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22 Oct 2012

Extreme cats and tricky tactics—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Top contenders going into the final day in Nice, The Wave, Muscat, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild and Oman Air go head to hear. - 2012 Extreme Sailing Series Act 7  Lloyd Images ©

'I am very happy with the victory, my team has got back for their hard work,' said Pennec. 'The conditions allowed us to indulge physically and tactically we were going fast. Returning to the third place overall is great. We will try again to sail well in Rio [at the next Act] and then we'll see the overall standings at the end of the year. Anything can happen until the last moment.' Get the full scoop, inside.

Meanwhile, on the Mediterranean, 83 boats of different shapes and sizes are competing in the 33rd Rolex Middle Sea Race, which is hosted by Royal Malta Yacht Club. According to the latest reports at the time of this writing, the fleet is being confronted by some meteorologically challenging conditions and a lot of light-air sailing.

RÁN 2 (GBR) finds it slow going between the Strait and Stromboli - 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo

'It was a very tricky first night,' said Steve Hayles, navigator aboard 'Ran 2'. 'The smaller boats made quite a big gain at one point. Our long-term strategy was to be furthest offshore. We made a considerable loss initially but managed to stretch away this morning. The race is going to be a bit like an elastic band. It's about trying to stay on the right side of your competitor and focused on where next breeze is coming from.' More, inside.

Also inside, be sure to get the latest reports from the Audi Melges 32 Sailing series, which is unfurling in Napoli, Italy and the upcoming Vendee Globe, which kicks off on November 10. The 2012 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championship is now underway, as Rory Ramsden reports. Also, don't miss Paul Larsen's report from Namibia, were he and his Sailrocket 2 team are trying to set a new outright speed-sailing record.

2012 Coastal Classic Start -Crusader2012 Coastal Classic Start - Oracle Team USA - Pier 80 Base, San Francisco  Richard Gladwell ©

