20 October 2018

Rolex Middle Sea Race Starts Oct 20, LIVE Feed

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2018 Preview

On the year of its 50th anniversary, a record fleet of close to 150 yachts is set to contest the 2018 Rolex Middle Sea Race. First held in 1968, the race has developed from its humble, Corinthian origins into an international event of repute attracting yachts from some 30 different countries. The Rolex Middle Sea Race’s 606-nautical mile course is not only challenging but beautiful taking in active volcanoes, rugged islands and numerous encounters with wildlife. To mark this year’s occasion, race organisers Royal Malta Yacht Club have put in place a number of special events and celebrations. Triumphing at this year’s anniversary edition will hold an even greater appeal for competitors - from the challenge of breaking the 11-year old race record to overall victory on IRC handicap.

‘A Portrait of the Rolex Middle Sea Race’ by Paul Cayard

Legendary and Olympic sailor Paul Cayard describes the allure of one of the Mediterranean’s most important offshore races. The spectacular footage captures the highlights of his impressive sailing career and the majesty of Malta’s historic regatta. The sound of the Saluting Battery cannons sets the fleet off from Valletta’s Grand Harbour to the Strait of Messina, leaving Sicily to port and passing the active volcano of Stromboli followed by the Aeolian and Egadi islands, before eventually returning through the South Comino Channel and the final stretch to the finish, off the Royal Malta Yacht Club. The 606-nautical-mile adventure is a favourite for professional and Corinthian sailors alike, who revel in the sheer beauty of the course.

Rolex Middle Sea Race
Racing Area
 Racing Area of Rolex Middle Sea Race
The racing area will be the waters of the Central Mediterranean extending from the island of Malta, around the island of Sicily, the Aeolian Islands, the Egadi Islands, and the islands Pantelleria and Lampedusa. 
Starting from Grand Harbour, boats will sail a course leaving to port the Island of Sicily, the Aeolian Islands (including Strombolicchio), the Egadi Islands (except Marettimo Island), Pantelleria and Lampedusa Islands, through the South Comino Channel, keeping Malta to starboard, to the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour. The Islands of Ustica, Linosa and Lampione are not marks of the course. The length of the course is approximately 606 nautical miles. The Course Record, established by "Rambler" in 2007, is 1 day 23 hours 55 mins 3 secs.
Official website: rolexmiddlesearace.com.  See also: http://yb.tl/rmsr2018.

LIVE Twitter feed: #rmsr2018


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18 October 2018

Extreme Sailing Series, San Diego, Oct 18-21, LIVE Feed

Live San Diego, USA: Day Four, Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018

Extreme Sailing Series video Oct 21, 2018.

Live San Diego, USA: Day Three - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018

Extreme Sailing Series video Oct 20, 2018.

3D San Diego, USA: Day Two - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018

Extreme Sailing Series video Oct 19, 2018.

3D San Diego, USA: Day One - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018

Extreme Sailing Series video Oct 18, 2018.

Extreme Sailing Series, San Diego, presented by SAP, 18 October - 21 October 2018:
With the racing taking place just five metres from the shore of Harbor Island, the man-made peninsula located close to Downtown San Diego, the Series will return to the city for the penultimate Act of the season. Enjoying a very temperate climate, the Californian city of San Diego sees consistent breezes, making it a popular sailing spot for California and the rest of the west coast.
Standings (prior to San Diego):
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17 October 2018

The 2018 52 SUPER SERIES Champion Quantum Racing (video)

Quantum Racing

Quantum Sails video above published May 9, 2018.

The 2018 52 SUPER SERIES Season Highlights

Quantum Racing are 2018 52 SUPER SERIES Champions!

CONGRATULATIONS to Quantum Racing for winning the 2018 52 SUPER SERIES.

Platoon finished on level points to Azzurra, but take second after countback.

2018 52 SUPER SERIES Overall Standings / points
1. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) 160
2. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) 197
3. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto and Pablo Roemmers) 197
4. Luna Rossa (ITA) (Patrizio Bertelli) 203
5. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) 211
6. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) 230
7. Phoenix (RSA) (Hasso/Tina Plattner) 239
8. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) 261
9. Onda (BRA) (Eduardo de Souza Ramos) 290
10. Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley) 344

The World Sailing Show video above published Oct 2, 2018

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16 October 2018

2018 Star World Championship, Friday & Saturday Videos

2018 Star World Championship - Saturday

The final day came with all of the drama you would expect from the Star class and on a day of big breeze and challenging conditions. Video above published Oct 13, 2018. Presented by Maryland's Sports Commission.

2018 Star World Championship - Friday

The international Star class is the second oldest international organization in the history of sailing. It has a rich history that is memorialized by the perpetual trophies it awards throughout the week to the competitors. Video above published Oct 12, 2018. Presented by Maryland's Sports Commission.

