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BOOT 2019 set a new record, with almost 2,000 exhibitors from 73 countries and displays covering 220,000 m² of stand space. Nearly 250,000 water sports fans (boot 2018: 247,000 visitors) came to Düsseldorf from over 100 countries: clear confirmation of the position boot holds as the leading event anywhere in the world.
The exhibitors at and organisers of boot Düsseldorf 2019 were in high spirits throughout the nine days of the event. The trade fair, reports that business was good and that contacts to water sports enthusiasts and trade visitors from all over the world were excellent.

Boot has no difficulty in being an event not just for B2B visitors from the industry, on the one hand, but also for the presentation of trend sports for the public, on the other hand. Decision-makers from major chartering companies, for example, use the trade fair to obtain a comprehensive insight into the market, to establish direct contact with the manufacturers and to make comparisons between them. To an increasing extent too, because chartering is becoming more and more popular with boot visitors and is a genuine trend in the industry. Anyone interested in chartering was spoiled for choice, with 1,500 sailing yachts and motorboats exhibited on the stands. So potential charterers were able to take a look at a wide range of holiday boats and decide exactly what they wanted directly at the trade fair.

Boot will be starting its next decade from 18. to 26. January 2020 and will be preceding this in December 2019 with a party for its famous ship crane “Big Willi”: the strongest member of the trade fair team is celebrating its 40th birthday.


To celebrate Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s historic 1968/9 world first solo non-stop circumnavigation in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Yacht Race, a new Golden Globe Race was staged to mark the 50th Anniversary of that epic, starting from Falmouth on June 14th, 2018. Like the original Sunday Times event, the 2018 Golden Globe Race departed from Les Sables-d’Olonne, France on July 1st, 2018 and sail solo, non-stop around the world, via the five Great Capes and return to Les Sables-d’Olonne. Entrants were limited to sailing similar yachts and equipment to what was available to Sir Robin in that first race.

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede wrote his name into the record books by not only winning the 2018 Golden Globe solo non-stop round the world race today, but becoming the oldest in history to complete such a race. The 73-year old French veteran of six solo circumnavigations takes over both titles from Britain’s Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the sole finisher of the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race 50 years before. Until the finish gun fired at 09:12 UTC, Sir Robin had held the title as the oldest solo circumnavigator in a race, after completing the Velux 5 Oceans Race in 2007 at the age of 68.

The original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in 1968/9 had 9 entrants and only one finisher – Sir Robin Knox-Johnston who became the first to sail solo non-stop round the globe. This race has also had a high attrition rate with five of the original starters still in the hunt. Jean-Luc’s performance has beaten Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s time by 100 days – a remarkable achievement. Four gave up for personal reasons, one suffered steering failure and five were rolled, dismasted and rescued in the Southern Ocean, including British yachtswoman Susie Goodall. Another set a jury rig and successfully made it to Cape Town unaided, and two more were forced by circumstances to stop in Australia.


Quantum Racing may have won the 2018 52 SUPER SERIES championship title, but light winds on the last day of the 52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week denied them the chance to pitch for their fourth regatta win of the season. Luna Rossa, the Italian America's Cup challengers of record, lift the Valencia regatta title, which they add to the Zadar Royal Cup, which they won in Croatia in June.
Quantum Racing won in Sibenik and Valencia, and landed the Rolex TP52 World Championship in a windy Cascais with Dean Barker driving, but Hutchinson confirmed his highlight of the season was winning the Puerto Portals regatta with talismanic owner-driver Doug DeVos on the tiller. DeVos could not be in Valencia as planned after the recent passing of his father, Rich.
For Luna Rossa, their second regatta title of the season comes after an incredible recovery in what proved to the be final race of the event, yesterday climbing from 11th to second to win the Valencia title by just one point. Underlining again how close the fleet is, Luna Rossa won by just one point from Quantum Racing with Platoon in third, one more point further back.

52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week Final Standings:
1. Luna Rossa (ITA)
2. Quantum Racing (USA)
3. Platoon (GER)
4. Azzurra (ARG/ITA)
5. Alegre (USA/GBR)
6. Onda (BRA)
7. Sled (USA)
8. Provezza (TUR)
9. Phoenix (RSA)
10. Gladiator (GBR)
11. Paprec (FRA)


Team Nika became the first team ever to claim a third RC44 World Championship title after Vladimir Prosikhin, tactician Dean Barker and their crew were able to fend off Igor Lah's increasingly threatening Team CEEREF on the final day of racing off Cascais.
With the wind building to 20 knots and the sea state increasing, Team Nika finished the regatta in style. Winning the committee boat end at the start, she tacked and took the lead heading out to the favourable right side. From there Prosikhin's team sailed conservatively enough and making no mistakes claimed the final race to claim the RC44 World Championship title by six points from Team CEEREF.
Bronenosec Sailing Team's crew suffered near heart failure in the final race when their seventh place to Team Aqua's second almost caused them to lose their footing on the lowest rung of the podium. Ultimately they retained third overall, but only on countback to Chris Bake's team. Scoring a 1-4-2, Team Aqua was top scoring boat of the day, showing some of their previous Championship-winning form.
The RC44 Championship Tour concludes with its final event of the season over 14-18thNovember.

