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The crew of Cape Breton Island couldn't have hoped for better conditions for the start of Race 8 of the 35,000-mile challenge from San Francisco in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. A brisk 20 to 25 knot wind powered the fleet across the start line opposite the Golden Gate Yacht Club and out under the Golden Gate Bridge. Ahead lies a 3,329-mile leg to Panama that is set to deliver quite different conditions to the dramatic North Pacific race from Qingdao, China. Wishing the crews well on the next leg of the race, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said, 'This event brings together enthusiastic sailors for some great competition and I applaud all the participants for putting their talents and skills to work. As a former professional athlete I know what it takes to excel in demanding sporting contests. Everyone here has trained hard to be ready for this once in a lifetime opportunity and you can be proud of what you have accomplished so far.
Canadian Laser Sailor David Wright is a hero in Mexico after rescuing a downed kiteboarder; David, who was training in Mexico, used a coach boat to search and eventually rescue the kiteboarder in the middle of the night. He had been lost for hours.
Cape Breton Island Crew Diary - Jan Ridd Jan Ridd, It seems a very long time ago that we all set off from Hull on the race start heading south first of all to La Rochelle and then onto Rio. Well here we are again 18 hours out of San Francisco heading south along the coast of California toward Panama, for me it feels as if we have turned a corner in our trip round the world and it feels as if we started to head home!... [more] Share this story
Introducing the Susan Hood Trophy Race LO300 Media, The Lake Ontario 300 Organizing Committee is pleased to invite you to the Susan Hood Trophy Race at the Port Credit Yacht Club. Scheduled to run on Friday evening, June 4th; competing yachts are typically back at PCYC mid day or during the afternoon of the following day. This is the first great race of the season!... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 – San Francisco to Panama – Day seven Clipper Ventures PLC, Still high on their Scoring Gate point from yesterday, the team on board Qingdao is now focussed on bettering their position and taking the top spot in Panama. To help them achieve this the Chinese entry, which was lying in second place and just eleven nautical miles behind current race leaders, Spirit of Australia, decided to go into Stealth Mode at 0600GMT today.... [more] Share this story
Antigua Sailing Week - Day two Sue Pelling, Light to moderate winds from the east and scorching sunshine made for yet another sparkling day on the water for day two of Antigua Sailing Week (24- 30 April 2010).... [more] Share this story
2010 Bermuda Int'l Invitational Race Week - Bermuda IOD champ leads Talbot Wilson, Bermuda's five-time World Champion Eugene “Penny” Simmons took it to the IOD fleet again Monday. He made the best of the strong winds and led the fleet from start to finish in the only race of the day. He rounded the last weather mark more than a dozen boat lengths ahead of Giles Peckham of Alton, UK. Simmons has 5 points in four races and Peckham now has 15 points on the board.... [more] Share this story
Miracle Kiteboarder rescue in Mexico John Bertrand and Keith Taylor, David Wright, a top Canadian Laser sailor, who is training at the International Sailing Academy in La Cruz, Mexico, rescued a downed kiteboarder at 2:30 am today after a three and a half hour water search in Academy's coach boat. The kiteboarder had been in the water for seven hours when David found him.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Announcement in Rome next week Richard Gladwell, An announcement will be made in Rome, next week on arrangements for the 34th America's Cup. In a brief joint statement the Challenger, Club Nautico de Roma (ITA) and the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club (USA) advised that the Press Conference would be held on 6 May 2010.... [more] Share this story
Semaine Olympique Francaise - Light conditions continue Agence Effets Mer, Light conditions prevailed again in Hyeres, forcing the sailors to wait ashore for a timid sea breeze. Racing started at 1400 for most classes except the Women Match Racing, which started earlier in order to try and complete their first round robin.... [more] Share this story
Semaine Olympique Française - Zach Railey wins only race for Finns Robert Deaves, For the third time in a row, the Finns lost their opening race at a major regatta. After losing the opening day in both Miami and Palma, on Sunday it was the turn of the SOF Hyeres, the fourth leg of the 2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup.... [more] Share this story
GBR's Shaw takes the RS:X lead on another light day in Hyeres RYA, Olympic windsurfing bronze medallist Bryony Shaw was the best British performance on another testing day of racing at the French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres on Monday (26 April).... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 – San Francisco to Panama – Day six Clipper Ventures PLC, With the scoring gate behind them, the next phase of the race from San Francisco to Panama is well underway and the teams are now focusing on the finish line at Panama. Qingdao was the third team to pass through the gate, collecting their first gate point of this contest, Spirit of Australia and Team Finland taking three and two points respectively.... [more] Share this story
Colorado team takes two bullets in J24 racing Talbot Wilson, Scott Snyder's Team USA 194 took two bullets in J24 racing today to lead the eleven-boat fleet with a stellar performance. “We didn't get to practice and we had not sailed together as a team before today.”... [more] Share this story
2010 Newport to Ensenada -The Prize giving and tribute to Kitty James Rich Roberts, At the start of Sunday's awards ceremony NOSA Commodore Doug Jones led the crowd in the sun swept courtyard of the Bahia Hotel in paying tribute to Kitty James before the distribution of exotic hardware started.... [more] Share this story
Yachters fight stern tax hike Ian Merringer, With water levels at a 10-year low and yacht-club property-tax assessments hitting record highs, many Toronto boat owners are wondering how they'll keep from running aground. Facing average tax-roll increases of 600 per cent, members of Toronto's 18 private yacht clubs claim that the landlubbers at MPAC are as shifty as an east wind bouncing off the Scarborough Bluffs.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 - San Francisco to Panama - Day five Clipper Ventures PLC, Spirit of Australia has won the race to the scoring gate, claiming three points as the first team to cross the gate just off the Mexican coast.... [more] Share this story
Antigua Sailing Week - Guadeloupe to Antigua race Sue Pelling, Despite the current flight disruption in Europe that has left many competitors struggling to reach Antigua Sailing Week, there were nine entries in today's Guadeloupe to Antigua Race.... [more] Share this story
Sermaine Olympique Francaise – Finally in France and ready to race Anna, Team Tunnicliffe, The whole team finally arrived in France late last night, after five days of trying, for the Semaine Olympique Francaise, the fourth stop of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Initially our plan was to arrive on Monday of this week, so as to have a week of training with the Spanish and French teams.... [more] Share this story
Women's match racing to see its busiest year yet WIMRA, The Women's International Match Racing Association (WIMRA) 2010 calendar is underway and women's match racing is traversing the globe. With nearly 80 events on the WIMRA calendar, the organization is increasing events at an astonishing rate with less than a dozen events at its inception in 1996... [more] Share this story
New York Barcelona - Throwing down the gauntlet NY-BCN Transoceanic Sailing Record Media Centre, The sailing record between New York and Barcelona has been set at 12 days, 06 hours, 03 minutes and 48 seconds. Alex Pella, Pepe Ribes and Stan Schreyer, Estrella Damm's co- skippers opened a new chapter in the history of sailing records when they became the fastest crew to go from New York to Barcelona by sailboat.... [more] Share this story
Racing is well underway among the crews of the Clipper 2009-10 fleet Clipper Ventures PLC, With San Francisco a wonderful memory the serious business of racing is well underway among the crews of the Clipper 2009-10 fleet. We are only half way through the 14 individual races within the 35,000-mile challenge so there are still plenty of points to be won and lost and positions to be gained.... [more] Share this story
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