Searching for Silver in Southern France

Saturday April 26, 2014 A spectacular week of racing in Hyeres, France has tested the fleets with a full schedule of races and wonderful weather on the French Riviera.  Day 5 of the regatta brought more wind again for the fleet, and challenged even the very best.  The regatta culminates with 3 X theatre style […]

Generational ‘Game-On’ In 49er Fleet – Hyeres

Olympic sailing has traditionally been dominated by those with the experience to put their athleticism and professionalism into peak form at the same time.  For ages it was said that it took multiple Olympic cycles to move into podium potential performance.  The young guns, not known for patience, are saying forget about that, I want […]

The Gold Fleet Goal

Tuesday, April 21, 2014 Battle to Qualify There are teams for which qualifying is a period to ‘sail safe’ through and then aim to peak during the gold fleet racing.  For the vast majority of the 49er fleet, however, qualifying is the main event.  The intensity of qualifying has been even more drastic this year […]

Glorious Racing To Kick Start Hyeres World Cup

It was a glorious day in the province of Toulon on the South coast of France, sunny, blue skies, and fifteen knots of wind in the afternoon.  The 49erFX raced first in the 49er race area in a single fleet of 42 boats while the 49er class waited for the afternoon and raced in split […]

Best on Best Facing Off in Hyeres

It is rare in sailing for the best to consistently race each other as sailing has so many classes and styles.  It’s far more common for promoters of every class to talk up their own champion, without any way of ever proving definitively who’s better.  The ISAF World Cup of Sailing – Hyeres is one […]