Team Alvimedica broke from the pack yesterday – and now find themselves way out west and alone. Will their bravery pay as they head home to a hero’s welcome? Follow the fleet to the USA by clicking HERE!
The 420 CIMA at Bandol FRA ended yesterday with three races sailed in an up to 15 kn East wind. Winners after 12 heats are Maxime Pedron/Eliott Michal FRA with a solid 15 points advantage on Herail/Lepoutre FRA. The best …
(April 25, 2015; Leg 6, Day 6) – The fleet of boats in the Volvo Ocean Race continues to push north towards the next waypoints on the eastern tip of Brazil. Conditions have been stable with 10-12 kts of wind from between 050º – 060º that has allowed very little in the way of passing opportunity for any boat in the fleet.
Although, within a small range, the trend has pushed the main pack left, down towards Alvimedica, who have shown small signs of being lifted into the pack. Dongfeng Race Team has overtaken Alvimedica, with a slight lead of 3.2 nm. Team Brunel follows just behind, with Team SCA and MAPFRE neck and neck all within 6 miles of the leader. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing is pulling up the rear; however, a distance of less than 20 nm separates the fleet.
Dongfeng Race Team has suffered badly at the hands of the clouds, but skipper Charles Caudrelier had to recognize that the last one was good for them. Coupled with a good tack and great speed for the last 48 hours, the team took the lead of the chasing pack trying to grind down Team Alvimedica and their nice little breakaway.
The wind has been very light and unstable, and as a function of each cloud line, each of the boats has good and bad phases. Hard on the nerves, no gain is ever for keeps. One cloud can ruin a team in one hour, all the 0.1 miles gained through hours of tuning and driving. But since this evening the wind is more stable and Dongfeng Race Team is going fast. Good news because changing the mast is never without consequence, and tuning a mast in just two hours in 20 knots of wind the night before a start is not ideal at all.
This Volvo is really something else. The move to One Design has really change the race and made it even tougher. The permanent contact between the competitors is tiring and stressful. It’s the Figaro type of intensity. Only the legs last 20 to 25 days not just 4. There are 8 sailors onboard and way fewer boats on the water, but the level is very matched.
Team SCA has joined the party on this leg. They have found the missing boat-speed that has let them down on the previous legs. Its great to see them there, and Dongfeng skipper Caudrelier is happy for his friend Sam Davies. They have worked hard and progressed since Alicante but have not found success on the previous legs.
The GRIB files agree with what’s happening to the boats, and predict that next the wind will veer again lifting the fleet around Recife at some point tomorrow morning. The routing takes them right along the shore line and as the leg gets more ‘reachy’, the land effects will have less of an influence than we have seen in other legs as they have tacked up the coast.
Leg 6 (5,010 nm) Position Report (as of 21:40 UTC)
1. Dongfeng Race Team, Charles Caudrelier (FRA), 3838.4 nm Distance to Finish
2. Team Alvimedica, Charlie Enright (USA), 3.2 nm Distance to Lead
3. Team Brunel, Bouwe Bekking (NED), 4.4 nm DTL
4. Team SCA, Sam Davies (GBR), 5.3 nm DTL
5. MAPFRE, Iker Martínez (ESP), 5.7 nm DTL
6. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Ian Walker (GBR), 13.8 nm DTL
7. Team Vestas Wind, Chris Nicholson (AUS), Did not start
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 sixth leg, from Itajaí, Brazil to Newport, USA (5,010 nm), began April 19 with an ETA of May 6.
San Diego, CA (April 25, 2015) – For sailors, springtime in San Diego can only mean one thing. While the rest of the country enjoys warmer weather and blossoming wildlife, the sailing community is training and strategizing for Yachting Cup, the premiere spring regatta of the San Diego Yacht Club. Yachting Cup will take place from May 1-3, with three days of racing scheduled both in the bay and out on the ocean. After each day of racing, competitors will be invited to stay at SDYC for the post-race social. Click headline for full story.
Ensenada, Mexico (April 25, 2015) – H.L. Enloe’s Mighty Merloe slipped into Ensenada minutes before dawn this morning at 5:55:35 a.m. to secure Best Elapsed Time honors at the 68th annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. Last year’s first to finish winner, Tom Sieble’s Orion, crossed the finish line in the light of day at 6:24:29 a.m.
By 8 a.m., the masts of the sleds and maxi’s could be seen peaking above the horizon and slowly washed in with a bank of clouds that seemed to have hovered offshore all night. Details are pending, but a group of five favorites including Pyewacket and Bad Pak clustered together in the final minutes to finish only seconds apart.
Early morning showers put a damper on the wind, Friday and the start may have looked like a raft up from afar. Close up, there were still lots of jockeying for position as the various classes drifted into the start line. By 1 p.m. the 205 boat fleet, less a few flying colorful spinnakers headed into the dark grey horizon in search of wind.
Nineteen boats called in throughout the night with to report DNF status (did not finish) including last years’ big winner Mama Tried, sailed by Pete Melvin.
More results and details pending. Winds picked up at 10 a.m. will give a welcome push to the remaining competitors.
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Image: Christophe Launay / Fédération Française de Voile – Full gallery at http://bit.ly/1yZLAV2 – Beyond those two above in red lycras that always win one day before the medal race… interesting results with the Dutch crews coming back to the top spots as when the new Olympic Class started to race in 2013.
The Netherlands teams were untouchable at the time. Then they disappeared from the
The world governing body for sailing, ISAF, is threatening to move events for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics out of the city’s polluted Guanabara Bay unless “a whole lot more is done very quickly” to clear the site of floating debris and sewage.
Wow, what a bold step. Any idiot could have, and would have said this months and months and months ago…-ed.
by Heather Gregg-Earl
“No victory is sweeter than one you win with friends” In the world of one design sailing today, those words have special meaning. With so many professional teams racing across so many one-design classes in the US these days, the Corinthian team (all Group 1’s per ISAF classification, no professionally paid sailors on board) is becoming a rare bird.
Many one-design fleets are finding themselves now with about 3/4 of the fleet categorized as professional teams with a small contingent, a fourth, being sailing by Corinthian teams. However, it’s critical to the growth of the sport that we encourage Corinthian teams within our classes.
Maintaining Corinthian type competition brings more sailors into the class, period, as it is a great outlet for those that place a high value on the experience yet still want to compete at a high level to do so.
I’ve been asked several times why I sail Corinthian, and the answer is simple: sailing and winning with friends is priceless. Twenty years from now I will be remembering the fun and laughs we had on and off the water, not whether we placed top ten in any given regatta. Life is about experiences with friends, not just podium finishes (well, maybe the big ones!)
But it is wrong to think that sailing as a Corinthian team doesn’t mean you can’t do well – you just have to work harder! The Corinthian teams that have worked hard are delivering the results across many classes.
Corinthian team of Ben Kinney, Senet Bischoff and Clay Bischoff recently had an impressive win in the Etchells class, a fully pro’d up class, winning a Jaguar Regatta beating 48 boats fleet. Last summer, their team placed 4th in a fleet of 95 in the Etchells Worlds. In the J/70 class, we have a number of fiercely competitive Corinthian teams that are giving the pro’s a run for their money too!
We think we have the best of both worlds. We get a lot better competing against the Pro’s and learning from them, yet we still have a chance at the Overall and Corinthian trophies as well.
The key to a strong Corinthian team is chemistry. There is no rock star aboard to bail you out. All members of the team tend to be a lot more equal in experience level relative to each other. It’s a complete team effort. How you work together on the boat, how you laugh together on land, how you support each other, and how you communicate all drive chemistry on the boat.
Chemistry is one of those intangibles – often underestimated but can be very powerful in driving results. We, as Corinthians, are underdogs, and must use everything we’ve got!
Editor’s note: Heather Gregg Earl, Skipper of J/70 Team MUSE, trophied at the 2013 North American Championship (1st Overall, 1st Corinthian) and 2014 World Championship (5th Overall, 1st Corinthian, 1st Female Driver)
(April 25, 2015) – Rio 2016 Olympic sailing events could be moved from Guanabara Bay if action isn’t quickly taken to clean the bay, an International Sailing Federation official said, according to The Associated Press.
Alastair Fox, head of competitions for the governing body, ISAF, said: “We’ve got quite frustrated with it all,” adding that Brazilian “politicians and the government must get going”.
“If we have to race all the races outside the bay, if that’s what it comes to, to ensure a fair regatta, then that’s something we’re going to explore and could do,” Fox said, “We are going to review the situation and make some more recommendations, demands is probably the right word, to make sure things are done.”
Fox suggested two sailing courses located just outside the bay in the open Atlantic, and a third being planned there, could be used for all races. Three other courses have been planned inside the bay but may not be used. In December, scientists said a “super bacteria” was discovered in Guanabara Bay, according to the AP.
In July, U.S. Olympic Sailing managing director Josh Adams said the unhealthy conditions of the bay had been “largely exaggerated for effect” by mainstream media, adding that the worst-case conditions of Guanabara Bay were in an area that won’t be used for Olympic competition.
Adams also said in July that US Sailing athletes took preventative measures before traveling to Rio for an Olympic test event in August, for a combination of the water conditions and general living in the Brazilian city.
“The bottom line is we’ve got to have a fair Olympics,” Fox said, “and make sure that our sailors are not at risk from health problems and there is fair racing.”
The enclosed bay is heavily polluted and has been described as an “open sewer” by Olympic sailors. The Rio state government promised to reduce the amount of raw sewage flowing into the bay by 80% but has since admitted that goal is unlikely to be met.
Last week officials in Rio revealed that 32 tons of dead fish have been cleared out of the lagoon where the Olympic rowing and canoeing events will take place next year.
Great Salt Lake • The saltiest sailors on the planet watched their sailboats get hoisted out of the Great Salt Lake Marina on Thursday and wondered when they might feel the rush of wind across the water again.
The only operating public marina on Utah’s inland sea was hopping as state park managers, members of the Great Salt Lake Yacht Club, a crane company and the Coast Guard Auxiliary started the two-day process of lifting 80 sailboats out of the water and onto trailers or high cradles, where many of them will sit in the marina parking lot until the water in the lake is deep enough to handle the boats.
The wind having done a 180° turn into the south overnight created a very tricky situation on the water for day two of racing at the Marseille Test Event for the 2015 Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour. As usual the thermal sea breeze attempted to overcome the gradient wind, but today this transition turned out to be a prolonged fight lasting the duration of the afternoon with massive shifts, frequently shutting down completely on sections of the race course.
In the end, of the six races scheduled, only three were completed leaving the Chris Draper-steered ARMIN STROM Sailing Team still leading,
“For sure, I like not being one of the sheep – or lemmings,” says Will Oxley, standing on deck, as the sun burns and fizzes into the sea behind him.
French broadcaster CANAL+ has acquired the broadcast rights to the America’s Cup for more than 50 international territories, including France, Monaco, and French-speaking Switzerland.
Under the new deal, CANAL+ will broadcast live racing and highlights from all events, including the America’s Cup World Series in 2015 and 2016 (beginning in July 2015 in Portsmouth, UK); and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, America’s Cup Qualifiers; Challenger Playoffs; and the Finals in Bermuda in May/June 2017.
“We are delighted to be partnering with CANAL+ again and look forward to engaging French speaking audiences around the world. In recognition of the success of the last Cup, CANAL+ have demonstrated a strong commitment to us and will also offer substantial exposure across all of our events,” commented Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner of the America’s Cup.
“CANAL+ Group is proud to once again broadcast America’s Cup in more than 50 international territories and bring to its subscribers around the world this outstanding television experience. The comeback story of the 2013 America’s Cup thrilled our subscribers and remains vivid in their memory. We expect the next America’s Cup to stand up to its legacy with exciting new boats, teams and racing formats in the America’s Cup World Series events as well as the final events in Bermuda in 2017.” said Maxime Saada, CANAL+ Group Head of Pay TV Channels.
America’s cup broadcast live on premium channel CANAL+ SPORT will also be available full-length on catch-up TV via the CANAL+ On Demand service.
The America’s Cup World Series opens with three events in 2015, beginning with live racing from Portsmouth, UK on the 25th and 26th July.
The G4 ‘Wipeout’ video has already racked up some 330,000 views in less than a week, well on its way to million-view status. But I barely had time to enjoy it last week before Gunboat Marketing chief Lauren Bataille sent me a text message.
“Still coming?” she wrote of my already-booked trip to Antigua for some G4 racing at Sailing Week.
Maybe I’m crazy, but watching a sweet 30-knot run segue into a gentle capsize didn’t make me nervous; in fact, it had the opposite effect, and sitting here at Newark airport waiting for a connection to Antigua, I find myself watching that video over and over again. What would I do? Where would I hang on? Do I really want to find out?
My answer remains as it was in my response to Lauren. “Hell f*&^ing yes!”
My seven-months pregnant wife always knows how to cut to the chase. “If she flips, be sure it wasn’t your fault,” was her first directive. “Oh, and wear a helmet. And have fun.” That part should be no problem at all.
