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17 Jun 2012

Newport-Bermuda records falls—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

George David's Rambler breaks record in the Newport Bermuda Race in 2012.  Fran Grenon
Last August, skipper George David's co-owned Rambler 100 made international headlines when her keel catastrophically failed, roughly a half hour after rounding Fastnet Rock in the 2011 edition of the fabled Fastnet Race, causing the boat to turn turtle in less than a minute. While all crewmembers were saved, the breakage not only put everyone in harm's way, but it also prevented the team— one of the world's best group of sailors—from besting the course record.

Flash forward a year and Mr. David is smiling, this time for a much better reason than a successful rescue—he now owns the Newport-Bermuda Race record, having set a new course standard of just 39 hours, 39 minutes, and 18 seconds (note: this record is still subject to ratification) over this past weekend in the 48th edition of the Newport-Bermuda Race. That's a reduction of fourteen hours from the late Roy Disney's 2002 record aboard Pyewacket.

'These were perfect conditions,' said a delighted David in Bermuda. 'The most exciting moment was when we hit 26 knots. I'm so pleased with our performance. We have reduced the record by twenty-five percent—not bad for a boat that's now 10 years old. This Rambler is the best boat I have ever owned!'

Racecourse conditions were ideal for fast passages for boats of all sizes, as a strong northeasterly kept things lively, especially for the faster, quicker boats that were able to take great advantage of the big pressure and 'interesting' Gulf Stream conditions.

Further astern, Joe Harris, skipper of the Class 40 GryphonSolo2 offers a great racecourse report. 'GryphonSolo2 are moving well and about 170 miles from Bermuda,' reported Harris. 'It got a little slow last night as the breeze softened from 20 knots to 10 knots and it felt like we were going very slow, but that was only because we had been going very fast.' Get the full Newport Bermuda report inside this issue, and stay tuned to the website for more news, as it officially unfurls.

Laurent Pages shields himself from the onslaught of spray coming across the deck, onboard Groupama Sailing Team during leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France. (Credit: Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race)  Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team © /Volvo Ocean Race

Meanwhile, in Lorient, France, the sailors participating in the 2011/2012 Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) are dealing with the reckoning that comes after a burly, penultimate offshore leg, and the leaderboard upsets that it represented. Former race leader Telefinica suffered dual rudder breakages in the trying conditions that the fleet experienced after rounding São Miguel in the Azores, essentially pulling them from the running for the overall prize.

This, of course, was great news for Groupama 4, Puma Ocean Racing's Mar Mostro, and Emirates Team New Zealand's Camper, who have now occupied the number one, number two and number three positions, respectively. Telefionica skipper Iker Martinez and his men are currently occupying fourth place, but with some in-port racing and another offshore leg (from Lorient to Galway), there is still some runway left for leaderboard changes. Stay tuned for more news, as it becomes available.

melges 24 US Nationals - Melges 24 US National Championship   International Melges 24 Class Association

