30 April 2015

Sailing Videos, Volvo Ocean Race, Antigua Sailing Week

April 28, 2015: There's a great spread of boats at Antigua Sailing Week, split between more cruising style yachts and the out-and-out racers. Four crews are all-women. More info: Antigua Sailing Week Caribbean Sailing Regatta : Antigua Sailing Week and
http://ondecksailing.com/caribbean/antigua-sailing-week.htm


The chase | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Apr 29, 2015: After a quick Doldrums crossing, the boats have reached the trade winds – and the new clouds, too. Some bring rain, some bring wind, and some bring 30-knot gusts.


Inside Track: Leg 6 #8: Mark Towill & Kevin Escoffier | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Published on Apr 29, 2015: As the fleet bombs northeast in the tradewinds, we check in with Mark Towill on Team Alvimedica and Kevin Escoffier aboard Dongfeng Race Team.

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Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 6 FinishNewport, RI (USA)

Volvo Ocean Race- Village Opening: May 5, 2015
Exploration Zone Opening: May 9, 2015
VOR Sailboats estimated arrival at Newport:  May 5 - 9, 2015

more info: volvooceanrace.com

Dauphin Island Regatta tragedy: What we know Wednesday morning | AL.com"... An erroneous announcement that the race had been called-off led to a delay in the start of the regatta Saturday. An official with the Fairhope Yacht Club, the group that hosted the event, said a miscommunication between race officials and the person updating the yacht club's website was the cause of the confusion. Reports of the possibility of strong storms moving into the area was not the cause of any delay with the start of the race, according to the official..." (read more at link above)

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29 April 2015

Antigua Sailing Week, Volvo Ocean Race, Sailing News, Videos


Antigua Sailing Week, April 25th – May 1st, videos above, below

Antigua Sailing Week 2015 and Pheado breezes round the course in the Pearns Point Round Antigua Race. More info: Antigua Sailing Week Caribbean Sailing Regatta : Antigua Sailing Week and
http://ondecksailing.com/caribbean/antigua-sailing-week.htm


Gains, losses and a lot of seaweed | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - April 28, 2015: Leg 6 to Newport, day 8. Dongfeng Race Team have lost ground to Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, MAPFRE and Team Brunel, while an abundance of seaweed creates complications... and a bit of fun!


Inside Track: Leg 6 #7 | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - April 28, 2015: Things in the water and in the air are helping some teams but hurting others, as the fleet compresses around the equator.

Live Twitter feed: JohnTheCrowd: VOR - Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 6 FinishNewport, RI (USA)

Volvo Ocean Race- Village Opening: May 5, 2015
Exploration Zone Opening: May 9, 2015
VOR Sailboats estimated arrival at Newport:  May 5 - 9, 2015

more info: volvooceanrace.com

Drowned sailor's desperate final moments during Dauphin Island regatta described by boat captain | AL.com: "The boat, he said, was "knocked horizontal." Creekmore said he dropped himself into the water, on the side of the boat opposite the wind, to let down the sails. The boat righted itself, he said, and he climbed back in. That's when he saw Beall hanging on behind the boat as the wind thrust it forward. Creekmore said he grabbed the line, trying to draw Beall toward him, but instead almost got pulled in himself. Within seconds, he said, Beall was no longer there. "There was no way we could sail the boat back against 70-mile-per-hour winds," Creekmore said..."

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28 April 2015

ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres, Volvo Ocean Race, Sailing Videos

Hyeres - 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup -
more info: http://swc.ffvoile.com/


Inside Track: Leg 6 # 6 | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - April 27, 2015: Rain showers, people showers, and a lesson in driving and boatspeed from Team Brunel as the fleet exits the coast of Brazil in today's Inside Track.

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Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 6 FinishNewport, RI (USA)

Volvo Ocean Race- Village Opening: May 5, 2015
Exploration Zone Opening: May 9, 2015
VOR Sailboats estimated arrival at Newport:  May 5 - 9, 2015

more info: volvooceanrace.com

Drone revolution on the high seas - Fortune: "The U.S. Navy creates a new unmanned technology officer as demand for undersea and surface drones increases ... “I’m going to appoint a new deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for unmanned systems,” Sec. Mabus [said] ... the new office will “coordinate and champion” all aspects of unmanned technology, he said..."

Key Biscayne lawsuit against Miami International Boat Show organizer - South Florida Business Journal: "The complaint, filed Wednesday, alleges that the NMMA violated Florida's open government public records law by withholding documents from Key Biscayne that could reveal a licensing agreement with the city of Miami to continue planning for next year's boat show at Miami Marine Stadium..."

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27 April 2015

Volvo Ocean Race, DongFeng Leads, Positions Report, Sailing Videos


First or last | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Team Alvimedica broke from the pack yesterday - and now find themselves way out west and alone. Will their bravery pay off?

Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 6 - Itajaí to Newport Positions Report, 26 April 18:40 UTC:
  1. Donfeng Race Team
  2. Team Brunel
  3. MAPFRE
  4. Team Alvimedica
  5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
  6. Team SCA
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Leg 6 to Newport. Day 4. It’s decision making time in the Atlantic. It was a tough call for the navigators on when to tack north-east towards Newport. This crucial tack has shuffled the ranking in the fleet.


'Sailing tutorial' with Team Brunel | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - How about this for a sailing tutorial? It's day 5 of Leg 6, and the crew of Team Brunel took the time to give a thorough explanation of the function and purpose of the keel.

