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lundi 25 juin 2018

  • Long Beach serves up whole enchilada
    Long Beach, CA (June 24, 2018) - It all came together on the final day of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week. The wind blew, the sun shone, dolphins leapt, and racers smiled. On the last of three days of highly competitive racing, in this popular perennial regatta hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club (...)

  • Three titles at U.S. Para Sailing Champs
    Newport, RI (June 24, 2018) - The 16th C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta and the 2018 U.S. Para Sailing Championships concluded with three days of racing (June 22-24) and 10 races for 46 sailors from across North America. Winners were determined in the 2.4mR (singlehanded), RS (...)

  • Order forms at start of US Youth Champs
    Wrightsville Beach, NC (June 24, 2018) - The premier sailing event for youth sailors in the United States got underway today for the first of four days of racing at the 2018 U.S. Youth Sailing Championships. This year’s Championship features 140 of the top young sailors that were invited to (...)

  • Luna Rossa claims 52 SUPER SERIES WIN
    Zadar, Croatia (June 24, 2018) - At just their second regatta together on the 52 SUPER SERIES, the Italian team on Luna Rossa today lifted the Zadar Royal Cup proving that the genesis of their America’s Cup sailing team is already gelling into a strong, racing unit. Full (...)

  • R2AK: Sailing Like a Champion
    Ketchikan, Alaska (June 24, 2018; Day 8) - There was something different about the night; everyone felt it. Anticipation can do that. From the crowd of families and fans who gathered at the Alaskan Fish House to watch and wait, to the manager who stayed to keep the place open three hours (...)

dimanche 24 juin 2018

  • The Race to Equality Continues
    With the finish of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, this edition marks the first time since the round-the-world sailing event began in 1973 that women were part of the winning crew. Progress? Yes, but how much? A rule change for this edition all but assured teams would include women in the crew. (...)

  • The World Sailing Show – July 2018
    From non-stop around the world racers, to Olympic campaigns; from seasoned professionals, to grass roots sailors, The World Sailing Show provides a monthly view of the racing world. Here's the July 2018 show synopsis. Volvo Ocean Race – The closest and the fastest Broken records, broken gear, (...)

  • PHOTOS: 52 SUPER SERIES Zadar Royal Cup 2018
    The second event of the 2018 52 SUPER SERIES, the 52 SUPER SERIES Zadar Royal Cup, was contested June 20-24 in Zadar, Croatia. Photos by Max Ranchi. The 52 SUPER SERIES is established as the world’s leading grand prix monohull yacht racing circuit. The 2018 season will mark the seventh season of (...)

  • Germany holds own at Kiel Week
    Kiel, Germany (June 24, 2018) - The final day of Kieler Woche brought plenty of drama amid the Olympic fleets as the top ten advanced to the final Medal Race. A strong field of northern Europeans took the bulk of the medals, with Germany and Sweden collecting three along with Great Britain. A (...)

  • Dongfeng wins Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18
    (June 24, 2018; Day 4) - In a story nobody could have written, Dongfeng has won the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 by winning a completely nutty final 963 nm leg from Gothenburg, SWE to The Hague, NED. The last day of the leg was setting up for grind-fest between MAPFRE, Team Brunel and Dongfeng (...)

  • Volvo Ocean Race: This is getting crazy
    (June 24, 2018; Day 4) – It is very likely that the decision that will win or lose this Volvo Ocean Race has already been made. Last night, a split developed among the three boats competing for the overall win in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 – MAPFRE, Team Brunel and Dongfeng Race Team. The (...)

  • New leader at 52 SUPER SERIES Zadar
    Zadar, Croatia (June 23, 2018) – Tina Plattner, Ed Baird and the crew of 2018 52 SUPER SERIES debutants Phoenix have given themselves a fighting chance of winning the second circuit regatta of the season after delivering another consistent, low scoring day at the Zadar Royal Cup in Croatia. If (...)

