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19 Nov 2012

Speed records and Vendee news—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Vestas Sailrocket 2 at the end of the course  © Helena Darvelid/VestasSailrocket
The speed-sailing world is spinning with the news that Paul Larsen's Vestas Sailrocket 2 has achieved a new high-tide mark in the speed-sailing Aussie's quest to remain the fastest sailor afloat. Larsen has been sailing in Namibia this fall aboard his truly funky looking, 'half boat, half plane', and his efforts have been paying huge dividends, especially in the past week.


'Just in after the most incredible run,' reported Larsen in a field dispatch. 'A whole nautical mile dipping well into the 60's on each gust. We peaked near or over 64 knots and beat our previous 500-meter average. I don't think we cracked 60 knots as a 500-meter average though. But anyway... we smashed the nautical mile record. The Trimble file is big but on the small GT31 we averaged over 55.5 knots.'


Soon afterward, Larsen reported that the trimble data had returned, yielding a pace of 55.32 knots for the mile and 59.38 knots over a 500-meter stretch (both still subject to ratification from the World Sailing Speed Record Council), and a one-second peak speed burst of 63.98 knots.


'Damn that was good ride,' continued Larsen. 'I had the time to look around and just enjoy the sensation that that awesome piece of kit delivers. She was on the edge there a few times.' Get the full report, inside.


VESTAS Sailrocket 2 Speeding passed the hut  © Helena Darvelid/VestasSailrocket



And in Americas Cup news, Artemis Racing, the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, has been logging some valuable training miles aboard their newly launched AC72 wingsail-powered catamaran. Be sure to check out the video and multimedia report of the team's first sail, which took place on San Francisco Bay, inside.


Meanwhile, a rigging accident in Luna Rossa's Auckland, New Zealand camp sent shore team member Fred Gastinet to the hospital with a compound fracture of in his shinbone. The incident also damaged the top 'luff' section of the team's wingsail, precluding what could have proven to be the first time that two AC72s would have met on the water to speed test, as it was rumored that the Italian-flagged team was going to join Emirates Team New Zealand.


SAILING - PRE-VENDEE GLOBE 2012-2013 - LORIENT (FRA) - 25/08/2012 - PHOTO JEAN MARIE LIOT / DPPI / VENDEE GLOBE - AERIAL VIEW - MAITRE COQ / SKIPPER JEREMY BEYOU (FRA)  Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendée Globe ©



And in offshore news, the Vendee Globe continues to be a war of attrition as boats break, collide with fishing vessels, or otherwise succumb to problems. Some, like those experienced by skipper Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski, were solvable, but others, such as Louis Burton's mishap with a fishing vessel, Samantha Davies' dismasting, or Jérémie Beyou hydraulic problems, spelled the end of a dream.


At the time of this writing, skipper Armel Cléac'h was leading the fast-and-furious pack of 16 IMOCA 60s, followed in hot pursuit by Francois Gabart and Jean-Pierre Dick. To date, four skippers have retired (the three mentioned, plus Marc Guillemot)—twenty percent of the November 10 starting line—once again underscoring the massively difficult nature of this singlehanded, around-the-world-unassisted yacht race. Get the full scoop, inside.


Also inside, get the latest news from the O'pen Bic World Cup, where 11-year old Kristen Wadley took top honors; the U.S. Multihull Championship, where skipper Sarah Newberry and crewmember Kenny Pierce won big, and the J/24 North Americans, where John Mollicone's '11th Hour Racing Team' took top honors on the waters just off of Jacksonville, Florida.


