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04 Apr 2014
 

ISAF World Cup, tris and the AC—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, day 3  Thom Touw ©
Conditions in Palma de Mallorca at this week's Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía regatta (AKA the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca) have presented Olympic class sailors with the chance to race against the best in the world in a variety of different wind and sea conditions. While the first few days of the regatta featured light air, the conditions filled-in yesterday, delivering 20 knots of air and lumpy seas. For the American squad, the fresh conditions were a welcome respite from the stickier stuff, as several sailors made impressive moves up the leaderboard after the team experienced a sluggish start to the regatta.

As of this writing, Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha were sitting in eighth place in the Women's 470 class, while Caleb Paine had advanced to ninth place in the Finn class. In the Men's 470s, Stuart McNay and David Hughes moved up to 13th place, and Sarah Newberry and John Casey were sitting in 17th place in the Nacra 17 fleet.

Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.), US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. - Sailing World Cup Mallorca 2014   © Mick Anderson/Sailingpix.dk


'A really big thing for us right now is just feeling like we're climbing the ladder,' said Briana Provancha. 'We're looking to minimize losses, and hone our communication... We're just trying to learn as much as we can tactically, and we enjoy having a fresh perspective.'

As for the team's leadership, they are fully aware of how important this regatta is as the sailors prepare for the rest of the 2014 ISAF circuit, and for the Rio Olympics 2016. 'Palma is an essential training ground for our team because it offers up a unique style of sailing, with big waves and a wide range of wind speeds,' said Josh Adams, Managing Director of US Olympic Sailing. 'The conditions here are something we don't see at many venues at home. Additionally, top European talent is here at this event in force. There is a very high level of competition.'

Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.), US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. - Sailing World Cup Mallorca 2014   © Mick Anderson/Sailingpix.dk


Racing continues at the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía regatta through April 5, so be sure to stay current with the website for the latest updates, and don't miss the full regatta report, inside this issue.

In America's Cup news, Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com New Zealand Editor, has put together an excellent three-part series on the 34th America's Cup and the stunning recovery effort that was led by Oracle Team USA's never-say-die skipper, Jimmy Spithill. Check out all three parts in this great mini-series, inside this issue.

Spindrift 2 relaunched in Lorient  © Eloi Stichelbaut/Spindrift Racing


And in offshore news, the maxi trimaran 'Spindrift 2' has been re-launched in Lorient, France after a three-month refit job. The 'Spindrift 2' team, lead by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard, plans to take on the North Atlantic, as well as a crewed 24-hour record, before Guichard engages the solo Route du Rhum. Along with new onboard equipment, 'Spindrift 2' now also has new livery as the team recently signed a three-year sponsorship deal with Genes-X, who will join Mirabaud as a Gold-level sponsor.

'I congratulate the Spindrift racing team for getting this work done despite such a tight schedule,' said Guichard. 'We look forward to being at sea and enjoying the high performance of this fantastic boat. The changes made for the North Atlantic and the Route du Rhum mean we have the potential for a stronger performance even while we're pushing 'Spindrift 2' less hard. I've always tried to sail with finesse, whether in Olympics or offshore and even on a machine of this size, it is possible.'

Get the full 'Spindrift 2' report, inside this issue.

Gibbs Hill Division start in the Newport Bermuda Race  Daniel Forster ©


Also inside, be sure to get the full report from the Newport to Bermuda Race, and don't miss the latest news from the Clipper Round the World Race as well as an update on the Global Ocean Race.

Caleb Paine (USA), Finn - 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca  © Jesus Renedo / Sofia Mapfre


And finally, be sure to spend some time scrolling through the great image galleries of the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía regatta from top international shooters Jesus Renedo and Thom Touw.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



