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01 Feb 2013

A sliver of sun, OD and AC news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

ORACLE TEAM USA  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©
Something unusual happened today in Seattle: the mist machine stopped drizzling and the sun made a guest appearance long enough for my friend and I to take a nice walk in a local park that affronts Puget Sound. While it's a well-worn sight in the Pacific Northwest, the profile of a massive container ship plying the sun-splashed waters was a touch sad today, given the (relatively) warm afternoon temperatures, the steady southwesterly breeze, and the glorious S-U-N...and the fact that no sailors were taking advantage of the ephemeral weather window.

Not surprisingly, it started raining again (lightly) a few hours later, but my theory stands we've got great winter weather up here in Seattle...provided of course that you only enjoy your recreation in short, unpredictable bursts. Otherwise, the answer is more foulies, extra fleece and perhaps a splash of grog once you're back ashore.

Tight racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2013  US Sailing ©

As for sailing news, the big story this week is the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, which is taking place through this Saturday. According to the latest reports, American-flagged sailors have been performing well in multiple different classes, including the Men's 470, the Laser and Laser Radial, the 49er and the 49er FX, the Finn and the Nacra 17. Get the full scoop, inside.

And in American offshore sailing news, the Coast Guard Foundation (a non-profit that helps Coast Guard members and their families) has announced a new overnight race (April 27-28) that will start and finish just outside of Annapolis Harbor and which will be managed by the Annapolis Yacht Club. The event will benefit the Coast Guard Foundation and will open to both handicap- and One Design entries.

'The Coast Guard Foundation Cup is a tremendous opportunity to support the men and women of the Coast Guard, and participate in a great feeder sailing race in Annapolis,' said Jim Muldoon, Coast Guard Foundation director, and co-chairman of the Cup. 'It is a fantastic event for sailors to take part in a competitive race and gain experience before the 2013 Annapolis-Newport race later in the year.'

ORACLE TEAM USA  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©

Meanwhile, in America's Cup news, Oracle Racing has revealed more still images of their heavily modified first-generation AC72, 'USA 17', which is expected to be relaunched early next week. If all goes well, the team will start practicing using their second-generation wingsail by the end of next week.

Also Cup related, be sure to check out the interesting multimedia report from Emirates Team New Zealand's camp as to what its actually like to sail aboard one of these wingsail-powered monsters. As skipper Dean Barker aptly put it, 'it's a unique experience'...especially when the hammer is down and boatspeed is punching into the 40-plus-knot range.

