A Big Week All Around—Sailing News from the U.S. and beyond


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A Big Week All Around—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

This is a big week for sailors and the sailing industry alike. On the sailing industry-side of the coin, this week marks the annual METS trade show, which is hosted yearly in Amsterdam and is billed as the world's largest marine-aftermarket show. Here, industry and visitors alike can stroll the cavernous RAI Convention Center, checking out the latest go-fast goodies and cruising amenities. The show starts tomorrow and Sail-World.com/US is here in Amsterdam, so stay tuned for updates on the latest and greatest new kit, as the week unfolds.

Skipper Chris Nicholson and trimmer Rob Salthouse in control of CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Hamish Hooper/CAMPER/Volvo Ocean Race

Meanwhile, on the racing side of the coin, there's plenty of great action to check out in this issue. The lowest-hanging fruit—and certainly some of the sweetest-tasting—comes from the ongoing Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), where four Volvo Open 70s as currently negotiating the Doldrums en route to a fast-paced passage south down to Cape Town and the end of Leg 1. The weekend basically saw Franck Cammas' inshore-routing lead, which had once looked promising, shrink substantially, with Puma Ocean Racing and Telefonica now leading the way south. Meanwhile, Camper/Emirates Team New Zealand have taken perhaps the most unorthodox passage since leaving the Med, but are still in the hunt, albeit to stern of the race leaders. 'History tells us that west is best for a passage of the doldrums however once through the doldrums a boat in the west has to sail finer, tighter angles to Fernando and the boats slightly to their east [are] able to put the bow down and go faster,' said Emirates Team New Zealand's navigator, Will Oxley. Stay tuned for plenty of more VOR action this week, and be sure to check out this issue for the latest media updates.

34th America's Cup - San Diego America's Cup World Series - Port City Challenge Day 2  © ACEA (2011) / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

Meanwhile, back Stateside, the America's Cup World Series' (ACWS) San Diego event unfurls this week, with international teams now descended on this once-AC host town. While the real racing doesn't get underway until this Wednesday, the weekend did see the two-day Port Cities Challenge take place, with Emirates Team New Zealand team taking top honors, followed by Oracle Racing Spithill in second place and Artemis Racing in third.

'It was a great day for the Port Cities Challenge,' said Artemis Racing's tactician, Ian Percy of Sunday's racing. 'We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The winds were tricky inside the Bay and things didn't always go our way. But we fought our way all through the day and are certainly sailing better than we were at the beginning of the week.' Interestingly, Team China scored their first race win in this series, which is certainly a big moral boost to a team that has clearly been suffering from some leadership and speed issues so far. Be sure to check out the great image galleries, as well as full racecourse coverage, in this issue and stand by for more ACWS media, as it shakes out.

