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Sailors stepping up to give back—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond


12 Sep 2017

Sailors stepping up to give back—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

A sign on a business reads, 'Be Prepared Go Away Irma,' as people prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017 in Miami, Florida. It's still too early to know where the direct impact of the hurricane will take place  Joe Raedle / Getty Images
As sailors, we're fortunate to travel to some of the world's most exquisite places in order to pursue our passions for sailing, but there are times when it's important to set aside our own personal racecourse ambitions and instead focus on a greater common need. One of those times is now, as large swaths of the Caribbean and the fine states of Florida and Texas were battered, first by Hurricane Harvey, which menaced Texas, followed some two weeks later by Hurricane Irma, which shredded the Caribbean and is still hammering Florida at the time of this writing (but thankfully its strength has diminished since hitting terra firma).

When I think back to my own personal sailing, some of my biggest grins have unfurled at places like the beautiful Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, the small Puerto Rican island of Culebra and all over Antigua, not to mention Florida's Key West (Race Week) or any of the other amazing places that I've been fortunate enough to visit throughout the glorious Caribbean and Florida.

Sadly, a lot of these places have sustained serious damage, if not total destruction, and the imagery of denuded hillsides, of destroyed infrastructure, of flooded towns and cities, and of shattered dreams is hard to see, but cold is the heart of the sailor who didn't weep at the sight of so many destroyed boats.

West end of Paraquita Bay, Tortola half way through Irma. Back side of eye yet to pass.  Glenn Ashmore

Granted, boats are insurable objects, and while people develop deeply personal relationships with their yachts, these things can be repaired or replaced. It is human beings that matter most, of course, and now is a wonderful time to step up and help different non-profit groups that are working to bring relief to these storm battered communities.

After all, while Hurricane Irma went on a destructive run that shattered lives and glass windows alike, Hurricane Jose, the tenth named hurricane of 2017, is also ragging offshore, and while its trajectory thankfully missed the Caribbean, (also at the time of this writing) the storm could still finds its way to Florida.

While it's never easy to see onscreen imagery of nature's fury, it hits considerably closer to home when the non-stop TV footage is of now-destroyed places that we have sailed, hotels or resorts that we have stayed at, and marinas that have provided berths, fuel and freshwater, not to mention towns and businesses that have made our lives much better while visiting these beautiful places.

As sailors, we are fortunate to not only recreate in some of the world's prettiest places, but we also enjoy also the opportunity to interact with local communities and to make new friends. Right now, these friends need our support and love in order to repair and rebuild their lives.

Bart's Bash – Raising funds for victims of Hurricane Irma  Andrew Simpson Foundation

One of the cooler efforts that I've heard about in the last few days is Bart's Bash, the non-profit that was created in 2014 to honor Andrew “Bart” Simpson (UK), who tragically died in a training accident on San Francisco Bay leading up to the 34th America's Cup, which has announced that they will be donating their proceeds this year to helping affected areas to rebuild their community sailing projects, however there are myriad ways to give back.

For example, the New York Times put together an interesting an informative piece on ensuring that your donations get to the right places, rather than getting sucked up by steep administrative fees, and they highlighted GlobalGiving's Hurricane Irma relief fund and GoFundMe's Direct Impact Fund, as well as more commonly cited relief organizations such as Unicef and Oxfam, as great places to give.

In all cases, the New York Times suggests cross-referencing your charity of choice with watchdog organizations such as Charity Navigator, Charity Watch or even the Better Business Bureau to ensure that your donated dollars will do the most good for people whose lives have been uprooted by these fierce storms.

Sixteen years ago today Americans were pulled together by a different kind of horror, but we showed our true colors by helping friends, neighbors and strangers alike; by opening our hearts, and by staying true to our core values and principals. While it's unfortunate that it sometimes takes horrific and destructive forces to bring us together, the fact remains that we have an opportunity to help friends and strangers alike in communities that we care about. More importantly, we also have an opportunity to put our funds in a place where they can do dramatic good now, rather than waiting on some return down the road.

Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean  

Remember, if enough sailors tack on this header together, hopefully the entire fleet will experience this manmade lift. extends our deepest condolences to families that lost loved ones to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose, and we wish to extend our best wishes to these affected nations, states and local communities as they struggle to begin rebuilding their lives.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

IKA KiteFoil GoldCup – Day 3 – Stellar racing upsets the order
Ian MacKinnon,
Bridge, younger brother of Olly, might even have made it five wins had he not misjudged a dramatic wind shift that saw him overhauled by his closest rivals on the long reach to finish line on the last of day's six races.... [more]

Clipper Race –Day 22 – Life on a lean as King Neptune visits the fleet
The Clipper Race,
Visit Seattle has been awarded redress of one hour 46 minutes and 27 seconds by the committee after it was instructed to carry out a boat-to-boat transfer with Unicef last week to enable the essential transfer of spares and stores.... [more]

GKA Finals Mauritius – Approaching the championship deciding heats
Matt Pearce,
Willow was ripping as ever but also enjoyed a pressure-free first half of the heat due to Ismail missing the start and losing himself valuable time to rack up a decent wave count.... [more]

Three teams lean on past experience in bids for NYYC Invitational Cup
The teams representing the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Cork Yacht Club and the defending champions from the Royal Thames Yacht Club will be led by sailors who have sailed in every single race in the history of Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup.... [more]

New England based CG cutter, air crews deploy for Hurricane Irma
U.S. Coast Guard 1st District Northeast,
A Newport, Rhode Island Coast Guard cutter crew, and three air crews from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod deployed in support of anticipated Hurricane Irma rescue and recovery operations. Sunday, the crew aboard Coast Guard Cutter Oak loaded the cutter's buoy deck and cargo hold with nearly 137,000 pounds of aids-to-navigation gear including buoy chain, sinkers, and other items for use after Irma... [more]

America's Cup - Emirates Team New Zealand confirm monohull for Cup
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Following comments attributed to Luna Rossa principal, Patrizio Bertelli, Emirates Team New Zealand have confirmed that the next America's Cup will be sailed a high performance monohull yacht. The statement reads: 'Emirates Team New Zealand can confirm Patrizio Bertelli's suggestion today that the next America's Cup will be sailed in high performance monohull yachts.'... [more]

America's Cup - Italians say monohulls will be used in the next Cup
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
Reports emanating from the Italian newspaper La Stampa has it that 36th America's Cup, to be sailed in New Zealand, will be held in monohulls. Using an online translator, the key points of the Italian were that a monohull would be used and that the use of a monohull was a pre-condition of Luna Rossa assisting Emirates Team NZ in the last America's Cup.... [more]

Irma's march now threatens Tampa Bay,
Hurricane Irma is moving northward along Florida's spine following its second landfall in the Sunshine State, unleashing its feared, devastating strike after it became the strongest to landfall near Key West in 57 years.... [more]

Britons Saxton and Dabson in action at Nacra 17 World Championship
From the closest and most exciting finish to a World Championship Medal Race in the Olympic history of the multihull class, Great Britain's Ben Saxton and Katie Dabson pipped Spanish rivals Fernando Echavarri and Tara Pacheco, foiling at full speed across the finish line to win the 2017 Nacra 17 World Championship title on the French waters of the Baie d'Aigues Mortes by La Grande Motte.... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart and Volvo Ocean Race winner offered for sale
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart winner, Giacomo is offered for sale. She is the only racing yacht to have been a round the world race winner and then extended her racing career into a win in one of the worlds three classic offshore races. In between, Giacomo has won line honours and set records in most of the SW Pacific racing circuits.... [more]

Max Salminen secures Opel Finn Gold Cup after intense Medal Race
Robert Deaves,
With a reasonable wind forecast it was with some dismay that the sailors arrived at Spartacus SC to a windless lake and a postponement. However it wasn't long before an easterly wind was in place and the top 10 were sent out for the medal race.... [more]

IKA KiteFoil GoldCup – Team Enata cement top spots
Ian MacKinnon,
In the overcast conditions it was possible in the end to get only one race away, but the breeze that had been absent quickly built to 15kts to 17kts forcing riders who had been first out on the water to return for smaller kites.... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 21 – Fleet enters Southern Hemisphere
The Clipper Race,
Behind the two female Skippers, Qingdao and GREAT Britain are neck and neck, fighting for third. Qingdao is currently in medal position, though there is less than one nautical mile between the two teams.... [more]

