Countdown to the Volvo Ocean Race

Photo by Nick Dana

Photo by Nick Dana/ Team Abu Dhabi

In just 27 days, sailors in the Volvo Ocean Race will set off on their around the globe journey. October 22nd marks their departure from Lisbon, Portugal when 7 teams from around the world will compete in this crazy 9 month race. And we can’t wait. Our TotalBoat Ambassadors, Charlie Enright and Nick Dana are on our favorite boat, Team Vestas 11th Hour Racing, and our bets are on them and their top notch team to pull out some impressive sailing and an eventual win at the end.  Continue reading

America’s Cup Will Shift Back to Foiling Monohulls

24/06/2017 - Bermuda (BDA) - 35th America's Cup 2017 - 35th America's Cup Match Presented by Louis Vuitton, Day 3

24/06/2017 – Bermuda (BDA) – 35th America’s Cup 2017 – 35th America’s Cup Match Presented by Louis Vuitton, Day 3

Team New Zealand have confirmed reports that the America’s Cup is heading back to monohulls. Luna Rossa boss Patrizio Bertelli, the Italian Challenger of Record, broke news of the move away from catamarans on Monday.

Bertelli said the return to monohulls, albeit radical foiling ones, was a condition of Luna Rossa helping Team New Zealand win the last America’s Cup in Bermuda.

Emirates Team New Zealand have been consulting with a number of potential challengers and there is an overall desire to have a spectacular monohull yacht that will be exciting to match race, but also one that the public and sailors can relate to as a sail boat that really challenges a full crew of professional yachtsman around the race track.” Continue reading

J Class In Newport – History Revisits Rhode Island Sound

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Just down the bay from our Jamestown Distributors HQ in Bristol, is an event not to be missed – the first ever J Class World Championship starts today off Newport and goes through Saturday. These majestic yachts are updated 21st century “modern” racing machines, but their pedigree suggests their origins were from a time when yachts with massive sails and numerous crew were built to compete on the international stage with much less public spectating or compassion. The America’s Cup races they were built for brought them to Newport for the first time in the 30’s, so these boats know these waters. This is your chance to see six of these machines sailing together in these same waters.  Continue reading

How to Build A Boat to Sail Around the World

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Ok, maybe this video won’t show you the steps necessary or give you tips on how to actually build your own Volvo Ocean 65 sailboat. But it’s pretty cool to see a months long project condensed into minutes. Especially when you know it’s bound for a circumnavigation race – the Volvo Ocean Race starts in October – not too far off. So these boats better get built, and fast!  Continue reading

O’pen Bics – Stealing the Show in Bermuda

photo: BicWorld.com

photo: BicWorld.com

I know a few junior sailors who would have given their allowance savings to spend a few days sailing before the crowd in Bermuda at the America’s Cup. And the O’pen Bic fleet, as expected, did just that. They wow-ed the crowd with expert sailing mixed with challenging stunts – like limbo-ing under the Arch of Doom – heeled well over so as to allow the rig to pass under the large arch. They capsized on command. They blasted upwind and down – showing their sailing prowess and spreading the O’pen Bic stoke, as only these agile Bic sailors can do.  Continue reading

Vanishing Sail at the Wooden Boat Show: A Boatbuilding Film

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The Journey of Summer Wind, the inspiration for Vanishing Sail
No.8 Antigua Slipway, 2008

After sailing Summer Wind up and down the islands for 8 summers, I had decided to build a larger sloop with Alwyn and his sons and sold the vessel to a gentleman who began his own love affair with her. And after several years getting to learn her particular ways and also running aground on most of the reefs surrounding Antigua, she required a considerable amount of repairs. Originally fastened with house nails, they had been slowly but surely rusting away in her deck beams allowing rainwater to seep in and cause plenty trouble & rot. This is the story of Alexis Andrews and Vanishing Sail. 

Stop by our booths in Tent A, Come meet shipwright Louis Sauzedde and see the TotalBoat Work Skiff, then catch a screening of Vanishing Sail. It’s an amazing story of Caribbean boatbuilding and preserving a trade and a family tradition that risks falling by the wayside.

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Cruising, Crashing and Cupping – Marion to Bermuda

Corinthians Race to Bermuda to Catch the America’s Cup

pesca bdaThis Friday, June 9th marks the start of the 40th anniversary of the fabled Marion to Bermuda Race. This 21st running of the race has been rescheduled to an earlier start date to align the arrival of the fleet in Bermuda with the America’s Cup final races in mid June. Alternating every other year with the Newport Bermuda Race, the Marion race has long been more of a cruisers delight, with the high-tech race boats that frequent the Newport version heading to Storm Trysail Block Island Race Week on these “off” years.

Of course Team TotalBoat will be rooting for our friends on Pescatore, a Hinckley Sou’wester 59 hailing from Mattapoisett, Mass. Racing in the Youth Challenge division (a certain number of crew need to be below age 23- so in their case- 5 crew under 23), Team Pescatore is hoping to beat their record from the last Marion Bermuda Race, when they were 3rd over the line, and finished 2nd in class. We will be following the boat on the race tracker and will report from Bermuda. If you’re around town and spy the TotalBoat ensign flying on Pescatore, knock on the hull and ask Captain Twice for a TotalBoat hat. Tell him we sent you.  Continue reading

America’s Cup Action is Underway in Bermuda

 Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers Race Day 1

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Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers Race Day 1

As in the past, when there is amazing culture and obscene wealth to be discussed in the sailing and yachting world, it’s a topic best left to those who, like Bill Springer, are already writing the story. Such is the case again with Billy Swizzle, contributor to Forbes and expert on all things “yachting” and “fabulous.” If there is an intersection of the two – be certain Swizzle has his finger on it.  And for certain, all fabulous eyes are on Bermuda this month as the  America’s Cup rolls out the red carpet for the teams, the spectators and for those of us watching (if you are able) from our armchairs at home.

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America’s Cup Preview at Herreshoff Marine Museum 5/3

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Wednesday, May 3 from 6 PM – 9 PM swing your local selves over to the Herreshoff Marine Museum for some background and a preview of what’s going on in Bermuda for the upcoming America’s Cup racing. It’s only 30 days away and it’s sure to be impressive, fast and furious!  Continue reading

Newport’s Big Volvo Ocean Race News

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