31 October 2016

North Sails Vendée Globe Preview 2016, Sailing Videos

North Sails Vendée Globe Preview 2016:

Preview the 2016 Vendée Globe with North Sails ambassador, Sam Davies. The Vendée Globe is the only non-stop, singlehanded sailing race around the world without assistance. North Sails is the sailmaker of choice for the majority of skippers in the race. Video published on Oct 29, 2016

Preparing to Cast Off - Vendée Globe 2016 - North Sails

Hear from Jérémie Beyou, Yann Elies, and Romain Attanasio as they finish preparations for the 2016 Vendée Globe Round-the-World race. Published on Oct 29, 2016

Vendee Globe 2016-17 Route

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30 October 2016

Foiling: A Screaming Start to the Coastal Classic, Sailing Videos

A screaming start to the Coastal Classic:

A screaming start to last weeks iconic PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic​ yacht race! Published Oct 27, 2016 by America's Cup challenger ETNZ - Emirates Team New Zealand.
  • America's Cup, June 2017 - AC35 in Bermuda - The America's Cup is without a doubt the most difficult trophy in sport to win. In the more than 150 years since the first race off England, only four nations have won the "oldest trophy in international sport."
Spithill: The level is rising

Following a profitable race period among the Bermuda based America's Cup teams, Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill says the level is rising and each team is improving. Video published Oct 21, 2016 by Oracle Team USA.

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29 October 2016

America's Cup 2017 on the Great Sound in Bermuda, Sailing Video

America's Cup 2017 in Bermuda:

Bermuda is both honoured and proud to be selected to host the 35th America’s Cup in June, 2017. Being the home of the America’s Cup is an extraordinary opportunity that aligns perfectly with the heritage, profile, spirit and future of our island. Our Great Sound just might be the best sailing venue on the planet, mixing a steady ocean breeze with protected waters that are flat and fast. It is as if the America’s Cup catamarans and Bermuda were pre-destined to converge at this point in history.

The video above showcasing Bermuda as a sailing venue, was co-produced by LookBermuda | LookFilms and Shooter & Scribe Productions for the Bermuda Tourism Authority. Stock footage is from the LookBermuda film archive, the naration is by Glenn Jones, the music by Felix Tod and the digital renderings by Onsite Engineering. It also includes recent Newport to Bermuda sailing footage filmed by a collective of Bermuda Production Companies including teams from LookBermuda, Shooter & Scribe and Bermuda Aerial Media that was pulled together by LookBermuda.


The sporting world will be focused on Bermuda next June (2017) when the waters of the Great Sound host defending champion Oracle Team USA against the winner of the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series in the 35th edition of the America's Cup, the world's oldest sporting trophy. Bermuda, a British island territory of 181 islands in the North Atlantic, is spending $77 million on the event, which includes the $15 million sponsorship fee, $25 million on infrastructure improvements and new facilities such as the event village at the Royal Naval Dockyard built on a nine acre plot of reclaimed land, and $12 million in operating costs. Bermuda also had to underwrite a $25 million guarantee against commercial sponsorship. Organizers estimate the economic benefit of hosting may be as high as $250 million, which will be generated by competing teams moving to Bermuda, additional visitors before and during the Cup, media exposure and big-spending superyacht owners visiting Bermuda.
"We see the America's Cup as a bridge to new opportunity, a reset of the way Bermuda is viewed as a tourism, event and first world jurisdiction"--Michael Winfield, chief executive of America's Cup Bermuda (ACBDA) which is organizing the event, in Can the America's Cup revive island paradise? | CNN.com.
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28 October 2016

Vendée Globe 2016-17, Voile MACSF, Sailing Videos

Daily summary 11 Days to go / Vendée Globe 2016
Published Oct 26, 2016

Daily summary 12 Days to go / Vendée Globe 2016


Voile MACSF : Une Equipe en Solitaire / Vendée Globe:

Last Thursday, Bertrand de Broc and his entire coaching staff have made a sea trip on the IMOCA MACSF. Around 6 am, the boat of health professionals left Port-Olonna. On board, strators, team manager, boat captain, preparers, without which these preparations can be made. This navigation, the first light of day, has tested many points: trim the sails and rigging, mark the tracks, test the radar ... and all the improvements made to land. night maneuvers require enhanced attention and concentration from the skippers. Following this event, the entire staff, Alessandro di Benedetto, team manager Sailing MACSF and Bertrand de Broc came together to make a debriefing and establish a list of recent improvements to make before departure. It is thanks to these men and thousands of hours of preparation that Bertrand de Broc, can accomplish the impossible, the Everest of the Seas, the Vendée Globe 2016. #AllezBertrand #AllezMACSF - Published on October 25, 2016

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27 October 2016

America's Cup: Steinlager Onboard with ETNZ; Jimmy Spithill Video

Black to the future with Steinlager Onboard again:

It’s black to the future as Steinlager return as a sponsor to Emirates Team New Zealand for the 35th America’s Cup challenge in Bermuda in 2017. “Steinlager is one of those legacy brands that is synonymous with not only sailing, but successful sailing in New Zealand, so to have them back onboard as a sponsor is really special,” explained Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton. Video published Oct 17, 2016.

Clash of the Titans


Jimmy Spithill and ORACLE TEAM USA will go head to head with Franck Cammas and Groupama Team France in the very first race of the 35th America's Cup. Published Oct 20, 2016 

More info: americascup.com

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26 October 2016

Alex Thomson, Clipper Race 20th Anniversary, Sailing Videos

Clipper Race: 20th Anniversary Heritage Video:

The story behind the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, founded by legendary sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, as we celebrating 20 incredible years of the world's greatest ocean race. Published Oct 16, 2016.
Alex Thomson - Clipper Race 20th Anniversary message:

Alex Thomson remains the youngest Skipper to ever win the Clipper Race after his 1998-99 edition victory with his Ariel crew. Published Oct 15, 2016

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25 October 2016

World Sailing Show, October 2016 Edition, Sailing Video & News

The World Sailing Show - October 2016:

Around the planet alone, 24,000 miles with no stops and no outside assistance, - offshore racing doesn’t come any harder. Take a look at the 2016/17 Vendée Globe race ahead of the start in November. Plus, how an American President inspired generations of match racing sailors, the high octane racing scene at the TP52 Worlds and World Sailing’s CEO Andy Hunt gives an exclusive view on the road to Tokyo 2020. Published Oct 24, 2016.

Sailing news:

Sailing Paced by Third Place Finish at New England Match Race Championships
Harvard Crimson
A third place finish in the New England Match Race Championships propelled the Harvard sailing team into a four regatta weekend. This, in addition ...

Kiwis Win Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final
Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Newport, RI (October 23, 2016) – In a high-energy, high emotion celebration today, New Zealand sailors Olivia Mackay and Micah Wilkinson were ...
Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final - Strong winds for Day 2 - Sail World (press release)

Washington College Sailing Closes Fall Season at Hoyt Trophy
WashingtonCollegeSports.com
CRANSTON, R.I. — The Washington College sailing team finished its fall 2016 schedule with a 17th-place finish at the Hoyt Trophy, an 18th-team ...
He came, he sailed, he conquered all
Bangkok Post
To come from a small state of Tasmania and to have the privilege of sailing with the King of Thailand, one has to ask oneself, 'How did I get here?

Third Governor's Gold Cup Sailing Regatta to kickstart today
Times of India
NAINITAL: The third Governor's Gold Cup Sailing Regatta will kickstart on Monday with four participant teams. The regatta will be inaugurated on ...

Peter McChesney Wins J/70 Corinthian US Nationals
Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Annapolis, MD (October 23, 2016) – Peter McChesney's Alice & WondeRRRland (with crew Alice Christman, Scott Snyder and Shane Zwingelberg) ...


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24 October 2016

Vendée Globe 2016 Starts In Less Than Two Weeks (videos)

Seul - L'oeil de Tolt sur le Vendée Globe #7

Vendée Globe 2016 starts November 6th: The Vendée Globe is still the only non-stop solo round the world race without assistance. The event was created in the spirit of the Golden Globe, which was in 1968 the first non-stop solo round the world race via the three capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin and the Horn). Out of the nine pioneers, who set sail in 1968, only one made it back to Falmouth on 6th April 1969 after 313 days at sea, the British sailor, Robin Knox-Johnston. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston thus became the first sailor to sail alone around the world without stopping. The eighth Vendée Globe will set sail from les Sables d’Olonne on Sunday 6th November 2016.

More info: vendeeglobe.org and Twitter: @VendeeGlobe

Vendee Globe 2016 route:

Daily summary 14 Days to go / Vendée Globe 2016:

Video above published Oct 23, 2016

15 Days to go / Vendée Globe 2016:

Video above published Oct 22, 2016

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23 October 2016

Saving The World's Oceans, Role of Oceans in Climate Change (videos)

How To Save The World's Oceans:

Dr Enric Sala is a Marine Ecologist and Explorer in Residence at National Geographic. He explains why the health of the oceans is directly linked to climate change, and what their impact on humanity could be. Video published Sep 16, 2016

The Role Of The Oceans In Climate Change:

A new study has warned that humans could be responsible for bringing about the sixth mass extinction of marine life. Jonathan Pershing, the U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change, explains the role of the oceans in climate change. Video published Sep 16, 2016 

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22 October 2016

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2016, Elite Yachting in a Stunning Setting (video)

Rolex Middle Sea Race – Elite Yachting in a Stunning Setting:

The start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race in Valletta’s Grand Harbour in Malta is marked by the firing of cannons from the bastions of the city. This 608-nautical-mile offshore race follows one of the most scenic courses in the world, passing through the Strait of Messina, around Stromboli’s volcanic shores, and on to the Aeolian and Egadi Islands, as well as Pantelleria before returning to Malta for a spectacular finish. The race through this stunning backdrop in often changeable conditions is considered a true challenge for skippers and crews. Video above published Oct 14, 2016. 
22 Oct 2016: Rolex Middle Sea Race 2016 Start The race starts in Malta's spectacular Grand Harbour. A series of starts which may be watched from any of Valletta's fortifications. See also IMA | 2016 Race Calendar: Rolex Middle Sea Race, Malta, 22 October

29 Oct 2016: Rolex Middle Sea Race 2016 Prize GivingThe historic Mediterranean Conference Centre & Hall situated in Valletta, is the venue for the Prize Giving Ceremony. Rolex Middle Sea Race is organized by the Royal Malta Yacht Club - http://www.rmyc.org/.

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21 October 2016

Crash of Team Vestas Wind, Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Sailing Videos

Crash of Team Vestas Wind, VOR - live from onboard camera - by Yachtfernsehen.com:

The crash of Team Vestas Wind, Volvo Ocean Race 2014/2015, on a reef near Mauritius, live from onboard camera - first pics powered by http://www.Yachtfernsehen.com. Video published Dec 4, 2014.

Brian Carlin talks us through the Vestas crash:

Brian Carlin gives us exclusive insight into what life was like onboard Team Vestas during one of the most dramatic sailing crashes of last year. Re-live the most talked about moment of Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 with the man who lived, captured and reported it there and then. Published July 8, 2015. 

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20 October 2016

Extreme Sailing Series Act 7, Lisbon 2016, Highlights Video

Act 7, Lisbon 2016 - the highlights:

Lisbon dished out some of the most exhilarating racing seen so far this year, with the fleet hitting speeds of more than 35 knots on the penultimate day. Catch up on some of the best moments from the Portuguese Act in the video above. Published on Oct 9, 2016.

Next up: Extreme Sailing Series 2016, Act 8, Sydney, Australia. Dec 8-11, 2016

Extreme Sailing Results 2016 - Top 5 overall leaders:
  1. Oman Air 
  2. Alinghi 
  3. Red Bull Sailing Team 
  4. SAP Extreme Sailing Team 
  5. Land Rover BAR Academy

WWII German Submarine Explored Off Coast of North Carolina:

Researchers explored the wrecks of a German U-boat and the ship it sank during a World War II convoy off the coast of North Carolina in 1942. Video published Oct 5, 2016.

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19 October 2016

2017 Extreme Sailing Series Venues and Schedule (video)

2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ - the venues:

Published Oct 10, 2016 by ExtremeSailingSeries.com: "We are thrilled to announce a return to the Americas for the first time in six years in 2017 in what promises to be another action-packed year with two new venues."

