Scuttlebutt Sailing News, ces 60 derniers jours

Scuttlebutt is a digest of major yacht racing news, commentary, opinions, features and dock talk . . . with a North American emphasis.

vendredi 17 août 2018

  • Where Are We Now, Twenty Years Later?
    It was 20 years ago when Google was founded, Titanic won 11 Academy Awards, Harrison Ford was People Magazine’s sexiest man alive, and US President Clinton was in the headlines for his affair with an intern. This was also when Scuttlebutt published commentary by Peter Johnstone on one of our (...)

jeudi 16 août 2018

  • A Day of Fun and Foolishness
    The 2018 Fools’ Rules Regatta, a family-oriented event for fun-loving folks of all ages sponsored by the Jamestown Yacht Club, is celebrating 41 years of foolishness on August 18 on the Town Beach, East Ferry in Jamestown, RI. “The cannon will be fired at 9:00 am to begin construction of the (...)

  • Only Thing You Can Count on is Change
    by Don Finkle,RCR Yachts We have seen plenty of it over our more than four-plus decades in the boating business, and when you get used to one thing it changes. We have worked through many external challenges that were not of our own making but that certainly had an impact on our business, and (...)

  • Road Ahead to Tokyo 2020 Olympics
    The highlight event for Olympic class sailors in 2018 was the Sailing World Championships held August 2-12 in Aarhus, Denmark. With that now past and recharge occurring, travel will soon occur again on the road to Tokyo 2020. A global World Cup Series, World Championships, Continental (...)

  • Entries available for 2018 Sunfish Worlds
    As the reservation deadline for 2018 Sunfish World Championship berths within National Class Associations has now expired, the Class Office has released all the unused World Championship berths for the event on October 8-12 in Wrightsville Beach, NC. This is a bring-your-own-boat regatta, but (...)

  • 2018 Grand Slam Series
    The 8th edition of the Grand Slam Series brings together four Grade 2 match racing events in 2018, offering a compact circuit in August and September to attract top ranked foreign sailors to the U.S. and provide North American match racers with high level competition. Additionally, the winner (...)

  • Eight Bells: Fred Mills
    Frederick Allen Mills III passed peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family on July 5th, 2018 at the age of 69 after a heroic battle against cancer. Fred started sailing when he was 21 which turned into a life long passion that led him to sail thousands of miles all around the world. He (...)

  • Top eight advance at Women’s Match Racing Worlds
    Ekaterinburg, Russia (August 16, 2018) - The top four teams after the round robin earned the rights to play tourist for the day while the remaining seven teams fought in the Repechage round for the chance to join the top four in the quarter finals at the 2018 Women’s Match Racing World (...)

  • Tornado Worlds 2018 Documentary
    Still one of the sweetest sailing boats on the water

  • VIDEO: Epic and Unorthodox
    There are other boats, but not other vibes. The 2018 O’pen BIC North Americans brought families from Hawaii, Florida, California, and everywhere in between to the beautiful Buffalo Canoe Club for this epic and unorthodox kids sailing event in Ridgeway, (...)

  • World Sailing undertaking governance review
    London, UK (August 15, 2018) - World Sailing's Board has received and unanimously approved the first report from World Sailing's Governance Commission. The organization is undertaking a governance review and supports the Commission's conclusion that there is a profound and compelling need to (...)

  • Nominations open for 2018 World Sailor of the Year
    The nomination period for individuals to submit who they believe should be crowned 2018 Rolex World Sailor of the Year is now open. Anyone can nominate male and female sailors in any discipline of the sport. Sailors nominated must have performed an outstanding achievement in the sport of (...)

  • Classic start for Chester Race Week
    Chester, Nova Scotia (August 15, 2018) - The fog lifted and winds picked up just in time for 121 boats to start their races and kick off Chester Race Week 2018 in excellent form. Twenty-five new skippers registered this year and boats came from as far away as Germany, New England, Ontario and (...)

  • Memories to hold onto forever
    The Moore 24 was an early entry in the craze of ultralight boats that came out in the 70s from Santa Cruz, CA. Designed by surfer/sailor George Olsen, it was Ron Moore who saw the promise in the prototype and went on to build about 160 of the boats until the late 80s. The Moore 24, which has (...)

  • International 420 World Championship
    One hundred sixty-seven teams representing 18 countries competed in the 2018 International 420 World Championship held August 10-15 in Newport, RI. Three new World Champions are crowned with Seb Menzies/Blake McGlashan (NZL) taking gold in the 420 Open, María Caba Hernández/Pilar Caba Hernández (...)

  • Eight Bells: Joey Chomyn
    Joseph "Joey" Riley Chomyn, 17, the kind and beloved son of June and John J. Chomyn of the Isle of Palms, South Carolina, died Saturday evening, August 11, 2018, in a powerboating accident near Limehouse Bridge on the Stono River in Johns Island, South Carolina. His body was recovered early (...)

mercredi 15 août 2018

  • Honoring the Sailing Editor
    The Crab Cup is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB), an organization started in 1991 to provide the virtues of sailing to those with disabilities, recovering warriors and youth from at-risk communities. As one of the righteous entities in the (...)

