47th and 48th place.... [more] Share this story
The American Tea Cup Regatta - where it all began Rob Kothe, As sailing tries to broaden its base, the most desirable Olympic boats for the new and developing sailing nations are the single person boats, one-designs which are relatively inexpensive to build, the Laser and the windsurfer.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Food supplies running low for Derek Hatfield Velux 5 Oceans, He's just spent several days slamming into waves and battling headwinds but now VELUX 5 OCEANS skipper Derek Hatfield has another problem to contend with – his food supplies are running out. With 600 nautical miles – or around three days sailing – to go to reach the finish line in Wellington, the 58-year-old Canadian has only enough food onboard Active House for four more meals.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships - Bids invited ISAF, The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) invites bids from parties interested in hosting future editions of the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships.... [more] Share this story
Moth Worlds images from Howard Wright Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography, Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography, presents this gallery of images from the Moth World Championship.... [more] Share this story
International Dragons – Golden Girl returns from 1956 John Curnow, After 55 years, the 1956 Olympic Gold Medal winning International Dragon, now known as Galejan II, but still with her original S(WE) 194 Sail Number, has made a return to Melbourne.... [more] Share this story
Zhik Moth Worlds Video Highlights - Fast and furious action Moth Worlds, Video of the action on Lake Macquarie at the Zhik Moth Worlds 2011.... [more] Share this story
Nathan Outteridge new Moth World Champion Moth Worlds, Newsflash - Australia's Nathan Outteridge has won the Moth World Championship on Lake Macquarie, NSW.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Technical stop for leader Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race leaders Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron are preparing to make a technical stop. The duo lead the race by approximately 50 miles from Foncia, Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) and Francois Gabart (FRA), who are also preparing for a stop in or near Récife, arriving between Friday night and Saturday.... [more] Share this story
2011 Toronto International Boat Show Off To Great Start TIBS, From the moment it opened on Saturday January 8th, 2011, the Toronto International Boat Show was off to a great start. Because of its location in the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto's historic Exhibition Park and Ontario Place on the shores of Lake Ontario, a significant January snow storm is almost a show tradition.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Gutek goes for broke in sprint to finish Velux 5 Oceans, Indomitable solo sailor Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski has made a break from the leading pack as the finish line draws close. While rivals Brad Van Liew and Derek Hatfield have chosen a more direct course to Wellington along the west coast of the South Island, the gutsy Pole has split to the east, opting to take an unconventional route around the South Island and up the east coast of New Zealand... [more] Share this story
Images from Broo Lager Musto HP Skiff Worlds - Day 3 - afternoon races Richard Gladwell, Sail-World's camera was out on the water for the action in the second and third races of Day 3 of the Broo Musto Skiff Worlds. Please excuse the rain and the murk... [more] Share this story
America's Cup AC45 arrives in Auckland for launch - First Pictures Chris Cameron, Top international photographer, Chris Cameron, was on hand to capture the arrival of the prototype AC45 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. The AC45 is the forerunner to the AC72 which will be used in the 34th America's Cup. The 45ft long yacht will feature a wingsail, the same as the larger 72ft yacht to be used in the September 2013 Match in San Francisco.... [more] Share this story
Musto Performance Skiff Worlds Day 3 - Aussie leads Paul Manning, Race 5 - Following a short postponment, race 5 of the Broo Beer Musto Performance Skiff World Championships started at 11:05 with the breeze at between 010 and 020 and 10-12knots.... [more] Share this story
Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 Finals Race 5 - Absolute Carnage everywhere Lizzi Rountree, It's the battle of the breeze as the steady 24 knot East-Northeasterly tore down the racecourse, with max gusts recorded during the first (and only race so far) at 27 knots. With Silver Fleet postponed on shore, Gold Fleet danced the 'You Launch First, Mate' before the daunting trek to the start line.... [more] Share this story
Sailor to try the Northwest Passage alone and benefit the Disabled Thomas Spitzer, Matt Rutherford is no ordinary sailor. Leaving a troubled youth behind he taught himself to sail and after four years set his sights on an adventure many might contemplate but few attempt. In July of 2008 he left Annapolis on a two year journey that took him across the Atlantic to Europe, then to Africa, up the Gambia River then back to the Caribbean before returning home.... [more] Share this story
Charleston Race Week entries up Charleston Race Week, Charleston Race Week 2011 race organizers have the kind of problem everyone wishes they had: there are more boats registering than anyone expected!... [more] Share this story
BoatUS Foundation Grassroots Grants Program makes big changes for 2011 D. Scott Croft, BoatUS Foundation's Grassroots Grants Program which provides funding for local projects that educate boaters on boating safety and clean boating topics kicks off today with some changes designed to identify new, innovative grant proposals. The program also now gives the public a vote in who receives funding.... [more] Share this story
Australian 18 footer Championships - Gotta Love It 7 comes to Grief Simon Brown, Race favorite Gotta Love it 7 misses out... Coming to grief with the committee boat in the first race of the Australian 18 footer Championships.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing's National Sailing Program Symposium - Meet the speakers US Sailing, US Sailing's 2011 National Sailing Program Symposium, presented by LaserPerformance, will feature a number of keynote speakers.... [more] Share this story
Transpac tweaks the Notice of Race Transpacific Yacht Club, Transpac Race Preparation Seminar, your ultimate helping hand, promises to be the best-value $25 lunch you ever had. That is, the total fee is $25, and lunch is included, for a day that addresses every point in the Notice of Race.... [more] Share this story
The 2011 MacMan Race David Naples, The Little Current Yacht Club and Mackinac Island Yacht Club are proud to announce the 2011 edition of Island Racing. There is no better place to race then the waters of Northern Lake Huron & the North Channel. This two race event will start on Wednesday July 20th with the running of the MIYC Round the Island Race.... [more] Share this story
2011 Van Isle 360 Yacht Race - Clear ahead! Janine Bell, It's back! The 2011 Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race, which runs every other year on the odd year, is back and set to kick off again this June. The dates have been set for June 4 - 18 and this year the Van Isle 360 will be celebrating its eighth running. Registration for this year's event opened on Nov. 30 and entry forms began arriving the very next day setting a new record for early entri... [more] Share this story
Images from Broo Premium Lager Musto HP Skiff Worlds - Day 2 Richard Gladwell, Sail-World's camera was out on the water for the action in the only race sailed on Day 2 of the Broo Premium Lager Musto HP Skiff Worlds - Day 2. Two races were initially to be sailed however the ever changing Melbourne weather patterns put paid to that plan - and only on was sailed. Here is the first of two galleries of the action.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Fleet splits as tactics come in to play Velux 5 Oceans, Brad and Derek go west, Gutek goes east – who will win?... [more] Share this story
Carnage camera at the Musto Performance Skiff Worlds Richard Gladwell, Micro weather systems played merry hell with competitors and race officials at the Broo Premium Lager sponsored Musto Performance Skiff World championship at Black Rock Yacht Club, Melbourne, Australia. However as always with high powered skiffs operating on the edge of control - accidents do happen, and Sail-World's camera caught a few from Day 2 of the World Championship.... [more] Share this story
Antigua Sailing Week has opportunity knocking Louay Habib, Antigua Sailing Week has less then four months until the start, and entries are coming in fast and plans are well underway to make the most famous regatta in the Caribbean, a truly memorable event. If you want to take part, there are many charter opportunities for groups of friends or individuals to enjoy sailing and partying in one of the best places in the world.... [more] Share this story
Zhik Moth Worlds day 4: Exhilaration turned to 'crash and burn' Brad Funk, Zhik Moth Worlds extreme conditions left their marks on me and the boat today. Managed to complete two of the three races but was unable to compete in the third. It was a total physics lesson today with vmg's, displacement and material strength testing.... [more] Share this story