2018 RC44 World Championship - Overall results

Team Nika
Team Aqua
Artemis Racing
Peninsula Petroleum
Aleph Racing


The Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe – one of the classic races in solo ocean sailing – is set for a record entry this year as it celebrates its 40th anniversary.
Charting a 3,542-nautical mile course from Saint-Malo in Brittany to Point-à-Pitre on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, the Route du Rhum was first held in 1978 and has since established itself as one of the big targets for the world's top solo ocean racers.
This year's race starts on November 4th and will be contested by 125 male and female skippers in six classes, headlined by the super-fast and spectacular giant Ultime trimarans, four of which will be flying for the first time on their foils. There is also a very strong line-up in the IMOCA fleet, and a highly competitive Class40 division which accounts for almost half of the total entry. The remainder of the fleet is made up of the Multi-50 multihull class and a "Rhum" class of amateur entrants divided into multihulls and monohulls.
The favourite will be the golden boy of French sailing Francois Gabart, fresh from his 42-day solo round-the-world record in 2017. Gabart won the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe in 2014 on an IMOCA monohull.
In the Class40 monohull division there will be stiff competition in a massive 53-boat fleet with the French sailors Maxim Sorel and Nicolas Troussel likely to start among the favourites. Giving them a run for their money will be two British skippers in this super-competitive fleet Phil Sharp, Sam Goodchild.
The race village at St Malo opens on October 24th with the race starting on November 4th…


Ten years after their first world title together in the class' formative years in Lanzarote, Quantum Racing today lifted the Rolex TP52 World Championship crown in Cascais, winning a spirited ding-dong battle with rivals Azzurra in the typically muscular Atlantic breezes that the Portuguese hotspot has long since been renowned for.
With Dean Barker steering and Terry Hutchison leading a concerted, big Quantum team effort, they mastered what proved a challenging, breezy race area, which often favoured the opportunists. With nine boats racing, all brand new this season, and all with an equal chance of winning, there is widespread acknowledgment that Quantum Racing was a step ahead in their execution throughout the five day championship.
For Azzurra, the 2017 52 SUPER SERIES champions, and themselves twice world champions, there was the huge satisfaction and moved up the 52 SUPER SERIES leaderboard to third overall.
Quantum Racing lead the 52 SUPER SERIES season standings now by 19 points, having come to Cascais leading by just four. Platoon dropped most, from a share of second along with Sled to now be 33 points adrift of Quantum after three of five regattas. Sled is second for the season now.

Rolex TP52 World Championship overall standings :
1. Quantum Racing (USA)
2. Azzurra (ARG/ITA)
3. Alegre (USA/GBR)
4. Sled (USA)
5. Luna Rossa (ITA)
6. Platoon (GER)
7. Provezza (TUR)
8. Phoenix (RSA)
9. Onda (BRA)


The 52 SUPER SERIES is established as the world's leading grand prix monohull yacht racing circuit.
It's an in-shore, TP52 (monohull), fleet racing circuit, based on a tightly controlled, carefully managed box rule. Teams can design build and campaign their own boat to their own ideas, as long as it fits to the "horsepower" and build rules.
Starting on 23rd May 2018, up to thirteen teams from nine different countries will battle it out over a series of five week-long regattas between May and September this year.
Each of the five regattas consists of around ten races, with a mixture of windward-leeward and coastal courses depending on the venue. Over the course of the season all results stand – there are no discards – and typically that means around 45 to 50 races in the season. Lowest score wins.
Azzurra are the defending 52 SUPER SERIES Champions.

Race Schedule for 2018:

- Sibenik 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week, May 22-27.
- 52 SUPER SERIES Zadar Royal Cup, June 19-24.
- ROLEX TP52 World Championship Cascais 2018, July 16-21.
- Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week, August 20-25.
- 52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week, September 17-22.


For their twelfth season, the RC44s will visit the four corners of Europe in 2018, including a return to Portorož in Slovenia for the first time in nine years.
With Igor Lah's Team CEEREF claiming the RC44 Championship for a second consecutive year in 2017, it was appropriate that for the new season the circuit for the high performance Russell Coutts-inspired one design monohulls should include the winner's home port.
Another crew looking forward to being back in Portorož is Team Nika as this was the place where owner Vladimir Prosikhin's love affair with the RC44 started back in 2009. Since then his team, including local Slovenian sailors Tomaz Copi, Mitja Margon and Iztok Knafelc, has gone from strength to strength having twice been crowned World Champions and claiming the RC44 Tour title in 2015.
The five event 2018 RC44 Championship begins where it left off in 2017 - in the Calero family's Marina Lanzarote, in Arrecife in the Canary Islands. The RC44 Calero Marinas Cup will take place over 28 February until 4 March. The prevailing winds in early March are 15-25 knots from the northeast, offering owners and crews the prospect of a lively start to the new season. With a winter break of just three months since they last competed there, the teams should start the new season reasonably race fit.
For 2018 the World Championship will be held at the fourth event of the season, in Cascais over 26th to 30th September. Located on the mouth of the River Tagus leading up to Lisbon, Cascais is open to the Atlantic and comes with all the potential for big winds and large oceanic swell. It is for this reason, combined with excellent hospitality provided by the Clube Naval de Cascais, that the Portugese stopover is another regular on the RC44 circuit, having featured every year since 2012. It last hosted the World Championship in 2015, which was won by Team Nika.
The 2018 RC44 Championship will conclude in Malta over 14th to 18th November. The RC44 Valletta Cup opened the RC44 season in 2015 and closed it in 2016. Liking the potential for mixed conditions, as well as the ancient magnificence of Valletta and the giant fortified walls of the Grand and Marsamxett Harbours, the RC44 owners have decided to round off the 2018 season racing off the Maltese capital.

