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Ryan Godfrey Splash - Transatlantic Race 2011  Puma Ocean Racing

As expected, Transatlantic Race 2011 is proving to be a wet and wild ride for all involved. Boats everywhere are experiencing super-fast 24-hour runs that are the envy of Transpacific racers (more on that in a minute), although the later group might prefer their balmy temperatures to those being experience back east. 'Quite a moist race thus far,' reports Kenny Read, skipper of Puma's Mar Mostro, a Volvo Open 70 that will be competing in this year's Volvo Ocean Race (VOR). 'Rain, fog, waves crashing over the deck...and all of the cold adds to a problem with condensation dripping everywhere. Sound glamorous?'

While Read's bunk isn't as warm or dry as yours will be tonight, you'd better believe that he's going to bed with a bigger smile: 'There are a few up sides though,' Read continues. First of all, we're hauling ass. We are already done with half of an Atlantic crossing and it seems like we just started. Tactically, there hasn't been much in it so far, and it's kind of a flat-out boat speed contest.' For more on Read and the mar mostro boys, check out Read's from-the-racecourse voice interview, in this issue.

Rambler 100, IRC-100, starting the Transatlantic Race 2011 Newport RI, July 3, 2011 - Transatlantic Race 2011  Billy Black

Elsewhere on the course, Rambler 100 (formerly Speedboat), George David's Juan K-designed speed machine, came just 12 nautical miles shy of besting the 24-hour distance record (596 nautical miles) set by Ericsson 4 in the 2008/2009 VOR. As for strategy, Peter Isler, Rambler 100's navigator, reports: 'Looking forward, the big tactical decision that could decide this race is coming up tomorrow morning when it looks like the clocking wind will favor the other gybe for the first time since we started.

The timing of the gybe is crucial because it looks to set up the track of the boat through probably the lightest winds we will see in this race... at the boundary between the low over Labrador and the low that's been hovering over Ireland. It looks like we are going to have some very light winds for what looks like about four hours before we connect into the northwesterly from the eastern low.' Be sure to check out this issue for the full report and stay tuned to the site for updates.

On the left coast, the Transpac Yacht Race fleet is struggling with lighter-than-ideal winds. Thus far the cruiser-racers have favored a more southerly routing, while the thoroughbreds are taking the northerly lane. According to reports, no one is smiling as widely as their eastern counterparts (yet), although the magic-carpet ride isn't too far away from some of the faster boats. Check out the reports, in this issue