2018 Star World Championship | Oxford, Maryland, USA

Official website: https://2018worlds.starchampionships.org/

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13 October 2018

GC32 TPM Med Cup, Oct 10-14, Toulon, France, LIVE Feed

Day 4 GC32 TPM Med Cup -Ainslie wins in Toulon, as Cammas wins GC32 title

GC32 Racing Tour video above published Oct 14, 2018: large seas rolling into the Rade de Toulon’s open southeasterly side prevented racing on the final day of the 2018 GC32 TPM Med Cup, last event of the GC32 Racing Tour. The eight foiling catamarans ventured out on to the race course ready for a midday start. While 18-20 knots of wind is usually sailable for GC32s, building waves effectively made it ‘survival conditions’. If racing had been held, boats and possibly crew would have been damaged, reasoned the race committee, who finally raised ‘AP over A’, signalling the abandonment of racing, at 1350. The GC32 TPM Med Cup is the final event of the GC32 Racing Tour 2018 season.

Day 3 GC32 TPM Med Cup - Cammas back on form

GC32 Racing Tour video above published Oct 13, 2018: On the penultimate day of the GC32 TPM Med Cup, Franck Cammas’ NORAUTO powered by Team France fought back to second place overall after a disappointing Friday when they were crippled by a broken foil.

Day 2 GC32 TPM Med Cup - Three bullet INEOS soars ahead

GC32 Racing Tour video above published Oct 12, 2018: day two of the GC32 TPM Med Cup, the final event of the GC32 Racing Tour, held with support from Toulon Provence Mediterranée and the city of Toulon. Star of the day was unquestionably Ben Ainslie and his America’s Cup crew on board INEOS TEAM UK. The British team won three consecutive races of today’s five, coming second in the remaining two. This was despite being called over early in the first race – today’s only race held with a reaching start (due to a wind shift, the latter four races had upwind starts). The GC32 TPM Med Cup is the final event of the GC32 Racing Tour 2018 season.

Official website: www.gc32worlds.com

Day 1 best shots - GC32 TPM Med Cup

GC32 Racing Tour video above published Oct 12, 2018: best shots from the opening day of racing at the GC32 TPM Med Cup.

GC32 TPM Med Cup, Oct 10-14, Toulon, France
The GC32 Racing Tour 2018 concludes in the south of France, at Toulon, France’s third biggest Mediterranean port and capital of the Var department. Toulon is fast gaining notoriety in yacht racing circles having hosted the high profile French stop of the America’s Cup World Series in September 2016. Boat berthing and the race village are in the marina attached to the Yacht Club de Toulon. Racing will take place on the Rade de Toulon, with prevailing winds from the west. The bay is well protected with the potential for perfect GC32 foiling conditions: wind and flat water. Two top French teams are competing, both with crew from the French America’s Cup team.

Official website: gc32racingtour.com

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12 October 2018

Extreme Sailing Series 2018, All Roads Lead to San Diego (video)

ESS 2018 All roads lead to San Diego

Extreme Sailing Series video above published Oct 11, 2018.

Extreme Sailing Series, San Diego, Oct 18-21, 2018.

2018 Extreme Sailing Series™ San Diego - promo:

The adrenaline-fuelled Extreme Sailing Series™ returns to Harbor Island, San Diego, October 18-21, following its successful debut in 2017. The penultimate stop on the action-packed global tour will play host to a fleet of elite-level international sailing teams, whose crew boasts Olympians, World Champions and America’s Cup superstars.

Official website: extremesailingseries.com.

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11 October 2018

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2018 Preview Video

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2018 Preview Video

Rolex World of Yachting video above published Oct 10, 2018: On the year of its 50th anniversary, a record fleet of close to 150 yachts is set to contest the 2018 Rolex Middle Sea Race. First held in 1968, the race has developed from its humble, Corinthian origins into an international event of repute attracting yachts from some 30 different countries. The Rolex Middle Sea Race’s 606-nautical mile course is not only challenging but beautiful taking in active volcanoes, rugged islands and numerous encounters with wildlife. To mark this year’s occasion, race organisers Royal Malta Yacht Club have put in place a number of special events and celebrations. Triumphing at this year’s anniversary edition will hold an even greater appeal for competitors - from the challenge of breaking the 11-year old race record to overall victory on IRC handicap. Whoever claims the Rolex Middle Sea Trophy and Rolex timepiece as overall winner will prevail from the largest fleet in the race's history. Rolex has been Title Sponsor of the race since 2002.

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2018 starts on 20 Oct 2018.

More information: rolexmiddlesearace.com.

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10 October 2018

Rolex Swan Cup 2018 Highlights Video

Rolex Swan Cup 2018 Highlights Video

Rolex World of Yachting video above published Oct 1, 2018: Sardinia’s breathtaking Emerald Coast was again the setting for the biennial Rolex Swan Cup. Gracing some of the most eye-catching yet challenging waters in the world, the 20th edition in September 2018 attracted an international fleet of 110 high-performance Nautor’s Swan-designed yachts. After five days of intense competition in predominantly light winds off Porto Cervo, OneGroup and Porron IX were confirmed world champions in the ClubSwan 50 and Swan 45 Class, respectively, Mela took the European championship, Solte the Grand Prix, Plis-Play the Swan Maxi, and Six Jaguar the Sparkman & Stephens classic division. Winners received a Rolex Timepiece, symbolic of the tradition and innovation uniting Nautor’s Swan, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Rolex.

See also ROLEX SWAN CUP 2018, Sep 9-16, Video, LIVE Feed.

