31 July 2015

RC44 Marstrand Cup, Sweden, Match Racing, Fleet Racing Videos


Match Racing Highlights - RC44 Marstrand Cup - published on Jul 29, 2015: The opening day of the RC44 Marstrand Cup saw Bronenosec Sailing Team consolidate its lead at the top of the 2015 RC44 Match Racing championship.

Russian consistency pays off in Marstrand - RC Forty Four: "... After winning Tuesday's match racing, Bronenosec has only finished off the podium in one fleet race, which Italian tactician Michele Ivaldi puts down to a combination of going the right way, his skipper steering well and good boat speed, thanks to trimmers Paul Westlake and Maciel Cicchetti. "They did a fantastic job - we had clean starts, clean lanes upwind and the speed did most of it. We got a few good shifts and all the manoeuvres were done flawlessly from the crew."..."



Day 1 Fleet Racing Highlights - RC44 Marstrand Cup - published on Jul 29, 2015: Just one point separates the top three teams after the opening day of fleet racing at the RC44 Marstrand Cup. Three races were held today in 10 -15 knots winds with grey overcast conditions in the morning giving way to a summery afternoon, similar to yesterday, only with an uncomfortable lumpy sea state. At the close of play Team Nika leads on seven points, ahead of Artemis Racing and Charisma on eight.

2015 RC44 Championship Tour: 2015 Championship Tour Schedule:
25 – 29 March - RC44 Valletta Cup, Malta
17 – 21 June – Audi Porto Cervo Cup, Italy
28 July – 1 August – RC44 Marstrand Cup, Sweden
30 September – 4 October – RC44 Cascais World Championship, Portugal
25 – 29 November – RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup, British Virgin Islands

Results: http://www.rc44.com/results/fleet-racing/2015

Transpac daily analysis July 30, 2015 -

Transpac 2015 update: July 30th daily analysis of the 48th Transpac, with Dobbs Davis of Seahorse Magazine

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30 July 2015

GC32 Racing Tour 2015, 30 July-2 Aug 2015, Kiel, Germany (videos)


GC32 Racing Tour 2015, 30 July–2 Aug 2015: Kiel, GermanyFrom an ‘offshore’ race in England, the GC32s move on to 2015’s most compact race course on the inner Fjord of Kiel, right in the heart of Germany’s sailing capital. Situated on the Baltic, Kiel is well known in sailing circles for annually hosting Kieler Woche – one the world’s largest sailing festivals. Kiel-Marketing GmbH, which is running the logistics of the event, expects the Kiel Cup to be a huge attraction to the city’s sailing-mad population. If the weather behaves, crowds of 100,000 are anticipated, with spectators able to see the ‘whites of competitors’ eyes’ from vantage points, including tiered seating, around the Inner Fjord. Aside from Kieler Woche, Kiel has hosted numerous major international events over the years from the sailing at the 1972 Olympic Games and the end of the 2001-2 Volvo Ocean Race to, more recently, the Extreme Sailing Series over 2008-2010 and the start of the MOD70 European Tour in 2012. The majority of racing will be held on the tight 700m across by 1.5km long course on the Inner Fjord. This will provide crews with a robust work-out given that their boats are capable of 30+ knots and closing speeds of 60… Boat handling at this event will be at a premium like no other. A longer race out to a lighthouse at the mouth of Kiel Fjord may also be built into the schedule. 

GC32 Racing Tour 2015:
27-31 May 2015: Austria Cup – Lake Traunsee, Austria
24–27 June 2015: Cowes Cup – Cowes, UK
30 July–2 Aug 2015: Kiel, Germany
27-30 August 2015: Trofeo di Roma – Rome Fiumicino, Italy
10–13 September 2015: Marseille One Design – Marseille, France


GC32 Racing Tour OVERALL RESULTS (after Cowes Cup, June 2015):
Rank Team       Total points
1 Sultanate of Oman  3
2 Armin Strom Sailing Team  6
3 Alinghi  6
4 Team ENGIE  8
5 Spindrift racing  8
6 Team Argo 32  11


Bullitt GC32 Cowes Cup Highlights Day 4 (June 27, 2015)

Meet the Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour Teams: Sultanate of Oman - Published on Jun 23, 2015: The winner of the first Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour event in Austria, is the subject of this second part of the series. Coming from Oman is the Sultanate of Oman team.

July 29 Transpac 2015 daily analysis -
Transpac 2015: July 29, 2015, analysis of the 48th biennial Transpac, with Dobbs Davis of Seahorse Magazine
Transpac 2015 updates:

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29 July 2015

RC44 Marstrand Cup, Sweden, Jul 28-Aug 1, Sailing Videos



2015 RC44 Championship Tour: 2015 Championship Tour Schedule: 
25 – 29 March - RC44 Valletta Cup, Malta
17 – 21 June – Audi Porto Cervo Cup, Italy
28 July – 1 August – RC44 Marstrand Cup, Sweden 
30 September – 4 October – RC44 Cascais World Championship, Portugal 
25 – 29 November – RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup, British Virgin Islands

Results: http://www.rc44.com/results/fleet-racing/2015





Day 4 Fleet Racing Highlights - Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup (published on Jun 21, 2015): Chris Bake’s Team Aqua, with Jim Richardson steering, proved that she has lost none of her winning ways, when she claimed the Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup albeit by a mere point from Peninsula Petroleum, after a final day of three races, held in near perfect conditions off Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda. 


Transpac 2015, Time Shaver (video above)



July 28th daily analysis of the 48th biennial Transpac, with Dobbs Davis of Seahorse Magazine


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28 July 2015

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, EXSS, Transpac (videos)


The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series begins! - All the best action from the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Portsmouth, including the prize giving with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Congratulations to Land Rover BAR - the winner! Published on Jul 27, 2015


Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 5, Hamburg presented by Land Rover Highlights #EXSS - The fifth stop on the 2015 Extreme Sailing Series™ eight Act global tour brought together nine top international teams to race for the first time on the River Elbe in Hamburg, Germany.


Transpac 2015 daily race analysis for July 27, of the 48th biennial Transpac race from LA to Honolulu, with Dobbs Davis of Seahorse Magazine

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27 July 2015

Transpac 2015 Update, 2015 Sydney Gold Coast Race Start (videos)


Transpac 2015 Update: July 26 analysis of 48th Transpac, with Dobbs Davis of Seahorse Magazine
Transpac 2015 updates:

Above: Transpac 2015 -- Rio 100


2015 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Race Start - On a "sparkling" Sydney winter's day (July 25) the 62 yacht fleet had a slow then rushed start to the 2015 Land Rover Sydney to the Gold Coast Yacht Race. The 100 foot Maxi Perptual LOYAL led the fleet out of the harbour chased by the TP52's 62's and the rest of the fleet.

The Wave, Muscat wins Extreme Sailing Series, Act 5, Hamburg
A fired-up crew on The Wave, Muscat triumphs in Act 5, Hamburg | News: "The Wave, Muscat sailed an outstanding final day in Germany, at Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ presented by Land Rover. Three race wins and two podium finishes saw Britain’s Leigh McMillan clinch his third 2015 Act title after four spectacular days of racing in the heart of the city and extend his lead at the top of the overall Series leaderboard."

Next Extreme Sailing Series Act: ACT 6, St. Petersburg, Russia, 20-23 August 2015

Overall Results Extreme Sailing Series after Act 5 Hamburg:
RANK / TEAM / Total Points 
1 The Wave, Muscat 47
2 SAP Extreme Sailing Team 44
3 Red Bull Sailing Team 41
4 Gazprom Team Russia 33
5 Oman Air 29
6 Team Turx powered by Kaya Ropes 24
7 GAC Pindar 24
8 Lino Sonego Team Italia 18

Royal congratulations for winner of ACWS-Portsmouth Ben Ainslie BAR - 35th America's Cup"Extreme winds forced the cancellation of racing at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth on Sunday, ubt didn’t dampen enthusiasm for a Royal visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

 With no racing to close out the weekend, the results from Saturday stand, meaning Land Rover BAR is the winner of the first event of the 35th America’s Cup cycle. Ainslie and his team were congratulated on their win at the official prize giving by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were on site all day on Sunday and met with all of the teams, presenting the awards for the regatta. Michael Burke, the CEO of Louis Vuitton, was on hand to present each of the skippers with a gift..."

ACWS Portsmouth final results:
 (place/Team/points)
1 Land Rover BAR19
2 Emirates Team New Zealand18
3 ORACLE TEAM USA16
4 Groupama Team France13
5 SoftBank Team Japan13
6 Artemis Racing11

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26 July 2015

Extreme Sailing Series Day 4 LIVE, Transpac 2015, Sailing Videos


Extreme Sailing Series LIVE Hamburg: Day 4 - July 26, 2015 SUN 9:30 AM ET (US)
Graphics below start at 8AM ET (US)


3D Day 4 Graphics - Extreme Sailing Series, Hamburg, 26 Jul 2015 at 8 AM ET (US)
Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 5, Hamburg, Germany, presented by Land Rover standings after Day 3 (19 races)--Position / Team / Points--
  1. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Hervé Cunningham, Mads Emil Stephensen, Nicolai Sehested 137 points.
  2. The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 136 points.
  3. Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Phil Robertson, Garth Ellingham, Alexander Bozhko, Aleksey Kulakov 131 points.
  4. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Hans-Peter Steinacher, Jason Waterhouse, Jérémy Bachelin, Shaun Mason, Stewart Dodson 130 points.
  5. Team Turx (TUR) Edhem Dirvana, Mitch Booth, Selim Kakış, Diogo Cayolla, Pedro Andrade/Can Bayülken 118 points.
  6. Oman Air (OMA) Stevie Morrison, Nic Asher, Ted Hackney, Ed Powys, Ali Al Balashi 117 points.
  7. Lino Sonego Team Italia (ITA) Lorenzo Bressani, Enrico Zennaro, Stefano Ciampalini, Stefano Rizzi, Manuel Modena 108 points.
  8. GAC Pindar (GBR) Seve Jarvin, Adam Minoprio, Marcus Ashley-Jones, James Corrie, James Wierzbowski 95 points.
  9. Team Extreme Germany (GER) Paul Kohlhoff, Philip Kasueske, Johann Kohlhoff, Peter Kohlhoff, Max Kohlhoff 50 points.

Transpac 2015 Wild Oats Welcome to Hawaii (video above)


Transpac 2015 analysis by Dobbs Davis of Seahorse Magazine, July 25, 2015
Transpac 2015 updates:
America's Cup World Series at Portsmouth, England --
High water marks for Ben Ainslie and his £100m America’s Cup dream | Sport | The Guardian"Ben Ainslie’s £100m America’s Cup dream finally hit the hit the water here on Saturday and a victory and a second place had an estimated crowd of more than 100,000 dancing in the Solent sunshine. Two years after the last competition, and 18 months after they started building the boat for the America’s Cup proper, the battle for the Auld Mug, in Bermuda in 2017, Ainslie and his all-British Land Rover BAR team finally gave some credence to the vast investment, both financial and emotional, that has gone into the project. Suddenly, all that hype and optimism looks well placed. The world’s greatest sailor has raised the BAR...."



America's Cup and ISAF to invest in youth sailing : News & Features | ISAF | World Sailing | Official Site: "The America's Cup and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) are supporting youth sailing with major investments in two youth sailing programs - one in Bermuda and one international..."

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25 July 2015

Extreme Sailing Series Day 3, Transpac 2015, Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race


LIVE video above - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015, Hamburg, Germany, Day Three
Starts: July 25, 2015 SAT 9:30 AM ET (US)
Day 2 video at: http://www.johnthecrowd.com/2015/07/extreme-sailing-series-day-2-louis.html


Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015 - Day Three Graphics above
Starts: July 25, 2015, SAT 8:00 AM ET (US)

Results | Extreme Sailing Series: Gazprom Team Russia leads


2015 Extreme Sailing Series™ mid-season form guide - Published on Jul 24, 2015 by extremesailingseries.comCheck out the runners and riders at the half way stage of the 2015 Extreme Sailing Series™. Who will dominate the second half of the season? Can SAP Extreme Sailing Team topple The Wave, Muscat? Or will underdogs Gazprom Team Russia break through from the middle pack? Watch here to find out our predictions.


Celerity Greeting -Transpac 2015
Congratulations Celerity! First to finish Transpac 2015! (Published on Jul 24, 2015)


July 24th analysis of the 48th Transpac race by Dobbs Davis of Seahorse Magazine

Transpac 2015 updates:

Black Jack's Skipper Mark Bradford and Owner Peter Harburg give a run-down of their chances in the 2015 Land Rover Sydney to Gold Coast Race. This mainly Corinthian Queensland crew are the major competition to the 100 footer Perpetual LOYAL. If the weather complies they can be line honours contenders. (Published on Jul 24, 2015)

2015 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race starts on Saturday 25 July, marking the 30th edition of the 384 nautical mile race which traditionally opens the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s challenging Blue Water Pointscore Series (BWPS). #LandRoverSGC Yacht Race


The 2014 Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race winner Roger Hickman talk about the 2015 Land Rover Sydney-Gold Coast Race which starts Saturday and the chances of his excellent veteran yacht "Wild Rose" ex Wild Oats. (Published on Jul 22, 2015)

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24 July 2015

Extreme Sailing Series Day 2, Louis Vuitton ACWS, Transpac 2015


Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015 3D Hamburg: Day Two (Graphics Only above)- Starts: July 24, 2015, FRI 8:00 AM EDT (US) - see also LIVE video below


Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015 LIVE Hamburg: Day Two - Starts: July 24, 2015 9:30 AM EDT (US)
Watch Day One video replay here.

EXSS Day One in Hamburg | News"The Wave, Muscat skippered by Leigh McMillan ... only just top the overnight leader board on 57 points. Two points adrift on 55, SAP Extreme Sailing Team got to grips with the challenges of the new venue finishing with two race wins and two seconds. Rounding up the leaderboard, Gazprom Team Russia came into the Act confident that the strong tidal conditions and tight racecourse would suit Kiwi helm Phil Robertson’s style of racing... After a slow start they stormed the final three races to take convincing wins in each, rounding up the overnight leaderboard in third place, one point behind SAP Extreme Sailing Team in second ... With nine points separating third place from the chasing pack, Red Bull Sailing Team in fourth, Team Turks powered by Kaya Ropes in fifth and Oman Air in sixth each had moments at the front of the fleet but struggled with the consistency needed to challenge for the podium."


Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth Preview - published on Jul 23, 2015: Groupama Team France, Artemis Racing, Land Rover BAR, Softbank Team Japan, Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA training ahead of the first races in Portsmouth, UK.  
More on the Louis Vuitton ACWS Portsmouth here on JohnTheCrowd.com and at acws-portsmouth.americascup.com


Transpac 2015: July 23rd analysis of 48th LA-Honolulu Transpac Yacht Race, with Dobbs Davis of Seahorse Magazine
Transpac 2015 updates:

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23 July 2015

Transpac 2015, Extreme Sailing Series video, ACWS Portsmouth


Transpac 2015: July 22nd analysis of 48th LA-Honolulu Transpac Yacht Race, with Dobbs Davis of Seahorse Magazine
Transpac 2015 updates:


Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015 - 3D Hamburg: Day One (July 23) above - Graphics Only - starts 8AM ET (US)

Extreme Sailing Series, Hamburg, July 23-26, 2015: How to follow the action live from Act 5, Hamburg | News: Live streaming available at the following times: 
  • Thursday 23 July - 3D graphics - insights from SAP 1400 - 1700 Local Time (BST+1) 
  • Friday 24 July - Live Video 1530 - 1700 Local Time (BST+1);
    3D graphics - insights from SAP1400 - 1700 Local Time (BST+1) 
  • Saturday 25 July - Live Video 1530 - 1700 Local Time (BST+1)
    3D graphics - insights from SAP1400 - 1700 Local Time (BST+1) 
  •  Sunday 26 July - Live Video 1530 - 1700 Local Time (BST+1)
    3D graphics - insights from SAP 1400 - 1700 Local Time (BST+1)
America’s Cup World Series, ACWS 2015, Portsmouth, UK, July 23-26, 2015: The Live Interactive Blog runs from Thursday 23-Sunday 26, with all the results, reaction, updates from the racecourse and live stage, and behind the scenes gossip, at www.acwsportsmouth.com. Results will also be updated after each race at http://www.americascup.com
Twitter: @acwspmth and #ACWSPortsmouth (feed below)




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22 July 2015

Transpac Update, Extreme Sailing Data Analytics, Sailing Video

Transpac 2015 Fleet Endures Diverse Conditions in 48th Transpac California to Hawaii Yacht Race: "... Wild Oats navigator Nick White reporting “Right now we’re averaging around 19 knots and aiming straight at the Barn Door – Hawaii. It’s fantastic downwind sailing. You couldn’t ask for much better…except we’d like some sunshine instead of heavy cloud. “As it turned out, the forecasts proved to be completely unreliable,” White said. “We had to ignore them and do our own thing in the conditions we were experiencing at the time. It was really tough tactically, especially when we were trying to get around Santa Catalina Island and out to sea.”..."


July 21st daily analysis of the 48th Transpac with Dobbs Davis of Seahorse Magazine
Transpac 2015 updates:

Extreme Sailing - The importance of data | Gillette World Sport - Extreme sailing requires precision analytics--the data driven evolution has hit the sport.

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21 July 2015

Lending Club 2 Sets New Record, Transpac 2015 Updates, Videos


Above video: Ryan chats quickly about how things are going onboard Lending Club 2 as they enter the third day of the Transpacific Record attempt.

Lending Club 2 breaks world record - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser"The 105-foot Lending Club 2 trimaran set a world record of three days and 18 hours from Los Angeles to Honolulu on Sunday. Co-skippers Renaud Laplanche and Ryan Breymaier sailed across the Diamond Head finish line at 6:44 a.m., and beat the 2005 record time by more than 24 hours..."

Lending Club 2 sets world record after sailing 2000 miles in three days | VIDEO - KITV: "The "Lending Club 2" set a world record today after its journey from California to Hawaii in just three days."


Daily analysis for July 20 of the 48th Transpac race, with Dobbs Davis of Seahorse Magazine - Published on Jul 20, 2015
Transpac 2015 updates:
Race News: "... As the lead group that started nearly a week ago continue their speedy progress towards Hawaii, the influence of the tropical depression Delores is being felt by the trailing two groups that started on Thursday and Saturday in the 48th edition of the LA-Honolulu Transpac. This has resulted in very distinct weather conditions for each of the groups on the course ..."

Other Sailing NEWS:

US SAILING (press release)

Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games (Sailing): USA Takes Home Six Sailing Medals, Tied For Top Nation
Toronto, Canada – The sailing events of the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games came to a close on Sunday, with the final medal races and awards ...

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20 July 2015

Transpac 2015 Update, US Sailing Youth Champs 2015 (videos)


Transpac 2015 Start 3 Highlights (published on Jul 18, 2015)
Transpac 2015 updates:
Transpac 2015 Race News: Strange rainy weather and light southerly breezes greeted the fastest boats in the fleet for the third and final starting day of the 48th biennial LA-Honolulu Transpac on Saturday, as the first wave leaders passed the halfway point to Hawaii, and the second wave started to slide out of the light air slump on their second day of racing. While this was bizarre weather for July, it did not discourage dozens of spectator boats assembled in everything from kayaks to cruise boats to watch the two starts held off Point Fermin in Los Angeles. First off the start line at 12:30 local time were the three Gunboats in the multihull class, just able to get moving in the light air off the start line, but as a puff from the south rolled in they were quickly off. Pat Benz’s bright green GB 66 Extreme H2O took an early jump off the start for being the only boat with a masthead genoa, but Lloyd Thornburg’s bright orange Phaedo, another GB 66, was holding close once the breeze filled in a few knots. source: Race News



