29 April 2016

Extreme Sailing Series, Qingdao, China, Sailing Videos, Twitter Feed

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016, Act 2, Qingdao, China:
UPDATE: Extreme Sailing Series: "Swiss team Alinghi notched up their first win of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™ in a breathtaking final day of racing in Qingdao. Alinghi went into the finale of Act 2 with the narrowest of leads over rivals and Act 1 winners Oman Air, and all to play for as the fleet took to the stadium race course in 8-10 knots of wind, enough for the GC32 catamarans to ‘fly’ on their hydrofoils." Final Results: extremesailingseries.com/results

LIVE Qingdao: Day Four - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016 Starts: May 2, 2016 MON 3:15 AM EDT (US)

3D Qingdao: Day Four - Graphics Only - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016 Starts: May 2, 2016 MON 2 AM EDT (US)

Above: LIVE Qingdao Day Three Video - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016
May 1, 2016 SUN 3:30 AM ET (US)

Above: 3D Qingdao: Day Two - Graphics Only - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016
Starts: April 30, 2016 SAT 2:00 AM ET (US)

A lesson in foiling:

As the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™ goes foiling, watch the experts talk about this new dimension as the sailors explain how the brand new hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans fly. Published March 24, 2016

Above: 3D Qingdao: Day One - Graphics Only - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016
Starts: April 29, 2016, FRIDAY 2:00 AM ET (US)

China here we come: The Extreme Sailing Series™ gets ready for Act 2, Qingdao | News: "The fleet of eight, super-fast hydrofoiling GC32 catamarans will take their place on the water in Fushan Bay to commence battle from 29 April – 2 May. With only one Act under their belts on the new GC32s, many of the crews are still learning the ropes on the foiling flying machines. The crews, from 16 nations, are likely to face tricky wind conditions in Qingdao, making the already steep learning curve even steeper."

The action begins on Friday 29 April with a day of open water racing before the teams take to the Stadium on Saturday 30 April. Fans around the globe can watch the racing live online on the official event website at the following times: Sunday 1 May: 1530-1700 GMT+8 Monday 2 May: 1515-1645 GMT+8

The Line-Up – Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 2, Qingdao:

Alinghi (SUI)
Skipper/Helm: Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI)
Tactician: Nicolas Charbonnier (FRA)
Headsail Trimmer: Nils Frei (SUI)
Bowman: Yves Detrey (SUI)
Floater: Timothé Lapauw (FRA)

Chinese flagged team – name to be announced (CHN)
Skipper/Helm: Taylor Canfield (ISV)
Tactician/Bowman: Chris Steele (NZL)
Mainsail Trimmer: Hayden Goodrick (NZL)
Headsail Trimmer: Shane Diviney (IRL)
Floater: Luke Payne (AUS)/Liu Xue (Black) (CHN)

Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR)
Skipper/Tactician: Bleddyn Môn (GBR)
Helm: Leigh McMillan (GBR)
Headsail Trimmer: Ed Powys (GBR)
Bowman: Neil Hunter (GBR)
Floater: Adam Kay (GBR)

Oman Air (OMA)
Skipper/Helm: Morgan Larson (USA)
Mainsail Trimmer: Pete Greenhalgh (GBR)
Headsail Trimmer: Ed Smyth (NZL/AUS)
Bowmen: Nasser Al Mashari (OMA) & James Wierzbowski (AUS)

Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT)
Skipper/Helm: Roman Hagara (AUT)
Tactician: Hans Peter Steinacher (AUT)
Mainsail Trimmer: Stewart Dodson (NZL)
Headsail Trimmer: Adam Piggott (GBR)
Bowman: Brad Farrand (NZL)

Sail Portugal (POR)
Skipper/Helm: Diogo Cayolla (POR)
Mainsail Trimmer: Bernardo Freitas (POR)
Headsail Trimmer: Javier de la Plaza (ESP)
Bowman: João Matos Rosa (POR)
Floater: Luís Brito (POR)

SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN)
Co-Skipper/Helm: Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN)
Co-Skipper/Tactician: Rasmus Køstner (DEN)
Mainsail Trimmer: Mads Emil Stephensen (DEN)
Headsail Trimmer: Pierluigi De Felice (ITA)
Bowman: Renato Conde (POR)

Team Turx (TUR)
Co-skipper/Helm: Stevie Morrison (GBR)
Co-skipper/Floater: Edhem Dirvana (TUR)
Mainsail Trimmer: Cem Gözen (TUR)
Headsail Trimmer: Tom Dawson (GBR)
Bowman: Tom Buggy (GBR)

More information: http://www.extremesailingseries.com

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28 April 2016

Extreme Sailing Series Act 2, Qingdao, China, Act 1 Highlights Videos

Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 Highlights:

Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 Highlights - Over 4 days, Muscat delivered a sensational start to the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series, as the fleet got to grips with flying, and the Series officially completed the biggest transition of the last ten years. The flying GC32s have well and truly arrived. Watch the highlights here. Published on Mar 21, 2016

Above: Check out some of the best video moments from a spectacular Extreme Sailing Series 2016 season opener in Muscat.

