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21 May 2012

Naked in Seattle—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

I wish I could offer a first-person report of racecourse events or even a great little vignette about a sweet starting sequence, but my shoulder surgeon still isn't letting my newly 'fitted' bionic shoulder anywhere near a raceboat. He will pay in his next life!

Venezia, 20/05/12
ACWS Venice
Final day in Venice
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi  Carlo Borlenghi ©

On sailing's grander stage, the international conversation has been centered on the Americas Cup World Series Venice event, where Loick Peyron's Energy Team won the fleet-racing championship, upsetting the standard leaderboard and demonstrating the lighting-fast learning curve that ACWS teams are enjoying, while also showing that Oracle Racing isn't the only team that knows how to make wingsails work.

In the match-racing section of the Venice event, Artemis Racing—the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup—proved the team to beat, dispensing first with Energy Team before turning their attention to Luna Rossa—Piranha for the finals. 'We executed exactly what we planned to do in the pre-start. We wanted to dial up Luna Rossa and get them to commit to starboard, then bear off onto port to deploy,' said skipper Terry Hutchinson. 'It couldn't have gone better, but it was a tricky race. On the first run we split at the top, it was touch and go, but we snuck across and stuck to our convictions on the second beat. Luna Rossa kept asking the question and our guys kept responding.'

Be sure to check out the full media blast, as well as ace shooter Carlo Borlenghi's eye-popping photo gallery, from this great event.

Closer to home, the second leg of the Atlantic Cup 2012 has started, taking the fleet of doublehanded Class 40 raceboats from New York City to Newport, Rhode Island. 'We are a bit less than half way back up the course to Montauk after going south to a turning mark off Barnegate Inlet on the Jersey shore,' reported American skipper Joe Harries from the nav station of Gryphon Solo 2. 'The race has been a bit up and down for us thus far, as we had a good start but then sailed into a hole just before the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and got a bit behind the leading pack.' Get the full Atlantic Cup report, inside.

And in Miami, the Volvo Ocean Race has started Leg Seven, which takes the fleet of fully crewed Volvo Open 70s to Lisbon, Portugal. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing—long considered the dream team stuck sailing the dogsled around our spinning little stone—took top honors in the Miami in-port race before leading the fleet out of Miami towards Portugal. For overall race leaders Telefonica, a second tactical error—following a poor mark-rounding decision during the Itajai, Brazil in-port contest—pushed them further from their goal of capturing the overall crown.

2 - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©

'It feels great,' said Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper, Ian Waker, of his struggling team's win. 'We've had a tough time of it. We had no time at all to prepare for the last in-port race and we made a special point of having two full days' training here. We wanted to show the world that Abu Dhabi hasn't given up. We're a good team, we're determined, and it feels great to win a race.'

At the time of this writing, Groupama was in the pole position, followed by Telefonica and Puma Ocean Racing. More inside this issue, and be sure to spend some scrolling time with shooter Leighton O'Connor's great image gallery from the Miami festivities.

Krystal Weir racing at the 2012 Laser Radial World Championship - Photo Nils Bergmann  Nils Bergmann -

