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Start 1, Sunday, June 26 off of Castle Hill in Newport, Rhode Island. - Transatlantic Race 2011  Amory Ross / Transatlantic Race 2011

For the fortunate few who are racing in this year's Transatlantic race, these are exciting times. The race is sailed pursuit style, with the fastest boats—including the Maltese Falcon and the new Gunboat 66, Phaedo—starting today. Anyone lucky enough to be in Newport Harbor will be in for quite a show during the starting sequences, as some of the world's most impressive sailing hardware winds up for what promises to be one of the great yacht races of the year.

As for the boats that have already started, here's the onboard report from Dawn Star: 'Dawn broke slowly as the fog we've become accustomed to engulfed us once again. The wind grew extremely light and we ghosted along in our own gray bubble; as best we could tell, the edge of the world was only one hundred feet away in all directions. If the world had been flat, we could easily have sailed right off the edge without ever seeing it.' Be sure to check the website for updates as they become available, and also be sure to check out all of the great Transatlantic-related media, in this issue.

Pegasus - Transpacific Yacht Race  

Meanwhile, on the West Coast, our most fabled distance race—the Transpacific Yacht Race—has announced that the race will use an intentional six-hour delay in reporting least until the lead monohull gets within 100 miles of the finishing line at Diamond Head—then all boats go 'live'. The reason? Tactics and strategy. 'The Transpac has a long history as a race in which navigation matters,' said world-class navigator Stan Honey. 'Using a six-hour delay for the first part of the Transpac recognizes and honors that history. Switching to real-time reports as the first monohull crosses the mark of 100 miles to the finish makes logistics easier for family members and for Honolulu committee members. It will add to the excitement of the finish.' For more information on this, and to find out more about why other big distance races might consider a similar move, be sure to check out Kimball Livingston's piece, in this issue.

Cup junkies are advised to pay attention to Jimmy Spithill's interview with Michelle Slade to learn more about what it's like to be an AC skipper. VOR addicts: The biggest news from this race is that VOR legend Mike Sanderson is back in the race with a new team and a new (old) boat, Sanya Lan (formerly Telefonica Blue). Find out the full scoop inside.

