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05 Dec 2013

Sail Melbourne, Minis, Lasers—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Sailing off Sandringham Yacht Club in 30-35kts  © Richard Gladwell
The big news from the One Design world comes compliments of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne, where sailors are enjoying strong winds and even stronger competition. According to the latest reports, racing was cancelled yesterday due to winds exceeding 35 knots, but the RC is hopeful that Mother Nature will be more cooperative in the next few days.

'There is too much wind today, so it was a good call by Principal Race officer Ross Wilson to abandon racing for the day, but we enjoyed yesterday,' reported Mat Belcher (AUS), who won Gold in the Men's 470 class at the London 2012 Olympics, and who is sitting in first place at this prestigious event along with his crewmate, Will Ryan. 'It was challenging but nice to be out there. It was perfect for our class in terms of big waves, a bit of wind and really being able to drive the boat pretty hard.'

470 mens/ Mathew BELCHER & Will RYAN (AUS) - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne  Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library ©


While the rumors abound as to whether Belcher and Ryan can make it undefeated all the way to the Rio 2016 Olympics (a claim that Belcher flatly denies), there's little question that the two are on the right path. 'A lot people have done a lot of hard work in the Australian 470 squad and there is a lot of intellectual property,' said Ryan. 'Our coach Victor Kovalenko has ten medals and I don't have any yet, so I certainly want to keep the knowledge advantage a bit longer if we can.'

Sail-World's Rob Kothe and Richard Gladwell are both on hand at Melbourne to cover this ISAF World Cup, so be sure to get the full scoop, inside this issue, and stay tuned to the website for more news, as it becomes known.

Aymeric Belloir claims Series boats victory in the 2013 Mini Transat  ©Jacques Vapillon / Mini Transat 2013


And in offshore news, Aymeric Belloir, sailing aboard 'Tout le Monde chante contre le Cancer', has won the Production division of the Mini Transat race after a long, tough race that was filled with plenty of rough weather and challenging tactical calls. 'It was difficult to manage,' reported Belloir of his win. 'I had to know how to rest when needed, but also when to put the brakes on when conditions became too harsh. The first night I just flopped down and I sailed [wing-on-wing] downwind. I certainly was not the fastest, but I was making very good progress...'

At the time of this writing, Production-class sailors Justine Mettraux ('TeamWork') was 286 miles out from the finishing line, followed by Simon Koster ('Go 4 it)'), who still had 338 miles left to sail. Inside this issue, get the full Mini Transat report from both the Prototype and Production classes, and be sure to stay close to the website this weekend as more boats cross the finishing line.

Germany's Wolfgang Gerz - 2013 Laser Master World Championships  © Munther Al Zadjali


And in Oman, the Laser Master World Championships are proving that a strong Olympic sailing background is key for sailing fast in this ultra competitive class, irrespective of age. According to the latest reports, Australian Mark Bethwaite (65)-himself a former Olympic sailor-has been commanding the regatta, but there has been plenty of pressure at the top from other former Olympians, even if the occasional mistake also gets made.

'I am not sailing well enough,' reported Wolfgang Gerz (61), who raced Finns at the Los Angeles 1982 Olympics. 'I am up there but am making mistakes like all the others except for Greg [Adams]. This is the first time I've raced against him because previously he's been in the Radials and has just moved into the Grand master age group, but he is sailing well.' More, inside.

2013 Kitesurf World Cup Mendoza day 1  © Toby Bromwich / PKRA


Also inside, get the complete report from the Clipper Round the World Race, the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Kitesurf World Cup Mendoza.

