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Competitive Classes, SB3, Melges 24 Worlds, a new Transpac trend

SB3 World Championship Day 4. (GBR3489) "RED" ROBERT GREENHALGH; SHANE HUGHES; JERRY EPLETT; KIRSTY SKINNE  ThMartinez/Sea&Co - copyright

Much international sailing-media attention has been focused on Torbay, UK and the 2011 Zhik SB3 World Championships, a class that's wildly popular in the UK and Europe. 103 boats have been riffling through starting sequences all week, with Robert Greenhalgh and crew Shane Hughes, Jerry Eplett and Kristy Skinner were sitting in first place after four days of racing. As for the level of competition at the event, Rob Gullan—who was sitting in fifth place—summed it up well: 'If somebody had said to us before this event we'd be fifth at this stage, we'd have taken that, the competition is the hardest it's been at any of the World Championships so far.' Racing wrapped up today, the drama was considerable and we have the latest stories and news.

In the Audi MedCup, Niklas Zennström's new TP52, RAN, is proving to be the boat to beat this season on this hyper-competitive circuit. 'We had been feeling well-prepared,' Zennström told yachting journalist Stuart Alexander (see the story inside). 'But, on the first race day [of the Audi MedCup Cascais Trophy] we made a lot of stupid mistakes. It showed us how competitive this fleet is, how intensive and tough the competition is. People are attacking you the whole time.' Be sure to check out our multi-media footage from the Cascais Trophy, in this issue.

Also, the Melges 24 Worlds are currently unfolding in Corpus Christi, Texas, where 32 mixed-crew boats and 11 Corinthian boats have been sailing in a variety of winds and conditions, from lighter-than-advertised to the stronger stuff that race leader Lorenzo Bressani (Uka Uka Racing) is known to prefer. Ace lensman Rick Tomlinson is on the scene shooting; his images can be found with each day's event report. Racing concludes on Saturday, so be sure to check Sail-World for updates.
Melges 24 World Championships Corpus Christi, Texas.
Day 3 Wednesday, May 18, 2 races sailed in 17-20 knots.
Photo Rick Tomlinson  Rick Tomlinson - copyright


And if you're a left coaster dreaming about a fast ride to Hawaii, be sure to read about the latest trend amongst sled owners. Forget about the turbo options—comfortable surfing's now the thing to do. 'We cut 12 feet off the mast, shortened the fin and went to a smaller bulb with a few thousand pounds of lead in the bilge,' said Philippe Kahn about his recently de-powered Andrews 70, Pegasus. 'We also took out the bow sprit, and the new, shorter pole gybes easily inside the forestay. Combine that with a simplified deck, and three to five of us can handle her at full potential in 35 knots of wind. A perfect Transpac ride!' More inside.
Pegasus - Transpacific Yacht Race  


May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Zhik SB3 World Championships - Drama in final race + video
Katie Ashworth,
Zhik SB3 World Championships 2011 resulted in wins for Geoff Carveth, Andy Ramus, Ian Mills and Emma Clarke (GBR). Carveth and his crew have sailed a stunning series of qualifying and finals races and have achieved victory in the 2011 Championship by a four point lead.... [more]
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PWA World Cup 2011 Ulsan - Awe inspiring action
Andrew Buchanan,
PWA World Cup 2011 Ulsan, in Korea was raced 14th to 20th May, has drawn to a conclusion after seven days of awe inspiring action and vehement slalom encounters.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans skipper Gutkowski closes in
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans skipper Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski has made up 100 miles in the last couple of days leaving a little over 50 miles separating him from first placed Brad Van Liew in the final ocean sprint... [more]
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Audi Medcup Cascais Trophy - Welcome the green machines
Audi MedCup Circuit,
Audi Medcup Cascais Trophy's 52 Series saw the newly launched green machine of Quantum Racing today proved that they are already well set in the straps for the season.... [more]
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Maclaren new title sponsor for Team Tunnicliffe
Doug Metchick,
Maclaren is excited to announce its entry into global sailing sponsorship with the endorsement of three of the world's top sailors. The trio, led by Olympic Gold Medalist and US Sailing's 2010 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Anna Tunnicliffe, had recently joined forces to create a world-class match racing team called Team Tunnicliffe. The Team will now be re-named Team Maclaren.... [more]
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Looking Ahead—Adventure Racing in the Pacific Northwest
David Schmidt,
If racing alongside Orcas while watching bald eagles fish and the occasional grizzly bear stalking a lonesome, windswept beach is your idea of fun, the Van Isle 360 is impossible to beat.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week 2011 full wrap video
Louay Habib,
Antigua Sailing Week 2011 full wrap video. An amazing week of racing in a fantastic location.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 sails over the hump - Video
Paul Larsen,
Here she comes! Vestas Sailrocket 2 sails over the 'hump' video... [more]
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Junior Training for the America's Cup + Video
Neil Deverell,
Three days ago we ran the story of a new catamaran design aimed at Optimist sailors. In an updated story we present three video clips of the Vudu sailing in the Bay of Islands. Intended for single handed sailing, ideally suited to teenagers who want to have some sailing fun, they can also be sailed by two younger children; or an adult.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship battle for second
Justin Chisholm,
Melges 24 World Championship 2011 in Corpus Christi, Texas day four. Brian Porter on USA 749 Full Throttle turned in a 6,4, scoreline today, which was good enough to move him into second place overall.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta - Countdown to selections for USSTAG
Dana Paxton,
Delta Lloyd Regatta will see a group of US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics athletes in Medemblik (The Netherlands) to compete in what will lead up to the first of two Selection Events that will be used to select the U.S. Olympic Team - Sailing. The Delta Lloyd Regatta will be the fifth stop on ISAF World Cup circuit and is scheduled for May 24-29 across 10 Olympic and two Paralympic classes.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship comes to Long Beach
Kirsten Ferguson,
Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship will take place this year at the Long Beach Yacht Club. Long Beach is well known for serving up the heaviest winds in Southern California and will this year welcome the 2011 Championship on May 28-30. The Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship will be the third event of the summer season for California Farr 40 sailors.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 Istanbul ready
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 opening day is fast approaching and has less than a week to the start in Istanbul, Turkey. Act 3 will take place from the 25th to 29th May, and will open to the public from the 27th May.... [more]
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Mr Skype brings new dimension to Audi MedCup racing
Richard Gladwell and Stuart Alexander,
Stuart Alexander, yachting correspondent for the English daily, The Independent caught up with the skipper of Rán after he had helmed the TP52 on the second day of the Audi MedCup circuit. He is the only owner-driver on the circuit - hopefully he will encourage other owners to reclaim the handlebars and put a new dimension on this event.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans 24 hour speed record to Chris Stanmore-Major
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans British solo sailor Chris Stanmore-Major (CSM) has set the 24-hour speed record for the current edition of the solo round the world yacht race onboard his Eco 60 yacht Spartan... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Academy RS:X Youth Stopover Tour
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
The Volvo Ocean Race Academy RS:X Youth Stopover Tour was announced by the RS:X Class Association and the Race Organisation, today from Alicante, Spain. The RS:X Youth Stopover Tour will be part of the Volvo Ocean Race Academy, a youth programme which will be in each of the ten host ports of the race. The RS:X Youth Stopover Tour will promote high-level youth windsurfing and also leave a legacy in... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup continues - Star Class preview
International Sailing Federation,
ISAF Sailing World Cup fifth regatta will be hosted in Medemblik, the Netherlands between 24th and 29th May. The ISAF Sailing World Cup 2010-2011 has seen some of the world's best fleet racing sailors, match racing sailors and paralympic sailors compete as they prepare for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition which will be held in Weymouth, England... [more]
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Zhik SB3 World Championship images from day three
Thierry Martinez images,
Photographer Thierry Martinez presents this action gallery from day three of the Zhik SB3 World Championship Torbay, UK... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup Regional Final North America / Caribbean all set
Jennifer Crooks,
ISAF Nations Cup Regional Final for North America and the Caribbean is all ready to go in Fort Worth, Texas. Teams have come from Canada, the British Virgin Islands and El Salvador to compete.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans sprint five - High pressure
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans skippers are facing light airs after the arrival of a high pressure system. 'About six hours ago the fog for which this area is famous closed in and since then my world has been 60ft x 20ft plus the mere hundred yards more I can see beyond that' says Chris Stanmore Major.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship 2011 day three - Leader extends
Justin Chisholm,
Melges 24 World Championship 2011 in Corpus Christi, Texas reached its midpoint today. Race 5 started bang on time on in a solid 15 knots of breeze. The fleet got away to a clean start at the first time of asking, with the boats quickly splitting into two distinct groups on either side of the first beat.... [more]
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US Sailing Roadshow ready to launch
Jake Fish,
US Sailing is ready to launch its inaugural Roadshow program which will begin on June 11 at Community Boating, Inc. in Boston, Mass. The Roadshow crew will travel along the east coast over the summer and will make stops at venues from Maine to Virginia.... [more]
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Audi Medcup Circuit Cascais Trophy - Container consistency
Audi MedCup,
At the Audi Medcup Circuit Cascais Trophy on day one the German Container team proved the most consistent. The Container team, with Hamish Pepper (NZL) calling tactics, built their pair of second places from solid, if not spectacular first beats and twice in consecutive races they got the better of the world champions, Quantum Racing on the final run to the finish.... [more]
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Zhik SB3 World Championship day 3 - The difficulty increases + Video
Katie Ashworth,
Lighter and more stable conditions made for a smoother day three at the Zhik SB3 World Championships in Torquay, UK. Just off two days of qualifying races, the fleets split onto their Gold and Silver courses.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2011 a true test of human endeavour
Trish Jenkins,
The Rolex Fastnet is more than just a race. When the British Isles weather conspires to deliver conditions typical of the time of year it becomes a true test of human endeavour. It is for this reason that the 608-nautical mile race consistently attracts a large and varied fleet... [more]
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Transpacific Yacht Race - The perfect ride?
Kimball Livingston,
What would a perfect Transpac ride? Well, that would depend on what you're doing, this time. Philippe Kahn was quite pleased back in 2009 when he and Mark Christiansen set a new double-handed record in the Open 50 named Pegasus but, for 2011 the maestro of mobile software will be going retro.... [more]
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ISAF World Match Race Rankings May 2011
International Sailing Federation,
No change at the top of the Open Match Race Rankings but Lucy MacGregor (GBR) returns to the number one position of the Women's rankings.... [more]
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Kevin Pritchard - From PWA champion to mast videographer
Erik Simonson www.pressure-drop.us,
The last time Kevin Pritchard competed at a sailing competition at Waddell Creek was 1997, and he was just reaching his prime. The following year he narrowly missed out on upsetting Bjorn Dunkerbeck for the overall world title after defeating Bjorn in the waves in the Canaries... [more]
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Rose Cup Clinic and Regatta 2011 + videos
Andrew Campbell,
This past weekend I traveled to Balboa Yacht Club in Newport Beach, CA for a clinic and qualification regatta for the Governor's Cup, an annual Youth Match Race regatta held at BYC. Recently they have added feeder regattas to enter competitors into the Governor´s Cup and created the Rose Cup to encourage coaching and race-training for teams interested in qualifying for the main event.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship day 2 and a new leader
Justin Chisholm,
Day two of the 2011 Melges 24 Worlds in Corpus Christi, Texas delivered two spectacular races sailed in near perfect conditions, under crystal clear skies and in a solid breeze which built from 15 up to around 19 knots throughout the day.... [more]
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Charleston Bermuda Race humble beginnings
Charleston Bermuda Race,
Only 10 days remain until the cannon fires to begin the biennial 777-mile Charleston Bermuda Race. The biennial even which began in 1997, was born of humble origins as the dream of two local sailors set on creating an offshore adventure for themselves and their friends.... [more]
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34th America's Cup: New Challenger of Record appointed
Richard Gladwell,
Following the announcement last Thursday by Mascalzone Latino principal Vicenzo Onorato, that he was pulling out of the 34th America's Cup for financial reasons, a new Challenger of Record has been appointed. While Mascalzone Latino, the team of the Challenger of Record, Club Nautico di Roma, had raised some sponsorship it was not sufficient for them to mount a competitive (read 'winning' ) cha... [more]
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CalCup Berkeley Windsurfing Series 2011 - New strength
Steve Bodner,
The second Calcup for the season kicked off in Berkeley this past Saturday, 14th May, under what looked like dismal conditions. A late winter storm was moving in and causing some abnormal patterns to the regular SF Bay sea-breeze. Nonetheless we got an up and down 12-14k of breeze and three races after several abandoned attempts when the breeze died off to below planning conditions.... [more]
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Atlantic Cup win to Cutlass/11th Hour Racing + videos
Atlantic Cup,
Congratulations to Cutlass/11th Hour Racing the Champions of the Atlantic Cup. Enjoy the videos.... [more]
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Images of the Atlantic Cup: Class 40
George Bekris,
Top US photographer, George Bekris presents this gallery of images pf the Class 40's competing on the first day of the Atlantic Cup.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper completes 2000nm qualifier + Video
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Chris Nicholson and his ten crew completed their 2000-mile qualification sail this Sunday. Coming back to the team's base in Auckland, CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand will now take some time to rest a little after four weeks of sail testing.... [more]
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