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Cats in the Newport Bermuda Race—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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04 Apr 2017

Cats in the Newport Bermuda Race—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Starting in 2018, multihulls larger than 58' LOA will be eligible to compete in the storied Newport Bermuda Race  Rachel Jaspersen
One of the more interesting evolutions in our sport in the past decade or so has been the acceptance of high-performance multihulls in racing and cruising circles. Many of the concepts behinds high-performance multihulls-including lightweight builds, interesting aero packages, daggerboards and composite structures-have existed for some time. However, it took a historical collision between the America's Cup, the advent of high-performance cruising catamarans such as the Chris White-designed Atlantic-series catamarans, Nigel Irons designs and the various Gunboat designs (and, more recently, the HH catamarans), and the high-profile rise of offshore ocean-racing multihulls contesting sought-after prizes such as the Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest elapsed circumnavigation time to bring multi-hull sailing to the mainstream. Now, for the first time in the race's proud 111-year history, the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee has announced that multihulls greater than 58 feet, LOA, will be welcomed into the fleet for the 2018 Newport to Bermuda Race.

“We are very pleased after careful study and consideration of the unique and challenging characteristics of our race to welcome multihulls of 58 feet and longer,” wrote Commodore Jim Binch of the Cruising Club of America, Commodore Leatrice Oatley of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, and Race Chairman Jonathan Brewin in a press release dated 24 March, 2017.

Paradox - a Nigel Irens 63' Trimaran skippered by Peter Aschenbrenner - 2015 Rolex Middle Sea Race  RORC / Tim Wright

Historically, the Newport-Bermuda Race has featured large amounts of tight reaching, and the Gulf Stream can usually be counted on to deliver some wildcards.

“We take safety very seriously,” continued Commodore Birch. “The Cruising Club of America committees have studied the issues exhaustively. Our Technical and Safety committees have been communicating with experienced owners and leading multihull designers. I am pleased with their recommendations for this historic first inclusion.”

Gunboat class - St. Maarten Heineken Regatta  Rachel Jaspersen

While some owners of smaller multi-hulls were no doubt disappointed to see the 58-foot LOA requirement, it's critical to remember that the race is operating out of an abundance of caution, with the intention of making wise, seamanlike decisions, and that 2018 represents a lot of firsts for the event and for these high-performance offshore steeds. Moreover, the rules that apply to a race in 2018 may not still be applicable in 2022 or 2030, as evidenced by the forward-thinking acceptance of multi-hulls for the 51st Thrash to the Onion Patch.

As of this writing, it's estimated that the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race will see between 10-15 multihulls (possibly more) on the starting line, and the multihull division will be divided into “appropriate classes” of boats (e.g., high performance, performance cruising and cruising), making for some exciting racing between vessels of similar ilk.

The newly launched all-carbon racing machine HH66 NALA will turn a few heads at this year's BVI Spring Regatta  Hudson Yacht Group / Lauren Battaile

Of the world's four most famous offshore races for Corinthian teams, the Newport Bermuda Race now joins ranks with the Transpac Race and the Fastnet Race in welcoming multihulls, with only the Sydney Hobart Race remaining a contest solely for monohulls.

It will certainly be interesting to see how well the multihulls do en route to Bermuda in 2018, and also whether the Sydney Hobart Race will remain a purely monohull-centric affair.

SPINDRIFT 2 rounding the Fastnet Rock in the 2016 Fastnet Race  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo

Stay tuned to for more information on the Newport Bermuda Race's exciting decision to allow multihulls to compete in next year's race, as it becomes known.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

New Sardinian venue for GC32 Racing Tour
GC32 Racing Tour,
While Cagliari is well known in international sailing circles having previously hosted events for the TP52 and RC44 circuits as well as being the base for Luna Rossa's 35th America's Cup challenge, Villasimius, until now, has been something of a secret Italians have liked to keep to keep to themselves.... [more]

Moose IKA Asian Kiteboard Championship on Pranburi's clear blue waters
KTA Media,
It was something of a benchmark event, not only for the KTA, but also for the sport as whole as the IKA 2018 Youth Olympic Games race format would be being rolled out for the first time. It certainly added a heighten level of expectation and requirement to proceedings, as the eyes of the sailing world and IOC would for certain be turning towards Asia as the week unfolded.... [more]

