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22 Jul 2012

Mackinac bound!—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

il mostro crew - 2012 Race to Mackinac  MISTE Photography
For the 350-plus boats racing in this year's Chicago Yacht Club's 104th Race to Mackinac, conditions thus far have proven to be hot and shifty, with winds generally south of fifteen knots. While the densely populated Tartan 10 class (24 contenders) is spread out, the boats that sailed offshore (as in all classes) are seeing better results than the boats that hugged the coast.

In the Turbo division, Windquest, a fixed-keel Z 86, and il mostro, a 2008-2009 generation Volvo Open 70, are also seeing meager breezes that have thwarted any hopes of besting the late, great Roy Disney's 2002 record passage aboard his Pyewacket of just 23 hours, 30 minutes for the 289 nautical mile course. As expected, the meager breeze has done nothing to ease the competition between the line-honors contenders, and the two boats have been trading pole position since the starting guns sounded.

According to meteorologist Chris Bedford, a front is supposed to pass through this evening, offering fresher winds tomorrow from the south-southwest. It will certainly be interesting to see what this freshening breeze will mean for the line-honors battle that's playing out between il mostro and Windquest. Stay tuned to the website for more information from this historic event, as it becomes available.

Mister Ed, IMX 38, starting the Ackroo Lake Ontario 300 Challenge 2012  Greg Nicoll

And also in Great Lakes distance-racing news, don't miss Greg Nicoll's report from the ongoing Ackroo Lake Ontario 300 Challenge. 'Seventeen-plus knots of wind,' reported Ian McAllister from the IMX 38, Mister Ed. 'Huge swells going into Main Duck. More than one spinnaker was torn in 20 knots of wind rounding the island.' At the time of this writing, Gaucho, a Farr 44, is holding pole position, with some 134 miles of sailing to go. More, inside.

The Gold Coast Australia team arriving at the docks in Southampton.  onEdition ©

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Pond, Gold Coast Australia has won the overall prize in the 2011/2012 Clipper Around the World Yacht Race. 'It has been an amazing adventure,' said skipper Richard Hewson, Gold Coast Australia from the finishing line in Southampton, UK. 'From the start we've had plans to dominate the race and we've definitely done that. It was very competitive and we've racing against some fantastic tough competition all the way. We've achieved so much more than we set out to achieve and had so many wins and podiums, but to stand here on the stage as winners is unbelievable. I've had an amazing crew that's made this happen.'

Mandy Barker christens New Zealand. Emirates Team New Zealand naming ceremony for 'New Zealand', the team's first AC72.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ

In Cup news, be sure to check out the video clip of Emirates Team New Zealand's (ETNZ) AC72 wingsail-powered catamaran as she heads out of Viaduct Harbor. The video, while shot on an iPhone, offers the best glimpse to date of an AC72's deck layout, and it also offers some visual evidence of how ETNZ approached the winch problem, and how to tame the massive loads generated by the mighty wingsail. Don't miss the images and the report from ETNZ's launching ceremony, which took place over the weekend, and stay tuned for more images and video footage of the big cat sailing, as it becomes available.

Artemis Racing (SWE44) - RC44 Sweden Cup 2012  © MartinezStudio.es .

