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Sail-World USA: 1 March 2010

"We passed within three miles of Auckland Island, which is the first land we've seen since setting out from Ushant..." - Groupama 3 - Jules Verne Trophy  Groupama - Franck Cammas ©
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 1 March 2010.

In the Southern Ocean, Franck Cammas and crew, including super-navigator, Stan Honey (USA) are ahead of the mark required to take the Jules Verne Trophy for a record non-stop circumnavigation. However a major storm from the Pacific Ocean as caused them to divert, and their lead of over 500nm has reduced to 340nm as a result of the diversion to miss the worst of the storm.

They expect to flick off the associated wind system and round Cape Horn on Wednesday night pr Thursday morning. We have the updates and images in this edition

On Saturday, we produced the final edition of our America's Cup newsletter which featured a lot of new material. Last night we obtained the links for the video recordings from BMW Oracle Racing of the sessions held at their base in Valencia.

Crewing on USA-17, Brad Webb (NZL) (nearest the camera) explains in one of the videos added to Sail-World  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

These media only sessions covered a lot of the technology used on USA-17 - arguably the world's most advanced sailing yacht. Even skipper Jimmy Spithill had a new add-on for his standard sunglasses - one small feature which made for a considerable weight saving in the boat. In this edition, we have linked the videos into the stories that were formerly audio only. And, we'll be putting up additional stories to break out more of these videos this week. The final Media Conference is also available.

The America's Cup was a pretty good month for Sail-World, with unique readers (circulation in magazine terms) being almost 160% of February 2009, and with total readership (visits to Sail-World ) being up by a similar amount. On an month equalised basis (given that February is a short month), Sail-World now has over 209,000 unique visitors per month and a total visits of 470,000 per month. The volume of material downloaded is now 250% of that downloaded just a year ago.

01-02/2010 - Valencia (ESP) - 33rd America's Cup - BMW ORACLE Racing - Training in Valencia  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

While January 2010 was also a record month for Sail-World, however February 2010 jumped to 125% of the previous month - on a straight comparison basis (28 days in February compared to 31 days in January). Peak readership was recorded on the opening day of the America's Cup, with almost 30,000 visitors in one day! Compare that with a monthly magazine circulation!

In a market that is noted for stagnant circulation and hit by recession, these numbers and growth are very impressive indeed, and we must be doing something right! Many thanks for your support of Sail-World.

Sally Barkow and her crew were nearly unbeatable as they raced into history to be the first all-woman team to sail into the Congressional Cup and will be back again in 2010  Rick Roberts ©

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Skipper Tony Rey, Crew Bill Bennett & Chris Busch - Won the Etchells Jaguar Series 2010, Event 3 - Florida State Championship  John Payne

Many thanks for your help and input, we're here to help sailing, and help those who wish to help themselves.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
US Editor

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Franck Cammas,
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America's Cup: Crewing USA-17 + Video
Richard Gladwell,
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Richard Gladwell.,
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Richard Gladwell,
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Richard Gladwell.,
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