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mardi 16 octobre 2018

  • Fast boats and Beluga whales
    Yoann Richomme tests his Lift 40 (Class 40) VEEDOL – AIC ahead of November’s solo transatlantic Route du Rhum race from St Malo to Guadeloupe. The Lift 40 was built at Gepeto Composite and designed by Marc Lombard Yacht Design Group, Lorient Keroman Submarine Base, Brittany, France. Photos by (...)

  • Video Highlights: 2018 Star World Championship
    The 6-race 2018 Star World Championship was held from October 8 to 13 in Oxford, MD. Video published on Oct 15, 2018. Event details – Results – Facebook Final Results (Top 10 of 60; 6 races, 1 discard 1. BRA, Jorge Zarif/ Guilherme de Almeida, – 2 – 3 – 1 – 4 – (14) (...)

  • The Race of Their Lives
    Maéva Bardy, an on board video-journalist for the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race, shares her insight and behind-the-scenes footage of her experience while capturing footage for an award-winning TV documentary series ‘The Race of Their Lives’. In total, 712 people representing 41 (...)

  • Slow start for F18 World Championship
    Sarasota, FL (October 15, 2018) - Light winds on the opening day of the F18 World Championship allowed for only one race for the 68 teams from 14 countries. Australians Brett Burvill and Max Puttnam took the win, followed by Iordanis Paschalidis/ Konstantinos Trigonis (GRE), and Hans Van Dam/ (...)

lundi 15 octobre 2018

  • Rich get richer in Golden Globe Race
    (October 15, 2018; Day 107) - Jean-Luc Van Den Heede continues to extend his lead over the seven remaining Golden Globe Race yachts now stretched across 4,800 miles of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Following in the wake of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s yacht Suhaili 50 years ago, the 73 year old (...)

  • The Other Laser National Championship
    The sailing was fiercely competitive but nobody was on the water. Instead, the skippers stood shoulder to shoulder at the end of a pier, intensely watching the miniature boats make their way around the race course in Newport, RI. This was the 2018 Remote Control Laser Class US National (...)

  • Bold Statements at the Boat Show
    by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt I hadn’t seen Paul Cronin for some time, but when we caught up at the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, I was quickly reminded of his energy and enthusiasm. He told me I had to have fun every day. I told him I wanted what he was smoking. Paul is multi-talented (...)

  • Russian response to Ukrainian dispute
    Among the issues to be discussed at the 2018 World Sailing Annual Conference on October 27 to November 4 is a request from the Sailing Federation of Ukraine for World Sailing to cancel the membership of Russian Yachting Federation (RYF) as a World Sailing member national authority. When (...)

  • Formula Kite Championship in San Diego
    An estimated 30 kiters will be competing in the 2018 Formula Kite North American Championship to be held November 9-11 in San Diego, CA. Hosted by San Diego Yacht Club, kiters will launch from the Crown Cove State Beach for the race venue on South San Diego Bay. Full (...)

  • Lessons from the Battlefield
    The 2018 West Marine J/70 World Championship offered that rare opportunity to compete against 91 teams from 18 different countries. That by itself is an education with different languages and cultures rounding marks at the same time. It can get messy! Making matters worse, amid the 11 race (...)

  • Video Highlights: Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2018
    Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez is the elegant finale to the Mediterranean yachting season. In 2018, some 4,000 sailors and more than 300 modern, classic and Wally yachts competed the nautical festival from September 29 to October 7. The Rolex Trophy went to 110-year-old Viola, a vintage boat that (...)

  • Vote now for World Sailor of the Year
    World Sailing and Rolex are now inviting the public to vote for one male and one female who they think should receive the 2018 Rolex World Sailor of the Year title. Public voting is open now through to 12:00 UTC on October 29, one day before the announcement at the World Sailing Awards in (...)

  • Slingsby to lead Australia SailGP Team
    Spearheaded by Larry Ellison and Coutts, SailGP will kick off its inaugural season in February 2019 when Sydney Harbour is transformed into a high-speed freeway for the fastest sail-powered crafts ever to race on its waters and an Aussie team boasting Olympic and America’s Cup “rockstars” along (...)

