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18 Jan 2012

Sure-fire cure for the wintertime blues—Sailing news from the U.S.

Winter. Depending on your coordinates, this word can be spelled with as little as four letters and uttered at all volumes, with all phonic inflections. But for anyone attending this year's Quantum Key West Race Week, winter has all six letters and nobody is complaining (at least not too loudly).

Key West Week 2012  David Schmidt

Really, what's not to like about Key West, both the town and the event? Take colorful Duval Street, whose diverse storefronts are populated by everything from upscale restaurants and bars to roadside stands where little old Cuban ladies patiently hand-roll cigars. Or the sailing, which is typically the perfect mid-winter salve: warm water, killer breeze, and some of the world's best racecourse management. Or the nightlife, which is colorful to say the least...

Melges 32 Starting Line Action - Melges 32 at Key West 2012  ©2012 JOY | International Melges 32 Class Association

Racing started Monday and runs all week. Several classes, including the J/80 and J/105, use this event as their official mid-winters, while other prominent One Design classes, including the Melges 24s, Farr 30s, Melges 32s and Farr 40s are enjoying their own starts. The serious wind machines are also lining up - including eight IRC 52s and a smattering of mini-maxis - for IRC honors, and the PHRF fleets also promise plenty of drama and excitement. Also, new this year to the racing line-up is the J/Boat Specific Handicap Classes (sub-class One Design racing), as well as a new title sponsor.

For you souls lucky enough to be down in Key West, remember: Karma is a constant companion. For the rest of us, buck up: days are (begrudgingly) getting longer and the early season sailing isn't that far away. In the meantime, be sure to get the full Key West media blast and great images, inside this issue.

But if you're the kind of sailor who chews gravel and spits salt, your winter blues (if you have any) can likely be kicked with an update from the Volvo Ocean Race, where the fleet is currently pushing hard to get from Abu Dhabi to Sanya, China. Get the full update in this issue, and stay tuned to the site for more VOR action, as it unfurls.

And if this still doesn't work, there are only three known cures, depending on how many letters comprise your spelling of 'winter': join a frostbiting fleet, take up ice-boating, or get smart and head to a Caribbean regatta.

May the four winds blow you safely home.

