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AC36 updates, Worlds reports—Sailing news from North America & beyond


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 25 Sep 2017

AC36 updates, Worlds reports—Sailing news from North America & beyond

Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA - 35th America's Cup Match - Race 3 Start - Bermuda June 18, 2017  Richard Gladwell
As North American sailors watch as our greens of summer slowly progress into the reds, golds and yellows of early fall, one could be forgiven for thinking that things are winding down on the sailing stage. Perhaps in North America, at least in the parts that are affected by that four-letter word that starts with “s” and ends in a “w”, there's truth to the fact that the 2017 season is slowly furling itself up neatly, but there's even greater truth to the fact that the northern hemisphere is only half of the earth...and greater truth still to the fact that the America's Cup-the Auld Mug-has once again found itself on antipodean waters, shifting much global attention to the small-but-spectacular nation of New Zealand.

To be clear, what's known about the 36th America's Cup at this point isn't an official Protocol from the Defender and the Challenger of Record (expected this coming Friday, September 29), but rather some snippets of wisdom gleaned from various sources, including Emirates Team New Zealand, the Defenders of the 36th America's Cup, and Luna Rossa, the Challenger of Record for “AC36”. Still, much can be inferred about the next Defense, including a transition from multihulls back to monohulls, a date of early 2021 for AC36 racing, as well as a lead-up series of regattas.

Critically, the new Protocol is also expected to have a heavy nationality clause, which-while clearly playing to the Kiwis' own strengths -comes as celebrated news to many fans (your editor included) who kept getting confused by the number of antipodean accents on an American-flagged Defender.

Simon Koster – foiler - Mini Transat  © Jacques Vapillon / Mini Transat

While the news of a switch to monohulls returns gravity to the Cup in the eyes of many Cup fans, there's no questions that this boldface change is certain to ruffle some feathers, especially amongst those who invested heavily into foiling (although there has been no word as to if the Cup boats will use DSS-style foils, or perhaps even Classe Mini-style foils to lift or partially lift the boats from the brine).

'We have come from the most amazing boats in the world,' said Jimmy Spithill, the former skipper of Oracle Team USA, to RadioLIVE's Andrew Gourdie. Oracle Team USA, it will be remembered, recently lost the 35th America's Cup in a stunning 7-1 upset on the waters of Bermuda's Great Sound that has eclipsed the team's impressive 2013 comeback during the 34th America's Cup to the point that it's now not expected that Oracle Team USA will return for a bite at the AC36's apple.

'It's really tough to think about [not] sailing these things,” continued Spithill. “Whether you win or lose, you feel like you are ready to go into some sort of clinic. How do you beat that adrenaline?”

Jimmy Spithill, helmsman Oracle Team USA
Oracle Team USA

Day 4
2017 35th America's Cup Bermuda   Daniel Forster ©

For Spithill, who is promoting a new book called Chasing the Cup: My America's Cup Journey, and the other sailors from Oracle Team USA, this may prove to be more of a question of employment contracts than sailing satisfaction, however there's little question that Spithill and the rest of the Oracle squad will be in high demand for AC36, even if they are wearing new livery colors.

Granted, Spithill's war of words with Dalton and the ETNZ squad dates back to at least 2013, but the simple fact remains that Spithill, like everyone else, will have to wait to see what the Protocol says come Friday, while also waiting to see what teams are looking to staff-up their afterguards in light of AC36's Protocol.

Meanwhile, in ocean-racing news, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams have all reached their first port of call-Punta del Este, Uraguay-during the 2017/2018 edition of this storied offshore challenge and are gearing up for their next offshore leg, which will take the paying crews to Cape Town, South Africa. This next leg will start on Wednesday, October 4, and will give crews a serious taste of the offshore adrenaline that's sure to follow in the race's Southern Ocean legs.

Day 35, Race 1 – Clipper Round the World Yacht Race  Clipper Ventures

And in Europe, the crews preparing for the 2017/2018 Volvo Ocean Race dropped their steeds off with the race's Boatyard for the official assembly period (September 18 to 30), which is when the boats are officially measured and safety checks conducted before the race's official start on October 22. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, much closer to home, Rossi Milev (CAN) and his Clear Air crew won the 2017 J/24 Worlds, which just concluded racing at the Port Credit Yacht Club, in Mississauga, Canada. Milev and company were joined on the winner's podium by Tony Parker (USA) and his Bangor Packet crew and Ariko Murohashi's (JPN) Lull squad.

