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AC, VOR and solo nonstop action—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond


28 Nov 2017

AC, VOR and solo nonstop action—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

The new AC75 monohull will run a three ballasted foiling system - a concept that has not previously been seen.  Emirates Team New Zealand
While most Americans spent their long holiday weekend enjoying a tryptophan-induced daze that was filled with family, friends and perhaps the occasional over-indulgence, the unblinking pace continued in the international sailing world with big news coming from the America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race camps. Moreover, French singlehanded sailor Francois Gabart remains on pace to break the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation aboard his 30-meter Macif, however with just under half a globe of sailing to go, Gabart's proud pursuit is far from realized.

For months, the America's Cup world has pondered the future vessels that will be used to determine one of the oldest trophies in sports, following the conclusion of 35th America's Cup (June 2017), which was decided using foil-borne, wingsail-powered catamarans on the waters of Bermuda's Great Sound. Emirates Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron won the Auld Mug in a decisive showing, giving them a huge amount of say in the design of the next generation of Cup boat.

Much debate spiraled around the issue of one hull versus two versus three, as well as the trickle-down merits of foil-borne sailing, and the Kiwis seem to have struck a funny kind of balance with their bold vision for the vessel's rough design. While a lot can still change between now and 2021, when “AC36” is expected to unfurl, the Kiwis released concept-stage drawings last week of a 75-foot, scow-like monohull that uses wild-looking twin canted T-foils that provide foiling lift while also providing righting moment and roll stability.

While much still needs to be revealed about the new boats, from their rigs and their ability to depower to the complicated structural engineering that will be required to allow these boats to fly (not to mention cost concerns, ahem), the boats are certainly a big departure from the cats that contested the last Cup.

It will be interesting to see how the Kiwis' vision for this boat evolves and grows between now and the March 31, 2018 deadline for the publication of the AC75 class rule. Stay tuned!

MAPFRE wins Leg 2 from Lisbon to Cape Town – Volvo Ocean Race  © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Meanwhile, the action has been fast, furious and downright relentless in the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), which just completed the first major offshore passage of the 2017/2018 edition from Lisbon, Portugal, to Cape Town, South Africa.

After some 7,000 nautical miles of serious speed, an equator crossing and plenty of tactical and strategic sorcery, skipper Xabi Fernandez and his Spanish-flagged MAPFRE squad took top honors, followed by skipper Charles Caudrelier (FRA) and his Chinese-flagged Dongfeng Race Team, and skipper Charlie Enright (USA) and his American and Danish-flagged Vestas 11th Hour Racing.

'It's amazing, we're super-happy,” said Fernandez, upon finishing, in an official VOR press release. “We arrived here in one piece and in front of the others; we can't ask for more.” MAPFRE's proud win can be attributed a wise gybe that Juan Villa, the team's navigator, called some two weeks into the leg that cemented their finish ahead of Dongfeng Race Team.

MAPFRE skipper Xabi Fernández grinding during Leg Zero – Volvo Ocean Race  © Ugo Fonolla / Volvo Ocean Race

In total, it took MAPFRE 19 days, 1 hour, 10 minutes and 33 seconds to sail the (ballpark) 7,000 nautical mile course, while Dongfeng finished less than three hours astern of their Spanish-flagged rivals.

Leg 3 of the VOR is slated to start on December 10 and will carry crews some 6,500 nautical miles from Cape Town to Melbourne, Australia, giving each team a serious Southern Ocean steeping en route to Oz.

Speaking of the Land Down Under, Francois Gabart is now east of New Zealand and-at the time of this writing-was whistling along at 22.3 knots of VMG and was 780 nautical miles ahead of the record time set by skipper Thomas Colville (FRA) aboard his maxi trimaran Sodebo Ultim in late 2016. Stay tuned for the latest news from Gabart's record attempt, as it becomes known.

Solo Round the World - François Gabart  © Vincent Curutchet / ALeA / Macif

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David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Zhik appoints Chairman and announces new CEO
Lisa Ratcliff,
Zhik CEO, David Crow (aka ‘Crowie') and Zhik's Founding Director Brian Conolly have announced the following changes in the Zhik leadership structure, which reflect the company's rapid global growth and expansion. The Zhik Board has promoted Crowie to the role of Chairman. He will transition into his new role over the next 3 months as Zhik brings on board its new CEO, Piet Poelmann.... [more]

Spectacular video of Hugo Boss foiling out of Lisbon
Hugo Boss/Alex Thomson,
Spectacular video of the IMOCA60 Hugo Boss (Alex Thomson) filmed off the coast of Portugal and hitting a staggering 33.2 knots in rough seas. Thomson finished second in the last Vendee Globe,despite breaking his starboard DSS foil just after entering the Southern Ocean. One the way he set two sailing records. Hugo Boss is powered by Doyle Sails... [more]

RC44 Calero Marinas Cup – Second consecutive title for Team CEEREF
RC44 Class Association,
The wind occasionally built to 6-7 knots at around 135° but would then die swinging hard left to 80°. Despite looking for every available opportunity and moving the race course, at 1430 principal race officer Peter Reggio reluctantly announced there would be no racing for the day.... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre – And then there were two
The duo had to manage an early setback after Mussulo 40 Team Angola Cables, diverted to Camaret-sur-Mer in Brittany 36 hours after the start, and spent 24 hours fixing their electronic problems.... [more]

America's Cup - Dan Bernasconi explains the foiling AC75 - Part 2
Richard Gladwell,,
While the AC75 appears to be an overwhelming design exercise, perhaps that is because a foiling monohull of this type and size is not in the sailing lexicon. For an established America's Cup team, Bernasconi believes there is a lot of crossover from the AC50 wingsailed catamaran to the AC75.... [more]

18ft Skiffs NSW Championship – Race 1
Frank Quealey,
Current JJ Giltinan champion came out of 'retirement' to replace Lee Knapton and combined with Mike McKensey and Ricky Bridge on Smeg to score an all the way win in race one of the five-race championship.... [more]

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Arrivals continue into Fremantle
Clipper Round the World,
Fremantle Harbour resembled a parking lot at times with the arrivals continuing to come in thick and fast overnight. Visit Seattle just missed out on its first podium of the Clipper 2017-18 Race after finishing 7 23 seconds behind the third placed PSP Logistics.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - SHK/Scallywag win photo finish into Cape Town
Peter Rusch,
The closest finishes of this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race took place at the back of the fleet, where just metres separated sixth from seventh place...... [more]

Emotional result as toughest leg in Clipper history reaches Australia
Morgan Kasmarik,
Unicef claimed its first ever Clipper Race victory at 11:10UTC (19:10 local) today, in one of the toughest ever legs of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race; Race 3, the 4,754 nm Dell Latitude Rugged Race, from Cape Town, South Africa, to Fremantle, Australia.... [more]

Gladwell's Line - The Week that Was - Defenders 2 Challengers nil
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
In a weird way, it has been a good week for Emirates Team New Zealand. On Tuesday they announced the concept for the next America's Cup Class, with a radical high-performance 75fter. The hit-you-in-the-face feature of the new boat is the foils. Otherwise, it is a reasonably mainstream boat. Most of the potential teams were expecting something less radical and more within their comfort zone.... [more]

RC44 Calero Marinas Cup – Day 3 – Wind hole in Arrecife
RC44 Class Association,
Racing had been already been delayed until 1230 to leave enough time for the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Transatlantic Race to get away from Arrecife. In the event, many of the offshore boats bound for Grenada in the Caribbean were still within 100m of the line half an hour after starting.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel finishes fourth in Leg 2
Volvo Ocean Race,
Team Brunel finished fourth in Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race. The team of Volvo Ocean Race veteran Bouwe Bekking finished after more than 19 days at sea behind Mapfre, Dongfeng Racing and Vestas 11th hour racing.Bekking: 'In general we are satisfied at this stage. Of course the last three days are a shame. At the time of the front passage we were only ten nautical miles behind the front runners... [more]

