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 27 Jan 2013
 


Vendée, AC and the Road to Rio - Sailing News from Europe and Beyond

Jean Pierre Dick, Virbac Paprec 3 - 2012 Vendee Globe  © JM Liot / DPPI / Virbac-Paprec Sailing Team
Lately, French sailor Jean-Pierre Dick has been making worldwide headlines following his decision to fight on in the quest to reach the finish line of the solo, around the world, unassisted Vendee Globe... even tho' his IMOCA 60, Virbac Paprec 3 lost her keel a number of days ago. At the time his keel failed, he was in the third place spot.

Two other Frenchmen, François Gabart (Macif) and Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) are at the time of this writing, sitting in first and second places respectively. As of Friday 25 January 2013, 20:00 (FR) the rankings have Gabart 673.5nm from the finish in Les Sables D'Olonne and Le Cléac´h 133.3 nm behind him with 806.8 nm to reach the finish. Be sure to check out more on Vendee action inside this issue including images and videos.

Francois Gabart, Macif - 2012 Vendee Globe  Vincent Curutchet / DPPI

Meanwhile, registrations are now open for the 2013 Delta Lloyd Regatta. The regatta is set to take place 21st to 25th of May at Medemblik, the Netherlands. In the event's 29th anniversary, the greatest sailors from around the globe will be pitted against one another with Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, 470 Men and Women, 49er, 49er FX,RS:X Men and Women, Nacra 17, 2.4mR, SKUD18and Sonar classes invited to attend.

Marit Bouwmeester, laser radial - Medemblik - the Netherlands - Delta Lloyd Regatta  Sander van der Borch ©

Over in Florida USA, sailors are competing in Quantum Key West Race Week, where fierce battle has been underway since the 20th January. Azzurra and her crew sailed to victory in Race 9 - making it their fourth win out of the ten races that took place during the week. Honourable metion to one of the new US crews in the 52 Super Series - onboard Interlodge as they sailed to victory in the second race of the final day yesterday, 25th January, making their event tally 2-1.

Reining 2012 52 Super Series champs Azzurra, with her four out of ten win record for the event have claimed the overall event victory to get their 2013 Series season off to a splendid start.

Azzurra celebrate 2013 52 Super Series victory at Quantum Key West  Xaume Olleros/52 Superseries

Miami's Coconut Grove Sailing Club played host to 470, 49er and 49erFX crews ahead of the ISAF Sailing World Cup.

North American titles have been dominated by crews from Austria and Brazil as Matthias Schmid and Florian Reichstadter (AUT) claimed top honours in the 470 Men's fleet whilst Lara Vadlau and Solanta Goar (AUT) claimed the top spot in 470 Women's.

Brazil's Andrea Fonseca sailing with Francisco Andrada claimed the 49er North American title with the 49erFX top spot going to fellow Brazilians Martine Soffiatti Grael and Kahena Kunze.

Coming up from 15th-26th July at Fraglia Vela Riva is the 2013 World Optimist Championship. The first nation to sign up for the event, Singapore, also made a clean seep of the podium at the 2012 World Championships - held in the Dominican Republic.

Singapore first to sign up for World Optimist Championship  © Elena Giolai/Fraglia Vela Riva

Also on the horizon, taking place the 28th-31 March 2013, is the XXXI Garda Optimist Meeting and pre-registrations have been flying in. The event marks the commencement of the Fraglia season and takes place during the week of Easter. Important to note is that at the time of this writing, it was reported that 400+ registrations had been received which is twice the number from the same time last year when the Meeting became a Guiness World Record holder.

In America's Cup news, Iker Martinez who was a helmsman for Italian Challenger Luna Rossa, has split from the team. 'We decided together to close our working relationship. The entire Team has enormous respect for Iker, he is a great sailor, which is why he was selected to enter the Luna Rossa Team,' Max Sirena declared.

Luna Rossa AC72 and Emirates Team New Zealand AC 72   Luna Rossa Challenge 2013

In Red Bull Youth America's Cup news, another crew - Team Tilt - to be skippered by the young and talented Lucien Cujean, have gleefully announced that they have been invited to participate in the Selection Trials. The team will also participate in the 2013 Vulcain Trophy with the anticipation of benefiting from the outstanding level of competition in the lead up to the Youth America's Cup.

Team Tilt at the occasion of the official presentation of the team at the Jiva Hill Park Hotel  © Team Tilt / Loris Von Siebenthal


