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Team Aqua takes the RC44 Sweden Cup—Sailing News from the U.S.

Team Aqua - RC44 Sweden Cup 2011  Dan Ljungsvik ©

The recent RC44 Sweden Cup, held in Marstrand, Sweden, produced some super competitive sailing, especially going into the final day, where the top four boats were separated by a mere four-point spread. 'At the start we managed to get ourselves in to a little bit of a situation with Ceeref,'said Chris Bake, owner/skipper of Team Aqua. 'We were coming up to the line and they tacked on top of us and got a penalty, we were neck and neck up until the first mark rounding, which was really tight there were a lot of boats there and they were a bit jammed up inside the mark, Aleph came inside of us and it was fairly hairy. We got out of that situation, had a good run downwind, [and] in the second upwind [leg] we picked off a few more boats and came in third; it was as exciting as it gets.' Team Aqua ended up taking home top honors, followed by Ceeref and Islas Canarias Puerto Calero. Interestingly, sixteen teams took part in this event, with several new teams quickly getting on the pace. Check out the full report, inside.

The final leg of the Solitaire du Figaro 2011 begins  © Courcoux Marmara

In offshore circles, the final leg of the La Solitaire du Figaro began yesterday off of Les Sables d'Olonne, France. Forty-six skippers are racing the 437-mile leg to Dieppe, where podium places will be determined. 'It's the start of the last leg so it's quite exciting, everyone wants to finish on a high and I'm definitely not giving up yet,' said Sam Goodchild, of Artemis. 'A lot could happen in this leg, there's a shifty wind and definitely lots of tidal gates to win or lose.'

Match-racers: The final count has been tallied, and the Chicago Match Racing Center's Grade 2 Invitational attracted 30,000-plus fans. Apparently Europe isn't the only place where the general public enjoys watching world-class 'stadium-style' racing, provided the venue and the event click, as was the case two weekends ago at Chicago's Navy Pier. Hopefully this is an upward trend, both for match racing and sailing in general. More, inside.

