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04 Mar 2013

Clear but cold in Seattle—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2013 - Day 1  Leighton O'Connor
When you live at almost 48 degrees north, it's hard not to celebrate winter's annual demise. Just two months ago it felt like a blessing to merely see a patch of blue sky during the seemingly scant window of daylight that presented itself each day, but fortunately that has all now changed with the approach of the vernal equinox (March 20, 2013). Now, days are getting noticeably longer, the smell of spring is in the air, and there have even been occasional sightings of some weird glowing orange ball in the sky that some sailors speculate could be a distant energy source. The best part? It's only going to get better, starting next Saturday.


Should the start of this week find you in need of a shot of optimism, here it comes: Daylight savings begins with turn of midnight on March 10 (next Sunday), thus helping to 'sequester' the darkness into more usable hours for us humans. Sure, mornings will be inky dark again (at least for a short while), but I doubt anyone will complain about an extra hour of daylight in the evenings, especially with the full-on start to the 2013 sailing season just around the corner and plenty of work remaining to get done before boats are ready to be re-launched (lat/long depending).


Still, with all this talk and promise of spring in the air, it was a bit of a surprise to see frost on the roofs of nearby houses this morning. The stormy clouds that shrouded the city last night blew away, revealing an azure sky and a perfect half moon, which was last seen in the southwestern sky. Sure, yesterday's Blakely Rock race might have been blustery (and partially wet), but today certainly looks promising for sorting out sails or re-tuning the rig.


Emirates Team New Zealand training with Luna Rossa in their second AC72, NZL5 on the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland. 1/3/2013  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©



Meanwhile, on sailing's greater stage, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa have been continuing to mix it up on New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf aboard their AC72 wingsail-powered catamarans, which the teams will both use to challenge for the 34th America's Cup. Inside, don't miss photographer Chris Cameron's great image gallery of the two massive cats flying on their foils.


Emirates Team New Zealand training with their second AC72, NZL5 on the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland. 1/3/2013  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©



And in Volvo Ocean Race news, Lisbon, Portugal, has been selected as a stopover for the 2014/2015 and 2017/2018 editions of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR). Lisbon hosted the race during its 2011/2012 edition and proved popular with both racers and spectators.


'Lisbon is a great port city, and the people came out in [the] thousands to welcome the sailors as their own,' said Tom Touber, COO of the VOR. 'The race village was a hive of activity, with everyone coming together to give the stopover a distinct Portuguese feel. It was a truly great success, and we can't wait to come back.' Get the full scoop, inside.


Manning Regatta 2013 Day 1  Rich Roberts



Also inside, be sure to get the full briefing on the ongoing Manning Regatta, check out the reports from our team at London's RYA Dinghy Show, and get the post-racing report from the J/22 Midwinters, which just wrapped up in Tampa, Florida.


St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2013 - Day 1  Leighton O'Connor



And for anyone needing a more intensive injection of Vitamin D than what's offered with the early season sunshine, be sure to check out photographer Leighton O'Connor's great image gallery of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, as well as the racing reports. Enjoy!


