Photo: Oracle Sailing Coach Philippe Presti , full sequence at his fb page – This might be the scariest shot & situation I’ve ever seen. Taken from below the aero add-ons of Oracle AC50 bowsprit, Luckily enough and thanks God sailor was not hurt. TNZ bike stations might get better grip? to avoid this, but while tacking & gybing crews are all over the place. Last Cup we had some tragic pitchs… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
BlackCat Superyachts is excited to announce the latest addition to its portfolio of luxury catamarans: a 35 metre design, the second in the groundbreaking BlackCat range that continues their distinctive lines designed by Malcolm McKeon, one of the world’s most successful superyacht designers.
Dubois Naval Architects up for auction. The famous design studio established by Ed Dubois goes under the hammer on 28 February… For the rest of the story from Sail Web CLICK HERE!
Think you have to be a seasoned veteran to leave your mark on the Volvo Ocean Race? These young sailors prove otherwise… For the rest of the story from sailingworld.com CLICK HERE!
Conrad Colman and his jury rig is now able to point his bow towards Les Sables and has accelerated this morning as the wind has shifted and strengthened… For the rest of the story from Sail Web CLICK HERE!
Following their participation in the inaugural GC32 Championship – also being staged in Muscat – the GC32 Racing Tour teams ENGIE and Team Tilt will compete in the Extreme Sailing Series season opener in Oman in less than two weeks’ time… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
Sailing Yacht A left Gibraltar on Wednesday morning, 22 February, after being impounded over claims of unpaid bills. The superyacht is now on its way to Cartagena to undergo further sea trials after its owner, Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko, settled the outstanding bill with German shipyard Nobiskrug. Sailing Yacht A will be delivered to Melnichenko later in the spring… For the rest of the story from ybw.com CLICK HERE!
Bella Mente narrowly triumphed over last year’s winner Proteus to take the overall trophy in the IRC Class… For the rest of the story from sailingworld.com CLICK HERE!
While in Les Sables d’Olonne competitors continue to stream across the finish line after three and a half months at sea, in Southampton work continues to train up British sailing talent to give them the best chance of competing in the Vendée Globe in four year’s time… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
The tenacious, driven Costa has succeeded with one of the smallest budgets of the 29 skippers who started the race on November 6th… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
Who knew these guys were funny? Smart yes, but funny? It’s the mysteries of our hulls that draw us to them. One moment, you’re on dry land unacknowledged by an uncaring terra firma. The next, you’re aboard. And part of the running conversation between you, the sea, and the hull that floats on that sea. Not all hulls use the same vocabulary. Agro, tippy skiffs seem to threaten with a techno hull-speak of planing, surfing and foiling. – Read on. For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Named after Freeman K. Pittman, SAIL’s long-time technical editor who died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1996, the Pittman Innovation Awards recognize outstanding new products created by a sailing industry that is perpetually innovative in its thinking.For the list of winners…click here. For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The wind has died. The one proud mainsail drags lazily back and forth across the cabin top. Even the rippling laughter of the wake down the side of the hull has dulled as Foresight Natural Energy lethargically crawls across the dark disk of the horizon. The bright orange jib is the only flash of colour in a quiet world where a dull lead coloured sea lolls under a pewter sky… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
Seattle’s Frigid Digit regatta started as the major midwinter Laser event back 1974. This year the event featured Lasers, Opti’s and RS Aeros hosted by the Seattle Laser Fleet, Corinthian YC and West Coast Sailing… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
The Cruising Club of America is particularly proud of member Rich Wilson’s (Marblehead, Mass.) accomplishment in the just completed Vendée Globe race. Sailing solo for nearly 27,500 miles aboard Great American IV, Wilson finished the planet-rounding competition in just over 107 days, returning to the west coast of France on Tuesday February 21, 2017 after having started there on November 6, 2016… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
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Following the closure in January of Navtec Rigging Solutions‘ USA facility in Guilford, CT, the business continues working with clients albeit at reduced capacity with its current inventory and capabilities at its European base, Navtec France. The business, which focuses on standing and fiber rigging, hydraulic systems, custom vangs and standard integrals, is seeking investors to restore full operations. Interested parties should contact Navtec Rigging Solutions president Allen Goddu at [email protected]… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
(February 22, 2017) – World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, announced that Sanya, China would host the 2017 edition of the Youth Sailing World Championships. More than 400 youth sailors from over 60 nations are expected to compete on the waters off Hainan Island from December 9-16, 2017. The 2017 selection process opened in November 2016 after the Israeli Sailing Association exercised the right to withdraw from hosting the 2017 edition, as a final contract had not been concluded. World Sailing received bids from Mar del Plata, Argentina, Melbourne, Australia and Sanya, China. Full Story… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
By Ross Tibbits, Sailing World Magazine In the Vendee Globe, 21,638 miles of ocean sailing presents hidden dangers for the sailors and their boats. Seven of 29 starting Vendee Globe skippers reported collisions with unidentified floating objects, forcing six skippers to retire or lose valuable time and performance by conducting repairs on the fly. The threat of collision is compounded by the ever-increasing amount of debris in the ocean and the remarkable speeds at which competitors are sailing. A 2014 survey by the World Shipping Council found that for each of the years 2011, 2012 and 2013, “approximately 733 containers were lost at sea.” When “catastrophic losses” are added to the tally, during violent storms, for instance, the average number of containers jumps to “approximately 2,683” in the same period. That rounds out to more than 233 containers falling overboard each month… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
George David’s American Maxi, Rambler 88 finished the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 22 February 2017 at 11 hrs 56 mins 17 secs AST taking Monohull Line Honours… For the rest of the story from Sail Web CLICK HERE!
