The Rich Get Richer- Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
As is often the case with offshore sailing, the race leaders in the double-handed, non-stop-around-the-world Barcelona World Race (BWR) are experiencing a far better ride in the South Atlantic than some of the stragglers further astern. Take for example Loïck Peyron and Jean-Pierre Dick aboard Virbac-Paprec 3, the consistent pacesetting boat in this event. 'We have a good Atlantic rhythm: sleep, work, [eat] freeze-dried [food], sleep,' said Dick. 'Just now we are both on deck working when we can. And after two months together, then things just happen naturally. We saw some funny dolphins yesterday, black and white. Loïck saw a seal with beautiful moustache.' Currently and consistently, Peyron and Dick's biggest threat is the Spanish Olympians and Volvo Ocean Race veterans Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez aboard Mapfre, now almost three hundred miles astern.
Back in Wellington, New Zealand, Juan Merediz and Fran Palacio (Central Lechera Asturiana) are working with Southern Spars to see if they can rejoin the broken halves of their mast and continue their race. 'We are very motivated,' said Merediz. 'But on a technical level there are many complications. The major problem is that, and there are many things broken, we are lacking a Genoa. And if we want to stay in the race we must satisfy the Imoca measurement rules. It was already complicated in Barcelona to change the rig and so the logical thing is to be able to join the two pieces.' More on the fates and fortunes of the BWR fleet, in this issue.
Much closer to home, be sure to check out our coverage of the RC 44 Cup San Diego. Action was hot over the weekend, with rapid position changes as plenty of teams experienced boom and bust moments. Check out the coverage and the video footage, in this issue.
And finally, on the other side of the country, the Miami Melges 32 Championship wrapped up over the weekend at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, with John Kilroy Jr.'s Samba Pa Ti taking top honors. Be sure to scroll through our image galleries of the event.
May the four winds blow you safely home.
David Schmidt, US Editor Sail-World.com
Barcelona World Race – We Are Water to stop in Wellington for repairs Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - Jaume Mumbru and Cali Sanmarti will make a technical pitstop in Wellington and are due to arrive around 0900hrs UTC this morning. The We Are Water duo have numerous small problems to repair but do not anticipate taking any more time than the mandatory minimum of 48 hours... [more] Share this story
Katusha closes Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego Dobbs Davis, The Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego ended with a victory by the Russian team Katusha, after five days of feverishly competitive sailing off Broadway Pier. Bob Little was on the helm and Paul Cayard calling the shots to almost close out the overall win in the first two races of the day. It left them sailing defensively in the final race, watching others wrestle it out for the remaining places on the podi... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour - Tiller targets rankings climb with wildcard World Match Racing Tour, With his sights firmly set on becoming a full time Tour Card Holder on the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), William Tiller, NZ (Full Metal Jacket) is aiming to use his victory at the Musto Wellington Match Race Cup and subsequent wildcard for May's Match Race Germany to help fulfil his match racing dream... [more] Share this story
San Francisco's Richmond YC host their Sail a Small Boat Day www.pressure-drop.us, With much made about the need for clubs to get members into sailing now running into their third decade, the Richmond Yacht Club (San Francisco, USA) held their annual Sail A Small Boat Day on Saturday. The weather held and conditions went from light to extra light, with just enough to fill a kite at time to sculling and kinetics lessons.... [more] Share this story
Butler Cup at the California Dreamin' Series wrap-up Rich Roberts, Butler Cup - For Chris Nesbitt, the Butler Cup stop in the California Dreamin' Series turned into a nightmare Sunday when he lost the championship final to New Zealand's Will Tiller in two straight races that weren't ... races, that is.... [more] Share this story
Sébastien Josse joins Gitana Team Kate Jennings, In May 2010, Baron Benjamin de Rothschild announced his commitment to the new MOD 70 class (Multi One Design) by placing an order for the fourth one design of the series. Sébastien Josse began his professional sailing career in 1997 by winning the Challenge Espoir Crédit Agricole.... [more] Share this story
Challenging final day for St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Heather Tackling, Every edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta takes on its own personality, and Number 31 in the annual series will be remembered as a largely light-air affair.... [more] Share this story
