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A windy Protection Island Race—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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02 May 2017

A windy Protection Island Race—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Dark Star approaches Whidbey Island during the 2014 Smith Island Race. Races around Protection Island are held on odd-numbered years while even-numbered years see the fleet sail the slightly longer Smith Island Race.  David Schmidt
While spring's march north to the Pacific Northwest has shown zero signs of hurry or haste this year, the flipside for us sailors, of course, is that the pregnant clouds often bring wind, and while there's zero danger of having to water lawns around Seattle anytime soon, there's also been some great opportunities to race and to get reacquainted with moderate-air sailing. Take this past weekend's Protection Island Race, which stretched some (ballpark) 37 miles up Puget Sound from Seattle's Shilshole Bay Marina, through Admiralty Inlet, and out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Protection Island, some seven nautical miles to the west of Port Townsend, and then back to the Emerald City for a total distance of (ballpark) 74 nautical miles.

A thin breeze stirred the treetops at Shilshole Marina the morning of the race, but the overcast skies weren't delivering precipitation, and the mood on the boat was a happy and upbeat one, especially as real-time wind readings-courtesy of the Washington State Ferry System and smartphones-were consulted. True, no one would be setting a new reference time between Shilshole and Port Townsend, but the tide cycle couldn't be better, especially for the quicker boats that could cover the 37 nautical miles out to Protection Island in time to catch a fast flood tide back to Seattle.

The Race Committee began their time sequence, and our crew nailed our downhill start, quickly transitioning from our J1 to our big asymmetric kite and then rolling into our first gybe. As predicted, the southerly breeze began by delivering perhaps ten to 12 knots of pressure, which steadily built as we cleared Point No Point and the transition into Admiralty Inlet. The boat felt fast, and our afterguard was doing an excellent job of balancing the needs of keeping the boat in the best pressure and swiftest ebbing current.

Sure, we might have been wearing more clothing than is required for a typical day of downhill skiing in February, but the point wasn't lost on anyone that-despite the season's agonizingly slow change from winter to spring-we were enjoying a heck of a spinnaker run that was made all the more magical by the fast-flowing stream of ebbing water that was making a strong contribution to our VMG numbers.

Puget Sound under still wintry-looking skies  David Schmidt

The breeze became more of an easterly affair as we passed historic Port Townsend and nosed our way into the heavily white-capped waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Here, the water was just starting to change from an ebb to a flood-perfect, given that we were fast approaching our turning mark and the race's halfway point-and the wind angle added several knots of boatspeed to our fun-meter.

A big puff hit and Dark Star hopped up on a plane, her graceful-yet-athletic 45-foot carbon-fiber hull having no trouble delivering speeds in the mid-to-high teens as we screamed towards Protection Island. Glancing ahead, I could see four rigs, one belonging to Crossfire (nee Rima II) a Reichel/Pugh 55, the others belonging to Smoke and Glory, a pair of TP52s, and a fourth, significantly closer rig belonging to Neptune's Car, a Santa Cruz 70. Not bad company to keep, especially considering that we were at least a mile or three in front of the other 45-footers.

The call came to hoist the J2 and take down the kite, and Morgan and Erden and I moved into position on the foredeck. A brief battle with a lot of air and even more kite material ensued, which we won, and-sliding aft to my spot on the rail-I noticed that the sail change only cost us a knot or two of boatspeed. I also noticed that there didn't appear to be a lot of leeway around us as we prepared to round Protection Island's southwest corner.

The call came to gybe, all hands scurried into battle positions, the boom swung quickly overhead but something didn't feel quite right. Milliseconds later, our skipper noticed our mainsail, which was in the process of shredding itself from the leach to the luff, the victim of at least a few failed battens and a few too many heavy-air gybes. There was no way to salvage damage of this extent, so the gut-wrenching call was made to lower the mainsail and begin the long motorsail home.

Still, as rough as this circumstance was, especially considering our strong mid-course position, there's no question that we enjoyed the finest sailing that the day had to offer.

Seattle's skyline is often a welcome sight after a long distance race  Clipper Ventures

The raindrops started hitting maybe two hours later as I took the helm for my delivery-duty watch back to Shilshole Marina. I cursed it at first until I realized that we were getting enough precipitation to remove the salt from my sunglasses but not enough to risk killing the jovial mood in the cockpit. Life could be a lot worse, and while there was still the matter of our tattered mainsail, our skipper made darn sure not to allow this setback to overshadow our day...after all, we had just enjoyed some truly world-class (chilled) champagne sailing, we were onboard a boat full of our friends, our larders were over-filled with nutritious (and otherwise) goodies, there was plenty of (chilled) beer and tequila aboard, and the sun was still hanging several inches above the Olympic Mountains.

Pulling my hood up against the thin rain, I realized that the right attitude, coupled with a bit of breeze and a great group of friends, can help get you through even the most reluctant of springs.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

OmanAir get podium after eleventh-hour Extreme Sailing Series comeback
Oman Sail,
The Omani-flagged crew, this year led by New Zealand skipper Phil Robertson, jumped three places up the leaderboard to finish in third thanks to a stunning last-day performance on the waters of Fushan Bay.... [more]

Land Rover BAR score best result to date at Extreme Sailing Series
Extreme Sailing Series,
With a welcome breeze ranging from eight to 18 knots blowing through Fushan Bay, Alinghi co-skipper Arnaud Psarofaghis led his men to an impressive 11 podium finishes in 17 races, notching up four victories along the way to retain their winning record in Qingdao.... [more]

Pintia retains Cervantes Trophy
Louay Habib,
Last year's overall champion, First 44.7 Lisa, sailed by RORC Commodore, Michael Boyd was second in IRC Class 2 edging out Ed Fishwick's Two Handed entry Redshift Reloaded.... [more]

Stunning cast for the Antigua Bermuda Race
Louay Habib,
With 22 entries, including 17 over 50ft and seven Maxis and one SuperMaxi, the sight of the fleet departing for the 900 nautical mile race will be nothing short of spectacular. The variety of the fleet shows the wide appeal of the offshore race, attracting ocean going cruisers, round the world racing yachts, high performance multihulls, as well as classic designs.... [more]

Gladwell's Line - For whom will the America's Cup bell first toll-
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
With Practice Session 4 just concluded, in Bermuda some very clear trends emerging - and particularly so when the results of the Practice Sessions 1,3 and 4 are combined and considered, in the context of a win-loss record/percentage. The number of races sailed by each team also tells us something about their current emphasis.... [more]

Quantum Sails the Official Sailmaker for Melges24 Canadian Nationals
Pamela Miller,
Quantum Sails has committed to supporting the Canadian Melges24 Class Association's 2017 Melges24 Canadian National Championship event hosted at the National Yacht Club in Toronto, Canada September 21-24. As the exclusive Official Sailmaker sponsor of the 2017 Melges24 Canadian National Championship, Quantum Sails will be doing daily post-racing debriefs by Quantum Sails pro, Scott Nixon.... [more]

Big breeze test for Extreme Sailing Series fleet in Qingdao finale
Extreme Sailing Series™,
After three days of light winds in Qingdao a new weather front has arrived, bringing with it breeze of up to 20 knots to guarantee a thrilling final-day showdown to Act 2.... [more]

2017 Resin Regatta action-shots by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson provided this gallery of images from 2017 Resin Regatta.... [more]

America's Cup - Southern Spars AC50 build for Emirates Team NZ + Video
Richard Gladwell,
27 years after Steinlager 2 put Southern Spars on the map with her unequalled clean sweep of the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race, Southern Spars were called on to build Emirates Team NZ's America's Cup Challenger. Here's a look behind the scenes at the composite engineering process Southern Spars employ on projects ranging from Volvo OR spars, to Olympic bike wheels to an AC50... [more]

Antigua Sailing Week - Old traditions new ways
Louay Habib,
Winning skippers on the first day of Antigua Sailing Week included Sir Richard Matthews taking part in his 37th Antigua Sailing Week and 18 year old Jules Mitchell who has never skippered at the regatta before.... [more]

