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Getting shown the light—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond


29 Aug 2017

Getting shown the light—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Puget Sound is not only a great place to sail but also a great place to learn new tricks, even if you're an old, salty dog  David Schmidt
As a lifelong sailor from a sailing-obsessed family, I sometimes forget that not everyone has been sailing since they could walk. Mind you, I'm certainly not professing to be any sort of polished tactician or accomplished skipper, but I do know how to trim sails, drive, stand watch and run a foredeck, and I've also been around sailing culture long enough to (more or less) be able to step onto a new boat and (hopefully) not cause too many headaches. After all, sailors are sailors the world over (read: salty), and odds are reasonably solid that if you can hang at one yacht club, you'll be OK at the next.

However, this summer a good friend bought his first boat, and I had the opportunity to watch firsthand as a great bunch of newer sailors gelled into a winning team over the course of the racing season.

While I wasn't on board for the full summer's racing program due to work obligations and a distracting mountain-climbing problem, I was there enough to see and appreciate this team's impressive improvement curve as the boat's leadership settled into a successful groove and people learned and refined their onboard roles and gained some miles in the new boat.

2017 J/80 World Championship in the Solent  © Paul Wyeth / RSrnYC

For example, during the first few races of the season, the crew tended to want to play outside their roles, leading the skipper to try and actively 'manage' everyone's jobs, even though his hands were more than full with driving. Fortunately, the skipper is also a whip-smart engineer at one of Seattle's bigger tech companies, and he wisely parlayed the strong leadership and management lessons gleaned from his professional life into bolstering our team. Specifically, one mid-season Wednesday night, instead of assuming the tiller, he announced a crew shake-up that would see our tactician driving, our skipper calling tactics, and other people shuffled to new jobs (I somehow stayed on the mainsheet, which is A-OK with me). The results were dramatic.

Rather than mid-fleet and back-of-the-congo-line finishes, we took a bullet in our first race, promptly followed by a second place in race two. High fives were exchanged, but it wasn't until we consistently started repeating these results that the full fruits of our skipper's leadership moves-coupled with the crew's swelling experience, confidence levels and hard work-became evident.

And that's to say nothing of the big improvements and growth that all sailors onboard (myself included) experienced as we started gelling into a can-do crew. These guys might not have spent their summer vacations taking sailing junior-sailing lessons, but the sheer level of psych and “beginner's eyes” excitement that these guys brought to the dock, week after week, was a cool thing to see and experience.

While there's no danger of us winning any world-championship titles in the near future, odds are good that we will be the boat in our class to beat next summer on Puget Sound.

2017 J/80 World Championship in the Solent  © Paul Wyeth / RSrnYC

For my part, I had a great look at what it's like for a relatively green sailor to step up and buy a sportboat, become a skipper, and build and nurture a crew capable of disrupting the order of things in a local class. Having spent more than a little bit of time trying to diagnose and solve our initial teething pains in my head on my morning runs, none of my solutions for improving performance were as elegant as our skipper's decision to relinquish the tiller and focus solely on tactics, while also placing other crewmembers in positions that best played to their strengths. I've seen some smart moves on boats over the years, but this ranks as one of the more impressive things that I've seen in a while.

So, while I've been sailing for 41 of my 40 years on this lonely planet, I'm walking away from this summer's sailing with newfound appreciation for the kind of leadership skills that can be learned onshore and brought aboard. Moreover, I'm also walking away with a much better appreciation for what can happen when enthusiasm and psych are given the right environment to learn, grow and thrive.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

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Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 8 Race 1 – Qingdao Storms into the lead
The Clipper Race,
GREAT Britain, which has played its Joker Card and is currently in seventh position, may be one to watch as it has gone further west than Qingdao and benefitted from the same northerly winds.... [more]

Ruweida V wins Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta
Today's race was sailed under sunny skies in a light northerly breeze. At the conclusion of the two-day event, Ruweida V won both the Vintage Day Racer division and was the overall winner.... [more]