Live Twitter feed: JohnTheCrowd: VOR - Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 6 FinishNewport, RI (USA)

Volvo Ocean Race- Village Opening: May 5, 2015
Exploration Zone Opening: May 9, 2015
VOR Sailboats estimated arrival at Newport:  May 5 - 9, 2015

more info: volvooceanrace.com

Good days, bad days | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015: "... “Last night, Pascal gave me some exciting news via the weather router,” writes Dongfeng Race Team Onboard Reporter Sam Greenfield. The Chinese team were sailing in more pressure, at a faster speed than their opponents – and when you’re fighting for metres rather than miles, those small gains can make all the difference. “Things remain very close,” explains MAPFRE’s Rob Greenhalgh. The Spanish boat is in third, but within sight – and almost touching distance – of the top two..."(read more at link above)

Dauphin Island Sailing Regatta Disaster - 
2 dead, 5 missing as search continues following Dauphin Island Regatta disaster | AL.com: "The U.S. Coast Guard said one body was found Sunday morning, making a total of two deaths so far after the Dauphin Island regatta disaster Saturday evening caused boats to capsize during a storm. Five people are still missing...."

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26 April 2015

Storm Trysail Club and Quantum Sail Save Key West Race Week (video)


Quantum Key West Race Week 2015 highlights - published on Feb 3, 2015 - Video edited by www.zerogradinord.net - Calvi Netwrok, Carlo Alberini J/70 winner of Boat of the Week Trophy.

Storm Trysail Club Takes Over Ownership of Key West Race Week - Quantum Sail Design Group remains onboard as title sponsor of popular regatta: (Press Release) – "Quantum Key West Race Week will continue thanks to the organizational expertise of a new ownership group and the ongoing support of its title sponsor – Quantum Sail Design Group. The Storm Trysail Club is pleased to announce that it has come to an agreement with Premiere Racing to take over ownership and management of the prestigious regatta. The Storm Trysail Club, established in 1938, is well known for running Block Island Race Week, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary this summer. Storm Trysail Club also organizes the Lauderdale‐to-Key West Race that has long served as feeder for Key West Race Week. “Key West Race Week is a terrific bookend to the club’s long - standing Block Island Race Week,” Storm Trysail Club commodore Lee Reichart said. “We believe we will be able to utilize our experience at Block Island to ensure that Key West remains the most prominent winter big-­‐ boat event in North America.”

"Quantum Key West Race Week 2016 will be held Jan. 18 - 22, 2016 with many of the same elements that made the regatta so popular remaining in place. Foremost is the sponsorship of Quantum, the second-largest sail-making company in the world... Reynolds thanked Peter Craig and his team at Premiere Racing for 21 years of dedication to ensuring Key West Race Week remained a highlight of the racing calendar, both within the United States and abroad. Reynolds also acknowledged an appreciation for Premiere Racing’s commitment to ensuring a smooth transition.
“Through Peter’s leadership, Key West Race Week has become an internationally-­‐renowned regatta. It would be a huge loss to the competitors and the industry if the regatta were to go away,” Reynolds said ... Storm Trysail Club members are in the process of contacting all past sponsors and will be working to bring new partners into the mix. Jeff Johnstone has pledged the support of J/Boats, a worldwide leader in high-performance sailboats. All sorts of J/Boats designs have competed at Key West Race Week over the years, either in one-design, PHRF or IRC classes. Johnstone challenged other industry leaders to do their part in making Key West Race Week a success.... Storm Trysail Club announced that longtime member John Fisher will serve as event chairman for Key West Race Week. Fisher has been involved with Block Island Race Week since 1999, serving as chairman for three editions of the biennial regatta. Reichart said Fisher, a past commodore of Storm Trysail Club, was selected for the role because of his proven strength with logistics... Dick Neville, another Storm Trysail Club veteran, has been appointed race committee chairman. Neville has been working Key West Race Week for nearly two decades as right-hand man to Division 2 principal race officer Dave Brennan. Neville is expecting to conduct starts in most of the classes that have traditionally competed at Key West... Fisher said Nick Langone will serve as shore-side committee chairman while John Storck Jr. will oversee mobile marina logistics. The Storm Trysail Club hopes to retain the services of numerous dedicated volunteers that worked for Premiere Racing for many years..."

Skippers wishing to register for Quantum Key West Race Week 2016 should visit http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1390.

About Storm Trysail Club: Storm Trysail Club is one of the world’s most respected sailing organizations. Established in 1938, its membership includes skilled blue water and ocean racing sailors who have flown a storm trysail or severely reduced canvas during an ocean voyage. The club is headquartered in Larchmont, N.Y., and has regional stations throughout the U.S. It hosts Block Island Race Week in odd-numbered years, the annual Block Island Race, Lauderdale-to-Key West Race and the biennial Miami-to-Montego Bay Race among many other events. The Club’s affiliated 501(c)(3) organization, The Storm Trysail Foundation, holds annual junior safety-at-sea seminars and the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta for college sailors using big boats. For more information, visit www.stormtrysail.org.

About Quantum Sail Design Group: Founded in 1996, Quantum Sail Design Group has grown to become the world’s second-largest sail-making company with more than 75 sales and service outlets around the world. Quantum designs, engineers, and manufacturers racing and cruising sails for sailors who demand the highest levels of quality and performance. The company is known for its Fusion M™ membrane sails and winning one design sails in dozens of classes. Quantum’s US headquarters is located in Traverse City, Michigan with European headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.
(source: press release)


Senior citizen | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Team Alvimedica’s Will Oxley turned 50 this week as his team was sailing in the South Atlantic Ocean. Nick Dana seizes the opportunity to fulfil every teenager's favourite hobby - playing a prank on 'the Professor'.