US Sailing Youth Champs 2015 Recap - The 2015 US Youth Sailing Championship Day 4 brought breezy racing conditions and sunny skies to Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI and US Sailing crowned five champions for 2015, many of whom have now qualified for ISAF Youth Worlds in Malaysia. (Published on Jul 10, 2015)



US Sailing Youth Champs: Boat Tech Explained - Ever wondered how these boats work? The Day 3 leaders of the I420, 29er, F16, and Laser classes explain some of the unique features of their boats. (Published on Jul 9, 2015)

Other Sailing NEWS:

US SAILING (press release)

Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games (Sailing): USA Reaches The Podium In Three Classes On First ...
Railey also noted that her experiences at the Pan Am Games have provided a significant boost to her sailing career since she began campaigning in ...

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19 July 2015

Transpac Update, Maxi Trimaran Lending Club 2 Videos


Transpac race analysis for July 18 by Dobbs Davis of Seahorse Magazine. Published on Jul 18, 2015

Transpac updates:
Wild Oats gets Hawaiian christening and light air ahead for last start"...“We started this tradition in 1997, the year we broke the course record [on Pyewacket],” said Disney. “We felt this may have had some influence on our good luck that race, so we did it again in 1999, and broke the record again, so its become a tradition every race since.” The Wild Oats team is composed of several well-seasoned Pyewacket alumni with nearly 100 Transpac races among them teamed up with co-skipper Mark Richards and his well-honed team of Aussies and Kiwis who have won the Sydney-Hobart Race an unprecedented 8 times on this canting-keeled Reichel/Pugh-designed 100-foot yacht ..."


LendingClub - Transpac Record Departure - published on Jul 15, 2015


Lending Club Sailing - Transpac record day 2 - published on Jul 16, 2015
Ryan describes conditions onboard maxi trimaran Lending Club 2 as they average 30 knots headed direct for Hawaii.



Maxi-trimaran Lending Club 2 sailing on San Francisco Bay. Published on Jul 14, 2015

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18 July 2015

Ainslie vs Spithill, Louis Vuitton ACWS, Transpac Update (videos)


Ben Ainslie versus Jimmy Spithill - Rivalry stoked ahead of Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series next week - Ben Ainslie is the Olympic hero at the head of Land Rover BAR, looking to win the America's Cup for Britain for the first time in history. Jimmy Spithill has led his ORACLE TEAM USA to two consecutive America's Cup victories, including an amazing comeback in 2013 with Ainslie as a team mate. Now they are on opposite sides. One week ahead of the first races of the 35th America's Cup cycle, the two fierce competitors square up.

Sailing - INTERVIEW-Ainslie is biggest threat, says Oracle skipper
Yahoo Eurosport UK
Jimmy Spithill, skipper of America's Cup holders Oracle Team USA, sees four-time Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie as his main challenge in the ...


Video above - July 17th Transpac race analysis with Dobbs Davis of Seahorse Magazine

Transpac 2015 Start 2 Highlights (published on Jul 17, 2015) 

Transpac updates:
Transpac 2015 Race News: "A second wave of 18 entries in Divisions 4, 5 and 6 are now on their way west towards the finish at Diamond Head, 2225 miles away in the 48th edition of the LA-Honolulu Transpac.The group’s start today was in picture-perfect sunny skies and a building 10-15-knot seabreeze that had everyone so excited that a large pack of starters crowded the start line on final approach ..."

A look back at Transpac 2013:

Transpac 2013 | Speed session onboard Tritium Lending Club - A few images of the speed session had between Los Angeles and Honolulu. Sounds like these guys have had a lot of fun! Published on Jul 22, 2013


Sailing NEWS:

Shipping logistics for Antigua Sailing Week
Scuttlebutt Sailing News: Entries are now open for Antigua Sailing Week, the Caribbean's longest running regatta, which will host its 49th edition from April 23-29 2016...


US SAILING (press release)

Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games (Sailing): Buckingham (USA) Strikes Back, One Day Left Before ...
"I need to focus on sailing well, and pushing myself hard until the end of the event. The competition here is tough." Buckingham is now in 2nd overall, ...

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17 July 2015

Transpac Update, Volvo Ocean Race Review, Sailing Videos


Transpac race analysis July 16 by Dobbs Davis, Seahorse Magazine - published on Jul 16, 2015

Transpac Update:
FIRST WAVE AWAY FAST in Transpac: "The first wave of 22 entries in Divisions 7 and 8 have had a great 48 hour start to their race from La to Honolulu in the 48th edition of the Transpac. The class leaders have traversed nearly 500 miles, almost one–fourth the distance to the finish in this 2225-mile biennial ocean racing classic, organized by the Transpacific YC..."

