27 February 2016

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, Oman, Feb 27-28 (videos)

UPDATE Feb 28: Ben Ainslie Land Rover BAR triumph at the #LVACWSOman:

Ben Ainslie led his Land Rover BAR team to victory at the first America's Cup racing in the Middle East, the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Oman. (Published Feb 28, 2016)

UPDATE Feb 27: #LVACWSOman - A phenomenal day of racing in Oman for Land Rover BAR as they lead overall heading into Super Sunday - Today was about teamwork - Oman, Day 1 - A phenomenal day of racing in Oman for Land Rover BAR as they lead overall heading into Super Sunday, posting a third, and two back to back wins on day one. Published on Feb 27, 2016

Race Day 1 at #LVACWSOman - "We're in the hunt." ORACLE TEAM USA recorded two second place finishes and a fifth in the first three races of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman. Tactician Tom Slingsby runs through the day as they prepare for double-point races on Super Sunday. #LVACWSOman Video by Sam Greenfield - Published Feb 27, 2016

Countdown to LVACWS Oman - Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Glenn Ashby will lead his team into racing at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman at the end of the month with a 10-point advantage over defending America’s Cup champion ORACLE TEAM USA. Olympic champion Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team fills out the podium. But will the top three be the same after racing? There are a lot of points available in 2016, starting February 27-28 in Oman. Published on Feb 22, 2016

"May the best team win" -- Looking forward to the 2016 Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series - "May the best team win," says Tom Slingsby, tactician for ORACLE TEAM USA as he looks forward to racing at the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Oman.
It's been a long winter. At the close of the 2015 schedule, ORACLE TEAM USA found itself in second place in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series standings, after finishing third in the final event at their home base in Bermuda. As an intensely competitive group, the team was frustrated. To get to the top of the podium, they have worked with coach Philippe Presti on improving performance. Now they head into the first event of 2016 in Oman with a renewed focus and determination. Video by Sam Greenfield / ORACLE TEAM USA. Published on Feb 24, 2016

Catch the best sailors in the world racing at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman - 35th America's Cup: "... the first Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series races in 2016, from Muscat, Oman. Racing takes place on February 27-28, beginning at 14:00 local time in Oman (GMT+4) and our coverage via broadcast television, online and mobile devices will bring the thrill of America’s Cup racing to over 140 territories around the world. Emirates Team New Zealand is on top of the leaderboard after three events in 2015, guided by the steady hand of world sailor of the year, Peter Burling, on the helm..."

Note: no live streaming is available but JohnTheCrowd.com will post videos (as available)--for other viewing options: Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Oman Viewing Options 

#LVACWSOman Twitter Feed:

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26 February 2016

Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2016 Highlights, Sailing Videos

Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2016 - Highlights - The 2016 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship was a close-run event marked by thrilling displays of yachting performance. Entering the final race with a fragile two-point margin over their closest rival, the crew of US yacht Plenty executed a plan that put them ahead of Australia’s Transfusion to win the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds for a second time. The action unfolded in Sydney, Australia for the 19th edition of this highly respected one-design regatta, where the only difference between winning and losing is the skill of the crew. Discover more on rolex.com - Published on Feb 25, 2016

See also: Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2016, Plenty Wins, and Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2016, Sydney, Australia, Twitter Feed & Video

MLT1023 Farfalla - Gybe at Barbuda, Onboard video from MLT1023 Farfalla -2016 RORC Caribbean 600 - Published on Feb 25, 2016 by RORCRacing -- see also RORC Caribbean 600 starts Monday, Feb 22, Antigua and 2016 RORC Caribbean 600 Start and 2016 RORC Caribbean 600 Update, Monohull Comanche (videos)

Maxi72, Proteus (USA) declared overall winner of RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy 2016 | News"George Sakellaris’ Maxi72, Proteus (USA) has been declared the overall winner of the 2016 RORC Caribbean 600. Whilst several yachts are still racing, by the afternoon of Thursday 25 February the remaining teams will be unable to better Proteus’ corrected time under IRC. Sakellaris was awarded the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy for the best corrected time under the IRC Rating rule. It is the second time that George Sakellaris has skippered the overall winner, having won the 2014 race with Maxi72, Shockwave. Proteus was also the winner of the highly competitive IRC Zero class featuring four Maxi72s...."

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, Oman, Feb 27-28Ready to Rock and Roll in Oman - It's the first event of the 2016 LVACWS season, the teams are expecting light conditions in Oman this weekend. In these conditions you just have to treat things a little more softly on the boat, in the words of Freddie Carr "you're kind of a cat in silk slippers" - Published on Feb 25, 2016


Elite Sailors Receive Royal Treatment in Oman
America's Cup arrives in Muscat. Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Oman 2016. Her Excellency Maitha Al Mahrouqi, Undersecretary of the ...
Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Oman viewing options - BYM News (press release)
Watch the action on BT Sport as the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series arrives in Oman - BYM News (press release)

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25 February 2016

M32 Series, Racing Multihulls on Bermuda's Great Sound, Videos

A fleet of seven M32 racing multihulls gathered on the waters of the Great Sound in Bermuda for the 2016 M32 Series Bermuda:

M32 Series Bermuda, Day Three - 21 February 2016

M32 Bermuda Series, Day Two - 20 February 2016

M32 Series Bermuda, Day One - 19 February 2016
For more information, visit www.m32series.com

Other Sailing NEWS:

Phaedo3 Smash the '600 after Epic Duel - Lloyd Thornburg's MOD70 Phaedo3 Breaks RORC Caribbean 600 Multihull Record: Hurtling around the Caribbean at speeds in excess of 30 knots and topping out nearer 40, often barely a boat length apart, the epic duel between MOD70s Concise 10 and Phaedo3 came to a conclusion after 32 hours of hot racing. Lloyd Thornburg's MOD70 Phaedo3, co-skippered by Brian Thompson crossed the finish line at Fort Charlotte in an elapsed time of 31 hours, 59 minutes, 04 seconds, breaking their own multihull race record set last year by 1 hour 34 minutes 26 seconds. Barely out of sight of each other the entire race, Tony Lawson's MOD70 Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield was just 9mins 52seconds behind. The superyachts in Falmouth Harbour heralded the arrival of Phaedo3 and Concise 10 with a cacophony of horns as hundreds of race fans gathered dockside to cheer the two teams to the dock.

Joy & Pain | News 2016 | News"Jim Clark & Kristy Hinze Clark's American VPLP-Verdier 100 Comanche crossed the finish line of the RORC Caribbean 600 at 03.45 on Wednesday morning with an elapsed time of 40 Hours 53 Minutes 2 Seconds taking monohull line honours for the race, and only 33 minutes outside the record time set by George David's Rambler 100 in 2011. Comanche Skipper, Ken Read: “Comanche is built to come in first to finish and when Mother Nature co-operates we have the pedigree to break records,” was Ken Read’s reaction to the wind coming from the south-east, making the leg from St Marten to Guadeloupe a beat, which for previous record holder - Rambler 100, was a fast fetch. “Going around these islands is a ball; whales breaching, volcanoes smoking, it doesn't get any better than that. We will be back, I promise you – this is a great race.” "

More information:
RORC Carribean 600 - Organised by The Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with Antigua Yacht Club. Start: Antigua, West Indies - Monday 22 February 2016. Course: Approx. 600nm non-stop around 11 Caribbean Islands. #rorcrc600


'Disgusted' Sydney Medallist Calls For Rio Olympics Sailing Event Boycott
Heiko Kroeger, who was voted Germany's top sailor in 2015, is appalled by the water quality after competing in a test event in Rio's Guanabara Bay.
German sailor wants Rio 2016 boycott because of water plagued with 'dead rats and used condoms' - Telegraph.co.uk
Sailors compete with constant health fear in Rio waters - Reuters

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24 February 2016

2016 RORC Caribbean 600 Update, Monohull Comanche (videos)

Video above: Comanche wins Line Honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2015 - 28 Dec  -  Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s maxi Comanche pulled off an incredible feat.

A Look Back at 2015 RORC Caribbean 600: Stories from the race

2016 RORC Caribbean 600 update:
The record fleet for the RORC Caribbean 600 enjoyed a full moon on the first night of racing. At sunset on the first night, all of the fleet had rounded the Barbuda mark, enjoying fantastic sailing conditions and highly competitive racing. Phaedo3 and Concise 10 were at the front of the fleet enjoying a thrilling high-speed duel, often touching a blistering 30 knots of boat speed. 100ft Maxi, Comanche was blasting through the Caribbean surf in hot pursuit of the monohull record for the course. Four Maxi72s were in a close quarters battle for supremacy, but two of the smaller yachts in the fleet were vying for the overall lead as dawn broke on day two of the RORC Caribbean 600.

IRC Overall
Three yachts in IRC Zero occupy the podium. Steve Benjamin's American TP52, Spookie is the provisional leader for the race after IRC time correction. Spookie was set to round Tintamarre the northern most part of the course this morning. Last night, Spookie and a leading pack of about 25 yachts rounded the chicane at the top of the course weaving past Nevis, St.Kitts, Saba, St. Barths and St.Martin. This is probably the most technical part of the 600 mile race, with dozens of manoeuvres requiring precision and stamina from the crew. Spookie's crew is a well-drilled short course unit, well versed in boat handling. On Spookie's hip is Piet Vroon's Dutch Ker 51, Tonnerre. The Dutch grandmaster's team is also well versed in short course racing having won her class in last year's RORC IRC National Championship. Tonnerre 4 was less than eight minutes behind Spookie after IRC time correction.


Hap Fauth's JV72, Bella Mente was lying third after time correction and leading the tight pack of four Maxi72s, but only just. Peter Ogden's Jethou and George Sakellaris' Proteus were both in sight. Dieter Shoen's JV72, Momo showed great speed during the first day to round Barbuda, just behind Bella Mente. Momo was the leader after time correction for several hours, but during the night fell back behind the others by some three miles.

