VOR wrap-up report—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

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08 Jul 2012

VOR wrap-up report—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

After an exciting, nail-biting nine months of inshore and open-ocean tactical combat, the final guns have sounded in the 2011/2012 Volvo Ocean Race (VOR). This year's event saw multiple teams topping the leaderboard at different points as the fleet completed their fully crewed 'laps' of the planet. One-time leader Telefonica—seemingly untouchable for the first portion of the race—saw their fortunes evaporate as VOR newcomer Groupama snatched away the overall win, followed by Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) and Puma Ocean Racing. The Spanish-flagged team that once looked so strong had to settle for fourth-place.

Yesterday marked the official end to racing as crews saddled up one last time for the Discover Ireland In-Port Race. Interestingly, the VOR created a separate in-shore championship, as these short-course events test sailors in ways that the offshore legs simply can't match. Skipper Ken Read's Puma Ocean Racing proved untouchable in the final in-shore sprint, besting the fleet of five other VO70s and cinching up his overall victory in the in-port series, despite yesterday's victory being his only all-out in-shore win.

The fleet split to different sides of the course, in the Discover Ireland In-Port Race, in Galway, Ireland, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race)  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

'Winning anything is fun, whether it's an In-Port Race or a game of checkers,' reported Read. 'And, it's fun to compete against the best sailors in the world. We definitely waited pretty long for an In-Port win, but consistency paid off. We're really pleased, and I'm happy for the whole program – it's a great way to finish.' Skipper Chris Nicholson's ETNZ finished second in the Discover Ireland In-Port Race, while skipper Iker Martinez' Telefonica squad rallied to finish in third-place.

For fans of the expensive-yet-spectacular Volvo Open 70 design (myself included!), yesterday was also a bittersweet moment. It represented the last time that these magnificent open-ocean thoroughbreds will compete for the VOR's prestigious trophies, as the race is moving to a One Design format for the next few editions. While the racing will be more level and the budgets far more reasonable, there's something sad about leaving behind a world of technological and design-related innovation, but—thankfully—the flipside also includes the promise of more teams, tighter competition and a lighter environmental footprint, all of which are worthy objectives. Big congratulations to all of the sailors who just completed this year's VOR, and stay tuned for updates on the next edition, as they unfurl.

Kris Ocean Race Day 2 - Krys Ocean Race 2012  Multi One Design ©

Also offshore related, the Krys Ocean Race has begun, taking the fleet of five MOD70 trimarans from New York City to Brest, France. So far, the fleet has cleared mainland USA and are making fast tracks for the Continent. 'The conditions are good, 13 knots of wind and not too much sea,' reported François Morvan. 'Race for Wateris making 17-18 knots; it has been pretty cool so far, reaching up to 30 knots at times. The wind is a bit lighter than forecast but it will come back again after sunrise. Everything has been pretty fast since [leaving] New York. And downwind is much better than upwind!' More, inside this issue, and don't miss the great gallery images of the race's Prologue and in-port Speed Trials.

Enfant Terrible took second-place overall - Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship 2012  © Rolex/Daniel Forster

Also inside, don't miss the latest news and developments from the Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 (taking place in Porto, Portugal), the Lake Ontario 300, the Route Halifax Saint-Pierre 2012, the upcoming Chicago Match Cup (which takes place this coming week), and the wrap-up report from the Farr 40 North Americans.

FANTASY 5 - Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week 2012  © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

