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Pondering the next VOR design—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond


16 May 2017

Pondering the next VOR design—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Guillaume Verdier to create new One Design yacht for Volvo Ocean Race  Amalia Infante/Volvo Ocean Race
Simply put, these are exciting times for sailors. Spring is arriving on localized levels all across North America, and many yacht clubs have already enjoyed their opening day celebrations, which typically means that the full-fledged swing of regatta season has either arrived or is just hoving into view, latitude and longitude depending. On sailing's international stage, the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers begin on the waters of Bermuda's Great Sound on Friday, May 26, and the 35th America's Cup itself will be determined in late June, thus creating some great armchair sailing experiences for those of us who will be watching AC35 from Stateside vantage points.

But it's the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) that has me the most excited this week, as the event announced back in early April that Guillaume Verdier (FRA) has been hired to lead the Volvo Ocean Race Design Team through a stem-to-stern design change for the 14th edition of the race.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - Volvo Ocean Race  Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race

While the 13th edition of the VOR, which starts in Alicante, Spain, on October 22 of 2017 and wrap-ups in The Hague, in late June of 2018, will use the same One Design fleet of Volvo Ocean 65 monohulls that were used in the 2014/2015 VOR, the door is wide open for Verdier and his team to announce a significantly different design for the race's 14th edition at an official press conference this Thursday (May 18) in Gothenburg, Sweden.

“Conceived in 2011, the current fleet of boats was built to be competitive for two editions,” said VOR CEO Mark Turner in an official race communication. “We need to move now on the future boats to keep all our options open on boat type and design.”

Mark Turner - Volvo Ocean Race  Volvo Ocean Race

For anyone unfamiliar with Verdier, the world-famous naval architect has made a fine name for himself designing some of the world's most outrageous sailing machines and has long collaborated with Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prevost at the design form of VPLP. Together, VPLP/Verdier has drawn the lines for some of today's most advanced sailboats, including (but not limited to) the 100-foot monohull Comanche, Emirates Team New Zealand's America's Cup Class wingsail-powered and fully foiling catamaran, and several now-generation IMOCA 60 monohulls, including Alex Thomson's Hugo Boss and Armel Le Cleach's Banque Populaire VIII.

Jim Clark's 100-foot Comanche  Hodgdon Yachts

Interestingly, Hugo Boss and Banque Populaire VIII spent the almost entire 2016/2017 Vendee Globe locked in tight competition. Le Cleach ultimately beat out Thomson, however it's important to remember that Thomson snapped one of Hugo Boss' “Dali foils” early in the race and was therefore tactically hobbled compared to his French rival.

Critically, both Le Cleach and Thomson, not to mention other Vendee Globe skippers, proved the vitality and potential (if not also the vulnerability) of fitting lift-generating foils on offshore monohulls (drumroll please), as well as the dramatic speed and daily-mileage increases that this innovation can afford.

Imoca boat Hugo Boss skipper Alex Thomson GBR reaching, during sea trials, on port tack with his now-broken DSS foil deployed  © Cleo Barnham Hugo Boss

Provided, of course, that the foils don't break, which can be a big “if” all alone in the middle of an unforgiving and uncaring ocean.

Given Verdier's deep knowledge of powerful multi-hulls, monohulls and foils, plenty of VOR fans (myself included) can't wait to hear more about the new design. Will it carry on the VOR's longstanding tradition of using monohulls, or will the race turn a new page and embrace multihulls?

15111133 1356025014441974 7618521380114092394 o - Banque Populaire VIII - Armel Le Cleac'h - Vendee Globe 2016/17  Team Banque Populaire

“We are starting from a blank page, and whatever kind of boat we design, whether it's monohull or multihull, we will learn a lot from this process of working together,” said Verdier in an official VOR press release. “I think sailors just want to have fun, and are attracted to a new way of sailing. In the Open 60, for example, we made something which was quite radical, but also very safe, and that's key for the Volvo Ocean Race.”

Guillaume Verdier - Volvo Ocean Race  Volvo Ocean Race

Once the number of hulls is determined, foils become the next big question, and speculation is running high that the new boats will be designed to foil at least part of the time (or, design depending, perhaps employ a foil system that helps reduce part of the yacht's displacement at certain angles and speeds).

