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Celebrating sailing's wild side—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond


01 Aug 2017

Celebrating sailing's wild side—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

The Race to Alaska has captured the imaginations of sailors everywhere  Race to Alaska
If you've spent time in Seattle or the Pacific Northwest, you know that we do things a bit differently in this neck of the woods. While we'll leave politics safely astern (ahem), Seattle's sailing scene is a great example of how this area takes the norm and inverts it, in this case putting many of our best Corinthian-level races in the fall/winter/spring seasons, which of course is a near antipodean opposite (at least from the calendar's perspective) from other areas that conduct racing when participants can actually wear shorts, t-shirts and sunblock.

This scheduling isn't an attempt to be counterculture, but rather to capture the best breeze of the year, before summer's annual wind-sucking high-pressure systems arrive...and stay...for much of the season.

Dark Star approaches Whidbey Island during the 2014 Smith Island Race - Seattle Yacht Club's 2014 Smith Island Race  David Schmidt

But scheduling is only part of the story with our racing, the other major ingredient being adventure. While it certainly doesn't get Maine- or Vermont-level cold here, our winters aren't warm (imagine 36 degrees, with a constant misting rain, occasionally punctuated by honest downpours, and accompanied by fistfuls of wind), and the waters of Puget Sound-our racing grounds-stay a balmy 48 degrees all year, making MOB emergencies deadly serious while also intensifying the experience for anyone doing rail duty.

Peel the onion a few layers, and one quickly realizes that, while Puget Sound sailors are competitive and highly skilled, our weather, racing season and conditions (not to mention the myriad islands, both near and far, which dot our racing grounds and which our race committees regularly use as turning marks) lends themselves to a different kind of racing (read: regular park-ups and wind-driven informal restarts).

The net result, at least in my humble opinion, makes for an experience that's perhaps aimed more at crew bonding (who doesn't like sitting on the rail in almost-freezing temps, enjoying some Pacific Northwest “liquid sunshine”) and solid seamanship that the drum-tight crew choreography that's a critical part of windward-leeward racecourses.

Jake Beatie, founder of the Race to Alaska  Race to Alaska

Jake Beattie, Daniel Evans and the other founders of the annual Race to Alaska clearly noticed this same appetite for adventure-orientated sailing, and-in 2014-they announced the first R2AK, which unfurled in June of 2015. Entrants are welcome to bring any kind of vessel they like, so long as it doesn't have an internal engine and so long as they plan to use human-powered propulsion (read: sailing or rowing or pedaling stern-mounted propeller drives) to get their team from Port Townsend, Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska, a distance of 750 wet-and-wooly miles.

Team Pure and Wild/Freeburd, winners of the 2017 Race to Alaska  Pure and Wild / Freeburd

En route, each team must confront big tides, boatspeed-killing (or bolstering) currents, fickle winds, long stretches of wilderness beaches, whales, and the possibility of spying grizzly bears stalking the desolate beaches. Sailing on Puget Sound this is not, and while the hurdles are high, so too were the entry lists. Now, with three editions of the race under their belts, the entire sailing community owns the R2AK founders a slap on the back and a few pints at the pub (trust me, they won't say no), as they have boldly brought a big shot of adrenaline back into a sport that outside commentators have previously called a “sit-down sport”.

The 2015 R2AK fleet deploys their human-powered tactics in light airs  Race to Alaska

Stepping outside of the Pacific Northwest and peering onto sailing's far grander stage, Australian adventurer Don McIntyre, the founder and organizer of the Golden Globe Race 2018 (GGR2018) race, is clearly tapping into a similarly rich vein. The GGR2018 begins on June 30th, 2018, in Plymouth, UK, and takes a fleet of vessels on a route that mimics the Sunday Times' Golden Globe Race of 1968-1969, which was the original solo, around-the-world race that minted names such as Sir Robin Knox Johnston, Bernard Moitessier, and-on a less positive note-Donald Crowhurst.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston won the Golden Globe Race of 1986-1969  Golden Globe Race

Much like the R2AK, entrants can race whatever vessel they like, so long as it was designed before 1988 (with a minimum of 20 boats built from the same mold); is 32 to 36 feet LOA and is built from fiber reinforced plastic; carries a full keel with an attached (trailing) rudder, and has a minimum displacement of 13,670 pounds. Additionally, entrants must use traditional navigation (read: a sextant), not modern electronics (baring life-threatening emergencies, at which point they can break the glass seal on their emergency equipment and abandon their race), and they also cannot use modern satellite communications (baring weekly check-in calls to race HQ) to call home when things get scary (and they absolutely will).

If this sounds like a jump back to 1968, you've made Don McIntyre a happy man.

Golden Globe Race 2018 founder Don McIntyre  Barry Pickthall

As of this writing, 29 brave souls have entered the GGR2018-including three Americans, Carl Huber, Istvan Kopar and Roy Butler Hubbard, and two female skippers, Izabel Pimentel (BRA) and Susie Goodall (UK)-demonstrating that interest levels are high and that takers for this wild ride are cropping up all across the globe, not only in a few adrenaline-addicted regions.

Irish skipper Gregor McGuckin celebrates securing his Biscay 36 yacht for the 2018 Golden Globe Race. All skippers must race in vessels that were designed before 1988.  © Gregor McGuckin / Golden Globe Race / PPL

To be fair, R2AK and GGR2018 racers are not likely to set any passage records or break any 24-hour distance records. Instead, they are 100-percent likely to engage in the sort of adventure that makes people take stock of what truly matters; to evaluate themselves in a light that's not available on endless windward-leeward courses just outside of a marina, and to have an opportunity to engage in what some people consider to be a purer version of sailing, before technology removed so many of the life-defining question marks.

2018 Golden Globe Race Chart  Barry Pickthall

If this sort of racing sounds interesting, encourage your local regatta organizers and race committees to get a bit more creative with their courses and their adventure-quotient allowances. And if this fails, consider starting a local race that's light on technology and heavy on boldness-odds are good that if your local waters are anything like mine, there will be plenty of qualified takers on the starting line come race day.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Three new champions crowned at Dr Irena Eris ORC European Championship
ORC Media,
The two rivals battled in the pre-start of race six, the final race of the series, mindful this could determine the championship because Jungblut and the Dockenhuden team in third place were too far away in points to appear to be a threat.... [more]

420 Open European Championship– Gold medals to Greece, Spain and Italy
Event Media,
The Closing Ceremony wrapped up with a huge crowd celebrating the achievements of the podium finishers, with prizes presented to the overall top three in the 420 Open, 420 Ladies, 420 U17 Men and 420 U17 Ladies fleets, and Championship gold, silver and bronze medals presented to the top three European teams in each.... [more]

Lendy Cowes Week – Day 2 round up
Rupert Holmes / CWL,
The blustery conditions also took their toll of boats across the fleet, with most classes seeing multiple retirements, with reasons including rig damage, groundings and collisions.... [more]

Blasting in the sun on Day 1 of 49er and 49erFX European Championship
Club 49er and Nacra 17,
Surprising many with their strong performance despite their youth, GBR's Jack Hawkins and Chris Thomas burst onto the Kiel scene with a podium spot after four races.... [more]

Day 2 of Lendy Cowes Week
Louay Habib,
Sir Keith Mills' British Ker40+ Invictus took line honours, and corrected out to win the race. However, after racing, Peter Morton's British CF40+ Girls on Film, was given redress, and awarded joint first place for the race.... [more]

Laura Weyler's Hijinks rules J/88 North American Championship
Julie & Christopher Howell,
Of the nine races at the J/88 North American Championship, Laura Weyler's Hijinks won five of them. Their performance dominated the 13-boat fleet, allowing the local team to sit out the final meeting. Owner Weyler was joined on board by Adam Burns (helm), Pete Doyle (bow), John Goller (headsail trimmer), Kevin Morgan (strategist) and Kris Werner (tactician).... [more]

