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06 Jul 2012

Offshore and inshore action—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Groupe Edmond de Rothschild races upwind during offshore racing on day 1 in Porto - Extreme Sailing Series 2012  © Roy Riley / Lloyd Images
The Extreme Sailing Series 2012 Act 4 is currently taking place in Porto, Portugal, with eight teams vying for top honors aboard their Extreme 40 catamarans. Currently, skipper Leigh McMillan and his The Wave, Muscat team are sitting in pole position after seven races that were contested in a strong breeze and big swells. 'We have had a good start but we need to not get carried away with today's results,' said a cautious McMillan. 'We have lot of races still to go in Porto including offshore racing and racing in this very small confined harbor here in Porto, so it is going to be very exciting but there are a lot of challenges. I think we can expect lots of action.' Conditions are expected to remain boisterous in Porto, so be sure to stay current with the website as news unfurls.

And speaking of big waves, fast boats and torrents of spray, don't miss the sizzle reel of iconic moments from this year's Volvo Ocean Race. Also VOR-related, check out the image galleries from this week's practice race, which allowed teams to become familiar with the local conditions before the Galway, Ireland in-port race, which takes place this Saturday. Stay tuned to the website for racecourse updates, as they become known.

Audi Azzurra Sailing Team, Quantum Racing and Gladiator in action during 52 Super Series  Xaume Olleros/52 Superseries

In inshore news, the third regatta in the new 52 Super Series kicks off next week (July 10-14) in Palma, Mallorca. Racing will take place amongst boats that were built to the TP52 box rule and will be contested amongst eight teams. Interestingly, some 'new' faces are arriving on the block, namely TP52s that have been optimized for the new race series. More inside.

The brand new STIG72 has been launched. Valencia, 5 July 2012  Pierre Orphanidis/VSail.info

For anyone who craves some floating eye candy, don't miss the story and images on STIG72, the new Judel/Vrolijk-designed mini-maxi. The boat was built for an Italian owner—a recent transplant from the Melges 20 class—in Finland at Baltic Yachts, and was recently launched in Valencia, Spain, just prior to her maiden regatta. No drooling allowed!

Peter Gilmour at the Stena Match Race Sweden 2012 - Stena Match Cup Sweden 2012  Greg Nicoll

And finally, get the latest news on Emirates Team New Zealand's 'cross-training' with their rugby mates to see how professional athletes prepare for battle; get the post-regatta report from the Laser Radial Youth Worlds, where Mitchell Kiss of the US SAILING Development Team won a proud Bronze medal, and don't miss Katie Nicoll's great conversation with match-racing great Peter Gilmour, all inside.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships – Laser Radial fleet preview
ISAF,
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships are to be held from 12th to 21st July 2012 in Dublin. Ireland's Sophie Murphy and Norway's Hermann Tomasgaard will look to use their experience to win gold. At just 18-year's old Murphy will not only bring her knowledge of her home waters to the regatta, but her big event experience, that cannot be rivalled.... [more]
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Farr 40 North American Championship Day 2 + Video
Farr 40 Class Association,
The Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship in Newport saw some lighter breezes and stronger currents for day two of racing, which was held on Narragansett Bay, north of the Pell Bridge. The fleet of 11 teams sailed Races four and five of the series, and each of those yielded a new winner, just as yesterday's three races had done... [more]
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Gilmour talks about the current state of match racing at Stena Cup
Katie Nicoll,
Sail-World interview with Peter Gilmour: Gilmour is now probably one of the most mature match racers still actively competing in the sport. He is a seven time winner of the Marstrand stop of the World Match Race Series. He has seen a lot in his many years of match racing and is excited about the new breed of sailors coming into the sport. Recently there has been a massive shift to younger people.... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup - Breathtaking action on day 4
Chris Yates,
Day three of the PWA Pozo World Cup might have been windy, but day four's wind was on a totally different scale. The wind at times was gusting to 60 knots, but this didn't deter the world's most radical sailors from launching into rocket propelled stunts as they delivered a truly breathtaking display.... [more]
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Launch of new STIG72 in Valencia for Italian owner
Vsail.Info,
A major milestone was reached on Thursday afternoon after the launch in Valencia of the brand new STIG72, for Alessandro Rombelli. The Italian owner, passionate sailors and recent winner of the Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup Championship, is now ready to take a big step forward and compete in the Mini-Maxi class, starting with the Copa del Rey in a mere ten days.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Fleet ready to battle for In-Port Race Trophy
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the fight for the In-Port Race Trophy goes down to the wire with Saturday's Discover Ireland In-Port Race set to decide what has been an enthralling series. After nine inshore races in the host ports along the route, four teams are still in with a shot of glory when the fleet takes to the water one last time, with Galway Bay providing the arena for the final showdown.... [more]
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Stena Match Cup Sweden - Phil Robertson secures qualifying top spot
Leigh Ireland,
Stena Match Cup Sweden fourth qualifying session was held today, Thursday 5th July 2012. Phil Robertson went unbeaten to finish top and get the first pick of opposition in the Quarter Final of the event as he looks to continue his fantastic early season form through the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
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52 Super Series heads to Palma
Jacaranda Marketing,
The 52 Super Series third regatta is being held in Palma, Mallorca next week. Eight boats will race on equal terms for an historic sailing trophy, The Royal Cup. Just as there were two boats new to the 52 Super Series circuit in Porto Cervo, Sardinia last month, so the momentum and interest continues to grow as the circuit reaches high summer, and a very popular racing venue, Palma.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA on the catwalk - Video
SF Chronicle,
San Francisco Chronicle's fashion team and picture editor shoot Oracle Team USA America's Cup sailing crew - a must see video shot in San Francisco... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Running repairs on Azzam's keel made in Galway
Volvo Ocean Race,
Abu Dhabi's yacht Azzam is expected to be back to 100 per cent racing fitness after the shore team spent all day working to fix their damaged keel that reduced their performance by as much as 10 per cent during Leg 9, of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's general manager Phil Allen said it was still unclear exactly what caused the damage, but it was likely that hitting a lob... [more]
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Laser Radial Youth Worlds Bronze for USA's Mitchell Kiss
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing Development Team member Mitchell Kiss (Holland, Mich.) won a bronze medal at the 2012 Laser Radial Youth World Championship held June 29 – July 4, in Brisbane, Australia. Racing was hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and sailed on Moreton Bay.... [more]
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Farr 40 North American Championship day 1 + Video
Farr 40 Class Association,
Day 1 of the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship in Newport, R.I. and like a deck of cards, the fleet was shuffled into different positions throughout the day, resulting in a different winner for each of the three races.... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup day 3 - Big Wednesday
PWA,
PWA Pozo World Cup day 3 turned out to be ‘Big Wednesday'. Men's Single Elimination semi-final saw the level go quite literally sky high, as the wind hit forty knots or more and the waves continued to increase.... [more]
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