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Ocean Sprint Two decided

Brad Van Liew is quickly showing the rest of the Velux 5 Oceans Race skippers—all three of them—why he has been so successful in previous around-the-world go's: determination, preparation, sailing skill and a sharply honed competitive edge.

American Brad Van Liew gets underway, onboard his yacht Le Pengouin, for the second leg of the Velux 5 Oceans. Photo: Ainhoa Sanchez w-w-i.com  Velux 5 Oceans ©

Take, for example, his win yesterday in ocean sprint number two (from Cape Town, South Africa, to Wellington, New Zealand) of this edition of the Velux 5 Oceans Race. Thus far Van Liew, 42, has been unstoppable, cleanly winning both the initial sprint from Europe to Africa, and now this second sprint from Africa to New Zealand. Van Liew is quickly amassing a point balance that will be hard to surpass. 'It hasn't really sunk in yet,' said Van Liew as he stepped off his Eco 60 Le Pingouin for the first time after sailing 7,682 miles over 30 days, nine hours and 49 minutes of racing. 'It's really good to be here. I've now done five southern ocean legs and this one was by far the hardest. The weather we experienced was different to any other I have ever seen down there. The leg started with a delay and then took a lot longer than anyone expected – it's been an unbelievable challenge. The hardest part was missing Christmas with my kids and the best part is without a doubt arriving in Wellington.'

Congrats to Van Liew, and be sure to stay tuned for more about this race as the rest of the fleet makes their way to Wellington.

Meanwhile, in the far better populated Barcelona World Race, race leaders Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron, aboard Virbac-Paprec 3, as well as Michel Desjoyeaux and François Gabart aboard Foncia, were forced to stop in Récife, Brazil over the past few days to make repairs to their IMOCA 60s. Desjoyeaux and Gabart were the first to complete their repairs and return to the racecourse, but they have now been joined in the hunt for Estrella Damm, the current leader, by the lads from Virbac-Paprec 3.. Desjoyeaux has been in this position plenty of times before, so it will be interesting to see if 'Le Professor' will pull another patented comeback. Be sure to read the reports in this issue for a more detailed picture of what's going on out there.

And in Cup circles, the first of the new AC45s—the first of two new classes of wingsail-powered catamarans that will be used to contest the events leading up to the 34th America's Cup—was launched this weekend in Auckland, New Zealand (images are in this issue). Also, the America's Cup Regatta Management has named long-time San Francisco resident John Craig as the Principal Race Officer (PRO) for the 34th AC. 'I've always wanted to be involved in the America's Cup,' reported Craig.

'I've lived in the Bay Area with my wife and children for 11 years, and to have this opportunity come to my doorstep is very fortunate. This new look America's Cup, with the wingsailed catamarans, the new format and racecourse innovations, the media integration, will be incredible. Racing in the natural 'stadium' of San Francisco Bay will put the event in front of an enormous number of people. As PRO it will be a challenge to develop and implement all of this, but I think the result will be exciting racing on a scale we've never seen before.'

Finally, check out John Curnow's great image gallery from the 2011 Dragon Worlds, which were held last week in Melbourne, Australia. The word 'classy' comes to mind when studying this venerable class... Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt



America's Cup World Series 2011-2012 has new Cat class centerpiece
Jane Eagleson,
America's Cup future was showcased by Auckland's Viaduct Harbour with the debut of the wing-sailed AC45 catamaran. The forerunner to the next generation of America's Cup boats, the AC45 made its maiden voyage, the first of many sea trials planned over the coming weeks.... [more]
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470 Class North American Championships, Miami FL
Andrew Sumpton,
470 Class North American Championships had fifty-three 470s hailing from fifteen different countries compete on January 14-16, 2011 in Miami FL.... [more]
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Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn team slides into Key West
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn are sailing in the sunshine so far this January.... [more]
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America's Cup: More images from AC45 prototype's first sail
Gilles Martin-Raget,
More images from top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, was on hand to capture the first sail of the prototype AC45 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. The AC45 is the forerunner to the AC72 which will be used in the 34th America's Cup. The 45ft long yacht will feature a wingsail, the same as the larger 72ft yacht to be used in the September 2013 Match in San Francisco. The yacht is... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 hits 20kts on maiden sail on Hauraki Gulf
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, was on hand to capture the first sail of the prototype AC45 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. The AC45 is the forerunner to the AC72 which will be used in the 34th America's Cup. The 45ft long yacht will feature a wingsail, the same as the larger 72ft yacht to be used in the September 2013 Match in San Francisco.... [more]
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Key West 2011 draws strong international fleet
Bill Wagner,
Key West 2011 draws strong international fleet - One of the world's hottest new one-design racing sailboats will compete for the first time at Key West 2011, which begins Monday and runs through Friday on the azure waters off the southernmost tip of Florida.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans sprint two taken by Polish ocean racer Gutek
Sarah Hames,
Velux 5 Oceans sprint two has been taken by Polish solo sailor Zbigniew Gutkowski in the solo round of the world race. The 36-year-old skipper from Gdansk crossed the finish line in Wellington, New Zealand, on his Eco yacht Operon Racing at 6.27am local time (5.27pm UTC).... [more]
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Dragon Worlds images by John Curnow
John Curnow,
John Curnow images from the Dragon World Championships in Melbourne... [more]
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Key West Sailing Week - Mascalzone Latino Audi will race
Mascalzone Latino Audi,
Key West Sailing Week - After their fine victory in the ORACLE RC44 Cup in Miami last December, Mascalzone Latino, is preparing to race at the Key West 2011... [more]
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Zac Sunderland talks to full houses at Toronto International Boat Show
Greg Nicoll,
Featured speaker, world solo circumnavigator Zac Sunderland gave the audience attending the annual boat show in Toronto a very descriptive and often humorous rendition of his exploits sailing around the world.... [more]
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Broo Premium Lager Musto Performance Skiff Worlds - Final Day
Paul Manning,
The Port Phillip Bay seabreeze, for which Melbourne is renowned, stayed away today until after the Broo Premium Lager Musto Performance Skiff Worlds, and then it came in and played with a vengeance. Following a brief postponement ashore, the AP flag was lowered at 11:30 and the competitors launched into an 8 knot southerly breeze. Race 10 was general recalled at 12:32 with the wind at 190 degr... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Sprint Two - Brad Van Liew claims victory
Velux 5 Oceans,
American solo ocean racer Brad Van Liew today made it two wins from two ocean sprints as he sailed into Wellington, New Zealand, to claim victory in second sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world yacht race. For the 42-year-old from Charleston, South Carolina, it brought to an end a gruelling month-long slog alone on his Eco 60 yacht Le Pingouin.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of the AC45 launch in Auckland
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, was on hand to capture the launch of the prototype AC45 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. The AC45 is the forerunner to the AC72 which will be used in the 34th America's Cup. The 45ft long yacht will feature a wingsail, the same as the larger 72ft yacht to be used in the September 2013 Match in San Francisco.... [more]
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SpeedDream Prototype to be built
Brian Hancock,
SpeedDream design and engineering continues to advance, and a decision has been made to build a scaled down 35-foot version of the record setter monohull. Hundreds of hours of computer engineering and analysis has already been completed for the design, but there is nothing like a scaled prototype version out sailing in actual conditions to test the unique ideas and technical solutions.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 launched in Auckland
Chris Cameron,
Top international photographer, Chris Cameron, was on hand to capture the launch of the prototype AC45 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. The AC45 is the forerunner to the AC72 which will be used in the 34th America's Cup. The 45ft long yacht will feature a wingsail, the same as the larger 72ft yacht to be used in the September 2013 Match in San Francisco... [more]
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Two World titles for young British sailor in Broo Musto Skiff Worlds
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Young British sailor, Daniel Henderson (21) has scored the double in the Broo Premium Lager Musto Performance Skiff World Championships, sailed from the Black Rock Yacht Club on Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne. After 11 of the 12 races sailed, Henderson won the World title and the Youth title backing up compatriot Lawrie Smith, who yesterday won the World Dragon Championships, from the Royal Bright... [more]
