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Memorial Day racing, AC35 begins—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond


30 May 2017

Memorial Day racing, AC35 begins—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Swiftsure International Yacht Race, Victoria  Brenda Jacques
Memorial Day is traditionally a day of remembrance for our nation's fallen heroes, a tradition that began in (circa) 1868 with Decoration Day, which honored the brave soldiers who died fighting America's bloodiest conflict, the Civil War, but has expanded its scope to now commemorate all who have paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedom. While there is a certain necessary gravitas surrounding this nationally important day, the holiday also marks the unofficial start of summer and a time when family, friends and neighbors come together for barbeques, ball games and block parties.

Racing sailors, too, traditionally gather for races big and small over Memorial Day weekend, with big events unfurling from coast to coast, as well as in the island nation of Bermuda, where racing for Round Robin 1 of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers began on Saturday, May 27.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, distance-racing sailors traditionally aim their bows for the seaside village of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and the start of the annual Swiftsure Race, which carries the fleet down the length of the Strait of Juan de Fuca (the RC organizes multiple courses, allowing crews to choose their own adventure), with the longest of the various courses punching out into the open Pacific before reversing course and heading back to Victoria.

Swiftsure International Yacht Race 2013  Brenda Jacques

Some 3,000 miles to the east and south of Seattle, sailors participating in the Storm Trysail Club's annual Block Island Race were challenged by 186 nautical miles of sailing that encompassed numerous challenges, including exiting Long Island Sound, getting around Block Island, negotiating the entrance back into Long Island Sound, and then clearing the finishing line off of Stamford Yacht Club's breakwater.

Malcom Clarke's J44 Diogenes2 crashes upwind - Block Island Race Week  © Rolex / Dan Nerney

While the Block Island Race and the Swiftsure Race are both serious-minded events that determine local bragging rights and help crews prepare for bigger offshore challenges, the annual Figawi Race, which takes crews from Hyannis, Massachusetts to the island of Nantucket, offers a bit more of a “run-what-ya-brung” attitude that's reportedly more focused on enjoying great times with family and friends than it is concerned with tweaking handicap ratings or cutthroat competition.

Going to Figawi!  US Sailing

Although plenty of other great events also unfurled this weekend across the USA, including the Spinnaker Cup Regatta (Belvedere, California), the Goat Float (Bayview, Idaho), the TurnBack Canyon Regatta (Austin, Texas) and the Coastal Cup Race (Monterey, California), thousands of American and Canadian sailors spent their weekend rabidly glued to their TVs and internet connections to catch the first on-the-water drama of the 35th America's Cup, which began on Saturday following a postponement on Friday due to winds exceeding the event's official wind range ( six to 24 knots).

Oracle Team USA - 35th America's Cup 2017  ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

Given the legendary levels of tomfoolery, subterfuge and “fake news” (remember the alleged “Herbie” from AC34?) that have long surrounded the Auld Mug, it's hard to take anything that happens before the starting guns fire in earnest as serious-minded stuff, but-for the first time in this Cup cycle-the gloves have come off and some secrets were revealed. For starters, Artemis Racing, who entered Round Robin 1 of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers as the heavily tipped favorite, suffered two losses, including hits from Sir Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR and Franck Cammas' Groupama Team France, as well as two wins (SoftBank Team Japan and Oracle Team USA), but it was the defender, Oracle Team USA, that foiled away the clear winner of the first round robin, suffering only one loss to Artemis Racing out of five races contested.

America's Cup - Qualifiers Race Day 1  ACEA / Ricardo Pinto

To be fair, there are still three races to go in Round Robbin 1 (Land Rover BAR vs. Groupama Team France; Artemis Racing vs. Emirates Team New Zealand, and Groupama Team France vs. Softbank Team Japan), which is expected to wrap up today, Monday May 29; racing for the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers Round Robin 2 begins on Tuesday (May 30) and is expected to continue through Saturday, June 3.

As of this writing, Oracle Team USA is topping the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers leaderboard with a total of five points, followed by Land Rover BAR and Emirates Team New Zealand with three points apiece, followed by Artemis Racing (two points), SoftBank Team Japan (one point) and Groupama Team France (one point), however it's important to note here that teams were able to carry points from the already-concluded America's Cup World Series into the Qualifiers.

