VOR: Islands of decisions—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
Meanwhile, the ten-boat fleet that's competing in the Clipper Around the World Race has now departed Qingdao, China, and is en route to Oakland, California. The fleet is expected to arrive on San Francisco Bay in plenty of time for the 2012 Strictly Sail Pacific boat show, which begins on April 12. Get the full story inside this issue, and be sure to check the site for updates, as they unfurl.
For sailors who are suffering from a touch of winter blues, be sure to get the regatta reports from the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Here, sun-soaked sailors enjoyed perfect conditions on day one, followed by a bit too much wind on day two resulting in some cancelled races. Racing may be serious in all classes during the day, but, given the regatta's infamous reputation, you can bet your last cold 'greenie' that the evenings were suitably relaxed.
Stateside, the Melges 32 class is enjoying a fine Miami Championship, with classic Miami conditions greeting the fleet of talent-laden boats. And should J Class Yachts be your obsession, look for the Official J Class Facebook page—as well as a J Class twitter feed—to get the latest happenings on these hopelessly beautiful designs. And OD sailors, hear what top international female sailors have to say about the RX, one of several designs that is being evaluated for future Olympic use at the ISAF Women's Olympic Skiff Trials, which are being staged in Santander, Spain, in mid-March.
J/70 speedster- stern quarter profile showing broad, powerful buttocks and open cockpit Stuart Johnstone
And finally, start your week out right with some sneak-preview glimpses of the new J/70 hull form. According to reports, the first two hulls are well under way, with the expectation of launching and sea trialing this trailer-able rocketship later this month. Giddyap!
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