Titles were decided for the three rigs on the final day of the RS Aero UK Nationals on Weymouth Bay…
Titles were decided for the three rigs on the final day of the RS Aero UK Nationals on Weymouth Bay…
2015 International 18′ SF Day1
As San Francisco bids adieu to August, it simultaneously said hello to the 2015 International 18′ Regatta, on San Francisco Bay. Classic early fall conditions were the rule of the day, with miniscule fog which disappeared before the 1st gun, scheduled for 11:00 AM. A noon 3.4 knot flood tide and 12-15 knots presented the 11 competing skiff teams for the 1st of 3 races. The teams, 6 from New Zealand, 1 from Australia and 4 from the US would quickly find themselves in a quest between current relief and the better breeze. With
After the first two race of the J/24 World Championship in Boltenhagen, Germany, Fumiya Kato of Japan has taken a six point lead over Ian Southworth
London, UK (August 31, 2015) – Hundreds of amateur sailors from around the world passed under Tower Bridge today at the start of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, a 40,000 nautical mile global race, between six continents, which will take almost a year to complete in the longest ocean endurance challenge on the planet. The Clipper Race is a life-changing experience for the crew following in the footsteps of more than 3,300 people who have taken on some of the world’s toughest oceans in this global challenge since its inaugural race in 1996. To follow the fleet CLICK HERE!
The Melges 32 World Championship Regatta was held in Trapani, Italy August 23-30, 2015.
Photos courtesy of Studio Borlenghi/ Luca Butto
Branford, CT (August 31, 2015) – Congratulations to the USA Women’s ICSA All-Star team who locked in the win at the first ever LaserPerformance Collegiate Cup (LPCC). Seven countries, eight teams, nearly 80 sailors, and five days of fun on and off the water help round up the inaugural 2015 LPCC at the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club. Coming off of an incredible week on the Long Island Sound with fantastic conditions, the teams are still buzzing about the exciting moments the LPCC provided. Click headline for full report.
By Cindy Fletcher-Holden, Spinsheet
Sailing is like going on a beer run. You park, run in the store, grab your favorite 12-pack, pay, and you’re done. But if you don’t know what kind of beer you like, the choices can be daunting. Imported, domestic, pale ale, lager, porter, cans, bottles, hoppy, fruit-infused, and so much more. Like beer, there are many ways to enjoy sailing, and each has a different characteristic and attitude. Not all kinds appeal to all people, and everyone seems to have their favorite.
Like a cold bottle of beer, daysailing is one choice. On a small boat, it may be just you or one other person. You go out for a few hours, enjoying the brisk breeze, sunshine, or moonlight, or maybe hot hazy skies and biting flies. Whatever the conditions, chances are you are back when you plan and home in time for dinner.
Day sailing on a bigger boat could involve inviting friends, some of whom may not have sailed before, who show up with a cart full of food only to discover the cafe table tilts. This kind of sailing involves relaxation or exhilaration, great conversations, and bonding.
Racing is another type of sailing. More complicated, like a porter. Here you have a schedule and need to be on time. It is a sport and someone will win. The more practice, the better. When crews race together over a long period of time, they work as a unit. Crossing the finish line in the top three on a regular basis makes it all worth it. And still, you’re back at the dock and home or at the club in time for dinner. Unless it’s an overnight race. But even then, you’re done and home the next day or so.
The big ocean races such as the Volvo Race, or Around Alone, are for such a select few, it would be like having a designer brewery craft you a custom beer with your boat on the label.
Cruising the Chesapeake Bay is all about the joys of its protected creeks, singing crickets, historic towns, great day sailing, and a new anchorage every night. Like it says on a can of Nattie Bo, the Bay is “The Land of Pleasant Living.” The Chesapeake Bay offers some of the best cruising places in the world. This is the opinion of many sailors we’ve met who have sailed around the world multiple times!
