30 June 2016

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, Sailing Route, Stopover List, Sailing Video

Back to our roots: The Route 2017-18 | Volvo Ocean Race:

The route for the next race has been announced, and includes a traditional challenge: the Southern Ocean. Video published June 29, 2016, by VolvoOceanRace.com.

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 list of stopovers:

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29 June 2016

Rolex Capri International Regatta 2016 Highlights, Sailing News & Video

Rolex Capri International Regatta 2016 Highlights:

The Rolex Capri International Regatta is marked by four days of competitive yacht racing around the Mediterranean island and spectacular coastal scenery, making it a treat for keen sailors and yacht lovers. The 2016 edition welcomed a large fleet of Maxi yachts, all over 18.29 metres or 60-feet in length. With activities both on and off the water, the regatta’s programme upholds a more than decade-long tradition of Rolex involvement in Capri’s international yachting calendar. Published June 27, 2016

Sailing News:
Veterans Find Camaraderie at Annapolis Sailing Clinic
Department of Defense
ANNAPOLIS, Md., June 27, 2016 — When Marine Corps veteran Hector Cardona heard about a sailing clinic designed to assist veterans as they ...

Clear Lake offers smooth sailing for Iowa X Regatta
Mason City Globe Gazette
“This is good for the kids because it's their sport and not too many people get to see it,”sailing amp Director Amy Wagler said. “They work hard and ...

Remembering clearly
International Sailing Federation
After a slow start racing out of Agios Kosmas Olympic Sailing Centre, Zbogar put together a consistent string of race results in the middle part of the ...

Sailing: Stiff competition expected
The Hindu
“With pressure in both the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, the Hyderabad Sailing Week will be blessed with good winds and stiff competition”, ...

Sailing Helps Veterans with PTSD Find Peace at Sea
WTNH Connecticut News (press release)
It's a beautiful day on the Connecticut shoreline and Ray Hayes and his friend Rick Russell are getting ready to set sail. But this isn't just any day out ...

Oman Air Takes a Dramatic Win in Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series
Sailing World
Oman Air were crowned kings of Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ following a tense finale that saw them only just manage to hold off Red Bull ...
Alex Cuthbert enjoys 'amazing adrenaline rush' of Extreme Sailing event in Cardiff - WalesOnline
Yachting Racing: Extreme Sailing Series: Act 3, Cardiff 2016 - Day Four - Morgan Larson - BYM News (press release)

Top 20 Advance to World Match Racing Tour Finale
Scuttlebutt Sailing News
There are a lot of teams that are practicing every day to get better when it comes to thesailing. Taylor [Canfield] is in a good spot but he needs to keep ...
Yachting Racing: Yachtings 1 Million Dollar Match Race Marstrand, Sweden - BYM News (press release)

Australian Appeal for Olympic Selection Dismissed
Scuttlebutt Sailing News
When Australian Sailing made the decision to not compete in the women's skiff event at the 2016 Olympic Games, Tess Lloyd and Caitlin Elks, who ...
Aust sailors lose Olympic selection appeal - The West Australian

Polish Open Match Racing Championship
Regatta Information : Events | ISAF | World Sailing | Official Website
Events from the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the world governing body for the sport of sailing.

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28 June 2016

Audi Settimana delle Bocche, June 28 - July 2, Sailing Video

2016 52 Super Series Highlights, Porto Cervo Day 1:

Sailing video published June 28, 2016: Provezza lead the table after a steady 3,3 start. Azzurra finish at mid-table on home waters, Quantum Racing's Doug DeVos settles in at the helm, and Bronenosec have a day of extremes. Full Recap: http://bit.ly/291LH8X

2016 52 SUPER SERIES: Porto Cervo Preview:

The best monohull racing circuit in the world continues this week with the second 52SuperSeries regatta of the season--Audi Settimana Delle Bocche - 28th June–2nd July. Official Practice Race on Monday, June 27th.

Audi Settimana delle Bocche › 52 SUPER SERIES - Pure PerformanceVenue: Yacht Club Costa Smeralda - The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda has been synonymous with racing at the highest international level for decades and has been host to many world championship regattas as well as the Maxi Worlds. It is home to the Azzurra campaigns such as “challenged for the America’s Cup” and now runs the TP52 Audi Azzurra Sailing Team. The Costa Smeralda takes its names from the colour of the vivid turquoise waters but as well as the stunning backdrop of the north east of Sardinia, the winds are reliable and from a choice of different directions. The mistral winds from the north, levant winds from the east and scirocco winds from the dry lands of Africa all provide variety and excitement. The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda are well known for the Sardinia Cup international team event and in 2011 were hosts to the TP52 World Championships."

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda
Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica
Via della Marina
07021 Porto Cervo

Official websitehttp://www.52superseries.com/events/2016/eu/audi-settimana-delle-bocche/

Notice of Race - Eligibility: "3.1 The 2016 Audi Settimana delle Bocche is open to all boats with a valid 2016 TP52 Certificate, as well as IRC52 boats with a valid 2016 IRC Certificate and TP52 Class confirmed Wild Card invitation based on the limits of Appendix B. 3.2 All competitors shall comply with World Sailing Regulation 19 Eligibility Code."

Audi Settimana delle Bocche schedule:
Saturday 25th June: Free practice day
Sunday 26th June: All boats moored at regatta berths Marina Porto Cervo,
and free practice day
Monday 27th June: Official practice race, registration from 09.00 – 13.00 and a skipper’s Briefing at 18.00
Tuesday 28th June: WL Races
Wednesday 29th June: Coastal Race
Thursday 30th June: WL Races (optional Coastal Race)
Friday 1st July: Coastal Race
Saturday 2nd July: WL Races and prize giving ceremony

52SuperSeries - Best of 5 events trophy:
  • Scarlino Cup May 25th - 29th, Tuscany
  • Settimana delle Bocche June 28th - July 2nd, Sardinia
  • Portals Sailing Week July 25th - 29th, Mallorca
  • TP52 World Championships September 14th - 18th, Menorca
  • Cascais Cup October 11th - 15th, Cascais
More info: 52superseries.com and @52SuperSeries (Twitter)

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27 June 2016

Sailing Basics, Sail Repairs, 7 Ways to Save Money, Sailing News (video)

Sailing Basics - Seven Ways to Save Money on Costly Sail Repairs:

Your sailboat sails take it on the chin from wind, sea, salt and UV light rays. How can you save big money to add life to your costly boat sails throughout the season? Watch this sailing video for a simple sailing solution and visit http://www.skippertips.com for more sailing basics and boat safety tips from Captain John, who (with 25+ years of experience) shows you the no-nonsense cruising skills you need for safer sailing worldwide. 

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Howth Yacht Club's Shane Diviney Debuts on China One at Extreme Sailing Series - Afloat

International Sailing Federation: Peter Burling and Blair Tuke
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) will start the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition with a perfect record in the quadrennial after winning gold at ...
Kieler Woche, 470 Junior World Championship: "We love to fight“ - BYM News (press release)
BYM Sailing & Sports News - BYM News (press release)

WCSH6.com: Sailing on the schooner J & E Riggin
PENOBSCOT BAY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — All Maine windjammers are wonderful to sailon. The J & E Riggin has a particular niche, gourmet food ...

Sailing, Sharks at Long Beach Race Week
Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Long Beach, CA (June 25, 2016) – Shark Week arrived a day early this year, muscling in on Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week (LBRW) with ...

The Inquisitr: Coast Guard Suspends Search For The Family Who Went Missing DuringSailing Trip In Florida: The Coast Guard, on Saturday, called off its search for the family that went missing during a sailing trip in the Gulf of Mexico nearly a week ago.
Missing Florida family search suspended as Coast Guard identifies bodies - CBS News

Tanzania Olympic Committee help fund coaching course led by World Sailingexpert
World Sailing's Rob Holden has praised the quality of coaching in Tanzania but believes the country need to establish allocated areas to help grow ...

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23 June 2016

Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 Cardiff June 23-26, Sailing Videos

LIVE Cardiff: Day Three Saturday--Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016:

LIVE from Cardiff: Day Three, Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016: Starts: June 25, 2016, SAT 9:00 AM EDT (US)

LIVE Cardiff: Day Four Sunday--Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016:
LIVE from Cardiff: Day Four, Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016: Starts: June 26, 2016, SUN 9:00 AM EDT (US)

3D Cardiff: Day One (Graphics Only) Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016:

Starts: June 23, 2016 THU 9:00 AM ET (US)

3D Cardiff: Day Two - Graphics Only - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016:

3D Cardiff: Day Two - Graphics Only - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016 Starts: June 24, 2016, FRI 9:00 AM EDT (US)
Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 Cardiff June 23-26: Racecourse size: 1000 x 250 metres. Race Village opens: 24 June. "The adrenaline fuelled Extreme Sailing Series™ returns to Cardiff for the fifth year running. Now a firm favourite on the Cardiff summer sports calendar, watch eight of the world’s top sailing teams battle it out in Cardiff Bay, Europe’s Largest Waterfront Development. Where is the best place to watch? The award-winning Stadium Racing format is ideal for spectators providing exciting views of the racecourse from the waterfront and Barrage, whilst on land there’s something for everyone ... Racing in the Bay will take place between 14:00 - 17:00 (17:45 on Saturday) across the 3 days." Read more Cardiff, UK | ExtremeSailingSeries.com:

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 2 Highlights:

Act 2, Qingdao, China, April 29-May 2, 2016

Results | Extreme Sailing Series (Overall, Acts 1, 2, 3 etc.)
Standings Overall after Acts 1&2:
1. Oman Air
2. Alinghi
3. Red Bull Sailing Team
4. Land Rover BAR Academu
5. SAP Extreme Sailing Team
6. Sail Portugal
7. One
8. Team Turx

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22 June 2016

Clipper Race, Final Leg Starts, America Coast to Coast Leg Sailing Video

America Coast to Coast Leg of Clipper Race review

Review of the action from Race 10 and 11 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The twelve strong fleet leave Seattle to begin the race to Panama before transiting the world famous Panama Canal. From there the fleet head north to New York, USA  Published on Jun 20, 2016

Final Leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race #ClipperRace Started June 21, 2016 from New York to Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland:
The LegenDerry Finale preview"On the classic race route across the Atlantic there is the potential for some very fast sailing. At the Southern tip of Newfoundland are the Grand Banks, an area renowned for thick fog and light winds as the Labrador Current drags down cold water from the Arctic. The fleet will pass close to the wreck of the Titanic before heading up over the Flemish Cap – the setting for the Perfect Storm. The route will take the teams well south of the icebergs that are expected to be in this area. Along with the weather, the Clipper Race Office constantly monitors the ice flow which moves south with the Labrador Current down the east coast of Newfoundland. In order for the fleet to avoid the ice the teams must keep below 40 degrees north. Various 'ice marks' are in place. No yacht shall enter the ice box marked by the ice marks. Disqualification will apply for this infringement." more info: clipperroundtheworld.com

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21 June 2016

Oracle Team USA, Artemis Racing, America's Cup, One Year to Go

One year to go - ORACLE TEAM USA and the America's Cup:

June 17, 2017 is race day one of the 35th America's Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton. Today marks the one year to go point. "It sounds like a long time, but it isn't," says sailing team manager and tactician Tom Slingsby. Video by Sam Greenfield / Mike Herbener / (c) ORACLE TEAM USA Published on Jun 17, 2016

SE2/EP4: Artemis Racing - Road to Bermuda:

In this episode we visit New York for the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, and learn more about the importance of performance prediction as part of the design process. An exclusive behind the scenes insight into what it takes to mount a challenge and compete in the 35th America's Cup, the oldest and most prestigious trophy in international sport. Published June 16, 2016

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20 June 2016

Giraglia Rolex Cup 2016, Offshore Race Wrap Up, Sailing Video

Giraglia Rolex Cup 2016 – Offshore Race Wrap Up:

The 2016 Giraglia Rolex Cup offshore race organized by the Yacht Club Italiano and the Société de Saint-Tropez, set off from Saint-Tropez on 15 June. 268 yachts participated in 64th edition. The race was characterized by a range of weather conditions that eventually favoured the slower yachts. While the 100 foot Magic Carpet Cubed secured line honours, it was the 36 foot French yacht Tip owned by Gilles Pages that prevailed in the battle for overall victory on corrected time. Published June 19, 2016

Lindsay Owen-Jones 100-ft Maxi Magic Carpet Cubed (GBR) claimed line honours at the 2016 Giraglia Rolex Cup. Crossing the finish line in Genoa at 15:02:56 CEST Thursday, Magic Carpet Cubed completed the offshore race from Saint-Tropez, France in 26 hours, 48 minutes and 56 seconds.

The 2016 Giraglia Rolex Cup will be archived as one of the most challenging. Starting light with a tactically demanding middle, it ended with a flourish; at times an alarming one. For many yachts the final leg from the Giraglia to Genoa will last long in the memory, as a bruising south-westerly wind built rapidly to 30 plus knots and whipped up the seas. Lasting from late on Thursday night to Friday morning, this wind added serious gasoline to the efforts of the slower yachts to overhaul the fastest in the race for the corrected time, and overall, win. When Gilles Pages and the French crew of Tip crossed the finish in the early hours of Friday morning they moved to the top of the podium. On Saturday morning Tip was confirmed as the worthy winner of the 64th Giraglia Rolex Cup.


