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Frenchman Plans Pacific Swim http://www.xssailing.com/article/frenchman-plans-pacific-swim/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/frenchman-plans-pacific-swim/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:37:33 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18926

This spring, 47-year-old Frenchman Ben Lecomte will step into the Pacific Ocean in Japan and, over the next five months, attempt to become the first swimmer to cover the 5,500 miles to California. His plan: swim eight hours a day—using flippers and a snorkel but no flotation device—then rest for 16 hours on his support boat. We’d doubt his prospects if he hadn’t become the first person to swim 3,700 miles across the Atlantic in 1998.

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High winds keep 5O5 Worlds on land http://www.xssailing.com/news/high-winds-keep-5o5-worlds-on-land/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/high-winds-keep-5o5-worlds-on-land/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:36:20 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18922 Port Elizabeth, South Africa (April 1, 2015) – After the layday yesterday, competitors at the 60th SAP 5O5 World Championship were greeted today with winds reaching 45 knots in Algoa Bay. After waiting until 14h00 for the conditions to moderate, racing for the day was canned. After five of the scheduled nine races, defending champion Mike Holt with crew Carl Smit lead by three points. Racing concludes on April 3. Click headline for details.

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Nacra 17s@ Palma 2015: Day 3, Besson-Riou Lead http://www.xssailing.com/article/nacra-17s-palma-2015-day-3-besson-riou-lead/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/nacra-17s-palma-2015-day-3-besson-riou-lead/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:36:13 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18925 Image: Jesús Renedo / Sailing Energy – Three races today were held at Palma. Billy Besson & Marie Riou (pic above training the previous days) lead after 7 with four bullets for the top French & World wide Nacra 17 crew. (4 Qualy, 3 Finals). More Pics  & Reports later.

Video from Day 1 carnage by Nacra here.

Top Ten below. Full Results at trofeoprincesasofia.org/en/default/races/race-resultsall

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AC35: Some might leave, others might enter. Roland Gaebler' view http://www.xssailing.com/article/ac35-some-might-leave-others-might-enter-roland-gaebler-view/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/ac35-some-might-leave-others-might-enter-roland-gaebler-view/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:08:48 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18915 A new boat has been announced to replace the AC62s. Many like Roland have been very active in the background. I received this yesterday, the deal was already set. Also spoke with some others by skype who will consider entering the game with this new format.
. Luna Rossa might sadly leave, (hope they stay in the game) but many others will surely give this new format a try as we mentioned on the

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Volvo Ocean Race: Dealing with reality http://www.xssailing.com/news/volvo-ocean-race-dealing-with-reality/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/volvo-ocean-race-dealing-with-reality/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:04:16 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18921 In the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, the leg from Auckland (NZL) to Itajaí (BRA) had its share of casualties. Among the six teams, only two were not derailed, most a result of hull damage en route to Cape Horn. Groupama had survived the crossing, but with only 677 nautical miles to go to the finish line, they were dismasted.

The accident occurred 60 nm south of Punta del Este (URU), where the team sought shelter to create a jury rig. Their decision would be to rejoin the race where they placed third in the leg. That recovery proved critical as they went on to become the overall winner.

Charles Caudrelier, skipper of Dongfeng, was on the Groupama crew.

Charles is again facing the reality of losing his mast, and while fortunate for it to have occurred just 240 miles from Cape Horn, there is not enough time for the team to continue in the race. Accepting that reality on March 31, the team is still in a race against time. Here is an update on April 1st …

Charles Caudrelier, Skipper:
We decided to retire from the leg. Considering the weather it’s impossible to be ready for the next leg and finish the race. To finish the race we would need to go back to Cape Horn with a jury rig, which means we can’t choose a big sail so we’d be really slow.

If we want to be ready, we have to leave Ushuaia, Argenitina as soon as possible, go straight to Itajai, use the engine and the small sails we can use. It’s a challenge against time. We need to be there one week before the start of Leg 6 to be ready to start. We are 2000 miles from Itajai. We need, for me, 10 to 12 days.

