In the Barcelona World Race, it's become 'Follow the leader!' as routing options are now somewhat limited with the introduction of the new ice gates; Virbac-Paprec 3 still holds on to a 400 miles lead ahead of Spaniards Martinez and Fernandez, who are doing extremely well transferring their 49er Olympics and World Championships success to the much larger Open 60 Mapfre. Meanwhile, at the back of the fleet, one of the other Spanish teams, Central Lechera Asturiana +, is stopping in Cape Town for repairs on the keel hydraulics.
The Velux 5 Oceans yachts have being readied for heavy weather sailing as the skippers prepare for Sunday's start of Sprint 3 to Punta del Este, Uruguay. This is where history has been written in the past; howling winds, monstrous waves, point Nemo, the most remote point on earth and the rounding of Cape Horn. Only once on the eastern side of South America will the skippers finally catch their breath and head north to Uruguay.
As expected, French skipper Thomas Coville left Brest, France last Saturday on his solo round-the-world record attempt on board Sodebo; after 5 days at sea, he currently enjoys a 130 miles lead on Francis Joyon's reference time set on IDEC 2 in January 2008. Sodebo, a maxi trimaran built in Australia in 2007, has a 32m center hull supporting a 35m mast; she was specifically designed by Nigel Irens (designer of IDEC 2) and Benoit Cabaret to beat the round-the-world record while being manageable by a solo skipper.
In the Jules Verne Trophy, Banque Populaire V hit an an unidentified floating object last night while sailing at 37 knots in the Southern Atlantic; they immediately slowed down to evaluate the damage and, although it was dark at the time, an early assessment shows the crash box protecting the keel was damaged; more news to come! Pascal Bidégorry and his crew still enjoy a 450 mile lead on the record time as they head towards the Indian Ocean. At 40m, Banque Populaire V is the largest racing trimaran in the world; conceived by Bidégorry to accommodate a full crew, the yacht was designed by French naval architects VPLP (Van Peteghem-Lauriot Prevost) who also enjoyed recent success with BMW Oracle on the America's Cup scene.
Speaking of the America's Cup, all eyes have been on the prototype AC45 following it's recent launch in New Zealand; Russel Coutts took the helm last week: 'I loved it. It's a really responsive boat - it's not like driving the family saloon, this is a Formula One car,' Coutts said, predicting this scaled-down version of the AC72 Cup boat will do more than 30 knots in the right conditions. Sail-World brings you the most recent images and videos of the early trials in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf.
While New Zealand was spared, Northern Queensland on the Australian east coast is being battered by cyclone Yasi; sustained winds of 215km/h have been recorded with gusts to 285. Unfortunately, the media predictions of 'what could be the state's worst cyclone in history' are looking to be rather accurate as major damage is being surveyed in many small coastal communities.
The boat show season continues with Halifax, Vancouver and Miami all in February! Watch for show highlights in upcoming newsletters! Tickets for the Rolex Sailor of the Year event are selling fast. Don't be disappointed. Reserve your table today!
Barcelona World Race - Dee Caffari discusses hardships via video Coralie Rassinoux, Barcelona World Race - British record-breaking yachtswoman, Dee Caffari shares in a video the hardship of going upwind in the Indian Ocean with co-skipper Anna Corbella onboard IMOCA Open 60 Gaes Centros Auditivos.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Images from On-Board and Sail Auckland Gilles Martin-Raget, Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, has been on the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf again, shooting the prototype AC45 ahead of her handover to America's Cup Regatta Management next week, and the training by entered teams shortly thereafter.... [more] Share this story
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta fleet numbers surpass 'Century Mark' Heather Tackling, St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has less than a month to go before the kick-off which this year runs from March 3-6, the entry list continues to grow at a rapid pace, and now surpasses over a hundred yachts (the 'century mark') competing in a half-dozen different classes.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: The AC45 Video Show George Johns, Over the past couple of weeks the AC45 has been turning head in Auckland, New Zealand. She has also been the subject of many hours of video photography, by one of the worlds best video cameramen, and editor, George Johns. Here we present a gallery of the video - just in case you missed something..... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race red line speed Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race leading two are separated now either side of a venomous low pressure, but both crews were considering where to set the red line today, how hard they have to push to maintain their differential to the boats behind.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Blast from the past for Sir Robin Knox-Johnston Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person ever to sail solo around the world non-stop, was today united with the son of a New Zealand fisherman who he met on his historic singlehanded circumnavigation.... [more] Share this story
Albacore Internationals to be held Sept 16-23 in Toronto, Ontario Ken Yamazaki, The 20th Albacore Internationals will be held from September 16th to 23rd, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario. An exciting week is being planned with great sailing and social events. Racing will be held south of Toronto Island.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy 2011 - Brian Thompson reports Brian Thompson, Brian Thompson* is a crew member aboard the Maxi Trimiran Banque Populaire V, which is attempting to break the 'fully crewed' Jules Verne record... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Back to business? Barcelona World Race, The best news this morning is that the centre of the tropical depression which is whistling south south east, and contains N'ly and NW'ly winds in excess of more than 55kts and seas of 6-8 metres, is passing through the gap between the leaders Virbac Paprec 3 to the east and Mapre to the west of it.