And now that I’ve experienced cruising in many other parts of the world, I totally agree with my new friends. Sailing can also include tall ships, dinghy racing, windsurfing, and lots of small crafts. Even some kayaks have sails. When a cruise ship or a Navy PT boat leaves a port, they say it “sets sail,” but these vessels have no “sails.” So I am not including them in my beer run analogy.
Then there is passage making. In this case, there is often an ocean involved, and several days at sea. You decide on your destination. You load up the boat with weeks’ worth of food. When it’s time to go, you point the boat out toward open water, and the magical feeling that comes next is like nothing else. There will be a certain amount of anxiety. Even a perfect weather forecast can be totally off, and even a perfect boat can experience major issues.
In this week’s episode of “The Beat”, Katy Nastro takes us to Annapolis, Maryland as we highlight Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB). CRAB’s mission is to make the therapeutic benefits of sailing and the freedom it provides a reality for physically and/or developmentally-challenged individuals and their families regardless of their financial circumstances. We will also check-out the Boatyard Bar & Grill Regatta fundraiser, hosted by the Eastport Yacht Club.
Ever since the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron began competing in the America’s Cup, their team has had the unmistakable branding of their country: Team New Zealand. Now in their eighth campaign, the country’s involvement in the America’s Cup began with the passion of one man: Marcel Fachler. Here he explains…
Back in 1983, I witnessed Australia II’s historic victory during the 25th edition of the America’s Cup in Newport, Rhode Island. It was the first time since 1851 that the America’s Cup trophy was taken away from the United States.
As a keen sailor, I’d been following the exploits of New Zealand sailors for 10 years, and I started asking why the Kiwis did not lodge a challenge for the next Cup that would be held in Fremantle in 1987.
I was sure when the time came in 1984 that someone would pay the entry fee for the Cup. But nobody stepped forward. I waited until the last day, and without anybody knowing, I just paid it.
When the challenge was accepted, I flew to Auckland and told Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Vice-Commodore Don Brooke, “You’re in the Cup”.
A stunned Brooke replied, “We don’t have the money.”
I told him that I didn’t have the money for the whole Cup, but what I could do is start them off. I put in as much as I could at the time, and that’s how New Zealand got started in the America’s Cup.
I am extremely proud of the part I played in New Zealand’s participation, and proud that many in New Zealand have dubbed me the “Grandfather of the Cup.”
However, the current edition of the America’s Cup up has left much of the original content of the Deed of Gift behind, and is no longer representative as a contest between nations and yacht clubs. It has become a very different event from the Cup regatta of 1983 that I fell in love with.
I believe the America’s Cup needs to distance itself from the current image that it is the exclusive domain of billionaires and restore the element of nationalism. This was part of the initial concept, and I believe this original idea would create more interest in the Cup. Along with lower costs, this will allow more countries to participate.
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By Matt Majendie, for CNN
For two Olympic campaigns, Sarah Ayton was part of a crew labeled “Three Blondes in a Boat.” Sailing alongside the likes of Shirley Robertson, now CNN’s Main Sail presenter, among others, Ayton won gold in 2004 and 2008 in the Yngling class, and even now, seven years on, the tag created by the British media still resonates.
“When I’m in a room delivering a talk people will say, ‘Who are you?’ I reply, ‘You may remember me as one of the three blondes in a boat,’ and they’re like, ‘Of course you are,’” Ayton says. “But it’s all good. It was fun, and in sailing we need those sorts of role models and people to talk about.”
Ayton is so much more than simply a blonde in a boat. Right now, she’s one of only two females in the entire fleet of the Extreme Sailing Series, a multihull racing championship likened to Formula One by her fellow British Olympic champion Ben Ainslie. But she barely thinks about her gender when operating as tactician on The Wave, Muscat, which leads the series after five of the eight regattas.
“It doesn’t matter if I’m male or female on board,” Ayton says. “We all have our roles in the boat. Everyone is respected and supposed to be the best in that role. If you’re not sailing your best, you won’t win. And the boys will give me a hard time. If I’m not on my game and not feeding information, I know about it. There is no messing around. I know what’s expected of me.
“I’ve learned a lot from sailing with the boys. It’s very honest and upfront. There’s no place to hide, which I really love. We all want to win, so the pressure’s on all the time.”
That is not to say the boat’s skipper Leigh McMillan and the rest of his crew are devoid of chivalry. “The guys sometimes carry my bag!” reveals Ayton. “But being the only female in the year, I don’t really think anything of it. You just crack on and be the best you can be at what you do.”
Ayton says many of her female racing colleagues, fewer in their number than their male counterparts, are either focusing on Olympic campaigns for Rio de Janeiro next year or competing in the Volvo Ocean Race with the all-women Team SCA.
Being a mother of two, the series, which has visited Singapore, Oman, China, Wales, Germany and Russia and next goes to Turkey then finally Australia, has brought complications for Ayton that the men might not necessarily experience.
The fourth round in Cardiff, where The Wave moved a point ahead after coming out on top in the 32 grueling races held over four days, was the first time Ayton’s young sons Thomas and Oscar had seen her race.
Larchmont, NY (August 31, 2015) – A strong initial turnout for entries has prompted event organizers at the Storm Trysail Club to decide to extend the early discount deadline one month further to October 1st, 2015 for the 2016 edition of Quantum Key West Race Week. After October 1st, the entry fee increases by $4/foot of the overall length of the entered boat.
Among the one-design and IRC handicap entries, new ORC Club, Multihull and Performance Cruisers are starting to populate the scratch sheet; 56 teams from 8 countries already signed up to race in January 2016
“We had excellent response to our first appeal to entries, with more boat signed up now than it this time in years past,” said event Chairman John Fisher. “But with the summer holidays just ending, schools back in session, and various other factors, we want to give our customers some more time to take advantage of these discounted fees so that more can plan to participate at the event.”
Already the majority of entries to the 2016 event have signed up for one-design competition in several classes: Melges 24, J/70, J/80, Farr 280, Viper 640, J/88, C&C 30, J/111, and J/122 classes. And there are other one-design classes also considering their entry plan to the event.
Among the handicap classes, IRC 1 and 2 have thus far attracted 9 committed entries, with more expected, but the real growth is expected in three new class offerings at this year’s event: ORC Club, Multihulls and Performance Cruisers.
The ORC Club class is intended for those entries that would normally race in PHRF, but want a more objective, accurate and universal rating system that will not have the variations that are typical among local PHRF handicapping. The ORC Club system is used for national and regional racing around the world, with over 6000 certificates issued annually, and is growing in interest in North America.
Rather than relying on a consortium of handicappers to determine ratings, the system uses the ORC’s advanced velocity prediction program to model boat performance and determine a 3-number rating system to allow boats of different designs to race more fairly against each other across a wide range of wind speeds.
A Fact Sheet on ORC and a list of ORC ratings for common boat types can be found on the Yacht Scoring regatta management site at www.yachtscoring.com. Applications for ORC Club ratings can be done simply by submitting data on an online rating application found at www.orc.org/clubapplication. Certificates will be processed and issued by US Sailing for only $50, and can be used wherever ORC Club racing is offered, such as at the Storm Trysail Club’s Annapolis Fall Regatta in October.
Multihulls are not new in the history of Quantum Key West Race Week, but are making a comeback this year as a racing class at the event. Currently the entries are all Corsair trimarans, but other multihull types are being organized to come and join the fun.
Lastly, the Performance Cruising class is a new concept for Key West, and one where Storm Trysail feels there is tremendous interest and growth potential given its popularity at Block Island Race Week this year, as well as at other popular events. The first entries to this class are starting to come in now.
“Our courses for this class will be simple navigational courses around the Key West area, suitable for casual racing with family and friends,” says race committee chairman Dick Neville. “For this class we would run one race a day of a few hours duration to let them enjoy the great sailing conditions around the island and get them back in time to also enjoy some time ashore in this great place.”
