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23 Dec 2011

News, offshore and inshore—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

This is what crews were looking at during last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart   Rolex/ Carlo Borlenghi©

For offshore sailors, these are great days. The Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) is in full swing, and the Sydney to Hobart Race about to start. True, those events are unfolding in places with far more daylight than my hometown (Seattle, at almost 48 degrees north), but at least we can all look forward to lengthening days, now that the solstice be astern!

Speaking of the Hobart, be sure to check out Rob Kothe's great piece on how the race is typically won and lost. 'Computer driven handicap predictions ignore the fact that most races are won and lost in the last 40 miles from Tasman Light across Storm Bay, past the Iron Pot and up the Derwent,' writes Kothe. Check out his story for the insider line on negotiating the Derwent River and the last few miles of this classic, 628-mile ocean race.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Nick Dana/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing

In VOR circles, you'll find tons of media including team reports and official reports in this issue. Currently, the fleet is contending with the onset of the Doldrums and sticky-weather sailing. As always, the trick will be getting through to good breeze as fast as possible. 'We really could do with 12 hours of sailing in more wind, which should happen and we should compress into the Doldrums,' said Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's skipper Ian Walker. 'If we can close the lead down to 40 or 50 miles, then we are within shooting distance'. Get the full story, inside.

Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan - ISAF Sailing World Championships Perth 2011  Mick Anderson/SAILINGPIX.DK .

One Design sailors, be sure to check out Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan's post-regatta report from the Perth 2011 ISAF World Championships, where they placed 12th overall in the Women's 470 class, and earning the right to represent the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics. 'We went into the Worlds with one goal in mind: to win the Trials,' reports Clark and Lihan. 'Despite the unexpected conditions, we raced a solid series.' Get the team's full report, inside this issue.

And finally, Cup fans, be sure to check out the story by Artemis Racing's Sean Clarkson for his thoughts on matriculating from Grand Prix monohull sailing to top-flight multihull racing. 'Once you get over the fact that it's a multihull, it's just a sailboat,' reported Clarkson. 'You're starting to see the top keelboat sailors quickly becoming the top multihull sailors and actually surpassing all the legendary Olympians. If you're a good team and you have good sailors, you'll do pretty well. You don't have to have a huge background in multihulls—it's just a sailboat.'

The next week will be one of the very biggest of the year for us, sailing does not stop over the holiday period so nor do we.

Check with us regularly for all the latest news.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