Finally, be sure to check out Ben Gladwell's video footage of this year's Fastnet. Gladwell caught a ride on the Farr 52 Bob and produced a head-cam video that documents the team's adventures. For veteran Fastnet racers, this piece should bring back the memories. Enjoy.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Farr 30 World Championship - Preparing for the ultimate ride
Farr 30 Class Association,
The Farr 30 fleet are preparing for the ‘Ultimate Ride' at what will be the first-ever San Francisco Class World Championship. The Farr 30 (née Mumm 30) is widely acknowledged to be one of the most significant and versatile 30-foot racing yachts ever created.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - 100 days to Perth
Will Davies,
The ISAF Sailing World Championships will tomorrow (Tuesday 23 August) celebrate a significant milestone with just 100 days to go until Perth 2011 which is the biggest international sailing event of the year. The World Championships will take place from 3-18 December, with 1200 athletes from 80 nations competing for ten World Titles in the fresh breezes off Fremantle in Western Australia.... [more]
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Region of Murcia Trophy - Battle off Cartagena
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The Audi MedCup Circuit will proceed with the Region of Murcia Trophy – Cartagena which is set to get underway on the 23 August. The event is without question one of the Audi MedCup Circuit season's most difficult race tracks, a real challenge for the tacticians, strategists and navigators thanks to the wind conditions which change so often.... [more]
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St. Moritz Match Race has the Swiss promising a battle
World Match Racing Tour,
The St. Moritz Match Race will get underway on the 30 August and there are two Swiss teams that will be looking to shake things up on the World Match Racing Tour as they join the world's top match racers in Switzerland. The event will take place until September 4.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The drag race to Rio
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race's second race which takes the fleet from Madeira to Rio De Janeiro is now underway. Richard Hewson's team Gold Coast Australia has taken the lead while Derry Londonderry's skipper Mark Light curses the Coreolis effect.... [more]
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America's Cup: This week in the Cup No.5
America's Cup Media,
America's Cup newsletter for 22 August 2011 - covering the racing at Cascais, and a look ahead top Plymouth in September.... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta images by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson images,
18ft Skiff International Regatta is being conducted on San Francisco Bay. Images by Erik Simonson of today's action.... [more]
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C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta
Jan Harley,
C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta ninth edition is underway at Sail Newport, Rhode Island's community sailing center. The first day of racing, which was held in puffy conditions, with gusts up to 20 knots, saw five races completed by the blind sailors who are competing for the 2011 Sail Newport Blind Sailing National Championship.... [more]
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Verve Cup day 3
Rachelle Treiber,
Two races were completed on Circle A in six - nine knot wind conditions. Circle C had a gorgeous day of racing. Circle B: The wind speed stayed stead at eight plus knots for both races. We began our day with NW winds at 340 degrees, as the day progressed the wind clocked around to NNE.... [more]
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18ft Skiff Int. Regatta San Francisco: Barnabas back in the harness
Rich Roberts,
Trevor Barnabas tagged along from Australia to watch his son Trent crew for defending champion Michael Coxon in the 10th annual 18ft Skiff International Regatta, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. Coxon, suffering from a severe crick in his neck, handed off the skipper's role to the elder Barnabas on a few hours' notice Sunday morning. But Winning and Hamlin just keep on going, no matter what t... [more]
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Ida Lewis Distance Race - Beautiful conditions
Kirsten Ferguson,
Ida Lewis Distance Race (ILDR) is the only distance race that starts and finishes in Newport, Rhode Island. Besides the light lulls coming back into Newport for the finish, Samba experienced fairly steady breeze and was able to beat Bob Manchester's (Barrington, R.I.) Aerodyne Wazimo and Robert Johnstone's (Newport, R.I) J/111 Fleetwing.... [more]
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Images of Barley Cove: Rambler100 righting and pumping out
Baltimore Sea Safaris,
Images of the righting and pumping out of the supermaxi Rambler 100 in Barley Cove, Co Cork, Ireland. The world's fastest supermaxi capsized just five miles away from Fastnet Rock during the Rolex Fastnet Race. All her crew were rescued.... [more]
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Detroit Cup victory taken by Aussies
Luiz E. Kahl,
The Detroit Cup 2011, which is an ISAF Grade 2 event, has witnessed an impressive display of determination, patience, and skill beyond his nineteen years by Australian Jordan Reese and his team of Henry Kernot and Harry Thurston who have won the title in an exciting five match final at the Bayview Yacht Club.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race: Fastnet Race in Four Minutes - Crewcam Video
Ben Gladwell,
Sail-World's Ben Gladwell (NZL) crewed aboard the 52fter Bob for the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race, and compiled this four minute video clip of the race, shot using a headcam. Join the crew on the rail and bow of Bob for the start, leaving The Needles, being passed by the supermaxis ICAP Leopard and Rambler, rounding Fastnet Rock and more.... [more]
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Detroit Cup - Three of four semi-finalists now decided
Luiz E. Kahl,
The Detroit Cup has experienced a day that began with a whimper and ended with a bang, as light air postponements transformed into enough pre-frontal breeze and squalls to conclude the Round Robin and almost all the Quarter-Finals at Bayview YC's ISAF Grade 2 Detroit Cup.... [more]
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RC44 Sweden Cup winner decided by narrow margin
Jo Grindley,
The RC44 Sweden Cup competitors went into the final day of racing with a mere four points separating the top four teams. At the top there was such a slim margin that the day would see a match race between Team Aqua and Ceeref to decide the eventual event winner and Islas Canarias Puerto Calero jump up the leaderboard to take third place.... [more]
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RC44 Sweden Cup wrap up from Artemis Racing
Paul Cayard,
RC44 Sweden Cup wrap up report from Paul Cayard of Artemis Racing: Good sailing conditions were served up today in Marstrand. With 10-15 knots of wind from the South, Peter Reggio was able to get three races in for the RC44 fleet. Neither Artemis Racing nor Katusha had a very good day which capped off not a very good regatta for us. Artemis finished eighth for the series and Katusha 10th.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Challenges of upwind sailing
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Today brings with it a change from downwind sailing to upwind beating as the fleet continues to head south towards the finish line at the foot of Rio de Janeiro's Sugarloaf Mountain. For the majority of the teams it appears that they have made it through the Doldrums relatively painlessly as spinnakers are now swapped for Yankee headsails.... [more]
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Verve Cup Regatta at Chicago Yacht Club day 2
Rachelle Treiber,
Verve Cup Regatta- Today on the water the changing winds, rain and thunderstorms led to a significant postponement, with two circles completing one race each and Circle C completing no races. Circle A - Day two started with the intention to begin the long distance race on time, but concerns about rapidly deteriorating conditions caused the RC to postpone the race and send boats to harbor.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Photos from Day 2
www.sail-world.com,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day 2 and giant 4.8 nautical mile legs for the IRC Class A windward leewards sailed on Catseye Bay today. Breezes were in the 13-18 knot range, classical winter trade winds, but as the tide flooded south, there was enough lump to excite the yachting photographers.... [more]
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RC44 Sweden Cup day 4 - Artemis Racing hard at work
Paul Cayard,
The RC44 Sweden Cup has reached its fourth day of racing which experienced thirty knot winds and three meter seas. As a result, the race officer Peter Luigi Reggio was forced to hold the fleet ashore until 1400. Paul Cayard of Artemis Racing updates us on the action that took place.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro leg 4 preview
La Solitaire du Figaro,
La Solitaire du Figaro - Preparations are underway for the start of the fourth and decisive leg to Dieppe. The 46 skippers will undoubtedly play their best cards over the 430-mile long course, because nothing is for certain and the outcome could well be a surprising one. Race leader Jéremie Beyou (BPI) seems to be securely on top, with his solid 34 minutes plus lead on second placed Fabien Del... [more]
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Detroit Cup - Stevens and team still on top
Luiz E. Kahl,
Detroit Cup - With three flights left to complete the round-robin and five teams already finished this round, the scores suggest some potential qualifiers are already emerging in the ISAF Grade 2 Detroit Cup. The uncertainty lies with the weather forecast and how many more flights can be squeezed in to the remaining two days of competition.... [more]
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Verve Cup day 1 at the Chicago Yacht Club
Rachelle Treiber,
The Verve Cup 2011 is now underway at Chicago Yacht Club and in the first day of action on the water, the circles were each able to get in three races. The race committee postponed the start for nearly an hour waiting for the wind to build. The wind was east to east southeast most of the day, building slightly from three to five, to seven to nine.... [more]
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