MOCRA Multihull
It is all on in the battle between the two MOD70s. Lloyd Thornburg's Phaedo3 has led the multihull fleet since the start of the race but the American MOD70, co-skippered by Brian Thompson has been pushed all the way by Tony Lawson's British MOD70, Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield. Covering an astonishing 380 miles in just 20 hours, the two flying machines were entering the wind shadow of Guadeloupe at dawn this morning. The 'Guadeloupe Casino' could well decide the victor. The wind shadow west of the French island, followed by a tricky passage from Iles des Saintes to La Desirade is one of the most complex conundrums of the course. Phaedo3 have a slender advantage over Concise 10, but by leading the way, if Phaedo3 stall, Concise 10 will take the advantage without any mercy. After corrected time using the MOCRA rating system. Phaedo3 holds the upper hand from Concise 10 with Jonathan Bush's Gunboat 62, Zenyatta in third.

Grand Soleil 46, Belladonna, skippered by RORC Admiral Andrew McIrvine with RORC Commodore, Michael Boyd as navigator leads the class. On the water, 10 yachts in IRC One were on the wind heading for St.Barths. The majestic 213ft schooner Adix was leading the race overall during the night, but stayed on starboard tack on the beat to St.Barths and lost ground. Erik De Turkheim's French A13, Teasing Machine was second in class just seven minutes behind Belladonna after IRC time correction. Teasing Machine should be very fast on the next leg; a 55nm reach to St.Martin, as will Adix. Andrew Weiss' Sydney 43, Christopher Dragon was in third.

Defending class champion, Scarlet Oyster, skippered by Ross Applebey had a one hour lead, however virtually the entire class was in a close pack beating to St.Barths at dawn this morning. First 40, Arthur Logic, skippered by Oliver Heer was leading on the water and second after time correction, and Dominic Hurndall's Grand Soleil 43, Jua Kali was in third place. Andrew Allner's Swan 53, Ballytrim is six miles behind the leaders but may well move up the rankings after cracking sheets around St.Barths.

IRC Three
Irish eyes are smiling in IRC Three with Conor Fogerty's team from Howth Yacht Club on Jeanneau Sunfast 3600, Bam leading the class this morning. However, the Irish team have a full-on battle with Susann Wrede's German Swan 441, Best Buddies. The two yachts have pulled away from the rest of the class and matching each other for speed on the beat to St.Barths.
(source: Press Release)

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23 February 2016

2016 RORC Caribbean 600 Start, Prestart Highlights Videos

UPDATE: 2016 RORC Caribbean 600 Start Highlights - Start highlights from the 8th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 with 70 yachts from around the world and some of the top racing teams competing. Aerials at the start off Fort Charlotte, Antigua and at the Barbuda mark. Published on Feb 22, 2016

2016 RORC Caribbean 600 - prestart highlights. -

RORC Caribbean 600 Press Release: The 8th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 started in spectacular style with the record 70 yacht fleet gathering in the starting area outside English Harbour, Antigua. Under the Pillars of Hercules, the magnificent collection of yachts started the 600 nmile race in a sublime 14 knot south-easterly breeze with brilliant sunshine. The conditions were enough to have the fleet fully ramped up and a not insignificant swell added to the excitement. Five highly competitive starts thrilled hundreds of spectators lining the cliffs at Shirley Heights and Fort Charlotte. Not only was this a record fleet for the RORC Caribbean 600, it was undoubtedly the highest quality of participants since the inaugural race in 2009.

CSA, IRC 2 & IRC 3 Start
24 yachts engaged in a pre-start peloton resulting in a tremendous battle for the line. The all-girl Sirens' Tigress; IRC 2 champion, Scarlet Oyster and Polish team, Por Favor executed text book starts. However, winning the pin was American Swan 48, Isbjorn. Jua Kali also got away well which was marvellous for the British team who badly damaged their rig in the Atlantic en route to the start.

17 yachts started the race with American Sydney 43, Christopher Dragon winning the pin ahead of Canadian Farr 45, Spitfire. Spanish Tales II was the first Class40 to cross the line with Antiguan entry Taz also starting well. Belladonna, skippered by RORC Admiral, Andrew McIrvine had a great start controlling the favoured coastal side of the course.

IRC Zero & IRC Canting Keel
The most impressive start in the eight-year history of the race featured 23 head-turning yachts. 115ft Baltic, Nikata tried to use her might to win the pin but encountered severe congestion, forcing the superyacht to round the wrong side of the pin. Lithuanian Volvo 60, Ambersail were overeager and with no room to bear away, sailed around the pin end buoy. Irish Cookson 50, Lee Overlay Partners was adjudged OCS and had to restart. Dutch Ker 51, Tonnerre 4 with octogenarian owner Piet Vroon on board had a cracking start, as did Hap Fauth's Maxi72, Bella Mente going for speed and heading for the lift off the cliffs. Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze Clark's, 100ft Maxi had a slightly conservative run-up to the line before the big winches growled in a dial-down and Comanche powered up, accelerating into the lead.

The penultimate start featured two of the largest yachts competing in the RORC Caribbean 600. Southernwind 102 Farfalla executed a textbook start to begin the 600-nmile race, assisted by a crew including Steve Hayles as navigator, winner of the race with Niklas Zennstrom's RAN in 2012. The magnificent sight of 178ft schooner Adix crossing the line under full sail drew gasps from the crowd ashore. Adix is the first three-masted schooner to take part in the race.