We are running out of time.

If we decided to finish Leg 5 we would be last for sure, so we would have received 6 points. By retiring, we received 8 points. It’s only two points difference but that’s quite big when you think about the overall rankng.

But if we did that we are not sure to be ready for the next leg and we’ll lose another 7 or 8 points if we don’t do the next leg. We need to focus 100% on performance in the next leg, and this is our goal.

We need to take at least 1,500 litres of fuel. This boat isn’t made for fuel so we need to find a solution. We’ve found a clever one using the ballast, which I hope will work. The main problem for us is to leave with a jury rig. If, on the port side we have a very strong wind, on the starboard side we only have one spreader, so we need to make a spreader which isn’t easy.We need to find cable to replace the cable we broke. Then we can say we have a safe rig to leave Ushuaia.

It’s a big challenge to make a jury rig in 2 days. We aren’t on the dock, there aren’t any shops for sailing boats, and we can only be helped by nice people around here. There are a lot of French people around here, we are lucky that they want to help us. They’re adventurers, sailors and already a guy has given us a whole main sail.

Since yesterday it’s been a real adventure and that’s what you’re looking for when you do the Volvo Ocean Race.

I’m not saying I’m happy, we’re very sad to have finished but I like this adventure. But I remember last time on Groupama we had a fantastic adventure on this leg and the finish was still good. So maybe we can dream of the same finish as Groupama.

Pascal Bidégorry, Navigator:
It’s not great – and it’s not great for the race either. But that’s life, no? You have to live with it.

Personally, I’m really, really annoyed. I just…I just feel that I’m never going to make it past that rock! Something stopped me going round Cape Horn, I’m wondering if it’s me… 14 years ago this exact same thing happened to me.

Obviously I have done something bad in my life and I’m being punished. I just can’t believe it.

So I’m trying to think about the night it happened and I’m already getting lost in endless possibilities. I really don’t want to think about the leg and the fact that this has stopped us going round Cape Horn.

Then I spent a lot of time working out how to go around the world as quickly as possible – something I actually never managed to do. Don’t get me wrong, I had the experience, the heart and the energy and yes it’s just life. But now once more it’s happened again!

Needless to say I’m very upset, and annoyed. I’m up and down. It’s brought me back down to earth, I’m on my way back to shore looking at the maps – which I know already because in the preparation for this leg, if something bad happens you need to be prepared.

It’s a lovely place here, but we shouldn’t be here, we should be racing. As soon as we knew we couldn’t sail on starboard we knew Ushuaia was the only destination possible, which of course meant we wouldn’t pass Cape Horn.

We wouldn’t have gone round Cape Horn first but the game was anyone’s. There were still plenty of things to do.

We’ve struggled with speed a bit on this leg but we managed to bounce back, we got back in the game, took the lead, we were in the mix – I was in the zone
and I thought we would be playing the game until the finish.

I don’t know… I don’t want to think about it…I don’t know what to think. I’m so upset I could cry.

I took some time off before this leg to spend time with my daughter and have a break. When I came back I was ready to achieve some great results and this is the worst result we’ve done so far.

The result is not very positive…but that’s life. C’est la vie!

Black, Sailor:
Firstly it’s a great shame we couldn’t see this through, I was so happy when I heard that I would have the chance to sail this leg because it gave me the opportunity to pass Cape Horn. I knew it would be difficult, I know it’s basically the ‘Mecca’ of the sailing world.

Our mast broke when we were only 240 miles from Cape Horn, we were only 10 hours away. We couldn’t sail around Cape Horn and now we can’t finish this leg.

It’s a shame and I feel really sad. Our shore team and all the sailors worked so hard, but then this happened to us and the job we’ve done for this leg feels like it’s nor nothing. It’s just such a shame.