Still, as we saw in the last Vendee Globe and in numerous record-breaking attempts, the world's oceans now contain a lot of floating garbage, debris, lost shipping containers, and other detritus associated with the human experience, and these are objects that likely contributed to foil damage, sometimes in remote areas of the world's oceans.

PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, skippered by Ken Read from the USA has suffered a broken mast on the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, which began 17 days ago from Alicante, Spain. The rig onboard PUMAÕs Mar Mostro failed at around 15:00 UTC in the southern Atlantic Ocean, about 2,150 nautical miles from Cape Town, South Africa. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)  Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©

Given the need to complete VOR legs in order to be competitive on the event's big-picture scoreboard, it will be interesting to see what choices Verdier and his design team make for the VOR's 14th edition.

Stay tuned as the curtain lifts on Thursday!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Rolex TP52 World Championship – Practice race images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from practice race... [more]

America's Cup - Pirelli latest sponsor for Emirates Team New Zealand
Hamish Hooper,
Pirelli gets onboard Emirates Team New Zealand completing the team's shortlist of highly committed brands for the 35th America's Cup. Pirelli, one of the world's largest tyre manufactures, announcing its partnership with the team confirms once again to be at the forefront of international sports events.... [more]

Olympic medal glamour at the Kiel Week
SVG Verlag,
As the beginning of the sailing activities at the Kiel Week, there will again be the Welcome Race on the inner fjord in Kiel. On Saturday at 9:30am, the first group of the yachts with an ORC rating will be sailing across the start line in front of the Kiel Yacht Club.... [more]

Artemis Racing's Iain Percy on the role of ACRM in 35th America's Cup
America's Cup,
In a recent video interview, Iain has given his thoughts on the role America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) and its Race Director Iain Murray have in the 35th America's Cup, and explains why clear governance is so important in professional sport.... [more]

Team AkzoNobel name winning quartet for Volvo Ocean Race campaign
Volvo Ocean Race,
New Zealand's Brad Jackson, Roberto 'Chuny' Bermúdez de Castro from Spain, the Brazilian Joca Signorini and Britain's Jules Salter are the past winners.... [more]

The curtain comes down on the eighth Vendée Globe
Vendée Globe,
The first people to go up on the stage were the eleven skippers forced to retire: Paul Meilhat, Morgan Lagravière, Sébastien Josse, Kojiro Shiraishi, Bertrand de Broc, Stéphane Le Diraison, Vincent Riou, Thomas Ruyant, Enda O'Coineen, Thomas Ruyant and Tanguy de Lamotte.... [more]

Antigua Bermuda Race – Day 3 – Opportunity knocks
Louay Habib,
The strategic decision will be whether to stay near the rhumb line and reduce the number of miles sailed, or heat up the angle of attack and head northwest.... [more]

RS:X European and Youth European Champs and European Open Trophy - Day 6
Bas Edmonds,
Marseille definitely saved its best for last and provided a fitting finale to a week of some fantastic racing. For the 265 sailors in the RS:X European and Youth European Championships, the day started slowly as the sea breeze woke up and started to fill in. A short delay ashore, perfect to make nervous sailors almost taught with tension, before being sent out to race and fight for the titles... [more]

Team Tilt takes second place at GC32 Riva Cup
Team Tilt Sailing,
Team Tilt gave a glimpse of their form at the GC32 Riva Cup over the weekend, finishing second overall at their final event before representing Switzerland at the Red Bull Youth America's Cup in June in Bermuda.... [more]

Switzerland owns the podium at GC32 Riva Cup conclusion
GC32 Racing Tour,
Despite an impressive late charge from their compatriots on Team Tilt, the Jérôme Clerc-steered Realteam hung on to its lead to win the GC32 Riva Cup by four points after another three race day held in perfect 10-16 knot conditions on Italy's Lake Garda. Flavio Marazzi's ARMIN STROM Sailing Team managed third place, making podium of this first event of the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour a 100% Swiss affair... [more]

Rolex Capri Sailing Week - More action-shots by Studio Borlenghi
Studio Borlenghi,
Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2017.... [more]

A few rays – no water, no way-
Sunscreen that won't wash off with spray or capsize ... if only! Let's go back a bit. Water is repelled by the skin. Thankfully so, or we would be in trouble when it rains, or when we swim or take a bath.... [more]

Rolex Capri Sailing Week action-shots by Studio Borlenghi
Studio Borlenghi,
Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2017.... [more]

2017 Wildwind season update - new boats and new accommodation
Our 2017 season opened last Saturday 6th May. It was a perfect Vassiliki day with the cross-shore wind filling in at about 2pm and giving our first clients of the season perfect conditions to launch our brand new ice-blue Lasers and our refurbished fleet of cats and dinghies of all shapes and sizes.... [more]

GC32 Racing Tour Riva Cup – Action shots by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images... [more]

IC37 One-Design to ensure bright future at Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup
New York Yacht Club,
Production on the IC37, designed by Mills Design with support from KND-Sailing Performance and SDK Structures, will start in the next few months.... [more]

America's Cup - Videos from Bermuda - May 13 - New videos added
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Ahead of the start of the final long Practice Session the America's Cup teams were out on the Great Sound in Bermuda this time in lighter winds of 5-10kts. Oracle Team USA appear to be taking their use of cyclors to another stage, with the crew configuration changing downwind, from having four grinders working upwind, to using only three downwind plus tactician, Tom Slingsby pedalling.... [more]

Morocco Spot X – Day 7 recap and interview with Soufain Sahil
Sarah Hauser - International Windsurfing Tour,
Many fun activities took place around the beach like a fitness bootcamp, a zumba class, and some tow-in sailing.... [more]

AC Yacht Anchors new exhibition at the Mariners' Museum and Park
Jenna Dill,
The Mariners' Museum and Park's newest exhibition, Speed and Innovation in the America's Cup, will open Saturday, May 27 with an incredible sight for visitors to see: Oracle Team USA's AC72 catamaran USA 17 suspended in the air.... [more]

European Championship titles to Zegers/Van Veen and Fock/Dackhammar
470 European Championship,
Light wind meant no medal race was possible in either of the 470 Women or 470 Men fleets today, and the overall standings give both Afrodite Zegers/Anneloes van Veen (NED) and Carl-Fredrik Fock/Marcus Dackhammar (SWE) their first ever European Championship titles.... [more]

Rolex Capri Sailing Week - Stars and Farrs
Yacht Club Italiano,
The final day of racing in the 2017 Rolex Capri Sailing Week, sponsored by Rolex and organised by the Yacht Club Italiano, the Circolo del Remo e della Vela Italia, the Circolo Canottieri Aniene and Capri's own Yacht Club Capri, dawned cool and clear after the previous evening's glittering Rolex Dinner held at Capri's famous Quisisana Hotel with guests like Gaddo della Gherardesca, live music... [more]

GC32 Riva Cup - Team Tilt on the ascent as Realteam leaps ahead
GC32 Racing Tour,
After yesterday's three way near-tie at the top, the GC32 Riva Cup has a stand-out leader going into its final day. Today Lake Garda was behaving, the southerly Ora wind a constant 15-18 knots, although this cut down tactical options and in all today's four races it always seemed to pay to venture as close as one dared to the sheer vertical cliff face on the west side of the lake.... [more]

America's Cup - Emirates Team New Zealand's crew jumps ship,
Emirates Team New Zealand lost a man overboard while training on the Great Sound on Saturday. The incident occurred as the crew began to set up for a manoeuvre, and the crew began moving across the boat, from the video it is not possible to positively identify the crew member, but it is likely to have been wingsail trimmer and skipper, Glenn Ashby.... [more]

GC32 Racing Tour Riva Cup – Some action shots by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images... [more]

Antigua Bermuda Race – Day 2 – Rich Pickings up North
Louay Habib,
By morning on the second day, all of the fleet had passed Barbuda - the next land they will see will be Bermuda, over 800 miles north. The wind experienced was more than forecast and this may allow the faster yachts to hook into good pressure further north.... [more]

Rolex TP52 World Championship – Can Platoon call the tune in Tuscany-
52 Super Series,
To those who have closely observed the racing this season, Harm Müller-Spreer's German-flagged Platoon has displayed all the facets of a team with serious winning potential, indeed to some it may appear only to be a matter of time before the crew, led by John Kostecki, top the podium.... [more]

RS:X European and Youth European Champs and European Open Trophy - Day 5
Bas Edmonds,
Marseille served up a genuine headache for the 265 sailors competing in the RS:X European and Youth European Championships hosted by the Yacht Club de Point Rouge. After the disappointment of missing out on racing on Thursday due to excess winds, Friday would prove the chance to release built up frustrations and get a solid three races onto the score sheet.... [more]

Morocco Spot X - Day 6 - Back on the water riding port tack
International Windsurfing Tour,
When the skipper's meeting took place this morning at 10:00am the wind was still light and blowing from the south. Duncan Coombs released the Pro Men and Women but stayed optimistic for the other divisions and asked everyone to stay ready.... [more]

On to the Medal Race to decide 470 Europeans podium
470 European Championship,
Patience was needed on the penultimate day of racing here at the 470 Europeans in Monaco, as the wind kept away, with zero knots recorded at one point on the race course.... [more]

Phaedo^3 attempting to break Transpacific World Speed Sailing Record
Rachel Fallon-Langdon,
Pulling out in the fog from the Long Beach dock in California this morning was Lloyd Thornburg and his crew aboard Phaedo^3 headed towards the official start point of the WSSRC Transpacific Record.... [more]

Antigua Bermuda Race - A race is born
Louay Habib,
The inaugural 935 nautical mile Antigua Bermuda Race started on time with the entire fleet getting away without a hitch. A light southerly breeze of 10 knots and warm Antiguan sunshine provided perfect conditions. The variety pack of 21 yachts is an eclectic collection, both in terms of crew and craft. From the majestic schooner, Eleonora to the pocket rocket Pogo 12.50s... [more]

Three boats within a point of the lead after tricky opening day
GC32 Racing Tour,
The 2017 GC32 Racing Tour got off to an exceptional start today with four races completed, one round of the new ANONIMO Speed Challenge and a leaderboard with the top three boats separated by one point. This was despite Lake Garda being in fickle mood with the wind typically 10-15 knots, occasionally gusting more but also dropping off in the middle of the day.... [more]

Rolex Capri Sailing Week - Day 3
Farr 40 Class Association,
Competitors in the Farr 40 class have been treated to a wide range of wind conditions during Rolex Capri Sailing Week. After racing in extremely heavy air on Thursday, the fleet adjusted to light and moderate breeze on Friday.... [more]

America's Cup - Coutts all but confirms Oracle Team USA adding cyclors,
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America's Cup - Breeze hits 50kts in Bermuda,
The six America's Cup teams were literally blown off the Great Sound as gale-force winds hit the Royal Dockyard, on Friday. Emirates Team New Zealand's meteorologist, Roger 'Clouds' Badham explains what happened and why, as winds hit 40kts from one direction, dropped to 5kts and then changed direction and picked up to 50kts.... [more]

An QandA with Jeremy Pochman about 11th Hour Racing's impressive efforts
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
11th Hour Racing is doing some of the most forward-leaning environmental work in the entire marine sphere, and I wanted to learn more, so I reached out to Jeremy Pochman, 11th Hour Racing's Strategic Director and Co-founder, to ask a few questions. All sailors are strongly encouraged to give this interview the time it deserves.... [more]

America's Cup Endeavour Junior Regattas – Program of events announced
America's Cup,
First on the schedule is the O'pen BIC class which will feature 32 boats in total, including six competitors from Bermuda and the remaining 26 from around the world, again all under 15 years years of age.... [more]

New multihull sportboat class for RORC Vice Admiral's Cup
James Boyd,
The 7.25m by 5.62m one design is from the drawing board of VPLP, who has penned many top offshore multihulls such as the MOD70 and all recent Jules Verne Trophy record holders. Significantly the Diam24od is the first multihull class to be invited to compete in the Vice Admiral's Cup, the annual one design/level rating regatta, celebrating its 12th birthday this year... [more]

470 Open European Championship – Day 4
International 470 Class Association,
Racing was postponed this morning as the waves of up to four metres and average wind speed of 25 knots, with gusts up to 32 knots, was a volatile combination. So, the Race Committee waited a couple of hours until the wind had dropped to 22-23, with gusts of 25 knots, to get racing underway. The wind continued to decrease to around 20 knots for the second race of the day.... [more]

Lion New Zealand to be given $1million refit - can you please help-
New Zealand Sailing Trust,
On Monday the New Zealand Sailing Trust will be hauling Lion New Zealand out at Hobsonsville at 1030am. The mast will be pulled and the hull dropped off her keel then transporting here to Yachting Developments where she will spend the next 6 months in refit.... [more]

