Sailing Weekly #13

Duane Farrar Crowned Blind Sailing World Champion
With weather conditions causing races to be abandoned for half the event, it was a wonder that four races took place on the final day of the IFDS Blind Sailing World & International Championship, presented by Wintrust.

New Leader at J/24 North Americans
Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Day three of the J/24 Pape Chevrolet North American Championship brought another leader to the top of the board. Will Welles’ Cougar secured a 3,1 on Saturday to move into first place with an 11-point advantage over second-place Nicolas Cubria’s Worknet of Argentina.

Max Winds for Maxi Finale
Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Porto Cervo laid on ‘best day of the year’ conditions for the finale of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and the International Maxi Association. After Friday’s postponed layday, the 39 competing Maxis today enjoyed winds that peaked at 24 knots and a growing sea state off Porto Cervo.

Second Sailing Champions League in Sardinia in two weeks
Sail World
For the second time in sailing history, the Sailing Champions League is taking place, with this year’s event being hosted at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo in Sardinia from 18th to 20th September 2015.

Qasim wins national sailing championship
The News Pakistan
Pakistan Navy’s Qasim Abbas grabbed the first position in the National Sailing Championship that concluded at PAF Yacht Club here on Sunday.

2015 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – Day 1 – Champagne sailing in paradise
Sail World
Opening salvos were fired today between the 40 boats competing in the MYRC and the Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in conjunction with the International Maxi Association.

Volvo Ocean Race – Persico to build new Volvo Ocean 65s
Sail World
Italian boatyard Persico Marine has won the prestigious contract to construct new one-design Volvo Ocean 65 boats, depending on orders, for the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2017-18.

Guo Chuan’s Qingdao China approaches Arctic sailing record
Want China Times
Chinese skipper Guo Chuan, leading an international crew on a 97-foot trimaran, set sail on September 3 from Russia to attempt the first non-stop sailing world record along the Northeast Passage from Murmansk to the Bering Strait between Alaska (USA) and Russia. Here’s an update on September 8.

ISAF Sailing WC Melbourne – Laser qualifying regatta extends program
Sail World
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne organisers have extended the original on-water program to host a Laser qualifying regatta immediately before the Sailing World Cup, to give those athletes outside the top 30 Laser (male) and Laser radial (female) sailors in the world the chance to compete alongside those directly invited by the governing International Sailing Federation (ISAF).

2015 Rolex Fastnet Race – Dorade completes historic campaign
Sail World
Defying critics who said it couldn’t be done, Dorade has completed a four-year campaign to repeat all of the major ocean races she won in the 1930s, finishing up on the podium at the 2015 RFR, where she took second in IRC Class four and seventh overall out of 356 boats.

Matt Mitchell sues International Sailing Federation over America’s Cup suspension
Stuff NZ
Former America’s Cup sailor Matt Mitchell is suing the International Sailing Federation, asking that his penalty from the 2013 regatta be vacated.

Rio 2016

Rio 2016 spots up for grabs at ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao
Sail World
The stakes at ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao, taking place from 14-20 September 2015, will be raised with Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition places on the line.

Rio 2016: Eight sailors named in Team GB Rio Olympic squad
World champion Giles Scott is among eight British sailors who are the first to be selected for the Rio Olympic Team GB squad


Clipper Race

Squalls hit Clipper fleet as leaders approach the Doldrums
My Sailing
The conditions at the front of the fleet have become more tropical with lots of squall activity as the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), known as the Doldrums amongst sailors, approaches, with the monsoon trough having widened dramatically all the way across the Atlantic.

Clipper Race: LMAX Exchange claims maximum points at Scoring Gate
Scuttlebutt Sailing News
GREAT Britain and Derry~Londonderry~Doire are fighting for the remaining Scoring Gate points, following Clipper Round the World Yacht Race race leader LMAX Exchange winning the maximum three points last night when it crossed the line first.