And for anyone in need of a shot of inspiration to shake off their post-Fourth of July celebrations don't miss ace lensman Carlo Borlenghi's great image gallery of the Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 - Jes Gram Hansen on Porto action + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series is currently underway in Porto, Portugal and thousands turned out to witness the Extreme 40s race on one of the most impressive stadiums the Series has ever visited on Saturday (7 July). The 'apprentices' on the circuit, SAP Extreme Sailing Team, were at the centre of most of the day's action -- including a collision with Oman Air.... [more]
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Krys Ocean Race Day 2 - High speed conditions
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Krys Ocean Race Day 2 - Finding the level, whether to try and set the pace or simply stay with it; those were just some of the questions which occupied the minds of the five Krys Ocean Race skippers before they left New York, Saturday for the first ever trans-oceanic race for the exciting new one design Multihull class.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet head to Den Helder
Amy Martindale,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day two of race fourteen from Derry-Londonderry to Den Helder. After a spectacular visit and farewell ceremony held in Derry-Londonderry the UK City of Culture 2013, thousands of spectators flocked to wish the fleet well as it performed an impressive parade of sail on the River Foyle to mark the start of the race to the Netherlands.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Formal Prizegiving - Racing Award winners
The racing award winners were recognised at the formal prizegiving for the Volvo Ocean Race, at Galway, Ireland after the conclusion of the InPort race on Saturday. All six crews were presented with overall awards or place momentos. The InPort Trophy was awarded as well, the speed record trophy was also awarded.... [more]
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Krys Ocean Race Day 2 - Pace builds to electrifying level
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Krys Ocean Race - With all five of the MOD70's now having lead during the early stages of racing, Stève Ravussin and the crew of Race for Water took up the baton during the small hours of the first night at sea to lead overall on the 0400hrs UTC report.... [more]
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Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week is being held in Brazil from 7th to 14th July 2012. Photographer Carlo Borlenghi shares these training day images.... [more]
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Farr 40 North American Championship victory to Barking Mad + Video
Farr 40 Class Association,
Over the four days of racing of the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship, held off Newport, R.I. it was anyone's guess as to who would win. The event hosted 11 teams and the bets kept going through to the last day... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the Overall Race Prizegiving in Galway
Volvo Ocean Race,
Franck Cammas became the first skipper to hold aloft the new Volvo Ocean Race Trophy as thousands of fans joined his Groupama sailing team for a raucous Race Village reception. There was a party atmosphere all day in Galway as people lined the docks and packed the viewing areas to see the final action of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -- the Discover Ireland In-Port Race.... [more]
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More images of New York: MOD70's Prologue and Speed Trial
George Bekris,
Top US photographer, George Bekris provide this second gallery of the MOD 70's (Multihull One Designs) from the KRYS Ocean Race. Here's his view of Prologue Race from Newport RI to New York City and the Speed trials in New York City... [more]
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WMRT Stena Match Cup - Bjorn Hansen victorious in Marstrand
At the Alpari World Match Racing Tour's Stena Match Cup, Swedish number one Bjorn Hansen pulled off the victory over Tour legend and four-time World Champion Peter Gilmour to lift the Stena Match Cup Sweden trophy and preserve his lead at the top of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour leaderboard.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 - Big crashes, McMillan escapes + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
The Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 in Porto and day 3 was one of the most sensational days ever witnessed in the Series. GAC Pindar and Oman Air to retire from racing after big crashes.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Finale images from Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Discover Ireland In-Port Race images from photographer Leighton O'Connor.... [more]
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Krys Ocean Race - Images from the start
Linda Wright,
Linda Wright shares images from the the start of the Krys Ocean Race in New York City... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup event summary
Chris Yates,
The PWA Pozo World Cup proved to be a raging success as waves and nuclear winds, gusting to 60 knots, hit the shores of Pozo. The extravaganza was completed over five enthralling days. By the end of the week, Iballa Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne) had re-written the record book, with a breathtaking display, as she became the first person in 13 years to steal the Pozo title away from her sister.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma victorious in final In-Port race
