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VOR action and Gabart’s RTW hunt—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond


07 Nov 2017

VOR action and Gabart's RTW hunt—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Start of Leg 2. Day 1 from Lisbon to Cape Town. Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race. 05 November, 2017.  © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race
All eyes were riveted on Lisbon, Portugal this weekend for the Volvo Ocean Race's (VOR) in-port racing (last Friday), as well as the start of Leg 2 (last Sunday), which is currently taking the fleet of seven fully crewed Volvo Ocean 65s from Lisbon to Cape Town, South Africa, a distance of some 7,000 nautical miles. A glance at the scoreboard reveals that Vestas 11th Hour Racing is in the top spot with a total of 8 points, followed astern by MAPFRE, which is sitting on 6 points, and Dongfeng Race Team, which is 1 point astern of their second-place Spanish-flagged rivals. However, a deeper dive into the results shows that MAPFRE has been the dominant player in the in-port races, winning the Alicante in-port race and taking a second-just behind Team Brunel-in the more recent Lisbon in-port race.

For skipper Charlie Enright (USA) and his crew aboard Vestas 11th Hour Racing, who proudly won the first offshore leg, from Alicante to Lisbon, the good news is that they are still topping the leaderboard, but the less great news is that their inshore results (a third in Alicante and a fifth in Lisbon) could see the American- and Danish-flagged team drop from the leaderboard's enviable pole position if they don't find a bit more pace around the buoys.

Start of Leg 2. Day 1 from Lisbon to Cape Town. Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race. 05 November, 2017.  © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Bouwe Bekking (NED), who is skippering Team Brunel, and his team had a tough go in Leg 1 and reported having to conduct a dozen back-down maneuvers to get bits of plastic and other speed-sapping flotsam off of their foils en route to Lisbon while also suffering some rudder damage. The net result was a less-than-ideal penultimate finish in Leg 1. The Dutch-flagged team brushed off their bruises last Friday to win the Lisbon in-port race and to catapult themselves into second place for the inshore racing, just astern of MAPFRE.

Come Sunday and the start of Leg 2, the wind machine switched on and the gloves officially came off for the first time in this edition of the VOR, with stunning imagery of cockpits full of foam-stained brine and of sailors battling to coax extra speed out of their half-submerged steeds.

According to reports, the fleet started in relatively strong conditions (15-20 knots) that quickly climbed to the low 30s by the time the teams were offshore. Skipper Charles Caudrelier and his Chinese-flagged Dongfeng Race Team showed plenty of heavy-air acumen to handily win the start and quickly begin making trees on the rest of the fleet as their bows pointed west.

Leg 02, Lisbon to Cape Town, Day 1 on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag. Photo by Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race. 06 November, 2017.  © Konrad Frost / Volvo Ocean Race

At the time of this writing, skipper David Witt's Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag was leading the chase by some 18 nautical miles, followed by Simeon Tienpont's drama-tainted Team AkzoNobel and Enright's Vestas 11th Hour Racing, however with thousands of miles still separating the leaders from the finishing line, this leg is still anyone's game. That said, conditions seem to be testing each team's heavy-weather skills, so don't be too surprised to see bigger finishing-line deltas in Cape Town than the fleet revealed upon arriving in Lisbon.

“We're keeping our options open,” said Simon Fisher, who serves as the navigator aboard Vestas 11th Hour Racing. “We saw MAPFRE a little earlier and Dongfeng as well and we know they appear to be going west... Big picture, the idea is to get west being mindful that it is a 20-day leg, and we want to keep tabs on the fleet so some of this is fleet management as well as weather, so we'll be watching the next few skeds closely.”

Start of Leg 2. Day 1 from Lisbon to Cape Town. Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race. 05 November, 2017.  © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

While the bigger offshore conditions are clearly playing into some team's training, others are getting opportunities for on-the-job training. 'Saw some crazy things today,” reported Sam Greenfield, who serves as the onboard reporter aboard Turn the Tide on Plastic, which is flying the colors of the United Nations. “A wave threw Bianca [Cook] off the stack and into the cockpit while she was clipped in. So much water that her PFD inflated. There she was trapped on her back in the cockpit, stuck by her tether taking hundreds of gallons of water to the face. It was scary to watch. Liz [Wardley] got to her quickly and sorted her out.”

Be sure to stay tuned to for the latest VOR news, as it unfurls.

