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A big week for American sailing—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond


31 Oct 2017

A big week for American sailing—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Leg 01, Alicante to Lisbon, day xx, on board Vestas 11th Hour Racing. Photo by James Blake/Volvo Ocean Race. 27 October, 2017  © James Blake / Volvo Ocean Race
The first points in the 2017/2018 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race have now been posted to the scoreboard following the completion of Leg 1, which took the fleet offshore from Alicante, Spain, to two turning marks before spinning back towards the finishing line off of Lisbon, Portugal. After some seven days of racing, the American-flagged Vestas 11th Hour Racing crossed the finishing line ahead of the Spanish-flagged MAPFRE and the Chinese-flagged Dongfeng Race Team to take first blood in this fully crewed around-the-world race.

“Can't argue with the results,” said Charlie Enright, Vestas 11th Hour Racing's skipper, after his team's big win. “For us, it has always been the process and improving every day. We prioritized getting the right people and this provides us with a lot of confidence. I can't say enough about the squad on the boat and the ones on the shore.”

Charlie Enright (USA) driving on Day 5 – Volvo Ocean Race Vestas 11th Hour (USA)  © James Blake / Volvo Ocean Race

Enright and several of his core crew, including team director and co-founder Mark Towill, it will be remembered, competed in the 2014/2015 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race aboard the co-flagged American and Turkish Team Alvimedica, but this earlier race was Enright's first VOR dance, and it's fair to say that his results to date in the 2017/2018 edition represent an impressive sea change in performance.

(To be fair, Team Alvimedica won the final leg of the last VOR, but the point remains that this showing represents a massive level of improvement for Enright, Towill and their talented team.)

Charlie Enright (left) and Mark Towill (right)  © Amory Ross / Team Alvimedica

“To kick it off this way is a strong sentiment to the team,” reported Towill in an official team press release. “We have a long way to go for sure, and this is a great way to start the event.”

Although Vestas 11th Hour Racing led the seven-boat strong fleet for virtually the entire race, their seemingly insurmountable lead was in jeopardy when Enright realized that a ballast-water hose had become disconnected and had filled the boat with some 200-plus gallons of speed-sapping brine. Fortunately, the team was able to make this repair without loosing any significant miles to their competition.

While Enright and company clearly have reason to celebrate, they are careful to keep the enormity of the race fully in mind, and to maintain the right mindset needed to repeat this performance in the coming months. “We pride ourselves on not getting too high or too low and I think we executed that on this leg,” said Enright in an official team release. “It's about having confidence in ourselves and committing to the process and now we're starting to see the results of that.”

28 October, 2017 - Vestas 11th Hour Racing wins Leg 1 in Lisbon - 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race  © Jesus Renedo / Volvo Ocean Race

Leg 2 is slated to start in Lisbon on November 5 and will take the seven-boat-strong fleet from Portugal to Cape Town, South Africa, a distance of some 7,000 nautical miles. The leg will give teams their first real taste of the sort of offshore conditions that will become increasingly pronounced as the fleet approaches the windswept depths of the Southern Ocean in Leg 3 (Cape Town to Melbourne, Australia).

Congrats to Enright, Towill, Nick Dana (USA) and the rest of the Vestas 11th Hour Racing crew, and be sure to stay current with for the latest VOR news from the Lisbon in-port race (Friday, November 3) and from Leg 2 (Sunday, November 5), starting this weekend.

Vestas 11th Hour Racing at the Strait of Gibraltar – Volvo Ocean Race  © Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race

Meanwhile, in Olympic sailing news, Erika Reineke, from Clearwater, Florida, took Gold in the 51-boat Laser Radial class at the Enoshima Olympic Week, which is the first major regatta to be held on the waters where the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will unfurl. This victory represents an important win for the U.S.-flagged team, which has suffered a long series of defeats and disappointing finishes since their last Olympic Gold medal, which was won by Anna Tunnicliffe-also in the Laser Radial class-at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

'I'm happy to come away with gold here in Enoshima, and hopefully in three years I can repeat that,' said Reineke in an official US Sailing press release. 'I think Enoshima is an awesome venue... The fact that [it's] on an island is kinda cool; it's very secluded. The sailing conditions can be hard, and it reminds me of the Charles River in Boston where I did a lot of sailing for Boston College.'

