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21 Feb 2013

Fast Caribbean miles and AC news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

While this regatta has always seemed enticing (maybe I've just done a few thousand too many cold and rain-soaked miles), this year's race was especially magnetic as the lead boats got within sniffing distance of new course records. In the Grand Prix division, owner Mike Slades 100-foot 'ICAP Leopard' supermaxi once again took line honors, but she wasn't quite fast enough to break her own standing course record.

Mike Slade at the helm of ICAP Leopard as she comes in to the finish in Antigua - 2013 RORC Caribbean 600  Tim Wright / ©

'That was definitely the toughest of the three races I have done, but I absolutely love this race; the course, the weather and the welcome we receive back in Antigua is just the best, anywhere,' said Slade, ex post facto. 'The RORC Caribbean is one of the premier yacht races worldwide and 'ICAP Leopard' will definitely be back next year.'

Paradox shows record pace in 5th RORC Caribbean 600 race  Tim Wright / ©

The action was also fast and furious in other classes, with the multihulls-including the trimaran 'Paradox' and the catamaran 'Phaedo'-scorching up the miles and enjoying their own private competition. 'I have to say I was surprised that we beat Phaedo,' admitted Peter Aschenbrenner, the owner of 'Paradox'. 'It's difficult to rate multihulls because they are so different, but we have now raced 'Phaedo' in light airs and heavier breeze and both times the corrected result has been mighty close, so I guess the rating must be working.' Get the full Caribbean 600 debriefing, inside this issue.

12/02/2013 - San Francisco (USA) - 34th America's Cup - AC72 training in the Fog  Americas Cup Media

In America's Cup news, the Defender of the 34th America's Cup, Oracle Team USA and the Challenger of Record, Artemis Challenge, have been lining up their wingsail-powered AC72 catamarans for some speed trialing on San Francisco Bay. According to reports the American-flagged Defender is proving to be the faster boat, but the Swedish-flagged team is working hard to eek out every fraction of a knot possible.

12/02/2013 - San Francisco (USA) - 34th America's Cup - AC72 training in the Fog, Artemis Racing  Americas Cup Media

'It's fantastic to be here in San Francisco and have the opportunity to line up with Oracle and to do it on the America's Cup race course,' said Artemis CEO Paul Cayard. 'We learned a lot from our sailing with them. We learned that we have a lot of improving to do so we are taking it on. It's going to be a full team effort. We have the shore team, the design team and everyone is enthusiastic and we are going to roll up our selves and get into it before we get back out on the track.'

Meanwhile, closer to home, the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation (SYRF) has announced that it reached an important fund-raising milestone, which will put the group closer to their big-picture goal of supporting the science behind sailing. 'This is a very significant step for us,' said Stan Honey, a board member of the SYRF. 'Now we have the resources to expand our mission to support the science of sailing across a wider diversity of platforms. The better we understand the performance of racing sailboats through SYRF-funded research programs, the more positive effect this will have on performance design and accurate handicapping.'

Also performance sailing related, the Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium-the world's longest-running organized gathering for the advancement of the art and science of sailing-has announced their 2013 meeting. This year's symposium will be held during the weekend of March 15-16 at St John's College in Annapolis, MD. Check out this issue for more details, including registration options.

Pure Blond and Gotta Lobve It 7 - JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013, Race 4  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

Also inside, get the latest news on the recently announced 'Gazprom Swan 60' class, which this week received ISAF recognition; don't miss the updates from the Volvo Ocean Race, and finally, get the latest scoop on skipper Alessandro di Benedetto ('Team Plastique'), who-at the time of this writing-was less than 200 miles from the Les Sables d'Olonne, France finishing line of the 2012/2013 edition of the Vendee Globe. And finally, be sure to check in with Team Australia as they set out to break 'Wild Oats XI's' Sydney-Hobart record, and also be sure to read up on the always-engaging JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

MOD70 Class expands with addition of US-based Orion Racing
Multi One Design,
Multi One Design (MOD) have now announced that US-based Orion Racing has purchased MOD nr.02. 'MOD is delighted to welcome an American boat-owner as it increases the number of nationalities in the circuit', said Marco Simeoni, President of Multi One Design. 'Orion will bring a new dynamic to the development of the circuit and promote the MOD70 series in the American Market.'... [more]
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Barnes and Gilmour share lead on Day 1 of RNZYS Youth Int Match Racing
Amber Roberts,
Representing the RNZYS and the Royal Freshwater Yacht Club respectively, Scott Barnes and Sam Gilmour share the lead with 6 wins out of 7 races on day one of the HARKEN Youth International Match Racing Championships. Barnes, a skipper in the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme, lost his lead of six wins out of six races at the 11th hour... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Trophy: Double Bay boatpark decision decides Race 5
Frank Quealey,
A rig choice in the park at Double Bay was critical to the Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel's victory in Race 5 of the Winning Group 2013 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour on Wednesday afternoon With the ESE breeze on the edge of the 1 and 2 rigs, the teams electing to go for the bigger rigs won the day as they filled four of the top five placings.... [more]
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Team Australia now chasing Wild Oats XI's record
Lisa Ratcliff,
Sean Langman's Orma 60 trimaran, Team Australia, has a new target for its passage record attempt from Sydney to Hobart after the World Sailing Speed Council records were updated.... [more]
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Sailing Yacht Research Foundation - Milestone reached
Dobbs Davis,
The Sailing Yacht Research Foundation (SYRF) is pleased to announce that it has reached a major milestone in its efforts to solicit funds for its mission to support the science of sailing. Several generous donations received since that lunch have put SYRF past the remaining $25,000 funding goal needed to meet a $100,000 matching challenge grant.... [more]
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Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium - Open for registration
Dobbs Davis,
The Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium is the world's longest running technical forum dedicated to advancing the study of the art and science of sailing yacht design technology.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff International 2013 - Thurlow on the rise
Bob Killick,
JJ Giltinan International 2013 - Thurlow Fisher Lawyers strengthening its bid for the title as its crewmen Michael Coxon, Dave OConnor, and Trent Barnabas quickly got into phase with the shifty easterly Course 2 and clinically jumped up to a right hand shift off Point Piper on the approach to the windward Rose Bay turn mark in Race 4 of the prestigious 18ft Skiff event.... [more]
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America's Cup 2013 - Artemis Racing lines up with Oracle Team USA
Beau Outteridge,
Artemis Racing had the opportunity to line up with defending champion Oracle in San Francisco last February 11 as the two racing teams continue their build-up towards September's America´s Cup series. 'We learned that we have a lot of improving to do so we are taking it on', explained CEO, Paul Cayard.... [more]
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Sydney-Hobart Passage Record Challenge - Green light is on!!
Lisa Ratcliff,
A trough line moving down the NSW coast from Queensland looks set to bring conditions at the 'upper end of ideal' says Sean Langman, skipper of the 60-foot trimaran Team Australia on the eve of his attempt on the 14 year-old passage record from Sydney to Hobart.... [more]
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Hobie 16 World Championship 2014 - Hobies coming to Australia
The 20th Hobie 16 World Championship will be held at Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia. The world championship event will take place in Australia in 2014 with the opening ceremony on January 31 and competition continuing through to the open finals and closing ceremony on February 15.... [more]
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Team Australia on 'green' for Sydney-Hobart record run
Lisa Ratcliff, Team Australia,
A trough line moving down the NSW coast from Queensland looks set to bring conditions at the 'upper end of ideal' says Sean Langman, skipper of the 60-foot trimaran Team Australia. Team Australia is making an attempt on the superyacht Mari Cha III's 1999 World Speed Sailing Record Council sanctioned time for the distance of 630 nautical miles between Sydney and Hobart, Tasmania.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Moderate breeze again for Day 5 - PredictWind
Richard Gladwell,
Another moderate breeze is predicted for the fifth race of the 64th JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship being sailed on Sydney Harbour, at the earlier time of 2.00pm. PredictWind is showing a breeze at a 12kts average at 2.00pm similar previous races in the regatta.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - The aftermath of a tough race
Louay Habib,
In the RORC Caribbean 600, Mike Slade's crew on ICAP Leopard were enjoying a cold beer in the Antigua Yacht Club today and Leopard's owner, Mike Slade, was really enjoying winding down after a tough race in which ICAP Leopard took Line Honours for the second time.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy: Images from Day 1 of the 18ft skiff 'Worlds'
Beth Morley,
