Offshore and inshore showdowns—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

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12 Jul 2012

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.

Franck Cammas: perfectionism personified - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©

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.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Krys Ocean Race podium completed
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The inaugural edition of the Krys Ocean Race has resulted in a close finale between the podium finishers. Spindrift racing (Yann Guichard) finished at 12h 08 '37 UTC to take the outright victory. Crossing the finish at the Petit Minou light 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.... [more]
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52 Super Series Royal Cup regatta – More drama on Day 2
Jacaranda Marketing,
52 Super Series Royal Cup regatta second day of racing there were damaged boats, a disqualification and an injured crewman. The dramatic day was dominated by world champions Quantum Racing. Quantum claimed victory in the opening race of the day and remarkably maintained second place in race two despite offloading trimmer Brett Jones to their chase boat after he injured his hand... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Rankings - Wilcox remains on top
Robert Deaves,
For the OK Dinghy World Rankings for July 2012, Greg Wilcox (NZL) has maintained his world number one status from current World Champion Nick Craig (GBR) as the fleet prepares for the 2012 World Championships, due to be sailed in Vallensbaek, Denmark from 21-18 July.... [more]
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l'Hydroptè takes on Blue Ribbon speed record
MaxComm Communication,
The experimental catamaran l'Hydroptè, crewed by Daniel Schmaeh, Stéphane Dyen, Gaël Ledoux, Guillaume Coyon and Cédric Pochelon, have gone after the mythical Blue Ribbon speed record between Geneva and le Bouveret and back, a record held since 2007 by Décision 35, captained by Philippe Cardis, in 4 hrs 53 mins 19 secs.... [more]
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Improving Yacht Club Safety - Interview with US Sailing's Dan Cooney
Jake Fish,
As the Associate Executive Director of US Sailing and Rear Commodore of the Beverly Yacht Club (BYC), Dan Cooney sees safety issues through multiple lenses – what more can US Sailing do to help clubs and sailors become more educated about the issues and what practical steps can his club take to leverage US Sailing resources.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Singapore first over Race 14 finish
Amy Martindale,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day six of race 14 from Derry-Londonderry to Den Helder. After a tough tussle with light winds the final push for a podium position went down to the wire this morning and crossing the finish line off the coast of the Netherlands at 0724 UTC, Singapore secured its first win in the Clipper 11-12 Race series with victory in race 14... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's new chase cat arrives
Emirates Team NZ's new cat arrived at the base today ...... the chase cat that is! Curly Salthouse and team designer Pete Melvin worked on the concept and design of the 45 ft cat which is capable of speeds of over 50 knots if required. the chase boat also has the pulling capability to right and AC72 if required - hopefully not.... [more]
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Krys Ocean Race - Chasing duo gain on Spindrift Racing
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Krys Ocean Race - Gains by the chasing duo Groupe Edmond de Rothschild and Foncia which were revealed when the leading MOD70 Spindrift racing reappeared last night from undercover ‘ghost mode' may continue through the first part of today but Spindrift's Pascal Bidégorry seemed confident that their crew have enough in hand in an improving forecast to cross first at the Petit Minou finish line... [more]
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US Sailing's 2012 Youth Worlds Team travelling to Ireland
US Sailing,
US Sailing's 2012 Youth Worlds Team will travel to Dublin, Ireland this week to compete in the 2012 International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth World Championships.... [more]
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WMRT Chicago Match Cup - Great start for Swinton
Leigh Ireland,
On day 1 of the Chicago Match Cup, the fourth stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Australian Keith Swinton got off to a fantastic start... [more]
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52 Super Series - Dramatic opening day
52 Super Series,
In the 52 Super Series' Royal Cup, defending champions Quantum Racing showed why they are the team to beat after winning a dramatic opening day's racing in Palma, Mallorca where costly crew errors proved just how close the competition is.... [more]
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U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship - Weaver victorious
Conner Blouin,
The last day of competition at the US Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship was sailed in a mild easterly breeze of six to eight knots with minimal chop. After multiple postponements and general recalls at the start of the day, Hanne Weaver seized control, and locked up a stunning victory over the field of 48.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 14 finish fast approaching
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Race 14 has proved to be one of the most tightly contested of the 11-12 edition with places on the leader board continuing to change in the remaining hours of the 800-mile sprint to Den Helder on the northern coast of the Netherlands.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro - Masterful final leg performance
La Solitaire du Figaro,
In his thirteenth attempt at the La Solitaire du Figaro, Yann Eliès (Groupe Queguiner - Le Journal des Entreprises) put in a masterful performance on the final leg to conclusively win the 43rd edition. The race history already bears the Eliès name – it was 33 years ago that his father Patrick won the race with another dominant performance, leading all four stages of the 1979 edition.... [more]
