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First Around the Horn- Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

For offshore sailors, Cape Horn looms immense on the scale of dreams, nightmares and adventures. For Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron, aboard Virbac-Paprec 3 in the double-handed, non-stop-around-the-world Barcelona World Race (BWR), this monumental milestone is now astern, as is the rest of the fleet. 'It is a great day, one of the magical days in your life, all happiness today to be with Loïck passing Cape Horn,' said Dick. 'The weather has been rough last night with more than 35 knots of wind, and the waves were very impressive we were pitching right into them so it was difficult with the wind. We did not know how much sail to set, so we tried to do our best to keep up the speed but not risk the boat too much, so we seem to have succeeded with Cape Horn this morning.' Not a bad place to be!

Central Lechera Asturiana - Barcelona World Race  Central Lechera Asturiana

Also in the BWR, Juan Merediz and Fran Palacio, aboard Central Lechera Asturiana, broke their mast some 160 miles from New Zealand's Cape Farewell. 'Fortunately there has not been any injuries of any kind to either of us, both Fran and I are fine,' reported Merediz. 'We do not wish to retire, we wish to carry on.' The two have jury rigged a solution and were making roughly 7 knots of VMG towards Cape Farewell at last report. Check out our full BWR coverage, in this issue.

Meanwhile, in Velux 5 Oceans Race, American Brad Van Liew was the first of four skippers to pull into Punta del Este, Uruguay, cleanly sweeping all legs of the race to date. 'Three legs won and three times round Cape Horn safely – those are two very important facts for me, two massive hurdles,' said Van Liew upon reaching the dock. 'It's nice to have a nice point lead now and it's nice to be here in Punta. It's a fantastic place here and I have missed it. It's great to be back.' Further astern in the fleet, England's Chris Stanmore-Major and Poland's Zbigniew Gutkowski finished the 6,000-mile leg within 40 seconds of each other, adding serious drama to an already big leg. Read about it in this issue.

Oppies wall-to-wall: IODA Optimist Champs, Singapore  SingaporeSailing

Closer ashore, the RC44 fleet is enjoying their San Diego debut with some dramatic 'stadium-sailing' match racing right off of Broadway Pier. Check out the coverage and skipper Paul Cayard's comments about the day, in this issue.

Cup fans will be pleased to hear that the Racing Rules for the 34th America's Cup have now been issued. Be sure to check out their nuances, including the new penalty rules, in this issue.

May the four winds blow you safely home


David Schmidt, US Editor Sail-World.com



Barcelona World Race 2011—Mapfre in serious pursuit of Virbac-Paprec 3
Barcelona World Race,
After their detour and four hours halt to try and sort out a halyards issue Mapfre have clearly channelled their frustration and disappointment into simply pressing the accelerator pedal back to the floor as they immediately try to make up the 200 miles that they lost to Barcelona World Race leaders Virbac-Paprec 3 yesterday night and this morning... [more]
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Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2011 sets sail
Martha Williamson,
Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge - The classic yacht season kicks off again with a schedule that promises to be bigger and more exciting than ever before: Officine Panerai presents the 2011 season of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the leading international regatta circuit reserved for classic and vintage yachts.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta 40th Anniversary commemorative stamps unveiled
Linda Phillips,
With the long time history of sailing as a primary economic and social activity in the British Virgin Islands, it is only fitting that the territory is known as 'The Sailing Capital of the World.'... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 - Entry deadline extended to March 31st
New York Yacht Club,
The organizers of the Transatlantic Race 2011 (TR 2011) have extended the deadline to enter the Race to March 31, 2011. With the transatlantic fleet now over 30 entries and many new inquiries following the success of the RORC Caribbean 600 the organizers encourage those interested to enter the TR 2011 as soon as possible to secure a spot... [more]
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Christchurch Earthquake: A sailor's view of the damage and aftermath
Sail-World correspondent,
One of the New Zealand sailing fraternity is working on at Christchurch and reports on the scene: 'I haven't made any contact with any of the Clubs around the region, but the re is severe damage all around the waterfronts. Christchurch and Mt Pleasant club site look bad, no word from the Harbour and I haven't been over to Lyttelton and south yet, where reports are of serious damage. Not enough... [more]
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Superyachts raise $55,000 for Christchurch Earthquake Appeal
Ellie Brade,
On the 22nd of February at 12.51pm, a shallow earthquake of 6.3 magnitude, rocked Christchurch, New Zealand, leaving the city devastated. With the need to help the many affected by the disaster apparent, the superyacht community in New Zealand rallied. On Thursday night in Auckland a fundraiser, organized by YachtAid Global and Superyacht Support Ltd saw around $55,000 raised for the cause.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Caffari and Corbella handicapped without data
Coralie Rassinoux,
British yachtswoman Dee Caffari and her Spanish co skipper Anna Corbella have been experiencing extreme sailing conditions and have also been struggling without a fleet broadband connection for the last few days... [more]
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18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship Invitation Race
Frank Quealey,
Slam took the lead soon after the start in a NE 10-knot breeze over the Australian 18 Footers League's four-laps windward-return course. Defending champion Seve Jarvin and championship favourite Gotta Love It 7 team of Sam Newton and Scott Babbage did not compete in the race.... [more]
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Melges 32 Miami Championship 2011 underway
Joy Dunigan,
2011 Melges 32 Miami Championship, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club. Friday kicks off the first day of racing, more on Saturday, concluding on Sunday.... [more]
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Gill Commodore's Cup day 1 lead to Aussie Cookson 50 Jazz
Heather Tackling,
Though the weather was gray and drizzly all morning, as the fleet assembled for the high-noon start of the event, patches of blue appeared above. Soon after, in a 12-14 knot southeasterly breeze, racing commenced in a lumpy, leftover sea.... [more]
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RC44 Cup San Diego day 2 tactics and speed from Oracle
RC44 Class,
It was a day when good tactical management and consistent speed through the gears were the keys to a good performance. Larry Ellison steered Oracle Racing to a win, a couple of seconds and a fifth.... [more]
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America's Cup: A day in the life of KZ-7
Sail-World Archives,
TVNZ's America's Cup anchor, PJ Montgomery follows the New Zealand America's Cup Challenger KZ-7 as she goes through her daily race routine, today against one of the French challengers. Here he talks to mastman, Jeremy Scantlebury on the nuances of wooling spinnakers, chats with weatherman Bob McDavitt, gets the run-down from tender driver Peter Vandersloot, and then chats with sail-boss Joy Al... [more]
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RC44 Cup San Diego day 2 good for Artemis and Katusha
Paul Cayard,
RC44 Cup San Diego day 2 was another excellent day for Artemis Racing and Katusha, reports Paul Cayard... [more]
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America's Cup: The Freo Files - Heart of America goes home
Sail-World Archives,
Heart of America were one of the character challengers in the 1987 America's Cup, they were headed up by the incredibly successful, hugely respected and universally admired, Buddy Melges all the way from Zenda, Wisconsin. Although they didn't make the Challenger Semi-Finals, Buddy and his team gave it a very serious try, and like most America's Cup Challengers just ran out of time. Here PJ Mo... [more]
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Perth 2011 on track to set new records
Richard Palfreyman,
Perth 2011 - The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has so far received 661 entries from 72 nations for the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth this year.... [more]
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Derek Hatfield finishes Velux 5 Oceans third sprint
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - Canadian ocean racer Derek Hatfield has finished the third ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans crossing the finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay, at 5.52pm local time (1952 UTC) to take fourth position. Derek completed the leg from Wellington in New Zealand to Punta del Este in 25 days, 18 hours and 22 minutes, just over an hour behind fellow ocean racers... [more]
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Barcelona World Race skipper Ryan Breymaier encounters many firsts
Kirsten Ferguson,
Barcelona World Race - Young rookie Ryan Breymaier, the sole U.S. sailor in the Barcelona World Race, is giving seasoned sailors a run for their money as he weaves himself through the pack to a solid fourth with the intention of moving up to a podium finish.... [more]
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McConaghy Ker 40 - the next 40-foot performance benchmark?
John Curnow,
Without doubt, 40 feet, is the new everything, as builders aim to serve this burgeoning market with better, faster and more exciting products. The new, high-performance Ker 40 IRC Racing Yacht, manufactured by McConaghy Boats, is definitely one that people have been watching closely... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans photo finish
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans skippers Zbigniew Gutkowski (Pol) on Operon Racing and Chris ‘CSM' Stanmore-Major (GB) on Spartan finished the third ocean sprint within 40 seconds of one another.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit 2011 momentum building
Audi MedCup,
In just under 12 weeks the Audi MedCup Circuit 2011 gets underway with the first Trophy regatta of the season. Six new build TP52's are expected. Also the Soto 40 Class is flourishing with more than 20 boats built and launched now.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta -Budget Marine Match Racing Cup video
Michele Korteweg,
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Informative videos on the Budget Marine Match Racing Cup. More information about the BMMRC, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, and the GILL Commodores Cup will be available in the days to come.... [more]
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The Nespresso Cup international regatta returns to Portofino
Nestlé Nespresso,
Nespresso and Wally announce the second edition of the international sailing event that will gather the Wally Class in Portofino in May 2011... [more]
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Mano A Mano
Mark Stevens, Sail-World Canada,
Match-racing, at its best, is Mano a Mano – hand-to-hand combat. Match-racing here, in the Budget Marine Match-Racing Cup, run-up to the Heineken Regatta, takes that sort of intensity up a few notches. Some of the top racers in the world. No Wednesday night yacht club race, this.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Full time return for Radich
World Match Racing Tour,
With one World Tour Championship already under his belt Denmark's Jesper Radich is confident he can mark his full time return to the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) after eight years away with a knock-out blow and secure a second Championship... [more]
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18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan Championship preview
Frank Quealey,
A fleet of 29 teams, representing USA, UK and New Zealand, as well as Australian crews from NSW, Western Australia and Queensland will contest the Winning Appliances JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, which begin tomorrow on Sydney Harbour... [more]
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RC44 Cup San Diego day 1 form indicators
Jessica Gray,
RC44 Championship Tour opened with a day of stadium sailing off Broadway Pier, San Diego. The match racing teams duked it out in the pre-starts, sweeping within feet of the crowds on Broadway Pier in an effort to wipe clear opponents off their tail.... [more]
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America's Cup: New Racing Rules - 'Jimmy, You've got Mail'
Sail-World,
The Racing Rules for the 34th America's Cup have been issued today following months of consultation with the entered teams to ensure spectacular racing in the next edition of sailing's pinnacle event. The rules have been simplified to take into account the significant investment in technology that will improve the experience of watching America's Cup racing.... [more]
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Butler Cup next stop in California Dreamin' Series
Rich Roberts,
San Francisco is in the books, and now the California Dreamin' Series for raw but talented match racing sailors comes to Long Beach for the Butler Cup Saturday and Sunday.... [more]
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The 2011 Contender Midwinters: Fun in the sun of St. Petes
Stephanie Mah,
For the fourth year in a row, Contender sailors from Denmark, California, Texas, Toronto, Florida, New Hampshire, and Ohio gathered on the sunny shores of St. Petersburg, Florida, for their midwinters regatta. This year the regatta was held at Pass a Grille beach, which will be the site of the 2012 Contender Worlds.... [more]
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Inaugural North American Grand Slam Match Racing Series for 2011
Chicago Match Race Center,
The inaugural North American Grand Slam Match Racing Series for 2011 will offer the team with the best combined scores from match racing events raced at each venue, an invitation to the 2012 Congressional Cup at Long Beach YC, the oldest ISAF Grade 1 prize money event in the US.... [more]
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