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Different types of sailing fun—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

3/13/2017

14 Mar 2017
 

Different types of sailing fun—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Puget-Sound under winter skies  David Schmidt
Perhaps it's pride in my adopted hometown, but I've always considered Seattle sailors to be a hearty bunch. While I grew up frostbiting Lasers on the East Coast, I was fairly impressed to learn that out here on Puget Sound, winter sailing involves keelboats and more fleece and insulating layers than a ski trip to nearby Crystal Mountain Resort. While the hard-boiled reality of the situation is that we enjoy far better breeze in the cold, drippy months than we do the summertime, the corollary effect is that we breed some tough salts up here in the Pacific Northwet [sic].

Take this past weekend's Scachet Head Race (March 11), which was hosted by the Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle as part of the greater Center Sound Series, and which attracted dozens of boats, despite the fact that the weather was rainy and the temps chilly (read: high 40s/low 50s).

M32 sailors enjoying significantly warmer water temperatures than Seattle's Scachet Head Race fleet.  M32 Series


While I'll admit that I missed this race to go skiing at Whistler with my wife, I'm sure that my friends who spent their weekend trimming sails and gybing A-sails had to dig a little harder into their mental reserves than sailors who got to spend their weekend riding rails or jumping halyards on warm-water racecourses. To borrow a term from mountaineering (my other obsession), let's describe cold-water racing as Type II fun (read: character-building), interspersed with moments of Type I fun (read: real-time enjoyment).

That said, I'm sure our friends who spent their weekend sailing in shorts, t-shirts and sunglasses enjoyed significantly higher levels of Vitamin D than the Scachet Head fleet, as well as higher concentrations of Type I fun.

The 90th Bacardi Cup kicks off the eighth Bacardi Miami Sailing Week  Cory Silken


(N.B., for sailors who are not familiar with this fun scale, it's worth a Google search as there's a lot of cross-over between mountaineering and Pacific Northwest sailing [or distance racing in general], especially when it comes to suffering cold and discomfort for long stretches of time...all of which is celebrated and toasted, come one's return to a warm hearth of home and the trappings of front-country life.)

Take, for example, the sailors who assembled in Miami for the Bacardi Miami Sailing week (March 5-11) or the M32 Winter Series (March 9-12). While the weather gods could have provided a bit more breeze, the temps were in the upper 70s/low 80s, and there was no danger of puffy jackets or foul-weather gear making on-deck appearances.

The 90th Bacardi Cup kicks off the eighth Bacardi Miami Sailing Week  Cory Silken


(Suffice it to say that you could probably open a Patagonia retail store with all of the logoed fleece, Merino wool and polypropylene that was on display at the docks of Shilshole Bay Marina, prior to the start of Saturday's Scachet Head Race.)

While it's easy enough for us PNW sailors to exercise some patience when it comes to waiting for the nicer weather (remember, it's a double-edged sword, as blue skies mean wispy, fickle winds) to bloom while our friends are sailing off of Miami, other regattas are harder to simply read about, sans any flares of jealousy, or at least mild bucket-list envy.

Miami to Havana Race  Marco Oquendo/SORC


Two regattas that fall into that category for me are the recently concluded Newport to Cabo Race (March 10-16...ah, Mexico!) and the Miami to Havana Race (March 14-18), the later of which ranks high on my list of “must-sail” events.

Anyone lucky enough to experience these regattas, please thoroughly enjoy these world-class events, but remember that there could be a Karmic tax, come your next life, so be sure to share all the great stories with your friends back ashore.

Miami to Havana Race  Marco Oquendo/SORC


And for anyone who might just need a little shot of sunshine on this cold March morn, don't miss Sail-World.com's interview with Christopher Woolsey, the race chairman for the Miami to Havana Race, and remember, it's never too early to start planning your Winter 2018 sailing schedule!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Terrific Beth Morley images from the Queen of the Harbour
Beth Morley,
Beth Morley was out on Sydney Harbour for the Queen of the Harbour 18ft Skiff racing, and provides this gallery of images for us. Sailing in a freshening 17-knot Nor'easter yeserday, Smeg were the overall winners, and Nicole Johnson was crowned Queen of the Harbour 2017 . The crew of Smeg was Lee Knapton, Ricky Bridge, Mike McKensey and Nicole Johnson.... [more]


