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25 May 2012

VOR: Bizarre weather twists—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Wade Morgan battles his way forward to retrieve a furling unit, onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing during leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Miami, USA to Lisbon, Portugal. (Credit: Nick Dana/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)  Nick Dana/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing /Volvo Ocean Race
For crews racing in the fully crewed, around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), the recent weather forecasts have brought about some puzzled expressions, as the much-anticipated cold front that the fleet was hoping to catch barreled through early, confusing what was otherwise forecasted to be a quick passage across The Pond. As a result, the fleet is pressing north, careful to stay within the VOR-imposed ice gates while also trying to find faster conditions. 'We all missed the train and we're waiting for the next one, which is expected to come in from the northwest and that's [why] we are climbing up,' reported Telefonica's Xabi Fernandez.

Ken Read drives while navigator Tom Addis eyes the weather just to leeward. Onboard PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Miami, USA to Lisbon, Portugal. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)  Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©

The view from the navigator's chair is anything but certain right now. 'The boats behind have a bit more breeze right now, so they'll be notching up some good data in the next few hours,' said Andrew Cape, Telefónica's navigator. 'The situation we have coming up is quite thorny indeed. We're going to hit a high-pressure system tomorrow and then we will get the next squall, where we hope we'll get away again. It will be interesting.' Get the full VOR multi-media lowdown, in this issue.

Also offshore, the four-strong fleet of doublehanded Class 40 raceboats that are competing in Leg Five of the Global Ocean Race (GOR) are also headed across the North Atlantic, from Charleston, South Carolina to Les Sables d'Olonne, France. 'I don't even know what day of the week it is as our life is now completely dominated on the position schedules,' said Frans Budel of Sec. Hayai DTL. Get the full GOR report, inside.

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Meanwhile, kiteboarding's inclusion in the 2016 Olympics is another hot topic this week, with different opinions being voiced from around the world. In this issue you'll find three opinion pieces, the first written by Dean Brenner, US Sailing Board Member and Chairman of the Olympic Sailing Committee, the other two by Nevin Sayre, a member of US Sailing and a kiteboarder who has earned a few stitches (read: paid hospital bills) along the way, and ace Kiwi windsurfer-cum-kiter, Bruce Kendall. Fans of Olympic sailing—or anyone interested in the political processes behind how classes get selected for the Games—are highly encouraged to spend time with all three.

And on a much somber tone, US Sailing has released their preliminary findings from their investigation of the 2012 Crewed Farallones Race distaster, where five crewmembers were killed when the Sydney 38, Low Speed Chase went aground. 'We are heartened by the seriousness with which the [San Francisco Bay Offshore Racing Council] has set priorities and assigned tasks to meet their mandate,' said Sally Honey, chairman of the US Sailing Independent Review Panel. 'We believe they are off to a good start in achieving more consistency between the various organizing authorities and making offshore racing safer for all.'

Finn World Masters  Marina Prinzivalli

Also, be sure to also check out the latest news from the Finn World Masters, the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race, and the Atlantic Cup 2012, which will feature fully crewed fleet racing amongst 14 Class 40s on Narragansett Bay this weekend.

And finally, this weekend marks the annual Swiftsure International Yacht Race, the Block Island Race and the Figawi. Good luck and safe passage to all racing crews and to everyone else who is going sailing or racing on this Memorial Day weekend.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Volvo Ocean Race - Unexpected twist for the fleet
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the quick Atlantic crossing to Lisbon, Portugal, has taken an unexpected twist, as the cold front the fleet had been hoping to hook into for a fast ride across the North Atlantic was moving too quickly, slamming the door shut and forcing some quick thinking.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: North or East? That is the Question.
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Overall race leaders Team Telefónica extended their Leg 7 advantage to nine nautical miles on Thursday, as a pair of high pressure systems threatened to create a north-south split in the fleet. However at 1300 UTC both Telefónica and second placed Groupama were being closed down by rapidly charging third and fourth placed Abu Dhabi and Puma, 18 and 21 nautical miles (nm) behind respectively. Fi... [more]
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Response to US Sailing statement on inclusion of kiteboarding in 2016

It seems US Sailing didn't have all the information before casting three votes for kitesurf course racing at the expense of windsurf racing for the 2016 Olympics. A more careful evaluation questions Dean Brenner's explanation for the U.S. votes at the ISAF Council.... [more]
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Atlantic Cup adds experienced skippers to final leg
Jeff Pomeroy,
The 2012 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing, the first carbon-neutral sailing event in the United States, has announced additional crew members with a wealth of sailing experience that will be joining the premier U.S. sailing event for its final leg - inshore series racing in Narragansett Bay in Newport, R.I. this Saturday and Sunday (May 26 – 27).... [more]
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A Swiss challenge to the Little America's Cup in 2013
Jean Philippe Jobé,
Today, the group behind the Hydroptère.ch announced three new projects, one of them being a challenge to the Little America's Cup to take place in Falmouth, UK during the summer of 2013. This competition is raced on Class-C catamarans with wings. Interestingly, it will take place a couple of weeks before the final of the America's Cup in San Francisco.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro claws back
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 5 of Leg 7. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: Whatttaleg eh? Just when things look to be settled, just when places and positions look to be secured for a little while, you have a day like yesterday that turns everything on its head.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Race Week preview
Marby Macgowan,
The New York Yacht Club (NYYC) Race Week has become a favorite regatta on Newport, R.I.'s busy summer racing schedule, due to its tough competition on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound, the host venue of NYYC's Harbour Court clubhouse, and a unique format, which allows competitors to choose whether they participate for some or all of seven full racing days.... [more]
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Crewed Farallones preliminary findings released by US Sailing
Jake Fish,
A US Sailing Independent Review Panel has now released a set of preliminary findings and recommendations from the research conducted on the 2012 Crewed Farallones Race that resulted in the deaths of five sailors from sailboat, Low Speed Chase, on April 14, 2012.... [more]
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Finn World Masters - Pwlhelli action preview + Video
Robert Deaves,
The Finn World Masters 2012 will get underway next week in Pwlhelli, Wales, and not only will this be the first time the event has been sailed in UK waters for 12 years, but it is also only the second time it has ever been held in the UK. The large British Finn fleet and the Pwllheli Sailing Club were really keen to invite all the Master Finn sailors to the UK once again, especially in this... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Drastic change of heart for Groupama 4
Vincent Borde,
In Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race, the front ultimately rolled through faster than Groupama 4. As such, Franck Cammas and his men have had a drastic change of heart and are now gunning hard northwards, in the wake of the Spanish leaders. A way through to the East no longer seems to be a possibility and so it is that the French boat, like the rest of the fleet, is trying to escape the encroaching... [more]
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Farr 40 East Coast Championship - Ramrod takes early lead
Tink Chambers,
Farr 40 East Coast Championship 2012 is currently underway in Annapolis, MD. Local knowledge sprinkled with some world-class talent allowed Annapolis-based Rod Jabin and his Ramrod team to take an early lead in today's first of four days of racing. After three races, Ramrod leads the 11-boat fleet by three points.... [more]
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WMRT Match Race Germany – Difficult first day
Leigh Ireland,
Match Race Germany first qualifying session kicked off in Langenargen, Germany today. Phil Robertson and new Tour Card Holder Pierre-Antoine Morvan made the most of a difficult day's racing posting three wins from three. Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team joins the Tour in 2012 with an ISAF World Match Race Ranking of third and a previous second place finish at the St. Moritz Match Race in 2... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40s head deep into North Atlantic
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) fleet are on the fifth day of racing from Charleston. The Class40s are out of the Gulf Stream and heading deeper into the North Atlantic led by Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough with Cessna Citation holding an eight mile lead over Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo on Financial Crisis in second place... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Ocean Sprint point to Singapore
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet continue to focus their efforts on winning podium positions into New York. Singapore, which is currently in seventh place has completed the 120 mile Ocean Sprint in 12H 45M 28S winning the team one crucial point, subject to the Race Committee verifying the result.... [more]
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Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta - Spectacular sailing in Porto Cervo
Jill Campbell,
Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2012, being held from 4th to 9th June, once again opens the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's superyacht racing season, the first of the major events in the Mediterranean. The fifth edition of the event, organized in Porto Cervo, Sardinia in collaboration with Boat International Media will host a fleet of spectacular sailing yachts from around the world.... [more]
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Double Olympic medallist responds to US Sailing
