21 April 2018

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8, Itajai, Brazil, to Newport, RI USA, LIVE Feed

LIVE Tracker: Start 20180422 Volvo Ocean Race fleet all heading east out of Itajai: 
 VOR tracker
see also Virtual Eye -- Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 started 22 April 2018 from Itajai, Brazil, at 17:00 UTC (14:00 Itajaí) 1:00 p.m. EDT (US).

Leg 8 Start ...in 137 seconds | Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race video published Apr 22, 2018: Check out all the action from the start of the race from Itajaí to Newport.

Leg 8 Start – Itajaí to Newport – Full Replay | Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race video above published Apr 22, 2018: All 7 seven boats were on the start line in Itajaí, with their sights set on the 5700 nautical miles to Newport, Rhode Island.

See also:
The Itajaí In-Port Race ...in 137 seconds (video) and Skippers' Leg 8 Start Press Conference (video)

Volvo Ocean Race previous 'Daily Live' Shows (videos)

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, Leg 8 Itajai to Newport, 5700 nautical miles, start 22 April:

Standings after Leg 7 finish (courtesy VolvoOceanRace.com):
 Standings After Leg 7 Volvo Ocean Race

Leg 7 recap: Team Brunel won Leg 7 and Dongfeng Race Team placed second, 15 minutes behind, on Tuesday, April 3, 2018:
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Notes: Vestas 11th Hour Racing dismasted and motored to the Falkland Islands. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag diverted to Chile following the loss of John Fisher, the Volvo Ocean Race SHK Scallywag sailor who was reported overboard on Monday, March 26, 2018, and is presumed "lost at sea" (video). More info: JohnTheCrowd | Sailing News: Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7, Auckland to Itajai, March 18 Start, LIVE Feed and VolvoOceanRace.com.

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 Leg 8, the teams: Vestas 11th Hour Racing, Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, MAPFRE, Dongfeng Race Team, AkzoNobel, Team Brunel, Turn the Tide on Plastic:
Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 teams (source: VolvoOceanRace.com)
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20 April 2018

Volvo Ocean Race Cape Horn & Southern Ocean Immersive 360 Videos

Immersive 360 footage from the Southern Ocean | Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race video published Apr 18, 2018: Extended cut, 360 footage of  Brunel Sailing in the Southern Ocean! You've never seen Pistol Peter Burling helming like this before! This video was captured by Yann Riou on the Garmin VIRB 360.

Rounding Cape Horn

Vestas 11th Hour Racing video published Mar 30, 2018: For some, it was their first, for others their fourth or fifth rounding but for all the sailors, it was the end to grueling journey through the Southern Ocean, and a chance to pay their respects. Watch the rounding of Cape Horn from on board Vestas 11th Hour Racing on 29th March 2018. Vestas 11th Hour Racing Rounded in 2nd place at 1501 UTC.

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8, Itajai, Brazil, to Newport, Rhode Island, USA, starts April 22, 2018:
  • In-Port Race: 20 April 2018, 17:00 UTC (14:00 Itajaí)
  • Leg Start: 22 April 2018, 17:00 UTC (14:00 Itajaí)
For more on Leg 7: Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7, Auckland to Itajai, LIVE Feed

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19 April 2018

Volvo Ocean Race: Dismasted Vestas 11th Hour Racing Arrives in Itajai

Fairwinds from the Falklands

Vestas 11th Hour Racing video above published Apr 9, 2018: From the moment the sailors arrived in Stanley Harbour, Falkland Islands, to the dock out last Saturday, the entire town has come together to support the team's efforts of returning to the race. Without the help of every individual and organisation that provided support, none of this would have been possible. Watch what it took to get the blue boat on its way to Itajaí

'When the leg ended, the adventure began' | Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race video above published Apr 16, 2018: Vestas 11th Hour Racing has arrived into Itajaí – here's a look behind the scenes as the blue boat docked in under jury rig following a Leg 7 dismasting.

Warm Welcome in Itajaí

Vestas 11th Hour Racing video above published Apr 16, 2018: At 1000 local time on April 16, Vestas 11th Hour Racing sailed into the Rio Itajaí-açu with three modified sails and a jury rig fabricated in the Falkland Islands. Covering 1600 miles in nine days, the delivery crew of five were all smiles as the shore team, fellow competitors and Volvo Ocean Race staff greeted the boat in the Race Village in Itajaí, Brazil.

Now just days to go until Leg 8 Start on April 22, 2018.