Clipper Race – Day 25 – Thrilling finish to emotionally charged race
The Clipper Race,
It is the second straight day that Unicef has been in the number one position and whilst his team's first podium finish is in sight, Skipper Bob Beggs' thoughts are fixed on his closest and somewhat surprise competitor, GREAT Britain, which has made a highly impressive leap from sixth to second in the past 24 hours.... [more] awarded Redress for Race 3- Dell Latitude Rugged Race
Clipper Round the World,
The Race Committee has announced today that has been awarded redress totalling 1 hour and 30 minutes for the time spent in facilitating six new Greenings crew joining the boat in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on Sunday 5 November during Race 3: the Dell Latitude Rugged Race.... [more]

Another podium finish for Vestas 11th Hour Racing for Leg 2 of VOR
Vestas 11th Hour Racing,
After 7,000 miles of close ocean racing, it was a podium finish for Vestas 11th Hour Racing in Cape Town, South Africa. The crew of seven men and two women, plus one onboard reporter, finished in third place at 1937 UTC on November 24. The Danish and American flagged vessel left Lisbon, Portugal on November 5th with a bullseye on their back after winning Leg 1 from Alicante, Spain.... [more]

Harken Int'l Youth Match Racing - Welcome to the Twelves Nations
Alice Tarnawski,
Day 1 of the Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships has kicked off with blue skies and a building nor-easterly wind, perfect conditions for the 25th anniversary of the prestigious event. Head race officer Ted Anderson powered through today's racing, getting 10 flights (40 races) completed and making the most of the fantastic conditions.... [more]

Harken Int'l Youth Match Racing Regatta - Top eight decided on Day 2
Brendan Rourke,
After another day of perfect match racing conditions, the round robin has been completed and our top eight quarter finalists for the 25th Harken International Youth Match Racing Regatta have been determined. Race Officer Ted Anderson has made the most of the building north easterly breeze to complete the round robin and start the quarter finals ahead of the weekend.... [more]

Ludde's trimmed down crew for RORC Trans-At
John Roberson,
Ludde Ingvall has selected a trimmed down crew of just fifteen on his super maxi CQS, for the Royal Ocean Racing Clubs Trans-Atlantic Race, starting from Lazarote, in the Canary Islands tomorrow, 25th November.... [more]

MAPFRE win over Dongfeng and Vestas 11th Hour Racing in Leg 2 of VOR
Volvo Ocean Race,
MAPFRE has won Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race, arriving into Cape Town ahead of Dongfeng Race Team and Vestas 11th Hour Racing...... [more]

RC44 Calero Marinas Cup – Day 2 – Peninsula Petroleum hits the gas
RC44 Class Association,
The first race got underway in 14-15 knots and the Gibraltarian team won the pin and, coming in on the port tack layline, led around the top mark with Vladimir Prosikhin's Team Nika in hot pursuit. The two boats remained in front at the leeward gate where they split with, on this occasion, Peninsula Petroleum going right.... [more]

Solo round the world – Pacific Ocean now in sight
Trimaran MACIF,
Less than eight days after rounding the Cape of Good Hope, François Gabart rounded Cape Leeuwin, the second of the three capes of his single-handed round the world, on Friday at 0:15 (French time - UTC+1), after 19 days, 14 hours and 10 minutes.... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre – The race of the amateurs
Amateur in the technical not the perjorative sense, because Juris, the 61-year-old maritime industry manager from Milan, and his regular collaborator, Luciani, the 32-year-old architect from Venice, handled their first Transat Jacques Vabre with great skill and showed consistent speed.... [more]

