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America’s Cup challenger Ben Ainslie to join Great Britain SailGP team


This morning at the OXO2 in London came news that Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful sailor in Olympic history, will helm the Great Britain SailGP F50 catamaran in its second season. Rob Kothe reports... Following a win in the America's Cup with ORACLE TEAM USA in 2013, Ainslie formed his own

Transat Jacques Vabre: Will Harris updates on preparations aboard Team Malizia

Transat Jacques Vabre

British sailor Will Harris is about to take on his first Transat Jacques Vabre, sailing alongside German skipper Boris Herrmann aboard the IMOCA 60 Team Malizia. With just a fortnight to go to the start it is an incredibly busy time for the duo, so we were more than delighted

Iain Murray: The “Big Fella” of the America’s Cup on SailGP


Rob Kothe speaks to multiple-America's Cup race director Iain Murray about his role at SailGP at the end of the international circuit's inaugural season. One of Australia's most respected sailor Iain Murray, 61, is the Regatta Director for SailGP. He was Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup in 2013 and 35th

SailGP: A weather examination – Rob Kothe reports from Marseille


There is nothing like a significant sailing regatta to bring focus on the sailing conditions on a patch of water called home by thousands of sailors.The Olympic venues Sydney, Qingdao, Weymouth Rio, once again Enoshima for 2020 and next up Marseille 2024 all had a serious examination before the Olympic

Matt Sheahan: Could weight categories be preferable to weight limits?

Matt Sheahan

In his latest column article exclusively for Yacht Racing Life British yachting journalist Matt Sheahan ponders the thorny issue of matching crew weights equitably for fair racing...  As a self confessed ‘extra-medium’ sailor who enjoys real food and drink, (as opposed to the shakes, nibbles and fruit and nut mixes that

Olympic sailing: Andy Rice checks in after back-to-back events in Japan

Olympic sailing

What would you rather have for your nation of choice: two gold medals from next year’s Olympic Regatta, or four silvers and two bronzes? By the brutally elitist gold-trumps-all method that the official leaderboard is calculated at the Olympic Games, China was top performer at the Olympic Test Regatta in

Olympic sailing: Rob Kothe assesses Australia’s Tokyo 2020 medal hopes

Olympic sailing

The Australian Sailing Team turned in the best overall medal performance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, but can the Aussie Olympic sailing squad do the same in Enoshima, Japan at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics? Based on feedback from the Test and World Cup events which recently concluded there, Australian yachting

SailGP: Rob Kothe sets the scene ahead of British heat in Cowes


With the first ever British stage of the SailGP international circuit set to take place in Cowes next weekend, Australian yachting journalist Rob Kothe sets the scene based on conversations with the Australian, British and Japanese crews. The SailGP series, using one design F50 catamarans, is tearing up traditional racing norms. These