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US win in Velux and Gambare!—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

American sailor Brad Van Liew, on board Le Pingouin, has won the final sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans earlier today to secure overall victory.

Kaori Takahashi Gambare - Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011  Margje Tempelaars

The March 11, 2011 Tohoku earthquake and accompanying tsunami that rocked Japan exacted a massive toll, especially on coastal areas. The devastation of the disaster was felt in equal measure amongst Japanese sailors, many of who lost boats or clubhouses. To raise money to replace destroyed boats and infrastructure, the Japanese Sailing Federation has produced a blue and red sticker that bears the word 'Gambare' (loosely translates to mean 'don't give up' or 'keep going'), which they are selling for 20 euros apiece.

This week, Japanese sailors who are racing in the Delta Lloyd Regatta, which is currently taking place in Medemblik, Holland, are sailing with these stickers on their masts. 'The problem now faced by the Japanese sailing community is to rebuild clubs and fleets', explains Laser Radial coach Aiko Saito. 'All the international funds go to other priorities such as the industries, rebuilding houses, schools, roads...we need to urgently raise money to buy equipment and build new infrastructure for sailing.' In a sign of solidarity, the Dutch Sailing Federation has announced its plans to buy the first 25 stickers, which they will display on team boats. 'The sailing family is one and when you see what happened in Japan, it is more than normal to support this initiative,' said Royal Netherland Yachting Union Council member, Rob Franken. More about this inside; also be sure to check out our racing reports from the Delta Lloyd Regatta.

Extreme Sailing Series 2011. Act 3.Turkey . Istanbul

Emirates New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker with Artemis Racing skippered by Terry Hutchinson  Lloyd Images ©

Meanwhile, at the Extreme Sailing Series Istanbul, which is taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, competition is fierce as always amongst the fleet of these 40-foot, hopped-up speed machines. 'The day as promised with absolute whipping but good conditions, shifty, puffy and lots of up and down,' reported Artemis skipper Terry Hutchinson. 'We managed a pretty solid day as the aim has been to just try and be consistent in really inconsistent conditions.' From the sounds of reports, the racecourse lacks the runway that some skippers might prefer. 'We're sailing on a tiny river that runs off the Bosphorus and would be little more than 500m across,' reports Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker. 'To say racing is very confined is an understatement. You basically start, sail for 30 seconds and normally find yourselves on layline. Within two minutes the fleet arrives at the top mark and this is where the fun and games begin!' More inside.

Also in this week's sailing news, Andres Soriano's Mills 68, Alegre has nabbed line honors in the inaugural Rolex Volcano Race, which just wrapped up in Alicudi, the most westerly of the Aeolian Islands. The 2011 Transatlantic Race, which starts in late June is looking forward to welcoming a younger generation of offshore sailors, and the Annapolis to Newport Race is anticipating its largest fleet in 28 years. Check out the full reports, in this issue.

