Offshore records and other racing news!

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 23 Feb 2013
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Offshore records and other racing news!

In the on-going hunt to improve passage time records, Team Australia, on board an ORMA 60 trimaran, has just posted a Sydney to Hobart time of less than 30 hours, that is some 12 hours faster than the previous record held by the 100ft supermaxi Wild Oats XI. Earlier this week, Giovanni Soldini's team on the VOR 70 Maserati set a new Golden Route record, sailing the historical Clipper route from New York City to San Francisco via Cape Horn in 47 days, taking 10 days off the previous best time set by French sailor Yves Parlier in 1998.

Start of IRC Zero and Canting Keel - 2013 RORC Caribbean 600  Tim Wright / ©

Fabulous sailing again this year in the fifth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600; not quite record breaking conditions for line honours contenders but a very fast and relentless pace on board the 53 yachts. Shortly after crossing the finish line, Peter Harding on the popular 40 Degrees was informed he just beat the previous Class 40 record; 'Wow' exclaimed Peter! 'Right now all I can think about is the 40-mile beat back from Redonda, which was dead on the nose ... I don't think we could have got any wetter if we tried. I have done five Fastnets and none of them were as hard as this.'

Peter Harding's Class40, 40 Degrees wins class and breaks the Class40 record - 2013 RORC Caribbean 600  Tim Wright / ©

After 104 days, Alessandro di Benedetto on Team Plastique crossed the finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne yesterday, putting an end to the 2012-13 Vendée Globe. Competing in yachts built in 1998, the last two racers to finish, Tanguy de Lamotte, who completed his circumnavigation earlier this week on Initiatives-Coeur, and di Benedetto crossed the start line last November with a significant disadvantage. Despite this, they both posted a finish time that would have qualified them for a top five place in the 2000-01 Vendée Globe race.

Vendée Globe Finish For Alessandro Di Benedetto / Team Plastique  Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendée Globe ©

Some great news, we see growth in professional racing series as new team entries are announced. Team Korea will be participating in their Extreme 40 debut next week in Muscat; while Orion Racing, a new US-based team, will join the Multi One Design 70 circuit this year and be ready for the 2014 MOD 70 events. is always improving; our recent achievements include a dedicated Sail-World toolbar for your browser and the ability to read our news stories in the language of your choice. After almost two years of work, we have now added over 900 sailing and general marine words and phrases into the Google translation tool.

The Halifax International Boat show is on this weekend for our Atlantic readers.

Finally, congratulations to Canadian racers on their recent achievements. Sail Canada January Sailor of the Month was laser racer Isabella Bertold and Greg Douglas took home silver in the Finns at the 2013 ISAF World Cup Miami.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Team Australia smashes Sydney Hobart passage record,
Team Australia has set a new record for the 630 nautical mile passage from Sydney to Hobart. She crossed the finishing line off Constitution Dock at 16 51 20 this afternoon, to deliver a new elapsed time of 29 hours 52 minutes and 23 second, an amazing 12 hours 30 minutes and 49 seconds inside Wild Oats XI's 2012 record time.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Di Benedetto, Team Plastique across the line + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Alessandro Di Benedetto (FRA - ITA) on Team Plastique crossed the finish line at 15h 36 mn 30 s (French Time). He finishes eleventh in the race. In completing his race 26d 00h 17min 50s after race winner François Gabart, completed the course he ensures this seventh edition makes history with the shortest gap ever between the first and last finishers.... [more]
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Team Australia's Sydney Hobart express ride
Lisa Ratcliff,
Sean Langman's radical 60-foot trimaran Team Australia took the Tasman Sea express lane and this evening smashed the previous fastest time from Sydney to Hobart by a whopping 12 hours and a half hours.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Team Korea to debut with Kiwi at the helm
Extreme Sailing Series,
The opening Act of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series will commence in Muscat, Oman in just over one week's time where Team Korea, the Korean America's Cup syndicate, skippered by Kiwi Peter Burling, Olympic silver medallist from London 2012, will line up for their Extreme 40 debut.... [more]
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Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series 2013 - Stunning opener
Joy Dunigan,
The OtterBox Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series 2013, Event No. 1 in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, was nothing short of stunning on all accounts in the opening race. The day produced simply gorgeous, sunny and warm island conditions, stellar racing action, and only par excellence on shore from host Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS).... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - 40 Degrees of record smashing
Louay Habib,
At 1300 on day four of the RORC Caribbean 600, twenty yachts are still racing with the majority of them expected to finish the race later today or in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Antigua Yacht Club has been open all hours, providing a safe haven for tired crews. Every boat is met by volunteers eager to greet tired sailors, day and night with warm hearts and cold beer.... [more]
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America's Cup: Am-Cam video of Oracle's AC72 foiling in San Francisco
Andrew Wisner,
Oracle Team USA is videoed on a practice run on San Francisco Bay. Flick the quality onto HD and watch in full screen. In contrast to other video distributed on the interweb, this one is not too flattering. The wind conditions are described as light, but whitecaps are clearly visible which may be tide, but the breeze does look to be at least 12kts... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Tired, hungry and thirsty for knowledge
Louay Habib,
In the RORC Caribbean 600, just after dusk at 19:34:34, Ron O'Hanley's American Cookson 50, Privateer came through the finish line off English Harbour, Antigua. The twelve crew were tired and hungry but most of all thirsty for knowledge. The team from Newport, Rhode Island, USA knew it was close...too close to call.... [more]
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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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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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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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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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Sail Canada names Sailor of the Month for January 2013
Sail Canada,
Sail Canada named Isabella Bertold as January Sailor of the Month for finishing third overall in the competitive Laser Radial class at ISAF World Cup in Miami Florida.... [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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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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Jeni Bone, 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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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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Mini Transat -The ultimate test of a sailor?
Katrina Ham,
Extreme, challenging and mad are often used, but however you describe it, the Mini Transat is considered one of the most demanding yacht races in the world. In 2013, eighty-four sailors will set sail from Douarnenez, France in their 21ft (6.5m) yachts (their home for the next 30 days).... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Tanguy de Lamotte crosses finish line + Video
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe 2012-13 skipper Tanguy de Lamotte crossed the finish line on Sunday at 10hrs 58min and 10 seconds (French time). He finished in 10th place with a race time of 98 days 21 hours 56 minutes and 10 seconds. He has travelled 28,160 miles on the water at an average speed of 11.9 knots.... [more]
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J/24 Midwinter Championship - Mollicone and crew triumphant in Tampa
Christopher E. Howell,
At the J/24 Midwinter Championship taking place at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida, John Mollicone from Newport, RI and his Helly Hansen team have triumphed as 2013 champions. With Tim Healy, Geoff Becker, Dan Rabin and Gordon Borges, the group was able to spectate the last of the 10-race series to allow the other 19 teams to duke out the remaining places.... [more]
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Life saving skills gained during boating safety course
CBC News,
Dreadful weather didn't deter professional and recreational boaters from participating in an offshore boating safety course at a Charlottetown pool on Sunday. WaveSkills Sailing School on P.E.I. teamed up with Sea Survival Halifax to offer the two-day course. The aim of the course was to teach people what to do if they encounter problems while out at sea.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Closest finish in the race's 24-year history
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, with Tanguy De Lamotte (Initiatives Coeur) forecast to arrive on the morning of Sunday February 17 and the last man, Alessandro Di Benedetto (Team Plastique), now saying he will be back on Thursday, February 21, this is due to be the closest in the race's 24-year history.... [more]
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