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Background: The 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race began in Alicante, Spain on Oct. 11 with the final finish on June 27 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Racing the new one design Volvo Ocean 65, seven teams will be scoring points in 9 offshore legs to determine the overall Volvo Ocean Race winner. Additionally, the teams will compete in 10 In-Port races at each stopover for a separate competition – the Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Series. The fifth leg, from Auckland, NZL to Itajaí, Brazil (6,776 nm), began March 18 with an ETA of approximately April 4.

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Volvo Ocean Race to institute mandatory sleep periods http://www.xssailing.com/news/volvo-ocean-race-to-institute-mandatory-sleep-periods/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/volvo-ocean-race-to-institute-mandatory-sleep-periods/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:58:57 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18911 Alicante, Spain (April 1, 2015) – Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad announced changes to the safety rules after reviewing the accident report generated from the grounding of Team Vestas Wind during Leg 2 in the Indian Ocean.

The report focused on the strain of the crew, which is limited to eight people, and how sleep deprivation is greater in the 2014-15 race than in previous editions. As the grounding was due to human error, with the weariness of the crew unable to identify the shoal, the new rules will now institute mandatory sleep periods during the race.

“Each team has its own rotation system but the offwatch crew are frequently awoken to help ondeck,” explained Frostad. “The new rules now require sailors to get a minimum amount of uninterrupted rest and limit the number of consecutive hours they can sail.”

Frostad thanks sponsor Volvo for helping design the new rules.

“Volvo cars have long been marketed and stressed their historic reputation for safety, and now it’s time that the race adapts to their high standards. “Sailors aren’t as tough as they used to be, and now need more regulations to insure their security,” Frostad said. “We are also worried about the boats since many are leased.”

The sailors are supportive of the change, which will commence after they party their arses off during the Brazil stopover.

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Sailing returns to Paralympic Games http://www.xssailing.com/article/sailing-returns-to-paralympic-games/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/sailing-returns-to-paralympic-games/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:58:24 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18910 (April 1, 2015) – The International Paralympic Committee has announced that sailing has been reinstated for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. After months of whining and badgering by irate, professional disabled sailors (mostly from GBR), they finally succumbed to the incessant pressure and acquiesced. However, due to the mandated design constraints (approved by ISFA) that the Olympic facilities accommodate only centerboard boats, a new list of equipment has been required for the three Paralympic Sailing events. Click headline for full report.

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'It's a real adventure' http://www.xssailing.com/article/its-a-real-adventure-2/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/its-a-real-adventure-2/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:55:43 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18914

With last night’s announcement that Dongfeng Race Team are set to retire from Leg 5, we get reaction from the sailors…

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The flying trapeze… to leeward! http://www.xssailing.com/article/flying-trapeze-leeward/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/flying-trapeze-leeward/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:05:25 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18907

Starts at 37 seconds…

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VOR video update! http://www.xssailing.com/article/vor-video-update-3/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/vor-video-update-3/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 05:04:56 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18906

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Broken Cup? http://www.xssailing.com/article/broken-cup/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/broken-cup/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 05:03:00 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18903

The America’s Cup teams have agreed to make changes aimed at significantly reducing costs for the 2017 America’s Cup.

Central to these changes is the introduction of an exciting new America’s Cup Class – a wing-sailed, foiling catamaran between 45 and 50 feet.

“The move to the new America’s Cup Class is a major step forward for the America’s Cup,” said Commercial Commissioner Harvey Schiller, following the vote.