2016 Schedule:
Act 1 Muscat Mar 16-19
Act 2 Qingdao Apr29-May2
Act 3 Cardiff Jun 23-26
Act 4 Hamburg Jul 28-31
Act 5 St Petersburg Sep 1-4
Act 6 Istanbul Sep 22-25
Act 7 Lisbon Oct 6-9
Act 8 Australia Dec 8-11

1 Oman Air 12 12
2 Red Bull Sailing Team 11 11
3 Land Rover BAR Academy 10 10
4 Alinghi 9 9
5 SAP Extreme Sailing Team 8 8
6 CHINA One 7 7
7 Team Turx 6 6
8 Sail Portugal 5 5

More info: extremesailingseries.com

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27 April 2016

World Sailing Show, April 2016, Nevis Booby Island Regatta (video)

The World Sailing Show - April 2016:

Nine years ago the Extreme Sailing Series took high performance racing to the crowds and changed the sailing world. With the short courses and fast action, the series influenced some of the biggest events in sailing. Now in its 10th year the ESS ups the ante once more as the fleet takes to hydrofoils on brand new boats. Published April 25, 2016 At the other end of the scale, 900 junior sailors race at one event on Lake Garda. Aside from the spectacle, you can’t help wondering how many of tomorrow’s stars are in there. So we asked some of the world’s top sailors about what the Optimist meant to them. Plus, how the newest boat in the Olympics is challenging the best sailors in the world and how one man’s work changed a generation of yacht design. Plus news from around the world.

Below: Nevis Booby Island Regatta video

The 2016 Booby Island Regatta & Sailing Festival: "The Booby Island Regatta & Sailing Festival--30th April – 2nd May 2016--Anyone Can Enter. Anyone can Win The Booby Island Regatta and Sailing Festival is a fun 3 day Regatta and Sailing Festival in the beautiful Caribbean islands of St Kitts and Nevis. The Booby Island Regatta is a little bit different to the norm. We have designed the sailing to give everyone the opportunity to take part and compete regardless of the yacht’s capabilities or crew’s level of experience and have included a few of our own ideas to level the playing field. Our race philosophy, borrowed and adapted from the Olympics ethos, is  “The most important thing is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but living well.” Alongside three days of sailing we have a full program of events to encourage competitors and spectators alike to come ashore and enjoy the best that Nevis has to offer."

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26 April 2016

Oracle Team USA Sailing, Kinley Fowler, Sam Newton, Sailing Videos

Sailing with a Twist:

Sailing with a Twist. Learn about the advantages of the rigid wing sails on our America's Cup​ racing catamarans from Scott Ferguson of the ORACLE TEAM USA design team in this feature by Javier Salinas / ORACLE TEAM USA (Published March 29, 2016)
Oracle Team USA - Meet Kinley Fowler:

“It’s full on,” says ORACLE TEAM USA trimmer/grinder Kinley Fowler. Meet Kinley and hear what else he has to say about the differences between the 34th America’s Cup racing and preparing to defend the Cup in 2017. Video by John von Seeburg & Mike Herbener / ORACLE TEAM USA Published April 21, 2016

Oracle Team USA - Meet Sam Newton:

More info: oracle-team-usa.americascup.com

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25 April 2016

The Seattle Pacific Challenge, 2015-16 Clipper Race, Sailing Videos

Seattle Pacific Challenge (You had my heart):

The Seattle Pacific Challenge was felt by many to be the toughest leg of the 2015-16 edition of the Clipper Race so far. This short video was filmed with the team of Visit Seattle, yet it captures the spirit of all crew who experienced crossing the 'Mighty Pacific' - three words to sum it up? - Courage, resilience, love. Camera/editor: Rich Edwards, 1080 Media TV Published on Apr 22, 2016

The first full week of the Seattle Pacific Challenge presented a huge range of difficult conditions in this stage of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Right from the start, the fleet engaged in close match racing in a hard fought battle from China, past South Korea and Japan, before heading out into the remote North Pacific. A combination of strong currents, pushing amateur crews against storm force winds, towards Seattle, on the US West Coast, churned up steep waves which battered the sturdy 70-foot ocean racing yachts.

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - More info: clipperroundtheworld.com

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24 April 2016

Clipper Race Reaches Seattle, Artemis Racing, Sailing Videos

Cipper Race reaches Seattle:

After racing for almost a month over 6000 miles across the Pacific Ocean, the fleet is arriving in Seattle from Qingdao in China. Derry~Londonderry~Doire was the first team to cross the finish line in the latest leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.The Seattle Pacific Challenge gave the boats a pounding with crew enduring the harshest conditions many of the professional skippers had ever seen, with mountainous seas and winds gusting over 70 knots. Published April 16, 2016 More info: http://clipperroundtheworld.com/

Artemis Racing - Road to Bermuda, 35th America's Cup: 

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 in 2016 as the team prepares to win the oldest and most prestigious trophy in international sport. Published March 16, 2016

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23 April 2016

Antigua Sailing Week 2016, Antigua Bermuda Race 2017, Videos

Antigua Sailing Week 2016, April 23-29:

Antigua Sailing Week 2016 - Fun in the sun! Race, party and hit the beach in the beautiful Caribbean. Antigua Sailing Week is 7 days of total fun. April 23-29, 2016. more info: Antigua Sailing Week Caribbean Sailing Regatta 

