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2014 Rolex World Sailors of the Year goes to…


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Martine Grael (BRA), James Spithill (AUS) and Kahena Kunze (BRA), 2014 ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year – Photo c Kurt Arrigo / Rolex


2014 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards are:


Male: James Spithill (AUS)

Female: Martine Grael & Kahena Kunze (BRA)


Australian James Spithill was nominated for leading Oracle Team USA to one of the greatest comebacks in all sporting history. Trailing Emirates Team New Zealand 8-1 in a first to nine quest for one of yachting’s greatest prizes, the America’s Cup, skipper Spithill inspired a comeback of epic proportion with a faultless “down but not out” approach.

Levelling the series at 8 a piece his team was victorious in the winner takes all final race; Spithill’s second triumph in the 162-year old contest.

35 year-old Spithill is the third Australian to win the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award, following Mat Belcher (2013) and Tom Slingsby (2010).


James Spithill:

“With such a fantastic group of nominees it’s quite humbling to be included in the same group. I feel a little awkward winning this award. It seems it is an individual award and in my case it could not be further from the truth. What happened on San Francisco Bay was an incredible team effort. I was just a small piece. I would like to accept the award on behalf of a great group of people, Oracle Team USA.”

Despite their young age (both are 23) this year’s nomination of Brazilians Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze was no surprise. They have been leading lights in the 49erFX class all season, regularly topping the podium in ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas and holding the #1 spot in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings. The pair also exhibit a never say die characteristic, proven by their recent victory at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships. Playing catch up throughout the series in the pursuit of their first world title, Grael and Kunze kept going to the very end, finally overtaking the championship leaders on the penultimate upwind leg of the final race.

Grael and Kunze mark the fourth time Brazil has tasted success at the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards following Torben Grael (the father of Martine – 2009), and Robert Scheidt (2001 & 2004)


Martine Grael: 

“This prize is the recognition for a marvellous year. We are very happy and it’s really hard for me to find the words to express our feelings.”


Kahena Kunze: 

“We’re very happy. Just by being part of this ceremony, surrounded by all these people, it would have made our night. This prize means a lot, and we cannot take the smile off our faces.”

The 2014 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards were held at the Pueblo Español in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

The nominees for the 2014 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards were:



Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS)
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL)
Bill Hardesty (USA)
Giles Scott (GBR)
James Spithill (AUS)



Steph Bridge (GBR)
Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA)
Charline Picon (FRA)





US photographer Abner Kingman wins Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2013



Abner Kingman catches the moment Emirates Team New Zealand nearly capsize in the 34th America’s Cup – Photo © Abner Kingman

A jury composed of specialists from the yacht racing and photographic industries chose Abner Kingman’s photograph taken during the 34th America’s Cup for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2013. The delegates from the World Yacht Racing Forum chose Rick Tomlinson’s photograph for the ‘Public Award’.

The fourth edition of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image welcomed 82 professional photographers from all over the world; the pictures can be viewed at www.yachtracingimage.com

Aged 44 and the father of two children, Abner Kingman, has been awarded for his photograph of Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA, taken during race 8 of the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco (USA). The shot captures the precise moment when Oracle Team USA took over the lead on Emirates Team New Zealand whilst ETNZ almost capsized; the turning point in the last America’s Cup.

“As Emirates tried to tack on top of Oracle, their wing articulation hydraulics failed and they couldn’t trim properly“, explains winner Abner Kingman.

“I was shooting from the aft deck of the television catamaran when they started to capsize, it seemed to unfold in slow motion. Finally, their starboard hull came down with a splash. It took a moment for ETNZ to get sorted out and start sailing again, while Oracle went on to win the race, and then nine more of the next 11 races.”

Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, voted for Kingman’s photograph: “The image tells the strongest story of all the pictures. It is really capturing a historic moment, you can read a lot into it.”

Didier Ravon Editor in Chief of Voiles & Voiliers (France), said: “The level of this contest is very high and it has helped me to discover new names and new talents in yacht racing photography. When I saw the pictures presented for the contest, I thought: I would have loved to have taken at least half of the pictures presented!”

UK photographer Rick Tomlinson wins the ‘Public Award’, selected by the delegates from the World Yacht Racing Forum in Gothenburg (Sweden). The delegates were asked to name the best yacht racing photograph of the year out of the twenty pictures preselected by the public on Internet. Tomlinson’s photograph was taken during trials of the new Volvo Ocean 65 SCA.



Team SCA sailing trials in the English Channel – Photo c Rick Tomlinson / www.rick-tomlinson.com


A selection of the photographs got sold during a silent auction on Tuesday night, in favour of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, raising over 4’500 Euros.


Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2013: (the five finalists)

1. Abner Kingman, (USA), winner
2. Sander van der Borch, (NED)
3. Christophe Favreau, (FRA)
4. Nico Martinez, (ESP)
5. Pedro Martinez, (ESP)

Public award: (the five finalists)

1. Rick Tomlinson (UK)
2. Patrick Le Galloudec (FRA)
3. Jen Edney (USA)
4. Sander Van der Borch (NED)
5. Ainoha Sanchez (ESP)

The Jury of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2013:

Knut Frostad – CEO, Volvo Ocean Race – NOR
Gary Jobson – President, US Sailing – USA
Carlo Borlenghi – Photographer – ITA
Thierry Martinez – Photographer – FRA
Andrew Hurst – Editor in Chief, Seahorse – UK
Antonio Palma – CEO, Mirabaud – SUI
Brice Lechevalier – Editor in Chief, SkippersTV – SUI
Didier Ravon – Editor in Chief, Voiles & Voiliers – FRA
Dona Bertarelli – Owner / skipper, Spindrift Racing – SUI


By Bernard Schopfer



470 Olympic Sailors clean up at Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards

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2013 ISAF Rolex World Sailors Of The Year


ISAF and Rolex are proud to announce that the winners of the 2013 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards are:

Male: Mathew Belcher (AUS)
Female: Jo Aleh & Polly Powrie (NZL)


Having being nominated twice before in 2010 and 2012, it proved to be third time lucky for Mathew Belcher, the Australian Olympic and World champion in the 470 dinghy class, whose current winning streak stretches to an amazing 17 consecutive regattas.

“It’s a complete honour,” said Belcher during the awards ceremony held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. “It’s great recognition for this year and the efforts we’ve put in and the results we’ve achieved. I am very fortunate to have great support, from my coach Victor Kovalenko, crew and support staff.”

470 sailors were also rewarded in the female category of the Awards. The New Zealand pairing of Jo Aleh and Olivia ‘Polly’ Powrie are the current women’s Olympic and World champions in the Class.

“I’m a little bit shocked,” said Aleh. “There were some amazing nominees this year and we are delighted to be part of this. We feel honoured to be part of the group.” “We haven’t done this alone and we had some wonderful people behind us who have been truly supportive,” added Powrie.


ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards

The winners of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards were decided by vote by the Member National Authorities (MNAs) of ISAF following a worldwide selection process that began with an open invitation for nominations. Two awards, one for a female sailor/crew and one for a male sailor/crew, were presented to the individuals who are deemed to have most distinguished themselves during the qualifying period from 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2013.
Past recipients of the Awards – which were launched in 1994 – have been drawn from the diverse disciplines of the sport: Olympic dinghy and keelboats, single-handed ocean racing, transatlantic record breaking, match-racing, America’s Cup and windsurfing are all represented. In addition to the magnificent ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Trophy, each winner is presented with a Rolex timepiece.
The full list of nominees for the coveted and prestigious 2013 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards were:


Mathew Belcher (AUS) – Men’s 470 World & Olympic Champion
François Gabart (FRA) – IMOCA World Champion & 2012-13 Vendée Globe Winner
Johnny Heineken (USA) – Kiteboarding World #1 & 2012 Men’s Course Racing World Champion
Paul Larsen (AUS) – Vestas Sailrocket 2 Outright Speed Record
Ian Williams (GBR) – Match Racing 2012 Match Racing World Champion, World #1 Open Match Racer for 16 consecutive releases starting in January 2012



Jo Aleh & Olivia Powrie (NZL) – Women’s 470 World & Olympic Champions
Deneen Demourkas (USA) – Farr 30 2013 World Champion – third consecutive title
Erika Heineken (USA) – Kiteboarding 2012 Course Racing World Champion
Raiya Al Habsi (OMA) – First Omani Woman To Sail in the Rolex Fastnet Race







Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water!



 Photo c Chris Ray


Kiteboarding has now become Kite Foilboarding



Hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club on October 11-13, the three day Kite Foilboard California State Championship featured a full variety of wind and water conditions on San Francisco Bay. The race management team set up a straight forward windward/leeward track and let the sailors go at it.

“The only sound you hear on the race course is hissing foils, the whistle of the kite lines, and the howling laughter of the sailor,” regatta Chair Jim Kiriakis explains from the mark set boat.

With recent developments in lifting foils, the class is moving at a rapid pace, and the sailors are moving fast too. “This is the fastest we’ve ever gone and we’re just getting started,” says kiteboarding legend Adam Koch. “The development of an open high-performance class like this is essential for our sport. We’ve always been pushing at front end of design and performance. Combined with the fun we’re having on the water this has to be one of the most exciting fleets in the world.”

Sailing in a field of 19 of the world’s best kite foilers, American Johnny Heineken proves once again that he is the fastest man on the racecourse. After winning back to back Kiteboard Course Racing World Championship titles, Heineken made the move to the burgeoning Kite Foilboard Class. And he is crushing that too, winning 10 of the 12 races to take the title.

Top competitors and foil designers traveled from Europe, the Caribbean, and Hawaii to further test and develop their technology. It is certain there will be larger, more significant events as early as next year on the San Francisco Bay.


Click here for photos and video.


By Scuttlebutt, www.sailingscuttlebutt.com






A faultless Alinghi win


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Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 in Singapore


Morgan Larson and his Swiss team Alinghi sailed a faultless regatta at Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Singapore on one of the most memorable stadium race courses the Extreme 40 fleet have ever sailed on to claim overall victory in this truly spectacular Asian city.

Only one race was sailed on the final day in typical light wind Singaporean conditions but it was one of the most-tense final races ever in the seven-year history of the series with any of the teams capable of a podium position going into the race.

Shortly after the fleet left the dock and due to the lack of breeze, Race Committee made the call to run non-points scoring exhibition races, and as the racing was all but abandoned the wind filled in, and the committee were able to complete one more race which changed the face of the Act results.

According to the SAP analytics, at different stages during the final race, four teams including Alinghi (SUI), Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT), SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) and Realteam (SUI) were all in podium positions with the constant shuffling of the leader board making it anyone’s game.

Morgan Larson, who has led the pack since race six, was unflappable and his Swiss team claim a deserved win, their first win since Almeria in 2011 “We’re ecstatic! It’s just been a great week for the team. We had a great time here in Singapore which really helped us to perform. It’s a great city, with tough sailing conditions, but that’s the same for everybody and we just had that little bit of luck along the way and we also did a great job.”

Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Sailing Team posed the biggest threat to Larson, but Hagara knew it was a big ask to overhaul the Swiss in a single race and did well to hold his nerve to finish second, equalling his result from Act 1 in Muscat.

Four days of challenging, light winds on Marina Bay required patience, nerves of steel and a cool head from the Extreme 40 sailors, which SAP Extreme Sailing Team had by the bucket load. The Danish squad came into the final day tied on points with The Wave, Muscat in third place after their best performance on the Series to date on the penultimate day, and a third place in the final day’s race saw the team secure their first ever podium position in third. Co-Skipper and tactician Rasmus Kostner was beaming after racing. “It’s fantastic, I think it is a real milestone for SAP Extreme Sailing Team and we’re really happy with a podium finish here. We’ve been looking for that for a long time.” The icing on the cake for the Danish team is to upgrade from seventh to fourth on the overall Series leader board.

Next, the global road show moves on to Qingdao, China’s Olympic sailing city, a regular on the Extreme Sailing Series as the fleet return for the third consecutive year, 2-5 May 2013.


Overall Results: (after 23 races)

1st Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson,  198pts
2nd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara,  163pts
3rd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, 161pts
4th Realteam (SUI) Jérome Clerc,  159pts
5th The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, 153pts
6th Team Korea (KOR) Peter Burling,  144pts
7th GAC Pindar (NZL) Will Tiller, 143pts
8th Team Aberdeen Singapore (SIN) Scott Glen Sydney,  127pts


Extreme Sailing Series 2013 overall standings: (after Act 2, Singapore)

1st Alinghi (SUI) 18pts
2nd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 18pts
3rd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 16pts
4th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 12pts
5th Team Korea (KOR) 11pts
6th Team X Invitational 10pts
7th Realteam (SUI) 10pts
8th GAC Pindar (NZL) 9pts


By Extreme Sailing Series media, www.extremesailingseries.com



Everything clicks on final day


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Les Voiles de Saint Barth serves up a Caribbean cocktail of conditions – photo © Christophe Jouany



Les Voiles de St Barth – Overall


The final day of racing at Les Voiles de St. Barth served up lively conditions for the fleet, with 20+ knots of wind whipping up 4 – 6 foot seas. The race committee sent the Maxi/Racing, Maxi, and Spinnaker 1 and 2 classes on a 17 nautical mile course along the western side of the island, somewhat protected by the lee of the land but nevertheless providing shifty conditions. Spinnaker 3, Melges 24, Classic, Non-Spinnaker, and Multihull classes sailed a 26 nautical mile course around the islands off the north and east side of St. Barths, fully exposed to the fresh beeze and ocean swell.

The conditions took their toll on a few boats, starting with Team Island Water World (SXM), Fritz Bus’s Melges 24. The Dutch boat was leading its class on the first downwind leg but dismasted when the backstay let go, ending the St. Maarten team’s chances for winning.


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Big sister is watching over you – photo © Christophe Jouany / Les Voiles de Saint Barth


Several boats blew out spinnakers and headsails, and the 51-foot Augie Neilsen-designed ketch Saphaedra (USA), raced double-handed by skipper Jamie Enos and first mate Amanda Sparks, retired with the skipper explaining, “Too much wind for an old boat!”

In Maxi/Racing, Jim Swartz’s TP52 Vesper extended its string of bullets to win the class. Swartz said, “This week has been pretty typical: constant wind, 15-17 knots, predictable but shifty, with challenging and nice waves on the backside of the island. Kind of a sailor’s paradise; the race committee does a great job, the people are terrific.”


VSt Barth overall cj Maxi / Racing Class winner Vesper – photo © Christophe Jouany / Les Voiles de Saint Barth


In the Maxi class, the Swan 80 Selene continued its winning ways, sweeping ahead of Whisper and Idea of London (and the Swan 100 Varsovie, which retired from the regatta after damaging its headstay on the first day of racing).

In the Spinnaker 1 class, the standings going into the last day were close. Steve Cucchiaro’s Marten 49 Defiance (USA), which had a 1-1-2-2 score line, was feeling the heat from Music (RSA), the Swan 53, which posted two wins in yesterday’s racing to trail by a point. Today’s conditions and course suited the heavier Swan; however, the longer reaching legs did not. She finished fourth today to take second overall, conceding overall victory to Music, which won the race. The other Swan 53, Patrick Demarchelier’s Puffy (USA) – with Marc Guillemot, offshore solo sailing legend, helming – reveled in the breeze and posted a third place but settled for sixth overall in the end.

Sergio Sagramoso’s J/122 Lazy Dog (PUR) returned to form, posting a first today to finish three points ahead of Rohan Eamonn’s First 40 Ramanessin (IRL) in Spinnaker 2. The ebullient Puerto Rican sailor said, “This was probably our best season in the Caribbean: we won the Heineken Regatta, BVI Spring Regatta, were 2nd at International Rolex Regatta, and we’ve won this!”

In the Multihull class, Erick Clement’s 40-foot Dauphine Telecom tried to spoil the 63-foot Nigel Irens-designed Paradox’s (USA) party, and in fact came within one point of the overall leader but Paradox went home with the silver.


VSt Barth ov cj Classic Class winner, Heriona – photo © Christophe Jouany / Les Voiles de Saint-Barth


In the Classics, Tim Rutter’s 74-foot Frers-designed sloop Heroina (USA) romped around the course all week. The cold-molded boat, built in the mid-1990s by German Frers as his personal yacht, seems to have racing in its lineage with a mast that was given to Frers from America’s Cup challenger Il Moro de Venezia (it was the team’s spare and effectively determined the boat’s size) and a winged keel from Stars and Stripes 1987. The keel was perfect for the shallow draft of Heroina’s home waters on the River Plate in Argentina.


2014 Event Dates

Next year, Les Voiles de St. Barth will be held from April 7 – 12, 2014. To maintain the high level of racing, Event Director Francois Paul Tolède announced that entries will be capped at 80 boats.


For final results see: www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com

By Les Voiles de Saint-Barths media



Teams have their hands full in Muscat

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 Winning start for the Wave – photos © Lloyd Images



Day 1 – Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 at The Wave, Muscat, Oman 


Champagne sailing conditions kick-started a glamour first day for the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series at The Wave, Muscat, Oman in what was a baptism of fire for the new teams who thrived on the Extreme 40 race course.