Clear Air's Rossi Milev won the 2017 J/24 Worlds  Christopher Howell

And in Annapolis, Maryland, the Severn Sailing Association and Eastport Yacht Club are hosting the 505 Worlds (September 20-29), where Howie Hamlin and Andy Zinn are currently sitting in the pole position, followed by Mike Holt and Carl Smit, who are sitting in second place at the time of this writing, and Tyler Moore and Rob Woelfel. Out of the top ten boats, eight are flying the Stars and Stripes, while the entire Top Three (at the time of this writing) all carry the letters “USA” on their sails.

Also on tap this week, the Etchells Worlds (September 22-30) are playing out on the gloriously windy waters of San Francisco Bay, American Yacht Club's Fall Regatta (September 30 to October 1) is set to take place on Long Island Sound, and the J/70 East Coast Championships will be unfurling on the Chesapeake Bay and will be hosted by the Fishing Bay Yacht Club next weekend.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

National Sailing Hall of Fame inducts eight sailing heroes
Jan Harley,
The eight Inductees, including three posthumous honorees, were celebrated for the impact they have had on the sport. The National Sailing Hall of Fame, dedicated to preserving the stories of these sailing heroes to inspire future generations, has now inducted 65 heroes of the sport.... [more]

Young British Vendee2020Vision crew smash Length of Britain record
Four young British sailors crossed the virtual finish line off John O'Groats in the early hours of Monday morning to establish a new Length of Britain record of two days, 14 hours and six minutes.... [more]

Laser Masters World Championships – Day 2
Katie Olsen,
The Monday weather forecast included a storm early in the morning, which passed directly over Split and gave an early wake up call for the Laser Master sailors with a lightning show that illuminated the city skyline.... [more]

Locals take victory in final leg to close out M32 North America Champs
Aston Harald,
The M32 Catamaran showed its potential at the inaugural North America Championship with eleven teams ripping around Lake Michigan completing 14 races over the weekend with eight different race winners. The regatta served as the “test event” for the 2018 World Championship and Chicago delivered. Determining the M32 North America Champion came down to the last race with REV... [more]

Chicago's Kennalley and team win 2017 U.S. Offshore Championship
US Sailing,
The 10 teams racing in Navy 44 sloops at the 2017 U.S. Offshore Sailing Championship, hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy Sailing Squadron, completed their third and final day of racing on Chesapeake Bay in the best conditions of the weekend. After just three races, on Friday and Saturday combined, including two distance races and one buoy race... [more]

2017 Laser Masters World Championships - No wind, no racing
International Laser Class Association,
The 2017 Laser Masters World Championships kicked off today with a slow start. 350 Laser Master sailors spent the day ashore under sunny blue skies, hoping the weather forecast of light winds would prove to be incorrect.... [more]

Hamlin-Zinn draw first blood in 2017 SAP 505 World Championship
Bill Wagner,
There was a collective groan from the sailors when principal race officer Sandy Grosvenor announced from the deck of Severn Sailing Association that she was sending the fleet out on Day 1 of the SAP 5O5 World Championship.... [more]

RS:X World Championships – Thrilling final day
Bas Edmonds / RS:X Class,
2017 has seen a year of experimentation with regards to final day format of racing – with the RS:X Class trying out a wide range of different formats over its events this year.... [more]

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Day 35 – Winds frustrate Nasdaq
The Clipper Race,
According the Clipper Race Meteorologist Simon Rowell, the small high- pressure cell in Nasdaq's location is going offshore, meaning the winds should gradually build as the team approaches the Finish Line.... [more]

Champions crowned at first Twin-Tip Slalom Racing Worlds
Ian MacKinnon,
In the hotly-contested women's division, 17-year-old local favourite, Jingle Chen (CHN), secured the World Championship title after a series of races that saw the overall lead change hands constantly as the breeze freshened to a punchy 17kts.... [more]

