2017 Sperry Charleston Race Week Just Around the Corner

Charleston Race WeekIf it’s late winter, that means it’s nearly time for America’s mega-regatta. Sperry Charleston Race Week runs from Thursday, April 20 through Sunday, April 23 in Charleston, SC, and sailors in the Northeast are getting pumped to head south.

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Rich Wilson Completes Vendée Globe race

Marblehead Sailor Now Fastest American to Race Solo and Non-Stop Around the World

rich_wilson_vendee_finish.jpgLES SABLES D’OLONNE, FRANCE (February 22, 2017) – The Cruising Club of America (CCA) is particularly proud of member Rich Wilson’s (Marblehead, Mass.) accomplishment in the just completed Vendée Globe race.

CCA member Rich Wilson aboard Great American IV after finishing the grueling Vendée Globe. Photo courtesy Vendée Globe

Sailing solo for nearly 27,500 miles aboard Great American IV, Wilson finished the planet-rounding competition in just over 107 days, returning to the west coast of France on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 after having started there on November 6, 2016. He finished 13th out of 29 boats and thus became the fastest American to race solo non-stop around the world.

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Block Island Race Week set for June 18-23, 2017

Register by March 1, 2017 for Early Discount on Block Island Race Week

The only five-day race week in New England features great racing, 6 parties in the Storm Trysail Club’s Tent at The Oar - all framed by Block Island’s special ambiance.

Major championships will be decided: IRC, J/44, J/109 and C&C30 North Americans, PHRF and J/88 East Coasts and the J/105 New England Championship.

Racing also offered in Performance Cruising classes, both spinnaker and non-spinnaker (PHRF), double handed (PHRF), classics (CRF) and multihulls (NEMA).

Entries are coming in ahead of past years - see who is signed up to date (2/8).

Enter Now! $2 per foot LOA early pay discount if entry fee paid on or before March 1, 2017.  Details, NOR and entry at


Block Island Race WeekThe Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week, the granddaddy of the club's broad regatta portfolio, is scheduled for June 18-23, 2017.

The 27th edition of the Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week  is poised to be the best one yet.   © Allen Clark/
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Rules and Tactics Seminars Start February 2017

NorthuYou can’t play the game if you don’t know the rules. North U Rules & Tactics seminars cover the rules (new and old) to make sure you know your rights and obligations in every situation. This case-based curriculum teaches the underlying principles behind the rules to provide a clearer understanding of how the rules apply.

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Bringing an Olympic Gold Medal Back Home

By Dermot O’Flynn

Dermot O'FlynnIn January 2014 my father Dermot O’Flynn passed away suddenly at the wonderful age of 94. A father, a great surgeon, and a yachtsman who enjoyed any opportunity to be out and about near or on the sea, he left me many happy memories. He also left me an Olympic Sailing gold medal from the 1948 London Olympics. The medal was won by Jim Weekes, an American who crewed on a 6 Metre yacht called Llanoria.

The author sails Llanoria on Lake Lucerne before the 2016 6 Metre European Championships.

Designed by Sparkman & Stephens, Llanoria was owned by Herman Whiton, a past member of Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club in Oyster Bay, New York, a wonderful club that is steeped in yachting history.

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An Interview with Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner

Mark TurnerOne of the most respected figures in professional sailing, Mark Turner was appointed CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2016. The 49-year-old Briton competed in the race aboard British Defender in 1989 when it was known as the Whitbread Round the World Race, and he led the Dongfeng Race Team campaign in the 2014-25 edition.

The Volvo Ocean Race is in Mark Turner’s very capable hands.  © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

A veteran of other premier offshore events including the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Mini Transat, Turner managed Ellen MacArthur’s Vendée Globe in 2001, in which she finished second, and masterminded her record-breaking non-stop solo circumnavigation in 2005.

The 13th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race starts in October in Alicante, Spain. At nearly 45,000 nautical miles, the route is the longest in the 44-year history of the event that was born as the Whitbread in 1973. And with many more miles in the Southern Ocean as the previous editions, this will likely be the toughest VOR yet. We spoke with Turner about what’s in store for the 2017-18 edition.

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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – New Yorker Competing for the First Time

sydney_hobart_course.jpgDecember 30, 2016 - The 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race started December 26. A fleet of eighty-eight yachts from eleven countries, and comprising four 100-ft Maxi yachts, competed in the 72nd edition of this famous 628-nautical mile offshore race. All boats were in today.


Anthony Bell’s Perpetual LOYAL set a record time of 1 day, 13 hours, 31 minutes and 20 seconds, some 4 hours, 51 minutes and 52 seconds faster than Wild Oats XI’s 2012 record. New Zealander Jim Delegat's Giacomo was the overall winner.



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November 2016 Comic by Dave Foster

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A Sperry Charleston Race Week Primer

By Dan Dickison

Serious Racing and Serious Fun April 20-23, 2017

VXOne.jpgSperry Charleston Race Week is just over 20 years old, but its notoriety has grown precipitously and it is now a must-do regatta for sailors from across the U.S. That simple fact means that each year, some 20 to 30 percent of the participants are new to the event. Given that, a primer on how to get the most out of your trip to Charleston, South Carolina is in order.

Most of the racecourses are set within the harbor. © 2016 Tim Wilkes Photography


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The Greenport Ocean Race & The Greenport Bay Race

By Jim Ryan, Event Chairman

Greenport Ocean RaceAt the awards party, one of the Greenport Ocean Race competitors, upon accepting his trophy said, “Victory by attrition is still victory,” and I agree. Coming into the first October weekend, the wind blew hard from the east all week. I hoped that it would let up somewhat for the race on Saturday, October 1, 2016 and it did, but everything is relative. When 35-knot winds dissipate to 30-knot winds, it’s still pretty breezy out there.

Sedgewick Ward’s J/111 Bravo crosses William Hubbard’s RP56 Siren just after the start of the Ocean Race. © RJ LaBella/
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