After scoring first blood in the first race, Leigh McMillan and his crew on The Wave, Muscat start the 2013 Series where they left off in 2012 at the top of the leaderboard, but with new and existing teams stepping up to mark, the competition it set to be one of the closest and unpredictable in the history of the series.

Sailing conditions were perfect; a building sea breeze that hit 17 knots for the final two races, and the open-water format with long downwind legs allowed the Extreme 40s to really stretch their legs meaning plenty of bow-down, hull flying and water-spraying action.

Roman Hagara and his men on the energy-fueled Red Bull Sailing Team certainly seemed to have wings, scoring two bullets and getting their 2013 campaign off to a flying start, finishing the day just one point shy of The Wave, Muscat.

While Oman Air may not be back this year, their skipper Morgan Larson is and came out firing on all cylinders as tactician on Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi. Despite problems furling the spinnaker in race three which quickly saw them fall from first to last, the Swiss-flagged entry didn’t let it break their stride, finishing the day in third.

Robert Greenhalgh showed he has lost none of his edge as skipper of Team Duqm Oman, the invitational team in Muscat. Winner of the inaugural Extreme Sailing Series, Greenhalgh turned it, finishing tied on points with Alinghi.


Standings after Day 1: (7 races)

1st The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 62pts
2nd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 61pts
3rd Alinghi (SUI) 47pts
4th Team Duqm Oman (OMA) 47pts
5th Realteam (SUI) 43pts
6th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 40pts
7th GAC Pindar (NZL) 34pts
8th Team Korea (KOR) 30pts


By Extreme Sailing Series  www.extremesailingseries.com


Regatta news snippets


VOR Lisbon ir Lisbon returns as a stopover for two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race – photo – Ian Roman



Lisbon back on the Volvo Ocean Race route


Lisbon will build on the success of the city’s Volvo Ocean Race debut last year by hosting the race in each of the next two editions.

The Portuguese capital will be back on the route for the 12th edition in 2014-15 and again for the 13th in 2017-18, Volvo Ocean Race,

The boats will reach Lisbon in 2015 after setting out from Newport, Rhode Island and crossing the Atlantic back to Europe. The sight of Lisbon’s iconic 25 de Abril bridge will be familiar as well as welcome, with the city reprising its role as the Transatlantic Destination from the 2011-12 Race, when the boats arrived from Miami.

Lisbon is the eighth Host Port to be announced for the 2014-15 Race, which already has three confirmed and publicly announced teams with more than 18 months to go before the start.

The Race will start from its home in Alicante, Spain before visiting Recife in Brazil and going on to the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi. Later in the Race, the teams will dock at Auckland, before rounding Cape Horn and reaching Itajaí, the second of two Brazilian stopovers. From there, the route takes the teams north to Newport and across the Atlantic to Lisbon. The Race will finish in Gothenburg, Sweden, with the final stopovers, as well as dates and distances, to be announced in the coming weeks.

The three teams so far announced are the all-female Team SCA, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, which will once again feature Britain’s twice Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker as skipper, and a team from the Brazilian state of Pernambuco.




Extreme Sailing Series announce first ever Singapore Extreme 40 team


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Team Aberdeen Singapore will be in action in Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series in 2013 – photo  © Mark Lloyd


Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series is to be hosted in Singapore from the 11th to 14th April 2013. The Extreme Sailing Series is set to be become a brand new international fixture on the Singapore sports calendar until 2015, in a three year deal announced today between Series organisers OC Sport, the Singapore Sports Council and Aberdeen Asset Management. And for the first time ever, a team representing Singapore, skippered by a Singaporean sailor and supported by Aberdeen Asset Management, will be on the start line.



Bye bye Puma


The entry of Puma into the sailing clothing market helped the sport immensely. However a 70 percent drop in profits and a re-organisation of the management team will see the brand pull out of sailing.

It was already widely known the Puma would not embark on another Volvo Ocean Race campaign. Puma used the offshore race to launch its foray into technical marine clothing with some great sports marketing and activation – the likes of which the sport had not previously seen.

But the investment in sailing, which includes sponsorship of the America’s Cup at a series level and sponsorship of the Defender, Oracle Team USA will end as the the sportswear company concentrates on the mass market appeal of running and football.

