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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20 July 2017

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 4, Barcelona, July 20-23, LIVE Twitter Feed

LIVE from Barcelona: Day Four of Extreme Sailing Series 2017

LIVE from Barcelona: Day Four of Extreme Sailing Series™ 2017 Act 4
Starts: July 23, 2017 - SUN 8:00 AM (US)

LIVE Barcelona: Day Three - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2017

LIVE Barcelona: Day Three - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2017
Starts: July 22, 2017 - SAT 9:00 AM EDT (US)

3D Barcelona: Day Two - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2017, Act 4

Barcelona Day Two - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2017 Starts: July 21, 2017, Friday 9am EDT (US)
Note: Big swells forced postponement of Barcelona opener on Thursday.

Results overall 2017 after Act 3:
  1. Alinghi 34
  2. SAP Extreme Sailing Team 33
  3. Oman Air 30
  4. Red Bull Sailing Team 26
  5. Land Rover BAR Academy 25
  6. NZ Extreme Sailing Team 23



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19 July 2017

Transpac Yacht Race 2017: A Look Back at a Special Race (video)

Transpac 2017 - Looking Back at a Special Race

Video above published Jul 17, 2017: Sailors describe their epic journey across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii and why this race is so special. This is what the Transpacific Yacht Race is all about!

The finish of the 2017 Transpac

Video above published Jul 16, 2017: Transpac Racers reflect on their incredible journey across the Pacific. Video by Chris Love Productions

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17 July 2017

2017 Transpac Race Records, Comanche Skipper Ken Read (video)

2017 Transpac Race Record: Comanche, Skipper Ken Read

Video above published Jul 12, 2017: Ken Read, skipper for Comanche in the 2017 Transpac Race talks about their record breaking performance. Video footage by Dylan DiMarchi.

Transpac 2017: New multihull and monohull records established

Both the multihull and the monohull first-to-finish race records have fallen in the 2017 Transpac, a 2225-mile course from Point Fermin in Los Angeles to Diamond Head in Honolulu.

H. L. Enloe's ORMA 60 trimaran Mighty Merloe crossed the finish line first on July 10th for an elapsed time of 4 days 6 hours 32 min 30 sec, a full 26.5 hours faster than the previous mark set in 1997 by Bruno Peyron and his team on Commodore Explorer.

Jim Clark's 100-footer Comanche, on July 11th decisively established a new course record for monohulls with an elapsed time of 5 days 1 hour 55 min 26 sec, a half a day faster than the previous record set in 2009 by Neville Crichton's R/P 90 Alfa Romeo II.

Transpac Results | yachtscoring.com and transpacyc.com

2017 Transpac Race Comanche Finish:


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13 July 2017

Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2017, July 13-16

UPDATE July 16, 2017 Plenty wins the 20th Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in Costa Smeralda | Yacht Club Costa Smeralda: Porto Cervo, July 16, 2017. Plenty, owned by Alex Roepers with tactician Terry Hutchinson, the defending champions at the start of the event, are World Champions for the third time in the Farr 40 One Design Class.
Update July 15: Rolex Farr 40 Worlds: Plenty lengthens her lead | News - Yacht Club Costa Smeralda: Alex Roepers, owner/helmsman aboard Plenty: "It was a phenomenal day considering the consistent performance by the team Plenty. We chipped away four races in a row placing 2, 1, 2, 1 so I'm very happy with our consistency. The conditions were pretty good, not too light. We saw wind speeds as low as 6 knots and up to 12/13 but usually it was around 8 to 11 knots. Great job done by Terry Hutchinson and the whole crew. Tomorrow [Sunday] is another day, we'll go out expecting a normal day and see how it goes."
UPDATE July 14 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship: Plenty emerges from the Mistral - News - Yacht Club Costa Smeralda: "The Race Committee kept a close eye on the situation in the hopes of getting a race in. Finally at 5:00 PM, in the warm light of the late afternoon, the Farr 40 fleet headed out of port. The winds were at about 23 knots but built during the race making the competition a real thrill both for the teams participating and for the spectators watching the Farr 40s planing downwind at up to 20 knots ... Plenty took the lead [and won] followed by Enfant Terrible and Pazza Idea, the top-placed Corinthian team ... Racing should get underway tomorrow, Saturday June 15th, at 11:00 AM in light northerly breezes. The Race Committee will try to run up to four races a day in the final two days of racing to make up for the races abandoned due to conditions."

Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2017 Preview

Video above published Jun 15, 2017: From 13 to 16 July, the world of yachting will return to Porto Cervo, Sardinia for the pinnacle of one-design racing: the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. With the boat owners at the helm, top yachtsmen and –women, both amateur and professional, will compete on identical 40-foot (12-metre) yachts for the World Championship trophy and a Rolex timepiece. Teamwork and consistency are essential ingredients to win the regatta. The 2017 edition is particularly special, celebrating both the 20th anniversary of the Farr 40 Worlds and the 50th anniversary of the prestigious host, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.

UPDATE: Gusts at over 30 knots forced the Race Committee to abandon racing for July 13th, and tomorrow's forecast is also very windy. Stay tuned!

A Look Back at the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2016 Highlights:

Official websites:
On Twitter:

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12 July 2017

America's Cup Parade In Auckland, New Zealand (video)

America's Cup Parade Auckland

Video above published July 6, 2017: It's fair to say the America's Cup welcome home parade in Auckland was a pretty special day for everyone at Emirates Team New Zealand. The parade in central Auckland on Thursday, July 6th, celebrated the team and their incredible victory and to welcome the return of the America’s Cup to New Zealand for the first time since it left in 2003.

We won the America's Cup!

Video above published on Jun 26, 2017: "We did it. The America's Cup​ is coming home for New Zealand."

When Emirates Team New Zealand sped through the finish line to win the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda, Emirates Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) became the next defender and trustee of the Auld Mug. And the moment the New Zealand boat crossed the line to win the America’s Cup, the RNZYS accepted a challenge from Luna Rossa’s Circolo della Vela Sicillia (CVS) for the 36th America’s Cup. Representatives from the two teams and clubs will decide on the rules for the next America’s Cup. It is expected that the Protocol will be released in a few weeks, defining (among other things):
  • Structure of the organizing body of the event (commercially and sportively)
  • Venue(s)
  • Dates of the event
  • Class of boat(s) to be used (with Class Rule to follow)
  • Regatta format, including preliminary or World Series type events (if any)
  • Entry process and associated fees
  • Nationality restrictions
  • Media/commercial rights restrictions / split between event organizer and teams
  • Profit sharing between event organizer and teams
Once the rules are defined and published, clubs and their teams will have the information needed to decide whether to take up the challenge for the 36th America's Cup.

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11 July 2017

Ridding the Ocean of Plastic, 2018 World Ocean Summit Preview

Ridding the ocean of plastic

Video above published Jun 8, 2017: By 2050 the plastic in the world’s oceans could weigh more than the fish. On World Oceans Day actor Adrian Grenier, and young entrepreneur Boyan Slat, look for solutions to the problem.

World Ocean Summit 2018 Preview

Video above published Jun 4, 2017: The fifth World Ocean Summit will be held at Riviera Maya, Mexico, on March 7th-9th 2018 and will grapple with some of the ocean's most intractable problems--and explore new possibilities. #OceanSummit Visit event website: https://goo.gl/KlCk6U

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10 July 2017

Giraglia Rolex Cup 2017 Highlights Video

Giraglia Rolex Cup 2017 Highlights:

Video above published Jun 29, 2017: The 2017 Giraglia Rolex Cup required patience, strength and skill to overcome the fickle weather that dominated the 65th edition. Some 210 yachts took part in the main event – the 241-nm offshore race from Saint-Tropez, France to Genoa, Italy via the northern tip of Corsica. Overall victory went to Freccia Rossa, a TP52 owned by Vadim Yakimenko, and line honours for fastest finish to Dieter Schön’s Maxi 72 from Germany, who were rewarded with Rolex timepieces, a tribute to excellence and superior performance. The event was marked by the respect for tradition and love of sailing that are hallmarks of the Giraglia Rolex Cup.

See also: JohnTheCrowd.com | Giraglia Rolex Cup 2017, June 9-17, Video & LIVE Twitter Feed

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09 July 2017

Bermuda Special: The World Sailing Show July 2017 (video)

Bermuda Special - The World Sailing Show - July 2017 Edition

Video above published Jul 3, 2017:

01:00 AC35 Round Robin 1&2

02:31 J-Class action

04:38 The Bermudan rig

06:22 AC35 The Playoffs

08:07 Red Bull Youth America's Cup

09:21 AC35 The Match

12:39 Sailing World Cup Final

18:23 Volvo Ocean Race - The next generation

This month’s World Sailing Show comes from the heart of the 35th America’s Cup, Bermuda where this beautiful mid Atlantic island put on a show like no other. Flying Cup boats, Superyachts, the J-Class and the Youth America’s Cup pulled the crowds. The World Sailing Show was there. Plus, bold new plans for the Volvo Ocean Race and the Sailing World Cup Final showdown in Santander.

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05 July 2017

WMRT Match Cup Sweden 2017 | World Match Racing Tour, July 3-8

GKSS Match Cup Sweden 2017 Final Day (Day 6) LIVE

GKSS Match Cup Sweden 2017 Final Day (Day 6) LIVE World Match Racing Tour - Starts: July 8, 2017 SAT 8:00 AM EDT (US)

GKSS Match Cup Sweden - Day 6 - Finals Highlights:


WMRT Marstrand 2017 - Friday, Day 5 Highlights:

WMRT Marstrand 2017 Friday, Day 5 Highlights (July 7, 2017)

WMRT Marstrand 2017 - Thursday, Day 4 Highlights:

World Match Racing Tour: WMRT Marstrand 2017 - Thursday, day 4 highlights, July 6, 2017

WMRT Marstrand 2017 - Day 3 Highlights (July 5):

WMRT Marstrand 2017 - Day 3 (July 5) Highlights

WMRT GKSS Match Cup Sweden RESULTS

Season 2017: Where we are--video published Jul 1, 2017--quick recap on the first event of the 2017 season, WMRT Match Cup Australia.

WMRT Match Cup Sweden 2017 | World Match Racing Tour: July 3-8
This historic sailing event returns to the World Match Racing Tour to continue its 23 year legacy into the 2017 season. One week each summer the picturesque and beautiful island of Marstrand transforms from a quiet archipelago village into a hotspot of the Swedish summer. With over 150,000 visitors, the best match racing sailors in the world, the business society mingling, exciting nightlife and entertainment for the entire family, everyone is invited to a truly amazing week. Joining the 10 Tour Card holders at this event will be the top two qualifying teams from Geographe Bay Cup, Miami Match Cup and Gothenburg Match Cup, as well as two wild card invitations. 
See also http://www.matchcupsweden.com/.


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04 July 2017

Happy 4th of July!


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