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A Vendee Globe personality test—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond


28 Feb 2017

A Vendee Globe personality test—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Conrad Colman finishes under sail in the jury rigged Foresight Natural Energy, February 24, 2017  Conrad Colman / Foresight Energy / Vendée Globe
I've never had the chance to meet Conrad Colman (NZ/USA), but I'll freely admit that I have oceans of respect for the 33-year old sailor who finished in sixteenth place in the non-stop, solo-around-the-world Vendee Globe Race. Colman, sailing aboard his IMOCA 60, Foresight Natural Energy, crossed the finish line off of Les Sables d'Olonne, France on Friday, February 24, flying a significantly “truncated” aero package.

For those who are unfamiliar with Colman's heroic finish, and why I am so impressed with a guy who finished well over a month astern of winner Armel Le Cleac'h (FRA; 39), Colman lost his rig on February 10, when he was just 800 miles from the finishing line and teed-up to finish this grueling, endurance competition in tenth place.

Colman, a former sailmaker and an experienced offshore sailor, despite his still-tender number of circles around the sun, rigged-up one of the more efficient jury-rigs to have been seen in recent years, and finished the race under his own steam. According to reports, Colman even worked to develop and evolve his sheeting angles on his jury rig during his final weeks of sailing.

Conrad Colman finishes the Vendee Globe in Les Sables dÓlonne on February 24, 2017  Conrad Colman / Foresight Energy / Vendée Globe

For anyone who has ever been a few days late arriving in Port B during a distance race or a bluewater delivery and has had to ration food and water, Colman was so determined to finish the race under sail that he dramatically curtailed his rations to the bare minimum, raided his life raft's survival kit, and crossed the finishing line looking noticeably gaunt.

According to reports, inside this issue, Colman radioed-in the report on Wednesday-some 48 hours before finishing racing-that just two biscuits constituted Foresight Natural Energy's remaining larder.

All told, Colman's race took 110 days, 1 hour, 58 minutes and 41 seconds and comprised 27,929 miles, which he dispatched at a pace of 10.57 knots. (For comparison, Le Cleac'h, who set a new race record, sailed 27,455 nautical miles in 74 days, three hours and 35 minutes, for an average pace of 15.43 knots.)

Conrad Colman after the finish of the Vendee Globe in Les Sables dÓlonne on February 24, 2017  Conrad Colman / Foresight Energy / Vendée Globe

“I'm thankful that I had so many difficulties,” said a jubilant Colman, upon crossing the finishing line. “Several times a problem with the pilot. Then, there was the fire. That normally would be a highlight in terms of problems, but as it is, that was almost nothing. So it was a progression of things, which allowed me not to be crushed when the mast came down, so now I'm stronger.”

“I feel like I have moved mountains to achieve what I did,” continued Colman. “I did the very best with what I had. You don't win the race at sea. You lose it at sea. You win the race during the preparation, but my time to prepare was very short.”

Conrad Colman speaking after his finish in the Vendee Globe in Les Sables dÓlonne on February 24, 2017  Conrad Colman / Foresight Energy / Vendée Globe

“The wind gods are a fickle bunch,” continued Colman. “I got smacked several times. When I couldn't escape from the big storm, I had sixty knots.”

Hats off to Colman for demonstrating the definition of the word gumption, and for fully passing the Vendee Globe personality test. Expect more great things from this talented sailor, moving forward.

Softbank Team Japan AC50 is christened in Bermuda  SoftBank Team Japan

Meanwhile, in America's Cup news, word broke that Softbank Team Japan recently launched their new, 50-foot America's Cup Class (ACC) catamaran in a ceremony that took place in Bermuda, where the team has set up shop ahead of the 35th America's Cup (June 2017). The team christened their new ACC Hikari, which means “flash of light” in Japanese.

“I think we've seen differences in all the boats–the biggest unknown is what's hidden in the hulls–how do the control systems work and how well will the boats operate,” said Dean Barker, Softbank Team Japan's skipper and CEO.

Softbank Team Japan AC50 is christened in Bermuda  SoftBank Team Japan

“That will be the untold story and the biggest determiner of success,” continued Barker. We're very happy with our systems but we know there's still much to do until the start of the Cup.”

Much closer to home, Tim Healy and his New England Ropes team took first place at the J/70 Midwinters, which just wrapped-up racing at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Feb 26 2017 - Quantum J/70 Midwinter Championship 2017  Christopher Howell

“This is the first time we've sailed together so we were learning the whole time just how to work together and how to get our trim and tune right,” said Healy, who won the class' inaugural world championship in 2014, which was contested off of Newport, Rhode Island. “Slowly, we started to get everything down. We had some light breeze, but [the regatta's last day] was a little breezier with some chop. We were getting used to the settings so we could power through the chop.”

Get the full report from the J/70 Midwinter Championships, as well as a great image gallery, compliments of Christopher Howell, who serves as the class' executive director.

Saint Pierre and Miquelon - RORC Caribbean 600  RORC / Tim Wright /

Finally, for anyone who needs a big hit of Vitamin D on this late-February day, be sure to check out Tim Wright's great image gallery from the start of this year's Caribbean 600.

Ah, Antigua...

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Land Rover BAR Academy with big ambitions in Extreme Sailing Series
Extreme Sailing Series,
Land Rover BAR Academy today becomes the final team to join the line-up for the season opener in Muscat, as it launches its second campaign in the world's leading global Stadium Racing circuit.... [more]

Oman Air crew eye podium finish in inaugural GC32 Championship
Oman Sail,
A new-look Oman Air will aim to kick start their 2017 season in style as top-class sailing teams from across the globe converge on Muscat, Oman, for the first ever GC32 Championship this week.... [more]

Unreal acts of seamanship
Brian Hancock,
It was a pleasure to watch Kiwi Conrad Coleman cross the finish line to complete his Vendée Globe. He lapped the planet without using any kind of fossil fuels; just wind and solar to power an array of instruments as well as the all important (and power hungry) auto-pilot.... [more]

JJ Giltinan 18fters - 'Magic' levers keep Yamaha competitive in Race 2
Richard Gladwell | Michael Chittenden,
Dave McDiarmid and the crew of Yamaha NZ had an end to end win in Sunday's Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy sailed on Sydney harbour. In contrast to the rain-marred first race, the 26 boat fleet from Australia, New Zealand, and the USA raced under clear skies and a 16-20kt southerly wind.... [more]

Quantum J/70 Midwinter Championship action-shots by Christopher Howell
J/70 International Class Association,
Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at Quantum J/70 Midwinter Championship 2017 and provided this gallery of images from Sunday action.... [more]

Tim Healy's 'New England Ropes' lassos Quantum J/70 Midwinter Champs
Julie and Christopher Howell,
Tim Healy's New England Ropes tied up a two, one in the final two contests to secure the Quantum J/70 Midwinter Championship at Saint Petersburg Yacht Club in Florida. Able to drop a 16 from race one, the team of Healy, Nathan Housberg (bow), Alden Reid (trim) and Marcus Eagan (tactics) kept scores of four, four, seven, two, one for 18 net points and the victory.... [more]

2017 RORC Caribbean 600 – More start images by Tim Wright
Tim Wright,
Tim Wright captured these stunning shots at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600 and along the course at St Barths, Barbuda and Redonda.... [more]

2017 RORC Caribbean 600 start images by Tim Wright
Tim Wright,
Tim Wright captured these stunning shots at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600 and along the course at St Barths, Barbuda and Redonda.... [more]

JJ Giltinan Trophy - 18ft skiff images from Race 2 in the fresh breeze
Michael Chittenden,
Michael Chittenden was riding on the Camera Cat for Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy for 18ft skiffs, and provided this image gallery for the day, in which Yamaha (NZ) took her second win from as many races in the seven race series. Today's race was sailed in a fresh offshore breeze, with yesterday's rain giving way to blue skies making for a magnificent day for skiff sailing.... [more]