World Cup series Hyeres - Starting as they mean to go on
Australian Sailing Team,
Three Australian Sailing Team crews were amongst the Medal race action at the World Cup Hyeres on the final day. An emphatic World Cup win for the Rio 470 Men's Silver medallist of Mat Belcher and Will Ryan who added a sixth race win, this time in the medal race to their 2017 Hyeres record.... [more]

RC44 Sotogrande Cup - Chris Bake grabs victory from jaws of defeat
RC44 Class Association,
After two severe days, Sotogrande and the Andalucian coastline laid on perfect conditions for the final day of competition at the RC44 Sotogrande Cup. Mountainous seas gave way to a short chop, torrential rain gave way to brilliant sunshine and a stiff but shifty 20 knot, westerly offshore wind, to provide the tacticians with some welcome head scratching.... [more]

A Few Rays - Go Faster-
How the right sunscreen can make the boat go faster A good sunscreen is a very necessary part of the sailor's equipment. When the sunscreen works really well and the sailor using it can do a multi-day regatta without burning or distraction, then that is a piece of equipment worth having.... [more]

GBR learn French lessons as Hyeres World Cup Series concludes
Lindsey Bell / RYA,
Having secured two medals in the 49er and 49erFX events on Saturday, the British Sailing Team had contenders and medal chances in four out of the five medal races on the closing day of this second round of the World Cup series, but narrowly missed out in each of them to finish fourth in the Laser, Laser Radial, Finn and 470 Women's events.... [more]

World Cup Series Hyères – Kontides steals gold again
Richard Aspland - World Sailing,
A colder, overcast day with a steady 8-12 knot breeze did nothing to dampen the spirits of the final few lucky World Cup Series medallists.... [more]

FAST40+ Spring Regatta – Hitchhiker declared winner
Fast40+ Class,
Stewart Whitehead's Carkeek 40+ Rebellion tide on points with Hitchhiker but was second on count back.Tony Dickin's Jubilee was in impressive form, scoring three podium finishes to end the regatta just one point off the lead in third.... [more]

World Cup Series Hyeres – Turkish delight as Alican secures gold
Robert Deaves,
Lobert found the best course up the second beat to take the lead and extended down the run to the finish to take bronze, repeating his position from last year.... [more]

Team Oman Air score big breeze win at Extreme Sailing Series
Oman Sail,
Phil Robertson's men proved uncatchable as they romped home to glory in the seventh and last outing of the day as Qingdao delivered a 20-knot breeze blasting through the city's stadium racecourse.... [more]

Young guns firing in tricky penultimate day of Extreme Sailing Series
Extreme Sailing Series,
Skipper Rob Bunce's team of talented under 24s enjoyed their most successful outing since joining the global Stadium Racing tour at the start of 2016, only missing the podium once in seven races on Fushan Bay.... [more]

Nations' Cup – NZ wins again
RHKYC Media,
Competitors set out to find blue skies and a varied breeze of five to 10 knots with Race Officer Lucy Sutro sending racers on a three-loop harbour course between the Central Club buoy off of the Wan Chai Ferry terminal then to Shau Kei Wan(SKW) and back.... [more]

America's Cup - Practice Session 4, Final day - on the water video NZ,
MyislandhomeBDA who has been doing an outstanding job with video coverage from Bermuda was invited on the water by Artemis Racing, and filed these reports on the final day of Practice Session 4 on the Great Sound, Bermuda. These videos are shot and produced by Jason Smith, who is living on the proverbial shoestring.... [more]

Parlier finishes off with a perfect score at World Cup Series Hyères
In the first of two live Medal Race days, France's southern coast was blessed with glorious sunshine. Coupled with an 11-13 knot breeze from the west, the day was virtually perfect.... [more]

Hyeres Medal Races - Watch Live-
John Curnow,
Live coverage of the second day of Medal Racing at Sailing World Cup Hyeres starts at 12:00 CEST. TheLaser is first.... [more]

Still all to play for in Act 2 as light airs curtail racing in Qingdao
Extreme Sailing Series™,
The Extreme Sailing Series™ fleet will go into the second half of Act 2 in Qingdao split by just 12 points after super-light winds prevented racing on day two.... [more]