RC44 Championship Tour 2018 event schedule:

28 February - 4 March – RC44 Calero Marinas Cup 2018 – Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
9 - 13 May – RC44 Portorož Cup – Portorož, Slovenia
27 June - 1 July - RC44 Marstrand Cup – Marstrand, Sweden
26 - 30 September - RC44 Cascais World Championship – Cascais, Portugal
14 - 18 November – RC44 Valletta Cup – Valletta, Malta


With few months to go until the start of the fourth edition of the Barcelona World Race (12th January 2019), Barcelona's round the world regatta has issued the official document containing details of the key rules of the regatta…

The Barcelona World Race is a double-handed (two crew – skipper and co-skipper) round the world regatta, starting and finishing in Barcelona, with two legs: Barcelona – Sydney – Barcelona. The event is a highlight in the Barcelona sporting and cultural calendar, where the sea, sailing, sport, the spirit of Barcelona and its citizens come together in a grand celebration. The regatta turned 10 years old this November 2017 and notching up three editions so far, it has become a cornerstone event in the worldwide transoceanic yacht racing calendar.
This is a sporting challenge, a transoceanic adventure which pushes human strength and endurance to the limit. The yachts race round the world on a route some of 26,000 nautical miles (48,152 km) in length. Created and organized by the FNOB, the competition is part of the IMOCA World Championship and is classified as an ISAF Major Event. The Barcelona World Race has also developed a highly-successful cross-sectional model; bringing sport, education, science and industry together, generating not only economic wealth, but also intellectual, scientific and environmental rewards. The first edition was held in 2007/08; the second in 2010/11 and the third in 2014/15. Until now the regatta was non-stop, making the brand-new stopover in Sydney an exciting new racing feature.

This Notice of Race for the Barcelona World Race 2018/19 has been eagerly anticipated. Changes to racing dates, the competition format, which now has two legs and an option to change co-skipper in the second leg, are new features which mean the IMOCA calendar's double-handed round the world event has a brand-new look.


For its fifth season in 2018, the GC32 Racing Tour aims to continue providing the 'best foiling experience' for its competitors in several of yacht racing's top venues. Attracting both professional teams and those with owner-drivers, the circuit for ultra-high speed foiling one design catamarans will visit five southern European venues chosen to offer the best chance of providing optimum foiling conditions.

GC32 Racing Tour races are short, but the venues chosen allow large enough courses for the flying catamaran crews to experience racing the GC32, one of the world's fastest one design sailing boats, at its maximum speed of 30+ knots.

In 2017, the GC32 Racing Tour visited five venues across southern Europe with 13 teams from ten countries from as far afield as Australia, Japan, Argentina and the USA, competing over the course of the season. For 2018 the circuit will continue its relationship with at least three of these venues, with a mix of stand-alone GC32 events and multi-class events.

2018 GC32 Racing Tour schedule:

23 – 27 May: GC32 Class Championship / Riva del Garda, Italy
26 – 30 June: GC32 Villasimius Cup / Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy
31 July – 4 August: 37 Copa del Rey MAPFRE/ Palma de Mallorca, Spain
12 – 16 September: TBA
10 – 14 October: TBA


After two severe days, Sotogrande and the Andalusian coastline laid on perfect conditions for the final day of competition at the RC44 Sotogrande Cup. Mountainous seas and torrential rain gave way to brilliant sunshine, and a stiff but shifty 20 knot, westerly offshore wind, to provide the tacticians with some welcome head scratching, and so Team Aqua claimed the RC44 Sotogrande Cup!
Peninsula Petroleum was left second overall, but John Bassadone was delighted with their comeback considering his team had been in last place after the first three races on Thursday, and he thanked the local organisers and the event sponsors for laying on another superb few days of racing in Sotogrande.
Kirill Frolov, joint helmsman on Bronenosec Sailing Team rounded-up the Sotogrande Cup podium in third, a fine result considering it was their first regatta with an almost entirely new crew.

Looking forward to the RC44 Porto Cervo Cup taking place over 29 June – 2 July!

RC44 Sotogrande Cup – Results:

1. Team Aqua
2. Peninsula Petroleum
3. Bronenosec
4. Team Nika
5. Katusha
6. Artemis Racing
7. Ceeref
8. Charisma


The eighth edition of the leading sailing picture award will once again reassemble the world's most talented yacht racing photographers.
Sailing photographers from all over the world are invited to enter the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2017. Started in 2010, the world's premier photography competition dedicated to the sport of sailing provides an opportunity for professional photographers to share their passion for sailing with a wide community.

No less than 149 professional photographers spanning twenty-five nations submitted a picture for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award 2016 and generated an exceptional selection of images. French photographer Jean-Marie Liot won the main award. 34'680 people voted for their favorite picture on Internet whilst 1,8 million pages have been viewed on the event website. The top eighty photographs submitted before October 12, 2017 at midnight will be preselected by a panel of three international and well recognized yacht racing photographers and published on the event's website.

The top twenty pictures selected by the jury will be displayed during the Yacht Racing Forum, on November 27-28 in Aarhus, Denmark, in front of the sports leading personalities. The winning photographer will receive the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award whilst a minimum of € 2'000 prize money will be distributed to the winners.
Two secondary prizes will also be awarded during the Yacht Racing Forum: The Yacht Racing Forum Award (selected by the delegates attending the Yacht Racing Forum) and the Public Award (selected by the votes from the public on Facebook).
Photographers can submit only one photograph, taken between November 1, 2016, and October 12, 2017.