18ft skiffs - Yamaha has second win on Day 2 of JJ Giltinan Trophy
Frank Quealey,
NZ champion Yamaha team tightened the grip on the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship with another stunning victory in today's Race 2 of the championship on Sydney Harbour. With eyes set firmly on becoming the first New Zealand team to win the coveted crown on Sydney Harbour, David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins sailed another faultless race to win by 1m14s... [more]

Clipper Round the World - Meet the 2017-18 crew - Greg Schey
Clipper Round the World,
“I've always wanted to sail around the world. Since I was knee high to a grasshopper, one thing that I've always said is that's what I want to do.” Greg Schey, a 27-year-old doctor from Swansea, Wales, is well on the road to achieving that dream, after completing the third of four sail training levels this week ahead of setting off for full circumnavigation in the Clipper 2017-18 Race this summer.... [more]

18ft Skiffs - JJ Giltinan Trophy - Replay coverage - Race 2,
Replay coverage of Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs from Sydney harbour - sailing in 15kts... [more]

Quantum J/70 Midwinter Championship action-shots by Christopher Howell
J/70 International Class Association,
Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at Quantum J/70 Midwinter Championship 2017 and provided this gallery of images from Saturday action.... [more]

Advantage to John Brim's Rimette at Quantum J70 Midwinter Championship
Julie and Christopher Howell,
Mother Nature provided brilliant blue skies and summer-like temperatures, but light and fluky breeze as racing got underway Saturday at the Quantum J/70 Midwinter Championship hosted by Saint Petersburg Yacht Club in Florida. But John Brim's Rimette didn't seem to mind. He won the first two races, and added a nine, for 11 points and a healthy advantage over Will Welles' Scamp in second (23 points)... [more]

America's Cup - Japanese launch new Challenger in Bermuda
Softbank Team Japan,
A historic day today at the Dockyards in Bermuda as SoftBank Team Japan unveiled their brand new America's Cup Class race boat, Hikari, the next-generation boat designed to win the first ever America's Cup for a Japanese flagged challenger. Hikari, meaning “flash of light”, was selected from over 430 names submitted by fans in Japan through a nationwide contest held by SoftBank Corp. in the le... [more]

JJ Giltinan Trophy - More images from a funky Day 1 on Sydney Harbour
Michael Chittenden,
Michael Chittenden was on the water for the first race of the 2017 JJ Giltinan Trophy on Sydney Harbour, sailed in a funky breeze, leaden skies and plenty of rain. Plus a 300 metre long cruise liner at one end of the course and a waka wall at the other... [more]

Vendee Globe - Video of Conrad Colman finish in Les Sables d'Olonne
Vendee Globe,
Scenes of Kiwi solo round the world racer, Conrad Colman taken at the finish of the Vendee Globe race, which he completed under jury rig after being dismasted 700nm from the finish. In Foresight Natural Energy Colman became the first New Zealand sailor to complete the Vendee Globe, he also became the first in eight editions of the race to sail the entire race using only renewable energy sources.... [more]

JJ Giltinan Trophy - Waka wall helps Yamaha to Hat-Trick in Race 1
Richard Gladwell | Images: Michael Chittenden,
A group of 20 wakas paddling across the course for the opening race of the JJ Giltinan Trophy helped New Zealand's Yamaha to win the first race of the seven race series. 'The wakas were massive,' said Yamaha skipper Dave McDiarmid. 'We couldn't get to the bottom mark. They were in a solid line - about four deep - there was no gap.... [more]

Vendee Globe - Heerema delayed by Biscay lows
Vendee Globe,
With 16 boats now finished, the eighth edition of the Vendée Globe becomes the race with greatest ever number of finishers. Until now it was the 2000-2001 edition, with 24 starters and 15 finishers, which saw the biggest number of starters reach the end of their race at the legendary South Nouch buoy.... [more]

