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16th Superyacht Cup Palma, June 20-23, 2012

February 16, 2012

The fantastic yacht charter destination – Bay of Palma will be once again hosting this years 16th Superyacht Cup Palma regatta with 15 entries currently confirmed entries including the 53m sailing yacht Fidelis by Perini Navi, and the new Dubois designed 45m Salperton superyacht built by New Zealand yard Fitzroy Yachts.

Perini Navi 56m sailing yacht Fidelis

Perini Navi 56m sailing yacht Fidelis

Held over four days from 20-23 June, all yachts will be berthed in the central Muelle Viejo located right in the heart of Palma under its historic cathedral. The dockside village will play host to participants with a magnificent prizegiving gala event in the Es Baluard Museum on Saturday 23 June overlooking the bay at sunset with live music entertainment.

Dubois designed superyacht SALPERTON by Fitzroy Yachts

Dubois designed superyacht SALPERTON by Fitzroy Yachts

Royal Huisman and Rondal – New Silver Sponsors for Superyacht Cup Palma and Superyacht Cup Cowes, UK

February 16, 2012

The organisers of both Superyacht Cup Palma and Superyacht Cup Cowes, UK are delighted to announce the return of the renowned Dutch luxury yacht builder Royal Huisman and sister company Rondal as silver sponsors of both SYC Palma and Cowes editions.

The luxury charter yacht METEOR by Royal Huisman

The luxury charter yacht METEOR by Royal Huisman

Royal Huisman was established in 1884 and bestowed the Royal Warrant in 1984. Royal Huisman is a family-owned yacht builder of custom yachts from 30m – 90m with its own Royal 30,000 m2 facility in central Holland.

Also based in Vollenhove, Rondal is internationally recognised for the quality and advanced design engineering of its custom superyacht solutions across a broad spectrum of products and services including Spars and Rigging, Winches, Hatches, Deck Equipment, Doors and Service.

The Bucket Book to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Bucket Regattas

February 16, 2012

To celebrate the upcoming twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Bucket Regattas from 1986-2011, the organizers of this popular yacht regatta have asked Captain Timothy Laughridge, one of the original Bucket directors, to prepare the publication of a book highlighting the Bucket Regattas’ evolution over the years. The Bucket Book will be informative as well as entertaining, celebrating an event that has established itself as a Regatta in a class by itself.

The Bucket Book celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Bucket Regattas

The Bucket Book to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Bucket Regattas

Captain Laughridge has commissioned Concepts Publishing, Inc. to produce the book. Concepts books specialize in yachting and yachting destinations and include Classic Yacht Interiors, Harbors of Enchantment, The World’s Most Extraordinary Yachts, and one of the best Caribbean yacht charter destinations – St Barths.

From Nantucket to St. Barths to Newport the Bucket has attracted a growing coterie of devoted participants. The book tells the Bucket story from the perspective of the organizing group and Race Committee. It will also include chapters on how the rating system for Megayachts was developed, the issue of safety when racing, and background information on the sponsors who contribute significantly to its success. And, of course, a review of the justly renowned Bucket parties!

The Bucket Book will devote much of its space to images. A picture is indeed worth a thousand words, and photos of the Bucket will bring the event to life in ways that no prose can touch.

The gorgeous photographic book by Mark Chisnell: Great Moments in Olympic Sailing History

February 16, 2012

Sailing had been a part of the Olympic Games since almost the beginning. Every four years the planet concentrates on some very special men and women, and the broiling heat of the Olympic cauldron requests extraordinary qualities if the dream is not to become a nightmare. The people that fill the pages of this unique book titled: Great Moments in Olympic Sailing History have discovered within themselves a bottomless well of determination and talent, and added the ability to perform under the most wonderful pressure. They are unique heroes, and this marvelous book is a worthy celebration of their achievements.

The sailing hero Ben Ainslie on board the GBR75 yacht Teamorigin

The sailing hero Ben Ainslie on board the GBR75 yacht Teamorigin

As well as the heroes, there are the brilliant teams behind them, the yacht designers, the spectacular locations, and the development of sailing from its yacht-racing origins to the adrenalin-induced sport it is today.

This gorgeous photographic book reflects the entire history of Olympic sailing, with spectacular photographs celebrating heroes such as Paul Elvstrom and Ben Ainslie, fabulous locations, legendary classes – and the never-ending struggle of an Olympic sailor to make his mark. Featuring awe-inspiring images from the best sailing photographers in the world, each with an enlightening and entertaining commentary, this stunning guide is a true celebration of a wonderful sport through the years.

