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21 Jul 2013

Transpac updates and LVC news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

R P 74 WIZARD - LA-Honolulu Transpac race 2013  © Sharon Green/ ultimatesailing.com
In offshore sailing news, many boat have now crossed (or are about to cross) the finishing line of the 2,225-mile Transpac Yacht Race, which saw a diverse fleet of racing hardware sail from Los Angles to the sun-drenched Hawaiian island of Oahu, where the jaw-dropping Diamond Head formation helps serve as the official finishing line to this bluewater classic. Line honors went to John Sangmeister's 73-foot trimaran, 'Lending Club', which came within a few hours of setting a new course record. While plenty of sailors were still racing at the time of this writing, you can rest assured that the celebrations ashore grow louder with each successive boat to finish racing.

'At times it felt like we were in the Doldrums,' reported Dee Smith, strategist aboard the R/P 74 'Wizard' (ex 'Bella Mente'). 'The clouds had us in their grip, and we could not get to the south where we knew the weather was better. We did 13 sail changes just the other night, trying to keep the speed up while the wind went around in circles. I think we sailed really well, but just did not have any good luck with the conditions.'

Tritium Racing finishes first in ‘Transpac 2013' Los Angeles to Honolulu race - ‘Transpac 2013' Los Angeles to Honolulu race  Cameron Andrews

While state-of-the-art boats like 'Lending Club' and 'Wizard' exist to press the boundaries of what's possible, other yachts, such as 'Dorade', the 1929 masterwork from the venerable design firm of Sparkman & Stephens, speak to sailing's elegant past. 'We spent many months and some 30 days of sail training to prepare for this race,' said Matt Brooks, who, along with his wife, Pam Rorke Levy, co-own this magnificent piece of history. 'And it may pay off for us with another victory in corrected time. I brought the trophies this boat won in 1936 and hope to add some more with this race.'

Irrespective of whether trophies are a reality, each crewmember that has competed in this world-class event will no doubt walk away with indelible memories of some of the best ocean sailing imaginable. Get the full media download, inside this issue.

Meanwhile, in Louis Vuitton Cup news, the much anticipated second showdown between Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) and Luna Rossa is set to take place later today on San Francisco Bay, marking only the second time in over two weeks of LVC sailing that two boats have come together on one racetrack. The first time that ETNZ and Luna Rossa met on the water ended badly for the Italians, who lagged more than five minutes astern of their Kiwi rivals.

JN 2013-07-20 11-49-21 P1070472 - - Louis Vuitton Cup, Round Robin 3, Race 2, July 20, 2013  John Navas

'Obviously we have lots of ground to make up on the Kiwis, and we knew it,' said Chris Draper, Luna Rossa helmsman. 'We're sailing better, tacking better, our upwind performance seems better, and the gybing is getting there. We're feeling more confidant handling the boat, and hopefully we'll have bridged the gap when we're racing tomorrow.'

Weather forecasters are calling for plenty of air on San Francisco Bay for today's race, thus setting the stage for the some big straight-line speed numbers and also upping the tension and intensity in the competing sailors.

JN 2013-07-20 11-43-03 P1070225 - - Louis Vuitton Cup, Round Robin 3, Race 2, July 20, 2013  John Navas

'San Francisco Bay is a fantastic spot to sail,' said Glen Ashby, ETNZ's wing trimmer. 'The breeze is in just about every day. This is a wonderful place to sail. The AC72 is a showcase when there's good breeze. At the end of day that's what sailing is all about.'

Stay tuned to the website for the latest news from this on-the-water battle, and don't miss all the great image galleries and post-racing debriefs from this exciting event.

Optimist World Championship 2013 continues with Team Racing   Elena Giolai ©

Also inside, get the latest news from the Optimist Worlds, the Farr 30 Worlds and the Chicago Match Racing Center's Grade Three Summer Invitational A regatta.

1016682 542668405770210 539821085 n - Oracle Team USA - July 19, 2013  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing©

And finally, don't miss the fantastic image galleries of Oracle Team USA out sailing both of their AC72 class catamarans around the racecourse on San Francisco Bay.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

