Ocean Racing

Another Setback for W Hotels

by Sail Staff, Posted April 16, 2010
The three sailors aboard the Open 60 W Hotels were dealt another blow early this morning when they broached after being struck by a large wave. The trio had been waiting for an opportunity to re-ship its port rudder, which had only recently been repaired.Although there were no injuries, the boat is now over 100 miles behind its rival Estrella Damm, which crewmembers Alex

Newport-Bermuda Entries Near 200

by Sail Staff, Posted April 15, 2010
With a month to go until the registration deadline, organizers have logged about 200 entries for the 47th Newport Bermuda Race, set to start June 18. The biannual race logged a record 265 starters in 2006—the year of its centennial. But in 2008 that number dropped to 198 boats.“Despite the economic turmoil since the last start, we have a wonderful turnout from around the world,

NY-BCN Update

by Adam Cort, Posted April 14, 2010
Seven days after setting out from New York City, the two IMOCA Open 60s Estrella Damm and W Hotels are separated by just under 17 miles as they continue on their way to Barcelona, Spain. The two boats have covered just over 2,000 miles and have about 1,700 miles to go. Each is vying to set benchmark time for other boats to beat in the coming years between the two
After coming in second place overall in the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race, PUMA has decided to do it again in 2011-12, once again under the leadership of skipper Ken Read.PUMA joins France’s Groupama syndicate, Italia 70 and Team Abu Dhabi as officially declared entries. About 20 other syndicates are reportedly working to put together viable campaigns for the race as

NY-BCN Boats Set Sail

by Adam Cort, Posted April 8, 2010
The crews of the two matched IMOCA Open 60 Estrella Damm and W-Hotels set out today from Ambrose light, at the mouth of New York Harbor, on their way to set a new record between New York City and Barcelona, Spain. Both yachts are carrying a mixed Spanish-American three-man crew. The passage is expected to take about three weeks.In a weather briefing on Wednesday,

Southern Straits Smashup

by Adam Cort, Posted April 7, 2010
This year’s Southern Straits race, held April 2 by the West Vancouver Yacht Club, was hammered by big winds and even bigger seas, which forced most of the fleet to retire and sent one boat to the bottom: the 30-foot custom racer Incisor.The race, which was marking its 42nd year, features a three separate course across the Strait of Georgia measuring between 58 and 127 nautical
On Thursday March 17, with blisters on her hands and sores on her bottom, sailor Lia Ditton rowed into Antigua, a proud finisher of the Atlantic Rowing Race. For 73 days, she and a partner rowed in 12-hour shifts from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean. They crossed 2,500 miles nonstop with no assistance. Rowing in close quarters

Open 60s Set for Dash to Spain

by Sail Staff, Posted March 29, 2010
The two nearly identical Open 60 monohulls set to establish an inaugural New York-Barcelona (NY-BCN) Transoceanic Sailing Record have arrived in New York in preparation for their passage across the Atlantic sometime in mid-April.This past week, hundreds of New Yorkers gathered at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden to take part in the opening of a Transoceanic Sailing Exhibit that
The Volvo Race will once again be making a stop in the United States, this time in the port of Miami. Organizers have announced that for the 2011-12 running, the fleet will finish there at the end of a leg beginning in Brazil.Miami will then serve as the jumping-off point for a transatlantic leg finishing in Lisbon. According to race organizers, Miami fought off a number of other North

Around the World in 48 Days

by Adam Cort, Posted March 22, 2010
It took five long years, but Bruno Peyron and Orange 2 no longer hold the record for the fastest circumnavigation under sail. That honor—and the Jules Verne Trophy that goes with it—now belongs to skipper Franck Cammas, navigator Stan Honey and the rest of the crew of the maxi-trimaran Groupama 3, which did it in an incredible 48 days 7 hours 44 minutes and 52 seconds! That’s an
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