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Yachting NZ Briefings for 2 November 2011

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Briefings- 2 November 2011

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YNZ News

2011 Yachting Excellence Awards- Grant Beck honoured

2011 Singapore Airlines Sailor of the Year, Grant Beck
Grant Beck is the most successful New Zealand Olympic Coach, ever. He has been the coach and mentor behind the outstanding success of New Zealand windsurfing Olympians, and many other sailors on the world stage.

Pictured left: Grant Beck, with YNZ President Jan Dawson and Paula Harrall of Singapore Airlines, accepts his award as the 2011 Singapore Airlines Sailor of the Year

Beck's twenty five year Olympic Windsurf Coach record includes seven Olympic medals (three of which are Gold), where he was the mastermind and confidant to Bruce Kendall, Barbara Kendall, Aaron McIntosh and most recently, Tom Ashley.

This award won by Beck on 28 October 2011 is the premier award in New Zealand Sailing, for outstanding contribution to yachting, and is given to someone who has demonstrated absolute world class abilities over their career. Yachting New Zealand in association with Singapore Airlines is pleased to inscribe Grant Beck’s name on the Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy as the 2011 Sailor of the Year.

Young Sailor of the Year 2011 in Association with Orbit Travel Auckland, Peter Burling
In the past year campaigning his 49er with crew Blair Tuke, Peter Burling has driven his way to success by only placing outside the top four once.

His 49er results boast an impressive record including a 1st at Sail Sydney, 1st at the NZ National Championships, 2nd at Sail Melbourne, 4th at Perth International, the list goes on. Burling also placed 4th at the 2011 Zhik Foiling Moth World Championships in Australia earlier this year.

At only 20 years old, Peter Burling remains on the NZL Sailing Team and is on his second Olympic campaign, previously the youngest Olympic sailor to represent New Zealand in the 470 class at age 17, Beijing 2008.

Emerging Talent Award 2011, Leonard Takahashi-Fry
Leonard Takahashi-Fry from Murrays Bay Sailing Club has not only won the 2011 National Optimist Championships in New Zealand, he has also won the 2011 USA Nationals, 2011 British Nationals, and came 2nd in the 2011 Japan National Optimist Championship. .

Coach/Official of the Year 2011 in Association with Orbit Travel Auckland, Bob McDavitt
Bob McDavitt, otherwise known as “Cyclone Santa” has given outstanding service to the whole yachting community as a meteorologist. He has been the weather man for many successful yachting campaigns including Olympics and Americas Cup, and has voluntarily contributed to cruising safety since 1995 by issuing weekly Weathergrams for the Southern Pacific.

Yachting New Zealand President’s Award 2011, Torbay Sailing Club for the Sir Peter Blake Regatta
When Sir Peter Blake was killed at Macapa Brazil on 5 Dec 2001, New Zealand mourned the loss of a national hero. Nearly ten years later, the memory of Peter Blake sails on in the biggest regatta in New Zealand and the biggest centreboard regatta in the Southern Hemisphere.

Torbay Sailing Club copes admirably with the demands of, several hundred competitors each year and the infrastructure they have put in place for this regatta is dazzling.

Click here to read more on the winners, finalists, and nominees in all of the award categories.

YNZ are looking for another NZCT Regional Support Officer

Yachting New Zealand is wishing to employ a fifth NZCT Regional Support Officer to increase the support we are able to deliver to clubs.

We are seeking someone to work in the Northland, Auckland, Waikato/Thames areas.

This is a key role for YNZ, providing on the ground support to clubs and sailors, helping build club capability, growing participation and raise awareness throughout schools and the community.

We require someone who is truly passionate about sailing and growing the sport in New Zealand; someone who knows yacht clubs is fresh thinking and has a creative approach to growing the sport, is able to work with a wide variety of people (young and old) and can be the face of Yachting New Zealand in the regions.

This role has potential to be part or full time. The successful candidate will need to be able to work outside of “normal working hours” as this role requires weekend and after hours work.

Information on the role including a Job Description is available from the Yachting New Zealand website by following this link.

