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America’s Cup 35-Challenger Playoff

Bermuda The Challenger Playoff started today on Great Sound in 15 knots from the southeast. The first pairing featured ETNZ against BAR while the second pairing was Artemis vs. Softbank Japan. Each pair was to race two matches today. In the first race, ETNZ handily won the start over BAR and led around the first mark and […]

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. […]

Australian IRC National Championship

photos by Andrea Francolini Sydney After four days of racing and a mix of conditions, Team Beau Geste came out on top of the Australian National Championship.  It was an honor to sail with Karl Kwok and his team.  I have known Karl for many years dating back to the Admirals Cup days in the […]

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 […]

J70 World Championship-Day 2

Photo by Zergradinord San Francisco Three races were held on Berkeley Circle for the 68 international teams competing in the J70 World Championship on Wednesday.  The conditions were once again, true San Francisco.  The fog was lurking if not covering the race course, the wind had bite, and blew 14-18 knots. There was a big […]

J70 World Championship-2016

photo’s by Zerogradinord San Francisco 68 J70’s lined up for the first two races of the 2016 World Championship on Tuesday on Berkeley Circle… the eastern side of San Francisco Bay.  After three days of “non San Francisco” conditions over the wekend-85 degrees with sailors waiting around for wind while complaining of it being to hot in the parking lot-“San […]

TP52 World Championship 2016

Photos by Nico Martinez Mahon, Menorca Day 5 provided the fleet with races 9 & 10, both in a huge seaway of 2-3 meters from the north.  The wind in the first race was north northeast between 10 and 14 knots and the wind in the second race started at 16 knots and dropped to […]

TP52 World Championship 2016

Photos Max Ranchi Mahon, Menorca Two races were held today off the east coast of Menorca. The wind in the first race was 8 knots from the Southwest and the second race had 16 knots from the Northeast.  There was a big wind shift between the two races and the Race Committee did a good […]

TP52 World Championship

52 World Championship – 52 Super Series- Photo’s © Zerogradinord Two race were held yesterday in a wide range of conditions.  The wind speed was between 5 and 20 knots and the direction went from 225 to 355.   The first attempt at the second race was abandoned midway due to a collapse of the wind […]

TP52 World Championship 2016

Photo by Mauro Melandri-Zerogradinord Mahon, Menorca Today was the second day of the 2016 TP52 World Championship here in Mahon.  Lighter conditions prevailed for races 3 and 4.  Onboard Phoenix we made a few changes and were very competitive in terms of speed. In the first race, after a good start, we fouled Alegre half […]

TP52 World Championship Day 1

Mahon, Menorca The 2016 TP52 World Championship began Wednesday with two windward leeward races in 12-20 knots from the southwest.  There was a decent seaway as a front had passed through the area during the night. The World Championship fleet consists of 12 boats from 8 countries.  The racing is very tight as all the […]

J70 Lake Garda Final

Photos by Marta Rovatti Studihrad Riva del Garda Five more races we held over Saturday and Sunday for the J70, Alcatel Italian Circuit Championship. The conditions continued to be challenging on Saturday, in that they were not classic Lake Garda.  Saturday featured light winds where the left side of the course paid hugely most of the time. […]

J70 Riva del Garda

Photo by Marta Rovatti Studihrad Riva del Garda I am here in Italy training with the team that I will race with at the J70 World Championship laster this month in San Francisco.  It is an Italian team and this weekend were are racing the final event of their annual circuit.  Three days and 9 […]

Star District 6 Championship-Vancouver

English Bay Danny and I came up to Vancouver to race against the best of the northwest on Labor Day weekend.  Danny recently moved to Seattle, we thought we would join in the racing up here in beautiful Vancouver BC, home of Star World Champion Ross McDonnald.  Ross, no longer sailing the Star, was mountain […]

Lake Sunapee Open

Harbor at Sunapee Yacht Club Newport, New Hampshire This weekend I participated in the Lake Sunapee Open in the Star Class. The northeast has a long tradition of Star Class racing and Lake Sunapee has had Star racing since 1939. I have long wanted to experience racing on these lakes and finally my opportunity came. […]