31 December 2012

Vendee Globe - closing in on Cape Horn (video)


Day 51 highlights by VendeeGlobeTV

Vendee Globe live tracking

A question of timings - Vendée Globe 2012-2013: "Current routings have the two leaders reaching Cape Horn at around 1800-1930hrs roughly on the night of Tuesday January 1st.  To the advantage of Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) and François Gabart (MACIF) is that the nights at these latitudes are short and so they should have a maximum amount of daylight on their approach and winds are not expected to be too fierce, so their ice watch should be helped. . . ."

Vendee Globe - Full attack mode initiated!
Sail World
In the Vendee Globe, it is full attack mode for all thirteen skippers this morning as each manages to maintain solid average speeds, all making good miles towards their next waypoint. For the leading duo, who spoke last night by VHF radio, the next ...

Sail World

Vendee Globe - Mike Golding on breakfast, Ainslie and sauce + Video
Sail World
In the Vendee Globe, steady progress under the influence of a dominant high pressure system is the main topic of Mike Golding's report from Gamesa this morning. He has done a good job in moving away again from Dominique Wavre since yesterday ...

Sail World

Goldfinger set for sailing treble
TVNZ
Melbourne to Hobart record-breaker Goldfinger looks set to emulate Wild Oats XI by picking up a race treble. The 52-footer bettered its own 2010 record by nearly an hour when it took line honours in the Eastcoaster race on Saturday in two days, eight ...

Vendee Globe : Stamm confident
BYM News (press release)
Complacency is not often a failing which visits many solo sailors, but after a five week spell with no abandonments – since Vincent Riou on 26th November – it would be too easy for an outside observer to consider that a successful escape unscathed from ...

Tom Burton confirms world status in Lasers
BYM News (press release)
Young Sydney sailor Tom Burton is currently ranked by the International SailingFederation (ISAF) as the No 1 Laser sailor in the world and he showed why on Hobart's River Derwent yesterday. Burton's first and a third place in moderate sailing ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Loki and Black Jack complete top three overall
BYM News (press release)
Nor has Ainsworth's well-melded crew, including sailing master Gordon Maguire, and navigator Michael Bellingham, ever let him down. “We are thrilled with our second place. We always saw Black Jack as our biggest threat. We could see her and Lahana ...

Sydney Hobart 2012 – Gold medalist looks for more sailing challenges
Sail World
The fast and furious nature of their latest Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race adventure makes Australian Paralympian sailing Gold medallist Liesl Tesch and the DisABILITIES crew craving for more 628-nautical mile voyages in the future. Just minutes after ...

Sail World

Jessica Watson's new sailing challenge
BYM News (press release)
Sailing the 14 is all about fun over the summer, says Jessica Watson, missing a lot of her younger days sailing dinghies, because of her fast move into keelboats for her solo World voyage in 2010. Watson's new challenge is sailing her International ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race : National pride, International icon
BYM News (press release)
“It would not be the same growing up in Australia not watching the Boxing Day Test [cricket match] followed by the start of the [Rolex] Sydney Hobart, one of the greatsailing challenges”, says Phil Waugh, the Australian rugby union star and crewmember...

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30 December 2012

Vendee Globe leaders heading for Cape Horn (video)


Day 50 highlights - Saturday, December 29, 2012 by VendeeGlobeTV

Vendee Globe live tracking

Vendee Globe - Fatigue at seven weeks + Video
Sail World
The two Vendee Globe leaders, Francois Gabart and Armel Le Cleac'h, expected at Cape Horn on Tuesday January 1st 2013, might be able to look forward to relatively clement, settled weather for their passage but they will have another critical variable ...

Sail World

Goldfinger set for sailing treble
TVNZ
Melbourne to Hobart record-breaker Goldfinger looks set to emulate Wild Oats XI by picking up a race treble. The 52-footer bettered its own 2010 record by nearly an hour when it took line honours in the Eastcoaster race on Saturday in two days, eight ...

Sydney Hobart 2012 – Gold medalist looks for more sailing challenges
Sail World
The fast and furious nature of their latest Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race adventure makes Australian Paralympian sailing Gold medallist Liesl Tesch and the DisABILITIES crew craving for more 628-nautical mile voyages in the future. Just minutes after ...

Sail World

Sailing legend passes away
Fairmont Sentinel
He made a name for himself in the sailing world in 2007 when his boat, Cloud Nine, was the first American vessel to successfully travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific through the Northwest Passage, across the top of Canada. But Swanson had ...

Fairmont Sentinel

'Sir Ben' heads sailing names recognised in New Year Honours
Practical Boat Owner Magazine
Ben Ainslie, the most decorated Olympic sailor of all time, has capped off his record-breaking 2012 with a knighthood in the New Year Honours list. While Paralympic gold medallist Helena Lucas and Ainslie's coach David Howlett have both been named as ...

