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 08 Jul 2011

Call it synchronicity, or entanglement (if you are a quantum physicist) but right now there are fleets racing westward across the Pacific (the Transpac, from Los Angeles to Hawaii) and eastward across the Atlantic - the Transatlantic Race, from Newport to The Lizard. That's a lot of big boat sailing going on all at once. Stand by, the ghost of Charlie Barr.

And there are plenty of big boats signed up for the Chicago-Mackinac Race, which starts on 15 July. Sail-World.com will be providing official media coverage of North America's biggest race, distributed to its regional sites around the world (Sail-World USA, Sail-World Canada, Sail-World Europe, Sail-World Asia, Sail-World NZ and Sail-World Australia) which together reach over 1.8 million sailors each year.

Matthew Gallagher, chair of the Chicago Yacht Club's Communications Committee and a first-time Mac skipper said ‘We are thrilled with our new relationship with www.Sail-World.com. The opportunity to tell the story of our race to their world-wide audience is one we here at Chicago Yacht Club are greatly excited about.'

We've reports from the PWA and kite surfing too - if it goes by puff-power, it must be some sort of sailing. And because no newsletter would be complete without a mention of the America's Cup - here is the new (AC34) series format in full.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Sail-World.com puts shoulder to Chicago-Mackinac wheel
Race to Mackinac - event media,
The Chicago Yacht Club's 103rd Race to Mackinac presented by Veuve Clicquot will receive world wide coverage, as a result of a recent contract signed between the largest marine news network in the world, Sail-World.com and the Chicago Yacht Club... [more]
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Asian Yachting Grand Prix: Changes in the wind for 2011-12
Subsequent to discussions since a Regatta Forum at the end of the Top of the Gulf 2011, and after canvassing boat owners, skippers, crew, supporters and sponsors during the Koh Samui Regatta, everyone seems to be in favour of expanding the AYGP and including other classes – not just the Racing class - in the 2011-12 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards.... [more]
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Tsunami warning after 7.8 quake 800km north of New Zealand
The New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) this morning issued a Tsunami warning, later withdrawn after a powerful 7.6 earthquake struck off the Kermadec Islands, 800km north of New Zealand, but a marine surge warning remains.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 - Video coverage of the race starts
Barby MacGowan,
Transatlantic Race 2011 Race 2011 video footage of the starts. The Transatlantic Race 2011 charts a 2,975 nautical mile course from Newport, R.I., to Lizard Point, South Cornwall, England.... [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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Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing unveils Volvo Ocean Race entry in Portofino
Volvo Ocean Race,
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing unveiled its eye-catching new Volvo Open 70 racing yacht in Portofino, Italy on Tuesday, a state-of-the-art Farr design emblazoned with a falcon across its bow and main sails. The yacht will carry the 11-strong crew, skippered by Britain's double-Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker, through the 39,000 nautical mile Volvo Ocean Race, starting in Alicante on October 29... [more]
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PWA Pozo Gran Canaria World Cup 2011 day 3 - The women shine
Ed Sinclair,
PWA Pozo Gran Canaria World Cup 2011 day 3. The judges' let the ladies loose onto the competition area, allowing the first few heats of the single elimination to be completed. First up was multi-talented Laure Treboux (Fanatic / North) verses new girl to the tour Sarah Bibby (Simmer) and on the other side of the heat Silvia Alba Orozco verses Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne).... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 existing speed record still stands
Kirsten Ferguson,
Transatlantic Race 2011 Although conditions in the North Atlantic for the 26 yachts competing in the race put at least one on pace to break speed sailing records, the existing record, set in 2008, will stand for a while longer. Via satellite link, navigator Peter Isler (San Diego, California) detailed the knarly conditions of the last 24 hours aboard Rambler 100.... [more]
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America's Cup: Int Jury upholds basis of Challenger selection
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World understands that the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup has upheld the position advanced by the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club, over the transition of the original Challenger of Record role to Sweden's KSSS. The full Jury decision can be read in this story... [more]
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Stena Cup: France victorious in Olympic Womens Match Race run up
French women's match racing star Claire Leroy scored a crucial win in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics with victory in the at the Stena Match Cup Sweden today. The world number two put on a downwind masterclass to come from behind in the last race of the final to snatch victory over American rival Anna Tunnicliffe.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team Korea names top 49er sailor as skipper
Team Korea finally revealed their skipper and helmsman, a young man who has been one of the dominant forces in the light and fast 49'er dinghies over the past decade. Having focused mainly on the fast and light 49er ‘skiff' type dinghy in his career, the 33 year old, married with a young child is a two time world champion in the class, multiple vice-world champion, two time European champion, and... [more]
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Images from Newprt RI: Third start 2011 Trans Atlantic Race
George Bekris,
Top US photographer, George Bekris, caught the third and final start of the Trans Atlantic race - with the 100ft supermaxi Rambler (formerly Speedboat) expected to do the business.... [more]
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Pozo Gran Canaria PWA World Cup - 40 knots and pumping
Pozo Gran Canaria PWA World Cup's first day on the men and women's wave tour kicked off to a flying start as Pozo Izquierdo lived up to its reputation providing steep waves and ballistic winds. Having missed the opening four minutes of his heat, Peter Volwater (Fanatic / MauiSails) managed to secure the win by landing all his moves.... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup 2011 - Intense competition
Ed Sinclair,
PWA Pozo World Cup 2011 - The anticipated wait for the opening event on the men and women's wave calendar is over, as the world's most radical sailors descend on the island of Gran Canaria for six days of intense competition. The internationally recognized location of Pozo will play host to the most talented wave sailors from around the globe as they embark on the opening wave event.... [more]
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Transpac 2011 first start underway
Kimball Livingston,
The first wave of Transpac starters left Point Fermin today. There is ample wind offshore for a fast passage, 'if we can just get to it,' as Celerity crewman Kelson Elam put it.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing: Come from behind win for America's Cup team
Dean Barker's Emirates Team New Zealand clinched victory at Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in an epic showdown as the circuit made a very successful USA debut. As the country celebrated Independence Day, American Terry Hutchinson on board Artemis Racing went in to the final race with an 8 point lead after heading the leaderboard for most of the past 5 days... [more]
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Kite Course Racing Worlds 2011 - Heineken and Bridge crowned champions
Markus Schwendtner,
Kite Course Racing World Championships 2011 - After twelve races and three discards in more than challenging conditions, with winds up to 25 knots and breaking seas of three+ meters, John Heineken (USA, Ozone) and Steph Bridge (GBR, North) are the new world champions in kite course racing. Both riders did it in great fashion, resulting in a perfect score of 6.3 points each!... [more]
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PWA Costa Teguise Lanzarote World Cup 2011 - It's a wrap
The first stop on the Canary Island bout of competition saw the world's elite freestylers take to the crystal clear waters of Lanzarote for a four day freestyle clash. The magnificent town of Costa Teguise played host for the competition and delivered exceptional conditions.... [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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PWA Costa Teguise Lanzarote World Cup day 4 - Estredo authority
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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America's Cup: Format announced for Louis Vuitton Cup
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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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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