David Rasion Wins 6.50 Mini Transat!!!

Mini Transat Racer David Rasion crossed the finish line in Bahia Oct 31 just after 8pm.

David arrived at the finish after racing across 3,120 ocean miles in 17 days, and beat the current second leg record by 23 minutes!

Congrats to David for a truly memorable race!!!  David took a quick break from celebrating to talk to Nico G, from 650 Classe Mini Unoffical Site  

“This is my fourth try on this race. I come out a winner, and in full day light. Its been a tough one, for me and for every one else. Yes, I’ve had my doubts, when I was ahead by a hundred miles and hit a windless spot.I thought everybody was passing me. Some other time I had to step on the brakes real hard when the boat was slamming away, and yet, I was gaining on everybody.
Yes indeed I have the feeling that my boat is like a kick in a bees nest of naval designers. The question is whether or not we’ll see 60 footers based on my design. This I do not know.”

To find out more about the race and who has finished go to the Offical Class Website

American sailor Emma Creighton is racing to the line, and here is an Interview with American, Emma Creighton that was taken right before she started the race.

2011 Volvo

While most of us are planning our halloween costumes the Volvo 70s have started the Volvo Ocean Race.

Over the next 9 months, 6  boats will race over 39,000 nautical miles via Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, around Cape Horn to Itajai, Miami, Lisbon and Lorient.

There are 6 teams competiting and 11 professional sailors on each boat.  Racers are equiped with one change of clothes and will sail through temeperature variations from -5 to +40 degrees Celcius.

To watch their journey through the windless doldrums and across turbluent ship wreaking seas visit the Volvo Ocean Race Website

One point separates top 3 boats on last day of Melges 32 World Championship!

Team members Chris Welch and Mark Towill recently flew to Real Club Nautico de Palma de Mallorca in Palma de Mallorca, Spain to compete in Melges 32 Worlds on Goombay Smash.

There are 29 boats competing. Tomorrow is the last day of racing and there is a one point difference between the first three boats: Goombay Smash (41), Samba Pa Ti (42) and Fantastica (42).

Chris Welch has been a long time crew member on Goombay Smash. We will be cheering for Goombay Smash tomorrow, but it would be amazing if either of the US teams (Goombay or Samba) became 2011 world champions.

Good luck Goombay Smash!!!!!!

To find out more about the regatta and the teams check out the Melges 32 World Championship website.