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25 Oct 2013

Mini sailors and VOR reporters—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Port Rhu - 2013 Mini Transat  © Marc Sauvageot
'Frustration' is the key descriptor for the 84 skippers assembled in Douarnenez, France for the alleged start of the Mini Transat Race. A series of weather systems have been hammering the Bay of Biscay, preventing the 21-foot speedsters from safely beginning their leg-one sprint to Puerto Celero in the Canary Islands.

According to the latest reports, the event organizers are now looking for a weather window early next week to get the fleet launched. Inside, get the latest news from this famous international event, and stay tuned for the latest news on the start, as it becomes known.

2013 Mini Transat  © Jacques Vapillon / Mini Transat


Also offshore-related, US Sailing's Safety at Sea Committee recently reviewed (read: overhauled) ISAF's Offshore Special Regulations, which describes the equipment that should be required for vessels that are participating in most local and offshore racing. 'I believe that the new [requirements] meet those criteria, and will serve offshore sailors well,' said Chuck Hawley, US Sailing's Safety at Sea Committee Chairman. 'We encourage all Organizing Authorities to use them, edited if the local conditions warrant, so that races in the U.S. are sailed under consistent equipment rules.'

PUMA Ocean Racig powered by BERG media crew member Amory Ross shooting video and photographs of bowman Casey Smith, during the practice race in Auckland during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©


Meanwhile, the Volvo Ocean Race recently offered an update on the extremely competitive selection process for the position of Onboard Reporter for the 2014/2015 edition. According to reports, the race has already made their round-one cuts, and the talent pool is rumored to be deep.

So what the best move for anyone on the waiting list? 'My advice to the candidates: don't wait!' says Rick Deppe, who is project managing the media program, and who is a former media crewmember himself, having sailed aboard Puma Ocean Racing in the 2008/2009 edition.

'Go on with your life and your projects to keep training, sailing and telling stories,' continues Deppe. 'There are so many great candidates for a limited number of positions, so just keep telling great stories and having adventures. That's still the best way to win a place on a boat as our Onboard Reporter.' Get the full story, inside.

Francesco de Angelis and the crew of race winner B2 (ITA) on the approach to Malta - 2013 Rolex Middle Sea Race  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo


Also inside, get the full scoop on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the Hobie 16 and Hobie 18 North American Championships, as well as the wrap-up report from the Rolex Middle Sea Race, where Michele Galli's 'B2' was recently confirmed as the corrected-time winner.

Skipper Ken Read drives Mar Mostro through a frontal system off of Cape Horn. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand, to Itajai, Brazil. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)   Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©


Finally, I recently caught up with Ken Read, President of North Sails, World Champion sailor and the unofficial Don of the Newport Sailing Mafia, to get his pulse on sailmaking in the post-Lehman Brothers era. Look for this interview as an exclusive three-part feature that will be running on Sail-World.com every other day for the next few days. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Mt Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record Falls
Hugh Piggin,
Four boats attempted the Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record. Records fell across the board in all categories with boats concurrently breaking the Under 32' and Monohull records, as well as the Multihull and Outright record.... [more]
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2014 ISAF World Championships - Full of action for Santander
Helena de la Gándara,
The organization of Santander 2014 has announced the dates in which will be played the great event of Santander 2014. Santander 2014 ISAF World Championships will summon the Olympic Sailing for more than two weeks, in the waters of Santander.... [more]
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Coastal Classic: Team Australia first home in famous race
Sail-World,
More than 160 yachts of all shapes and sizes departed Auckland today, bound for Russell in the Bay of Islands.At 6.15pm the Australian ORMA60 was reported to be a few minutes from the finish at Russell in the Bay of Islands and will be well outside the race record of just under six hours for the 120nm trip.... [more]
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Hobie 16 and Hobie 18 NAC - Light winds on day 4
Rich McVeigh,
At the Hobie 16and Hobie 18 North American championships delivered highly tactical light wind racing on day 4. Three additional races were completed, one in the morning and two additional races in the late afternoon. The final race of the day was finished as the sun was setting.... [more]
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19th Flying Fifteen World Championships - 33 overseas entries
RHKYC Media,
RHKYC's Official Logistics and Shipping Partner, GAC Pindar, this week delivered eleven 40' containers to Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Middle Island sailing centre, bearing the 33 overseas entries in the 19th International Flying Fifteen World Championship that will take place from 25 October to 8 November and which includes the Hong Kong Nationals.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Window of opportunity closed, code red restored
Solene Rennuit,
The Mini Transat scenario proposed yesterday by the Race Director, to start the 84 strong fleet on Friday with a stopover in Gijon, has ultimately has not been chosen. The option of a start early next week seems to be confirmed.... [more]
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Help end the waste of bluefin tuna in the United States
IGFA,
Please take 30 seconds to sign the petition today and help end the waste of bluefin tuna in the United States and ensure that surface longlingers, not recreational fishermen, are held accountable for incidental bycatch. Surface longlines kill thousands of hard-fighting game fish, including white marlin, sailfish, and bluefin tuna.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta lends support to Cole Bay fire victims
St.Maarten Heineken Regatta,
The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta spent some time on Tuesday with Soc over at Radio Station Island 92 discussing donations for the fire victims in Cole Bay. The fire at Wesley Lane in Cole Bay was a tragedy and with the victims left homeless and with no worldly possessions, organizations all over the Island have leaped into action by donating various items to help those in need.... [more]
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Clipper Yacht Race - Skippers use Stealth Mode to avoid light winds
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, with 500 miles to go until Cape Town, the yachts are using Stealth Mode to try to get into the best possible position to avoid the expected light, fickle winds off the African coast.... [more]
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JP Aloha Classic - Registration and warm up day
American Windsurfing Tour,
The best wave sailors in the world from the AWT and PWA are uniting for the JP Aloha Classic in Maui and many are wondering if we are seeing the dawn of a new era in windsurfing. Even legend Robby Naish could resist tossing his hat into the ring for what has been dubbed 'The Clash of the Titans'.... [more]
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Hobie 16 and Hobie 18 NAC - Light winds on day 3
Rich McVeigh,
Light winds frustrate competitors on day 3 at Hobie 16 and Hobie 18 North American championships. The fleet sailed out to the course but the wind quickly died and never returned.... [more]
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Allie Blecher new ABYC junior director
Rich Roberts,
Allie Blecher . . . does the name sound familiar?Just last weekend she skippered the California Yacht Club team to victory in the 22nd annual Linda Elias Memorial Women's One-Design Challenge in Long Beach, followed by the announcement that she has been hired as Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's junior sailing director.... [more]
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Proposed safety equipment requirements approved by Board of Directors
Jake Fish,
US Sailing's Safety at Sea Committee has conducted an overhaul of ISAF's Offshore Special Regulations (OSR), which describes the equipment required to be utilized on sailboats when racing in most local and offshore races in the U.S.... [more]
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Championship of Champions - Sailors to battle at Columbia SC
Jake Fish,
US Sailing's Championship of Champions is identified as one of the more unique adult racing events in the country. All helmsmen have qualified for this event by winning a 2012 or 2013 one-design class National, North American, or World Championship. Helmsmen and their crew will be tested in Lightnings to see if they can hold their own.... [more]
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RS:X Youth World Championships - High flying action in Civitavecchia
RS:X Class,
At the RS:X Youth Sailing World Championships, each fleet sailed three more races in the waters in front of the Lega Navale Italiana of Civitavecchia, the sailing club which will host until October 26th. The Argentinian windsurfer Bautista Saubidet Birkner takes first place in the overall men's ranking, preceding two Italian athletes, Daniele Benedetti and Mattia Camboni.... [more]
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JP Aloha Classic PWA World Cup - Battle royale set for Ho'okipa
Vivienne Masters,
The time has finally come for the Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) to return to the windsurfing Mecca of Maui - in association with the American Windsurfing Tour (AWT). From the 24th October to the 6th November the elite of the wave sailing world shall be once again be descending upon the wonderful shores of Maui - for the first time in seven years - as the JP Aloha Classic takes place.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Onboard Reporters - cuts being made
Volvo Ocean Race,
To all the Onboard Reporter candidates out there – here's an update on the recruitment campaign and why you should definitely keep training if you made the first cut. After launching the program in January and sending a first update in August, we've got a list of selected candidates and we've made a second round of picks,' says project manager Rick Deppe.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Code Orange in place, two scenarios envisaged
Solene Rennuit,
The Mini Transat race organisers have made the decision to change to Code Orange as of Wednesday, October 23 at 18:00. This means that the race can be started on Friday 25 from 06:00. For now the race is still considering two possible assumptions depending on the evolution of the weather.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - B2 confirmed as overall winner
KPMS,
In the Rolex Middle Sea Race, Michele Galli's B2, a TP52 from Italy, has been confirmed as the overall winner. B2 is the first Italian yacht to claim the Rolex Middle Sea Race Trophy since 2005, emerging victorious from the largest and one of the most competitive fleets in the race's 45-year history.... [more]
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New look for Sail America website
Sail America,
Sail America has expansively redesigned the overall appearance and function of its website. Sail America has added quick and easily readable newsfeeds for sailing news, events, and social media activity to their homepage and the site's revamped format offers consumers a guide to sailing resources.... [more]
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Clipper Yacht Race - Henri Lloyd scores extra Ocean Sprint points
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Henri Lloyd has won its second Ocean Sprint in a row, securing two extra points ahead of second fastest Derry~Londonderry~Doire and third fastest Old Pulteney.... [more]
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Coastal Classic: Dean Barker back sailing an Australian multihull
Richard Gladwell,
In his first race since the 2013 America's Cup, Emirates Team NZ skipper raced aboard the ORMA60, Team Australia, skippered by Sean Langman. Team Australia was sailing in an ORMA60 exhibition race around the Waitemata harbour against the New Zealand ORMA60, TeamVodafoneSailing.... [more]
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JP Aloha Classic - Robby Naish to challenge for the title
Sam Bittner,
The stage is now set for what promises to be one of the biggest clashes of windsurfing talent in living memory. Robby Naish, probably the biggest name in the history of windsurfing, has confirmed his participation in the upcoming JP Aloha Classic that begins on Thursday 24th October, at Ho'okipa Beach Park, Maui, Hawaii.... [more]
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Hobie 16 and Hobie 18 North American championships
Rich McVeigh,
Breezy conditions on day two of Hobie 16 and Hobie 18 North American championships. Five races were completed in winds of 15-24 knots from the north with moderate waves. Conditions proved to be too challenging for some but most stayed out and enjoyed the sporty conditions and numerous capsizes took place.... [more]
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Race to Rio National Team Tour debuts this November
Dana Paxton,
The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider's Race to Rio National Team Tour debuts November 7th and brings the excitement of high-performance sailing and first-hand stories of Olympic and Paralympic campaigning to passionate sailors, young and old. The speaking series will visit yacht clubs around the country over the next three years in the lead up to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.... [more]
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