Applications by email should go to or by post to Att: Dianne Logan, Yachting New Zealand, Box 91209, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142.

Any queries can be directed to Andrew Clouston at or (09) 361 4021.

Applications close on November 23 2011.

Statistics from YNZ’s winter courses

This past winter, Yachting New Zealand has run more than fifteen seminars and courses to train and qualify new coaches, instructors, and race officials.
Over 200 people from yacht clubs around the country took part in one of the training opportunities.

Number of people trained by course type:
Race Management Seminars= 66 people
Club Instructors Course = 55 people
Umpires Seminar = 33
Level 1 Judges Seminar = 27
Regatta Coach Course= 16
Race Coach Course= 3

There was also a conference for Race Officers, attended by 20 of New Zealand’s top race officials.

Thank you to the Southern Trust- their contributions continue to help Yachting New Zealand make these opportunities available. Also thank you to the star line up of learning facilitators that continue to run the courses to an extremely high standard:

- John & Linda Parrish

- John Bullot

- Wayne Boberg

- Jim Park

- Ross May

- Peter Head

- Janet Watkins

- Rob Hielkema

- Andrew Brown

YNZ at Wellington Outdoor Festival

Yachting New Zealand NZCT Regional Support Staff Wayne Holdt brought yachting to the public at the Wellington Outdoor Festival on Sunday October 30th.

Pictured left: The Sailing...Have a go! trailer is set up and ready for action at Frank Kitts Lagoon in Wellington.

With help from Sailability Wellington and YNZ’s Sailing... Have a go! programme, approximately 80 people were given their first taste of sailing.

Everybody was given a handout with information about the member clubs of the Wellington Yachting Association where they could join a club close to home.

On this day approximately 60 children from Wellington region tried sailing for their first time as part of the Sailing...Have a go! programme, and a further 20 people of all ages and abilities had a try in the accessible sailing dinghies of Sailability Wellington.

Yachting New Zealand coach revalidations

In 2007 we held the first of our new coaching courses. These courses are valid for 4 years and subsequently at the end of October everyone who did a race, regatta or performance coach course in 2007 will need to revalidate.

The reason for revalidation is to make sure that people are current and up to speed with new coaching techniques. There are always lots of lessons learned and new approaches. I have been busy out on the water with coaches from all over the country developing resources and observing best practise. I have turned these best practice activities into worksheets called master coach modules.

These master coach modules will now become one of 2 ways to revalidate for your coaching qualification.

The first option is to sit the next coaching level course: Race coach, Regatta coach, Performance coach, or Olympic coach.

If you don’t want to move up a coaching level i.e. you happy coaching at your current level, you have a second option.

Your second option is to choose a master coach worksheet to complete. There are many options varying from; planning, video analysis, tidal analysis, wind analysis, designing new drills etc. There is no cost for this and can be done in one of your coaching sessions anytime thought the year. Once you have completed the activity send it to Rob Hielkema and you will be awarded the “MasterCoach” qualification at the same level. (If you are a race coach and complete a master coach module you become a “master” Race coach.) This recognises your further development.

The purpose of this style of revalidation is to keep coaches thinking about new ways of coaching and also to develop new skills. This research will provide resources back to me which I can share when developing junior coaches. The idea is that we will end up with a bunch of resources and templates of best coaching practice.

1. Choose a master coach activity to complete, or book on to a new coach course
2. Email or post your completed activity to Rob Hielkema
3. You will receive your revalidation certificate.

Please contact Rob Hielkema for more information.

Telephone: (09) 361 4027

International / High Performance Sailing News

NZ Wins 2011 Schools Teams Sailing Interdominions

New Zealand’s top three Teams Sailing Schools, Kerikeri, St Kentigerns and Tauranga Boys raced at the 2011 Schools Teams Sailing Interdominions in Port Lincoln, Australia.

Pictured left: Two teams battle upwind outside the Port Lincoln Yacht Club at the 2011 Schools Teams Sailing Interdominions. Photo Credit: Richard Burling

Two annual teams racing trophies were up for grabs – the Interdominions for top country overall and also a trophy for the top individual school.

Port Lincoln was an hour’s flight from Adelaide across the Australian Bight – a fishing and grain town of about 14,000 people. What a great venue for teams sailing; friendly helpful people with the Yacht Club looking over a sheltered sandy bay and wind.

The council had even dug a small channel right up to the boat ramp so you didn’t have to take the boats far to launch. Could you imagine that at Algies Bay or Kohimarama.

Kerikeri dominated the final race for New Zealand to retain the Interdominion Schools Teams sailing Trophy. A great lead-in for the All Blacks vs Australia semi final which they watched while eating dinner at the prize giving function.

Congratulations to St Josephs for being the top individual school. Kerikeri second , St Michael’s third on count back from Tauranga (4th), St Kentigerns fifth , Shenton (Perth) sixth .

The NZ teams were...
Kerikeri High School: O’Shea Butler, Klaus Ohlendorf, Matthew Bindon, Alex Bryning, Harris Bindon, Shae Donahoe, James Ayr, Sam Brierely.

Tauranga Boys College:
Nick Gunn, Ben Caundle, Trent Rippey, Berrick Fitzsimons, Ben Warren, Dylan McKinlay and Josh McConnell.

St Kentigern College: George Brasell, George Anyon, Alex Munro, Harry Craigie, Jamie Faulconbridge, Theo Lawson, Jessica Allen

Click here to read the full report on Sail-World

Fields win leg 1- Global Ocean Race

Shortly after sunrise on 28 October Kiwis Ross and Campbell Field were first to arrive in Capetown, finishing the first leg of the Global Ocean Race.

Pictured Left: Campbell and Ross Field celebrate the win from leg 1. Photo from

After 32 days racing from Palma, Mallorca on their Verdier-design Class 40 BSL, they averaged 9.3kn, getting them to the finish line with the 2nd place boat following only 89 miles behind.

So far, only those two teams have finished as the back four battle with weather. On board team Cessna Citation, another kiwi, Conrad Colman is sailing with Mallorcan Hugo Ramon, they are currently sitting in fourth place and are approximately 1000Nm from the finish.

The Global Ocean race is a double-handed Class 40 race around the world. This is Ross Field’s sixth circumnavigation race, but first sailed together with his son Campbell. Read more about the team on their blog here or their facebook page here.

The second leg starts on Sunday 27 November, racing from Capetown to Wellington, New Zealand.

To follow the race with live tracking and information on all the teams, visit

470 duo finalists at Harbour Sport Excellence Awards

Jo Aleh andBianca Barbarich-Bacher have been selected as finalists in the category of International Performance by a Team at the 2011 Massey University Harbour Sport Excellence Awards.

Both of these girls have also received Yachting New Zealand Performance Awards in 2011.

Their outstanding achievements will be recognized by Harbour Sport on Friday 18 November 2011 at the North Harbour Stadium. The night will include a dinner and awards ceremony presented by Geoff Dolan and Tania Dalton, along with a comedic performance by Simon McKinney.

More information on this award can be found on the Harbour Sport website

Congratulations again Jo and Bianca!

Local Sailing News

Mahurangi College Regatta

This year, the Mahurangi College Regatta (Form 1 – 4) regatta is being held at Algies Bay, Warkworth, on Monday November 28th.

The regatta has been held for more than twenty years and attracts between 90 and 100 sailors each year ranging from the novice to the expert.

Classes invited are Optimist, P Class, Splash, Starling, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial, Techno, and 420.

The venue, Kawau Bay, is a sheltered piece of water which makes this a good regatta for sailors starting out on the regatta circuit.

Entry details online

For more Information please contact:
Justin Basevi, Mahurangi College (09) 425 8039 ext 731

Syman dominates Horowhenua Cup for Paper Tigers

Glenn Syman (Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club) has won the first regatta in the Paper Tiger North Island Freshwater Series in a dominate display at the Horowhenua Cup at Lake Wairarapa over Labour weekend.

