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It's been a long dry spell since the last Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), but teams are gearing up for the start of the 2011/2012 edition, which kicks off this fall. Emirates Team New Zealand recently launched (and christened) their new VO70 (see our coverage in this issue), Puma Ocean Racing is about to launch their new ride (more, as it becomes known), and now Telefonica has started to get more public about their campaign, which will be their third attempt at winning this prestigious around-the-world event. 'The Volvo Ocean Race is the most important offshore race in the world and, along with the America's Cup, it is one of the only two regattas among the ten most watched sporting events in the world,' said Pedro Campos, CEO of Team Telefonica. 'The Volvo Ocean Race is probably the longest, hardest and most difficult and extreme of any sport, and just taking part in it means a great challenge for any country.' The team is currently building their new VO70, Telefonica, in Valencia, Spain. Given their third-place finish in the last edition of the VOR, look for this team to be strong, experienced and constantly pressing for the top of the leader board.

GAES Centros Auditivos - Barcelona World Race 2011  Barcelona World Race ©

Meanwhile, in the double-handed, nonstop Barcelona World Race (BWR), Dee Caffari and Anna Cordella, aboard Gaes are on the cusp of making sailing history. While the duo still needs to sail a few more miles to get across the finish line, the team should finish sometime today. Cordella will go down in the record books as the first Spanish woman to race nonstop around the world, while Caffari will be completing a heady fourth circumnavigation; moreover, the two are the first all-female team to have completed the BWR. 'We are very tired physically, it has been quite demanding with the sail changes and the maneuvers,' said Caffari. 'We kind of expected that, so we are trying to rest while we can. But really we are also just enjoying the sailing. The sun is out. The water is flat and if you are going to have a last day's sailing [that's] going to take a little longer, these are perfect conditions. We have prepared for our arrival, we have washed our hair, and done our hair and stuff, we will be smelling better than anyone would expect.' Read the full report inside this issue.

Oracle Racing - AC45 training - Sailing on the edge - AC45 heads down the mine  Oracle Racing - copyright

Cup fans, pay attention to Oracle Racing's video and still images of an AC45 wiping out at speed. A disaster? Apparently not: 'We were actually happy afterward,' said Oracle Racing's Dirk de Ridder. 'We've done similar things with other 40-footers and had bad results. We're very happy we could get out of it. Nothing was damaged. The wing hit the shrouds very hard, but there was no damage. It was a very good day in the end.' Also, check out Oracle Racing's report on Team Korea, the first (South) Korean team to compete for the Cup.

Finally, today marks the start of Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series, which is being held in Qingdao, China. Eleven teams will be scorching their Extreme 40 cats around the racecourse, no doubt engaging in tight racing and generating great images, so stay tuned for reports and media updates as the action unfolds.

May the four winds blow you safely home.

David Schmidt, US Editor Sail-World.com

Newport to Ensenada rematch
Rich Roberts,
How important is the start of a 125.5-nautical mile sailboat race? For people watching Friday's 12 noon getaway of the 64th Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race from a vantage point, getting off the line first will seem a pretty big deal.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 - Team Artemis in Qingdao
Morgan Trubovich,
Team Artemis restarted their Extreme Sailing Series campaign today in the Chinese city of Qingdao. Morgan Trubovich recounts Team Artemis first day at the event.... [more]
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Wilson Trophy attracts top team racers
Justin Chisholm,
In less than a month's time, the world's best team racers will once again congregate in the United Kingdom for the sixty-second edition of the Wilson Trophy British Open Team Racing Championship, hosted and organised by West Kirby Sailing Club... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 Chinese challenge for Alinghi
Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 swiss team Alinghi has travelled all the way to China aiming to improve on their initial performance at the opening round of the circuit in Oman... [more]
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Telefonica returns to the Volvo Ocean Race
Volvon Ocean Race Media,
elefónica is back for the third consecutive edition to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race. The company will do so with a boat called 'Telefónica' which is undergoing construction at a shipyard in Valencia, Spain. The Spanish Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 team will include a latest generation yacht and an expert and competitive crew, aspiring to win this prestigious challenge.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ Volvo 70 'splashed' in Auckland
Event Media,
Camper, the yacht Emirates Team New Zealand will campaign in the Volvo Race, was launched at the team's Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, base late this afternoon. Tomorrow, after the yacht's hydraulic systems, which operate the canting keel, are tested the mast will be stepped and the yacht prepared for its maiden sail later in the week.... [more]
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San Diego to Puerto Vallarta race 30th edition dates announced
Jared Wohlgemuth,
Ricardo Brockmann's RP52 Vincitore is the first entry for the 30th edition of the San Diego to Puerto Vallarta yacht race... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia medal race update from Andrew Campbell
Andrew Campbell,
Unfortunately, we had a bit of an ugly start to our medal race in Palma. We were pretty fired up to have a good race with good potential to move back up the leaderboard and get onto the podium with a good finish in the ten-boat final race.... [more]
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TP52 World Championship 2011 in Porto Cervo
TP52 World Championship,
2011 Audi TP52 World Championships will be hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda on the famous waters of Sardinia's Porto Cervo.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship Entry deadline approaching
Member National Authorities are reminded to submit their entry form (Form B) for the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships 2011 taking place in Zadar, Croatia from 7-16 July 2011.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race -Lone American sailor crosses the finish line
Barcelona World Race,
After 100 days, three hours, 13 minutes and 25 seconds at sea, Ryan Breymaier (Annapolis, Md./Washington, D.C.) – the lone American in the Barcelona World Race – stands on solid ground after finishing the race on Sunday, April 10... [more]
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470 Class Launches Development Programmes for 2011
Luissa Smith,
Supporting the current and future generations of 470 sailors is key to the development strategy of the International 470 Class Association. For 2011, the 470 Class Development Programmes build on the successes of past years and particularly 2010, when the Class supported over 300 sailors from more than 40 nations in their sailing careers.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 high speed wipeout video's and images
Oracle Racing and Sail-World,
Last week, Oracle Racing were out training on the Hauraki Gulf in strong-to-high winds between 25 and 35 knots with a sea running. They were sailing off the wind under North Head when a strong puff hit. The leeward bow dug in the water and the trampoline was nearly engulfed before control was regained, before the distribution of buoyancy in the hull allowed the bow to pop out and avert calamity.... [more]
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Oracle Racing News: Edition 5 - Team Korea enters; High speed wipeouts
Oracle Racing Media,
Edition 5 of the Oracle Racing newsletter with an introduction to Team Korea, and two videos of AC45 wipe-outs while training in the Hauraki Gulf., plus more...... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Overall Standings after three regattas
After three regattas in the ISAF Sailing World Cup series the world's best sailors are leading the way in the Overall Standings.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans racer Hatfield ends Van Liew's winning streak
Velux 5 Oceans,
Canadian ocean racer Derek Hatfield has moved one step closer to shooting up the Velux 5 Oceans leader board after winning the ocean sprint four timed run.... [more]
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Geoff Smale: Sailor, Sailing Scientist and Sailing Engineer
Richard Gladwell,
Geoff Smale, who died in a light aircraft accident on Saturday was one of New Zealand's most intelligent sailors combining that rare mix of engineering ability, original thinking and great sailing ability. He did not start sailing until relatively late in life at the age of 21 years, and first rose to fame with a win in the prestigious Prince of Wales Trophy in 1958 sailed off Cowes Isle of Wig... [more]
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Olympic yachtsman found dead in plane + Video
Richard Gladwell,
One of New Zealand's top sailors - 1968 Olympic representative and 1958 Price of Wales Trophy winner, Geoff Smale, has been found dead in the cockpit of his crashed microlight. He was en route from Auckland to Ashburton. It is reported that an Airforce Iroquois helicopter found the wreckage, on Mount Duppa in the Bryant Range, about 20km north east of Nelson, around 2pm today, the Rescue Coordinat... [more]
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San Francisco Windsurfing Racing season kicks off
David Wells,
San Francisco Bay Windsurfing 2011 season started out on a high note this past April 8 with near idyllic conditions for Formula Windsurfing Racing just off the race deck of the St Francis Yacht Club.... [more]
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