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18 Jun 2013

Sailing, mountains and dreams—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

SAILING - SOLO ROUND THE WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT 2007-2008 - LA TRINITE (FRA) - 10/10/2007
PHOTO : JEAN MARIE LIOT / DPPI POUR IDEC
TRIMARAN IDEC / SKIPPER : FRANCIS JOYON (FRA)  Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / IDEC ©
Despite their obvious differences, offshore sailing and high-altitude mountaineering share many of the same values, philosophies and ideals. This includes everything from the necessity of being self-sufficient and safe to the desire to press the boundaries just 'a little bit further'. In mountaineering this often equates to taller, steeper and more remote objectives; in sailing, the goal often becomes one of becoming faster, lighter and smarter. In both disciplines, the dedicated and meticulous are usually rewarded, but both disciplines also involve an element of luck (read: weather), as well a healthy pinch of ego. The combination, of course, yields some wildly colorful personalities, as well as some outrageous adventures.

SAILING - SOLO RECORD ATTEMPT IDEC - LA MAURICIENNE - LORIENT (FRA) - 17/10/2009
PHOTO : FRANCOIS VAN MALLEGHEM / DPPI / IDEC
TRIMARAN IDEC - SKIPPER : FRANCIS JOYON (FRA) - FIRST SOLO RECORD ATTEMPT BETWEEN PORT-LOUIS (FRA) AND PORT-LOUIS (MAURITIUS) - WSSRC ratifies 24-hour solo sailing record set by Francis Joyon  Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / IDEC ©


This past weekend, French solo sailor Francis Joyon obliterated one of the most important offshore sailing records, namely the west to east transatlantic run from Ambrose Light to Lizard Point aboard his 98-foot trimaran, 'IDEC'. Joyon managed to shave down the previous record, set by French skipper Thomas Colville in 2008, by 16 hours, 34 minutes and 30 seconds, setting the new (still to be ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council) record at a mind-numbing 5 days, 2 hours, 56 minutes and 10 seconds.

According to reports, Joyon also nearly broke the outright speed record for the maximum number of solo miles sailed in a 24-hour period aboard a big multihull-set and held by none other than himself-of 666.2 miles. This last minute speed burst allowed the French superstar to break Colville's record, despite having to sail outside of the Great Circle route due to weather conditions.

SAILING - SOLO ROUND THE WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT 2007-2008 - LA TRINITE (FRA) - 10/10/2007
PHOTO : JEAN MARIE LIOT / DPPI POUR IDEC
TRIMARAN IDEC / SKIPPER : FRANCIS JOYON (FRA)  Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / IDEC ©


This passionate drive to sail faster, to publically prove one's ability to match technology and technique in all weather and conditions is much the same, I imagine, as the calling heard by elite high-altitude mountaineers such as the legendary Reinhold Messner, who became the first person to climb all fourteen of the fabled 8,000-meter peaks, alone and without oxygen. Messner's 'club' has proven itself to be one of the world's most exclusive fraternities, but it's fair to say that Joyon (and other elite offshore sailors) would certainly be granted reciprocal rights, as theirs is also no trivial accomplishment.

The interesting question, of course, is the 'why' behind each adventurer's motivation for pressing well beyond the normal bounds of human reality to achieve greatness. Certainly the human ego plays a leading role here, but so too does something deeper, and far more soulful. Much like Bernard Moitessier discovered during the first non-stop, solo-around-the-world sailboat race, there's a purity to oceans and extreme environments, a beauty with each crashing wave or with each cascading avalanche that simply can't be replicated in society. For Moitessier, salvation lay with forfeiting nearly certain victory for the solitary reward of additional days at sea, but for others, the reason behind the why is far more straightforward.

Here, the last word belongs to George Mallory, an English-born mountaineer who succumbed to the ravages of altitude and weather on Mount Everest (29,035 feet) on June 24, 1924. When queried as to why he chose to tackle something as massively daunting as scaling the world's highest peak, the Brit simply quipped, 'because it's there'.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



