Scuttlebutt Sailing News, ces 60 derniers jours

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samedi 21 avril 2018

  • Environmental focus at Youth Worlds
    The 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships will be the first World Sailing event to include an environmental focus in a World Championship with the adoption of a Sustainability and Ocean Restoration theme. With this landmark approach, the 2018 Youth Worlds will be used as a Sustainability (...)

  • Fight on to advance at Congressional Cup
    Long Beach, CA (April 20, 2018) – With only two flights left in the 54th Congressional Cup regatta’s Round Robin series – to determine which four skippers will advance to the semi-finals – the hard-hitting competition escalated. Dean Barker (NZL) and American Magic remained on top, with Taylor (...)

  • Smyth now leads U.S. Multihull Champs
    Fort Walton Beach, FL (April 20, 2018) – The second day of the 2018 U.S. Multihull Championship was true to the weather forecast with three races completed in 4-7 knots of breeze. The first race started in a dying northeasterly and was shortened by one leg due to the breeze steadily dropping in (...)

vendredi 20 avril 2018

  • MAPFRE tops Itajaí In-Port Race
    Itajaí, Brazil (April 20, 2018) – The Spanish team MAPFRE won the Itajaí In-Port Race today after battling with team AkzoNobel for the lead on the first of three laps of the race course. After taking the lead on the first downwind leg in a moderate 10 knot sea breeze, MAPFRE protected well the (...)

  • Clipper Race: Qingdao wins Pacific test
    (April 20, 2018; Day 28) – Qingdao is celebrating its maiden victory of the 2017-18 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race after crossing the finish line of the Mighty Pacific Leg 6 in first place. The Qingdao team, skippered by 32-year-old German yachtsman Chris Kobusch, completed the 5,600 (...)

  • World on Water Global Sailing News – April 20, 2018
    This week’s “World on Water” global sailing news show produced by In this week’s “WoW TV”: • On-board Tour of Marcus Blackmores’ TP 52 (ex 2015 champion Azzurra) by Paul Westlake North Sails. • Vestas 11th Hour Racing arrives under jury rig in Itajai to start Leg 8 of the Volvo to (...)

  • Rugged conditions at Congressional Cup
    Long Beach, CA (April 19, 2018) - More round-ups than a Western movie thrilled spectators, and challenged competitors, on Day Two of the Long Beach Yacht Club Congressional Cup regatta. Dean Barker (NZL) continued to hold the reins at the top of the leaderboard, as racing continued into the (...)

  • Krantz leads U.S. Multihull Championship
    Fort Walton Beach, FL (April 19, 2018) – The opening day of the 2018 U.S. Multihull Championship hosted by the Fort Walton Yacht Club was blessed by the champagne sailing conditions of a 10-16 knots seabreeze on Choctawhatchee Bay. There were 41 competitors (33 singlehanded, 4 doublehanded) (...)

  • Finding what’s blowin’ in the wind
    Chris Branning hit our radar during the Morning Light Disney film project which then catapulted him through the US Merchant Marine Academy and now as a sought after offshore sailing navigator. But when he's not on the race course, he has been trying to help make offshore sailing easier so (...)

  • Training can be fun too
    The US Olympic Sailing program developed two strong teams within the 470 Women’s event capable of competing for the podium at Rio 2016 Games, but when both crews retired from the class afterwards, there is no team now capable of filling the void. However, there are several efforts taking up the (...)

  • Paige Railey: Stronger Than Ever
    Refocused and utterly committed, two-time Olympian, two-time Pan American Sailing Champion and record five-time World Championship medalist Paige Railey is back in the Laser Radial with Tokyo 2020 in her sights

jeudi 19 avril 2018

  • Five Ways to Celebrate Earth Day 2018
    The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. (...)

  • How to get to Awesometown, USA
    Anderson Reggio is providing shoreside navigation support for Team Vestas 11th Hour Racing in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. When the fleet starts Leg 8 from Itajaí, Brazil to Newport, USA on April 22, Reggio details the decisions enroute to Awesometown, USA. The common perception is this course (...)

  • Volvo Ocean Race: Busy in Pit Row
    Itajaí, Brazil (April 19, 2018) - Six of the seven teams competing in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race will be on the start line tomorrow afternoon for the Itajaí In-Port Race in Brazil. After only five of the teams completed the Leg 7 from New Zealand to Brazil, Vestas 11th Hour Racing is (...)

  • Volvo Ocean Race: Vestas ready again
    Following their dismasting during Leg 7, Vestas 11th Hour Racing is ready to race again in Itajaí, Brazil. Seventy-two hours after the delivery crew arrived, the blue boat has relaunched with a replacement rig having completed all the planned service and is prepared for the In Port Race on April (...)

  • America’s Cup: Changing roles in defense
    Team New Zealand have confirmed Peter Burling will be their skipper for the 2021 America's Cup. Burling was a helmsman with the team who reclaimed the title in Bermuda last year. Burling would take on the new role which was held by Glenn Ashby in Bermuda. Ashby will be returning for the 2021 (...)

