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American Challenge for AC36—Sailing news from North America & beyond


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 09 Oct 2017

American Challenge for AC36—Sailing news from North America & beyond

Bella Mente Racing at the Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship in Porto Cervo  © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi
While the ink is barely dry on the Protocol that will govern the 36th America's Cup, and while the January 1, 2018 commencement of the Protocol's “Start of the Challenging Period” is still several months over the horizon, this didn't stop the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), represented by the Bella Mente Quantum Racing Association (BMQRA), from announcing their intention to challenge for AC36 during a press conference last week. This is the NYYC's first involvement in America's Cup sailing since the 31st America's Cup (2002-2003), when Team Dennis Conner flew their venerably burgee, however, the NYYC dominated America's Cup racing from 1851 to 1983, a legacy that's widely considered the longest winning streak in sports history.

Unlike previous NYYC challenges that involved club members (metaphorically) passing the hat to help fill the racing team's war chests, BMQRA is a joint venture between two if the country's most successful big-boat sailors, namely John J. 'Hap' Fauth and Doug DeVos, who will be self-funding their challenge.

Hap Fauth's JV72, Bella Mente (USA), Overall winner of the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy  Ted Martin/RORC

While Hap Fauth has owned and driven a series of three different “Bella Mente” boats over the past decade plus, he is perhaps most famous in the sailing world for his involvement in the Maxi 72 class, where he drove his 72-footer to victory in the 2015 and 2016 World Championship regattas. Additionally, Fauth has also taken line honors in the 2006 Newport Bermuda Race, and runs a series of businesses that range from agricultural interests to aerospace pursuits.

Doug DeVos has built a impressive reputation for himself across many disciplines of sailing, from his involvement in the 86-foot Windquest, which he regularly sails with his brother, Dick, in the various Mackinac Race on the Great Lakes, to his wins in a variety of the Melges classes, to his impressive winning streak in the 52 Super Series Circuit, where his Quantum Racing program has finished in the top three every year since 2012!and claimed three overall wins in this highly competitive class.

Doug DeVos accepts the Outstanding Contribution to Sailing Award  Max Ranchi, Quantum Key West

Interestingly, DeVos' father, Richard, was the co-founder of Amway, the highly successful company that markets and sells health, beauty and home-care products.

While the details of the 75-foot boat that will be used to contest the 36th America's Cup are still a months away, and while most other teams have not yet signaled their intent to challenge (aside from Land Rover BAR and Groupama Team France), it has been revealed that Terry Hutchinson, a two-time Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and a longtime Cup veteran, will serve as BMQRA's skipper. “Hutch”, it should be remembered, has long sailed with both Fauth and DeVos and has been highly instrumental in both of their long lists of regatta wins, so this role is a natural evolution for this gifted sailor.

Doug DeVos is back at the helm, as seen here in Key West – 52 Super Series Audi Sailing Week  52 Super Series

It is expected that BMQRA will use the 52 Super Series Circuit as a training ground for AC36 as the team makes their crew selections and preparations to try and bring the Auld Mug back to the historic waters of Newport, Rhode Island, provided, of course, that they are successful in their Cup-winning bid in early 2021.

While this announcement is great news for North American fans of Cup sailing who didn't exactly love “Uncle Larry's” vision for multihull America's Cups, the AC rumor mill is running in high gear these days, with whispers abounding that there could be one or two more American-flagged challengers.

Comanche (USA) arriving to Tasmania to claim line honours - 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race  Rolex / StudioBorlenghi / Stefano Gattini

Details are thin, of course, but considering Quantum Sails' role in BMQRA's challenge, it will be interesting to see if North Sails, Quantum's biggest rival, will partner with one of their biggest clients (a rather large boat with Native American-themed war paint comes to mind rather quickly here) to mount their own challenge, or if North will be content to stay ashore and build and repair sails for all other competitors.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Mini-Transat La Boulangère – Ranking fluctuating with position reports
Event Media,
This first leg may go down in the race's history books as one of the longest of the modern era, when the competitive prototypes and production boats took over from the Muscadets and Serpentaires of the early days. In this windless stagnation, everyone is trying to find a saviour in options that are increasingly uncertain... [more]

