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Labor Day in the good ol’ USA—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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05 Sep 2017

Labor Day in the good ol' USA—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Farr 40s with their spinnakers hoisted, Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2017.  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo
As sailors, I think our breed has a natural mistrust for the winter. Don't get me wrong, I love skiing and alpine pursuits as much as most sailors (read: quite a bit, but less than sailing, for sure), but there's just something downright perfect about being on the water with good friends on warm summer afternoon, a full kite hoisted and full of pressure, the boat's undercarriage skimming across flat, fast waters. Whatever spray is kicked up lands harmlessly on your t-shirt or shorts, to dry within minutes, leaving behind a salty, temporary tattoo of good times had afloat. Preparations are simple, the packing list a breeze, and-during June's seemingly endless days-the sunshine a constant commodity.

While its certainly not time to start singing dirges for summer, my calendar reads Labor Day weekend, an annual time for families and friends to gather, on back decks or aboard cruising boats, the coolers full of ice and libations and the grills hot and loaded with victuals.

Setting the spinnakers during race three - Melges 32 Gold Cup - Day Three  JOY / IM32CA

By all counts, Labor Day weekend is a celebration of summer's carefree ways, the daylight hours still long and, even here in Seattle on the doorstep of the 48th parallel, the day is warm and a tempting breeze rustles through the cheery tree outside my office.

All signs, both manmade (the calendar) and natural (dwindling daylight and the first suggestions of colder nights, if we're being honest) are strongly suggesting that now is the time to get in as many last days of “civilized sailing” as possible. Sure, October airs tend to bring fast kite rides, but they also require far more Gore-Tex and Merino wool under layers (at least here in Seattle) than a fair-weather outing in early September.

The standard "afternoon light shining through the fleet's spinnakers" shot that all SF Bay photographers are required to take in order to retain their credentials.   Chuck Lantz

While I might have to bundle up to enjoy a day of racing sailboats on Puget Sound in December or January, I count myself extremely lucky to even be able to go sailing during these months...even if I sometimes question my sanity for going distance racing when smarter people are loading alpine skis onto their roof racks.

Having grown up in New England, a place where the boats are plucked from the brine each winter, I learned to respect the calendar at an early age. Sure, it might be warm and nice in the mid-September, but it was only a matter of a few fleeting weeks until the one-piece suites, then the wetsuits (or worse, the drysuits), would start to find their way into my Laser-sailing gear bag.

Express 37 spinnakers - 2014 Rolex Big Boat Series, San Francisco - Final Day  Kurt Molnar

Such is the seasonal march of life, and attempting to build a sand castle to thwart that rising tide is about as useful as trying to hoist a spinnaker when sailing to weather. Try as you might, it just ain't happening, but-with at least six weeks of great sailing weather left in in most swaths of North America (more, if you live in the Southeast, Florida, SoCal or the Gulf Coast)-there's no question that the smart move now is to attempt to binge sail as much as possible (trust me, it beats Netflix). After all, while human brains are fallible, amassing a great (metaphoric) wine cellar of fine sailing adventures and experiences has helped more than one sorry salt (myself included) survive a long, miserably cold Vermont winter (that, and a bit of homebrew, but that's a different story all told).

So while the smell of grills and the sounds of laughter, lawnmowers and good times might be on the breeze on this long Labor Day weekend, do yourself a solid favor and rack up some extra days of sailing before the geese start flying south and before the leaves quietly fall to the ground.

Spinnakers - Audi IRC Australian Championship 2014  Andrea Francolini

While I can't guarantee much, I can promise you that-if your brain is wired like mine-you'll be mighty glad that you made this investment, especially as temperatures start to seriously dip and talk of ski trips turns serious. And while knee-deep powder turns at a world-class ski resort like Whistler Blackcomb (or better, the British Columbian backcountry) are a near-religious experience, personally, I prefer singing my hymns while trimming a kite.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

World Sailing invites bids for World Cup Series events
Daniel Smith - World Sailing,
The World Cup Series is the definitive guide to the best-of-the-best in Olympic sailing with clear objectives to showcase and develop Olympic sailing, create sporting heroes and engage sports fans, and excite sponsors and broadcasters.... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – Opening day's action images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from opening day in Porto Cervo, Sardinia... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – Day 1 coastal race images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Photographer Max Ranchi provided this gallery of images from day one... [more]

