VOR: Limping forth—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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08 Apr 2012

VOR: Limping forth—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Mar Mostro and Telefonica—enjoying a down-to-the-wire finish that saw Mar Mostro picking up their first leg win of the 2011/2012 VOR.

'Unbelievable!' reported Puma's skipper Ken Read. 'Nobody quit and the atmosphere on the boat today was really cool – laid back and everybody was ready to tackle the task at hand. I'm very proud of this team. It's a great feeling.' Given that Read and company ran out of food some 36 hours prior to crossing the finishing line, you can bet anything that the Mar Mostro boys are putting a hurt on Brazil's fabled beef supply.

But the true feel-good story of the leg belonged to overall race leader, Telefonica, who managed a finish that was only some 12 minutes slower than Mar Mostro's, despite having to stop for 12 hours to make repairs en route. While Telefonica was carried by the strong breezes of a private low-pressure system that eluded Mar Mostro, the Spanish juggernaut proved a touch too little, too late. Still, it is a proud piece of seamanship, sailing and navigation that allowed the Spanish-flagged team to post such an impressive finishing time, given their pit stop.

Meanwhile, Emirates Team New Zealand's Camper has rejoined the hunt, with some 2,000-plus miles remaining to the finishing line. Their six-day stop in Chile gave the team the time they needed to make important repairs to the bow section, which delaminated en route from New Zealand, but will likely not prove to be a quick enough turn-around time to beat Groupama 4—now dawdling along under jury rig— from claiming third place-honors and more crucial leaderboard points. While Groupama 4 is sailing with a tiny rig, the skeletal crew (shortened, no doubt, to save weight in both men and food) was still sailing at over 12 knots at the time of this writing, and, with less than 300 miles to go, will likely claim the final remaining podium spot. Stay tuned as the battle between Camper's hare and Groupama 4's tortoise continues.

Team Sanya and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have both opted to ship their boats to Miami and Itajaí, Brazil (repectively) where they will be repaired and from where these teams can rejoin the fight. Get the full VOR scoop, inside.

Also offshore, the four Class 40 boats that are competing in the Global Ocean Race (GOR) are battling upwind conditions in Leg Four as they race from Punta del Este, Uruguay to Charleston, South Carolina. 'In the space of half a day we went from sailing downwind to beating upwind again, progress has been very slow since, especially as we are pushing against the unfavorable Brazil Current, which runs from north to south decreasing our speed by nearly a knot,' said Marco Nannini aboard Financial Crisis. 'Our eyes are firmly set on the easterly trade winds a few days sailing ahead of us. Once we manage to feel the gentle flow of their predictable air, we should start making fast progress towards the Equator and the Doldrums; another challenging part of the race.'

43 Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - Kol  © Jesus Renedo / Sofia Mapfre

And in One Design news, the Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia Mapfre just wrapped up in Palma, Majorca, with plenty of light-air racing testing sailing in many different Olympic class boats. US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics faired well, as always, with the truly impressive Team Maclaren (Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer, and Debbie Capozzi) taking top honors in the Women's Match Racing event. Also, in the Finn class, the 2008 Olympic Medal Race repeated itself, with Ben Ainslie (GBR) taking top prize, and USSTAG Finn class representative, Zach Railey, taking second place. The U.S.'s Charlie Buckingham earned a fourth-place finish in the Laser class, beating out USSTAG's 2012 Laser rep, Robert Crane, who finished in 36th place. The USSTAG Paralympics team also sailed well, with Mark Le Blanc taking a fourth place in the 2.4mR class. Get the full Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia Mapfre wrap-up reports, inside.