Free Internet radio station plays only sailing and tropical music
Sail World
There are few songs that avid sailors like better than the cliched 'Sailing' by Rod Stewart. Now there's a radio station which plays nothing but sailing and tropical music, and it's free Internet radio, program directed by Steve Hall, who lives aboard ...

Sail World

Sea cadets learn sailing skills
St. Augustine Record
The St. Augustine Yacht Club on Salt Run was the recent setting for training 13 U.S. Naval Sea Cadets in the fundamentals of sailing. Each cadet rotated through three stations: Safety, Rigging, and Seamanship before sailing the first time “solo” in a 6 ...

VOR70 Maserati New York-San Francisco record attempt
BYM News (press release)
13225 nautical miles separate New York from San Francisco via Cape Horn, a historic route, widely travelled by clippers (huge and fast sailing ships with three or four masts and square sails used for ocean voyage in the second half of the nineteenth ...

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29 December 2012

Vendée Globe video highlights and update


Vendée Globe video highlights and update - Day 49 highlights - Friday, December 28, 2012 by VendeeGlobeTV

Vendee Globe live tracking

Le Cleac'h leads Vendee Globe yacht race
Bangkok Post
French pair Armel Le Cleac'h and Francois Gabart continued to dominate the Vendee Globe round-the-world yachting marathon Friday with Le Cleac'h easing ahead once again in mid Pacific Ocean. French skipper Armel Le Cleac'h on board his monohull ...

Bangkok Post

Yachting: Le Cleac'h leads Vendee Globe race
Channel News Asia
PARIS: French pair Armel Le Cleac'h and Francois Gabart continued to dominate theVendee Globe round-the-world yachting marathon on Friday with Le Cleac'h easing ahead once again in mid-Pacific Ocean. The two sailors have been swapping the lead ...

Vendee Globe - A welcomed tonic for the leading duo
Sail World
In the Vendee Globe, a spell of more peaceful life in the Pacific is proving something of a welcomed tonic for the two leaders. Despite the fact that Armel Le Cléac'h and François Gabart - side by side just three miles apart - have been forced to ...

Sail World

The solo sailing blog: Going further than ever before
The Independent (blog)
Going further than ever before Alex has made significant gains on the leading boats in the last 24 hours, gaining 150 miles on the leading duo as he powers through the Pacific Ocean and passes another significant ...

The Independent (blog)

It's all smooth sailing for Huegill
TVNZ
The former Olympic swimmer had spoken about a serious move into the sailing world before he undertook his second Sydney to Hobart race aboard Ragamuffin Loyal under the legendary Syd Fischer. And 85-year-old Fischer, in his 44th race to Hobart, has ...

Breakthrough year for NZ women's sailing
Stuff.co.nz
There is little doubt that 2012 will be remembered in sailing circles as the year that Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie made a significant breakthrough for women's sailing. Not only had it been 20 years since New Zealand had won an Olympic medal in a class ...

Stuff.co.nz

All plain sailing until wheels fall off the bicycle
Sydney Morning Herald
SAILING IN STYLE. Wild Oats XI may have stolen the headlines with its record win but it may be the yacht crew that sat last for most of the race that enjoyed the event the most. Charlie's Dream never threatened to challenge but the crew were served ...

Lincolnshire sailing club making waves after scooping award
This is Grimsby
The North Lincs and Humberside Sailing Club – based at Barton on Humber – has been awarded the 2012 Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Humber OnBoard Club of the Year Award. ​. Recognition: Left, Liz Wrigglesworth, centre right, presents the RYA ...

This is Grimsby

Javier Sanso, Yacht Racer, Is Using 100 Percent Renewable Energy In The ...
Huffington Post
I'm not a Kennedy—I don't sail. I get seasick in anything more challenging than a kiddie pool. And yet I'm fascinating by the Vendée Globe, a round-the-world solo yachting race now underway, with the competitors currently battling it out at the ...

Two sailing races postponed in Abu Dhabi
Khaleej Times
ABU DHABI - The Al Bwanich Sailing Race, scheduled today, and the 43ft Al Saadiyat Dhow Sailing Race, scheduled tomorrow Saturday, have been postponed because of adverse bad weather conditions, the Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht Club (ADSYC), ...

Ealing sailing pensioner hopes to avoid icebergs
Ealing Gazette
INTREPID pensioner Jeanne Socrates is battling both equipment and the elements as she recently entered day 60 of her non-stop solo unassisted trek around the world. Mrs Socrates, who lives in Ealing, is currently aboard her vessel the Nereida as she ...

