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Offshore, Cup and Olympic news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor on 28 Oct 2013
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The racing has been fast and furious in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, as nine of the race’s fleet of 12 boats have now safely reached their berths in Cape Town, South Africa. According to the latest reports, the 'Great Britain' team took top honors in this leg, followed by 'Henri Lloyd' and 'Invest Africa'.

'This is a great boost for the crew who have worked so hard in this race to achieve a well-deserved victory,' said Simon Talbot, 'Great Britain’s' skipper. 'We led the fleet for the first eight to ten hours out of Rio, but then came a point we had to make the strategic decision to push further south. We went from first to eighth, but then it started to pay off.'

While most of the fleet opted for the southerly routing from Rio to Cape Town, 'Invest Africa' took the gamble of sailing a seriously southern routing. 'I looked at the position of the South Atlantic highs in Rio, and we decided that we were going to go as far south as we could. This put us in twelfth position for over a week, but once we were at the bottom of the high and the top of the lows, we had the wind behind us and the heavy-weight kite up we just watched ourselves climb up the leaderboard.'

Get the full scoop from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, including the details of the nail-biting finish during which 'Henri Lloyd' managed to usurp 'Invest Africa' in the final hours of the leg, inside this issue.



Meanwhile, in Cup news, the Dutch Sailing Federation has decided not to take further action against former Oracle Team USA wing trimmer Dirk de Ridder, who, it will be remembered, was expelled from competing in AC34 due to a cheating scandal involving the team’s AC45s, which were used to compete in the America’s Cup World Series. According to reports, Dutch Sailing Federation’s appeals body, known as the Zeilraad, determined that de Ridder had already paid a heavy price for his involvement in this scandal.

'Having considered all evidence the Zeilraad finds that it is not appropriate to impose an additional penalty,' wrote the Zeilraad in their report. 'Decision: After this investigation the Zeilraad finds that it is not appropriate to conduct a hearing and decides that no further action will be taken in this matter by the Dutch MNA.'

And in Olympic Sailing news, Sail-World recently broke the story of a revolutionary plan to change the nature of Olympic-class sailing competitions, which will be presented to the ISAF Council at their mid-November meeting in Oman. 'I cannot speak for other classes but I do believe the arguments put forward in the proposal are flawed and could have serious consequences for the future of the Laser class, arguably the most successful international class in the history of sailing,' said Rob Lowndes, a senior-level Laser class representative. 'I assume the paper will be presented to the Events Committee at the ISAF annual Conference in mid-November, although I notice it is not easy to find on the ISAF website.' Get the full download, inside this issue.



Also inside, get the full report from the JP Aloha Classic PWA World Cup, the McMillan Cup and the Around Jamestown Record, where several new records were set.



Lastly, I recently caught up with Ken Read, President of North Sails, World Champion sailor and one of the new course-record holders of the Around Jamestown Record, to get his pulse on sailmaking in the post-Great Recession era. Part One was published over the weekend and is now live on the site, while Part Two and Part Three of this exclusive Sail-Word feature will be published this week.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

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