America's Cup - Coutts coy about picking a Cup favorite
Bernie Wilson, AP,
Russell Coutts has been watching practice races between the 50-foot, foiling catamarans. He said he's impressed with Oracle Team USA, Artemis Racing of Sweden, SoftBank Team Japan and Emirates Team New Zealand, the hard-luck loser in the 2013 America's Cup on San Francisco Bay. “I actually don't think there is a clear favorite right now,” Coutts... [more]

America's Cup - Softbank Team Japan explains why watts matter
Softbank Team Japan,
A lot has been written and spoken since mid-February when Emirates Team NZ first revealed their pedal-powered grinding stations. The common currency between the leg and arm grinding is 'watts' - here Softbank Team Japan elaborates on the two systems and claims that while cycling may be the more powerful on paper, the real difference between the two is less, and less significant.... [more]

IWT Morocco Spot-X – Interviews with Sarah Hauser and Kevin Pritchard
Jonathan Pooley and Tom Soltysiak,
While some riders went on an adventure to try to find a spot that would work with the south winds, others gathered at the beach in the afternoon for a windsurfing introduction to the kids of the orphanage of Essaouira.... [more]

America's Cup - Nathan Outteridge explains the flight controls & Artemis Racing,
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America's Cup - Artemis Racing's Iain Percy changes focus as Cup looms & Artemis Racing,
Double Olympic Gold medallist, Iain Percy is one of the sailors in the 35th America's Cup who has dual responsibility as skipper and CEO of the team. In this video Percy, talks about the need to shift his focus from team manager at Artemis Racing and turn his mind to being a racing crew, with the America's Cup Qualifiers just two weeks away.... [more]

America's Cup - Dean Barker on hitting the 50kt barrier - Video & Radio NZ,
Dean Barker, former Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman, and now skipper of Softbank Team Japan, talks with top interviewer, Radio NZ's John Campbell. According to Barker none of the AC50's have broken the magical 50kt barrier - despite the fact that the boats are capable of sailing in the 'mid-40's' - achieved in 13-14kts of true wind speed.... [more]

America's Cup - Practice session video - May 10 - Oracle's flip 'n fix | MyislandhomeBDA,
Fresh winds again returned to the Great Sound at Bermuda, and the teams sailed in winds at the upper end of the scale - as they have done so much since the AC50's were first launched.> Oracle Team USA were once again the centre of attention - staging a high speed capsize, their second in the AC50.... [more]

Antigua Bermuda Race - Skippers meeting and welcome party
Antigua Bermuda,
Skippers from boats representing nine different nations competing in the first Antigua Bermuda Race organised by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in association with Antigua Sailing Week, gathered together for a race briefing held in the historic restored Officer's Quarter building at Nelson's Dockyard where the victor of the battle of Trafalgar, Admiral Lord Nelson was based from 1784 to 1787.... [more]

Change of pace demands intensity, aggression and toughness
470 European Championship,
All change on race Day 4 at the 470 Europeans in Monaco as big breeze and waves hit the race track and upped the pace, in complete contrast to conditions over the first three days.... [more]

Rolex Capri Sailing Week - Day 2
Farr 40 Class Association,
One of the interesting storylines surrounding the Farr 40 competition at Rolex Capri Sailing Week involved Claudia Rossi. Claudia, daughter of class stalwart Alberto Rossi, was serving as guest driver of Pazza Idea at the request of owner Pierluigi Bresciani.... [more]

US Sailing revises Youth Sailing Worlds athlete selection for RS:X
Will Ricketson / US Sailing,
The premier event in youth sailing, and a proven pathway for future Olympic medalists, over 400 sailors from approximately 60 nations will compete at this year's edition of the Youth Worlds.... [more]

Lake Garda ‘tranquillo' for Day 1 of the GC32 Riva Cup
GC32 Racing Tour,
In stark contrast to the last few days when Lake Garda delivered the brisk, flat water conditions for which it is famous, the opening races had to be put on hold due to a lack of wind.... [more]

How Does a Catamaran Clinic Help You-
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Israel and Sweden lead the race on Day 3 at 470 European Championship
International 470 Class Association,
One race was completed for each of the men gold and women, before the fleets returned to the shore for around an hour's postponement due to lack of wind. They headed back out to race again around 1700 hours, but the wind did not play ball, and just over an hour later the fleets were back ashore with all hopes of racing abandoned for the day.... [more]

