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03 Nov 2013

Rough weather delays the TJV—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

The Transat Jaques Vabre 2013. Le Havre - Itajai, Brazil
Pictures of the Oman Air Musandam MOD70 skippered by Sidney Gavignet (FRA) with co skipper Damian Foxall (IRL). Shown here in the race village prior to the race start.
Credit: Lloyd Images  © Lloyd Images
If you want to know the definition of the word 'frustration', as applied to the current sailing news, I would have advised that you go and solicit the advice of a Classe Mini sailor who is intent on racing the 2013 Transat Race. This event, as it will be remembered, has been postponed for almost three weeks now as major weather systems pummel Western Europe. Now, however, it's the double-handed sailors racing in the Transat Jacques Vabre (TJV) who get to learn the less-than-beautiful meaning of this word when placed in the context of waiting on the inclement weather.

According to the latest reports, the event's organizers took the prudent step of postponing racing due to gale-force winds that are raking the waters off of Le Havre, France. Instead of a Sunday send-off, skippers in the IMOCA 60, the Multi 50 and the Class 40 fleets will now start on Monday, giving the storm some time to dissipate.

'We are into a typical November situation with intense lows following each other across the Atlantic and bringing a lot of wind to the North of France, the Bay of Biscay and the racecourse area,' said Damien Foxall, co-skipper of the MOD-70, Oman Air. 'The tidal current is very strong as well, so for six hours twice a day we have wind over tide, which really makes the sea state very difficult and dangerous.

The Oman Air MOD70. Skippered by Sidney Gavignet (FRA) with team mates Thomas LeBreton (FRA), Fahad Al Hasni (OMA), Neal McDonald (GBR),Damian Foxall (IRL), Mohsin Al Busaidi (OMA), Ahmed Al Hassani (OMA) and Giles Favennec (FRA)  © Lloyd Images


'For the race committee it is a case of finding the least dangerous and difficult window to get the fleet off safely,' continued Foxall. 'The start will be upwind and bouncy-there is a really big sea out there and it is really a case of finding the safest moment.'

Please stay tuned to the website for the latest on the TJV, as it develops.

p1641166355-o95040003-6 - Spindrift Racing - Offshore training October 2013  Chris Schmid/Spindrift Racing


Also offshore-related, co-skippers Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard, along with 12 other crewmembers are making good progress on their attempt to beat the speed record between Cadiz, Spain and San Salvador in the Bahamas aboard Bertarelli's 'Spindrift 2', which is the world's biggest and fastest offshore trimaran. Impressively, the team has already managed to cover 2,880 miles in the first 48 hours, a distance that covers roughly one-third of their racetrack, and, as of this writing, are on track to break Franck Cammas' 2007 record.

'The sea condition is today once again the factor limiting our speed, although we are racing well,' reported Guichard. 'The entire crew has wholeheartedly embraced the pace of the record and ocean life. All eyes are permanently on both crew and equipment. We try to make as few demands as possible on the material, especially the sails and rigging. It is all about staying in tune with the elements, to sail fast in the best wind angle when the sea state allows for it, and then to slow down when it is a little less favorable.'

Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - day 1  ©2013 JOY | IAM20CA


And in Miami, a lack of wind led to a dearth of racing on Day Two of the Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series, which is taking place between November 1 and November 3. According to the latest reports, the RC tried valiantly to get in some racing before finally sending the fleet of sailors back ashore to the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, which is the host YC for this first (of several) winter series.

Conditions depending, the RC hopes to get in four races today, so stay tuned to the website for more information on this great OD event, as it unfurls.

Lijia Xu tastes Gold - day 9 Medal race - Laser Radial. London Olympics 2012  Carlo Borlenghi/FIV - copyright


And in Olympic sailing circles, China's Lijia Xu won a proud Gold at the 2012 London Olympics in the Laser Radial class and was named ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2012. Lijia's acceptance speech at the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year awards is considered to be one of the more eloquent soliloquys given in the sailing world in recent years. Inside, don't miss the full video (and transcription) of her powerful words.

Also inside, be sure to get the latest news from the J/105 North Americans, the Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 (Florianópolis, Brazil from 14-17 November) and the JP Aloha Classic. And be sure to look for the latest news on the restart of the Mini Transat, as it breaks.

