Atlantic Cup report—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
At the time of this writing, Jorg Riechers, and Ryan Breymaier aboard Mare are leading the stampede to the Big Apple by more than 25 miles, followed by Dave Rearick and Matt Scharl aboard Bodacious Dream and Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron aboard Campagne de France. 'We are in the gulf stream, so we now have a three knot current boost to our speed, so we are travelling about 10 knots through the water and about 13 knots over the ground,' reports American skipper Joe Harris, who, along with co-skipper Tristan Mouligne, is currently sitting in fourth place. 'I imagine most of the boats are in the same position, so the big question is how long to stay in the fast current of the gulf stream heading northeast before turning left and heading on a more northerly course to the entrance to New York Harbor. It's a time-speed-distance equation, and everyone has to estimate the trade-off of extra speed while headed slightly away from the mark versus heading straight at the mark at slightly slower speeds.'
It's great to see so many American names in the Top Ten in a game that's traditionally dominated by the French; may the trend continue all the way through Newport's final weekend of in-port racing! Get the full Atlantic Cup report, including skipper dispatches, inside this issue.
Race 11 of the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race is slated to start on Monday, taking the fleet from Panama to New York, and Australian sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen won their historic fourth and third (respectively) 49er Worlds, which just wrapped up in Zadar, Croatia. 'It's a great feeling to win a fourth World Championship and my third with Iain,' said Outteridge. 'It sends a good message to the rest of the fleet and shows that the hard work we did earlier this year at home is really playing off.'
And finally, the America's Cup World Venice event is set to kick off this Thursday, with nine different international teams preparing for the starting signals. To prepare, seven of these teams took part in Arzana's City of Venice Trophy as an unofficial warm-up. Be sure to start your week off right by scrolling through ace lensman Carlo Borlenghi's great image gallery of this event, inside.
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