After spending 31 days, six hours and three minutes at sea, Polish singlehanded skipper Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski finished leg one of the Velux 5 Oceans race in second place, behind American ace Brad Van Liew. 'I am so glad to be here,' said Gutek. 'It was a really exciting race. All the time I was so close to Brad—beating him was my motivation. I found out one very important thing on this trip—I can sail solo. I had never done it before, and so before the start I didn't know if I could do it or not. But now I am confident I can sail solo anywhere.'
For Gutek, this was a trying leg, as he suffered injuries early on when he deeply lacerated his head, and a broken gear forced him to climb the rig multiple times, effectively guaranteeing a second-place finish a while ago. 'I do feel a little bit upset because I lost out many times because of things breaking, mainly the sails,' said Gutek.
'When I lost the gennaker just before Cape Town I tried to find conditions that would suit sailing with no gennaker, but I couldn't find them. I lost three, four, maybe five days.' Still, the 36-year-old former national champion dinghy racer finished a hard leg in respectable style, essentially cementing the fact that this year's Velux 5 Oceans race will be a knife fight between Van Liew and Gutek.
For match-racing aficionados, be sure to check out the excellent photo galleries and the race reports from the Louis Vuitton Dubai Trophy that are in this issue. Sparks have flown, and the usual suspects (Team New Zealand and BMW Oracle) are looking really strong. Racing started on November 12th and continues until the 27th. (Match racing fans also take note: the World Match Racing Tour has just unveiled a boat-design brief for new venues on the tour. Read about it in this issue.)
For Olympic sailing fans, pay attention to former ISAF president Paul Hendersen's thoughts on the 2016 Olympic Events. Interesting stuff, for sure.
And finally, don't miss SAIL-World's videos of the week. This new weekly multi-media feature includes exciting video footage of sailing exploits from around the world. This week's selection includes Volvo footage, Cup carnage, a Rolex Sydney-Hobart video, and on-the-water coverage of one of sailing's strangest spectacles, the 33rd America's Cup.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
Velux 5 Oceans - Gutek takes second place in first leg Velux 5 Oceans, After exactly one month at sea, Polish ocean racer Zbigniew Gutkowski sailed into Cape Town this evening to claim second place in the first ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans. The 36-year-old, known as Gutek, crossed the finish line off the South African coast at 10.03pm local time, 31 days, six hours and three minutes after leaving La Rochelle in France.... [more] Share this story
ICSA Match Racing National Championship ICSA, The United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY will host the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Match Racing National Championship on November 19-21.... [more] Share this story
Sailing Videos of the Week - the Sail-World selection - serious action The Sail-World Team, More and more great sailing video footage is turning up online. For your enjoyment Sail-World is going to bring you a mixture of the latests and greatest and some historic footage each week. If you'd like to make sure everyone sees the best old stuff, give us your feedback.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Construction of AC45 passes milestone at Core Builders America's Cup Media, This week marked a significant milestone in the building of the new AC45 catamarans, when the first hull was released from its moulds at the Core Boatbuilding facility in Warkworth, north of Auckland, New Zealand. 'This is an exciting time for us,' said Tim Smyth, who along with Mark Turner directs the boatbuilding operation. 'This is where we get to see the quality we have achieved.'... [more] Share this story
The Pope speaks on the 2016 Olympic Events Paul Henderson, Former ISAF President Paul Henderson was one of the comments Sail-World NZ alluded to as being one of the many off the record comments we received after the announcement of the 2016 Olympic Events by the International Sailing Federation.... [more] Share this story
Sail-World Mailbag: The Week that Was - More on the Olympic Decision Sail-World Readers, Sail-World readers comment on the Olympic decisions for November - following the 'Olympic Decision - will ISAF get caught by a Yorker?' and the earlier 'Olympic sailing destined for another major jolt at Athens in November'. You can have your say on the Olympic Events by http://www.sail-world.com/NZ/Gladwells-Line:-Olympic-Decision---will-ISAF-get-caught-by-a-Yorker/75967!clicking_here... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai- BMW Oracle Racing wins Round 1 Tim Jeffery, BMW Oracle Racing Wins Round 1 at Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai. Skipper Spithill credits coach Presti and crew for strong showing... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Split races bunch leaderboard Bruno Troublé, Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Competition between Sweden's Artemis Racing and the French/German team All4One in today's matches epitomized the character of racing at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai today.... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour unveils boat design brief for new venues WMRT, World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) has unveiled the boat design brief for new venues joining the Tour, and is inviting designers and builders to submit their proposals. WMRT, which already has nine events worldwide, recently opened the application and bidding process for new venues and has been overwhelmed by the response with 57 venues from six continents having registered their interest.... [more] Share this story
Charleston Race Week 2011 reaches for new heights Charleston Race Week, Charleston Race Week organizers pride themselves on listening to their customers, as a result 2011 marks the earliest start ever. 'CRW has rapidly evolved from a fun, regional event to one of the most anticipated international regattas on the racing calendar, and teams from across the US and Europe have asked us to get our ducks in a row earlier...' said Logistics Manager Danny Havens.... [more] Share this story