Bruce Kendall,
Double Olympic windsurfing medalist, Bruce Kendall (NZL) responds to the US Sailing's reasoning as to why the US national sailing body chose to vote for the Kiteboard as an event for the 2016 Olympic Regatta. Earlier this month, at its Mid-Year Meeting in Stresa, Italy, the ISAF Council voted by a margin of 19 votes to 17 to replace the Windsurfer with the Kiteboard... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro trampled
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 4 of Leg 7. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: To expand on yesterday's horse race analogy, this part of the track was like turn 2 – the setup before the backstretch. Well, turn 2 was unkind and we got trampled.... [more]
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Couple More Places Available in National Youth Match Racing Event
Sail-World USA,
There are still a couple more places available in the national youth match racing event called the Rose Cup, reports Dave Perry, Chairman of the US Sailing Match Racing Committee.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta - Fierce battle on day 2 + Video
Delta Lloyd Regatta,
Day two of the 2012 Delta Lloyd Regatta got underway with very little wind. As the day progressed, the wind would slightly increase for the Sailing World Cup battle. Competition amongst the ladies in the RS:X Class was fierce. Hayley Chan from Hong Kong took the lead from the Norwegian Jannicke Stalstrom and the 20-year-old Dutch woman Lilian de Geus also reported for battle - achieving a victory... [more]
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IYRS students to showcase their talent at Launch Day
Cynthia Goss,
On Saturday, June 2 2012, students at IYRS will participate in the school's unique graduation ceremony. Instead of collecting diplomas that prove hours of learning, students will launch and showcase the boats they spent the past year building and restoring. This year, a fleet of classic wooden boats will stand side-by-side with examples of modern composite construction, reflecting the breadth of... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Lesson learned for Puma skipper + Video
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7, day three. Skipper Ken Read reports from on board Puma's Mar Mostro: North American sailing has taught me something this past week. The Miami experience was bitter sweet for sure. Great to be back in the States, sad to leave 'home' at the end and head back out to sea.... [more]
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International Laser Class Association elects new president
ICLA,
The International Laser Class Association is pleased to announce that Tracy Usher has been elected as the new ILCA President. Tracy brings a wealth of knowledge to the position, having served as a member of the ILCA World Council since 2002, a member of the ILCA Technical Committee since 2006, and has served as the Chairman of the ILCA North American Region since 2004.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper slides to the back of the fleet + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Camper lost precious miles on Wednesday evening, giving up their southerly position to dodge an area of light wind as Telefónica closed to within two miles of Leg 7 frontrunners Groupama. Chris Nicholson's men on Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand had been following a course 50 miles south west of Groupama sailing team but were forced to head north to avoid a ridge of high pressure that woul... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefónica close in on Groupama 4
Franck Cammas,
Whilst Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 team Groupama 4 is still leading in the seventh leg, from Miami to Lisbon, they are having to keep an eye on Telefonica, to leeward, Puma astern and Camper to windward... However, the main focus is on being the first to hook onto the front, which is just ahead of their bow.... [more]
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ISAF Kiteboarding Format Trials - US Sailing Statement
Jake Fish,
ISAF Kiteboarding Format Trials – US Sailing has provided the following Statement on Kiteboarding vs. Windsurfing in the 2016 Olympic Games; as prepared by Dean Brenner, US Sailing Board Member and Chairman, Olympic Sailing Committee: Every four years, sifficult decisions are made about Olympic sailing events. The choices made always leave some part of the sailing community frustrated... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Balancing act onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 3 of Leg 7. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: This leg must be hard to interpret from home. While it looks simple enough – we're all taking a fairly direct route from Miami to Lisbon – little nuances in approach have us spread all over the ocean north to south and nobody seems to have much of a lead or a deficit... [more]
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l'Hydroptere heads for US in quest for new offshore speed record marks
Thomas Lesage,
l'Hydroptère DCNS, the French¨ flying trimaran¨ of Alain Thébault, has just completed her last trials off the La Ciotat (France)coast and is ready to leave for Los Angeles where she will attempt her first offshore record. Under the watchful eyes of their technical team l'Hydroptere made several runs, sailing between 20 and 45 knots according to the angles to the wind.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta - Israelis battle for Olympic ticket + Video
Delta Lloyd Regatta,
Delta Lloyd Regatta - Shahar Zubari and Nimrod Mashiah dominated in the RS:X Class on Tuesday in Medemblik; the first day of the regatta. The two Israeli windsurfers shared the win in the first three races under ideal sailing conditions. Zubari won the first two races and is currently at the top of the leader board, Mashiah triumphed in the last race and is in third place.... [more]
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