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04 Apr 2012

VOR: Now there are just two —Sailing news from U.S. and beyond

Leg 5, Day 16 - There is a shadow behind Groupama 4 - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team © /Volvo Ocean Race
In 2009, Ericsson 3 stunned the sailing world with their juggernaut victory in the Southern Ocean leg of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), despite a late start due to significant hull delamination. Flash forward three years, and a glance at the VOR's leaderboard yesterday had revealed a razor-thin separation between Puma Ocean Racing's Mar Mostro and Groupama. Mar Mostro held a 0.9-mile lead over Groupama).

But suddenly the world changed with Groupama's dismasting.

Telefonica is currently holding second place, some 70-plus miles astern of the leader. Impressive, given that the team had to stop at Caleta Martial, a cove on Chile's Herschel Island, to make repairs—a mission that cost them 19 hours of racing—but mostly a function of a high-pressure system that stalled Groupama and Mar Mostro, while Telefonica continued to enjoy good breeze.

Now, a few days later, Iker Martinez and his Telefonica crew have all but sewn up a second position (provided, of course, that Telefonica's repairs hold together for the next 843 miles). The question now, however, is a matter of gold or silver.

While it would be a jaw-dropper to see Telefonica pull an Ericsson 3 and snag this victory, the chances are fairly slim .

Neil Cox in a container size workshop, back in Auckland. The team will work out of two containers in Puerto Montt  Richard Gladwell

Meanwhile, in Puerto Montt, Chile, Emirates Team New Zealand's shore team is hard at work, scrambling to repair their delaminated Camper. Repairs are expected to take roughly 72 hours, from the time the clock started. Depending on when the Kiwis decamp, they could well see their friends from Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, who have also diverted to this Chilean port to make repairs after reporting 'new, funky noises' from their repaired panel aboard the Azzam. Get the full VOR report, inside.

Day 2 Finn start - 43 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre  Thom Touw ©

Meanwhile, in actual One Design news, the 43 TROFEO S.A.R. PRINCESA SOFÍA MAPFRE is taking place in Mallorca, where sailors from 50-plus countries are enjoying stellar, Olympic-class racing on the beautiful Bay of Palma. So far, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) members have seen mixed results, with Anna Tunnicliffe and her Team Maclaren (Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi), and Sally Barkow and her Team 7 Match Race (Alana O'Reilly and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham) advancing to the Gold Round in the Women's Match Racing event. And in the Finn class, Zach Railey is sitting in third place after a strong showing on day three. Get the full report, as well as video interviews with USSTAG sailors Trevor Moore, Amanda Clark and Graham Biehl, inside.

And in America's Cup circles, the news has broken that one of the French national teams, Aleph–Equipe de France, has withdrawn from both the America's Cup World Series and the 34th America's Cup, citing tough economic times and the reality of building and racing wingsail-powered catamarans. 'We fought hard, with all our drive and enthusiasm, to find a budget allowing us to participate in the final phase of the 34th America's Cup,' said Philippe Ligot, Aleph's CEO. 'We did not want to compete with resources that would not allow us to credibly challenge the best teams. France has, without a doubt, all the sporting, technical and managerial talent to win the Cup but the current economic environment makes funding a commercial team extremely difficult.'

Also inside, get the latest from the Global Ocean Race and the Clipper Around the World Race, where two injured crewmembers were rescued from the Geraldton Western Australia by a US Coast Guard ship after a huge wave swept the raceboat several days ago.

Cascais, 01/04/12
RC44 Cascais Cup 2012

© Guido Trombetta/Studio Borlenghi  Guido Trombetta/Studio Borlenghi .

