Tunnicliffe and Hardesty honored—Sailing news from U.S. and beyond

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24 Feb 2012

Tunnicliffe and Hardesty honored—Sailing news from U.S. and beyond

Anna Tunnicliffe and Bill Hardesty honoured  US Sailing ©
This week's domestic sailing news was dominated by US Sailing's annual US Sailing's Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards, which were presented at the St. Francis Yacht Club (SFYC) in San Francisco. Bill Hardesty and Anna Tunnicliffe were presented with their sparkling new Oyster Perpetual timepieces for their impressive sailing accomplishments of 2011 (great performances in a number of classes, with special attention paid to his 2011 Etchells Worlds win, and worldwide dominance in the Women's Match Racing event, respectively), after being selected by a panel of national sailing journalists.

'When I heard I was nominated and then [that] I had won, in all honestly I was a bit surprised and thoroughly, thoroughly honored,' said Tunnicliffe, who became the first woman to win the prestigious award for four consecutive years. 'Team Maclaren has had a great year and this award is a great recognition of all the things we have accomplished over 2011.' Tunnicliffe was joined at the ceremony with her Team Maclaren teammates Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi.

For his part, Hardesty also emphasized the crewmates who helped him win his new Rolex, especially his Etchells World Championship team of Steve Hunt, Mandi Markee and Craig Leweck, all of whom were in attendance at the SFYC. 'It really comes down to the people you sail with, the teams with whom you surround yourself and how much support you have outside of that, because really these regatta victories don't come together without the team,' said Hardesty.

Find out more about the Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards, inside.

Niklas Zennstrom's JV72, Ran  Tim Wright /Photoaction.com ©

The other event that's been commanding plenty of pixels this week is the RORC's Caribbean 600, an offshore race that is high on your editor's bucket list. This year's line honors' winner was the 200-foot, ketch-rigged, super yacht Hetairos, skippered by Vincent Fauquenoy, with an elapsed time of two days, two hours, 39 minutes and 32 seconds. Close on her heels was George David's 90-foot Rambler and Niklas Zennstrom's 70-foot Rán, the later of which appears to be the race's overall winner at the time of this writing.

'The whole of Team Rán have been looking forward to this race for a while. We have wanted to do this race since 2009,' said Zennstrom. 'It is a complex course, more like a series of coastal races. Any 600-mile yacht race is hard but the fantastic conditions and beautiful weather makes this one even more satisfying. The close reach down to Guadeloupe from St. Barths was very memorable, fast reaching conditions in beautiful surroundings, some of the best sailing you can imagine.'

Casey Smith trims the mainsail and Ryan Godfrey stands by on the "pumps," in fast sailing conditions. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)   Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©

Offshore in the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), the fleet has been sailing a twisted mile in order to stay in good pressure. 'Anybody looking at our tracks on the computer must think the navigators have gone mad—or that we do not know the way to Auckland,' reported Abu Dhabu Ocean Racing's skipper, Ian Walker. 'The route we are taking is so far off the scale of any historical routes it isn't funny.' Currently, five out of the six boats that are racing to Auckland are sailing similar courses, with Puma Ocean Racing making a break-away move shortly after the fleet exited the Luzon Strait that a more put her on a northerly trajectory. It will be interesting to see how this move plays out in the days to come—stay tuned.

Etchells World Championship Sydney Australia 2012. Race six leader Jud Smith leading up the beat with Critical Balance in hot pursuit.   © Ingrid Abery

One Design sailors, be sure to check out the latest happenings from the Etchells Worlds, which are being contested in Sydney, Australia through Saturday. While the leader board is always congested in this talent-rife class, the pressure is unusually high for Top 10 bragging rights. At the time of this writing, American skipper Jud Smith (and his crew of Mark Johnson and Nik Burfoot) had been looking fast, as is Sydney Olympic Gold medalist Tom King, and John Bertrand. Stay tuned for more info from this event, with Sail-World's detailed coverage and be sure to also check out the great event image galleries, compliments of ace shooters Andrea Francolini and Ingrid Abery.

