Today’s Sailing News

A record entry is expected for the fourth edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race, starting at Marina Lanzarote, Canary Islands on November 25. Close to 25 teams are expected, racing a huge variety of ocean going yachts. Nine different nations will be taking the challenge, racing 3,000 miles to Grenada, West Indies. The 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race makes up one half of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta with the second race starting from Bermuda on July [...]
Mon, Oct 23, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The effort by the National Sailing Hall of Fame for opening a facility to display and celebrate the history of the sport has been long on dream but short on fulfillment. The site is there in Annapolis, MD. The money for the building is not. With fear of government support slipping, a Plan B is gaining traction in Newport, RI. Understandably, this would be a crushing blow to Annapolitans, as Craig Ligibel shares in this letter [...]
Mon, Oct 23, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Some sounds cost a lot of money to hear. The price of this bang is yet to be determined, but chances are if you have to ask- you probably can't afford it. This photo was taken at the point of impact between the Santa Cruz 70's Grand Illusion and Pyewacket at the Campbell Cup in Long Beach this past weekend. And here is another shot post impact. Roy Disney was struck by the bow section [...]
Mon, Oct 23, 2017
Eighteen teams have qualified for the final event of the World Match Racing Tour on October 24 to 29 in Shenzhen, China. Up for grabs is the title of 2017 Match Racing World Champion, with 2016 winner and 2017 tour leader Phil Robertson (NZL) eager to retain the trophy. Details. [...]
Mon, Oct 23, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The fifth edition of the Star Sailors League Finals, the grand finale of the year for expert Star sailors, valuable champions of other sailing disciplines and legends of the sports, returns again this year to the Bahamas on December 5 to 9. Competition during the year guarantees an invitation for the top 10 skippers on the SSL Ranking, with the remaining 15 slots assigned to those sailors, the VIPs, who have stood out elsewhere in the [...]
Mon, Oct 23, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
This week's caption contest is brought to you by Zhik! And the best three captions, as judged solely by the ed after a three-day gin bender, each get unspecified, but surely cool Zhik swag. Get going! [...]
Mon, Oct 23, 2017
Aszhou is a very kitted out R/P 63 that is seriously for sale, and it just might be someone's cup of pretty bitchin' tea. New sails this year, in excellent shape, located in California. Know anyone? Brought to you by Seahorse Brokerage. [...]
Mon, Oct 23, 2017
Many people don't know this, but The Ed won the San Diego Extreme Sailing Series this weekend. Completely embarrassed that a chubby, aging PHRF sailor could just show up and win after only an hour of practise, the series has done their best to keep this quiet but we feel that the truth must be told. And here it is. [...]
Mon, Oct 23, 2017
Dongfeng put the wood early to both Brunel and Mapfre just after the start of the so-called 1,450 nm “sprint” from Alicante, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal, forcing both to take insufficient room penalties. DF jumped to an early lead, but are currently in 4th, about 5 miles behind the lead boats. Tons more here. Photo Ainhoa Sanchez. [...]
Mon, Oct 23, 2017
SAP Extreme Sailing Team led by helm Adam Minoprio (NZL) won Act 7 of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series™, held October 19 to 22 in San Diego, CA. Entering the event as the overall tour leader, the team claimed their fourth victory of the circuit as the field now heads to Los Cabos, Mexico for the finale on Nov 30-Dec 3. Completing the podium was Alinghi in second and Red Bull Sailing Team in third. [...]
Sun, Oct 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
by Mario Vittone, Soundings I knew a North Carolina Highway Patrol officer who once told me, “I've never unbuckled a dead man.” His point was that wearing a seat belt makes all the difference in highway safety. Then he asked, “Kind of like life jackets, right?” I didn't hold back the bad news. “Oh no, sir,” people drown wearing life jackets all the time, every year.” Most drownings with life jackets relate to cold water, but also [...]
Sun, Oct 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
San Diego Yacht Club staff commodore Bill Campbell led his team to dominate the 2017 International Masters Regatta, held October 20-22 on South San Diego Bay in San Diego, CA. Twelve teams completed the single round robin fleet race series in J/105s, with Campbell winning by 23 points over Jon Andron in second and Tad Lacey in third. Details. [...]
Sun, Oct 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Oyster Bay, NY (October 22, 2017) – The 2017 U.S. Team Racing Championship for the George R. Hinman Trophy featured a "who's who" of college sailing's present and past. Jet Lag, a team composed of Stanford University alumni sailors, had all the right combinations as the Northern California based team captured their first Hinman Trophy. They placed fifth last year and second in 2015. Full report. [...]
Sun, Oct 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Cape Town, SA (October 22, 2017; Day 18) - Unicef crossed the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race finish line yesterday at 21:19:27 UTC, arriving into Cape Town as the 11th team to complete the 3,560nm second leg from Punta del Este, Uruguay. Only PSP Logistics remains on the course after their delayed start due to rudder damage early in the race. Full report. [...]
Sun, Oct 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The World Sailing Show provides a monthly view of the racing world. From non-stop around the world racers, to the intensity of Olympic campaigns, from seasoned professionals, to grass roots weekend warriors, The World Sailing Show will get into the latest action afloat. Here's the November 2017 show synopsis. Volvo Ocean Race Form Guide Seven identical boats, seven hungry teams and among them, 14 crew who have won the event before. In fact, every team - bar [...]
Sun, Oct 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Alicante, Spain (October 22, 2017) – Dongfeng Race Team powered its way into an early lead today, pushing penalties on its two closest competitors, in hard-fought racing as the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 got underway. Conditions couldn't have been better for the start of the first leg which extends 1450 nm from Alicante, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal via Porto Santo. The fleet of seven teams got underway in bright sunshine and a 15-20 knot Easterly breeze. The [...]
Sun, Oct 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Valletta, Malta (October 22, 2017) - George David's American Maxi, Rambler 88, has made the best of the light breeze dominating the first 24 hours of the 38th Rolex Middle Sea Race to build a commanding lead over her rivals. While the going has been slow so far, gale force winds are still forecast to arrive from the northwest during the small hours of tomorrow morning. Full report. [...]
Sun, Oct 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Gamagori, Japan (October 22, 2017) – After the Men's and Women's Skiff (49er/49erFX) and Women's RS:X medals were decided yesterday, five more World Cup Series Japan champions were decided today as the inaugural World Sailing event in the land of the rising came to a close. As Typhoon Lan heads towards Japan, racing was scheduled to commence at the earlier time of 10:40. A light 3-10 knot breeze from the north made things challenging, as the [...]
Sun, Oct 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Simeon Tienpont Alicante, Spain (October 22, 2017) – team AkzoNobel, which has been mired in a public battle with skipper Simeon Tienpont (NED) for over a week, announced today that Tienpont will return to the post for today's start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. It was on October 13, on the eve of the first In-Port Race, the team revealed Tienpont was no longer the skipper after a breach of contract. What followed was a series [...]
Sun, Oct 22, 2017
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Brad Jackson and Rome Kirby get the boot while Simeon's back for the start, and Volvo 65s have to find their way through an uncorralled spectator boat fleet. Watch it all live here, but watch the Sailor Girl's dock walk first. [...]
Sun, Oct 22, 2017