Giraglia Rolex Cup Offshore Race (Saint-Tropez - Giraglia - Genoa)
IRC Overall
1. Tip (FRA), Gilles Pages (winner Rolex Challenge Trophy & Rolex Submariner)
2. Give Me Five 5 (FRA), Adrien Follin
3. Epsilon (FRA), Jean Rameil

ORC Class:
1.Scricca (ITA), Leonardo Servi (winner Trofeo Challenge Nucci Novi)

Line honours: Magic Carpet Cubed (GBR) (26 hours, 48 minutes and 56 seconds) (winner Rolex Trophy, Réné Levainville Trophy & Rolex Yacht-Master)
Current course record: Esimit Europa 2 (SLO): 14 hours, 56 minutes and 16 seconds in 2012
Giraglia Rolex Cup Inshore Series (Saint-Tropez):
IRC 0 Wallyno Benoit de Froidmont
IRC A Team Vision Future Jean Jacques Chaubard
IRC B Easy Jean Marie Vidal
ORC 0 Southern Star Luigi Cimolai
ORC A Samantaga Philippe Moortgat

ORC B Aria di Burrasca Franco Salmoiraghi

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19 June 2016

Coast Guard Mobile App, Boating Safety, Emergency Distress Equipment

Coast Guard mobile app for boating safety:

Overview of Coast Guard mobile application for boating safety for smartphones. U.S. Coast Guard video published May 12, 2015. More info: http://www.uscg.mil/mobile/. As the nation's recreational boating safety coordinator, the Coast Guard works to minimize loss of life, personal injury, property damage, and environmental harm. The Coast Guard's boating safety program involves public education programs, regulation of boat design and construction, approval of boating safety equipment, and vessel safety checks for compliance with federal and state safety requirements. The Coast Guard mobile app supports these missions by providing the essential services and information most commonly requested by boaters.

National Safe Boating Week, Coast Guard stresses importance of carrying life-saving emergency distress equipment: "... the Great Lakes Coast Guard is reminding boaters of the importance of carrying life-saving emergency distress equipment. While many boaters rely on cell phones for emergency communications on the water, personal locator beacons are much more reliable in the marine environment. The Coast Guard highly recommends all mariners equip their boats with Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons and/or their life jackets with Personal Locator Beacons.
“EPIRBs and PLBs are absolutely invaluable during emergencies because they instantly alert responders to your distress, provide a precise GPS location and give a description of your vessel when they’re properly registered,” said Mike Baron, the recreational boating safety specialist for the Coast Guard 9th District. “If your boat capsizes or you fall overboard and can’t get to your radio, these small, relatively inexpensive pieces of equipment, along with your life jacket, really could be the difference between living and dying.”
EPIRBs and PLBs may be activated manually by the push of a button or automatically when they enter the water, depending on the model. A PLB is a small battery-powered device that transmits a digital burst to a satellite once every 50 seconds, which the Coast Guard monitors. These devices have a shelf life of 6 to 8 years. PLBs send out a continuous signal for 48 hours unless turned off. New search-and rescue technology aboard Coast Guard Dolphin helicopters and 45-foot response boats can now hone in on the signal of a transmitting PLB. The 406Mhz PLB signals are coded, allowing non-PLB signals to be filtered out by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration operated search and rescue satellite aided tracking.

Additionally, in accordance with federal law, recreational boats 16 feet and longer are required to carry visual distress signals such as flares, smoke signals or non-pyrotechnic devices, and vessels 12 meters or longer are required to carry sound-producing devices such as whistles, bells and gongs. State and local laws may require further safety equipment.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration search and rescue satellite aided tracking system counts that in 2015, 138 people were rescued at sea in 46 different incidents by using an EPIRB or PLB. In the U.S., more than 7,800 people have been rescued by EPIRB or PLB since 1982.

Coast Guard urges float plans: "The Coast Guard urges all boaters to file a float plan with family or friends during National Safe Boating Week and the boating season. A float plan, similar to a life jacket, is a life-saving device on paper, which can make a difference in rescue and response time in the event of an emergency. Before boaters embark, they should leave detailed information about their trip with a family member or friend who is staying ashore. Include all information that would help rescuers in case of emergency, such as how many people are aboard, where you are leaving from and returning to, your intended route, how long you will be out and a description of your boat. However, do not file float plans with the Coast Guard. A float plan is equally effective for the owner of a kayak or flat-bottom skiff as it is for a large cruiser, a 90-foot sport-fishing vessel or luxury yacht. Typically, the owner or master of the vessel is the individual who prepares the float plan; however, any member of the crew can be assigned the preparation and filing duty. To obtain a float plan form, click here for a downloadable form."

