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One of the coolest sailing stories to emerge from 2010 was Groupama's Jules Verne record last spring. Not only did this feat win Stan Honey the 2010 US Sailing Rolex US Yachtsman of the Year Award, but it also lowered the around-the-world fully crewed circumnavigation time to a mere 48 days 7 hours and 44 minutes—not much time at all to reel off a whole lot of miles.

This past Saturday, the even bigger trimaran Banque Populaire set out from Port du Chateau in Brest, France and crossed the official starting line off Ushant just after 1100 hours local time to begin their own attempt at the record. 'We will be leaving downwind and sailing around a depression,' said skipper Pascal Bidegorry, prior to setting off. 'We have been waiting for this moment for a long time and we cannot let this opportunity go. I am really excited to be going to sea and I really think that we deserve it. These stand-by periods are somewhat painful and I am really looking forward to saying that we are in the Jules Verne Trophy, the objective of the past four years. This is a great moment in my life.'

Groupama heads for the start of the Jules Verne Trophy  Yvan Zedda ©

Some perspective was had when Bidegorry and company talked to the current record holders—the Groupama lads, themselves also offshore but on a Volvo Open 70 monohull, training for the next Volvo Ocean Race—yesterday morning. 'It's a great adventure which awaits them; a human story involving fourteen men and some very technical navigation with a large, fine boat,' said Franck Cammas, the skipper of Groupama. 'They have all the ingredients to sail a great course. I hope they get all the way around, which is something that is never easy on this type of course and as it's their first attempt, there are always questions.'

Banque Populaire V crosses the start line en route to the Jules Verne Trophy attempt  BPCE/ Benoit Stichelbaut ©

Stay tuned for more on Banque Populaire's effort as it becomes known.

And in the Barcelona World Race, Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron aboard Virbac Paprec 3 have reclaimed the lead. But stirring spice into the stew is the fact that Michel Desjoyeaux and Francois Gabart aboard Foncia went into 'stealth' mode over the weekend, vanishing from the rankings until Tuesday morning. This wild card aside, the fact that Dick and Peyron caught the fleet so quickly and decisively after their pit stop in Brazil is a good indication of this duo's strength. Currently, Desjoyeaux and Gabart seem to be the best suited to seriously offer chase, but there are still a lot of miles to sail before the race is over.

Also, be sure to check out the great coverage of the new AC45 wingsail catamarans in this issue. This class is barely a week old, but is quickly turning heads and impressing many talented sailors with its agility, speed, power and close-windedness. The future keeps looking brighter for AC34.

May the four winds blow you safely home.