“Collectively, the teams have agreed current costs are neither justified, nor sustainable, and

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Olympic Classes Trofeo Princesa Sofia Palma ESP Day 2 http://www.xssailing.com/article/olympic-classes-trofeo-princesa-sofia-palma-esp-day-2/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/olympic-classes-trofeo-princesa-sofia-palma-esp-day-2/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 05:02:48 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18905 The breeze on Palma Bay continued to challenge the sailors on Day 2 of Princesa Sofia Regatta and although a little more steady, sailors were forced to wait for the seabreeze to kick in by noon, still with disturbances from …

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Team NZ Speaks! http://www.xssailing.com/article/team-nz-speaks-3/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/team-nz-speaks-3/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:58:40 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18901 Team NZ Press Release

By the deadline of the 31st March the America’s Cup teams voted by a majority in favour of changes to the 35th America’s Cup Protocol, which included a reduction in boat size to between a 45 and 50 foot foiling catamaran and as a consequence the withdrawal of Auckland as America’s Cup Qualifier host city.

Under the original Protocol, the Qualifier venue was to be announced by the 15th February 2015. This requirement was fulfilled on this date with the announcement to the teams that Auckland would be the location of the Qualifiers.

Among the changes to the Protocol voted on, ACEA sought to retrospectively change this date to April and disregard the agreement for Auckland to be the location for the America’s Cup qualifier.

As a result, Emirates Team New Zealand has now reluctantly filed an application to the America’s Cup Arbitration Panel to reinstate Auckland as the qualifier venue based on a signed and accepted bid, notified to the teams in accordance with the Protocol. This needs to be done to satisfy the requirement that all complaints must be filed within 7 days of knowing the facts justifying the complaint.

CEO Grant Dalton said, “Emirates Team New Zealand have filed an application to the America’s Cup Arbitration Panel in the belief that ACEA has breached their signed agreement and protocol obligations by discarding Auckland.”

“However prior to any hearing Emirates Team New Zealand will continue discussions with all teams and ACEA on the prospect of continuing to bring America’s Cup racing to Auckland.”

Until the outcome of this is known Emirates Team New Zealand continues its work in preparing for the next America’s Cup in 2017.

“We are fighting to keep Auckland as a qualifier. This isn’t about government funding, this is not the end of Emirates Team New Zealand, it’s about enforcing a contract and bringing America’s Cup racing to New Zealand as agreed by ACEA.” Concluded Dalton.

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New America’s Cup Class approved http://www.xssailing.com/news/new-americas-cup-class-approved-2/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/new-americas-cup-class-approved-2/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:53:19 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18899 Bermuda (March 31, 2015) – The America’s Cup teams have agreed to make changes aimed at significantly reducing costs for the 2017 America’s Cup. Central to these changes is the introduction of an exciting new America’s Cup Class – a wing-sailed, foiling catamaran between 45 and 50 feet.

“The move to the new America’s Cup Class is a major step forward for the America’s Cup,” said Commercial Commissioner Harvey Schiller, following the vote.

“Collectively, the teams have agreed current costs are neither justified, nor sustainable, and a majority have together taken a sensible course of action to cut costs. I believe this puts the America’s Cup on a firm foundation for today and for the future.”

Crucially, the new class will cost much less over the life of a campaign, with potential savings across design, build and operations, making it a revolutionary cost-saving measure for the sport in both the short and long term.

“The changes being made are to reduce the current costs and complexity which are barriers to new teams wishing to enter the America’s Cup,” said Iain Percy, the team manager for Artemis Racing.

A majority of the current teams favored the new class, with the expectation it will be used in the next edition of the America’s Cup as well, in order to lower the barrier to entry – both technological and financial – to new teams.

Looking towards the future, the new America’s Cup Class will put the event on a path towards economic sustainability. Numerous one-design components will focus the design effort on areas that have an impact on performance, cutting costs significantly, but not diminishing the design challenge.

“The America’s Cup – like Formula One – has to be a design race as well as a race on the water,” noted Ben Ainslie, the team principal at Ben Ainslie Racing. “That has always been part of the Cup’s appeal. That is what attracts some of the world’s best engineers – people like Adrian Newey, who has shown a real passion for the design challenge of the America’s Cup.”