Start of the 2015 Carribbean 600 from Phaedo 3's perspective - Video / Team Phaedo

Phaedo3 to set the pace for Antigua Bermuda Race 2017 - Setting the pace for the 2017 Antigua Bermuda Race: Lloyd Thornburg's American MOD70 Phaedo3

Lloyd Thornburg's American MOD70 Phaedo3 will be attempting a record run from Antigua to Bermuda this April with a view to joining the Antigua Bermuda Race next year. Phaedo3 has set multiple world records over the past 12 months, including the Antigua to Newport passage, taking just 3 days, 5 hours, 55 minutes and 12 seconds to complete the 1,560 nautical mile course. The skipper for the record attempt will be Jules Verne record holder, Brian Thompson:

"I have probably sailed from Antigua to Bermuda 10 times; it is the classic delivery up from the Caribbean to the East Coast of the United States. In a normal boat it would be a five day trip, but Phaedo could possibly do it in two days. We literally passed Bermuda when we set the Antigua to Newport record last year and we did that in about 48 hours! Ideal conditions for us would be a well established high pressure system to the east of Bermuda, so we start with a 20 knot southeasterly, which becomes more southerly as we approach Bermuda - that would be perfect. Phaedo should be in Bermuda for a couple of days so if you want to come and see a real offshore, mile-eating machine, come along and have a look," says Phaedo3's British Co-Skipper, Brian Thompson.

Fifteen yachts ranging from 43 to 139ft (13-42m) have already registered their interest for the inaugural 2017 Antigua Bermuda Race. Yachts from all over the United States, Great Britain, Bermuda and Antigua are amongst the early entries, which include Supermaxis, Maxi Racing yachts, Classics, Performance blue water cruiser and high performance multihulls. Joining the schooner America and 112ft (34m) sloop, Spirit of Bermuda will be two British Maxi yachts; Peter Harrison's 115ft (35m) ketch, Sojana and Mike Slade's Maxi 100, Leopard 3. Lloyd Thornburg's MOD70, Phaedo3 cannot wait to get into action and will be attempting a record run this year prior to the 2017 Antigua Bermuda Race.

The 935 nautical mile race from Antigua to Bermuda will start on 12 May 2017 following the 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week. Competing yachts will arrive in Bermuda for the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers, the 35th America's Cup Match, America's Cup Superyacht Regatta, J Class Regatta and the Red Bull Youth America's Cup.

"The America's Cup excitement in Bermuda continues to grow. Last weekend we had M32 match racing, J105's, IOD's racing and the Bermuda Optimist World Championship trials all happening in the Great Sound with Oracle, Softbank and Artemis screaming by, testing their new boats. It's quite a sight from the Optimist Committee boat having Softbank (Team Japan) do a foiling gybe around the pin end of the start line! Monterey (Farr PH56) has been in Europe since competing in the Newport Bermuda Race in 2004 and we raced in the Rolex Middle Sea Race in Malta in 2008. We cannot miss being home for the America's Cup. We will do the 2016 ARC and get ready for a homecoming in the 2017 Antigua Bermuda Race along with Spirit of Bermuda, America and another Bermudan

The Antigua Bermuda Race is supported by the Bermuda Tourism Authority and Goslings Rum. For more information about the Antigua Bermuda Race including pre-registration of potential interest see: www.antiguabermuda.com. The inaugural Antigua Bermuda Race will commence on Friday 12 May after the 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week in early May 2017. Organised by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in association with Antigua Sailing Week, the Antigua Bermuda Race is designed to offer an exciting passage race to Bermuda, the home of the 2017 America's Cup. The race is open to yachts and multihulls with a minimum length of 40ft (12m) with a valid CSA and/or IRC or Superyacht Rating Certificate. A provision of a Motor Sailing Handicap will be overlaid for Cruiser Racers

Bermuda Tourism Authority - http://www.gotobermuda.com/ - #RacetoBermuda
Goslings Rum - http://www.goslingsrum.com/
Bermuda Sloop Foundation - http://www.bermudasloop.org/

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22 April 2016

Phaedo3 Bermuda Bound, Antigua Bermuda Race 2017, Sailing Videos

Video below: Start of the 2015 Carribbean 600 from Phaedo 3's perspective

Lloyd Thornburg's MOD70 Phaedo3, skippered by Brian Thompson, left Antigua on Wednesday 20 April 2016 at noon local time bound for Bermuda 945 nautical miles. The team are planning to establish a course record from Antigua to Bermuda, prior to the inaugural Antigua to Bermuda Race, which will be run in May 2017. Phaedo3 plans to be in Hamilton, Bermuda sometime between the evening of Saturday 23 April to the evening of Sunday 24th April, 2016. Follow Phaedo3's progress from Antigua to Bermuda: https://my.yb.tl/phaedo3

Phaedo³ racing in the light winds during Les Voiles de St Barth. Phaedo³ at Les Voiles de St Barth 2016 from Ocean Images on Vimeo. 