MOCRA Multihull
Six Multihulls including MOD70s Phaedo3 & Concise 10 lined up for the last start of the day. Phaedo3 and Concise 10 locked horns in the pre-start as expected, with Phaedo3 co-skippered by Lloyd Thornburg and Brian Thompson gaining a small but significant advantage at the start. Concise 10 had to tack offshore to escape bad air and ploughed through several spectator boats that had gathered close to the exclusion zone. The two MOD70s are expected to have a titanic battle over the next two days. Belgian Zed 6 reported a broken daggerboard before the start but managed a repair in time to begin the race.

With a south-easterly breeze the fleet took a long starboard tack to Green Island where they bore away for Barbuda hoisting downwind sails. The sleigh ride has already begun for Comanche, Phaedo3 and Concise 10 with the YB tracker already showing the trio hitting close to 30 knots of boat speed. The wind is expected to return to the east before morning and freshen to a possible 20 knots when many more of this magnificent fleet will be enjoying the magic carpet ride of strong trade winds.

Watching the start from the cliffs at Shirley Heights was RORC Chief Executive Eddie Warden Owen who could not help but marvel at the quality of the fleet: "This is an amazing collection of boats sailed by the best offshore sailors in the world and was shown by the intensity of the start. Each fleet battled for the outer favoured end of the line, caused by the wind being south of its normal easterly direction. No one held back," said Warden Owen "And I am surprised we only had one boat over the line at the start. The lighter wind increasing as the week goes on, could favour a small boat for an overall win under the IRC rating rule. It will be fun to watch, but I'd much prefer to be out there racing."

More information:
This was the 2014 RORC Caribbean 600:

Highlights from the 2014 RORC Caribbean 600. The RORC Caribbean 600 started from Antigua on Monday 24th February 2014

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22 February 2016

RORC Caribbean 600 starts Monday, Feb 22, Antigua, Sailing Videos

The RORC Caribbean 600 starts from Antigua on Monday 22nd February 2016. The RORC Caribbean 600 is an exciting 600-mile offshore race that takes competitors around some of the most beautiful islands of the Caribbean--

2015 RORC Caribbean 600 - Highlights of the first leg - Video highlights from Day One of the 2015 RORC Caribbean 600, with incredible arial footage of the high performance yachts in spectacular ocean racing conditions. (Published Feb 24, 2015)

Above is a short sailing video showing Phaedo³ at the start of the 2015 RORC Caribbean 600, from Ocean Images on Vimeo

Preview Video of the 2015 RORC Caribbean 600: The RORC Caribbean 600 has one of the most spectacular line ups of high performance boats racing anywhere in the world. Interviews with participating crews and practice action prior to the race start last year. (Published Feb 23, 2015)

Thousands of spectators will gather at Shirley Heights to watch the impressive 66-boat fleet begin the 8th RORC Caribbean 600. Hundreds of thousands more will watch the race unfold via video, photographs, race reports and blogs from the boats. All of the competing yachts will be fitted with YB Trackers.

RORC Caribbean 600 minisite: http://caribbean600.rorc.org
The RORC Caribbean 600 starts from Antigua on Monday 22nd February 2016
The 600nm course circumnavigates 11 Caribbean Islands starting from Fort Charlotte, English Harbour, Antigua and heads north as far as St Martin and south to Guadeloupe taking in Barbuda, Nevis, St Kitts, Saba and St Barth's  

Past Results:
RORC CARIBBEAN 600 TROPHY - IRC OVERALL (Best best corrected time under IRC)
2015 - Hap Fauth, JV72, Bella Mente (USA)
2014 - George Sakellaris, RP72, Shockwave (USA)
2013 - Ron O'Hanley, Privateer, Cookson 50 (USA)
2012 - Niklas Zennström's JV72, Rán (GBR)
2011 - George David, Rambler 100, JK 100 (USA)
2010 - Karl C L Kwok, Beau Geste, Farr 80 (HKG)
2009 - Adrian Lee, Lee Overlay Partners, Cookson 50 (IRL)

2016 RORC Caribbean 600 news:
Long Haul Arrivals and Weather Jabber | News 2016 | News: "Jim Clark & Kristy Hinze Clark's American Maxi Comanche arrived in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua on Saturday afternoon, 20th February. Having taken line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, the 100ft Canting keel Maxi left Sydney by ship on 6th January bound for Charleston, USA, 9,272 nautical miles via The Panama Canal. Comanche then sailed 1,500 nautical miles in less than four days from Charleston to Antigua. Eric De Turckheim's French A13, Teasing Machine won its class in the Rolex Sydney Hobart but miraculously arrived in Antigua 24 hours before Comanche ..."

Featuring the most magnificent collection of racing yachts ever seen in the Caribbean, an incredibly varied fleet will be racing under the IRC, CSA and MOCRA rating systems, as well as Class40s racing under class rules. Comanche, Phaedo3 and Concise 10 will be gunning for course records but the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy will be won by the yacht with the best corrected time under IRC.
Monohull Record: 2011 George David, Rambler 100 - 40 hours 20 mins 02 secs.
Multihull Record: 2015 Lloyd Thornburg & Brian Thompson, MOD70 Phaedo3 - 33 hours, 35 mins 30 secs.

Official website: caribbean600.rorc.org/

2016 Fleet Tracking | Tracking - Players | Race Information

Twitter feed: #rorcrc600 OR @RORCRacing

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 such as the RORC Easter Challenge and IRC National Championships 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 last year the RORC extended its organisational expertise by creating the new RORC Transatlantic Race from Lanzarote to Grenada in November 2014
The RORC is based in St James' Place, London and Cowes, Isle of Wight
In co-operation with the French offshore racing club, UNCL, RORC is responsible for IRC, the principal international handicap system for yacht racing 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 and www.rorc.org

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21 February 2016

Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2016, Plenty Wins, Sailing Videos

From 16 – 19 February, the 2016 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in Australia was decided by the final race of the series. Three teams were in contention going into the last day with first place and the two yachts in joint second separated by four points with two races left. The cliffhanger was not settled until the very end. Discover more on http://on.rolex.com/1osiYj7 Published on Feb 19, 2016

2016 Worlds"Plenty (Alex Roepers, USA) won the Rolex Farr 40 world championship on Sydney’s Manly offshore course today with clever, conservative sailing for a third and a second in the last two races while his two closest opponents fell out of contention with early errors. Plenty won the 11-race series, conducted by Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, with a total 34 points from the Australian champion Transfusion (Guido Belgiorno-Nettis) 38 and Struntje Light (Wolfgang and Angela Schaefer, Germany), 44.2. The concluding two races were sailed in a 16-18 knot nor’-easter, that raised a short chop on a moderate seaway, over four-lap windward-return courses on the offshore Manly Circle."

Rolex Farr 40 Worlds - The winners! - Adventures of a Sailor Girl - interviews with Jeff Carter of Edake, the winning Corinthian, and Alex Roepers of Plenty, the overall winners. Consistency and staying clean pays off! 

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20 February 2016

2015 World Match Racing Tour, Monsoon Cup, Video Highlights

2015 World Match Racing Tour - Monsoon Cup Highlights - Published on Feb 19, 2016 - The World Match Racing Tour headed to Malaysia for the 11th Monsoon Cup. A new venue in Puteri Harbour and new boats, in the form of the FarEast 28R, faced the competitors in the final event of the 2015-6 season. At the top of the leaderboard there were three players all within 5 points of each other and each aiming for the World Championship title. Ian Williams' GAC Pindar, Bjorn Hansen's Nautiska Racing and Taylor Canfield's US One. Joining them were nine other world class match racers all eyeing up the Tunku Laksamana Johor Trophy for the victor of the event and share of the US$ 350,000 prize pool. A mix of sunshine, wind and the occasional monsoon downpour set the scene for a fantastic week of match racing. See more at: www.wmrt.com

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Watch Oman Sail's video release from the opening stage of the 2016 EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour as it heads to the shores of the UAE capital.
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Lisbon to host Extreme Sailing Series 2016
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America's Cup amid Kiwi Broadcast War
SKY TV has hit back in a renewed broadcasting war with Television New Zealand by taking exclusive rights to the America's Cup off the state ...
Sky New Zealand wins exclusive America's Cup rights - SportsPro Media
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Bluenose II will be ready to sail this spring: MacLellan
Bluenose II has been given a clean bill of health and will sail from Lunenburg starting June 1, Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan said Thursday.

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Sea Scouts + Sailing School = Work & Fun!
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19 February 2016

Clipper Race Reaches Da Nang, Vietnam; Farr 40 Worlds Videos

After nearly a month at sea the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has reached Da Nang, Vietnam, more than half way through the 40,000 nautical mile global series. Published on Feb 17, 2016
More at clipperroundtheworld.com

Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2016 – Mid-Series News – 18th February 2016 - From 16 – 19 February, 12 teams are participating at the 2016 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in Australia. The first two days of racing at the 19th edition of this legendary championship were dramatic in their contrast. While punishing wind and sea conditions marked the first day, the second day was notable for its backdrop of Sydney’s iconic skyline. Acrion was compelling on both days.

Rolex Farr 40 Worlds Day Three: "Plenty (Alex Roepers, USA) extended her points lead from one to four in the Rolex Farr 40 worlds today after three races in difficult wind and sea conditions on the offshore course, set north-east of the entrance to Sydney Harbour and conducted by Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron...."

Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2016 - Crichton/Fischer/Walker day 3 - Published on Feb 18, 2016 - Interviews with Wolfgang Schaefer of Struntje Light (boat of the day), Stephen Barlow of Forty, Rod Jones of Kindergarten, and Alex Roepers of Plenty.