Race 6 - Land Rover BAR and Softbank Team Japan collision - 35th America's Cup - Bermuda May 27, 2017  Richard Gladwell

So while Oracle Team USA looks to have a speed advantage at this stage of the regatta, it's critical to remember that this is an almost month-long event and-given the speeds and tolerances involved with these yachts-there's always the chance of calamity (as struck Sir Ben Ainslie's squad when Land Rover BAR and SoftBank Team Japan collided in their pre-start maneuvers, punching a hole in Rita [the name of all of Sir Ben Ainslie's racing yachts] and resulting in a penalty against the British-flagged foiler) or development (read: AC34) so stay tuned as this show is just getting started!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Olympic sailing returns to Santander for World Cup Series finale
Daniel Smith - World Sailing,
Across two weeks of competition in 2014, 400,000 spectators were treated to an elite competition and cultural festivities. Fast forward to 2017 and anticipation is rising once again as the city combines sport and entertainment for the World Cup Final.... [more]

America's Cup - Day 3 Preview and Foiling Pointers + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Day 3 of the 35th America's Cup has dawned bright and sunny with a fresher breeze than yesterday. Three races will be sailed today, beginning at 2.00pm local time. Toyota/Vodafone's reporter Martin Tasker previews the day's action and background. Tune in for Facebook LIVE Emirates Emirates Team New Zealand? dock out show (1pm Bermuda / 4am NZT). Iain Murray gives some foiling pointers.... [more]

AkzoNobel named as official supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard
Volvo Ocean Race,
AkzoNobel will be the official coatings supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard in 2017-18, after signing a deal to ensure that the fleet of Volvo Ocean 65 racing yachts will be coated with the company's International and Awlgrip range of products... [more]

No stopping Craig at OK Dinghy Worlds in Barbados – Except the weed
Robert Deaves,
A long day on the water and two very tough races for everyone means the championship is still on track.... [more]

Extreme Sailing Series - The fine art of being Race Director
Extreme Sailing Series,
While the fleet of GC32s fly around a racecourse set metres from the shore to the delight of thousands of onlookers, behind the scenes there is an expert team making it all happen seamlessly. This team is led by Extreme Sailing Series™ Race Director, John Craig.... [more]

America's Cup - More revealed on Brit's near sinking
Daily Telegraph (UK),
Martin Whitmarsh, the former McLaren F1 team principal who is now the chief executive of the Portsmouth-based team, revealed that the boat “very, very nearly sank” as a result of the damage sustained to the port hull, adding that that might have proved terminal for their Cup prospects.... [more]

America's Cup - Burling gets into gear on Day 2
Richard Gladwell,
Those who have followed Peter Burling's international sailing career will be aware that he often has an unspectacular opening day, seems to re-focus overnight, and comes out with all guns blazing from the second day. That was certainly the case on Day 2 of the 35th America's Cup Regatta as he helmed his team to two come from behind wins.... [more]

Buckingham (USA) takes Laser Silver at Delta Lloyd Regatta
Will Ricketson,
The US Sailing Team's Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) earned a silver medal in the men's one-person Laser event at the 2017 Delta Lloyd Regatta, a top-level Olympic-classes competition that concluded on Saturday in Medemblik, The Netherlands.... [more]

J/24 North American Championship - Day 3 images by Christopher Howell
J/24 International Class Association,
Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at J/24 North American Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 3.... [more]

Will Welles three-peats as J/24 North American Champion
Julie and Christopher Howell,
For the third consecutive year, Will Welles holds the title of J/24 North American Champion. With crew Jeff Linton, Chris Morgan, Monica Morgan and Erik Rexford, team Bogus bested 28 other J/24s at the Championship hosted by Houston Yacht Club in Texas.... [more]

America's Cup - More images from Race Day 2 in Bermuda
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water again for Day 2 of the 35th America's Cup and provided this second gallery of images of the action for the six races sailed.... [more]

America's Cup - Images from Bermuda - Day 2
Richard Gladwell,
Six races were sailed on Day 2 of the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on hand to capture some of the action.... [more]

America's Cup - Land Rover BAR has a show stopping nosedive
Richard Gladwell,
British America's Cup Challenger Land Rover BAR hasn't had the best of opening days for their America's Cup Regatta. Yesterday there was the collision with Softbank Team Japan, which came close to sinking the Brit's AC50. Today in Race 8 Land Rover BAR had a spectacular and unexpected nosedive - which bought the AC50 to a near stop.... [more]

