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American Brad Van Liew has always enjoyed the respect and admiration due a great sailor, but he has now made history as the first Yank to sail solo around Cape Horn three times. Van Liew is currently leading the fleet of four Eco 60s around the world in the Velux 5 Oceans Race, an event he has dominated since the first few days of Ocean Sprint One. 'It's been a lot of years since I was down here last and it was really a very special moment,' said Van Liew. 'It was pretty emotional. I'm going to remember it forever.

'It's a very small band of people who have been round Cape Horn solo three times and I am very proud to be one of them, it's a remarkable feeling.' Hats off to Van Liew for this proud achievement, and be sure to check out our coverage of the Velux 5 Oceans Race, in this issue.

Rambler 100 launches off a wave - RORC Caribbean 600  Tim Wright / ©

Also offshore, but in far saner conditions, George David's Ramber 100 (formerly Speedboat), a Juan K-designed speed machine, is on pace to break the course record in this year's RORC's Caribbean 600. This record was set in 2009 by Mike Slade's Leopard, a Farr designed super-maxi that's also 100 feet; interestingly, Leopard is currently astern of Rambler 100, giving chase. Read more about this Bucket List event (mine at least!) inside this issue.

Inshore, the Extreme Sailing Series is currently taking place in Muscat, Oman, with world-class multi-hull sailors and AC34 hopefuls doing battle in Extreme 40 catamarans. 'We had a brilliant day on the water today,' said Terry Hutchinson, skipper of Artemis Racing, 'there were a lot of people on the shore line – close enough to hear them cheering on the finish line. I have never experienced something like that before. It was a first!' Check out the reports inside, and aim your mouse for Carlo Borlenghi's great image gallery of the event.

Muscat, Oman Extreme Sailing Series - Day 3: Artemis Racing
  Carlo Borlenghi ©

Speaking of the Cup, dates have now been announced for the 2011 and early 2012 America's Cup World Series events. Thus far, dates for eight regattas have been announced, and final venue bids are currently under review. 'We are incredibly pleased with the potential choices we have before us, with venues that offer the kind of up-close action that fans want to see,' said Richard Worth, Chairman of the America's Cup Event Authority. 'We are finalizing our slate now.

We feel very confident that each America's Cup World Series event will be first-class, creating a real foundation for future editions of the circuit.' More inside, and also be sure to check out Paul Cayard's (Artemis Racing) account of the unfortunate accident involving the capsize of the prototype AC45 in New Zealand, which occurred earlier this week.

Jean and Scott Adam pose beside their yacht Quest in happier times  .. .

And finally, in non-racing news, the four American cruisers who were hijacked aboard Quest, their Davidson 58, off the coast of Somalia over the weekend have been killed, according to a report from the U.S. Central Command. The sailors, Scott and Jean Adam, and Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle were part of the Blue Water Rally, but peeled off for Salallah, Oman, by themselves last week. According to news sources, the U.S. Navy is currently holding more than a dozen captured pirates aboard the aircraft carrier Enterprise.

May the four winds blow you safely home.

David Schmidt, US Editor

Farr 40 World Championship - Day one images by Andrea Francolini,
Farr 40 World Championship - Images by Andrea Francolini... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 tight leader board after day 1
A second row start to the first race by Transfusion (AUS) did not result in a second rate day for owner Guido Belgiorno-Nettis. A 4-4-2 scoreline leaves Belgiorno-Nettis in second place tonight by virtue of countback. Martin and Lisa Hill, with Estate Master (AUS), hold top honours thanks to two impeccable races and a 1-8-1 series.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - George David's Rambler 100 breaks race record
Trish Jenkins,
RORC Caribbean 600 - George David's maxi yacht, Rambler 100 crossed the finish line in Antigua in the early hours of Wednesday morning in an elapsed time of 1 day 16 hours 20 minutes and 2 seconds.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Only three Class40s remain
Oliver Dewar,
RORC Caribbean 600 - The six Class40's racing in the RORC Caribbean 600 were reduced to five in the first 24 hours of racing with Gonzalo Botin and his Spanish crew on Tales forced to retire during the beat between Saba and St. Barths sustaining an ankle injury on board.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Muscat - Day 4 images by Carlo Borlenghi,
Extreme Sailing Series Muscat - Images of day 4 racing from Photographer Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Nightmare arises for Gutek as Cape Horn nears
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - Solo skipper Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski is today facing a nervous rounding of Cape Horn after developing keel problems on his Eco 60 yacht Operon Racing.... [more]
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America's Cup: The Freo Files - 'A bunch of Pommy lawyers'
Sail-World Archive,
Tom Blackaller's radical canard ruddered USA-61 made the final cut for the Semi-Finals of the 1986/87 Louis Vuitton Cup, but not before an acrimonious protest over using a replacement bow (canard) rudder. In this clip from the TVNZ coverage USA-61's Tom Blackaller announces the decision and can't hold back on a few verbal sideswipes at his adversaries.... [more]
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Vietnam PWA Grand Slam 2011 event preview
Vivienne Masters,
A new year and an entirely new event stands poised to mark the start of 2011 PWA World Tour.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean Race monohull record to Rambler
Trish Jenkins,
Rambler 100 has broken the monohull race record set by race rival, Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard by nearly four hours. Most of the fleet is expected to finish over the next 24 hours.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds - New class president masters day one
Lisa Ratcliff,
On day one of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship Martin and Lisa Hill's Estate Master holds top honours following 1,8,1 results today... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 fleet passing Devils Bridge in Antigua - images
Diane Morley-Ham images,
Images of the RORC Caribbean 600 fleet passing Devils Bridge in Antigua.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - And they say penguins can't fly
Team Lazarus/Le Pingouin,
This was Van Liew's third time around the infamous Cape Horn under sail, though experience often takes a back seat to luck when facing the treacherous, unpredictable conditions in the small corridor between the southern tip of South America and the icy landmass of Antarctica.... [more]
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Bill Koch Joins NSHOF Advisory Board
Bill Koch has stepped forward and offered a $500,000 challenge grant to the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame as they launch the 2011 Capital Campaign. The National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame (NSHOF) is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving the history of sailing and its impact on our culture.... [more]
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Artemis Racing - Cayard's update from Auckland
Paul Cayard,
Just a quick update from down here. The Artemis Racing team is based in Auckland this week for training and attending America's Cup meetings. Auckland is approximately 450 miles north of Christchurch, the site of the large earthquake of February 22.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Artemis puts pressure on the leader
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series, Act 1, The Wave, Muscat, day 3 was the first public day of ‘stadium' racing. Dean Barker's Team New Zealand scored their first ever Extreme 40 race win today, although they still remain seventh place in the rankings.... [more]
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NYYC Annual Regatta - From humble beginnings to making history
Barby MacGowan,
NYYC Annual Regatta presented by Rolex will be held for the 157th time this coming June 10-12 in Newport. Racing starts on Friday, 10 June, with the Around-the-Island Race. This classic 19 nautical mile race around Connecticut Island offers the sailors many challenges and beautiful scenery.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean Class40 numbers grow
Oliver Dewar,
RORC Caribbean 600 - At 19:00 GMT (11:30 local) on Monday, 34 boats crossed the start line of the RORC Caribbean 600.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 day two high speed thrilling
Louay Habib,
By mid-morning on day two, the RORC Caribbean 600 was very much living up to its billing as a high-speed thrilling race around the stunning Caribbean. The majority of the fleet is now heading for the top part of the course and should be around St.Maarten during the day. It has been an action packed start to the race... [more]
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Pirates kill four Americans aboard hijacked yacht,
The U.S. Central Command issued a statement today that four American sailors have been killed by Somali pirates aboard their hijacked yacht, the SV Quest in the Indian Ocean.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Its all ahead tomorrow
