Scary times for Derek Hatfield in the Velux 5 Oceans race last night; he was woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of Active House rushing out of control at 21 knots after the wind had suddenly increased to 35 knots. While the fleet is making good time towards Cape Horn, Derek has to contend with various gremlins on board the yacht which are interfering with full-on racing mode. Brad Van Liew maintains a lead of 172 miles on Gutek, with Active House trailing just 24 miles behind him.
Jean-Pierre Dick and co-skipper Loick Peyron on board Virbac-Paprec 3, the current leaders in the Barcelona World Race, are stopping in Wellington, NZ to repair broken mainsail batten cars. The race rules state that any stop east of Australia (140 degrees East) be for a minimum duration of 48 hours; this will quite likely have an impact on the rankings with MAPFRE trailing them by less than 500 miles. The entire fleet is currently converging on Cooke Strait between New Zealand North and South islands, a mandatory mark of the race course.
Next week will see the start of the RORC Caribbean 600 race in Antigua; this recent event, it's only in it's third year, has quickly established itself as one of the 'must-do' race on the international offshore racing calendar. Over 30 yachts are committed to be on the start line, on February 21st to challenge themselves on the intricate course that weaves its way through the Caribbean Islands. The fleet, composed of yachts ranging from 36 to 100 feet, will see a large number of Class 40 yachts this year and many chartered yachts. Canada's own RP52 Vela Veloce will try to improve on their 2010 second place ranking; a race that saw many DNF's in very light conditions.
Also next week, the Farr 40 World Championships are taking place in Sydney, Australia. This is a major event sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation, which means that the winners are entitled to call themselves World Sailing Champions. This is also the 14th official World Championship for the Class, a testament to its strength and popularity over the years. I would keep an eye on Barking Mad from Newport RI, although some of the lesser known entries from Australia will be interesting to watch.
Back home, a dedicated team has been promoting the city of Kingston as host of the ISAF Worlds in 2014. This would be a tremendous win for the sport of sailing in Canada and we wish them the best. Fingers crossed!
Go, Kingston, Go! Elizabeth A Kerr, If the sailing gods look fondly, the Kingston team's efforts to land the ISAF Worlds in 2014 will be a tremendous win for Canada and for the Americas.... [more] Share this story
Rude awakening for Derek Hatfield in Sprint 3 Velux 5 Oceans, Canadian Velux 5 Oceans solo sailor wakes to find Active House out of control doing 21 knots! When you're alone in the depths of the Southern Ocean, the last thing you want is to lose to control of your boat. But that was the situation facing Canadian Derek Hatfield last night when he awoke to find his Eco 60 Active House screaming along at a dangerously quick 21 knots,... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Sydney waits in baited breath Regatta News, In a week's time the 14th Rolex Farr World Championship gets underway in Sydney, Australia. A quick browse through the crew lists suggests this will be one of the most competitive championships in the history of this formidable one-design class. The standard of racing sailors warming up for the 2011 championship is as good as it gets.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Eighth entry received - now seven challengers America's Cup Media, America's Cup event organizers have confirmed the receipt of an eighth entry for the 34th America's Cup in 2013. The official announcement by the team is expected soon. The receipt of an eighth entry for the 34th America's Cup in 2013 was confirmed today. This seventh challenger for the America's Cup joins ranks with ...... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Technical stop in Wellington for race leader Barcelona World Race, Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) and co-skipper Loick Peyron (FRA) are making a technical stop in Wellington, having broken two mainsail batten cars in the previous hour as they reefed the mainsail. The race rules state that any stopover after 140 degrees East must be for a minimum duration of 48 hours once the boat arrives at the dock.... [more] Share this story
Sodebo rounds Cape of Good Hope Kate Jennings translation, Powering through driving rain and 32 knots of SW'ly wind, Sodebo rounded the Cape of Good Hope this Tuesday at 1702 GMT after 17 days, 5 hours, 54 minutes and 32 seconds at sea.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - 541 mile lead Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - The most dramatic stage of the course is fast approaching for BWR leaders Virbac-Paprec 3, as Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron (FRA) approach the northerly tip of New Zealand's South Island and prepares to cross the Cook Strait.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew looks ahead to The Horn Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans Sprint three leader Brad Van Liew has revealed he has started to plan his rounding of the infamous Cape Horn, the most southerly tip of South America. Up until now the 43-year-old American has been focused on weather systems approaching from behind as the Velux 5 Oceans fleet fly through the Southern Ocean powered east by prevailing winds.... [more] Share this story
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - 13 nations represented Jan Harley, The New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex will host 19 yacht club teams representing 13 nations from six different continents... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Highly pressured decisions Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - It's decision-making time for the boats at the front of the BWR fleet. With the Indian Ocean safely navigated for the front-runners, the Cook Strait could prove more than just a spectacular backdrop to the next way point, but an opportunity for further position changes.... [more] Share this story
BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - Necker Belle to enter race Charlotte Tidball, BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - Virgin Limited Edition is delighted to announce that Necker Belle, its 105 foot luxury catamaran, will be racing in the 2011 edition of the event which takes place in the British Virgin Islands between the 28th March and 3rd April 2011 to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the BVI Spring Regatta.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - CSM on a high as fleet charges through Southern Ocean Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans - British ocean racer Chris Stanmore-Major has warned his Velux 5 Oceans rivals to 'watch this space' after consistently notching up quick speeds in the past few days.... [more] Share this story
Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Images from day one Sail-World.com, Audi Melges 20 Winter Series - Images of day one from Joy and the International Audi Melges Class Association.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Huges waves for top three Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - While second and third placed Mapfre and Estrella Damm were this morning enduring their most challenging sea conditions during their final miles in the Indian Ocean, at the back of the fleet, almost ninety degrees of longitude behind, We Are Water's Cali Sanmarti and Jaume Mumbru were facing up to a long spell with very light breezes and very slow speeds.... [more] Share this story
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Fleet growing, changes in the works Heather Tackling, St. Maartin Heineken Regatta – With less than three weeks to go before racing commences in the thirty-first annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, the fleet continues to steadily grow, with nearly one-hundred fifty yachts ranging from twenty-four feet to one-hundred fifteen feet now entered in the competition.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Hatfield has oil leak on Active House Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans competitor, Canadian ocean racer Derek Hatfield, said today he is relishing the tight racing. The only concern on Active House is an oil leak which Derek discovered moments prior to the start of the leg. 'I took the decision to start the race and fix the problem at sea but as yet I haven't been able to stop the leak,' Derek explained.... [more] Share this story
RORC Caribbean 600 - Just ten days to go Trish Jenkins, The RORC Caribbean 600, now in its third year, has attracted competitors from all over the world. When the gun goes at Fort Charlotte, Antigua on the 21st February to mark the start the racing crews will be pumped up with adrenalin to begin a high-speed adventure in arguably the best sailing grounds in the world.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans—Gutek reclaims second as battle with Hatfield heightens Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans - Polish ocean racer Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski and Operon Racing have reclaimed second place after it was snatched from him by race rival Derek Hatfield in the third sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans.... [more] Share this story
J/24 Canadian Championships to be held at Port Credit Yacht Club Katie Nicoll, J/24 Canadian Championships to be held at Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga, Ontario in conjunction with the Port Credit Open Regatta. The J/24s will race on their own course several miles offshore. Measurement and a practice race are on Thursday July 7, with racing July 8-10, 2011. There will be partial boat and full sail measurement. http://pcyc.net/on-water-activities/j24-canadians... [more] Share this story
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