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18 April 2018

2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on Wax Lyrical (video)

2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart on Wax Lyrical

A look back at the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race--CYCATV video above published Dec 29, 2017--A collection of short clips of the race on Wax Lyrical, from leaving the dock at the CYCA to Tasman Island.

See also on JohnTheCrowd.com | Sailing News: 

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08 April 2018

Les Voiles de St. Barth 9th Edition, 8-14 April 2018, LIVE Feed

Les Voiles de St Barth 2018 video recap

Final results:

Final Day of racing in epic conditions

Les Voiles de St. Barth video above published Apr 14, 2018

Day 4 at les Voiles de St Barth

Les Voiles de St. Barth video above published Apr 14, 2018: Day 4 : Samantaga, an amateur crew competiting and having fun at les Voiles de St Barth. See also the Day Off video and day three video, race day two: Grinders, Tacticians, Bowmen, and first day of racing

Ready To Launch for the 9th edition

Les Voiles de St. Barth video published Apr 9, 2018: François Tolede, Organizer of Les Voiles de St. Barth; Alessandra Sublet, Marraine 2018; Jimmy Buffett, 2018 Godfather. See also special video message from Jimmy Buffett for all the sailors in the world re: Les Voiles de St. Barth, published Feb 15, 2018.

Also note:

Official website: www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com and regatta results.

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07 April 2018

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, Capturing Cape Horn (video)

Capturing Cape Horn – behind-the-scenes with the Volvo Ocean Race media team

Volvo Ocean Race video published on Apr 6, 2018: Ever wondered how the Volvo Ocean Race captures & sends back footage from some of the planet's most remote places?

See also on JohnTheCrowd.com: Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7, Auckland to Itajai, March 18 Start, LIVE Feed

The Race Village in Itajai, Brazil, is officially open! | Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race video published Apr 6, 2018: After the gruelling Southern Ocean and Leg 7, Itajai, Brazil welcomes the Volvo Ocean Race.

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28 March 2018

Rolex China Sea Race 2018 Preview (video)

UPDATE: Mandrake III Wins Overall Mandrake III 勇奪全場總冠軍 Mandrake III勇夺全场总冠军 | RolexChinaSeaRace.com


 Rolex China Sea Race 2018 - Preview

Rolex World of Yachting video above published Mar 27, 2018: Hong Kong plays host to the Rolex China Sea Race. On 28 March, a fleet of first-rate yachts will head out from Victoria Harbour to the final destination of Subic Bay in the Philippines, as part of Asia’s principal blue-water race. The year 2018 marks the 29th edition of the event, organized by the multi-faceted and cosmopolitan Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. Renowned for its tactical challenges, the 565nm adventure is not for the faint of heart: lumpy seas and a stiff breeze often accompany the early stages, in contrast to the gentle winds that characterize the finish. The Rolex China Sea Race upholds the Corinthian ethos that lies at the heart of Rolex’s enduring relationship with yachting.

Official website: rolexchinasearace.com

See also: Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club - Rolex China Sea Race
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26 March 2018

BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival, March 26-1 April 2018, LIVE Feed

BVI Spring Regatta 2018- Report

T2PTV: Sailing On Demand video published Apr 5, 2018: From the beset shots of the weekend, to sailors' efforts to help keep BVI Strong to locals being recognized for their heroic efforts, the BVI Spring Regatta celebrated it's 47th year in a special way.

BVI Spring Regatta 2018 - Sunday

April Fools' Day from the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival!  Some of the sailors played some pranks over night and awoke to some surprises on their boats.  Last day of racing for the fleet.

BVI Spring Regatta 2018- Saturday

Video above published Mar 31, 2018: From the longest-running BVI vet, to a guy who grew up on this regatta to a lady who started sailing on Tuesday, meet some of the characters of the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival!

BVI Spring Regatta 2018 - Friday

Video above published Mar 30, 2018: The Sailing Festival part of the regatta wrapped up with a 'Round Tortola, an Absolut Full Moon Race, and a group of sailors from the regatta helped clean up a beach in Brewer's Bay on the lay day with the BVI Wombles.  Friday's race day was big breeze for both the SOL and Norman Circles.

BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival 2018 Promo

Come to Nanny Cay on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival in 2018!  Always evolving, this event will add a Full Moon race.  64 islands, one BRILLIANT night!  Charter a boat, bring your own, there is a race for every type of sailor over this week of sailing in the Caribbean.
The 47th annual BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival will take place between March 26-1 April 2018. Current entries - Results will be posted at bvispringregatta.org.

Social media:
Twitter - https://twitter.com/springregatta
Use the hashtag #BVISR @springregatta
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bvispringregatta
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bvisr/

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18 March 2018

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7, Auckland to Itajai, March 18 Start, LIVE Feed

Daily Live – Friday, 6 Apr 2018 | Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race daily LIVE video above published Apr 6, 2018. Previous 'Daily Live' Shows.

Standings after Leg 7 finish (courtesy VolvoOceanRace.com):
 Standings After Leg 7 Volvo Ocean Race

Full Replay: Brunel Dongfeng Arrivals in Itajai | Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race video above published April 4, 2018: Team Brunel won Leg 7 and Dongfeng Race Team placed second, 15 minutes behind, on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

LIVE Tracker 2018.04.06 at 15:00 UTC: Remaining two boats still racing are Turn the Tide on Plastic (light blue), and MAPFRE (white):
 VOR 20180405
Notes: Vestas 11th Hour Racing dismasted and motored to the Falkland Islands. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag (gray boat in Pacific Ocean) diverted to Chile following the loss of John Fisher, the Volvo Ocean Race SHK Scallywag sailor who was reported overboard on Monday, March 26, 2018, and is now presumed "lost at sea" (video).

See also Virtual Eye -- (screenshot below shortly after the start 20180319 NZDT):
 Virtual Eye
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7: Across the Southern Ocean at the bottom of the World
Cape Horn 29 March 2018

Volvo Ocean Race video above published Mar 30, 2018: Conrad Colman gets all the reaction following the fleet's rounding of sailing's most iconic landmark, Cape Horn.

Back to the Southern Ocean - Week 21 - Volvo Ocean Race

The World Sailing Show video above published Mar 23, 2018: Leg 7 back to the Southern Ocean as the fleet leaves Auckland for Itajaí, Brazil, via the legendary Cape Horn - 7,600 nautical miles - this week we look at:
- The spectacular leg start in Auckland with all seven boats
- The successful return of Vestas 11th Hour Racing now in the leading pack
- The first days of sailing in challenging conditions and dropping temperatures

Leg 7 Start ...in 115 seconds--Volvo Ocean Race video published Mar 18, 2018--the Leg 7 Start from Auckland. Full replay video here. Leg 7 Started 01:00 UTC March 18, 2018 (9pm EDT March 17th U.S.). See also Leg 7 Start Press Conference video - Auckland | Volvo Ocean Race Mar 16, 2018: The seven Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 skippers face the world’s media ahead of the Leg 7 start from Auckland.

Leg 7 (double points awarded): 7600 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn to finish at Itajai, Brazil:
Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 Leg 7 (source: VolvoOceanRace.com)
Standings after Leg 6 (via VolvoOceanRace.com)

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 Leg 7: This is the defining leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, the longest leg of the race--7,600 nautical miles--and most of it is through some of the coldest, roughest ocean in the world. The fleet will leave Auckland on 18 March and head south past New Zealand’s East Cape into the Southern Ocean. Once they get far enough south they will be racing from west to east, sailing within the Westerly Storm Track (low pressure systems circulating west-to east around Antarctica), running with the low pressure systems that prowl around Antarctica. There will be big waves and there will be big breeze. And icebergs. Once across this vast expanse of ocean they will have to negotiate the legendary Cape Horn – where the power of the South Pacific slams into South America – and then turn north, traversing the coast of Argentina, Uruguay and finally Brazil to Itajaí. (source: VolvoOceanRace.com).

The Teams (Vestas 11th Hour Racing will return to the race for Leg 7):
Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 teams (source: VolvoOceanRace.com)
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14 March 2018

2018 Extreme Sailing Series Act 1, Muscat, March 14-17, LIVE Feed

LIVE from Muscat, Oman: Day 4 (final day), Extreme Sailing Series 2018 Act 1

Day 4 (final day) of Act 1 of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series in Muscat, Oman, Saturday, March 17, 2018.
Overall standings after Act 1
Next up in the Extreme Sailing Series: GC32 World Championship - Riva del Garda, Italy 24-27 May 2018 - The GC32 World Championship sees the Extreme Sailing Series™ and GC32 Racing Tour fleets combine and provides the second scoring stage of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series.

LIVE from Muscat, Oman: Day Three - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018

Day 3 of Act 1 of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series in Muscat, Oman, Friday, March 16, 2018.

Extreme Sailing Series Results

3D Oman, Muscat: Day Two - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018
Scheduled for Mar 15, 2018

Extreme Sailing Series - Day 1 Highlights | Act 1 - Oman 2018

Highlights from Day 1 of Act 1 of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series in Muscat, Oman.

Teams:



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13 March 2018

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017, Spirit of Yachting Video

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017 – Film – The Spirit of Yachting

Rolex World of Yachting video above published Feb 6, 2018: The Rolex Spirit of Yachting film series presents the 73rd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The behind-the-scenes footage in this 25-minute documentary covers the peak moments of this 628-nautical-mile offshore adventure from Sydney Harbour to Hobart, Tasmania. After a phenomenal contest between Jim Cooney’s LDV Comanche and the Oatley family’s Wild Oats XI, the line honours title for first to finish was eventually attributed to LDV Comanche.  The winners of the coveted Rolex timepieces in honour of excellence on the water were awarded to Jim Cooney, who took home the Illingworth Trophy and set a new race record of 1 day, 9 hours, 15 minutes and 24 seconds, and to Matt Allen, who won the Tattersall Cup for overall win aboard Ichi Ban.

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12 March 2018

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017 Video Highlights

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017 – Highlights

This moving montage captures the essence of the 2017 edition of one of the world’s most respected and revered offshore races: the Rolex Sydney Hobart. The spectacular footage covers the highlights of the 628-nautical-mile course, from the start out of Sydney Harbour to the setting of a new race record of 1 day, 9 hours, 15 minutes and 24 seconds by Jim Cooney and his all-star crew on LDV Comanche, whose accomplishments earned them the J.H. Illingworth Trophy and a Rolex Timepiece. Rolex World of Yachting video above published Jan 26, 2018.

Other News:

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11 March 2018

Volvo Ocean Race NZ Herald In-Port Race Auckland Videos

Watch the Volvo Ocean Race NZ Herald In-Port Race Auckland start action from onboard the boats!

Volvo Ocean Race video above published Mar 9, 2018: The start to the In-Port Race in Auckland was chaotic and dramatic... and there's no better place to watch the action play out than onboard the boats (whilst holding your breath and covering your eyes)

HEAD CAM ALERT! Watch the Auckland In-Port Race through the sailors' eyes:

Volvo Ocean Race video published Mar 9, 2018: Ever wondered what a Volvo Ocean Race sailor's POV looks like? Wonder no more – here's all the action from the In-Port Race in Auckland, made possible by the Garmin VIRB!

The NZ Herald In-Port Race Auckland ...in 105 seconds | Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race video above published Mar 9, 2018: Watch as the fleet battles out a memorable In-Port Race in the City of Sails featuring a chaotic start, Doldrums-esque conditions and a final sprint to the line! Full Replay here.

The next leg, Leg 7, of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, starts from Auckland, New Zealand, on March 18, 2018, and will traverse 7600 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean, rounding Cape Horn, and finish at Itajai, Brazil.

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07 March 2018

2018 Miami Sailing Week & Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta Mar 5-10

2018 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta Roundup | Miami, USA

World Sailing TV video above published Mar 13, 2018

Bacardi Cup 2018 - Off To A Great Start

Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta video published March 2018.

Foiling Week Miami 2018 - final highlights:

Video above published Mar 8, 2018. More info: Foiling Week Miami | FoilingWeek.com: 2018 February 15-18 at Shake-A-Leg Miami, located on Miami’s beautiful Biscayne Bay.

2018 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta Preview | Miami, USA

World Sailing TV video above published Mar 6, 2018: preview of the 2018 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta in Miami, USA.

2018 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta, March 5-10, is for Star Class sailors and for J70 Class sailors.

Miami Sailing Week scheduled for March 7-10, 2018, with four participating one design classes: the Melges 24, A-Cat, M32 and Flying Tiger classes.

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06 March 2018

Volvo Ocean Race: Vestas 11th Hour Racing back in the water (video)

Vestas 11th Hour Racing is back in the water! | Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race video above published Mar 5, 2018: After a global effort to repair the damaged boat, from a team working around the clock to get back to the race, Vestas 11th Hour Racing is back in the water in time for the New Zealand Herald​ In-Port Race – and ready for the Southern Ocean in Leg 7!

Volvo Ocean Race (2017-18) Leg 7 starts from Auckland on March 18, 2018.

