World Cup Miami and Melges 24s—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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28 Jan 2014

World Cup Miami and Melges 24s—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

According to reports from Miami, the first day of racing brought light winds and millpond-like conditions, which were not exactly ideal for the 580 sailors who have descended on Miami from 50 different countries. The RC called for a general postponement, which lasted until noon. Sailors then launched their boats and all classes were able to race in the four-to-eight knots of breeze.

ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014 - Day 1  Walter Cooper /US Sailing

'The competition here is quite high,' said Men's 470 skipper Sime Fantela (CRO). 'Only a few from the top 20 are not racing this week. We are used to the light winds from the recent North American Championships and knew what the wind was going to do. We had to play with the shifts all the time and focus on boat speed because if you lose only a half meter, somebody will catch you on the starboard tack.'

Competition in the Men's 470 class is especially high, given the dominance that Australia sailors Matthew Belcher and William Ryanhave shown in this boat, and in Olympic class racing. Belcher and Ryan are currently sitting in fourth-place after two races; Americans Stu Mcnay and David Hughes currently command second place behind Sofian Bouvet and Jeremie Mion (FRA).

ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014 - Day 1  Walter Cooper /US Sailing

American sailors are also doing well in the 49er class, Laser Radials and the Sonar. Brad Funk and Trevor Burd currently command third place in the 49er class, while Paige Railey is sitting in the pole position in the Laser Radials. The teams of Alphonsus Doerr, Hugh Freund and Timothy Angle are in first place in the Sonar class, followed by the John Twomey, Ian Costelloe and Brad Johnson.

Racing continues in Miami through February 1, which will hopefully give the wind gods some time to add well-defined cat's paws to the water while also testing sailors in a wide range of conditions. Get the full ISAF World Cup Miami report, inside this issue, and stay tuned to the website this week for the latest news from this high-caliber event.

Meanwhile, in Australia, Melges 24 crews experienced polar opposite conditions as high winds kept teams ashore for the first scheduled day of racing. Twenty-eight to thirty-five knots of northerly airs pounded the town of Geelong, making racing at the event's practice day impossible as the breeze exceeded the class' wind limits. According to reports, all 26 teams opted to stay ashore.

Melges 24 World Championship 2014  Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014

'The fleet is a good size for this challenge, the top 15 boats in the world are here and the competition will be very high level,' said Riccardo Simoneschi, skipper of the Melges 24 Audi. 'It will be exciting and a great show. I'm very much looking forward to tomorrow; it will be a big battle from beginning to end.'

Racing is expected to start on Wednesday with a 1330 warning signal, and the event is slated to continue through February 2, so please stay tuned to the website for the latest downloads from this high-octane regatta.

