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20 Jan 2012

That persistent midwinter sailing bug—Sailing news from U.S. and OS

David Schmidt warm and dry  . ©
Perhaps it's because I'm freshly returned from a 'refitting', compliments of my shoulder surgeon, but the I've-got-to-go-sailing-now bug has me something fierce this year. A quick glance at the calendar tells me that I'm likely not alone.

Sure, the fortunate few were born/reside in the Caribbean, Florida or Hawaii, but for the rest of us, it's a matter of gearing up (mentally and physically!) for frostbiting, or buying plane tickets to a place where the only thing cold to hit your hand is a frosty drink after a great day of racing.

While my winter's sidelining is a matter of medical orders, I highly encourage everyone else to seek their sailing fix by any and all means possible (hey, we're sailors after all). The opportunities abound, as the Caribbean racing season is just about to get going, racing in the Sunshine State is in full swing, and the Mexican racing circuit—which, I'm told, is a real hoot—offers a south-of-the-border sailing fix.

There's even great local racing to be had around Puget Sound (the rumors are true: we get our wind when we also get the annual 'liquid sunshine' that keeps the rainforests temperate and the ski lifts spinning), provided, of course, that one has two working shoulders and plenty of warm layers...

John Kilroy, Samba Pa Ti - Quantum Key West 2012  ©2012 JOY | International Melges 32 Class Association

In the meantime, there's plenty of great sailing taking place this week to keep you entertained as a spectator. Sure, it's not the same as wind in your face and a mainsheet in your hand, but it has its advantages, namely a warm, dry bed, real food and a working thermostat. Quantum Key West Race Week is wrapping up with plenty of close racing and racecourse tomfoolery across all fleets.

Team Telefonica, skippered by Iker Martinez from Spain during the start of leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 from Abu Dhabi UAE to Sanya, China.   © IMCA/Paul Todd

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is preparing to press onwards towards Sanya, China. And for One Design sailors, the Rolex Miami OCR kicks off on January 23rd, so stay tuned for more information, as it becomes known.

And now Grant Dalton from Emirates Team NZ is talking AC72...

Melges 32 big fleet starting line action - Quantum Key West 2012  ©2012 JOY | International Melges 32 Class Association

May the four winds blow you safely home.