“This wasn’t an easy process,” admitted ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill. “The established teams, ourselves included, were well down the path of designing an AC62. But there is a bigger picture to consider. We needed to bring the costs down, but we had to respect the design component of the event as that’s always been one of the biggest challenges in winning the America’s Cup.”

The savings the competitors will realize in this edition of the Cup may spark additional entries, with at least one potential team from Asia expected to challenge and other international teams considering their options.

“To be a global success, the America’s Cup needs to be accessible to the best teams, not just the biggest and wealthiest ones,” said Franck Cammas, the skipper of Team France. “So we must change in this way.”

“While it’s true there are a few critics of this move, we have to adjust to the time. This is a rule that provides the essential of the America’s Cup – the design challenge, the sport, the athletic spectacle – without such a prohibitive cost,” said Olympic medalist Roland Gaebler who has been working to establish a German Challenge. “My focus had been on the next America’s Cup but with these changes we may be able to accelerate that.”

The rule changes were passed by a majority vote of the Competitor Forum, comprising the six teams currently entered in the America’s Cup. An updated Protocol and a new Class Rule will be published this week.

A majority of the teams has also now indicated a preference that all of the racing in 2017 be conducted at a single venue, Bermuda. The America’s Cup Event Authority will consider this in nominating a venue for the America’s Cup Qualifiers.

Report by event media.

Editor’s note: This update is thin on details. A majority vote was needed to change the Protocol, and in that change is a new AC Class. What we don’t know is the degree of standardization in this new Class, such as what aspects will be tightly controlled and what aspects will have design freedom. We also don’t know if the changes that were approved will impact any of the teams, as Luna Rossa Challenge and Team New Zealand had suggested they may withdraw if these changes were approved. Standing by for detail…

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Spookie wins Round Tortola Race http://www.xssailing.com/news/spookie-wins-round-tortola-race/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/spookie-wins-round-tortola-race/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:52:10 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18898 Tortola, British Virgin Island (March 31, 2015) – Racing got underway for the BVI Sailing Festival with the Round Tortola Race for the Nanny Cay Cup. White horses dotted the Sir Francis Drake Channel as the warm trade winds provided sparkling conditions for the 35 yachts taking part. At the start just off Nanny Cay, the yachts powered to windward, playing the lifts from the southern shore before cracking sheets at Beef Island. Setting downwind sails for the long reach along the stunning northern shore the fleet got a taste of the Atlantic; surfing on ocean waves.

“A great course with a bit of everything,” commented America’s Cup helmsman, Andy Green, calling tactics on Gosia Rojek’s Swan 42, Better Than. “We had 15-17 knots at the start which faded a little on the north side of the island, but it was quite puffy, so there was plenty to work with. Near the finish, the narrow gap at West End provides an interesting twist before the beat to finish.”

The 11 yachts in CSA Racing had a highly competitive start, with three high performance yachts fighting for the Committee Boat end. Tortolan Sam Talbot, skipper of J/111, Spike was windward boat and just keeping clear to leeward was Steve & Heidi Benjamin’s American Carkeek 40, Spookie. Stefan Jentzsch’s German Carkeek 47, Black Pearl was squeezing Spookie up towards the line, fighting for clear air, but had space below to bare away and speed into the lead on the favoured island shore. Black Pearl raced around the course taking Line Honours for the CSA Racing Division but was just outside record pace and after time correction placed third in class. Rupert & Jan Thouron’s J/122, Dunder was second, much to the delight of the team from Vermont, USA. However, the winner of the CSA Racing class by just under 3 minutes after time correction was Spookie.

America’s Cup winner, Peter Holmberg was racing on home waters, calling tactics on Spookie. “It was a fantastic course and very challenging; going uphill at the start with the current and the whole backside of the island has a lot of shadows. How close you get to the land on the backside without running out of wind is a big factor. I have raced around Tortola since I was a kid so I know the course pretty well. It looks like we will have a good battle with Black Pearl in this regatta. They have some really good guys on board.”


