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America’s Cup action accelerates - Sailing from North America & beyond


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 05 Jun 2017

America's Cup action accelerates - Sailing from North America & beyond

2017 America's Cup Qualifiers Race Day 7 Round Robin 2 - ORACLE TEAM USA and Artemis Racing  Studio Borlenghi | Gattini
Simply put, these are heady times for Cup aficionados, as the racing action is starting to get hot on the waters of Bermuda's Great Sound, which is playing host to the 35th America's Cup. While the wind didn't cooperate for the first day of scheduled racing in the Louis Vuitton America's Cup “Challenger Playoffs: Semi Final” (originally scheduled to start on Sunday, June 4; postponed to today, Monday, June 5), delivering winds below the six to 24 knots that are required for racing, the Louis Vuitton America's Cup “Qualifiers” delivered plenty of great on-the-water action while also sending the first team home.

Going into AC35, everyone knew that Oracle Team USA-the Defender-would be a tough act to beat (they won the Qualifiers with a record of eight wins to two losses), as would Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ; they also finished the Qualifiers in second place with a score of eight wins and two losses), but the other four teams-Artemis Racing, Land Rover BAR, Groupama Team France and SoftBank Team Japan-were all question marks or downright dark horses.

Oracle Team USA & Artemis Racing - 35th America's Cup 2017  ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

While Artemis Racing participated in AC34, they suffered a boat-breaking capsize on May 9, 2013, that lead to the tragic death of Andrew “Bart” Simpson, and the team never fully recovered, at least in the AC34 cycle. Still, the Swedes looked strong in the friendly pre-event racing leading up to AC35, with some pundits wondering if the Swedish-flagged outfit could ultimately end-up foiling off with the Auld Mug, but the team's five-five scoreboard results in the Louis Vuitton America's Cup “Qualifiers” were likely a reality check for Artemis fans who are hoping to see the next America's Cup contested on Scandinavian waters. Still, skipper Nathan Outteridge and his teammates have proven that they can win races-including off of the Defender (twice)-so expect them to be a contender in the Challenger Playoffs: Semi Final.

Land Rover BAR finished the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers with a record of four wins and six losses, not to mention a significant collision with SoftBank Team Japan that required the British-flagged team to foil into the harbor to avoid sinking their holed boat (worse still, Sir Ben Ainslie, Land Rover BAR's skipper, was also faulted with a collision [Ainslie called it a “love tap” in his apology] with the Kiwis just prior to the start of the Qualifiers, leading some people to question the effectiveness of the control systems on the British boat, while others pondered the temperament of her skipper). The team is currently sitting in third place on the leaderboard, just astern of ETNZ, thanks to a critical two points that they brought into the Qualifiers from their strong performance in the America's Cup World Series.

7. Race 6 - Land Rover BAR and Softbank Team Japan collision - 35th America's Cup - Bermuda May 27, 2017  Richard Gladwell

SoftBank Team Japan has struggled in the Qualifiers, winning three races and loosing seven, a record that puts them in the penultimate position on the scoreboard, astern of the Swedes and ahead of the last-placed French by a single point. It‘s fair to say that this team is now on life-support and will likely be eliminated in the Challenger Playoffs: Semi Final, which are set to begin today, Monday, June 5 (conditions depending).

Softbank Team Japan - Round Robin 2, Day 8 - 35th America's Cup - Bermuda June 3, 2017  Richard Gladwell

As for Franck Cammas and his Groupama Team France, the squad has been freed to pursue other professional endeavors after having been eliminated from play in the Qualifiers, winning just two races (the first against Artemis Racing, the second against Land Rover BAR) and suffering six losses. While the start-up team is the first to be eliminated from the AC35 cycle, they appeared pleased with their experiences on sailing's grandest stage.

“We are all extremely proud of the work we have done throughout this America's Cup,” said Cammas. “Standing here after where we were, even two weeks ago, we have definitely finished with a smile on our faces. My feeling is as expected really because we didn't have big expectations at the start.”

Groupama Team France - 2017 America's Cup  Studio Borlenghi | Gattini

While French blood was the first to be seriously spilled (metaphorically speaking, of course) on Great Sound, the waters will get much bloodier in the coming days, as the Challenger Playoffs: Semi Final will determine what team will meet Oracle Team USA on the starting line of the America's Cup Match, which is set to begin on Saturday, June 17. This means that three more teams will be packing up their wingsails and hydrofoils and heading home in the next week, as the Challenger Playoffs: Semi Finals are set to conclude on Monday, June 12 (if not sooner).