America's Cup - Qualifiers Race Day 2 action-shots by Ricardo Pinto
America's Cup,
Photographer Ricardo Pinto was on water at 2017 America's Cup and provided this gallery of images from Qualifiers Race Day 2.... [more]

America's Cup - Day 2 - Paul Cayard reports from Bermuda
Paul Cayard,
Six fantastic races were held today on Great Sound, Bermuda, in 12 dropping to eight knots from the southwest. What is of interest in a condition like this is to see who has the light air boards on and who has the all-purpose boards on.... [more]

America's Cup - The sun shines on Cammas and Burling in Bermuda
America's Cup,
Day two of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers fell on America's Cup Endeavour Day, a celebration of the America's Cup Endeavour Program, the America's Cup's youth education and sailing initiative.... [more]

America's Cup - Iain Murray on today
Nic Douglass,
Iain Murray, Regatta Director provides a recap on yesterday, what we can expect today and whether he would be keen to sail an AC50.... [more]

Spithill and Oracle Team USA take 2nd Sunday victory with win over Japan
Oracle Team USA,
In its third race of the day, Oracle Team USA won the start against SoftBank Team Japan, with a strongly executed timed start and a long luff on the first leg, which allowed the American team to grab an early lead.... [more]

Oracle Team USA sees off the British challenger in first Sunday race
Oracle Team USA,
A difficult pre-start in the first of three scheduled races for Oracle Team USA on Sunday, saw the American defender trail Land Rover BAR off the starting line.... [more]

America's Cup - Oracle Team USA finishes RR1 racing with four wins
Oracle Team USA,
Oracle Team USA, the defending champion of the America's Cup, has finished Round Robin One of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers with a four - one record.... [more]

America's Cup - Strong Day 2 for Emirates Team New Zealand
Hamish Hooper, Emirates Team NZ,
Race Day 2 for Emirates Team New Zealand was about getting down to business, with two big races against Softbank Team Japan and Land Rover BAR respectively. In race 9 against the Japanese Emirates Team New Zealand entered on starboard and both boats stayed apart until 30 seconds to the start, duelling down below the pin-end layline. Catch Martin Tasker's pre-race comments and interviews... [more]

Louis Vuitton America's Cup – More action shots by Jude Robertson
Jude Robertson,
Photographer Jude Robertson has provided this gallery of images from day one... [more]

Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers –Day 1 images by Jude Robertson
Jude Robertson,
Photographer Jude Robertson has provided this gallery of images from day one... [more]

America's Cup - All teams on the water for Day 2 of Qualifiers
Richard Gladwell,
All six teams entered in the 35th America's Cup will be back in the water after herculean efforts by the Japanese and British shore crews overnight. Six races will be sailed today with Oracle Team USA competing in three of those, in a pre-arranged schedule which sees all boats sail the same number of races in each round.... [more]

J/22 World Championship – Preview,
The fleet can count on professional race management and extensive social activities on shore as part of the North Sea Week experience, one of the world's (and Europe's) best summer-time mega-sailing events.... [more]

America's Cup - Qualifiers Race Day 1 action-shots by Ricardo Pinto
America's Cup,
Photographer Ricardo Pinto was on water at 2017 America's Cup and provided this gallery of images from Qualifiers Race Day 1.... [more]

Youth Olympic Games format for Kiteboarding released
The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has now released the format for the Kiteboarding events at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.... [more]

The Queen's Cup Race is just four weeks away-
Nearly 100 boats are already registered for this year's Queen's Cup Race. We're especially excited by the number of boats that have signed up with ORR certificates, and we are looking forward to a competitive and exciting race for them. Boats with LMPHRF certificates are eligible to win the Queen's Cup trophy. Boats with ORR certificates are eligible to win the Silver Jubilee trophy... [more]

America's Cup - Ainslie's Boarding Party - Frame by frame
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Sail-World captured the incident at the start of Race 6 where Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainslie) mounted Softbank Team Japan - damaging the steering wheel and other deck damage to the Dean Barker skippered Challenger. The British boat was holed but continued to sail. The carbon shards can be seen hanging out of Land Rover Bar in a later shot during the final Race.... [more]

OK Dinghy Worlds - Nick Craig masters Barbados conditions
Robert Deaves,
Four time OK Dinghy world champion Nick Craig of Great Britain got off to the perfect start at the 2017 World Championship in Barbados with two races wins on a challenging day in Carlisle Bay. Luke O'Connell from New Zealand is second while defending champion Jim Hunt from Great Britain is third.... [more]

America's Cup - BAR and Softbank duel before the start
Paul Cayard,
The 35th America's Cup got underway today with six matches. The conditions were ideal with southwest winds of 11-13 knots and flats seas. The race course is inside Great Sound and the America's Cup village and bases are at Dockyard, the most western extremity of the island.... [more]

Will Welles Perfect on Day 2 of J/24 North American Championship
Julie and Christopher Howell,
Will Welles' Bogus went four for four on Saturday at the J/24 North American Championship hosted by Houston Yacht Club. The Newport, RI-based skipper made a strong case in defending his title by winning all four meetings in winds at 12-18 knots.... [more]

America's Cup - Day 1 - Dodgems continue on the Great Sound
Richard Gladwell/,
The pre-start collision in Race 6 of the Qualifiers captured the click-bait attention but were otherwise a distraction to the real take-outs of the Opening day of the 35th America's Cup. First of these were the outcome of the rematch of the 2013 America's Cup protagonists - Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand, in Race 5.... [more]

America's Cup - Day '1.5' gets underway in Bermuda
Nic Douglass,
As Iain Murray put it so well, day '1.5' got underway in Bermuda today after postponement yesterday.... [more]

A smashing start to the 35th America's Cup
America's Cup,
Sir Ben Ainslie was forced to explain a highly dramatic collision in the first day of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers on Bermuda's Great Sound.... [more]

Two wins make Oracle Team USA form team on day one
Oracle Team USA,
Oracle Team USA was the only team to earn two wins from two starts on day one of the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda. On a picture-perfect Saturday afternoon skipper Jimmy Spithill as his team took a convincing win off Groupama Team France in the opener, before making a dramatic pass in the second race to beat Emirates Team New Zealand by just six-seconds.... [more]

America's Cup - Emirates Team New Zealand open with a win
Hamish Hooper,
Emirates Team New Zealand kicked off their 35th America's Cup campaign with a convincing win over Groupama Team France on Bermuda's Great Sound today. It was the first race for the new look kiwi team racing on sailings greatest stage, and managed to beat the French team with the composure expected of America's Cup veterans.... [more]

Oracle Team USA opens 35th America's Cup with a convincing win
Oracle Team USA,
In picture perfect conditions, skipper Jimmy Spithill won the first start of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers with a timed run to the starting line.... [more]

Thrilling races during tropical 33rd Delta Lloyd Regatta
Delta Lloyd Regatta,
Medemblik welcomed a lot of talent, including those preparing for World Championships and World Cups, and some starting new Olympic campaigns. There were also many Olympic Rio sailors who've just started their season again.... [more]

Onboard Phaedo^3's Transpacific Course World Record run across Pacific
Lloyd Thornburg,
When Brian Thompson and I were planning the Phaedo3 program we had a wish list of races and records which would be nice to attempt if we had a MOD70.... [more]

Riva Cup – Some more action shots by Elena Giolai
Elena Giolai,
Photographer Elena Giolai has provided this gallery of images of Dyas, 5O5, Korsar Int. 14' classes... [more]

America's Cup - Grudge Match of 2013 Final on Day 1 in Bermuda
Richard Gladwell,
The 35th America's Cup will get underway a day late, but in excellent weather that was worth the wait. There will be plenty of interest in the key race of the day - Race 5 where Emirates Team New Zealand comes up against Oracle Team USA in a replay of the 2013 America's Cup Match... [more]

Riva Cup images by Elena Giolai
Elena Giolai,
Photographer Elena Giolai has provided this gallery of images of Dyas, 5O5, Korsar Int. 14' classes... [more]

America's Cup - Predictwind has special weather data for Bermuda
Nick Olson,
Looking for a definitive source of weather during the America's Cup in Bermuda this coming month? PredictWind has the perfect solution. With our four world leading weather models the trends for race day can be forecasted with more confidence than ever before.... [more]

America's Cup - Adventures of a Sailor Girl in Bermuda-
Nic Douglass,
Wow! Who would have thought that we would have to wait even longer for the start of the America's Cup events when arriving here this week! I wonder who bet on a late start for all of the teams, when racing was officially postponed on the evening of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifier Series here last night!... [more]