Skipper Ken Read on the helm. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Abu Dhabi, UAE to Sanya, China. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)   Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©


Lastly, 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-Great Recession era. Parts One, Two and Three of this exclusive Sail-Word feature are now live on the site, so don't miss this interesting insight into one of sailing's most decorated American skippers, and into one of the industry's leading brands. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Spindrift 2 continues its Atlantic crossing
Spindrift racing,
Making the most of a powerful trade wind, Spindrift 2 continues its Atlantic crossing at full speed. On a starboard tack throughout the day yesterday, the largest trimaran in the world – skippered by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard – did a double jibe overnight to plunge into the stronger winds blowing from the east... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: 3-Buoys Challenge, Race 4 - Strong winds stop race
Frank Quealey,
Today, the recent strong wind weather pattern in Sydney continued causing the abandonment of the scheduled Race 4 of the 3-Buoys 18ft Skiff Challenge series.... [more]
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JP Aloha Classic - Casey Rehrer wins the AWT Youth contest on day 10
PWA Information,
With the JP Aloha Classic PWA World Cup having been concluded yesterday, with Levi Siver (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing / MFC) winning the event and Marcilio ‘Brawzinho' Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC) being crowned the PWA Wave World Champion for the first time in his career today saw the AWT fleets return to action.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Void of racing on day 2
International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
On the second day of the 2014 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series Event No. 1, racing was just not meant to be, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club, supported by Melges USA. After many attempts to handle the ever shifting wind, the Race Committee sent the fleet back to shore shortly after three-thirty in the afternoon.... [more]
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JP Aloha Classic - Electric action at Ho'okipa + Video
American Windsurfing Tour,
What an amazing few days at the JP Aloha Classic! With the resumption of the PWA Double Elimination and the World Title decider set to sail the action was electric from the outset. The wind did not seem to want to cooperate and this only helped to add further suspense as fans tuned in from all over the world. The passing showers kept shutting the wind off leaving riders stranded out to sea.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Two handed trans-Atlantic race start postponed
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
For the two-handed trans-Atlantic race, the Transat Jacques Vabre, gale force winds sweeping in from the Atlantic over the weekend in Le Havre have forced the race committee to postpone the start of the 11th edition. Initially scheduled for Sunday 3 November, the start will now be on Monday at 14:15 CET for the IMOCA 60, Class 40 and Multi 50 fleets.... [more]
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Lijia Xu ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2012 - THAT Speech
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Lijia Xu (CHN) was crowned ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2012 at an awards night in Dublin, Ireland. The acceptance speech from the China sailor was one of the most eloquent ever heard. The acceptance speech from the China sailor was one of the most eloquent ever heard. If you have not heard it, you can catch it now.... [more]
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19th Int. Flying 15 Worlds - approaching typhoon impacts Day 1
Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC Media,
With typhoon Krosa meandering east to west below the coast of China and threatening to disrupt the sailing programme for the worlds, Race Officer Jerry Rollin wasted no time today in informing competitors that his intention was to try and fit in two races if at all possible, as an insurance against the possible postponement of tomorrow's racing in the event of a T3 being raised.... [more]
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JP Aloha Classic - Junko claims Aloha Classic Tiara
American Windsurfing Tour,
In the JP Aloha Classic presented by Nalu Kai Lodge, with much of the day dedicated to the continuation of the PWA Double Elimination it was decided to run the AWT Aloha Classic Women's final during one of the required heat breaks to enable us to stream the heat live to the world and showcase the amazing talent encompassed within the division.... [more]
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JP Aloha Classic PWA World Cup - Special day for Levi and Marcilio
Vivienne Masters,
The ninth day of the JP Aloha Classic - presented by Nalu Kai - was a day of firsts for two sailors, and one that neither of them will ever forget. Levi Siver (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing / MFC) successfully defended his single elimination crown against the AWT champion Bernd Roediger (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing / MFC) to claim his first ever win on the PWA World Tour... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - viagogo, a new name on Sydney Harbour
Frank Quealey,
viagogo, the world's largest ticket marketplace, today announced it will sponsor a Flying 18 in this season's 18 foot skiff regattas. The agreement places viagogo at the heart of one of Australia's most celebrated sporting events, which takes place on Sydney Harbour every summer.... [more]
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24th Marmaris International Race Week 2013
Mike Pateniotis,
After four days of racing, the 24th Marmaris International Race Week has reached its final day. We've seen some great sailing from all of the teams who've been treated to more than their fair share of sunshine throughout the week. With an event that offers so much to it's competitors, it's clear to see why this regatta has grown so rapidly into the large-scale event that it is today.... [more]
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J/105 North American Championship - James Rathbun extends lead