Despite common approach the World Cup Finals do not fit the Kiel Week
SVG Verlag,
The World Sailing President Kim Andersen (Denmark), DSV President Mona Kueppers, President of the German Paralympic Sports Association Friedhelm Julius Beucher, John Petersson (Denmark) from the International Paralympic Committee as well as representatives from the city of Kiel and Schleswig-Holstein did praise the successful integration.... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 15, Race 1 – Approaching the Doldrums
The Clipper Race,
While yet to officially enter the Doldrums Corridor, the latest weather reports show the Intertropical Convergence Zone, or dreaded Doldrums as it is commonly known, is north, giving the fleet a taste of what is to come.... [more]

M32 Series Scandinavia – GAC Pindar steals lead and event win
M32 Series,
Returning to Aarhus as the team to beat from 2016 the British lineup, skippered by Ian Williams, showed huge growth as they climbed the podium positions through the weekend's racing to end a solid seven points clear of the chasing pack.... [more]

RORC Cherbourg Race – Lady Mariposa over the Moon
Louay Habib,
In IRC Zero, Lady Mariposa was the winner, and now leads the class for the season. Ross Hobson's Open 50 Pegasus Of Northumberland, racing Two Handed, was second, and Stephen Durkin's Farr 52 Bob, sailed by Jonathan Tyrrell, was third.... [more]

Australian Sailing confirms Iain Murray joining in Performance role
Australian Sailing,
Highly respected and awarded sailor Iain Murray AM will joins Australian Sailing as Performance Director, responsible for the Australian Sailing Team and the supporting Performance programs. Widely recognised for his achievements, Iain's experience from the 2008 Olympic Games, multiple World and Australian Championships and consecutive 18ft Skiff titles will serve the Team well.... [more]

Tornado World Championships – Day 3
Tornado Class,
Steady in the second place of the overall classification with 10 points remains the twin and ex European champs Nikolaos Mavros – Alexandros Tagaropoulos who was third on the first Saturday race and first in the second.... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup sets celebratory tone
With the organizing club, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), marking its 50th anniversary this year, there is an evidently positive and celebratory mood among the owners and crew despite strong winds having kept boats tied firmly to the dock over the past two days.... [more]

Clipper Yacht Race – Day 14, Race 1 – Chasing pack close in on leader
The Clipper Race,
It's getting tight at the top as the Clipper Race leader, Qingdao, is being caught up by its nearest rivals after going through the Scoring Gate yesterday and entering lighter winds.... [more]

Preparing for the IWT Pacasmayo Wave Classic
Contestants and crew are settling in nicely at our host, the El Faro Adventure Resort. Early arrivals were greeted with nice swell and wind, allowing them time to tune up their gear in advance of the Pacasmayo Classic.... [more]

Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam confirmed as KiteFoil GoldCup Final
The 2017 World Champions of the IKA KiteFoil Class will be crowned from 04 to 08 October 2017 at Poetto Beach, Cagliari, Sardinia.... [more]

New champions usher in new era for skiff sailors
Club 49er & Nacra 17,
Another day meant another obstacle from mother nature at the 2017 International 49er and FX World Championship, where an unstable land breeze teased the gold medal fleets this morning for their 10 AM start. Both the men's 49er and the women's FX skiff started races in 6-10 knots of Easterly breeze, only to see the wind shut off completely as they headed to their respected finish lines.... [more]

The Hun invade opening ceremony at 2017 Opel Finn Gold Cup
Robert Deaves,
Horse riding, archery, spear throwing, falconry and some dubious racing tactics were the key points of a spectacular opening ceremony at the 2017 Opel Finn Gold Cup at Balatonföldvár.... [more]

Iain Murray joins Australian Sailing as Performance Director
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
One of Australia's most accomplished sailors, Iain Murray has been appointed to the role of Performance Director of Australian Sailing according to a report on Fox Sport's website. No formal announcement had been made but that is expected on Monday. Murray will start on October 4.... [more]

La Grande-Motte prepares to welcome first foiling Nacra 17 Worlds
Camille El Beze,
From September 2nd to 10th 60 crews representing 25 different nations will battle it out on the Bay of Aigues Mortes.... [more]

Ronstan Bridge to Bridge Race – The unwritten rules
Steve Bodner,
At the last min I switched from the foiling kite to the windsurfer as getting to the starting line was the main priority. With super sketchy winds at the beach and a 3k flood tide, anything less than a 13m kite wouldn't get you close.... [more]

470 Junior World Championships titles to France and Spain
Event Media,
The breeze from the shore was shifty and gusty, jumping up to 28 knots, but building on the experience of the past two days of strong winds, teams looked much more confident and fully prepared for whatever the weather threw at that them as they headed out to the race track.... [more]

Clipper Yacht Race – Day 13 Race 1 – First teams cross Scoring Gate
The Clipper Race,
Qingdao guaranteed itself the first points of the race after being the first team to cross the Scoring Gate this morning. Great Britain and Sanya Serenity Coast are expected to be the second and third teams to cross the gate.... [more]

Tornado World Championships – Day 2
Icarus Sports,
After two Friday's races Dani Paschalides and Petros Konstantinidis are still stable on the first position in general classification having four consecutive firsts, with the duo Nikolaos Mavros/ Alexandros Tagaropoulos who also follows steadily in the second place of the general ranking. Germans Bob Baier/ Marc Baier moved up to the third place.... [more]

Coast Guard emphasizes boating, water safety over Labor Day weekend
Coast Guard First District Northeast,
It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state. There are stringent penalties for violating BUI/BWI laws, which can include large fines, suspension or revocation of boat operator privileges and jail terms. Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.... [more]

America's Cup - Potential Australian backers of Cup Challenge named
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Columnists writing in The Australian Gossip have suggested that a group of wealthy Australian businessmen could be interested in mounting an America's Cup Challenge. Australia has not had an entrant in the America's Cup for 20 years, and by the time the next America's Cup rolls around, it will be 38 years since Australia won the 1983 event in Newport RI.... [more]

Sean O'Brien takes a podium spot at the FW European Championships
Sean O'Brien,
Australia's Sean O'Brien was able to continue his form at the second leg of the Formula Windsurfing European Championships in Liepaja, Latvia, finishing in third and putting him in third overall for the three-leg European Championship tour.... [more]

Alonso Collantes of Peru is a back-to-back World Champ
Vicki Palmer,
In a World Championship sailed in a Sunfish with 54 competitors from 10 different countries ranging in ages from 14 to 60+, 21 year old Alonso Collantes of Peru proved once again he's a 1 champion. If we could bottle his sailing skills and general 'what an awesome young man,' we'd make a fortune selling it and also have a world full of some very special people. Congratulations, Alonso!... [more]

49er and FX World Championship - Go big or go home
Club 49er & Nacra 17,
The Portuguese tradewinds were in full howl this morning over Matosinhos, Portugal as Day 5 dawned on the 2017 49er/FX World Championships. With the top 20 qualifiers advancing to the gold fleet semifinal round and the remainder battling for silver, only the teams who could keep their boats upright would avoid falling in the results.... [more]

US Sailing seeks further investigation into Nacra injury cause
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
The national body for Sailing in USA, US Sailing has requested that the world governing body World Sailing and the world body for the Nacra 17 class conduct further investigation into the incident last Wednesday in France when a US sailor Bora Gulari lost the tips of three fingers on his right hand.... [more]

49er/49erFX Worlds - Big breeze too tough for Men; Women race on Day 5,
The Portuguese tradewinds were in full howl this morning over Matosinhos, Portugal as Day 5 dawned on the 2017 49er/FX World Championships. With the top 20 qualifiers advancing to the gold fleet semifinal round and the remainder battling for silver, only the teams who could keep their boats upright would avoid falling in the results.... [more]

America's Cup - Peter Burling on the Cup, the Olympics and the Volvo
Peter White, Bay of Plenty Times,
Peter Burling has had so many accolades - including a few marriage proposals - since he brought the America's Cup back to New Zealand that it takes something out of the ordinary to impress him. On Monday, nearly 1900 students performed a powerful haka in his honour at his old school Tauranga Boys' College that hit home to him on a deeply emotional level.... [more]

Huge host of talent to challenge for Opel Finn Gold Cup in Balaton
Robert Deaves,
The entry list includes the great and the good, the old and the young, the new and the experienced. Balaton has also attracted sailors from across the age ranges with the Masters, Grand Masters and Grand Grand Masters, and even former Legend, champions in attendance.... [more]

