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15 Aug 2013

Fastnet, LVC and match-racing—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Maxi Spindrift 2 (trimaran) at the start of the Rolex Fastnet 2013.  Chris Schmid / Spindrift racing
Sailing news this week is being driven by the fabled 605-mile Fastnet Race, which is currently playing out in the United Kingdom. The maxi trimaran 'Spindrift 2' (ex 'Banque Populaire V'), co-skippered by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard, took line honors in the multihull division following a close tactical battle (read: tight-quarters match racing) with 'Banque Populaire VII', the other maxi-trimaran that was competing in this classic bluewater challenge. 'Spindrift 2's' time around the track was 38 hours 53 minutes and 58 seconds, which is certainly not sluggish given the conditions and her recent transition to her current livery.

'The decisive moment of the race was here at the finish,' said Guichard about the team's hard-fought battle. 'We were in close contact throughout the race with 'Banque Populaire VII'. Everything, as usual, played out in the last two miles, where we were very anxious because of the light conditions. This race is a sprint.'

2013 Rolex Fastnet Race: Night owls. The winning crew of Spindrift 2.  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo


As for the team's recent matriculation to the world of massive multihulls, Guichard seemed more than pleased with the team's level of preparation, as well as with their results. 'We managed two weeks of solid training since the launch of the boat [earlier this year],' reported Guichard. 'Everything went really well onboard, everyone remained focused on their objectives.'

As for the rest of the fleet, the latest reports are describing light conditions that are translating to sticky elapsed-passage times. As of this writing, the vast majority of the fleet was still at sea, trying their best to find pressure in an otherwise glassy world. Stay tuned to the website for more from the Fastnet Race, as it becomes known.


Searching for wind on approach to the Fastnet Rock - 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo


Meanwhile, in America's Cup circles, plenty of questions linger regarding the recent revelations that three of Oracle Team USA's AC45's were illegally modified with an additional five pounds of weight in their dolphin strikers. Louis Vuitton Cup (LVC) racing is on hold until Saturday (August 17), when Luna Rossa Challenge will meat Emirates Team New Zealand for the first race of the LVC Finals. Get the full scoop, inside this issue.

Bjorn Hansen leads on the downwind to take third palce at Chicago Match Cup  Walter Cooper/Chicago Match Cup


And in match-racing news, USVI native Taylor Canfield and his 'USone' teammates bounced back to win top honors (and a hefty $25,000 purse) at the Chicago Match Cup, which serves as Stage Four of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. While Canfield enjoyed home-water advantages, as well as intimate knowledge of the Chicago Match Race Center's fleet of Tom 28 keelboats, he still had to fend off a more-than-serious threat from Keith Swinton and his Australian-flagged 'Black Swan Racing' to retain his third straight title at this prestigious event.


34th America's Cup
Dockside
  Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa©


Also inside, get the latest news from the ongoing U.S. Youth Sailing Championship, the recently concluded Verve Cup Offshore Regatta and the 2013 World Yacht Racing Forum (December 10-11). And finally, don't miss ace photographer Carlo Borlenghi's great image gallery of Luna Rossa's San Francisco base, where the team is preparing for the first race of the LVC Finals.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Doyle Sails launches innovative new Stratis ICE sail fibre
Elle Brade,
Doyle Sails has announced that Stratis ICE is available exclusively throughout the Doyle global network of lofts. Part of Doyle's Stratis sail range, ICE is a game-changing product that offers weight savings, performance gains and high durability levels for both performance and cruising sails.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Slow going to Plymouth
KPMS,
In the Rolex Fastnet Race, Esimit Europa 2, the 100-ft Maxi skippered by Jochen Schümann, is set to claim monohull line honours. At 17:00 BST she was 85-nm from the finish line in Plymouth, with the crew reporting an ETA of 01:00 BST Wednesday morning.... [more]
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J/22 World Championship celebrates 30 years
Christopher E. Howell,
A fleet of 65 teams from the U.S, Canada, England, South Africa and the Cayman Islands have already signed up to be a part of history at the 30th Anniversary J/22 World Championship presented by Fidelity Investments® scheduled for October 1-5, 2013 in Newport, Rhode Island.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Ladies on board Team SCA claim the lead
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
In the Rolex Fastnet Race, now downwind, homeward bound back from the Fastnet Rock, the overall IRC leadership has shifted in favour of the bigger boats. With this, there is some excitement sparking up around the Rolex Fastnet Race Village at Plymouth Yacht Haven with the women's Volvo Ocean Race team, Team SCA, moving into first position.... [more]
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America's Cup: 1983 was the game breaker - New video - Updated
Sail-World,
Maritime Productions presents the second of the trailers for its video library of America's Cup and other sailing video, available on a rent to view basis. As Bob Fisher describes below, the 1983 America's Cup was a game breaker in every sense of the word. Not only did Australia II break the longest winning streak in sports history, but their story became an inspiration for the Australian nation... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Qingdao continues legacy
ISAF,
In just two months, the inaugural Asian ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta will commence in Qingdao, China marking the start of the 2013-2014 series. Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre will welcome the best Olympic sailing talent from around the world continuing the legacy after the venue played host to a memorable Olympic Sailing Competition in 2008.... [more]
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Bids invited to host 2017 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is now inviting all Member National Authorities to bid for the 2017 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship. The ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship is ISAFs longest running event, having taken place every year since the first championships hosted by Sweden in 1971.... [more]
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RS500 World Championship day 5
Heather Chipperfield,
Day five of the RS500 World Championship and and amazing it was! By far the most amazing racing day in the history of the RS500 class! However the Swedish girls were already sure about the title there was a lot to win or loose for the top five.... [more]
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Ken Read to speak at 2013 World Yacht Racing Forum
World Yacht Racing Forum 2013,
One of the world's most accomplished and celebrated sailors, Ken Read will present an opening keynote address at the World Yacht Racing Forum in Sweden on 11th December. Ken has an impressive resume which includes his 'United States Rolex Yachtsman of the Year' title of which he won twice, along with 46 World, North American, and National Championships in a variety of classes.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 - Morning race update
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The world's two fastest offshore racing trimarans had to endure the world's slowest finish in the early hours of this morning in the Rolex Fastnet Race. Having jockeyed for the lead since leaving the Solent on Sunday, the Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard co-skippered Spindrift two was ahead past the Lizard in the early hours of this morning, only for the wind to switch off... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race: Spindrift 2 wins
Spindrift racing,
At the 45th edition of Rolex Fastnet Race, Spindrift racing wins after having the crossed the finish line at 02.53 local time. It was a fiercly fought battle at close quarters right down to the wire against Spindrift 2`s main rival, the maxi Trimaran Banque Populaire VII.... [more]
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America's Cup - Images from inside Luna Rossa's base in San Francisco
Carlo Borlenghi,
Images from inside the Luna Rossa Base in San Francisco by Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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Red Bull Youth America's Cup: Teams on the water for practice + Video
Sail-World,
The 10 teams entered in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup received their AC45s today, marking the official beginning of the series created to give youth sailors a pathway to be an America's Cup sailor. The Red Bull Youth America's Cup is scheduled Sept. 1-4 on San Francisco Bay, just off the America's Cup Village, at Marina Green.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Close knit Rock rounding led by Spindrift 2
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
In the Rolex Fastnet Race, an intriguing dust-up is taking place between the world's fastest racing yachts. Following an excellent start, the 40m trimaran, Spindrift 2, led the Multihull division along the south coast of England last night, but earlier this morning off Land's End it was the Sidney Gavignet-skippered MOD70, Oman Air-Musandam, that had moved into the first place.... [more]
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U.S. Youth Championships preview
Jake Fish,
When the U.S. Youth Sailing Championships commences this week in Corpus Christi, Texas, the stakes will be high. The premier US Sailing Youth National Championship regatta has expanded to include more sailors utilizing high-performance boats.... [more]
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Transgascogne delivers a final way into the Mini Transat
Solene Rennuit,
The Transgascogne was a final opportunity for some competitors to qualify for the Mini Transat. For instance Stan Maslard (Sefico Group), who needed foremost to finish the race to ensure he had the number of miles required to obtain the right to start on 13 October in Douarnenez.... [more]
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Four Florida paddleboarders complete Bimini-to-Riviera beach crossing
John Bell,
Four South Florida watermen successfully crossed the mighty Gulf Stream this weekend in a Crossing-For-A-Cure Challenge to raise public awareness and money to support the battle against cystic fibrosis. At times battling fatigue and heavy seas and nine-foot swells, the paddleboarders completed the 90-mile journey in 16 hours.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 12 August 2013
ISAF,
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 12 August have been released with Australia's Mat Belcher still dominating in the Men's 470 after a 17th straight victory and fourth world title in a row. The USA's Caleb Paine has shifted Aussie Brendan Casey from the Finn top spot whilst Croatians have risen to number one in the 49er for the very first time. Six British sailors also emerge among the top three.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - French boats hold the upper hand
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Despite having been upwind since the start, the Rolex Fastnet Race fleet has been making excellent progress down the south coast of the UK since yesterday's start. There have been no retirements overnight, and to date, just four boats from 335 starters have officially dropped out.... [more]
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Verve Cup Offshore Regatta - Race finishes on a high note at the CYC
Rachelle Treiber,
At the Verve Cup Offshore Regatta, competitors got to enjoy some decent breeze and solid racing on the final day, after daily postponements due to light winds at the Chicago Yacht Club.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup-Sail Melbourne - Entries open.
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne,
Following last week's launch of the ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne Olympic class entries, the Notice of Race is now online and entries are now being accepted for the Sail Melbourne Invited Classes.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle sailing crew implicated in AC45 Measurement bust
Richard Gladwell,
A previously confidential report by the Chairman of the Measurement Committee reveals that according to an internal inquiry by Oracle Team USA, one member of their sailing crew was involved along with three members of the team Shore crew in the AC45 Measurement incident which broke late last week.... [more]
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2013 Chicago Match Cup - Taylor Canfield wins
Chicago Match Race Center,
Today, at the Chicago Match Cup, Taylor Canfield and US-one bounced back from 0-2 to take a last-gasp victory.Representing the US Virgin Islands but also a hometown favorite as race director of the Chicago Match Race Center, the crowd of spectators went silent with tension as Canfield and USone's Tom 28 keelboat rumbled towards the finish line of the final match... [more]
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2013 Morgan Cup - NYYC team returns to the top
New York Yacht Club,
At the New York Yacht Club Invitational Team Race Regatta, New York Yacht Club's top team regained the top spot on the podium, after three years of frustration, beating three-time defending champion Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club in the final race to clinch the championship for the Morgan Cup. The regatta was held out of the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court, August 9th through eleventh.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Crowd favorite Artemis exits the LVC gracefully
Chuck Lantz,
Despite the overwhelming odds against them, Artemis stuck with their program and fought hard until the very end. That team spirit, coupled with the loss of team member Andrew Simpson, made Artemis a crowd favorite in San Francisco.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - 335 boats set sail for Plymouth
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Off Cowes, the rain stopped and the sun came out for today's commencement of the world's largest offshore race, the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial Rolex Fastnet Race. In the end, 335 boats set sail for Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock off south-west Ireland, with 292 racing for overall honours under IRC rating and a further 43 non-IRC boats.... [more]
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Lysekil Women's Match - Third win for Ulrikkeholm, trophy to Macgregor
Joakim Hermansson,
By claiming her third consecutive victory in the Lysekil Women's Match, Camilla Ulrikkeholm will further strengthen her top position on the ISAF match racing world ranking. In the Lysekil finale the Dane beat Lucy Macgregor with a 3 - 1 score, but the British team still takes the Terry J Kohler Perpetual Trophy for the inaugural Women's International Match Racing Series.... [more]
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