  • Caribbean’s longest running regatta
    More than 100 boats registered from 30 countries worldwide and crews from many more will be taking part in a nine-day festival of racing and shoreside events that is Antigua Sailing Week 2018, the Caribbean's longest running regatta, from April 28 to May 6. Full (...)

  • Clipper Race: Stand by for celebration
    (April 19, 2018; Day 27) - It's been slow going for the 2017-18 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race due to a wind hole sitting between the leading teams and the finish line, but the end of the epic 5,600 nautical mile race across the North Pacific Ocean to Seattle is at last in sight. Full (...)

  • Plan for World Match Racing Tour 2018
    (April 19, 2018) – The World Match Racing Tour will move to a shorter format for the 2018 season with just 12 teams invited to each event. The fleet racing format, with six M32 catamarans fighting it out on the same racecourse, will remain in place as the Qualifying stage at each regatta and (...)

  • Questioning Future of Match Racing
    by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt Launched in 2000, the World Match Racing Tour has been the leading international professional match racing series, with a storied history marked by the list of hall of famers that have plied its waters. The Tour got heightened status in 2006 when a partnership with (...)

  • VIDEO: Growing Sailing in the Dominican Republic
    On display in this video is the vision of Irina Perez, President of the Dominican Sailing Federation, who is working daily to make sailing a sport for the masses. The federation employs coaches who are sent to distant towns to get youth excited about a sport and living a healthy life, which (...)

  • Barker perfect at Congressional Cup
    Long Beach, CA (April 18, 2018) - Dean Barker celebrated his 45th birthday with six straight wins on Day One of the 54th annual Congressional Cup regatta, hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club (LBYC). Stiff competition and solid breeze, that started at eight knots and built to a rousing 14 knots (...)

mercredi 18 avril 2018

  • Submissions open for 2018 new products
    The Newport International Boat Show is now accepting applications for the 2018 Newport For New Products (NFNP) Awards. NFNP winners will be selected for best new powerboat, sailboat and multihull; best new navigation product; and best new product for boat operation, maintenance, and safety. All (...)

  • Video Highlights: Les Voiles de St Barth
    The ninth edition of the Les Voiles de Saint-Barth was held April 8-14, 2018. Video published on April 18, 2018. Event Details – Results – Facebook

  • Emmy nominations for America’s Cup
    The 35th America's Cup is among the 28 programs recognized for the 39th Annual Sports Emmy Awards, receiving nominations in the categories of Outstanding Technical Team Remote, Outstanding Live Event Audio/Sound, and George Wensel Technical Achievement Award. Nominees will be honored during a (...)

  • Last chance in Hyères for World Cup Final
    After stops in Japan and USA, the third and final round of Sailing's World Cup Series will be held April 24-29 in Hyères, France. Offering sailors' the final opportunity to qualify for the World Cup Final, which brings together the best of the best from the 2017-18 World Cup Series, more than (...)

  • Eight Bells: John A Williams
    John A Williams, 75, the enthusiastic owner of the J Class Ranger, passed away suddenly on April 16 (1943-2018). Born into a family of modest means (he once told a business writer that “we grew poor as church mice”), Williams grew to be a pillar of his hometown of Atlanta (GA), contributing to (...)

  • Clipper Race: The final hurdle
    (April 18, 2018; Day 26) - The leading teams in the 2017-18 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race have entered into what could be their final full day of the epic 5,600nm marathon across the North Pacific Ocean to Seattle, USA. But with a wind hole between them and the finish line, the end of Race (...)

  • College Sailing: Spring Season Update
    Chris Klevan provides this week's update on activity in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA). #8 Harvard University won the Thompson Trophy hosted by Connecticut College. The three division, 36 race event was one of two premier coed fleet race regattas last weekend as the ICSA (...)

  • World Sailing Offshore World Championship to launch in 2019
    The inaugural World Sailing Offshore World Championship will be held in 2019, with this newly conceived event seeking to be a powerful platform to accelerate the interest and growth of offshore one-design sailing amongst the sailing community. Announced at World Sailing’s 2017 Annual Conference (...)

  • Season starts with U.S. Multihull Champs
    The US Sailing National Championship season gets underway with the 2018 U.S. Multihull Championship on April 19-22 in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Hosted by the Fort Walton Yacht Club on Choctawhatchee Bay, this will be the first time the event will be raced in trimarans. (...)

  • Making changes to improve social spirit
    The Miami Yacht Club, which has been around for 91 years, hosts the 63rd Annual Miami Key Largo Race on April 21, which provides an all-day glide down the eastern shore of southern Florida. And after all these years, they are trying something different… and it sounds brilliant. In the past, (...)

