After a wait ashore in Palamós the huge Optimist fleet set sail, but the wind never increased over 3 knots. So no wind, no races – Day 1 video here… For the rest of the story from Sail Web CLICK HERE!
Theo Revil and Gautier Guevel of France take the lead after three more races at the 29er Europacup 2017 at El Balis near Malaga, Spain… For the rest of the story from Sail Web CLICK HERE!
With sailors from across the country and beyond in town for the annual Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta this weekend, stand-out local skippers were a highlight of Saturday’s competition. Michael Zonnenberg, of the Lightning division, is currently one of only two local skippers leading a class… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
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The Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta Series kicked off its first event of the year today in St. Petersburg, Fla. Although light winds delayed racing until mid-afternoon, most of the 13 competing fleets were able to complete two races on the first day of the weekend-long event… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
French sailing star Thierry Douillard avenged a shock last-minute defeat in the opening stage of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour by snatching victory in round two of the Gulf classic on Friday… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
Journalist and solo ocean race Fabrice Amedeo secured 11th place in the Vendée Globe when he crossed the finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne at 09 hrs 03 m UTC this morning Saturday 18th February. His excellent finish represents the culmination of a dream to take part in the famous solo ocean race around the world. Sailing Newrest-Matmut Amedeo’s elapsed time for the course is 103 d 21h 1 m… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
Conrad Colman updates from the Atlantic as he makes 6.2kts under Jury Rig with 488nm remaining to sail to reach the finish line of the Vendee Globe. The single handed sailor is attempting to become the first competitor in the eight editions of the solo non-stop round the world race to complete the course using only natural energy. He has 200nm under the makeshift rig… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
Text & Photos sent by Rachel Fallon-Langdon- “Today Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70 Phaedo3 took part in the second edition of the Antigua 360º Race which was a 52 mile anticlockwise circumnavigation of Antigua. Organized by the Superyacht Challenge committee, entry is exclusively reserved for boats entered in the 9th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 offshore classic. Crossing the line first and… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The 2016 Community Sailing and Training Award winners were celebrated on Thursday night as part of the 2017 National Sailing Programs Symposium (NSPS) at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol in Austin, Texas… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
Scattered amongst the J/70 fleet are the St. Petersburg YC’s members, taking the easy road to racing… For the rest of the story from sailingworld.com CLICK HERE!
Given that this is one of the rainiest winters on record in the Bay Area, no one should be surprised to see abnormally large amounts of storm-generated debris in waterways and marinas throughout the San Francisco Bay and De… For the rest of the story from latitude38.com CLICK HERE!
Five races were completed on day 2 of the 29er Europacup 2017 in Spain, with Federico Zampiccoli and Leonardo Chiste of Italy the early leaders… For the rest of the story from Sail Web CLICK HERE!
A big entry of 537 for the 28th editoon of the Palamos International Optimist Trophy-12 Nations Cup… For the rest of the story from Sail Web CLICK HERE!
After getting permission from his wife, British skipper Alex Thomson has announced that he will challenge for the 2020 Vendée Globe. Alex Thomson has confirmed he will be taking part in the Vendée Globe in 2020. The 42-year-old sailor came second in the round the world yacht race last month, beaten by his French rival, Armel Le Cleac’h by 15 hours, 59 minutes and 29 seconds. Speaking on BBC South Today, Thomson admitted that he asked his wife’s permission first before deciding if he would compete again… For the rest of the story from ybw.com CLICK HERE!
Pedal power isn’t the only interesting bit of news coming from the Deep South, as a team of scientists from NZ, Australia, and New Caledonia today published their data proving, they say, that the region of Zealandia is actually a single, intact piece of continental crust separate from Australia. In sailing and sport, we’ve long called the region Oceania, but the new data makes it much more likely that Zealandia will indeed be recognized as Earth’s seventh continent (or 8th, if you count Europe and Asia separately like a plebe). The argument ain’t new, but it’s the first time it’s been presented in such a compelling and formal way, and it may help to convince the only people empowered and qualified to decide how many continents there are…schoolchildren and the teachers who make up their mnemonic rhymes… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Emirates Team New Zealand has been spotted foiling in their newly launched AC50 in Auckland, and the design is turning heads… For the rest of the story from sailingworld.com CLICK HERE!