Pictured left: Paper Tigers on lake Wairarapa, waiting for breeze at the Horowhenua Cup.

Lake Wairarapa put on zero to six knot conditions for the first regatta of the season with the race committee lead by Paul Davies doing well to get any races completed let alone the five that were finally finished by Sunday afternoon (with plenty of time left before the mighty All Blacks win!).

The regatta was again a taught fought contest as has become a feature of the series over the years, however Glenn Syman showed his light weather expertise by taking all five bullets during the regatta (even if one was by less than half a metre).

The Paper Tiger North Island Freshwater Series is regatta series held over four regattas around the North Island (Lake Wairarapa, Lake Ngaroto, Turangi, and Taupo) during the season.

Points are tallied at each regatta, with no drops allowed at any individual regatta (making consistency essential). The overall series winner is calculated by allowing each sailor to count 3 regattas from the 4 in the series.

Final results for the Horowhenua Cup:
1st Glenn Syman (Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club)
2nd Ryan (Rowdy) Leatham (New Plymouth Yacht Club)
3rd Scott Pedersen (Napier Sailing Club)

Full results can be found at

For further information please contact Ryan (Rowdy) Leatham on 027 636 6465 or

Tony Bouzaid 1940- 2011

Tony Bouzaid, former New Zealand Sailor of the Year and twice winner of the World Half Ton Cup passed away suddenly in Auckland on 17 October.

His service was held on Tuesday October 25 in Auckland.

Pictured left: Tony Bouzaid brings the Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy for Yachtsman of the year in 1979- photo from the Bouzaid Family Collection

Tony leaves a legacy of great achievements as a champion yachtsman and a successful businessman.

Tony was a key part of his father's firm, Sails and Covers - taking that over with his brother Chris on Lou Bouzaid’s death, and expanding it into the highly successful Hood Sails before moving into Structureflex.

In the early 90's he moved the Great Barrier Island running a guest house and starting major conservation programs, the most notable being the Glenfern Sanctuary Project

Some of Tony’s greatest sailing achievements were:

- Tamaki Yacht Club x Class Champion 1961, 62, 63, 65.

- Sanders Cup 1963

- Sanders Cup 1966

- World Half Ton Cup 1978

- World Half Ton Cup 1979

- Yachtsman Of The Year 1979

Training and Opportunities

Volvo Ocean Stopover Volunteers Jobs- Apply Now!

Applications are now being accepted for the Volunteer Positions listed below.

- Administration Manager

- Operations Finance Manager

- Retail Finance Manager

- Eastern Viaduct at TeWero Team Leader

- Hasley Wharf Team Leader

- Karanga Plaza and Pit Lane Team Leader

- Storage Team Leader

- Viaduct Event Ctnre Team Leader

- Volvo Ocean Race Academy and School Team Leader

Job descriptions for all the above mentioned volunteer positions can be found on the Auckland Stopover Website here

Please email your letter of application to Ruth Tuiraviravi, Head of Volunteers, outlining what you would bring to the position and attaching your CV.

All positions are voluntary with an immediate casual start, becoming fulltime from mid-February 2012.

Closing date for these positions is Monday 14 November.

Sailing Instructors needed for Summer Camp USA

You’ve possibly heard about Summer Camp USA programs before. They are a huge American tradition where children head off to a camp and have a great time learning great new skills and activities.

Every year IEP sends Kiwi’s to the USA to work as camp counsellors and activity instructors (or a combination of the two). The roles involve being a leader, a role model and a friend to the kids. You teach them new skills, celebrate their wins and are there when they are feeling a bit low.

Basically Summer Camp USA needs people who are ready to depart either late May or early June 2012 and can commit for 8-10 weeks at camp. The visa itself also allows them to travel for up to 30 days after camp also.

It can be a full on job, but for enthusiastic people it’s often an amazing life-changing experience. The great news is that Kiwis are in high demand and one of the key areas that they are wanting to recruit for in the 2012 American Summer is Sailing counsellors.

IEP offer personalised support throughout the whole process also offer a guaranteed place at camp or a refund of your program fee. We are looking for applications now so that we can begin to place people in advance for 2012.

