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America’s Cup 35

A proud nation! Bermuda It’s done and dusted.  The Kiwis were a force too strong to be reckoned with.  They innovated and backed themselves! The Cup now returns to New Zealand where a nation that is passionate about sailing and will embrace it with gusto. Today’s race was just a rerun of the other 8. […]

America’s Cup 35

Bermuda This cake is pretty well baked.   There are people remembering the comeback of all time in 2013.  Same teams, same situation with ETNZ on match point and Oracle with a very steep hill to climb.  But the situation is much different.  There is no “low hanging fruit” this time.  The boats are very […]

America’s Cup 35

Oracle and New Zealand crossing tacks. Photo by Richard Smith Bermuda Races 5 and 6 of the 35th America’s Cup were held today on Great Sound in Bermuda in 10 knots of wind.  The question on everyone’s mind was: Did Oracle Team USA find some speed to make this Cup competitive?  The answer is yes! […]

America’s Cup 35

Bermuda Races three and four were run today on Great Sound and the result was the same. He KIWI dominance in this wind range is impressive. The Kiwi foils and wing combine to generate 7-10% more speed around the race course over the American boat. The questions are; do the Americans know what to do […]

America’s Cup 35

Oracle vs ETNZ start of race 2.      Photos by Richard Smith Bermuda The first two races of America’s Cup 35 were held today on Great Sound in Bermuda.  The conditions were on the lighter side of the spectrum with east winds at 8 knots.  This meant that the wind was blowing over the […]

America’s Cup 35

Photos by Richard Smith Bermuda The final race of the Challenger Playoff Final was held today on a cloud covered and squally day on Great Sound.  There was an abandoned race that featured the Kiwis leading at mark 1, 2 and 3 and then the wind completely shut down and the time limit ran out. […]

America’s Cup 35

Bermuda Races 4, 5 and 6 of the Challenger Playoff Final were held today in winds from 16 knots to as little as 11 knots.  The big factor for the day was that the teams both changed their daggerboards in opposite directions.  The Swedes went for the small, high speed boards which are best suited […]

America’s Cup 35

Bermuda Today was the first day of the Challenger Playoff Final featuring Artemis of Sweden against ETNZ of New Zealand.  This event used to be known as the Louis Vuitton Cup.  Three races were held in a building breeze that started out at 7 knots and finished up around 12 knots from the southwest. Artemis […]

America’s Cup 35

Bermuda One race was held today between Artemis and Softbank Japan in 20 knots from the south.  Japan hit something underwater about an hour before the start.  There didn’t appear to be significant damage to their boat but the investigation by the shore team definitely through the Japanese off their pre game program. In the […]

America’s Cup 35

Artemis goes 3-0 when it counts.   Photos by Richard Smith Bermuda Six races were held in the Challenger Playoff Semifinal today on Great Sound in 12-14 knots from the south.  With yesterday’s races lost to winds in the 30 knot range, Race organizers were keen to try to catch up on the schedule today. […]

America’s Cup 35

Artemis stuffing the windward hull. Photos by Richard Smith Bermuda Big day on Great Sound.  Four races were held at the upper limit of the wind range today and the skills of these sailors were tested.  The pre start jostling was rather tame today and in three out of the four starts, one of the teams was […]

America’s Cup 35

Match of the Day-Oracle vs. ETNZ Bermuda The final four races of the qualifications series for the 35th America’s Cup were held today in Bermuda in 12 knots dropping to as little as 8 knots as the day went on. New Zealand vs. Oracle Team USA was the first race of the 35th America’s Cup […]

America’s Cup 35

Bermuda Last night after I wrote my piece I realized that there is a lot at stake in today’s race between ETNZ and Oracle.  In fact, it may be the first race of the America’s Cup Finals! If ETNZ wins the Louis Vuitton Cup, they will race Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup Finals […]

America’s Cup 35

Artemis back on their game! Bermuda The wind was back today on Great Sound! 15 knots of wind from the South greeted the competitors and four races were held.  Different to other days, the wind was steady in both direction and velocity across the course. This made the racing less volatile and relatively tame.  All […]

America’s Cup 35

Softbank and Oracle looked solid in the trying conditions Bermuda Four races were held at the very bottom of the wind range today on Great Sound. The wind speed topped out at 7 knots today while 6 knots is the minimum windspeed for racing as stipulated in the rules. All boats struggled to keep the […]

America’s Cup 35

America’s Cup Village photo by Ricardo Pinto Bermuda No races were held today in Bermuda as the wind was too light or non existent.  A Big high pressure system has come and squatted on us. Today’s schedule is moved to tomorrow with a slightly better forecast of southwesterly wind at 4 knots building to 8 knots and building to […]

America’s Cup 35

Artemis has had a tough 24 hours. Bermuda Three races were held today on Great Sound in 12- 14 knots of wind. It was a day to get more racing in as the forecast for the next few days is very light.  However the schedule was set in stone and so no changes were made. […]

America’s Cup 35

Artemis with pace! Bermuda The final three races of round robin 1 were held today on Great Sound.  The conditions were a bit windier than the first two days and the surprises kept coming. Race 13 featured Groupama Team France against BAR of the UK.  Ben Ainsley schooled Frank Camas on the starting line almost […]

America’s Cup 35

Oracle Team USA and Softbank Nippon duel at start of race 12. Bermuda Six fantastic races were held today on Great Sound, Bermuda, in 12 dropping to 8 knots from the southwest. What is of interest in a condition like this is to see who has the light air boards on and who has the all […]

America’s Cup 35

BAR and Softbank duel before the start Bermuda The 35th America’s Cup got underway today with 6 matches.  The conditions were ideal with southwest winds of 11-13 knots and flats seas.  The race course is inside Great Sound and the America’s Cup village and bases are at Dockyard, the most western extremity of the island. […]

