Most Popular Sailing Race in The World

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Most Popular Sailing Race in the world

St.Maarten Heineken Regatta

The St.Maarten Heineken Regatta is home to over 200 boats from around the world representing 32 countries. The largest regatta in the Caribbean

The Regatta is run by the St.Maarten Yacht Club Regatta Foundation.

•The event was founded in 1980 and began with 12 entries.  

•Attracts around 2500 sailors and approximately 1000 support people to the island.

•Heineken became a major sponsor in 1983 and has remained as title sponsor since then.

•In 2008 the largest entry field was recorded at 289 boats.

•Over 100 boats are rental boats that race in the Bareboat fleet and around 50 of those come from Holland. 

Type of Race: This is an international race, which is point to point. The race consists of sailing around St Martin.

Vendee Globe

The VENDEE GLOBE is a sailing round the world race created in 1989 and takes place every four years. Raced at an international level, the race is single-handed, non-stop and with no outside assistance.

The race is open to monohull yachts conforming to the Open 60 class criteria. (Prior to 2004, the race was also open to Open 50 boats.) The Open classes are unrestricted in certain aspects, but a box rule governs parameters such as overall length, draught, appendages and stability, as well as numerous other safety features.

Americas CUP

The first of two new designs for the 34th America’s Cup, the AC45 catamaran made its debut in Auckland on January 17, hitting speeds in excess of 20 knots, right out of the box.

The boat is an essential element of the vision for the 34th America’s Cup, which will feature 72-foot catamarans raced on San Francisco Bay in the Finals in 2013.

The America’s Cup World Series is a regular circuit of regattas, bringing Cup racing to top venues around the world.

The AC World Series allows the teams and their sailors to prepare for the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series and the America’s Cup Finals in the heat of battle.

With the switch to the AC45 class of cutting-edge multihulls, powered by towering wingsails, this time on the race course will benefit all of the sailors.

The racing will be on the AC45 catamarans and 2012 will see America’s Cup World Series events in San Francisco, the host city of the 34th America’s Cup.

The America’s Cup World Series could continue beyond the 34th America’s Cup, allowing for a regular calendar of Cup racing to the benefit of sailors, fans, teams, and all stakeholders.

The Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race (formerly the Whitbread Round the World Race) is a yacht race around the world, held every three years. It is named after its current owner, Volvo. At this moment the Netherlands holds the record of three wins with the Dutch skipper Conny van Rietschoten being the only skipper to win the race twice.

The Volvo Open 70 is the current class of racing yachts designed for the Volvo Ocean Race.

VELUX 5 Oceans Race

The VELUX 5 OCEANS Race is a round-the-world single-handed yacht race, sailed in stages, managed by Clipper Ventures Plc since 2000. Its current name comes from its main sponsor, VELUX, an international company based in Denmark that sells Roof windows, skylights, Vertical windows, Thermal solar energy, blinds, sunscreening. Originally known as the BOC Challenge, for the title sponsor BOC Gases, the first edition was in 1982. In the late 1990s the race was renamed the Around Alone, the 2006-2007 edition ran under its current name.

This event is the longest race for individuals in any sport; its course has changed over the years.

The race was open to monohull yachts conforming to the Open 50 and Open 60 class criteria. The Open classes are unrestricted in certain aspects but a box rule governs parameters such as overall length, draught, appendages and stability, as well as numerous other safety features.

Global Challenge

The Global Challenge (not to be confused with Global Challenge Award) was a round the world yacht race run by Challenge Business, the company started by Sir Chay Blyth in 1989. It was held every four years, and took a fleet of one-design (or matching) steel yachts, crewed by ordinary men and women who have paid to take part, round Cape Horn and through the Southern Ocean where winds can reach 70 kn (130 km/h). The fee for the last race proposed (in 2008) was £28,750. It was unique in that the race took the westabout route around the world against prevailing winds and currents – often referred to as the ‘wrong way’ route.

Mapfre PalmaVela regatta

Palmavela is organised by the Real Club Nautico de Palma and sponsored by the swiss firm Hublot, with the institutional support of the Balearic Government of Sports and Tourism as well as the Consell de Mallorca and the Port Authority, and the support of La Caixa and a great number of balearic firms, has now become one to the most important events in the national sailing calendar. This regatta born in 2004 with the aim to bring sailing closer to the public in general, has gathered all kind of keeled yachts, from the modern maxis to small lateen rigged boats, including TP 52, several one design classes or the beautifull classic and vintage yachts, amongst others.

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

Race Week was conceived by David Hutchen in 1983, after he had moved to the Whitsundays with his yacht “Banjo Paterson” to start a yacht charter business. David was able to convince the then owner and founder of Hamilton Island, Keith Williams, to agree to hosting the event as a way of generating tourism and favourable media attention to the resort.

After eight years of having Race Week in April, it was moved to August in 1992 to take advantage of more consistent and attractive weather conditions. The change in timing has seen the event grow significantly over the years becoming Australia’s largest offshore yachting regatta with approximately 250 boats expected to contesting the 25th Anniversary event in 2008.

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