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19 Jan 2014

Round Barbados Race Series news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

I feel comfortable speaking for the entire Seattle sailing community in saying that we could all use a serious shot of sunshine and Vitamin D, given that we're now roughly half-way through the worst of winter's dark and dreary days. Are things snow-clad or scared by the frigid memories of the recent polar vortex, a la the Midwest or the East Coast? No—just constantly dark, damp, dark, cloudy, dark, and—with latitude of almost 48 degrees—our days are super short (and dark) near the winter solstice. Not that we're complaining (although our ski season sure could be a lot better this year...), but I will admit that I start vividly daydreaming when I read reports from sun-soaked and wind-steeped events such as the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series (January 15-23).

This dream-destination regatta features several days of round-the-buoy racing before the fleet takes on a 70-mile around-the-island race (Tuesday, January 21), as well as a 300-mile 'sprint' from Barbados to Antigua. According to reports, some 50 boats and several hundred sailors have descended on the small Caribbean island, where sailors have been finding plenty of breeze, as well as great on-the-water competition.

The J/24 class' ten-strong entry list makes it the single largest class of boats, but the regatta also boasts an interesting mix of bigger monohulls and multi-hulls. Day Two saw 30-knot winds comb through the J/24 racecourse, allowing crews to experience firsthand lessons in 'righting moment'. According to reports, several boats capsized, but the worst capsize was suffered by Robbie Yearwood's 'Island Water World Die Hard' crew, who spent some five minutes fighting to right their overturned J/24 before being towed ashore.

J/24 Island Water World Die Hard crew struggle to right the boat after a capsize in today's windy race. - Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series 2014  Peter Marshall

'We were doing 13 knots of boat speed in over 25 knots [of air], sailing by the lee towards the mark,' reported Yearwood. 'There was another boat to leeward of us also sailing by the lee so we had to sail above the mark to avoid a collision. Consequently we were forced to gybe and because I pointed up too high after the gybe we capsized. She took ages to right because the spinnaker got tangled in the shroud.'

Fortunately for Yearwood and company, 'Island Water World Die Hard' is now back ashore; fortunately for sailors aboard other boats, Day Two's breezy conditions made for some spectacular racing conditions. 'We had excellent conditions and we sailed well as a team,' said Peter Lewis, skipper of the J/105 'Whistler'. 'We touched about 14 knots of boat speed in 25 knots of wind so our spinnaker runs added excitement to an already great day.'

Peter Lewis and team on the J/105 Whistler enjoyed a tough day on the racecourse to take third place which leaves them in third place overall after two days. - Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series 2014  Peter Marshall

Get the full report from this windy-and-sunny Caribbean dream regatta, inside, and, if you live someplace dark, cold and (you guessed it!) dark during the winter, give some serious consideration to adding this regatta to your sailing plans for next winter.

And in America's Cup news, British double-Olympic medalist Shirley Robertson and her CNN Mainsail crew spent some time DownUnder this December, talking with both Emirates Team New Zealand and Team Australia to get the latest scoop on AC35. Be sure to check out these episodes of CNN's Mainsail program, inside this issue.

Tight spinnaker action - 2014 Australian 18ft Skiff Championships - Race 2  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

Also inside, get the latest updates from the Australian 18-foot Skiff Championship, the PWA World Tour and the Clipper Round the World Race. And finally, for One Design enthusiasts, be sure to check out the planned changes to the International Melges 32 Class Association's 2014 racing year. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Round Barbados Race Series - Great conditions for opening day
Sue Pelling,
Sailors taking part in the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series (15-23 January) couldn't have hoped for better conditions for the opening day of the regatta. A warm east-north-east breeze reaching 28kts at times made for an exciting day for all with the potential of plenty of thrills and spills to keep crews on their toes right from the start.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet fight fickle winds
Clipper Ventures,
In Race 8 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the Old Pulteney Navigator Cup, as the fleet continue to fight the challenging fickle, light winds and continuous unpredictable squally conditions in the ever rising temperatures in the solomon sea, positions on the leaderboard remain a juggling act as Old Pulteney have pulled away from the pack determined to win its sponsored titled race.... [more]
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PWA World Tour changes dates, Podersdorf canceled
As some of you may be are aware, the Formula Windsurfing World Championships are scheduled for dates that clash with the longstanding Ulsan PWA World Cup in Korea. Although the Korean event has run on roughly the same dates for the last six years, and despite the fact that the FW Class were informed of the dates for Korea in May of last year, no action was taken by the FW Class to avoid the clash.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: Gotta Luv It 7 powers away in Race 2 of Australian Nats
Frank Quealey,
The Gotta Love It 7 crew of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage gave a brilliant exhibition in the 14-16-knot South East wind to dominate Race 2 of the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today. The defending champion team grabbed the lead soon after the start and were relentless as they powered away from the fleet throughout the race.... [more]
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Mount Gay Round Barbados Race - Spectacular sailing on Day 2
Sue Pelling,
Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series second day produced big winds and big waves, which made for spectacular sailing. The biggest excitement of the day was in the first race for J/24s when gusts up to 30kts hit racecourse causing half the fleet to fall like dominos.... [more]
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America's Cup: CNN Mainsail Down Under on the state of the Cup
CNN Mainsail,
Shirley Robertson and the CNN Mainsail team have been Down Under in December and filed these three video reports on the state of the America's Cup programs in New Zealand and Australia. Hear from Emirates Team NZ's Grant Dalton and Dean Barker, plus top international commentator, Peter Montgomery. She also visits Team Australia principal , Sandy Oatley, and the CEO, Iain Murray... [more]
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Change and bounds of progress for the Melges 32 Class
Joy Dunigan,
The International Melges 32 Class Association is all set to welcome the 2014 season with change and bounds of class progress. From a new Class President, to the onset of what will be an incredible Miami Winter Series ultimately ramping up for the World Championship on 1-7 December, there is plenty to get excited about as the fleet commences its ninth year of grand prix, high performance racing.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Kiwis join up the Sailing dots
Richard Gladwell,
Republication of's New Zealand newsletter editorial for January 17, 2014: Covering the signing of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke and its significance for NZ and Team NZ; Dean Barker's sailing Record; Nationalism in the the America's Cup plus a quick local round up.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week to receive One-Design Regatta Award
Dan Dickison,
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - If you've ever attended Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week, you know what a great regatta it is. Three days of amazing competition and four nights of fun beachfront parties, and all of it taking place in one of the top tourist destinations in the U.S. And now that assessment has been officially certified.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet battle unsettled conditions
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14 it's been all change at the top of the leaderboard in the last 24 hours with frustrating squally conditions hampering the fleets progress, while a tactical ploy by Jamaica Get All Right saw the team storm ahead of Derry~Londonderry~Doire relinquishing its lead for the first time in race 8.... [more]
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Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series preview
Sue Pelling,
Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series 2014 gets underway tomorrow in Bridgetown, Barbados. With nearly 50 boats entered 100s of sailors are tonight enjoying the fine Barbadian hospitality on the eve of the first race.... [more]
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12ft Skiff Interdominions: Kiwis sweep the floor clean
Sven Pannell,
New Zealand has resoundingly beaten Australia in the 12' Skiff Interdominions, the world's premiere 12' skiff regatta. Just quietly, it was a bit of a 'downtrou' at 404 points to 236. Kiwis Alex Vallings, Glen Armstrong and Russell Davis took out first, second and third place respectively in a very one-sided regatta.... [more]
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Second annual Rob Moore Memorial Regatta announced
Leslie Richter,
The Corinthian Yacht Club of San Francisco (CYC) and the Bay Area Racing Federation (BARF) are happy to reveal the second Annual Rob Moore Memorial Regatta (Robgatta), to be held on February 15, 2014 in conjunction with CYC's popular Midwinter Race Series.... [more]
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Heroism of on the water boat towing service captains honored
In 2013, more than 70,000 recreational boaters called BoatUS Towing Services for routine on the water assistance. Engine breakdowns, running out of gas or running aground were typical requests. However, the captains across the nation who helm the 600 red towboats of the TowBoatUS and Vessel Assist fleets are sometimes put in the center of life-threatening emergencies.... [more]
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Round Britain and Ireland Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing first to enter
Online entry for The Royal Ocean Racing Club's 2014 season is now open and Ian Walker's Volvo Ocean 65 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing was fast off the mark to confirm its participation with Azzam (Determination) in the RORC's toughest race of the year - the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.... [more]
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