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09 October 2018

The 2018 52 SUPER SERIES Season Highlights Video

2018 52 SUPER SERIES Season Highlights Video

52SuperSeries video above published on Oct 1, 2018: Relive a very special year with some of the greatest sailors in the world.

See also: 52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week, Sep 18-22, LIVE Video

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29 September 2018

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2018, Sep 29 - Oct 7 (video)

The Very Best of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2018

DAY 8: Prize giving and the very best of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez. Video published Oct 7, 2018.

VST18 - DAY 7 - LA DER !

Les Voiles de Saint Tropez Officiel video above published Oct 6, 2018: Waves and nice breeze for the last racing day at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez. Classics, moderns and Wallys made one more time the show, thanks to all the crews !

VST18 - DAY 6 - BAGARRE !

Les Voiles de Saint Tropez Officiel video above published Oct 5, 2018: Tight racing for all classes today. Wally yachts went to Cavalaire, moderns raced all together, small mixed with big ones. Classics stayed in the bay with lighter winds ...

VST18 - DAY 5 - MAGIC !!

Les Voiles de Saint Tropez Officiel video above published Oct 4, 2018: Challenge day at Les Voiles de de Saint-Tropez in 20 knots outside the bay of Saint-Tropez. Those brave to round the Nioulargue buoy delivered a splendid show while the kids made theirs inside the harbour. Fasten your seatbelts, it gets wet !

See also:
  • DAY 4 video- PETITE BRISE (Gentle Breeze)
  • Les Voiles de Saint Tropez Officiel Day 3 video published Oct 2, 2018.
  • Les Voiles de Saint Tropez Officiel video--50 knots of wind is too much to send everybody racing. Day 2 racing cancelled--but discover the brand new Lady First III and her crew ready to race! 
  • Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2018 Day 1 video
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2018, Sep 29 - Oct 7

Official website: lesvoilesdesaint-tropez.fr

#yachting #sailing #racing #SaintTropez #StTropez

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26 September 2018

RC44 Cascais World Championship, Cascais, Portugal, Sep 26-30

The best shots from the 2018 RC44 World Championship

RC44ClassAssociation video above published Sep 30, 2018: "From our editors at Icarus Sports all the best shots from the 2018 RC44 World Championship."

Day 4 RC44 World Championship 2018 - record third title for Team Nika

RC44ClassAssociation video above published Sep 30, 2018: Team Nika became the first team ever to claim a hat trick of RC44 World Championship titles after Vladimir Prosikhin, tactician Dean Barker and their crew managed to fend off Igor Lah's Team CEEREF on the final day of big conditions racing off Cascais. The two boats started the day with Team Nika five points ahead.

Day 3 RC44 World Championship - Team CEEREF on a charge at RC44 World Championship

RC44 Class Association video above published Sep 29, 2018: Another adrenalin-pumping, top of the range day off Cascais at the RC44 World Championship saw Igor Lah's Team CEEREF claim two bullets from three races, enabling the Slovenian team to stay in contact with Vladimir Prosikhin's ultra-consistent leader Team Nika.

Day 2 RC44 World Championship 2018 - New leader at the RC44 World Championship

RC44ClassAssociation video above published Sep 28, 2018: Day two of their 2018 World Championship will go down in RC44 history books with three races sailed in waves, and at the top of the wind range, forcing teams to break out their no3 headsails and small spinnakers. Racing got underway on time at 1300 when the wind was already in the mid-teens. Once again the right side of the race course, close to the shore, was paying massively, offering the triple win on the upwinds of tidal relief, flatter water and a favourable right shift.

Day 1 RC44 World Championship 2018 - Bronenosec's two bullet surprise

RC44 Class Association video above published Sep 27, 2018: Winning two out of today’s three races made Vladimir Liubomirov and Kirill Frolov’s Bronenosec Sailing Team the stand-out performer on day one of the RC44 World Championship. With winds starting at 12 knots and building into the high teens, plus flat water and shorts and T-shirt temperatures, Cascais laid on tourist board-approved conditions. However these only materialized mid-afternoon, after wise instructions to wait ashore by PRO Peter Reggio and the race management team from the Real Club Nautico de Cascais.

 The World Championship, Cascais, is the fourth event of the 2018 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.

Racing schedule and results.

Standings before Cascais:
  1.    Monaco Charisma (MON 69)
  2.    Slovenia Team Ceeref (SLO 11)
  3.    Sweden Artemis Racing (SWE44)
  4.    Russia Team Nika (RUS 10)
  5.    United Kingdom Team Aqua (GBR 2041)
  6.    United Kingdom Peninsula Petroleum (GBR 1)
  7.    France Aleph Racing (FRA17)
  8.    Russia Bronenosec Sailing (RUS 18)
  9.    Russia Tavatuy Sailing Team (RUS 21)


2018 RC44 Class RC44 Championship Tour 2018 event schedule
  • 28 Feb - 4 Mar – RC44 Calero Marinas Cup 2018 – Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
  • 9 - 13 May – RC44 Portorož Cup – Portorož, Slovenia
  • 28 Jun - 1 Jul - RC44 Marstrand Cup – Marstrand, Sweden
  • 26 - 30 Sep - RC44 Cascais World Championship – Cascais, Portugal 
  • 14 - 18 Nov – RC44 Valletta Cup – Valletta, Malta

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25 September 2018

The World Sailing Show - September 2018 Edition (video)

The World Sailing Show - Sept 2018 Edition

This edition of the World Sailing Show was published Sep 3, 2018.