JJ Giltinan 18fters - Yamaha wins first race in rain and murk
Frank Quealey,
New Zealand champion Yamaha came from behind to score a brilliant win in race one of the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, sponsored by The winning Group, on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]

Coast Guard Foundation receives donation from Ice Hockey Team
Coast Guard Foundation,
The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that it has received a donation from the Guilford High School Ice Hockey Booster Club for $2,568, to benefit the Coast Guard Foundation's Fallen Heroes Fund and Scholarship Fund.... [more]

Bella Mente Racing starts 2017 season with major victory at RORC C600
Kirsten Ferguson,
Bella Mente Racing, led by owner/driver Hap Fauth, launched its 2017 campaign season with a major victory this week, winning IRC Overall, CSA Overall and CSA 1 at the RORC Caribbean 600 in Antigua; The team took home coveted RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy for the IRC win as well as the Bella Mente Trophy, the team's namesake award, for being first IRC yacht to finish that is wholly manually powered.... [more]

Cool drone footage of Dongfeng Race Team on the water
Volvo Ocean Race,
Dongfeng is back in the water and training is well underway for the returning Chinese campaign. Stunning drone footage of the re-fitted Volvo Ocean 65 has been released as the team hit the water off the coast of Lisbon.... [more]

49th Transpac early entry deadline approaches on March 1st
Transpacific Yacht Club,
Planning for the 49th edition of the Los Angeles-Honolulu Transpacific Yacht Race presented by the Los Angeles Times and organized by the Transpacific Yacht Club is well underway, with 52 monohull and multihull entries from nine nations already signed up for this biennial 2225-mile ocean race, one of the world's oldest having first been sailed in 1905.... [more]

18ft Skiffs - JJ Giltinan Trophy - Replay coverage - Race 1,
Replay of Race 1 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs from Sydney harbour - sailing in the wind and rain... [more]

Hat-trick all around for Phaedo^3 in this year Caribbean 600
Rachel Fallon-Langdon,
Lloyd Thornburg and the crew of his MOD70 Phaedo^3 for the last three editions of the RORC Caribbean 600 have gained not only line honours each time but also three wins in their class.... [more]

Vendee Globe - Conrad Colman's thoughts on his incredible performance
Vendee Globe,
After finishing 16th in the Vendee Globe, crossing the finish line under the jury rig which had carried him the final 720 miles of his race since he was dismasted, Conrad Colman was greeted by a hero's welcome into Les Sables d'Olone. The first New Zealander to complete the race he was also the first boat in the history of the race to finish using only natural energy, no fossil fuels.... [more]

More winners announced in RORC Caribbean 600
Louay Habib,
At Dawn on the fifth day, the leading Class40s were approaching the finish. Throughout the race, the battle in the class had been intense, with three yachts taking the lead at various points along the course.... [more]

Vendee Globe - Conrad Colman finishes under jury rig
Vendée Globe,
New Zealander Conrad Colman wrote a new chapter in the storied history of the Vendée Globe when he crossed the finish line of the eighth edition of the non stop solo round the world race under a makeshift jury rig.... [more]

Vendée Globe – Romain Attanasio takes fifteenth place
Vendée Globe,
French skipper Romain Attanasio, sailing Famille Mary-Etamine du Lys, took 15th place in the non stop solo race around the world this morning (Friday 24th February) when he crossed the finish line at 1006hrs UTC.... [more]

International Maxi Association 2017 program full due to new events
International Maxi Association,
The 2017 calendar, open to owners of all maxi boats (ie 60+ft LOA), features two new events in the Mediterranean.... [more]

Clipper Race Coxswain Training commences
Clipper Ventures,
We often tell the stories of the 40 per cent of crew who take on the Clipper Race with no previous sailing experience, but there are also many talented and experienced sailors amongst the fleet.... [more]

JJ Giltinan Trophy - ILVE in action ahead of the JJ's - Video
Hartas Productions,
The ILVE 18ft Skiff Team are back and in a brand new boat. We brought you the video of how they turned it into a silver bullet with a mirror-finish chrome vinyl wrap. Now see it in action!... [more]

Tawera Racing joins Extreme Sailing Series line-up in Muscat
Extreme Sailing Series,
The seventh challenger for Act one is announced today in the form of New Zealand-flagged Tawera Racing, which will compete as a full season entry.... [more]

JJ Giltinan Trophy - Images from the Invitation Race
Michael Chittenden,
Top Sydney skiff photographer, Michael Chittenden, was on Sydney Harbour this afternoon for the Invitation of the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship. Winds were light to non-existent, until a bit of puff appeared out of Rose Bay allowing the fleet to sail a three leg course. Here's the images from the day... [more]

EFG Bank Monaco sets sights on rivals in EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour
Oman Sail,
French sailing star Thierry Douillard says his EFG Bank Monaco (MON) crew will focus firmly on defending their title from arch rivals Team Al Mouj Muscat (OMA) as the Arabian classic approaches its climax.... [more]

18ft Skiffs - JJ Giltinan Trophy - Invitation Race runs out off puff
Frank Quealey,
The 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship regatta began on Sydney Harbour today when the Australian 18 Footers League conducted the traditional Invitation Race for all 26 regatta entrants. Unfortunately for the crews, there was little, or no, wind for the duration of the race and the course had to be shortened to just three legs as the fleet was almost becalmed.... [more]

The 51st Governor's Cup at Balboa Yacht Club requests applicants
Nancy Mellon,
The 2017 Governor's Cup will be sailed July 17- 22, 2017, at the Balboa Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, California in Governor's Cup 22's. This event is for sailors who will not turn 23 before July 23, 2017. Skippers will be invited based on resume. Requests for Invitation will be available on the Balboa Yacht Club website under “Youth Sailing” and are due by May 12, 2017.... [more]

Annapolis-to-Newport Race Seminar - Electronics
Linda Ambrose,
This presentation will cover the Electronics Requirements sections of the US Sailing Safety Equipment list as specified in the Notice of Race. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application and impact of these rules from industry professionals with experience installing, maintaining, and using these systems.... [more]

Registration is now open for the 2017 Queen's Cup Race
The on-line entry is now open and available to register for the 2017 Queen's Cup Race hosted by South Shore Yacht Club. The Queen's Cup race has a great history and competition. Race for one of the oldest trophies in yacht racing. On-line entry, entry form, NoR and other race documents can be found at under the Queen's Cup tab.... [more]

America's Cup - Oracle Team USA loses crew overboard - Video,
Oracle Team USA came close to having a serious injury to crew member Graeme Spence when he fell off the front cross beam of the team's new AC50 - a situation that has been feared as he passed between the foils, while the new America's Cup Defender was sailing at speed.... [more]

Swiss match race gentleman Monnin returns with 2017 Tour Card
World Match Racing Tour,
The 2016 season tested the Albert Riele Swiss Team to the maximum and with mixed results the team found themselves in unfamiliar territory on the WMRT leaderboard. With a new setup in 2017, Eric believes his long-term game plan will kick in this year and the team see big improvements on the horizon.... [more]

RORC Caribbean 600 – Epic win for Bella Mente
Louay Habib,
The lead in the Maxi72s changed hands on seven occasions during the race. Bella Mente counted 85 sail changes and at one point, both yachts were way-over canvassed, smoking along at 30 knots in a gigantic squall.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - 10 young sailors who made an impact on race history
Volvo Ocean Race,
Age is just a number, right? Well, yes – according to some of the sailors who've tackled the world's toughest ocean test. They say 'if you're good enough, you're old enough', and this lot certainly proved that. Here, we look back at some of the most iconic young sailors in the Volvo Ocean Race and its predecessor, the Whitbread Round the World Race's four-and-a-half decade history.... [more]