IKA KiteFoil GoldCup – KiteFoilers shrug off challenging conditions
Ian MacKinnon,
Thirty-eight riders from 16 countries registered for the KiteFoil GoldCup event and Twin-Tip:Racing (TT:R) Open Slalom competition scheduled to run simultaneously over five days of competition if the wind proves sufficiently strong for both.... [more]

The highly successful Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup has just ended
Breezes from the northwest building to 14 knots gradually came up against winds from the southeast. A dead zone formed between these two fronts and the Race Committee chose to shorten the course and end the day's racing off Capo d'Orso.... [more]

GKA Kite-Surf World Tour – Saturday sessions
Matt Pearce,
Yesterday the main event got underway with some solid swell and clean sets out on the reef and the riders were able to progress through the first two rounds in the men's division as well as round one of the women's.... [more]

Pacasmayo Wave Classic - Day 6 - Pros heats underway
International Windsurfing Tour,
On Day 6 of the competition window the conditions fully came to the party. The first heats of the day started at 12:00 as the wind had filled in enough. Beautiful swell lines were rolling in from the point all the way down to the resort creating a perfect canvas for the competitors to take advantage of.... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Day 6 - Winners announced
James Boyd,
Germany's Dieter Schön and the crew of Momo claimed the 2017 Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship held off Porto Cervo. The event, run in conjunction with the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, was the closest yet, both events organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, this year celebrating its 50th anniversary, and International Maxi Association, the body sanctioned by World Sailing to represent Maxi classes.... [more]

Nacra 17 Worlds - Brits set to take two medals going into Final Day
Nacra 17 Worlds Media,
Title contenders at the Nacra 17 World Championships in La Grande Motte in the South of France may be relishing what is expected to be a big winds Sunday finale, a chance to show the newly foiling, flying Nacra 17 at its best and most exciting, but they had to deal with a penultimate day of light, fickle and patchy winds as a precursor.... [more]

GKA Kite-Surf World Tour – Trials done, main event starts
Matt Pearce,
Although the wind was variable, it was still legit nine metre weather and there was a slightly smaller swell but with some perfect peeling sets out on the reef.... [more]

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 1, Day 20- Change at the top
The Clipper Race,
For the first time in 13 days, there has been a change at the top of the Atlantic Trade Winds Leg 1 Leader Board. Visit Seattle has moved into first place, followed by Unicef, and [more]

Irma strike on South Florida Sunday after raking through the Bahamas,
Hurricane Irma, a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane, is now hammering parts of the Bahamas and Cuba, and will turn its fury on Florida in what is likely to be the state's strongest hurricane strike since Charley 13 years ago.... [more]

Upset on penultimate day of Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
James Boyd,
Costa Smeralda served up near perfect conditions for the penultimate day of racing at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. All classes sailed an anticlockwise loop of Caprera, La Maddalena and Spargi in northwesterly winds peaking in the mid-teens.... [more]

Pacasmayo Wave Classic - Day 5 - Youth Round 2
International Windsurfing Tour,
With light winds in the morning and a swell expected to show up in the late afternoon, Head Judge Simeon Glasson was ready to keep riders on hold throughout the day for the potential to run heats. His hopes were well placed with a nice swell and enough wind to run the youth division by 3pm. The hope was to get 3 solid hours of competition as the new swell filled in.... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Top conditions and close competition make the day
Today was the second to last day of racing at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Rolex Maxi72 World Championship, the annual event organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with Title Sponsor Rolex and the International Maxi Association.... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - A masterpiece of a day
The third day of racing at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Rolex Maxi72 World Championship was especially satisfying. The Mistral breezes kicked in just as predicted so the Maxi 72 and the Wally Classes managed to get two races in while rest of the fleet raced along a spectacular 31 nm course through the archipelago, clockwise around La Maddalena and Caprera after rounding Isolotto dei Monaci on left.... [more]

Coast Guard provides tips to boaters in preparation for Hurricane Irma
Katherine Pyne,
The United States Coast Guard urges everyone to monitor Hurricane Irma and make early preparations to protect themselves and their boats. Securing boats prior to landfall of a hurricane is one of the first steps to prepare. Mariners should take precautions to ensure their personal safety should a storm or hurricane approach.... [more]