Sailing News: The inaugural Antigua Bermuda Race will commence on Friday 12 May 2017 after the 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week in early May 2017
  • Organised by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in association with Antigua Sailing Week, the Antigua Bermuda Race is designed to offer an exciting passage race to Bermuda, the home of the 2017 America's Cup
  • The race is open to yachts and multihulls with a minimum length of 40ft (12m) with a valid CSA and/or IRC or Superyacht Rating Certificate. A provision of a Motor Sailing Handicap will be overlaid for Cruiser Racers
  • The Antigua Bermuda Race is supported by The Bermuda Tourism Authority and Goslings Rum
For more information:
ORGANISERS: Royal Bermuda Yacht Club http://www.rbyc.bm/
Antigua Sailing Week http://www.sailingweek.com

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21 April 2016

LandRover BAR T3, Booted Up, Ready To Fly, Sailing Videos

T3 Booted up and ready to fly

Initialise final systems - check, winglift complete, comms - check, clear the platform of all nonessential personnel, detach docking lines. T3, T3, this is the Camber, you are go for launch, repeat go for launch. Published April 13, 2016

Foiling daggerboards:

Foiling daggerboards (published April 14, 2016)

Sailing News:
United States Sailing Association | Rio 2016 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team Roster Announced: Listed in Order of Date of Selection: 49er (Men’s Two-Person High Performance Skiff): Thomas Barrows (St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.) and teammate Joe Morris (Annapolis, Md.) – For Barrows, this will be a second shot at the Olympic podium, having represented the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Laser class in 2008. Five-time U.S. National Champion and college sailing standout Morris will compete at his first career Olympics. 49erFX (Women’s Two-Person High Performance Skiff): Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) and Helena Scutt (Kirkland, Wash.) – Rio 2016 will be the first Olympic Games appearances for both Henken and Scutt, who won bronze at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. Nacra 17 (Mixed Two-Person Multihull): Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.) and Louisa Chafee (Warwick, R.I.) – Two-time Moth World Champion and 2009 US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Gulari will team up with college All-American Chafee in the first Olympic Games appearances for both. Laser Radial (Women’s One-Person Dinghy): Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) – Rio 2016 will be the second consecutive Olympics for Railey, a World Champion, Rolex World Sailor of the Year, three-time Pan American Games medalist and US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. Finn (Men’s One-Person Heavyweight Dinghy): Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) – Paine, a Sailing World Cup Series Champion, has been the top-ranked American Finn sailor since 2012, and will compete in his first career Olympics. Laser (Men’s One-Person Dinghy): Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) – The Laser North American Champion, Two-Time College Sailor of the Year and Toronto 2015 Pan American Games representative will sail at his first career Olympic Games. Women’s RS:X (Women’s Board): Marion Lepert (Belmont, Calif.) – Rio 2016 will be the first career Olympic Games for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games bronze medalist, who also made the podium at the 2015 RS:X U21 European Championship and won the medal race at the top-level 2016 Trofeo Princesa Sofia regatta in Palma, Spain. Men’s RS:X (Men’s Board): Pedro Pascual (Miami, Fla.) – Pascual won the RS:ONE European Championship before making gold fleet at the 2016 RS:X Worlds, and will sail in his first career Olympics. Women’s 470 (Women’s Two-Person Dinghy): Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.) – Winners of the 2015 Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015 US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Haeger and Youth World Champion Provancha will make their first career Olympic Games appearances. Men’s 470 (Men’s Two-Person Dinghy): Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.) – McNay will compete at his third consecutive Olympic Games, but his first with teammate Hughes. The veteran pair have compiled an impressive list of podium finishes at many of the world’s toughest dinghy regattas since January 2013.
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20 April 2016

2016 49er & 49erFX European Championships, Sailing Videos

2016 European Championship Day 6:

All of the worlds best skiff sailors were in Barcelona, Spain for the last major regatta before the Rio Olympics.

Playlist below: Days 1-6
2016 49er & 49erFX European Championships

More information: International 49er Class Association » 2016 European Championship

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19 April 2016

Les Voiles de St. Barth, Sailing Videos

A Day for Close Matches:

Exciting one-on-one matches for the first race of les Voiles de St. Barth, April 12, 2016

Full of Finesse, from 24 to 100 feet: 

Les Voiles de Saint-Barth 2016, Wednesday, April, 13th.
More info: http://www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com/site/us/

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18 April 2016

Onboard Comanche, 360° Video, Les Voiles de Saint-Barth 2016

Onboard Comanche - 360° Video:

Experience Comanche onboard with a 360° video! Les Voiles de Saint-Barth 2016

The Final Tack - Les Voiles de St. Barth:

Les Voiles de St. Barth: Final Day of Racing (Published April 16, 2016)
More info: Les Voiles de Saint Barth 2016 : Les Voiles de Saint Barth 2016

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17 April 2016

FMV Cup Sailing Video, McNay & Hughes Headed to Rio 2016

FMV Cup The Movie: 

The Federation Mexicana de Vela is hosting the FMV Cup 2016 Vallarta-Nayarit. From February until the end of May, sailors from all over the world will experience some of the best sailboat racing and apre-sail parties in the world. FMV Cup 2016 will be an umbrella event, encompassing several sailing competitions throughout its four-month duration. Video above published April 12, 2016, by Icarus Sailing Media (Facebook PageTwitter}
ButterFly - TylerTF
Cesare - Chill Love (NDYD Soiree Tropicale)
Gorkem Han Jr. - Ocean
Nikolai Heidlas - Cosmo World
Nikolai Heidlas - Real Ride
Nikolai Heidlas - Drive
The Passion HiFi - King for a Day
The Passion HiFi - The Art of Soul
Tobu - Hope
Tobu - Life

