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Today, we bring you the latest from Auckland New Zealand where the AC45 wing has suffered damage in high winds. Lots of wet and wild images from the last sea trial sessions.

One of the most interesting pursuits within sailing is a Jules Verne Record attempt. Here, in this no-holds-barred, round-the-world-fastest record, design is open and adventure is high.

Banque Populaire V on their Jules verne Trophy attempt  Copyright : Team Banque Populaire / BFBP

Last year, the world sat stunned as Franck Cammas and his Groupama maxi trimaran set an astonishing round-the-world fully crewed record of 48 days, 7 hours and 45 minutes. Records being things to be broken, Pascal Bidegorry and his Banque Populaire V, also a maxi-class trimaran, set out recently to chase Groupama's time; thus far their efforts are looking strong, with the team celebrating the world's second fastest passage from Ushant, France, to the Equator, sailing 3575 miles at an average of 25.9. Check out the story and the video in this issue.

Adding to the hunt is singlehander Thomas Colville, who is currently giving chase aboard Sodebo, his maxi-class trimaran, having recently left on a solo, round-the-world record attempt. 'I dropped my buddies in the Channel Four and I approached Ushant, a figure that is always impressive with the island's lighthouse Stiff,' said Colville. 'Arriving on the island Keller, I held a small gennaker and I crossed the line in sea conditions not very easy to be very honest, with a beam swell and winds from north-east between 26 and 30 knots.' Check out the report, the images and the video in this issue.

Virbac-Paprec 3 - Barcelona World Race  Barcelona World Race ©

And in the Barcelona World Race (BWR), a nonstop, round-the-world double-handed race, competition for first place is down to one, at least for now, as Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron enjoy a lead of roughly six hundred miles over their next rival. Yet not all is easy sailing. 'With Loïck we are pretty much focused on the big depression, a bit worrying, which is coming from Madagascar,' reports Dick. 'The depression is generated by the conflict of warm air from Madagascar and the cold polar air. It should hit us just at the time we are at the Crozet gate. There is a strong headwind expected in advance of and behind the front, 40-45 knots and big sea. It is a little bit dangerous, a proper storm. There are several possible scenarios for us to approach it, and we scour the models to see how they agree.' While there are still many thousands of miles still left to sail in the BWR, the real tussle is currently between Iker Martínez and Xabi Fernández aboard Mapfre and Alex Pella and Pepe Ribes aboard Estrella Damm for second place. Be sure to read the latest reports from the fleet in this issue.

Womens Match Race 3rd - Americans Sally Barkow, Elizabeth Kratzig-Burnham, Alana O'Reilly - Rolex Miami OCR  © Rolex/Daniel Forster

And finally, at the Miami OCR, US SAILING Team AlphaGraphics collected a Gold, Silver and Bronze compliments of the usual suspects, namely Paige Railey (gold) in the Laser Radial, and Team Tunnicliffe (Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi) and Team Barkow (Sally Barkow, Alana O'Reilly and Elizabeth Kratzig-Burnham), silver and bronze, respectively, in the Women's Match Racing. Be sure to check out the great regatta reports and the image galleries in this issue.

May the four winds blow you safely home.