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18 June 2016

US Sailing: Why Do You Love Sailing & First Sail Videos, Twitter Feed

Why Do You Love Sailing?

Video published May 26, 2016 by US Sailing.

First Sail:

Video published May 27, 2016, by US Sailing.

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17 June 2016

Abandon Ship in the Atlantic Ocean, Volvo Ocean Race 2006 (video)

Abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean | Volvo Ocean Race:

10 years ago, Bouwe Bekking and his crew were involved in one of the biggest rescue operations in Volvo Ocean Race history as they were forced to abandon ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Here’s how their dramatic story unfolded…  Published on May 23, 2016

TEAM ABN AMRO in the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006:

ABN AMRO 1 skippered by Mike Sanderson

More info at http://www.supporterteamabnamro.com

See also: JohnTheCrowd | Sailing News: Tragic Loss, Heroic Rescue, Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06, Sailing Videos

More info: volvooceanrace.com

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16 June 2016

Giraglia Rolex Cup 2016, Offshore Race Start, 15 June 2016 (video)

Giraglia Rolex Cup 2016 – Offshore Race Start – 15th June 2016:

On 15th June, 268 crews participating in the 2016 Giraglia Rolex Cup offshore race organized by the Yacht Club Italiano and the Société de Saint-Tropez, set off from the start line in front of Saint-Tropez. This year marks the 64th edition of the historic race to Genoa, via the Giraglia rock located off the northern tip of Corsica. Professionally and Corinthian crewed yachts from 30 feet to 100 feet and from 18 nations are taking part. Published June 15, 2016

Three events in one

The Giraglia Rolex Cup is three events in one, comprising overnight races from Marseilles and Sanremo to Saint-Tropez; an inshore series in Saint-Tropez; and the famous offshore race ‘La Giraglia’, which runs 241 nautical miles from Saint-Tropez to Genoa via the islet that gives the event its name.

The offshore race of the 64th Giraglia Rolex Cup got underway today at midday, with 268 yachts departing from Saint-Tropez for Genoa, via the Giraglia rock. Following three days of blissful warmth and generally clear skies, the Cote d’Azur went feral with a rain storm blanketing the bay of Saint Tropez just before the first gun. For the 2,500 or so competitors the ambient spirit may have been dampened, but these are sailors used to putting up with some hardship to pursue their passion. Poor weather is just one of those things to be expected and dealt with.

Predictions for the race have been varied reflecting a confusing forecast for the first 24 hours and initial stages. Routing programmes suggest the bigger yachts could arrive at the Giraglia anytime between the early hours of tomorrow morning and midday. Genoa could be reached between midday Thursday and midnight.


The leaden grey clouds seemed to suck life out of the wind at the start, and one might be forgiven for thinking this is going to be a long slow race. Perhaps, said George Korel, Principal Race Officer of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, who explained the overall situation once outside the bay of Saint-Tropez: “Today, the Mistral is likely to stay the dominant factor between Corsica and the Continent. If the fastest boats can get into these winds the front runners could be quick to the Giraglia. And, while the smaller boats might find themselves in a relatively calm zone to start, on Thursday night/Friday morning the wind is forecast to get stronger at Cap Corse. It looks hopeful that it will be windy in the Gulf of Genoa too, which could mean the yachts will arrive much faster in Genoa than in recent years. I hope so!”


From the start, Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones’ Magic Carpet Cubed visibly declared her size and power taking a firm lead on the short upwind leg to a mark off Saint-Tropez. Rounding the buoy, she hoisted her massive gennaker and proceeded to stretch her advantage over the chasing pack, which included the Maxi 72 Jethou owned by Sir Peter Ogden.

Both Owen-Jones and Ogden are perennial competitors at the Giraglia Rolex Cup. “Doing this race is always a huge pleasure,” says Owen-Jones. “We spent a long time trying to win it overall, and to do so last year means a lot less pressure this time. We can enjoy it so much more, especially rounding the Giraglia which is a magical moment in the race.” Ogden is in accord with his compatriot’s view of the race: “I just love it. Rounding the rock is a mystical experience that I just never want to miss.” By 14.30 Magic Carpet Cubed and Jethou had confirmed their status as front-runners having passed the next mark of the course just off La Taillat. Heading to the Giraglia at about 10 knots they had successfully passed through the first of the wind transitions.


