It was an exciting start to Sprint 3 of the Velux 5 Oceans race last Sunday in Wellington, NZ. Gusty conditions had some yachts crossing the start line under orange storm stay sails and heavily reefed mainsails; the conditions shortly after and the skippers have been enjoying fabulous downwind racing since then. There were numerous changes at the front of the pack over the first few days when skippers could actually shout at each other on the water; while Le Pingouin has secured a lead position, the battle remains behind him. While I suspect Canadian Derek Hatfield remains apprehensive about Cape Horn, he claims to be enjoying the current conditions. Over in the Atlantic, Christophe Bullens is making good progress towards Punta del Este, where he will rejoin the fleet and sail alongside on the last two legs of the event.
In the Southern part of the Indian Ocean, the 12 remaining yachts in the Barcelona World race fleet stretches from Madagascar to Australia, with Virbac-Paprec 3 maintaining a lead on Mapfre. The Spaniards are pushing hard though and could catch up with the leaders. The next few days will be interesting as the leaders start heading North into the Tasman Sea to eventually cross Cook Strait in New Zealand, one of the race's safety waypoint.
While most of us think of heading down to Florida to enjoy warmer weather, Toronto's Diane Reid (onegirlsoceanchallenge.com) is leaving the city's snow scape today with her Mini 650 in tow. Diane's goal is to be on the start line for the 3300 miles Mini-Transat race in 2013; in order to get there, she needs to complete a 1000 nautical mile qualifying run, hence this little trek to the Sunshine Sate. Diane plans to leave Miami on February 17th and sail single-handed, non-stop around the Bahamas as far south as the Great Inagua Island.... in a 21-foot sailboat. All the best Diane! We'll be following your blog and tracker.
Hopefully Diane will be greeted with more breeze than the fleet of the SORC (Southern Ocean Racing Conference) second event of the season; the Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race was a frustratingly slow light air race this year. The super maxi Rambler 100 took line honors, sailing the distance from Fort Lauderdale to Montego Bay, Jamaica in just over three days, but had to concede first place to Genuine Risk. New Brunswick's Richard Oland and Vela Veloce had to settle for 3rd place in IRC.
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Velux 5 Oceans - Hatfield has oil leak on Active House Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans competitor, Canadian ocean racer Derek Hatfield, said today he is relishing the tight racing. The only concern on Active House is an oil leak which Derek discovered moments prior to the start of the leg. 'I took the decision to start the race and fix the problem at sea but as yet I haven't been able to stop the leak,' Derek explained.... [more] Share this story
RORC Caribbean 600 - Just ten days to go Trish Jenkins, The RORC Caribbean 600, now in its third year, has attracted competitors from all over the world. When the gun goes at Fort Charlotte, Antigua on the 21st February to mark the start the racing crews will be pumped up with adrenalin to begin a high-speed adventure in arguably the best sailing grounds in the world.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Mapfre in the fight Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - Double Olympic medalists Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez are world renowned as 49er and Volvo round the world sailors but it is their new found boat-building skills which have helped them hang on to second place in the Barcelona World Race after an epic battle to rebuild as much of a snapped daggerboard as they could.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Two Asian teams checking out possible entry America's Cup Media, Two prospective teams from Asia were in Auckland for the launch of the AC45 on Tuesday. By way of contrast to the secrecy that has surrounded the teams pre-entry, to date, one group representing Chinese interests were happy to be photographed and sailed on the AC45 on Thursday. We also feature a new video looking back on the AC45 sea trials and featuring on-board footage has just been released by... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans—Gutek reclaims second as battle with Hatfield heightens Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans - Polish ocean racer Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski and Operon Racing have reclaimed second place after it was snatched from him by race rival Derek Hatfield in the third sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans.... [more] Share this story
J/24 Canadian Championships to be held at Port Credit Yacht Club Katie Nicoll, J/24 Canadian Championships to be held at Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga, Ontario in conjunction with the Port Credit Open Regatta. The J/24s will race on their own course several miles offshore. Measurement and a practice race are on Thursday July 7, with racing July 8-10, 2011. There will be partial boat and full sail measurement. http://pcyc.net/on-water-activities/j24-canadians... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Peyron brothers behind the latest Challenger America's Cup Media, Energy Team, the new French challenge set up around Bruno and Loïck Peyron, has been officially registered for the 34th America's Cup since 27th January 2011. It is the sixth Challenger aiming to grab the silver ewer. Energy Team backed by the Yacht Club de France and they were announced as a Challenging Club, last week. They are the seventh team entered the 34th America's Cup to be staged in S... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Gutek fights back Velux 5 Oceans, Having hit and remained stuck to a tree during the first night of racing, Gutek's Operon Racing dropped back into fourth position and made slow progress. Gutek has sailed an almost identical course as Brad on Le Pingouin and Canadian skipper Derek Hatfield on Active House. The skippers have been enjoying some great conditions.... [more] Share this story
Farr 40 World Championships 2011 – Boats and crew – some famous names Sail-World, 2011 Rolex Farr 40 World Championships will start February 23rd -26th. The Australian Summer Sprint Series scheduled for February 12-13, will be followed by the Australian titles from February 18-20th. Australian, Sail-World will be covering the event in detail.... [more] Share this story
LOCCA Members Set Summer Sailing Schedule Shawn Brayman, The Lake Ontario Club Cruising Association (LOCCA) recently held its fifth annual AGM at Ashbridge's Bay Yacht Club (ABYC). The 47 representatives from 21 Clubs, out of a total club membership of 43, met to discuss how to encourage more active cruising on Lake Ontario and to work together to book cruises between Clubs.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Launch the of the prototype AC45 - Video Richard Gladwell, The prototype AC 45 was launched in calm conditions this morning at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour after being blessed. This video shows the quick lift and launch process with the AC45 slung by the top of her mast from a 'sky hook'. Midway through the video we can see the hook-loop being dropped from the top of the mast, once the boat is afloat.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Quick progress East Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans third sprint has had an exciting few days as the solo skippers make quick progress east. At the 0000 UTC position report it was American ocean racer Brad Van Liew on Le Pingouin who was out in front. Despite the champagne sailing of the past few days Van Liew is ever aware of what awaits on the 6,000 nautical mile sprint to Punta del Este in Uruguay.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Bob Fisher reflects - Video Interview Richard Gladwell, Top international yachting journalist and America's Cup commentator, Bob Fisher, was at the blessing and launch of the prototype AC45 in Auckland this morning and took the time out to reflect on the early days of wingsails on catamarans, the AC45's and AC72's... [more] Share this story
J/24 North American Championships to be held in beautiful Halifax, NS Katie Nicoll, 2011 J/24 North American Championships August 16-20, 2011 Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Halifax, Nova Scotia Website: http://j24northamericans2011.wordpress.com/about/ Conveniently located on the west shore of the Northwest Arm, the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron is only minutes from downtown Halifax.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Gutek hits tree but escapes damage Velux 5 Oceans, Gutek was forced to sail backwards to untangle the keel from the tree's branches. He lost precious miles on his fellow ocean racers but luckily Operon Racing was not damaged in the collision. After just over a day at sea American skipper Brad Van Liew has stolen back the lead from race rival Derek Hatfield... [more] Share this story
Crowds brave inclement weather to see off Velux 5 Oceans skippers Genevieve Howard, Wellingtonians braved gusty winds and occassional heavy rains to see off the four Velux 5 Oceans skippers at Queens Wharf on Sunday. Brad Van Liew was first across the start line and is still in the lead.... [more] Share this story
Images of the Velux 5 Oceans: Wellington Start Genevieve Howard, Sail-World's Genevieve Howard was on hand to capture the dockside scenes as the four solo racers in the Velux 5 Oceans, round the world race restarted from Wellington on Sunday.... [more] Share this story
Banque Populaire forced to retire from the Jules Verne Trophy Banque Populaire Media, With a lead of 324 miles over the reference time, the Maxi Banque Populaire V was handicapped for more than 48 hours by a damaged daggerboard due to a collision with a UFO*. The crew have tried everything to repair the broken piece and resume their round the world tour. However, after 24 hours of intensive care, Pascal Bidegorry and his men must face the facts: it is not possible for them to c... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Wet and wild start to sprint three Sarah Hames, Velux 5 Oceans third sprint ride solo round had a wild, wet and windy start at the world yacht race today as the four ocean racers blasted out of Wellington Harbour. Grey, drizzly conditions with strong 25 to 30 knot winds greeted the skippers as they set sail on the sprint to Punta del Este Uruguay, the third of five legs that make up The Ultimate Solo Challenge.... [more] Share this story
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