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26 Jan 2014

Melges 24s and ISAF World Cup—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Festival of Sails - Festival of Sails 2014  Teri Dodds
These are great days for fans of Grand Prix buoy racing. The salt spray has barely dried on Key West Race Week, and this coming week marks the start of both the Melges 24 Worlds (January 27-February 2), which are being held in Geelong, Australia, as well as the start of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami (January 27-February 1).

According to reports, sailors used last week's Australian Open National Melges 24 Championships as a tune-up event to this week's fully international event, but that certainly didn't stop the Aussie Open from providing plenty of great racecourse action. American sailing legend Harry Melges sailed an impressive Aussie Opens, earning the top step on the podium.

'For us the venue is awesome, we love shifty conditions and lake-style sailing on flat water,' said Melges. 'We are pretty used to it, and comfortable. Every day we learnt more about how the wind acts and every day was very different which made it so interesting.'

unnamed - Festival of Sails 2014  © Festival of Sails

As for the Melges 24 Worlds, Melges himself is realistic about the level of competition, especially given the names of the skippers and the teams that have entered this celebrated regatta. 'The worlds will be really tough; it will be a whole new regatta,' said Melges.

Inside, get the full post-racing report from the Australian Open National Melges 24 Championships, and stay tuned to the website for the latest racecourse news, as it becomes known.

Meanwhile, many of the world's best Olympic class sailors are in Miami this week for the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, which promises to offer some of the year's best stateside One Design action. According to reports, more than 550 sailors from 50 nations are competing in ten Olympic classes and three Paralympic classes.

Olympic Gold medal sailor, Matthew Belcher (AUS)
speaks with kids today at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron
Sunday Dec 2nd /St Kilda, Victoria as part of the
Oceanic Leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup 2012
Sandringham Yacht Club, Victoria AUSTRALIA
December 2nd - 8th, 2012
© Sport the library / Jeff Crow  Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library ©

'Miami is a strong event and it shows by all of last year's world medalists being there,' said Men's 470 skipper Matthew Belcher (AUS), who was recently named 2013 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year. 'For us, this is why we come over, to get good racing. The fleet [will] have a lot of respect for us and we for them. We are really looking forward to racing the other guys and starting 2014 off well.'

Get the full regatta preview reports inside this issue, and stay tuned to both the newsletter and the website this week as the racecourse action unfurls.

Also Florida-related, the top Hobie 16 sailors are starting to gather in Palm Beach, Florida for the upcoming Hobie 16 Worlds (January 31-February 15). According to reports, Hobie Alter Jr. will be racing, as well as several Olympic sailors and plenty of dialed-in Hobie 16 crews, making this an exciting event to follow.

PBSC 2013 BulletsREgattaDay1 9.11.2013 077  Linda Renouf

And speaking of multihulls, word has emerged that 'Gazprom Team Russia' has entered the Extreme Sailing Series. Igor Lisovenko will skipper the team's Extreme 40 catamaran and Aleksei Kulakov will cover bow duties; a mix of British and Russian sailing talent will tackle the other three positions.

'This is both a challenge and an opportunity for me to become skipper and tactician of such a team, that for the first time will fly the Russian flag in such a highly competitive fleet,' said Lisovenko. 'I wish to prepare and perform well for when we arrive at the Saint Petersburg event in June! But the level of the team members assures me that even the highest expectations are within our potential.'

Squalls in the Bismarck Sea  Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race

