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VOR, Caribbean sun, Pacific 52s—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond


22 Mar 2017

VOR, Caribbean sun, Pacific 52s—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

- Dongfeng Race Team - off Brittany coast, March 2017  © Benoit Stichelbaut / Dongfeng Race Team
While the start of the 2017/2018 Volvo Ocean Race seems like along ways off, the reality is that the race's October 22 start is rapidly approaching and that fans, sailors and race officials will be hearing starting guns sounding far sooner than anyone realizes. Perhaps it's because 2017 is also an America's Cup year, with the eyes of the sailing world riveted on Bermuda, or perhaps it's because the VOR is being somewhat coy (in an entertaining way) about breaking the news on competing teams, but you are certainly excused if the VOR was not top-of-mind for 2017 events.

Now, let's change all of that.

Charles Caudrelier, Skipper from Dongfeng Race Team visit the Boatyard facilities in Lisbon where their boat has been refited and is getting ready to be launched.  Amalia Infante/Volvo Ocean Race

As of this writing, four teams have confirmed entry on the October 22 starting line. These include Team AkzoNobel, skippered by Simeon Tienpont (NED); Dongfeng Race Team, skippered by Charles Caudrelier (FRA), and Mapfre, skippered Xabiu Fernandez (ESP), as well as a still mysterious (at the time of this writing) fourth team, which is widely rumored to be under the capable command of Americans Charlie Enright and Mark Towill, who readers will remember from the 2014/2015 VOR as the leaders of Team Alvimedica.

While news of this fourth team is expected to break this week, the great news for American sailors is that we not only have a team in the race, but we also have a stopover, as Newport, Rhode Island has been confirmed as one of the official stops for the 2017/2018 VOR. According to reports, the race is expected to arrive in the “City by the Sea” on or around May 8 of 2018 and is expected to be in town through the 20th of the month, so now might be a wise time to start reserving hotel rooms.

Carolijn Brouwer - Dongfeng Race Team – Volvo Ocean Race  © Martin Keruzoré / Volvo Ocean Race

As mentioned, news is slowly percolating out of the VOR's offices and from various team bases, but veteran skipper Charles Caudrelier has wasted no time in naming several key positions on his team, including two world-class female sailors, Carolijn Brouwer (NED) and Marie Riou (FRA). (FRA). Fans of Team SCA will remember Brouwer's strong contributions to the team during the 2014/2015 VOR, and fans of Olympic sailing will remember Riou's dual Olympic campaigns and four world championship titles.

Caudrelier is now the first skipper to announce his intentions to sail with female sailors, after the rules were changed following the last edition to encourage mixed-sex teams. Under the new rules, a team can sail with seven men, or they can sail with seven men and one or two females; additionally, teams could opt to sail with five men and five women, or an all-female team of eleven women can enter.

Marie Riou - Dongfeng Race Team – Volvo Ocean Race  © Martin Keruzoré / Volvo Ocean Race

It remains to be seen what combination of sailors the other teams will elect to recruit, but it certainly makes for some refreshing VOR optics to see mixed-sex teams.

Stay tuned to the website for the latest VOR news, as it unfurls.

J-Class final day - St Barths Bucket Regatta  Ingrid Abery

Meanwhile, in more immediate sailing news, the Caribbean regatta scene is now in full swing, with the St. Bart's Bucket Regatta (March 16-19) just wrapping up and the St. Thomas International Regatta (March 24-26) just getting ready unfurl. Don't miss the great image galleries from the Bucket Regatta, courtesy of ace lenswoman Ingrid Abery, inside this issue.

And for West Coast readers who are keen on the big-boat scene, the first of at least three new Pacific 52 class boats, Invisible Hand, has arrived from Auckland's Cookson Boats to San Francisco Bay for owner Frank Slootman and has now graced The Bay with her go-fast aesthetic. According to reports, inside, Invisible Hand will soon be joined by two other Pacific 52s that are being built from the same mould.

One of new Pacific 52 class, Invisible Hand, racing in San Francisco - March 2017  Erik Simonson/ ©

The Pacific 52s are expected to race in this year's Rolex Big Boat Series, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club (September 14-17), which will likely be the class' most visible public outing of 2017, so if you're interested in seeing these sweet new machines in action, mark your calendars.

