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10 Dec 2012

Match-racing mastery—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Taylor Canfield in action during the finals of the 2012 Monsoon Cup.  Gareth Cooke - Subzero Images ©
This weekend's match-racing news was dominated by World Match Racing Tour's (WMRT) Monsoon Cup (Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia), where Taylor Canfield (USVI) pulled off a stunning sudden-death victory over Phil Robertson (NZ) to take top honors, followed by Ian Williams (UK) in third place. Canfield, it should be noted, was sailing on one of two wildcards that the WMRT issued for the Monsoon Cup, which he earned by first winning this year's Bermuda Gold Cup.


'This win is the best we have achieved in our careers so far and the guys I'm sailing with, Hayden Goodrick, Mike Rehe, Dan Morris and Rob Dawson, did a fantastic job here today,' said an elated Canfield. 'I'm not sure we could have done any more this year, we've been really pleased with how we've performed at the three Tour events we were invited to. This is a great way to finish the season and sets the bar for next year.' Be sure to check out the full Monsoon Cup media, inside this issue.


Barkow (far right on the tiller) and Perry battle it out for first in the Finals. - Carlos Aguilar Match Race  Dean Barnes



Also in match-racing headlines, Sally Barkow defeated Dave Perry at the Carlos Aguilar Match Race (St. Thomas) in conditions that can best be termed 'variable'. 'It was so shifty,' reported Barkow. 'It was easy to get it either so right or so wrong.' Barkow and her crew of Annie Lush, Alana O'Reilly, Erik Champaign and Maggie Shea clearly got it all right in the final race of the regatta, leading Perry and company from the start and holding their advantage all the way to the prize-giving ceremony.


'For me it was a win-win,' said Perry. 'Sally's team is really good and they have evolved their game well. I was impatient. I had some advantages and gave them away. This either put me behind or put me further behind and Sally took advantage of that.'


Alex Thomson, Hugo Boss - 2012 Vendee Globe  Christophe Launay ©



And in offshore news, Armel Le Cleac'h ('Banque Populaire') continues to lead the thirteen-strong pack of IMOCA 60s in the singlehanded, nonstop-around-the-world Vendee Globe Race, followed by Francois Gabart ('Macif') and Alex Thomson ('Hugo Boss'). Currently, the fleet is exchanging tactical blows en route to the Amsterdam gate, while being mindful to avoid the northernmost sections of ice-strewn water.


'The choice I made paid off, but the gap with François isn't that big, so it's still very close,' reported Le Cleac'h. 'I have my mind set on the Amsterdam gate now, that's the next step. The wind was pretty strong this morning, and it's still quite favorable. The sea is rough and there's an albatross following the boat.' Get the full Vendee report, inside.


Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series Event No. 1  2012 JOY | International Audi Melges 20 Class Association - copyright



Also inside, be sure to read how the NEISA Executive Committee has forced the ICSA President to convene a special meeting of the ICSA Board of Directors to discuss the sponsorship contract with LaserPerformance (LP) and the manner in which it was negotiated.

Get the post-regatta reports from Sail Melbourne, the Melges 20 Winter Series and the Extreme Sailing Series. And finally, don't miss photographer Chris Cameron's great image gallery of Emirates Team New Zealand foiling around on the Hauraki Gulf on their wingsail-powered AC72 catamaran, as well ETNZ's official video of the 'lads' big-breeze sailing during one of their last training/testing days aboard this boat (their next-generation AC72 will be launched in early February). Enjoy!


Emirates Team New Zealand training with the team's first AC72 on the Hauraki Gulf.  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©