The Barcelona World Race names Jacques Caraës as Race Director
Barcelona World Race,
Jacques Caraës is back in the directing seat, where he'll take the leading role in sporting development of the regatta and make key decisions on skipper safety. Caraës is returning to the role after his magnificent work in the previous edition.... [more]

MAPFRE win epic Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Spanish flagged MAPFRE team has won Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race, a 7,000 nautical mile marathon from Lisbon, Portugal to Cape Town, South Africa. 'It's amazing, we're super-happy. We came here in one piece and in front of the others, we can't ask for more,' skipper Xabi Fernández said moments after finishing.... [more]

Nico Parlier and Daniela Moroz crowned Formula Kite World Champions
Oman Sail,
Despite tense battles throughout the Medal Series today, the French rider's sheer pace guaranteed him the title even before the last race began. A well-earned victory to add to the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil Class world title that he secured in Italy last month.... [more]

Cape Town ready to welcome Volvo Ocean Race finish on Friday
Volvo Ocean Race,
The city was the first stop in the first ever edition of the Race, then known as the Whitbread Round the World Race – and has been a welcome stop for the boats competing in the toughest test of a team in professional sport ever since.... [more]

Clipper Race – Day 24 – New race leaders revealed after stealth mode
The Clipper Race,
PSP Logistics Skipper Matt Mitchell, currently in fifth, says: “4500 miles of racing and it will all come down to the last 30 hours or so. It really could be anyone's race at the moment and pressure is on to keep the boat going as fast as possible.”... [more]

Training gets underway ahead of 2018 season
The Offshore Academy,
With an intention to once again field multiple boats for the Class Figaro season and Solitaire race, The Offshore Academy continues to support and assist its sailors in promoting their development. With the 2018 Solitaire race moved to late August, the Academy sailors have some time to prepare and are making the most of the winter training opportunities in the UK.... [more]

America's Cup - Luna Rossa launches two-boat TP52 program
Luna Rossa Challenge,
Challenger of Record for the America's Cup, Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA) has made the first sailing moves in its bid to win the America's Cup. With the 36th America's Cup, scheduled to take place in New Zealand in 2021, Luna Rossa Challenge will commence its preparation in the waters of Cagliari (Sardinia – Italy) with a TP 52 Class yacht.... [more]

Round the World Solo - New reference time for François Gabart-
François Gabart, who left Ouessant on Saturday 4 November at 10:05 (UTC+1), continues to set the pace in this attempt at the single-handed round the world record. Sailing at an average of 30 knots since Tuesday night, ahead of a large low pressure system typical of the South Seas, the skipper of the MACIF trimaran crossed the longitude of Cape Leeuwin, second of three capes of this round the world... [more]

Tightest and trickiest of days opens RC44 racing in Lanzarote
RC44 Class Association,
Competition getting closer as the season nears its conclusion, combined with tricky conditions for today's three races off Lanzarote, left the top eight boats racing at the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup ending day one separated by just six points.... [more]

Transat Jacque Vabre - Four podiums full and seven boats still racing
Transat Jacque Vabre,
After a late night finish that will go down in transat racing legend, the podiums of all four classes in the 13th edition of the Transat Jacque Vabre are complete.... [more]

RORC Transatlantic Race - Feisty start predicted
Trish Jenkins,
Gerald Bibot will be competing in the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race with his Belgian 42ft Catamaran Zed 6. Gerald is the founder of Great Circle which produces weather routing programme Squid. In 2015 Gerald was the winner of the MOCRA Class, completing the race in just over 11 days and the only team to take a northerly route.... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre - A totally successful outcome for the IMOCAs
With Romain Attanasio and Aurélien Ducroz finishing on Wednesday 22nd November, the thirteenth Transat Jacques Vabre came to an end for the IMOCAs. This year's race was won by Jean-Pierre Dick and Yann Eliès on StMichel-Virbac. There was a very positive outcome for the IMOCA class, as all thirteen boats that lined up for the start in Le Havre made it to the finish in Salvador da Bahia.... [more]