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: AC45 clocks a new speed record on the Waitemeta - Video George Johns, The AC45 set a new speed record of 29.9kts on Auckland's Anniversary Day as she ripped around the Waitemata Harbour with the Oceanbridge Anniversary Regatta fleet. Here's another George Johns' video of the day and the occasion - including some high speed bow dips.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Beating the depression Barcelona World Race, The duel in the Indian Ocean between the ‘Red Cow Boys' – De Pavant and Audigane - on the VPLP Verdier designed Groupe Bel which is also known as ‘Cochise' (ed note as in Cow Cheese!), and Alex Pella and Pepe Ribes, who signs his communications as ‘Jack Sparrow' on the Red Pearl which is better known as the Farr designed Estrella Damm.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans—Fleet face toughest challenge yet in ocean sprint three Velux 5 Oceans, Howling winds and mountainous seas, the most remote place on the entire planet and the infamous Cape Horn – that is what lies in store for the Velux 5 Oceans racers during ocean sprint three. The 6,000 nautical mile leg from Wellington, New Zealand, to Punta del Este in Uruguay will see the four ocean racers head deeper into the Southern Ocean than they have been yet.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Caffari and Corbella go against the flow Coralie Rassinoux, At just over four weeks into the Barcelona World Race, Dee Caffari and her co skipper Anna Corbella are not having an easy time of it. Due to the combination of a high pressure system and the presence of additional ice gates imposed for safety reasons, the duo have been forced north which has resulted in them battling upwind conditions to make any progress along the race course.... [more] Share this story
Book Extract: Paul Henderson - 'The Pope of Sailing' + Video Paul Henderson, Last month, in our New Zealand edition, we ran the following extract from former ISAF President, Paul Henderson's excellent book, 'The Pope of Sailing'. Henderson is a three time Olympian in three different classes, before going on to put back more into the sport than he had taken out of it.... [more] Share this story
BVI Spring Regatta 40th Anniversary Linda Phillips, BVI Spring Regatta is celebrating several important milestones at this year's event (March 28 – April 3, 2011), including the regatta's 40th anniversary and many wonderful years of support from its oldest sponsors, Mount Gay Rum, Heineken and their distributor Road Town Wholesale (RTW), a Tortola-based food and spirit distributor.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Less than one week to go Velux 5 Oceans, There is less than one week to go until the start of sprint three of the Velux 5 Oceans round the world yacht race. Since they finished the gruelling second sprint from Cape Town to Wellington around two weeks, the Velux 5 Oceans skippers have hard at work preparing their Eco 60 ocean racing yachts for their next challenge.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: On board the AC45 - Wet, Wet, Wet .... Gilles Martin-Raget, Images from aboard the prototype AC45 on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour during the Oceanbridge Anniversary Regatta capturing this very wet action - and maybe a glimpse of what we can expect to see in the real thing . Winds in the harbour were recorded at a peak average of 29kts with gusts recorded at 35kts.... [more] Share this story
Coville departs - the Round the World chase is on + Video Sodebo Media, Top French multihull sailor, Thomas Coville, has left on his round the world circumnavigation attempt, chasing Banque Populaire. Here is a short commentary on his start off Brest, along with images and videos of the departure. 'I dropped my buddies in the Channel Four and I approached Ushant, a figure that is always impressive with the island's lighthouse Stiff.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: AC45 - fast and furious on the Waitemata + Video Gilles Martin-Raget, The prototype AC45 was put through her paces again today on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour during the Oceanbridge Anniversary Regatta. Winds in the harbour were recorded at a peak average of 29kts with gusts recorded at 35kts. Not sure what speed the AC45 hit in these images, however she looks fast and wet...... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Thomas Coville crosses start line + Video Kate Jennings, Jules Verne Trophy - Thomas Coville, skipper of Sodebo, crossed the start line today, Saturday 29 January 2011, at 11h07'28 UTC. To beat Francis Joyon's record, he will have to be back in Brest by 28 March at 0h40'34' UTC.&nlid=460712&tbl=<:tableName:>&ck=5vg<:password:>'>more] Share this story
J class regatta announced for Newport, RI Titch Blachford, The J Class yachts Velsheda, Ranger and Shamrock V will be participating in the J Class Newport Regatta, the first of a series of global J Class events, culminating in the Hundred Guinea Cup race, Cowes 2012. The J Class will use this regatta to kick off a four regatta programme culminating in a race around the Isle of Wight in July of 2012... [more] Share this story
Images of the Velux 5 Oceans racers in Wellington Genevieve Howard, The Velux 5 Oceans has arrived in Wellington for the start of the 5,800-nautical-mile-third leg from the capital to Punta del Este. The four Eco 60 ocean racing yachts are on show at the Race Harbour, alongside the Race Expo at Shed 6 at Queens Wharf... [more] Share this story
Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac 2011 - Race update Greg Freeman, Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac 2011 - I am pleased to announce that the Notice and Conditions of Race for the 2011 Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot, is now available... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Getting to the South + Video Voile Banque Populaire, It was 5.56 am (Paris time) this morning when the Maxi Trimiran Banque Populaire V crossed the Equator, just 5 days 17 hours 44 minutes and 15 seconds since leaving Ushant. The maxi trimaran skippered by Pascal Bidegorry recorded the second fastest time in history on this section of the record attempt (Ushant to Equator)... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Skippers open official race harbour in Wellington Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans - They might be fierce competitors on the water but the Velux 5 Oceans skippers also enjoyed some friendly rivalry on land today to mark the opening of the official race harbour in Wellington.... [more] Share this story
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