Mark Chisnell is a writer, broadcaster and professional racing sailor. He has published nine works of award winning fiction and non-fiction, written for some of the world’s leading magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and The Guardian, and blogged and commentated on everything from the Volvo Ocean Race to the World Match Racing Tour. On the way, he has also won three offshore sailing world championships, and sailed as navigator with five America’s Cup teams.

Rolex Swan Cup 2012 – Entries Open

February 15, 2012

Entries for the Rolex Swan Cup 2012 are now officially open.  The Rolex Swan Cup has been held every two years since 1984, and is a world famous yacht racing regatta that sits at the pinnacle of the Nautor’s Swan calendar attracting Swan sailing yachts from the across globe to congregate for seven days of exciting sailing and socialising.

 Rolex Swan Opening Reception at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (c) Rolex & Carlo Borlenghi (Rolex Swan Cup 2010)

Rolex Swan Opening Reception at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (c) Rolex & Carlo Borlenghi (Rolex Swan Cup 2010)

The esteemed Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, at the very epicentre of cosmopolitan, high profile yachting and known as the spiritual home to Nautor’s Swan, will again host the Swan fleets within Italian waters.  Competitors will experience the glamour of Porto Cervo, Sardinia with the event stretching from September 10th to the 16th 2012.

The Swan yachts comprising of current and more traditional styles across a diverse range of sizes will again be run as four different race classes.  For many race crews it is the ultimate event to win in their specific class with a competitive approach to claiming some of the world’s most stunning silverware.  The most eye catching of all trophies, the Gold Cup, is awarded to the top Swan 45 yacht.  The Rolex Swan Cup includes the Swan 45 World Championships, producing an intense set of races and jubilant victor.

The Rolex Swan Cup Rendezvous Programme will also be in full swing for those owners who prefer a more relaxed approach to their Italian trip.  This will co-ordinate cruises to secluded anchorages and beach side socialising for all age groups.

A full on-shore social agenda is also an important ingredient in Rolex Swan Cup festivities.  This starts with the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s elegant, outdoor opening cocktail reception and then leads into the fun of the crew party with both old and new friends meeting from across the globe.  Daily refreshments are also available straight after racing at the Piazza Azzurra, the centre of all the action with an electric atmosphere.  The festival activities continue into an all-inclusive prize giving on the last day of the event to celebrate together.

All Swan owners are also invited to the much sought after Rolex Owner’s Dinner hosted around the swimming pool at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda where they have the chance to share experiences with each other in relaxed, intimate surroundings.

The Rolex Swan Cup has a continuous track record in supporting the largest of all Swan event entries, with Swan owners delighting in bringing large crews as well as extended family and friends to enjoy not only the favourable warm climate and outstanding yachting conditions but also the local charm and hospitality of the region.

The 32nd St. Maarten Heineken Regatta´s Entry List Rapidly Growing

February 14, 2012

The 32nd annual edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, held in March 1, starts in less than three weeks and its entry list continues to grow, promising to bring another stellar fleet for a round of “serious fun.” As always, the entry list includes the latest Grand Prix racers, timeless classics, souped-up cruising boats, and bareboat charter yachts.

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2011 Credit Tom Zinn/outsideimages.com

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2011 Credit: Tom Zinn/outsideimages.com

Many of the 141 current entrants are familiar St. Maarten Heineken Regatta veterans, who are drawn to the mix of great competition and sensational parties year after year. Among these sailors are Hank Schmitt on the Swan 48 yacht Avocation; Richard Wesslund on the J/120 yacht El Ocaso; Bernie Evan-Wong on the Mumm 36 yacht High Tension; Christopher Marshall on the Melges 24 yacht Budget Marine/Gill; Ian Hope-Ross on the Beneteau First 36.7 sailing yacht Kick ‘em Jenny; Sergio Sagramoso on the J/122 yacht Lazy Dog; and Christian Reynolds on the Swan 51 sailing yacht Northern Child.

Among the 66 yachts entered in the CSA Monohull divisions, the queen of the fleet is the largest entry to date, the Swan 100 super yacht Virago. But the powerful sloop has plenty of company in the big-boat category, including a pair of 90-footers, Kip Curren’s Frers-designed Nefertiti and the French-flaggedMed Spirit. Michael Reardon’s custom 75-foot Tripp design yacht Blackbird, will surely turn some heads. And legendary naval architect Bruce Farr is represented by a pair of Grand Prix entrees, the Volvo 70 yacht Gran Jotiti, and the 65-foot Ondeck/Spirit of Juno.