McNay & Hughes Are Headed to Rio 2016:

Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.), Team mcnay/hughes, have been confirmed to the roster of the Rio 2016 United States Olympic Sailing Team for the Men's 470 two person-dinghy event. This will be the third career Team USA appearance for McNay, and the first for Hughes. Published April 12, 2016

Other Sailing NewsIan Bruce Brought Sailboat Racing Back to the Basics: 1933-2016 - WSJ"Industrial designer and Olympic sailor developed the Laser, one of the most successful sailboats ever ...."

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16 April 2016

VX One, Crazy Speeds, Clipper Race Storms, Sailing Videos

The VX One! Crazy Speeds:

These boats are INSANE!! So fast and always in control. Find out more about the VX One here: http://bennettyachting.com/  Filmed & Edited by Ben Hartnett @benhartnett  Music: LIMITS - Fading Away (Published Feb 5, 2016)

Clipper Round the World Race:

Storms continue to test Clipper Race Teams - storms continue to test the teams in Race 9: The Seattle Pacific Challenge; also reflection on the sad death of IchorCoal crew member Sarah Young as the fleet races on in her memory. More info: https://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/

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15 April 2016

Speedbird, Hannah White, Bremont Ambassador, M32 Sailing Video

Bremont announced adventurer, broadcaster and sailor Hannah White as the latest Bremont Ambassador - Published Feb 1, 2016 more info: www.bremont.com/hannah-white

See also on JohnTheCrowd.com:

M32 Match Racing License: Lars Linger from the Cape Crow Yacht Club explains the importance of the M32 match racing license which sailors are required to obtain to compete on the 2016 World Match Racing Tour. Published on Feb 25, 2016

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14 April 2016

Maserati, Giovanni Soldini, Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Sailing Videos

Maserati and Giovanni Soldini Before the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2015:

The Maserati crew led by Giovanni Soldini getting ready to set sail on one of the world’s toughest sailing challenges: the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, held annually, starting in Sydney, Australia, on Boxing Day, December 26th and finishing at Hobart, Tasmanian Island. (Published on Dec 21, 2015)

The 71st edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (2015) lived up to its name with the most dramatic weather and racing conditions in over a decade. Of the 108 boats, 28 were from international countries, including the first ever Chinese yachts. Sailing their 100 foot Maxi Comanche, Jim and Kristy Clark took home line honours, as well as a Yacht Master II in Everose Rolesor; while Paul Clitheroe and his TP52 Balance won the coveted Tattersall’s Cup, in addition to a Yacht Master I in Rolesium. Published on Jan 26, 2016

The Italian owned yacht Maserati was fourth on line honours into Hobart. Nick Vindin and Liz Wardley dockside. Published on Dec 28, 2015

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13 April 2016

Star Worlds 2016, Coral Reef Yacht Club, Miami, 7-17 April (videos)

Star Worlds 2016, Miami, 7-17 April:
Day 2, Star Worlds 2016, April 11, 2016

STAR WORLDS 2016, DAY 1: Luke Lawrence / Ian Coleman coming on second place - Published on Apr 10, 2016

Cagey start to the Star Worlds : World Sailing"There was tough conditions and stiff competition on the first day of the Star Worlds 2016 in Miami, USA for the 79 teams representing 13 nations ... the regatta continues with the second race and anything can happen as the three Top Star Sailors of the Class, Paul Cayard, Torben Grael and the team Robert Stanjek & Frithjof Kleen got BFD on this first day of racing giving the fleet a small advantage." More info: http://www.starworlds2016.com/
Results: http://www.starworlds2016.com/#!results/lz88p

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12 April 2016

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2016, Onboard Varuna VI, 360° Sailing Video

Onboard Varuna VI - 360° Sailing Video:

Above: onboard Varuna VI - watch this amazing 360° video from yesterday's training! Published April 11, 2016.

It's "go time" for the 7th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth! Monday, April, 11th: Official Opening of Les Voiles de St. Barth 2016 - more info: http://www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com/site/us/

It's show time - Les Voiles de Saint Barth 2016 : Les Voiles de Saint Barth 2016: "Plenty of recognizable names -both in terms of boats and people – will attend, starting with the returning 100-foot speed machine Comanche and its celebrity owners Jim and Kristy Hinze-Clark and skipper Ken Read, who is at once one of the most celebrated sailors in the world and the 2016 event's “Godfather”, chosen by the organizers to oversee the spirit of the event. Then there's the mighty multihull Phaedo3 and its skipper Lloyd Thornburg, who has made it his mission to break any and all speed records he can…and he has. Add to that the new 100-foot technological wonder Galateia; an excellent gathering of three Volvo boats (Brunel, SFS and Ambersail, with Bouwe Bekking, Lionel Pean and Linas Ivanauskas in charge, respectively); two Maxi 72s (Dieter Schoen’s Momo and George Sakellaris’s Proteus); the 94′ Windfall(Tim Goodbody); 92-foot La Bête (Yves Montanari); and 82′ Highland Fling XI(Irvine Laidlaw) and you’ve got quite a spectacle percolating on the big-boat end of things...."

