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30 Dec 2011

And the Sydney-Hobart winner is...—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Investec Loyal setting up for the rounding of the sea mark off Sydney Heads - Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo

This week's sailing news has been dominated by two super close finishes in two important races: Leg Two of the Volvo Ocean Race and the Rolex Sydney Hobart. In the case of the later, Anthony Bell's Investec Loyal beat Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI over the finishing line for the closest line-honors win in nearly 30 years: a Delta of just three minutes an eight seconds—this after 628 miles of racing and a protest hearing. Also Hobart related, Stephen Ainsworth's Loki has won the coveted Tattersalls Cup for corrected-time victory in his year's event. Get the full downloads, inside this issue.

Offshore, Loïck Peyron and his Banque Populaire V team continue to push forward in their quest to set a new Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest non-stop, around-the-world passage. So far, Peyron and company have rounded the three great capes and are now surging up the South Atlantic, dodging sticky high-pressure systems and keeping their average speeds as high as possible. 'It's great sailing,' reports crewmember Brian Thompson. 'A bright blue sea and sky, puffy white cumulus clouds, steady winds and crystal clear visibility—at least 50 miles, as we can clearly see the top of big clouds, whose bases are far over the horizon.' More, inside.

Whiteout in the cockpit - Photo Cessna Citation  Global Ocean Race - copyright

And in the Global Ocean Race (GOR), Conrad Colman and Sam Goodchild, aboard Cessna Citation continue to lead the pack, followed by Ross and Campbell Field aboard BSL and Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron aboard Campagne de France. 'We're slamming upwind again, putting our Class 40 through every condition it doesn't like,' reported Goodchild. 'Firstly drifting in little to no wind where trying to drag the wide rear end of our 40-foot boat is like an ocean plough, and now we're going upwind in 25 knots and horrible, short and steep waves.' While the conditions are boisterous aboard the lead boat, the finishing line draws tantalizingly close for this 7,000-mile leg.

Singapore finished first and second - Day 2 Harken Invitational Regatta, Napier, New Zealand  Matías Capizzano/Optiworlds

Also inside, get the wrap-up report from the the Harken Invitational Regatta, ongoing reports from the Clipper Around the World Race, and a preview of the upcoming Corona del Mar to Cabo San Lucas International Yacht Race. Sure, the later doesn't kick off until late March, but if you're spending more time wearing winter coats than deck shoes these days, it's important to daydream of warmer days and fine sea breezes to come.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Rolex Sydney Hobart – Its a cruel race says the winner
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World team,
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 overall handicap winner Stephen Ainsworth first sailed his own yacht in the 1998 Hobart race. A tough initiation but things have improved since then, as Stephen explains to Sail-World.com.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Banque Populaire V shatters Equator time
Caroline Concetti,
In the Jules Verne Trophy, Loick Peyron and his men are back in the Northern Hemisphere and have been since 12:17:30 (French time) on Friday. Their arrival back in the Northern Hemisphere comes 38 days two hours 45 minutes and 48 seconds* after leaving Ushant.... [more]
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Spanish Castle to White Night now available as an eBook
Sail-World.com,
Mark Chisnell's account of the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race, Spanish Castle to White Night, is now available in an eBook text only version. Spanish Castle to White Night charts the story of some of the 88 men that left Alicante in October 2008 to win that race.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Qingdao reaches Scoring Gate third
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - After the Australian teams claimed the bonus points for first and second to reach the race seven Scoring Gate, Qingdao has claimed the final point on offer, reaching the gate in the Coral Sea just 27 minutes ahead of Singapore in fourth place.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 2 - Cessna Citation wins race to Wellington
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - Conrad Colman and his British co-skipper, Sam Goodchild, crossed the leg two finish line at 08:20:40 GMT on Friday 30 December. The youngest team in the GOR, 28 year-old Kiwi, Colman and 22 year-old Goodchild, crossed the finish line in Wellington Harbour, in first place on their Akilaria RC2 Class40, Cessna Citation after 30 days 22 hours 20 minutes and 40 seconds... [more]
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International Yngling World Championship preview
Peter Campbell,
The International Yngling World Championship regatta has got off to a great start with the combined Yngling Open Championship and Youth Gold Cup setting the pattern for spectacular one design racing on Sydney Harbour when the Squadron hosts the 2012 Worlds next week.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Banque Populaire V 1300nm ahead of record pace
Brian Thompson,
Jules Verne Trophy record attempt, Day 37. Brian Thompson onboard Banque Populaire V reports on the progress being made: It is absolutely fantastic sailing here in the Tradewinds... Loick and Juan are very happy as we are sailing with minimum risk to the boat, and at 100% of our polars. Includes two videos of tradewind sailing - watch on full screen... [more]
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Corona del Mar to Cabo San Lucas International Yacht Race 2012
Ned Madden,
Balboa Yacht Club's 2012 Corona del Mar to Cabo San Lucas (CDM to CABO) International Yacht Race is accepting entries. Approximately 35 yachts are expected to enter this year's race. Balboa Yacht Club hosts the race on even years.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 - Loki wins Tattersalls Cup
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Stephen Ainsworth's Reichel Pugh 63 Loki will today be declared the Overall Handicap winner of the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Second in Division 1 and second overall will be Michael Hiatt's Farr 55 Living Doll and third place will go to 42 Sydney Hobart veteran Syd Fischer's modified TP52Ragamuffin. Ragamuffin will also be the ORCi handicap overall Sydney Hobart winner.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 ORCi versus IRC as handicap rule
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 – tomorrow the handicap winner for this year's race will probably be decided. The overall IRC handicap rating winner will receive the prestigious Tattersalls Cup and there will be IRC results for 72 boats across four divisions. At the same time, there will be another set of handicap results for yachts sailing under the ORCi handicap rating, 38 boats in three divisions.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Race Commitee v Investec Loyal - Facts Found
Sail-World,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Race Commitee v Investec Loyal - Facts Found - the official document from the International Jury... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Race: Loyal Investec decision announced + Video
Sail-World,
An emotional Anthony Bell, skipper of Investec Loyal, has just announced the decision of the International Jury to a media gathering at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania... [more]
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A Class 2012 Australian Championship - an amazing field
Bob Griffits & Rob Kothe,
Australian A Class Championships – Until late this past week, it was touch and go with regards to whether or not the shipping container transporting six DNA A Class Catamarans from the Netherlands, would arrive in sufficient time for the 2012 John Cootes Furniture Australian A Class Championships which get underway January 3 at the Wangi Amateur Sailing Club.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Cyclone risk in Coral Sea
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – One of the major features of the race from the Gold Coast on the east coast of Australia to Singapore, other than the fact that it will be the longest time so far that the crews will have spent at sea in a single stretch, is wind: not enough of it, a situation the teams are enduring today, or altogether too much.... [more]
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ORC Rules for 2012 available online
Offshore Racing Congress,
ORC Rules 2012 - The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) have today, 28th December, announced its rules for 2012 are now available for download These rules include the International Measurement System (IMS), the ORC Rating Rules (ORC International and ORC Club), the 'Green Book' of ORC Championship Rules, GP Class Rules, the ORC Speed Guide, and ORC Stability and Hydrostatic Datasheet.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Boat loading operation a success
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - The five Volvo Open 70s are being transported to the start of the second stage of leg two in the northern Emirates in the latest stage of the anti-piracy plan after a nerve-wracking operation to load the 15-tonne boats went perfectly. Sailors, shore crews and race organisers worked round the clock to complete the risky task... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 - The Protest Form
www.sail-world.com,
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 - the Race Commitee is protesting Investec Loyal - Here is the actual protest form... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Investec Loyal wins line honours but is protested
Sail-World,
This story is being updated regularly with the latest developments from Hobart. Investec Loyal, the Greg Elliott designed supermaxi has been first to finish the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, beating the race favorite, Wild Oats XI by less than a mile. The yachts finished in the Derwent in a fading breeze necessitating Investec Loyal to indulge in a gybing duel to stay between Wild Oats and the finish... [more]
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