Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018 News Leg 3

Volvo Ocean Race 2018


December 11 Report: Cape Town provided another spectacular stopover to the Volvo Ocean Race, as the fleet raced off for Melbourne, Australia on Sunday afternoon...

Volvo Ocean Race fleet flying out of Cape Town ©Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

It was the eleventh time in the history of the event that the fleet had raced out of Cape Town, this time on a 6,500 nautical mile leg to Melbourne, Australia. The ETA is currently between the 24th and 26th of December.

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Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018 News Leg 2

Next stop – Cape Town, as Dongfeng Race Team lead the Volvo Ocean Race fleet out of Lisbon

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Volvo Ocean Race 2017Start of Leg 2. Day 1 from Lisbon to Cape Town. 05 November 2017: The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is charging into a challenging first night at sea with winds over 30-knots forecast...

Start of Leg 2. Day 1 from Lisbon to Cape Town. ©Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Dongfeng Race Team converted a strong start into an early lead as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet embarked on Leg 2, a 7,000 nautical mile race from Lisbon to Cape Town. Conditions were perfect for the leg start, with bright blue skies, and a 15-20 knot Northerly breeze that allowed the fleet to reach up and down the Tagus River past the city front of Lisbon.

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Big Boat Sailors Sail Small Boats, Too

By Jim Godsman

Radio Controlled SailingIf you are one of those who think intense starting lines, composite hulls, paneled high tech sails, and flotation and laminar flow tanks are just part of the big boat sailing world, you would be very wrong. Today’s remote control (RC) sailboats use the same technology as their larger counterparts.

There are perhaps 7,000 to 10,000 RC sailors in the United States.   ©
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Why Our Sport is So Unique

A conversation with Steve Benjamin, winner of US Sailing’s 2017 Championship of Champions

By Ben Cesare

Chris Larson, Steve Benjamin, Phil TrinterWe often proudly point out that sailing is different because there is no other sport where we can compete on an equal footing with the best in the world, both professional and amateur. As much as I would like to, and if he would spot me the 16 strokes due to my handicap, I have no opportunity for a golf match with 2017 PGA Player of the Year Justin Thomas!

Shown with US Sailing’s Jack Brown Trophy are Championship of Champions winners (l – r) Chris Larson, Steve Benjamin and Phil Trinter© Matthew Cohen/

US Sailing’s Championship of Champions for the Jack Brown Trophy, honoring a man who was notable for service as a judge, regatta organizer and member of US Sailing committees, is a great example of how “good” sailors get to sail against the best. Each skipper in this annual invitational event must qualify by winning a one-design class National, North American, or World Championship. First held in 1976, the C of C is sailed in a different class each year, from Snipes, Thistles, Flying Scots and Lightnings to Sunfish, Hobie Cats, Y-Flyers, C-Scows, J/24s, Etchells and VX Ones. In addition to the invited skippers (none of whom may be a champ in that year’s selected class), US Sailing invites a mystery “guest skipper.” This year it was Steve Benjamin of Miami, FL. As US Sailing’s 2015 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year (and a strong contender for the honor in 2017), he is indeed one of the best.

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American Yacht Club High Performance Regatta

By Donovan McSorley

American High Performance RegattaAmerican Yacht Club in Rye, NY hosted the 14th Annual High Performance Regatta (HPR) on October 7 & 8, 2017. Previously known as the High Performance Dinghy Open, the High Performance Regatta has consistently been one of the most unique fall regattas held annually on the Long Island Sound.

Heather Gregg and Joe Bardenheier’s Muse finished third in the J/70 class. © Donovan McSorley

This international event brought competitors from different parts of the United States, Canada, and Ireland. The mix of sailors along with the unique blend of boat classes created an exciting atmosphere both on and off the water.

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It’s On! Block Island Race Week 2018

Block Island Race Week June 17 – 22, 2018

By James Gallacher

Block Island Race Week 2018Duck Island Yacht Club in Westbrook, CT and Block Island Yacht Club in Block Island, RI had been kicking around the idea of reviving the ‘off year’ version of Block Island Race Week since this past winter, when Todd Berman from Duck Island YC and Jim Fiorato from Block Island YC got together to compare notes. They decided it would be a fun project for both clubs to tackle.

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Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018 News Leg 1

Leg 1 Updates

10/22/17 Intensity and action as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet takes the Leg 1 start

Volvo Ocean Race 2017Dongfeng Race Team powered its way into an early lead on Sunday, pushing penalties on its two closest competitors, in hard-fought racing as the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 got underway.

Conditions couldn’t have been better for the start in Alicante, Spain on Sunday afternoon.

© Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

The fleet of seven of the best sailing teams in the world started Leg 1, a 1,450 nautical mile sprint to Lisbon, Portugal in bright sunshine and a 15-20 knot Easterly breeze.

The bay off the Alicante sea front was crowded with hundreds of spectator boats, ringing a short inshore race course, before the fleet was free to fly off, downwind, towards Gibraltar.

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Catapult Wins J/70 North Americans

By Donovan McSorley and Steffie Pomp

J/70 North AmericansThe 2017 North American Championship Presented by Domaine Chandon was hosted by American Yacht Club in Rye, NY October 9 - 15, 2017. AYC Commodore Peter Duncan and the Relative Obscurity team (Rye, NY) controlled this regatta from day one. Not surprising, coming off a world championship title. But there was a twist to the plot. Joel Ronning’s Catapult (Excelsior, MN) never fell very far behind in points, always lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce.

Big fleets are commonplace in the J/70 Class, and there were 53 boats in this year’s NAs.   © Tim Wilkes/
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Intensity and action as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet takes the Leg 1 start

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The Volvo Ocean Race Starts Sunday, 10/22/17

Vestas 11th hourThe ultimate test in team sport, the Volvo Ocean Race, starts on Sunday, when seven of the best sailing teams in the world cross the starting line off Alicante, Spain.

Training, on board Vestas 11th Hour Racing. © Sam Greenfield/Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will test the crews on a 45,000 nautical mile race course, through some of the most challenging waters in the world, including more miles in the extremes of the Southern Ocean.

On Friday, the seven skippers faced the international media at the opening press conference. Here’s what they said, in their own words:

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