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Races, Regattas and Disruptive Technology

20/04/2016

 
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Races, Regattas and Disruptive Technology

Steve Lesniak's Charleston-based Beneteau 510 Celadon is among the biggest boats at the event and even it's crew found the massive waves offshore to be a challenge on Day 2 of Sperry Charleston Race Week.  Tim Wilkes
In the olden days, the major cost of attending a regatta for yacht owners and crew was the accommodation and still is.

Of course for cruising yachties, traditionally the crew stays on the boat, during regatta week, because after all it is replete with dishwasher and washing machine and a good cellar and an oven in which you could cook a roast

For racing boat owners or dinghy owners, life was not so easy.

Typically, I recall in the mid-1990s, having 10 crew staying in two hotel rooms sleeping multiples in beds.

There were pillows down the center of the double bed and each crew was threatened with death if he cuddled his bedmate, sailors on the floor in sleeping bags, on sofas, on camping stretchers on balconies, everywhere.

That's one of the ways you kept the cost down. And the hi-jinks that occurred were the stuff of legends.

Sperry Charleston Race Week.   Tim Wilkes

I recall one year I had a crew of 10; five girls, five guys. So I put them in hotel room next to each other on the 10th floor.

The guys, as part of the hoped for mating ritual I have to say, decided that they would get the attention of the girls in the crew by putting pot plants on their 10th floor balcony each night, so that the girls would wake up in the morning and there was another potted plant part of a growing forest on the balcony.

The guys were grabbing them from around the hotel floors, unbeknownst to the skipper who was tucked up well in bed before this happened.

But how were they getting on the girl's balcony? Very simple. Just like Tom Cruise they climbed up onto the ledge between the two apartments, overlooking the concrete surrounding the pool, and riskily stepped around with heavy potted plant in hands. I shudder even thinking about, as I recount the tale.

On the morning of the regatta lay day, I woke up from slumber around 4am as three of the crew burst in, each carrying large pot plants.

The pot plants were in better condition than the sailors, by a long shot, the guys were three sheets.

Out they went to the balcony and I had visions of telling their mothers why they plunged to their death from the 10th floor.

The ring leader was my bowman, now a respected senior media executive, so to avoid embarrassment I will call him XXXXX.

I said, “XXXXX, don't even think about it” and XXXXX stopped in his tracks. I said, “I'm a light sleeper and I'm awake. Leave your pot plants right there” and they retired to bed.

About 15 minutes later, XXXXX crept from his bed, stepped towards the balcony and I said, “XXXXX, enough. You're not doing it now”.

Later that day I threatened to move us to another apartment further along the corridor so that there would be no opportunity for the boys to impress the girls by their daring do.

2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week   © Ingrid Abery

And then there is the legendary story of the golf cart which found its way to a hotel suite via the lifts at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, a feat which required the combined effort of sailors and coaches from one un-named country.

Much race and regatta accommodation has now moved from the high rise hotels, as the internet has delivered a thing called AirBnB, there are a whole lot of other ones like Housetrip that are clones of that.

The benefits are that in cities around the world that people with apartments, large and small, eclectic and ordinary, can move out during races and regattas or stay with their parents or go on a holiday and rent out their apartments or houses, whatever.

Wild Oats XI - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week   © Rolex/Daniel Forster

The downside is that hotels are less likely to be race or regatta sponsors, but it spreads the economic benefits across the whole community rather than just to the hotel owners, but it certainly reduces cost.

One of the benefits of the social media aspects of this home accommodation, is the reference system. The hosts have to provide verified photos of the accommodation, and they leave reviews on the guests, and the guests leave reviews on them.

This is not something that happens in the hotel industry, where bad guests continue to be bad guests and have no need to moderate their behavior, just taking their white towels and the fluffy dressing gowns, and occasionally the television as well.

In the home rental market, your reputation will find you the best accommodation or not, it really matters. So consequently, you get hosts trying to be good hosts, you get guests trying to be very good guests, and everybody wins a prize.

And the payoff is huge, for the upcoming Rio Regatta, the Rio Olympics, private accommodation costs are around a fifth to an eighth of the going hotel rates with accommodation options that is completely just not going to happen in the hotel industry.

For Rio, the Sail World media team will have a multi-bedroom air conditioned apartment with kitchen, washer, drier and 30-megabyte download speeds and five-megabyte upload speeds, unlimited internet for about half the cost of a single bed hotel room.