Land Rover BAR's AC50 launch - their movable dock can be seen in the background  Austin Wong | ACEA

Finally, for anyone who has ever accidentally “kissed” a dock, don't miss the footage of Sir Ben Ainslie's BAR Racing team as they experience a few bad moments in Bermuda that will likely result in some shed time for their newly launched ACC yacht.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Vestas 11th Hour Racing launch Volvo Ocean Race campaign
Volvo Ocean Race,
Vestas 11th Hour Racing will be led by the American duo of Charlie Enright and Mark Towill. The team are the fourth to announce for the upcoming edition, which begins on 22 October, and they will use the race to promote a sustainability message around the world.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Vestas 11th Hour Racing VOR entry announcement live
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
See Vestas 11th Hour Racing announce their entry as the fourth boat in the Volvo Ocean Race. The announcement is being made in Newport RI at 10.00am EDT or 3.00pm CET... [more]

St. Barths Bucket Regatta – More action shots by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images... [more]

St. Barths Bucket Regatta images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images... [more]

America's Cup - Ben and Barry on Bermuda docking technique
Bangin' The Corners,
Another in the series from the Bangin' The Corner, this time offering some pointers on docking technique, after the British America's Cup team had a close encounter with their mobile dock in Bermuda. Here's a few tips on how to dock the easy way.... [more]

Match Cup Australia – Barkow and Anyon eliminated
John Roberson,
The elimination of Barkow, a Tour card holder, could be the first in a series of upsets in this regatta, with so much talent lined up, no one is safe, and there will be more early exits tomorrow, when the super sixteen get cut down to just eight teams.... [more]

Antigua Bermuda Race welcomes schooner Eleonora
Louay Habib,
The Antigua to Bermuda Race starting on Friday 12th May is proving highly popular with a huge variety of competitors eager to take on the challenge of a true ocean race to Bermuda; the home of the 35th America's Cup.... [more]

World Match Racing Tour - Images from a light Day 1 in Perth
Ian Roman,
Image gallery from Day 1 of the World Match Race Tour event in Perth - the first round of the 2017 Tour. Conditions were light for the first day of racing, which featured an all-womens crew.... [more]

Extreme Sailing Series heads to Mexico for the first time in history
Extreme Sailing Series,
Today the owner and organiser of the Series, OC Sport, is delighted to announce that the German software giant SAP – a longtime supporter of the world's leading Stadium Racing Series - will be the Host Venue Partner for the Mexican Act.... [more]

Winds of change at the Princesa Sofia IBEROSTAR
Trofeo Princesa Sofía,
Around 700 boats will participate in this edition of the Majorcan regatta, which kicks off on Friday 24 for ORC, J80 and Dragon (with three racing days until Sunday) and on Monday 27 for Olympic Classes.... [more]

Taylor Canfield stands out on Day 1 of the Match Cup Australia
John Roberson,
Taylor Canfield and his US One team are the standout performers on the first day of the Match Cup Australia, the first event on the 2017 World Match Racing Tour. Canfield, from the US Virgin Islands, chalked up three wins and a second place to dominate his group in the day's fleet racing.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng has an offshore hit-out - Video NZL,
After a one million euro re-fiit procedure in Lisbon, the Dongfeng Race Team crew gave their boat its first real test ahead of 2017-18 – and it looks better than ever! In this video Dongfeng go offshore in a big breeze for the first real work-out of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]

St. Barth's Super Yacht Regatta - Final Day
Paul Cayard,
Today was the final day of racing of the St. Barth's Bucket, the annual Super Yacht regatta down here in the Caribbean. I sailed as tactician onboard Rosehearty, once again, with my friend Joey Kaempfer and a fantastic team. We trained a bit on Wednesday and Thursday last week and had one race a day beginning on Friday.... [more]

Anyone for a rocketship-
John Curnow,
Queensland's Peter Harburg remains committed to sailing. The modified VO70 presently known as Black Jack is soon to be for sale to make way for a bigger project. This is a great thing for sailing in general, and indeed Australia. Hamburg's passion for our sport, and the way he has his campaigns administered through Mark Bradford is exemplary. No doubt the the prize of a Hobart win is still there... [more]

'Rock n' Roll' is king at Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in San Diego
Evily Giannopoulos,
Thirteen individual class winners took home first-place trophies at the culmination of the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta San Diego on Sunday, but only one was crowned Overall Winner – skipper Argyle Campbell, of Newport Beach, Calif.... [more]

St. Thomas International Regatta's Prize Timepieces by Cardow Jewelers
Carol Bareuther,
Timing means everything in yacht racing. Therefore, organizers of the Round the Rocks Race, set for March 23, and the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), March 24 to 26, are proud to welcome Cardow Jewelers aboard as sponsor of the precision timepieces that will be awarded to class winners.... [more]

St Barths Bucket Regatta - More final day images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery was on water at 2017 St Barths Bucket Regatta and provided this gallery of J-Class images from final day.... [more]

St Barths Bucket Regatta - Final day images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery was on water at 2017 St Barths Bucket Regatta and provided this gallery of J-Class images from final day.... [more]

Marion Bermuda – Only East coast race with a Celestial Classification
Talbot Wilson,
The Beverly Yacht Club Polaris Trophy is offered for the first celestially navigated yacht and that yacht's navigator is recognized with the Navigator's Trophy.... [more]

Match racing giants arrive in Perth for the Match Cup Australia
Britain's Ian Williams won this event last year, and he is back to defend his title, he has also won the Match Racing World Championship six times, a record in itself.... [more]

Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta - Strong turnout and tight racing on Day 2
Evily Giannopoulos,
With the addition of offshore keelboat racing on Saturday, sailboats competed off Point Loma on San Diego Bay on the second day of the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta in San Diego.... [more]

St Barths Bucket Regatta - More Day 3 action-shots by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery was on water at 2017 St Barths Bucket Regatta and provided this gallery of images from Day 3 action.... [more]

St Barths Bucket Regatta - Day 3 action-shots by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery was on water at 2017 St Barths Bucket Regatta and provided this gallery of images from Day 3 action.... [more]

America's Cup - Ouch ... AC50 style - Video NZL,
Land Rover BAR's re-entry to their marina in the Royal Dockyard in Bermuda does not appear to have gone has planned on Friday. In this clip the British America's Cup team appear to cop a gust a the wrong moment from the wrong direction and accelerate as they should be slowing down. Turn your audio to hear the crunch.... [more]

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ say they have learned 2013 lessons
Duncan Johnston,,
Time is the enemy of Team New Zealand as much as the prying eyes of five America's Cup rivals as they countdown to what they expect to be 'brutal' racing in Bermuda. The Kiwi syndicate are adamant they have learned from the painful lessons of the 2013 regatta in San Francisco where they pioneered foiling but ran out of development... [more]

New Pacific 52 class makes its debut in San Francisco
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
The first of two new-build Pacific 52's from Auckland's Cookson Boats is now sailing in San Francisco. Invisible Hand for San Francisco's Frank Slootman replaces his earlier RP63 of the same name. She will soon be joined by a second Cookson build, Bad Pack (Tom Holthus) from the same moulds. A third, RIO 52 is for RIO 100 supermaxi owner Manouch Moshayedi.... [more]

Singapore Youth Sailing Championship - Day 3
Panos Marinopoulos,
Singapore's Lu Junrui suffered a slight blimp in his quest for the Singapore Youth Sailing Championship Laser Radial title but recovered in his final race. He is on course to claim the 2017 crown.... [more]

BVI Spring Regatta find new ways to keep green
BVI Spring Regatta,
Environmental concerns seem to be getting a lot of press lately. However, the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival has been involved with protecting the environment for many years. The regatta has partnered with Sailors for the Sea, a leading conservation organization that 'engages, educates, inspires and activates the sailing community toward healing the ocean.'... [more]

H.H National Offshore One Design Regatta begins on San Diego Bay
Evily Giannopoulos,
The annual Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta got underway in San Diego on Friday morning as five classes of sailboats took to the racecourses on San Diego Bay. Eight additional classes are scheduled to join the regatta Saturday and Sunday.... [more]

St Barths Bucket Regatta - More Day 2 action-shots by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery was on water at 2017 St Barths Bucket Regatta and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action.... [more]

St Barths Bucket Regatta - Day 2 action-shots by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery was on water at 2017 St Barths Bucket Regatta and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action.... [more]

Meet the Dynamic Dozen - Clipper 2017-18 Race skippers announced
Clipper Round the World,
With less than six months to go before the Clipper 2017-18 Race start, we are excited to introduce the ‘dynamic dozen' who will guide the teams during the world's largest round the world yacht race.... [more]

TwinTip - Racing Asian Championships - Battle for first place
International Kiteboarding Association,
Winds began early this morning in Pranburi, and the crew made short time of pumping kites and getting the first rounds of racing underway, fearing that a strange forecasted weather front would move in early in the afternoon and kill the wind.... [more]

St Barths Bucket Regatta - More Day 1 action-shots by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on water at 2017 St Barths Bucket Regatta and provided this gallery of images from J-Class Race - Day 1 action.... [more]