Banque Populaire VII has now set two world solo 24hour marks  Yvan Zedda / BPCE

Also inside this issue, learn about Armel Le Cléac'h's blistering new (unratified) 24-hour singlehanded distance record (677 nautical miles) aboard the maxi trimaran 'Banque Populaire VII Solo', get the scoop on Lionel Lemonchois, who has suffered a capsize aboard the Maxi 80 trimaran 'Prince de Bretagne' off the Brazilian coast, and get the latest news from the Newport-Bermuda Race, which starts off of Castle Hill on June 20.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Day 1 overall
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014 -,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014 opening races have been completed in warm but light-air conditions on the waters of Biscayne Bay. This year marks the 25th edition of what has become a cornerstone event on the international Olympic and Paralympic sailing circuit.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - Strong winds keep crews ashore
Lisa Ratcliff,
Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 is being held at Geelong in Victoria, Australia. A honking northerly breeze and an outdoor temperature of 40 degrees have meant a subdued start to the worlds.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Battle continues as conditions ease
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the tough upwind conditions have proved a continuous challenge for the race fleet over the past week, however with the weather set to calm and moderate slightly over the next 24 hours, the juggling act at the top of the leaderboard in Race 8 continues.... [more]
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Eventful start to Warren Jones Regatta
Bernie Kaaks,
The Warren Jones International Youth Match Racing Regatta began on Freshwater Bay on Perth's Swan River today, in a shifty south easterly breeze of about 12 to 15 knots. Competition was tight from the outset.... [more]
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Capsized trimaran Prince de Bretagne - skipper staying with boat,
800 nautical miles off the Brazilian coast abeam of Rio de Janeiro, French multihull sailor, Lionel Lemonchois, triggered his EPIRB yesterday after capsizing the Maxi 80 trimaran Prince de Bretagne while attempting to break the Mauriceienne record from Port-Louis in France to Port-Louis in Mauritius.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami- Light winds and early drops
ISAF SW Cup Media,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014 - Little to no breeze created mirror-like conditions on the calm waters of Biscayne Bay Monday morning. This was not ideal for the 580 sailors representing 50 countries, who were raring and ready to go for the start of this six-day international regatta.... [more]
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Miami OCR 2014 - Tweddell and Selivanov set Finn pace on Day One
Robert Deaves,
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Day one photos from Biscayne Bay,
Photographer Walter Cooper was out on the water for day one of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami to capture these images.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Day 1 action shots,
Enjoy this selection of images from day one of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, captured on location by photographer Walter Cooper.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Day 1 racing results
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami is underway on Biscayne Bay. Check out the results from day one of the racing action.... [more]
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French multihull solo sailor triggers alarm after capsize off Brazil
Richard Gladwell,,
French multihull sailor, Lionel Lemonchois, has triggered his EPIRB after capsizing the Maxi80 trimaran Prince de Bretagne while attempting to break the Mauriceienne record from Port-Louis in France to Port-Louis in Mauritius. He was in his 11th day at sea trying to break the record of Francis Joyon, when the trimaran capsized about 800nm of the Brazilian coast at the latitude of Rio de Janeiro... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - There's still time to ensure your place
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
The St Maarten Heineken Regatta entry list is expanding with each passing day. In six short weeks, the 34th edition will commence in the fresh Caribbean breeze and turquoise waters for which the annual festival of competition and camaraderie has become so well known. Which means there's still time to ensure your place on the starting line.... [more]
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Boaters to aid in safer route for 70 year old 'magenta line'
It is more than 70 years old, a thin magenta-colored line appearing on over 50 different navigational charts covering the Atlantic Coast and Gulf, snaking along the route of the Intracoastal Waterway.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Entry rate indicates a strong turnout
John Rousmaniere,
Only two weeks after the opening of registration for the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race, applications for entry are coming in at a rate that indicates a strong turnout on the starting line off Castle Hill on June 20. As of Sunday, January 26, there were 80 applications for entry in the 49th running of the 635-mile sailboat race widely known as 'The Thrash to the Onion Patch.'... [more]
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Sail America elects 5 new members to 2014 Board of Directors
Peter Durant,
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Second world 24hour solo mark set in by Banque Populaire
Richard Gladwell,,
After four days at sea, the Maxi Trimaran Banque Populaire Solo VII skippered by Armel Le Cléac'h is over 450 miles ahead of the reference time set by Francis Joyon in 2013 for the Discovery Route. She has also set a second record mark for a singlehanded sailor in 24 hours - covering 682nm and eclipsing his previous mark of 677nm for an average speed of 28.41 knots average in a day... [more]
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RC44 Championship Tour - Italian team to join the action
Jo Grindley,
With only a few weeks to go until the opening event of the 2014 RC44 Championship Tour, where the fleet will make their Caribbean debut at the RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup, British Virgin Islands, 12- 16 February, a new Italian team have confirmed their entry into the Tour for the 2014 season.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Tactical ploys play out
Ruth Harrington,
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2014 Offshore Racing Congress rules now available
ORC Media,
The Offshore Racing Congress is happy to reveal that its 2014 Rules are now available online at, where a detailed summary of the changes to these rules from 2013 is also available by clicking here. These changes include several important revisions and improvements made to the ORC Rating Rules, ORC Championship Rules (the 'Green Book'), and the International Measurement System.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Patience still being tested
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, as challenging upwind conditions continue to test the patience of the fleet, Great Britain and Derry~Londonderry ~Doire have been at loggerheads with each other in the last 24 hours, as the battle for first place in race 8, the Old Pulteney Navigator Cup rumbles on.... [more]
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Historic 18ft Skiff Championships: Andrea Francolini images
Andrea Francolini,
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IRC Yearbook - Record your most memorable racing moments
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
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Top Yachting Official recognised in Australia Day Honours List
Richard Gladwell,,
One of the world's leading sailing administrators, David Tillett, has been recognised in the Australian Honours List. He has been made a Member of the Award of Australia. As a competitor, Tillett had early sailing success winning the World Cadet Championship. But it is as a yachting administrator that the Adelaide based lawyer has made his mark on the sport.... [more]
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VX One National Championship: York narrowly leads at Lake Macquarie
Beth Morley,
Challenging conditions prevailed for Day 1 of the three day VX One Championships in Lake Macquarie hosted by Lake Macquarie Yacht Club. Andrew York's 'Tachyon' leads the series with one day's sailing to go. 'The Beast' skippered by Michael James, had a great start on Day 1 despite sailing with only two instead of the regular three.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami: Coconut Grove bustling with anticipation
ISAF, Match day mail,
For the start of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014 Coconut Grove was bustling with anticipation on Sunday. US Sailing's premiere racing event gets underway this Monday with 580 of the best Olympic and Paralympic class sailors in the world representing 50 countries.... [more]
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Inaugural Hong Kong Kettle 9-19 Oct 2014
RHKYC Media,
Organised by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, the inaugural Hong Kong Kettle will take place this coming October in and around Hong Kong, encompassing the around-the-cans excitement of China Coast Regatta, the tactical challenge of an A-A offshore race of 225nm+ and a 26nm circumnavigation of Hong Kong Island. The inspiration for this biennial event comes from the great regattas of the past... [more]
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Antigua Dragon YC Challenge preview
Louay Habib,
The Antigua Dragon YC Challenge is an inaugural invitational event for prestigious yacht clubs from all over the world. Competing in identical Petticrow Dragons, a galaxy of stars will be racing in the beautiful waters of Antigua, WI. Winners of the America's Cup and Olympic Games will be representing international yacht clubs and taking part in a week long regatta... [more]
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Banque Populaire VII sets new solo 24hr record distance of 677nm
Richard Gladwell,,
Armel Le Cléac'h and the maxi trimaran Banque Populaire VII Solo have set a new singlehanded distance sailing record for the distance sailed in 24 hours. The new record mark (yet to be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Council) for sailing 24 hours alone is 677nm or 1253 km at a stunning 28.20 knots average speed.... [more]
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