The 2014 RS:One Trikora Beach World Championship has officially taken off in Bintan island, Indonesia. For the first time, Indonesia, the 2018 Asian Games organisers, is holding an international RS:One event with the strongest fleet an RS:One world championships has seen so far.
When the cannon fires sending the 118 entries on their way in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's 70th Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on December 26, two yachts will stand out, because they first competed back in the early days of the race.
The Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias visited the Race Dock to meet the 16 Barcelona World Race skippers who represent nine different nationalities as they make their final preparations for their eight IMOCA 60s in readiness to start to the 24,000 miles non-stop race around the world on December 31st.
One design racing has so far served up just the outcome Volvo Ocean Race fans, sailors and organisers alike had hoped for with the introduction of the new identical Volvo Ocean 65s - incredibly close-fought racing and thrilling finishes.
It is mission accomplished for Ernesto Bertarelli's Swiss team Alinghi, as Morgan Larson and the team grabbed victory with both hands at Act 8 Sydney, presented by Land Rover, and with it the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series title.
A return to Europe saw the greatest distribution of medals among the sailing nations. For the first time since 1900, not country won more than one gold with 15 medals shared by 11 nations. Denmark finished with three, a gold and two silver; the USSR a gold and silver; the USA a gold and bronze. Belgian Andre Nelis won bronze in the Finn to add to the silver he'd won four years before. Timir Pinegin's gold in the Star was the USSR's first in sailing, his boat built by Skip Etchells in Old Greenwich Connecticut, USA. Elvstrom won his third gold in the Finn and fourth successive gold; an achievement still without compare. Greece issued a stamp to commemorate Crown Prince Constantine's victory in the Dragons, settled with a fourth in the seventh and final race. It was his country's first-ever yachting medal and, remarkably the 20-year old prince had sailed the class only since February. His mother, Queen Fredericka, embraced her son at the close of the competition and then playfully pushed him into the water in front of King Paul. Constantine's grandfather had been one of those who worked tirelessly with de Coubertin to bring the modern Olympics to life. Though Rome was host city, the sailing event took place in the south in the Bay of Naples. The 5.5-Metres were won by American George O'Day, a former Harvard football player, and later a famous boat maker. O'Day had won the US trials in an Einar Ohlson-designed boat but when she was destroyed by a runaway truck, her purchased Minotaur, designed by Ray Hunt, who was the father of his bowman. O'Day scored five 1sts and two 2nds. Peder Lunde Jr, scion of Norway's most famous family, won gold in the newly introduced Flying Dutchman two-man dinghy with Hans Fogh, then sailing for Denmark before his move to Canada, taking the silver.
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