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Melges 32 Worlds Kick Off—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Day one - Melges 32 World Championship 2011  Max Ranchi ©

The 2011 Melges 32 Worlds kicked off in fine style in Palma de Mallorca this week with two tight races taking place on day one, leaving plenty more starting guns to sound before the new king of this hyper-competitive class is crowned. While the leaderboard is still very much up for grabs, John Kilroy and his Samba Pa Ti crew are currently sitting in first place after Day 2. Racing is scheduled to continue at the Real Club Nautico de Palma through the 24th. Be sure to check out lensman Max Ranchi's image gallery from day one's racing.

Norseman, just prior to breaking her stick  Joaquim Santos

If classic lines are your thing, be sure to check out photographer Joaquim Santos's image gallery from the 2011 8 Metre Worlds, which took place last weekend at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto. And while no one likes to rubberneck at an accident or a misfortune, Santos also did a particularly bang-up job of capturing the last seconds of Norseman's old mast before it gave up the ghost, just above the forestay fitting.

Team Telefonica arrive in Alicante for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.  Volvo Ocean Race/Paul Todd

And in Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) circles, Team Telefonica has arrived in Alicante, Spain, where this classic ocean race kicks off in late October. 'This is a big moment for us,' said Telefónica's Spanish skipper Iker Martínez. 'Our training time is finished and we now need to just do the final preparations for the race.'

To date, the team has ticked more than 9,000 miles on their now-generation Volvo Open 70. Interestingly they are the first team in this year's edition to arrive at the starting gate. 'We're feeling great but we know that the other teams will be good too and unless we're at 100 percent it will be impossible to beat them,' said Martínez. 'In order to be fighting at the end of the race you have to be in great shape at the beginning and I feel we are.' Stay tuned for more VOR-related news as it becomes available, and check out the full report from Team Telefonica, inside.

Also inside, get the latest on the SpeedDream project, the Chicago Match Racing Center's upcoming ISAF Grade 1 Chicago Match Race Cup, the U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship 2011, the Clipper Around the World Race, and the World Sailing Speed Record Council's newest ratified world records.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



ISAF request proposals for women's skiff and mixed multihull
International Sailing Federation,
At the 2011 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting ISAF Council adopted submission M10-11 which confirmed a two person women's skiff and two person mixed gender multihull as Olympic Equipment. ISAF have released the initial request for proposal of equipment for both evaluations with trials likely to take place at a suitable venue in Southern Europe in early spring 2012.... [more]
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America's Cup: ACRM's Iain Murray reflects on the way forward
CupInfo.com,
Top Australian sailor, Iain Murray, is Regatta Director and CEO of the America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) organization. CupInfo checked in with him last Sunday on the final day of racing in Plymouth. Murray talked about ACRM's focus going forward, plans for changes at the next ACWS stop in San Diego and for 2013, and the possibility of new teams joining up:... [more]
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IOD North American Invitational Regatta overall
Ian McNeice,
IOD North American Invitational Regatta - On the first day of racing the fleet was greeted by very large (5ft. - 6ft) seas and a stiff 20 knot breeze caused by passing Hurricane Maria(Cat. 1) who made landfall on Newfoundland a day later. After a short scheduled practice race, the fleet proved they were up to the conditions and the first race got underway.... [more]
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When it comes to Etchells - What is it about Port Phillip?
John Curnow,
In 2010, three of the top five from the Etchells Worlds held in Ireland hailed from Melbourne's Port Phillip. Move forward to the 2011 Worlds in San Diego and two from the top ten called the Bay their home. True!... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Virtual Race prizes revealed
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 fleet of six double-handed Class40 teams will set off from Palma Mallorca headed from Cape Town, South Africa for Leg 1 on the 25 September at :00 local (12:00 GMT). The GOR teams will spend around 37 days and slightly under 7,000 miles in the Mediterranean and the North and South Atlantic.... [more]
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Melges 32 Worlds Day 2 - Samba Pa Ti on form + Video
Joy Dunigan,
The Melges 32 World Championships, hosted by the Real Club Nautico de Palma (RCNP) have now completed the second day of competition which was filled with more warm sunshine, but less breeze making for an interesting day of performance sportboat racing in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship day 2 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Melges 32 World Championship day two images from photographer Max Ranchi.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Gold Coast Australia maintains lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia maintained the lead overnight with Visit Finland managing to nibble just one nautical mile out of the Australian team in 24 hours. Skipper Richard Hewson said he hoped that he would be able to hoist his spinnaker this afternoon ahead of the start of the Ocean Sprint... [more]
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U.S. Offshore Championship - Kuryla's high hopes
Jake Fish,
U.S. Offshore Championship will be raced on Chesapeake Bay in Navy 44 sloops and hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy Sailing Squadron in Annapolis, Md. Kuryla won the most recent U.S. Offshore Championship held in 2009 by one point on the final day through seven races total.... [more]
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Topper World Championships Netherlands preview
Cathy Brassington,
The Topper World Championships 2012 are now set to take place at the Sailing Club Workum, in the Netherlands from 19-24 August. As a small club Sailing Club Workum (ZVW) has organised a number of major regattas and sailing events over the past 20 years with an average entry of more than 100 Dutch and foreign competitors at each event.... [more]
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ISAF Grade 1 Chicago Match Cup preview
Chicago Match Race Center,
The ISAF Grade 1 Chicago Match Cup will bring stadium sailing to Navy Pier once again when the event gets underway on the 28 September. The event will last until the 1 October and will welcome twelve teams from seven nations who will vie for their share of a $65,000 prize money purse which is the largest offered in any sailing event in the United States since 2002.... [more]
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Melges 32 Worlds underway
Joy Dunigan,
The Melges 32 Worlds, hosted by Real Club Nautico de Palma, are now underway amid brilliant sunny skies with 10-12 knots of breeze and lumpy seas setting the stage on Palma Bay. After two races, John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti with tactician Vasco Vascotto holds the lead by one point, ahead of Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino and tactician Francesco Bruni in second overall.... [more]
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SpeedDream builder announced - Taking the dream to the next level
Brian Hancock,
SpeedDream started as an idea, a simple notion that with some creative thinking applied, that a purpose built monohull might be able to reach, and in some cases exceed the speeds enjoyed by a similar size multihull. Well that notion has turned into an obsession to not only build a record setting monohull but to change the way we look at boats and their relationship to speed.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Melges 32 World Championship day one images from photographer Max Ranchi... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Telefónica arrives in Alicante
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Telefonica are the first team to arrive into Alicante ahead of the race start. 'This is a big moment for us,' said Telefónica's Spanish skipper Iker Martínez. 'Our training time is finished and we now need to just do the final preparations for the race.'... [more]
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Ben Ainslie amongst sailors named in Team GB for 2012 London Olympics
Matt Carter,
London Olympic Games - The road to 2012 glory has just got one step closer for some of the nation's top sailors who today (20 September) became the first British athletes to be officially selected to compete for Team GB. Ben Ainslie, the triple Olympic gold and silver medallist and Britain's most successful Olympic sailor, heads the list of 11 athletes confirmed by the British Olympic Association... [more]
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WSSR Council ratification of two new World Records
John Reed,
The World Sailing Speed Record Council announces the ratification of two new World Records, both administered and claimed by the RORC.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Full commentary videos - Plymouth, 2011
Sail-World,
Below are the links to Youtube America's Cup channel for the full race commentary videos for the America' Cup World Series sailed in Plymouth. For New Zealand viewers these will be blocked for a period of seven days, due to an arrangement between America's Cup Event Authority and Television NZ for which neither party takes responsibility. Includes the Highlights video from Plymouth (unblocked)... [more]
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U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship preview
Jake Fish,
U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship - Plenty of competitive drive and fortitude will be on display in Larchmont, N.Y. this week. Sailors representing three countries, including several Paralympic hopefuls will compete on Long Island Sound in the single-, double- and triplehanded classes chosen for the Paralympic Games.... [more]
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Images of Plymouth: Fleet Racing - Final day of America's Cup Worlds
Ben Gladwell,
Sail-World's Ben Gladwell was on the water at Plymouth, England for the final day of the fleet racing in the America's Cup World Series and submitted this gallery of the day's racing... [more]
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