Lending Club 2 opts for record-run attempt"Renaud Laplanche and Ryan Breymaier co-skippers of Maxi trimaran Lending Club 2 have made the decision to withdraw from the 2015 Transpac race and instead leave Long Beach today, July 15th, to attempt the outright Transpac record, currently held by Olivier de Kersauson onboard Geronimo..."

#Transpac2015 Links and LIVE Twitter Feed: http://www.johnthecrowd.com/2015/07/transpac-yacht-race-2015-race-analysis.html


One hell of a story | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Wake up, work, cook, clean, sleep. That's the life of a storyteller on the Volvo Ocean Race. It's one hell of a job, it's one hell of a story - and it's all made possible by Inmarsat. Published Jul 8, 2015


The Final Episode - Life at the Extreme - Ep. 39 - 'End of watch' | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - The Volvo Ocean Racers end their nine month round the world marathon crossing the finish line in Gothenburg, Sweden. They’ve had a maze of tricky shipping lanes to dodge, but finally Team Alvimedica win their first leg of the race. For Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, it’s the double, winning both the in port and overall oceanic series, with Team Brunel second overall, and Dongfeng Race Team third. The skippers share their final thoughts on the closest edition yet. Published on Jul 7, 2015

Sailing NEWS:

US SAILING (press release)

Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games (Sailing): Railey (USA) Fends off Challengers on Day Four
US SAILING (press release)
... N.J.) regained a share of the lead, and are tied on points with reigning Pan Am gold medalist Enrique Figueroa from Puerto Rico, who is sailing with ...


KPRC Houston

Sailing fun at Kemah Boardwalk
KPRC Houston
Sailing fun at Kemah Boardwalk ...


Scuttlebutt Sailing News

How a Nation Rediscovered Sailing
Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The first ever international sailing participation by the Central American country of Belize is the latest step in a five-year Optimist programme. It is great ...

Extreme Sailing Series: Bringing the Mountain to Muhammad
Scuttlebutt Sailing News
For the first time in its nine-year history, the world's only annual global, sailing grand-prix is set to race in the heart of Hamburg, Germany.
Extreme Sailing Series to debut in Hamburg from July 23 to 26 - My Sailing

Prince William and Kate's fun sailing engagement revealed
hellomagazine.com
With her passion for sailing, the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton is no doubt looking forward to an official engagement scheduled for the ...
Portsmouth doesn't know how special America's Cup World Series will be say sailingleaders - Portsmouth News
VIDEO: When teammates become rivals - Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge to visit the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth - BYM News (press release)


Evening Telegraph

Dundee cancer teen goes on sailing adventure
Evening Telegraph
A Dundee teenager who is undergoing cancer treatment has taken part in an inspirationalsailing adventure on the West Coast of Scotland.


Hartlepool Mail

Chance to try out sailing in Hartlepoool
Hartlepool Mail
These will be followed by a youth sailing course from August 3-7. This will be a week of half-days (9am-12pm or 1-4pm) which will enable young ...

Sake, sushi and sailing at Newport's Black Ship's Festival
The Providence Journal
Sake, sushi and sailing at Newport's Black Ship's Festival. The festival also includes kite making, a tea ceremony, origami demonstrations and a ...


Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Inaugural West Coast Junior Safety at Sea program
Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The Newport Sea Base, in Newport Beach, CA, in partnership with the Storm Trysail Foundation and US Sailing, has organized its inaugural Junior ...

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16 July 2015

Transpac Update, Spithill to Lead Oracle Team USA at Portsmouth (videos)


Daily race analysis of the 2015 running of the LA-Honolulu Transpac, with Dobbs Davis of Seahorse Magazine - published on Jul 15, 2015. #Transpac2015 LIVE Twitter Feed here


Transpac 2015 Division 7 and 8 Starts - The three other remaining Transpac 2015 starts will be held at 1:00 PM PDT on Thursday (Divisions 4, 5 and 6), at 12:30 PM (Multihulls) and at 1:00 PM (Divisions 1,2 and 3) on Saturday July 18. See also: Tanner Banks | Wind, Weather & Forecast | SailFlow


Spithill to lead ORACLE TEAM USA in Portsmouth - Skipper Jimmy Spithill (AUS) will lead his team into the first event of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth, July 23-26, 2015. (Published on Jul 13, 2015)

Spithill to lead ORACLE TEAM USA at Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Portsmouth - ORACLE TEAM USA: "Skipper Jimmy Spithill (AUS) will lead his team into the first event of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth, July 23-26, 2015. Sailing team manager Tom Slingsby (AUS/USA) will serve as tactician with Kyle Langford (AUS) trimming the wing, Kinley Fowler (NZL/AUS) trimming and Louis Sinclair (ANT/USA) working the bow..."