Thriller around Antigua - Peters and May Round Antigua Race
Louay Habib,
The Peters and May Round Antigua Race produced a spectacular match race between two magnificent ocean greyhounds with an unbelievable finish. Sir Peter Harrison's British ketch Sojana and Jean-Paul Riviere's French sloop, Nomad IV battled it out for the 52 miles, just a few minutes apart for the duration of the race.... [more]

FAST40+ Spring Regatta - Hitchhiker comes out fighting
FAST40+ Race Circuit,
Hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, the first day of the FAST40+ Spring Regatta produced some highly competitive racing. Just a few weeks ago, Bas de Voogd's Hitchhiker was blown off its cradle and they were not sure if they would even make their debut in the class at the FAST40+ Spring Regatta, but it was the opposition that was blown away in the first two races.... [more]

Hyères offers up perfection
Richard Aspland,
Seven medals were confirmed today (Saturday) at Sailing's World Cup Series in Hyères, France. In the first of two live Medal Race days, France's southern coast was blessed with glorious sunshine. Coupled with an 11-13 knot breeze from the west, the day was virtually perfect.... [more]

World Cup Series Hyeres – Kaynar and Heiner to battle for gold
Robert Deaves,
Hyeres saved its best until last with two great races in fantastic conditions to wrap up the opening series. Again, Turkey's Alican Kaynar ruled the day with a second and a first to go into the medal race with a 10-point advantage.... [more]

Team Aqua takes control of RC44 Sotogrande Cup
RC44 Class Association,
Once again the wind, although shifty, was less of an issue than the sea state, which was initially so massive that the RC44s were disappearing up to their spreaders in the troughs.... [more]

Skiff success in first Hyeres World Cup finals day
Lindsey Bell / RYA,
The French Riviera venue served up perfect conditions for the first of the event's two medal race days, with bright sunshine and winds averaging 15 knots providing the ideal playground.... [more]

All on for Team Oman Air in second half of Extreme Sailing Series
Oman Sail,
Skipper Phil Robertson's men spent almost three hours poised for action as they waited for the breeze to materialise but, unlike yesterday's opener when a 15-knot wind appeared halfway through the afternoon, it wasn't to be.... [more]

America's Cup - Artemis Racing emerging as Cup favorites
Bernie Wilson AP,
Out on Bermuda's Great Sound, on a fast catamaran named Magic Blue, Iain Percy and his mates with Artemis Racing are emerging as contenders to win the America's Cup while honoring the memory of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, who was killed in a training accident four years ago. Artemis is keeping Simpson in mind while quickly finding the sea legs it didn't get the chance to develop in the 2013 regatta.... [more]

America's Cup - Spithill says valuable lessons learned this week
Oracle Team USA,
Oracle Team USA finished the latest practice week on a positive note with two wins in three starts in Friday's races. The end of the week saw moderate 10-knot Southerly conditions similar to what many are predicting for the America's Cup race period in June. But earlier in the week, the winds were often closer to 20 knots, from the east, making for challenging conditions.... [more]

World Sailing Show - Video news - May 2017 - Volvo 65, America's Cup
World Sailing,
May 2017 edition of World Sailing News, which this month features: Winding the clock back on a Volvo 65 and taking a race boat that already has over 40,000 hard miles under its keel might not be your idea of a perfect start for another lap of the planet. But the newly refurbished fleet of Volvo 65s are better than new. We went to Portugal to find out how this can be so.... [more]

Top Chinese sailor aims to inspire in hometown of Qingdao
Extreme Sailing Series,
The 24-year-old, better known by his nickname Black, is back in his home city of Qingdao as the Extreme Sailing Series™ returns to China's Olympic Sailing City for an incredible seventh time.... [more]

Sailing World Cup - Medal races on LIVE NOW - Day 1,
Live coverage of the first day of Medal Racing at Sailing World Cup Hyeres starts at 12:00 CEST . First up is the Mens 49er skiff... [more]

Annapolis to Newport Seminar - Navigation, Routing and Weather
Linda Ambrose,
Navigation, Routing and Weather, being held at the AYC Clubhouse, wraps up the popular and informative seminar series. There are few sailors anywhere in the United States who have logged as many ocean miles as Tarry Lomax and Tom Schubert.... [more]