World Sailing and Rolex form strategic partnership
World Sailing,
Rolex has been the title sponsor of the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards since 2001. As part of the new agreement, Rolex will continue this role, in addition to supporting World Sailing to a greater extent.... [more]

Fast40+ Circuit Round 5 – Season decider
Louay Habib,
Heinz Peter Schmidt's Felci designed Silva Neo is the most improved team of 2017. With one round to go the young German team, with Dennis Gehrlein at the helm, is guaranteed sixth position, far better than 11th in 2016.... [more]

Clipper World Race – Day 5 – High-Pressure System frustrates fleet
The Clipper Race,
Further north, a race to the Scoring Gate continues with Liverpool 2018, Visit Seattle and Qingdao (in fourth, fifth and sixth position respectively) gunning to be the first team over the line to take three points, with two points for second and one point for third.... [more]

RORC Caribbean 600 – Business as usual
Louay Habib,
Antigua was one of the few islands in the Leeward Islands chain to escape major damage after the passing of hurricanes Irma to the north and Maria to the south.... [more]

Parlier takes KiteFoil World title, Mazella wins GoldCup World Series
Ian MacKinnon,
Even before the last race of the Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam, Parlier's haul of bullets during the four days of competition meant he had the championship in the bag because of his vastly superior score.... [more]

Mini-Transat La Boulangère – Conditions set the tone in the rankings
Event Media,
In the zones of calm littering the course this evening, the solo sailors are armed with only their patience and their vigilance in a bid to limit any damage and make the best of any gains where they have the means at their disposal.... [more]

Barcolana 2017 Trieste action-shots by Studio Borlenghi
Studio Borlenghi,
Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from Barcolana 2017 Trieste, Italy.... [more]

Barcolana 2017 Trieste images by Studio Borlenghi
Studio Borlenghi,
Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from Barcolana 2017 Trieste, Italy.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race fleet heading for start port of Alicante
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Prologue Leg of the Volvo Ocean Race began on Sunday afternoon, after the start was delayed by just over 2 hours and moved nearly 20 miles south in order to find better racing conditions.... [more]

Barcolana Regatta Trieste – Action photo gallery by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Max Ranchi provided this gallery of images... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 4 – Race to the scoring gate hots up
The Clipper Race,
It was a great day of racing on board Sanya Serenity Coast, though the team remains in seventh place, around 73nm off the pace.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Lush not aboard Team Brunel for Prologue Leg
Team Brunel,
Brit Annie Lush will not join Team Brunel for the Prologue Leg to Alicante, leaving Lisbon today. Lush does not feel 100% fit at the moment and is saved for the start of the race later this month. Lush will not be replaced.... [more]

2018 Newport Bermuda Race - Safety and training requirement updates
Bermuda Race,
The 2018 Newport Bermuda Race Safety Requirements (NBRSR) include changes to both the Safety at Sea training requirements and Personal AIS Beacons.... [more]

Melges 20 World Championship - Tough fight for podium
Melges 20,
After eight races, eight varied race winners and a wide range of racing conditions, Drew Friedes' Pacific Yankee with tactician Morgan Reeser and crew member Charlie Smythe have captured their very first major international title in the Melges 20 Class, that of World Champions. It's a title and trophy that is anything but easy to come by, and Freides' long racing campaign... [more]

Team Brunel announces team for Prologue Leg to Alicante
Team Brunel,
Skipper Bouwe Bekking announced his team for the Volvo Ocean Race Prologue Leg from Lisbon to Alicante on Saturday morning October 7th. Team Brunel will consist for the Prologue Leg of Bouwe Bekking, Carlo Huisman, Alberto Bolzan, Kyle Langford, Maciel Cichetti, Andrew Cape, Peter Burling, Annie Lush and Abby Ehler.... [more]

America's Cup - Brits combine forces to compete in 52 Super Series
Landrover BAR and,
The British America's Cup team have announced that they have struck up a relationship with Tony Langley's 52ft team and will compete in the upcoming 52 Super Series. Land Rover BAR's Ben Ainslie the winner of five Olympic medals, four of them Gold, will lead his team aboard Langley Holdings' Gladiator TP52 in one of the world's leading high performance monohull race series.... [more]