St Barths Bucket Regatta - Day 1 action-shots by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on water at 2017 St Barths Bucket Regatta and provided this gallery of images from J-Class Race - Day 1 action.... [more]

St Barths Bucket Regatta - Day 1 action-shots by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery was on water at 2017 St Barths Bucket Regatta and provided this gallery of images from Day 1 action.... [more]

Vendee Globe - Stricken yacht confirms whale strike in Southern Ocean
Scuttlebutt Europe |,
French sailor Kito de Pavant was sailing along in the Indian Ocean a month after the start of the Vendee Globe round-the-world race when his Bastide Otio monohull violently struck an unidentified floating object. The high-speed collision 120 miles north of the Crozet Islands destroyed the keel and part of the hull around it, forcing de Pavant to radio for help and abandon the sinking ship.... [more]

Marine Resources expands Boatbuilding Team with two key appointments
Marine Resources,
Leading leisure marine industry and luxury yacht recruitment specialists Marine Resources have recently expanded their in-house boatbuilding team, with the addition of two new key members.... [more]

On-the Water judges for FAST40+ Class Race Circuit
Fast40 Class,
With close racing there are times when teams push the RRS too hard and teams feel aggrieved, but reluctant to protest. The Fast 40+ class saw this at earlier events in 2016 and introduced the On-the-water whistling Judge at the One Ton Cup in 2016.... [more]

British female set to become youngest skipper in Clipper Race history
Clipper Ventures,
Sailing with family and friends since the age of 13, the idea of being able to work at sea was planted after a short stint in the Sea Cadets. Nicola has since carved a successful sailing career, in both racing and instructing which would rival those twice her age.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Top female sailors join Dongfeng Race Team
Volvo Ocean Race,
Dongfeng Race Team have selected Carolijn Brouwer and Marie Riou for their Volvo Ocean Race campaign in 2017-18 – a move that confirms the impact of a rule change introduced by the race to encourage mixed male-female crews. The two women bring a wealth of experience to Charles Caudrelier's team, including a total of five Olympic Games and a host of world titles.... [more]

Former Police Superintendent selected as skipper in Clipper Race
Clipper Ventures,
The former Metropolitan Police Superintendent will be one of twelve professional sailors who will each lead a crew of amateur sailors through Mother Nature's toughest environments in the 40,000 nautical mile challenge, which sets sail from the UK this August, involves around 700 crew, and will take almost a year to complete.... [more]

Philippines' Chriistian Tio dominates at 2017 TTR Asian Championships
The International Kiteboarding Association,
Today marked the first day we have seen the future Youth Olympic course in action, and it was indeed a sight to see. The downwind slalom course was raced in eight man fleets, with rider's zig zagging back and forth from the beach right in front of a crowd of impressed onlookers.... [more]

Phaedo3 takes Line Honours and Class win in the NHYC Cabo Race
Rachel Fallon-Langdon,
After starting in dense fog and no wind in Newport Harbour on Sunday Phaedo3 managed to rip down the West Coats of the USA and Mexico to claim a line honours winner in the Newport Harbour Yacht Club Cabo Race.... [more]

Intrepid skipper and Star World Champion Bill Ficker dies at 89
Sail-World NZ and Various Contributors,
William P 'Bill' Ficker, best known as the skipper of Intrepid in the controversial 1970 America's Cup has died at the age of 89 years. One of USA's most distinguished sailors, Bill Ficker was a winner of the America's Cup, a Star World Champion and the winner of the Congressional Cup.... [more]

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta – Nautor's Swan dominates
Nautor's Swan,
Don MacPherson's Freya captured her second consecutive class victory and third in the last four years, winning all three races in Class C by an average of more than five minutes.... [more]

Foiling Week GARDA is the first TFW event in 2017
Foiling Week,
The Foiling Week™, now reaching the fourth year, is expanding again offering more events and richer programs. The first and only series of global events dedicated to the amazingly fast foiling boats, their sailors and designers is heading to destinations in Europe, USA, South America and Australia.... [more]

Rolex Fastnet Race set to attract another monster fleet
James Boyd,
Some offshore yacht races struggle for entries, but the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial flagship event is not one of them. When the entry list opened on 9 January, spaces sold out faster than a Rolling Stones farewell concert; the 340 boat limit reached, incredibly, in just four minutes and 24 seconds.... [more]