You can visit for further information and to apply.

Of Interest

Ralph Roberts receives the New Zealand Olympic Order

During the 100th anniversary of the Olympic Movement in New Zealand, Ralph Roberts received the New Zealand Olympic Order.

Photo: Jacques Rogge presents Ralph Roberts with his New Zealand Olympic Order

The Award was presented by Jacques Rogge, President of the IOC for Ralph’s outstanding services to the Olympic Movement in New Zealand.

It is an honour for Ralph Roberts, Yachting, the Olympic Movement, and Takapuna Boating Club.

Congratulations Ralph on your prestigious recognition by the IOC.

TVNZ Coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race

TVNZ ONE Sport is the official broadcaster of the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race in New Zealand and will be screening extensive coverage on TV1 and online at

Highlights of In Port Races and leg starts and finishes will be played during ‘Skoda Game On’, on Sunday afternoons throughout the race:

- 3.00pm on Sunday 6 November: Race Preview and Start of Leg 1

- 3.00pm on Sunday 4 December: Finish of Leg 1

- 3.00pm on Sunday 11 December: In-Port Race, Cape Town

Every In Port Race and Leg Start will be LIVE on and here are the first few- set your alarm clocks now!

- 1:45am Sunday 6 November: Leg 1 Alicante start

- 1:45am Sunday 11 December: Cape Town In Port Race

- 1:45am Monday 12 Dec: Leg 2 Cape Town Start

All the programmes will also be available Ondemand via the TVNZ website as soon as possible following television broadcast. There is also a history of the race and Golden Moments reel from past events.

Antifoul to be reassessed by EPA - recommendations invited

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has decided that there are sufficient grounds to carry out a reassessment of all active ingredients approved for use in antifouling paints in New Zealand, and invites people that have a considered view on the issue to make a recommendation for submission to be made on.

Antifouling paints are commonly used to reduce the build-up of plants, algae and microorganisms on surfaces submerged in water, such as the hulls of boats.
In the last decade many international regulatory bodies have banned or severely restricted the use of certain active ingredients used in antifouling paints.

A reassessment is a second look at an already approved substance, or group of substances. This reassessment may result in changing the controls on some of the approved substances, or in some cases, withdrawing the approval. The EPA has initially prioritised the active ingredients in the reassessment, in order of the likely level of risk they pose to human health and the environment.

The basis of this prioritization can be found here

Anyone can apply for a reassessment including members of the public, the Chief Executive of the Environmental Protection Agency or other Government agencies. In this case, the reassessment has been initiated by the Chief Executive of the EPA.

The EPA is currently in the process of preparing the reassessment application. Early consultation with interested parties and industry is vital at this stage and they are particularly interested in receiving feedback from manufacturers and users of antifouling paint, as well as those that monitor its use. Stakeholder input will help the EPA to incorporate real life scenarios in our analyses. Lack of information may lead to worst case/precautionary assumptions being used in the risk assessment.

Documents providing background information to the application for reassessment and the grounds for the decision can be found here, on their website

In preparation for the reassessment the EPA commissioned the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research to evaluate the OECD Emission Scenario Document (ESD) for antifouling paints, for a range of ports and marinas. The report identified appropriate New Zealand-specific scenarios to be used in the environmental exposure modelling as part of this reassessment.

Once the necessary information is collected and assessed, the application will be then drafted, and the Application, which sets out preliminary recommendations and invites formal submissions, will be notified.

Upcoming Events

Here’s a line up of yachting on around the country over the coming two weeks.

Visit our online calendar to see what’s on, and don’t miss out on some free promotion for your next event... submit your event to our online calendar here.

