One of the greatest aspects of our sport is the opportunity for variety and adventure. Take, for example, the Pacific Cup fleet. Some boats have now finished, some classes have been determined, while others are still up for contest, and possibly can be for several more days.
And while these sailors will be seriously psyched for some strong mai tai's and cold beers, there's a damned good chance that more than a few of these salts are already day dreaming about the next offshore adventure. Offshore sailing is just like that.
Or, for those who love sailing long distance while staying within the international boundaries of the United States, distance racing on the Great Lakes is always an option.
Foolish is the sailor who underestimates the huge wind-blown seas and 'offshore' like conditions that often prevail on these massive lakes. The foulies (and the crew) might not get as salty as their Hawaiian-bound brethren, but the sense of competition is equally strong.
Just ask the crew of the Beau Geste, a Farr 80. These guys managed to set a new record for this year's Annapolis-Bermuda Race, quickly swap out crewmembers, point the bow for Newport for the start of the Newport-Bermuda Race, and now, just about a month later, they enjoyed a quick ride to Mackinac Island.
And then, on the east coast, Newport just hosted what can be considered one of the all-time classic regattas, the New York Yacht Club Race Week, which was attended by 107 boats.
Here, sailors playing the inshore game enjoyed superb weather, great winds, and excellent racing. Competition was especially heavy in this year's Club Swan 42 class, as well as in the J/109 class and J/105 classes, but, as always, it was the classic yachts that managed to turn the most heads.
Case in point: sailing offers a 'choose-your-own-adventure' opportunity far more than most sports; yet another reason to celebrate our fine sport. And that's not even to mention dinghy sailing, match racing, speed records or kite boarding...and the list goes far deeper...
Fair winds and following seas,
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Winners in the spotlight Barby MacGowan, Seven classes concluded competition today in the first half of the New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex. For anyone viewing the racing held north of Pell Bridge (some classes sailed on Rhode Island Sound), it was an extravaganza of vintage boats— Classics, 12 Metres, 6 Metres, and Herreshoff S Boats—battling for regatta titles.... [more] Share this story
Vic-Maui Yacht Race 2010 draws to a close Mark Gray, The Vic-Maui race began with the usual beat out Juan de Fuca Strait and some of the fleet taking a full day or more to transit Duntze Rock at the western end. But the excitement started from there.... [more] Share this story
Bayview Mackinac Race update - Seven across the line Sail-World.com, A total of 206 sailboats in 20 classes raced in the 2010 Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race that started under blue skies and a light 12 knot breeze and ended with a rainstorm and 20-knot gusts on Saturday in Lake Huron.... [more] Share this story
Barkow leads CMRC summer Classic B Regatta CMRC, The waterfront of Chicago's Belmont harbor offers many things: convenient access for competitors and organizers, a beautiful view of the spectacular city skyline, and a convenient amphitheater for shoreside spectators. It also offers a tremendous diversity in weather conditions for match race sailors... [more] Share this story
Volvo Youth Sailing World Championship –Closing ceremony marks the end ISAF, Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship officially came to an end with the Closing Ceremony held at the poolside of the Sheraton Hotel in Istanbul. Over the past week close to 350 sailors representing 59 nations have battled for the eight Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship titles at the 40th edition of the Youth Worlds.... [more] Share this story
Pacific Cup boats slug it out in middle divisions Pacific Cup, Pacific Cup - Limit has finished and moved off to the other side of the island, where her length and draft can be accommodated. Pegasus MotionX-50 has finished and is on the way to our docks for a well-earned maitai and lei welcoming.... [more] Share this story
Mackinac Race Championship regatta announced by Bayview Yacht Club Bruce Babiarz, Winners in each sailing class of the Bayview Mackinac Race in July will be invited to an invitational regatta in Detroit in September.... [more] Share this story
Extreme 40 World Championship 2010 - a thrilling finale Extreme 40 Worlds, Extreme 40 fleets were pushed to their limits in an exhilarating finale to the first ever World Championship. With winds gusting up to 20 knots blowing through the bay at Portoroz, Slovenia, the fleet proved exactly why these boats are called 'Extreme'.... [more] Share this story
Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Champion is Luca Lalli Joy Dunigan, Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series 2010 Champion is Luca Lalli, aboard his B-Lin Sailing Melges 32, with tactician Lorenzo Bressani and crew of Federico Michetti, Flavio Favini, Carlo Zermini, Luca Faravelli, Stefano Nicolussi and Lorenzo Del Rio. He also delivered an astounding last day performance to win the Malcesine edition of the four-part series.... [more] Share this story
Match Race decides 2010 Womens World 470 Championship Sail-World, The first race, for the Mens title had already been decided ahead of the Medal Race. However that was not the case with the Women and only a single point separated the two top crews The New Zealand crew of Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie led the regatta with 23pts. Their lowest score, save for a broken halyard in race 6, was a fourth and they were able to discard the did not finish score.... [more] Share this story
Steve White to set sail Around the World non-stop and the wrong way Andi Robertson, Steve White has announced his intention to break the current world record for circumnavigating single-handed, non-stop the 'wrong way'. Taking place this winter, the attempt will mark the 40th anniversary of the original record set by Sir Chay Blyth (CBE BEM) on ‘British Steel', who embarked on the epic journey described by The Times in 1970 as the ‘Impossible Voyage'.... [more] Share this story
Chicago Match Race Center Summer Classic A Regatta win to Hardesty CMRC, Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC) Summer Classic A Regatta. In another day of fickle, shifting breezes along the Belmont waterfront, race managers still managed to complete the Quarter-Final and Semi-Final stages.... [more] Share this story
New York Yacht Club Race Week - For some a perfect day Barby MacGowan, New York Yacht Club Race Week. 107 boats left their berths in Newport Harbor to converge on three race circles: two 'outside' on Rhode Island Sound and one 'up the Bay. For leaders in seven of the 12 classes, when it was good it was very good. The conditions enabled them to post nothing but first-place finishes in multiple races.... [more] Share this story
Bayview Mackinac Race - 206 boats - Beau Geste leads big boats Mackinac Race, A total of 206 sailboats in 20 classes raced in the 2010 Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race that started under blue skies and a light 12 knot breeze and ended with a rainstorm and 20-knot gusts on Saturday in Lake Huron.... [more] Share this story
Melges 32 Series Title - Alberini leads Malcesine edition Joy Dunigan, 2010 Melges 32 Series - Newly appointed Melges 32 European Fleet President and defending series champion Carlo Alberini on Calvi Network with Gabrielle Benussi on tactics leads the Malcesine edition. The day ended on a positive note for Mauro Mocchegiani on Rush Diletta as he chases in second place and in third, Edoardo Lupi on Torpyone. One point separates each of the positions as 17 teams look... [more] Share this story
Extreme 40 World Championship - Day 4 action and video Emily Caroe, Extreme 40 World Championship continues. Taking each team's fifth man spot for one of the races were Slovenia's ambassadors to Spain, the Netherlands, Poland and Japan. Each got first hand experience of racing the high-performance Extreme 40 catamarans alongside some of the best sailors in the world.... [more] Share this story
Yngling Open European Youth Championship win to Danish team Jacqueline Laumans, Yngling Open European Youth Championship. Conditions were tough, creating a big gap between the leading group and the rest of the fleet. For the youth (up to 21) sailors this event was the perfect warming up for the Yngling Open World Championships from 18 until 23 July.... [more] Share this story
Images from Prince of Wales Cup - The Flying Fourteens Ian Roman, Top international photographer, Ian Roman, presents a gallery of images from the Prince of Wales Cup sailed at Hayling Island Sailing Club. The Int 14 websites reports: After a frustrating first day on Thursday when gale force winds kept the fleet ashore the 14 fleet hoped that Friday would bring better conditions for the PoW race, the historic event was sailed on Saturday, two days late.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Fantastic finale Zoe Williamson, A spectacular welcome greeted the crews of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race as they arrived back in Hull. Crossing the finish line overnight at the end of the 14th and final stage of the Clipper 09-10 Race, the Irish entry, Cork, claimed the maximum ten points for securing their second first place of their campaign.... [more] Share this story
Rough sailing through oil spill Bill Vilona, The parking lot entrance of Key Sailing offers a breezeway to paradise. Out the back, Santa Rosa Sound beckons with its gentle surf, wide expanse and sparkling shoreline of Quietwater Beach. In the summer, it's usually a crowded hub of boating activity.... [more] Share this story
2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Bid Guidelines Published ISAF, International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has published bid guidelines for hosting the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships.... [more] Share this story
Hardesty leads CMCR Summer Classic A Regatta CMRC Media, Racing into the sunset, Round Robin is completed in challenging conditions off the Belmont Harbor waterfront yesterday; Quarter-Final, Semi-Final and Final Rounds today.... [more] Share this story
CrossFit - get fit for sailing without leaving the beach! Sail-World, It used to be that the way to get fit for sailing involved going for a run, doing a few press-ups and if you got really serious then maybe a light, weights program. A group of four golfers from the Institute of Golf (iGolf) are using a different form of training - CrossFit - to train for a marathon style relay they will undertake from North Shore City to Wellington, New Zealand from 16-21 August.... [more] Share this story
Lake Ontario 300 - record 198 boats to set out today Sail-World.com, Billed at the Greatest Race on the Lakes, a record 198 boats will challenge for the Sperry Cup on Saturday July 17th 2010. There were 140 in 2008 and last year 170. Regatta Chairman Guy Perrin said – ‘we are very pleased with the ever growing fleet. ‘The LO300 caters to all types of sailors; from hard-core racers to cruisers, fully crewed to single-handed...'... [more] Share this story