May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ blasting in the Gulf
Chris Cameron,
Emirates Team NZ was out sailing again in the Hauraki Gulf on Friday, ahead of an advancing front which hammered Auckland over the weekend. Team photographer, Chris Cameron, was on hand to capture the action.... [more]
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America's Cup: Confessions of a Wingsail Trimmer - Glenn Ashby
ETNZBlog.com,
Emirates Team New Zealand wing trimmer Glenn Ashby recalls only one anxious moment while sailing the AC72. It was the time a squall hit them on Auckland Harbour just as they were about to round North Head. 'We had been in squalls before but never when we either had to tack the boat or commit to bearing away. We were in close to 30 knots true wind speed.... [more]
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America's Cup: Two AC72's sailing on the Hauraki Gulf
Richard Gladwell,
Another milestone in the 34th America's Cup occurred today, November 19,2012 with two AC72's sailing on the Hauraki Gulf for the first time. For much of the session Luna Rossa confined herself to being well offshore, while Emirates Team NZ was much closer to the Takapuna shore. Later Sail-World's camera caught Luna Rossa on her mooring at sunset... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 achieves new PB and smashes nautical mile record
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen of Vestas Sailrocket 2 discusses the crew's latest record setting achievements. Just in after the most incredible run. A whole nautical mile dipping well into the 60's on each gust. We peaked near or over 64 knots and beat our previous 500 meter average. I don't think we cracked 60 knots as a 500 meter average though. But anyway... we smashed the nautical mile record.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 64 - AC72' s in San Fran and Auckland
ACM,
This week on America's Cup Discovered we talk all things AC72. We are onboard with Emirates Team New Zealand as their impressive preparations are making news headlines. We have an exclusive interview with Oracle Team USA's CEO Russell Coutts for an update after last months catastrophic capsize. We then catch up with Artemis Racing in advance of their first sail on their newly launched AC72.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Advancements made as skippers' fight continues
Vendee Globe,
The 20-strong fleet that set off in the Vendée Globe has already been reduced to sixteen and the trauma of this toughest of sailing race continued on the eighth day, with the news that Jérémie Beyou (Maître CoQ) had suffered a broken hydraulic jack in his keel. With a sudden clean break causing his boat to lurch his canting keel was left swinging loose beneath the boat.... [more]
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5th Carlos Aguilar Match Race set for December 5-9
Carol Bareuther,
Twelve Open teams representing some of the best match racers in the world, both men and women, will put their skills to the test in the fifth Annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race (CAMR), presented by Ulysse Nardin/Trident Jewels and Time, December 5-9, 2012.... [more]
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65th Turkey Day Regatta attracts youngsters and veteran sailors
Rich Roberts,
Sailors from different walks of life gathered in picturesque Long Beach, California to enjoy their weekend at the 65th Turkey Day Regatta. Roughly 200 boats and 300 sailors participated in the yearly regatta, which features a total of eighteen classes to be competed by youngsters, professional and veteran skippers.... [more]
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Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win - sailing with Jim Kilroy + Video
Peter Allison,
The autobiography, Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win, written by Jim Kilroy is an absorbing account of a truly remarkable life of a man and his yachts. In this the first of a two part feature a Kialoa crew member, Peter Allison reviews the book Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win, and then gives a personal perspective on what it was like to be a member of one of the great sailing teams and times during the Kialoa dyn... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 sets new speed record of 59kts
Paul Larsen,
Vestas Sailrocket Project Leader and Pilot, Paul Larsen, discusses how he and the crew have now achieved a record setting pace of 59.01kts - yet to be ratified. During the run the team exceeded 62kts. The new mark was set in Walvis Bay, Namibia this September with a new hydrofoil package. The ratified record stands at 55.65 knots (64 mph) and is held by American Kite Surfer Rob Douglas.... [more]
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Go-fast gear at METS
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
The international marine industry is comprised of a series of innovative companies (some more so than others) that constantly press the envelope on what's possible. For the cruising crowd, this often translates to added comfort or extra amenities, but for us racers, the offer of increased speed drives research, design, development and, ultimately, sales.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Lead change and dismasting as skippers push on
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, while Samantha Davies announced her dismasting to the race office last night, Armel Le Cléac´h, (Banque Populaire) took the lead from François Gabart. But for all the skippers in the top eleven, the conditions are much more comfortable than at the back of the fleet.... [more]
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America's Cup: Sailing Ups and Downs in two Cities
Sail-World,
America's Cup Challengers are once again sailing out of two cities on opposite sites of the Pacific. In San Francisco, Artemis Racing went sailing for the second day - with a little more breeze than on the first, and by all accounts had a good session.... [more]
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