Olympic, VOR and AC dreams—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

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21 Jun 2012

Olympic, VOR and AC dreams—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

What are you most looking forward to about competing in the Olympics?
Erik Storck: I'm most looking forward to flying the flag spinnaker and having USA on our sail (with no number). It will be very special to represent our country in that fashion. Walking in the Opening Ceremonies will be a highlight as well.'

We at Sail-World.com are also super excited to see the entire US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider competing with flagged sails, and we wish each sailor the best of luck in their final preparations.

I will be on the water in Weymouth, as part of the large Sail-World media team at the Olympic regatta, so I look forward to bringing you some very detailed coverage of our team efforts.

Be sure to check out the rest of US Sailing's Storck/Moore interview, inside, and stand-by for more Olympic updates as the Games approach.

Meanwhile, for teams racing in the fully crewed, around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), only three scoring chances remain (two in-port races and one offshore leg), so the pressure-cooker is on full-tilt for the front-running teams to perform. Currently four teams—Groupama, Telefonica, Puma Ocean Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ)—are in contention for overall podium finishes, with Groupama 4 currently leading this edition's class of Volvo Open 70s.

Former race leader Telefonica has had to do some tough reckoning  Maria Muina/Equipo Telefonica

Longtime race leader Telefonica has all but concluded that theirs is likely a race for second-place, a fate that skipper Iker Martinez isn't particularly thrilled about. 'We never ever thought about coming second in this race,' said Martinez. 'We wanted to win it. Now that we cannot do that, to come in second or third is not too important for us. What's important for us is to finish the regatta with a good feeling, and with knowing that we've done all we could. As long as we have that, then that will be enough.' More, inside.

And in Cup news, a fire broke out in the bulkhead of San Francisco's Pier 29—home of an America's Cup construction site—on June 20, triggering a four-alarm response from local fire fighters. Fortunately, the blaze did little more than snarl traffic as the zone is being razed to make way for Cup facilities.

Luna Rossa - America's Cup World Series Newport 2012, First day of training   © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

Also in Cup news, the fleet of AC45 wingsail-powered catamarans have taken to the waters of Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay in preparation for next week's America's Cup World Series Newport Act, which is the final event of the ACWS's 2011-2012 season. Three teams—ETNZ, Artemis and Oracle Racing Spithill—are locked in serious contention for overall season honors, so count on an entertaining regatta.

Here is where it all began - Kiel Week 2012  St. Francis Yachtclub

And finally, kiteboarding made its way onto the international stage with its June 20th appearance at this year's Kiel Week, the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race fleet is bracing for a walloping, and the foil-borne l'Hydroptère DCNS has entered the Pacific Ocean by way of the Panama Canal and a freighter, en-route to LA and her eventual assault on the Transpac record. Stay tuned for more, as it becomes known.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