Got questions about the interior, the exterior, the foils, the stove, the capsize, the electrical system…or anything else? Well, so do we. Plant yours in the G4 thread (without being a dick) and we’ll try to get an answer for you. Keep an eye in the forum, on the front page, and especially on SA Facebook for video and pics from Antigua.
Leg 6 to Newport. Day 4. It’s decision making time in the Atlantic. It was a tough call for the navigators on when to tack north-east towards Newport. This crucial tack has shuffled the ranking in the fleet. So far tacking early has paid off for Team Alvimedica. But will it last? Follow the fleet HERE!
Long Beach, CA (April 24, 2015) – Long Beach Yacht Club (LBYC) has announced the eight skippers competing in the 36th Ficker Cup match racing regatta, May 8 to 10, 2015. The roster leads with New Zealand’s Chris Steele (ranked no. 11 by ISAF); followed by rivals from the U.S.: Chris Poole (25), David Storrs (29), Peter Holz (75), Dustin Durant (84), Christophe Killian (91), Charles Lalumiere (111), and Dave Hood (302). The event promises fierce action, as competitors vie for the Ficker Cup trophy, and two spots in the Congressional Cup regatta, starting May 13. Click headline for full story.
We’ve been following young Ben Hartnett for a couple of years now, and this 18-year old university student from Southeast Oz is well on his way to becoming the next big talent in sailing video. He shot this tasty big-wave video at Sandringham Yacht Club with three boats training under Victorian Institute of Sport Geoff Woolley. He told us more about the shot:
We were just in a rib and because the waves were so big we were completely soaked after 2 minutes of filming. About 5 minutes into the shoot my main camera (canon 7d) copped a full wave and well. That was the end of that camera’s life. But luckily I had the gopro to use for the rest of the time on the water.
We’ve been telling you for months that Russell Coutts is funding a Japanese entry for the next America’s Cup, and the Independent has the confirmation this morning that another
commercially viable backer of the world’s wealthiest men has joined the fray for AC35. Banker Masoyashi Son and his Kansai Yacht Club (to include Dean Barker at or near the helm). Like Franck Cammas’ team, the Japanese will be subsidized by Coutts’ and his designers. With Artemis and Ben Ainslue Racing having allied themselves against the ETNZ/Luna Rossa bloc on every issue, it appears that the Coutts and Ellison plan to kill off everything historic about the AC is just about complete. The funded but always-underperforming Artemis anchors a group of ‘little sisters’ to Coutts’ team, including Team Ben, Oracle Team France and Oracle Team Japan. With Coutts having done everything he could to land in Bermuda while screwing all American fans, the AC Anarchy forumites have already dubbed the Coutts team “Oracle Team British Overseas Territory”, or OTBOT. We agree.
Meanwhile, Russell Coutts continues to defend himself on Facebook like some mentally deranged person in the SA forums; to paraphrase; “Watch me bring in Japan – they’re even bigger than Luna Rossa!” We are frankly amazed that he is even allowed to speak in public, but with Larry old and sick, there’s literally no one left to reign in King Rusty.
Out in the wilderness, Emirates Team New Zealand awaits as the sole challenger with a real America’s Cup history. The fight for AC35 will be a fight not only for the Cup, but a real quest, with actual good guys and at least one actual bad guy. He wears black.
Antigua, West Indies (April 24, 2015) – The 45th Edition of Antigua Sailing Week will open for registration on Friday, April 24. Antigua Sailing Week is the longest running and most famous regatta in the Caribbean and this year the number of entries has eclipsed recent years with 121 entries. Antigua Sailing Week is recognized the world over and the participants come from an astonishing 21 different nations and overseas territories. Racing starts with two stand alone events before the five-day series of racing for Antigua Sailing Week.
At least 17 yachts will take part in the Guadeloupe to Antigua Race on Friday, April 24, which has been running even longer than Antigua Sailing Week. So far 43 yachts have entered the Pearns Point Round Antigua Race which takes place on Saturday, April 25. Pearns Point is a new diamond sponsor of Antigua Sailing Week. Located on the stunning west coast of Antigua, Pearns Point is a 137-acre peninsula with 8 pristine beaches and panoramic views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Planned as a luxury development are 67 plots and a 5-star branded boutique hotel.
Lloyd Thornburg’s record breaking MOD70, Phaedo^3 will be attempting to break the race records for both the Guadeloupe to Antigua Race (set by Mari Cha IV in 2004 in 2 hrs, 18 mins and 42 secs) and the Pearns Point Round Antigua Race (set by Sojana in 2009 in 4 hrs, 37 mins and 43 secs).