World's best kitefoilers heading to Korea for KiteFoil Gold Cup
Double World Champion Maxime Nocher is determined to defend his 2016 title, but the competition will be tight with several runner-ups aiming for the podium.... [more]

One final race on Day 3 BVI Spring Regatta determines winners
BVI Spring Regatta,
Competitors in the 46th edition of the BVI Spring Regatta were only too happy to call it quits after one final race on Sunday when extremely light air made for very shifty and challenging conditions. Little breeze translated to a very hot day so a swim and a cold beer was the perfect race substitute for most of the 86-strong fleet.... [more]

Congressional Cup - From black flag to Crimson Blazer
Aston Harald,
In a series of matches that were as mercurial as the weather, Ian Williams (GBR) and his team GAC Pindar triumphed in the 53rd Congressional Cup, beating Johnie Berntsson (SWE) in a fifth and final winner-take-all match.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - MAPFRE expected to be back sailing in two weeks
Jonno Turner, Volvo Ocean Race,
MAPFRE will be back sailing in just over two weeks, with a new rig already on its way and the team eager to get back in training following the dismasting of their Volvo Ocean 65 on Thursday. That will be in remarkably quick time, with the new mast due to arrive in Lisbon as early as Thursday, 6 April.... [more]

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ concludes sailing program in NZ
Hamish Hooper,
After 21 days of sailing in the Hauraki Gulf, Emirates Team New Zealand has lowered its bold red wing sail in New Zealand for the final time with the focus immediately shifting to begin disassembling their race boat and get it ready to be packaged up for its Emirates flight to Bermuda.... [more]

America's Cup - ACEA spills beans on Kiwi daggerboards
Bernie Wilson, Assoc. Press,
Skullduggery and spying are alive and well in the America's Cup, and so too apparently is a nasty feud between Emirates Team NZ and the regatta's organizing authority. In a statement explaining changes to the rules governing the extremely technical daggerboards the America's Cup Event Authority took the highly unusual step of informing the world that Team NZ damaged two of its daggerboards... [more]

America's Cup - Team NZ return fire at Coutts' social media bullets
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
Emirates Team NZ have corrected the allegations made by America's Cup organisers in a media release on Thursday (NZT) over the team's daggerboard use. In the release, replayed by America's Cup Events Authority and Oracle Team USA CEO Sir Russell Coutts on his Facebook page. It was claimed that the Kiwi team had an issue with daggerboards and were using a rule they had not supported to keep sailing... [more]

Community engagement - Inspiring a new generation of sailors
Extreme Sailing Series™,
With every aspect of the Extreme Sailing Series™ revolving around encouraging people to get involved, be that the public, clients or the media, one vital ingredient at each Act is the community engagement programme, which aims to inspire the next generation of sailors and raise the profile of the sport.... [more]

Eugene Schmitt successfully defends Sunfish Midwinters Title
Sunfish Class,
Eugene Schmitt from New Orleans, LA sailed a consistent series to capture the 2017 Sunfish Midwinters held a Port Charlotte FL, March 30 – April 1.... [more]

Berntsson and Williams on the brink at Congressional Cup
Aston Harald,
'Choices are the hinges of destiny,' goes the famous quote by Edwin Markham, and today's Congressional Cup racing proved that making good choices can make, or break, you.... [more]

BVI Spring Regatta - Light air challenges Spring Regatta fleet
BVI Spring Regatta,
Racing started at 1000 in an eight - ten knot easterly on Day 2 of the 2017 BVI Spring Regatta. Race one treated the 28-strong CSA Bareboat fleet to a spectacular course starting off the west end of Peter Island, u... [more]

A Few Rays- Calculate how long your sunscreen lasts.
Exposure to the sun is a serious issue for all those who venture on the water. Confused by SPF's? It's easy to calculate how long you will be protected by using the following process.... [more]

Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar – Five Finn finale makes magic moments
Robert Deaves,
Put five top Finn sailors on a beautiful stretch of turquoise waters, 25 knots of wind and baking hot sunshine and you have a recipe for some magic happening. Magic happened today in Palma.... [more]

Hydrofoil Pro Tour Mexico – Final day – It's a wrap
Olivia Rose,
This was another event that will go down in history as one of the most intense competitions to date. 57 Riders from 23 Countries gathered to battle it out on the course, set by Rob Dean – official race director of Hydrofoil racing since 2014.... [more]

