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15 Jun 2012

Weekend roundup—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

But Groupama crossed the line first , Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand took second place, with Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg .

Water over the deck onboard CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France. (Credit: Hamish Hooper/CAMPER ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race)  Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©

Get the full multi-media report inside this issue and stay current with the website for the latest news, as it develops.

Meanwhile, in Newport, Rhode Island, these are exciting times for the crews racing aboard the 166 boats that are entered in the 48th edition of the Newport-Bermuda Race. Winds were perfect at the start, as forecast, a colorful spinnaker start with plenty of sunshine and winds should build as the fleet punches offshore, before then throttling back deeper into the weekend.

2012 Newport Bermuda Race start
  Daniel Forster

This sets the banquette table for extremely fast passages for the bigger boats that are contending for various racecourse plums.

George David's Rambler (90) shown here at the Start of Class 10 in the Newport Bermuda Race in 2010. Be sure to track her on Yellowbrick in the 2012 race as she goes for line honors again in the 635-mile classic. Weather forcasters fredict favorable conditions for a recors breaking run to Bermuda. Credit Fran Grenon  Fran Grenon

'I think we'll break the record...but someone else will set the record,' said Chris Branning, navigator of Team Tiburon, a Reichel/Pugh 74 (ex. Bella Mente), alluding to George David's bigger, quicker Rambler, a water-ballasted R/P 90. 'A windy reach or a run are Rambler's points of sail. She will load the ballast tanks and blast on to Bermuda.' Stand by for Newport-Bermuda Race updates as they become available, (there is a six hour tracking dealy and be sure to check out this issue for some interesting race-related media, including the profile piece on Warren Brown (BER), who is preparing for his 21st Newport-Bermuda.

J80 Worlds, Dartmouth 2012  Tim Wright /Photoaction.com ©

And in Dartmouth, UK, the 76 teams competing in the J/80 Worlds saw a clean sweep for Spain, Results now final - GOLD : 9 (Jose Maria VAN DER PLOEG/ (ESP)), SILVER : 8 (Rayco TABARES/ (ESP)), BRONZE 6 (Carlos MARTINEZ/ (ESP)) -

In Cup circles, Oracle Racing—the Defender of the 34th America's Cup—received delivery of its first hard wingsail on Wednesday, which it will use to power its first AC72 class catamaran. The 12-story tall wing required elaborate shipping arrangements to reach the team's Pier 80 base in San Francisco. 'It's a major step in the course of our campaign to win the America's Cup again,' said skipper Jimmy Spithill. Oracle Racing design team member Dirk Kramers agrees: 'After the hundreds of hours of design and thousands of man-hours of construction, it's a significant milestone to see these components become reality.' Get the full scoop inside, and stay tuned for more information on the newly forming (literally) AC72 class, as it becomes known.

