It was a rather short rest in Qingdao for the Clipper Round the World fleet; they have already left the Chinese port for what will be the longest individual race of the event. Watching skippers' route selection on their way to California should provide for some interesting armchair sailing over the next few weeks.
Unfortunately, the February Caribbean winds did not cooperate with the organizers and participants of the RORC Caribbean 600 this year. While the first part of the race proved to be very exciting for everyone, only the front-runners managed to complete the course before the winds completely died. With no time limit or curfew, many stayed out for a long time before finally turning on the engine as various shore commitments brought them back to port. Karl Kwok's Farr 80, Beau Geste, was awarded the RORC Caribbean 600 trophy for best yacht overall under IRC, the line honors trophy for monohulls and Class trophy for IRC Super Zero. Richard Oland's Southern Cross 52, Vela Veloce was the winner overall of the CSA division and placed second overall under IRC.
The St. Marteen Heineken Regatta is getting ready to go! Final preparations are completed and entries to this 30th anniversary spectacular have exceeded numbers from last year. The bareboat charter fleet is extremely buoyant with over 100 including a high contingent of Beneteau and Jenneau yachts making up the bulk of the fleet. The big boat line-up is exceptionally strong too with the rare opportunity to see Tom and Dotty Hill's new custom Reichel/Pugh 75 – Titan 15 up against George David's Reichel/Pugh 90 – Rambler, and Irvin Laidlaw's Wally 82 Highland Fling. New Brunswick's own Vela Veloce will also be there racing across stiff competition. Stay tuned to Sail-World Canada for the latest on this phenomenal event!
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Clipper Round the World: Cape Breton Island caught in a parking lot Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper 09-10: Following a successful stopover, a spectacular send-off from Qingdao and an exciting race start, it's been a stop-start night for the teams asthey head towards the waypoint off the southern tip of Japan at the start of Race 7 to San Francisco.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3's lead getting smaller + Video Groupama-Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy - For Groupama 3, around 1,000 miles from Cape Horn, the sailing conditions are fairly sporty with over thirty knots of NW'ly wind and, most importantly, fairly chaotic seas. Nearly 750 miles across the ground over the past 24 hours, but just 575 miles of those on a direct course: the detour above a rather angry low, is proving to be highly disadvantageous, to the extent that cl... [more] Share this story
Photo editing – life has become a Picnik MarineBusiness-World.com, In this digital world, we find there are lots of people who just don't have a handle on cropping and editing images. We cut our teeth on the 1990's industry classic graphic software Photoshop, so we've tended to say to everyone - well that is what you need. The problem is it is an expensive piece of software and it's really not easy to use. Now there is a free online solution. It's called P... [more] Share this story
Spectacular send off from Qingdao for Cape Breton Island Clipper Ventures, Following their hero's welcome and an unforgettable stopover in the Shandong provincial city of Qingdao, China, Cape Breton Island, one of ten teams competing in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race, was treated to a spectacular send off for Race 7 of the 35,000-mile global challenge to San Francisco.... [more] Share this story
CYA Announces the 2010 Canadian Sailing Team CYA, The Canadian Yachting Association is pleased to officially announce the members of the 2010 Canadian Sailing Team. This year's team was determined by the Sport Canada Carding Criteria. Members of the ‘status' team will be announced shortly.... [more] Share this story
Images from the Opening Day of the Omega Cup, Auckland Chris Cameron, Top international photographer, Chris Cameron, was on out on the water for the first day of the Omega Cup, international matchracing series, which has attracted the top international sailing talent, ahead of next week's Louis Vuitton Trophy.... [more] Share this story
BYC Announces Velocitek as a Sponsor for LYRA Regatta Buffalo Yacht Club, The Buffalo Yacht Club is happy to announce Velocitek as a sponsor to this years LYRA regatta. All boats registered prior to July 15th will be entered into a drawing to win a Velocitek SC-1.... [more] Share this story
