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New VOR steeds and AC35 begins—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond


23 May 2017

New VOR steeds and AC35 begins—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Volvo Ocean Race unveils combined Monohull-Multihull future  Volvo Ocean Race
These are exciting times to be following sailing if you're into fast boats and big adventures, as the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) and the 35th America's Cup (AC35)-two of the sport's highest pinnacles of performance and achievement-are both generating big headlines, and for great reasons. And while one isn't slated to start until October (both of 2017 and likely that of 2019, or maybe 2020), the other begins on Friday on the crystal clear waters of Bermuda's Great Sound.

For starters, the VOR announced two new boats that will be introduced in 2019, a foil-assisted 60-footer for use on the offshore legs, and a fully foiling 32-50 foot catamaran that the teams will use for in-port racing.

Mark Turner - Volvo Ocean Race  Volvo Ocean Race

“We had a lot of debate about multihull versus monohull–strong arguments in both directions. We decided on three hulls–a monohull plus catamaran!” said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner at an official VOR press conference at the Volvo Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden.

According to reports, Guillaume Verdier (FRA) will be designing the new monohulls, which will use similar “Dali foils” as were seen on IMOCA 60 during the 2016-2017 Vendee Globe. These distinct foils help to support part of the vessel's displacement at certain points of sail. Despite some breakages due to collisions with unidentified floating objects, these foils proved convincingly quick in the last Vendee Globe, signaling a new path forward for offshore monohulls.

The VPLP-Verdier boats have carbon appendages that are referred to as Dalí foils for the head-on appearance of the boats in which the thin blades turn up to a point like the mustache of the artist Salvador Dalí.  Yvan Zedda/Transat Jacques Vabre

Interestingly, the new VOR boats are being described as “turbo-charged” IMOCA 60s, and will use many of the same design elements, including a deck-spreader rig, the Dali foils, and the ability to be sailed fairly short-handed. According to the VOR, the new boats will use crews of just five to seven sailors, plus an embedded media professional (plus rule incentives for teams that sail with mixed-sex crews or with younger sailors).

For comparison, teams participating in the 2017-2018 VOR aboard the event's current-generation Volvo Ocean 65s can use teams ranging from seven (all male) to 11 (all female) sailors, with different total-crew combinations available for mixed-sex teams (e.g., five men and five women).

Infographics - Volvo Ocean Race  Volvo Ocean Race

Interestingly, the new 60-footers will be designed with an eye towards allowing future owners to convert the boats into IMOCA 60s that could be taken on the Vendee Globe as singlehanded boats, potentially changing the future of sailing's two greatest offshore contests.

“I'm extremely excited to be trusted with the task of delivering the next generation of Volvo Ocean Race boat,” said Verdier. “Volvo Ocean Race sailors have a reputation as relentless athletes who push extremely hard and the future boat design reflects that.”

Guillaume Verdier to create new One Design yacht for Volvo Ocean Race  Amalia Infante/Volvo Ocean Race

The new foiling catamarans will also be designed and built to strict One Design tolerances, however, the event is will be using the tender process to determine the design and build of these new in-shore foilers.

Emirates Team New Zealand back sailing on the Great Sound  Emirates Team New Zealand

Speaking of foiling multi-hulls, the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers begins on Friday, May 26, on the waters of Bermuda's Great Sound, with four races that will see Oracle Team USA take on Groupama Team France; Artemis Racing versus SoftBank Team Japan; Groupama Team France versus Emirates Team New Zealand, and Land Rover BAR versus Artemis.

Racing for the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers continues through Saturday, June 3, with three to four races per day (editor's note: Thursday, June 1 is a lay day; also, there are two Round Robins involved during the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers) before racing starts on Sunday June 4 for the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Challenger Playoffs Semi-Finals, which continue through June 8.

