31 August 2015

Emirates Team New Zealand wins Louis Vuitton ACWS Gothenburg

Emirates Team New Zealandwinner of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, Gothenburg, Sweden - sailing videos below:

ETNZ: Champagne Showers in Gothenburg - Published on Aug 30, 2015
Emirates Team New Zealand win Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Gothenburg!

Final day highlights from Gothenburg - August 30, 2015

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Gothenburg - The wrap up - published on Aug 30, 2015: Gothenburg produced some of the toughest conditions in the series so far, with a light and shifty wind. Day 2 was challenging, tough starts but the team fought back to finish third overall at Gothenburg, and they hold second overall in the series. It’s all to play for going into the final event of the season in Bermuda, October 16-18th.

Video above - They said it: Sunday’s reaction - Published on Aug 30, 2015 - The skippers speak after Emirates Team New Zealand wins the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Gothenburg.

Emirates Team New Zealand soars to victory in Sweden - 35th America's Cup"Emirates Team New Zealand put together a Super Sunday in Sweden, to vault to the top of the leaderboard and claim the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Gothenburg.

 It was a difficult day on the tight race course, with light and shifty conditions. But the Kiwis, led by skipper Glenn Ashby and prodigy helmsman Peter Burling showed no fear, posting a 2-1 scoreline in the two double-point races... "
35th America's Cup
ACWS, Gothenburg
ACWS Results

AC Extra Talk 2.0 - Featuring: Ken Read, Shirley Robertson, and Tucker Thompson
Discussion about the first day of racing at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Gothenburg. Is ORACLE TEAM USA for real? Can Land Rover BAR get back on top? And what’s wrong with Artemis Racing?

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30 August 2015

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Gothenburg, Sailing Videos

Fast and intense racing, lots of maneuvers and a physically demanding day on the race course. Land Rover BAR hold second overall after Day 1 (Aug29)

ACWS Gothenburg Race Day 1 - Published on Aug 29, 2015
Race day one of action at Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Gothenburg ended with Emirates Team New Zealand in 3rd spot over all.

Recap day 1 - Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Gothenburg - America’s Cup World Series, ACWS 2015, Gothenburg, Sweden, August 28-30, 2015
35th America's Cup
ACWS, Gothenburg
ACWS Results

Official Practice Day - Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Gothenburg - Published on Aug 28, 2015 - ORACLE TEAM USA and Land Rover BAR won the two races sailed on Friday while Artemis Racing missed out on the action following an early capsize.

Alec Wilkinson catches up with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Gothenburg Race Track:
The race track in Gothenburg is tight, guaranteeing close action. Each race takes approximately 20 minutes.

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28 August 2015

America’s Cup World Series, ACWS 2015, Gothenburg, Sweden, August 28-30, 2015

UPDATE August 28, 2015: ETNZ: Gothenburg Training Day
After a wet start to the day, the fleet finally got out on the race course for some valuable practice racing. Skipper Glenn Ashby describes the tight race course for the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Gothenburg - Published on Aug 27, 2015


An exclusive behind the scenes insight into what it takes to mount a challenge and compete in the 35th America's Cup. Follow Artemis Racing over six episodes in 2015 as the team prepares to win the oldest and most prestigious trophy in international sport.

Iain Percy's Goals for Gothenburg - Artemis Racing skipper Iain Percy has his sights set on a strong performance on home waters at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Gothenburg. Published on Aug 24, 2015: “It’s an incredibly proud moment for Artemis Racing and all of Sweden to be hosting the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series,” Percy said. But after a disappointing result at the inaugural event in Portsmouth last month, he is looking for his team to improve this time out. “We need to have slicker boat-handling. We need to make smarter decisions… Make no mistake, we’re out to beat each other.”

Racing starts in Gothenburg with the practice race on August 28, ahead of two days of Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series racing August 29-30.

Glenn Ashby - one on one - Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Glenn Ashby talks about the rebirth of the Kiwi team and an infusion of new, young talent, after the team was on the wrong side of one of the greatest comebacks in sport. Published on Aug 18, 2015

Ben Ainslie gives a tour of the Land Rover BAR base - “We will win the America’s Cup!” says Ben Ainslie who takes us on a tour of the Land Rover BAR base and talks up his chances. His old team mate, ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill weighs in as well.

35th America's Cup
ACWS, Gothenburg
ACWS Results

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27 August 2015

Farr 40 North American Championship, Enfant Terrible, Rolex Sailing (videos)

Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship - Enfant Terrible-Adria Ferries: (Video edited by JBuriani/Zerogradinord) - Video highlights of Enfant Terrible-Adria Ferries, winner of the 2015 Farr 40 International Circuit, in Santa Barbara for the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship. Published on Aug 23, 2015

Rolex North American Championship
August 19 - 22
Santa Barbara Yacht Club
2015 Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship RESULTS on Yacht Scoring

Other Rolex Sailing Videos:

Spirit of Yachting - Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2014 - Published on Feb 5, 2015: The year 2014 heralded the 17th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, a competition that has captivated the sailing community since its inception in 1998. A defining juncture for the Farr 40 racing season, the Championship offers the perfect stage for evenly-matched, 40-foot monohull racing boats, helmed by skilled and competitive owners. Fiercely contested, the event demands and rewards precise teamwork, consistency and determination. These attributes, together with the true sporting nature of the competition, align perfectly with the core values of Rolex, title sponsor of the event since 2001. The reward for victory is coveted throughout the sailing world: the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship trophy and a Rolex timepiece, true recognition for greatness on the water.

