Ocean Racing

Emirates Team New Zealand Retains Title

by Chris Getman, Posted September 30, 2010
For the first time in history of the series, Emirates Team New Zealand, under leadership of skipper Dean Barker, has won back-to-back Audi MedCup Circuit Championships. On September 25, the New Zealand team finished the season 48.5 points ahead of the U.S. team Quantum Racing, which came in second.Emirates Team New Zealand began its second championship
The Atlantic Cup, a new event intended to promote Class 40 racing in the United States, kicked off in style this past May, with four boats competing for $15,000 in prized money off the U.S. East Coast.Dragon, with Mike Hennessy and Rob Windsor aboard, won the opening double-handed offshore portion from New York Harbor. Cutlass/11th Hour Racing, with Rob

Jessica Watson Enters Sydney-Hobart Race

by Meghan Dente, Posted October 3, 2011
Turning 18 has its perks: the ability to vote, open a bank account and purchase lottery tickets, to name a few. But to Jessica Watson, named Young Australian of the Year in 2010 for being the youngest person to (unofficially) complete a nonstop and unassisted solo circumnavigation of the world, turning 18 meant something entirely different: the ability to enter the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
In 2003, Robert Miller and his monohull Mary Cha IV set the world speed record for sailing from New York to Cape Lizard, at 6 days, 17 hours, 52 minutes and 39 seconds. Giovanni Soldini and his crew aboard Maserati are now looking to shatter it.
French sailors Francois Gabart aboard Macif and Armel Cléac´h aboard Banque Populaire are battling it out in an upwind struggle through the Atlantic Ocean to the finish line. Only 59.2nm behind Gabart, Cléac´h is keeping west in hopes of catching a favorable wind shift.

Countdown to Belief

by Sail Staff, Posted September 14, 2007
After three years of prepping for a dream, American Clay Burkhalter counted the time remaining to the start of Mini Transat 2007. "A state of disbelief" is how he described the feeling as the clock wound down to Sunday.And, after many years of living the dream, the designer of Burkhalter's Mini, Rod Johnstone, could look back and believe that he's moved the ball in the world of

Team Telefonica Optimized

by Sail Staff, Posted June 5, 2008
The Spanish-flagged Volvo Ocean Race team, Telefonica, this week announced the addition of two gold-medalist heavy hitters to their already-strong team of sailors. Spaniards Xabi Fernndez and Jordi Calafat — the former from Palma de Mallorca, the later from the Basque country — have signed on to sail under the leadership of Bouwe Bekking on the team’s Farr-designed VO70.
Call him Torben Grael. That's his name.Or call him Torben Grail . He has the golden touch, and now as skipper of Ericsson 4 he has won two of two legs of the Volvo Ocean Race. The five-time Olympic medalist (two gold) was also tactician for the Luna Rossa challenge for the 2007 America's Cup.He and his crew brought Ericsson 4 across the leg-two finish line at Cochin,

Boston Bash

by David Schmidt, Posted May 18, 2009
The Volvo Ocean Race has been in Boston since the leg winner, Ericsson 4 crossed the finishing line off of Fan Pier on Sunday, April 26. On Saturday, May 9, seven Volvo Open 70s lined up for the in-port racing, held in the waters between Boston and Marblehead, MA. Sadly for the home team, Puma Ocean Racing, Telefonica Blue, a Spanish-flagged entry, walked away with the

Volvo Ocean Race Update

by David Schmidt, Posted November 19, 2009
While the next Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) doesn’t kick off until 2011, gears are spinning rapidly to get the various pieces in place so that teams can design boats, build boats and start test sailing their craft. As the past two editions have made completely clear, VOR teams that start early, train hard and are the most prepared are certain to be strong contenders, if not outright winners. It was no
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