Based on what we've seen of the racing so far, most seasoned gamblers (of which I am decidedly not one!) would squarely put their money on ETNZ to successfully emerge from the Challenger Playoffs: Semi Final, however anyone with eyeballs and access to America's Cup broadcasting will advise that lead changes have been happening in New York minutes, and that sometimes the unexpected becomes reality (case-in-point: Artemis Racing's two wins off of Oracle Team USA).

02/06/17 Emirates Team New Zealand sailing on Bermuda's Great Sound in the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers
Round Robin 2 - Race 08 - Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) vs. SoftBank Team Japan

Copyright: Richard Hodder / Emirates Team New Zealand  Richard Hodder/Emirates Team New Zealand

So, before calling or IMing your favorite bookie, be sure to tune into the Challenger Playoffs: Semi Final, starting today, as you can safely bet your last shackle that things are going to get seriously interesting in the next week. Giddyap!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

America's Cup - Brits stumble in Semi-Final start - Day 10
Richard Gladwell,,
Land Rover BAR continued their run of bad luck, with a wingsail breakage just after the start of Leg 3 and being black flagged by the Umpires after a series of penalties were imposed and then the Brits were disqualified before rounding Mark 3. Emirates Team New Zealand elected to sail part of the course, before pulling out as they had already been awarded the race and the point.... [more]

America's Cup - Racing set in Semi-Finals, Minus points for Challenger
Richard Gladwell,
Racing is expected to get underway in the Semi-Finals of the 35th America's Cup in what is forecast to be ideal sailing conditions. The other revelation which came from today's session was an explanation of the Bonus Point won by Oracle Team USA. The application of that means that the Challenger will start with a one point deficit in the America's Cup and the Defender will start on zero points.... [more]

Leading experts appointed to World Sailing's Sustainability Commission
Daniel Smith – World Sailing,
One of the world's most accomplished and successful offshore sailors, Golding will lead a group of independent experts, thought leaders and distinguished sailors. Each member of the Sustainability Commission has a common passion and desire to drive sustainability within sailing and the marine industry forward.... [more]

New boat, same old result for Benjamin at Etchells Nationals
Everybody loves a new race boat. But until it proves itself on the racecourse, there's always a tiny kernel of worry it won't live up to expectations, or even equal the performance of the boat being replaced. We all know what they say about a bird in hand. Benjamin, and his team of Mike Menninger, Ian Liberty and David Hughes, were dominant over the course of the three-day regatta... [more]

Open top bus welcome for World Cup Final sailors
Daniel Smith,
Sailors from 41 nations received an open top bus welcome at the 2017 World Cup Series Final opening ceremony in Santander, Spain.... [more]

Finn Masters poised for Caribbean encounter in Barbados
Robert Deaves,
One hundred and thirty seven Finns from 21 countries are waiting on a beautiful sandy beach under the brilliant blue skies of Barbados as the 2017 Finn World Masters was officially opened Sunday night at the Barbados Yacht Club overlooking the picture book azure waters of Carlisle Bay.... [more]

Louis Vuitton America's Cup Challenger Playoffs Day 1 races postponed
America's Cup,
The beautiful Bermudian sunshine was out in full force for Sunday's scheduled first set of races in the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Challenger Playoffs, but unfortunately the required winds for racing were not.... [more]

America's Cup racing moved to Monday due to light air
Nic Douglass,
Light air has for the second time during the 35th America's Cup Regatta resulted in postponement of racing, and moving the schedule to a scheduled reserve day. There was also a postponement of racing on the first day of the regatta due to too much wind.... [more]

America's Cup - Racing abandoned on Day 1 of Semi-Finals
Richard Gladwell,
All racing has been abandoned on the first day of the Semi Finals of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Regatta. The four remaining teams in the regatta headed out on Bermuda's Great Sound without a great deal of expectation on the prospect of racing.... [more]

Melges 32 World League – Hungry like the wolf in Riva
International Melges 32 Class Association,
In the Corinthian division, another new event winner - Francesco Graziani at the helm of VITAMINA takes home the Riva Del Garda trophy.... [more]