New York Yacht Club dethrones Noroton YC at Grandmasters Team Race
New York Yacht Club,
Noroton has one of the most active adult team racing programs in the country and practices regularly throughout the summer. As a result, the team is usually firing on all cylinders from the first start.... [more]

Consistency was queen at annual Clagett-Oakcliff Match Race Regatta
Sam Crichton,
Pauline Dowell (Boston, Mass.) and her crew of Christian Thaxton (Sommerville, Mass.) and Kay VanValkenburgh (Boston, Mass.), who are return customers of this event, sailed away with the regatta without losing a match.... [more]

Ruweida V wins Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta
Julianna Barbieri,
The 38th Annual Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta presented by IYRS concluded in Newport today with R-Class Ruweida V, restored by IYRS students, as the overall winner. In addition, the winners of the North American Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge went to S&S Sonny in the Vintage Division and 12-Meter Valiant in the Grand Prix Division.... [more]

First CG District crews, assets deploy to Hurricane Harvey response
U.S. Coast Guard 1st District Northeast,
Personnel and assets from the First Coast Guard District are being deployed to support rescue efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. On Saturday Air Station Cape Cod deployed two MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopters and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed wing aircraft, along with 18 crewmembers, to Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama, to assist with search and rescue operations.... [more]

J Class Worlds - Lionheart are the toast of Newport
J Class Yachts,
On the same Newport, Rhode Island waters where the legendary Ranger cleaned up 4-0 in 1937, the last time ever that the mighty J Class raced for the America's Cup, the first J Class World Champions are Lionheart, the owner driven Dutch-flagged modern day Ranger descendent.... [more]

Finn wins U23 Finn Worlds – Oskari Muhonen is world champion
Robert Deaves,
The 2017 U23 Finn World Championship for the Finn Silver Cup in Balatonfüred draws to a close after another windless day and with Finn, Oskari Muhonen, as the new World Champion. Facundo Olezza, from Argentina, wins the silver and Fionn Lyden, from Ireland, the bronze.... [more]

Skeleton Key Secures Victory at J/111 Worlds at St. Francis Yacht Club
St. Francis Yacht Club,
After nine races spread over four grueling days, Peter Wagner's Skeleton Key (USA 115) is the 2017 J/111 World Champion. Going into day four, this regatta was still anyone's game, and all eyes were on the top three contenders who had tussled for pole position throughout the regatta.... [more]

JATO ignited as SuperFoiler prepares for take off (Pt II)
John Curnow,
When we left SuperFoiler last time, the JATO rockets had been lit, and we were rapidly approaching the time for rotation (lift off). You can catch up with Part One of SuperFoiler and the JATO rockets, but for now we get to talk speed, the crew on board, and finally the commercialisation of it all. Buckle up!... [more]

Flat calms on Cardiff Bay hinder sailing on penultimate day
Extreme Sailing Series™,
Although the day was blessed with glorious sunshine, much to the delight of the thousands of spectators lining Cardiff Bay, unfortunately there was no wind to go with it. The scoreboard remains unchanged after the penultimate day of Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 6, Cardiff, as no scoring racing is completed.... [more]

Japanese drumming sets the pace for 470 Junior World Championships
Event Media,
Enoshima Yacht Harbour is also the only venue to host two Olympic events over different Olympics. You can feel the history made here over 50 years ago pulsing around the venue, with photos of the 1964 Olympic legends displayed and a powerful aura of Olympic success.... [more]

Changing of the Guard in 49er – A tough bet to place
Club 49er and Nacra 17,
The truth right now in this post Burling and Outteridge era is that there is so much parity in the fleet making predictions right now is harder than it's ever been. Up to 60 teams are competitive enough that they are looking to make it through the qualifying series to the top 20 Gold fleet.... [more]

Clipper Yacht Race – Day 7, Race 1 – Westerly tactics start to pay off
The Clipper Race,
Great Britain Skipper Andy Burns, currently in eleventh place, has been keeping a close eye on and Liverpool 2018, ranked tenth and eighth respectively.... [more]

Clipper Race team diverts to Portugal following Skipper injury
Chris Harris / Clipper Ventures,
The incident occurred on board Greenings to Skipper David Hartshorn, 52, a British professional sailor, at approximately 23:00 BST last night on day seven of the opening leg of the Clipper Race, from Liverpool to Punta del Este, Uruguay.... [more]

J Class World Championship – More final day images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Carlo Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from final day... [more]

J Class World Championship Newport– Final day images by Carlo Borlengh
Carlo Borlenghi,
Carlo Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from final day... [more]

Gladwell's Line - Cup capers continue in Auckland and Bermuda
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
Two months have now passed since New Zealand won the America's Cup, without too much as yet on how the next event will shape up. What has been released is a big improvement on what was produced in the run up to the last four America's Cups, which drip fed basic information over 14 months, and then changed the class nine months after entries opened.... [more]

Peru's Angello Giuria successfully defends Sunfish Youth World Title
Sunfish Class,
Day Three and Final Day of the Sunfish Youth World Championship held at Brant Beach Yacht Club in NJ couldn't have had more perfect winds and weather along with outstanding Race Committee work thanks to PRO Bub Kovacs and his A Team - Janet, Kelly, Susan and Jack. Wait a minute ... who pocketed my anemometer? An inside story that drew chuckles on all three days.... [more]

J-Class Worlds - Final day action-shots by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery was on water at J-Class World Championship and provided this gallery of images from final day.... [more]

49er World Championship Preview
John Curnow,,
Starting on Monday in Porto, Portugal, are we to see the changing of the guard in the 49er? In the Men's Division, there are plenty of new faces from Australia and New Zealand, as well as Croatia. Gold Medallists from Rio, NZL's Pete Burling is sailing in the VOR with Brunel, and crewmate Blair Tuke is on board MAPFRE.... [more]

Chasing down the miles at 2017 J/111 Worlds at St. Francis Yacht Club
St. Francis Yacht Club,
One of the marks of a World-Championship-level sailing team is the ability to rapidly adjust to evolving conditions while also being fast at courses of all lengths and shapes. Such was the test today at the 2017 J/111 World Championships, which are being hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California and held on the waters of San Francisco Bay... [more]

SAP Extreme Sailing Team steals the lead on day two in Cardiff
Extreme Sailing Series,
Four podium finishes, including two bullets, were enough for SAP Extreme Sailing Team to take the overnight lead on day two of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Cardiff, but Alinghi is in hot pursuit.... [more]

U23 Finn World Championship – Sailors swelter in Balaton heat on Day 5
Robert Deaves,
Despite being sent out in a light breeze mid-afternoon, the wind evaporated very quickly in the 35 degree heat and the race officer sent the fleet home less than 30 minutes after arrival.... [more]

Melges 32 World Championships – Final day images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Max Ranchi provided this gallery of images from final day... [more]

Laser Radial Worlds - Champions decided after a windless Day 6
Katie Olsen,
The morning brought postponement on shore until about noon. Eager to complete the Final Series and hopeful for more breeze, all three fleets sailed out on the IJsselmeer in about 5-6 knots. The wind, however, gradually died and the AP flag was hoisted.... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 6, Race 1 – First tough test for fleet
The Clipper Race,
There have been leader board changes overnight with shifting winds and variable conditions resulting in teams experiencing some of the most demanding on board conditions of the race so far.... [more]

J-Class World Championship – Day 4 action shots by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from day four... [more]

Consistency proves king at J/111 World Championships
St. Francis Yacht Club,
Wagner's words proved prophetic, especially once the day's racing really got cooking. But before teams could tension their rigs, Mother Nature sprung a light-air pop quiz that saw Doug and Jack Jorgensen's Picosa (USA 120) and Wagner's Skeleton Key (USA 115) both take great starts, while Martin Roesch's Velocity (USA 008) and Gorkem Ozcelebi's Double Digit (USA 94) were deemed over early.... [more]