  • Vital prize grants at Oakcliff Triple Crown
    The second stage of the 2018 Oakcliff Triple Crown Series attracted 40 teams competing in in five Olympics classes - 470W, 470M, 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 - on October 13-14 in Oyster Bay, NY. The difference between first and second was $5,000 in prize grants which are allocated to fund (...)

  • PHOTOS: Barcolana 50
    50th edition of Barcolona held October 14 in Trieste, Italy. Deemed the largest race in the world, boats complete a a 15-mile four-sided, fixed mark course in the Gulf of Trieste. Photos by Carlo Borlenghi: Photos by Max Ranchi

dimanche 14 octobre 2018

  • Live Coverage: Extreme Sailing Series, San Diego
    The sixth and penultimate event of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series™ season will be held October 18 to 21 in San Diego, USA. This will be the second time the Series visits San Diego, with the international fleet racing in the Bay near Harbor Island. Live coverage will be available each day with (...)

  • Four-time winners of Endeavour Trophy
    Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex (October 14, 2018) - Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis have won the 2018 Endeavour Trophy for the fourth time in succession with an impressive scoreline of six wins. The invitation-only contest, held October 13-14 in RS200s, seeks to determine the overall dinghy champion of (...)

  • Final medals at Youth Olympic Games
    Buenos Aires, Argentina (October 14, 2018) – Sofia Tomasoni (ITA) and Deury Corniel (DOM) won gold in the Kiteboarding on the last day of the Youth Olympic Sailing Competition at Club Nautico San Isidro. Two dramatic winner-takes-all finals saw a remarkable double silver medal awarded on both (...)

  • Cammas, Carroll take GC32 season titles
    Toulon, France (October 14, 2018) - Large seas rolling into the Rade de Toulon’s open southeasterly side prevented racing on the final day of the 2018 GC32 TPM Med Cup, last event of the GC32 Racing Tour. While Sir Ben Ainslie’s INEOS Team UK prevailed for the event win, it was Franck Cammas’ (...)

  • Protesting British America’s Cup sponsor
    Ben Ainslie would like to win the America's Cup for Britain. Despite 21 past British challenges, 167 years has passed and Britain has still not won the trophy. But if Ainslie is successful in toppling the kiwi defenders, there is a segment of his nation that won't be attending the parade. (...)

  • Brazilian youth wins Star Worlds
    Oxford, MD (October 13, 2018) – The 2018 Star World Championship faced weather delays and disruption, but ended on schedule with Jorge Zarif and Guilherme de Almeida (BRA) remaining patient through it all to claim the World title. After five days, the 60 boat fleet had sat for three of them, (...)

  • Locals win gold at Youth Olympic Games
    Buenos Aires, Argentina (October 13, 2018) – Dante Cittadini and Teresa Romairone (ARG) won gold in the Mixed Nacra 15 fleet in front of a packed Club Nautico San Isidro at the Youth Olympic Sailing Competition. On home waters, and in a variety of conditions, the Argentinians sailed consistently (...)

  • Freides repeats as Melges 20 Worlds Champion
    Cagliari, Italy (October 13, 2018) - All it took was one last, wild ride today, the final day of competition at the 2018 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Yacht Club Cagliari, to give the International Melges 20 Class Association its second-ever, double, back-to-back World Champion - Drew (...)

  • Cammas on form at GC32 TPM Med Cup
    Toulon, France (October 13, 2018) – On the penultimate day of the GC32 TPM Med Cup, Franck Cammas’ NORAUTO powered by Team France fought back to second place overall after a disappointing outing yesterday when they were crippled by a broken foil. Today was supposed to be the lightest of the GC32 (...)

