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16 Jul 2013

Mac report, Transpac and the LVC—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

'Despite all of the preparation and planning, the weather has the last say,' said Lou Sandoval, skipper of the Beneteau 36.7 'Karma'. 'In the spirit of competition, the variety of weather conditions is what makes the Mac special.'

Other sailors were less optimistic, or perhaps just less worried about accruing good Karma with the racecourse gods. 'Does anybody need a 7PM reservation to the Iroquois?' queried a crewmember aboard Tom and Joe Londrigan's J/109, 'Realt Na Mara'. 'Don't think we'll be there in time.'

According to numerous Mac veterans and 'Old Goats' alike, 2013 was one of the slowest and stickiest editions of this beloved race in recent memory, but there's no doubt that the on-the-water suffering made the parties and the good times on beautiful Mackinac Island all the sweeter. Get the full scoop, including some great image galleries, inside.

Phaedo dismating - 2013 LA-Honolulu Race  Lloyd Thornburg/Team Phaedo

Meanwhile, this year's Transpac Race is now fully underway, with all classes sailing towards Hawaii. Unfortunately for the crew of the Gunboat 66, 'Phaedo', their race ended early due to a dismasting. 'Phaedo' dismasted in location 28 58.247N 130 09.576W,' reported the crew. 'At the time of the dismasting we were sailing under A4 at around 16 knots. Everyone onboard is fine, we have secured the boat, [and we are] cutting away the mast and section of the boom, and are now heading towards the L.A. area under engine.' Unfortunately for the 'Phaedo' crew, they do not have enough of a mast stump to jury rig, nor do they have enough fuel to motor back to LA without assistance, so their new plan involves a resupply.

Elsewhere in the fleet, other crews have been dodging all sorts of potentially dangerous debris, from floating telephone poles to chunks of construction materials to logs. Plenty of boats have suffered close calls (and a few took direct hits), but that's certainly not stopping the sailors from pressing hard against their competition. Check out the Transpac reports, inside, and stay tuned to the website for the latest news from this 2,225-mile offshore classic.

14/07/2013 - San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America's Cup - Louis Vuitton Cup - Round Robin - Race Day 5 - ETNZ Vs Artemis Racing (DNS)  © Gilles Martin-Raget

And in Louis Vuitton Cup (LVC) circles, both Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) each recently sailed a set of solo, unopposed laps around the racecourse as Artemis Racing is still sailing their second-generation boat. These races were certainly not as engaging as last Saturday's two-boat line-up that saw ETNZ crush Luna Rossa by a staggering delta of five minutes and twenty-three seconds, but that certainly didn't stop the crews from using this opportunity to refine their maneuvers and their straight-line speed.

Artemis Racing undergoes stress testing. In the photo the team is simulating a single bow-down pitchpole. The port bow deflecs with the weights pulling on it compared to the starboard one.  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

And speaking of Artemis Racing, the team has reported that they have now completed the comprehensive structural testing on their new AC72 platform, which they hope to sail in the near future. 'The mood in the shed is one of excitement in anticipation of being able to go sailing in a matter of days,' reported the Swedish-flagged team, who has been working long hours since their May 9 capsize. 'Artemis Racing is eagerly looking forward to getting back out on the water and joining the competition.'

Get the latest LVC media blast, inside, and stay tuned to the website for the latest Cup-related news, as it unfurls.