Tomorrow morning the hearts and minds of the crews of the twenty Farr 40s berthed at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron will be focused on one thing: the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. What happens in the future counts for more than what happened in the past. Certainly, until the final race on Saturday.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Into the history books
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans skipper Brad Van Liew has sailed into the history books rounding the iconic Cape Horn solo for a third time. 'It's been a lot of years since I was down here last and it was really a very special moment,' Brad told the Velux 5 Oceans team. 'It was pretty emotional. I'm going to remember it forever.'... [more]
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Radial Women's North American and Finn MinWinter Championships,
2011 Radial Women's North American Championship and 2011 Finn Midwinter Championship results.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series images from Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Carlo Borlenghi presents this gallery of images from the Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 in Oman, Muscat.... [more]
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Exciting action and drama at Techno North Americans in Cozumel
Nevin Sayre,
The Techno 293 North American Champs were completed today in beautiful Cozumel, Mexico with excellent conditions and high drama. The event will long be remembered for the local hospitality and camaraderie amongst the young sailors. The event will also be marked by the joyful ending to a rescue at sea by a 13 year old American Techno sailor of an 18 year old Mexican girl in the RS:X class.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 start images by Tim Wright
Tim Wright images,
Tim Wright images from the start of the RORC Caribbean 600.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Brad van Liew around Cape Horn
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans sprint 3 leader, American ocean racer Brad Van Liew, has passed Cape Horn.,... [more]
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America's Cup - Paul Cayard on the AC45 incident
Paul Cayard,
Our team capsized in the AC45. It wasn't even a spectacular wipeout at 30 knots. Rather they were sitting head to wind, taking a break after the three hour training session and repairing something on the roller furler.... [more]
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North American Windsurfing Championships Day 4 video
Patrik Pollak,
North American Windsurfing Championships in RS:X, Bich Techno 293, Formula Windsurfing and Raceboard have been taking place in Cozumel, Mexico.... [more]
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Miami Invitational win to Team Tunnicliffe
Dobbs Davis,
Anna Tunnicliffe, Debbie Capozzi and Molly Vandemoer have won the 2011 Miami Invitational. The two-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award winner and her team showed a consistency and mastery of the Elliott 6M keelboat that revealed their extensive training as part of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics on the road to the 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series dates released
Stephanie Martin,
America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA) has released the inaugural America's Cup World Series (AC World Series) dates with five nine-day regattas in 2011 and three more regattas by mid-2012.... [more]
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US Sailing 2011 Team AlphaGraphics announced
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing - The national governing body for the sport, is proud to announce the members of the new 2011 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG).... [more]
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America's Cup - The Freo Files: Blackaller's Bet
Archive Video,
Most have fond memories of the 1987 America's Cup in Fremantle. It had everything - big breeze, drama, action on the water and ashore, and a lot of larger than life characters who really bought that series to life. One of those characters was Tom Blackaller who sailed the canard ruddered USA out of San Francisco.... [more]
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2011 Charleston Spring Coed Intersectional - Final report
Nick Ewenson,
The Cooper River Cross-Current Goldcup was in all its glory for day two of the 2011 Charleston Spring Coed Intersectional. We had a stiff easterly that piped in just as competitors took to the boats and it lasted all day... [more]
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82nd SCYA Midwinter Regatta 2011 - Winter storms challenge racers
Rick Roberts,
82nd SCYA Midwinter Regatta 2011 - The Southern California storm system made it challenging for skippers and crew Saturday and Sunday in the 82nd annual SCYA Midwinter Regatta. Heavy rain, water spouts and potential lighting strikes added a little more excitement than anyone had bargained for in this traditional event.... [more]
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Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac 2011 update
Greg Freeman,
Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac 2011 - There are 164, 165, 166 entries in the race, and going up every day. As expected, interest in the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, Presented by Veuve Clicquot is very high. We're getting more and more entries every day.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 capsizes in Hauraki Gulf + Video
Richard Gladwell,
The prototype AC45 capsized on the Hauraki Gulf this afternoon, sustaining serious damage to her wingsail, however the platform would appear to be undamaged and there were no injuries to the crew save for wounded pride. The incident happened off Murray's Bay on Auckland's North Shore. Winds at the time were around 20kts and the AC45 had been sailing at speeds of up to 28.5kts.... [more]
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Team Tunnicliffe - Chicago Match Race Center Winter Invitational 2011
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Team Tunnicliffe - We won the 2011 Chicago Match Race Center Winter Invitational in Miami, with a 14-2 record through the two round robins. We had some great races today against our opponents. Rounding out the top three were Silja Lehtinen and team from Finland with a 12-4 record for second, and Taylor Canfield and team in thrid with a 11-5 record.... [more]
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