19 September 2017

Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week: Sept 19-23, LIVE Feed

Day 3 LIVE TV: Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2017

52SuperSeries racing scheduled for Sep 21, 2017: LIVE for Day 3 of the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week. On today’s menu is two Windward-Leeward Races. The first is due to start at 12:30. For team info and results visit www.52SUPERSERIES.com.

LIVE Virtual Eye: http://www.52superseries.com/live

Day 1 Highlights – Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2017

52SuperSeries video published Sep 20, 2017: It's never been THIS close. Track the boats via state-of-the-art Virtual Eye technology at www.52SUPERSERIES.com

A super grand finale showdown as the teams at the top are closer than they ever have been. Who is your money on to take home the 2017 52 SUPER SERIES silverware? Read more: here.

The Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week will take place from 19-23 September. Follow the 52 SUPER SERIES for all of the action. LIVE Virtual Eye: http://www.52superseries.com/live
Website: http://www.52superseries.com

Race schedule:
Day 1 – WL Races September 19th, 2017: 12:30-14:30 (CEST)
Day 2 – WL and Coastal Race September 20th, 2017: 11:00-16:30 (CEST)
Day 3 – WL Races September 21st, 2017: 12:30-16:30 (CEST)
Day 4 – Coastal Race September 22nd, 2017: 12:30-16:30 (CEST)
Day 5 – WL Races September 23rd, 2017: 12:30-16:30 (CEST)
Overall standings prior to Menorca 52SuperSeries Sailing Week
Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week: September 19-23, Menorca


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18 September 2017

Festival of Foiling: 2017 Flying Phantom Series Sailing Video

2017 Festival of Foiling

The 2017 Flying Phantom Series was back for round two in Barcelona alongside the Extreme Sailing Series™, 20 - 23 July, 2017. Video above published Jul 19, 2017.

Flying Phantom Series | Extreme Sailing Series: New to 2017, the Flying Phantom Series was added to the hydro-foiling line-ups at the European Extreme Sailing Series™ Acts; Madeira Islands, Barcelona, Hamburg, and Cardiff. The two-man pocket-rocket catamarans took flight each morning, ahead of the main Extreme Sailing Series event in the afternoon, ensuring "a festival of foiling" for the fans on shore.
source: ExtremeSailingSeries.com
source: ExtremeSailingSeries.com


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17 September 2017

Clipper Race 2017-18: Serious Injury Forces Diversion to Portugal (video)

Serious injury forces diversion to Portugal on Clipper Race 2017-18:

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race video published Aug 31, 2017:  On board footage and interviews detailing the successful medevac of Greenings team Skipper David Hartshorn following a serious hand injury on Day 7 of the opening Atlantic Trade Winds Leg from Liverpool to Punta del Este, Uruguay. Immense gratitude owed to the Portuguese Rescue Services, Manuel Cunha and staff at Douro Marina, Porto, and the amazing medical team at Hospital de São Sebastião.

Official website: clipperroundtheworld.com

Current standings and tracker

See also on JohnTheCrowd.com: Clipper Race 2017-18 Start August 20, Liverpool, LIVE Twitter Feed


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16 September 2017

Marine Debris & Ocean Currents, US Sailing Reach for STEM Education

Marine Debris & Ocean Currents

Back to School with US Sailing's Reach for STEM Education - Many people don't realize that ocean currents not only transport fish, nutrients, heat and other important natural phenomena around the planet, but they also circulate our trash! Yep, that water bottle that fell out of your boat when you capsized is halfway to Tahiti by now! Understanding how currents work, including how to measure them using drifters, allows scientists to better predict ocean circulation. In this video by Waterlust​ outlines a simple experiment you can do to measure the currents at your home.

To learn more about the US Sailing Reach Initiative, STEM and environmental education through sailing: reach.ussailing.org

US Sailing’s Reach and the America's Cup:

The US Sailing Reach Initiative had a unique opportunity to participate in activities hosted by the 2017 America’s Cup Endeavour Education Station, presented by Orbis, during the 35th America's Cup. US Sailing’s Reach Initiative is an official “Educational Partner” of the America’s Cup Endeavour Program.

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15 September 2017

America's Cup J Class Classics (video) and Oracle Team USA (video)

J Class - Americas Cup classics come to town

Video above published Jul 16, 2017: The spectacular J Class - Only 10 were ever built from just 20 designs and their reign lasted less than a decade. In the 1930s they were the most technically advanced yachts in the world. For 87 years they have been the epitome of the America’s Cup. Today, little has changed. And when they rolled into Bermuda, the spectacle was unique.

With America's Cup Defender New Zealand's decision to return to monohulls for the next America's Cup, time for one last look at the foiling America's Cup catamarans:

Poetry in Motion: ORACLE TEAM USA's "17" at Sail on the Great Sound in Bermuda (video published Jun 12, 2017),

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14 September 2017

2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ TV Series Episode 5 Hamburg (video)

2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ TV Series episode 5 - Hamburg

Video above published Sep 11, 2017: Episode five of the official 2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ TV Series. A full recap of the action from Act 5, Hamburg, presented by Land Rover.

NEXT EVENT: San Diego, USA: 19-22 October 2017

Current Standings Overall:

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13 September 2017

World Sailing Show September 2017; Next America's Cup Monohulls

The World Sailing Show - September 2017

Video above published Aug 28, 2017:
01:02 - Lendy Cowes Week
07:15 - News
09:29 - International Moth Worlds
12:28 - Rolex Fastnet Race
19:35 - Gitana 17 launched
  • The Rolex Fastnet Race, the sailor’s Everest and this year there was a bumper entry and some fiercely close racing.
  • There was also a record turn out for the International Moth World Championships where the world’s rock stars gathered, hot foot from the America’s Cup.
  • The beast gets launched as Gitana 17 prepares to change the future. A visit with the boat and the brains behind the project.
  • Plus, new talent, new trophy, new events and a new record at Lendy Cowes Week.

Sailing News: Next America's Cup: Foiling Monohulls?
  • America’s Cup to ditch catamarans in favor of monohulls - The Washington Post"... The Kiwis did not say whether the boats will have foils or canting keels. More details were promised at the end of the month. Team New Zealand released a statement after Italian billionaire Patrizio Bertelli, boss of the Italian Challenger of Record Luna Rossa and CEO of Prada, told La Stampa that the next regatta will be sailed in monohulls as a condition of his group helping the cash-strapped Kiwis in the 35th America’s Cup ..." read more at the link above
  • Sailing professor Mark Orams: America's Cup monohulls are "dramatic, extremely fast" - NZ Herald: "Monohulls will provide spectacular America's Cup racing to match what the catamarans provided in Bermuda, according to the sailing Professor Mark Orams. The former Team New Zealand member said the foiling monohulls were better suited to Auckland's conditions, and monohulls would see a welcome return to more traditional sailing techniques involving more crew members. It would almost certainly see an end otocycle-grinding ..." read more at link above.
  • Government pushes for big say in next America's Cup regatta - NZ Herald: "Documents obtained by the Herald under the Official Information Act reveal the extent of strategising that took place in the days after Team New Zealand's stunning win in Bermuda to ensure the Government would have a seat at the bargaining table.Team NZ are set to reveal their plans for the next event, likely to be held in early 2021, later this month. This follows negotiations with Luna Rossa, the challenger of record."

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12 September 2017

Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, September 9-16, 2017

Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup 2015 Highlights

Above video: the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup in September 2015 brought together 17 teams from 11 countries for a pure test of yachting skill. After five days of intense competition, the Royal Thames Yacht Club (UK) emerged as the overall winner, taking home the Invitational Cup trophy and a specially engraved Rolex timepiece. The teams raced on identical New York Yacht Club Swan 42 boats equipped with the same sails, rigging and equipment. This biennial regatta promotes the Corinthian spirit, the highest standard of amateur yachting, rewarding preparation, teamwork and expertise – qualities that are prized by Rolex, Title Sponsor and partner of New York Yacht Club.

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 fifth biennial Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup will be held September 9 to 16, 2017, RACE DAY 1 is Tuesday, Sept 12, 2017.





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04 September 2017

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2017, Sept 4-9, Video & LIVE Twitter Feed

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2017 – Expertly Delivered

The 28th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup concluded with a crescendo. Most classes were open until the last race of their respective series and competition remained intense until the last. The 2017 edition of the most important event of the Maxi racing season was expertly delivered by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1967. At the final prize giving in the Piazza Azzurra, in front of the YCCS clubhouse, the major class winners received the spoils: the plaudits of their peers, a trophy and the specially-engraved Rolex timepiece - the unequivocal symbol of excellence in the sport of yacht racing. See also: At the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Sailing Into the Past for Bragging Rights - The New York Times

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2017 – The Prize Is In Sight

Video published September 8, 2017: The 50 yachts gathered in Porto Cervo for the 28th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup are beyond the halfway point of the event. The standings are beginning to filter the likely winners and, for a few, thoughts may be turning to the prizes on offer should they cement victory.

September 8 UPDATE Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup: perfect weather and hard fought races--Winners of the day were Cannonball, Rebel, Nefertiti, Nahita, Jethou, Wohpe, Shirlaf--News - Yacht Club Costa Smeralda: "Tonight the shipowners and their guests are expected at the Rolex Gala Dinner at the Cala di Volpe hotel. Tomorrow, September 9th and Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup's final day, the program features stick races for the Maxi72 and Mini Maxi Racer classes, while all other classes will be engaged in a coastal regatta starting at 11.30 am."

