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31 Mar 2014

S.A.R. Princesa Sofía, Farr 40s—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

boat park pre ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2014 2  Sail-World.com ©
These are exciting times for fans of Olympic class sailing as the the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía regatta (AKA the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca) kicks off tomorrow in Palma de Mallorca. Here, 1200 sailors from 60 countries have gathered to compete for top podium honors and to speed check against their rivals as the lead up to the ISAF Sailing World Championship in Santander, Spain (September 8-21, 2014), as well as the bigger-picture build-up to the Rio Olympics 2016, gets serious.

According to reports, the weather has been a touch colder than usual with light winds during the practice sessions, but the breeze is expected to fill in later this week for the actual racing. While some of the athletes might feel slightly off the back today thanks to Europe's spring time change, you can bet your last roll of duct tape that these world-class sailors will be in fine form come the start of tomorrow's racing.

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan in action  © Victor Kovalenko

‘There is a big spread at every regatta obviously,' reported Matthew Belcher (AUS), World Sailor of the Year 2013 and the Gold Medal-winning skipper in the Men's 470 class at the London Olympics 2012. 'The guys who won in Miami are very strong. They have been doing a lot of work. The Argentinians are very strong. The Croatians are very strong. We had a good battle with them at Sail Melbourne. The Americans also are very strong. They had a very good Miami OCR and have been sailing really well here. You can't count out the British or the other two French teams that are there as well.'

Get the full scoop on the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía regatta, which runs through April 5, inside this issue, Sail-World's coverage will be the most detailed there is and stay tuned to the website for the latest news, as it becomes known.

Meanwhile, there's been plenty of wind at the St. Thomas International Regatta, which has kicked off racing last week and is set to wrap up on Sunday afternoon. 'We couldn't be happier with the turn-out and the caliber of boats,' says regatta director, Bill Canfield. 'This event has transformed from Caribbean-driven in its inception to a truly world-class international regatta.'

Tight mark roundings are the rule rather than the exception in the IC-24 Class on Day Two. Credit: Dean Barnes - St. Thomas International Regatta - Day 2 - To Accompany Bob Fisher's Report  Dean Barnes

Hometown hero and international match-racing superstar Taylor Canfield has proven to be untouchable in the IC-24 class, which is the largest single class racing in the regatta. 'I've been doing some fleet racing this [winter] but as a main trimmer and calling tactics,' reported the younger Canfield. 'It's different seeing it from the helm.' Apparently the change from trimming to driving hasn't been too taxing, as Canfield's fine racecourse record at this regatta is speaking for itself.

Amongst the big boats, Frank Noel's TP52 'Near Miss' has been collecting bullets, with Pieter Vroon's Ker 46, 'Tonnere de Breskens', holding onto second place, followed by Irvine Laidlaw's 'Highland Fling XII'. Get the full report, inside.

Skipper Alberto Rossi said Enfant Terrible managed "perfect starts" in all 11 races and the Italian entry wound up winning 6 of 11 races during the four-day regatta. - Farr 40 Midwinter Championship 2014  Sara Proctor

And in San Pedro, California, the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club just finished hosting the Farr 40 Midwinters, with four closely fought days of racing in Southern California's friendly conditions. 'It was a fantastic week,' said Alberto Rossi, the winning skipper of 'Enfant Terrible'. 'We had some troubles in the first race, but we sailed very, very well the rest of the way. We had 11 perfect starts and the boat was quite fast. It was a wonderful performance by the crew as our maneuvers were all good.'

New York skipper Alex Roepers had a brand new team aboard Plenty and it came together quite quickly in placing second at the Farr 40 Midwinter Championship off Cabrillo Beach. - Farr 40 Midwinter Championship 2014  Sara Proctor

Rossi and his 'Enfant Terrible' finished 14 points ahead of Alex Roepers' 'Plenty' and an additional nine points ahead of Kevin McNeill's third-placed 'Nightshift'. 'We are very happy with the result and it's something to build on going forward,' reported Roepers. 'We got better as the regatta went along and had a very good final day. [Tactician] Terry [Hutchinson] set the tone from the outset, telling the crew that we were going to be fairly conservative while we built some trust. That was a wise approach and toward the end we had developed enough confidence to be more aggressive.'

Sad news also hit this weekend that Hobie Alter, the legendary father of modern fiberglass multihulls (and surfboards), passed away at his home. He was 80 years old. Alter's groundbreaking designs include the Hobie 14 and the Hobie 16. More on his life, his vision and his revolutionary multihulls, inside this issue.

Also inside, be sure to get the latest scoop from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the Melges 24 European Sailing Series and the Gazprom International European Dragon Championship.