Wall to wall smiles as OK Dinghy Worlds opens in paradisiacal Barbados
Robert Deaves,
The OK Dinghy fleet has landed in paradise. Most sailors in Barbados for the 2017 World Championship have been looking forward to this event for three years and so far it is delivering in spades, with fantastic sailing and fabulous hospitality, all based in a stunning location at the Barbados Yacht Club and Barbados Cruising Club. It is simply idyllic.... [more]

Bermuda Soundings - We'll know tomorrow
Richard Gladwell,
The 35th America's Cup is expected to get underway tomorrow, May 27 at 1408hrs local time. The start of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers was delayed by a day due to strong winds - which did eventuate but not at the level expected.... [more]

America's Cup - Emirates Team New Zealand is ready to race - Video NZ,
It's nearly time to race... The first race of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup qualifiers is scheduled for May 27. Emirates Team New Zealand Skipper Glenn Ashby: 'I am 100% confident we have the right men for the job'... [more]

J/24 North American Championship - Day 1 images by Christopher Howell
J/24 International Class Association,
Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at J/24 North American Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 1.... [more]

Day one goes to Travis Odenbach at J/24 North American Championship
Julie & Christopher Howell,
Twenty-nine J/24s took to the waters of Galveston Bay on Friday, where 12-18 knots of breeze allowed four races at the J/24 North American Championship at Houston Yacht Club. Travis Odenbach's Honeybadger has collected the early advantage with scores of four, three, three, two for 12 points. The Japanese team Siesta, led by Nobuyuki Imai, holds second place with 18 points.... [more]

First golden medals in 470 for Sozykin with Gribanov and Hanson in Laser
Delta Lloyd Regatta,
Tonight, the first medal races have been sailed. Both 470 and Laser races were exciting to the end. In the 470, the Russian Pavel Sozykin and Denis Gribanov were unbeatable, a fair win for this duo. Elliot Hansen wins the gold in the Laser after some close racing in the medal race.... [more]

A Few Rays – Hypo-allergenic sunscreens, a must have for some
Allergic reaction to sunscreen can be avoided if you know what to use A standard hypo-allergenic sunscreen will be designed to reduce the chance of allergic reaction by limiting ingredients in the formulation that cause the irritation.... [more]

America's Cup - All teams to race twice in extended Day 1 and 2 schedule
Richard Gladwell,
After losing the first day of racing at the 35th America's Cup, the rescheduled series will get underway on Saturday May 27 at 2.00pm (1400hrs) local time and will continue until 5.00pm/1700hrs local time. An 8-12kts westerly breeze is expected for the start of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers. Each team will now race twice a day... [more]

America's Cup - A look at 30 years of Kiwi Cup history - Video
The Project - 3News,
3News prime time news magazine reviews 30 years of America's Cup involvement by three Kiwi entities - New Zealand Challenge, Team New Zealand and Emirates Team New Zealand. Beginning with the 1986/87 Cup in Fremantle through the wins and losses and rebuilds.... [more]

America's Cup - Emirates Team New Zealand on the pedal power gamble
ACEA Media and Sail-World,
All the other teams still have the view that Emirates Team NZ took a design risk by using bicycles, rather than more conventional pedestal grinders, to power their AC50. Although the human legs do have more power than the arms, there were a wide array of factors to consider, and it was not a decision taken lightly as Emirates Team NZ's Mechanical Engineer Tim Meldrum explains.... [more]

America's Cup - Brits put on Game Face as racing stalled for a day
Land Rover BAR and Sail-World,
Sir Ben Ainslie, Team Principal and Skipper remarked: “We are feeling good about starting the competition. It's been documented that we've struggled with straight line speed in some of the practice races and that is something we are working really hard to rectify.... [more]

America's Cup - 12 days of British coverage to be free to air + Video
Richard Gladwell,
BT Sport are making the America's Cup more accessible to watch by broadcasting the first 12 days of live racing from the Qualifiers and the Challenger Play-off semi-finals plus highlights from the Challenger Final and the Match on BT's Freeview channel, BT Sport Showcase HD. In this report Catch Georgie Ainslie presenting Inside Track from Bermuda earlier today.... [more]

