News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : Fastnet report and LVC news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
Fastnet report and LVC news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

'NIGHT AND DAY (FRA) overall winner 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race'    © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo

For the first time in its long and storied history, overall victory in the Fastnet Race was earned by a father and son team who raced in the doublehanded division. Pascal and Alexis Loison (FRA) took their overall win aboard 'Night and Day', their JPK 100. According to reports, the duo took just over four days to sail the course in the light-air conditions that proved sticky for plenty of other competing boats.

'Nobody said this was impossible to achieve,' reflected Pascal. 'It’s extraordinary, like a dream. I am very happy to have won this race with my son. There are so many factors required to make it happen. We simply hoped to win the two-handed class. This is superb.'

While the pair wasn’t treated to a great view of the fabled rock due to weather, odds are more than excellent that they’re not loosing sleep over this small meteorological slight, especially given the shiny hardware that they will be bringing home to France. 'Every time we pass the Fastnet it’s foggy,' joked Alexis. 'I’m not sure if it really exists!'

PLEOMAX (SWE) and TEAM HEINER ONE (NED) rounding the Fastnet Rock - 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race -  © Rolex- Kurt Arrigo  

Elsewhere in the fleet, the top IMOCA 60s managed to beat the mini maxis and the Volvo Open 70s across the finishing line, with François Gabart and Michel Desjoyeaux, racing aboard Gabart’s 'MACIF', edging-out 'MACIF’s' sistership, 'Maître Coq', by a mere 57 seconds. 'Of course, it is always a pleasure to win,' said Gabart. 'But mostly it's nice to get back to some sailing! Plus, when it is with Michel [Desjoyeaux] it's just perfect.'

Get the full Fastnet report, inside this issue.

San Francisco, 15/08/13, 34th America’s Cup Press conference - Chris Draper - Helmsman Luna Rossa; Dean Barker - Emirates Team New Zealand Skipper -  Luna Rossa / Carlo Borlenghi  

Meanwhile, in San Francisco, Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) and Luna Rossa Challenge are both gearing up for the Louis Vuitton Finals, which start this Saturday, and which will determine the team that will meat Oracle Team USA on the starting line of the 34th America’s Cup. While both teams have been sailing well recently, ETNZ enters the Finals as the clear favorite, having steam-rolled Luna Rossa in five straight races during the LVC Round Robin series.

'Our boat is a first-generation [AC72] and the boats aesthetically look similar, but there are quite a few differences,' said Chris Draper, Luna Rossa helmsman, about the differences between his team’s boat and ETNZ’s second-generation design. 'If we had the opportunity to redesign things then there are things we would’ve designed differently, which I imagine are the things they’ve done differently with their second boat. At the same time, there’s not another design package we would’ve chosen to share.'

Louis Vuitton Cup Semi-Finals Race 4/Saturday. August 10. 2013. Photo by Steve Holloway/Rune Media - Louis Vuitton Cup Semi-Finals Race 4/Saturday. August 10. 2013. Photo by Steve Holloway/Rune Media -  Steve Holloway   Click Here to view large photo

ETNZ spent the past few weeks making some tweaks to the boat in the shed, while also giving their sailing team more time to practice and to refine and improve upon their on-the-water performance. 'We set a new top speed record the other day at the end of practice,' said Dean Barker, ETNZ’s skipper and helmsman. 'I can’t say what it is, but almost every day the boat’s going faster and faster and becoming more efficient. There are pretty good smiles coming off the boat.'

More on the LVC Finals, inside, and stay tuned to the website both days this weekend for up-to-date coverage and breaking news, as it unfurls.

And speaking of the Auld Mug, three well-known sailors were recently inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame. Lucy Jewett, Noel Robins (1935-2003) and Grant Simmer were admitted into this prestigious 'club' at a black-tie event in San Francisco that was timed to match the LVC racing that’s taking place on the Bay. Get the full report, inside.

Also inside, get the latest news from the ongoing U.S. Youth Sailing Championships, the upcoming J/22 worlds, and the A-Cat North American Championships.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor


Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

12:26 AM Fri 16 Aug 2013GMT

Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Newsletter Editorial US

Related News Stories:

01 Jul 2013  AC34, BIRW and Clagett reports—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
24 May 2013  Coast to coast sailing reports—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
01 Apr 2013  AMA delivery and BVI and OD news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
28 Mar 2013  Dancing bears, AC and OD news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
17 Dec 2012  The other kind of airfoil—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
22 Aug 2012  ACWS delivers thrills and spills—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
04 Jul 2012  VOR: Groupama wins!—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
20 Jun 2012  Cupdate- Fifth Team antes up—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
01 Jun 2012  VOR: Walker wins Leg Seven—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
23 May 2012  ECCS announced—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

News - USA and the World

A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,

ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video by Luissa Smith, International 470 Class Association,

2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4 by William Wagner, San Francisco

GBR aiming for first ever Nacra 17 Games berth at Santander Worlds
Volvo Ocean Race: Man and sail overboard as Leg 0 serves up drama
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 – Images by Dan Ibsen
Santander Worlds – already a spectator success
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 - Day 3 morning report
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Tales from the extreme
Volvo Ocean Race: Latest starter wins opening race
2014 J/70 World Championship - Healy, Abdullah, Becker and Borges win
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Full-blown, once again
ISAF Worlds - Americans jump up Laser and Laser Radial leaderboard
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 3
America's Cup: Luna Rossa sailing with two foiling AC45's + Video
Extreme Sailing: Emirates Team NZ retain second overall
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio Olympic Laser spots snapped up
Rolex Swan Cup - All set for final showdown
Upper Midwest sailors need help to take it to the next level
ISAF Sailing World Championships - RS:X action begins in Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans rise in Laser and Radial
Extreme Sailing Series - A remarkable penultimate day’s racing + Video
Marseille One Design - GC32 GDF Suez unstoppable in the light
Rolex Swan Cup - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Images of the leaders in Santander   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Good day for Double Trouble   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2 images by Erik Simonson   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - TP52 fleet ready for tricky race tracks   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Plenty maintains lead   
2014 Asia Pacific Student Cup - Count down begins   
Extreme Sailing Series: Live coverage of Day 3 - view here   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Going away   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Practice makes perfect   
2014 J/70 World Championship - Contrasting conditions on Day 4   
Rolex Big Boat Series - 50 years of big boat racing: a retrospective   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2   
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Champ: Rios takes the Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg Zero signals start of the significant racing   
Extreme Sailing Series: Physically demanding racing for BAR on Day 2   
Emirates Team NZ: Holding second overall after Day 2 in Istanbul   
Extreme Sailing Series: A force to be reckoned with in Istanbul +Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Day 1 images by Jesus Renedo and Pedro Martinez   
Marseille One Design: GC32's Armin Strom storms ahead on day 2 + Video   

For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





Privacy Policy



Cookie Policy



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT