Please select your home edition
Edition
Predictwind - Iridium

Laser Worlds, TJV and Cupdate—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor on 21 Nov 2013
Series leader, Robert Scheidt (BRA), Day 4, 2013 Laser World Championships 2013. Mussanah. Oman Lloyd Images/Oman Sail http://www.omansail.com
For One Design sailors, it’s tough to find a finer class than the Laser when it comes to singlehanded competition, from a friendly, after-work beer-can chases to the Olympics. Currently, the Laser Worlds are taking place in Oman. According to reports, the conditions have been fairly light (especially recently), testing each sailors’ ability to make the boat move quickly, sans a lot of external energy. Still, it should come as little surprise to anyone who follows this hyper-competitive class that eight-time Laser World Champion Robert Scheidt (BRA) is once again commanding the leaderboard.

'The wind in the first race was really unstable and I was surprised they started,' said Scheidt. 'But I got into a bad strategy when I went right and the wind went left so finished well down the fleet but I bounced back in the second race.'
'I made a good start, had a good first beat and managed to come away with a race win so I’m pretty happy with that,' continued Scheidt. 'I hope we have a bit more wind tomorrow, not necessarily strength but in direction because it was very fluky today.'



Racing continues at the Laser Worlds through November 23, so stay tuned to the website for more news from this high-level event, as it transpires.

Meanwhile, in Transat Jacques Vabre (TJV) news, news has broken that co-skippers Francois Gabart and Michel Desjoyeaux were dismasted some 140 miles from Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. According to reports, Gabart and Desjoyeaux were able to successfully cut away the rig and secure the safety of 'MACIF', but the two are currently in a shipping lane and are trying to reach shore. Get the full report, inside this issue, and stay tuned to the website for the latest news, as it becomes known.



Meanwhile, in the Multi 50 class, the capsized 'Arkema-Region Aquitaine' reached the Portuguese town of Canical undertow and has now been turned right side up by a crane. Fortunately, the skippers report that the boat is still in relatively good shape, at least structurally.

'We have got to land nine days after we capsized and will never forget this experience, including the tow!' report co-skipper skipper Lalou Roucayrol. 'It was long and it was complicated to tow the boat this far and so we are very lucky to now find that structurally it is intact… Now really the second phase begins and we are in a brand new marina here with all that we need to clean up the boat and then we will make a decision how and when to repatriate the boat to France.'

Get the full TJV download, inside this issue.



And in America’s Cup news, Sail-World’s Rob Kothe recently caught up with Tom Slingsby, strategist for Oracle Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup, to get his pulse on AC34, as well as the state-of-play with AC35. Slingsby, it will be remembered, has already signed-on with Oracle Team USA for AC 35.

‘Going forward, for me my main focus is on America’s Cup 35,' said Slingsby. 'I want to sail with really good people. I want to be part of a really good team that can win the Cup and for me that’s the most important thing. I had a really good experience last time and Oracle was great to me as a team. I know how good the people are who get involved in with this team, from the designers to the sailors,' Check out part one of this three-part series, inside.



Also inside, be sure to get the latest reports from the Mini Transat, the RC44 Match Racing Championship in Calero Marin and be sure to check out the interview with America’s Cup skipper Iain Percy to get his thoughts on AC35.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

Zhik Dinghy 660x82NaiadBarz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best Eyewear

Related Articles

So what’s it really like?
For ages now, these editorials have talked about multihull this, record that, outrageous boat speed and 24-hour runs For ages now, well it seems like that anyway, these editorials have talked about multihull this, record that, outrageous boat speed and incredible 24-hour runs. In their own very unique way they totally represent the technical avant-garde, and thank God for that. Where would we be without their impressive shapes, wonderful rigs, and now of course, foiling magic.
Posted on 6 Mar
The price of legacy
Malcolm Page OAM, two-time Olympic Gold Medallist, became the Chief of Olympic Sailing for the USA on January 1 Malcolm Page OAM, two-time Olympic Gold Medallist (470) with Nathan Wilmot in 2008 and Mat Belcher in 2012, became the Chief of Olympic Sailing for the USA on January 1 this year. In and of itself it is hardly the freshest news, and well and truly yesterday’s fish wrapper. It was also a wise choice on behalf of Team USA, for he has succeeded in both the physical and commercial arms of our sport.
Posted on 5 Feb
You spin me right round
Vinyl records went the way of the dodo with first CDs, and then now with the likes of MP3 and streaming. Vinyl records went the way of the dodo with first CDs, and then now with the likes of MP3 and streaming. Recently, we have had unbelievable records set by Thomas Coville and then Armel Le Cléac’h. Soon (with over 1200nm in the bank as it were), it would seem to be the turn of the crew on board IDEC Sport for a record after their spin right round, as well. This is quite simply, terrific stuff.
Posted on 23 Jan
Lounge Music
What a groovy time that all was. Very sophisticated, and was the world so much simpler back then or what? What a groovy time that all was. Very sophisticated, and was the world so much simpler back then or what? It even managed it’s own parody with Jerry Lewis and the über-cool Purple Pit in the original Nutty Professor. I’ll just have an Alaskan Polar Bear Heater right now, thank you… Some will get their noses all twisted up about now saying it is all elevator music, but it was so well orchestrated
Posted on 15 Jan
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Suck it up, sunshine!
The 72nd start of the iconic blue water classic had 300,000 spectators lining the foreshores of Sydney Harbour The 72nd start of the iconic blue water classic had 300,000 spectators lining the foreshores of Sydney Harbour, another two million watching on TV, and the constant buzz and whir of media helicopters overhead. 88 boats, from Australia, USA, UK, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Japan, Korea, China, oh and New Zealand, had lined up on three start lines.
Posted on 31 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart - The Weather Gate
In order to win the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race there are three things you absolutely need to have accomplished In order to win the iconic Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race under IRC or ORCi rating, there are three things you absolutely need to have accomplished. Two of these you can certainly do something about, whereas the third is entirely out of your control.
Posted on 25 Dec 2016
Flight of the Pterodactyls
And you can be sure that it is very much a product of, and absolutely going to change, the future of our sport. OK. Well that pretty much sets up a mindset from a time long, long ago. However, this is something from the here and now. And you can be sure that it is very much a product of, and absolutely going to change, the future of our sport. The SuperFoiler is 7.9m long, 5.14m wide, has a 12.5m rig and a 295kg sailing weight. It has been developed to be the fastest course yacht ever, so to get a handle on
Posted on 27 Nov 2016
It’s Chuck’s fault!
The blame rests squarely with the much venerated, and truly celebrated US sports photographer, Chuck Lantz The blame rests squarely with the much venerated, and truly celebrated US sports photographer, Chuck Lantz. Had he not shown me this image he took during the recent Rolex Big Boat Series on San Francisco Bay, then this editorial would not have come to pass.
Posted on 26 Sep 2016
…and don’t call me Shirley!
Ah yes! It could only be the truly inimitable Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen) from Airplane! Ah yes! It could only be the truly inimitable Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen) from Airplane! (And that takes us all the way back to 1980 – believe it or not.) You know the lines; it’s when Ted Striker says, “Surely you cannot be serious?” To which Rumack then replies, “I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley!”
Posted on 19 Sep 2016
The door’s been flung open – again
Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing gets sexier for Tokyo Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing may get sexier for Tokyo 2020. Yes, the proverbial door has been cast ajar before, often to much fanfare, and not that much has been achieved.
Posted on 28 Aug 2016