And finally, be sure to check out Guido Trombetta's great image gallery of the final day of racing at the RC44 Cascais Cup.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Volvo Ocean Race: Knut Frostad says boat failure rate is unacceptable
Sail-World,
After only one of the six boat fleet has not suspended racing, at some point on the fifth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, VOR CEO Knut Frostad has issued a statement expressing his concern at the continuing instances of boats suffering serious damage in the 2011-12 edition.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Images of Groupama's dismasted
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the Groupama team suffered a dismasting while in the lead, racing in Leg 5 from Auckland to Itajaí, earlier today. This gallery of images shows some of the damage sustained in what has thus far been a drama filled leg.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Latest images from onboard - Groupama dismasting
Yann Riou, Groupama,
Groupama's MCM, Yann Riou, has just filed these images taken aboard the Volvo Ocean race entry Groupama, skippered by Franck Cammas, after her dismasting 650nm from the finish of Leg 5 in Itajai, Brazil... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth - Day 2 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery Images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery shares with us images from the action taking place on day two of the 2012 Les Voiles de St. Barth... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race CEO concerned about serious damage to boats
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Knut Frostad, issued a statement on Wednesday expressing his concern at the continuing instances of boats suffering serious damage in the 2011-12 edition. Frostad, who competed in the race four times himself, said it was not acceptable to have so many incidents of boats failing in a Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Drama as Groupama dismasted
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Groupama's dismasting while in the lead earlier today, leaves Puma with only Telefónica able to challenge them for the lead in the final stage of what has been a drama filled Leg 5 from Auckland to Itajaí. With 677 nautical miles (nm) to go to the finish line, Groupama (Franck Cammas/FRA) dismasted 60 nm south of Punta del Este... [more]
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Smile and Wave 2nd at BVI Spring Regatta - Season's 4th Podium Finish
Carol Bareuther,
The Smile and Wave sailing team dominated the third and last day of racing at the 41st BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía Mapfre Day 3 - High stakes racing
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Day three of the 43rd Trofeo Princesa Sofia in Palma ended the qualification stage for the classes sailing in groups. The Lasers, 470 and 49ers will be split on Thursday in Gold and Silver fleets with a Bronze fleet only for Lasers and 49ers. With racing on schedule, all classes are discarding tonight their worse results creating some changes in the classification.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta set to premiere Olympic sailing
Rick van Wijngaarden,
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Delta Lloyd Regatta, is set to take place from May 22-26 in Medemblik, The Netherlands and will have a world premiere for Olympic sailing. Sailors are in a tough situation where they have to make certain choices on which sailing events they wish to attend. Next to all preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Princesa Sofia regatta - Finn fleet on day 3
Robert Deaves,
On day three of the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre Regatta, there was another first and second for Ben Ainslie (GBR) giving him a comfortable lead of 11 points at the top of the Finn fleet. Daniel Birgmark (SWE) remains in second overall, while Zach Railey (USA), who won the first race of the day, moves up to third.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre Women's Match Racing - Day 3
WIMRA,
Day three at the 43rd Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre proved to be a big one for the six teams in the Repechage - only two would advance to the Quarter Finals, the other four go home. The racing was very close with Ekaterina Skudina (RUS) winning the round with four wins and only one loss.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 - Groupama 4 suspend racing after dismasting
Sail-World,
Franck Cammas advised his shore crew, at around 1500 UTC today, that Groupama 4 had dismasted 650 miles offshore of the coast of Uruguay, whilst leading leg 5 from Auckland to Itajai. When the incident happened, Groupama 4 was sailing upwind on port tack in a northerly wind of around twenty knots.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper confident of quickfire pit stop + Video
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race - Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand reached their pit stop in Puerto Montt, Chile at 2100 local time on Tuesday night. The shore crew, led by Neil Cox, wasted no time in assessing the hull with a full ultrasound survey to check for no further unseen damage. Camper are confident of resuming racing in leg five to Itajai over the weekend... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race leading duo continue to battle
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race teams Groupama 4 and Puma Ocean Racing are continuing their close-contact match off Plate River, on the seventeenth day of racing in leg five from Auckland to Itajai. A lot further South, the Spanish are gradually clawing back their deficit... The trajectory against a moderate northerly wind will take the leading duo along the coast of Uruguay and Brazil as far as Itajai... [more]
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AC World Series Naples - Artemis Racing announce line-up
Artemis Racing,
Artemis Racing, Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, will begin training tomorrow in Naples, Italy for the fourth America's Cup World Series (ACWS) event, which gets underway on 11th April and runs to 15th April. Skipper Terry Hutchinson (USA) and the Artemis Racing crew will be competing in AC45s against eight other professional sailing crews from seven countries.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series – Interview with Jimmy Spithill