2016 Olympic women's skiff and mixed multihull venue announced
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF), are happy to announce both the venue and date for the equipment evaluation for the 2016 Olympic Women's Skiff and Mixed Multihull. The evaluation will be held from 17 to 25 March 2012 at Prince Felipe High Performance Sailing Centre, Santander, Spain.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - its all about timing
Rob Kothe,
Computer driven handicap predictions for the 628 mile Rolex Sydney to Hobart race ignore the fact that most races are won and lost in the last 40 miles from Tasman Light across Storm Bay, past the Iron Pot and up the Derwent.... [more]
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driPhone - essential for everyone on the water with a mobile phone
Richard Gladwell,
Having had an iPhone since they first became available, the only real downside was the constant worry about it getting wet, when taken on the water. The driPhone solves all the obvious problems with iPhones on the water, and allows full functionality including the new use as an underwater camera. You can still buy online before Christmas and have delivered by first available courier.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefónica leads the fleet + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Telefónica has taken the leg two lead from Groupama sailing team on Friday after finding much better breeze in the stealth zone. Groupama's lead of more than 70 nautical miles slowly dissolved after the five boats still racing to Abu Dhabi entered the infamous region best known for light wind and squalls.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing pedal down
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: This race takes a long time: nine months in total and around 130 days of sailing. But inside that time there are smaller segments – months, weeks, days, hours – and they comprise our legs.... [more]
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Book of the Week: 'Cornell's Ocean Atlas' new from Jimmy Cornell
Nancy Knudsen,
Every book that Jimmy Cornell has published - and there have been thirteen of them - has been highly relevant, superbly presented, and most importantly, 100% accurate. We anticipate that Cornell's latest production, a large format full colour 'Ocean Atlas' will be no different. My copy has just arrived on my desk and it certainly eclipses all his other productions with its 'wow factor'.... [more]
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Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan qualify for London 2012
Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan,
American 470 dinghy sailors Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan achieved victory in their class at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia and are now sharing their experience and the excitement of qualifying for the 2012 Olympics in London.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - A scratching of heads
Volvo Ocean Race,
Franck Cammas and Groupama 4 led the five boats currently racing in Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race. The Stealth Zone covers the Indian Ocean from the northern tip of Madagascar to the United Arab Emirates and while the teams are inside, their exact locations will be hidden from the outside world, though their relative positions in the race will still be given in terms of Distance to Leader.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Race record ruled out
Jim Gale,
Early weather forecasts for the Rolex Sydney Hobart delivered to a panel of skippers this morning have ruled out a record run for the super maxis.... [more]
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2012 US Olympic Sailing Team additional members selected
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee has now selected eight additional members for the 2012 US Olympic Team. The eight additional members were selected based on performance at the ISAF Sailing World Championships, Dec. 3-18, in Perth, Australia.... [more]
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Offshore Special Regulations for 2012-13 now published
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation today published the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations for 2012-2013. The ISAF Offshore Special Regulations are used by race organisers to provide uniform minimum equipment, accommodation and training standards for monohull and multihull yachts racing offshore.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - A vicious and smelly circle
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race leg 2 and things are getting smellier aboard the boats. Have you every fancied dousing some tabasco sauce across you're your décolletage to improve your scent? This may sound disgusting but, it is the point of desperation whiffy sailors have now come to after eleven sweaty days at sea.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – Winning on handicap
Jim Gale,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – The race for line honours in the 628 nautical mile race is pretty straightforward. The fastest and largest boat wins. But winning the race on handicap, the ultimate prize for every ocean racer, is a much more complex business.... [more]
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ISAF Worlds Video gallery - Week 1 - Laser Radial, 470 Men, Finn, Star
Sail-World Editors,
Sail-World has compiled a video gallery of the 30 minute highlights package produced each day of the ISAF Sailing World Championships by the ISAF production team. Welcome to Week 1 covering the racing and Medal Races for the Laser Radial, Finn, Mens 470, Star and Womens Windsurfer... [more]
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ISAF Worlds Video Gallery - Week 2 - 49er, RS:X, 470 and Match Racing
Sail-World Editor@Large,
Sail-World has compiled a video gallery of the 30 minute highlights package produced each day of the ISAF Sailing World Championships by the ISAF production team. Welcome to Week 2 covering the racing and Medal Races for the 49er, Womens Match Racing, Womens 470, Mens RS:X... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 - Ten days to close of entries for February event
Tracey Johnstone,
With only 10 days to the official close of entries for the Etchells World Championship 2012, Australian and international entries are rolling in fast. Competitors have until 1700 hours on the 31st December to lodge their entries. After that date entries may be accepted by the organising committee, but a AUD500 penalty will apply.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 39
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for December 19, 2011, featuring the Tom Slingsby update; progress on the environmental planning; carbon fiber RIBs and more... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 rockets into lead + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama sailing team rocketed into first place on leg two on Tuesday, as former leaders Team Sanya suspended racing to make an enforced pit stop in Madagascar. Franck Cammas' Groupama 4 overhauled the fleet in the early hours after their easterly course and better wind angle paid dividends overnight.... [more]
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Key West 2012 - IRC 52 racing is alive and well
Bill Wagner,
Key West annually attracts a who's who of big-name professional sailors. Most of those 'rock stars' will be congregated in the Mini Maxi, IRC 52, Farr 40, Melges 32 and Melges 24 classes. 'Key West annually symbolizes the start of the coming sailing season. The event always features top-notch competition and this year will be no different,' said Terry Hutchinson.... [more]
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RS900 Women's Olympic skiff contender testing underway
Martin Wadhams,
Testing of the production specification RS900, RS Sailing's contender for selection as the new women's Olympic skiff, is underway. 'We believe that a new generation of elite skiff sailors deserve a purpose designed boat that will excel in the role and stand the test of time' says RS managing director, Martin Wadhams.... [more]
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470 toothbrush tactics - get the inside story...
International 470 Class,
It might seem a strange partnership, toothbrushes and the Olympic 470 dinghy, but the humble toothbrush plays an important role in the boat's spinnaker set up and handling. We decided to find out more as to why some teams are ardent supporters of the toothbrush, whilst other teams are 100% against the approach, preferring to use the more refined sail batten to achieve the same outcome.... [more]
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Perth 2011: Grandstand Sailing - the day that sailing changed
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World.com Team,
The last four medal races at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships were conducted on the Bathers Beach course, in Fremantle Harbour, Western Australia and it was standing room only in the Grandstand. The crowd was right amongst the action.... [more]
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