Muscat delivered classic conditions in an electrifying finale to the opening Act of the Extreme Sailing Series™ that saw SAP Extreme Sailing Team become the first winners of 2017.
Clear blue skies combined with a blustery north-easterly breeze gusting 25 knots as nine international crews hit the uncharacteristically choppy waters of Oman's capital city.
The action was nothing short of spectacular as the fleet of foiling GC32 catamarans flew round Muscat's stadium racecourse off Almouj Golf.
With boat speeds hitting upwards of 31 knots the crews were pushed to the limit as they fought to tame their bucking GC32s over six nail-biting races.
After 26 races over four days three teams - SAP Extreme Sailing Team, Oman Air and Alinghi - went into the final race, worth double points, capable of taking the overall win. But after a fast and furious race SAP Extreme Sailing Team, helmed by Kiwi Adam Minoprio, clinched Act 1 victory with a second-place finish, crossing the line behind young wildcard crew Team Tilt.
Perfect start to the 11th year of the Extreme Sailing Series that sees eight Acts held in three continents culminating in a season finale in Los Cabos, Mexico, in December. The Extreme Sailing Series excitement will resume with Act 2 in Qingdao, China, from April 28 to May 1.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 1, Muscat standings:

1 SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN)
2 Alinghi (SUI)
3 Oman Air (OMA)
4 Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT)
5 Team Tilt (SUI)
6 Team ENGIE (FRA)
7 Tawera Racing (NZL)
8 Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR)
9 NZL Sailing Team (NZL)


By winning the one and only race on Final Friday at Quantum Key West Race Week with their nearest rivals more than five places behind, the 2016 52 SUPER SERIES champions Quantum Racing win the first regatta of the new 2017 season.
With Doug DeVos steering, Quantum Racing started well by the committee boat. Provezza, regatta leaders by two points, got closed out by Azzurra and Interlodge as they bid for the pin end. Starting very downspeed they struggled thereafter and rounded the top mark 11th.
With DeVos on the helm, Terry Hutchinson calling tactics and newcomer Bora Gulari completing his first regatta as strategist, Quantum Racing were quickest off the start line in the very light southerly breeze and led at every mark. The circuit title holders stepped well clear of what proved to be an incredible six-sided tussle for the remaining podium places.
As the 52 SUPER SERIES starts its sixth season, this popular 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week proves that this TP52 fleet competition has never been closer. Only two points separate second from an excellent seventh-placed debut from Austin and Gwen Fragomen's new Interlodge.
The pedigree of racing on display at the Quantum Key West Race Week was incredible. The five days were breathtakingly close, and ahead of the final race of the regatta, seven teams were in with a chance for a podium spot… !

Quantum Key West Race Week results:
1. Quantum Racing (Doug DeVos, USA
2. Platoon (Harm Müller-Spreer, GER)
3. Rán Racing (Niklas Zennström, SWE)
4. Provezza (Ergin Imre, TUR)
5. Azzurra (Familia Roemmers, ITA/ARG)
6. Bronenosec (Vladimir Liubomirov, RUS)
7. Interlodge (Austin Fragomen, USA)
8. Sled (Takashi Okura, USA)
9. Gladiator (Tony Langley, GBR)
10. Alegre (Andrés Soriano GBR/USA)
11. Paprec Recyclage

GC32 La Reserva SOTOGRANDE Cup

Norauto extends their lead on the GC32 Racing Tour with a fine win in the Reserva de Sotogrande Racing Cup…
It isn't just the boats that fly across the water, but also the GC32 Norauto team. Event after event, the French team have been improving their performance and are having a flying first season on the GC32 Racing Tour, despite the crew changes, variations to the race areas and sailing conditions. Adam Minoprio together with Thierry Douillard, Nicolas Heinz, Arnaud Jarlegan and Matthieu Vandame have taken great care to perform well this weekend in Sotogrande. The pace was relentless with fifteen races in just four days. The team won ten races to extend their lead over the Swiss Team Tilt by twenty points.
The battle for third was wide open going into the final day's racing, and any of four boats were well within range of the podium. In the first race, Team ENGIE put down a strong claim, finishing second behind NORAUTO but with Realteam just behind in third. In the next race NORAUTO took an early lead but was overtaken on the first downwind by Team Tilt, and then ARMIN STROM moved past Minoprio too, Flavio Marazzi claiming a useful second place in his bid for the podium.
Following victories at the Riva del Garda and the Copa del Rey and second place at the Foiling Week, Norauto takes one more win before they head back for a final event in France: The season finale will take place in Marseille from 13 to 16 October. The team returns to France to rejoin Franck Cammas and the Groupama Team France crew for AC class (45) boat testing in Brest harbour as part of their road to the America's Cup.