World Cup Series Hyeres - Chaos reigns in the Laser Radial
Richard Aspland,
Sailors are always thrilled when they have a return of straight race victories. Then there are times when they are happy to come out in one piece, still within touching distance of the medals. The competition in Hyères has reached a critical stage on Friday with Medal Races imminent.... [more]

Sailing World Cup - Five times Olympic Medalist not invited to Hyeres
Ben Remocker,|Sail-World NZ,
Winning a Masters is the highest achievement in Golf. It's something every golfer aspires to and the image of the winner donning a green jacket echo's for ages through golfing lore. While golfers have been slow to attend Olympics, they flock back to the Masters each year, all previous winners invited in perpetuity continuing to build their legendary status.... [more]

IMOCA General Assembly gives thumbs up for foils
Marion Cardon,
The IMOCA Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday, 26th April in Paris at the Fédération Française de Voile. This meeting was highly anticipated, because, in addition to reviewing a rich season that culminated in the end of the Vendée Globe, the IMOCA class rules had to be set for the next four years, and technical decisions made, given the number of new projects waiting in the wings.<... [more]

Parlier proves to be un-beatable in strong breeze at SWC - Hyeres
The International Kiteboarding Association,
Sailors (and as such, kiteboarders) are always thrilled when they have a return of straight race victories. Then there are times when they are happy to come out in one piece, still within touching distance of the medals.... [more]

Comanche on the warpath for Transpac record
Dobbs Davis,
Jim Clark's 100-foot Comanche has recently joined the fleet of 62 entries currently preparing for the 49th edition of the Transpacific YC's biennial LA-Honolulu race, with one goal: to set a new race record. This 100-foot carbon fiber ocean greyhound designed by VPLP/Verdier and built by Hodgdon Yachts in 2014 was created to be quite simply the fastest sailing yacht in the world... [more]

Countdown to Transpac - Under 70 days to go
Transpacific YC,
With just under 70 days to go to the first start of the 49th biennial Transpac, skippers and sailors, sponsors, families, spectators and organizers from the Transpacific YC are all working hard on their preparation tasks for this classic 2225-mile race from LA to Honolulu. In all, 63 monohull and multihull entries from seven countries around the Pacific and beyond are now entered... [more]

SWC - Hyeres - Alican Kaynar takes lead after double win on Day 4
Robert Deaves,
Turkey's Alican Kaynar crushed his fellow Finn sailors at the World Cup Series in Hyeres, France after two brilliant race wins in some of the shiftiest, trickiest and difficult wind conditions of the week so far. He now leads the fleet from Nicholas Heiner from the Netherlands and Great Britain's Ben Cornish with just one day left of the opening series.... [more]

America's Cup - All six teams race together for the first time
America's Cup Media/,
More America's Cup Class (ACC) practice racing has been taking place on Bermuda's Great Sound, now with all six America's Cup teams taking part for the first time on the racecourse that will be used in the 35th America's Cup. Emirates Team New Zealand were the last team to arrive in the home of the 35th America's Cup and raced for the first time today with a 2-2 win/loss record.... [more]

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ score two wins in first hit-out
Hamish Hooper, Emirates Team NZ,
After less than one week since the first sail in Bermuda, Emirates Team New Zealand joined their opponents on the water for the last day of the latest round of the America's Cup Class (ACC) practice racing. All six America's Cup teams, now based in Bermuda, took part in a series of match races in 8-10 knots of breeze.... [more]

Défi Wind and Défi Kite – The biggest sea marathon in south of France
Press Défi Wind and Défi Kite,
Initiated by Philippe Bru (PBO), Wind Magazine, and the tourism office of Gruissan, this atypical event is based on a simple idea : to gather at the same place, same moment, and on the same starting line the greatest number of modern times sliders, professionals and amateurs.... [more]

RC44 Sotogrande Cup – Rain does not stay on the plain
RC44 Class Association,
Even as RC44 crews and race management surfaced for their breakfast this morning, it was evident that the onshore easterly breeze, that had been blowing all night, had caused the sea state to build to the extent that waves were already breaking over the harbour wall.... [more]

