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28 Nov 2013

Cupdate, TJV and the Monsoon Cup—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Regatta Director Iain Murray - at this morning's America's Cup media Conference  Chuck Lantz ©
The big news in America's Cup circles is that Iain Murray, the unflappable Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup, has been named CEO of Team Australia, Bob Oatley's Challenger of Record program for 'AC35'. Murray, a former Olympian, has sailed for the Auld Mug three times (1983, 1987 and 1992), in addition to winning World titles as an 18-foot skiff skipper and also sailing aboard Oatley's 'Wild Oats' maxi yachts. More importantly for Cup and Team Australia fans, Murray earned a strong reputation during AC34 as being absolutely honest, transparent and well-intentioned, even during the darkest days of the last Cup cycle.

According to reports, 'Wild Oats' has won Sydney Hobart line honors six times with Murray aboard, including their record-setting run. 'I have long been an avid supporter and ally of Bob Oatley,' said Murray said. 'When I received the invitation to lead Australia back into the America's Cup for the first time since 2000 on behalf of their Hamilton Island Yacht Club, there was only ever going to be one answer.'

While these are still early days, the Defender also seems pleased with this announcement. 'This is good news for the Australian challenge,' said Russell Coutts, the CEO of Oracle Team USA. 'In hiring Iain Murray, the Oatleys have a man of great ability and character to lead their team. We look forward to working with Iain and the Oatleys in developing the rules and format for the 35th America's Cup.'

03/07/2013 - San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America's Cup - Iain Murray press conference about safety  ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget ©


Not surprisingly, the Oatleys are also thrilled with their new hire. 'Iain knows what it takes to win an America's Cup, having competed in three Cup's over the years, including Australia's victorious 1983 win,' said Bob Oatley. 'We've had the great pleasure of being able to work closely with him over the last three decades, and have found him to be a consummate professional and also now a dear friend. I have a huge amount of respect for him, and we're overjoyed to be able to officially announce his appointment as leader of our great challenge.'

Get the full story, inside this issue, and stay tuned for more from the 35th America's Cup, as it becomes known.

Also match-racing related, the competition has been intense at the Monsoon Cup, where USVI hotshot Taylor Canfield has been sailing a fast regatta, earning top Qualifier status, despite having to contend with downpours and other meteorological disturbances.

Canfield's singin' in the rain - Monsoon Cup 2013  © OnEdition / WMRT


'We're pleased to be the top boat out of Qualifying,' said Canfield. 'And [we're] pleased to get the pick going into the Quarter Finals. But I think anyone that we do pick is going to be a tough match. The guys have been sailing the boat incredibly so far this week and I'm confident that we can pretty much take anyone at this point.' Stay tuned to the website for more news from the Monsoon Cup, as it unfurls.

And in the doublehanded Transat Jacques Vabre race, the two last IMOCA 60s crossed the finishing line in an impressive duel for last and second-to-last place. According to reports, Tanguy de Lamotte and Francois Damien, racing aboard 'Initiatives Coeur', beat Alessandro Di Benedetto and Alberto Monaco, aboard 'Team Plastique', across the finishing line by a mere nine seconds, after several days of tactical hand-to-hand combat.

'It is amazing at just nine seconds,' said Tanguy de Lamotte (FRA) co-skipper of 'Initiatives Coeur'. 'OK it is for last and second last, but we fought all the way. Today we found a fishing net that we managed to avoid and that cost us, but then they could not furl their gennaker away. It was a win-or-lose situation, but I think we both win because it was so close. In the night they were going so fast I did not sleep. It was incredible racing.' Get the full report, inside.

The Extreme 40 fleet will return to Singapore for the opening Act of the 2014 Series in February. - Extreme Sailing Series™  Aberdeen Asset Management


Also inside, get the latest news from the Mini Transat Race, the Extreme Sailing Series and the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race.

And finally, best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving to you and your family from your friends at Sail-World.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



AWMRT Monsoon Cup - Tropical downpours + Videos
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
At the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia today the first big deluge struck, but Taylor Canfield shrugged off the hard rain to come through as top Qualifier in the concluding event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series World Tour returns to Singapore in 2014
Extreme Sailing Series,
The 2013 Extreme Sailing Series™ finished in in Brazil less than two weeks ago. Following the successful conclusion of the series, the organisers OC Sport can confirm that Singapore has been chosen to kick off the eighth season of the elite level Stadium Racing series. The annual world tour of the Extreme Sailing Series will return to the heart of Singapore's financial hub from 20-23 February... [more]
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America's Cup: Former Regatta Director appointed CEO of Team Australia
America's Cup Media,
Iain Murray has been named the Chief Executive Officer of Team Australia, the Hamilton Island Yacht Club (HIYC) challenge for the 35th America's Cup. Murray held the role of Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup. Now, he is responsible for building a top Australian team and, as Challenger of Record, for working on the rules of the next event with the defender.... [more]
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Benoit Marie at frontend of Mini-Transat after Yacht Research project
David le Pelly,
Benoit Marie (currently leading the Mini Transat) studied for six months at the Yacht Research Unit at the University of Auckland. Whilst at the Yacht Research Unit he built a 1/5 scale model of his Mini using flax-fibre composites which he then tested in the Twisted Flow Wind Tunnel.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup: Watch the live action here - Quarter, Semi-Final - 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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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Team Garmin heads for Albany
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Team Garmin has accepted twelfth position in race 4 and is now motorsailing towards Albany, Western Australia.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - World class action on the horizon
Lauren Garnet,
With the second leg of the premier ISAF Sailing World Cup only days away, world champion sailors are arriving in Melbourne to prepare for the regatta, beginning on Sunday December 1 at Sandringham Yacht Club.... [more]
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Spindrift 2 returns to Brittany
Virginie Bouchet,
After departing on October 7 from Lorient for Portimao for the standby for the Discovery Route, Spindrift 2 is back in Brittany. In one month and 19 days, Spindrift 2 has covered 10,317 miles, broken the record for the Discovery Route with a new record time of six days 14 hours and 29 minutes, crossed the Atlantic twice and sailed in all conditions and in all sea states.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Journey to the finish line continues
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, the situation is terrible. Whereas frontrunners Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian) and Benoît Marie (benoitmarie.com) are making speeds greater than 10 knots, the further towards the middle of the fleet we go, the more speed drops. Some are completely becalmed. At this rate, the ranking can still be affected by major changes.... [more]
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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 - Third 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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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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