Race on Bombardino or Magic in the Vineyard Race

Virtual Sailing Returns to the Vineyard Race

Bombardino and Magic are not looking for additional crew for the 2015 Vineyard Race but you can still race on your choice of either of these Santa Cruz 52s. Sailonline.org announced that it is partnering with the Stamford Yacht Club to bring the 81st Vineyard Race right to your fingertips (or mouse!).

Stamford Yacht Club has again partnered with Sailonline.org to offer an armchair version of the Vineyard Race.

Stamford Yacht Club has again partnered with Sailonline.org to offer an armchair version of the Vineyard Race.

The free virtual Vineyard Race on Sailonline will run at the same time as the real Race allowing armchair sailors to sail against the actual boats in the Race.

Originally created in the Naval Architecture Department of KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden –  Sailonline.org today is probably the most realistic sailing navigation simulator game on the internet, providing a realistic, entertaining and educational platform for those who love the sea and sailing, wherever they may be around the globe.

As a strategy simulator for ocean navigation, Sailonline is free to play and yet challenges both the novice and the expert, letting you sail your boat over oceans around the globe easier than you can imagine. But, as in real life, in order to sail fast and to ultimately win races, it requires full dedication, extensive practice, knowledge and working skills.   There is a full and complete manual on how to sail on Sailonline to guide you, and its community of SOLers (one who sails on Sailonline.org) are always willing to advise and offer assistance.

Bombardino, one of two SC52's in the Vineyard Race, is being used by sailonline.org in the virtual race.

Bombardino, one of two SC52’s in the Vineyard Race, is being used by sailonline.org in the virtual race.

Luckily, too, there are autopilots installed in all boats so that you do not need to steer manually all the time but just as in reality, the more attention you pay to adjusting your course the better you will do.  You are in full sight of the entire virtual fleet, hence, Sailonline lets you race the boats you otherwise would just see from a distance or not at all.

Also, once again for the Vineyard Race, Sailonline is using the polar of a Santa Cruz 52 and will race against the SC52s ‘Bombardino’ and ‘Magic’. At the time of writing, 85 yachts had entered the race.

For the first time in a buddy-up with a major race, Sailonline will be using the high resolution WRF weather model. WRF is a state-of-the-art atmospheric modeling system that is applicable for  many meteorological simulations.

When used in conjuction with a Sailonline virtual race, it introduces the local weather elements that can influence the outcome of a yacht race such as wind shadows produced by islands and katabatic winds coming off coastal mountain slopes. This all adds to the ‘realism’ of the simulation and increases the virtual navigator’s challenge.

The virtual Vineyard Race on Sailonline.org will open for practice soon.  Between now and then Sailonline has other races scheduled and everyone is invited to come and join in so that they will gain the most fun out of the virtual Vineyard Race 2015.

To race, armchair navigators should head to www.sailonline.org

It’s all free.

Real trophies, in the form of Mount Gay Vineyard Race hats, will be awarded to the top three finishers in the virtual race. If you can’t participate in the actual Vineyard Race, consider signing up today for the virtual version.

The Vineyard Race – Not Just A Local Event

Racers Coming From Around The Country To Participate

Registrations for the Vineyard Race are coming in fast as furious in advance of the fee increase on Friday August 28 at midnight. In looking over the 85 boats currently registered for the event, it’s clear that this historic race has more than just a local draw.

While there are 29 boats from Connecticut and 38 from New York, the balance are made up of entries from New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas. There’s even an international entry from Nova Scotia!

These boats will all be on the start line September 4th for the 81st running of the Vineyard Race. The Vineyard Race, sponsored by the Stamford Yacht Club, is really three courses in one. The Cornfield Point Course is only 116 NM and most boats sailing on this course are back in Stamford by late afternoon on Saturday. The Seaflower Reef course is 163 NM and stops just short of exiting Long Island Sound. The advantage to these courses is that the participants don’t need the offshore equipment required for the Vineyard Race course.Featured image

The granddaddy of the courses is the Vineyard Race Course. It is 238 NM long and takes the participants out of Long Island Sound, around Buzzards Bay Light Tower, around Block Island and then back into the Sound to finish in Stamford Harbor. The record for this course was set by Blue Yankee in 2007. Skippered by Bob and Farley Towse of Stamford it covered the course in 20 hours, 20 minutes and 15 seconds.

In addition to the three distinct courses, there are double-handed, non-spinnaker and multi-hull divisions. With all of these racing choices it’s no wonder that the race draws from as wide a community as it does.

To get more information about the race or to register, go to Yacht Scoring.

Vineyard Race Gear Ready For Ordering

Team 1 Newport Ready to Go with Vineyard Race Gear!

For the second year the Vineyard Race committee has teamed up with Team One NewportTeam One Newport to produce the attractive race gear so popular with the competitors. This year’s shirts display a unique design on the back that features a stylized picture of Spookie, the Carkeek HP 40 owned by Steve and Heidi Benjamin. The picture was provided by the folks at Photoboat. Check out the merchandise today.Featured image

Order your merchandise by August 26 and you can pick up the custom printed items during the Vineyard Race weekend. There will be an embroidery machine at the club for last minute customization.

The 81st running of this historic event starts with the first sound at noon on Friday, September 4. For more information and to register for the event go to www.YachtScoring.com

Top ten reasons to participate in the Vineyard Race!

Top ten reasons for doing the VR

Now that you know why you should register for the race, go to Yacht Scoring today to register!

Registration Has Begun for the 2015 Vineyard Race

Let the Registration Begin!

The Vineyard Race Committee announced yesterday, June 13, 2015, that the Yacht Scoring site was up and ready to receive entries. An email blast went out to all of the competitors in the previous three years and the results were amazing. On the first day, eight boats responded to the challenge and registered. This is stacking up to be a record setting year in terms of the number of entrants.

day one registrations

The Beneteau First 37.5 class looks like they might have their own trophy when a few more boats from that fleet enter. The Double-Handed fleet looks like it’s going to be popular with three of the eight boats registering for that group.

The Vineyard Race is a “bucket list” event for most competitive sailors. Sign up today, or get your skipper to sign up today, so you don’t miss the 2015 event.

The 2015 Vineyard Race will be the 81st running of this prestigious event, hosted by the Stamford Yacht Club. Traditionally the start is the Friday of Labor Day weekend, which is September 4this year. The first gun is at noon. The highlight of the weekend is the award ceremony that takes place on the SYC lawn under a huge tent on Sunday evening. The ceremony is historically attended by over 500 competitors and their families.

Sign up for the race today by going to the Yacht Scoring site. See you on the start line.

the start 2014

Well, that was fun

Thanks to everyone who made this past weekend’s Vineyard Race one of the best ever. Those of us who helped run the event are now going to back to our day jobs but wanted to leave you with two thoughts:

— Mark your calendar for September 4, 2015. That’s when we plan to hold the 81st running of the Vineyard.

— If you have ideas, suggestions for continuing to improve the race let us know. Email us at vineyardrace@stamfordyc.com.

Til next year …

Photos from tonight’s awards ceremony

DSC_6811We just posted photos of all the winners from tonight’s awards ceremony on Stamford Yacht Club. Click here. Congratulations to all the winners.

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