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.
Team Germany, composed of the Farr 40 Struntje Light owned by Wolfgang Schaefer and the Melges 32 Teasing Machine owned by Jean Francois Cruette, dominated the coastal race and now sits at the top of the overall classification in the Audi Sardinia Cup, the ISAF Offshore Team World Championship organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.
Team Italy 2, composed of the Farr 40 Joe Fly and the Melges 32 B Lin Sailing, heads the overall classification at the end of day one of the Audi Sardinia Cup, the ISAF Offshore Team World Championship.
Eight teams representing seven nations - Germany, Italy (two teams), Malta, Monaco, Switzerland, Great Britain and United States - are ready to compete in the 2010 ISAF Offshore Team World Championship, also known as the Audi Sardinia Cup taking place in Porto Cervo from 28 June to 3 July.
Sardinia Rolex Cup - ISAF Offshore Team World Championship 2008
20 Jun 08
Team Spain continue to head the battle for the ISAF Offshore Team World Championship title, although the Italians are now snapping at their heels after the distance race on day three of the Sardinia Rolex Cup.