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The 2017/2018 VOR ride begins—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond


24 Oct 2017

The 2017/2018 VOR ride begins—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

- Start Volvo Ocean Race - 22 October, 2017.  © Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race
If you love offshore sailboat racing, yesterday's start of the 2017/2018 Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) on the waters off of Alicante, Spain, likely felt a lot like Christmas mornings of yore, when you'd paddle down the stairs to see what the tubby man in red pajamas brought you, care of the North Pole, Rudolph and your family's chimney. While there are no portly athletes sailing in the VOR, there are plenty of people running around on deck wearing red foul-weather gear, and while Santa might be interested in returning to the North Pole after his yearly duties are over, the seven-strong feet of VOR boats are far more interested in punching south and deep into the heart of the Southern Ocean, where they will (eventually) spend considerable steeping time during this race, likely wet, cold and tired of the dark (read: much like Santa when he visits children in the Pacific Northwest). But first, they need to complete Leg One, which is taking the sailors from Alicante to Lisbon, Portugal, by way of Porto Santo.

Alicante stopover. Start – Volvo Ocean Race  © Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race

For anyone who missed the race's start, the crews started dropping the hammers the second that the Race Committee fired their starting gun, with a rather dramatic port-starboard crossing situation that unfurled between Dongfeng Race Team (the starboard boat) and Team Brunel and MAPFRE, the later two of whom were forced to gybe, as the boats came screaming into the final turning mark that would lead the fleet into open water.

While contact between the boats was avoided, the teams were reportedly within one meter of each other at times, leading the on-the-water umpires to penalize Team Brunel and MAPFRE for not taking enough precautionary moves and keeping clear.

Alicante stopover. Practice race. Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race. 13 October, 2017  Volvo Ocean Race

Still, this drama was nothing compared to the ongoing staffing circus surrounding team AkzoNobel. As we reported last week, there was a meltdown between the team's corporate sponsors and skipper Simeon Tienpont's management company, which was responsible for paying crew wages, amongst many other line items. While the story quickly devolved into a situation of great finger pointing, the salient points are that Tienpont (NED) was removed as skipper prior to the VOR's in-port race (October 14), but-following a trip to the Dutch Arbitration Institute-was reinstated as skipper prior to Sunday's Leg One start.

The drama didn't end there, however, as four of the team's strongest sailors (Brad Jackson [NZ], Jules Salter [GBR], Joca Signorini [BRA], and the team's newest hire, Rome Kirby [USA]) stepped off the boat, leaving Tienpont to sail the first leg with a shorthanded and fairly inexperienced crew that consists of reserve-list sailors and even a sailor (Antonio Fontes [POR]) who was “borrowed” from the Hong Kong-flagged Sun Hung Kai Scallywag.

Brad Jackson (NZL) foreground, with Jules Salter (left and Simeon Tienpont (NED) on the helm of team AkzoNobel  Volvo Ocean Race

While gambling men might immediately consign team AkzoNobel to the ash heap of history's failed VOR campaigns, a glance at the leaderboard puts the American-flagged Vestas 11th Hour Racing at the top, followed by Tienpont's team AkzoNobel and MAPFRE, however with north of 1,000 nautical miles to go, this leg is still anyone's game.

Vestas 11th Hour Racing at the start of the Volvo Ocean Race  © Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race

Moreover, while Leg One undoubtedly has its share of challenges and hardships, these factors will only increase in scale and complexity as the teams punch way offshore in Leg Two (Lisbon to Cape Town, South Africa), before Leg Three takes the fleet from Cape Town to Melbourne, Australia, by way of the Southern Ocean.

Leg 01, Alicante to Lisbon, Start Day on board AkzoNobel. Photo by Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race. 22 October, 2017  Volvo Ocean Race

These legs will test each team's heavy-weather sailing skills, as well as each skipper's leadership skills, so expect things to get increasingly spicy as the legs progress.

