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09 Apr 2013

VOR, AC and Vendee updates—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Official route of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15  Volvo Ocean Race ©
The big headlines in this week's sailing news comes from the fully crewed, around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race, which recently announced the racetrack for the 2014/2015 edition of the race. The race will start on October 4, 2014, in the Spanish city of Alicante, and will take the crews and their newly minted Volvo Ocean 65 One Designs through some of the roughest waters on the planet before ultimately being decided in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Unlike the last edition of the race, the newly announced 39,895 nautical mile course does not appear to contain any piracy zones, although the fleet will sail a lengthy leg from Recife, Brazil, to Abu Dhabi, UAE, along the east coast of Africa.

'We have a route which we are sure will appeal to every serious offshore sailor, full of super-fast, challenging conditions,' said Knut Frostad, CEO of the VOR. 'The Southern Ocean leg from Recife to Abu Dhabi is the most diverse ever presented in the Race and will contribute to what could turn out to be the toughest Race in our 40-year history.'

Volvo Ocean Race - All-female quintet has been announced by Team SCA  Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race ©


Also inside, be sure to get the latest scoop from SCA, the all-women's team that's competing in the next edition of the VOR. The team recently announced that Sam Davies, Annie Lush, Sophie Ciszek, Liz Wardley and Carolijn Brouwer have already made the cut, with the rest of the team to be sorted in the months to come. According to the latest reports, the team will be based in Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands, in order to get in as much serious offshore sailing as possible.

'We have been really impressed by the quality of the candidates coming through,' said Richard Brisius, the team's managing director. 'There is a 10-year gap since the last time there was an all-female crew in this race, and the level of professionalism and competence is much higher now, so clearly none of us is underestimating the task ahead.' Get the full multimedia report, inside this issue.

And for Cup fans, there are plenty of international efforts going into this year's Summer of Racing. According to reports, Luna Rossa Challenge has packed up their toys at their Auckland base after a successful summer of training on the Hauraki Gulf and has shipped their boat, their wings and their sailors to San Francisco, where they are expected to be foiling in May.

Emirates Team New Zealand packing up. Marty Yates and Joe Allen take the coaching TVs to a container. 9/4/2013  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©


Emirates Team New Zealand is also headed for San Francisco, although the Kiwis are a few weeks astern of their Italian-flagged friends. According to reports, some 31 containers will leave ETNZ's Auckland base this week alone. Inside, get the full story on ETNZ's antipodean departure, and check out the image gallery that details the huge amount of team effort required to move a professional sailing team from one side of the planet to the other.

Oracle Team USA - March 2013  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing©


And stateside, Oracle Team USA is taking advantage of the fact that their training waters are also the racecourse waters, enabling them to log a few extra weeks of foil time while their competition contemplates exactly how far Auckland is from SFO. Given the massive time penalty that Oracle triggered when they flipped their first-generation AC72 on October 16, 2012, this extra time cushion likely falls into the 'mandatory', rather than the 'luxury' category, although judging by recent multimedia report from Oracle (inside) it looks as though the American-fagged team is rapidly finding their pace with their highly modified first-generation AC72.

President of the French Republic received all of the Vendee Globe skippers  Vincent Curutchet / DPPI / Vendée Globe ©


Also in offshore circles, word has emerged that the President of the French Republic recently presented Francois Gabart, the walk-away winner of the 2012/2013 edition of the Vendee Globe, with the Chevalier De la Legion d'Honneur insignia at a ceremony held for all the starting skippers from the most recent Vendee. 'The ceremony was a great way to enhance the sporting and human values of exceptional men and women,' said Bruno Retailleau, President of the SAEM Vendée. 'The audacity and the dream they gave take every single French people in their wake.' Get the full report, inside.

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2013 - Race Fleet dockside in Gustavia Harbour  © Tim Wright / Les Voiles de St Barth


And finally, be sure to also check out news from the ongoing Les Voiles de St. Barth (April 8 to April 13) and the upcoming Antigua Sailing Week (April 27-May 3), and don't miss the latest reports from Act 2 of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series (April 11 to 14).

