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If you've not hear of the Berserk, the adventure yacht from Norway, that disappeared in Antarctica - now is the time to check out a very puzzling story. Nancy Knudsen from Sail-World Cruising brings us an indepth interview with the skipper Jarle Andhoy, who was on the ice on a quad bike when a storm with 80 knot winds hit his vessel.
Berserk in the North West Passage  WildVikings.com .

If you're a fan of the Volvo Ocean Race, these are exciting times. While the first gun doesn't fire until fall, all the teams are making big announcements. Newport-based Puma Ocean Racing Team Powered by Berg Propulsion, skippered by hometown great Kenny Read, just announced their team roster

Michi Mueller and Casey Smith join Read as the Puma alumni from the team's last lap; they are joined by VOR legends Brad Jackson, Jonathan Swain, and Tony Mutter, as well as other big names. The team is currently training aboard George David's Juan K-designed Rambler 100 (ex Speedboat) while their next-generation Volvo Open 70 (also a Juan-K design) is being completed at New England Boatworks.

'The decisions we make now are the ones that will create success or failure in this race, and having this team of veterans involved early certainly increases our chances to make proper decisions,' said Read. 'Not only do we have a team that can sail a boat fast, but we have a team that understands what it takes to compete in a race like the Volvo. Great attitudes, great skills, which hopefully leads to good things down the road.'

While the VOR rule calls for three 'under 30s' (sailors less than 30 by a certain date), Read outdid himself by hiring Rome Kirby, 21, as a trimmer and driver. Kirby, it should be remembered, was on Puma's reserve bench during the 2008/2009 edition; Rome's dad, Jerry Kirby, was serving as Read's bowman. The torch has been passed, both with the younger Kirby filling his dad's berth and with the entire new generation of VOR sailors who are getting a chance to participate in this awesome race. Check out this issue for more info on Puma Ocean Racing Team Powered by Berg Propulsion, as well as the latest from Team Camper, and stay tuned for more VOR news, as it becomes known.

Offshore with the Barcelona World Race (BWR) leaders, the options are not looking straightforward as the forerunners press through the Saint-Helena anticyclone. Further astern, Kito de Pavant and Seb Audigane ( Groupe Bel) have had to stop in Ushuaia, Argentina, to examine and fix their keel. The situation doesn't look pretty. 'The keel was swinging longitudinally at a height of over a meter,' reported de Pavant. 'The noise was so loud that we got the impression that we were slamming into each wave. We also have a small leak, since the ram has made a small hole in the hull. We were conscious of the danger. The watchword was safety and we had to anticipate the eventuality of capsizing. Everything was ready. The compartments were hermetically sealed and we stayed in our survival suits continuously.' More inside.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, the 18-Foot Skiff class continues to enjoy a great World Championship, being held now in Sydney Harbor. Be sure to check out our report, as well as the video and still-photography galleries from this adrenaline-fueled event.

