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03 Dec 2013

Mini Transat, VOR and OD report—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Benoit Marie approaches the finish line of the Mini Transat 2013  © Jacques Vapillon / Mini Transat
During a normal year, the Mini Transat can accurately be described as one of sailing's toughest challenges...and that's with the stopover in the Canary Islands. This year, however, a series of huge storms forced the race organizers to continuously postpone the start for weeks, making it necessary to sail the race in one long leg...alone and aboard a 21-foot, carbon-fiber speed machine that is completely lacking in anything that even resembles a creature comfort.

Impressively, French solo sailor Benoit Marie, sailing aboard the Prototype Classe Mini, 'benoitmarie.com', took top honors in the open class, followed by Giancarlo Pedote ('Prysmian') and Remi Fermin ('Boreal') in this windy race. 'This year has been really tough,' reported Marie. 'The wait could be highly demotivating and the more we waited, the harder it was to get into race mode. I really took care never to let it unsettle me. From Sada, we knew we would face strong winds, it was on us almost immediately.'

Benoit Marie sprays the victor's champaign as he arrives on the dock at the finish of the Mini Transat 2013  © Jacques Vapillon / Mini Transat


Get the full Mini Transat report, inside this issue, and stay tuned to the website as competitors in both the Prototype and Production classes continue to finish this grueling non-stop race.

Also in ocean-racing circles, word has hit the street of a 'new' entrant in the 2014/2015 Volvo Ocean Race, which will be contested aboard the new class of One Design 65-footers. According to reports, Bouwe Bekking will skipper a new Dutch challenge that's being sponsored by Brunel. Coincidentally, this will be the third VOR rodeo for both Bekking and Brunel, and both skipper and sponsor are hungry for an elusive win.

Bekker will skipper Team Brunel in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15  Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race ©


'A Dutch-speaking team in the Volvo Ocean Race again – we owe this to our heritage and the future sailing generations to come,' said Bekking. 'Our nation is known around the world as the country of windmills, dykes, tulips, cheese, wooden clogs – and the Volvo Ocean Race. The race is just in our blood.'

Get the full VOR download, inside.

Glenn Ashby (AUS)will stay with ETNZ for the 35th America's Cup  ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget ©


In America's Cup circles, Glen Ashby (AUS) has announced his intention to stay with Emirates Team New Zealand for the 35th America's Cup, despite an Australian-flagged Challenger of Record. Ashby is now amongst a handful of rock-star afterguard sailors from AC34 who have already announced their team colors for AC35.

Speaking of Australia, the ISAF World Sailing Cup at Melbourne is in full swing, with international racers finding plenty of competition in the talent-studded classes that are sailing in this prominent event. Sail-World's Rob Kothe and Richard Gladwell are both covering this event so stay tuned to the website for the latest news from this regatta, as it unfurls.

Teams One DLL and Derry-Londonderry-Daire of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race during the start of race 5 in King George Sound, Albany, Western Australia on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. (AAP Image for Clipper Round the World Race/Paul Kane) NO ARCHIVING  Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race


Also inside, get the latest news from the Clipper Round the World Race, the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge and the Krys Ocean Race.

Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen win the first race of the 49er class ISAF World Sailling Cup Melbourne, day 2  © Richard Gladwell


And finally, be sure to spend some time checking out Richard Gladwell's great image gallery from Sail Melbourne. Enjoy!