Lisa Ramsperger,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg team closed out the 2011-12 edition on a high note, winning the Discover Ireland In-Port Race on Saturday, July 7, in Galway, Ireland. Puma crossed the line with a time of 53 minutes, 12 seconds, 1:19 ahead of second-place Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand. With the win, Puma also captures the overall In-Port Race Series.... [more]
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Krys Ocean Race Day 1 - Intense pressure
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The MOD70 Multi One Championship 2012-14 first event on the circuit started with the Krys Ocean Race today, Saturday 7th July. Temperatures were sweltering, the pressure intense as New York bid farewell to the MOD70 fleet when if left the sticky, busy confines of the Hudson River bound for the liberty of the open sea and the start of the Krys Ocean Race, 2950 high speed miles to Brest.... [more]
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The Conservatory Group sponsors the 2012 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge
LO300 Media,
The organizers of the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge are proud to announce that Toronto's Premier developer, The Conservatory Group will be a presenting sponsor of the 2012 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge taking place on Saturday, July 21st starting from the Port Credit Yacht Club, Mississauga Ontario.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Sweet victory for Puma in final In-Port Race
Richard Gladwell,
The final act of the Volvo Ocean Race, and indeed the final race for the Volvo 70 class, was run out in the Discover Ireland InPort Race sailed off Galway, Ireland. Sailing in a moderate breeze and flat water, and infront of a gallery of 30,000 spectators, Camper led off the start line with gennakers set for the first leg of the 8nm course.. The fleet split into two groups, with Puma in the group... [more]
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Ready to go at the Route Halifax Saint-Pierre
RHSP Media,
The Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron is humming with activity this week as boat crews arrive in advance of the start of Route Halifax Saint-Pierre 2012 on July 8th. Twenty-seven boats are expected to leave Halifax on Sunday at noon on the 360-mile race to the French island of Saint-Pierre off the coast of Newfoundland.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: See the full replay of the final vital InPort Race
The battle for the In-Port Race Trophy went down to the wire with Saturday's Discover Ireland In-Port Race set to decide what has been a gripping series. See the full replay of the final InPort Race, which decided the final winner of the InPort Trophy, and could have decided the second and third placegetterse second and third placegetters.... [more]
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Images 101 for Events, Sponsors and Event Photographers
Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia,
Sailing is one of those sports which is much more followed on the Internet, than in magazines, newspapers or on television. It is therefore vital that marine events and marine industry professionals pay careful attention to the needs of Internet consumers.... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup day 5 - History made in epic conditions
PWA Pozo World Cup, Gran Canaria Wind & Waves Festival day 5 delivered some absolutely epic conditions.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour comes to Chicago
The top event in the 2012 US match racing season comes to Chicago July 10-15th at the Chicago Match Cup, the only US stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT). Twelve teams from eight nations will be on hand to compete for their share of the $100,000 prize money purse and the chance to further advance on the AWMRT leaderboard and earn valuable Grade WC points on the ISAF Open match race... [more]
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Barz Optics release San Juan - High quality sunglasses that float
Barz Optics,
Barz Optics the Gold Coast based Sunglass Company have just released their new 'San Juan' floating sunglass. The high tech frame is moulded in three parts with the first two components sonic welded to create air cells before being placed back into the injection moulder where the sanaprene non-slip components are attached.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships – Laser Radial fleet preview
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships are to be held from 12th to 21st July 2012 in Dublin. Ireland's Sophie Murphy and Norway's Hermann Tomasgaard will look to use their experience to win gold. At just 18-year's old Murphy will not only bring her knowledge of her home waters to the regatta, but her big event experience, that cannot be rivalled.... [more]
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Farr 40 North American Championship Day 2 + Video
Farr 40 Class Association,
The Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship in Newport saw some lighter breezes and stronger currents for day two of racing, which was held on Narragansett Bay, north of the Pell Bridge. The fleet of 11 teams sailed Races four and five of the series, and each of those yielded a new winner, just as yesterday's three races had done... [more]
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Gilmour talks about the current state of match racing at Stena Cup
Katie Nicoll,
Sail-World interview with Peter Gilmour: Gilmour is now probably one of the most mature match racers still actively competing in the sport. He is a seven time winner of the Marstrand stop of the World Match Race Series. He has seen a lot in his many years of match racing and is excited about the new breed of sailors coming into the sport. Recently there has been a massive shift to younger people.... [more]
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