IKA KiteFoil GoldCup World Series – Parlier falters but retains lead
Ian MacKinnon,
As the breeze dropped and shifted in the day's final race at the Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam, Parlier's countryman Axel Mazella finally turned the tables and took a precious bullet that left his rival trailing in second.... [more]

Mini-Transat La Boulangère – The light airs reshuffle the cards
Event Media,
Ian Lipinski ( and Arthur Léopold-Léger (Antal XPO) are going it alone at the front of the leading pack, whilst Clarisse Crémer (TBS) is extending right away from her pursuers. Swiss skipper Valentin Gautier (Shaman – Banque du Léman) and Erwan Le Draoulec (Emile Henry) look to be the only sailors still in a position to challenge her takeover.... [more]

Clipper World Race – Day 3, Race 2 – Close-fought battle continues
The Clipper Race,
Great Britain and Sanya Serenity Coast are fighting a close battle in seventh and eighth position respectively, with in ninth only around 10nm behind.... [more]

Les Voiles de Saint Tropez – More action shots by Studio Borlenghi
Studio Borlenghi,
Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images... [more]

Les Voiles de Saint Tropez – Action photo gallery by Studio Borlenghi
Studio Borlenghi,
Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images... [more]

IKA KiteFoil World Championships – Day 3 – All change at top
Ian MacKinnon,
Mazella still gave Parlier a run for his money, harrying his countryman around the two-and-a-half laps of the windward-leeward course in offshore winds that quickly built to an average of 25kts, with gusts of more than 30kts under clear blue Mediterranean skies.... [more]

Mini-Transat La Boulangère - Breathless Atlantic
Effets Mer,
In cruising terms, conditions could best be described as relaxing : sunny climes, seas becoming increasingly calm, light to moderate breeze, perfect conditions for idling about. However, the distinctive feature of offshore racers is that they always want to go faster... at the risk of sacrificing some of the fun element.... [more]

Change of pace at Melges 20 World Championship
Melges 20,
After two days of perfect Southwest Newport breeze, Day Three of the Melges 20 World Championship dawned sunny skies and warm temps, but no wind. As sailors arrived at Sail Newport to begin their preparations, the glassy water was tempting for water skiing. At 09.00, PRO Peter 'Luigi' Reggio announced that the AP would be hoisted and the next announcement would be at 11:30... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Prologue Leg to offer final tune-up ahead of start
Volvo Ocean Race,
On Sunday afternoon at 1400 local time in Lisbon (1300 UTC), the seven Volvo Ocean Race skippers will lead their teams off the start line of the Prologue Leg, a non-scoring race to the host city and start port of Alicante, Spain.... [more]

Carlos Aguilar Match Race cancelled for 2017 due to Hurricanes
WIM Series,
Organizers of the Carlos Aguilar Match Race (CAMR) regretfully announce the cancellation of the November 30-December 3, 2017 event. The CAMR, presented by the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, is known for bringing some of the best international match racing talent, from America's Cup veterans to Olympians, to sail in the scenic yet challenging Charlotte Amalie Harbor.... [more]

America's Cup - AC50's to make a return to Bermuda-
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
Bermudian newspaper, The Royal Gazette is carrying a report that the AC50 wingsailed foiling catamaran's could make a return appearance on the Great Sound.' It is understood that a regatta possibly featuring the AC50 foiling catamaran used for the 35th America's Cup, which Bermuda hosted this year, could be held on the Great Sound.'... [more]

America's Cup - New York Yacht Club makes a smart early move
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
New York Yacht Club's announcement of an entry in the 36th America's Cup may have seemed to some as a premature move. Coming just seven days after the Protocol joint announcement, most would have expected the club with the longest involvement in the America's Cup to have at least waited until the concept drawing of the AC75 was published, at the end of November, before confirming their intentions.... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 2, Race 2 – Early frontrunners emerge
The Clipper Race,
Visit Seattle makes up the top three, though it is fighting off a strong challenge from Greenings. Greenings currently sits in fourth place and is less than 3nm ahead of Garmin in fifth.... [more]