Erika Reineke, Laser Radial, US Sailing Team. - 2017 Enoshima Olympic Week  © Will Ricketson / US Sailing

Hopefully Reineke's recent performance, coupled with her enthusiasm for the next Olympic venue, will spell great things for her and her teammates come 2020.

So while there's still a lot of sailing to go until the VOR comes screeching into their final port of call at The Hague in late June, and even more (metaphorical) miles to go until the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the simple fact remains that our country has some great things to celebrate as we turn the page from October to November.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Life of Volvo Ocean Race sailor in pictures – Eat, sleep, sail, repeat
Volvo Ocean Race,
Leg one saw the teams race 1,850 nautical miles from Alicante to Lisbon, spending approximately six days at sea.... [more]

Spindrift racing finishes third in Match Racing World Championship
Spindrift Racing,
Sunday morning's conditions saw considerably stronger conditions with 8-10 knots of breeze and, after a solid start and good tactical manoeuvres, Yann Guichard and his team won the second match against USOne Sailing, qualifying for the semi-finals.... [more]

SYC Shanghai Cup and Nacra 17 Asian Championship – Creating new glory
Icarus Sports,
After yesterday's race, the sailors have adapted quickly to the new racing environment on Huangpu River (an area of 1.5Km length, from Gongping Road Ferry Pier to Yangtze River Pier), and gave out their very best performance today. The variety of the wind blowing and the swinging gusts brought dramatic effects to the races.... [more]

Star European Championships in Sanremo concludes
Elena Giolai,
The Fantastic weather conditions at Sanremo brings up a true show of remarkable sailing: on the last day of racing are sailing for the podium the fabulous Torben Grael, Diaz the US world champion, the Italian Diego Negri and the great champion Lars Grael.... [more]

The Aloha Classic – Ready and waiting
The riders joined together this morning to celebrate with a traditional Hawaiian opening ceremony, as well as words from tour organizer Sam Bittner and head judge Duncan Coombs.... [more]

Zhik to partner with Sail Melbourne International
Sail Melbourne International,
The new partnership will see a Zhik event merchandise shop at the event with items also being available online. Also, every entry in the regatta will receive a Zhik SMI branded cap as a part of their entry and Zhik will provide prizes for the Invited Class winners as part of their partnership.... [more]

China Cup 2017 - More images by Studio Borlenghi
Studio Borlenghi,
Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from China Cup 2017.... [more]

China Cup 2017 images by Studio Borlenghi
Studio Borlenghi,
Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from China Cup 2017.... [more]

Reineke takes gold in Enoshima Olympic Week
US Sailing,
US Sailing Team Laser Radial athlete Erika Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) won gold at the conclusion of a stormy Enoshima Olympic Week, the first large multi-class regatta to be held at the site of the Tokyo 2020 sailing competition during this Olympic cycle. The three-time youth and U21 ILCA World Champion dominated the 51-boat Radial fleet, leading wire-to-wire and securing an 18-point margin... [more]

29er Eurocup - Nail-biting final day
Fraglia Vela Riva,
The 29er Eurocup has concluded after nine races with light wind. This morning - fourth and final day, two more races have been sailed both for the gold and silver fleet, after which the second worst score was excluded, that for some has deeply changed the final ranking.... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race- Entries close with 110 yachts
Di Pearson,
Last year's overall winner and the record-breaking line honours victor are among the quality 110 entries, including a record 31 internationals, received by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) for the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race which starts at 1pm on Boxing Day.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - The best of SHK Scallywag's David Witt from Leg 1,
Top 18fter and Volvo Ocean Race skipper, David Witt is a lot of things - but never boring. He provides a much needed lift to the way too serious Volvo Ocean Race as the Hong Kong backed entry SKH Scallywag made her way through the Atlantic Ocean on the way to Lisbon and the start of Leg 2.... [more]

Red Bull Sailing - Jimmy Spithill sets himself America's Cup mission
Red Bull Sailing,
After holding on to the America's Cup for years, Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA lost their title to Emirates Team New Zealand in June 2017. He's now on a mission to win it back. One of the greatest sporting movie quotes of all time comes from the Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa; “It's not how hard you hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” But how do you do tha... [more]

Torvar topples Robertson to win Match Racing World Championship
Mirsky's precision sailing came as a surprise to a lot of teams, bearing in mind they haven't done nearly as many regattas on the circuit since the arrival of the M32 catamaran. Robertson went into this event as the clear favourite and it looked like he would go all the way after dispatching fellow New Zealander Chris Steele 3-0 in the Semi Finals.... [more]

Kiwis win China Cup International Regatta at their third attempt
Andy Rice / Sailing Intelligence,
The breeze blew in at around 10 knots this morning, setting up the perfect scenario for a big battle between the defending champion Vanhang Longcheer and the America's Cup winners, along with some other hot contenders that included My Side from South Africa and Team Hollywood from Australia.... [more]

Grand comeback of SYC Shanghai Cup – Denmark leads on Day 1
Icarus Sports,
An intense competition among 12 teams with 24 world-class sailors from 10 countries and regions was launched on the racing area from Gongping Road Ferry Pier to Yangtze River Pier on Huangpu River, with about 1.5 km length.... [more]

Clipper Round the World - PSP Logistics arrives into Cape Town
Clipper Round the World,
24 days after Race 2, the Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms, started from Punta del Este, including an unscheduled return to Uruguay after sustaining severe damage from a collision with a whale, the PSP Logistics team has made its long-awaited arrival into Cape Town tonight.... [more]

Région Normandie Junior Senior by Enernex wins the TJV prologue
Transat Jacques Vabre,
The wind could not make up its mind but the fans massed on the docks of the Bassin de l'Eure were sure: the prologue of the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre was a big and beautiful show with frenzied crossing tacks in 8 to 18 knots under ever-changing skies.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - So close, yet so far-
Turn The Tide On Plastic,
After an epic battle, Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante to Lisbon came to a close. For the last 24 hours of the 1,700 nautical mile leg, Turn the Tide on Plastic and Team Brunel were locked in a minute-by-minute battle, of which the outcome was impossible to predict until the final moments. It was give and take all the way into Lisbon for both teams... [more]

Team Brunel sixth in first Leg of the Volvo Ocean Race
Team Brunel,
Team Brunel finished Saturday the 28th of October as sixth in the first Leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. Until the finish line it was a tight battle with Turn the Tide on Plastic. But Team Brunel managed to keep them behind.... [more]

Vestas 11th Hour Racing on top after Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Vestas 11th Hour Racing have won Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race, crossing the finish line in the River Tagus in Lisbon, Portugal, to complete the 1,650 nautical mile leg in light winds on Saturday afternoon.... [more]

French Revil-Gautier take on lead at 29er Eurocup in Riva del Garda
Fraglia Vela Riva,
Today was the second to last day of races at the 29er Eurocup organized by Fraglia Vela Riva that has started once again very early in the morning, but it was totally worthwhile since the wind was stronger and blew for longer, that has allowed to sail three races. 12-knots have been sufficient to make the difference for the fleets letting the most talented teams have their say in the regatta.... [more]

WMRT Shenzhen Match Cup – Drama unfolds for Battle of Bridge
Defending World Champion Phil Robertson was on the ropes against young Australian Harry Price, but a gust from heaven combined with an enormous wind shift blasted the Kiwi past his rival and into the semi finals.... [more]

Vestas 11th Hour Racing is leader of Volvo Ocean Race
Vestas 11th Hour Racing,
The first night the crew took a risk by sailing close to the shoreline of southern Spain hoping for wind coming off the mountains not seen on weather forecasts. The gamble paid off as they were the first in and out of the Strait of Gibraltar, an area known for high winds, shipping traffic, and a narrow path for maneuvers.... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race – New Heroes embellish the legend
In truth, all those who returned to Malta did so having shown resilience and determination in one of the more punishing editions of the race in recent years. For many of those who retired from the race, the decision to abandon was not simple given the time and commitment put into the race. Certainly, though, it was one based on seamanship and pragmatic sensibility.... [more]

Catamarans Cup International Regatta report
Icarus Sports,
With Alimos marina as the race's starting point and mild north winds, the competing boats completed the first Leg at Poros. The award ceremony was held the same evening at Syggros building, along with the Cook Off! Competition and followed by the established party to bring the night to a close.... [more]

Vestas 11th Hour Racing win Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
It wasn't easy. The wind shut down on the final approach, and an early morning lead of 34-nautical miles over second-placed MAPFRE was whittled down to 10-miles, with the finish in sight, but the current in the river even pushing the leaders back out to sea in some of the lulls.... [more]

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Day 24, Race 2 – Land in sight
The Clipper Race,
It's the final day of a long and eventful leg two for PSP Logistics but the end is finally in sight in race two: The Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms.... [more]