Unbeatable Mazella scoops back-to-back IKA KiteFoil GoldCup Victories
Ian MacKinnon,
Yet even the modest Mazella seemed slightly taken aback, though nonetheless delighted, by his incredible record. He was quick to acknowledge that some of the world's best riders, like compatriot Nico Parlier and Britain's Olly Bridge, were missing, an absence he hopes will be filled in Sardinia.... [more]

America's Cup - Slingsby optimistic about Australian Challenger
Reece Labuschagne - RadioLive, New Zealand,
Oracle Team USA's tactician Tom Slingsby is keen on a Australian team rising to the challenge of competing at the next America's Cup in Auckland. 'If there's an Australian team, I'd love to be part of it, I've always said that,' Slingsby said... [more]

America's Cup - Switch to monohulls is a step back – Jimmy Spithill
Newshub, New Zealand,
An America's Cup shift back to monohulls could be a step in the wrong direction, at least that's what two-time winning skipper Jimmy Spithill thinks. The 38-year-old, currently promoting his book Chasing the Cup: My America's Cup Journey in New Zealand, famously broke Kiwi hearts by leading Oracle Team USA to a comeback victory over Emirates Team NZ in 2013 off San Francisco.... [more]

Narrow margins define leaderboard at Day 1 of M32 North America Champs
Aston Harald,
The first day of racing in Chicago at the M32 North America Championship saw multiple storylines unfold as battle lines were drawn throughout the leaderboard with four sets of teams separated by only two points.... [more]

Azzurra are 2017 52 Super Series Champions
52 Super Series,
Winning the final regatta of the year to become the only crew to win two events in 2017, the Roemmers family's Azzurra which represents the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda are the new 52 Super Series champions.... [more]

Best ever World Championship finish for British windsurfer Martin
Anisha Walkerley,
British Sailing Team's Kieran Holmes Martin returned to action in style following a five-month break from competition as he took fifth place at the RS:X World Championships (18-23 September) in Enoshima, Japan, his best ever finish at a senior Worlds.... [more]

RS:X Worlds - Day 5 - Consistent application of the basics
Bas Edmonds,
Start well, pick the shifts up the first beat, work hard and extend. A simplistic view of sailboard racing but the reality is that if you do the basics right then you are in with a shot of doing well and potentially winning. Jim Rohn, an American entrepreneur said, “Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals”.... [more]

The Clipper Race - Race 1 - Day 34 - Greenings push for victory
The Clipper Race,
Only Greenings and Nasdaq remains at sea following the arrival of Visit Seattle late on Friday night, Punta del Este time.... [more]

Star-studded lineup arrives in Chicago for M32 North American Champs
Laura Muma,
The iconic skyline of Chicago will set the stage for the 2017 M32 North American Championship as 11 teams descend upon the Lake Michigan lakefront to battle it out this Saturday and Sunday.... [more]

North Sails Gulf Coast to sponsor debriefings during 5O5 Worlds
Bill Wagner,
Grant “Fuzz” Spanhake is one of the most respected coaches in the world of sailboat racing. The Annapolis-based professional has worked with the highest level professionals competing on the TP52 circuit and with the Olympic teams of several countries. Now participants in the 2017 SAP 5O5World Championship will benefit from Spanhake's expertise.... [more]

2017 SAP 5O5 World Championship - Preview
Bill Wagner,
Severn Sailing Association was a flurry of activity on Wednesday evening as competitors prepared for the 2017 SAP 5O5 World Championship. Skippers and crews were busy performing last-minute adjustments to their boats, tuning the rig and working on other gear.... [more]

52 Super Series - The day of reckoning
52 Super Series,
After a thrilling two race day at the Menorca 52 Super Series Sailing Week when none of the top three title challengers could maintain a decisive high level of consistency, Azzurra carry a seven point lead into the final day of the 2017 52 Super Series Season.... [more]

Pack reshuffled in topsy turvy TwinTip-Racing Open Weifang
Ian MacKinnon,
With the return of Pingtan Island's normally predictable winds that went largely missing for three days, both the men's and women's leaders found themselves pushed down the leaderboard but remain in the hunt going into the final day.... [more]

