750 miles, no motors, no support,  all the way to Alaska. They made it!

Message from Michele Schwenger: there is a multi hull team of paralegics sailing in the R2AK race.

Nick and Will Schwenger, along with friends Neil Roberts and Spencer Weber make up team Hot Mess. They bought a used Olsen 30 and made massive upgrades to accommodate the needs of the event.

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More on the event - 750 miles of 50 degree water

The inside passage to Alaska has been paddled by native canoes since time immemorial, sailing craft for centuries, and after someone found gold in the Klondike the route was jammed with steamboats full of prospectors elbowing each other out of the way for the promise of fortune.

It’s in the spirit of tradition, exploration, and the lawless self-reliance of the gold rush that Race to Alaska was born. R2AK is the first of its kind and North America’s longest human and wind powered race, and currently the largest cash prize for a race of its kind.

It’s like the Iditarod, on a boat, with a chance of drowning, …being run down by a freighter, or eaten by a grizzly bear.. There are squalls, killer whales, tidal currents that run upwards of 20 miles an hour, and some of the most beautiful scenery on god’s green earth.

World Sailing has published the 2017 – 2020 Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS). The new edition of the RRS follows consideration of suggested rules changes from Member National Authorities, Class Associations and race officials over the last four years. The 2017 – 2020 RRS apply for all events from 1 January 2017, but events which begin in 2016 may postpone this date via the notice of race and sailing instructions. Copies of the new RRS will be available to purchase from World Sailing shortly, or they can be downloaded for free from the World Sailing website. Download the rules directly here

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Sail Canada have named the nine athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in sailing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21. The Olympic sailing events will be based out the Marina da Gloria, with sailing courses situated in the waters of Guanabara Bay August 8-18. The athletes earned their Rio spots at various World Cup and world championship events, highlighted by top-10 performances for Canadian sailors across several disciplines. Canadians will compete in six events: Men’s Laser, Women’s Laser Radial, Men’s Finn, Men’s 470, Women’s 49er FX and Mixed Nacra 17. Sail Canada has decided to not send both RS:X Windsurfing athletes to the 2016 Olympic Games.

  • Brenda Bowskill (Toronto, ON) - Womens Laser Radial
  • Danielle Boyd (Kingston, ON) - Women's 49er FX
  • Erin Rafuse (Halifax, NS) - Women's 49er FX
  • Nikola Girke (West Vancouver, BC) - Mixed Nacra 17
  • Luke Ramsay (Vancouver, BC) - Mixed Nacra 17
  • Lee Parkhill (Oakville, ON) - Men's Laser
  • Tom Ramshaw (Toronto, ON) - Men's Finn
  • Graeme Saunders and Jacob Saunders (Chester, NS) - Men's 470

Photo by Richard Gladwell of Sail-World

Boatbuilding crews are hard at work building the AC50 Class race boats. The hulls are built in three pieces: deck, lower hull section, bow section.

  • The lower section has most of the structure, including the cockpit floor and the reinforcement for the daggerboard cage.
  • The upper section has cutouts for the crew cockpits.
  • The 2.7 meter long bow section unbolts so the hull can fit in a 40 foot container.
  • The skin of the bow section is the only part of the yacht required to be built in the country of the yacht club it represents.
  • Oracle and Team Japan are having their boats built at Core Builders in New Zealand.
  • Team New Zealand is also building their boat in New Zealand, at Cooksons.
  • Artemis Racing, Land Rover BAR and Groupama Team France are all building their boats in their home countries, using tooling furnished by Core Builders.

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OSA is collaborating with Sail Canada in encouraging our sailors and volunteers to obtain a CANSail profile. This will help both OSA and Sail Canada to build a database with which to document the number of individuals involved in Canadian sailing programs as sailors and as volunteers. Having this information is essential for establishing credibility for our sport as well as for fundraising purposes. When creating your CANSail profile on the Sail Canada website you will need to choose your sailing club from the list in the dropdown menu for "Member Club Affiliation".

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Five 16-foot-long Hobie Cat sailboats depart Key West, Fla., Saturday, May 16, 2015, to begin a more than 90-mile race to Havana, Cuba. The Havana Challenge is believed to be the first U.S. government-sanctioned sailing race between Key West and Cuba in more than 50 years. - West-to-Cuba Sailing RaceBert Budde/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO

Forget about geopolitics: For sailors, the greatest aspect of improving U.S. relations with Cuba is the return to the Halcyon days of sailboat races from the mainland USA to this long-forbidden island nation. If this sounds like a pipedream, think again, as the three-part Havana Challenge unfolded from May 16-21 and brought a fleet of five Hobie 16s, supported by 14 chase and support vessels, from Key West, Florida to the Marina Hemingway in Cuba.

En route, the competitors saw sustained winds of 18-20 knots, with puffs to 25-plus knots, and seas of up to 12 feet. According to Weatherby, two boats were destroyed, while another one was rendered inoperable upon arriving in Cuba. Fortunately, everyone arrived safely and, with the help of the racers and some Cuban locals, the boats were repaired in time for the The Malecon.

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The International Hobie Class Association (IHCA) has issued an updated rule book which includes some minor changes. The most significant change is to the Hobie 16 class rules which states:

Trapeze wires shall be of stainless steel wire of not less than 2.38 mm diameter. The minimum length of the trapeze wire, including shackles, shall be from the bearing point on the mast tang to a point 1250 mm above the base of the mast extrusion. Adjustable systems may be attached to the trapeze wire shackled to the mast tang.

This change was made to close a loophole which some racers were using to have trapezes made from synthetic line.

Download your updated IHCA Class Rules here

Famed Canadian sailor Derek Hatfield has died in Halifax, Nova Scotia after a brief illness. He will be sadly missed by his wife Patianne Verburgh, his children Ben Hatfield, Sarah Hatfield, Devin Hatfield (Tara; Rowan and Duran) and Aron Hatfield (Kanako), his mother, Pauline Hatfield, his brother, Hal Hatfield (Barbara nee James) and his sister, Tammy Hatfield (Kirk Howard) and niece Rebecca McLellan. He is predeceased by his father Arthur Edwin Hatfield.

Derek was born in Newcastle, New Brunswick on August 30, 1952. He attended Nackawic High School in New Brunswick. Derek joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1971. He then graduated from York University in Toronto, Ontario with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. His ambition and skill catapulted him to the rank of Corporal in just eight years on the Force as he became a specialist in complex fraud investigations. In 1986, Derek joined the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE) as the Manager of the Compliance Department, responsible for managing a professional team of auditors completing reviews of the Exchange membership. He was later employed Ontario Securities Commission and National Bank Financial and responsible for all regulatory requirements.

Derek was far more than his resume, though. He made friends easily and adored his family. His courage, strength, humility and love of adventure all found their expression when he discovered sailing, and specifically extreme, solo, offshore sailing competitions traversing oceans and circling the globe. Derek became an accomplished offshore racer and a pioneer of competitive ocean adventures - representing Canada in some of the world's most challenging and notorious events. Derek was the first Canadian to complete two single-handed races around the world. His keen sense for business, sponsorship and unrelenting determination established the foundation for Spirit of Canada, a brand that was emblazoned on his competitive yachts and also later the platform for sail training, team-building adventures, and motivational speaking engagements.

Derek competed in three races around the world. The first was the Around Alone, where he finished first in his fleet and became the 126th person to ever race around the world alone. This earned him Canada's Rolex Sailor of the Year Award. In 2008 Derek became the first competitor to ever fly the Canadian flag in the infamous Vendee Globe and in 2010 Derek once again took the podium in the VELUX 5 Oceans single-handed race around the world; a task he relished as it demanded skill, perseverance, survival skills and intense attention to details. He often faced adversity, such as being pitch-poled in hurricane force winds near Cape Horn, equipment failures, and the mental and physical trials of sailing alone for months on end. Derek often noted that his sailing accomplishments would never have been possible without the love, support and partnership offered by his wife Patianne and the "shore crew" which often included close friends and family.

