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XS WORLD SAILING NEWS
- 23 October 2014 16:21:50 Inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race: Lanzarote to Grenada Scuttlebutt Sailing News
A varied fleet of ten entrants ranging from 40 to 100ft will set off for Grenada on November 29 from Lanzarote, the most eastern in the Canary Islands chain, in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s new offshore race. The inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race will see competitors from several countries weave their way through the historic archipelago before making landfall 2,800 nautical miles away where they will be welcomed at Camper & Nicholsons’ Port Louis Marina. Click headline for full report.
- 23 October 2014 15:56:26 PHOTOS: Student Yachting World Cup 2014 Scuttlebutt Sailing News Twelve student teams from around the world gathered in La Rochelle, France for the 34th edition of the Student Yachting World Cup, competing October 17-22 on Grand Surprise boat. Photos by Icarus Sailing Media
- 23 October 2014 15:17:41 Farr 40 class circuit returns to California in 2015 Scuttlebutt Sailing News
After the Farr 40 class organized in 2014 a five event circuit in California that included the North American Championship and culminated with the class World Championship in San Francisco, the class will return in 2015 to the golden state to host their most prominent events. The schedule begins in San Diego (March 4-7) and concludes in Long Beach for the Rolex World Championship (Sept. 24-27). Click headline for details.
- 23 October 2014 02:42:55 Getting anxious to leave the Doldrums Scuttlebutt Sailing News
(October 22, 2014; Day ) – As the Volvo Ocean Race teams woke up this morning on the first leg of the race from Alicante to Cape Town, Abu Dhabi was in the lead with a fleet spread of 170 nm, the wind speed differing across the fleet from 6 knots down to nothing, from an average direction of 60º. Maybe west was best after all, at least it was for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team Brunel, who stuck together (just 45nm apart in fact), as they took the western approach into the Doldrums.
It was a choice made way back even before the Cape Verde Islands, and one that Ian Walker was very confident would give his boat a clear run through a notoriously unpredictable area. The Dutch team was sitting around 10nm behind the Emiratis, and both going at the same speed – 7 knots, headed at 170°, with a wind direction 60°.
Over on the other side of the fleet, Team Vestas Wind had also broken through the worst of the Intertropical Convergence Zone, and interestingly find themselves in almost identical conditions to those 170nm the other side of the pack, although skipper Chris Nicholson would admit that they’ve had a far more difficult time of it.
The advantage to the boat is that they now have a better angle for the approach to the next waypoint, Fernando de Noronha, and that could see them take miles out of the two leaders, when reaching in marginal wind strength, a higher angle to the wind will result in faster boat speed.
It’s hard going for the rest of the teams back in the cheap seats though. MAPFRE, Team Alvimedica, Team SCA and to a lesser extent Dongfeng Race Team were sailing in just one knot of wind, so unless they get some lucky cloud action, they could take most of the day just to get off Mother Nature’s naughty step.
On Alvimedica, Onboard Reporter Amory Ross writes, “so again we drift in darkness without a ripple on the water, sails aimlessly smacking against”. It’s known as ‘the Full English’, 0.00 knots of wind (three fried eggs), but it doesn’t taste quite so nice when you’re presented with a big plate of it. For the front three, attentions turn to sailing fast down to the Equator crossing. For the rest of the pack, well, they’d just like to sail.
“These Doldrums weren’t too aggressive,” said race meteorologist Gonzalo Infante this morning. Yet, the fleet will be pretty relieved to finally leave the International Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). It should officially be the case by tomorrow morning.
At this afternoon’s report, was still in the lead, average windspeed was 3-9 knots, with an average boat speed of 6 – 10 knots. Abu Dhabi and Brunel will be the first ones to exit the Doldrums, having found the narrowest passage to the west. The Dutch boat is only seven miles behind Abu Dhabi.
Team Vestas Wind are third, 80 miles away from the leader. Chris Nicholson and his guys picked the east side of the route, and will leave the Doldrums in third position.
Having chosen the middle, Dongfeng, Team Alvimedica, MAPFRE and Team SCA won’t have it so easy, they are likely to spend more time in there. But once they are out, a nice and long downwind sail to Fernando de Noronha awaits, in the southeast trade winds. Click on headline for full report.
- 23 October 2014 01:54:20 Lay day at RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championship Scuttlebutt Sailing News Clearwater, FL (October 22, 2014) – After two days of intense racing at the RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championship, both mens and womens fleets have completed a full schedule of 6 light-wind races, with a lay day scheduled today. Among the 54 men, Spaniard Toni Macias has built a 22 point lead over Oli Pouliquen [&hellip
Optimist World Championship - Day 1 Sailweb Sailing and Yachting News Day 1 of the 2014 Optimist World Championship in Argentina began Wednesday with two races for each of the three flights
Cat Sailing News
F18 Sweden: Raid Noir 2014 (Plus Russian Sub hunting..) Catamaran Racing, News & Design Images by Max Rehman Linden. Nothing better than sail the Stockholm beautiful Archipelago and enjoygin Post Cold War Russian Subs Hunting along the way....! Report sent by Lars Linden: "We had a pretty awesome raid in the Stockholm Archipelago.
This weekend the Swedish F18 sailors had their final race for the season : Raid Noir. This year edition was the best ever from a sailing perspective,
Volvo Ocean Race - Day 12 for Team Alvimedica Sail-World.com USA Latest News There is no question as to the origins of the phrase 'down in the doldrums;' the monotony of these days is apparent.
Fiji Hosts Coaches Course ISAF World Sailing RSS An ISAF Level 1 Technical Course for participation related coaches was successfully delivered in Savu, Fiji in September 2014. The eight participants on the course learnt new techniques of teaching or the delivery of participation related sailing during the week long course.
Artie’s Heroic Return VSail.info After probably the toughest 24 hours in the 46 year history of the race, Lee Satariano's Maltese J/122, Artie finished the Rolex Middle Sea Race on Thursday 23 October 2014 at 00h 45m 5s in an elapsed time of 4Days 13hours 35mins and 05secs.
XS Sailing XS Sailing OPTI WORLDS – Yesterday started the first races of the Opti World Championship. The weather prediction was right: 15Knots of regular North wind There was lots of current that was positive for the argentinian Dante Cittadini who is first in the final results of this day. The argentinian race area is very challenging for many […]
Live Sail Die
- 6 October 2014 00:02:07 EXSS – Act 7 Nice: Alinghi Winners Live Sail Die Morgan Larson has one hand on the 2014 Series trophy after Alinghi snatch victory in Nice - Realteam narrowly denied their first Act win, after an edge of the seat final race shoot out. - J.P. Morgan BAR take their second podium position of the year finishing third – the Brits are getting stronger and [...]
- 5 October 2014 21:26:08 2014 North Sails NZ Young 88 Owners Nationals – Photos Live Sail Die The North Sails New Zealand Young 88 Owners Nationals was a mixed weekend with the fleet forced to abandon racing on Saturday and go Wind Warrior Racing instead. Click here for the video! Sunday saw five of the scheduled six races completed with shifty and inconsistent conditions. The race committee made the reluctant decision to [...]
- 5 October 2014 09:01:47 Depth Charge Ethel – Leech 650 Live Sail Die Our mates over in Briz-Vegas at Hell Yeah!! Boatbuilders have spent the last two years mucking around in a garage consuming enough beer to see a small island nation through a decade! Oh, and at the end of the two years, a Leech 650 Sports boat rolled out of the garage – WAHOO….! ‘Depth Charge [...]
- 5 October 2014 02:25:46 Volvo Ocean Race – Team Alvimedica take first blood! Live Sail Die Three changes of leader in one hour. A five-second gap between Team Alvimedica, winners of the Alicante In-Port Race, and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, second. Just 25 seconds to MAPFRE, in third. Alicante In Port Race Full Replay: [Volvo Ocean Race Media: Agathe Armand] One thing’s for sure – it’s a tight game out there. [...]
- 5 October 2014 01:45:33 EXSS – Act 7 Nice: Day 3 Live Sail Die Damage limitation for The Wave, Muscat tomorrow after a day to forget while the Swiss teams rule The third day of racing on the French Riviera for the Extreme 40s could prove to be one of the most defining days of the whole 2014 season, with the leaderboard well and truly blown open. There were [...]
The Daily Sail
- 22 October 2014 22:44:24 Pole position Feed of all Daily Sail content Hurricane Gonzalo, the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, set sail on Bermuda’s Hamilton Harbour today, albeit postponed by 24 hours.
- 22 October 2014 22:17:51 Time to fly Feed of all Daily Sail content Today, Ben Ainslie Racing took to the water for the first time from their temporary base in Southampton, sailing their AC45, newly fitted with foils
- 22 October 2014 09:28:23 Slow boats to nowhere Feed of all Daily Sail content Image above courtesy of Expedition and Predictwind
- 21 October 2014 23:18:05 DSS foils to revolutionise IMOCA 60 fleet Feed of all Daily Sail content The sub-text to last week’s decision by IMOCA to place no further restrictions on its class rule is that it will permit both the six new IMOCA 60s currently under construction, as well as the
- 21 October 2014 23:04:50 Match racers defy Gonzalo Feed of all Daily Sail content Over the last few days there have been frantic phone calls between travel agents from competitors at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage and the oldest event on the Alpari World Match Racing T
- 14 October 2014 12:29:33 Ainslie aims for lasting legacy Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sailing | BBC Sir Ben Ainslie hopes basing his America's Cup team in Portsmouth will create a lasting legacy on the south coast.
- 13 October 2014 13:49:50 Brits take all-female crew into lead Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sailing | BBC British duo Samantha Davies & Libby Greenhalgh have taken the all-female crew of Team SCA into the lead of the Volvo Ocean Race.
- 13 October 2014 13:22:09 Kate becomes sailing charity patron Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sailing | BBC The Duchess of Cambridge becomes the royal patron of a new sailing charity connected to Britain's bid to win the sport's America's Cup in 2017.
- 10 October 2014 10:40:11 Portsmouth aiming for America's Cup Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sailing | BBC Portsmouth hopes to play host to two preparation events for yachting's 35th America's Cup over the next two summers.
- 25 September 2014 11:01:20 Sailor Scott targets Rio redemption Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sailing | BBC Sailor Giles Scott is determined to put missing out on the London 2012 Olympics behind him by winning gold at Rio 2016.
- Closing Time - Don Mickleborough passes away at age 90 mysailing News He was one of the great characters of Australian offshore racing.
- Stanczyk takes an early lead at Argo Gold Cup mysailing News Keith Swinton is sitting second in group one after three wins and one loss.
- Luna Sea denotes 100 entries for Rolex Sydney Hobart mysailing News At just 10.5m Luna Sea is one of the smallest yachts entered in the 70th edition of the race.
- Legging it to RQYS for the RL24 nationals mysailing News A strong fleet is expected to compete, including the Ratcliff family who came 2nd the last two years.
- BAR gets up and foiling in AC45 mysailing News “For us sailors it’s a real privilege to get out there and sail one of these boats," - Ben Ainslie.
- 7 August 2014 02:41:00 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Test Event: Mid-Regatta Report US Sailing Pictured: Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.), Laser August 6, 2014 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – As Day 4 of the Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta (Olympic Test Event) concludes, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes remain focused on absorbing as much knowledge as possible about the 2016 Olympic Games venue during their time in Brazil. Good weather conditions […]
- 6 August 2014 23:54:40 Chubb U.S. Junior Championships – Day 1 Report US Sailing TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (August 6, 2014) – Ninety-three confident young racers set sail on West Grand Traverse Bay in the first of three days of racing at the 2014 Chubb U.S. Junior Championships, hosted by Grand Traverse Yacht Club (GTYC) and Traverse Bay Community Sailing (TBCS). Tuesday’s racing clinics and practice races with five of […]
- 5 August 2014 19:30:25 Chubb U.S. Junior Championships 2014 Preview US Sailing TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (August 5, 2014) – A talented collection of the top young sailors in the country have arrived in Northern Michigan and are eager to test themselves this week in single-, double-, and triplehanded competition on the waters of West Grand Traverse Bay. The Chubb U.S. Junior Championships is US Sailing’s most historic […]
- 5 August 2014 12:57:45 USCG Empanelled Standards/Rubrics Experts Team Launches National Validation Survey US Sailing Portsmouth, RI (August 5, 2014) — A team of experts assembled with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) grant funding seeks national content validation of SAIL boat operation standards/rubrics that will be freely available to the boating public. This is your opportunity to impact the development of free recreational paddling and rowing (canoes, kayaks, rowboats, paddleboards, etc.) […]
- 3 August 2014 14:48:32 Racing Begins at Rio Olympic Test Event US Sailing Pictured: US 49ers training in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. August 3, 2014 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – On Sunday August 3, racing at the Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta (Olympic Test Event) begins with Rio de Janeiro’s mountainous skyline and scenery providing a dramatic backdrop. For US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes, the event will provide another […]
Sailing Anarchy Forums
- 23 October 2014 13:56:37 Dinghy definition Sailing Forums
I was recently perusing the Sailnet forum and there's a debate over there about what constitutes a dinghy. The original post wanted to know what the smallest dinghy with a cabin is. Well it was quickly pointed out that a boat with a cabin, no matter how small, could not be a dinghy by definition. But I got to thinking, would a small, open sailboat with a fixed keel, such as a Herreschoff 12, or Doughdish, be considered a dinghy? How about a Soling? Does having a fixed keel preclude a boat from being defined as a dinghy?