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18 February 2016

Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2016, Sydney, Australia, Twitter Feed & Video

Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2016 - John Calvert-Jones Day 1
Interviews for the John Calvert-Jones opening day of the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2016. Interviews with Jeff Carter of Edake, who is fourth overall and won race 3, Helmut and Evan Jahn from Flash Gordon 6 who won race 1, and are third overall (tied for second), Alex Roepers of Plenty who is leading overall, and Wolfgang Schaefer of Struntje Light who is in second overall. Published Feb 16, 2016

2016 Farr 40 Worlds: ""John Calvert-Jones Race Day" produces close competition for Rolex Farr 40 Worlds Day 1 The top six boats on the scoreboard are within five points after three close races and mixed fortunes in a fresh southerly off the Sydney coastline in the opening day of the Rolex Farr 40 world championship, hosted by Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. Clear leader is Plenty (Alex Roepers, USA) with nine points from 5-2-2 placings followed by two boats on 13 points: Struntje Light (Wolfgang Schaeffer, Germany) 8-1-4 and Flash Gordon 6 (Helmut and Evan Jahn, USA) 1-7-5. Plenty wins John Clavert-Jones Race Day"

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17 February 2016

BVI Spring Regatta, America's Cup, Sailing News & Videos

BVI Spring Regatta is a Year Not to be Missed! (Published Feb 16, 2016) - The 45th Anniversary of the BVI Spring Regatta is going to be a year not to be missed! It's right around the corner, so bring your fastest boat and funnest crew. bvispringregatta.org - March 28-April 3

#TechTuesday - VPP - How fast will it go? - ORACLE TEAM USA optimizes each part of its racing catamarans so that they perform for the entire boat -- Find out more about VPP - velocity prediction program - from Bryan Baker in the design team. Video by Javier Salinas / ORACLE TEAM USA - Published Feb 16, 2016

Artemis Racing - Road to Bermuda - 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 as the team prepares to win the oldest and most prestigious trophy in international sport. Published on Feb 16, 2016

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JJ Giltinan Trophy - Conservative sailing pays big dividend for Yamaha
Sail World
'There was a lot of two sail reaching in the course, but in conditions like that, and depending on the course angles, the big rigs actually two-sail better ...
JJ Giltinan: Heavy Weather Specialists Put on Show - Scuttlebutt Sailing News
18ft Skiffs: Race 3 2016 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship - BYM News (press release)

International Sailing Federation

Cyprus hosts first Technical Course of 2016
International Sailing Federation
The first Technical Course for Coaches of 2016 took place in Cyprus, with the help of IOC Olympic Solidarity funding and the Cyprus Sailing ...


Sailing: Olympic duo in class of their own
New Zealand Herald
At the same regatta Tauranga's Molly Meech and sailing partner Alex Maloney finished the 2016 World Championships in eighth overall in the 49erFX ...

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16 February 2016

2016 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship Preview, Sailing Video

Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2016 – Preview - Feb 16-19, 12 teams will participate at the 2016 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in Australia. This year marks the 19th time this internationally renowned one-design class will compete for this prestigious title. The highly competitive fleet will be put through an exacting the test during four full days of racing. (Published Feb 15, 2016)

2016 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, February 16-19, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
Entries: Sail number--Yacht name
  1. AUS SM2008--Double Black (Corinthian)
  2. AUS 007--Edake (Corinthian)
  3. AUS 615--Estate Master
  4. AUS AUS8884--Exile (Corinthian)
  5. USA 60002--Flash Gordon 6
  6. AUS 8001--Forty
  7. AUS 5868--Kindergarten
  8. AUS 8883--Kokomo
  9. USA 60059--Plenty
  10. GER 40--Struntje light
  11. AUS 6422--Transfusion
  12. AUS 64221--ZEN (Corinthian)
More information:
Sailing NEWS:
(February 14, 2016) – The 49er World Championship drew to a close on Sunday, and with it came the end of the Rio 2016 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team ...
US Athletes Selected for Three of Ten Olympic Events - Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Thomas Barrows, Joe Morris earn spot on US Olympic sailing team in 49er class - Daily Journal

The Southland Times

Sailing spirit hits the south
Bluff Sea Scouts, from left, Nathaniel Topi,14, Tiaan Black,15, and Dominic Sutherland,13, enjoying a sail on the Spirit of NZ sailing ship near Bluff...

International Sailing Federation

Four for Kiwis and France.
France's Billy Besson and Marie Riou and New Zealand's Peter Burling and Blair Tuke will head into the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition with ...
Sailing: Peter Burling and Blaire Tuke win 49er title at world champs - Radio Sport
Burling and Tuke seal 49er world title - NZCity

Daily Mail

Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign win bronze for GB at Sailing World Championships
Great Britain's Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign claimed a bronze medal in the 49er class at the World Championships in Clearwater, United States on ...
Fletcher and Sign secure shock World Championship bronze - Eurosport.co.uk

Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Swedes and Kids top Melges 32 Gold Cup
The conditions today are some of my very favorite to sail.” Beyond first place, the scoreboard gives insight into the very tight and intense competition ...

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15 February 2016

Spirit of Yachting, Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2015 (video)

Spirit of Yachting - Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2015 -

The Rolex Farr 40 World Championship has captivated the yachting community since its inception in 1998. The 18th edition, hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club (LBYC) in California, provided the perfect stage for evenly-matched, 40-foot monohull racing yachts, helmed by skilled and competitive owners. The reward for victory is coveted throughout the sailing world: the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship trophy and a Rolex timepiece -- Published on Feb 9, 2016

Other Sailing News:
New Sailing Team Bora Gulari And Louisa Chafee Qualify For Rio
Thus far, the 2016 U.S. Olympic sailing team has been filling up with teams that have been together for years. But in the Nacra 17 class, Bora Gulari ...


