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VOR: Inshore or Offshore?—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Ono Swain keeps his patience while steering "Mar Mosto" through extremely patchy winds.  Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race

The sailing world is fully buzzing with news from the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR). After enduring boat-breaking upwind sailing for the first few days, the six-strong fleet of VO70s was reduced by two when Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing was first dismasted, and then Team Sanya sustained serious hull damage. Currently, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's shore crew is rushing to get Azzam fitted with her spare rig and back in the hunt, with the latest reports putting the team ahead of schedule. Sadly, Team Sanya's hull damage was worse than anticipated (read: a puncture wound) and they have officially retired from racing in Leg 1; the team is currently trouble-shooting the logistics of getting the boat repaired and shipped to Cape Town as fast as possible.

Team Sanya's skipper, Mike Sanderson.   Tim Stonton/Volvo Ocean Race

For the four boats that are still racing, the question has become one of inshore versus offshore routing, with three boats taking the later option. Only Franck Cammas and his Groupama team have held onto the inside track after Emirates Team New Zealand cut their losses and punched back offshore. Cammas, it should be noted, currently holds the record for the fastest nonstop circumnavigation and is no stranger to these waters. Interestingly, after dealing with huge amounts of air, the fleet is now struggling to find pressure before negotiating more low-pressure systems and upwind sailing in the days to come. Get the full multimedia reports, inside this issue.

Ned Collier Wakefield et Sam Goodchild aboard their Class 40, Concise 2 in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2011  Alexis Courcoux

Meanwhile, the North Atlantic is also collecting a toll from the Transat Jacques Vabre fleet. Sam Goodchild and Ned Collier-Wakefield are the latest victims, hobbled by hull-delamination issues. The duo has retired from racing and is headed to the Azores to make repairs. The two youngsters (21 and 23, respectively) had just pulled into the lead when their boat failed. 'We are pretty devastated to say the least. It makes it worse that we had just taken the lead but on the other hand we leave the racecourse with our heads high in that we feel we have sailed a pretty good race and proven ourselves competitive,' reported Goodchild. Get the full download inside, and also be sure to get the story of Bernard Stamm and Jean Francois Cuzon's rescue from their IMOCA 60.