Spirit of Yachting - Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Published on Dec 9, 2014: In the crystal clear waters of Porto Cervo, Sardinia, the 2014 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup took place for the fifth time. Against the breath-taking setting of Italy’s Mediterranean coast, passionate boat owners on board their cutting-edge Maxi yachts embarked on an adventure of intense rivalry and high drama. The focus was on sailing in style and even included a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the renowned Swan yachts, with a tour at the emblematic shipyard in Finland, where the boats are made. Once more the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup proved to be an enthralling spectacle. World class action and eye-catching racing craft in one of the most enticing locations on the planet

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26 August 2015

Quantum Key West Race Week Innovations, Sailing Videos

Quantum Key West 2015 - Volpe Melges 32 sailing video above

Quantum Key West 2015 - Melges 32 - Volpe Bowman Mike Hill in action! Day 3, Key West 2015 - Published on Jan 23, 2015

Quantum Key West Race Week 2016 -

Organizers announce innovations to Quantum Key West Race Week: "... With the release of the official Notice of Race, organizers with the Storm Trysail Club have proposed several new elements for Quantum Key West Race Week 2016. A harbor course area for smaller sailboats, distance racing for Performance Cruising designs and replacing PHRF with the International ORC rating system are among the creative ideas found in the new NOR. John Fisher, regatta chairman for Quantum Key West Race Week, said the changes were made in response to feedback from both the United States and international sailboat racing community. Storm Trysail Club conducted a survey of past and potential participants seeking comments on what could be done to improve the event. “We believe the sailing constituency that revolves around Key West was looking for something different,” Fisher said. “Many, many elements of the regatta are tried and true, but there are other things that needed to be tweaked. We are listening to the sailors that care about Key West Race Week and are attempting to address their desires and needs.” Cost has become a concern for some of the amateur programs that were a staple of Key West Race Week at its peak when more than 300 boats were competing on an annual basis. Participation at the annual midwinter regatta took a hit during the worldwide economic downturn as many of the mom and pop programs just could not afford to spend seven days in the Conch Republic. “One of the things we’ve heard repeatedly involves the expense of the regatta. Key West is a very popular tourist destination and therefore the cost of meals and lodging can be considerable,” Fisher said. To address that issue, Storm Trysail is offering the great racing experience of the event condensed into a three-day regatta format for those classes that choose to do so. Fisher said racing would be held Wednesday through Friday for those classes so participants are included in the final awards ceremony. “Housing and feeding a crew for four or five days as opposed to eight or nine reduces the expense to a level that is more palatable for a segment of boat owners,” Fisher said. “We’re hoping that holding a regatta within a regatta will bring back a segment of skippers who stopped doing Key West because of the cost.”..."
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25 August 2015

Olympic Test Event 2015 videos, Haeger, Provancha Claim Gold in Rio

Olympic Test Event 2015: Haeger and Provancha Claim Gold in Rio (video above)

United States Sailing Association | Rio Olympic Test Event (Sailing): Haeger & Provancha (USA) Come From Behind to Take 470 Gold"US Sailing Team Sperry Women’s 470 athletes Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.) claimed gold at the Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta (the second and final Olympic Test Event), coming from behind and winning the top spot during Saturday’s double-points medal race. The result stands as a significant career achievement for the American pair, and a clear indicator that should they win the US Olympic Trials, they will be firm medal contenders at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In the Men’s 470 class, Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.) finished 6th in the medal race and 7th overall after battling at the top of the fleet for much of the week."

Rio Olympic Test Event: Charlie Buckingham Takes On The Medal Race - sailing video above

Olympic Test Event: Paige Railey (USA) Fighting At The Top, Day 4 - published on Aug 18, 2015

Olympic Test Event: Josh Adams, Boat Park Preview, Day 3 - Published on Aug 17, 2015.

United States Sailing Association | Rio Olympic Test Event (Sailing): Heartbreak for Railey In Radial, Buckingham Ends Laser Charge In 7th: "..When you to commit to sailing at the Olympic level, adversity is unavoidable as you compete against the world’s best. On Day Seven of the 2015 Rio Olympic Test Event, the US Sailing Team Sperry experienced its fair share of challenges. Americans Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) and Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) both entered the Women’s Laser Radial and Men’s Laser medal races with a chance to get on the podium, but finished the regatta in 4th and 7th places overall, respectively. The US national team will have further chances to medal in the Men’s and Women’s 470 classes during the final races of the event on Saturday, August 22..."

Sailing Through the Trash and Sewage of Guanabara Bay - The New Yorker: "... Danish sailor Allan Nørregaard had just edged into first place when his boat came to a dead stop; after the entire fleet passed by, Nørregaard peered over the side to discover a large plastic bag wrapped around his centerboard. “I have sailed around the world for twenty years and this is the most polluted place I’ve ever been,” Nørregaard told the AP, adding that some people went into the water and came up with red dots on their bodies. “I don’t know what’s in the water,” he said, “but it’s definitely not healthy.”..."

The US Sailing Team Sperry is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class are selected annually to be members of the US Sailing Team Sperry. US Sailing helps these elite athletes with with financial, logistical, coaching, technical, fitness, marketing and communications support. The title sponsor of the team is Sperry; other sponsors include Gold-Level partner Sunbrella and Silver-Level partners Harken, Team McLube and Groupe Beneteau. Yale Cordage is a team supplier. The US Sailing Center Miami is an Olympic training site. Oakcliff Sailing and Clearwater Community Sailing Center are US Sailing Team Sperry Training Centers. Chubb Personal Insurance and the Gowrie Group sponsor US Sailing’s National Team Tour, a nationwide presentation program for US Sailing Team Sperry athletes. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org/olympics

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24 August 2015

Extreme Sailing Series Act 6, Rolex Fastnet Race, Sailing Videos

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 6, Saint Petersburg presented by SAP - The sixth stop on the 2015 Extreme Sailing Series™ eight Act global tour brought together eight top international teams to race on the River Neva in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The Wave, Muscat claim fourth Act title of the season | News: "The Wave, Muscat have been crowned victors at the Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 6, Saint Petersburg presented by SAP, mastering the complex conditions of the River Neva in front of huge crowds, to win the Act with a race to spare. Their fourth Act win and third consecutive victory this season sees two-times Series winning skipper Leigh McMillan and his team extend their lead at the top of the 2015 leaderboard, with only two Acts left this year."
Extreme Sailing SeriesAct 6 Results
Extreme Sailing Series--coming up:
Act 7: Istanbul, Turkey 1-4 October
Act 8: Australia 10-13 December

Artemis Ocean Racing Rolex Fastnet 2015 - "Published on Aug 20, 2015 by Robin Elsey
The Fastnet Race 2015 on board Artemis Ocean Racing IMOCA 60 racing in IRC Canting Keel

Phaedo3 taking part in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 from Ocean Images
Watch Kelvin Trautman's video of Phaedo3 taking part in the 2015 edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race.

World on Water August 23, 2015 Rolex Fastnet, Illes Balears Classic, Finns in Rio, - Published on Aug 23, 2015 - In this week's WoW the Rolex Fastnet the French winh the RORC biannual classic, In Palma the has broken masts and beautiful "Vintage" yachts, the Finns are part of the Rio per-Olympic training regatta, on the last day of the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week the rains came and the winners get "dunked", Outside the wonderful "Hermitage" in St Patersburg, Russia the fast Extreme Sailing Series, a CAT fight as the first cats of the new World Match Race Tour face off and fight it out and Mike Slade owner/skipper of the British Farr 100 super-maxi Leopard 3 talks of his Rolex Fastnet Race experience. Phew, what a week in sailing and it's all here in the WoW from boatson.tv the home of live sailing.

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23 August 2015

Rolex Fastnet Race videos, Extreme Sailing Series, Act 6 Finals LIVE

LIVE St. Petersburg: Day Four - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015
by ExtremeSailingSeries
Starts: August 23, 2015
SUN 9:00 AM ET (US)

Extreme Sailing Series, Act 6 Finals - 3D St. Petersburg, Russia: Day 4 (graphics only above) - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015 - Starts: August 23, 2015 SUN 7:30 AM ET (US)

Extreme Sailing Series, Act 6, Day 3 video replay here
Extreme Sailing Series, Act 6 Results
1 The Wave, Muscat
2 Lino Sonego Team Italia
3 Red Bull Sailing Team
4 Oman Air
5 SAP Extreme Sailing Team
6 Gazprom Team Russia
7 GAC Pindar
8 Team Turx

The Saint Petersburg Stadium, Russia - ExtremeSailingSeries: With its hidden currents the River Neva race track is riddled with passing and losing lanes. Mastering the conditions is is no mean feat with big wins, and even bigger loses to be had, the skippers talk us through this tight tactical Russian venue.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 sailing videos:

Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 – A worthy winner - 21 August - A memorable edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race concluded on 21 August. Géry Trentesaux’s JPK 10.80 Courrier du Léon from France has been confirmed as overall winner of the race on IRC handicap prevailing from a record-breaking fleet of 356 international yachts. As winner of the race Trentesaux and his crew received the Rolex Fastnet Challenge Trophy and a coveted Rolex timepiece at the final prizegiving in Plymouth. The 90th anniversary edition of this famous offshore classic will be long remembered for its tactical challenges, the diverse conditions experienced and the quality of the competing yachts and sailors.

Stuart Childerley and Kelvin Rawlings on Jester win the two handed division of the Rolex Fastnet Race - Olympic dinghy sailor Stuart Childerley and long time big boat sailor Kelvin Rawlings have not only won the two-handed class in the Fastnet, but also came 4th in the overall results. The duo, new to shorthanded sailing, but many Fastnets between them are the first Brits in the Rolex Fastnet Race, that has been dominated by the French this year.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 results

The Rolex Fastnet Race facts:

The 603nm Rolex Fastnet Race is organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and just 7 boats sailed in the first race in 1925. The race has been sponsored since 2001 by Rolex SA of Geneva and is legendary within the world of ocean racing. The 46th edition of the biennial race will start off the Royal Yacht Squadron line, Cowes, Isle of Wight on Sunday 16th August 2015. It is the largest offshore race in the world and attracts the most diverse fleet of yachts.

