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11 Jun 2012

VOR: And they're off...again —Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Puma Ocean Racing powered by BERG, Leg 8, Day 1 - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©
This week's big sailing news is the start of Leg Eight of the fully crewed, around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), which is taking the fleet from Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France by way of the Azores. In total, the leg represents more than 1,900 miles, the later portion of which could be quite lumpy, at least according to preliminary forecasts. Puma Ocean Racing enjoyed a perfect start, leading the six-strong parade of Volvo Open 70s out of town.

Interestingly, multiple teams are within striking range of the race's overall win, making this one of the most fiercely contested VOR in the event's proud history. 'We've been second in this race before, and there's a lot of racing still to go,' said Ken Read, skipper of Puma Ocean Racing's Mar Mostro. 'Groupama are not going to be feeling very secure up there -- they know there's a lot of racing left.'

The weekend's Oeiras In-Port Race further shuffled the cards, as current leader Groupama sailed extremely well, finishing in first place, while their arch rival Telefonica had another hard day out on the water. Puma Ocean Racing finished in second place, followed by Emirates Team New Zealand. 'We had a great start and if you win the start it's a little bit easier,' said Groupama 4 skipper Franck Cammas. 'We did a great job today. Sometimes I'm not very good with the starts so we worked a lot yesterday to practice downwind starts. They're very tricky, there's a lot to do in the last 10 seconds.' Given the team's recent run of successes, it's obvious that Cammas and company have discovered the keys to more than just downwind starts. Get the full VOR media blast, inside.

In One Design circles, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider has sailed away from the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta with a silver medal in the Women's 470 class (Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan), and a bronze medal in the Women's Match Racing event (Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi). Zach Railey, it should be noted, finished fourth in the hotly contested Finn class.
SFG120602 IMG 2427 credit WillRicketson-USSAILING  Will Ricketson / US Sailing Team


'It feels great,' said Amanda Clark, skipper of the Women's 470 team. 'We're pretty excited to be racing at the front of the fleet. [Next month's Olympic Games are] going to be amazing competition. By no means does this say this is how it's going to stack up [next month]. This is why we do this, to sail against the best in the world and to challenge ourselves. Sarah [Lihan] and I have worked really hard for this. We're psyched to take this into the Olympics.' Get the full Skandia Sail for Gold post-racing report, inside, and stay tuned for all things Olympics as the action starts soon.

You will note too that Sail-World's Greg Nicoll talked to Sperry about their 30 second decision to sponsor the US Sailing team in New York this week.

Swan 60, Bronenosec are currently leading class 0 IRC at the Giraglia Rolex Cup 2012  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo

Meanwhile, in the Med, the Giraglia Rolex Cup 2012 has seen blustery conditions that have tested man and machine alike. The event, which is being organized by the Yacht Club Italiano, along with the Yacht Club de France, the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez and the Yacht Club Sanrem, runs until June 15 and is based out of Saint-Tropez.

The event's main attraction is the 242-mile distance race, which takes the fleet from Saint Tropez to Sanremo, by way of the Giraglia rock, which is situated off the northern tip of Corsica. 'Almost two hundred boats should be participating, demonstrating that the Giraglia Rolex Cup has a place in everyone's heart,' said Carlo Croce, President of event organizers Yacht Club Italiano. 'Many nations, from almost everywhere, are represented and above all lots of larger boats which hasn't always been the case. A very high level of competition is in prospect.'

Edmond de Rothschild - Extreme Sailing Series 2012 Act 3  © Vincent Curutchet / Dark Frame