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Dragon Worlds: How the last race unfolded
Stavros,
As the boats lined up for the start of the final race of the Championship on a Black Flag, many interested onlookers were surprised not to see UKR 7 'all over GBR 751 like a rash' as by stopping Lawrie, Tim and Ossie from having a good start, Markus could have guaranteed victory........ But such was the respect that the German Sailor has for his British counterpart, the predicted engagement never eme... [more]
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America's Cup: Principal Race Officer named
America's Cup Media,
America's Cup Regatta Management have announced that John Craig (USA) has been appointed Principal Race Officer of the 34th America's Cup. A native Californian, and a resident of San Francisco, Craig will be responsible for conducting the races of the America's Cup World Series, the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America's Cup Finals.... [more]
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Broo Premium Lager Musto Performance Skiff Worlds - blue skies return
Paul Manning,
Following a postponment ashore, the first start of race 8 got under way at 13:30 in 6-8knots from 170 degrees. This was promptly general recalled by the race management team and the fleet returned to try again.... [more]
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America's Cup AC45 arrives in Auckland for launch - The Assembly
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, was on hand to capture the assembly of the prototype AC45 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. The AC45 is the forerunner to the AC72 which will be used in the 34th America's Cup. The 45ft long yacht will feature a wingsail, the same as the larger 72ft yacht to be used in the September 2013 Match in San Francisco.... [more]
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America's Cup skipper John Bertrand wins Australian Etchells title
Etchells Australian Championship 2011 Media,
Brilliant sunshine and seven knots of breeze greeted competitors on the final day of the Rex Gorell Prestige Etchells Australian Championship, being sailed from the Royal Geelong Yacht Club. America's Cup skipper John Bertrand has won the Australian Etchells Championship for the fifth time.... [more]
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Int Dragon Worlds: Sunshine, winners and results in 2011 Worlds.
John Curnow,
Against most weather predictions, the final day of racing in the 2011 International Dragon World Championship started with glorious sunshine and by mid-morning, a consistent, if gentle Southerly breeze began to make it's way up Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay.... [more]
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GBR's Lawrie Smith takes Dragon World title by closest of margins
John Curnow,
Apparently, not since 1978, when he was sailing a Fireball, has Britain's Lawrie Smith won a World Championship. Today on Melbourne's Port Phillip, the sun came out finally with enough of a Southerly breeze and the crews were very much ready for the last on-water action of their World Championship. It is little surprise then that there was no one taking bets on whether there would be a clean st... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships - Bids invited
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) invites bids from parties interested in hosting future editions of the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships.... [more]
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Moth Worlds images from Howard Wright
Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography,
Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography, presents this gallery of images from the Moth World Championship.... [more]
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International Dragons – Golden Girl returns from 1956
John Curnow,
After 55 years, the 1956 Olympic Gold Medal winning International Dragon, now known as Galejan II, but still with her original S(WE) 194 Sail Number, has made a return to Melbourne.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds - Outteridge wins on home pond
Lizzi Roundtree,
Hugs and Champagne welcomed the newest Moth World Champion Nathan Outteridge (AUS). Samantha England (AUS) beat out American Lindsay Bergan by one point for the title of leading lady at 47th and 48th place.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds Video Highlights - Fast and furious action
Moth Worlds,
Video of the action on Lake Macquarie at the Zhik Moth Worlds 2011.... [more]
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Nathan Outteridge new Moth World Champion
Moth Worlds,
Newsflash - Australia's Nathan Outteridge has won the Moth World Championship on Lake Macquarie, NSW.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Technical stop for leader
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race leaders Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron are preparing to make a technical stop. The duo lead the race by approximately 50 miles from Foncia, Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) and Francois Gabart (FRA), who are also preparing for a stop in or near Récife, arriving between Friday night and Saturday.... [more]
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2011 Toronto International Boat Show Off To Great Start
TIBS,
From the moment it opened on Saturday January 8th, 2011, the Toronto International Boat Show was off to a great start. Because of its location in the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto's historic Exhibition Park and Ontario Place on the shores of Lake Ontario, a significant January snow storm is almost a show tradition.... [more]
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Images from Broo Lager Musto HP Skiff Worlds - Day 3 - afternoon races
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's camera was out on the water for the action in the second and third races of Day 3 of the Broo Musto Skiff Worlds. Please excuse the rain and the murk... [more]
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International Dragons – The winner is?
John Curnow,
Rain was nearly the most significant feature of Day Four at the 2011 International Dragons World Championships. It was around for most of the day, ranging from mere drizzle to tropical downpour.... [more]
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