And lastly, for anyone who might be in need of a speed thrill, check out the great coverage of the Coastal Classic, which took place this weekend in New Zealand. The racecourse took the fleet from Auckland to the Bay of Islands, giving boats a chance to strut in the windy stuff. The video footage of some of New Zealand's quickest multihulls surfing at 40 knots—not to mention the footage of monohulls tagging 25 knots—is not to be missed. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships now underway
Rory Ramsden,
The 2012 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championship is now underway. Penghu has an awesome reputation for howling wind but naturally the wind gods are somewhat contradictory at least they chose to be today. The fleets went out for a 1030hrs start as scheduled and had to wait in the starting area for a while whilst the gods decided where to stabilize the breeze... 10 knots.... [more]
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ICSA Announces 2012 All-Academic Sailing Team
Jennifer Mitchell,
The Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) has named its 2012 All-Academic Sailing Team. The 2012 All-Academic Sailing Team recognizes collegiate sailors who have achieved excellence in national and inter-conference competition as well as excelling at the highest academic level for the 2011 – 2012 academic year.... [more]
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Lessons to be learnt from Sailing Event crowd hype
Rob Kothe,
In the months and weeks before the 2012 London Olympic regatta in Weymouth, which started in late July at the peak of the local tourist season, the local authorities had erected signs asking people to plan their travel plans carefully on the Devon coast because of expected delays due to heavy traffic congestion because of the upcoming Olympic event in Weymouth-Portland.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Esimit Europa 2 continues to lead
The 33rd Rolex Middle Sea Race continues to be characterized by a crawling pace as one of the slowest races in recent years unfolds. The bulk of the 83-strong international fleet has passed the volcanic island of Stromboli, and is engaged in a search for breeze to propel them across the northern coast of Sicily.... [more]
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New Florida Anchoring Information Tip Sheet available
D. Scott Croft,
Since it was initially made available at no cost two years ago, some boaters have called it one of the most useful documents to have aboard when anchoring in waters across the Sunshine State. Others are saying it's a great educational tool when they are confused about local and state anchoring regulations... [more]
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America's Cup: Murray Jones interviewed on Oracle Team USA capsize
Top yachting commentator, Peter Montgomery, had control over the Auckland airwaves on an all too rare occasion, this afternoon, and managed to slip in an interview with New Zealand sailor, Murray Jones, one of the crew on board Oracle Team USA's USA-17 when the AC72 capsized last week.... [more]
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Coastal Classic Video: 40kts on a multihull and 25kts on a monohull
Stuart MacKinven and Will Calver,
Get up close with the sailing action in these two videos taken during the wild 2012 Coastal Classic Race - a 120nm sprint from Auckland to the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. The fleet was hit with a 35kt squall soon after the start which gave them a slingshot start for the ride north.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Tactically challenging developments loom
With the 33rd Rolex Middle Sea Race now underway, a tactically challenging and meteorologically intriguing race is developing. Thirty hours into the contest, all 83 yachts are still racing with the bulk of the fleet negotiating the infamous Strait of Messina.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 hoping for big things
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen, Vestas Sailrocket 2 project leader and pilot, discusses the new PB over 500 meters of 50.98 knots. The peak speed was around 53 knots (one GPS was over, the other under). The run started perfectly and felt super steady. Having an average so close to the peak shows this. Vestas Sailrocket 2 felt great, the leeward pod was flying and the ride was smooth.... [more]
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WSSR Council announces benchmark time on new World Record route
John Reed,
The World Sailing Speed Record (WSSR) Council has announced the the establishment of a benchmark time on a new World Record route.... [more]
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Sugar Bowl J/30 North Americans - Day 1 images by Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor,
Images from day one of the Sugar Bowl J/30 North Americans by photographer Leighton O'Connor.... [more]
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Melges 32 Sailing Series - Action underway in Napoli
Joy Dunigan,
The first day of the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series got underway following a postponement of two hours to give the breeze the opportunity to lie down on the Gulf of Napoli. The day came to a close at dusk with a total of three valid heats. All three races were sailed with a light westerly wind that reached a maximum of 6-7 knots.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Stakes ramp up on the French Riviera
Extreme Sailing Series,
On the penultimate day of the Extreme Sailing Series in Nice, France, the stakes ramped up a notch on the French Riviera as the battle lines for the final day of Act 7 were drawn. The ever growing public crowds on the Promenade des Anglais witnessed home team Groupe Edmond de Rothschild move into the overall lead and Pierre Pennec's team has a slim 4.3 point advantage over Oman's The Wave, Muscat.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Record number attacks the start
The 33rd Rolex Middle Sea Race is now underway with a substantial and expectant crowd witnessing a record number of 83 entrants representing 19 countries and territories attack today's start to the 606-nautical mile race. Blue skies and a south-easterly 12-13 knot breeze prevailed as the fleet departed Malta's Grand Harbour.... [more]
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The 2012 A-Class Worlds - The largest A-Cat regatta ever
William Clark,
For years A-Class Catamaran World Championship regattas have been capped events. Yet as the fleet has grown from hosting championship events of around 75 competitors in the late 1990s to now pushing triple digits, regatta organizers have found in it necessary to cap events at 100.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Day 2 - Damages, man overboard, action aplenty
Extreme Sailing Series,
Day 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series was a full pressure day as the gusty conditions, short courses and reaching starts tested some of the world's best sailors to their limits – including current Series leader Leigh McMillan whose team, The Wave, Muscat found themselves limping back to port following a collision on the start line in the final race of the day with Alinghi and Red Bull Sailing Team.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Essential items to take on board
There are only a few weeks to the start of the Vendee Globe and as the clock ticks down, the twenty skippers are nearing the end of their preparations and focusing on essential items to take on board, one of them being food. Spending months at sea, alone, the skippers have to pack smart and the menu throughout this year will feature plenty of freeze dried food.... [more]
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2012 PWA Nations Rankings - Who is the most successful?
Chris Yates,
The season long fight for the prestigious PWA World titles and heralded podium positions were not the only things that the sailors were battling it out for, as the pride of each of their respective countries was also at stake every time they entered the competition fray.... [more]
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