How the (Key) West Is Won—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
In North America, there's not a whole lot of sailing that goes on in January...unless, of course, you're one of the fortunate few to sail in Key West Race Week, a true Grand Prix event that's held in one of the best possible places during this normally frigid time.
Boats big and small, including IRC monster's such as Titan XV,Numbers and Bella Mente are all in town, as are large numbers of Melges 24s, Melges 32s, and PHRF sailors, all looking for fast times on the racecourse, and even faster times on the always tempting Duvall Street.
The fleet in the bay of Palma - Vuelta a España a Vela Maria Muina
Competition is close in all classes, with perhaps the most concentration of pro-level sailors in the Melges 24s and Melges 32 classes, with the usual suspects (and a significant newcomer) assuming their typical places high on the leader board. Be sure to check out all the great coverage in this issue, and check the site regularly this week for updates, as they become available.
If you're lucky enough to be in Key West—enjoy (there will be Karmic hell to pay for this fun later!). For the rest of us, be thankful that we live in an age of digital photography and up-to-date Internet reports. For us unlucky lot, it will have to do until the snow melts and the boats get relaunched...
Meanwhile, in offshore circles, the Barcelona World Race is action-packed, as always, with Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron aboard Virbac-Paprec going 'invisible' (or 'ghost' mode, as the race calls it) from yesterday until today. It will be interesting to see how the shadowy French duo (Dick and Peyron) fare against their biggest rival to date, 'Le Professor' Michel Desjoyeaux and Francois Gabart aboard Foncia. Interestingly, both Virbac-Paprec and Foncia stopped in Brazil to make repairs after initially leading the pack. Both boats are now playing catch up, but are already threatening the frontrunners. Stand by for more on this battle as the race plays out.
Until then, live vicariously through Dee Caffari and Anna Corbella on GAES Centros Auditivos. Here's Caffari's report: 'Good progress south today in warm and wet conditions. The sky has been blisteringly hot with the odd cloud and the spray has been continual making everything feel sticky from being caked in salt. The boat is holding up well and Anna and I are taking advantage of this straight line sailing and making good use of indulging in our E-books as we read to switch off and rest. The weather for the next couple of days will see wind speeds drop slightly and then we need to keep a careful eye on the weather ahead to see if we can hook into something to propel us into the motorway around the bottom!'
And finally, in Cup circles, Richard Gladwell was on the water during some AC45 sea-trias. We have exclusive news, images and video.
There is a small backlash happening that could turn into something interesting. A story in a Spanish newspaper claims that Sir Keith Mills, of TeamOrigin, Ernesto Bertarelli, of Alinghi, Patrizio Bertelli, of Luna Rossa Prada, and Grant Dalton, of Team New Zealand, are possible considering a new trophy that could potentially throw shadows over the Cup itself (not likely, but, hey, you never know) using the AC90 boats that Alinghi proposed for the 33rd AC.
Today a spokesperson for Team New Zealand has stated that the story is not true and that it predates certain key announcements from the Defender of the 34th Cup. There have not yet been any statements by the other teams.
Stay tuned for more details on this story as it emerges.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
Key West 2011 delivers classic conditions Bill Wagner, Key West 2011, presented by Nautica, has a Maxi Boat owner defying doctor's orders by driving an entry. Why? Because Key West is one of his favorite places to sail and delivers the rare combination of warmth and wind that 134 boats in 13 classes were treated to on Tuesday.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: AC45 ticks all the boxes on just her second day out Richard Gladwell, Sail-World was very privileged to get a look at the new AC45 sailing on the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf, in conditions that were testing - a 20kts SW breeze, gusting to 26kts. It was very hard, or impossible to find fault with the AC45, which turned in a remarkable performance by any standard and particularly for a multihull.... [more] Share this story
Geoff Stagg talks Farr 40 Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, In February 2011 the Farr 40 fleet will be returning to the waters off Sydney to contest the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. The Farr 40s were last in Sydney for their World Championship in 2005. This week Sail-World talked to Geoff Stagg about the development of the Farr 40's.... [more] Share this story
Key West Race Week images by Leighton O'Connor Leighton O'Connor images, Photographer Leighton O'Connor has sent this gallery of images from Key West Race week 2011... [more] Share this story
Key West Race Week - Melges 32 on a warpath International Melges 32 Class Association, Key West Race Week Melges 32 fleet enjoyed absolutely stunning conditions today. With two additional races complete, Steve Howe on Warpath (Morgan Larson, tactician) now leads the overalls just ahead of Alex Jackson's Leenabarca (Rob Greenhalgh, tactician) in second, followed by overnight leader Doug Douglas on Goombay Smash (Chris Larson, tactician) now third.... [more] Share this story
Team New Zealand deny interest in rival America's Cup circuit Richard Gladwell, A spokesman for Team New Zealand has denied any involvement or relationship with the group said to be organising an alternative monohull competition to the 34th America's Cup. The story, first published in a Spanish newspaper has been doing the rounds in Europe and USA, and names four teams as being involved - being Sir Keith Mills (TeamOrigin), Ernesto Bertarelli (Alinghi), Patrizio Bertelli... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Fleet closing up Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race leaders Estrella Damm slow through the high pressure zone, giving the chasing fleet another chance to regain miles with the South Atlantic elastic band is twanging back this evening.... [more] Share this story
Argo Challenge has Legs Argo Challenge, Argo Challenge has Legs - The Argo Challenge has been working 24/7 in Europe and from the West Coast of the United States to transform Idea Argo into a reality. We have one vision, one value and one dream. We want to compete in the 34th edition of the America's Cup on under the same terms as the other challengers.... [more] Share this story
Heineken 2011 Cape to Rio day four round-up report Marcus Reuter, Heineken 2011 Cape to Rio shows Prodigy, skippered by Durban's Chris Frost, has taken an early stranglehold in the yacht race by staying in the lead for line honours and also moving into first place on handicap.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Worlds - Denmark sets sail towards 2014 Dansk Sejlunion, ISAF Worlds 2014 - Five Danes left today, Tuesday, on their way towards Southampton (England) to present the Danish bid for hosting the ISAF Worlds 2014. The ambition is that all Olympic classes in 2014 will be competing for medals and qualification for the next Olympic Games in the Bay of Aarhus.... [more] Share this story
Key West Race Week - Melges 24 fleet sees Favini take charge Event Media, Key West Race Week - The first day for the Melges 24 fleet was fantastic on many levels. Warm temperatures and subtle breezes brought ideal conditions to the fleet.... [more] Share this story
Australia and France win 2011 470 North American Championships Luissa Smith, Mat Belcher/Malcolm Page (AUS) and Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron (FRA) took the over the line title for the 2011 North American Championships, taking place in Miami, USA from 14-16 January 2011. Both the Australians and French put in fantastic performances to secure victory at this world class event contested by 53 teams from 17 nations.... [more] Share this story
ICAP Leopard on the prowl Louay Habib, ICAP Leopard, Mike Slade's record breaking Maxi, is under going final preparations for a breath-taking season of racing. ICAP Leopard sailed across the Atlantic last November to take part in the first ever, Atlantic Ocean Racing Series. The 100 ft Maxi has a scintillating four-month programme of racing, in some of the most spectacular locations throughout the Caribbean and America.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Hatfield finishes Sprint Two Velux 5 Oceans, Canadian solo sailor Derek Hatfield has taken third place in ocean sprint two of the Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world race.... [more] Share this story
Key West 2011 - Sun and breeze welcomes fleet Bill Wagner, It was beautiful, warm and sunny by the time the fleet of 134 boats headed out to the race course to begin Key West 2011. Bella Mente, a Reichel-Pugh 69 owned by Hap Fauth of Minneapolis, won Race 1 and is just two points behind Titan.... [more] Share this story
Key West Melges 32 - Goombay Smash and Leenabarca rule Joy Dunnigan, Light breezes, warm temps and lumpy, bumpy seas set the stage under partly- to mostly-cloudy skies for the opening day of Key West. With a shift right at the start of race two, a couple of teams found themselves instantly in trouble being called OCS.... [more] Share this story
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta countdown is on Heather Tackling, Caribbean sun, Trade Wind fun and the Planet's Best Sailing Party, the countdown to the 31st St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is on. The inaugural event was over three decades ago.... [more] Share this story
Offshore Racing Congress Sailor Services now available ORC Press, Offshore Racing Congress is pleased to announce its new Sailor Services section is accessible to the public, where anyone may now access any ORC Club or ORC International certificate in the 2009 and 2010 databases for the nominal fee of €10.... [more] Share this story
Heineken Cape to Rio update from Race HQ Race HQ, Heineken Cape to Rio Race started with, the although predicted, Cape Town's notorious souther-easter being mercifully absent. Instead the lighter winds allowed a huge fleet of nearly a hundred spectator boats of all shapes and sizes to see the start.... [more] Share this story
International Rolex Regatta - First timers, veterans and in between Barby MacGowan, International Rolex Regatta - Hundreds of sailors head to the Caribbean each year to compete in the Regatta, and this year, from March 25-27, the three-day event will prove once again--for the 38th time, in fact, that its unique blend of island-style hospitality, competition and camaraderie is the perfect formula... [more] Share this story
Key West Race Week - Will PBO Rigging win Big Booty at Key West? Emma White, Lewmar, Key West Race Week - Following the recent announcement that the IRC are changing the rules relating to fibre rigging in 2011, Navtec have teamed up with Pat Eudy's Lutra 42 programme and have completely re-rigged Big Booty with Navtec Z-System PBO rigging in time for Key West Race Week.... [more] Share this story
Broo Premium Lager Musto HPS Worlds: Images from the Final Day Richard Gladwell, Two races were sailed on the final day of the Broo Premium Lager Musto High Performance Skiff Worlds on Port Phillip Bay. Sadly the big seabreeze which had been threatening all day did not kick in until after racing had finished for the day, however there were some good rides as GBR's Daniel Henderson took a firm grip on the World title as the racing progressed.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: AC45 flying images from Auckland + Video Sail-World Correspondent, The AC45 prototype has her first sail, or rather flight. in Auckland today. One of Sail-World's correspondents was ashore and on the water to capture the action in these original shots.... [more] Share this story
Zac Sunderland talks to full houses at Toronto International Boat Show Greg Nicoll, Featured speaker, world solo circumnavigator Zac Sunderland gave the audience attending the annual boat show in Toronto a very descriptive and often humorous rendition of his exploits sailing around the world.... [more] Share this story
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