  • What the 36th America’s Cup needs
    It’s time to do away with old school match racing tactics and introduce jousting to the pre-start dance

samedi 13 octobre 2018

  • America’s Cup Clock Ticking Loudly
    A lack of challengers for the 2021 America's Cup is a disappointment but not a surprise to Kiwi sailor Dean Barker. Only Challenger of Record Luna Rossa, Ben Ainslie's INEOS Team UK and Barker's New York Yacht Club entry American Magic have submitted challenges for the Auld Mug, despite Team (...)

  • Massive fleet for 2018 Etchells Worlds
    Olympian, World Champion and America’s Cup living legend, John Bertrand AO, is just one of the stars lining up for the 2018 Etchells World Championship to be held October 22-27 in Brisbane, Australia. With 95-boats to complete, this year the Class celebrates its 50th year, having been designed (...)

  • First medals awarded at Youth Olympics
    Buenos Aires, Argentina (October 12, 2018) – Alexandros Kalpogiannakis (GRE) and Giorgia Speciale (ITA) became the first sailors to take the title of 2018 Youth Olympic Champions at the Youth Olympic Sailing Competition held out of Club Nautico San Isidro. The first Medal Races in Sailing were (...)

  • Storm postpones Star World Championship
    Oxford, MD (October 12, 2018) – It was another day without racing for the 2018 Star World as the remnants of Hurricane Michael passed over the area overnight with conditions today being too much for fair sailing. Now five days into the series, this was the third time racing was not possible. (...)

vendredi 12 octobre 2018

  • Sunfish Worlds ends with a wimper
    Wrightsville Beach, NC (October 12, 2018) - After the racing for the past two days was cancelled due to storm conditions, the 2018 Sunfish World Championship concluded today where Simon Gomez-Ortiz of Colombia won the 2018 youth title and Jean Paul de Trazegnies of Peru won overall. Full (...)

  • Up for grabs at Melges 20 Worlds
    Cagliari, Italy (October 12, 2018) – Three additional races were completed today at the 2018 Melges 20 World Championship, bringing the number of completed races to six, which also prompts a discard of each teams worst score. With the results shuffled and settled, Italy’s Filippo Pacinotti (Manu (...)

  • Ainslie on fire at GC32 TPM Med Cup
    Toulon, France (October 12, 2018) – After the storms, torrential rain and general greyness of the last days, the Rade de Toulon was in an entirely different mood for day two of the GC32 TPM Med Cup, the final event of the GC32 Racing Tour. A swell remained rolling in from the east, drummed up (...)

  • World On Water Global Sailing News – October 12, 2018
    This week’s “World on Water” global sailing news show produced by In this week’s “WoW TV”: • The Melges IC37 – could this be the “Mini TP52?” • A preview of the mulithulls participating in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, which starts in November. • Windsurfing Worlds in (...)

  • Leaderboard Changes at Star Worlds
    Oxford, MD (October 11, 2018) – Day four of the 2018 Star World Championship started with rain, a 14 knot breeze from north east, and choppy seas, all caused by tropical storm Michael making its way up north. The flags of the 12 nations representing the 60 teams waved vigorously while the teams (...)

  • Fighting for Medals at Youth Olympic Games
    Buenos Aires, Argentina (October 11, 2018) – Ahead of the Medal Race, the battle to claim a spot on the podium amplified in the Windsurfing class at the Youth Olympic Sailing Competition. Shifting winds on the coldest day of the week so far brought new challenges for the Girl’s and Boy’s fleets, (...)

  • What I Saw at the Boat Show
    by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt I relish my annual stroll down Main Street in Annapolis toward the marine industry epicenter in early October. The 2018 US Sailboat Show is such a who's who and what's what, with each day capped by late night attendance at McGarvey's Saloon. It's a tough job, but (...)

jeudi 11 octobre 2018

  • Tight Racing at Melges 20 Worlds
    Cagliari, Italy (October 11, 2018) - After yesterday's opening race day postponement, the weather cooperated on Day Two, officially getting 2018 Melges 20 World Championship racing underway. It was obvious that all the teams were feeling the pressure to do well. The high and choppy waves were (...)