In the meantime, don't forget to stay tuned to for the latest VOR news, as it unfurls.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Volvo Ocean Race – Vestas 11th Hour Racing and AkzoNobel lead the way
Volvo Ocean Race,
For team AkzoNobel, it's been a whirlwind 24-hours. After three of the team's most experienced crew elected not to sail Leg 1, reinstated skipper Simeon Tienpont submitted his final crew list just an hour before leaving the dock.... [more]

Tom Way appointed as Deputy Race Director of Clipper World Yacht Race
Kathryn Foulkes / Clipper Ventures,
Tom has developed an extensive and invaluable level of knowledge of the Clipper Race and its operations, following roles with the training, refit, maintenance, recruitment and media departments. Most recently Tom also spent the past ten months working in Abu Dhabi as Fleet Manager for Pindar's two Volvo 60s.... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race – Leaders in their Element
The Royal Malta Yacht Club race management team has been busy through the night, monitoring the fleet's progress. There have been a number of retirements as the increasing wind strength and building sea state test equipment and resolve. Leading yacht, Rambler 88 is on the downwind leg to Lampedusa, currently with Leopard, Hugo Boss and CQS in hot pursuit.... [more]

Clipper World Race – Day 19 Race 2 – PSP Logistics enters Ocean Sprint
The Clipper Race,
Once PSP Logistics has completed its Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint, the fastest three teams will be formally announced by the Clipper Race Office and will be awarded up to three bonus race points.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Let the battle commence
Turn The Tide On Plastic,
Turn the Tide on Plastic, one of seven teams in this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, set sail from Alicante today for the start of the epic 45,000 nautical mile round-the-world race.... [more]

America's Cup - Book Extract, Lone Wolf - 'The Skipper Reflects'
Richard Gladwell,
Late in 2016, when they refused to sign an agreement on how the next two America's Cups would be conducted, Emirates Team New Zealand was cast in the role of being a ‘lone wolf'. The moniker has stuck with the team since and it was the hallmark of a campaign that struggled financially, that thought differently and was forced to eke the most out of the resources that it did have.... [more]

Extreme Sailing Series™ - SAP Extreme Sailing Team in action
Extreme Sailing Series™,
It was déjà vu for SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Alinghi as it went down to the final double-points race to decide the winner of the penultimate Act of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ in San Diego, but the Danes held their nerve to walk away the champions.... [more]

Atlantic Double - Start Leg 1 - RORC Transatlantic Race
Trish Jenkins,
A record entry is expected for the fourth edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race, starting at Marina Lanzarote, Canary Islands, on 25th November, 2017. Close to 25 teams are expected, racing a huge variety of ocean going yachts. Nine different nations will be taking the challenge, racing 3,000 miles to Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada, West Indies.... [more]

Rooster RS Aerocup - Big breeze and an early start for the final day-
RS Aero International Class Association,
The crisp morning ‘Peler' mountain breeze from the North had been regularly stronger that the afternoon's ‘Ora' from the South and to ensure reliable racing, some good variety and a prompt finish on the final day the call had been made for an 08:30 start, as often is the case at Malcesine.... [more]

Jet lag captures U.S. Team Racing Championship
US Sailing,
This weekend's 2017 U.S. Team Racing Championship for the George R. Hinman Trophy featured a 'who's who' of college sailing's present and past. Jet Lag, a team composed of Stanford University alumni sailors, had all the right combinations this week, especially on Sunday, as the Northern California based team captured their first Hinman Trophy. They placed fifth last year and second in 2015.... [more]

Oman Air team sign-off looking ahead to the ESS final in Mexico
Oman Sail,
The Oman Air Extreme Sailing Series team signed-off in San Diego secure in second place overall in the season and with their sights set on the finale in Mexico.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Images from the first day and night of Leg 1
Volvo Ocean Race,
Images for the first day of racing and heading into the night of Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race as the fleet sail from Alicante to Lisbon by way of Madeira.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Full replay and images from the Start
Volvo Ocean Race,
Full video replay and images from the start of the Volvo Ocean Race a few hours ago in Alicante, Spain.... [more]

Team Brunel reports on start of Volvo Ocean Race
Team Brunel,
The fleet of seven of the best sailing teams in the world including Team Brunel started Leg 1, a 1,450 nautical mile sprint to Lisbon, Portugal in bright sunshine and a 15-20 knot Easterly breeze.... [more]

