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01 Apr 2013

AMA delivery and BVI and OD news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Puget Sound  David Schmidt
Last Thursday morning dawned rainy and cold in Seattle when my alarm started chirping at 0430 hours. A 'quick' half hour of physical therapy (PT) for my still-recovering 'bionic' shoulder, a fast cup of tea and a few minutes later my wife dropped me off at Shilshole Bay Marina where I met my friends for a delivery up to Vancouver. The rest of the crew was preparing for the annual Southern Straits Race, but I was just psyched to spend some time on a sweet yacht, reel off a hundred-plus miles and-most importantly-to spend some time on the water after having been forced (by my own 'user errors' in my younger days) to 'invest' so much time 'enjoying' my daily PT and gym sessions.

My surgeon (also a sailor) might have won our battle of wills over racing for this season, but at least I was sliding this delivery past his goal post. After all, the surgeon's order of 'no racing' certainly leaves a lot of grey area regarding activities such as deliveries and 'cruising'!

We slipped our dock lines, donned our foulies and brewed-up some tea. The windless morning lent itself to the Iron Jenny, and by the time we reached Port Townsend, aided by a strong following tide, the clouds parted, the rains abated, and the SUN emerged. (If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you'll understand my use of the caps-lock button and the word 'SUN'!) Still no breeze, but soon the rugged outline of the San Juan Islands hove into view. Few experiences have felt finer in the past year and a half than simply soaking up Vitamin D with my friends, listening to great tunes and savoring my (temporary) removal from the influence of smartphones, email and PT.

Some thirteen hours after debarking from Shileshole, our dock lines were once again made fast, this time at the lovely Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. Four sun-scoured faces sat around the settee, enjoying a splash of fine rum and some age-old sailor's tales (hey, some of them might even have been true!) and it hit me how VITAL it is to simply get out on the water, unplug and ENJOY the fine trappings of the sailing life.

If you haven't been out on the water in a while, I have a simple, one-word bit of advice: Go. Your soul will not regret it's holiday, irrespective of (no) wind, rain and stars, that much I promise!

BVI Spring Regatta 2013  Todd VanSickle

Meanwhile, on sailing's grander stage, the BVI Spring Regatta has been delivering some fantastic racing conditions for the lucky sailors down at Tortolla's Nanny Cay resort and marina. 'I just love coming here, the weather on the East Coast of the States is pretty bad at this time of the year and I love the spirit of the BVI Spring Regatta; it has the right balance of competition and fun,' said Siebe Noordzy, navigator of the Swan 53 'Nai'a'. 'It's my favorite regatta anywhere in the Caribbean.'

BVI Spring Regatta 2013  Todd VanSickle

Racing has wrapped at this time-honored event, so stay tuned to the website for updates, as they unfurl, and be sure to check-out all the great BVI Spring Regatta-related media..

Nacra 17 training in strong winds - 43rd Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapre  © MartinezStudio.es

And in Palma de Mallorca at the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre (ISAF Sailing World Cup), Olympic-class sailors have been enjoying a boisterous start to one of the first serious international events of the 2016 Olympic 'quad'. 'Having lost the Finn selection, in 2012 I only did a few events because I was off doing the AC 45 stuff so I just did the [British] nationals in Falmouth before the Worlds and Sail for Gold and [I] won them both,' said British Finn sailor Giles Scott. ‘So in this next quadrennial there are, for me, some wrongs to correct.'

43rd Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapre  © MartinezStudio.es

Get the full media scoop from this prestigious event by staying tuned to the website for the latest Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre-related news, as it becomes known.

Also be sure to get the latest updates from the Magic Marine Easter Regatta, the OK Dinghy World Championships and the Garda Optimist Meeting 2013.

2013 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival  Leighton O'Connor ©

And finally, don't miss photographer Leighton O'Connor's great image gallery from the BVI Spring Regatta...if you're like me, these sun-soaked images will leave you pondering the true depths of the term 'Against Medical Advice'.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

April 1: As seen by David McCreary of ScuttleButt Europe
David MCreary,
Every year, on April 1, various sailing media around the world follow the lead set, way back from David McCreary of Boats.com/Scuttlebutt Europe. He's in a league of his own on this day, and we don't even bother to try and compete. Here's the 2013 offering:... [more]
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NYYC Invitational Cup - Intense racing set for September
Jan Harley,
The first edition of the NYYC's Invitational Cup took place in 2009 and since then, the resounding success has reignited the tradition of international Corinthian competition between yacht clubs. The biennial event – returning to Newport from September 7-14, 2013 – fuses five days of intense racing with a glamorous social schedule to deliver an unrivaled event for competitors from around the globe... [more]
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Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Day 1 images from Palma de Mallorca
The Sail-World.com Team,
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapre, ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Images from day one for the Laser Standard, Laser Radial, RS:X, 49er and Finn classes.... [more]
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Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre Day 1 - 470 action shots by Thom Touw
The Sail-World.com Team,
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre, ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Photographer Thom Touw was on site in Palma to capture this gallery of images on day one for the 470 Class. Enjoy!... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Wet and wild conditions on day 1
Dana Paxton,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma, the opening day was characterized by wet and wild conditions. With wind gusting in the upper 20s and tall waves the norm, it was a challenging day of racing. Of the 21 U.S. sailors competing, the racing standout result came from Sydney Bolger and Sarah Lihan in the Women's 470, who are in eighth overall after two races.... [more]
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Ficker Cup - An upbeat overture to the 49th Congressional Cup
Rich Roberts,
The Long Beach Yacht Club's Ficker Cup is set to get underway this weekend and an international fleet of ambitious young sailors are lined up, hoping to pluck the lucky ticket on the match racing merry-go-round into next week's 49th Congressional Cup.... [more]
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Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre Day 1 - RS:X action shots by Thom Touw
The Sail-World.com Team,
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Images from day one on the water in the Bay of Palma for the RS:X fleet.... [more]
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ISAF points system cops a spray from Sailing Super coach
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Australia´s 470 Super coach Victor Kovalenko angrily criticizes ISAF Sailing World Cup scoring system. Today at the first World Sailing Cup in Europe, at the 44th Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapre in Palma, Mallorca, Spain, Australia 470 Gold Medalist Mat Belcher and his new crew Will Ryan won both races.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA more foiling in San Fran - Am-Cam video
Oracle Team USA's revamped AC72 USA-17 was videoed again by an independent cameraman who captured the AC72 training on San Francisco Bay, this time in a series of seven videos covering two runs and a gybe. In the set, Oracle Team USA has an interesting day foiling showing a reasonable level of control, but not at the level of stability being displayed by Emirates Team NZ.... [more]
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St. Francis Interconference Regatta 2013 - Shifty and fluky weekend
Jessica Barhydt,
St. Francis Interconference Regatta 2013. Racing for the StFYC Interconference began just after 1100h on Saturday March 30, 2013. Breeze started at seven knots from 260 degree and clocked right to 300 degree.... [more]
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Youth America's Cup 2013 - The Force shines in AC45 + Video
Vince Casalaina,
Youth America's Cup 2013. The American Youth Sailing Force (The Force) trained with Oracle Team USA coaches on AC45 catamarans three days last week and then went sailing with at risk students from San Francisco's Downtown High School showing them first hand that you can follow your passion and earn a living on the water.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta 2013 - Winners announced
Trish Jenkins,
BVI Spring Regatta 2013. The large expanse of the North Atlantic lies just to the North of The British Virgin Islands and on this morning, the competitors got a real taste of it.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Fest - Leighton O'Connor's Day 3 images
Leighton O'Connor,
Photographer Leighton O'Connor was on deck during day three of the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ reveal secret weapon
Emirates Team NZ Media,
34th America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand has been training throughout the southern hemisphere summer in home waters and prior to heading to San Francisco, California, where the racing for the 34th America's Cup set to take place, the team today reveals a new performance enhancing innovation on board the 72-foot multihull.... [more]
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World Sailing Cup Palma 2013 - Giles Scott aims to right some wrongs
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia - Going back to 2011-2012 there was a serious battle for GBR Finn Class Olympic selection. Ben Ainslie just managed to edge out Giles Scott and the rest is history.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta 2013 - A Wild day in Paradise
Trish Jenkins,
BVI Spring Regatta 2013. With 20 knots of easterly funnelling into bullets of pressure of 25 knots, the second day of racing hosted by Nanny Cay Marina produced some electric action in the Sir Francis Drake Channel.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Fest: Day 2 images by Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor,
BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - Day two images by photographer Leighton O'Connor.... [more]
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Trofeo S.A.R Princesa Sophia - Kiteboard irony in Palma
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
An ironic twist to the 44th Trofeo S.A.R Princesa Sophia registration day here in Palma, Spain today. Blazing sunshine and winds of 25 knots plus pushing strong waves ashore, some dozen kiteboarders were blasting along the beach from Club Nautico SÁrenal to Club Maritimo San Antonio de la Playa.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - Leighton O'Connor images
Leighton O'Connor,
On the first day of the 2013 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, photographer Leighton O'Connor was on deck to capture this gallery of images. Enjoy!... [more]
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Block Island Race Week - Early entry deadline fast approaching
Kirsten Ferguson,
Block Island Race Week is set to take place 23-28 June and with the deadline looming for the 10% early entry discount, the event has already seen 160 registrants for its 25th edition. The biennial event is one of the last true race weeks in America with a full five days of racing and includes all of the pleasures of racing on Block Island Sound and discovering the charms of Block Island.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72 ride aboard Oracle Team USA to be auctioned
Richard Gladwell,
Two America's Cup and winners of multiple World Championships, now Paralympians, have joined forces to in a campaign to win a Gold medal in the 2016 Paralympics. To raise finance for their campaign in the three man Sonar class, two of the adversaries in the 2013 America's Cup Regatta, Sir Russell Coutts and Grant Dalton will speak at a dinner in Auckland where a ride on an AC72 will be auctioned... [more]
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