Thomas Coville (FRA), en route to setting the new solo round the world record on the 120-foot trimaran Sodebo Ultim’ of 49d 3h 4m 28s (Nov. 6, 2016 to Dec. 25, 2016), also established four other world records. Full report… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
It must be close to the start of the European Finn season, with the publication of fourth edition the Finn Masters Magazine and Yearbook this week… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
Less than 100 days to the start of the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda, here is a sneak peek of what the race village will look like come May… For the rest of the story from Sail Web CLICK HERE!
The Basque sailor Xabi Fernández will be once again skipper of the VO65 MAPFRE in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, a responsibility that he undertook in the last edition of the race, alongside Iker Martínez. Xabi, born in Ibarra (Basque Country, Spain) in 1976, has a lengthy professional career as an elite sportsman, and an outstanding list of achievements in all the major world sailing events… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
Just over one hundred years on from the advent of the Universal Rule, to which they were originally built, the J Class will this year get to race its first ever World Championship… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
Conrad Colman has had, comparatively speaking, a good 24hrs making about 80 miles towards the Vendee Line finish line under jury-rig – See drone shot… For the rest of the story from Sail Web CLICK HERE!
After a slow final night at sea in very light airs as he waited to arrive after sunrise, Arnaud Boissières crossed the finish line at 0826hrs UTC this Friday morning to take 10th place in the non-stop solo round the world race… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
Sailing World Cup Miami Laser Medal Race Sport 2016… Brazil vs France
Double Hander Sailing Tips from World, European and National International 14s Champions…
In this week’s WoW Conrad Colman stets off his filming drone to record his boat not knowing that next day the mast would come crashing down practicall in sight of the finish – he’s OK and under jury rig heading for the finish, meanwhile Sebastien is bringing up the rear and still in good spirits, Yachting World Editor Elaine Bunting talks to Sir Ben Ainslie on all things AC, Sun melanomas are deadly here’s how to protect yourself, Aussie Jessica Sweeney tells the Land Rover BAR team where to go and the Volvo Ocean Race releases the film “To The Ends Of The Earth” 40 Years Of The Volvo Ocean Race. It’s a great story.
Putting exquisite art on the hulls, sails and decks of sailboats is an art form on top of an art form… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
The 2016 Community Sailing and Training Award winners were recognized as part of the 2017 National Sailing Programs Symposium (NSPS) in Austin, Texas… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The 2017 JJ Giltinan Championship, to be sailed from February 25 to March 5, will bring together on Sydney Harbor the 18-foot teams to vie for the class’s most esteemed trophy. The closeness of the 2016 championship and the likely improvement in a few of last year’s rookie teams, indicates the 2017 championship will be just as tough to win as Smeg’s victory was just twelve months ago.All races will be streamed live to enable everyone to follow the entire championship on the computer or other smart device from anywhere in the world. Event details – Entry list… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Sail America, the trade association for the U.S. sailing industry, announced Katie Kelly (Warren, R.I.) has joined as the association manager, effective immediately. In addition to being the face and voice for the organization, her responsibilities will include promoting the Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show (April 6-9), organizing the semiannual Sail America Industry Conference (May 31 – June 2, 2017), and boosting the association’s activities and membership. Full report… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
It will not have escaped many people’s notice that 2017 is the year of the America’s Cup in Bermuda, a much-anticipated sporting event of global interest and of special significance to the Trustees, Management team, Supporters and Beneficiaries of the Andrew Simpson Foundation (ASF). The Foundation’s founding Trustees include Sir Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy OBE… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
The Magenta Project aims to advance women in the sport of professional sailing, and promote inclusion, diversity and positive female role models in society at large. Cressida Robson attended a clinic the organization hosted this month in Miami and provides this report. For photos and video from the clinic…click here. For additional information…click here. For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The 12 Metre yacht Freedom has been purchased by Charles A. Robertson (Guilford, Conn.), a well-known East Coast sailor who has been active in a number of America’s Cup and 12 Metre campaigns and is well known for skippering his Frers 75 Maxi Cannonball and a series of other like-named boats to victory in various one-design and offshore racing events… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
The World Sailing Match Race Rankings, updated monthly, finds Christophe Killian (Newport Beach, CA) and Stephanie Roble (East Troy, WI) continuing to hold the top positions in the Open and Women’s Ranking. Full report… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The greatest area of growth potential in the sport is handicap racing. Unlike one design classes, which are limited to only the boats made of each type, handicap racing can include all keelboat types. Better yet, since boats became made of fiberglass, they seemingly last forever. So if there is an interest to get boats on the race course, the mission then is to have events that encourage participation. People need to feel like the racing is fair, and the level of competition meets their level of investment. And of course, it should be fun too.
To read all the survey comments…click here… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!