  • The Recipe for Olympic Success
    by Shirley Robertson and Ben Church, CNN Olympic glory is the ultimate honor in most sports. Sailing is no different. With athletes waiting four years for an opportunity to win a coveted gold medal, competition is tough and the stakes are high. Two years out from Tokyo 2020, CNN's Mainsail (...)

  • Countdown to ANOC World Beach Games
    San Diego, CA (October 11, 2018) - The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games, a global festival of elite beach, water and action sports, began the one-year countdown to San Diego 2019. The local organizing committee is expecting 1,300 athletes from every Olympic (...)

  • Michael Spreads into Carolinas
    (October 11, 2018) – Now a tropical storm, Michael is rapidly moving northeast through the Carolinas. The storm is accelerating through the Carolinas with high wind gusts and flooding rain from the southern Appalachians to parts of the East Coast. The center of Michael will continue to (...)

  • Sea State Hinders GC32 Racing Tour
    Toulon, France (October 11, 2018) - Winds had abated after yesterday’s storm off the Cote d’Azur, but sadly the sea state on the Rade de Toulon was considered too large for the nimble flying catamarans to race safely on day one of the GC32 TPM Med Cup, the last stop of the 2018 GC32 Racing Tour. (...)

  • Fifty Years of Middle Sea Race
    The 2018 golden jubilee edition of Malta’s most famous yachting event promises to be the biggest ever. The Rolex Middle Sea Race, which this year marks the 50th anniversary of its founding, will be held from the historic Grand Harbour, in the capital Valletta, October 20 – 27. Cannon fire from (...)

  • Reigning Champs Lead at Star Worlds
    Oxford, MD (October 10, 2018) - The breeze finally made its appearance on the Choptank River on day three of the 2018 Star World Championship. The 62 boat fleet completed two races but only one can claim the traditional daily prizes. Reigning World Champions Eivind Melleby (NOR) and Joshua (...)

  • SailGP: It seems to make sense
    The #1 media market in the United States was where newly launched SailGP would further reveal details of how it planned to "redefine sailing with a thrilling new fan-centric grand prix racing circuit." New Yorker and Scuttlebutt contributor Cory E. Friedman was there too and shares his (...)

  • Light Day at Youth Olympic Games
    Buenos Aires, Argentina (October 10, 2018) – A dazzling display on the water from Alina Kornelli (GER) ensured she remains top of the Girl’s Kiteboarding fleet at the Youth Olympic Sailing Competition. With lighter wind speeds than the previous day, all three classes were able to race. (...)

mercredi 10 octobre 2018

  • No perfect plan for America’s Cup teams
    Ben Ainslie and INEOS TEAM UK want to win the America’s Cup – Britain has never won the Auld Mug despite hosting the first Cup in 1851. In fact the famous nautical nation has failed to win in 21 separate challenges over the intervening 167 years. But with the next America’s Cup taking place in (...)

  • Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall
    (October 10, 2018) – Hurricane Michael made landfall as a catastrophic, unprecedented Category 4 storm on the Florida Panhandle today, as buildings along the coast were ripped apart and storm-surge flooding erased beaches in a matter of hours. Hours before landfall, reports of damage and (...)

  • Stormy Weather at Melges 20 Worlds
    Cagliari, Italy (October 10, 2018) - The thirty-seven entrants participating in the 2018 Melges 20 World Championship would not get to sail the regatta as scheduled today. The start of the 2018 Melges 20 World Championship has been postponed due to a meteorological alert issued to the Race (...)

  • Final Showdown at GC32 Racing Tour
    Toulon, France (October 10, 2018) - The final showdown between the flying catamarans competing on the 2018 GC32 Racing Tour is held October 11-14 off Anse Tabarly-Plages du Mourillon. With strong easterly winds forecast, the GC32 crews face the toughest challenge of the season. Many of Zoulou’s (...)

  • Kiwi sailors recognized for service
    (October 10, 2018) – Top Kiwi sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have been made Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit, an order of chivalry in New Zealand’s honours system. The Olympic gold medallists and America’s Cup-winning pair were made members for services to sailing, during an (...)









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