From on high - ORACLE TEAM USA flies above the Great Sound during training in Bermuda. The team is now heading to Portsmouth for the first America's Cup World Series event. (Published on Jul 11, 2015)

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15 July 2015

Transpac Yacht Race 2015, Race Analysis, Racer Profile (videos)

Screenshot of Transpac 2015 tracker
Screenshot of Transpac 2015 tracker: http://yb.tl/transpac2015 (explained in video below)

Transpac Race analysis 14 July - First of a series of daily race analyses provided by Dobbs Davis of Seahorse Magazine (published on Jul 14, 2015)



Transpac 2015 Racer Profile: Exit Strategy - Exit Strategy is a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2, and they're racing Transpac 2015. Published on July 12, 2015 #Transpac2015
Race News"The fleet starting today (July 13) was a broad mix of designs, from the 1907 sail training schooner Martha sailed by a crew of 11 to the relatively new 30-foot Italian sportboat Fortissimo II sailed by a team of four from Japan. All must clear the West End of Catalina Island before heading over the horizon en route to a finish line at Diamond Head on the island of Oahu."

The three other remaining Transpac 2015 starts will be held at 1:00 PM PDT on Thursday (Divisions 4, 5 and 6), at 12:30 PM (Multihulls) and at 1:00 PM (Divisions 1,2 and 3) on Saturday July 18. See also: Tanner Banks | Wind, Weather & Forecast | SailFlow



"The Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac) is an offshore yacht race starting off San Pedro, Los Angeles at the Pt. Fermin buoy, and ending off Diamond Head Lighthouse[2] in Honolulu, a distance of around 2,225 nautical miles (2,560 mi; 4,121 km). Started in 1906, it is one of yachting's premier offshore races and attracts entrants from all over the world. The race is organized by the Transpacific Yacht Club." (Wikipedia)

Race History: "Transpac stands apart from other major ocean races as essentially a "downwind race," as determined by normal weather patterns in the eastern Pacific north of the equator. After two or three days of slogging on the wind, the fleet encounters the "Pacific High," a mammoth, wallowing blob of high pressure rotating clockwise between Hawaii and the West Coast of North America. As boats reach the lower edge of the high the wind bends aft and turns warm spinnakers go up, shirts come off, and sailors usually enjoy a pleasant ride the rest of the way."

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14 July 2015

Transatlantic Race: Comanche New Monohull 24-hour Record; Windquest Wins CYCRTM Line Honors (videos)



News: "Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s 100’ maxi Comanche set a new monohull 24-hour record when she covered 618.01 miles over Friday-Saturday (subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council), Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70 trimaran Phaedo³ also put in a resounding performance.   Towards the end of the race Phaedo³, at one point, recorded a peak speed of 41.2 knots when navigator Miles Seddon was driving. As Thornburg recounted: “The sea opened up before him. It was the biggest wave you have ever seen and we were pointing down it"..."


Sailing Videos (above and below) - 2015 Transatlantic Race

First Finishers of the 2015 Transatlantic Race

Bryan Ehrhart’s Lucky secured line honors in the Transatlantic Race, second across the famous Castle line was Nomad IV, Clarke Murphy’s 100ft Maltese flagged yacht that suffered hydraulic failure during the race, meaning water ballast, sail hoist and controls all had to be manned by the crew’s own strength only. At present Lucky holds the lead in the Transatlantic Race 2015 under IRC handicap, but the title remains under threat from boats yet to finish. Similarly, her impressive course time is likely to be bettered by the maxis which started four days after her. (published on Jul 12, 2015)

The Transatlantic Race 2015 is a 2,800-mile race from Newport, R.I., to The Lizard on the southwestern corner of England. This is the 30th transatlantic race since three New York Yacht Club members sponsored the first one in 1866. A fleet of 38 boats—ranging in size from 40 to 140 feet and in age from 100 years to 10 months—departed from Newport in one of three different starts (June 28, July 1 and July 5). #tr2015


Windquest (Terry Hutchinson, Skipper) Wins Line Honors in 107th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Wintrust (published on Jul 13, 2015) #CYCRTM
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Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games (Sailing): USA Leads Three Classes After Day One
US SAILING (press release)
One race was finished for each class in light and variable conditions, and the US Pan American Sailing Team has taken the lead in the Laser, ...
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First day a bust for Pan Am Games' sailors and windsurfers - insideTORONTO.com

Anchors aweigh: On sailing and sailboat racing
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At sea (CNN) Avast, all ye sailors, and muster before the mast to hear yarns of sailing and adventure. Here are musings and tales of derring-do aboard ...


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North Sailing: A Milestone in Eco-Friendly Transportation
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2015 Melges 32 Audi-Tron Sailing Series - A very dramatic end
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Sunday marked the end to a very dramatic stage in the 2015 Melges 32 Audi-Tron Sailing Series in Porto ...

Coast Guard Rescues Man and Dog After Sail Boat Catches Fire Off Florida - ABC News: "A man and his dog were rescued by the Coast Guard after their sailboat caught fire off the coast of Florida. The Coast Guard said in a statement that it received a call Friday afternoon from the captain of the sailboat Southern Bell, who said his boat was disabled and that he and his dog had been drifting since Wednesday. About an hour later, the captain told the Coast Guard that he and his dog abandoned ship and boarded a dinghy after their sailboat caught fire...."