2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ calendar, Acts 1-8:
  1. 08 - 11 March - Muscat, Oman
  2. 28 April - 1 May - Qingdao, China
  3. 29 June – 2 July - Madeira Islands, Portugal
  4. 20 - 23 July - Europe
  5. 10 – 13 August - Hamburg, Germany
  6. 25 – 28 August - Cardiff, UK
  7. 19 - 22 October - San Diego, USA
  8. 30 Nov– 3 Dec - Los Cabos, Mexico
The Extreme Sailing Series™ heads to the Americas as the 2017 calendar is revealed: "The Extreme Sailing Series™, the world’s leading Stadium Racing series, will return to the Americas for the first time in six years in 2017 in what promises to be another action-packed season. After a hugely successful transition to foiling catamarans in 2016 - with the introduction of the super-fast and super-exciting GC32s – the Extreme Sailing Series is now adding two new venues to its roster for its 11th season. 

"Alongside existing host venues of Muscat, Qingdao, Madeira, Hamburg and Cardiff, the Series is now set to visit San Diego in California and Los Cabos in Mexico. Andy Tourell, Event Director of the Extreme Sailing Series, confirmed the new venues at a press conference hosted by the Pestana Hotel Group in Lisbon October 10, 2016. 

"“We are thrilled to be heading back to the United States and to Mexico for the first time after a long absence from the Americas,” said Tourell. “I have no doubt that both San Diego, which has a long sailing tradition, and Los Cabos – which is a great sailing destination in its own right - will quickly establish themselves as among the classic venues on our circuit. I am sure the locals in both venues will love the action-packed racing that makes the Extreme Sailing Series unique,” he added. In San Diego the Race Village and all the other elements of the Extreme Sailing Series set-up – including the VIP area and the pontoons - will be based at Harbor Island, and the racing action will take place just five metres from the shore. Joseph Terzi, President & CEO San Diego Tourism Authority commented: “On behalf of San Diego, and our thriving, distinguished sailing community, we welcome with open arms the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series to America’s Finest City ..."--ExtremeSailingSeries.com

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18 October 2016

Sailing: What is an AC45F foiling catamaran? (video)

What is an AC45F foiling catamaran?

Land Rover BAR grinder Freddie Carr explains the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series AC45 foiling catamaran. Published July 21, 2016.

See also After a Serious Injury, Leading French Sailor Franck Cammas Is Back | The New York Times: "Because of the injury, his 2016 Olympic campaign was over. But his 2017 America’s Cup campaign was still a possibility, and last month — after months of rehabilitation — he returned to competition with Groupama Team France in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series" and America's Cup 2017: Will mind or machine win the day? - CNN.com.

SE2/EP7: Artemis Racing - Road to Bermuda:

In this episode Adam May provides an insight into the new generation of wing sails, and we meet one of the team's top athletes, Chris Brittle. 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 11 episodes in 2016 as the team prepares to win the oldest and most prestigious trophy in international sport. Published Sep 21, 2016.

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17 October 2016

Onboard J Class Velsheda at Les Voiles de St Tropez 2016, Sailing Video

Onboard J Class Velsheda at Les Voiles de St Tropez, 2016:

Onboard J Class Velsheda at Les Voiles de St Tropez, 2016. Published Oct 6, 2016.

Velsheda Start:

Fancy a port tack reaching start in a J-Class? On board Velsheda at Les Voiles de St Tropez 2016. Published Sep 28, 2016

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16 October 2016

Hurricane Nicole & Bermuda: Oracle Team USA Hurricane Video

A visit from Hurricane Nicole - extreme hurricane footage from Bermuda:

ORACLE TEAM USA videographer Sam Greenfield collects extreme hurricane footage from the team to show the experience in Bermuda with Hurricane Nicole. Video by Sam Greenfield / copyright ORACLE TEAM USA. Video above published Oct 14, 2016.

Hurricane Nicole has left Bermuda, but is still with us:


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15 October 2016

Sailing & Boating: Rescues & Wrecks (videos)

LIVE FOOTAGE: Tall-Ship ASTRID Wreck & Rescue - 24 July 2013:

Published on Jul 25, 2013: Nautical Channel team was at the scene when the tall-ship Astrid sank after hitting the rocks off the coast of Cork, Ireland.