Intensity and action at highest level as Volvo Ocean Race Leg 1 starts
Volvo Ocean Race,
The highlight came on the approach to the final turning mark before leaving the bay, when Dongfeng Race Team came screaming in on a collision course with Team Brunel and MAPFRE, both of whom were forced into a quick gybe to avoid the right of way Chinese boat.... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race – Day 2 – The calm before the storm
Pressing on through the sticky conditions, Rambler had reached Stromboli this afternoon with the majority of the fleet still to pass through the Messina Strait.... [more]

Vestas 11th Hour Racing begin the Volvo Ocean Race
Vestas 11th Hour Racing,
The 1450nm course will take the seven competing teams through the Strait of Gibraltar and around the small island of Porto Santo, close to Madeira, before heading directly to Lisbon.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Tienpont back to skipper team AkzoNobel for Leg 1
Volvo Ocean Race,
On Friday evening, Tienpont won an arbitration judgement allowing him to return to the team and just hours before start time, the team submitted an updated crew list with Tienpont leading a newly constituted squad.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – The dock walk in Alicante
Nic Douglass,
It's go time! The first confirmation on the AkzoNobel crew list following Tienpont winning his court case and return to the team, leaving Brad Jackson and Jules in Spain.... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 18, Race 2 – And then there was one
The Clipper Race,
Skipper Roy Taylor and the PSP Logistics crew passed on their hearty congratulations to Greenings and Skipper Andy Woodruff on its second win, to Skipper Dale Smyth and Dare To Lead on securing second place and doubling its race points and to Skipper Gaëtan Thomas and his ‘pirates' on board Garmin for securing third and their first podium finish.... [more]

Team Brunel ready for Volvo Ocean Race start
Team Brunel,
Team Brunel starts on Sunday afternoon with the other six participating boats in the Volvo Ocean Race. Dutch skipper Bouwe Bekking and his team are ready.... [more]

18ft Skiffs Spring Champs – Quality Marine Clothing takes Race 3
Frank Quealey,
Asko Appliances (James Dorron), Triple M and Panasonic Lumix led the fleet for most of the journey but Everett's Quality Marine Clothing grabbed the top spot just ahead of Coopers-Rag and Famish Hotel and Panasonic Lumix.... [more]

Typhoon Lan approaches as five more World Cup Japan champions crowned
Daniel Smith - World Sailing,
The Men's and Women's One Person Dinghies (Laser/Laser Radial) and Women's Two Person Dinghy (470) completed their Medal Races but a decision to cancel racing for the day was made at 14:00 local time with the impending arrival of Typhoon Lan.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race insights – First timers to arch rivals
Nic Douglass,
There was plenty happening in the village yesterday; another change to the AkzoNobel skipper, and for myself plenty more catch ups with sailors who are all keen to get out there and do what they do best.... [more]

Fletcher-Bithell head up 49er medal double in Gamagori
The first day of World Cup medal racing in Gamagori on Saturday (21 October) yielded a British 1-2 in the 49er class, with World and European Champions Dylan Fletcher-Stuart Bithell claiming the regatta victory.... [more]

Clipper Race - Unicef arrives into Cape Town after challenging race
Clipper Round the World,
Unicef crossed the line at 23:19:27 local South African time (21:19:27 UTC) on Saturday evening, having sailed over 3500nm, resulting in an eleventh placed finish in the Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms.... [more]

VOR - From conception to reality - Turn the Tide on Plastic
Turn The Tide On Plastic,
The Volvo Ocean Race (set to depart from Alicante, Spain 22 October) is one of the greatest challenges in professional sport. The 2017-18 edition will take the teams 45,000 nautical miles around the world, across four oceans, touching six continents and 12 landmark Host Cities.... [more]

Oman Air's Extreme Sailing Series team keep their grip on podium place
Oman Sail,
Team Oman Air maintained their grip on a podium place after a challenging third day at the Extreme Sailing Series in San Diego.... [more]

Day three thriller sees SAP Extreme Sailing Team go top in San Diego
Extreme Sailing Series™,
SAP Extreme Sailing Team dominated and unseated Alinghi from the top spot on another crowd-pleasing day in San Diego at Act 7 of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series™.... [more]

Sky Ocean Rescue to partner with ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic' VOR team
Volvo Ocean Race,
Since launching in January 2017, Sky Ocean Rescue has engaged with over 6 million people to raise awareness of the dire health of our oceans and now aims to reach a new audience by becoming official Race Team and Media Partner of Turn the Tide on Plastic.... [more]

M24 NorAm Tour Title – Mikey likes it
Brian Hutchinson,
Michael Goldfarb's Warcanoe USA 825 of Seattle finished a convincing second Overall on the Tour by earning a fifth at the Charleston US Nationals and a second at the NorAm Championship at the Gorge. Although fairly new to the MELGES24, Goldfarb is no stranger to the Gorge, having raced Lasers out of Cascade Locks for years.... [more]

Spectacular Sunday on tap as crews ready for Volvo Ocean Race start
Volvo Ocean Race,
The race opens with a sprint (relatively speaking) from Alicante to Lisbon for Leg 1. It's going to be 1,450nm of flat out action, with the teams fighting for every inch as they aim to get some points on the board early on.... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race – The odyssey begins
Since the first edition in 1968, this race has always been full of surprises. The overall winner will be decided by IRC time correction (handicap rating) and, this year, the field appears wide open with changes of fortune expected throughout the fleet.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Poortman back on board Team Brunel
Team Brunel,
Ocean sailor Gerd Jan Poortman is not a crew member on one of the participating boats this time but will be onboard Team Brunel next Sunday. Poortman will jump off as the Team Brunel leg jumper after the start.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Van Boxtel back as coach Team Brunel
Team Brunel,
Appointing Van Boxtel fits the Team Brunel ideology where sharing knowledge and the development of both the individual and the team are central.... [more]

Typhoon approaches as first medals decided at World Cup Series Japan
Daniel Smith - World Sailing,
Come rain or shine, as long as there's wind and conditions are deemed safe for racing, the competition goes ahead and the Men's and Women's Skiff (49er/49erFX) and Women's RS:X medals were decided in a variable breeze that hit 12 knots and went as low as three knots.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Crew change on Vestas 11th Hour Racing
Vestas 11th Hour Racing,
The goal is to give Harmer the rest he needs and get both him and Hansen back on the boat for Leg two from Lisbon to Cape Town. While crew announcements were made to the public, this change was filed in time for the official submission of crew lists to Race Management.... [more]

Antigua Marinas, Marine Services and related business ready for season
The pressure is on for Antigua to lead the charge for the region and ensure that all visiting yachts understand that not only Antigua but the region, is very much open for business and ready to deliver outstanding and unique Caribbean experiences, albeit with the option of changed itineraries for some in the short term.... [more]

Clipper Race - Race 2 - Day 17 - Less than 100nm left for Unicef
Clipper Round the World,
Unicef is aiming to make today its final at sea of the Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms. Reporting earlier this morning, Skipper Bob Beggs, whose team will finish in eleventh place, says: “The AIS has spotted the first ship for over two weeks, a sure sign that we are approaching landfall.... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race - Preview,
Starting and finishing in Malta, an island often referred to as the ‘Crossroads of the Mediterranean', the Rolex Middle Sea Race is an international competition of distinction and an offshore race par excellence. The proof lies in the numbers. Registrations for this year's 38th edition come from yachts representing 30 different countries.... [more]

Extreme Sailing Series - Oman Air in action in San Diego
Oman Sail,
The Oman Air team climbed the leaderboard as they reached the half-way point in a closely fought Extreme Sailing Series Act in San Diego.... [more]

Alinghi stays ahead but SAP Extreme Sailing Team applies the pressure
Extreme Sailing Series™,
A stellar performance from SAP Extreme Sailing Team saw Alinghi's lead dwindle to just one point at the half way stage of the seventh Act of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in San Diego.... [more]

America's Cup - New York first to announce AC75 Challenger designer
Stuart Streuli NYYC and,
Bella Mente Quantum Racing (BMQR) has announced that it has signed an exclusive agreement with Botin Partners Naval Architecture to design the AC75 yacht it will sail in the 36th America's Cup. The syndicate will represent the New York Yacht Club, which has returned to the America's Cup arena after a 15-year absence.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Interviews with favorite sailors
Nic Douglass,
Even though it is a short leg to the race's somewhat quasi home in Lisbon, it is real now, and the sailors are keener than anyone to see the 'real' racing get under way.... [more]