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Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 6 FinishNewport, RI (USA)

Volvo Ocean Race- Village Opening: May 5, 2015
Exploration Zone Opening: May 9, 2015
VOR Sailboats estimated arrival at Newport:  May 5 - 9, 2015

more info: volvooceanrace.com

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25 April 2015

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Leg 6 Strategy, Sailing Videos


Inside Track - Leg 6 #5 | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Published on Apr 24, 2015
Special Guests today Mark Chisnell and Tim Kröger provide some valuable insight on the current status and strategies in the race.

Live Twitter feed: JohnTheCrowd: VOR - Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 6 FinishNewport, RI (USA)

Volvo Ocean Race- Village Opening: May 5, 2015
Exploration Zone Opening: May 9, 2015
VOR Sailboats estimated arrival at Newport:  May 5 - 9, 2015

more info: volvooceanrace.com


Inside Track: Leg 6 #4 | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - As the fleet completes a circumnavigation of the globe, it's not all easy sailing, with repairs being made on 3 of the 6 boats...

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24 April 2015

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6, Water-maker Fix: Sailing News | Video


Water-maker fixed | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - April 23, 2015: Leg 6 to Newport. Day 4--Two days ago, the electric water-maker on Dongfeng Race Team broke down. Desperate to fix the leaky equipment, the crew patiently waited for 20 hours for the glue to set. This is the moment of truth...

Live Twitter feed: JohnTheCrowd: VOR - Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 6 FinishNewport, RI (USA)

Volvo Ocean Race- Village Opening: May 5, 2015
Exploration Zone Opening: May 9, 2015
VOR Sailboats estimated arrival at Newport:  May 5 - 9, 2015

more info: volvooceanrace.com - As per Jean Luc’s forecast, the wind is slowly dropping, same thing as the routing forecast showed. We’ve been mostly sailing with our J1 until the breeze dropped under 14 knots, and then we changed to the FRO. The girls must be struggling with this wind shift, cause their FRO is destroyed”, says Rob G. Having such a damaged sail can really harm you at this stage of the race. From the beginning Iker said, “the sails must be looked after as if they were our girlfriends, they are the boat’s engine”. We keep sailing up, heading to the Northeast, and we are bound to tack tonight with the trade winds shift. We’ll sail close to Fernando de Noronha again, the island we went by at the beginning of the race. This is becoming more interesting all the time. The next few days will be full of action and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing looks well positioned right now.... read more here


SWC Hyères - Meet Mat Belcher and Will Ryan
Sailing World Cup Hyeres - 2015"Racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères got underway on 22 April following the announcement of prize money for the event and live broadcasting of the Medal Races..." Results

Wilmette salesman leaves corporate world to host sailboat racing - Wilmette Life: "... Next Level Sailing Chicago uses two 80-foot International America's Cup Class racing yachts that are each 11 stories tall with a 110-foot mast and "awe inspiring," according to Schulz. Aimed at both tourists and company executives looking to host team-building events for their employees, Next Level Sailing plans to organize races of the two boats between Navy Pier and Shedd Aquarium. "The idea is to form three groups on each boat, with each group performing a different task, working together to try to win the race," said Schulz, who has been sailing competitively for 30 years. "One group will drive, one selects the direction of the race course and one is responsible for speed."..."

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23 April 2015

Volvo Ocean Race Sailing Videos, Open Ocean Drag Race


Inside Track: Leg 6 #3 | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - April 22, 2015 - The drag race continues, and who's found the 6th gear? This morning it was Team SCA, then Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, so check in with trimmer Phil Harmer to hear their secrets.


The whole fleet on the stern | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - April 22, 2015 - Leg 6 to Newport, Day 3 - Onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, the crew reflects on how close the race is right now, and how clearly they can see the entire fleet silhouetted against the sky. "There’s every chance this will be the same view we’re greeted to every morning for the next week."


Ahead of the front | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15: Leg 6 to Newport, day 3. The fleet is still in the middle of a speed drag race to the trade winds, so the only strategy is to sail fast, and Team SCA has been managing to do just that!


Happy Earth day | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15

Live Twitter feed: JohnTheCrowd: VOR - Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 6 FinishNewport, RI (USA)

Volvo Ocean Race Village Opening: May 5, 2015
Exploration Zone Opening: May 9, 2015
VOR Sailboats estimated arrival at Newport:  May 5 - 9, 2015

more info: volvooceanrace.com

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22 April 2015

Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 6, Leg 5, Sailing Videos, Technology


Inside Track: Leg 6 #2 | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - published on April 21, 2015: Two days out of Itajai, and we've got all kinds of animals! Gremlin in the watermaker for Donfeng, orcas for Team Brunel, and talk of snail and turtles aboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing! Thirsty work | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015: “It’s funny how, once you lose access to something as simple as drinkable water in the Atlantic Ocean, you start to notice all the water you can’t drink” 

Live Twitter feed: JohnTheCrowd: VOR - Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 6 Finish: Newport, RI (USA)

Volvo Ocean Race Village Opening: May 5, 2015
Exploration Zone Opening: May 9, 2015
VOR Sailboats estimated arrival at Newport:  May 5 - 9, 2015

more info: volvooceanrace.com


The technology behind life at extreme | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15: Cobham hardware is an integral part of the Volvo Ocean 65, keeping the sailors safe, connected to shore, and taking us right into the heart of the action with amazing footage straight from the water. Talking technology with Eric Ernst, resident tech guru - get the lowdown on how Cobham helps to make all this possible.


Volvo Ocean Race - looking back at Leg 5, rounding Cape Horn: after 2 near misses finally Ryan Houston and Gerd-Jan Poortman round the legendary Cape Horn with the fleet pushing their boats even more and more. And for Dongfeng Race Team it's time for some hard decisions, as they are trying to repair their mast in Ushuaia. Meanwhile Brazil is going nuts as the Itajaí Race Village opens.

Sailing World Cup Hyeres - April 22-26, 2015"Entries are restricted to 40 competitors in each fleet and 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships gold medallists Nicholas Heiner (NED), Mat Belcher (AUS) and Giles Scott (GBR) are excited about the new concept and facing off against the best sailors in their respective disciplines from the off...." Results here.

United States Sailing Association | Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Update: The following is a statement from US Sailing, the national governing body for sailing, on the recent update from the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) regarding the decision by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to not include sailing at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. - “We are highly disappointed to hear that the IPC has confirmed their decision not to include sailing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. We believe that sailing is one of the best sports available to disabled athletes worldwide, and we will continue to champion its future inclusion in the Games, assisting ISAF on future reinstatement efforts—for Tokyo 2020 (should the opportunity arise), 2024 and beyond. The sailors who have competed for the United States in the Paralympics, eleven of whom returned with hard-won medals, are heroes in our sport. US Sailing will work hard to ensure that others will have the opportunity to join their ranks in the future. We encourage all disabled sailing organizations worldwide to continue their mission. Growth and success within their programs will only strengthen the case to reinstate sailing into the Paralympics..." (read more at link above)

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21 April 2015

Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 6 Videos, Scoreboard, Newport ETA


Inside Track: Leg 6 #1 | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - April 20, 2015 - slow start for the fleet exiting Itajaí, but now they're eastward bound in a tight pack! Catch up with Mapfre and Team SCA.


Enough of the beach, the surfing and the caipirinhas - after an amazing two-week stay in Brazil, it’s time to head offshore. Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6 has started and the fleet has left for Newport, Rhode Island (USA), Sunday, April 19.

Live Twitter feed: JohnTheCrowd: VOR - Volvo Ocean Race
Newport, RI (USA) Volvo Ocean Race Village Opening: May 5, 2015
Exploration Zone Opening: May 9, 2015
Estimated arrival of the boats*:  May 5 - 9, 2015


Volvo Ocean Race Scoreboard Overall after Legs 1-5:
1 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing  9
2 Dongfeng Race Team 16
3 Team Brunel  18
4 Team Alvimedica 19
5 MAPFRE 20
6 Team SCA 29
All points provisional until ratified. Each team gets the same points as their finishing position, eg first place gets 1 point. All legs count and lowest score overall wins. In-Port Race results are only used in the event of a tie in the overall Race.

Familiar Shoals for America’s Cup: A Spat Over Rules - NYTimes.com: "... Coutts said that he still hoped to have six challengers in Bermuda and that even if Team New Zealand were to withdraw — which he deemed unlikely — another team from New Zealand would most likely fill the breach. “Others would put a New Zealand team together because frankly they have the components of a very competitive team, more so under this rule,” he said. “They have a great sailing team, and this rule favors a great sailing team.” The question, as the America’s Cup sails through its latest storm, is how many potentially great teams will ultimately choose to remain on shore."

Regattas | ISAF Sailing World Cup : ISAF Sailing World Cup | Hyeres"From 20-26 April 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères returns to the French Riviera, bringing together the world's top Olympic and Paralympic class competitors. ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères is the penultimate regatta included in the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup, the seventh edition of the annual series for Olympic sailing. ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres is a qualification regatta for the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final scheduled for 29 October to 1 November 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Hyeres gold medallists in each Olympic event will qualify for the World Cup Final."
Official website : http://swc.ffvoile.fr - Latest news, interviews with competitors, photos, videos: all the information needed to be able to follow the ISAF Sailing World Cup - Hyères TPM will be available on the event site. - Results here.

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19 April 2015

Volvo Ocean Race LIVE Replay, Leg 6 Start, Itajai to Newport USA (video)


Volvo Ocean Race LIVE Replay - April 19, 2015 - Live broadcast of the start of Leg 6, from Itajaí, Brazil to Newport, USA - Broadcast starts at 13.45 BRT / 16.45 UTC / 12:45 pm EDT (US)
Live Twitter feed: JohnTheCrowd: VOR - Volvo Ocean Race
Newport, RI (USA) Volvo Ocean Race Village Opening: May 5, 2015
Exploration Zone Opening: May 9, 2015
Estimated arrival of the boats*:  May 5 - 9, 2015
Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 6 Start - Course Map
Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 6 Start - Course Map (source: volvooceanrace.com)
VOR Leg 6 Route: Itajai to Newport
Volvo Ocean Race schedule:
  • Leg 6 Start Itajai-Newport April 19, 2015 5,010 nautical miles
  • Team Vestas Wind In-Port Race Newport Newport May 16, 2015
  • Leg 7 Start Newport-Lisbon - May 17, 2015 - 2,800 nm
Leg 6 - Itajaí - Newport | Preview | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015"... After leaving Itajaí the weather is very stormy and variable. There are warm currents close to the coast. Offshore or inshore? Sea breeze or land breeze? Land breeze is a good night feature in Brazil but it’s not constant. Then you should catch the southeasterly trade. Once in them, performance is key before another Doldrums passage with trade winds to follow. Don’t travel too far east in the northern hemisphere or you’ll end up doing a lot of upwind sailing. From Miami latitude to Newport, you have to choose between playing the Gulf Stream and staying offshore to play the weather systems until Rhode Island..."