Palma 49er gold for Peters-Sterritt
Anisha Walkerley / RYA,
Silver for Elliot Hanson and Nacra 17 duo John Gimson-Anna Burnett, along with bronze medals for Nick Thompson and Dylan Fletcher-Stuart Bithell, made it five medals for the British Sailing Team at the conclusion of the six-day event.... [more]

Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar – Palma winners crowned
Andi Robertson,
While it is the first major Olympic classes regatta victories for the up and coming winners of the 49er class, for the triumphant Men's 470 pair, the Laser Radial, the men's RS:X, the outright winner of the Princesa Sofia Trophy is 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Zofia Noceti-Klepacka.... [more]

Meet Clipper 2017-18 Race skipper Nikki Henderson
Clipper Round the World,
At 23, Nicola ‘Nikki' Henderson, from Guildford is set to be the Clipper Race's youngest ever skipper, by over a year, meaning she will take over the title from Alex Thompson who proved youth was no barrier to success when he won the Clipper 1997-98 Race, aged 26.... [more]

Royal Danish Navy ships sail in St. Thomas International Regatta
Carol Bareuther,
The international fleet of sleek-sailing yachts racing in the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), sailed March 24 to 26, were joined by the Royal Danish Navy training ships, Thyra and Svanen. The participation of these two 60-foot Bermuda-rigged yachts, plus their officers, cadets and crew... [more]

Trofeo Princesa Sofia - Changing the narrative for an exciting finish
Robert Deaves,
Five sailors will contend the medal race final at the 48th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar in Palma on Saturday as the testing of the new event format comes to a close. Turkey's Alican Kaynar, Deniss Karpak of Estonia, Sweden's Max Salminen, Zsombor Berecz of Hungary and Dutchman Nick Heiner will sail a 30-minute shootout to take home the gold medal. Whoever crosses the finish line first will win... [more]

86 boats take to the line on Day 1 racing BVI Spring Regatta
BVI Spring Regatta,
In CSA Racing on Day 1 of the BVI Spring Regatta, fleet leaders established early, with the winners of the three racing divisions each taking three bullets in a clean sweep. Blitz, the King 40 owned and skippered by Peter Corr (USA), took first in CSA-Racing 1 (Three points); Team McFly-Joanna, the Beneteau First 40 skippered by Tony Mack (GBR) took first in CSA-Racing 2 (Three points)... [more]

Williams dominates Repechage, qualifies for Quarter Finals
Aston Harald,
In France they call it a “Repêchage.” In America it's known as a “do-over.” And today, in the world of top-level match racing, it was called “redemption.... [more]

Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar - Showdown Saturday on Bay of Palma
Panos Marinopoulos,
The final day of the 48th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar on Mallorca's Bay of Palma will be a test for sailors but also for the new formats which are designed to produce simpler, more engaging action on the last day.... [more]

America's Cup - Aboard Emirates Team NZ for the End of the Beginning
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand are well-advanced with the pack-out process on their America's Cup Challenger after wrapping up their New Zealand testing program. In the six weeks that has elapsed since the AC50 was launched in Auckland, the team has worked through their testing checklist. 'It feels about the right time to be leaving', says team CEO, Grant Dalton.... [more]

Burling lost overboard as 'hairy moments' highlight Team NZ testing
Duncan Johnstone,
It's been a hectic six weeks since launching their new AC50 and bedding in radical new systems. Once comfortable with them, the team has really put the heat on squeezing every bit of performance out of the foiling monster.... [more]

The Maxi Edmond De Rothschild unveiled
Who could have wagered just ten years ago that a 32-metre long and 23-metre wide multihull would be capable of flying around the world driven by just one skipper?... [more]

Registration opens for the TT-R Slalom European Championships
Both open age fleets (men and women) and Boys and Girls (born 1999 and after) will compete over five competition days, providing a perfect testing ground for the World Championships later this year, and the Youth Olympic Qualifier Events in 2018.... [more]

Meet Clipper 2017-18 Race skipper Conall Morrison
Clipper Round the World,
After years of dreaming about it, Conall Morrison is finally about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime as a Clipper Race Skipper.... [more]

Annapolis to Newport Seminar - Medical Aid at Sea and Safety Equipment
Linda Ambrose,
Dr. Lyness, a retired neurosurgeon and licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain, will help participants in the 2017 Annapolis to Newport Race build a proper medical kit when he discusses “Medical Aid at Sea and Safety Equipment” as part of A2N's ongoing “What to Expect” seminar series April 22 at 10 a.m. at Annapolis Yacht Club.... [more]