1:01 Hempel Sailing World Championships Part 1
2:09 The rise of Japan
6:33 New to the podium
12:15 TP52 World Championships
17:37 Extreme Sailing Series Cardiff
18:50 Hempel Sailing World Championships Part 2

The Hempel Sailing World Championships was always going to be a big deal, but it wasn’t just the silverware and the sailors that drew the crowds in Aarhus, Denmark. With two years to go until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, this was the first opportunity for nations to qualify for the Games and a key opportunity to start putting theory into practice for teams. Make no mistake, Aarhus was a big deal for all. Also: to Portugal for the TP52 World Championships and an exclusive guided tour of the world’s most advanced keelboats, as well as checking in with the Extreme Sailing Series in Cardiff.

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18 September 2018

52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week, Sep 18-22, LIVE Video

HIGHLIGHTS: Final Day 52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week 2018

What went down on the final day of an incredible season. 52 Super Series video above published Sep 23, 2018.

52 Super Series 2018 Overall Standings:
LIVE TV: 52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week – Day 5

52SuperSeries LIVE video Saturday, Sep 22, 2018.

52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week – Day 4 Highlights

52SuperSeries video above: Friday, Sep 21, 2018, the day that Quantum Racing won the 2018 52 SUPER SERIES.

Highlights Day 3: 52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week

52SuperSeries video Sep 20, 2018: Day 3 Highlights, 52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week.

52 Super Series racing scheduled for Sep 19, 2018, Day 2, cancelled due to lack of wind. 

Highlights of Day 1, 52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week 2018

52SuperSeries video above published Sep 19, 2018: Valencia, home of the 32nd and 33rd America's Cup. 52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week, 18-22 September 2018.

See also Final Day Highlights: Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2018 (video). For more of the last regatta, see Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2018, LIVE Aug 21-25.

Also catch the Thrilling Photo Finish in Cascais (video), out of nowhere, Platoon Sailing Team comes FLYING in for the photo finish with Alegre TP52!

52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week official website: 52superseries.com.

LIVE Virtual Eye

Race Schedule
Day 1 – WL Races September 18th, 2018: 13:00-17:00 (CEST)
Day 2 – WL Races September 19th, 2018 cancelled (lack of wind)
Day 3 – WL Races September 20th, 2018: 13:00-17:00 (CEST)
Day 4 – WL Races September 21st, 2018: 13:00-17:00 (CEST)
Day 5 – WL Races September 22nd, 2018: 13:00-17:00 (CEST)
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11 September 2018

ROLEX SWAN CUP 2018, Sep 9-16, Video, LIVE Feed

Rolex Swan Cup 2018 – A dramatic final day

Rolex World of Yachting video above published Sep 16, 2018: An intense, compelling 2018 Rolex Swan Cup witnessed competition go down to the wire across all six classes. German yacht OneGroup was crowned winner of the inaugural ClubSwan 50 World Championship following a momentous final day with Porron IX retaining the Swan 45 world title. Italian yacht Mela is the new ClubSwan 42 European champion while Six Jaguar (Sparkman & Stephens), Plis-Play (Swan Maxi) and Solte (Grand Prix) became class champions. The Rolex Swan Cup, defined by its close partnership between Rolex, Nautor’s Swan and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, magnificently portrayed the event’s diverse characteristics from innovation to tradition and from close competition to fair-play.

Rolex Swan Cup 2018 – Appreciating beauty

Rolex World of Yachting video above published Sep 14, 2018: Three days of racing across six classes have concluded at the 2018 Rolex Swan Cup hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. In the one design championships action is set to go down to the wire with Onegroup (ClubSwan 50 World Championship), Porron IX (Swan 45 World Championship) and Mela (ClubSwan 42 European Championship) currently assuming leadership. One of the compelling stories at the 20th edition of the event is the record presence of ten Swan 65s. Owned and skippered by passionate individuals, these yachts created ground-breaking feats in their heyday of the 1970s and today remain beautiful boats to race and cruise, admired by the sailing community.

ROLEX SWAN CUP 2018 – NO MARGIN FOR ERROR

Rolex World of Yachting video above published Sep 11, 2018: The 2018 Rolex Swan Cup is underway in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, with an impressive and diverse 110-strong fleet from 17 different countries. The 20th edition of the event welcomes a wide range of Nautor’s Swan designs spanning 50-years of the marque’s history. Among the highlights of the week’s competition is the inaugural running of the ClubSwan 50 World Championship. Comprising twelve highly-competitive one design yachts the five days of racing are set to showcase close-fought, dramatic action. Leading the competition after the first day was German yacht Onegroup. The rocky outcrops and challenging waters of Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda will herald equally compelling action across all classes comprising the Sparkman & Stephens classic division as well as the ClubSwan 42 European Championship and Swan 45 World Championship.