ISAF Sailing World Cup | Hyères - 20-26 April 2015:
Hyères Regatta: @YCH_Regatta  #2015SWC  @FFVoileEvt
http://swc.ffvoile.com/
http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/regattas/hyeres_2014.php

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Les Voiles de St Barth, Charleston Race Week, Sailing Videos


Les Voiles de St Barth 2015 Playlist - videos above - Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 - April 13 to 18, 2015 "6th edition"-- Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 Results

Sperry Charleston Race Week 2015 Day 1 -
Sperry Charleston Race Week 2015 Day 1 - Published on April 18, 2015: Day one is a wrap and here is all the action from the inside courses. The breeze was up and down all day, but all the circles completed at least 3 races in the tricky conditions - All Results here


From local Carriacou sloops to America's Cup J-class boats, the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta brings together vintage, classic and spirit of tradition yachts to have some fun racing with some rum in the sun. the action kicks off tomorrow April 16th. for more info check out www.antiguaclassics.com

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta – April 15-21, 2015: "Glorious conditions greeted hundreds of avid sailors taking part on the first day of the Antigua Classics Yacht Regatta, sponsored by Panerai. The fleet of 46 classics was an incredible sight, assembled outside Antigua’s Falmouth Harbour to race “The Old Road” course. The battle in the Spirit of Tradition Class was incredible. After two-and-a-half hours of racing, under two minutes separated three magnificent yachts...."

Volvo Ocean Race 2015: Leg 6 start: SUNDAY, April 19, 2015 - Itajai, Brazil to Newport, Rhode Island (USA) - streamed LIVE at volvooceanrace.com
Download leg start course map (JPG 913KB)
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18 April 2015

ISAF Sailing World Cup, Hyères, France, 20-26 April 2015 (videos)

ISAF Sailing World Cup | Hyères, France - 20 - 26 April 2015
The ISAF Sailing World Cup is the annual series for Olympic sailing. It is open to the sailing events chosen for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. The centre piece is the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates--the final brings together the top 20 boats in each Olympic event and an Open Kiteboarding event where the World Cup Champions will be crowned.

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup - ISAF Sailing World Cup website
Melbourne – 7-14 December 2014
Miami – 25-31 January 2015
Hyères – 20-26 April 2015
Weymouth and Portland – 8-14 June 2015
Qingdao – 14-20 September 2015
2015 Final Abu Dhabi – 27 October to 1 November 2015

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami videos below -
Published on Feb 1, 2015: The Sailing World Cup Miami on Biscayne Bay saw world-class fields in ten Olympic and three Paralympic events including 599 boats and featuring 768 sailors from 63 countries. Australian Sailing Team and Squad athletes were represented in eight Olympic and two Paralympic classes taking home two silver, two bronze in the Olympic classes as well as one gold medal in the Paralympic SKUD-18 class.


ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella - Final Day Highlights - Part 2 - Published on Jan 31, 2015


ISAF Sailing World Cup Finals 2014, published  Nov 30, 2014 - Highlights from the Nacra 17 and 49er at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final, November 2014 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Vestas Wind In-Port Race Itajaí: April 18, 2015
Download In-Port Race course map (JPG 2,1MB) streamed at volvooceanrace.com

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17 April 2015

Speed record set at Les Voiles de Saint-Barth, Sailing Video

Speed record set at Les Voiles de Saint-Barth -
Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 -- Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 Results

Charleston Race Week 2015 - Charleston, SC - April 16-19th - Home: "Sperry Charleston Race Week -- 20th edition -- April 16-19, 2015. The biggest one-design gathering in the country with 280-plus boats on the water and nearly 2,500 sailors competing. Two-time America's Cup winner Ed Baird will be on hand offering post-race commentary and analysis illustrated by the aerial videography of Keith Brash (all courtesy of Quantum Sail Design Group)...."



Itajaí race weekend | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - After an incredible leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, the next leg from Itajai, Brazil to Newport, US, promises to be just as exciting.

Volvo Ocean Race:
Team Vestas Wind In-Port Race Itajaí: April 18, 2015
Download In-Port Race course map (JPG 2,1MB)

Leg 6 start: April 19, 2015 - Itajai, Brazil to Newport, Rhode Island (USA)
Download leg start course map (JPG 913KB)

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16 April 2015

Les Voiles de St Barth, America's Cup Jury, Sailing News, Videos



Video above of the 1st Day of Race of Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 - Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 Results

ISAF Review Complaints About 34th America's Cup Jury"ISAF has received complaints about the 34th America's Cup Jury from Paul Henderson. The complaints concern alleged gross misconduct of the judges in how they conducted themselves. ISAF procedures require complaints to be reviewed to establish if there is a case to answer. ISAF has reviewed these together with external legal counsel and has considered representations from the judges in question. In conclusion, ISAF considers there is no case to answer having reviewed all the complaints. There is a right of appeal against this decision and ISAF will not comment further."