Oracle Team USA - 35th America's Cup Bermuda 2017 - Practice racing week  ACEA / Ricardo Pinto

Things ramp up significantly in mid-June with the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Challenger Playoffs Final (June 10-June 12), followed by the 35th America's Cup (June 17-27, including lay days), so be sure to stay tuned to this space in the coming weeks for the latest America's Cup and VOR-news.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

America's Cup - Video from the Great Sound - May 21
Video coverage from Day 2 of Practice Session 5 in Bermuda. The racing was marred by a serious collision involving Land Rover BAR and Emirates Team New Zealand - with the Kiwis getting a hole punched in the topside of their boat close to the water line, after they were rammed by the British Challenger.... [more]

America's Cup - Emirates Team New Zealand back on the Great Sound,
After being forced off the water for several days, Emirates Team New Zealand's AC50 returned to the Great Sound, today. As well as having her damage from the second day of Practice Session 5 repaired, several new features have been added. Certainly she looked impressive in the lighter winds that prevailed today.... [more]

World comes to Portsmouth for Clipper Yacht Race crew allocation
Kathryn Foulkes / Clipper Ventures,
Along the way, the fleet of twelve 70-foot yachts will cross six oceans and stop in ports in six continents.... [more]

Antigua Bermuda Race - A thousand miles of emotions
Louay Habib,
The Antigua Bermuda Race organised by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in association with Antigua Sailing Week is a new fixture in the offshore sailing calendar. Supported by Bermuda Tourism and Gosling's Rum. Well over 200 sailors from nine different countries attended the Crew Party held at the historic Copper and Lumber Store Hotel in Nelson's Dockyard... [more]

Keith Whittemore claims J/24 US National Championship
Julie and Christopher Howell,
Of the nine races completed at the J/24 US National Championship, Keith Whittemore's Tundra Rose won five of them. Four races were completed on Sunday, but after tallying a one, two, one in the first three, Whittemore and crew of Shelby Milne, Brian Thomas, Kevin Downey and Mark Rodgers could head for shore as Champions at their local Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle.... [more]

Commanding Platoon wins Rolex Tp52 Worlds
Quinag Communication,
The 2017 Rolex TP52 Worlds were won by Harm Müller-Spreer's Platoon from Germany. In some respects, they made it look easy, never seeming to put a foot wrong and winning by a seven-point margin from Quantum Racing. This is not even half the story.... [more]

Nocher clinches GoldCup Series opener with perfect start
Reigning KiteFoil GoldCup champion Maxime Nocher sealed victory in the year's first event with a perfect final day, racking up four bullets from four races in light breezes that threatened to die at any moment.... [more]

2017 Melges 24 European Sailing Series - Final day
Melges 24,
The second event of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series goes off with a strong Ora wind around of 18 knots that leads Gian Luca Perego's Maidollis ITA854 (1-5-DNS today) on top of the podium of the event valid also as Melges 24 Italian Open Nationals hosted by Fraglia della Vela Riva in co-operation with the Italian Melges 24 Class Association and International Melges 24 Class Association.... [more]

OK Dinghy World Championship – 80 sailors from eight countries
Robert Deaves,
OK Dinghy fleet is descending on the island for two weeks of great racing, great camaraderie and no doubt, a little rum.... [more]

KiteFoil GoldCup - Riders maintain focus despite testing conditions
That top-level kitefoil racing is first and foremost a psychological game almost goes without saying. But in the hothouse atmosphere of the KiteFoil GoldCup series' opening exchanges the teasing wind—or absence of it—only underscored how those at the pinnacle are masters at maintaining their poise.... [more]

Rolex TP52 World Championship – Day 5 action-shots by Nico Martinez
52 Super Series,
Nico Martinez provided this gallery of action-shots from 2017 Rolex TP52 World Championship – Day 5.... [more]

Super steady Platoon win Rolex TP52 World Championship title
52 Super Series,
Harm Müller-Spreer's Platoon crew got the better of the five-time title holders Quantum Racing during an exciting winner takes all final day showdown to win the Rolex TP52 World Championship title for the first time. Their seemingly unerring consistency across the challenging, hard-to-read conditions proved telling.... [more]

2017 J/24 US National Championship action-shots by Christopher Howell
J/24 International Class Association,
Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at 2017 J/24 US National Championship and provided this gallery of images from race three, four and five.... [more]

Keith Whittemore grips slim advantage at J/24 US National Championship
Julie and Christopher Howell,
Keith Whittemore's Tundra Rose may not have started day two of the J/24 US National Championship on a high note, but he sure ended on one...or two. The Seattle-based skipper went into Saturday with a one-point advantage, but notched a 19 in the opening race. He then promptly added two bullets to now hold a two-point lead going into the last day of the Championship... [more]

