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Living Vicariously - For plenty of us, these are tough times. It's rainy, dark and cold here in Seattle, sub-zero in plenty of other parts of the country, so American sailors who aren't lucky enough to be going to next week's Key West Race Week (they will pay in their next life) need to live vicariously.

Key West Race Week 2010  MIAA

Fortunately, there's plenty on right now to grab your attention.

In offshore circles, Brad Van Liew continues to dominate the Velux 5 Oceans Race despite light winds and slower speeds than he'd like. Currently, the fleet is nearing Wellington, New Zealand after nearly four weeks of serious sailing, with some 1,000 miles left between the front runners and their first cold pint in far too long. 'We've got a pretty serious boat race going on right now,' said Van Liew. 'It's a bummer to have such a big lead and lose it.

American Brad Van Liew gets underway, onboard his yacht Le Pengouin, for the second leg of the Velux 5 Oceans. Photo: Ainhoa Sanchez  Velux 5 Oceans ©

It's actually quite wonderful sailing at the moment but for the last three days I haven't had as much breeze as Gutek and Derek have had. They're killing me! The real scary thing for me is there are a few options here they could play that could see them pass me.' Given Van Liew's outstanding performance thus far, there's probably not too much reason to worry all that hard... A better question might be when the talented Van Liew will step things up and matriculate to the IMOCA 60 class, but that's a different conversation all told...

Foncia and Virbac-Paprec 3 arrive to Barcelona - Barcelona World Race  Manuel Medir

And in the Barcelona World Race, the leaders are approaching the doldrums after enjoying seriously great sailing for the past week. Here, the leader board has not changed, with Virbac-Paprec 3 (Jean Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron) leading the pack, and Foncia (Michel Desjoyeaux and the young Francois Gabart) in second place.

Action is thick—as usual—at the Dragon Worlds, being hosted by the Royal Brighton Yacht Club, in Victoria, Australia. This class consistently draws some of the world's finest sailors, and this year is no exception. Weather has been a bit of a wild card, with everything from rough stuff to shifter stuff. 'It was a hard one to wait around for and once on the water, we had a couple of systems to get over our heads before we felt we could get the race underway,' said Principal Race Officer, Kevin Wilson. 'The breeze was originally at 240 degrees and swung in towards 170. We were delighted to get the race away and see it hold true, with a little phasing to the right.' While there are many excellent teams sailing, American interests are best represented by Australia's Richard Lynn, Ian Olson and their American teammate, the always-fast, always-smart Ron Rosenberg. Racers have a lay day today, with action resuming on Thursday.

Bora Gulari (USA)  Thierry Martinez ©

Meanwhile, at the Moth Worlds, being sailed on Australia's Lake Macquarie, Americans have had a strong showing. The usual suspects, Charlie McKee, Bora Gulari and George Peet are all sailing well, as is Brad Funk, who, despite one terrible finish, is showing real promise in this class. And for those wondering, yes, the super talented Charlie McKee is sailing the controversial hard-wingsail, with somewhat limited results (check out Moth class photographer Thierry Martinez's images of wing failure following a blistering fast first beat). Be sure to check out the great race reports, as well as Howard Wright's great gallery of images (there is also great video footage available in this issue, should that be of interest).

And speaking of wingsails, the first of the AC45s, the small cats that will be used to contest several pre-Cup events, starting in 2011, are nearing completion at Core Composites, in Warkworth, New Zealand. Included in this issue is a great gallery of in-build images (there's also a link to a web cam at Core Composites, so you can follow progress that way as well). Rumor has it that top designers, including Seattle-based great Paul Bieker, are heading to New Zealand this week, so things could be heating up quickly in Warkworth. Stay tuned for more, as it becomes known.

May the four winds blow you safely home.

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Zhik Moth Worlds day 4: Exhilaration turned to 'crash and burn'
Brad Funk,
Zhik Moth Worlds extreme conditions left their marks on me and the boat today. Managed to complete two of the three races but was unable to compete in the third. It was a total physics lesson today with vmg's, displacement and material strength testing.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 - The Video Collection
Richard Gladwell,
The 2011 Zhik Moth World's organisers have produced some great video over the past few weeks, some of which we have inserted into Sail-World stories, however if you have 20 minutes or so, and want to see some great sailing video and hear from the leading sailors in this spectacular class, then roll on..... [more]
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Carnage camera at the Musto Performance Skiff Worlds
Richard Gladwell,
Micro weather systems played merry hell with competitors and race officials at the Broo Premium Lager sponsored Musto Performance Skiff World championship at Black Rock Yacht Club, Melbourne, Australia. However as always with high powered skiffs operating on the edge of control - accidents do happen, and Sail-World's camera caught a few from Day 2 of the World Championship.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week entries up
Charleston Race Week,
Charleston Race Week 2011 race organizers have the kind of problem everyone wishes they had: there are more boats registering than anyone expected!... [more]
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PWA calendar 2011 released
Vivienne Masters,
PWA World Tour 2011 calendar is unveiled boasting 14 events, and three confirmed new destinations.... [more]
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US Sailing's National Sailing Program Symposium - Meet the speakers
US Sailing,
US Sailing's 2011 National Sailing Program Symposium, presented by LaserPerformance, will feature a number of keynote speakers.... [more]
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The 2011 MacMan Race
David Naples,
The Little Current Yacht Club and Mackinac Island Yacht Club are proud to announce the 2011 edition of Island Racing. There is no better place to race then the waters of Northern Lake Huron & the North Channel. This two race event will start on Wednesday July 20th with the running of the MIYC Round the Island Race.... [more]
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2011 Van Isle 360 Yacht Race - Clear ahead!
Janine Bell,
It's back! The 2011 Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race, which runs every other year on the odd year, is back and set to kick off again this June. The dates have been set for June 4 - 18 and this year the Van Isle 360 will be celebrating its eighth running. Registration for this year's event opened on Nov. 30 and entry forms began arriving the very next day setting a new record for early entri... [more]
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Images from Broo Premium Lager Musto HP Skiff Worlds - Day 2
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's camera was out on the water for the action in the only race sailed on Day 2 of the Broo Premium Lager Musto HP Skiff Worlds - Day 2. Two races were initially to be sailed however the ever changing Melbourne weather patterns put paid to that plan - and only on was sailed. Here is the first of two galleries of the action.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Fleet splits as tactics come in to play
Velux 5 Oceans,
Brad and Derek go west, Gutek goes east – who will win?... [more]
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Safety tested at Broo Premium Lager Musto Performance Skiff Worlds
Paul Manning and Sail-World,
Only one race was sailed in the Broo Premium Lager sponsored Musto Performance Skiff World championship at Black Rock Yacht Club, Melbourne, Australia. The first, and as it turned out to be, only race of Day 2 of the World Championships got under way in a warm Northerly breeze at 11:45.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week has opportunity knocking
Louay Habib,
Antigua Sailing Week has less then four months until the start, and entries are coming in fast and plans are well underway to make the most famous regatta in the Caribbean, a truly memorable event. If you want to take part, there are many charter opportunities for groups of friends or individuals to enjoy sailing and partying in one of the best places in the world.... [more]
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Luna Rossa participates in the Extreme Sailing Series 2011
Luna Rossa,
Luna Rossa has started to prepare for the 2011 'Extreme Sailing Series' today. The Extreme Sailing Series is one of the most challenging and spectacular circuits in world-class professional sailing; its 9 international events calendar spans over the entire year 2011, starting on Feb 20th in Muscat, Oman, with a final race scheduled from December 9th to 11th in Singapore.... [more]
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BoatUS News: Design a better life jacket and win $5,000
D. Scott Croft Boat US,
BoatUS wants to know... Are you an armchair inventor with a better way to keep boaters, sailors and anglers afloat? The 'Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition' is calling for out-of-the-box life jacket design entries. However, you only have until the February 1 to submit your idea.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship fleet heads down under
Giles Pearman,
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship next month is gathering a Farr 40 fleetin Australia to contest. Twenty boats have entered to date, representing five countries, and include defending champions Massimo Mezzaroma's Nerone, from Italy.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - The fifth anniversary for Orange Grove
Heather Tackling/St.Maarten Heineken Regatta,
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Since releasing their latest album, Fingerprint, all sails have been hoisted on the Orange Grove ship and the band has been steadily making its way to new frontiers.... [more]
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Moth World Championship images from Howard Wright
Howard Wright IMAGE Professional Photography,
Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography, presents this gallery of images from the Moth World Championship at Belmont, on Lake Macquarie NSW.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 Final Series - Crashes and comebacks
Zhik Moth Worlds,
Rarely dropping below a healthy 18 knot East by Northeasterly, sailors across the fleet had their share of stacks, crashes and comebacks that has opened up the scorecard.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 in final construction and assembly at Warkworth
Images by Ivor Wilkins,
The platform and wingsail for the prototype for the new AC45 is proceeding well at Core Composites - Oracle Racing's building facility in Warkworth, 40 minutes drive north of Auckland. Top photographer, Ivor Wilkins checked out the action earlier this week, and presents these images of the AC45 ahead of their launch next week... [more]
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Key West Race Week - World class talent heading to race
Key West Race Week,
Key West Race Week - World class talent heading to race - When the 24th edition of Key West 2011, presented by Nautica begins next Monday (January 17th) Olympic medalists, world champions and America's Cup veterans will be on the starting line.... [more]
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Bermuda Ocean Race hosts race prep seminar
Linda Hughes,
Annapolis to Bermuda race to be held June 8, 2012 is building momentum and organizers have set up a series of Bermuda Ocean Race (BOR) seminars that feature past participants sharing their experiences. Seminars will focus on boat preparation, crew training and navigation tactics with a question and answer period after.... [more]
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USSTAG WMR 2011 - Last day of racing in Miami for qualifying regatta
Anna Tunnicliffe,
USSTAG WMR 2011 - Today was the last day of racing at the USSTAG Qualifier here in Miami. We had a light air, warm day, quite different from yesterday's conditions.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 - Day 3 closes out the Qualifying Series
Lizzi Rountree,
Just another day at the office for Nathan Outteridge (AUS) who flawlessly handled the gusty 16-18 knot Easterly on Lake Macquarie at the 2011 Zhik Moth Worlds during the final day of the Qualifying Series. In the last start of the day he blasted off the line at 20 knots, after dipping the line from above the start boat.... [more]
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International Dragons – Australians get on the podium
John Curnow,
This is an important feature for a country currently licking its cricketing wounds. For those non-cricket playing countries, I'm sorry, but you'll just have to indulge us for this first paragraph or two. The West Australians have salvaged some of the country's pride with a win on the day and also to be leading the running tally.... [more]
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Rose Bowl Regatta wrap-up
Rich Roberts,
Rose Bowl Regatta top-ranked Boston College won the Collegiate division and Point Loma dominated the high school finish line---no surprises, but it wasn't as easy as that.... [more]
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Two Gates Invitational 2011 - Sunny skies greet skippers and crew
Rick Roberts,
Two Gates Invitational was held Sunday under sunny skies with temperatures in the high 50s while the top East Coast sailing venues are dealing with snow, ice and highs in the low to mid twenties. Not necessarily considered warm, but balmy weather compared to the rest of the country.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race has fast downwind sailing in trade winds for all
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race's top 10 boats order has been fast sailing in the NE'ly trade winds, one of the most enjoyable stages of round the world racing today.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds - a Postcard day,
Zhik Worlds 2010 - A glorious summer day, a 20 knot north easter, 110 foiling moths - we have lots more pictures but here is just a taste of the action.... [more]
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Moth Worlds 2011 – Day 2 Down Under Dominates
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Moth Worlds 2011 – Day 2 The defending World Champion Simon Payne (GBR) sums up, ‘It is pretty clear that the Australian Moth Squad, led by Nathan Outteridge with affiliates like New Zealander Peter Burling who have been training with them, is going well -the time they have put in is paying off. It is great to see. Everyone likes to see people who have worked hard do well.... [more]
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