A Passing Opportunity?—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
For the past several weeks, Jean-Pierre Dick and co-skipper Loick Peyron, aboard Virbac-Paprec 3, have dominated the leader board in the double-handed, non-stop, around-the-world Barcelona World Race, at one point commanding a 700-mile advantage over their closest rival.
But all that might change, as the leader has put into Wellington, New Zealand for repairs, having broken two mainsail batten cars while reefing the IMOCA 60's big mainsail. Given that the race rules mandate any pit stop taking place after a team reaches a position of 140 degrees East must be for a minimum of 48 hours, and given that the team does not have much in the way of ground support in New Zealand, Dick and Peyron's seemingly unassailable lead could be thrown into jeopardy. 'We replaced the two broken pieces late this afternoon,' reported Dick. 'We have no more spares to finish the race and have no confidence in the replacements.
So we have a sword of Damocles over our heads because they are indispensible for us to complete the second half of the circumnavigation. Without them, we cannot sail. To continue is to take a big risk. Stopping is the best solution even if it's a tough decision because it means a 48-hour time penalty.' For most teams, a stop of this duration would be game-over for a podium finish, but given that the Frenchmen have already stopped once, in Recife, Brazil, do not discount them as a serious threat. More inside.
Brad Van Liew, sailing Le Pingouin - Velux 5 Oceans Genevieve Howard
And in the Velux 5 Oceans Race, American Brad Van Liew, 43, continues to dominate the four-boat fleet, enjoying a lead north of 100 miles over second-placed Zbigniew Gutkowski on Operon Racing. Next on Van Liew's checklist is Cape Horn, a point he has rounded twice before. 'The big news is that later today I will download weather information that will take me up to Cape Horn,' said Van Liew. 'Then I will truly be looking ahead to Cape Horn rather than anything that's happening behind me. I'm pretty excited about that. Hopefully we will get a window of opportunity that will allow us to get round safely. It's all about looking forward right now.'
And in inshore circles, the sailing schedule has been announced for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, to be held in Weymouth, England. Look inside for more info, and for the scoop on acquiring tickets, in this issue.
The Rolex Farr 40 World Championships are coming up fast and Sail-World will be on the water to bring you all the action.
Cast-off - AC45 - 14 February 2011 Richard Gladwell
Also inshore, AC fans will appreciate Richard Gladwell's photo-driven walk-through of raising the wingsail on the new AC45 catamarans, which will be used to contest events leading up to the 34th America's Cup.
Compared to the rigging process for BMW/Oracle Racing's mammoth wingsail on USA-17, the AC45s look fairly manageable. Time will tell...
May the four winds blow you safely home.
David Schmidt, US Editor Sail-World-com
Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew looks ahead to The Horn Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans Sprint three leader Brad Van Liew has revealed he has started to plan his rounding of the infamous Cape Horn, the most southerly tip of South America. Up until now the 43-year-old American has been focused on weather systems approaching from behind as the Velux 5 Oceans fleet fly through the Southern Ocean powered east by prevailing winds.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: AC45 rigging process - takes just 30 minutes Richard Gladwell, One of the serious question marks hanging over the choice of a wingsailed multihull for the America's Cup has been the rigging process. Those who were in Valencia 12 months ago would have been only too aware of the issues faced daily by the then BMW Oracle Racing team as they tried to keep USA-17 on a short leash between races, and without having to lower the wingsail each night.... [more] Share this story
London 2012 Olympic Games sailing schedule announced ISAF, London 2012 Olympic Games - The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today announced the complete sports competition schedule, including ticket prices, for the London 2012 Olympic Games.... [more] Share this story
Team Australia to contest America's Cup Stephanie Martin, The Australian Challenge for the 34th America's Cup was officially accepted by the defending Golden Gate Yacht Club on 11 January 2011.... [more] Share this story
Sodebo rounds Cape of Good Hope Kate Jennings translation, Powering through driving rain and 32 knots of SW'ly wind, Sodebo rounded the Cape of Good Hope this Tuesday at 1702 GMT after 17 days, 5 hours, 54 minutes and 32 seconds at sea.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Technical stop in Wellington for race leader Barcelona World Race, Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) and co-skipper Loick Peyron (FRA) are making a technical stop in Wellington, having broken two mainsail batten cars in the previous hour as they reefed the mainsail. The race rules state that any stopover after 140 degrees East must be for a minimum duration of 48 hours once the boat arrives at the dock.... [more] Share this story
BoatUS smart phone app will get you home when your boat won't BoatUS, BoatUS - When your boat breaks down on the water or runs out of gas, calling for an on-the-water tow is simple. The hard part, sometimes, is being able to tell the BoatUS towing fleet precisely where to find you, which can delay a safe tow home.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: AC45 Pre-flight check and Launch Richard Gladwell, Getting a wingsailed AC45 loaded up and off the marina is not a simple task. The degree of difficulty is similar to undertaking the same task in an AC monohull with the sails up, rather than being towed out by a tender. For the AC45 the issue is complicated in Auckland by the fact that immediately after release the yacht must undertake a 180 degree turn against a backdrop of superyachts... [more] Share this story
Bayview Mackinac Race 2011 registrations open Bruce Babiarz, Bayview Mackinac Race are happy to announce that race registration is open and the Monohull Safety Regulations (MSR) are now available.... [more] Share this story