J/70 Champs crowned overall winners at Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta
Evily Giannopoulos,
After the final day of the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta at Marblehead Race Week on Sunday, J/70 class winners John and Molly Baxter took home the overall prize. In addition to new gear from Helly Hansen, the crew earned a berth in the championship regatta, hosted by Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands Oct. 22-29.... [more]

Moth Worlds - Goodison heads off Burling to take second world title
Jonny Fullerton,
Paul Goodison (GBR) smashes it on the final day of racing at the 2017 McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds at Lake Garda against the hottest fleet of Moths ever assembled. Going into the final day of racing Goodison begun the day with a 13 point cushion over Pete Burling (NZL) with Iain ‘Goobs' Jensen with an outside chance of catching Burling.... [more]

40th edition of the Tour de France à la Voile does not disappoint
A.S.O./Tour de France à la voile,
Twenty-nine teams, nine Acts, eight Coastal Raids and more Nautical Stadium Races than you can shake a stick at are just a few of the numbers that cannot possibly sum up a marathon sailing event that is as exciting as it is exacting.... [more]

Candy Store Cup Superyacht Regatta action-shots by George Bekris
Donna Erichshen,
Photographer George Bekris was on hand for the second Candy Store Cup Superyacht Regatta in Newport, RI.... [more]

2017 Candy Store Cup Regatta - Overall report
Rod Harris,
This past week, July 27-29, 2017, the Newport Shipyard hosted the Candy Store Cup Regatta. The event showcased some of the world's most spectacular yachts racing in a regatta created just for them.... [more]

Penultimate day at 420 Europeans closes points gap
International 420 Class Association,
The penultimate day of racing at the 420 Open European Championships in Athens, Greece, was a tussle for leaderboard points. The breeze filled in with a southerly at 14-16 knots and again challenged teams with differences in pressure and wind shifts around the track.... [more]

Sailors test their skills in strong winds during Day 3 of the H.H NOOD
Evily Giannopoulos,
The third day of the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta at Marblehead Race Week brought strong breeze and big seas that ultimately caused cancelled races for six of 10 classes. The two Laser divisions and a 30-boat J/70 fleet took advantage of the wind to complete five and two races, respectively.... [more]

J/88 North American Championship - Day 2 images by Christopher Howell
J/88 Class Association,
Christopher Howell was on water at 2017 J/88 North American Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action.... [more]

Laura Weyler's Hijinks keeps control of J/88 North American Champs
Christopher Howell,
After two more races at the J/88 North American Championship (part of the CanAm Challenge at Youngstown Yacht Club in New York), Laura Weyler's Hijinks maintained her place atop the leaderboard, now holding an eight-point advantage heading into the final races on Sunday.... [more]

Moths - Burling finds form as Goodison closes on a second world title
Jonny Fullerton,
The final series of racing at the 2017 McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds got underway today in more glamorous conditions on Lake Garda. The Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets were released just after lunchtime for four races on two race courses. See Preview and Highlights Video The hottest Moth Gold fleet ever left the shore around 1300 hrs for four back to back races on the Southern course... [more]

J/70 class brings the heat during Day 2 of Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta
Evily Giannopoulos,
For Somerville's Duncan Swain, whose Clown Car heads into day two in second overall and first in the Corinthian division, neither the presence of professionals on the course nor the pressure of the upcoming championship affected his approach to the day.... [more]

USA, Greece and Italy headline at 420 Open European Championships
Event Media,
The first day of final series racing in the 420 Open fleet pitched all the top talent together, and upped the level of racing for all.... [more]

Youth Olympic Games – US Sailing announces Athlete Selection System
US Sailing,
Held every four years, the Youth Olympic Games (Buenos Aires 2018) will be the third edition of the event, and is expected to include nearly 4,000 athletes from over 200 nations.... [more]