28th May announced as the America's Cup Endeavour Day
America's Cup,
The America's Cup Endeavour Program is the America's Cup's ambitious youth sailing and educational program, dedicated to inspiring everybody who engages with the initiative and to leaving a sporting legacy in Bermuda that has a strong, positive impact on the community.... [more]

Challenging Qingdao tests Extreme Sailing Series fleet in Act 2 opener
Extreme Sailing Series,
China's Olympic Sailing City is renowned for its tricky weather conditions that can catch sailors off guard with sudden changes – and the opening day of Act 2 Qingdao 'Mazarin Cup' was a prime example.... [more]

Extreme Sailing Series – Team Oman Air promise to bounce back
Oman Sail,
After almost two hours of bobbing around waiting for enough wind to allow action to commence, a solid 15-knot breeze swept over the seven-strong fleet allowing three races to be held.... [more]

World Masters Games - Medals for Australia, Britain and New Zealand
Yachting New Zealand,
The Gold medals were shared between three nations as the sailing competition in the World Masters Games came to an end in Auckland today. Soon after Dan Slater (NZL) crossed the finish line in the final race in the Laser class, someone yelled out that he had finally picked up a Games medal at the fourth time of trying.... [more]

Antigua Sailing Week – 8 teams contest Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge
Louay Habib,
Racing is done in two preliminary heats of three races each. The two top finishers of each heat go to the final round, which also consists of three races. All races are approximately 15 to 20 minutes in length keeping them challenging and exciting to watch!... [more]

RYA announces new Olympic Performance Manager
Lindsey Bell / RYA,
Robinson, who joins the British Sailing Team in June from a Performance Manager role at Australian Sailing, takes on the post vacated by Stephen Park OBE and will lead the world's leading Olympic sailing nation as it continues its quest for medal success in Tokyo 2020 and beyond.... [more]

America's Cup Champion forced out of Practice Race session + Video
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
Five-time America's Cup winner, Russell Coutts' comments following the conclusion of Practice Session 4 will be illuminating. After the conclusion of four days of the five days scheduled racing in Bermuda, the Oracle Team USA CEO may find some of his comments on previous sessions coming back to haunt him.... [more]

Marion Bermuda 2017... an Extravaganza
Talbot Wilson,
Entries now stand at 60 yachts for the 2017 Marion Bermuda Race and there is still time to get off the fence and enter this classic, 40th Anniversary Race.... [more]

RC44 PRO earns his bucks on snakes and ladders opening day
RC44 Class Association,
Sotogrande, Spain laid on a tricky first day of the 2017 RC44 Championship. Nonetheless Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio read his crystal ball well enough to stage four races on this course which uniquely has Europe, Gibraltar and North Africa as a backdrop.... [more]

Mistral forecast tricked kite fleet on Day 3 at SWC - Hyeres
International Kiteboarding Association,
Despite a favourable forecast, the famous 'Mistral' winds never materialised during the third day of the Sailing World Cup Hyeres.... [more]

Coast Guard finds Aids-to-Navigation shot and sunk near Block Island
Coast Guard First District,
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Ida Lewis discovered a buoy sunk in the water with bullet holes, Monday, near Block Island, Rhode Island. The crew was conducting regular aids-to-navigation maintenance when they approached Clay Head buoy number 7 and found it submerged. The crew raised the 12,000-pound buoy and found 20 bullet holes in it.... [more]

North Sails - 60 years of sailmaking - 1986 12 Metre Worlds
North Sails,
In early 1986, a series of races were held off of Fremantle as a precursor to the 1987 America's Cup. Dubbed the 12 Metre World Championship, a dozen syndicates competed in what they considered a “shakedown series” to test their boats against the competition. Some of the teams had new builds, their first development boats.... [more]

Heiner's consistency pays dividends in Sailing World Cup Hyères
Daniel Smith and Richard Aspland - World Sailing,
Out of the 534 racers from 52 nations, racing across the ten Olympic events, Foiling Formula Kiteboarding and 2.4 Norlin OD, Heiner has been one of the most reliable performers with a string of top five finishes to lead in the Finn.... [more]