Finn format test heads to finale as first finalists are qualified
Robert Deaves,
After the close of the first stage for the Finn fleet at the 48th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar in Palma, the first finalists are known and the rest of the sailors now know what they need to do to make the finals. Alican Kaynar, from Turkey and Deniss Karpak, from Estonia, go right through to the Final on Saturday and can benefit from a day off on Friday.... [more]

Berntsson blasts through qualifying at Congressional Cup
Aston Harald,
“Mr Canfield, I like your jacket!” announced reigning Match Racing World Champion Phil Robertson (NZL), at the 53rd Congressional Cup's opening ‘Meet the Skippers' dinner.... [more]

Easing the Pace - The VP Bank Tortola Sloop Spring Challenge
BVI Spring Regatta,
Participating in the fourth Annual VP Bank Tortola Sloop Spring Challenge today proved to be a tough one for John S. Duncan OBE, Governor of the British Virgin Islands and the crew on Youth Instructor, one of the classic Tortola sloops from the local BVI fleet.... [more]

The Melges 32 - A major league player in Porto Venere
Melges 32,
Everything is set and ready for the first official appointment of the 2017 Melges World League (MWL) in Europe - a brand new format featuring the supersonic Melges 32 (March 31 - April 2), but also the wildly successful Melges 20 (April 7-9).... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - MAPFRE is dismasted in practice session + Video
Richard Gladwell,
The 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race entry, MAPRE, have confirmed that they were dismasted during a training session on Thursday near the island of Ons off the Spanish Coast. The team reported that there has been no personal injury on board and the boat and team have returned under their own power to their base in Sanxenxo. The broken mast is the one used in the last Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15.... [more]

Trofeo Princesa Sofía IBEROSTAR – FX Girls running away With the title
Andi Robertson,
The Finn class sailors holding counsel, not making any premature judgements about the format innovation which responds to the need to deliver easily understood, exciting, televisual finales to the Olympic events.... [more]

Trofeo Princesa Sofía IBEROSTAR – A day of snakes and ladders in Palma
Anisha Walkerley / RYA,
It's been a day of mixed feelings in the Nacra 17. Ben Saxton-Steph Orton, who paired up for this regatta after just a week training together, were pleased with their day. The duo now sit in fifth place overall, but remain focused that the regatta is still about learning and enjoying it.... [more]

Scrub Island Invitational at BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival
BVI Spring Regatta,
Today's course for the Scrub Island Invitational started off Nanny Cay with a light breeze of seven knots from the west which built to 10+ later in the morning. The fleet got to enjoy another dose of the BVI's exquisite warm turquoise waters and stunning views as it made its way to Scrub Island for the afternoon celebrations.... [more]

Celebrations for 15 years of C. Thomas Clagett Memorial Clinic Regatta
Sam Crichton,
Since the start of The Clagett in 2003, athletes have come from across the USA (19 states), Canada (four Provinces), Israel, China, Ireland, Norway, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas VI have traveled to Newport, RI, to take part in this world-renowned event.... [more]

Everyone gets a piece of the pie on Day 1 of Congressional Cup
World Match Racing Tour,
Caught in the shifts – from 185 degrees to 230 degrees – Congressional Cup defending champion Taylor Canfield (ISV) lost to Harry Price (AUS) by a full minute, while Sam Gilmour's (AUS) time over Nicolai Sehested (DEN) was nearly the same.... [more]

Para World Sailing Strategic Plan heading in the right direction
Daniel Smith,
Sir Philip Craven, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President met with senior World Sailing officials, receiving an update on the progress the world governing body is making in its Para World Sailing Strategic Plan.... [more]

America's Cup - Cup organisers weigh in with repair advice for Team NZ
Richard Gladwell,
UPDATED: America's Cup Events Authority has issued a statement endeavouring to clarify the rules in the 35th America's Cup governing the use and replacement of daggerboards. In particular, the ACEA seem to be concerned about the options for Emirates Team New Zealand regarding the repair or replacement of a daggerboard ACEA claims was broken claimed to be on the second day of sailing... [more]

Hydrofoil Pro Tour - Day 3
Olivia Rose,
Again, a little chill set in last night and promises for a great day of wind for today for the final day of Racing. On Day 2 of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour the wind was light and steady, eight - eleven knots for races six, seven, and eight. Direction was 355 degrees to 20 degrees magnetic.... [more]