Rolex Swan Cup 2018 – Preview

Great competition in an enviable environment, a prevailing spirit of fair play and an opportunity to sail yachts renowned for their grace, enduring appeal and rich heritage, the Rolex Swan Cup is one of the seminal events in the sport of yachting. The event is also defined by the historic, three-way partnership between Nautor’s Swan, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), and Rolex, whose association with sailing marks 60 years in 2018.

The 20th edition of the event will be held in Porto Cervo, Sardinia from 9-16 September and is set to welcome an international fleet in excess of 115 yachts with models ranging from classic Sparkman & Stephens designs dating back to the mid-1960s, highly-competitive one design classes, and cutting-edge Swan Maxis and Super Maxis.


Official website: yccs.it



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10 September 2018

Sailing World Cup Series Enoshima, Japan, Sep 9-16, LIVE Feed

LIVE | Sailing's World Cup Series Enoshima, Japan | Medal Races | Sunday Sep 16

Live coverage from Sailing's 2018 World Cup Series in Enoshima, Japan on Sunday 16th September.

Schedule of races (local time): 12:07 - Laser; 12:55 - Laser Radial; 13:42 - Finn; 14:30 - 470 Men; 15:17 - 470 Women.

Sailing's World Cup Series Enoshima, Japan | Medal Races | Saturday Sep 15

Races: RS:X Men, RS:X Women, Nacra 17, 49er, 49erFX

World Sailing TV Playlist of all videos from #wcsenoshima here.

2019 WORLD CUP SERIES - ROUND 1, ENOSHIMA - Regatta Details:
Start Date: 9 September 2018
End Date: 16 September 2018
ISAF ID: Jpn201809zap
Venue: Enoshima, Japan
Official website: sailing.org/worldcup/regattas/Enoshima_2018.php
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EVENTS:
Fleet racing Men 470
Fleet racing Women 470
Fleet racing Men 49er
Fleet racing Women 49erFX
Fleet racing Men Finn
Fleet racing Men Laser
Fleet racing Women Laser Radial
Fleet racing Mixed Nacra 17
Fleet racing Men RS:X
Fleet racing Women RS:X

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04 September 2018

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship 2018

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2018 - Precision Marks Out the Winners

Rolex World of Yachting video above published Sep 8, 2018: The 2018 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup ended in traditional fashion with the final prize giving on the Piazza Azzurra in front of the Yacht Costa Smeralda. The winners in each class were rewarded with the respect of their peers, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup trophies and, of course, Rolex timepieces, the recognized emblem of achievement. The week of racing on the waters of the Costa Smeralda and the Maddalena Archipelago, provided excellent competition for the 41 competing yachts. The victors were defined by the perfection of their execution both in preparation and during racing. 2019 marks the 30th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, which was founded by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in 1980, is hosted in cooperation with the International Maxi Association and has been supported by Rolex since 1985.

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

“This coastline may present a tranquil scene, but this is a battle for honours,” says Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Every September the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda welcomes the most advanced craft to the stunning Porto Cervo in Sardinia, for a week-long event like no other on the sporting calendar. Attracting a peerless line-up of sailing power, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is also an essential rendezvous for innovators of cutting-edge yachting technology.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2018 Midpoint

Rolex World of Yachting video above published Sep 5, 2018: At the midpoint of the 2018 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup the serious contenders in each class are beginning to be identified. With three days of racing left, only one thing can be taken for granted: the extraordinary racing area created by the geography of the Costa Smeralda and the Maddalena Archipelago. 41 yachts are competing at the 29th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, founded by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, hosted in cooperation with the International Maxi Association and supported by Rolex since 1985. Today, as always, the event is the pinnacle of big boat racing and the six-day regatta attracts a diverse array of Maxi monohulls all measuring over 18.29 metres. With tradition, innovation, elegance, technology and performance all represented, this vaunted gathering has compelling allure.

UPDATE Sep 6, 2018 With the exception of the Super Maxi group, where the points are very close, the top players in each division are now becoming clear and the leaders of the provisional classifications are consolidating their positions. More here.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2018 – The Gathering of Greats

The 29th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup set sail on Monday, 2 September, with 41 yachts competing across five categories. Organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, in cooperation with the International Maxi Association and supported by Rolex since 1985, the event is the pinnacle of big boat racing. The six-day regatta attracts the full range of Maxi monohulls along with the very best sailors, both professional and Corinthian. With tradition, innovation, elegance, technology and performance all represented, this vaunted gathering has compelling allure. Rolex World of Yachting video above published Sep 3, 2018.

UPDATE  4 September 2018: Unstable weather conditions, with storms around the regatta course, forced the Race Committee to abandon today's race shortly after the start. Racing is postponed until tomorrow in the 29th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship, with the same schedule as today: windward-leeward races for the Wally Class and a coastal course for the other five divisions. Forecast for tomorrow is for a southeasterly breeze of 7 to 14 knots.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship, 2-8 Sep 2018.
Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy (map).

Official website and results and LIVE tracking.

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03 September 2018

Full Highlights: Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2018

Full Highlights: Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2018

52SuperSeries video above published on Aug 31, 2018: the full round up of the rollercoaster week in Puerto Portals. Next up--Valencia for the big season showdown--racing starts September 18.

See also Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2018, LIVE Aug 21-25.

