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.
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.
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!
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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
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Jules Verne Trophy - Hunkering down in the storm Franck Cammas, Groupama 3 has been forced to distance herself from the direct route towards the Horn in order to skirt around a very fast low, which is circulating around sixty degrees or so South. The sea state is making the life of Franck Cammas and his men, tough, tiring and very wet. Under two reefs in the mainsail and staysail, the giant trimaran is driving hard towards the ENE to avoid the most violent... [more] Share this story
Release of Stu Walker's New Book - The Code of Competition Stuart Walker, This is a breakthrough book which reveals how an inherited code of altruism entices competitors to competition and requires them to compete in accordance with its precepts.... [more] Share this story
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Etchells Jaguar Series 2010 - Florida State Championship wrap up Paige Brooks, The third in a series of four race weekends of the Etchells Jaguar Series is now a wrap, leaving triumphant victories and devastating losses. Tony Rey, sailing for George Andreadis on Etchells 1368 sailed on the water like a gold medal figure skater - gaining points with every turn and making the whole competition look like a cinch... [more] Share this story
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America's Cup: Crewing USA-17 + Video Richard Gladwell, Four members of BMW Oracle Racing's crew explain what it is like to crew USA-17, includes Brad Webb (NZL) Bowman; Max Sirena (ITA) Foredeck and middle of the boat; Dirk de Ridder (NED) Winsail Trimmer; and Mattie Mason ( Boat Director/Floater.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup - Streaming on Sail-World.com - All the video archive Richard Gladwell. Sail-World.com, Watch Live Streaming from Valencia via the BMW ORACLE Racing video player here on Sail-World.com. All the video broadcast by BMW Oracle Racing including the Media Conferences on Design, Crewing and Technology held during the racing are here. If you go to our America's Cup section they are individually broken out with a short introduction to each.... [more] Share this story
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BMW Oracle Racing's design team explain USA-17's winning Technology Richard Gladwell, Mike Drummond and several members of the Design and Technology team from BMW Oracle Racing give the low-down on the technology behind BMW Oracle Racing including the development of the wingsail and some of the gadgets worn by the crew and the wireless technology employed on board. Full video... [more] Share this story
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