And finally, be sure to read about the latest happenings in the Clipper Around the World Race, the Extreme Sailing Series and the New York Yacht Club's 158th Annual Regatta, in this issue.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Giraglia Rolex Cup - Boisterous conditions
KPMS,
The 60th Giraglia Rolex Cup 2012 second day of inshore racing took place in Saint-Tropez today, Monday 11th June. . A 30.3-nautical mile course was set for most of the fleet, a 25.4-nm course reserved for the smaller classes. Conditions were again boisterous, with winds reaching speeds of 30 knots.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama 4 make up ground
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race - On Tuesday morning, things are set to become more complicated once the boats close on the centre of a large zone of high pressure, which has settled just to the South of the Azores. Whilst the first 24 hours of this eighth leg have been quick, enabling Groupama 4 to make up ground on the head of the fleet, the pace is set to slow dramatically... [more]
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Tall Ships Challenge Atlantic Coast Series - Race two overall
Barby MacGowan,
Tall Ships Challenge® Atlantic Coast 2012 series second race helped rake in the crowds over the Memorial Day Weekend. Greenport, N.Y. held the second of four summer maritime festivals being coordinated by Tall Ships America along the Eastern Seaboard with the help of local organizers... [more]
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New York YC Annual Regatta - Strong start for Bermuda's Steve Sherwin
Colin Thompson, The Royal Gazette,
Skipper Stephen Sherwin and the crew of Nasty Medicine had an excellent weekend of racing in Newport, Rhode Island. Dr Sherwin's Corby 41 placed second in its class in both the New York Yacht Club's (NYYC) ‘Round the Island Race' and 158th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gains and losses
Amy Martindale,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on the fifth day of race twelve from New York to Nova Scotia. It has been an exciting and highly tactical 24 hours for the ten strong fleet of 68-foot ocean racing, as the battle for a more favourable leader board position draws to a close.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro nails Leg 8 start + Video
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 1 of Leg 8. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: This whole race restart thing is getting easier and easier with every leg. The routine begins with the In-Port Race's finish on Saturday, and it ends the second we leave the dock on Sunday; there is a lot that has to happen in between those two times... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Brown donates 'War Baby' Trophy
Colin Thompson, The Royal Gazette,
Local sailing legend Warren Brown has donated one of his most prized trophies to the Newport Bermuda Race's newest class. Brown has donated the prestigious Grimaldi Coupe Prada Cup he won at the helm of War Baby in the Mediterranean Sea several years ago to the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC).... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 8 Day 2 - A tight match race to Lorient
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Overall race leaders Groupama made a steady climb through the order on the fleet's first night at sea on Leg 8 from Lisbon to Lorient, powering their way into third place behind Team Telefónica and Puma. At 0600 UTC the French team were 0.5nautical miles (nm) behind Puma Ocean Racing and within 2.7nm of leaders Telefónica.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 - Groupama power into third
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 overall leader Groupama 4 has made a steady climb through the order on the fleet's first night at sea on the eight leg, from Lisbon to Lorient, powering their way into third place behind Team Telefónica and Puma. At 0600 UTC the French team were 0.5 nautical miles behind Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg and within 2.7 nm of leaders Telefónica.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club (NYYC) 158th Annual Regatta overall
Barby MacGowan,
Light winds meant an abbreviated race schedule at the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) 158th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex. Among the largest boats in the fleet was George Sakellaris's (Framingham, Mass.) Mini Maxi 72 Shockwave, which won IRC 1.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40 Sec. Hayai crosses Leg 5 finish
Oliver Dewar,
In the Global Ocean Race, at 21:54:44 GMT (23:54:44 local) on Sunday, the fourth and final double-handed Class40, Sec. Hayai, crossed the finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne, France, with the Dutch father-and-son duo of Nico and Frans Budel taking fourth place in Leg 5 and fourth place overall.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica closes in on Puma
Volvo Ocean Race,
Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race is now underway with Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg leading the fleet out of Lisbon at noon GMT today. The Puma crew comfortably led the fleet away from the coast of Portugal and at 1900GMT tonight are still in the lead though they are being pressed hard by Telefonica who are just 0.4 nautical miles behind.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Istanbul - The Wave Muscat takes Act 3 + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
In the Extreme Sailing Series' closest finish so far this year, British Olympian Leigh McMillan and his crew onboard The Wave, Muscat won Act 3 in Istanbul, after four days and 29 races which has seen them in a game of cat and mouse with Roman Hagara and his Austrian Red Bull Sailing Team since the word ‘go'.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Sailors bid adieu to Lisbon
Volvo Ocean Race,
The teams in the Volvo Ocean Race left the dock at Lisbon just before midday local time, ready for the penultimate Leg 8 on what has turned out to be the closest ever Volvo Ocean Race. Here are some final thoughts from the competing teams.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma leads fleet out of Lisbon + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Puma led the fleet out towards the Atlantic as Leg 8, the penultimate offshore stage of the race, got underway from the Portuguese capital Lisbon, bound for Lorient, France. Ken Read's men, second in yesterday's Oeiras In-Port Race, nailed the downwind start in front of thousands of spectators lining the banks of the Tagus River... [more]
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ICSA final awards banquet
Jennifer Mitchell,
Friday night, June 8, was the final ICSA awards banquet in Austin, Texas. The names of the winners will be added to the ICSA Hall of Fame display located in the Robert Crown Center at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.... [more]
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Top sailors wear Zhik: The world's top sailors up close - Video
Juerg Kaufmann,
Top Swiss photographer Juerg Kaufmann worked with some of the world's top sailors to come up with this video, with a lot of onboard and close up images, and some very unique angles. Noted for taking a different approach to the art of photography, and sailing videos for the past year, step aboard to see Robert Sheidt (BRA) and other top sailors as you have never seen them before.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup – Testing conditions
KPMS,
Giraglia Rolex Cup 2012 - Today, under alluring blue skies in Saint-Tropez, the first of three days of inshore racing took place with the event's international fleet, in excess of a hundred yachts, divided into two groups. The larger boats, including the Maxi yachts (measuring over 60-feet), attacked a 31.9-nautical mile course, whilst the smaller classes were confronted with a 26.4-nm challenge.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 – Perfect start for Puma Ocean Racing
Lisa Ramsperger,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Leg 8 start was won by the Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg crew. Puma led the fleet around the inshore course for the start of the penultimate leg on Sunday. Leg 8 will take the fleet approximately 1,900 miles, out from Lisbon, Portugal, around the Azores and in to Lorient, France.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: See the Start of Leg 8 - Replay
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Catch the start of the Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 replay coverage here. The fleet has a 'sprint' ocean leg from Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France. Commentators Martin Tasker and Peter Lester... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Double Olympic medallist slams vital Umpire Call
Sail-World,
The tension in the Volvo Ocean Race boiled over today, after the InPort race in Lisbon, Portugal, when a controversial penalty soon after the start, relegated former overall race leader, Telefonica back to sixth place in the race. The incident came seconds after the start, when Telefonica sailed through to leeward of Puma Ocean Racing (Ken Read).... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Women's Match Racing title winner announced
ISAF,
Skandia Sail for Gold, the sixth of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas, is currently underway in Weymouth, Great Britain. Today, Saturday 9th June, Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi (USA) have taken the Women's Match Racing ISAF Sailing World Cup title.... [more]
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Sperry Top-Sider: The Thirty Second Decision
Greg Nicoll,
The 30 second decision was re-enforced by Craig Reingold, President of Sperry Top-Sider. Sperry's sponsorship of the US Sailing Team 'is the milestone, a monumental event in the 75 year history of the Sperry Top-Sider brand' said Craig Reingold, President of Sperry Top-Sider.... [more]
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ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship win to Georgetown
Jennifer Mitchell,
'Georgetown had good starts, they were solid tactically and always seemed to do the right thing,' Bill Healy, Yale's assistant coach said.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club 158th Annual Regatta - Around The Island Race
Kirsten Ferguson,
Sailors on over 100 boats enjoyed classic Newport weather for today's 19-mile Around the (Conanicut) Island Race. Though Rambler was first to finish in just under two hours, it was the IRC 52 Sled's performance that earned owner Takashi Okura (Tokyo, Japan) a class win in IRC 2 and the overall victory in IRC class.... [more]
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Sail for Gold - Early end for Paralympic sailors + Video
Jo Grindley,
As athletes departed Skandia Sail for Gold on Thursday afternoon, the storm was growing to its peak and overnight, it blasted Weymouth and Portland with winds in excess of 50 knots. Waves broke over the famous Chesil Bank, the rain poured down and the venue was cleared in case of flooding. What a welcome to the British summer!... [more]
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Sail for Gold – Skud 18 and Sonar World Cup Standings confirmed
ISAF,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2012, the sixth of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas, is currently underway in Wemouth and Portland. With Paralympic racing cancelled on the final two days the SKUD18 and Sonar World Cup Standings are confirmed.... [more]
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On course to make Newport Bermuda Race history
Colin Thompson - The Royal Gazette,
Lawyer Amanda Mochrie is on course to make Newport Bermuda Race history. Barring a late withdrawal in the final lead up to this year's race Mochrie, a seasoned offshore sailor, will become the first female to skipper a Bermuda yacht in the race's 106-year history.... [more]
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20th International Optimist Regatta (SIOR)
Carol Bareuther,
A record-breaking 100-plus fleet of Optimists from throughout the Caribbean, U.S. and Europe are ready to race in the 2012 Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta (SIOR), June 22 to 24.... [more]
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ICSA/Gill Coed National Championship Day 2
Jennifer Mitchell,
The second day of the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship had a slow start. The wind was coming from the north around 8-12 knots at the start of race 7B. The race committee was able to run eight races total today.... [more]
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