Rolex Farr 40 Worlds - down to the wire, Velux,RC44 in San Diego and more


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Farr 40 Climax and All Around The Horn

First up check out the great on-the-water reports and photos from the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds, which are taking place in Sydney, Australia. This event is pitting some of the world's best tacticians against each other, including James Spithill, John Kostecki, Tom Slingsby, Adrian Stead, Grant Simmer, Hamish Pepper and Tom King. In a few hours the final battle will play out with Kostecki guiding the Transfusion Team against the Italian Nerone squad, the two are within a point of each other with two races to sail. Flash Gordon and Barking Mad are charging too.

Sail-World will again be on the water and we will have images from four different photographers again today, as we bring you the blow by blow climax.

'For me, Cape Horn was unfinished business,' said Derek Hatfield, the skipper of the Eco 60 Active House in the Velux 5 Oceans Race. Hatfield, it should be remembered, pitch-poled and dismasted while sailing around Cape Horn in the 2002/2003 edition of the same race, making his recent rounding a poignant event for the Canadian skipper. 'That box is now ticked. It is such a weight off my shoulders. It feels fantastic.'

Currently, all four boats racing in the Velux 5 Oceans Race are safely around the Horn, with longtime race leader Brad Van Liew still looking at almost a thousand miles left to sail before finishing grueling leg. Van Liew's lead over the fleet has been reduced somewhat in recent days, but it's still a comfortable (read: dominate) margin. More below.

Velux 5 Oceans skipper Derek Hatfield onboard his yacht Activehouse   Ainhoa Sanchez/

Cup fans are urged to check out Richard Gladwell's report from the Competitors Forum, which took place in Auckland, New Zealand. All competitors, save one, attended in person, and much ground was covered, including some interesting changes to on-the-water umpiring and taller wingsail rigs for the new 72 footers. Read more inside, and also check out Sail-World's conversation with Iain Murray, AC34's Regatta Director. Some priceless video footage has emerged from the Freo America's Cup and has been posting a range of rare interviews... keep your eye on this!!

The sad truth is that most of us have been home this week, dealing with winter rather than sailing. If you fall into that category, be sure to check out the great image galleries and reports from this year's Caribbean 600, which is currently wrapping up. As expected, George David's Rambler 100 (formerly Speedboat) took line honors and set a new course record. Elsewhere in the fleet, the new Gunboat 66 Phaedo, was the fifth to finish, reportedly hitting 28.7 knots en route, while sailing in far greater luxury and comfort than the boys with the canting keels. Check out the Phaedo video in this issue, as well as our other Caribbean 600 coverage.

Also in this issue are some eye-popping image galleries from the Extreme Sailing Series' Act 1, which just concluded racing in Muscat, Oman, as well as some interesting on-the-water reports. Groupe Edmond de Rothschild won the event in a nail-biting finish, and the cameras caught plenty of action.

May the four winds blow you safely home.

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

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Vietnam PWA Grand Slam 2011 Day 1 - Throde gets dialled
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship images by John Curnow,
John Curnow presents this gallery of images captured at today's Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Halfway from Wellington to Cape Horn
Barcelona World Race,
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Velux 5 Oceans fleet passed The Horn
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - After almost three weeks at sea, the third ocean sprint is now firmly on the home straight towards Punta del Este and the battle for positions at the back of the fleet couldn't be tighter. Whilst the toughest part of the 6000 nautical mile leg is now over, there is no time to relax as changeable winds will make the next day or so crucial for the final standings.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 - An enthralling day of competition,
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RORC Caribbean 600 Class40 division winner announced
Oliver Dewar,
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2011 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta – Entries open and NOR available
Jessica Gray,
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship images by Alexandra McKinnon,
Alexandra McKinnon presents this gallery of images captured at today's Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds - Just one point
Two races, two intriguing tales and all square at the top. A more enthralling setting for a final day of a world championship? Defending champions Massimo Mezzaroma and Antonio Sodo Migliori's Nerone (ITA) holds a one-point advantage over the local heroes, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis' Transfusion (AUS). No one else is in sight.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship images from Howard Wright,
Howard Wright, Image Professional Photography presents this gallery of images captured at today's Rolex Farr40 Worlds 2011.... [more]
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America's Cup: The Freo Files - Erle Williams on wintering over
Sail-World Archives,
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 - Two to Tango on final day,
Antonio Sodo Migliori and Massimo Mezzaroma' Nerone, the defending Rolex Farr 40 World Champion leads Guido Belgiorno-Nettis Transfusion by a single point with just two races to sail in the 2011 World Championship after Nerone grabbed a race eight win today.... [more]
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Farr 40 World Championship - World Champion holds sway over locals
Lisa Ratcliff,
Defending Rolex Farr 40 World Champions, Massimo Mezzaroma and Antonio Sodo Migliori's Nerone (ITA), now hold a one-point advantage over the local heroes. 'Tomorrow will be a big fight,' admitted Vascotto this afternoon.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 day 3 images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images,
Ace photographer Andrea Francolini was onwater at the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds, being sailed in the waters off Sydney Heads.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds Day 3 first images by Andrea Francolini,
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 Day 3 first images today from Andrea Francolini. Transfusion owned by Guide Belgiorno Nettis was leading the series from Nerone - more news soon.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Head turning Gunboat 66 eating up the miles
Louay Habib,
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Consistency and damage limitation
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World Match Racing Tour talks with potential new venues
World Match Racing Tour,
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2011 day 2 images by Kurt Arrigo,
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2011 images of day 2 Kurt Arrigo.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds day 2 and a new leader emerges
Lisa Ratcliff,
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 - Business elite join worlds best sailors
Lisa Ratcliff,
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds images by Alexandra McKinnon,
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 images from Howard Wright
Howard Wright images,
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Trish Jenkins,
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Sail-World Archive,
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