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27 Oct 2013

Offshore, Cup and Olympic news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

CV25 crew blog photo 23.10.13  Clipper Race/onEdition
The racing has been fast and furious in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, as nine of the race's fleet of 12 boats have now safely reached their berths in Cape Town, South Africa. According to the latest reports, the 'Great Britain' team took top honors in this leg, followed by 'Henri Lloyd' and 'Invest Africa'.

'This is a great boost for the crew who have worked so hard in this race to achieve a well-deserved victory,' said Simon Talbot, 'Great Britain's' skipper. 'We led the fleet for the first eight to ten hours out of Rio, but then came a point we had to make the strategic decision to push further south. We went from first to eighth, but then it started to pay off.'

While most of the fleet opted for the southerly routing from Rio to Cape Town, 'Invest Africa' took the gamble of sailing a seriously southern routing. 'I looked at the position of the South Atlantic highs in Rio, and we decided that we were going to go as far south as we could. This put us in twelfth position for over a week, but once we were at the bottom of the high and the top of the lows, we had the wind behind us and the heavy-weight kite up we just watched ourselves climb up the leaderboard.'

Get the full scoop from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, including the details of the nail-biting finish during which 'Henri Lloyd' managed to usurp 'Invest Africa' in the final hours of the leg, inside this issue.

Invest Africa at the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.  Clipper Ventures PLC © .


Meanwhile, in Cup news, the Dutch Sailing Federation has decided not to take further action against former Oracle Team USA wing trimmer Dirk de Ridder, who, it will be remembered, was expelled from competing in AC34 due to a cheating scandal involving the team's AC45s, which were used to compete in the America's Cup World Series. According to reports, Dutch Sailing Federation's appeals body, known as the Zeilraad, determined that de Ridder had already paid a heavy price for his involvement in this scandal.

'Having considered all evidence the Zeilraad finds that it is not appropriate to impose an additional penalty,' wrote the Zeilraad in their report. 'Decision: After this investigation the Zeilraad finds that it is not appropriate to conduct a hearing and decides that no further action will be taken in this matter by the Dutch MNA.'

And in Olympic Sailing news, Sail-World recently broke the story of a revolutionary plan to change the nature of Olympic-class sailing competitions, which will be presented to the ISAF Council at their mid-November meeting in Oman. 'I cannot speak for other classes but I do believe the arguments put forward in the proposal are flawed and could have serious consequences for the future of the Laser class, arguably the most successful international class in the history of sailing,' said Rob Lowndes, a senior-level Laser class representative. 'I assume the paper will be presented to the Events Committee at the ISAF annual Conference in mid-November, although I notice it is not easy to find on the ISAF website.' Get the full download, inside this issue.

Russ balances time on the AWT with work for Hi-Tech Maui.  Si Crowther / AWT


Also inside, get the full report from the JP Aloha Classic PWA World Cup, the McMillan Cup and the Around Jamestown Record, where several new records were set.

