The Farr 40's are center stage this week at the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in Sydney, Australia. Narone, the sole Italian entry has taken the lead on the scoreboard after three days of intense racing but a single point separates them from the local boat Transfusion. last day of racing should be exciting!
Safe passage around notorious Cape Horn for the four remaining skippers in the Velux 5 Oceans race. Brad van Liew on Le Pingouin was the first one through and improved his lead on the fleet when favorable winds allowed him to sneak through the Le Maire channel; as a result, he found himself sailing a shorter distance to the Atlantic Ocean with a more direct route to his destination closer to shore. Having to sail around Staten Island, Gutek, Derek and Chris now have to contend with the Falkland Islands directly on the rhumb line to Punta del Este. A few more days of upwind sailing and everyone should be safely into port in Uruguay.
Sailing in better pressure, the Spanish crew on MAPFRE is slowing catching up with the Dick-Peyron duo on Virbac-Paprec 3 following their maintenance stop in New Zealand. After 55 days at sea, the majority of the fleet has already gone half-way around the world while the leaders are navigating through the ice gates in the Southern Pacific.
An exciting race for George David's 100-foot Rambler (ex Speedboat) in the RORC Caribbean 600; they took line honor, set a new record (1 day, 16 hours and 20 minutes) in this recent event and won the IRC division overall. New Brunswick's Richard Oland had to settle for second place again on Vela Veloce, although they captured first place in their IRC 0 division. Pheado, the luxurious Gunboat 66 multi, proved to be a serious contender on the race course, finishing fifth overall.
In the Atlantic Ocean, just east of the Bahamas, Toronto's Diane Reid and One Girl's Ocean Challenge have turned the corner and are heading south; the spinnaker will finally go up and the pace should pick up. You can follow her 1000-mile qualifier progress on her blog. Fair breeze Diane!
Despite the snow falling in Southern Ontario today, I know many who are now counting the days before launch, myself included...
Barcelona World Race - Halfway from Wellington to Cape Horn Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - Though the two leaders had become increasingly isolated at the head the fleet, with nearly twelve hundred miles now between Virbac-Paprec 3 and third placed Renault Z.E Sailing Team, the third to fifth placed peloton were back up to full speed this afternoon.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans fleet passed The Horn Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans - After almost three weeks at sea, the third ocean sprint is now firmly on the home straight towards Punta del Este and the battle for positions at the back of the fleet couldn't be tighter. Whilst the toughest part of the 6000 nautical mile leg is now over, there is no time to relax as changeable winds will make the next day or so crucial for the final standings.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 - An enthralling day of competition regattanews.com, Rolex Farr 40 World Championships - Another fascinating day of dog eat dog at the fourteenth edition. Two races, two intriguing tales and all square at the top; A more enthralling setting for a final day of a world championship?... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Mapfre chasing down the leader Barcelona World Race, MAPFRE have closed down nearly 150 miles on Virbac-Paprec 3 since the French duo restarted out of Wellington last Friday, but Peyron has pointed to an inherent advantage granted to the MAPFRE speedsters who, as the chasing boat, have had stronger wind pressure.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 day 3 images by Andrea Francolini Andrea Francolini images, Ace photographer Andrea Francolini was onwater at the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds, being sailed in the waters off Sydney Heads.... [more] Share this story
Global Ocean Race Single handed circumnavigation confirmed Oliver Dewar, Global Solo Race - Following the enormous interest in the double-handed, Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR), the GOR Race Organization team can now confirm a single-handed circumnavigation for Category Zero compliant Class40's in 2013-14... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - All to play for in final stretch of sprint three Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans - With just over 1,000 nautical miles left to sail to the finish line of ocean sprint three, the race just got even more exciting. After 19 days and 5,000 nautical miles of Southern Ocean sailing including rounding the mighty Cape Horn, the fleet is separated by just 300 nautical miles... [more] Share this story
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds day 2 and a new leader emerges Lisa Ratcliff, Top of the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds pancake pile this evening is Guido Belgiorno-Nettis' Transfusion (AUS), but only just, after posting a first, seventh, fourth scoreline to gain the overall lead by three points... [more] Share this story