Big Daddy Regatta - The New Hand's racing debut
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson provided this gallery of images of Frank Slootman's PAC 52 'Invisible Hand' at its West Coast Racing Debut at RYC's Big Daddy Regatta.... [more]


Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous - Day 2
YCCS,
The second day of racing at the seventh annual Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous-presented by Italian luxury brand Loro Piana and co-organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Boat International Media saw the fleet of 17 superyachts circumnavigate Virgin Gorda.... [more]


Miami M32 Winter Series - Final day action-shots by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery was on water at 2017 Miami M32 Winter Series and provided this gallery of images from final day action.... [more]


Etchells go live for last day of Victorian Etchells Championship
John Curnow,
The last day of the 2017 Brighton Land Rover Victorian Etchells Championship from the Royal Brighton YC will be streamed live. See it all unfold from 0900hrs on Monday, March 13, 2017. Watch the closest racing featuring some of Austrlia's best. On water and aerial footage, with commentary, including exclusive material for screening in between races.... [more]


52 Super Series - Azzurra are Royal Cup Kings of Miami
52 Super Series,
In winning the 52 Super Series second regatta of the 2017 season, the 52 Super Series Miami Royal Cup, Azzurra proved once again that a team on the bounceback from a modest preceding event is often at its most potent. The emblematic team of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda felt they were not at their best in Key West in January, lacking speed when they finished in fifth... [more]


52 Super Series - Miami Royal Cup - Final day images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Photographer Max Ranchi was on water at 52 Super Series - Miami Royal Cup 2017 and provided this gallery of images from final day action.... [more]


USA Mark Mendelblatt and Magnus Liljedahl win the 90th Bacardi Cup
Star Sailors,
The breeze build up shortly before 1:00pm today with seven knots from NNE and the RC got the boats on the starting line with the black flag up. Unfortunately too many boats were over and PRO was forced to call a general recall that caused an automatic abandon as per SI rule 6.1 that stated no racing after 13:00.... [more]


Great start to Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous
YCCS,
The first day of the seventh annual Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous saw the race committee send the fleet on a twisting and turning tour of nearly 30 nautical miles about the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Presented by Italian luxury brand Loro Piana, the regatta is co-organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Boat International Media.... [more]


52 Super Series - Miami Royal Cup - Final day images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery was on water at 52 Super Series - 2017 Miami Royal Cup and provided this gallery of images from today last races and prize giving.... [more]


Azzurra wins the Miami Royal Cup, second event in the 52 Super Series
Azzurra,
Azzurra has won the Miami Royal Cup, the second event in the 2017 52 Super Series, and is currently at the lead of the Series too. The next event will be in May, in Scarlino, Tuscany: the Rolex TP52 World Championship where results will also count for points in the Super Series.... [more]


SAP Extreme Sailing Team clinch opening win of Extreme Sailing Series
Extreme Sailing Series,
After 26 races over four days three teams - SAP Extreme Sailing Team, Oman Air and Alinghi - went into the final race, worth double points, capable of taking the overall win.... [more]


Vendée Globe – Sébastien looks back at 124 days of being alone
Vendée Globe,
It was obvious for anyone following this race that for Sébastien Destremau, the solo round the world voyage was anything but easy. Technical problems, calms, storms, being alone... Last night after finishing the race fifty days after the winner, Armel Le Cléac'h, the skipper of TechnoFirst-faceOcean gave us his first impressions.... [more]


Strong start for Team Oman Air in Extreme Sailing Series opener
Oman Sail,
The crew, now with $1 million World Match Racing Tour winner Phil Robertson at the helm, scored 16 podium finishes in 27 races.... [more]


Extreme Sailing Series™ offers perfect proving ground for youth teams
Extreme Sailing Series,
They don't call it the Extreme Sailing Series™ for nothing – and that's just what the young guns on Team Tilt and NZL Sailing Team have been finding out on their debuts on the global Stadium Racing tour.... [more]


Sailor of the Month - Pam Healy
US Sailing,
From the highest levels of elite Olympic caliber international competition to the grass-roots of youth sailing participation in local inner-city communities, Pam Healy has put her heart and soul behind every facet of sailing she has ever been part of, on and off the water. Healy has been named Sailor of the Month for her efforts in teaching sailing to inner-city youth from the greater Oakland... [more]


52 Super Series - Azzurra on the cusp of Miami Royal Cup win-
52 Super Series,
Azzurra carry a ten points lead into the final day of the Miami Royal Cup and are looking to reprise their last 52 Super Series regatta title when they won the last event of 2016, the EGNOS Cascais Cup.... [more]


