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19 Feb 2013

Warm-water ocean racing—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

'We are exceedingly happy!' reported Soldini. 'The Golden Route is an historic record, a very important and challenging one. Now it will bear the colors of the Italian flag. 'Maserati' proved to be extremely powerful, strong and reliable. The crew has been extraordinary over these 47 days, everyone was prepared to face even the hardest situation.' Get the full report, inside this issue.

Peter Aschenbrenner's 63ft trimaran, Paradox - 2013 RORC Caribbean 600  © Ocean Images

Also offshore related but in considerably warmer climes, the Caribbean 600 is in full swing, offering the fortunate few a magnificent taste of trade-winds racing and bathtub-warm water. According to reports, the fleet has been experiencing plenty of breeze (gusts to 28 knots) and great offshore swells since the starting guns sounded.

Class40 Vaquita - 2013 RORC Caribbean 600  Tim Wright /Photoaction.com ©

'Just amazing racing, all the crew were grinning from ear to ear as we blasted downwind with the sunset lighting up the spinnaker,' reported skipper Andreas Hanakamp from his Class 40, 'Vaquita'. Get the full scoop, inside, and be sure to stay tuned into the website this week for updates from this spectacular-sounding race, as they unfurl.

Meanwhile, the Pineapple Cup-Montego Bay Race just wrapped up in Montego Bay, Jamaica after delivering 811 miles' worth of sun, fun and great breeze to the participating sailors. At the front of the fleet, George Sakellaris' Reichel/Pugh 72, 'Shockwave', narrowly missed setting a new course record, and all racers across all classes enjoyed fast conditions.

Winner: Shockwave - 31st Biennial Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race   Kirsten Ferguson

'This was a true team effort for the 'Shockwave' crew that [owner] George Sakellaris and his captain, Reggie Cole, have spent two years assembling,' said Robbie Doyle, Shockwave's tactician. 'Despite fresh and often changing conditions, sail handling went without a hitch, and the damage report was almost nil.'