Right to left: Chairman of Nanny Cay, Cameron McColl presented the crew of Spookie with the Nanny Cay Cup © BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival/Todd vanSickle

Richard Palm and his crew from Rockland YC, Maine look like they are relishing the warm weather with a hot start in the Multihull Class, judging the line to perfection on Outremer 51, Archer. However one of Tortola’s most famous yachts soon took up the running. Richard Wooldridge and Steve Davis’ Triple Jack set the Round Tortola Record in 2012 (2 hours, 40 minutes and 18 seconds). However, this year the conditions were not ideal for the Kelsall One-Off and despite taking Line Honours for the race, Triple Jack was outside record pace.


Richard Wooldridge and Steve Davis’ Triple Jack © BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival/Todd vanSickle

The second start featured 15 yachts in the Bareboat Class, Team Merlin, skippered by Charles Garrard and crewed by the Boston Yacht Club were whooping with delight with a cracking start at the Committee Boat end of the line. Maitland Chambers skippered by Chris Parker from London, Great Britain also got away to a flying start. However, Team Merlin, Class Winner in the 2013 BVI Spring Regatta, won the Round Tortola Race by 10 minutes after time correction, from Iskander Rakhimov’s Russian team, RRC One. Dennis Gregory’s Sail Montana was third.


Charles Garrard’s American Team Merlin/Mau Bisa © BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival/Todd vanSickle

In CSA Performance Cruising, Ross Applebey’s Scarlet Oyster showed just why the British Oyster 48 has been unbeaten this season in the Caribbean. With seconds to go before the gun, Scarlet Oyster looked to be too early, but dialled-down and accelerated just as the Committee Boat sounded the start. However it was Giles Redpath’s Grand Soleil 56, Shine that won the race in CSA Performance Cruising with Scarlet Oyster second and Christian Reynolds’ Swan 51, Northern Child in third.

“Well I guess we can only go downhill from here,” laughed Giles Redpath. “We are three families from Hampshire, Great Britain and all of our children have been to the same school. To be honest, the crew have very little experience. Some of the nautical terms like ‘sweat the lazy guy’ raised a few eyebrows amongst the crew, but we have some very determined teenagers on board, mixed with a few of us that have had a little more time on the water. We didn’t sail a perfect race but what a great way to start the regatta.”

CSA Jib & Main was won by Steve Schmidt’s Santa Cruz 70, Hotel California Too but only just. David Lane’s Hunter 30, Wicked Winch, with his team from the Loyal West End Yacht Club was less than a minute behind after time correction.

“It is pretty cool that people from 14 different nations are racing in the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival. It is a very multicultural event with teams from Russia, the Baltic, from all over the Caribbean, Europe and North America and I really like that,” commented Cameron McColl, Chairman of Nanny Cay. “These people learn sailing in different places in different ways and they don’t often get a chance to compete with each other and none of them really know what the opposition will be like. Nanny Cay is a great place for them all to meet up. Even for the non-sailors, they can watch the racing from the beach and join up with the sailors after racing. Having everything in one spot is all part of the original vision for Nanny Cay.

Racing at the BVI Sailing Festival continues on Wednesday 1st April with the Veuve Clicquot Island Invitational, a pursuit style race to the beautiful island of Jost Van Dyke.

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Report by event media. Photos by © BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival/Todd vanSickle.

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French and New Zealand lead Olympic contest http://www.xssailing.com/news/french-and-new-zealand-lead-olympic-contest/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/french-and-new-zealand-lead-olympic-contest/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:50:03 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18891 Palma de Mallorca, Spain (March 31, 2015) – It was a long day with the late coming sea breeze delaying racing. Patience paid off and the second day in the Trofeo Sofia IBEROSTAR provided great racing and allowed to complete the qualification stage. A seventh race was completed for the kites who will go into medal race mode on Wednesday.

As the opening event of the Olympic circuit in Europe, the French and New Zealanders made the most of today’s races taking the lead in six classes.

