Richard Oland, from Rothesay, NB, proudly collected his Rolex at the Rolex Cup Regatta in St. Thomas last Sunday evening. I had the pleasure of chatting with Richard just before the entire crew of Vela Veloce stormed the stage at the awards ceremony; he was very proud of his most recent achievement. The competition in the IRC division was very strong this year; the TP52 Interlodge was tied with Vela Veloce going into the Sunday races. I had the good fortune of crewing on Long Echo, Barry Sampson's Swan 42, and witness first hand the high level of performance in the IRC division; starts were seriously negotiated and tacking and gybing duels were hotly contested by all eight entries in IRC despite the wide performance range between the 40 and 42 footers at the bottom end, the 52 footers in the middle and the 68 and 72 footers at the top end.
The racing in the USVI in March was absolutely phenomenal; the race organizers had planned over two dozen distance courses in the Sailing Instructions to accommodate all possible weather combinations; except for the IC 24's, there was no windward-leeward racing on the menu. All the courses were distance courses designed to allow crew to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the US Virgin Islands, while challenging their navigational skills. The first day of racing on Friday saw the entire fleet participate in the 'town race'; a very scenic morning course from the St. Thomas Yacht Club right into the heart of the busy harbor of Charlotte Amalie. I suspect the local residents had never before seen that many yachts flying spinnakers right within meters of the downtown ferry dock. We barely had time to pack the spinnaker and swallow a sandwich when the radio called for the start for the afternoon return race to STYC. Downtown workers on their lunch break were probably having a difficult time making sense of the organized chaos in the harbor!
The race committee challenged the various participants to more excitement on Saturday and Sunday, culminating with a 22-mile race to the North side of St. Thomas and St. John on Sunday afternoon. I am definitely hooked and plan to come back next year; phenomenal racing, great hospitality and amazing weather... What more can you ask for in March?
Richard and the crew of Vela Veloce carried on their successful Spring 2010 campaign with a second place finish at the BVI Spring Regatta this past week-end; Tom and Dotty Hill's Titan 15 was the winner in the Racing A division. Just before midday local time last Tuesday, the eagle of Cape Breton Island came swooping under the Golden Gate Bridge as the Canadian entry arrived victorious in to San Francisco. With their spinnaker billowing out before them, the team, which promotes the Canadian Island of Cape Breton as 'Nova Scotia's Masterpiece', has claimed their second line honors of the 35,000-mile Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race, crossing the Noonday Rock finish line near the North Farallone Islands at 0725 local time. Skipper Jan Ridd, from Dorset in the UK, has done an exemplary job in leading his team of non-professional sailors, representing all walks of life, across the largest ocean on the planet. 'I'm relieved to be here as it was a long and hard race,' says Jan. 'Coming into San Francisco Bay and under the Golden Gate Bridge was an amazing arrival and we're all feeling extremely happy right now. 'The hardest part of the race for me personally wasn't the Pacific crossing but sailing through the Yellow Sea. The water was relatively shallow; there was lots of shipping and some crazy fishermen! Once we'd past Japan, we then had our first storm that tested the crew and gave them a taste of what was to come.