Christopher Howell,
James Rathbun's Hey Jude won both of Friday's races at the J/105 North American Championship to open up a 10-point lead on day two of the event. Rathbun, of Toronto, now has three consecutive bullets, succeeding a sixth and third in the initial races on Thursday, for 12 points. With a pair of fourth-place finishes today, Cedric Lewis' Mirage moved into second overall with 22 points. The next two b... [more]
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Halloween Invitational: Balmy Breeze of Oyster Bay attract Northerners
Wendy Sinclair,
Ten teams arrived at Oakcliff ready to practice for this weekend's Halloween Invitational, a Grade three Match Race, only to be met with 25 knots of wind and gusts near 50 requiring a shore delay. The competitors milled anxiously around Oakcliff's America's Cup–style campus wanting to get on the water. By Midday conditions moderated and everyone headed out to practice on the ten Match 40s, the lar... [more]
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The Professional - Part 3 of a conversation with Ken Read
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Ken Read served as the skipper of Puma Ocean Racing's entries in the 2008-2009 and 2011-2012 editions of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), where the team finished in second and third place, respectively. Read has worked in various capacities for North Sails since 1996, and in January of 2013 he was promoted to the high-profile role of President.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Winter Series - No racing on day 1 in Miami
Joy Dunigan,
A fleet of 45 Audi Melges 20 teams were fired-up and ready to go on day one of the 2014 Miami Winter Series, each anticipating a great day of racing. Once out on the course, it was apparent that the wind gods had made other plans.... [more]
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Mini Transat - The hurry up and wait game
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, they are almost all there. With the exception of two or three competitors still at sea, the entire fleet is now warm and dry, either in the marina at Sada, or in the port of Gijon. The start will be from Sada as soon as the 76 boats still racing have been able to rally at the Galician port. A weather window is opening from Tuesday the 5th November.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Notice of Race for 2014 now available
Talbot Wilson,
The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee has posted the Notice of Race for the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race® in its web site documents area. The Newport Bermuda Race Safety Requirements have also been posted. These requirements are based on US Sailing's new 'Ocean-level' standard, and include Newport Bermuda Race prescriptions.... [more]
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Entry system for ORC Worlds 2014 now open
ORC Media,
The ORC Worlds 2014 entry system is now open. Today the host club, the Kieler Yacht-Club, has opened the online entry system so that offshore sailors from all over the world are invited to make their entries for this prestigious event that takes place over 2-9 August 2014 in Kiel Sailing City, Germany.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference to take place in Muscat
ISAF,
The 2013 ISAF Annual Conference is set to take place in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman from 9-16 November. ISAF Committee, Sub-committee and Commission members will head to Oman where they will be joined by ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs), Class Associations, sailors, event organisers, boat manufacturers and many more.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Gryphonsolo2's Joe Harris reminisces
Joe Harris,
Gryphonsolo2's Joe Harris reminisces on past editions on the Transat Jacques Vabre and looks ahead to the next installment which sets sail from Le Havre.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - 20 world's top sailors compete + video
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
With fierce competition at the top of the Tour leader board in the penultimate event on the 2013 Alpari Tour, the Argo Group Gold Cup runs an expanded field of competition with 20 of the world's top sailors.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 8 - Lars Grael to spearhead Team Brazil
Extreme Sailing Series™,
For the Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 8, the Extreme 40 racing machines will line-up on a brand new stadium racecourse in Florianópolis, Brazil where they will be joined by Brazilian sailing royalty Lars Grael at the forefront of the invitational entry, Team Brazil in just two weeks .... [more]
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24th Marmaris International Race Week - Pressure mounts up at it's end
Mike Pateniotis,
Day four of the 24th Marmaris International Race Week and the pressure was mounting as the regatta nears it's end. After a challenging day offshore yesterday with tricky wind shifts and an unpredictable breeze, today's inshore race was bound to offer it's own set of challenges for the teams to overcome.... [more]
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2014 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Forty-Five starters
Joy Dunigan,
The highly-anticipated season opener for the 2014 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series is officially underway after a long day of stunning weather conditions, practice and registration, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club and supported by Melges USA. All forty-five teams registered have 100% secured their place on the starting line, ready to go head-to-head for one of the class' most coveted titles... [more]
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J/105 North American Championship - James Rathbun leads tight pack
Christopher Howell,
The standings couldn't be much closer after day one of the J/105 North American Championship, hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club in Maryland. Just four points separate the top five after three races were completed on Thursday. James Rathbun's Hey Jude holds the top position with scores of 6,3,1 for 11 points. Bruce Stone's LouLou trails by one point in second place after tallying a 4,4,3. Stephen Phil... [more]
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