Breezy Day 1 goes to Laura Weyler's Hijinks at J/88 North Americans
Christopher Howell,
Thirteen J/88s took to the waters of Lake Ontario on Friday, where 15-20 knots of breeze allowed four wavy races at the J/88 North American Championship, part of the CanAm Challenge at Youngstown Yacht Club in New York. Laura Weyler's Hijinks has collected a hefty advantage with scores of one, one, three, one for six points.... [more]

Hands up - Who is wearing the Zhik Boot 460 at the Moth Worlds-
Liz Rushall,
The Zhik Boot 460 are known as the active dinghy sailors ‘best friend'. Last week Peter Burling rang the Zhik product development team in Sydney, for assistance to get hold of a pair of the Boot 460s in time for the Moth Worlds in Lake Garda. And looking around the fleet it seems he's not alone, and the 230 strong fleet of Moth sailors are voting with their feet too.... [more]

2017 J88 NAC - Race Day 1 action-shots by Christopher Howell
Christopher Howell,
Christopher Howell was on water at J88 NAC 2017 and provided this gallery of images from Day 1 action.... [more]

Twelve racers ready for the Youth Match Racing World Championship
Daniel Smith,
Twelve of the best youth match racers will race out of the Balboa Yacht Club from 31 July to 5 August at the 2017 Youth Match Racing World Championship.... [more]

Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta sets sail in Marblehead
Evily Giannopoulos,
Two of the 10 classes competing in the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta in Marblehead took to the water on Thursday to start the annual competition. A rare summer nor'easter storm may make things interesting for those sailing in the national regatta series' final stop of the season.... [more]

Yorkshireman to skipper PSP Logistics team in Clipper Yacht Race
Morgan Kasmarik / Clipper Ventures,
A former Royal Air Force Weapons Technician, Roy has spent the past decade working as a sailing instructor in both the UK and Germany.... [more]

Tasty conditions and thrilling racing at 420 Europeans on Day 3
International 420 Class Association,
The breeze was around 19-21 knots, gusting up to 25 knots when racing got underway. As the afternoon unfolded, the breeze decreased, before returning to a challenging 20 knots.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race unveils 10-strong squad of Onboard Reporters
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race has unveiled a 10-strong squad of Onboard Reporters to tell the story of the toughest test of a team in professional sport. The group of Onboard Reporters for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 includes award-winning adventure photographers, extreme sports filmmakers, the documentary-making son of a Volvo Ocean Race legend... [more]

Puerto Portals 52 Super Series – Final day images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from final day of Puerto Portals 52 Super Series.... [more]

Int Moth Worlds - Competition hots up in the Final Series
Jonny Fullerton,
The final series of racing at the 2017 McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds got underway today in glamorous conditions on Lake Garda. The Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets were released just after lunchtime for four races each on two race courses. The Gold fleet left the shore about 1400 hrs to sail on the South course in warm sunshine and a 12 – 14 knots breeze from 200 degrees.... [more]

52 Super Series – Turkish delight on the Bay of Palma as Provezza win
52 Super Series,
Popular Turkish owner Imre has owned nine different Provezza race boats in more than 30 years of campaigning, dating back to IOR Admiral's Cuppers and Two Tonners.... [more]

Rooster RS Aero World Championships – Day 4
RS Aero International Class Association,
The 96 sailors from 16 nations are becoming familiar with the wild rides and surfs downwind through the waves on the Brittany coast.... [more]

America's Cup - It's just too damn hard to win - The Alternative Facts
Alan Sefton,
Alan Sefton a long time and outstanding sailing and sports journalist, who was involved in Team New Zealand and its predecessor New Zealand Challenge covering the period 1987 to 2000 comments on a column that appeared yesterday in the NZ Herald and which has appeared in other online publications around the world. S-W NZ is advised that these comments were sent to the Herald who declined to run an... [more]

Garmin returns as Team Partner in world's biggest Ocean Race
Morgan Kasmarik,
Garmin, the Global GPS Navigation and Wearable Technology company, is returning for a third consecutive campaign as a Team Partner in the Clipper 2017-18 Race, which starts in Liverpool on Sunday 20 August, 2017.... [more]

