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'I have sailed across the Atlantic five times and the last trip back from Costa Rica was pretty bad with plastic [garbage],' reported Ryan Breymaier, the lone American sailing in the Barcelona World Race (BWR) aboard the IMOCA 60 Neutrogena.

Lara and Silvia Sicouri - F16 Euro Challenge 2010  Carlo Restano

'But now having crossed the equator and sailed into the Southern Hemisphere, all along the periphery of the South Atlantic there was nothing but trash in the water constantly.'

While the garbage situation should be enough to break any ocean sailor's heart, the other interesting fact is that the weather in the Southern Ocean - as in many places these days - also seems a bit off kilter, with the fleet experiencing lighter-than average conditions.

'The Southern Ocean is usually regarded as such a big feat because it is one and a half months of unrelenting weather,' continues Breymaier. 'People say that it is no big deal for a couple of days but that the long period of time exposed to the extreme conditions is what makes it difficult.' It will be interesting to see how the Southern Ocean treats the fleet during the rest of their passage.

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

Meanwhile, in the front of the BWR pack, Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron aboard Virbac-Paprec 3 remain unchallenged, although their lead—once a whopping 746 miles—has been reduced a bit by the hard-charging Olympians Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez aboard Mapfre. The battle to watch for the next few days is between Estrella Damm (Alex Pella and Pepe Ribes) and Group Bel (Kito de Pavant and Sébastien Audigane). While the fleet has been at sea for over a month, there are still plenty of miles to go, so stay tuned.

And lastly, the 131-foot maxi trimaran Banque Populaire Vwas finally hitting the fast conditions that her crew hopes will allow her to set a new Jules Verne record. The team has been making some impressive mileage runs in the past few days, with smiles replacing frustration aboard the big trimaran. But latest news is not so good, as they hit an unidentified object in the water at 37 knots! More in this issue.

AC45 - Sea Trials - Auckland  Gilles Martin-Raget/

Fans of the new AC45 class of wingsail-powered catamarans will be pleased to see that youngsters are already getting onboard, as this class was designed to be serve as a gateway to Cup sailing for younger sailors.

Just recently, Chris Steele, 18, a former Opti World Champion, got to go for a ride, and even got to take the helm from RC himself. 'I was really lucky to get on the boat but I didn't think I would get to steer it,' reported Steele. 'It was awesome and really fun. It's a really nice boat to sail ... I didn't even realize how fast we were going.' More to the point, Steele also noted that, 'it's really good for the youth guys. Up until now, it was a real process to get into the Cup.

With this it seems like they're trying to develop the youth guys.' Check out the story in this issue. Also, be sure to check out Gilles Martin-Raget's onboard gallery of images, in this issue, as well as the series of ten videos that were shot and edited by respected video cameraman George Johns. Pull up a chair, and enjoy the show.

May the four winds blow you safely home.

