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03 Dec 2012

Cupdate and new solo records set—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

PH-JOY 162  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©
The biggest news in the Grand Prix sailing world comes from Artemis Racing's camp, as the Swedish-flagged, San Francisco-based Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup recently appointed Iain Percy, Nathan Outteridge, Santiago Lange, and Loïck Peyron to full-time positions, while announcing that their former tiller talent, Terry Hutchinson, would be 'pursuing other career opportunities'. According to reports, it's expected that Peyron will take up 'Hutch's' driving duties while Percy will act as sailing team director; one can only assume that Lange and Outteridge will both have key afterguard positions.

'Terry has made a huge contribution to the team since we started our quest for the America's Cup,' said Artemis' CEO, Paul Cayard. 'Terry's leadership and match racing expertise led Artemis Racing to win the 2012 ACWS Match Racing Championships and has brought the team to where we are today. We appreciate all of his efforts and dedication. We wish him the very best for the future.'

Also in Cup news, there's been a big comeuppance in espionage circles as the binoculars (or consumer-level camera gear-yes, you read that correctly) come out of dry bags on RIBs that are half a world away from the rest of their team. For example, Oracle Racing has been accused of coming too close to their competition (read: within a 200-meter circle of other team's AC72s) on New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf, thanks to some creative interpretations of the word 'navigating' from the Defender's camp. According to reports, inside, the Italian-flagged team Luna Rossa has appealed to the International Jury for a ruling (and maybe a slap-on-the-wrist penalty against Oracle Racing, at least or their first-time infraction).

Another burning issue within the Cup world, which has landed another protest with the International Jury, has to do with the cancellation of certain pre-Cup 2013 events, including Venice America's Cup Word Series act, which had been planned for the spring of 2013. Be sure to get the full Cup report, inside this issue.

JP on top this morning - Vendee Globe 2012  © Jean-Pierre Dick / Virbac-Paprec / Vendée Globe

Meanwhile, offshore in the Vendee Globe Race, the alone-and-unassisted non-stop-around-the-world race for IMOCA 60s, French skipper Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec) established two new (and still to be ratified) 24-hour distance records for solo sailors, the first for 498.8 miles, the second for a whopping 502.53 miles. To offer a point of comparison, Dick's new record beats fellow Vendee skipper Alex Thomson's 2003 World Sailing Speed Record Council's ratified record of 468.72 miles sailed in 24 hours. Talk about forcing yourself to stay awake and coherent, despite an obvious lack of sleep...

At the time of this writing, Francois Gabart ('Macif') was leading the fleet, followed by Dick and Armel Le Cleac'h ('Banque Populaire'). According to the latest reports, the leading sailors have now hit a big high-pressure path, slowing down their progress and likely thwarting any additional attempts to snatch away Dick's new prize, at least for now. Get the full Vendee report, inside.