As always, the early bird gets the worm, so as part of the regatta planning or race planning these days, you need a member of your team who has got the time or the interest in securing the best possible accommodation deal for your team.

This could make a big difference to the cost for everybody, and that means more regatta participation and less times that the boat owner has to buy a complete kitchen renovation right now for the stay-at-home wife as the pay-off she's discovered he has ordered two new head sails and a spinnaker and is paying for his crew accommodation.

2015 Fall CORK Regatta - Day 1  CORK

Housetrip, AirBnB, Flipkey, Tripping, Homestay, VRBO, BookingTeam, the list goes on, there's a dozen of them worth looking at.

A good deal for everybody. (except the hotels) But that means more regattas and races for every sailor.


Rob Kothe, YachtsandYachting.com & Sail-World.com



Laser Radial Worlds - Railey takes lead on topsy turvy Day 6 + Results
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL,
After the conclusion of a further two races in the Finals of the 2016 Laser Radial Championships, 2016 US Olympic nominee, Paige Railey has moved into the top spot in the Overall Results. Railey was third overall going into Day 6, behind 2014 World Champion Marit Bouwmeester (NED) and overall leader Alison Young (GBR).... [more]
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Only two Sailing World Cups remaining before Rio 2016 Olympics
Daniel Smith,
World class fleets in the ten Olympic and two Paralympic events will sail in the French Riviera and four recently crowned Open European Champions will be amongst those packs.... [more]
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Clipper Race - Da Nang - Vietnam completes fleet's Seattle arrivals
Clipper Round the World,
2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The Da Nang - Vietnam team has arrived into Seattle's Bell Harbor, Pier 66, with orange-clad team supporters cheering the team after the completion of the Mighty Pacific leg.... [more]
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2016 Atlantic Cup - Four additional teams announced
Julianna Barbieri,
The 2016 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing announced today four additional teams bringing the international field of Class 40s from the USA, France, Spain, Sweden, Canada and Great Britain to twelve. The four teams announced include: 65-Carac, 147-Campagne de France, 141-Eärendil, and 102-Privateer.... [more]
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Laser Radial Worlds - Britain takes the lead after Day 5 + Results
Sail-World.com NZL and Laser International,
Alison Young (GBR) has taken over the lead in the series after Marit Bouwmeester (NED) scored her second 17th place of the regatta in the first of the Finals races.... [more]
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Sailing World Cup Hyères features most competitive Paralympic sailors
Daniel Smith,
The Paralympic Games is just 141 days away and time on the water racing against rivals is key for medal hopefuls. Hyères is another big step on the journey to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition with fleet sizes similar to those at the Games itself.... [more]
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Parade of 8000 boats in Amsterdam
John Curnow,
Every five years the parade of ships 'Sail Amsterdam' takes place. In August thousands of vessels, from small sailboats to large replicas of caravels, arrive together at the IJ bay north of the city and then pass to the capital of the Netherlands. In 2015 involving 8,000 vessels!... [more]
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GryphonSolo2 Round the World – Trade winds
Joe Harris,
Sunset here... in the South Atlantic... with French Guyana to my left on the chart... reminds me of 'Papillon?' 'Welcome to the penal colony of the French Guyana. From which, there is no escape.” I guess they were wrong about that one... Steve McQueen.... [more]
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OK Dinghy Interdominions - Rookie Dan Slater on win at Manly
Robert Deaves and Bob Smith,
Dan Slater of Murrays Bay Sailing Club won the 2016 OK Dinghy Interdominions after a very dominant first half of the eight race series, and despite being seriously challenged by Worser Bay's Luke O'Connell on the four-race final day epic... [more]
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Leucate Kiteboarding Grand Slam – Day 3 overall
Kite Classes,
Day three kicked off with a false start, both riders and crew were down the beach before sunrise only to find the conditions weren't as per the forecast. There was practically no wind, although locals reassured everyone it would pick up some still remained skeptic. By ten o'clock however the wind did pick up and things got underway at ten forty five.... [more]
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2016 Les Voiles De Saint-Barth wrap interviews + images
Nic Douglass,
What an event! I will definitely be back for this amazing regatta next year - way too much action on and off the water.... [more]
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M32 Series Bermuda - Convexity wins in share boat series
M32 Series,
After four events and over 55 races, Don Wilson and his Convexity team have claimed the 2016 M32 Series Bermuda title. The Chicago based team completed the series ahead of the Magenta 32 all-female team skippered by Sally Barkow.... [more]