IKA KiteFoil GoldCup – Day 4 – Four French riders top the order
Ian MacKinnon,
The Team Enata trio were only split by their compatriot Theo de Ramecourt, who was keeping pace on Flysurfer Sonic Race kites and a Mike's Lab foil, finishing the day third on the leaderboard, slipping one place from the start of the day.... [more]

TP52 Super Series Mahon – Day 4 images gallery by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Max Ranchi provided this gallery of images from day four... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 33 – Battle for positions continue
The Clipper Race, is now arriving into Punta del Este after crossing the line in sixth place, and an incredibly close finish is expected between Garmin and Liverpool 2018.... [more]

Yachting NZ appoints America's Cup veteran to High Performance role
Yachting NZ and,
Yachting New Zealand has appointed former Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA logistics manager, Ian Stewart to the vacant High Performance Director role. After 15 years America's Cup experience Stewart will be responsible for Yachting New Zealand's High Performance programme, with the main aim of delivering Olympic and world championship success.... [more]

RS:X Windsurfing World Championships – Day 4 – Damage limitation
Bas Edmonds / RS:X Class,
With the majority of sailors in the Gold Fleet picking up their worst result today, it was a case of damage limitation to the scorecard and ensuring that any hopes or dreams of winning this event were kept alive.... [more]

J/24 World Championship - Day 3 action-shots by Christopher Howell
Christopher Howell,
Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at 2017 J/24 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from race Day 3.... [more]

J/24 Worlds - Canada's Petley-Jones takes lead after six races
Penny McLaren,
If good things come to those who wait, then Evan Petley-Jones' Lifted is the perfect example on day three of the J/24 World Championship in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.... [more]

SYC rebounds from devastating fire with win at NYYC Invitational Cup
Sean McNeill,
The pinnacle event of the Rolex Yachting calendar in the U.S. wrapped up last Saturday with the Southern Yacht Club putting forth a commanding effort to win the 2017 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.... [more]

Sanya Serenity Coast claims line honours in longest Clipper Race stage
Julia Fry,
Sanya Serenity Coast claimed line honours today into Punta del Este, Uruguay, in the longest ever individual race of the Clipper Race's eleven edition history.... [more]

52 Super Series - Wide open, going to the wire-
52 Super Series,
With the wind moving round today into a more reliable, dependable southerly direction, defending 2016 52 Super Series champions Quantum Racing bounced back from a modest, frustrating start to the season's final regatta – the Menorca 52 Super Series Sailing Week – to return two second place finishes today and restore their pressure on title rivals Platoon and Azzurra.... [more]

Audi Sailing Champions League Final starts tomorrow
Favourites for this edition include the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV), winners of the first qualification leg, Segelclub Mattsee (SCM), victors in the second leg, and the Deutscher Touring Yacht-Club, holders of the Best Sailing Club 2016 title. Representing Italy will be the home team from YCCS and the Circolo Canottieri Aniene (CCA).... [more]

IKA KiteFoil GoldCup – Mazella stretches lead in teasing breezes
Ian MacKinnon,
For the Frenchman, on his distinctive red 21m Enata kite and foil, it appears to matter little whether he is pursued by just four rivals or the entire fleet. He led round the first top mark and never looked back, stretching his advantage to a comfortable lead by the reaching finish after two searingly-fast laps of the windward-leeward track.... [more]

TP52 Super Series Mahon – Race 3 and 4 images gallery by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Max Ranchi provided this gallery of images from races three and four... [more]

Rolex World Sailor of the Year nominees announced
World Sailing,
The Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards is the most prestigious award of recognition in the dynamic sport of sailing. Since the awards' inception in 1994, the trophy has proudly accumulated the names of those who have demonstrated unparalleled, performance, endurance and accomplishment in sailing.... [more]

Clipper Race –Day 32– Sanya Serenity Coast on course for Leg 1 victory
The Clipper Race,
Sanya Serenity Coast is on course to take line honours for the Atlantic Trade Winds Leg one as it is expected to be the first boat in to Punta del Este later today.... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race – One month out
Unsurprisingly, given the history of the race and the country's geographical proximity, Italy provides the largest contingent of competitors with 17 entries. Three of the past five races have been won by Italian yachts and, while defending champion Mascalzone Latino will not be in attendance this year, there is another Italian Cookson 50 in the shape of Endlessgame in the 2017 roster.... [more]

