sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Weather cruel to Mini Transat—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
Weather cruel to Mini Transat—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond


'2013 Mini Transat'    Mini Transat

Despite the best efforts to get in a good race, Leg One of the Mini Transat Race was cancelled due to deteriorating conditions in the Bay of Biscay. According to the latest reports, the race organizers made this tough decision based on longer-range GRIB files, which painted an atrocious picture that wasn’t made safer by the fact that the legendary race consists of singlehanded skippers racing aboard 21-foot speedsters.

At the time of this writing, most of the fleet was reportedly heading towards Gijon, on Spain’s Cantabrian coast. Once the fleet is safely ashore and the weather system has played through, race organizers plan to restart the fleet as quickly as possible. Get the full report, inside this issue.

Meanwhile, news recently broke of a Chinese entry into the 2014/2015 Volvo Ocean Race (VOR). Team Dongfeng, backed by Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle, will be the third Chinese-flagged entry in as many editions of the VOR, and they are also the third confirmed entry in this grueling, around-the-world battle.

Huang Gang, Dongfeng’s General Manager and Knut Frostad, CEO of the VOR -  Jiang Yongtao/Volvo Ocean Race   Click Here to view large photo


'Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle has become an important partner for the Volvo Ocean Race, which is an internationally renowned sailing event,' said Huang Gang, Dongfeng’s General Manager. 'This is also a key step in DFCV’s global marketing strategy.'

'Team Dongfeng will be sailing in our new One-Design Volvo Ocean 65, like the rest of the fleet, which means they will have exactly the same boat and competitive opportunities as anyone in the race, and they will be one of the first teams on the water,' said Knut Frostad, CEO of the VOR. 'The team will include a significant number of Chinese sailors and the search begins now to find the best in the country.'

Spindrift 2 in action -  Chris Schmid/Spindrift Racing  


Also offshore related, 'Spindrift 2', the world’s largest offshore trimaran, is currently attacking the distance record from Cadiz, Spain to San Salvador in the Bahamas. The current record of 7 days, 10 hours, 58 minutes and 53 seconds was set in 2007 by skipper Franck Cammas and crew aboard the maxi trimaran, 'Groupama 3', but co-skippers Dona Bertarelli, Yann Guichard and the 12 other crewmembers aboard 'Spindrift 2' are hoping to best 'Groupama 3’s' average pace of 21.70 knots.

The crew onboard Spindrift 2 -  Chris Schmid/Spindrift Racing  


'Dona and I are proud to set off on this first trip, on this first adventure with the Spindrift racing team,' said Guichard. 'This is my 11th Atlantic crossing, and everything seems different. The pressure is positive and whilst leading this crew is no trivial matter, the shared adventure has all the ingredients and fun one feels on great crossings.'

Get the full scoop, inside, and stay tuned to the website for the latest news from 'Spindrift 2', as it becomes known.

Also inside, get the latest news from the Star class, the JP Aloha Classic and ISAF’s latest match-racing rankings.

Skipper Ken Read at the helm in the Southern Ocean. 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


Lastly, 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-Great Recession era. Part One and Two are now live on the site, and Part Three of this exclusive Sail-Word feature will be published in the next few days.

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=116271

1:02 AM Fri 1 Nov 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 Australia
Newsletter Editorial US

Related News Stories:

31 Aug 2013  SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2013 - The last day of winter
29 Aug 2013  Wind at last for northern series, Magnetic Island, America´s Cup, more
24 Aug 2013  Byte CII World Championship 2013 set to start with 22 nations sailing
23 Aug 2013  San Francisco, Hamilton Island, Magnetic Island - on the road again
30 Jul 2013  ATTN Sydney Boat Show Exhibitors - Register now for Video Interviews
22 Jul 2013  Sail Townsville - a massive boost forQueensland Sailing
01 Jul 2013  AC34, BIRW and Clagett reports—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
22 Jun 2013  Is Australian boat manufacturing car-eening for fall
24 May 2013  Coast to coast sailing reports—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
24 Apr 2013  Sail Port Stephens - Splash of cash buoys Port economy
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World









2014 Detroit Cup - Sam Gilmour leads by Dobbs Davis, Detroit, Michigan




Audi Melges 20 U.S. Nationals - Oleander takes early lead by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Riding the AC45 - VIDEO by Crosbie Lorimer, Hamilton Island










America's Cup: Five Challengers sign-on for 35th Match by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,


Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad talks Time and Money (Part II) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,


















AWT Quatro Desert Showdown at Punta San Carlos by American Windsurfing Tour,














MS Cup - Three days until the start
America's Cup: Rod Davis - Time for a change after ten years with team *Feature
ISAF seeking hosting bids for Nations Cup
Laser 4.7 Youth Worlds - Luvisetto and Alexadr Boite victorious +Video
IFDS World Championships - Action shots by Tim Wilkes
Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia
World Yacht Racing Forum 2014: 'Growing the business of Yacht Racing'
Clipper Race: 2015-16 edition of world's longest ocean race 70% full
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland - Swish smash 5th World Record
Leaderboards take shape at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games 2014
IFDS Worlds - Hot competition on first day of racing
Challenging Conditions - CORK OCR
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 for the US Sailing Team
2014 Melges 20 World Championship - Countdown begins
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 3
America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team *Feature
Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3
Roble and Wilson still number one match racers in the U.S.
2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 images by Jude Robertson
Volvo Ocean Race: Forget the f-word - Team SCA profiled   
52 Super Series - Fleet grows, 2015 dates revealed   
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Teams from 9 nations on the podium   
IFDS Worlds - Former president presented with ISAF awards medal   
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Improvements aplenty in Byte CII fleets   
America's Cup: New Zealand loses top coach to Artemis Racing   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Day 9 - Swish on record pace   
2014 CORK Olympic Classes Regatta - Day 3   
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 2   
2014 IFDS World Championship: Opening Ceremony images   
Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery   
Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships   
Hamilton Island Race Week: Everywhere there's smiley people   
IFDS World Championships - US Paralympic hopefuls ready for racing   
Sopot Match Race - Poland's Tour debut deemed a triumph   
Vineyard Race celebrates 80th running of the East Coast classic   
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games: Young sailors begin racing on Lake Jinniu   
AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Victory for Morgan Noireaux   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Day 8: Test of endurance   


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







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

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.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT