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Maine Martime Academy takes first overall in the 2011 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta.  Carter Williams

This past weekend, The Storm Trysail Foundation and the Larchmont Yacht Club teamed up to put on the world's largest college regatta, 2011 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta. 400 college sailors descended on Long Island Sound to race aboard 47 different borrowed boats that ranged in size and complexity from 35-footers to J/44s.

While the psyche was high, the wind velocities were low, with only three light-air races completed, despite the RC's best efforts at getting in more starts. Maine Maritime Academy emerged as the overall event winners, with U.S. Naval Academy winning the IRC 40 class and the J/44 class; Tufts University, won the IRC 35 class, and the University of Southern California won the J/105 class. 'I had very little experience on big boats before this event,' said Purdue's Matt Steiner. 'After this weekend, though, I'm looking forward to getting into more races. This event definitely opened my eyes to the world of big boats, and I like what I see!' Get the full report, inside.

WingNuts - just as stable when 'turned turtle' as when upright  .. .

On a more somber note, for anyone following the tragic deaths of Mark Morley and Suzanne Bickel in this past summer's Chicago-Mackinac Race, the Charlevoix County, Michigan sheriff's office recently released their official investigation report. Morley and Bickel, it will be remembered, died when a supercell exploded onto the racecourse, unleashing sustained 80-90-100-knot winds and capsizing WingNuts, Morley's Kiwi 35 sportboat; according to the autopsy report, both Morley' and Bickel's primary cause of death was blunt trauma to their heads, which was sustained during the capsize.

The report has turned up some eye-raising findings about tethers, and the role they might have played in this tragedy. ‘If you've got a self-inflating PFD, and you find yourself upside down in the boat, under the boat, that self-inflating PFD could cause your death, because it could keep you under the boat', said Sherriff Don Schneider. 'That tether, particularly in a sailboat where you've got all the sails, obviously, from our investigation, were all getting entangled from all the obstruction under there.'

Check out this issue for the full report, in this issue, and stand by US SAILING's independent investigation, which is due out later this month.

Offshore, the Global Ocean Race fleet is enduring the Doldrums, with teams desperately trying to find more pressure. 'It has been real busy on board getting through these damn Doldrums,' reported Kiwi racer Ross Field, who's sailing this double-handed event with his dad, Campbell Field. 'We have had nearly no sleep for the past 36 hours and very little food because we have been concentrating on getting every ounce of speed out of this old tub that hates light winds.' More, inside.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing will sail an additional 111 miles prior to the start of this year's VOR  Volvo Ocean Race ©

And in Volvo Ocean Racing (VOR) circles, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing has agreed to sail an additional 111 miles as a penalty for starting their engine during this past weekend's qualifying race. The point of the qualifying race was to execute a series of emergency procedures, which Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing had completed; rather than sweating out a becalming, the team fired up their iron Jenny. 'We had strong reasons for our decision to motor part of the remaining 110 miles of the qualification course and immediately notified the committee of our intentions,' said skipper Ian Walker. 'Sailing these extra miles will give the team a chance to refine some of our data for Mediterranean conditions and look at our new sails away from the prying eyes in Alicante. This will also give another opportunity to refine the offshore communication systems with the race committee. We plan to complete the trip next week.' Get the full scoop, inside.