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11 July 2015

2015 Chicago to Mackinac Yacht Race, Sailing Videos

UPDATE (July 13, 2015 - 1:00 UTC)- CYCRTM Fleet closing in on finish, winds light. source: http://cf.yb.tl/chicagomack2015#

107th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, Presented by Wintrust - 324 Sailboats will make the 333 mile voyage from Chicago, IL to Mackinac Island, MI.

2015 Chicago to Mackinac Yacht Race (RTM), starts July 11, 2015: "The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Island is a race like no other. More than three hundred fifty boats leave Chicago every July for a dash to Mackinac Island. Learn more about the race here."


2015 Race to Mackinac Morning Skippers' Meeting -
107th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Wintrust - 2015 Cruising Division Skippers' Meeting & Weather Briefing - published on Jul 10, 2015



A look back at the 2014 Race to Mackinac from Froeter Design Company on Vimeo.
The 2014 Chicago to Mackinac Yacht Race aboard Chief was 289 non-stop nautical miles. For 106 years the race has been many things. It's an annual ritual, a reunion, a test of skill, of boat handling and navigational judgement and once in a while, sanity. When it's all said and done it's about relationships, stories and the greatest of memories. This film short was captured on GoPro 3 and 3+ black edition cameras. The aerial footage was shot with a Phantom 2 quadcopter. Mike Noble wrote the narration. The video editing was done with Adobe After Effects at Froeter Design. Morgan Fingleton of Shaggy Dog Productions did the sound design.


Anticipation  #CYCRTM

Chicago to Mackinac race: See who's giving Amway heirs' yacht some competition | MLive.com: "Cory Dangler sells cars during the week. But this weekend, he and his crew of three buddies will sail his tri-hulled boat, Solstice, in the prestigious 107th Chicago Yacht Club to Mackinac race. "It's something that was on my bucket list my entire life," said Dangler, the owner of Auto Exchange of Holland and a sailor since he was 10. Solstice is one of 82 Michigan-based vessels to enter the classic race, which begins at the Chicago Lighthouse just off Navy Pier on Friday and ends at Mackinac Island sometime over the weekend, depending on the weather conditions. More than 330 yachts are entered, according to race officials. Dangler, whose 28-foot vessel is one of the smaller boats entered in the race, will be up against some of the fastest sailing vessels in the world, including Windquest, the 86-foot yacht owned by Amway Corp. scions Dick and Doug DeVos..."


Destination - Mackinac Island - Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac
(presented by Veuve Clicquot)

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10 July 2015

Transatlantic Race 2015, US Youth Sailing Day 2, Sailing Videos



Transatlantic Race 2015, Start 3, included four of the fastest ocean racing yachts on the planet, including the new super maxis Comanche, owned by Jim & Kirsty Clark and skippered by Ken Read, and Rambler 88, owned and skippered by George David, as well as two trimarans, Phaedo3 and Paradox. All four sailed out of Newport in ideal conditions, quickly touching more than 20 knots of speed under bright sunshine. #tr2015 - The Transatlantic Race 2015 is a 2,800-mile race from Newport, R.I., to The Lizard on the southwestern corner of England. This is the 30th transatlantic race since three New York Yacht Club members sponsored the first one in 1866. A fleet of 38 boats—ranging in size from 40 to 140 feet and in age from 100 years to 10 months—departed from Newport in one of three different starts (June 28, July 1 and July 5). For more information, visit the race's website: http://transatlantic race.com  Trackerhttp://yb.tl/transatlantic2015



Transatlantic Race 2015: published on Jul 2, 2015 - Start 2 included a majority of the fleet, 20 boats ranging in size from 40 to 100 feet. They will spend one to two weeks crossing the Atlantic.


On Board Rambler 88 - Transatlantic Race 2015 - published on Jul 9, 2015 -  #tr2015

Transatlantic Race 2015"Day 10 Race Report: Storm-Force Winds in the Mid-Atlantic (Wednesday, July 8, 2015) – Severe conditions in the mid-north Atlantic have continued to punish the bulk of the fleet in the Transatlantic Race 2015. Yesterday Daniel and Gretchen Biemesderfer made the decision to retire from the race after their Mason 43 Shearwater suffered mainsail and rigging damage. She is heading for the Azores. Similarly, just before midnight UTC, Carter Bacon’s Nielsen 50 Solution sustained damage to her rudder and was taking on water. She becomes the sixth boat in the Transatlantic Race to retire and is now diverting to the Azores, albeit without electronics, which went down in a previous deluge..."

A Billionaire's Super Yacht Built to Break Records: "Comanche, a so-called maxi yacht owned by billionaire Jim Clark is celebrated as a vessel at the very cutting edge of sailing and expected to make a big splash at the Transatlantic Race 2015 ....."



US Youth Champs Day 2: Short and Sweet - published on Jul 8, 2015: A thunderstorm cut short day 2 of the U.S. Youth Sailing Championship at Roger Williams University, but not before a couple of light wind races to balance out the stiff breeze of opening day. Hear from sailors in the I420, Radial, and 29er classes.

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