JJ Giltinan Trophy  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

Also inside, get the latest news from the upcoming Gaastra 52 World Championships, which will take place off of Miami's South Beach in early March; get the latest updates from the ongoing JJ Giltinan Trophy, and don't miss the news from the Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships. Lastly, be sure to get the download from the Red Bull Youth America's Cup Selection Series, which are taking place this week on San Francisco Bay. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Team entries wanted for Governor's Cup International Junior Match Race
Nancy Mellon,
The Governor's Cup - the oldest junior match racing championship - will take place at Balboa Yacht Club July 16-21, 2013. The event has many alumni who have gone on to be victorious in sailing competitions throughout the world, including the America's Cup and the World Match Race Tour.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Record smashing on the horizon?
Louay Habib,
Hot off the RORC Caribbean 600 press - the first finishers are expected in the early hours of tomorrow morning (Wednesday 20 Feb), with every possibility that at least one record will be broken and possibly two. Peter Aschenbrenner's American trimaran, Paradox, has virtually rounded Guadeloupe and is close to laying Les Desirades, the most westerly point of the course.... [more]
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Gaastra 52 World Championship action set for Miami
Jacaranda Marketing,
A fleet of eight 52's representing five different countries will challenge for the Gaastra 52 World Championships off Miami's famous South Beach from March 4th-9th. The championships, which return to the Miami for the first time since 2006, are being supported by headline sponsors Gaastra who also enter their own Dutch All-Stars team lead by Gaastra's Marc Blees.... [more]
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Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race 2013 - Shocking clean sweep
Kirsten Ferguson,
Following a relatively mellow light-air start, George Sakellaris's (Framingham, Mass.) 72' Reichel Pugh Shockwave eventually enjoyed double-digit reaching conditions to become first-to-finish, first in IRC division and first overall at the 31st biennial Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race Presented by Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Phenomenal action continues on day 2
Trish Jenkins,
On the first night of the RORC Caribbean 600, there was virtually no letup in the phenomenal pace for the competing yachts. Warm Trade Winds gusting up to 28 knots was the norm. Downwind under spinnaker, the broad reach to the magical island of St. Kitts was spectacular as Andreas Hanakamp on board Class40, Vaquita, explained by satellite phone... [more]
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Red Bull Youth America's Cup: 36 Below Racing - Just do it!
36 Below Racing,
After the frenetic pace of the past week - receiving the invite, making the logistic arrangements, last minute travel bookings, meeting the budget and undertaking some training - 36 Below Racing has pulled it together and made it to San Francisco for the second session of the RBYAC Selection trials.... [more]
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14 Teams in RNZYS Harken Youth International Match Racing title
Amber Roberts,
Fourteen teams of talented youth sailors from around the world arrive at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron for this week's Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships. Teams from Sweden, Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand are getting ready to do battle on the Waitemata Harbour for the illustrious Harken Cup!... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18fter Trophy: End to end win for Gotta Love It 7 - Race 3
Frank Quealey,
he defending champion Gotta Love It 7 team gave a faultless display in the 10knot North-East wind to take out Race 3 of the Winning Group 2013 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today. Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Peter Harris crossed the fleet off Bradleys Head shortly after the start and from that point were never headed to record a 1m24s win over Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel... [more]
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Team Australia aims to shatter long-standing Sydney Hobart record
Lisa Ratcliff,
The fastest yacht in the southern hemisphere, Sean Langman's imposing 60-foot trimaran Team Australia and its six adrenaline-fuelled crewmembers are gearing up to try and break the first of a number of South Pacific course and race records. World-renowned marine forecaster Roger ‘Clouds' Badham says conditions this coming Friday, February 22, could create the perfect weather window to break Mari C... [more]
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Maserati New York to San Francisco Voyage - Record-breaker
Giovanni Soldini and his crew aboard ‘Maserati' have set a new record of 47 days, 0 hours, 42 minutes and 29 seconds to sail ‘The Golden Route' from New York to San Francisco via the notorious Cape Horn... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 2013 - Ballistic speed
Trish Jenkins,
The RORC Caribbean 600 2013 was off to a furious start with Peter Aschenbrenner's American trimaran, Paradox and Mike Slade's British Maxi, ICAP Leopard both averaging a ballistic 18 knots covering the first 100 miles of the course in an astonishing seven and a half hours.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Live coverage - start 3.00pm Sydney time
Richard Gladwell,
Organisers of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Trophy are running a great website which features live tracking. Click on the links below to follow the live race tracking (all things willing). A video of the Invitation race and Races 1 & 2 are available for viewing, other races will be posted on the Video channel www.jj18footerstv.com as they are uploaded.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: A lovely sea breeze for Day 3 - PredictWind
Richard Gladwell,
A moderate to fresh sea breeze is predicted for the third race of the 64th JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship being sailed on Sydney Harbour. PredictWind is showing a change of direction and strength from the first two races, which were sailed in SE winds, with plenty of holes favouring local knowledge and powered up rigs.... [more]
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Sail-World.com goes multilingual
Jeni Bone,
Sail-World.com is the largest sailing news network in the world, with an audience last year of over 2.2 million readers across 13 marine sites. But for all of its 16 years, its content – some 106,000 stories – have all been viewable only in English, although it has readers in 40+ countries.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Fifth edition underway with a bang!
Louay Habib,
The fifth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 got underway with a flash of smoke, high above the 'Pillars of Hercules'. Before the start, 25 knots of trade winds, gusting close to thirty, provided feisty conditions. 53 yachts blasted into action, crashing to windward through the surf in the starting area.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Swans commence Challenge Series battle
Jennifer Hall,
The fifth edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's (RORC) Caribbean 600 is now underway with eight Swans set to compete for the first of six Swan Challenge Trophies, as part of the prestigious Swan Challenge Series which includes the world's most demanding offshore races.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Youth sailors prepare to test skills
St.Maarten Heineken Regatta,
There are few sailing events that forge stronger bonds with the community than the annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. The event is proud of its long heritage and association with the residents of St. Maarten, who join the sailors and race organizers each year for the island-wide festival of music, parties and competition.... [more]
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Superyachts: Light airs for last day of racing in the Millennium Cup
Paul Gilbert,
Lighter airs and a shortened course up the East Coast Bays to Gulf Harbour saw the Millennium Cup fleet offloading truckloads of cruising comforts to try and dominate on the waters of the Hauraki Gulf. Paul Gilbert from www.aquapx.com captured all the action on Day 3... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Pirates on pause as latest stopover/boat announced
Volvo Ocean Race,
Abu Dhabi will return to the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15 with a team once again skippered by Britain's twice Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker and a stopover in the United Arab Emirates capital. Monday's double announcement gives the race a third confirmed team for 2014-15 more than 18 months before the start and sets up a massive challenge for the sailors on Leg 2... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Trophy - Team Daly rear-ended by camera boat
Frank Quealey edited by Sail-World,
There was a collision in the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Trophy at the climax of Race 2. Thomas Quigley, was on hand to catch the action as the collision unfolded on Sydney Harbour on Sunday, as the then race leader was rear-ended by a camera boat.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18fters: Gotta Luv It 7 makes comeback in Race 2 + Video
Bob Killick edited by Sail-World,
The JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff International Race 2013 resumed racing on Sunday with Race 2 sailed over a four-lap windward leeward Course Six due to very congested Sydney Harbour, which also hosted Farr 40 regatta. The race ended in a sensational manner, with the first boat across the finish line not being awarded the race win. This story features video highlights of Race 2... [more]
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SCYA Midwinter Regatta - Rousing finish
Rich Roberts,
The 84th Southern California Yachting Association Midwinter Regatta ended in spectacular fashion on Sunday with the winners getting all the accolades they deserved after their wonderful performance in the two-day competition off Long Beach, California.... [more]
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Mendelblatt Team Race - Stanford emerges victorious
Zack Marks,
A fleet of five teams came to Florida to compete for the Mendelblatt Team Race. The Mendelblatt is named after Frank Mendelblatt, father of Mark and David. Both were successful college sailors. Racing started around 10:00 with a light northwest breeze. A cold front passed over the area bringing cooler air and some rain.... [more]
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SYCA Midwinter Regatta - Chink in the armour
Rick Roberts,
The SYCA Midwinter Regatta, hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club, witnessed a flawless run from the winning father and son tandem of Art and Scott Melendres aboard their Cal 25 boat but the unexpected unfolded on the second race.... [more]
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