“It is highly probable that we will set new records for both races but we need to sail well, especially for the Guadeloupe Race,” commented Jules Verne Record Holder, Brian Thompson. “Mari Cha IV’s record has stood for over 10 years; it is an extremely fast time. The wind looks to be from the southeast, which is a good angle for both courses, but I doubt if we will see 20 knots of wind, which would be ideal. So my prediction is, barring gear failure, we should set new record times but they will not be the fastest we are capable of.”
Antigua Sailing Week starts on Sunday, April 26, with racing for all classes off the south coast of Antigua. Classes are yet to be finalized but the CSA Racing fleet is expected to be the biggest for many years. Jean-Paul Riviere’s Finot Conq 100, Nomad IV will be the largest yacht competing and former ISAF Match Racing World Champion and America’s Cup sailor, Damien Lehl, will be calling tactics.
Two TP52s will be duking it out, last year’s class runner up, Balearia, skippered by Joan Navarro and this year’s BVI Spring Regatta champion, Conviction, skippered by Peter Lewis. Daniel Figueirido’s Argentine team racing Soto 53, Humildad Zero is an unknown quantity. Two Volvo 60s are expected to have a titanic tussle: Ambersail from Lithuania skippered by Saulius Pajarskas and Cuba Libre, driven by Antigua Yacht Club Commodore, Franklyn Braithwaite.
A sizeable eight multihulls have entered Antigua Sailing Week including two of the latest speed machines from Gunboat. Eduardo Perez’s G4, Timbalero III will be flying on its foils with America’s Cup winner, Shannon Falcone on board. The stunning Gunboat 55 Toccata, owned by Chris and Carolyn Groobey will be turning heads, as will Anthony McVeigh’s aptly named Bobby Dazzler of London.
At present, 12 teams have entered the inaugural Royal Southern Inter-Yacht Club Challenge which is open to any team wishing to represent its yacht club with a minimum 50% of crew on board being members of the club. Organized by Gordon Cossar, entries have been confirmed by yacht clubs from around the world, including Great Britain, Antigua, Ireland and South Africa. A special silver trophy has been commissioned for the Challenge.
Thirty-five teams have entered the Bareboat Class, a full sell out for Antigua Sailing Week’s sponsor, Sunsail. German charter company KH+P yachtcharter is celebrating 25 years at Antigua Sailing Week, with 18 crews participating.
Notable visitors to Antigua Sailing Week from overseas include Nigel Passmore’s team from Plymouth UK who will be hoping for lift off, racing J/133 Apollo 7. Norwegian X-55 Enigma VII is skippered by Per Arne Nilsen who has competed at two Olympic Games. Alex Sastre’s Salona 44, Pretty Vegas has sailed down from Florida to defend last year’s win in CSA 2.
Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48, Scarlet Oyster has been unbeaten all season having raced all over the Caribbean, but a class win at Antigua Sailing Week has eluded his Guernsey-based team for the last two years. Richard Matthews has competed at the regatta for years and returns with his team, including Irish sailing legend Harold Cudmore calling tactics, on Grand Soleil 56, Shine. Oyster 82, Starry Night of the Caribbean is also a regular participant.
Notable Caribbean yachts include, Carlo Falcone’s Caccia alla Volpe and Sir Peter Harrison’s Team Sojana racing Flying Tiger. David Cullen’s J/109, Pocket Rocket returns to defend last year’s class win. The Irish skipper who now lives in St. Barths came very close to winning the Lord Nelson Trophy last year. From Sint Maarten, Robbie Ferron is one of the most experienced sailors in the Caribbean and will be racing his J/39 Ossenfeffer and Sint Maarten Yacht Club Commodore, Ian Hope-Ross will race Melges 32, Kick ‘em Jenny II.
Last year’s CSA 8 champion, Six Meter Biwi Magic owned Geoffrey Pidduck will be racing against a number of Antiguan boats this year, including last year’s class runner up, Steve Carson’s Dehler 33 Hightide. Sir Hugh Bailey’s serendipity 43 HoGo is a proven winner and Sandy Mair’s First 35, Cricket along with Tanner Jones’ J/30 Blue Peter are all well sailed local yachts.
Antigua Sailing Week is well-known for fantastic racing and the shoreside parties are just as legendary. Each day after racing, the daily prize giving is the place to rub shoulders with like-minded sailors from all over the world. The big party night is on Tuesday, April 28 at Nelson’s Dockyard. The headline act will be legendary Roots Reggae Band Steel Pulse, alongside Ed Robinson and Antiguan superstar Tian Winter. The Lay Day Beach Party is Wednesday, April 29, featuring the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge at Pigeon Point.