David Schmidt

Gladwell's Line: Will the cat cut the mustard at the America's Cup?
Richard Gladwell,
or the past few months we've been following the construction of the AC45 in Warkworth, and this week had our first glimpse of her out sailing. We've been skeptical of many of the claims made for the use of large catamarans, in the America's Cup. Particularly when those comments are made by people we know have very little sailing experience, and are just talking up the market.... [more]
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America's Cup: Murray Jones on the AC45 at 25kts plus
Richard Gladwell,
Murray Jones is referred to as 'The Captain' in Oracle Racing circles. A recent convert from Team Alinghi, Jones is one of New Zealand's most accomplished sailors going right back into the 470 class where he and Andy Knowles were the NZ nomination for the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. Sail-World caught up with him, just after he stepped onto the dock, after just the second day of sailing aboard the... [more]
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A marriage made in heaven? US SAILING and Sailors for the Sea
US SAILING/Sail-World Cruising,
In a move that could see dedication to preservation of the maritime environment cemented into the culture of sailing in America, US SAILING, the USA's National Governing Body of the sport, has proudly announced a new partnership with Sailors for the Sea, an ocean conservation nonprofit organization focused on the sailing and boating community.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Team Extreme latest entry
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series welcomes the latest team to join the 2011 global circuit, taking the tally up to 11 world class teams. ‘Team Extreme' will be skippered by experienced Olympic multihull sailor Roland Gaebler: 'Together with our team we are proud to be part of this Series and we cannot wait to see the other legendary teams show up. We are very proud to sail with such great sailors'.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans: Chris Stanmore-Major arrives in Wellington
Velux 5 Oceans,
Chris Stanmore-Major known as CSM, is the fourth and final skipper to complete the leg from Cape Town in South Africa to Wellington. The third sprint to Punta del Este in Uruguay starts on February 6.... [more]
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64th Newport to Ensenada: Cabrillo never knew how much fun it would be
Rich Roberts,
64th Newport to Ensenada is a tradition Don Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo could never have imagined when the Portuguese navigator brought the first two foreign vessels into lonely Todos Santos Bay on Mexico's Baja California peninsula in 1542.... [more]
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Heineken Cape to Rio 2011: City of Cape Town clocks 213 nm in 24 hrs
Rod Taylor,
2011 Heineken Cape to Rio Yacht Race update. Gerry Hegie's City of Cape Town still leads the race on handicap and clocked 213nm yesterday. Prodigy and City of Cape Town were the only boats to exceed 200nm.... [more]
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Opti sailors set World Record at Weymouth
Cailah Leask,
Guinness World RecordTM set for the ‘Largest Parade of Boats' with the International Optimist Class Association. The record took place on July 25, 2010 within the waters of Weymouth and Portland featuring over 300 young Optimist sailors. Requirements to set the new world record were extensive; requiring 300 plus people, all holding a full licence for their boat to sail a set course.... [more]
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ISAF 2011 WMRT - Exciting mix of tour card holders unveiled
World Match Racing Tour,
The line up of Tour Card Holders for the 2011 ISAF World Match Racing Tour has been unveiled and features an exciting mix of former World Champions, established Olympic and America's Cup campaigners and some of the hottest young stars on the global match racing circuit.... [more]
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An evening with Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge Part II
Audi Victoria Week 2011 -An unbelieveably talented duo continue their good work down in Geelong, Australia. Nathan Outteridge has just won six SB3 races in a row on Corio Bay and his mate Tom Slingsby has just delivered four wins in a row, as tactician on Marcus Blackmore's TP52 Hooligan. Oh yes they have sailed a few other boats.... [more]
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New Kiteboarding Competition Rules finalised
A new version of the Kiteboarding Competition Rules has been finalised by the ISAF Racing Rules Working Party and is available to view now.... [more]
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US Sailing's 2011 Rolex Miami OCR - a big day ahead
Dana Paxton,
The day before a big game is always important, and for 716 sailors signed up to start racing tomorrow at US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, there was plenty to accomplish today between final registration and sail measurement at the U.S. Sailing Center in Coconut Grove.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race games of cunning and speed
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race lead was reclaimed by Virbac Paprec 3 this morning and afterwards they look set to remain at the head of the rankings until at least 0500hrs on Tuesday January 25. That's because the third boat to deal their ‘joker' card and opt for ‘stealth mode' is Foncia, their nearest rival and previous race leader.... [more]
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Miami Rolex OCR Regatta 2011 pre-tensions for Team Tunnicliffe
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Miami Rolex OCR Regatta 2011 has tension within the house rising on the eve. But not for the regatta, we are very relaxed about the event. The tension is for the big game tonight (oh, and the one this afternoon). We are split 2-2 for the Steelers-Jets, and the trash talking has been going on all week long.... [more]
