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04 Jun 2012

NZ-Noumea yacht in trouble, GOR double walloping - US news and more

Storm jib at the height of the gale - Global Ocean Race 2011-12  Phesheya Racing
Overnight, Karl Kwoks 80 footer Beau Geste has got into trouble in the Auckland to Noumea Race, we have the breaking news.

Sailors competing in the double-handed, around-the-world Global Ocean Race (GOR), which is being contested in Class 40 raceboats, have taken a double pounding as the fleet has been rolled by two significant low-pressure systems in the past week. The second of these, Tropical Storm Beryl, delivered winds north of 40 knots in certain areas. Co-skippers Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough, aboard Cessna Citation, are leading the pack by 300 miles, but the past 24 hours have seen Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo, aboard Financial Crisis, make noticeable gains on the leaders.

'Before the winds built up on Saturday, we were surfing along, fastest boat in the fleet, with the biggest masthead spinnaker,' reported Nannini. 'Then, before sunset, the sky started to be covered in clouds, the wind was backing to the south and increasing, all signs of the approaching low-pressure system... During the night we had steady 30-35 knots with the maximum gust at 40 knots, a bit more than we expected, but we decided to ride it with [a smaller] spinnaker up. The boat was surfing often at 15 to 18 knots in an exuberant power display, sometimes surfing at over 20 knots between two walls of spray.'

Conditions are reportedly worse further astern. 'We're now in the depression with the wind building to over 30 knots and occasional gusts to 35 knots,' reported Sec. Hayai.‘s co-skipper Frans Budel in an email dispatch. 'So we're sailing with two reefs in the main and staysail, but there's still water flying everywhere.' Get the full GOR? Report, inside.

Fireworks go off, as Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker from the UK finish first on leg 7, from Miami, USA to Lisbon, Portugal, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race)  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

And in the fully crewed around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), the leaderboard is displaying some extremely tight numbers between the three Juan K-designed Volvo Open 70s, namely Groupama 4, Telefonica and Puma Ocean Racing's Mar Mostro. The podium saw an upset as Telefonica fell from first place for the first time since leaving Alicante, Spain last November thanks to a Leg Seven win by Ian Walker's Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, followed by Groupama 4 in second place and the Spanish-flagged Telefonica in fourth, with Puma Ocean Racing take Bronze.

'The truth is that the only thing all of us will remember will be how we end up in Galway,' said Telefonica's skipper, Iker Martinez in Lisbon, Portugal. 'We always said our goal was to be in a position to fight for the race in the final leg. Today we are there so it's not bad but obviously it's not as good as we have been.'

As for the American-flagged contingency, skipper Ken Read's Puma Ocean Racing have been showing some serious wick recently and, in third-place, they could still prove victorious. 'We're still very confident—we have just beaten two out of our three closest competitors in this leg, and before that we won the previous two legs,' said skipper Ken Read. Get the full VOR lowdown and multimedia report, inside this issue.

Barkow. - Chicago Match Race Center's June Grade 2 Invitational   CMRC - Chicago Match Race Center - ©

And in match-racing circles, the Chicago Match Race Center's June Grade 2 Invitational enjoyed a fine weekend of racing under skies of different color and cloud compositions. At the time of this writing, Taylor Canfield, of the US Virgin Islands, is defending a narrow margin as overall leader in the Men' division, while former Olympian Sally Bakow is leading the women's side.

'The team really came together today, pulling off miracles at the mark roundings,' said Barkow. 'One of our crew had to work the night shift on Thursday night, getting off work at 8 AM, so yesterday was tough for us. So it was nice to get our timing down today. But it wasn't easy: there were lots of lead changes, and lots of shifts.'

