Today’s Sailing News

The cars may be homely Italian shitters, but slap Maserati on the side of a MOD 70 and good things can happen – like being first to finish in the Middle Sea Race. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt The Extreme Sailing Series is in its twelfth season of creating fan-friendly competitions using high-speed catamarans. While the main appeal is the 'stadium' short-course racing positioned in front of the shore side spectator venue, the opening act at the San Diego stopover on October 18-21 was pretty hot too. What occurred was the O'Pen BIC Pre-Game Show where 42 kids from Bermuda, across the USA (Hawaii too) and even Europe competed in an [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The World Sailing Annual Conference, the biggest gathering of the world governing body for the sport of sailing, comes to the USA in 2018 to hold its meetings on October 27 to November 4 in Sarasota, Florida. In advance of the 2018 meeting, Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck spoke with World Sailing President Kim Andersen on a number of topics to be discussed in Sarasota. Here's Part 2 of this five part series: World Sailing has increasingly involved [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Category 5 hurricane Willa is on a leisurely stroll to the north @ 7mph. Sustained winds are 160mph, gusts likely closer to 190. Currently forecast to come ashore south of Mazatlan, the most severely affected area is mostly farmland provided the storm does as it is told and stays on track. Very warm SSTs and moderate to light shear is in the forecast so I am afraid this will be devastating for those in the [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018
(October 22, 2018; Day 114) - The rescue continues for Golden Globe Race skipper Loïc Lepage after his dismasting and water ingress issues some 670 miles SW of Perth, Western Australia. The French solo yachtsman is expected to be evacuated from his yacht Laaland by 23:30 UTC today, which for his location will be shortly after first light tomorrow. By then both the bulk carrier Shiosai and the sailing yacht Alizes II will have reached Laaland's [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
French solo yachtsman Loïc Lepage is expected to be evacuated from his dismasted yacht Laaland shortly after first light on Tuesday (23:30 UTC Monday). By then both the bulk carrier Shiosai and the sailing yacht Alizes II will have reached Laaland's position in the South Indian Ocean some 670 miles SW of Perth Western Australia, and will await the arrival of an Australian P-8A search and rescue plane overhead before starting the rescue operation. The forecast [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018
The Environment An oil spill that has been quietly leaking millions of barrels into the Gulf of Mexico has gone unplugged for so long that it now verges on becoming one of the worst offshore disasters in U.S. history. Between 300 and 700 barrels of oil per day have been spewing from a site 12 miles off the Louisiana coast since 2004, when an oil-production platform owned by Taylor Energy sank in a mudslide triggered by Hurricane [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018
The international match race rankings has Eric Monnin (SUI) moving up to the top of the Open rankings, followed by Torvar Mirsky (AUS) in second and Ettore Botticini (ITA) in third. Among the women, Pauline Courtois (FRA) remains at the front of the field with Johanna Bergqvist (SWE) moving up to second while Anna Kjellberg (SWE) drops to third. Top North Americans are Nicole Breault (USA) and Taylor Canfield (USA) in sixth (W) and eighth [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
(October 22, 2018) - The third day of the 2018 Rolex Middle Sea Race has seen the 606nm course open up as the competitors have passed Stromboli and the majority are heading into a steady westerly on the leg from the volcanic island to the north-west corner of Sicily. Ahead of them, the wind is predicted to build in strength substantially and drive south through the Strait of Sicily around sunset. Full report. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Great shot from the Middle Sea Race. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018
We nabbed this info from the worst sport governing body on the planet… We are making a number of changes to the organisation structure and roles & responsibilities within the Executive Office at World Sailing, which come into effect in early November. A full set of updated organisation charts are attached for your reference. A summary of the key changes can be found below: – Jon Napier (Director of Legal & Governance) becomes (Director of Integrity & Governance) [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018
Bavaria Yachts said it wants to “regain lost trust” after emerging from bankruptcy last month. The German powerboat and sailboat builder, with production facilities in Germany and France, went into voluntary bankruptcy last April. It was purchased in mid-September by CMP Capital Management-Partners, a Berlin-based equity fund specializing in distressed companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Full report. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The Bristol Yacht Club (Bristol, RI) will be closed until further notice after a fire caused substantial damage at its clubhouse on October 21. The fire started in the mulch outside the kitchen and grew into a four-alarm blaze. Chief Michael DeMello of the Bristol Fire Department said authorities believe the fire was caused by someone throwing a cigarette butt or some other smoking material in the mulch, possibly from the night before. “There were no injuries [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
(October 22, 2018) – English producer Rob Dickinson (Orillo Films) is the overall winner of the Mirabaud Sailing Video Award 2018. Dickinson submitted a film recounting team AkzoNobel's journey in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, creating a very dynamic and entertaining one-minute clip that combines sailing, emotions, and human spirits (view here). For its second edition, the competition brought together 28 videos, which were viewed online more than 350,000 times. Videos were measured by a six-person [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Brisbane, Australia (October 22, 2018) – The opening day of the 2018 Etchells World Championship began slowly for the 94-boat fleet with light and varying winds required the Answering Pennant to be hoisted before the midday hour arrived. Some thought there'd be action by 1300hrs. Others went for a more realistic 1430hrs, which ended up being much closer to the mark in the end. This also meant it would be a one-race affair for the [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Monaco's Maxime Nocher trumpeted his comeback when he lifted the KiteFoil world champion's crown after a stuttering World Series final fought out October 18 to 21 on the Italian resort island of Sardinia. The women's KiteFoil World Series title was taken by Kirstyn O'Brien (USA), after she alone competed at all three stops on the 2018 schedule. Full report. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
I got to hang out in the VIP area this weekend for the Extreme San Diego Series this weekend, and while that was fun, the real highlight was getting to be guest skipper (kidding!), actually a guest sailor onboard Oman Air for race #4 Sunday. It goes without saying that we won that race (also kidding) and the team went on to win the series by two points over the very well sailed Alinghi. When I [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018
Big Pimpin' No doubt about it, this year's Rolex TP52 World Championship in Cascais was a real test of men and machine, certainly the final two days in 25kt+ conditions. All nine races were broadcast live; a mix of images from cameras onboard the TP52s, drones and RIBs brought the action live to computers all over the world and was widely watched with peak views of near 5,000 and total views of near 400,000. In itself this [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018
A couple championships were decided during the 18th annual Annapolis Fall Regatta, held October 19-21 on the Chesapeake Bay and hosted by the Storm Trysail Club-Chesapeake Station. Skipper Sandra Askew and her crew aboard Flying Jenny captured the C&C 30 East Coast Championship while Robin Team led Teamwork to ORC Chesapeake Championship. Full report. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The Environment Over 90 percent of sampled salt brands globally were found to contain microplastics, with the highest number coming from salt sourced in Asia, according to a new study co-designed by Kim Seung-Kyu, Professor at Incheon University and Greenpeace East Asia. The study, which has been published in Environmental Science & Technology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, analyzed 39 various salt brands globally, showing that plastic contamination in sea salt was highest, followed by lake salt, then [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018