Tight racing in Bacardi Cup with top four teams
Star Sailors,
Race Day 5 of the 90th Bacardi Cup Regatta and Race Day 2 of the eighth Annual Bacardi Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG got off to a slow start today with an onshore postponement for every class. Once racing got underway, regattas were held in a southeasterly breeze that started at eight knots around 1:30PM and kept steady the entire afternoon.... [more]


Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous set for action
YCCS,
The seventh annual Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous kicks off tomorrow with a fleet of 17 sailing yachts set to race in the beautiful waters of the British Virgin Islands. Presented by Italian fine clothing brand Loro Piana, the regatta is co-organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Boat International Media.... [more]


Sébastien Destremau takes 18th place to bring Vendée Globe to a close
Vendee Globe,
Sébastien Destremau (TechnoFirst–FaceOcean) crossed the Vendée Globe finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne in eighteenth place at 00hrs 40min et 18 sec UTC on Saturday 11th March 2017 after 124 days, 12 hours, 38 minutes and 18 seconds of racing since the start on 6th November. The skipper from Toulon is the final competitor to complete this eighth edition of the non-stop solo round the world race.... [more]


Extreme Sailing Series – SAP Extreme Sailing Team nudge ahead
Extreme Sailing Series,
Danish crew SAP Extreme Sailing Team, home team Oman Air and champions Alinghi all held the top spot at some stage during the third thrilling day of racing at Muscat's Almouj Golf.... [more]


Dramatic day sets Oman Air up for Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 title
Oman Sail,
Team Oman Air was slow out of the blocks but the highly-experienced crew soon hit their stride with a string of podium finishes, including two wins. Going into the final race Phil Robertson's men were narrowly ahead of the SAP Extreme Sailing Team, only to be knocked off pole position ahead of tomorrow's finale thanks to a sixth-place finish, their worst of the day.... [more]


Trofeo Princesa Sofía IBEROSTAR – A regatta ready for innovation
Trofeo Princesa Sofía,
The Princesa Sofía IBEROSTAR will bring innovations for the Olympic Classes in many ways, but the first novelty will be the inclusion of the ORC and one design J80 class that will sail from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th, based at Real Club Náutico de Palma.... [more]


Vendée Globe – Sébastien Destremau to cross the line this evening
Vendée Globe,
Sébastien Destremau is less than fifty miles from the finish in Les Sables d'Olonne. But he is not expected to finish before 1800hrs UTC, as the wind is set to drop away forcing the skipper of TechnoFirst-faceOcean to tack in light airs.... [more]


52 Super Series Miami Royal Cup– Quantum Racing win, Azzurra hold firm
52 Super Series,
The 52 Super Series champions who won four out of five regattas last season, Quantum Racing, today came right back after a poor Wednesday when they added 13 points to their aggregate. With TP52 newcomer Bora Gulari steering, and Terry Hutchinson on tactics they made their small speed advantage in light airs work for them on the first beat and stretched out a good early lead, winning comfortably.... [more]


St Barths Bucket - RigPro Service team at your service.
Ben Gladwell, Southern Spars,
RigPro, Southern Spars' service division has some of its top service technicians at the St. Barths Bucket. We can assist and provide advice for competing yachts in the regatta and cruising in the Caribbean.... [more]


Bacardi Cup - Lars Grael and Samuel Goncalves win today's light day
Star Sailors,
Race Day 4 of the 90th Bacardi Cup Regatta and Race Day 1 of the eighth Annual Bacardi Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG got off to a slow start today for the Stars, but racing was on and then off for the J/70, Viper 640, VX One, VX Evo, A-Cat, Flying Tiger and M24 Classes.... [more]


Oman Air go top as battle for Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 heats up
Extreme Sailing Series,
Home team Oman Air snatched the overall lead in the opening Act of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in a second day of intense action in Muscat today.... [more]


52 Super Series - Miami Royal Cup - Race 5 action-shots by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Photographer Max Ranchi was on water at 52 Super Series - 2017 Miami Royal Cup and provided this gallery of images from race five.... [more]


VPLP Design reflect on their three round the world record setters
VPLP Design & Sail-World.com,
Leading French designer VPLP Design have had an outstanding few months over the European winter of 2016–2017. In the space of just a few weeks, between 25 December and 26 January, Thomas Coville broke the solo round the world record, Armel Le Cléac'h sailed to victory in the Vendée Globe, and Francis Joyon and crew won the Jules Verne Trophy.... [more]


