Les Voiles de St Barth 2017 54! That’s the number of pre-registered participants two months before the starting gun for the 8th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth. What’s the story, and who are the newcomers, and the regulars? An update on the 2017 fleet: This is the year of the VOR if there ever was one. This class of sailboats, used for competing in the Volvo Ocean Race is well represented by eight boats: four Volvo 70s and four Volvo 60s. Among the newcomers, a first-timer is the VOR 70 Monster Project. Formerly known as Kostaka, this Russian boat participated in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2008-2009. In January 2013, it was purchased by Andrew Budgen and Fred Schywn of the “Project 1 Racing Team” and completely redesigned. It has since participated in numerous regattas in France and the Caribbean, with a busy schedule for the first part of 2017: the RORC 600, the Heineken Regatta, Les Voiles de St. Barth, and Antigua Sailing Week. If you want to join Monster Project there are still berths available! Another newcomer, Trifork L/4, has Danish sailor Jens Dolmer at the helm. A former member of Team Brunel, Dolmer sailed in the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race, and also took part in an America’s Cup campaign and has a victory in the Maxi World Championships. In the same class, competitors include the Volvo 70, Warrior (formerly Camper-New Zealand with the American skipper Stephen Murray and the VOR 70, SFS, with Frenchman Lionel Péan at the helm. In the VOR 60 category, look for the return of the Lithuanians aboard Ambersail and a few newcomers from England with VOR 60 Challenger and from Canada with Esprit de Corps II and IV. The list of competitors also marks the return of Lloyd Thornburg, who will race this year for the first time on his 40’ Carkeek, Fomo, instead of his famous multihull Phaedo3. Regulars at Les Voiles who will be back include Ben Jelic’s J-Aguar and Wild Devil from Saint Martin, the Melges 24 GFA Caraibes owned by Nicolas Gillet from Martinique, the Grand Soleil Quokka 8 and the Beneteau EHO1, respectively skippered by Englishmen Christian Reynolds and Andy Middleton. Team Terrillon Avocats makes its first appearance with her 42 feet multihull. Also on the list is the Club Swan 50 Earlybird, owned by German Jochen Schumann, three-time gold medalist and one-time silver medalist in the Olympic Games between 1976 and 2000 and two-time winner of the America's Cup (2003/2007) with the Alinghi team. The First 45 Sailplane, and the Pogo 40 Purple Rain, with skipper Ronan Delacou, round out the entrants. Crew Party and Official Day Off Every year, Les Voiles de St. Barth hosts the traditional Crew Party and Day Off so that sailors can take advantage of the convivial ambiance on the island of Saint-Barthélemy! Tuesday, April 12, 18:30pm – Crew PartyOn the magnificent setting of Shell Beach, Les Voiles de St. Barth organizes a fabulous party under the tropical skies… more than 1,000 sailors are expected this year, and they will be entertained with images on a giant screen, music, and a complimentary buffet of Caribbean food for crew members. Free entrance for all! Thursday, April 13, 11h30 – Day OffFor those who want to take a day off and have fun, there is a full day of activities for crews, including lunch at Nikki Beach. Then there are games and various activities all afternoon: an underwater treasure hunt, water polo, standup paddleboard races and more…
Nice weather and time to take some pictures of the Soto 40 we have for sale in Lelystad. All the sails are stored inside the shed to keep them in a perfect shape. In the last 2 years she had some nice upgrades as you can see in the specs, new spare bowsprit new bottom antifauling, re-shaped keel and rudder, New black stanchions, upgrade runner winches etc. The standing rigging is also new, for insurance reasons. She has one set of sails fully ready for racing and another good set of sails. Unique opportinty to buy an amazing racer in the North of Europe. Bewaren
Registration is open! Dear sailors! Good news: the registration for the Vuurschepenrace, the RORC North Sea Race and the North Sea Regatta inshore races are open as from today. And we have more news; as we already said, we are breaking a few traditions this year, but also restoring a good one! Manage2Sail supports North Sea Regatta Registration for the Vuurschepenrace and the North Sea Regatta inshore races is made easy with Manage2Sail as our new race management system. Manage2Sail supports entry, registration and scoring. Entry for the RORC North Sea Regatta remains through the RORC specific system. Read more on our website! Welcoming happy cruisers, open keelboats & classics! In 2017 it is also possible to compete in the Competition Cruising Class. You don't have to get up early, you don't need to spend long days on the water as we will only schedule one race a day, but you can join the fun! Results will be on SW rating, which means you don't have to have an official rating certificate either. You can also charter a boat with friends, for example at Waterland Yacht Charter from Monnickendam, and join the fun! In addition to the IRC, ORC and ORC TwoHanded, J111 and SB20 racing classes, there is also room for Open keelboats and dinghies and Classic Yachts. Please feel welcome to contact us if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copa del Rey 2016: The DK46 ‘Maserati’ of Alvaro Irala triumphed in BMW ORC 1 , the biggest class at Spains most important regatta. The final day saw “Maserati” which has Olympic gold medallist Fernando Leon on board with round the world racer Guillermo Altadill, finish with a 2,3 to win by 6.5 points overall. Irala commented:“This morning we were second overall and so we had to really attack today but still to keep calm on board with cool heads. We could not be conservative.” Yacht description Mills Design and DK Yachts teamed up in 2002 to produce a production IRC design whichdelivered new levels of performance and comfort. Marketed by Boat Sales International, the DK46 brought together three design criteria to achieve the highest performance IRC cruiser/racer: a hull and foils optimised for racing; a specification which will provide a competitive IRC rating; and a spacious and comfortable interior. The result was a genuinely dual-purpose yacht. 46′ IRC Cruiser/Racer has brought performance and comfort together by winning on 6 continents. This DK46 is in very good conditions and ready to race and win! She won 2009 & 2016 COPA DEL REY in Mallorca and is ready for a new season of success.A real Racer-cruiser, or Cruiser-racer, that will fullfit all your sailing needs with style, speed and performance Hull 2. MORE INFO
Fees increase on 1 February for entry to the 2017 ORC World and European Championship events; both are filling up available entry slots fast 2017 ORC Worlds venue at Porto San Rocco, Muggia, Trieste Trieste, Italy and Gdańsk, Poland -- It may be winter, but boat owners are not in hibernation. After the official opening of registration in the 2017 ORC World Championship, to be held in Porto San Rocco (Trieste) from 30 June to 8 July, there has already been more than 50 entries in the event. And for the 2017 ORC European Championship held in Gdańsk, Poland over 24-29 July, the event is nearly sold out already, with 73 entries from 13 countries signed up, promising this to be the most popular European Championship yet. The event has been planning a target entry count of 75 yachts.In accordance of the Notice of Race issued by the organising authorities of the Worlds - Yacht Club Porto San Rocco in collaboration with Yacht Club Adriaco, Triestina della Vela, Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano, Circolo della Vela Muggia, TPK Circolo Nautico Triestino Sirena, all operating under the supervision of the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC), World Sailing and the Italian Sailing Federation (FIV) - discounts are being offered for early entries received before February 1st. On the strong early interest shown in registration, event Director Roberto Sponza is pleased: "We worked hard to host this event in the Gulf of Trieste, an area with a high number of professional sailors, as it has never been awarded a championship of this magnitude before. Finally this dream is coming to fruition and we are reaping the benefits of our past efforts. It is our hope that the participants find this event to be of the high standards they expect both on land and at sea."Taking a look at the evolving list of entries in the three classes, the numbers for Classes B and C, which includes boats up to 14 meters in length, is impressive. Its not surprising that there is a strong presence of boats flying the Italian flag, but there are limits of no more 30 boats per flag for each class. The next most popular country in the entry list is neighboring Slovenia, then Austria, Croatia and Germany. Other flags joining the competition include the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Estonia and the Ukraine. Low Noise II, 2014 Class C World Champion, returns to try again in Trieste - photo Max Ranchi The first to register among the 32 entries now in Class C was Low Noise II, an Italia Yachts 998, owned by Giuseppe Giuffre (YC Chiavari), a four-time World Champion, and two-time European and Italian Champion. Contenders looking to deprive Low Noise II of another title