Thomas Barrows And Joe Morris Qualify For The 2016 US Olympic SailingTeam
Barrows and Morris finished 13th at the first event, the Sailing World Cup Miami in January, to take a five-point lead over Brad Funk and Trevor Burd ...

US SAILING (press release)

Clearwater Worlds: USA 49ers Battle In Gold Fleet, Olympic Selection To Be Determined Sunday
US SAILING (press release)
49er and 49erFX racing will be brought to a worldwide sailing audience on Sunday, February 14 (Day 6) at the Worlds in Clearwater. Coverage will ...
Olympic Worlds: Full Bluster for Penultimate Day - Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Character building penultimate day at 2016 Nacra 17, 49er, and 49erFX World Championships - My Sailing

Scuttlebutt Sailing News

JJ Giltinan: Heavy Weather Sailing on Exhibition
Sydney, AUS (February 14, 2016) – After a lengthy delay to the start, Race 2 of the 2016 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today ...

Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Head Out of the Boat Day at St Pete NOOD
The team aboard Valiant is currently in the midst of trials to secure themselves a berth on the US Paralympic Sailing team for the Paralympics in Rio in ...

Times of Oman

Oman Sail: Nine teams get set for EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour
Muscat: Nine crews bidding for the 2016 EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour (SATT) crown were officially presented at Palm Jumeirah in Dubai on Sunday ...
Final two teams join competitive line-up for Sailing Arabia - Gulf Times
Sailing Arabia-The Tour: Al Mouj looks to pull off a few surprises - Muscat Daily

2016 Miami to Havana Race: "[T]he Inaugural Miami to Havana Race, starting on February 10, 2016, just south of the Miami harbor entrance. Host Coral Reef Yacht Club has a long history of association with both the former SORC “Southern Circuit” regatta and the current SORC race management team. Similarly, Cuban sailors were a big part of the old Southern Circuit, with Luis Vidaña’s Criollo crowned the Overall Winner of the series in 1957. Havana played a big part of the the Circuit, with the first St. Petersburg to Havana Race in 1930 and last in 1959. We now renew our ties with our sailing neighbors, first with the Miami to Havana Race, the final race of the Islands in the Stream Series, and then on February 14, with a coastal race along the Malecón, with local junior sailors assigned to each boat. An after race/awards party will follow, at the Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba."  Results here

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14 February 2016

LIVE: 2016 49er and 49erFX World Championships, Sailing Videos

LIVE 2016 World Championships Gold Fleet - 49er Sailing - Starts: February 14, 2016- SUN 10 AM ET

LIVE 2016 World Championships Medal Races - 49er Sailing - Starts: February 14, 2016 at 3pm ET

Live 2016 World Championships Saturday

LIVE 2016 World Championships Friday:

All of the worlds best skiff sailors are in Clearwater, Florida, USA for the most important event of the season.

2016 49er & 49erFX World Championships - Day 3

Paris Henken & Helena Scutt Win Team USA Selection for Rio 2016 -

First 2016 U.S. Olympic Team sailors! Paris & Helena: Sailing to 2016​ have won the US SAILING​ Olympic Selection Series in the 49erFX (women's skiff), and will join Team USA​ in Rio 2016​!
Reaction from the beach at the 49er Sailing​ Worlds in Clearwater, Florida - Published on Feb 12, 2016

Clearwater Worlds: USA 49erFX & 49ers Make Gold Fleet, Henken & Scutt Earn Team USA Selection | United States Sailing AssociationDay Four of the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships in Clearwater, Florida saw Team USA gain its first two Rio 2016 Olympic sailors while multiple American teams battled their way into Gold Fleet. US Sailing Team Sperry athletes will have a chance to earn their way into Sunday’s medal races based on their performances Saturday

Radio New Zealand

New Zealand dominate at sailing world champs
New Zealand sits atop both the 49er and 49erFX leader board at the end of day four of the 2016 49er and 49erFX World Championships in Clearwater ...
NZ crew dominate sailing world champs - Radio Sport
Maloney, Meech lead 49erFX world champs - NZCity
International 49er Class Day 4 New Zealand report - BYM News (press release)
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13 February 2016

Clipper Race Fleet Sailing Videos, Clipper Round the World Race

GARMIN VIRB XE: Clipper Race fleet take on the all Australian stage of the race - Footage captured on the Garmin VIRB XE during the fourth stage of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The twelve-strong fleet race from Albany, Western Australia to Sydney, as well as taking part in the famous Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Published Feb 12, 2016

The Clipper Race enters week 4 in the latest stage of its global marathon having crossed the half-way mark of its 40,000 nautical mile circumnavigation. Crew crossing the equator for the first time as the fleet entered the northern hemisphere were hauled in front of King Neptune before due punishment was administered. With around a week to go to the finish in Vietnam teams are focused on maximising their positions and points in the Da Nang New Discovery of Asia Race - Published on Feb 10, 2016

Race 7 Day 24: Teams enjoy beat upwind towards Da Nang: "As the fleet enters the final stages of the Da Nang New Discovery of Asia Race, the teams continue towards various waypoints on the route, enjoying comfortable sailing conditions along the way. Visit Seattle and Mission Performance continue their journey south, while the other ten boats are now all northbound."
More at www.clipperroundtheworld.com

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12 February 2016

World Match Racing Tour Fremantle, March 2-7, Sailing Videos

The world of match racing is about to change...

