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Pondering the 36th America’s Cup—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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08 Aug 2017

Pondering the 36th America's Cup—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Emirates Team New Zealand won the 35th America's Cup vs Oracle Team Usa 7-1  © BMW | Studio Borlenghi
With summer and the Fastnet Race in full swing, not to mention all the other cool regattas that are rapidly approaching the (metaphoric) windshield, it's sometimes easy to forget that the America's Cup took place less than two months ago and that the Auld Mug now has a new Defender, namely the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, which will be represented on the racecourse by Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ). While nothing is etched is stone yet, popular opinion holds that the 36th America's Cup (AC36) will take place in 2021, likely on the waters just off of Auckland, New Zealand, however the Protocol that will govern AC36 isn't expected to be publicly released until this September.

Much like the passing of presidential batons here in the USA after eight years with one ruling party, it can take some settling in for the sailing world to grow accustomed to the Cup's new Defender, but-at least at the time of this writing-there's a lot of optimism that the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and ETNZ will attempt to fix several of the issues that plagued its former Defender, the Golden Gate Yacht Club, and its representative team, Oracle Team USA.

35th America's Cup Match - Day 4 - ORACLE TEAM USA  © BMW | Studio Borlenghi

For anyone who did not follow AC35 closely, the Defender, the Golden Gate Yacht Club, and Larry Ellison's Oracle Team USA were the first team in history to elect to host the America's Cup overseas, despite having access to “an arm of the sea” right here in the good ol' US of A. This didn't earn the Defenders many “likes”, nor did AC35's Protocol, which was extremely light on nationality rules.

As a result of these two decisions, AC35 was a regatta that wasn't seen by a large number of in-person spectators, and it was also an America's Cup where only a single “American” (tactician Tom Slingsby) sailed aboard the Defender's yacht during the races...and Slingsby-an Australian by birth and identity-holds dual passports, rather than a single blue and gold book.

Tom Slingsby (AUS and USA), Oracle Team USA's tactician for AC35  ACEA /Gilles Martin-Raget

To say that the Defender failed to grasp the nation's heart and mind is a bit like saying that a certain high-profile world leader is utterly failing to gain the respect or support of his constituents.

Contrast this with ETNZ's boat, which was staffed by an entirely Kiwi crew, with the lone exception of skipper and wingsail trimmer Glenn Ashby (AUS), who has lived in New Zealand for years and is raising his children there. To say that national pride was involved is a dramatic understatement, and while David clearly used better design and system controls to best Goliath, all witnesses to AC35 also know that Kiwi pride played a big role in the ETNZ's decisive win on Bermudian waters.

Glenn Ashby, skipper Emirates Team New Zealand - 35th America's Cup - Bermuda June 26, 2017  Richard Gladwell

So what can the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and ETNZ do to prevent making the same mistakes that the Golden Gate Yacht Club and Oracle Team USA made with AC35?

For starters, all sailors, players and pundits seem to want a strong nationality clause added, and-given Dennis Conner's famous quote about always betting on self-interest with the America's Cup as it's always in the running-it could certainly be in New Zealand's best interest to implement this clause given the large numbers of highly skilled Kiwi sailors afloat. Also, the Kiwis seem to be committed to the idea of hosting an America's Cup on their home waters, which is a heck of lot more than can be said about the Cup's previous custodians.

35th America's Cup Match - Day 4 - ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand  © BMW | Studio Borlenghi

Things get interesting when discussing the hypothetical vessel. Here, old-school Cup fans yearn for the days of lumbering monohulls, while the go-fast generation cares about hydrofoils and state-of-the-art wingsails. While selecting the proper horse for the course is obviously of high importance, the reality is that hard-core sailors will follow the Cup's twists and turns, irrespective of whether it's contested aboard monohulls, catamarans or trimarans. Instead, the trick will be wooing the less dedicated crowds to the AC36 village.

Given the reaction that most of my non-sailing-obsessed friends had to AC35 (read: yawn), odds are excellent that the Kiwis can avoid the pitfalls that make AC35 seem like a distant memory by simply hosting AC36 in Auckland and requiring that a large percentage of each crew be comprised of national sailors.

35th America's Cup Match - Day 4 - ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand  © BMW | Studio Borlenghi

Case-in-point: While my mother doesn't know a foiling gybe from a roll tack, she certainly knew that there weren't any full-blooded American sailors on the American-flagged boat, which didn't do a lot to keep her riveted to the racing action. But back in 1987, she certainly knew that “DC” and the Stars and Stripes boys were on a mission to correct a historical wrong (from a decisively American perspective, of course), and she was more than happy to watch the ticker-tape parade that was bestowed upon this winning American crew when they brought the Auld Mug back to the Western Hemisphere.

Stars & Stripes, winner of the America's Cup 1987 in the Victory Parade in New York - with the parade funded by now-President Donald Trump(right)  Daniel Forster ©

Hopefully she will have reason to get pulled into AC36's drama, rather than get repelled by its pay walls and lopsided Protocol.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Hydrofoil Pro Tour – Day 2 and 3 – All good things in all good time
Steve Bodner,
Three morning races were held in light conditions with the majority of the fleet on 15-17m kites. The euros still have an advantage in these light conditions as the local fleet doesnt get much time on the water in sub 14k conditions.... [more]

Rolex Fastnet Race – More action shots from Day 1 by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Rolex Fastnet Race fleet approaching the Fastnet Rock. Day one images by Carlo Borlenghi... [more]

Rolex Fastnet Race – Day 1 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images from day one... [more]

36 Copa del Rey MAPFRE – Prizegiving with King Felipe VI + Video
GC32 Racing,
The trophies were presented by King Felipe VI of Spain outside of the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma yesterday evening.... [more]

Rolex Fastnet Race – Concise approaches the Rock as Portland Bill pays
James Boyd,
At 0900 Tony Lawson's MOD 70 trimaran Concise 10 was off the Irish coast just about to tack towards the Fastnet Rock while the next boat and leading monohull, George David's Rambler 88 had rounded Land's End, followed by SMA, the lead IMOCA 60, sailed doublehanded by Paul Meilhat and Gwénolé Gahinet.... [more]

Nasdaq sets sail with Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
Kathryn Foulkes / Clipper Ventures,
The Clipper Race has had a long-term relationship with Nasdaq since 2011 in a partnership based on the New York stage of the race, taking guests sailing on the Hudson against the iconic Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty.... [more]

Hydrofoil Pro Tour USA – Final day
Event Media,
Going into the day Nico Parlier, France, is pretty solidly taking the win based on points and amazing consistency. Axel Mazella, France, and Johnny Heineken, San Francisco, USA, are in a hot battle for second and third separated by just a couple points.... [more]

Chris Poole wins Grade 3
Oakcliff Sailing,
Surprisingly, top-ranked skipper Peter Holz was not apart of the tie, but on Sunday he came back swinging in the quarter-finals, besting Peter Wickwire two straight to advance to the semis.... [more]

San Diego Yacht Club overcomes slow start to win Morgan Cup
New York Yacht Club,
For the third time in four years, the Morgan Cup, the toughest trophy in keelboat team racing, has been won by a team from the West Coast.... [more]

Classic upwind start for record breaking Rolex Fastnet Race
James Boyd,
The Solent laid on 'classic' conditions for the start of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's 47th Rolex Fastnet Race. In brilliant sunshine and with brisk westerly winds gusting up to 20 knots, the giant fleet tacked up the western Solent before compressing through the usual bottleneck at Hurst Narrows. A record-sized fleet of 368 boats started the race, 12 more than two years ago... [more]

2017 Rolex Fastnet Race action-shots by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Carlo Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race.... [more]

Brian Keane's Savasana claims J/70 Corinthian US National Championship
Julie & Christopher Howell,
Brian Keane's Savasana began Sunday in third place at the second annual J/70 Corinthian US National Championship, hosted by New Bedford Yacht Club as part of the Buzzards Bay Regatta. Savasana, with crew Adam Burns, John Goller and Mark Liebel, proceeded to take two bullets and a fourth in the day's three races to earn the Championship title with 37 points in the 11-race series.... [more]

WMRT - Robertson finds more gold at the end of his rollercoaster
Aston Harald,
After a week of ups and downs, a couple of bad hooks and a few close shaves, it was business as usual for the super smooth Phil Robertson and his CHINAone Ningbo team as they beat Sam Gilmour's Neptune Racing team three - zero in the final of WMRT Match Cup Russia in St. Petersburg on Sunday.... [more]

Dongfeng lead the pack as VOR fleet takes on the Rolex Fastnet Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Dongfeng Race Team stormed down the western Solent to lead the fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s in the Rolex Fastnet Race – part two of the Leg Zero qualifying series for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18.... [more]

PHRF SoCal Championship - Michael Shlens and James Devling in action
Rick Roberts,
Michael Shlens' Farr 40, Blade 2, finished in first place overall on corrected time in the Buoy Division, and James Devling's Rogers 46, Carbon Footprint, took first place honors overall on corrected time in the Random Leg Division in this weekend's 2017 PHRF SoCal Championship, hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club and sponsored by Ullman Sails and PHRF of Southern California.... [more]

Microburst unleashes on Tartan 10 North American Championship
Morgan Kinney,
Ron Kallen's M*A*S*H was dismasted when winds peaked at 67.3 knots. The storm developed only minutes after the fleet completed the second race of the day.... [more]

Girls on Film wins Lendy Cowes Week
Louay Habib,
Stewart Whitehead's Carkeek MkIII Rebellion, only finished out of the top four in two races, to come fourth. Another statistic which shows the high level of racing in the class is that the FAST40+ Class newcomer, Jamie McWilliam and Matt Hanning's Signal 8, was 11th in the series.... [more]

Hydrofoil Pro Tour USA – Day 3
Eric Due,
With yesterday being a wash, three heats are run before the 1:30pm skippers meeting for the Bay Challenge. The wind just started coming up with many on 15m kites.... [more]

McKee wins the Tasar World Championship
Tomoko Nishi,
Runner up is Chris Dance and Jeremy Elmslie, AUS2858 and third please is Robert and Nicole Douglass, AUS2848. Come from cool winter to very hot summer, Aussies are just missed the top of the podium.... [more]

WMRT Match Cup Russia– Champion survives and makes it third time lucky
The conditions on the Neva River, with a 10-12 knot southwesterly, were much more stable than Friday, but still shifty and tricky. The 2-3 knot current was against them on the downwind.... [more]

36 Copa del Rey MAPFRE – First Japanese GC32 Racing Tour victory
GC32 Racing,
Despite another uncertain forecast, conditions were near-perfect on the Bay of Palma with flat water and winds that at times touched 15 knots, the strongest of the four day competition. This made for adrenalin-filled foiling for the ten flying catamarans.... [more]

Lendy Cowes Week – Day 8 round up
Rupert Holmes / CWL,
The overall winner among the White Group dayboats is 14 year old Freddie Peters, who also won the RS Elite class, the Newcomers' trophy and Young Skippers Trophy.... [more]

Harry Mighell wins inaugural International WASZP Games
Jonny Fullerton,
The fleet of 53 WASZP's packed the start line, low riding off on starboard tack. This time the shift further to true South forced the majority to take the left side of the course sailing low towards Malcesine on the East side of the Lake.... [more]

2,700 Rolex Fastnet Race sailors face their personal Everest
Andy Rice,
Seventeen-year-old Montel Fagan-Jordan is about to compete in his first ever Fastnet just four years after taking up the sport. For a student from Greig City Academy, an inner-city state school from Hornsey in London, sailing does not usually feature on the radar of possible sporting pursuits.... [more]

Thrilling finale for Swan Yachts during the 36 Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Nautor's Swan,
Six ClubSwan 50s, gathered for the first time, showed off their cutting- edge performance underlining the OD formula where the boats are all the same and human being is the only tip the balance.... [more]

GKA Kite-Surf World Tour – Day 5 – Expression session
Matt Pearce,
No heats, no scoring and no pressure - the riders were free to do as they pleased and many treated it as an opportunity to go for some new tricks that they might not normally attempt in a competitive heat.... [more]

Wrap-up report on Designer Series Rendezvous
Cynthia Goss,
The Designer Series Rendezvous, a new annual event to honor yacht designers, kicked off with a weekend of festivities July 21-23, 2017 on the shores of Bristol, Rhode Island, at the Herreshoff Marine Museum. With 23 boats represented, owners, their guests and the public celebrated the legacy of renowned yacht designer, sail maker and America's Cup champion Ted Hood.... [more]

J/70 Corinthian US Nationals - Race Day 2 shots by Christopher Howell
J/70 International Class Association,
Christopher Howell was on water at 2017 J/70 Corinthian US National Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action.... [more]

Heather Gregg's Muse charges to front at J/70 Corinthian US Nationals
Julie & Christopher Howell,
Another day, another four races at the second annual J/70 Corinthian US National Championship, hosted by New Bedford Yacht Club as part of the Buzzards Bay Regatta. Heather Gregg's Muse moved to the front of the pack, following Saturday's scores of two, one, nine, four.... [more]

Hydrofoil Pro Tour - Day 2
Eric Due,
Today, the second day of racing for the 2017 Hydrofoil Pro Tour in San Francisco, CA, USA at Crissy Field brought abnormal conditions. The skies are filled with clouds which shuts down the wind.... [more]

2017 New England Regional Championship - Tough fight for podium
International Sunfish Class Association,
As the starting whistle sounded for the 10th and final race of the 2017 New England Regional Championship at Lake Wequaquet (MA), a buzz ran through the 29-baot fleet: Dan Hesse, who had taken control of the regatta, was called over early.... [more]

J/70 Corinthian US Nationals - Race Day 1 shots by Christopher Howell
J/70 International Class Association,
Christopher Howell was on water at 2017 J/70 Corinthian US National Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 1 action.... [more]

Tasar World Championship – Day 4 – Close battle for the podium
Tomoko Nishi,
Two races completed with patchy and shifty condition. Battle of top 10 groups to claim a podium turn up the heat. Tomorrow will be final day and new Tasar world champion is determined.... [more]

CQS wins the Queen's Cup
John Roberson,
Ludde Ingvall is a previous line honours winner of the Rolex Fastnet race, but hasn't contested the ocean racing classic for a few years, and will face stiff opposition from some of the other maxis and super maxis.... [more]

International WASZP Games – Day 3
Jonny Fullerton,
After lunch the afternoon Ora kicked in bang on schedule for two more absolutely fantastic WASZP Championship Series races to leave the inaugural International WASZP Games title to be decided on the final day.... [more]

Lendy Cowes Week – Day 7 round up
Rupert Holmes / CWL,
Belgrano finished the regatta counting a clean sweep of first places, to win Black Group overall, breaking Gosling's four year long hold on the title.... [more]

Zhik 29er Worlds - Wind and expectations mount - Day 5
Betsy Crowfoot,
Bolstered by better breeze, with steady winds of 12 to 16 knots, the team of Benji Daniel, 16, and Alex Burger, 21, RSA, widened their lead to place a firm grip on first place in the 29er World Championship regatta. One-hundred-twenty-nine teams from around the globe are competing in the six-day event, hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, which concludes tomorrow, August 5.... [more]

Zhik 29er Worlds - Breeze elevates racers rise - Day 4
Betsy Crowfoot,
Despite a half-hour dock hold, before the boats launched this morning, the wind kicked in on this first day of Final Series races, and the competitors dug in, setting the tone for world-class sailing at Zhik 29er World Championship Regatta. The first weather mark saw a parade of athletes proficient in knowledge of their boats and their ability to get the most of out of them.... [more]

Zhik 29er Worlds - Qualifying complete - Racers advance on Day 3
Betsy Crowfoot,
Day 3 of the Zhik 29er World Championship regatta got underway late today: as the Alpha Course fleet struggled in capricious breeze to complete Race Six which was abandoned late Tuesday. The delay was an added challenge on an already tricky, tight day. Light and unstable wind conditions continued to plague the event, but the Qualifying Series wrapped up with a total of nine races.... [more]

Glenn Darden's Hoss Jumps to Lead at J/70 Corinthian US Nationals
Julie and Christopher Howell,
Ideal conditions on Buzzards Bay allowed four races to be accomplished at the second annual J/70 Corinthian US National Championship, hosted by New Bedford Yacht Club as part of the Buzzards Bay Regatta.... [more]

WMRT Match Cup - M32 Cats Star in beach launch as SUPER 16 become 8
Aston Harald,
Russians say you need some luck on the Neva River, and not just when sailing cats. But even with the vagaries of format, wind and currents, the cream rose to the top today as the SUPER 16 became eight in the WMRT Match Cup Russia in St. Petersburg.... [more]

Melges 24 World Championship - Winners announced...
Melges 24,
The 20th edition of the Melges 24 World Championship just came to an end in Helsinki, with a series of eleven races that challenged the crews with weather conditions that ranged from light wind to heavy breeze and seas.... [more]

Five different winners from five races as Bay of Palma delivers
GC32 Racing Tour,
PRO Bill O'Hara defied the weather gods for a second day to complete the full program on day three of the GC32 Racing Tour at Copa del Rey MAPFRE. Despite still scorching conditions, the wind held at eight - nine knots allowing two more rounds of the ANONIMO Speed Challenge to be sailed, followed by five races, all of them using America's Cup-style reaching starts and finishes for first time here.... [more]

Germans and Italians in action in survival conditions, GBR take crown
Club 49er & Nacra 17,
In a day characterized by huge gusts, out-of-control runs, capsizes and wild wind shifts, Tina Lutz and Susan Beucke took complete control of the 49erFX fleet. The local favorites won both medal races today by big margins to take their first European Championship, alternating positions with overnight leaders Vicky Jurczok and Anika Lorenz. “In that breeze, we just try to survive,” said Lorenz.... [more]

Lendy Cowes Week – Day 6 action shots by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from day six... [more]

Clipper Race and Volvo Ocean Race fleets take over Portsmouth Harbour
Julia Fry / Clipper Ventures,
Since the Clipper Race started over twenty years ago almost 5,000 people have been turned into ocean racers. Crew members can choose to compete in individual race legs or the entire challenge.... [more]

Hydrofoil Pro Tour USA – Day 1
Event Media,
The international attendance of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour has incredible athletes on site racing the fastest kite racing gear on the planet. The competition is fierce again this year. We have competitors from France, Italy, Germany, England, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Brazil and more.... [more]

International WASZP Games – Close at the top after superb Day 2
Jonny Fullerton,
A three lap trapezoid course was set with the marks brought in a bit to create shorter laps. The majority of the 53 strong fleet crowded the committee boat end of the start in order to get up on the foils as the start gun went.... [more]

36 Copa del Rey MAPFRE – Argo wins Day 2 but Mamma Aiuto- soars
GC32 Racing,
This included the call that ‘left was best', which generally it was. In all four starts today Argo won the pin end. Her performance launched Argo up the leaderboard, but nonetheless she remains second, still a massive ten points behind the leader.... [more]

Price leads Day 3 at Youth Match Racing World Championship
Nancy Mellon,
Harry Price (AUS) ended the day undefeated and alone at the top of the leaderboard at the Youth Match Racing World Championship hosted by Balboa Yacht Club.... [more]

Tasar Worlds - Day 3 - More than 30 boats retired due to strong winds
Tomoko Nishi,
One third of the competitors retired for the third race of the day, the third race day of the Tasar World Championship in Gamagori, Japan. Over 20 knots breeze with 1.5m waves provide interesting races for top group but it's too much for many Tasar sailors. After tough day everyone enjoyed traditional Japanese style party, as social program.... [more]

North Sails releases new 3Di Headsail for the J/105 Class
North Sails,
North Sails released its latest headsail design for the competitive J/105 class. The Li-5 3Di jib replaces the L-4 3DL jib bringing the ultimate consistency and performance of North's exclusive 3Di technology to this light-air optimized headsail. The Li-5 is the perfect complement for the Mi-4 3Di jib which is an all-purpose sail.... [more]

Day 6 round up report at Lendy Cowes Week
Rupert Holmes,
Today delivered big winds to the largest yachts at Lendy Cowes Week, which have been competing in the Sevenstar Triple Crown series over the past three days.... [more]

Up to 25kts and waves in Helsinki - This is what Melges 24 is made for
Melges 24,
Sparkling sailing, with lots of sun and waves, characterizes the fourth day of racing in Helsinki, where the 2017 Melges 24 World Championship is going to conclude tomorrow.... [more]

WMRT Match Cup - Outsider in cruise control on choppy waters
Aston Harald,
A champion on the ropes, an underdog on top and a pitchpole in winds gusting towards 30 knots in St Petersburg - Thursday might have been cut short by the extra large conditions, but it packed a lot in.... [more]

Big risks and rewards on moving day - Top Teams advance to Medal Racing
Club 49er & Nacra 17,
With the all-important Medal Race cutoff kicking in today for all three fleets at the 49er/49erFX/Nacra17 European Championship in Kiel, Germany, all pressure was on the ‘bubble' teams to perform at their best. Some rose to the challenge, some quietly snuck in to the last spot, and many were left disappointed after a brutally hard day on the water that included a huge squall... [more]

Coast Guard searching mid-Atlantic region for 73-year-old sailor
U.S. Coast Guard,
The Coast Guard is searching for an overdue French sailor between North Carolina and New York City Wednesday. Watchstanders in the fifth Coast Guard District Command Center in Portsmouth received a report at 7 a.m. that a 73-year-old sailor named Joseph Calland aboard the 39-foot sailboat Nennette is overdue.... [more]

Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag name crew for Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Hayles made his debut as a 20-year-old onboard Reebok/Dolphin and Youth in 1993-94 – and still holds the title as the youngest ever navigator to compete in the history of the event.... [more]

Rolex Fastnet Race – Doublehanded demons
James Boyd,
So far in the 2017 RORC Season's Championship, leadership of IRC Two Handed has been a fight between two Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600s: Rob Craigie and Deb Fish on Bellino and Ian Hoddle and Ollie Wyatt on Game On.... [more]

Lendy Cowes Week – Day 5 action shots by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from day five... [more]

An interview with Marianne Davis about the CORK International Regatta
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
While the various CORK regattas' registration lists include international sailors, these events are some of the gemstones in Sail Canada's yearly championship calendar, making them of extra importance to Canadian sailors. I recently caught up with Marianne Davis, co-chair of the 2017 event, via email, to learn more about the CORK International Regatta's evolution and its current state of affairs.... [more]

Pressure points – Mid-season form guide for RC44 World Championship
RC44 Class Association,
Mountainous seas can give way to a short chop, and torrential rain can give way to sunshine and a shifty breeze, making Marstrand one of the most 'stressful' race courses on the tour. Having never made it onto the podium here before, Peninsula is going to have to rely heavily on their team work to hold on to the 'golden wheels' that mark them as the current Championship Tour leader.... [more]

Extreme Sailing Series returns to Hamburg's testing River Elbe stadium
Extreme Sailing Series,
Thousands of spectators are expected to line the shores of the River Elbe in the free-entry public Race Village in front of the Hamburg Cruise Centre in the HafenCity district... [more]

GKA Kite-Surf World Tour – Airton seizes the Day 3
Matt Pearce,
Airton then hit the water and was utterly relentless against Gustavo Arrojo. Airton stuck the biggest rotation of the event so far but Gustavo didn't back down, coming close on a front to blind after taking hands down the biggest crash of the event but he couldn't overcome Airton.... [more]

WASZP International Games – Reed Balridge takes an early lead on Day 1
Jonny Fullerton,
Some eager WASZP sailors left the shore about 1600hrs but setting a course in the busy area of the lake off Campione was not easy with flocks of kites, other dinghies, pleasure boats and all the motor vessels that go out on the water in the middle of summer.... [more]

Locals surge ahead as finals begin on Day 4 of European Championship
Club 49er and Nacra 17,
The Kiel-based crew – both just 21 years old – have been preparing for their run at the Olympic 49er fleet for some time: in 2010, they became German National Champions in the 29er and six years later they won the Bronze Medal at the Junior Sailing World Cup, and if today's sailing is any indication, German skiff racing has a bright future indeed.... [more]

Lendy Cowes Week – Day 5 round up
Rupert Holmes / CWL,
The largest yachts, including the seven entries in the 2017/8 Volvo Ocean Race, were racing around the Isle of Wight, with their navigation data predicting the world record for the course would fall.... [more]

WMRT - Flying Dutchman shows RoboPhil is human before Super 16
Aston Harald,
Pieter-Jan Postma, possibly the most laidback speed demon in the world, proved two things at the WMRT Match Cup Russia at St. Petersburg Yacht Club today; firstly, that even in his debut year on the World Match Racing Tour he is a greater force to be reckoned with each event, and secondly that Phil Robertson's conveyor belt of victories should not be taken for granted.... [more]

Tasar Worlds - Day-2 - MaKee, USA2597 take over top of result table
Tomoko Nishi,
The second day of the Tasar World Championship completed three races in Gamagori, Japan. Many Tasar sailors struggle shifty and choppy condition but it's noting for Jonathan and Libby Johnson McKee, USA2597. They post a one – two - one to move up to the overall lead of the 97-boat fleet.... [more]

Melges 24 Worlds - After rain two races and many twists in the ranking
Melges 24,
Helsinki woke up with heavy rain this morning and the Melges 24 fleet, moored at Helsingfors Segelklubb, had to wait two hours for the wind to stabilize, the AP flag to go down and to start the races of day three in the 2017 Melges 24 World Championship.... [more]

Kialoa II's revival at 47th Rolex Fastnet Race
Lisa Ratcliff,
It's been 46 years since the 73-footer Kialoa II took line honours in the 1971 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and when the boat lines up for the Rolex Fastnet Race off Cowes in the UK this Sunday, its racing revival will be complete.... [more]

First pictures of the Figaro Beneteau 3 sailing
The Figaro 3 put in its first series of tacks yesterday morning!... [more]

36 Copa del Rey MAPFRE – Three way tie at top after tough opening day
GC32 Racing,
In both rounds of the 0.72 mile course it was France's Erik Maris and his crew on Zoulou that put in the best performance, their 21.78 knot average in the second round proving the best of the day.... [more]

Rooster RS Aero World Championships at Carnac – Overall
RS Aero International Class Association,
Liam Willis, GBRwent on to take the next two wins to secure Silverand first RS Aero 9 Youth (U19) too. Greg Bartlett GBR defended his Bronze with two thirds.... [more]

Fast and furious Day 5 at Lendy Cowes Week
Louay Habib,
With gritty determination Ker40+ Invictus, with Alex Mills at the helm, held on to win the shortened race by 42 seconds from Peter Morton's CF40+ Girls on Film.... [more]

MAPFRE blaze to record victory in first pre-Volvo Ocean Race test
Volvo Ocean Race,
The first four of the Volvo Ocean 65s – MAPFRE, Brunel, AkzoNobel and Dongfeng – were all, subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council, under the fastest previous monohull time of 3:20, set by the super-maxi ICAP Maximus.... [more]

Great Britain team skipper announced ahead of Clipper Yacht Race start
Kathryn Foulkes / Clipper Ventures,
Following the visit, Andy and his crew members received a briefing from Great Britain campaign representatives where they were told more about the cause they will represent during the race.... [more]

Lendy Cowes Week – Volvo Ocean Race fleet images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images of Volvo Ocean Race fleet round the island... [more]

Santiago and Cosima lead on Day 1 of Optimist European Championship
Icarus Sports,
Santiago Palkin, from Argentina, is the provisional Boys' general leader with two first positions. Second place is for the Turkish Can Erturk (2-1) with three points, followed by the Polish Igor Kuczys with the same points.... [more]

36 Copa del Rey Mapfre – Day 2 action shots by Studio Borlenghi
Studio Borlenghi,
Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from race day two... [more]

Lendy Cowes Week – Ludde's CQS catches the attention
John Roberson,
Those taking lunch on the Royal London Yacht Club balcony paused over their crab salads and chardonnay and the conversation hushed as the eye-catching boats swept into view at the end of her race, charging through the cluster of smaller boats at approaching 20 knots.... [more]

The International WASZP Games kick off at Campione, Lake Garda
Jonny Fullerton,
There are juniors from Optimist backgrounds through to Olympic Games competitors and seniors who have sailed previous TP52 campaigns, the America's Cup and the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race.... [more]

Back to the Future – Winning the Contender Worlds
Chris Kitchen,
Jason Beebe recently won the Contender World Championships in completely dominant form. Here is the story of unconventional rig development including a journey back to the future of how he got there. Jason Beebe first made contact with C-Tech after the 2015 world championship with an unusual request.... [more]

Annabel Vose scoops ELEMIS Ladies Day Trophy at Lendy Cowes Week
Cowes Week Limited,
The trophy was introduced for the first time in 2006 to champion the role of women in sailing and the sheer number of female competitors racing... [more]

Zhik 29er Worlds - Testing conditions on Day 2
Betsy Crowfoot,
Fluky winds that refused to settle teased sailors and organizers alike, on Day 2 of the Zhik 29er Worlds Argentina's team of Santiago Duncan Loias/Elias Dalli climbed a notch to the head of the leaderboard; followed by Benji Daniel/Alex Burger of South Africa; and Neil Marcellini/Ian Brill, USA. New Zealand's Seb Lardies/Scott McKenzie dipped to fourth place, due to a 27th place finish in Race 4... [more]

Candy Store Cup Newport – Deserving victory for Bequia
Barby MacGowan,
Thursday, in a 23.7-mile race that started off Castle Hill and featured Brenton Point and the Cliff Walk as scenic backdrops, the enormous superyachts struck imposing silhouettes against an overcast sky that every so often allowed the sun to peek through.... [more]

Lendy Cowes Week – Day 4 round up
Rupert Holmes / CWL,
The towering rig of Ludde Ingvall and Sir Michael Hintze's 100ft maxi CQS, starting on the outer section of the Royal Yacht Squadron line, dwarfed those of the surrounding yachts.... [more]

GKA Kite-Surf World Tour – Day 2– Main action and riders begin to drop
Matt Pearce,
Before round one kicked off a handful of riders competed in three heats to gain their seedings and local riders Kuba Juras (originally from Poland) and German transplant Thorben Jasper looked perfectly at home in the Sotavento conditions while crowd pleaser Luis Brito clearly relished being back in Sotavento nailing a variety of flamboyant tricks from the off.... [more]

Melges 24 World Championship – Day 2 – The Italian Job
There is no doubt those are the favorite conditions for the Italian crew of Maidollis ITA854 (1-1-1 today), that finds its rhythm and scores three bullets, without leaving any room for competitors.... [more]

Secor Volvo Fishers Island Race achieves Platinum Level Certification
Sailors for the Sea,
In order to achieve Platinum Level Certification, the event achieved 70 of 75 sustainability indicators. Highlights included eliminating single-use water bottles, composting, recycling, carbon offsetting, and hosting a beach cleanup.... [more]