And finally, be sure to check out the full Key West Race Week media debriefing, don't miss the post-racing report from the Contender class Worlds, and be sure to catch the latest reports from the Clipper Round the World Race. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Hobie 16 Worlds - Palm Beach sailors to defend World Titles
Linda Renouf,
In the 20th Hobie 16 World Championships, being held on the South Coast in Jervis Bay from January 31 to February 15, local Hobie Catamaran sailors will compete. The opportunity to compete alongside legend Hobie Alter Jr. from California and a collection of Olympics sailors from around the world to defend their titles is a dream come true for some.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Great Britain's gamble pays off
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Great Britain's offshore route gamble has triumphantly paid off, placing the team in first place for the first time in Race eight - The Old Pulteney Navigator Cup. With a lead of just a few miles, the relentless hard work will need to continue if the team stands any chance of maintaining its position, as the rest of the fleet begin to follow suit.... [more]
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SAP 5O5 World Championships at Kieler YC preview
Kieler Woche Pressesprecher,
SAP 5O5 World Championships 2014 - In an action-packed year of international regattas at Kieler Yacht-Club, the SAP 5O5 World Championships will be the crowning event. After the Young Europeans Sailing, Kieler Woche and the ORC World Championship, the lightning-fast 5O5 dinghies will take to Kiel Bay to battle for the World Championship title.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle and Team New Zealand lose designers to Artemis
Richard Gladwell,
Artemis Racing has announced that it has signed two designers from Oracle Team USA Emirates Team New Zealand. They will join two returning members of the team. Michel Kermarec has been lured from Oracle Team USA and similarly Thiha 'Winnie' Win from Emirates Team NZ, they will join returning designers Adam May and Nico Rousselon, as the team prepares for a possible America's Cup bid.... [more]
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Quantum Key West Race Week - Final day of action overall
Bill Wagner,
At Quantum Key West 2014 there was plenty of final day drama as the winners of several classes were determined during the last race. And conditions could not have been better for those winner-take-all scenarios with the southernmost point of the United States delivering the strongest winds of the regatta.... [more]
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Quantum Key West - Final day drama and very happy sailors
Bill Wagner,
There was plenty of final day drama at Quantum Key West 2014 as the winners of several classes were determined during the last race. And conditions could not have been better for those winner-take-all scenarios with the southernmost point of the United States delivering the strongest winds of the regatta.... [more]
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Historic 18ft skiff Australian Championships: Andrea Francolini images
Andrea Francolini,
Historic 18ft skiff Australian Championships - Day 2 images provided by photographer Andrea Francolini... [more]
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Melges 32 Quantum Key West Race Week - Spectacular final day
International Melges 32 Class Association,
At 2014 Quantum Key West Race Week (KWRW) the final day of Melges 32 racing was spectacular. Premium conditions paired with right-down-to-the-wire racing between Alec Cutler on hedgehog and Dalton DeVos on Delta had spectators on the absolute edge of their seats.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Serious points up for grabs in race 8
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14, with serious points up for grabs in race 8, the fleet is eager to see if GREAT Britain and Switzerland's decision to head offshore in search of the trade winds will pay off, as the other teams watch with bated breath as the race to Singapore continues.... [more]
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Festival of Sails - Gill Melges 24 Australian Open Nationals Day 3
Lisa Ratcliff,
At the Festival of Sails 2014, for the third consecutive day, Harry Melges and his crew of Star (USA) held off the rest of the one-design fleet and have inched closer to victory at the Gill Melges 24 Australian Open Nationals.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Olympic class excitement
Sail Canada,
Miami OCR 2014 - Heavy hitters in the Canadian fleets include Greg Douglas in the Finn, Bruce Millar in the 2.4mR, Lee Parkhill in the Laser and Paul Tingley, Logan Campbell and Scott Lutes in the Sonar. With six days of racing scheduled for most fleets, there is sure to be lots of action as sailors battle for position on the top of the board!... [more]
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Contender World Championship 2014- Bulka wins after protest
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
The final race of the Contender Worlds 2014, being sailed out of Belmont 16 foot skiff club on Lake Macquarie, north of Sydney Australia. A good day for the big boys with a 25 knot south east wind gusting to 30. Brett Holly was a comfortable first around the top mark only to be overtaken by Matt Mulder on the first reach.... [more]
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US 52 Super Series - Quantum Racing secures title in Key West
52 Super Series,
In the US 52 Super Series, winning five races from ten at Quantum Key West, Doug DeVos and the Quantum Racing team secured the first title of the new 2014 season. Starting Friday's one final race of the series the 2013 season champions needed only a solid top four finish to win overall.... [more]
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Historic 18ft skiffs in action - More images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini,
More images of historic 18ft skiffs in action on Sydney Harbour - provided by photographer Andrea Francolini. It was a wet day on the harbour even though some got more wet than others.... [more]
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Quantum Key West Race Week - Action aplenty in the Florida Keys
Bill Wagner,
Quantum Key West Race Week, Key West, Florida. It's been said the only certain things in life are death and taxes. Oh, and a full week's worth of racing in Key West. Time has proven the latter is almost as guaranteed as the two more ominous events, and a heck of a lot more fun!... [more]
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Contender World Championships 2014 - Down to the wire
Sail-World/Peter Moor,
At the Contender World Championship, there is finally with some decent wind - up to 25 knots and the boats were romping for races 7, 8 and 9. The reaches were fast and furious with lots of opportunities for gains and losses. In race 8, four boats were capsized at the wing mark at one time.... [more]
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Quantum Key West Race Week - Delta claims overall Melges 32 lead
Joy Dunigan,
At Quantum Key West Race Week, yet another exciting day played out on the water for the Melges 32 Class. The Race Committee fired off three more races bringing the total to nine completed in the ten race series. With only one heat left to take place on Friday - the final day of competition, Dalton DeVos aboard Delta showed that speed was everything, and they had it where and when it counted most.... [more]
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US 52 Super Series - Quantum seeks to clinch title
52 Super Series,
In the US 52 Super Series at Quantum Key West, Quantum Racing, with team owner Doug DeVos on the helm, now need only a solid final to clinch the first major regatta title of the 2014 season.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - The Russians are coming
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series organisers OC Sport, have today confirmed the 11th team on the starting grid for the 2014 Stadium Racing tour as the first ever Russian Extreme 40 team. The team will make their debut alongside some of the world's best known sailing teams and sailors including Groupama Team France, Emirates Team New Zealand, The Wave, Muscat and J.P. Morgan BAR.... [more]
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US 52 Super Series Key West - Azzurra stumbles on Day 4
Azzurra Sailing Team,
US 52 Super Series Key West 2014 - A northerly breeze blew in Key West on Thursday, starting at 16 knots in the morning and easing to 12 knots in the afternoon, with shifts even less predictable than yesterday. Nearly every boat of the fleet had positive moments as well as situations where they found themselves in trouble. Azzurra had a positive first race, crossing the line in the third place.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - A night of mixed fortunes
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14 it's been a night of mixed fortunes for the fleet; with OneDLL's 20 mile lead slipping away overnight and Derry~Londonderry~Doire and Old Pulteney remaining neck and neck as the pursuit of the dutch entry and that all important first place continues.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Australia's best ready
Cora Zillich,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014 - Australian Olympic gold medallist Mat Belcher (QLD) and World Champion crew Will Ryan (QLD) will look to extend their unbeaten streak in the Men's 470 when racing in Miami commences on Monday, January 27, 2014.... [more]
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Quantum Key West - Spectacular day 3 for the J fleet
At Quantum Key West, northerly winds that held steady from 12-20 knots provided the best racing conditions yet for the 10 classes on three divisions. After completing three races combined on Monday and Tuesday, the competitors were thankful for the full day's work.... [more]
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Contender World Championship - Italian applies pressure on day 3
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
Day three of the Contender Worlds proved to be a very long and difficult day for all concerned including the race committee, although young Harry Morton, local Belmont boy out of 29ers - first time in Contenders, was all smiles after finishing third and ninth in today's races 5 and 6.... [more]
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