Recent Sailing News:
US Coast Guard rescues mariner from sailing vessel near San Miguel Island: The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a sailor near San Miguel Island Thursday, September 22, 2016.

The Coast Guard received a notification via a Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) device that provided a position just northwest of San Miguel Island.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Forward Operating Base Point Mugu was sent to search the last known position of the EPIRB and located a 23-foot sailing vessel. The helicopter crew lowered a hand-held radio down to the individual aboard. The boater confirmed he was in distress after reporting that his anchor was not holding in the 8-10 foot seas, his mast was broken and had no engine to make way.

The helicopter crew safely hoisted the individual and transferred him to Forward Operating Base Point Mugu where he was reported to be in good condition.

An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon or EPIRB is used to alert search and rescue services in the event of an emergency. It does this by transmitting a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency via satellite to the nearest rescue coordination center.

Teenagers write off millionaire daddy's yacht in French Riviera | Metro News: "The Coast Guard added that the accident was caused by the teenagers’ amateurism. Lucas’ father, who is a rich industrialist from Belgium, owns a large estate in Port Grimaud, near St. Tropez. His yacht, which was built in 2009 and weighs 30 tonnes and cost £1.2m, reportedly cannot be salvaged and will likely end up in the scrapyard."

Marlins ace Jose Fernandez killed in boating accident | usatoday.com"Fernandez was killed as a result of the impact of the crash, and did not drown, Lorenzo Veloz, an official with the Florida Wildlife Commission, confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The boat carrying Fernandez and two others was traveling at a significant speed when it struck rocks. A Coast Guard crew left the Miami station for a law enforcement patrol when it found the 32-foot boat overturned on a jetty around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, said Chief Nyxolyno Cangemi."

Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez dies in boat crash:

Published on Sep 26, 2016: The two-time all-star's boat smashed into a rock jetty early Sunday morning, killing him and two others.

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13 October 2016

Major Category 3 Hurricane Nicole Hits Bermuda, Satellite Views


BULLETIN
HURRICANE NICOLE ADVISORY NUMBER 39
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL152016
500 PM AST THU OCT 13 2016
...NICOLE WEAKENING AS IT MOVES AWAY FROM BERMUDA...
SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...33.6N 63.2W
ABOUT 130 MI...210 KM NE OF BERMUDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...110 MPH...175 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NE OR 40 DEGREES AT 21 MPH...33 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...963 MB...28.44 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
The Bermuda Weather Service has changed the Hurricane Warning for
Bermuda to a Tropical Storm Warning.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Bermuda
For storm information specific to your area, please monitor
products issued by your national meteorological service.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Hurricane Nicole was located
near latitude 33.6 North, longitude 63.2 West. Nicole is moving
toward the northeast near 21 mph (33 km/h). A turn toward the east-
northeast and an increase in forward speed are expected tonight or
on Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Nicole will move
farther away from Bermuda this evening.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 110 mph (175 km/h)
with higher gusts. Additional weakening is forecast during the
next couple of days, and Nicole could become a post-tropical cyclone
on Saturday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from
the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185
miles (295 km). The Bermuda airport recently reported sustained
winds of 37 mph (59 km/h) and a wind gust of 55 mph (89 km/h).
The estimated minimum central pressure is 963 mb (28.44 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
WIND: Tropical storm conditions will continue over Bermuda through
this evening.
STORM SURGE: A dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as
much as 6 to 8 feet above normal tide levels in Bermuda. The surge
will be accompanied by large and destructive waves. The storm
surge should subside this evening.
RAINFALL: Rainfall on Bermuda should diminish this evening.
SURF: Swells associated with Nicole will affect Bermuda during the
next few days, and will spread northward along the United States
east coast from the Carolinas northward through the next few
days. These swells will create dangerous surf conditions and rip
currents. Please refer to products being issued by your local
weather office for more information.
NEXT ADVISORY
-------------
Next intermediate advisory at 800 PM AST.
Next complete advisory at 1100 PM AST.
Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean, off the east shore of North America about 1,070 km (665 mi) east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, 1,236 km (768 mi) south of Cape Sable Island, Canada, and 1,578 km (981 mi) north of San Juan, Puerto Rico and lies 1,544 km (959 mi) north of Road Town, British Virgin Islands. The capital city is Hamilton. On the morning of October 13, 2016, Category 3 (120 mph winds) Hurricane Nicole struck Bermuda as captured in the three satellite views below (Bermuda's approximate location is shown in pink in each satellite view). Bermuda is a popular sailing destination and venue, serving as the site of the 2017 America's Cup sailing regatta. 