Spectacular new self-catering villas in Vassiliki
Now Wildwind not only provide top spec equipment, highly experienced RYA qualified instructors and a location with one of the most reliable wind patterns in the sailing world, but can also offer luxury villa accommodation.... [more]

Extreme Sailing Series– ENGIE and Team Tilt to take wildcard challenge
Extreme Sailing Series,
Following their participation in the inaugural GC32 Championship - also being staged in Muscat - the GC32 Racing Tour teams ENGIE and Team Tilt will compete in the Extreme Sailing Series season opener in Oman in less than two weeks' time.... [more]

Invisible Hand In inshore mode – Images by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson,
Invisible Hand In inshore mode – Images by Erik Simonson... [more]

Vendée Globe – Didac Costa takes 14th place
Vendée Globe,
The tenacious, driven Costa has succeeded with one of the smallest budgets of the 29 skippers who started the race on November 6th.... [more]

CCA welcomes America's fastest non-stop solo circumnavigator
Barby MacGowan,
The Cruising Club of America is particularly proud of member Rich Wilson's (Marblehead, Mass.) accomplishment in the just completed Vendée Globe race. Sailing solo for nearly 27,500 miles aboard Great American IV, Wilson finished the planet-rounding competition in just over 107 days, returning to the west coast of France on Tuesday February 21, 2017 after having started there on November 6, 2016.... [more]

RS Aeros at the Frigid Digit Regatta, Seattle, USA
Derek Bottles,
Seattle's Frigid Digit regatta started as the major midwinter Laser event back 1974. This year the event featured Lasers, Opti's and RS Aeros hosted by the Seattle Laser Fleet, Corinthian YC and West Coast Sailing.... [more]

RORC Caribbean 600 - Rambler 88 takes Monohull Line Honours
Louay Habib,
George David's American Maxi, Rambler 88 finished the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 22 February 2017 at 11 hrs 56 mins 17 secs AST taking Monohull Line Honours.... [more]

America's Cup - Artemis Racing launches their AC50 in Bermuda
Artemis Racing and Sail-World,
Artemis Racing's new race yacht, “Magic Blue”, was christened today by Torbjörn Törnqvist's wife, Natalia, at a special celebration in Bermuda. The launch sees the culmination of more than three years of intense design and development work, which began almost immediately after the finish of the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco.... [more]

Sanya awarded Youth Sailing World Championships
Daniel Smith - World Sailing,
The 2017 selection process opened in November 2016 after the Israeli Sailing Association exercised the right to withdraw from hosting the 2017 edition as a final contract had not been concluded.... [more]

RORC Caribbean 600 – Day 3 – Phaedo3 takes multihull line honours
Louay Habib,
Phaedo3 held on to win the battle of the trimarans, just 12 minutes ahead of Giovanni Soldini's Italian MOD70, Maserati. The high-speed battle saw the lead change hands at least four times during the race.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Pablo Arrarte joins MAPFRE as watch captain
Volvo Ocean Race,
Arrarte, who raced onboard Brunel in 2014-15, will also assume the role of deputy to Olympic gold medallist Xabi Fernández, who was named as skipper on Friday.... [more]

Maserati Multi70 finishes a close second in RORC Caribbean 600,
Soldini and his seven-man international crew brought Maserati Multi70 across the finish line off Charlotte Point in Antigua.... [more]

Red Bull Sailing Team returns to the Extreme Sailing Series
Extreme Sailing Series,
The team will have eight Acts to out-sail the world's best in what looks to be the most competitive season yet.... [more]

New Zealand's influence at JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship
Frank Quealey,
Can the Yamaha 18ft Skiff team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins become the first New Zealand team in the 79-year history to win the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour? The team came within one point of the 2016 winner, Smeg, and are determined to go that one better this year.... [more]

International Viper 640 Class becomes the newest World Sailing Class
Edward R. Padin,
In November 2016, World Sailing approved the International Viper 640 Class's application to become a recognized World Sailing class. The International Viper 640 Class Association, at the same time, adopted an international constitution and signed a contract with World Sailing confirming the Class's international status.... [more]