Entry open for RS Aero World Championship in Carnac
RS Aero International Class Association,
Within the first two days of entry opening for the Carnac Worlds, twenty five entries from five counties and two continents had jumped onto entry list. This has since increased to seven countries and three continents. The RS Aero is proving a big hit across America and seven keen owners have already signed up.... [more]


Extreme Sailing Series – Oman Air go top as battle for glory heats up
Extreme Sailing Series,
Phil Robertson's men made amends for their slow start to the 2017 season opener yesterday with a masterclass of consistency, claiming one win and two runner-up spots over the five races held off Muscat's Almouj Golf.... [more]


Extreme Sailing Series – Oman Air takes narrow lead at half-way point
Oman Sail,
At the end of a day shortened to five races in a declining breeze, the Omani-flagged GC32 catamaran had posted 117 points, including a race win, with Red Bull Sailing Team and SAP Extreme Sailing Team snapping at their heels on 116 points.... [more]


A QandA with Chris Woolsey, regatta chair of the Miami to Havana Race
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
The 2017 Miami to Havana Race is set to begin on March 15 and promises high adventure-both sailing-related and cultural-for the sailors lucky enough to be participating in this historical-and for now legal-race. I talked with Chris Woolsey, regatta chair of the Miami to Havana Race and SORC race chairman, to learn more about this exciting race to Cuba.... [more]


Volvo Ocean Race – Fourth team confirmed but to be announced later
Volvo Ocean Race,
The fourth team for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 is now confirmed – and will be revealed later this month. With over seven months to go before the beginning of the next edition in October, the new campaign joins Team AkzoNobel, Dongfeng Race Team and MAPFRE in early preparations for the 2017-18 start line in Alicante.... [more]


Miami Royal Cup – Day 2 – Double top Azzurra work their Miami magic
52 Super Series,
Azzurra may have had to wait until the second day of the second event of the 52 Super Series season, to score their first race wins of 2017, but two well earned victories off Miami Beach Wednesday sees the Roemmers family team step eight points clear of Platoon at the top of the regatta standings.... [more]


Youth America's Cup - Help the NZL Sailing Team to compete in Bermuda
RNZYS,
In January this year, Yachting New Zealand announced the NZL Sailing Team to compete for this year's Red Bull Youth America's Cup. The NZL Sailing Team will go into the event, which runs in conjunction with the America's Cup in Bermuda in June, as defending champions.... [more]


Bacardi Cup - Mark Mendelblatt and Magnus Liljedahl top on perfect day
Star Sailors,
It's a perfect day in Miami to sail the third day of the Bacardi Cup and get two races in with steady 14 knots ESE. RC moved back the start at 11:00 AM and shortened the distance of today's first race in order to make up Monday's cancellation. Today is the last day the Stars will be alone on the bay, as tomorrow the other classes... [more]


52 Super Series - Miami Royal Cup - Day 2 action-shots by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery was on water at 52 Super Series - 2017 Miami Royal Cup and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action.... [more]


Caleb Paine on winning a US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Award
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
On August 16, Caleb Paine broke the longest-running medal ceremony dry spell for American-flagged Olympic sailors since the 1930s when he captured a bronze medal in the Finn class at the Rio 2016 Olympics. I recently caught up with Paine on the phone to talk about his proud US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Award and about his future sailing plans.... [more]


52 Super Series – Miami Royal Cup – Races 3 and 4 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Photographer Max Ranchi provided this gallery of images from race three and race four... [more]


Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2016 – Video – The Spirit of Yachting
Rolex media,
The Rolex Spirit of Yachting film series presents the 72nd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race — the action, highlights and memorable moments in a 25-minute documentary. The behind-the-scenes footage covers peak moments during the 628-nautical-mile course, from the start in Sydney Harbour, to Perpetual Loyal's record-breaking race time by nearly 5 hours, as well as interviews with key players.... [more]


Muscat delivers classic race for Extreme Sailing Series season opener
Extreme Sailing Series,
Muscat's old town of Muttrah provided a stunning backdrop as nine international crews went head to head in their super-fast foiling GC32 catamarans for the first time this year.... [more]