Tasar World - Day 1 - Macfarlane and Payne is reading by steady sailing
Tomoko Nishi,
Hot and humid Japanese summer continues in Gamagori and finally racing got under way on the race day one of the Tasar World 2017. Three races completed 10 to 16 knot form WSW. A veteran pair from Victoria, South Australia, Heather Macfarlane and Chris Payne, AUS2883 is top of overall table on race day one of the Tasar World 2017. They got two – five - three, total 10 point.... [more]

Racers find opportunities as qualification round ends at Europeans
Club 49er & Nacra 17,
High pressure over the North Sea meant entirely new challenges for the 49erFX, 49er, and Nacra 17 fleets as the European Championship entered its third day today. A short postponement to let the wind fill in gave way to a full day of racing, with the 49erFX and Nacra 17's getting three races in while the 49ers finished their Qualifying series with two light air contests.... [more]

What does Pete Burling think AC36 should look like-
Everybody has an opinion on what ETNZ should have the 36th America's Cup look like. Just ask them and they will tell you, but what does Peter Burling have to say about it all after holding the Auld Mug aloft not that long ago? Well the protocols will be unveiled next month, so in the meantime, speculation continues.... [more]

WMRT Match Cup - Favourites flex their muscles in St Petersburg
Aston Harald,
A full first day of racing in glorious sunshine and solid westerlies at WMRT Match Cup Russia in St Petersburg saw the big beasts making some early shows of strength as they sought the best seeding for the knockout battles to come. Phil Robertson (CHINAone Ningbo), Ian Williams (GAC Pindar) and Yann Guichard (Spindrift Racing) all topped their groups, but they did not have it all their own way.... [more]

Soling Cup - Mike Tande take first-place in debut of Intermediate race
Rick Roberts,
Long Beach Yacht Club's Mike Tande won the first-ever Soling Cup this past weekend, raced on LBYC's fleet of 27' Soling sailboats as part of the club's Intermediate member Long Dock Takeover Cruise.... [more]

World Sailing Presidential Update – July 2017
Kim Andersen,
We are now into the second half of 2017 and I am happy to provide you all with some updates regarding the continued work of World Sailing in making our sport stronger across the world.... [more]

2017 Diversified MELGES24 NorAm Championship - The Gorge delivers
Brian Hutchinson,
It was all smiles (and adrenaline) at the 2017 Diversified MELGES24 NorAm (North American) Championship. Mother nature generously delivered a banner week of warm and sunny planing conditions to an international fleet of MELGES24 sailors. Thanks to the river's natural elevator the beats were trimmed and the runs extended for maximum enjoyment... [more]

Girls on Film – Head turning on ladies day 4 of Lendy Cowes Week
Louay Habib,
Bas de Voogd's Dutch Carkeek MkIII Hitchhiker struggled, placing eighth, but still retains third for the regatta. Tony Dickin's Farr designed Jubilee was third, raising the British team to fourth for Lendy Cowes Week.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – AkzoNobel sign up Brazil's Olympic gold medallist
Volvo Ocean Race,
Together with Kahena Kunze, Grael clinched gold in the 49er FX class in Rio. She is the first Brazilian woman ever to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race, and in taking on the 45,000 nautical mile round-the-world challenge, she is making a massive step up – but it's one she's looking forward to.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Liz Wardley joins Turn the Tide on Plastic
Volvo Ocean Race,
Liz made her name winning numerous titles in the Hobie Cat 16 class, before becoming the first woman to win the Sydney-Hobart Race in 1999, having skippered a boat at the age of just 19 the previous year.... [more]

Dare To Lead new team entry in Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
Amy Martindale / Clipper Ventures,
Dare To Lead, will seek to inspire the Clipper Race's international crew who represent over 40 nationalities, to apply the life skills learnt during this ocean challenge to become catalysts for positive change in their personal lives, professional careers and social communities.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - What to look out for on Leg Zero
Volvo Ocean Race,
Leg Zero not only takes care of the official qualifying for the Volvo Ocean Race – it's also the first chance to see the teams in a competitive shakedown against each other.... [more]

A QandA with the RORC's Nick Elliott about the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
When one stops to consider the world's best ocean races, the Royal Offshore Racing Club's Rolex Fastnet Race, which starts on Sunday, August 6, 2017, is never far from mind. I caught up with Nick Elliott, RORC Racing Manager, via email to learn more about the race's history and evolution, its challenges, and the amount of work that goes into pulling off this world-famous regatta.... [more]


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