OD news and an offshore drama—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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29 Apr 2013

OD news and an offshore drama—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

'Obviously they're out of the blocks in the quad having some strong performances both in individual races,' said Charlie McKee, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider's High Performance Director, about Haeger and Provancha). 'They've done three regattas here in Europe and they've done well in all three. There's an example of a lot of hard work of training at home. They come here and are able to compete with the top people, so it's encouraging for them and a credit to what they've done so far.'

Nacra 17 - ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres 2013 Day 3  Thom Touw ©

While the week didn't finish on the strongest note for the U.S.-flagged team, McKee is optimistic that the team's overall course and direction are solid. 'It was a bit of a tough week for us as a team,' said McKee. 'We had some moments of strong performances, but overall it was a good reminder that we're not really on top in many classes and we have quite a lot of work to do before we can deliver consistent performances on the international stage.'

The good news, says McKee, is that the team learned some important lessons on their recent European trip. 'People are ready to take those lessons and tailor their domestic training,' said McKee. 'We have to get faster and we have to get more consistent... Most important is that we are driving things from these experiences that are making us better.'

Get the full post-racing, multi-media debriefing from the ISAF Sailing World Cup, inside this issue.

Jeff MacFarlane  © Brian Carlin | Cube Images

Also in offshore news, U.S. Classe Mini sailor Jeff MacFarlane was rescued off the deck of his stricken craft by a Spanish Coast Guard helicopter during what was supposed to be a routine one thousand mile solo qualifier run for the Mini-Transat race. According to reports, MacFarlane was sailing in strong winds when his boat suffered catastrophic failure. The Spanish Coast Guard brought MacFarlane to a hospital on the Spanish island of Menorca, where he received treatment for multiple fractures to his left hand; MacFarlane's Mini was later found and towed to shore.

'I am still determined to go forward with this campaign,' said MacFarlane. 'While I never want to go through this again, I do know that I am capable of survival. I also must thank the Spanish Coast Guard, the Hospital Mateu Orfila and especially the hospitality of Sarah and Jeff Davis. Finally I am heartened and amazed by the network of sailors and friends, led by my fiancée Laura Tillsley who through Facebook and Skype secured a ride from the hospital, a bed to sleep in and logistic assistance, which will result in my boat being on dry land in a matter of hours.'

2013 SAP 5O5 World Championships Day 1  Christophe Favreau ©

Also inside, get the latest news from the 505 Worlds, the Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race, the Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series, and the PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf.

4 27 13 leighton ja10B6DB9 - Boston Yacht Club Jackson Cup 2013 - Day 1  Leighton O'Connor

And finally, don't miss ace lensman Leighton O'Connor's great image gallery from Boston Yacht Clubs' Jackson Cup. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

