Please select your home edition
Edition
North Sails Performance 2023 - LEADERBOARD

11th Hour Racing wins The Ocean Race, Melges 24 Worlds, Transpac starts - Sail-World.com newsletter

04/07/2023


11th Hour Racing wins The Ocean Race, Melges 24 Worlds, Transpac starts

North Sails Performance 2023 - LEADERBOARD

Visit Pensacola 2023 LEADERBOARD

11th Hour Racing Team celebrating winning the Ocean Race 2022/2023 - 29 June, 2023 - photo © Harry KH / 11th Hour Racing / The Ocean Race


Dear Recipient Name

As our nation prepares to celebrate its 247th birthday, no doubt with fireworks, cookouts, gatherings, libations, and other star-spangled celebrations, the American sailing community has extra reason to celebrate: an American-flagged boat has won The Ocean Race (née the Whitbread Race and the Volvo Ocean Race) for the first time in the event's 50-year history.

Granted, skipper Charlie Enright and his 11th Hour Racing teammates would have preferred to have won the trophy without any time in the protest room, but those dice were cast on June 25, 27 minutes into the start of Leg 7, when GUYOT environnement - Team Europe, sailing on port tack, ploughed into the port side of 11th Hour Racing's Malama, punching a gaping hole in the IMOCA 60, which had been sailing on starboard.

As reported, the team worked around the clock to get Malama into a seaworthy state, and then set off from The Hague to the port of Genoa, Italy, in time for last weekend's in-port racing.

 
Henri-Lloyd 2023 Freo Jacket - SW MPU   Zhik 2023 May SW MPU
 

The Ocean Race 2022-23 - 1 July 2023. IMOCA In-Port Race in Genova - photo © Sailing Energy / The Ocean Race
The Ocean Race 2022-23 - 1 July 2023. IMOCA In-Port Race in Genova - photo © Sailing Energy / The Ocean Race

But, before the starting guns could fire for the in-port racing, word broke that World Sailing's International Jury had concluded the redress hearing and that 11th Hour Racing was awarded four points, making them the overall winners of the 2023 edition of The Ocean Race.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic," said Enright in an official communication. "This race takes everything out of you - emotionally, mentally, and physically. I'm incredibly proud of our whole team who have worked tirelessly for three years to get to this point. There have been highs, some incredible highs, but also lows that have knocked us all, but they were all worth it to hear this news today."

 
RS Sailing 2021 - MPU   MPU May to September 2023
 

The Ocean Race 2022-23 Leg 3 onboard 11th Hour Racing Team. Charlie Enright sticks his head out of the cockpit to communicate with the group on deck - photo © Amory Ross / 11th Hour Racing / The Ocean Race
The Ocean Race 2022-23 Leg 3 onboard 11th Hour Racing Team. Charlie Enright sticks his head out of the cockpit to communicate with the group on deck - photo © Amory Ross / 11th Hour Racing / The Ocean Race

While this was obviously huge news for the team, Enright and crew rallied hard over the weekend and also took first place in the light-air in-port racing. This on-the-water win was enough to earn the team the top standing in 2023 In-Port Series, in addition to their overall win.

"It was a complicated day out there with not a lot of wind, a pretty whacky racecourse, and not the greatest start for us," said Enright in an official team release. "But I think that the performance was pretty typical of our team, you know? We kept fighting and took the opportunity when it presented itself. Today was probably a case of better lucky than good but I guess when you are rolling you are rolling, so I'll take it! It's a fairy tale ending to what has been a great experience for this whole campaign."

 
Selden 2023 CXe   North Sails Performance 2023 - MPU
 

11th Hour Racing Team celebrating winning the Ocean Race 2022/2023 - 29 June, 2023 - photo © Harry KH / 11th Hour Racing / The Ocean Race
11th Hour Racing Team celebrating winning the Ocean Race 2022/2023 - 29 June, 2023 - photo © Harry KH / 11th Hour Racing / The Ocean Race

Sail-World tips our hat to the proud efforts that Enright, Mark Towill, and the entire 11th Hour Racing Team put into this win. If shooting off fireworks are part of your 4th of July celebrations, be sure to (responsibly) fire off a few extra rockets for a mission to win The Ocean Race that began with the 2007 Transpac Race and Disney's Morning Light project, and included two previous Volvo Ocean Race campaigns en route to realizing sweet victory 16 years later on the waters off of Genoa, Italy.