GC32 La Reserva de Sotogrande Cup Overall Rankings:
1 - NORAUTO (FRA) skipper Adam Minoprio (NZL)
2 - Team Tilt (SUI) skipper Sébastien Schneiter
3 - Team Engie (FRA) skipper Sébastien Rogues
4 - ARMIN STROM Sailing Team (SUI) skipper Flavio Marazzi
5 - Realteam (SUI) skipper Jérôme Clerc
6 - Malizia - Yacht Club de Monaco (MON) skipper Pierre Casiraghi
7 - Mamma Aiuto! (JPN) skipper Naofumi Kamei


The RC44 World Championship Marina de Sotogrande had a worthy winner in Igor Lah and his Team CEEREF crew, the second occasion the Slovenian team has claimed this prize (after Puerto Calero, Lanzarote in 2013). But this was only after some anxious moments off the Andalusian port, as Lah's crew slogged it out with local heroes, John Bassadone's Peninsula Petroleum from nearby Gibraltar.
Not unusual in the high calibre RC44 fleet, Team CEEREF has an outstanding crew. Among others, this included British navigator Adrian Stead, Dutch Volvo Ocean Race and America's Cup winning main sheet trimmer Dirk de Ridder plus headsail trimmer, Kiwi Jon Gunderson and Italian bowman Matteo Auguardo, plus three other Italians in the middle of the boat, including their 113kg man-mountain grinder, Simone Mina.
Among the 11 teams, competing at this RC44 World Championship Marina de Sotogrande six won races. These included defending World Champion, Team Nika of Vladimir Prosikhin and Bronenosec Sailing Team of Vladimir Liubomirov, the two stand-out campaigns of 2015, Team Nika also being the defending World Champion.
From Spain, the 2016 RC44 Championship moves on to the RC44 Portsmouth Cup over 13-17th July.

RC44 World Championship Marina de Sotogrande - Fleet Racing Results:
1. Team CEEREF (SLO11)
2. Peninsula Petroleum (GBR1)
3. Artemis Racing (SWE44)
4. Katusha (RUS 21)
5. Bronenosec Sailing Team (RUS18)
6. Team Aqua (GBR 2041)
7. Charisma (MON69)
8. Team Nika (RUS10)
9. Aleph Racing (FRA17)
10. Artemis Racing Youth (SWE 4)
11. BlackWater Team (RUS04)


The America's Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport, dating back to 1851, when the yacht America, after which the trophy is named, beat the best of the British fleet in a race around the Isle of Wight, U.K. The trophy won on that day was donated in trust through a Deed of Gift and has since become a symbol of immense achievement. It is perhaps the hardest trophy in sport to win. In it´s 165-year history, only four countries have managed to win the America’s Cup.
The America's Cup is currently held by the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco, U.S.A. On September 25, 2013, its team, ORACLE TEAM USA, completed the biggest comeback in sports to retain the trophy it had first won in 2010. On December 2, 2014, Bermuda was named as the home of the 35th America’s Cup, with the iconic Great Sound as the race course area where the new America’s Cup Class boats (15-meter, foiling, wing-sailed catamarans) from each competing nation will race for the America’s Cup in May/June 2017.
The America’s Cup is honored to partner with Louis Vuitton as the title partner of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs. Louis Vuitton is also the presenting partner of the 35th America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series 2016 events scheduled:
New York, USA - May 7-8
Chicago, USA - June 10-12 (Race days: June 11-12)
Portsmouth, UK - July 21-24 (Race days: July 23-24)
Toulon, France - September 10-11
(Another Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event is being considered for Asia in November)


Morgan Larson stormed home to an extraordinary win in the opening Act of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™ in Muscat on Oman Air, alongside the team, which includes Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth and Omani national Nasser Al Mashari. Together the team won over 50% of the races sailed, more than any other team in Series history, as the Extreme Sailing Series officially completes the biggest transition of the last ten years. The flying GC32s have well and truly arrived.
Muscat saved the best for last, cranking up the breeze for the final two races that literally saw the eight GC32s flying around the track, and at times teetering on the edge. Charging into the final race, four boats – SAP Extreme Sailing Team, Land Rover BAR Academy, Alinghi and Red Bull Sailing Team – were gunning for the podium positions, and a betting man would have thought it was SAP’s day. But the Danes missed a mark rounding, and when realising their error, crash-gybed, almost loosing their bowman Renato Conde in the process. Their mistake resulted in zero points in the race and a tumble down the rankings to finish in fifth.
Land Rover BAR Academy, with 2015 Extreme Sailing Series winner Leigh McMillan at the helm alongside skipper Bleddyn Môn, took third place in the final race, and third place overall, leaving Alinghi three points back in fourth.
With seven Acts left on the global tour, and plenty of skills for the fleet to perfect as the year goes on, the 2016 Series looks set to go from strength to strength. Next stop, China, 29 April-2 May.

1º Oman Air (OMA)
2º Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT)
3º Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR)
4º Alinghi (SUI)
5º SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN)
6º CHINA One (CHN)
7º Team Turx (TUR)
8º Sail Portugal (POR)

RC44 2016

Following a brilliant end to the season in the British Virgin Islands with an overall victory for Team Nika after spectacular racing at the RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup, the RC44 Class is pleased to announce it will celebrate its tenth year in 2016 by visiting two new world class venues.
The RC44 Class will make its first-ever visit to Bermuda to kick off the 2016 season before competing at some of Europe's most celebrated sailing venues, including a return to the beautiful Sotogrande, Spain, where an early World Championship will be held. Marking the half-way stage of the Tour with a debut in Gosport/Portsmouth, United Kingdom, the teams will then revisit Cascais, Portugal, an old Class favourite, before heading back to Valletta, Malta to finish off the season in the historic 'City of the Knights'.
Taking place just inside the Mediterranean, close to Gibraltar on Spain's Andalucian coast, Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team will play host for the RC44 Sotogrande World Championship.
The Tour is also excited to be returning to Cascais, Portugal and Valletta, Malta – both venues that have previously delivered challenging and exciting conditions for the sailors.
The competition within the Class is at an all time high. Every team has the ability to win races and many are capable of challenging for the overall victory. Proven by the fact that a different RC44 team won each of the five events this season. Embraced by owners and the world's most talented sailors alike, the 2016 RC44 Championship Tour line up is looking as strong as ever.