America's Cup - State of the Cup debate - differing views on the AC75
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Replay of Wednesday (NZT) this morning's 90 minute session between Tom Ehman editor of and Richard Gladwell, editor of Both have been covering or involved in the America's Cup since the 1980's and often have differing views on many issues with the America's Cup and other facets of sailing. This time they argue merits of the AC75 announced the day before.... [more]

Star Sailors League – 25 stellar teams ready to line up
Star Sailors,
We shall see some true Star champions competition among Robert Scheidt, Freddy Loof, Mateusz Kusznierewicz, Hamish Pepper, Mark Mendelblatt, Eivind Melleby, Xavier Rohart and the crews Bruno Prada, Frithjof Kleen, Pierre-Alexis Ponsot, Brian Fatih and Dominik Zycki all of whom racing at the London Olympics in 2012.... [more]

Intense clashes as racers push for Medal Series at Formula Kite Worlds
Oman Sail,
France's Nico Parlier barely put a foot wrong on the penultimate day of the five-day regatta on the Gulf of Oman's flat waters, in a shifty 10 to 11 knot breeze, extending his lead and giving himself a healthy advantage.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Breeze coming on for leaders
Volvo Ocean Race,
Although the leg is coming to a close it is by no means over – and the approach to Cape Town is notoriously tricky. Between their current position and the finish line is a vein of strong winds near 25 knots, but the final miles to the finish could be painstakingly light.... [more]

It's down to the wire in the Extreme Sailing Series™
Extreme Sailing Series,
Phil Robertson's Team Oman Air are not out of the fight yet. If the Omani team, that narrowly missed out on victory in 2016, is able to put two boats between itself and the current leader in the rankings for Los Cabos it will claim the 2017 title.... [more]

Clipper World Race – Day 23, Race 3 – Leading teams' wind hole woes
The Clipper Race,
After opting to hide its position from the rest of the fleet, by using Stealth Mode yesterday, Visit Seattle has reappeared on the Race Viewer ahead of both Sanya Serenity Coast and PSP Logistics, but all three teams are still struggling with the light winds that have entrapped them.... [more]

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ pushes back on surprise bases deal
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
An olive branch offered by Emirates Team New Zealand Board Chairman, Sir Stephen Tindall midway through an afternoon meeting of the Auckland Council triggered the end of the team's preferred option for the hosting of the 36th America's Cup. A deal brokered by Mayor Phil Goff carried the day. Later Emirates Team New Zealand issued a very terse media release on the decisions made at the meeting.... [more]

Winner of the doldrums strategy finish third in Transat Jacques Vabre
Phil Sharp Racing,
Over the theoretical 4,357nm distance, Imerys Clean Energy sailed an actual distance of 4,539 nm, averaging 10.70 knots, finishing 05 hours, 14 minutes and 26 seconds behind the eventual winner, V&B.... [more]

Imerys Clean Energy finishes third in Transat Jacques Vabre Class40
It finished five hours, 14 minutes and 26 seconds behind the winner, V and B (Maxime Sorel and Antoine Carpentier), which had been chased all the way to the line by Aïna Enfance et Avenir (Aymeric Chappellier and Arthur Le Vaillant).... [more]

Sailing applies for inclusion in Paralympic Games Sports Programme
World Sailing,
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, has officially expressed an interest to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to be included in the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games Sports Programme.... [more]

French boat smashes record to win Transat Jacques Vabre Class40
Transat Jacques Vabre,
Maxime Sorel and Antoine Carpentier on V and B, have won the Class40 of the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre, after crossing the finish line in the Bay of All Saints in Salvador de Bahia on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 23:19:15 (UTC), 17 days 10 hours 44 minutes and 15 seconds after leaving Le Havre, Normandy France.... [more]

