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06 Jan 2012

Homeward bound!—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

photos envoyées du bord du Maxi Banque Populaire V (1) - Jules Verne Trophy 2011 - Maxi Trimaran Banque Populaire V)  BPCE

Skipper Loick Peyron and his Banque Populaire V team mates are expected to cross the finishing line of their successful Jules Verne Trophy attempt sometime between 2100 hours (GMT) today and 2300 hours (GMT) tomorrow, January 7.

Depending on when the mighty 131-foot trimaran actually crosses the line, the team stands an excellent chance of besting the world speed record for the fastest nonstop, fully crewed circumnavigation. 'We are all in great spirits now as we push for the finish near Brest, [France],' said crewmember Brian Thompson. 'Our goal was to set a new world record and, if we do, it will be true testament to the hard work of the entire crew over the last 45 days. I am very much looking forward to stepping back on land, and we have timed it just right to miss the last of the left over Christmas turkey!'

Get the full story inside, and check the website for updates as Banque Populaire V rockets towards the finishing line.

Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France at the finish of leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Cape town, South Africa, to Abu Dhabi, UAE. (Photo Credit must read: IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race)  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race

Also offshore related, Leg Two of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) successfully re-started and finished in Abu Dhabi, with Franck Cammas' Groupama taking line honors, closely followed by Telefonica and Emirates Team New Zealand's Camper. Crews and shore teams are now working hard to ready the boats for an inshore race this weekend, immediately followed by the start of Leg Three. Check out this issue for the full VOR media blitz, and follow the website over the weekend as racing begins.

And in One Design news, the NOR for the 2012 Olympic sailing events have now been posted online. Racing is slated to start on July 29 and will wrap up by August 11, and will take place in ten different classes at racing venues in both Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain. Get the full scoop, inside.

optiWorlds12 capizzano 7434 - Day 5, 2011 Optimist Worlds, Napier  Matías Capizzano/Optiworlds

Also inside, find the latest on the Opti Worlds, the Global Ocean Race, the Clipper Around the World Race, and the A-Cat Australian Nationals - the seven times World Champion Glenn Ashby says a better fleet he has not seen - and (hey, just because it's cold and miserable on our side of the planet doesn't mean that everyone has to suffer).

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Banque Populaire set to slash world non-stop record in under an hour
Banque Populaire V, the 40 metre maxi trimaran, is close to setting a new round the world non-stop sailing record. With just 24nm to sail to the finish at Oessant, France, she will finish 1600nm ahead of the reference point for the previous record holder, Groupama (Franck Cammas).... [more]
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Team Sanya set to return to the Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Sanya triumphed over their most recent setback and are now set to rejoin the race on Saturday in what skipper Mike Sanderson says will be a ‘Great day' for the team. Having carried out tests on their new rig, damaged while they were leading the fleet on day nine of Leg 2, the Sanya crew are set to leave Madagascar at first light and race to the safe haven port in the... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet led by Qingdao
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - It is fitting that on the day that Clipper Ventures Plc, which owns and runs the race, announced a two-race sponsorship deal with Qingdao, the yacht representing China's Sailing City has moved into the lead in race seven.... [more]
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OptiWorldsNZ connects NZ to the rest of the World
Nathalie van Dort,
Organisers of the OptiWorlds Championship in New Zealand are thrilled to be reaching the rest of the world, just by using the right mix of media and technology. 'In today's world you can make the most of all the technology and different media and therefore connect New Zealand to the rest of the world' says Nigel Rippey, Event Director... [more]
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A-Cat Championships: Best fleet ever says The King
John Cootes Furniture A-Cat Titles Media,
Glenn Ashby, seven times A Class Catamaran World Champion, has won the 2012 John Cootes Furniture A Class Australian Championships.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - A day away from world record + Videos
Vicky Pounds,
In the Jules Verne Trophy, Frenchman Loick Peyron skippering Maxi Banque Populaire V is expected to cross the finish line between 21:00hrs GMT on Friday 6 January and 23:00hrs GMT on Saturday 7 January 2012 with his men which includes Brit Brian Thompson.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - No rest for sailors as focus shifts to job lists
Volvo Ocean Race,
The five Volvo Ocean Race teams who arrived in Abu Dhabi at the end of Leg 2 are now staring down long job lists after the shore crews carried out their maintenance checks on the boats overnight. Happily, most of the skippers reported only needing to carry out minor repair work with only Groupama sailing team requiring more substantial work to fix a long crack to the port side of their hull.... [more]
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Westward Cup - Close racing and challenging courses
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Westward Cup 2012, organised by Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS), is being held from 11th to 16th June. The RYS has confirmed that it has extended invitations to eight of the most beautiful Big Class yachts in the world to come and grace the shores of the Solent and race in the second edition of the regatta.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Video Gallery - Leg 2 Stage 2
Compiled by Sail-World,
The short 98-mile sprint along the United Arab Emirates coast from Sharjah to Abu Dhabi, for Stage 2 of Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race, delivered the promised close quarters sailing spectacle with the entire fleet finishing within minutes of each other after an intense battle down the coast. En route the MCMs aboard the five racers filed various video clips which have been compiled in this gallery... [more]
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Optimist Worlds: Singapore takes Teams Racing event at Napier + Video
Nathalie van Dort,
The second day of teams racing at the 2011 Optimist World Championships, being sailed at Napier on the east coast of New Zealand, started with a glorious sunny day, 16 teams and 32 races ahead. The 2010 World Champion, Thailand, sailed their first race against Poland. Thailand sailed a strong competition and made it through to the semi finals but lost against Peru.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Phesheya-Racing reach Wellington
Oliver Dewar,
Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire took fifth place in Leg 2 of the Global Ocean Race with Class40 Phesheya-Racing, completing the 7,000 mile course from Cape Town to Wellington, New Zealand, in 36 days 05 hours 14 minutes and 30 seconds.... [more]
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Ft Lauderdale – Key West Race entry deadline looms
Go to www.keywestrace.org and sign up for what will be a great 160 mile race along Florida's majestic blue water east coast, with a near full moon helping you navigate, in very comfortable temperatures.... [more]
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27th annual Rose Bowl Regatta preview
Rich Roberts,
Roger Williams University is an emerging collegiate power from Bristol, Rhode Island and Point Loma of San Diego is a perennial high school powerhouse - from the 7-8 January, they will lead their respective teams into the 27th annual Rose Bowl Regatta. The event, based at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, is hosted by the USC Sailing Team and organized by the US Sailing Center of Long Beach.... [more]
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12 and 18ft Skiffs in Auckland - Video Gallery
ArgentineMarineMedia compiled this set of video from the first two days of the 12ft Skiff Inter-Dominions - with crews from Australia and New Zealand competing, plus the 18ft Skiff Mark Foy Series with 15 competitors from New Zealand, USA and Australia competing on the Waitemata Harbour... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Phesheya-Racing closes on Wellington
Oliver Dewar,
As Phesheya-Racing drew level with the latitude of Cape Foulwind on New Zealand's south island west coast, conditions changed and some inexplicable damage was discovered, stalling the South African duo of Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire.... [more]
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