Tim Jeffery,
The upcoming America's Cup World Series Naples invokes fond memories for Jimmy Spithill. The Oracle Racing skipper was helmsman of the Luna Rossa Challenge 2007, which advanced to the Louis Vuitton Cup final. Spithill says he's looking forward to seeing the fans' passion from the other side.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 - Puma's fight for first place continues
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 17 of Leg 5. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: And so the match race continues. Another day, another few tacks. Groupama and us are always within sight of each other and realistically, this could be the way it stays until the finish. We've long ago accepted the fact that we wont be getting much of a break before then!... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race - Genuine Risk leads at first sked
KPMS,
The Rolex China Sea Race got underway today under near-perfect conditions for a start in Victoria Harbour, just off the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. Good Easterly breeze at about 12-15 knots gave the 26 participating boats the push they needed to get the 50th Anniversary race underway.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Second competitor withdraws from Leg 5
Sail-World,
Before reaching the Chilean port of Puerto Montt, the Emirati entry in the Volvo Ocean Race has withdrawn from Leg 5. An announcement from the team tonight said they have officially retired from the Volvo Ocean Race's gruelling Southern Ocean Leg 5 today to carry out urgent repairs to its yacht Azzam and ensure full competitiveness for the final four legs of the global sailing event.... [more]
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ISAF Presidential Candidate plans to sail a new course
Sail-World.com,
There will be an election for a new ISAF President at the annual conference in Dublin Ireland in November 2012. Australia's David Kellett, who for 14 years has been on the ISAF executive - ten years as a Vice President and four as ISAF treasurer - was the first person to formally advise his intention to stand for the ISAF President at the end of 2011.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta 2013 to be hosted by Melbourne
ISAF,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta third venue is to be hosted by Melbourne, Australia from 2013 onwards. The regatta will kick start the 2013-2014 Sailing World Cup at Sandringham, Yacht Club from 2-8 December 2012 with the agreement running until 2015.... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth day 1 - Just enough
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The first day of racing at Les Voiles de St. Barth, dawned with flags lightly streaming, instilling hope that there would be enough wind. The race committee was quite pleased to get all seven classes off the line in the five starts.... [more]
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Yacht race cancelled due to wrecked container ship debris
Sail-World,
Floating wreckage and oil spilled from the wrecked container ship MV Rena, has forced the cancellation of the Auckland to Tauranga Race, less than 24 hours before the race was due to start on Thursday 5 April. There 22 entrants listed for the race, which included the ORMA60 trimaran Team Vodafone Sailing, which was expected to break the race record, on her third attempt.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper shore team ready as Abu Dhabi diverts + Video
Sail-World,
Camper's support team led by Shore Manager Neil ‘Coxy' Cox are in Puerto Montt, Chile and have started repair work on Camper, the Emirates Team NZ Volvo Ocean Race entry. Camper was forced to divert to the Chilean port, to effect repairs after suspending racing on Leg 5 of the round the world classic.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Day 2 for Team AlphaGraphics
Dana Paxton,
A second day of trying conditions at the Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta in Palma de Mallorca, Spain left US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) with a mix of race results and an improvement over the opening day's light-wind results. Zach Railey moved up the Finn class leader board with two solid race results... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma takes narrow lead
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg have closed down Groupama to take the lead at 1900 GMT tonight by 0.10 nautical miles (nm). Telefónica is back in contention for the lead, but a secure third place on the podium in Itajaí, even if Groupama posts another win, would be enough to keep the Spanish team at the head of the overall table, if only by five points.... [more]
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America's Cup: French National team withdraws from ACWS and Cup
Sail-World,
Equipe de France announces its withdrawal from the 34th America's Cup and from the America's Cup World Series 2011/2012 circuit.... [more]
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Injured crew in hospital damaged Clipper vessel expected soon
Shelbi Okamura,
Injured crew from Clipper Race yacht safely ashore – yacht with rest of crew expected to arrive at Jack London Square, in Oakland early Tuesday, April 3, at 2:30 a.m.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper suspends racing and begins motoring + Video
Sail-World,
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand has officially suspended racing in Leg Five of the Volvo Ocean Race and began the 180 nautical mile trip up the fjord to Puerto Montt. Camper suspended racing at just past 1400h NZT, near the southern entrance of the fjord and under race rules must return to this point when racing is resumed after the repair is completed.... [more]
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Alpari World Match Racing Tour preview
WMRT,
Alpari World Match Racing Tour is just over seven weeks away and with established names set to be pitted alongside a new breed of Tour Card Holder, old rivalries will be rekindled and new ones ignited this season. The story of 2012 could not have been better written for Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar. After early season dominance from Francesco Bruni and then Torvar Mirsky, he rose to the top... [more]
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