Feeling impact of tornado's strong winds on Day 5 of 470 Junior Worlds
Event Media,
Cloud and a north-easterly 18-25 knot breeze, with choppy waves put teams through their paces as they faced off in the final two races to decide the top ten teams advancing to the 470 Men and 470 Women Medal Races tomorrow. See video of 470's racing ahead of the advancing storm.... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 12 Race 1 – Fleet prepare for tropics
The Clipper Race,
Some teams are already looking beyond the Scoring Gate and at the next major milestone – the crossing of the Equator, where crew members will enter the court of King Neptune to ask forgiveness of their sins.... [more]

Tornado World Championships – Day 1
Icarus Sports,
Both races were won by Greek team Iordanis Paschalidis/ Petros Konstaninidis and they lead the overall standings. Nikolaos Mavros/ Alexandros Tagaropoulos in each race came second, so they are second in general classification.... [more]

World Sailing Presidential update – August 2017
World Sailing,
In just a few days' time, the World Sailing Board will convene in Madrid, Spain. The meeting comes at a timely point, with many important items on the agenda.... [more]

49er and FX World Championship - Biting the bullets
Club 49er & Nacra 17,
For four years, three teams have worked together as training partners for the benefit of them all, even as they battled at every event for gold and glory in the 49er FX, the women's Olympic skiff class. They've fought over World and European Championships, they've fought over World Cups, and their battle for Olympic Gold wasn't over until the final leg of the final race in Rio De Janeiro... [more]

The world's biggest windward/leeward race
Groupama Race,
Though considered a race in paradise, like previous editions the sixth biennial Groupama Race around the island of Noumea starting on June 17, 2018 will prove tactically difficult for all crews who accept the challenge.... [more]

Alonso Collantes in action on Day 3 at Sunfish World Championship
Vicki Palmer,
Another gorgeous on-the-water day on Day 3 of the International Sunfish Class Association (ISCA) World Championship held at the Brant Beach Yacht Club in NJ.... [more]

Maxi Edmond de Rothschild – Debut flights
The fruit of nearly three years of work, the study and build combined, the 32-metre giant fitted out by Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild epitomises the daring and entrepreneurial spirit continuously demonstrated by her owners.... [more]

Coast Guard Foundation activates fund to assist Coast Guard members
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 the activation of its Disaster Relief and Response Fund to assist Coast Guard Members impacted by Hurricane Harvey.... [more]

Survival at 470 Junior Worlds as Typhoon 15 edges closer
Event Media,
The weather system being pushed ahead delivered an exhilarating and gruelling race track, with 15-20 knots of breeze, maxing to 30 knots, and a big, long swell boosted by the wind from the north, and choppy waves. With no sun, the temperature dropped 6-7 degrees, making it cold on the water.... [more]

Introducing the RS Zest, the RS Quest's little sister
RS Sailing,
Class leading space for two sailors, yet small enough for the convenient singlehander. Instructors will love the practical design solutions engineered by our team.... [more]

2018 Extreme Sailing Series ready for take-off
Extreme Sailing Series,
The Series will continue to build on the trend of the past four years that has seen the average size of racecourses grow, while maintaining the proximity of the foiling action to the shore.... [more]

Clipper World Race – Day 11 Race 1 – Teams eye scoring gate points
The Clipper Race,
As the routine of racing and living on board the Clipper 70s becomes increasingly normal, and as the Trade Winds continue to drive the fleet south, talk has now turned to the first opportunity to get points on the board; the Scoring Gate.... [more]

Turn the Tide on Plastic add 4 more sailors to Volvo Ocean Race squad
Volvo Ocean Race,
The multinational quartet, all 30 or under, earned their places after an intense trial period in Lisbon, Portugal and will be part of the Turn the Turn squad that takes on the round-the-world race, starting 22 October 2017 from Alicante.... [more]

Clemente Sequel of Chile leads at 2017 Sunfish Worlds after Race Day 2
Vicki Palmer,
A race day that started out with cloudy skies and a bit of a nip in the air ended up being a near perfect day at Brant Beach Yacht Club in NJ at the International Sunfish Class Association (ISCA) World Championship.... [more]

