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Ever wonder how Oracle Racing's Jimmy Spithill managed to get his match-racing start, or how Dean Barker, skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand, got involved with Nexus Marine? If so, check out the videos (and, in Barker's case, the accompanying article) in this issue. The first, an interview with Jimmy Spithill by T2P.TV's Lindsay Foster, sheds light on how this impressive young sailor thinks, whereas Richard Gladwell's article and video considers Barker's double life as both a professional racing skipper and a businessman with interests in the marine-electronics world.

Toño Piris and Pachi Rivero, Renault Z.E.   Patrick Thierry / Barcelona World Race

Meanwhile, in the doublehanded, non-stop Barcelona world Race, Toño Piris and Pachi Rivero aboard Renault Z.E, have crossed the finishing line in Barcelona. Astern of Renault Z.E is Estrella Damm Sailing Team; several hundred miles back still is . Neutrogena, with American co-skipper Ryan Breymaier representing North American sailing in this fantastic race. 'We are feeling pretty good about getting back,' said Breymaier. 'We are still in good shape, we have had our share of difficulties, it is nice to be getting close, the conditions are not that bad for us at the moment, we are going upwind at the moment, we have nice waves and so it is quite easy actually.' Check out the report inside and stay tuned for more coverage as the rest of the fleet starts to converge on Barcelona.

One Design and Olympic sailing fans, be sure to check out the latest Day 5 news, we just posted from US SailingTeam AlphaGraphics members, who are competing in the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia regatta in Palma.

Offshore enthusiasts should pay attention to the list of newly named skippers for the next edition of the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race. And Cup fans, be sure to check out the story of South Korea's first-ever America's Cup challenge.

Les Voiles de St. Barth  Ingrid Abery © Copyright

And lastly, if your mindset is that of 'big is better' when it comes to sailboat hardware, make sure you point your mouse to Ingrid Abery's image galleries from the Les Voiles de St. Barth. Here, you can drool at some of the most exotic hardware afloat, being put to great use in the Caribbean. Not too bad...

May the four winds blow you safely home.

