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25 Jan 2013

Pressing forth in the Vendee—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Jean Pierre Dick, Virbac Paprec 3 - 2012 Vendee Globe  © JM Liot / DPPI / Virbac-Paprec Sailing Team
Skipper Jean-Pierre Dick has been making global sailing headlines with his temporary decision to press forth towards the finishing line in the around-the-world-alone-and-unassisted Vendee Globe Race, despite the fact that his highly loaded IMOCA 60, 'Virbac-Paprec 3', lost her keel several days ago. And while skipper Marc Guillemot limped across the finishing line sans his righting-moment appendage in the last edition of the race, Dick is facing much more serious conditions and many more miles than Guillemot had to sail to complete his dream. For Dick, the situation is exponentially frustrating as he had been sitting in third place at the time of his keel failure.

Jean Pierre Dick, Virbac Paprec 3 - 2012 Vendee Globe  © Jean-Pierre Dick / Paprec Virbac / Vendée Globe

'There's only 12-13 knots of wind, in a situation that's not easy for a boat without her keel,' reported Dick. 'I can't use large sails but the ballasts are full to keep some stability... I should sail off the Azores coast around the 27th, there should be around 25 knots of westerly wind there and that will help me see how the boat is doing when the sea and the wind are tougher. Then I'll try to make the right decision based on those elements and some people's opinions.'

Francois Gabart, Macif - 2012 Vendee Globe  © François Gabart / MACIF

At the front of the pack, Francois Gabart ('Macif') continues to hold his advantage over Armel Le Cleac'h ('Banque Populaire') but the margins are not exactly wide enough to give the young Gabart much time to relax. At the time of this writing, 1014 miles separated 'Macif's' bow from the finishing line, while 'Banque Populaire' remained 102 miles astern.

Key West Race Week 2013  Leighton O'Connor ©

Meanwhile, Key West Race Week has been serving up plenty of big-breeze conditions this year, allowing the RC to serve up a full-course menu of top-flight racing. Bright skies and sunshine remain in the forecast for the remainder of the week, giving sailors a perfect opportunity to settle their on-the-water rivalries, which have been ratcheting up all week (at least for this winter). Be sure to get the full KWRW report, as well as some great image galleries, inside this issue.

2013 Key West Race Week - J70s  Tim Wilkes ©

And in Cup circles, the pressure is on for Emirates Team New Zealand as the team works some long hours to try and build a successful challenge. While the team is on the eve of launching their second-generation boat, according to their afterguard, however, there's still a lot of heavy lifting to go. 'We've got a huge amount left to do,' said ENTZ's skipper, Dean Barker. 'In a normal America's Cup cycle we would still have at least a year to go, in terms of how green we are with the boat. You wouldn't normally contemplate launching a brand new concept boat, this close to the start of racing in the old environment.'

Dean Barker on the helm of Emirates Team New Zealand's first AC72 on the Hauraki Gulf.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

As for what this hectic cycle has meant for the team, the answer is overtime. 'It's just brutal,' said Barker. 'You can't afford any problems in engineering, manufacture or build. And as a sailing team we can't have any catastrophes that we create.' ETNZ plans to launch their second-generation AC72 in February, giving them more of a development runway than the rest of the teams...provided, of course, that the design team did their job correctly. Don't miss the great video interview with Barker, inside this issue.

