The seven-strong fleet of the 12th Volvo Ocean Race raced out of Alicante on Saturday for the punishing first leg to Cape Town with rains and strong winds forecast to greet them in the opening eight hours.
In-between Olympic Games and ISAF Sailing World Championships, the world's best sailors do many different things. Most of them train and compete full-time. Some work in boatyards or sailing companies. Others have office jobs. And some of them head out to the open ocean... quite literally.
Morgan Larson and the Swiss team Alinghi snatched victory from the hands of their fellow countrymen Realteam in the final race at the Extreme Sailing Series in Nice, to take victory on French waters. With victory they now have one hand firmly placed on the 2014 Series trophy.
Swiss skipper Jérôme Clerc managed to fight off the challenges of the encroaching pack to keep Realteam at the top of the leaderboard on the second day of the Extreme Sailing Series in Nice as the pressure builds with just two days of racing left.
Light winds dominated the opening day of Act 7 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Nice, France calling for pin-point precision from the teams as the battle at the penultimate Act of the 2014 global tour began on the sparkling Mediterranean waters.
It was an epic final day battle in the Laser between Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) and Pavlos Kontides (CYP) at ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao with the Croatian taking the spoils. In the Laser Radial, Dongshuang Zhang (CHN) defended her title ahead of a close knit bunch of racers.
The sailors are enjoying racing at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao. Ahead of racing on the second day we caught up with the few of the world's finest Olympic sailors to hear what they had to say about the venue.
Brazil's Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze sealed a last gasp gold in the 49erFX. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) stylishly sealed gold in the 49er winning the Medal Race whilst a fight for silver and bronze played out behind them.
Only the 49er yellow fleet were able to get racing in on the fourth day at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships as light, teasing winds played havoc across the seven race courses.
The 470, 49er, 49erFX, Finn, Nacra 17 and RS:X fleets were all scheduled for racing early on in the day with the Laser (silver and bronze fleets) and Laser Radial (silver fleet) penned in later in the afternoon.
In life, timing is everything. And, after seven years in the Farr 40 class, the timing was right for New York financier Alex Roepers to achieve a long-held goal of winning the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship.