It was a long day in Palma with the late coming sea breeze delaying racing. Patience paid off and the second day in the Trofeo Sofia IBEROSTAR provided great racing and allowed to the qualification stage to be completed. A seventh race was completed for the kites who will go into Medal Race mode on Wednesday.
Four boats in the Volvo Ocean Race celebrated rounding the venerated landmark of Cape Horn on Monday, a pleasure cruelly denied Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) after the Chinese boat's mast was broken early in a dramatic day on Leg 5.
The wind played dirty tricks all day in Palma on the sailors and race committees who had to juggle with big shifts and different pressure. From 4 to 20 knots, and reaching 40 in some gusts, the wind turned around the bay playing with everybody's nerves.
Ghosting across the line in the inky blackness of a Mediterranean spring night, finally slicing through the finish line set on the very waters where some 40 odd years ago he cut his teeth as a young, aspiring sailor harbouring great dreams, at 01:47:00hrs local time Guillermo Altadill and his talented, ever reliable Chilean co-skipper Jose Muñoz secured second placed in this third edition of the Barcelona World Race, the round the world race for two crew which left the Catalan capital on December 31st 2014.
Rob Douglas (USA) heads to the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards as the Outright World Speed Record Holder at 55.65 knots. A record that is under threat at the moment. Find out Rob's thoughts on his nomination and his record.
Aruba's Sarah-Quita Offringa is excited for the night ahead at the 2011 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year awards. The young sailor has had a fantastic year and her achievements certainly haven't gone unrecognised. Hear her thoughts on her nomination here.
As she puts it, Dee Caffari (GBR) is humbled to be nominated for the 2011 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year award. The Ocean Racer also talks about the great variation of sailing disciplines within the nominees and what her long term goals are.
Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) won the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award in 2009 and after another great year which saw her place on the podium at several events she is back again, nominated alongside a strong list of the year's best female sailors.
Caught up with Lorenzo Bressani at the 2011 ISAF Annual Conference earlier who spoke about his second nomination. The Italian also spoke about his goals moving forward and his aspirations of sailing in the Extreme Sailing Series and America's Cup.
Nominations are now invited for the 2011 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, the most prestigious award of recognition in the sport of sailing. Since the first Awards presentation in 1994, the nominees and winners have always included the highest achievers from all disciplines of the sport.