Racing News

Racing: Know Your Rules

by Adam Cort, Posted December 13, 2012
Boat A sails up from astern to establish an overlap with boat B about 20 seconds before the start and immediately begins luffing up to try to pinch off boat B at the committee boat...
Attention BVI Spring Regatta racers: Due to a busy Caribbean racing schedule, the dates for the annual BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival have changed to March 25-31, 2013.

Olympics 2016: Road to Rio

by Josh Adams, Posted December 6, 2012
With the Weymouth Olympic Regatta now more than three months behind us, and a deep-dive evaluation of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program complete, we’re focused on a strategy designed to return U.S. sailors to the podium.
Vincent Riou of France surrendered his spot in the 2012 Vendee Globe Sunday morning, becoming the seventh skipper to retire from the race. After he collided with a FO (floating object) Saturday, Riou damaged his boat’s monohull and the shroud underneath his outrigger.
Rolex Watch U.S.A. and US Sailing announced Monday Rolex will renew their long-standing sponsorship of US Sailing, the sport’s national governing body.

Early Drama in the Vendée

by Adam Cort, Posted November 19, 2012
A little over a week into the 2012-13 Vendée Globe, with the doldrums still ahead of much of the fleet, and already the field of 20 has been reduced by four, with a fifth looking to be in serious trouble.
  "That's it... We've smashed the arse off it!” tweeted the Vestas Sailrocket 2 team on Friday. The team broke the 500 meter speed record, with an average of 59.38 knots Friday in Ludertiz, Namibia.
The 2012 ISAF Annual Conference wrapped up Sunday and released the decision that windsurfing, not kiteboarding, will be included in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The Vendée Globe is off to an eventful start. Nineteen of the 20 skippers were at the start line on Saturday, November 11 in Les Sables d’Olonne, France, for the 24,048 mile solo race around the world.
The 20 solo sailors preparing for the 28,050-mile Vendée Globe race around the world that begins tomorrow can breathe a momentary sigh of relief tonight, as the weather forecast for the start of their journey looks mild.
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