LA-Honolulu Transpac race - Rich diversity of boat types
Transpac Media,
The 2225-mile LA-Honolulu Transpac race has attracted a rich diversity of boat types, over its long history since first being sailed in 1906, and among the nine additional entries that today crossed the finish line today at Diamond Head, there were two outstanding examples of the opposite ends of the spectrum in race boat design and build technology.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of the San Francisco waterfront
Paul Todd/Outside Images,
Top photographer, Paul Todd, took a stroll around the San Francisco waterfront, today while the uncontested Round Robin 3 Match was being sailed by Luna Rossa. He provided this gallery of images of the day.... [more]
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America's Cup: Big breeze predicted for Luna Rossa vs Emirates Team NZ
Richard Gladwell,
Predictwind indicates that winds will be right on the limit for racing in the Round 3 encounter between Italian Challenger Luna Rossa, and Emirates Team New Zealand when they meet on Sunday July 21, 2013 in San Francisco. The 40 minute race is due to start at 1215hrs local time.... [more]
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Summer Invitational B regatta at CMRC - Day 1
Laura Muma,
On the first day of the Summer Invitational B regatta the light four-seven knot conditions favored good starters. Ten teams from the USA, Bermuda, and Sweden are here for two days of racing at this ISAF Grade three event.... [more]
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Farr 30 World Championship - Triple win for Groovederci
Farr 30 Class Association,
Race Officer Peter Reggio brought the final day of the 2013 Farr 30 World Championship off the Atlantic Ocean and inside beautiful Narragansett Bay. It was a perfect backdrop for one of the most exciting and dramatic finishes seen in a World Championship in years.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: More images of Luna Rossa
Chuck Lantz,
Louis Vuitton Cup - The second of three galleries of Luna Rossa, taken during their solo race on Saturday, July 20 PST... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Luna Rossa - images from her solo race
Chuck Lantz,
Louis Vuitton Cup: When only one boat shows up for a match race, shooting photos can be a challenge. But when the boat is as strikingly beautiful as Luna Rossa, and as mechanically brutal as the AC72 class, the job gets a lot easier. From the solo race July 20, 2013... [more]
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America's Cup - Luna Rossa scores a Black Flag win in Round Robin 3
Carlo Borlenghi and Luna Rossa,
Luna Rossa's Round Robin 3 race was conducted close to the wind limit for the Round Robin phase of the Louis Vuitton Cup. With Artemis team still working on their catamaran, Luna Rossa Challenge raced today alone for the third time. Ten minutes after the gun, the Race Committee terminated the race awarding the point to Luna Rossa Challenge who completed the entire 5-legs race course anywa... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Curiouser and curiouser . . .
Bob Fisher,
The doings around the 34th America's Cup, and its precursor, the Louis Vuitton Cup, would have baffled even Lewis Carroll. His Alice would have needed more than going through the looking glass to unravel the puzzles this event is creating. A sunny Saturday in California should have provided the answers but instead it left more unanswered questions.... [more]
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Governor Cup - Australia to compete against New Zealand + Video
Nancy Mellon,
Governor Cup 2013 - An Aussie team will compete against a New Zealand team for the first place on Sunday. Sam Gilmour, Chris Smith and Adam Negri of Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Perth, Australia, were able to defeat the host team from Balboa Yacht Club by winning three races in a row.... [more]
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PWA Fuerteventura World Cup Registration day - A race against time
Vivienne Masters,
PWA Fuerteventura World Cup registration day saw both the men's and women's freestyle fleets registering for the upcoming week of competition between 1pm and 2pm. Many of the sailors took the opportunity to fit in a final training session before the single eliminations begin tomorrow with ideal winds blowing throughout the day.... [more]
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Optimist World Championship continues with Team Racing + Video
Elena Giolai,
The Optimist Team Racing World Championship, part of the Optimist World Championship, got underway today at full speed in Riva del Garda. The two day Championship started with 38 races on each of the two race courses.... [more]
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Lake Ontario 300 - Challenging scenarios
J Boats,
The weekend of the 'Great Lakes' major offshore races, the Chicago-Mac and LO300, were primarily characterized by the fact that a massive High pressure area was squashed over the entire Great Lakes, acting somewhat like the Atlantic and Pacific Highs that wobble around... [more]
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Farr 30 World Championship – Mother nature delivers on Day 3
Farr 30 Class Association,
At the 2013 Farr 30 World Championship Mother nature delivered exactly as promised, and perhaps even more so on Friday, when a passing front brought winds of just under 20 knots and waves up to five feet. Boats and bodies were bruised and beaten, but those able to deal with the lumpy seas and puffy wind still smiled when they hit the dock.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of Oracle Team USA racing on AC course
Guilain Grenier,
Top photographer, Guilain Grenier snapped these images from Thursday, when Oracle Team USA's two AC72's were competing on the America's Cup course in San Francisco.... [more]
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Transpac 2013 Los Angeles to Honolu - Tritium Racing finishes first
Cameron Andrews,
Tritium Racing arrived first in the Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac) from Los Angeles to Honolulu on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at 9:52 p.m. Hawaii time, covering more than 2,225 nautical miles in five days, 11 hours, 52 minutes and 38 seconds.... [more]
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The Gov Cup Challange - Day Three
Nancy Mellon,
The third day of the Gov Cup Challenge started with heavy overcast and very light winds. The course was set up north of the Newport Pier with observers on shore and on the pier. After one round of six races, the committee chose to wait for wind.... [more]
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International 14 Walker Trophy at Itchenor SC overall
Kimball Morrison,
Walker Trophy is a historic part of International 14 calendar, presented by president of US association, and first sailed in 1964. This year event was part of annual Dinghy Fest hosted by Itchenor Sailing Club, which saw racing by RS200s, 800s, and K6s as well the 14s, with a total of 40 boats on water.... [more]
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Unique collection of America's Cup films now online in HD Video
Florida-based media company Maritime Productions LLC announced today the launch of a new website that will provide on-line access to the world's largest library of America's Cup historical films and documentaries. The site is dual purpose, with a rent-and-screen section for the general public and a password-secure library that will be a one-stop-shop for broadcast... [more]
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Grade three Summer Invitational A regatta at CMRC
Laura Muma,
In midst of hot, wild and windy conditions today along Belmont Harbor lakefront, Chicago Match Race Center's own Don Wilson has won CMRC Grade three Summer Invitational A regatta, the first of a Grade three match racing double-header being sailed here through Sunday.... [more]
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2013 Transpac - Ragamuffin fastest Monohull to cross finish line
Transpac media,
In the 2013 Transpac at 18:17:26 today local Hawaii time, Syd Fischer's Elliott 100 Ragamuffin crossed the finish line at Diamond Head to be the fastest monohull to complete the 2225-mile course.... [more]
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Bermuda Race Preparation Seminar at Brewer Yacht Yards
Newport Bermuda Race,
Anyone considering sailing in the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race, or otherwise sailing offshore, should know about upcoming seminars sponsored by Brewer Yacht Yard Group, the Official Boat Preparation Resource of the Newport Bermuda Race.... [more]
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Auckland to Bluff Ocean Race: A family affair
The A2B Ocean Race that is the New Zealand's new blue-water sailing event is attracting a range of yachts and crews for its inaugural race which sets sail from Auckland's Waitemata Harbour on Sunday, 9th February 2014. One of the interesting entries received to date is that of Iemanja, whose crew will feature three generations from one family for the ocean race from Auckland to Bluff.... [more]
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420 North Americans and Laser Canadians set for St. Margaret SC
Sail Canada,
The St. Margaret Sailing Club is set to host the 420 North Americans and Laser Canadians in addition to the Sail East Regional Championship and annual Bay Wind Regatta taking place July 18 - 21. Close to 200 sailors are registered for the event in Glen Haven, NS.... [more]
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Optimist World Championship - Singapore remains strong on day 3
Elena Giolai,
The third day of the 2013 Optimist Worlds was another strong one for Loh Jia of Singapore, with German Sternbeck still holding second overall and Italian Dimitri Peroni following in third place. In the girls ranking, another Singaporean sailor, Bertha Han, dominated today and stands fifth overall. She is followed by Spain's Maria Bover Guerrero and in third Bte Mohd Fathin, also from Singapore.... [more]
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U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship - Victory for Dana Rohde
Jake Fish,
At the 2013 U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship (USJWSC), hot and humid temperatures settled on Buzzards Bay with gusty winds, as the 42-boat Laser Radial fleet completed three more races on the final day of racing in Marion, Mass. Dana Rohde (Richmond Hill, Ga.) led from start to finish and won her first Nancy Leiter Clagett Memorial Trophy in her fifth attempt.... [more]
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Americas Cup: Emirates Team NZ want access to Oracle's speed data
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand have gone to the International Jury to require the America's Cup Defenders, Oracle Team USA, to make public their performance data, now they are about to commence racing on the America's Cup course. The New Zealand team are also looking to have the Defender's access to the America's Cup Course restricted as apparently provided in the Protocol governing the Regattas.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - Golden honours decided + Video
At the ISAF Youth Sailing Worlds, Juan Perdomo (PUR), Lucas Rual and Emile Amoros (FRA) and Brazil's Tiago Brito and Andrei Kneipp added their names to the list of gold medallists as racing concluded in Limassol, Cyprus. Perdomo overcame a tense finish to pick up the Laser Radial Boys gold whilst Lucas Rual and Emile Amoros (FRA) ended their regatta in style by recording their sixth race win.... [more]
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