Organizers are also exploring the option of having exhibition race classes at the event to give spectators on shore a taste of the excitement of competitive sailing.
And classes that may be interested in a reduced format of three days of racing over Wednesday-Friday, January 20-22nd, should as soon as possible contact event manager Bill Canfield at [email protected].
Media inquiries can be made to Quantum Key West Race Week 2016 Media Manager Dobbs Davis at [email protected].
For general regatta questions and sponsorship inquiries, contact Amy Gross-Kehoe at [email protected].
Report by Event Media
Thanks to and extremely warm Pacific, ala El Nino 3 simultaneous category 4 hurricanes have spawned, for the 1st time in recorded history.
Hurricanes Kilo, Ignacio and Jimena are currently churning in the Pacific.
The windstorm on Saturday will surely go into the record books for some of the strongest winds, if not strongest ever recorded in August.
Winds on the coast hit well over 60 mph, including Destruction Island clocking a peak gust of 87 mph! But even the inland areas were rocked, with a gust to 66 mph on Lopez Island, 70 mph at Whidbey Island NAS — and 81 mph on a boat in the Rosario Strait!
In the city areas, Everett (Paine Field) had three separate gusts near 60 mph — a 59, 60, and 61 mph gust! Tacoma wasn’t too
The twelve teams made up of international amateur sailors competing in the Clipper 2015-16 Race have passed under Tower Bridge, London, at the start of the 40,000 nautical mile global race in front of thousands of spectators.
Home team GREAT Britain led the fleet under Tower Bridge which lifted twice to salute the crews following the race’s Official Opening Ceremony at the international Race Village in St Katharine Docks.
The yachts are now making their way down the River Thames in a Parade of Sail, followed by a fleet of spectator boats and RNLI support ribs with tens of thousands of supporters lined along the riverbanks.
Drummers up the masts started the Opening Ceremony before Brazilian dancers took to the stage to mark the opening race destination, Rio de Janeiro. Each team then went on the stage, supported by thousands of cheering friends, family and spectators.
There was even a marriage proposal on stage, with Mission Performance crew member Ali Hudson’s boyfriend John Dyer proposing to her when she took the stage with her team. A Reverend from the Sailors’ Society then blessed the fleet and wished the teams good winds.
GREAT Britain Skipper Peter Thornton, 38, said: “Representing Great Britain is an incredible feeling and a great honour. It was a pleasure to visit Number 10 Downing Street with the crew ahead of the Race Start, and everyone is feeling very proud.
“We really can’t wait to get out there into the Atlantic Ocean and get this thing started.”
“Our crew are everyday people who are taking on one of the world’s toughest endurance challenges,” said Clipper Race founder and legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (76), who became the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-9.
Sir Robin added: “Irrespective of their amateur status, Mother Nature pulls no punches. They’re going to go through the roughest waters in the world. I wish them a safe and an extraordinary journey – the experiences ahead will stay with them for life.”
On board Garmin is Ross Ham, a 58-year-old from Brisbane, Australia, who is the race’s first double circumnavigator ever having completed the full circumnavigation in the Clipper 2013-14 Race. He said ahead of the start: “I must be a little bit mad to be doing it all again, but I enjoyed the last race so much and the regimented life on board fits me like a glove.
“There are so many joys to be found in the day to day life on board. Every day at sea is beautiful. This really is as good as it gets. I would not rule out a third time around,” he added.
The opening leg of the race takes the teams over 5,000 nautical miles from the British capital, across the Atlantic Ocean, including the challenging Doldrums, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Race 1, the Atlantic Trade Winds leg, starts tomorrow (Monday 31 August) at 12.30 BST (11:30 UTC).
Following the first stopover in Brazil, the fleet will continue on via Cape Town, Albany – Western Australia, Sydney (including the world famous Sydney-Hobart Race), the Whitsundays, Da Nang – Vietnam, Qingdao – China, Seattle, Panama, New York, Derry-Londonderry and Den Helder – the Netherlands, before returning to London’s St Katharine Docks for Race Finish on 30 July 2016.
The interviews from day 2 of the America’s Cup World Series in Gothenburg!
– Dean Barker, SoftBank Team Japan about the team’s second in the last race today
– Nathan Outteridge, Artemis Racing the comeback kids winning a race in front of their home crowd today
– Paul Campbell-James, Land Rover BAR on the consistency of the team and whether this is their secret to slick crew handling
– Ben Ainslie, Land Rover BAR covering gear changing and the speed loss in race 4 today
– Jimmy Spithill, Oracle Team USA about what is to come for the team, the next “home” event in Bermuda and feelings on two seconds in a row
– Pete Burling, Emirates Team NZ on his first America’s Cup event win, the Moth, the 49er – seriously an awesome competitor across the board.
That’s all for me from Europe… Wow… Sad and awesome at the same time! More to come,
Alessandro Rombelli and his STIG 2015 Melges 32 team sit atop of the world at Melges 32 championship in Trapani, Italy
We don’t have to feign shock at the latest comically silly behavior from the America’s Cup; the release of thousands of balloons into the air to celebrate the end of the otherwise non-noteworthy America’s Cup World Series Göteberg event.
It seems like just yesterday when the America’s Cup had partners like Sailors for the Sea to tell them that RELEASING BALLOONS IS NOT A FUCKING ‘THING’ ANYMORE! Apparently, that kind of thing doesn’t matter to them anymore. Or maybe they were jealous of all that press that Rio’s been getting.
But the environment matters to us as sailors, and we have long known that the balloon industries’ claims about biodegradable latex are mostly bullshit. Even the most ‘eco-friendly’ marketed balloons will be in the water or on the ground for months or years, doing wonderful things to the airways of fish, birds and mammals while decorating shorelines with their pretty colors as they ‘break down.’ That’s why no one with a conscience still releases balloons.
And even if they were biodegradable, would it matter? Cardboard boxes are biodegradable – does that give you the right to drop thousands of them on a city from an airplane to celebrate your sailboat race?
Listen, folks – we get that the AC and its title sponsor Louis Vuitton has decided that super-wealthy are really all that matters for AC35′s bottom line. But we don’t believe that you need to take a huge, stinking blue and yellow shit all over the environment just to show that you’re part of their club.
Unless…hang on a second…could it be that Russell Coutts is hunting for some of that big fat Gazprom sponsorship money? Hey Russell, here’s an idea for a ceremony to end the Bermuda ACWS event later this year: The party starts with a celebratory oil spill in the Great Sound, continues on to an all-you-can-eat conch, lobster, and bluefin tuna barbecue, and concludes with the release of thousands of mourning doves. Be careful, though – it appears the Bermudians care more about their environment than you thought when you tried to steamroll them.
Title reference to something almost as nasty as the AC’s environmental stance (NSFW).
We’re most of the way through the Sperry/Sailing Anarchy World Tour 2015 and we hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of the world’s most interesting classes and events so far. Last week, we sent superstar sportboater and video legend Petey Crawford to the Columbia River Gorge to figure out why the sportboat that began the revolution some 23 years ago was experiencing such a huge resurgence in interest. Part of the new blood comes from an exciting upcoming Worlds location, but most of it – like any successful Class – comes from the people, and that’s what Petey found in this video. Get to know them – the pros, the n00bs, the groms, the chicks – and see why the Melges 24 still remains one of the best one-design classes in history.
And please head over to Sperry’s page and let them know how much you’ve enjoyed the coverage allowed by their support of the 2015 Sperry/Sailing Anarchy World Tour. Keep your eyes out for two upcoming SA contests as well – one to win some great Sperry shoes, and one to win a whole lot more.
Unusual protest by Race Committee of a number of boats at RYA ISAF Youth Worlds Selection Event for a breach of Sailing Instruction 24.1 – communicating with support boats…
Sultanate of Oman victorious on final foiling day of Bullitt GC32 Racing Trofeo di Roma’s in Civitavecchia
America’s Cup World Series – Did you miss the TV coverage?
Final day of racing at Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Gothenburg produced some of the toughest conditions
The 2015 49er, 49erFx and Nacra nationals are done. US National Champions are Michael Easton and Pettibone in the Nacra
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race – The competition at the grandmasters’ level continues to improve.
Let’s go sailing on a Contender!
Crazy but a whole lot of fun.
Moore Action at the leeward mark
All images & Photo’s © RYC Race Committee
Emirates Team New Zealand put together a Super Sunday in Sweden, to vault to the top of the leaderboard and claim the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Gothenburg.
It was a difficult day on the tight race course, with light and shifty conditions.
But the Kiwis, led by skipper Glenn Ashby and prodigy helmsman Peter Burling showed no fear, posting a 2-1 scoreline in the two double-point races.
“It was a tricky afternoon, but our guys had a forecast for it being light like this for quite a few days, so we’ve been preparing for it since we arrived,” Burling said.
“We’re really happy to put together two solid races today and to perform under pressure in that last one is very satisfying.”
Saturday’s leader, ORACLE TEAM USA, came in to the day on the back of a perfect scoreline in the first two races.
But on Sunday it was a different story. Two fourth place finishes dropped the defending champion of the America’s Cup to second place.
“We’re disappointed,” said skipper Jimmy Spithill. “We were having a very difficult time speed-wise and with our technique in the lighter winds. We felt good when the breeze was up and we were on the foils. So we have to get back to work.”
Land Rover BAR won the first Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series on home waters in Portsmouth. Two second place finishes on Saturday had the team poised for another top finish. But a poor start in the last race put the team in third place for the Swedish stop.
“It’s frustrating,” admitted skipper Ben Ainslie. “But that’s the nature of the sport. We’re pleased to be on the podium. We got past Artemis Racing and nearly caught ORACLE TEAM USA at the end, so that was important.
“In these conditions you need to get a good start and we didn’t do that. It’s hard to work your way back after that. I thought the Kiwis sailed a brilliant second race and deserved to get the win.”
SoftBank Team Japan was in fourth place, with a strong final race giving a boost to the team’s confidence heading into the next event in Bermuda.
“The goal today was to get better starts and get around the first mark in good shape and we did that,” said skipper Dean Barker. “It didn’t translate into the results we wanted in the first race, but in the second race today, we nailed it.
“We also had a couple of good results in the practice races as well, so hopefully we carry that through to Bermuda.”
Another team looking for positive signs was Groupama Team France, who raced without regular tactician Arnaud Psarofaghis, on a day that called for good tactics.
“It was good to finish third in the last race,” said skipper Franck Cammas. “It’s taken a long time to find a good mode for sailing downwind and that’s held us back. Today was tactically tricky. Even if you start well, the game comes after the start. But we managed the tactics with Thierry Fouchier and myself and we had a bit more time to think because the wind was light.”
The day started well for the hometown heroes on Artemis Racing, who have struggled to put together consistently good results.
That pattern would continue. An inspiring win in the first race was followed by a last place finish in the second.
“We got a ripper of a start in the first one and when you get ahead of the pack in these conditions it can roll into a massive lead,” said skipper Nathan Outteridge.
“We’ve been working really hard as a team to fix our issues. Yesterday we sailed well but didn’t get the results which was very discouraging, but I kept reminding the guys it will come, we’re so close.
“So to put it all together in that first race was great for our fans, our team and for us on the boat as well.
“Of course it would have been nice to follow that up with another solid race, but I guess we’ll have to do that in Bermuda.”
The Race to Bermuda starts in earnest now, as the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series shifts to the home of the 2017 America’s Cup from October 16-18.
Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Gothenburg – Final Results
Team – Points
Emirates Team NZ – 54
ORACLE TEAM USA – 48
Land Rover BAR – 46
SoftBank Team Japan – 43
Artemis Racing – 42
Groupama Team France 37
Overall standings – Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series
(following the first two events):
Team – Points
Emirates Team New Zealand – 72
Land Rover BAR – 65
ORACLE TEAM USA – 64
SoftBank Team Japan – 56
Artemis Racing – 53
Groupama Team France – 50
Just before today’s scheduled ACWS start we found that App software had been changed to stop viewing on computers.
From the Aegean Regatta, thanks to Nikos Zagas.
San Diego, CA (August 30, 2015) – Saturday’s final day of racing capped a fun week of good competition and quality instruction for these inspiring athletes at the 2015 U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship, hosted by the Southwestern Yacht Club. In the end it was the team of Ryan Porteous (San Diego, Calif.) and Steven Muse (Poway, Calif.) pulling out the win in a down-to-the-wire finish. The team of Melissa Klotz, Josh Agripino, and Tom Pena won the triplehanded fleet. Edward LeRoy came out on top in the singlehanded competition. Click headline for full story.
Sunday, fourth day of the IODA World Championship and all fleets were able to complete Race 3 and Race 4 – New leaders are Rok Verderber SLO and Suthon Yampinid THA
Four more races were completed at the second day of the RS Aero UK Nationals on Weymouth Bay
Have you ever taken a leap of faith? Left the safety of shore just for the chance – the hope – that one day you will look back and it will all be worth it? Begin the journey alongside the US Sailing Team Sperry at UNCHARTED WATERS, and watch the odyssey unfold.
All images Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing / Americas Cup Media / Team New Zealand. On Saturday I couldn´t watch a thing, today I managed to view (on a decent broadcast, and not pirate streams thanks to some sailors tips at SA forums) both races in light winds with some lead changes. But is not like past ACWS with a bigger AC45 fleet, where even in 5knots we were hooked on
Oyster Bay, NY (August 30, 2015) – The 2015 49er, 49erFx and Nacra nationals are done. US National Champions are Michael Easton and Katie Pettibone in the Nacra, Judge Ryan and Hans Henken in the 49er and Emily Dellenbaugh & Elizabeth Barry in the 49erFX. This was the first national championship for all three teams in an Olympic Class. A total of 4 races over 3 days were sailed. In most places the sea breeze fills in mid afternoon but in Oyster Bay especially with this unusually warm weather system, it was very late. Click headline for full story.
Detroit, MI (August 30, 2015) – In a fourth and final day of challenging wind conditions on the Detroit River, the world number 8th-ranked team who led the 2015 Detroit Cup from the start also managed to see it through to the finish and win in a sudden death, one-match Final. In light and shifty conditions, at the edge of time limit, Sam Gilmour and his Neptune Racing Team of Adam Negri and Christopher Smith defeated another team from Perth, Australia, Matt Jerwood and his Redline Racing team, to win the event in an all-Aussie Final. Click headline for full story.
Trapani, Italy (August 30, 2015) – Congratulations are in full order for Alessandro Rombelli and his STIG 2015 Melges 32 World Champion team that includes tactician Francesco Bruni and crew members Pierluigi De Felice, Giorgio Tortarolo, Michele Giovannini, Daniele Fiaschi, Luca Faravelli (2010 World Champ) and Filippo La Mantia. Less than one year ago, Rombelli found himself fourth overall at the Miami Worlds. A complete European sailing season later, he now sits atop as ‘King’ of the one design class, the Melges 32. Click headline for full story.
Bullitt GC32 Racing- Sultanate of Oman capped off a stunning month by winning Trofeo di Roma and stretching overall lead…
2015 America’s Cup World Series – Oracle Team USA was poised for a winning result at the Louis Vuitton Series.
Just before today’s scheduled ACWS start we found that App software had been changed to stop viewing on computers.