The World Sailing Show

Published on May 19th, 2023

The World Sailing Show delivers 30-minute episodes which feature news, profiles, and racing highlights from across the world of sailing. Here is the May episode description:

The show focuses on Tom Slingsby’s Team Australia in San Francisco as SailGP season three honors are decided. It was a close fought fight on the water between Australia, New Zealand, and Great Britain, with action befitting such an iconic location and a $1 million grand prize.

There is also an update from the 2022 Rolex Sailors of the Year, Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti, as the impressive duo reflect on their domination of the Nacra 17 class in recent times and look ahead to the Sailing World Championships and a busy schedule in 2024.

The Olympic classes were back in action in Hyères, France at the 52nd edition of the Semaine Olympique Française. A total of 900 sailors took to the water in ten classes, with racing coming hot on the heels of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia in Mallorca just a few weeks earlier. Competition was tense, with the fleet looking to build on their success in Mallorca or kick start their season ahead of a busy qualification period.

After one month at sea in Leg 3, The Ocean Race arrived in Brazil and now the teams must prepare to head north up the eastern seaboard of the United States to Newport, RI. There was drama, damage, and running repairs as the open sea caused havoc. 11th Hour Racing set the pace but after nine days at sea Team Malizia became the first team to cross the equator. However, Team Holcim and Guyot Environnement were not so lucky. As winds picked up, the teams fought the elements in an exciting leg.

The world’s best windsurfers head to Patras, Greece, for the iQFOiL European Championships. A tough test in changing weather conditions showed the versatility and full capability of one of sailing’s fastest growing disciplines.

Elsewhere, the 58th edition of the Congressional Cup took place in Long Beach, California where Chris Poole made history by becoming the first sailor to post a perfect regatta winning all 24 races over the five-day event. Kirsten Neuschäfer of South Africa made history by becoming the first woman to win the golden globe non-stop round the world race after 235 days alone at sea, only to finish a day ahead of her closest rival.

The ORC European Championship in Malta saw winners crowned in all three classes and 11 boats were greeted by cheering crowds in St Tropez, on the French riviera, for the start of the 52 Super Series season.

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