As in every running of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, many of the competitors sail solid racer/cruisers from the world’s best production boat-builders. As always, there are numerous Beneteaus in the field, including four First 40.7s: Patrick Holloran’s Caipirinha, Vito Marrero’s Coyote, Jaime Torres’s Smile and Wave, and Ondeck’s Team Boston. X-Yachts has an impressive presence for the event, with a quartet of boats ranging from the 34-foot Maelia to the 65-foot yacht Karuba V. There are also yachts from Hunter (Harmony), Santa Cruz (Sonic of Ayr) and Dufour (Speedy Nemo), among many others.

31st St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2011 - Final Racing Day © WWW.OUTSIDEIMAGES.COM

31st St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2011 - Final Racing Day © B. Grieser/outsideimages.com

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta isn’t just for monohulls, as the ten competitors who’ve entered the multihull class thus far will attest. Katherine Mullins’ slick Gunboat 66 yacht Coco de Mer, looks like the boat to beat, but she’ll have to be quicker than Peter Aschenbrenner’s Irens 63 yacht Paradox, to take top honors. Other contenders include the Catana 65 yacht Selika, and the du Toit 51 yacht Eagletours/Quality Time.

Last but hardly least are the 63 yachts that have signed up to race in the Bareboat classes. Many of these skippers charter directly from companies like The Moorings and Sunsail. Others book through tour agencies like TUI Netherlands. “It’s our first year at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,” said account manager Roelof Hoogstrate. “We are proud to be there with almost twenty boats and 150 sailors!”

Whether one plans to charter a boat or sail his own, the clock is ticking and the 2012 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will soon be underway. The time to punch the ticket to the action is now.

Entry List Growing as Starting Gun for the 32nd St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Draws Closer

With less than two months to the start of the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, there is still time to experience one of the best loved regattas in the Caribbean. Gold Sponsor, The Moorings is the official charter partner for the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival and they offer a wide variety of modern yachts and packages to choose from.

At this year’s BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival, Dutch Grand Soleil 43 yacht Antilope will count one of the world’s most famous sailors in the race. Bouwe Bekking has competed in six round the world races, twice as skipper and Antilope’s crew are also taking advantage of the excellent charter facilities in the British Virgin Islands.

“The BVIs is just a fantastic place and rather than put the crew in a house, we have chartered a catamaran for the event. It means that we can stay right in the marina and enjoy all of the dockside fun. Nanny Cay Marina is very sheltered so all the crew can enjoy a comfortable sleep on board with no problem at all and friends and family can also use the catamaran to enjoy a day out on the water.”

BVI - one of the best yacht charter destinations

The British Virgin Islands - one of the best yacht charter destinations in the Caribbean

International Yacht Club Challenge

Among a large fleet of charter yachts expected for the event, yacht clubs from across the globe can also take part in the third International Yacht Club Challenge (IYCC).

The Commodore of the Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club has invited other yacht clubs from around the world to send a team to compete in the IYCC. Yacht clubs from around the world can select members to represent their club and charter a boat from Sunsail. The top prize is a Sunsail charter for a week, hopefully to be used returning the following year to defend the club’s title.

For the IYCC, David Higgins, a physician, will be representing the Gavin’s Point Yacht Club based in South Dakota: “It is pretty chilly at home at the moment and I have to say that warm sailing in the beautiful islands is really appealing right now. Our crew will be made up of four couples, including my brother and his wife and also two couples that I often sail with. We have chartered a 53′ from Sunsail, it’s the largest yacht I have ever chartered but it will also be our home during the regatta. Honestly, one of the main attractions of the IYCC is winning a charter holiday for next year. We love to race and the British Virgin Islands is a wonderful location, at a time of the year when we are experiencing near freezing temperatures in the Mid-West. Role on March, we are all so looking forward to coming out to the BVIs!”

Yacht charter is very well established in the British Virgin Islands. Ready-to-go packages for the regatta include race measurement and registration as well as full provisioning for the arrival. A local qualified skipper can also be arranged. Contact our friendly team to learn more about the possibility to charter a luxury yacht in this stunning destination.

Sunsail’s Josie Tucci explains why the British Virgin Islands is their Number One destination: “The BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival is a superb combination of warm weather racing and fun partying. So it makes sense for us to support this important local event. There’s nothing like racing in a Caribbean climate, beautiful blue water racing, friendly competition, great bars and local food.”

The week encompasses seven-days and features five separate events, The Sailing Festival comprised of The Bitter End Cup and The Nanny Cay Cup; the Nations Challenge, the Gill BVI International Match Racing Championship and the BVI Spring Regatta.

The BVI Spring Regatta is jointly owned by the Royal BVI Yacht Club and the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association.

4th RORC Caribbean 600 yacht race and its American entries

February 14, 2012

The 4th edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Caribbean 600 yacht race starts from Antigua on Monday, February 20. The 600nm course circumnavigates 11 Caribbean islands. There are 40 yachts competing and nearly a quarter of the fleet are yachts coming from the USA.

Perini Navi 38 sailing yacht Team P2

Perini Navi 38 sailing yacht Team P2 Credit: McNaughton Media

USA Entries in the Caribbean 600 yacht race include:

TEAM P2 – Perini Navi 38 – Gerhard Andlinger – Taking the Jaguar off-road with Team P2

The 38m (124ft) sailing yacht P2 by Perini Navi owned by businessman and philanthropist, Gerhard Andlinger, will make her debut into offshore racing with a star cast on board including Peter Holmberg, top Caribbean sailor, Finn Class Silver Olympic medallist and America’s Cup sailor. Other helmsman for the race include Maurice ‘Mo’ Kurg, also from St Thomas, US Virgin Islands and Paul Scoffin, ex-New Zealand America’s Cup sailor.

Peter Holmberg: “P2 is a Perini Navi/Philippe Briand- design accustomed to fast cruising and serious day racing in the superyacht fleet,” said Peter Holmberg, “but the owner is intrigued with the adventure of the Caribbean 600 course and the challenge it presents. It will be a bit like taking a Jaguar off-road, so we will have to sail smart, and will hope to have a good result against similar type yachts.”

Team P2 Racing Manager and skipper, Jonathan Kline is looking forward to the challenge: “Having sailed with the owners of P2 for 10 years, a circumnavigation on Perseus and now three years of racing and cruising on P2, I am very excited that we will be sailing the Caribbean 600. The long distance course, the islands as marks and the drama of trade wind sailing in sunlight and moonlight will provide a memorable life experience for the boss. We know it will be rigorous, but out of the fatigue and effort we know we will find a sense of clarity and satisfaction.”

Ron O'Hanley's Cookson 50 Yacht Privateer

Ron O'Hanley's Cookson 50 Yacht Privateer

PRIVATEER, Cookson 50, Ron O’Hanley (USA)
Racing in the 2010 Caribbean 600, the Cookson 50 yacht Privateer claimed third overall. Ron O’Hanley is President of Fidelity’s Investments Asset Management and Corporate Services divisions and has successfully campaigned his Cookson 50 yacht Privateer in the Caribbean and in/around Newport, New York Yacht Club Races etc. He’s on the Board of Sail Newport and IYRS (International yacht Restoration School in Newport, Rhode Island). Brad Read, Head of Sail Newport will also be onboard for the race.

George David's Rambler 90 yacht during the 2007 Rolex Fastnet Race - photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

George David's Rambler 90 yacht during the 2007 Rolex Fastnet Race - photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

RAMBLER 90, Reichel Pugh 90, George David (USA)- Fight to retain line honours
In 2011 American George David skippered Rambler 100 to smash the monohull course record in the Caribbean 600, taking line honours and overall victory. David’s team is back, this time with the Reichel Pugh 90 luxury yacht Rambler and they are unlikely to give up the title without a fight.

Rambler 90 was launched in 2002 as Shockwave before being renamed. She has had a successful record under George David’s direction since 2007 and in 2011 the team raced Rambler 100 in the RORC Caribbean 600 1st (record), Transatlantic Race and the Rolex Fastnet Race. The yacht will go on to race in the Les Voiles de St Barth’s after the Caribbean 600.

The crew consist of top sailors from around the world: George David (USA), Wouter Verbraak (NED), Peter Isler (USA), Wendy Touton (USA), Mick Harvey (USA), Mike van Beuren (USA), David Petersen (NZL), Duncan Maitland (GBR), Jan Dekker (FRA), Robbie Naismith (NZL), Justin Clougher  (AUS), Jesse Fielding (USA), Tim Dawson (USA), Bob Wylie (AUS), Stu Wilson (NZL), Joe Fanelli (USA), Marty McNary (USA), Chris Welch (USA), Greg Gendell (USA), Jerry Kirby (USA), Matt Mialik (USA), Scott Beavis (NZL).

Mick Harvey: “Great Race, wonderful sailing conditions in a warm climate. We raced last year aboard Rambler 100 and had a great result. We hope to have a good result this year but the competition will be tough. Given the usual conditions, we should be able to do well.”

Swan 80 yacht Selene. Photo: RORC/Tim Wright

Swan 80 yacht Selene. Photo: RORC/Tim Wright

TEAM SELENE, SWAN 80, Wendy Schmidt – Unfinished business for Team Selene
The Swan 80 yacht Selene by Nautor´s Swan is owned by Wendy Schmidt (USA) and Skipper, Benjamin Davitt from Cowes, Isle of Wight is back with Team Selene to complete ‘unfinished business’ after she was forced to retire in the 2011 race.

Skipper, Benjamin Davitt: “Team Selene has gone to great lengths to ensure the success of this year’s regatta. From the owners perspective, it is seen as ‘unfinished business’ and all involved are very much looking forward to the event!”

Team Selene consists of 18 crew from: UK, US, Australian, Croatian and New Zealand. The team usually compete in IRC racing in the Mediterranean and Caribbean including the Swan World and the Lora Piana Superyacht regatta. After the RORC Caribbean 600, the team will race in the Voiles de St. Barths.

Michael Reardon´s Tripp 75 Yacht Blackbird. Photo: Tripp Design

Michael Reardon´s Tripp 75 Yacht Blackbird. Photo: Tripp Design

BLACKBIRD – Tripp 75, Michael Reardon (USA)
The 75ft sailing yacht Blackbird is a carbon fibre monohull designed by Bill Tripp which raced in the RORC Caribbean 600 last year, but with a previous owner and name, Bella Pita.  Making her way to the Caribbean in the Caribbean 1500 race from Hampton, Virginia to Nanny Cay, Tortola, she finished first on corrected time.

Bryon Ehrhart's TP52 yacht Lucky in the 2010 Rolex Middle Sea Race. Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Bryon Ehrhart's TP52 yacht Lucky in the 2010 Rolex Middle Sea Race. Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

LUCKY – TP 52, Bryon Ehrhart (Chicago, USA) – 2010 Rolex Middle Sea Race winner on world tour
Sailing yacht Lucky USA 52152 was built by Goetz and designed by Farr in 2004. Her home port is Chicago and since Bryon Ehrhart (a financier from Chicago) has owned the boat, she has won the Rolex Middle Sea Race in 2010 as well as competed in the following races: Transpac, Chicago Mac, Newport Bermuda, Rolex Fastnet and Giraglia Race.

Ehrhart, an active member of both the New York Yacht Club and Chicago Yacht Club, is on a world tour with the boat and will eventually compete in some of the Asian events followed by the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. Lucky just recently sailed across the Atlantic from Valencia, Spain to Antigua. Captain, Will Finlay is now putting the yacht in racing trim at Jolly Harbour Marina ready for the Caribbean 600.

The rest of the crew is a mixture of professional and experienced ISAF Cat 1 sailors. Nearly all of the crew have raced together and know each other very well. There is also a mix of cultures onboard with crew from USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Frank Eberhart's Nielsen 59 Custom sailing yacht Hound

Frank Eberhart's Nielsen 59 Custom sailing yacht Hound

HOUND, Nielsen 59 Custom, Frank Eberhart, (USA) – Family run and raced boat
The 60-foot classic sailing yacht Hound, will be competing in the Caribbean 600 for the first time with a family crew of avid racers. Hound has competed in the last 8 Newport-Bermuda races, winning her class twice. Hound is a 1970 Nielson designed sloop owned by a family of avid sailors.

Over the years the owners have used the yacht to cross oceans with their four children, cruised the Baltic and competed in 8 Newport Bermuda Races. The Hound yacht is a regular of the Caribbean, having sailed the area for the past 25 winters. In the summer months Hound can be found sailing the coast of Maine and points north, enjoying the Canadian Maritimes and her homeport in Penobscot Bay, the Island of Vinalhaven. Hound is a family run and raced boat.

Frank Eberhart from Vinalhaven, Maine. New York: “Hound has been sailing the Caribbean for nearly 30 years. This race is a unique opportunity to enjoy Caribbean sailing with a twist, while experiencing the beauty of the Leeward chain. There will be only two hired crew onboard, the rest will be family and friends of the owner – all with offshore racing experience. This race promises to be a fun addition to the boats racing resume.”

Skipper, Nicholas Pucello from Marion, Massachusetts: “I’m hoping for a few days of great sailing in ideal Hound conditions, hopefully exceeding 200 mile days.”

Trimaran yacht PARADOX

Trimaran yacht PARADOX

TRIMARAN PARADOX, 63′ Trimaran, Nigel Irens/Benoit Cabaret – Peter Aschenbrenner (USA) – Possible record breaker?
French Skipper, Olivier Vigoureux says the six crew on board the 63ft yacht Paradox are out to ‘beat the current record’. The American, French and British crew members are spending winter racing in the Caribbean and some of the crew have raced in the Figaro Race, Transat Jacques Vabres, America’s Cup and Mini Transat.