At this point, remainder of the fleet was strung out in a line between La Rabiou at the eastern end of the bay of Saint-Tropez and La Taillat to the south, with the prospect of a long afternoon and evening ahead as they work across the transition into stronger breeze offshore.

Once heading east to the Giraglia the yachts face their first big tactical decision of the race according to Giancarlo Ghislanzoni, a Yacht Club Italiano member and experienced campaigner of Chestress 3: “The rhumb (direct) line to the Giraglia looks pretty straight, almost 90 degrees to the east. But in most editions, sooner or later along that line, there is an area of light wind. So, very rarely is sailing the rhumb line a winning strategy. The big question is whether to sail to the north or south.” Ahead of the start the decision was not yet made: “Generally on this segment the wind is from the west. This year looks different with apparently mostly headwinds for us!”


The overall winner of the Giraglia Rolex Cup is decided on corrected time. The wind conditions on the course always play a part in determining the eventual outcome. This is part of the fascination for sailors like Ghislanzoni: “You constantly fight to get the best performance from your boat throughout the race, but just like life there are external elements that you have to deal with. The wind is just as much that as your competitors.” This year it is too early to tell whether the front, middle or back of the fleet will be favoured. Tomorrow the picture will be clearer. [source: Rolex pressroom]


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15 June 2016

2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season, NOAA Outlook, Preparedness (videos)

NOAA's 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

Dr. Gerry Bell of NOAA discusses the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook (published May 27, 2016). Learn more about how to prepare for the 2016 hurricane season, and monitor hurricane forecasts throughout the season, from June 1 through November 30:

"NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, will most likely be near-normal, but forecast uncertainty in the climate signals that influence the formation of Atlantic storms make predicting this season particularly difficult.

"NOAA predicts a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 4 to 8 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). While a near-normal season is most likely with a 45 percent chance, there is also a 30 percent chance of an above-normal season and a 25 percent chance of a below-normal season. Included in today’s outlook is Hurricane Alex, a pre-season storm that formed over the far eastern Atlantic in January.

“This is a more challenging hurricane season outlook than most because it’s difficult to determine whether there will be reinforcing or competing climate influences on tropical storm development,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. "However, a near-normal prediction for this season suggests we could see more hurricane activity than we’ve seen in the last three years, which were below normal.” Read more here.

Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale and Storms Index:
  • Five  ≥137 knots, ≥157 mph, ≥252 km/h
  • Four  113–136 knots, 130–156 mph, 209–251 km/h
  • Three  96–112 knots, 111–129 mph, 178–208 km/h
  • Two  83–95 knots, 96–110 mph, 154–177 km/h
  • One  64–82 knots, 74–95 mph, 119–153 km/h
  • Tropical storm  34–63 knots, 39–73 mph, 63–118 km/h
  • Tropical depression  ≤33 knots, ≤38 mph, ≤62 km/h
West Marine video: Preparing Your Boat for a Hurricane

For more info: http://www.westmarine.com/hurricane-prep-page

BoatUS Hurricane Tracking & Resource Center:
Hurricane Preparedness, General Information:
Here are a few tips to help prepare for the 2016 hurricane season, which officially began June 1 and ends November 30:
  • Know your area and the evacuation routes. In Florida, they are available on the Florida Division of Emergency Management’s Website.
  • Have a plan to prepare your home and/or business with storm shutters or plywood. Bring items that could be picked up by the wind and break windows - like lawn furniture, toys, or trash cans - inside.
  • Make sure you know where your home’s safe room is located. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website details what a safe room should look like.
  • Keep your automobile fully fueled; if electric power is cut off, gas stations may not be able to operate pumps for several days.
  • Be prepared to survive on your own for a few days. Assemble a disaster kit with a battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, blankets, clothing, food, water, and prescription medications and needed medical supplies. The Florida Division of Emergency Management points you to a good list of items to have ready.
  • Know how to shut off utilities. Know where gas pilots are located and how the heating and air-conditioning system works. If you have any questions, contact your local utility company.
  • Gather your personal documents - insurance policy information, emergency contact information, and any other vital documents - somewhere they can be easily located and ready to take with you should you have to evacuate your home.

