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18 Footer History – 1950-1990


After the death of the big 18-Footer promotor JJ Giltinan, the annual race for his Trophy remained the key event of the 18-Footer League and was ever since considered their World Championship without seeking recognition by the international sailing federation. During the years, some measurement limits were introduced to lower cost and increase participation. —– The story.

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eSailing – Medemblik Regatta – start today


Today begins the eSailing Medemblik Regatta, another event of the eWorldcup. Unfortunately, the overall rankings after four events have not been published yet. —– Here the details to register.

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Les Voiles de St.Tropez – New during 2 weeks!


In order to meet the corona-related safety requirements, the Voiles de St-Tropez Regattas have been extended to 2 weeks from September 26 to October 10, so that the large fleets can sail in two groups. All regattas will take place in the bay of St-Tropez and can be followed directly from the shore. —– The news.

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Corona University – North Sails Webinars – The history of the Moth Class


During the past weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown, North Sails did publish a number of interesting webinars with general information on sails, but also class-specific events. Interesting last week the webinar on the history of the Moth Class, an experimental field for the latest developments in sailing for over 70 years, including foiling launched 25 years ago. Illustrated with numerous historical pictures, former world champions, including foiling pioneer Rohan Veal AUS, tell the story of the Moth. —– The video with a summary overview on all other North webinars.

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Corona Cinema – The Volvo Ocean Race 2011/12


With the easing of the Corona restrictions for sail racing, our film series of the Ocean Races comes to an end. Here is the video from the Volvo Ocean Race 2011/12, the last time on VOR70 keelboats. Despite a broken mast in the fourth leg, Groupama of Franck Cammas FRA finished as winner. —– The video (1h 18min).

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Sailing History – 18 Footer – the JJ Giltinan Trophy


The Australian James Joseph Giltinan was a sports promoter from the early days. After having launched the Australian Rugby Championship, he initiated professionalism in sailing, and donated a perpetual recognition price: the JJ Giltinan Trophy. The annual regatta sailed for the first time in 1938 on Sydney Harbour on 18-Foot Skiffs had a unique concept with betting shops and spectator boats, becoming an integral part of the Australian sports program. Taree (see photo) was the first winner. —–This event is considered the unofficial World Championship the 18-Footer Class, and as in previous years, we followed the competition this March livestream on our website. —– A report.

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Sailing history – A and B – Catamaran-Trials of the IYRU in 1967


In 1967, IYRU (now World Sailing) organized trials in view of an Olympic catamaran. Originally intended for the 1972 Games, the Tornado was first used in 1976 in Kingston CAN. A-Cats and Tornados (or B-Cats) were present at the trials in England in 1967. —– The film of 1967 with wooden catamarans!

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IMOCA Open 60, VOR65 – The Ocean Race 2021/22 – 18 entries so far


The first registration deadline for the Ocean Race 2021 expires at the end of May. Contrary to previous Round-the-World-Races, 10 IMOCA Open 60 and 8 VOR65 have already been firmly registered. Among others, two teams from Germany and one from Austria are on the entry lists. Apreview

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Corona Situation – Restart Sailing in Switzerland!


The 2020 regatta season in Switzerland can start on June 6th!—– The Corona restrictions loosened by the Federal Council from that date on will allow all boat classes to race in normal fleets. Distance keeping between boats is normal business under the Racing Rules. If the 2m distance between persons exercising a sport cannot be respected, such as on a boat, the names of all team members noted when registering will allow the all-important contact tracing to limit the further spreading of the virus in case of an infection.—– The persons responsible for the operation on land (including catering facilities) and the regatta organizers with an individual protection concept are still responsible for compliance with distance regulations and hygiene measures. Now that spontaneous groups of up to 30 people or organized gatherings of up to 300 people are allowed, the regatta operations on land may be organized without major difficulties, observing the size limits of skippers meetings and prize distribution ceremonies.—– Clubs and class associations are the drivers of the Swiss regatta sport and are therefore solely responsible for restoring normality on the basis of the generally known and accepted protective measures, self-responsible with their local expertise […]

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IMOCA Open 60, VOR65 – The Ocean Race 2021/22 – 18 entries so far


The first registration deadline for the Ocean Race 2021 expires at the end of May. Contrary to previous Round-the-World-Races, 10 IMOCA Open 60 and 8 VOR65 have already been firmly registered. Among others, two teams from Germany and one from Austria are on the entry lists and a preview

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