Sailing is just sailing, right? A wonderful, adventure-orientated pastime perhaps, but a pastime nonetheless. But this past Saturday's Leukemia Cup Regatta, held out of Seattle's Elliot Bay Marina, reminded me that sailing can also generate a greater good.
'Racing' aboard Imagine, Lisa and Rusty Hill's well-rigged J/44, provided a firsthand look at one way that sailors can contribute and have fun doing it. Admittedly, we were enjoying steady breezes, bluebird skies and a sweeping panoramic view of the Olympic Mountains, but our fleet of several dozen boats was also helping to generate money for an excellent cause.
And the positive vibrations didn't stop there.
A glance around the fleet revealed families and friends out 'racing' together (it was casual competition at best, with the emphasis on participation and good times), with everybody getting chances at the helm, everybody getting chances to learn and to have fun. Aboard Imagine, complete novices had an opportunity to experience sailing/racing under ideal conditions, in a positive, nurturing environment.
Big smiles were enjoyed by all —great proof that sailing can be more than a mere addiction, er, 'pastime'.
On the bigger sailing stage, the drama surrounding Abby Sunderland's dismasting and Southern Ocean epic has ended as the teenager was successfully rescued from Wild Eyes her Open 40, by the French commercial fishing vessel Ile De La Reunion over the weekend. But now the analysis has just begun, as you will see.
Andrew Campbell and crewmate Brad Nichol have extended their rampage in the Star Class, finishing in a tie for second place with Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn of Canada at the Star Europeans.
Certainly great news for Campbell and Nichol's campaign, and also for the US Sailing Team Alphagraphics' Star program. In San Diego, Bruce Golison edged out Bruce Nelson in the ultra-competitive Etchells North Americans.
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Fair winds and following seas,
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Abby Sunderland, her critics and the pressures of sponsorship Nancy Knudsen, Abby Sunderland, dismasted, her round world attempt foiled and her boat abandoned, is now headed for the French-owned Kerguelan Islands on a fishing boat that went out of their way to rescue her... But even before she has touched dry land, the inevitable controversy about her voyage – and future voyages by teenagers – has begun..... [more] Share this story
Just three days left to win a PredictWind Professional subscription Richard Gladwell, Just three days are left for Sail-World readers to enter for a chance to win a PredictWind Professional forecasting package for one year, valued at almost $1,000 each. This is your last chance - ENTER NOW!! There are ten annual subscriptions of the just released new version of PredictWind's Professional Forecast Package top be won in Sail-World's competition.... [more] Share this story
Abby and her winter rescue - why? Nancy Knudsen, How and why Abby Sunderland ended up in the South Indian Ocean in winter, when the passing systems combine with warm tropical air moving south to make monster storms, is now being asked by experienced sailors round the world. However, especially after Jessica Watson's successful conclusion, skeptics who voiced their concerns up until now were few and far between, and slammed as pessimists... [more] Share this story
Sail-World.com - Contributors Guidelines Sail-World.com, Whether its information about yachts, catamarans or dinghies, or tales of your adventures on the water, there is always a story waiting to be told. Sail-World is happy to receive your articles - be it profiles of people and boats, techniques, safety or seamanship. Read on for the guidelines for submitting an article, including commercial articles - if the information is of value to our readers... [more] Share this story
Naples Sabot Senior Championship - Older dog wins the dogfight Rich Roberts, Naples Sabot Senior Championship hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club ran on Saturday and Sunday. Mark Gaudio reached far down into his arsenal of sailing skill and determination to beat back a strong, young challenge by Freddie Stevens by one point to win his second consecutive and 12th overall edition of the event.... [more] Share this story
2010 Etchells North American Championship win to Golison Kim Kruger, 2010 Etchells North American Championship final day report from the San Diego Yacht Club. The first race of the day, race 7, started clear with beautiful skies and a steady 13 knots of breeze. The race was tight early on with packed mark roundings and exciting hoists.... [more] Share this story
Onion Patch Series - Belle Mente and Ran tied after stage one Talbot Wilson, Onion Patch Series update: With the completion of the 156th New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex, racing in the stage one of the 2010 Onion Patch Series ended Sunday afternoon. The first race each day of the two-day regatta in Newport, Rhode Island counted for the series.... [more] Share this story
Butler Cup Series – Full credit given to crew of the victor Rick Roberts, Butler Cup match race series on Sunday, hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club in California saw Chris Nesbitt of Balboa Yacht Club give his crew full credit for the win, his second win in as many years.... [more] Share this story
NYYC's season kick-off Annual Regatta a success Media Pro Int'l, Known as the longest running regatta in America, the New York Yacht Club's 156th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex also has the distinction of kicking off the sailing season in New England. This past weekend, June 11-13, over 1,000 sailors on 111 boats gathered from across the U.S. and Europe for three days of racing on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound.... [more] Share this story
RC44 Copenhagen Cup - A pretty good day despite a collision Paul Cayard, Paul Cayard reports on the final day of racing at the RC44 Copenhagen Cup. In the first two races we did very well passing boats downwind in the planing conditions to score a 3 and a 4.... [more] Share this story
RC44 Copenhagen Cup - Eliminated one by one MaxComm Communications, RC44 Copenhagen Cup. On the last day of the event four races were sailed, despite cold and windy conditions prevailing. One by one teams were eliminated from contention for the fleet race and overall titles. Many teams broached, ripped their spinnakers or suffered in a way or another.... [more] Share this story