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02 September 2018

INEOS TEAM UK, Royal Yacht Squadron Official Cowes Week Fly-By

The Royal Yacht Squadron Cowes Week fly-by

INEOS TEAM UK video above published Aug 8, 2018: Jim Ratcliffe joined Ben Ainslie to give the Royal Yacht Squadron an official Cowes Week fly-by.

Official website: ineosteamuk.com

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01 September 2018

Volvo Ocean Race RAW: All Or Nothing, Official Film 2017-18 (video)

Volvo Ocean Race RAW: All Or Nothing – Official Film 2017-18 | Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race video above published Aug 28, 2018: 45,000 miles, 7 teams, 1 trophy: watch all the highs and lows from sport's toughest test of a team in the official film of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race.

Official website: VolvoOceanRace.com

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31 August 2018

Rolex Swan Cup 2018 Video Preview

Rolex Swan Cup 2018 Video Preview

Rolex World of Yachting video above published Aug 28, 2018:  Great competition in an enviable environment, a prevailing spirit of fair play and an opportunity to sail yachts renowned for their grace, enduring appeal and rich heritage, the Rolex Swan Cup is one of the seminal events in the sport of yachting. The event is also defined by the historic, three-way partnership between Nautor’s Swan, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), and Rolex, whose association with sailing marks 60 years in 2018. The 20th edition of the event will be held in Porto Cervo, Sardinia from 9-16 September and is set to welcome an international fleet in excess of 115 yachts with models ranging from classic Sparkman & Stephens designs dating back to the mid-1960s, highly-competitive one design classes, and cutting-edge Swan Maxis and Super Maxis.

Website: https://www.yccs.it/en/regate-2018/info/rolex_swan_cup-256.html

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30 August 2018

Rodos Cup 2018 Video Documentary

Rodos Cup 2018 Video Documentary

ICARUS Sports video above published Aug 28, 2018. See also facebook.com/rodoscup2018.
#Greece #GreekIslands

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24 August 2018

Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff, Wales, UK, Aug 24-27 LIVE Feed

Extreme Sailing Series™ Cardiff 2018 Event Highlights

ExtremeSailingSeries video published Aug 27, 2018: event highlights from the Extreme Sailing Series™ Cardiff.

Extreme Sailing Series Results -- Overall Standings After Cardiff:
Next up in the Extreme Sailing Series: San Diego, presented by SAP, 18-21 October 2018

LIVE from Cardiff, Wales: Day Four of the Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018

ExtremeSailingSeries video scheduled for Aug 27, 2018.

LIVE from Cardiff, Wales: Day Three, Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018

Extreme Sailing Series video above scheduled for Sunday, Aug 26, 2018.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Cardiff 2018, Day one highlights

ExtremeSailingSeries video published Aug 24, 2018: Round one in wet and wild Cardiff

Extreme Sailing Series schedule 2018:

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21 August 2018

Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2018, LIVE Aug 21-25

Final Day Highlights: Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2018

52 Super Series video above published Aug 26, 2018: Congrats to Quantum Racing!

Results & Ranking via 52SuperSeries.com:
Results courtesy of 52superseries.com
Next up: 52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week, Sep 18-22, Valencia, Spain

Day 4 Highlights: Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2018

52 Super Series video above published Aug 25, 2018: only five points separate first and fifth.

Highlights of Day 3, Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2018

52SuperSeries video published Aug 24, 2018: Our ten-boat fleet are put to the test under deceptively tricky sailing conditions.

Day 2 Highlights of Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2018

52SuperSeries video published Aug 23, 2018: With much better sailing conditions, Day 2 was packed full of action with three great races.

The Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week, the decisive penultimate regatta of the season, 21-25 August 2018 at Mallorca. 52 SUPER SERIES website: 52superseries.com.

LIVE Virtual Eye
Race Schedule
Day 1 – WL RacesAugust 21st, 2018: 13:00-17:00 (CEST) No racing (lack of wind)
Day 2 – WL RacesAugust 22nd, 2018: 13:00-17:00 (CEST)
Day 3 – WL RacesAugust 23rd, 2018: 13:00-17:00 (CEST)
Day 4 – WL RacesAugust 24th, 2018: 13:00-17:00 (CEST)
Day 5 – WL RacesAugust 25th, 2018: 13:00-17:00 (CEST)

 Puerto Portals Mallorca

See also ROLEX TP52 World Championship Cascais 2018, July 17-21.

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12 August 2018

Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, Aug 12 Start & LIVE Feed

2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Colombre XL at Muckle Flugga

RORC video above published Aug 18, 2018: Charles-louis Mourruau's Colombre XL (The Lost Boys) round Muckle Flugga in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. The team rounded the most northerly part of the course which is on the 60th Parallel North, the same as Alaska.The video was taken by the Classic Yacht Mariette, thanks to Skipper Charlie Wroe.

Final UPDATE (Aug 27): Giles Redpath's Lombard 46 Pata Negra is the overall winner of the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Pata Negra scored the best corrected time for yachts racing under the IRC Rating Rule for the 1,805 nautical mile non-stop race.