Optimist Asian and Oceanian Championship – Final day
RHKYC Media,
The first two championship races were sailed yesterday where Singapore's Muhammad Daniel Kei Bin Muhammad Yazid, moved up from fourth to first overall after coming first and second in his races. With a total of 28 points, he was 15 points ahead of his nearest competitor Demir Dirk from Turkey with China's Xilun Lin following in third overall.... [more]

Rothmans returns for Volvo Ocean Legends Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Rothmans originally sailed with a crew of up to 16 and finished the 1989-90 race in fourth place overall, taking 131 days to complete the 33,000-nautical-mile course. It was Smith's second race, having completed part of the course onboard Simon Le Bon's maxi, Drum in 1985-86.... [more]

IKA KiteFoil World Championships – Tricky Day 1
Ian MacKinnon,
Each separately tangled with other riders and had to fight their back way into contention but finished slightly down the order. That left the door open for reigning IKA KiteFoil GoldCup title holder and Formula Kite World Champion Maxime Nocher (MON) to take the win on his comeback at the Sardinia Kiteboarding Grand Slam after a four-month layoff.... [more]

Newport delivers more of a good thing at Melges 20 World Championship
Melges 20,
As sailors waited at Sail Newport for the Day Two morning announcement on the course location from PRO Peter 'Luigi' Reggio, debates were waged on both sides; some sailors wanted to give their bodies and equipment a break and head north of the Newport Bridge for flat water, others wanted to take advantage of yet another day of Newport's southwest breeze.... [more]

America's Cup - Russell Green on Protocol's return to Cup traditions
Richard Gladwell,,
In a second interview after the main media conference, last Friday Sail-World spoke to Russell Green - Team New Zealand's long-time rules and legal adviser and a key figure in the Protocol negotiation for the 36th Match for the America's Cup, to be held in Auckland or Italy. There are many significant differences between the latest Protocol and the one that governed the last Cup.... [more]

America's Cup - RNZYS welcomes New York YC's return to Cup fold
Emirates Team New Zealand,
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Emirates Team New Zealand welcome the announcement that the New York Yacht Club will challenge for the 36th America's Cup. To have the most famous yacht club in America's Cup history back after a 14 year hiatus is a significant boost to the event and the principles of tradition and fair play which the Protocol for the 36th America's Cup is built on.... [more]

Mini-Transat La Boulangère – Knit one, purl one
Event Media,
To stand a chance of winning an offshore race you need: a good boat, inevitably; hours spent on the water practising, talent and a sound work ethic, a touch of rashness and a big chunk of time to take stock... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Thompson and Lunven add experience to roster
Volvo Ocean Race,
Nicolas Lunven won the gruelling Solitaire du Figaro in 2009 at the age of just 26 and has since secured podium places in the event in 2012 and 2016. He also sailed as navigator with MAPFRE at the beginning... [more]

Two way fight for GC32 Racing Tour title
GC32 Racing,
Going into Marseille One Design, the fight for first place is now between two teams - present leader Realteam, skippered by Jérôme Clerc, and Argo of two time Melges 32 World Champion, Jason Carroll.... [more]

Optimist Asian and Oceanian Championship - Penultimate Day
RHKYC Media,
Two races were held for both the Yellow and Blue fleets off Stanley Bay with the only challenging conditions the competitors had to contend with being a one to 2kts spring tide running across the race track.... [more]

Oman Sail's Class 40 team quietly confident for Transat Jacques Vabre
Oman Sail,
The French ocean racing veteran Gavignet is quietly confident in their Oman Sail Class 40. Speaking soon after returning to the yacht's home port of Lorient from the Grand Pavois boat show in La Rochelle – where the Sultanate of Oman was the event's guest of honour – Gavignet was able to reflect on some recent and successful training.... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 1, Race 2 – Tight racing out of Uruguay
The Clipper Race,
Liverpool 2018 was first across the Start Line in Punta del Este and has kept pushing to be second on the leader board, just under 2nM off Dare To Lead. Qingdao is under 2nM further back in third, and Skipper Chris Kobusch couldn't have been prouder of how his crew have progressed since Race Start in Liverpool... [more]