Ngaroto Trailer Yacht, Joker and Hartley 16 North Island Championships
5-6 November, Lake Ngaroto

Europe Dinghy Canterbury Championships
5-6 November, Naval Point Club Lyttleton

Akaroa Classic and Traditional Boats Regatta
5-6 November, Akaroa Recreation Grounds

Howick Sailing Club Junior Regatta
5 November, Howick Sailing Club

BOP & WTYA P Class Tanner Cup Trials
5-6 November, Sulphur Point, Tauranga

BOP Starling Match Racing Trials
5-6 November, Sulphur Point, Tauranga

Otago Harbour Classic
5 November, Port Chalmers Yacht Club

2011 New Zealand National Match Racing Championships
9-13 November 2011

North Harbour Laser Masters
13 November, Lake Pupuke, Takapuna

Festival of Fifteens andF15 North Island Championships
19-20 November, Bay of Islands Yacht Club

Wanaka Spring Youth Sail
26-27 November, Wanaka Yacht Club


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News - USA and the World

America's Cup: Majority Rules in Protocol and Class changes by Richard Gladwell, NZL
The America's Cup Events Authority has announced that the majority of the America’s Cup teams have agreed to make changes aimed at significantly reducing costs for the 2017 America’s Cup. Central to these changes is the introduction of an exciting new America’s Cup Class - a wing-sailed, foiling catamaran between 45 and 50 feet, says a statement issued by ACEA. ... [more]  

Trofeo Sofia Iberostar – It was a long day in Palma with the late coming sea breeze delaying racing. Patience paid off and the second day provided great racing and allowed to complete the qualification stage. A seventh race was completed for the kites who will go into medal race mode on Wednesday. ... [more]  

Team SCA is due to round Cape Horn tomorrow between 1200 – 1800 UTC. They are still battling with the elements, squally conditions, sailing in 20 knots of wind, from west-northwest. Sea state is rough and waves are 6 metres high. ... [more]  

For the professional offshore sailors of the world, mast breakages (or any sort of damage to the boat) is an unfortunate occupational hazard. For our rookie Chinese sailors on the other hand, the experience has been shocking, scary and bewildering. The reaction of Liu Xue (Black) is understandably in contrast to the pro crew who know how to manage these kinds of situations. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng elects to withdraw from Leg 5 by Richard Gladwell NZL
Dongfeng Race Team announced late tonight that they plan to retire from Leg 5 after breaking their mast in the Southern Ocean on Monday morning. Charles Caudrelier, the boat's French skipper had considered attempting to re-join the 6,776nm leg from Auckland to Itajaí after successfully nursing his red boat to Ushuaia, Argentina earlier in the day. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA - first for over a decade to round the Horn *Feature by Richard Gladwell, NZL
Within the next 24 hours, God willing, Team SCA will become the first women's crew to round Cape Horn in almost 15 years. Sail-World spoke to 2012 British Olympic representative Annie Lush a few minutes ago. She says they have had snow and plenty of hail in the last 24 hours, and the Chill factor on deck is minus five degrees ... [more]  

Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race veteran Ross Field has announced he will skipper a team in the 2017 VOR. Field has raced around the world five times, including as crew on the victorious Steinlager in 1990 and as skipper of the winning Whitbread 60 Yamaha in 1994. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race – Team Brunel damaged by Team Brunel - Robbert-Jan Metselaar
Volvo Ocean Race – On Monday afternoon, Team Brunel rounded the infamous Cape Horn, with MAPFRE in their wake. A few hours later, Bouwe Bekking and his crew were forced to slow down, when their J1 headsail became damaged. ... [more]  

Etchells Midwinter Championship – After a beautiful weekend of competitive sailing, Tom Carruthers goes from the man behind the scenes to the man on top of the podium. ... [more]  

Pollution in Rio is a major issue and it could get bigger as this open letter to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Congressional Caucus on national health of Olympic sailors suggests. ... [more]  

The ISAF sanctioned World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), the world’s longest running professional sailing series, announced a new and expanded sixteen event schedule for the 2015/16 world championship ... [more]  

The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) today announced the addition of the Royal Southern Match Cup (10-14 June) to the 2015/16 championship schedule ... [more]  

2015 Trofeo Sofia Iberostar – The focus was on the kitesurfers during the first three days, and especially on Spanish rider Florian Trittel. ... [more]  