Despite a love for competition and pushing himself to extremes, Derek was always approachable, friendly and generous. He showed great respect for the sea, as well as respect for his fellow sailors and those from all walks of life. Additionally, Derek worked with charity organizations like Earth Rangers to raise awareness of the environment and instill valuable life lessons for children. He truly believed that with a clear focus on goals and hard work that one could accomplish anything.

Memorial services will be held on August 17, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mactaquac United Baptist Church in Mactaquac, New Brunswick with visitation immediately following the service. A Celebration of Life will be held later in the month in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. For details please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Memorial donations may be made to the Derek Hatfield Children's Fund at any branch of Scotiabank (Account # 71613 0424080) or Etransfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. These funds will be used for immediate funeral and medical expenses, children's education and other expenses the family deems appropriate during this difficult time. A donation link will also be available on the Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges website (www.spiritofcanada.net).

Guanabara Bay delivered some great sailing conditions to launch the Olympic Sailing Competition Monday, but it was still very, very tricky out there. The sunny skies and 10 to 14 knot winds from the south-east were just what competitors wanted to begin their Olympic campaigns, and some of the favourites romped away to a dominant start while others faltered badly. Some clear leaders have already emerged in the two Windsurfer events, but the results have been shared much more equally around the Men's and Women's Singlehander fleets.

RESULTS / ENTRIES
A full list of sailors racing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is available to view here - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/qualification/sailors.php#.V6ZHvo6BLqM. Results will be available on World Sailing's Olympic Website when racing starts on Monday 8 August here - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/results/index.php#.V6ZH_Y6BLqM

LIVE TRACKING
The racing will be available to watch in 2D and 3D via the live tracking. Live tracking will be available when racing commences via - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/multimedia/live_tracking.php

Live Tracking via the Sailviewer-3D Tablet App will be available for devices with 7" or greater screens.

Click here to download the iOS Application - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sailviewer-3d/id912801278
Click here to download the Android Application - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stsportservice.sailviewer

COMPETITION STATUS
The Competition Status Screen feeds in straight from the Race Committee boats with the teams inputting data such as race times, course type, the status of each race and the plan moving forward. The competition status screen will be available when racing commences via - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/multimedia/live_tracking.php

LIVE BLOGGING
Sailing journalist Craig Leweck will be following the racing LIVE on World Sailing's Olympic Blog throughout Rio 2016. Follow LIVE here - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/multimedia/live_blog.php#.V6dUbY6BLqM

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May 16th Sergey and Anatolly Duko of Mississauga Sailing Club competed in the Florida 300 endurance race on their NACRA F18.

The race was from Islamorada, in the Keys, to Daytona Beach over a period of 5 days. During that time they battled howling winds, blinding thunderstorms and monster waves. At one time, Sergey said that the wind had literally pick their catamaran out of the water. After all that, they only suffered a broken spinnaker pole. That was some adventure, makes our last year's Moe Fraser look like a walk in the park.

At the finish, Sergey and Anatolly placed 8th overall and second in their class. A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to both of them, we are all proud of their accomplishment.

You can access the Florida 300 Facebook page here. https://www.facebook.com/sailseries/?fref=nf

The YouTube channel with some videos here. https://www.youtube.com/ch…/UCCB8kiOrwmOnzMNUKQfVDAw/videos…

The Florida 300 website here http://florida300.com/florida300 They actually had GPS tracking devices on the cats that allow you to replay the fleet's progress for each day.

Sailing has completed after an exciting week in Rio at the 2016 Olympics. Congratulations to all sailors; Nacra F17 medal winners are GOLD - Santi Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli(ARG) with 77 points, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (AUS) took silver with 78 points and bronze goes to Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank (AUT) with 78 points.

Santiago Lange is a six time Olympian, and two-time bronze medallist in the discontinued Tornado catamaran class. His sons Yago and Klaus were also racing in the Olympics in the 49er.

Conditions in general were tricky. The Olympic sailing competition produced the extremes of flat water and shifty conditions on the inshore courses with the giant wind and size-of-a-house waves out on the seaward courses. This regatta is testing every extreme of a sailor’s ability, which some argue is exactly what the Olympic competition should be. The word of the day for those that went out to sea on day four was ‘survival'.

In the Medal Race the Argentineans got a penalty and ended up rounding A mark at the back of the pack but they fought back to third by the top of the final leg, only to incur another penalty for sailing too close to the Austrians. After dropping the spin and doing their 360, Lange and Saroli pulled a rabbit out to make sixth place, just seven seconds ahead of the Italian team. The young Aussies crossed the finish behind the New Zealand team of Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders (NZL), but more importantly finished ten seconds ahead of the Austrians who crossed for third place. Australia and Austria were tied on points, but silver goes to Waterhouse and Darmanin as they finished higher in the Medal Race.

RESULTS / ENTRIES
A full list of sailors racing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is available to view here - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/qualification/sailors.php#.V6ZHvo6BLqM. Results are available here - https://www.rio2016.com/en/sailing-schedule-and-results

LIVE TRACKING
The racing will be available to watch in 2D and 3D via the live tracking. Live tracking will be available when racing commences via - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/multimedia/live_tracking.php

The ORCA Annual Awards are awarded to outstanding Ontario sailors that define the Ontario tradition of outstanding athletics, ethics, camaraderie and a true commitment to the sport of sailing.

Recipients can be someone who either improved the most, is enthusiastic, contributed the most to the fleet and ORCA or in some other way distinguished themselves.

The Sportsperson of the year is in recognition for the individuals contribution to catamaran sailing and our sailors in their area and in general. This person should be an inspiration to their fellow sailors and motivational. Fleet building and event organization are also good criteria.

The 2016 ORCA Award recipients

Youth Sailor of the year - Anatoliy Duko (F18 sailor)

Anatoliy participated in the 2015 Around the County Long Distance Race and his proficiency on the F18 impressed everyone. Then on May 16th Sergey and Anatoliy Duko of Mississauga Sailing Club competed in the Florida 300 endurance race on their NACRA F18. The race was from Islamorada, in the Keys, to Daytona Beach over a period of 5 days. During that time they battled howling winds, blinding thunderstorms and monster waves. At one time, Sergey said that the wind had literally pick their catamaran out of the water. After all that, they only suffered a broken spinnaker pole. That was some adventure! At the finish, Sergey and Anatoliy placed 8th overall and second in their class. A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Anatliy, we are all proud of your accomplishments.

Skipper of the year - Larry Woods (A-Cat sailor)

We are privileged to have some top A-cat racers within our group, Larry has been the catalist in the A-Cat fleet, supported by his brothers Andrew and Todd. They have been known as the "Canadian Invasion" promoting a high caliber of racing in a fun and enthusiastic way that is contagious.

Tactician of the year - Marty Vandenberg (Hobie 16 sailor)

Marty has been sailing with Mauro for the past 3 years, they both participated in the 2016 Pan Am Trials. An avid music lover, he brings his music, his fun loving and charming personality to our sport. Marty and Mauro won BBB high portsmouth award 4 years running. He is a fearless tactician willing to come out no matter what is needed.

Sportsperson of the year - Stephen Clarke (Nacra 17 sailor)

Stephen has been Commodore of the BBB for about 10 years, during that time have seen many changes with the city, the clubs position on the beach. Have successfully moved club from beach club to a not for profit. Stephen handles PR with the city, and city serves with diplomacy. He's also continued to build the club racing series, with continued increase in participation on week night races which builds our future.