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2017 - Inspired by Sailors

Video above published Sep 6, 2017: The 28th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup got underway on Monday, 4 September. The 50 yachts gathered in Porto Cervo for this annual festival of big boat sailing pay fitting tribute to the host, organizer and founder, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda was founded in May 1967 by H.H. the Aga Khan, Andrè Ardoin, Giuseppe Kerry Mentasti and Luigi Vietti as a non-profit making sporting association for fellow sailing enthusiasts and with a view to promoting related activities. 50 years on it has kept true to that vision and this year’s Maxi Yacht Rolex is proof positive of its success in doing so.

UPDATE 7 Sep 2017: Warm weather forecast in Porto Cervo, where the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Rolex Maxi72 World Championship is being held, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda with the support of the Rolex and Rolex sponsor 'International Maxi Association. The program originally provided a day off at the race committee for any recovery races. So it was for the Wally and Maxi 72 classes, coming out of the harbor today to "recover" Tuesday's races, canceled because of the bonaccia. At 11.30 the race committee has started the start-up procedures with north-west wind of about 18 knots, then steadily climbed above the 20 at the buoy, eventually increasing in the final stage of the racing with 25-knot gusts. In the Maxi 72 class, leader at the first buoy was Caol Ila R but Momo won. In the Wally Class Wallycento Galateia increased its lead on Nahita (today fifth) and Lyra (today second). Due to the steady rise in wind intensity, the Principal Race Officer, Peter Craig, sent yachts to the yacht after the first test. This evening there is a large Crew Party in the Blue Square, in front of the Clubhouse of the YCCS. The standings for the other classes remains unchanged with Ribelle (SuperMaxi), Rambler 88 (Maxi), Jethou (Maxi Racing), Supernikka (Mini Maxi RC 1), H2O (Mini Maxi RC 2).

UPDATE 5 Sep 2017: Today was the second day of racing at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, the event organized annually by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with Title Sponsor Rolex and the International Maxi Association. Current standings see Ribelle at the head of the Supermaxis, Highland Fling XI leading the Maxis, Jethou leading the Mini Maxi Racers, Wallyño leading the Mini Maxi Racing Cruising 1 Class and H2O the Mini Maxi Racing Cruising 2 Class. The Maxi72s and the Wallys, saw their race called off after the start, so Bella Mente and Magic Blue are both still in first place--read more here.

YCCS Porto Cervo, Italy, Tracking | TracTrac.com

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Rolex Maxi 72 Worlds results

 ‘A Portrait of the Rolex Maxi Yacht Cup’ by Riccardo Bonadeo

Video above published on Aug 31, 2017: Commodore of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Riccardo Bonadeo, presents the Rolex Maxi Yacht Cup, a celebrated event on the international yachting circuit. The greatest names in sailing partake year after year in this high-intensity race, aboard an ever-impressive fleet of Maxi yachts, representing the ultimate in sailing design and technology. Italy’s Costa Smeralda provided a stunning setting and a variety of challenging conditions for this highly anticipated annual regatta where class winners are awarded with Rolex timepieces, the iconic reward for excellence on the water.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2017 Preview

Video above published Aug 16, 2017: 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. One its greatest gifts to the sailing world is the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, which has been running since the early 1980s. A gathering of the world’s most impressive monohulls, the event offers up a week of intense battles between yachts that defy perceived boundaries of design, innovation and technology. Widely regarded as a showcase for the latest thinking, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup takes place on the Costa Smeralda, a stunning setting offering testing conditions. This annual event is eagerly anticipated, and attracts an awe-inspiring fleet of yachts all over 60 feet (18.29 metres) in length. 2017 marks the 28th edition of the competition, which includes the Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship, Sep 4-9, 2017.

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03 September 2017

Ten Sailing Tips for Heavy Weather or Nighttime (video)

Ten Sailing Tips for Heavy Weather or Nighttime

Video above published Jun 24, 2017: How can you make sailing in heavy weather or at nighttime safer and easier? Follow these ten sailing tips for safety. Also see the survival video below.

Do You Know this Survival Technique?

Captain John with 25+ years of experience shows you the no-nonsense cruising skills you need for safer sailing worldwide. Visit his website at https://www.skippertips.com for more boating safety and sailing basic tips.

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02 September 2017

Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2017 Video, The Spirit of Yachting

Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2017 Video, The Spirit of Yachting

Video above published Aug 28, 2017: The Rolex Spirit of Yachting film series presents the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2017 - the action, highlights and memorable moments, as well as interviews with key participants. This iconic regatta has captivated the yachting community since its inception in 1998. The 20th edition, held in Porto Cervo and organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, provided the perfect stage for close racing between evenly-matched, 40-foot monohull racing yachts, helmed by skilled and competitive owners. This year’s reward – the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship trophy and a Rolex timepiece – went to Alex Roeper’s crew on the United States yacht Plenty for a third time.

