30 September 2015

2015 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, Sailing Videos



As the final two days of racing played out, four of the 17 teams battling for the 2015 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship title in Long Beach, California, were in contention to win the championship. The top two teams – tied on points going into the last day – had only an eight-point cushion to the fourth-place boat, setting the stage for a thrilling conclusion to the 18th edition of the class’ world championship.


Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Naples Island, known as the “Venice of America,” is home to Long Beach Yacht Club, which hosted 17 international teams vying for the 2015 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship title (September 24-27).

John Demourkas and his Groovederci team have won the 2015 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship.

Final top ten:
1. Groovederci , John Demourkas, USA, 49.0
2. Plenty, Alex Roepers, USA, 50.0
3. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, GER, 52.0
4. Nightshift , Kevin McNeil, USA, 57.0
5. Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn, USA, 64.0
6. Estate Master, Martin Hill, AUS, 65.0
7. Enfant Terrible , Alberto Rossi, ITA, 66.0
8. Coquille (Corinthian), Gary Ezor, USA, 82.0
9. Asterisk Uno, Hasip Gencer, TUR, 84.0
10. Insanity (Corinthian), Rick Goebel, USA, 113.0

Full Results here

More info: farr40worlds.com

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29 September 2015

Artemis Racing, Road to Bermuda, Sailing Videos

An exclusive behind the scenes insight into what it takes to mount a challenge and compete in the 35th America's Cup. Follow Artemis Racing over six episodes in 2015 as the team prepares to win the oldest and most prestigious trophy in international sport:

Artemis Racing, Road to Bermuda, Sailing Videos, part 1 above; part 2 below:


more info: http://artemis-racing.americascup.com/en/home.html

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28 September 2015

America's Cup, Oracle Team USA, Sailing videos


First day back on the Great Sound - Published on Sep 11, 2015
ORACLE TEAM USA returns to the waters of Bermuda with a renewed, revamped, relaunched AC45F test boat. Boat two is due before the end of the month.
more info: http://oracle-team-usa.americascup.com/en/home.html


Time flies - boat mods and assembly - Watch as time flies! Weeks of boat modifications on our AC45S at the Bermuda base in Dockyard. Video by Jean-Pierre Rouja | LookBermuda Films, Published on Sep 18, 2015


The best base kitchen in Bermuda - published on Sep 24, 2015 - The canteen container at the ORACLE TEAM USA base in Dockyard is a hit with team members, who enjoy breakfast and lunch, as well as the occasional special occasional BBQ, at one of Bermuda's most tasty kitchens.

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27 September 2015

AC35 videos: Dean Barker, Softbank Team Japan, Land Rover BAR


Who is Dean Barker? America's Cup video chat with skipper Dean Barker on his long history with the America's Cup and his hopes for Softbank Team Japan at Louis Vuitton World Series Bermuda and beyond. Published on Sep 24, 2015


Training on home waters -Team Land Rover BAR

more info: americascup.com

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26 September 2015

Guadeloupe Islands Mini Transat, Solo Transatlantic Race Videos


Top start of the Mini Transat Islands Guadeloupe


Under a beautiful sun, the Minis made ​​the show, Saturday afternoon in Douarnenez, for their early transatlantic race. The crowd was also the rendezvous, on the dike of Rosmeur, to admire this unique show, as the line was close to the coast. The Guadeloupe Islands Mini Transat solo transatlantic is without means of communication on board a Mini 6.50. Starting September 19 Douarnenez with a stopover in the Canary Islands and arrived in the Islands of Guadeloupe. www.minitransat-ilesdeguadeloupe.fr Published on September 19, 2015

Mini Transat - Islands of Guadeloupe 2015 - Douarnenez / Lanzarote / Pointe-à-Pitre


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25 September 2015

Countdown to Rio, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race (videos)


Countdown to Rio - Week 4 of the Clipper Race and leaders LMAX Exchange are heading for Rio's iconic skyline ahead of Qingdao and other front runners GREAT Britain, Derry~Londonderry~Doire and Garmin. Published on Sep 24, 2015

  • Clipper 2015-16 Race Standings: Race Viewer
  • More info: Clipper Round The World Race - ... a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht. All that is asked of participants is a good level of fitness, an age over 18 - and a thirst for adventure into the unknown. Divided into eight legs and 14 to 16 individual races, you can choose to complete the full circumnavigation or select individual legs. It is the only race in the world where the organisers supply a fleet of twelve identical racing yachts, each with a fully qualified skipper to safely guide the crew....