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Sharp gets a kicking in Transat qualifier
PS Racing,
2016 The Transat Bakerly Race - Phil Sharp successfully completes tough qualification for The Transat Bakerly after getting hit by a severe gale. Last Tuesday Sharp cast off from the docks of Lorient, France to begin his maiden voyage with his newly acquired Class 40 race boat.... [more]
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Clipper Race - PSP Logistics first of final three teams into Seattle
Clipper Round the World,
2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics has arrived into Seattle after completing the mighty Pacific Ocean crossing. The team, led by Max Stunell, finished race nine, the Seattle Pacific Challenge, in tenth place, after being pipped to the finish line by Visit Seattle yesterday by around 35 nautical miles in lightening winds.... [more]
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Laser Radial Women's World Championship 2016 – Day 4 overall + Video
laserinternational.org,
Today was the fourth and final day of Qualifying Races, in which the two fleets (Yellow and Blue) are balanced with a mix of competitors of all score totals. The competitors will now be split into Gold and Silver fleets for the remaining three days of competition.... [more]
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RS500, RS800 and RS700 French Open Skiff overall
Heather Chipperfield,
Largest artificial lake in Europe, Lac du Der, is perfect for this event and despite the general meteo alert, we were able to sail great with various conditions. As usual the infrastructures offered an « all inclusive » event and allow us to focus on the sport and the conviviality.... [more]
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Venue announced for grand final of 2016 RC44 Championship Tour
RC44 Class Association,
Built on a peninsula in one of the world's largest and deepest natural harbours, this historic city on the East coast of Malta will offer the sailors a thrilling end to the season. With prevailing westerly breeze and racing against the backdrop of the city's magnificent fortress.... [more]
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Will Brazilian President be impeached before Rio 2016 Olympic Games?
Sail-World.com,
>Inside the Games Nick Butler puts the fast moving events in Brazil in a Rio 2016 context as Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff moved one step closer to being removed from office after a motion for her impeachment gained the necessary two-thirds majority in the Lower House of Parliament, with just three-and-a-half months to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games... [more]
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Yacht Racing Forum 2016 venue and date announced
Yacht Racing Forum,
The event will take place right after the RC44 Valetta Cup and provide a great opportunity for participants to attend both events. The dates have also been selected in order to avoid clashes with Le Nautic (Paris Boat Show).... [more]
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Uncharacteristic light winds for Phaedo^3 at Les Voiles de Saint Barth
Rachel Jaspersen,
Onboard for the regatta, Lloyd, had his familiar crew of Brian Thompson, Miles Seddon, Robert Greenhalgh, Sam Goodchild, Samuel Bason, Pete Cumming, Henry Bomby and Paul Allen, who spent a lot of their time, hiking out on all corners of the boat.... [more]
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Laser Radial Worlds - Bouwmeester increases lead after Day 4 + Results
Sail-World.com NZL and Laser International,
The Qualifying rounds of the 2016 Laser Radial Worlds concluded on Banderas Bay, Mexico after four days of racing. Former world champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist, Marit Bouwmeester (NED) doubled her lead to 10 points aftre she placed second in today's races. Second overall is 2016 US Olympic representative Paige Railey (USA).... [more]
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2016 Leucate Kiteboarding Grand Slam – Day 2
Kite Classes,
2016 Leucate Kiteboarding Grand Slam – Day two started with a slouch, the forecast had called for morning wind but the reality was an unusually still morning. Riders were at the beach at nine o'clock regardless and ready for action. This event also saw the return of Liam Whaley, who un-surprisingly made it through to the main event without breaking a sweat.... [more]
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Clipper Race - Seven summits seven seas adventurer makes history
Marina Thomas,
2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Adventurer Martin Frey has made history by becoming the first person to have scaled the seven summits and sailed the seven seas, arriving in after a month at sea battling some of Mother Nature's worst conditions in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.... [more]
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2016 Sperry Charleston Race Week - A perfect finale
Charleston Race Week,
2016 Sperry Charleston Race Week - Certain boats seem to thrive in Charleston's breezy, tide-wrought conditions, and Sperry Charleston Race Week 2016 provided the perfect weather for them. Perennial favorites and past champions battled adversity to rise to the top once again, while new faces joined the podium in several classes.... [more]
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2016 U.S. National Championship - Tough fight on final day
Melges 20,
2016 U.S. Nationals - A down-to-the wire race day at the 2016 U.S. National Championship being held in conjunction with Sperry Charleston Race Week brought the competition to a complete head as the final two races for fleet unfolded. Another stunning day on the water with breeze and sunshine gave way to a tiebreaker, that ultimately decided who the next Melges 20 U.S. National Champion would be.... [more]
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2016 Melges 20 Europeans - Section 16 takes all in Porto Venere
Melges 20,
2016 Melges 20 European Sailing Series - Congratulations are in full order for Richard Davies on Section 16 along with tactician Chris Rast and crew member Manuel Modena - they are 2016 Porto Venere Melges 20 Sailing Series Champions!... [more]
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Laser Radial Worlds - Bouwmeester takes series lead after Race 6
Sail-World.com NZL and Laser Intrenational,
With the return of blues skies and a moderate sea breeze, race officials managed to complete three races on the third racing day of the 2016 Laser Radial Worlds being sailed on Banderas Bay, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Marit Bouwmeester (NED) has moved to the top, with four wins and the discard of her high finish in the first race.... [more]
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Laser Radial Worlds - Champagne sailing on Banderas Bay - Day 3
Sail-World.com NZL,
John Pounder of JLDigitalMedia was on the water for Day 3 of the 2016 Laser Radial Worlds being sailed on Banderas Bay, Mexico. The overcast skies of the first two days of racing cleared and conditions were as described in the brochure.... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth - Ten fine winners!
Kirsten Ferguson,
Today's final race at Les Voiles de St. Barth was riveting to watch, especially during the first beat and at the finish. The wind, like yesterday, was light, but unlike yesterday, just strong enough for officials to actually get off a race, and that pleased the hundreds of sailors competing here.... [more]
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2016 Sperry Charleston Race Week battles flare up under bright sun
Charleston Race Week,
2016 Sperry Charleston Race Week - Friday's wintry conditions were barely a memory after today's picture-perfect Day 2 at Sperry Charleston Race Week, with 15-20 knots of wind inshore and over 20 outside the jetties. The conditions allowed for racing across all the courses at the spring's premier event despite seas that ranged from ‘bumpy' to ‘scary' according to crews... [more]
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Melges 20 U.S. National Championship - New leadership on all fronts
Melges 20,
2016 U.S. National Championship - All things change on Day Two at the 2016 U.S. National Championship being held in conjunction with Sperry Charleston Race Week. It was a stunning day of sailboat racing with great breeze and tons of action.... [more]
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Breezy conditions give way to fantastic and fun Day 2 in Porto Venere
Melges 20,
2016 Melges 20 European Sailing Series - With five races now complete at the first act of the 2016 Melges 20 World Series, Richard Davies on Section 16 continues to lead the big forty-strong fleet. Mover of the day Marco Franchini aboard Mezzaluna sits in second, followed closely by Achille Onorato on Mascalzone Latino Jr. in third.... [more]
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Clipper Race - Visit Seattle beats PSP Logistics to finish line
The Clipper Race,
2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht RaceHome port entry Visit Seattle has crossed the finish line of the Seattle Pacific Challenge, pipping rival PSP Logistics in the final stages in light conditions... [more]
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Star Worlds - Augie Diaz and Bruno Prada are the new World Champions
Paul Cayard,
Today was the final race of the 2016 Star World Championship. The wind was slow to build but finally came in at seven - eight knots from 060. It was blowing over Key Biscayne onto the course and this made for very shifty conditions and significant deltas of wind pressure.... [more]
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Laser Radial Worlds - Bouwmeester shows way on Day 3 as US chases
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL,
2014 World Champion and 2012 Olympic Silver medalist, Marit Bouwmeester is leading the 2016 Laser Radial Worlds being sailed in Mexico, with two US sailors in hot pursuit. Bouwmeester has won four of her six races sailing in the Qualifying round.... [more]
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49er and FX Europeans - Carpe Diem for Danes, Kiwis win 25th regatta
Sail-World.com NZL,
Although the New Zealand crew of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke had won the Open European 49er Championship without having to sail in the top-ten Medal Race, the Womens 49erFX title was wide open and only determined in the Medal Race.... [more]
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Double points for final stage of M32 Series Bermuda
M32 Series,
Competing in his fourth winter series event, Don Wilson and his Convexity team are looking to bookend the series with another victory and secure the overall win.... [more]
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49er Europeans - Burling and Tuke win fourth European title
Sail-World.com NZL,
The four times world 49er champions, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke won their fourth straight European Championship and 25th straight 49er regatta by a huge margin, in Barcelona, Spain. They won the Open European Championship without having to sail in the Medal Race.... [more]
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2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Sleepless to Seattle
The Clipper Race,
2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The Emerald City beckons for the remaining teams completing the Seattle Pacific Challenge. But with high pressure building over the coast there could be a sleepless night ahead (local time) for the Skippers and crew wanting to make landfall as soon as possible.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Seattle crew member sails home
Clipper Round the World,
2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Sailing home to Seattle, Mission Performance crew member and business owner Yuko Kikuchi, 40, has had an emotional reunion with her husband Takao after nearly a month at sea.... [more]
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2016 Melges 20 European Sailing Series - Richard Davies in action
Melges 20,
2016 Melges 20 European Sailing Series - After two complete races on opening day of the 2016 Melges 20 European Sailing Series, long-time class supporter and current International Class Chairman Richard Davies on Section 16 scored a one - two to lead the forty-strong fleet in Porto Venere, Italy.... [more]
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2016 U.S. National Championship - Charleston Midnight Blue magic
Melges 20,
2016 U.S. National Championship - On the first day of the 2016 U.S. National Championship being held in conjunction with Sperry Charleston Race Week, reigning title holder Jason Michas on Midnight Blue delivered a one – one – two - three scoreline to take an early lead on what could be his third-consecutive trophy.... [more]
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2016 Sperry Charleston Race Week off to a roaring start
Charleston Race Week,
2016 Sperry Charleston Race Week - Morning came on like a winter blast today, with cold, driving rain and a brisk northeasterly breeze greeting the more than 2,000 sailors competing this weekend in Sperry Charleston Race Week. With dangerous surf at the harbor's edge and a building wind forecast, all offshore racing was canceled before 8:00 a.m... [more]
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2016 Les Voiles de St. Barth - Vagaries of the wind + Video
Kirsten Ferguson,
2016 Les Voiles de St. Barth - For the first time in Les Voiles de St. Barth's seven consecutive years of existence, racing was cancelled due to lack of wind. Sailors gathered on the quay to await a morning announcement that first postponed them ashore and then, two and ½ hours later, confirmed that tomorrow... [more]
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49er and 49erFX Europeans - Backdrops of Barcelona
Sail-World.com NZL,
Top sailing photographers Tomas Moya and Jesus Renedo were on the water for the fifth day of racing in the 2016 49er and 49erFX European Championships being sailed in the 1992 Olympic Sailing venue of Barcelona, Spain. The historic and contemporary city backdrops behind the racing skiffs make an interesting contrast.... [more]
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Registration open for Young Europeans Sailing (YES) event
SVG Verlag,
Four weeks before Kiel Week the young sailors get together. Approx 650 young sailors from all over the world will compete in nine classes to crown their champions in the 29er, 420, 505, Europe, Laser 4.7, Laser Std. M/W and Pirat.... [more]
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M32 Mediterranean Series kicks off this summer with five regattas
M32 Series,
The driving force behind the series is Riccardo Simoneschi, a world-class sailor who has been organizing grand prix racing events in Europe for almost 30 years. As well as launching and managing the Series, Simoneschi hopes to find some time to go racing too.... [more]
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Laser Radial Worlds – Light winds make for tight competition on Day 1
World Sailing,
Light winds under hazy skies on Banderas Bay delayed the start of the first day of races, but both qualifying fleets completed two races, as scheduled. The first fleet started cleanly in a southwestern wind of about five knots.... [more]
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2016 CYC Race to Mackinac - More than 300 sailors ready for action
Morgan Kinney,
2016 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac - More than 300 boats have already registered for the 108th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust, one of the world's longest-running freshwater distance races. The 333-mile sprint from Chicago to Mackinac Island, MI kicks off on Saturday, July 23, 2016 with more than 3,000 sailors approaching the start line east of Navy Pier.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Podium teams dock in Seattle
Clipper Round the World,
2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Bell Harbor, Seattle, has welcomed Unicef and LMAX Exchange this afternoon with the two teams arriving into the Emerald City to complete the podium after Derry~Londonderry~Doire's earlier arrival.... [more]
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Big breeze kicks off 2016 Sperry Charleston Race Week
Dan Dickison,
2016 Sperry Charleston Race Week - Downtown Charleston residents were treated to the sight of a harbor full of colorful sails on Thursday as a postcard-perfect day ushered in yet another year of Sperry Charleston Race Week. Nearly half the 242 boats entered took the day to practice on the water to get ready for the first gun, while the rest of the fleet finished rigging and deck work... [more]
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The Clipper Race - Hat-trick for Derry~Londonderry~Doire team
Marina Thomas,
2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The podium is complete after the Clipper Race fleet's tough North Pacific Ocean crossing from Qingdao, China to Seattle, USA. Northern Irish entry Derry~Londonderry~Doire won its third consecutive race, finishing the Seattle Pacific Challenge and a hat trick at 0915 local time/1615 UTC, 13 April.... [more]
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Star Worlds - Tough fight on Day 4 - first time World Champion likely
Paul Cayard,
Race 4 was held today for the 73 competitors in the Star World Championship on Biscayne Bay. The winds were light again blowing in from the southeast at seven - eight knots.... [more]
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49er/FX Europeans - Spaniards on a Roll in the 49erFX - Kiwis extend
Sail-World.com NZL,
Sporting a 3, 7, 1, to open up the Gold fleet racing at the 2016 49er FX Europeans being sailed in Barcelona, which included a capsize in the race they finished seventh, Echegoyen and Betanzos are showing they are contenders. Unlike in the 49er, where Burling and Tuke are once again a country mile ahead of the closest competition, the 49erFX title fight is bound to be close for the duration.... [more]
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GryphonSolo2 Round the World – Rounding the Bulge
Joe Harris,
So we made it past Recife last night, although it was another 'GPS Event' as I am 100 miles offshore so can't see the lights of the coast.... [more]
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Clipper Race – Eight teams have plenty to race for as finale plays out
The Clipper Race,
The podium positions for race nine, The Seattle Pacific Challenge are now confirmed. The fleet experienced yet more heavy weather overnight, though this is now subsiding and predicted to lighten further today.... [more]
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2016 Volvo Cork Week set to attract new competitors
Louay Habib,
The Royal Cork Yacht Club has always listened to competitors comments and has never been afraid to make improvements whenever possible. Kieran O'Connell, Chairman of VCW, spoke candidly about the changes to this year's event, brought about by talking to competitors, the real cost of coming to Cork Week is being reduced by pro-active measures.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The battle for second place
Clipper Round the World,
2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Unicef has crossed the Seattle Pacific Challenge finish line, beating LMAX Exchange after a duel between the two teams for the podium during the race from Qingdao, China.... [more]
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Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
Rob Kothe, Sail-World.com & YachtsandYachting.com,
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!... [more]
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2016 Melges 20 European Sailing Series kicks off with big numbers
Melges 20 Class,
2016 Melges 20 European Sailing Series - More than forty Melges 20 teams representing twelve nations will participate at the first edition of the 2016 Melges 20 European Sailing Series this coming weekend. Three days of racing are planned and in addition to the big attendance numbers, top names and sailors have their sights set on premium sailing conditions that will stir stiff competition.... [more]
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Adventures of a Sailor Girl - Les Voiles de St Barth – Day 2 images
Nic Douglass,
Photographer Nic Douglass was on water at 2016 Les Voiles de St Barth and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action.... [more]
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49er/FX Europeans - Kiwis earn handy lead ahead of Gold fleet cut
Sail-World.com NZL,
It was a stressful final day of qualifying for the 72 boat 49er fleet, at the 2016 European Championship being sailed in Barcelona, Spain. Only 25 crew can make gold fleet. With seven of ten scheduled races completed there were still more than 20 teams on the bubble hoping to sail well enough to keep their hopes alive.... [more]
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The regattas keep coming thick and fast on the Road to Rio 2016
World Sailing,
Last week we confirmed that the country qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games had finished, well this week there has been some 'in-fighting' as sailors try to claim those confirmed spots and be given the chance to represent their country in the summer showpiece.... [more]
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