BoatUS - How to take care of the boat after Harvey
D. Scott Croft,
With Hurricane Harvey finally headed inland, the storm has left behind damaged recreational boats in its wake. The BoatUS Catastrophe Team now on the ground in Texas reports that Aransas Pass, Port Aransas, and Rockport are the hardest hit areas for recreational boats and salvage operations have begun.... [more]

Composite Technicians - make your next career move with C-Tech
Leading composite engineers, C-Tech is keen to hear from composite technicians and laminators who are interested in joining an expanding company offering good career and project opportunities. C-Tech was one of the suppliers to America's Cup champions, Emirates Team New Zealand and has had a long relationship with the team.... [more]

Bora Gulari injured in training accident prior to Nacra 17 Worlds
Sail-World and US Sailing,
US Sailing Team Nacra 17 athlete and Rio 2016 U.S. Olympian Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.) suffered an injury during a training incident on Wednesday, as he and teammate Helena Scutt (Kirkland, Wash.) were preparing for the upcoming Nacra 17 World Championship (September 5-10, 2017) in La Grande Motte, France. Gulari lost part of three fingers on his right hand... [more]

Deutschland sailors stake early podium spots in 49er and FX
Club 49er & Nacra 17,
After losing the first two days of the 49er and FX World Championship to a lack of sailable conditions, Day 3 of the 2017 Worlds opened under yet another curtain of fog, rain, and light air. With a tantalizing breeze a few miles offshore just beyond the fog banks, frustration reigned ashore for sailors, coaches, and race officials as the waiting game continued.... [more]

Pulling G's with Beneteau – Pt II
John Curnow,
Just a little while ago we pulled some Gs with Beneteau's Mr Product, aka G3. You can go back and read Part One of the story of Gianguido Girotti, as and when you may like. However, for now we'll push on with the incredible semi-foiler Figaro 3, and the new Oceanis 51.1, along with what they represent for the brand as a whole. It is a very interesting tale, especially as Beneteau...... [more]

470 Junior Worlds - Postponement flag gets a workout on Day 3
Event Media,
Gentle southerly sea breeze started to fill in the race area for Day 3 of the Junior 470 Worlds held at the 2020 Olympic venue of Enoshima and Sagami Bay, Japan around 11 o'clock, and by noon, it was almost 10 kts. However, this sea breeze was slowed down by the small front which passed the east side of the racing area.... [more]

All to play for next week at the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour finals
Matt Pearce,
So, after an incredible event in Fehmarn at the Kitesurf World Cup in Germany last week, it's time to recap - and to soak up the calm before the final storm in Mauritius next week.... [more]

New Bedford Yacht Club looks backward with Invitational Cup campaign
New York Yacht Club,
New Bedford Yacht Club's push for the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup started in 2013, when it applied to compete in the Resolute Cup, which is held on even years and is the sole automatic pathway for American yacht clubs looking to qualify for the big show... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 10 Race 1 – Leaders feeling the heat
The Clipper Race,
Qingdao and GREAT Britain continue to hold on to first and second position respectively but and Dare To Lead have snuck into third and fourth position, overtaking Sanya Serenity Coast from the east.... [more]

Form wide open for next week's Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship
International Maxi Association,
Five custom-built Maxi72 racers are taking part ranging from the older, but heavily revised and optimised, to the newer, potentially faster, but less refined boats.... [more]

The Inland Championship 2017 – Overall
Melges Performance Sailboats,
Four fleets with over 214 boats were in contention for top honors this year at the Buddy Melges Sailing Center on Lake Geneva.... [more]

Clipper 2017-18 Race - Greenings re-joins Leg 1
Chris Harris,
The Greenings team resumed its Clipper 2017-18 Race campaign yesterday evening following the yacht's diversion to Portugal after Skipper David Hartshorn suffered a serious hand injury.... [more]

It's not over - Harvey moving inland
Jon Erdman and Chris Dolce,
Tropical Storm Harvey has set a preliminary Lower 48 U.S. rainfall record for any tropical storm or hurricane as it continues to soak the upper Texas coast and Louisiana, worsening record-breaking, catastrophic flooding. The Cedar Bayou gauge near Highlands, Texas, has reported a preliminary 51.88 inches of rain through 3 p.m. CDT Tuesday.... [more]