Next on the menu is Charleston Race Week; where Scott Weakley from PCYC will race his new Melges 20. Other Canadians include Joe McDonald in J/24, Allan Stokes, Rob Butler and Richard Reid in Melges 24, Mark Shannon and Tom Freeman in Tripp 26 and a number of Viper 640 racers. http://www.charlestonraceweek.com/
Charleston Race Week - Superstar sailors book in South Carolina Maritime Foundation, Race Director Randy Draftz was a bit surprised to see more than 16 sailing World Champions spread throughout the fleet along with innumerable National, North American, Collegiate and Olympic standouts. 'We've always said that Race Week should be the most enjoyable regatta in the South, and it's great to see so many world-class racers embrace not only the great racing, but the laid-back and fun att... [more] Share this story
Detroit Cup 2010 - Toyota Motor Company signs on as title sponsor Luiz E. Kahl - Interactive Creations, Toyota Motor Company has signed on as title sponsor for the 2010 Toyota International Match Race for the Detroit Cup - with sailors from up to 12 nations to race at the historic Bayview Yacht Club in August... [more] Share this story
BVI Spring Regatta - Day Three: End Game BVIspringregatta.org, Once again, it was a picture perfect day in the British Virgin Islands for the last day of racing of the BVI Spring Regatta, with sun and wind all day long. There were a number of battles out on the race course, which were fought to the very end, providing plenty of action on the SOL, Norman and LIME One Design Race areas.... [more] Share this story
O Canada has long slow Tauranga Race - two handed on an Open 60 Dan Slater, Dan Slater reports from the Open 60 O Canada having her first shakedown, after a major refit, in the Auckland Tauranga Race. He sailed two handed with Ed Smyth... [more] Share this story
The IC24 – why didn't someone think of this sooner? Now what? John Morris, The BVI Spring Regatta has a nice fleet of larger boats registered, but we got lucky with the IC24 assignment, I think.... [more] Share this story
Whiskeytown Sailing Club announces its 2010 Spring Series Pamela Hanford, Join us at Whiskeytown Lake starting April 11th for the first race of our spring series, leading up to our Memorial Regatta on May 29-30th. All sailors welcome. Lacking a boat? We'll find a boat for you to crew. Don't know how to sail? Our sailors will be happy to mentor you. Have a boat and no crew? We'll help with that too! See our Crew Match program on our website . . .... [more] Share this story
BVI Spring Regatta Day one - A slow start but a hot finish Linda Phillips, BVI Spring Regatta - Only on the SOL Racing Course was there any rain of consequence and the fleet started the day soaking wet. By the time the A class left the gates for the first race, the rain quit and before long, everyone and everything dried out.... [more] Share this story
BVI Spring Regatta. Who ever heard of eight races in one day! John Morris, BVI Spring Regatta. Part 3 of a log in the BVI. Yes 8 x 4-legs each. That's perhaps why I am slightly groggy as I send this vital report from Paradise.... [more] Share this story
Canadian Albacore Association: 2010 MidWinters and Upcoming Season Ken Yamazaki, The 2010 Albacore MidWinters were held on March 19-21 at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron in Sarasota, Florida.... [more] Share this story
Legendary Sailmaking Team retire from North Sails Veronica Brown, For more than 35 years, British Columbian Dave Miller, a well-known sailor and Olympic Medalist, has built and serviced sails for North Sails in his Richmond-based loft outside Vancouver, British Columbia.... [more] Share this story
Clipper RTW: Images as Cape Breton Island wins Leg 7 Erik Simonson, Erik Simonson presents a gallery of images as Cape Breton Island sails the last few miles to the finish in the San Francisco on Leg 7 of the Clipper Round the World Race.... [more] Share this story
BVI Spring Regatta images from Ingrid Abery Sail-World.com, Photographer Ingrid Abery presents this gallery of images from the BVI Spring Regatta... [more] Share this story
From the Cold to the BVI Spring Regatta Day 1 touch down John Morris, From its early success the Spring Regatta has grown in size and strength due largely to the support of racing enthusiasts from around the world who return year after year to compete.... [more] Share this story
Richard Oland wins a Rolex in St. Thomas Guy Perrin, Richard Oland was pretty excited on Sunday night; he showed up at the Rolex Cup Regatta awards ceremony at the St. Thomas Yacht Club not wearing a watch on his wrist... He picked up a new Rolex for his win in the IRC division.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Fuel transfer to California completed Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race - Spirit of Australia and Hull & Humber complete fuel transfer to California. All of the crews have proved their extremely high levels of seamanship on this, the longest of the 14 individual races of the Clipper 09-10 Race. Uniquely Singapore's skipper, Jim Dobie, has been reflecting on what they have learned during the last 30 days of racing.... [more] Share this story