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Bermuda Getting Ready For Hurricane Nicole (video)

UPDATE: Nicole is now a Category 4 Hurricane according to Hurricane NICOLE Public Advisory | nhc.noaa.gov:
BULLETIN
HURRICANE NICOLE INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 36A
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL152016
200 AM AST THU OCT 13 2016
...POWERFUL NICOLE TO STRIKE BERMUDA...
SUMMARY OF 200 AM AST...0600 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...30.6N 66.2W
ABOUT 145 MI...230 KM SW OF BERMUDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...130 MPH...215 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNE OR 20 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...950 MB...28.06 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
None.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Bermuda

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected
somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life and
property should be rushed to completion.
For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products
issued by your national meteorological service.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
At 200 AM AST (0600 UTC), the large eye of Hurricane Nicole was
located near latitude 30.6 North, longitude 66.2 West. Nicole is
moving toward the north-northeast near 12 mph (19 km/h). A turn
toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected
later today. On the forecast track, the core of Nicole will pass
over or near Bermuda later this morning
.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 130 mph (215 km/h) with higher
gusts. Nicole is an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane on the
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Little change in strength is
expected overnight, and Nicole is forecast to be at major hurricane
strength when it moves near Bermuda. Some weakening is expected to
begin later on Thursday.
Nicole has a large area of hurricane-force winds that extend
outward up to 65 miles (100 km) from the center. Tropical-storm-
force winds extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km).
The latest minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force Reserve
Hurricane Hunter aircraft is 950 mb (28.06 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
WIND: Hurricane conditions are expected to begin on Bermuda this
morning, with tropical storm conditions expected to begin soon.
STORM SURGE: A dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as
much as 6 to 8 feet above normal tide levels in Bermuda
. The surge
will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.
RAINFALL: Nicole is expected to produce total rain accumulations
of 4 to 8 inches over Bermuda through this evening.
SURF: Swells associated with Nicole will affect Bermuda during the
next few days, and will spread northward along the United States
east coast from the Carolinas northward through the next few days.
These swells will create dangerous surf conditions and rip currents.
Please refer to products being issued by your local weather office
for more information.
TORNADOES: Isolated tornadoes are possible on Bermuda overnight and
early Thursday.

NEXT ADVISORY
-------------
Next complete advisory at 500 AM AST.

Getting ready to for a date with Hurricane Nicole:

Published Oct 12, 2016: Hurricane Nicole is bearing down on Bermuda, expected to make landfall on Thursday morning as a Category 2 hurricane. America's Cup ORACLE TEAM USA began work on Tuesday to secure its base in Bermuda, venue for the next America's Cup Sailing Regatta in 2017. 

Bermuda Weather Service [weather.bm]: "A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT** Hurricane Nicole is expected to pass overhead during Thursday as a Strong Category 2 hurricane. Ahead of Nicole, expect hazardous conditions including strong winds, heavy rain, thunderstorms, dangerous surf & rip currents with swells building 6 to 8 feet on top of very high and dangerous seas. Tropical storm force winds arrive later this evening and hurricane force winds towards dawn Thursday, lasting into evening."




We wish all of our friends in Bermuda a safe couple of days as the storm passes.

More information here: JohnTheCrowd.com | Sailing News: WX

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12 October 2016

Bart's Bash Weymouth, Raising Funds for Disabled Sailing (video)

Bart's Bash kicks of in Weymouth - Raising Funds for Disabled Sailing:

Video above published Sep 17, 2016 - for more: bartsbash.com

Celebrating Bart's Bash with friends in Bermuda:

Bart's Bash in Bermuda - the world's largest celebration of sailing, in honor of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, a friend and mentor to so many in the America's Cup family. Video published Sep 18, 2016.