And finally, get the latest scoop on US Sailing's 'Chosen Dozen' juniors who will represent the team at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship (July 13-20), check out the preview for next week's ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami (January 28-February 2), and-for Midwestern sailors in need of some midwinter encouragement-the Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac Committee has now released its NOR for this summer's Chicago-Mackinac Race (July 13). Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Key West Race Week 2013 – 52 Super Series - Tight till the end
52 Super Series,
Key West Race Week has seen a number of tight finishes over the years, but the current neck-to-neck battle between Azzurra and Ran Racing is simply exceptional. After four days of racing, the top two boats remain in a deadlock on 21 points each while Quantum Racing still within striking distance on 22 points.... [more]
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U.S. Olympic Sailing Program appoints new Technical Director
Dana Paxton,
The US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Program has appointed Grant 'Fuzz' Spanhake as the Technical Director of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider.... [more]
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Key West 2013 – Melges 32 - Excellent racing on Day 4
Joy Dunigan,
Key West Race Week 2013 completed another day of racing for the Melges 32 fleet with Andrea Pozzi's Bombarda still lording on top of the standings while Keisuke Suzuki's Swing and Alex Jackson's Leenabarca found themselves in ideal position for a podium finish after 10 races.... [more]
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CYC Race to Mackinac 2013 - NOR and Safety Regulations released
Rachelle Treiber,
The Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac Committee has now released the Notice and Conditions of Race (NOR) and the Mackinac Safety Regulations (MSR) for the 105th Running of the annual event. The documents are available on the Race's website, under Race Documents.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Of Equator crossings and keel-less sailing + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) today on the French version of Vendée Globe LIVE explained his predicament. 'I'm in the high, so there's only 12-13 knots of wind, in a situation that's not easy for a boat without her keel.... [more]
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Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta and Rum Festival - 7 rums onboard
Trish Jenkins,
Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta and Rum Festival organisers are pleased to announce that seven rums from around the region are on board as part of the all-new Rum Festival element of this exciting event on Antigua's yachting calendar.... [more]
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2013 ORC Rules and VPP have been released
ORC,
Following a process of verifying all the new improvements made by the International Technical Committee (ITC), the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) is pleased to announce its 2013 VPP is ready for use by Rating Offices around the world.... [more]
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It's going to get sweet and deep at Ludington Municipal Marina
South Shore Yacht Club,
The Ludington Municipal Marina will be dredged for the Queen's Cup Racers to a Minimum Depth of seven feet and will accommodate about fifty boats in sweet stillness. The Face Dock of the Ludington Waterfront Park will have 12'-16' of depth for the deep draft boats with deeper water one boat width to the West.... [more]
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Day 3 Key West Race Week images from Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor,
Photographer Leighton O'Connor was on deck to capture this gallery of images on day three of Key West Race Week.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - The battle will be bitter to the end
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, it is difficult to know for sure what is really happening in the minds of the leading duo. One thing is certain the battle will be bitter to the end. Just over 1200 miles from the finish at Les Sables d'Olonne, the suspense is gripping in the final strait of the seventh edition of the Vendée Globe.... [more]
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Peter Burling on winning in Foiling Moths
Mark Heeley,
Winner of the Australian Open Moth Championship, Peter Burling (NZL) talks to Mark Heeley about the finer points of sailing a foiling International Moth, and touches on where his Olympic and America's Cup careers are headed.... [more]
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America's Cup: Time running out for Emirates Team New Zealand
Emirates Team NZ,
Emirates Team New Zealand's America's Cup skipper, Dean Barker, talks about the task ahead, as the realisation hits home that 2013 is the year of the America's Cup. There is no next year. And for the longest running America's Cup team, the options are running out, with some hard decisions yet to be made.... [more]
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Key West Race Week 2013 - Heavy air overwhelms 'Moving Day'
Bill Wagner,
Key West Race Week 2013 has already reached its halfway mark on Wednesday, which brought the strongest winds so far of the five-day regatta.... [more]
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US Sailing unveils 'chosen dozen' for the Youth Worlds 2013
US Sailing,
US Sailing announced the 12 young sailors qualified for the 2013 Youth World Team on Wednesday. The selection was based on first-place finishes in their respective classes at US Sailing's 2013 ISAF Youth World Qualifier regatta, hosted by Clearwater Yacht Club from 19-21 January.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Miami ready for international battle
ISAF World Cup,
The Miami leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup is about to begin next week, pitting veterans and fast-rising sailors over a weeklong competition across different classes off Biscayne Bay in Miami from January 28 to February 2.... [more]
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Key West Race Week 2013 - Demanding conditions for TP52 fleet on Day 3
Giuliano Luzzatto,
