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08 Dec 2013

OD action and a Winter Vashon—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

ISAF Sailing World Cup, Melbourne Day 5  © Richard Gladwell
The eyes of the One Design World have recently been riveted to Melbourne, Australia and the conclusion of the 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne, which wrapped up racing today. Here, Olympic class sailors spent the last week speed-checking against their rivals and battling for top honors in Australia, while also managing their Olympic dreams for the 2016 Games. According to the latest reports, racing has now concluded in all classes, and some usual suspects have found their way to the top of the pack in several classes.

In the 49er class, 2012 Gold medalists Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen claimed the top prize after a trying week of racing. 'It's always tough to defend something, for example, if it's a World Title it's hard to defend it at the next World Champs,' said Outteridge, who has also developed a Cup reputation after AC34. 'But to defend an Olympic gold medal is a lot harder, you have to keep it up for four years. We will have to campaign the same way we did last time, while assuming that everyone has become better. That's what we are looking forward to doing.'

ISWC1 - ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne 2013  Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library ©

The racing was all on in the Nacra 17 class as well, where the medal was still anyone's grab going into the final race. Ultimately, Australians Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis edged-out fellow countrymen Euan McNicol and Lucinda Whitty, as well as the Kiwi team of Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders, to take the Gold.

'Today was the windiest conditions we have sailed in,' reported a happy Bundock. 'It was very windy, 25knots, breeze straight off the land, so the conditions were quite extreme. We had to beat Euan McNicol and Lucinda Whitty and in the last lap we were ahead of them so we started to sail very conservatively. The two boats in front of us were still pushing quite hard, but they capsized and left it open for us to win. We are very pleased and happy we didn't capsize.'

Nacra17 /Darren BUNDOCK & Nina CURTIS (AUS) - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne  Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library ©

Get the full ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne report, inside this issue, and stay tuned to the website for Olympic class news, as it unfurls.

And speaking of high-end One Design racing, the Laser Masters World Championships just concluded in Oman, where Peter Seidenberg (USA) claimed the coveted 2013 Radial Great Grand Masters title. Seidenberg, it should be noted, finally beat-out his rival of more than 30 years (Keith Wilkins) to pick this plum.

2013 Laser Masters World Championships  Oman Sail

'This is my ninth championship win but it is particularly sweet because I have never been able to beat Keith Wilkins [before],' said Seidenberg, who trained especially hard for this regatta. 'We sailed against each other in the Grand Masters division and he always beat me. Then I won a few championships when I moved up to the Great Grand Masters but when he joined too, the game was over for me, so today I was able to take revenge.'

Laser Radial Great Grand Master Winner  © Munther Al Zadjali

Get the full report from the Laser Masters World Championships, inside.

Also inside, be sure to get the full report from the still-ongoing Mini Transat, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and the 52 Super Series. And be sure to save a bit of screen time for the great image galleries from the 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne, compliments of Sail-World's New Zealand editor, Richard Gladwell.

ISAF Sailing World Cup, Melbourne Day 6 - Finn  © Richard Gladwell

And finally, here in the Pacific Northwest, unseasonably cold weather (think 20s...nothing by Midwest standards, but still plenty cold) turned this weekend's Winter Vashon Race into a clear-but-frozen adventure. According to reports, multiple boats were spotted with 'crewsicles' dripping from their windward rails, and it was perhaps one of the few times that your fearless editor didn't necessarily mind having to spend his Saturday in the (warmth) of his office on deadline, the comforting glow of his Mac replacing the biting wind at the windward mark...