RC44 Oman Cup - Katusha (RUS007)  RC44 Class/MartinezStudio.es

Also inside, be sure to check out the latest news from the Chicago Match Cup, the newly announced Women's International Match Racing Series, and the ongoing RC44 Oman Cup. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Volvo Ocean Race: Official briefings on benefits of Auckland Stopovers
Sail-World,
Following are three media statements relating to the announcement of the two-edition Volvo Ocean Race stopovers in Auckland. They are re-published not so much for their news significance, but for the statistics regarding the value of the New Zealand Marine Industry, developed largely over the past 30 years, off the back of New Zealand's involvement in the America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Change of guard on Day 4
Dana Paxton,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2013 brought new class leaders on the fourth day of battle and established the final-race set-up for Friday's RS:X, 2.4mR and Sonar classes. Americans lead five of the 12 competing fleets: Caleb Paine (Finn), Fred Strammer and Zach Brown (49er), Stuart McNay and Dave Hughes (Men's 470), Sarah Newberry and John Casey (Nacra 17), and Paige Railey (Laser Radial).... [more]
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America's Cup: A look behind the door at Oracle Team USA
Guilain Grenier, Oracle Team USA,
Oracle Team USA's photographer, Gulian Grenier provides this look behind the building shed door at Oracle Team USA, as they make the final touches on the rebuilt and repaired USA-17, which was badly damaged in a capsize on San Francisco Bay in October 2012.... [more]
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Coast Guard Foundation Cup set for April 27-28
Jennifer Crowley Fyke,
The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of Coast Guard members and their families, has announced it is hosting an overnight sailboat race on April 27-28, 2013, the Coast Guard Foundation Cup.... [more]
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Bella Mente Racing gains momentum
Kirsten Ferguson,
Bella Mente Racing is building momentum, with two events down and seven to go for its 2013 campaign. The team, sailing its namesake Judel/Vrolijk Mini Maxi, started off the year with a class victory and first-to-finish performance at the 38th Annual Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race.... [more]
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SCYA Midwinter Regatta preparations underway
Rich Roberts,
As much of the country deals with wicked winter weather, Alamitos Bay Yacht Club is preparing to be among 28 clubs in Southern California and Arizona hosting the 84th Southern California Yachting Association Midwinter Regatta Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-17.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series: 8 acts, 3 continents - global tour confirmed
Extreme Sailing Series,
For the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series, eight Host Venues spanning the Middle East, Asia, South America and Europe have been announced, marking the third year of truly global competition for the circuit first launched as a European only event in 2007.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Three down with nine to go + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, it is three down with nine to go. So François Gabart (Macif), Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) and Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) may have written the opening lines of the epilogue of the seventh Vendée Globe, but there remains nine pretenders to yet end the tale.... [more]
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'Sailing in the Southern Ocean: the climate change and the ice gates'
María Bertrand,
On February 5th, the Fundació Navegació Oceànica de Barcelona (FNOB) will organize a debate under the title of 'Sailing in the Southern Ocean: the climate change and the ice gates' which will be broadcasted live via the website.... [more]
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Evacuation at Sea - Learning from the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race
John Rousmaniere,
No one should underestimate the importance or demands of these incidents and the efforts to deal with them. As Royal Bermuda Yacht Cub Commodore Jonathan Brewin observed, 'We were dealing with just one boat and one casualty. If four or five boats were involved, we wouldn't be able to handle all of it. We need to have a team ready to work.'... [more]
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RC44 Oman Cup - Perfect sailing conditions for fleet racing
Jo Grindley,
At the RC44 Oman Cup, Muscat produced some perfect sailing conditions for the start of fleet racing. The sea breeze clocked in at 12 noon and continued to build from nine to fifteen knots throughout the afternoon bringing with it a big rolling swell.... [more]
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Women's International Match Racing Series announced
Liz Baylis, WIMRA,
The Women's International Match Racing Association has now announced the Women's International Match Racing Series which will be comprised of five high-level women's match racing events in 2013. There will be prize money at each event and an overall prize pool of at least US $50,000 for distribution after the finale in Lysekil.... [more]
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Vendee Globe race records shattered
Vendee Globe,
The warmth of the welcome and the passion for the Vendée Globe was immediately obvious to everyone who was in Les Sables d'Olonne last Sunday to witness the historic finishes of winner François Gabart and second placed Armel Le Cléac'h, and indeed to a huge global audience who used every different type of media to share the incredible experience.... [more]
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Two new World Records announced by WSSR Council
John Reed, WSSR Council,
Two new World Records have been established as announced by the WSSR Council. The Records are round the world, Monohull and Singlehanded monohull, achieved by François Gabart onboard the Open 60 Macif.... [more]
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Chicago Match Cup - Big prizes, points at stake in Windy City
Chicago Match Cup,
The Chicago Match Cup, a $100,000 sailing competition and the only U.S. stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, will set sail alongside one of Chicago's most popular attractions, the majestic Tall Ships Chicago 2013 Festival, Aug. 7 - 11, 2013.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - New challenges with Multihulls and 49FX
Jake Fish,
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami has already set the stage for mixed multihull racing. As one of two new Olympic events in Rio 2016, the Nacra 17 is making its first appearance in the challenging waters of Key Biscayne this week.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2013 - Americans still strong mid-point
Dana Paxton,
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2013 has reached its midpoint with USA sailors still standing in good form among the 12 Olympic and Paralympic classes competing. Americans lead four fleets: Caleb Paine (Finn); Fred Strammer and Zach Brown (49er); Sarah Newberry and John Casey (Nacra 17); and Stuart McNay and David Hughes (Men's 470).... [more]
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Interclub Midwinters 2013 - Shivery sailing
Lincoln White,
IC Midwinter Championship 2013. Despite freezing temperatures all weekend, with wind chills in the low teens on Saturday, 26 teams braved the 2013 Interclub Midwinter Championship, hosted by Larchmont YC in New York. LYC teams took the top six spots overall, with Team Vineyard Vines-John Baxter, Molly Baxter, Danny Pletsch and Emily Anderson winning their fifth crown in the past six years.... [more]
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America's Cup: Flying High on the AC72
ETNZblog.com,
Emirates Team NZ crew members describe what it is like to sail aboard the AC72, the 72ft catamaran capable of sailing at speeds of over 40 knots and which will be used in the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco in just five months time.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Wounded Golding to keep moving toward the finish
Emily Caroe,
In the Vendee Globe, after the news released on 29 January at 22:30 GMT that Mike Golding, skipper of Gamesa, had problems with the keel pivot fairing, Golding has called in to his Southampton Team Headquarters with an update.... [more]
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Soto 40 World Championship - Pisco Sour holds narrow lead
Soto 40 Media Team (As Amended by ISAF),
At the Soto 40 World Championship - taking place in Talcahuano, Chile, Pisco Sour holds a narrow one point lead over Mitsubishi after the first day of racing. At 12:15 local time the sailors took to the start line as they got underway in a northern 10 knot breeze. Mitsubishi, helmed by Juan Eduardo Reid crossed the finish line in first place having taken the lead early on in the race.... [more]
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RC44 Oman Cup now underway
Jo Grindley,
Following a breezy practice race that had blown away the cobwebs after a three month break, conditions were more gentle for the commencement of the RC44 Oman Cup presented Oman Shipping Company. With the race course just outside of The Wave Muscat's marina complex, it was Katusha who relished the conditions at the events only day of match racing, finishing the day unbeaten.... [more]
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Key West Race Week - Perfect Farr 400 showcase
Victoria Low,
At Quantum Key West Race Week, brisk tradewinds that stayed true to the same NE'ly direction throughout the five days of racing, proved the perfect showcase for the Farr 400 One Design class whose boat owners enjoyed the double bonus of racing within the nine-boat HPR class.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Transcript of press conference with Alex Thomson
Sabina Mollart Rogerson,
In the Vendee Globe, Alex Thomson sailed into the legendary canal, the artery into the heart of Les Sables d'Olonne this morning at typically breakneck speed. With more than thirty knots of wind and mountainous seas Thomson was in no mood to hang around.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Hugo Boss crosses finish in third
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe 2012-13 skipper Alex Thomson, onboard Hugo Boss, crossed the race finish line at 07 hours 25 minutes 43 seconds (GMT) after 80 days 19 hours 23 minutes 43 seconds at sea. He finishes two days 18 hours and seven minutes behind François Gabart.... [more]
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America's Cup: The End of the Beginning
Richard Gladwell,
We are now in the Year of Cup - in fact, in just over five months, the first racing will be under way in the Louis Vuitton Cup. The end of January also marks the end of the first limited sailing period - where test sailing and racing by the AC72's is limited to just 30 days.... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race - Alex Thompson to finish career-defining voyage
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe Race 2012-2013. British solo sailor Alex Thomson is expected to finish his non-stop around the world race, at around 0700hrs UTC (0800hrs local time France) this morning.... [more]
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Ullman Sails names new VP and General Manager
Ullman Sails,
Kelly Buchan has been appointed the new Vice President and General Manager of Ullman Sails International, Inc., the license management office of the Ullman Sails group based in Newport Beach, CA, effective January 1, 2013.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup 2013 - Elite windsurfers test Miami waters
Jake Fish,
A strong contingent of the top sailors in the world are in Miami testing themselves against familiar rivals and incoming talent from a new generation of racers. The RS:X Men's and Women's events are back in Miami for 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup and these two fleets feature the best of the best in an early season clash of Olympic medalists and new challengers.... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race - Gamesa struggling to stay afloat
Emily Caroe,
Mike Golding onboard Gamesa has been working for the past 24 hours to resolve an issue with his keel. Investigations over the side of the boat with a camera yesterday evening revealed that the front fairing of the keel olive has been lost.... [more]
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Youth America's Cup 2013 - Stage set for Selection Series
Irene Corosu,
The Red Bull Youth America's Cup Selection Series will feature 11 national teams battling in two qualifying sessions in San Francisco from 9-24 February.... [more]
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