34th America's Cup: A Match of three weeks - Part 3 - Under the Pump
Richard Gladwell,
Six months after the conclusion of the 34th America's Cup, Kiwi fans in particular, struggle for the answers as to how Oracle Team USA were able to effect a big performance turnaround, without predecent in an America's Cup regatta. Sail-World's NZ and America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell gives his personal perspective and analysis in this the third part of a three part-series.... [more]
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ORC World Championship - Class splits revealed
ORC Media,
The record-breaking ORC World Championship fleet of over 160 entries will be split into three classes, with further sub-divisions made to enhance race quality.... [more]
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Sailing World Cup Mallorca 2014 – US Sailing Team on day three
Will Ricketson,
Sailing World Cup Mallorca 2014 - The international fleet had endured consistently light and shifty winds over the first two days of racing, but Wednesday featured the welcome arrival of steady conditions for several fleets, including the Finn, 49er, 49erFX, 470, and Nacra 17.... [more]
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ISAF outlines new plans for a revamped Sailing World Cup series
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The ISAF Sailing World Cup is the annual circuit of Olympic sailing for serious campaigners and up and coming sailors. The series is now seven years old, has attracted less media and sponsorship attention than ISAF had hoped and it's still looking for mainstream media relevance, as President Carlo Croce has been saying loudly and clearly.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Day 3 images by Thom Touw
Sail-World.com,
Photographer Thom Touw was out on the water during day three of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca to capture these images.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Day 3 images by Jesus Renedo
Sail-World.com,
Jesus Renedo was out on the water for day three of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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Bella Mente Racing moves full steam ahead
Kirsten Ferguson,
Having two successful regattas in its wake, Bella Mente Racing moves full steam ahead toward the next seven events on its 2014 calendar. First on the horizon for the sailing team of 22, led by owner/driver Hap Fauth (Minneapolis, Minn./Naples, Fla.), is Les Voiles de St. Barth later this month (April 14-19).... [more]
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Maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 relaunched in Lorient + Video
Spindrift Racing,
Following three months of ambitious boatbuilding, the maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 was relaunched on Wednesday, April 2 in Lorient (France). The largest racing trimaran in the world has been optimised for the demanding North Atlantic and 24-hours crewed records and then for the solo Route du Rhum.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Significant changes in store
Global Ocean Race,
Global Ocean Race organisers have revealed some significant changes to their event today. In response to a clear demand from potential entrants to shorten the event's overall timespan and further reduce the costs of competing in the GOR, an exciting and challenging new format has been created.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - 180 applications received
John Rousmaniere,
The Newport Bermuda Race deadline passed on April 1 with 180 applications for entry having been received for racing that will start on June 20 off Castle Hill in Newport.... [more]
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Clipper Race 2013-14 - Distance to finish falls below 2,000 miles
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14 - Spirits are high as good speeds are made towards San Francisco and the distance to finish fell below 2,000 miles. The main pack is power reaching in 30 to 35 knots of wind and surf towards San Francisco, and pointing directly east towards the finish line for the first time.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston announces return
Marina Thomas,
Transatlantic race from St Malo, France to Guadeloupe - The British founder of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and first ever man to sail solo, non-stop around the world in 1968-69, will compete in the tenth anniversary edition of the 3,500 mile Transatlantic race from St Malo, France to Guadeloupe, which starts on 2 November 2014.... [more]
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34th America's Cup: A Match of three weeks - Part 2 - Rules Creep
Richard Gladwell,
Six months after the conclusion of the 34th America's Cup, Kiwi fans in particular, struggle for the answers as to how Oracle Team USA were able to effect a big performance turnaround, without predecent in an America's Cup regatta. Sail-World's NZ and America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell gives his personal perspective and analysis in this the second part of a three part-series.... [more]
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WesMex International Small Boat Regatta - Action concludes + Video
Panagiotis Marinopoulos,
We welcome you back to the final day of the WesMex International Small Boat Regatta. All concluded in a brilliant ceremony after three exciting days of racing.... [more]
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Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2014 preview
Louay Habib,
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2014 - About sixty yachts are expected, a rare rendezvous of breathtaking yachts, which are categorised in six different classes. Traditional, Vintage, Classic, Classic GRP, Spirit of Tradition, and Tall Ships.... [more]
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A personal tribute to Hobie Alter
Phillip Berman,
I first met Hobie at the age of 13, in Newport Beach, California, where he was showing off his latest invention, the Hobie Cat 14 at a local beach club. It was 1969 and Hobie had just created his corky little catamaran. As soon as Hobie cast away from the dock and started 'flying a hull' I was enthralled.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival honored by Sailors for the Sea
Lisa Ramsperger,
In staying with best practices for the Sailors for the Sea Clean Regatta program, the regatta committee has added a Most Green Boat Award to the 2014 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival honors. The award joins to a long list of sustainability efforts incorporated throughout the event... [more]
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Afterguard reveals Heads-up Display for sailboat racing
Oliver Springgay,
Sailboat racing has evolved with the technology era and is now driven by data and instrumentation. The difference between winning and losing is the ability to adapt a carefully orchestrated plan to the ever-changing natural and competitive environment, faster than the competition. Having the right information at the right time can be that difference.... [more]
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