Spinnaker Class racing - Les Voiles de Saint-Barth 2012  © Christophe Jouany / Les Voiles de St. Barth

Also finally, be sure to check out David Edwards' great piece on winning the 2012 Etchells Worlds, and the wrap-up reports from the Les Voiles de St. Barth, the Rolex China Sea Race 2012, and the XXX Garda Optimist Meeting, which made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the world's largest single-class regatta.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Volvo Ocean Race: Two now heading for Leg 5 finish
Volvo Ocean Race,
Emirates Team New Zealand were back in racing mode for the more than 2,500 nautical miles they still have to sail to the finish line in Itajaí. CAMPER officially resumed racing at 0441 UTC after motoring through Chile's waterways for more than 26 hours to get back to the position at which they suspended.... [more]
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America's Cup: Paul Cayard updates for Artemis Racing from Naples
Paul Cayard,
A great day for racing in Napoli. The America's Cup World Series was in full flight today with match racing and fleet racing. The winds were 8 to 12 knots from the West and there was a bit of cloud around. The rain stopped for exactly three hours and those were the three hours of racing.... [more]
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America's Cup: Saturday practice racing - It's never like this here
America's Cup Media,
'It's never like this here.' It's a phrase heard so often at regattas around the world that it's become a popular cliche among sailors. Saturday, that was the refrain being heard on the dock in Naples for the Practice Day for the first event in 2012 for the America's Cup World Series .... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet race upwind
Oliver Dewar,
As the Global Ocean Race (GOR) fleet approach the end of their first week at sea in Leg 4 from Punta del Este, Uruguay, to Charleston, USA, the double-handed teams are racing upwind along the continental shelf of Brazil with the New Zealand-Australian team continuing to extend their lead on Akilaria RC2, Cessna Citation to 56 miles... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper back in race mode for Itajai
Volvo Ocean Race,
Six days after they suspended racing and headed to Puerto Montt in Chile, Chris Nicholson's men were back in racing mode to take on the remaining 2,800 nautical miles to the finish line in Itajaí. Camper officially resumed racing at 0441 UTC after motoring through Chile's waterways for more than 26 hours to get back to the place they suspended.... [more]
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Seeing - truly is believing with FLIR (forward looking infra-red)
John Curnow,
Going back not all that far in time, the beam from the Police helicopter's spotlight as it flew overhead at night, used to make you think there was a lunar eclipse going on right there in your backyard. A breakthrough came when infrared technology was applied and relatively small, gimballed units could be mounted to the fuselage.... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth - Testing final day
On the final race day at Les Voiles de St. Barth crews were again tested with light and variable winds.... [more]
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Garda Optimist Meeting - Intense competition on penultimate day
Elena Giolai,
XXX Garda Optimist Meeting. Winds today were strong and intense reaching 18-20 knots at Fraglia Vela Riva as more than 1000 boats took to the water for the start scheduled for 12:00. Competition was fierce.... [more]
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Etchells World Championship 2012 - David Edwards on winning the Worlds
David Edwards,
Our Etchells World Championship campaign came together from the bones of the Sputnik Farr 40 team, which was a team that had a great deal of fun sailing together. We figured most of us on Sputnik had sailed Etchells at some point, the Worlds were going to be in Sydney in 2012, it should be fun and we should give it a go. Right? Getting started wasn't really any more complicated than that... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Princesa Sofia regatta - Finn fleet overall
Robert Deaves,
The 43 Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE regatta ended with a blast, solid winds, sunshine and great sailing. With huge seas and winds touching 20 knots, it was a great end to what has generally been a light wind regatta.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper back at sea + Video
The Volvo Ocean Race crew of Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand are back at sea and in the chase for precious points after repairs to the boat's bow were completed in Puerto Montt. The team left the Chilean port at 0600 GMT on Saturday (April 7) and are now making their way towards the point where they suspended racing five days ago, which is 160 nautical miles away.... [more]
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Sailing World Cup Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapre final day
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
43rd Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre final day, the third event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit, saw some excellent racing in the Women Match Racing and the Medal Races. The Bay of Palma presented a perfect day with sun, wind and waves. In the Women Match Racing Finals, Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) took an early 2 – 0 lead over Claire Leroy (FRA).... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings - New leaders take control
Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia Mapfre, the third of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas, concluded today in Palma. After an action packed final day of racing the overall Standings have been shuffled around with new leaders taking control. The first gold of the day was decided in the 49er fleet. It went to Jonas Warrer and Soren Hansen (DEN)... [more]
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Laser 4.7 and Standard Youth Worlds Overall
Laser 4.7 and Standard Youth Worlds,
Sailors from 27 countries came to Buenos Aires to compete in the Laser 4.7 and Standard Youth Worlds in Buenos Aires.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Groupama and Camper resume the chase for third place
The two remaining yachts in the Volvo Ocean Race are back at sea, and are chasing the vital third place points. Puma Ocean Racing (Ken Read) and Telefonica (Franck Cammas) finished just over 12 minutes apart earlier today, taking first and second overall. Puma was the only yacht on the leg not to suspend racing at some stage from Auckland to Itajai, Brazil. Includes two video clips... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth - Round the island race a favourite
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The Maxi and IR52 classes share the same Les Voiles de St. Barth start line with a dozen boats, half of these over 90 feet, which poses tactical challenges for all.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma holds off rivals
Lisa Ramsperger,
The crew on Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg may have been bashed around by the Southern Ocean but they held off two challengers in a tactical match race to win Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12... [more]
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Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Day 5 for Team AlphaGraphics + Video
Dana Paxton,
On the fifth day of racing at Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics' (USSTAG) had a stellar day: Mark LeBlanc completed the 2.4mR event with a race win, placing him into fourth overall for the week; Anna Tunnicliffe's 'Team Maclaren' of Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi won their semi-final Women's Match Racing match and advanced to the finals... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 5 victory for Puma
Volvo Ocean Race,
In Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Puma held firm in the face of a relentless attack from Telefónica to clinch an epic victory, crossing the finish line in Itajaí, Brazil with a winning margin of just 12 minutes after the Spanish team had threatened to complete one of the great sporting comebacks.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma snatches epic wins after match race
Puma Ocean racing skippered by Ken Read, held firm in the face of a relentless attack from Telefónica to clinch an epic Leg 5 victory on Friday, crossing the finish line in Itajaí, Brazil with a slim winning margin after the Spanish team had threatened to complete one of the greatest sporting comebacks.... [more]
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Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre day 5 images by Jesus Renedo
Anna Parker, Sail-World,
Photographer Jesus Renedo was on hand in Palma to capture this stunning gallery of images of the action that took place on day five of the 43rd Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre Regatta.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Princesa Sofia regatta - Finn fleet day 5
Robert Deaves,
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Despite suffering boat damage and back injury in the pre-start and unable to sail the first race of the day, regatta leader Ben Ainslie (GBR) still made it out for the final race in a different boat to protect his points lead and win the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre regatta with a day to spare.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama 4 prepare to rejoin Leg 5
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 leaders are currently involved in some very close racing as they approach the finish in Itajai. Meanwhile, Groupama 4's crew, with the assistance of their Shore Crew, are completing the installation of a new jury rig, which will enable them to head back out to sea tonight.... [more]
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Garda Optimist Meeting achieves Guinness World Record
Elena Giolai,
Garda Optimist Meeting, organised by Fraglia Vela Riva with the support of Kinder+Sport, is being held from Wednesday 4th April and ends on Sunday 8th April. Today, Friday 6th April the event was officially declared as the largest sailing regatta in the world (single-class); a Guinness World Record... [more]
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Trofeo Princesa SAR Sofia Mapfre - Women's Match Racing day 5
43rd Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - On the penultimate day of women's match racing a fresh 15-18 knots of sea breeze challenged the sailors. Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) was the first to punch her ticket for the Finals when she dispatched of Olivia Price (AUS) 3-0 in the Semi Finals.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Ken Read - the adventure so far
Richard Gladwell,
Listed as one of the oldest sailors in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, Puma skipper Ken Read impresses many with his boyish enthusiasm and approach to life. We caught up with him the night before the start of Leg 5 and talked to him about the race so far, playing golf on Leg1, the relative speeds of the boats, campaign costs, that horrendous start to Leg 4 and more.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 and Standard Youth Worlds Championships day 4
Laser Worlds amended by Sail-World.com,
Today the competitors at the Laser 4.7 and Standard Youth World Championship in Argentina sailed races 7 and 8 of the series, on a sunny day with wind of of 10-15 knots.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Barth competitors enjoy lay day
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Les Voiles de St. Barth competitors were able to enjoy a lay day before the final two days of racing on Friday and Saturday as it was mostly quiet dockside in the race village, at the Quai General de Gaulle. While a few crews tended to boat maintenance, others worked on their own personal maintenance, heading to the Nikki Beach resort on St Jean Bay for some stand-up paddleboard competition.... [more]
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