Spinnaker Sheet Climb captured with Garmin VIRB - Visit Seattle crew member climbs the spinnaker sheet during Race 1 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, London, UK to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Published on Sep 18, 2015



TRADE WINDS, DOLDRUMS AND TROPICAL SQUALLS TEST CLIPPER RACE FLEET - It's week three in the 5000+ nautical mile Atlantic Trade Winds Leg from London to Rio de Janeiro in the opening round of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. In this week's review LMAX Exchange clinches full points from the Scoring Gate and the front runners enter the new 'Doldrums Corridor' after racing off the African coast before heading out towards South America. Published on Sep 16, 2015

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24 September 2015

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2015, Video Highlights



Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2015 - video highlights above - A fleet of 40 of the world’s most spectacular monohull yachts gathered in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, for Race 1 of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, on Monday, September 7th. With the yachts ranging from 60 ft up to almost 220 ft, the ruggedly beautiful coast of Northern Sardinia provided a breathtaking backdrop to the six-day regatta, impeccably hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, partners with Rolex for over 30 years. One of the most competitive battles took place between the six 72-footers entered for the Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship. Maxi owners have little trouble convincing the world’s best professional sailors - Olympic Champions, round-the-world race and America’s Cup winners - to join them for one of the most highly anticipated contests in the annual grand prix sailing calendar. Published on Sep 21, 2015.

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23 September 2015

2015 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, Long Beach, Preview (video)


Spirit of Yachting - Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2014: The year 2014 heralded the 17th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, a competition that has captivated the sailing community since its inception in 1998. A defining juncture for the Farr 40 racing season, the Championship offers the perfect stage for evenly-matched, 40-foot monohull racing boats, helmed by skilled and competitive owners. Fiercely contested, the event demands and rewards precise teamwork, consistency and determination. These attributes, together with the true sporting nature of the competition, align perfectly with the core values of Rolex, title sponsor of the event since 2001. The reward for victory is coveted throughout the sailing world: the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship trophy and a Rolex timepiece, true recognition for greatness on the water.


Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2015 - Preview - From 24-27 September 2015, 15 teams will gather at Long Beach Yacht Club for the 2015 edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, marking the 18th time this internationally renowned one-design class will compete for this prestigious title. The highly competitive fleet will put the best tacticians to the test during four full days of racing. Published on Sep 7, 2015

September 24-27: 2015 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship – Long Beach, CA:

Long Beach Yacht Club"In life, timing is everything. And, after seven years in the Farr 40 class, the timing was right for New York financier Alex Roepers to achieve a long-held goal of winning the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. Roepers will have his chance to defend his title – a feat which has not been accomplished since 2006 when Vincenzo Onorato won again in ’07 and ‘08 aboard his Italian-flagged Mascalzone Latino – on September 24 - 27 when the 2015 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship begins at Long Beach Yacht Club... Long Beach Yacht Club is located on the Southeast Corner of Naples Island on Alamitos Bay, adjacent to Basin 4 of the Alamitos Bay Marina. Committees organize and manage a full schedule of yachting, educational, social and public-outreach programs, and the Club is recognized throughout the worldwide yachting community for its hospitality."


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22 September 2015

Video Highlights: 2015 NYYC Invitational Cup, Rolex Big Boat Series


Highlights from the 2015 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, won by England's Royal Thames Yacht Club. Published on Sep 20, 2015 - more info NYYC Invitational Cup official website


The weather spirits didn't cooperate on the last day of racing in the 2015 Rolex Big Boat Series. The normally dependable breeze did not arrive on Sunday and racing was cancelled. Here's a look back at the winners who took their scores as of Saturday. Published on Sep 20, 2015 - more info: rolexbigboatseries.com


Rolex official photographer Kurt Arrigo brings us three days of beautiful photography with stunning scenes from the race course of the 2015 Rolex Big Boat Series


Animated reel of Steve Lapkin's photographs - www.stevelapkin.com - capturing iconic imagery during the 2015 Rolex Big Boat Series

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21 September 2015

Sailing Videos: Rolex Big Boat Series, Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup


Day 3 - Rolex Big Boat Series - 2015 - Published on Sep 20, 2015: Another beautiful day on San Francisco Bay! T2P.25 highlights from Day 3 of the Rolex Big Boat Series on Saturday 9/19/15. More info: http://www.rolexbigboatseries.com/


Day 5 of the 2015 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup: It was down to the final race on the final day to determine first, second, and third, with the Royal Thames Yacht Club, the New York Yacht Club, and Eastern Sailing Club, respectively, grabbing the podium finishes. Published on Sep 19, 2015 - More information: JohnTheCrowd | Sailing News: Rolex 2015 NYYC Invitational Cup LIVE and at NYYC Invitational Cup official website 


Highlights from day 4 of the 2015 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. This video features exclusive aerial, on-the-water, and on-board footage from this premiere racing event.


What a day for Team New York Yacht Club as they had a 2nd and two 4ths on the penult day of the 2015 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. The conditions sent the teams up the Bay so the conditions were quite different than the last few days and included a narrow course, an ebbing tide, and dying breeze.

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20 September 2015

ROLEX Big Boat Series 2015, Sailing Videos


ROLEX Big Boat Series - Friday: St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco Bay: The second day of racing was highlighted by an immense flood tide producing challenging conditions under the Golden Gate Bridge. Published on Sep 18, 2015


St. Francis Yacht Club September 17th. The first day of the series ended up as everything you would expect on San Francisco Bay. Big breeze, a big fleet, and big results. Published on Sep 17, 2015


Big Boat Series 2015 DAY 1 - Published on Sep 17, 2015: Power reaching at high speed ... music courtesy of Will Weston

more info: http://www.rolexbigboatseries.com/

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19 September 2015

Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup 2015, Sailing Videos


2015 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - Select aerials from Friday morning in Narragansett Bay. Published on Sep 18, 2015


Here are highlights from Thursday, September 17, Day 3 at the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - Published on Sep 17, 2015


A conversation with Terry McLaughlin of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club and Paul Zabetakis of the New York Yacht Club covering a variety of subjects. Published on Sep 18, 2015

More information:
JohnTheCrowd | Sailing News: Rolex 2015 NYYC Invitational Cup LIVE

and at Invitational Cup: "The Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup is hosted by the NYYC in Newport, Rhode Island in September at its Harbour Court Clubhouse. The fourth biennial Invitational Cup will be held September 12 to 19, 2015."

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18 September 2015

ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao, Miami Sailing Videos


Above video: ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella - Final Day Highlights - Part 1 - Published on Jan 31, 2015 - ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella - Final Day Highlights - Part 2 below:


Current and breeze put Qingdao Sailors to the test : News | ISAF Sailing World Cup | Official Site: "Qingdao's testing current and variable breeze put the 320 sailors from 32 nations racing across nine classes to the test on the second day of competition...."
More info: ISAF Sailing World Cup | Qingdao 2015: Sept 14-20 Regattas | ISAF Sailing World Cup and

http://www.qdsailing.org/node/node_91430.htm




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17 September 2015

2015 Rolex Big Boat Series, St Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco, September 17-20, Sailing Videos


ROLEX Big Boat Series 2014 Playlist - Wrap Up - published Sep 18, 2014
The winners hoist their trophies high and their Rolex Time pieces even higher. Congratulations to the St. Francis Yacht Club on 50 years. Here's to 50 more!

Rolex Big Boat Series: "Fifty-one years is a long time for any event to sustain its allure, and judging by the larger-than-usual list of early entries, the 2015 Rolex Big Boat Series (RBBS) is on course for another fantastic year of racing..."

Yacht Scoring: 2015 Rolex Big Boat Series - St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco, September 17-20, 2015

Event Website: http://www.rolexbigboatseries.com/
Twitter: @BigBoatSeries  #RBBS15


Chicago, Lake Michigan to host America's Cup qualifying races in 2016 - Chicago Tribune: "... The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series qualifying races will take place next summer in Chicago the weekend of June 11-12, officials announced Tuesday. It is the first time in the 165-year history of the America's Cup that an event will be held on fresh water. Two 25-minute races are slated each day, featuring teams from Sweden, Great Britain, New Zealand, Japan, France and the defending champions, Oracle Team USA. The course will start and finish off Navy Pier, with speedy catamarans following a path toward Northerly Island. Tod Reynolds, director of the Chicago event, said that June weekend was chosen because it had the "best probability of good winds." The challengers are competing for a chance to take on Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup finals, a match race scheduled for June 2017 on the Great Sound of Bermuda..." (read more at link above)

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16 September 2015

San Francisco Thrill Ride, Chesapeake Bay Sailing (videos)



"The Beat" - Episode 8: San Francisco Thrill Ride - Published on Sep 15, 2015 - In this week's episode of "The Beat", Katy Nastro takes us to San Francisco as we highlight the unique and exciting Ronstan Bridge to Bridge Race and 18-Foot Skiff International Regatta, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club. The spectacular on-board and aerial footage captures the speed and skill involved in these fascinating races with the majestic San Francisco Bay as the perfect venue. More info: "The Beat" at http://www.ussailingthebeat.com/.



"The Beat" - Episode 7: CRAB - Published on Aug 31, 2015: In this week's episode of "The Beat", Katy Nastro takes us to Annapolis, Maryland as we highlight Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB). CRAB's mission is to make the therapeutic benefits of sailing and the freedom it provides a reality for physically and/or developmentally-challenged individuals and their families regardless of their financial circumstances. We will also check-out the Boatyard Bar & Grill Regatta fundraiser, hosted by the Eastport Yacht Club.

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15 September 2015

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup video, Rolex 2015 NYYC Invitational Cup LIVE


The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2015 saved the best for last with a glorious sunny and windy day on the Costa Smeralda. The 19-knot breezes provided a thrilling finale to the 26th edition of a spectacular regatta that is the cornerstone of a longstanding partnership between Rolex and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. The kings of the Maxis, crowned in Porto Cervo. Published on Sep 14, 2015

Practice Day 1 of the 2015 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup -

All 17 teams headed offshore on Sunday Sept 13 for the first day of official practice of the 2015 Rolex Invitational Cup. On board with Team New York Yacht Club, the team showed that they are working hard to together, bringing their winning precision and perfection to the water to grab the event's prestigious trophy.

2015 NYYC Invitational Cup - 2015 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup:
2015 Invitational Cup"September 12-19, 2015 Newport, Rhode Island - The Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup is a biennial event hosted by the NYYC in Newport, Rhode Island in September at its Harbour Court Clubhouse. The Invitational Cup is a regatta for yacht clubs from around the world and their sailors. It has become an important Corinthian (amateur) sailing competition. The racing is in NYYC Swan 42s – the eighth one-design class created by the New York Yacht Club since 1900. Seventeen teams from 11 countries and five continents will be competing in the 2015 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. Among the returning teams are Royal Cork Yacht Club, the Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Japan Sailing Federation, Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Real Club Náutico de Barcelona and the host team from the New York Yacht Club, all of which have competed in each edition of the Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup." 
more info: http://www.nyyc.org/yachting/invitational-cup/2015-invitational-cup

LIVE video on Livestream: http://livestream.com/Degan/Invitationalcup/


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14 September 2015

ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao, 14-20 September 2015 (video)


ISAF SWC 2015: Big breeze and Weymouth fun! Weymouth & Portland (Published 12 Jun 2015)



A look back at 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Day 2 Highlights - Published on Oct 15, 2014: On water action from the second day of racing at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao

ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao "More than 240 sailors from 37 nations will be in Qingdao, China from 14 – 20 September 2015 for the next ISAF Sailing World Cup installment."