J-Class World Championship action-shots by George Bekris
Donna Erichshen,
Donna Erichshen provided this gallery of five days of images from the fabulous J-Class World Championship in Newport,RI.... [more]

470 Junior Worlds – Three races push contenders out front
Event Media,
Hippolyte Machetti/Sidoine Dantes (FRA) geared up in the breezy conditions to stake their claim at the top of the leaderboard, as results of 2,1, pushed them into the lead.... [more]

49erFX Worlds – Fog, light winds kill first two days
Club 49er and Nacra 17,
They're some of the fastest sailors ever to pull on a sheet, and while many of the 80 men's and 57 women's Olympic skiff sailing teams arrived here weeks ago to practice for the most important event on the calendar, the only challenge they've faced during the first two days has been boredom.... [more]

Clipper Race – Day 9 – Champagne conditions create exciting helming
The Clipper Race,
Following an impressive climb up the leaderboard, Qingdao, is still holding pole position, with Great Britain in second place and Sanya Serenity Coast third, as champagne sailing conditions with around 20 knots of following wind provide perfect spinnaker sailing for teams as the journey south continues.... [more]

J Class Association and North Sails announce 2018 Kohler Cup
North Sails,
The 2018 Cup will be comprised of a total of four events as opposed to just three in 2017. The other notable difference is for the upcoming year events will be weighted equally, with boats that take part in all four events able to discard their worst result.... [more]

Six Metre Worlds make Canadian debut in Vancouver
Chris Freimond,
Among the other Canadian participants are Vancouver Island's Eric Jespersen, an Olympian and internationally-renowned boat builder who won the International Six Metre Class (6mR) classic division at the 2015 World Championship in France, the RVYC's Steve Kinsey who was third in the open division in 2015, and Ben Mumford, who placed third in the classic division.... [more]

J - Class Worlds - Daniel Forster's view
Daniel Forster,
Top international photographer Daniel Forster was on the water for the recent J-class World Championship in Newport RI, and filed this gallery of images.... [more]

America's Cup - Jimmy on Jimmy
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
The first of three America's Cup books due to come out in the next couple of months has been released. Now aged a relatively young 38 years, the tenor of the book is that the feisty Australian, and twice winner of the trophy is far from finished with the sport and America's Cup in particular. Spithill has sailed in six America's Cup campaigns from 2000 - 2017.... [more]

2017 Sunfish World Championship - Day 1
Sunfish Class,
Put 54 champion competitors from 10 different countries in a setting as beautiful as Brant Beach Yacht Club in NJ and mix in winds that ranged from 14-18+ knots and you have a near perfect start to this year's International Sunfish Class Association (ISCA) World Championship.... [more]

SAP Extreme Sailing Team triumphs in Cardiff to reclaim 2017 lead
Extreme Sailing Series,
It went down to the wire between SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Alinghi in the thrilling finale of Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 6, Cardiff, but the Danes pipped the Swiss to the post in the final throes of battle. The Danish squad claimed its third win of the season to go top of the overall leaderboard.... [more]

International Detroit Cup Match Race Regatta – Final day
Event Media,
This was an impressive show of match racing talent by the to both the competitive field of 8 teams from 5 nations, as well as the crowds on shore of the event's host, Bayview YC.... [more]

Tricky breeze on Day 1 at 470 Junior World Championships
Event Media,
The opening day was an all-French affair as four different national teams - Guillaume Pirouelle/Valentin Sipan, Hippolyte Machetti/Sidoine Dantes, Marina Lefort/Lara Granier and Jennifer Poret/Camille Hautefaye - took the four race wins in the men and women fleets. Whilst France took the race victory, consistency rewarded Italy who control the leaderboard in both fleets.... [more]

China Cup International Regatta to host WMRT 2017 Championship finals
“Taking the World Match Racing Tour to China for the first time in its history is a huge step which we are very excited to be announcing today,” said Robert Magnusson, CEO at the World Match Racing Tour.... [more]

Oman Air take time out to support cancer charity as ESS is becalmed
Oman Sail,
The Oman Air crew were denied the opportunity to improve on their standing at the Extreme Sailing Series when the wind failed to put in an appearance on a sun-soaked third Cardiff Bay day that delighted the thousands of spectators while frustrating the race crews.... [more]


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