PH-JOY 162  USMCA/ Joy Dunigan ©

Also inside, be sure to get the latest reports from the ongoing 2012 Melges Gold Cup, check out the preview of the Moonson Cup, which starts this Monday, and finally, learn about the changing face of the infamous Phuket King's Cup. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Smokin! WSSR Council confirms 65.45 knot World speed record
John Reed, WSSR Council,
The World Speed Sailing Record Council has announced the establishment of a new World Record. Paul Larsen of Australia and Vestas Sailrocket 2 have set the new Outright World and World 'B' Division Speed Sailing Record.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Armel Le Cléac'h sets a new record
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, The Jackal, Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) is the new race record holder for the fastest Open 60 from Les Sables d'Olonne to the Cape of Good Hope, clocking a time of 22 days 23 hours 48 minutes and managing to knock an astounding 24 hours two hours and 22 minutes off the record set by Vincent Riou in the 2004 edition of the Vendée Globe.... [more]
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Notice of Race for 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship released
The Notice of Race for the 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, the 43rd version of the championship being held in Limassol, Cyprus has now been released. More than 300 of the world's top youth sailors are expected to descend on Cyprus from 13-20 July 2013 and add their name to a list of winners.... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Koo and Robertson have something to prove
Leigh Ireland,
The eighth edition of the Monsoon Cup finally gets underway tomorrow in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia and while the focus has been on the primary Championship contenders, there are two other skippers here who believe that they have a point to prove in the finale of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
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Latest bid launched for outright World Speed Sailing record
Tanguy Blondel,
The latest bid for the outright World Speed Sailing record has been launched. Since Wednesday the French and American kiteboarders, Alex Caizergues and Rob Douglas, have been performing a series of 500-metre runs in the 'Volkswagen Transporter Arena', a surf spot situated at the heart of the Salins du Midi in France's Camargue.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Battle commences at Sail Melbourne
John Curnow,
A little after noon, it was clear that the first day of racing had begun in the ISAF Sailing World Cup at Sail Melbourne - for the yard at the world-class Sandringham YC on the shores Port Phillip was pretty empty indeed. Olympic classes, such as 470s, Finns, Lasers and 49ers were on their respective courses and were joined by invited classes like 29ers, Vipers, Skuds and Access Liberty dinghies.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Gap widens as first five pass Gate of Aiguilles
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, just thirty minutes was the gap that separated the first boat through the Gate of Aiguilles, François Gabart (Macif) and the third boat, Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire); a metaphorical photo finish in a race that covers 24,000 miles. It is incredible that the boats are racing so tightly.... [more]
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Melges 32 Gold Cup - Jason Carroll saves best for last
Joy Dunigan,
Jason Carroll saved his best for last, banking on superb navigating tactics and excellent effort from his crew to power Argo to their first Melges 32 Gold Cup title in Forth Lauderdale, Florida. Coming into the final day as the second-ranked team after six races, Carroll and his racing team came all out and registered solid finishes in the last two races.... [more]
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Cloudy skies overwhelm first day of Sail Melbourne
John Curnow,
The opening salvo of ISAF Sailing World Cup proves to be challenging for the competitors as organizers expect shifting wind patterns and scattered rain showers throughout the day. Participants in the Men's and Women's RSX Windsurfers plunged into the water Monday morning before the much awaited 49er and Women's 49FX races on Course B.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Leaderboard shuffles, Le Cam gets tied up + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel) realised last night that he was slowing down and that all was not well with his Bruce Farr designed Open 60. After a thorough examination of his boat, and asking himself many questions about the set up, he realised that his problem was below the waterline... [more]
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America's Cup: Italians fire off protests over Spying and Venue switch
Richard Gladwell,
It has been a busy week for rules advisers for the Italian Challenger for the 34th America's Cup, Luna Rossa. Two protests have been lodged with the International Jury. And the Jury Chairman has responded with a terse reminder to teams about leaking Jury documents to the media... [more]
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Sarah Newberry to coach Miami YC Team this weekend
Tamme Flood and US Sailing,
Miami Yacht Club is ecstatic to announce that number one female multihull skipper Sarah Newberry will be coaching the Miami Yacht Club O'Pen Bic Team during the Fall Harvest Regatta at MYC Saturday and Sunday - held on the waters of Biscayne Bay between the Julia Tuttle and the Venetian Causeway.... [more]
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Canfield and US One Sailing Team brings young talent to Monsoon Cup
Miyeera Navaretna,
The Monsoon Cup, final event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) will get underway on Monday, December 3rd at the Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort in Pulau Duyong, Kuala Terengganu and US Virgin Islander Taylor Canfield, along with his US One Sailing Team, will bring young match racing talent from the United States to the event. He will be joining eleven other teams from five countries.... [more]
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Melges 32 Gold Cup - Wild and windy day 1 in Ft. Lauderdale
Joy Dunigan,
The first day of competition for the Melges 32 Gold Cup, hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida was ushered in by a steady 15-20 knots of breeze and monster seas. Italy's Roberto Tomasini Grinover's Robertissima 1 with Vasco Vascotto on tactics holds the overall championship lead after aquiring an impressive daily 2-2-3 scoreline.... [more]
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The changing face of the Phuket King's Cup
Rob Kothe,
One often sees sports events claiming International status beyond reality, but now in its 26th year, the Phuket King's Cup organisers take so much for granted the amazing nationality mix of skippers and sailors in the fleet that it hardly rates a mention.... [more]
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America's Cup - Artemis Racing pulls off major personnel shakeup
Jennifer McHugh,
America's Cup contender Artemis Racing announced a major personnel shakeup on Saturday, appointing Olympic gold medalist Iain Percy, Nathan Outteridge, Santiago Lange, and Loïck Peyron to their team. The Challenger of Record for the upcoming America's Cup also released Terry Hutchinson, who guided the sailing team to clinch the 2012 ACWS Match Racing.... [more]
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Geelong to host first Southern Hemisphere Melges 24 Worlds in 2014
Jav Greaves,
In a major coup Geelong, Victoria has won the bid to host the prominent Melges 24 Class World Championship sailing regatta, in January 2014. The International Melges 24 Class Association at the November 24th World Council, held in Helsinki Finland, announced that the Royal Geelong Yacht Club will play host to the first championship held outside of the Northern Hemisphere.... [more]
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Impressive year of achievement for Charlie Buckingham
Dana Paxton,
Olympic Development Team member Charlie Buckingham was recently chosen for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup, after a tryout session in San Francisco earlier this month. This past year has been one of impressive achievement by Buckingham.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Thomson's 2003 record broken by Gabart, Macif?
Vendee Globe,
Yesterday in the Vendee Globe, between 12pm GMT Thursday 29th to 12pm GMT Friday 30th November François Gabart (Macif), travelled from point to point, 482.91 miles in 24 hours, averaging speeds of 20.1 knots. This breaks the record held previously by Alex Thomson in 2003. Confirmation of the record is subject to the WSSRC validation.... [more]
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Stars descend on Fort Lauderdale for 5th Melges 32 Gold Cup
Joy Dunigan,
The 2012 Melges 32 Gold Cup will be pitting some of sailing's biggest stars in a three-day action-packed race from Nov. 30 to Dec.2 in Fort Lauderdale in Florida. Reigning USA Sailing Series titlist Steve Howe is set to defend his Gold Cup title against a field of top-notch participants, which includes former Audi Sailing Series Champion Lanfranco Cirillo and 2011 World Champion William Douglass.... [more]
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Olympian Charlie McKee will lead USA's sailors toward success at Games
Dana Paxton,
Two-time Olympic medalist Charlie McKee has been appointed High Performance Director of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program. His responsibilities will include managing all on-the-water elements of the U.S. Sailing Team, including the coaching program, technical development and youth development with a goal of enabling sailors to reach the highest level for the next Olympic and Paralympic quadrenniums... [more]
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