California Offshore Race Week 2019

California Offshore Race Week, the fourth edition is coming up and it promises to connect three distance races into an offshore race series that would also be a weekly affair. There would be an inclusion of faster boats in this competition’s version in 2019.

Simon Phillips, a regular competitor who owns Farr 40 Astra, states that this series is a perfect way for sailing enthusiasts to start off the summer season. The races are fitted into a tight window since most of the competitors have busy schedules. The race course lies by the picturesque coast of California but the challenges are high and often the wind is low at such a time.

There are different clubs that participate in this competition such as yacht clubs of Monterey Peninsula, Santa Barbara, Encinal Yacht Club and that of San Diego. The 2019 race week of CA offshore, as it is called, would also have a new competition component added. This would include multihull and fast mono boats. These would become part of the CA 500 race that would stretch between San Francisco till the coast of San Diego.

CA 500 edition would include monohulls with ORR rating of 1.06 and more along with multihulls that have ORR-MH rating of 1.4 and more. The schedule of 2019 comprises of SPINNAKER CUP that would be held from May 25th to 26th and between San Francisco and Monterey; it would be presented by Monterey Peninsula and Encinal Yacht Club. The next day would commence the COASTAL CUP that would span the course between Monterey and Santa Barbara between May 27th and 28th, organized by Encinal and Santa Barbara Yacht Club. The races would continue with SOCAL 300 being the next one from May 30th to June 1st between Santa Barbara and San Diego; at the same time CA 500 would be held, during the same dates and the last two races would have San Diego Yacht Club as the organizer.

Bach And His Views On Olympic Sailing

Thomas Bach, who is president of ICO, was present at the Hempel Sailing World Championships, which is being held at Aarhus in Denmark. He was there for the Sunday event and he chatted up with the media there to talk about the future that lies ahead for Olympic sailing in Tokyo as well as technology in this world.

When asked about his expectations about the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 that are coming up at Enoshima, he stated that it would be a great competition for all the sailors to be a part of. It would also make sailing as a sport more enjoyable and popular. The technology that would be made available in Tokyo would also provide more opportunities to advance world level sailing. The fans would also be able to follow the competition much more closely.
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Bach And His Views On Olympic Sailing

Thomas Bach, who is president of ICO, was present at the Hempel Sailing World Championships, which is being held at Aarhus in Denmark. He was there for the Sunday event and he chatted up with the media there to talk about the future that lies ahead for Olympic sailing in Tokyo as well as technology in this world.

When asked about his expectations about the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 that are coming up at Enoshima, he stated that it would be a great competition for all the sailors to be a part of. It would also make sailing as a sport more enjoyable and popular. The technology that would be made available in Tokyo would also provide more opportunities to advance world level sailing. The fans would also be able to follow the competition much more closely.
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Bianca Cook Joins Volvo Ocean Race

The Kiwi contingent that is taking part in the Volvo Ocean Race is increasing and the latest Kiwi to enter the fray is Bianca Cook.


She has joined the Turn the Tide on Plastic team and will start her venture into the new offshore racing from October22. This is when the Volvo Ocean Race will be kicking off. With this addition, the Turn the Tide on Plastic team has 10 sailors on board. They are a very youthful team.

The 28-year-old Aucklander is very happy to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race and has impressed her team during the trials. This led to them signing her on board and she is also joined by Irish Olympian Annalise Murphy. The skipper of the Turn the Tide on Plastic team Caffari is very happy with these two new additions. She is hoping that the new additions will help the crew and also add more strength to the team. (more…)

Van Uden Wins 2017 North Sea Race

The skipper of Van Uden, Gerd-Jan Poortman, was over the moon after winning the 2017 North Sea Race.


The Dutch Ker 46 won the IRC and the ORC. Poortman has good experience in sailing as he has competed in the last four seasons of the Volvo Ocean Race. He had a very young Dutch team for support and this was the first time that they took part in an offshore race.

The Line Honors for the race was won by Piet Vroon Ker 53. But after the time correction, it was placed in the third position. Daniel Hardy, who skippered Ker 46, Lady Mariposa, Finished the line 30 seconds ahead of Van Uden. After the time correction, it was pushed to the second position and this gave Van Uden the title. (more…)

Barrington Elected As OCI Vice President

Colm Barrington from Sailing was voted and he won the position of First Vice–President of Olympic Council of Ireland with clear majority. The voting takes place at the Hotel Conrad in Dublin.

For three decades the OCI was ruled by former president Pat Hicke. With the election of new first Vice—President, OCI has welcomed a new era and end of previous one. (more…)

Ainslie Busting Gut For The Cup

Ben Ainslie and his crew are practicing sailing under tough weather condition before the America’s Cup.


The view of the match was like Ainslie is busting his gut in the quest of the cup. Who knows what will happen in the championship but, when practice is tough then there are always a positive hope.

Cold salt water showers on Ben Ainslie and his crew as soon as they enter “flight” mode. There catamaran ropes and hulls creak and groan when it was out at sea and in the hand of Ainslie, but, it is not the hurdle that can resist Ainslie and his crew to practice sail. The catamaran that Ainslie is used for practice sail has long vast wings. The length of the wing is equal to the length of 737 aircrafts. Taking such long catamaran in sea for sailing is not easy task that could be done by any sailor. It is the sailors like Ainslie, who can handle it. It requires complete concentration, quick and accurate extensions to get things on right track. (more…)