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

IFDS Worlds 2011 - Silver for Jen French and JP Creignou
Dana Paxton,
IFDS Worlds 2011.- French and Creignou sailed a very consistent regatta, finishing in either first or second for half of the 10-race series. Going into the final day, the British team had already clinched the win, so it was up to French and Creignou to maintain their second overall.... [more]
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Volvo Cup Melges 24 - Riva del Garda the final leg
Elena Giolai,
Volvo Cup Melges 24 - For this event the last pier at the harbour has been made available to accommodate the Melges 24 fleet. 'We are delighted to be able to host so many boats in our renovated harbour – Mauro Stanga, President of Fraglia Vela Riva commented.... [more]
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Open Europeans 2011 - Finns set to start
Robert Deaves,
Open Europeans 2011 - While Helsinki basks in a summer heatwave, the 2011 Finn Europeans are all set to start as part of the Open Europeans Helsinki 2011 with racing beginning on Saturday, 9 July. There are 74 Finns registered including 19 juniors competing for the Junior European Championship.... [more]
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J/80 Worlds day 3 - New leader
Stuart Johnstone,
After seven races, the Spanish contingent (four past J/80 World and Olympic Champions) all made huge moves into the top spots, taking four of top five spots. Perhaps sailing the most consistent regatta of all teams is the Swedish sailing champion Ingemar Sundstedt. Of note, the top Danish team from the host country is Jesper Kragh Jespersen lying in 14th.... [more]
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Transpac Race 2011 – Crash withdraws
Kimball Livingston,
Transpac Race 2011 – Jeff Brauch's Crash (what's in a name?) reported early today that it is abandoning the race and returning to Los Angeles. Gordon Leon, navigating the Aerodyne 43 that is registered from the Hawaii Yacht Club, Honolulu, checked in with this: Had major fresh water leak during the night. No immediate danger. Crash is withdrawing and returning to LA.... [more]
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Hall, Leger, Armitage Win Canadian Lightning Pan-Am Trials in Kingston
Peter Hall,
Peter Hall, Chantal Leger, and Megan Armitage from Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club won the Canadian Lightning Trials July 1 -3 in Kingston, Ontario. Eight boats sailed eight races in a variety of conditions and wind strengths. The Montreal team won 7 races for a total of 7 points, and Jeff Boyd was second with 18 points and Jamie Allen was third with 22 points.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 – Leopard reveals major breakage + Video
Kirsten Ferguson,
Transatlantic Race 2011 - ICAP Leopard's captain, Chris Sherlock, has announced that their bowsprit broke at 20.20 UT on Monday 04 July, just over a day after leaving Newport, R.I. The damage happened in flat water after passing the George's Bank with a fractional sail flying off the sprit.... [more]
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N.B. businessman and sailor Richard Oland found dead
CBC News,
Richard Oland, a member of one of the best-known families in Atlantic Canada, has died under suspicious circumstances, according to police. Oland was 69 years old. Saint John police spent much of Thursday near his Canterbury Street office in downtown Saint John, where his body was found about 9:30 a.m.... [more]
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Stena Match Cup Sweden 2011 – Team Maclaren second placed
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Stena Match Cup Sweden 2011 - Anna Tunnicliffe recaps the days events. It was a long day of waiting around yesterday for the finals of our event. The open event started yesterday morning and due to the lack of wind, they extended their time limits for racing which resulted in all of the racing being pushed back. We eventually pushed off from the dock around 4pm and got racing at about 4:30pm.... [more]
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IODA North American Championship - Lados saves his best for last
IODA North Americans,
IODA North American Championship 2011. Tito Lados from Uruguay sailed to his very best today. Congratulations to Russell Clarida who is the North American Champion for 2011.... [more]
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J/80 Worlds - American team leaders after day 2
Stuart Johnsone,
Glenn Darden's American team on Le Tigre continued to hang on to their lead but now only by one point. As was anticipated, the Spanish contingent led by Ignacio Camino were not content to be flailing around in the top ten nor even in the middle of the fleet. Nor was Swedish Champion Ingemar Sundstedt. It's scary how fast these guys are racing up the ladder.... [more]
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IFDS Worlds 2011 - New Skud Champions Rickham and Birrell
IFDS Worlds,
One title is decided as Brits Alex Rickham and Niki Birrell wrap up their third straight SKUD crown on the penultimate day of the IFDS Worlds. But the race for the Sonar and 2.4mR titles are still in the balance as the 155 sailors that have done battle on the 2012 Paralympic Waters of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy this week prepare for one final race tomorrow.... [more]
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PWA Pozo Gran Canaria World Cup 2011 day 3 - The women shine
Ed Sinclair,
PWA Pozo Gran Canaria World Cup 2011 day 3. The judges' let the ladies loose onto the competition area, allowing the first few heats of the single elimination to be completed. First up was multi-talented Laure Treboux (Fanatic / North) verses new girl to the tour Sarah Bibby (Simmer) and on the other side of the heat Silvia Alba Orozco verses Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne).... [more]
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Transpac 2011 - Take a peek
Kimball Livingston,
Transpac Yacht Race 2011. Even with a strategically built-in six-hour delay, the boat tracks as displayed on Transpac's Yellowbrick transponders tell a visual story. All 19 boats struggled with light winds at night in the inner coastal waters - with helmsmen accepting any course that kept the boat moving.... [more]
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Swan European Regatta 2011 set to start
Cailah Leask,
The 15th edition of the regatta will welcome a total of 46 Swan yachts from eight nations that will be competing across four separate classes. Racing will all be located in the Solent which has a reputation for its testing tidal conditions.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 - Puma´s Mar Mostro is flying
Ken Read,
Transatlantic Race 2011, skipper Ken Read reports from on board Puma's Mar Mostro: Quite a moist race thus far. And, I mean moist in more than ways than one... rain, fog, waves crashing over the deck. It makes for a moist boat, and all of the cold adds to a problem with condensation dripping everywhere. Sound glamorous?... [more]
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Evolution of the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge
Brian Townsend,