  • Hungry to Make Massive Gains
    by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt There are four stages to an Olympic campaign. The first stage is learning the basics of the boat, the second stage is occasionally scaring the top seeds, the third stage is to consistently perform at the front of the fleet, and the fourth stage is being a favorite (...)

  • Refining the Third Peak
    The three peaks in the sport of sailing cover the range: best in innovation, best in athletics, and best in adventure. These translate to the America's Cup, the Olympics, and the… it depends where you are standing. The third peak depends on what is most relevant to you. Forever the Volvo Ocean (...)

  • Cream rising at Women’s Match Racing World Championship
    Ekaterinburg, Russia (August 15, 2018) - The second day at the 2018 Women’s Match Racing World Championship completed the qualifying round robin stage amid a change of conditions as the top four teams punched their tickets for the Quarter Finals. Defending World Champion Lucy Macgregor (GBR) (...)

  • Two Years Down, Two Years To Go
    by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt After agonizing over the details throughout the 2018 Sailing World Championships on August 2-12, that once every four year extravaganza of Olympic classes to decide their world titles, I now fear the question I am to ask. Did any of it make sense? It is phenomenal (...)

mardi 14 août 2018

  • Coaching the Upper Echelon
    by Dave Powlison, Sailing World It’s been a stellar few years for James Lyne, coaching teams to world championships in four highly competitive classes—Maxi 72s, Farr 40s, Melges 32s, and TP52s. This self-professed winning addict (“In 2016 I coached boats in 32 regattas, lost three of them, and I’m (...)

  • Where one man had not gone before
    The 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race was notable in how how many offshore racing novices were amongst the crew. Among the newbies was Australian Kyle Langford whose success in the America’s Cup and other elite events always afforded him a warm bed at night. Langford, who admits to having had no offshore (...)

  • Passion held by class enthusiasts
    The International 110, often just called the 110, is a one-design class boat designed in 1939 by Ray Hunt and was first built in Marblehead, MA. Hunt, now inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame, had a unique idea of how boats should go through the water. The 110 is a double-ender, (...)

  • Entry open for Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2018
    The entry period is open for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2018 until September 12. Started in 2010, this event is the world’s premier photography competition dedicated to the sport of sailing, celebrating the very best yacht racing image taken during the year, and which best represents the (...)

  • Team Racing Takes Global Stage
    Proponents of team racing have set their sights on the discipline's inclusion in the 2028 Olympic Regatta. The inaugural Global Team Race, which will be held October 5 to 7 at the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court, may prove a crucial milestone on the long road to earning a place on sailing's (...)

  • Qualifying begins at Women’s Match Racing Worlds
    Ekaterinburg, Russia (August 14, 2018) - The racing at the 2018 Women’s Match Racing World Championship began today under cloudy skies with a light rain for the 11 teams representing six nations. Trine Palludan (DEN) and defending champion Lucy Macgregor (GBR) are undefeated in the qualifying (...)

  • 2018 America’s Cup Hall of Fame Induction
    The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame will induct John K. Marshall, Doug Peterson, Syd Fischer, and Ken McAlpine into the America's Cup Hall of Fame on August 31, 2018 at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, England. The Induction Ceremony and Dinner, presented by Prada, will (...)

  • VIDEO: The Classic Power Dinghy
    The 2018 Finn North Americans and 50th Annual Toilet Bowl Regatta held August 10-12 on Cazenovia Lake in Cazenovia,

  • Returning to where it all began
    The International Hobie Class Association is bringing the 2019 Hobie 16 World Championship to the USA. After 35 years of events being held in other beautiful locations worldwide, the 22nd edition will be November 1-16 in Captiva Island, Florida. Finally, back to the country where 'Have a Hobie (...)

  • Watching from the Sidelines
    Two-time Olympic medalist in the Women's 470, Kiwi Jo Aleh is now looking at the race course from the coach's boat. While her view from on top the podium was well-earned, she's now finding the business of watching to be a challenge too. I was coaching at the 2018 Sailing World Championships, (...)

  • Ceaseless Quest for Patent Immortality
    The International 14 is 14-foot double-handed dinghy class that is rooted in development. General limitations such as length, weight, beam, and sail area have seen the class evolve over the years as enthusiasts found the fastest design path around the race course. Endless tinkering has (...)

lundi 13 août 2018

  • Late Summer New England Tradition
    Over 50 teams are counting down the day for the 14th annual Ida Lewis Distance Race which gets underway August 17 between Fort Adams and Rose Island in Newport, RI. Prior to the gun, Ida Lewis Yacht Club's Race Committee will decide - based on weather forecasts and sea conditions - which of (...)

  • Laser Radial Youth Worlds in Germany
    The Laser Radial Youth World Championships has attracted more than 370 sailors between 15 and 18 years from 44 nations for competition on August 20 to 25 in Kiel, Germany. Four Worlds titles are to be assigned: female sailors under 17 and under 19 years, and male sailors under 17 and under 19 (...)