Ontario Sailing Annual Conference and Award nominations
Ontario Sailing,
This is a one stop event that includes the Ontario Sailing AGM, sessions to help further you as a coach and/or a club leader as well as time to network and catch up with your sailing friends.... [more]

Prospect of mouthwatering climax to KiteFoil GoldCup World Series
Ian MacKinnon,
With €20,000 in prize money up for grabs, Sardinia's commitment to burnishing its reputation as a perfect kiting destination off fabled beaches on breezy blue Mediterranean waters is self-evident. Cagliari city and the Sardinia region are key sponsors of the event through the island's tourism department, with the support of the Yacht Club of Cagliari.... [more]

2018 Golden Globe Race to start from Les Sables d'Olonne
Event Media,
The Golden Globe Race 2018 could not have chosen a better port in Europe to organize the start and finish of such a legendary race which has attracted so many sailors and adventurers from all over the world.... [more]

Gollito, an ultimate competitor after conquering Sylt's stormy seas
World Sailing,
The majority of the usual suspects navigated their way into the latter stages of the elimination with three of the top four sailors from Fuerte claiming the podium positions in the single elimination - Gollito Estredo, Amado Vrieswijk and Jacopo Testa.... [more]

2017 TT-R Slalom Youth Worlds - Youth Olympic Games Qualification
The International Kiteboarding Association,
The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has opened registration for the 2017 TT:R Youth Slalom World Championships in Brazil.... [more]

Images of Les Voiles De St Tropez 2017 - October 4
Eugenia Bakunova,,
Eugenia Bakunova of was on the water for Day 2 of Les Voiles De St Tropez and provided this image gallery from the day.... [more]

Images of Les Voiles De St Tropez 2017 - October 3
Eugenia Bakunova,,
Eugenia Bakunova of was on the water for Day 1 of Les Voiles De St Tropez and provided this image gallery from the day.... [more]

America's Cup - Dan Bernasconi on shaping the AC75 'Beast'
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
Dan Bernasconi, Technical Director of Emirates Team New Zealand, has turned his hand from leading the team charged with developing the quickest America's Cup multihull on the planet to performing a similar feat with a monohull. First step in the process is coming up with a concept boat, and then writing a class rule to accommodate that type. The 75ft monohull has been given various monikers, bu... [more]

Melges 20 World Championship - Surfin' the Sou'Wester
Melges 20,
Tourists come to Newport for fall foliage and clam chowder. Sailors come for yachting history and the legendary Newport Sou'wester Breeze which arrived on Day One of the 2017 Melges 20 World Championship. Mixing together warm, sunny fall temperatures, great breeze and near perfect Melges 20 surfing conditions, three races were completed in efficient fashion with Drew Freides' Pacific Yankee... [more]

Foiling multi 50 trimaran Ciela Village launched by CDK Technologies-
CDK Technologies,
After 10 months of intensive work, numerous meetings between Thierry Bouchard's Ciela Village Team, naval architects VPLP, the number crunchers HDS/Gsea Design and the CDK Technologies design office, the Ciela Village trimaran was launched today, 4 October, in Port-la-Forêt, Brittany. This 15-metre Multi 50 trimaran will now begin her first sea trials in the Baie de la Forêt... [more]

Clipper Race hailed 'biggest sailing event to visit Uruguay'
Julia Fry,
Spectators and media flocked to the water for the start of the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race's second stage, to Cape Town, South Africa, following the event's first ever stopover in Punta del Este, Uruguay.... [more]

Optimist Asian and Oceanian Championships - Team China in-action
The wind came out in force for Day 3 of the Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships for the 2017 Team Racing Championships. 16 teams were ranked in terms of points of their top four sailors after two days of racing where six races were completed.... [more]

America's Cup - New York Yacht Club expected to announce Challenge
Richard Gladwell,,
US sailing website reports that New York Yacht Club, the original and longest holder of the America's Cup will announce a challenge, Thursday (local time) at noon EDT for the prestigious trophy.. sailingillustrated has long tipped the entry of New York Yacht Club, which has competed in both America's Cups sailed in New Zealand in 2000 and 2003 and also in 1987... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race unveils new Twitter account
Volvo Ocean Race,
As the fleet racks up 83,000 kilometres around the planet over the next nine months, they're going to be the link between what's happening on the water, and the fans on shore – staying in constant contact with the boats as they conquer the world's most remote oceans.... [more]