America's Cup: Artemis Racing's Iain Percy - 'We want to race'
Sail-World,
Artemis Racing's Sailing Director, Iain Percy, has spoken out for the first time since the team's training accident, on May 9, 2013, which resulted in the death of his fellow double Olympic medalist, and long time friend and crew, Andrew 'Bart' Simpson. Interviewed by Genny Tulloch of America's Cup Uncut, Percy spoke of the loss of his 'best mate' and the impact on the team.... [more]
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Cleveland Race Week - 71 strong one-design fleet to battle in Ohio
Julie Howell,
A fleet of 71 one-design boats took part in Cleveland Race Week at Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland, Ohio from June 14-16. Seven fleets competed, including twenty Tartan 10s seeking the title of T10 Lake Erie Champion. Light and inconsistent breeze on Saturday allowed only the J/105s to complete a race.... [more]
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Marion Bermuda Race - The battle for line honors
Talbot Wilson,
Not much has changed in the race for line honors on the second full day of racing in the 2013 Marion Bermuda Race. It is just wait and see... and enjoy the pink beaches and the bright Bermuda sunshine or a round of golf while you're at it. Today, the Bermuda fitted dinghies are match racing in Mangrove Bay. Monday is a Bermuda holiday— Hero's Day— and they have fleet races there, too.... [more]
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Tall Ships to commemorate bicentennial of the War of 1812
Jim Fox, Special to QMI Agency,
The Tall Ships are preparing for a summer tradition on the Great Lakes. These majestic sailing vessels will sail to fifteen Ontario ports this summer to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Toronto's waterfront is the place to be as it will be the only port to host a full fleet of 16 ships as they travel throughout Ontario.... [more]
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America's Cup: Extended play Am-Cam video of Practice Race
John Navas,
John Navas was shoreside on San Francisco Bay and shot this excellent video of the warm-up and practice racing between Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZ, on Thursday. The video is 20 minutes long and opens with a foiling gybe from Emirates Team New Zealand, followed by other manoeuvrings from both boats. The racing sequence starts with the first short reach, with Emirates Team New Zealand climbi... [more]
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Route des Princes - Spindrift leads MOD70s out of Lisbon
Sabina Mollart Rogerson,
In the 2013 Route des Princes, Yann Guichard and the crew of Spindrift led the MOD70 fleet out of Lisbon's Tagus river, taking the bonus points at the C1 mark by Cascais, setting a fast, intense pace in the very early stages of the 990 mile Leg 2 to Dun Laoghaire.... [more]
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Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge - Overall winners decided
Tessa Wiechmann,
The fourteenth Argentario Sailing Week, part of the Mediterranean Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, came to a close on Sunday in Porto Santo Stefano, Tuscany. Three amazing days of coastal races for the over 40 yachts from France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and Italy who sailed with soft, light winds and under sunny skies in the Gulf of the Argentario.... [more]
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21st International Optimist Regatta kicks off in St. Thomas
Carol Bareuther,
The biggest little yacht regatta in the Caribbean will set sail this week. The International Optimist Regatta (IOR) presented by Glacial Energy, celebrates its 21st edition, marking over two decades of fostering junior sailing in the Caribbean. The IOR will take place June 21 to 23, prefaced by the Sea Star Clinic June 17 to 19 and Sea Star Team Race on June 20.... [more]
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Francis Joyon shatters North Atlantic record by more than 16 hours
Mer et Media,
In his quest to beat the North Atlantic record, Francis Joyon on board IDEC, has smashed Thomas Coville's 2008 record by 16 hours, 34 minutes and 30 seconds. Joyon completed his journey in a time of 5 days, 2 hours, 56 minutes and 10 seconds.... [more]
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Barking Mad holds slim lead entering last day of NYYC Annual Regatta
Tink Chambers,
In typical Farr 40 fashion, class honors are up for grabs going into the final day of the 159th New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex. Just five points separate the top three boats after three days of racing. Skipper Jim Richardson and his team aboard Barking Mad maintained their lead in the overall standings after posting a solid line of 5-3-3 on Saturday and own a low score... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing's CEO interviewed on team recovery
Sail-World,
San Francisco TV station, ABC7 News' Mark Matthews interviews Artemis Racing's CEO, Paul Cayard, on the team's attempts to recover from the fatal training incident on May 9, and when they expect to be sailing again. Cayard is also reminded of some comments he made over two years ago, about what could happen in an AC72 incident with the boats sailing at speeds of 40 to 50kts.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Silver for Aleh and Powrie at 470 European Champs
Jodie Bakewell-White,
By winning the today's medal race at the 2013 470 European Championships in Formia, Italy the NZL Sailing Team women's 470 pair of Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have won the Silver Medal. Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox have finished 8th overall in the Men's Open 470 European Championship – another strong result for this new partnership.... [more]
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PWA Catalunya World Cup - Celebrating 15 years of Costa Brava action
Chris Yates,
The penultimate day of the PWA Catalunya World Cup turned out to be a largely frustrating affair as winds of 5-13 knots teased the competitors for the duration of the afternoon - so despite several sailors checking the conditions - the wind never quite materialized enough to resume the racing.... [more]
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Route des Princes - Edmond de Rothschild victorious in Lisbon
Sabina Mollart Rogerson,
In the 2013 Route des Princes, Edmond de Rothschild repeated the winning ways that they established around the inshore race tracks in Valencia last weekend when they completed a similar success today in Lisbon's six race inshore series.... [more]
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Marion Bermuda Race - Shindig covers 250 miles in 24 hours
Talbot Wilson,
In the 2013 Marion Bermuda Race, Shindig had a fast start from Marion and carried a record pace for the first 24 hours. At 68 feet, Shindig was turning the 15-20 knot winds into a 12-knot pace. She was about 400 nautical miles out and just West of the 164º rhumb line blasting on a broad reach toward the finish at St David's Lighthouse, Bermuda. From her 1315 start on Friday to the 1300 PM YellowBr... [more]
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470 Europeans: Belcher and Ryan win eighth consecutive championship
Craig Heydon,
Australia's Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan have won the 2013 470 European Championship in Formia, Italy, extending their impressive winning run together. The pair has now won all eight regattas they have contested together since teaming up at the end of 2012, with Belcher's winning streak now sitting at 16 events.... [more]
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470 European Championship - Brits claim silver and bronze in Formia
Lindsey Bell,
At the 470 European Championships in Formia, Italy, on Saturday June 15th, Britain's 470 sailors wrapped up with a double podium celebration, claiming silver in the men's division through Luke Patience and Joe Glanfield, and with bronze for Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre in the women's event.... [more]
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Superyacht Cup, Palma: Five strong J Class fleet all set
J Class Association,
The 2013 Superyacht Cup Regatta is set to take place from the 19-22 June in Palma, Mallorca, with a five strong fleet of J Class yachts preparing to take part. Hanuman, Lionheart, Rainbow, Ranger and Velsheda are entered for the event and on 19th June will line up to fleet race with a scheduled start at 13.00.... [more]
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Contender World Championship - 174 entries and still counting
Roberto Mazzali,
There are 174 entries at the World Contender Championships which will take place in Gravedona, on Lake Como, from July 14th to July 20th. The event, hosted by AVAL-CDV Centro Vela Alto Lario, sees teams coming from Europe, USA, Canada and Australia.... [more]
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Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge – Day 2 in Porto Santo Stefano
Tessa Wiechmann,
Yet another sunny, warm summer day for day two of the 14th Argentario Sailing Week, part of the Mediterranean Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013. Today's winners are Skylark of 1937, (Vintage > 15mt), Sirius (Vintage < 15mt), Il Moro di Venezia (Classic > 15 mt), Sagittarius (Classic >12 mt), Namib (Classic < 12 mt), Wianno (Spirit of Tradition), and Mariette of 1915 (Big Boats).... [more]
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Etchells World Championship – The finale in Rosignano
Laura Jelmini,
On the final day of the Etchells World Championship in Rosignano, Tuscany, Italy, there was no wind and therefore no racing action at the Yacht Club Cala de' Medici. After eight races out of the nine scheduled the winner is 'The Martian' skippered by American helmsman Marvin Beckmann, from Houston, sailing with tactician Steven Hunt and Ezra Culver.... [more]
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NYYC Annual Regatta – J sailing talent to take part
J Boats,
An extraordinary lineup of J sailing talent will be taking part in the oldest regatta in America, the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta, with over a century and a half's worth of history and a wealth of family fun.... [more]
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Full speed ahead to The Lizard for Francis Joyon, IDEC
Mer et Media,
Traveling some 650 miles over the past 24 hours, Francis Joyon is close to his own 24-hour solo sailing distance record of 666 miles. This figure alone divulges the incredible performance the sailor from Locmariaquer has achieved since setting out from New York on Wednesday.... [more]
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NYYC Annual Regatta - Lead maintained on strange day 2 for Farr 40s
Tink Chambers,
Mother Nature can work in mysterious ways as is such at the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta. When the nine boats competing in the Farr 40 class headed out to the race course on Narragansett Bay during day two, the wind was absolutely howling. About two hours later, the fleet was totally becalmed.... [more]
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Flying 15 Worlds in Hong Kong
RHKYC,
This year's Flying Fifteen World Championships, to be hosted by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, is shaping up to be a fierce contest amongst a compact fleet, with 51 entries received by the entry deadline of June 1. Of these, only four boats have indicated that they do not expect to contest the Hong Kong Nationals, to be held the week before the Worlds.... [more]
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