Nacra 17 Worlds - Italians lead packed leaderboard after Day 3
Nacra 17,
It is not Le Tricolore but the Il Tricolor, the Italian tricolour flying highest over La Grande Motte in the South of France after the first day of gold fleet racing at the Nacra 17 World Championships. As the intensity of the first day of gold fleet Finals racing took full effect, compounded by there being only one way to go off the high octane start lines, several top seeds made mistakes... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – Day 5 photo gallery by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Photographer Max Ranchi provided this gallery of images from day five... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – Momo and Galateia lengthen their class leads
For the third time in a row Momo dominated the Maxi 72 Class. This yacht has Marcus Wieser as tactician, and the Kiwi and six-time AC competitor Murray Jones as strategist. Caol Ila R was in the lead at the first upwind mark, but broke her enormous gennaker on the run.... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – Mixed conditions divide the fleet
Current standings see Ribelle at the head of the Supermaxis, Highland Fling XI leading the Maxis, Jethou leading the Mini Maxi Racers, Wallyño leading the Mini Maxi Racing Cruising 1 Class and H2O the Mini Maxi Racing Cruising 2 Class.... [more]

Turn the Tide on Plastic announced 2 more sailors for Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Both under 30, the pair join skipper Dee Caffari's mixed and youth-focused campaign after successful trials, and take the total number of confirmed sailors in their squad to 10 with just 44 days to go until the start of the race.... [more]

Clipper Yacht Race – Day 19 Race 1 – Sanya Serenity Coast goes stealth
The Clipper Race,
After a declaration from Skipper Wendy Tuck, the second placed Sanya Serenity Coast went off the grid at 1800 UTC yesterday. Stay tuned to see how the move pays off.... [more]

GKA Mauritius Finals – The trials begin and the first hearts break
Matt Pearce,
Bigger than even a regular main event, the trials saw 39 riders head out to battle in round one of this qualifying stage at One Eye in Le Morne, a barrelling cross-offshore reef break situated on the southwest corner of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean... [more]

Top racers gather for back-to-back KiteFoil Regattas in China
Just a few days after the winners trophies are awarded in Weifang, the athletes will have taken to the road and set up camp for the KiteFoil Gold Cup's third stop in the notoriously windy spot of Pingtan, where the wildly contrasting conditions could throw up more than a few surprises.... [more]

The low-down on the Mini-Transat La Boulangère sailors
Event Media,
This is evidenced by the fact that, with just a few rare exceptions, they are all now owing something or someone just to be able to make the start line. Indeed, with an average operating budget of nearly €30,000, they've had to exercise considerable ingenuity, call upon crowdfunding solutions, rally together friends and relations and tap into savings accounts.... [more]

Pacasmayo Wave Classic – Day 4 – Meet Peruvian rider William Perez
Jaime Rojas (owner of El Faro Resort) first met William at the San Nicolas Lagoon in 2014. William caught the eye of Jaime with his unique paddling style while working on a fishing raft. Jaime lent William his stand up paddleboard and shortly thereafter decided to invite him to Pacasmayo.... [more]

Tips to keep safe with Hurricane Irma from Shurhold
Shurhold wants to keep you safe with approaching Hurricane Irma. The storm has already caused catastrophic damage through the Caribbean and is taking aim at Florida.... [more]

Miami-Dade orders coastal evacuation as Hurricane Irma threatens
Douglas Hanks and Patricia Mazzei,
The Miami Herald reports on the mandatory evacuations for residents in parts of Miami-Dade county and how this impacts on gridlock issues, but also describes how the eva zone could expand as Irma approaches. If you think you can go, you probably should...... [more]

Hurricane Irma - Warnings issued for parts of Florida,
Hurricane Irma, a potentially catastrophic Category 5 hurricane, is currently pummeling the Turks and Caicos and will then head for the Bahamas before making a potentially devastating strike on Florida this weekend. Irma may also pose a serious threat to portions of Georgia and the Carolinas.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - MAPFRE presented to HM King Juan Carlos
MAPFRE - Volvo Ocean Race,
The complete MAPFRE team have been presented today at the Real Club Náutico in Sanxenxo, the team's training base, in the presence of His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain, the team's CEO Pedro Campos, and MAPFRE CEO, Antonio Huertas.... [more]

Nacra 17 Worlds - Danes lead into sharp end of regatta
Ben Remocker,|Sail-World NZ,
The top two crews at the Nacra 17 World Championship both emerged from a challenging Race 7 of the Qualifying Series with their worst results yet. But, showing the hallmarks of potential champions, both regrouped and were immediately back into their stride during the subsequent two heats and so head into Friday and Saturday's Finals with just a small cushion over the third placed team.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Akzonobel names third female crew member
Amy Monkman, Volvo Ocean Race,
The 23-year-old Nagel is the third female sailor to be announced as part of Dutch team AkzoNobel. Inspired by British solo skipper Ellen MacArthur, this will be Nagel's first race around the world.... [more]

Galateia again on Day 4 at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
James Boyd / Sailing Intelligence,
Following her victory in yesterday's second race, the new Wallycento Galateia blasted around the race track once again claiming both line honours and the win under IRC corrected time. She now leads the Wally class, 8 points ahead of the Wally 80 Nahita, with the Wally 77 Lyra a further point behind.... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – More Day 4 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from day four... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – Day 4 photo gallery by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from day four... [more]

One week to the GC32 Orezza Corsica Cup
GC32 Racing,
For Rogues and especially ENGIE (his multinational electric utility company sponsor, which operates in the fields of electricity generation and distribution, natural gas, nuclear and renewable energy) having the final two events of the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour in France represents a big bonus.... [more]

Clipper Yacht Race – Day 18, Race 1 – Heating up in Doldrums Corridor
The Clipper Race,
Whilst the motor-sailing provision does eliminate the danger of becoming becalmed in the windless Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), it does present its own challenges for the teams.... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – Some more action shots by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi provided this gallery of images... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – More images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi provided this gallery of images... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – Photo gallery by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi provided this gallery of images... [more]

Gladwell's Line - Olympic Multihull needs to make courageous decisions
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
In a speech after winning the Gold Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Santiago Lange made an impassioned plea for caution to the class-fiddlers who had signalled their intention to upgrade the Nacra 17 to be a full foiler, rather than the Frankenfoiler that we had seen develop over the just concluded 2016 Olympic cycle.... [more]

Audi J/70 World Championship – Preview,
The regatta format has been updated twice because of the record number of entries. The YCCS PRO for the event will be Mark Foster from Corpus Christi YC in Texas- one of the survivors of the recent catastrophe caused by Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico.... [more]

Finn Gold Cup - Birthday on Balaton for Finn Legend Gerardo Seeliger
Robert Deaves,
Many sailors at the 2017 Finn Gold Cup are making new friends, meeting old friends, and telling stories of times past. There are plenty of connections linking the past and the present. Many of them involve the International Finn Association's President of Honour, Gerardo Seeliger, from Spain... [more]

IWT Pacasmayo Wave Classic – Day 3
The Women's round three saw some great sailing from the top women. Maria Andres (Spain) continues to power through her heats with an impressive display of agressive sailing. Sabine Zola (Italy) is distinguishing herself in the women's fleet showing great wave selection and impressive rail-to-rail sailing.... [more]

GKA Kite-Surf World Tour Finals – 71 riders rise to One Eye Challenge
Matt Pearce,
Airton Cozzolino, who currently leads the men's division, came into this event hoping to retain his lead and take the official world championship title, but he's not going to have an easy run of it as, in amongst the 50+ competitors he'll be up against, there are some of the best waveriders on the planet - not least of which is Matchu Lopes who won the event here last year... [more]

Hurricane Irma on its way to the Bahamas as a Category 5 Hurricane,
Hurricane Irma, a potentially catastrophic Category 5 hurricane, is now full speed ahead for the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos before posing a serious threat to Florida and parts of the Southeast beginning this weekend.... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Day 3 - Two bullet day for Momo in Porto Cervo
James Boyd,
As Bryon Ehrhart, owner of Lucky, put it: “Today was great sailing - Chamber of Commerce stuff!” After difficult conditions for some of the seven classes at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup yesterday, there was solid breeze for day three of racing. Winds ranging from 10-20+ knots enabled the Maxi 72s and Wallys successfully to sail two windward-leewards... [more]

Nacra 17 Worlds - Equipment issues settled by mid-regatta sailor vote
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World/Nacra 17 Assoc,
The Nacra 17 class continues to deal with the speed wobbles associated with a fast start with major changes to the class that are implemented across all competitors rather than taking a more measured and slower approach. With this fast-track approach, not surprisingly any shortcomings with the supplied gear become very public very quickly.... [more]

Dorade takes podium in first two events of Dorade Down Under campaign
Kirsten Ferguson,
Before taking on the 628-nautical mile Rolex Sydney Hobart Race in December, the “Dorade Down Under” team will head to New South Wales in October for the Bass Island Race and to Sydney in November for the Bird Island Race.... [more]

Tramontane turns up the heat at the Nacra 17 World Championships
A solid 3,4,4, for the day from Denmark's Lin Ea Cenholt Christiansen and Christian Peter Lubeck moved the Aarhus 2018 World Championship Test regatta winners six points clear of Great Britain's Ben Saxton and Katie Dabson.... [more]

Sailing Convention for Women is the place to learn
Attendees select a combination of workshops that best fit their interests and abilities. Course instructors are top women sailors from all over Southern California, many of whom are U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captains.... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – Day 3 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from day three... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – Day 3 action shots by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Photographer Max Ranchi provided this gallery of images from day three... [more]

Tornado World Championships – Final Day
Tornado Class,
Zdenek Pavlis and Michaela Pavlisova fight for this title 10 years now and wanted it so much. After their excellent performance this year they made it, finishing also seventh in the overall category.... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 17, Race 1 – Doldrums tactics play out
The Clipper Race,
All of the teams that have crossed the northern gate have now either started motoring, or informed the Clipper Race Office of their intention to start motoring, according the Doldrums Corridor Rule. Some teams are using this section of the race to reflect on the challenge ahead and to maximise the chance of rest while not under sail.... [more]

World Sailing commence journey to Sustainability Agenda 2030
World Sailing,
Discussions and presentations were received on the circular economy, ocean plastics, boat and equipment construction, event logistics, embodied carbon, vessel strikes of marine fauna, accessibility, gender equality, and supply chains.... [more]

Former Olympic sailors to lead Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup entries
New York Yacht Club,
If there's one common thread that binds all United States yacht clubs—if not yacht clubs the world over—it's an intense and unflagging pride in their homegrown success stories.... [more]

SHM named Boat Preparation Resource for 2018 Newport Bermuda Race
Newport Bermuda Race,
The team of Safe Harbor experts will discuss the elements of the most commonly used offshore safety standards, including the US Safety Equipment Requirements (US SERs).... [more]

4 Days – How much time boaters have to prepare for Irma
According to the National Hurricane Center, Florida may have up to four days to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, a “potentially catastrophic Category 5” storm now approaching the Leeward Islands.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - First look around the Super 60
Richard Gladwell/,
Have a look behind the door at Persico at the prototype of the 60fter to be used in the next Volvo Ocean race is to be used. The foiler is expected to fly a metre above the water and will have eight adjustable flap on its foils, plus a canting rig. Volvo Ocean Race's Richard Mason, himself a veteran of four Volvo Ocean Races, gives a guided tour of the mockup... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup day 2- Glamour day for the Mini Maxis
James Boyd,
Tricky conditions and dual breezes made life difficult on day two of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo. This annual event for the world's largest racing yachts is organised jointly by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, this year celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the International Maxi Association, the body sanctioned by World Sailing to represent the Maxi classes.... [more]

Hurricane Irma - Dangerous threat for Florida, Southeast,
Weather com has produced this accurate and detailed account of the latest with Irma as she builds in the Caribbean and gets set to unleash fury in the region. Hurricane Irma, a dangerous Category 5 hurricane, is nearing the island of Barbuda, an island of 1600 residents, with 185 mph sustained winds and higher gusts.... [more]

Pacasmayo Wave Classic – Day 2
Simeon Glasson,
After a big welcome from IWT Director Sam Bittner and 10am briefing at the El Faro Resort in English and Spanish the competitors were primed and ready to hit the water for the first rounds of our Amateurs, Women, Youth and Masters divisions.... [more]

Nacra 17 Worlds - Americans penalised so GBR leads
As if to answer the question whether the younger generation can make a big impression at these first ever foiling championships, foiling kiteboarder and 49er racer Gibbs, 21, paired with Rio Olympian Chafee, 25, had opened with an opening second and two first places from their 24 strong Blue fleet group and were credited with the provisional early lead of the championship.... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – Day 2, Race 2 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Photographer Max Ranchi provided this gallery of images from day two... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – More images from Day 2 by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from day two... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – Day 2 action shots by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from day two... [more]

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Day 16 Race 1 – Into the Doldrums
The Clipper Race,
A milestone was reached overnight when leading team, Qingdao, entered the Doldrums Corridor. Skipper Chris Kobusch formally notified the Clipper Race Office that Qingdao would motor-sail for exactly 6° of latitude and for a maximum of 60 hours through the specified Doldrums Corridor, a tactical mechanism allowing teams to motor-sail though the notoriously windless area.... [more]

Tornado World Championships – Day 4
Icarus Sports,
In the third place of the overall ranking is the German boat with Bob Baier and Marc Baier. In the seventh race they were fourth, while the eighth race was their worst one so far.... [more]

Nacra 17 World Championship - Brave new world
Camille El Beze,
The Nacra 17 class steps into a brave new world Tuesday as the first world Championship for the mixed sex Olympic catamaran in its new 'flying' foiling configuration starts on the Mediterranean's Baie d'Aigues Mortes off La Grande Motte in the south of France.... [more]

Pacasmayo Wave Classic - Lay Day at El Faro Resort
International Windsurfing Tour,
With better conditions expected later in the week, the IWT crew and riders enjoyed an off day yesterday. El Faro Adventure Resort in Pacasmayo, Peru is the ideal windsurfing getaway. Located two hours north of Trujillo, El Faro is the escape you need to kick back with friends and enjoy some stellar conditions. The International Windsurfing Tour loves making El Faro home every year... [more]

Ringing in 90th anniversary with action packed racing
Kirsten Lingerfelt,
Heavy breeze and high seas – remnants of Hurricane Harvey – made for some exhilarating racing on Narragansett Bay yesterday (Sunday, September 3) for the 90th edition of the Conanicut Yacht Club Around the Island Race. The day kicked off with wind speeds clocking in over 20 knots, forcing Race Committee to postpone the start 1.5 hours and send five small boat classes on a shortened inshore course.... [more]

America's Cup - Auckland Council grapples with tough Cup options
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
The Auckland Council's Planning Committee met this morning in an open session to consider a number of options and updates on long term planning for the Auckland area. The meeting gave a first view of the options for hosting the 2021 America's Cup. Which according to Mayor Phil Goff will only be held in Auckland if Emirates Team NZ are happy with the planning and where bases will be located.... [more]

Day of surprises kicks off Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
James Boyd,
Racing began today at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship in Porto Cervo. This annual event is jointly organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, this year celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the International Maxi Association, the body sanctioned by World Sailing to represent the Maxi classes.... [more]

Int A-Class - Australia's Brewin wins third world title in Poland
Int A-class Worlds media and Simon Nelson,
Steven Brewin from Australia is the new World Champion for A-class, Tymoteusz Bendyk from Poland is on second place and the third place belongs to current Champion of Poland – Jakub Surowiec. New Zealand's Dave Shaw finished fourth overall. There were 125 sailors from 18 countries who took part in the competition and during the five days there were eight races.... [more]

J-class - Elizabeth Meyer recalls how the revival began
CNN Mainsail,
Elizabeth Meyer is the founder of the contemporary J-class fleet, which has just completed its inaugural world championship in Newport RI, following a similar event ahead of the 35th America's Cup Regatta. Her story was recounted on CNN's Mainsail program in July 2014, and is an interesting read against the two J-Class regattas which have just been staged.... [more]

Iain Murray appointed Performance Director of Australian Sailing
Jane Gordon,
Highly respected and awarded sailor Iain Murray AM joins Australian Sailing as Performance Director, responsible for the Australian Sailing Team and the supporting Performance programs.... [more]

An interview with Katie Coleman Nicoll about the 2017 J/24 Worlds
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
This year's J/24 Worlds will unfurl from September 15-23, 2017 on the waters of Canada's Lake Ontario and will be hosted by the Port Credit Yacht Club on the lake's northwestern shores. I interviewed Katie Coleman Nicoll, secretary/treasurer of the Canadian J/24 class and a member of the 2017 J/24 World Championship's organizing committee, via email, to learn more about this exciting event.... [more]


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