2016 RC44 tour schedule:
Bermuda Cup 2-6 March
Sotogrande World Championship 10-15 May (Spain)
Portsmouth Cup 13-17 July (UK)
Cascais Cup 21-25 Sept. (Portugal)
Valletta Cup 23-27 Nov. (Malta)


A fleet of six M32’s will kick off the 2016 M32 Series Bermuda from 8-10 January sailing on Bermuda’s ‘Great Sound’, the same race area chosen for the 35th America’s Cup in 2017. The inaugural M32 Series Bermuda will run from January to April with one event per month.
Organised by M32 North America in conjunction with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, the fleet for the opening event will consist of private owners and professional teams including Volvo Ocean Race skipper Charlie Enright, and former Olympic sailor and Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Sally Barkow.
Barkow, who was recently awarded a Tour Card for the 2016 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), is also taking the opportunity in Bermuda to prepare for the Tour Championship season starting in Fremantle, Australia in March;
Competing against Barkow is Newport based Volvo Ocean Race skipper, Charlie Enright. He and Mark Towill will be racing as their own team, 11th-hour Racing.
To provide the easy launching of the fleet in Bermuda, the M32 team have been loaned the use of Darrell’s Island, a small island in the southeast of the Great Sound. Owned by the Bermuda Government, Darrell’s Island was formerly used as a flying boat station during the second world war for BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) In 1942, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously visited Bermuda on his return from Washington DC, landing briefly at Darrell’s Island before making the transatlantic journey to Great Britain.
M32 Series Bermuda 2016:
Event 1 8-10 January
Event 2 19-21 February
Event 3 11-13 March
Event 4 15-17 April


The ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image’ is a yearly photographic contest and exhibition. It seeks to recognise the very best yacht racing image taken during the year, and that which best represents the essence and excitement of yacht racing as a sport.
The contest is open to professional yacht racing photographers from all over the world. Two prizes are awarded:
-The ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image’, chosen by a panel of specialists from the yacht racing and photographic industries
-The ‘public prize’ decided by the number of popular votes on the website and the delegates from the Yacht Racing Forum.

The contest aims to pay tribute to the work of these artists, to provide them with a promotional platform and to help promote the sport of sailing to a wider audience.
Each photo has merit and it is fascinating to see how the different photographers perceive and interpret the racing environment through their art.
The winning image and its photographer will be feted at the Yacht Racing Forum in Geneva on 8 December. The competition will be tight again this year, with no less than 135 professional photographers from 29 different countries entered. Their best shots of 2015 are now available to view and to be voted for, at the event website.

The world’s greatest marine and yacht racing photographers have entered this year’s international Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image contest and voting is open to the public!


What a difference three legs make. MAPFRE finished rock bottom in Cape Town after Leg 1, but tonight, here in Auckland, they emerged victorious from one of the most closely fought stages this 41-year-old race has ever witnessed.
No wonder their stand-in skipper Fernández looked so happy. And no wonder he and the rest of his crew looked so exhausted.
For the best part of two days, the Spanish boat had been in a tussle with Abu Dhabi and Dongfeng for the honour of winning this epic 5,264-nautical mile Leg 4 from Sanya to the ‘City of Sails’.
In the end, they pipped Ian Walker’s crew by four minutes 25 seconds with the Chinese boat, in turn, hot on the Emirati boat’s heels in a battle down to the wire for second place.
They eventually claimed that contest by less than four minutes, tiny margins after so long sailing through the South China Sea and then the Pacific Ocean.
MAPFRE had been gradually showing improved form since that disappointing opening leg from Alicante to Cape Town, despite their usual skipper Iker Martínez missing out the last two legs to concentrate on his Rio Olympics preparations for 2016.

Congratulations to MAPFRE!"

The vastly experienced duo, Bernard Stamm (SUI) Jean Le Cam (FRA) have won the Barcelona World Race 2014-15 and set the reference time for the two crew round the world race: 84 days, 5 hours, 50 minutes and 25 seconds to complete the 23,321.76 miles of the theoretical course. The elapsed time for Stamm and Le Cam, since the start from Barcelona on 31st December 2014 at midday UTC, is 84 days, 5 hours, 50 minutes and 25 seconds. The actual distance over ground sailed by them is 27950 miles, at an average speed of 13.82 knots.
Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam have established the reference time for the race, which followed a different course for this edition: from Barcelona to Barcelona, passing all three great capes Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn, leaving Antarctica to starboard. But for the first time the course went direct under New Zealand rather than diverting north to pass through the Cook Straits between North and South Island. This reduced the course distance by about 1280 miles compared with previous editions. Jean Le Cam wins the 2013-2014 IMOCA Ocean Masters World Championship, Stamm is runner up.
Guillermo Altadill and José Munoz crossed with IMOCA 60 Neutrogena in second placed overall in the Barcelona World Race, the two handed race around the world. Ocean racing legend Altadill completes his seventh round the world circumnavigtion, one of the most accomplished records in sailing, Muñoz finishes his second, his first on an IMOCA 60.
Barcelona's Altadill finishes third in the IMOCA Ocean Masters World Championship. Barcelona's historic Maritime Museum was the perfect venue for the prizegiving and awards ceremony for the 2014-15 Barcelona World Race. The reception honoured all of the eight pairs of skippers who competed in the race, particularly highlighting the top three finishers: Cheminées Poujoulat, Neutrogena and GAES Centros Auditivos. On behalf of the organisers and the skippers, thanks were extended to all of the sponsors and supporters of the event which combines sport with adventure, science and education.
BWR Final standings:
Cheminées Poujoulat (B. Stamm - J. Le Cam)
Neutrogena (G. Altadill - J. Muñoz)
GAES Centros Auditivos (A. Corbella - G. Marín)
One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton (A. Gelabert - D. Costa)
We Are Water (B. Garcia - W. Garcia)
Renault Captur (J. Riechers - S. Audigane)
Spirit of Hungary (N. Fa - C. Colman)



