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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. […]

Matha’s Vineyard Round the Island Race

Saturday, an 80 boat fleet of various sizes and speeds, raced the 57 nm course, counter clockwise around Marth’s Vineyard.  The forecast was not great but in the end, a nice southwesterly seabreeze filled in and helped the fleet get around before dark. In the TP52 class, we had a good battle with Vesper and […]

Edgartown Race Week Final

Edgartown, MA It was a rainy and dreary start to the day out here on Marth’s Vineyard. By 11:00, it became a blustery and rainy day.  The racing started at 11:00 and I haven’t sailed in that much rain in a while. Three races were held for the TP 52’s today.  Phoenix won the day with […]

Edgartown Race Week

Edgartown, Marth’s Vineyard This is the third leg of the east coast IRC summer series. 4 races were held today, in 9-12 knots from the southwest for the IRC fleet.  The three TP52’s had hard fought battles as usual. Onboard Phoenix, we had 4 good starts. The left looked good in the first half of […]

Rolex NYYC Race Week-Final

Photo by Daniel Forester-IRC 1 start Newport, Rhode Island The wind was very late to fill in today leaving just enough time for one race. At the start we had 8 knots from the southwest and a rolling sea. Onboard Phoenix we felt the left side was going to have more wind so we started […]

Rolex NYYC Race Week-Day 3

Newport, Rhode Island IRC class 1, which includes the TP52’s was assigned to the “stadium” course inside the Bay and in front of Fort Adams today.  The wind were light, under 10 knots throughout the racing period.  Racing got cut a bit short at 14:00 as a large thunderstorm built just to the north of […]

Rolex NYYC Race Week-Day 2

Newport, RI The Race Committee sent us on the Coastal Race today.  The wind was blowing 15-20 knots form the south today. The course had us starting just north of the Jamestown Bridge, sailing upwind, south to a sea buoy about 3 miles south of Castle Hill and then all the way back north, into […]

Rolex NYYC Race Week

Vesper (inside) and Spookie rounding the windward mark. Newport, R.I. I am here in Newport racing onboard Phoenix, a TP 52 designed by Botin. We raced the boat a month ago here and broke our mast.  It has been a very tight schedule to get the mast repaired and the boat back out on the […]

Star District Championship-Final

Marina Del Rey All 15 teams were back out on the Santa Monica Bay today for the final three races of the District 5 Championship. The conditions for race 4 (first of today) were 9 knots from the southwest, sunshine and smooth seas. Danny and i had a good srart down at the left end […]

5th District Champiinship

Marina Del Rey 15 teams showed up to contest the 5th District Championship which is being held concurrently with the King of Spain regatta, an annual So Cal classic. Three races were schedule for today and we had  7-10 knots of wind from the southwest with a gentle swell. The fog line moved over and […]

Star World Championship 2016

Coconut Grove Today was the final race of the 2016 Star World Championship.  The wind was slow to build but finally came in at 7-8 knots from 060.  It was blowing over Key Biscayne onto the course and this made for very shifty conditions and significant deltas of wind pressure. After several attempted starts, we […]

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Star World Championship

Coconut Grove Race 5 was held yesterday in a light 7-8 knot breeze from the south east.  The sun was out, the sea was flat and warm.  It was classic Star sailing on Biscayne Bay. After three general recalls of the start, the Black Flag came out and  3 teams were caught out by this.  Brian and I […]

Star World Championship

Battling the kelp today. Marco Oquendo photo Coconut Grove Race 4 was held today for the 73 competitors in the Star World Championship on Biscayne Bay.  The winds were light again blowing in from the southeast at 7-8 knots. I felt like it was going to be good on the left today so we started […]

Star World Championship

Skin cancer awareness has hit the Star Class and we are all wearing these neck and face covers. Photo was from Race 2. Photo by Marco Oquendo. Coconut Grove Day 3 of the Star World Championship started off without wind.  The fleet waited for over an hour before we could attempt to get a race started. […]

Star World Championship

Coconut Grove Race 2 of the 2016 Star World Championship was held today on Biscayne Bay.  At start time, 11:30, the wind was in at 16 knots from 085 and stayed pretty much the same all race.  Having said that, there were 15 degree oscillations and 4 knot changes in windspeed.  It was still a […]

Star World Championship

Coconut Grove Coral Reef Yacht Club is hosting the 2016 Star World Championship this week.  75 boats from 13 countries are competing with 8 former World Champions in the lineup. The format is one race a day with a lay day mid way through the week. Today was the first race. The wind was blowing 16 […]

St. Barths Bucket Final

St. Barths, French West Indies Another perfect day today with winds a bit further right coming out of 130 at up to 20 knots. The course for the final race was clockwise around the archipelago of St. Barths. For the third time, Peter Holmberg and I devised a good strategy to get clear of the […]

St. Barths Bucket

St. Barthelemy French West Indies Another beautiful day for sailing down in the Caribbean.  Today the winds were slightly more to the right at 110 and 15 knots. The course for the today is known as the “not so wiggly” course.  The fleet starts downwind to the west and goes around some rock at the […]

St. Barths Bucket

Saint Barthelemy, French West Indies Today was day 1 of the 2016 Super Yacht Bucket.  I am sailing onboard Rosehearty with Joey Kempfer for the third time in a year.  36 Super Yachts are here racing divided into 5 classes.  Super yachts are yacht more that 100 feet in length and typically quite luxurious. Rosehearty is […]

89th Bacardi Cup

Coconut Grove Another perfect day for sailing today on Biscayne Bay with 12 knots of wind to from the southeast and sunshine. The final race was for all the marbles.  Robert Stanjeck with Fritjof Kleen (GER) up front and Diego Negri with Sergio Lambertenghi (ITA) were tied and no one else could beat either of […]

89th Bacardi Cup

photo by Cory Silken Coconut Grove Two races were held today on Biscayne Bay for the Star fleet. The conditions were perfect for the Stars, Southeast winds starting at 16 knots in the first race of the day and dropping to 10 knots by the end of the second race. Diego Negri and his crew, […]

89th Bacardi Cup

Photo by Cory Silken from Tuesday’s race. Cayard/Fatih in bow 41 in 18 knots of wind. Coconut Grove The wind was blowing hard all night and early this morning.  The Race Committee put up the postponement flag at 0900 and at 11:00 called it for the day.  This is a good call for the fleet on the […]