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 21 Jan 2013
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One-Design racing is top at KWRW!

Melges 32 big fleet starting line action - Key West 2012 - Melges 32  ©2012 JOY | International Melges 32 Class Association
While not much has changed in the ranking at the front of the Vendée Globe fleet, it's been a challenging week for the grouping that still further back in the South Atlantic where fickle winds or good breeze from the wrong direction have caused the skippers to try various routes in order to keep their yacht moving towards Les Sables d'Olonnes. Mike Golding explains: 'We are looking at five days added to the route, potentially, by the problems in the South Atlantic, that puts extra pressure on everything – fuel, food...'. The more fortunate ones at the front almost have the finish line in their sight!

Alex Thomson, Hugo Boss - 2012 Vendee Globe  Gustav Morin

It's definitely all about the One-Design classes at Quantum Key West Race Week this year; Melges 24, Melges 32 and, for the first time at KWRW, nearly 40 new J/70's make up more than half the entire racing fleet. Farr 40's and Swan 42's will also be racing each other, while the newer Farr 400 will race OD and duke it out against a handful of other fast 40-footers in the High Performance Class. Racing started today and J/70 racers were definitely scoping each other out.

In America's Cup circles, Emirates Team New Zealand is getting ready to launch their second AC72 catamaran of February 4th. An evolution from their first design, the new boat includes a number of small changes and improvements rather than a significant departure from their original yacht.

Emirates Team New Zealand testing the AC72 on the Hauraki Gulf.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

On the topic of high performance sailing, Extreme Sailing Series organizers have announced the eight world-class teams that will participate in the 2013 series, including a new Swiss team and the return of the popular invitational home team at each of the race locations. Countdown to Act 1 in Muscat, Oman is 42 days!

In other racing news, Recife will be the first stopover in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race; the city and surrounding state of Pernambuco, Brazil will also be represented on the water as they become the second official entry in the race. This continues the long-standing tradition between Brazil and the VOR.

Finally, Sail-World is gearing up to provide its most comprehensive coverage ever when the America's Cup comes to San Francisco this summer; marine industry stakeholders who are looking to promote products and services can take advantage of this great opportunity. Contact us for more details.


All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




Vendee Globe - The closest finish in Race history? + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) continues to close on Francois Gabart (Macif) as they slow in the Azores high. If the race continues as forecast, always easier on paper, Gabart will cross the line first late on January 26 or in the early hours of January 27 and could be as little as six hours ahead of Le Cléac'h, which would be the closest finish in Vendée history.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to make stop in Cozumel
Ruth Harrington,
The Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race will make a pitstop in Cozumel, Mexico in 2014 forging an exciting new partnership with the region of Quintana Roo. Cozumel, situated off the east coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is already a popular stop for cruise liners and will provide the Clipper Race crews with an exotic respite on their 40,000 mile journey around the world.... [more]
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Key West 2013 - All ready for swashbuckling opener
Bill Wagner,
The Quantum Key West 2013 is all set to begin the competition on Monday as thousand of sailors aboard 121 participating sailboats are already gearing up for tomorrow's opener.... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race - The pressure is on
Vendee Globe,
Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3) sustained its surging speed as he drew closer to pace-setters Francois Gabart (Macif) and Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire). Meanwhile, Alessandro Di Benedetto (Team Plastique) was forced into a second trip up the mast in as many days following the loss of another headsail.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - 8-strong fleet confirmed for Series opener
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series organisers, OC Sport, announced details of the 8-strong fleet for the 2013 Series at the Dusseldorf Boat Show today. The announcement was made from the stand of Marinepool, Official Clothing Partner to the Series, as they also confirmed a new three-year extension to their contract with the pioneering Stadium Sailing Series.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Power pressure and the Les Sables left hook + Video
Matthew Pryor,
In the Vendee Globe, the toughest South Atlantic that any of the skippers stuck in it can remember is beginning to turn the screw on supplies. Being dropped by a fickle wind or battered by a north one is one thing, but sixth-placed Mike Golding (Gamesa) has revealed that just having enough to run his auto-pilots in the busy shipping lanes for the finish is increasingly becoming a worry.... [more]
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America's Cup: New wingsail for Artemis Racing?
Sail-World,
San Francisco based website pressure-drop.us is reporting that the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, Artemis racing (SWE) has fitted a new wingsail at their base in Alemeda, San Francisco. They expect the AC72 to be sailing next week, with the new wingsail. The team has sailed on just 14 of their allowed 30 sailing days, before the first cut-off of January 31, 2013.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Golding, Le Cam battle continues
Andrea Golding,
In the Vendee Globe as they scrap over fifth place on converging courses, there is very little to choose between Mike Golding and Jean Le Cam this Sunday morning. Now sailing ENE and emerging from his position closer to the Brazilian coast it is Le Cam who has taken back fifth from Golding this morning, by a matter of ten miles, but the British skipper held the position for most of yesterday.... [more]
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Vendee Globe – Leaders brace for final test
Vendee Globe,
With Francois Gabart (Macif) taking small gains from trailer Armel Le Cleac'h (Banque Populaire), the positions of the top four leaders in the Vendee Globe Race seem settled until they reach the final test in their round-the-world voyage: the Azores high.... [more]
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French sailor rescued from Southern Ocean
Sail-World.com Team,
Good news from the Southern Ocean, An Australian Maritime Safety Authority aircraft, a Dornier, located 63 year French sailor Alain Delord in his liferaft on Friday night after receiving a distress signal from the Frenchman, who had abandoned his yacht after it was dismasted and the hull holed and now the sailor has been rescued.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Distant dreams and unfinished business + Video
Matthew Pryor,
In the Vendee Globe, a second podium finish may be a distant dream for Mike Golding (Gamesa) now, but he has unfinished business in his battle with Jean Le Cam. Golding passed Le Cam, moving into fifth by the narrowest of margins – 0.8 miles – at the 1600hrs UTC ranking.... [more]
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USWatercraft Rendezvous
Sarah Angell,
Please join USWatercraft at our new location in Warren, RI for a full day rendezvous! Learn more about the Alerion, True North, and JBoats. Discover how Waterline Systems can enhance and fine-tune your racing and sailing experience. Mingle with fellow sailors, boat owners and top industry experts while enjoying workshops, demonstrations, and vendor presentations.... [more]
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Vendée Globe – Hugo Boss passes through the Doldrums
Vendee Globe,
Vendée Globe 2012-13 skipper Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss), as he forecast, appears to have enjoyed the simplest of passages through the doldrums and averaged double-digit speeds overnight (10.7 knots since 1900hrs UTC). On his path on the westernmost part of the fleet, he should have a north wind of between 15/20 knots all morning, decreasing in the afternoon... [more]
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Key West Race Week welcomes Melges 32 fleet
Joy Dunigan,
At the moment, Premiere Racing's 2013 Quantum Key West Race Week is shifting into high gear welcoming 11 spectacular Melges 32s to the southernmost tip of the coast of Florida for one of the sport of sailing's most highly-regarded titles - that of Key West Champion.... [more]
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THE Marine Media opportunity for 2013
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The 2013 America's Cup, the biggest marine media event in many years. This year, Sail-World.com, the world's largest sailing news network will have the most detailed coverage of any media.... [more]
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America's Cup: Nick Holroyd on Emirates Team NZ's design gains + Video
Richard Gladwell,
'These boats have a long gestation', explains Nick Holroyd, Design Director for Emirates Team NZ. 'The designs for the tooling up at Cookson Boats, were delivered after just four or five days sailing in Boat 1.'... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Alex Thomson crosses equator, Mike Golding gains
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) passed the last great mark of this edition, becoming the fourth skipper to cross the equator and enter into the North Atlantic in the small hours of Friday morning. Thomson crossed at 0255hrs UTC after 68 days 14 hours and 53 minutes of racing.... [more]
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America's Cup: Inside the AC72 hangar with Grant Dalton + Video
Richard Gladwell,
'Two years ago, we were pretty well gone for all money. We were basically broke and trying to stay alive', says Emirates Team NZ's Grant Dalton, reflecting on the team's then dire situation, back in early 2011. 'We managed to get some good people on board, but they all knew that if we didn't have the money by April 2011, then we were gone. But it's moved a huge distance since then', he adds.... [more]
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Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges - Experience extreme ocean racing
Patianne Verburgh,
Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges now offer a unique opportunity for individuals with all levels of sailing ability to experience first-hand an extreme ocean racer. The Volvo Ocean 60 Amer Sports One has been built to a set of strict one-design rules to race around the world with professional crew.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: First stopover and second team announced for 2014/15
Sail-World,
Volvo Ocean Race organisers have announced the first stopover port and the second team to enter the 2014/15 edition of the race, which will be sailed in a one design fleet of Volvo 65ft yachts. The race will start in November 2014 from the Spanish port of Alicante, where the race is headquartered.... [more]
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Melges 24 second largest fleet to compete at Key West Race Week
Joy Dunigan,
The 26th edition of Key West Race Week (KWRW) is expected to be a thrilling event filled with wonderful weather, dependable breezes, and crystal clear water. The Melges 24 fleet is representing Melges in a significant way with 23 boats registered -deeming it the second largest fleet in attendance.... [more]
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America's Cup: Designer Mike Drummond looks at foiling and pitchpoling
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World talks with Mike Drummond, former Design Director for Oracle Racing in the 2010 America's Cup. In this second part of the interview the issues of foiling and the trade-offs are discussed, along with the factors that led to the pitchpoling of Oracle's USA-17, and what is expected to be seen in the second generation of AC72 catamarans... [more]
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Quantum Key West 2013 – Fierce battles at hand in sunshine state
Bill Wagner,
The Quantum Key West 2013 will feature interesting story-lines and the emergence of new boats such as the J/70, the IRC/TP 52, and the HPR class. Moreover, the upcoming war off the picturesque shore of Key West will showcase elite sailors as they gun for the top prize in one of the most popular sailing events in the United States.... [more]
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America's Cup: First look at Emirates Team NZ's second AC72 + Video
Sail-World,
Emirates Team NZ have moved their second AC72 from the Cookson Boatbuilders yard in Glenfield, on Auckland's North Shore to the Hangar at the team base in Halsey Street. The hulls have been put in place, and beams will be fitted along with the rest of the infrastructure, after which the wingsail will be fitted.... [more]
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