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01 September 2017

Volvo Ocean Race: How to build a Volvo Ocean 65 (video)

How to build a Volvo Ocean 65 | Volvo Ocean Race

Video above published Jul 19, 2017: A process taking over 36,000 man hours, follow the construction of a One Design Volvo Ocean 65 racing machine from start to sailing. Team AkzoNobel will race this boat in the 2017-18 edition.

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 begins October 22, 2017, in Alicante, Spain.

The 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race introduces a new scoring system designed to encourage strategic risk-taking and open up the fleet in an era of ultra-close One Design racing:
  • Scoring will return to a high-points system.
  • The two Southern Ocean legs – from Cape Town to Hong Kong, and Auckland to Itajaí, plus the North Atlantic leg near the end of the race, Newport to Cardiff – will all score double points.
  • The winner of every leg will score one bonus point (9+1 bonus point for a win, 8 for second, 7 for third, etc).
  • There will be a bonus point for the first team to round Cape Horn in a nod to the historic significance of this turning point in the race.
  • A further bonus point will be awarded for the team with the best total elapsed time overall in the race.
  • The In-Port Series won’t count in the overall points but will remain the tiebreaker should teams be tied on points at the finish in The Hague.
Get ready! | Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18


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31 August 2017

2017 RC44 Porto Cervo Cup Highlights Sailing Video

RC44 Porto Cervo Cup highlights

Video above published Jul 13, 2017: Watch highlights from the 2017 RC44 Porto Cervo Cup as Russian Alexander Novoselov and his crew on Katusha took control of the fleet in every condition, from very light to a 25+ knot Mistral, to ultimately win his first ever RC44 Championship event.

Events - RC44 Class Association: "A decade since its launch the Tour will take on a new racing format for the 2017 season. Adding the highly competitive match racing day, that previously kicked off each regatta, into the practice racing in favour of four days of high intensity fleet racing.  The 2017 season will comprise of five European events. Starting in Sotogrande, Spain (27 – 30 April), the fleet will return to the iconic Sardinian sailing mecca of Porto Cervo, Italy (29 June – 2 July), before moving onto to the Marstrand, Sweden for the 2017 RC44 World Championship (10 – 13 August). The penultimate regatta of the season will be held in the sailor’s favourite stop, Cascais, Portugal (28 September – 1 October), with the fleet returning to Europe's southern shores of Lanzarote for the season final hosted by Calero Marinas, Arrecife (23 – 26 November)."

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30 August 2017

North Sails 3Di Sails, 60 Years of Sailmaking, Year 2010 (video)

2010 - North Sails 3Di | 60 Years of Sailmaking:

Video above published Aug 16, 2017: 60 Years of Sailmaking - Dive into the rich history of the world's leading sailmaker with this feature on North Sails 3Di Technology. In 2010, the company took a leap of faith in a technology that was not proven. In seven years of development, the product was introduced to market and subsequently customized to the needs of many sailing markets: racing, cruising, grand prix, one design, superyacht and offshore.

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29 August 2017

Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2017 Highlights

Full Highlights: Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2017

Nine of the most competitive monohull racers took to the Bay of Palma for the fifth of six week-long regattas that make up the 2017 52 SUPER SERIES season. Here's what happened... Full recap here.

Next up: Menorca 52 Super Series Sailing Week, September 19-23, Menorca

Official website: 52superseries.com

Standings after Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2017:


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24 August 2017

Extreme Sailing Series Act 6, Cardiff, UK, Aug 25-28, LIVE Twitter Feed

LIVE Cardiff: Day Four - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2017

LIVE Cardiff: Day Four - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2017
Starts: August 28, 2017 - Monday 9am EDT (US)

LIVE Cardiff: Day Three - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2017

LIVE Cardiff: Day Three - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2017
Starts: August 27, 2017 Sunday 10:00 AM EDT (US)

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 6, Cardiff, day two - the best moments

Video above published Aug 27, 2017: Take a look at some of the best moments on the water on the second day of racing at Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 6, Cardiff.

Cardiff, UK | Extreme Sailing Series, Act 6, August 25-28, 2017: For the sixth consecutive year, the Extreme Sailing Series will return to Cardiff Bay, Europe’s largest waterfront development, over the Bank Holiday weekend. The enclosed bay provides the ideal Stadium Racing venue for spectators to get up-close and personal with the racing from all sides.

So far in the first five Acts before the international fleet races in Cardiff Bay for Act 6, Oman Air leads the standings but SAP Extreme Sailing Team is snapping at the heels of Phil Robertson's team.