St. Barth’s Super Yacht Regatta

Photos by Carlo Borlenghi St. Barths, French West Indies Today was the final day of racing of the St. Barth’s Bucket, the annual Super Yacht regatta down here in the Caribbean. I sailed as tactician onboard Rosehearty, once again, with my friend Joey Kaempfer and a fantastic team. We trained a bit on Wednesday and […]

Sydney Harbor Series

Sydney Last summer, my results were pretty bad on the TP52 Phoenix. I was feeling pretty down about it all and looking forward to getting back on a winning path this spring. When the owner sold the boat, that closed the door on redemption, seemingly. Then I got asked to come down to Sydney and […]

Levin Final

Photo by Marco Oquendo Coconut Grove The wind had difficulty materializing this morning but we finally got one race going around 12:40 in 6 knots of wind from the southeast. After yesterday’s results, things were tight at the top and with the fickle conditions today, anything could have happened. Danny and I had a decent […]

Levin Memorial

Photos by Marco Oquendo Coconut Grove Three races were held today on Biscayne Bay for the Star class. A relatively large fleet of 33 boats were on the race track this morning ready to take on the mild easterly winds. I am sailing with my son Danny this weekend. Yesterday I flew to Miami from […]

Star Midwinter Championship

Photos Marco Oquendo Coconut Grove Three races were scheduled but only two races were held today on Biscayne Bay before the wind pipped up ahead of a front that will hit Miami tonight. The first race started at 10:30 in 12 knots from the southwest. Josh and I had great speed and got to the […]

Star Mid Winter Championship

Photos Marco Oquendo Coconut Grove Only one race was held today on Biscayne Bay and it was trying.  The race committee postponed ashore again today waiting for wind and finally around 13:30 a feeble southeasterly breeze filled in at 5 knots. The wind died throughout the race to less than 1 knot at the finish. […]

Star Mid Winter Championship

Coconut Grove Josh and I are back at it here in Miami in the Star Mid Winter Championship, four days of racing with up to 8 races in total.  The first two days races will count for the Bob Levin Memorial trophy.  Today’s racing was delayed while the race committee waited for the northwesterly wind to […]

Star Sailors League-Day 4

Nassau, Bahamas Today was the final day of the Qualification Series at the SSL Final and it didn’t go as well as Josh and I hoped for.  We ended up where we started the day… in 15th.  We had glimpses of upward movement; leading at the first mark of the first race. But I forgot to go back […]

Star Sailors League Finals

Nassau, Bahamas Three races were held today on Montague Bay for the Star fleet. The southeasterly winds were considerably lighter than the previous days at 8 knots dropping to as little as 4 knots by the end of the day. Mark Medleblatt and Brian Fatih sailed very consistently to take the lead in the series […]

Star Sailors League Finals

Nassau, Bahamas Four races were held today outside Montegue Bay offf the east end of New Providence Island.  The wind was easterly at 14 knots for the first race dropping to 7  knots for the fourth race.  There was a 15 degree persistent shift to the southeast as the day went on. Josh and I didn’t have […]

Star Sailors League Press

Nassau Here is the official SSL press release from the first day of racing. SSL Finals 2016 November 28th – December 4th Nassau, Bahamas BATTLE COMMENCES AT SSL FINALS 2016 The 4th edition of the Star Sailors League Finals kicked off in earnest today with two qualifying races. The early exchanges confirmed the amazing quality […]

Star Sailors League

Nassau, Bahamas We are back in Nassau for the 4th Star Sailors League Final. The Star Sailors League (SSL) is the creation of Michel Niklaus, a Swiss Star sailor who has a dream.  Michel’s dream is to bring together the best sailors in the world and have them compete against each other.  The boat that […]

TP52 Super Series Cascais

Cascais, Portugal We had a very rough day today on Phoenix.  We actually finished last in both races! I can’t remember ever doing that.  The conditions were 8-11 knots from the south which is a bit more wind than previous days. In the first race today, I tried to win the pin end of the […]

TP 52 Super Series Cascais

Cascais, Portugal Four races were sailed on Thursday and Friday over here in Portugal for the Tp52 fleet.  The winds have been light all week and this is our weakness on Phoenix.  We have larger appendages than the newer boats and we feel it especially downwind.  On Thursday, we made the mistake of contorting our […]

TP 52 Super Series-Cascais

Cascais, Portugal The final TP 52 Super Series event of 2016 started yesterday in the Atlantic Ocean off Cascais Portugal.  There are 10 TP52’s here for the 5 day event which ends on Saturday. On Tuesday, two races were held in 6-9 knots of wind from the southwest and smooth seas. In the first one, […]

J70 World Championship-Final

Photo’s by Zerogradinord San Francisco The final two races of the 2016 J70 World Championship were held on Berkeley Circle Saturday.  The fleet made the 5 mile trek down to the circle in the customary light morning winds and for one last time, the arduous trek back to the St. Francis Yacht Club in the […]

J70 World Championship 2016

Photos by Zerogradinord San Francisco Three races were held today on Berkeley Circle for the J70 fleet.  The wind for the first two races was 10-12 knots and it was osculating giving plenty of opportunities to all the competitors. On Calvi Network we had a solid first race, finishing 3rd right behind Claudia Rossi, the […]

J70 World Championship-Day 3

photos by Zerogradinord San Francisco Two races were held today on Berkeley Circle for the J70 fleet. The first one was in non-planing conditions of 8-12 knots and the second had winds of 15-20 knots. It’s impressive how competitive the fleet is.  Yesterday’s convincing winner, Flojito, scored a 20 and 10 today.  Judd Smith who […]