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14 June 2016

Foiling: Duchess of Cambridge Takes Flight on the Solent, Sailing Videos

The Duchess of Cambridge takes flight on the Solent:

There’s a new crew member in town The Duchess of Cambridge learns the ropes from Ben Ainslie onboard T1. Published May 25, 2016

ETNZ: First day flying back on Auckland harbour:

It was the first day of Emirates Team New Zealand's on-water testing program, and the first day back out flying around Auckland harbour. Published on Dec 10, 2015

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13 June 2016

America's Cup, One Year To Go, #RacetoBermuda Is On, Sailing Video

One year to go – the #RacetoBermuda is on:

In just one year, on May 26, 2017, the first races of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup. (Published May 26, 2016)

See also: JohnTheCrowd | Sailing News: Artemis Racing, Road to Bermuda, SE2/EP3, Sailing Video: In Sweden, construction of the Artemis Racing's America's Cup Class Yacht has begun.

Next year all six America’s Cup teams will race in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers, in new America’s Cup Class foiling catamarans, purpose-built for the racing in 2017. Qualifiers are scheduled to take place on Bermuda’s Great Sound.. If the defending champion, ORACLE TEAM USA, wins the opening series, it will earn a one-point lead in the America’s Cup Match series. If the winning team is a challenger, and they end up in the Match, they will have the advantage on the scoreboard.

#LVACWSChicago 2016:
  • Muscat, Oman,  Feb 27-28, 2016; 
  • New York, USA – May 6-8, 2016;
  • Chicago, USA – June 10-12, 2016;
  • Portsmouth, UK – July 22-24, 2016;
  • Toulon, France -- September 10-11, 2016.

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10 June 2016

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, Chicago, June 10-12, Video


Over 200,000 fans crowded Chicago’s Navy Pier over the weekend to cheer on ORACLE TEAM USA and share the America’s Cup experience, which featured foiling, flying catamarans, racing at a freshwater venue for the first time. Artemis Racing won the event, with Land Rover BAR in second place and SoftBank Team Japan taking two race wins for its first podium position. ORACLE TEAM USA finished fifth. Published June 12, 2016

UPDATE Team ETNZ drama during practice in Chicago:

It was a dramatic day in Chicago as Emirates Team New Zealand pushed racing to the limit capsizing the AC45 during practise racing. Published June 10, 2016

ACWS Chicago Practice Day Spectacular:

The America's Cup World Series Chicago got off to a flying start - quite literally - with some great foiling action on Lake Michigan during practice day. Gusty winds and flat waters equals the perfect conditions for racing. Published June 11, 2016

UPDATE: #LVACWSChicago Results after final day of racing:
Sailing: America's Cup comes to Chicago aiming to avoid mistakes made in New York | The Salt Lake Tribune"If you had to bet on good conditions between New York in May and Chicago in June, Chicago would win hands down."--Ken Read, an NBC analyst and professional sailor.

Land Rover BAR set sail for the Windy City:

The Land Rover BAR team has landed in the 'Windy City' for the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago. This will be the first time the team has raced on a body of fresh water. Lake Michigan is one of America's Great Lakes, stretching a massive 307 miles long and 118 miles wide - we can't wait for the racing this weekend! #‎BringTheCupHome #‎LVACWSChicago #‎FirstOnFreshWater. Video published June 9, 2016


Above: Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, Chicago, June 10-12, Boater's Guide

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.

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More info: americascup.com

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09 June 2016

Giraglia Rolex Cup 2016 Preview, June 10-18, Sailing Video

Giraglia Rolex Cup 2016 – Preview:

From 10 – 18 June, some 2,500 crew will participate at the 2016 Giraglia Rolex Cup organized by the Yacht Club Italiano, with the support of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez. This year marks the 64th edition of this internationally renowned event that has evolved over the years from humble origins to a reference point in the Mediterranean yachting season. Published May 26, 2016 

Giraglia Rolex Cup | Yacht Club Italiano: http://www.yachtclubitaliano.it/it/regate/tutte-le-regate/giraglia-rolex-cup

  • Friday 10, June: race San Remo/Saint-Tropez
  • Saturday 11, June: 9:00am - 7:00pm: Opening Hospitality Village + entries and mesurements
  • Sunday 12 June: 9:00am - 7:00pm: Opening Hospitality Village + inshore race
  • Monday 13, June: 9:00am - 7:00pm: Opening Hospitality Village + inshore race; Evening for the crews
  • Tuesday 14, June: 9:00am - 7:00pm: Opening Hospitality Village + inshore race; Giraglia Rolex Cup awards
  • Wednesday 15, June: Start of the Giraglia regatta (route: Saint-Tropez - la Fourmigue du Lavandou - Rocher de la Giraglia - Gênes)
  • Saturday 18, June: Giraglia awards

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08 June 2016

Artemis Racing, Road to Bermuda, SE2/EP3, Sailing Video

SE2/EP3: Artemis Racing - Road to Bermuda:

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 in 2016 as the team prepares to win the oldest and most prestigious trophy in international sport.

