Volvo Ocean Race Down to the Wire on Leg 7

Wednesday, June 06th, 2012

With just two legs and three port races to go, the Volvo Ocean Race is shaping up to be the closest in the history of the event. A field of 6 yachts departed from Capetown, South Africa last November on their way to complete 9 legs that would take them to Abu Dhabi, China, New Zealand, Brazil, Florida, Portugal, France and Ireland. Following Leg 7, which traversed the Atlantic from Miami to Lisbon, four yachts are still in the running for first place – Groupama, Telefonica, PUMA and CAMPER.

On June 9, the yachts will depart from Lisbon and race to Lorient, France, finishing up on July 8 in Galway, Ireland. Find out more about Volvo Ocean Race 2011 – 2012 on the official race website.

One of the most memorable moments of Leg 7 for the crew of CAMPER occurred when they swerved to avoid a whale in the North Atlantic. You can experience it  yourself in this YouTube video.

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Newport, Rhode Island Returns to Nautical Roots

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island will be the site for next month’s America’s Cup World Series regatta, setting the tone for a summer of sailing in Rhode Island. The Newport race will be the final stop in the global tour of World Series events before next year’s America’s Cub in San Francisco. Prior to 1983, Newport was host to the America’s Cup for decades.

In July, Newport will pay tribute to maritime history by hosting the Ocean State Tall Ships Festival. The July6-10 event will feature a dozen tall ships. The event will be additionally significant since it marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Hundreds of thousands of visitor are expected to flock to Rhode Island for these two events and to generate nearly $100 million in revenue for local businesses. Find out more on the CBS News website and on the official website of the Ocean State Tall Ships Festival.

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Manhattan Sailing Club

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

The Manhattan Sailing Club was established in 1987 with the goal of bringing recreational sailing back to New York Harbor. The Club is based at North Cove on the Hudson River in front of the World Financial Center and Battery Park. With more than 700 members, the Manhattan Sailing Club is one of the largest community sailing organizations in the U.S.

The Honorable William Wall is the Manhattan Sailing Club’s floating clubhouse. The clubhouse is anchored in New York Harbor north of Ellis Island from May through October, serving as a spectator platform form races and as a general-purpose event space.

In 2011, the MSC introduced a Corporate Sailing League, an amateur program for teams of employees. The league is returning in 2012. The Club is also celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year. Find out more about the Manhattan Sailing Club on the official MSC website.

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Wally 118 Darth Vader Luxury Motor Yacht

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

The Wally 118 is a 118-ft yacht that’s been called the Darth Vader of luxury motor yachts.  The yacht features a truly unique black glass housing and three Vericor TF50 gas turbines that generate a total of 17,000 horsepower and drive a Rolls-Royce Kamewa water jet, two steerable outboard and a non-steering booster on the centerline.  The Wally 118 is capable of a maximum speed of 60 knots (70 mph).

Monaco-based Wally used lightweight carbon fiber in the construction of the Wally and had it wind-tunnel tested by Ferrari.  See the Wally 118 on the water in this YouTube video.

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Palm Beach International Boat Show

Wednesday, March 07th, 2012

The 27th Palm Beach International Boat Show will take place March 22 through March 25, featuring hundreds of boats on display along scenic Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, Florida. Boats range from inflatables to super-yachts and everything in between. Based on the interest shown at the recent Miami International Boat Show, organizers of the Palm Beach event are expecting impressive sales results.

The addition of 40 in-water slips will allow the show to feature more mega-yachts as well as more smaller boats than in years past in the expanded land display area.  The Palm Beach International Boat Show is one of the top ten boat shows in the nation and will feature more than $350 million in vessels and marine accessories. This year, the TrawlerPort show-within-show will highlight long-range cruisers known as Trawlers.

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Portland Harbour Prepares for Superyachts at 2012 Olympics

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Portland Harbour, a venue for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events, is preparing for an influx of superyachts this summer.  Several deep water berths and anchorages are being prepared for visitors to the event.   Due to height restrictions on the Thames Rivers, many of the larger superyachts will not be able to cruise on the Thames to London.  After berthing at Portland, helicopter service will be provided to transfer yacht owners and passengers from Dorset to London. 

Portland offers some of the best of the UK’s natural sailing waters and facilities.  The area has previously hosted numerous international sailing events.

For more details, visit and the official London 2012 Olympic website.

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Leg 4 of Volvo Ocean Race

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

The six entries in the Volvo Ocean Race are scheduled to set sail from Sanya in the Chinese province of Hainan this Sunday on Leg 4 of the around-the-world race. However, rough seas may force the start to be postponed since cyclone-strength winds in the South China Sea are creating waves described as mountain-like. Race insiders say the delay could cost race organizers at least $500,000, but no one wants to take any chances. The 2008/09 race faced similar conditions and lost three boats during a storm.

In the meantime, Telefonica won the in-port race in Sanya and continues to dominate the race. Read more on the official Volvo Ocean Race website.

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Dominca Charter Yachting

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Located midway between Puerto Rico and Venezuela,  Dominica is often referred to by experienced sailors as the Caribbean’s Nature Island.  This picturesque island is home to pristine beaches as well as volcanic peaks covered by lush green vegetation.  Rock climbers and hikers share the forest with tree monkeys and parrots, while the coastal region is a paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers.  Whale and dolphin watching is another attraction for yachters who visit the idyllic waters of Dominica. 

One of the best ways to enjoy the natural wonders of Dominica is on a charter yacht.  Whether you’re an experience skipper who can pilot a yacht on your own or a novice who requires a charter that includes a skipper or crew, you’ll find plenty of options to choose from.

Find out more about the charter yacht experience on Dominica on the Charter World website.  For a virtual tour of the island, check out this YouTube video.

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Sunreef 75 Ultimate Catamaran Yacht

Saturday, February 04th, 2012


Sunreef Yachts, one of the leading builders of luxury power and sail catamarans, has just announced a new design for an ultra-modern, high performance sailing catamaran.  The Sunreef 75 Ultimate is the successor to the firm’s Sunreef 80 Ultimate, reflecting feedback from clientele and the latest innovations in yacht design.  Twin carbon fibre hulls feature a reversed bow for high performance and will be covered with uncut teak.  Breathtaking views will be available through glass panels that make up the forward section of the superstructure.

Read more about the Sunreef 75 Ultimate on the official Sunreef website.  If power catamaran are more to your liking, check out this post on the Sunreef 70 power catamaran.

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L’Hydroptere – World’s Fastest Sailboat

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

L’Hydroptere is multihull hydrofoil sailboat that was built for speed.  Designed by French yachtsman Alain Thebault, this “flying boat” broke the outright world speed record for a sailing boat in 2009, sustaining a speed of 51.36 knots for 500m.  Thebault and his team are now working on a new version of the Hydroptere that will serve as a prototype for a future Maxi  Hydroptere that can circle the globe in 40 days.

Find out more about L’Hydroptere on the official website and watch exciting footage of its record-breaking voyage in this You Tube video.

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