America's Cup - Weather set to play havoc with Semi-Finals
Richard Gladwell,,
The next phases of the America's Cup Regatta look set to be disrupted - first by too little wind and then too much. The race schedule calls for the first round of racing in the Semi-Finals to be sailed today, with tomorrow (Monday - local time) set down as a Reserve Day.... [more]

America's Cup - More images from Day 8 - End of the Qualifiers
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Second gallery of images from Day 8 of the America's Cup Regatta, and the end of the Qualifier phase of the regatta. Sailed in a softening breeze, some of the races were close - certainly in the opening stanzas.... [more]

America's Cup - Images from Day 8
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Sail-World was on the water for Day 8 of the America's Cup Regatta - today was the end of the Qualifiers - which saw the exit of Groupama Team France, and also series winner and defending champion Oracle Team USA.... [more]

A Few Rays – can eczema sufferers enjoy the sun too-
.Eczema manifests in sufferers as irritated, inflamed and sometimes painful skin conditions, often appearing as bright red rashes. If you suffer with eczema you will most likely be aware of how you best manage your condition, through combinations of managed diet and healthy living.... [more]

Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers images by Studio Borlenghi
Studio Borlenghi,
Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers.... [more]

Oracle win Qualifiers - Emirates choose Land Rover BAR to face in Semi
Nic Douglass,
This morning's catch up with Regatta Director, Iain Murray. We chat about the expected thunderstorms today, the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Challenger Series draw, and the 'bonus point'. If round robin two is not completed day Emirates Team New Zealand will not be able to win the qualifying series, if it is completed, whoever wins the race between ETNZ and Oracle Team USA... [more]

America's Cup - Day 8 - Paul Cayard reports from Bermuda
Paul Cayard,
The final four races of the qualifications series for the 35th America's Cup were held today in Bermuda in 12 knots dropping to as little as eight knots as the day went on.... [more]

America's Cup - More images from Day 7 - Qualifiers
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Images from Day 7 of the America's Cup Qualifiers in Bermuda. This was the penultimate day of the second Round Robin.... [more]

America's Cup - Images from Day 7 - Qualifiers
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Images from Day 7 of the America's Cup Qualifiers in Bermuda. This was the penultimate day of the second Round Robin.... [more]

America's Cup - Reality check for Emirates Team New Zealand
Hamish Hooper, Emirates Team NZ,
Back to earth with a bump today for Emirates Team New Zealand, the Kiwis handed a match-racing lesson from Oracle Team USA in an error-strewn end to the qualifying series. After enjoying two almost flawless wins yesterday, the challengers got off to the worst possible start by copping a double penalty at the start.... [more]

America's Cup - Kiwis get wake up call in in Bermuda Finale.
Richard Gladwell,
Kiwi fans had an awful deja-vu experience during today's America's Cup Qualifier Series Finale on Bermuda's Great Sound. They had seen it all before in San Francisco in September 2013 - a wound that was re-opened today with surgical precision by Oracle Team USA's skipper, Jimmy Spithill... [more]

America's Cup – Oracle Team USA win point as Kiwis pick Land Rover BAR
Oracle Team USA,
At the conclusion on Saturday, Emirates Team New Zealand finished second in the final standings, one point behind eventual winners Oracle Team USA.... [more]

LV America's Cup – Spithill beat Burling and Ainslie to earn bonus
Oracle Team USA,
The victory in the Qualifiers means Oracle Team USA will start the America's Cup Match on June 17 with a one point advantage over whichever challenger emerges from the Playoffs.... [more]

Melges 32 World League – Torpyone takes command in Riva Del Garda
A total of four races are now complete with four varied winners and still, there is no clear and undisputed ruler. This characteristic of Melges 32 racing is not only evident in Riva Del Garda... [more]

Melges 32 World League – Races 2, 3 and 4 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races two, three and four... [more]

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ win two on penultimate day
Hamish Hooper,
A double race day in Bermuda for Emirates Team New Zealand, the Kiwis taking on Softbank Team Japan and Groupama Team France on the penultimate day of racing in the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers. Sailing in a perfect 13-15 knot breeze, strong starts and boat speed were the key factors in the Kiwi team dominating both races.... [more]

America's Cup - Day 8 - Bragging Rights and Bonus Points up for grabs
Richard Gladwell,,
The final day of racing in the Qualifier Round is set to take place today on the Great Sound in Bermuda. Four races are scheduled to take place, however the key point is not in who makes the cut for the Play-offs, but in whether the Defender Oracle Team USA will take a one point advantage into the America's Cup Match starting on June 17.... [more]

America's Cup - Day 7 - Paul Cayard reports from Bermuda
Paul Cayard,
The wind was back today on Great Sound! 15 knots of wind from the South greeted the competitors and four races were held. Different to other days, the wind was steady in both direction and velocity across the course. This made the racing less volatile and relatively tame. All teams were on their high speed boards. In each of the four races, the team that won the start, led the entire way.... [more]

Groupama Team will not progress to America's Cup Challenger Playoffs
America's Cup,
Groupama Team France will not progress to the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Challenger Playoffs after losing today (2nd June) to Emirates Team New Zealand. However, according to Helmsman Franck Cammas, the team will leave with a “smile” on their faces after their final race of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers on Saturday 3rd June.... [more]

America's Cup - Pre-race pit stop not enough to save the day
Oracle Team USA,
A great effort by the Oracle Team USA shore crew wasn't enough to save a point against Artemis Racing on Friday at the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers.... [more]

America's Cup - Champion has second race loss on Day 7 of Qualifiers
Richard Gladwell,
The number '7' is lucky for some. On Bermuda's Great Sound, on Day 7 of the America's Cup Qualifiers it was more than lucky for Emirates Team New Zealand, winning two races in fine style and going to the top of the points table. The America's Cup Champion Oracle Team USA broke a rudder while training, on the Great Sound, and had to hurriedly return to the team's base in the Royal Dockyard,... [more]

America's Cup - Champagne conditions for Day 7 of the Qualifiers.
Richard Gladwell,,
Racing is all set to start on time on the Great Sound in what can only be described as champagne conditions a 13-18kt SW wind blowing down the Great Sound. These are conditions when a new top speed for the AC50's is likely to be set by the crew... [more]

Melges 32 World League – Race 1 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from race one... [more]

America's Cup - Day 5 - Paul Cayard reports from Bermuda
Paul Cayard,
Today's schedule is moved to tomorrow with a slightly better forecast of southwesterly wind at four knots building to eight knots.... [more]

Museum launches $1 admission this summer
Jenna Dill,
The Mariners' Museum and Park seeks to unite people. Now through Labor Day, admission to the Museum will be reduced to $1 per person to engage as many people as possible because, through our shared maritime heritage, we are one community. $1 admission was made possible, in part, by the City of Newport News and T. Parker Host.... [more]

America's Cup - Day 6 - Paul Cayard reports from Bermuda
Paul Cayard,
Four races were held at the very bottom of the wind range today on Great Sound. The wind speed topped out at seven knots while six knots is the minimum windspeed for racing as stipulated in the rules. All boats struggled to keep the boats foiling, some more than others. After first three races, it was clear that French and BAR were struggling most and this made fourth race of day most compelling.... [more]

America's Cup - More images from Day 6 of the Qualifiers
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Second gallery of images from Day 6 of the Qualifier Round of the 35th America's Cup - two more days racing remain.... [more]

America's Cup - Images from Day 6 in minimum breeze
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Racing took place on the Great Sound in the lightest wind so far of the 35th America's Cup Regatta. Racing was close at times and tedious at others. Sail-World was in the water to capture some of the key moments.... [more]

America's Cup - Oracle Team USA engineer come-from-behind win
Oracle Team USA,
Oracle Team USA made an 'unforced error' in the pre-start that allowed SoftBank Team Japan to grab an early lead but skipper Jimmy Spithill and tactician Tom Slingsby were able to fashion an impressive come-from-behind win.... [more]

America's Cup - The tension mounts
America's Cup,
The Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers burst back into action on the first day of June with all the America's Cup teams, bar Artemis Racing, in action on the Great Sound.... [more]

America's Cup - Oracle closer taking Match point with vital Day 6 win
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup fans got a new insight into the capabilities of the Challengers and the Defender, as racing continued on Day 6 in winds that were barely above the minimum threshold for racing. All starts had the countdown clock restarted at least once as the average wind strength dropped below the prescribed the minimum 30second average of 6kts.... [more]