Still, Karma is a rough scorekeeper, so I'm already placing bets that my next race (January's Duwamish Head) will be a cold-weather affair!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Outteridge and Jensen come back flying
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Event Media,
Five Medal Races wrapped up the action at ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne with two nations dominating proceedings. Australia dominated the multihull and skiff fleets whilst China locked out the opposition to take all six podium places in the RS:X.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Medal Race weather window opens
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Event Media,
Grey skies and a strong northerly wind greeted competitors on the final day of the ISAF World Sailing Cup Melbourne 2013. The winds initially gusting above 30kts, forced officials to hold crews ashore. But a weather window emerged with perfect timing and the winds dropped sufficiently to allow Medals racing to get underway in all five Olympic classes, almost on time at noon.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - OneDLL relinquishes lead
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14 is on day 5 of Race 5. It's been all change at the top of the leaderboard in the last 24 hours as OneDLL has relinquished its lead in race 5 to Sydney, leaving Derry~Londonderry~Doire to storm ahead of the fleet.... [more]
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Mini Transat - We went after our dream
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, with each arrival brings the same deep happiness, the same relief to be able to say we went after our dream. They do not all express it in the same way, some are more exuberant than others. But everyone knows they battled their fears, sometimes against the hostile elements, at times with boredom. And they won the battle.... [more]
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Laser Masters World Championships - American legend claims victory
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
The 2013 Laser Masters World Championships in Oman produced a brand new set of champions today, closing the curtain on one of the most successful regattas in recent history.... [more]
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Star Sailors League Finals - Update from Cayard Sailing
Cayard Sailing,
Star Sailors League 2013 - Update from Cayard Sailing: Two races were held today in 10-12 knots out of the east. Austin and I went into todays races at the back of the leader board, but had a good day and managed to climb up a few positions.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gusts expected to batter fleet
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14 is on day 4 of Race 5. With gusts up to 60 knots expected to batter the fleet within the next 24 to 48 hours, the skippers have been busy preparing their teams - ready for action as the race 5 to Sydney continues.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - 18th win in a row for Mat Belcher
Cora Zillich,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne today saw the first day of Olympic boat class medal races with the Men's and Women's 470, Finn, Laser, Laser Radial fleets contesting.... [more]
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How to on the Weta - Your easy Youtube guide
Miranda Powrie,
At Weta we have lots of new sailors or people who have come back to sailing after a long time away from it. So we often get a lot of questions about 'how to'. We have started a tips and tricks series to try and help people out and these are a few of our helpful videos!... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - The streak continues + Videos
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Event Media,
ISAF World Sailor of the Year, Matt Belcher's feat of winning his 18th consecutive regatta in the 470 class, has outshone the other results on the penultimate day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Tales of the sea told time and again
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, as and when boats arrive, the pontoons at Pointe-à-Pitre are abuzz with activity and tales of the sea told time and again. Meanwhile, the fleet of singlehanders still at sea slims down gradually. For now the movement is still slow, but the pace is expected to accelerate during the weekend.... [more]
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52 Super Series - A promising season ahead
52 Super Series,
Building upon the success of last year's initiative to take the 52 Super Series to America for the first time, Quantum Key West looks set to attract seven 52's including the 2013 world champions, Niklas Zennström's Rán Racing and 2013 Key West winners, Azzurra, from Europe.... [more]
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Laser Masters World Championships - On the brink of an overall victory
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
At the Laser Masters World Championships, the idea that sailing without a hat under a blistering hot sun was harmless, left Jon Emmett sick and languishing deep in the Radial Apprentice fleet, but with one day's racing to go, he is on the brink of an overall victory after a remarkable recovery.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Justine Mettraux sails into the history books
MaxComm Communication,
In the Mini Transat, Geneva-based sailor Justine Mettraux crossed the finish line in Pointe-a-Pitre in second place in the early hours of this morning to sail into the history books as the highest achieving female sailor in the history of the event.... [more]
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Promising future for the IMOCA class
Antoine Robin,
The third edition of the Barcelona World Race will close the first season of the newly defined programme for the IMOCA Ocean Masters World Championship which was launched today. The next Barcelona World Race will be preceded by a double-handed transatlantic race between New York and Barcelona starting on 1st June 2014.... [more]
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Star Sailors League Final - Day 2 for Paul and Austin
Paul Larsen,
On day two of the Star Sailors League Final, three races were held in perfect conditions, once again. East winds of 10-14 knots and bright sunshine made for another postcard day in Nassau. Austin and I got off to a good start with a fourth place in the first race of the day. We had a great start, good speed upwind so we were able to stay a head of the heavy traffic.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Tense race viewing
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14 is on day 3 of Race 5. It was a day of tense race viewing as OneDLL stormed to victory claiming maximum points in the scoring gate, with Derry~Londonderry~Doire and Henri Lloyd claiming second and third respectively in one of the tightest battles yet.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne: Port Phillip turns on a Corker
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Event Media,
Despite some bleak weather expectations for Day 5 of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne 2013, Port Phillip turned on a corker day. The grey skies and big seas of the morning eased as the day progressed. The sun shone brightly and all appeared to be well with the world – today was just the second of sunshine and summer warmth.... [more]
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Mini Transat - A day of respite
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat village, it's a day of respite. Today, everyone is waiting for the arrival of Justine Mettraux (TeamWork) who is still more than a hundred miles from the finish in the 16.00 (GMT +1) ranking report. On land, families and friends of the skippers try to suppress their impatience ...... [more]
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Laser Masters World Championships - One of the biggest upsets?
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
At the Laser Master World Championships, Vanessa Dudley is one of only eight women competing in Oman, yet her performance in the Radial Grand Master fleet could create one of the biggest upsets of the regatta. Dudley, a talented amateur sailor from Sydney Australia, is engaged in a fascinating duel with American Bruce Martinson.... [more]
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