Also inside, get the latest happenings from the ISAF Annual Conference 2011, which just wrapped up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship 2011, the Transat Jacques Vabre, the Clipper Around the World Race, the official wrap-up from Sail Melbourne and the lead up to Perth 2011 and also the latest from the Audi Melges 20 U.S. Nationals. Enjoy.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 16 - The look and feel of the Cup
This week we meet the America's Cup design agency, Designwerk, who is responsible for the look and feel of the America's Cup on TV. The agency was tasked with capturing the new extreme sports look on screen, as well as creating the opening title sequence for use in live TV events, including AC Uncovered... [more]
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Images from San Diego: ACWS Port Cities Challenge Day 2
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international sailing photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was on hand to capture sailing action on the second day of the America's Cup World Series Port Cities Challenge in San Diego on a day that started off bathing in the sunshine.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - The Largest High Performance Regatta in the World
Rob Kothe & Sail-World.com Team,
In less than three weeks time the largest high performance sailing event conducted will take place in the one of the remotest cities on the planet. In Fremantle, Western Australia around 1,200 sailors from approximately 80 nations will compete in 800 plus boats, sailing across six courses.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Hugo Boss keeps pressure up on Virbac-Paprec 3
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre - Hugo Boss was second into the Caribbean today, passing round Mona island at around 0830hrs UTC. Duo Alex Thomson and Guillermo Altadill have succeeded in keeping up the pressure on race leader Virbac-Paprec 3 after a long, hard night of intense work in the trade winds, making several gybes to best line up with the passage.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race fleet leaders locked in battle
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - The Doldrums are proving to be no match for the fleet leaders on Tuesday with Puma's Mar Mostro and Telefónica, still locked together in a tight battle, looking set to breeze through the notorious ‘windless' zone in under 24 hours.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Drama for Puma Ocean Racing
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM, onboard Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: Things are heating up around here, literally and figuratively. We're currently about 50 miles from exiting the Doldrums and we have seen nothing of the sail-flapping drift off from past races.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet prepare for heavy conditions
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet are bracing themselves for a violent storm south east of Tasmania. 'Once started, there is no way to stop it, you can't just switch it off or change the channel and there's no pause button,' Derry-Londonderry's skipper, Mark Light, said this morning in anticipation of the approaching heavy weather.... [more]
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London Olympic Games - Peter Bromby withdraws from 2012 qualifiers
Colin Thompson,
London Olympic Games - Peter Bromby, the second highest placing Olympian in Bermuda's history, has pulled the plug on his 2012 Olympic qualifying campaign. The veteran sailor has decided not to pursue a fifth Olympic appearance any further, citing the conditions at the 2012 Olympic sailing venue in Weymouth, England among the primary reasons behind his decision.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - the training scene
sailors from around 50 of the approximately 80 countries expected to participated in the 2011 ISAF World Championships have now arrived in Fremantle. Here are some of the action.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing takes back lead
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing had two reasons to celebrate this morning after snatching the lead back from arch rivals Telefónica and making good ground through the notoriously fickle Doldrums. Ken Read's crew on Mar Mostro have been locked in a 2,000 nautical mile match race with Iker Martínez's Telefónica and it looks set to continue as the pair head through the Doldrums... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Read and Martinez slug it out at the front + Video
Ken Read's Puma and Iker Martínez's Team Telefónica have been engaged in a day-long drag race for the lead, as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet rapidly approach the tactical nightmare of the Doldrums. Remarkably, after nine days and approaching 2,000 nautical miles of racing, there was virtually nothing to choose between the two leading boats.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Multi 50 leader Actual pass their milestone
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre - Multi 50 leader Yves Le Blevec and Sam Manuard, onboard Actual, passed their milestone at the edge of the Caribbean when they took their right turn, skirting St Barts against a beautiful sunrise this morning and headed SE towards Barbados where they turn to point to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica.... [more]
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Logue lifts Optimist Open Title in Bermuda
Somers Cooper,
The 2011 Bermuda Open Championship was won by sailor Will Logue from Riverside Yacht Club in Connecticut, USA. Logue was involved in a heated fight for the top sport over the course of the weekend with the top female sailor Justina Pacheco sailing in the fifty-four boat Championship fleet.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing join Movember mustache drive
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM, onboard Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: All fleet-battering, boat-breaking, upwind-slamming aside, this leg has been a lot of fun for everyone. There's no sense coming out here and working so hard if you can't enjoy it, too. As we approach the Doldrums and the warmer, drier weather, the mood is lightening some.... [more]
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Sayonara's headed home for permanent display
Having been holed up in Holland Michigan since the 2000 Chicago Mackinac Race, Sayonara, Larry Ellison's 80' Maxi is headed home. Her destination, Pier 80 in San Francisco which is currently HQ for Oracle Racing and ground zero for all things Americas Cup on SF Bay until the construction of the new piers on the City Front are complete... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Bruni determined to win Championship title
World Match Racing Tour,
WMRT Monsoon Cup – Francesco Bruni stands on the brink of becoming the first Italian to capture the ISAF Match Racing World Championship this month but remains undaunted by the task that awaits him. Should he win the title, the 1994 Laser World Champion and Olympic and America's Cup campaigner says it will be a career defining achievement.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Puma in control as fleet approached Doldrums
Volvo Ocean Race,
After continuing their charge south in good winds and at high speeds, Ken Read's crew on PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG have taken the lead in the 6,500 nautical mile first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 to Cape Town, South Africa.... [more]
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U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship down to a thrilling finish
Jake Fish,
U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship 2011 came down to a thrilling finish in Sunday's final series. Barkow and Tulloch finished off their semifinals opponents to advance to the finals.... [more]
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ACWS San Diego - Last to arrive but first to the line
Emirates Team New Zealand won the Port Cities Challenge, on the preliminary weekend of the America's Cup World Series. But it was Aleph with new skipper Pierre Pennec at the helm, who took a win in race four. But not to be outdone, Energy Team sailed a flawless race six with skipper Yann Guichard to claim their first team win.... [more]
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Port Cities Challenge results in second, seventh for Oracle + Video
Tim Jeffery,
In the America's Cup World Series Port Cities Challenge taking place in San Diego, Oracle Racing's Jimmy Spithill and his crew consisting of John Kostecki, Dirk de Ridder, Joe Newton and Piet van Nieuwenhuijzen finished with 42 points, which left them seven points behind winner Emirates Team New Zealand.... [more]
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Fisher's View: ACWS, San Diego: Sunshine adds sparkle to the racing
Bob Fisher,
In a complete contrast to the previous day, there was a regular, albeit light, breeze in San Diego Bay for four races to complete the Ports Cities Challenge, the prequel to the upcoming America's Cup World Series. It proved a triumph for Dean Barker and his crew of Emirates Team New Zealand with a 1-7-2-2 set of finishes to top the leader board.... [more]
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Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race entries open Dec. 1st
Rich Roberts,
The 65th Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race will feature a new finish line within sight of a new headquarters hotel and marina in the resort city of Baja California. Entries for the 65th edition of the race will open on the 1st December.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship - Two in a row for Kiss
Joy Dunigan,
The 2011 Audi Melges 20 National Championship at Coconut Grove Sailing Club has now come to a close with eight races being completed that have left Michael Kiss on Bacio with his second title in a row along with the crew of tactician Chris Rast and Jamie Kimball.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 - Last big push before record attempt begins
Paul Larsen,
We did two runs today. I wanted to get back in the swing of sailing in punchier conditions. The first run was a little uneventful with a peak around 46 knots.... [more]
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Fisher's View: ACWS, San Diego: 'It never rains in California?'
Bob Fisher,
'It never rains in California, but girl, don't they warn ya? It pours, man, it pours.' And so it was today on the AC World Series race course in San Diego inside the harbour where it was held for the benefit of the spectators and despite the inclemency of the weather, there was a goodly sprinkling of spectators.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference 2011 - major decisions from San Juan
International Sailing Federation,
Over the course of the week, the sailing world gathered in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Annual Conference. Meetings took place for three days with the ISAF Council drawing to a close today as final decisions were made which will affect the sport moving forward.... [more]
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New CYC Race to Mackinac Chairman announced
Rachelle Treiber,
It has now been announced by the Chicago Yacht Club that Lou Sandoval will be the Chairman of both the 104th and 105th Chicago Yacht Club Races to Mackinac. Remaining within tradition, the announcement of Sandoval as Chairman was made at the Awards Ceremony that took place on the 5th November.... [more]
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