Standings after Act 5, Hamburg:
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23 August 2017

Fastnet 2017: MOD 70 Concise 10 and IRC Zero & VO65 Start (video)

Fastnet 2017 MOD 70 Concise 10 in the Solent

Video above published Aug 7, 2017: Soon after the start of the 2017 Fastnet, speeds of 20+ knots, note the acceleration after the tack at 5 mins.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC Zero & VO65 Start

Video above published Aug 8, 2017: Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC Zero & VO65 Start

Featuring top rated and canting keel boats, this start has a lot of star attractions including the biggest monohulls in the race such as Rambler. Alongside are the VO 65s, gearing up for this years Volvo Ocean Race.

More on Fastnet Race: Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 Video, August 6 Start, LIVE Twitter Feed

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20 August 2017

Clipper Race 2017-18 Start August 20, Liverpool, LIVE Twitter Feed

Clipper 2017-18 Race: Elliot Brown Countdown to The Atlantic Trade Winds Leg 1

Video above published on Aug 19, 2017: Clipper Race Founder and Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston previews the opening leg of the 2017-18 edition of the race for Elliot Brown; a 6,400nm race from Liverpool, UK, to Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Clipper Race trackinghttp://clipperroundtheworld.com/race/standings

Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race Start from Liverpool, UK

Aug 20, 2017: Footage of the start of the Clipper 2017-18 Race Start from Liverpool, UK.

Helicopter captures fleet on the way to Liverpool for Clipper 2017-18 Race Start:

Video above published Aug 10, 2017: Helicopter footage has captured the twelve 70-foot ocean racing yachts making their way to Liverpool for the start of the Clipper 2017-18 Race.

The Clipper Race Fleet Arrives in Liverpool

Video above published Aug 14, 2017: The Clipper Race fleet looked majestic arriving at Liverpool's historic Albert Dock ahead of Race Start on Sunday 20 August 2017.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race official website: http://clipperroundtheworld.com/

Route of the Race:



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19 August 2017

AUDI Hamilton Race Week, Hamilton Island YC, Australia, Aug 19-26

Day 7: 24 Carat Sailing

Video above published Aug 26, 2017: The final day of sailing saw all the fleet head out in a solid breeze on various courses with most coming together south of Lindeman Island – a busy spot to shoot! A great end to the regatta.

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017 - Day 2 Grace on the water

Video above published Aug 21, 2017: Despite a quieter day on the water today, grace and elegance broke out on the start of the Cruising Class. Sit back and enjoy as the old and the new showed that style is never out of fashion, even on the race course.

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017 - Day 1 The Reichel Pugh & McConaghy Boats

Video above published Aug 20, 2017: Day 1 of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week saw the fleet blast north to the Molle Islands. The four Reichel Pugh girls - Wild Oats XI, Black Jack 100, Alive & Nano, aka Wild Oats X driven by HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark - which comprise 66% of the IRC fleet caught our eye flying north at speeds up to 25 knots and giving our chase boat driver a real challenge to stay in touch.

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017 - Day 1 Racer/Cruiser & Trailable Classes
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Video above published on Aug 20, 2017

AUDI Hamilton Race Week 2017, Hamilton Island YC, Hamilton Island, Australia Aug 19-26: Australia's largest offshore sailing regatta
Official website: http://www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au/


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18 August 2017

Epic Aerial Video of the Volvo Ocean Race Fleet, Leg Zero

Epic aerial footage of the fleet | Volvo Ocean Race

Video above published Aug 3, 2017: The Volvo Ocean Race fleet went head to head for the first time on Wednesday 2 August in the Leg Zero Around the Island Race – a 50nm spring around the Isle of Wight. WIth 40+ knot gusts and huge waves, it was more like the Southern Ocean than the Solent – and the resulting footage is epic!

Leg Zero wrap up | Volvo Ocean Race

Video above published Aug 17, 2017: Leg Zero: four stages to test the 2017-18 fleet, and pre-race qualifying series for the boats and sailors. Here's a look at how it happened.

Volvo Ocean Race in Saint-Malo | Volvo Ocean Race

Video above published Aug 12, 2017: In France, the Volvo Ocean Race stars took a day out of Leg Zero racing to meet the locals – and take them for an unforgettable spin on the Volvo Ocean 65s!