Also inside this issue, get the full regatta report from the Argo Group's Gold Cup, the latest from the Clipper Around The World Race, and the wrap-up report from the Viper 640 North Americans.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta preview
Adam Loory,
The Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, organized by the Storm Trysail Foundation and the Larchmont Yacht Club, has grown to become the largest college sailing event in the country thanks to the support of Long Island Sound boat owners.... [more]
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ChronGlobal Tidal Chronoscope - Know the tide as easily as the time
ChronGlobal Corp,
The Tidal Chronoscope, a new application for your mobile device, provides an intuitive depiction of present and future tides for 9400+ USA and worldwide tide stations. Instantly, and at your very location. Along with lunar and solar positions, in the look and feel of the most popular tide watch ever.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing acquires two new boats for training
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing (USA) has returned to the host city for a fall training session. In the last training session in June, coinciding with a Media Week, Team CEO Russell Coutts capsized his AC45 wingsail catamaran in full view of the cameras and produced some video that went around the world's new networks.... [more]
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San Francisco Bay training begins for Oracle Racing
Oracle Racing,
Oracle Racing last trained on the Bay in June and put on a spectacular show. In strong winds team CEO Russell Coutts capsized his AC45 wingsail catamaran two days after team skipper Jimmy Spithill nearly did the same thing.... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR registration opens October 12
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR returns to Miami, Fla. January 23-28, 2012, for six days of elite-level competition among the world's top Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls. Event organizers have posted the Notice of Race at the event website. Online registration opens October 12, 2011 for competitors and coaches and ends on January 9, 2012.... [more]
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2011 Viper 640 North American Championship - Held in Sarnia, ON
Justin Scott,
The Viper 640 is one of the fastest growing sports boat in North America. Originally designed in 1998 it has gone through a resurgence in recent years when it was modernized by Rondar Boats based in the UK working closely with the very active class association. The 2011 North American Championships in Sarnia Canada was the final event in the EFG Pan American Series.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Chaotic for some, stable for others
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race fleet have now been at sea for fifteen days in Leg 1. The Class40s are currently straddling the Doldrums with the leaders some 200 miles north of the equator and sailing over the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Both Cessna Citation in third place and Financial Crisis in fourth are locked into the exhausting and potentially boat-damaging cycle of squalls and calms... [more]
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Stricken ship's Master arrested as containers topple in Rena Disaster
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
There have been two significant developments in the Rena Disaster.Seventy containers have fallen off the ship overnight as she continues to be pounded by 4-5 metre seas off Tauranga. Rena has now broken amidships. This story is being updated through the day - including on the water photos and video from media briefings ashore.... [more]
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U.S. Match Racing Championship at Balboa Yacht Club preview
Jake Fish,
U.S. Match Racing Championship, hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club, is an International Sailing Federation Grade 3 event. Several of the top match racing skippers in the country will be in Corona del Mar, Calif. to compete for the Prince of Wales Bowl this week. Twelve teams will race in Governor's Cup 21 boats over four days of racing.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series heads to Almeria for Act 8 - Preview + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 8 is being held in Almeria, Spain from tomorrow 12th October 2011. The 11 Extreme 40 racing machines are ready to race. Some of the teams have been out training today on the official practice day including the new multinational team, Team TILT, led by Swiss multihull specialist Alex Schneiter, three-time of the Bol d'Or.... [more]
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Farr 40 European Circuit Leg 3 - Victory to Charisma
Jill Campbell,
Farr 40 European Circuit third leg concluded today with the welcome arrival of more stable conditions and saw three close-fought windward-leeward races held on the Sea of Marmara off Istanbul's Ataköy Marina. Following several days in which variable meteorological conditions and shifty winds made life difficult for both organizers and participants, a hard-earned victory went to Charisma (MON)... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - World champions visit Race Village
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - Spanish striker Fernando Torres revealed he would love to test his sea legs for real as the football World Cup winners visited the Race Village today.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Crash gybes cause mayhem
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Crash gybes cause mayhem on Singapore and Visit Finland. 'No skipper likes to be woken up to find his boat sailing, on her side, backwards down waves in the pitch black at a fair speed,' according to Ben Bowley, skipper of Singapore. The 28-year-old refers to the situation he found himself in the early hours of this morning following an accidental gybe.... [more]
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University of Ottawa at World's Largest College Sailing Regatta
Clarity Nicoll,
This past weekend, the University of Ottawa Racing team got the opportunity to compete in the World's Largest College Sailing competition. The Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta was held at the Larchmont Yacht Club in New York with the Storm Trysail Foundation. There were over 400 college students, 47 offshore boats ranging from 35 to 44 feet.... [more]
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Chicago Mackinac Race – The first report,
The Charlevoix County Michigan U.S. sheriff Don Schneider's s investigation looking the double fatality in the 2011 Chicago to Mackinac Race was released last Friday.... [more]
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Maine Maritime Academy wins World's largest College Sailing Regatta
Adam Loory,
The Storm Trysail Foundation (STF) and Larchmont Yacht Club teamed up to run the world's largest college regatta over the Columbus Day weekend with 400 collegiate sailors racing on 47 offshore boats ranging from 35 to 44 feet.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Emerging from the Doldrums
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race fleet are negotiating the Doldrums while the leaders are rapidly closing-up some 360 miles north of the equator. The remainder of the fleet are scurrying west in an attempt to avoid an area of light airs ballooning towards them from the southeast.... [more]
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BoatUS mourns the passing of President Nancy Michelman
D. Scott Croft,
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is deeply saddened to announce the passing of President and Publisher Nancy Michelman, who died on Friday after a year-long battle with cancer. A selfless leader with an infectious laugh and the gift of inspiring others to get together and do their best, Nancy's courageous fight was marked by her optimism and energy.... [more]
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Tribute to a Bermuda hero at Argo Group Gold Cup
Talbot Wilson,
The international match racing community paid Bermuda's legendary Jordy Walker a well-earned tribute at the prizegiving for the Argo Group Gold Cup. The Match Racing Association (MRA), formerly known as the World Match Racing Association (WMRA), presented the first annual Jordy Walker Trophy to Phil Robertson of New Zealand.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Frustrating conditions
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - With the entire fleet now below 40 degrees south, they are now in the area from 40 to 49 degrees south known as the Roaring Forties, famed for strong westerlies. Despite managing to regain second position from New York, De Lage Landen had a frustrating night in light airs, according to skipper, Stuart Jackson.... [more]
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Richardson Trophy win to Wilson
Don Wilson and 2008 Richardson Champion Steve Lowery safely secured finals spots by defeating their Semi-Final opponents in two 3-0 sweeps. The last Semi-Final flight was the only one fired off before an extended postponement. Racing picked up again for one match in the Petit Finals.... [more]
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RenRe Junior Gold Cup - Waddell is named Opti Champion of Champions
Laurie Fullerton,
The RenRe Junior Gold Cup wrapped up Sunday afternoon. The world's best young sailors met each other for some premiere Opti sailing with 11 national champions facing off from 17 countries, including 22 Bermudian sailors. Wade Waddell led the regatta over all four days.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Mirsky defeats Berntsson in final
Talbot Wilson,
Mirsky and his team The Wave Muscat won the 2011 Argo Group Gold Cup three races to two over 2006 Gold Cup champion Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team. Earlier in the day the Petite Finals were sailed to determine third and fourth places.... [more]
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U.S. Men's and Women's Sailing Championship winners decided
Jake Fish,
The U.S. Men's and Women's Sailing Championships have now crowned the 2011 winners. On Saturday, skippers David M. Hyer and Amy Kleinschrodt caught fire and built significant leads in their respective fleets. Today, their teams cruised to victory on the final round of racing at the 2011 Championship hosted by the Lake Norman Yacht Club in Mooresville, N.C.... [more]
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