China Cup International Regatta – Longcheer extends lead on Day 3
Andy Rice / Sailing Intelligence,
Like his helmsman, Josh Junior, Andy Maloney is another of the ‘cyclors' - the cycling sailors - who won the America's Cup for Emirates Team New Zealand earlier this year. This week the Maloney is working the mainsheet.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Vestas 11th Hour expected to have comfortable win
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Vestas 11th Hour Racing is expected to cross the finish line around 1230-1300hrs UTC and take the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. At the 0700hrs UTC report supplied by Volvo Ocean Race, the US flagged entry skippered by Charlie Enwright (US) was skirting the exclusion zone off Lisbon and enjoyed a 35nm lead over MAPFRE (ESP) the pre-race favourite.... [more]

29er Eurocup - Day 2 - Still light breeze in Garda Trentino
Fraglia Vela Riva,
The wind is still light on day 2 of the 29er Eurocup, international event for the youth skiff class that is getting more and more successful, organized by Fraglia Vela Riva and taking place at the club until Sunday.... [more]

J/105 North American Championship - Overall report
J105 Class Association,
As the spotlight shines on Houston for the World Series, so does the focus at the J/105 North American Championship hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club.... [more]

J/105 International Masters Regatta - Preview
Returning to the San Diego Bay on October 20-22, 2017 is the International Masters Regatta, hosted by San Diego Yacht Club for the sixth consecutive year. Twelve teams from all around the world will compete in this year's regatta, which will be sailed in a round robin format.... [more]

The Transat Jacques Vabre opens in Le Havre
Transat Jacques Vabre,
The countdown to the start of the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre on Sunday, November 5 has officially begun after the race village opened in glorious sunshine yesterday (Friday). The 38 competing boats are now moored in Le Havre and the 76 sailors have taken up their autumn quarters for nine days in the Norman city.... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre in position in Le Havre
In fact, it's interesting to note that the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is the pioneer of a new generation of oceanic maxi-multihulls and the first giant designed to fly in the open ocean to take the start of a transoceanic race.... [more]

Tactical challenges on Day 2 of China Cup International Regatta
Andy Rice / Sailing Intelligence,
So while AMG Mercedes and the New Zealanders won a race apiece, it's Longcheer that holds the lead with Cheung Kong Sailing Team in second place. The South Africans on My Side, after winning the passage race the previous day, suffered on the windward-leeward race track - with scores of 10,13 dropping them to fifth overall.... [more]

Oman Sail team joins Transat Jacques Vabre fleet
Oman Sail,
Progressing through the Oman Sail programme, and following stints with the Extreme Sailing Series and then the Tour de France a La Voile, Al Hasni can now mark five years sailing alongside Gavignet.... [more]

WMRT Shenzhen Match Cup – Harry pays a heavy price
The International Jury ended up docking Price 0.5 points from each of his two victories. So this puts Price just 1-0 up against Edegran, leaving more work to be done in this Super 16 match.... [more]

Entries open for Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe
Event Media,
The official document drawn up and published by OC Sport Pen Duick, the organisers of the historic event, formally opens the entry registration process and announces the opening dates of the 12,000 m2 race village in Saint Malo.... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race – The picture is nearly complete
The Russian team from the TrySail Yacht Club, St. Petersburg showed true tenacity and determination taking five days 16 hours 45 minutes and 34 seconds to get around the course. While boats and sailors may have been battered and bruised, spirits have been unbowed and the Royal Malta Yacht Club has been the scene for some terrific tales of the race in the past few days.... [more]

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Day 23 Race 2 – The final stretch
The Clipper Race,
Skipper of PSP Logistics Roy Taylor says: “PSP Logistics is still holding a good wind with a little blue in the sky. It is freezing cold but all good on board., though we are all looking forward to a warm bed!”... [more]

AIS Electronics for boaters – See and be seen on the water
D. Scott Croft,
If your boating takes you through crowded harbors, across shipping lanes or on foggy seas, then you know the feeling in your stomach when you have to ask yourself, “What's that vessel doing?” Automatic Identification System, or AIS, can give you the answer, but is this collision-avoidance technology right for you?... [more]

29er Eurocup - Record-breaking edition with 120 participants
Fraglia Vela Riva,
Great excitement for a record-breaking edition of the 29er Eurocup, international event organized by Fraglia Vela Riva valid as tenth and last leg of the 2017 European Cup, that will end the sporting season of the hosting club.... [more]