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6 Finish

World Sailing TV video above published Feb 28, 2018.

See also:  Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6, Hong Kong to Auckland NZ, LIVE Feed

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01 March 2018

RC44 Calero Marinas Cup 2018, March 1-4 LIVE Feed & Video

The best of the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup 2018

RC44 Class Association video published Mar 4, 2018: Lanzarote has delivered outstanding winter racing for this year's RC44 Calero Marinas Cup. From 20+ knots of boat speed blasting downwind in training to champagne sailing in 15 knots for the final day.

Day 4 RC44 Calero Marinas Cup - Charisma secures victory as RC44 racing goes to the wire

RC44 Class Association video published Mar 4, 2018: Nico Poons’ Charisma proved today that there is a new player in town in the one design fleet, as they clung on to their lead from yesterday to win the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup, the opening event of the 2018 RC44 championship. But it came down to the last run of today’s last race when a final curved ball cut the Monaco-based team’s overall lead to just one point ahead of arch-rival, Team Nika.

After their outstanding Saturday, defending 2017 RC44 champions Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF were still in the groove and led today’s opening race from start to finish.

After posting a couple of deep results, Vladimir Prosikhin 's Team Nika was back on song for race two. The Russian team and John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum opted early for the right on the first beat where they struck gold. The two boats were respectively first and second at the top mark, positions they maintained until the finish.

UPDATE Mar 4, 2018: Charisma held a five points advantage over Team Nika, with Artemis Racing a further three points back going into the final day of racing on Sunday. Charisma held on to win.the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup 2018 on Sunday, a well-deserved win for Nico Poons, Ray Davies and the entire crew after a week-long battle with Team Nika.

RC44 Calero Marinas Cup 2018 overall ranking
1. Charisma-36
2. Nika-37
3. CEEREF-40
4. Artemis-47
5. Aqua-55
6. Peninsula-58
7. Aleph-68

Next RC44 event: RC44 Portorož Cup, May 9-13, 2018.

Day 3 RC44 Calero Marinas Cup - Charisma strides ahead after challenging day

RC44 Class Association video published Mar 3, 2018: A North Atlantic cold front, threatening to wreak havoc over Lanzarote, provided Solent-like conditions for the opening race on day three of the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup, the first event of the 2018 RC44 championship. Fortunately, once the front had passed, the wind veered back into the south, the sun came out allowing all the teams to enjoy another memorable afternoon of racing.

Day 2 RC44 Calero Marinas Cup - Too close to call at the halfway stage in Lanzarote

RC44 Class Association video above published Mar 2, 2018: Lanzarote laid on superb conditions for day two of the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup under brilliant sunshine and winds that started in the sub-10 range before building solidly into the 20s, making for a spectacular action-packed third and final race.

Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing claimed the opening race after tactician Andy Horton correctly called the favourable left side of the course, just as he did in yesterday’s first race.

Conditions had built for race two which turned into a heavyweight bout between Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika and Nico Poons’ Charisma. Nika led around the first lap but Charisma had edged ahead by the end of the second beat and maintained their lead to the finish. Pundits noted that the match racing between the two boats may have been fuelled by some rivalry between the tacticians– former Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker calling the shots on Team Nika and his former tactician Ray Davies in this position on Charisma.

Day 1 RC44 Calero Marinas Cup - Three races and three winners fire up 2018

RC44ClassAssociation video above published Mar 1, 2018: The opening day of the 2018 RC44 Calero Marinas Cup indicated firstly how close the season for the Russell Coutts-inspired one designs is set to be and how to win, it will be vital to make zero mistakes.

Three races saw three different winners. Torbjörn Törnqvist and Artemis Racing romped away to claim race one. Next up it was the turn of Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika to take race two. This left the sole Russian team now competing on the RC44 circuit ahead overall going into the final race. Sadly, while they were second at the first top mark rounding on the transom of John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum, a ripped gennaker put paid to Team Nika’s chances and lost her the overall lead at the close of play on this opening day to Peninsula Petroleum.

Interview: Nico Poons and Ray Davies

RC44 Class Association video above published Mar 2, 2018: The key to success in the RC44 fleet is flawless crew work. We talk to Charisma owner Nico Poons and tactician Ray Davies to find out how it's done. See also: "Introducing the CEEREF's Black Hawk (video), "The world's best sailors are back on the RC44 race track" video and Welcome to the RC44 family (video)--friends onshore, rivals on the water.

THE RC44 CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR 2018
First up: RC44 CALERO MARINAS CUP 2018
The five event 2018 RC44 Championship begins where it left off in 2017 - in the Calero family’s Marina Lanzarote, in Arrecife in the Canary Islands. The RC44 Calero Marinas Cup will take place 28 February (practice day) until 4 March.
Teams: 
France Aleph Racing (FRA17)
Sweden Artemis Racing (SWE44)
Monaco Charisma (MON 69)
United Kingdom Peninsula Petroleum (GBR 1)
United Kingdom Team Aqua (GBR 2041)
Slovenia Team Ceeref (SLO 11)
Russia Team Nika (RUS 10)


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19 February 2018

2018 RORC Caribbean 600, Antigua Start Feb 19 Video, LIVE Feed

2018 RORC Caribbean 600 - Wrap up film

RORC video above published Feb 27, 2018: The RORC Caribbean 600 has grown up to become a 'must do' offshore classic. The 2018 race celebrated its tenth anniversary and the 600-mile race around 11 Caribbean islands is on the bucket list of any serious offshore sailor. This year, any remanence of its stature as a Caribbean cruise was totally extinguished. 25 knots of solid trade winds with gusty squalls and a confused sea state delivered a challenge to over 800 sailors from six different continents. The 2018 edition of the race was the coming of age of the RORC Caribbean 600. 84 starters, 41 finishers, 43 retirees.

RORC Caribbean 600 2018 - First Finishers (video)

RORC video above published Feb 23, 2018--10th Edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 - First Finishers: "We're delighted to have won overall in IRC Rating​ and better yet to have broken our own record at the same time.” - George David, Rambler 88, winner of the 2018 RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy.

George David's American Maxi Rambler 88 has won the 2018 RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy, scoring the best corrected time under IRC. Rambler 88 revelled in the heavy airs race, setting a new monohull race record and by winning IRC Zero, completed a hatrick of trophies. Rambler 88 scorched around the track in an elapsed time of 37 hours 41 minutes and 45 seconds, beating the record set by George David's Rambler 100 in 2011 by nearly three hours. On hearing the result, George David commented: "In ten years the '600 has gone from a handful of boats in its first edition, to 84 on its tenth anniversary. It's a great race all around; congratulations to the RORC and everyone involved. We're delighted to have won overall in IRC and better yet, to have broken our own record at the same time."  

Start of the 10th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 - Record fleet sets off on record pace

RORC video above published Feb 19, 2018: A record 84 yachts started the 2018 RORC Caribbean 600 in Antigua on Monday 19th February. - the largest fleet in the ten-year history of the race. The impressive armada set off in unstable conditions with squalls producing a wind range of over 20 knots, and as little as 10, with some big shifts in direction. High seas and strong trade winds are expected for the race, with the anticipation of record breaking pace.

UPDATE: Royal Ocean Racing Club: "Race Rambler 88 breaks RORC Caribbean 600 Monohull Record--George David's American Maxi Rambler 88 set a new monohull race record in an elapsed time of 1 day 13 hours 41 minutes and 45 seconds."

All 2018 RORC Caribbean 600 Results: http://caribbean600.rorc.org/Race-Information/Results/

2018 RORC Caribbean 600 - Race Preview

RORC video above published Feb 19, 2018: 2018 RORC Caribbean 600 Race Preview.

88 yachts are about to embark on the 10th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600, including some of the world's best-known racing teams. A record-breaking fleet, alongside record-breaking weather...

Royal Ocean Racing Club - How to follow the 2018 RORC Caribbean 600: A record fleet of yachts from around the world will start the 10th edition of the 2018 RORC Caribbean 600 from Antigua on Monday 19th February.

Start times: 1100: IRC 2, 3 & CSA, 1110: IRC 1 & Class40, 1120: IRC Zero & Superyacht, 1130: Multihull.

2018 RORC Caribbean 600 Wouter Verbraak walks the course

RORC video above published Feb 15, 2018: Sevenstar Racing Yacht Logistics Division is headed by Wouter Verbraak, a world leading professional sailor who knows the ins and outs of running a top racing team. He has vast experience in the offshore racing arena and has won many of the world’s biggest sailing races with his strategic skills and team approach.

RACE MINISITE: For all the latest news from the race, blogs from the boats, video and photos, to track the fleet or join the virtual race, please go to the race website: http://caribbean600.rorc.org

FLEET TRACKER: All yachts in the race will be fitted with a YB Tracker

VIRTUAL REGATTA: http://click.virtualregatta.com/?li=4865
If you cannot escape the office for sunshine and 28 degree warm water, then enter the Virtual Regatta race from the comfort of your armchair!

SOCIAL MEDIA: Regular updates, images, video and audio will bring the race alive:
  • Twitter: Follow @rorcracing (embed below)
  • Race hashtag: #Caribbean600 #rorcc600
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rorcracing/
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalOceanRacingClub


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07 February 2018

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6, Hong Kong to Auckland NZ, LIVE Feed

LIVE Tracker Team AkzoNobel wins Leg 6. See also Virtual Eye.

Leg 6 in 208 seconds | Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race video above published Feb 28, 2018. Previous 'Daily Live' Shows

Info below: a) Leg 6 finishers, and b) standings after Leg 6 (via VolvoOceanRace.com)

Volvo Ocean Race | Leg 6 Start in 65 seconds - Volvo Ocean Race video published Feb 7, 2018: The start of Leg 6, Hong Kong to Auckland, of the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race in 65 seconds. See also Full Replay of  Leg 6 start.

Skippers preview Leg 6 | Volvo Ocean Race (Volvo Ocean Race video published Feb 7, 2018): Volvo Ocean Race skippers look ahead to Leg 6 from Hong Kong to Auckland – a stage that Dongfeng Race Team skipper Charles Caudrelier describes as potentially one of the most 'dangerous' of the race.
Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 Leg 6 (source: VolvoOceanRace.com)
Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 Leg 6, Hong Kong to Auckland NZ, starts Feb 7, 2018, from Hong Kong--it will take the fleet across the South China Sea to the northern tip of the Philippines. After that, it’s out into the Pacific and a long drag race to the south-east, dodging the many island chains of Polynesia until they reach Auckland. 6,100 nautical miles nonstop. Volvo Ocean Race current standings here (Top three: MAPFRE, Dongfeng Race Team, Vestas 11th Hour Racing).
Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 teams (source: VolvoOceanRace.com)
Update from Vestas 11th Hour Racing - Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18:  Vestas 11th Hour Racing, which was involved in a collision with a non-racing vessel at the end of Leg 4 near Hong Kong, will not rejoin the race in time for Leg 6 – the yacht has been loaded onto a freight vessel in Hong Kong for transportation to Auckland for repairs.

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06 February 2018

The World Sailing Show, February 2018 Edition (video)

The World Sailing Show - February 2018

The World Sailing Show video above originally published Jan 29, 2018:
  • Round the world record breakers 
  • 05:50 Star Sailors League 1
  • 2:12 Volvo Ocean Race Legs 3 & 4 
  • 19:15 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
"How fast can one person sail around the world? Last year we thought we knew, but 12 months later when Francois Gabart smashed the previous record, the sailing world drew breath. Was this the ultimate limit to the ultimate challenge? To find out, we looked at the history of round the world record breaking and talked exclusively to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo, non-stop, around the world about how times have tumbled and what lies ahead. In addition, we go to Nassau in the Bahamas to witness an extraordinary victory as the world’s best compete in a champion of champions showdown. We also re-visit the grueling Volvo Ocean Race as the fleet careers though the Southern Ocean before parking up in the Pacific. Plus, we take a look at the controversy in the Rolex Sydney Hobart race."

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31 January 2018

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, Leg 5, Hong Kong-Guangzhou-Hong Kong

"We live only once so find something you like and then do it with love" - Wolf

Dongfeng Race Team video above published Jan 26, 2018: "Horace, Black and Wolf show us around in Hong Kong and tell us more about growing up in China, from the food you can eat to their dreams growing up."

Watch the Dongfeng In-Port Race Guangzhou in 56 seconds! | Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race video above published Feb 3, 2018. For full replay of the In-Port Race see below.


Volvo Ocean Race video above published Feb 3, 2018.

Explanation of "How it Works" in The Volvo Ocean Race

Team Brunel video above.