Paving the Way for Paralympic Sailing
Lindsey Lovegrove, World Sailing,
'Some day I will retire, but I will have a fleet of sailors behind me who will carry on the work!' Philippines sailor Cherrie Pinpin is a determined woman! As one of nine sailors and five coaches to have just completed World Sailing's first ever Asian Paralympic Development Program (PDP) clinic, Pinpin is even more resolute about spreading the word on sailing both at home and across Asia.... [more]

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ sailing in 25kt winds on Waitemata
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand headed out for another training session in Auckland in winds that are at the top end of the range for racing in the AC50's in the America's Cup Regatta. The team set off about noon with winds being recorded at Bean Rock as averaging 19kts and gusting 25kts.... [more]

U.S. J/24 Class offers wonderful opportunity to young sailors
Julie and Christopher Howell,
The U.S. J/24 Class is pleased to announce the launch of the Kelly Holmes-Moon J/24 Boat Grant Program. This program is targeted toward sailors in their twenties who would like the chance to put a crew together and campaign a J/24 of their own but do not have the means to purchase a boat.... [more]

Derry-Londonderry returns as Host Port for Clipper Round World Race
Clipper Ventures,
The decision that the race will visit the Northern Irish city for the fourth consecutive time, in July 2018, was confirmed today by Derry City and Strabane District Council at its Business and Culture Committee meeting.... [more]

MAPFRE snap up Greenhalgh for Volvo Ocean Race bid
Volvo Ocean Race,
Greenhalgh, who returns for his fifth Volvo Ocean Race and second with MAPFRE, is the campaign's fourth confirmed sailor, following skipper Xabi Fernández, fellow watch captain Pablo Arrarte, and Ñeti Cuervas-Mons, who will be bowman and boat captain.... [more]

Team ENGIE leaves Oman in 6th place at the Extreme Sailing Series
Sébastien Rogues,
As a preamble to his new season in GC32, Sébastien Rogues and the Team ENGIE crew benefited from very high-level training during two major international events, the GC32 Championship and the first leg of the Extreme Sailing Series which took place in Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman.... [more]

Cutting-edge foiling catamaran arrives for Premier Youth Sailing Event
America's Cup,
Double Olympic champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher sailed the first Red Bull Youth America's Cup-branded AC45F catamaran to arrive in Bermuda – an exciting milestone in the countdown to the second edition of the event, upcoming in June... [more]

America's Cup - Groupama Team France launch their AC50 in Bermuda
Groupama Team France,
Groupama Team France became the sixth and final team to launch their AC50 from the Royal Dockyard, Bermuda on Monday, local time. Images from the launch plus video are in this story. In an intimate “unofficial” celebration, Elise Bakhoum the only woman on Groupama Team France's shore team christened the yacht Groupama Team France in traditional French fashion at Dockyard yesterday.... [more]

Team REV wins M32 Miami Winter Series Event No - 3
Aston Harald,
Eight brightly colored M32's raced back and forth in front of the Miami skyline for the Miami Winter Series Event 3 in conjunction with Bacardi Miami Sailing Week. The changing conditions brought several lead changes throughout the event, and it was Team REV skippered by Rick DeVos who jumped from sixth to first overall the final day to take the event win!... [more]

World Sailing Presidential update - March 2017
Kim Andersen,
Part of my vision for World Sailing is focused on creating clear priorities for World Sailing going forward. In order to do this, it is vital that we consider the position of our organisation and our vision for its future.... [more]

Nilaya wins Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous
Nilaya, the dominating Reichel/Pugh design, was presented the Loro Piana Prize: Boat International Media Trophy for overall victory at the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous.... [more]

Gladwell's Line - Of Carnage, Characters and Colour
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
About this time of an America's Cup season, the sap begins rising as new boats are launched, and Cup fans get their first sight of the various team designers' response to the latest America's Cup Class rule. In the monohull days, of course, we initially only got a partial glimpse thanks to the shrouding practices adopted by all teams to hide the nether regions of their America's Cupper... [more]

Finn Class to test new format at Trofeo Princesa Sofia IBEROSTAR
Robert Deaves,
The format that will be used in Palma is one of several on the table and will allow the class and World Sailing to better understand the consequences and processes of introducing such a system.... [more]

A QandA with Chris Woolsey, regatta chair of the Miami to Havana Race
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
The 2017 Miami to Havana Race is set to begin on March 15 and promises high adventure-both sailing-related and cultural-for the sailors lucky enough to be participating in this historical-and for now legal-race. I talked with Chris Woolsey, regatta chair of the Miami to Havana Race and SORC race chairman, to learn more about this exciting race to Cuba.... [more]


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