Bernie Evan-Wong's Mumm 36 Cafe Americano during the 2009 RORC Caribbean 600 - photo by Tim Wright

Bernie Evan-Wong's Mumm 36 Cafe Americano during the 2009 RORC Caribbean 600 - photo by Tim Wright

HIGH TENSION – Mumm 36, BERNIE EVAN-WONG – Long road for local racer in his 4th Caribbean 600 race
Bernie Evan-Wong has sailed and raced for over 50 years primarily in the Caribbean. Competing in virtually all of the regional regattas in a series of different boats, his Mumm 36 yacht High Tension is the smallest yacht in the fleet. Evan-Wong has taken part in every RORC Caribbean 600 race since it started, but not without incident:

“This is my 4th RORC Caribbean 600 race in this boat. We won our class in the first event, the wind died in the second and we lost our mast in the third event when in a leading position after 220 miles! I have just replaced the rig with some modifications to simplify the rig, moving mast aft and eliminating runners by using swept spreaders. It has been a long road to get to this point since last February, but we are back and will be out there giving it our best shot for the 2012 event.”

Bernie Evan-Wong’s most successful boat must be his Classic 1967 Cal 40 yacht Huey Too which he has owned for the past 34 years. In this time he has achieved Class wins at many of the Regional events including Antigua Sailing Week and St Maarten Heineken Regatta, also winning the top award for the ‘Most Worthy Performance’ of this event a few years ago.

For the Caribbean 600, crew include: Raoul Jean Noel who has represented Guadeloupe in many single handed transatlantic events, and is a National Sailing Coach; Mathieu and Gavin are both North Sails employees in Antigua and Guadeloupe and seasoned sailors; Gavin Dove being the son of Andrew Dove the Caribbean Regional North Sails Representative:

“Wayne is an experienced boat Captain in his own right, having once sailed single handed from Jamaica to Antigua, so is excellent at taking the 2-4 AM watch,” says Even-Wong.

Bernie Evan-Wong: Quote “The Caribbean 600 appeals because it is the first real regional ocean race and it’s a real fun event which takes an awful lot of logistical planning, but I really enjoy the challenge of putting it all together and then living the dream.”

Memorable Caribbean 600 moment: “One of the most memorable moments in the past three Caribbean 600 events for me must be planing down the waves at 12 – 15 knots on the south side of St Kitts at 2.00 AM when a school of dolphins started swimming with the boat in a phosphorescent sea! An unforgettable moment. Sailing a race like this helps me get through the rest of the year.”

Worst moment in Caribbean 600: “At the other end of the spectrum must be my worst moment in the first race when I fell on board on the second night out, I broke two ribs, but with help from my crew, we still went on to win our class in that event and for a while had the big boats worrying that we might win overall! Over the past three events we have gained a lot of valuable experience on the course, so we plan to apply that knowledge hopefully to our benefit.”

Christian and Lucy Reynolds' Swan 51 yacht Northern Child. Photo Tim Wright

Christian and Lucy Reynolds' Swan 51 yacht Northern Child. Photo: Tim Wright

NORTHERN CHILD, SWAN 51, Christian Reynolds – Rookie Crew up for the challenge

Northern Child has been a charter yacht since 2001, completing the Atlantic circuit every year. 12 inexperienced racers on board the Swan 51 yacht will be led by pro skipper, Christian Reynolds.

Reynolds comments: “The RORC 600 is my favourite offshore race above the Rolex Fastnet. There are lots of different legs creating varied and exciting sailing in warm beautiful water around a very scenic race course. We hope to achieve first in class.”

2012 Governor’s Cup – Andrew Weir Yacht Management and the RMS St.Helena provide support

February 14, 2012

Andrew Weir Yacht Management and the RMS St.Helena are once again organising the transportation of yachts and arranging berths for the competitors of the 2012 Governor’s Cup.

2012 Governor’s Cup - Andrew Weir Yacht Management and the RMS St.Helena provide support

2012 Governor’s Cup - Andrew Weir Yacht Management and the RMS St.Helena provide support

The Governor’s Cup is a one-way handicap race between Cape Town and St. Helena held every two years, which is open to yachts of any size and growing in popularity every year.  This year’s race will begin in Cape Town on Saturday 22nd December and while being a chase across the South Atlantic, the accent is on fun and camaraderie and once the destination has been reached, the competitors can enjoy an experience-filled stay on the rugged and beautiful island, St.Helena.

“Only a week after announcing the race details, we have thirteen yachts booked for the return trip to Cape Town on the RMS St Helena and we have a list of 33 confirmed or interested owners. Berths for yachts and passengers on the RMS are being taken up rapidly, so it looks as though this will be another great race to the little Island, considered to be the remotest on the planet” commented Billy Leisegang, Manager at The False Bay Yacht Club.

