After the success of previous event, we are looking forward to what promises to be a fantastic five days of Aero Sailing…
After the success of previous event, we are looking forward to what promises to be a fantastic five days of Aero Sailing…
Nathan, who retired from professional badminton in 2012, had no sailing experience before starting training last year…
The 58 boats Mini fleet is proceeding slowly in the light winds prevailing on the Channel and is only at halfdistance to the Fastnet Rock. Ian Lipinski POL/Sébastien Picault FRA with their roundbow Proto extended their lead …
Just a few days after the conclusion of Les Voiles d’Antibes, the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge moves to Tuscany in Italy for the 17th edition of the Argentario Sailing Week, the second round on its Mediterranean Circuit. Between June 14 and 19, in fact, the town of Porto Santo Stefano welcomes a fleet of around 50 craft that will do battle at the traditional regatta organised annually by the Yacht Club Santo Stefano in partnership with Officine Panerai.
Much action for the teams and the spectators on Kiel Bay with an up to 30 kn breeze ! Nothing has been decided yet in most of the classes before the last races today. Gwendal Lamay/Luke Willim GER have taken the lead in the …
One design class racing is typically the domain for those sailors that embrace community and fellowship as much as competition. However, the investment needed to remain competitive in certain classes is now disrupting the tenets of this sector of the sport.
At the 2016 J/70 North Americans, only a quarter of the fleet sailed without professional sailors, as defined by the International Sailor Classification Code. The top ranked amateur team finished 11th. The next team finished mid-fleet in 22nd.
Jack Franco, who won the Corinthian title, shares his perspective on the situation…
As the skipper that finished 11th at the J70 North Americans, I appear to be in the minority that can compete at the front of the fleet without professional help. But our team is made up of longtime friends that, many years ago, were college All-Americans and National Champions in various classes. So for us, competing against the best sailors in the world is what we know, and what we want.
But the landscape sure has changed.
When I got out of high school, I sailed boats I couldn’t afford to campaign much less own. But I begged and borrowed equipment, living in fear I might break something I couldn’t afford to replace. I slept in cars and on friend’s floors, and the relationships I made during those years are still with me and I cherish every memory.
The racing was in established one design classes where this mix between young and old sailors flourished. I was the young hotshot on a shoestring budget competing against the older more established sailors who could afford better equipment but were also juggling work and family life. Our mutual limitations leveled the playing field, and we all seemed to benefit from our differences.
It was a good blend where a lot of ‘weekend warrior’ teams had a chance to win big events. The only professionals were the sailmakers, and while they often trophied, even they had limits on the number of days they could be away from the business.
However, much of this has disappeared over the years and I miss sitting around the campfire with a cold beer talking about how to go a little faster with people who freely shared their information. Today the top teams may arrive at events weeks in advance, and their ‘recreational’ sailing programs have a level of sophistication I could not have imagined 25 years ago.
The drawback of this current reality is that we have removed the casual mid-fleeters from those classes that have a lot of cache and sizzle, grow quickly, but shrivel and die just a fast. These people are often the life-blood of a class, the volunteers that keep the engine running.
Those boat owners that once brought along friends and club juniors as crew, often giving them a leg up in the life ladder outside of sailing, are now employers that hire people to sail with them. These are now result-oriented relationships that change when performance suffers. – Read on
Its been several season since I have been riding dirty with both feet in the foot straps but in different fleets.
All images Thierry Martinez / Sea&Co / Moth Europeans 2016 @Bordeaux – Full gallery at moth-european.com/gallery-videos/ . Results Pending: moth-european.com/results/
(June 20, 2016) – The MOD 70 trimaran Musandam-Oman Sail completed the full 704-mile Round Ireland Yacht Race in just 38 hours, 37 minutes and 7 seconds, smashing their own 2015 record by an incredible 2 hours, 14 minutes and 50 seconds. Also today, George David’s all-carbon Rambler 88 smashed the monohull race record which has been held by Mike Slade in Leopard since 2008. Mike Slade managed it in just under 2 days and 17 hours: George David took just 2 days 2 hours 24 minutes and 9 seconds. Full report.
