Gold Cup, Mini Transat and VOR—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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11 Oct 2013

Gold Cup, Mini Transat and VOR—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Hopefully this weather situation will improve as Annapolis is currently doing a great job of proving my hometown of Seattle to be a relative desert (not an easy feat to pull off, especially as the 'dark curtain' descends on the Pacific NW each fall). Still, if you're anywhere near Annapolis this weekend (or a reasonable flight/drive away), this show is well worth your time. Just remember to pack your foulies, a fleece and positive thoughts for drier times!

Trefor Match Racing and 36 Below Racing at the Argo Group Gold Cup, Bermuda, part of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.  © OnEdition / WMRT

Fortunately, for the sailors gathered in Bermuda for the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sun has been shinning and the racing conditions on Hamilton Harbor have been described as perfect. Skippers and crew are currently engaged in the Qualification rounds, and the event's second day of competition saw an interesting battle between British skippers Ian Williams and Sir Ben Ainslie, with the former emerging victorious, thanks in large part to Ainslie and crew taking a big hitch to the left after an even start.

'We were happy with the left, but I think it was really about whether we could close the gap at start time and still have speed,' reported Williams. 'We managed to do that and once we'd squeezed [Ainslie] off, if that guy does a down-speed tack away, you expect to cross on the next one. And we did.'

Full Metal Jacket and Wide Open Racing at the Argo Group Gold Cup, Bermuda, part of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.
  © OnEdition / WMRT

The qualification round continues through Thursday and the event's Quarter Finals are set to commence on Friday. Get the full media download inside this issue, and stay tuned for more on this high-caliber event, as it becomes known.

Meanwhile, in ocean-racing news, the fabled Mini Transat race is set to kick off this weekend, taking an 84-boat fleet of singlehanded skippers sailing aboard small-but-powerful racing machines across the Atlantic. Inside, don't miss the visitor's guide for checking out the pre-race festivities in France, as well as tips on how to follow the race once the starting gun has sounded.

Also in offshore news, we are now looking at just a year to go before the start of the next Volvo Ocean Race (VOR). The 2014/2015 event will be the first time that this historic event will use a One Design fleet, and it's also the first time in many years that an all-female crew (skippered by Samantha Davies) has taken-on this round-the-world race.

October 4 2013 - Team SCA sailing trials in the English Channel  Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race ©

While the race currently has two confirmed entries, the event is confident that this number will swell as the clock winds down to zero. 'We are very confident that we'll have a larger fleet than in the last edition,' said Knut Frostad, CEO of the VOR. 'Last time, we had six teams, one of them racing in a second-hand boat, but we are already committed to building at least seven of the brand new Volvo Ocean 65s for 2014-15–and there could yet be even more. That's a sign of just how high our confidence levels are, even in this difficult economic climate.' Get the full scoop, inside this issue.

49er Fleet at the 2013 Semaine Olympique Francaise  © Breschi / FFVoile / SOF 2013

