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Searching for signs of spring—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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07 Mar 2017
 

Searching for signs of spring—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Bacardi Cup 2017  Star Sailors League / Gilles Morelle
Call me an optimist, but there's something about March winds that spell sailing. For us American and Canadian sailors who have been living behind winter's dark, cold curtain for months, March tends to bring relief, if only in the form of headlines. But, like migratory birds that reliably return to gardens and forests each year, the regattas start in the south and transition north, meaning that it's an excellent thing when sailors living in the northern climes start reading about various warm-water spring regattas, even if they are not attending (this year). As the saying goes, hope springs eternal.

So, while there's a cool, 12-knot breeze piping from the south here in Seattle right now, a simple look at sailing's big-picture calendar reveals that the late-winter/early spring season is in full swing in the Caribbean, Florida and Mexico. Take, for example, the recently furled Banderas Bay Regatta (February 28-March 4), the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean (March 1-5), or the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta (March 2-5).

Freya and Plis Play, Maxi Division, Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2017  Nautor's Swan / Studio Borlenghi


Heck, spring is even starting to lurch forward in places like San Francisco, California, where St. Francis Yacht Club just hosted their Spring One-Design Regatta (March 4 and 5), and in my hometown of Seattle, where the Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle just hosted the annual Blakely Rock Race (March 4).

Additionally, this week marks the start of the Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (March 5-11), and the 90th time that the venerable Star class has competed in this historic regatta that originally began in the 1920s on the waters off of Havana, Cuba. This year's event is set to feature 74 Star boats, along with six A-Cats, seven Flying Tiger 7.5s, 35 J/70s, one Melges 32, eight Melges 24s, 21 Viper 640s, six VX Evos, and 16 VX Ones.

The 90th Bacardi Cup kicks off the eighth Bacardi Miami Sailing Week  Cory Silken


While you can bet your last bottle of rum that the on-the-water competition will be red hot on the waters off of Miami this week, you can also place a hefty-but-safe wager on the fact that the event will be organizing plenty of post-sailing fun, from cocktail parties and concerts to art exhibits and the awards party. And, if this isn't enough to placate your hard-charging foredeck crew, rest assured that the city of Miami has more bright lights and fancy sights than just about any other area in North America that's currently conducive to sailing.

Bacardi Miami Sailing Week  2015 Cory Silken/STUDIOMILANO


Need more proof that springtime sailing is just around the next peninsula? My calendar is advising me that come the evening of Saturday, March 11, it will be time to spring the clock forward by one hour, in anticipation of Daylight Savings Time, which starts on Sunday, March 12.

While this may seem overly flowery to any readers who might have started their day by shoveling “the white stuff” or dealing with an icy morning commute, the bottom line is that-based on the calendar at least-winter has just 14 days left before spring is officially welcomed.

The 90th Bacardi Cup kicks off the eighth Bacardi Miami Sailing Week  Cory Silken


So, while winter's bluster may still be tormenting dinghy parks and lumping cold snow on boat covers and cockpits, remember, it's only a matter of time before mid-week racing, weekend regattas and offshore events start up again, and hopes for sailing glory can again spring eternal.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Oman Air off to a flying start in 2017 with GC32 Championship victory
Oman Sail,
Over the six-day event held on their home waters of Muscat, Oman Air won six of the 16 races and only finished outside of the podium on five occasions as they settled in with their new skipper on the super-fast foiling GC32 catamarans.... [more]


Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean – Freya and Cuordileone reign supreme
Nautor's Swan,
After four fun-filled days of racing at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's Caribbean home in Virgin Gorda, Don Macpherson's Swan 90 Freya and Leonardo Ferragamo's ClubSwan 50 Cuordileone have been crowned champions... [more]


Mother nature smiles on St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Louay Habib,
For the last day of racing at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, Mother Nature smiled on the race course with exhilarating conditions to test the competitors. One race was completed by all classes.... [more]


Bacardi Cup 2017, SSL live coverage and 3,000 SSL points to the winner
Star Sailors,
The Bacardi Cup 2017 is about to start in Miami, Florida and the Star Sailors League media crew is getting ready to bring you into the action with the latest in hi-tech camera technology, as well as Virtual Eye 3D Graphics and expert commentators both on the water and in studio will provide thrilling viewing.... [more]