David Schmidt, US Editor Sail-World.com

America's Cup: AC45 suffers wing damage in high winds
Jane Eagleson, Americascup.com,
The boat received some minor damage to the trailing edge of the wing in the first gybe of the day out of the Viaduct Harbour but nothing to get in the way of a 30-mile sail in up to 30 knots as the crew opted for a circumnavigation of the iconic Rangitoto Island.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Standings take shape after Rolex Miami OCR
ISAF Sailing World Cup - US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR came to an end over the weekend with Great Britain taking 14 medals to lead the medal table in the International Sailing Federation Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Less than one week to go
Velux 5 Oceans,
There is less than one week to go until the start of sprint three of the Velux 5 Oceans round the world yacht race. Since they finished the gruelling second sprint from Cape Town to Wellington around two weeks, the Velux 5 Oceans skippers have hard at work preparing their Eco 60 ocean racing yachts for their next challenge.... [more]
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America's Cup: On board the AC45 - Wet, Wet, Wet ....
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Images from aboard the prototype AC45 on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour during the Oceanbridge Anniversary Regatta capturing this very wet action - and maybe a glimpse of what we can expect to see in the real thing . Winds in the harbour were recorded at a peak average of 29kts with gusts recorded at 35kts.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 - fast and furious on the Waitemata + Video
Gilles Martin-Raget,
The prototype AC45 was put through her paces again today on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour during the Oceanbridge Anniversary Regatta. Winds in the harbour were recorded at a peak average of 29kts with gusts recorded at 35kts. Not sure what speed the AC45 hit in these images, however she looks fast and wet...... [more]
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Jules Verne - Brian Thompson reports from off Brazilian coast
Brian Thompson,
Another hot night here off the coast of Brasil. Sailing downwind with the full main and biggest gennaker. There are a few rain clouds around, but nothing like last night at this same time of day, when we were stopped for hours in heavy rain. So we are making relatively steady progress, at around 15 to 23 knots, depending on the wind speed.... [more]
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IKA Course Racing Schedule unveiled
Markus Schwendtner,
The International Kiteboarding Association has announced a tentative schedule for 2011. IKA Course Racing Schedule unveiled.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Storm ahead
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race is having Virbac Paprec 3 prepare for Indian Ocean storm, the last third of the fleet facing long, difficult slogs upwind and Ryan Breymaier is today dismayed by levels of plastic pollution.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing design group meets in Auckland - Video
Richard Gladwell,
The design group of the ORACLE Racing Team met in Auckland last week, to map out next steps for the team for the 34th America's Cup. In this YouTube clip from Oracle Racing, Design Coordinator Ian 'Fresh' Burns speaks about the new AC45.... [more]
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Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race Educational sailing seminars
Liz Stott, Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race,
The organisers of America's annual Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race, which many cruising sailors use as a way of travelling from the northern climes of the east coast of the USA to the Caribbean, have an overall mission in which the important part is to provide education for the sailing community.... [more]
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Heineken Cape to Rio - Race update and results for 30th January 2011
Jeanne Van Rooyen,
Potential line honours winner of the 2011 Heineken Cape to Rio Yacht Race, the Durban Yacht Prodigy, was roughly 60 miles off Rio late this afternoon, making a steady 10 knots in a 15 knot north - east wind, and expected to cross the finish line in the early evening.... [more]
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Coville departs - the Round the World chase is on + Video
Sodebo Media,
Top French multihull sailor, Thomas Coville, has left on his round the world circumnavigation attempt, chasing Banque Populaire. Here is a short commentary on his start off Brest, along with images and videos of the departure. 'I dropped my buddies in the Channel Four and I approached Ushant, a figure that is always impressive with the island's lighthouse Stiff.... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR - Ingrid Abery images
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery presents this gallery of images from racing at the Rolex Miami OCR... [more]
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US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR - Silver for Team Tunnicliffe
Anna Tunnicliffe,
US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR was finished with a silver medal. We lost the women's match racing finals 3-1 to France's Claire Leroy and team, who sailed a very good series. The bronze went to our USSTAG teammates, Sally Barkow and team. We are happy with our overall performance this event. However, we do wish we could have back some moments in the finals.... [more]
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US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics collects Gold, Silver and Bronze
Dana Paxton,
Rolex Miami OCR is the second stop on the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup circuit. Wrapping up the gold medal going into today's Laser Radial medal race, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) only had to sail the race and finish.... [more]
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J class regatta announced for Newport, RI
Titch Blachford,
The J Class yachts Velsheda, Ranger and Shamrock V will be participating in the J Class Newport Regatta, the first of a series of global J Class events, culminating in the Hundred Guinea Cup race, Cowes 2012. The J Class will use this regatta to kick off a four regatta programme culminating in a race around the Isle of Wight in July of 2012... [more]
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'Classic' - The Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand
Rob Tickner and Richard Gladwell,
Classic boats are treasured the world over, but this recently launched book concentrates on the classic boats of New Zealand, and in particular rejuvenation of the one of the great classic racing yacht fleets in the world. 'Classic: The Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand' has received outstanding reviews since its launch last month.... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR Day 5 for USSTAG
Dana Paxton,
Rolex Miami OCR had spectacular wind and sunny skies as the backdrop for day 5 of racing in Miami, Fla. In the final day of racing for Paralympic courses, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics' (USSTAG) Scott Whitman (Brick, N.J.) and Julia Dorsett (Westchester, Pa./Boca Raton, Fla.) collected a silver medal in the SKUD-18 (Mixed Two Person Keelboat).... [more]
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Sailing Renaissance GGYC Cup celebration
Sailing Renaissance GGYC Cup had John Arndt (associate publisher Latitude 38) and myself [Tom Huston] organize a meeting and AC34 celebration for the Bay Area sailing advocacy group, and we asked the Golden Gate Yacht Club if they'd set up seating for 30-40 people.... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR 2011 - Medalists in three Paralympic classes
Dana Paxton,
The conditions, though chilly by Florida standards, played out perfectly for medals to be determined in three Paralympic classes, while 10 Olympic classes fought their final battles for the right to compete in tomorrow's medal races, which are comprised of top-ten 'sail-offs' for Finn, 49er, Men's 470, Women's 470, Laser, Laser Radial, Men's RS:X, Women's RS:X and Star classes, and Finals and Peti... [more]
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Images of the Velux 5 Oceans racers in Wellington
Genevieve Howard,
The Velux 5 Oceans has arrived in Wellington for the start of the 5,800-nautical-mile-third leg from the capital to Punta del Este. The four Eco 60 ocean racing yachts are on show at the Race Harbour, alongside the Race Expo at Shed 6 at Queens Wharf... [more]
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Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac 2011 - Race update
Greg Freeman,
Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac 2011 - I am pleased to announce that the Notice and Conditions of Race for the 2011 Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot, is now available... [more]
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America's Cup: New Cup cat purrs 'like F1 car'
Suzanne McFadden,
After declaring the new style of Cup racing under his watch would meet the expectations of the Facebook generation, not that of the Flintstones, Coutts yesterday admitted feeling a little prehistoric sailing the AC45 built to usher in the new era. There were broad hints yesterday that Emirates Team New Zealand is the as-yet unnamed entry.... [more]
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Heineken Cape to Rio Race - 28 January 2011 positions
Marcus Reuter,
Heineken Cape to Rio - Barring an unforeseen disaster, Prodigy will take line honours in the 2011 Heineken Cape to Rio yacht race early Monday morning. Mike Robinson's Ciao Bella is still second, followed by Jon and Andrw Sanders' Perie Banou II, Dale Kushner's Xtra Link, Izivunguvungu (Kader Williams} and Cape Storm (Sean Cummings).... [more]
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