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21 Jul 2013
Transpac updates and LVC news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
'At times it felt like we were in the Doldrums,' reported Dee Smith, strategist aboard the R/P 74 'Wizard' (ex 'Bella Mente'). 'The clouds had us in their grip, and we could not get to the south where we knew the weather was better. We did 13 sail changes just the other night, trying to keep the speed up while the wind went around in circles. I think we sailed really well, but just did not have any good luck with the conditions.'
Tritium Racing finishes first in ‘Transpac 2013' Los Angeles to Honolulu race - ‘Transpac 2013' Los Angeles to Honolulu race Cameron Andrews
While state-of-the-art boats like 'Lending Club' and 'Wizard' exist to press the boundaries of what's possible, other yachts, such as 'Dorade', the 1929 masterwork from the venerable design firm of Sparkman & Stephens, speak to sailing's elegant past. 'We spent many months and some 30 days of sail training to prepare for this race,' said Matt Brooks, who, along with his wife, Pam Rorke Levy, co-own this magnificent piece of history. 'And it may pay off for us with another victory in corrected time. I brought the trophies this boat won in 1936 and hope to add some more with this race.'
Irrespective of whether trophies are a reality, each crewmember that has competed in this world-class event will no doubt walk away with indelible memories of some of the best ocean sailing imaginable. Get the full media download, inside this issue.
Meanwhile, in Louis Vuitton Cup news, the much anticipated second showdown between Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) and Luna Rossa is set to take place later today on San Francisco Bay, marking only the second time in over two weeks of LVC sailing that two boats have come together on one racetrack. The first time that ETNZ and Luna Rossa met on the water ended badly for the Italians, who lagged more than five minutes astern of their Kiwi rivals.
JN 2013-07-20 11-49-21 P1070472 - - Louis Vuitton Cup, Round Robin 3, Race 2, July 20, 2013 John Navas
'Obviously we have lots of ground to make up on the Kiwis, and we knew it,' said Chris Draper, Luna Rossa helmsman. 'We're sailing better, tacking better, our upwind performance seems better, and the gybing is getting there. We're feeling more confidant handling the boat, and hopefully we'll have bridged the gap when we're racing tomorrow.'
Weather forecasters are calling for plenty of air on San Francisco Bay for today's race, thus setting the stage for the some big straight-line speed numbers and also upping the tension and intensity in the competing sailors.
JN 2013-07-20 11-43-03 P1070225 - - Louis Vuitton Cup, Round Robin 3, Race 2, July 20, 2013 John Navas
'San Francisco Bay is a fantastic spot to sail,' said Glen Ashby, ETNZ's wing trimmer. 'The breeze is in just about every day. This is a wonderful place to sail. The AC72 is a showcase when there's good breeze. At the end of day that's what sailing is all about.'
Stay tuned to the website for the latest news from this on-the-water battle, and don't miss all the great image galleries and post-racing debriefs from this exciting event.
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