Star European Championships 2010 - It's a tie for second! Andrew Campbell, Star European Championships 2010 update: US Star sailor Andrew Campbell reports - With a fifth place finish today in a better-than-forecast 5-10 knot westerly, Brad and I tied with Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn of Canada to take second place at the Championships behind only Germans Johannes Polgar and Markus Koy in the 135 boat fleet.... [more] Share this story
Star European Championship victory to Polgar and Koy Star Europeans, Star European Championship Viareggio, Italy. Star Class European Championship victory to the German crew of Johannes Polgar and Markus Koy, who led the regatta from start to finish. The USA crew of Andrew Campbell and Brad Nichol finished the regatta well and moved up to take the silver medal. Canadians Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn took the bronze.... [more] Share this story
Summer Sailstice Announces 2010 3-Day Sailing Holiday Weekend Ken Quant, American sailors who want to celebrate the longest day of summer by sailing for the weekend, are solving the June holiday weekend problem sailors by asking to be excused from work to extend Sailstice holiday through the solstice. Founder of the Summer Sailstice, John Arndt, writes... [more] Share this story
RC44 Copenhagen Cup Day 2 Fleet Racing cancelled MaxComm Communications, RC44 Copenhagen Cup races were cancelled today as rain squalls and wind gusts up to 35 knots lashed the coursePRO Peter Reggio had no other choice but to call the day off at 3:00 PM... [more] Share this story
Abby Sunderland transferred at sea - latest images Sail-World and AMSA Media, The latest update from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority on the Wild Eyes dismasting reports that Abby Sunderland will be transferred to another vessel at the Keugelen Islands, deep in the Southern Ocean.... [more] Share this story
Star European Championship Silver for Campbell and Nichol Marni Lane, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics' (USSTAG) Star teams had a stronghold on a deep, 132-boat fleet this week at the 2010 Star European Championship in Viareggio, Italy. The U.S. teams consistently stayed in the top ten, thanks to several stellar days and seamless teamwork.... [more] Share this story
Star European Championships - Campbell sixth into final race Andrew Campbell, Star European championships 2010 update: US Star sailor Andrew Campbell writes -Don't believe everything you read on the Internet. The regatta website unfortunately lists bow 111 instead of us (bow 11) as finishing third in today's race.... [more] Share this story
RC 44 Copenhagen Cup - A long day for Katusha Paul Cayard, RC 44 Copenhagen Cup update: June 11 will be a day Guenaddi will remember for a while. It is the day he won his first sailboat race.... [more] Share this story
Abby Sunderland on board rescue vessel Sail-World and AMSA Media, The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has confirmed the safe rescue of Abby Sunderland from her Open 40 yacht, Wild Eyes. It is presumed that the yacht has been abandoned in the Southern Ocean, as there is no mention of her in the media release. It is clear that the Australian rescue authority wishes to get the teenage sailor onto terra firma with as little disruption to commercial shipping... [more] Share this story
Rescue imminent for Abby Sunderland - latest updates Australian Maritime Safety Authority, In preparation for the arrival on scene of the fishing vessel Ile De La Reunion anticipated for late this afternoon, RCC Australia has tasked a Global Express aircraft to the scene. This aircraft is planned to arrive at the known position of Wild Eyes at approximately 4.30pm AEST. The aircraft will attempt to regain radio contact with Wild Eyes ahead of the planned rescue.... [more] Share this story
Etchells North American Championships Day 3 - Close racing Michael Campbell, Etchells North American Championships Day 3 saw the fleet of 42 boats head out onto the Pacific Ocean just beyond Zuniga Jetty and the entrance to historic San Diego harbor. There is one more day of racing tomorrow with the final two races scheduled for completion.... [more] Share this story
Abby Sunderland rescue at hand, but questions remain unanswered Pete Thomas, GrindTV.com, Help is due to reach embattled sailor Abby Sunderland, in the form of a French fishing boat named Ile De La Reunion, at about midnight (PDT) tonight. The 16-year-old adventurer, who had not been heard from for 20 hours after activating her emergency satellite beacons, but was found to be safe late Thursday night aboard her de-masted vessel, is not out of danger yet.... [more] Share this story
Laser Standard and Laser Radial European Championships Results Laser Europeans, The Laser Standard and Laser Radial European Championships & Trophy 2010 in Tallinn, Estonia came to an end today. In Laser Standard, Croatian Tonci Stipanovic won his first European Championships title. In Laser Radial, the new European Champion is Tina Mihelic, also from Croatia.... [more] Share this story
Bruce Wake Access Worlds and SKUD 18 Internationals - Winners decided! David Staley, Bruce Wake 2010 Access Class Worlds and SKUD18 International Championships at Rutland Sailing Club both had one final race for each of their five divisions today, all sailed in a moderate breeze to conclude this years event.... [more] Share this story
Tour Card Holders command Korea Match Cup WMRT media, As the sailors waited in anticipation for the mega wind turbines on the race course horizon to start up they finally jumped into action by 4pm. With wind building to a steady 9 knots on Day 3 of Korea Match Cup's Round Robin perfect match racing conditions were enjoyed by the 12 teams.... [more] Share this story
l'Hydroptere, the world sailing speed record holder visits Cowes BT, The French hydrofoiler, l'Hydroptere is currently docked outside the Offshore Challenges offices, in Cowes IOW. A couple of young Sail-World correspondents took a quick look, yesterday, and filed this report and images: We were amazed at how old l'Hydroptere looked. Apparently the centre hull is 26 years old. We were also surprised to see how small the outer hulls were, they must have on... [more] Share this story
Teenagers around the World - Dangerous Pursuits David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, For the past several years, the sailing world watched junior sailors vying for the accolade of being the youngest to solo circumnavigate. First, it was Zac Sunderland, the soft-spoken, all-American kid from Marina del Rey, California, who became the youngest person to solo circumnavigate on July 16, 2009, at the age of 17.... [more] Share this story
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