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23 Jan 2012

Stormy weather—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Water is a powerful element. Aside from its abilities to keep us hydrated and comfortable, it also commands a powerful sway over our psyches. While the pundits in mainstream media have had a field day with the fact that a few inches of snow successfully shut down Seattle for several days, I'm happy to report that the nasty white stuff is gone, replaced with stormy skies and pregnant, spitting clouds.

Taking advantage of a weather window, my wife and I took a walk to our neighborhood park, which offers a sweeping, panoramic view of Puget Sound and the mighty Olympic Mountains. While the cloud ceiling obscured the Olympics, majestic Puget Sound was perfectly exposed, bathed in the crystalline light that winter consistently delivers. A brisk southerly breeze was kicking up a rolling swell on Puget Sound, and we were presented with that classic Pacific Northwest sight of a pair of trawlers barreling forth through the swell, their voluminous bows plying the salty brine, casting spray towards their wheelhouses.

While no sailboats—let alone race boats—hove into sight, we simply took in the fine view of the water, of the season's 'high-definition light', and of boaters enjoying their time afloat.

Walking back home, I realized that while we can't often race as much as we'd like (admit it: you know the feeling!), sometimes the sight of wind, water and boats is enough to cajole the soul out of winter's lethargy. Especially when you can combine that sight with that of snow melting and returning to where it belongs—the ocean.

John Kilroy, Samba Pa Ti (left) and Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino (right) race to the finish of the final race. - Key West 2012 - Melges 32  ©2012 JOY | International Melges 32 Class Association

While sailors living in other parts of the country might have to wait a while longer to savor the cathartic sight of winter's mess draining into summer's playground, the lucky few had a blast sailing in last week's Key West Race Week—be sure to check out the recap details inside.

A beautiful sunset greets PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during the first offshore night of leg 3 in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Abu Dhabi, UAE to Sanya, China. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)  Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©

Also inside, get the latest information download from the Volvo Ocean Race, where the action has been hot since the fleet restarted Leg Three; at the time of this writing, Kenny Read's Puma Ocean Racing had taken the lead—a refreshing change given the team's struggling showing in this edition of the race.

In Cup circles, be sure to get the latest on the build process of the new AC72 class, which will be used to contest the 34th America's Cup, courtesy of Emirates Team New Zealand's boss, Grant Dalton. Also inside, get the pulse on AC34 from Ian Murray, Ben Ainslie, and Loick Peyron.

The Alinghi online auction of residual equipment in Valencia, Spain closes on February 3rd - we have the details.

And finally, get the latest happenings from the TP52 class, the International 420 Class, the Global Ocean Race and the Clipper Around the World Race. Happy Monday!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