RORC Transatlantic Race – Diverse fleet, one goal
Louay Habib,
In IRC Zero, front runners for the overall win include Jens Kellinghusen's German Ker 56 Varuna, and Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine. Both yachts are new evolutionary designs to the IRC Rule, crewed by top class professionals. Tilmar Hansen's canting keel Elliott 52 Outsider, skippered by Bo Teichmann is extremely well prepared and could well challenge the favourites.... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre – French and Physics defy Anglo-Spanish duo
Meanwhile, in Salvador de Bahia, the final three 60ft monohull Imoca boats crossed the line in the Bay of All Saints today in more relaxed fashion. Thirteen Imoca left Le Havre and thirteen made it to Salvador de Bahia.... [more]

RC44 Calero Marinas Cup – Foursome gunning for RC44 gold
RC44 Class Association,
The RC44 teams are returning to the Canary Islands for the first time since 2013. Over 2010-2013, four RC44 regattas and three World Championships were held in Lanzarote at Puerto Calero. Owners of that marina, the Calero family, were also regular participants on the RC44 circuit at that time.... [more]

Team Extreme México to make waves at Extreme Sailing Series Los Cabos
Extreme Sailing Series,
Brockmann is thrilled to be representing his country on home waters in the ultimate Stadium Racing championship, in what he views as an ideal opportunity to grow the sport of sailing in Mexico.... [more]

Nico Parlier asserts dominance at Formula Kite World Championships
Oman Sail,
On smooth waters, Parlier was pushed all the way by his friend and countryman Axel Mazella – who managed to overhaul his rival in race one – and Britain's Olly Bridge. Often with just metres between them, the three had thrillingly-close finishes after high speed sub-eight minute laps of the race track.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Holding the line
Volvo Ocean Race,
Two days ago Xabi Fernández's outfit had a buffer of 35 miles over their nearest rival after their position as the most southerly boat allowed them to hook into the better breeze of an easterly-moving front first.... [more]

America's Cup - Dan Bernasconi explains the foiling AC75 - Part 1
Richard Gladwell,
Despite admitting that the foiling AC75 monohull is a first for the sailing world, Emirates Team New Zealand design team leader, Dan Bernasconi, is confident that the concept will work in practice. The style of the foiling AC75 has never been seen before in sailing. Under the AC75 concept, the whole hull will lift clear of the water, supported by two or three of the foils.... [more]

Clipper Yacht Race – Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint results announced
Clipper Ventures,
Visit Seattle had the second quickest time claiming two points with 27 hours and 4 minutes, and PSP Logistics picked up the final point with the third quickest time of 29 hours and 39 minutes.... [more]

Team Hong Kong at Sail Melbourne – The Asia-Pacific Regatta
New Tack Events,
International teams have started to arrive in Melbourne with only one week to go to Sail Melbourne International 2017 to be held out of Royal Brighton Yacht Club from 29 November to 3 December 2017. Racing is scheduled to kick-off on Wednesday, 29 November with the Olympic classes racing from Wednesday through to Saturday, 2nd December and the majority of the Invited classes to race from Thursday... [more]

International recognition for supermaxi yacht, Wild Oats XI
Rob Mundle,
The most successful yacht in the 72-year history of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the Oatley family's supermaxi Wild Oats XI, has received another international accolade, this time from the world's oldest “Royal” yacht club, the Royal Thames, in London.... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre - Anglo-Spanish pair fights French and Physics
Transat Jacques Vabre,
We may be about to witness the closest finish in Transat Jacques Vabre history as the Anglo-Spanish duo of Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde (Imerys Clean Energy) attempt to catch the two newer French boats in a three-horse race down the coast of Brazil.... [more]

Fast boats just got faster
North Sails,
What are those yellow sails on the Volvo Ocean Race boats? North Sails CEO, Dan Neri, explains what's so unique about the Volvo Ocean 65 A3 gennaker.... [more]

Solo Round the World - MACIF soon to take off again-
After a little over 17 days at sea, François Gabart is still in the lead by about 1 and a half days in relation to the Thomas Coville's time, the current holder of the single-handed round the world record. The MACIF skipper hopes to pick up speed again this Tuesday evening, after being forced to sail south to reposition himself in front of a low-pressure area... [more]

America's Cup - The other half of the AC75 design team
Suzanne McFadden, Newsroom,
Newsroom's Suzanne McFadden, a long time America's Cup correspondent talks with Elise Beavis, the engineering graduate who joined Emirates Team New Zealand straight from University and spent three years working on the Cyclor development project among others.... [more]

Leaders tighten grip on top spots at Formula Kite World Championships
Oman Sail,
After an uncharacteristically faltering start to his day that saw him finish third in race one after mistakenly heading towards the wrong mark, the Brit barely skipped a beat winning the next five of the day's six races.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Temperatures falling as race heats up
Volvo Ocean Race,
MAPFRE continued to lead the seven-strong fleet on Tuesday, but their 35 nautical mile advantage yesterday had been whittled down to 26 miles as the chasing pack close in.... [more]

RORC Transatlantic Race – Record fleet ready in Marina Lanzarote
Louay Habib,
For several of the young competitors in the race, this will be their first transatlantic crossing, but for others, like legendary Spanish six-times round the world circumnavigator and Volvo Ocean Race sailor, Guillermo Altadill, the RORC Transatlantic Race will bring the number of his Atlantic crossings to 19!... [more]

BandG launches VOR series
Marine Advertising Agency,
Libby was team navigator for Team SCA in the last edition of the race and so is no stranger to the challenges and dilemmas faced.... [more]

BandG introduces radar enabled Vulcan sailing chartplotters
Marine Advertising Agency,
With the addition of SonicHub™ marine audio, V20 and V50 DSC VHF Radios and AIS transceivers, a Vulcan provides the ultimate in on?water entertainment, safety and communication.... [more]

Osprey Technical to launch BandG instrument app
Marine Advertising Agency,
The data fetch process is also dynamic meaning software updates and other variables will also be retrieved.... [more]

Clipper World Race – Day 21, Race 3 – Teams count down to Fremantle
The Clipper Race,
The team will come out of stealth mode at midnight tonight (UTC) and the results of the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint will be confirmed once all teams have completed the course.... [more]

2017 ends with Foiling Awards, 2018 begins from Sydney
Foiling Week,
Persico Marine and the Project Award are a natural combination: Persico Marine builds custom racing yachts for the world's most renowned racing teams and private owners. Persico is highly regarded as a skilled, full-service supplier, always ready to share its technological know-how with its clients.... [more]

Harken Championship draws international line-up aiming for cash prizes
Lisa Ratcliff,
The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Royal Perth Yacht Club are fielding an U23 squad as part of a longstanding agreement between the clubs to support each other's youth programs.... [more]

America's Cup - Ainslie and Simmer look forward to AC75 opportunity
Land Rover BAR,
The concept drawings for the new 75 foot monohull that will contest the 36th America's Cup in 2021 have been announced by the Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand. Sticking with high performance innovation expected of the America's Cup, the new class will be a foiling monohull on two large canting T-foils and a single T-foil rudder lifting the boat into the air.... [more]

Initiatives Cœur finishes sixth in Transat Jacques Vabre Imoca class
Transat Jacques Vabre,
Tanguy de Lamotte and Samantha Davies, on Initiatives Cœur, have finished sixth in the Imoca class of the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre after crossing the finish line in the Bay of All Saints in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 20:15:39 (UTC), 15 days, 07 hours 40 minutes and 39 seconds after leaving Le Havre, Normandy, France.... [more]

America's Cup - Council Report says ETNZ base choice is a clear winner
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
An Executive Summary in a Report to Auckland Council recommends approving three options for an Auckland America's Cup as a next step basis for negotiations with central Government and Emirates Team New Zealand. In a points-based analysis, the Halsey Street extension option preferred by Emirates Team New Zealand and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is a clear winner by a significant margin.... [more]