Newport, RI (June 20, 2016) – As the fleet rushes to the Newport Bermuda Race finish line on Monday night, a boat with a crew of youth sailors stood first on corrected time in the St. David’s Lighthouse Division and fourth in the entire fleet on elapsed time. This surprising boat, High Noon, was expected to finish early Tuesday (June 21).
The Tripp 41 was loaned by her owners, Steve and Heidi Benjamin, to the Young American Junior Big Boat Sailing Team, at American Yacht Club (Rye, NY). “This Bermuda Race will be the culmination of at least three years of work by these juniors,” said Peter Becker, one of the project’s leaders. “First they did overnight distance races, then weekend races, and then they looked for opportunities to sail offshore.”
The young sailors underwent hands-on safety training and worked closely with the navigator, skipper, and watch captains to gain experience in leadership roles. Some of the sailors helped deliver boats home from Bermuda and Hawaii. They are committed to the project, and so are their mentors.
“I’ve sailed 16 Bermuda Races,” Becker said. “My first race was when I was 15 or 16. I was the kid on the boat, up on the bow changing sails. I’m trying to give these kids the same passion and experience I was exposed to when I was young and sailing with older sailors. Every junior on the boat is there because they’re competitive and they want to win the race.”
But it’s not all about winning, said Becker. “The kids are resonating with this. They love big boats. It’s challenging, it’s social, and it’s really inspiring. You get out there and you see the stars overhead and you think, ‘the land is really far away.’”
Full report… click here.
Race management runs like a perfectly tuned diesel engine, turning round starts and finishes with enviable efficiency…
All photos courtesy of Jodie Bawden – Full gallery at JNBIMAGES.CO.UK. and her Fb page – No racing today at Medemblik, but found additional images taken yesterday by Jodie Bawden at the practice race. Further Worlds posts follow the A-Class label.
Watch first shot of PJ, this is the first time I see a Dna in fully bow downn attitude, compare with second Dna flying shot of Mehl.
Reaching an accomplishment can take a matter of days, months or even years but many know what it takes.
Comanche claimed the Newport Bermuda Race record thanks to the expert work of navigator Stan Honey.
Two of the great things about cruising in Europe are the food and the wine. Just ask the good life experts Greg Dorland and Debbie Macrorie of the Squaw Valley-based Catalina 52 Escapade.
At least 350 supporters were on hand Saturday night to witness the attachment of the final plank – the so-called whiskey plank – onto the 100-ft brigantine Matthew Turner’s hull. As you’ve p…
The Race to Alaska (R2K) is a unique 750-mile marathon open to all forms of non-motorized craft. Entrants can have no support of any type; it’s like the Iditarod but on a boat. Avoid drowning, freighters, killer whales, and grizzly bears, and the winner gets $10,000. A set of steak knives awaits the runner-up.
The race, from Port Townsend (WA) to Ketchikan (AK), survived its inaugural edition in 2015. Testing fate, it occurs again this month. Scuttlebutt editor checks in Jake Beattie, who is the Executive Director of race host Northwest Maritime Center…
How do you rate the first edition?
Definitely a success. Just by the simple fact that we didn’t go broke and nobody died. We felt like we knocked it out of the park!
More seriously, when we announced the first race back in 2014, we honestly thought it might just end up being ten of our friends. We ‘d send them to Alaska, they’d hoot and holler when they got there, and the outside awareness would be minimal. We were so wrong. National press, a thousand or so people came out to watch the 5:00 am start… just the fact that we had 35 teams in the first place… it all took us by surprise and blew us away.
We never got to sign anyone’s cleavage but we got fan mail at least once a day during the race. We’ve never gotten fan mail before. It was pretty cool. The best part wasn’t the attention for attention’s sake, but that people seemed to be connecting to the founding reasons for why we started the R2AK in the first place, which was to motivate regular folks into adventure and to celebrate both the impressive feats by incredible mariners, but perhaps more importantly, the triumphs and failures of those “everyday heroes”.
From the 2015 race came great stories of impressive seamanship, hot shit sailing, self-reliance when things went wrong, and unbridled humanity. Better yet, a lot of those moments were by people who could just live down the street. We were able to give a voice to those folks, and just the fact that people cared would have made it a success in my book.
Any key takeaways last year?
From a race perspective, I think the biggest thing we took away was that it felt like we were on to something, that for some reason this Race to Alaska tapped into a vein of human spirit that the adventure/sailing world had been waiting for a long time.
We started with an idea that felt right, and later we were able to distill it into something that gets as close to the ethos of the race without sounding too official: Simple is harder, harder is better, people can take it, and there is hero in everyone. Sounds cheesy, but that and an ability to laugh at ourselves and everyone in the race feels like the secret sauce… until it all changes this year, and I look pretty foolish offering up platitudes. – Read on
SAP’s Sailing Analytics Program gives Olympic sailors decision-driving data.
World Sailing looks back at some of the great Olympic sailing moments during the build up to the Rio 2016 Games. This report focuses on Dorian van Rijsselberge and how we can all achieve something…
When a clearly defined goal is set and subsequently achieved, the sense of satisfaction is immense. Reaching an accomplishment can take a matter of days, months or even years but many know what it takes.
Tying your shoe laces for the first time as a young child is an achievement, playing your first note on a guitar, getting those grades to get into college or delivering a knockout presentation to seal a deal. We’ve all been there.
Many perceive picking up an Olympic gold medal as the ultimate achievement, but for Dorian van Rijsselberge of the Netherlands, we’ve all achieved something great.
During a World Sailing interview, the Dutchman was asked, “What does it feel like to win an Olympic gold medal? I’ve never done it, so I don’t know what it feels like, just explain it.”
Without hesitation the Dutchman replied, “It’s funny that you say you don’t know what it feels like. But you actually do know what it feels like because it’s the satisfaction of achieving a goal that you set a couple of years before.
“Everybody can know what it feels like to win a gold medal but it’s just called something different. It’s a really nice feeling and intense satisfaction.”
That statement is one that can quickly be related to. Everybody has achieved something in their life that has given them a sense of well-being and accomplishment. For Van Rijsselberge, his moment of glory was played out in the eyes of millions at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.
Sailing in the Men’s RS:X out of Weymouth and Portland, the Dutch racer’s years of hard work paid off as he won an Olympic gold medal with two races spare.
Van Rijsselberge won seven of the 11 races at London 2012 to complete a 26-point victory over Nick Dempsey, Great Britain’s gold medal hopeful.
With so much success across the week, could his best Olympic race be the one where the heat was on? Could it be the one where he knew he could seal the deal? To put it simply, no, his best race was when the pressure was off and he could enjoy his trade.
“My most memorable race at London 2012 was most definitely the Medal Race. I really enjoyed that one, it was light planing with the best guys in the world racing around the course. It was more or a less a little victory lap for me but at the same time you still want to race and show everybody you’re up there.
“I made a mistake during the race, I didn’t see the course change and I was just so caught up in the moment and Julien [Bontemps of France] managed to sneak by me and I had to catch up again and try to beat him towards the finish. It was a little bit exciting.”
Van Rijsselberge breezed by Bontemps to take the win and complete one of the stand out victories at London 2012. Near faultless all week, Van Rijsselberge felt comfortable in his surroundings which culminated in his performance.
He concluded, “I think the secret for me was that I felt at home [in Weymouth and Portland]. It was a second home and it just suited me really well with how I’m built and with my mind set. We just spent a lot of time there and tried to become the locals.”
