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13 Jan 2012

Lucky day—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Bill Hardesty - Chicago Match Cup 2011  Chicago Match Race Center

'This is a huge honor,' said Bill Hardesty, the recipient of the 2011 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award. 'The long list of past winners is very impressive and includes people who I have always considered to be the best in the world. 'A lot of credit goes to the teams I raced with this past year. Sailing is truly a group effort and winning this award would never have been possible without great teammates: the Etchells World Championship team of Steve Hunt, Mandi Markee and Craig Leweck, and Team GAC Pindar skippered by Ian Williams.' Get the full scoop on the 2011 Rolex Yachtswoman and Yachtsman awards, inside.

Offshore related, the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) is gearing up for today's in-port race, immediately followed by Leg Three's 'sprint' restart (tomorrow), which will take the fleet into the stealth zone, where they will be loaded onto an undisclosed vessel and shipped past pirate-infested waters. Once clear of the threat, the boats will restart and race the remainder of Leg Three, finishing off of Sanya, China. 'I think the whole race needs to get into a rhythm,' said Ken Read, skipper of Puma Ocean Racing's Mar Mostro. 'This sort of race is hard, even in light airs. It doesn't have to be pretty but we have to be error-free.'

Team Sanya - Volvo Ocean Race  Andres Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo Ocean Race

Also VOR related Team Sanya is struggling to make it through a huge patch of light air, upwind sailing, en route to the undisclosed piracy safe haven, after suffering rig damage in Leg Two. From there, the team is hoping to join the rest of the fleet for the re-start of Leg Three. 'The next leg is looking tricky with a lot of upwind,' said Mike Sanderson, skipper of Team Sanya. 'There's going to be some very confined waters with a lot of unlit fishing boats and nets which are on the surface and pretty random, and there are plenty of man-made obstacles halfway through the leg. Being halfway makes it very tricky. You've just got your team into the swing of it, six or seven days, then you have this nasty period in the middle when you'll be short tacking or whatever the conditions allow and will be tricky. Then there's a pretty long beat up to China and it will be tough.'

For Cup junkies, Artemis Racing has become the first team to start construction on their first AC72, which is being built by King Marine near Gothenberg, Sweden. Interestingly, Juan Kouyoumidjian—famous for his work designing Volvo Open 70s—designed the boat, which is expected to hit the water sometime after July 1. Get the full story, inside.

