America's Cup, Laser Drama, Albatrosses


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For race winners Jean Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron, aboard Virbac-Paprec 3, in the double-handed Barcelona World Race, the last miles were some of the most trying.

The winds softened, then stiffened, then softened considerably during the team's last days of racing, but it didn't deter this powerhouse duo from claiming what was rightfully theirs: A convincing win in this newly established ocean classic. 'The passage of Gibraltar was hard,' said Peyron. 'It was some of the worst times with the boat since we left.' Dick and Peyron have driven this race, starting from the nascent miles earlier this year, and have not relinquished control. Amazingly, the team stopped not once but twice (including a mandatory 48-hour penalty pit stop in New Zealand to deal with broken bits), yet this did not prevent them from controlling the leader board for over half the planet. The sort of sailing witnessed aboard Virbac-Paprec 3 is the stuff of legend.

Virbac-Paprec 3 - Barcelona World Race 2011  Virbac Paprec 3

Interestingly, this victory marked Dick's second consecutive win in this race, after leaving his footprints on the top step of the podium in the 2007/2008 edition, which he sailed with Damian Foxall. 'The competition was tougher this time with a rival from the start in Foncia and then starting from New Zealand we tussled with Mapfre and with them through to the end,' said Dick. 'This [edition of the] race was more difficult, I think. I had the feeling we could be beaten at many times.' For Peyron, this win is one of many in his long and distinguished sailing resume, but one that he is certainly proud of, nonetheless. Hats off to these impressive sailors and be sure to check out all of our BWR coverage, in this issue.

Also, stand by for second-placed Mapfre, sailed by Spanish double Olympic medalists and Volvo Ocean Race veterans Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernández, to finish soon.

34th America's Cup - AC45 testings - Four AC45 line up - AC45 sailing on Hauraki Gulf  Ivor Wilkins/

In AC circles, the March 31, 2011 entry deadline has now passed, and the report card is positive: Entries are up appreciably over previous Cups. 'Fifteen teams promises an exciting America's Cup World Series, Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Series and ultimately 34th America's Cup Final,' said Iain Murray, Regatta Director and CEO, America's Cup Race Management (ACRM). 'The new wing-sailed, multi-hulled yachts will be fast and physically demanding, keeping the racing dynamic and interesting until the finish. We are looking forward to seeing these teams on the AC World Series circuit later this year. It is time to go racing.' Stay tuned for more AC news, as it breaks.

May the four winds blow you safely home.

David Schmidt, US Editor

Velux 5 Oceans skipper Brad Van Liew starts sprint four timed run
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans skipper Brad Van Liew has this morning passed the first speed gate of ocean sprint four signalling the start of his timed run. Each of the five ocean sprints feature timed runs, with bonus points awarded to the skipper who makes the fastest passage between two points... [more]
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America's Cup: White Tiger becomes the latest entry
Team Korea,
As indicated by Sail-World late last week the ninth entry in the 34th America's Cup is an entry from Korea known as the White Tiger Challenge or Team Korea. The team is headed by the organiser of the Korea match Cup, and in common with most the the America's Cup Challengers accepted the details of the money-men behind the team are announced but there is no mention of design or sailing team... [more]
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Les Voiles St de Barth day two tropical tradewind breezes
Barby MacGowan,
The first day of racing at the second edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth dawned with 25 knots of tropical tradewind breeze and showers sweeping over the picturesque French island located midway down the Caribbean chain.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa - Team Tunnicliffe update
Anna Tunnicliffe,
42nd Trofeo SAR Princesa - It was a successful day of racing for us as we wrapped up the first round of racing with a 7-0 record. This means that we qualified for the gold fleet. Tomorrow we will sail a seeding round for the quarterfinals. The gold fleet is initially made up of the top two teams from groups A, B, and C and then included will be the top two teams from the repecharge fleet.... [more]
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US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics day two at Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics laid down a solid day two. Two additional second-place finishes moved US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR golden girl Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) into the overall lead in the 78-boat Laser Radial class. USSTAG newcomers Adam Roberts and Nick Martin (both San Diego) took a second in race 3.... [more]
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McConaghy's MC2 is redefining speed and luxury
McConaghy News,
McConaghy has teamed up with racing multihull specialist Banuls Design to launch a new range of semi-custom high-performance catamarans.... [more]
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BoatUS News - 10th Annual Women's Sailing Conference
The National Women's Sailing Association (NWSA) will hold the 10th Annual Women's Sailing Conference Saturday, June fourth at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Massachusetts.... [more]
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How Albatrosses fly such vast distances - tacking upwind
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
The answer, says Philip L. Richardson of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), lies in a concept called dynamic soaring, in which the large bird utilizes the power of above-ocean wind shear while tacking like an airborne sailboat.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis conclude buildup; Oracle Racing dunked in 25kts
Check out these two video clips to see Artemis Racing finish their build up in Auckland with some great boat to boat combat shots. Then see Oracle Racing caught in a 25kt squirt with too much sail on - it's close and the crew cheer at the end.... [more]
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Hawaii will be ready for the Transpac 2011
Kimball Livingston,
In the tradition of these matters, Transpac Village in Long Beach promises to be bigger, better - and better yet, even more useful - reports Mainland Committee Chairman Warren Wolfe.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 4
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 4 April 2011 covering the latest entries and America's Cup World Series and more.... [more]
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