François and MACIF to attempt single-handed round the world record
Service presse trimaran MACIF,
Although François enjoyed taking a breather over the winter break, he nonetheless continued to train and to sail on board the M24; the team's own customized version of a Diam 24, to test some of the developments they were envisaging for the MACIF trimaran.... [more]


Extreme Sailing Series – Team Oman Air comes back from a shaky start
Oman Sail,
With their recent convincing victory in the GC32 Championship, Oman Air went in to Act one in Muscat hoping to continue their impressive form on home waters.... [more]


Andrea Pozzi wins Melges 24 World Ranking 2016
IM24CA,
Although the 2017 is well underway, the Melges 24 worldwide final ranking results of 2016 have been published now and International Melges 24 Class Association IM24CA interviewed the winners of the rankings.... [more]


A QandA with Lloyd Thornburg about his love of fast boats and racing
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Not too many world-class sailors hail from the high deserts of Santa Fe, New Mexico, but Lloyd Thornburg isn't your average sailor. The 37-year old investor flies the New York Yacht Club's burgee from his fleet of raceboats that have included a Gunboat 66, a MOD70, and a Farr 280. I recently caught up with Thornburg to learn more about his program, and to gain insight into racing MOD70s offshore.... [more]


Team AkzoNobel to race brand-new Volvo Ocean 65 in Volvo Ocean Race
Team AkzoNobel,
Tienpont made the team's milestone announcement today at the HISWA Amsterdam Boatshow, after earlier ringing the bell to officially open the major international show.... [more]


Platoon lead Royal Cup Miami after dramatic opener
52 Super Series,
Just as they led after the first day of racing in Key West in January, Harm Müller-Spreer's Platoon crew top the early leaderboard at the 52 Super Series Miami Royal Cup for after a dramatic first day of TP52 racing in brisk SE'ly winds and big, disorderly waves off Miami Beach.... [more]


Bacardi Cup – French sailors top chart with ideal sailing conditions
Star Sailors,
Miami delivered a breezy day on the first day of racing following yesterday's cancellation. With rain clouds over the fleet with steady 20 knots from the east, most of the fleet was over and RC had to call two general recalls. With a black flag waiving, the third start was the charm with Mendelblatt/Liljedal (USA) who took the lead over Jennings/Kleen and VanderMolen/Belco (USA)... [more]


America's Cup - Ben Ainslie updates on Land Rover BAR's AC50
America's Cup Media,
Land Rover BAR skipper Sir Ben Ainslie updates on how training has been going in the month since launching 'Rita', the boat they will race in the 35th America's Cup. This is one of the most critical times for any America's Cup team, as they see the results of the thousands of hours of design, testing and build that went into developing this high-performance yacht.... [more]


America's Cup - Tech Tuesday - Wingsail twist explained - Video
Oracle Team USA,
For the latest in Oracle Team USA's TechTuesday series wing trimmer Kyle Langford (AUS) explains very interesting if technically complex nuances of wingsail control. Video by Javier Salinas / Oracle Team USA... [more]


52 Super Series - 2017 Miami Royal Cup action-shots by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery was on water at 52 Super Series - 2017 Miami Royal Cup and provided this gallery of images from the opening day of racing.... [more]


52 Super Series - 2017 Miami Royal Cup action-shots by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Photographer Max Ranchi was on water at 52 Super Series - 2017 Miami Royal Cup and provided this gallery of images from race one and two.... [more]


Southern Spars takes to the air with new composite engineering project
Sail-World & Southern Spars,
One of the challenges for companies who have had their roots in the marine industry is diversification beyond that field. Moving into the composites engineering for non-marine projects is becoming a more common occurrence as clients realise the opportunities from utilising the expertise of composite boat and spar builders.... [more]


Coast Guard Foundation announces tribute in New Orleans
Coast Guard Foundation,
The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its annual Tribute to the Eighth Coast Guard District will be held at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana on Friday, March 10, 2017.... [more]


Too much breeze cancels Day 1 of the Bacardi Cup
Icarus Sports,
On Sunday afternoon the BACARDI hospitality Village at Regatta Park opened for competitors and guests with 72 Star registering for the event. With gusts at 35 knots the traditional Pro-Am regatta organized by Magnus Liljedahl of Team Paradise was cancelled and competitors will be racing on the M32 catamarans next weekend.... [more]