“Some yachts choose to continue their cruise to other destinations but the beauty of this race is that the rest of the sailors have a choice – either sail back to the Cape or return reclining in the comfort of a deckchair sipping cocktails on board the affordable, yet luxurious 7000 ton passenger/cargo ship, the RMS St. Helena” commented Daniel Taylor of Andrew Weir Yacht Management.

“Andrew Weir is the only shipping company who can arrange transport for yachts to and from St Helena itself, which can be arranged in both our London and Cape Town offices.  Our Cape Town office manager Claude Amman skippered the winning entry in the 2006 Governor’s Cup, which was made up of crew members from the RMS St Helena. So we have direct experience of the race itself!” added Taylor.

Entries range from serious racing boats to cruising boats crewed by families and friends.

What makes the race unique is that families and supporters of the sailors can enjoy a trip to the island on the RMS St Helena, meet up with the contestants, have a fascinating holiday and then all return home on the RMS St. Helena – with the yacht on board as well!

Those family and supporters lucky enough to sail on the RMS St.Helena will experience a nautical Christmas on board the ship with The RMS is due back in Cape Town on Wednesday 16th January 2013.

Still time to charter a yacht for the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival 2012

February 14, 2012

There is still time to charter a luxury yacht for the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival 2012 and experience one of the best loved regattas in the Caribbean which runs from the 26th of March to the 1st of April 2012.

Charter boats race in the 2011 BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival - Sparkling sailing conditions Credit Todd VanSickle - BVI Spring Regatta& Sailing Festival

Charter boats race in the 2011 BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival - Sparkling sailing conditions Credit Todd VanSickle - BVI Spring Regatta& Sailing Festival

At this year’s 2012 BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival, Dutch Grand Soleil 43, sailing yacht Antilope will count one of the world’s most famous sailors in the race. Bouwe Bekking has competed in six round the world races, twice as skipper and S/Y Antilope’s crew are also taking advantage of the excellent charter facilities in the British Virgin Islands.

Sailing yacht Veritas, a classic Abeking and Rasmussen 57, takes center stage at the 2011 BVi Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival Credit Todd VanSickle - BVI Spring Regatta& Sailing Festival

Sailing yacht Veritas, a classic Abeking and Rasmussen 57, takes center stage at the 2011 BVi Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival Credit Todd VanSickle - BVI Spring Regatta& Sailing Festival

“The BVIs is just a fantastic place and rather than put the crew in a house, we have chartered a catamaran for the event. It means that we can stay right in the marina and enjoy all of the dockside fun. Nanny Cay Marina is very sheltered so all the crew can enjoy a comfortable sleep on board with no problem at all and friends and family can also use the catamaran to enjoy a day out on the water.”

Sir Richard Branson's Necker Belle participates in the 2011 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - Credit Todd VanSickle - BVI Spring Regatta& Sailing Festival

Sir Richard Branson's Necker Belle participates in the 2011 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - Credit Todd VanSickle - BVI Spring Regatta& Sailing Festival

Among a large fleet of charter yachts expected for the event, yacht clubs from across the globe can also take part in the third International Yacht Club Challenge (IYCC).

The Commodore of the Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club has invited other yacht clubs from around the world to send a team to compete in the IYCC. Yacht clubs from around the world can select members to represent their club and charter a boat from Sunsail. The top prize is a Sunsail charter for a week, hopefully to be used returning the following year to defend the club’s title.

For the IYCC, David Higgins, a physician, will be representing the Gavin’s Point Yacht Club based in South Dakota:

“It is pretty chilly at home at the moment and I have to say that warm sailing in the beautiful islands is really appealing right now. Our crew will be made up of four couples, including my brother and his wife and also two couples that I often sail with. We have chartered a 53′ from Sunsail, it’s the largest yacht I have ever chartered but it will also be our home during the regatta. Honestly, one of the main attractions of the IYCC is winning a charter holiday for next year. We love to race and the British Virgin Islands is a wonderful location, at a time of the year when we are experiencing near freezing temperatures in the Mid-West. Role on March, we are all so looking forward to coming out to the BVIs!”

Yacht charter is very well established in the British Virgin Islands. Ready-to-go packages for the regatta include, race measurement and registration and full provisioning for your arrival. A local qualified skipper can also be arranged.

Sunsail’s Josie Tucci explains why the British Virgin Islands is their Number One destination. “The BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival is a superb combination of warm weather racing and fun partying. So it makes sense for us to support this important local event. There’s nothing like racing in a Caribbean climate, beautiful blue water racing, friendly competition, great bars and local food.”

As well as bareboat charters through Sunsail, it is also possible to hire a luxury crewed charter yacht during the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival 2012 to soak up the atmosphere in port, around the island and on the water. The types of luxury yacht charters possible including sailing yachts, catamarans, motor yachts, superyachts and much more! Contact a CharterWorld representative here for further information.