Less than 100 days remain until the start of the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda and teams, fans and race officials are getting ready… For the rest of the story from sailingworld.com CLICK HERE!
Although Kiwi solo sailor Conrad Colman’s pace has not increased substantially in the last 12 hours, his direction has become much more direct. After a frustrating passage through an area of light winds, Colman is now heading for a weather system which should allow him to hook in a wind system that will take him to the finish. He spoke to BBC’s Radio 4 today: For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
The soft-sailed sistership to the America’s Cup winning Stars and Stripes catamaran may have crushed all sorts of records under Steve Fossett back in the day, but she’s better known these days for dropping her rig to the dark, deep bottom of Lake Huron a few years back. The rig was marked and recovered, but the lawsuit between her Chicago charterer and Florida owners over repairing the rig took S&S meant the newly rediscovered record runner would sit in an Illinois parking lot for years instead of blasting from point to point. Last we heard, ideosyncratic cruiser/racer Freddy Mills had picked her up for a song and ran her on day charters in New England, but last week someone tested the market for record chasers on eBay from Miami… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
There’s a new player in on-the-water drone work, and if this quick peak of M32 catamaran racing on Biscayne Bay from earlier this month is any indication, they’ve got the goods. Check out Up Top Photography’s other work here, and head over to M32 North America on Facebook to check in with the fastest one-design fleet racing in the USA… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
For those of you who feel the need for speed, there is nothing quite like skimming across the frozen waters of Prince Edward Island, Canada at 100 km/h on an iceboat. This winter has been the best in five years for the sport… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Photo left: Nacra 17 production foil by Nacra Polska. – To see how the new board fits check the renders I made some months ago here. Boat above is also featuring Nacra F20FCS rudder system, which were tested by Olympic sailors in Netherlands. Those winglets are huge for the Nacra 17, lets see if they end using the same system or adapt to the new specific blades/winglets shown in MM/Nacra… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Can the Yamaha 18ft Skiff team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins become the first New Zealand team in the 79-year history to win the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour? The team came within one point of the 2016 winner, Smeg, and are determined to go that one better this year… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
Arrarte, who raced onboard Brunel in 2014-15, will also assume the role of deputy to Olympic gold medallist Xabi Fernández, who was named as skipper on Friday… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
Soldini and his seven-man international crew brought Maserati Multi70 across the finish line off Charlotte Point in Antigua… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
The team will have eight Acts to out-sail the world’s best in what looks to be the most competitive season yet… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
In the Vendee Globe, 21,638 miles of ocean sailing presents hidden dangers for the sailors and their boats… For the rest of the story from sailingworld.com CLICK HERE!
Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Oracle Team USA, says the America’s Cup has moved on to such a degree that his 14-strong sailing team are bigger and better than ever. “Where we are today, it’s a real athletic game,” said the Australian. “The physical load and limits that the athletes take is like nothing else we’ve seen in this sport and it now rivals NFL, basketball and a lot of those physical sports.” Spithill and his crew have spent months in the gym bulking up and getting in shape for the rigours of the hugely physical, foiling catamarans, which are 15 metres in length and capable of reaching speeds approaching 54 knots… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Sail America, the trade association for the U.S. sailing industry, elected three new members to its 2017 board of directors: Kevin Carlan, Mastry Engine Center; Josie Tucci, The Moorings; and Peter Trogdon, Weems & Plath. The new Sail America Directors will join the newly elected president of the board, Jim Abel, from West Marine. Full report… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Conrad Colman (NZL/USA) is determined to finish his first Vendée Globe. Dismasted on February 10 with 739 nm remaining, he has since managed to set a jury rig to stay in the race. Running low on food and power with 278 nm to go, Colman reports from the north side of Spain. You would think that with the boom repaired, sails sorted, and food rationed out, I could just kick back and relax on Foresight Natural Energy to watch the miles (slowly) count down. Sadly no! I am back in busy European coastal waters and there are few spare moments as I am constantly on watch to avoid being run down by cargo ships or fishing boats that don’t look where they are going… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt – Where I live there are sailing schools, boat rental businesses, boat brokers, and yacht clubs. There are three prominent colleges without sailing teams. There is an active racing schedule in my harbor, yet I’m not aware of these entities working together to get people on race course. There certainly is no umbrella group connecting the dots… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Knee Deep Sailing is a J/34 team of family and friends that race hard across the Great Lakes and also know how to slow it down with cold ones… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
After an epic battle with their MOD70 sistership Maserati, Phaedo^3 took multihull line honours in the RORC Caribbean C600… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
Longtime sailor and scribe Kurt Hoehne suggests a book that does the sport justice. I have a big problem with most sailing books and movies. There’s almost always a huge disconnect with how great sailing is and how its portrayal always falls woefully short. It seems the authors and directors feel the need to make sailing something other than it is to keep it interesting. Blasphemes! For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!