The Volvo Ocean Race Museum is a modern installation in the heart of Alicante´s thriving Port Area where visitors can enjoy a close-up view of the world´s longest and toughest professional sporting event and learn about heroes who battle the oceans in this race around the world.
 A short stroll from Alicante´s central esplanade, the Volvo Ocean Race Museum is based in the city´s bustling port area and offers a fascinating, family-friendly tour through the 40 year history of sailing´s most prestigious race around the world.
The museum offers a multimedia experience with games, videos, and unique installations. Learn about the groundbreaking technology, the life-saving clothes and equipment.
Also to celebrate the Volvo Ocean Race´s 40th birthday, you can visit a great photo exhibition concentrate on the people at the heart of the race since 1973.
Take a trip through the history of this great race at a museum like no other…!
For more info:
Free entrance!


Hugo Boss co-skippers Pepe Ribes (Esp) and Ryan Breymaier (USA) are the winners of the IMOCA Ocean Masters New York to Barcelona 2014 race. They crossed the finish line at 20.54 h and 30 s local time in Barcelona. Team  NEUTROGENA  with  Guillermo  Altadill &  Jose  Muñoz took 2nd place . For the first time ever Spain and Chile came together to compete in an IMOCA race with round the world sailor José Muñoz joining Spanish offshore veteran Guillermo Altadill aboard Team Neutrogena. While the boat is one of the most successful of the current crop of IMOCA 60s – she was Roland Jourdain’s 2010 Route du Rhum winner and, as Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson sailed her to 3rd place in the last Vendée Globe - her crew was still very unfamiliar both with their boat and sailing together when they started from New York two weeks ago. Nonetheless Altadill and Muñoz consistently punched above their weight and, like a relentless terrier, were constantly nipping at the heels of the newer generation IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss. In fact for the last 10 days they were clearly gunning for Hugo Boss, covering her every move and even pulled ahead of their rivals for 18 hours while near the Azores. GAES SAILING TEAM with Co-Skippers Anna Corbella and Gerard Marin have crossed the line at 15 h 53 m and 45 s local Barcelona time and take 3rd place overall in the IMOCA Ocean Masters New York to Barcelona Race. The race time was 14 days 21 hours 43 minutes and 45 seconds.

Overall standings:

1. Hugo Boss, Pepe Ribes / Ryan Breymaier
2. Team Neutrogena, Guillermo Altadill / Jose Muñoz
3. Gaes Sailing Team, Anna Corbella / Gérard Marin
Safran Sailing Team, Marc Guillemot / Morgan Lagravière
Spirit Of Hungary, Nandor Fa / Marcell Goszleth

Nine New TP52s Getting Ready to Rumble for the 2015 52 SUPER SERIES
It could be said that challenge to be fully race ready for the new 52 SUPER SERIES season stepped up a gear when Germany’s Harm Müller Spreer launched his new Vrolijk designed Platoon in Dubai. In Auckland, New Zealand sea trials are presently under way for for the new Provezza. The new Quantum Racing is on the way to the water for the first time, Azzurra are not far behind. Rán Racing, Alegre and others are getting ready to splash.
In total nine shiny new-generation, freshly built boats are expected to take the start line in Valencia in May (18-23rd) for the first of the five regattas which comprise the 2015 52 SUPER SERIES. Up against them will be four existing TP52s which raced during the 2014 season, sporting existing or new team colours, making an expected entry of 12-14 boats.
This level of new build activity confirms the 52 SUPER SERIES as the outstanding grand-prix monohull circuit in the world. The series is bringing together not only a cross section of the best sailors in the world, but it has proven extremely attractive to committed, high level owners. And the trend for 2015 is definitely towards owner driven boats. Of the 14 boats which will race, eleven will be steered by the owner.

52 SUPER SERIES – 2015 Race Calendar:

Valencia Sailing Week, Valencia (Spain), May 19th – 23rd
Week of the Straits, Porto Cervo (Italy), June 9th – 13th
TP52 World Championship, Puerto Portals (Spain), July 14th – 18th
Copa del Rey, Palma de Mallorca (Spain), August 4th – 8th
Cascais Cup, Cascais (Portugal), September 16th – 20th


Six foiling AC45F catamarans were on the course together for racing. Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR team won the shortened Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth event with a first and a second in Saturday's racing. The second day of competition for the 35th America's Cup was cancelled as a low pressure system swept across Britain, bringing gale force winds. The loss of the final two races on Super Sunday meant that the prizes were settled on Saturday's results – leaving Land Rover BAR as winners.Winds over 30 knots and rough conditions caused Sunday's racing to be abandoned.
Racing on their home waters and with more time in this type of boat than the other teams, Land Rover BAR showed sharp crew work and good tactics to win the opening race and then fight back from the middle of the pack to post a second in the day's second race. Emirates Team New Zealand and new helmsman Peter Burling also looked impressive, winning the second race and coming in third in the first.
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend to show their support for the British America's Cup Challenger & present the official prizes.

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Gothenburg from August 28-30 is the home event for Artemis Racing. The Swedish challenger will be looking to improve on a last place finish here in Portsmouth.

Results and Current Standings:

Land Rover BAR (1,2)
Emirates Team New Zealand (3,1)
Oracle Team USA ( 2,4)
Groupama Team France (6,3)
Softbank Team Japan (4,5)
Artemis Racing (5,6)


For 2015, its third season of racing, the GC32 foiling catamarans are to compete around Europe on a five event circuit known as the GC32 Racing Tour. Representing the state-of-the-art in catamaran design, the GC32 is attracting considerable interest due to its conceptual similarity to the AC72 and AC62 foiling catamarans pioneered in the America's Cup. However as the GC32s are smaller one designs with soft sail rigs, they provide both professional teams and private owners with the opportunity to experience airborne catamaran racing and all the excitement of the larger AC catamarans, but on a much more modest budget and on boats that are far easier to handle while still having the potential to achieve top speeds approaching 40 knots. The season kicks off on the mountain-lined Lake Traunsee in Austria, where the boats will be based out of Gmunden at the northern end of the lake. This will be the third occasion the GC32s will have competed on the picturesque lake after a successful event this year when the line-up featured sailors from the Luna Rossa and Oracle Team USA America's Cup campaigns. A minimum of six to eight teams will compete in all the events with new participants already signed from across Europe and the USA in addition to GC32 founder Laurent Lenne's SPAX Solutions team and Marwin Sailing Team of Swiss Olympic Star sailor Flavio Marazzi. Details of the new teams will be announced over the next weeks.

The 2015 GC32 Racing Tour schedule: 
27-31 May: Austria Cup - Lake Traunsee, Austria
24–27 June: Cowes Cup - Cowes, UK
30 July–2 Aug: TBA - Germany
27-30 August: Trofeo di Roma - Rome Fiumicino, Italy
10–13 September: Marseille One Design – Marseille, France.

Extreme Sailing Series
Extreme Sailing Series

A fired-up crew on The Wave, Muscat triumphs in Act 5, Hamburg…
New to the Series for 2015 Hamburg, Germany delivered perfect Stadium Racing conditions that saw the fleet of nine elite level Extreme 40s race in everything from 8–30knots in blue skies to rumbling thunderstorms. With crowds of over 44,000 lining the HafenCity waterfront to watch, there was no shortage of drama.
The Wave, Muscat sailed an outstanding final day in Germany, at Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ presented by Land Rover. Three race wins and two podium finishes saw Britain’s Leigh McMillan clinch his third 2015 Act title after four spectacular days of racing in the heart of the city and extend his lead at the top of the overall Series leaderboard.
The Danes, co-skippered by Jes Gram-Hansen and Rasmus Køstner, were third overall after being pushed down the rankings in the final race of the day by some tactical sailing by McMillan’s crew. This allowed Team Turx and Lino Sonego Team Italia to finish the Act on a high – with a first and second place respectively.
With an eye firmly on the overall 2015 Series championship and three Acts remaining, The Wave, Muscat lead by a slim three-point margin over SAP Extreme Sailing Team. Red Bull Sailing Team round up the overall podium three points adrift in third.
The eight Act global Series will now move on to Russia for the Extreme Sailing Series Act 6, Saint Petersburg presented by SAP from the 20- 23 August.


1° The Wave, Muscat (OMA)
2° Gazprom Team Russia (RUS)
3° SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN).
4° Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT
5° Oman Air (OMA
6° Team Turx (TUR
7° Lino Sonego Team Italia (ITA
8° GAC Pindar (GBR)
9° Team Extreme Germany (GER)


Extreme Sailing Series

The thoughts of everyone involved with the America's Cup are with the family of Andrew Simpson and the members of Artemis Racing.
Andrew was an immensely popular and respected member of the sailing community, and his two Olympic medals were testament to his talent. His easy-going personality made him loved by many; always friendly, always smiling and always supportive of others.
Tributes from around the world are pouring in for British Olympic hero and double Olympic medalist Andrew "Bart" Simpson, who was tragically killed when Artemis Racing team's AC72 capsized on San Francisco Bay on Thursday afternoon. Simpson had competed at the highest levels of sailing, winning Olympic Gold and Silver medals with skipper Iain Percy in the Star class in back-to-back Olympics.
Andrew James "Bart" Simpson was born Dec. 17, 1976, in Chertsey, Surrey, southwest of London.
Simpson's sailing career began at the age of 7 along the south coast of England when he raced Optimist dinghies with Sir Ben Ainslie, who has become one of the greatest Olympic sailors of all time, and Iain Percy, who would become his skipper in the Star class. They would go to win Gold and Silver medals at the Olympic Games.
Simpson joined Artemis Racing earlier this year as a strategist, a few months after the team promoted Percy to the position of sailing team director. Previously, he sailed in the America's Cup with Percy with Italy's +39 Challenge in the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup off Valencia, Spain.
Simpson is survived by his wife, Leah, and their two young children. Fair winds “Bart”……_/)*