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Monthly archives for February, 2017
The first stop of the two-event Thistle class winter circuit was held February 26-28 in Sarasota, FL. The Sarasota Winter Championship attracted 28 boats for the nine race series won by Mike Ingham, with Kyle Finefrock and Jack Finefrock in second and third, respectively. The caravan now heads to the Midwinters East Championship where 34 entrants will compete March 1-3 in St. Petersburg, FL… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The 14th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival plays again at Fort Mason’s Cowell Theatre on Thursday through Sunday, March 9 to 12, 2017. Featured on the opening day is ‘Chapter One’ which tells six stories about the dangerous sport of kiteboarding. Here is its trailer… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Law plays four primary roles in society, which are to protect people from harm, ensure a common good, settle arguments and disputes regarding finite resources and persuade people to do the right things. In Florida, one lawmaker believes boaters need some supervision and is proposing a law that will take away one of the recreation’s primary assets: freedom. The proposal (SB 1262) by US Senator Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale, would prohibit minors younger than 16 from operating vessels with motors of at least 10 horsepower or sailboats that have hulls of 10 feet or more. That targets a lot of youth Laser and doublehanded sailors… To read the bill…click here. To contact Mr. Farmer…click here. For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
As the sport of sailing has evolved, participation has shrunk as certain sectors were no longer being served. But as this report details, perhaps the pendulum is swinging back. The Classic Yacht Owners Association (CYOA) was formed in 2015 to advance the common interests of classic yacht owners, to improve communication between them, and to foster increased participation in classic yachting events throughout New England and beyond… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Now here’s a twist – a sailboat chasing down a stolen powerboat! Granted it’s a Moth, but still. Check out when he got to the RIB. Video from 2016 but still awesome. Thanks to Anarchist Henrik… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Ashley Love, on her first trip sailing offshore, takes to the sea with two old salts and a couple of cameras to capture Cuba before diplomatic relations inevitably alter this time-capsuled country forever. This documentary captures the ins and outs, highs and lows of the island nation as told by teachers, security guards, urban-dwellers, country-outliers, and young English-speaking youths looking to be part of the new new “upper” class of people starting to form because of the taste of tourism to come. What they found endearing are the exact reasons why it will have to change since the influx of Yankees won’t want to drive a rented rusty sedan, stay in someone’s house or eat in someone’s living room like they did… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
(February 28, 2017) – Two pools of top young sailors from 12 countries will battle for a spot in the finals at June’s Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda. There are six sailors per team, and six teams per pool selected by blind draw. In the Qualifiers this June, the top four teams from each pool will advance to the eight-boat Finals. The youth teams will be competing on the same racecourse used by the America’s Cup teams… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
After Key West in January, where Quantum Racing won with an immaculate final flourish, the 52 SUPER SERIES moves to South Beach for the Miami Royal Cup… For the rest of the story from sailingworld.com CLICK HERE!
Muscat, Oman (February 28, 2017) – Two leading Kiwi skippers, both of whom have taken over the helms of well-established teams for this regatta, have claimed the lead positions after the first day of racing at the GC32 Championship. While the day belonged to Phil Robertson, the new skipper of Oman Air, SAP Extreme Sailing Team helm Adam Minoprio ended the day on his heels. Full report and video. For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Dongfeng Race Team team’s boat is the first to be handed over, to mark the occasion, some incredible drone footage of the refitted Volvo Ocean 65 has been released… For the rest of the story from Sail Web CLICK HERE!
If you missed our coverage of the ‘live’ racing last night here is a replay. USA sailor Howie Hamlin was leading the fleet until a squall attacked the fleet… watch the carnage happen starting at 56 minutes. Come back to XS tonight to watch more ‘live’ 18 footer racing!
