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23 May 2012

ECCS announced—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

The Newport Bermuda Race is one of the Offshore events in the 2012 ORR East Coast Championship Series.  Talbot Wilson - Copyright
The Offshore Racing Rule Owners Association's (ORROA) newly announced East Coast Championship Series (ECCS) promises to be an interesting affair for right coast-based big-boat sailors. The ECCS takes each entrant's results from the Block Island Race, the New York Yacht Club's 158th Annual Regatta, the Newport Bermuda Race, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Anniversary Regatta and the Stamford Vineyard Race in order to determine the overall victor using the Offshore Rating Rule (ORR). 'After seeing the success of the Great Lakes Championship Series,' states ORA spokesman, John Winder, 'we wanted to develop something for sailors on the East Coast that will serve the dual purpose of increasing regatta participation and giving racers of all types an objective rule to race under.' Get the full details inside, and stay tuned for more about the ECCS, as it unfurls.

A wet sunset, onboard Groupama 4 during leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team © /Volvo Ocean Race

Offshore, the six-strong fleet of Volvo Open 70s have been making fine progress in Leg Seven of the fully-crewed, around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race (VOR). The leg, which takes the fleet from Miami, Florida to Lisbon, Portugal, started with quick sailing conditions that registered fast speeds as each team negotiated Tropical Storm Alberto before transitioning to lighter airs and an opportunity for the sailors to eat and sleep before the new low comes barreling through. At the time of this writing, Telefonica was leading the hunt, followed by Groupama 4 and Puma Ocean Racing's Mar Mostro.

Groupama 4 during leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team © /Volvo Ocean Race

'We are quietly slipping along,' reported Groupama 4 skipper Franck Cammas. 'However, the weather is very complicated up ahead. It is hard to know which option we're going to take as there are a lot of pitfalls in front.' Get the full VOR multi-media blast inside, and stay tuned for updates from the fleet as they scorch across 'The Pond'.

Bruno Peyron  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com©

Meanwhile, in America's Cup circles, the official entry deadline has been extended by two months in an effort to give teams more time to secure sponsorship and hopefully to entice more teams than the current line-up of three Challengers and one Defender. According to reports, an impetus behind this move is the fact that Loick Peyron and his brother Bruno—both legendary French sailors—are trying to put together a last-minute team.

'Energy Team, along with some of the other teams, requested to move the entry deadline by two months to August 1st,' reported Bruno in an interview. 'Fortunately, the other challengers and the Defender agreed and voted through a Protocol change, so we now have a little bit more time to secure everything we need for our challenge.' Get the full story, inside.