ISAF Sailing World Cup - Tunnicliffe ready for Miami
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Miami OCR Regatta - After a great week of practice, a busy morning practicing and registering, and an afternoon filled with football games, we are ready to start racing tomorrow morning at the first ISAF Sailing World Cup of the 2012 season. We practiced this week with France's Team Leroy.... [more]
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America's Cup: 'We have been fed a fatty diet of spin doctoring'
Rod Davis,
Emirates Team NZ's coach Rod Davis muses on the times we live in ..... It has been a bizarre time for the America's Cup; the war of words and press releases has been nonstop for five years when Oracle questioned Alinghi's Challenger of Record. Since then we have been fed a fatty diet of spin doctoring. Some would say 'situation normal for the America's Cup'.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro back on schedule
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race - Ken Read, Skipper of Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: I have to admit that this has been one of the strangest months of my life. Never mind my sailing career. Not in a million years did we ever think that our sailing yacht would be on a ship not once, but three separate times during this race so far.... [more]
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Farr 30 Groovederci dominates Key West with ten straight wins
Erin McKnight,
The Quantum Key West Race Week concluded over the weekend in Florida USA, with Groovederci dominating the Farr 30 division, finishing with a perfect scorecard of ten straight wins. The yacht's performance has been hailed as 'one of the most impressive performances of the regatta', which attracts high profile yachts and professional sailors from all ends of the globe.... [more]
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Miami OCR - World's best Olympic and Paralympic sailors ready
Barby MacGowan,
529 sailors from 41 countries are preparing for tomorrow's racing at the Rolex Miami OCR, being sailed on Biscayne Bay. 'It's going to be a great week here in Miami,' said Dean Brenner, Chairman of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Committee. 'We're now into the final sprint for the Games, and for all of the competitors, this World Cup event has many implications.'... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - bluQube scoring gate confirmed for Leg 3
Oliver Dewar,
Leg 3 of the Global Ocean Race will commence at 02:00 GMT (15:00 local) on January 29 in Lambton Harbour off the city of Wellington, New Zealand. There, the five double-handed Class40s will begin their 6,200 mile journey through the Pacific Ocean, around Cape Horn and through the South Atlantic to the finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma takes the lead as Camper closes in
Volvo Ocean Race,
The lead in the Volvo Ocean Race has now been taken over by Puma's Mar Mostro. At 1900 UTC, Ken Read and his crew forced early leader Camper into second place, but there is no time for Puma to rest as the entire fleet is separated by only 2.90 nautical miles with Camper just 0.10nm behind them.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet prepare for Chinese New Year
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Team has arrived in Nongsa Point Marina in Batam, Indonesia, where the yachts are due to muster ahead of next Saturday's arrival in Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore, and now all that's needed to complete the picture is ten 68-foot yachts, each emblazoned with the name of an international city, state, country or corporation.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 – Strong start for Puma's Mar Mostro
Lisa Ramsperger,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 second stage of leg three, from Maldives to Sanya, kicked off today. Puma's Mar Mostro was off to a strong start. The starting gun sounded at 08:00 UTC/13:00 local in the safe haven port of Male in the Maldives, and the fleet began the more than 3,000 nautical mile race to the fourth port of Sanya, China.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 3B underway with Camper in early lead + Video
Thomas Pryor,
Part B of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race has got underway with Camper with Emirates Team NZ out to deliver a vastly improved performance in the 3300 mile slog to Sanya, China than their result in the first stage of Leg 3. The leg restarted from the Maldives after the fleet was shipped across a high risk piracy area... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 22 - Peyron and Ainslie interviewed
This week's Episode 22 catches up with Energy Team's Loick Peyron after he recently smashed the round the world record on Banque Populaire in the Jules Verne Trophy. Next Ben Ainslie announces that he will be joining the America's Cup after the Olympics this summer with his UK team: Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR).... [more]
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Laura Dekker completes solo circumnavigation at 16 years and 123 days
Nancy Knudsen,
This week (Saturday 21st January) Laura Dekker, 16-year-old Dutch/New Zealander solo sailor, quietly sailed between islands in pleasant seas into the Dutch island of Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, completing a solo odyssey around the world in a year and a day. There were merely dozens, not thousands, of people at the wharf to greet her.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Secret port named and normal transmission resumes
Volvo Ocean Race,
Months of secret and meticulous planning reached the perfect conclusion on Saturday when the Volvo Ocean Race fleet safely arrived by ship in the secret haven, which has now been named. The port had until now been kept a secret as an unprecedented measure taken by organisers on expert advice against the risk of piracy in the Indian Ocean.... [more]
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Key West 2012 - Snatching victory
Bill Wagner,
Barking Mad pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in the 25-year history of the regatta to win the Farr 40 class. Skipper John Kilroy and the Samba Pa Ti team captured the talent-laden Melges 32 class win.... [more]
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Key West 2012 - Melges 32 victory to Kilroy
Joy Dunigan,
Battling the likes of event runners-up Benjamin Schwartz on Pisces and Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino, Kilroy won Key West in the Melges 32 for the first time two years ago and his 2012 victory surely is as sweet as the first.... [more]
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