Racing News

Kiwis Looking Dominant

by Adam Cort, Posted July 24, 2013
Not only did ETNZ once again lead from wire to wire, the team managed to cross the finish line more than 2 minutes ahead of the Italians, despite losing their jib just before the race’s midpoint after a halyard shackle failed.
While the races of the AC34 were postponed on August 17-18, 2013, 25 youth O’Pen BIC sailors took on the blustery weather to show off their skills in a Hi-Wind Slalom course at the America’s Cup Village Marina Green in San Francisco, CA. 
It was a tough year for the 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre (TJV) and Mini Transat races, thanks to a series of storms that churned their way through the Atlantic at the same time as their scheduled starts in late October.

Virbac-Paprec 3 Wins the 2011 Transat Jacques Vabre

by Meghan Dente, Posted November 28, 2011
French duo Jean-Pierre Dick and Jérémie Beyou aboard Virbac-Paprec 3 finished first at the tenth anniversary of the Transat Jacques Vabre on Friday, November 18. It took the pair 15 days, 18 hours and 54 seconds to sail from Le Havre, France to the Puerto Limon, Costa Rica finish line.
The International Sailing Federation has begun holding its women's skiff and mixed multihull evaluations for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition at the High Performance Sailing Centre, Santander, Spain.
After four days of intense racing in the US Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta, Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer, and Debbie Capozzi of Team Maclaren emerged victorious. The final match-up against Sally Barkow’s Team 6 Match Race proved challenging.
On June 30, the Herreshoff Marine Museum’s America’s Cup Hall of Fame added three famous names to their list of accomplished individuals during a gala in Newport, Rhode Island. Patrizio Bertelli, Jonathan Wright and Gerard Lambert have all made contributions to the race and sailing in their own ways.
The key is to see the blades of a turbine as a sail being tacked along a constrained course, or to recognize that a windmill generates energy that can be put to many uses.

All Female Volvo Team

by Adam Cort, Posted November 9, 2012
For the first time since 2002, the Volvo Ocean Race will include a boat with an all-female crew. Sponsored by the Swedish forestry company SCA, the all-female effort was both the first to sign up for the event and the first to confirm an order for one of the new 65-foot one-designs that will be used in the 2014-15 edition of the race.
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.
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