And speaking of super cool races featuring super-cool boats (and you know that Transpac and the Transatlantic will both feature plenty of sleds), be sure to have a gander at Ingrid Abbery's image gallery from the Superyacht Cup 2011. Caveat emptor: if you do don't own a superyacht, this image gallery will certainly foster the desire... And since we're already talking about cool images of cool boats, also be sure to check out Dan Armstrong's gallery of Puma Ocean Racing's new mar mostro out sailing.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Transatlantic Race Start 2 on June 29
Barby MacGowan,
Having cheered on the first six yachts when they departed on the Transatlantic Race 2011 two days ago, the 14-strong group of yachts that will take the second of the three staggered starts now have less than 24 hours until they begin the race across the North Atlantic for themselves.... [more]
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Scorching start to Rolex Baltic Week
The 2011 Rolex Baltic Week opened on the waters of Flensburg Fjord after the hottest day of the year, with equally heated competition among the Metre classes who began racing for the Robbe & Berking 8-Metre and 12-Metre World Championships... [more]
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ISAF Youth Worlds 2011 Laser Radial competition fierce
International Sailing Federation,
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship 2011 - Ninety three Laser Radial sailors will make their way to Zadar, Croatia from 7 to 16 July for the ISAF Youth Worlds. With 51 boys and 42 girls the competition to be crowned ISAF Youth Worlds champion will be fierce.... [more]
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Cayard's Update - RC44 Cagliari Cup
Paul Cayard,
RC44 Cagliari Cup 2011 update from Paul Cayard of Artemis Racing.... [more]
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Global Solo Race 2012-13 Racing solo for America
Tim Zimmerman,
Perhaps the biggest failure of American sailing over the past decades is the lack of presence and impact at the highest ends of global shorthanded sailing. It wasn't even until 2004-2005 that an American, Bruce Schwab, managed to finish the Vendee Globe.... [more]
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More images from the Round the Island Race
As the crews and photographers recover from yesterday's JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, circumnavigating the Isle of Wight, England, many new images of the race boats are being posted. The fleet hit rough seas as they rounded The Needles at the western tip of the Isle of Wight, and had more on their hands than the early settlers when winds freshened to Force 7 on the leg to S... [more]
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From Predictwind, an upgraded weather model
Sail-World Cruising,
Predictwind, arguably the world leader in wind forecasting, has been live for 3 years now, and it has been a huge success with rapid growth. Now the company is announcing an upgraded weather model.... [more]
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Superyacht Cup 2011 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Ingrid Abery images from the Superyacht Cup 2011, which took place in Palma from the 22-25 June.... [more]
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Puma Ocean Racing - Team training images
Dan Armstrong images,
Puma Ocean Racing's kick-off event is now underway off Rhode Island, US. The gallery of images is from photographer Dan Armstrong.... [more]
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Transpac announces six-Hour Tracking delay - might other races?
Kimball Livingston,
Inside Transpac, one of the lively conversations of 2011 has centered on position-reporting delays, pro or con.... [more]
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Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Race entry from Western Australia
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race - Western Australia has returned to the race with the third entry from the state in the 15-year history of the event that is ‘Raced by People Like You'. The yacht will represent the City of Greater Geraldton (formerly Geraldton-Greenough).... [more]
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America's Cup: The View From Spithill's Office
Michelle Slade, Sailblast,
Jimmy Spithill's version of getting up and heading to the office is just a little different to most. He starts in the gym about 7.00am, heads home for a shower and breakfast, then hits the ORACLE Racing HQ at San Francisco's Pier 80 for an operations meeting which sets the team's agenda for the day.... [more]
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Lewmar Deck Switch Advisory Notice
Lewmar Marine,
Deck switch service update - Electric deck switches operate in a hostile environment and are subject to salt water, extremes of temperature, direct sunlight and UV effect. They are also susceptible to wear and tear following repeated use and can in some instances suffer accidental damage during boat operations.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Worlds 2011 countdown begins
International Sailing Federation,
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships 2011 countdown is on with 358 sailors from 59 nations registered to compete. Many former ISAF Youth Worlds medallists throughout the years have gone on to achieve greatness in the Olympic Games, America's Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race, and this years athletes will look to follow in the footsteps of their heroes.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 East Coast Championship tie break
Joy Dunigan,
Congratulations to 2011 Audi Melges 20 East Coast Champion Paul Reilly, from Cedar Lake, Wis. aboard Red Sky. Twelve entries strong, the fleet sailed in some of the most challenging of conditions and up against the stiffest of competition.... [more]
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Chicago Match Race 2011 Wilson victorious in Match Cup B Event
Chicago Match Race Center,
Victory claimed at Chicago Match Race 2011 Go Pro Match Cup B Event by Wilson and crew... [more]
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Bacardi Newport Sailing Week started a New Tradition
Gabriele Pedone,
2011 marks a great year for the Bacardi Newport Sailing Week now presented by EFG Bank... [more]
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America's birthday weekend BoatUS talks safety
Scott Croft,
VA Fireworks weekend approaching, BoatUS places an emphasis on boating safety for late night events and large amount of boaters expected to participate.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Sanderson's Team Sanya announce boat choice
Volvo Ocean Race Media and Stuart Alexander,
