After a long wait for a no-wind delay and the completion of the Repechage round, Quarter Final qualifiers Chris Steele from New Zealand and David Gilmour from Australia got out to race and win the first two Semi-Finalist berths in the 2013 Detroit Cup. The last two will be determined tomorrow from the remaining two Quarter Final matches to run tomorrow morning among Stephanie Roble of Chicago, Judge Ryan of San Diego, Matt Graham of Michigan, and Chris Van Tol of the host Bayview YC...more
Up to this point in the 2013 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot, it has been better than early forecasts indicated, with moderate southeasterly winds positioning most of the fleet in the middle of Lake Michigan.
While winds picked up yesterday for some time, allowing boats make good progress, today’s forecast calls for a bit more bleak conditions. ..more
Luna Rossa are refusing to allow beleaguered syndicate Artemis Racing dispensation to the America's Cup class rule, throwing the Swedish team's participation in doubt once more.
The Artemis team, who are battling to get back on the water following their fatal capsize in May, said the international jury's ruling in favour of Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa may exclude them from competing as they do not have a set of rudders that comply with the new class rule...more
A full order of congratulations are in place for Spain’s Marc de Antonio aboard Bribon-Movistar. Never once over the course of three days and eight races did de Antonio, along with tactician Gustavo Martinez Doreste and crew members Victor Marino, Giorgio Tortarolo, Filippo La Mantia, Nicola Pilastro, Albero Viejo Puga, Javier Ibanez and Sofia Bertrand, let up on speed and the ability to be fastest around the track ensuring them the title of 2013 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Torbole edition Champions!..more
The days are speeding by as the Melges 24 Class approaches one of the highlights of its 2013 season. In less than five weeks the specialists of one the most successful one design sportsboat in the world will gather in Medemblik, Holland, where they will fight for the crown of European Champion...more
Just as we were getting used to watching single boats blast around the track on YouTube the plug has been pulled on one horse races. TV coverage will now only happen when there are two boats racing.
"Naturally, there was a lot of pent-up demand to see each team's AC72 sail the race course for the first time," said America's Cup CEO Stephen Barclay...more
The big picture now in focus in the 34th edition of the America’s Cup is that this was the most ambitious, most expensive (by far) and grandiose attempt ever to domesticate the America’s Cup and put it to work for the sailing industry.
The beast is loose.
We knew as much before last week’s jury decision, and Saturday’s 5:23 Kiwi runaway. ..more
ISAF President Carlo Croce officially welcomed 351 sailors from 61 nations to the 2013 Sail First ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship at the opening ceremony in Limassol, Cyprus...more
The start of the 45th Rolex Fastnet Race is less than a month away. The provisional entry list stands at 380 yachts, of which a remarkable 340 are eligible for the top prize – the Fastnet Challenge Trophy and Rolex Chronometer for winning overall. ..more
The Fast-Dri Silver Technical Shirt From Henri Lloyd is a high-quality yet simple all-around technical shirt. Designed with the active racing sailor in mind, it can be worn for many types of sailing from club racing around buoys to cruising on a sunny day to having a Dark-n-Stormy on the dock. Bonus: it makes great team gear! ..more
AB: Lee, your sailing has really escalated. You are going to regattas, you are having fun, you are one of the most enthusiastic sailors on your lake and in the national E and A fleets. What is the recipe?
LA: Thanks Andy – there are a lot of factors, but the biggest change I made is in my mental preparation for sailing. I have sailed for a long time and struggled a lot over the years. I came to learn that I was not patient enough when I would get behind and I was not learning from my mistakes. In fact, I was repeating my mistakes and sometimes amplifying them. It probably sounds strange, but I needed to reprogram the way my brain was thinking about things...more
So’s I got together with a few of my Facebook friends to hang out and wait for the America’s Cup International Jury to deliver a verdict that likely will be Solomonic. As in, “Go ahead, slice the baby in two, and slice mama too, if she objects.”
In the midst of our revelry, the San Francisco Business Times arrived on ye olde device, with a piece by Eric Young, reminding us that Louis Vuitton’s contract with the America’s Cup entitles it to a refund of $1 million for every participating team short of six. Your second grader can do the arithmetic. And Vuitton wants the dough...more
The Canadian Laser Masters championship was held out of Beaconsfield yacht Club from June 14th to 16th.
This event is reserved to sailors 35 years old or older. As only 3 of the 39 sailors were under 45 (and none of them really competitive), it's really an old timer's club. The people involved have more time and are a dedicated bunch, speaking of the best places to train for heavy wind during the winter...more
This year's MC National Championship at Clear Lake, Iowa will be remembered as a tough one and a championship for the record books for sure when it comes to big winds. No doubt we were at one of the best sailing venues you could ever want to race MC Scows. Plus we had the luxury of Clear Lake Yacht Club hosting and all attending can testify that they know how to host a major championship...more
After a not so brilliant start to the 2013 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series season, Renato Vallivero’s Audi Turnover has won Torbole. Hosted by Circolo Vela Torbole, Vallivero and his team comprised of tactician Enrico Fonda and Marco Perazzo took advantage of the permanent Ora wind to gain the podium...more