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11 October 2016

52SuperSeries, Cascais Cup, October 11-15, Sailing Video

Final Day (day 5) highlights video: EGNOS 52 SUPER SERIES Cascais Cup 2016:

Published Oct 16, 2016: The nail-biting final day of racing at the EGNOS 52 SUPER SERIES Cascais Cup.

CONGRATULATIONS to Azzurra for winning the EGNOS 52 SUPER SERIES Cascais Cup with a killer bullet in the final race of the season.

Quantum Racing Crowned 2016 Champions--52SUPER SERIES.com"Winners of four of the five regattas this season, Quantum Racing were crowned 2016 52 SUPER SERIES champions in Cascais, Portugal on Saturday evening. The American-flagged team – who has also won the circuit in 2013 and 2014 – secured their third 52 SUPER SERIES title on Thursday with two days to spare, finishing Saturday with an overall aggregate of 140 points after 45 races contested in Scarlino (Tuscany), Porto Cervo (Sardinia), Puerto Portals (Mallorca), Mahón (Menorca) and Cascais (Portugal)."


Highlights video: Day 4--EGNOS 52 SUPER SERIES Cascais Cup 2016:

Video above published Oct 15, 2016: The penultimate day of the 52 SUPER SERIES
FULL RECAP: http://bit.ly/2e43mz5

UPDATE: Highlights Video of Day 3 – EGNOS 52 SUPER SERIES Cascais Cup 2016:

Video above published Oct 14, 2016. Full recap here.

Quantum Racing Seals 2016 52 SUPER SERIES Title--52SuperSeries.comThursday 13th October, Cascais – Quantum Racing sealed the 2016 52 SUPER SERIES title when they crossed the finish line of the fourth race of the EGNOS 52 SUPER SERIES Cascais Cup winning the overall season with two days of racing still to be completed.

EGNOS 52 SUPER SERIES Cascais Cup
Standings after day 4 (6 races)

1 Azzurra, ITA (Pablo/Alberto Roemmers ARG) (1,1,2,8,1,2) 15 pts
2 Quantum Racing, USA (Doug DeVos USA) (4,2,3,3,5,3) 20 pts
3 Sled, USA (Takashi Okura USA) (2,6,4,2,2,8) 24 pts
4 Bronenosec, RUS (Vladimir Liubomirov RUS) (8,8,1,4,4,1) 26 pts
5 Platoon, GER (Harm Müller-Spreer GER) (5,7,7,1,6,7) 33 pts
6 Provezza, TUR (Ergin Imre TUR) (3,4,9,6,3,9) 34 pts
7 Rán Racing, SWE (Niklas Zennström SWE) (7,3,8,5,9,5) 37 pts
8 Phoenix, USA (Richard Cohen USA) (9,9,6,10,7,4) 45 pts
9 Alegre, GBR (Andrés Soriano USA) (10,10,5,7,10,6) 48 pts
10 Gladiator, GBR (Tony Langley GBR) (6,5,10,9,8,10) 48 pts

UPDATE: Day 2 Highlights Video– Egnos 52 Super Series Cascais Cup 2016:

Published Oct 13, 2016: Some of the worst weather we've seen in the whole five years of the circuit!
FULL RECAP: http://bit.ly/2ebAjsX

UPDATE: Highlights Video--Day 1--EGNOS 52 SUPER SERIES Cascais Cup 2016:

Azzurra and Provezza get what they wanted. Rán Racing on the ropes. Published Oct 12, 2016. Full Recap: http://bit.ly/2eoS2A9

Looking back at the 52 World Championship Day 5:

A breathtaking final day, with individual battles all over the race course. Next stop: Cascais for the EGNOS 52 SUPER SERIES Cascais Cup 2016. Stay tuned. Racing starts again on 11th October.

FULL RECAP: http://bit.ly/2cwqBzG

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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10 October 2016

America's Cup: 3-year Anniversary of 'The Comeback' (videos)

Celebrating the three year anniversary of 'the comeback'

It was three years on September 25, 2013, when ORACLE TEAM USA defeated Emirates Team New Zealand to win the 34th America's Cup. ORACLE TEAM USA had to win the final eight races to take the series 9-8, securing one of the great comebacks in sporting history: "It's a special day for the team," says skipper Jimmy Spithill. "Those boats are the reason we're here now pushing the limit." Video published Sep 25, 2016 by ORACLE TEAM USA / Javier Salinas.