UPDATE 21 Aug 2018: Tony Lawson's Class40 Concise 8, skippered by Jack Trigger, finished the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race on Monday 20th Aug at 22:39:20, less than six hours after Phil Sharp's record-setting Imerys Clean Energy. A huge welcome party greeted the youngest team in the race after they crossed the finish line, including RORC Commodore Steven Anderson, RORC Racing Manager Chris Stone, and Phil Sharp and his entire crew. Concise 8 had chased Imerys Clean Energy around the 1,805 nautical mile course until a broken forestay forced Concise 8 to reduce sail.
"If you race around this course you know it's going to be tough. You want to test yourself and test the boat, and we had everything that we had asked for. The crew and the boat was punished and we feel a real sense of achievement," said Trigger who is a Type-1 diabetic with a goal to compete in the Vendée Globe.

UPDATE 20 Aug 2018: Phil Sharp's Class40 Imerys Clean Energy has taken line honours in the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race in an elapsed time of 8 days 4 hours 14 minutes 49 seconds, winning the Class40 Division and setting a new world record in the race for yachts 40ft or under (subject to ratification). The team smashed the previous record by 15 hours. The victorious Imerys Clean Energy crew: Phil Sharp, Julien Pulvé, Pablo Santurdé and Sam Matson were met on the dock by friends, family and fans of the race.
"It hasn't really sunk in yet, but it is just fantastic to take line honours, the win in the Class40s, and break the world record!" exclaimed an elated Phil Sharp. "This is definitely the toughest race in the northern hemisphere, harder than a transatlantic and all credit to the team who stuck at it and were exceptional, especially when the going got tough. You don't expect to do a race like this without breaking gear. We ripped our smaller spinnaker before halfway and for the last three days we have had no wind instruments, so it was back to old school feeling the breeze. During the race we saw real extremes of challenging weather conditions, from heavy downwind, to light upwind sailing, and although in our class we had other competitive boats that pushed us, it turned out to be very much a race of attrition. Many thanks to the Royal Ocean Racing Club for organising a fantastic race," continued Sharp. 
Tony Lawson's Class40 Concise 8, skippered by Jack Trigger was 39 miles behind as Imerys Clean Energy crossed the finish line. Concise 8 are expected to finish the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race tonight, at approximately 21:00 BST Monday 20 August.

LIVE TRACKER 20 Aug 2018 19:15 BST:
 SRBI 20180820

Official website: roundbritainandireland.rorc.org.

2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Concise 8 DAY 4

RORC video above published on Aug 16, 2018: Class40 Concise 8 has the youngest crew in the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Tony Lawson's team of four led by Jack Trigger, are 23-25 years old. Ollie Mellor racing on board: “Awesome conditions, full on! We have a reef in and the A5 up and on deck it is as wet as hell, and not much drier below but we are just loving it! We have seen over 20 knots of boat speed off some big waves. Time to get two hours rest before we put another reef in before the gybe. We want that lead.”

UPDATE Aug 18, 2018: Nineteen teams are still racing in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, sending passionate reports from the race course: roundbritainandireland.rorc.org/news/blogs.
Retired: R&W, Campagne de France, Phosphorus II, Phort-y, Oman Sail, Esprit Scout, Bam!, Corum, Azawakh, Joanna of Cowes DNS.

The Race ENTRIES: List by class here (pdf). More information here (pdf).

The race in numbers: 1 epic non-stop race; 1,805 nautical miles in length; 28 international entries; 11 x Class40s; 10 x Two Handed.

Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race LIVE Feed:


Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race 2018 - Start

RORC video above published Aug 12, 2018: The Sevenstar Yacht Transport Round Britain & Ireland Race 2018. A gruelling challenge around the British Isles tackled by some of the bravest offshore racing sailors. #SRBI

UPDATE Aug 17, 2018: Six days into the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, the two leading Class40s have rounded Out Stack off Muckle Flugga, the most northerly part of the 1,805 nautical mile course. Phil Sharp's Class40 Imerys Clean Energy leads the charge south. Jack Trigger's young team on Concise 8 poses the biggest threat, and Nicolas Troussel's new French Class40 Corum has retired from the race having collided with a shark. Read more here.

UPDATE 16 Aug 2018: Raging north in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
Tough conditions have continued for the fleet racing in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, with competitors reporting 30 knots of wind gusting to 35, with 3-4 metre waves in a confused sea state. As the front runners reach the halfway point, the battle for line honours is raging north of the Outer Hebrides. Class40 Concise 8 skippered by Jack Trigger moved up to second place yesterday and briefly took pole position during the night. However, Phil Sharp's Imerys Clean Energy fought back to regain the lead as the team passed the remote island of Sula Sgeir. Nicolas Troussel's Corum is less than a mile behind Concise 8. Giles Redpath's Pata Negra is still the provisional overall leader after IRC time correction, but Ben Schwartz and Chen Jin Hao's Figaro 2 El Velosolex Sl Energies Group has closed the gap. Read more at link above.

UPDATE Aug 15, 2018: "Big breeze has returned to the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race; the leading teams are blasting downwind along the wild west coast of Ireland as the chasing pack round the famous Fastnet Lighthouse, cracking sheets for Mizen Head. Phil Sharp's Class40 Imerys Clean Energy leads the fleet but still has over 1,200 miles to go to take the prize. Racing under IRC for the overall race win, Giles Redpath's Lombard 46 Pata Negra is the provisional leader. Ben Schwartz and Chen Jin Hao's Figaro 2 El Velosolex Sl Energies Group leads the IRC Two-Handed fleet." More info at link above.