51st World Optimist Championships officially open  Matías Capizzano/Optiworlds

Also inside, be sure to get the latest news from the Bacardi Newport Sailing Week, the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup, the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge and the Opti Worlds. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Newport Bermuda Race - Elapsed time penalties in 2014
John Rousmaniere,
For a number of years, the BROC) has imposed monetary penalties for failure to satisfy eligibility, entry, measurement and registration requirements by set deadline dates. These monetary penalties have proven ineffective in the case of some deep-pocketed racers, and have led to an increasingly burdensome entry process and to the potential for unfair advantage for some racers.... [more]
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Farr 40 North American Championship - Circuit honors to be decided
Kirsten Ferguson,
The Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship is coming up and it's getting down to the wire for the Farr 40 Class, with several teams close, if not neck-and-neck, on points as they head into the fifth and final event on the 2013 U.S. Circuit Championship.... [more]
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World Optimist Championships - 51st edition officially open in Italy
Elena Giolai,
The 51st World Optimist Championships officially opened in Riva del Garda, Italy, organised by Fraglia Vela Riva in collaboration with IODA (the International Optimist Class) in the presence of ISAF President Carlo Croce, Olympian Alessandra Sensini and IODA President Peter Barckley.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Worlds - Shining in the Cypriot sun on day 2 + Videos
At the 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships, defending 420 Girls Champions Ilaria Paternoster and Benedetta di Salle shone in the Cypriot sun on the second day of racing. An afternoon sea breeze kicked as 14 knots of consistent wind with gusts of up to 20 knots allowed the 351 sailors from 61 nations to complete a busy day of intense racing.... [more]
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U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship set for Buzzards Bay
Jake Fish,
The 2013 U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship (USJWSC), hosted by the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, Mass., gets underway this Wednesday, July 17 for three days of racing on Buzzards Bay. Top-notch youth sailors from all over the country will take part in the chase for the Nancy Leiter Clagett Memorial Trophy.... [more]
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CYC Race to Mackinac - Start line 2013
Miste Photography,
Miste Photography was out on the water to capture these images during the Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac.... [more]
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105th Race to Mackinac - The show must go on
Rachelle Treiber,
In the CYC's Race to Mackinac, despite the historically-light wind conditions that left half of the fleet still on the lake early Tuesday morning, the afternoon awards program will go on. Race organizers said as of 9:00 a.m. CDT there were only awards to be given in approximately six sections and the two first to finish, therefore a second awards ceremony will take place at 10 p.m. EDT.... [more]
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51st World Optimist Championships: ready to go!
Elena Giolai,
Everything is set for the World Optimist Championships on Lake Garda: the opening ceremony is on Tuesday, 16th July at 6.00 pm. in Riva del Garda's town centre in the presence of Carlo Croce, President of The World Sailing Association ISAF, Olympic Champion Alessandra Sensini, President of the World Optimist Class, Peter Barclay and local dignitaries.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing completes stress testing
Over the weekend the Artemis Racing Team completed comprehensive structural testing of its second AC72. This significant milestone represents the culmination of around the clock work of two months by the team's designers, engineers and shore team.... [more]
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Governor's Cup - RPAYC Youth team to compete in the U.S.
Damian Devine,
Malcolm Parker (skipper), Jack Nairn and William Dargaville (crew) members of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Youth Development squad have made their way to the USA to fly the RPAYC burgee and compete in the 47th Annual Governor's Cup, hosted by Balboa Yacht Club taking place this week (16-21 July).... [more]
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Great Lakes Tall Ships Challenge - Encouraging character building
Kirsten Ferguson,
After another 2013 Great Lakes series successful maritime festival in the Tall ships challenge onlookers lined the waterfront in Bay City, Mich., today to bid farewell to a majestic fleet of tall ships.... [more]
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LA-Honolulu Race - Dismasting, debris and dazzling speed
Transpac media,
Today, in the 2225-mile LA-Honolulu Race organized by the Transpacific YC, or the Transpac, it was a glorious day for some teams, but not great for others.... [more]
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Newport Sailing Week overall
Jan Harley,
The third edition of Bacardi Newport Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank concluded this weekend, bringing together its signature combination of on-shore and on-the-water activities, with the 29th running of New England's premiere one-design event.... [more]
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Coutts Quarter Ton Cup - Spectacularly close racing on Day 1
Royal Corinthian Yacht Club,
Once again on the opening day of the 2013 Coutts Quarter Ton Cup, there were more glamorous classes, modern classes, undoubtedly more expensive classes, but you would have to go a long way to find a class that offers more spectacularly close racing and bang for your buck than the Quarter Ton Class. Where the pace was fast and furious and four different boats claimed a race victory.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72 sailing explained - all you ever need to know
John Navas,
Program for Australian TV to promote America's Cup participation, featuring John Bertrand, skipper of Australia II, wing keel winner of the America's Cup in 1983, and narrated clips of AC72 catamarans in 2013 by John Navas. For those who want to understand the basics of AC72 sailing, this is an excellent primer on both the basic and finer points of AC72 sailing.... [more]
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CYC Race to Mackinac - 'An epically slow race'
Rachelle Treiber,
In the Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac, by midday Monday there were still about 250 boats left to finish. In what is being called 'an epically slow race' due to extremely light wind conditions, sailors have been moving at a snail-like pace for several hours.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Worlds - Birthday treat for Ukrainian windsurfer + Videos
At the Sail First ISAF Youth World Championships, the Ukraine's Oleksandr Tugaryev earned himself a birthday treat by recording two race victories and a eighth in the RS:X Boys. The Ukrainian revelled in a steady 16 knot afternoon breeze but taking the lead is Great Britain's Kieran Martin who demonstrated great consistency posting a bullet, a second and a third.... [more]
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The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge lives up to its name!
Tracey Ruiz,
This year's Lake Ontario 300 Challenge has tested the patience and perseverance of even the most die hard of racer. As of Monday morning, no boat has yet to finish on either course and the closest boats are approximately 51 nautical miles away from the finish line.... [more]
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