  • USA wins Team Racing Challenge
    Porto Cervo, Italy (June 23, 2018) - The final day of the Audi Invitational Team Racing Challenge saw defending champs Newport Harbor Yacht Club (USA) clinch victory ahead of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (ITA) and the New York Yacht Club (USA) - placed second and third respectively. Full (...)

  • Contrasting day at U.S. Para Sailing Championships
    Newport, RI (June 23, 2018) – Conditions for day two of the 2018 Clagett Regatta and U.S. Para Sailing Championships, hosted by Sail Newport, was a complete 180 to day one with a gray, overcast day greeting the 44 sailors. The Race Committee took the three classes out to the course in a very (...)

  • Bump-fest at Long Beach Race Week
    Long Beach, CA (June 23, 2018) – Choppy, lumpy, ‘washing machine’ conditions on San Pedro Bay, with hearty 10 to 14 knot breezes, gave Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week sailors a day to remember. More than 130 boats participated on Day Two of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week, a three-day (...)

samedi 23 juin 2018

  • Penultimate day at Kiel Week
    Kiel, Germany (June 23, 2018) – The fourth day at Kieler Woche for the Olympic fleets started out extremely windy, forcing the race committee to postpone many of the fleets later in the day. Here are the fleets that completed today’s racing before 6pm (local). For other results check the official (...)

  • R2AK: The land of suspended anticipation
    (June 23, 2018; Day 7) – It’s hard to say which of these printable slogans is destined for the bumper stickers that will encapsulate this year’s Race to Alaska—but the welcome wagon of fans, R2AK alumni, local reporters, and the dockside faithful are ready to slap one onto the hind side of their (...)

  • Start The Summer Celebrating Sailing
    by John Arndt, Summer Sailstice You only get so many summers and, if you’re a sailor, you should take full advantage of them. Summer has more daylight, lighter work schedules, and school vacations making it an ideal time for more sailing. The annual Summer Sailstice holiday, held on the weekend (...)

  • Volvo Ocean Race: One more night to go
    (June 23, 2018; Day 3) – With the Norway turning mark in the rear-view mirror, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet is now racing south to the finish in The Hague and the tactical options are opening up. A brief split opened up this afternoon as team AkzoNobel and Team Brunel were pushed by an unexpected (...)

  • Long Beach delivers to open Race Week
    Long Beach, CA (June 22, 2018) – One-hundred-thirty-six entries, representing 51 yacht clubs, turned out for the first day of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week. Despite a gloomy morning and weather forecast, “Long Beach delivered!” said co-chair Chuck Clay. By the start of today’s first race, the (...)

  • U.S. Para Sailing Champs gets underway
    Newport, RI (June 22, 2018) – The 2018 C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta and the U.S. Para Sailing Championships got underway today for the 46 sailors racing after a short postponement ashore as the Principal Race Officer Tom Duggan waited for the Easterly breeze to come in. In (...)

  • USA takes over at international team race challenge
    Porto Cervo, Italy (June 22, 2018) – The second day of racing in the biennial Audi Invitational Team Racing Challenge saw the rise of defending champs Newport Harbor Yacht Club (USA) to the head of the provisional classification followed by YCCS (ITA), with the team from New York Yacht Club (...)

vendredi 22 juin 2018

  • Brutal test at Kieler Woche
    Kiel, Germany (June 22, 2018) – Strong winds and shifty conditions were the theme for the third day at Kieler Woche for the Olympic fleets. Where it was difficult to be consistent for some, other crews were firing in bullet after bullet with now just two days remaining to the Medal Races. Nacra (...)

  • Skunked at 52 SUPER SERIES Zadar
    Zadar, Croatia (June 22, 2018) – Thunderstorms followed by the infamous strong Bora wind, which gusted to over 30kts on the race course, proved too much for racing today at the Zadar Royal Cup, the second event of the 2018 52 SUPER SERIES. Racing is scheduled to resume tomorrow and conclude on (...)

  • R2AK: It’s a vortex, man
    (June 22, 2018; Day 6) – There are places in the world that are their own centers of gravity. The great garbage patch of the Pacific gyre that collects the downstream accumulation of our plastic world, the beaches that unexplainably attract a disproportionate number of left shoes, the British (...)

  • Qualifying complete for Youth Olympics
    After 11 months of international events, the qualification phase has concluded for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to be held October 6-18 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Across 16 regattas, 43 nations booked their spot on the start line, joining Argentina who qualify for all five events as host (...)

  • Interim changes at Caribbean Sailing Association
    The board of the Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) announced the resignation of Kathy Lammers (above). Lammers, President for the last two and a half years and Chairman of the Regatta Organising Committee of Antigua Sailing Week, recently began a new role as Manager of Trent Port Marina in (...)

  • Historic sailing award in the USA
    Crafted and sailed for in 1890, the Felker Cup is considered the longest continuously contended sailing award in the United States, and is annually sailed for by A Scow locals of Oshkosh, WI. However, this year was different. The National Class A Scow Association is holding its Nationals in (...)

  • Volvo Ocean Race: Red boat battle
    (June 22, 2018; Day 2) – The red boats of rivals Dongfeng Race Team and MAPFRE were locked in a bitter tussle for the Leg 11 lead – and overall Volvo Ocean Race victory – today as they led the fleet towards the Danish city of Aarhus. One third of the way through the 963.4nm (...)

  • World On Water Global Sailing News – June 22, 2018
    This week’s “World on Water” global sailing news show produced by In this week’s “WoW TV”: • The 2018 Rolex Giralia Fleet start in wonderful conditions. • Leg 10 highlights Cardiff to Gathenburg and the top of the fleet compresses. • The 6th Aircalin Groupama Round New caledonia Race (...)

  • Training time is over for U.S. Para Championships
    Newport, RI (June 21, 2018) – For the 46 sailors who are attending the 16th annual C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta and the 2018 U.S. Para Sailing Championships in Newport RI, two days of coaching will be put to use tomorrow when the racing begins. This year the coaching team (...)

  • Italy leads international team race challenge
    Porto Cervo, Italy (June 21, 2018) – Competition in the Audi Invitational Team Racing Challenge got underway today for the biennial regatta hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. Sailed in J/70s, the format is 2 on 2 and has attracted seven teams for the third edition of the event. The competitors (...)

  • Winners finalized for 51st Bermuda Race
    Hamilton, Bermuda (June 21, 2018) - The division winners of the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race were finalized today with the arrival of the remainder of the fleet, after a slow but strategically challenging race. Of the 169 boats that started in Newport on June 15th, 166 completed the 635-mile race (...)

  • Highlight Reel: Melges 14 US Nationals
    The inaugural Melges 14 US National Championship was held on Geneva Lake in Wisconsin from June 15 to 17, 2018. Video published on Jun 21,

  • Grant Dalton wins Magnus Olsson Prize
    (June 21, 2018) - The Mange Olsson Foundation has revealed Grant Dalton (NZL) as the 2018 winner of its prestigious award. The Magnus Olsson Prize is given annually to an individual who has made an indelible contribution to the world of sailing. Dalton from Auckland (New Zealand), is a leader (...)

  • Volvo Ocean Race: The ending has begun
    Gothenburg, SWE (June 21, 2018) - Three teams started the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race today in an unprecedented dead-heat on the overall leaderboard. And in the winner-take-all sprint from Gothenburg to The Hague, it was Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng Race Team taking the early advantage (...)

jeudi 21 juin 2018

  • Scrambled eggs at Kieler Woche
    Kiel, Germany (June 21, 2018) - The second day of Kieler Woche for the Olympic fleets brought a bit of everything all at once. The weather was all over the place, making life extremely challenging not just for the sailors but for the race officers and their crews. It was a down day for USA with (...)

