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/timwilkes.com
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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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JY15 North American Championships

NovDec17_web_page49_image4.jpgThe JY15 Class held its 28th consecutive North American Championships at Duck Island Yacht Club in Westbrook, CT on September 23 & 24, 2017. Two recent Dartmouth sailing team graduates, Scott Houck and Hollis von Summer, brought great talent to the class and dominated the 18-boat fleet to take the 2017 North American title. 

Eighteen boats contested the 28th JY15 North American Championships. © Fred Beckham

“Not only was Scott Houck new to the class, it was his first time in the boat which makes it an even more impressive victory against JY15 veterans such as Paul-Jon Patin, Mark McCarthy, Mark Allen, Bud Rogers, Seth Barrows, Chris Vann and many more,” said JY15 Class President Bill Nightingale.

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AYC Leukemia Cup Regatta Raises Over $150,000

By Donovan McSorley

American Yacht Club Leukemia CupAmerican Yacht Club in Rye, NY proudly hosted its second Leukemia Cup Regatta on Saturday, September 23, in conjunction with the first day of the club’s 2017 Fall Regatta. Nearly 120 boats were listed on the Fall Regatta scratch sheet, with competitors coming from along the East Coast for a two-weekend regatta that has become a staple of IRC, PHRF, and one-design classes such as the J/70, J/88, J/44, J/105, J/109.

From right to left are Daniel Corcoran’s J/109 Strider (Huntington, NY), Steve Chronert’s J/109 Zuma (Riverside, CT), and Elizabeth Barry’s J/88 Escape (Stamford, CT).   © Laurent Apollon Images
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Newport Bermuda: Give It a Go!

By Dick Holliday

Stormy Weather Newport BermudaMore than a century ago, a visionary sailor named Thomas Fleming Day invented a pioneer ocean race from America to Bermuda. The idea seemed radical but it caught on and today the Newport Bermuda Race (NBR) is the world’s oldest scheduled ocean race.

Next stop Bermuda! Michael Maholchic’s Swan 44 Stormy Weather (Annapolis, MD) powers out of Newport.   © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com

Since 1926, the race has been co-organized by the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. In 50 Bermuda Races since 1906, 50,000 men and women and 5,000 boats have sailed in the event known and respected worldwide as The Thrash to the Onion Patch.

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The Magic Ingredient For Foiling

By F. K. George

Foiling OakcliffWith the introduction of affordable boats like the Waszp, foiling is coming to the masses and Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, NY is leading the charge. The 15 participants in Oakcliff’s inaugural Foiling Camp in August were once among the many starry-eyed sailors who watched the America’s Cup and dreamed of what it was like to defy gravity and lift out of the water. Now, thanks to Oakcliff, they no longer have to imagine; they’re doing it!

Chris Poole shreds the waters of Oyster Bay.   © Oakcliff Sailing/Francis George
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The 2017 Ms. Race

By Diane Kropfl and Bill Sabanski

Ms RaceOn Saturday, August 19, 2017 the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club in Atlantic Highlands, NJ hosted the 13th annual Ms. Race, bringing together women of all ages to celebrate “Women on the Wind, the theme for this year’s event.

Elaine Haher’s team on her J/24 A Good Hair Day, claimed a second consecutive Ms. Race victory. As the 2017 Women’s Champion, Haher received the NJYRA’s Commodore’s Cup.   © Thomas Gardner

Race day started with a Captain’s meeting and breakfast courtesy of the generous sponsors followed by sailing instructions and a Ms. Race seminar. The 2017 edition of the race found crews anxious to get on the water, as the previous week found many of the crews on the bay jockeying each evening for practice and training.

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Lionheart Victorious in the J Class World Championship

J Class On the same Newport, Rhode Island waters where the legendary Ranger cleaned up 4-0 in 1937, the last time ever that the mighty J Class raced for the America’s Cup, the first J Class World Champions is Lionheart, the owner-driven, Dutch-flagged modern day Ranger descendent.

Consistency was the key to Lionheart’s victory. ©Rod Harris/rodharrisphoto.com
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