Tristan Brooks to lead Unicef team in Clipper Round the World Race
Amy Martindale / Clipper Ventures,
Approximately 700 crew members from more than 40 nationalities are preparing to take part in the biggest round-the-world ocean race.... [more]

Organizers of International 505 Worlds to hold training session
Bill Wagner,
Sailors considering competing in the 2017 SAP 505 World Championship in Annapolis should mark their calendars for the weekend of May 11-13.... [more]

Newport Beach to host World's Best Junior Match Racers
Nancy Mellon,
51st annual Governor's Cup International Youth Match Racing Regatta will be held July 17-22. Friday, May 12 is the deadline for Requests for Invitation to compete.... [more]

O'pen BIC Sailors now confirmed for the America's Cup Finals
Nevin Sayre,
All thirty-two O'pen BIC Qualifiers have now been selected for the America's Cup Finals and the AC Endeavour O'pen, in Bermuda, June 15-18. The final six spots, representing Bermuda, earned their prize after a terrific O'pen BIC Bermuda Nationals May 6-7, featuring thirty-eight of Bermuda's finest junior sailors, including eighteen from the AC Endeavour community sailing program.... [more]

International Optimist Regatta - Regular registration ends May 15
Carol Bareuther,
Register now! The 25th anniversary International Optimist Regatta (IOR), presented by EMS (Electronic Merchant Systems) Virgin Islands – one of the first and largest regattas in the Caribbean to promote youth sailing, plus kick-off TOTE Maritime Clinic and TOTE Maritime Team Race, will take place June 12 to 18, 2017.... [more]

Morocco Spot X - Day 3 - Interview with Boujmaa Guilloul
Sarah Hauser,
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US Sailing team unveils new logo for new era
Will Ricketson,
US Sailing today released a new logo for the US Sailing Team, which will adorn national team athletes during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic quadrennium and beyond. The top sailors and teams in each Olympic class are selected annually for the national team roster. US Sailing helps these athletes with financial, logistical, coaching, technical, fitness, marketing and communications support.... [more]

America's Cup - Oracle capsize AC50 again during practice + 3 x Videos
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
America's Cup Champions, Oracle Team USA, have capsized their AC50 again during a practice session on the Great Sound Bermuda. The incident started as the team began putting crew across the boat in preparation for a foiling gybe , with the boat sailing fast. See three videos of the incident including one shot from onboard by OTUSA... [more]

Antigua Bermuda Race – Common passion, diverse fleet
Louay Habib,
The two smallest yachts racing this year are two Pogo 12.50's; Hermes from Canada and Talanta from Sweden. Both are 40 footers and the expected downwind conditions may well suit the modern planing hull shape of the two minnows in the race.... [more]

GC32 Racing Tour – Double Olympic medallist and new watch sponsor
GC32 Racing Tour,
With a giant, diverse CV, Spain's Iker Martinez is best known for his gold and silver 49er Olympic medals as well for skippering Team Telefónica in the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race and sailing doublehanded round the world non-stop in the 2010 Barcelona World Race with his long term sailing partner Xabi Fernandez.... [more]

America's Cup - Helmets as an art-form-
Emirates Team NZ and,
To date the safety helmets worn by the America's Cup crews have been more functional than fantasy. However that looks set to change with the team wearing racing helmets designed by legendary MotoGP designer Aldo Drudi and his Drudi Performance design house.... [more]

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ's giant leap of faith - Video,
Emirates Team New Zealand turned it on again for the Practice Racing on Tuesday. Having come close to a nosedive led capsize mid-way through Practice Session 4 as they were leaving their base in the Royal Dockyard, the Kiwi team went the other way on Tuesday, when a manoeuvre came unstuck and the 15metre catamaran almost went completely airborne. Ashore the grinders set a new record.... [more]

America's Cup - Practice session video - May 9 - ETNZ's new trick | MyislandhomeBDA,
The America's Cup teams were out in force on the Great Sound in Bermuda, testing in lighter weather. One of the interesting aspects of this video is Emirates Team New Zealand's ability to do 'fishtail' tacks and gybes. The move was seen in Auckland, and involves performing multiple, back to back gybes/tacks, while remaining foil borne throughout.... [more]

Rolex TP52 World Championship – Gladiator is ready-
52 Super Series,
The crash and subsequent damage went viral, seen all around the world by hundreds of thousands of viewers.... [more]

America's Cup - Japanese shift into 24x7 routine,
Softbank Team Japan have shifted into a 24hour day seven days a week routine, with just two weeks left until the start of the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda. In a video just released the Japanese Challenger for the America's Cup say that moving to a 24x7 mode is the only way to keep up with the maintenance workload as well fitting new developments and kit into the teams AC50.... [more]

International fleet line-up for 16th Samui Regatta
Event Media,
Based at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui on Chaweng Beach and with support from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the festival of sail attracts participants from more than 20 countries and has put Samui Island on the map as a world-class sports destination.... [more]

Making the most of a light wind race day at 470 European Championship
International 470 Class,
Racing wrapped up on Day 2 at the 470 European Championship in Monaco with all scheduled races completed. Carl-Fredrik Fock/Marcus Dackhammar (SWE) take over as new series leaders in the 470 Men and Portugal's Mafalda Pires Lima/Mariana Lobato retain their lead in the 470 Women.... [more]

Farr 40 Class Association open 2017 Int'l Circuit by competing at RCSW
Farr 40 Class Association,
Wolfgang Schaefer loves sailing off Capri, Italy and has the utmost respect for Rolex-sponsored regattas. In the opinion of the longtime Farr 40 owner, combining those two entities produces a can't miss event.... [more]

A few rays – Remember the Ozone Hole
The Ozone Hole is over Antarctica and New Zealand and Australia too. “For nearly a billion years, Ozone molecules in the atmosphere have protected life on Earth from the effects of ultraviolet rays”.... [more]

America's Cup - 17 days to go
America's Cup,
Spithill: It's massive to have that home support from the people here in Bermuda. 9th May is the next milestone in the countdown to the 35th America's Cup as it marks just 17 days to go until the start of the greatest race on water in Bermuda.... [more]

America's Cup - Oracle Team USA copies Kiwis and installs Bike Grinder
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
With just over two weeks before the start of the America's Cup regattas, sources in Bermuda have told Sail-World that Defender Oracle Team USA have installed a Bike Grinding station on their AC50 and were trialling on the dock in Bermuda, today.... [more]

IWT Morocco Spot-X – Day 2
International Windsurfing Tour,
Day two was a rest day after an amazing first day, completing the single elimination of all six divisions! It was a good day for relaxing and sharing stories between riders.... [more]

Zhik partner with Dongfeng Race Team for Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18
The innovative sailing apparel specialist, Zhik, has been appointed as official technical clothing partner to Dongfeng Race Team in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. Finishing third in the 2014-15 edition of the race, Dongfeng Race Team has a clear objective to sail to the best of the team's ability and compete at the highest level.... [more]

German skipper to lead China's sailing city in Clipper Yacht Race
Julia Fry / Clipper Ventures,
Known as China's Sailing City, Qingdao first sponsored the Clipper Race in 2005 and used the event as a focal point for building its credentials to host the sailing events for the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games, and developing itself as a powerful maritime city with a strong ‘blue' marine economy.... [more]

Battle at Palma Vela indicates challenging season for Maxi 72s
Kirsten Ferguson,
After completing a full complement of six races over five days, Hap Fauth's Bella Mente, along with Dieter Schon's Momo and Dario Ferrari's new Cannonball shared the same nine-point score as well as the same number of first-, second- and third-place finishes.... [more]

Brian McGinnis takes Mid-Atlantic Regional Sunfish Championship
Sunfish Class,
Old Point Comfort Yacht Club hosted a multi-state field for the first 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Sunfish Championship. The race was a qualifier for the 2018 Sunfish Worlds. Winds for the weekend tended toward 20 knots or more for Saturday where only four of the nine boats entered finished the five races run on Saturday.... [more]

North Technology buys Hall Spars from receivership
North Technology Group,
North Technology Group (NTG) has announced the acquisition of the Hall Spars business out of receivership. The Hall Spars US parent company announced in early 2017 that it would be closing the doors due to well publicized financial challenges. The acquisition covers Auckland and Brekens and Hall Spars will re-establish in Rhode Island... [more]

Extreme Sailing Series™ announces partnership with Palmarina
Extreme Sailing Series,
Located in Yal?kavak, on Turkey's Bodrum Peninsula, Palmarina also becomes an Official Partner to the Flying Phantom Series, which takes place at the European Extreme Sailing Series regattas, broadening the offering to fans, media and commercial partners by diversifying the on-water action.... [more]


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