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27 Nov 2013

Sydney Hobart, Mini Transat, VOR—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2013 Press Conference - Cruising Yacht Club of Australia - 26/11/2013  © Andrea Francolini / Rolex
While there's still plenty of racecourse action to be enjoyed in the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Mini Transat, the fabled Sydney Hobart Race is already commanding international headlines. The 'Boxing Day Bash' as it's lovingly called, is set to kick off on December 26 (Boxing Day) with its typical dramatic start in Sydney Harbor. A fleet of 95 boats are expected to be on the starting line this year, and race experts are already calling it one of the strongest turn-outs in years, with five 100-footers, three 80-footers, 15 70-footers and 22 boats that will be flying international colors.

'This will be the most competitive offshore race ever,' said Karl Kwok, owner of the new Botin 80 'Beau Geste'. 'There has never been a line-up of boats sailed at this high level in any offshore event.'

At the front of the fleet will be the turbo sleds, including 'Wild Oats XI' (course record holders and the Challenger of Record for the 35th America's Cup) and 'Perpetual LOYAL' (the former 'Speedboat/Rambler 100'), but there will be plenty of other teams intent on putting as much pressure on 'Wild Oats XI's' record as possible.

Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2013 Press Conference - Cruising Yacht Club of Australia - 26/11/2013
  © Andrea Francolini / Rolex


Inside, get the latest scoop on the 69th Sydney Hobart Race, including coverage of the recent press conference and a sneak preview at some of the brand-new hardware that will be rocketing towards Bass Straight come Boxing Day.

Meanwhile, skippers competing in the singlehanded Mini Transat Race are being confronted with a low-pressure system that's set to possibly divide the fleet, based on their position when the new weather arrives. As of this writing, a mere 17 miles separated the first two boats in the Prototype class (and less than 115 miles separated the top five boats), while the Production class saw less than 100 miles separating the fastest two sailors. Get the full Mini Transat download, inside this issue, and stay tuned to the website for more on this race, as it unfurls.

Diane Reid - 2013 Mini Transat  ©Jacques Vapillon / Mini Transat 2013


Also offshore-related, Volvo Ocean Race organizers have announced that they are close to signing two more entries in the 2014/2015 event, which will be contested using One Design boats for the first time in the race's storm-battered history.

'They're in what I call the ‘contract closing' stage,' said Knut Frostad, CEO of the VOR at a recent press conference. 'We are confident enough about being seven that we are building the seventh boat and it's more than half finished'

With some luck, this announcement could mean that as many as seven teams could be competing in the next edition of this grueling ocean contest.

USone racing on Day 2 of the Monsoon Cup, Malaysia, the final round of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.  © OnEdition / WMRT


And in match-racing news, the Monsoon Cup kicked off today, with teams enjoying light conditions off of Kuala Terengganu. According to reports, Taylor Canfield and his USone team took three straight wins, clearly demonstrating to the fleet why they were billed as event favorites. Get the full Monsoon Cup report, including a great photo gallery, inside.

Energa - 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre  Robert Hajduk shuttersail.com