François Gabart and the MACIF trimaran in Brest  Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Macif

Meanwhile, solo-sailing super star Francois Gabart (FRA) has untied the docking lines that held his 30-meter trimaran Macif to her dock in France on Saturday (November 4) and passed the starting line (between Ushant, France, and the Lizard Point lighthouse in Cornwall, UK) on his quest to set a record for the fastest singlehanded round-the-world (RTW) circumnavigation, which is currently held by Thomas Coville (FRA). Coville's current record of 49 days, three hours and 28 seconds will be an extremely hard one to beat, and Gabart was clear that his is not the world's perfect weather window.

François Gabart   © Vincent Curutchet / ALeA / Macif

But, if all goes according to plan, the 34-year-old Gabart will cross the finishing line on December 23 to claim a new RTW record and reunite with his family for the holidays. Stay tuned for the latest news from this wild-eyed adventure ride, as it becomes known.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Starting signal for Transat Jacques Vabre
Marie-Astrid Parendeau,
Lalou Roucayrol and Alex Pella set off on the Transat Jacques Vabre race from Le Havre in sporty conditions immediately in the swing of this transatlantic race heading for Salvador de Bahia in Brazil. Overnight Monday, the Arkema pair will have to negotiate an active front. This heralds a few tricky hours, but that will be the price to pay before the promise of gliding naturally southward.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Decision day – Is west the best-
Volvo Ocean Race,
After a fast and furious opening to Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race, the fleet is settling into a groove on Monday, with navigators and skippers already facing the first of many critical decisions on this race from Lisbon to Cape Town.... [more]

RORC Transatlantic Race - Mammoth to minute
Louay Habib,
The fourth edition of RORC Transatlantic Race will start from Marina Lanzarote on 25th November 2017, bound for Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada. The IMA Transatlantic Trophy will be awarded to first monohull to complete the race and three powerful Maxi yachts can be considered favourites for the prestigious trophy: CQS Sorceress and Monster Project are capable of beating race record... [more]

J/Wildness @ Great Pumpkin Regatta
Richmond Yacht Clubs' Great Pumpkin Regatta, entering it's 32nd year, is a bit of a mini-Woodstock for the San Francisco Bay area. For starters, it is celebrating Halloween and what is there not to like about Halloween in the Bay area for its extraordinary, eclectic collection of people that often have an “alternative” viewpoint on the world- like, “yes, aliens do exist!”... [more]

J/105 Lipton Cup Challenge - Overall report
The 103rd Challenge for the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup hosted by San Diego Yacht Club invited twelve yacht club teams from California, New York, and Illinois. After three days of racing, it was “clear as mud” which team was going to walk away with the coveted Sir Thomas Lipton Cup, a massively beautiful piece of silverware donated for this event by the famous “tea baron” from the United Kingdom.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Fast and frightening first night at sea - Leg 2
Peter Rusch,
The relentless firehose conditions of the first night at sea for Leg 2 have moderated somewhat as dawn breaks on the Volvo Ocean Race fleet. See the video of the wipeout aboard Scallywag It was an incredible start to witness, but the relentless winds and sea state made for a miserable life on board.... [more]

Hamble Winter Series – Day 5 report
Louay Habib,
Competitors for Day 5 of the Hamble Winter Series enjoyed a fantastic day of racing with the Hamble River Sailing Club, supported by OneSails. Winter racing doesn't get much better, there may have been a chill in the air, but the sea temperature in the Solent in November is as good as June. Bright sunshine, 15-20 knots of wind over tide, and the whole Solent to choose from, a wide variety of teams... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Images from the start - racing on the river
Eugenia Bakunova,,
International photographer Eugenia Bakunova was on the water for the start of the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race and filed these images as the seven Volvo65's charged down the river, before heading out on Leg 2 and Cape Town.... [more]

Clipper Race - Race 3, Day 6 - Squalls test fleet
Clipper Round the World,
Race 3 - The Dell Latitude Rugged Race is known to serve up some of the most exhilarating and testing conditions of the entire circumnavigation and, over the last 24 hours, passing squalls have offered up dramatic and sudden changes in weather conditions which has physically and mentally tested the fleet.... [more]

Bacardi Cup J/70 announcement
Bacardi USA is pleased to announce a new format in 2018 for the 91st anniversary of the world-famous Bacardi Cup, sailed on the emerald-green waters of Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida. Started as a regatta for Star boats in Havana, Cuba in 1927, Bacardi Cup has continued to evolve and change with times, giving it continued growth and popularity in a sport that has seen numerous regattas come and go... [more]

Takara takes Youth crown at Aloha Classic
International Windsurfing Tour,
Sunday November 5th saw the wind really arrive early at Ho'okipa Beach Park; the youth sailors were first up, but most fleets made it onto the water and through a round or so more of competition. We had a good amount of wind swell too, so started with 16-minute heats and two waves to count.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Images from the dockside ahead of the Leg 2 start
Eugenia Bakunova,,
International photographer Eugenia Bakunova of was dockside ahead of the start of Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race as the fleet made last minute preparations for the 7,000nm leg.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Images from ashore in Lisbon
Eugenia Bakunova,,
International photographer Eugenia Bakunova of was ashore in Lisbon before the start of Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race, and filed these images.... [more]

Sails need service-
North Sails,
North Sails Certified Service experts are here to keep your sails up to speed so you can get the most out of your sailing experience.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Images from a torrid first day of Leg 2,
Volvo Ocean Race photographers were in the air and aboard the racers to capture images of the seven boat Volvo Ocean Race fleet as they had a fast ride away from the European coast in the opening stanzas of Leg 2. Boats were reported to be hitting 30kt boatspeeds as they surfed over the top of the North Atlantic swell, and took a dunking as they ploughed through the back of big one.... [more]

Sharp start to Transat Jacques Vabre
Transat Jacques Vabre,
A pumped up Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde (Imerys Clean Energy) – the Anglo-Spanish pair – were first across the line in the Class40 as the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 started at 13:35 (French time) from its home in Le Havre, in Normandy, France today (Sunday). Beautiful light but lively weather greeted the fleet of 37 boats and 74 crew.... [more]

Mini-Transat La Boulangère - The funnel settles the accounts
Mini-Transat La Boulangère,
Between the islands of Santo Antao and San Vicente, the competitors have to make their way along a channel spanning seven miles wide. The passage through the gate will give a precise idea of how everyone is ranked as well as drawing up an initial hierarchy prior to making the big leap across the Atlantic from which there is no way back.... [more]

Classics on Melbourne's Port Phillip for the second day of Cup Regatta
Alex McKinnon,
Alex McKinnon was out again to capture the action of day two of the Cup Regatta for the Classic Yacht Association of Australia held on Melbourne's Port Phillip. This regatta is hosted by Royal Yacht Club of Victoria.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel under way to Cape Town
Team Brunel,
Team Brunel is under way to Cape Town after a promising start in Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Skipper Bouwe Bekking steered his boat in first over the starting line. After going a bit upstream the fleet rounded a mark near the old city centre and then set a definitive course towards open sea. Team Brunel left Lisbon for the open sea in second place.... [more] resumes racing after Port Elizabeth diversion
Clipper Round the World, has resumed racing after diverting to Port Elizabeth to drop off round the world crew member, Greg Adams (59), who had a suspected fractured arm. The team was met by Clipper Race officials, Tom Way and Sarah Hoare... [more]

18ft Skiffs- Spring Championship - ILVE comes from behind in Race 5
Frank Quealey,
Race 5 of the Australian 18 Footers League's Spring Championship produced the fifth different winner when Ollie Hartas, Pedro Vozone and Rob Polec brought ILVE home a 23s winner on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]

Clipper Race - Race 3, Day 5 - What a difference a day makes
The Clipper Race,
After a testing day on Friday, the Clipper Race fleet has enjoyed a more settled 24 hours in champagne sailing conditions that have allowed teams to recuperate and reset as they head towards the end of the first week at sea. However, it has also been a day of big changes on the leaderbaord as weather systems pass through and the fleet's previous split converges.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng leads going into first night of Leg 2
Peter Rusch,
Dongfeng Race Team converted a strong start into an early lead as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet embarked on Leg 2, a 7,000 nautical mile race from Lisbon to Cape Town. Conditions were perfect for the leg start, with bright blue skies, and a 15-20 knot Northerly breeze that allowed the fleet to reach up and down the Tagus River past the city front of Lisbon.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Catch the Dockwalk and Start - Video replay,
The second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race has started from Lisbon on the 7000nm leg to Cape Town. Catch the Dockout show and the Start itself, along with a couple of other replays from the start and aerial highlights.... [more]