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28 December 2012

Rolex Sydney Hobart and Vendee Globe updates (videos)



Wild Oats XI record blown - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012: "The time difference was a long one in terms of how the crew would have been feeling in those last 16 minutes of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's 628 nautical mile race. Could they or couldn't they? At 5 am today,Wild Oats XI's 2005 record of one day, 18 hours, 40 minutes and 10 seconds seemed out of reach, but at about 7 am, her dashed hopes were revived, and as the minutes ticked by, her chances improved. Initially, skipper Mark Richards and his crew were a tantalisingly 40 minutes outside the record time and were expected to finish at about 8.30 am. However, as the clock ticked, the super maxi picked up speed to around 15 knots and her finish time was upgraded to 8.00 am, then 7.50 am, 7.36 am, 7.23am and 7.13 am with five nautical miles to go. . . . "

Sailing - Wild Oats on record track for sixth Sydney-Hobart win
Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Sailing - Wild Oats on record track for sixth Sydney-Hobart win. Race favourite Wild Oats XI was on track to smash their own record for the Sydney to Hobart yacht race as they crossed the treacherous Bass Strait on Thursday. Reuters – 1 hour 38 minutes ...

Yahoo! Eurosport UK


Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012: British entrant Jazz yet to find the jive as Wild ...
Telegraph.co.uk
But over the next 24 hours as the navigator of the sole British entrant Jazz in the treacherous 628 nautical mile Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race, Broughton's mood is at the fickle mercy of the wind. It's the early hours of Friday morning in ...

Telegraph.co.uk

Wild Thing skipper Grant Wharington lashes out over Sydney-Hobart race ban
The Australian
A DEVASTATED Grant Wharington has lashed out at a Rolex Sydney-Hobart''conspiracy'', after Wild Thing was banned from the annual blue-water classic. His lips trembling and close to tears, Wharington, the Wild Thing skipper, said he was "absolutely ...

Oats could smash race record
Tasmania Mercury
WILD Oats XI is steaming towards Hobart ahead of record pace in the 68th Rolex Sydney-Hobart. The Sydney supermaxi could cross the finish by as early as midnight to 2am overnight, which would smash therace record of 1 day 18 hours 40 minutes 10 ...

Tasmania Mercury

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Start images from Brett Hemmings
Sail World
Photographer Brett Hemmings was on deck to capture this gallery of start images during the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Brett Hemmings. 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Brett Hemmings ...

Sail World

Rolex Sydney Hobart favourites Wild Oats and Ragamuffin Loyal set cracking ...
NEWS.com.au
Wild Oats XI 2012 pre-race. Top start ... Wild Oats XI has made a flying start to the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Source: AAP. Rolex Sydney Hobart favourites Wild Oats and Ragamuffin Loyal have emerged unscathed from their first night at sea and were morning...

Vendee Globe live tracking

Places continue to trade in Vendée Globe race
The Independent
To the south, the two leaders in the Vendée Globe singlehanded, non-stop round the world race, Armel le Cléac'h and François Gabart continue to trade the number one place as they approach the big turn at Cape Horn. Jean-Pierre Dick holds on to third as ...

Vendee Globe Race 2012-2013 - Leaders towards final safety gate
Sail World
Vendee Globe Race leaders Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) and François Gabart (MACIF) are heading towards the finals safety gate of the round-the-world race while Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm is still struggling to fix the broken hydrogenerators of ...

Sail World

The solo sailing blog: Christmas day
The Independent (blog)
sailing7 300x225 The solo sailing blog: Christmas day The wind over Christmas day eased down and allowed me to catch up on some much needed rest as the previous 24 hours had been hard work with many sailchanges and reefs in and out. I expected ...

The Independent (blog)

Global sailing event with a conscience
Practical Boat Owner Magazine
This global sailing event will have starts in every continent and its route will call at some of the most threatened islands in every ocean: Tuvalu, Tokelau, Tuamotus, San Blas, Maldives, Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall, and Andaman Islands. It also ...

Gusto closing on a sailing trifecta
The Age
Gusto was the first of more than 30 boats to reach the Queenscliff marker and then sailout of the Heads after leaving Portsea on Thursday afternoon. By Thursday night Brian Pattinson and his crew had opened a lead of 12 nautical miles over Noel May's ...

West Michigan man sailing the seas after retiring
The Morning Sun
MONTAGUE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A West Michigan native is living his dream as a crewmember on an intercontinental sailing trip. Muskegon native Peter Berdinka said he's always wanted to sail the world's oceans, and after retiring from the B.C. Cobb ...

Sailing in fancy yachts can now be explored by the common
Moneycontrol.com
High disposable incomes and the pursuit of pleasure have made life smooth sailing for the affluent - and many are taking this metaphor quite literally. Leveraging the uptrend in the leisure industry is Aquasail India, which offers thrills and spills ...

Moneycontrol.com

America's Cup: Dean Barker on sailing the the AC72
Sail World
That cathartic moment sparked a switch to other forms of sailing, notably match racing, and eight years later, Barker was tune up helmsman on the 'mushroom crew' for Russell Coutts in the 2000 America's Cup - helming in the final race of the Match.

Sail World

Traditional Chasewater regatta sets sail again
expressandstar.com
More than 100 spectators turned out to watch the post-Christmas event, which has been a custom at the Chase Sailing Club, near Burntwood, for 57 years. In the past two years the tradition has been kept alive with a walk around the reservoir dam while ...

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27 December 2012

Vendee Globe highlights - Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Vendee Globe highlights - Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by VendeeGlobeTV

Vendee Globe live tracking

In Race Around World, Boat Relies on the Power of Wind, Water and Sun
New York Times
This week, in the same storm-tossed Southern Ocean that Moitessier attacked twice, the British sailor Alex Thomson is struggling to conserve diesel fuel while competing in the Vendée Globe, the offspring of that first race in 1969, then called the ...

New York Times

Vendee Globe - More trouble for Stamm, leaders remain the same
Sail World
In the Vendee Globe, after being forced to virtually stop off the island of Tenerife to repair the top of his damaged mainsail track - just one week into his race, Spain's Javier Sanso spent most of the following four weeks at sea playing catch up ...

Sail World

Sailing - Sailing-Wild Oats leads out of Sydney harbour, Wild Thing excluded
Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Sailing - Sailing-Wild Oats leads out of Sydney harbour, Wild Thing excluded. SYDNEY, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Race favourites Wild Oats XI and Ragamuffin Loyal led the fleet around the Sydney Heads as the Sydney to Hobart yacht race began in controversial ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012- Wild Oats XI sailing away
Sail World
Peter Millard and John Honan's Lahana is another 18 miles back, sailing four knots slower than the leader. Peter Harburg's Black Jack, the 20 meter Canting keeler is hanging on; she is just five miles astern. Another seven miles astern is Stephen ...

Sail World

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Tony Cable – this sailing life
BYM News (press release)
On the eve of his record-setting 47th Rolex Sydney Hobart, Tony Cable is blunt: “You wouldn't do multiple Hobarts if Hobart wasn't at the end – just as you wouldn't do multiple Gold Coast's or Mooloolabas, would you?” Make no mistake - Cable loves the ...

Happy Holidays from US Sailing
US SAILING (press release)
On behalf of everyone at US Sailing, we want to wish you a Happy Holiday season. Thanks to your support, we made significant accomplishments in 2012, and are in great position to continue our momentum. We are proud to have you sailing with us into ...

US SAILING (press release)

West Michigan man sailing the seas after...
The Morning Sun
MONTAGUE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A West Michigan native is living his dream as a crewmember on an intercontinental sailing trip. Muskegon native Peter Berdinka said he's always wanted to sail the world's oceans, and after retiring from the B.C. Cobb ...

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25 December 2012

Vendée Globe 2012-2013 Christmas Day video


Day 46 highlights - Tuesday, December 25, 2012 by VendeeGlobeTV

Vendee Globe live tracking

80 days under threat - Vendée Globe 2012-2013: "The record for the Atlantic climb from Cape Horn is 27 days and 12 hours. Presently it looks as if the leaders might leave the Pacific around January 1s, so some 52 days after leaving Les Sables d’Olonne. So if François  Gabart and/or Armel Le Cléac’h can be close to Michel Desjoyeaux’s 2009 reference time they could well lower the bar to less than 80 days, but it needs to be remembered that the Foncia skipper did have very favourable weather conditions and he could sail his own race. But even so, a finish in Les Sables d’Olonne around the 27 to 29th January is not beyond the realms of possibility. . . ."

Vendee Globe - It's a Merry Christmas as Le Cléac'h claims narrow lead
Sail World
In the Vendee Globe, it was the night before Christmas when the top two skippers exchanged positions once more, Armel Le Cléac'h taking over the lead by a mere 2.5 miles. Other than for Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm who is climbing north towards New ...

Sail World

Vendee Globe : The Jackal who stole the Christmas lead
BYM News (press release)
But the affable British skipper who is sailing with very tightly rationed electrical power might perhaps be feeling doubly alone and isolated today. He will miss out on all the calls home to friends and family which might otherwise have enjoyed, but ...

Muskegon native fulfills his dream after retiring by sailing around the world’s oceans | MLive.com: "He is enjoying every part of the adventure and learning about how sailors took to the high seas generations ago. “You are sailing the sea with no engine, generating no noise, looking up and all the sails are set, you can hear the water rippling past,” he said. “You and your watch, together with the other two watches, have heaved and set and trimmed them all by hand, the way that has been done for hundreds of years -- muscle and sweat and teamwork. It's amazing.” Berdinka hopes this adventure will not be the end of his sailing experience. “I am sure that I will maintain at least some connection to the sea, maybe part time relief work on sailing ships in the future,” Berdinka said. “I don't know if I will do this exactly again, but yes in a part-time, more leisurely mode, it is an amazing, fulfilling and educational experience.”"

Muskegon Chronicle - MLive.com

Sydney-to-Hobart draws old-timers back to sea
TVNZ
The leading old salts of the Sydney to Hobart fleet are creeping closer to 50 appearances, with a number of celebrated sailors establishing personal landmarks in this year's race. Tony Cable, whose first crack at the annual event was way back in 1961...

Skipper confident of sixth Sydney to Hobart win
Stuff.co.nz
Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards is confident he has just about every base covered as he strives for a sixth Sydney to Hobart line honours victory and revenge against a boat described as a beast by it's new skipper. Wild Oats XI has notched five ...

Syd Fischer on why he is competing in his 44th Sydney to Hobart yacht race at ...
The Daily Telegraph
The former carpenter-turned-self-made multi-millionaire property developer has done what no one thought he ever would - get himself a 100-foot super maxi to race in a Sydney to Hobart. And he's hoping to do something no other octogenarian ever has in ...

New crew ready for Sydney to Hobart
St George and Sutherland Shire Leader
By Michael Carayannis. Dec. 26, 2012, 7 a.m.. WHILE no boats are aligned to sailing clubs across the region, Brannew has a local feel, after setting sail in its first Sydney to Hobart race today. Brannew, a play on brand new, is owned and skippered by ...

Yachting: Drag race for super maxis in Sydney to Hobart
New Zealand Herald
Ragamuffin Loyal skipper Syd Fischer is predicting a good old-fashioned drag race between Wild Oats XI and his boat for line honors when the Sydney to Hobart begins tomorrow in Sydney Harbour. The two super maxis are favorites with Wild Oats XI having...

Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards predicts Sydney-Hobart race to be won and ...
NEWS.com.au
WILD Oats XI skipper Mark Richards has revealed covert night manoeuvres could well be what secures his super maxi this year's Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race. While high-tech sails have been unveiled as the yachts secret weapon in the past, Richards said ...

Kuldeep Kumar Pandey hogs limelight in Coastal National Sailing Championship
Times of India
MUMBAI: With a top two finish in the two of the three races held on Monday, Kuldeep Kumar Pandey overtook his compatriot Dharmender Singh in the overall point's tally of the Standard Laser Class during the Coastal National Sailing Championship at the ...

Missing Yacht School Friends: Police Find Clothing on Small Island - ABC News: "Clothing items believed to belong to two missing yacht school friends were found on the rocks of a small island off the coast of Maine, Kennebunkport police said today. Zachary Wells, 21, and Prescott Wright, 23, were last seen hanging out at a home in the seaside community on Thursday, police chief Craig Sanford said. The disappearance of the two friends baffled authorities, who have searched by air, water and in wooded areas for the men. Today marked the first breakthrough in the case, when authorities discovered the clothing, including one item that was marked to indicate that it belonged to one of the men, Sanford said. Wells and Wright are students at The Landing School in Arundel, Maine., where they were learning boat building and yacht design."

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Vendee Globe Christmas for Mike Golding onboard Gamesa (video)


Vendee Globe Christmas for Mike Golding onboard Gamesa (video)

Vendee Globe live tracking


Day 45 highlights - Monday, December 24, 2012 by VendeeGlobeTV

Vendee Globe - Stamm, Cheminées Poujoulat head for New Zealand + Video
Sail World
In the Vendee Globe, unable to stay where he is because of the imminent arrival of storm force conditions, Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) was forced to sail to New Zealand on Monday afternoon. Stamm has been anchored at Sandy bay, south of ...

Sail World

Posted by Abdul Ahad
Business Recorder (blog)
PARIS: Francois Gabart maintained his lead in the Vendee Globe race in the Pacific on Monday ahead of compatriot Armel Le Cleac'h, but Swiss sailor Bernard Stamm was forced to stop for repairs to his craft. Thirteen yachts were left in the seventh ...

Business Recorder (blog)

The solo sailing blog: It doesn't really feel like Christmas out here
The Independent (blog)
I crossed the international date line at around 6am this morning so I am now sailing behind GMT. However, I am still working on GMT in everything I do on the boat and because I don't sleep normally at night time, it doesn't make a huge amount of ...

The Independent (blog)

Sydney-to-Hobart draws old-timers back to sea
TVNZ
The leading old salts of the Sydney to Hobart fleet are creeping closer to 50 appearances, with a number of celebrated sailors establishing personal landmarks in this year's race. Tony Cable, whose first crack at the annual event was way back in 1961...

Youngest qualified junior sailing instructor
Oman Daily Observer
By A Staff Reporter — MUSCAT — At 19 years old Sultan al Balushi (pictured) of Musannah is the youngest Omani to qualify as an internationally certified sailing instructor and with the sky the limit he has already set his sights on becoming chief ...

Oman Daily Observer

UCO sailing invited to compete in Sugar Bowl Regatta
Edmond Sun
EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma sailing team will go bowling over the winter break after being invited to compete for a second year in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Regatta at Southern Yacht Club on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, La. Dec.

Windless Day Closes Palamos Christmas Race
International Sailing Federation
A Southwesterly breeze shyly appeared in the bay as forecasted and the 49ers sailed out to complete the Medal Race. French sailors Julie D'Ortolli and Noé Delpech claimed the title in 49er finishing fourth while Spanish team Diego Botin and Yago López ...

International Sailing Federation

Whitsunday Sailing Club crews will focus their attention on Tasmania
BYM News (press release)
The warm tropical sailing environment of North Queensland's Pioneer Bay will become a distant memory for several Whitsunday Sailing Club crews who will focus their attention on Tasmania over the Christmas New Year holidays. Leading the way will be the ...

Vietnamese rescue Florida man who drifted for 8 days on disabled yacht | Fox News: "Vietnamese fishermen have rescued an American man who had been drifting at sea for eight days on a disabled yacht. Coastguard official Vo Hoang Liet from southern Soc Trang province said Monday that Kenneth Putney of Melbourne, Florida, was in good condition after being rescued Thursday. Liet says Putney, 54, told Vietnamese authorities that he and three others were towing a yacht from the Philippines to Thailand when the towing rope broke on Dec. 15. He says Putney jumped onto the yacht because he feared it would be lost. Liet says Putney drifted on the yacht for eight days before being rescued by the fishermen 15 miles off the coast."

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24 December 2012

Vendee Globe - Stamm diverts to make repairs (video)


Day 44 highlights - Sunday, December 23, 2012 by VendeeGlobeTV
All the competitors of the vendée Globe 2012 are now sailing in the Southern Oceans in rough conditions. The Vendée Globe 2012 is a singlehanded race around the world without assistance.The skippers round the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn. The start was given in the Sables d'Olonne, France on November 10th 2012.

Vendee Globe live tracking

Night Ranking: Stamm Repairs, Gabart Hares, Golding, Wavre and Sansó Nightmares - Vendée Globe 2012-2013: "With Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) having stopped in the Auckland Islands to try and repair his hydrogenerators, the four boats in front of him continued to fly away into the Pacific. Stamm will be making best use of the daylight he has at the moment 200 miles south of New Zealand. After briefly losing the lead at the 1100hrs ranking, Francois Gabart (MACIF) had won it back fromArmel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) by 1500hrs and continued to be the fastest boat in the fleet, averaging 20.6 knots over the last four hours, a knot faster than Le Clèac’h. Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3) has lost about 18 miles in that time, sacrificing the more direct course for speed as he heads north-east of the New Zealand gate, 473 miles behind. Fourth-placed Briton, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss), is now 419 miles ahead of Stamm and southwest of the New Zealand gate, 894 miles behind the leaders, having averaged 15.2 knots in the last four hours. Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel), in sixth, still has a chance of escaping from the three behind and possibly passing Stamm. He was averaging 16.2 knots on a direct course and is just 414 miles behind Stamm – another day’s sailing. If Stamm re-starts on Christmas Day, as is possible, they may be in the Pacific together. Behind Stamm, the nightmare of complicated routing continues for Mike Golding (Gamesa), Dominique Wavre (Mirabaud) and Javier Sansó . . . . "

Vendee Globe - Stamm diverts to make repairs
Sail World
Vendee Globe 2012-13 skipper Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) has found shelter in the Auckland Islands, 250 miles south of New Zealand, on Sunday morning, after diverting at around 1700hrs UTC on Saturday to try to make repairs to his boat, ...

Sail World

Vendee Globe :Stamm starts his engine but is not finished yet
BYM News (press release)
Denis Horeau, the race director of the Vendée Globe, explained Stamm's circumstances: “He had to turn on the engine because approaching this spot was impossible with sails only. So, what he will do regarding race rules is make a report to the jury ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Internationals ready to take on the Aussies
BYM News (press release)
Even after 67 editions the Rolex Sydney Hobart continues to deliver something new; this year it's a Lithuanian team who've sailed more than 12,000 nautical miles to compete. It's part of the team's global agenda. They've already competed in Rolex's ...

Tuke tackles Hobart classic to cap eventful year
TVNZ
Olympic sailing silver medallist Blair Tuke is getting to grips with a new challenge - the legendary Sydney to Hobart race. On board NZ entry "Rikki", Tuke has been tuning up for the classic event in Sydney Harbour, which offers much smoother sailing ...

Perfect start for young sailor
Tasmania Mercury
Race one saw Sam Abel and William Cooper virtually lead from start to finish, sailing a brilliant light weather race to win from fellow SBSC members Sam Tiedemann and Hugo Alison. South Australians Julie Thompson-Kamsas and Katie Mullins, finished ...

Sailing picks up in Asia as European sponsors pull out
Sail World
Like many other professional sports, sailing was not spared by the 2008 global financial crisis as sponsors in Europe pulled out and governments were not keen to host large-scale tournaments. However, halfway across the world, Asia’s resilient ...

Sail World

Dharmender dominated Day 2 of Coastal National Sailing Championship
Times of India
MUMBAI: Dharmender Singh of Army Yatching Node (AYN) rounded off an outstanding day, as he won race three and five of the Standard Laser Class during the Coastal National Sailing Championship at the Festival of Sails held at the South of Oyster Rock, ...

BarzOptics poised to polarise the Canadian sailing and sport market
Sail World
'We advertise heavily in the US sailing magazines, so we have good brand recognition and demand in Canada. It's looking like a very promising market because of sailing on the Great Lakes and north-west of Canada. We have been sponsoring an extreme ...

Sail World

Panerai Transat Classique 2012 White Dolphin winner
BYM News (press release)
Under an unsettled sky, a mixture of sunshine and squalls, the big white yawl appeared on the horizon with all sail set. Her powerful bows, garlanded with a fine wave, were almost surfing over the swell. As she passed the Panerai buoy, the only route ...

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22 December 2012

Week 5 Video Highlights of the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe


Week 5 Video Highlights of the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe

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Vendee Globe skipper Mike Golding satisfies another safety gate
Sail World
Vendee Globe skipper Mike Golding has this morning, some 500 miles to the South West of Hobart, Tasmania, satisfied another safety gate, Australia East, one of the two under Australia which are positioned to keep the Vendée Globe fleet within reach of ...

Sail World

Vendee Globe Race 2012-2013 - Cheminées Poujoulat's winch broken again
Sail World
The Vendee Globe Race 2012-2013 has been a test of will power for skipper Bernard Stamm, who's once again in quandary after the central winch of his boat Cheminées Poujoulat was broken again. The problems continue to mount for Bernard Stamm ...

Sail World

Oman prepares to host 2016 Youth Sailing Championships
Oman Daily Observer
By A Staff Reporter — MUSCAT — Following the ISAF Annual Conference held last month in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, Oman has beaten bids from Buenos Aires (ARG), Medemblik (NED) and Gydnia (POL) to host the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships ...

Oman Daily Observer

Happy Holidays! Wishing You Great Sailing in 2013!
J/Sailing News (blog)
The J/70 one-design speedster was introduced to critical acclaim in March 2012 and has rapidly taken the world by storm with over 300 boats sold in over 15 countries-- it's the fastest growing one-design sportboat ever. Such remarkable success is a ...

J/Sailing News (blog)

Clearwater High Student Builds Boat Racks for Youth Sailing Program
Patch.com
Gawel, a sophomore at Clearwater High School, learned to sail and race through the Dunedin Youth Sailing Assocation program, which caters to children ages 8 to 16. His father Jeffery Gawel still has ties to the program. "When the need came up, it fit ...

Sailing: Navy takes major honours at National Championship
The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Navy personnel conquered the sea waters outside Panadura Fisheries Harbour as they took major honours during the National Sailing Championships which was held on December 15 and 16. The Sri Lanka Sailing championship which reached ...

Veteran May sets sights on Sydney-Hobart record
TVNZ
Record-setting Sydney-to-Hobart navigator Lindsay May admits he's already got one eye on the possibility of tackling the great race 50 times. One of the true gentlemen of the sport, 63-year-old May will next week become the first person in race history ...

43-foot Dhow Sailing Race kicks off in the capital
7DAYS
110 sailing dhows, sailing boats and more than 1500 sailors started competing at the Abu Dhabi 43ft Dhow Sailing Race which started on Saturday. The race will start at Al-Dhabi'ya Island and finish at the Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club at the ...

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Vendee Globe video - Friday, December 21, 2012 highlights


Vendee Globe video - Day 42 highlights - Friday, December 21, 2012

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Vendee Globe Race – Gabart, Le Cléac'h neck-to-neck into sixth gate
Sail World (press release)
The Vendee Globe Race 2012-2013 has suddenly become a heated two-man race between leaders MACIF's skipper Francois Gabart and Banque Populaire's Armel Le Cléac'h as the two seasoned sailors are currently in a tight battle heading into the sixth ...

Sail World (press release)

(Vendee Globe) Leaders in each other's sights in rough seas
Hong Kong Standard
After sailing halfway around the world, Armel Le Cleac'h and Francois Gabart still have each other in their sights as they set out on the second half of the Vendee Globe race. Amazingly, Le Cleac'h, in his yacht Banque Populaire, is barely three ...

The solo sailing blog: On the largest expanse of water on earth
The Independent (blog)
With one hydrogenerator broken and out of action, and the condition too rough to put the other in the water, I need continue on power saving mode at the moment, in order to give myself enough power to finish the race in case anything else goes wrong.

The Independent (blog)

World Sailing Speed Record Council Celebrates 40th Year
International Sailing Federation
The Olympic Sailing Competition was contested at Portland, which was also the birth-place of speed sailing and of the WSSRC, which was set up to provide fair and accurate measurement of speeds achieved under sail. Today, the fastest speed under sail is ...

International Sailing Federation

Teen Builds Boat Racks for Youth Sailing Program
Patch.com
The Dunedin Youth Sailing Association was looking to purchase Laser sail boats so its progam could include more competitive racing options for the older teens. The only problem? The prorgam had no place to store the boats. That's when Alex Gawel, ...