CQS to sail Rolex Middle Seas Race without DSS foils
John Roberson,
Ludde and his team are hoping for light winds during the coming race out of Malta, which will best suit the current configuration of CQS, with her narrow waterline and low wetted surface area.... [more]

Star Sailors League Finals – The VIPs list is shaping up
Star Sailors,
15 sailors will join the already confirmed top 10 skippers of the SSL Ranking 2017, among these there are some experienced Star sailors, some incredibly talented skippers who have never raced at a Star regatta and some rookies.... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race – Preview
Lying ahead following the grandiose, cannon-fire start from Grand Harbour, Valletta is one of the world of sailing's most exacting 600-nm races comprising a scenic and tactically demanding circumnavigation of Sicily.... [more]

The Middle Sea Race starts tomorrow
Alex Thomson Racing,
For this race, Alex will be racing crewed with Irish sailor Nin O'Leary (who was Alex's co-skipper during the 2017 Fastnet race), HUGO BOSS boat captain. Will Jackson & experienced Class 40 sailor Jack Trigger.... [more]

First set of sailors book Medal Race places at World Cup Series Japan
Ross Gale / World Sailing,
For both the Men's and Women's Windsurfer (RS:X) and Men's and Women's Skiffs (49er/49erFX) fleets, today was the last opportunity to book their slots in Saturday's Medal Races.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Seven skippers, one goal
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race will test the crews on a 45,000 nautical mile race course, through some of the most challenging waters in the world, including more miles in the extremes of the Southern Ocean.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Skippers' Press Conference - Alicante
Volvo Ocean Race,
The ultimate test in team sport, the Volvo Ocean Race, starts on Sunday, when seven of the best sailing teams in the world cross the starting line off Alicante, Spain. The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will test the crews on a 45,000 nautical mile race course, through some of the most challenging waters in the world, including more miles in the extremes of the Southern Ocean.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Triple champion says Team AkzoNobel ready to race
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
After a week of turmoil ashore, newly appointed Team AkzoNobel skipper Brad Jackson (NZL) says the team are moving on and looking forward to the start of the opening Leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. The short leg from Alicante to Lisbon is due to start on Sunday. There the fleet will reassemble ahead of the start of the race proper with a 7,000nm leg from Lisbon, Portugal to Cape Town, South Africa... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 16, Race 2 – And then there were two
The Clipper Race,
It has been a tricky race for Unicef, who suffered a series of spinnaker wraps during the race, including one on day four which damaged the inner-forestay. Whilst this slowed the boat considerably, the team continued to show incredible teamwork to keep racing towards Cape Town.... [more]

Land Rover BAR shows its form but Alinghi sneaks ahead on ESS opener
Extreme Sailing Series™,
Alinghi and Land Rover BAR Academy were the teams to beat on the opening day of the penultimate Act of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ in San Diego, USA. But it was the Swiss who demonstrated their prowess in the light winds and took the overnight lead as they left the Brits floundering in the final race.... [more]

Consistency the name of game for Oman Air on tricky ESS opening day
Oman Sail,
The Oman Air crew ended a tricky first day in San Diego content with a consistent performance in the penultimate Act of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series.... [more]

Hinman Trophy up for grabs at U.S. Team Racing Championship
US Sailing,
From top-notch one-design sailors in fleet racing circles to current and former high-level college sailors and coaches, this US Sailing National Championship attracts a wide range of sailors, both men and women.... [more]

Catamarans Cup International Regatta sets sail for 8th successive year
Icarus Sports,
After each leg, local festivities will be held in the welcoming harbors by the sponsoring Municipalities to honor the participants and reward the winners. During the race, several events will unfold (competitions, social gatherings, etc.)... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race – Fleet focuses on final preparations
According to the latest weather forecasts, the start is forecast to have a moderate easterly breeze, which is due to fade on the first night. Light winds should then affect the majority of the fleet throughout Sunday. By dawn on Monday, a fresh Mistral is expected to arrive in the vicinity of Favignana and these strong winds from the northwest are forecast across the race course for 48 hours.... [more]