Moth Worlds 2017 – Contrasting fortunes for fleet on Day 3 + Video
Jonny Fullerton,
The early morning Peler from the North provided contrasting fortunes for the fleet of 220 Moths racing on Day 3 of the McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds 2017 hosted by Fraglia Vela Malcesine. After a lunchtime break to repair boats and refuel with more pasta, all fleets were sent back out for a much more sedate afternoon of racing, but again the Garda wind gods had other ideas.... [more]

52 Super Series – Provezza eye the Puerto Portals prize
52 Super Series,
Provezza were out to the middle right early after a good, fast start and went on to second in this first race of the day.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – MAPFRE sign up two female stars to complete crew
Volvo Ocean Race,
Spanish Olympic gold medallist Tamara Echegoyen and Team SCA favourite Sophie Ciszek join up with Xabi's squad.... [more]

Puerto Portals 52 Super Series – Races 6 and 7 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from Races 6 and 7 of Puerto Portals 52 Super Series.... [more]

America's Cup - Artemis Racing's Iain Percy reflects on Bermuda
Artemis Racing,
'Such an amazing journey Artemis Racing has had here in Bermuda'. Artemis Racing's Team Manager, Iain Percy, offers a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has been involved in or supported our challenge for the 35th America's Cup.... [more]

Rooster RS Aero World Championships – Day 3
RS Aero International Class Association,
At the daily Rooster prize giving, each fleet leader generously gave their top tips to the fleet.... [more]

James Badenach's team wins the Gertrude Cup 2017
Louay Habib,
A southwesterly gradient breeze built during the day, peaking at 20 knots, with the wind oscillating 20 degrees, producing a shifty race course in the Central Solent.... [more]

US Sailing's ODP Youth Travel Teams boost ambitious American sailors
US Sailing,
US Sailing's Olympic Development Program (ODP) is offering support to American sailors competing at top international events this summer through four ODP Travel Teams, which will compete at the Laser and Laser Radial U21 Worlds, the Laser Radial Youth Worlds, The Laser Radial Worlds (Open) and the recently-completed 49er Junior Worlds. US Sailing's ODP named rosters of athletes for each event... [more]

Beneteau Figaro 3 - the reveal of the production semi foiler
The world's first production semi-foiler, the The Figaro Beneteau 3 has left the yard, and this video shows all her wares. The VPLP penned vessel is 9.75 long, with a 1.1m bowsprit, a beam of 3.4m and a displacement of just 2900kg. Given her designers' pedigree, she has adopted many Vendée type features, with a set back mast...... [more]

Leaders deliver steady performances on Day 2 at 420 Open Europeans
International 420 Class Association,
Onto Day 2 at the 2017 420 Open European Championships, and two more races for each of the Open, Ladies and U17 fleets. As racing got underway around 1400 hours, the breeze was 11 knots, building to 15-16 knots, before decreasing to around 12-13 knots for the final stages of the day's second races.... [more]

Slow catch up for Qualifying fleets at Moth Worlds + Video
Jonny Fullerton,
There was still a lot of summer thunderstorm activity in the Lake Garda region but finally, racing got underway today on day two of the McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds 2017 hosted by Fraglia Vela Malcesine. The 220 entrants from 25 nations were split into four groups, Yellow, Red, Blue and Green Qualifying fleets.... [more]

52 Super Series – Takashi Okura's Sled win two to go second
52 Super Series,
The breeze was more right than the usual sea breeze direction, between 225 and 240 degrees today, from 10-13kts but it was very hard to read and use the lanes of strongest pressure.... [more]

Puerto Portals 52 Super Series – Races 4 and 5 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from Races 4 and 5 of Puerto Portals 52 Super Series.... [more]

Ocean racing's big guns in the Rolex Fastnet Race
James Boyd,
Dongfeng Race Team benefitted from being first to get sailing this time, picked their boat up post-refit late January.... [more]