Sailing picks up in Asia as European sponsors pull out
Taipei Times
Like many other professional sports, sailing was not spared by the 2008 global financial crisis as sponsors in Europe pulled out and governments were not keen to host large-scale tournaments. However, halfway across the world, Asia's resilient economy ...

plotting new course to Rio
Irish Independent
FOUR months later she still feels a little sheepish about her immediate tear-strewn reaction. Yet she was consoled by the unexpected public support, and especially the backing of one former Olympian who was among the first to comfort her on the ...

Quicksilver the quickest in Buckenham Sailing Club's final race
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Toppers Yoyo and Eclipse sailed by Harry Pettitt and Joseph Burrell respectively were the first away but made slow progress in the light airs and strong tide. Solos, Lasers, Phantoms and Javelins joined the race and it was the two Javelins that sailed ...

Sex, Sailing and the Sea
YachtPals.com News
I suppose the curved surfaces of sails make them slightly female, but these days they're covered in sheets of plastic and trussed tighter than an old-fashioned corset. Today's sailboats have nary a bosom nor a leg - or even an ankle - in sight ...

YachtPals.com News

Rory Kelsey wins Beccles Amateur Sailing Club shield on countback
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Under bright winter sunshine a very light south westerly blew for the seven helms on the start for the last two series races at Beccles Amateur Sailing Club....

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21 December 2012

Vendee Globe Day 41 video highlights


Vendee Globe Day 41 video highlights - Thursday, December 20, 2012

Vendee Globe live tracking

Gabart Back On Top - Vendée Globe 2012-2013: " . . . Francois Gabart (MACIF) took the lead from Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) after he had held this time for just 11 hours. Gabart was 3.5 miles ahead and averaging 20.7 knots – the fastest in the fleet - in this astonishing match race at the head of the fleet. Gabart is 12 miles south of Le Cléac’h and they must head due east to the New Zealand gate in the 22-23 northwest breeze that will veer west and east off overnight. Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3) lost more ground after his multiple gybes northeast and is 582 miles behind. They may have separated in the Pacific but Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) was just 1.7 miles behind Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) on the leaderboard. . . . "

Gabart, Le Cleac'h in sight of each other in Vendee Globe
FRANCE 24
French skipper Armel Le Cleac'h on board his monohull "Banque Populaire" gestures before the start of the 7th edition of the Vendee Globe, the solo non-stop round-the-world yacht race, in Les Sables d'Olonne, western France, on November 10, 2012.

FRANCE 24

The solo sailing blog: Back in the south now
The Independent (blog)
I am firmly back in the south now after my brief excursion further north, and my meeting with cyclone Claudia which turned out to be a little disappointing. Anyhow I was slightly worried about getting back to the south, although it was a difficult time ...

The Independent (blog)

Seized Argentinian sailing ship leaves Ghana
The Guardian
The ARA Libertad, a three-masted sailing vessel used for training, had been visiting Ghana as part of a west African tour and had been due to sailon to Angola when it was detained on 2 October. This followed a court order obtained by NML Capital ...

The Guardian

Kiteboard sailing to take off
The Bay of Plenty Times
This summer expect to see an increase in the number of kiteboard sailors skimming across the waves along the coastline and windswept harbours of the Bay of Plenty. The sport is on an upward curve, attracting new athletes from land-bound sports and ...

Time to learn from mistakes so sailing can move on
Irish Times
Two major newspaper stories last weekend highlighted shortcomings in the Irish sailingauthorities' handling of the Peter O'Leary betting allegations from 2008 which surfaced at the beginning of the London 2012 Sailing Olympics, and have questioned ...

Enterprize Tall Ship busy Summer sailing program
Sail World
Have you dreamt of going to sea on a traditional tall ship? Melbourne's tall ship Enterprize provides people of all ages with a variety of opportunities to experience life on an authentic traditionally rigged tall ship. Enterprize has a full program of ...

Sail World

Sailing son goes on epic trek around the world
Brooklyn Daily
Raise the mast — Business owner Peter Doody, the sailing son of the Doody Home Center clan, is on an epic adventure: he'll be sailing and slooshing over the bounding main aboard the Picton Castle, a 170-foot tall training ship, which has sailed the ...

Sailing: Stuart Bithell loses his Patience on road to Rio
Manchester Evening News
Sailing Rochdale's Olympic silver medalist Stuart Bithell and partner Luke Patience are to go their separate ways as they bid for sailing success at the Rio de Janeiro Games. The duo, now both 26, shone at London 2012 and just fell short of men's 470 ...

Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy to host Annual Handicap ...
BYM News (press release)
After a hugely successful year in 2012, the host venue of the Olympic and Paralympicsailing events of London 2012, Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy is looking ahead to 2013 which is set to be yet another exciting year. Portland Harbour ...

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