Puma’s short time in sailing has had a massive impact on the sport. The sports marketing smarts that the company developed in football and athletics were applied to sailing and other sponsors realised that they had to up their game. Puma helped to build a new audience for sailing by cross-pollinating their relationships with fashion bloggers and influencers and also used their relationships with sponsored athletes in other sports to turn people’s heads in the direction of sailing.

By David Fuller, YachtRacing.biz: www.yachtracing.biz




Weekly news snippets



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Privateer wins RORC Caribbean 600

Just after dusk at 19:34:34 on Thursday, American Ron O’Hanley’s Cookson 50 Privateer finished the RORC Caribbean 600 taking over the lead on corrected time from Hap Fauth’s Mini Maxi Bella Mente by just over 22 minutes. The following morning only Adrian Lower’s vintage Swan 44 Selene had a mathematical chance of eclipsing Privateer’s corrected time, but needed to cover 200 miles in 10 hours, which was improbable.

Privateer was followed into Antigua, by the giant schooner Adela, skippered by Greg Perkins. Their IRC corrected time of 3 days 6 hours and 26 seconds secured them the win in the Spirit of Tradition Class, Superyacht Class and third overall in IRC.

Peter Harding’s Class40 40 Degrees crossed the finish line to win the class with Mike Thrower’s Jasmine Flyer just behind them to secure second place. Christof Petter’s Vaquita claimed third in a very close race.

Harding knew that they had won the class, but didn’t find out that 40 Degrees had broken the Class40 course record, set by Tony Lawson’s Concise2 in 2011, by 3 hours 17 mins and 15 secs.

In IRC One Simon de Pietro’s Briand 76 Lilla took line honours and the win after time correction. Colin Buffin’s Swan 62 Uxorious IV, finished just two minutes behind Lilla to take second in class for the second year running.

In IRC Two Scarlet Logic was the clear winner. Ross Applebey and Tim Thubron’s Oyster 48 took line honours and the class title for the second year running by over three hours. The Swan 53 Northern Child crossed the finish line two hours behind Scarlet Logic and Joseph Mele’s Swan 44 Triple Lindy was next. However on corrected Triple Lindy was second in class and Northern Child third.

Arthur Prat’s Guadeloupe Grand Large 11 won the battle of the Figaros, finishing two hours ahead of Baptiste Maillot.

In IRC Three, Jonty Layfield’s J/39 Sleeper VIII won the class title by a significant margin. Valerio Bardi’s Italian Swan 46 Milanto laid claim to the runner up position.

Full Results can be found here



Abu Dhabi returns for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15


Abu Dhabi will return to the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15 with a team once again skippered by Britain’s twice Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker and a stopover in the United Arab Emirates capital.

Monday’s double announcement gives the race a third confirmed team for 2014-15 more than 18 months before the start and sets up a massive challenge for the sailors on Leg 2, with the route from Recife in Brazil to Abu Dhabi set to take the teams and their brand new Volvo Ocean 65 racing yachts deep into the Southern Ocean.



J/22 Class celebrates 30th Anniversary with Worlds in Newport, Rhode Island


The J/22 Class will honour its 30th anniversary this year with a World Championship in the birthplace of the J/22—Newport, Rhode Island. From October 1-5, J/22 competitors from around the globe will convene for five days of racing in one of the most venerable keelboats worldwide to take place in the legendary sailing venue on Narragansett Bay. Sail Newport will serve as the Organizing Authority and host site for the World Championship event.

The Notice of Race has been issued, and registration opened at www.j22worlds.com. For more information on the International J/22 Class Association, visit www.j22.org. For more information on Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s Public Sailing Center, visit www.sailnewport.org.


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Stunning pics of the week from around the globe


This Friday’s stunners include:


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Zighy Bay Six Senses, Oman, Sailing Arabia The Tour – By Penny Ydgren on facebook

Finn Brasil Champs

The Brasilian Finn Championships should leave potential Olympians licking their lips

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While the RS:X World Windsurfing Championship in Buzios, Brazil aren’t until Feb 28-Mar 7, sailors Elliot Carney, Dorian Van Rijsselberghe, and Zac Plavsic are already working on their tactical decisions.


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Reproduced thanks to scuttleblutt for this gem; www.sailingscuttlebutt.com

San Francisco Bay 

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Jimbo checks out the race course on San Fran bay on his other craft – photo c Guilain Grenier

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Artemis Racing & Oracle Team USA square up in the fog – photo c Guilain Grenier