Mayor leads welcome as the Extreme Sailing Series™ heads to San Diego
Extreme Sailing Series,
Two US-flagged wildcard teams were announced at the press conference, hosted by Coasterra restaurant, and they will enter the fray in San Diego as part of an eight-strong international fleet of hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans.... [more]

A Transat Jacques Vabre full of promise
Transat Jacques Vabre,
Today, at the Pavillon Champs-Elysées in Paris, they were all present, eager to head out to sea, boots and oilies ready to cross the start line on Sunday, November 5.... [more]

IKA KiteFoil GoldCup World Series – Axel Mazella nearly untouchable
Ian MacKinnon,
In the women's division—racing among the mixed fleet of 21 riders from 13 nations—Russia's Elena Kalinina was battling with Alexia Fancelli (FRA) and for the most part seemed to have he measure of the Frenchwoman, though their races were hard fought.... [more]

52 Super Series Sailing Week – Staying on the emotional rollercoaster
52 Super Series,
The German-flagged Platoon, with John Kostecki calling tactics, clawed two points back against the circuit leaders Azzurra, and opened five points more on Quantum Racing.... [more]

TP52 Super Series Mahon – Race 2 images gallery by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Max Ranchi provided this gallery of images from race two... [more]

GKA Kite-Surf World Tour – The final wrap-up from Mauritius
Matt Pearce,
Kevin wasn't the only Langeree making his GKA debut in Mauritius. His sister Jalou was among the 19 riders registered for the women's division alongside some high-calibre riders in the form of last year's event winner and local shredder Ninja-Maria Bichler, 2016 Dakhla champ Milla Ferreira, Hawaiian regular-footer Moona Whyte and former multiple-freestyle world champion Gisela Pulido.... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 31 – Wind returns for final push
The Clipper Race,
Minus any mishap, Sanya Serenity Coast is the favourite to take line honours, and currently has a lead of around 80nM (nautical miles) on second-placed PSP Logistics, and around 100nM on Great Britain in third. But, there is a stiff challenge for the overall Atlantic Trade Winds Leg one win forming in the shape of Greenings.... [more]

J24 World Championships – Day 1 images gallery by Christopher Howell
Christopher Howell,
Christopher Howell provided this gallery of images from day one... [more]

Gladwell's Line - More from la Stampa...and from (la) Taipa
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
More leaks from Italy Monday night on what the Protocol and Class Rule could look like for the 36th America's Cup. All the running is coming out of Italy - mostly from Turin based newspaper La Stampa, which seems to have the hotline to the key players who reveal a few snippets about what is in the agreed, but yet to be announced documents for the Protocol and Class Rule.... [more]

52 Super Series Sailing Week Menorca – One step closer-
52 Super Series,
Big, bumpy, leftover seas were out of proportion to the 10-12kt N'ly winds that swung around in direction, and rose, and fell in strength. Race Officer Maria Torrijo and her team achieved one good, solid race before the winds became too unstable for a second contest, and the 11-boat fleet was returned to shore.... [more]

High-octane racing on Day 1 of TwinTip-Racing World Championships
The East China Sea served up flat water and a steady breeze of 11kts to 13kts in the large sheltered bay to kick off the action in the sixth successive edition of China International Kiteboarding Festival.... [more]

RS:X World Windsurfing Championship – Day 2 – Simplicity and stability
Bas Edmonds / RS:X Class,
In both the men's and women's fleet, the overnight scorecard showed that a limited number of competitors actually mastered the conditions and the variables from the opening day. It could be that some nerves were showing and reigning double Olympic champion, Dorian van Rijsselberghe was potentially guilty of this with a mixed scoreline.... [more]

TP52 Super Series Mahon – Race 1 images gallery by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Max Ranchi provided this gallery of images from race one... [more]