Schedule: http://www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com/site/us/schedule/

On Twitter:  @LVDSBtwit #stbarths #sailing

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11 April 2016

On Board Comanche, Transatlantic Race 2015, Sailing Video

On Board Comanche - Transatlantic Race 2015:

The Transatlantic Race 2015 was a 2,800-mile race from Newport, R.I., to The Lizard on the southwestern corner of England. The 30th transatlantic race since three New York Yacht Club members sponsored the first one in 1866. A fleet of 38 boats—ranging in size from 40 to 140 feet and in age from 100 years to 10 months—departed from Newport in one of three different starts (June 28, July 1 and July 5). They spent from one to three weeks crossing the Atlantic. For more information, visit the race's website: http://transatlantic race.com - Published July 30, 2015

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10 April 2016

Rolex China Sea Race 2016 Highlights, Sailing Video

Rolex China Sea Race 2016 Video Highlights:

Asia’s principal blue-water classic has retained the original Corinthian ethos that lies at the heart of Rolex’s relationship with the sport of yachting. The Rolex China Sea Race capitalizes on Hong Kong’s distinctive energy, with a race start in Victoria Harbour surrounded by the city’s impressive high-rise panorama. Held biennially over the Easter weekend, the 2016 edition saw an impressive line up of yachts negotiate both traditional and modern sea traffic before embarking on the open water section of the 565-nautical mile course to Subic Bay in the Philippines. Published April 1, 2016

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09 April 2016

BVI Spring Regatta 2016, Friday & Saturday, Sailing Videos

BVI Spring Regatta 2016 - Friday:

Nanny Cay on Tortola hosts the BVI Spring Regatta. In its 45th Anniversary, Friday brought stormy seas, but what sailor really minds getting wet? - Published April 1, 2016

BVI Spring Regatta 2016 - Saturday: 

Meet the governor of the British Virgin Islands as he rings in day two of racing. The CSA Racers got the island hopping tour around the scenic Caribbean. Published on April 2, 2016

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08 April 2016

Rolex Middle Sea Race, Brighton Port Phillip Challenge, Sailing Videos

Spirit of Yachting - Rolex Middle Sea Race 2015:

Cannons fired from the bastions of Grand Harbour in Malta as the yachtsmen set off on the 36th edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. This great regatta adventure featured a fleet of 111 yachts from 22 nations, ranging from 9 to 25 metres in length. The race action was intense from start to finish, covering one of the most scenic sailing courses in the world. Published on Mar 1, 2016 - more at http://on.rolex.com/1oEwWiy

2016 Mercedes Benz Brighton Port Phillip Challenge:

The 2016 Mercedes Benz Brighton Port Phillip Challenge: A great event held by Sandringham Yacht Club. Published April 1, 2016

Other News:
The High Seas Shouldn't Be Like the Wild West - Bloomberg View"... The high seas -- any part of the ocean more than 200 miles from a coast and beyond national jurisdiction -- account for more than half the ocean's surface area and generate nearly half the global ocean's biological productivity. Yet they are only lightly governed by the 320 articles and nine annexes of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Talks on updating the 1982 treaty, which was bolstered by a 1995 agreement on migratory fish stocks, opened last month. A lot has happened over the last few decades. The world's fisheries are under greater strain. As bigger fleets range further afield, more of their catch is coming from the high seas, threatening the ability of stocks to rejuvenate. More than 15 percent of the world's catch is already taken illegally, by rogue trawlers flying flags of convenience and using drift nets and other destructive methods..."

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07 April 2016

Sailing Cuba, Sailing into Cuban History, Best of BVI Spring Regatta

Sailing into Cuban History:

The Conch Republic Cup was a regatta adventure from Key West, Florida to Veradero to Havana and back to Key West. It was truly a cultural exchange through sport that shows that sailing can help bind these two countries back together. Published Mar 3, 2016

BVI Spring Regatta 2016: The best shots, the winning boats, the sweeping drone shots, the parties, the memories. It's all at the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival at Nanny Cay, Tortola. Published Apr 5, 2016

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06 April 2016

Congressional Cup, World Match Racing Tour, Long Beach, April 5-10

Congressional Cup, World Match Racing Tour, Long Beach, April 5-10:

Congressional Cup 2016 - Wrap Up - Name one sport that has competitors not move for 6 minutes mid race and actually be part of the challenge! The Long Beach Yacht Club is internationally celebrated as the home of the 52-year-old Congressional Cup. Published April 12, 2016

UPDATE Congressional Cup 2016, April 10, 2016: Long Beach Yacht Club, Sunday: Perfect conditions were on hand for the finals of this year's finals as four team vied for the crimson jacket.

Congressional Cup 2016 UPDATE - Saturday: Long Beach Yacht Club: The quarter finals have been decided but not without a battle as four teams move on to determine the winner. Published on Apr 9, 2016

Video above: World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) Fremantle Finals Highlights March 7, 2016

Congressional Cup, World Match Racing Tour, Long Beach, April 5-10: 
http://www.thecongressionalcup.com/ and http://wmrt.com/events/long-beach-2016/

Long Beach 2016 | World Match Racing Tour: "The Congressional Cup is one of the most respected trophies in match racing history. In 1963, the goal of the Club’s Congressional Cup founders was to create an annual, world-scale regatta that would run over a short course with intense action, and offer a competition that would be a true test of skill by using equal and identical boats. The first regatta was held in 1965. Through the years, Congressional Cup has attracted an increasingly impressive following of internationally renowned skippers and crews – including many America’s Cup participants – have sought an invitation to the regatta. Now in its fifty-second year, Congressional Cup is back as the only monohull event on the World Match Racing Tour."

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World Match Racing Tour - Finals Day Fremantle - Technical Wrap March 7, 2016 - more info: wmrt.com and JohnTheCrowd | Sailing News: 2016 WMRT Fremantle, Sailing Videos

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05 April 2016

89th Bacardi Cup and 7th BACARDI Miami Sailing Week, Sailing Videos

89th Bacardi Cup and 7th BACARDI Miami Sailing Week - The Movie:

BACARDI Miami Sailing Week and BACARDI CUP 2016 - Day 6 - Video highlights above
(published March 13, 2016). More information: http://www.miamisailingweek.com/

Sailing News:
Tyler Moore Talks Vipers and Bacardi Miami Sailing Week
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week happened March 6-12 and brought together J/70s, Stars, A-Cats, Viper 640s, and VX Ones together for a week of racing...

Sailing on the schooner Bowdoin made me feel like the pope
Bangor Daily News (blog)
I noticed this week that my very favorite sailing vessel, the celebrated Bowdoin, is back in Camden, hauled out at Lyman Morse at Wayfarer. It is my ...

Washington College Sailing 6th at Team Race Challenge
NORFOLK, Va. — The Washington College sailing team finished sixth of eight teams at the Team Race Challenge, hosted by Old Dominion, this ...

2016 Melges 24 European Sailing Series – Day 3 overall + Videos
Sail World
Twenty six teams from thirteen nations from all over the Europe travelled to Portoroz to start their sailing season there at the first event of the 2016 ...

SAILING: Matson and Elsey are on their way to the West Indies in Transatlantic race
Plymouth Herald
WESTCOUNTRY-based Artemis Offshore Academy sailors Sam Matson and Robin Elsey set off on their first Transatlantic crossing on Sunday ... [the 3,890 nautical mile Transat AG2R La Mondiale]

Rakesh, Dileep, Eabad excel at Goa Sailing Week
The Navhind Times
MORJIM: Rakesh Yadav of EME Sailing Association, Secunderabad, made a near-clean sweep, winning 10 of the 11 races to claim the Laser ...

Oman Sail: Almouj Muscat Sailing School clinches Al Musannah ranking race title
Times of Oman
Muscat: The Sultanate's most promising sailing talents concluded a two-day ranking race in Al Musannah Sports City last weekend with Almouj Muscat ...

Study Finds More Deaths in US From Sailing Than Football
A new study from Rhode Island Hospital researchers based on data from the U.S. Coast Guard found that sailing has a higher fatality rate than football ...

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04 April 2016

MOD 70 Phaedo3, 35 Knots, World Record Sailing, Cowes to Dinard

Phaedo 3 - MOD 70 doing 35 Knots:

MOD 70 Phaedo3 doing 35 knots during a World Record-breaking sail from Cowes to Dinard. Phaedo3 breaking another speed record. All footage shot by Phaedo3 Navigator Miles Seddon (from Bill Springer on Vimeo - September 2015).

Rig Tuning Presentation with Michael McNamara at RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2016 - Published Mar 10, 2016 - http://www.dinghyshow.org.uk

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03 April 2016

Clipper Race Pacific Ocean Video, Sailor Sarah Young Dies

Close Tough Racing in the Clipper Race Seattle Pacific Challenge:

Above video: a combination of strong currents, pushing the amateur crews against storm force winds towards Seattle, on the US West Coast, churned up steep waves which battered the sturdy 70-foot ocean racing yachts. (Published March 30, 2016)

Sailor Sarah Young, 40, dies in Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Swept Overboard in Pacific Ocean:

Clipper Race Fatality Statement (Official) re: Sarah Young April 1, 2016: We are deeply saddened to report the death of crew member Sarah Young (40), a company owner from London. Sarah was one of the crew aboard the IchorCoal boat (CV21). Next of kin have been informed and all our thoughts are now with Sarah’s family, teammates, and loved ones on and off the race. Skipper Darren Ladd reports that Sarah was tidying the cockpit after reefing the mainsail in 35 - 40 knots of wind, when she was knocked from her position by a wave. She fell back toward the guard wire and was swept under it by another wave at 1127 UTC (2227 local). She was not tethered onto the yacht at this time and was swept away in strong winds.

