Saturday morning began cold and clear in Seattle. Stars were visible at 0515 hours when my wife dropped me off at Shilshole Marine for the 20-mile delivery down to Tacoma for the Winter Vashon Race.
The plan was straightforward: Deliver the boat, sail the race, then deliver the boat back home. Little did any of us realize that the best sailing of the day would be on the delivery to Tacoma; an impressive statement, given that the race itself featured some fantastic sailing in its own rite, but that's a different story.
Less than ten minutes after loosing our dock lines our mainsail is filled and the call is made to hoist the small spinnaker. Halyards jump, nylon sailcloth inflates, and my friend Jonathan's 44-foot, Paul Bieker-designed, water-ballasted, 'cruising boat' takes off, her carbon-fiber hull skimming across the building seas at 15 knots.
A few gybes and one ferry crossing later we enter the northern entrance to Colvos Passage, a place where the wind funnels and where the seas can get choppy. The puffs build and build, and Dark Star rockets along, her speedo reading punching up and up.
The order is given to move weight astern, and soon our crew of eight is perched along the stern pushpit as our helmsman, Eric, does a masterful job of playing puffs and avoiding floating logs. Water fire-hoses down the foredeck and the speedo climbs to the low 20 and hovers there as Dark Star scorches along, her entire crew one big smile.
Slowly, the sun rises illuminating the sweeping mountains in all directions.
We near the southern end of Colvos Passage and douse the kite, all of us aglow from our sleigh ride.
Yes, it was cold; yes it was wet; yes, a warm, waterproof pair of gloves were your best friend; yes it was one of the best sailing that any of us had done in a long, long time.
The best part? We haven't even had breakfast yet, let alone tucked into Jeff's homemade smoked-salmon chowder. Truly a magical day of doing what we all love best.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
King Ben takes the Monsoon Cup 2010 Monsoon Cup 2010 Media, A thrilling five race final at the 2010 Monsoon Cup. Coming into this event a lot was a stake – the Monsoon Cup 2010 and the ISAF Match Racing World Championship.... [more] Share this story
First boat donation for Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island Barby MacGowan, The non-profit organization Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) has received its first boat donation since signing an agreement in November with Block Island Maritime Funding (BIMF). A Hinckley Little Harbor 44' power yacht, appraised at $750,000, was donated to the foundation by Newport resident David Brodsky.... [more] Share this story
RadioLive's Martin Devlin talks with Mr America's Cup, Dennis Conner RadioLive, Last Saturday afternoon, RadioLive's Martin Devlin had the opportunity to interview the man who is still regarded as 'Mr America's Cup' Dennis Conner. Here, courtesy of RadioLive, is the audio of that interview where Dennis Conner is asked his thoughts on New Zealand from 2003, the current proposals for the 34th America's Cup, nationality in the Cup, monohull vs multihull, and more... [more] Share this story
Juerg Kaufmann captures Australia II Juerg Kaufmann, Top international photographer, Juerg Kaufmann stopped over in Perth on his way back from the Louis Vuitton Trophy, Dubai, and writes: After Dubai I flew directly to Perth Fremantle for another shooting. Today I visited the Maritime Museum where I found Australia II. She is in display here since the Jubilee.... [more] Share this story
Melges 32 Gold Cup Title - Rod Jabin wins second consecutive title Joy Dunigan, Melges 32 Gold Cup Title - Rod Jabin wins second consecutive title - This is also the first time ever that anyone has won the event two years in a row. Jabin's team consisted of tactician Chris Larson and crew of Richard Clarke, Curtis Florence, Ray Wulff, Scott Holmgren and Vann Walke.... [more] Share this story
Invisible Hands San Francisco debut Erik Simonson, Invisible Hands - Sometimes good things come to those who wait. In this case, the arrival of hull number 4 off the J-boats Production line to the West Coast has proven to be the case. Frank Slootman has enjoyed his J-90 immensely, it's lines, rating and performance did all he could have hoped. What it was lacking was accommodations and a little luxury which would make his better half happy.... [more] Share this story
Farr40 Class Australia- Kokomo wins sprint series Farr 40 Class Australia, Farr 40 Class Australia - Lang Walker's Kokomo has taken out their second regatta win in a row, winning the Farr 40 Sprint Series this weekend. Farr 40 teams from Australia, New Zealand and the USA have spent the weekend fine tuning crew skills and racing strategies as they prepare for the upcoming Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in February 2011... [more] Share this story
Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta day 2 - Devos moves into the lead Joy Dunigan, Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta - The second day of racing hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club (LYC) was limited to two races due to ultra-light breezes... [more] Share this story