Official website: VolvoOceanRace.com Leg 1 start Oct 22, 2017, Alicante to Lisbon

Volvo Ocean Race route 2017-18:

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17 August 2017

Fareast 28R World Championship 2017, Sailing Videos

Fareast 28R World Championship 2017 - Day 4

Video above published August 13, 2017

Fareast 28R World Championship 2017 Day 3

Video above published August 13, 2017

Official website: http://fareast28r.com/pages/2017worldchampionship/

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16 August 2017

C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta 2017 (video)

C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta 2017

Video above published Aug 14, 2017: The Clagett Regatta celebrates its Anniversary with a large disabled and able-bodied 2.4 Metre class and a Sonar class with big changes coming in their future as they take on match racing. Official website: clagettregatta.org

See also: Adaptive Sailing – United States Sailing Association: "Welcome to US Sailing’s home for adaptive sailing. This site provides resources for sailing programs as well as opportunities and connections for sailors with disabilities. There are many advantages of establishing an adaptive sailing program at your sailing organization. US Sailing has the resources to assist you in the process of learning more about adaptive facilities, proper equipment, adaptive designs, staff training tips, recruitment, resources and funding. If you have questions regarding program development ...."

Disabled Sailing at Blackwell Sailing Club - RYA Sailability

Video above published Aug 14, 2017: Take a look at what this Sailability Club has been up to! For more information on disabled sailing, visit www.rya.org.uk/go/sailability


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15 August 2017

Lowdown on Sailing's 2017-2020 Racing Rules (video)

The Lowdown on the 2017-2020 Racing Rules:

Video above published Jun 5, 2017: 52 Super Series umpire and international racing judge Tom Rinda and coach and pro-racer Ed Baird gives us the lowdown on the updated racing rules. The duo also uses drone footage to illustrate commonly encountered situations on the racecourse and how to handle them.

Sailboat Racing Rules 2017

Video above published Feb 20, 2017: Seminar on the 2017 Racing Rules of Sailing, presented by Eric Johnson, US Sailing National Umpire

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11 August 2017

RC44 Marstrand World Championship 2017 Aug 10-13 (video)

Day 4 RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Battleship Nika sweeps to victory

Video above published Aug 13, 2017: Team Nika have won the RC44 Marstrand World Championship after a dominant performance across the four days of competition. The final day delivered the strongest wind of the week, with the north-westerly breeze blowing at 15 knots and with a big, lumpy seaway. Vladimir Prosikhin may not have won any races today but he steered Nika to a comfortable victory overall, earning back the trophy he last raised in 2015.

The final race was a close battle for second and third. Team Ceeref, the 2016 World Champion, crossed in second place behind Artemis Racing. This was sufficient to secure second overall for Igor Lah from Slovenia. Behind him, Bronenosec's photo-finish ahead of Peninsula Petroleum was sufficient to put two Russian teams on equal points. On tie-break, Bronenosec beat Katusha for third place overall.

The RC44 Marstrand World Championship is the third event of the 2017 RC44 Championship Tour, which pits the world's top businessmen and the best sailors in the industry compete in high-performance one-design 44-foot carbon racing yachts.

Day 3 RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Nika Unstoppable

Video above published Aug 13, 2017: A few boats had a good go at the front of the fleet on day three of the RC44 Marstrand World Championship, but none could match the consistency of Team Nika. Vladimir Prosikhin took the winner's gun in the first race of the day, sailed in 10 knots and lumpy seas. When the rain fell, it made little difference to his fortunes, following up with a second and fourth place.​ The Russian team has impressively taken a race win every day of the World Championship so far, putting them 15 points ahead. Nika's closest rivals struggled, opening up a big points gap to second place, now held by Bronenosec with Ceeref on equal points.

Day 2 RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec's young guns hit their mark

Aug 11, 2017: Bronenosec Sailing showed some serious interest in the title after putting in some good scores on day two of the RC44 Marstrand World Championship. Vladimir Liubomirov steered the blue boat to victory in the first race of the day, sailed in about 8 to 10 knots of westerly wind. A sixth in the next race was not so special but Bronenosec surged into the lead of the third race of the day, only to let it slip to Artemis Racing on the final run to the finish.

Day 1 RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Things go right for Nika

Video above published Aug 10, 2017: Vladimir Prosikhin has steered Team Nika into the lead of the RC44 Marstrand World Championship after a solid opening day in Sweden. The Russian crew notched up scores of 2,6,1 in the nine-boat fleet to hold a two-point advantage over defending World Champion, Team Ceeref from Slovenia.

