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19 Feb 2014
 

RC44s, A-Cats, Cupdate and Optis—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Team Aqua snatch victory - RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup  © MartinezStudio.es
While most sailors throughout the East Coast have been spending more time this winter practicing their snow-shoveling techniques than their spinnaker sets, the RC44 class just enjoyed a great Virgin Gorda Cup. The regatta was hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda on Virgin Gorda and attracted many of the fastest RC44 teams afloat. After five days of racing, Chris Bake's 'Team Aqua' emerged victorious, followed by John Bassadone's 'Peninsula Petroleum' and Valentin Zavadnikov's 'Synergy Russian Sailing Team'.

Bake and company managed to win the regatta in the last race of the series, snatching victory away from Bassadone's 'Peninsula Petroleum', who had been leading the regatta since day one. According to reports, a misjudged crossing incident that involved 'Peninsula Petroleum' and Vladimir Liubomirov's 'Gazprom Youth Sailing Challenge' produced a new hull aperture in 'Gazprom Youth Sailing Challenge', forcing the Russian-flagged team to limp ashore for repairs.

Team Aqua snatch victory - RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup   © MartinezStudio.es


'We crashed in to 'Gazprom Youth'; we were bearing away, the main got stuck, didn't release and we went straight into them,' said Bassadone. 'We feel terrible for them because they had to retire and a complete disaster of a day really, especially as we were in control of the regatta with a bit of a cushion. We had a penalty at the start of that first race, got back to fourth position so everything was going well and then one big mistake and we gifted it away.'

While disappointment was palpable aboard aboard 'Peninsula Petroleum', racecourse tragedies always produce their own share of opportunities, in this case for Bake and his 'Team Aqua'. 'Were lucky to be racing here, it's one of the most incredible places in the [Caribbean],' said a happy Cameron Appleton, who serves as 'Team Aqua's' driver and tactician. 'To be racing RC44's here, they have one of the greatest formats and are one of the greatest classes around; it makes it even more special.'

Team Aqua snatch victory - RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup   © MartinezStudio.es


As for 'Team Aqua's' go-forward plan, Bake is focused on keeping the team together and sailing fast. 'We're going to try and keep the team solid, it's important because when the racing is this close it's all about the crew work, everyone has to pull together and work well together,' said Bake.

Get the full scoop on the RC44 class's Virgin Gorda Cup, including a multi-media report, inside this issue.

Pete Melvin (USA), 2014 Int. A-Class Catamaran Worlds, Takapuna, New Zealand  © Richard Gladwell


Meanwhile, Cup fans are starting to get fidgety as the long wait for the design rule that will govern the boats that are used in the 35th America's Cup continues. According to reports, the design firm of Morrelli and Melvin is expected to release the new rule sometime in March. Fortunately, Pete Melvin was recently down in Auckland for the A-Class Catamaran Worlds, and Richard Gladwell, Sail-World's New Zealand editor, was able to sit down with Melvin for a video interview that covers the gamut from A-Cat design to the America's Cup.

And speaking of the A-Cat Worlds, Gladwell has also put together a great series of video interviews with race winners Glenn Ashby, Blair Tuke, Peter Burling and Ray Davies. Check these interviews out, inside this issue.

Glenn Ashby (AUS), starts the final leg of the 2014 Int. A-Class Catamaran Worlds, Takapuna, New Zealand  © Richard Gladwell


Also inside, get the latest report from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the upcoming BVI Spring Regatta (March 31 to April 6) and the post-racing report from the Southern California Yachting Association's Mid-Winter Optimist Champ and Green Classes.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Team Aqua snatch victory in Virgin Gorda + Video
RC44 Class Association,
Peninsula Petroleum had led the RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup since day one, for the final day all they needed to do was stick with the same format; consistency and staying out of trouble. But the day didn't go to plan for the Gibraltar based team, allowing Chris Bake's Team Aqua to snatch victory on the final race of the event.... [more]
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RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup 2014 – Stunning day of Caribbean racing + Video
RC44 Class Association,
The RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup penultimate day of racing didn't see a change at the top of the overall leaderboard, Team Aqua were the most consistent performer of the day, moving them up from fourth to second, putting them in touch with leaders Peninsula Petroleum.... [more]
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A-Class World Championships 2014 – Eight titles for Ashby
Sail-world.com,
Nathan Outteridge was the winner of the final race with Peter Burling of New Zealand taking third. Glenn Ashby of Australia won his eighth A-Class World Championship title with a second place finish in the final race. New Zealander Blair Tuke taking fourth in the final race to finish second behind to Ashby, another Kiwi, Pete Burling was third overall... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - One-Design race area returns
Media BVI Spring Regatta,
BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival 2014 is being held March 31 to April 6. Back by popular request, the one-design race area will be part of the 2014 regatta. For years the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival has had three separate race areas.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - OneDLL damaged by shark
Clipper race,
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14 teams were on alert for potential piracy situations during race eight and gladly while no such incidents occurred, one team did find itself the target of a very different kind of predator.... [more]
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Weta fun, rum and racing at Charlotte Harbor Regatta
Miranda Powrie,
The fifth annual Charlotte Harbor Regatta was a great success. Luckily only two Weta guys came down from New York this year so the rest of the places were still available for the local folks. Keith Rice (NY) ended up in first place with six wins.... [more]
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Midwinter Optimist Champ and Green Classes – Youth sailing in the fog
Andy Kopetzky,
During the weekend of February 15 and 16 the Southern California Yachting Association's Mid-Winter Optimist Champ and Green Classes featured 27 of the small pram type boats sailed by Southern California's finest young sailors. The youngsters ranged in ages from eight to 15 years old and age was not a factor in winning.... [more]
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First ever edition of Finn Masters Magazine and Yearbook published
Robert Deaves,
The Finn Class has now published the first ever edition of the Finn Masters Magazine and Yearbook. During discussions at the 2013 Finn World Masters in La Rochelle, France, the idea of a dedicated magazine for the ever growing number of Finn masters was put forward. Eight months later the first edition has just been published.... [more]
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Star Zag Cup - Lack of wind halts racing action
Paul Cayard,
At the Star Zag Cup, there was no wind which meant no racing today. The results of yesterday stand so we finished second after losing the tie breaker with Reynolds and Haenel.... [more]
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Mill Reef Yacht Club Team Race Challenge – Exciting racing in Antigua
Louay Habib,
The Mill Reef Yacht Club Team Race Challenge is set to take place 26th February - 2nd March 2014. The inaugural event invites members of prestigious yacht clubs to enjoy an exciting racing programme and fabulous social occasions at one of Antigua's most exclusive locations.... [more]
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SCYA Midwinters day 2 overall
Rich Roberts,
ABYC's 85th SCYA Midwinters day 2 - Who would bet against a U.S. Navy Seal, an Olympic silver medalist or a veteran sailor who has won four world championships in three different kinds of boats?... [more]
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Club 420 Midwinters draws 92 teams
John Vandemoer,
The 2014 Club 420 Midwinter Championship was hosted by the US Sailing Center Martin County on February 15-17, 2014, where 92 teams were blessed by the beautiful weather in Jensen Beach, Florida.... [more]
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Star Zag Cup Masters Day 1 overall
Cayard Sailing Reports,
On day one of the Star Zag Cup Masters 2014 30 teams from six countries showed up in Miami to compete. In order to enter the skipper must be over 50 years of age to compete in the Masters.... [more]
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Kaenon Interviews: Pete Melvin on A-Class and new America's Cup rule
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz,
Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell talks with Pete Melvin (USA) previous World A-Class World Champion, leading multihull designer and one of the developers of the America's Cup Class rule for the 34th and 35th America's Cups.... [more]
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J/22 Midwinter Championship - Benz Faget dominates
Christopher Howell,
At the J/22 Midwinter Championship Benz Faget utilized his home-field advantage to dominate the 25-boat fleet. Hosted by the Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans, LA, Faget helmed Fats to all top-four finishes in the nine-race series (after dropping an eight in race five).... [more]
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Kaenon Interviews: With Ashby, Burling, Davies and Tuke
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz,
Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell talks with Glenn Ashby, Blair Tuke and Peter Burling who are part of the eight strong team all sponsored by Kaenon sunglasses at the 2014 A-Class Catamaran World Championships. Glenn Ashby has retaken the series lead and drove home his advantage on Day 4 with two excellent races.... [more]
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A-Class Worlds: Ashby wins eighth World title
Heather Forbes and Sail-World,
The final race was sailed in a building seabreeze, which provided limited foiling opportunities. Another top Australian sailor, Nathan Outteridge is widely conceded to have a sweet spot in these marginal foiling conditions, and the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist used this advantage to ease past Ashby on the final downwind leg, to score his first race win of the regatta.... [more]
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Earth Wind Map - beautiful, delicate and - oh so revealing
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The Earth Wind Map is an amazing project to visualize global weather conditions carried out by software engineer Cameron Beccario, resulting in a beautifully mesmerising depiction of the earth's winds. Weather data is produced by the Global Forecast System (GFS), operated by the US National Weather Service. Forecasts are produced four times daily.... [more]
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85th SCYA Midwinter Regatta 2014 - Points report
Rich Roberts,
85th SCYA Midwinter Regatta 2014 - Sprague, 68, tops the singlehanded Finn class with finishes of one-six-one-one; Hamlin, approaching his 61st birthday next week, leads the five-zero-five at two-one-one-two.... [more]
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