Sydney photographer, Beth Morley was on hand to capture the action on Day 1 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy, the unofficial World Championship for the 18ft skiff class, being sailed at the home of 18fter skiff sailing, on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Live coverage - earlier start 2.00pm, Sydney
Richard Gladwell,
Earlier start time for Race 5. 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 as they are uploaded.... [more]
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See the Nacra 17 at the South West International Boat Show
Sail America,
Come and take a look at the all new Nacra 17 designed for the 2016 Olympics! This new design marks the return of the multihull sailing to the Games. The Nacra 17 high-performance catamaran is the fastest Olympic sailing boat and is attracting a strong interest from top-ranked athletes world-wide. It is reinvigorating small boat multihull sailing for the masses.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Out of the final calm and into the breeze + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, less than fifty miles to the northwest of La Corruna, Spain Alessandro di Benedetto on Team Plastique is now counting down the final miles to the finish, expecting to cross the famous line off the Nouch buoy on Friday morning. The conditions for his finish will not be easy.... [more]
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BoatUS seeks help in selecting Grassroots Grants Program winners
D. Scott Croft,
The Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS) Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is looking to the public to help it select the winning projects in the competitive 2013 Grassroots Grants Program, which provides local non-profit groups up to $10,000 to help educate boaters on safe and clean boating topics.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - ICAP Leopard takes Monohull Line Honours
Trish Jenkins,
In the fifth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600, Mike Slade's maxi yacht, ICAP Leopard crossed the finish line in Antigua to take Monohull Line Honours on Wednesday 20 February in an elapsed time of 45 hours 58 minutes and 05 seconds. ICAP Leopard was outside the course record set by George David's Rambler 100 of 40 Hours 20 minutes and 2 seconds.... [more]
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Gazprom Swan 60 Class officially recognised by ISAF
Jennifer Hall,
The Gazprom Swan 60 Class has now been officially recognised as a one design class by the world governing body for the sport of sailing, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). This comes after a successful inaugural year during 2012 that saw the fleet compete at the Rolex Swan Cup and then at the first edition of the Nord Stream Race.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Jolly notions dispelled on day 3
Louay Habib,
Just before dawn in the RORC Caribbean 600, Peter Aschenbrenner's American 63ft Trimaran, Paradox powered through the finish line to complete the 600-mile course in under than two days. Conditions have been fresh to frightening right from the start and there has been no let up for over 500 sailors battling through exciting yet tough conditions.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ - The finer points of foiling
One of the big design thrusts with the second generation AC72 by Emirates Team NZ has been to reduce drag, and improve performance, or taking the brakes off, if you will. In this series of images from Emirates Team NZ photographer, Chris Cameron, we can maybe get a handle on how far the team has managed to get down the lowered drag path.... [more]
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America's Cup : Emirates Team NZ's AC72 - NZL5 goes down the mine?
Chris Cameron,
Emirates Team New Zealand are just a few days into testing their new AC72 - and certainly seem to be putting the 72ft foiling catamaran cat through her paces. Whether this trip down the mine was deliberate or not , is a matter of conjecture, but in the remainder of the images there doesn't seem to be too many issues aside from flying spray.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy 18fters: Thurlow Fisher bounces back to win Race 4
Frank Quealey,
A three-way battle to win the Winning Group 2013 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship hotted up even further today on Sydney Harbour when Thurlow Fisher Lawyers scored and all the way win in Race 4. Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas and Dave O'Connor bounced back after a horror day in Race 3 yesterday, when they were forced to retire with a broken bobstay.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Lisbon set to vote
Lisbon News,
The Volvo Ocean Race, considered one of the biggest five sports events in the world, could be staged in the beautiful city of Lisbon as its officials prepare to vote over the issue on Tuesday.... [more]
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St. Petersburg One Design Regatta 2013 - Fluid in first run
Canadian Sonar Team,
The St. Petersburg National Offshore One Design Regatta 2013 witnessed a fluid run from new Canadian Sonar Team, who finished second overall in their first open regatta.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan International 2013 -18 footers Race 3 Video
Bob Killick,
The JJ Giltinan International 2013 resumed racing on Tuesday with Race three played out on a picture perfect Sydney Harbour NE Course yesterday. Gotta Luv it 7 dominated from the start as its crewmen Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage, and Peter Harris charged to Bradleys Head and held the perfect lane to cross the fleet on port tack and never put a foot wrong to the finish.... [more]
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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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