America's Cup: Preview of 33rd America's Cup saga released - Video
Richard Gladwell,
The trailer (movie-speak for preview) for a new film entitled The Wind Gods has been released. The film covers the events leading up to the 33rd America's Cup Match, and the Match itself. From what can be seen on the trailer the foot age is spectacular, comments very interesting, but the commentary can't be that bad can it? A must see for all sailing fans.... [more]
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Gorge Freestyle Frenzy returns after 5-year hiatus
Russ Faurot,
Following a five year hiatus, the Freestyle Frenzy is returning to the Hatchery thanks to the AWT, Xensr, and the CGWA. Organizers are looking forward to bringing a big show to the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. Adding to the excitement of a freestyle contest, will be a big air jump off contest.... [more]
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SAP 505 World Championship - Great start for Boehm and Roos
Jennifer Langille,
The SAP 505 World Championship is now underway. There are two casinos within walking distance of the Barbados Yacht Club, and if anybody ought to hit the casinos tonight, it's German skipper Stefan Boehm, winner of the opening two races.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week - Day 1 winner announced + Video
Louay Habib,
The 2013 Yachting World Round Antigua Race which happened around the beautiful coastline may have been a light airs affair but it was a highly competitive and tactically challenging race. Significant current and extreme ocean swell added to the tactical conundrum of racing along Antigua's rugged southwest coastline and the windward side produced squally conditions... [more]
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Team Beau Geste mounts stunning TP52 Southern Cross Cup defence
Lisa Ratcliff,
The internationally crewed Team Beau Geste from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club mounted a stunning defence of their first round result in the TP52 Southern Cross Cup, wrapping up stage two this afternoon on Melbourne's Port Phillip by a whopping 15 points.... [more]
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Steinlager ANZAC 18fter Trophy: Sunday brings respite from big breezes
The light airs in the final races of the Steinlager 18ft Skiff ANZAC regatta were a welcome respite for the crews after a punishing opening three days. Once again, it was Alex Vallings and his Kiwi crew of Chris Kitchen and Josh McCormack onboard C-Tech and Australian Thurlow Fisher Lawyers setting the pace.... [more]
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2013 SAP 505 Worlds: Day 1 images by Christophe Favreau
Christophe Favreau,
The 2013 SAP 505 World Championships are now underway in Barbados. This gallery of images from Day 1 of the racing have been kindly provided by top international photographer Christophe Favreau... [more]
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Boston Yacht Club Jackson Cup Day 1 images by Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor,
The Jackson Cup, named in honor of the late Past Commodore of the Boston Yacht Club (Marblehead, MA), Dr. Robert F. Jackson,(1993-'94), is a national annual invitational team race challenge by the Boston Yacht Club to other clubs and organizations in the country. The teams selected for the challenge are chosen for having demonstrated high racing skill and the Corinthian spirit.... [more]
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Melges 32 Caribbean Championship - Unpredictable Day 2
Joy Dunigan,
2013 OtterBox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series (M32VISS), Caribbean Championship second day of racing commenced under rainy and very cloudy conditions. Despite the dismal forecast that basically predicted nothing but unpredictable and unstable air, PRO Hank Stuart and his dedicated Race Committee were determined to make it another great day of racing in Sir Francis Drake Channel.... [more]
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PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf – Epic freestyle conditions on Day 2
Vivienne Masters,
PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf second day of action got underway in Austria shortly after 10:30am. Yesterday's stunning sunshine was replaced by a much moodier scene as the clouds moved in, but more importantly the sailors were greeted with 25-30 knots of wind, making for epic freestyle conditions.... [more]
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Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race - Mostly windy victory for Afterburner
Rich Roberts,
In the Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race, Bill Gibbs couldn't stop smiling when he said, 'We've done this race fourteen times and we've never seen the wind this good.' Max Phelps said, 'It took us four hours to sail the last two miles.' Was this the same race? In the Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race it depended on what boat you were on.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Mills claims first major Finn event in Hyeres
Robert Deaves,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup, Andrew Mills (GBR) has claimed his first ever major Finn event after snatching victory on the final day of competition in Hyeres. Saturday was medal race day and after trailing team mate Giles Scott (GBR) all week, he was the best performer on the final day to take a well deserved win. Scott took the silver while Josh Junior (NZL) took bronze.... [more]
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MVM Balaton Melges 24 Regatta - Nearly perfect weather on day 2
Istvan Rujak,
On day two of the MVM Balaton Melges 24 Regatta, the inaugural event of new European Sailing Series, the race committee led by Gert Schmidleitner made the best of the nearly perfect weather conditions so the fleet could sail four nice races. Fifteen to twenty knots of southwest wind was blowing all day in a slightly tricky manner as is usual on lakes.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup 2013 -Golden returns as Hyeres action concludes
Fabienne Morin,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres 2013, the medals were decided across the ten Olympic events which brought the regatta to a close. An up and down breeze that never truly filled in at any point ensured for close knit racing on the final day in the south of France.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Women's 470 sailors top performers in Hyeres
Dana Paxton,
The Medal Round racing concluded the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères with the top American performance of fourth place in the Women's 470 class by Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha. This event was the final regatta of the 2012-2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup series.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week - Build up to the 46th edition + Video
Trish Jenkins,
As boats and people arrive for the 46th Antigua Sailing Week, on the shores of Antigua, preparations get underway for what is looking to be a fantastic regatta. In this episode we get the big picture from Kathy Lammers, Chairman of the Regatta Organizing Committee and our resident racing guru Louay Habib gives us his thoughts on the weeks hot contenders.... [more]
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America's Cup defender Oracle Team USA launches final AC72
John Mangino,
After covering the last America's Cup World Series, iCupusa.com flew via Zurich, London, Newark, Charlotte, and finally San Francisco to attend the launch of USA 17 the final version.... [more]
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Nations' Cup - Victory for the Philippines
Koko Mueller,
78 boats representing 23 nations were on the start line earlier today for the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Nations' Cup... [more]
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ANZAC 18ft skiffs: Fresh to frightening on Australia's Day
Day three was Australia Day at the Steinlager 18 foot skiff ANZAC regatta in Auckland. Michael Coxon and his crew of Thurlow Fisher Lawyers shone in the strong winds, picking up wins in both races today.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Exclusive video interviews
Trevor Millar / © SailCoach,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres 2013 - Exclusive video interviews with Robert Scheidt , Pavlos Kontides and Tom Burton.... [more]
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Newport to Ensenada - Loe Real beats sundown, but not Fossett's record
Rich Roberts,
The 60-foot Stars & Stripes catamaran the late Steve Fossett sailed in 1998 is no longer the only boat to finish before sundown... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Stage is ready for final day + Video
Daniel Smith,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - The stage is ready for the final day of racing in Hyères with the medals ready to be decided across ten Olympic events. First out onto the race track will be the Women's RS:X at 10:00 local time and Bryony Shaw is good to go and stake a claim for the medals.... [more]
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Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race off to a happy start
Rich Roberts,
The Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race found a wonderful day to start the 66th romp 125 nautical miles down the coast Friday, arousing envy in a mass of spectator boats that could only putter back to the docks and dream... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA's second AC72 enjoys first flight
The second AC72 launched by the America's Cup, Oracle Team USA, has been foiling from Day 1 on San Francisco Bay. The team has released these images of the team on its first flight on their new AC72. Also featured are two videos - one from the first sail, and in the second Genny Tulloch talks with Murray Jones (NZL) about spying on other teams... [more]
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