US Sailing Team - Erik Storck and Trevor Moore, 49er contenders
US Sailing,
With the 2012 Olympic Games fast approaching its time to meet the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider sailors and today its is 49er teammates Erik Storck and Trevor Moore.... [more]
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America's Cup: Fire blazes for several hours on Cup construction site
www.pressure-drop.us and Sail-World,
A blaze broke out in the bulkhead of San Francisco's Pier 29 at 1:50 PM and burned for several hours, forcing a 4 alarm response which closed down the Embarcadero and snarled traffic. The shed behind the bulkhead and the adjoining work going on at Pier 27 was not effected.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Lilla victorious in Cruiser Division
Talbot Wilson,
In the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race, ‘Lilla', the big red Briand 76 (IRL7600) owned by Simon and Nancy De Pietro of Cork, Ireland and Mattapoisett MA, sailed a fast straight-forward race achieving victory in Class 13 in the Cruiser Division. ‘Lilla' also took first place in the whole Cruiser Division and will be presented with the Carleton Mitchell Finesterre Trophy for first place.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica aims for a positive finish
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Telefónica skipper Iker Martínez says his Spanish team are focused on finishing the 2011-12 edition on a high after two broken rudders during Leg 8 from Lisbon to Lorient all but dashed their hopes of overall victory.... [more]
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Youth Clinegatta at Oakcliff set for July
Oakcliff Sailing,
In only a few short weeks (July 5-8), Oakcliff will hold what is becoming an annual Youth Clinegatta for match racing. The target audience is 16-23 year old sailors who want to improve their sailing and match racing skills. Now that the college sloop Nationals is a match racing format, this is a great way to prepare yourself and your team for Nationals.... [more]
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Kiel Week - Kiteboarding makes it's Sailing World Cup debut
Markus Schwendtner,
Kieler-Woche hosted two Kiteboarding demonstrations in Kiel, Germany yesterday, Wednesday 20th June 2012. After Kiteboarding has been chosen as an event for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro at the ISAF mid-year meeting in Stresa, Italy, earlier this year, the new sailing discipline made it's first appearance during this final event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Kiel.... [more]
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Royal Bermuda YC Regatta - Bermuda's Governor Fergusson to sail
Colin Thompson, The Royal Gazette,
The Governor has accepted an invitation to sail with RBYC skipper Mark Watson aboard the Reichel-Pugh 74, Wizard, during the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Anniversary Regatta presented by the Butterfield Group. The occasion will mark Mr Fergusson's first time sailing in local waters since being appointed as Governor last month.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race fleet prepare for challenging conditions
Amy Martindale,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day six of race thirteen from Nova Scotia to Derry-Londonderry. What a difference a day makes in the life of an ocean racer as the ten international teams have been doing all they can to keep approaching tropical storm ‘Chris' at bay.... [more]
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Superyacht Cup now underway
James Pleasance,
The 2012 Superyacht Cup's 12-strong fleet was graced in Palma with clear blue skies and a healthy 15-20 knot breeze for the opening day of racing. The fleet was split into two classes to shorten the start sequence, the 35m Hoek designed Firefly having the best start of the day just one second off their allocated start time, crossing the line at full speed.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère DCNS makes it into the Pacific
Thomas Lesage,
On Tuesday morning, l'Hydroptère DCNS cleared the Panama Canal aboard a cargo ship which is heading for Los Angeles, the starting point for her Transpacific Record attempt. 24 days have passed since she set out from Toulon at the end of May and, barring any unexpected circumstances, the flying trimaran, which is in good company on deck alongside some massive wind turbine blades, is set to reach... [more]
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Hobie 16 and Hobie 20 North American Championships day 3
Rich McVeigh,
Hobie 16 and Hobie 20 North American Championships 2012, hosted by Sausalito Yacht Club, third day delivered 75 degrees, full sun and 15-25 knots of wind. San Francisco Bay provided amazing sailing conditions today with epic views of Alcatraz and the San Francisco city front.... [more]
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ACWS - Training and statement on Pier 29 fire
The last event of the ACWS 2011-12 season commences next week. Below is the statement regarding fire at Pier 29 San Francisco on 20 June 2012.... [more]
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Junior Olympic Festival Great Lakes
Kelley Anne Vreeken,
The Junior Olympic Festival - Great Lakes hosted by the Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation (GPYNEF) at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan will feature one day of clinics followed up with two full days of regatta.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Further retributions follow 2016 Olympic Events vote
Richard Gladwell,
Protests and revelations continue to roll on the back of the controversial decision by a 19-17 vote by the ISAF Council at the Mid-Year Meeting in early May to select Kiteboarding as a 2016 Olympic event. After publication of the voting lists, the Spanish Federation were forced to issue an apology for the actions of Gerardo Seeliger, who it was said was confused by the voting system.... [more]
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Kiel Week final day glory
Kieler Woche,
The Kiel Week medal race was once again the crowning highlight at the close of racing for the Olympic classes and again the final of the Lasers, with a live broadcast in front of the Audi Lounge, attracted the audience. Philipp Buhl (Sonthofen) took revenge for the previous year, finishing first in the last race and thus managed to slip in front of Simon Grotelueschen (Kiel) overall.... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship preview
The 2012 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship is set to take place from the 26-30 June in Gothenburg, Sweden in what will be the last big test for the Women's Olympic teams ahead of London 2012. Sixteen of the world's top 25 teams will take to the waters in Gothenburg with the twelve teams selected to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing amongst those who have been named.... [more]
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Parent speaks out on ISAF decision to cut windsurfing
Fran Finch,
In response to the ISAF Decision to exclude windsurfing from the 2016 Olympics in Rio: I am writing this as the parent of a young windsurfer who, in the debate about the decision by ISAF to axe windsurfing from the 2016 Olympics, seems largely unrepresented. Our daughter, Noelle, is 17 and the current female U17 RS:X European and World Champion.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Invictus on top
Talbot Wilson,
In the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race, although the Carkeek 40 ‘Decision' owned by Steve Murray (New Orleans LA) was the top Onion Patch boat, the United States Naval Academy (USNA) TP52 ‘Invictus' maintains first place for individual entries with a second in the 23-boat fleet. 'Invictus' had a first in the NYYC Annual Regatta June 9-10 in Newport.... [more]
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Robie Pierce Regattas set the bar high
William L. Sandberg,
Covering four days from the 31st May through the 3rd June, there were two 2012 Robie Pierce Regattas for sailors with disabilities held at the Larchmont Yacht Club in partnership with the American Yacht Club of Rye, New York. Sailed in a fleet of the two clubs' Ideal-18s, each fitted with special adaptations to suit each sailor's specific needs... [more]
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U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship preview
Jake Fish,
The 2012 U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship is set to take place from 27-29 June and will be hosted by the Lake Minnetonka Sailing School of Deephaven, Minnesota. A fleet of 38 teams will race Club 420s on what marks the first time that the Championship will be sailed in Minnesota.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Mark Watson reflects on 'race to remember'
Colin Thompson, The Royal Gazette,
Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) skipper Mark Watson has described this year's Newport Bermuda Race as a 'race of a lifetime'. The Argo Group CEO's chartered Reichel-Pugh 74, Wizard, was the fourth boat to finish the 635 mile race on corrected time of 40 hours, 38 minutes and 24 seconds respectively.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Light headwinds plague fleet
Amy Martindale,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet continue to tack their way across the North Atlantic Ocean, hard going through the fog and light headwinds that have plagued the fleet over the last 24 hours. With a firm eye on the weather reports to define their tactics, each team has been working carefully through its sail wardrobe in a bid to catch the breeze... [more]
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Hobie 16 and Hobie 20 North American Championships day 2
Rich McVeigh,
Hobie 16 and Hobie 20 North American Championships 2012 second day delivered lake sailing at its best on San Francisco Bay. The marine layer was weak last night and we had full sun and warmer conditions but not much of a thermal.... [more]
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