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 18 Nov 2012
 


Vendee Sam Davies dismasted, Sail-World on board AC 72 + More UK News

Sail-World.com's Richard Gladwell (red wet weather gear) rides shotgun on Emirates Team New Zealand AC72 testing on the Hauraki Gulf.  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©
Sail-World.com's NZ and America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, spent three hours perched on the after beam of Emirates Team NZ's AC72 for a training session on the Hauraki Gulf. Sailing in winds of up to 25kts, the AC72 hit an amazing 43.6kts and didn't even feel like she was breaking into a sweat. He reports on Wednesday's race and test session.

Skipper Dean Barker has a very light touch on the wheel of the AC72 during the race session aboard Emirates Team New Zealand AC72 on the Hauraki Gulf.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ©


Imagine you are standing on top of an Emirates jet on that final mad charge down the runway before takeoff.

The engines are screaming and every imperfection in the runway is magnified into the jolting that reverberates through the plane just before it leaves the ground.

Next, take that mental snapshot and overlay it on to a boat the dimensions of a tennis court (well three metres wider), flying down the harbour, a couple of metres above the sea, travelling at a speed of more than 40kts.

This is the surreal world of the AC72 catamaran and the 34th America's Cup.

This is a must read article .... The Sail-World team's detailed coverage of the America's Cup will continue all the way to San Francisco in September 2013. Join us for the ride.


Over in Namibia, Paul Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket 2 crew are hard at work, attempting to best the outright sailing speed record. 'Just in... 61 + knot peak speed and a 54,' wrote Paul. 'Something average; had to stop as the end was coming up fast. Everything went into fast forward. I was saying 'This is fast, this is fast' and then she took off again... 'This is real f*****g fast'!!! I thought we might have bagged the outright [record] as well... as you would after hitting over sixty knots... but the average wasn't there... I think. Everyone is getting the data down now. We broke our own [Personal Best] twice today... so that's 2x triple rum and cokes in pint glasses... and of course the 60-knot bottle of champagne also falls. Happy days.'

Vestas Sailrocket 2  © Helena Darvelid/VestasSailrocket


And of course the Vendee Globe fleet is enjoying some interesting times.

Vendee Globe - Sam Davies, Saveol  Sam Davies ©

Brit Samantha Davies reached Funchal Marina in Madeira on Saturday morning with Savéol looking naked with her rigging cut away and no sails after dismasting on Thursday night. 'This Vendee Globe has been too short,' Davies wrote in her message last night. Following the shock and then the survival mode, the grief of four years planning ending in five days has begun to sink in.

Lots of news today... grab some coffee and enjoy your time with us ...