Ultimate Pressure and Crew  Hugh Piggin


Lastly, I recently caught up with Ken Read, President of North Sails, World Champion sailor and one of the new course-record holders of the Around Jamestown Record, to get his pulse on sailmaking in the post-Great Recession era. Part One was published over the weekend and is now live on the site, while Part Two and Part Three of this exclusive Sail-Word feature will be published this week.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Championship of Champions – Dramatic conclusion
Jake Fish,
The 2013 edition of the Championship of Champions, hosted by Columbia Sailing Club, came down to a dramatic conclusion today, Sunday 27th October. It took all 16 races to determine this year's winner of the Jack Brown Trophy. Three teams were in legitimate contention going into today's final two races.... [more]
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PWA World Cup JP Aloha Classic Day 3 – A lay day in Ho'okipa
Vivienne Masters,
On the PWA World Cup JP Aloha Classic third day extremely light winds meant that no competition was completed today. With a deteriorating forecast for the afternoon and a distinct lack of wind in the morning the sailors were released at 11am. However, it was still another beautiful day in Maui with wall-to-wall sunshine and a small swell still running... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne Paralympic hotspot ahead of Rio 2016
Sail Melbourne Media,
Australia is one of the top nations on the Paralympic sailing scene and as past International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) Vice President and current President of Sailability Victoria, David Staley, explains, a strong focus of Paralympic sailors leading to Rio will be on the ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne (Sail Melbourne) over the next three years.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Maxi Spindrift 2 crew for the discovery route
Spindrift racing,
For the Rolex Fastnet Race, Spindrift 2, the world's largest racing trimaran, and its 14-strong crew, led by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard, can at last foresee a weather window within the next 24 hours which could launch their attempt to beat the record set between Cadiz and San Salvador (Bahamas).... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Final three push into Cape Town
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, with nine yachts now safely berthed in Cape Town, just three boats remain at sea pushing as hard as they can to complete Race three.... [more]
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JP Aloha Classic PWA World Cup - Team celebrates an epic day of action
American Windsurfing Tour,
In the JP Aloha Classic PWA World Cup, following yesterday's epic day of action, dominated by the Quatro team, it was only fitting that the planned party was to be hosted at the Quatro/Goya/MFC shop. Riders enjoyed good food, music, and discussed the day's action over a few beers.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Great Britain wins Race 3
Amy Martindale,
Great Britain won Race three of the 2013-14 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race into Cape Town, crossing the line at 08:48:58 UTC, ahead of Henri Lloyd in second place which crossed the line at 11:40:56 UTC in front of the spectacular back drop of Table Mountain. Invest Africa crossed the line in third place, at 12:49:00 UTC.... [more]
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SAISA Match Race qualifiers
Greg Fisher,
Georgia Tech, Eckerd, USF and C of C met at the Stewart walker Sailing Center in Charleston at 8am for an 8:45 start time. Concerns about the beautiful 6-10 northerly dying mid-day led to everyone showing up with the sunrise.... [more]
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McMillan Cup at Navy day 1 - Nine teams compete
Jahn Tihansky,
This weekend, nine teams are on hand to contest the 2013 McMillan Cup at Navy. The wind for the day came in strong from the SSW staring at 16 knots and building to the low 20s by early afternoon then diminishing slightly for the later races.... [more]
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Hobie 16 and Hobie 18 NAC - Strong winds on final day
Rich McVeigh,
Strong breeze and big waves for the final day or racing. Three races were completed in 20-25 knots of wind with large waves. Those that stayed out were truly challenged by the wind and waves. There were numerous breakdowns and many chose to retire.... [more]
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The Professional-part one of a conversation with Ken Read
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Ken Read (52) has been commanding sailing headlines for the past thirty-plus years, starting with his collegiate days at Boston University where he was a three-time Collegiate All American and the Intercollegiate Sailing Association's College Sailor of the Year (1982), through his time as a J/24 and Etchells champion and a respected sailmaker in his hometown of Newport, Rhode Island.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Great Britain first into Cape Town
Clipper Ventures PLC,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Great Britain has crossed the finish line by Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, taking line honours for Race 3 at just before 11am local time. In second place, Henri Lloyd has overtaken Invest Africa, and is ahead of the home entry by six miles in the final push into Cape Town.... [more]
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JP Aloha Classic - Bernd Roediger steals the show
American Windsurfing Tour,
Staff and competitors arrived at the beach and were stoked to see bigger than expected surf already showing signs of texture. The stage was set and it was going to be a killer day! The call was made by Head Judge Duncan Coombs early that we would continue with the Pro bracket, and take advantage of the better than expected conditions. As we moved into Round 3, the heats got tighter and tighter... [more]
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ISAF Revolution - Unintended consequences for Olympic classes?
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
Sail-World reported two weeks ago that a revolutionary proposal designed to change the nature of Olympic class sailing competitions at all levels is to be presented to the ISAF Council. We said this proposal will have a major impact on the current Olympic Class World Championships which will if this proposal if accepted, be completely restructured. Here is the first of the Class reactions.... [more]
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RSX Youth World Windsurfing Championships
RSX CLASS,
Mattia Camboni's day went from great to fantastic after bringing in three wins from three races to give him the lead in this year's RSX Youth World Windsurfing Championships. Hadar Heller from Israel extended her lead in the women's fleet over Italian Marta Maggetti. The Medal Races are scheduled for 9:30am on Saturday.... [more]
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Coastal Classic: Team Australia wins - Langman interviewed - Video
ARG Marine Media,
Tommo from ARG Marine Media was on the water to catch the winning finish of Team Australia in the 2013 Coastal Classic, and talked with skipper Sean Langman and Volvo Ocean race winner, Mike Sanderson, who was recruited for the race.... [more]
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Coastal Classic: Team Australia first home, Volvo 70 first monohull
Sail-World,
At 1815hrs Friday evening, Team Australia won the 2013 PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic, arriving at Russell Wharf eight hours and 15 minutes after the start gun fired in Auckland, and nearly 37 minutes ahead of the New Zealand owned TeamVodafone Sailing.... [more]
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Coastal Classic: Volvo 70 and the Fifties arrive in Russell - Video
ARG Marine Media,
Video from ARG Marine Media of the finish of the fifty footers - Georgia, V5, Wired and Kia Kaha arriving in Russell within a few minutes between each other after the 119nm Coastal Classic... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - New US Safety Equipment Requirements adopted
John Rousmaniere,
The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee has adopted US Sailing's new Safety Equipment Requirements for the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race, with modifications to include prescriptions.... [more]
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America's Cup: Dutch take no further action against de Ridder
Richard Gladwell,
No further action will be taken against Dirk de Ridder (NED) after his suspension from the 34th America's Cup) following an adverse report by the International Jury during the 34th America's Cup. Dirk de Ridder (wing trimmer on Oracle Team USA) was excluded from the Americas's Cup Regatta. A shore crew member was also suspended fro the whole regatta, and another sailing crew member was suspended... [more]
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Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award - Submission deadline approaching
MaxComm Communication,
Ladies and gentlemen, dear yacht racing photographers, we kindly remind you that the deadline for submitting your images for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2013 is October 31, 2013.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Front runners to arrive tomorrow
Ruth Harrington,
In the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race, the front runners of the twelve-strong matched fleet of 70 foot ocean racers competing will arrive in V and A Waterfront, Cape Town tomorrow (Saturday 26 October).... [more]
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Enel RSX Youth World Championship - Racing cancelled
RSX CLASS,
At the 2013 Enel RS:X Youth World Championships, the Race Committee had to cancel today's races because of bad weather conditions. Tomorrow competitors will sail final races which will be followed with a live tracking system.... [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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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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Coastal Classic: Images from the start - 1
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the water for the start of the 2013 Coastal Classic and filed these images - first of three galleries. The race got underway in winds that were more westerly than expected, most of the bigger yachts started on the southern end of the start line, taking a faster line to North Head, and then went on the wind to Rangitoto Light, at the entrance to the Hauraki Gulf.... [more]
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