18-Footers, OD and a mast walk—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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05 Mar 2014

18-Footers, OD and a mast walk—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

2014 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship Race 3 - 2014 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship Race 3  Craig Greenhill
High-performance sailing news has been dominated recently by the Australian 18-Footers League's famous JJ Giltinan Trophy, which is currently taking place in Sydney, Australia. Here, many of the world's best skiff sailors have assembled to determine bragging rights in a class that often blurs the line between sailing and flying.

Racing began at the JJ Giltinan Trophy on February 28 and continues through March 9, but-unlike many other world championships or other high-level regattas-each of the event's seven days of racing contests a different trophy. Race Three (AKA the Alan Cole Memorial Trophy) took place yesterday on Sydney Harbor in light, fickle airs.

According to reports, Kiwi-flagged sailors Alex Vallings, Chris Kitchen and Joshua McCormack, sailing aboard 'C-Tech', proved to be the fastest in the sticky conditions, followed by fellow Kiwis David McDiarmid, Andrew Archibald and Mark Overington, sailing aboard 'Yamaha', while Australians Jonathan Whitty, Aron Everett and James Hozack, sailing aboard 'Lumix' rounded out the Alan Cole Memorial Trophy podium.

C-tech heads for the finish line as the rest of the fleet follow - JJ Giltinan Championship 2014  Australian 18 Footers League ©

'We have done a lot of work on boat handling and it was good to see it pay off. With the new fleet in Auckland, we are getting very competitive, and even more, with four new boats,' said 'Yamaha's' David McDiarmid. 'We are all pretty small, and the light weight doesn't seem to hurt in these conditions. We were all three-stringing before anyone else.'

'Lumix's' Jonathan Whitty sounded elated at his results but spent from the day's taxing conditions. 'We are really happy with the way we went,' said Whitty. 'The crew are stoked. We are mentally exhausted. It was hard to stay in front of the other two boats. They were very slippery and always getting the inside lane.'

Get the full report from the JJ Giltinan Trophy, inside this issue, and stay tuned to the website this week for the more news from the Australian 18-Footers League, as it unfurls.

87th Bacardi Cup Starts on Biscayne Bay - 87th Bacardi Cup 2014  Cory Silken

Meanwhile, in Miami, One Design sailors racing Stars, J/70s, Melges 20s, Viper 640s, and VX Ones are enjoying a midwinter's respite from the cold, cold northland, at the Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (March 2-8). According to reports, yesterday's racing took place in light breezes that tested nerves and patience as the various fleets made their ways around their courses. Conditions are forecasted to be a bit stronger today, but all sailors can expect to hone their light-air tools during this high-octane regatta. Get the full report, including the news on the seven Star teams that were black-flagged in yesterday's racing, inside this issue.

Pictures of Alex Thomson the skipper of the Hugo Boss IMOCA Open 60 race yacht walking up the mast of his yacht whilst sailing.
Credit - Lloyd Images/Alex Thomson Racing  Lloyd Images/Alex Thomson Racing

Meanwhile, in offshore-related news, British solo sailor Alex Thomson has made world headlines and top social media feeds with his impressive 'walk' up the mast of his IMOCA 60, 'Hugo Boss'. This must-watch video is far better experienced than described, but-suffice it to say-Thomson's Hugo Boss suit might require a bit of dry-cleaning work. Don't miss this great video-as well as some of Thomson's previous 'adventures', inside this issue.

Rambler 90 (Bella Mente & Shockwave - RORC Caribbean 600 Race 2014  RORC/Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Also inside, get the full report on the J/70 class' first World Championship (September 8th to 13th), don't miss the latest news from Team Australia-the Challenger of Record for the 35th America's Cup-and be sure to check out the post-racing reports from the Melges 32 Miami Winter Regatta and the Caribbean 600, which wrapped-up last week. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

JJ Giltinan Championship – Race 3 triumph for NZ team
Frank Quealey,
At the JJ Giltinan Championship, a lack of consistent breeze forced officials to delay the start of Race 3 by 45 minutes on Sydney Harbour today. When the race finally got under way, after one recall, three teams (CST Composites, USA, Haier Appliances UK, and Fisher and Paykel, Australia) were black flagged, which reduced the fleet to 31 boats.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Championship – Race 3 images by Craig Greenhill
Craig Greenhill,
Photographer Craig Greenhill was out on the water during the JJ Giltinan Championship to capture these images during Race 3.... [more]
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US 52 Super Series - Dean Barker Miami bound to join the action
52 Super Series,
US 52 Super Series action is on the way with New Zealand's two time MedCup championship winning skipper-helm Dean Barker flying in to Miami to join the 52 Super Series for the first time.... [more]
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‘A' Class cats and the BACCA on display at the RYA Dinghy Show
Gordon Upton,
The first weekend in March saw the London Dinghy Show take place at Alexandra Palace. For the third year running, the British ‘A' Class Catamaran Association (BACCA) have displayed the latest version of this exquisitely elegant machine in what is essentially the Formula One of small boat sailing.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Conditions ease off for the fleet
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, the wind and the sea have eased right off, with the yachts beating into about 10 knots of wind after speeds of 40 knots yesterday. The elongated 1,000-mile long Ocean Sprint to China is seeing each yacht performing in its own individual time trial as they set off at different times after repairs were carried out in Hong Kong.... [more]
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M32 Gold Cup - Sunny, warm and shifty final day in Miami
Peter Gustafsson,
The fourth and final day of M32 Gold Cup in Miami followed the common theme we've seen in the previous days: sunny, warm, and shifty winds between six-eight knots of wind and Hans Wallén showing the other teams how it should be done.... [more]
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Bacardi Cup 2014 – Seven teams disqualified on Day 1
Jan Harley,
The 87th Bacardi Cup 2014 opening race was sailed today on Biscayne Bay after several postponements due to light air, and in this highly competitive and aggressive fleet of 54 boats it was no surprise when seven teams were disqualified under the black flag rule.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy: Kiwis take top two, Thurlow leads overall
Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
Race 3 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy was sailed in light winds on Sydney Harbour on Tuesday afternoon, and on a day of surprises, the points table was split wide open. The race was due to start at 3.00pm Sydney time, but was delayed waiting for the fickle breeze to settle. With Race 3 now complete the regatta is now on schedule.... [more]
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Bacardi Cup - Day 1 - Cayard successful in redress claim over start
Cayard Sailing,
Well, it wasn't the day we were envisioning but it came out better than it could have.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team Australia to launch AC45 on Thursday
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz,
Team Australia, the Challenger of Record for the 35th America's Cup is expected to launch their AC45 on Sydney harbour on Thursday morning. The team is expected to be sailing later that day an on the weekend.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2015-15 - Not just a coat of paint
Agathe Armand,
So we've talked lots about naval architecture and technical specifications over the past few months. But what you first notice about our Volvo Ocean 65 fleet are the designs on the hulls and sails, right? All boats look different and they all represent something different, too.... [more]
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The Mast Walk by Alex Thomson
Solo round the world yachtsman Alex Thomson performs a daring feat on board his high-speed yacht, Hugo Boss. In this video, he climbs up the 30-meter high mast of the moving vessel and dives into the ocean.... [more]
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J/70 World Championship to take place in Newport
The first ever J/70 World Championship will take place in Newport, R.I. from September 8th to 13th and hosted by New York Yacht Club. Races will be sailed on either Narragansett Bay or offshore on Rhode Island Sound, depending on weather conditions. Principal hosting partner for the event is Sail Newport, where boats will be docked for the event.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Sixty yachts take part in record edition
Louay Habib,
For the sixth RORC Caribbean 600, 60 yachts from 11 different countries, with 682 crew from all over the world, took part and enjoyed spectacular conditions and intense competition. The start gun sounded at Fort Charlotte, high above the Pillars of Hercules and the magnificent international fleet of yachts enjoyed a sparkling send-off with warm trade winds, Caribbean swell and brilliant sunshine.... [more]
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UK based Oakley Capital buys majority stake in North Technology Group
Brigid Murphy,
North Technology Group (NTG) has confirmed that Oakley Capital Private Equity has acquired a majority stake in their diverse family of companies. Oakley is an investment vehicle founded by UK businessman and sailing enthusiast Peter Dubens.... [more]
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Bacardi Cup - Cayard ready for Miami action
Paul Cayard,
The grand finale of Star Winter sailing, the 87th Bacardi Cup, is set to commence tomorrow in Miami. Sixty teams from 11 countries will be competing for the coveted trophy, which was first raced for in Havana. The competition will be tough with seven World Champions and numerous Olympians amongst the fleet.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Application deadline rapidly approaching
Fred Deichmann,
The Newport Bermuda Race's deadline for Applications for Entry is rapidly approaching and will close at 1700 hours, April 1, 2014. This leaves only four weeks remaining in which to apply without incurring a time penalty.... [more]
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Clipper Round The World Race – Sir Robin Knox-Johnston on the restart
Marina Thomas,
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Chairman and Founder of the Clipper Race, has repaired the forestay bottlescrews of nine of the 12-strong Clipper 70 fleet with the rest being completed over the next day.... [more]
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