David Schmidt, US Editor

America's Cup: Images from On-Board and Sail Auckland
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, has been on the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf again, shooting the prototype AC45 ahead of her handover to America's Cup Regatta Management next week, and the training by entered teams shortly thereafter.... [more]
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Maxi Banque Populaire V damaged in crash with unidentified object
Banque Populaire V,
Pascal Bidégorry, the maxi trimiran's skipper spoke by telephone: 'This night, we immediately felt the effect of the shock but Banque Populaire V did not stop. We made the decision to stop and check. We spent one hour in the black night, it was not easy to examin the damage. What is sure is that the crash landing-box is torn off.... [more]
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Heineken Cape to Rio 2011 - Latest from Race HQ
Jeanne van Rooyen,
Heineken Cape to Rio - Despite a diversion in mid-Atlantic to help another yacht which had run out of water, Dale Kushner's Xtra-Link arrived in Rio on Friday morning to take third place on handicap in the Heineken Cape to Rio yacht race.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Back to reality, back to life for skippers
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - There was a certain ‘morning after the night before' mood evident among the skippers who were contacted by audio and video today.... [more]
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An evening with Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge Part III,
Interview with Nathan Outteridge and Tom Slingsby. In Part III, the Question and Answer session, we will discover why Nathan's nick name is George and why Tom is so fast at post capsize recovery.... [more]
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America's Cup: Mr Integrity appointed to America's Cup Race Management
America's Cup Media and Sail-World,
Harold Bennett, the New Zealander, who has been a race officer for the last four editions of the America's Cup, will be the Director of On-Water Operations and Assistant Principal Race Officer. 'Harold has vast experience in America's Cup race management over the last decade,' said Iain Murray, Regatta Director and CEO America's Cup Race Management... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 fleet builds
Michael Levitt,
Entries are approaching 25 yachts for this summer's Transatlantic Race 2011 (TR2011). Covering 2,975 miles from Newport, R.I., to the Lizard in England, the race will begin near the New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court clubhouse in Newport, with three staggered starts from June 26 to July 3.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - CSM scoops the media pool
Velux 5 Oceans,
British solo sailor Chris Stanmore-Major made a clean sweep of the Velux 5 Oceans sprint two media awards last night at the official prize-giving ceremony.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race sailor Ryan Breymaier in unexpected elements
Kirsten Ferguson,
Barcelona World Race sole U.S. participant, Ryan Breymaier, has found the merciless weather conditions to be much tamer than expected, and instead, the major obstacles at sea look a lot different. The Southern Ocean is notorious for its big swells, high winds and frigid temperature, normally allows only the most seasoned sailors to leave its grips unscathed.... [more]
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Farr 40 Class Association International Calendar of racing released
Jim Richardson,
Farr 40 Class Association international calendar of racing for the upcoming year has been released.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Ever changing rhythm
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - If there is one theme which has surfaced regularly so far in this second edition of the Barcelona World Race it is that there has been so few sustained periods of constant rate and rhythm.... [more]
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America's Cup: The AC45 Video Show
George Johns,
Over the past couple of weeks the AC45 has been turning head in Auckland, New Zealand. She has also been the subject of many hours of video photography, by one of the worlds best video cameramen, George Johns, and edited by Javier Salinas in Valencia. Here we present a gallery of the video - just in case you missed something..... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta fleet numbers surpass 'Century Mark'
Heather Tackling,
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has less than a month to go before the kick-off which this year runs from March 3-6, the entry list continues to grow at a rapid pace, and now surpasses over a hundred yachts (the 'century mark') competing in a half-dozen different classes.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race red line speed
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race leading two are separated now either side of a venomous low pressure, but both crews were considering where to set the red line today, how hard they have to push to maintain their differential to the boats behind.... [more]
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America's Cup: Optimist World Champion helms AC45 + Video
America's Cup Media,
We may have seen a glimpse into the future of sailing today on board the AC 45. Chris Steele, 18, of Auckland is a Laser and Moth sailor (and a former Optimist World Champion) with his eye on the America's Cup. And today he got his first taste of it. Steele was welcomed on board the AC 45 today and before he knew it, four-time Cup winner Russell Coutts offered the young sailor the helm.... [more]
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RC44 Championship Tour heads west across America
Jessica Gray,
RC44 Championship Tour 2011 guarantees high-octane racing as some of the biggest names in both international sailing and global business join forces for the opening round in San Diego, California from 2 - 6 March.... [more]
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Heineken Cape to Rio - Race updates from Rio Di Janeiro
Jeanne van Rooyen,
Heineken Cape to Rio - Still beaming from the incredible reception yesterday , Team City of Cape Town are settling down and enjoying the delights of Rio.... [more]
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Kiteboards at the Olympics: If there is no wind, there is no wind...
Markus Schwendtner,
It should have become a demonstration of what kiteboarding has to offer to Sailing in the Olympic Games - but if there is no wind, there is no wind...Some of the fastest kite racers in the world came to Miami to participate in the kiteboarding demonstration for the Olympic Racing Classes Regatta on the final weekend of the Regatta.... [more]
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Albacore Internationals to be held Sept 16-23 in Toronto, Ontario
Ken Yamazaki,
The 20th Albacore Internationals will be held from September 16th to 23rd, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario. An exciting week is being planned with great sailing and social events. Racing will be held south of Toronto Island.... [more]
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America's Cup: Evacuating from Valencia + Video
Oracle Racing,
A chapter of America's Cup history closed, and a new one opened, with the departure of the then BMW Oracle Racing team from Valencia, Spain - headed for San Francisco, USA. Taking advantage of a fortuitous break in the weather, Scott Sandford and a team from Oracle Racing were able to finish the loading of USA 17, the America's Cup-winning trimaran, and its massive wingsail aboard the freighter M.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 clocks a new speed record on the Waitemeta - Video
George Johns,
The AC45 set a new speed record of 29.9kts on Auckland's Anniversary Day as she ripped around the Waitemata Harbour with the Oceanbridge Anniversary Regatta fleet. Here's another George Johns' video of the day and the occasion - including some high speed bow dips.... [more]
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Match Racing on the rise in North America
Jake Fish,
US Sailing has nearly 50 match racing events this year have been scheduled around the country, including Canada. These range from one-day clinics and local ISAF Grade 5 regattas to world-class prize-money Grade 1 events. See the US Sailing match racing calendar for a full 2011 schedule.... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing World Championship Cork, Ireland
Jackie Keogh,
ISAF Team Racing World Championship, which will be held in Schull later this year, has been confirmed to allocate 30,000 Euros by the Mayor of County Cork to the Cork County Council.... [more]
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US Sailing Youth World Team 2011 selected
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing's 2011 Youth World Team has twelve youth sailors qualified, and they will receive invitations to represent the United States at the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth World Championship in Zadar, Croatia, from July 7-11, 2011.... [more]
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ICSA Varsity Collegiate Match Racing Clinic - Space still available
Dave Perry,
ICSA Match Racing Clinic - The North U Varsity Match Racing Clinic will take place on February 18-20, 2011 at the Rollins College Alfond Boat House, Winter Park, Florida (near Orlando).... [more]
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Bayview Mackinac Race 2011 - Race Updates
Charlie Elmer,
Bayview Mackinac Race 2011 - The 87th Annual Race is coming up and race Charlie Elmer is honored to be chairman of this freshwater classic, which attracts boats of all shapes and sizes, as well as sailors from across the world.... [more]
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