Scuttlebutt Sailing News, ces 60 derniers jours

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dimanche 21 janvier 2018

  • PHOTOS: 18ft Skiff thrills and spills
    Competition amid the Australian 18 Footer fleet during their 2017-18 season on Sydney Harbor. Photos by Frank Quealey

  • Europe selects best sail and power boats
    The best motorboats and sailing yachts in Europe are presented the “Water Sports Oscar” in a total of ten different categories every year. The international award “European Yacht of the Year” was now presented for the fifteenth time, while the “European Powerboat of the Year” was chosen for the (...)

  • Skipper replacement for Clipper Race
    British sailor David Hartshorn, 53, from Chepstow, is to take over as GREAT Britain Skipper for the remainder of the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race, replacing Andy Burns who has made the difficult personal decision to step down here in Airlie Beach, Australia. Full (...)

  • New World Women’s Windsurf Record
    The World Sailing Speed Record Council has ratified the new World Women’s Windsurf Record of 46.49 knots set by 51 year old Zara Davis (GBR) on November 22, 2017. Davis beat the previous speed of 46.31 knots, held since 2015 by Karrin Jaggi (SUI), on the 500 meter track at Luderitz, Namibia. (...)

  • Test for USA at World Cup Series Miami
    The United States began competing in Sailing at the 1928 Olympic Games, and while they did not win any medals, the country soon became the most successful nation in Olympic history. However, their edge has been slipping, with Britain now trailing by just two medals: 60 to 58. The US Olympic (...)

  • Volvo Ocean Race: How did deadly collision occur?
    The tragic death of a fisherman, in a collision with Vestas 11th Hour Racing as they approached the finish line for Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, leaves us wondering how this could happen. How could the very best offshore sailors, equipped with what we hope to be the very best navigation gear, (...)

samedi 20 janvier 2018

  • Lay- and J-day at Barbados Sailing Week
    Bridgetown, Barbados (January 20, 2018) – While final preparations are underway for the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race tomorrow, the J/24 fleet crowned its winner in the closely contested final showdown in the J/24 Coastal Racing Series at Barbados Sailing Week. J/24 racing in Barbados never (...)

  • Volvo Ocean Race: Closure for Leg 4
    Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag have won Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, leading the fleet into their home port of Hong Kong on January 19. Beginning on January 2, the 5,600 nautical mile course took the fleet up the east coast of Australia from Melbourne, into the Coral Sea and up north to the (...)

  • Volvo Ocean Race: The blame game
    For the first time in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race, a leg would take the fleet to Hong Kong, the former British colony in southeastern China. A 5,600 nautical mile course, beginning January 2, directed the seven teams up the east coast of Australia from Melbourne, into the Coral Sea and (...)

  • Tragedy strikes Volvo Ocean Race
    Hong Kong (January 20, 2018) – The Volvo Ocean Race can confirm Vestas 11th Hour Racing, one of the teams competing in the 2017-18 race, has been involved in a collision with a non-race vessel before the finish of Leg 4, near Hong Kong. According to the tracker, Vestas was traveling at 20 knots (...)

vendredi 19 janvier 2018

  • Vestas collision behind Scallywag win
    Hong Kong (January 19, 2018; Leg 4; Day 18) – Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag have won Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, leading the fleet into their home port of Hong Kong. It’s a historic win for skipper David Witt and his team who had to overcome significant setbacks on the leg before grabbing (...)

  • Wind Gods love Barbados Sailing Week
    Bridgetown, Barbados (January 19, 2018) – The hugely competitive local J/24 fleet enjoyed the first of its new two-day race series at Barbados Sailing Week while today was also the final day of the Coastal Series. The launch of the J/24 race series attracted quality competition and, with four (...)

  • America’s Cup: Writing the AC75 Rule
    After unveiling the concept of yachts to be raced in the 36th America's Cup in 2021, Team New Zealand now face the arduous task of turning a concept into a rule. The design for the 75 foot fully-foiling monohull vessels was revealed in November last year, with the design moving away from the (...)

  • World on Water Global Sailing News – January 19, 2018
    This week’s “World on Water” global sailing news show produced by www.boatson.tv. In this week’s “WoW TV”: • David Witt and his crew of Scallywags come out of “stealth mode” and with under 400 miles to Hong Kong they are sailing like never before but it is tight. They will finish today. • Australian (...)

  • Youth initiative at Antigua Sailing Week
    The Antigua and Barbuda Sailing Association (ABSA) in conjunction with Antigua Sailing Week (ASW) is launching a new programme that will allow youths aged 16 to 25 years to gain keel boat experience during Antigua Sailing Week 2018 on April 28 to May 4. In 50 years of ASW there have always been (...)

  • Grub crawl at Barbados Sailing Week
    Bridgetown, Barbados (January 18, 2018) – With winds up to 17kts, day two of Barbados Sailing Week was the penultimate day of the Coastal Series, traditionally known as the Two Restaurants Race. The 22nm course offered spectacular sheltered flat water/fast reaching conditions on the leg to and (...)

jeudi 18 janvier 2018

  • Countdown to World Cup Series Miami
    Over 540 sailors from 50 nations are in the USA for the second stage of Sailing’s 2018 World Cup Series, which will be held January 23-28 in Miami, FL. Competition across all ten Olympic events will provide a critical measure as competitors approach the first opportunity to qualify for the (...)

  • Volvo Ocean Race: Darkness to the finish
    (January 18, 2018; Leg 4; Day 17) - Volvo Ocean Race fans around the world were on the edges of their seats today as Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag’s emergence from “Stealth Mode” corresponded with four other teams ‘disappearing’ from the tracker. Scallywag had a jump of just 40 miles on second-placed (...)

  • Shifting the Culture to Secure Podium
    Malcolm Page was hired a year ago as Chief of U.S. Olympic Sailing, and with the focus of international competition to be in the USA with the World Cup Series Miami on January 23-28, Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck checks in with Malcolm for an update. What's it mean for the US Olympic Sailing (...)

  • Scuttlebutt: Riding the Internet Wave
    The first major commercial Internet Service Providers hit the scene in the early 1990s, with AOL, Prodigy, and CompuServe all showing up in 1995. Hotmail came along a year later. By the end of 1996, just shy of 1 in 10 Americans was on the Internet, but somewhere between then and 2001, Internet (...)

  • Highlights: Kiteboarding World Cup 2017
    The greatest moments of the World Kiteboarding League’s 2017 Kiteboarding World Cup

  • Get ready for SuperFoiler Grand Prix
    From the creators of the 18ft Skiff Grand Prix, who pioneered the onboard experience, putting the viewers in the action. This is a father and son journey, Bill and Jack Macartney, who set out to build a new breed of extreme racer built purely to foil. Over three years, they met with world (...)

  • 2018 California Dreamin’ Series
    The 2018 California Dreamin’ Series provides a gateway for aspiring match race sailors to test themselves in a three event series this winter. The overall winner earns an invitation to the 2018 Ficker Cup, held April 13-15 in Long Beach, which is a qualifier for the Grade 1 2018 Congressional (...)

  • How Olympic Success Grows the Sport
    Britain’s Ian Walker MBE, double Olympic medalist, America’s Cup sailor and winning Volvo Ocean Race skipper, is now the Director of Racing for the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), the national body for all forms of boating in the United Kingdom. With Great Britain on the verge of displacing the (...)

  • Lessons from the Winter Circuit
    The growth of winter racing for one design classes in Florida has helped to extend the sailing season for northern competitors, but doing well in these events means overcoming new obstacles. Along with additional travel logistics, the body and mind must be transitioned from snow shoveling to (...)

mercredi 17 janvier 2018

  • Scholarships for weather symposium
    In its latest effort to promote on-the-water safety, the Cruising Club of America (CCA) is offering 10 scholarships to its upcoming Weather Symposium, February 10, 2018, at the MITAGS Conference Center (692 Maritime Blvd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090). (...)

  • Caribbean season launched in Barbados
    Bridgetown, Barbados (January 17, 2018) - Barbados Sailing Week 2018 got underway today to launch the Caribbean regatta season with a week of seriously fun racing and partying. Glorious conditions with winds up to 18kts and a swell from the east were on offer for a 11-12nm course from Carlisle (...)

  • Volvo Ocean Race: Wide open again
    (January 17, 2018; Leg 4; Day 16) - For the past two days, the weather models have been telling the Volvo Ocean Race fleet to take a quick hitch to the south. While their aim is the finish in Hong Kong, they must first thread the gap between Taiwan and the Philippines, and some southing would (...)

  • 2018 Pittman Innovation Awards
    Named after Freeman K. Pittman, SAIL’s long-time technical editor who died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1996, the Pittman Innovation Awards annually recognizes outstanding new products created by a sailing industry that is perpetually innovative in its thinking. But innovation comes in all shapes (...)

  • VIDEO: Boat crash on Columbia River
    A harrowing boat crash at the mouth of the Columbia River. While this isn’t sailing, it does demonstrate how someone can be driving a powerboat yet not able to see ahead. Details here

  • Providing an example for other sailors
    The US Sailing Team and US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program (ODP), together with Debris Free Oceans and US Sailing Center Miami, partnered to remove nearly 2,500 pounds of trash and debris from the shorelines of Coconut Grove, Florida. Organized as part of last week’s national team training (...)

  • Iceboating: Prepare for the worst
    If you're a small boat sailor, the most extreme incident to overcome is a capsize. But for iceboaters, they not only can't see the puff that might capsize them, they must be prepared for a much greater threat… thin ice. This week a man iceboating on Struble Lake in southeastern Pennsylvania did (...)

  • Food, Water, and the Sched
    Libby Greenhalgh, who has joined Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag (HKG) as navigator for the fourth leg of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, finds her team with a nice lead as they aim for a finish on January 19 in Hong Kong. Here Libby explains the ritual of position reports. The nervous excitement of (...)

mardi 16 janvier 2018

  • Clipper Race: Visit Seattle snares victory
    (January 16, 2018) - After one of the most challenging races so far in the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race, Visit Seattle has held off a strong challenge from three other teams to chalk up a thrilling maiden victory in the Australian stage from Hobart to Airlie Beach in the (...)

  • From the Archives: Scuttlebutt 4000
    As Scuttlebutt approaches the publication of its 5000th newsletter, here’s a flashback from Scuttlebutt 4000 on January 15, 2014: • The 4000th Scuttlebutt newsletter occurred a day following founder Tom Leweck’s 83rd birthday. Both milestones broke new records. Amazing to think back at when (...)

  • Volvo Ocean Race: Rich get richer
    (January 16, 2018; Leg 4; Day 15) - Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag was showing no signs of relinquishing their grip on the Leg 4 lead, hell-bent on arriving to their home port of Hong Kong as heroes. “It's a new experience for us but it's a good one,” Scallywag skipper Dave Witt said. “We're in a (...)

  • Making Waves for American sailing
    by Gary Jobson, Sailing World Since compiling my annual Jobson Junior All-Star lists since 2001, I’ve been combing through results of hundreds of junior championship regattas and speaking with parents, coaches and young sailors about their astounding performances. The All-Stars from that first (...)

  • Ripple effect from Olympic success
    With every great win comes a ripple effect. Annalise Murphy’s silver medal in sailing at the Rio Olympics in 2016 was good news for Ireland, for sport, and the sailing community in general. But how has the bounce been felt one year on? Afloat Magazine seeks to answer the question. President of (...)

  • Lauderdale Olympic Class Regatta 2018
    The 2018 Lauderdale Olympic Class Regatta hosted the Laser Atlantic Coast Championships and Finn Midwinters on January 13 to 15. With moderate to strong conditions for all three days, Juan Maegli (GUA) topped the 44-boat Laser fleet, Chase Carraway (USA) beat out the 93-boat Laser Radial fleet (...)

lundi 15 janvier 2018

  • 470 and 420 North American Champs
    The 2018 470 and 420 North American Championship was held January 13 to 15 with lighter winds opening the event and moderate to breezy conditions for the final two days in Miami, FL. As a preview before the World Cup Series Miami (Jan. 23-28), Luke Patience/ Chris Grube (GBR) topped the 33-boat (...)

  • 2018 Miami Skiff Midwinter Regatta
    The 2018 Miami Skiff Midwinter Regatta hosted racing for 49ers, 49erFXs and Nacra 17s on January 13 to 15 in Miami, FL. With an international field in advance of the World Cup Series Miami (Jan. 23-28), Diego Botín Le Chever/ Iago Marra (ESP) won the 30-boat 49er event, Stephanie Roble/ Margaret (...)

  • Sailors return to the Caribbean
    What a difference four months make. Last September, the world watched in horror as some of the most beautiful chartering grounds were demolished by two hurricanes. The damage was devastating, but troubled times opened doors for miracles, and helping hands came from all over to aid in the (...)

  • Change boats key to US Olympic success
    Bob Johnstone was the founding chairman of the United States Youth Championship in 1973, an event intended to prepare young sailors for international success. Much has changed since the event's beginning, and he fears the failures of USA at the Olympic level are a result. Scuttlebutt editor (...)

  • Lightning Class Boat Grant Program
    The Lightning Class Boat Grant Program will loan two competitive Lightnings to promising young sailors for the 2018 summer sailing season. The grant covers all regatta entry fees, boat insurance, some travel money as well as a competitive boat, good sails and a mentor. Applications due before (...)

  • ORC Rule releases updates for 2018
    Milan, Italy (January 15, 2018) - The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) has now made available online the 2018 ORC Rules and the 2018 Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) used for generating certificates, Speed Guides, Target Speeds and other products. (...)

  • Spindrift 2 dismasted in record attempt
    (January 15, 2018) - Yann Guichard and his crew on the 40-metre maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 were dismasted today on their way to the start line to compete for the Jules Verne Trophy, a round the world record set by Francis Joyon and his crew last winter. The team had been on standby since (...)

  • Volvo Ocean Race: All go for Scallywag
    (January 15, 2018; Leg 4; Day 14) - Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag increased their lead in Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race as they profit from favourable trade winds at the front of the fleet. Among those cheering for Scallywag is one group of unlikely fans – the crew of MAPFRE. Although they would (...)

  • Clipper Race: One more night at sea
    (January 15, 2018; Day 10) - Dramatic weather systems that have dominated much of Race 6: The Wondrous Whitsundays Race continue to make conditions challenging for the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race fleet. Whilst the fleet is enjoying some long-awaited downwind weather conditions, (...)

dimanche 14 janvier 2018

  • J/24 Boat Grant Program
    The US J/24 Class has launched the second edition of the Kelly Holmes-Moon J/24 Boat Grant Program. This program is targeted toward sailors in their twenties who would like the chance to put a crew together and campaign a J/24 of their own but do not have the means to purchase a boat. (...)

  • Reminders of Mortality
    Nic Douglass, who was recognized with the Sport Promotion Award in 2017 by Australian Sailing, reflects on a day that could have been much different. The Farr 55 Hollywood Boulevard was heading back to New South Wales after competing in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, when it sank in Bass (...)

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