ISAF Sailing World Cup, Melbourne Day 3  © Richard Gladwell


Finally, be sure to check out Richard Gladwell's great image gallery from a wet and windy ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Belcher says we can't keep winning
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Event Media,
Day 4 ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Unfortunately today competitors from 24 countries in the Olympic classes had to sit out racing due to the westerlies gusting in excess of 35 knots that howled across Port Phillip, causing massive seas to build and pound the Sandringham rock wall.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Competition in full swing
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14, Race 5, day 2 - With the lure of extra points and the prospect of improving overall standings in the race, the scoring gate is proving too much of a temptation for the fleet to resist as Race 5 gets set to shake up the leaderboard.... [more]
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Quiet cheers at ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne + Videos
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Event Media,
A quiet cheer went up around the boat park at Sandringham Yacht Club as AP over A was hoisted on the official flag pole for all classes competing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne.... [more]
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Star Sailors League - Day 1 update from Cayard Sailing
Cayard Sailing,
Star Sailors League 2013 - Day 1 update from Cayard Sailing: Perfect Star sailing conditions were delivered in Nassau today. 8-12 knots from the east and sunshine made the sailing spectacular for this elite fleet.... [more]
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A training sail in the 'usual Sandringham breeze'
Richard Gladwell,
At most regattas when the racing is called off due to strong winds, there are always competitors who complain that the sailing should have taken place. There weren't any of that ilk today at Sandringham Yacht Club venue for the Sail Melbourne regatta.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne: Fresh to Frightening for Day 4
Sail-World,
Fresh breezes look set to prevail for the fourth day of racing at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne. As competitors arrived at the Sandringham Yacht Club, they were greeted with a cold handshake from the 20kt southerly breeze.... [more]
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PKRA Kitesurf World Cup Mendoza - Action aplenty on day 2
Pro Kite Tour,
Day two of the PKRA Kitesurf World Cup Mendoza offered stronger winds and a variety of racing and freestyle action. With the winds filling early, the remaining men's freestyle trials got underway and finished up after 11 heats with riders using 9m-14m kites.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Series boat victory for Aymeric Belloir
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, the skipper of Tout le Monde Chante contre le Cancer crossed the finish line at Pointe-à-Pitre on Wednesday 4 December at 13h 57mn 27s local time (17h 57mn 27s GMT). His elapsed time is 21d 09h 12mn 27s. His average speed over the course has been 7.16 knots.... [more]
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2014 Youth Olympic Games - US Sailing reveals selection procedures
Will Ricketson,
US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) has now released selection procedures for the upcoming Summer Youth Olympic Games, to be held in Nanjing, China, from August 16 to 28, 2014. An elite sporting event for athletes around the world, the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing will showcase over 3,500 athletes competing in 28 sports.... [more]
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Chase the Caribbean Sailing Regattas in Spring 2014
Kathy Cannon,
Spring 2014 is chock full of yacht racing thrills. Watching a televised race can be a nail-biting experience as millions experienced the Oracle's crew climb back on top during 2013's America's Cup. Even if you did not know anything about sail racing, you were likely caught up in the spectacle.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Terrifyingly close start to Race 5
Clipper Ventures PLC,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, after a terrifyingly close start to Race 5 yesterday and with less than 2000 miles until the fleet reach Sydney, the 12- strong teams are already staging one of the most tactical races to date.... [more]
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Venues for 2014 RC44 Championship Tour confirmed
Jo Grindley,
The venues for the eighth season of the RC44 Championship Tour have now been confirmed. Two new venues will make their debut, alongside three RC44 favorites. The season will start in the Caribbean next February, where the class will be welcomed for the first time by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Virgin Gorda.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Missed moment for Team Gilmour
Team Gilmour,
This update has been a long time coming and it has been good for us as a team to reflect on how the Monsoon Cup went for us. Following the first day with Pete filling in for David, while the races were kept close and there were moments of brilliance, we ended with a score of zero wins and three losses.... [more]
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Star Sailors League Final - All set for Nassau action
Alex D'Agosta,
The ground-breaking Star Sailors League commences in Nassau, Bahamas, with the inaugural edition of the yearly Finals, held from Dec 3rd to the eighth.... [more]
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Cayard Sailing update from Nassau
Paul Cayard,
Paul Cayard (Cayard Sailing) updates us from Nassau on things ranging from the America's Cup to the Star Sailors League Final.... [more]
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Mini Transat - A time of reunion
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, this is the time of reunion in Pointe-à-Pitre. Through the arriving solo sailors, we discover different perceptions of a race that everyone unanimously considers particularly selective. While the first prototypes celebrate mission accomplished, the fleet of series boats is finally tasting the pleasure of sailing in the trade winds...... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - British duo 14th into Itajaí
Soazig Guého,
In the Transat Jacques Vabre, British duo Mike Gascoyne and Brian Thompson completed their double handed race from Le Havre to Itajaí, Brasil in 14th place in Class 40 at 1550hrs Monday local time 1750hrs UTC after racing for 23 days 16 hours 36 minutes and 10 seconds. Their course sailed is 5711 miles and they completed it an average of 10.04kts.... [more]
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Laser Master World Championships - Mixed fortunes in Oman
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
At the Laser Master World Championships, competitive urges sharpened by a full blown Olympic campaign are proving to be a blessing and a curse for two former Olympians competing in Oman.... [more]
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