For full details on Antigua Sailing Week, the Pearns Point Round Antigua Race and the Guadeloupe to Antigua Race, including daily news, photos, video and results, visit the official website: http://www.sailingweek.com
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Held annually at the end of April, the 48th edition of Antigua Sailing Week will commence with the Pearns Point Round Antigua Race on Saturday, April 25 and conclude on Friday, May 1, 2015. Antigua Sailing Week consists of five days of competitive racing off the rugged south coast of Antigua plus an optional day of racing around the island. It is considered to be one of the Caribbean’s most prestigious regattas with more than 100 yachts participating
Charlie and Cathy Simon of the Spokane- and Puerto Vallarta-based Taswell 58 Celebratereport they have completed the 2014-2015 ARC Round the World Rally …
At around 5 a.m. on April 23 my family’s historic schooner Talofa was T-boned while at anchor off Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda [BVI], writes Beau Bryan, son of owners Cactus and Betsy Bryan. The 97-ft (LO…
Key West, FL (April 24, 2015) – Imagine a dozen 16-foot Hobie catamarans sailing across 90 miles of treacherous seas to the land of the forbidden, Cuba. There the adventurous, experienced sailors from Key West challenge the Cuban Olympic Sailing team, explore the Caribbean island from a local’s perspective, exchange cultural peculiarities, and return home on the final leg of the Havana Challenge. The adventure sailing trip and Hobie Cat race between Key West and Havana has been resurrected, with a group of sailors set to make the roughly 90 mile trek on May 16. Click headline for full story.
All Images Sander van der Borch / GC32 – Full gallery at GC32 FB
Toronto, Canada (April 24, 2015) – Top sailors from throughout the Americas will set sail this summer at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games from the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, one of Canada’s premiere sailing clubs.
With its heritage buildings and idyllic city skyline setting, this historic club has hosted countless Canadian, North American and World Championships on Lake Ontario since its founding in 1852.
“We are thrilled to be able to welcome the world and some of sailing’s best competitors to Toronto,” said David Brightling, general manager and chief executive officer of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC). “With the RCYC’s depth of experience through our many years of hosting world-class regattas and insight from our own internationally competitive sailing members, including a number of Olympians, we will deliver a top-caliber experience for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games.”
All sailing competitions for the Games are non-ticketed, meaning spectators will be able to line the Toronto waterfront for free for a daily glimpse of the action, from Sunday, July 12 until Sunday, July 19. A city waterfront location is a rarity for sailing in an international multi-sport Games.
“The Royal Canadian Yacht Club’s passion and knowledge is a true asset to our Games and will ensure world-class competitions for the athletes,” said Saäd Rafi, chief executive officer, TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015). “We also encourage everyone to come out and take advantage of seeing these world-class athletes for free along our waterfront.”
The Pan Am sailing competition will include 10 different events using a variety of boats, from windsurfers to dinghies, catamarans to keelboats. Each event consists of a series of races around a course, with points awarded in each race according to finish position.
There will be three race courses, the harbour course and outside courses, in play all at once in Lake Ontario. This means spectators, depending on their location, can expect to see up to 148 sailors competing in more than 93 boats on the water at the same time.
Many countries will compete in the Pan Am Games, including Brazil, a sailing powerhouse that has won 14 medals, including eight gold, in the last two Games. Medals will be presented at Sugar Beach on the final two days of competition.
The competition schedule and course assignments will be made available at TORONTO2015.org this summer. During the Games, changes to the schedule or courses will be made the night before the change takes effect.
The RCYC prides itself on its consistent pursuit to develop and advance the sport of sailing. It is known for its strong culture of training and development of competitive sailors, as well as promoting the sport for leisure and enjoyment. The RCYC is also home to many of the original designers of various boat classes.
(April 24, 2015) – With less than a week to go until the Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 3, Qingdao, there is a palpable tension in the air, as the nine-strong Extreme 40 fleet heads to China’s Olympic sailing city, Qingdao, April 30 – May 3. A make or break racecourse, Fushan Bay, is a perfect sailing stadium. Surrounded by skyscrapers, gusts come in thick and fast from unpredictable angles, with a tendency to catch the fleet off guard, in previous years resulting in some of the biggest crashes and most dramatic moments. Click headline for full report.