Rooster RS Aero World Championships – Day 2 + Video
RS Aero International Class Association,
A second day of breeze up to 20 knots, but this time slightly more off-shore producing a more manageable sea state and some great sunshine.... [more]

The Gertrude Cup 2017 – Day 4
Louay Habib,
At midday the fleet was towed out to Hill Head, in anticipation of wind, and soon after arrival in the race area, a fresh breeze rapidly kicked in from the southwest delivering classic Solent sea breeze conditions.... [more]

Tricky breeze plays into hands of lightwind specialists on race Day 1
International 420 Class Association,
The 179 teams competing at the 420 Open European Championships spent the morning ashore as light wind postponed the scheduled 1200 hours start... [more]

Fitness for sailors, fitness for life
Anna Tunnicliffe,
As athletes, which is what we all are since we do participate in the sport of sailing regardless of our level of competition, we want and need to be fit and healthy. But in addition to being fit and healthy for our sport, we want to be fit and healthy for life.... [more]

2017 U.S. Youth Worlds Team roster announced
US Sailing,
US Sailing has named 14 athletes to its 2017 Youth Sailing World Championship Team. The premier event in international youth sailing, the Youth Worlds is expected to include competitors from over 70 nations. The event is set to be held in Sanya, Hainan Island, China, from December 9-16. The 47th edition of the Youth Worlds is open to sailors under age 19... [more]

Robertson on a roll as WMRT turns to Russia
Aston Harald,
Current Match Racing World Champion Phil Robertson and his CHINAone NINGBO team are in a dominant position and on supreme form as they head to the fourth round of the World Match Racing Tour Championship season – the WMRT Match Cup Russia hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, supported by Gazprom, August 1-6.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Olympic skiff Gold medalist joins team AzkoNobel
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
Brazilian sailing website Noticias Nauticas has reported that Rio 2016 Olympic gold medalist Martine Grael has joined the Volvo Ocean Race entry team Azkonobel, skippered by Simeon Tienpont (NED). Martine Grael follows her father Torben Grael, winner of five Olympic medals in the Soling and Star classes.... [more]

Puerto Portals 52 Super Series – Races 2 and 3 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from Races 2 and 3 of Puerto Portals 52 Super Series.... [more]

52 Super Series – Niklas Zennström's team retain a solid consistency
52 Super Series,
Azzurra atoned for a costly penalty turn at the first mark by following up with a victory in the second contest, taking them up to second overall.... [more]

Hall Spars has opened a new service facility in Portsmouth, RI
Hall Spars,
High-performance yacht mast manufacturer Hall Spars recently opened a new service facility in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. The move follows the 37-year old company's integration into the North Technology Group (NGT). Strategically located in the heart of US east coast sailing, the Hall Spars service base in Rhode Island is well positioned to meet the needs of existing Hall Spars clients worldwide... [more]

2017 McDougall McConaghy Moth Worlds – Day 1
Jonny Fullerton,
Even at one of the most glamorous of sailing venues sometimes mother nature intervenes. A series of summer thunderstorms caused havoc with the regular breezes on Lake Garda putting an end to any chance of racing on day one of the McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds.... [more]

2017 Rolex Middle Sea Race Fleet building nicely
Royal Malta Yacht Club,
The record fleet for the event is 122 set in 2014, and recent years have seen the number of participants regularly top 100 boats.... [more]

America's Cup - Russell Coutts takes charge at Manly Sailing Club
Yachting NZ,
'He can be commodore as long as he wants the job,' Bennett said. 'We don't have set terms here. 'He's said he's done with the America's Cup so has time and he's also said he needs something else to get his teeth into. All of a sudden, he's like a big dog with a bone.'... [more]

Hobie 14 and Hobie Dragoon World Championships wrap up
David Brookes,
57 boats entered the classic Hobie 14 Championships sailing the original design of the much loved Hobie Alter.... [more]