Also, be sure to comb this issue for the latest happenings from the Sardinia Cup, the Melges 24 Nationals (which are taking place right here in Seattle) and Kiel Week, which runs through the 24th of the month. And finally, get the latest reports from the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race, and be sure to spend some time scrolling through the image gallery from the VOR's Lorient finish.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Newport Bermuda Race record smashed
Talbot Wilson,
The Newport Bermuda 635 mile race record has been smashed by George David's 90ft maxi Rambler, clipping a massive 14 hours off the previous best time set 10 years ago by Roy Disney's Pyewacket. The new record now stands at 39hr, 39 minutes, 18 seconds (subject to ratification) - an average speed of 16knots.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Final prizegiving in Les Sables d'Olonne
Oliver Dewar,
In the Global Ocean Race, separated momentarily from their Class40s, the teams attended the final, official event of the GOR 2011-12 in Les Sables d'Olonne and joined 150 guests at the event's prize giving held in the town's Salle Audubon on Boulevard Pasteur in the middle of Les Sable's old town on Saturday evening.... [more]
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Long Beach Race Week - Sailors prepare to be tested
Rich Roberts,
Long Beach Race Week is set to take place from 22-24 June and will be co-hosted by the Alamitos Bay and Long Beach Yacht Clubs. Big or small, one-design or speed-rated handicaps, around the buoys or offshore ... whatever their pleasure, the best of the West will be tested by the competition, the elements and parties onshore every night Friday through Sunday.... [more]
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Sardinia Cup - Team USA claims victory
Jill Campbell,
Sardinia Cup - Team USA, composed of the TP52 Quantum Racing skippered by Ed Baird and the Soto 40 Iberdrola with Jose Maria Torcida Seghers at the helm, has claimed victory. Both boats claimed their fourth bullet of the series to leave them 11 points clear of first runner up Team Italy.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - GryphonSolo2 crew prepared for challenges
Joe Harris,
Newport Bermuda Race - Joe Harris onboard GryphonSolo2 reports on the third day of racing: GryphonSolo2 are moving well and about 170 miles from Bermuda. It got a little slow last night as the breeze softened from 20 knots to 10 knots and it felt like we were going very slow, but that was only because we had been going very fast.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet re-adjust to life on board
Isabel Hokken,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day two of race thirteen from Nova Scotia to Derry-Londonderry. The last 24 hours has seen the teams beating up wind in the North Atlantic. After two days back at sea, the fleet are getting used to the day-to-day challenges of ocean racing again.... [more]
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Melges 24 U.S. Nationals - Zenda Express leads
U.S. Melges 24 Class Association,
Five heats were completed leaving former Melges 24 World Champion Harry Melges on Zenda Express in first overall.... [more]
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PWA Catalunya Windsurfing World Cup - Quentel's maiden victory
Chris Yates,
The racing commenced just before three o'clock in winds of eight to fifteen knots. Heat sixteen saw Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / Dunkerbeck Eyewear / Chris Benz) come screaming across the line to take an early lead and by the first mark he had a clear advantage over Quentel in second.... [more]
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Kiel Week now in full swing
Kieler Woche,
Kiel Week 2012 is now underway. The event started with good wind conditions, a bit of sunshine and some heavy showers during the day with the races for the dinghies and big boats officially commencing. The traditional first race of the event was for the seagoing boats in front of the party mile and shoreline in Kiel.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race Day 2 - Busy times for GryphonSolo2
Joe Harris,
Newport Bermuda Race - Joe Harris onboard GryphonSolo2 reports on the second day of racing: It has been a busy 18 hours since my last message. We have been cranking down the race course at top speed with a strong northeasterly wind behind us. We are now about halfway through the Gulf Stream with wind speed in the mid 20's and boat speeds in the mid-teens and touching a high of 22 knots!... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 8 Review - Short, Fast and Furious + Video
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
The Leg 8 race from Lisbon to Lorient was short, but it was anything but sweet. From drifting in the Azores to racing into the eye of a storm where searing speeds and heartbreaking boat damage resulted, the shortest leg of the race yet didn't come up short on drama.... [more]
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PWA Catalunya World Cup day 5 - Quentel clinches impressive victory
Chris Yates,
At the 2012 PWA Catalunya World Cup, for the fifth day in a row, Costa Brava produced the goods as elimination five was completed. The racing commenced just before three o'clock in 8-15 knot winds. However, today belongs to Julien Quentel, the Frenchmen claimed his first ever victory after another hugely impressive performance, and he currently holds second place overall.... [more]
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Sardinia Cup - Soto 40 and TP52 classes put to the test
Jill Campbell,
Audi Sardinia Cup 2012 penultimate day of racing consisted of coastal courses winding through the islands of the La Maddalena archipelago combined with patchy breeze to put both the Soto 40 and the TP52 classes to the test today. The provisional overall team classification has Team USA, composed of the TP52 Quantum Racing and the Soto 40 Iberdrola, retaining their lead... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race Day 1 - GryphonSolo2 go off with a mission
Joe Harris,
Newport Bermuda Race - Joe Harris onboard GryphonSolo2 provides a progress update after the first day of racing: We are off and running. Our day began with a weather briefing from Ken Campbell and team at Commanders Weather. He basically promised us lots of wind from behind us, but said the low pressure system would pass to the East on Sunday night... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Defiant Telefonica reflect and look ahead to Galway
Sail-World,
A defiant Team Telefónica salvaged fifth place after limping to the finish of Leg 8 in Lorient, France with two broken rudders at 20:40:26 UTC on Friday. 'We're losing the race here,' he said. 'But we're all safe, which is the most important thing. We'll keep going though, and we'll see.'... [more]
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Melges 24 U.S. National Championship – Light conditions on Day 1
Joy Dunigan,
Melges 24 U.S. National Championship 2012 - Warm and super light conditions greeted the 36-strong Melges 24 fleet on opening day. With the stunning and snow-capped Mt. Rainer in the background, it wasn't until around 2 o'clock in the afternoon that PRO Brian Watkins put the fleet into sequence and managed a first start.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the finish of Leg 8, Lorient
Sail-World,
Volvo Ocean Race photographers, Paul Todd and Ian Roman, present this gallery of images from the finish of Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Lorient, France, home port of Leg winner, and overall winner, Groupama.... [more]
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Spinnaker start for Newport to Bermuda fleet
Talbot Wilson,
The 2012 Newport Bermuda fleet of 166 yachts is on its way to the sunny isles. First to start was the Bermuda Sloop Foundation's sail-training vessel the ‘Spirit of Bermuda'. She was the sole entry in the new Spirit of Tradition Division. She went off a half hour before the next start Class 1 in the St. Davis's Lighthouse Division.... [more]
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PWA Catalunya World Cup - Action aplenty on day 4
PWA World Tour,
On day four of the PWA Catalunya World Cup, Costa Brava came to life early as the wind arrived before twelve o'clock and an action packed day ensued. After six high-octane hours on the water, two and a half eliminations were completed. As the racing came to a close it was Bjorn Dunkerbeck who stole the show, as he became the first man this season to win back-to-back eliminations... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fleet head from Canada to Ireland
Isabel Hokken,
In the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, the atmosphere was highly charged as the ten strong fleet of racing yachts started their last ocean crossing. The teams left Nova Scotia, Canada this afternoon (GMT) destined for Derry-Londonderry, where a ten day homecoming festival has been organised to celebrate the fleet's stopover in Northern Ireland.... [more]
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Sardinia Cup - Team USA takes the lead
Jill Campbell,
In the Sardinia Cup, Team USA, composed of the TP52 Quantum Racing and the Soto 40 Iberdrola, has leapfrogged Italy to head the overall team classification. A superlative performance from Iberdrola which claimed three bullets today, combined with a 3-1-4 scoreline from Quantum was sufficient to extend a nine-point lead over the home team composed of the Azzurra Sailing Team and the Soto 40 Alegre.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma takes third in Leg 8
Lisa Ramsperger,
With a third-place finish in Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, the Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg team improved to second in the overall standings. Puma crossed the line at 12:43:04 UTC/14:43:04 local in Lorient, France, on Friday to finish the penultimate leg from Lisbon, Portugal, in 5 days, 43 minutes and four seconds.... [more]
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Westward Cup day 3 – Eleonora takes line honours
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Westward Cup 2012 - Eleonora, Mariette and Mariquita have faced four days of the best and worst that the British weather could throw at them. The owners and their guests have been enjoying this prestigious and unique invitational yachting event run by the Royal Yacht Squadron, the New York Yacht Club and the Yacht Club de Monaco since Monday.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama first across Leg 8 finish
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 team Groupama 4 crossed the Lorient finish line this Friday lunchtime at 11h 31' 02 hours UTC. Franck Cammas and his men secured their second leg victory after their win in Auckland. This result also further boosts Groupama 4's position at the top of the overall standing.... [more]
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Melges 24 North American Championship at San Francisco YC preview
Fiona Brown,
Melges 24 North American Championship 2012 is being hosted by the San Francisco Yacht Club from 22nd to 26th August. Online entry is now open at the event website. The oldest North American Yacht Club west of the Mississippi, The San Francisco Yacht Club is widely recognized as the premiere yachting facility on the US West Coast.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Amazing high speed and wipe-out videos - Camper
Sail-World,
Two high speed wipe-outs from on board Camper in the closing stages of Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Two high speed wipe-outs from on board Camper in the closing stages of Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Plus another on board video of Camper sailing at high speed towards the Low that welcomed the Volvo Ocean race fleet to Lorient... [more]
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ISAF Match Race Rankings - Williams and Tunnicliffe remain on top
ISAF,
ISAF Match Race Rankings - Since the turn of 2012 there has been no change in the Open and Women's Match Race Rankings with Ian Williams (GBR) and Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) once again retaining their place at the top.... [more]
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