Melges 24 European Sailing Series – Three amazing races on Day 2
The Hungarian entry FGF Sailing Team HUN-728 (8-3-2) with Robert Bakoczy in helm climbs up to the third position, while Travis Weisleder's Lucky Dog / Gill Race Team USA-848 (12-13-15), under the spotlight in this event for the presence of the 470 Olympian sailor and Melges 24 World Champion David Hughes aboard, slips down in seventh position after having closed as second the first day of racing.... [more]

Rolex TP52 World Championship – Final day images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from final day... [more]

Antigua Bermuda Race – Day 9 – Tenacious finish
Louay Habib,
At around midnight last night, Jason and Judy Payne-James' Dufour 45, Heartbeat IV crossed the finish line in Bermuda.... [more]

Sailor of the Month – Graceann Nicolosi
US Sailing,
The Yale coed sailing team has completed a dominant regular season and are now preparing for the ICSA Semifinal National Championship in Charleston, S.C. in early June. The Bulldogs captured more individual awards than any team in NEISA, including Rookie of the Year. Reports indicate that Freshman Graceann Nicolosi became the first crew to earn this recognition.... [more]

The Bridge - One month until celebrations start
The Bridge,
On Thursday a press conference was held in Paris to mark the launch of The Bridge, an event that commemorates the centenary of the first landing in France of American soldiers in June 1917.... [more]

Legendary race coach savours prospect of kiting gracing Olympics stage
When five-time Olympian Mike Gebhardt asserts that kiting securing a berth at the 2020 Tokyo Games would change everything in the sport, with an explosion of interest and money, it is not to be taken lightly.... [more]

2017 J/24 US National Championship images by Christopher Howell
J/24 International Class Association,
Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at 2017 J/24 US National Championship and provided this gallery of images.... [more]

J/24 US National Championship launches in Seattle, Washington
Julie and Christopher Howell,
It was worth the wait on Friday for Keith Whittemore's Tundra Rose at the J/24 US National Championship, hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle. After a long day of anticipating breeze, 32 teams finally got to compete around 4:00 p.m. PDT in winds at four - six knots.... [more]

Consistent Platoon have Rolex TP52 World Title within reach
52 Super Series,
The most consistent TP52 crew so far this season, Harm Müller-Spreer's Platoon team have given themselves a fighting chance of lifting the Rolex TP52 World Championship title for the first time after returning a strong pair of scores on the penultimate day of competition.... [more]

America's Cup - Final major Practice Session ends in a wimper
America's and,
Ahead of the start of the 35th America's Cup, just a week away, (Friday May 26th), the final week of practice racing on the Great Sound had everything. In the final analysis, the six teams only had two full race days out of the five, with light winds restricting sailing. On a third day two teams sailed one race only.... [more]

Melges 24 European Series - Day 1 - Maidollis takes the first bullet
Melges 24,
The spring is not much in the air in Riva del Garda, where the Melges 24 fleet has begun today the second event of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series.... [more]

Antigua Bermuda Race – Day 8 – Avanti's happy return
Louay Habib,
At dawn on Friday May 19th, Jeremi Jablonski's American Hanse 43, Avanti crossed the finish line off St. David's Light, Bermuda and the crew were delighted to find out that they were provisionally in second place overall for CSA and IRC.... [more]

Rolex TP52 World Championship –Day 4 – Races 6, 7 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races six and seven of day four... [more]

Record 80 Para entries from 40 nations at the start line of Kiel Week,
At the editorial deadline 80 sailors from 40 nations/six continents were on the participants' list of the PWSC, among them two gold medal winners of the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).... [more]

Skipper revealed for Sanya's debut Clipper Yacht Race campaign
Kathryn Foulkes / Clipper Ventures,
During her debut campaign in the 2015-16 race, one of the highlights of her circumnavigation was winning the Clipper Race class of the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, which forms part of the All Australian Leg 4.... [more]

High water on the great lakes – Boom or bust for boaters-
With Great Lakes water levels on the rise and expected to continue to increase into summer, recreational boaters could find that deeper water under the keel may open a whole new range of cruising, fishing or sailing grounds to navigation.... [more]

America's Cup - Grant Dalton and Chris Dickson on the story so far
Radio New Zealand,
Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, Grant Dalton talks with Radio NZ's John Champbell on being rammed by Land Rover BAR, and how he feels the team is positioned a week out from the start of the 35th America's Cup. Four times America's Cup skipper Chris Dickson, also on Radio New Zealand with John Campbell give his view of that incident and his assessment of where the teams are sitting... [more]

A Few Rays – Sunscreen with no preservatives – brilliant-
Sunscreen with no preservatives, why this is great? If your sunscreen has no preservatives in the formulation it will be much more skin friendly than traditional screens. However, the vast majority of sunscreens are water based and require the addition of preservatives in order to keep them microbe free and usable for longer.... [more]

Antigua Bermuda Race – Rescued crew safe in Bermuda
Louay Habib,
For the last day and a half of the race, the French Canadian Volvo 60 had six extra passengers; Les Crane and the crew of Monterey who had to abandon their sinking Farr 56 in the early hours of Wednesday, May 17, 200 miles from the finish in Bermuda.... [more]

Scuderia Quantum 1-2 at top of Rolex TP52 Worlds Scarlino standings
52 Super Series,
With Quantum Racing comfortably winning the 26 mile coastal race and Platoon taking second place, Harm Müller-Spreer's German-flagged crew still top the standings at the Rolex TP52 World Championship Scarlino 2017 but their lead is cut to two points by today's race winners, holders of the 2016 world title.... [more]

Rolex TP52 World Championship – Day 3 action-shots by Nico Martinez
52 Super Series,
Nico Martinez provided this gallery of action-shots from 2017 Rolex TP52 World Championship – Day 3.... [more]

America's Cup - Shore crew build oven for 'love-tap' repair
Suzanne McFadden,
Newsroom's Suzanne McFadden looks at the process behind Emirates Team New Zealand's repair in Bermuda after the 'love-tap' on Day 2 or Practice Session 5: With a little cooking and round-the-clock devotion, Emirates Team New Zealand's injured race-boat will be back on Bermuda's Great Sound this weekend.... [more]

An interview with Ray Redniss about the STC's annual Block Island Race
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
I caught up with Ray Redniss, who has served as the PRO for the Block Island Race and the Vineyard Race (September 1, 2017) for the past twenty-plus years, via email to learn more about the state of this classic, early season New England event.... [more]

Spirit of Bermuda finishes Antigua Bermuda Race
Louay Habib,
The Spirit of Bermuda is the flagship of the Antigua to Bermuda Race and there is more than meets the eye to the 112ft three-masted schooner.... [more]

Rolex TP52 World Championship – Day 3, Race 5 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from coastal race five of day three... [more]

Antigua Bermuda Race – Day 7 – Majesty and grandeur
Louay Habib,
Eleonora is one of the most famous and best-known racing schooners in the world and will remain in Bermuda for the duration of the 35th America's Cup.... [more]

World Sailing and Volvo join forces for the future of sailing
Daniel Smith - World Sailing,
As part of an ambitious plan, World Sailing will partner with the Volvo Ocean Race, owned by Volvo Group and Volvo Car Group, to develop the next generation of offshore sailors.... [more]

Saint-Barth Cata Cup – Looking forward to exceptional 10th anniversary
Saint-Barh Cata Cup,
Intrigued by the idea to team up again with their winning partner—for some as many as nine years later—and one again compete in the waters of the Caribbean, the sailors who took first place between 2008 and 2016 will all be returning, with the exception of John Casey... [more]

Champions galore at the Vice Admiral's Cup
James Boyd,
Due to encouragement from Class Captain Ben Meakins and other owners, the Impala 28 is going through a resurgence with 16 boats expected at this year's Nationals and 12 regularly racing out of the Hamble.... [more]

Female Skipper to lead Visit Seattle in Clipper Round the World Race
Amy Martindale / Clipper Ventures,
Despite her young age, Nikki has already amassed an impressive sailing career having skippered in numerous inshore and offshore racing campaigns, including three ARC races across the Atlantic (twice winning the Youngest Skipper Award), two Fastnet campaigns, and has sailed more than 10,000 miles in offshore deliveries.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race unveils combined Monohull-Multihull future
Volvo Ocean Race,
The race announced the next generation of One Design boats – to be introduced in 2019 and designed for use over at least six years ­– as the centrepiece of its vision for the next decade which significantly raises the game in both sporting terms and commercial value.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race– New vision creates sailing's ultimate all-round test
Volvo Ocean Race,
The race is planning big changes to the racecourse and stopover formats over the next decade – moves that will strengthen commercial appeal while preserving its sporting integrity.... [more]

2017 Melges 24 European Sailing Series - Ready to rock in Riva
Melges 24,
Melges 24 fleet comes back to the Wind Factory, where on Friday the second event of 2017 Melges 24 European Sailing Series, also valid as Melges 24 Italian Tour and Italian Open Nationals is going to begin and to be held over the weekend of May 19-21.... [more]

Uber consistent Platoon leads Rolex TP52 World Championship
52 Super Series,
Maintaining a superlative level of consistency through a tough, three-race day, Harm Müller-Spreer's German-flagged team on Platoon have taken over the lead of the Rolex TP52 World Championship, earning themselves a cushion of three points ahead of defending world champions Quantum Racing.... [more]

BoatUS 2017 top 10 list of boat names and their meanings
D. Scott Croft,
The nation's largest recreational boating advocacy, services and safety group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), issued its 2017 Top Ten Boat Names list today, a tradition dating back a quarter decade. The names come from tallying up requests for boat names to the BoatUS Graphics service, and each reveal much about the personality of the vessel's owner.... [more]

America's Cup - More video from Bermuda and Practice Session 5
More video shot in Practice Session 5 from MyislandhomeBDA - including a look at the Regatta Base on Cross Island now getting the finishing touches ahead of the Regatta start on May 26.... [more]

America's Cup - Light winds play havoc with Practice Race Schedule
America's and,
Day 3 of the final round of practice racing before the 35th America's Cup saw five of the six America's Cup teams out on the Great Sound ready to race, but only one race took place as light winds hampered the afternoon's action. Five teams were all set to feature in the afternoon's planned races, but only one race was possible... [more]

Rules silent on Redress situation for America's Cup Regatta
Richard Gladwell,
Currently, there are no rules in place for the 35th America's Cup Regatta to cover Redress for a situation that occurred in the Practice Racing yesterday between the British and New Zealand Challengers. After being rammed from astern by the Brits, Emirates Team New Zealand is now undergoing repairs that will probably not be completed until Saturday.... [more]

TIMEZERO by MaxSea extends navigation partnership with Clipper Race
Grace Kitching,
Returning for its second race partnership, TIMEZERO by MaxSea, has been named as the Official Navigation Software Supplier for the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race.... [more]

Kids would rather go fast-
Kimball Livingston,
What do you do with 29 kids who want to sail faster? Why not put them in Nacra 15s? Which is how 29 moms missed having Mothers' Day brunch 2017 with their kids, but the chief culprit in the scheduling was bronze medalist Pamela Healy, a mom herself, so maybe it's okay.... [more]

Antigua Bermuda Race – Day 6 – Allegra take multihull line honours
Louay Habib,
News from the fleet still racing is that Les Crane's Farr PH 56, Monterey had been abandoned after taking on water; the cause is unknown. The crew are all safe and well having been transferred onto the Volvo 60, Esprit De Corps IV. The schooner Spirit of Bermuda is close by and both boats are making their way to the finish in Bermuda.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race entry Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag to represent Hong Kong
Volvo Ocean Race,
The campaign will be backed by Seng Huang Lee and Sun Hung Kai and Co., the Hong Kong-based owner of supermaxi yacht Scallywag, and aims to promote competitive sailing in Asia and build a long-lasting youth sailing legacy in the region.... [more]

Rolex TP52 World Championship – Day 2 action shots by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races two, three and four of day two... [more]

Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design Regatta returns to Chicago
Evily Giannopoulos,
Hundreds of local and visiting sailors in more than a dozen classes of sailboats will compete for individual trophies and the top prize... [more]

The Bol d'Or Mirabaud is in one month
Bol d'Or Mirabaud,
This year, over 500 boats and 3,000 competitors, coming from the four corners of Europe and North America, will compete during the world's preeminent inland regatta.... [more]

Antigua Bermuda Race – Monterey abandoned – All crew safe
Louay Habib,
The Antigua Bermuda Race Committee has been informed by RCC Bermuda Radio on Wednesday 17 May that Les Crane's Farr PH 56, Monterey (Bermuda) had been abandoned after taking on water; the cause of which is unknown.... [more]

Oman to host Formula Kite World Championships
Oman Sail,
The high-performance Formula Kite class is the newest discipline in kiteboarding, and sees competitors skim above the water on hydrofoils fitted to their boards.... [more]

America's Cup - Practice Session 5 - Day 2 marred by serious collision
Video coverage from Day 2 of Practice Session 5 in Bermuda. The racing was marred by a serious collision involving Land Rover BAR and Emirates Team New Zealand - with the Kiwis getting a hole punched in the topside of their boat close to the water line, after they were rammed by the British Challenger.... [more]

America's Cup - Practice Session 5 has plenty of drama on Day 2
America's Cup Media,
Day 2 of the final week of practice racing before the 35th America's Cup starts in Bermuda on 26th May saw all six teams enter the fray of competitive races, in what proved an afternoon of highs and lows for Emirates Team New Zealand. However, it was the scheduled 12th race, a rematch of their duel with Land Rover BAR when the British boat smashed into the hull of the New Zealanders.... [more]

World's fastest KiteFoilers poised for action in GoldCup
Reigning KiteFoil GoldCup title holder Maxime Nocher has been putting the final touches to his campaign to defend his crown in the season's eagerly-awaited opening clashes in Korea.... [more]

Lloyd Thornburg and his crew break Transpacific record aboard Phaedo^3
Rachel Fallon-Langdon,
In the darkest hour of Tuesday morning, Lloyd Thornburg and his crew aboard Phaedo^3 swopped past Diamond Head Lighthouse buoy at 4:32:18am local time. Looking like they shaved just on hour off the previous record. The total elapsed time was three days 16 hours 52 minutes and 03 seconds (all times still to be ratified by the WSSRC)... [more]

Quantum Racing, World Champions on song in Scarlino
52 Super Series,
After a long and challenging day on the waters off Scarlino, Tuscany, Quantum Racing – the defending champions – lead the Rolex TP52 World Championship by virtue of winning the one and only race sailed.... [more]

Antigua Bermuda Race - Warrior counts the minutes
Louay Habib,
The Warrior Sailing Foundation's Volvo 70, Warrior, skippered by Stephen Murray Jr. finished the 2017 Antigua Bermuda Race on Tuesday 16 May 2017 taking Monohull Line Honours and setting the Monohull Race Record for the Antigua Bermuda Race of 3 days 20 hours 32 mins and 41 secs.... [more]

America's Cup - Land Rover BAR takes out Kiwis at start - Day 2 | ACEA,
ACEA was on hand to catch the ramming of Emirates Team New Zealand by Land Rover BAR as the British team, having been out-witted by Peter Burling at the start attempted to pass between the Kiwis and the start mark - punching a hole in the starboard side of the New Zealanders port hull, and collecting the start mark at the same time.... [more]

America's Cup - Oracle Team USA's pedal power - close up + Video
Richard Gladwell|MyislandhomeBDA,
After being dismissive of Emirates Team New Zealand's use of pedal powered grinders - saying the team had considered the idea but discarded it, chosing to remain with conventional grinders, today the first video came through from Youtube Channel MyislandhomeBDA of the new cyclist aboard the America's Cup defender.... [more]

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ rammed and taken out by Brits
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Emirates Team New Zealand has been significantly damaged in a pre-start collision with British entry Land Rover BAR. Sail-World was told from Bermuda sources that the damage did serious damage to the starboard side of the port hull. In addition the hapless Ainslie also picked up the starting mark with his rudder.... [more]

America's Cup announce Orbis Kids Zone and Endeavour Education Station
America's Cup,
The America's Cup has announced today that Orbis, a Bermuda based global investment firm, has continued its support for the America's Cup Endeavour Program and Bermuda's youth.... [more]

Rolex Capri Sailing Week – More action shots by Studio Borlenghi
Studio Borlenghi,
Studio Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images... [more]

Rolex Capri Sailing Week images by Studio Borlenghi
Studio Borlenghi,
Studio Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images... [more]

Rolex TP52 World Championship – Day 1, Race 1 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from race one of day one... [more]

Antigua Bermuda Race – Monohull line honours – Warrior wins the battle
Louay Habib,
Warrior is operated by the non-profit US Merchant Marine Academy Foundation for the benefit of the Warrior Sailing Program, which helps wounded veterans to maximize their potential through the sport of sailing.... [more]

San Francisco Slalom Season opener in two Acts
Steve Bodner / USA 4 Windsurfing Campaign,
A dedicated group of wind junkies, half of which were on extra small bump and jump or wave gear, braved the conditions to carry on a tradition that has been going strong since the early days of windsurfing in California.... [more]