Delta Lloyd Regatta – Medal race time for 470 and Laser
Delta Lloyd Regatta,
An exciting Friday saw the last of the races before the medal races are sailed. The wind was a bit tricky in the morning, but Laser and 470 were able to start their races as scheduled, giving them some time before the medal races to prepare.... [more]

America's Cup - Extended racing hours to catch up first day's schedule
Richard Gladwell,
The strong winds forecast for the first day of racing in the 35th America's Cup have hit the Great Sound in Bermuda, but are less than predicted. But on all three locations monitored by the wind strength is clearly outside the limits allowed for racing with out the need for the Regatta Director to exercise his discretion to take safety consideration into account.... [more]

America's Cup - Late rule change plugs 'Love-tap' redress gap
Richard Gladwell,
A late rule change has been implemented in the 35th America's Cup to addressing situations similar to the serious collision on the second day of last Practice Session between Emirates Team New Zealand and Land Rover BAR, which saw the Kiwi boat taken out of racing for a four day period.... [more]

The Atlantic Cup returns
Julianna Barbieri - Manuka SEM,
The race was created in 2011 to showcase short-handed, offshore racing with hard fought competition and exciting shore based events, while also being the most environmentally sustainable sailing race in the United States. The Atlantic Cup has been carbon neutral since 2012 and was the first and is the only sports event in the U.S. to be ISO 20121 compliant.... [more]

Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac set sail from Chicago on July 15th
Emily Potts,
More than 300 boats have registered for the 109th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust, one of the world's longest-running freshwater distance races. “The Mac”, which takes most competitors well over 24 hours to complete, is a 333-mile sprint from the Chicago Lighthouse, just east of Navy Pier, to the Round Island Channel near Mackinac Island, Michigan.... [more]

Key West Race Week 2018 - Cancelled
Storm Trysail Club,
After extensive discussion and deliberation the Storm Trysail Club has decided not to organize and hold Key West Race Week in January 2018. Many factors led to this difficult decision. The bottom line is that with declining participation, the event has become heavily dependent upon sponsorship making the event unsustainable in its current format.... [more]

Registration in full swing for 2017 Rolex Big Boat Series
When it comes to determining the fastest guns in the west, Rolex Big Boat Series, hosted by the venerable St. Francis Yacht Club, has long served as the left coast's pivotal proving ground. Of the 40 regattas StFYC hosts each year, Rolex Big Boat Series is the signature event and enjoys a proud 52-year history of testing competitors' skills in demanding, rewarding conditions of San Francisco Bay.... [more]

Delta Lloyd Regatta - Badloe takes over lead from van Rijsselberghe
Delta Lloyd Regatta,
Another day with light wind conditions at the Delta Lloyd Regatta. It's the warmest regatta in years and sailors have sailed every planned race, so the vibe is really good. Due to the light conditions today, there were some delays. The 49erFX sailors had time to relax in the sun, awaiting their first race.... [more]

Celebrations for 15 years of C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Regatta
Sam Crichton,
This year the 2.4mR and Sonar classes will be racing at The Clagett and the competitors will benefit from coaches, Betsy Alison (Newport, RI), Mike Ingham (Rochester, NY) and Brian Todd (Glen Haven, Nova Scotia, Canada), being on hand to provide coaching on and off water.... [more]

Newport MetreFest celebrates International Rule sailing yachts
Barby MacGowan,
From the sprightly single-handed 2.4mRs at just over 13 feet long to the majestic 12mRs ranging from 64-70 feet in length raced by crews of 17 sailors—these former and present-day Olympic and America's Cup development classes will hold center stage at New York Yacht Club's 163rd Annual Regatta... [more]

Argentario Sailing Week and Panerai Classic Challenge – 4 weeks to go
Tessa Wiechmann,
In 2017, yachts will be racing for one day more than compared to past editions, for a total of four days. A novelty that will allow crews to enjoy the hospitality of the Argentario and Porto Santo Stefano to the fullest and offer sailing enthusiasts the opportunity of retracing 115 years of sailing history while strolling down the docks.... [more]

America's Cup - Oracle Team USA's Grant Simmer on 'Teams'
Richard Gladwell and Oracle Team USA,
Grant Simmer (AUS) is probably the most experienced America's Cup sailor and team member in Bermuda for the 35th America's Cup. His long career started in 1983 when he was navigator aboard Australia II, he won again in a team management role in Alinghi (SUI) and joined Oracle Team USA just after the team nosedived and all but destroyed their first AC72 in October 2012.... [more]