Event Website

ISAF Sailing World Cup
The ISAF Sailing World Cup is a world-class annual series for Olympic sailing. It is open to the sailing events chosen for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. Its centre piece is the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup will consist of five regattas for all ten Olympic events and where possible, Formula Kite Racing. Qualification places for the ISAF Sailing World Cup final are up for grabs at each event. The final will bring 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
  • 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

Blind Worlds - Chicago Yacht Club:
IFDS Blind Fleet Racing World & International
Championship
September 8-­13, 2015
Chicago Yacht Club
Co­Hosted by Chicago Match Race Center and Sail Sheboygan
Belmont Harbor, Chicago, IL

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13 September 2015

Navigating the Archipelago, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2015 video



Navigating the archipelago - Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2015 - 10th September - There is no doubt that the sailing waters of Northern Sardinia are some of the finest in the world. The rugged beauty of the Costa Smeralda attracts the fastest and most advanced racing yachts and the top professional crews. But the fantastic jagged rock formations which make this coastal landscape so impressive also extend below the surface. They create a maze of hidden undersea obstacles that every navigator is determined to avoid.... Published on Sep 10, 2015

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup"September 12, 2015 The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup saved the best for last with a gloriously sunny, windy day on the Costa Smeralda. The 19-knot breezes provided a thrilling finale to the 26th edition of a spectacular regatta that is the cornerstone of a longstanding partnership between Rolex and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS). Bella Mente: In fine spirit In the Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship, owner Hap Fauth steered Bella Mente to victory, reclaiming the title he last held in 2012...."

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup"Comanche is on a globe-trotting quest to prove that she is the world’s most powerful and technically advanced monohull of the modern era. There are few better ways to validate that claim than to compete in three of the most prestigious Rolex sponsored events in her first year on the water. At the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup for the first time, for sheer speed there is no other boat that can touch Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze Clark’s 100-footer. Yet there are still very good reasons for this state-of-the-art yacht being here in Porto Cervo, as skipper Ken Read explained: “The priority for the boat is to take part in every great offshore race on the calendar. So far we've done a Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, we've raced across the Atlantic, and we've done a Rolex Fastnet Race.” It has been an incredible start for a yacht that was only launched at the end of 2014, withComanche establishing her credentials as the fastest offshore monohull in the world with a searing pace across the Atlantic in July, quickly followed by line honours victory at the Rolex Fastnet Race in August."

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12 September 2015

America's Cup, Extreme Sailing, Future of Sailing is Foiling (videos)


GC32s to replace Extreme 40s as the Extreme Sailing Series™ fast tracks to a future on foils: Extreme Sailing Series™ owners and organisers OC Sport, who recently announced a switch of racing platform to a foiling yacht, can now confirm that the Series will fast track to the GC32 catamaran to replace the existing Extreme 40 fleet in time for the 2016 season, (Published on Aug 24, 2015) http://extremesailingseries.com 


Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, Final Day Video Highlights from Gothenburg, Sweden

Ex-America's Cup sailor sues ISAF, jury over penalty: "Former America's Cup sailor Matt Mitchell is suing the International Sailing Federation and its five-member international jury in federal court, asking that his penalty from the 2013 regatta be vacated..."

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11 September 2015

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, Racing in Bermuda (videos)


The #RaceToBermuda is on! -Published on Sep 4, 2015: Bermuda's Minister for Economic Development, the Honorable Grant Gibbons, and ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill invite you to Bermuda for the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series with racing on October 17-18. And if you're already in Bermuda - even better! Make sure you come down to the Event Village on Front Street or get out on the water to follow all the action.


How to fly an America's Cup AC45f foiling catamaran - How do you fly an AC45F? As the Portsmouth AC World Series event approaches, Land Rover BAR's Paul Campbell-James explains to Matthew Sheahan how crews fly their foiling 45 foot cats.


The Vineyard Gazette - Martha's Vineyard News

September is Meant for Sailing
The Vineyard Gazette - Martha's Vineyard News
Life after Labor Day; it's the best sailing time in New England. Harbors are emptying, waters are reasonably warm and light northerly winds give us ...

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10 September 2015

The MIT Sailing Pavilion, College Sailing, Sailing Videos


The MIT Sailing Pavilion, the first facility constructed for college sailing, was built in 1936. It is now known as the birthplace of today's collegiate sailing. The first ten Dinghy Championships of the newly organized Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association (ICYRA) were sailed on the Charles River in MIT's fleet of cat-rigged, wooden Tech Dinghies. To this day, MIT continues to host more college regattas than any other site in the country.

MIT provides practice time for local colleges and high schools who do not have boats and sites of their own. The Pavilion is open to anyone with an MIT ID. They offer weekly learn-to-sail classes free to members of the MIT Community. (Published on Jun 28, 2013)

MIT Sailing: http://sailing.mit.edu/

Fall 2015 Schedule: http://collegesailing.org/racing/fall2015

Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association (ICYRA) http://collegesailing.org/



2015 ICSA Nationals Team Racing Final Starts

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09 September 2015

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2015, The Maxi 72 Class, Sailing Video



Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2015 - The Maxi 72 class (video above): Among the many battles taking place at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Sardinia, none is likely to be closer than the six-way fight to win the Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship. This, the sixth edition of the World Championship, is widely predicted to be the most competitive yet, with some new faces already showing good form against the established players in this high-octane Grand Prix fleet. Published on Sep 8, 2015

WIND WHIPS UP MAXI FLEET"Porto Cervo, Italy. 08 September 2015. A brisk 15-18 knot north-easterly breeze and increasingly choppy seas made for an exciting second day of racing at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship. The event, underway through 12th September in Porto Cervo, is organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with title sponsor Rolex and the International Maxi Association. With only Thomas Bscher’s Open Season holding onto her initial lead gained yesterday, an all-new set of contenders has moved up to take the top spots in their respective divisions: Robertissima III, owned by Roberto Tomasini Grinover (Maxi 72), Riccardo Di Michele’s H2O (Mini Maxi RC/SOT), Maximilian Klink’s Caro (Mini Maxi Racing), Windfall, owned by Michael Cotter (Maxi R/C), Vittorio Moretti’s Viriella (Supermaxi)..." (read more at the link above)

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Sept 6-12



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04 September 2015

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Sept. 6-12 (video)


UPDATE September 7, 2015: Sailing Comanche, the world's fastest monohull - Sailing the world's fastest monohull the 100ft carbon supermaxi Comanche. Matthew Sheahan gets aboard and talks to skipper Ken Read about what makes this boat special. Comanche RESULTS at Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Sept. 6-12.


UPDATE 6 Sept 2015: Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2015 - Preview Video-- 
A fleet of 40 of the world’s most spectacular monohull yachts are gathered in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, for race 1 of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, which starts on Monday 7 September. With the yachts ranging from 60ft up to almost 220ft, the ruggedly beautiful coast of Northern Sardinia provides a breathtaking backdrop to the six-day regatta, impeccably hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, partners with Rolex for over 30 years. One of the most competitive battles will take place between the six 72-footers entered for the Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship. Maxi owners have little trouble convincing the world’s best professional sailors - Olympic Champions, round-the-world race and America’s Cup winners - to join them for one of the most highly anticipated contests in the grand prix sailing calendar. (Published on Sep 6, 2015)

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Course Map
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Course Map above
UPDATE: September 6, 2015: Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Sept. 6-12
UPDATE: 34 Copa del Rey Mapfre 2015 | Event Wrap Up - sailing video below
The Real Club Nautico de Palma has become world renowned for organising the famous annual Copa del Rey, the key high summer regatta in the Mediterranean, as well as hosts to many top international regattas from Olympic dinghy classes to Maxi yachts. Published on Aug 11, 2015


Spirit of Yachting - Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 video above - In the crystal clear waters of Porto Cervo, Sardinia, the 2014 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup took place for the fifth time. Against the breath-taking setting of Italy’s Mediterranean coast, passionate boat owners on board their cutting-edge Maxi yachts embarked on an adventure of intense rivalry and high drama. The focus was on sailing in style and even included a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the renowned Swan yachts, with a tour at the emblematic shipyard in Finland, where the boats are made. Once more the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup proved to be an enthralling spectacle. World class action and eye-catching racing craft in one of the most enticing locations on the planet. 



Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup:
The Costa Smeralda provides a stunning setting and varied conditions for the THE MAXI YACHT ROLEX CUP, one of the highlights of the Mediterranean Yachting season. The first MAXI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP was held in Sardinia 1980--the brainchild of YACHT CLUB COSTA SMERALDA and its President, THE AGA KHAN.

This year's Regatta marks the 26th edition of the competition which comprises the 6th MAXI 72 ROLEX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.
Rolex Pressroom
Rolex yachting events: regattanews.com
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda: yccs.it and http://www.yccs.com/en/
RESULTS

EVENT PROGRAMME
Sunday, 6 September YCCS Welcome Reception Inspections, registration and briefing
Monday, 7 September Race (s)
Tuesday, 8 September Race (s)
Wednesday, 9 September Race (s)
Thursday, 10 September Lay day or resail
Friday, 11 September Race (s) Rolex Crew Party
Saturday, 12 September Race (s) Final Prize Giving

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Inside Leonardo Ferragamo’s new Racing Yacht by Nautor’s Swan - WSJ"Feel like the king of the world aboard Solleone, the latest seafaring masterpiece by Finnish yacht maker, Nautor’s Swan"

Catamaran sailing techniques: The first in our new 8 part series – Leaving the dock
Yachting World
The series follows on from our popular Blue Water Sailing and Heavy Weather features and will include a monthly feature in the magazine as well as ...

Hobart to host 2.4mR World Sailing Championship
Sail World (press release)
The ISAF Sailing World Cup will be held on Melbourne's Port Phillip from December seven - thirteen, 2015, with the 2.4mR class racing out of the ...


03 September 2015

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2015; Sailing video: ACWS, EXSS, and more


Global Sailing Video: Americas Cup, IMOCA60, Half Ton, ETNZ, LR BAR, ExSS - Published on Aug 30, 2015 - In this week's packed WoW, exciting footage of the new Gitana monohull IMOCA 60 design flying across the waves in spectacular hovering fashion, Iain Murray Regatta Director in Gothenburg gives his morning Americas Cup race preview, ETNZ and Land Rover BAR teams report on Day 1 races, the Half Ton Cup is run and Andy Tourell Race Director of the Extreme Sailing Series introduces their new boat the GC32 a foiling cat for next year. source: World on Water August 30 15 

2015 Entries Open - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2015"The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia today announced the release of the Notice of Race for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and invites eligible yacht owners to enter into Australia’s premier blue water event. Now in its 71st edition, the CYCA is predicting an international fleet of approximately 90 yachts will take part in the 628 nautical mile race, which starts on Boxing Day, December 26 at 1pm AEDT. Bob Oatley has indicated that record holder and defending line honours champion, Wild Oats XI, will lead the charge for line honours again. This following massive modifications to keep pace with the newer yachts, such as Comanche, the year-old super maxi owned by Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze Clark, who have found the lure too strong to resist returning this year...." (Read more at link above)

Chinese debut in RSHYR - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2015"Mainland China will make its debut in the 71st edition of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, joining two other internationals and 14 Australians who were quick in signing up after entry opened last Friday. Serena Cai, who is managing the Chinese yacht, Ark323, said the Chinese team could not wait to put their entry in, aware the race had attracted entries from Hong Kong in the past, but never from mainland China and never with a full Chinese crew. ... The team consists of 12 male sailors, drawn from the best the country has to offer. They come from all points of China and have a wide range of sailing skills. Training together since March, Serena Cai says, “They are very excited to be the first crew from mainland China to enter the race.”" (Read more at link above)

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02 September 2015

Ian Budgen, Leopard, 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race, Sailing videos


Ian Budgen on Leopard at finish of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet race  - Published on Aug 19, 2015: Mike Slade's 100ft maxi Leopard finished the 46th Rolex Fastnet Race early Wednesday morning, after a slow but intense race. Light weather conditions is enjoyed by tactician Ian Budgen.


