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06 Dec 2012

Fatherly lessons at the WMRT—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Peter Gimour and his YANMAR Racing team during qualifying session 2 at the 2012 Monsoon Cup. Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. 5 December 2012. Photo: Subzero Images/Monsoon Cup  Gareth Cooke - Subzero Images ©
While it's been dark n' stormy in Seattle for weeks now, word on the street is that the 'dark curtain' isn't the norm everywhere. For example, the elite sailors who are competing in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia at the World Match Racing Tour's (WMRT) Monsoon Cup are enjoying plenty of tight racing, while getting plenty of Vitamin D (an elusive element here in the PNW these days).

The limelight is shinning particularly brightly on Australian-great Peter Gilmour, who this week announced his retirement from both the WMRT and professional match racing. Fortunately for the four-time ISAF Match Racing World Champion, this year's Monsoon Cup-which he helped start in 2005 and which will be his swan song to pro sailing-is going well so far, with seven wins over ten races.

'We are looking for a good final event result, so the concentration is certainly there,' said Gilmour. 'What has been helping us so far is the nature of the racing so far this week. Short racing starts, sprints, light conditions, tricky stuff, where experience really counts.'

Gilmour's son David is also on the WMRT and is proving that talent runs strong in this multi-generational sailing bloodline. Interestingly, father recently met son on the starting line at this year's event, with Gilmour Senior doling out a fatherly schooling that Gilmour Junior isn't going to soon forget. 'David and his crew are going pretty well, they are definitely in the hunt, they need some polishing and they will get there,' reported Gilmour Senior. Get the full Monsoon Cup report, inside this issue.


Meanwhile, in offshore-sailing news, Francois Gabart ('MACIF') has again taken the pole position in the nonstop, around-the-world-alone-and-unsupported Vendee Globe Race, but it's unclear as to how solid his lead is as the fleet continues to do battle with a high-pressure zone that's parked over the Crozet ice gate. At the time of this writing, only Armel Le Cleac'h ('Banque Populaire') had cleared the ice gate, which all teams must honor (and hence why Gabart's lead is a bit of a tissue tiger). Gabart is joined south of the Crozet ice gate by Bernard Stamm ('Cheminees Poujoulat') and Jean-Pierre Dick ('Virbac Paprec 3') and Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss Racing), all of whom will need to do a hitch north (and into the sticky stuff) in the near future in order to clear the gate.

'I am doing great, we have 15-20 knots of wind the seas are still a bit confused but the skies are blue and it looks more like summer,' reported Gabart. 'I can get some rest now because the wind is a bit lighter, but I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for tomorrow when I go back to cross the gate. I hope it will be OK.' More, inside.

Emirates Team New Zealand practice race drills with the team's first AC72 on the Hauraki Gulf. 4/12/2012  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

And finally, in America's Cup news, legendary Kiwi bowman Joey Allen has a new gig as Emirates Team New Zealand's sailing coach, and he's been using GoPro cameras quite successfully to foster better crew-work choreography. Inside, don't miss the multi-media report on how ETNZ and Allen are making the most of these portable and waterproof HD cameras to capture all sorts of germane information, which is being logged into ETNZ's video library and which the team plans to leverage in the interim between decommissioning its first-generation AC72 and launching their Cup boat (early February).