Japanese sailing legacy born at World Cup Series
Ross Gale - World Sailing,
The wind has remained fickle since the series arrived in Japan, for the first time. The coastal city with a population of over 80,000 people is currently experiencing an extended period of uncharacteristically bad weather.... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 15, Race 2 – Battle for final positions
The Clipper Race,
The drag race between the ninth placed and Great Britain has continued overnight, though has managed to pull away to be 18 nautical miles from its nearest competition this morning.... [more]

Inaugural J/70 Australian Championship overall
Sandra Entwistle / Yachtspot,
Not since the J/24 have we seen such a worldwide response to a new one-design keelboat. Like its predecessor, the J/70 has struck a chord across a wide age and skill range and has proven itself to be an extremely versatile platform.... [more]

Leading KiteFoil racers to gather for exhilarating showdown in Oman
Oman Sail,
The stage is set for the year's biggest kite racing event with the globe's fastest riders planning to assemble on Oman's crystal clear waters in just one month to do battle for the coveted Formula Kite World Championship crowns.... [more]

Second consecutive Clipper Round the World Yacht Race victory
Chris Harris,
The Greenings team claimed victory late last night in a thrilling finale to the Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms, which saw the top two teams finish approximately two miles apart after 14 days racing through the South Atlantic in the second stage of the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race, from Punta del Este, Uruguay.... [more]

World Sailing look to leading influencers to Balance the Boat
World Sailing,
At World Sailing's 2017 Annual Conference, four of sports leading influencers will spark discussion and debate at a special forum titled, Balancing the Boat: growing female participation and developing pathways in competitive sailing.... [more]

World champions come to the forefront at Sailing World Cup Series
World Sailing,
Challenged by a 5-6 knot breeze over the first two days of the World Cup Series event, the champions have used all their experience to position themselves at the top of the pack or firmly in medal contention.... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 14, Race 2 – Photo finish on the cards
The Clipper Race,
Separated by just a few nautical miles after sailing over 3,500 natuical miles through the South Atlantic, Greenings, which has set the pace the whole way in this race, currently has the edge but has the Dare to Lead team in full view, as a constant reminder that there is no room for error in this final approach.... [more]

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image – Discover best sailing photos of the year
Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image,
No less than 134 pictures have been submitted by photographers spanning 27 countries: a record ! The competition will be tight once again this year, with extraordinary images from the America's Cup, Vendée Globe, Mini Transat, Olympic sailing events and much more.... [more]

National Slalom Championship – Andrea Ferin is the new champion
Elena Giolai,
Perfect balance in first positions, both among men and women so that the final results of the Championship have been decided by the last race. Andrea Ferin won the Italian title with 1,6 points ahead from the outgoing national champion Bruno Martini (CSTorbole) - and from Andrea Rosati (YC Anzio), both with two second and two third positions.... [more]

Linda Elias Women's One-Design Challenge – LBYC wins back trophy
Rick Roberts,
On the first day of this two-day regatta, the wind direction transitioned from northwest to southerly well before racing started, giving the competitors 7-12 knots of breeze.... [more]

Mini-Transat - First leg - Race round-up
Mini-Transat La Boulangère,
With the arrival of Julien Mizrachi (UNAPEI), 78 racers have now made it safely into the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Of the 81 competitors at the start, just three solo sailors are no longer officially racing: Matteo Rusticali due to a dismasting, Luca Sabiu who triggered his distress beacon offshore of La Coruña and Frédéric Guérin... [more]

The Saint-Barth Cata Cup on schedule-
Saint-Barh Cata-Cup,
No one will soon forget that on the night of September 5 to 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma, one of the most devastating storms of the century, unleashed its full fury on the island of Saint Barthélemy. In the past weeks, with an enormous display of solidarity, the residents have been actively working toward the island's reconstruction, with one common goal: that daily life should get back to normal.... [more]

Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry - Recap of Incident in Newport Harbor
Barby MacGowan,
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island's Official Sailing Education Vessel homeported in Newport, R.I. is back safe at her berth at Fort Adams State Park after an incident that left her disabled in inner Newport Harbor.... [more]

