Here in Seattle, our sailing is a little different—perhaps a bit heartier—than most other sailing areas that I've lived in. Our summers, while postcard perfect, often lack the crucial ingredient—wind—needed to race. So, come the sunny months, skippers convert their racer/cruisers to their secondary task and head to myriad lovely anchorages with their friends and family. The racing calendar, obviously, must coincide with breeze. So, we layer up.
Take this Saturday's Duwamish Head Race. Some 73 boats gathered under steely grey skies, in temps in the high30s/low 40s with maybe 5-10 knots blowing through the rigging, for this 30-mile race. And while Midwestern sailors will certainly scoff at the temperatures cited, dear reader, I can assure you that 14 hours (factor in a 20 mile delivery on either end) of these conditions makes you daydream of a buying everything warm and fleecy in the Patagonia catalog.
But for some strange reason, the usual suspects all gather at the starting lines of these chilly affairs, all crewmembers afflicted with the same sickness that all sailors share: that elemental need to be out on the water, interacting with nature in one of the coolest ways imaginable.
Meanwhile, for crews racing in the Barcelona World Race, Champagne surfing conditions are the reward for suffering for their sailing sickness as the fleet struggled to get through the Med last week. Those days are long over, with all boats seeing solid double-digit speeds as the entire fleet hooks into the tradewinds.
In stark contrast to the conditions we experienced in Seattle this past weekend, François Gabart aboard the Foncia, (co-skippered by the legendary Michel Desjoyeaux) gives us an update: 'It is summer on Foncia. Light clothing inside is pretty much a requirement. Outside Mich' is in full foul weather gear. The weather is nice, the seas are warm. We make a fast southerly course, and the temperature is heating up. There were great conditions last night, the boat was going well. The plankton on the surface of the water creates a great phosphorescent trails as the boat slams, or breaks through a wave. It was great. You have to stay focused and concentrate. It is not that simple and you have to concentrate not to broach. Just now we are going at between 17 and 20 knots, with a high speed so far of 24.2 knots on the GPS.'
The other headline-catching, sane-weather regatta that's currently taking place is the Moth Worlds, being sailed on Australia's Lake Macquarie. Be sure to check out all the great coverage of this event in this issue, and stay tuned for more information, as it becomes known.
And also taking place in Australia is the International Dragon Class World Championships. Thus far, conditions have been windy, with lumpy seas, making all 75 crews work hard. Racing resumes today and conditions are calling for big winds, so check back for more details as they emerge.
May the four winds blow you safely home.
David Schmidt, US Editor Sail-World.com
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Bermuda Ocean Race hosts race prep seminar Linda Hughes, Annapolis to Bermuda race to be held June 8, 2012 is building momentum and organizers have set up a series of Bermuda Ocean Race (BOR) seminars that feature past participants sharing their experiences. Seminars will focus on boat preparation, crew training and navigation tactics with a question and answer period after.... [more] Share this story
Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 - The Video Collection Richard Gladwell, The 2011 Zhik Moth World's organisers have produced some great video over the past few weeks, some of which we have inserted into Sail-World stories, however if you have 20 minutes or so, and want to see some great sailing video and hear from the leading sailors in this spectacular class, then roll on..... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - One track minds Barcelona World Race, The muscular trade winds are still providing constant high speeds for the leaders of the Barcelona World Race fleet with all of duos forced to think about nothing else but speed, spending hours on the helm to maximise gains and minimise losses in the thrilling sleigh ride towards the Doldrums... [more] Share this story
USSTAG WMR 2011 - Last day of racing in Miami for qualifying regatta Anna Tunnicliffe, USSTAG WMR 2011 - Today was the last day of racing at the USSTAG Qualifier here in Miami. We had a light air, warm day, quite different from yesterday's conditions.... [more] Share this story
International Dragons – Australians get on the podium John Curnow, This is an important feature for a country currently licking its cricketing wounds. For those non-cricket playing countries, I'm sorry, but you'll just have to indulge us for this first paragraph or two. The West Australians have salvaged some of the country's pride with a win on the day and also to be leading the running tally.... [more] Share this story
Rose Bowl Regatta wrap-up Rich Roberts, Rose Bowl Regatta top-ranked Boston College won the Collegiate division and Point Loma dominated the high school finish line---no surprises, but it wasn't as easy as that.... [more] Share this story
Two Gates Invitational 2011 - Sunny skies greet skippers and crew Rick Roberts, Two Gates Invitational was held Sunday under sunny skies with temperatures in the high 50s while the top East Coast sailing venues are dealing with snow, ice and highs in the low to mid twenties. Not necessarily considered warm, but balmy weather compared to the rest of the country.... [more] Share this story
Moth Worlds 2011 – Day 2 Down Under Dominates Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, Moth Worlds 2011 – Day 2 The defending World Champion Simon Payne (GBR) sums up, ‘It is pretty clear that the Australian Moth Squad, led by Nathan Outteridge with affiliates like New Zealander Peter Burling who have been training with them, is going well -the time they have put in is paying off. It is great to see. Everyone likes to see people who have worked hard do well.... [more] Share this story
International Dragons – First day a tough day at the office John Curnow, A Sou'sou'east breeze of 16 to 18 knots for the duration of the race meant it was a tough day at the office for all of the 75 crews competing in the International Dragon Class World Championships. The Race Management team chose to go slightly offshore, but directly in front of Royal Brighton Yacht Club.... [more] Share this story
Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 - Outteridge the Overtaker, Bullets for Burling Lizzi Rountree, Belmont delivered it's famed 18 knot E-NE gusting over 20 for day two of the 2011 Zhik Moth Worlds providing an action packed day full of swims, stacks and rescues – and not just at the back end of the fleet.... [more] Share this story
Rose Bowl Regatta has St. Mary's guy and 3 gals lead after Day 1 Rich Roberts, Rose Bowl Regatta showed the St. Mary's College of Maryland, Boston College and the College of Charleston (South Carolina) standing three points apart among 30 of the best college sailing teams in the nation competing when they were blessed by unexpected reasonable breeze Saturday.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing's WMR Qualifying Regatta - Good day for Team Tunnicliffe Anna Tunnicliffe, US Sailing's WMR Qualifying Regatta - Good day for Team Tunnicliffe - We managed to finish the two initial rounds with enough wins to win the round robins, consequently we got to pick our opponent in the semi's. We won the semi's best of five series 3-0 over Becca Dellenbaugh to advance to the finals tomorrow morning.... [more] Share this story
International Dragons begin sailing today for their World Championship John Curnow, International Dragons begin sailing today for their World Championship - After a cool change swept through Melbourne last night, today is a lot cooler, with a forecast top of just 24 degrees Celsius. Presently, a Sou'easterly breeze of around 15 knots is blowing through the Brighton course area, which is under cloud and probably will be for most of the day.... [more] Share this story
Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 – Have the Australians stepped up a gear? Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, Zhik Moth Worlds - While Australian dual 49er World Champion Nathan Outteridge dominated the Pre-Worlds, he had a much tougher day on the first day of the World's on Australia's Lake Macquarie. He missed a shift or even two in the first race, won the second and had to fight his way back from 20+ for a seventh in race two to finish the day second.... [more] Share this story
America' Cup: Newport looks set to be the first US World Series venue Providence Journal, Newport's loss of the America's Cup final Match races behind them, state leaders and Cup officials went back to the drawing board Friday to try to hammer out a deal to bring pre-regatta races to the City by the Sea. 'Now it's not a done deal, but I'd say ... we're probably 75 percent of the way there,' Thomas Ehman, head of Oracle Racing external affairs, said Friday at the State House with Gover... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: AC45 nears completion in Warkworth - Video Richard Gladwell, The prototype America's Cup 45 is nearing completion at the Core Builders' facility in Warkworth, near Auckland New Zealand, ahead of the projected launch date on 17th January 2011. In this video Core Builders' Tim Smythe provides a commentary on the construction of the new 'trainer' class for the 34th America's Cup.... [more] Share this story
USSTAG WMR Qualifying Regatta 2011 - Team Tunnicliffe reports Anna Tunnicliffe, USSTAG WMR Qualifying Regatta 2011 brought everything from 0kts up to 17kts today here in Miami, FL. The race committee did a fabulous job with the conditions and managed to get in 9 flights, one complete round robin and two flights into the next round. We had a great day and finished 9-0.... [more] Share this story
2011 Mirror Worlds day 5 - A win for the Irish Anthony Galante, The battle for the 2011 LandCorp Mirror World Championship was decided on the final day in great racing that saw the Irishman Ross Kearney claim his second Mirror World Championship with crew Max Odell. The Philippino team of Balladares and Chavez sailed into second place with the British girls Newmand and Rust in third.... [more] Share this story
29er World Championship - Perfect scenario Jerelyn Biehl, With offshore winds, the swell layed down a bit, but were still quite confused, blowing directly into the swell. On the silver fleet course, conditions were quite tough and the Race Committee decided to send the sailors in after two races.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - History repeating itself Barcelona World Race, Dee Caffari today rued their late decision on GAES Centros Auditivos to change from a westerly passage to the east, losing some miles on their near rivals.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: San Francisco holds Venue hosting celebration Sail-World, America's Cup 2013 - Gavin Newsom, Richard Worth, Craig Thompson and Larry Ellison speak on San Francisco Hosting Ceremony staged to celebrate the formal announcement of the Venue for the 34th America's Cup.... [more] Share this story
One Day: Jan 21/11, One Race: Around Barbados, One Goal: Break Records Raphael Grisoni, The Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race has a 75 year tradition of sail boats of all sizes racing around the island to break records and gain bragging rights. Come and enjoy sun, sand and most importantly sea and join us in the race around Barbados. Any one and any boat of size can join. If you don't have a boat, charter one or join the crew of a participating vessel.... [more] Share this story
Zhik Moth Pre-Worlds 2011 – Crash sequence Sail-World.com, Zhik Moth Pre-Worlds 2011 – There are two International Moth sailing configurations High ride and Low ride. IMCA Australian President Scott Babbage has selflessly demonstrated one of the two downspeed transition methods for the benefit of Sail-World readers world-wide.... [more] Share this story
Zhik Moth Worlds – Moth Rigid Wing: the hot news from Sail-World.com Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, The sailing world has been abuzz since it was discovered that 2009 World Champion Bora Gulari (USA) was going to arrive with a solid wing sail on his Mach 2. But he is not using it. Instead Charlie McKee began sailing his Mach 2 with the rigid wing. Charlie is over the moon and on the eve of the Worlds, in this Sail-World.com exclusive we discovered why... [more] Share this story
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