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ starts packing for San Francisco
Sail-World,
Emirates Team NZ have started the pack out of their base in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. 31 containers holding everything from office furniture and tent structures to hydraulics and engineering workshops will leave the base this week alone.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Extreme Sailing Team prepare for Act 2
Jo Uffendell,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 gets underway in Singapore between 11th and 14th April. The SAP Extreme Sailing Team are currently onsite preparing for Act 2. Ahead of the second stage of the circuit, co-skippers Rasmus Kostner and Jes-Gram Hansen have been busy analysing and reflecting on their performance during the first Act of the Extreme Sailing Series circuit.... [more]
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America's Cup: Australia II replay of 30th win anniversary special
Sail-World.com,
The story of Australia II and the campaign to win the 1983 America's Cup featured on ABC TV's Australian Story tonight. Click on this link to see the replay of Part 1 of the two part series... [more]
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America's Cup: Image gallery - Oracle Team USA training in San Fran
Oracle Racing,
Oracle Team USA have been putting in the training time in San Francisco getting the wrinkles out of Oracle Team USA 17, as their rebuilt AC72 is known, and ahead of the launch of their second AC72 later this month. Also featured is an interview from the America's Cup UnCut series with wing trimmer Dirk de Ridder... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth - 60 yachts and crew prepare for the start
Fabrice Thomazeau,
Les Voiles de St. Barth gets underway tomorrow and with winter weather persisting in northern parts of the U.S. and Europe, sailors could be envied for heading to the Caribbean to extend their racing calendars. As it is, over 60 yachts and crew are currently on the island of St Barths, in the French West Indies.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 8 April 2013
ISAF,
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 8 April 2013 have been released. A total of 17 nations take 30 of the top three ranking positions. Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) hold a perfect Men's 470 ranking score whilst ISAF Sailing World Cup 49er winners Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel (GER) target top five in the world.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - President of the French Republic receives skippers
Bruno Retailleau, Vendee Globe,
On Monday, April 8 at 12:30 pm, the President of the French Republic received all of the Vendée Globe skippers and handed on this occasion the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur insignia to François Gabart, winner of this year's edition.... [more]
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Thames Street exhibit to mark new chapter for Museum of Yachting
Cynthia Goss,
The Museum of Yachting's forthcoming exhibition will feature a diverse collection of Newport yachting and coastal scenes. The exhibit will include artwork done in different mediums from the 19th century to contemporary times to give both residents and visitors alike a look at the rich and varied history of yachting in this New England city.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week action on the way
Louay Habib,
The 46th Antigua Sailing Week is on the way and over 100 yachts from all over the world are expected to compete. The week-long event is considered the 'last night at the prom' for international racing boats in the Caribbean and months of careful preparation will deliver a spectacular finale both on the water and ashore for a truly astounding collection of sailors from the four corners of the earth... [more]
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Ficker Cup - Dickson follows Canfield into Congressional Cup
Rich Roberts,
Taylor Canfield and Scott Dickson already had their Congressional Cup berths locked up when they raced into the championship match of Long Beach Yacht Club's Ficker Cup Sunday but, win or lose, that was important. Dickson said, 'I just enjoy going head to head with the best guys in the world.'... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Final day video interviews
Daniel Smith,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapre drew to a close in Palma de Mallorca on Saturday 6th April 2013. Following are video interviews with Italy's Flavia Tartaglini, Netherlands Mandy Mulder and Thijs Visser, New Zelands Andy Maloney and Australia's Mat Belcher and Will Ryan... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race : Full route for 2014/15 race is announced
Volvo Ocean Race,
The French city of Lorient will return as the penultimate stopover in the Volvo Ocean Race for the 12th edition in 2014-15, completing a route that will test the world's best professional sailors to the limit in a race around the world lasting almost nine months and 40,000 nautical miles.... [more]
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Ficker Cup - Who will Canfield pick to race in Sunday's semifinals?
Rich Roberts,
Who will Taylor Canfield pick to race in Sunday's semifinals of the Long Beach Yacht Club's Ficker Cup? It may be Japan's Waturu Sakamoto ... and if Sakamoto were to win that match and ultimately the Ficker, would he collect a local crew to race in next week's 49th Congressional Cup, while tactician Laurie Jury takes the Japanese crew into the Congressional, as originally planned?... [more]
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America's Cup: Hall of Famer dies in San Diego at 95
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup Hall of Fame member, Jack Sutphen, passed away peacefully at his home in San Diego on March 24, at the age of 95 years. Best known as a key part of the trial horse crew for Dennis Conner's America's Cup campaigns, Sutphen's relationship with Conner had its genesis in 1974, when he was replaced by Conner as tactician aboard the 12 metre Courageous.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2013 - US bags bronze on final day
Dana Paxton,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2013. On the final day of racing at 44 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE 2013, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider's Anne Haeger and Briana Provancha captured a bronze medal in Women's 470. .... [more]
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Ficker Cup - Dickson's 'AARP' crew off to 5-0 start
Rich Roberts,
So go figure how it is that in an event billing 'an international fleet of ambitious young sailors' hoping to qualify for next week's 49th Congressional Cup, the team on top after day one of the Long Beach Yacht Club's Ficker Cup has an average age of 41.... [more]
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US Grand Slam Series open for entries
Stephanie Roble, CMRC,
The 2013 US Grand Slam Match Racing Series is coming up and organizers of the four events are pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for invitation to each of their ISAF Grade 2 match race regattas being held in August and September.... [more]
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