Lisbon, Portugal next stopover announced in Volvo Ocean Race Volvo Ocean Race Media, After a fierce bidding process, Lisbon has been chosen as the first of the European ports for the Volvo Ocean Race, starting from Alicante in the autumn of 2011. Lisbon, located in the west of Portugal, at the point where the river Tagus flows into the Atlantic Ocean, will be the finish of the transatlantic leg of the race during the summer of 2012. It will be the first time that this histori... [more] Share this story
RORC Caribbean 600: Class40 Tradition Guadeloupe finishes in trophies Oliver Dewar, Early on Sunday morning (28/02), Willy Bissainte and Benoit Reefe sailed Pogo Class40, Tradition Guadeloupe, across the finish line of the RORC Caribbean 600 after almost a week at sea in an event that saw 64 percent of the 22-boat fleet retire... [more] Share this story
Canadian Sailing Team Reunion Guy Perrin, The Canadian Yachting Association and BC Sailing recently re-connect with past members of the Canadian Sailing Team in Vancouver.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Crewing USA-17 + Video Richard Gladwell, Four members of BMW Oracle Racing's crew explain what it is like to crew USA-17, includes Brad Webb (NZL) Bowman; Max Sirena (ITA) Foredeck and middle of the boat; Dirk de Ridder (NED) Winsail Trimmer; and Mattie Mason ( Boat Director/Floater.... [more] Share this story
BMW Oracle Racing's design team explain USA-17's winning Technology Richard Gladwell, Mike Drummond and several members of the Design and Technology team from BMW Oracle Racing give the low-down on the technology behind BMW Oracle Racing including the development of the wingsail and some of the gadgets worn by the crew and the wireless technology employed on board. Full video... [more] Share this story
RORC Caribbean 600 - Hat Trick for Beau Geste RORC, Although several boat are still racing, Richard Bamford's Swan 38 Dolfijn retired this morning which means that at tonight's prize giving Karl Kwok's Farr 80, Beau Geste, will be awarded the RORC Caribbean 600 trophy for best yacht overall under IRC, the line honours trophy for monohulls and Class trophy for IRC Super Zero.... [more] Share this story
Gladwell's Line: How long will the America's Cup 'Love-In' last? Richard Gladwell, The lyrics of Scott McKenzie's '60's hit seem strangely poignant, now that the America's Cup has been won by a San Franciscan club. Will the 34th America's Cup be the 'Flower-Power' Cup? Is it possible to align the Defender's commitment to a 'Love-In'/wide consultation with all parties - and at the same time observing the basic tenets of the Deed of Gift of the America's Cup?... [more] Share this story
RORC Caribbean 600 sunset and sunrise pictures from Carlo Borlenghi Carlo Borlenghi images/Sail-World.com, Master photographer Carlo Borlenghi presents this gallery of images of sunset and sunrise in from the RORC Caribbean 600.... [more] Share this story
Countdown to the Rock'n Roll'n Caribbean Classic Heather Tackling, With less than one week to go before the opening events at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta (4-7 March) there's a steady flow of yachts arriving in the marina including Tom and Dotty Hill's custom Reichel/Pugh 75 – Titan 15. Final preparations are well underway and entries to this 30th anniversary spectacular have already exceeded numbers from last year.... [more] Share this story
Earthquake appeal by Chilean Class40 skipper, Felipe Cubillos Oliver Dewar, The Chilean Class40 skipper, Felipe Cubillos, is already involved with relief work in the Sexta Región south of Valparaiso and Santiago and is making an appeal for aid on behalf of his countrymen.... [more] Share this story
Brits on top after Day 1 of Omega Cup matchracing in Auckland Warren Douglas, Extremely close racing, spectacular luffing duels, tight finishes, penalties and collisions were all on the menu. 'The level is very high,' commented America's Cup veteran Pace. 'Everybody can beat everybody else.' This regatta has pitched young rising stars Adam Minoprio of New Zealand and Torvar Mirsky of Australia against a fleet of more seasoned America's Cup campaigners.... [more] Share this story
Next Generation Moulded Laser Foils deliver greater durability Trevor Griffiths, Some quiet changes have been happening on the Laser scene in recent times with a new range of Laser foils bring joy to sailors across the Asia-Pacific.... [more] Share this story
Top international yachting correspondent injured in Auckland Richard Gladwell, One of the world's leading yachting correspondents was injured in a car accident in Auckland today. Stuart Alexander (65), yachting correspondent for the UK daily, The Independent, who is in Auckland for the Omega Cup and Louis Vuitton Trophy, was injured when a SUV backed over him, while he was crossing a street in Auckland's downtown area, just after midday.... [more] Share this story
Images from the Omega Cup: Practice Day Chris Cameron, Top international photographer, Chris Cameron, was on hand at the Practice day for the Omega Cup, which gets underway in Auckland on Wednesday.... [more] Share this story