RORC Caribbean 600 - Gracious in defeat Trish Jenkins, While the crews of Leopard and Rambler are enjoying a beer together in the Antigua Yacht Club, the rest of the fleet is still battling away out on the course. Two Cookson 50s are still racing in IRC Canting Keel. At the moment, Chris Bull's Jazz has the upper hand 23 miles ahead of Adrian Lee's Lee Overlay Partners and ahead on handicap.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Keel problems for Gutek as Cape Horn approaches Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans - Solo skipper Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski is today facing a nervous rounding of Cape Horn after developing keel problems on his Eco 60 yacht Operon Racing.... [more] Share this story
RORC Caribbean Race monohull record to Rambler Trish Jenkins, Rambler 100 has broken the monohull race record set by race rival, Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard by nearly four hours. Most of the fleet is expected to finish over the next 24 hours.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Into the history books Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans skipper Brad Van Liew has sailed into the history books rounding the iconic Cape Horn solo for a third time. 'It's been a lot of years since I was down here last and it was really a very special moment,' Brad told the Velux 5 Oceans team. 'It was pretty emotional. I'm going to remember it forever.'... [more] Share this story
Albacore Internationals Regatta Christine Short, The Albacore International Regatta returns to the waters of Lake Ontario on September 16 - 23, 2011, drawing top international sailors and Olympians from a variety of classes. This year, Canada hosts the 20th event of its kind held bi-annually at venues alternating between the United Kingdom and North America. By simply planing back and forth on Canada's Muskoka Lakes, the late Bill Gooderha... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Brad van Liew around Cape Horn Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans sprint 3 leader, American ocean racer Brad Van Liew, has passed Cape Horn.,... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Accelerating towards the Pacific Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - Eight days ago they were fifth a distant 844 miles from third place in the Barcelona World Race fleet, but this afternoon Pachi Rivero and Toño Piris passed by Wellington, New Zealand and elevated themselves to a podium place as they accelerated towards the Pacific to pursue leaders Virbac-Paprec 3 and Mapfre.... [more] Share this story
One Girl's Ocean Challenge is off on the 1000-mile qualifier Tim Hill, Toronto's Diane Reid headed out from Miami on Saturday afternoon to start her single handed circumnavigation of The Bahamas; this trip has been sanctioned by the Mini Class to count as Diane's 1000 qualifying miles in preparation for the 2013 Mini-Transat Race from France to Brazil.... [more] Share this story
Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac 2011 update Greg Freeman, Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac 2011 - There are 164, 165, 166 entries in the race, and going up every day. As expected, interest in the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, Presented by Veuve Clicquot is very high. We're getting more and more entries every day.... [more] Share this story
Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race Sold Out! Janine Bell, The Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race is excited to announce that the 2011 race is officially sold out! 'In addition to the 40 boat limit we managed to squeeze in a couple of extras bringing the total number of boats to 42. We had an overwhelming response this year but unfortunately we were not able to accommodate all the sailors wanting to compete. We hope they will consider joining us for... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race: Broken forestay forces stop in Wellington Barcelona World Race, Estrella Damm have confirmed this morning that they will make a technical stopover in Wellington after their forestay is reported to have broken and their Solent furling drum. 'We were 15 miles from the southerly point of Cook with Bel five miles behind when the forestay broke. The mast stayed up because of the staysail and the Code Zero stays. The Solent furling drum is also in two pieces. It... [more] Share this story
RC44 Cup San Diego - Ready to do battle Dobbs Davis, International high-tech sailing comes to the very front steps of downtown San Diego as nine RC44 Class yachts have arrived at the Broadway Pier in preparation for the Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego. Tilted provocatively in their innovative shipping containers, these carbon fiber yachts will soon join two already launched to compete in a series of match & fleet race sailing on San Diego Bay March 2–6.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Fleet expected to round Cape Horn within a week Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans – The fleet continues to make quick progress through the Southern Ocean bound for the ultimate landfall for sailors: Cape Horn.... [more] Share this story
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