Paul Cayard reports from the Sydney Harbor Series and JJ Giltinan
Cayard Sailing,
Last summer, my results were pretty bad on the TP52 Phoenix. I was feeling pretty down about it all and looking forward to getting back on a winning path this spring. When the owner sold the boat, that closed the door on redemption, seemingly. Then I got asked to come down to Sydney and race as helmsman on another TP52, for the IRC national championship - Beau Geste out of Hong Kong.... [more]


Freya and Cuordileone reign supreme at Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean
YCCS,
After four fun-filled days of racing at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's Caribbean home in Virgin Gorda, Don Macpherson's Swan 90 Freya and Leonardo Ferragamo's ClubSwan 50 Cuordileone have been crowned champions of the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2017.... [more]


Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series - More images by YCM-Studio Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
YCM-Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series 2017 - ACT 5 - Race Day 3.... [more]


Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series - Act 5 images by YCM-Studio Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
YCM-Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series 2017 - ACT 5 - Race Day 3.... [more]


Champagne Jam - Freides crowned 2016-17 Miami Winter Series Champion
Melges 20,
It was not the call that anyone wanted, but a decision that had to be made. A bold forecast that detailed a sustained breeze of 25+ knots with gusts into the mid-thirties gave PRO Blake Middleton no other choice but to call off all scheduled racing on Sunday for the final stage of the 2016/17 Melges 20 Miami Winter Series, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club (GCSC).... [more]


JJ Giltinan 18fters - Van Munster 'magic' turns around damaged Lumix
Frank Quealey,
When the Lumix 18ft Skiff hull was badly damaged during a racing incident in race one of the recent 2017 JJ Giltinan Championship, sponsored by The Winning Group, on Sydney Harbour, it looked as though the young team who were sailing the hull would have to use a borrowed hull for the remainder of the seven race regatta.... [more]


JJ Giltinan 18fters - Images from a big 30kt breeze in Race 7
Michael Chittenden,
Top skiff photographer Michael Chittenden was back on the Camera Cat for the final race of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship. Sailed once again in strong winds and with occasional rain squalls. The race was won once again by Yamaha NZ after a close battle with the provisional series winner, Thurlow Fisher, for the first half of the course on Sydney harbour.... [more]


JJ Giltinan Trophy - Yamaha takes fourth win from seven races in 30kts
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com,
The final race in the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship was another win for Yamaha NZ - her fourth in the series. The overall trophy was won by Australian National Champion, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) however a controversial decision from the Protest Committee in Race 3 is likely to be taken to Appeal.... [more]


So what's it really like-
John Curnow,
For ages now, well it seems like that anyway, these editorials have talked about multihull this, record that, outrageous boat speed and incredible 24-hour runs. In their own very unique way they totally represent the technical avant-garde, and thank God for that. Where would we be without their impressive shapes, wonderful rigs, and now of course, foiling magic.... [more]


Robertson skippered Oman Air claims first ever GC32 Championship
GC32 Racing,
The Omani team led the championship from the outset on Tuesday, but it was only today that they managed to shake off those chasing them.... [more]


Nic Douglass on Thurlow Fisher's win in the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs
Nic Douglass,
A big thanks to the Australian 18 Footers for having me for the past two afternoons to cover the closing days of the JJ's not only to catch up with so many great sailors (which I do really love!), but to take in the great action that always is the 18's.... [more]


JJ Giltinan 18fters – Thurlow Fisher wins series
Frank Quealey,
The Thurlow Fisher Lawyers team of Michael Coxon, Dave O'Connor and Trent Barnabas were already declared champions before today's race but there was tremendous interest on the result as only five points separated the next six boats.... [more]


Vendee Globe - Paul Meilhat back on the water
Vendee Globe/SMA,
Two months after his Vendée Globe came to a sudden end, Paul Meilhat is back enjoying sailing off Port-la-Forêt in SW Brittany. While he has been recovering from ordeals of race, after almost 52 days of sailing at breakneck speed, the skipper of SMA has nevertheless been busy. He has been continuing his physical training sailing on various types of boat and sharing his round the world experiences.... [more]


St. Maarten sparkles Day 2 – St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Louay Habib,
On the penultimate day of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, the competitors enjoyed truly gorgeous conditions. Bright sunshine and 15-20 knots of trade winds with a relatively flat sea state.... [more]


Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean - Leaders hold firm heading into final day
YCCS,
Race day three of the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean brought more of the same sunny and breezy conditions that have characterised the week so far in Virgin Gorda as well as custom courses for the assembled fleet of Nautor's Swan yachts. With just one more race day left in it, the Swan 90 Freya is looking comfortable at the top of the Maxi division where she leads Plis-Play by four points.... [more]


JJ Giltinan 18ft skiffs - Replay coverage of Race 7
Sail-World.com,
Catch the latest race of the JJ Giltinan Trophy for the 18ft Skiffs, sailed on Sydney harbour. Great coverage from the very knowledgeable team on the Camera Cat, including commentary from Peter Shipway, Bob Killick and Andrew Buckland.... [more]


International Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Too much of a good thing
Melges 20,
With a robust Northeast wind forecast for Day Two at the 2017 Melges Rocks Regatta, the third and final act of the 2016/17 Miami Winter Series (MWS), the Melges 20 fleet was mentally prepared for a long day of battle on Biscayne Bay. Early on, PRO Blake Middleton confirmed that conditions on the racecourse were hovering under class maximum wind limits... [more]


Make or break time at 2017 Sydney Harbour Regatta
Di Pearson,
Despite the rain and winds of 30-35 knots yesterday, a record 226 entries hit the water for Middle Harbour Yacht Club's Sydney Harbour Regatta and do so again today as they vie for victories in the 21 classes taking part.... [more]


Vendee Globe - Conrad Colman reveals night-time dip off Point Nemo
Richard Gladwell,
Vendee Globe sailor, Conrad Colman revisited some of the trials and tribulations that have challenged him both before the start of the solo race around the world, and during it. At a media conference held in Les Sables dÓlonne after he finished the eighth edition of the race, having sailed the last 700nm under jury rig that the worst moment came when he fell overboard at Pt Nemo one night.... [more]


JJ Giltinan Trophy - Images from a breezy Race 6
Michael Chittenden,
Top international skiff photographer, Michael Chittenden was on the water for Race 6, the penultimate race, of the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft skiff Championship. Skies were once again overcast, with rain and a big swell running through the easterly parts of the course. Winds were officially recorded as being up 25kts, making for some dramatic moments.... [more]


JJ Giltinan 18ft skiffs - Replay Coverage of Race 6
Sail-World.com,
Catch the latest race of the JJ Giltinan Trophy for the 18ft Skiffs, sailed on Sydney harbour. Great coverage from the very knowledgeable team on the Camera Cat, including commentary from Peter Shipway, Bob Killick and Andrew Buckland.... [more]


Kiwi skippers mix it up en route to GC32 Championship finale
GC32 Racing,
Despite conditions looking marginal this morning in Muscat's Al Mouj, throwing up concerns about whether there would be any action at all today out on the water, in the event four races were held in swift succession in good conditions and a fifth nearly completed too, before the wind finally faded.... [more]


JJ Giltinan 18fters - Fired up Yamaha gives another sailing lesson
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZ,
'We got angry, and we smoked them', was Yamaha skipper Dave McDiarmid's summary of their end to end win in Race 6 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Championship. The win was the New Zealand crew's third from six races, all by substantial margins. Today's was a massive 3minutes 45 seconds in the 95-minute race sailed in an SSE breeze and rain.... [more]


Vendee Globe - If it's Saturday, it must be the Azores
Vendee Globe,
After Pieter Heerema finished yesterday morning in seventeenth place, there has been only one competitor left racing in the Vendée Globe. At 0800hrs UTC this Saturday morning, Sébastien Destremau (TechnoFirst-faceOcean) is 1435 miles from the finish, which he is expected to reach on around 10th March.... [more]


18ft Skiffs - JJ Giltinan Championship - Race 6 - Yamaha in action
Frank Quealey,
New Zealand's Yamaha 18ft Skiff team responded brilliantly to a dramatic week when they dominated the high class fleet in race six of the 2017 JJ Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]


Tough day at Sydney Harbour doesn't faze 90 year-old Gordon Ingate
Di Pearson,
The ‘main event' got underway at Middle Harbour Yacht Club's 12th anniversary Sydney Harbour Regatta today, when 21 classes and divisions joined the Sydney 38 class, which started its international championship yesterday – and everyone came ashore with a story to tell when big breeze accompanied a big swell on the Harbour.... [more]


Ikon38 maintains Sydney 38 lead at Sydney Harbour Regatta
Di Pearson,
Big conditions on Sydney Harbour pulled racing up short by one race today when 30 knots was registered on Sydney Harbour, but it was water off a duck's back for Kirwan Robb and his Ikon38 crew, who continue to lead the Sydney 38 OD International Championship at Middle Harbour Yacht Club's Sydney Harbour Regatta.... [more]


St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Record run for SFS II
Louay Habib,
On the first day of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, 164 yachts experienced strong trade winds and four metre seas on the windward side of the island. The Round St. Maarten Race produced a new record, a full on foam up, and sailors grinning like Cheshire cats at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club.... [more]


Vendee Globe - Still racing...Sebastien Destremau at latitude of Morocco
Vendee Globe,
The race continues for Sébastien Destremau, who was sailing this morning at the latitude of Morocco to the north of the centre of a high-pressure system in fairly light WNW'ly winds, which explains his low speed (below two knot)... [more]


Clipper Race - Chris Drummond's Race Against Time
Clipper Round the World,
There are many inspirational people who take part in the Clipper Race, and one of them is 2015-16 crew member Chris Drummond. Chris, 63, from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, has made it his mission to raise awareness, particularly among men, about the importance of the early detection of cancer.... [more]


Watch Paine, Moroz being honored in NY as Sailing's Best of 2016
US Sailing,
American sailing was celebrated on Thursday when Caleb Paine and Daniela Moroz were presented the US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards, respectively, at a luncheon in the Model Room of the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan.... [more]


Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean - Freya and Cuordileone hang tight
YCCS,
After a stunning start to proceedings in the third edition of the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean yesterday, the fleet of Nautor's Swan yachts gathered in Virgin Gorda for the event enjoyed equally exciting conditions as they completed today's round-the-island race. A steady easterly of approximately 18 to 20 knots ushered the fleet around the course with the two competing Clubswan 50s... [more]


2017 Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean - More action-shots by Nautor's Swan
Carlo Borlenghi,
Nautor's Swan - Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from 2017 Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean.... [more]


2017 Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean action-shots by Nautor's Swan
Carlo Borlenghi,
Nautor's Swan - Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from 2017 Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean.... [more]


Internationals among record 226 boats in 2017 Sydney Harbour Regatta
Di Pearson,
Despite the rain, a record 226 entries will set sail in Middle Harbour Yacht Club's 12th Sydney Harbour Regatta this weekend, rivalling and outnumbering Australia's largest regattas.... [more]


Miami Winter Series Regatta - Blow daddy
Melges 20,
Rob Wilber's Cinghiale answered the call of the wild with the breeze-on conditions, cashing in nicely with a one – seven – one scoreline to win the day and lead the overnight standings. Double Melges 20 World Champion John Kilroy aboard Samba Pa Ti is in second, while Series front-runner Drew Freides on Pacific Yankee is in third place.... [more]


JJ Giltinan - NZ champion is robbed of redress after new Hearing
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZ,
Following the hearing of protests during the Friday's rest day, the New Zealand Champion and then overall series leader has had her redress award removed by the Protest Committee for the JJ Giltinan 18fter Championship. The protest centred on video evidence, shot in the midst of a heavy rain squall, showed that Yamaha's vang had not broken in the collision.... [more]


Lloyd Thornburg's crew of FOMO are not missing out in Havana
Rachel Fallon-Langdon,
Lloyd Thornburg's “Fomo” crew are now in Havana Cuba, celebrating an astonishing double win in the St Petersburg to Cuba Race, not only wining on handicap but also on line honours.... [more]


GC32 Championship – Race Day 3 – Releasing the Engie
GC32 Racing,
A challenging third day for competitors and race management alike saw France's Team ENGIE claim the only race to be completed successfully. After a disappointing seventh place, Oman Air still leads overall, but is now just three points clear of Jes Gram-Hansen and Rasmus Køstner's SAP Extreme Sailing Team in second.... [more]


A look back at Pieter Heerema's press conference
Vendée Globe,
Dutch skipper Pieter Heerema (No Way Back) entered the harbor in Les Sables d'Olonne this morning at 0800hrs UTC. There is now one final competitor left at sea: Sébastien Destremau, who is currently sailing at the latitude of Morocco. Time to look back at what Heerema told us during his press conference this morning.... [more]


Late afternoon racing and Bermudian ceremony will start America's Cup
America's Cup,
Racing will now start at 5pm with America's Cup Defender Oracle Team USA taking on Groupama Team France in the first match race of the 35th America's Cup. That battle will set the stage for races two, three and four of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers, when all six teams will take each other on the water on the first day of racing.... [more]


Project 60 - Telling the OK story, the OK way
Robert Deaves,
It's true. OK sailors have more fun. They have been having more fun for sixty years. It's OK to be an OK Dinghy sailor, and especially this year, as the fleet travels to Barbados for the Worlds, everything is going to be OK. Probably more OK than usual.... [more]


Competitive start of the Gill Commodore's Cup
Louay Habib,
With two classes decided by countback and a third won by half a point, intense competitive racing was the order of the day. Pewter skies and a viscous rain squall preceded the start of racing.... [more]


TeamBDA in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup
RBYC,
TeamBDA is Bermuda's entry in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America's Cup, a competition designed to create a pathway for young sailors into the highest level of international sailing. Through its association with Oracle Team USA, the defender of the America's Cup, TeamBDA automatically qualify for the competition which will feature 12 teams from around the world.... [more]


Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean - Freya and Cuordileone enjoy perfect start
YCCS,
Bright, blustery conditions and plenty of breeze made the first race day of the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2017 one to remember. The fleet took to the starting line just off Necker Island this morning as scheduled and shot off on a breathtaking course through the islands and islets around Virgin Gorda.... [more]


California Dreamin' Series - Shane Young wins second stop and leads
Rick Roberts,
Shane Young and his Long Beach Yacht Club team won the second round of the three-venue World Sailing Grade 3 California Dreamin' Series match racing series on Sunday, Feb. 26, held at Long Beach Yacht Club and raced on the Long Beach Sailing Foundation's fleet of Catalina 37s. Young was nearly unbeatable for the weekend, losing only one race to fellow LBYC member and Junior Staff Commodore... [more]


Melges 20 Winter Series Doubleheader Weekend - Miami and Monaco
Melges 20,
In December 2009, the Melges 20 fleet kicked off Winter Series Event No. 1 of what would become one of the longest running, most successful One-Design Winter Series in North America. With a compact fleet of eager owners, Jeff Ecklund and his team on Star would go on to win the inaugural series, paving the way for Melges 20 teams to enjoy amazing racing over the next eight years.... [more]


Paine, Moroz honored in NY as Best of 2016
Sean McNeill,
Sailing's diversity was celebrated today when Caleb Paine and Daniela Moroz were presented the US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards, respectively, at a luncheon in the Model Room of the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan.... [more]


Vendee Globe - Dutch sailor Pieter Heerema takes seventeenth place
Vendee Globe,
Dutch skipper Pieter Heerema brought his No Way Back across the finish line of the Vendée Globe at 2126 hrs UTC this evening (Thursday 2nd March) to finish in seventeenth place. Heerema, at 65, completes this epic eighth edition becoming the first skipper from the Netherlands to complete the Vendée Globe. His elapsed time is 116 days 9 hrs, 24 mins and 12 secs.... [more]


Sydney 38's ready to blast off at Sydney Harbour Regatta
Di Pearson,
A dozen Sydney 38's from Australia and overseas are making history today as they prepare for the first ever Sydney 38 OD International Championship at Middle Harbour Yacht Club as part of the 11th anniversary Sydney Harbour Regatta.... [more]


JJ Giltinan 18ft - Kiwi Champion the subject of two protests in Sydney
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZ,
Overall series leader Yamaha will have her position put on the line in a series of protest hearings Friday morning in Sydney. She faces two claims - both from Appliancesonline (David Witt). The first is an attempt to re-open the Hearing held on Wednesday morning after Yamaha was suffered damage in Race 3 as a result of a collision with a give way yacht, and Yamaha received redress of average... [more]


JJ Giltinan Trophy 18fters - Images from a character forming Race 5
Michael Chittenden,
Sydney Harbour was back to its fickle best as the fleet sailed in Race 5 of the JJ Giltinan 2017 18fter Championship, sponsored by Winning Appliances. Top skiff photographer, Michael Chittenden was back on the Camera Cat today and provided some great images... [more]


Vendée Globe – Pieter Heerema expected to cross the finish line
Vendée Globe,
At 1730hrs UTC, Heerema was 52 miles from the finish line and sailing at 15 knots. The skipper of No Way Back should be able to cross the line this evening between 2000 and 2200hrs UTC, but the clock is ticking for his entry into the harbour, as the tide means he must get there before 2130hrs UTC...... [more]


The 90th Bacardi Cup kicks off the eighth Bacardi Miami Sailing Week
Icarus Sports,
Looking forward to warm weather and great sailing conditions, 190 one-design sailing boats will compete in five different circles on Biscayne Bay.... [more]


Volvo Ocean Race – MAPFRE sign up Ñeti as their onboard ‘MacGyver'
Volvo Ocean Race,
Ñeti, the 35-year-old from Santander in the north of Spain, will be taking part in the race for the fourth successive edition.... [more]


Act 1 of 2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ just around the corner
Extreme Sailing Series,
Eight teams, representing seven nations, with 40 of the world's finest sailors on board, will compete on the waters in front of the Al Mouj Golf course.... [more]


Asko Appliances dominates fleet in Race 5 of JJ Giltinan Championship
Frank Quealey,
Sailing a four lap windward-return course in a 5-7 knot Easterly wind, Marcus Ashley-Jones, Seve Jarvin and Jeronimo Harrison grabbed the lead at the second windward mark then raced away to win by 3m11s.... [more]


Beautiful limited edition photo book of largest Finn event of all time
Robert Deaves,
A beautiful Limited Edition book has been produced celebrating the record breaking 2016 Finn World Masters in Torbole. In May 2016 a record 355 Finns from 32 countries turned up for the Finn World Masters in Torbole, at the northern end of Lake Garda in Italy.... [more]


JJ Giltinan 18ft skiffs - Replay Coverage of Race 5
Sail-World.com,
Catch the latest race of the JJ Giltinan Trophy for the 18ft Skiffs, sailed on Sydney harbour. Great coverage from the very knowledgeable team on the Camera Cat, including commentary from Peter Shipway, Bob Killick and Andrew Buckland.... [more]


Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean - A variegated flock visits Virgin Gorda
YCCS,
The Rolex Swan Cup has been attracting fleets of Nautor's Swan boats to the iconic yachting haven of Porto Cervo, Sardinia since 1980. Although the Caribbean version of the event has just reached its third edition, it is already a firm fixture on the Caribbean racing calendar and has been gathering ever-more impressive fleets to the tropical sailing paradise of Virgin Gorda every two years... [more]


Big breeze forecast for 37th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Louay Habib,
The Sint Maarten Yacht Club is a hive of activity as competitors arrive for the 37th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. The racing action kicks off on March 2nd with the Gill Commodore's Cup, a one-day windward leeward racing event, allowing sailors to practice and perfect their racing without influencing the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, which runs March 3-5.... [more]


JJ Giltinan 18fters- Series leader Yamaha battles in Race 3 aftermath
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZ,
The fourth race of the JJ Giltinan Trophy was less eventful than Tuesday's four seasons in the one-day affair. The damage from the collision in Race 3 affected the New Zealand champion in the fourth race, coupled with some unfamiliarity with their rarely used No.1 rig, which got its first outing on Sydney Harbour. All crews had their moments of despire in the inconsistent eastely breeze... [more]


America's Cup - Artemis Racing sail their new AC50 for the first time
Artemis Racing,
On Monday the team sailed its new America's Cup Class yacht (AC50), Magic Blue, for the first time.The team will soon continue its two boat match racing programme against T2, the team's second AC45S Surrogate or development boat, with Francesco Bruni at the helm.... [more]


M32 fleet set to join BACARDI Miami Sailing Week
M32 Series,
The M32's have been in Miami since January for their 2017 Miami Winter Series. The Series is currently led by Team XS Energy skippered by Ryan De Vos, closely followed by brother Rick De Vos and his Team REV, and Chicago based Don Wilson's Team Convexity in third.... [more]


JJ Giltinan 18fters - Images from Race 4 on Sydney Harbour
Michael Chittenden,
Top skiff photographer, Michael Chittenden was aboard the Camera Cat for a less tumultuous day on Sydney Harbour, where for the first time (except for Appliancesonline) the big rigs came out, in the lightest breeze of the series for the JJ Giltinan 18fter Championship. Here's his gallery from the day.... [more]