Established in 1925, The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) became famous for the biennial Fastnet Race and the international team event, the Admiral's Cup. It organises an annual series of domestic offshore races from its base in Cowes as well as inshore regattas including the RORC Easter Challenge and IRC National Championship in the Solent

The RORC works with other yacht clubs to promote their offshore races and provides marketing and organisational support. The RORC Caribbean 600, based in Antigua and the first offshore race in the Caribbean, has been an instant success and the RORC has extended its organisational expertise by creating a new Transatlantic Race from Lanzarote to Grenada, the first of which was in November 2014.

The club is based in St James' Place, London, but after the recent merger with The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club Cowes, now boasts a superb clubhouse facility at the entrance to Cowes Harbour and a membership of over 4000.

The RORC has also been a leader in yacht handicap systems and in co-operation with the French offshore racing club, UNCL, created IRC; the principal yacht measurement system for the rating of racing yachts. worldwide.

The Spinlock IRC rating rule is administered jointly by the RORC Rating Office in Lymington, UK and UNCL Centre de Calcul in Paris, France. The RORC Rating Office is the technical hub of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and recognised globally as a centre of excellence for measurement. For Spinlock IRC rating information in the UK please see: www.rorcrating.com

Twitter for Rolex Fastnet Race and Extreme Sailing Series: #rorcrfr #EXSS

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22 August 2015

Extreme Sailing Series, Act 6, Day 3, LIVE Video

LIVE St. Petersburg: Day Three - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015 from St Petersburg, Russia
Starts: August 22, 2015 SAT 9:00 AM ET (US)

Day Two video here - JohnTheCrowd | Sailing News: Extreme Sailing Series, Act 6, Day Two, LIVE Video, Red Bull Leads

3D St. Petersburg: Day Three - Graphics Only - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015
Starts: August 22, 2015 SAT 7:30 AM ET (US)

Extreme Sailing Series, Act 6, Leaderboard:
1 The Wave, Muscat
2 Red Bull Sailing Team
3 Lino Sonego Team Italia
4 SAP Extreme Sailing Team
5 Gazprom Team Russia
6 Oman Air
7 GAC Pindar
8 Team Turx
more info: http://www.extremesailingseries.com/results

Lucky 13th for Géry Trentesaux: Overall Winner - Rolex Fastnet Race 2015: Géry Trentesaux and his JPK 10.80 Courrier Du Leon have been confirmed by the Royal Ocean Racing Club as winner of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race. For this the team will receive the Fastnet Challenge Trophy at tonight’s prizegiving, an event doubling as the 90th anniversary celebrations of the RORC’s flagship offshore race. In this, the Frenchman’s 13th attempt at the Rolex Fastnet Race since his first in 1977, Trentesaux’s performance was exceptional, beating Arnaud Delamare and Eric Mordret’s second placed JPK 10.80 sistership, Dream Pearls, by 2 hours 20 minutes. And this was despite being over early at the windless start and taking 40 minutes to restart..." more results here.

2015 Rolex Fastnet Race. Improved wind conditions have enabled all yachts to round the Fastnet rock and make real progress to the finish at Plymouth in the 46th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race enters its final phase. (August 20, 2015)

TV star Griff Rhys Jones skippering his classic yacht Argyll in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2015: Published on Aug 21, 2015 - Griff finished the gruelling and frustratingly calm race in the rain on Friday morning at the Plymouth Sound finish line, but enjoyed the whole experience, his first Rolex Fastnet Race.

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21 August 2015

Extreme Sailing Series, Act 6, Day Two, LIVE Video, Red Bull Leads

LIVE St. Petersburg: Day Two - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015
Starts: August 21, 2015 - FRI 9:00 AM ET (US)

Red Bull leads first day in Saint Petersburg | News: "Russia delivered a glittering opening to the Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 6, Saint Petersburg presented by SAP, with Red Bull Sailing Team staking an early claim, winning the day against the golden backdrop of the Peter and Paul Fortress."
more info: http://www.extremesailingseries.com/results

3D St. Petersburg: Day Two - Graphics Only - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015
Starts: August 21, 2015 FRI 7:30 AM ET (US)

Rolex Fastnet Race Leaderboard taking shape: News: "With the latest deluge of arrivals in the Rolex Fastnet Race, overall victory is currently looking like it might be claimed, in this 90th anniversary running of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s flagship offshore race, by a fast boat in the 35-40ft range. Most promising at present is Gery Trentesaux’s new JPK 10.80, Courrier Du Leon. Overnight arrivals have caused the corrected times of Rambler 88 and Leopard to plummet down the IRC Overall leaderboard, leaving Dieter Schon’s Maxi 72, Momo, strongest among the big boats."
Day One Graphics Video

Mike Slade on 100ft maxi Leopard in the Rolex Fastnet race 2015 - Published on Aug 19, 2015: Mike Slade's 100ft maxi Leopard finished the 46th Rolex Fastnet Race early Wednesday morning, after a slow but intense race. A calm and fluky set of conditions, but enjoyed by the owner Mike Slade, race record holder in 2007 and two-time line honours winner.


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20 August 2015

Extreme Sailing Series Act 6, Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 Line Honors

3D St Petersburg: Day One (graphics only sailing video above) Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015 - Starts: August 20, 2015 THU 7:30 AM ET (US) - Saint Petersburg, Russia | Extreme Sailing Series: Act 6, Peter and Paul fortress, 20-23 Aug 2015

Hannah White makes her predictions for Act 6, Saint Petersburg | News"... One team used to the challenges of this racecourse is Gazprom Team Russia. With a third position at Act 3, Qingdao and a second at Act 5, Hamburg, I believe the local team has the potential to take the Act win on their home waters. They’re looking strong and progressively getting podium results. They secured their best position in Hamburg and they’ll have the home advantage in Russia, which I hope will take a little pressure off them. With increased confidence after two podium positions, you can see they’re finding their feet. Gazprom Team Russia have really focused on their team dynamic and stuck with the same crew formation this season. They’ve overcome initial challenges as basic as language and communication onboard, and they’re getting into their stride ..." 
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 - Line honours decided - 19 August 2015 - Day 4 of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race. The leading yachts have begun arriving in Plymouth having completed the famous 603-nautical mile course from Cowes, Isle of Wight via Ireland’s mythical Fastnet rock. Jim Clark’s 100-ft Maxi Comanche from the United States claims monohull line honours finishing a mere 4 minutes ahead of compatriot George David’s 88-ft Rambler. Swiss yacht Spindrift 2 claims the multihull line honours crown

Peter Aschenbrenner, owner of the 63ft trimaran Paradox at the finish in Plymouth. - Paradox benefitted from the weather front that gave much relieved windless Rolex Fastnet Race fleet some breeze at last, albeit with the accompanying rain. They sped past the Lizard at 34 knots and arrived Wednesday morning in Plymouth with a good chance of winning the multihull prize on handicap.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 - Oman Sail CEO David Graham sailed onboard the MOD70 Musandam Oman Sail for his first Rolex Fastnet race. They finished second MOD 70 in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Other Sailing NEWS:
Rio Olympic Test Event (Sailing): Railey (USA) Records Another Keeper, Buckingham Into Top 10
United States Sailing Association
US Sailing Team Sperry athletes Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) took third in the only Laser Radial race, and maintained 2nd place overall.

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19 August 2015

Rolex Fastnet Race video, Rio Olympic Test, Sailing News

Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 - First monohulls reach Fastnet rock - 18 August: Day 3 of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race. The leading multihulls and monohulls are enjoying close, tactical competition as they make their return journey across the Celtic Sea and towards the finish line in Plymouth. The 46th edition of the race has so far been characterised by light conditions creating a strategic, tactically engaging race. The 90th anniversary edition of this offshore classic welcomed a record number of 356 race starters. Despite the trying conditions only four boats have currently retired from the race, testament to the perseverance of the competing crews and their desire to complete the course.

Other Sailing NEWS:
Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 15-22 Aug 2015 Marina da Gloria: The Aquece Rio - International Sailing Regatta 2015 is the second of two Rio 2016 Olympic Test Events with the first being held in 2014. From 13-22 August 2015 with racing taking place inside and outside of Guanabara Bay, each ISAF Member National Authority is entitled to enter one boat in each Olympic event. Sailors will compete in an opening series before Medal Races on 20, 21 and 22 August bring the regatta to a close.

Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition
The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition will take place at the Marina da Glória, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and will feature 380 athletes competing across ten events. Racing is scheduled to take place from 8-18 August 2016 and the competition format for all events is fleet racing.

US SAILING (press release)

Rio Olympic Test Event (Sailing): USA Takes Lead in Men's 470, Maintains in Women's 470, Radial
McNay and Hughes have been on a hot streak, having won major events such as ISAFSailing World Cup Weymouth and the 470 Europeans. McNay ...

Olympic sailing silver medallist Hannah Mills maintains third place position at Rio Test event - WalesOnline

'Sailing is a pretty rubbish sport': Meet the Brit aiming to be the fastest woman on water
White says it's all linked to sexism around sailing. She tells me that it's obvious in competitions, such as the recent America's Cup - the world's largest ...

Smooth sailing for boaters with disabilities
An all-abilities sailing program that began in Melbourne has reached its 25th year of operation....

2015 Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta - Tapio Nirkko in action
Sail World
Only one race was possible on the second day for Finns at the Aquece Rio 2015 Test Event with the win going to Tapio Nirkko (FIN). Pieter-Jan ...

