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Gearing up for the 2017/2018 VOR—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond


17 Oct 2017

Gearing up for the 2017/2018 VOR—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Alicante stopover. MAPFRE In-Port Race Alicante. Photo by Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race. 14 October, 2017.  © Pedro Martinez / Volvo Ocean Race
For fans of offshore sailing, these are exciting times as the 2017/2018 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race is poised to start on Sunday, October 22 on the waters off of Alicante, Spain, and will take the fleet of identical, 65-foot, fully crewed boats on a series of stage races that will girdle the planet en route to determining the winner of what is widely regarded to be one of sailing's three hardest accomplishments (the two others being the America's Cup and the Olympics). Make no mistake: the Volvo Ocean Race is a high-stakes, high-dollar event that can test each crew's-and each sponsor's-commitment to winning on a daily, if not hourly, basis, and while the top step of the winner's podium must be a heady summit view, reaching that airy pinnacle is no easy feat.

This year, seven teams will be on the starting line, representing seven different international flags. Unlike Volvo Ocean Races (VORs) or yore, female sailors will factor far more prominently in this year's race than in previous editions, with at least one female sailor on each boat. While Dee Cafferi, who made her name on the IMOCA 60 circuit and as the first female to circumnavigate “the wrong way”, is skippering Turn the Tide on Plastic, which will fly the United Nations flag, there is not an all-female entrant in the race, as we saw with Team SCA in the last edition.

And while the Volvo Ocean Race has a strong heritage of delivering fantastic racing to the sailors, great entertainment to those of us who follow from ashore, and great ROI for the sponsoring teams, this year's race has been marked by some pre-start controversies.

Mark Turner - Volvo Ocean Race  Volvo Ocean Race

For starters, word hit the docks on September 26 that Mark Turner, the event's relatively newly named CEO, would be stepping down from his duties as a result of some complications related to the 2019/2020 VOR, which was originally projected to employ foiling 60-foot monohulls for the offshore legs and foiling trimarans for the inshore events. While details are murky, the race has said that Turner's role was primarily involved with the 2019/2020 race, which has now been shelved, and that his departure would have little impact on the 2017/2018 event, which was already well down the track in terms of preparations.

It will be interesting to see who the VOR's new CEO will be, and what this person's vision will be for the next edition of the VOR, whenever that will unfurl.

Team AkzoNobel skipper Simeon Tienpont inspects his new Volvo Ocean 65 boat, being built at Persico Marine for the 2017-18 edition  Giovanni Malgarini|Team Aksonobel

Unfortunately, the last-minute personnel issues go deeper than just the CEO, as word broke over the weekend that Simeon Tienpont (NED), a two-time America's Cup winner (Oracle Team USA...keen America's Cup students will remember Tienpont as being one of the sailors who was allegedly involved with Oracle's “kingpost” cheating debacle that preceded the 34th America's Cup) and VOR sailor, was being replaced as skipper of the Dutch-flagged Team AkzoNobel. While Team AkzoNobel cited a “contract violation” as their reason for canning Tienpont's management company, the Dutch sailor has strongly rejected this claim.

So, as of this writing, Team AkzoNobel has no named skipper (however the team has Brad Jackson [NZ] as a watch captain and Jules Slater [UK] as navigator, and both of these sailors are highly experienced offshore sailors and leaders, so the team is hardly decapitated) and the Volvo Ocean Race has no CEO sailing into Sunday's start, less than six days from now.

Team AkzoNobel's Volvo Ocean Race boat christened in The Hague  Team AkzoNobel

Still, given the amount of sailing prestige and corporate dollars that are fueling this race, you can bet your last roll of duct tape that all teams will be working hard to deliver tight, highly competitive racing action, irrespective of onshore shenanigans.

A far weightier question, however, pertains to the race's next edition (e.g., when it will start, what kinds of boats will be used, how many sailors will be involved, where the course will physically go, and what ports will it visit), but, for right now at least, it's best to focus on this edition and the great racing that's ahead.

Vestas 11th Hour Racing racing along the shore in Alicante – Volvo Ocean Race  © Pedro Martinez / Volvo Ocean Race

For North American fans, Americans Charlie Enright and Mark Towill are back in the fight, leading Vestas 11th Hour Racing, which will fly American and Danish flags. While the team is rumored to have a much leaner budget than some of the other, higher-profile teams such as MAPFRE and Dongfeng Race Team, Enright and Towill are both some of the best offshore sailors of their generation, and they bring much more experience to their sophomore attempt at this race than they did in their freshman showing (the 2014/2015 race), when the two co-skippered Team Alvimedica to a fifth-place finish in a fleet of seven boats.

And for anyone looking for some insight as to how the cards may fall come June's finish in The Hague, the Spanish-flagged MAPFRE, skippered by Xabi Fernandez (ESP), captured the first points available in the Alicante in-port race, where they proved dominant. MAPFRE was joined on the podium by Dongfeng and Vestas 11th Hour Racing.

Dongfeng - Alicante stopover. MAPFRE In-Port Race Alicante. 14 October, 2017.  © Pedro Martinez / Volvo Ocean Race

Racing starts in Alicante, Spain, on Sunday, so please stay tuned to this space for the latest VOR news, both from the 2017/2018 edition and beyond.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Japanese team will have to deal with the pressure of selection trials.
World Sailing,
Japan's sailors racing at their first ever home World Cup Series event will not only have to deal with the weight of expectation from their nation, but also the pressure of selection trials for the 2018 Japanese Sailing Team.... [more]

Girls on Film win the battle - Invictus win the war
Fast40 Class,
Sir Keith Mills' Ker40+ Invictus, is the 2017 FAST40+ Champion, after winning the last race of the season, taking second place in Round 5, to clinch the overall title. Sir Keith Mills lifted the FAST40+ Trophy, and the Cloudy Bay Bowl, as winner for the 2017 FAST40+ Race Circuit.... [more]

Aloha Classic kicks off in just two weeks-
International Windsurfing Tour,
In just a couple of short weeks, the IWT (International Windsurfing Tour) will host the annual Aloha Classic, right here on Maui, at Ho'okipa Beach Park.... [more]

Tall ship loses power, hits multiple boats before grounding
U.S. Coast Guard 1st District Northeast,
Coast Guard Station Castle Hill is providing a safety zone in Newport Harbor, Rhode Island, Sunday night after a tall ship lost power and hit multiple other boats before grounding near Perrotti Park. The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, an educational tall ship homeported in Newport, was leaving Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival with 12 crewmembers aboard when it lost power and began to drift.... [more]

DAM-X EFPT Final - Crowning of the new European champions
On the ultimate day of the DAM-X 2017, the wind unfortunately didn't kick in just like we expected. Therefore the double elimination unfortunately couldn't be finished. We are looking back on four amazing days though, filled with freestyle competition, amazing side programs and a spectacular tow-in show. The local crew here at Brouwersdam delivered a flawless event... [more]

U.S. Match Racing Championship - Winners announced
Francis George,
David Storrs and his international team won the Prince of Wales Bowl but it was second place finisher Pearson Potts and the Yankee Creole Racing team who walked away with the title of U.S. Match Racing Champion. Chris Kennedy and the Oakcliff crew took third and Janel Zarkowsky took fourth.... [more]

GC32 Racing Tour - Zoulou wins the battle, but Realteam wins the war
GC32 Racing Tour,
Victors were crowned on this final day of Marseille One Design, also the last day of competition on the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour.... [more]

Unbeaten Guichard victorious at Alicante Match Cup
Aston Harald,
On a day when you couldn't have asked for better sailing conditions, Yann Guichard's Spindrift Racing rounded off a flawless display with victory at the Alicante Match Cup.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Akzonobel comments on Tienpont dismissal
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Team AkzoNobel sailing and shore team has released a statement clarifying the abrupt dismissal of it's Volvo Ocean Race skipper Simeon Tienpont. It would appear from the statement that the Dutch based multi-national paints and performance coatings manufacturer has terminated a contract negotiated between themselves and Tienpont's company STEAM... [more]

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Day 11 Race 2 – Battle at the top
The Clipper Race,
Dare To Lead now maintain first place by three nautical miles. Both teams have completed the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint, though the bonus points won't be announced until the rest of the fleet crosses the eastern gate.... [more]

America's Cup - Auckland's chances of hosting 36th Match get a boost
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
Sir Stephen Tindall, Emirates Team New Zealand Board Chairman, and one of New Zealand's business leaders, has announced that he is taking a year's leave of absence from the business. His primary focus will be to ensure that Auckland secures the hosting of the 36th America's Cup.... [more]

AkzoNobel and the VOR - Tienpoint sends a salvo back over the bows
John Curnow,
Following on from our earlier story, Simeon Tienpont's Press Release from Saturday October 14th follows.... [more]

Pole Axed - AkzoNobel makes VOR Skipper Tienpoint walk the plank,
Officially it goes something like this, 'Following a breach of contract, Simeon Tienpont left his role as skipper of team AkzoNobel in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race on Friday, October 13, 2017. AkzoNobel, the owner and title partner of team AkzoNobel, has confirmed it's fully committed to the team competing in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race.'... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Images from the first In Port Race, Alicante,
Pedro Martinez was on the water for the start of the first In Port race of the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race, and filed this gallery of images. Held in light to moderate breezes off Alicante, the MAPFRE sponsored race was an emphatic win for the Spanish flagged Volvo Ocean Race entry... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Full and Highlight Replays of Alicante In-Port Race,
The first In-Port race for the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race was staged in Alicante in relatively light airs. Catch the short version of the race highlights along with the full replay.... [more]

U.S. Match Racing Championship – Day 2 report
Francis K. George,
‘You're not out until you're out' was proved again at day two of the U.S. Match Race Championships. Nevin Snow finally ended Peter Holz's undefeated streak in the ninth and final race of the round robin. However, Janel Zarkowsky, Snow's coach from Georgetown, beat him two-straight in the first-to-three points quarterfinal series.... [more]

Nations Trophy - Swan OD Challenge - More images by Studio Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from the Nations Trophy - Swan OD Challenge in Palma de Mallorca.... [more]

The Nations Trophy - Swan OD Challenge images by Studio Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from the Nations Trophy - Swan OD Challenge in Palma de Mallorca.... [more]

The Nations Trophy – Spanish conquistadors
Event Media,
The individual championships were close-fought affairs. The cream would rise to the top as it always does and solid last-day scores by the class winners ensured their eventual ascendancy.... [more]

Marseille One Design – Day 3 – Lake Geneva day for the GC32s
GC32 Racing,
In a similar display to that of Franck Cammas' Norauto here last year, the French team has pulled out a significant lead of 11 points going into the final day of racing tomorrow.... [more]

DAM-X EFPT Final – Day 3 – Vrieswijk on top
German freestyler Johanna Rümenapp was eager to continue her way up in the double elimination and faced young Slovenian windsurfer Lina Erzen.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Vestas 11th Hour with podium finish in In-Port Race
Vestas 11th Hour Racing,
At the start, Vestas 11th Hour Racing was in a controlling position crossing the line first. The team rounded the first gate in fourth place very close to the other teams. Over the first few legs, the crew was able to use their boat speed and tactics to battle back one place at a time, rounding Gate three in second place.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Team Brunel fourth in first In-Port Race
Team Brunel,
There was victory for the Spanish Mapfre. Skipper Bekking was pleased with the result: 'Of course we would have liked to have been on stage, but a fourth place is okay for now.'... [more]

MAPFRE draw first blood in Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Fernández and his team made a bold call at the start to duck behind the entire fleet in order to sail up what turned out to be the favoured right hand side of the course, coming from behind to earn a narrow lead at the first gate.... [more]

Clipper World Race – Day 10, Race 2 – Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint begins
The Clipper Race,
Just before it was due to become the first Clipper 70 to enter the western gate of the Ocean Sprint, Greenings activated Stealth Mode, meaning its position will remain hidden for 24 hours, until 18:00 UTC this evening.... [more]

Flying Fifteen Belgian National Championships – Gastro Sailing
John Hassen,
As in prior years we were met on arrival on the Thursday afternoon by Veronique Hachez, the President of the Belgium Flying Fifteen Association and before we could even unhitch the boat Veronique had produced some of the sponsors products from the boot of her car for an appropriate welcome in the boat park. The rigging of the boat could wait!... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Local heroes take popular win in first In Port race
Volvo Ocean Race,
The local heroes on Xabi Fernandez's MAPFRE were a popular winner in the first point scoring race of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. Sailing in winds of 8-10kts, Fernandez and his team made a bold call at the start to duck behind the entire fleet... [more]

Team Brunel ready for first In-Port race
Team Brunel,
On Saturday October 14th, the seven teams will go head to head for the first time for points in the MAPFRE In-Port Race Alicante. For Team Brunel, the In-Port race will be the first time competing as a complete team. Bekking: “Each of us will want to win of course but today is just about staying out of trouble.” The race begins at 12.00 UTC, 14.00 local time... [more]

Clipper Race - Estimated arrival times into Cape Town, South Africa
Clipper Round the World,
The leading teams of the Clipper Race fleet have made good progress in the Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms and are currently predicted to arrive slightly ahead of the scheduled arrival window.... [more]

U.S. Match Racing Championship – Day 1 report
Francis K. George,
Peter Holz added an Aussie touch to his Midwestern team and sailed a brilliant undefeated first day at the U.S. Match Racing Championship at Oakcliff Sailing. A perfect 10-15 knot breeze brought plenty of shifts and David Storrs' team called them perfectly to tie for second.... [more]

Nations Trophy - Germany ups the gears
The Nations Trophy,
A delay to the scheduled race time on Day 3 of The Nations Trophy only served to build anticipation. Once unleashed the 28 boat, 11 nation fleet did not disappoint. The already close racing in all three Swan One Design classes was made more exhilarating by seriously close finishes, with boats overlapping and separated by seconds. Yacht racing at its best. Only one day remains.... [more]

Packed Race Course as M32s and Volvo Ocean 65 boats race side by side
Aston Harald,
The second day of the Alicante Match Cup served up some classic match racing action as the fleet switched modes from fleet racing to one-on-one knockouts.... [more]

US Sailing Education Zone coming to Extreme Sailing Series™ San Diego
US Sailing,
The Extreme Sailing Series™ will return to the United States for the first time since 2011 and the US Sailing Education Zone will be there. The Education Zone will provide fun learning activities for youth patrons as part of the US Sailing Reach initiative for STEM education and sport outreach. Through interactive and hands-on activities, children will have the opportunity to learn about science... [more]

Melges 24 European Sailing Series - Maidollis takes lead on Day 1
Melges 24,
Lake Maggiore doesn't disappoint expectations and the Melges 24 fleet starts the last event of the 2017 European Sailing Series at full rhythm: a day of springy conditions, with the local southern breeze called Inverna blowing between 10 and 13 knots, grants the conclusion of the first three races of Lino Favini Cup, event that celebrates this year its 14th anniversary... [more]

DAM-X EFPT Final – Day 2 – Double elimination
Local sailor Tim Ruyssenaars has been on a mission of his own today, taking down Pavel Khomenko (Goya/Goya), Matteo Testa (RRD/RRD) and Julian Wiemar (Starboard/Severne). He would have then faced Rick Jendrusch (Severne), who had to pull out of the competition due to an injury.... [more]

Friday 13th strikes on Day 2 of Marseille One Design
GC32 Racing,
Helmsman of the French GC32, Arnaud Psarofaghis, on loan from Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi team, was seen eyeing up the fleet of Moth singlehanded dinghies, a class in which he is a two time past European champion.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race teams to face first test in MAPFRE In-Port Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
The start time is 14:00 local time, and conditions are forecast to be ideal. During the morning there will be a light northerly wind, but from noon, it will start to turn to the east and strengthen to a solid 10 knots down the race course.... [more]

RS Sailing Autmn – New RS Zest and Autumn Sale
Michiel / RS Sailing,
The opportunity to comprehensively move the game forward led us to replace our popular RS Quba model with an entirely new boat that we believe renders existing rivals obsolete.... [more]

MANGO Mashes 30th J-Jamboree
A highly talented fleet of fourteen teams participated in this year's regatta. In the end, it was the Annapolis crew on MANGO, led by their fearless leader Ken Mangano, that won the regatta and earned the title of J/80 East Coast Champion!... [more]

Awesome Storm Trysail College Big Boat Regatta
Barry Gold, Chairman of the event, said “In spite of some of early Saturday pea-soup fog and intermittent rain on Sunday, we had two days of fantastic racing, with steady and increasing breeze.... [more]

The sun never sets on J's sailing worldwide
Over in the Americas, the Canadians hosted their J/105 Canadian Championship at the Royal Canadian YC in Toronto, Ontario and sailed on Lake Ontario.... [more]

World Sailing publishes 2022 World Championships bidding guidelines
World Sailing,
The information for bidders outline the specification of minimum requirements for both the sporting competition and the on-shore event, and sets out the rights and responsibilities of each party in hosting the event.... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 9, Race 2 – Shaking out the reefs
The Clipper Race,
Although wind speeds have settled for most of the fleet, residual swell is ensuring that teams won't be getting too comfortable, or dry.... [more]

DAM-X EFPT Final – Day 1 – Testa and Offringa on top
It is great to see the development of this particular event over the past seasons and we are especially happy to have such a high attendence of young promising riders, entering an international competition for the first time... [more]

Dark horse Zoulou is the early leader at Marseille One Design
GC32 Racing,
Standing in for Erik Maris is Swiss foiling and catamaran expert Arnaud Psarofaghis, usually stand-in helmsman for Ernesto Bertarelli on Alinghi. Fortunately most of the Zoulou crew know and sailed with Psarofaghis while they were with Franck Cammas' Groupama Team France, winner of Marseille One Design last year on Norauto.... [more]

The Nations Trophy – Spain moves smoothly into the lead
Event Media,
With a weather forecast virtually identical to yesterday, crews were forewarned of a difficult day. They gave the impression of relaxing quickly into some unexpected ‘extra-time' ashore as the Race Committee held the crews off the water to allow pressure to build... [more]

Oakcliff Sailing hosts 50th edition of U.S. Match Racing Championship
US Sailing,
The 2017 edition of the U.S. Match Racing Championship for the Prince of Wales Bowl marks the 50th Anniversary of this historic and highly competitive event. Oakcliff Sailing is hosting this US Sailing National Championship over three days, this Friday, October 13 to Sunday, October 15, 2017.... [more]

VOR welcomes WMRT to Alicante as part of collaboration strategy
Volvo Ocean Race,
As the world's best sailors arrived on their Volvo Ocean 65s into Alicante, some of sailing's top match racing talent set sail to compete in a World Match Racing Tour qualifier event in front of bustling crowds on a public holiday at the Volvo Ocean Race Race Village on Thursday.... [more]

Inside the Volvo Ocean Race - The Boatyard and North Sails
North Sails,
With the Alicante in-port race kicking off this weekend and the start of Leg 1 fast approaching, the Volvo Ocean Race's Boatyard Sail Loft Manager Nathan Quirk and Neil Cox, head of the Boatyard, explain how North Sails 3Di technology has changed the game in port.... [more]

Countdown begins for spectacular Extreme Sailing Series San Diego
Extreme Sailing Series,
Defending champion Alinghi, whose crew currently have a five-point deficit on the leader, have been putting in the groundwork since the last Act – including claiming victory in the D35 Trophy on Lake Geneva for the sixth time.... [more]

Mini-Transat La Boulangère – Second service
Event Media,
There may well be a few illusions shattered within the second group making its way towards the Canaries, some of whom will be competitors who had high hopes in terms of the leader board.... [more]

World Sailing complete move into London Headquarters
World Sailing,
Following the announcement World Sailing's relocation from Southampton to London in January 2017, an extensive evaluation process was undertaken to select a location that enabled World Sailing's members and stakeholders ease of access to the new facility and allowed international diversity with a high quality, multilingual employment base.... [more]

Windsurf Grand Slam – National Slalom Champs at Circolo Surf Torbole
Elena Giolai,
The best athletes will compete in “downwind” races with a direct elimination board system. While Formula Windsurfing and Raceboard National Championships were competing (with the winners Frank and Treggiari, respectively), some “big riders” started training on the waters of Garda Trentino.... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 8, Race 2 – Fast and furious sailing
The Clipper Race,
Greenings has increased its lead over second-placed Garmin and third-placed Dare To Lead to around 20nm but there is still all to play for with the windy conditions speeding the teams along towards Cape Town.... [more]

Japanese opening for the 2017-18 World Cup Series
World Sailing,
Sailing in the Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy (Laser/Radial), Men's and Women's Two Person Dinghy (470), Men's and Women's Skiff (49er/49erFX) and Men's and Women's Windsurfing (RS:X) the competition will be intense with sailors eager to test themselves against their rivals on the World Cup circuit.... [more]

Melges 24 European Sailing Series – Lino Favini Cup to declare winners
Current leader of the overall ranking is Gill Race Team by Miles Quinton with Geoff Carveth helming, only crew that has taken part to all the events of the season.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Team Brunel arrives in Alicante second
Team Brunel,
This leg was very light windy. It was the first time we exactly saw the new sails. We were nearly with a complete team which was one of the first times. We had a plan, especially tactical, and we stuck to our plan. It was nice that Mapfre had the same plan.... [more]

Italy takes an early lead at The Nations Trophy
Event Media,
In the individual championship fleets, the ClubSwan 50 Europeans are led by Cuordileone (ITA), with Porron IX (ESP) in pole position in the Swan 45 Worlds and Far Star (ITA) heading the pack in the ClubSwan 42 Europeans.... [more]

French GC32s fly the tricolor at Marseille One Design
GC32 Racing,
For more than 30 years, France has been the leading nation for multihull racing. Many the country's top sailing stars, some of them household names such as Michel Desjoyeaux, Loick Peyron and Franck Cammas, have forged their careers competing on two or three hulls.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Alicante Race Village is open-
Volvo Ocean Race,
The gates to the Race Village opened at 18:00 local time Wednesday afternoon, with an opening ceremony, entertainment and fireworks planned throughout the evening.... [more]

Mini-Transat La Boulangère - Valentin Gautier on the up
Mini-Transat La Boulangère,
By securing victory in the first leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère, Valentin Gautier (Shaman – Banque du Léman) has swept away the doubts that had bombarded him after a rather chaotic pre-season. Indeed, after winning the Pornichet Select, he was subsequently forced to retire from two other races and hadn't been able to train as much as he would have liked.... [more]

BoatUS “CAT” Team still hard at work
D. Scott Croft,
A month after Hurricane Irma struck Florida, the BoatUS Catastrophe (“CAT”) Field Team is still hard at work. Here, in Marathon's Boot Key Harbor, salvage crews from TowBoatUS Marathon raise a sunken sailboat and navigation hazard off the harbor bottom.... [more]

Newport International Boat Show helping to aid the Caribbean Islands
Andrew Golden,
Newport International Boat Show, announced today that it has committed $15,000 to various organizations helping to assist those in the Caribbean islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.... [more]

Ludde Ingvall's CQS to cross the Atlantic
John Roberson,
Ludde Ingvall's super maxi CQS is to cross the Atlantic Ocean, instead of returning to Sydney for this year's Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race. A change to shipping schedule meant that the boat could not get back to Australia in time to prepare properly for the race to Hobart.... [more]

Mini-Transat La Boulangère – Less than two minutes separate top two
Event Media,
One came from north-west, the other from the north-east and yet Arthur Léopold-Léger and Ian Lipinski ended up crossing tacks barely two miles from the finish of this first leg. Another hundred metres or so and we might have seen a reversal of the ranking, that's how close a call it was for the top two.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – MAPFRE edges Team Brunel to win Prologue Leg
Volvo Ocean Race,
For skipper Xabi Fernández and his team, it's a continuation of the success MAPFRE found on Leg 0, where the team was the overall winner of the four-stage leg.... [more]

Silk Cut back for the Volvo Ocean Legends Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Silk Cut started the 1997-98 Whitbread Round the World Race as the pre-race favourite, with odds of 7:2. The combination of Lawrie Smith as skipper and strong funding held good promise.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Prologue Leg course shortened
Volvo Ocean Race,
Race Director Phil Lawrence informed the teams at 0800 UTC on Wednesday morning when the leading boats were approximately two hours from the gate.... [more]

America's Cup - Weighing up the hosting dollars and return
Hamish Ross,
The next America's Cup scheduled for 2021 is shaping up to be a “royal” sailing event of eminent competitors of America's Cup royalty with not only Luna Rossa (ITA) returning to the competition, but also the New York Yacht Club (USA) after what will be in 2021 an 18-year absence.... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 7, Race 2 – PSP Logistics back at sea
The Clipper Race,
After spending the past five days receiving repairs to rudder damage, sustained after a whale collided with the boat earlier in Leg two, the team is expected to resume racing in twelfth position, once it reaches the closest position of the collision.... [more]

The Nations Trophy – The gathering of united nations
Event Media,
Beyond that statistic, the individual crew are mix of professional and amateur sailors drawn from some 22 countries making the dock a real melting pot of languages, expressions and culture.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Images from the Slowlogue + Video,
Early Wednesday morning, the decision was made to shorten the Volvo Ocean Race Prologue Leg, with the compulsory gate off Cabo de Gata now becoming the finish line. Race Director Phil Lawrence informed the teams at 0800 UTC on Wednesday morning when the leading boats were approximately two hours from the gate. Here's a gallery of images from the first two days of 'racing'.... [more]

Mini-Transat La Boulangère - Ping-pong
Mini-Transat La Boulangère,
To you, to me... It's hard to know who's got the ball in their court in the extremely variable conditions currently dominating play in the Atlantic. The wind seems to have picked up again to the south-east pretty generally. The group positioned furthest over to the east that has been heavily penalised over the past twenty-four hours is looking a tad healthier this Tuesday evening.... [more]

Les Voiles de St Tropez - Swan 53 'Music' again the best in class
Nautor's Swan,
The Les Voiles de St Tropez is an unmissable event in the Mediterranean circuit. Playing host to no fewer than 4,000 sailors for 10 days and registering some 300 boats is a feat that the Socie?te? Nautique de Saint-Tropez pulls off in style each and every year to ensure the success of Les Voiles.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - MAPFRE and Team Brunel lead the charge to Alicante
Will Carson,
Skipper Xabi Fernández's MAPFRE crew is leading the charge into the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday afternoon. The Spanish team made a jump on the rest of the fleet by heading further inshore in search of favourable sea breezes following Sunday's start, with Team Brunel benefiting from following a similar track.... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race – Distinctly Mediterranean, truly international
With most crews expected to spend at least five nights at sea, it is an exacting test of resources requiring mental fortitude, excellent preparation and shrewd anticipation, as well as an ability to make precise decisions in a pressured environment. Teamwork and seamanship are vital to succeed. Rolex has been title sponsor of the race since 2002.... [more]

Clipper Race – Day 6, Race 2 – Qingdao secures top Scoring Gate points
The Clipper Race,
After taking the Northerly route to cross the Scoring Gate, time will tell if they can make up the additional miles to catch the leaders sailing closer to the rhumb line.... [more]

America's Cup - No easy options for Auckland bases + Video
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
The Auckland Council is going to have to get over its principles if it wants to keep the America's Cup in Auckland. Some liken it to swallowing a dead rat. An analysis of four of the options shows that none are ideal. The Council is looking for a legacy use and doesn't want to spend $150million on a White Elephant. See video extract of the Council Planning meeting where the issues are canvassed.... [more]

Images of Les Voiles De St Tropez 2017 - October 6 and 7
Eugenia Bakunova,
Eugenia Bakunova of was on the water for Day 4 and 5 of Les Voiles De St Tropez and provided this image gallery from the day.... [more]

VOR - Tense times in light conditions on race to be first to Gibraltar
Volvo Ocean Race,
The images of Volvo Ocean Race boats in near calm conditions during the first 24-hours of the Prologue leg from Lisbon to Alicante may give the impression of a relaxing cruise down the coast to the gates of the Mediterranean.... [more]

Images of Les Voiles De St Tropez 2017 - October 5
Eugenia Bakunova,
Eugenia Bakunova of was on the water for Day 3 of Les Voiles De St Tropez and provided this image gallery from the day.... [more]

Rooster RS Aerocup - Day 2
RS Aero International Class Association,
The RS Aerocup at Lake Garda saw a slight increase in breeze for Day 2. Like clockwork the southerly breeze came down the lake in time for the 13:00hrs start after the fresh morning northerly had dissipated. The 50 RS Aero entries allow for Class racing of the three RS Aero fleets with three separate starts.... [more]

America's Cup - Challenger Finalist ponders entry for Auckland/Italy
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ and Artemis Racing,
The Swedish America's Cup team, Artemis Racing has announced that they are seriously considering an entry in the 36th America's Cup. The team issued a media statement confirmed that they were looking at contesting this America's Cup or sitting out the Auckland/Italy event and would come back for the 37th event.... [more]

Hamble Winter Series – Round 2 – Sportsboat autumn blast
Louay Habib,
The conditions provided spectacular autumn racing for the sportsboats classes, with fast and thrilling downwind surfing conditions. By contrast the second day produced light winds of about four knots, which slowly built allowing one race for competitors. However, after the first race of the day, the wind died and sadly did not rebuild.... [more]

A QandA with John Craig about the Extreme Sailing Series San Diego 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 San Diego Act to learn more about this high-octane event.... [more]


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