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Monsoon Cup 2012 - Will there be a fairy tale Gilmour finale?
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
This week Australia's Peter Gilmour, the four times ISAF World Match Racing champion announced his retirement from the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. The current Monsoon Cup now reaching the final stages of the qualifying series will in fact be his last event.... [more]
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Finntastic Games - the Finn class at the 2012 Olympic Games
Robert Deaves,
The Finn Class is happy to announce the publication of a new book all about the class at the 2012 Olympic Games. Over the course of the Olympics, the Finn class released a series of press releases consisting of previews, interviews, race reports and wraps, all telling the sailors stories on and off the water.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Gabart back on top, but for how long? + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Armel Le Cléac'h, the most regular pacesetter of this solo round the world race, was paying a price for his punchy, direct rhumb line strategy this Thursday afternoon as he acceded his lead to the young Macif skipper Francois Gabart.... [more]
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Sausalito artist launches SAILING book
Cali Gilbert,
Transformational Author & Award Winning Photographer, Cali Gilbert announces the launch of her fourth book, It's Simply...SAILING: Our Voyage to the 2013 America's Cup. This 80-page book features a young Bay Area sailor on her quest to become one of the sport's elite athletes... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Hansen and Robertson fight back
Leigh Ireland,
In the third Qualifying Session of the 2012 Monsoon Cup, Bjorn Hansen and Phil Robertson endured tough starts to their bids for glory this week but fought back strongly today. Hansen has kept his World Championship quest alive by Qualifying for the knock-out stages while Robertson posted three wins from three today to leave himself on the cusp of a Quarter Final berth.... [more]
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Full highlights from the 32nd Student Yachting World + Video
Icarus Sailing Media,
The 2012 edition of the Student Yachting World Cup took place in the world-famous French port town of La Rochelle. Fourteen teams from top universities around the world competed for the crown after six exciting days full of races and student's fun.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup: Sunny, mild and light replaces the fury in Melbourne
John Curnow,
Early in the morning the wind was blowing 15 knots out of the South and by 1600hrs, it was just less than half that and coming from the East. The sun also returned and pushed the temperature back to a more pleasant 20 degrees Celsius. Sail Melbourne certainly has had a mix of weather for which the host city is famous.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup: Images from Sail Melbourne
Jeff Crow,
Top photographer, Jeff Crow, was on hand to capture these images from Day 3 of Sail Melbourne - opening round in the ISAF World Cup for 2013.... [more]
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America's Cup: King of the Foredeck becomes God of the GoPro
One of New Zealand's first professional sailors, Joey Allen, is now the Emirates Team New Zealand sailing coach. He spends a lot of time in a chase boat, watching the AC72 sail. He also spends a lot of time shooting video. Known as a demon on crew-work and doing it fast and right, when he ruled the foredeck on many top campaigns, Joe is still very interested in performance... [more]
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2013 Miami Winter Series to be ushered in by 40+ Melges 20 fleet
Joy Dunigan,
The opening warning signal for the 2013 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series, hosted by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club (GCSC) is just moments away from grand commencement. In anticipation of yet another forthcoming banner racing season, 42 impeccable, world-class teams have assembled in warm Miami, Florida to race the three-day affair.... [more]
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Nominations sought for 2012 Coach of the Year Awards
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) is seeking nominations from the public for the 2012 Coach of the Year Awards in Sailing. The OSC will select coaches in five categories that recognize outstanding achievement at the local, national and international level.... [more]
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International Paralympic Committee Athletics to hold Sport Forum
The 2-day IPC Athletics Sport Forum will take place in Frankfurt, Germany, starting on Thursday, 6th December, as representatives from IPC Athletics, National Paralympic Committees and International Organisations of Sports for the Disabled (IOSDs) will discuss progress and future developments in athletics.... [more]
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Nanjing 2014 spots up for grabs at Byte CII and Techno 293 Worlds 2013
The Byte CII dinghy and Techno 293 windsurfer have now released the dates of their 2013 World Championships which will be the first world qualification events for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. The inaugural Youth Olympic Games, Singapore 2010, offered young sailors, aged 15-16, moving up from the Optimist and junior classes an experience like no other at the pinnacle multi-sport event.... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Williams on form as Gilmour announces retirement
Leigh Ireland,
Record 4-time ISAF Match Racing World Champion and multiple America's Cup campaigner, Peter Gilmour announced his retirement from the Alpari World Match Racing Tour and professional match racing on day two of racing at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia. Gilmour will bow out following the event conclusion this Saturday 8th December.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne - Olympic Classes return to action
John Curnow,
From the outset, ISAF Sailing World Cup and Sail Melbourne IRO, Ross Wilson was clear about his intention to get the Olympic classes sailing once more. He said, 'The Kiteboarding will get away at noon, as is already scheduled. We're keen to see the remainder of the classes sail today, possibly from 1400hrs on and definitely try to get three races in for them.'... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Stable winds, good speeds and frustration
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, still with the indefatigable Armel Le Cléac'h on Banque Populaire in the lead, the advantage continues to grow for the pace making pack this morning as they reach fast towards to the Crozet ice gate, the second control designed to keep the fleet north of the worst of the ice threat.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne 2012 - Gruber, Imbert still lead kiteboarding battle
John Curnow,
Kiteboarders head into the third day of competition with Florian Gruber of Germany and Ariane Imbert of France still lording on top of the leaderboard. After experiencing rough racing condition on a breezy and cloudy Tuesday afternoon, Kiteboarders head into the third day of competition with Florian Gruber of Germany and Ariane Imbert of France still at the top of the leaderboard.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup stepping up to the next level
Rob Kothe,
The Phuket King's Cup sailing regatta has, over the last 26 years, had a significant impact on sailing across Asia. It is the largest sailing event in Asia. On the world stage it has become the keelboat regatta that has the greatest number of nations competing each year.... [more]
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World Yacht Racing Forum and Design and Technology Symposium next week
James Gradwell,
The fifth annual conference for the yacht racing industry to close the sailing season is set to take place in Gothenburg, Sweden from 11-12 December 2012.... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Canfield reaffirms credentials on day 1
Leigh Ireland,
As the first day of sailing at the much-anticipated Monsoon Cup got commenced today, Taylor Canfield enjoyed a strong start and reaffirmed his credentials as a future Tour Card Holder with two wins from two in Qualifying Session 1.... [more]
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SB20 Grand Slam Circuit announced for 2013
Katie Ashworth,
Founders of Sportsboat World, Alan Hillman and Jerry Hill, have today announced the launch of a SB20 Grand Slam circuit that will take place in Europe in 2013. The SB20 Grand Slam will consist of three events that have been scheduled to take place at three favourite SB20 sailing locations.... [more]
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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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Public selects world's 24 best yacht racing photographs
Bernard Schopfer,
The world's twenty-four best yacht racing photographs of the year 2012 have been chosen by the public. The winner will be celebrated during the World Yacht Racing Forum, on December 12. They can be viewed at the following address: www.yachtracingimageoftheyear.com.... [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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