Hawaiian sunrise chases Morning Light to the finish - Transpac 2007 - photo © Rich Roberts
Hawaiian sunrise chases Morning Light to the finish - Transpac 2007 - photo © Rich Roberts

American efforts were also successful at the 2023 Melges 24 World Championships, which just concluded on the waters off of Middelfart, Denmark, where skipper Drew Freides and his Pacific Yankee team took top honors. They were joined on the winner's podium by skipper Peter Duncan (USA) and his Raza Mixta crew, and by skipper Ante Botica (CRO; Corinthian) and his Mataran 24 squad.

"The last day was exactly as we had feared: tough and close sailing, and we had to fight all day to secure the world championship - and we were lucky that we ended up winning," said Freides in an event communication. "In the fall, we put together a team that we thought had the ability to win the World Championship. And a very special person joined the team - our coach, Vince Brun, who in 1998 and 1999 became the first Melges 24 world champion. So, it was very special to win the championship with him here in Middelfart."

 
Marskeel 2019 600x500   J Composites 2022 - J99 MPU
 

PACIFIC YANKEE USA865 of Drew Freides with Nic Asher, Charlie Smythe, Alec Anderson and Mark Ivey - new Melges 24 World Champions - Melges 24 World Championship 2023 - Middelfart, Denmark - photo © Mick Knive Anderson
PACIFIC YANKEE USA865 of Drew Freides with Nic Asher, Charlie Smythe, Alec Anderson and Mark Ivey - new Melges 24 World Champions - Melges 24 World Championship 2023 - Middelfart, Denmark - photo © Mick Knive Anderson

The 2024 Melges 24 Worlds is set to unfurl on the waters of San Francisco Bay, and you can bet your last roll of duct tape that Freides and his Pacific Yankee crew will be on hand to defend their title on (close-to) home waters.

Finally, the final starters began racing the 2023 Transpac Race on July 1, and the race frontrunners (read: the first of three starting groups), led by a pair of Dehler 46s, are (as of this writing) now nearing the halfway mark.

But, with three MOD70 trimarans, multiple Santa Cruz 70s and Andrews 68s, and Bill Lee's original sled Merlin in the pursuing pack, it's fair to say that the lead will likely change hands before the first celebratory mai tais are enjoyed in Honolulu.

 
Allen 2022 - PSH Cam Cleat MPU   Barton Marine 2019 600x500
 

2023 Transpac - photo © Doug Gifford
2023 Transpac - photo © Doug Gifford

Sail-World wishes safe and fast passage to all Transpac racers, and while I'm not the fireworks type (because it freaks out my dog), I certainly plan to raise a glass to Enright and his 11th Hour Racing team for showing the kind of commitment, gumption, and dogged perseverance that's required to win something as big as The Ocean Race.

The Ocean Race 2022-23 - The 11th Hour Racing Team delivering Malama to Genoa, Italy, after completing repairs to the damaged port side and retiring from the leg. Malama sailing upwind in 20 knots towards Genoa, just 300 miles to the north - photo © Amory Ross / 11th Hour Racing / The Ocean Race
The Ocean Race 2022-23 - The 11th Hour Racing Team delivering Malama to Genoa, Italy, after completing repairs to the damaged port side and retiring from the leg. Malama sailing upwind in 20 knots towards Genoa, just 300 miles to the north - photo © Amory Ross / 11th Hour Racing / The Ocean Race

While our beautiful country has seen its share of trials, bruises, and wins in our proud 247-year history, I'm confident that same gumption, grit, and dedication to cause that helped propel Malama to the top of the The Ocean Race's leaderboard will also help ensure that the USA is still proudly flying her flags in the year 2270.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt
Sail-World.com North American Editor

 
Cyclops 2022 November Load Pin MPU   Vaikobi 2023 Gloves - MPU
 


Is the cookie cutter relevant in the digital age?
Please note from the outset that this is an oversimplification. It does, however, serve as brilliant analogy on a number of levels.