May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Australian Sailing Team appoints USA's John Bertrand to top roles
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sailing Team has announced that John Bertrand has been named Finn class coach. Bertrand has also been named Queensland Sailing Performance Coach in a program managed by Australian Sailing and Queensland Academy of Sport in conjunction with Yachting Queensland.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - One record smashed, another under threat + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, flying François Gabart stepped up his challenge with an unprecedented display of lightning fast sailing in the middle of the Indian Ocean today. The youngest skipper in the race who, remarkably, is a rookie to solo sailing in the Southern Ocean has set a set a truly electric pace.... [more]
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ICSA forced to reconsider sponsorship contract with LaserPerformance
ICSA,
Earlier this fall, the NEISA Executive Committee approved a directive that has forced the ICSA President to convene a special meeting of the ICSA Board of Directors to discuss the sponsorship contract with LaserPerformance (LP) and the manner in which it was negotiated. Notice of this meeting was sent out to the NEISA list serve on December 4th.... [more]
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Carlos Aguilar Match Race - Sally Barkow victorious in St. Thomas
Carol Bareuther,
The USA's Sally Barkow played the ‘comeback kid' by defeating the USA's Dave Perry 3-0 in the Finals at the fifth Carlos Aguilar Match Race (CAMR), presented by Ulysse Nardin/Trident Jewels and Time. Barkow, who has raced this regatta four times, took second last year after a narrow defeat by Finland's Staphan Lindberg.... [more]
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Carlos Aguilar Match Race - Holmberg leads day 3
Carol Bareuther,
The third day of the Carlos Aguilar Match Race was made spectacular for sailing by whitecaps on the Charlotte Amalie waterfront with winds gusting 20-25 knots. The USVI's Peter Holmberg continues his lead after day three and the completion of two round robins with 18 wins.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne - Kiteboarding win for Gruber and Imbert
Markus Schwendtner,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne, Florian Gruber (GER, North) and Ariane Imbert (FRA, North) have emerged victorious in the kiteboarding class. In second came Torrin Bright (NZL, Ozone/Mikes Lab)) and Adam Vance (Ozone/Mikes Lab) for the men, as well as Lisa Hickmann (AUS, Ozone/RRD) and Astrid Berz (SUI, Ozone/Aguera) for the women.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Leaders consistently returning top speeds
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, as they roll seamlessly into their 30th day at sea racing, miles tumbling quickly hour by hour on the heels of strong 25-30 kts NW'ly winds, the leaders are consistently returning top speeds but also still proving how closely matched the top of the fleet is.... [more]
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Christmas Special: Images offer from Paul Todd for Sail-World readers
Richard Gladwell,
Top international photographer, Paul Todd, has just announced a special deal for Sail-World readers for Christmas. Now you have the chance to get that unique present for the sailing fan who has everything, at a discounted price.... [more]
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Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Shimmer victorious at Coconut Grove
Joy Dunigan,
The third day of the Melges 20 Miami Winter Series, hosted by Coconut Grove SC, remained consistent with light air conditions prevailing for the final day of racing for Event No. 1 in the series, resulting in no races. The Race Committee started the day with an on land postponement due to lack of breeze - which lead to the cancellation of the two races scheduled for the remainder of the regatta.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Thomson rises in drag race to Amsterdam gate
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, British skipper Alex Thomson continues to mount a serious challenge for third place among the fleet leaders as the straight line speed race continues east towards the Amsterdam ice security gate. In a building breeze today, Thomson has been increasingly able to retain the high average speeds that have long been his trademark, twice earning him 24 hour world speed records.... [more]
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Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Shimmer thrives on day 2
Joy Dunigan,
The Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series 2013 opened the second day of racing with the same light wind condition from yesterday. However, competitions were still in full blast throughout the day as Shimmer's Russell Lucas found himself lording on top of the standings after nailing two second-place and one first-place finishes Saturday.... [more]
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Cal 20 Fun Run - Ives-Stevens tandem bags top prize
Rick Roberts,
The Cal 20 Fun Run 2012 came to a thrilling finish as the tandem of Keith Ives and Chuck Stevens overcame the difficulty presented by light winds and sneaked past their rivals to bag the overall crown on Saturday at the Long Beach Yacht Club.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre fleet heads to Itajai in 2013
Soazig Gueho,
November 3rd, 2013 will cap off nine days of events and celebrations around the Paul Vatine dock basin at Le Havre and the Transat Jacques Vabre competitors will set off for a new destination, Itajai (Brazil) - some 5,395 miles away on the direct course!... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Victory for Canfield after dramatic final + Video
Leigh Ireland,
At the Monsoon Cup, the most coveted event on the AWMRT, wildcard entry Taylor Canfield of the US Virgin Islands has claimed victory following the sudden death final defeat of Kiwi Phil Robertson. Ian Williams, who claimed his record-equalling fourth ISAF Match Racing World Championship in the Quarter Final, had to settle for third place after defeating Peter Gilmour in the Petit Final.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne Day 5 – New waves of superstars take center stage
John Curnow,
Sail Melbourne 2012 witnessed the emergence of new generation of sailing superstars throughout the weeklong event as men's Laser Radial kingpin Mark Spearman leads a youth movement heading into the final day of the first leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup on Port Philip.... [more]
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ISAF World Match Racing Championship 2012 – Gutsy move or mistake?
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
This event would decide the 2012 ISAF World Match Racing Champion with the series leaders the 2011 World Champion Ian Williams (Team GAC Pindar) and Swede Bjorn Hansen (Mekonomen Sailing) just a few points apart. (104.25 and 102 respectively, with 38 points available for the Monsoon Cup winner) Hansen who finished second after the qualifying round was expected to chose the second lowest quali... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Record equalling victory for Ian Williams
Leigh Ireland,
At the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, the finale of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Ian Williams won a record-equalling fourth ISAF Match Racing World Championship after beating his arch rival Bjorn Hansen in the Quarter- Final.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72's caught on the edge of tornado + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Auckland was hit by a tornado yesterday (Thursday) with devastating damage and the loss of three lives. Both America's Cup Challengers were out training in the Hauraki Gulf at the time and were on the fringes of the violent weather system. Winds just west of the team's bases were recorded at 50kts gusting 60kts for a brief period, further down the harbour it was 30kts gusting 40kts.... [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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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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Eight Bells for William (Bill) Thorpe, US Sailing Judge and Umpire
J. Theodore Everingham,
William P. (Bill) Thorpe IV (age 74), the 1993 Commodore of Bayview Yacht Club (Detroit), died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, December 2, after a long, courageous battle following surgery earlier this year to remove a malignant brain tumor. He had been a member of Bayview since 1972.... [more]
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Governor's Cup Yacht Race preparations underway
Polly Tyekiff,
With just sixteen days to go before the Governor's Cup Yacht Race gets underway, the build-up has already begun with St Helena Governor, Mark Capes, visiting False Bay Yacht Club, the starting point of the race, to collect the Governor's Cup trophy ready to take back to St Helena to present to the winning team when the race finishes in January.... [more]
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