Rooster RS Aero World Championships – Day 1 + Video
RS Aero International Class Association,
Sundays practice race saw the first attempt was abandoned on the first lap as the wind died.... [more]

PSP Logistics to feature once again in Clipper Yacht Race
Morgan Kasmarik / Clipper Ventures,
More than 700 non-professional sailors, representing over 40 nationalities, will compete for eleven months on a fleet of twelve identical 70-foot ocean racing yachts, each led by a professional skipper.... [more]

Gladwell's Line - America's Cup all happening in double quick time
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Emirates Team New Zealand along with Challenger of Record have got cracking with the 36th America's Cup. Last Wednesday's announcement that there would be a Protocol announced in September achieves in two months what took Golden Gate YC eight months - but that included splitting from their first Challenger of Record, Hamilton Island Yacht Club... [more]

Zaleski and Weaver win U.S. Singlehanded Championships in Tahoe
US Sailing,
The fleets were comprised of experienced and proven singlehanded sailors and an influx of new talented young men and women.... [more]

Owner-driver GC32s in the majority at 36 Copa del Rey MAPFRE
GC32 Racing Tour,
Maris comes with a strong multihull background having previously competed in the Extreme Sailing Series and the D35 catamaran circuit on Lake Geneva.... [more]

Yacht Racing Forum extends partnership with Zhik for two more years
Yacht Racing Forum,
The company sells its products into an international network covering more than 40 countries, in Europe, the Americas and the Asia Pacific.... [more]

America's Cup - Top 10 Moments in Bermuda - Artemis Racing + Video
Artemis Racing,
Artemis Racing skipper, Nathan Outteridge takes us through the Swedish Team's top ten moments in the 35th America's Cup sailed on the Great Sound, Bermuda. Must see for all Cup fans... [more]

America's Cup - Doing the testing hard yards at home
Emirates Team NZ,
Long before being in the spot light of the America's Cup in Bermuda, the most important testing and development that would set the foundation for Emirates Team New Zealand victory was done in long hours on the water of Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. Here is a look back at the America's Cup winners going through their routines.... [more]

Moth Worlds – Moth speed uncovered
Chris Kitchen,
With the 2017 Moth world championship starting Tuesday, C-Tech's Tim Willetts takes time to reflect on changes in Moth class rig design and development over the past six years. A lot has happened behind the scenes that is giving the top sailors the edge by staying ahead.... [more]

Newport Trophy Regatta for 12 Metres - A window onto the 2019 Worlds
Barby MacGowan,
The waters off Newport, R.I., were alive with 12 Metres when the Newport Trophy Regatta took place over July 21-23. The event, hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club, reflected the excitement growing for the 12 Metre World Championship set to take place here in 2019 as part of the New York Yacht Club's 175th Anniversary Regatta. The historic fleet numbered ten boats... [more]

Rolex Fastnet Race - Raw challenge, compelling beauty
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), race founder and organizer of the Rolex Fastnet Race, has said that the fleet that will contest the 2017 edition looks set to be the largest and most diverse in offshore racing history. The facts unanimously back up the statement. The near 400 yachts registered for the 47th running of the legendary 605-nm race represent a record number of participants.... [more]

Techno 293 Plus World Championships - Overall reprot
Anna Dollery,
167 sailors from 31 countries participated in the Techno 293 Plus World Championships in Quiberon France – the first of qualification events for the Youth Olympic Games. Although getting off to a slow start with tricky conditions, including everything from 40 degrees wind shifts to thunderstorms, race committee managed to complete 11 races for Youth Women and Open fleets and 12 for Youth Men.... [more]

52 Super Series – Rán Racing win Portals opener
52 Super Series,
On the second beat, Alegre closed slightly, but Rán Racing's Ado Stead and Adam Beashel defended down the run to keep their win safe.... [more]

The Gertrude Cup – Classic Solent racing conditions on Day 3
Louay Habib,
In a shifty northerly breeze, a significant tide built during the day, and by mid-afternoon the wind speed had piped up to 20 knots.... [more]


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