ISAF Youth World Championships - US Team wins three bronze medals Marni Lane, US Sailing's Youth World Team won three bronze medals at the 40th Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship today for the first time in 18 years: Erika Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) in the Laser Radial, Antoine Screve (Kentfield, Calif.) and James Moody (Tiburon, Calif.) in the 29er, and Taylor Palmer (Miami Shores, Fla.) and Mac Agnese (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) in the Sirena SL16... [more] Share this story
Vic-Maui 2010 Line Honors to Terremoto, Kinetic leads handicap Mark Gray/Ed Watson, Vic-Maui 2010 -Scott Burbank's Riptide 35 Terremoto crossed the finish line at 22:30:49 HST on July 14 to earn Vic-Maui 2010 line honours with an elapsed time of 11d:15h:20m:49s. This is the fastest elapsed time since 2002.... [more] Share this story
Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship – Medals decided ISAF, Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship saw a spectacular summer day with warm sunshine and a gusty offshore breeze ranging from 8 – 14 knots which provided a superb last day of racing at the event.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 – Hull & Humber focused on home port victory Clipper Ventures Plc, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race is on the final leg and in the last 24 hours Mother Nature is throwing the crews of the ten yachts one final challenge to remember her by.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup to be hosted by Barcelona's Moll de la Fusta Audi MedCup Circuit, Audi MedCup Circuit, the world's leading regatta circuit offers an unparalleled visitor experience on land. From 17 to 25 July, Barcelona's Moll de la Fusta is the location of the Public Village of the Camper Regatta - Conde de Godó Trophy - Barcelona, an enjoyable self contained fun and entertainer area for all ages with free daily access from 11:00 to 20:30hrs.... [more] Share this story
Chicago Match Race Center Summer Classic regattas go back-to-back CMRC Media, Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC) Summer Classic A & B regattas get back-to-back start tomorrow with ISAF Grade 3 match race action off the Belmont Harbor waterfront, followed on Sunday with the two-day CMRC Summer Classic B regatta. Both events feature nine men's and women's teams.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Final race underway Clipper Ventures, The ten yachts competing in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race have begun the last stage of their 35,000-mile challenge and are racing across the North Sea from Ijmuiden, Netherlands, to their final destination, the Humber in north east England.... [more] Share this story
Images from Medemblijk: IFDS Worlds - 2.4 class Sander van der Borch, Top international photographer Sander van der Borch presents a gallery of images taken of the competitors in the 2.4 class at the IFDS Worlds sailed in Medemblijk, Netherlands. We've tried to feature a few closeups, so Sail-World readers can see the conditions and issues under which these sailors compete, and how their yachts are adapted.... [more] Share this story
Images from Medemblijk: IFDS Worlds - SKUD18 class Sander van der Borch, Top international photographer Sander van der Borch presents a gallery of images taken of the competitors in the SKUD18 class at the IFDS Worlds sailed in Medemblijk, Netherlands. We've tried to feature a few closeups, so Sail-World readers can see the conditions and issues under which these sailors compete, and how their yachts are adapted.... [more] Share this story
New York Yacht Club Race Week kicks off Saturday, July 17 Media Pro Int'l, Seven days of racing, 147 competing boats, 11 divisions, two National Championships, one North American Championship, 1200 sailors and one great sailing town of Newport. It all adds up to New England's favorite regatta – New York Yacht Club's (NYYC) Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex... [more] Share this story
Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds: Images from Day 4 at Istanbul Dave Kneale, Top international photographer, Dave Kneale, presents this galley of images from the fourth day of racing at the Volvo ISAF Youth World Championships being sailed at Istanbul, Turkey. Images today from the RS:X and 29er courses... [more] Share this story
Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship - Penultimate day ISAF, Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships penultimate day saw shifty winds in Istanbul. For the third day in a row the Istanbul sun burned down on the Marmara Sea and competitors were held ashore until the winner of the battle between the land breeze and the sea breeze was decided.... [more] Share this story
IYRS Gala hosts record crowd Cynthia Goss, A record crowd of some 700 guests flocked to the International Yacht Restoration School on Saturday, July 10 to attend the school's 13th Annual Summer Gala sponsored by US Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management and Lexus.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup organizers plan lab experiment off Valencia BMW Oracle Racing, America's Cup - monohull or multihull? With that question in mind, event planners have scheduled four days of trials here to develop methods for making the racing more enthralling for fans, more challenging for crews and better portrayed on television screens around the world.... [more] Share this story
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