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07 Apr 2014
 

ISAF Worlds, VOR and Melges 32s—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Marit Bouwmeester wins gold in Laser Radial  © Ocean Images
The Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía regatta (AKA the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca) wrapped-up yesterday in Palma de Mallorca after eight days of intense racing that featured everything from mere zephyrs to big-condition days with huge waves and stiff breezes. This wide range of conditions ensured that all sailors were fully tested, and the fact that some 1100-plus sailors from 55 countries were on hand to compete made for an extremely high-level regatta.

Impressively, The Netherlands' Marit Bouwmeester earned a Gold in the Laser Radial and was the overall winner of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía. 'I'm very happy,' said Bouwmeester. 'I managed to do well in all sorts of wind conditions and it's nice to get that confirmation.'

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - 470 Men - USA1713 - Stu Mcnay / Dave Hughes.  © Mick Anderson/Sailingpix.dk


Unfortunately for American interests, this wasn't the best regatta for the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, with only two top-ten finishes and no podium results. According to the final results, Anne Haeger and Briana Provancha earned a fifth place in the Women's 470, while Stu McNay and Dave Hughes were ninth in the Men's 470.

Get the full multi-report from the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía regatta, inside this issue.

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - 470 Women - USA1712 - Anne Haeger / Briana Provancha.  © Mick Anderson/Sailingpix.dk


Much closer to home, the Melges 32 class is hosting their Miami Spring Challenge, which is being held at the Miami Beach Marina. Here, fourteen boats are enjoying a light-air competition that's placing extra emphasis on great strategy and smooth boathandling, especially considering some of the heavy hitters who are sailing in this low-key Grand Prix event.

'We got a bit lucky on the start finding a hole late and being able to pop out with a clean lane,' said Chris Draper, the tactician aboard 'Red' about yesterday's racing. 'Our plan was to be to the left of everybody and with the team up front doing a great job keeping the boat moving, we were able to take the lead. From there we had a better view of the pressure. We were able to be conservative and minimize maneuvers which was crucial.'

Melges 32 Miami Spring Challenge Day 2 - 2014 Melges 32 Miami Spring Challenge  JOY - International Melges 32 Class Association ©


Racing continues at the Melges 32 Miami Spring Challenge through Sunday, so be sure to stay tuned to the website throughout the weekend for the final results.

Meanwhile, in offshore-sailing news, Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) entrant Team Dongfeng has come clean to the international media that some of their sailors had a rough time on the team's first training run, which was supposed to go from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand, before headwind sailing required a course change to Hong Kong in order to maintain their big-picture pre-race schedule.

Dongfeng Race Team heads for Auckland, March 2014  Dongfeng Race Team


'They are scared about the bad weather and afraid to be sea sick again,' said Charles Caudrelier, the team's skipper, about some of the Chinese national crew, who are just learning about sailing offshore. 'We will sail through a storm just before arriving in Hong Kong in the next few days. For sure they are not ready technically and physically to face such weather. But, honestly, it is totally normal. I went through the same thing when I started sailing offshore and my first transatlantic experience was not great... I almost gave up at that time.'

Dongfeng Race Team heads for Auckland, March 2014  Dongfeng Race Team


While Team Dongfeng's growing pains are the stuff that all offshore sailors must confront at some point in their careers, it's downright refreshing to hear reports of trial and tribulation from a team that's clearly struggling to find their feet. With some luck, the storm en route to Hong Kong will help galvanize the team and help make them a great competitor in this year's Volvo Ocean Race. More, inside.

Race 10: Day 18 - Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14  Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race


Also inside, don't miss the latest news from the Clipper Round the World Race (including an interview with crewmember Andrew Taylor, who was successfully rescued from a MOB incident last week by his crewmates aboard 'Derry~Londonderry~Doire'), get the wrap-up report from the Fireball Worlds, as well as a regatta preview for Charleston Race Week (April 10-13).