Mini-Transat La Boulangère – Knowing how far to push it
Event Media,
Though the majority of the fleet has opted to pass between the TSS of Cape Finisterre and the Spanish coast, a few of the skippers have chosen to take the long route, making westing as a possible investment for the future perhaps...... [more]

Call for sailors to attend the BVI Spring Regatta
Event Media,
It may seem a little premature to start reaching out to sailors and to talk of planning events when the daily lives of so many are still in turmoil, but one of the best ways to support and help rebuild the islands is for sailors who have been welcomed here so warmly, continue with their plans to join the regatta as part of their Caribbean racing circuit.... [more]

Optimist Asian and Oceanian Champs - Day 2
Day 2 of the Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships saw blue skies and a better than forecasted easterly breeze of 6 to 12kts on the race track positioned off Stanley Bay in Hong Kong.... [more]

World Sailing - Presidential update - September 2017
Kim Andersen,
As the month of September draws to a close, once again it is my great pleasure to provide you with some updates of various events and developments that have taken place at World Sailing over the past month.... [more]

Mini-Transat La Boulangère – More haste, less speed
Event Media,
After two days of racing, the solo sailors in the Mini-Transat la Boulangère are still dawdling across the Bay of Biscay. The fleet is currently at the longitude of Gijón. The wet, westerly breezes of the initial hours of racing have now given way to blue skies, leaving the sailors only an asthmatic northerly wind to play with.... [more]

Melges 24 European Sailing Series – Gill Race Team and Taki 4 on top
Forty-five single races have been sailed during five events with seven discards as according to the scoring after every sixth race sailed a discard will apply. The only team travelling to all events of the series is Miles Quinton's Gill Race Team from Great Britain with Geoff Carveth helming.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Legends Race – Tokio back for unfinished business
Volvo Ocean Race,
America's Cup legend, New Zealand's Chris Dickson, would skipper the boat and he had to choose between a Farr-designed boat, or a boat from the board of Australian naval architect John Swarbrick. He chose the Farr boat and the Swarbrick boat was left behind. But now she will return to the racetrack to make her mark.... [more]

A fresh start for the HP30 Class
HP30 Class,
Despite there not being any HP30 racing this season, the same boats came together once more at Cowes Week, racing in the mixed sportsboat IRC fleet and enjoyed some close competition and it is with this in mind and with demand from existing owners to find a way to kickstart the programme and get HP30 Racing back on the water for next year.... [more]

Regata dei Tre Golf joins IMA Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge
James Boyd / Sailing Intelligence,
Comprising the region's most prestigious offshore races, the five event Challenge aims to promote and boost Maxi yacht competition offshore in the Mediterranean. It is open to all maxi yachts, in addition to those belonging to IMA members.... [more]

Project 60 - Materials still needed to finish the book
Robert Deaves,
As part of the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the OK Dinghy, a new book is being published. Under the working title, project 60, this will be the story of the OK through personal anecdotes and stories.... [more]

Meet the Clipper 2017-18 Race crew - Sarah Addison
Clipper Round the World,
Sarah Addison, 31, an Engineer from Aberdeen, Scotland, was the last member of the Garmin team to sign up for Leg 2, adding the South Atlantic Challenge, to her original decision to sign up to Leg 7, the US Coast to Coast, just six weeks before arriving in South America.... [more]

Melges 20 World Championship kicks off
With an impressive fleet of 40 teams from four continents, representing nine nations, sailors, friends and families alike will be treated to Newport's best conditions for a full on experience of this iconic sailing venue.... [more]

An interview with Donald Weld about the 2017 J/70 North Americans
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
The 2017 J/70 North American Championships are set to unfurl on Long Island Sound and will be hosted by the American Yacht Club from October 9-15. Given the number of sailors living in the greater region, it's not surprising that it's attracting the kinds of numbers that would be the swooning envy of plenty of world championships. I caught up with Donald Weld, regatta chairman, to learn more.... [more]

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