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10 Nov 2013

Discovery Route record and TJV—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

The maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 in action.  Chris Schmid/Spindrift Racing
The big news in offshore sailing circles is that co-skippers Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard, along with 12 other crewmembers, were successful in their bid to establish a new passage record for the so-called 'Discovery Route', which runs from Cadiz, Spain to San Salvador in the Bahamas. The team sailed some 3,885 miles in six days, 14 hours, 29 minutes and 21 seconds aboard Bertarelli's 'Spindrift 2', which is the world's biggest and fastest offshore trimaran.

This new record shaves more than 20 hours off of the existing record, which was set by Franck Cammas in 2007 aboard the maxi trimaran, 'Groupama 3', and represents an average pace of 28.41 knots.

Spindrift 2, Dona Bertarelli  Chris Schmid/Spindrift Racing

'This is huge,' said Bertarelli. 'The emotion was waiting for us the moment we crossed the line. I enjoyed this race a lot-my first crossing of the Atlantic, in a race, for a record, with a good result at the end. Any doubts I might have had about this boat have gone. ['Spindrift 2'] is an extraordinary machine, and was combined with a great crew, following superb preparation made by the team on the ground and a sound choice of route.'

Get the full story, inside this issue.

Start of the 11th Transat Jacques Vabre  © Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / TJV

Back on the European side of the Pond, the double-handed Transat Jacques Vabre Race kicked off on Thursday at 1300 hours, local time, off of Le Havre, France and will take racers some 4,335 miles to Itajai, Brazil. At the time of this writing, Jeremie Beyou and Christopher Pratt aboard 'Maitre CoQ' were leading the IMOCA 60 fleet, followed by Francois Gabart and Michel Desjoyeaux aboard 'Macif' and Marc Guillemot and Pascal Bidegorry aboard 'Safran'.

'We will be upwind for the whole channel all the way to Finisterre,' said Gabart just before the start. 'There are a lot of things to do upwind and the weather models don't say the same things. It will be interesting. Biscay looks pretty tough for us on the IMOCA's but after Finisterre we will be going downwind in the sunshine.'

Edmond De Rothschild, Skipper, Sebastien Josse  Artemis Challenge

Meanwhile, in the two-strong MOD70 fleet, Sebastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier aboard 'Edmond de Rothschild' are leading Sidney Gavignet and Damian Foxall aboard 'Oman Air-Musandum'.

'For us it is a race to get south to Finisterre before the next strong system coming in. We should be at Ushant tomorrow morning and Finisterre the following midnight,' said Foxall prior to the start. 'I think we might not get there before the new wind comes in from the SW so we might have to tack to get around there in a building breeze, probably 35 knots, but that should be quite short-lived and we should get down the Portuguese coast.' The boats immediately behind us will get a lot more. For us it does not look like anything extreme.'

Inside, get the full TJV report and be sure to stay up-to-date with the website for the latest news, as it unfurls.
Also offshore related, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race is reporting that they have 97 boats registered for the 2013 edition of this grueling offshore event. According to reports, the fleet includes five super maxis, 22 international entries, 15 new boats, 36 first timers, as well as plenty of other solid and excited teams.

Get the full scoop on these stories inside this issue, and be sure to stay current with the website for the full sailing news, as it unfurls.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Bertarelli and Spindrift 2 set new Discovery Route record
Sprindrift Media,
After crossing the finish line in San Salvador in the Bahamas this morning just before 0600hrs GMT, Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard's maxi trimaran, Spindrift 2, has beaten the previous record for the trans-Atlantic Discovery Route, held since 2007 by Franck Cammas and his maxi trimaran, Groupama 3, by more than 20 hours (20 hours, 29 minutes and 32 seconds).... [more]
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VX One North American Championship - Doolittle sustains lead on day 2
VX One Class office,
Rob Doolittle continued posting steady scores to take his lead into the final day of the VX One North American Championship, hosted by Rush Creek Yacht Club in Rockwall, TX.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nomination - Deneen Demourkas
Daniel Smith,
Deneen Demourkas (USA) was left in shock when she received her ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year nomination from ISAF President Carlo Croce.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World - Wind holes bring mixed emotions for fleet
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the strong west-to-east wind currents of the Roaring Forties grew infamous for providing major speed boosts to trade ships sailing to Australasia during the Age of Sail, between the 16th and mid-19th century. However, for the past 24 hours at least, history has not provided the same fortune for the Clipper 2013-14 Race fleet.... [more]
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18ft Skiff sailor dies racing in Brisbane
Sail-World,
The Brisbane 18 Footers Sailing Club has issued the following statement following the death of David Hansa (23) while sailing on Waterloo Bay on Saturday. He was trapped under water, before being retrieved, taken ashore, however efforts to resuscitate him failed.... [more]
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Olympic Classes – Changes ahead – a view from Europe
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
The most influential group of sailing nations at Olympic level is Europe and with ISAF proposing a very major change in the structure of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, World Championships and regional Olympic Class event, under consideration at the ISAF annual conference now, its timely to consider the views of European Sailing nations, who between them run most of the Olympic class regattas.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Injured sailor safely ashore and
Julia Wall-Clarke,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, it is sure to be a birthday that Michelle Porter (37) will never forget. She was evacuated yesterday evening local time from Derry~Londonderry~Doire by the South African National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) off Port Elizabeth and taken to hospital for treatment to a suspected broken arm.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Mason named shore manager for all-female crew
Agathe Armand,
After having sailed four straight Volvo Ocean Races, Richard Mason is joining Team SCA as the shore manager of the all-female crew in a role which will finally allow him to stay dry - relatively - over the next two and a half years.... [more]
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Rio 2016 Olympic Games - Exactly 1,000 days before Opening Ceremony
ISAF sailing,
On Saturday 9th November the preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games reaches exactly 1,000 days before the Opening Ceremony.... [more]
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VX One North American Championship - Doolittle leads after Day 1
Christopher E. Howell,
Rob Doolittle recorded consistent scores over four races to take the early advantage on day one of the VX One North American Championship, hosted by Rush Creek Yacht Club in Rockwall, TX. With a line of 4,4,3,3, The Spaniard has totaled 14 points, which is one ahead of Brian Bennett on VX Racing Team. Bennett got off to a blazing start by winning the first three races, although a 12 in race four p... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Close fought battle on the Gulf
Transat Jacques Vabre,
As the 26 Transat Jacques Vabre Class 40 duos take shelter in Roscoff to miss the strong winds of the Bay of Biscay depression, the three other classes (Multi 50, IMOCA and MOD70 ) are set up for a tough night with big seas and strong winds.... [more]
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America's Cup - Forging rules for the 35th edition
America's Cup,
With existing and potential America's Cup crews working in the background to secure sailors, designers and shore crew for the 35th Cup, efforts are also being made to forge the Rules for the next event. The Protocol for the 35th America's Cup must be agreed between the defender and the challenger of record and will detail the timing, location, format, type of boat and other rules for the event.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - More challenges on day 4
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the gusty, fast and wet conditions are continuing to prove extra challenging for crew, requiring everyone to exercise extreme safety cautions. Many skippers continue to praise crew on their bravery and perseverance in the rough weather.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Class 40 weather stop confirmed
Transat Jacques Vabre,
In the Transat Jacques Vabre, on the strength of the latest weather files this morning, Race Direction decided that the Class 40 crews will stop in the port of Bloscon at Roscoff to avoid the impact of a big gale in the Bay of Biscay.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Oman Air-Musandam kicks off
Oman Sail,
At the Transat Jacques Vabre 2013, Oman Air's French-Irish duo was delighted to be starting the race ahead of their original Friday schedule. 'We are very happy to be off at last,' said Sidney Gavignet, French skipper of Oman Air-Musandam, as he stepped onto the boat this morning.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World - Crew evacuated amid hurricane force gusts
Julia Wall-Clarke,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, a violent storm has been battering the fleet today as it heads through the Indian Ocean from South Africa into the notorious ‘Roaring Forties' in the Southern Ocean. Winds in excess of 50 knots have been experienced by some of the fleet, punctuated by hurricane force gusts in places.... [more]
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19th Int. Flying 15 Worlds - 50 boats turn up on day 7
Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC Media,
At the 19th International Flying Fifteen World Championships, with first place already decided, 50 boats turned up at the start line for the seventh and final race. It's no exaggeration to say that the weather and sea state has been different on every day of this regatta and today was just perfect – sunny, 15kts, a light swell.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Rough sea conditions on day 3
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, what a difference a day makes. Over the past 24 hours, the whole fleet has been experiencing the roughest sea conditions yet faced in the Clipper 2013-14 Race. While this leg was always predicted to be tough, an early storm hit as they headed south towards the Southern Ocean, turning out to be more ferocious than expected.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - The race is on!
Transat Jacques Vabre,
In the Transat Jacques Vabre, with Class 40s having their weather stop and the MOD 70's likely to be quick enough to avoid the worst of the weather in the Bay of Biscay – the big multihull duo should be at Finisterre, or near enough, by the time the worst of the weather hits.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Online registration now open
Jake Fish,
US Sailing has now opened online registration for its premier event - the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami (Fla.) – set to take place from January 25 to February 1 on Biscayne Bay. Competitors and coaches are required to register online, as on-site registration will not be available. Additional fees will apply for entries received after the deadline.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Grouped start tomorrow at 1200 GMT
Kate Jennings,
The Transat Jacques Vabre will set off from Le Havre tomorrow, Thursday, at 1300 hours local time. Following the delayed start for the Class 40s, the IMOCAs and the Multi50s, all the competitors will finally set sail with the two 70' trimarans: Edmond de Rothschild (Josse-Caudrelier) and Oman Air-Musandam (Gavignet-Foxall).... [more]
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