On 28 March 2017, Sir Philip Craven, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President met with senior World Sailing officials, receiving an update on the progress the world governing body is making in its Para World Sailing Strategic Plan. In the visit to World Sailing’s Executive Office in Southampton, Great Britain, Sir Philip Craven met with World Sailing President Kim Andersen, Vice-President W.Scott Perry, Chief Executive Officer Andy Hunt, Director of Events Alastair Fox and Para World Sailing Manager Massimo Dighe… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
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When the America’s Cup moved to multihulls, and the mission became to grow the audience, showcasing action and athleticism became the focus. As this CNN report details, the 35th America’s Cup will offer plenty of both. Some see sailing as a sedate sport, but you know the game has changed when the “athletes” are described as “superhumans” and undergo special forces training. That’s just what Oracle Team USA has been doing to cope with the demands of sailing the new high-tech breed of America’s Cup catamarans. Teams argue that to keep the cutting-edge craft “flying” on their hydrofoils, crews in this year’s 35th America’s Cup will be fitter, faster and stronger than ever before… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
A tauntingly light breeze of 5-7 knots out of the south was enough to get 50+ boats starting in the Nanny Cay Cup, the first event of the 2017 BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival. Rather than the usual Round Tortola race, conditions favoured a 16 nm course starting in the channel off Nanny Cay and taking the fleet around Pelican and Flanagan Islands. The breeze built a little around the islands offering up a fairly steady 7-8 knots throughout racing. Event details – Entry list – For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The city of Chicago will be kicking off its racing season with the Skyway Yacht Works COLORS Regatta June 3-4, 2017 at Columbia Yacht Club. Not only is this the first major event of the season on lower Lake Michigan, but it is also one of the largest with its sights set on breaking 100 entries in a time when racing is perceived as a sport experiencing declining rates of participation… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
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On March 26, Captain John Russell crossed the bar. Big John, The Gentle Giant, JR… since the early 1970’s, John and I have sailed thousands of offshore miles together. On one memorable Thanksgiving, about 600 miles offshore, we used wooden sail battens, canvas, flattened coke cans, and underwater epoxy to stem the gushing flow of seawater through the seams between the planks of Golden Eagle, a classic Alden wooden ketch. Undeterred, John sailed with me for years in numerous trips between the US and the West Indies. Later, John sailed with Eric Ritter in his various sized Tempests, racing hard and working hard. John joined the Dolan crew, skippering their Swan 57 Bravo over thousands of miles, both racing and cruising… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
West Marine will begin accepting applications on April 1 for its 2017 BlueFuture® Spring Grant Cycle. The spring grant cycle will run through Monday, May 1, with the names of grant recipients to be announced by mid-month. Nonprofit Organizations dedicated to youth wterlife adventure, education and stewardship are encouraged to apply for grant funding… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Palma, Spain (March 28, 2017) – From a funky first day of racing when the promising solid morning breeze evaporated to become difficult, shifty and unsettled and then disappeared, it was a return to business as usual for the second day of competition at the 48th edition of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía IBEROSTAR regatta. Among the ten Olympic events, top North Americans after day two are Stu McNay/ Dave Hughes (USA) who are second in Men’s 470… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Portsmouth, RI (March 28, 2017) – US Sailing today named veteran business consultant and former 470 athlete Jim Campbell (Stoughton, Wisc.) as Chief Business Officer of U.S. Olympic Sailing. Campbell will be the first CBO in the US Sailing Team’s history, and will be focused on connecting needed funding to athletes, building a new performance system, and helping to transform the Olympic sailing program into a professional sports team… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
For the second consecutive edition, the biennial Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will welcome the city of Seattle (WA) as a host port and team sponsor when the 2017-18 race gets underway in August. The twelve Clipper 70s, the world’s largest matched yacht race fleet, will berth at the Port of Seattle’s Bell Harbor Marina in April 2018 after completing the Pacific leg from China… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
(March 27, 2017) – The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) have announced the 2018 edition of the Newport Bermuda Race will, for the first time, be open to multihulls. Commodore Jim Binch of the Cruising Club of America, Commodore Leatrice Oatley of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and Race Chairman Jonathan Brewin issued a joint statement: “We are very pleased after careful study and consideration of the unique and challenging characteristics of our race to welcome multihulls of 58 feet and longer.” Addressing further these issues Commodore Binch stated… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Portsmouth, RI (March 27, 2017) – US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport, has named 18 Olympic-class athletes to the 2017 US Sailing Team. The national team is selected annually and is comprised of the top sailors competing in the events selected for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Through the US Sailing Team and its sponsors, athletes on the Olympic path receive financial, logistical, coaching, technical, fitness, marketing, and communications support… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
If you thought dinghy hiking was physically painful, this explanation regarding the science of hiking by Hamilton Sport may explode your brain. Hiking is perhaps one of the most miserable sensations in sailing. It is absolutely necessary to hike in order to maintain good boat speed. The trade off is that to achieve decent boat speed you must endure a lot of pain… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Competitors from Canada, Mexico, and throughout the USA had light to moderate winds for the 9-race Laser Midwinters West, held March 24-26 in Marina del Rey, CA. Paul Didham (USA) won six of the races to dominate the 32-boat Laser fleet while the 49-boat Radial fleet saw a tight battle between Joseph Hou (USA) and Gage Wilson (USA). The duo won all but one of the races, finishing tied on points with Hou winning on countback… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Fifty-one teams competed in the 2017 29er Midwinters West, held March 24-26 in Coronado, CA. Canadians Eric Lyall and Edward Coleman strongly closed the 11-race series with a 1-1-2 to take the title by 8 points over Robert Shelley and Severin Gramm (USA) with David Eastwood/ Sam Merson (USA) two points further back in third… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The Spanish showcase Trofeo Princesa Sofía IBEROSTAR Regatta starts the new Olympic quadrennial in Europe on March 27 to April 1 when the waters of Palma, Mallorca welcome 646 boats and 833 sailors from 53 different nations, setting out on the first stages of what many hope will be a successful journey to the 2020 Olympic regatta in Tokyo, Japan… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Miami, FL (March 26, 2017) – Ernesto Rodriguez and Kathleen Tocke (USA) topped the 40 entrants to win the six race 51st Snipe Don Q Rum Keg Regatta. Leading after day two, Puerto Rican Raul Rios and Mac Agnese posted 1-5 today but got passed up by Rodriguez/Tocke’s 3-2 when the discard came into Effect. With eight countries represented, finishing the three day event in third was current World Champion Bruno Amorim and Rodrigo Lins (BRA) followed by Augie Diaz and Claudia Loiacono (USA) and Peter and Connie Commette (USA)… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands (March 26, 2017) – The 44th St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) enjoyed a mix of signature round-the-island courses combined with conditions that ranged from near breathless calm to blustery gusts over three days of racing. Warm weather, turquoise seas and quality competition delivered STIR sailors the perfect cocktail. Event details – Scoreboard – Facebook – For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Long Beach, CA (March 26, 2016) – Long Beach Yacht Club’s Scott Dickson overcame the 8-team field to win the 38th Ficker Cup, a feeder to the prestigious Congressional Cup regatta, the second event of the 2017 World Match Racing Tour. Racing in Catalina 37s, Dickson beat David Storrs 3-1 in the final, but both will advance to the Congressional Cup held March 28 to April 2. In the Semifinals, Dickson and Storrs had displaced Harry Price and Nevin Snow, with Snow beating Price to win the Petite Finals… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Tortola, BVI (March 26, 2017) – Racing for the 46th BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival 2017 gets underway on Tuesday (Mar. 28) with the Round Tortola Race, a 31-nautical mile race around the beautiful island of Tortola for the Nanny Cay Cup – a challenge for the fastest mono and catamaran record around the island. Event details – Entry list – For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Kevin Doyle, Vic Snyder and Aaron Snyder’s Mo’ Money won the storm plagued J/22 Midwinter Championship, held March 24-26 in New Orleans, LA. After high winds kept the 31-boat fleet off the water for the first two days, the Youngstown, New York-based team tallied a 4,3,1 for 8 points to take the title. Travis Odenbach’s Sea Bags Sailing Team secured second place with 16 points, and Matt Thompson’s Underdog took third with 17 points. Full report… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands (March 25, 2017) – The St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) proved its reputation as the ‘Crown Jewel of Caribbean Yacht Racing’ by superbly delivering on its signature mix of round the rocks and round the buoy courses on the event’s second day of competition. What’s more, 6 to 8 foot seas off the island’s east end, gusts blowing to 20 to 25 knots and a mix of rain and sun all added to the fun. Event details – Scoreboard – Facebook – For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Miami, FL (March 25, 2017) – Two thirds and a first moved Puerto Ricans Raul Rios and Marc Agnese into a two point lead over Miamians Ernesto Rodriguez and Kathleen Tocke after four races at the 51st Snipe Don Q Rum Keg Regatta. Brazilians Bruno Amorim and Rodrigo Lins from Rio de Janiero are standing third followed by Miamian Augie Diaz/Eddie Mentzias and Peter and Connie Commette of Ft. Lauderdale. For full results: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/13773#_newsroom. For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
It would be hard to imagine the America’s Cup without New Zealand. Since their first foray in 1987, their excellence on the water and banter off the course makes the event more interesting. Their media like to take swings too, as displayed in this report by Paul Lewis of the New Zealand Herald: Whatever this regatta to be held in Bermuda is, it doesn’t feel much like the America’s Cup. Where’s the bitchiness? Where’s the rivalry, the international jousting? Where, for Pete’s sake, is any kind of colour or interest? Where the hell is Bermuda? The latest reworking of the rules to suit Oracle Team USA and its cosy little band of challengers underlines the point. OTUSA have so comprehensively de-knackered the challengers, they seem barely worthy of the name so far… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands (March 23, 2017) – Twenty-three boats took their start this morning on a 21-nautical mile course that circumnavigated the U.S. Virgin Island of St. John counter clockwise in the Round the Rocks Race. This one-day warm-up for the main event St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), March 24-26, offered a full range of exhilarating sailing challenges from frequent tacks along offshore cays to cross currents and wind shifts around the east end and slalom-like conditions in the downwind. The island’s Virgin Islands National Park served as the picture-perfect backdrop for this incredible and highly competitive course. Event details – Scoreboard – Facebook. For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Miami, FL (March 24, 2017) – Racing was cancelled for day two at the Lightning Midwinter Championship. With winds in the mid 20’s on the the bay and possible thunderstorms in the area, the 29-boat fleet will sit today and conclude racing tomorrow. Leading is Ched Proctor with crew Jay Lurie and Ben Cesare who posted a 3-1 yesterday but they are tied with Chilean Cristobal Perez with crew Alfred Sherman and Rodrigo Ducasse who hold a 2-2. Event details – Miami results – Circuit results. For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt – Some things don’t mix well, like cats and dogs. But the tension is fun to watch, which is why the 35th America’s Cup is so odd. The Defender and the Challengers are… friendly. The acrimonious environment had been part of the event’s attraction. Rich owners and boastful skippers facing off in battle, each leveraging the rules to their advantage. Classic confrontation, but in this edition there is cooperation. I miss the cats and dogs. All we have now is cats… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Combine the popularity of keelboat one design racing, with the growth of speedy sportboats, and our sport has seen a long line of attempts to launch one design classes. However, there hasn’t been much success in the 30-foot range. What often happens is there are enough buyers to get the ball rolling, but not enough in any one region. So the boats have to travel, which is expensive, or the demands of the boat and schedule require pro crew, which is expensive. Ultimately the ball stops rolling and participation suffers… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Over 60 teams from the Caribbean, U.S., Canada and Europe will race in the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) on March 24 to 26 at St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. This three-day regatta known as the ‘Crown Jewel of Caribbean Yacht Racing’ will be prefaced by the 2nd Round the Rocks Race on March 23, which features a circumnavigation of the 19-square-mile neighboring U.S. Virgin Island of St. John… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Sailing’s greatest Corinthian challenge has confirmed the start date for its next edition; and this time, every competitor will depart Newport, R.I., on the same day. The entire Transatlantic Race 2019 fleet will cross the starting line on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, bound for the southern coast of England. A virtual gate off Lizard Point will enable teams to challenge the course record for this historic passage, but the official finish will take place off the Royal Yacht Squadron’s waterfront castle in Cowes, England… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The World Match Racing Tour begins the 2017 season on March 20-25 at Match Cup Australia in Perth, Australia. Eighteen teams compete in a qualifying fleet race stage to determine seeding for the 16 teams that advance to the match racing knockout rounds.
The America’s Cup is as much about anticipation as it is competition. This irregularly held design contest launches the curious mind on which team will crack the speed code. The fastest boat always wins, and not knowing the answer until the final is the attraction. However, the 35th America’s Cup will have none of that. As the NZ Herald’s Dana Johannsen reports, the Defender has selfishly eviscerated one of the event’s primary tenets. Defender Oracle was caught off guard by Team NZ’s superior boat speed in the early stages of the 34th Cup match in San Francisco. While the defenders were able to engineer one of sport’s greatest comebacks of all time to reclaim the Cup, they do not want to find themselves in that situation again… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The upsets continue on the third day of the Match Cup Australia, proving that the start remains golden at the opening event of the 2017 World Match Racing Tour season. Ian Williams (GBR), who has won the world championship a record six times, was reminded of this as he was eliminated by local skipper Matt Jerwood (AUS). Williams and his GAC Pindar Team were never really in the game, with Matt Jerwood’s Redline Racing leading all three races from start to finish. Tour details – Event details – Scoreboard – Facebook For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The Nations Trophy has been launched by its founder, Nautor’s Swan, with the fundamental commitment to revitalize the concept of competition between nations. The first edition will be held from October 10-14, 2017 in Palma de Mallorca. The Nations Trophy is open to three Swan One Design classes: ClubSwan 50, Swan 45 and ClubSwan 42. All three will be racing for class championships as well as The Nations Trophy… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
It is often unstructured, unplanned, or even ill-advised events which create that tenable bond to sailing. As Dan Walker (Severna Park, MD) recalls, it was one childhood adventure that has forever connected him to sailing… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
St. Petersburg, FL (March 21, 2017) – The final day of the Winter Lightning Championship offered only one race to complete the six race series. Series leader Ched Proctor with crew Jeff Eiber and Tim King stamped their authority on the 40-boat fleet, winning the race to take the series by two points over David Starck with crew Jody Starck and Debbie Probst. Results… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
When the Volvo Ocean 65 was conceived for the Volvo Ocean Race, the plan was for it to be used for two races. After proving admirably durable in the last race, they will be returning to the start line this fall for that second lap. In the April 2017 issue of Seahorse magazine, Blue Robinson meets up with Nick Bice (VOR director of boats and maintenance) to learn about the refit. Seahorse Magazine: What was your brief right at the beginning of the refit process? Nick Bice: The priority was reliability. The VO65 created a lot of reliability for the stakeholders in this race, for the teams, sponsors, sailors and of course us at Volvo Ocean Race HQ… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The results of the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe show huge increases everywhere: many more people attending the event, unprecedented media coverage and feedback, a record level of international coverage without talking about the very positive race outcome in terms of the rankings. With 29 skippers starting, 18 completed the course, a record number in the history of the Vendée Globe… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!