Atlantic Cup report—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
Stateside offshore action is hot in Leg One of the second-annual Atlantic Cup, which is taking the now fourteen-strong fleet of double-handed Class 40 raceboats from Charleston, South Carolina up to New York City, before continuing on to Newport, Rhode Island. Despite a somewhat tricky exit out of Charleston Harbor, the fleet has been making progress on their press northbound. Sadly, co-skippers Hannah Jenner and Peter Harding suffered mast failure when a cap shroud broke, dropping their stick just above the second spreader. 'I've sailed this boat through hideous weather and situations where you expect the rig to fall down and instead it's a flat calm day in the harbor which is probably pretty fortunate,' said Hannah Jenner. 'It's disappointing; not going to say it's not. We worked very hard to be here and this was the first double-handed race of the season and now we have to reassess the program.'
|40 Degrees Breaks its Mast on 1st Leg of The Atlantic Cup - The Atlantic Cup Jeff Pomeroy|
At the time of this writing, Jorg Riechers, and Ryan Breymaier aboard Mare are leading the stampede to the Big Apple by more than 25 miles, followed by Dave Rearick and Matt Scharl aboard Bodacious Dream and Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron aboard Campagne de France. 'We are in the gulf stream, so we now have a three knot current boost to our speed, so we are travelling about 10 knots through the water and about 13 knots over the ground,' reports American skipper Joe Harris, who, along with co-skipper Tristan Mouligne, is currently sitting in fourth place. 'I imagine most of the boats are in the same position, so the big question is how long to stay in the fast current of the gulf stream heading northeast before turning left and heading on a more northerly course to the entrance to New York Harbor. It's a time-speed-distance equation, and everyone has to estimate the trade-off of extra speed while headed slightly away from the mark versus heading straight at the mark at slightly slower speeds.'
It's great to see so many American names in the Top Ten in a game that's traditionally dominated by the French; may the trend continue all the way through Newport's final weekend of in-port racing! Get the full Atlantic Cup report, including skipper dispatches, inside this issue.
|470 World Championships 2012 - Day 1 Thom Touw ©|
And in One Design news, the Finn class and the 470 Class are having their Worlds this week in Falmouth, UK and Barcelona, Spain (respectively), and the leaderboard action is tight in both events.
|Pictures of JP Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup 2012. Day 1 of Racing. Falmouth
Credit: Lloyd Images Lloyd Images ©
Race 11 of the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race is slated to start on Monday, taking the fleet from Panama to New York, and Australian sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen won their historic fourth and third (respectively) 49er Worlds, which just wrapped up in Zadar, Croatia. 'It's a great feeling to win a fourth World Championship and my third with Iain,' said Outteridge. 'It sends a good message to the rest of the fleet and shows that the hard work we did earlier this year at home is really playing off.'
Luna Rossa AC45 Venezia
Luna Rossa training in San Marco square
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi Carlo Borlenghi ©
And finally, the America's Cup World Venice event is set to kick off this Thursday, with nine different international teams preparing for the starting signals. To prepare, seven of these teams took part in Arzana's City of Venice Trophy as an unofficial warm-up. Be sure to start your week off right by scrolling through ace lensman Carlo Borlenghi's great image gallery of this event, inside.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
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