David Schmidt, US Editor

Trofeo Princesa Sofia - day 5 racing for US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics
Dana Paxton,
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre - On the fifth day of racing at Princess Sofia Trophy, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics continued to improve on standings, and qualified for Saturday's medal race in Women's 470, Finn, Laser Radial, Star as well as advancing to the Women's Match Racing final and petit-final matches.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Women's Match Racing day five
Women's International Match Racing Association,
The 42nd Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre Women's Match Racing fleet enjoyed another beautiful day on Palma Bay which made conditions excellent for some great racing battles... [more]
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Newport Sailing Series 2011 kicks off with Bacardi Sailing Week
International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
The Audi Melges 20 Newport Sailing Series 2011 series is comprised of three events proudly presented by the International Audi Melges 20 Class Association... [more]
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Jeremy Wilmot joins Zhik USA
Mike Krantz,
Zhik USA is busy preparing for some significant growth this summer, and is proud to announce the addition of Jeremy Wilmot to head up Market Development... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Gutek heads to Fortaleza with broken forestay
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski is heading for port after the forestay on his Eco 60 yacht Operon Racing broke. Although the rig is secure, the damage has forced Gutek, who was lying fourth in ocean sprint four, to turn his boat round and head for Fortaleza on the northern coast of Brazil to carry out the vital repairs.... [more]
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SLAM Presents: Interview with Oracle Racing Skipper James Spithill
Lindsay Foster,
Oracle Racing James Spithill talks with T2P.TV's Lindsay Foster about the 33rd AC and his history of sailing.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race podium complete
Barcelona World Race,
Pachi Rivero and Antonio Piris, Renault Z.E. Sailing Team, crossed the finish line off Barcelona's iconic W-Hotel this morning at O647hrs (UTC). After Mapfre the pair are only the second of the top three to complete the circumnavigation non-stop.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia day 4 update from Andrew Campbell
Andrew Campbell,
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia day 4 was a long day at the RCNP today, but well worth the time for us as we scored three big races in a light seabreeze.... [more]
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World Champions duel at Sail Port Stephens
Sail Port Stephens media,
Two high profile Australian sailors Glen Bourke and Nathan Outteridge, with ten World titles under their belts between them, are amongst the favourites for the 2011 SB3 Australian Championship to be sailed Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April, as part of Sail Port Stephens 2011.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Renault Z.E. takes third
Barcelona World Race,
Pachi Rivero and Toño Piris the childhood friends who met nearly 40 years ago as grommet surfers on the beaches of their native Santander, finalised the podium for this second edition of the Barcelona World Race by ghosting across the windless finish line in the bright morning sunshine, making the final metres to complete their third place finish by sheer willpower and motivation.... [more]
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Les Voiles de St Barth - A time out for the fleet
Barby MacGowan,
Les Voiles de St Barth day 3 was a lay day, following two spectacular days of racing punctuated by strong breezes sweeping across the Caribbean... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - Team Tunnicliffe up 2-0 in quarterfinals
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - Inspite of the fact that I am repeating myself, it was another great day of sailing here in Palma, Spain. The wind filled in around 1:00 pm again, and racing got underway. Today started with two races in the repecharge group followed by our last two races in the gold group.... [more]
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Trofeo Princesa Sofia Trophy day 4 for US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics
Dana Paxton,
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Trophy - Overall, day four of racing at Princess Sofia Trophy was successful for US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics as sailors climbed up the scoreboard in Women's 470 and Star, and scoredwins in Women's Match Racing.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Finn Class - Two more wins for Ainslie
Robert Deaves,
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Finn Class - Experience won over youth today on the fourth day in Palma, as regatta leader Ben Ainslie (GBR) stamped his authority over the fleet with two more race wins on a day when very few could find any consistency and many of the front runners picked up what turned out to be their discards.... [more]
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America's Cup: Teams offered jump-start design package for AC72's
America's Cup Media,
For the first time ever in the America's Cup, a shared design program is being offered to the entered teams to jump-start designs of the fast, high-tech AC72s, the new wing-sailed catamarans to be launched next year. With the surge of new teams that just entered the 34th America's Cup, the 15 teams that met last week's entry deadline now have the opportunity to share in an initial design packag... [more]
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Dean Barker: America's Cup skipper and Nexus Marine Director + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand skipper, Dean Barker leads a double life. While most know him for this exploits in three America's Cups, he is also a Director of Auckland based Kiwi Yachting Consultants who in turn own Nexus Marine AB, the Swedish based manufacturer of marine instrumentation.... [more]
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College-High School PC Championships
Rich Roberts,
College-High School PC Championships - The best sailors representing 22 high schools and a dozen universities from California and Hawaii will compete in the College and High School Pacific Coast Championships Saturday and Sunday at Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier.... [more]
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US Sailing Awards Hanson Medal for rescue on San Francisco Bay
Jake Fish,
US Sailing has presented a Hanson Rescue Medal to Erik and Brian Jones of San Francisco, Calif. for rescuing two sailors from San Francisco Bay on August 19, 2009.... [more]
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Virbac-Paprec 3 wins Barcelona World Race with 3Di sails from Norths
Zoe Hawkins,
Virbac-Paprec 3's success in the Barcelona World Race utilising 3Di sails from North Sails as part of a complete North Sails inventory will be music to the ears of Volvo Ocean Race teams using the product when the race starts at the end of this year. This week Virbac-Paprec 3, skippered by Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron, became the first yacht to circumnavigate the world with a complete set... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Operon Racing skipper soon to test broken bowsprit
Velux 5 Oceans,
It has been a tense couple of days onboard Velux 5 Oceans skipper Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski's Operon Racing as the moment when he will need to hoist a sail onto his broken bowsprit draws closer... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia day 3 update from Andrew Campbell
Andrew Campbell,
After a short postponement on shore today we were rushed out to the racecourse to try and get one race off in a fading northeasterly.... [more]
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Caribbean Regatta Clean Sweep for Virgin Islands Team INTAC/Crowley
Robert Jennings,
Team INTAC/Crowley win all of the major Caribbean Regattas in 2011 and achieve an average result of 1.1 out of 49 races competed. The British Virgin Islands, which are renowned for having some of the best sailing conditions in the world, did not disappoint this weekend,... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery Images,
Les Voiles de St. Barth is underway and photographer Ingrid Abery presents these action shots from the day's racing.... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Les Voiles de St. Barth - Photographer Ingrid Abery shares this gallery of images from the day's fun on the water.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Finn class - Ainslie clings to lead
Robert Deaves,
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre day three featured unstable winds and large shifts. Day three brought another postponement for the Finn class as the land breeze died, but today the postponement stretched into the afternoon before the sea breeze built enough to allow racing to start. The fleet finally got away in 8 to 11 knots just after 14.00 after a very long wait on the water.... [more]
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Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre day three a waiting game
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre - The third day of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre was not the easiest one. Opposite winds and unsettled conditions made life difficult for sailors and race committees. Some classes managed to complete their first race in the North-Easterly and waited for the wind to turn into a sea breeze to continue with remaining races.... [more]
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Princess Sofia Trophy day 3 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics overview
Dana Paxton,
At the mid-way point for Princess Sofia Trophy, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics continued to solidify results despite some challenging conditions in Palma de Mallorca.... [more]
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Clipper Round The World Yacht Race skippers announced
Zoe Williamson,
The ten international sailors have been appointed to the prestigious and challenging position following a rigorous selection process. They will each skipper one of the ten stripped down, 68-foot racing yachts which are preparing to compete in the 40,000-mile challenge, the only global ocean race open to everyone, regardless of background and sailing ability, and the longest in the world.... [more]
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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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Robie Pierce One Design Regatta registration now open
Robie Pierce One Design Regatta,
American Yacht Club, in partnership with Larchmont Yacht Club, is hosting the third annual Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta for sailors with disabilities. Spanning the three days from May 19th to May 22nd, AYC will be the site of the battle of the champions for an expected 25 - 30 crews of disabled sailors.... [more]
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Laser Slalom renewed at St. Francis Yacht Club for 2011
Paige Brooks,
Where the Wild West meets salt water—on San Francisco Bay—a 2011 grand gathering of Laser class sailors affords an opportunity too good to pass up. We're going to revive a classic.... [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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