  • Golden Globe: Steering issues continue
    (August 13, 2018; Day 44) - French yachtsman Philippe Péché, who had led the Golden Globe Race almost continuously since the start from Les Sables d’Olonne on July 1, now is in a race for survival. Péché first alerted Race Headquarters that the tiller on his Rustler 36 PRB had broken on August 10, (...)

  • Law Requires Prop Guards for Instruction
    Suffolk County, a predominantly suburban county on Long Island and the easternmost county in the U.S. state of New York, now requires boats used for instructing minors to be equipped with propeller guards. The law, which Kellie and Kevin Weiss lobbied for after their 12-year-old son Ryan was (...)

  • Women’s Match Racing Worlds in Russia
    Eleven teams from around the world will compete in the 2018 Women’s Match Racing World Championship on August 14-18 in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The sailors will be using the Ricochet-747 on the Verkh-Isetskiy pond. 2017 Champions Lucy Macgregor and her Team Mac from Great Britain will seek to (...)

  • 505 North American Championship 2018
    Mike Martin and Adam Lowry got out front early and stayed there through eleven races to win the 505 North American Championship 2018 held August 9-12 in San Francisco, CA. With a picket fence after two discards, they built a 20 point margin over Howard Hamlin and Andy Zinn in second. Full (...)

  • Verve Cup Offshore Regatta 2018
    The 27th annual Verve Cup Offshore Regatta was held August 9-12 in Chicago, IL. The event featured 102 boats competing on windward-leeward courses and 20 teams competing in a separate one-day distance race. Highlights included the J/88 North Americans and a tune-up for the Farr 40 class which (...)

dimanche 12 août 2018

  • Hijinks wins J/88 North Americans
    Chicago, IL (August 12, 2018) - Laura Weyler’s Hijinks collected two bullets today to repeat as J/88 North American Champion. With Adam Burns, John Goller, Philip Hasl, Kevin Morgan, and Kris Werner, the New York-based team kept all their scores in the top four in all 10 races. In second was Ben (...)

  • Better than a stick in the eye
    Eighteen nations stood on the podium to claim medals among the 10 Olympic events at the 2018 Sailing World Championships, held August 2-12 in Aarhus, Denmark. None of them, however, were from North America. But with kiteboarding expected to be among the events for the Paris 2024 Olympics, the (...)

  • Curtains close for Sailing World Championships 2018
    Aarhus, Denmark (August 12, 2018) - The Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 drew to a close today with the Netherlands on top, France on the rise and Denmark basking in accolades from around the world for setting new standards for hosting the biggest sailing event in the world. “The (...)

  • First Phase to Qualify for Tokyo 2020
    The Sailing World Championships, held once every four years, is the largest global sailing competition that has the participation of all ten Olympic events. The 2018 edition, aside from determining world titles, would also be the first and largest country qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic (...)

  • Hijinks retakes lead at J/88 North Americans
    Chicago, IL (August 11, 2018) – Some teams did more swimming than sailing on day three of the J/88 North American Championship, part of the Verve Cup Offshore Regatta at Chicago Yacht Club. After a long postponement, 14 J/88s finally embarked on one race, which was enough for Laura Weyler’s (...)

  • Pauline Courtois wins WIM Series Lysekil
    Lysekil, Sweden (August 11, 2018) - French skipper Pauline Courtois defeated Henriette Koch from Denmark in the final of Lysekil Women's Match 2018 with 3 straight victories to take the title. This was the second event of WIM Series 2018 with the next event in Russia on August 14-18 which will (...)

samedi 11 août 2018

  • Dutch, Croatians take Skiff World Titles
    Aarhus, Denmark (August 11, 2018) – The medal races continued at Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 with the top ten in the men’s and women’s skiff fleets facing off in the finale. Women’s Skiff Dutch duo Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Deutz (above) won a dramatic 49erFX medal race (...)

  • O’pen BIC North Americans 2018
    The 2018 O’pen BIC North American Championships attracted 52 sailors to compete on August 9-11 in Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada. CJ Perez (Honolulu, HI) took top girl and top overall, followed by Landon Cormie (Vineyard Haven, MA) in second, and Kelly Holthus (San Diego, CA) in third. Makani Andrews (...)

  • Countries qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympics
    While the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 seeks to determine titles in the 10 Olympic classes and two kite fleets, the event is also the first and largest country qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with 40% of the places being decided. These fleets have now completed (...)

  • Bermuda still benefits from America’s Cup rate increases
    A year after the 35th America’s Cup was held in Bermuda, the British territory reports how visitor spending has risen for the tenth consecutive quarter. Rates were significantly increased for the 2017 America’s Cup, held May 26 to June 26, and have not come down by as much as anticipated. Full (...)

  • Golden Globe: Disaster for Philippe Péché
    (August 11, 2018; Day 42) - The 57–year old Philippe Péché, who has been among the leaders of the Golden Globe Race, made an emergency call to the race headquarters at 18:10 UTC yesterday to report that the tiller on his Rustler 36 yacht PRB had broken in 45-50 knot winds and he had no steering. (...)









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