The Pro Men dominate on day seven at the Aloha Classic
International Windsurfing Tour,
We were greeted with wind, small waves and a lot of rain this morning at Ho'okipa. It took a while for the weather to settle, but when it did it was time for the Pro Men to hit the water, with 48 riders in this bracket we really needed to get started.... [more]

Mexican tall ship sails into San Pedro for tours
Donna Littlejohn,
Celebrating “The Year of Mexico in Los Angeles,” the Mexican Navy tall ship Cuauhtémoc returns to the Port of Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 3, offering several days of free public tours.... [more]

Weather gods promise record finish on eve of Transat Jacques Vabre
Transat Jacques Vabre,
President Macron visits village and wishes skippers good luck. The weather gods have smiled on one of the great weekends for offshore sailing. Gone was the sun of the previous week, as a more northerly wind blew through the Normandy harbour of Le Havre followed by French President Emmanuel Macron, who toured the race village in the evening.... [more]

Voting opens for 2017 Rolex World Sailor of Year Awards
World Sailing,
World Sailing is now inviting the sailing community, sports fan and the public to vote for one male and one female who they think should be crowned 2017 Rolex World Sailor of the Year.... [more]

Classics set sail on Melbourne's Port Phillip
Alex McKinnon,
Alex McKinnon was out on the water to capture the action as the Classic Yacht Association of Australia held their 11th Cup Regatta on Melbourne's Port Phillip. Hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, 19 boats, and close to 200 crew enjoyed the conditions. Scattered through out the fleet were 14 sailors from New Zealand who came across for the event .... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Team Brunel set for Leg 2 from Lisbon to Cape Town
Team Brunel,
On Sunday afternoon at 14.00 UTC the Volvo Ocean Race resumes with the start of Leg 2. The seven participating boats will set course from Lisbon to Cape Town, where the fleet is expected to finish between the 25th and 28th of November. After winning the In-Port Race, Team Brunel looks to continue their upward trend.... [more]

Mini-Transat La Boulangère – Lipinski has extended away from the fleet
Event Media,
The minute conditions toughen up a bit, the Raison design and her skipper are proving to be untouchable. Indeed, racers often say that speed makes you intelligent and Ian Lipinski's trajectory seems to back this up. Featuring a clear-cut choice of options without being overly radical and a sound sequence of trajectories, there isn't much to be faulted.... [more]

Iconic offshore leg to Cape Town marks new phase of Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
The tactical options on the leg have been opened up this year by the removal of a traditional waypoint, the island of Fernando de Noronha, about 170 nautical miles off the coast of Brazil.... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 4, Race 3 – Calm after the storm
The Clipper Race,
Racing remains tight for the following pack with less than a nautical mile separating second placed Garmin with third placed PSP Logistics although this is something that PSP Logistics Skipper Matt Mitchell predicts will change today.... [more]

Aloha Classic – The Masters and Grand Masters impress on Day 6
Whilst we had a few more knots of wind than the previous day, the swell had dropped a little. It was still pulsing through however, making it as important as ever to wait for the best set waves.... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre – One favourite to beat and a tough top ten
Louis Burton and Servane Escoffier's Bureau Vallée 2, is probably the fastest in the fleet, being the old Banque Populaire VIII that won the 2016-17 Vendée Globe, but the partners, a couple on land as well as at sea, are still learning to control their new Imoca.... [more]

How close is too close- Best images from the Volvo Ocean In-Port Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Dutchman Bouwe Bekking's Team Brunel fended off a late charge by Spanish team MAPFRE to win. Conditions were challenging, to say the least, with squalls bringing rain and gusty, shifting winds.... [more]

Volvo Ocean race - Images from the Practice Racing, Lisbon
Eugenia Bakunova,,
International photographer, Eugenia Bakunova ( is in Lisbon for the start of Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race and the preliminaries. Here's her view of the Practice race.... [more]

Clipper Race - Six Greenings crew to join for Leg 3
Clipper Round the World,
With making good speed towards Port Elizabeth to drop off injured crew member, Greg Adams,arrangements are currently being made for Greenings crew members, who are wanting to resume Leg 3, to join Skipper Conall Morrison and his team before they continue their onward journey to Fremantle.... [more] diverting to Port Elizabeth with injured crew member
Clipper Round the World,
CV23,, is diverting to Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in order to drop off round the world crew member, Greg Adams, 59, to enable medical assessment and treatment following a fall below deck resulting in a potential fractured arm as well as a minor cut on his head. Although this medevac is necessary, it is not an emergency. Greg's health and well-being take priority.... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre - The symbiosis of a duo
In less than forty-eight hours, the 38 duos competing in the Transat Jacques Vabre will set sail on the 13th edition of this famous double-handed transatlantic race bound for Brazil. Aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, Sébastien Josse and Thomas Rouxel, well-versed in these pre-start phases, are calmly preparing for their race and are still willingly fulfilling their media obligations.... [more]

Sheboygan to host 2018 Para Worlds and bid process for 2019 opens
World Sailing,
From 16-22 September 2018, the US Sailing Center of Sheboygan in Sheboygan, USA will host the 2018 edition of the Para World Sailing Championships.... [more]

Mini-Transat la Boulangère - Misfortunes at sea
Mini-Transat La Boulangère,
After two days of racing in this second leg of the Mini-Transat la Boulangère, the fleet is already lamenting a number of issues. For some, there's nothing irremediable and they should be able to effect repairs at sea. Other competitors will have to make a pit-stop before they take the giant leap across the Atlantic; all the more so, given that the wind is likely to hold out until they reach... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - In-Port Race - A lucky escape
Volvo Ocean Race,
In an explosive Mirpuri Foundation In-Port Race in Lisbon, 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' sailor Liz Wardley had a lucky escape when her leg got caught in a rope while racing, which resulted in her being dragged at great speed across the boat.... [more]

Team Brunel in action at In-Port Race Lisbon
Team Brunel,
Team Brunel won the second In-Port Race in the Volvo Ocean Race, Friday afternoon in Lisbon. The team sailed almost the entirety of the race in first place and took the victory after a fierce battle with Mapfre on the last beat to the finish.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Photo finish in Lisbon In Port Race + Video Replay
Volvo Ocean Race,
The sprint around the Portuguese city had a little bit of everything – including an unforgettable photo finish! Bouwe Bekking's Team Brunel fended off a late charge by MAPFRE to win the Mirpuri Foundation In-Port Race Lisbon on Friday afternoon.... [more]

Volvo Ocean race - Images from the In Port Race, Lisbon
Eugenia Bakunova,,
International photographer, Eugenia Bakunova ( is in Lisbon for the start of leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race and the preliminaries. Here's her view of the In Port race.... [more]

Six-time Volvo Ocean Race sailor joins Vestas 11th Hour Racing
Vestas 11th Hour Racing,
Chuny adds expertise to a team already deep with talent, the now 12-person crew can count 29 Volvo Ocean Races, and eight wins to the among the roster. As the winner of the last leg, Vestas 11th Hour Racing has a two-point lead with eight points, but know it's a long race to go.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race– Team Brunel ready for Mirpuri Foundation InPort Race
Team Brunel,
The weather forecast looks promising with 10 to 15 knots coming from the South West. Due to this wind direction, the length of the race course is likely to be confined by the banks of the Tagus River. Principal Race Officer Bill O'Hara is anticipating the course to be short, with at least three or possibly up to four laps. The target time for the race is 60-minutes.... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre – Focussed and eager for Sunday's start
Phil Sharp Racing,
A must in the offshore race calendar - for those who dare, teams have fought hard to reach the start in order to be equipped to take on this 4,350 mile oceanic adventure. Phil and Pablo will be faced with 15 strong competitors all eager to taste victory in Salvador de Bahia.... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race –Day 3 Race 3 – Welcome to the Southern Ocean
The Clipper Race,
Garmin has dropped from fourth to sixth overnight but has opened a gap of 35 nautical miles on the seventh placed Liverpool 2018, who has taken a southern route with the ninth placed GREAT Britain and eleventh placed Qingdao.... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre – All systems go for Oman Sail duo
Oman Sail,
With their race yacht prepped and ready for the 4,350-mile event, co-skippers Sidney Gavignet and Fahad Al Hasni are now preparing themselves for the three-week marathon that marks the culmination of their season-long debut campaign in the ultra-competitive class.... [more]

Youth and amateurs take center stage at the Aloha Classic
Today was an interesting day, I started judging this morning with a couple of heats from the youth – they were very, very impressive! 16-year-old Takara from Japan, who will also be competing in the pro division, was absolutely on fire and I can't wait to see him rip in some more heats.... [more]

Mirabaud Sailing Video Award– Discover best sailing videos of the year
Open to professional TV, film and video producers, cameramen, editors and filmmakers, the ‘Mirabaud Sailing Video Award' also celebrates the professional sailors who film their achievements during regattas.... [more]

Miami Melges 24 Midwinter Tune-Up prepares fleet for racing in 2018
Melges 24,
The 2017 Melges 24 racing schedule may be drawing to a close, but 2018 is already in motion with an awesome kickstarter Racing Clinic happening January 19-21 at Coconut Grove's famous Miami Shake-A-Leg sailing center. As many as 20-30 boats have already committed and are ready to soak up some valuable tuning time with big talent.... [more]

Clipper Race - Race Director provides update on Greenings crew
Clipper Round the World,
The Clipper Race Office has continued to support Greenings Interim Skipper, Andy Woodruff, and its crew following yesterday's announcement that the yacht (CV24) will take no further part in the Clipper 2017-18 Race.... [more]

Southern Spars wins major Auckland Business Award,
Leading international sparmaker and more recently America's Cup boatbuilder, Southern Spars Ltd has won the Supreme Business Excellence Award at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2017 – West. The Avondale (Auckland) based business is the world's largest manufacture of super yacht and racing yacht masts.... [more]

America's Cup - Ainslie describes Simmer hiring as 'massive coup',
In an interview published the the Daily Telegraph (UK), Land Rover BAR principal, Sir Ben Ainslie is obviously well pleased with the hiring of four times America's Cup winner, Grant Simmer (AUS) as the team's CEO. Simmer was previously with Oracle Team USA and the Swiss Alinghi team, in a similar capacity.... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre – Josse predicts record eight-day finish
The only record Seb Josse, the 42-year-old French skipper, is interested in is how long it will take to finish. “Eight days,” he says matter-of-factly, as if the 4,350 miles to Salvador de Bahia in Brazil is short hop.... [more]

Star Sailors League Finals – The French connection
Star Sailors,
More and more, the SSL Finals is becoming a top event for non-Star sailors, who are invited based on their sailing achievement in their own classes and regattas.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Close action forecast for Foundation In-Port Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
For that wind direction, the length of the race course is likely to be confined by the banks of the Tagus River, so Principal Race Officer Bill O'Hara is anticipating the course will be short, with at least three, and possibly up to four, laps. The target time for the race is 60-minutes.... [more]

RC44 World Championship set to conclude in Lanzarote
RC44 Class Association,
Escaping the oncoming Mediterranean winter, the 2017 RC44 Calero Marinas Cup promises the fleet of nine international racing crews a week of 22°C, 10 – 15 knots and sunshine. Most of the year, trade winds dominate the islands' weather system from the northeast but Lanzarote, only 60 miles from Africa, can also be hit by the south-easterly Sirocco... [more]

Vestas becomes Data Analytics Partner for Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Vestas has developed the industry's most comprehensive climate library. Over 50 million atmospheric observations every day are processed at the world's leading meteorological centres, and augmented using in-house state of the art weather models.... [more]

2018 Finn Class Calendars now available
Robert Deaves,
The 2018 Finn Class Calendar featuring images from the major events in 2017 is now available to purchase.... [more]

Aloha Classic kicks off in style
It was a dominant performance from Sarah Hauser in heat one; despite it being tricky to catch the best waves Hauser still managed to show her trademark aggressive style. Motoko Sato took second place in the heat, close behind Hauser with a five-point wave.... [more]

Clipper Round the World Race – Light winds divide fleet
Clipper Ventures,
Following Sanya Serenity Coast, and also sticking to the rhumb line, is the second placed PSP Logistics and the third placed Dare To Lead.... [more]

America's Cup - Four times America's Cup winner joins British team,
The British America's Cup team, Land Rover BAR, led by Sir Ben Ainslie have today added a wealth of experience to their challenge with the announcement that four times America's Cup winner Grant Simmer will be joining the team as CEO. Simmer has competed in 10 America's Cup cycles, winning sport's oldest international trophy four times.... [more]

World Sailing uniting the sport at 2017 Annual Conference
World Sailing,
Sailing's stakeholders will be working together to seek ways to grow and develop the sport, and help millions more people fall in love with sailing.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 1 Strategic Review - how USA won the first leg
Mark Chisnell - Volvo Ocean Race,
It's been a cracking opening to the Volvo Ocean Race, right from the first moments off Alicante – with the umpires in action early – all the way to the final struggle to get across the finish line in the light air off Lisbon. It was a highly deserved win by skipper Charlie Enright, navigator Simon Fisher and their team on Vestas 11th Hour Racing. Catch the video of Leg 1.... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre to stage new dawn for multihulls
There are six Multi 50s here, five competitive and four with foils all vying for victory. At just over 15 metres - half the length of Ultime - have a budget that is more accessible to those starting out in multihulls.... [more]

Evacuated Clipper Race Yacht CV24 partially under water
Chris Harris / Clipper Ventures,
The decision has been communicated to the Interim Skipper, Andy Woodruff, and discussions have taken place with Greenings Skipper, David Hartshorn (recovering from an earlier injury) and his crew regarding their future participation in this edition of the race.... [more]

Mini-Transat La Boulangère – The dream life of the Mini sailor
Event Media,
For the first-timers whose backs were against the wall, they tried hard to disguise their apprehension, whilst the more experienced sailors were inevitably a little more detached.... [more]

RORC Season's Points Championship winners announced
The 13-race series, which this year included the Rolex Fastnet Race, is truly international and it is the largest offshore series by participation, anywhere in the world. For the serious offshore sailor, winning the championship is a real challenge.... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre – Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, pioneer of its kind
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, a large oceanic trimaran measuring 32 metres long and 23 metres wide is now part of the long and rather illustrious line of Gitanas. This Sunday in Le Havre, Gitana 17 will be the first multihull designed to fly offshore to set sail on a transatlantic race. On-board will be two oceanic pioneers, Sébastien Josse and Thomas Rouxel.... [more]

Clipper World Race – Day 1, Race 3 – Fleet's thoughts with Greenings
The Clipper Race,
Sanya Serenity Coast is currently leading the way, and has a 28 nautical mile advantage on the second placed Dare To Lead. With its spinnaker flying, Sanya Serenity Coast was first to the first mark after crossing the start line in Cape Town's Table Bay... [more]

Aloha Classic – Competition called on
We are proud to run such a fantastic tour and provide our riders with a high level of competition and now, as an added bonus, some of the IWT events have been sanctioned as PWA qualifiers (the Aloha Classic this year and Morocco next year), giving riders with the aspiration of moving across to the PWA the opportunity to do just this.... [more]

EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour – New boats, new teams and a new course
Oman Sail,
The eighth running will again see a mix of tactical offshore routes and high-intensity in-port racing, with the addition of challenging ‘coastal raids'.... [more]

America's Cup - Book Extract - Lone Wolf - Pumping the Pedals
Richard Gladwell,
For almost all of its 30-year America's Cup history, Emirates Team New Zealand has been one of the first to launch a boat in the new America's Cup cycle. Except for the 35th America's Cup — when they were one of the last. That statistic underscores the fact that Emirates Team New Zealand had been forced into running quite a different sailing programme from the other teams... [more]

Festivities and foul weather at Oakcliff's Halloween Regatta
Oakcliff Sailing,
PRO Patrice Gallo dressed up as a witch, David Woods streamed a ghost off his backstay, and the Yankee Creole team raced in full shark costumes. Everybody traded their costumes for foul weather gear on the rainy second day.... [more]

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image – Top 20 disclosed
Today, we are pleased to disclose the top 20 pictures selected by the international jury. The winner of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award - who will be announced and celebrated during the Yacht Racing Forum in Aarhus (DEN) on November 28 - is one of them!... [more]

Inaugural World Sailing Awards one week away
World Sailing,
In just one week (7 November), some of the biggest names in sailing will be celebrated in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico at the inaugural World Sailing Awards evening.... [more]

Clipper Race team evacuated after running aground near Cape Town
Chris Harris,
The crew of Clipper Round the World Yacht Race team, Greenings (CV24), have been safely evacuated after running aground on the western side of Cape Peninsula, which sits roughly halfway between Cape Town and Cape Point during Leg 3 of the eight-leg global sailing race.... [more]

Close at the 2017 Etchells Queensland Championship
John Curnow,
Yes it was very much all about being close at the 2017 Etchells Queensland State Championship. Held on the magnificent waters of Moreton Bay, on the very same track that next year's World Championship will use, the Brisbane Fleet ran yet another successful event from their base at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Manly.... [more]

Applications open for the 2017 Clagett Boat Grant Program
Sam Crichton,
The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta would like to invite North American community sailing programs and other sailing organizations aimed at expanding opportunities for sailors with adaptive needs, to apply for the 2017 Clagett Boat Grant Program. On offer for the second Clagett Boat Grant Program, will be up to two 2.4mR boats with sails and trailer race ready.... [more]