Jeremy McIntyre Team Race update John Vandemoer, Jeremy McIntyre Team Race -On Saturday things started with warm temps, blue skies and no breeze. The breeze finally filled from the North and we started racing around noon.... [more] Share this story
Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego victory for Katusha Paul Cayard, Katusha won the Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego, while Oracle Racing was second, TeamAqua third and Artemis fourth.... [more] Share this story
Miami Melges 32 Championship Samba Pa Ti time Melges 32 Class Association, Miami Melges 32 Championship - All eight races scheduled for the 2011 Championship, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club, sponsored by Melges Performance Sailboats have completed leaving John Kilroy on his famous Samba Pa Ti as champion.... [more] Share this story
Open Nacional Snipe Regatta Team Tunnicliffe's final day results Anna Tunnicliffe, Open Nacional Snipe 2011 Regatta - Today was the final day of racing at the Open Nacional Snipe Regatta 2011. We ended up top Women's Team and twelvth overall, out of 79 boats.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race contrast in fortunes Barcelona World Race, Not for the first time in this Barcelona World Race, and almost certainly not for the last, has the contrast in fortunes between the pacemakers and the back markers of the fleet been vast.... [more] Share this story
Miami Melges 32 Championship images from day two Joy Dunigan, Miami Melges 32 Championship images from day two of the event by Joy Dunigan, Melges 32 Class Association... [more] Share this story
RC44 Cup San Diego down to the final day RC44 Class Association, t took a little longer to get racing going today. The westerly sea breeze must have been out late but when it did turn up, it came on strong at 8 to 14 knots for most of the day. The third and final race of the day belonged to Ceeref. Owned and steered by Igor Lah, they sailed beautifully to win their first race of the 2011 season.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: The Freo Files - 'Bye 'Bye Birdie - Eagle exits Sail-World Archive, The Newport Harbour Yacht Club's Challenger Eagle fluttered rather than soared at the 1987 Louis Vuitton Cup. Designed by Johan Valentijn and skippered by Rod Davis, the Challenger from California exited the 1987 America's cup before the Semi-Finals. TVNZ's Jane Dent goes behind the scenes to talk with her design and skipper and other crew.... [more] Share this story
18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan Championship race 2 fightback Frank Quealey, Gotta Love It 7's Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage had set a challenge to all challengers after a brilliant win yesterday but were unable to match the light wind speed of the winners. Thurlow Fisher Lawyers scored an impressive win after taking the lead from the first windward leg of the course.... [more] Share this story
Outside Images: Day 1 2011 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Tom Zinn, Outside Images, Top international photographer, Tom Zinn, from OutsideImages.com is at the 2011 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta along with the equally talented Bob Greiser. Here Tom Zinn presents some images from Day 1 of the biggest regatta in the Caribbean.... [more] Share this story
Melges 32 Miami Championship 2011 Samba time Joy Dunigan, Melges 32 Miami Championship 2011 - Three additional races were completed on the second day of the 2011 Melges 32 Miami Championship, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club, sponsored by Melges Performance Sailboats further confirming the strength and intense momentum possessed by John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti (Nathan Wilmot, tactician).... [more] Share this story
California Dreamin' Series at the Butler Cup Rich Roberts, California Dreamin' Series at the Butler Cup. Then at mid-afternoon the tempo picked up after four of the scheduled round robin flights. The sea breeze swung hard right to west-by-northwest from downtown and increased to 13 knots ... like, that's more like it, Long Beach!... [more] Share this story
18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship heat 1 images Michael Chittenden, Photos taken by Michael Chittenden from Bradleys Head during heat 1 of the 18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour.... [more] Share this story
Graham Hall Team Race - Update from the U.S. Navy Sailing Team Brendan Healy, Graham Hall Team Race - Today competition was sailed out of the U.S. Naval Academy in southerly breezes that ranged from nine to 15 knots with puffs into the lower 20s, cloudy skies, and temps in the mid 50s.... [more] Share this story
Team Tunnicliffe update Open Nacional Snipe Regatta day 2 Anna Tunnicliffe, Open Nacional Snipe 2011 Regatta - Today was the second day of racing at the Open Nacional Snipe 2011 Regatta and it was a much better day overall for Molly and me, as well as being slightly warmer.... [more] Share this story