- 23 October 2014 13:53:08 VOR 2014-15 - Leg 1 Sailing Forums
Now that the fleet is complete, I suggest to start a new thread for the actual race legs. The entrants one is 22 pages long...
Let's start with a prediction about the final standings in Gothenburg next summer (and in Cape Town):
1. Azzam (this is Ian's race to loose, I reckon. Star-line-up well funded)
2. Brunel (Bouwe has unfinished business with the race. Could well end first, but he has got some youngsters on board that could be a liability)
3. Campos (great sailors on board, but coming late and with the skipper expected to miss some legs. Too many handicaps to be able to win?)
4. Vestas (same as Campos, but actually with a full dedicated skipper. Could end up mixing my prediction. Crew unknown yet)
5. Dongfeng (the frenchies are extremely strong, but are short of crew with the unexperienced chinese...)
6. Alvimedica (first time youngsters...likely to struggle while learning)
7. SCA (somehow a surprise to see them fall back so fast in the RBI and the Canaries regatta...)
- 23 October 2014 13:46:42 Farr 280 hits UK Sailing Forums Enjoy....!
- 23 October 2014 13:46:02 Bucket List Sailing Forums
Bucket List is listed as the latest Harryproa design from Denney. It looks like it brings together all what he believes in after all these years, no more, no less. Definitely, no more. With a single sail this may not be the best floater in very light winds but I guess that is the price for the simplicity in the other wind regimens that are more fun to me. If delivered as promised on the web site, the sacrifies in comfort may be well worth the advantages in speed and costs. Although there is a fuse to let go of the sail once it pitches or heels beyond a certain angle, has anybody experience with the proposed righting method of pushing the buoyant boom in the water? Thank you.
PS: is there a way to shrink the picture?
- 23 October 2014 13:45:21 Dibley Class 950 UK Home Build Sailing Forums
I am currently in the process of building a Dibley Class 950 at home in the UK. This month we reached the point of turning the hull over which went without major incident. I have started a Facebok Community Page where I am keeping a record of the build. This can be found at https://www.facebook.com/DibleyClass950 or if the link is not working by searching under, "Dibley Class 950 UK Build".
If the journey is of interest to you then feel free to check it out. It is likely to take a few years before we get to completion and you might have a few laughs probably at my expense along the way.
- 23 October 2014 00:37:00 "I Got This Skip" Pressure Drop
Interesting action the 2014 US F18 Nationals
- 22 October 2014 22:30:00 Setting the BAR High Pressure Drop 22nd October, 2014 – Today, Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) took to the water for the first time from their temporary base in Southampton, sailing their foiling AC45. The boat originally raced under BAR colours during the America’s Cup World Series in 2012-13, and has subsequently been modified to fly on hydrofoils.
all photos © Lloyd Images
- 22 October 2014 16:40:00 Middle Sea Wind Awakens Pressure Drop
Marton Jozsa's WILD JOE (HUN) in the final approach to Malta
Day 5 of the Rolex Middle Sea Race has proved a day of reckoning for the competing fleet. The forecast strong northwesterly wind has arrived and consistently blown over 25 knots with gusts exceeding 40 knots. The effect has been to catapult the previously slow moving yachts towards the finish line in Malta.
- 22 October 2014 15:52:00 Giovanni Soldini and Maserati abandon record attempt in North Atlantic Pressure Drop
“We have decided to abandon our North Atlantic record attempt.” It was with these words that Giovanni Soldini and his nine-strong crew announced yesterday evening from Maserati that the New York-Lizard Point Atlantic record was nowdefinitely beyond the realms of possibility.
“Unfortunately the cold front we were following from the start suddenly accelerated, overtook us and, despite our best efforts, we ended up in a zone with very little wind. We tried to keep going for a few hours in that north-westerly wind but we quickly realised that we wouldn’t be able to
- 21 October 2014 21:00:00 Time To Say Goodbye Pressure Drop
Volvo Ocean Race
- 23 October 2014 12:23:00 From the boats The Volvo Ocean Race Official News The best of the OBR's blogs - OCTOBER 23
- 22 October 2014 20:22:00 The Doldrums lottery The Volvo Ocean Race Official News A day and a night of uncertainty later, the Doldrums are coming to an end.
- 22 October 2014 19:00:00 Daily Photo Contest The Volvo Ocean Race Official News
- 22 October 2014 17:55:00 Going nowhere The Volvo Ocean Race Official News It's not easy being stranded in the Doldrums
- 22 October 2014 15:01:00 The Man The Volvo Ocean Race Official News