An interview with Wally Cross about running regattas with MarkSetBots
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
A recent Premiere Sailing League event at the Grosse Point Yacht Club was an early run for the ingenious MarkSetBot system, and the technology clearly impressed the club's racecourse-management team and Premiere Sailing League. I caught up with Wally Cross, Grosse Pointe Yacht Club's sailing director, via email, to learn more about the pros and cons of running regattas using MarkSetBots.... [more]

Coast Guard Foundation pays tribute to Coast Guard Seventh District
Coast Guard Foundation,
The Foundation will also recognize Rick Sasso, chairman of MSC Cruises North America, for overseeing a company whose policies greatly align with many of the core values of the Coast Guard: safety, health and environmental protection. Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the Coast Guard, will deliver keynote remarks.... [more]

Coast Guard surveys damage after Northeast storm
Coast Guard First District Northeast,
Coast Guard crews from Maine to Rhode Island are surveying damage caused by a powerful storm that hit the Northeast region Sunday night and lasted into Monday morning. Coast Guard crews have identified more than 50 vessels torn from their moorings. Many were unmanned and adrift while others were washed up on shore.... [more]

Mini-Transat La Boulangère – Wisdom prevails
Event Media,
For the time being, the associated minimum low pressure is not likely to prove dangerous, however the water temperature, which is exceptionally warm for this time of year, is conditioned by a high degree of instability. As such, ultimately, the formation of a tropical storm is a plausible hypothesis.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Beware of the boom
Volvo Ocean Race,
Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag skipper David Witt had a whirlwind first leg, featuring a last-minute transfer deal, an insane Alicante start, incredibly close racing and a bizarre finish in Lisbon.... [more]

Clipper Round the World Race departs for tough southern ocean test
Clipper Ventures,
First to cross the start line, ahead of a triangular course in Table Bay, was Capetonian Dale Smyth's Dare To Lead team, closely followed by Visit Seattle, led by youngest ever Clipper Race Skipper Nikki Henderson, and, Skippered by Conall Morrison from Derry-Londonderry.... [more]

Caribbean Dinghy Championship has been cancelled
Caribbean Sailing Association,
Only three countries were able to field complete teams – Antigua, Martinique and Trinidad – and it was therefore felt that there was not an adequate competition to ensure that a Caribbean Dinghy Champion team could be identified.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race in two minutes from an engineering perspective
Team Brunel,
Over nine months and 45000 nautical miles, boats from seven teams will visit every continent on earth as they race to circumnavigate the globe.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Dee Caffari explains the highs and lows of Leg 1
Dee Caffari,
We broke from the pack for half a day to converge together at Gibraltar Straits and we gained ground as we gybed out of the Mediterranean ahead of Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, Team Brunel, and Dongfeng Race Team. Crossing gybes with just another boat length between us and Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag at the closest point.... [more]

New open criteria for 2019 Transpac Barn Door Trophy
Transpacific Yacht Club,
Specifically, when issued the Notice of Race for the 2019 edition will remove any restrictions on use of moveable ballast or non-manual power to define those eligible to receive this classic trophy, while boats that are first-to-finish contenders may not have a length greater than 100 feet overall (30.48 meters).... [more]

World Sailing - Presidential Newsletter - October 2017
Kim Andersen,
The 2017 World Sailing Annual Conference and AGM already just around the corner. With the sailing family coming together again in the coming weeks, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on my first year as World Sailing President and provide you with a brief summary of the progress we are making, as well as those areas where further progress must be made.... [more]

Lorient - Launch of a giant of the seas, the Maxi Banque Populaire IX
CDK Technologies,
After over 135,000 man-hours, numerous meetings between Team Banque Populaire, the designers, the number crunchers, and the design office and teams from CDK and Keroman Technologies, the Maxi Banque Populaire IX was launched on 30 October in front of the Keroman Technologies yard in Lorient. The 32-metre Ultimate trimaran is making for her port of registry, Lorient La Base.... [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]

An interview with Todd Wake about the 2017 Lightning Worlds
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
The 2017 Lightning World Championship regatta is being held at the Salinas Yacht Club, in Salinas, Ecuador, from November 21-25, and is expected to draw teams from at least nine different nations and five different continents. I caught up with Todd Wake, the International Lightning Class Association's president and a dedicated Lightning sailor, via email, to learn more about this exciting regatta.... [more]


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