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Heineken Cape to Rio - Race update on City of Cape Town
Rob Taylor,
Heineken Cape to Rio - He's been tipped by one of South Africa's greatest sailors to go all the way and so far Gerry Hegie has not disappointed in the 2011 Cape to Rio yacht race.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama encourages everyone to enjoy the course
Groupama - Franck Cammas,
Jules Verne Race - Contacted by telephone on Sunday morning, as they were sailing offshore of the Portuguese coast aboard the monohull Groupama 70... [more]
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An evening with Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge – Part I
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Two Australian sailors are starring at the 2011 Audi Victoria Week, Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge. Outteridge after winning the Audi King of Docklands SB3 event is now leading the SB3 series. ISAF sailor of the year Slingsby is calling tactics on todays IRC Division A double winner Hooligan. Today we publish the first part of a three part interview series with them both.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Groupe Bels gains
Barcelona World Race,
Showing the way to first gateway to the south, Foncia remains in the lead of the Barcelona World Race as the widespread slowdown across the fleet continues.... [more]
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US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Awards 2010
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Awards were presented by Olympic Sailing Program to the 2010 team members who achieved excellence in the following categories in 2010: Breakthrough Performance, Most Improved Fitness, Best Teammate, Best Individual Performance, Best Team Performance, and Commercial Award, and Outstanding Service to the Team.... [more]
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America's Cup: Launching the AC45 - not that difficult?
Richard Gladwell,
Erecting the wingsail and launching the wingsailed AC45, and her larger sister the AC72, were expected to pose some problems for the America's Cup team support team crews. In monohull terms it is like trying to launch an ACC yacht with her sails up. In this series of photos and video we show how the Oracle Racing shore, design and build team have worked to overcome these issues.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Duo aboard Virbac Paprec 3 setting the pace
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - The Virbac Paprec 3 duo's total mileage peaked earlier today at 516.37 nautical miles, achieved between 0900hrs (UTC) yesterday morning and 0900 today.... [more]
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Banque Populaire V left today on her Jules Verne Trophy record attempt
Voile Banque Populaire,
The boat and the crew have been set for weeks. They set off this morning from the Port du Chateau in Brest and crossed the start line off Ushant at 11h11m45sec (UTC) for the Maxi Trimaran Banque Populaire's first attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy. Pascal Bidegorry and his 13 crew have to be back in less than 48 days, 7 hours, 44 minutes and 52 seconds in order to beat the record time.... [more]
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Heineken Cape to Rio - Race update and results 22 January 2011
Jeanne Van Rooyen,
Heineken Cape to Rio - Hi-tech yacht Prodigy ran out of breeze in the South Atlantic on Friday and according to navigator Wolf Seitz was not going anywhere in a hurry after seven days of racing... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Virbac Paprec 3 covers 516 miles in 24 hours
Barcelona World Race,
Virbac Paprec 3, currently lying second in the Barcelona World Race has sailed 516 nautical miles over the past 24 hours, potentially establishing a new speed record for the IMOCA 60 class.... [more]
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Key West Race Week - Images of day five by Leighton Oconnor
Leighton Oconnor,
Photographer Leighton Oconnor has been on the water again - Key West Race day five... [more]
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Clarke and Bjorn Sailing Team Key West winners
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Clarke and Bjorn Sailing Team is on a regatta-a-week regimen. After a weekend Star regatta and an offshore sprint from Fort Lauderdale to Key West, Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn pulled out a victory in Key West 2011's IRC1 Division aboard Vela Veloce, Richard Oland's Holland 52.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 Video - Charlie McKee talks about the Wing Sail
Zhik Moth Worlds 2011,
Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 video.... [more]
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Key West Race Week - Day 4 photos and video by Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor images,
Key West Race Week - Day 4 photos and video.... [more]
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US Sailing awards Hanson Medals for rescues made on Lake Michigan
Jake Fish,
US Sailing's Safety at Sea Committee has awarded an Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal to two Chicago Yacht Club sailing instructors for rescuing a pair of sailors on Lake Michigan on October 2, 2010.... [more]
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Key West Race Week perfection
Farr 30,
Key West Race Week has been near perfection! Following an overnight down pour on Sunday night that lasted hours, Monday was a 'Chamber of Commerce Day!' Warm, breezy conditions prevailed.Key West Race Week has been near perfection! Following an overnight down pour on Sunday night that lasted hours, Monday was a 'Chamber of Commerce Day!' Warm, breezy conditions prevailed.... [more]
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