Uruguay to debut in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race route
Kathryn Foulkes – Clipper Ventures,
After setting sail from Liverpool, UK, on Sunday 20 August, the twelve Clipper 2017-18 Race teams, crewed by amateur sailors with each yacht led by a professional skipper, will race 6,400 nautical miles through the Atlantic Ocean and arrive in Punta del Este... [more]

America's Cup - Racing set to proceed on Day 6
Richard Gladwell,,
Racing is expected to get underway on time on the Great Sound at the scheduled start time of 2.00pm. There will be four races sailed - as rostered for yesterday when a promising breeze faded at start time and was abandoned after 4.00pm.... [more]

Nick Craig secures record fifth OK Dinghy world crown in Barbados
Robert Deaves,
The Barbados wind beats to the same rhythm of the boom-box buses that rumble past the Barbados Yacht Club each day.... [more]

America's Cup - Paul Cayard reviews RR2 Races 1-3 of the Qualifiers
America's's Daily Review Show covers Round Robin 2 and the first three races of the Qualifiers. Former top America's Cup skipper, Paul Cayard reviews the action and relative performances of the teams.... [more]

No racing in the AC - no problem. Sailor Girl talks race management
Nic Douglass,
While we are currently under postponement here in Bermuda, this was predicted as early as a few days ago. In fact at the briefing this morning on the slide 'what will happen today' there was a big question mark! I caught up with Iain Murray on the weather expected today, the upper and lower wind limits for the AC50's, the process the management team go through to decide whether racing can go ahead... [more]

America's Cup - Teams vote with their feet on Day 5
Richard Gladwell,
The five teams due to sail on Day 5 of the 35th America's Cup all but pulled left the Race Course on the Great Sound before the signal was made to move the planned racing to the planned rest day, tomorrow. Although there was wind around noon today, sufficient for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup catamarans to be foiling during their Practice Session, the breeze lightened as the day progressed.... [more]

America's Cup - Beyond the Round Robins - Defender's options
Richard Gladwell,,
America's Cup Race Director Iain Murray was quizzed on the options for the Defender, Oracle Team USA once they exit the Qualifiers, and the Challengers participate in the Playoffs. Murray explained that the Defender has equal opportunity on the Race Course area as the Challenger(s).... [more]

Clipper 70 fleet refit complete for Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
Kathryn Foulkes / Clipper Ventures,
In preparation for the eleventh edition of the Clipper Race, and the fleets third circumnavigation across 40,000 nautical miles of the world's oceans, a team of twenty-one have been working on refitting the yachts over the past nine months, totalling more than 35,000 man hours of work.... [more]

Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers –Day 4 images by Jude Robertson
Jude Robertson,
Photographer Jude Robertson has provided this gallery of images from day four... [more]

America's Cup - Day 4 - Who will Make the Cut for the Playoffs-
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
The 35th America's Cup regatta entered the second phase today with the first races in Round Robin 2 of the Qualification Round. In three more race days, the first team will be eliminated from the regatta.... [more]

Nick Craig closes in on record breaking fifth OK Dinghy Worlds crown
Robert Deaves,
Barbados conditions seems to suit Britain's Nick Craig as he notched up two more race wins on the penultimate day of the 2017 OK Dinghy World Championship. He has now won six of the eight races sailed and leads the fleet by 13 points with just two races to sail and any place inside the top 12 on Wednesday will give him a record breaking fifth OK Dinghy World title.... [more]

America's Cup - More images from the Great Sound and Bases - Day 4
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Second gallery of images from Day 4 of the 34th America's Cup - taking in the on the water action, plus a few of the bases inside the Royal Dockyard. Most of the bases are on the Northern side of the Royal Dockyard with Emirates Team NZ the only team to have a full base on Cross Island along with the America's Cup Village... [more]

America's Cup - Images from Day 4 - Start of Round Robin 2
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Sail-World's cameras were on the water again on the Great Sound for the start of Round Robin 2. The regatta has started to lose some of its bonhomie, as one team will be out of the competition come Saturday, and two more go towards the end of the following week.... [more]

America's Cup - Day 4 - Paul Cayard reports from Bermuda
Paul Cayard,
Three races were held today on Great Sound in 12- 14 knots of wind. It was a day to get more racing in as the forecast for the next few days is very light. However the schedule was set in stone and so no changes were made. Four races are on the schedule for tomorrow.... [more]