Some boats leaped into the lead while others strengthened their front-runner status on the third and final day of racing in the 42nd St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), presented by TAG Heuer. The 62-boat fleet, boasting entrants from the Caribbean, USA and Europe, competed in eight classes on round-the-buoy and round-the-rock courses with 10 to 15 knots of breeze. ... [more]  

SAP 505 World Championships - Day 3 by Sailing Intelligence
Day three of SAP 505 World Championships saw the return of stronger breezes to Algoa Bay in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Mike Holt and Carl Smit were the pathfinder boat for the first race of the day, but reigning World Champions found no benefit in having to sail to the right-hand side of the course, while early-out-of-the-gate Ian Pinnell was pleased that his hunch about the left proved correct ... [more]  

Charles Caudrelier: “It’s really hard for everyone, we were leading the race overall and this is a kick in the teeth. Hurts to think about the other teams still in full competition, still sailing.”Dongfeng has not officially retired from leg 5 as yet and skipper, Charles Caudrelier, is still considering the possibility of the race crew continuing on from Ushuaia ... [more]  

Whilst everyone onboard remains in good shape considering circumstances, final miles to Ushuaia are anything but easy. Despite working throughout their day, which is now drawing to a close, the determined men of Dongfeng have not managed to remove all the damaged parts of the broken mast. The original mast rigging that holds up the remaining main section of mast is only in place on the port side. ... [more]  

Day 1 of the 2015 Trofeo Princesa Sofía brought a memorable mix of long delays on some courses and survival conditions on others. High winds flowed down onto the bay through the mountains surrounding Palma, and impacted the racing areas in unpredictable ways. Overall, Day One presented continuous challenges to over 1,200 of the world's best Olympic-class sailors and the US Sailing Team Sperry. ... [more]  

From the Volvo Ocean Race Headquarters in Alicante, we catch up live with the entire fleet live, via satellite, as they near the Mt. Everest of sailing, Cape Horn. We hear from the top four as the round, as well as from Dongfeng Race Team on their recent dismasting, and from TeamSCA about their Cape Horn ETA. A ground-breaking first for live coverage in such a remote location! ... [more]  

Team Alvimedica, the youngest crew in the Volvo Ocean Race, rounded the iconic Cape Horn first today just after 1400 UTC and only 15 minutes ahead of Abu Dhabi Racing, in a hotly contested battle at the front of the fleet. While the 6,776- nautical mile stage from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, is far from over and there are no race points for reaching the iconic landmark first, a Ca ... [more]  

Four boats in the Volvo Ocean Race celebrated rounding the venerated landmark of Cape Horn on Monday, a pleasure cruelly denied Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) after the Chinese boat’s mast was broken early in a dramatic day on Leg 5. Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA) had the considerable honour of leading the battered fleet past the fabled point at 1407 GMT, just 15 minutes cle ... [more]  

Regular weather produces regular results, but sailors, being what they are, are not totally regular, and on the third and final day of the St. Thomas International Regatta they provided some surprises. Sunshine and a fine breeze of around 15-17 knots gave the competitors the challenge they required and they all enjoyed a variety of courses. ... [more]  

Four out of six boats have made it around Cape Horn today. Team Alvimedica, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Team Brunel and Mapfre all rounded the infamous rock all in less than one and a half hours. With a broken FRO sail and electronic problems, the magenta crew now has to find the right balance between safety and racing. ... [more]  

Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar 2015 - The wind played dirty tricks all day in Palma on sailors and race committees who had to juggle with big shifts and different pressure. From 4 to 20 knots, and reaching 40 in some gusts, the wind turned around the bay playing with everybody's nerves! ... [more]  

Dongfeng Race Team, the joint leaders of the Volvo Ocean Race (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) who broke their mast a day ago, eased their stricken boat to dry land and safety on Tuesday. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race – It’s not every day you see something like this. Sunrise in the Southern Ocean has revealed the full extent of the damage through images captured by onboard reporter, Yann Riou ... [more]  

The first regatta in the 2015 Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup Series has started in Palma, Mallorca, to kick-off the Spring and Summer Olympic Classes European Tour ... [more]  