“This is an excellent start in the regatta for the French team especially in RS:X, Nacra, 470 Men and Finn!” French Olympic team manager, Guillaume Chiellino can be proud of his team who has taken a rocket start into the 46th Trofeo Sofia IBEROSTAR.

Two French teams are leading the Nacra with World and European champions Billy Besson and Marie Riou in first position and Moana Vaireaux with Manon Audinet in second. Guillaume Pirouelle and Valentin Sipan are sharing the top of the score on equal points with Swedish team of Dahlberg / Bergstrom in the 470. RS:X World Champion Julien Bontemps scored his second victory to conserve a very tight lead in the Men’s windsurfing on equal points with Joao Rodrigues (POR) and Makoto Tomizawa from Japan.

“We are only at the start of the competition but the French like this event where they usually perform well like last year when they scored some good performances.” said Chiellino.

The talented New-Zealand team will probably be one of the main threats for the titles, like in the Finn where French and New-Zealander are head to head. Young kiwi Josh Junior has taken the edge today on the London Bronze medalist Jonathan Lobert, with a race win.

“It was a great day sailing. We had two completely different races.” explains Junior. “The first was very light and dominated by the left hand side. It was good the race committee persevered as a steady 18 knots breeze came in! I am really happy to have won that race too!”

New Zealanders are conserving their lead in the women 470 where the top two teams remain unchanged. Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie sailed into consistent second places today to conserve a small lead over French Camille Lecointre and Helene Defrance.

World number 1 Peter Burling and Blair Tuke remain at the top of the 49er fleet in front of German Heil / Ploessel and Brazilian Bianchi / Lowbeer.

Tamara Echegoyen and Berta Betanzos consolidate their lead in the women skiff with the Foght Schutt sisters climbing to second. Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) are taking third overall.

There is a change of lead in the Laser radial with Emma Plasschaert (BEL) taking a narrow lead over Paige Railey (USA), early leader Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR) and Alicia Cebrian (ESP) all on equal points. In the Laser men, Jesper Stalheim (SWE) conserves his lead in front of Norwegian Mathias Molatt and German Philipp Buhl. The day’s best performer is Argentinian Julio Alsogaray who places second in both races and climbs to 6th overall.

In the RS:X women, Chinese Manjia Zheng takes the lead from Charline Picon with top three scores.

The final stage is now on with fleets now split in Gold, Silver and a Bronze group for the Lasers. The Finns will continue to race in fleet until the medal race.

The kites have managed to complete one more race but leaders remain unchanged with Florian Trittel (ESP) and Elena Kalinina (RUS) who have been unbeatable. The wind direction and strength was far from ideal for launching and securing good racing conditions for the kites who have struggled to race for the last three days. Tomorrow 3 short medal races will decide on the winners in both the men and women divisions.

Racing continues daily and concludes April 4.

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Time to call it quits http://www.xssailing.com/article/time-to-call-it-quits/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/time-to-call-it-quits/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:49:53 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18896

Tough decisions. It’s part and parcel of being a Volvo Ocean Race skipper.

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What is it? http://www.xssailing.com/article/what-is-it-6/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/what-is-it-6/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:45:10 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18897

It’s a rave V…  Check it out at www.windrider.com

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BWR video update – Day 91 http://www.xssailing.com/article/bwr-video-update-day-91/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/bwr-video-update-day-91/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:26:43 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18890

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Volvo Ocean Race: Now the leg begins http://www.xssailing.com/news/volvo-ocean-race-now-the-leg-begins/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/volvo-ocean-race-now-the-leg-begins/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:24:30 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18887 (March 31, 2015; Day 15) – The playbook among the Volvo Ocean Race teams is the same. When racing from New Zealand to Brazil, explained Anderson Reggio, Team Alvimedica Navigational Shore Support, “Get to Cape Horn fast and safe with all your Legos still attached. The boat to make it there with the most of their boat still intact will win this leg.”