The Dutchman has his ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games booked and will, once again, be one of the favourites for glory.
Source: Daniel Smith – World Sailing
Stu Bithell and Sam Pascoe started the day clear at the top after a blistering performance in the Weymouth Town Trophy…
Strength in depth in many of classes racing at Kieler Woche is big magnet that pulls sailors on an odyssey to Schilksee…
Blissful sailing conditions for the final day of racing at Argentario Sailing Week in Tuscany…
In perhaps the most ironic piece of America’s Cup news in the history of the billionaire-attracting silver bauble, Oracle Team USA’s former base on Pier 80 in San Francisco has been turned into a massive shelter for the homeless. If you’re homeless in Bermuda and Oracle stays true to form, just sit tight: You might just get an awesome, free new oceanfront address in just 15 months’ time! Here’s more, from KQED’s story a couple of months ago:
I had to backtrack to Illinois Street to find the shelter, a cavernous warehouse once occupied by billionaire Larry Ellison’s America’s Cup yacht-racing team that now serves as a refuge for some of the city’s most destitute residents.
Located in a desolate part of the city’s southeast waterfront, the facility is surrounded by chainlink fences topped by razor wire and acres of empty asphalt crisscrossed by defunct railroad tracks. Just outside the fence, a man lies behind some bushes, apparently searching for a vein.
Initially designated by the city as a temporary shelter from expected El Niño rains, Pier 80 has been pressed into service as a destination for some of those recently forced to disband tent camps in the South of Market and Mission districts. The center has grown from 100 to 120 to 150 and now to 180 “beds” — foam mats laid in rows on the floor of a giant tent inside the warehouse.
If the America’s Cup were a one-design battle, we’d likely see the awesomely talented Pete Burling and his ETNZ boys run away with it, just as Pete has done against largely the same competitors in the past few years of Moth and 49er racing. But even the highly restricted AC50 box rule allows enough design differences to likely take the ultimate prize out of the hands of the skippers, and the likeliest winner will be the team that can figure out how to get the most out of their foils, aero, and wing controls.
With variable ride control (à la the Moth) and changing foil shapes banned, designers tell us that variable foil bend characteristics may prove the key to the top speed puzzle. You can see just how much bend the Oracle Team USA trial horse is putting into their foils, as seen above and shot the other day in Bermuda. There’s plenty of carbon bending knowledge inside the sport – see Moth, Finn masts, for example – but could the importance of flexi-foils mean the F-1 connected design team at BAR have a real head start? After all, Formula One has been playing around with variable bend issues for a long time, most recently earlier this year.
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Harsh weather at Medemblik today so the event might start tomorrow. Weather forecast says 5-7 knots for Tuesday windguru.cz/es/index.php?sc=48274 –
The Scheurer Team keeps applying their own concepts and prototypes, the mods look super smooth, specially deck at lowered beams. All pics sent by CSN special correspondent. On the weekend the Scheurer team arrived to Medemblik and
They crossed the finish line at 03:47 as dawn was breaking after setting a new time of 38 hrs 37 mins and seven seconds…
Medallists from the Rio 2016 Games will each receive a travel grant and logistical support to attend this regatta.
Shannon Galway and Jonathan Atwood ,F18 C2 / Team Yo Baby, won the 2016 Great Texas Editon. Elapsed time went to a Ramberg-Rottgering (Tornado) with 20:46:27secs , Galway-Atwood did 21:52:35s in 4 Legs. Full results and daily tracks at …
Race 12, the LegenDerry Finale to Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, starts tomorrow from New York…
The Notice of Race for the Rolex Sydney Hobart is available on the official website in Mandarin as a well as English…
The following statement on June 20, 2016 comes from Australian Sailing:
Australian Sailing and the Australian Paralympic Committee have been advised of an incident involving two members of the Australian Paralympic Sailing Team in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday morning, June 19.
Athlete, Liesl Tesch and team official, Sarah Ross, were confronted by two men while riding their bikes in a park near their hotel. One of the men was carrying a pistol and while both were threatened, the bikes were the only property stolen during the incident.
Both members are unharmed, but understandably shaken, and took part in racing at the 2016 Paralympic Games sailing venue later in the day.
“We were returning from a morning ride when the incident took place,” said Tesch. “We were close to our hotel when we were confronted by two men, one of whom was armed. I was threatened with the pistol and pushed to the ground. He took my bike, and the other perpetrator took Sarah’s bike. We are both shaken, but physically we’re both OK.”
The incident was reported to the local tourist police who are offering ongoing assistance to the team and will continue to investigate.
At this stage, Australian Sailing is providing support to both team members to ensure their well being.
“The safety of our team members is paramount,” said Matt Carroll, CEO of Australian Sailing. “We will continue to work with the Australian Paralympic Committee and Australian Federal Police to ensure our team has an appropriate level of security to ensure their safety in the lead-up to, and during, both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. In the meantime we will continue to ensure our team currently in Rio has the support they need.”
Kate McLoughlin, Chef de Mission of the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team, said the Australian Paralympic Sailing Team was understandably shaken by the incident.
Officials from the Australian Embassy in Brasilia have since been to the Australian team’s hotel to offer assistance, and have liaised with local authorities.
“Our first priority has been to work with Australian Sailing and DFAT to ensure everyone on our Paralympic Sailing Team receives any support they may need,” McLoughlin said.
“We have also been in constant contact with members of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), who we have worked very closely with during our planning process for the Rio Games.”
McLoughlin said the advice from the AFP, which has been communicated by the APC to all of its sports aiming to compete at the Games, is to always exercise a high degree of caution while travelling in Rio.
“That advice is particularly important before the Paralympic Games period,” McLoughlin said.
“We know there will be a hugely elevated level of security in place during the Paralympic Games, but for athletes and teams traveling there before the Games, there is a heightened need to be security conscious.”
Further information and assistance is being sought from local authorities and investigations into the incident are ongoing.
Source: Megan McKay, Australian Sailing Team
All images courtesy of Paul Larsen took by Helena Darvelid/Sailrocket / Paul’s official website: Sailrocket.com —
Last year at Punta Ala we were at the Marina with Felix to pickup the rib when I saw a couple looking for a rib too to watch the regatta, we indicated them the way to the office. Walking through I kept thinking ‘I know this guy’.
Then I realized I was walking along the fastest
Skipper Troy Sears is leading a young crew on a year-long sailing journey to Bermuda on his America’s Cup replica yacht.
As our round the world crew members prepare to join a elite club upon completion of their global challenge in six weeks
Katie Nurton and Nigel Ash have won International 14 Prince of Wales Cup, one race National Championship for the class…
Ian Williams and team GAC Pindar managed to bring out their best game to finish on top of the podium in Gothenburg…
Skipper Ken Read said that there were four main factors that led to Comanche’s record run to Bermuda…
Sunday’s U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship finale featured the conclusion of the Semifinal rounds
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
A recent Scuttlebutt survey asked whether one design classes with a significant number of professional entries should begin considering hosting Corinthian-Only events.
The example used in the survey was the J/70 Class, however, there are many one design classes that have no restriction on the participation of professional sailors (ie, Group 3 sailors). In these instances, the “pro teams” generally fall into one of three categories:
• Group 3 owner driver
• Paid Group 3 crew
• Non-paid Group 3 crew
Of the three categories, the ‘Paid Group 3 crew’ group has caused the most consternation. While Group 3 sailors tend to have a significant impact in performance, if one design class rules do not restrict Group 3 sailors, than their participation becomes a legal performance variable like new sails, going to the gym, coaching, etc.