Second annual Scrub Island Invitational - A fun race to a great party-
BVI Spring Regatta,
There's nothing like a good party at the finish to entice a fleet of enthusiastic racers to focus on the task at hand, and the Scrub Island Resort laid it on for racers today. Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina, a private-island resort in the BVI, lies approximately 13 km to the north east of Tortola. Today's course for the Scrub Island Invitational started off Nanny Cay with a light breeze... [more]

America's Cup Hall of Fame to induct three personalities in 2017
Herreshoff Marine Museum,
The America's Cup Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on October 5, 2017 in San Diego, California, aboard the U.S.S. Midway. Three personalities will be inducted John K. Marshall (USA) Doug Peterson (USA), and Syd Fischer (AUS).... [more]

Trofeo Princesa Sofía IBEROSTAR – Perfect day of three wins
Andi Robertson,
Hungry to make their mark at the 49er FX European Championships when they come to their home water of Kiel in June, the duo who have sailed together since 2011 have been a class apart so far at the European season opener.... [more]

Willy Altadill to return for his second edition of Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Willy Altadill, the 24-year-old from Barcelona, who made his debut with MAPFRE last race, is the son of round-the-world veteran Guillermo Altadill.... [more]

It's all about time at the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta
Carol Bareuther,
Several classes were too close to call going into the final day of racing at the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), held March 24 to 26 out of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The reason? A mix of STIR-signature round-the-island courses combined with conditions that ranged from near breathless calm to blustery gusts over three days of racing that kept competitors on their toes... [more]

Starting Chicago's racing season the right way
Morgan Kinney,
The city of Chicago will be kicking off its racing season with the Skyway Yacht Works COLORS Regatta June 3-4, 2017 at Columbia Yacht Club. Not only is Columbia's one level offshore racing series regatta the first major event of the season on lower Lake Michigan, but it is also one of the largest with its sights set on breaking 100 entries in a time when racing is perceived... [more]

Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar - Back to business
Panos Marinopoulos,
From a funky first day of racing when the promising solid morning breeze evaporated to become difficult, shifty and unsettled and then disappeared, it was a return to business as usual for the second day of competition at the 48th edition of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar regatta.... [more]

A QandA with Charlie Enright about his recently announced VOR campaign
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
On March 21, 2017, in Newport, Rhode Island, Americans Charlie Enright and Mark Towill announced their Team Vestas 11th Hour Racing campaign for the 2017/2018 Volvo Ocean Race. I caught up with Charlie Enright via email to learn more about his latest VOR adventure, which begins this October off of Alicante, Spain.... [more]

BVI Spring Regatta - Nanny Cay Cup sailed in light breezes
BVI Spring Regatta,
A tauntingly light breeze of five - seven knots out of the south was enough to get 50+ boats starting in the Nanny Cay Cup, the first event of the 2017 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. Rather than the usual Round Tortola race, conditions favoured a 16 NM course starting in the channel off Nanny Cay and taking the fleet around Pelican and Flanagan Islands.... [more]

Princesa Sofia Iberostar– Breeze shuffles fleet but Karpak still leads
Robert Deaves,
The first race of the day was won by Hungarian, Zsombor Berecz, from Alessio Spadoni of Italy and Piotr Kula of Poland. Max Salminen of Sweden, then won the second race from Alican Kaynar, of Turkey and Ondrej Teply, of the Czech Republic.... [more]

Seattle returns as host and partner in Clipper Round the World Race
Amy Martindale / Clipper Ventures,
Making its debut in the 2015-16 edition of the race, which saw the city's name and iconic skyline emblazoned on one of the race's twelve 70-foot ocean racing yachts, Visit Seattle promoted the city as a destination for leisure, tourism and business during its eleven month, 40,000 nautical mile journey around the globe.... [more]

The America's Cup Superyacht Program – A true highlight
America's Cup,
Superyachts are a very important part of the America's Cup and, reflecting the high value of their role in the events that will take place in Bermuda in May and June, a dedicated America's Cup Superyacht Program was created by the America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA), in conjunction with BWA Yachting.... [more]

Meet Clipper 2017-18 Race skipper Tristan Brooks
Clipper Round the World,
Tristan Brooks first took to the water at the age of ten, spending his childhood fine tuning his dinghy skills on the Menai Strait in North Wales, and has spent the past 13 years working as a professional skipper, mate and engineer.... [more]


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