Reggio’s words are ringing true:
– SCA damaged their fractional gennaker Mar 24, and are off the pace sailing offwind with the smaller J1 jib. They will round Cape Horn tomorrow.
– Dongfeng broke their mast on Mar. 30 and have withdrawn from the leg.
– Brunel, hours after rounding Cape Horn on Mar 30, damaged their J1, and are off the pace sailing upwind with the smaller J2 jib.

With the lead four boats of the Volvo Ocean Race now in the Atlantic, this is the section that wins or loses the leg. Abu Dhabi wasted little time, quickly overtaking Alvimedica’s lead to now control the fleet as they march at tight angles on port tack along Argentinian coastline.

While Dongfeng may have withdrawn, the urgency to get to Brazil remains. The boat arrived to Ushuaia, Argentina early today, with the plan to reduce the mast to a two-spreader rig, adapt a cruising mainsail replacement that had been sourced locally, and use the small J3 headsail. To supplement sail power, the forward water ballast tank will be used as a fuel tank to permit motoring for significant hours if necessary to keep the average speed up.

The plan is to depart local time tomorrow evening (Apr 1), with the trip to Itajaí expected to take 10-12 days. The In-Port Race is on April 18 with the Leg 6 start to Newport on April 19.

Leg 5 (6,776 nm) Position Report (21:40 UTC)
1. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Ian Walker (GBR), 1384.4 nm Distance to Finish
2. Team Alvimedica, Charlie Enright (USA), 6.1 nm Distance to Lead
3. MAPFRE, Xabi Fernandez (ESP), 15.6 nm DTL
4. Team Brunel, Bouwe Bekking (NED), 29.4 nm DTL
5. Team SCA, Sam Davies (GBR), 690.9 nm DTL
6. Dongfeng Race Team, Charles Caudrelier (FRA), Did not finish
7. Team Vestas Wind, Chris Nicholson (AUS), Did not start

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Background: The 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race began in Alicante, Spain on Oct. 11 with the final finish on June 27 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Racing the new one design Volvo Ocean 65, seven teams will be scoring points in 9 offshore legs to determine the overall Volvo Ocean Race winner. Additionally, the teams will compete in 10 In-Port races at each stopover for a separate competition – the Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Series. The fifth leg, from Auckland, NZL to Itajaí, Brazil (6,776 nm), began March 18 with an ETA of approximately April 4.

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A Fitting Finale For Center Sound Series http://www.xssailing.com/article/a-fitting-finale-for-center-sound-series/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/a-fitting-finale-for-center-sound-series/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:24:27 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18888

Saturday’s Three Tree Race concluded Seattle’s Corinthian Yacht Club Center Sound Series with the 30 mile, round trip jaunt south on Puget Sound, and as Jan’s Marin Pics will attest, it was a pleasant conclusion, with plenty of

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Nacra 17s @Palma: Day 1 by Laurens Morel http://www.xssailing.com/article/nacra-17s-palma-day-1-by-laurens-morel/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/nacra-17s-palma-day-1-by-laurens-morel/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:24:21 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18889 More action from Day 1 at Palma. All Images courtesy of Laurens Morel.- www.saltycolours.com

Day 2 Results at http://www.trofeoprincesasofia.org/en/default/races/race-resultsall , Top ten below

1  FRA 1 1
Marie RIOU SNO Nantes/USAM Brest
3 7

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PHOTOS: Not your father’s Oldsmobile http://www.xssailing.com/article/photos-not-your-fathers-oldsmobile/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/photos-not-your-fathers-oldsmobile/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:42:15 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=18883 Traverse City, MI (March 31, 2015) – With a stunning and eye-catching livery, the new TP52 Quantum Racing (USA) recently launched in Spain and is now undergoing sea trials before the start of an intense racing season. Photography by Keith Brash for Quantum Racing. Full report.



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