Merlin Recommissioning Sunday at Santa Cruz Harbor
Erik Simonson,
Over the weekend, 200 plus friends and family, SC locals and sailing types, young and old descended upon Santa Cruz Small Boat Harbor to celebrate the recommissioning of Bill Lee's Merlin.... [more]


Vendée Globe – Pieter Heerema due in Les Sables tomorrow evening
Vendée Globe,
He merely needs to cross the Bay of Biscay to complete his solo round the world voyage. He is expected to do that on Thursday between 1700 and 2100hrs UTC.... [more]


Black flag comes out on Day 2 of GC32 Championship
GC32 Racing,
With the wind dropping from nine knots to five, general recalls became the norm, as crews jockeyed to get the best starts. This forced Principle Race Officer John Craig to start races under a ‘black flag', disqualifying premature starters.... [more]


EFG Bank Monaco wins fourth consecutive EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour
Oman Sail,
French sailing star Thierry Douillard today led his EFG Bank Monaco (MON) team to their fourth consecutive title as the Arabian classic came to a thrilling climax.... [more]


Countdown to the St Barths Bucket Regatta
Perini Navi,
The magic in St Barths takes place both on and off the water, when the owners and crews fill the yacht haven before and after racing, with the special Yacht Hop taking place on the Saturday evening.... [more]


St Petersburg to Habana Race gets underway after 58 year hiatus
St Petersburg YC,
The St. Petersburg Yacht Club has made history again as the St. Petersburg-Habana Race got underway on Tuesday, after after a 58-year hiatus. The 107- year-old Yacht Club last staged the race in 1959. It was a major annual event from 1930 until that year, when political upheaval in Cuba ended the tradition.... [more]


JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff – Thurlow Fisher continues excellent form
Frank Quealey,
The recently crowned Australian champion Thurlow Fisher Lawyers continued the excellent form the team have shown recently with an outstanding victory in today's Race 4 of the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour. Michael Coxon, Dave O'Connor and Trent Barnabas produced a faultless exhibition in the light East to ESE wind to bring Thurlow Fisher Lawyers home a 2m2s winner.... [more]


Vendee Globe - Heerema - 'Like the Southern Ocean'
Vendee Globe,
Pieter Heerema has got moving again. This afternoon, he told us about some “incredible waves”. He now only has 500 miles left to sail in these tough conditions to complete his Vendée Globe, which he is expected to finish on Thursday. Meanwhile, Sébastien Destremau is about to enter an area of light winds.... [more]


Etchells Midwinter - Lawrie Smith wins battle, Steve Benjamin wins war
John Payne,
The 2017 Etchells North American Midwinter East Series wrapped up in Miami this past weekend with the three-day Mid-winter East Regatta for the Schoonmaker Cup. Forty-seven boats came out to beautiful Biscayne Bay for the scheduled eight-race regatta.... [more]


Olympic champions announce pools for Red Bull Youth America's Cup
America's Cup,
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher have announced the lineups for the two pools of top national youth teams that will compete in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup in Bermuda this summer.... [more]


JJ Giltinan 18ft skiffs - Replay Coverage of Race 4
Sail-World.com,
Catch the latest race of the JJ Giltinan Trophy for the 18ft Skiffs, sailed on Sydney harbour. Great coverage from the very knowledgeable team on the Camera Cat, including commentary from Peter Shipway, Bob Killick and Andrew Buckland.... [more]


JJ Giltinan 18fters - Images from the calm and tempest of Race 3
Michael Chittenden,
Michael Chittenden was back riding in the shotgun seat/deck behind the video camera on board the Camera Cat. He shot this gallery of images as Race 3 started in moderate winds, which increased dramatically as a rain squall hit the fleet on the first downwind leg, before easing to a calm as the boats outside the top three overall struggled to finish inside the one hour time limit.... [more]


JJ Giltinan 18fters - Yamaha granted redress after collision in squall
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZ,
The winner of the first two races in the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18fter Championship has been awarded average points for her scoring races in the series after a Hearing by the protest committee in Sydney this morning. Yamaha NZ was forced to withdraw after taking evasive action to avoid a give-way boat, suffering damage and later capsizing just before a 22kt rainsquall hit the fleet.... [more]


Coast Guard Foundation announces Scholarship Season now open
Coast Guard Foundation,
he Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that it has kicked off its 2017 scholarship season. Accepting applications from March 1st through April 15th, children of enlisted Coast Guard members may apply for annual scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.... [more]


