The Volvo Ocean Race's only North American stopover in Newport, Rhode Island, was set to open with a fanfare on Tuesday, while less than 500 nautical miles (nm) away at sea, six boats were battling desperately to become the first to join the party.
The Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series Act 3, Qingdao came to a nail-biting conclusion, as SAP Extreme Sailing Team took their first ever Act win - and just for good measure, they scooped the Land Rover Above and Beyond Award for their outstanding performance as a team in China.
A patchy seven-knot breeze blew across the Chinese racecourse today as the nine international Extreme 40s took to the water in the shadows of the Qingdao skyscrapers at Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series. The change in conditions mirrored a change in rank within the fleet, as Team Turx powered by Kaya Ropes stepped up to the mark.
The world's largest, most diverse fleet of offshore racing yachts will set sail from the Solent on 16th August in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial Rolex Fastnet Race. 2015 marks the 90th anniversary of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and with it a record-sized fleet with as many as 350 boats is expected to take part.
Tactical decisions, exhaustion - and seaweed - were the main preoccupations of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet midway through Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Friday as the teams hurtled towards a point east of the Caribbean
The ISAF Sailing World Championships in Aarhus in 2018 will be the biggest World Championships ever. This was the message when the contract was signed today between the organisers and the International Sailing Federation, ISAF.
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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