Antigua Sailing Week 2011 shaping up Louay Habib, Antigua Sailing Week - With just over five months until Antigua Sailing Week, entries are coming in thick and fast from all over the world. Compared to this time last year, five times the number of entries have been received for the oldest and most prestigious regatta in the Caribbean calendar.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Day 5 update from Artemis Racing Artemis Racing, Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - It was a perfect Dubai day today, 30 degrees and sunny, with about 8-10 knots of wind. We had two races against All4One in the Team New Zealand boats.... [more] Share this story
Annapolis to Newport Race - New Cruiser Division Annapolis to Newport Race, Annapolis to Newport Race - Do you know someone who has not sailed the Annapolis to Newport Race because they believe their boat would not be competitive? Please let them know about the new PHRF Cruiser Division. There will still be the IRC, PHRF and IRC Double-Handed Divisions, but in addition there will be a PHRF Cruiser Division in 2011.... [more] Share this story
YRA Awards - Tom's party surprise Erik Simonson, YRA awards meeting - Last night's YRA awards meeting at the Berkeley Yacht Club was one of those 'You Shoulda Been There' affairs.... [more] Share this story
Images from Dubai: Emirates Team NZ has a win and a loss Emirates Team New Zealand and Chris Cameron, Top international photographer, Chris Cameron, was on the water at Dubai, UAE to capture Emirates Team New Zealand's races against the America's Cup Defender, BMW Oracle Racing.... [more] Share this story
Images from Dubai: BMW Oracle vs Emirates Team NZ Gilles Martin-Raget, Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was on the water to capture the action from the matches between Emirates Team NZ and BMW Oracle Racing - the two top America's Cup teams in the competition. Both emerged from the day with a win each, and the racing was enthralling.... [more] Share this story
2010 PWA Cabo Verde World Cup day 3 - Traversa steals the show PWA, PWA Cabo Verde World Cup day 3 and Thomas Traversa steals the show by claiming victory in the only heat completed so far in Cabo Verde. It didn't take long before former world champion, Jason Polakow (JP, NeilPryde) joined the boys in the logo-high waves, which was enough of a signal for head judge, Duncan Coombs to decide to start the contest.... [more] Share this story
Blind Match Racing - New format debuts in Perth in 2011 Yachting Western Australia, IFDS Disabled Sailing International Championship 2011 - Royal Perth Yacht Club has now released the Notice of Race for the IFDS Disabled Sailing International Championship, 2011, Homerus Blind Match Racing. The event will be held on the Swan River from 19- 26 March 2011.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing - Skipper awarded Hanson Medal for rescue on Tampa Bay Jake Fish, US Sailing's Safety-at-Sea Committee has awarded an Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal to David Knapp of Tampa, Fla. and the 18-foot gaff-rigged catboat Miss America for rescuing a sailor in Tampa Bay.... [more] Share this story
Voiles de Saint Barth sails into the Caribbean calendar SeaClear Communications, Voiles de Saint-Barth - It was one of the objectives of the event's organisers to ensure that from the second edition of the race, which is scheduled from the fourth to 9th April 2011, the Voiles de Saint-Barth would become a regular fixture on the Caribbean racing calendar and be seen as one of the major events of the season.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing announces 2010 one-design award winners Jake Fish, US Sailing - Last weekend at US Sailing's One-Design Sailing Symposium, presented by Gowrie Group, five awards were presented to recognize outstanding individual and organizational achievements in one-design sailing. The award categories are: Service, Leadership, Club, Regatta, and Creativity. These awards highlight role models of creative leadership in one-design sailing.... [more] Share this story
Round the County Race - Showdown at Peapod Rocks Stephen Orsini, In 1790, Francisco Eliza, captain of the 16-gun Spanish pacqueboat, Saint Carlos, sailed around a complex of islands in what was to become Washington State, naming the islands the ‘San Juan Archipelago'. One hundred and ninety seven years later, the Orcas Island Yacht Club took the same approach as Captain Eliza, sailing around the archipelago—now San Juan County—and called it a race. The... [more] Share this story
PWA Cabo Verde World Cup 2010 - Failed to co-operate PWA, PWA Cabo Verde World Cup 2010 - Day two - With the promise of a pumping swell and fifteen knots of wind, an early skipper's briefing was held to prepare the fleet for the day ahead. But, when the conditions looked unsuitable at the legendary Ponta Preta, head judge Duncan Coombs and 2009 PWA Wave World Champion, Josh Angulo (Angulo, Gun, Dakine) decided to move the whole show to Curral Jaoul.... [more] Share this story
ILCA accepting applicants for the 2011 Boat Grant Program International Lightning Class Association, ILCA accepting applicants for the 2011 Boat Grant Program - The International Lightning Class Association (ILCA) is accepting applications for the fifth year of the Lightning Boat Grant Program. The Boat Grant Program provides race-ready Lightnings for young sailors who might otherwise not have the opportunity to compete in the class.... [more] Share this story
SailTV: Louis Vuitton Trophy: Live and Replay Sail-World, See live and replay coverage of the final ever event in the Louis Vuitton Trophy sailed at Dubai, UAE. The event is now being covered with video and we expect to see some spectacular images. Live and replay coverage of other major sailing events, is also available from the same menu, along with the Louis Vuitton Trophy replays.... [more] Share this story
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