Baja Desert Showdown – Day 5, 6 – Super session relay and super-x fun
With all heats complete and another successful IWT competition in the bag, it was time to get on with some fun. Waves have left us for other coastlines, but the wind is still here in full effect, so the call was made to run a Pro-Am Slalom contest.... [more]

2017 Sunfish Youth World Championship - Day 2
Sunfish Class,
Light and shifty air didn't slow down this group of Youth champion sailors! What started out as light air (5-7 mph) coming for the N/NE for Race 1 turned into a little heavier air (6-8 mph) coming from the S/SW.... [more]

2017 Sunfish Youth World Championship - Day 1
Sunfish Class,
Twenty-one youth sailors from seven countries rigged and fine-tuned their brand new out-of-the-box Sunfish to begin Day One of the 2017 Sunfish Youth World Championship being held at the Brant Beach Yacht Club in New Jersey. To get them started, the Brant Beach Yacht Club members sponsored a special Opening Ceremony in honor of the Youth Sailors with good food and the warmest of welcomes.... [more]

Oskari Muhonen storms to top of U23 Finn Worlds on Day 4
Robert Deaves,
Another long day of waiting for wind was rewarded with two late races on Day 4 of the U23 Finn World Championship in Balatonfüred, Hungary. Oskari Muhonen, from Finland, won the day to now lead the fleet by five points. He very nearly won both races.... [more]

Laser Radial Worlds - Light winds return for Finals - Day 5
Katie Olsen,
Today brought the first round of the Final Series at the Laser Radial World Championships. The fleets were divided into Gold and Silver in the women's division based on results from the last four days of qualifying races.... [more]

Alinghi sneaks ahead on light winds opener in Cardiff
Extreme Sailing Series,
Consistency paid off for Alinghi on the opening day of Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 6, Cardiff, as light winds prevented a full day of scoring racing. SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Oman Air took a bullet each but paired it with a finish off the podium, allowing the Swiss crew to edge ahead.... [more]

Melges 32 World Championships – Races 6, 7 action shots by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Max Ranchi provided this gallery of images from races six and seven... [more]

J Class Worlds – More action shots from Day 2 and 3 by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Carlo Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from Day 2 and 3... [more]

J Class Word Championship – Day 2, 3 action shots by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Carlo Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from race day two and three... [more]

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Day 5, Race 1 – Tactics time
The Clipper Race,
Behind the top four, the fleet is now spreading out widely with teams selecting very different headings as they seek out their preferred routes south.... [more]

Bouwe Bekking supports Volvo Ocean Legends Race 2018
Volvo Ocean Race,
Dutch sailing legend, Bouwe Bekking is all set to have an eighth tilt at taking home the Volvo Ocean Race Trophy when the race takes off around the world in October this year. But, when it arrives in Gothenburg in June 2018, Bekking will also have another role to play, as he's also Ambassador to the Legends Race 2018.... [more]

Many motives at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Lisa Ratcliff,
West Australian April Jorgensen, skipper of the Fareast 28 Calibre Racing, and her partner Jayson Oates were drawn to sailing as a way of keeping April's dad Walter involved in his favourite pastime.... [more]

Right royal wins at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Lisa Ratcliff / AHIRW Media,
HRH Prince Frederik of Denmark at the helm of the 66-footer NANOQ he's chartered from the Oatley family and surrounded by a bevy of sailing superstars scored the double - wins in both the windward/leeward and islands course - to be IRC Racing pointscore leader by one point.... [more]

J Class Worlds - Images from Day 2 by Paul Todd
Paul Todd,
Top international photographer, Paul Todd was on the water for Day 2 of the J Class Worlds being sailed out of Newport, RI. Here's Paul's take on the day.... [more]

J Class Worlds - Lionheart draws level with leader Hanuman - Day 3
J Class Association,
The sizeable spectator fleet on the waters off Newport, Rhode Island were treated to another pair of engaging, exciting races at the inaugural J Class World Championship, witnessing the return of one of the pre-regatta title favourites, Lionheart. Already counting three third places Lionheart were prowling, poised only three points behind regatta leaders Hanuman going into today's Races 4 and 5... [more]

J Class Worlds - Hanuman extends her lead in Newport - Day 2.
J Class Association,
After winning Tuesday's 20 nautical miles opening race, Hanuman paired an initial fourth place to victory in the second of the two windward-leeward races today. They open up their leading margin at the J Class World Championship in Newport RI to three points ahead of the consistent Lionheart which has scored now three third places.... [more]

J Class Worlds - Welcome back to Newport after 80 years - Day 1
J Class Association,
Hanuman, skippered and steered by local ace Ken Read with his brother Brad among the afterguard, stole the show on a spectacular opening day of the first ever J Class World Championship on the waters of Newport, Rhode Island where J Class yachts made their America's Cup debut way back in 1930 and where the Reads cut their teeth in competitive sailing.... [more]

Olezza holds lead on Day 3 at U23 Finn World Championship
Robert Deaves,
The left side paid with those starting at the pin in the leading group. Joan Cardona Mendez, from Spain, rounded first from Muller and Kalafarski, who started at the boat end. The main group went right on the run, which allowed Kalafarski to sneak through to leeward and round the gate ahead.... [more]

America's Cup J Class Regatta - Bermuda video
J Class Association,
Catch 15 minutes of spectacular action as seven J Class yachts compete in Bermuda during the America's Cup Match. All the essentials are there, beautiful turquoise water, bright sunny days and seven of the biggest and most stunning yachts on the planet.... [more]

2020 Olympics - Shattered finger leaves Tokyo prospect with big call
David Sygall,
One of Australia's premier Finn class sailors faces a critical few days as he weighs up the prospect of competing at the upcoming World Championships in Hungary with multiple fractures in one of his hands. Former World No.1 Oliver Tweddell's early preparations for Tokyo 2020 were shaken by a peculiar injury during an Australian Sailing Team training session before Aarhus Sailing Week in Denmark.... [more]

Splitting fortunes at the 2017 J/111 Worlds at St. Francis Yacht Club
St. Francis Yacht Club,
Spend enough time sailing on any body of water and it slowly reveals its secrets, giving sailors a set of rules-of-thumb that should—theoretically—be the keys to success, provided that time-honored patterns prove consistent. San Francisco Bay certainly has its closely guarded secrets, as the sailors gathered at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California, for the 2017 J/111 Worlds... [more]

Laser Radial Worlds - Australian Junior top scores on Day 4
Katie Olsen,
Two races were completed today in each fleet, concluding the qualifying series for the 2017 Laser Radial World Championships in Holland.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Womens Olympic Medalist misses out on Volvo spot
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
Olympic Gold and Silver medalist, Jo Aleh has missed selection for a crew position in the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race. Aleh had been trialling for one of the crew positions allocated on Team Brunel. Fellow Gold and Silver medalist and America's Cup champion, Peter Burling has been confirmed on the crew of Dutch-flagged Team Brunel... [more]

America's Cup - Dalton survives 100mph Isle of Man Classic TT crash
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
Emirates Team New Zealand's CEO, Grant Dalton has walked away from a high speed crash in the Isle of Man Classic TT on Wednesday (NZT). The CEO of the champion America's Cup team survived a 100mph(160kmh) crash after his bike seized.... [more]

Melges 32 World Championships – Races 3, 4 and 5 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Max Ranchi provided this gallery of images from races three, four and five... [more]

New faces and hardware at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
International Maxi Association,
The fleet comes with a wide age range from the 1976 vintage, but still successfully campaigned Swan 65 ketch, Shirlaf, of Giuseppe Puttini (which last year lost the lead of the Mini Maxi Racer Cruiser class on countback) to American George David's all-conquering state of the art canting keeler, Rambler 88... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 4, Race 1 – The pre-doldrum doldrums
The Clipper Race,
Andy Burns, Skipper of GREAT Britain, currently in sixth place, reports that the light weather conditions bring with them real lessons of light wind sailing which will be valuable later on in the race.... [more]

