Today’s Sailing News

Kiel, Germany (June 23, 2018) – The fourth day at Kieler Woche for the Olympic fleets started out extremely windy, forcing the race committee to postpone many of the fleets later in the day. Here are the fleets that completed today's racing before 6pm (local). For other results check the official scoreboards via the link at the bottom of this report 470 Women Two German crews have led the standings all this week in the 470 Women's [...]
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
(June 23, 2018; Day 7) – It's hard to say which of these printable slogans is destined for the bumper stickers that will encapsulate this year's Race to Alaska—but the welcome wagon of fans, R2AK alumni, local reporters, and the dockside faithful are ready to slap one onto the hind side of their coaches and wrap-up this mo-fo. “The longest grind” “Pace to Alaska” “Slog in the fog” “The meanest miles” “Canada: nice enough to stay”R2AK finish line celebration [...]
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
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by John Arndt, Summer Sailstice You only get so many summers and, if you're a sailor, you should take full advantage of them. Summer has more daylight, lighter work schedules, and school vacations making it an ideal time for more sailing. The annual Summer Sailstice holiday, held on the weekend closest to the solstice was created to unite all sailors in a common celebration of sailing. Racers race, cruisers cruise, daysailors just sail around. However you sail, [...]
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
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(June 23, 2018; Day 3) – With the Norway turning mark in the rear-view mirror, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet is now racing south to the finish in The Hague and the tactical options are opening up. A brief split opened up this afternoon as team AkzoNobel and Team Brunel were pushed by an unexpected windshift to pass north and west of a commercial Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) while the race leaders, Dongfeng Race Team and [...]
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
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From the Ed's “I love me” collection comes this week's masturbatory moment from the last beercan race that he didn't win. 2nd just won't do, son. Photo from Da-Woody. [...]
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
Long Beach, CA (June 22, 2018) – One-hundred-thirty-six entries, representing 51 yacht clubs, turned out for the first day of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week. Despite a gloomy morning and weather forecast, “Long Beach delivered!” said co-chair Chuck Clay. By the start of today's first race, the marine layer had burnt off and the modest southerly flow began shifting right. Soaring inland temperatures drew in the ocean breeze, swiftly ratcheting to a 14-knot wind from [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
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Newport, RI (June 22, 2018) – The 2018 C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta and the U.S. Para Sailing Championships got underway today for the 46 sailors racing after a short postponement ashore as the Principal Race Officer Tom Duggan waited for the Easterly breeze to come in. In the 22 boat 2.4mR fleet, Dee Smith (Annapolis, Md.), Julio Reguero (Puerto Rico), and Peter Wood (Ottawa, CAN) relished the predominately Easterly conditions for [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
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Porto Cervo, Italy (June 22, 2018) – The second day of racing in the biennial Audi Invitational Team Racing Challenge saw the rise of defending champs Newport Harbor Yacht Club (USA) to the head of the provisional classification followed by YCCS (ITA), with the team from New York Yacht Club (USA) in third place. Accompanied by a westerly wind of varying intensity, this morning at 11.30 the participating teams commenced battle aboard the YCCS fleet of [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
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Kiel, Germany (June 22, 2018) – Strong winds and shifty conditions were the theme for the third day at Kieler Woche for the Olympic fleets. Where it was difficult to be consistent for some, other crews were firing in bullet after bullet with now just two days remaining to the Medal Races. Nacra 17 John Gimson and Anna Burnet sailed a stunning day with their scores of 1,3,2 moving the British crew to the top of the [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
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Zadar, Croatia (June 22, 2018) – Thunderstorms followed by the infamous strong Bora wind, which gusted to over 30kts on the race course, proved too much for racing today at the Zadar Royal Cup, the second event of the 2018 52 SUPER SERIES. 
Racing is scheduled to resume tomorrow and conclude on June 24. Standings after four races: 1. Luna Rossa (ITA) (Patrizio Bertelli) (1,2,5,3) 11 p. 2. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) (5,5,2,2) 14 p. 3. Phoenix (RSA) (Hasso/Tina [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
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(June 22, 2018; Day 6) – There are places in the world that are their own centers of gravity. The great garbage patch of the Pacific gyre that collects the downstream accumulation of our plastic world, the beaches that unexplainably attract a disproportionate number of left shoes, the British Colombian coastline's odd but statistically significant macabre collection of severed feet. These are places on the planet that through a blurry line confluence of physics, hydrodynamics, and [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
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No, not the Alec Baldwin TV game show, the death match between Mapfre and Dongfeng has begun. Add Brunel to the mix (hopefully), and good lord is this going to be an incredible fight! Follow along here. [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
There have been some very dramatic finishes in the Volvo Ocean Race. One that comes to mind was the battle on Waitematā Harbour between Kiwi's Grant Dalton on New Zealand Endeavour and Chris Dickson on Tokio as both teams vied to be the first into their homeport. It was in the dead of night with most of Auckland's population out on the water to witness the dramatic finish. To be honest I don't remember who [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
 Travis Rice is a bad ass! [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
The notorious Bora breeze at 30 knots kept the 52's sitting idle at the Zadar Royal Cup in Croatia. [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
After 11 months of international events, the qualification phase has concluded for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to be held October 6-18 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Across 16 regattas, 43 nations booked their spot on the start line, joining Argentina who qualify for all five events as host nation. Buenos Aires 2018 will feature exactly 100 sailors aged 15-18 competing across Windsurfing, Kiteboarding and Multihull Events.As the nations start to name the sailors who will compete [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
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The board of the Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) announced the resignation of Kathy Lammers (above). Lammers, President for the last two and a half years and Chairman of the Regatta Organising Committee of Antigua Sailing Week, recently began a new role as Manager of Trent Port Marina in the City of Quinte West, Ontario, Canada. Over the last eight years, Lammers served first as treasurer and secretary and the last two and a half years as [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
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Crafted and sailed for in 1890, the Felker Cup is considered the longest continuously contended sailing award in the United States, and is annually sailed for by A Scow locals of Oshkosh, WI. However, this year was different.Felker Cup The National Class A Scow Association is holding its Nationals in Oshkosh on June 22-24, and on June 21 the entire class sought to grab the treasured prize on Lake Winnebago. This year's Felker Cup winner is I-96, White [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
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Anarchist David, our occasional Down Under correspondent, recently filed an extended analysis for Afloat magazine of the recently released Class Rules for the AC75 yachts to be used in the 2021 series. Here's a condensed version of his thoughts: A distinguishing feature of the Trump Era has been how quickly a weird policy proposal or outlandish public statement becomes the ‘new normal'. No matter how preposterous the notion, after an initial day of media anguish and [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
Big Pimpin' HH Catamarans announced in May their new line of world touring catamarans. They will be built by Hudson Yacht Group, builders of HH Catamarans and Hudson Powercat, at their state-of-the-art production facility in Xiamen. “As has come to be expected from Hudson Yacht Group,” says HYG's new company President, Chris Doscher, “exceptional build quality and beautiful finish will be standard throughout. The HH Oceans Series catamarans will take you touring in style, offer luxury living [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018