UPDATE: Aug 14, 2018--Battle in the Celtic Sea--The cold front that brought tough conditions to the start of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race have now passed, with the fleet enjoying bright sunshine yesterday and a relatively calm second night at sea. However, the intensity on the race course has been ratcheted up with wind shifts providing opportunities to make gains and losses throughout the fleet. Looking further ahead, 25-30 knots of wind and a significant sea state are expected to affect the fleet in the Celtic Sea and on the West Coast of Ireland ... read more at link above.

Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race start 12 August 2018: Twenty eight teams with crew from 18 different countries started the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race at midday on Sunday 12th August, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, with cannon fire from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line signaling the start of one of the world's toughest yacht races. At the start a cold front from the Atlantic provided pewter skies and a gusting southerly wind, accompanied by rain. Several low pressure systems are forecast to give rough weather during the 1,805 nautical mile marathon.

Of the fully crewed yachts racing under IRC, Ross Applebey's British Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster got the best start. Once the fleet had left the Solent, Giles Redpath's Lombard 46 Pata Negra led the charge on the water, just ahead of Mark Emerson's A13 Phosphorus II. In IRC Two-handed, Conor Fogerty's Irish Bam! and Ian Hoddle's British Game On were locked in a duel that is likely to last for the entire race. The two Sun Fast 3600s have pulled away from the rest of the IRC Two Handed teams.

2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Preview

Video by Cahto Communications published Aug 13: Following the Skippers Briefing for the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, over 140 crew members from 18 countries and 28 teams enjoyed a BBQ and farewell gathering at the RORC Cowes Clubhouse, Cowes. Ian Hoddle (Game On), Mike Golding (Phort-y), Charlene Howard (AJ Wanderlust), Gavin Howe (Tigris) and members of the crew from Phosphorus shared their thoughts on the eve of the 1,805nm gruelling race.

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30 July 2018

Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018, Jul 30 - Aug 12

Final Day - Day 11 Highlights | Aarhus 2018

All the action from the final day of the Hempel Sailing World Championships.

LIVE Sailing | Hempel Sailing World Championships | Medal Race Day 4

World Sailing TV LIVE Video Aug 12, 2018: Watch the live Men’s and Women’s RS:X and Nacra 17 Medal Races from Aarhus. Schedule for the day: 14:00 – RS:X Men Medal Race; 14:45 – RS:X Women Medal Race; 15:25 – Nacra 17 Medal Race.

LIVE Sailing | Hempel Sailing World Championships | Medal Race Day 3

World Sailing TV LIVE video Saturday, Aug 11, 2018: Watch the live 49er, 49erFX, Men's Kiteboarding and Women's Kiteboarding Medal Races from Aarhus. Schedule for the day: 14:00 – 49er Medal Race; 14:45 – 49erFX Medal Race; 15:30 – Kiteboarding Men Medal Race; 15:45 – Kiteboarding Women Medal Race

Day 10 Racing Highlights | Aarhus 2018

Published by World Sailing Aug 11, 2018--Day 10 of the Hempel Sailing World Championships.

See also:
  • The Feeling of Freedom (video) – Laser Radial Sailing | Aarhus 2018 - "The Laser Radial is for all the cool people," says Dutch sailor Marit Bouwmeester!
  • The Flying Machine (video) – Nacra 17 Sailing | Aarhus 2018 - You just can't wipe the smile off your face when you're sailing the Nacra 17, according to Lisa Darmanin and Christian Peter Lübeck.
  • Bright Sails, Beautiful Windsurfing (video) - Women’s RS:X Windsurfing | Aarhus 2018 - Stefania Elfutina, representing Russia in the RS:X Women's fleet, on why she enjoys windsurfing.
Official website: aarhus2018.com
All 10 Olympic sailing classes plus Kitesurfing, one of the largest sporting events ever in Denmark. During the event in Aarhus, sailors from about 100 nations will compete for Worlds medals and qualifying for the Olympics on Aarhus Bay, Aarhus, Denmark. Welcome to Aarhus2018 (video) - Aarhus International Sailing Center.
  • 14 days of world class sailing
  • 1500 participants from approximately 100 nations
  • 1100 sailboats
  • 400,000 visitors
  • More than 800 volunteers
  • Free entry for spectators


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29 July 2018

Clipper Round The World Race - Live Finish Video, Liverpool, England

Clipper Round The World Race - Live Finish Video, Liverpool, England, UK

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race (streamed live July 28, 2018): 
Over 700 everyday people from 41 nations have taken on the toughest oceans on the planet, spanning triumph and tragedy, in the 2017-18 edition of the unique Clipper Round The World Yacht Race. The amateur crews endured massive storms, hurricane force winds, freezing temperatures to stifling tropical heat, medical evacuations and a shipwreck. This marks the end of a year-long challenge (49 weeks) over 40,000 nautical miles in 13 races between six continents in identical 70ft ocean racing yachts.
More information: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2017-18, LIVE Twitter Feed

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