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18 August 2015

Rolex Fastnet Race 2015, Approaching Fastnet Rock, Sailing Videos

Rolex Fastnet Race 2015, Approaching Fastnet Rock – 17 August - published on Aug 17, 2015: Day 2 of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race. The leading yachts have passed the halfway point of the 603-nm offshore race with the front-running multihulls rounding the race’s emblematic turning point – the Fastnet rock. The fastest monohulls are in close pursuit, while the majority of the fleet is engaged in a real tactical contest as it grinds its way slowly past the headlands of southern England. The 46th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race is well underway and living up to its reputation as a true test of sailing prowess.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 start video above - The Start - The 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race is underway. After negotiating seven separate start sequences called from the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, the largest fleet in the race’s proud 90-year history have commenced the famous 603-nautical mile offshore race to Plymouth via Ireland’s Fastnet rock. Progress at the start was slow, the 356 race starters forced to find the merest zephyr of breeze during one of the lightest starts in the race’s history. Fortunately a building breeze has seen the fleet make good progress on exiting the Solent. Published on Aug 17, 2015

Tracking Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 - rolexfastnetrace.com
Mastering the Light: "...“Everybody can sail in a good wind but you have to strive very hard to make sure you perform well in the light. If the boat is going just a fraction of a knot more than a competitor you get ahead and when the breeze does kick in, that lead multiplies. In the light we can sail 5 or 10% better than the opposition and that is difficult to achieve in a true wind..."

Languishing off the Lizard: "Progress overnight in the Rolex Fastnet Race has been better than expected with the majority of the fleet having been lured out into the middle of the Channel following the temptation of stronger winds. At 0800 this morning the leading multihulls had passed Land’s End and were tackling the south side of the Traffic Separation Scheme east of the Scillies. Inevitably the larger 40m Spindrift 2 had edged into the lead overnight, but was only seven miles ahead of American Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70 Phaedo³, tightly bunched in with Musandam-Oman Sail and the Multi 80, Prince de Bretagne. At the time Spindrift 2 was sailing into pressure, making 14 knots while the boats behind were managing only 8-10. At the time Seven Stones light vessel off Land’s End was recording 8-9 knots of wind from the ESE..."
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Other Sailing NEWS:
Amid Thaw, First Authorized U.S. Yacht Sails to Cuba on Hopes of Travel Surge - WSJ: "... Tourists from other countries, including those arriving by boat, have always been free to visit Cuba. But any commercial vessel visiting the island without a U.S. permit is barred from entering an American port for six months afterward. Some U.S. boaters have long popped into Cuba, either under permit by bringing humanitarian supplies or by covering their tracks by visiting other countries on the way home. Those without U.S.-issued permits risk fines, confiscation of a boat, even jail time. Still, several boats docked near the Still Water at the Marina Hemingway were flying the Stars and Stripes..."

US SAILING (press release)

Olympic Test Event 2015 (Sailing): USA 2nd Overall In Three Classes
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – The second day of competition at the Aquece Rio InternationalSailing Regatta 2015 (Olympic Test Event) saw the debut races ...
Light Winds Continue at Olympic Test Event - Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Aquece Rio Int'l Sailing Regatta – Six classes debut on Day 2 + Videos - Sail World (press release)

New York Yacht Club reclaims the Morgan Cup
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Newport, RI (August 16, 2015) – Cinderella's second trip to the ball didn't have a fairy tale ending. Last year, Newport Harbor Yacht Club took a ...

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17 August 2015

Sailing News: Rolex Fastnet Race 2015, Olympic Sailing Test Event

photo: Rolex Fastnet Race 2015
Rolex Fastnet Race 2015
Rolex Fastnet Race 2015: "Giant crowds packed the Cowes and Western Solent shoreline this afternoon as a record-sized fleet of 356 set off on the 90th anniversary Rolex Fastnet Race, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. With a complete lack of wind in the central Solent, the boats ghosted across the start line starting their 600 miles voyage to the Fastnet Rock and on to Plymouth with a whimper...."
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16 August 2015

Rolex Fastnet Race Starts Sunday, August 16th, LIVE Coverage

Chart graphic: Rolex Fastnet Race 2015
Rolex Fastnet Race 2015

Rolex Fastnet Race Starts Sunday, August 16th - You can track the fleet via the Royal Ocean Racing Club's dedicated mini-site. http://www.rolexfastnetrace.com/

The proposed start times for the Rolex Fastnet Race on Sunday 16th August 2015 are as follows:
ClassStart timeMultihull 1200
IMOCA 60, Class40 & Figaro II 1210 BST or 7:10am ET (US)
IRC 4 1220 BST
IRC 3 1240 BST
IRC 2 1300 BST
IRC 1 1320 BST
IRC Z, IRC Canting Keel & Volvo 65 1340 BST or 8:40am ET (US)

Fleet Tracking: http://www.rolexfastnetrace.com/Tracking-Full-Page-Hidden/2015-fleet-tracking-race-player.html
"Fastnet Carraig Aonair" photo by Richard Webb
"Fastnet Carraig Aonair" by Richard Webb. 
Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Wikimedia Commons
The Royal Ocean Racing Club has made public the latest entry list for its biennial 600 mile race from Cowes to Plymouth, via the Fastnet Rock, starting at noon on Sunday 16th August. The entry list makes for impressive reading in terms of scale, diversity and quality of the fleet taking part, confirming the Rolex Fastnet Race's position as the world's biggest and most popular offshore race by far.

There are 387 boats entered with a further 74 on the waiting list. If all the boats currently entered were put bow to stern, the line from Cowes would stretch two thirds of the way across the Solent to the mainland (1635.75m). The bulk of the fleet - 340 entries to be precise - are competing under IRC for the race's overall prize, the Fastnet Challenge Cup. With the two American maxis: Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark's 100ft Comanche and George David's Rambler 88, due to be the pace setters on the water, the IRC fleet will, in due course, be divided into classes and class sub-divisions.

Rolex Fastnet Race Homepage"While it may not be the event's ultimate prize, the monohull battle for line honours in the Rolex Fastnet Race is always hotly contested, coming with considerable bragging rights. This year's race from Cowes to Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock, coinciding with the 90th anniversary of the event's organiser, the Royal Ocean Racing Club, will see the world's two very newest maxis jockeying for this prize. Both belong to American captains of industry and both were launched last autumn Favourite is the 100ft long Comanche owned by Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark. "

A replay of the skipper's briefing for competitors, including the weather briefing by Penny Tranter, Met Office

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10 August 2015

Cowes Week Regatta, LIVE video, 8-15 Aug 2015

Cowes Week regatta: Sailing starts despite low winds - BBC News (8 Aug 2015): "Boats sail from all over the world for Cowes Week and as many as 100,000 people are expected to visit the island for the event, which started in 1826. Classes including Etchells, SB20s, and J/70s started shortly after 13:00 BST but others were postponed. Low wind delayed the start, but stronger wind is expected later..."

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08 August 2015

Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 Preview, 90th Anniversary, Sailing Videos

Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 - Preview of the 90th anniversary edition - Start of the Race: 1200 BST on Sunday 16th August - Rolex presents the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race, run by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. With 90 years of history, the race has become a legend in international sport. Will it be a true test of human endeavour once again this year? (Published on Aug 7, 2015)

The world’s biggest offshore race | Press Releases 2015: "The world's largest, most diverse fleet of offshore racing yachts will set sail from the Solent on 16th August in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial Rolex Fastnet Race. 2015 marks the 90th anniversary of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and with it a record-sized fleet with as many as 350 boats is expected to take part. As ever the 603 mile course takes the fleet west along the south coast of England, across the Celtic Sea to the Fastnet Rock off the tip of southwest Ireland, south around Bishop Rock and the Scilly Isles and back east to the finish in Plymouth. Conditions on the race course can range from benign and summery to vicious and stormy and the event is well remembered for the horrific conditions in 1979 that claimed the lives of 15 competitors. Fortunately vast improvements in weather forecasting, safety and communications equipment as well as yacht design over the intervening years mean that a repeat of this disaster today is unlikely. The Rolex Fastnet Race is also one of the most popular events in sailing: the original limit of 300 boats racing for the overall handicap prize under IRC was increased to 340 in 2013 due to the increased demand. This is more than twice as many places as the next most popular of other 600 mile races held elsewhere the world and still, when registration opened in January, all 340 places were filled within just 24 minutes! In addition to this group is the 'non-IRC' fleet, including many top grand prix race boat classes such as the IMOCA 60s, that compete in the Vendee Globe singlehanded non-stop round the world race, and the Class 40s. As always, one of the attractive elements of the Rolex Fastnet Race is its diversity. At one end of the spectrum are the high profile professional sailing teams who congregate on the Solent from the four corners of the globe, many fielding the world's biggest, fastest, most state of the art racing yachts. At the other end are the Corinthian entries, where individual crew will be embarking on what for them will be their own personal Everest - the culmination of a season's training that will have included at least 300 miles of offshore racing (the mandatory requirement to qualify for Rolex Fastnet Race entry)." (source)

Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 Film -

The 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race gathered a fleet of 335 boats in 12 classes -- the largest, most diverse and competitive line-up in the event's 88-year history. Watch the 2013 highlights of this great ocean classic, known as one of the oldest and most prestigious events on the sailing calendar. Published on Apr 9, 2014

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07 August 2015

Chubb US Junior Sailing Championships, US Sailing Videos

Chubb Jr. Championships 2015 Recap
The US Junior Chubb Champs has come to a close at Wianno Yacht Club in Osterville, MA. Published on Aug 6, 2015  #ChubbChamps15
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Chubb Jr. Championships Day 3 Highlights -

Chubb Jr. Championships Day 2 Highlights (With Drone Footage!) -

Chubb Jr. Championships 2015 Kick Off in Osterville -

The US Junior Chubb Champs for the Sears, Bemis, and Smythe Trophies kicked off today at Wianno Yacht Club in Osterville, MA with a clinic from the nations top coaches, followed by racing in the Byte, 420 and Wianno Senior classes.

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06 August 2015

Cowes Week Sailing Regatta, August 8-15, Sailing News

Cowes Week sailing regatta travel guide - TelegraphAberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week (Aug 8-15, 2015) is the season’s most laid-back event, with sails billowing gloriously on the Solent. This sailing regatta takes place over a week in the demanding five-mile-wide channel between the Isle of Wight and the south coast of England. The partying happens afloat and on shore....

