Guide to the 2012 Autumn and Winter Sailing Season

2012 Sailing Season
Fleet after the start, Gaeta in the background, 2011 Maxi Volcano Race – © Rolex / Daniel Forster

Saint Paul, MN: We’ve just wrapped up a fantastic set of racing this summer. Bayfield Race Week saw terrific weather and great competition.  Chicago-Mackinac saw 350 boats compete in the 104th running of the race. The highlight, for us though, was the fast pace set by Team Shockwave in the Newport-Bermuda, whose finish two minutes ahead of Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente doesn’t immediately indicate the excellent sailing required for the achievement that its corrected time reveals.

Thankfully, instead of going into withdrawals, there is great sailing to be enjoyed still through the end of the year.  Here are the highlights.

  • Rolex Big Boat Series (site) – San Francisco, CA, USA, September 6-9, 2012
  • Rolex Swan Cup (site) – Porto Cervo, Italy, September 10-16, 2012
  • Rolex Farr 40 World Championship (site) – Chicago, IL, September 17-20, 2012
  • Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez (site) – Saint-Tropez, France, September 29-October 7, 2012
  • Rolex Middle Sea Race (site) – Valletta, Malta, October 20-27, 2012
    This race before the Autumn gales set in sees some of the most beautiful weather of the year.
  • Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race (site) – Sydney, Australia to Hobart, Tasmania, December 26, 2012 – January 1, 2013
    Boxing day. Challenging and, at times, very dangerous 600+nm stretch in the Tasman Sea.  This race is the Southern Ocean equivalent of the Newport-Bermuda race: a challenging, open-ocean race with as many two-handed amateurs participating as there are professional crews.
Group A right after the start of the offshore race
“Group A” right after the start of the offshore race. Giraglia Rolex Cup, St Tropez, France, June 8 – 16, 2012 – © Rolex / Kurt Arrigo



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