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Press Conference and Pep Rally TODAY, Tuesday, Mar. 21

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Volvo Ocean Race Press Conference TODAY

Maybe you’re not local – in which case – watch this space and our Facebook and Instagram pages for the big reveal of Sail Newport and the Volvo Ocean Race’s big news. We will share the announcement as we get word at the press conference. Our best guess is that a local team will be announced as the 4th boat to enter the race, and our hopes are set on seeing our own local hero, Charlie Enright, skipper of Alvimedica in the last VOR, involved with a Rhody based team. Stand by – or head over to Bel Mer on Goat Island for the big news break. Newport has already been announced as a stopover in the next race due largely to the major enthusiasm the area showed for the race and the participants. Adding a local team to the mix would be a major boon for Rhode Island and for the sailing industry.   Continue reading

The Greenest Jury-Rigged Hero

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There is one story left to tell in the epic Vendee Globe Race – with the final sailor still not yet across the finish line. However – one week ago on Feb 25th – another record setter crossed the finish line and that’s the story we want to share with you here. *With no disrespect to the final racer Sebastien Destremau… But we love the story of the Crazy Kiwi sailor, Conrad Colman, who is one of the 18 solo sailors who will have finished the race out of the 29 that started. Conrad’s finish – like all the others before him – is a massive victory (and like we said about Rich Wilson in this blog post, they are all winners for just finishing at all!) for a few special reasons.  Continue reading

Rich Wilson: Greatest American Ocean Hero

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Photo by Olivier Blanchet/ DPPI

Congratulations and bienvenue to American solo sailor, Rich wilson, who has just completed his solo circumnavigation of the world in his 2nd Vendee Globe Race. We have already declared Rich the winner of the race, despite his actual 13th place finish in just over 107 days at sea. His interview below, done soon after he arrived on shore, shows just how tired, emotional and mentally exhausted the 66-year old sailor is after the race. However he learns, mid-press conference, that his own route mileage on the 29,000 course was the same as the race winner, Armel Le Cleac’h. And this put Rich amongst the leaders, just in a slower boat, and arguably in an older (and more experienced) body! Continue reading

Vendee Globe: From France to France

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Let’s be clear, there is a big difference between winning and getting first place. Every entry that gets to the starting line of the 2017 Vendee Globe race is an amazing competitor. And every skipper who crosses the finish line, regardless of placement, is a winner. Yes – there is only one first place and that belongs to Armel Le Cleac’h on Banque Populaire. Second place finisher, Alex Thomson aboard Hugo Boss, however is also a major winner… ratcheting up his collection of Vendee Globe hardware, adding this second place finish to the third place trophy he earned last time around. Leaving only the first place trophy remaining for his bookshelves. Continue reading

World Sailing Show – November 2016

 

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So maybe you’re not a sailor, but if you like being on the water or just reading about it, and you have a healthy respect for the ocean – then this wrap up of recent sailing news has lots to offer.  From Olympic sailing news (they added foiling to the next Olympics!) to updates on the Vendee Globe (they are rounding Cape of Good Hope right about now) – there is exciting news from oceans around the world delivered to you via You Tube. And of course, thanks to TotalBoat Show!  Continue reading

Vendee Globe: Dock Walk, Race Tracker & Videos from the Race

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If you read our recent blog post on the amazingly radical and extreme race around the world that is the Vendee Globe,  then you need to check out this dock walk video below featuring an inside look at every boat doing the race (Thank you Sailing Anarchy). And since they are all still at it, with no breakage and no drop outs to date, each of these boats is making it happen, with the current leaders screaming towards the equator at speeds of about 20 knots. On a sailboat. Alone. And often times on autopilot.  Continue reading

NonStop & Alone – Racing Around the World

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Follow This: Singlehanded Race Around the World – The Vendee Globe – Starts Sunday

When the rate of attrition for a sailing race is more than 50% of the fleet, you can bet on being entertained, even glued to, following these sailors as they circumnavigate the globe. 29 sailors are planning to make it all the way, but only a portion of them will reach the finish line. We have blogged here about British sailor, Alex Thomson and his foiling 60-foot IMOCA monohull, Hugo Boss. Thomson has been training hard and pulling off some pretty cool publicity stunts along the way for suit-maker, Hugo Boss. We have high hopes for this English speaking sailor in a sea of dominant, ocean-going Frenchmen, for whom this race was dreamed up. Continue reading

3 Weeks of Boatbuilding in 3 Minutes

Are we a broken record of loving cool timelapse videos? When you mix in boat building to the time lapse, it takes a long and somewhat broken up process and makes it into a symphony of smooth, simple and successful steps. The mishaps (we all have them…) are invisible, buried inside of a quick clip. The success is evident when, in the end, the long laborious project is – VOILA! Done!

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Pass the Red Bull, Please!

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Red Bull Foiling Generation Racing
Back-to-Back US Qualifier and World Finals
October 15+16 and 22+23

A super exciting 11-day foiling event will be hosted by Sail Newport this coming weekend with racing to be held along the western shoreline of Fort Adams in Newport, Rhode Island.  Clinic racing starts on October 12 to prepare sailors for the US Qualifiers October 14-16. Sailors will compete to  earn a berth at the Worlds which follows October 21-23. This is a “don’t miss” and thrilling event to watch, set up in a similar “Sailing Village” set up to the Volvo Ocean Race and World Match Racing Tour. 

Red Bull Foiling Generation is about providing talented young sailors, ages 16 – 20 with the opportunity to advance their careers through top-notch hydrofoil racing. The competitions serve as training waters for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, which caters to competitors ages 19-25. Both competitions train youth sailors from all over the globe on smaller versions of catamaran racers with foils, like those used in one of the world’s most famous sailing competition – America’s Cup.

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The Sail Newport Sailing Center at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island will host both the Red Bull Foiling Generation US Qualifier on October 15 and 16 and the World Finals for the world to see on October 22 and 23. The seaside location is home to many sailing events and regattas because of its natural amphitheater on Narragansett Bay and legendary sailing waters.

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Each weekend, competition is scheduled to take place on Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday from 10 AM – 1 PM, followed by an Awards Ceremony. 

The Vineyard Cup: Foiling Kiteboard Championship

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Rain squalls, high winds and steep waves can’t deter these speed freaks from racing in the scheduled 10th Annual Vineyard Cup going on this weekend on Martha’s Vineyard. The Vineyard Cup Foiling Kiteboard Championship & Big Air Competition is a fundraising event that benefits Sail Martha’s Vineyard and is based out of Vineyard Haven harbor on Martha’s Vineyard. World class kiteboarders come to compete in this event that has the right breeze, its angle and the texture of the water will provide for incredible racing at the finest kiteboarding venues in the United States, the Vineyard’s own Cow Bay. Race course will be set close to the beach to allow the beach crowd to be part of the excitement. Continue reading