Also inside, get the latest news from the Transat Jacques Vabre, the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race and the sixth Annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race, where Don Wilson and his crew recently took top honors. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - One of the tightest races ever
Amy Martindale,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, after 5,000 miles of racing, less than four minutes separated four yachts at the finish line of Race 4 off Albany Waterfront Marina in Western Australia in a spectacular finish witnessed by cheering crowds.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series wraps up seventh year
Extreme Sailing Series,
In its seventh year on the international sailing calendar, the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series™ global circuit has seen sixteen world-class teams – including an invited home nation team at each venue and two wildcard entries - compete in seven Acts, spanning three continents in what has been another extraordinary year of world-class sporting competition.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Familiar faces return + Video
ISAF,
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne will see the return of familiar faces in addition to welcoming fresh talent to the series. The likes of Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS), Marit Bouwmeester (NED) and Darren Bundock (AUS) will feature heavily when racing commences but upcoming talent will get the chance to compete and shine in Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Making sense of the madness + Video
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
In the Monsoon Cup, Ian Williams moved level with Taylor Canfield at the top of the leaderboard after making sense of a brain-frying day two of Qualifying in Malaysia.... [more]
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ORC World Championship gaining momentum for 2014
Herman Hell,
The ORC World Championship to be held off Kiel in August 2014 is gaining momentum only days into the opening of the online entry system.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Final day's racing far from easy
Clipper Ventures PLC,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, today will be the final day's racing for almost all remaining teams, but it is proving to be far from an easy path into Albany as headwinds offer a final, cruel challenge to the Finish Line.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup: Watch the live action here - Second Qualifying Day - LIVE
Sail-World,
Now in its ninth year, the Monsoon Cup, considered by many to be the most formidable leg of the Alpari World Match racing Tour, will see 12 teams battling for the event title and six fighting for the World Championship. The Monsoon Cup will be streamed from 26th – 30th November between 10:00 - 17:00 local time (GMT +8). With a million dollars of prizemoney on this event - there's plenty at stake!... [more]
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Dave's Dust Up Grade 5 Match Race at Long Beach YC
Rick Roberts,
Last Saturday, Long Beach Yacht Club held Dave's Dust Up, a one-day ISAF Grade 5 sailboat match race. Designed as a tune up for West Coast match racers, it is also intended as an introduction to match racing for experienced fleet racers wanting to break into match racing.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Low speed disrupts the fleet
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, the next few hours are likely to be decisive. An axis of low pressure sits slightly to the north of the fleet, not content with causing a rupture in the trade winds, it could cause a real divide between the leading boats and their pursuers. Their routing strategies are looking very different depending on whether they are in one camp or the other.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Itajaí patiently awaits next finishers
Soazig Guého,
In the Transat Jacques Vabre, Itajaí patiently awaits the next finishers which will be the Multi 50 Rennes Métropole/St Malo Agglomération they should be around 2130hrs or thereabouts this evening local time. Gilles Lamire and Cagliari, Sardinia's Andrea Mura were making around 14kts this early afternoon.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Teams battle to Albany finish line
Clipper Ventures PLC,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the podium may have been decided but the remaining positions in race 4 are of no less importance to the teams still battling it out to claim them. However, with the weather providing challenges right to the very end, the front of the remaining teams are finding the final miles a challenge.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Canfield and USone justify billing as favourites + Video
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
At the Monsoon Cup, the teams from France and the US Virgin Islands made the most of their first day on the water in Malaysia today. Competing in light winds on a sunny day in Kuala Terengganu, last year's winner of the Monsoon Cup, Taylor Canfield and USone, justified their billing as favourites, with three straight wins.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Action shots from Day 2 in Kuala Terengganu
Sail-World,
Enjoy this selection of images from Day 2 of the Monsoon Cup taking place in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. This is the first day of racing in the Round Robin phase - the first day was in practice sessions.... [more]
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Star Sailors League Final - Kiwi and Canadian team up
Alex D'Agosta,
New Zealand won't be missing the inaugural Star Sailors League Final in Nassau (Bahamas) with a promising young Andy Maloney. The 23 year old kiwi became a Youth World Champion at the age of 17 and now is very focused on becoming New Zealand's next Olympic Gold Medallist.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Press conference images by Andrea Francolini
Sail-World,
Photographer Andrea Francolini was on site at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia to capture these images during the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race press conference.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Saving on Crew shirt costs – Another Ichi Ban
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Yachting Australia President and former CYCA Commodore Matt Allen is mounting a strong challenge for the Rolex Sydney Hobart's most important handicap trophy, the Tattersall's Cup with yet another Ichi Ban.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Strongest fleet in years
Bruce Montgomery,
For the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, on Boxing Day December 26, a fleet of 95, said to be the strongest in years, will assemble in Sydney Harbour, their aim to knock Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI from the top of its perch.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Organisers say they are close to two more entries
Volvo Ocean Race,
Knut Frostad is two handshakes away from welcoming two additional boats to the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. 'They're in what I call the ‘contract closing' stage,' said Race CEO Frostad at a press conference before a three-day workshop with the stopover ports in Newport, Rhode Island, U.S. 'We are very confident about them.'... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet - Fleet of 95 -Best for Years
Jennifer Crooks,
A fleet of 95, said to be the strongest in years, will assemble in Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day December 26, their aim to knock Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI from the top of its perch in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Having a Tasmanian Beer and going to sleep
Rob Kothe,
Computer driven handicap predictions for the 628 mile Rolex Sydney to Hobart race ignore the fact that most races are won and lost in the last 40 miles from Tasman Light across Storm Bay, past the Iron Pot and up the Derwent. It's the ETA. Turn Tasman Light at 20:00 and Huey says ‘Good that you could come and thank your mother for the fish' or words to that effect....... [more]
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Sydney Hobart: Supermaxi versus Sunfish - Ready to foil the party??
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
Over the years sailors have stood and looked at the half model board of the handicap winners of the Sydney Hobart race, going back some 69 years. The very noticeable thing is that rudders and keels continue to shrink in width and depth while getting longer and thinner.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Giancarlo Pedote loses the lead
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, there's been a small revolution. Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian), who has reigned supreme since the start in Sada, has had his lead stolen away from him by Benoît Marie (benoitmarie.com). Between the two leaders the race has a long way yet to run, but others can still hope.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup: Watch the live action here - First Qualifying Day - LIVE
Sail-World,
Now in its ninth year, the Monsoon Cup, considered by many to be the most formidable leg of the Alpari World Match racing Tour, will see 12 teams battling for the event title and six fighting for the World Championship. The Monsoon Cup will be streamed from 26th – 30th November between 10:00 - 17:00 local time (GMT +8).... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Fourth place for Stamm and Le Gros
Soazig Guého,
Fourth place in the Transat Jacques Vabre's IMOCA Open 60 class for Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm and co-skipper Pierre Le Gros was claimed at 22hrs 14 mins 44 secs local time (00:14:44hrs UTC Monday am) when they crossed the finish line off Itajaí, Brazil, 11h 37m 57sec after winners PRB.... [more]
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Georgetown University wins 2013-14 ICSA Match Race Nationals
Jennifer Mitchell,
The Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Match Race National Championship for the Cornelius Shields, Sr. Trophy was completed today after three days of racing. The event began on Friday, November 22 and was hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and the University of South Florida. Competitors sailed out of the St. Petersburg Sailing Center and racing took place on Tampa Bay.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Belcher and Ryan seek to dominate
ISAF,
When racing commences at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne, Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) will be aiming to assert their dominance once again. Held at Sandringham Yacht Club, Melbourne, Australia from 2-8 December, the second stop of the 2013-14 ISAF Sailing World Cup series features strong fleets across two Paralympic and ten Olympic events.... [more]
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