Registration open for The Hague Offshore Sailing Worlds 2018
ORC Media,
Everything is measured for each boat's handicap ratings: the crew, the sails, the boat above and below the waterline. Using these measurements and clever hi-tech models will give each racing yacht ratings to help equalize the competition among unlike boats.... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 30 – Wind holes unsettle the fleet
The Clipper Race,
Sanya Serenity Coast has extended its lead in the closing stages of the race to Punta del Este, with the majority of the fleet caught out by wind holes. PSP Logistics and Great Britain have moved up to second and third respectively, having taken an easterly route, and are hoping to avoid the wind hole that has trapped teams to the west.... [more]

RS:X World Windsurfing Championships – Day 1 – Storm in a teacup
Bas Edmonds / RS:X Class,
At the end of the day, whilst the remnants of the typhoon which passed through overnight did play a role, it was the almost impossible sailing conditions for both the sailors and race committee which would dominate the talk ashore.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Martin Strömberg joins Turn the Tide on Plastic
Volvo Ocean Race,
Strömberg says he's passionate about the prospect of passing along his knowledge to the next generation, along with bringing Turn the Tide on Plastic team's message of sustainability to an international audience.... [more]

Laser Standard Men's Worlds - Day 5 - Another champagne sailing day
Katie Olsen,
Fears of wind coming from all directions on the second day of ‘Finals' at the Laser Standard Men's World Championships were unfounded when a westerly breeze developed just after noon. All three fleets were sent afloat to another new course area three miles from Split harbor in front of island ?iovo. In the gold fleet, three races were completed.... [more]

America's Cup - Dalton opens up on boat and options for next Cup
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
Italian media are reporting that the announcement of the Protocol for the 36th America's Cup will take place in Auckland on the morning of the 29th September. Dalton confirmed the details of the yacht will be revealed two months later on November 30, but would not say if it will be a foiling monohull as speculated in the media.... [more]

A QandA with John Craig about the Extreme Sailing Series San Diego event
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Now in its 11th season, the Extreme Sailing Series's calendar features eight different Acts set in Muscat, Qingdao, Madeira Islands, Barcelona, Hamburg, Cardiff, San Diego and Los Cabos. I caught up with John Craig, Race Director of the Extreme Sailing Series, via email, ahead of the San Diego Act to learn more about this high-octane event.... [more]

Menorca 52 Super Series Sailing Week – Looking to end on a high note
52 Super Series,
After a conventional upwind leg of around two miles there follows a long downwind of around four miles with a gate midway down the leg which brings the fleet back together.... [more]

Mirabaud Sailing Video Award announces prestigious international jury
Mirabaud Sailing Video Award,
It is an annual contest, open to professional cameraman, directors, editors and TV production companies from all over the world, as well as sailors who produce on-board videos during races.... [more]

Clipper World Race – Day 29 – Mixed results from Stealth Mode tactics
The Clipper Race,
Unicef and GREAT Britain both emerged from Stealth Mode at 0600 (UTC) this morning, with the two teams fairing quite differently during their 24 hours off the radar.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Two week Assembly Period begins today
Conrad Colman,
The Volvo Ocean 65 fleet will be returned to the caring hands of the Boatyard technicians in Lisbon before the start of the race. All systems on the boats will serviced and the boats will receive their measurement certificates. the Assembly Period gives Volvo Ocean Race teams some invaluable time on shore – and they'll head to Newcastle, UK for a rigorous sea survival course.... [more]

12 Metre North Americans - Season's Grand Finale for Americas fleet
Barby MacGowan,
Ten historic 12 Metres are sailing their North American Championship off Newport, R.I. over Sept. 22 -24 and promising a spectacular finish to their 2017 sailing season. The event, along with the METREFEST Newport, Newport Trophy and Edgartown Race held earlier this summer, counts toward points collected in the Road to the Worlds Waypoint Series that leads to the next 12 Metre Worlds... [more]

An interview with Rainer Muller about the International 6 Metre Worlds
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
The 2017 International 6 Metre Class World Championships are set to unfurl off of Vancouver, Canada, from September 17-21 and will be hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, so I caught up with event vice-chair Rainer Muller, via email, to learn more about this exciting biennial regatta that's expected to draw 45-50 boats from eleven different nations.... [more]

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