Team Sanya, the first sole Chinese Entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, have announced the boat they have selected to compete in the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race. The yacht will be rechristened ‘Sanya Lan' and will undergo a four to five week refit in the UK before hitting the water in early August, ahead of the start of the race on October 29 in Alicante.... [more]
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USA's Rogers wins 2011 Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta
Carol Bareuther,
Sailing fast and hitting the wind shifts 'just right' is what led 11-year-old, Wiley Rogers, from Houston, Texas, to win the 19th annual Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta, held out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club, U.S. Virgin Islands, June 24 to 26. 'The waves and wind are what I like about sailing here,' says Rogers, who led going into the last day and held his lead in spite of 2010 defendin... [more]
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Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011 day 8 - Dunkerbeck and Offringa on top
Ed Sinclair,
Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011 day 8 - The tables turn in Aruba seeing Bjorn Dunkerbeck and Sarah-Quita Offringa burst into first place and claim the event crowns.... [more]
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GoPro Match Cup B 2011 - Racers raise the bar
Chicago Match Race Center,
GoPro Match Cup B 2011 - 'We have Boat 6 going upwind with a spinnaker,' voiced Principal Race Officer Darcy Cooke over the radio after an unpredicted twist of the wind after the start of flight 9. The race committee was disappointed they didn't fit in a full round robin, but 8 ½ flights were completed on the first day of the event... [more]
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Round the Island Race: An onboard perspective from Tonnere de Breskens
Ben Gladwell,
Tonnere de Breskens owned and skippered by Piet Vroon (NED), is one of the top performers on the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Circuit. A Ker46, Tonnere de Breskens and is sailed by an international crew. New Zealand's Ben Gladwell (23) was aboard for the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race and filed this report on one of the great adventures in English sailing.... [more]
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Portimão Portugal Match Cup - Williams victory
Ian Williams won his first World Match Racing Tour event in three years today sailing to victory at the Portimão Portugal Match Cup. Williams' victory over Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing in Portugal means there has been a different winner in each of the four completed stages of the 2011 Tour.... [more]
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Spectacular images from the Round the Island Race
TH Martinez/Sea&Co/onEdition,
As the crews and photographers recover from yesterday's JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, circumnavigating the Isle of Wight, England, many new images of the race boats are being posted. The fleet hit rough seas as they rounded The Needles at the western tip of the Isle of Wight, and had more on their hands than the early settlers when winds freshened to Force 7 on the leg to S... [more]
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Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week day 2
Rich Roberts,
Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week 2011 - When Jim Madden and his Newport Harbor Yacht Club crew on Stark Raving Mad arrived at their boat Saturday morning for the second day of racing they ditched the dismal forecast for continuing light wind and proceeded to pack heavier sails.... [more]
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Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week day one
Rich Roberts,
It was Long Beach, home of the notorious summer sea breeze that roars down the San Pedro Channel like an express train. So what was with the wimpy six to seven knots that greeted 150 boats in 15 classes for the first day of competition in Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week?... [more]
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America's Cup: Dean Barker explains the Emirates team NZ campaign
PJ Montgomery,
Emirates Team NZ skipper, Dean Barker spoke with top international yachting commentator, PJ Montgomery on Newstalk ZB to explain the various campaigns that the New Zealand based team are running ahead of the 34th America's Cup. Barker also revealed their target dates for launching the first of the AC72's that the team will build and the impact on their build up with that boat, that they non-sai... [more]
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America's Cup: Jobson calls for stronger nationality rules
PJ Montgomery,
Former America's cup winner, leading media commentator and now President of US Sailing, Gary Jobson, spoke with top international yachting commentator, PJ Montgomery on his views of the current America's Cup. Jobson believed that there would be more interest in the current America's Cup, if there were stronger nationality rules imposed on the teams, which would in turn generate more of a nation... [more]
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New ORCi World Champions
Offshore Racing Congress,
ORCi World Championship 2011 concluded in Cres, Croatia, after a long week that featured weather conditions varying from zero to nearly 30 knots.... [more]
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Gary Jobson: An American Sailing Story
Angus Phillips,
An old proverb suggests it's best to live in uninteresting times. That depends on where you stand. Gary Jobson had the good fortune to hit his stride just when the relatively arcane sport he'd built his life around reached a fascinating peak, and he's made the most of it.... [more]
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Images from Block Island Race Week, presented by Rolex
Daniel Forster,
Top international photographer, Daniel Forster, presents this gallery of images from Block Island Race Week, presented by Rolex, sailed at Block Island, nestled in the Atlantic 12 miles from coastal Rhode Island, USA.... [more]
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Chester Race Week readies to sail again
Lynn Helpard,
The ever popular Chester Race Week regatta is once again being hosted by the Chester Yacht Club August 10th to 13th. Soon the waters of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia will be filled with billowing spinnakers as keen sailors seek trophies and the glory of winning against many of the finest yachts in the Maritimes and beyond.... [more]
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