Why Do You Like Sailing? - Published on Aug 20, 2015 by Robin Elsey
A bit of fun with the Artemis offshore academy during Cowes Week!

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01 September 2015

Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, London Launch, Sailing Videos


LIVE video Replay: Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race fleet departure from St Katharine Docks, London - Streamed live on Aug 30, 2015

Clipper Round The World Yacht Race launches in London - BBC News"... After travelling to Brazil, the yachts will go on to South Africa, then to Albany in Western Australia. From there, participants will sail to Queensland, and on to Vietnam and China. They will continue to Seattle and from there to New York via Panama. The final leg will see the yachts travel from New York back to London, where they are due at the end of July next year."


COUNTDOWN CONTINUES TO CLIPPER ROUND THE WORLD RACE
Published on Aug 26, 2015: The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race preparations continued, as Unicef officially named its yacht in the Race Village.

Twelve identical 70-foot stripped down ocean racers are preparing to battle it out over an eleven month global series which starts from London this Sunday (30 August 2015). It’s the world’s largest matched fleet and it will be taking on the longest ocean race around the planet at more than 40,000 nautical miles.

The 2015-16 series is the tenth edition of the biennial Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Multinational teams will take on the world’s toughest oceans in what has come to be regarded as one of the most challenging endurance events, with 14 races between six continents.

Apart from the twelve seasoned professional skippers, the teams comprise mainly of amateur competitors, many of them novices prior to their extensive pre-race training. The ‘Corinthian’ spirit of the gruelling race has been made famous by its founder, the British yachting legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who became the first person to sail solo, non-stop, around the world in 1968-9.

Teams have been making final preparations this week in central London’s only marina at St Katharine Docks next to Tower Bridge, which will mark Sunday’s departure on this marathon event. Weather patterns are being studied and tactics developed against a busy backdrop of maintenance, stocking up on provisions for the first month-long race to Rio, mixed with naming ceremonies and farewell celebrations.

Each team is around 60-strong, but there will only be a maximum of 24 per yacht at any one time, dropping to an average of 15 on some stages. Around ten to twelve crew will stay aboard for the full circumnavigation, the remainder joining for one or more of eight legs. The challenge for skippers is managing that changing dynamic while maximising competitive performance.

Around 700 crew, representing 44 different nationalities, will participate in this edition, the biggest in the 19-year history of the event which started in 1996. This latest complement of competitors will bring the total number of new ocean racing sailors created by the Clipper Race to over 4,000 to mark its 20th anniversary next year when the fleet returns to London at the end of July.

There was clear apprehension ahead of Sunday’s departure, with an adrenaline charged desire to get the racing started. The opening ceremony of the event had a Rio festival feel ahead of a parade on the Thames with Tower Bridge opening to salute the fleet as it headed out to the start line. 


Race 1 gets underway Monday, August 31, 2015, away from the busy river traffic with a start off Southend Pier at 1230 BST (1130 UTC). The race to Rio is filled with navigational and environmental challenges from the confines of the English Channel and the potentially rough conditions of the Bay of Biscay to the frustrations of the Doldrums where wind can disappear between northern and southern hemisphere weather systems ahead of the final push to the finish in Rio de Janeiro.

Subsequent races take in South Africa, around Australia, including the infamous Boxing Day departure Sydney-Hobart race, Vietnam, China, USA coast-to-coast from Seattle to New York, Northern Ireland, Netherlands and back to London on 30 July 2016.


A look back to 2014--GREAT Britain yacht in dramatic knockdown by tornado in Clipper Race:

A look back to 2014: Dramatic footage of the moment the GREAT Britain team were hit by a tornado as they competed in the previous Clipper Round The World Yacht Race. Published on Jul 9, 2014

more info: clipperroundtheworld.com and YouTube
twitter: @ClipperRace OR #ClipperRace | see also:@SirRKJ @nikkinikkibanks



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