America's Cup: Barcelona welcomes Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli
The crystal waters off the Barcelona beachfront became a busy place today as Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli conducted their first sailing session at the 37th America's Cup venue in their stylish one design AC40.

Passing Lanes in Transpac
With the exception of five entries that have dropped from the race and have returned to the coast, the entire Transpac fleet is now finally making good progress down the racecourse towards Hawaii.

 
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW MPU   Rooster 2023 - Aquafleece - MPU
 
35th Gran Canaria Windsurf World Cup Pozo Izquierdo - Day 3
Pozo Izquierdo has come alive this Monday for the first time in 14 years with Slalom races reaching speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour, featuring over 35 riders in both the men's and women's categories.

David Harding's Round the Island Race photos
It was a rough day to be on the water, especially in a small RIB, but David Harding of SailingScenes.com made it the full way round and took some stunning photos!

Rolex Fastnet Race: IRC One Preview - From Moonbeam to Sunrise
Watch out IRC One competitors, because this year you have to contend with Tom Kneen and his crew on Sunrise III (GBR).

 
Visit Pensacola 2023 MPU 2   MPU April May June 2023
 
An interview with Rob Davis on the 2023 Rally to the Crown
Sail-World checked in with Rob Davis, regatta chair of the 2023 edition of the Rally to the Crown, via email, to learn more about this fun-minded distance-sailing event.

Save The Date. Live Ocean Race Debrief - July 11 - Register here
Join Ken Read and race winners Charlie Enright & Pablo Arrarte for a live debrief of The Ocean Race on July 11. This webinar is free and open to everyone. Register here!

America's Cup: 'Honey, we shrank the boat!'
The AC40 has been making waves with its performance on the water, but its design is just as impressive on the all-important logistical side of things also. Emirates Team NZ explains how the AC40 fits onto a single flat pack for shipping.

 
MPU E6 question mark animated   Race Yachts 2023 v3
 
Round the Island Race 2023: An epic edition of the ultimate 'Race for all'
The strong weather conditions set out to challenge the 1,100 boat fleet which started from the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line on Saturday morning. There wasn't a moment which didn't test the fleet on the exhilarating racecourse around the Isle Of Wight.

76 Moths at Foiling Week including celebrities CJ Perez, Giles Scott, Emily Nagel, Simone Salvà
The second half of the 10th edition of Foiling Week started today with 76 Moths on Lake Garda, with the Wing Foil and Flying Phantom classes joining the racing tomorrow.

44Cup Marstrand at Marstrands Segelsällskap - Overall
With rollmops unfurling in the big breeze, the decision was made to cancel the final day of racing at the 44Cup Marstrand. Despite this, over the last four days eight races were held and a worthy winner found in Nico Poons' Charisma.

 
Hyde Sails 2022 One Design MPU   Hellamarine-Apelo-A3-@2x_600x300
 
Cup Spy - June 30: Hutchinson's verdict on the sailing conditions at Barcelona.
On Friday, American Magic and Alinghi Red Bull Racing sailed their 40ft test boats at Barcelona. American Magic's Team boss, Terry Hutchinson gives his verdict on the race venue. Emirates Team NZ are expected to dock in Barcelona on Monday.

18ft Skiff Mark Foy Trophy 2023 - Australian 18ft Skiff champion wins in Italy
he 2022-23 Australian champion Finport Finance 18ft skiff team of Keagan York, Matt Stenta and Phil Marshall added the Mark Foy Trophy to its 2023 record with a narrow victory this week

Tom Hicks Round the Island Race Photo Gallery
Dramatic photos from yesterday's race around the Isle of Wight caught by Tom Hicks, including the capsize and rescue of a trimaran crew.