Nearby on Sydney Harbor, the 18-Foot Skiffs just enjoyed their annual JJ Giltinan Championship, with the hyper-talented crew of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage, aboard Gotta Love It 7, taking top honors once again. Get the full report, inside.

Also inside, get the latest download from the Chicago Match Racing Center's ongoing Miami Invitational, the current entry tally from this year's Newport-Bermuda Race, and the latest from the Global Ocean Race. And finally, Cup junkies, be sure to check out the course overview for AC34 so that you can start stalking out prime, downtown SF vantage spots while there's still time.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Etchells World Championship Day 5 – Martini sailing
Tracey Johnstone,
Etchells World Championship 2012 - Martini sailing was an expression shared around the fleet today as 74 boats headed out to the Manly Circle for the second to last day of the championship. The sun shone, the swell and current were negligible, but the breeze returned to delivering massive shifts both left and right.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan 2012 - Race 5 Video
Bob Killick,
With two races left to sail, Gotta Love It 7 is unbackable to take this year's JJ Giltinan. However the fight for second and third on the final podium come Sunday is heating up, with at least six teams in that fight... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 Race 8 - The world turns upside down
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Etchells Worlds 2012 - Race 8. At the start of the second race for the day the wind was steady, still at 035. PRO Ross Wilson set a windward leeward course with a 2.2nm first beat. A general recall was followed by a Black Flag start.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 Day 5 - New Leader after race 7
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
At the start of the Etchells World Championship 2012 on day 5 the fleet waited on the Manly Circle course off Sydney Heads, in brilliant sunshine. Principal Race Officer Ross Wilson called a postponement at the scheduled 12 noon start time as the breeze was patchy across course.... [more]
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Knut Frostad talks about sponsorship, economics, China, and the VOR
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
While the VOR fleet are bashing their way towards Taiwan and the Luzon Strait, we were quite happy to have had a trip round the bay in somewhat lighter conditions, sun shining etc on board Camper during the Volvo stopover in Sanya. It was an interesting experience, getting up close and personal with not only the sailors but also the movers and shakers behind the scenes.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 Day 5 – These are the days you always fear!!
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Etchells World Championship 2012 - The 74 boat Etchells fleet is current heading out to the Manly circle course of Sydney Heads for the critical races seven and eight in the nine race series. Jud Smith is leading the regatta on 13 points, from Tom King on 15 and John Bertrand 26, Graeme Taylor 32, Vince Brun 34 and Cam Miles 36 ahead of Alastair Gair, Dave Clarke, Peter McNeill and Nitro Drenna... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Bizzare day
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet are currently en route to Auckland, New Zealand in Leg 4. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Azzam skipper, Ian Walker, referred to the day's racing as bizzare and said that 'Anybody looking at our tracks on the computer must think the navigators have gone mad – or that we do not know the way to Auckland. The route we are taking is so far off the scale.....'... [more]
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Farr 30 Great Lakes Championship set for Cleveland Race Week
Chris Brown,
The Farr 30 Great Lakes Championship is set to take place on the waters of Lake Erie during Cleveland Race Week this year. There will be three days of racing where over ten teams are expected to battle it out for the trophy including defending champion William Markel, Standard Deviation and current World Champion Deneen Demourkas and her Grooverderci team.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 - Day 5 and its Money time
Day 5 - two more races today on the Manly Circle off Sydney Heads and the battle royal will continue. Marblehead USA sailor Jud Smith, the 2006 Etchells World Champion and Tom King, the 2000 470 Olympic Gold Medalist are locked together at the top of the leaderboard.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Has Rán clinched the overall title?
Louay Habib,
On day four of the RORC Caribbean 600, around noon, Niklas Zennstrom's JV52, Ran, appears to have clinched the overall win and will lift the sterling RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy at tomorrow night's prizegiving ceremony. This morning Scarlet Logic, co-skippered by Ross Applebey and Tim Thubron, was the only yacht which posed any sort of threat, but realistically the Oyster 48 will not cover... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Epic battle between schooners
Louay Habib,
RORC Caribbean 600 - Both Adela and Windrose capture the imagination of years gone by. In spectacular surroundings the golden age of the schooners was recreated in an epic battle between two magnificent yachts and just before dawn today, the gentlemanly duel was settled.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Mar Mostro back in the hunt
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: There is a lot to be happy about onboard Puma's Mar Mostro. First and foremost, we finished the outrageously horrific batch of Chinese 'coffee' we had in the galley jar. It's a true proof of this team's toughness that we managed such a feat.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – More teams arrive
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Four more of the teams have arrived to a rapturous welcome in Qingdao after completing race 8 yesterday. Meanwhile Welcome to Yorkshire and Qingdao are still racing towards China's sailing city and, after languishing in light winds for several days, are now battling freezing northerly headwinds in the Yellow Sea.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Charging towards Cape Horn
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - Having crossed the Felipe Cubillos Cape Horn Gate at 06:25 GMT on Wednesday at the head of the fleet, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel made a steep climb north-east out of the Southern Ocean with Class40 Cessna Citation. Leaving Cape San Juan at the eastern end of Isla de Los Estados to port almost 24 hours after rounding Cape Horn Colman and Kuttel entered the South Atlantic... [more]
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Etchells World Championship Day 4 - Tight at the top
Tracey Johnstone,
Etchells World Championship - The overall leader name may have changed but the racing is far from complete. The top of the 74-boat scoreboard is very tight after six races and one drop. Roulette is in the lead with 13 points. The Roulette team is a coalition of talented sailors. On the helm is 2006 Etchells World Champion and American sailor, 54-year-old Jud Smith.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Who is really leading the Volvo Ocean Race?
Richard Gladwell,
The fortunes of the six competitors in the Volvo Ocean Race have been waxing and waning - if you believe the official results which show regular lead changes occurring even over just the space of a couple of hours. Using the Predictwind.com routing system, we get quite a different picture from the 'who's closest to Auckland approach' adopted by the Volvo OR reporting and tracking system.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan Championship - Gotta Love It 7 again
Frank Quealey,
Gotta Love It 7's domination of the 18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan Championship continued today. Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage brought the red hulled flyer home an easy winner of race 5 in the regatta.... [more]
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Hardesty and Tunnicliffe honored
Jake Fish,
The sailing accomplishments of Bill Hardesty (San Diego, Calif.) and Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) were celebrated today at US Sailing's Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards in San Francisco... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 day 4 images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images,
The Etchells Worlds day 4 was a summer day right out of the brochure with a light north easter blowing and flats seas. Andrea Francolini images from today's racing... [more]
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18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan Trophy Race 4 Video
Bob Killick,
18ft Skiffs Winning Appliances JJ Giltinan Trophy Race 4. Gotta Love It 7's lead, as it crossed the line in first place yesterday, was as long as a Russian winter. Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Sam Newton were all alone at Clark Is. to take the gun from starter Gary Linnacre. Archie Massey's Mojo Wines crossed in second over five minutes astern.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma face critical decision
Amory Ross,
For Volvo Ocean Race competitors Puma Ocean Racing, the brutal slamming conditions of the South China Sea are tiring and taking a toll. 'This is a crucial moment in the leg and there's obviously a lot at stake. It has already been a busy day of decision-making, but I'd be surprised to see us be anything but conservative' says Amory Ross... [more]
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Roland Gaebler talks Tornado entries for Mixed Multihull Trials
Andrew Dowley,
Tornado President Roland Gaebler was interviewed by Martin from Cat Sailing News on the Tornado entries for the upcoming Mixed Multihull Trials.... [more]
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