Fireworks expected in Omega Cup Match Racing tomorrow Warren Douglas, Fierce duels were fought on the Waitemata Harbour during a practice session for the Omega Auckland Match Racing Regatta today gave notice that fireworks can be expected over the next four days as the invited field of top international match racers do battle for the top honours.... [more] Share this story
Asian Sports Boat Championships 2010, 15-19 November at RHKYC Peter Backe, HK Sportsboats Association, The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club will host the Asian Sports Boat Championships, 15-19 November 2010, in Hong Kong. The last championships, held in 2007, was huge fun and highly competitive with many World European and Asian champions in attendance, not forgetting some Volvo Ocean Race skippers. The level of competition was intense in a perfect 20 knots of breeze... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Hunkering down in the storm Franck Cammas, Groupama 3 has been forced to distance herself from the direct route towards the Horn in order to skirt around a very fast low, which is circulating around sixty degrees or so South. The sea state is making the life of Franck Cammas and his men, tough, tiring and very wet. Under two reefs in the mainsail and staysail, the giant trimaran is driving hard towards the ENE to avoid the most violent... [more] Share this story
Release of Stu Walker's New Book - The Code of Competition Stuart Walker, This is a breakthrough book which reveals how an inherited code of altruism entices competitors to competition and requires them to compete in accordance with its precepts.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup - Streaming on Sail-World.com - All the video archive Richard Gladwell. Sail-World.com, Watch Live Streaming from Valencia via the BMW ORACLE Racing video player here on Sail-World.com. All the video broadcast by BMW Oracle Racing including the Media Conferences on Design, Crewing and Technology held during the racing are here. If you go to our America's Cup section they are individually broken out with a short introduction to each.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: BMW Oracle Media Conference and Reflections + Video BMW Oracle Racing and Sail-World, BMW Oracle held a media conference the day after winning the America's Cup, also includes the announcement of the Challenger of Record and comments from BMW Oracle Racing, CEO, Russell Coutts on how matters will unfold... [more] Share this story
Pacific waits for Chile's tsunami waves Sail-World & wire services, Tsunami warnings have been posted around the Pacific, including New Zealand,Mexico the USA's Hawaii and California, Japan and Russia and the Australian East Coast south of Queenslands Double Island Point to the southern tip of Tasmania after a massive earthquake near Chile's second largest city Concepcion.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Conditions about to get tougher for Groupama 3 Groupama-Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy update. The sailing conditions will become harder this Saturday evening for Groupama 3 with the arrival of a cold front via the West, which is set to catch up with the trimaran whilst causing the wind to shift round to the same sector. Cape Horn - its very utterance conjures up images of the wind you expect to find there.... [more] Share this story
RC44 Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy - Team Aqua wins a tough battle Bernard Schopfer, Chris Bake and his Team Aqua won the fleet regatta after a fantastic final battle, whilst Torbjorn Tornqvist and Artemis conquered the Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy (the combination of the match race and fleet race rankings) ahead of Pieter Heerema's No Way Back and Markus Wieser's Team Sea Dubai.... [more] Share this story
RC44s Team Sea Dubai: helmsman straight in at the deep end. Sharon Allison, It's been a tough start for Raimondo Tonelli on the helm on Sea Dubai for the RC 44 season opener with the strong winds experienced over the last two days. He's had no time to be eased in to his new role of helming the boat in the fleet races. ‘I guess a gentle breeze would have given me an easier introduction although I love strong winds.... [more] Share this story
RC 44 Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy - Artemis chasing victory Bernard Schopfer, Chris Bake and his Team Aqua still lead the fleet race ranking of the Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy RC 44; however Torbjorn Tornqvist's Artemis is now only two points behind ahead of the last day. Igor Lah's Ceeref isn't far either, currently third overall and eight points behind. The last day will be intense!... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 extends her lead Groupama-Cammas, Sixty miles better in 24 hours: Groupama 3 is continuing to extend her lead in relation to Orange 2's course in 2005. This is beginning to become a habit. Indeed it's been a week now that Groupama 3 has been accumulating 650 to 750 mile days! 5,650 miles in eight days, that is almost twice the distance of an Atlantic crossing...... [more] Share this story