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 Leg 5 (source: VolvoOceanRace.com)
Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 Leg 5 starts 1 Feb 2018 (local time) from Hong Kong which is Jan 31 UTC--The boats will leave Hong Kong and make a transition (all teams score 1 point) to Guangzhou for a full stopover. That programme will include a scoring In-Port-Race Feb 3, 2018, and other on and off-water activities in the Guangzhou Race Village. To conclude the leg, the boats will restart, Feb 5, back to Hong Kong to prepare for the start of Leg 6, on Feb 7. Volvo Ocean Race current standings here (Top three: MAPFRE, Dongfeng Race Team, Vestas 11th Hour Racing).
Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 teams (source: VolvoOceanRace.com)

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30 January 2018

Laser & Finn Medal Races, World Cup Series Miami 2018 (video)

Full Laser Medal Race - Sailing's World Cup Series | Miami, USA 2018

World Sailing TV videos, above and below, published Jan 28, 2018

Full Finn Medal Race - Sailing's World Cup Series | Miami, USA 2018

See also: 2018 World Cup Series in Miami USA, 21-28 January, LIVE Feed

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29 January 2018

The World Sailing Show January 2018 (video)

The World Sailing Show - January 2018

The World Sailing Show video above originally published Dec 27, 2017:
  • 01:02 Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2 & 3
  • 07:19  News
  • 08:30 How & why the new America’s Cup boat will work 
  • 11:59 Aboard Imerys – How the Class 40 season title was won
  • 16:18 eSailing World Championships
  • 18:18 Gabart smashes solo world record
  • 19:13 Youth Worlds Sanya, China

The World Sailing Show gets aboard Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde’ s Class 40 Imerys for a full-on, double handed 4,000 mile sleigh ride south to see how the pair took the coveted overall season title.

Also heading south, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet descended on Cape Town. With 7,000 miles under their belts, stomachs were starting to churn among the crew at the thought of the next 6,500 across the notorious Southern Ocean – they tell the World Sailing Show why.

What will make the new America’s Cup boat be so quick? Cup guru Grant Simmer explains in an exclusive interview.

We take a look at two major new world records set at very different ends of the scale. We also find out how to compete in a world championships without getting your feet wet.

Plus, were back in China, this time for the Youth World Championships.

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21 January 2018

2018 World Cup Series in Miami USA, 21-28 January, LIVE Feed

LIVE Sailing | World Cup Series Miami | Medal Races | Sunday 28 January 2018

World Sailing TV video scheduled for Jan 28, 2018, 12 noon ET (US).

LIVE Sailing | World Cup Series Miami | Medal Races | Saturday 27 January 2018

LIVE Sailing | World Cup Series Miami | Medal Races | Saturday 27 January 2018 World Sailing TV LIVE Jan 27, 2018 12:00 noon ET (U.S.)

Miami, Florida, USA is hosting more than 500 sailors from 50 nations for the second of four regattas in Sailing’s 2018 World Cup Series, 21-28 January 2018, racing in all ten of the Olympic sailing events.


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02 January 2018

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4, Melbourne to Hong Kong, LIVE Feed

Week in review – Leg 4, week 3 | Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race video above published Jan 24, 2018
  • Official website: www.volvooceanrace.com
  • Standings: top 4 after first 4 legs: 1) MAPFRE; 2) Dongfeng Race Team; 3) Vestas 11th Hour Racing; 4)Team Sun Hung Kai Scallywag; 5)Team Brunel. 
2018.01.20 00h UTC Volvo Ocean Race LIVE Tracker: Team Sun Hung Kai Scallywag @ScallywagHK Finishes First! Dongfeng Race Team second; Team AkzoNobel third. Vestas 11th Hour Racing retires after collision with fishing vessel--Update: Vestas 11th Hour Racing collision - Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18"What caused the collision? Was the other boat showing navigation lights, or using the AIS (Automatic Identification System)? We don’t have answers to those questions yet but of course those are central question to the on-going investigation. Both Vestas 11th Hour Racing and the Volvo Ocean Race will cooperate with the relevant authorities to establish what happened."

Sun Hung Kai Scallywag @scallywaghk, Leg 4, Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18
Leg 4 of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, Melbourne to Hong Kong Nonstop, started Jan 2, 2018, at 0300 UTC. Full Replay: Leg 4 Start in Melbourne:

A Look Back at Leg 3 - The Southern Ocean

The World Sailing Show video above published Jan 1, 2018: Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race had been a physical battle and mental challenge, with winds rarely dipping below 25 knots, and freezing seas for the entire 6500 mile leg. Day to day life proved to be strenuous, not only on deck but also below, as trade mark Southern Ocean conditions pushed teams to their limits. See also Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3, Cape Town To Melbourne Nonstop.

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photo of Vestas 11th Hour Racing - Leg 4, Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18
Vestas 11th Hour Racing, Leg 4, Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18
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