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The Adventure Begins - sailing from the US and beyond
New Years are often like distance races: you never know what's going to happen, but you know it's going to be an interesting ride.
Ryan Breymaier - Barcelona World Race Barby MacGowan
This year's Barcelona World Race (BWR), which starts today at 1300 hours local time, in Barcelona, Spain, will send 14 boats, sailed by 28 skippers, nonstop around the world (25,000 miles), unassisted, aboard IMOCA Open 60 monohulls. These over-canvased, canting-keel beasts are capable of mind-numbing speeds...so long as their skippers can stay alert and functional enough to hold on. And with some of the world's hardest sailors racing, count on the competition being fierce and plenty of skippers pressing well into advanced stages of sleep deprivation.
Some BWR names you know include Michel Desjoyeaux, Jean-Pierre Dick, Jean Le Cam, and Dee Caffari. Interestingly, British soloist Alex Thomson, aboard his jet-black Hugo Boss, had to undergo an emergency appendectomy earlier this week, forcing his last-minute withdrawal from the start of the race. Thomson is being replaced aboard Hugo Boss by Wouter Vebraak, but will apparently be back, he will circumnavigate with Andy Meiklejohn. Ryan Breymaier, aboard Neutrogena, is the sole American skipper sailing this year.
We've been bringing you all the Sydney to Hobart news in our separate edition and that will continue.
For plenty of sailors, a solid New Year's resolution is to spend more days sailing; for the BWR skippers, a only goal is to spend as little time as possible racing—an interesting perspective reversal that's highlighted by the race's New
Year's Eve start. While few BWR boats will be popping Champagne bottles come the stroke of midnight, landlocked sailors residing in frozen climes have reason to celebrate: Come January 1, we will have two ocean races to follow (yes, the Velux 5 Oceans Race is still happening, although American Brad Van Liew is looking more than a bit favored at this point), and hopefully more information on the next Cup's location...
...which brings up the point that today is the deadline, as defined by the Protocol, for the Defender of the 34th America's Cup, to announce the venue for AC34. It will be interesting to see how the day plays out as far as Cup announcements, so check back with us throughout the day for the latest news, and keep a few candles lit that the 34th Cup is contended in the USA...preferably on the left coast, but Newport certainly has the history and conditions to put on a wonderful show.
(For those of you who cling to every word that's Cup related, check out Vincenzo Onorato's—owner of Mascalzone Latino, the Challenger of Record for AC34—response to Salvatore Sarno's [owner of Team Shosholoza] thoughts on AC34 in this issue.)
And for those of you who enjoy looking back at 'Years in Review', be sure to check out 'Highlights for US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics', in his issue, which recaps this important building year for USSTAG members.
And from the Sail-World.com/USA team, we wish you and your families a happy, healthy and successful 2011. A new adventure begins!
May the four winds blow you safely home,
Barcelona World Race - And they are off! Barcelona World Race, The 14 IMOCA 60s have started in the Barcelona World Race. Foncia and Groupe Bel each got off with pace to pull away into the lead, while Gaes Centros Auditivos got a good start at the inshore end of the line.... [more] Share this story
Juan Yacht Designs on designing winners for the Volvo Ocean Race Andi Robertson, Volvo Ocean Race - Argentinian designer Juan Kouyoumdjian has designed two Volvo Ocean Race winners, and is looking for another. Andi Robertson talks to the head of Juan Yacht Design.... [more] Share this story
IODA 2010 World Championships - Thai sailors on top after day 2 IODA, This was going to be another tough day where consistency would be so very important. After five races, two sailors have begun to edge out in front – Jirawat Jadklay and Noppakao Poonpat both from Thailand.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Final countdown Barcelona World Race, 28 skippers who form the Barcelona World Race fleet bid farewell to their loved ones and the shore teams. The breeze has built slightly to around 7 knots of north-north-easterly pressure, with a calm sea state. A large spectator boat fleet of around 200 boats has gathered by the exclusion zone around the start line.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Thomson's substitute skipper announced Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race team Hugo Boss have announced the temporary skipper substitute for Alex Thomson. Vebraak, known in crewed racing as ‘Wouter the Router' has considerable experience in weather routing for IMOCA Open 60 teams has raced in crews with Meiklejohn, and competed in the crew of the IMOCA Open Estrella Damm on the last Istanbul Europa Race.... [more] Share this story