The official America's Cup website reports that the entered Competitors in the 35th America's Cup will vote this week on changes presented as cost saving measures. In effect, the measures centre around a complete change in the boat already announced in the Protocol nine months ago, and for which several teams have design projects underway. ... [more]  

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Round-the-buoy and round-the-rock courses tested the talents of seasoned sailors and weekend warriors alike on the second day of racing in the 42nd St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), presented by TAG Heuer. ... [more]  

BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival – Sailors from all over the world have gathered at Nanny Cay Marina for one of the Caribbean's most spectacular sailing events ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race has confirmed that Dongfeng Race Team broke its topmast early on Monday (GMT, March 30) but fortunately nobody has been injured and there is no immediate danger to the crew. The incident happened 240 nautical miles west of Cape Horn at 0315 UTC on Monday, in the final hours of the night onboard Dongfeng. ... [more]  

At this stage of this Leg 5 from Auckland to Itajaí, it’s pretty much a sprint to Cape Horn. The conditions are favourable for this with the north-westerly winds blowing 30 knots and the sea state being “relatively” flat with 2.5 to 3-metre waves. ... [more]  

J/22 Midwinter Championship overall by Julie & Christopher Howell
Terry Flynn, with crew Mark Foster and Matt Romberg, earned the J/22 Midwinter Championship at Jackson Yacht Club. All nine races were completed, and the League City, Texas helmsman on Tejas scored a (14), 3, 2, 5, 1, 3, 2, 3, 3 for 22 points. Flynn is no stranger to J/22 Championship trophies, including the World Championship, North American Championship and Midwinter Championship. ... [more]  

O’Pen BIC takes North American Championships to new levels
2015 St. Thomas International Regatta - 62 yachts stir up excitement
Barcelona World Race - Altadill comes home in triumphant second
Volvo Ocean Race fleet fights two battles in the wild Southern Ocean
J/22 Midwinter Championship – New leader emerges
St Thomas Int Regatta: Some sympathy from Above on Day 2
Volvo Ocean Race – Fleet moves fast to Cape Horn, away from ice limit
2015 Congressional Cup Club Sail-Off - Stage two finals
St. Thomas International Regatta - Spectacular broaches
SAP 505 World Championships - Two bullets fire Holt into early lead
BWR - Barcelona ready to bid 'benvinguda' to Neutrogena Monday
Volvo Ocean Race - Flat to the floor
Volvo Ocean Race - Battered but unbroken
Volvo Ocean Race: Call to Alvimedica - Two days out from Cape Horn *Feature
2015 Malibu WWA Rider Experience schedule announced
Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race title sponsor announced
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar - Over 1,200 sailors will compete
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar -Kiteboarders compete for first time
SAP 505 World Championships - Hamlin in a race against time
Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race now with important sponsor
Barcelona World Race - Home waters   
Volvo Ocean Race - Surfing in the sunshine   
St Thomas Int Regatta: No more of the Up and Down on Day 1   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind rebuild - Episode 2   
The Transat 2016 – City of Plymouth chosen as host venue   
33rd Garda Optimist Meeting just a week away   
Volvo Ocean Race – The fleet dives south close to the ice limit   
America's Cup boils over with two leading Challengers set to walk away   
Charleston to host Audi Melges 20 National Championship   
46th Trofeo Princesa Sofía - US Sailing Team Sperry headed for Spain   
Volvo Ocean Race - The start of a new day   
Barcelona World Race - And the beat goes on!   
Volvo Ocean Race - bouncing along the barbed wire fence   
America's Cup: Luna Rossa threatens withdrawal over boat change   
Volvo Ocean Race - Skirting new ice limit lines on route to Cape Horn   
2015 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - Green is the new black?   
North American Melges 32 fleet, locked and loaded   
Volvo Ocean Race: Fast sailing deep in the Southern Ocean - Video   
America's Cup: Boat shrink mooted to reduce campaign costs   
Volvo Ocean Race - We've found Nemo! - as new ice limit advised   

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