See how your smart phone can help save your life
Exposure Lights,
OLAS, the man overboard location alert app from Exposure Lights is now available on Android as well as through the App Store.... [more]

RORC Myth of Malham Race – Rambler 88 joins 140 yacht fleet
Louay Habib,
In essence the first 130 miles of the race mirrors the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race, with tactical and strategic decisions to be made along the tidal headlands of the south coast of England.... [more]

Ludde Ingvall's European tour with super maxi CQS
John Roberson / CQS Racing,
While in the Finnish capital, where the skipper grew up, CQS will contest the Alandia Surrsaari Race.... [more]

Biggest Round-the-World Ocean Race returns to Fremantle
Morgan Kasmarik,
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has today announced it will return to Fremantle, Western Australia, during the eleventh edition of the world's biggest round-the-world ocean race.... [more]

Tricky winds and new leaders in the second day of Delta Lloyd Regatta
Delta Lloyd Regatta,
There were tricky winds for the sailors and the race committee. The day started with a delay, and only once the Laser Radial had set off at noon, could the racing start. Due to the shifting winds, a lot of overall results have changed since the first day. The race committees had a long day on the water, however, they still managed to finish all planned races.... [more]

Louis Vuitton America's Cup challenger playoffs trophy and trunk
America's Cup,
The path to the 35th America's Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton in Bermuda has taken its five challengers - Land Rover BAR, Emirates Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing, SoftBank Team Japan, Groupama Team France - and Defender, Oracle Team USA, winner of the 34th America's Cup, around the world.... [more]

Road to major championships starts at NYYC One-Design Regatta
New York Yacht Club,
A typical world championship regatta takes the better part of a week to complete. But for those aiming at the top step on the podium, the full journey can take months, if not years.... [more]

Crystal ball-gazing for the Rolex Fastnet Race winner
James Boyd,
The outcome of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial flagship event will depend on the weather: A brisk start should favour the big boats; a light start and lively finish the smaller ones.... [more]

Great conditions and close competition at Day 1 of Delta Lloyd Regatta
Delta Lloyd Regatta,
The 33rd edition of the Delta Lloyd Regatta started with great competition across seven classes. Many Olympic sailors raced their first event since Rio. There were also a number of sailors, training here in Medemblik, aiming for Tokyo 2020. The conditions on the water were great, with a nice breeze and plenty of sun.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race unveils ultimate leadership programme
Volvo Ocean Race,
This race will provide the ultimate challenge for amateur sailors, including those with no prior experience, giving employees a unique experience of offshore and ocean racing, under the highest standards of training and management, but nonetheless in conditions close to those faced by the professionals.... [more]

Star alarm at the Europeans in the skiffs and cats
Ralf Abratis,
First registrations in the classes came in early, and well-known names from overseas are already on the starting lists.... [more]

NBC Sports Group to present more than 40hrs of coverage of 2017 AC
America's Cup,
NBC Sports Group will present more than 40 hours of coverage of the 2017 America's Cup from Bermuda across NBC, NBCSN and the NBC Sports app, beginning this Friday, May 26, with coverage of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers on NBCSN.... [more]

Marion Bermuda Race to the Rock
Talbot Wilson,
Entry closes for the 40th anniversary and 21st biennial Marion Bermuda Race this Saturday, May 27, 2017 and all information required on the entry forms must be completed by then. Entries now stand at 51 yachts. The start of this blue-water classic is June 9 from Marion, The race finishes in the midst of America's Cup activity in Bermuda some four or five days later.... [more]

12 Metre Class announces Waypoint Regattas in Road to Worlds Series
Barby MacGowan,
The International 12 Metre Class (ITMA) has released locations and dates for the Road to the Worlds Waypoints Series, a three-year international 12 Metre (12mR) yacht competition starting in May of 2017 and culminating with the July 2019 12 Metre World Championship in Newport, R.I. Teams racing at specific Waypoints-designated events in Northern Europe, Southern Europe and the Americas... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race to strengthen historic connection with Southern Ocean
Volvo Ocean Race,
The race has launched a Host City tender process for three editions after the upcoming 2017-18 race – with a commitment to there being race activity of some kind in each and every calendar year. That marks a clear evolution from the current situation, which features a gap of over two years between races.... [more]


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