Also inside, be sure to get the latest reports from the Opti Worlds, the Laser North Americans, the New York Yacht Club's Race Week, and the wrap-up report from the RC44 Sweden Cup, the Opti Worlds. And, given that the start of the Games is less than a week away, please also stand by for plenty of Olympic coverage, as the news unfurls.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Point and Click with Mauri Pro Sailing – Part I
John Curnow,
With Mauri Pro you're talking ten years in operation now and they have become quite the dominant force in the online marine binary world. Indeed with some brands, Mauri Pro is the biggest on the planet. Finally then, there are the manufacturers' warranties, which are no different to any other purchasing method.... [more]
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Chicago Mackinac 2012 – Has the rubber band broken?
Sail-World.com USA,
The 350 plus boats in the 104th Chicago Mackinac Racing fleet, which started off Navy Pier yesterday, is not from this year's weather brochure. The line honors battle in the 2012 Race to Mackinac race continued for most of last evening.... [more]
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22 Hours into the Ackroo Lake Ontario 300 Challenge
Greg Nicoll,
23rd annual Ackroo Lake Ontario 300 Challenge is underway. Current line honours leader is Gaucho a Farr 44, skippered Keith MacDonald from Hamilton Ontario. Gaucho, 134 nautical miles from the finish line, is hugging the south shoreline of Lake Ontario heading for the last turning mark off Niagara-On-The- Lake.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Victory for Gold Coast Australia
Amy Martindale,
The Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race came to an exciting end today as thousands gathered to watch the fleet's arrival in Southampton, UK. Gold Coast Australia secured the overall win, as the non-professional crews onboard all 10 ocean racing yachts marked the end of a 40,000 mile challenge of a lifetime.... [more]
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CYC Race to Mackinac - Sunday morning race report
CYC Race to Mackinac,
So far, this year's Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot, has become a test of navigators' mettle. Shifty conditions are the norm across Lake Michigan and since yesterday's start the fleets have seen breeze range from fifteen knots to becalmed, in almost every direction as a cold front that was progressing southward has stalled across the middle of the lake.... [more]
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Optimist World Championship Day 5 - Team Racing + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
Optimist World Championship - A beautiful day was expecting the 42 teams qualified for the Team Racing today in Boca Chica. The two racecourses were very close to the Yacht Club and spectators had the opportunity to see the action on first hand. In Team Racing each team competes with four athletes and they have to get the winning finish combination in order to win.... [more]
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Laser North American Championship - Challenging day 3
Michelle Slade,
On day three of the 2012 Laser North American Championship, four races were sailed amid warm, sunny skies and a breeze the built to a steady 21 knots. Sailing families suntanned and swam in the Columbia River with a great view to the racecourse as 170+ Lasers whipped around a challenging course.... [more]
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Windsurf & Kiteboard North American Course Racing Championships Videos
Various,
The Formula Windsurfer and Kite boarding fleets are contesting the North American Course Racing Championships, being hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Race Week - Three more classes join the action
Barby MacGowan,
At New York Yacht Club Race Week three new classes joined the racing action today. The Melges 32s hit the race course with gusto, and Alec Cutler's (Hamilton, Bermuda) Hedgehog took two bullets in three of its races today to establish a lead. Benjamin Schwartz's Pisces shares the same overall points.... [more]
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Melges 32 Sailing Series Malcesine day 2
Francesca Pitacco,
Second day of the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series. In an attempt to complete the series, Fabio Barrasso has set the warning signal at 10.00 tomorrow. With six races completed one discard will be counted.... [more]
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Chicago Mackinac 2012 – Now it's Windquest leading CYCRTM
Sail-World USA,
Desperately close racing in the racing division of the 104th Chicago Mackinac, which started off Navy Pier today. More than 350 boats are competing in this Great Lakes classic which was first run in 1898.... [more]
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Ackroo Lake Ontario 300 Challenge of to a challenging start!
Greg Nicoll,
The Ackroo Lake Ontario 300 Challenge - This is the 23rd annual LO 300 Race: for more information on the race and to follow racers on Yellow Brick go to www.lO300.org... [more]
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Chicago Mackinac 2012 – Now it's Windquest
Sail-World USA,
Desperately close racing in the racing division of the 104th Chicago Mackinac, which started off Navy Pier today. More than 350 boats are competing in this Great Lakes classic which was first run in 1898.... [more]
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505 World Championship kicks off in La Rochelle + Video
Mark Angell,
The 2012 505 World Championship got under way in La Rochelle amid sunny conditions. With a light south-westerly breeze forecast, the race officials took the decision to keep the 187 boat fleet ashore, opting for a four hour postponement to allow sufficient conditions for the fleet to launch.... [more]
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Chicago Mackinac 2012 – il Mostro races into lead
Sail-World USA,
Blue skies and light winds for the 104th Chicago Mackinac Racing fleet start off Navy Pier. Soon after the start it was already clear that the line honours battle in the 104th Chicago Mackinac race between Peter Thornton's Volvo 70 il Mostro and the DeVos brothers Z86 Windquest.... [more]
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J29 North American Championship aiming for a record
John Heseltine,
Campaigning to make the J29 North American Championship the biggest of all time has been underway since the initial influx of competitors in the spring. The record, I`ve been told and have been repeating ever since, is 18. It's unofficial but I read it in Sailing Anarchy so it must be true.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72 deck and working layout revealed on video
Richard Gladwell,
Yesterday, Sail-World, along with a significant and cheering crowd, happened to catch Emirates Team NZ's new AC72 as she passed through the Viaduct Harbour bridge, and shot this video using an iPhone. It shows the best view yet (and in daylight to boot) of the deck layout of the AC72, and how ETNZ have approached the issue of developing the winch-power necessary to sail the 72ft catamaran... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from the Viaduct Harbour launching ceremony
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ's AC72 was launched in Auckland's Viaduct harbour as fans packed all the vantage points around the Viaduct Events Centre. After being christened by Mandy Barker, the first AC72 launched in the world, was ringed by fire,... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand catamaran ready to fly
Bob Wallace,
Emirates Team New Zealand's latest America's Cup yachting challenger is ready to 'fly' after a ceremony at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. The huge, high-speed catamaran known as an AC 72 craft (America's Cup 72-footer) features a 40-metre high wing-sail with similar materials to those used in today's most modern aircraft.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet on final phase
Amy Martindale,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on the third day of race fifteen, from Den Helder to Southampton. As the ten 68-foot ocean racing yachts start their final full day of racing in the series, the teams are playing every last card up their sleeves in a battle for the final podium position.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from the naming of Emirates Team NZ's AC72
Paul Gilbert,
Auckland based photographer, Paul Gilbert was on hand to take these images on a cold Auckland evening when the first AC 72 was named `New Zealand` in front of a hearty crowd of supporters at the Viaduct Harbour.... [more]
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Laser North American Championship - Barnard maintains lead on day 2
Michelle Slade,
On Day 2 of the Laser North American Championships at Cascade Locks, Oregon, 21-year old Chris Barnard from Newport Beach, Calif., maintained his lead.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Race Week - Wet but having fun
Barby MacGowan,
Nearly 100 teams are competing in the New York Yacht Club Race Week. One race circle hosted four IRC classes, while another hosted one-design racing for J/109, J/111, Beneteau 36.7 and Swan 42 classes.... [more]
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Govenor's Cup day 3
Nancy Mellon,
Govenor's Cup day 3 winds moved to the south on Friday, the ocean smoothed out and the temperature rose into the high 70's early in the day.... [more]
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Laser North Americans - Big fleet on opening day
Michelle Slade,
The 2012 Laser North Americans got underway on July 19th and the Columbia Gorge Racing Association race committee had their work cut out for them getting away starts for 173 registered boats, the largest fleet of boats ever hosted by the CGRA. The 104 competitors in the Laser Radial were split into two start groups. Sixteen boats started in the 4.7 and 53 in the Standard Rig.... [more]
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Transat Québec Saint-Malo - Multifaceted fleet prepare for battle
Carla Anselmi,
Since its inception, the Transat Québec Saint Malo has always attracted a number of international sailors keen to put themselves to the test in the classic route and this eighth edition is no exception. Could a non-French skipper become the winner of the Transat Québec Saint Malo for the first time even in the 28 year long history of the classic transatlantic race?... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Race Week - Around the Island race
Barby MacGowan,
Seven classes--four for IRC and one each for Swan 42, J/109 and Beneteau 36.7--set out for Rhode Island Sound this morning, expecting a forecast five-seven knots but were pleasantly surprised when a 12 knot east-northeasterly breeze greeted them for their first race at New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport.... [more]
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