One Design sailors should check out our coverage of the Bacardi Cup, which is currently taking place in Miami and which wraps-up this Saturday. And finally, Scotch drinkers should take note of US SAILING's newest sponsor.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Andhøy refutes Berserk criticism: 'She was my little floating tank.'
Nancy Knudsen,
Norwegian sailor Jarle Andhøy, skipper/owner of the Berserk, the yacht missing presumed lost in the Ross Sea since 21 February, strongly refutes most of the claims made recently by other Antarctic seafarers in an interview with Sail-World. Experienced Antarctic sailors Skip Novak and Don McIntyre have been quoted recently criticising many aspects of the Berserk expedition... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week set for exciting finale
Jan Harley,
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - The air temperature cooled slightly, but not the action. A north-northwesterly breeze and calmer weather on Biscayne Bay allowed the Star class, competing for the 84th Bacardi Cup, to add two races to their scoreline, while three additional races were completed by the Melges 24 and Melges 20 fleets, and four additional races by the Viper 640 and J/24 classes.... [more]
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Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup 2011 - Navy hits back
Rich Roberts,
California Maritime Academy has been instrumental in assembling the elite fleet for the Angeles Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta. Will this be their year?... [more]
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18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan International more images by Christophe Favreau
Christophe Favreau images,
18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan International - More Christophe Favreau images from the last races.... [more]
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18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan World Championship images by Christophe Favreau
Christophe Favreau images,
The JJ Giltinan International is the World Championship for 18ft Skiffs. Photographer Christophe Favreau presemnts this gallery of action images from the event on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week sees Audi Melges 20 action
Melges 20 Class Association,
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Audi Melges 20 -Three additional races were completed at the 2011 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week with still, Paul Reilly on Red Sky atop the standings. He sits five points ahead of Mary Anne Ward on M and M Racing Team in second. Italy's Dario Levi on Fremito D'Arjia is now seated in third. Six points total separate the top three.... [more]
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Leukemia and Lymphoma Society announce 19th Leukemia Cup Regatta
Jon Rosa,
Leukemia Cup Regatta -The Maryland Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) has announced the public events comprising the Nineteenth annual Leukemia Cup Regatta, which raises funds to support research into blood-related cancers.... [more]
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Farr 30 North American Championship at St. Francis Yacht Club
Beau Vrolyk,
Farr 30 North American Championship - The prestigious St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California to host the 2011 Farr 30 North American Championship, August 26 to 28.... [more]
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Boston tops latest College sailing rankings
Sailing World,
College Sailing Rankings - The second national rankings of the fall 2010 season have been released and Boston College remains at the top.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Groupe Bel's keel damage forces retirement
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race. After arriving in Ushuaia on Wednesday evening Kito de Pavant and Sébastien Audigane and their team completed the full assessment of Groupe Bel's keel damage.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race – Hugo Boss and GAES to round Cape Horn
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - Gaes Centros Auditivos approach Cape Horn this evening with Co-Skipper Corbella set to become the first Spanish woman ever to race round the Horn... [more]
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Yachting NZ announces 2016 Olympic Events submission
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Yachting New Zealand has made a submission to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) on the events for the 2016 Olympic Regatta. Their 10 event slate has the 470 as a Mens and Womens Event instead of a Mixed Event. An Evaluation Trial is proposed for the HP Mens Singlehander. There is no keelboat proposed for 2016.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour's Ian Williams learning from the past
World Match Racing Tour,
World Match Racing Tour - Having won back-to-back Match Racing World Championships in 2007 and 2008, Ian Williams of Team GAC Pindar has since had a comparatively disappointing run of form on the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) however, as his team's preparations get underway for the 2011 world series Williams is looking to learn from past lessons to scoop a third title.... [more]
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Pacific Tsunami warning after Japan's 8.8 magnitude earthquake
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii has issued a Tsunami warning for the Pacific Ocean. The Tsunami wave could be higher than some low lying Pacific Islands.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan International Race 5 - Gotta Luv It 7 - video
Simon Brown,
JJ Giltinan 18 Footer International 2011 Race 5- The Gotta Luv It 7 team of Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Sam Newton were never headed in Thursday's race and won convincingly in a light Northeast breeze.... [more]
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Bacardi Cup - Cancellation for Star teams
Jan Harley,
Bacardi Cup - It was ‘game on' for sailors in the Melges 24, Melges 20, Viper 640 and J/24 classes as they headed out to Biscayne Bay for their first day of competition at the 2011 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank.... [more]
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US Sailing awards Hanson Medal for rescue made off coast of New Jersey
Jake Fish,
US Sailing's Safety-at-Sea Committee has awarded an Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal to the crew of a powerboat that assisted in a rescue off the coast of New Jersey.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - A game of roulette for the leaders
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - Logically it was expected by both the co-skippers of Virbac-Paprec 3 and by Mapfre. The long time leaders Loick-Peyron and Jean-Pierre Dick had some confidence that they would escape first from the south Atlantic high pressure system which had snared them for more than 48 hours.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Jenner and Renken secure 40 Degrees
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - The Anglo-German, all-female offshore racing team of Hannah Jenner and Anna-Maria Renken has secured the charter of Peter Harding's 2009 Owen Clarke Design Class40, 40 Degrees, for the double-handed Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) starting from Palma, Mallorca, on 25 September this year.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Keel repairs begin for Operon Racing
Velux 5 Oceans,
Volvo Ocean Race - Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski's Eco 60 Operon Racing has been lifted out of the water in Uruguay for keel repairs ahead of ocean sprint four of the Velux 5 Oceans. A composite part surrounding the keel pins broke during ocean sprint three allowing the keel to move several millimeters.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Puma Ocean Racing Team includes world's racing elite
Bridgid Murphy,
Volvo Ocean Race – Puma Ocean Racing Powered by Berg Propulsion announced today the complete roster of crew members for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012. Skipper Ken Read has amassed 10 of the most elite off-shore sailors from across the globe to compete in the 'Mount Everest of sailing,' a 39,000 nautical mile ocean race stopping in ten ports of call over the course of nine months.... [more]
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2011 Ida Lewis Distance Race - Classic New England sailing
Barby MacGowan,
Ida Lewis Distance Race 2011 - Due for its seventh edition, the race is now a classic on New England sailing calendars.... [more]
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2011 ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous - Cruising in nature's paradise
Cailah Leask,
Nautor's Swan is heralding the coming of Spring this year with the eighth annual edition of the highly popular cruising calendar event, ‘the ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous'. With nearly 100 participations for 2011 there will be a strong cruising contingent from the Swan fraternity congregating in the British Virgin Islands from March 14 - 19.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race – Gains and losses continue
Barcelona World Race,
We Are Water resumed racing in the Barcelona World Race from Wellington yesterday evening... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Camper Crew images by Chris Cameron
Chris Cameron images,
Volvo Ocean Race Camper Crew images by photographer Chris Cameron. The full team is now at the Emirates Team New Zealand base at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour where they will be based until the boat is shipped to Europe in July.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week day 3 brings new winners to the podium
Jan Harley,
The day's race was won by Guillame Florent and Pascal Rambeau (France), making for three different winners in as many races thus far in the series. With the midpoint of the regatta reached, the overall standings continue to reflect a close contest at the top of the fleet.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan International 2011 Race 4 video highlights
Simon Brown,
18ft Skiffs Winning Appliances JJ Giltinan International on Sydney Harbour Race 4 video highlights. Michael Coxon 'Cocko', finds the right rig setting ...... [more]
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St.Maarten Heineken Regatta - Worthy performances on final day
Heather Tackling,
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta – The final day was one to remember, starting early on Sunday morning with a full slate of racing and ending very early Monday morning after a Prize-Giving ceremony on the beach.... [more]
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18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan International images by Howard Wright
Howard Wright images,
Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography, was out on Sydney Harbour capturing all the action at the JJ Giltinan 18 foot Skiff championship.... [more]
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US Sailing signs new sponsorship agreement with Old Pulteney
Jake Fish,
US Sailing, the National Governing Body of the sport, and Old Pulteney, a leading single malt Scotch whisky brand, have formed a new partnership that names Old Pulteney as a sponsor and the 'Official Scotch of US Sailing.'... [more]
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Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup 2011 preview
Rich Roberts,
Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup 2011 - Emily Frost was easy to find in the Los Angeles Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta last year. She was the sailor wrestling with sails on the bow of the U.S. Naval Academy entry that finished fourth out of 10 boats. Look again: Now she's the skipper.... [more]
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Sir Richard Branson strong advocate for Kiteboarding in the Olympics
Markus Schwendtner,
'Kitesurfing reflects everything that the Olympics stands for. It has all the spirit of the original Olympics. Men against the elements, women against the elements, tremendous skill, tremendous excitement. It's also perhaps the best spectator sport. It looks beautiful and any future Olympics that doesn't have kitesurfing in it need to have their heads examined.'... [more]
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