RC44 Class Association: RC44 Marstrand (Sweden) 2017 RC44 World Championship, 10 – 13 August 2017

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Results / Fleet Standings after RC44 Marstrand:
  1.    Russia Team Nika (RUS 10)
  2.    Russia Bronenosec Sailing (RUS 18)
  3.    Russia Katusha (RUS 21)
  4.    Slovenia Team Ceeref (SLO 11)
  5.    United Kingdom Peninsula Petroleum (GBR 1)
  6.    United Kingdom Team Aqua (GBR 2041)
  7.    Sweden Artemis Racing (SWE44)
  8.    Monaco Charisma (MON 69)
  9.    Sweden Artemis Racing Youth (SWE 4)
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10 August 2017

Extreme Sailing Series, Hamburg, Germany, Aug 10-13 LIVE Video

LIVE Hamburg: Day Four - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2017

LIVE Hamburg: Day Four - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2017
Starts: August 13, 2017, Sunday 7:30 AM EDT (US)

LIVE Hamburg: Day Three Saturday | Extreme Sailing Series™ 2017

LIVE Hamburg: Day Three - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2017
Starts: August 12, 2017, on SAT 7:30am EDT (US)


Above: 3D Hamburg - Day Two Extreme Sailing Series™ 2017
Starts: August 11, 2017 Friday 7:30 AM EDT (US)

Extreme Sailing Series, Act 5, Hamburg, Germany, August 10-13, 2017

Overall Results after Act 5 Hamburg:

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06 August 2017

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 Video, August 6 Start, LIVE Twitter Feed

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – Fulfilment of a dream

Video above published Aug 11, 2017: A memorable 47th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race concludes with Didier Gaudoux’s Lann Ael 2 confirmed as the overall race winner on IRC handicap. Victory is the crowning achievement of Gaudoux’s sailing career and recognition for an epic Rolex Fastnet performance, uniting teamwork, shrewd tactical decision-making and flawless preparation for the race. Lann Ael 2 becomes the third French yacht in as many editions of the race to claim outright victory. The 39-ft yacht prevailed from a record fleet of 362 yachts from 29 countries to claim the coveted Fastnet Challenge Cup and Rolex timepiece awarded to the overall race winner.

Very best photos Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 | Yachting World

Video above published Aug 11, 2017: Stunning images from the Rolex Fastnet Race that capture both the power of the wind and those rare moments of great beauty out at sea.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – 9 August – At the fourth attempt

Video above published Aug 9, 2017: Perseverance pays for George David as his American Maxi, Rambler 88, claims monohull line honours at the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race. After coming close both in 2007 and 2015 and suffering a dramatic capsize in 2011, success in 2017 is the fulfilment of a decade-long ambition. Leading the monohull fleet from the start of the 605-nm race from Cowes, Rambler 88 arrived nearly five hours ahead of her closest rivals, CQS and Nikata. The focus now turns to the progress being made across the Celtic Sea by the remainder of the fleet in their quest to claim overall victory on IRC handicap.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – 8 August – Concise confirmed as first yacht home

Video above published Aug 8, 2017: Plymouth has welcomed its first 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race arrival. Concise 10, a MOD70 owned by Tony Lawson and skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, claimed multihull line honours in the early hours of Tuesday morning completing the 47th edition of the race in 42 hours, 55 minutes. The time is a little over ten hours outside the current record. Monohull line honours is being contest by three Maxis – the 115-ft Nikata, Ludde Ingvall’s 100-ft CQS and George David’s Rambler 88. The latter currently holds a significant advantage and is making good progress back across the Celtic Sea. The majority of the 362-strong fleet are currently sailing in the opposite direction and on the approach to the race’s emblematic landmark, the Fastnet Rock on the southern tip of Ireland.

Fastnet Race day 3 update #3 onboard HUGO BOSS

Aug 8, 2017, video above.

Fastnet: the first 12 hours | Volvo Ocean Race

Published Aug 7, 2017: Leg Zero stage 2 is ON! At the start of the 2017-18 fleet's first racing night offshore, here's a look back at the day...

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – 6 August – Record fleet enjoys perfect start

In front of the Royal Yacht Squadron’s magnificent clubhouse in Cowes, a record-breaking fleet of 368 yachts embark on the 47th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race. Lying ahead is the famous 605-nm race to Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock on the southern tip of Ireland. The 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race fleet is truly diverse, a quality clearly evident to all of those watching on the shore in Cowes or the thousands following the live start of the race on the internet. The first of seven start sequences was reserved for the fastest multihulls, the final saw the leading monohulls comprising the contrasting designs of Nikata, CQS and Rambler begin their quest for line honours.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 Start

Aug 6, 2017: The start of the 47th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, Cowes, Isle of Wight.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – Preview

Video above published Jul 3, 2017: The biennial Rolex Fastnet Race has been an established fixture on the ocean racing circuit since 1925. The 605-nautical mile race is a test of strategy and skill with challenging tidal currents and changeable weather. 2017 marks the 47th edition of this international classic organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. The race starts on Sunday 6 August from the Royal Yacht Squadron line, off Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The fleet races westward out of the Solent, down the English Channel and into the open water of the Celtic Sea heading towards the Fastnet Rock off the southern tip of Ireland. Once there the yachts head back on a reciprocal course to the finish off Plymouth.