May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



America's Cup: Ashby announces 2017 Cup intentions at Sail Melbourne
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand's wingsail trimmer, Glenn Ashby (AUS) has announced that he will be staying with the New Zealand team for the next America's Cup. The multiple world champion and Olympic Silver medalist was part of a four person, all Australian panel appearing at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Yachts under repair after collision
Clipper Ventures,
At the start of Race 5 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in Albany, Western Australia, following a collision between GREAT Britain and PSP Logistics, both boats are having a full damage assessment in port.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Brunel launches campaign with Bouwe Bekking
Volvo Ocean Race,
Dutch sailor Bouwe Bekking will return for a record-equalling seventh bid for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, the world's leading crewed offshore race, as skipper of a new campaign launched by Brunel on Tuesday in Amsterdam.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet head to Sydney
Clipper Ventures,
Race 5 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, 2150 miles from Albany, Western Australia to Sydney, got underway today, 3rd December. Race 5 is the fleet's second dip into the Southern Ocean which will provide a final shakedown for the amateur crews before the 12-strong fleet debuts in the classic Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – Race 6 of the series... [more]
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YNZ seeking Double Handed Olympic Classes Coach/es
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Yachting New Zealand is seeking to recruit Double Handed Olympic Class coaches on a contract basis to prepare crews for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Yachting New Zealand's High Performance Vision is to maintain Olympic Yachting as a multiple medal winning sport in New Zealand.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne: Four seasons on Day 2
Richard Gladwell,
A completely different set of conditions prevailed for the second day of racing in the ISAF World Sailing Cup at Melbourne. In contrast to the high temperatures, fresh winds and blue skies of yesterday, racing in the first session of the day limped away in light southerly winds, with overcast skies, light rain at times, a cross-sea and plenty of postponements.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne: Lighter breezes for Day 2
Richard Gladwell,
Melbourne looks set to turn on a smorgasbord of breezes for the second day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne. In the three locations monitored by Predictwind.com the forecasts are shown as being significantly different. That story is repeated in the general forecasting issued for the City.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Enduring and enjoying close rivalries
Soazig Guého,
In the Transat Jaques Vabre, a sticky, light wind finish was not really what was wanted by the Class 40 duos which finished over the course of Monday morning in Itajaí, Brasil.... [more]
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Krys Ocean Race - New format dedicated to oceanic multihulls
Multi One Design,
Due to the difficulties of mobilising the competitors in this complicated economic environment, the organiser and partners (MOD SA, Krys Group, Brest) are postponing the second edition of the Krys Ocean Race until 2016 (it was originally scheduled for May 2014) and moving to a four-year cycle, alternating with the Route du Rhum.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Overnight arrivals expected
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, the party is over at the Marina du Bas Fort and the daily routine of the race has resumed. Benoit Marie and Giancarlo Pedote share the media duties and spend their time telling the stories of their race. For Benoit, this is a joyful telling, a beautiful way to end his first participation in the race and to finally break his wall of silence.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Summer arrives on Day 1 + Videos
ISAF Sailing World Cup,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne 2013 summer arrived for the first day of racing as a hot northerly wind from Australia's outback blasted across the city and onto Port Phillip Bay.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne: Excellent racing in Paralympic boats
Richard Gladwell,
The Paralympic Classes competing at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne, enjoyed the best racing conditions of any of the classes, on the opening day of the regatta. Two races were sailed on the Stadium Course, off the Sandringham Yacht Club, Melbourne, venue for the regatta.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne: Southerly change causes abandonment in Invited classes
Richard Gladwell,
Racing got under way in the Invited Classes at Sail Melbourne 2013, in a moderate northerly breeze, and very warm temperatures making an excellent start to the regatta. But a southerly change late in the afternoon, created mayhem in the fleets and racing was eventually abandoned for the day.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne: Internationals to the fore in 470s
Richard Gladwell,
Two races were sailed in the first session on Day 1 of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, Melbourne, in the Mens and Womens 470 events. International crews won both the second races of the day in both Mens and Womens. With Croatia and China taking the honours in the two fleets.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup, Melbourne: Fresh breeze, flat water for Day 1
Richard Gladwell,
The first day of racing in the ISAF Sailing World Cup, Melbourne looks set to get underway in very testing conditions. First starts of the day are the Mens and Womens 470, along with the Mens Laser and Laser 4.7 classes. They are scheduled to get underway at noon. The other fleets start at 3.00pm with the Finn, Paralympic classes, and Laser competing.... [more]
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Mini Transat – Conflicting emotions as finish looms
Mini Transat,
As the Mini Transat 2013, Douarnenez to Pointe-a-Pitre, finish looms for Benoît Marie (benoitmarie.com) and Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian), Guadeloupe dons her charming finery to create a welcome worthy of the two men who have been racing the battle of the Atlantic. Behind them we will have to wait twenty hours to see who steps into the final podium position.... [more]
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Laser Masters World Championships opening in Oman
Oman Sail,
Laser Masters World Championships 2013 get underway on Monday 2nd December at 12.00pm with two races scheduled. Just a week after the curtain came down on an action packed Laser World Championships, a new set of starting signals were sounded in Mussanah Beach today to mark the opening of the Laser Masters World Championships 2013 following a lively launch party last night.... [more]
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