Today’s Sailing News

Newport, RI (August 22, 2017) - Hanuman, skippered and steered by local ace Ken Read with his brother Brad among the afterguard, stole the show on a spectacular opening day of the first ever J Class World Championship on the same waters where J Class yachts made their America's Cup debut way back in 1930 and where the Reads cut their teeth in competitive sailing. Full report. [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Interest in the Nations Trophy is on the rise for this inaugural event on October 10 to 14 to be held in Palma, Spain. As the culmination of the Swan One Design Mediterranean season, the current entry list shows seven ClubSwan 50s, eight Swan 45s and five ClubSwan 42s. The notable feature of the event will be the competition among nations. Germany, the first team confirmed as competing for the inaugural Nations Trophy, has been [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Portsmouth, RI (August 22, 2017) - Following strong performances on the international racing circuit this summer, the US Sailing Team has announced the addition of five athletes to the 2017 roster. Steph Roble (East Troy, Wisc.) and Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.) have been added in the women's 49erFX, Chris Rast (Holland, Mich.) and Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Mass.) have been named in the men's 49er, and Haddon Hughes (Houston, Texas) has joined the team in the [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
We don't know if this is the future, but we do know it is happening. Here is the note we received from Inflated Wing Sail (IWS) creator Edouard Kessi. Many rigid wing sails have been developed in Yachting during the past few years. Their performance has been without a doubt excelling and overtaking the classical rig as we know. Used largely in sailing competition such as the America's cup, the rigid wing sails still remain very [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
If growing participation is the mission, annual events need to take a long look at themselves. People haven't disappeared, and people haven't stopped needing a recreational activity. If people aren't participating, it's because they have chosen an alternative that provides more satisfaction. The recent launch of the Chicago Area Sail Racing Association is eager to bring back satisfaction to sailing, and rather than re-brand an existing regatta, Chicago Yacht Club will host a new event on [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The Extreme Sailing Series™ will bring its unique high-octane stadium-style sailing to Cardiff Bay for the sixth Act of the 2017 season, with racing for seven international teams scheduled on August 25-28 in Cardiff, UK. Live broadcast video will be available on Sunday August 27 and Monday August 28 with video graphics provided by SAP Sailing Analytics all four days. Details. [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The Extreme Sailing Series™ will bring its unique high-octane stadium-style sailing to Cardiff Bay for the sixth Act of the 2017 season, with racing scheduled on August 25-28 in Cardiff, UK. The international fleet of seven GC32s will include British-flagged wildcard entry Team Extreme Wales, skippered by two-time British Olympian Stevie Morrison.The racecourse will be set metres from the shore and Race Director John Craig predicts plenty of foiling action from the world-class crews, with a [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
(August 22, 2017; Day 2) - Strong tides running North have divided the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet tactically overnight, with the front of the pack heading close inshore to seek faster routes out of the Irish Sea and into the Atlantic Ocean. Full report. [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
In areas with successful sailing programs, it is more often not an institution but an individual that deserves the credit. No engine can work without a spark plug and our sport is no different. Candace Porter (East Troy, Wis.) is that spark plug. Candace recently received US Sailing's C.R.E.W. Award which recognizes an individual — a US Sailing staff member or volunteer — who consistently demonstrates the values expressed in C.R.E.W. agreement: • Commit to exceptional service [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Herb McCormick shares a memory in Cruising World magazine of his winter escape to the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta for that perfect blend of competition and parties. It was an early Thursday evening in the beginning of March at the St. Maarten Yacht Club, on this occasion perhaps the busiest watering hole in the entire Caribbean. The club's two bars were packed three deep, and it was impossible to find a place to stand on the [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Are we taking ourselves and our sport too seriously? Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck takes on the topic for Sailing World magazine. Performance is importance in competition, right? Of course it is. Each sport might vary in its approach, but support in any way is critical to athletic competition. There are coaches and trainers and layers beyond that, and winning formulas are copied and improved upon. But excellence doesn't come cheap. Investments must be made. Success is [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Medemblik, Netherlands (August 22, 2017) - The second day of Laser Radial World Championships brought sun and 6-8 knots of breeze for the women's and men's fleets to complete two more races. The top North Americans are Brenda Bowskill (CAN), who moved from 10th to 4th, and Julian Soto (USA) who has plummeted to 32nd. Full report. [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Mario Vittone, following a career with the U.S. Coast Guard, now shares his knowledge on safety at sea. Here he reminds us that even with technical advancements, our experience and training remains paramount to our survival when faced with trouble. I love EPRIBs. When asked what one thing I would take with me offshore, I always answer: an EPIRB. There is simply no valid argument against these devices. I recommend them to friends, insist on them [...]
Mon, Aug 21, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
World Sailing is inviting nominations for the 2017 Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards. There are two categories - male and female - and sailors nominated may represent any discipline of the sport. Nominations can be made by anyone but the sailor (or crew). Those nominated for the 2017 Award must have performed an "outstanding achievement in the sport of sailing between September 19 2016 and August 31 2017". Nominations must be received by [...]
Mon, Aug 21, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Now in its 14th year, the Nantucket Race Week IOD Celebrity Invitational continues to turn heads in the heaven-like setting of Nantucket, MA. Held August 17-18 as the marquis event of Nantucket Race Week, this is where passionate sailors and professional competitors come together for a worthy cause. A magic formula draws some of the country's best sailors to the regatta. The potion has several special ingredients: • Member-owned Nantucket IOD Fleet Association offers up its sparkling [...]
Mon, Aug 21, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Championship match racing returns to the Detroit River this year in Bayview Yacht Club's 10th Anniversary Detroit Cup, the second stage of the three-event USA GRAND SLAM series. Eight skippers and their crews representing five nations will be competing over August 24-27 on equally-matched Ultimate 20 sportboats in Detroit, MI. Full report. [...]
Mon, Aug 21, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
(August 21, 2017; Day 2) - Following an adrenaline filled start to the Clipper 2017-18 Race, with big crowds and international media turning out to see the twelve teams and 247 crew members on their way for Leg 1 to Punta del Esta, the largest race edition yet, and the competition for race standings is now well underway. Full report. [...]
Mon, Aug 21, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Medemblik, Netherlands (August 21, 2017) – The start of the 2017 Laser Radial World Championships got underway today with two races for the men's and women's fleets. The morning brought glassy waters and postponements, but by early afternoon, the wind on the IJsselmeer built to about 7 knots. The women's division, comprised of Olympians, World Champions, and up and coming talented sailors, showed the height of competition in their racing today. Dividing into two fleets for [...]
Mon, Aug 21, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt When the America's Cup made the shift from a sailing event to a spectator event, the disruption downstream was significant. The world of match racing cratered. Now a multihull race, the road to the America's Cup required detours and redevelopment. The World Match Racing Tour had been fertile training ground for the America's Cup. The Tour offered new teams the chance to display their skills while giving Cup campaigns the platform to stay [...]
Mon, Aug 21, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
To create the next great one-design class, the New York Yacht Club has partnered with Melges Performance Sailboats along with other industry leaders, including Mills Design, North Sails and Westerly Marine. After a decade of competition with the Swan 42 One-Design sailboat, the New York Yacht Club sought a replacement to carry its signature event, the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, into its second decade. But once the plan was revealed to create a [...]
Mon, Aug 21, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News