And finally, be sure to get the latest scoop from the World Match Racing Tour' Korea Match Cup, the Finn World Maters, and the Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women's National Championships, inside this issue.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Noumea Race - Day 3: Beau Geste withdraws - Update @2300hrs
Richard Gladwell,
2200hrs: The 80ft Farr design Beau Geste has withdrawn from the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race with structural damage, which is later reported as continuing to deteriorate. A ship has been diverted to stand by. Beau Geste is heading for Norfolk Island and is expected to arrive in the morning.... [more]
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ICSA/APS Team Race National Championships day 1
Jennifer Mitchell,
Today was the first day of racing for the ICSA/APS Team Race National Championships on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas. Racing got underway around 10:30 a.m. CDT under partly cloudy skies and winds from the south-southeast at around 12 knots. Temperatures were in the mid 80s.... [more]
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Sail-World Canada is a proud offshore racing sponsor
Guy Perrin,
Sail-World Canada found out sometime last week that five owners of Beneteau First 36.7 had registered for the historical Susan Hood Trophy Race; what a great opportunity to bestow a new honor on a select group amidst the handicap racing fleet. Greg Nicoll immediately stepped up and, starting a new tradition, offered to sponsor a trophy for the best finisher.... [more]
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Chicago Match Race Center June Grade 2 Invitational - Canfield victory
Another challenging day with extremely shifty conditions at Chicago's world famous Navy Pier for teams at the Chicago Match Race Center's June Grade 2 Invitational presented by Eurex.... [more]
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Neville 'Croaky' Crichton receives New Zealand Honour
Richard Gladwell,
Champion yachtsman and businessman, Neville Crichton (67) has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and yachting. As well as being a top sailor and winner of the New Zealand Sailor of the Year, Crichton's business interests extend into the superyacht and automotive industries.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - A salute to Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Isabel Hokken,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, 10 British registered 68 foot yachts formed up into a spectacular ‘Parade of Sail' in New York with the lead boats flying huge Great Britain spinnaker sails in a salute to Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - Team GBR prepared
Lindsey Bell,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing venue will get a final run through its paces this week, as over 700 of the world's top sailors prepare to race. The event – the penultimate leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup series – will see 65 Skandia Team GBR sailors competing across the 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes... [more]
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Images form the start - 2012 Susan Hood Trophy Race
Sail-World Canada,
Canadian Yachting's Elizabeth Kerr shares these images from the start of the 2012 Susan Hood Trophy Race at the Port Credit Yacht Club.... [more]
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Great Turnout for the 2012 Susan Hood Trophy Race
Guy Perrin,
Despite the postponement because of unsafe Lake Ontario conditions on Friday, 87 racers showed up at the start line at 11:00am on Saturday for the Susan Hood Trophy Race. The usual triangular 76-mile triangular course was shortened to 40 miles from PCYC to the Burlington Weather station and back.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet sail through second gale
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - As Tropical Storm Beryl prowls around the North Atlantic, the GOR fleet of double-handed Class40s has successfully sailed through the second gale in three days. Furthest south in fourth place, Nico and Frans Budel recorded gusts of up 35 knots on Sec. Hayai... [more]
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WMRT Korea Match Cup - Bjorn Hansen fights off stiff competition
Leigh Ireland,
WMRT Korea Match Cup 2012, the second event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour 2012 concluded in Gyeonggi, South Korea today, 3rd June. Defending Champion Bjorn Hansen (SWE) fought off stiff competition from reigning Tour title-holder Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar from Mekonomen Sailing Team to win.... [more]
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Quantum Women's College Sailor of the Year, ICSA Women's All Americans
Jennifer Mitchell,
The Quantum Women's College Sailor of the Year and ICSA Women's All-American Team have been announced. The guidelines for All-America selection evaluate a competitor based on their competitive record in conference and North American Championships.... [more]
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Chicago Match Race Center's June Grade 2 Invitational day 2
The most impressive performance of the day at the Chicago Match Race Center's June Grade 2 Invitational, was turned in by reigning US Women's Match Racing champion and former US Olympian Sally Barkow and her team.... [more]
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ICSA Women's Nationals win to Boston College
Jennifer Mitchell,
The competitors arrived to nice breeze and partly cloudy skies, a pleasant change from the last three days of racing at the Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women's National Championship on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Closest ever race develops into a four way battle