Peter ‘Spike' Doriean dead -Rambler crew sails in his honour Sail-World.com, The international sailing world was stunned by the news of the sudden death yesterday of Peter ‘Spike' Doriean, 38, one of Australia's best known professional sailors and one of the nicest guys any of us have had the privilege of sailing with. His Rambler crew have decided to sail... [more] Share this story
Match Race France - A Big Challenge - A Great Field YANMAR Racing Media, The first event of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour; Match Race France, will start in Marseille tomorrow morning and the only multi-season winner on the circuit, Australian Peter Gilmour, has labeled this event as ‘challenging' for his YANMAR Racing team.... [more] Share this story
WMRT - Innovating and pushing the boundaries of TV production ValenciaSailing, Top European website Valenciasailing.com writes of innovative developments planned for the TV coverage of the World Match Racing Tour, this year: 'At the end of the day, match racing is a one-on-one battle, a gladiatorial-type of encounter between two sailors, two teams and the philosophy is to tell the story of the characters beyond narrating the simple story of the race.'... [more] Share this story
The 2010 US-IRC Great Lakes Championships Notice of Race Luiz E. Kahl, The 2010 US-IRC Great Lakes Championships for the second consecutive year will be sailed in lower Lake Huron in the shadow of two great sailing communities; Sarnia, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan. The Port Huron Yacht Club is looking forward to hosting this much anticipated event just one week before the Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Island Sailboat Race is scheduled to set sail on July 10th a... [more] Share this story
33rd CISA Racing Clinic at Long Beach this week Rich Roberts, It's more boot camp than spring break. Driven by a team of world-class instructors, the 111 boys and girls ages 13 to 18 selected by their résumés will see 12-hour days on and off the water learning fine points of the sport before breaking free with some real racing Sunday.... [more] Share this story
The America's Cup is coming to Anacortes Saturday, April 10 Deborah Bach, Saturday, April 10, the Anacortes will finally get to bask in its share of the spotlight, when the winning BMW Oracle team brings the America's Cup trophy to town for a public celebration. After all, the stunning trimaran that set a new standard in sailing was built within a stone's throw of the commercial shipyards and oil refinery that define this town's shoreline... [more] Share this story
The sinking of Concordia: 'It WAS a microburst,' says expert Canadian Press/Sail-World Cruising, A U.S. meteorologist who studies rare weather phenomena says he is now convinced a Canadian-based 'sailing school' was hit by an intense blast of air moments before it sank off the Brazilian coast. The crew and students who were sailing on the tall ship Concordia on February 17th this year as part of their studies, were rescued 40 hours after taking to life rafts as the ship sank... [more] Share this story
BVI Spring Regatta: Day two, and the wind decided it would fill in Linda Phillips / Caribbean Racing, It was one of those mornings when sails look more like hanging laundry than anything else. Wind conditions improved as the second day of racing for the BVI Spring Regatta wore on. Presley King, is a local sage when it comes to predicting the winds in the BVI .... 'Looking for a little more wind. As soon as the moon raise up, it should get more. The moon will raise up after 11.' What!!?... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Singapore finish, California and escorts make progress Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race Leg 7 Qindgao to Singapore. Easter Saturday has dawned bright and cold in San Francisco. Uniquely Singapore has crossed the finish line and the team is now making best speed towards the iconic span of the Golden Gate Bridge and the cold beers that await them at the Golden Gate Yacht Club.... [more] Share this story
ISAF release World Sailing Rankings for 31 March 2010 ISAF, The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 31 March 2010 have been released.... [more] Share this story
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Medal race to Wright Robert Deaves, Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Ed Wright wins Finns in Palma after thrilling medal race.... [more] Share this story
DIY Solar LED Navigation Lights Jim Harrington/Sail-World Cruising, A sailor and inventor who just eighteen months ago won a prestigious Premier's Award from Loyalist College in Ontario Canada for his work in inventing a hydrogen assisted sailing boat, has come up with an idea for a set of do-it-yourself navigation lights for the bow..... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Spirit of Australia to receive redress Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper 09-10 Round the World race: The gap between Qingdao and Jamaica Lightning Bolt at the finish line was less than 18 hours. Uniquely Singapore is expected to finish tomorrow. Spirit of Australia has formally requested redress of their average points for all races to date, equating to ten points.... [more] Share this story