Still seriously competitive, Amer Sports One enters legends race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Amer Sports One, the last boat in the Volvo Ocean Race to be skippered by New Zealand's Grant Dalton, nowadays chief executive of the America's Cup-winning Emirates Team New Zealand, is the fifth boat to enter the Legends Race, which starts from Gothenburg in June 2018.... [more]

11th China Cup International Regatta - Preview
Andy Rice,
The 11th edition of the China Cup International Regatta is becoming more international than ever with the World Championship of the World Match Racing Tour set to join the 10 other racing divisions. Reigning World Champion Phil Robertson will be looking to defend his title in the high-speed M32 catamarans along with the rest of his Team CHN One Ningbo crew.... [more]

Sir Ben Ainslie to bolster Land Rover BAR Academy in ESS Act 7
Extreme Sailing Series,
Sir Ben Ainslie, the four-time Olympic gold-medallist and America's Cup sailor, is to return to the Extreme Sailing Series™ as helm of Land Rover BAR Academy for the penultimate Act of the season in San Diego, from 19 – 22 October.... [more]

Sailors battle on opening day of World Cup Series Japan
World Sailing,
Burton and Thompson got off to the best start in the 50-boat Laser fleet sharing the top two places with Kontides following in seventh.... [more]

Clipper Yacht Race - Light airs hinder fleet
The Clipper Race,
The two Chinese team entries competing in the 2017-18 edition, Sanya Serenity Coast and Qingdao, have made some gains overnight and now sit in third and fifth place respectively.... [more]

America's Cup - Is an AC50 World Series about to be launched-
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
A leading Australian yachting commentator and author has published further details on the return of AC50 racing to Bermuda Rob Mundle, the voice of Australian yachting and author of the recent biography of Oracle Team USA skipper, Jimmy Spithill has published a story on his website outlining some of the thinking on the regatta... [more]

Fever-Tree renews its commitment to ASW through to 2019
Antigua Sailing Week,
Following a successful first year in 2017, Antigua Sailing Week (ASW) is delighted to announce that Fever-Tree, the world's leading premium mixer brand, has renewed its sponsorship for the 2018 and 2019 events.... [more]

Trust in our Certified Service
North Sails,
North Sails Certified Service offers you the very best in care for your sails. Racing or cruising, there is no one more qualified to help you extend the life of your inventory and maintain peak performance.... [more]

Extreme Sailing Series - Oman Air crew confident of closing the gap
Oman Sail,
The Oman Air team head into the penultimate Act in the year-long Extreme Sailing Series confident they can close the narrow gap to the top of the overall table.... [more]

Only two weeks left-
North Sails,
Take advantage of maximum savings on One Design sails! Restock or upgrade your One Design inventory by October 31st and save 15%.... [more]

Morgan Larson to make Extreme Sailing Series™ return in San Diego
Extreme Sailing Series,
The Californian will skipper Team Extreme San Diego, the second US wildcard to be announced following the entry of Lupe Tortilla Demetrio, in the penultimate stage of the season from 19 – 22 October.... [more]

Robert Scheidt retires from the Olympics
Declan McSweeney and,
Reporting for, Declan McSweeney reports that Brazil's Robert Scheidt, winner of five Olympic medals, including two gold, has announced his retirement from Olympic competition, ending a career that spanned a quarter-of-a-century. The 44-year-old revealed he would continue to participate in non-Olympic events... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - NZ's Brad Jackson to lead team AkzoNobel
Emily Caroe,
Three-time Volvo Ocean Race winner Brad Jackson has been announced as skipper of the Dutch Volvo Ocean Race entry team AkzoNobel for the 2017-18 edition of the 83,000-kilometer around the world race. The forty-nine-year-old from Auckland, New Zealand is competing in his seventh Volvo Ocean Race... [more]

A QandA with Eric Arens about the Richmond YC's Great Pumpkin Regatta
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
When it comes to intriguing regatta names, the Richmond Yacht Club's Great Pumpkin Regatta finds itself in rarefied company. Granted, the GPR takes place on San Francisco Bay near Halloween, but the moniker is an attention-grabbing one, as is the fact that the GPR regularly draws 150-plus boat fleets. I caught up with Eric Arens, the GPR's race chair, to learn more about this uniquely named race.... [more]


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