 
KZRaceFurlers   Mackay 250
 
Melges 24 World Championship Middelfart 2023 - Overall
The Melges Performance Sailboats Trophy for the Melges 24 Worlds title goes back to the USA after three exciting races in wind and rain today. Croatians win the Challenge Henri Samuel Corinthian Trophy in non-professional class and take bronze overall.

First week of racing concludes at 2023 Foiling Week
As the first half of Foiling Week is wrapping up, organizers look back at great racing in the Waszp, ETF26, 69F and IQFoil classes with their final day of racing taking place today.

It's a double win for the 11th Hour Racing Team in the The Ocean Race 2022-23
11th Hour Racing Team has won the Genoa In-Port Race, the final battle of The Ocean Race 2022-23, bagging the US team the top spot in the overall In-Port Race Series.

 
C-Tech 2021 SnuffAir 300x250   Lloyd Stevenson - T2Artefact 300x250px
 
Ingrid Abery's photos from the Solent and The Needles in the Round the Island Race
It's always a pleasure to receive a set of photos from Ingrid Abery, and this set from the Round the Island Race is another stunning example of her work.

Martin Augustus Round the Island Race photos
More stunning imagery from today's Round the Island Race, this time from Martin Augustus.

The Grand Finale in Genova brings The Ocean Race to a conclusion in style
Sunny skies, very light and shifty winds and enthusiastic crowds on shore and on the water were the order of the day as this six month, around the world odyssey came to a close.

 
Doyle Sails 2020 - Redefining Boundaries 300x250   T Clewring J-Class
 
Line honours for Volvo 70 'Tschuss 2' in Round the Island Race
It was a breezy start to this year's Round the Island Race with 1,100 boats setting off from the Royal Yacht Squadron line off Cowes this morning and heading west to the Needles.

Round the Island Race photos as the fleet pass Hurst Castle
Young photographer Sam Jardine sailed to Hurst Castle to take this great set of photos as the Round the Island Race fleet sailed through the Hurst Narrows towards The Needles.

Cup Spy - June 28: Swiss improving click by click
In the post session interview with the AC37 Joint Recon team, Alinghi Red Bull Racing sail trimmer Bryan Mettruax was not giving much away. But he did talk about the Swiss team's rate of progress, flight controllers, and the speed of reaction to controls.

 
SOUTHERNSPARS_MAST-&-BOOMS_SW_300X250-AQUIJO   Predictwind - Iridium 250
 
US Sailing announces 2023 Youth Champs winners
Winners were announced during an afternoon award ceremony at the 2023 U.S. Youth Championship presented by SouthCoast Wind after four days of sailing on Mount Hope Bay.

Ovington Boats and PRO-SET Resins OK Dinghy World Championship at Lyme Regis - Overall
Britain's Henry Wetherell has won the 2023 Ovington Boats and Pro-Set Resins OK Dinghy World Championship in Lyme Regis after the final two races on Friday. Niklas Edler, from Sweden, took the silver while Valerian Lebrun, from France, took the bronze.

Rolex Fastnet Race IRC Zero Preview - Battle of the Commodores
Teasing Machine is a strong tip for success in IRC Zero, and arguably for an overall win in this 50th edition Rolex Fastnet Race. RORC Vice Commodore Eric de Turckheim always ensures his NMYD 54 is immaculately prepared in every respect.

 
Armstrong-FG-4 300x250   Coast Guard Foundation 2023 MPU
 
11th Hour Racing first US team to win The Ocean Race with North Sails' cutting-edge innovations
Global leader in sailmaking and performance clothing, North Sails, is proud to have again been the Official Sail Supplier at the Ocean Race 2022-23. The Ocean Race is the ultimate test of sailing prowess, covering 32,000 nautical miles over six months.

Robin Allingham Aisher OBE | 1934-2023
Robin Aisher represented Great Britain at three Summer Olympic Games. He is one of the most successful sailors for the Admiral's Cup, winning on multiple occasions.

Henri-Lloyd 60th Anniversary T-Shirts
Join Henri-Lloyd as they mark their 60-year journey with their exclusive limited edition T-Shirt collection, meticulously crafted to embody their enduring commitment to quality.

Record number of female sailors took part in The Ocean Race 2022-23
The Ocean Race 2022-23 featured more female sailors than in any of the previous events in the Race's 50 year history.

Video: Charlie Dalin presents his new IMOCA MACIF Santé Prévoyance
Charlie Dalin presents his new IMOCA MACIF Santé Prévoyance which represents 16,000 man hours, 20 months of work and 50 people involved to get to this point of being on the water.

The Return to Marstrand
Match racing returns to its Swedish spiritual home next week with the 29th edition of the GKSS Match Cup Sweden taking place over 4-8 July in the tourist island hotspot of Marstrand off Sweden's west coast.

Second wave heads to Hawaii in Transpac
Under sunny skies and a light westerly breeze, the second group of entries has started their 2225-mile journey to Honolulu in the 2023 Transpac.

2023 ORC Annual Meeting to be held in Malaga
The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) announces its Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in Malaga, Spain over 10-14 November 2023.

11th Hour Racing Team welcomed into Genova as conquering heroes
This one was a long time coming. Two days after the IMOCA fleet arrived in Genova, Italy, 11th Hour Racing Team arrived at the Grand Finale venue as worthy champions of The Ocean Race.

Gill Marine Clothing signs partnership agreement as official apparel supplier of Sail Newport
The Sail Newport staff will wear the Gill branded gear while teaching, coaching, and working on the water and on shore for the programs, regattas and events hosted at the public sailing center.

11th Hour Racing Team crowned winners of The Ocean Race
After racing around the world and overcoming challenge after challenge, 11th Hour Race Team is today en route to Genova as confirmed winners of The Ocean Race.

Letter from the Antipodes: Is NZ spoilt for foiling talent? And a Cup winner's different story.
New Zealand sailors have enjoyed international success over the last fortnight, including the performance of four "junior" Kiwi sailors at the UK Open and then the Int Moth Worlds at Weymouth. Plus a look at Rebecca Hayter's latest book - launched July 6.

11th Hour Racing Team wins the The Ocean Race 2022-23
11th Hour Racing Team has won The Ocean Race 2022-23, the world's longest and toughest team sporting event - the first time a US team has won in the 50-year history of the Race.

Taylor Grieger on Skeleton Crew's participation in the Ocean Globe Race
Sail-World checked in with Taylor Grieger, skipper of Skeleton Crew in the Ocean Globe Race, via email, to learn more about his team's participation in this exciting around-the-world race.

Four benefits of wearing polarized eyewear
Four benefits of wearing our Vize Polarized sunglasses on the water.

All-star cast of sustainability experts and sports stars unite to supercharge SailGP's Impact League
An NFL player, National Geographic Young Explorer, the first woman to be appointed as director of The Football Association and a member of the UN secretary-general's advisory group on climate change headline an all-star cast of judges.

Can you still judge a boat by its lines?
Look at any classic yacht, and within a moment you can tell whether she's fast or not. A great classic just looks right, and it's not just the gleaming varnish and sea of sails which gives you that impression. It's the lines.

America's Cup: Artemis Technologies announce backing of Swedish Challenge for Youth and Womens teams
Artemis Technologies announce backing of Swedish Challenge for the upcoming Youth & Puig Women's America's Cups. The final teams will be chosen from the Artemis Academy - developed as a solid foundation for Swedish top-level foiling athletes.

Cyclops 2022 November Load Pin FOOTER

Rooster 2023 - FOOTER

This email was sent to the.recipients@email.address by YY Online Services Ltd.
Towngate House, 2-8 Parkstone Road, Poole, BH15 2PW
Registered in England No. 7895890

Our records show that you signed up to receive news from us on 1 January 2000

Please do not reply to this message as this address cannot receive replies.

You can unsubscribe at any time or email us here if you encounter any difficulties
37th AC Store 2024-two-728X90 BOTTOMNorth Sails Performance 2023 - FOOTERArmstrong 728x90 - HA Foil Range - BOTTOM