And finally, less than a mile (as the bald eagle flies) from my house in Seattle, 36 fortunate crews are competing for the CSR Marine Melges 24 Nationals, which are being sailed on Puget Sound's Shilshole Bay, and which are being hosted by the Seattle Yacht Club. True to form, the Pacific Northwest has been delivering its typical 'June-uary' conditions, with overcast, brooding skies and plenty of breeze. The weekend's forecast calls for possible 'Seattle Sunshine' (read: rain showers), but the breeze should be steady.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Spinnaker start for Newport to Bermuda fleet
Talbot Wilson,
The 2012 Newport Bermuda fleet of 166 yachts is on its way to the sunny isles. First to start was the Bermuda Sloop Foundation's sail-training vessel the ‘Spirit of Bermuda'. She was the sole entry in the new Spirit of Tradition Division. She went off a half hour before the next start Class 1 in the St. Davis's Lighthouse Division.... [more]
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2012 Soling European Championship win to Team Edding
Matias Collins / Sail-World.com,
The 2012 Soling Europeans winning team flew over 15 hours, picking up their Soling in Austria and then drove another 15 hours.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper moves back into third overall and sets record
Thomas Pryor,
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand has taken second in Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race after a gritty fight that saw the team battle boat breaking conditions to set a new 24 distance record for this edition of the race, and move back onto the podium with third overall position.... [more]
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PWA Catalunya World Cup - Action aplenty on day 4
PWA World Tour,
On day four of the PWA Catalunya World Cup, Costa Brava came to life early as the wind arrived before twelve o'clock and an action packed day ensued. After six high-octane hours on the water, two and a half eliminations were completed. As the racing came to a close it was Bjorn Dunkerbeck who stole the show, as he became the first man this season to win back-to-back eliminations... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fleet head for Derry-Londonderry
Isabel Hokken,
In the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, the atmosphere was highly charged as the ten strong fleet of racing yachts started their last ocean crossing. The teams left Nova Scotia, Canada this afternoon (GMT) destined for Derry-Londonderry, where a ten day homecoming festival has been organised to celebrate the fleet's stopover in Northern Ireland.... [more]
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Sardinia Cup - Team USA takes the lead
Jill Campbell,
In the Sardinia Cup, Team USA, composed of the TP52 Quantum Racing and the Soto 40 Iberdrola, has leapfrogged Italy to head the overall team classification. A superlative performance from Iberdrola which claimed three bullets today, combined with a 3-1-4 scoreline from Quantum was sufficient to extend a nine-point lead over the home team composed of the Azzurra Sailing Team and the Soto 40 Alegre.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma takes third in Leg 8
Lisa Ramsperger,
With a third-place finish in Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, the Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg team improved to second in the overall standings. Puma crossed the line at 12:43:04 UTC/14:43:04 local in Lorient, France, on Friday to finish the penultimate leg from Lisbon, Portugal, in 5 days, 43 minutes and four seconds.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup - Near Miss emerges victorious
The overall winner of the 2012 Giraglia Rolex Cup has now been confirmed as being Franck Noel's TP52 Near Miss (SUI). A big boat race was predicted ahead of the historic 60th edition of the race from Saint-Tropez to Sanremo; and so it proved.... [more]
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Sardinia Cup Day 2 - Azzurra in close contention overall
Jacaranda Marketing,
Audi Sardinia Cup 2012 second day of racing got underway in light seabreeze conditions which allowed 52 Super Series crews to reap the benefits of their learning from the first racing day. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team were team to show marked improvements over the three races contested today, ensuring that the crew which represent the host club, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda scored best today.... [more]
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Westward Cup day 3 – Eleonora takes line honours
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Westward Cup 2012 - Eleonora, Mariette and Mariquita have faced four days of the best and worst that the British weather could throw at them. The owners and their guests have been enjoying this prestigious and unique invitational yachting event run by the Royal Yacht Squadron, the New York Yacht Club and the Yacht Club de Monaco since Monday.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 - Camper secures second place
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race - An elated Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand secured second place on Leg 8, bringing them back into overall contention for a podium place as they move into third place in the race for the trophy. Once again, the Spanish/New Zealand team has won the IWC Schaffhausen Speed Record Challenge for the leg, posting a 24-hour run of 564 nautical miles on the 14th June... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 - Groupama complete heroic comeback
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 eighth leg victory went to Groupama 4 who completed a heroic comeback on Friday, strengthening their grip on the overall standings and realising a dream homecoming – while Telefónica were left to reflect on what might have been after a cruel twist of fate.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 - Puma on course to finish third
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 5 of Leg 8. Ken Read, Skipper onboard Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: Barring a disaster of epic proportions we are going to be third on this leg to Lorient. On the podium again. Becoming a familiar theme. But it isn't good enough at this stage.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama first across Leg 8 finish
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 team Groupama 4 crossed the Lorient finish line this Friday lunchtime at 11h 31' 02 hours UTC. Franck Cammas and his men secured their second leg victory after their win in Auckland. This result also further boosts Groupama 4's position at the top of the overall standing.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - GryphonSolo2 crew ready to rumble
Joe Harris,
Newport Bermuda Race 2012 gets underway today, Friday 15th June. Joe Harris onboard GryphonSolo2 provides a progress update prior to the race start: We are preparing for the start of the Newport-Bermuda race, and my co-skipper Tristan Mouligne and I are looking forward to a fast race.... [more]
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Melges 24 North American Championship at San Francisco YC preview
Fiona Brown,
Melges 24 North American Championship 2012 is being hosted by the San Francisco Yacht Club from 22nd to 26th August. Online entry is now open at the event website. The oldest North American Yacht Club west of the Mississippi, The San Francisco Yacht Club is widely recognized as the premiere yachting facility on the US West Coast.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Day 5: Groupama wins Leg 8 in home port of Lorient
Richard Gladwell,
Link for the finish of Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race live video available on a variable basis, graphics for the remainder of the time. Projected finish times are Groupama 1135hrs GMT, Camper 1225hrs GMT and Puma 1239hrs GMT... [more]
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Melges 24 U.S. National Championship preview
Joy Dunigan,
As one of the U.S. Melges 24 Class Association annual marquee events, the 2012 CSR Marine Melges 24 U.S. National Championship is especially proud to welcome 36 teams from across North America and abroad to the Evergreen State. A majority of entrants call the Seattle area home, while others have traveled from California, Idaho, Oregon, and as far away as South Carolina and Wisconsin.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Groupama plants it on the final miles to Lorient
Volvo Ocean Race photographer, Paul Todd, jumped in a helicopter and caught these amazing shots of Leg and probable overall Volvo Ocean Race leader, Groupama as she plants herself into a sea, off Lorient, France.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Amazing high speed and wipe-out videos - Camper
Two high speed wipe-outs from on board Camper in the closing stages of Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Two high speed wipe-outs from on board Camper in the closing stages of Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Plus another on board video of Camper sailing at high speed towards the Low that welcomed the Volvo Ocean race fleet to Lorient... [more]
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ISAF Match Race Rankings - Williams and Tunnicliffe remain on top
ISAF Match Race Rankings - Since the turn of 2012 there has been no change in the Open and Women's Match Race Rankings with Ian Williams (GBR) and Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) once again retaining their place at the top.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Fleet prepare for record smashing
Talbot Wilson,
On the eve on the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race skippers, navigator and crews are buzzing about breaking records. Chris Branning, navigator of Mark Watson's Team Tiburon, said last evening, 'I think we'll break the record... but someone else will set the record.'... [more]
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