Star Sailors League Finals – 100 days to go and first team confirmed
Star Sailors League,
The plan for the fifth edition of the most important event will follow the path of the previous SSL Finals, with four days of Qualification Series after which the top 10 teams will go ahead to the final knock-out stage of the competition.... [more]

Harken returns as official supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Each Volvo Ocean 65 features seven hand-operated, manual Harken winches on deck, which allow the sailors to hoist and trim huge sails under high-pressure racing conditions.... [more]

GKA Kite-Surf World Tour – Video action highlights so far
Matt Pearce,
The kids couldn't have hoped for a better group of coaches with two former world champions among the crew in the form of Airton and Keahi to take them through the early stages and it was all smiles on Sudstrand!... [more]

Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series ready to rumble
Sue Pelling,
With direct, regular flights from London to Barbados, now could be the time to consider a midwinter charter option or, for those planning a transatlantic crossing in the next few months, consider a rewarding trip to beautiful island of Barbados during regatta time.... [more]

No racing on Day 2 at U23 Finn World Championship
Robert Deaves,
The day began with an AP ashore, which then continued afloat for an hour before the sailors were sent back to shore to wait under a further AP. Finally they were sent back out again as a relativity stable 6-8 knots had settled over the course area.... [more]

J Class battle for the Kohler Cup – Showdown of the season
North Sails,
While considered Superyachts, at North Sails we think of the J's as a Grand Prix class because the teams are sailing as aggressively as if they were on a TP52.... [more]

Baja Desert Showdown – Day 4
Another beautiful day in Baja, the swell is dropping and the heats start as soon as the wind fills in, providing conditions to finish up the remaining fleets of competition.... [more]

J-Class Worlds - Day 2 action-shots by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery was on water at J-Class World Championship 2017 and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action.... [more]

Bella Mente Racing - Preparing to defend Maxi 72 Worlds title
Kirsten Ferguson,
The Maxi 72 World Championships are quickly approaching and Hap Fauth and his Bella Mente Racing team are going hard at it, working to improve boat speed with the goal of defending their title of World Champion for the third consecutive year. The regatta – scheduled September 4-9 in Porto Cervo, Sardinia (Italy) – is the final and most important event on Bella Mente Racing's calendar.... [more]

Green lights aglow for the 2017 J/111 Worlds at St. Francis Yacht Club
St. Francis Yacht Club,
Pre-racing excitement is already blowing around the docks at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California, where the 2017 J/111 Worlds are set to take place from Thursday, August 24 through Sunday, August 27. Teams are evaluating gear, re-flaking sails and triple-checking standing rigging while also taking advantage of breezy pre-racing weather to sample San Francisco Bay's conditions.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - First look at new 2020/21 Volvo 60 design prototype
Mark Chisnell - Volvo Ocean Race,
The first mock up of the Guillaume Verdier-designed offshore monohull was revealed at the Boatyard in Lisbon. Just over three months ago Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner announced that the question of whether the future of the race was monohull or multihull had been solved - both would be built the monohull for offshore and the catamaran for inshore racing.... [more]

Laser Radial Worlds - More challenging conditions at last – Day 3
Katie Olsen,
Off the start of race five, Viktorija Andrulyte (LTU) and Bouwmeester were launched at the pin. By the first mark, Andrulyte maintained her leading position, and Bouwmeester rounded in fourth behind Pia Kuhlmann (GER) and Evi Van Acker (BEL).... [more]

North Sails 3Di – It all started with an idea
North Sails,
“As a management team, we had to decide if we wanted to invest in the technology or not. The bet was about a 20 million dollar bet,” said North Sails CEO, Dan Neri, reflecting back on North's decision to purchase an idea that eventually led to today's most advanced sailmaking product: North Sails 3Di.... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 3, Race 1 – Tackling the Bay of Biscay
The Clipper Race,
Ahead of the fleet, the weather is changing somewhat. A new low moving southeast across the race track should reach the Portuguese coast by the weekend. Whilst it does not look particularly strong, it will provide several tactical options for the twelve teams.... [more]

