Racing yachts try to reduce the wetted surface area (which creates drag) by keeping the hull light whilst having a deep and heavy bulb keel, allowing them to support a tall mast with a great sail area. Modern designs tend to have a very wide beam, with a flat bottom, to provide buoyancy preventing an excessive heel angle. Speeds of up to 40 mph can be obtained in good conditions.
First Day It’s been a wild and wonderful time for racing in the first day of competition in the 2007 BVI Spring Regatta. Wind was not lacking but rather too much for some boats that struggled to keep from broaching in gusts up to 26 knots. Others reveled in the brisk breeze and turned wind into pure power. Sailing in over 15 knots of breeze from the northeast, rather than the prevailing southeast, under cloudy skies and intermittent rain, boats on the Norman course sailed one race in the (...) More
British boats currently occupy five medal positions heading into the last two days of racing in Palma Bay, as the scramble for top ten positions to qualify for Friday’s Medal races gathers pace. European Champions Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes have resumed the top spot in the tightly contested 49er class, while birthday boy Paul Campbell James, 24 today, and crew Mark Asquith also broke into the top three with the help of a first place finish from their third and final race of the day. (...) More
In one of the most extraordinary races ever witnessed in America’s Cup racing, BMW ORACLE Racing sailed from 7th to 1st on the final fickle run of Race 1 in Valencia Louis Vuitton Act 13. Starting in 7 knots of breeze, the American team had won the left-hand end of the start line an hour and a half earlier but, with Emirates Team New Zealand next to them, sailed into oblivion as the boats on the right started to benefit from better wind from that side of the race track. Alinghi who broke (...) More
Louis Vuitton Act 13 begins with fleet racing on April 3 in Valencia, Spain, the final Act in which the Defender, Alinghi, will compete. At the conclusion of Act 13, the Louis Vuitton Ranking for challengers is established and bonus points are awarded. Teams carry these points with them into the Round Robin stages of the Louis Vuitton Cup where all eleven challengers race each other. Eventually two finalists emerge, with the winner advancing to face Alinghi in the 32nd America’s Cup Match (...) More
Alinghi, Defender of the 32nd America’s Cup, unveiled SUI91 and SUI100, their two new generation racing yachts, on the 1 April at 09:30. For the occasion, the Defender was exhibiting the America’s Cup, won by Alinghi on 2 March 2003, and the Louis Vuitton Cup, the latter soon to be at the center of the challengers fight for supremacy over the coming months. Under the America’s Cup rules, the yachts have been skirted since 1 January 2006 allowing the teams to develop their yachts and (...) More
When it comes to hosting the world’s biggest sailing stars and bringing big boat glamour and excitement to competitors and spectators, this year is no exception. To coincide with the Rolex Fastnet Race, the biennial institution that lures the big guns to Cowes in early August, CCC, under the guiding hand of regatta director Stuart Quarrie, is running a newly created IRC Class 0 Big Boat Series during Skandia Cowes Week 2007. This year also marks Skandia’s 13th year as the title sponsor of (...) More
32 sailors aboard 16 yachts in the Melbourne Osaka 2007 double handed yacht race will cast off from Waterfront City at Docklands and head to the Port Phillip start line of Station Pier at Port Melbourne feeling both anticipation and nervousness as they look down the barrel of the 5,500 nautical mile journey ahead.