China Cup International Regatta – My Side wins slow race to Shenzhen
Andy Rice / Sailing Intelligence,
Yiihua Pocket Emirates Team New Zealand finished second, the Kiwis desperate to win this event at their third attempt. Among the crew are two of the winning America's Cup crew from earlier this year, Josh Junior and Andy Maloney.... [more]

WMRT World Championship – Aschenbrenner leaps into the Super 16 stage
In their first match, Postma took the fight to Mirsky in the pre-start and had the Australians well under control. But then Postma's rudder hooked the pin end start mark and he was stuck as Mirsky wriggled free and out into the lead.... [more]

Jules Verne Trophy – Spindrift racing confirms crew and standby start
Spindrift Racing,
Spindrift's skipper, Yann Guichard (FRA), has carefully selected a crew of eleven sailors who bring with them a depth of sailing experience from the worlds of Figaro, Olympics and racing multihulls. His crew include seven who formed part of the first attempt on the record, with the other five bringing multiple complementary skills to the team.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Downwind flyers – the fleet pushes north
Volvo Ocean Race,
MAPFRE isn't making it easy on the leader. With a different sail configuration, the Spanish team has been able to match speed with the Vestas boat, while sailing a slightly more favourable direction towards the mark, making a gain of nearly four-miles between the 07:00 and 13:00 UTC position reports.... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre – Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde reach Le Havre
Phil Sharp Racing,
Currently leading the Championship aboard zero emissions Class 40 Imerys, the team were one of the first of 38 boats from different race classes to arrive in the Paul Vatine race village.... [more]

Armel Le Cléac'h crowned IMOCA Champion
The skipper of Banque Populaire follows in the footsteps of Jean Le Cam and can now happily move towards new horizons with the feeling that he has accomplished all he set out to do. Proving that the standard in this IMOCA championship is very high, Armel ended up ahead of Alex Thomson, Jérémie Beyou, Yann Eliès and Jean-Pierre Dick in the rankings...... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 22 Race 2 – Wind woes for PSP Logistics
The Clipper Race,
With less than 600 nautical miles to go, PSP Logistics is travelling well and averaged more than 11 knots over the last 24 hours... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race – Third straight line honours success
The fleet have been exposed to a variety of conditions across a 606-nm race course which comprises an anticlockwise circumnavigation of Sicily; from benign conditions in the Strait of Messina and around the race's iconic landmark of Stromboli to high seas and punishing winds on the western edge of the course.... [more]

One month to go to Yacht Racing Forum in Aarhus, Denmark
Yacht Racing Forum,
Started in 2015, the Risk Management and Safety conference generates an increasing interest from yacht clubs, classes, event organisers and sailors. This module will take place in plenary mode, and will discuss risks and liabilities, regulations to ensure crew safety, insurances, new traumas generated by the new - faster - sailing boats and explain how technology can contribute to the safety... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Team Brunel rounded Porto Santo in sixth
Volvo Ocean Race,
Like Porto Santo, the teams will need to leave this mark to the right, before turning east to head to Lisbon. This additional waypoint adds approximately 200 nautical miles to the race course pushing back the ETA for the leaders at the finish line in Lisbon to Saturday.... [more]

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 1 - Penalty points
Clipper Round the World,
The Clipper Race Committee has finalised the list of penalty points to be given to the teams following the assessment of damages and repairs needed after the fleet's race from Liverpool (UK) to Punta del Este (Uruguay) in the Atlantic Trade Winds Leg.... [more]

World Sailing launch consultation on ambitious sustainability targets
World Sailing,
World Sailing will launch a bold ambition for sailing's contribution to global sustainability at its Sustainability Forum in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on Tuesday 7 November 2017.... [more]

The road to the Melges 14 U.S. National Championship
Hannah Noll,
2018 will be a monumental year for the Melges 14 Class. Today the class announced its 2018 championship schedule: After this weekend's Melges 14 Southern Championship, the fleet will return to Sarasota for the second annual Melges 14 Midwinter Championship then to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for the Melges 14 U.S. National Championship.... [more]

Everybody on the same starting line for Star Sailors League Finals
Star Sailors,
One of the peculiarity of the SSL Finals is that you can see on the same starting line all-time Star champions with a golden star on their mainsail, some young sailors who haven't been on a Star before and some sailing heroes who are just not familiar with the boat.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Great CircleSQUID selected as weather info supplier
Volvo Ocean Race,
Safety and performance will be the main focus for the meteorological solutions provided daily to the race management team, which are then shared with each of the competitors in the eight-month race around the world.... [more]

Bogatyr wins Rolex Middle Sea Race
Rytov is an accomplished sailor, but is a recent convert to offshore yacht racing. He campaigns a Melges 20 with great success on the international circuit and a number of his Melges crew were with him on this race.... [more]

MR World Championship – America's Cup veterans battling for survival
Thomas has managed to recruit three veterans from the recent America's Cup on to his crew, although they have been struggling to get their choreography working on a race course where split-second timing and silky-smooth boat handling are critical to success.... [more]

Tussles at the front and back of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet
Volvo Ocean Race,
If Vestas 11th Hour Racing can hold on to the top spot until then it will pay big dividends – they will be able to accelerate away as they bear away, hoist their downwind sails and head north towards a new waypoint added to the course and then on to the finish at Lisbon, Portual.... [more]

Clipper World Race – Day 21 Race 2 – Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint results
The Clipper Race,
It was a close fought sprint with GREAT Britain completing the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint in 29 hours 54 minutes and just four minutes separating second placed Dare To Lead (32 hours 31 minutes) and Sanya Serenity Coast (32 hours 35 minutes), showing that every adjustment on board counts.... [more]

Leaderboard taking shape on Day 5 of Rolex Middle Sea Race
Also back in port, in IRC Two, is Anthony Leighs' Elliott 35 Crusader; a remarkable achievement for a 10.5 metre yacht. She is likely to be the smallest boat to finish the race this year. The Kiwi crew's amazing tenacity and handling skills look likely to claim a podium position in class.... [more]

Sailors for Sea and David Rockefeller get America and the Sea Award
Sailors for the Sea,
The America and the Sea Award recognizes an individual or organization whose contributions to the history, arts, business or sciences of the sea best exemplify the American spirit and character. Presented annually by Mystic Seaport, the award honors and celebrates those who embrace the scholarship, exploration, adventure, aesthetics, competition, and freedom that the sea inspires.... [more]

Predictwind announces major app updates for Mac, PC, iOS and Android
Nick Olson,
The PredictWind Offshore App now operates on four platforms, Mac, PC, iOS and Android. All of these platforms have had major updates with the Windows 10 version being fully rebuilt from the ‘ground up' as a Microsoft certified ‘Windows Universal App'. Another new App is the long awaited Android version of the Offshore App.... [more]

Campbell Cup - Ronning and Catapult team win LBYC's Big-Boat Regatta
Rick Roberts,
Joel Ronning and his Santa Cruz 70, Catapult, team won the 2017 Campbell Cup, Oct. 21-22, in the West Coast 70 class along with Bill Durant taking first place in the Farr 40 class in this regatta sponsored by North Sails and hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club.... [more]

Dream Yacht Charter back for Antigua Sailing Week 2018 and 2019
Antigua Sailing Week,
Antigua Sailing Week is delighted to partner once again with Dream Yacht Charter in its second year of a three-year sponsorship as the Official Exclusive Bareboat and By-the-Cabin Charter Sponsor of Antigua Sailing Week.... [more]

J/Fest Southwest Regatta - Preview
J Boats,
This coming weekend, the waters of Clear Lake and Galveston Bay will come alive again with dozens of J/sailors competing for honors in the eighth annual J/Fest Southwest Regatta, hosted by the always gracious Lakewood YC members. The event features one-design racing for J/22s, J/24s, J/70s, J/105s, J/109s, and two classes of J/PHRF boats ranging from J/27s up to a J/122!... [more]

The sun never sets on J's Sailing worldwide
J Boats,
This past fortnight was busy with many fall regattas in the northern hemisphere and a significant one in the southern hemisphere, many of them including the hyperactive active J/70 fleets around the world.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Latest Live Video Update 1300 UTC - 24 October,
Latest Live video update from Volvo Ocean Race Control as of 1300 UTC for Tuesday 24 October. The fleet is now well into the Atlantic as they head for the island of Porto Santo, which has to be rounded before the leaders head for the finish in Lisbon.... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race – Ludde Ingvall's CQS on the podium-
John Roberson,
The attrition rate has been high, with 59 boats of the 103 starters forced to retire from the race so far, many with damage caused by the big seas and winds that gusted up to 40 knots during the worst of the storm.... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre – Up close with Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crew
On shore, Sébastien Josse and Thomas Rouxel are friends; surfing, foiling Moth sailing, kitesurfing... they enjoy many of the same activities! Their long-standing complicity is one of the primary strengths of the Edmond de Rothschild duo, all the more so given such a short time for preparation... [more]

WMRT Match Racing World Championship– Stainless Steele shines on Day 1
The first two days are all about doing well enough in the six-boat fleet racing Qualifying Stage to be able to move forward into the match racing knock-out rounds.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race fleet likely to compress as light winds block the way
Volvo Ocean Race,
At one point skipper Charlie Enright's crew stretched out their advantage to more than 27 miles as they were catapulted out of the Strait by following winds gusting as high as 35 knots.... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race – Day 4 – Tough but exhilarating ride
In a race of this size and complexity, crews think first of winning their class and then hoping the weather gods will align in their favour to outdo the rest of the fleet.... [more]

RS Aeros at the Puget Sound Sailing Championships
Doug Stumberger,
Sunday was a perfect Pacific Northwest fall day, sunny and warm, with four races sailed in a bumpy five knot northerly with a mysterious rumored 'double ebb' tide. All sailors raced the nine rig. Dalton Bergan extended his lead, winning the day and the regatta with bullets in three of the four races on Sunday... [more]

Clipper Race retains Host Broadcaster for global TV series 4th season
Morgan Kasmarik / Clipper Ventures,
The current series is adding even more broadcasters, digital and OTT platforms. In addition to The Race of Their Lives series, released as the event unfolds, 1080 Media TV produces and distributes two live shows which capture the emotionally charged opening and closing stages and ceremonies of this ocean marathon... [more]

Clipper Race – Day 20, Race 2 – Under 1000nm left for PSP Logistics
The Clipper Race,
Whilst bonus points are on offer in the Ocean Sprint, the focus on board is fully on getting to Cape Town. Skipper Roy Taylor comments: “Wind has backed nicely, pointing at Cape Town, soldiers wind at 20 knots, boat speed 11–12 knots.... [more]

RS Aeros at the Quahog Dinghy Regatta
RS Aero North American Class Association,
Jim Myers showed marked improvement since his debut at the Hempstead Regatta earlier this summer, winning two races and doing amazingly well in the others for a big guy in light air. A tough last race put paid to his chances of placing higher than third, however. When this guy gets his boathandling down, he'll be a huge threat.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Slingshot exit from Gibraltar in 30kts - Video,
Aerial video as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet exited the Straits of Gibraltar on Leg 1 of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. The fleet raced through the narrow Gibraltar Strait in 30 knot gusts, tide against wind and close, experiencing some close intense racing.... [more]

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One week left to get maximum savings on One Design sails. Order before October 31st to receive 15% off!... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Team AkzoNobel works up handy lead
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
At the 0100UTC report Team AkzoNobel appeared to have established a handy lead according to the weather routing function of Predictwind. The model works on the basis of taking the boat's reported position and then sailing her on a optimum course taking in to account the polar for a Volvo65 and the current weather.... [more]

Rambler 88 takes Line Honours at the Rolex Middle Sea Race
George David's American Maxi Rambler 88 has taken Line Honours in the 2017 Rolex Middle Sea Race, crossing the finish line at the Royal Malta Yacht Club at 21:48:09 CEST on Monday 23rd October, in an elapsed time of 2 days, 9 hours 48 minutes 9 seconds.... [more]

Southern Spars - From The Volvo to the Bike track and a quick Cruiser,
Southern Spars have rolled a host of interest projects covering their core business of sparmaking and rigging for yachts ranging from superyachts and top maxis to the Olympic classes.... [more]

Latest Zhik Isotak X arriving in time for Rolex Sydney Hobart
Lisa Ratcliff,
Not the endurance of a near 45,000 nautical mile Volvo Ocean Race, but still crossing a testing patch of ocean is a certainty for this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet. Eastern Bass Strait's shallow waters and the time of year when East Coast lows have been known to develop at sea can throw up surprises, one of the reasons sailors from around the world are lured to the bluewater classic... [more]

Predictwind - Updates released for new offshore app
Predictwind's Offshore App is constantly being updated to provide you with the best possible forecast experience and the latest tools and features. Here's a look at the latest release.... [more]

First Nacra 15 Youth Olympics Qualifier starts Tuesday
Edwin Lodder,
The qualification system to participate the Youth Olympics is based on four qualication events: This week in Medemblik the best European and best African country will qualify.... [more]


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