May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Manning Regatta at Alamitos Bay YC - Day 1
Rich Roberts,
E.E. Manning Regatta first day of racing, held at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, got underway on Saturday 2nd March 2013. Christopher Weis and his crew Dot Obei docked their CFJ Saturday after day one with the 2012-13 Shadden Series apparently in their pockets, which meant they probably wouldn't need to race Sunday.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Action continues on Day 2
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta second day of racing got underway in breeze that built steadily as the day progressed, and with many classes recording a pair of races in ideal Caribbean sailing conditions, the action continued today with the traditional Saturday point-to-point contest to Marigot in the 33rd edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Ferry Patrons Trophy on Sydney Harbour
Frank Quealey,
Ferry Patrons Trophy for 18ft skiffs, sponsored by Haier Appliances, made for a nostalgic day on Sydney Harbour when some of the greatest names in 18ft Skiff Racing history skippered boats in the race. The legendary Iain Murray, six-times, undefeated Giltinan champion between 1977 and 1982, five times champion Trevor Barnabas and 2000 winner John Winning all skippered top contenders.... [more]
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J/22 Midwinter Championship - Terhune and Dazzler crew victorious
Christopher E. Howell,
At the J/22 Midwinter Championship in Tampa, Florida, Allan Terhune dominated the competition to win by fourteen points. Racing Dazzler with Katie Terhune, Jeff Linton and Louise Neuberger, Terhune dropped his lowest score of only four and kept a line of 3,1,1,1,1,1,2 for just ten points in the eight race series.... [more]
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Calema Midwinters - Images from day 1 at Merritt Island
The Sail-World.com Team,
Sail-World.com's Anna Parker was on site in Merritt Island, Florida to capture this gallery of images during day one of the 27th Calema Midwinters Windsurfing Festival including the 2013 Techno 293 North American Championships and the 2013 Kona National Championships.... [more]
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RYA Dinghy Show 2013- Alexandra Palace Images from Day 1
The Sail-World.com Team,
The RYA Dinghy Show is currently underway at Alexandra Palace in North London, England. It was built in 1873 as a public centre of recreation, education and entertainment and as North London's counterpart to the Crystal Palace in South London... [more]
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RYA Dinghy Show 2013 opens
Sail-world.com,
It was a cold morning in London, zero -2-3 degrees, with plenty of salt spread for pedestrians at the above ground railway stations. Might be 7/7 cloud cover, but at least it was not snowing as it was for the start of the London Boat Show back in January. At 10am London 2012 and now Team Volvo sailors Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor and and fellow Skandia Team GBR sailors Nick Thompson and 49er ski... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72's foiling and racing in the Hauraki Gulf
Chris Cameron,
America's Cup Challengers Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa (ITA) have been making the most of the brilliant summer Down Under, and have become a familiar sight doing race training in warm breezes. Emirates Team NZ's photographer, Chris Cameron, was on hand to catch the action and sight of two AC72's racing and foiling.... [more]
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Annapolis to Newport Race 2013 - Online registration now open
Nathan Adamus,
>Annapolis to Newport Race 2013. Online registration is now open and the Notice of Race has been posted on the race's official website located at www.annapolisyc.org/annapolis-newport!Annapolis_Newport!new. 2013 marks the 34th running of the 475 mile biennial Annapolis-Newport Race run by the Annapolis Yacht Club (AYC) and New York Yacht Club (NYYC).... [more]
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18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan International 2013 - All win for female crew
Frank Quealey,
18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan International 2013. When the Lomax Financial Group team finished Race 1 of the prestigious skiff boat event on Sydney Harbour, it set a record for being the first all-female crew to finish a race in the 74-year-old history of the Giltinan (World) Championship.... [more]
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Leighton O'Connor's pictures of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2013
Leighton O'Connor,
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2013 commenced its 33rd edition on Friday morning as 202 registered yachts set sail in the prestigious event in the Caribbean. Leighton O'Connor captured some of the great moments on the opening day of the sailing spectacle.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2013 - Splendid opener
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2013. On a beautiful if challenging day for yacht racing, with gentle easterly breezes that never topped 12-knots, an incredibly diverse fleet of 202 registered yachts. One of the largest gatherings of catamarans and trimarans ever assembled for a Caribbean regatta-set sail this morning to begin the 33rd edition of the world famous regatta.... [more]
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Why do top sailors choose Zhik?
Ben Gladwell,
Since its inception in 2003, Zhik has developed and expanded to be one of the preeminent brand in on-the-water sailing apparel. The Zhik signature logo is often visible on winning sailing crews, the latest of which was the crew of Gotta Love It 7, four time winner JJ Giltinan Trophy. Sailing journalist, Ben Gladwell, looks at why top crews choose Zhik... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Another consecutive race stopover announced
Sail-World,
Volvo Ocean Race has announced that Lisbon, Portugal, will host a stopover in the race in each of the next two editions. Lisbon was also a stopover for the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. The Portuguese capital will be back on the route for the 12th edition in 2014-15 and again for the 13th in 2017-18, Volvo Ocean Race... [more]
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Nationwide Loaner Program - Kids' life jacket sites needed apply today
BoatUS,
BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water's Life Jacket Loaner Program for Kids is the largest, longest running nationwide loaner program.... [more]
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America's Cup: Cayard 'We need to commit more to foiling'
Sailing Scuttlebutt,
Following their recent tuning sessions with America's Cup defender Oracle Team USA, Swedish challenger Artemis Racing announced they had halted their AC72 sailing program and would be proceeding with modifications to the boat.... [more]
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WSSR Council announce establishment of a new World Record
John Reed, WSSR Council,
The WSSR Council announces the establishment of a new World Record.... [more]
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America's Cup: More Am-Cam video from the Hauraki Gulf
Sail-World,
More Am-Cam video from the Hauraki Gulf, this time of Emirates Team New Zealand training. This was shot by a solo driver/camera man, in a small powerboat with a top speed of 25kts.... [more]
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America's Cup: More Oracle Team USA Am-Cam video from San Francisco
Sail-World,
Oracle Team USA's revamped USA-17 was caught by an independent cameraman shooting from the North Tower of Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco. Probably the most surprising aspect of the video is the amount of platform twist in the approach to the racing mark, whether that is affecting foiling ability is a matter of conjecture.... [more]
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Leighton O'Connor's shots of the Gill Commodore's Cup + Video
Leighton O'Connor,
The Gill Commodore's Cup 2013 serves as the warm-up event to the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Leighton O'Connor provides some of the action as 45 boats battle it out in four spinnaker-flying divisions in the sparkling waters of St. Maarten.... [more]
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Gill Commodore's Cup 2013 - Spinnaker warm-up
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
Gill Commodore's Cup 2013. In a stunning preview of coming attractions, 45 boats in four spinnaker-flying divisions set sail today in the sparkling waters of St. Maarten to race in the tune-up event to the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. The traditional warm-up series is sponsored by Gill, the regatta's official technical apparel supplier.... [more]
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Lightning Class Boat Grant Program announces 2013 recipients
Laura Jeffers,
The International Lightning Class Association's Boat Grant program begins its seventh season by announcing the 2013 grant recipients. Mitch Hall (24) and his team of Ali Blumenthal and Brooks Clark are from Charleston, SC and will be sailing with the Charleston Fleet.... [more]
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J/22 Midwinter Championship - A Dazzler of an early lead
Christopher E. Howell,
At the J/22 Midwinter Championship in Tampa, Florida, Allan Terhune of Arnold, MD helmed Dazzler to the lead on day one. Ideal conditions greeted competitors from fifteen teams at Davis Island Yacht Club, with breeze starting at six knots and building all day to sixteen, under sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s.... [more]
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America's Cup: Aerial images of Oracle Team USA '17' training
Oracle Team USA,
Aerial photos of Oracle Team USA '17' training on San Francisco Bay shot by photographer Guilain Grenier.... [more]
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New benchmark time on a World Record route established
John Reed, WSSR,
The World Sailing Speed Record (WSSR) Council has announced the the establishment of a new benchmark time on a World Record route.... [more]
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