3rd line honours in a row for Phaedo^3 in the RORC Caribbean 600
Rachel Fallon-Langdon,
After an epic battle with their MOD70 sistership Maserati, Phaedo^3 took multihull line honours in the RORC Caribbean 600.... [more]

Gladwell's Line - AC50 Roll Call shows several late or absent
Richard Gladwell,,
The AC50 unveiling/launch/sailing call-sheet has had a few additions since Land Rover BAR were the first to launch on February 6 - the earliest day permitted under the 28-day voluntary Blackout amendment to the Protocol governing the current event.... [more]

Newport Shipyard prepares for busy season, announces major events
Barby MacGowan,
Newport Shipyard will once again prove its prowess as New England's “yachting hub” when a rush of superyachts head north to the famous “City by the Sea” after the America's Cup in Bermuda this June.... [more]

50th anniversary year for the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda,
Founded in 1967, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) this year celebrates its first 50 years of existence. This morning during a press conference held in Milan at the Riccardo Catella Foundation, an association dedicated to the research and promotion of sustainable local development since 2007, the YCCS presented a programme of social and sporting events to mark the occasion.... [more]

New gunboat class to join race and festivities at BVI Spring Regatta
Michelle Slade,
With six Gunboats confirmed to race, the competition dial has been seriously notched up for one of the best Caribbean racing events under the sun.... [more]

RORC Caribbean 600 – Day 2 – More Argyll than Antigua
Louay Habib,
After a champagne start to the race there was a huge change in weather conditions by the end of the first day. The low pressure system emanating from the north arrived earlier than anticipated, extinguishing the trade winds to provide a windless night for many competitors.... [more]

Vendée Globe – Rich Wilson takes thirteenth place
Vendée Globe,
Wilson, at 66 years old the oldest skipper in the race, successfully completes the pinnacle solo ocean racing event for the second time.... [more]

Emirates Team NZ and Southern Spars launching into the America's Cup
Ben Gladwell,
Built by Southern Spars, Emirates Team New Zealand's newest America's Cup yacht has been launched. The Auckland-based mast builder demonstrated its standing as one of the world's top carbon fibre manufacturers. Southern delivered Emirates Team NZ's most technically advanced yacht ever, meeting the extremely strict budget, construction, weight and timing requirements.... [more]

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ's bike team in training - Video
Emirates Team NZ,
Emirates Team New Zealand have released a short video of four of their grinding team in training - including two Olympic class sailors and an Olympic Gold medalist rower.... [more]

America's Cup - Oracle Team USA sails AC50 for first time in Bermuda
Oracle Team USA,
Oracle Team USA took to the Great Sound on Monday, sailing its newly launched America's Cup Class boat, '17', for the first time. 'We had a successful day,' said skipper Jimmy Spithill dockside after the training session. 'First impressions were great. The boat went really well, so everyone is happy.'... [more]

An awe inspiring start to the RORC Caribbean 600
RORC Press,
The ninth edition started in magnificent conditions with the largest ever offshore fleet assembled in the Caribbean enjoying sparkling conditions. A southeasterly breeze, occasionally gusting up to 15 knots and a relatively calm sea state provided conditions for the perfect start with some close battles on the water.... [more]

Maserati Multi70 trimaran starts RORC Caribbean 600 Race in Antigua,
The high-tech Italian ocean racing trimaran, Maserati Multi70, skippered by Giovanni Soldini crossed the start line off Fort Charlotte on the south side of the island in 10-knot westerly breeze at 11.40 local time (15.40 in Europe).... [more]

UK Flying 15 celebrates 70th anniversary at RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show
Emma Slater – RYA,
To kick start their 70th Anniversary year the UK Flying Fifteen Association are asking everyone who sails an International Flying Fifteen or keelboat, to join them at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 04-05 March (Alexandra Palace, London), to get the celebrations under way.... [more]


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