America's Cup - Better day for Sir Ben and Land Rover BAR - Day 4
America's Cup Media,
Sir Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR arrested the run of losses the British team suffered in the first Round Robin stage of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers, kicking off round two with a second win of the competition, again beating Artemis Racing who had a tough day in Bermuda.... [more]

'Band-aid' solution helps Oracle Team USA take the win to open RR2
Oracle Team USA,
Oracle Team USA beat Groupama Team France for the second time in the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers, to retain its position at the top of the leaderboard.... [more]

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ hunt down Artemis Racing on Day 4
Hamish Hooper, Emirates Team NZ,
The most anticipated race of the 35th America's Cup so far was the rematch of the previous days epic battle between Artemis Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand. Emirates Team New Zealand started with port entry taking the action deep into the start box.... [more]

An interview with Lyles Forbes about the Mariners' Museum Cup exhibit
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
The Mariners' Museum and Park was recently given USA-17, the AC72-class yacht that Oracle Team USA, the current Defender of the America's Cup, used to win the Auld Mug in 2013. I caught up with Lyles Forbes, The Mariners' Museum's VP of collections and chief curator, via email to learn more about this donation and the museum's exciting new America's Cup exhibit... [more]

Red Bull Youth America's Cup – Pathway to professional sailing
America's Cup,
When the first regatta was launched on San Francisco Bay in 2013, Sport Directors Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher had a clear goal: to find the world's best young sailors, introduce them to the type of big-boat competition seen in elite racing... [more]

America's Cup - Second error by Umpires, and must wins for Artemis
Richard Gladwell,
At this morning's media briefing held daily by the Race Director Iain Murray and Chief Umpire Richard Slater, the questions flew regarding yesterday's surprise admission by the Chief Umpire that an error had been made, but that the win to Emirates Team New Zealand would stand.... [more]

Louis Vuitton America's Cup– More Day 2 action shots by Jude Robertson
Jude Robertson,
Photographer Jude Robertson has provided this gallery of images from day two... [more]

Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers –Day 2 images by Jude Robertson
Jude Robertson,
Photographer Jude Robertson has provided this gallery of images from day two... [more]

Riva Cup and International 14' European Championships overall
Fraglia Vela Riva,
Beautiful sunny days with 20-knot wind made the 2017 Riva Cup unforgettable, which was already remarkable thanks to the participation of 115 boats from the classes 505, Korsar, Dyas and International 14'.... [more]

OK Dinghy World Championship– Craig extends again on Day 3 in Barbados
Robert Deaves,
Leading round the top mark in race five was Poland's Tomasz Gaj, from Craig and Australia's Roger Blasse. Defending world champion, Hunt, took the lead on the reaches and maintained it to the finish to win his first race of the week. Starting under the black flag one of the casualties was second overall Luke O'Connell from New Zealand.... [more]

Delapierre takes it to the wire at Croatia Match Cup
Topping the qualifying session, Delapierre chose to sail locals Croatia Match Race Team. This decision looked like a bad move as the Croatians dominated the prestart and led off the line and took the win to a roar of applause from Croatians watching from the race village.... [more]

Olympic sailing returns to Santander for World Cup Series finale
Daniel Smith - World Sailing,
Across two weeks of competition in 2014, 400,000 spectators were treated to an elite competition and cultural festivities. Fast forward to 2017 and anticipation is rising once again as the city combines sport and entertainment for the World Cup Final.... [more]

Extreme Sailing Series - The fine art of being Race Director
Extreme Sailing Series,
While the fleet of GC32s fly around a racecourse set metres from the shore to the delight of thousands of onlookers, behind the scenes there is an expert team making it all happen seamlessly. This team is led by Extreme Sailing Series™ Race Director, John Craig.... [more]

J/24 North American Championship - Day 3 images by Christopher Howell
J/24 International Class Association,
Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at J/24 North American Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 3.... [more]

Will Welles three-peats as J/24 North American Champion
Julie and Christopher Howell,
For the third consecutive year, Will Welles holds the title of J/24 North American Champion. With crew Jeff Linton, Chris Morgan, Monica Morgan and Erik Rexford, team Bogus bested 28 other J/24s at the Championship hosted by Houston Yacht Club in Texas.... [more]

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