Offshore and inshore showdowns—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
Crossing the finish at the Petit Minou light, at the entrance to the Rade de Brest at 13hrs 19min 49secs (15hrs 19min 49secs local), 1h 11m 12s behind the winner, Sébastien Josse and the crew of Groupe Edmond de Rothshchild took second place after being pursued vigorously for more than four days by double Vendée Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux and the crew of Foncia who finished third only 28 minutes, eight seconds behind them Get the full download, inside this issue.
Also offshore but on the Left Coast, the 'Vic-Maui' race (aka the Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race) is in full swing, with 14 boats sprinting from the lovely island town of Victoria, British Columbia, for the Hawaiian bliss known as Maui. The fleet is split into racers (11) and cruisers (three), with Tom Huseby's Seattle-based J/145 Double Take leading the hunt. More, as it becomes known.
And in Volvo Ocean Race circles, don't miss the profile on Franck Cammas, skipper of Groupama 4, who just recently won the 2011/2012 edition of this fully crewed, around-the-world ocean race. While there's no question that Cammas is a truly gifted offshore sailor, his reputation for pushing himself and his team are legendary. 'I don't joke with Franck,' said Jean-Luc Nélias, Groupama 4's navigator. 'The context isn't right and he isn't receptive. He isn't an easy guy because he is a demanding guy, not an easy guy to live with. But, he is the boss so it's up to me to adapt myself.' Learn more about this exceedingly quick and driven skipper, inside.
Meanwhile, in inshore circles, the action is hot in Palma, Mallorca at the Real Club Náutico, where the 52 Super Series is being contested. The usual players from the now-defunct TP52 circuit are all in the melee, with plenty of Olympic and AC talent sprinkled throughout the fleet. 'The group right now is meshing well, there's good information flow,' said Ed Baird, skipper of Quantum Racing. 'We had our ups and downs in the last event and with one day to go we were behind, but the guys took that in their stride and it worked out. They are really fighting to improve each and every day.' More, inside with news from the four races so far.
C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta 2012 Thornton Cohen
Also inside, get the latest from the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta, the World Match Racing Tour event in Chicago, the ongoing Clipper Around the World Yacht Race and the La Solitaire du Figaro. And finally, don't miss the multimedia wrap-up report from Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series, which just concluded in Porto, Portugal.
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