470 Class Japan National Championships –Day 6– Nippon Boys keep podium
Aiko Saito,
Many support to the Nippon Boys who are narrowly in front of Belcher/Ryan, the current world champion. On a hot summer day at Enoshima, gentle seabreeze started as usual, however, it did not increase, and the Medal Race started at 13:45 after some waiting on shore.... [more]

Five athletes added to US Sailing Team Roster
US Sailing,
Chris Rast (Holland, Mich.) and Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Mass.) have been named in the men's 49er, and Haddon Hughes (Houston, Texas) has joined the team in the women's Laser Radial class.... [more]

Rough going for Ida Lewis Distance Race fleet
Barby MacGowan,
Of the remaining 33 teams, an additional ten were forced to retire due to damaged equipment or other problems incurred during multiple squalls that left memorable impressions and their calling cards of driving rain and winds gusting 40+ knots.... [more]

Baja Desert Showdown – Day 3
Fresh off watching the pros in action the Amateurs were ready to take to the water themselves for round one. By 10:00am Russ Faurot and Casey Hauser showed the crew it was plenty windy with a quick session before heats got underway at 10:40am.... [more]

J-Class Worlds – Day 1 shots by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Carlo Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from J-Class World Championship 2017 – Day 1... [more]

Nice points jump for Facundo Olezza after U23 Finn Worlds opener
Robert Deaves,
The only young sailor at the U23 Finn World Championship in Balatonfured with Olympic experience, Facundo Olezza, from Argentina, made some sense of the chaotic wind conditions on the first day to build a 13 point margin after three very tricky races were sailed.... [more]

J-Class Worlds - Day 1 action-shots by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Top international photographer Ingrid Abery was on water at 2017 J-Class World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 1's action.... [more]

470 Class Japan Nationals Day 5 - Close battle continue for Medal Race
Aiko Saito,
Finally, Enoshima Sea breeze has arrived with large waves. At 11:00, there was already 10 kt south wind, and it gradually increased. Everyone enjoyed three races in REAL Enoshima summer condition.... [more]

Pulling G's with Beneteau – Pt I
John Curnow,
In a car, just the one G will have you straining at your seatbelt. Over nine (+ve) in an aircraft, and without a G-suit, you will be unconscious. So at three G's, and pulling no punches with them either, we not only enjoyed our opportunity to sit with Gianguido Girotti (G3), we got to learn a lot as well!... [more]

Laser Radial Worlds - Young Australian talent makes big move on Day 2
Katie Olsen,
The second day of Laser Radial World Championships brought sun and 6-8 knots of breeze for all three fleets. In the white fleet today, the most notable performance was that of Australia's Mara Stransky. After a general recall, the white fleet started race three and Mirthe Akkerman (NED) shot out to the front by the first mark, where Stransky was around 10th.... [more]

Marine Resources sponsor IBI Boat Builder Award for 2nd year running
Marine Resources,
Following the tremendous success of the 2016 IBI Boat Builder Awards, leading leisure marine and luxury yacht recruitment specialists Marine Resources will once again sponsor the Apprenticeship and Training Scheme Award. The winners will be announced on 15th November at the prestigious Awards Gala Dinner during the METSTRADE Show 2017 in the National Maritime Museum, Amsterdam.... [more]

Clipper Yacht Race – Day 2, Race 1 – Strong tides divide fleet
The Clipper Race,
The gap between first and last place has widened over the last 24 hours, with 68 nautical miles separating the teams and a group of four teams pulling away from the pack. At the top of the leader board is Unicef which has crept four nautical miles ahead of Visit Seattle this morning despite sitting in second place overnight.... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – Building on success
As usual, this year's fleet will be grouped into classes depending upon several factors, including size, rating and racing capabilities. Within the smaller participating yachts, between 18.29 metres and 24.08 metres, the sub-division promotes close and fair racing under the prevailing handicap systems.... [more]