World Cup Series Hyeres – Dylan and Stuart hold their nerve on Day 3
Lindsey Bell / RYA,
Wind conditions built later than anticipated on this third day of competition, and knowing that Friday's forecast looks set to bring big breeze and potentially a day confined to shore, sailors and race management alike were eager to eke out the best conditions and complete the day's schedule.... [more]

Points close as Heiner takes lead on Day 3 of World Cup Series Hyeres
Robert Deaves,
France's Fabian Pic also moved up, to second, while Great Britain's Ben Cornish didn't have the best day, and dropped to third. Race wins went to Brazil's Jorge Zarif and Norway's Anders Pedersen.... [more]

Clagett Oakcliff Match Race Regatta announces coaches
Sam Crichton,
The 2016 regatta, which had eight teams from across the US taking part will increase to 10 teams in 2017. It is expected there will be teams from the US, and international teams from Canada, parts of Europe and the Caribbean have expressed interest in attending.... [more]

World Masters Games - Bilger's success in the wind
Yachting New Zealand,
As a wind predictor, Jon Bilger thinks he's got an advantage when it comes to the World Masters Games but the only issue is his predictions are available for all of his rivals. He still hasn't been tempted to put out any rogue information, though.... [more]

The world of sailing comes to Antigua Sailing Week
Louay Habib,
About 1,500 competitors from 32 countries will enjoy five days of world class racing, preceded by the Guadeloupe to Antigua Race and the Peters and May Round Antigua Race.... [more]

Ida Lewis Distance Race - Popular sailboat race set for August
Barby MacGowan,
The 13th edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race is scheduled to start on Friday, August 18, 2017, promising once again to deliver an exciting late-season topper to a busy summer of competitive racing on Narragansett Bay. Classes for IRC, PHRF, One Design, Multihull and Double-Handed insure that everyone (with a qualifying boat of 28 feet or longer) has a place to fit in.... [more]

SWC - Hyeres - Mazella and Parlier dominate racing on Day 2
International Kiteboarding Association,
A grey, overcast morning welcomed the sailors from the ten Olympic classes as well as the Open Kiteboarding (foiling Formula Kite) and the 2.4 Norlin OD, a Para World Sailing event, to the boat park with an expected morning breeze of seven - twelve knots from the west.... [more]

Zhik 29er Worlds 2018 - making it easier
RHKYC Media,
Race Chairman of the Zhik Hong Kong 29er World Championships 2018, Peter Backe commenting on the announcement said, “Having an official hotel will make things so much easier for the competitors. Participants will have all their information and travel needs covered for the event. With transportation included to the race venue daily, and news that the committee will post a second notice board... [more]

New conditions and new faces at front in Hyeres
Robert Deaves,
On the second day at the World Cup Series in Hyeres, France there were new conditions and some new faces at the front. Race wins went to Brazil's Jorge Zarif and Ed Wright from Great Britain, but Ben Cornish continues to lead, on equal points with Nicholas Heiner from the Netherlands. Turkey's Alican Kaynar has moved up to third.... [more]

Sperry Charleston Race Week 2017 in review
Charleston Race Week,
The underlying goal for every race organizer – even those staging benefit regattas – is to provide safe, fair, competitive sailing. When you have your hands on the helm of a mega regatta such as Sperry Charleston Race Week, that doesn't change. But it does become more complicated.... [more]

Masters Games - Volvo and Olympic father and son race two-hander
Yachting New Zealand,
Former Flying Dutchman crew Murray Rae was keen to tackle the 2017 World Masters Games at Torbay, Auckland, with his Rome Olympics teammate. But when Ron Watson wasn't available he was able to call on a veteran of seven America's Cups and five round the world yacht races. The alternative also happened to be his son.... [more]

A QandA with Helena Scutt about her Nacra 17 campaign for the 2020 Games
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
I caught up with Olympian Helena Scutt (USA) via email to learn more about her migration to foiling multi-hulls, and also to learn a bit more about what this talented sailor does when she's not hanging off the wire of a high-performance skiff or foiling catamaran. (Hint: it involves building robots while completing her master's degree at Stanford University.)... [more]

America's Cup - Close call as Emirates TNZ takes a nosedive in Bermuda,
With fresh winds forecast to ease later in the day, Emirates Team New Zealand left the harbour at the Royal Dockyard to head for a training session. She was caught in a gust recorded at 24.3kts and nosedived.... [more]