Stage 1 - World Match Racing Tour Fremantle -

Since the America’s Cup event in 1987, Fremantle, Australia, will now play host once again to 20 of the best match racing sailors from around the world. Fremantle has been chosen as the curtain raiser of a five-event World Championship Event on 2016 World Match Racing Tour season. Watch the world’s best sailors match racing on the M32 high-performance catamarans on the foreshore of Bathers Beach that will provide a natural amphitheatre for spectators to watch high-octane multihull racing. Published on Feb 11, 2016

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.wmrt.com
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/worldmatchracingtour
TWITTER: www.twitter.com/worldmrt

The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the world's leading match racing series featuring World-Class Championship events across the globe. The series is sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) with "Special Event" status.

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11 February 2016

M32 Cat, World Match Racing Tour, M32 Series, Sailing Videos

On Test: M32 Cat - Already established as an exciting fleet racing circuit that is rapidly expanding its horizons, the M32 cat is now the weapon of choice for the World Match Racing Tour. Matthew Sheahan sails with reigning M32 champion and former WMRT winner Taylor Canfield to find out why this cat is so different. (Published Dec 4, 2015)

Highlights of the M32 Series Scandinavia - see also: m32x.com and m32series.com

America's Cup & Flying with Bremont and ORACLE TEAM USA - ORACLE TEAM USA Skipper Jimmy Spithill and Bremont Co-Founder Giles English explore the similarities between sailing and flying in the America's Cup since the introduction of foiling and a rigid wing sail. Published on Sep 8, 2015

Bremont Launches America's Cup Collection: ... The America’s Cup Series is a classic watch collection befitting the history of the cup and Bremont has launched two Special Edition watches, the Bremont AC I and AC II. These models have been inspired by the legendary J-Class yachts of the 30s, both classic and beautiful. Carrying the ‘London’ mark on the dial, all of the watches are built in the UK using the highest quality components. The watches are also delivered in Bremont’s English made America’s Cup leather wallets... see also The America’s Cup Watchmaker That’s Cresting a Wave - WSJ

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10 February 2016

Artemis Racing, Road to Bermuda, 35th America's Cup, Sailing Videos

Artemis Racing - Victory in Bermuda - Last year there was America's Cup World Series racing in Bermuda on the Great Sound. This short clip looks back at races 2 & 3 of a dramatic win with fully foiling gybes. (Published Nov 18, 2015).

EP5: Artemis Racing - Road to Bermuda (Published on Jan 13, 2016)

Artemis Racing - Road to Bermuda - 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 as the team prepares to win the oldest and most prestigious trophy in international sport. More at www.artemisracing.com

Sailing NEWS:


NOOD Regatta brings sailing spotlight to St. Petersburg
Dumas, who won last year's event, grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and learned racesailing with his father on Lake Erie. His team's victory in last ...


Clearwater Beach sailing competition is qualifier for summer Olympics
Team members from multiple countries work to bring in their skiffs after practice for the 2016 49er and 49erFX World Championship in sailing in ...
Olympic Selection On the Line At Clearwater Worlds - US SAILING (press release)
49er Worlds: Monumental Showdown in Clearwater - Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Tracking USA Selection Series for Rio Games - Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Clipper Race: Preparing for Upwind Leg
The situation is under control and they are currently sailing downwind with a halyard taking the place of the inner forestay and a reduced sail plan of a ...

Yachting: Final countdown to Sailing & Boating Week
New Zealand Herald
The final count-down is on to the start of 2016 Volvo Sailing & Boating Week. Sailing and boating Clubs across New Zealand, from Northland to Otago, ...

Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Israel Prepares for RS:X World Championship
Taking place on February 22-27 and hosted at Eilat Sailing Center, the Worlds will be contested over 5 race days, with the 13 race series unfolding on ...
2016 RS:X World Championships preview - Sail World (press release)

Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Leadership in Action
The Sailing Leadership Forum 2016 in San Diego, CA on February 4-6 offered a unique experience for all types of sailors to connect on important and ...

Frostbite sailing
Democrat and Chronicle
These hearty sailors take to the water, even in the winter months as they sail in cold-weather dinghies on the Genesee River. (February 8, 2016)


Staten Island Ferryboats sailing behind schedule
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Staten Island Ferry is sailing behind schedule during the Tuesday morning rush hour because of weather conditions.

New York Times

For Royal Caribbean Passengers in Storm, Anything but Smooth Sailing
At the time we were sailing through a winter storm in the Atlantic, a few hundred miles south of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, that reports say ...

The Guardian

Rough sailing on cruise ship battered by huge waves – video
A Royal Caribbean cruise ship runs into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean, forcing frightened passengers into their cabins overnight as ...
After sailing into storm, Royal Caribbean's 'Anthem of the Seas' is headed back to home port (w ... - Tampabay.com
Royal Caribbean cancels remainder of Anthem of the Seas sailing and offers refunds - Royal Caribbean Blog (blog)
Cruise ship forced to turn around after sailing into hurricane-force winds in the Atlantic - thejournal.ie

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