Today’s Sailing News

RacingRulesOfSailing.org is an online platform that assists in the understanding of the racing rules and provides answers to rules questions. In this report by Angelo Guarino, he discusses the impact of how unhealthy mindsets are impacting the sport. The very first things the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) establishes are the Basic Principals and the very first Principal is 'Sportsmanship and the Rules' which says: "Competitors in the sport of sailing are governed by a body of [...]
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
(December 12, 2017; Day 39, 22:30 FR) - The current pace by François Gabart will this week have him successfully set a new singlehanded round the world record. With just 2045.53 nm remaining, the skipper of the 30m MACIF trimaran has covered 715.6 nm in the past 24 hours and is now 2530.68 nm ahead of the record time. His northerly course now is taking him to the west of the Azores high-pressure area, and [...]
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
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Tue, Dec 12, 2017
(December 12, 2017; Leg 3, Day 3) - A trade-off between speed and safety was playing out among the Volvo Ocean Race fleet today as the teams gear up for their first real taste of Southern Ocean brutality. A huge depression is forming west of the fleet with winds of up to 60 knots at its centre – and it is moving so fast that the seven Volvo Ocean 65s will not be able to outrun [...]
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
You may have noticed that I have not weighed in on the new monohull design for the next America's Cup. You may have seen it. The hull is pretty ordinary but it's the strange appendages that stick out each side to allow the boat to foil that has many people atwitter. Frankly I am not that impressed. I have always gone with the notion that pretty boats sail fast. Yes I know that's a tad [...]
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
Newport, RI (December 12, 2017) – Cruising World magazine announced the winners for its 2018 Boat of the Year awards, an annual selection that recognizes the best of the year's new sailboat models introduced in North America. The Boreal 47, which topped the Best Midsize Cruiser 44 to 47 Feet category, prevailed as 2018 Boat of the Year. 2018 Boat of the Year: Boreal 47 The 2018 Boat of the Year nominees represented the most eclectic fleet [...]
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Here is an e-mail blast we did not expect to see. Note also the reemergence of Peter Johnstone… Waterline Systems has moved to a bright, modern space centrally located in North Kingstown, RI. Now in our 30th year, we are proud to continue our tradition of providing unparalleled race boat optimization, one-design repairs, and hard-to-find replacement parts of the highest quality. We began as a service business 30 years ago in a small shop in Middletown. One-design [...]
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
Viktor Yakovlevich Potapov, an internationally accomplished Soviet and Russian sailor, tragically died in Dolgoprudny on December 10, 2017. Potapov was standing on the sidewalk when two cars collided and one of them skidded into him. He was 70 years of age. After Potapov won the bronze medal in the Finn at the Munich 1972 Olympics, he switched to the 470 dinghy and finished fourth at the Montreal 1976 Olympics. Potapov switched events again, this time [...]
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Tourville-la-Rivière, France (December 12, 2017) - Cold temperatures and light winds started racing at the 2017 Women's International Match Racing Series (WIM Series) final event – the International Bedanne's Cup. The local team of top ranked French skipper Pauline Courtois leads the way with six wins and one loss in her home waters. Close behind Courtois on the leaderboard are two skippers at 6-2: Anne-Claire Le Berre (FRA) and Allie Blecher (USA). Full report. [...]
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
(December 12, 2017; Day 18) - Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine was today declared the overall winner of the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race. Whilst a number of the record 23 yacht fleet are still racing, none of them can better Teasing Machine's corrected time under IRC. Full report. [...]
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
John Barbano, a member of Brant Beach Yacht Club and past Secretary of US Optimist Class, had two sons sail Optis from 1996-2008. Here he shares in OptiNews observations from his class involvement: You know you are an avid (crazy?) Opti parent when: 1. You own a large SUV, and another vehicle with a hitch and roof racks. 2. Your two-year old SUV has 182,000 original miles, smells nasty, and has as- sorted of straps, hitches and bungies. 3. [...]
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
While hurricane reports may no longer be the lead story from the non-stop news services, the storms remain very real for those who must recover from their impact. Here is an update from the US Coast Guard: Cleanup efforts and removal operations of displaced vessels are progressing throughout Florida waterways thirteen weeks after Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys. Currently, 2,137 displaced vessels have been removed from Florida waterways. The Unified Command for the [...]
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
With an overall length of 6.50m and a sail area pushed to the extreme at times, the Mini Class offers incredibly seaworthy boats. Subjected to rather draconian righting tests and equipped with reserve buoyancy making them unsinkable, the boats are capable of posting amazing performances in downwind conditions… most often to the detriment of comfort, which is rudimentary to say the least. In 2017, the biennial Mini Transat had two legs to carry the solo sailors [...]
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
(December 12, 2017; Day 10) - It's been another busy day for the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race fleet as teams zigzag north to the Sydney finish line trying to avoid the windholes, with some teams far more fortunate in the game than others. Full report. [...]
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Sanya, China (December 12, 2017) – The wind was up and down again for the second day of the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships with cloud cover continuing to be present across the racing area. An 8-12 knot breeze was present throughout the day with an increase when the sun broke through the clouds later on in the day. Strong performances throughout the USA team advanced them to second in the standings for the Nations Trophy, [...]
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Two weeks ago in Sydney, a 40kt Squall hit the manly 16ft Skiff fleet and flattened nearly all of the 20+ fleet. The shot shows one of the boats being blown down the harbour on its own leaving the 3 crew to swim 200mtrs to get back on. – Michael Chittenden. [...]
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
Spotted at Woolwich Dock in Sydney, the super-maxi Comanche is sporting a new coach-house structure over its twin companionways. Looking more like Darth Vader's helmet than a piece of boatbuilding, the whole thing appears to be removable. If so, then maybe it's for crew protection during long deliveries and comes off for races such as the Sydney-Hobart. On the other hand, maybe Neville “Croaky” Crichton, who has chartered the boat for the Boxing Day race, just doesn't [...]
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
Well the Anarchy III finally nabbed a bullet, This in the CRA Year End Regatta sailed inside the bay. We sailed smart in the light and thanks to my awesome crew we pulled it out on the last leg. Good times were had! Photo thanks to Cynthia Sinclair. More shots here. [...]
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
The World Sailing Question & Answer service is designed to assist World Sailing Race Officials in applying the rules consistently. Here is a response to the question regarding time limits for accepting reports, and rule 69 reports.. Situation A regatta is held over five days with eight races scheduled. During the second race, there was a collision between boat A on port tack and boat B on starboard tack. A takes a Two-Turns Penalty and B retires [...]
Mon, Dec 11, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
(December 11, 2017; Day 17) – The RORC Transatlantic Race saw five more finishers today completing the 3,000 nautical mile race which leaves 11 yachts still at sea. Today's finishers included four young German teams and Gerald Bibot's Belgian catamaran Zed 6. Mathias Mueller von Blumencron's Red was the winner of the Class40 Division for the RORC Transatlantic Race. Red completed the race in an elapsed time of 15 days 17 hours 25 mins 25 secs [...]
Mon, Dec 11, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News