include no less than 3 sisterships, such as Ott Kikkas's Sugar from Estonia, the 2016 ORC European Bronze medallist. There is also the 2016 ORC World Silver medalists, Michael Mollman's X-37 Hansen from Denmark, and the 2016 ORC European Silver medalists, Aivaar Tuulberg's Arcona 340 Katariina II from Estonia. Duvetica, reigning Class AB ORC European Champion, will be a contender in Class B in Trieste - photo Fabio Taccola In Class B the first registration among the 29 current entries was by Manuel Costantin's First 40 Rebel, representing Yacht Club Adriaco, who will face the Grand Soleil 40 Alvarosky owned by UVAI President Francesco Siculiana, with Gianpaolo Maurizio Pavesi's X-41 Le Coq Hardi and the particularly fast Duvetica, the Arya 450 with Furio Benussi joining the crew captained by Paul Pinelli and Daniele Augusti...this team was the 2016 Class AB ORC European Champion.Class A boats are not as fast to enter, but among the few already signed up are some big names: Francesco Pison's Farr 49 Brava, Sandro Paniccia's Scuderia 50 Altair 3 and Pierluigi Peresson's modified Luffe 54 Fanatic.The Championship program is taking shape, with final registration from June 30 to July 2, the day of the test regatta. The competition will begin on 3 and 4 July with offshore races, followed by buoy racing from 5 to 8 July. According to ORC rules, to qualify for awards participants must complete at least four buoy races and one offshore race, or three races buoy race and two offshore races..Free dockage is being offered for all registrants and is guaranteed in the comfortable quays of Porto San Rocco from 28 June to 10 July, with discounted rates for those arriving earlier or wishing to remain in Trieste for an exciting sailing season in the Fall, including Adriaco's Sailing Week and the world-famous Barcolana.For more information and to register for entry to the 2017 ORC Worlds Trieste, visit www.orcworlds2017.com. Meanwhile in the Baltic the excitement is heating up as only a few slots remain for entry and teams are already in preparation mode for the 2017 ORC Europeans. The 2015 European Class C champions, Team Pro4U from Sweden, said they are completely focused to win the Class C title again in Gdańsk. "We are working on improving keel profile and also the deck layout to allow for easier trimming," said skipper Patrik Forsgren. "We are working closely with North Sails in Stockholm and have also already reviewed the complete sail inventory to ensure that everything is working perfectly this summer. We are training regularly with a Personal Trainer to be fit for next summer, and we have a lot of fun together doing this as well. We have a winter program with theory sessions that will cover areas such as meteorology, strategy, tactics, trimming and maneuvers. For some of the sessions we have invited professional guest speakers to help us develop even further. "The 2017 season has also been planned with all practice and regattas for the year and we are planning to participate in 6 regattas before we come to Gdańsk in July, among these the Swedish ORC Championship over1-4 June in Oxelösund, Sweden. So we feel that we are already well advanced in our planning for the EC!" Tutima with the flag of host city Gdańsk Another team excited about coming to Gdańsk are the popular pink-clad all-female team on Tutima, the DK 64 from Germany skippered by Kirsten Harmstorf. While in Copenhagen last summer for the 2016 World Championship, organiser Michal Korneszczuk found interest from the many teams now on the entry list for the event. "The enthusiasm is fantastic, we are proud to share this beautiful city with a 1000 year sailing heritage to all our friends coming from throughout Europe and the world. This will be a memorable event." The organizers of this prestigious event include the City of Gdańsk and the Pomeranian Sailing Association, with support from Canal+, Gazeta Wyborcza, Wprost, Ministry of Sport and Tourism of the Republic of Poland, zeglarski.info, Zagle Magazine, Newseria, Institute of Media Monitoring, Playboy, Esquire, Harpers' Bazaar, and Visit Gdańsk. For more information on the 2017 ORC Europeans, visit www.orceuropeans2017.com. "Its a great pleasure to see that the early interest in our two most competitive regattas is so strong already this year," says ORC Chairman Bruno Finzi. "This continues a trend we see to these events reaching maximum capacity early in the planning cycle, something unknown in most other regattas of this type. We congratulate the organisers of both regattas in their hard work of promotion, and stand with them to help in making each as successful as possible." For more information on ORC and its rules, classes and events, visit www.orc.org.
Opportunity to race a TP52! TP52 available for the amazing Antigua sailing week Antigua Sailing Week is celebrating its 50th edition from April 29 – May 5, 2017 and a bumper turn out of exciting boats is anticipated. There are still four months before the start of the historic celebrations, and already 75 yachts from 20 different countries have entered and will be gracing Antigua’s world class race tracks. Shoreside will be a non-stop party atmosphere featuring beach parties, live music, the Lay Day Beach Party featuring the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge, and the fabled Antigua Sailing Week Final Awards Ceremony and After Party. Antigua Sailing Week is a truly international regatta, in no small part because the racing takes place in one of the world’s finest locations with trade winds, legendary Antigua surf and stunning vistas – there is no other race venue that has all of these fine ingredients and in recent years the organisers have stepped up race management significantly with exciting courses and top class race officials. Of the early entries, the largest is Sir Peter Harrison’s British 115-foot ketch, Sojana, a previous Lord Nelson Trophy winner who will also be back to defend the record in the Peters & May Round Antigua Race – and they’re looking for competition to challenge the record. The Peters & May Round Antigua Race is open to all boats including those not participating in the full week of racing. Bewaren
Heineken regatta St. MaartenThe St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will celebrate its 37th edition this year from March 2 - 5, 2017. This world renowned sailing event offers four days of World Class Racing, with trade winds coming from the North East, an average temperature of 25°C and crystal clear waters. This truly international event had a staggering 37 different countries represented during the Regatta. Courses will take participants along coastal races, as well as around the island, presenting the beautiful beaches, rock formations and other scenery. On shore participants and visitors will be able to enjoy the culture, cuisine and music from both the Dutch and French side.CHARTER MORE 55 FOR HEINEKEN REGATTA!OPTION 1:Check in: 28.02. / St.MaartenCheck out: 07.03. / St.MaartenPrice: 9.999,00 EURDeposit: 5.000,00 EURTHE PRICE INCLUDES: - Professional skipper who needs to be on the boat during Regatta as a crew member; Boat race entry fee, race support & yacht preparation, pre-race briefing, accommodation on board, racing snacks and refreshments, crew T-shirt ; Spectra Fock, Spectra Mainsail, Gennaker - 220 m2, Reservation of berth (not payment)THE PRICE DOESN’T INCLUDE:- Crew regatta entry fee, berth in the marina St.Maarten, fuel, flights and taxi transfers, local cruising taxes, mooring fees, departure taxes, tickets and entry to official functions, personal insuranceOPTION 2: Check in: 25.02. / Rodney Bay marina, St.LuciaCheck out: 08.03. / St.MaartenPrice: 12.999,00 EURDeposit: 5.000,00 EURTHE PRICE INCLUDES: - Sailing training, professional skipper who needs to be on the boat during Regatta as a crew member; Boat race entry fee, race support & yacht preparation, pre-race briefing, accommodation on board, racing snacks and refreshments, crew T-shirt ; Spectra Fock, Spectra Mainsail, Gennaker - 220 m2THE PRICE DOESN’T INCLUDE:- Crew regatta entry fee, berth in the marina St.Maartens, fuel, flights and taxi transfers, local cruising taxes, mooring fees, departure taxes, tickets and entry to official functions, personal insurance