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'Port Rhu - 2013 Mini Transat'    © Marc Sauvageot

'Frustration' is the key descriptor for the 84 skippers assembled in Douarnenez, France for the alleged start of the Mini Transat Race. A series of weather systems have been hammering the Bay of Biscay, preventing the 21-foot speedsters from safely beginning their leg-one sprint to Puerto Celero in the Canary Islands.

According to the latest reports, the event organizers are now looking for a weather window early next week to get the fleet launched. Inside, get the latest news from this famous international event, and stay tuned for the latest news on the start, as it becomes known.

2013 Mini Transat -  © Jacques Vapillon - Mini Transat  


Also offshore-related, US Sailing’s Safety at Sea Committee recently reviewed (read: overhauled) ISAF’s Offshore Special Regulations, which describes the equipment that should be required for vessels that are participating in most local and offshore racing. 'I believe that the new [requirements] meet those criteria, and will serve offshore sailors well,' said Chuck Hawley, US Sailing's Safety at Sea Committee Chairman. 'We encourage all Organizing Authorities to use them, edited if the local conditions warrant, so that races in the U.S. are sailed under consistent equipment rules.'

PUMA Ocean Racig powered by BERG media crew member Amory Ross shooting video and photographs of bowman Casey Smith, during the practice race in Auckland during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -  Ian Roman-Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo


Meanwhile, the Volvo Ocean Race recently offered an update on the extremely competitive selection process for the position of Onboard Reporter for the 2014/2015 edition. According to reports, the race has already made their round-one cuts, and the talent pool is rumored to be deep.

So what the best move for anyone on the waiting list? 'My advice to the candidates: don’t wait!' says Rick Deppe, who is project managing the media program, and who is a former media crewmember himself, having sailed aboard Puma Ocean Racing in the 2008/2009 edition.

'Go on with your life and your projects to keep training, sailing and telling stories,' continues Deppe. 'There are so many great candidates for a limited number of positions, so just keep telling great stories and having adventures. That's still the best way to win a place on a boat as our Onboard Reporter.' Get the full story, inside.

Francesco de Angelis and the crew of race winner B2 (ITA) on the approach to Malta - 2013 Rolex Middle Sea Race -  © Rolex- Kurt Arrigo  


Also inside, get the full scoop on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the Hobie 16 and Hobie 18 North American Championships, as well as the wrap-up report from the Rolex Middle Sea Race, where Michele Galli’s 'B2' was recently confirmed as the corrected-time winner.

Skipper Ken Read drives Mar Mostro through a frontal system off of Cape Horn. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand, to Itajai, Brazil. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race) -  Amory Ross-Puma Ocean Racing-Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo


Finally, I recently caught up with Ken Read, President of North Sails, World Champion sailor and the unofficial Don of the Newport Sailing Mafia, to get his pulse on sailmaking in the post-Lehman Brothers era. Look for this interview as an exclusive three-part feature that will be running on Sail-World.com every other day for the next few days. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

  

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