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, day 5  Thom Touw ©


And finally, be sure to spend some time scrolling through the great image galleries of the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía regatta's Medal Races, courtesy of shooter Thom Touw.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Final day in Palma + Video
Will Ricketson,
The last day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca saw both US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider 470 teams compete in medal races in light and unsteady conditions. Reserved for the top ten overall competitors in each class, medal races present a different set of challenges to sailors who compete in much larger fleets during the qualifying rounds of World Cup events.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Light conditions frustrate fleet
Clipper Ventures,
On day 19 of race 10 in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14 the wind in the North Pacific has eased causing some of the boats to slow up with Switzerland, Derry~Londonderry~Doire and Team Garmin crews doing all they can to keep moving.... [more]
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2014 Melges 32 Miami Spring Challenge - Red light special
Melges 32,
Fortunately, the steep lump experienced on Friday had smoothed itself resulting in flat water conditions in the seven - nine knot range making morning tune-up sessions very pleasant. Sail selection was a topic of discussion as the pre-race breeze was just enough to fly a medium jib and bigger kite. However, with the light forecast in mind, most selected their light jibs and small kites.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Giles Scott retains Finn title
Robert Deaves,
Action continued today at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca as Giles Scott (GBR) retained the title he won last year after a drama filled medal race, but one that ultimately didn't change any of the podium positions. Thomas Le Breton (FRA) took the silver and Jonathan Lobert (FRA) the bronze.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - What tactics will be employed?
Clipper Round the World,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the wind in the North Pacific has eased causing some of the boats to slow up with Switzerland, Derry~Londonderry~Doire and Team Garmin crews doing all they can to keep moving.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca: 49erFX gold to BRA, 49er gold to NZ
Ben Remocker,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, Martine Grael and Ida Nielsen were each looking to win here in Palma with only four points separating them and three 10 minute races to compete. The first race solved little with Grael pulling an extra two points ahead, and then in one decisive downwind leg, a two minute run, Grael shot from ninth to third, passing the Danes, and sealing her victory!... [more]
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2014 Melges 32 Miami Spring Challenge - Day 1
Melges 32,
Day one of the Miami Spring Challenge saw each Melges 32 experience moments at the front of the fleet, followed quickly by life in the low teens due to big lulls, 30 degree oscillations, and steep chop that was enough to loosen molars. With a warm breeze ranging from 140-170 degrees, PRO Anderson Reggio and his legion of volunteers from the Coconut Grove Sailing Club... [more]
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WWA Rider Experience - Judge's Experience a unique opportunity
Rob Corum,
Last year's Malibu WWA Rider Experience was an all-around hit and is back in 2014 with even more reasons to come out and join in on the action. The Judges Experience for example is a unique opportunity that you will only find at the Malibu WWA Rider Experience.... [more]
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Fireball World Championship - Winners decided in Pattaya
Cormac Bradley,
In what appears to have been a light wind conclusion to the Fireball worlds in Pattaya, Thailand, hosted by the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, two races were sailed to close out the ten-race series. A variety of Facebook postings and a transcribed tweet suggested that a long postponement was in place before racing got underway.... [more]
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Clipper Race: MOB survivor Andrew Taylor interview
Laura Kitching, Practical Boat Owner,
The 46-year-old Londoner Andrew Taylor was rescued from the Pacific Ocean after a 90-minute ordeal having fallen overboard during the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race. Derry~Londonderry~Doire crew member, Andrew Taylor, aged 46, from London went over the side on Monday in rough weather around 2,600 miles from land. He was recovered 90 minutes later after his crew managed to locate him an... [more]
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Dongfeng VOR trainees take a licking and a wake-up call
Dongfeng Race Team,
Fear of the unknown is one thing and being scared of what you know is another! For Kit, Horace, Wolf and Liu Xue, Liu Ming and Yiran Zhang, the Chinese sailors on board ‘Dongfeng', they have had their first real taste of what the Volvo Ocean Race can be like and it is scaring the hell out of them.... [more]
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Shark education program introduced at small Midwest school
John Bell,
Science class students at St. Mary Central are joining with thousands of students from Florida to follow the migration patterns of mako, tiger, sand and oceanic white tip sharks on their daily travels through the Atlantic Ocean, The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.... [more]
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