Ocean Racing

Minis in North America

by Jesse Rowse, Posted August 9, 2010
n early 2007, I sat down with the offshore committee of the Newport Yacht Club and, after much debate, was told that the 21-foot Mini 6.50—the same boat used for Europe’s Mini Transat Race from France to Brazil—would be granted its own division in that year’s Bermuda 1-2 Race.Since then, the number of Minis actively sailing in the United States has doubled, to about 30 boats. Although this
No matter where you go in the world it’s “never like this” when they switch the weather on. So it goes with distance events as well. The 2010 edition of the Singlehanded Transpac has been slow going much of the time, with difficult seas and opposing sets kicked up by distant storms. A thirteen-day crossing is certainly not the best-possible time for a

104th Newport Bermuda Slow and Steady

by Rebecca Fenton, Posted July 6, 2010
It was a slow start for the 183-boat fleet as nearly 2,000 sailors began the 635-mile race across the Gulf Steam from Newport to Bermuda on June 18. With 16 classes underway, this year’s Newport-Bermuda race boasted the third largest fleet in the race’s 104-year history.By sunset on the second day, Alex Jackson’s 100ft maxi sloop Speedboat took the lead from Tom Hill’s Titan
There was a fine welcome when I arrived at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club for the first time. When the 75-footer Titan XV pulled in Monday morning, the sun was shining, the bar was open and a few sailors were quietly sipping their first dark ’n stormy. I thought, “This could not get any better. This is paradise.”Then came Tuesday morning. As boats began to flow into the basin like
The Newport Bermuda Race fleet made their upwind starts in 16 classes over a period of more than two and a half hours on Friday afternoon. There now are 183 boats, after Avatar didn’t start. In addition, Blue sailed back to the shipyard to get her broken centerboard cable fixed; she’s expected to start again after the repair. (text continued below video)

And They’re Off!

by Sail Staff, Posted June 18, 2010
The 184-boat Newport Bermuda fleet is on its way under sunny skies and light westerlies. To follow the fleet in real-time as it makes its way across the Gulf Stream and the rest of the 600-plus-mile course, click here.For a look at some of the fleet at the start, check out the
Forecaster are predicting fair winds during the early stages of the 47th Newport Bermuda Race, which starts today off Newport, Rhode Island.The 184-boat international fleet is the third largest in the race’s 104-year history, with nearly 2,000 sailors making the 635-mile passage across the Gulf Stream to the finish off St. David’s Head, Bermuda.The race should take two to three days

ICAP Leopard Abandons Record Attempt

by Rebecca Fenton, Posted June 7, 2010
After an impressive start, the 100ft super-maxi ICAP Leopard met a high pressure system off the UK on June 5 that dashed any hopes of its breaking the monohull transatlantic speed record, currently held by Mari Cha IV.   ”We have a great yacht, which has now proven itself over the last three years to be physically fast enough and powerful enough to easily churn out 500-plus

Estrella Damm Nearing Finish

by Sail Staff, Posted April 20, 2010
Earlier today, the IMOCA 60 Estrella Damm was almost assured of victory as it closed in on the finish of its NY-BCN record passage, between New York and Barcelona, Spain.Crewmembers Alex Pella, Pepe Ribes and Stan Schreyer are hoping to finish this afternoon with the help of a thermal breeze, which they were worried will drop with the sun this evening.Currently, they have

NY-BCN Boats Grind to a Halt

by Sail Staff, Posted April 19, 2010
After riding an express train across the Atlantic, the two Open 60s vying to establish a new sailing record between New York and Barcelona, Spain, have slowed to a crawl in the Mediterranean.Estrella Damm was the first to enter the Straits of Gibraltar, with W Hotels about 130 miles behind. However, W Hotels has since cut the deficit in half.Although
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