New faces in town with RC44 Sotogrande Cup set to begin
RC44 Class Association,
Of the eight teams competing off Sotogrande, favourite is Igor Lah's Team CEEREF. Not only is the cockpit on the Slovenian RC44 adorned with the overall championship leader's 'golden wheels', but Lah's team also won the World Championship here in 2016.... [more]

Sailing World Cup Hyères –Day 2– Zegers and van Veen show how its done
Daniel Smith - World Sailing,
Out of the 534 competitors from 52 nations racing across ten Olympic events, Open Kiteboarding and 2.4 Norlin OD, the Dutch team were the standout performers.... [more]

Women's Sailing Conference slated for June 3 Marblehead, MA
The event, which features hands-on land and water-based workshops and seminars, offers women a fantastic opportunity to learn or hone sailing skills, network with other women sailors from all over the United States and gain the confidence necessary to become a valuable crew member or knowledgeable skipper... [more]

GC32 Racing Tour Owner-Driver Championship heats up
GC32 Racing,
Team Argo is sailing with the same crew as it had for February's GC32 Championship in Oman, including leading American Moth and big boat sailor Anthony Kotoun and British former Olympic and America's Cup sailor Alister Richardson.... [more]

RORC Season's Points Championship and Cervantes Trophy Race preview
Louay Habib,
Over 5000 sailors from all over the world will race in the biggest offshore sailing competition in the world. While this year the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race is the showcase event, there are fourteen testing races that make up the championship, and every race has its own coveted prize for the overall winner and for class honours.... [more]

Racing in Formula Kite Short Track format at Day 1 of SWC - Hyeres
International Kiteboarding Association,
Over 500 sailors from 52 nations opened their quest for World Cup honours, personal best performances and bragging rights as the second event of the 2017 series got underway in Hyères, France.... [more]

Biggest Round the World Ocean Race returns to Liverpool
Amy Martindale,
The biggest round-the-world ocean race is to return to Liverpool with the start and finish of this unique global challenge moving from the capital back to the River Mersey on the tenth anniversary of its last partnership with the region.... [more]

2018 BVI Spring Regatta adds new race to Sailing Festival
BVI Spring Regatta,
On the heels of the 2017 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, preparations have already begun for 2018. The week of March 27 - April 1 will offer the unique opportunity to race under a full moon. With that illumination, we will run the inaugural 'Full Moon Race, 64 Islands ~One Brilliant Night'.... [more]

Giant international gathering for Rolex Fastnet Race
James Boyd,
August's Rolex Fastnet Race remains on track for a record-sized fleet. Currently 390 boats are entered: 338 competing for the main IRC handicap prize; the remainder racing for their own trophies in the Class40, IMOCA 60, Volvo Ocean 65 and Multihull grand prix classes.... [more]

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ hooks up in Bermuda with Brits +Video,
Emirates Team New Zealand were training again on the Great Sound in Bermuda, in fresh winds of over 25kts from the ESE. MyislandhomeBDA caught the America's Cup Challenger as they had their first real hook-up with another team - lining up against Britain's Land Rover BAR.... [more]

America's Cup - Tom Slingsby explains optimal ride height
Oracle Team USA/,
Ever wondered whether there is a difference between riding high or low in a foiling AC50? Does the old maxim with catamarans apply - that you are at your most efficient with the hull just clear of the water? At what point to AC50's start sliding sideways - like a Laser dinghy with its centreboard raised too high?... [more]

Cornish and Pic open the scoring in World Cup Series Hyeres
Robert Deaves,
Race one got started in a pleasant 9-11 knots with Oscar flag flying for free pumping. After a route up the middle right, Cornish squeezed round the top mark in the lead from Italy's Filippo Baldassari and Henry Wetherall of Great Britain.... [more]

Sailing World Cup Hyères – Laying down a marker
Daniel Smith - World Sailing,
In the 38 strong Women's Windsurfer fleet, Israel's Noga Geller came out flying with superb starts and speed. Feeling comfortable in the conditions, she snapped up the first two race wins.... [more]


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