Twenty-one years ago the Lake Ontario Single Handed Racing Society formed the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge as the ultimate long distance race for double handed sailors. Three Hundred Nautical Miles, non-stop from one end of Lake Ontario to the other and returning back to the start. The race was an inspiration after some of the LOSHRS members raced the Chicago-Mackinac race.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Worlds 2011 in Croatia - Here come the Americans
Dana Paxton,
International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth Worlds 2011 ISAF Youth Worlds - US Sailing's Youth Worlds Team is in Zadar, Croatia this week for the Youth Worlds. Scheduled for July 9-15 and considered the pinnacle youth sailing championship in the world, the regatta will host over 300 sailors from 54 countries.... [more]
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America's Cup: Int Jury upholds basis of Challenger selection
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World understands that the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup has upheld the position advanced by the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club, over the transition of the original Challenger of Record role to Sweden's KSSS. The full Jury decision can be read in this story... [more]
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Formula Windsurfing World Championship 2011 ups and downs for USA 4
Steve Bodner,
Formula Windsurfing World Championship 2011 day 2 update from US Windsurfing National Champion Steve Bodner: Today had its series of ups and downs. The first race saw a big rain squall move through and kill the wind leaving me in the cheap seats with my 9.5 as the wind died down to 12k. The second race I recovered well getting my best finish of 20th with my 10.9.... [more]
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Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race return entry from Yorkshire
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race - Yorkshire is set to take on the world with the announcement today that it is to compete in the Clipper Race as the only English entry in the ten-strong field for the global contest which is ‘raced by people like you'. This will be the third consecutive edition of the Clipper Race, now in its 15th year, in which the county has been represented... [more]
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Transpac Race 2011 - Fast J Speedsters racing to Hawaii
Stuart Johnstone,
Transpac Race 2011 started on July 4th, from LA to Hawaii's Diamond Head, one of America's classic offshore races right? Sailing is the J/130 Bebe sailed by Charles Browning from Santa Barbara YC, past Transpac Champion, the J/145 Bad Pak sailed by Tom Holthus from San Diego YC and the J/125 Double Trouble raced by Andy Costello from Corinthian YC in San Francisco.... [more]
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Eurex Match Cup at Chicago Match Race Center
Eurex Match Cup is being held at the Chicago Match Race Center over Friday-Sunday, July 8-10th. The lure of earning points on the ISAF World Ranking List and an opportunity to qualify for the Grade 2 has brought not only some CMRC regulars back to the match racing battleground.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 Navigator Video interviews
Barby MacGowan,
Transatlantic Race 2011 video interviews with big boat navigators, Rives Potts Jr. (Carina), and Lawrence Huntington (Snow Lion).... [more]
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Transpac Race 2011 - Dark horse Deception
Erik Simonson,
Pressure Drop talks with a dark horse in the SC 50 division, the all Corinthian Deception and the owner William Helvestine. A lot gets made of the established boats racing in the premier events like the Transpac, loaded with pro's and rock stars, but little light shown on the working class guys with the modest budget and names no one has heard of.... [more]
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American Glenn Darden leading J/80 Worlds in Copenhagen, Denmark
Stuart Johnstone,
Sixty-eight J/80s have descended upon the quaint seaside village of Dragor, Denmark on the Baltic Sea. The competition is hot with multiple World Champions competing. After three races on the first day, the American team on Le Tigre, skippered by Glenn Darden from Ft Worth, Texas is winning by 3 pts over Germany's Martin Menzner and Frenchman JC Moriceau lying third.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2012 Notice of Race online + Promo Video
Michele Korteweg,
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2012 will be held first to 4th March. Notice of Race is finalized and the event is open for entries. If you don't feel like spending the winter in the cold, come join us for some Serious Fun! Who wouldn't want to race in the warm Caribbean waters during the day and in the evenings enjoy ice cold Heineken's at our famous parties while standing with your feet in the san... [more]
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Transpac Race 2011 - Fickle winds give way to steadier breezes
Transpacific Yacht Club,
Transpac Race 2011 - Transpac leaders are beginning to smell the ocean breeze they crave as they clear the inner coastal waters for the open Pacific. The 1D35 owned by Alex Farrell, Alpha Puppy, continues as the handicap leader of Racing Division 6 today, which is always energizing for the crew even though they know very well it is too early in the game for the standings to matter.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 - Video update from Puma's Mar Mostro
Lisa Ramsperger,
Transatlantic Race 2011 news from skipper Ken Read on board Puma's Mar Mostro. Skipper Ken Read and crew averaged 24-25 knots this morning as they sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. Listen in as he talks about the Transatlantic Race on day 3.... [more]
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Formula Windsurfing World Championship 2011 brutal for USA 4
Steve Bodner,
Formula Windsurfing World Championship 2011 - Day 1 the Formula Worlds was brutal with 18-20k on the course gusting up to the mid 20s. Three races were run all three lap windward leeward finishing with a short reach around the pin end to the finish set to leeward if the starting boat. The fleet is 50 strong. The course is set up between shore and a reef a 1/2 mile out... [more]
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Images from Newprt RI: Third start 2011 Trans Atlantic Race
George Bekris,
Top US photographer, George Bekris, caught the third and final start of the Trans Atlantic race - with the 100ft supermaxi Rambler (formerly Speedboat) expected to do the business.... [more]
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Images from Boston: Final day of Extreme 40's
Georg Bekris,
Top US photographer, George Bekris was on hand for the final day of the Extreme 40 series in Boston, and provides this superb image gallery of the exciting racing.... [more]
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Sail-World.com puts shoulder to Chicago-Mackinac wheel
Race to Mackinac - event media,
The Chicago Yacht Club's 103rd Race to Mackinac presented by Veuve Clicquot will receive world wide coverage, as a result of a recent contract signed between the largest marine news network in the world, Sail-World.com and the Chicago Yacht Club... [more]
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