"With just a few days to go until the start of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, the festival spirit on the Isle of Wight is starting to build... although it is not quite at the ‘standing room only’ stage in the High Street bars, there are definite signs that the show is about to commence... a 50-strong international fleet from 18 different countries. Netherlands has the biggest international team and includes regulars such as Piet Vroon’s Ker 51 Custom – Tonnerre 4, and Harry J Heijst’s pretty S&S 41 – Winsome. [Present also are] Team Legacy from Trinidad and Tobago whose team, led by Reginald Williams, sailed their Soverel 43 across the Atlantic to compete. Three state-of the-art Maxi 72s (Jethou, Momo and Bella Mente), and the VO70 – Solent Events Monster – will keep the competition exciting in the IRC Big Boat racing class, while at the other end of the scale, the vintage Seaview Mermaids will fight it out. Having been competing at Cowes Week since 1907, the Mermaid class is the oldest class at the regatta and, with 14 boats entered, racing is expected to be extremely competitive..." Read more at: Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week - News

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05 August 2015

Martha's Vineyard, Wherever the Wind Takes You, Sailing Videos

"The Beat" - Episode 5: Wherever the Wind Takes You
Katy Nastro takes you off the traditional sailing path from Martha's Vineyard in this week's episode of "The Beat". Katy takes a lesson in Kiteboarding with Rob Douglas, one of the fastest sailors in the world. And it's all about fun and games, as Katy gets wet and wild with the kids from the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club "Reachers" summer program that sets the standard in creative youth sailing.
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€25m Picasso owned by banking tycoon seized from yacht off Corsica 'during attempt to illegally export it' | South China Morning Post"... Botín, who is said to be shy and discreet, acquired the Adix, a 14-crew, 64.85m-long schooner with a 1,720 sq m sail area and a top speed of 12 knots in 1989, buying it from the Australian beer tycoon Alan Bond, who named it XXXX, after his brewery. The steel-hulled vessel, modelled on the 1903 schooner Atlantic, was built in the mid-80s in Mallorca and rigged in the UK. Bonita renamed the boat Adix, his nickname for his wife Adela, and fitted it out with a 20,000-book library. In 2011, it was put up for sale for $31.5m . Botín resigned in 2004 as vice president of Santander bank, founded by his grandfather, saying he wanted to “live life”. The French authorities say they are waiting for a formal request from Spain for the painting to be returned."

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04 August 2015

Aquece Rio, Olympic Sailing Test Event, ISAF Statement (video)

Above video: 2014 Rio Wrap: Olympic Test Event - Aquece Rio International Regatta 2014

Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2015 
Rio 2016 Test Event: 15-22 August, 2015
ISAF Statement: 
"The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) continues to address concerns and is taking steps to ensure the health and safety of all athletes who will be competing in the upcoming Aquece Rio, Olympic Test Event and the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. ISAF continues to work closely with senior staff members at the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games as well as the International Olympic Committee (IOC), whom ISAF President Carlo Croce and ISAF Chief Executive Officer Peter Sowrey met with in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the 128th IOC Session. ISAF is in continuous discussions with Brazilian authorities in preparation for the Olympic Games, and has been given reassurances on pollution and objects in the water, in and around the race area of Marina da Gloria and Guanabara Bay. ISAF, Rio 2016, the IOC, the Brazilian Government, Rio State Environment Institute (INEA) and State Environment Agency (SEA) are all working together to prepare for Rio 2016, and Brazilian authorities are working to guidelines and recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure a safe and fair field of play for the athletes. The health and safety of the competing athletes is paramount and responses have been implemented from concerns raised by both Member National Authorities (MNAs) and sailors from previous events, including the 2014 Aquece Rio, the first of two sailing test events that was held in August 2014. Sailors were concerned with objects that may interfere with racing during the Olympic Games, and in response the state government launched a tender of up to $11million USD for 17 ecobarriers to be put in place. These ecobarriers will prevent floating garbage from entering Guanabara Bay and the race areas. The new system of ecobarriers will be complemented by ecoboats that will collect garbage that accumulates around the barriers, with a further step of a monitoring system utilising satellite pictures to support the ecoboats. As part of every Olympic Games, there is a focus on legacy. ISAF hopes that the power of the Olympic Games will provide a great legacy as Rio de Janeiro works to improve the state of the bay generally. The IOC monitors the water twice weekly, which will be increased to every other day during the 2015 Aquece Rio test event. Other measures taken to increase this legacy will be a new pipeline that will divert sewage from Marina da Gloria, ready by November 2015, well in advance of the Olympic Games, which compliments the other proactive measures around the Guanabara Bay, such as closing landfills, reducing industrial pollution and increasing water treatment works. Rio will welcome sailors once again from 13-22 August 2015 for the second Test Event, with racing taking place inside and outside of Guanabara Bay. The Test Event will allow ISAF the opportunity to evaluate and make key decisions in advance of making the final decisions that will govern the main event. Millions of visitors flock to Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach each year. These beaches and other world famous attractions, such as Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer, will ensure these iconic features of the city, and the athleticism and dedication of each Olympic sailor, will be showcased side by side. In terms of displaying the sport, Rio will certainly provide a perfect platform for the beauty of the sport to be promoted alongside natural and man-made wonders with racing taking place in the shadow of both Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer." source: ISAF Statement

Sailing was first contested as an Olympic sport at the 1900 Paris Games. Since then, the classes of boats allowed to compete have continually evolved to reflect advances in yacht design and technology. Equipment advances over the past 20 years have created a trend towards smaller and lighter craft, placing ever greater demands on both the athletic and technical capacities of the sailors.

More info about Olympic Sailing at www.olympic.org/sailing

See also: Olympic Sailing - Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

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