In this episode we travel to Sweden as construction of the Team's America's Cup Class Yacht begins, and we meet British Olympic champion Paul Goodison. Published June 1, 2016

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Results overall:

1Emirates Team New Zealand 244
3Land Rover BAR 227
4SoftBank Team Japan 203
5Artemis Racing 201
6Groupama Team France 194

Next up: Chicago, June 11-12, more info: americascup.com

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07 June 2016

49erFX Trapeze Sailing, Team USA Sonar Headed to Rio 2016 (videos)

UNCHARTED WATERS: Trapeze Sailing on the 49erFX:
Take a flying lesson with Paris and Helena! Published on May 10, 2016

Team USA Sonar Headed to Rio 2016: Doerr, Kendell, Freund:

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06 June 2016

Para Sailing, Limits Do Not Exist, Sailing Videos

World Championship Title for USA Sonar, Medemblik 2016:
Para Sailing World Champions: Rick Doerr, Brad Kendell and Hugh Freund! (Team USA One, Sonar Class) Published May 28, 2016

UNCHARTED WATERS - Limits Do Not Exist:
Video published May 10, 2016, by US Sailing

Para World Sailing equipment evaluationWhat was the process of choosing the boats for evaluation? We sent out notices to most of the boat manufacturers and the ones that responded are the ones that are here and were in Italy. The boats primarily had to be inexpensive, be able to fit many in a container and have worldwide distribution. So at the moment there are a lot of disabilities that can sail the Paralympic classes, is it important to keep this? Yes, it is important to keep. We want our present sailors and future sailors to be able to have the opportunity to compete. Sailing is in the brain, not always in the boat. So, in brief, what do you have to change and can it be achieved? What we are trying to do is achievable. We have to change the thought process of existing sailors to a different format of racing. But also, I think we can be a leader in sailing. We have the opportunity to increase our technology around theatre or close to shore sailing. For example, we can get drones up in the air, make it exciting with the technology available and also make it exciting for people viewing from land. Read more: WorldSailing | sailing.org

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05 June 2016

Extreme Sailing Series 2016, Muscat, Qingdao, Highlights Video

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016, Programme One, Muscat & Qingdao:

Highlights from  Extreme Sailing Series, Acts 1 and 2. The curtain was officially raised for the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™ in March, kicking off the season in style in the Sultanate of Oman. The season started with a stunning coastal race down to the historic old town of Muscat, which saw the new hydro-foiling GC32s race against the backdrop of the Al Alam Royal Castle in the Muttrah Port on the opening day. The fleet then took to the Omani Stadium for three action-packed days of racing, which saw the eight teams really get to grips with flying. Muscat proved the perfect debut for the Extreme Sailing Series to ‘fly’ into its 10th season.

Next stop for the eight-strong fleet was the Olympic Sailing City of Qingdao, China - a regular on the global Stadium Racing circuit. From the 29 April - 2 May Act 2 saw the fleet face the challenging, fickle conditions Qingdao threw at them, with the smallest of mistakes punished on this racecourse. The experienced rose to the top, and a final day showdown saw the eight GC32 hydro-foiling catamarans ‘fly’ on Fushan Bay. (Published May 20, 2016)

Extreme Sailing Series 2016 Schedule:
Act 1 Muscat Mar 16-19
Act 2 Qingdao Apr29-May2
Act 3 Cardiff Jun 23-26
Act 4 Hamburg Jul 28-31
Act 5 St Petersburg Sep 1-4
Act 6 Istanbul Sep 22-25
Act 7 Lisbon Oct 6-9
Act 8 Australia Dec 8-11

More information: http://extremesailingseries.com

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04 June 2016

52 Super Series 2016, Scarlino Cup, Days 3, 4, 5, Sailing Videos

52 Super Series 2016 - Scarlino Cup - Day 3 Coastal Race:

52 Super Series 2016 - Scarlino Cup - Day 4 Race 6:

52 Super Series 2016 - Scarlino Cup - Day 5 Race 8:

See also: JohnTheCrowd | Sailing News: 52 Super Series, 2016 Scarlino Cup Highlights, Sailing Videos and 52superseries.com

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03 June 2016

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 2, Highlights Video, Sailing News

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 2 - Highlights:

From 29 April - 2 May the Extreme Sailing Series™ saw the fleet face the challenging, fickle conditions China threw at them for the second Act of the 2016 circuit in Qingdao. Take a look back at the Act highlights here. Published May 24, 2016.

More information: extremesailingseries.com

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