Optimist World Sailing Championship - Mixed bag on day one IODA, Once afloat the competitors were met with a mixed bag of conditions. With the breeze continuing to ease, the first three races were completed and the fleet headed home to contemplate the days racing.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Under pressure from the start Barcelona World Race, Light winds and a relatively benign Mediterranean stretch to the Straits of Gibraltar are expected to add to the early stress, putting the duos under immediate pressure. The exit from and the return into the Mediterranean are just two of the key challenges of this unique race.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Temporary skipper for Hugo Boss Barcelona World Race, The team will announce today the name of the temporary substitute skipper who will partner Andy Meiklejohn on board Hugo Boss from the start... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Mirabaud in the favourites MaxComm Communication, Barcelona World Race - Dominique Wavre and Michèle Paret will line up tomorrow on board 'Mirabaud' for the start of the Barcelona World Race: the double-handed non-stop yacht race around the world.... [more] Share this story
The Year in Review - Highlights for US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Dana Paxton, The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics is grateful for every fan, supporter, sponsor, family member and partner, and is looking forward to a successful 2011 as we sail fast toward the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Christophe Bullens set to restart sprint two Velux 5 Oceans, After a catalogue of problems in sprint one, Christophe had less than two weeks to prepare Five Oceans of Smiles too before ocean sprint two start day on December 16. Meanwhile Christophe's fellow ocean racers have been experiencing their toughest challenge to date.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Skippers face the media Barcelona World Race, With less than 48 hours before the start of the second edition of the Barcelona World Race, it was time for 27 of the 28 skippers representing the 14 teams to meet the media in a packed main Moll Barcelona World Race Expo this afternoon.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart – Secret Men's Business 3.5 Overall winner Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, South Australian Geoff Boettcher has sailed his Reichel Pugh Secret Mens Business 3.5 to victory, winning the Tattersall's Cup in his 22nd attempt.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew through speed gate Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans race leader Brad Van Liew has powered though the end of the speed gate in the second sprint of the round the world yacht race... [more] Share this story
America´s Cup - Vincenzo Onorato replies to Salvatore Sarno ValenciaSailing.com, Salvatore Sarno, owner of Team Shosholoza, the first ever America's Cup challenger to come from Africa, stated in a recent interview in the Italian newspaper Quotidiano Nazionale that the 34th America's Cup was very expensive and as a result Shosholoza wouldn't be taking part.... [more] Share this story
Orange Bowl Regatta - Cold but sunny for Youth sailors Coral Reef Yacht Club, Biscayne Bay was covered with boats under the cloudless blue sky. The cold (in the lower 40s) and wind (up to 15 with some gusts to 30) did not stop the 600+ Orange Bowl Regatta sailors in Miami.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans announces new sustainability award Sarah Hames, Solo round the world yacht race rewards skippers for educating about sustainability at sea. Sustainability is at the heart of the Velux 5 Oceans so that's why we've restructured the race prizes to reward skippers who share our passion for all things green.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Friends since their youth Barcelona World Race, The IMOCA Open 60 co-skippers Pachi Rivero (ESP) and Toño Piris (ESP) are one of the strongest partnerships. Here are their thoughts with less than four days to go.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Downwind sailing at last Brad Van Liew, 'The weather has not been kind to us since the Leg 2 restart in Cape Town' reports Brad Van Liew, leader of the Velux 5 Oceans race.... [more] Share this story
Miami Grand Prix regatta canceled for 2011 Peter S. Craig, After very careful review, Premiere Racing has determined that it is in the best interest of the event and prospective competitors to have a one year hiatus with their Miami Grand Prix regatta.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup - Shosholoza will not take part ValenciaSailing.com, Captain Sarno: This America's Cup is very expensive; Shosholoza will not take part. Sarno spoke to the Italian newspaper 'Quotidiano Nazionale' about Shosholoza, the America's Cup and why there won't be any South African entry in this edition.... [more] Share this story
Lightning Boat Grant Applications Due 12/31/10 Lightning Class Association (ILCA), The deadline for the 2011 program is December 31, 2010. The ILCA class website also has reports and video from past years' grantees as well as additional information about the Lightning Class.... [more] Share this story
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