52 Super Series Miami Royal Cup – Nowhere to hide
52 Super Series,
In Miami, 2016 US Olympian and multiple World Champion helmsman, Bora Gulari, steers championship winner Quantum Racing for the first time ever in the white heat of competition. Tony Langley's British-flagged team will be getting to grips with their new Gladiator, which debuted at Key West as Interlodge – the latest Botín Partners design.... [more]


Kiwi helmsmen prevail on GC32 Championship opening day
GC32 Racing,
Two leading Kiwi skippers, both of whom have taken over the helms of well-established teams for this regatta, have claimed the lead positions after the first day of racing... [more]


JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs - Squalls and calms test fleet in Race 3
Frank Quealey,
Australia finally broke the New Zealand dominance so far in the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, sponsored by The Winning Group, when Appliancesonline.com won an incident packed race three of the championship on Sydney Harbour today. The race began in a light East wind before a rain squall hit the fleet on the spinnaker run to the bottom mark off Kurraba Poin... [more]


Thornburg's FOMO setting off to Cuba in St Petersburg Yacht Club Race
Rachel Fallon-Langdon,
Lloyd Thornburg's “FOMO” (Shaun Carkeek 40 mkII) will today set off from St Petersburg Yacht Club to Cuba. Onboard with him he has, Nick Rogers, Simon Fisher, Jan Dekker, Mark Andrews, Henry Bomby, Pete Cumming ,Rob Greenhalgh and Ben Quatromoni. The race has fantastic history dating back to 1929 and has been revived this year for the first time since 1959.... [more]


EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour hangs in the balance after crucial Leg 5
Oman Sail,
In one of the closest leg finishes ever seen in seven editions of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour, Team Al Mouj Muscat edged across the finish line in Dubai just one second ahead of EFG Bank Monaco after 34 hours of intense racing from Doha.... [more]


GKSS to host WMRT Gothenburg Match Cup
World Match Racing Tour,
Gothenburg is the latest city to add to the growing list of WMRT World Tour level events that qualify teams into Championship level events and earn valuable points... [more]


Cruising Club of America names annual award recipients
Barby MacGowan,
The Cruising Club of America (CCA) selected Michael J. Johnson (Santa Fe, N.M.) to receive the Club's Blue Water Medal for 2016, awarded for his extensive cruising for over 40 years, covering more than 125,000 nautical miles and including an east-to-west circumnavigation below the five great southern capes.... [more]


JJ Giltinan 18ft skiffs - Replay Coverage of Race 3
Sail-World.com,
Catch the latest race of the JJ Giltinan Trophy for the 18ft Skiffs, sailed on Sydney harbour. Great coverage from the very knowledgeable team on the Camera Cat, including commentary from Peter Shipway, Bob Killick and Andrew Buckland.... [more]


Les Voiles de St. Barth - VORs in the spotlight
Barby MacGowan,
With the curtain set to rise on the eighth edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth in just over six weeks (10 to 15 April, 2017), no fewer than 57 boats are already signed up for the event. Among these will be an impressive and rather unique fleet of Volvo Ocean Race boats, including both VOR 60s and VOR 70s.... [more]


Vendée Globe – Slow down, you move too fast
Vendée Globe,
After the arrival of five skippers last week, there are now only two left at sea this morning: Pieter Heerema and Sébastien Destremau. The Dutch skipper has been forced to slow down to attempt to let the gales move away ahead of him in the Bay of Biscay.... [more]


Vendée Globe – Why Pieter Heerema has to wait a little while longer
Vendée Globe,
The Dutch skipper has less than 600 miles to go to reach Les Sables d'Olonne, but is not likely to finish before Thursday, when he is expected to take seventeenth place... [more]


11 boats to race the first ever GC32 Championship
GC32 Racing,
Land Rover BAR Academy announced its squad for the 2017 season today. Like last year, the crew here is unusually being led by its bowman, in this case with former shorthanded offshore sailor, Rob Bunce, taking over from Neil Hunter, who has graduated up to the Land Rover BAR America's Cup sailing team.... [more]


RORC Caribbean 600 – A totally unique race
Louay Habib,
The 2017 edition will be remembered for highly competitive racing throughout the fleet, with American yachts winning the major prizes. The race was affected by unusual weather conditions, with a low pressure system sending the wind direction spinning through 360º of the compass.... [more]
 



 

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