The view from the navigator's chair is anything but certain right now. 'The boats behind have a bit more breeze right now, so they'll be notching up some good data in the next few hours,' said Andrew Cape, Telefónica's navigator. 'The situation we have coming up is quite thorny indeed. We're going to hit a high-pressure system tomorrow and then we will get the next squall, where we hope we'll get away again. It will be interesting.' Get the full VOR multi-media lowdown, in this issue.
Also offshore, the four-strong fleet of doublehanded Class 40 raceboats that are competing in Leg Five of the Global Ocean Race (GOR) are also headed across the North Atlantic, from Charleston, South Carolina to Les Sables d'Olonne, France. 'I don't even know what day of the week it is as our life is now completely dominated on the position schedules,' said Frans Budel of Sec. Hayai DTL. Get the full GOR report, inside.
Meanwhile, kiteboarding's inclusion in the 2016 Olympics is another hot topic this week, with different opinions being voiced from around the world. In this issue you'll find three opinion pieces, the first written by Dean Brenner, US Sailing Board Member and Chairman of the Olympic Sailing Committee, the other two by Nevin Sayre, a member of US Sailing and a kiteboarder who has earned a few stitches (read: paid hospital bills) along the way, and ace Kiwi windsurfer-cum-kiter, Bruce Kendall. Fans of Olympic sailing—or anyone interested in the political processes behind how classes get selected for the Games—are highly encouraged to spend time with all three.
And on a much somber tone, US Sailing has released their preliminary findings from their investigation of the 2012 Crewed Farallones Race distaster, where five crewmembers were killed when the Sydney 38, Low Speed Chase went aground. 'We are heartened by the seriousness with which the [San Francisco Bay Offshore Racing Council] has set priorities and assigned tasks to meet their mandate,' said Sally Honey, chairman of the US Sailing Independent Review Panel. 'We believe they are off to a good start in achieving more consistency between the various organizing authorities and making offshore racing safer for all.'
Finn World Masters Marina Prinzivalli
Also, be sure to also check out the latest news from the Finn World Masters, the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race, and the Atlantic Cup 2012, which will feature fully crewed fleet racing amongst 14 Class 40s on Narragansett Bay this weekend.
And finally, this weekend marks the annual Swiftsure International Yacht Race, the Block Island Race and the Figawi. Good luck and safe passage to all racing crews and to everyone else who is going sailing or racing on this Memorial Day weekend.
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