  • Peet Must: A Cinderella Story
    While the Pac52 Class in California hasn't yet risen to the ranks of TP52 racing in the Mediterranean, the west coast fleet is stacked and the boats are thoroughbreds. It is not for the timid, and certainly not for rookies to excel at their first at bat. So when 34 year old Peet Must got the (...)

  • Luna Rossa holds lead at 52 Super Series
    Zadar, Croatia (June 21, 2018) - Tina Plattner won her first 52 SUPER SERIES race today steering Phoenix and Takashi Okura and crew on Sled triumphed for the second consecutive coastal race of this 2018 52 SUPER SERIES season but it is Luna Rossa which still lead the Zadar Royal Cup in Croatia. (...)

  • R2AK: Taking the fork in the road
    (June 21, 2018; Day 5) - A Santa Cruz 27, which had been previously notable as a Craigslist ad, is proving to be quite the ride for the members of Team Wild Card as they've crossed the half way point of the Race to Alaska to lead the leaders toward the second and final mark of the 750 mile (...)

  • Preview of #AmericasOffshoreChallenge
    The 110th Chicago Mackinac Race has attracted 310 boats to take on the best and worst along the northerly 289nm course through Lake Michigan. The Cruising Division begins Friday, July 20 while the Racing Division sets sail Saturday, July 21. More than 2,500 sailors from 39 states and 16 (...)

  • Siblings starting over for Tokyo 2020
    When Australians Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen joined up with Artemis Racing as the challenge formed for the 2013 America's Cup, they made a quick impression and soon became the foundation of the team. They had just parlayed their World Titles in the 49er class into a Gold Medal at the (...)

  • PBS Documentary: Onne van der Wal
    Rhode Island PBS produced this 30 minute documentary about how Onne van der Wal got in to sailing photography and what brought him to Newport, Rhode island. Onne has been shooting professionally since 1987 and started shooting video on a pro level about six years (...)

  • VIDEO: The Kiwi Slang Challenge
    As crew mates on Team Brunel for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, Peter Burling (NZL) tests Kyle Langford (AUS) on kiwi slang. Video published on Jun 20,

mercredi 20 juin 2018

  • Suhaili and Joshua: If boats could talk
    Two great men of the sea, Britain’s Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and French hero Bernard Moitessier, never met or communicated with each other during the first Golden Globe solo round the world Race 50 years ago, but their equally famous yachts, Suhaili and Joshua, have come together to rekindle (...)

  • Jury selected for video competition
    The international video competition dedicated to the sport of sailing has selected the six-person jury for the second edition of the Mirabaud Sailing Video Award. • Shirley Robertson, double Olympic champion and presenter of CNN’s Mainsail • Daniel Smith (UK), Communication & Digital Manager (...)

  • Luna Rossa sets pace at 52 SUPER SERIES
    Zadar, Croatia (June 20, 2018) – Luna Rossa led the 52 SUPER SERIES Zadar Royal Cup after making something of a dream start to the second regatta of the 2018 52 SUPER SERIES. The emblematic Italian team, racing just their second ever event as a TP52 team won the opening light-winds race – their (...)

  • Hulls in the harbour, Butts in the bar
    The majority of the 2018 Newport Bermuda Fleet crossed the St. David’s Lighthouse finish line either just before or after sunrise today. Between 0400 and 0500 local time, the finish-line team stationed at St. David’s Lighthouse logged 38 finishers. Nearly the entire fleet were expected to finish (...)

  • R2AK: Slow but racier
    (June 20, 2018; Day 4) - Did you know there is such a thing as competitive Tai Chi? That thing you did in college and/or during yard time at the Senior Center, that slow-mo martial art that is scientifically proven to be three times more likely to be in a heart medication commercial than your (...)

  • Olympic test begins at Kieler Woche
    Kiel, Germany (June 20, 2018) - With Kieler Woche the last big event for the Olympic classes before the World Championships in Denmark six weeks from now, moderate to strong breezes made for a challenging but exhilarating opening day for the sailors seeking to test their preparation. It was a (...)









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