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Beantown Extreme—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Red Bull Extreme Sailing in their parade of sail for the crowds before racing - Extreme 40s Act 4 Boston  Lloyd Images ©

If you're lucky enough to be in Boston for Independence Day, be sure to check out the final day of Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series, which has been taking place in Beantown since June 30. While the racing has been spectacular, the event organizers have no doubt been taking full advantage of spectator interest. 'OK. Eight races?,' wrote Morgan Trubovich, a trimmer aboard Artemis Racing, after Day 3. 'They are truly trying to wear us out. But it was the best day of racing so far. Bright blue skies and a very nice 7-12 knot sea breeze. The racing was so close to the shore that the committee boat was actually tied to the spectator wall all day! That was another first for us! But it made it pretty cool for the thousands of people who lined the shore to watch the racing.' Check out this issue for the full report and multimedia coverage, and stay tuned to the site for more information about this series, as it becomes known.

1135789_TRANSATLANTIC2011.jpg. © Amory Ross / Transatlantic Race 2011 - JUNE 29, 2011. The second of three starts to the Transatlantic Race 2011, off Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island, USA.
- Transatlantic Race 2011  Amory Ross / Transatlantic Race 2011

Meanwhile, in the ongoing Transatlantic Race 2011, all the boats have started racing, with the fastest boats starting, pursuit style, on Saturday. Reports have been calling for a windier-than-average crossing, ideal for record chasers like George David's Rambler 100, but less ideal if there are big headers involved. 'The wind got up to 26 knots and shifted 25 degrees to the west,' reports skipper Nick Bate from British Soldier. 'There was a small matter of a Chinese gybe. With the boat pinned down by both the mainsail and the spinnaker rolling in the Atlantic swell, this is a serious scenario for a yacht well offshore. The British Army Team handled the situation with ease.'

And finally, be sure to check out ace lensman Daniel Forster's image gallery from the Rolex Baltic Race Week. If you love classic yachts, this is a must-see gallery; also be sure to check out the regatta reports, results and other media from this event, in this issue.

Happy Fourth of July.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Transpac 2011 first start set for July 4th
Kimball Livingston,
Tranpac 2011's first start sets off tomorrow, ready or not. The Skippers' Meeting in the Long Beach Aquarium brought skippers and navigators up to speed on the latest developments, including meteorologist Lee Chesneau's upbeat assessment of a favorable weather pattern developing in the Eastern Pacific.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 final start - Rambler v Leopard
Media Pro International,
Transatlantic Race 2011 final start took place as six yachts set their course from Newport to The Lizard off the southeast coast of England. Prior to the start, George David (Hartford Conn.), skipper of Rambler 100, paid tribute to the four yacht clubs that came together to make this race a reality.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 Boston pressure mounts
Extreme Sailing Series,
Terry Hutchinson, skipper of Artemis Racing, aka ‘Mr. Consistency' did it again on the penultimate day of the Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 4 in Boston.... [more]
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McConaghy built Esmit Europa 2 wins Rolex Grigalia Race 2011
McConaghy Boats,
Rolex Grigalia Race 2011 eas won by McConaghy built Esmit Europa 2. Esimit Europa 2 is one of the fastest and technologically most advanced sailing yachts in the world.... [more]
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Ben Herman takes Laser Class and top sailor
Talbot Wilson,
Forty-seven young Gulf Coast sailors competed on Pensacola Bay this weekend at the 10th annual SUBWAY Sailing Clinic and the USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival and Independence Day Regatta.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 - Moving day for Puma
Lisa Ramsperger,
For Transatlantic Race competitor PUMA, its moving day at the Newport Shipyard. The PUMA Ocean Racing team is packing up and relocating – destination: Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. On Sunday, PUMA's Mar Mostro and crew departed on Transatlantic Race 2011. Upon crossing the finish line, it's a quick turn south for the PUMA crew as they head for their new training base in Lanazrote... [more]
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IFDS Worlds day 1 consistency the name of the game
IFDS Worlds,
Consistency was the name of the game on day one of the IFDS Disabled Sailing Combined World Championships 2011 as the sailors who mastered the tricky light airs topped the leader board at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy today (Sunday 3 July).... [more]
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Images of Rolex Baltic Race Week, Day 5: Metre Rule classics
Daniel Forster,
Top international photographer, Daniel Forster, presents this outstanding galley, from the final day of racing, in Six, Eight and Twelve Metre yachts sailing at Rolex Baltic Race Week, being hosted at Flensburger Segelclub in cooperation with Kieler Yacht Club, Germany... [more]
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PWA Costa Teguise Lanzarote World Cup day 4 - Estredo authority
PWA,
With howling winds forecasted the competition was postponed until midday, allowing the crowds on the beach to gather and the tension to rise. When one o'clock struck, the wind was blowing over 20 knots and sea state was choppy with the occasional wave rolling in, ensuring the spectators were treated to an exciting show as the sailors were able to launch into their largest aerial maneuvers.... [more]
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Open Europeans 2011 - New Women's Match Racing champion
Kurt Lönnqvist,
Open Europeans Helsinki 2011 conditions at Hernesaari were challenging due to a fickle wind. Early into the day the wind completely died near the shore, which is why the start of Match Racing had to be pushed back until 12:30 from the original 11 o'clock.... [more]
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RC44 Cagliari Cup - Team Aqua rules the waves
RC44 Class Association,
RC44 Cagliari Cup RC44 Cagliari Cup Team Aqua was the team to beat and going into the final day they held a slim three point lead, with no discard allowed. The first race started in eight knots, but as the fleet were half way up the first beat the wind started to shift to the right.... [more]
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Rolex Baltic Week 2011 - World Champions determined
KPMS,
Emphatic performances among both the 12-Metre and 8-Metre fleets determined the 2011 world champions on the final day (3 July) of Rolex Baltic Week, which brought the culmination of a tough week of challenging breezes and close racing for the classic yachts on Flensburg Fjord.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 - Drama aboard British Soldier after gybe
Transatlantic Race,
Transatlantic Race 2011. High drama aboard British Soldier on Thursday night. 'The wind got up to 26 knots and shifted 25 degrees to the west. Small matter of a Chinese gybe' reported skipper Nick Bate (Falmouth, U.K.). The chasing pack of yachts that took the second start in the Transatlantic Race 2011 on June 29 have caught up with the tail-end of the first starters.... [more]
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Dean's Diary: Extreme 40's in Boston - Barker reports on Day 2 and 3
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants Nexus AB, reports from Boston, USA on the Extreme40 series, in which Emirates Team NZ is competing. Sailing with Dean Barker are Adam Beashel (AUS), James Dagg (NZL) and Richard Meacham (NZL).... [more]
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Extreme 40's: Big US crowd turn out for penultimate Boston day + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
To use a well-coined Americanism, day three of Act 4 in Boston was ‘awesome'! Thousands of spectators filled the Extreme Sailing Series™ Race Village and were treated to a spectacle of 49er racing followed by eight first-class, action-packed Extreme 40 races. A good sea breeze allowed the Extreme 40s to showcase how this style of stadium racing really works, with live onboard commentary from US sa... [more]
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Images of Rolex Baltic Race Week, Day 4: King Harald helms
Daniel Forster,
Top international photographer, Daniel Forster, presents this outstanding galley, from the fourth day of racing, in Eight and Twelve Metre yachts sailing at Rolex Baltic Race Week, being hosted at Flensburger Segelclub in cooperation with Kieler Yacht Club, Germany... [more]
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PWA Costa Teguise Lanzarote World Cup - Day 3 action aplenty
PWA,
As midday approached the trade winds kicked into action, and built in strength throughout the afternoon. The world's finest freestylers were tempted onto the water at 2:30pm providing them just enough time to limber up for the start of competition at 3pm.... [more]
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Yacht club demolished after irreparable Christchurch earthquake damage
Richard Gladwell,
Earthquake damaged Pleasant Point Yacht Club was demolished last week. It is the second yacht club building to be demolished February 2011 earthquake. Earlier a boatshed belonging to the Christchurch Yacht Club was demolished. Both clubs are located in the Christchurch Estuary which borders some of the worst damage and liquefaction from the earthquakes that have struck the region.... [more]
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America's Cup: Format announced for Louis Vuitton Cup
Sail-World,
Iain Murray, the Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup, has issued the dates and format for the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America's Cup Challenger Series. To take place in 2013, the objective of the challenger series is to both build and identify the strongest possible challenger to meet the defender in the America's Cup Finals.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 Boston wide open at halfway stage + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 - The ever changing conditions on the second day of racing in Boston, resulted in a game of snakes and ladders for many of the 11 Extreme 40 teams and leaves Act 4 wide open going into the halfway stage tomorrow.... [more]
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America's Cup: The countdown starts for Cascais - Coutts to skipper
Jane Eagleson,
The first competition of the new multihull America's Cup era begins with the inaugural America's Cup World Series in Cascais, Portugal, on August 6. Nine teams from eight different countries will race identical AC45 wing-sailed catamarans directly off the coast. Designed for extreme speed, the AC45 has proven to be a handful in strong conditions, which predict a strenuous, physical event in wi... [more]
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Images of Rolex Baltic Race Week, Day 2: The Metre Boats
Daniel Forster,
Top international photographer, Daniel Forster, presents this outstanding galley, from the second day of racing, in Eight and Twelve Metre yachts sailing at Rolex Baltic Race Week, being hosted at Flensburger Segelclub in cooperation with Kieler Yacht Club, Germany... [more]
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Marion Bermuda Race - A close race and a new course record
Liz Stott,
Lilla has set a new Marion Bermuda Race course record with an elapsed time of 68:58:45 and a corrected time of 71:48:26. the previous course record was 72 ½ hours, set in 1989 by Warren Brown's War Baby, a custom 61 S&S design. Two formidable competitors came in behind Lilla.... [more]
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32nd Annual Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta registration open
Cynthia Goss,
This annual regatta includes two days of racing and will draw a fleet that stands as a time capsule of classic design—from small traditional one-designs to large, majestic yachts built over a century ago. Racing takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 3-4, and a cocktail reception follows each day of racing.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Sailing Worlds 2011 - RS:X girls fleet hotly contested
International Sailing Federation,
ISAF Youth Worlds 2011 - The top four Techno 293 finishers from the Youth Olympic Games will sail against each other. Gold medallist Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam (THA), silver medallist Veronica Fanciulli (ITA), bronze medallist Audrey Yong (SIN) and Naomi Cohen (ISR) will all be sailing at their first ISAF Youth Worlds. But having large event experience they will be aiming for another podium finish.... [more]
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Beneteau North American Championships Cruise into Canadian Waters
Erica Di Maio,
For the first time in Canadian Waters, the Beneteau First 36.7 North American Championship will be hosted at the National Yacht Club in Toronto, Sept. 7-11, 2011. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the event and Barbados' first year as the title sponsor. Barbados' motto, 'long live life,' is sure to emanate its Caribbean spirit throughout the event.... [more]
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US Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship 2011 - McGlynn victorious
Jake Fish,
US Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship 2011 - Kelly McGlynn (Flourtown, Pa.) has been a strong contender at the Championship over the past two years. She finished fifth last year and sixth in 2009. McGlynn raced by the field of 56 to win her first Nancy Leiter Clagett Memorial Trophy on Thursday.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 showdown
Transatlantic Race,
Transatlantic Race 2011 will commence on July 3, for the third and final start. The conditions will play a big part in deciding the overall class winner in IRC Class One and the victor will claim the Cape May Trophy. The Farr 80 Beau Geste, skippered by Karl Kwok (Hong Kong), was in fine form in the Annapolis Newport Race, beating both Rambler 100 and ICAP Leopard overall after time correction.... [more]
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103rd Race to Mackinac – The Midwestern tradition continues
Race to Mackinac - event media,
The Chicago Yacht Club is pleased to announce that the 103rd Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot has reached 361 boats and entries are now closed.... [more]
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Countdown to Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race
Heather Ewing,
The start of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race from Southampton is just one month away.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011 entry list finalised
International Sailing Federation,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011, the London 2012 Olympic Test Event, entry list has been finalised. Sixty six nations have submitted the names of the 460 sailors who will test the conditions at Weymouth and Portland one year ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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Gold Coast Australia for Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race. With a yacht named Gold Coast Australia, the Queensland entry will line up against nine other internationally sponsored teams when the race kicks off from Southampton on the UK's south coast on 31 July 2011.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 second start competitors caught off-guard
Media Pro International,
Transatlantic Race 2011. A freshening southwesterly caught several competitors off-guard, resulting in three boats -- Scho-ka-kola, Concise 2 and Jazz -- being called over the line at the start. In IRC Class Two, Christoph Avenarius and Gorm Gondesen's Shakti and Jens Kellinghusen's Varuna have begun their battle within the race.... [more]
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IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship 2011
Karenza Morton,
IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships 2011 get underway on Sunday 3 July, with over 160 top Paralympic sailing talents sure to be there.... [more]
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USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival and Clinic this weekend
Talbot Wilson,
More than fifty young Gulf Coast sailors will ride the waves on Pensacola Bay this weekend at the 10th annual Subway® Sailing Clinic and the USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival and Independence Day Regatta.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Worlds 2011 Laser Radial fierce competition
International Sailing Federation,
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship 2011 - Ninety three Laser Radial sailors will make their way to Zadar, Croatia from 7 to 16 July for the ISAF Youth Worlds. With 51 boys and 42 girls the competition to be crowned ISAF Youth Worlds champion will be fierce.... [more]
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