America's Cup does its part to keep Bermuda beautiful:

Video above published Sep 24, 2016

America's Cup (AC35), June 2017 in Bermuda: americascup.com

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06 October 2016

Extreme Sailing Series: ACT 7, Lisbon, Portugal, River Tagus, Oct 6-9

Extreme Sailing Series: ACT 7, Lisbon, Portugal, Day 4 Video:

Above: LIVE from  Lisbon: Day Four, Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016, Starts: October 9, 2016 SUN 11:00 AM EDT (US)


3D Lisbon: Day Four - Graphics Only - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016 Starts: October 9, 2016 SUN 9:30 AM EDT (US)

Day 3 video:

LIVE Lisbon: Day Three - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016
Starts: October 8, 2016 SAT 11:00 AM EDT (US)

Day 3 graphics video:

3D Lisbon: Day Three - Graphics Only - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016
Starts: October 8, 2016 SAT 9:30 AM EDT (US)


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05 October 2016

World Sailing Show September 2016, Sailing Video

The World Sailing Show - September 2016:

The most emotional story of the Olympics, to how two America's Cup teams have achieved the impossible, along with how a new Grand Prix machine is taking the racing scene by storm and much more, this show is bursting at the seams. Published Sep 26, 2016.

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04 October 2016

Rolex Swan Cup 2016, Event Review, Sailing Videos

Rolex Swan Cup – Event Review – 18th September:

An impressive and eclectic fleet of 125 yachts graced a memorable edition of the Rolex Swan Cup from 11-18 September. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the first Nautor’s Swan yacht and fittingly, the 19th edition of this biennial event perfectly showcased both sailing heritage and tradition and, in parallel, progress and evolution. Four days of racing were organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) and held on the waters off Porto Cervo, Sardinia with the week’s six class winners receiving coveted Rolex timepieces for their outstanding achievements. The triumphant class winners were: Freya (Maxi), Arobas (Mini Maxi), Music (Grand Prix), Sleeper X (Sparkman & Stephens), Natalia (ClubSwan 42) and Elena Nova (Swan 45 World Championship). Video above published Sep 18, 2016.

Rolex Swan Cup – Day 4 – 16th September:

From modern day superyachts to classic designs, one-design to custom built, cutting-edge to vintage, the record-breaking 2016 Rolex Swan Cup fleet encompasses a vast cross-section of yachting heritage. The 36 yachts competing in the Sparkman & Stephens class include some of those which graced the very first Rolex Swan Cup events in the 1980s. Their enduring appeal is a tribute to the then innovativeness of their design and quality of their construction. In the hands of passionate owners they are lovingly maintained to preserve the heritage and traditions they embody, not as museum pieces but as the sea-kindly craft they were designed to be. On the water, the third day of racing was completed at the Rolex Swan Cup with competition intensifying in all six classes. Video above published Sep 16, 2016.

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02 October 2016

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, 24 Sep - 2 Oct 2016, Sailing Videos (Pt. 2)

UPDATE: VST 2016 DAY 8 REMISE DES PRIX - Last Day Oct 2, 2016:


VST 2016 DAY 7 TOUT GRIS:
Video above published Oct 1, 2016

VST 2016 DAY 6 : CHAMPAGNE SAILING

Video above published Sep 30, 2016 - see also JohnTheCrowd.com: Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, 24 Sep - 2 Oct 2016, Sailing Videos (Pt. 1)



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01 October 2016

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2016 Highlights, Sailing Video

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2016 - Highlights:

The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is one of yachting’s most revered and celebrated competitions. The 2016 edition was no exception, with the largest fleet of Maxi yachts since the race was first held in 1980. Sardinia’s coast provided a stunning setting and a variety of challenging conditions for this highly anticipated annual event -- the brainchild of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and its President, the Aga Khan. Majestic yachts, precision teamwork, intense competition and Corinthian camaraderie contributed to the success of the 27th Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Always the highlight, the final award ceremony saw class winners receive Rolex timepieces, the true reward for yachting excellence. Video above published September 30, 2016.

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