Also inside, get the latest from the Hobie 16 and Hobie 20 North Americans, the Clipper Around the World Race and Sail Melbourne, plus the World Match Racing Tour's newest trophy. And finally, we're proud to report that Anna Tunnicliffe and Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez have won the prestigious Rolex ISAF Sailor of the Year awards. Interestingly, Martinez and Fernandez will celebrate their victory aboard their VO70, Telefonica, which is currently hunting for air in the VOR off the coast of Africa. Get the complete report inside.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Rolex ISAF Sailor of the Year winners announced in Puerto Rico
Sail-World,
Olympic Gold medalists Anna Tunnicliffe and Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez have been announced as winners of the Rolex ISAF Sailor of the Year at an awards dinner in San Juan, Puerto Rico today.... [more]
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Three days and three leaders in Volvo Ocean Race
Sail-World,
Groupama's decision to take a more direct southerly route rather than stay with the rest of the four-boat fleet pushing out to the west, began to pay dividends over night. The Franck Cammas skippered entry has hugged the Moroccan coast sailing in an area which is generally avoided by Volvo Ocean Race sailors, who are driven by the convention to break to the west... [more]
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Perth 2011 - US Women's 470 – Maxwell and Farrar ‘In the Passing Lane'
Shauna McGee Kinney,
The US Women's 470 team of Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar are in the passing lane and aiming for the Olympics. The journey has been long and filled with great destinations, major decisions and success.... [more]
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Introducing Tidal Chronoscope App for iPhone and Android
ChronGlobal,
A new app for Android and iPhone has been released from ChronGlobal called Tidal Chronoscope® that is slated to give the ability to know GPS Tide predictions as easily as the time. Designing this App came with one goal: Create an incredibly easy and simple way to instantly give you tide information at your very location at the touch of a screen, along with lunar and solar positions.... [more]
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Perth 2011 Virtual Yacht Race announced
Will Davies,
Perth 2011 - Win your way to the ISAF Sailing World Championships by sailing from Weymouth to Perth in a LiveSkipper Virtual Yacht Race. Using real-time weather conditions from around the world, the LiveSkipper Perth 2011 Virtual Yacht race, by BeTomorrow, allows skippers world-wide to control a virtual maxi-trimaran... [more]
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America's Cup - Ideal first test sail on the bay
Stephanie Martin,
Racing in San Diego begins with the Port Cities Challenge on Saturday and Sunday (November 12-13). Among the five boats training today was the French Energy Team, with Yann Guichard taking over the skipper and helming duties for the racing in San Diego.... [more]
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4th Annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race (CAMR) December 1 - 4
Carlos Aguilar Match Race,
Watch match-racing at its best in scenic Charlotte Amalie harbor when over a dozen of the world's best men and women's skippers will duel in Inter-Club (IC)-24s in the fourth Annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race (CAMR),... [more]
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Sail Melbourne day 3 - Strong winds play havoc with racing
Lauren Garnet,
On day 3 of Sail Melbourne the 470 classes, along with the Paralympic crews managed to complete one race while the RS:X got in two before the breeze picked up.... [more]
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RQYS - Regatta and Sailing Manager position available
RQYS media,
Queensland's leading yacht club, the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) in Australia, is seeking an experienced and self-motivated person to fill the fulltime role of Regatta and Sailing Manager.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships TV coverage
Perth 2011,
More than 25 international and national broadcasters have signed up to take television coverage of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships next month.... [more]
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Hobie 16 and Hobie 20 North American Championships day 2
Rich McVeigh,
In Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, the Hobie 16 and Hobie 20 North American Championships are currently underway and for day two, the gulf delivered some sporting conditions. Winds were in the 10-14 knot range for most of the day with very large waves. The waves were again bigger than the wind and created very challenging conditions.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race day 4 - Puma Ocean Racing 'glued to our buddies'
Ken Read,
Puma Ocean Racing skipper Ken Read on the crew's progress in the Volvo Ocean Race as they near the end of day 4. 'Newcomers Rome Kirby and Amory Ross are both wondering if we will be going upwind all the way around the world. At this point the answer would have to be yes.'... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour Invite Policy changes for 2012
World Match Racing Tour,
The World Match Racing Tour has today announced a new Tour Invite Policy for the 2012 season which is designed to ensure the world's leading professional sailing series continues to attract the best sailors and teams to its World Championship events.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne day 2 light conditions
Lauren Garnet,
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Light winds dominated day two of Sail Melbourne, testing the crews and race committees. After a number of delays and aborted starts the majority of the fleets were able to get all of their races, with just the RS:X and Paralympic classes left on shore for the day.... [more]
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Southern Spars fits new mast and rigging for superyacht Salperton
Sail-World,
The 45m (148ft) performance sloop Salperton IV is now sailing again with brand-new hybrid modulus carbon fibre mast and an EC6 continuous rigging package from Southern Spars. Having been built to a tight deadline by Southern Spars' Custom Projects team in New Zealand, the replacement mast was fitted and dock-tuned by Southern Spars' Rig Pro team, on 20 October in Tarragona, Spain.... [more]
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Australia's next Sailing Golden Girls?
Rob Kothe,
In Olympic sailing history, there have been two sets of Australian Womens Gold medal performances. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, both came in the 470 dinghy class in which super-coach Victor Kovalenko guided teams to victory.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour unveils a new trophy and partnership
WMRT,
The World Match Racing Tour unveiled its partnership with Garrard this evening by presenting the new, highly coveted ISAF Match Racing World Championship trophy at Garrard's flagship store in Mayfair, London.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 33
Oracle Racing,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for November 07, 2011: Fresh off a month-long training session in San Francisco, ORACLE Racing is set to take on the challengers at the America's Cup World Series San Diego, Nov. 12-20. ORACLE Racing Coutts sees Darren Bundock take over skipper duties from Russell Coutts with Tom Slingsby also racing for the first time.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race – Budel and Van Rijsewijk cross Leg 1 finish line
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 - Following a fast Sunday night with under 80 miles to the leg one finish line, off the main harbour breakwater in Cape Town, the Dutch duo of Nico Budel and Ruud van Rijsewijk on Sec. Hayai ran into zero breeze shortly before dawn. As the sun rose at 06:00 local time, Budel and Van Rijsewijk were ten miles off Cape Town in flat calm... [more]
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Cal 25 Fleet V Championship 2011
Rick Roberts,
For the first race of the Cal 25 Fleet V Championship on Sunday the wind was a moderate 10-11 knots, but coming from the wrong direction... off the beach at Belmont Shore which is about 180 degrees from its normal southwesterly direction.... [more]
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