And finally, be sure to check out the racecourse action from the Women's Laser Radial Worlds, the 470 World Championships and the Rolex Volcano Race, as well as a reality check regarding the health of our oceans and the persistence of plastic.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Plastic Oceans (Plastic in our playground!) Part 2 - Plastic bottles
Ian Thomson,
In part one, we looked at plastic bags. We went through the numbers and quantified how much one million and one billion is in reality. Let's revisit that before we move onto Plastic water bottles. To count straight through from one to 1,000,000 will take you 11 days and it will take 32 years to count to one billion. You cannot count to one trillion in your lifetime.... [more]
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Chicago Match Race Center Spring Invitational - Intense final day
Chicago Match Race Center,
Chicago Match Race Center's Grade 3 Spring Invitational has been won by Don Wilson and his team of Nathan Hollerbach, Mark Strube and Sam Rogers in a final intense day of match racing in windy and shifty conditions in which no lead was safe. Wilson and team started the day strong, defeating Ben Marden 2-0 in the first-to-two point Quarter-Final round,... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7 restart images by Leighton O'Conner
Leighton O'Connor images,
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7 restart images from photographer Leighton O'Conner... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro leaves Miami for Leg 7 start
Lisa Ramsperger,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 team Puma's Mar Mostro is off across the Atlantic Ocean with the start of Leg 7 from Miami, Florida, USA to Lisbon, Portugal. The Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg crew rounded the buoys in Miami to complete the six-leg inshore loop and headed out for the offshore portion of the leg in the fifth position, with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing leading the fleet.... [more]
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Laser builder needs to move 250+ Lasers NOW!!
PSA Media,
After a very successful ISAF Perth 2011 Laser World Championships Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA) has more than 250 Lasers for sale. PSA General Manager Chris Caldecoat said today ‘These are one event old ISAF Worlds charter boats. Boats come on dolly, with top cover, mast bag, foil bag all new rigging...ready to race. Deals to be done anywhere!!... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Fleet endures tough reintroduction
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race fleet's first night at sea was wet and lumpy - proving a tough reintroduction to offshore racing following their stopover in Charleston, South Carolina, as they sailed straight into headwinds and cleared the coast of the USA.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 7 starts from Miami as tropical storm looms
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet headed out of Miami and directly towards a tropical storm on Sunday after making a slow start to Leg 7, potentially one of the most critical stages of the 39,000 nautical mile marathon. With a gentle breeze blowing off Miami's famous South Beach it was Ian Walker's Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, winners of Saturday's Port Miami In-Port Race, who lead around the six-mile course... [more]
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Laser Radial World Championship - Lithuanian sailor claims gold
Deike Mary Flemming,
At the Laser Radial World Championships, in a six to eight knot strong sea breeze, the first race pushed the sailors to their limits. A total of ten yellow flags were awarded, the majority for rocking the boat. For favourites Sari Multala (FIN) and Alison Young (GBR) it was the second yellow flag, which meant they had to retire from the race.... [more]
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Rolex Volcano Race - Fleet sets sail for Capri
The Rolex Volcano Race fleet bid farewell to mainland Italy as they departed Gaeta to commence the first leg of the 400-nautical mile offshore race. The crews are destined for the famed Mediterranean island of Capri some 100-nautical miles from Gaeta.... [more]
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AC World Series Venice - Final day images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
America's Cup World Series - Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on hand to capture this gallery of images on the final day of action in Venice, Italy.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Artemis Racing victorious in Venice
Artemis Racing,
At the America's Cup World Series Venice, light air, plenty of current and countless lead changes, made for dramatic racing for the thousands of spectators who lined the race course for the final day. Having defeated Energy Team in the Match Racing Semi-Finals yesterday, Artemis lined up against Luna Rossa - Piranha for the Finals.... [more]
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AC World Series Venice - Oracle Team USA Spithill holds 4-point lead
Tim Jeffery,
In the America's Cup World Series Venice, Oracle Team USA Spithill finished on the podium in both the fleet and match racing championships and now holds a 4-point lead in the 2011-12 ACWS Season Championship heading into next month's final event.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet face frustrating conditions
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet has been faced with yet more frustrating weather conditions over the last 24 hours, with sparse wind and intense heat affecting its position and mood.... [more]
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Atlantic Cup Leg 2 - Bashing along onboard GryphonSolo2
Joe Harris,
Atlantic Cup 2012, presented by 11th Hour Racing, second leg of the three stage race is under way. Joe Harris onboard GryphonSolo2 provides a progress update: Welcome to leg two of the Atlantic Cup from New York to Newport. We are a bit less than half way back up the course to Montauk after going south to a turning mark off Barnegate Inlet on the Jersey shore (hello Snookie).... [more]
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Chicago Match Race Center's Spring Invitational - Underdogs on top
Chicago Match Race Center,