Volvo Ocean Race 2015 -- a look back at Leg 5 -- sailors endure the cold and humidity of the tough Southern Ocean. The fleet conveys together again as the boats meet to race alongside the compulsory ice gate. And pushing the boat too hard finally comes at a high price for one of the teams… with the legendary Cape Horn looming around the corner all hands are on deck to push​ even quicker towards the finish line. Life at the Extreme - Ep. 27 - 'Cold sweat' | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15

Rio 2016 chief organiser defends sailing venue: "... Organising Committee president Carlos Nuzman claimed the voices slamming the state of the sailing venue - which include biologist Mario Moscatelli - were selective in dissecting the areas of the waterfront. "The sailors compete all over the world, in various different locations, even if there are water problems or not," Nuzman said. "Whoever was in Beijing knows very well how the sailing venue had problems, and still has them today. Sydney as well. So I'm not wanting to point this out, but I'm wanting to say that here will be different. It's going to be. We are working on it... "

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15 April 2015

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 Day One, VOR, Sailing Videos


Walking the line | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Ian Walker as he explains the dangers of being first at this stage of the race and how Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing got through the Southern Ocean unscathed.


Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Published on April 14, 2015: Will Dongfeng Race Team make the start of Leg 6? Team OBR Sam Greenfield takes you behind the scenes of a race to deliver the replacement mast from Dubai to Itajai.

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015, Day One Sailing Video:

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 Edition : day one video above

Les Voiles de St. Barth: This is It - Les Voiles de Saint Barth 2015 : Les Voiles de Saint Barth 2015: "Headlining as a first-time matchup between the marine industry’s newest break-through speed creations are Comanche and Rambler. A balance of eight other Maxis between 63 and 90 feet in length with highly recognizable names such as Bella Mente, Lucky, Odin, Lupa of London, Selene and Aragon makes this the most formidable Maxi Division that has shown up here since the regatta’s inception six years ago. Extremely tight competition also will be found in five Spinnaker Division classes as well as in classes for Racing Multihull, Non-Spinnaker and Melges 24 one-designs. Forerunners in these classes will no doubt distinguish themselves before the Lay Day on Thursday (April 16), if not sooner. (The second half of racing for Les Voiles de St. Barth resumes on Friday and Saturday, April 17th and 18th, for a total of four racing days.)... "

Results: Les Voiles de St Barth 2015

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14 April 2015

Les Voiles de Saint Barth 2015, April 13-18 2015, Sailing Videos

Les Voiles de Saint Barth 2015 - April 13-18 2015 - 6th edition : Les Voiles de Saint Barth 2015: "No fewer than 80 boats and 1,000 sailors are expected to compete at the event, which has been a not-to-be-missed competitive gathering since its creation back in 2010, and for very good reason. The unique combination of sportsmanship and conviviality, which makes for excitement both on the water and ashore, attracts a growing number of competitors each year... an event firmly anchored as one of the Caribbean’s major sailing meets...." Read more at link above


Best Of Les Voiles De St Barth 2014 from Theo Reynal on Vimeo.
A Film by Martin Keruzoré & Théo Reynal
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St Barth Fun Cup 2015 - Day 3 from Theo Reynal on Vimeo.
Last day of the SBFC 2015, perfect conditions to compete.

“A long journey” | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015: "... After breaking its mast in the middle of Leg 5, after stopping in Ushuaia, Argentina, and delivering the boat under jury rig all the way to Brazil, Dongfeng Race Team has finally arrived. Its mast is a bit shorter, its crew a bit smaller. But tonight, the emotion and the applause from the team members who stayed onshore say it all – this late, unusual arrival is significant to the Chinese campaign...."

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13 April 2015

VOR Boatyard Repairs, EXSS Singapore, Sailing Videos


Damage control | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Busy Brazilian times for the Boatyard. The boats just got back from sailing Leg 5 across the Southern Ocean and the centre of shared maintenance is fixing Team SCA's sails and MAPFRE’s mast - amongst other things.


Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015, Programme One, Singapore -
Singapore hosted the opening Act of the 2015 Extreme Sailing Series™ with four days of world class Stadium Racing right in front of the crowds on Marina Bay. Set against the spectacular backdrop of skyscrapers in the heart of the city, nine elite level teams came together including invitational entry Team Aberdeen, and the unpredictable breeze tested even the most experienced crews, causing a few upsets on the leaderboard.

Spi Ouest France Sailing project

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12 April 2015

Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard video, US Sailing video


What makes the Boatyard tick? | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - After completing such a grueling leg, the Boatyard is working around the clock to get the boats back in the water. But what secret do they have to keep working during such long hours? 
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Team Vestas Wind In-Port Race Itajaí: April 18, 2015
Leg start: April 19, 2015
Race village programme



US Sailing - Chalk Talk S12E02 - Team Race Conference Champs Predictions - Published on April 8, 2015 - Old guys guess how this weekend's Team Racing Conference Championships will go down on the east coast, filling out most of the lineup at Nationals. We also look back at a windy weekend and play Chris' interview with Yale's Graham Landy from spring break.

Calgary couple endures days of terror after pirate encounter turns sailing adven"What should have been a week-long adventure learning to sail from Belize to Honduras turned into a nightmare tale of survival after being attacked by pirates, says a Calgary couple...."