The Royal Ocean Racing Club​ Rolex Fastnet Race starts on Sunday 6 August 2017: The start begins at 1100 (BST) for the 47th edition. Multihulls will start first, followed by IMOCA 60s and Class 40s.
1100 Multihull
1110 IMOCA 60 and Class40
1120 IRC 4
1140 IRC 3
1200 IRC 2
1220 IRC 1
1240 IRC Zero & VO65

Official site: rolexfastnetrace.com

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01 August 2017

WMRT Match Cup Russia 2017, World Match Racing Tour, August 1-6

WMRT Match Cup Russia - Day 6 Tucker Thompson Daily Wrap

WMRT Match Cup Russia - Day 6 Highlights Aug 6, 2017

WMRT Russia Day 5 Tucker Thompson Daily Wrap Aug 5, 2017

WMRT Match cup Russia - Super 16 Highlights

Video above published Aug 4, 2017.

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With the Winter Palace to the south and Vasilievsky Island to the west the racing will take place in the heart of St. Petersburg at the foot of the historic walls to the Peter-and-Paul Fortress. Sailing so close to the shore will guarantee spectators a grandstand view over the full racecourse from all angles with an unparalleled setting within the city centre. LIVE Twitter feed below.

see also: WMRT Match Cup USA 2017 | World Match Racing Tour: August 1-6

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31 July 2017

Quantum Distance Racing How-to Series: Mastering Headsail Changes

Quantum Distance Racing How-to Series: Part 3 - Mastering Headsail Changes

Video above published Jul 27, 2017, by Quantum Sails: Offering new and different challenges, distance races around the world have attracted sailors with various degrees of offshore experience. Quantum expert Dave Gerber provides some essential tips and tricks for the novice distance racer and reminders for the salty veterans. Part 3 above, deals with headsail changes and two common options for completing the maneuver. Enjoy!

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30 July 2017

Quantum Distance Racing How-To Series: Reefing Your Mainsail

Quantum Distance Racing How-To Series: Part 2 - Reefing Your Mainsail

Video above published Jul 20, 2017: Distance sailboat racing is a growing segment of the sport of sailing. Offering new and different challenges, distance races around the world have attracted sailors with various degrees of offshore experience. Quantum expert Dave Gerber presents a short three part series with some essential tips and tricks for the novice distance racer and reminders for the salty veterans. Part two gives you a step-by-step look at reefing your mainsail and shaking it out to return to full hoist. More information about reefing:
Stay tuned for part 3 to get expert tips on mastering headsail changes.
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Prank MayDay Calls Are NOT Funny!

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29 July 2017

Quantum Distance Racing How-To Series Video Part 1

Quantum Distance Racing How-To Series: Part 1 - Four Simple Onboard Optimizations

Video above published Jul 11, 2017: Distance sailboat racing is a growing segment of our beloved sport. Offering new and different challenges, distance races around the world have attracted sailors with various degrees of offshore experience. We teamed up with Quantum expert Dave Gerber for a short three part series with some essential tips and tricks for the novice distance racer and reminders for the salty veterans. 

Part one above digs into four simple onboard optimizations you can make to help ready your boat for distance racing: 1. Weight Distribution; 2. Repeatable Settings; 3. Bow Lacing; 4. Setting an offboard lead. Parts two and three of this series will cover reefing the mainsail and headsail changes.

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24 July 2017

Puerto Portals 52 Super Series LIVE July 24-28, Video & Twitter Feed

LIVE TV: Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2017 - Day 5 (Friday)

Live TV: Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2017 - Day 5 (Friday)
Starts: July 28, 2017, FRI 5:30 AM EDT (US)

UPDATE: Overall Standings after Puerto Portals 52 Super Series Sailing Week:

Live TV: Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2017 - Day 4 (Thursday):

Live TV: Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2017 - Day 4, Thursday July 27
Starts: July 27, 2017, THU 5:30 AM EDT (US)

Live TV: Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2017, Day 3 (Wednesday)

Live TV: Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2017 - Day 3
Starts: July 26, 2017 - WED 5:30 AM EDT (US)

Live Racing : Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2017 - Day 2 (Tues)

Live Racing : Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2017 - Day 2, July 25, 2017

The world's leading grand-prix monohull yacht racing circuit comes to the Mallorcan coast for the Puerto Portals​ 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week, a five-day regatta.

The Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week, July 24-28:

Race Schedule for the 2017 52 Super Series
  1. Quantum Key West Race Week, January 16– 20.
  2. 52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup, March 6 – 11.
  3. TP52 World Championship SCARLINO 2017, Scarlino, May 15 – 20.
  4. Porto Cervo 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week, June 20 – 25.
  5. Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week, July 23 – 28.
  6. Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week, September 18 – 23.
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