America's Cup - Economic impact study says Cup worth a billion to NZ
Sail-World and MBIE,
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has commissioned Market Economics to evaluate the potential economic impact of an Auckland-based 36th America's Cup. The report has been issued today, showing the basis of calculation of the benefits to Auckland and New Zealand. The report highlights a major error in value used by Auckland City for the benefits of superyacht servicing.... [more]

SuperFoiler secure World Beaters
Nick Vindin,
The world's best sailors will line-up on Australian waters for the first season of the SuperFoiler Grand Prix circuit. Home-grown America's Cup winner Glenn Ashby (Emirates Team New Zealand) has announced he will join forces with countrymen and fellow AC35 stars Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen... [more]

America's Cup - Call for Auckland base thinking to be led by ETNZ
Richard Gladwell and Property Institute,
In a week in which the issue of option for the 2021 America's Cup has become dominated by pressures groups and those with the apparent ability to bend the ear of local and national politicians, the Property Institute has called for those with experience in the America' Cup to be heeded.... [more]

America's Cup - Extreme Tri-foiling ballasted monohull for 2021 Match
Richard Gladwell and Emirates Team New Zealand,
Emirates Team New Zealand have released the concept drawings for the new AC75 class to be used in the 2021 America's Cup. Also released is a video of the ballasted tri-foiling 75ft monohull which utilises a foiling concept that have not yet been tried in a monohull of this size. The Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa design teams have spent the last four months evaluating concepts... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Team Brunel in stealth mode
Team Brunel,
The British Abby Ehler has given the next update from the boat shortly after the start of stealth mode. Ehler: 'I think most route programs suggest that the Northern route is the best route to go. Capey, our navigator would like to go to the south.... [more]

11th Yisunsin Cup International Yacht Race – Day 3
Icarus Sports,
In the ORC III class, Monella won the race – overtaking yesterday's leader. Samba dominated ORC II by continuing its winning strike - with three out of three wins. While in the ORC I class, the competition was very high. Vikira won the race – and with that the championship... just one point in front of First in an epic finale!... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre– Britain's Davies preparing to cross finish line
The brutal reality is that their boat, Imerys Clean Energy, is a generation older than those of their two French rivals, who have sailed past them in the same wind. There is just over 600 miles of racetrack left down the coast of Brazil to find some magic.... [more]

Chase for Formula Kite World Championship glory in Oman kicks off
Oman Sail,
Younger sibling Guy Bridge, competing in a different flight of the qualifying series, took four firsts and a second, beating off challenges from Theo Lhostis (FRA) and another former Formula Kite World Champion, Germany's Florian Gruber.... [more]

Exceptional fleet braced for 73rd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Last year, a four-way competition to finish first in Hobart resulted in a record-breaking performance by Perpetual LOYAL. Anthony Bell's 100-foot Maxi rewarded her crew's persistence and resolve, as man and machine combined to take nearly five hours off the previous fastest time.... [more]

Skipper Dale Smyth on Leg 3 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
When it comes to count-on-it big weather, the Southern Ocean has a reputation for delivering the windswept goods with far more regularity-and ferocity-than just about any other patch of brine on the planet. I talked with Dale Smyth (35), skipper of the Dare To Lead team in this year's Clipper Race, to learn more about the challenges of leading a team into the Southern Ocean.... [more]

A QandA with John Craig about the Extreme Sailing Series Los Cabos event
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Now in its 11th season, the Extreme Sailing Series's calendar features eight different Acts set in Muscat, Qingdao, Madeira Islands, Barcelona, Hamburg, Cardiff, San Diego and Los Cabos. I caught up with John Craig, Race Director of the Extreme Sailing Series, via email, ahead of the Los Cabos Act to learn more about this high-octane event.... [more]


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