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11 April 2015

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Leg 5 Review, Sailing Videos


Leg 5 review | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Leg 5 from Auckland to Itajaí is over. The boats sailed about 7,300nm in 18 days, facing the hardships of the Southern Ocean and rounding the iconic Cape Horn before they arrived to the Brazilian port of the city Itajaí. Here’s a look at its best moments. Published on April 8, 2015

Who's Bochecha? | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 -
Meet the Brazilian sailor--a two-race veteran from Florianopolis, Brazil, André Fonseca sails with MAPFRE. He’s smiley, friendly, genuinely happy - and everyone calls him Bochecha.


Barcelona World Race -Day 101 - Daily highlights (published April 10, 2015)

Cagliari cancelled - America’s Cup World Series to start in Portsmouth - 35th America's Cup: The first America’s Cup World Series regatta is confirmed for Portsmouth, England, with racing on July 25-26. The full event in Portsmouth runs from July 23 through July 26, with a wide variety of activities scheduled in the home port of the British challenger, Ben Ainslie Racing. The event in Cagliari, Italy, previously scheduled for June, has now been cancelled following the announcement that Luna Rossa, the Italian challenger, has withdrawn from the America’s Cup.

The America’s Cup World Series in 2015 will consist of the following events:
Portsmouth, Great Britain - July 23-26, 2015
Gothenburg, Sweden - August 28-30, 2015
Hamilton, Bermuda - October 16-18, 2015

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10 April 2015

Les Voiles de St Barth 2015, 13-18 April, Sailing Videos

Les Voiles de St Barth 2015 - preview - 
The 6th edition of Les Voiles de St Barth 2015, 13 -18 April ! www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com

History - Les Voiles de Saint Barth 2015 : Les Voiles de Saint Barth 2015: "Les Voiles de Saint Barth celebrates its 6th edition, April 13-18  2015. Created in 2010 by two old friends, François Tolède, organizing director, and Luc Poupon, race director, the first year of the regatta comprised 27 boats and had an exceptional ambassador, the legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier."


2014 Les Voiles de St. Barth Highlights Programme - 12 minutes Highlights Programme - Les Voiles de St Barth 2014 - UK version - Interviews of the organizers, Terry Hutchinson, Brad Marsh, Amory Ross, Bertrand De Broc...


Day 100 - Daily highlights – Barcelona World Race - April 9, 2015

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09 April 2015

Sailing Videos, Volvo Ocean Race, Barcelona World Race


Quick fire review | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Leg 5, the toughest in the Volvo Ocean Race so far, reviewed by by Iker Martínez (MAPFRE, second behind Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing), Charlie Enright (Team Alvimedica, third) and Gert-Jan Poortman (Team Brunel, fourth).


Green, gold and magenta | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - After overcoming a succession of obstacles, Team SCA came to town to a riotous welcome and turned the sunny shores of Itajai to a familiar shade of magenta.  See also: JohnTheCrowd | Sailing News: VOR Live Twitter Feed - Volvo Ocean Race and Dashboard | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015


Day 99 - Daily highlights – Barcelona World Race - (published April 8, 2015)

How to Sail Against the Wind -

On the open ocean, the quickest route from A to B isn't always a straight line. America's Cup winner Brad Webb explains the most efficient way to sail against the wind.

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08 April 2015

Team SCA Itajaí Arrival, BVI Spring Regatta 2015, Sailing videos


BVI Spring Regatta 2015 - The last day of racing saw a surprise breeze that helped imprint the 2015 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival into every competitors' and each of the 200 volunteers' minds forever. (Published April 5, 2015) Results here

BVI Spring Regatta Sunday CSA start1


Live REPLAY recording - Team SCA Itajaí arrival | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Streamed live on April 7, 2015 - Full replay of the live broadcast of Team SCA arriving into Itajaí, Brazil finishing Leg 5 from Auckland!


It’s been a long few days for Team SCA. Here’s the first footage of their collision with an object on Sunday, which left the boat perilously rocking on its side and the port rudder knocked out of place.

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07 April 2015

Arriving at Itajai, Volvo Ocean Race, Barcelona World Race, Sailing videos

Arriving in style | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 -
April 6, 2015: Within an hour the top 4 teams finished in Itajaí to a pack-out race village. Thousands of people lined the shore to watch an amazingly tight finish


After an incredibly tough leg, Team SCA is due to arrive in Itajaí on April 7, 10.00 - 12.00 hrs UTC.

Next up in the Volvo Ocean Race after Itajai, Brazil, stopover:
In-Port Race Itajaí April 18, 2015
Next Leg Start: Itajai-Newport - April 19, 2015  (5,010 nautical miles)


Day 97 - Daily highlights – Barcelona World Race (published April 6, 2015)

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06 April 2015

Live Video Replay, Volvo Ocean Race, Itajaí Arrivals

Live recording: Itajaí arrivals -
Live Video Replay, Volvo Ocean Race, Itajaí Arrivals: Streamed live on Apr 5, 2015: After 18 days through the Southern Ocean and grim conditions, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, MAPFRE, Team Brunel and Team Alvimedica arrived into Itajaí to finish Leg 5!