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Key West Race Week day 5 images by Leighton O'Connor + Video
Leighton O'Connor,
Key West Race Week day 5 images by Leighton O'Connor + Video... [more]
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Vendee Globe - The final day at sea
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe 2012-13 skipper Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss), at 130 miles south-west of the Azores, has adjusted his course to be closer to Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) who he has overtaken this morning. Dick is around 40 miles to the east of Thomson, and has succeeded so far, despite the total loss of the keel, to progress without too much difficulty... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Gamesa in footing mode + Interview with Mike Golding
Emily Caroe,
Vendee Globe 2012-13 skipper Mike Golding is in typical upwind trade winds conditions, very bouncy, bumpy seas with his sheets on Gamesa slightly cracked, eased a little, as he chases Jean Le Cam in fifth, 52 miles ahead. Le Cam continues to sail faster than Golding by over one knot.... [more]
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Key West 2013 - Melges 24 - Third time a charm
Joy Dunigan,
Key West Race Week 2013. Brian Porter and his team comprised of tactician Andy Burdick, Sam Rogers and Matthew Woodsworth steered Full Throttle to excellent racing all week to win the Melges 24 crown over runners-up Alec Cutler aboard Hedgehog and Bora Gulari aboard West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes. This is Porter's third victory ever in Key West.... [more]
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Key West 2013 - Melges 32 - Tie-breaking end
Joy Dunigan,
Key West 2013 delivered spectacular sailing conditions throughout the week, allowing the crew of the Melges 32 fleet to showcase their true racing skills. After ten races, Andrea Pozzi's Bombarda captured the crown after winning the tiebreaker over Alex Jackson's Leenabarca, which also collected 37 points.... [more]
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Key West 2013 - 52 Super Series - Italians deliver at right time
Giuliano Luzzatto,
Key West Race Week 2013 has seen a neck-to-neck battle between Azzurra and Ran Racing over the first four days of racing until the crew of the Italian boat picked things up at the right time. Azzurra TP52 bagged the first leg of 52 Super Series after collecting 24 points while Interlodge nabbed second place with 29 points. Ran Racing collapsed on the final day, taking the third spot on the podium.... [more]
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Key West 2013 - Weeklong Epic
Bill Wagner,
Key West Race Week 2013 drew to a close on Friday with smiles on the faces of every participating sailor following a spectacular week of racing off the coast of Miami.... [more]
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Quantum Key West day 5 images from Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
At Quantum Key West Race Week in Florida, Ingrid Abery was on deck to capture this gallery of images during day five's action.... [more]
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Key West Race Week - Azzurra emerges victorious + Video
52 Super Series,
At Quantum Key West, reining 52 Super Series 2012 champions Azzurra have started the 2013 season in superb form after taking victory in four out of ten races sailed, overcoming their early adversities on day one to take and hold the lead in the final phase.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Race Village opens, focus shifts to end goal + Video
Vendee Globe,
The Vendee Globe Race Village in Les Sables d'Olonne officially opened today. It is open everyday from 10am – 7pm. The first skipper is expected to cross the finish line between 5am – 11am Sunday 27th January. Hugo Boss with skipper Alex Thomson is expected to move into third place tonight.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta registration opens
Arjen Rahusen,
Registration is now open for the 2013 Delta Lloyd Regatta. You can register for the second leg in the Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup. As mentioned before, this brand new series beholds five prestigious regattas which incorporates new innovations in race formats, that will make sailing easier to follow and more attractive for sailors, media and spectators.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Final sprint begins
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe 2012 -13 has been fun but the time is coming to bring down the final curtain and move along because the home strait sprint has begun. This morning, the two race leaders passed the symbolic 1000 miles point from Les Sables d'Olonne, the start and finish of the solo race around our beautiful planet.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Mike Golding passes back across the Equator
Emily Caroe,
After leaving Les Sables d'Olonne at the start of the Vendée Globe 75 days 12 hours 12 mins and 26 seconds ago, Mike Golding passed back across the Equator into the northern hemisphere this morning at 00:14:26hrs UTC.... [more]
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Key West 2013 - Day of Champagne Sailing
Bill Wagner,
Key West 2013 has already completed four days of spectacular racing off the beautiful beaches of Miami, producing action-packed races and tight finishes across different classes.... [more]
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Key West Race Week 2013 – 52 Super Series - Tight till the end
52 Super Series,
Key West Race Week has seen a number of tight finishes over the years, but the current neck-to-neck battle between Azzurra and Ran Racing is simply exceptional. After four days of racing, the top two boats remain in a deadlock on 21 points each while Quantum Racing still within striking distance on 22 points.... [more]
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Key West 2013 – Melges 32 - Excellent racing on Day 4
Joy Dunigan,
Key West Race Week 2013 completed another day of racing for the Melges 32 fleet with Andrea Pozzi's Bombarda still lording on top of the standings while Keisuke Suzuki's Swing and Alex Jackson's Leenabarca found themselves in ideal position for a podium finish after 10 races.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Of Equator crossings and keel-less sailing + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) today on the French version of Vendée Globe LIVE explained his predicament. 'I'm in the high, so there's only 12-13 knots of wind, in a situation that's not easy for a boat without her keel.... [more]
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Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta and Rum Festival - 7 rums onboard
Trish Jenkins,
Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta and Rum Festival organisers are pleased to announce that seven rums from around the region are on board as part of the all-new Rum Festival element of this exciting event on Antigua's yachting calendar.... [more]
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2013 ORC Rules and VPP have been released
ORC,
Following a process of verifying all the new improvements made by the International Technical Committee (ITC), the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) is pleased to announce its 2013 VPP is ready for use by Rating Offices around the world.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Golding completes sixth circumnavigation
Emily Caroe,
In the Vendee Globe, at 2300 last night, Mike Golding completed his sixth circumnavigation of the world, as he crossed his track, whilst racing back up the Atlantic in this his fourth Vendée Globe.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - The battle will be bitter to the end
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, it is difficult to know for sure what is really happening in the minds of the leading duo. One thing is certain the battle will be bitter to the end. Just over 1200 miles from the finish at Les Sables d'Olonne, the suspense is gripping in the final strait of the seventh edition of the Vendée Globe.... [more]
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Peter Burling on winning in Foiling Moths
Mark Heeley,
Winner of the Australian Open Moth Championship, Peter Burling (NZL) talks to Mark Heeley about the finer points of sailing a foiling International Moth, and touches on where his Olympic and America's Cup careers are headed.... [more]
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