Gothenburg is the latest city to add to the growing list of WMRT World Tour level events that qualify teams into Championship level events and earn valuable points… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
The Philippine government has now confirmed that sailor Jurgen Kantner has been murdered by the members of the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf. The German sailor was kidnapped by the group last November while he was sailing in the Tawi-Tawi province of the Philippines with his wife, Sabine Merz. She was found murdered on board the couple’s yacht, Rockall. The terrorist group demanded a ransom of 30 million Philippine Peso (£500,000) for Kantner’s release, giving a deadline of 26 February 2017. Confirming the skipper’s murder, government spokesman, Jesus Dureza, said in a statement: “We grieve as we strongly condemn the barbaric beheading of yet another kidnap victim.” “Up to the last moment, many sectors including the armed forces of the Philippines exhausted all efforts to save his life. We all tried our best. But to no avail”… For the rest of the story from ybw.com CLICK HERE!
Australian’s finally broke the New Zealand dominance so far in the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship in an incident packed Race 3… For the rest of the story from Sail Web CLICK HERE!
In one of the closest leg finishes ever seen in seven editions of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour, Team Al Mouj Muscat edged across the finish line in Dubai just one second ahead of EFG Bank Monaco after 34 hours of intense racing from Doha… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
The Andrew Simpson Foundation and Bart’s Bash teams are back for a third year at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, which starts on Saturday (4 March 2017). The foundation, which was set up in memory of Olympic and America’s Cup sailor Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, aims to improve the lives of children and young people around the world through sailing opportunities. Each year, the sailing event Bart’s Bash is held all over the globe to raise awareness of the foundation and help raise money for its projects… For the rest of the story from ybw.com CLICK HERE!
All photos Jesús Renedo / GC32 Championship Oman 2017 – First day for the inaugural joined GC32 Championships, an unofficial ‘Worlds’ indeed for the Class. 11 teams present from both European & Extreme Series circuit. Oman Air leads after 5 races held today at Muscat. Second place for SAP Extreme Sailing and third overall for Alinghi with Bertarelli at the helm. Ernesto’s… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Lloyd Thornburg’s “FOMO” (Shaun Carkeek 40 mkII) will today set off from St Petersburg Yacht Club to Cuba. Onboard with him he has, Nick Rogers, Simon Fisher, Jan Dekker, Mark Andrews, Henry Bomby, Pete Cumming ,Rob Greenhalgh and Ben Quatromoni. The race has fantastic history dating back to 1929 and has been revived this year for the first time since 1959… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
Britain’s Steve Goacher and TIm Harper took their second win at the Flying 15 World Championships in New Zealand… For the rest of the story from Sail Web CLICK HERE!
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In the March issue of Seahorse magazine, Blue Robinson talks to Leon Sefton, head of Volvo Ocean Race TV, about the increasingly complex role of the onboard reporter. Seahorse Magazine: What are your expectations of the onboard reporters this time? Leon Sefton: For the 2017 edition we are looking for multi-media reporters who are also good storytellers. This is a particularly difficult role to fill, given the complexity of skills the onboard reporters need to bring to the position. They have big shoes to fill, so to make the OBR candidate list the new entrants are going to have to be of a quality to knock existing people out of contention – or at the very least be on a par with their predecessors. They must be outstanding photographers, videographers, interviewers, writers, all-round modern media communicators; plus they need to be able to withstand everything that life onboard a VO65 can throw at them… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
It was a pleasure to watch Kiwi Conrad Coleman cross the finish line to complete his Vendée Globe. He lapped the planet without using any kind of fossil fuels; just wind and solar to power an array of instruments as well as the all important (and power hungry) auto-pilot… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
Well not everything, but the mighty Anarchy is looking for a new home. I originally bought the boat with a two-year program in mind and while just a couple months into year two, I wanted to get the boat on the market for spring. For those who have sailed 32′s, you already know, but for those looking to go really quick in a boat that never ceases to amaze, this thing is a sure bet. Personally, it is the most fun boat I’ve ever sailed, and if I didn’t have a son going off to college later this year, I’d keep it. I can’t think of anything even close to this boat in this size and price… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
With the curtain set to rise on the eighth edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth in just over six weeks (10 to 15 April, 2017), no fewer than 57 boats are already signed up for the event. Among these will be an impressive and rather unique fleet of Volvo Ocean Race boats, including both VOR 60s and VOR 70s… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
The Cruising Club of America (CCA) selected Michael J. Johnson (Santa Fe, N.M.) to receive the Club’s Blue Water Medal for 2016, awarded for his extensive cruising for over 40 years, covering more than 125,000 nautical miles and including an east-to-west circumnavigation below the five great southern capes… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
Tomorrow marks the start of the GC32 Championship, which sees the first ever union of the Extreme Sailing Series™ and GC32 Racing Tour. A record eleven GC32 teams will be taking the water off Muscat aboard their one design foiling catamarans. Check out the footage from today’s practice racing for a taste of what you can expect from the GC32 Championship, running from Tuesday until Sunday this week.
Video filmed (while driving the rib) by Pro Sailing coach Martin Flores. – One of the best sailing videos I published is Martin’s clip of Vittorio Bissaro & Carlo di Paoli on the Wildcat, excellent footage for seeing top guys doing maneuvers , body trim and speed drive. When you have a video you watch over and over, you have the mark of an excellent done clip. This time Martin went out with 3… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
After the arrival of five skippers last week, there are now only two left at sea this morning: Pieter Heerema and Sébastien Destremau. The Dutch skipper has been forced to slow down to attempt to let the gales move away ahead of him in the Bay of Biscay… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
The 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 started in magnificent conditions with the largest ever offshore fleet assembled in the Caribbean enjoying sparkling conditions… For the rest of the story from sailingworld.com CLICK HERE!
The Helly Hansen NOOD San Diego prepares for its nineteenth edition on March 17-19, 2017. While largely hosting one-design racing for two or three days, the event has evolved in recent years to also host a fleet of PHRF racers for one random leg race on March 18. Upwards of 70 boats are already entered, with more entries expected in the next few weeks. The NOOD always attracts many out-of-town sailors to compete with the local talent. Some fresh names to the event are expected in this year’s NOOD which will include two new classes, the F-18s and Fast 50s… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The Dutch skipper has less than 600 miles to go to reach Les Sables d’Olonne, but is not likely to finish before Thursday, when he is expected to take seventeenth place… For the rest of the story from sail-world.com CLICK HERE!
The 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 started in magnificent conditions on February 20 with the largest ever offshore fleet assembled in the Caribbean enjoying sparkling conditions. Close to 900 sailors from 30 different nations competed in the 9th edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s classic offshore race. Olympic medallists, America’s Cup winners and round the world sailors competed alongside passionate corinthians on the same 600 mile race course around 11 Caribbean islands, starting and finishing in Antigua. The 2017 edition will be remembered for highly competitive racing throughout the fleet… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
by H.L. DeVore – I’ve just completed a re-read of the sailing disaster books “Fastnet Force 10” and “Fatal Storm” and am very troubled by something that is prominently featured in both books. In John Rousmaniere’s account of the Fastnet disaster and Rob Mundle’s account of the Sydney-Hobart disaster, they recount numerous incidents of boats rolling and sailors being trapped either under the boat or in the rigging temporarily. I am concerned that many more sailors would have died had they been wearing the now prevalent auto-inflating lifejackets…I am concerned today that the risks outweigh the benefits of the auto-inflate function. We all know that lifejackets can kill, right? I certainly do… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Photo ©: Jesús Renedo / GC32 Championship Oman 2017 – Bertarelli will helm Alinghi, check crew list below. Racing is due to start tomorrow at 1300 local time (UTC +4) with special “Fast boat Edition” rules derived form the AC, which includes removing ‘proper course’ rule, read press release sent by the event media for further details…. For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
What a bizarre thing this is: Something called an ice shove spilling over the shore of Lake Winnebago and had piled up against the nearby Fond du Lac Yacht Club. Ice shoves are an annual phenomenon on Lake Winnebago but this footage captures the speed and unusual sound they make when they form… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
The 35th America’s Cup will be sailed above the water, flying on foils at incredible speeds. But how closely linked are sailing and flying? For the rest of the story from sailingworld.com CLICK HERE!
Find out just what it takes to race on one of the most competitive one-design racing circuits in the world in this recap of the 2016 RC44 Championship Tour – the most competitive season in the class’s 10-year history. Class website – Scoreboard – Facebook For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!