The results of the poll came strongly in favor of the idea of Corinthian-Only events:
Yes – 81%
No – 19%
With such a strong response, it would appear this is a mandate not for Corinthian-Only events but for one design classes without Group 3 restrictions to consider whether a change is needed. As this ‘Yes’ respondent commented, “The Pro’s drive up costs and bring a win at any cost mentality. Over time, the mid fleet competitors get frustrated and quit.”
This comment from the survey reflects on how the landscape has changed in the sport:
“My answer is a combination of yes and no. Having spent 20 years competing among pros in the J/24 class, I enjoyed racing against them and beating them once in a while. However, the level of professionalism has changed in the sport. In the past, the pros made you successful to make them successful, and they were more than willing to help you climb to the top of the class. While there may be a few of those left, I fear that the mercenaries have taken over the fleet who are paid to win and win at all costs. Skippers with deep pockets have no qualms about paying crews big bucks for a regatta today. So, a Corinthian regatta today is probably similar to racing with the pros before.”
Every one design class has the opportunity to define what it wants to be in its class rules, and then foster a membership that embodies its mission. However, if sustained activity (and growth) are objectives, the cost of participation – in both time and money – need to be considered. Having good parties helps too.
Blissful sailing conditions for the final day of racing at Argentario Sailing Week in Tuscany – See video here
Extreme2 winning the C&C 30 One Design class at the 162nd New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta on June 11-12, 2016. Soundtrack video below.
Canadian Nikola Girke is on the way to her fourth Olympic Games this summer. In a new boat. Again. The now 38-year-old began her Olympic career in 2004 sailing the Women’s 470 before switching to the Women’s RS:X for the 2008 and 2012 Games.
But when it appeared windsurfing would be cut from the Olympic program for the 2016 Games, Girke teamed up with Luke Ramsay in the new mixed multihull event. The switch to the Nacra 17 has Girke plotting a course from sailboat to windsurfer to catamaran that no one in Olympic history has come close to matching.
This latest challenge, however, may be the most difficult. Girke and Ramsay were both catamaran rookies when they decided to try the Nacra 17 and it’s been a steep – and painful – learning curve.
“I really like speed and adrenaline, and these boats go incredibly fast,” said Girke. “But it’s not how fast it goes that scares me – it’s how fast it stops. I liken it to taming a beast. These boats are beasts, and we never got the manual on how to tame it. We learned the hard way, by trial and error.”
It’s the “error” part that hurts the most, particularly for Girke who always seemed to be on the wrong end of their crashes. Ramsay, the skipper, remained relatively unscathed as they pushed the limits of the catamaran, while Girke suffered multiple serious injuries that kept her sidelined for more than eight months. There were several fingers broken by getting caught in various riggings, and then a nasty fall that got Girke run over by the boat, ripping both her shins for 17 stitches.
“If you’re in the wrong place, or you do it wrong, then the boat is like a bucking bull,” said Girke. “It can go backwards, or basically nosedive and chuck you forward – catapults you. Neither of those are very pleasant experiences because there are a lot of things to hit. They’ve called it a cheese grater sometimes because you don’t know what you’re going to hit on the way down.”
Girke and Ramsay have mostly figured out how to keep Girke riding in one piece and have posted solid results in the lead-up to Rio, most recently finishing 6th at the Sailing World Cup Wenymouth & Portland 2016.
“For Rio I think that we have a definite medal chance,” she said. “We aren’t one of the favourites, but Rio is not a favourites venue. Anything can happen in that venue. It’s really crazy wind and current. … We are quite a consistent team in every wind condition, and what it’s going to take to win is consistency. We have that. We’re excited.”
Girke’s top finish in her three previous appearances was a 10th-place showing in London.
“It would be a dream come true,” she said. “It would be so satisfying and rewarding for all the hard work and effort that we’ve put in, for all of our supporters that have stood behind us for so many years. It would mean so much for Canada, and for sailing as a sport in Canada.”