Fighting for the podium | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15

'We enjoyed it' | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015"Good things come to those who wait – it’s a saying that’s been trotted out for years, but there’s none more relevant to MAPFRE after five legs of this race. The Spanish boat finished last in Leg One, but has steadily improved race on race – and even secured top prize going into Auckland last time out. And they’ve followed up that win with a second placed finish in the toughest leg of all – via the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn - in 19d 00h 02min 56s"

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5: top finishes--
1 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing FINISHED Elapsed time: 018d 23h 30m 10s
2 MAPFRE FINISHED Elapsed time: 019d 00h 02m 56s
3 Team Alvimedica FINISHED Elapsed time: 019d 00h 24m 32s
4 Team Brunel FINISHED Elapsed time: 019d 00h 25m 48s

Man lost at sea for 66 days a 'pretty remarkable' textbook case for survival | US news | The Guardian: "... Jon Ehm, business development manager at survival education company Survival Systems USA, said that Jordan’s claims are realistic. “It proves that given a strong will to live and a little bit of ingenuity, a person can do quite well, with very little in the way of resource,” Ehm said. “Well – surviving 66 days with no food or water and making do – he wasn’t thriving, but definitely surviving.” Ehm said that several factors worked in Jordan’s favor, for instance having remained on a boat instead of a life raft and his experience as a professional fisherman, which meant he had the skills to acquire food. Most important, Ehm said, is that Jordan had access to water, because hydration is the priority in a survival situation..."

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05 April 2015

Volvo Ocean Race, Sailing to Itajaí, Brazil, ETA Sunday, videos


Volvo Ocean Race - Bom día Brazil! It’s party time - the Volvo Ocean Race fleet to arrive at Itajaí, Brazil, this weekend--current ETA is Sunday April 5 - Watch it live on volvooceanrace.com

Position Report from volvooceanrace.com
Position Report from volvooceanrace.com at 04 April, 21:40 UTC

see also: Sailing News: VOR Live Twitter Feed - Volvo Ocean Race and
Dashboard | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015


Brazilian style | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - The Race Village is officially open and already packed with Brazilian fans.

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04 April 2015

America's Cup War of Words, Volvo Ocean Race sailing videos

Things are looking up | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 -
Ian Walker and his Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing crew, getting nearer to Itajai, Brazil


Boat breaking conditions | Volvo Ocean Race 2014 -15 - see also: JohnTheCrowd | Sailing News: VOR Live Twitter Feed - Volvo Ocean Race and
Dashboard | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015


Volvo Ocean Race: A short lull in the breeze means repairs to boats and bodies and a bit of drying out before the wind builds again on the home stretch to Itajaí!

Meanwhile, the America's Cup "War of Words" continues--

(Video above published March 26) Emirates Team New ZealandEmirates Team New Zealand saddened by Luna Rossa's withdrawal April 3, 2015- "Emirates Team New Zealand are deeply saddened by the news of the withdrawal from the America’s Cup of Luna Rossa, one of the most established, respected and admired brands in the history of the event. Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa are close allies and share common values of fair play and integrity. Team CEO Grant Dalton today said, “We are quite frankly in disbelief that the continued actions of the America’s Cup Event Authority have lead to the withdrawal of our great friends Luna Rossa. It sends a clear and unmistakable message that the self-serving manoeuvring of rules within sports oldest trophy has consequences for not only the America’s Cup but also all of sailing. “ Emirates Team New Zealand have filed its case on the illegal withdrawal of Auckland as the qualifier regatta venue with the America’s Cup Arbitration Panel and will be making no further comment at this time."

Statement from Artemis Racing, BAR, ORACLE TEAM USA, Team France - 35th America's Cup: April 3, 2015: "We are disappointed to see how Team New Zealand are characterizing the rule changes that reflect the collective will of the America’s Cup teams. During discussions last month, ALL six teams, including Team new Zealand, agreed on the need to change to a smaller boat to reduce costs. While Luna Rossa supported a less dramatic change, a majority of teams agreed on what has become the America’s Cup Class, a new rule written in consultation with ALL teams, with drafts of the rule sent to ALL teams for comment and feedback. Each team that voted for this new America's Cup Class made compromises and sacrifices to get this done for the betterment of the America’s Cup. Taking these important decisions by a majority vote is something that was insisted upon by Luna Rossa and written into the rules of the event. Regrettably, abiding by the results of the majority vote appears to be something neither they, nor Team New Zealand, are willing to do... unless they are part of the majority. We hope that Team New Zealand can see a way forward, as we all have, and look forward to racing them in the Americas Cup World Series later this year. - On behalf of Ben Ainslie (BAR), Franck Cammas (Team France), Iain Percy (Artemis Racing), Jimmy Spithill (ORACLE TEAM USA)"

Man rescued from capsized sailboat two months after going missing at sea | US news | The Guardian"An American missing at sea for 66 days was rescued from his capsized boat 200 miles off the North Carolina coast, telling coastguards he survived on drinking rainwater and catching fish. Louis Jordan, 37, who was reported missing by his family in January, was spotted sitting on the overturned hull of his 35ft boat by the crew of a German tanker.... “He might sail up and down the Intercoastal Waterway, but he didn’t have the experience he needed to go out into the ocean,”... Records show Jordan sailed out of the marina in Conway on 23 January on board the sailboat Angel. Coastguard spokeswoman Marilyn Fajardo said officials in Miami were notified by Jordan’s father, Frank, on 29 January that he had not been seen or heard from in a week. Alerts were issued from New Jersey to Miami to be on the lookout...As he had not filed a “float plan” - the nautical equivalent of a flight plan – giving details of his route and destination, there was not enough information to narrow down the search... "

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