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

America's Cup: An update from the Big Fella
Richard Gladwell,
Getting out of bed at 6.00am to talk on the phone to a bunch of fully wired sailing journalists spread across three continents, probably isn't the ideal start to a day. So it was no surprise that 'Big Fella', as Iain Murray is known in his native Australia, was talking in short sentences. Not mincing his words.... [more]
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Key West 2012 day 4 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Key West 2012 - Photographer Ingrid Abery's images from the action on day 4... [more]
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Key West 2012 - Down to the wire
Bill Wagner,
Quantum Key West 2012 - With eight races in the books and two more still to be contested, the outcome of several marquee classes remains in doubt. To absolutely no one's surprise, the deep and talent-laden Melges 32 class has come down to the wire with Samba Pa Ti holding a slim four-point lead over Pisces.... [more]
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Key West Melges 32 lead maintained
Joy Dunigan,
After an initial general recall at the start of Race Three, Reggio handed down a black flag to restart the third heat. Kilroy took the lead and held on through the top mark, with Howe and Schwartz in hot pursuit.... [more]
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America's Cup: Grant Dalton updates on the AC72 build progress
Emirates Team NZ,
Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton, gives this video update on progress with the build of the team's first AC72 from the Cookson Boats facility in Glenfield, Auckland. The wingsails are being constructed in a special facility within Southern Spars in Avondale, West Auckland.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition entry list,
The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition entry list has now been made available online. As of the 17 January, only two nations, Great Britain (as the host nation) and France, have qualified for all ten classes.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race crews prepare to go head to head + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race has six crews that are preparing to battle head-to-head for the first time in over a month when the second stage of Leg 3 to China gets underway on Sunday, 22 January at 0800 UTC. The teams will have very little time to prepare for racing, with the ship carrying five of the yachts expected to dock at the safe haven port on Saturday... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya completed Leg 2 Stage 1
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Sanya successfully completed Stage 1 of Leg 2 at the secret port on Thursday evening, scoring a significant points haul over five weeks after racing began in Cape Town, South Africa. The crew of seven on board the first Chinese entry in the Volvo Ocean Race crossed the finish line at the undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Victory six for Gold Coast Australia
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia has claimed victory after the Race Committee made the decision to shorten the course in the stage from the Gold Coast to Singapore. Extremely light winds which would have prevented the race management team from setting a fair course for the second stage of race seven, combined with an increased threat of piracy, led to the tough decision.... [more]
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London 2012 Paralympics - IPC President Sir Philip Craven looks ahead
International Paralympic Committee,
London 2012 Paralympic Games - IPC President Sir Philip Craven is thrilled that this year Paralympic Sport returns to the UK, its spiritual home. The 11 days of competition in the British capital will see almost 4,200 athletes battle it out across 20 sports in 15 different venues. They will be the biggest Paralympic Games and Sir Philip Craven is excited about what lies ahead.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - No escape from King Neptune for Sanya crew + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
There was no escaping the King of the Seas for four Team Sanya crew members. 'For Dave, Cam, Tiger and myself it has been a long time coming having missed out on Leg 1,' Andres Soriano wrote in his latest dispatch from the boat.... [more]
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Key West 2012 - Unexpected day off
Bill Wagner,
Key West 2012 organisers have planned for an early start on Thursday, to allow for three races. the breeze is forecast to be 7 to 12 knots.... [more]
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Community Sailing Awards announced at 2012 NSPS
Jake Fish,
Community Sailing Awards for this past year were announced at US Sailing's 2012 National Sailing Symposium at the Hilton Long Beach (California) last weekend. The impressive list of worthy award winners are:... [more]
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Mosquito MOB rescue merits Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal
Jake Fish,
Members of the Farr 395 Mosquito have been awarded an Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal for saving the life of a fellow crew member that fell overboard during the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. While sailing into the Manitou Channel on the afternoon of July 17, 2011, in a strong southwest wind gusting to 40 knots and four to six foot waves, Mosquito was running at high speed... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: 'We're capable of better' - Camper's Chris Nicholson
Chris Nicholson,
Camper skipper, Chris Nicholson reviews their performance in the first legs in the Volvo OR, and the team's options to improve performance, plus the difficult options for the remainder of Leg 3 through to Sanya, China: 'It's fair to say that our performance in the first part of the leg was not good enough and not what any of us were looking for. Includes video interview.... [more]
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America's Cup: Dalton reflects on Jury and Volvo performance
Grant Dalton and,
Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton, reviews the developments for the team over late December and early January on the America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race: We have been back at work formally a week now after the Christmas break. Summer looks like it has finally decided to make an appearance and Emirates Team New Zealand is a good place to be right now. Over the break a number of important deve... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR set to test ambitious sailors
Barby MacGowan,
This coming week US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR will return to Coconut Grove, Florida for its 23rd edition. Attending the event will be top athletes from around the globe who will be using it as an opportunity to jump-start their ambitious sailing goals for 2012, not the least of which, for some, is participation in this summer's London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.... [more]
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Set sail for cancer cures - A message from Gary Jobson
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,
From the America's Cup to Fastnet to casual sails with my family and friends, I've had the opportunity to be a part of a variety of sailing experiences. In terms of personal accomplishments, my participation in the Leukemia Cup Regatta as its national chairman since 1993 has been among the most gratifying of my life.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa flies high on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour
Sail-World and Luna Rossa Challenge 2013,
The newest AC45 launched by the Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 is becoming a familiar sight on the Auckland Harbour, as she works up to the first set of trial races alongside training partner, Emirates Team New Zealand. Both teams leave in March/April for the next round of the America's Cup World Series to be sailed in Naples, Italy in mid-April... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Derry-Londonderry first to refuel
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet of ocean racing yachts continue to ‘cruise' along the Celebes Sea in Stealth Mode between the first and second phase of race seven. After a decision made by the Race Committee yesterday to extend this phase of the race to allow for refuelling, the first convoy of boats has reached the refuelling destination in Malaysia... [more]
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NYYC Invitational Cup U.S. Qualifying Series to feature new J/70
New York Yacht Club,
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup U.S. Qualifying Series - Today the NYYC announced that the new J/70 will be featured at the event. The J/70 will join the NYYC's fleet of Sonars when 24 of the nation's most competitive yacht clubs compete in the NYYC Invitational Cup USQS. The top three finishers will earn the right to compete in the 2013 NYYC Invitational Cup presented by Rolex.... [more]
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