Breaking News Laser designer Bruce Kirby changes the game
Breaking news - With the deadline for the Laser Class Fundamental Rule Change vote a week away, designer Bruce Kirby has taken back the design rights to the iconic single handed dinghy. Read more here.
Laser 4.7 Worlds San Francisco, August 2011 Chuck Lantz - copyright
Given that the start of the 2011/2012 Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) is less than two months away, it's fair to say that teams are working feverishly to get their boats and their techniques dialed. While the obvious place to spend time is offshore, Groupama has been focusing attention on their short-course techniques that earns valuable points and pleases crowds. 'A crew that does well inshore can intimidate their rivals,' said Groupama's navigator, Charles Caudrelier. 'Their preparation could give them the winning edge.'
'This is a different way of sailing the boat,' said trimmer Philip Harmer. 'It's not the best boat that wins the in-port races, but the one that has the best team: a team that works well together, that communicates well and carries out maneuvers quickly.'
Team Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing logging some pre-race miles Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
In other VOR camps, Ian Walker, skipper of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, has been focusing his thoughts on the race's famous high-latitude sailing. 'A third of the time you're terrified because it's so wet and windy and wild, and you'd rather be anywhere else in the world,' said Walker. 'A third of the time is actually quite mundane with easy conditions, and the other third is some of the best sailing and best racing of your life, where you're neck and neck with another boat, or enjoying beautiful trade-wind sailing under a starry sky, and there's no place else you'd rather be.' Get the full stories from both teams, inside.
Meanwhile, in Newport, Rhode Island, racing is underway at the New York Yacht Club's Invitational Cup. Here, 22 teams from around the world will race in Club Swan 42s off of Newport, Rhode Island. The RC is planning to run a total of eleven windward-leewards before the last guns are fired this coming Saturday. Check out this issue for the full report.
Deneen Demourkas and crew celebrate their historic win Meredith Block/Farr 30 Worlds - copyright
In OD circles, Deneen Demourkas and her crewmates won the prestigious Farr 30 Worlds. Not only was this a huge win for Demourkas, but it also represents a historic moment in sailing, as this is the first big-boat OD World Championship that has been won by a female skipper in a long, long time. 'We certainly didn't make it easy on ourselves today—we had to work really hard to keep our head in the game and not let it get away from us.' said Demourkas. 'I've been doing this for a lot of years, and I've seen everything. The one thing I've learned is that you cannot stop fighting until the bitter end.'
And finally, be sure to check out ace lensman Daniel Forrester's image galleries from the Big Boat Series, which just wrapped up on San Francisco Bay. Judging by the amount of spray and smiles, you know the sailors didn't mind the extra breeze that the Bay is famous for serving. Enjoy.
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