Roundup: This Week’s Top Sailing Stories

Lots of things happened in the sailing world this past week. Here we’ll break down the top stories in sailing for the week ending February 26, 2011.

Rambler 100 Breaks RORC Caribbean 600 Monohull Record

Maxi yacht Rambler 100, whose crew of 22 included the entire PUMA Ocean Racing team, broke the monohull race record for the RORC Carribean 600, crossing the finish line in Antigua with an elapsed time of 1 day, 16 hours, 20 minutes and 2 seconds. The record was previously held by race rival ICAP Leopard. Rambler 100 and ICAP Leopard locked horns over 600 miles of high-speed action in a fight to the finish, but it was Rambler that took the record for the third edition of the RORC Caribbean 600. Continue reading »

Groupe Edmond de Rothschild Takes Act 1 of Extreme Sailing Series in Oman

It was what has become a classic Extreme Sailing Series finish to Act 1 at The Wave, Muscat, Oman. The all-French team of Groupe Edmond de Rothschild clinched victory in the final double points race at the end of an astonishing 32 races over 5 days. “I didn’t know what to expect in terms of emotion in the case of victory, I didn’t have time to digest it as my crew threw me in the water,” said an emotional Pierre Pennec who was in tears at the finish. “I am very emotional as it’s a lot of work, a lot of personal investment. It’s a long time now that I wanted to drive an Extreme 40, and winning ahead of all these champions, it’s amazing.” Continue reading »

ACEA Reveals America’s Cup World Series Dates

With final venue bids under review, the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) released the inaugural America’s Cup World Series (AC World Series) dates. The first half of the AC World Series will consist of five nine-day regattas in 2011, finishing up with three more regattas by mid-2012. The winning host cities for the 2011-2012 AC World Series will be revealed in the coming weeks.

“We are incredibly pleased with the potential choices we have before us, with venues that offer the kind of up-close action that fans want to see,” said Richard Worth, Chairman, ACEA. “We are finalizing our slate now. We feel very confident that each America’s Cup World Series event will be first-class, creating a real foundation for future editions of the circuit.” Continue reading »

AC45 Back on The Water in New Zealand

“It is fantastic!” This was Paul Cayard’s verdict after a four-hour sail on the AC45 catamaran in beautiful conditions on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf today. Cayard and a crew from Artemis Racing put the cat through a thorough testing session.
Weekend boaters out on the water in force were thrilled to see the America’s Cup cat fly past – less than a week after it capsized in a freak wind gust in the Rangitoto Channel. After the capsize, the damaged wing was taken to the Core Builders facility in Warkworth, north of Auckland, where a small team, including the America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) team and members of the Artemis Racing crew, executed a flawless repair in just four days. Continue reading»

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