Key West Race Week 2013 had a demanding sailing conditions on the third day of racing with brisk northeasterly breeze between 16 and 20 knots. Azurra collected two second place finishes to stay in command of the 52 Super Series 2013... [more]
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Key West Race Week 2013 - Pozzi's Bombarda going strong
Joy Dunigan,
Key West 2013 provided bigger breeze conditions for the Melges 32 Fleet on Wednesday as Andrea Pozzi on Bombarda remained on top of the leader board while Vincenzo Onorato on Mascalzone Latino kept within striking distance at second place.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - World class sailors prepare for battle
Jake Fish,
An impressive collection of the greatest Olympic and Paralympic class sailors in the world will take their talents to Biscayne Bay in the second of four stops of the 2012-2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup. Racing at this world class 5-day regatta begins on Monday, January 28 and concludes Saturday, February 2. More than 300 sailors representing 35 countries are expected to participate.... [more]
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Brazil and Austria on top at 470, 49er and 49erFX North Americans
ISAF,
The top of the leader boards at the 470, 49er and 49erFX North American Championships saw two Austrian crews take the 470 Men's and Women's title and two Brazilian crews pick up the skiff honours.... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships NOR released
ISAF,
The Notice of Race (NOR) for the 2013 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship - set to take place in Busan, Korea from 4-9 June - has been released. Organized by the Busan Sailing Federation in conjunction with the Korean Sailing Federation and ISAF, the regatta will welcome the world's top female match racers as they battle it out to claim the title and a share of the $100,000 prize fund.... [more]
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World Optimist Championships - Singapore first nation to sign-up
Elena Giolai,
The World Optimist Championship is set to take place from 15th-26th July at Fraglia Vela Riva and Singapore, top in the world in Optimist championships, has now become the first nation to sign up for the event.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - It's not over until it's over + Video
Vendee Globe,
The Vendee Globe fleet leaders are expected to arrive in Les Sables d'Olonne, Vendée, France either Saturday evening, or Sunday morning. Please visit the website for regular updates. The current plan is that the first three boats crossing the finish line and making their way down the canal will receive LIVE coverage on the Vendée Globe web TV channel hosted by Daily Motion.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Fleet ready for competitive action in Miami
ISAF,
In under one week, the second of four 2012-2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas will get underway in Miami, USA. Whilst the Nacra 17 makes its debut on the international stage, the 49erFX makes its second appearance in the ISAF Sailing World Cup. For all competitors in the eight boat fleet it will be their first competitive action in the women's skiff.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Fine mix of early entries
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
The countdown to competition is underway for the 33rd annual running of the world renowned St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. The 2013 event, including the Gill Commodore's Cup, the pre-regatta warm-up series for the all-out racing classes, is this year scheduled from February 28-March 3.... [more]
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Key West Race Week - Classic, tactical day for J/70 fleet
J/Boats,
This year's Key West Race Week may be one for the history books, with epic wind conditions forecast for the rest of the week- winds ranging from 15-25 kts with partly cloudy days- the sailors will be challenged with getting in a full complement of 10-12 races, depending on their fleets, for the entire week of sailing.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Gabart takes the lead
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe 2012-13 skipper François Gabart, onboard Macif, in his epistle last night to the race HQ explained that his journey through the centre of the Azores High was wrapped in a beautiful rainbow. The young pretender and race leader has elected to sail around the edge of the high, which should enable him to reach the northern ridge as quickly as possible and gather momentum once again... [more]
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Brewing Partnership - America's Cup gets sponsorship from Nespresso
Anna Lundstrom,
Nespresso will join the 2013 America's Cup as the Official Coffee of the event, continuing a strong relationship between the premium portioned coffee pioneer and the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport.... [more]
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Key West Race Week - Strong winds pose challenge for crews
Bill Wagner,
There were a lot of weary bones, aching muscles and exhausted bodies over at The Galleon Dock and Truman Annex on Tuesday afternoon. The sailors on Division 2 of Quantum Key West 2013 completed three races on the second day of the 26th annual regatta.... [more]
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Key West Race Week - Melges 32 fleet completes another perfect day
Mary Catherine Finnerty,
The Melges 32 fleet had another wonderful day of sailing at Quantum Key West 2013, completing all three races scheduled on Tuesday. Andrea Pozzi on Bombarda is sitting on top of the leader board while Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino and Keisuke Suzuki's Swing placing second and third, respectively.... [more]
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52 Super Series - Penalty proves costly for Azzura
Giuliano Luzzatto,
Super Series champion Azzurra remains in striking distance to defend their title after two days of racing, though they have to deal first some tight competition being presented by Sweden's Ran Racing.... [more]
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Key West Race Week 52 Super Series - Competition heating up
52 Super Series,
The 52 Super Series is turning into a tussle between Niklas Zennström's Rán Racing and reigning champion Azzurra heading into the third day of racing at Key West Race Week 2013.... [more]
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