We also bring you an exclusive report on the new Ker 40, which looks like it will be an IRC weapon. You heard it first with us.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew takes the title
Velux 5 Oceans,
Brad Van Liew is the American skipper who has now sailed into the record books by winning every leg of the Velux 5 Oceans race for the second time!... [more]
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Gambare: Revive sailing in Japan
Corinne McKenzie,
Delta Lloyd Regatta interviews Kaori Takahashi who has set the objective to offer to her Yacht Club next year, her Laser radial sail from the Olympics. What's the big problem with that? Well, the problem is that the yacht club has been utterly destroyed by the tsunami and with not only her boat but, all the boats, equipment, infrastructure...... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta - Team Maclaren reaches quarterfinals
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Team Maclaren's Anna Tunnicliffe shares her account of the day's action and the team's victory that has put them through to the quarterfinals in the Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta day four lead to Gaspic
Robert Deaves,
Day four has presented many challenges for sailors in the Finn class and after a whirlwind of thrills, Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic of Croatia has sailed into the lead at the Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011.... [more]
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World champions reform into new matchracing team for World Tour
Adrian Lee & Partners Racing,
Two members of Blackmatch Racing have partnered with another established Matchrace and America's Cup combination to form a new matchracing team which will contest the World Match Racing Tour. Three of the five member of the team have won the world championship title of match racing.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans overall victory to Brad Van Liew
Velux 5 Oceans,
Brad Van Liew has crossed the finish line of the final sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world yacht race to secure overall victory.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta: Day 4 challenges the sailors skills + Video
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Delta Lloyd Regatta day four was another challenging day for the sailors. The RS:X men were first on and out of the water after two races sailed in 25 knots of gusty breeze and rain. The racing day started early for the Women Match racers who had to complete their qualification stage.... [more]
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McConaghy Ker 40 jumping onto the World's stage
John Curnow,
Keronimo has had her maiden sail. This boat's sea trials on the Solent in the UK is especially important, as she is the first of the new Ker 40 IRC Racers to come out of the McConaghy Boats factory.... [more]
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ICSA Women's Sailing honors awarded at Final Banquet
Jennifer Mitchell,
The Intercollegiate Sailing Association has announced the Quantum Women's College Sailor of the Year and their 2011 Women's All America Team. The prestigious awards are a highlight of the collegiate sailing year. The Women's College Sailor of the Year and the All-American honors are chosen by a committee of representatives from each of the seven ICSA districts.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Istanbul - Rough times for Artemis Racing
Terry Hutchinson,
Artemis Racing Helmsman Terry Hutchinson shares his account of the rough day had by the team in Istanbul as Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series rolls on.... [more]
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It's the Bermuda 1-2 for One Girl's Ocean Challenge
Guy Perrin,
Toronto's Dian Reid is counting the 'sleeps' until the start of the Bermuda 1-2 Race where she will be racing her Mini 6.5, One Girl's Ocean Challenge, on June 3rd. The race, a biennial tradition on the eastern seaboard since 1977, is a grueling 635-mile single-handed race from Newport, Rhode Island to St. George's, Bermuda, followed by a double handed return on June 16th with Nick Sellars.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series 2011 - Team Extreme and Alinghi crash + video
Julie Royer,
There was a big crash between Alinghi and Team Extreme in the fourth race of today (day three, 27th May) at Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Istanbul.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ queries basis of Challenger selection
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand is asking the America's Cup jury to clarify the method of selecting the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup. Emirates Team New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton said that with so much public money and sponsorship involved in the New Zealand challenge it was reasonable to seek clarification on how Artemis was selected.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans fleet charges towards La Rochelle finish line
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans race fleet is charging towards the La Rochelle finish line to complete their solo circumnavigations and the first arrival of the race, that started in the historic French port back in October 2010, is expected today (Friday 27th May).... [more]
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University of Rhode Island are Women's Collegiate National Champions
Jennifer Mitchell,
Cascade Locks, OR (May26, 2011) – In the final day of racing at the Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women's National Championship for the Gerald C. Miller Memorial Trophy, the women arrived and waited for wind until around 2 p.m. The delay on shore caused everyone to question whether any more races would be sailed today.... [more]
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45th Annual Governor's Cup Teams announced by Balboa Yacht Club
Nancy Mellon,
Teams from four US yacht clubs have been notified that their applications have been accepted for Balboa Yacht Club's 45th annual Governor's Cup International Junior Match Racing Championship which will take place July 19 to 24, 2011. The event features some of the best young match racing talent from all over the world. England, Australia, New Zealand, Bermuda, & South America will be represented.... [more]
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Transpac: Coastal Cup, Waikiki Offshore Series, and Kauai Channel Race
Kimball Livingston,
Transpac headquarters shares news of other exciting events taking in 2011 place all around the Transpacific Yacht Race which include the Coastal Cup, Waikiki Offshore Series and the Kauai Channel Race.... [more]
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Junior Olympic Sailing Festival celebrates 15th birthday
Jake Fish,
The Junior Olympic Sailing Festival will be celebrating its 15th birthday this year. The series of regattas takes place in sixteen states and is geared towards more than 4,000 youth that are between the ages of eight and twenty-one with an interested in sailing.... [more]
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Access Class European Championships day 1 on Lake Garda
Adam Hatton and David Staley,
Access Class European Championships. The beautiful mountain scenery made up for the lack of wind. The wind was not enough for the slower Access 2.3's who only managed one lengthy race and the time limit giving Reis Pedro Cancio (POR) a head start on the fleet. An extra session has been planned for this fleet tomorrow.... [more]
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Annapolis to Newport Race features largest fleet in 28 years
Chip Thayer,
This year's Annapolis to Newport Race entry list has now been completed. In all there are 71 entries which makes it the largest in the past 28 years.... [more]
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Women's Collegiate Sailing National Championship day 3 at The Gorge
Jennifer Mitchell,
Cascade Locks, OR – Today was the third day of the Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women's National Championship hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association and the Northwest Intercollegiate Sailing Association. The sailors arrived at the Columbia River venue this morning to very little wind and a postponed for almost four hours.... [more]
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Team Australia applies for AC45 Regatta
Team Yachting Australia Ltd has lodged an application for an AC45 event with the 34th Americas Cup Event Authority and has received confirmation and advice that the venue dates during January and February 2012 are available for events to be held in Australia during this period.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 welcomes a younger generation
Media Pro International,
Transatlantic Race 2011 has a strong fleet of 30 preparing to race in late June and early July from the start in Newport, R.I., to the finish at The Lizard on the coast of Cornwall in Southwestern England.... [more]
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Chicago Match Race Center Spring Invitational
Ten teams are entered and ready to compete at this weekend's CMRC Spring Invitational, the 2011 season opener event at the Chicago Match Race Center. The Spring Invitational will also determine the 2011 Lake Michigan Match Race Champion from among the top-finishing Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation competitors.... [more]
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Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta
Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta,
The true spirit of sailing was on display for the third annual Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta on May 20-22 and the first ever Robie Pierce Women's Invitational Regatta on May 19. The Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta consisted of 14 teams and 11 races over two days in Ideal 18s.... [more]
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Bacardi Newport Sailing Week combines sailing and art
Jan Harley,
Bacardi Newport Sailing Week 2011 will definitely be a case of ‘success breeds success' when the inaugural event is held from June 23-26, 2011, on Rhode Island waters.... [more]
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IYRS Student Projects launch in public ceremony
Cynthia Goss,
International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) Student Projects Launch Day is being held on Saturday 4th June 2011 at the IYRS School in Newport. Graduation ceremonies begin at 10:00 am... [more]
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Annapolis Leukemia Cup Regatta to raise funds for cancer research
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,
The Leukemia Cup Regatta is a thrilling series of sailing events that combines the joy of boating with the important task of raising money to fight leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. The Maryland Chapter Leukemia Cup Regatta will be held June 10-11 2011.... [more]
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