RC44 Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy - Team Aqua back on top RC44 Class Association, Chris Bake and his Team Aqua dominated the first day of the fleet regatta with two victories and two second places. The team from the UAE sits seven points ahead of Torbjorn Tornqvist's Artemis and Igor Lah's Ceeref after four races. The conditions were absolutely fantastic today for the first day of the fleet regatta, with 15-18 knots breeze and very warm sunshine.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton series expected to be scene-setter for America's Cup Richard Gladwell and Louis Vuitton, Details of the upcoming Louis Vuitton Trophy were announced in a media conference this morning at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. The regatta will be the first for the America's Cup teams since the 33rd Match was won by BMW Oracle Racing in Valencia, two weeks ago, and as such will take on a new urgency as positioning for the 34th America's Cup begins. Already some hiring of key people is... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 ahead of reference time Groupama-Cammas, At 52° S and 172° E, Groupama 3 is positioned at a point which is practically antipodal to the finish point off Ushant! Still behind a depression circulating at 60° S, Groupama 3 is making headway in a slightly irregular breeze, both in terms of strength and direction, though the sea is undulating in an increasingly harmonious manner.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup E-Mailbag - latest correspondence Various correspondents, Letters flow after two lost race days in the 2010 America's Cup. Bob Fisher and Richard Gladwell both contributed their thoughts on the matter, late yesterday. Overnight (Valencia time) Sail-World's readers had their say. Please address your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org.... [more] Share this story
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - Cape Town selected as first port of call Volvo Ocean Race, Cape Town's selection as the first port for the 2011-12 race is a result of a lot of hard work on the part of the stopover organisers in meeting the criteria laid down by the port bidding process introduced for this edition of the race.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 carried along by the swell Groupama-Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 record attempt. There is not a lot at the entrance to the Pacific Ocean, though there is a swell... A fine W'ly swell which is enabling Groupama 3 to continue to lengthen her stride, pushed by a twenty-five knot SW'ly wind. The climate is still mild and (at last) there is a seascape to contemplate as the clouds have given way to a starry sky.... [more] Share this story
RORC Caribbean 600 - Region Gaudeloupe take line honors Louay Habib, Claude Thelier and John Burnie's ORMA 60 trimaran, Region Guadeloupe, finish RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 24th February 18:49 03 in the elapsed time of 2 Days 5 Hours 59 Min 03 Seconds.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Finn Drummond's view from the Tender Finn Drummond, Sail-World was out on the water each race day, off Valencia, along with young Finn Drummond, an outstanding sailor in his won right, whose father, Mike, was Design Director for BMW Oracle Racing. Not many people get to see their mum's/dad's designed boat competing in an America's Cup. Here's Finn Drummond's first hand perspective on the racing... [more] Share this story
Gladwell's Line: Reflections on Valencia 2010 Richard Gladwell, Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, reflects on the week in Valencia and what can be taken out of the 33rd America's Cup: Probably the first point is that Alinghi 5 is not as slow as her results would tend to indicate. In Race 1 she was caught out badly by a sudden change of windstrength just after the start, and with a bigger head sail on... [more] Share this story
Voices of Classic Rock Perform at St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Heather Tackling, Heineken proudly announces the 'Voices of Classic Rock', an all star ensemble comprised of the original lead singers from among the most iconic classic rock acts of the 1980's, will star at the opening party of the 30th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta in Port de Plaisance, on Thursday March 4th 2010.... [more] Share this story
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