Monsoon Cup: Ainslie wins the slugfest of Terengganu Richard Gladwell, Newly crowned World match racing champion, Ben Ainslie added the Monsoon Cup to his bulging trophy cabinet with a win in the 2010 Monsoon Cup off Terengganu River, Malaysia, today. After what most consider to be a disappointing year for triple Olympic Gold medalist Ben Ainslie, he and his TeamOrigin crew had all to sail for after winning the World Match Championship a few hours before.... [more] Share this story
Monsoon Cup: Ben Ainslie wins the 2010 World Match Racing Championship Richard Gladwell, Triple Olympic Gold medallist, Ben Ainslie, and TeamOrigin have won the 2010 World Match Racing Championship after winning their semi-final over wild card Bjorn Hansen (DEN) off Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia today.... [more] Share this story
Carlos Aguilar Match Race - Barkow and Holmberg lead on day two Carlos Aguilar Match Race, Carlos Aguilar Match Race. It wasn't inter-island ferry wake, seaplanes landing or a pirate ship full of visitors that proved challenging for sailors competing in Charlotte Amalie harbor on day two of the Carlos Aguilar Match Race, (CAMR), presented by Ulysse Nardin/Trident Jewels & Time, it was the wind.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Headwinds halt Central Lecherias Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - Headwinds halt Central Lecherias - Strong easterly Levante headwinds in the Straits of Gibraltar have meant that Fran Palacio (ESP) and the delivery crew on Central Lechera Asturiana have had to stop temporarily in Porto Sherry by Cadiz to await an improvement in the weather.... [more] Share this story
Moth vs 49er vs Kite Markus Schwendtner, Moth vs 49er vs Kite. Patrick Rynne had an epic afternoon a few days ago, having the ultimate showdown between some of the fastest sailing craft in the world. Here is a quick preview.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup - Dueling budgets in SF AC34 hosting plans Pressure-drop.us, America's Cup - As time draws near for the City of San Francisco to finalize their bid to host the America's Cup, the re-thinking of the earlier plans to use Pier 50 as the primary hosting site gains popularity. The SF Chronicle breaks down the arguments which will go before the Board of Supervisors for their final vote on December 14th.... [more] Share this story
ORC and RORC work together towards a common goal for offshore racing ORC, Offshore Racing Congress - Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and Union Nationale pour La Course au Large (UNCL), joint owners of the IRC rating rule, have been in discussion with the ORC about the possibility of creating a unified organisation to govern yacht ratings worldwide. This initiative to bring the world offshore rating systems together was endorsed by ISAF following its AGM in 2009 in Korea.... [more] Share this story
BVI Spring Regatta - Celebrating 40 Years BVI Spring Regatta, BVI Spring Regatta - As the 40th Anniversary of the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival is being planned, March 28 - April 3, 2011, the archives have been dusted off. Although some may think that when the BVI Spring Regatta incorporated one design racing into the event in 2005, new ground was being broken; Well- think again.... [more] Share this story
La Solitaire du Figaro - A new course for 2011 Soazig Guého, La Solitaire du Figaro revealed the course of the 2011 edition on Friday 3rd December at the Paris Boat Show, which for the first time shall comprise of four French towns and one foreign town. It also announced Eric Bompard Cashmere's commitment as main partner for the next three editions.... [more] Share this story
We are sending you this newsletter because you are already receiving an existing Sail-World newsletter.
If you like this newsletter, do nothing, we will send you one each week. If you don't, its a single click to stop.
No, I don't need or want to read about US and World sailing news. Please don't send me another.
Follow Sail-World on Twitter
Customized news feeds
Marine Industry companies, Clubs and Associations have asked can they received their own customised version of our Sail-World news feed. The answer is yes; customized in content, news category, for example dinghies, small keelboats or just monohull racing, or Region of the world and appearance.
CLICK HEREto view examples and get free news tickers for your site. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Too much sailing news? Not enough?
Change the frequency of newsletters, from three times a week to the weekly summary or even a monthly newsletter. Change from html (graphics and pictures) newsletters to text only newsletters (best for slow connections, mobile phones and PDA's etc). Change from Sail-World USA Newsletters to Sail-World Cruising Newsletters etc. Temporarily inactivate your subscription for a period, when you will be on holidays etc. or change to text for the same period. Or even (gasp) unsubscribe.