The Sail-World.com Team



Gladwell's Line: Riding shotgun on Emirates Team NZ's AC72 at 43.6kts
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World.com's NZ and America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, spent three hours on Emirates Team NZ's AC72 for a training session on the Hauraki Gulf. Sailing in winds of up to 25kts the AC72 hit an amazing 43.6kts and didn't even feel like she was breaking into a sweat. He reports on Wednesday's race and test session.... [more]
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Vendée Globe - Samantha Davies reports Savéol dismasted
Vendée Globe,
Vendée Globe skipper Samantha Davies contacted the race office of the Vendée Globe at 1945hrs (French time), on Thursday, November 15th, to report that her boat had dismasted. Davies is not injured. She is safe inside the boat with all the watertight doors closed. She is monitoring the situation and does not require assistance.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Battle continues as skippers push on
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Javier Sansó (Acciona 100% EcoPowered) revealed that he went up his 100ft mast and successfully retrieved the main halyard on Friday evening, but so sheltered was the spot he found on the northeast coast of Tenerife that he was becalmed until 0400hrs (French time) on Saturday.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Leaders navigate southerly route on Day 7
Vendee Globe,
Things are starting to shape up going into the seventh day of racing in the Vendee Globe as the fleet of leaders take on a southerly route to further stretch their lead over the rest of the pack. Cheminées Poujoulat's skipper Bernard Stamm has already overtaken Macif's Francois Gabart for second place but yo-yo race is expected in the coming days.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Golding still hopeful as Gamesa heads southerly
Emily Caroe,
Despite being hammered with large squalls over the past couple of days, veteran British sailor Mike Golding remains optimistic of his chances in the ongoing Vendee Globe race as his Gamesa team starts to navigate on a southerly course and build more stability in their voyage... [more]
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America's Cup: Volvo skipper gets first taste of foiling + Video
Sail-World,
Chris Nicholson, skipper of second place getter in the Volvo Ocean Race, Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand, had a big day out when he joined the America's Cup sailing crew on the teams AC72 America's Cup Challenger. The video features some excellent extended footage of the yacht foiling. Later in the day ETNZ's AC72 hit speeds of 43.6kts... [more]
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America's Cup: Launch incident injures Luna Rossa shore crew member
Sail-World,
Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 shore team member, Fred Gastinet has been injured in a launching incident on Friday, November 16, just before midday. He suffered a compound fracture of the shinbone, requiring surgery. The top of the wingsail for the AC72 catamaran has been damaged. The incident terminated the planned sailing session, and is expected to cause some small delay in the team's workup program... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 sets new speed record of 59kts
Paul Larsen,
Vestas Sailrocket Project Leader and Pilot, Paul Larsen, discusses how he and the crew have now achieved a record setting pace of 59.01kts - yet to be ratified. During the run the team exceeded 62kts. The new mark was set in Walvis Bay, Namibia this September with a new hydrofoil package. The ratified record stands at 55.65 knots (64 mph) and is held by American Kite Surfer Rob Douglas.... [more]
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Vendee Globe: Black Friday - And then they were 16
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Javier Sansó reports that he has been sailing for thirty-two hours without his mainsail. He was approaching the Canary Islands yesterday afternoon, where he will shelter in calmer conditions while he climbs up his 100ft mast to recover the main halyard.... [more]
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Go-fast gear at METS
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
The international marine industry is comprised of a series of innovative companies (some more so than others) that constantly press the envelope on what's possible. For the cruising crowd, this often translates to added comfort or extra amenities, but for us racers, the offer of increased speed drives research, design, development and, ultimately, sales.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Mike Golding nearing completion of first full week
Gamesa Sailing Team,
As Mike Golding looks forward to completing his first full week of his fourth Vendée Globe solo round the world race tomorrow, Saturday 17th November, the British skipper has been facing a frustrating time dealing with a wide band of high pressure which is making for light and unsettled breezes as he tries to improve his eighth place position today [Friday].... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Lead change and dismasting as skippers push on
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, while Samantha Davies announced her dismasting to the race office last night, Armel Le Cléac´h, (Banque Populaire) took the lead from François Gabart. But for all the skippers in the top eleven, the conditions are much more comfortable than at the back of the fleet.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Frustrating, busy night onboard Gamesa
Emily Caroe,
In the Vendee Globe, it has been a frustrating, very busy night for Mike Golding on Gamesa currently lying in eighth place, chasing Jérémie Beyou on Maitre CoQ who is 32 miles ahead in seventh but over 200 miles to his west as he races 125 miles SWW of the west side of Canary Islands.... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - All or none for the top two in Malaysia
Leigh Ireland,
The 2012 Monsoon Cup is set to take place 3-8 December and current Alpari World Match Racing Tour leader Bjorn Hansen believes that anything less than a Semi Final appearance from either himself or main rival Ian Williams will end their challenge for the Tour title this season.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 begins the big reveal of the beast within
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen of Vestas Sailrocket 2 discusses how the big reveal of the beast within is finally underway and how the speed was no accident nor was it unexpected.... [more]
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Teams to battle for RYA National Match Racing Championship title
Matt Carter,
A fleet of 12 will go head-to-head at Queen Mary Sailing Club (Staines) from the 16th-18th November to battle it out for the RYA National Match Racing Championship title, including the world's number one match racer, Ian Williams. The three-time World Champion Williams, who has been number one in the ISAF Match Racing Rankings since August 2011, will provide tough competition at QMSC this weekend.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Sanso reports damage to Acciona 100% EcoPowered
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, the Acciona Sailing Team has been informed by its skipper Javier 'Bubi' Sansó that the boat Acciona 100% EcoPowered has had to modify its sailing route having suffered a bit of damage to the track of the main sail halyard whilst sailing in very harsh sea and wind conditions.... [more]
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Pieces in motion at C-Class Summit
William Clark,
With the 2013 International C-Class Catamaran Championship in Falmouth, England less than nine months away, C-Class Catamaran enthusiast from six countries met at Rhode Island's Bristol Yacht Club on the weekend of November 10th.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Updates from Mike Golding onboard Gamesa
Emily Caroe,
Vendee Globe, transcription of Mike Golding on Radio Vacs: Update 13:05 GMT: 'Life onboard is good, I've come through the front now and we are on our way south again, so quite a relief to get past that. 'Last night was pretty busy as we went through pretty much everything on the sail plan and the boat is alright down below but a bit of tidying up in the cockpit is needed.... [more]
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RS End of Season Championships overall
Debbie Darling,
Datchet Water Sailing Club hosted the first ever RS End of Season Championships on November 10/11 with Crewsaver as event sponsors. This was the first time that the RS Feva class was involved in an event with all the other adult RS fleets. It proved an excellent showcase as the Feva youngsters were able to see the whole 'RS stable', with 153 boats from across the ‘RS family' joining in.... [more]
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Dragon World Championship 2013 to be hosted by WPNSA
Fiona Brown,
The 2013 Dragon World Championship is to be hosted by Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), home of the sailing regattas of the 2012 Olympiad, from 5 to 13 September 2013. With its combination of great sailing waters, purpose built shore facilities, ease of access and fabulous Dorset location on the Jurassic Coast, Weymouth was the obvious choice... [more]
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RS Feva End of Season Championship at Datchet Water SC
Debbie Darling,
The RS Feva End of Season Championship became a big family affair this year, with 153 boats from across the ‘RS family' joining in at Datchet Water SC on November 10/11. The 51 Feva's were joined on a trapezoid course by 35 RS 200's; whilst RS 100/300/400/500/600/700/800's raced on a second trapezoid course.... [more]
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Irish Team Racing Nationals at Schull
ISA,
Despite the recent news that there will be no ISAF Team Racing Worlds in 2013, team racing in Ireland is still flourishing. Eighteen teams travelled to Schull over the weekend of the 10th and 11th of November for the Irish Team Racing Association National Championships.... [more]
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RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year Award winners announced
Susie NationGrainger,
The RYA has turned the spotlight onto some of this year's most inspirational young sailors as the 2012 RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year Award winners are announced. The youngsters from the thirteen RYA regions were nominated by sailing clubs and selected as winners by the regions' committees.... [more]
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Mike Holmes is crowned Royal Southern YC 'Champion of Champions'
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
In a new initiative launched in this 175th Anniversary year of the Royal Southern Yacht Club, the Barbados Tourism Authority and the Hamble-based Club have co-operated to offer the owner of the most consistent and successful yacht in the Club's four Summer Series Regattas, a prize trip to view the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race on 21st January 2013.... [more]
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