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First VO70 Sets Sail, Extreme 40 Carnage —the latest Sailing News

In Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) circles, Emirates Team New Zealand sailed their new Marcelino Botin-designed Volvo Open 70, Camper today on New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf. Camper is the first of the now-generation VO70s to hit the water, and her livery is certainly engaging, especially when coupled with her sail inventory, each of which has a custom-designed graphics job. 'As a team we have always strived to be different and to set ourselves apart from other teams,' said Grant Dalton, Emirates Team New Zealand's Managing Director. 'Today we have demonstrated this visually, we are making a bold statement and we anticipate being able to do the same on the water.' Check out the story and images in this issue, as well as the video of Camper's first miles.

Emirates Team New Zealand - Extreme Sailing Series Act 2  Emirates Team NZ

Speaking of Emirates Team New Zealand, their multi-hull contingency has been sailing well at the Extreme Series Act 2, which is currently being sailed off of Qingdao, China in Extreme 40 catamarans. After Day 2, Emirates Team New Zealand won a crucial redress against the Austrian-flagged Red Bull Extreme Sailing team, keeping the Kiwis in first, the Austrians in second, and Alinghi—Ernesto Berarelli's Swiss team—in third place. Thus far the wind has been typical of Qingdao, with hulls sometimes aloft, sometimes not. Still, with some of the world's best multi-hull sailors assembled on eleven high-speed cats, rest assured that the competition is strong. 'It was a pretty hard day today, especially on the start line as the wind was shifting a lot and there was a big difference in pressure,' said Roman Hagara, of the Red Bull Extreme Sailing team. 'Quite difficult to know where to go, which side of the start line is better, where the pressure is the most powerful.' Stay tuned for more from this event, as it transpires. STOP THE PRESSES. We have today's carnage

In the double-handed, nonstop Barcelona World Race (BWR), skippers Juan Merediz and Fran Palacio, onboard Central Lechera Asturiana, have retired due to safety concerns regarding the broken ring frame on their IMOCA 60. This frame is crucial to supporting the hull's engine box. This damage, coupled with their current location in New Zealand and the changing seasons in the Southern Hemisphere, presented serious issues; the fact that all of their competitors are well ahead substantially reduces their safety net, making it a wise decision to call it a day. 'It is never easy to make decisions like this,' said Palacio. 'But safety is the first requirement that we put together and the southern winter is upon us. That really is the fact that we cannot get round or ignore.' More inside.

Vesper wins the Racing Class at Les Voiles de St. Barth 2011  Christophe Jouany / Les Voiles de Saint-Barth

And finally, if big is your thing check out the wrap-up report from this year's Les Voiles de St. Barth, where the maxis go to strut their stuff. 'Today's race (race four) was fantastic,' said Jim Swartz of Vesper, the winner of the Racing class. 'We went around the island, and it was very challenging; I think we used most of the sails in our inventory. It was a great day to be on the water.' Images, final results and the full report are all inside.

May the four winds blow you safely home.

David Schmidt, US Editor

Velux 5 Oceans skipper Van Liew under pressure
Velux 5 Oceans,
The pressure to protect his lead in the race to his hometown is mounting for Velux 5 Oceans skipper Brad Van Liew as ocean sprint four enters its final stage.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Day 3 Carnage, capsizes and collisions - Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
Never in four years of the Extreme Sailing Series has there been so much drama in one day. In almost unprecedented conditions here in Qingdao, the public witnessed some extraordinary adrenalin fueled ‘stadium' racing, first witnessing a major collision between The Wave, Muscat (Oman) and Oman Air (Oman) at the first downwind mark of the first race, and four dramatic capsizes.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 carnage for Team Artemis on day three
Morgan Trubovich,
Team Artemis experienced the excitement of 'stadium racing' in their Extreme Sailing Series campaign today in the Chinese city of Qingdao. Morgan Trubovich recounts Team Artemis' third day at the event.... [more]
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Aussie Sailing Dream Team aims to spoil the British Party
Sail Port Stephens media,
Over the years one of the great pleasures for Australians has been to beat their British rivals at their own game, be it cricket, rugby or tennis. Now the pressure is on the Brits in one of their favourite sports - sailing.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week 2011 Melges 24s prepare for fierce competition
U.S. Melges 24 Class Association,
Charleston Race Week racing officially gets underway on Friday at 1100. More racing is scheduled for Saturday and concludes on Sunday.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ: Lead saved by video referee in Qingdao after Day 2
Emirates Team NZ media,
Emirates Team New Zealand emerged from the second day of the Extreme Sailing series with its overall lead intact. When racing finished for the day it looked like the Austrian team Red Bull had snatched the lead after Dean Barker had been recalled at the start, for being over the line.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 Qingdao: High drama on Day 2 + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
There was four and a half hours of high-drama on the second day of the Act 2 at the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao, China. Six 'open water' races were raced today outside the breakwater of Fushan Bay. The breeze was a up and down but predominantly strong enough to see the Extreme 40 fleet flying their hulls... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 - Artemis Racing does it tough on day
Morgan Trubovich,
Artemis Racing's trimmer Morgan Trubovich updates from Qingdao, China on the teams tough second day of racing in the Extreme Sailing Series Act 2... [more]
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Camper with Emirates Team NZ first sail in Hauraki Gulf + Video
Volvo Ocean Race skipper Chris Nicholson took Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand for its first sail in the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand. Camper is the first Volvo Open 70 that has been launched for the Race... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship Road To Corpus warm up series
International Melges 24 Class Association,
Melges 24 World Championship 2011 is to be held in Corpus Christi, Texas from 11-21 May 2011 Entry for the event will close on Friday 22 April. This coming weekend will see the final event in the Road To Corpus warm up series - Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ: CAMPER shows her colours on the Waitemata + Video
Warren Douglas,
CAMPER the Emirates Team New Zealand's VO70 yacht for the Volvo Ocean Race went for her maiden sail on Auckland Harbour today. The yacht left the team's base at Viaduct Harbour in the early afternoon. The sea was calm, the wind a soft breeze – ideal conditions for a maiden sail with the sailing crew of 11 and the 12 designers, engineers and systems experts on board... [more]
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US Sailing - Huntington Lake rescue merits US Sailing Hanson Medal
Jake Fish,
US Sailing has awarded Hanson Rescue Medals to two crews who saved three lives in an incident on Huntington Lake. A day before the 2010 Huntington Lake Yacht Club's Annual Regatta, Don Whelan and his crew, in their 18-foot Mercury Class racing sailboat were practicing against another boat. Their tune-up exercises ended when the four sailors heard shouts for help from the water in the distance.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings April release
ISAF World Sailing Fleet Racing Rankings for 13 April 2011 have been released.... [more]
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Lightning Class Association boat grant recipients
International Lightning Class Association,
The International Lightning Class Association is pleased to announce the 2011 Boat Grant Teams. Going into its fifth season, the innovative Boat Grant Program puts race-ready Lightnings into the hands of young teams who might otherwise not be able to campaign a Lightning.... [more]
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Pierre Cayard reunited with hand built El Toro
Erik Simonson,
Pierre Cayard is a fine furniture worker by trade, but when he moved to San Francisco decades ago, his calling changed as became the primary set builder for the SF Ballet and SF Opera.... [more]
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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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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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