And for the superstitious amongst our fleet, happy Friday the 13th.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year announced
Jan Harley,
US Sailing's Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year 2011 were announced today, Wednesday 11th January 2012. Etchells World Champion Bill Hardesty (San Diego, Calif.) and ISAF (International Sailing Federation) Sailing World Champion Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) were named as the winners.... [more]
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Pirate attack on EU NAVFOR flag ship - suddenly sorry
Des Ryan,
The fact that it occurred at first light must be the excuse for a skiff full of suspected pirates who opened fire and commenced boarding a target ship this week. What a surprise when the 'target' fired back and launched a helicopter. As the light increased they learned why. Rather than a commercial ship which they could have hijacked, it was the flagship of EU NAVFOR itself, the ESPS Patino.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Double header presents unique points opportunity
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, double points will be at stake this weekend as the five teams gather in Abu Dhabi to prepare for scoring opportunities starting with Friday's Etihad Airways In-Port Race.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Mother Nature toys with Team Sanya
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race crew of Team Sanya are being toyed with by Mother Nature as she tempts them with the promise of Trade Wind sailing whilst dealing them a fifth consecutive day of upwind racing. The crew is somewhat disoriented, reported Media Crew Member Andres Soriano on Thursday as they continued to trek north in the Indian Ocean towards the safe haven port.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race skippers talk the talk on race eve
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, it is the eve of the Etihad Airways In-Port Race and the skippers are sharing their thoughts on the challenges that lie before them.... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta set for March 23 start
The new year is in full swing and racing sailors are bustling about finalizing plans to compete in the St. Thomas Yacht Club's 39th annual International Rolex Regatta. The IRR is the oldest regatta in Rolex's yachting portfolio and the most venerable of Caribbean spring events.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis begin construction of first AC72
Richard Gladwell,
King Marine, based in Valencia Spain, have announced that they have a deployed a construction team to Sweden to construct the first AC72, for Swedish based Artemis Racing. Artemis Racing is the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup. One of the world's top boatbuilding companies, King Marine built the current leader of the Volvo Ocean Race, Telefonica.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race fleet battle with mixed conditions
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - A mixed day of sailing has been had by the ten international teams competing in the race in the last 24 hours, as they continue to battle with the varying weather conditions on their approach towards the restart gate. In addition to the unpredictable winds over the next ten days or so the Clipper Race fleet will have to negotiate three particular hazards... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma - The Story So Far: Episodes 1-6 in Video
Puma Ocean Racing,
Puma presents this series of six video episodes covering their story in the Volvo Ocean Race, right from the start of the project through to the dismasting and rendezvous with a ship to take on extra fuel. The last episode features a mix of on boarrd footage interspersed with Shore Manager Kimo Worthington telling the story of the drama ashore... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup – Entries now open
Dan Wilkinson,
Finn Gold Cup 2012 entries have officially opened. One of the most respected and competitive sailing events in the World, the Finn Gold Cup will be part of the qualification criteria for the London 2012 Olympics for a number of countries. It will attract the very best sailors from around the globe with many competitors challenging for their Olympic qualification... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for January 2012
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 11 January 2012 have been released.... [more]
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Key West Race Week preview
Jeanne Kleene,
Quantum Key West Race Week 2012 - High profile fleets, intense competition and superb sailing conditions have made Key West a showcase event for many one design classes. The popular Farr 40 class, which debuted in 1996, is certainly one of them. Jim Richardson recalls many fond memories and looks to next week for more.... [more]
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2012 IFDS Worlds Day 2 - Schmitter leads 2.4mR
IFDS Worlds,
Theirry Schmitter of The Netherlands shook off a slow start in Tuesday's races to vault to the top of the 2.4mR leaderboard at the 2012 International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships. In the SKUD class, Jennifer French and Jean-Paul Creignou of the United States and Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell of Great Britain battled for the top two spots all day.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2 trophies awarded
Volvo Ocean Race,
The trophy for the overall winner of Leg 2 was awarded to Iker Martínez's Team Telefónica. Particular mention was made of Puma's latest move to fly in a team of bloggers to cover the Abu Dhabi stopover which attracted considerable media attention in its own right.... [more]
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US Sailing ISAF Youth World Qualifier headed for Long Beach
Rich Roberts,
The United States' best teenage sailors will fire up their futures in Long Beach this weekend when they compete for places in next summer's ISAF Youth World Championship in Ireland. The US Sailing ISAF Youth World Qualifier is being hosted by the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club from Saturday through Monday.... [more]
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Hot racing guaranteed for BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival
Trish Jenkins,
The BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival is the highlight of the season in one of the world's best sailing locations. With gorgeous sailing conditions and stunning scenery, the British Virgin Islands offer sailing enthusiasts an idyllic location to soak up the sun.... [more]
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Nautor's Swan announces programme of events and circuits for 2012
Nautor Swan,
Nautor's Swan calendar of events and circuits for 2012 provides an opportunity for Swan owners and their crew from all over the world to be united by their love of sailing and to share their enjoyment of and pride in their yacht. Nautor's Swan offer every member the chance to enjoy their Swan yacht to the full and also to share their experiences with other owners... [more]
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ISAF Match Race Rankings – Williams and Tunnicliffe top list
ISAF Match Race Rankings – Ian Williams (GBR) has moved to the top of the Open Match Race Rankings whilst Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) stays top of the Women's Rankings. Ian Williams lost his World number one spot in October after finishing seventh in the Argo Cup in Hamilton, Bermuda. But the Brit bounced back at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, defeating Johnie Berntsson (SWE) 3-1... [more]
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Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta - March 16-18, 2012
Carol Bareuther,
The 2012 Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta (PRHIR) is a regatta no sailor should miss. Set for March 16 to 18 and celebrated as the island's premier sailing event, sailors from throughout the Caribbean and world come for the high-caliber of racing along Puerto Rico's beautiful and windy southeast coast and for the highly-anticipated nightly parties ashore.... [more]
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Internet Images 101 for Events, Sponsors and Event Photographers
Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia,
Sailing is one of those sports which is much more followed on the Internet, than in magazines, newspapers or on television. It is therefore vital that marine events and marine industry professionals pay careful attention to the needs of Internet consumers.... [more]
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