Visitors can fly to the British Virgin Islands through San Juan, Puerto Rico with American Airlines, Cape Air and LIAT. Flights are also available through Antigua, St. Maartin and Barbados on Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and BWIA.  Ferry service is also available from St. Thomas and St. John.

100´ sailing yacht ICAP Leopard returns to compete in the 2012 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race

February 09, 2012

The property developer and internationally known yachtsman Mike Slade is coming back to Cowes to take part in the 2012 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, Britain‘s popular yacht race. He will compete with his 100ft sailing yacht ICAP Leopard to defend his most recent and the current monohull record set in 2008 at a time of 3.53.05.

100´ sailing yacht ICAP Leopard Photo by R. Tomlinson

100´ sailing yacht ICAP Leopard Photo by R. Tomlinson

The team has broken the monohull record on four occasions, firstly in 1991 racing Ocean Leopard, aboard Hoya Longobarda in 1996 and then in 2001 aboard Leopard of London circumnavigating the island in 4.05.40. The usual stellar crew of former Olympic sailors and Volvo Ocean Race sailing talent are delighted to be returning to the Race and they have their sights firmly set on retaining or even beating their current monohull record.

Entries are piling in for this 81st running of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, with 265 entries already processed.

Going for gold
Following on from the news that triple Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie CBE will be competing in the 81st J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, several other race participants have highlighted their Olympic connections on their entry forms.

It can be very interesting to dig a little deeper beyond the sometimes quite random information added to entry forms that can end up revealing extraordinary facts about some fascinating individuals.

Taking, for example, Paul Lavars from Christchurch, Dorset, the owner of the Bavaria Vision 44 yacht Manhattan. He trained with the Olympic canoeing squad for the 1968 Olympics and with various family members are joined on board by Danny Dalrymple, 65, who has been to Base Camp Everest amongst other marathon feats. Paul and some of his older crew members are also planning to sail around Great Britain in 2014.

Charles Reynolds from the Port Owen in the Western Cape, South Africa, owns a Freedom 45 Freedom of Hamble yacht, and competed in both the 1968 and 1972 Games in Dragons and Solings respectively. Charles was also part of the Hong Kong Admiral’s Cup Team in 1975. He has a long-standing commitment to this Race, having first entered in 1963.

Family values
Six members of the Bowyer family from Winchester, aged between 19 – 54 are racing on board the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42 Navicula yacht, and racing for the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Family Trophy in ISCRS with the aim of all still speaking to one another by the time they cross the finish line.

Gavin, the skipper, is an Orthopaedic surgeon working in Southampton and the name of his yacht must surely relate to the navicular bone that is one of the tarsal bones, found in the foot. Let’s hope they don’t end up stepping on each others toes!

New to the event?
The Race website is packed full of useful guides and provides practical advice aplenty. The visitors can read through the First Timers’ guide and the Layman’s Guide to Racing Rules.

For 2012 the ISC has introduced a series of features in the new Knowledge Box, accessible from the home page. This series, covering ten topics, will run right up to Race day and the articles are being contributed by each of the Race Partners and there’ll be one from Title sponsor J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Lots of practical advice can be found here. The current piece is from Race Partner Henri Lloyd and also archived is the first article in the series from Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

ISC Seminars focus on Race safety issues
The Island Sailing Club encourages you to attend one of two FREE Race seminars it is holding in March. The seminar content has been carefully tailored to be relevant to anyone doing the Race but will be especially useful to those of you entering the Race for the first time.

•    Saturday 17th March 2pm at the Royal Southampton Yacht Club
•    Saturday 24th March 6pm at the Royal Lymington yacht Club

Topics on the agenda include elements that are required for:

-  Entering the Race
-  Getting the paperwork sorted
-  Safety issues
-  Getting round the course
-  Technology

There will be a Q&A session following the seminars. The sessions are expected to last no more than two hours incl. Qs&As.

How one can fundraise for Charity
The Island Sailing Club is delighted to announce that following the success of last year’s Charity Challenge, Race Title sponsor, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, will again be running the initiative in 2012. There are two £1,000 charitable donations up for grabs and it’s hoped this will encourage many new charity fundraisers.

Animal magic
An appropriate tailpiece for this month has to be recognition for Round the Island Race first timer ‘Jack Sparrow’ a dog rescued from a Greek Island in 2009 by Tim Carrington the owner of Lady H. With over 10,000 nautical miles notched up already, this 50-mile westabout course should prove to be little more than a walk in the park for Jack Sparrow!

Early bird entries close at midnight on February 25th.