Today’s Sailing News

12 Foot Skiffs just keep on giving! props to Anarchist Murray. [...]
Sun, Dec 16, 2018
The 2018-19 Viper Winter Series got underway with 26 boats on December 15-16 in Sarasota, FL. For the first event of the 3-stage series, light winds allowed for four races on day one but failed to build for any racing on day two. Christopher Stocke posted all top three scores to take the first event, finishing one point ahead of Marcus Eagan with Peter Beardsley one point further back in third. Details. [...]
Sun, Dec 16, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Ben Cesare, publisher of the northeast magazine WindCheck, has been tackling the topic of youth sailing. Here's his update. In our September issue, my Publisher's Log made a case against the Optimist as a training boat. In October, we published some letters that agreed with the premise. This month there are some letters in defense. Beyond those, we have gathered many points of view... frankly it's been exhausting as the topic generates a huge number of stories [...]
Sun, Dec 16, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The Comment Period regarding the proposed California Boater Card regulation will close January 28, 2018. Any interested person or his or her authorized representative may submit written comments, relevant to the proposed regulatory action before the public comment period closes. Details. [...]
Sun, Dec 16, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Over 160 junior sailors between the ages 12 to 15, from more than 20 countries, are expected on Nassau's Montagu Bay to participate in the 2019 Optimist North American Championship from September 27 to October 4. The Nassau Yacht Club and Bahamas National Sailing School, will host what has become the largest youth regatta in North America and the Caribbean. Details. [...]
Sun, Dec 16, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Luke Buxton, Service Manager at Manchester Marine (Manchester, MA), offers tips for the new boat buyer. Following a survey, and any repairs needed to complete, a purchase price is agreed upon between buyer and seller. The buyer writes the big check and has enjoyed a summer of ownership. But for those of us up north, the time comes to haul the boat. This is where the extra expenses have been forgotten about and these expenses should [...]
Sun, Dec 16, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Dr Stanley Paris, who had been trying since 2014 to solo circumnavigate the world, has failed in his fourth and final attempt. The 81 year old set out on November 29 on his Finot-Conq 53 Kiwi Spirit II from St. Augustine, FL, but a list of issues while to the east of British Virgin Islands has him turning back. Details. [...]
Sun, Dec 16, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
A yacht washed ashore on a beach along the southeastern tip of South Africa with a dead man onboard, and now it is suspect how the yacht had been sailing for three days with nobody at the helm. Upon seeing the yacht on December 15, tourists and locals worked together to pull it onto the beach in the coastal town of Southboom, KwaZulu-Natal, before clambering on board to find the decomposing body of the sailor slumped [...]
Sun, Dec 16, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
We've been critical of the Golden Globe race, really from the jump. Super slow boats, questionable racers, long, slow and, while exactly pointless, sort of unnecessary. With the high failure rate of the fleet – with god knows how much more – the event speaks for itself. We normally don't run much from other pubs, but this from Outside Magazine is something y'all might find interesting. The first Golden Globe Race, a solo, nonstop, around-the-world sailing event [...]
Sun, Dec 16, 2018
You might think that four 100-foot supermaxis duking it out around the buoys on Sydney Harbour would be a riveting spectacle but this year's Big Boat Challenge was disappointingly dull. Grey sky, grey water, grey boats, grey sails. And anyone looking for an indication of relative form before the Sydney-Hobart line honours battle that's now just a fortnight away was left pondering the elephant in the room: Comanche didn't bother to show up. Instead, it [...]
Sat, Dec 15, 2018
A man was found dead on his boat as it washed ashore at Southbroom Beach, South Africa. From Anarchist Struan: What I find interesting is that typically the traveling yacht fraternity slowly make their way down the east coast of South Africa, heading south to Cape Town and then across the Atlantic. This boat was found a couple hundred miles north of his last port of call. Makes you wonder how long the boat had [...]
Sat, Dec 15, 2018
Maine boatbuilder, go-to refit service yard and host of Camden Classics Cup, Lyman-Morse celebrated 40 years in 2018. Thank goodness too, as beautiful boats is what they do. [...]
Sat, Dec 15, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Scuttlebutt's Craig Leweck sat down with Sailcast host Alli Bell on December 6 to talk about a variety of topics in the sport of sailing including his experience sailing Snipes, a day in the life of Scuttlebutt Sailing News, and his outlook on some controversial topics in the industry. The Sailcast podcast series is produced by San Diego Yacht Club. Here's the audio segment: Here's a video segment with host Alli Bell: [...]
Fri, Dec 14, 2018
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by Allan Haeger, SailZing Playing the shifts downwind is one part of your downwind strategy, along with sailing in more breeze and sailing in clear air. Many sailors are less vigilant about shifts downwind, because there are fewer of them and they're harder to detect. In this post, we'll check your understanding about the impact of shifts and how to use them. “In winds up to 10 knots, the impact of shifts downwind is enormous,” notes Bill [...]
Fri, Dec 14, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
There was a celebration in Paris as the IMOCA world joined forces with The Ocean Race (formerly Volvo Ocean Race) in looking ahead to the start of the next edition in October 2021. On December 11, the IMOCA General Assembly passed a newly written version of the Class Rule for fully crewed events, defining the characteristics of yachts that will compete in the IMOCA 60 class of the next race. “This was a big moment for the [...]
Fri, Dec 14, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The World Sailing Rankings seek to establish an order of ability based on the results of certain events over a 24 month period. The rankings focus on the 10 Olympic events and Open and Women's Match Racing. In match racing, Ian Williams (GBR) has moved up to the top of the Open rankings, followed by Eric Monnin (SUI) in second and Ettore Botticini (ITA) in third. Among the women, Pauline Courtois (FRA) remains at the front [...]
Fri, Dec 14, 2018
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This week's “World on Water” global sailing news show produced by www.boatson.tv. In this week's “WoW TV”: • Grinders Coffee SOLAS Big Boat Challenge Race around Sydney Harbour. Proceeds go to saving lives at sea. • Australia's SAILGP team talk and demonstrate safety. • INEOS Team UK is training with its “test-boat” and gaining new practices. • 2018 Day 4 Sail Sydney. • RORC Transatlantic Race and Hydra was a star in the Class40 Division. • KuKa 3 is a winner in [...]
Fri, Dec 14, 2018
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This doesn't end well (but we could watch it all day long). [...]
Thu, Dec 13, 2018
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 AGE OF SAIL / Theatrical Version from Chromosphere on Vimeo. We've been sitting on this for weeks and just got around to it. Without question, very different! [...]
Thu, Dec 13, 2018
by Darrell Nicholson, Practical Sailor Foul weather gear remains the primary means that sailors rely on to stay dry and warm, but our field testers are becoming more and more impressed by the advantages of dry suits—those stretchy, sealed, often breathable suits worn by surfers, kite boarders, and that twisted breed of winter sailors known as frostbiters. One of the key advantages that a dry suit has over foul-weather gear, is that in extreme conditions that [...]
Thu, Dec 13, 2018
Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News