Images from the Palermo-Montecarlo Race
Carlo Borlenghi,
The XIII Palermo-Montecarlo Race, one of the most prestigious offshore races of the Mediterranean got underway yesterday. Top international sailing photographer, Carlo Borlenghi was on the water to capture the action.... [more]

Joshua one-design yacht to be inaugurated in 2022 Golden Globe Race
Event Media,
The 2018 race, set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Knox-Johnston's victory in his traditional 32ft yacht Suhaili, has attracted 27 sailors from 14 countries to compete in similar type yachts between 32-36ft in length.... [more]

Top Gun caught in Rushour at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Lisa Ratcliff / AHIRW Media,
The IRC Racing fleet led off, Peter Harburg's Black Jack 100 in control of the small but potent division from the outset, and rolling starts every five minutes saw the remaining divisions set off on their scenic island course... [more]

J-class Worlds - Image gallery - Aboard Ranger for the Practice Race
Paul Todd,
Top international photographer, Paul Todd, was aboard the J-class Ranger for the Practice Race in the inaugural J-class Worlds being held in Newport, RI - with Ranger's crew being peppered with Kiwi sailors.... [more]

Geelong wins bid to host 2022 Fireballs World Championship
The Fireball is an exciting 14ft long two person dinghy. It is a class very well supported around the world and in Australia. The class association embraces involvement from female, male, matured aged and youth sailors.... [more]

Noireaux and Zollet take the win in Baja Desert Showdown
Heat eight opens with Boujmaa Guilloul riding a small wall at the Punta, but it's enough for him to show his expressive turns and aerials. Federico Morisio was speeding down the race track to the Chili Bowl to find big aerial sections.... [more]

GKA Kite-Surf World Tour – Round 4 – Airton triumphs in Big-Air Feast
Matt Pearce,
The wind was blowing cross-offshore at the main beach so the decision was made to move the event across the peninsula to the lagoon next to the harbour where it was blowing cross-shore from the left and much more steadily.... [more]

Six J Class line up for inaugural World Championship in Newport
In the long and storied history of the J Class, Newport Rhode Island is a very special place. It was when the event moved from New York City to Narrangansett Bay for the 1930 regatta that the America's Cup was first raced for the very first time in J Class yachts.... [more]

First five early entries are in for 2018 Vic-Maui Int'l Yacht Race
There are three US boats, including one from California, and two Canadian boats. Three are in the racing class, and two are in the cruising class.... [more]

Secure your seat at the 2017 Rolex Big Boat Series
St. Francis Yacht Club,
There's an old adage that it's best to have a comfortable seat when the music stops. While nobody is overly concerned with creature comforts at an athletic competition, all teams wishing to secure their spot on the starting line of the Rolex Big Boat Series (September 14-17, 2017), hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club are kindly reminded that entry-deadline music officially stops on September 6, 2017.... [more]

2017 Palermo Montecarlo - Start in Palermo
Studio Borlenghi,
Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from Palermo Montecarlo 2017.... [more]

JATO ignited as SuperFoiler prepares for take off (Pt I)
John Curnow,
When small military transports have to take off from impossibly short runways with a belly full of cargo akin to Mr. Creosote, they reach for the JATO bottles. Aircraft like C-7 Caribous and LC130 Hercules strap rockets, yes rockets, to the underside of their wings to gain valuable extra thrust, which surely helps keep the pilots' heart rates below the red line.... [more]

Laser Radial Worlds - Slovenia and Brazil lead after Day 1 in Holland
Katie Olsen,
Two races were completed today in all three fleets, kicking off the Laser Radial World Championships in Holland. The morning brought glassy waters and postponements, but by early afternoon, the wind on the IJsselmeer built to about seven knots.... [more]

A conversation with Jay Keeshan about the SYC's 2017 Vineyard Race
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
This year's Vineyard Race is set to unfurl on Friday, September 1, and will likely take most boats between one and three days to complete, conditions and vessels depending, of course. I caught up with Jay Keeshan, vice chairman for the 2017 Vineyard Race, via email, to learn more about this classic New England distance contest.... [more]


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