The boat immediately applied its man overboard drill but was hampered by the conditions and lack of direct visual. Her body was recovered on board using her AIS signal at 1244 UTC (2344 local), and although resuscitation was attempted and telephone assistance provided by the Praxes Medical Group Doctors, the Clipper Race’s remote telemedicine support service, she never regained consciousness. The cause of death is yet to be confirmed but is suspected as drowning or exposure. All other crew are reported safe and well and the team are working with Race Officials to evaluate the options on diversion or continuing to Seattle.

The incident happened on day 12 of the ninth race in the 14-stage Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, at 39 North, 160 East, approaching the International Date Line. This current race takes crew across the Pacific Ocean from Qingdao, China, to Seattle, USA and has over 3,242 miles left to its destination.

Sarah was the owner of a personal lifestyle company providing services for private high net worth individuals. A keen adventurer, the Clipper Race had been an ambition of hers for some years, and she said celebrating her 40th birthday just before setting sail from London was the perfect way to start her adventure. Prior to the Clipper Race she had done other expeditions including spending a year in Sabah, northern Borneo, working for Raleigh Malaysia. Sarah had also led teams in Zambia, Botswana and Namibia, had been mountaineering in Nepal and did a world-first 18 day trek down the Skeleton Coast unsupported. Sarah had also run a marathon and was a Divemaster. She leaves a partner but no children.

Sarah was one of the round the world crew and aside from missing a couple of races in Australia due to the passing of her Mother, she had sailed more than half the way round the world, with 20,000 nautical miles of racing under her belt between London and China, where the yacht left on March 21.

A full investigation will now be carried out, as is standard practice, into the full details of the incident in cooperation with the appropriate authorities. Race Officials are now supporting the Skipper and the crew through this tragic ordeal. Clipper Race Founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston stated: “On behalf of everyone at Clipper Ventures, I am deeply saddened by the loss of Sarah. She was a very popular and integral member of the Clipper Race family and knew our boats well, having sailed with us since London last summer. The safety of our crew has always been and continues to be our main priority and we shall investigate the incident immediately in full cooperation with the authorities.”

The Clipper Race was established almost 20 years ago and this is its tenth edition. This is the second fatality in the history of the race. Over 4,000 amateur crew have been trained and participated in previous races. Nearly 700 crew are participating in the 2015-16 edition which left London at the end of August, and will return there on 30 July 2016. (source: clipperroundtheworld.com)

​Sarah Young - Burial at Sea: "Following guidance from the Doctor at our medical advisors and consultation with the Maritime Coastguard Agency, plus Sarah's partner, friends, family and the crew, we have decided to proceed with a burial at sea as soon as weather conditions permit, because of the long time it will take to reach closest landfall. We estimate that the earliest opportunity will be late this evening UK time, which is late morning Sunday in the fleet's current location in the North Pacific. The yacht has been sent details of the burial at sea ceremony which has been used for centuries by mariners, along with some personal readings from her loved ones, and will advise the Race Office with at least two hours’ notice when they are ready to proceed. We appreciate that this will be a difficult and emotional time for the crew, the entire fleet and the whole Clipper Race family. Our thoughts remain with them all and with Sarah's partner, family and friends at this difficult time. Sarah was much loved, and will be missed deeply by all who knew her. On behalf of her family and friends, they have asked us to request that they are now allowed to grieve and remember Sarah in peace. We will provide an update when we have more information." (source: clipperroundtheworld.com)

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02 April 2016

Manly Yacht Club Helly Hansen Women's Challenge 2016, Sailing Video

Manly Yacht Club Helly Hansen Women's Challenge 2016:

Manly Yacht Club Helly Hansen Women's Challenge 2016 - It was a day of extremes for the second half of the Helly Hansen Women’s Challenge on Sunday March 20. Large cloudbursts rolled down the harbour from the south every 15-20 minutes, leaving brief respites of unlikely sunshine and blue sky before the onset of the next downpour. In the cycles of rain and major changes in wind strength the crews of the yachts faced a whole spectrum of challenges on the day, ranging from deciding when to put a reef in, when to take one out and, most importantly, when to take off the wet weather gear and show off the carefully crafted fancy dress costumes! Dale Lorimer attempted to shelter her camera gear in the cloudbursts and shoot in the drier phases; here’s the action, the smiles and even some of the costumes that she shot. Oh, and look out for Little Nico’s show-stealing performance towards the end of the video!

ETNZ: Helping out the next generation: Emirates Team New Zealand sailing team popped down to the kohi yacht club to give to NZ Opti nationals fleet a hand at the end of the regatta. Published on Mar 29, 2016

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01 April 2016

Seattle Pacific Challenge, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Clipper Race Videos

Elliot Brown Watches - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston Seattle Pacific Challenge preview:

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston previews the Seattle Pacific Challenge: Qingdao, China to Seattle, USA (published March 29, 2016). More at www.clipperroundtheworld.com

Close tough racing in first full week of Seattle Pacific Challenge:

The first full week of the Seattle Pacific Challenge has seen a huge range of difficult conditions in the latest stage of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Right from the start just over a week ago the fleet has engaged in close match racing in a hard fought battle from China, past South Korea and Japan, before heading out into the remote North Pacific. A combination of strong currents, pushing the amateur crew against storm force winds towards Seattle, on the US West Coast, churned up steep waves which battered the sturdy 70-foot ocean racing yachts. Published March 30, 2016

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