Also inside, don't miss the latest reports from the Semaine Olympique Francaise (AKA the French Olympic Sailing Week), the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and be sure to check out the background/biography info on this year's nominations for ISAF's prestigious Sailor of the Year award. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Viper 640 North Americans - Sea breeze and cooler temperatures day 2
Rachel Ellis,
At the 2013 Viper North Americans in Houston, with a better forecast than yesterday, Viperers kicked it into gear for Day Two. The forecast called for a building sea breeze and cooler temperatures, and sure enough, by the end of the day Vipers were planing downwind at 14 knots in 18 knots of wind.... [more]
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Campbell Cup - Farr 40 and West Coast 70 class winners defend titles
Rick Roberts,
This Saturday Jeff Janov's Farr 40, Dark Star, and Brack Duker's Santa Cruz 70, Holua, will compete in the fifth annual Campbell Cup and defend their 2012 first place finishes in their respective classes.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Bruni and Williams tops in groups
Talbot Wilson and Laurie Fullerton,
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa and Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar, both ended the Stage one Qualifying matches with 8-1 records in their groups.... [more]
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Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - 49 young sailors present
Laurie Fullerton,
With Australian Max Quirk leading with 15 points at the end of the first day, the field remains wide open with Manon Van Dijk in second place with 30 points and Bermudian Campbell Patton in third place with 31 points.... [more]
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Virbac-Paprec 70 capsizes ahead of Transat Jacques Vabre - Video
The MOD70 Virbac-Paprec capsized on Thursday afternoon during a training session ahead of the Transat Jacques Vabre. Her two crew, Jean-Pierre Dick and Roland Jourdain were sailing 15-20 knots of wind. They were surprised by a strong gust and could not stop their multihull overturning. Their mast broke into three pieces.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Big guns ousted as Quarter Finalists are decided
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
On the third day of the Argo Group Gold Cup, a major culling took place when the eight quarter finalists were decided from the twenty strong starting grid in Qualifying. Twelve crews are now packing their bags and heading home.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française - Thrills, spills and huge shifts on day 2
Effets Mer,
Day two of the inaugural Semaine Olympique Française in La Rochelle saw the fleets in the 10 Olympic classes racing through thrills, spills and huge wind shifts. The fifth and final event in the Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup is showing why new Nacra 17 class means it is not just the 49ers wiping out. But with gusts past 20 knots the four French women's 49er FX teams decided to stay on land.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Wait for weather window commences
Solene Rennuit,
A deep depression that sits off the Bay of Biscay could, if the Mini Transat start went ahead on Sunday, hit the fleet in the worst place, to the north of Cape Finisterre. To allow the soloists to reach Lanzarote in acceptable conditions, the Race Director has consulted the competitors and made this decision : the start is delayed waiting for a favorable weather window.... [more]
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Viper 640 North Americans - Light breeze and tight racing on day 1
Rachel Ellis,
Thanks to all the hard work over the past couple of months, the newest location of the Viper 640 North Americans, Houston, has gotten underway. A total of 29 boats made the trip to the Republic of Texas, with boats representing 14 different states. Racing began today and will conclude on Saturday, October 12th.... [more]
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49er World Championships highlights
Ben Remocker,
The 49er World Championships in Marseille, France came to close one week ago. The most successful 49er and 49erFX event has gathered more than 140 boats, offering some great moments. Light conditions was the main characteristic of the event except for the penultimate day of racing where the wind picked up offering a great spectacle.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Invest Africa arrives in Rio
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Invest Africa has arrived into Rio with South African Nomcebo Siyaya, a 19 year-old from Durban, one of eight young people who have been chosen to race as part of the Sapinda Rainbow Project, completing her journey.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: First Volvo 65 blasts to Lanzarote + Video
Top international yachting photographer, Rick Tomlinson, caught the first Volvo Ocean 65 as she blasted to ger training base on Lanzarote in France. Team SCA will be sailed by an all-female crew in the upcoming Volvo Ocean race which gets underway in less than 12 months time. Includes video of the VO65 on her sea trials in the English Channel... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Sam Davies realizes her childhood dream
Taking the start line in the Volvo Ocean Race will surpass the wildest childhood dreams of Sam Davies, who was so in awe of the race she didn't dare imagine that one day she might get the chance to compete in it herself. When Davies was a child she used to watch the starts and finishes of what was then the Whitbread Round the World Race from her parents' boat on the Solent.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA sea trials heading for Lanzarote
Team SCA,
Today was another milestone for Team SCA, after nearly two weeks of preparation the crew un-tied the lines and headed off for the delivery trip from the UK to their team base in Lanzarote. This will be first offshore trip the new Volvo Ocean 65 has taken, and they look set to take on a range of conditions over the course of the 1500 nm delivery trip south.... [more]
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Barcolana Race - Esimit Europa determined to break her own record
adidas Sailing - terrathree,
At this weekend's Barcolana Race, Esimit Europa's skipper Jochen Schümann wants to break the course record, which every year attracts around 2,000 boats of all sizes to Trieste in Italy.... [more]
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49er World Championships - Offering some great moments + video
Mike Pateniotis,
The 49er World Championships in Marseille, France came to an end one week ago. The most successful 49er and 49erFX event has gathered more than 140 boats, offering some great moments.... [more]
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A-Class Catamaran Worlds attract Red Bull Youth AC winners
After the yachting world watched the multi-hull action unfolding on San Francisco Bay recently, New Zealand is gearing up to celebrate the class which has now bred some of the talented sailors who took part in the America's Cup last month. The A-Class Catamaran World Championships will be sailed off Takapuna Beach from 5 – 16 February, 2014.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Scott back on the Road to Rio
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Britain's Giles Scott, the 2011 Finn World and European Champion had an excellent first day at the 2013 Semaine Olympique Francaise in La Rochelle. It's the re-launch of his Finn class campaign for Scott after a long sabbatical due to his America's Cup commitments with Italian team Luna Rossa.... [more]
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2013 One Design Regattas - North Sails dominates
David O'Connor,
North Sails Powered Teams have dominated all the major One Design Regattas around the world this year including many world championships.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Fantastic conditions on day 2
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
A full day two of Qualifying racing took place at the Argo Group Gold Cup with fantastic conditions on Bermuda's Hamilton Harbour, the wind at 12 knots, brilliant sunshine and continued balmy temperatures. At the end of play the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour leader, Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar crew top the leaderboard, currently unbeaten on 8-0.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Olympic dreams continue in La Rochelle
Effets Mer,
The opening day of the inaugural Semaine Olympique Française saw superstars of the sailing world rubbing shoulders with young hopefuls and them all reaching for Rio. One man who fits into both categories is the global circumnavigator extraordinaire, Franck Cammas, who re-started his 2016 Olympic quest in earnest yesterday in the Nacra after a September spent with his World C Class campaign.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominee - Paul Larsen
Paul Larsen has grown accustomed to breaking Speed Sailing records. In 1998 Larsen was part of Bruno Peyron's crew on Explorer as they broke the Trans-Pacific and in 2002 joined Maiden II for a record breaking campaign. Cross-Channel, Round Britain and Ireland and the outright 24-hour-record, with Larsen as watch-leader, all fell.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Learn about how to follow the action
Kirsten Ferguson,
The Mini Transat works across all platforms - including: website, social networks, radio and television allowing you to easily follow the 2013 edition. Check out this detailed review of the various sources of information.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Dawn Riley transformed into a leader
Cynthia Goss,
When it comes to breaking barriers in big-boat sailing, few women can be compared to Dawn Riley. She was the first woman to manage an America's Cup campaign, and the first American, male or female, to sail in three America's Cups and two Whitbread Round-the-World races.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Final preparations to the starting line
Mini Transat 2013,
At the Mini Transat, in the Port Rhu safety and measurement controllers are making their final checks aboard the 84 Minis moored along the docks. In a rather serene atmosphere, given the weather conditions and forecasts for the start of the race atmosphere, everyone is completing their preparations. Everyone will be on the starting line... [more]
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