Volvo Ocean Race,
Two legs, 2,500 miles and three inshore sprints will decide the closest ever Volvo Ocean Race – and with four boats in with a shot of winning, points have never been more crucial. Never in the 39-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race have four boats been in with a realistic chance of winning with just around 10 days of offshore sailing left to go.... [more]
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Finn World Masters - Michael Maier wins fourth title
Robert Deaves,
Finn World Masters 2012 concluded in Pwllheli on 1st June. Michael Maier (CZE) won his fourth Finn World Masters title on Friday with no more races sailed after the wind failed to stabilise in time to get the final races in before the time limit. Allen Burrell (GBR) won the silver and Laurent Hay (FRA) won the bronze.... [more]
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Chicago Match Race Center's June Grade 2 Invitational - Canfield leads
Blustery conditions kept mainsails reefed for most of the day at the Chicago Match Race Center's June Grade 2 Invitational presented by Eurex. Taylor Canfield holds an early lead, however Laser sailor Brad Funk, who on four wins did not break into the top tier for today, still managed to defeat some higher-ranked teams.... [more]
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ICSA Women's National Championship Day 3
Jennifer Mitchell,
Eighteen collegiate teams from across the nation are vying for the national title, the Gerald C. Miller Trophy, awarded to the winning team as the Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women's National Championship continued today in Austin, Texas on Lake Travis.... [more]
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USA teams take on Swedish, Australian, New Zealand Match Racing team
Nancy Mellon,
46th annual Governor's Cup International Junior Match Racing Championship will take place July 18 to 22, 2012. The racing will be held in the afternoons from Wednesday through Sunday in the ocean near the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach, California.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet prepare for next intense gale
Oliver Dewar,
Since a ferocious gale swept through the Global Ocean Race (GOR) fleet on Thursday, any thoughts of Distance To Leader figures and losses or gains have been side lined temporarily as the four double-handed Class40s recover from the storm, assess any damage and – unfortunately – look ahead to the next, intense gale sweeping towards them across the North Atlantic.... [more]
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Susan Hood Trophy Race Postponed due to weather and safety concerns
Lake Ontario Offshore Racing Group,
Organizers of this event had to make a call yesterday to delay the start of last nights race until this morning due to unsafe weather conditions and concerns for safety of the participants.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama cross Leg 7 finish in second
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race – By finishing second, a little over five minutes behind Abu Dhabi, Franck Cammas and his men sailed a superb seventh leg, which has enabled them to move up into the lead of the overall standing. Extremely intense throughout the 3,590-mile course between Miami and Lisbon, this leg confirms the determination of the crew of Groupama 4... [more]
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Mission accomplished for Emma Creighton
EC media,
American shorthanded skipper Emma Creighton finished fifth in the Atlantic Cup 2012. While great sailing skills and Creighton's diligent pre-race preparations were critical to the team's success, interestingly, it was Creighton's singlehanded experience in the 2011 Mini Transat—becoming only the third American female skipper to finish this grueling racecourse—that made the biggest impact.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi wins Leg 7 + Video
She crossed the line in light winds, followed by Groupama, with Puma third. The next group to finish were Camper, Telefonica and Sanya. The information systems at Volvo Ocean Race have all seem to have got major technical issues or are inoperative.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère heads for the City of Angels
Thomas Lesage,
Following three weeks of trials on the Mediterranean, Alain Thébault's l'Hydroptère DCNS was loaded onto a cargo ship on Monday in Toulon (FRA). The 'flying sailboat' will head to Los Angeles, California, USA, where she will be positioned to wait for the best weather conditions for a Pacific crossing record attempt.... [more]
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Settle the debate - Who's the greatest American sailor?
Jake Fish,
Determining the greatest American sailor is no simple feat. The U.S. has developed and produced a distinguished list of talented and successful racing sailors who have competed and won at the highest levels, from legendary World Champions, to Olympic greats, to America's Cup and ocean racing icons. It's time to settle the debate about who is the best. Beginning on Monday, June 4 fans will have a... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup – Emirates Team NZ AC72 unveiled +Video
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World heads to Cookson Boats yard on Auckland's North Shore. There team CEO Grant Dalton gives a guided tour of the yard, including a walk around both hulls, and a look on the lower level at the massive main beam, which is about to be fitted. These are the first shots of an AC72 published. Plus we have video interviews with Dalton and AC72 design co-ordinator Nick Holroyd.... [more]
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