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08 Feb 2012

VOR: Doing more with less—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Groupama 4, side by side with Telefonica - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team © /Volvo Ocean Race
Just a few years ago, a two-plus week stopover in the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) would have been commonplace.

But, in today's world of leaner operating budgets and tighter margins, VOR teams are spending far more time sailing and less time ashore. While this has likely contributed to some disappointing golf scores for some crews, it has also placed far more pressure on the shore teams to make everything just so in scant blocks of time.


Factor in a bruise-inducing run through the Strait of Malacca—replete with copious encounters with fishing gear and the strait's infamous floating refuse—to Sanya, China and it's an easy assumption to make that each team's punch list is long and overpopulated.

'You do 100 little jobs and you get 100 little gains, it all adds up to something in the end,' said Ben Wright, Groupama's technical shore manager. 'It's all related to performance or making systems function better, making the boat lighter, helping the guys sail better, the winch systems function better, making it more efficient.'

It's the same story in other camps. 'We've got to clean it out, grind it down, put on some undercoat anti-rust primer, then some epoxy putty and paint,' said Puma Ocean Racing's Murray McDonnel about a knick that Mar Mostro's keel strut sustained when she tangled with some fishing kit. 'It's very important to have a smooth surface because it helps the boat go fast, any break in the flow makes it slow.' Get the full VOR report, in this issue.

Nick Leggatt gets a Roaring Forties soaking mid-Leg 2 Phesheya-Racing - Global Ocean Race  Global Ocean Race - copyright

In the Global Ocean Race (GOR), Phesheya-Racing continues to take a serious battering as Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire press onwards from New Zealand to South America. The storm became so severe over the weekend that the duo was forced to heave-to for a number of hours as the worst of the storm played itself out.

Elsewhere on the GOR's course, things were equally grim for the other two Class 40s that are still racing. 'After a little break of lighter conditions when the wind switched from south-easterly to north-easterly, we are again beating our brains to mash in 30-35 knots of wind under triple reefed main and staysail,' reported Marco Nannini aboard Financial Crisis.

'We're doing well on board and have adopted a six-hours-on and six-hours-off watch system. This allows us to eat, trim, email, check the weather and perhaps watch a movie during your watch, followed by a long rest in the bunk.' But given the fleet's position at 47 degrees South, you can bet that 'rest' is a relative term. More, inside.

Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon on Class40 Financial Crisis - Global Ocean Race 2011-12  Global Ocean Race - copyright
And finally, get the latest on the now-becalmed Clipper Around The World Race fleet, the insider scoop on ISAF's upcoming Kiteboarding and Windsurfing Format Trials evaluation, and the latest hubbub about this year's Newport-Bermuda Race, which is looking to be another heavily subscribed event.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Volvo Ocean Race: You do 100 little jobs and you get 100 little gains
Volvo Ocean Race,
Shore teams are launching major operations to optimise and overhaul their yachts after surveying the damage caused by racing through some of the world's most hazardous waters. Having crashed into trees, snagged fishing nets and even impaled nails head first the six Volvo Open 70s each have extensive work lists. Fortunately for the shore crews the Sanya stopover affords one of the longest per... [more]
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Newport Bermuda 2012 entries up to par with past editions
Talbot Wilson,
The 48th Newport Bermuda Race entry process is now just three weeks in and applications for the 2012 race are continuing to roll in at a rapid pace for a 106-year-old biennial ocean-racing classic. Expectations are high for another large fleet.... [more]
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Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup all set + Video
Rich Roberts,
The fifth edition of the Harbor Cup and Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regattas are set to take place from 9-11 March and will welcome a nationwide fleet of ten teams to Los Angeles Harbor, being led by the winners of the first four editions.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet becalmed
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day four of race eight, from Singapore to Qingdao. After a steady start the ten-strong fleet of ocean racing yachts have had a mixed 24 hours sailing in the South China Sea as they are becalmed by the arrival of light winds.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - Online entry now open
Nicky Moore,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - Entries are now open, with an ‘early entry discount' available to those who get their entries in before the 30th April 2012. To enter online or download the Notice of Race visit the event website, which is now live. All 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes will compete across seven courses in Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Sanya uses stopover time for speed gains
Volvo Ocean Race,
Sanya will be back in the water in her home bay within a week after her first real shakedown for almost two months. Skipper, and former Volvo Ocean Race winner, Mike Sanderson and his crew are staying in Sanya, China for the entire stopover, using every second at their home port to recoup, repair and improve.... [more]
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Paralympic Sailing Competition NOR released
IFDS,
The 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition Notice of Race has now been released. The event is set to take place in Weymouth, Great Britain from Wednesday 22 August-Sunday 9 September.... [more]
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Club Nautico de San Juan International Regatta winners named
Carol Bareuther,
Club Nautico de San Juan International Regatta - Sailors from six islands and countries took home trophies. 'The regatta couldn't have been better,' says Club Nautico de San Juan Commodore, Gustavo Hermida. 'We had great weather, sunny skies with winds 10 to 15 knots all three days, and excellent competition on the water.'... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40 Phesheya-Racing battered
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - Throughout Sunday, thoughts of competitive racing were temporarily suspended for one of the Class40s in the Southern Ocean as the South African team on Phesheya-Racing was forced to heave-to in strong headwinds and confused seas. Furthest south at 48 degrees leading the trio, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel missed the worst of the gale with Cessna Citation... [more]
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Kiteboarding and Windsurfing format trials in Spain
ISAF,
Kiteboarding and Windsurfing Format Trials evaluation event is to be held in Santander, Spain from 21 to 25 March 2012 at The Prince Felipe High Performance Centre which is also host to the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships. In May 2011 ISAF Council selected Windsurfing and/or Kiteboarding as a possible event for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet divide
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - There has been a division in the fleet as the ten 68-foot yachts navigate through the South China Sea. While Gold Coast Australia narrowly holds on to their lead, putting in their first tack since race start early this morning the trio of three yachts to the south east have successfully utilised the local funnelling conditions... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates TNZ and Luna Rossa race in Auckland + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Auckland's America's Cup fans got the chance, today, to see what they have missed, with the no-show of an expected event in the America's Cup World Series. On the inner harbour course, familiar to many as a match racing track, bounded on its southern side by a number of vantage points, spectators got the chance to view at first hand, the two Auckland based America's Cup teams going head to head... [more]
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America's Cup: Dalton claims expense at root of low challenger numbers
Sail-World,
Contrary to claims elsewhere, Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton is reported in the Herald on Sunday as saying that expense is the main reason there are so few challengers in the next America's Cup and not the oft-blamed world economy. Earlier in the week, America's Cup organisers were keen to damp down comments by America's Cup Regatta Management's Regatta Director, Iain Murray... [more]
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