And finally, be sure to check out the reports from the Rolex Volcano Race, the storm-fraught Global Ocean Race, and the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Volvo Ocean Race - Puma leave Miami on a high note + Video
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 1 of Leg 7. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress. There are not many day one's left between here and Galway. But here we go again, one day closer to the end of this very long race. As we leave Miami for Portugal there are several things that come to mind:... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Winds ease as Groupama's lead narrows + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, a semblance of normality returned to the fleet on Tuesday after 24 hours of chaotic action for the teams as they fought to second guess the volatile tropical storm Alberto. Franck Cammas' crew on Groupama read the weather scenario to perfection at the start of Leg 7 from Miami to Lisbon, gybing away from the storm earliest before setting off on a blistering downwind ride... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Match Race Germany preview
Leigh Ireland,
The much anticipated 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour will get underway at Match Race Germany where all of the pre-season verbal jousting will give way to the world's greatest match racing action. While it's a chance to assess several of the teams' early season form, a number of new interesting subplots will begin to play out.... [more]
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East Coast Championship Series announced
John Winder,
The Offshore Racing Rule Owners Association is proud to announce the inaugural season of the East Coast Championship Series. The series consists of five events bringing the best of East Coast racers together to be scored in a single series using the Offshore Racing Rule. The top three finishers of the series will be given award flags and trophy plates and be eligible for the National Championship... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Fleet click off miles towards Lisbon
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, it's all gone a little bit quiet out on the Atlantic race track for the fleet after tropical storm Alberto swept across all but leg leader Franck Cammas/FRA and Groupama yesterday. The six-boat fleet has had a more satisfactory day today, clicking off miles downwind towards the Lisbon finish at speeds of around 19 knots.... [more]
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America's Cup: Entry deadline extended by two months
Richard Gladwell,
The entry deadline for the 34th America's Cup has been extended to allow teams further opportunity to get the necessary sponsorship packages signed, and lift the entry level beyond the current three Challengers. News of the move came in a story posted on the America's Cup website, in the course of an interview with Bruno Peyron on the back of their win in the America's Cup World Series in Venice... [more]
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Rolex Volcano Race - Fleet departs Capri's Marina Piccola
KPMS,
In the Rolex Volcano Race, Capri's Marina Piccola was the setting for the start of the final act which commenced today at 18:00 CEST as the event's fifteen strong Maxi fleet departed for a 300-nautical mile roundtrip through the Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet fight against unreadable weather
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) Class40s, armed with conflicting weather data and the likelihood of Tropical Storm Alberto sweeping across the fleet, are relying on experience, instinct, skill and an element of luck as they head north-east away from Cape Hatteras and the coast of the USA.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama avoid worst of tropical storm Alberto
Franck Cammas,
Whilst Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama 4 is holding onto pole position in the seventh leg, from Miami to Lisbon, thanks to an early gybe in the tropical storm Alberto, the weather situation across the Atlantic isn't offering up any opportunities for the fleet: everyone is on the same course in a moderate southerly breeze, awaiting a potential opening in a couple of days.... [more]
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Etchells Atlantic Championship Series Race 1 at Shelter Island YC
North American Etchells Class,
Etchells Atlantic Championship Series 2012 first event was held over the weekend of 19th and 20th May and was graciously hosted by the Shelter Island Yacht Club, Shelter Island, NY. With visitors from across the North East and Canada making the trip, the event organizers exceeded expectations by delivering seven races across a range of challenging conditions... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race fleet hampered by inconsistent winds
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on the eighth day of race eleven from Panama to New York. It has been an eventful 24 hours for the ten international teams as tactical manoeuvres and inconsistent winds continue to hamper the fleet's progress and shake up the leader board.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race; Two days into Leg 7 and race fleet cop a pasting
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet found themselves in survival mode battling their way out of the eye of a violent tropical storm overnight, suddenly caught in lightning and gale force headwinds. They thought they were lining up for a quick, relatively easy first stage of Leg 7 – but Tropical Storm Alberto had other ideas, quickly changing direction and turning the downwind sailing of Day 1 into a sur... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Life is wet onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 2 of Leg 7. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: I got an email from a friend today that asked how we were doing, what we were up to? The only honest reply I could think of was odd: 'Doing great, thanks. Chasing what's left of a named tropical storm and going fast towards Portugal.' Tis an interesting life we lead.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta covered by ESPN – Air dates announced
Michele Korteweg,
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 32nd edition was held from 1st to 4th March 2012. During the Regatta the ESPN crew came down again to cover this world class sailing event. The crew worked hard on shooting some great footage, they covered all aspects of the event: the sailing, the parties and of course the wonderful island of St. Maarten.... [more]
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Long Beach Race Week preview - Discount entry deadline 4th June
Rich Roberts,
Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week, hosted and organized by the Alamitos Bay and Long Beach Yacht Club, is being held from 22nd to 24th June 2012. Monday, 4th June is the discount entry deadline for the West Coast's largest keelboat regatta. Competitors who register online will get $50 off their fees, which otherwise vary according to boat size.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama gybes to perfection
Sophie Luther,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the North Atlantic is a playing field that Franck Cammas/FRA and Groupama sailing team know well and today, they played Tropical Storm Alberto to perfection, extending their lead by gybing at the critical time. 'We might actually be faster than this low,' said Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand navigator Will Oxley earlier today.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet report brutal conditions
Oliver Dewar,
The four Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) Class40s are into the Gulf Stream, following a brutal first 48 hours at sea, with the wind moving south after an upwind battle in enormous seas, squalls and lightning with teams reporting the worst conditions of the entire circumnavigation. The bold move east on Sunday by Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo with Financial Crisis is continuing to pay... [more]
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Ida Lewis Distance Race welcomes back Youth Challenge
Kirsten Ferguson,
The Ida Lewis Distance Race 2012 is scheduled for Friday, August 17 and will be swarming with fresh talent this year as it welcomes back the Youth Challenge – for sailors between the ages of 14 and 20 – for a third year and adds both a college and high school team to the roster.... [more]
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Atlantic Cup Leg 2 – Thrilling finish for GryphonSolo2
Joe Harris,
Atlantic Cup 2012, presented by 11th Hour Racing, second leg of the three stage race has concluded. Joe Harris onboard GryphonSolo2 provides a progress update: It was a thrilling finish to leg 2 of the Atlantic Cup. As we rounded the turning mark off the New Jersey shore we were fairly deep in the pack and not looking forward to a 200 mile dead beat to windward.... [more]
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The Atlantic Cup - Bodacious Dream captures second leg + Video
Jeff Pomeroy,
The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing completed its second and final leg of offshore racing with No. 118 Bodacious Dream, skippered by Dave Rearick and Matt Scharl, crossing the finish line first with an elapsed time of 38:06:34 on Monday, May 21, to complete the 231 nautical mile leg from New York Harbor to Newport, R.I.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - Final spots taken
ISAF,
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - Netherlands Antilles, Peru and South Africa take the number of nations qualified up to 57 after the 470, Finn and Laser Radial Worlds. The Laser Radial fleet at London 2012 is the second biggest with 39 spots available.... [more]
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Rolex Volcano Race Leg 1 - Close run contest
KPMS,
The Rolex Volcano Race, organised by the International Maxi Association (IMA), first leg has concluded. Marco Rodolfi's Swan 80 Berenice Bis (ITA) has claimed leg one which ran some 100-nautical miles from Gaeta, in southern Italy, to the island of Capri. Berenice Bis was the fifth boat to cross the finishing line in Capri, arriving at 03:53.04 CEST this morning... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race fleet fight against light conditions
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race - It has been another frustrating 24 hours for the ten international teams as light airs and glassy seas continue to disturb the fleet's progress. Visit Finland's tactical gamble to head on a westerly course has seen the team maintain its lead, whilst Gold Coast Australia, De Lage Landen and Geraldton Western Australia strive to outdo one another... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Gulf Stream conveyor belt whisks fleet towards storm
Volvo Ocean Race,
After a light airs start to Leg 7 yesterday, Groupama sailing team have the lead today as northerly winds blowing against the Gulf Stream kick up a choppy sea in the opening stages of the transatlantic leg to Lisbon in Portugal.... [more]
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Chicago Match Race Center Spring Invitational - Intense final day
Chicago Match Race Center,
Chicago Match Race Center's Grade 3 Spring Invitational has been won by Don Wilson and his team of Nathan Hollerbach, Mark Strube and Sam Rogers in a final intense day of match racing in windy and shifty conditions in which no lead was safe. Wilson and team started the day strong, defeating Ben Marden 2-0 in the first-to-two point Quarter-Final round,... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Fleet endures tough reintroduction
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race fleet's first night at sea was wet and lumpy - proving a tough reintroduction to offshore racing following their stopover in Charleston, South Carolina, as they sailed straight into headwinds and cleared the coast of the USA.... [more]
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