  • Fuel proposal threatens boat engines
    A proposal by U.S. President Trump to allow the sale of E15 (15 percent ethanol) gasoline year-round has set off alarm bells at the nation’s largest boating advocacy group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). E15 is prohibited by federal law for use in recreational boat (...)

mardi 17 avril 2018

  • Qualifying for US Team Racing Champs
    US Sailing and the U.S. Team Racing Championship committee has instituted a series of qualifying regattas for the 2018 U.S. Team Racing Championship on September 27-30, hosted by The Foundry in Cleveland, Ohio. These qualifying events will be in addition to the traditional resume application (...)

  • Eight Bells: Hatch Brown
    Harold "Hatch" Brown Jr., of Winthrop (MA) passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving children, on April 11, 2018. He was 86 years old. Hatch was a devoted husband, father and world class sailor, coach and mentor to tens of thousands of beginning and elite sailors throughout his long, (...)

  • Sadness in the Sport of Sailing
    Sudden deaths involving people doing what they love… Victoria, Australia: A member of the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria at Williamstown has died during a prestigious annual event held in gusty conditions on Port Phillip Bay. Max Peters, aged in his 70s and from Donvale, fell from his Adams 10 (...)

  • Improvements for 2018 hurricane season
    The National Hurricane Center plans to shrink the dreaded "cone of uncertainty" during the upcoming season based on an improving forecast record. The Miami-based center announced a series of other changes intended to improve how hurricane forecasters convey warnings to the public. Full (...)

  • International Match Racing Rankings
    The World Sailing Match Race rankings as of April 13 finds Phil Robertson (NZL) and Anna Kjellberg (SWE) continuing their reign at the top of the Open and Women's divisions. Details.

  • Tokyo 2020: Here we go again
    Bangkok, Thailand (April 17, 2018) - With water pollution dominating the headlines two years in advance of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, World Sailing is facing problems again in advance of the Tokyo 2020 Games. During the General Assembly of the Association of Summer Olympic International (...)

  • Clipper Race: Light wind ridge ahead
    (April 17, 2018; Day 25) - After approximately 5,000 nautical miles, there is little separating the top teams in the final stages of the 2017-18 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race across the mighty North Pacific Ocean to Seattle. However, the light winds are due to arrive on Thursday (Apr 19), (...)

  • Shaping the future of Olympic Sailing
    World Sailing, as the governing body for the sport of sailing, has the herculean task of guiding a sport with no set playing field or ball through the myriad of differences that exist among its international membership of nearly 150 nations. This epic effort of sheep-herding is on display twice (...)

  • More about the AC75 Class Rule
    There were a bunch of unanswered questions from the America’s Cup AC75 Class Rule Q&A last week, Ray Davies and Dan Bernasconi from Emirates Team New Zealand answer a few more questions on the specifics of the rule. Published on Apr (...)

  • Ready to Roll in Antigua
    Antigua (April 16, 2018) - The 2018 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta (ACYR) begins a fourth decade of showcasing maritime history and tradition during six days of high-spirited, world-class competition, April 18-24. Races are held off the south coast of the island while celebration central is in (...)

  • Sunfish: The True Love Boat
    Sports Illustrated magazine has been serving sporting enthusiasts since 1954, and had this gem in its vault from their magazine issue dated September 20, 1982: The story is fraught with all the melodrama of one of those good old Saturday afternoon B movies of the 1940s in which a couple of (...)

lundi 16 avril 2018

  • VIDEO: 2018 Techno293 Plus European Champs
    The 2018 Techno293 Plus European Championships was held April 1-7 in Club Canottieri Roggero di Lauria, Mondello, Sicily. 130 competitors from 27 countries. 15 races for 3 fleets. Sun, wind and smiling faces. Event Website Published on Apr (...)

  • Chronicling a Midlife Crisis
    by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt Long before he became one of our foremost historians and a New York Times bestselling author, Nathaniel Philbrick, at just 22-years-old, won the 1978 Sunfish North American Championship. But soon life got in the way and he'd lost touch with the sport he was so (...)

  • Family Bonding at Charleston Race Week
    If there has been one constant about Sperry Charleston Race Week over the years it’s the family dynamic that has become a hallmark of the regatta. The event and venue, with all the onshore fun, attracts sailors to combine high-level racing with quality family time. As usual, there were plenty (...)

  • Team Vestas Arrives in Itajaí
    Itajaí, Brazil (April 16, 2018) - Vestas 11th Hour Racing has arrived in Itajaí – one week after leaving the Falkland Islands under jury rig, following a dismasting on Leg 7. The team had passed Cape Horn in second place and was racing north towards Brazil when they dismasted on March 30, some 100 (...)

  • A Foiling Spectacle at GC32 World Champs
    (April 16, 2018) - A record-sized fleet of foiling catamarans will descend on Lake Garda in northern Italy next month where crews from across the globe will fight to become the first ever World Champion in the GC32 one design foiling catamaran class. The 15 boat fleet competing off Riva del (...)

  • Clipper Race: Double Edged Sword
    (April 16, 2018; Day 24) – Tension is building amongst the leading pack, with five boats now off the radar in Stealth Mode as the 2017-18 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet begins what should be the final week of the epic 5,600 nautical mile race across the North Pacific Ocean to Seattle, (...)









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