Dongfeng Race Team reveals full Volvo Ocean Race line-up
Dongfeng Race Team,
The French offshore all-rounder Kevin Escoffier, another pillar from the last campaign, is also back in the squad.... [more]

America's Cup - Land Rover BAR struggles with speed problems
Miles Dilworth, Daily Telegraph,
British America's Cup Challenger and winner of the America's Cup World Series looks like they will need every one of the two points they earned from the ACWS to progress beyond the America's Cup Qualifiers which starts at the end of next week. Time is running out for Ben Ainslie to claw himself back into contention for the 35th America's Cup... [more]

America's Cup - Winch over-ride costs Japan win over Oracle Team USA
Softbank Team Japan,
With the America's Cup Qualifiers less than two weeks away, SoftBank Team Japan opened the first day of practice racing this week on a high-note, scoring two wins against Land Rover BAR and Groupama Team France while losing to defender Oracle Team USA after an unfortunate winch over-ride.... [more]

Artemis Racing - Iain Percy - 'Our results flatter us'
Artemis Racing,
With only 11 days to go until the start of the America's Cup Qualifiers, Iain Percy and Nathan Outteridge give their thoughts going into the final practice. Artemis Racing will not take part today, whilst a number of upgrades are completed, but the team will be out racing later this week.... [more]

America's Cup - Oracle Team USA score a pair of wins on Practice Day 1
Oracle Team USA,
Oracle Team USA earned two wins from two practice race starts on Monday, but it was the time before, between and following the races that was particularly profitable. In near ideal 12-15 knot conditions, tactician and sailing team manager Tom Slingsby says the team was able to test new equipment, configurations and techniques in one of the final line-up opportunities... [more]

America's Cup - Splash and Crash on Day 1 of Practice Session 5
Richard Gladwell and MyislandhomeBDA,
Practice racing got underway in the final long session ahead of the start of the America's Cup Qualifiers, next week. As with the previous sessions the full fleet did not participate - with Artemis Racing (SWE) electing to trial some new developments and Emirates Team New Zealand smashing a rudder before racing could get underway.... [more]

International Women's Keelboat Championship – Accepting applications
US Sailing,
The revitalized championship, organized by US Sailing, will offer women sailors an opportunity for high quality racing in J/70 boats on the international stage. Club de Vela La Peña A.C. in Valle de Bravo, Estado de Mexico, Mexico will host this championship on August 14-19, 2017 and will be providing the J/70 boats for the event.... [more]

Kiwi offshore star 'Trae' joins NZ Extreme Sailing Team
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series™ young guns NZ Extreme Sailing Team have further bolstered their squad with the addition of round the world sailor Tony Rae.... [more]

America's Cup - Two wins apiece for Oracle and Softbank Team Japan
America's Cup Media/,
Four of the six America's Cup teams were back in practice race action on 15th May on the first day of the final week of practice racing before the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda starts on 26th May, and the results proved promising for Oracle Team USA and Softbank Team Japan... [more]

GC32 Racing Tour - Team ENGIE – A few points short of the podium
Sébastien Rogues,
The first stage of the GC32 Racing Tour started well for Sébastien Rogues with a fine victory on the first day. Competing against very regular Swiss teams, experienced lake sailors, Team ENGIE finished at the foot of the podium after 11 hard-fought rounds. Finishing fourth in Riva on Lake Garda, Sébastien Rogues and his team will have to work on race constancy and management to achieve their goal... [more]

Morocco Spot X - Final results
International Windsurfing Tour,
As expected from the forecast, the conditions came back to Moulay for the final day. With a full day's competition ahead, the format was set with two waves and one jump to count. The first round of the Pro Double saw an early exit for Igor Yudakov and Luigi Madeddu who couldn't match the local talent on jumping. Moroccan Abdelrahim Elabdi scored highly with a one-footed back loop early in heat.... [more]

Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible to victory at RCSW
Farr 40 Class Association,
Spectators on the Bay of Naples saw first-hand just how close Farr 40 racing tends to be during the final race of Rolex Capri Sailing Week.... [more]

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ break old rudder on Practice Day
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Emirates Team New Zealand broke a rudder on the first day of Practice Racing on the Great Sound, Bermuda. The team confirmed to Sail-World that the rudders on for the sessions was an 'old up-range rudder'. The effect of the break is more an inconvenience to the team rather than the 'major setback' quoted in earlier ill-informed reports headlined in the New Zealand media.... [more]


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