Wildwind Holidays - Living the Dream Sail-World, It's 1986 and Simon Morgan, son of former Olympic medallist Tony Morgan who partnered Keith Musto to silver in the Flying Dutchman Class at the Tokyo 1964 Games, is 29 years old and fed up with his life in London.... [more] Share this story
Miami Melges 32 Championship images from day one Joy Dunigan, Miami Melges 32 Championship images from day one of the event by Joy Dunigan, Melges 32 Class Association.... [more] Share this story
Wildwind Holiday - Wild Wind Action Sail-World.com, WildWind is well named as these photos show. Mornings do provide light wind learning opportunities but afternoons are for serious sailors. Check it out at www.wildwind.co.uk... [more] Share this story
Vietnam PWA Grand Slam climactic final day PWA, Vietnam PWA Grand Slam final day and the trusty Mui Ne thermal breeze was back in full effect for the slalom competition in winds gusting up to 25 knots. The women's third elimination saw Offringa continue her run of form right through to the winners final.... [more] Share this story
Antigua Sailing Week - Wish you were here? Louay Habib, In less than two months the Caribbean's longest running and best-known regatta, Antigua Sailing Week, will be in full flow and there is still time to experience one of the top sailing regattas worldwide. Competitors will be flocking to Antigua from all over the world, sailors and yachts from well-over a dozen countries are coming to the magical island in the central Caribbean... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race first Atlantic strategic test the big one? Barcelona World Race, The first strategic test of the Atlantic could be the big one for Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez. The binary choice – west or east – as Martinez described it this morning, could either prove a ladder to climb back to Jean Pierre-Dick and Loïck Peyron on Virbac-Paprec 3, or it could be the best opportunity yet for the French duo to, as Martinez said, ‘finish the job'... [more] Share this story
JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs Championship George Calligeros Trophy Frank Quealey, Defending champion Seve Jarvin and his Gotta Love It 7 team of Sam Newton and Scott Babbage gave an awesome performance to win Race 1 of the Winning Appliances JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today... [more] Share this story
North American Grand Slam Match Racing Series announced Dobbs Davis, Event organizers from the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC), Bayview YC (BYC), Manhasset Bay YC (MBYC) and Oakcliff Sailing Center (OSC) have announced the inaugural North American Grand Slam Match Racing Series for 2011. The team with the best combined scores from match racing events raced at each venue will receive an invitation to the 2012 Congressional Cup at Long Beach YC.... [more] Share this story
Hitting the groove - Day 3 of Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego Dobbs Davis, The two boats that had it worked out best today in Day 3 of the Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego were Katusha and Team Aqua - the latter erasing the mistakes that marred Day 2 to produce an almost flawless performance. Not bad when you consider how late Scott Young stepped up to the plate to replace owner Chris Bake at the wheel of Team Aqua, the oldest boat in the fleet.... [more] Share this story
Bacardi Cup Regatta kicks off Miami Sailing Week Jan Harley, Bacardi Cup Regatta - With more than 95 boats registered, the 84th edition of the iconic Bacardi Cup is set to see one of the fiercest title battles in recent years as some of the most recognizable athletes in the sport return to the waters of Biscayne Bay next week for the headline event of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank.... [more] Share this story
Forceracing: Coaching and Racing in March + Video Andrew Brown, Forceracing's Andrew Brown reports their activities on the coaching and racing scene: It has been a while since the last update; this summer is going great guns with yachting going ballistic in New Zealand! January and February have been busy times with the 470s.... [more] Share this story
BVI Spring Regatta 40th Anniversary commemorative stamps unveiled Linda Phillips, With the long time history of sailing as a primary economic and social activity in the British Virgin Islands, it is only fitting that the territory is known as 'The Sailing Capital of the World.'... [more] Share this story
Transatlantic Race 2011 - Entry deadline extended to March 31st New York Yacht Club, The organizers of the Transatlantic Race 2011 (TR 2011) have extended the deadline to enter the Race to March 31, 2011. With the transatlantic fleet now over 30 entries and many new inquiries following the success of the RORC Caribbean 600 the organizers encourage those interested to enter the TR 2011 as soon as possible to secure a spot... [more] Share this story
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