BoatUS News: Design a better life jacket and win $5,000 D. Scott Croft Boat US, BoatUS wants to know... Are you an armchair inventor with a better way to keep boaters, sailors and anglers afloat? The 'Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition' is calling for out-of-the-box life jacket design entries. However, you only have until the February 1 to submit your idea.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship fleet heads down under Giles Pearman, Rolex Farr 40 World Championship next month is gathering a Farr 40 fleetin Australia to contest. Twenty boats have entered to date, representing five countries, and include defending champions Massimo Mezzaroma's Nerone, from Italy.... [more] Share this story
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - The fifth anniversary for Orange Grove Heather Tackling/St.Maarten Heineken Regatta, St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Since releasing their latest album, Fingerprint, all sails have been hoisted on the Orange Grove ship and the band has been steadily making its way to new frontiers.... [more] Share this story
Brits lead Broo Premium Lager Musto Performance Skiff Worlds - Day 1 Rick Perkins, After a postponement for the wind to settle, racing got underway at 15:55 at Black Rock Yacht Club on Port Phillip Bay. A fleet of 42 competitors from 7 nations have gathered fro the classes first World championships to be held outside Europe. With the fleet growing strongly in Australia, the home nation was expected to show towards the front.... [more] Share this story
Moth World Championship images from Howard Wright Howard Wright IMAGE Professional Photography, Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography, presents this gallery of images from the Moth World Championship at Belmont, on Lake Macquarie NSW.... [more] Share this story
Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 Final Series - Crashes and comebacks Zhik Moth Worlds, Rarely dropping below a healthy 18 knot East by Northeasterly, sailors across the fleet had their share of stacks, crashes and comebacks that has opened up the scorecard.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: AC45 in final construction and assembly at Warkworth Images by Ivor Wilkins, The platform and wingsail for the prototype for the new AC45 is proceeding well at Core Composites - Oracle Racing's building facility in Warkworth, 40 minutes drive north of Auckland. Top photographer, Ivor Wilkins checked out the action earlier this week, and presents these images of the AC45 ahead of their launch next week... [more] Share this story
Key West Race Week - World class talent heading to race Key West Race Week, Key West Race Week - World class talent heading to race - When the 24th edition of Key West 2011, presented by Nautica begins next Monday (January 17th) Olympic medalists, world champions and America's Cup veterans will be on the starting line.... [more] Share this story
Bermuda Ocean Race hosts race prep seminar Linda Hughes, Annapolis to Bermuda race to be held June 8, 2012 is building momentum and organizers have set up a series of Bermuda Ocean Race (BOR) seminars that feature past participants sharing their experiences. Seminars will focus on boat preparation, crew training and navigation tactics with a question and answer period after.... [more] Share this story
Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 - The Video Collection Richard Gladwell, The 2011 Zhik Moth World's organisers have produced some great video over the past few weeks, some of which we have inserted into Sail-World stories, however if you have 20 minutes or so, and want to see some great sailing video and hear from the leading sailors in this spectacular class, then roll on..... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - One track minds Barcelona World Race, The muscular trade winds are still providing constant high speeds for the leaders of the Barcelona World Race fleet with all of duos forced to think about nothing else but speed, spending hours on the helm to maximise gains and minimise losses in the thrilling sleigh ride towards the Doldrums... [more] Share this story
USSTAG WMR 2011 - Last day of racing in Miami for qualifying regatta Anna Tunnicliffe, USSTAG WMR 2011 - Today was the last day of racing at the USSTAG Qualifier here in Miami. We had a light air, warm day, quite different from yesterday's conditions.... [more] Share this story
Images of Melbourne - 2011 Dragon Worlds - Day 2 Alex Mckinnon, In between working on a rescue boat local Melbourne photographer, Alex Mckinnon, took some great shots of the second day of the 2011 Int Dragon Worlds, and presents the following image gallery:... [more] Share this story
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