Chicago Match Race Center's Grade 3 Spring Invitational - In a long day that stretched racing into the sunset, a single round robin was completed in challenging conditions that left two unlikely underdogs on top. Pusch and Jennings are relative newcomers to match racing, with Jennings skippering for his first time at CMRC, yet both are tied on points for the lead, with Pusch winning the tie break... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Miami In-Port Race – Puma takes third
Lisa Ramsperger,
Volvo Ocean Race Miami In-Port Race – Puma's Mar Mostro stretched its nose across the line to capture third place and return to the podium on Saturday in Miami, Fla., USA. The Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg crew pushed past Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand with meters left on the race course, finishing nine seconds ahead.... [more]
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Plastic Oceans (Plastic in our playground!) Part 1 - Plastic bags
Ian Thomson,
The ocean is our playground. We sail on it, we swim in it, we fish from it and without it we don't have 60-80% of the world's oxygen........So why do we abuse it? The reason we abuse it is because most of us don't even realise we are. Covering 70% of the planet, our oceans seem to cope with everything we throw at it, right? Well think again.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Another InPort clanger costs Telefonica dearly
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Overall race leaders Team Telefónica are lamenting their second successive in-port race loss at the hands of a simple error that racing veteran Neal McDonald described as heartbreaking. The error has cost the overall points leader dearly on the overall points table. Their once comfortable lead has now been cut to just seven points ahead of Groupama... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - 11th hour comeback as Miami heat rises
Sophie Luther,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing launched an eleventh hour comeback in the Miami In-Port Race to take their tally of in-shore successes to three, while Groupama scored a strong second to pile the pressure on overall race leaders Telefónica. Ian Walker's crew were rewarded for sailing a near-perfect race on Saturday when they snatched the lead from Groupama on the penultimate leg and... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 3 ACWS Venice - Light winds make for short courses
Bob Fisher,
Day 3: Lighter winds than previously and a shift from South-East to East halfway through the fleet racing caused the second of the races to be over eleven legs of a much smaller course - boats were lapped by the leaders - and there was a shake-up in the pecking order with teams having good and bad results. Luna Rossa - Swordfish, for example had a first and a last. Includes Video highlights.... [more]
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470 World Championship – GBR's Mills and Clark claim world title
Lindsey Bell,
470 World Championship for the women's class concluded in Barcelona, Spain on Saturday 19th May. Great Britain's sailors have made it two World Championship titles in two days with Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark crowned the first ever British World Champions today. Mills and Clark, who claimed silver at the 2011 World Championships in Perth in December, went one step further at this 2012 edition... [more]
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470 Worlds 2012 - Hat trick championship for Belcher and Page + Video
Iasonas Georgaris,
On the penultimate day of racing at the 2012 470 World Championships, Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) secured their third successive World Championship title following their win in race 12 which sealed the victory for the pair. In the 470 Women Gold Fleet, the teams from China and Poland have qualified their nations to the 2012 Olympic Games. The final two Olympic qualification places in the... [more]
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Audi Laser Radial Worlds – Form sailor China's Lijia Xu leads again
Rob Kothe,
The top performing Women's Laser Radial sailor on the 2011- 2012 World Cup circuit has been China's 24 year old Lijia Xu, who just a few weeks ago won her third Gold medal of this season at the Semaine Olympique Francaise in Hyeres.... [more]
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470 World Championships - Belcher and Page secure world title
470 World Championships,
At the 470 World Championships, on the penultimate day of racing, Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) secured their third successive World Championship title. Their win in race 12 sealed victory for the pair. In the 470 Women Gold Fleet, teams from China and Poland have qualified their nations to the 2012 Olympic Games, subject to ISAF ratification.... [more]
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AC World Series Venice - Images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
The America's Cup World Series is currently taking place in Venice, Italy. Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on hand to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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Finn World Championship - Ainslie wins sixth world title
Lindsey Bell,
The Finn World Championship 2012 concluded in Falmouth today, 18th May, with Ben Ainslie confirmed as winning an unprecedented sixth Finn World Championship title but was denied the chance to finish the regatta in style, as light winds put paid to the final 10-boat medal race.... [more]
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ORCi World Championship - Innovative new format announced
ORCi World Championship - Large fleet of 128 entries prompts a new innovative format to determine Class A and Class B World Champions. Competitors with a 2012 ORC GPH (General Purpose Handicap) rating of 614.9 sec/mile or less will race for the Class A World Championship title, and those with a 2012 GPH of greater than or equal to 615.0 sec/mi will race for the Class B World Championship title... [more]
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Tahiti Pearl Regatta fleet reaches Bora-Bora
Denis van den Brink,
Tahiti Pearl Regatta ninth edition is currently underway and featured today one of the most expected and most exciting part of its program, the Raiatea to Bora-Bora leg. A distance of 27 nautical miles under mild and at times tricky conditions that brought no big surprises in the final outcome.... [more]
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