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09 Jan 2014
Extreme Sailing and a VOR report—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
According to the Extreme Sailing Series' schedule, the tour will visit eight different countries over the course of the next twelve months, starting in Singapore (February 20-23) and concluding in Sydney (December 11-14).
'I remember that it is crazy racing,' said Ainslie about his return to the circuit. 'Anyone who has seen the Series-or taken part in it–will tell you that the style of the courses, the speed of the boats and the number of boats on any side of the course at one time, means there is a lot of action and a lot of potential for crashes and incidents. So it makes for exciting racing and you really have to be on your toes.'
While Ainslie might hold more Olympic medals than any other sailor, he's quick to point out that the Extreme Sailing Series represents an entirely different style of sailing than the impressive work that he has mastered on Finns, Lasers and even AC72s. 'There are some strong teams that have been going at it for some time. You look at Leigh [McMillan, skipper of 'The Wave, Muscat'] – he and his team have been the standout performers for the past two seasons. Then there's the likes of Alinghi. So you look at the talent out there and the history they have in this Series and it feels like we're the new kids on the block.'
Get the full story from the Extreme Sailing Series, inside this issue, and stay tuned to the website for coverage of the racing, once the 2014 season hoves closer into view.
Also extreme but of a completely different nature, word has broken that former Olympian and match-racing ace Sally Barkow has been selected to sail aboard the all-women's 'Team SCA' in the next Volvo Ocean Race. According to reports, Barkow and the other members of 'Team SCA' have undergone rigorous tryout and team-sailing sessions to ensure both the right set of sailing skills and the correct blend of personalities make it onboard the team's raceboat.
Team SCA, Sally Barkow and Justine Mettraux Annaleisha Rae/Team SCA
'This is definitely really exciting,' commented Barkow. 'I feel that SCA is providing an incredible opportunity here to compete on an equal level with the other teams in this race. There are only nine months left to the start, so we are really now on the home straight and have everything to train and play for.'
The one-design Volvo Ocean 65 is now sailing – the all female Team SCA crew were the first ones to try their new boat out at sea. - Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Rick Tomlinson / Team SCA
'Team SCA' is slated to remain at their training base in Lanzarote, Spain, where they are enjoying a two-boat program, a great coaching staff and other training resources. Also, the team plans to enter some longer distance races prior to the start of their around-the-world adventure this fall. Get the full scoop, inside, and be sure to follow the website for the latest news on the VOR as the clock winds down to its October 11 start date.
Race 7 Day 6 - Brisbane in sight for final teams - Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013/2014 Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race
Also inside, don't miss the latest news from the upcoming ISAF World Cup Miami (January 27-February 1), the recent Star Sailor's League Finals, the Clipper round the World Race and-for anyone in need of a jolt of Vitamin D on this cold January morning-the upcoming St. Maarten Heineken Regatta (March 7-9).
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