Images from Palma: Final day by Richard Langdon Richard Langdon, Top international photographer, Richard Langdon (GBR) was at the Princess Sofia Regatta, Palma and provided this gallery of images from the final day in which Britain and France won five medals each.... [more] Share this story
Princess Sofia: France and Great Britain win five medals each in Palma Neus Jordi - Prensa Sofía, France and Great Britain led the new edition of the Sofia Mapfre with five medals for each country. Besides, the French returned home with two golds, one in 470 men and the other in 49er. Spain and The Netherlands also won four medals.... [more] Share this story
Fore!! Dramatic images of satellite plunging into the Tasman Sea? Peter Idoine, Photographer Peter Idoine, took these images around 1930hrs this evening NZT of what is believed to be a satellite re-entering Earth's atmosphere and plunging into the Tasman Sea, an estimated 75kms off the coast. These images were shot from Auckland's Piha coast at a point about 150metres above sea level. The disintegration was observed over an eight minute period right on dusk... [more] Share this story
14th Annual Strictly Sail Pacific Show April 15th to April 18th BigPicture PR, Calling all boating enthusiasts - the 14th Annual Strictly Sail Pacific Show - the biggest boat show on the West Coast is taking place on Thursday, April 15th to to Sunday April 18th 2010 at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA.... [more] Share this story
Zen wins Nanny Cay Cup, Registration Closes and the Village opens Linda Phillips, Today was big at the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. Boats raced down from North Sound to Nanny Cay, competing in the Nanny Cay Cup. Taking the top spot in the Racing class today was Zen, the Santa Cruz 37 chartered from On Deck Sailing by John Bainbridge. This is John's second BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival.... [more] Share this story
Finn Focus at Palma - Gaspic takes narrow lead into medal race Robert Deaves, Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre. Changeable and shifting winds plagued the fleets on the final qualification day with the Finns only managing two more races. Regatta leader Rafa Trujillo (ESP) struggled across the finish line in 12th place to lose his overall lead for the first time. And things only got worse for him in race seven. He finished the day in fourth place overall.... [more] Share this story
Excitement guaranteed for the Medal Races at the Sofia Mapfre Neus Jordi - Prensa Sofía, Another day of changing winds in the bay of Palma decided the top 10 sailors that will sail the medal race. Sailors were faced again with difficult weather conditions in the bay of Palma. NW conditions, 8 to 12 knots, and many wind shifts put all competitors to the test.... [more] Share this story
Match Race France - Skipper Line Up Released WMRT.com, The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the premium global match racing series, culminating in crowning the ISAF Match Racing World Champion at the end of 10 international events. This year's Tour will be starting next week in Marseille with ‘Match Race France' running from 6 – 11 April at Yacht Club Pointe Rouge.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 Qingdao will reach San Francisco today Clipper Ventures Plc, For another of the crews competing in the Clipper 2009-10 Round the World Yacht Race, the trials of the North Pacific are almost at an end. Qingdao, who ventured furthest north of all the teams, is expected to cross the finish line later today, 5,600 miles and 31 days after leaving Qingdao, China.... [more] Share this story
Steve Ravussin in Geneva for the Teamwork 6.50 christening Jean Philippe Jobé, Steve Ravussin, the well-known Swiss navigator who was on Groupama 3 for their round-the-world Jules Verne record, was at the SNG to christen the mini 6.50 Teamwork. Teamwork will participate, skippered by local navigator Etienne David, in the next edition of the Mini Transat, now called the Transat 6.50 Charente Maritime/Bahia.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Cup Regatta Images Guy Perrin, Images of shore activities at the 2010 Rolex Cup Regatta in St. Thomas presented by Guy Perrin... [more] Share this story
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre Finn class - Closing in on Trujillo Robert Deaves, Rafa Trujillo (ESP) remains at the top of the Finn fleet after three intense races were completed on Wednesday at the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre. The first race, with great sailing conditions up to 15 knots was won by Jonathan Lobert (FRA). Paoletti Michele (ITA) sailed well to place second, with another good finish for regatta leader Rafa Trujillo (ESP) in third.... [more] Share this story
Princess Sofia Trophy - Changing winds bring changes in Palma Neus Jordi - Prensa Sofía, With only two days left to the end of the event, all classes sailed today in the knowledge that there is a tight battle for the top three places across the fleet.. The weather conditions divided the day in two halves. The morning began with north westerlies winds at 5 knots and at around 2 pm, the wind dropped and then came back lighter from the west.... [more] Share this story
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