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Gulf Spill dispersants study Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, To combat last year's Deepwater Horizon oil spill, nearly 800,000 gallons of chemical dispersant were injected directly into the oil and gas flow coming out of the wellhead nearly one mile deep in the Gulf of Mexico.... [more] Share this story
Harken Match Racing: Light winds and big shifts dictate the finals Sara Roberts, CYCA crew Jay Griffin and his crew of Henry Kernot, Hamish Hardy and Will Parker sailed well in the extreme light airs which presented themselves on the Auckland Harbour this afternoon, to win the 2011 Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships.... [more] Share this story
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - 13 nations represented Jan Harley, The New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex will host 19 yacht club teams representing 13 nations from six different continents... [more] Share this story
'I won't crack under pressure' solo circumnavigator Coville Sail-World Cruising, 'I won't crack under pressure. I'll do my best.' Words of a true sportsman from French sailor Thomas Coville, who is on his 17th day trying to solo circumnavigate the world and set a record doing so. So what's the pressure? Coville has been singularly unlucky with his weather, which has put him far behind the man he is trying to beat, fellow Frenchman Francis Joyon, who currently holds the record... [more] Share this story
BoatUS Recreational boat towing captains honored for heroism D. Scott Croft, BoatUS - With over 600 tow boats spread across the country responding to over 60,000 routine requests from boaters for on-the-water assistance, the law of averages dictates that the captains of these vessels are bound to run into life-threatening emergencies.... [more] Share this story
BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - Necker Belle to enter race Charlotte Tidball, BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - Virgin Limited Edition is delighted to announce that Necker Belle, its 105 foot luxury catamaran, will be racing in the 2011 edition of the event which takes place in the British Virgin Islands between the 28th March and 3rd April 2011 to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the BVI Spring Regatta.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Young Harken Matchracers check out the AC45 Hannah Davis, Forty young sailors competing in the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron's Harken Youth International Match Racing Championship in Auckland took a slight detour Monday on their way to the racecourse, to watch the launch of the AC45. Race officials towed the eight young teams in their Elliot 7's to the ACRM base, where ACRM's Director of On Water Operations Harold Bennet showed them around the AC45... [more] Share this story
Miami Winter Regatta - Reilly and Simoneschi take top Melges honors Joy Dunigan, Miami Winter Regatta - The final day of racing for the 23-strong Audi Melges 20 class and 11-boat Melges 24 fleet contingent has concluded revealing two division champs. Paul Reilly on Red Sky Sailing won the progressive Audi Melges 20 fleet and Riccardo Simoneschi aboard Audi celebrated top honors in the hotly contested Melges 24 class.... [more] Share this story
Action Video: ORMA60 drops rig at 25kts while chased by AC45 Richard Gladwell, The ORMA60 TVS dropped her wing mast rig in the early stages of a Wednesday evening race, on Auckland's Waitemata harbour. The trimaran was reported to be flying two hulls and travelling at over 25kts when a shroud gave way.... [more] Share this story
Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Images from day one Sail-World.com, Audi Melges 20 Winter Series - Images of day one from Joy and the International Audi Melges Class Association.... [more] Share this story
Farr 40 Worlds 2011 - Summer Sprint Series used for practice Sam Crichton, Ahead of the 2011 World Championships - Sixteen Farr 40 teams spent the weekend racing on Sydney harbour in the Sound area and offshore on the Macquarie Circle course. After five long races, with a different winner for each, the winner of the regatta was Lisa and Martin Hills Estate Master.... [more] Share this story
Melges Miami Winter Series - Red sky over Miami Joy Dunigan, Melges Miami Winter Series - More than 30 Melges teams raced on a quite cooler than expected Biscayne Bay today, putting four races on the official scoreboard at the 2011 Miami Winter Regatta, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club (CGSC). Leading the Audi Melges 20 fleet is Paul Reilly on Red Sky Sailing Team cashing in big with a phenomenal 2-1-2-1 performance.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: AC45 up close Richard Gladwell, With the AC45 rigged and out of the water, last Tuesday, and then launched in calm conditions at the Viaduct Harbour, Sail-World took the opportunity to get some close up shots of the AC45 and gear.... [more] Share this story
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Fleet growing, changes in the works Heather Tackling, St. Maartin Heineken Regatta – With less than three weeks to go before racing commences in the thirty-first annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, the fleet continues to steadily grow, with nearly one-hundred fifty yachts ranging from twenty-four feet to one-hundred fifteen feet now entered in the competition.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Second Italian Challenger comes to light Richard Gladwell, A second Italian Challenger for the 34th America's Cup has announced that they have selected a club - a very preliminary step to reaching fully fledged and funded Challenger status. In contrast to some other teams who have chosen to be very secretive about their intentions, Venezia Challenge have announced that they have signed an agreement to challenge for the 34th America's Cup... [more] Share this story
Melges Miami Winter Regatta Joy Dunigan, Miami Winter Regatta 2011 - Thirty-seven Melges one design teams have assembled in Miami, ready to compete at the 2011 Miami Winter Regatta, hosted by the one and only Coconut Grove Sailing Club (CGSC). For the second consecutive year, both fleets have returned to Miami to race and needless to say, the numbers have grown significantly... [more] Share this story
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