Vendée Globe star Jérémie Beyou takes on Volvo Ocean Race challenge
Volvo Ocean Race,
Jérémie Beyou, fresh from his third place in the Vendée Globe, will swap solo sailing for the sport's toughest team challenge, after the Frenchman was announced as part of a trio of world-class sailors joining Dongfeng Race team... [more]


Dongfeng Race Team announces 'top-guns' Beyou, Bannatyne and Wislang
Dongfeng Race Team,
Joining the team are Stu Bannatyne, a seven-time veteran of the Volvo Ocean Race, fellow Kiwi and Volvo winner Daryl Wislang and the French soloist Jérémie Beyou who finished third in this year's Vendee Globe and has won the Solitaire du Figaro three times.... [more]


Team Engie finish sixth in the GC32 World Championship in Muscat
Sébastien Rogues,
As the only French team taking part in the race, Team ENGIE finished in sixth place with two victories after 16 rounds. The light winds of the past few days dashed the team's hopes for the fourth sport, but their sixth place result is still a great achievement.... [more]


Second Kiwi challenger enters Extreme Sailing Series Muscat Act lineup
Extreme Sailing Series,
NZL Sailing Team is to join the fast-paced world of Stadium Racing as a wildcard for Act one. The second of two youth Kiwi teams alongside Tawera Racing, the NZL Sailing Team crew is using the Series to gain experience in the high-performance world of foiling multihull sailing.... [more]


Clipper Race Alumni launches new water challenge
Clipper Round the World,
Clipper Race crew usually use the Clipper Race as a break from their everyday work, but alumni member Tom Salt is now turning his experiences in extreme endurance into a unique new Hampshire business venture.... [more]


Bacardi Cup - Too much breeze cancels racing on Day 1
Star Sailors,
Bacardi Cup and BACARDI Miami Sailing Week events kicked off on Saturday night with a highly successful Havana Nights and Casino Party at Coral Reef Yacht Club benefitting Shake-A-Leg Miami, Team Paradise and Sailing Heals. On Sunday afternoon the BACARDI hospitality Village at Regatta Park opened for competitors and guests with 72 Star registering for the event.... [more]


Volvo Ocean Race - Southern Spars to be rig supplier for second race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Southern Spars, the world's leading carbon fibre spar manufacturer, will be the official supplier of the full rig package for the One Design Volvo Ocean 65 fleet for a second consecutive race, a move that strengthens the Auckland-based company's historic ties with sailing's toughest team challenge. Southern Spars have been supplying spars to Volvo Ocean Race podium finishers since 1989-90... [more]


52 Super Series Miami Royal Cup – Can Rán do a Miami re-run-
52 Super Series,
Strong winds and big seas off Miami Beach over recent days have curtailed the essential pre-regatta training period. From early in the day on Monday, it was obvious that the official practice race would be cancelled with the wind gusting between 25 and 30kts on the race course.... [more]


End of contract for Thomas Ruyant who now focuses on 2020 Vendée Globe
Vendée Globe,
It's the end of a chapter for the joint effort from Le Souffle du Nord pour le projet Imagine and the French sailor, Thomas Ruyant, whose contract has just ended.... [more]


Manuel Fagundes Seaweed Soup finale
pressure-drop.us,
With the return of incoming tide surface currents which seemed to have been all but diminished by the large volumes of water flowing through the delta and out the gate in recent weeks, it was back to relying more on the tide book and not counting on an all ebb, all day long scenario.... [more]


Spring One Design Regatta – Bring on the wintery conditions
pressure-drop.us,
Seven Express 27's, five Melges 24's, seven Moore 24's and and 20 J 105's ushered in spring over the weekend, looking forward to saying adios to the cold and wet winter of 2016-2017 and spring into the new sailing season, with longer days, warmer weather and sunny skies!... [more]


Phil Robertson back for World Match Racing Tour to defend his title
World Match Racing Tour,
The New Zealand team will need to hit the ground running at the championship season opener in Australia if they are to start building their campaign towards this year's world championship, especially as they haven't seen an M32 since Marstrand last July.... [more]


Oman Air off to a flying start in 2017 with GC32 Championship victory
Oman Sail,
Oman Air's new-look crew will begin their campaign for victory in the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series in pole position after a resounding win in the inaugural GC32 Championship. The team, this season with $1 million World Match Racing Tour winner Phil Robertson at the helm, dominated the podium as 11 crews from the Extreme Sailing Series and GC32 Racing Tour went head to head for the first time... [more]
 



 

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