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12 Mar 2014
 

VOR report and a Cupdate—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's new Volvo Ocean Race yacht - Azzam  © Volvo Ocean Race
While the Volvo Ocean Race doesn't kick off until this October, the event is already starting to generate serious buzz as teams finalize their plans and start to take delivery of their One Design Volvo Ocean 65s, which will be used to contest the next two editions of the fully crewed, around-the-world race. News recently hit the street that Team Brunel managed to reel off 540 miles in a 24-hour period during a training run, and now Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing has their newest 'Azzam' in the UK, where they are conducting sea trials along the country's south coast.

'The sailing we've done this week has given us a great deal of faith in our new Azzam,' said skipper Ian Walker said. 'It's fantastic to finally have her to ourselves and we can't wait for a bit of open water sailing.'

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's new Volvo Ocean Race yacht - Azzam - being tested in the southern UK  © Volvo Ocean Race


According to reports, the team is expected to see the open ocean in the near future, as they prepare for a full-pace delivery to Portugal. 'It's a three or four day run and it will be a good shakedown sail to give us all an early chance to get to know the boat better and start to work out how to sail this new design at optimum performance,' said Walker. 'Every minute we spend on the boat from now on is an opportunity to learn how to sail her faster when the race comes around.'

Get the full report from the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team, inside this issue, and be sure to check out the interesting comparison piece-also inside-that queries if a VO65 can eventually break the 24-hour record of 596.6 nautical miles, which was set by 'Ericsson 4' during the first leg of the 2008/2009 edition of the VOR.

Sydney (AUS) - AC45 Training Oracle Team USA/Team Australia   Beau Outteridge/Oracle Team USA


Meanwhile, in America's Cup news, both Team Australia and Oracle Team USA have been taking advantage of late-summer sailing conditions in Sydney, Australia, to log some training miles on their AC45-class catamarans. For Oracle, this training session represents an opportunity to dust off cobwebs and to inject some new blood into the team, while for Team Australia, this represents their first chance to sail aboard a wingsail-powered catamaran that's done up in their official team livery.

Oracle Team USA got panned after the 34th America's Cup for crossing the last finishing line with a single American, Rome Kirby, sailing aboard (Ed. Note: Tom Slingsby, the team's strategist, was born to an American mother and an Australian father and carries two passports). The team is now looking at homegrown talent for 'AC35', including Andrew Campbell (USA), who has made a fine name for himself as a four-time All-American at Georgetown, and as an Olympic Laser sailor (2008).

Andrew Campbell (USA) - Sydney (AUS) - AC45 Training Oracle Team USA/Team Australia   Beau Outteridge/Oracle Team USA


'I'm trying to come in this week with as open a mind as possible,' said Campbell. 'This group of guys have been together through some serious obstacles and they fought through it to win the top prize in our sport. So I'm going to have to fit in to a squad that's already running at high gear. I'll do my best to see what kind of role they need me to play and I'll fit my sailing style and team skills in as best I can.'

Team Australia - 2014 HH Sydney Harbour Regatta  Beth Morley ©


Also in Sydney, Team Australia has officially launched their first AC45, which they have been sailing all week under the steady hand of skipper Mathew Belcher, one of the country's most decorated Olympic sailors. Richard Gladwell, Sail-World's New Zealand editor, recently caught up with Iain Murray, the team's CEO, for a great audio interview, which is available inside this issue and which provides some interesting insight into the Challenger of Record's thoughts about AC35.

Also inside this issue, don't miss the post-racing debrief from the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, check in with the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and get the latest news from the New York Yacht Club's Invitational Cup.

SAILING - Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2013 -Cruising Yacht Club of Australia - Hobart, Tasmania- 28/12/2013
ph. Andrea Francolini
WILD OATS XI, owned by Bob Oatley and skippered by Mark Richards, Line honour winner of the 2013 Rolex Sydney to Hobart  Andrea Francolini


And finally, for any ocean-racing fans out there who could use a saltwater-infused adrenaline hit, be sure to check out ABC's raw helicopter video feeds from the 2013 Sydney to Hobart Race. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



America's Cup: Second US sailor joins Oracle Team USA
Oracle Team USA,
American Andrew Campbell is the newest recruit to join Oracle Team USA and he is making his debut with the team during its training camp in Sydney Australia this week. Following up his college sailing with Olympic campaigns in the Laser and Star class, Campbell sailed for the United States in the Laser in the 2008 Olympic Games in China. And it's from a relationship formed in the Laser that he... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi on debut in England
Abu Dhabi Media,
Azzam, the new 65-foot carbon racing yacht in which Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) will contest the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, has sailed for the first time with the crew, led by British double Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker, conducting sea trials along the English south coast.... [more]
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Serious innovation for maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 + Video
Virginie Bouchet,
A bike aboard a boat? It may sound silly but it is a very serious technical innovation to help Yann Guichard to handle the maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 alone on the next Route du Rhum. Prepare to find out more on your web series '40 metres solo'.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Will a Volvo 65 beat the 24 hour monohull record?
Agathe Armand, Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean 65 is a brand new boat, a one-design class specially built for the next two editions of the race. We did lots of calculations and ran velocity prediction programmes but who knew how fast that boat was really going to be? We wondered – you wondered. Not any more: Team Brunel has just sailed 540 miles in 24 hours between the UK and the Canary Islands last week.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Team Gilmour to compete in event
Team Gilmour,
Team Gilmour has accepted a position as a Tour Card Holder on the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour. 'The Tour' consisting of six events across the globe begins in Germany for Match Race Germany, followed by Stena Match Cup Sweden on the island of Mastrand with Sopot Match Race in Poland rounding out the European leg.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Skippers reflect on a tough Leg 5
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the remaining yachts have all finished racing, with Switzerland, Henri Lloyd, Qingdao, Old Pulteney, Team Garmin, OneDLL, Jamaica Get All Right and PSP Logistics all motor sailing towards Qingdao after Race 9.1 ended.... [more]
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One Ton Cup Revisited - Notice of Race released
Alan Sefton,
The Notice of Race, Entry Form and Class Rules for the inaugural One Ton Revisited event, in Auckland in February/March 2015, have been announced by organisers Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.... [more]
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Weta Fest 2014 delivers in Florida
Miranda Powrie,
The second annual Weta Fest has successfully wrapped up at Fort Walton Yacht Club, Florida. This Weta Fest event has got great international traction in just its second year with numerous replica regattas being held throughout the world in each Weta community... [more]
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Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Championship skippers revealed
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
The Alpari World Match Racing Tour has now revealed the eight Tour Card skippers for the 2014 World Championship series. Defending Tour Champion Taylor Canfield (ISV) leads the line up of the world's top match racers alongside four-time Tour Champion Ian Williams (GBR), Keith Swinton (AUS), Bjorn Hansen (SWE), Mathieu Richard (FRA) and Phil Robertson (NZL).... [more]
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School's in Session at Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week
Charleston Race Week,
When is a regatta more than the sum of its parts? When it provides a service for more than just the competitors. For the past decade, the organizers of Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week have found important ways to benefit the community with their event. Each year, proceeds from the regatta are donated to support nonprofit sailing organizations in the Charleston area... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - El Ocaso earns most worthy performance
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
The last day of the 34th annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta closed in outstanding fashion last evening at the traditional Prize-Giving ceremony on Kim Sha Beach. The evening's top prize-the St. Maarten-Saint Martin Cup-for the regatta's Most Worthy Performance Overall went to Rich Wesslund's J/122, El Ocaso, the winner of the event's biggest division, the 18-boat CSA4 class.... [more]
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WWA Pro Card System revealed for pro men wakeboarders
The WWA,
Still setting the standards and preserving the vitality of competitive wakeboarding, the WWA announced the 2014 Malibu WWA Pro Card qualification events. Created as a recognition tool to clearly define competitive 'pro wakeboarders' as elite riders, the program includes qualification and WWA World Rankings to set a clear path for riders to follow.... [more]
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Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous starts March 20
Jill Campbell,
The Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous continues to go from strength to strength with twenty sailing superyachts signed up for the four day event. Organized by the YCCS and BIM from 19th to 22nd March in Virgin Gorda, the event is sponsored by the Italian luxury brand Loro Piana and plays host to three days of coastal racing for a fleet of sailing titans.... [more]
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U.S. Qualifying Series Regatta - Diverse fleet prepares for action
Stuart Streuli,
For 24 yacht clubs from around the country, the first hurdle to winning the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex has been crossed. The New York Yacht Club is pleased to announce the clubs that have been invited to compete in the third U.S. Qualifying Series for the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup (USQS).... [more]
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Marine & Composites Industry Career Day set for March 22
Cynthia Goss,
The ninth Annual Marine & Composites Industry Career Day takes place on March 22 at the IYRS Newport campus. This free one-day event, hosted by IYRS School of Technology & Trades and the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA), gives employers an opportunity to connect with career seekers—but as far as employers are concerned, Career Day can't come soon enough.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team Australian Launch and Iain Murray interview
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz,
Geoff Waller of Boats on TV presents a video and speeches on the occasion of the christening of Team Australia's AC45, followed by an interview with Team Australia CEO, iain Murray. For a breath of fresh air into an America's Cup challenge this is a must see.... [more]
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