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Vic Maui Yacht Race - Images by Andrew Madding
Andrew Madding,
Vic Maui Yacht Race. Cruiser Division start images by photographer Andrew Madding.... [more]
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Olympic Day celebrations in Newport + Video
Dana Paxton,
Athletes attending the 2012 Olympic Day festivities in Newport, Rhode Island included 2012 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team member Stuart McNay (Boston, Mass), and 2012 U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team members Brad Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.), Jen French (St. Petersburg, Fla.), JP Creignou (Paris, France), Mark LeBlanc (New Orleans, La.), Paul Callahan (Cape Coral, Fla.) and Tom Brown (Castine, Maine).... [more]
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French sailor first over the line in Route Halifax to Saint-Pierre
RHSP Media,
A French yacht 'Saint-Pierre en Bessin' skippered by Luc Coquelin of Guadaloupe is the fastest yacht in Route Halifax Saint-Pierre 2012. His Top 50 was the first across the finish line in Saint-Pierre at 7:14 AM Tuesday, July 10, 2012, making the crossing just shy of 43 hours.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet hit by light winds
Isabel Hokken,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet has been hit by light winds, as the ten teams fight for position in the important last 24 hours of racing to the Netherlands. 'Sailing frustration is when you wake up to the sound of flapping sails and the boat is too calm to believe that we are in open seas and miles offshore,' says De Lage Landen skipper.... [more]
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Next Newport Bermuda Race date announced
Talbot Wilson,
The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) has announced that the start of the next Newport Bermuda Race will be on Friday, June 20, 2014.... [more]
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The winds blew hot on the water and plentiful in the classroom
Oakcliff Sailing,
The combination of Dave Perry, Match 40s and Oakcliff Sailing's completely unique training and coaching was too good to miss as a sold out crowd of fifty two young sailors showed up to learn and to match race.... [more]
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U.S. Olympic Sailing Team announced
Dana Paxton,
The 2012 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team is comprised of seven women and nine men. Zach Railey was selected Team Captain by his team mates.... [more]
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Québec gets ready for the Transat Québec St-Malo
TQSM Media,
The race start is only two weeks away and Québec City is already bustling with activity. As the first boats are moored in the Bassin Louise, the port, the city and the many local fans look forward to the big offshore event with eager anticipation. 14 boats line up on the pontoons and crews work relentlessly on the last details and preparations, while the remainder are arriving very soon.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Perfection never enough for Franck Cammas
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 skipper Franck Cammas, at the age of just 39, is already assured of his place in sailing history thanks to Groupama's debut victory in the Volvo Ocean Race. Here we profile the charismatic French sailor for whom perfection is never good enough.... [more]
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Vic Maui 2012 underway,
The Vic Maui Racing Division started on July 7 in a light westerly, but had a favourable current for a few hours to get through Race Passage and into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.... [more]
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46th Annual Governor's Cup Teams announced
Nancy Mellon,
The recently selected Governor's Cup teams have been notified that their applications have been accepted for Balboa Yacht Club's 46th annual Governor's Cup International Junior Match Racing Championship... [more]
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St. Francis YC first gold medal partner of 2013-2016 Olympic cycle
Dana Paxton,
Building on its support of the 2012 US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Program, the St. Francis Yacht Club has now become the first gold medal partner yacht club of the 2013-2016 Olympic cycle. The club's charitable donation of $100,000 to the program demonstrates its leadership in the sport of sailing and dedication to the Olympic movement.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Selected Awards announced at Formal Prizegiving
Volvo Ocean Race and Sail-World,
The selected award category winners were announced at the final formal Volvo Ocean Race prizegiving in Galway Ireland. We present a gallery of images and video of the category winners and their feats including the Media Crew member Award, the Rookie Award, the Seamanship Award, the Shore Crew Award as well as the Designer Award and Speed Trophy presentation.... [more]
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Race Week at New York YC preview
New York Yacht Club,
New York Yacht Club Race Week 2012 at Newport presented by Rolex is being held next week, from 14th to 22nd July. While the America's Cup World Series has been packing up to leave Newport, a new group of world-class sailors has been moving in to prepare for Race Week.... [more]
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C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta underway
Jan Harley,
The C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta is underway in Newport. As one of the last training and competition events prior to the Paralympic Regatta, which takes place the first week of September in Weymouth, England, The Clagett is positioned to assist these athletes in reaching their Paralympic goals which is the central mission of The Clagett.... [more]
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