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Key West 2012 day 2 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery's images from the action on day 2 of Key West 2012. Visti Ingrid's website to view more.... [more]
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Key West 2012 - Steady breeze and changes at the top on day 2
Bill Wagner,
Pisces moved into the overall lead in Melges 32 class by winning two of three races. There was a lead change in the Farr 40 class as well with Charisma (Nico Poons, Monaco) and Struntje Light (Wolfgang Schaefer, Germany) overtaking Groovederci (John Demourkas, Santa Barbara, Cal.).... [more]
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Key West 2012 Melges 32 - Day 2 and a new leader
Joy Dunigan,
With three additional races now complete, Benjamin Schwartz with tactician Ed Baird on Pisces leads the Melges 32 fleet, on countback from overnight leader John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti. In race one, Schwartz found himself in a face off with Geoff Pierini on Sicktrix for top mark honors.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya nearing home stretch
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race has posed challenges and obstacles for Team Sanya but, the crew are now nearing the home stretch and have only the frustration of testing beating conditions standing between them and the Leg 2 Stage 1 finish at the safe haven port in the Indian Ocean.... [more]
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The Fabulous 40s': Order this stunning limited edition book now
The Farr 40 One-design Class is unique within the world of offshore yacht racing, having been a pathfinder during a period of great change within the sport. While major events around the world like the Admiral's Cup in the UK and Kenwood Cup in Hawaii were in terminal decline, this 40ft Bruce Farr® designed yacht has shone like a beacon on a distant shore.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series announce Cardiff as UK venue
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series™ UK round will be staged in Cardiff, the capital of Wales, between the 24th and 27th August 2012. In a three-year deal, Cardiff won the bid to host the UK event of this global sailing circuit that is only one of four events with ISAF (International Sailing Federation) Special Event status... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Cruise phase extended
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - All ten yachts are now in Stealth Mode, with Edinburgh Inspiring Capital crossing the gate for the finish of the first part of race seven yesterday afternoon. Meanwhile the Race Committee has made a further amendment to the Race Instructions in order to allow the fleet to refuel before they begin racing again.... [more]
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Key West 2012 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery captured the action at Key West 2012.... [more]
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IFDS Worlds 2012 final day - Medals decided + Video
Nancy E. Spraker,
It was a short day, with only one race for each class on the final day of the International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships (IFDS Worlds).... [more]
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Key West 2012 off to a roaring start
Bill Wagner,
Samba Pa Ti was among eight boats that posted a pair of bullets on Monday and Quantum Racing began Key West 2012 in impressive fashion by topping the eight-boat IRC class.... [more]
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US Sailing ISAF Youth World Qualifier day 3 - Comeback kids
Rich Roberts,
All of the competition mixed boys' boats with girls' boats, except for the 29er skiffs which had coed crews: boy-girl, two boys or two girls. All competitors were required to be age 19 or younger through the end of this year. Class winners will not only race in the Youth Worlds but will be invited to join the US Sailing Development Team as future Olympic prospects.... [more]
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Quantum Key West 2012 Melges 32 day 1 - Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti
Joy Dunnigan,
John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti with tactician Lorenzo Bressani, greeted Quantum Key West 2012 opening day with a spectacular performance of speed and great tactics. The start of the second race got away clean with Kilroy, once more taking a commanding lead of the fleet by rounding the top mark of the Course 5 track first.... [more]
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America's Cup Alinghi Team Online auction - Sailing Navigation Equip
Online Auction, Lots closing from: 3 Feb 2012 11:00 PM AWST - By order of Alinghi Team Over 150 lots comprising - meteorological equipment, boat electronic equipment, sailing equipment, Audio/Visual equipment, tooling and metal working machinery and professional kitchen and catering equipment to be sold in an online auction.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya blast towards safe haven + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Sanya spent a few painful days crossing the Doldrums and are now able to stretch their legs as the today blast towards the safe haven port where they will be reunited with the rest of the race fleet for the first time in over a month.... [more]
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Jaime Torres sets sights on St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Michele Korteweg,
Beneteau First 40.7 Smile and Wave's skipper, Jaime Torres, may not be the most experienced skipper that is making preparations for the upcoming edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, which is now under two months away, but he certainly is one of the most passionate.... [more]
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Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mapfre's new racing programme
Neus Jordi,
The opening European stop of the ISAF Sailing World Cup now has online entries open and is set to include two official training days. The 43rd edition of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mapfre will be held in the bay of Palma from 31 March to 7 April with the new racing programme.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Rolex Miami OCR preview
US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR gets underway on 22 January 2012 and is the second of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas. The Rolex Miami OCR, being held on the waters of Biscayne Bay, will bring together some of the world's best sailors in all of the Olympic events for the first time since the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet divided into groups
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Nine of the ten yachts are now in Stealth Mode for the cruise phase between the first and second parts of race seven. The fleet is divided into three groups, accompanying each other through the Celebes and Sulu Seas for safety reasons.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race – Online entry open
Newport Bermuda Race,
Newport Bermuda Race 2012 online entry process opens for business today. Applications for entry will be accepted until April 15 through the registration portal. Entry information, including the recently-amended Notice of Race and supplementary information, is available through the Official Materials area of the event website.... [more]
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US Sailing ISAF Youth World Qualifier - Light conditions on day 2
Rich Roberts,
US Sailing ISAF Youth World Qualifier - Who are the stars after two of three days? The people who figured it out best. That would include not only the class leaders - notably the Brooklyn girls who share first place in the International 420s with a couple of guys, but the race committee that has been wrestling with the mysteries of the uncharacteristic weather conditions.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa AC45 launches in Auckland + Video
Richard and Ben Gladwell,
The very popular America's Cup Challenger, Luna Rossa, set up and launched their new AC45 in Auckland, this morning, marking a major milestone in their America's Cup campaign. Currently the team has 20 people in Auckland, working out of the old Team New Zealand base, and will expand this team to 60 people when the team begins sailing their AC72, currently under construction in Italy.... [more]
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