Saint Barth Bucket Race 2014 Day 2 - Saint Barth Bucket Race 2014  Carlo Borlenghi ©

And finally, for anyone who could use a shot of adrenaline mixed with Vitamin D on this early spring day, be sure to spend some time scrolling through Carlo Borlenghi's eye-popping image gallery from the St. Barths Bucket Regatta.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Honoring and remembering Hobie Alter
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
The sailing world lost one of its greatest visionaries this weekend when Hobie Alter, 80, passed away at his home. Impressively, Alter influenced virtually every aspects of sailing, from beach-cat racing to the America's Cup, and is credited as being the father of the modern fiberglass sailing catamaran. Additionally, Alter helped crack the code on creating super fun regatta experiences.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca – Finn Coach - the Other John Bertrand
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
While the British have dominated the Olympic Finn class since 2000, the Australian sailing team, who won Olympic Gold in Lasers, 470's and 49ers in London 2012 are showing potential for Rio Gold now in other classes and the Finn class is one of those.... [more]
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SWC Mallorca – Finn Class World Number 1 still on the learning curve
Rob Kothe, Sail-World.com,
23 year old Australian Oliver Tweddell, now the top ranked Finn sailor in the world, led into the ISAF Sailing World Cup medal race but was beaten by Giles Scott (GBR). Ahead of the battle in Mallorca, with a highly competitive 99 boat Finn fleet, Sail-World talked to the young Aussie Miami was a difficult medal race. It was maybe three knots of breeze and very tricky conditions.... [more]
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St Thomas International Regatta: Day 2 - Flight Risk en route to Rio
Bob Fisher,
Reputations, based on results, were to change on the mid-day of the extravaganza that is the 41st St. Thomas International Regatta, and some may be boosted to greater things. None more so than the performance of John Holmberg and Teri McKenna in their Nacra 17, aptly named Flight Risk.... [more]
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Huge Finn fleet ready for season opener in Palma
Robert Deaves,
A huge fleet of 99 Finns from 30 nations has registered for the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, which starts on Monday, the traditional start of the European season. The Finns have amassed the second largest entry out of all the 11 fleets in Palma and includes almost every top sailor currently in the class.... [more]
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Techno 293 South American Championships day 5 images + Video
Patrik Pollak,
Bic Techno 293 One design is much more than just a youth Olympic windsurfing class. It enables kids from all round the world meet, have fun, make friends no matter what is their background.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Strong front builds ahead of fleet
Ruth Harrington,
2013 - 14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The Clipper Race's highly anticipated ‘first date' with a series of low pressure weather systems left some teams feeling stood up in the rain and grey skies yesterday, but another, stronger front, building ahead of the fleet does looks ready to show up in style to its long awaited North Pacific Ocean fleet date tonight.... [more]
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Saint Barth Bucket Race - Day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was out on the water for day two of the Saint Barth Bucket Race to capture these images. Enjoy!... [more]
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Melges 24 European Sailing Series - Superb racing in Portoroz on Day 2
Second day of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series regatta in Portoroz has been dominated by light winds. Slowly but surely, the sea breeze started appearing in the bay of Piran around noon providing the fleet of 24 monotypes another great day of racing.... [more]
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Farr 40 Midwinter Championship - Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible
Tink Chambers,
The 2014 sailing season got off to an inauspicious start for skipper Alberto Rossi and the Enfant Terrible team. The Italian entry hit the mark on the first upwind rounding and endured some additional difficulties during the opening race of the Farr 40 Midwinter Championship and had to scramble just to finish 10th in the 16-boat fleet.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca: Training Partners building the future
Rob Kothe, Sail-World.com,
Probably the most successful Olympic class sailing programs over the last few decades is the Australian 470 program, with five Gold Medal Teams since 2000.... [more]
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Gazprom Int'l European Dragon Championship - Danish team victorious
The Gazprom International European Dragon Championship, organised by the Yacht Club Sanremo, came to a successful conclusion today with the Danish team made up of Lars Hendriksen, Kleen Frithjof andAnders Bagger taking the 2014 Dragon European Champion title aboard Debutant.... [more]
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St. Thomas International Regatta - Thrills and spills on day 1
Carol Bareuther,
Boom or bust was the big story for the 69-boat fleet racing on the first day of the 41st St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR). Thirty-plus knot guests tested the mettle of equipment and crews as the fleet sailed along the island's south shore into scenic Charlotte Amalie harbor and back again amidst a mix of sun and squalls.... [more]
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Sailing World Cup–World Sailor of the Year would not be anywhere else
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
World Sailor of the Year 2013 and winner of 18 regattas out of the last 19 Olympic Class 470 Regattas, Australian Matt Belcher along with crew Will Ryan are red hot favourites to win the Sailing World Cup Mallorca, the Trofeo S.A.R Princesa Sofia 2014 against an 80 boat 470 Men's fleet.... [more]
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Saint Barth Bucket Race - Day 1 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was out on the water for day one of the Saint Barth Bucket Race to capture these images.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Tracking towards a record fleet
Rob Kothe, Sail-World.com,
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia in Palma Mallorca Spain, was first sailed as a Dragon class regatta in 1968. Six years later, e Soling, 470, 420 Finn and Europe arrived. Now an exclusively Olympic class regatta, building steadily in importance in recent decades, but this year with the Santander Worlds in September and the Rio Olympic regatta 2016 closing fast this 2014 event will make history.... [more]
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Round Hainan Regatta - Vatti and Ubox victorious in IRC-B divisions
Pierre Orphanidis,
As the sun was setting over the horizon on Sanya bay on Thursday evening at the Round Hainan Regatta, a day of close and exciting offshore racing was coming to a close. An 18-strong fleet of boats departed from Wanning earlier in the morning and sailed to Sanya in a tricky 60-nm race that would make tacticians scratch their heads and produce surprises and upsets.... [more]
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Techno 293 South American Championships day 4 + Video
Patrik Pollak,
Few can enjoy great conditions and nice view all the time. Most had to travel far but they all agree it was totally worth it...... [more]
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Farr 40 Midwinter Championship - Enfant Terrible tightens grip on lead
Tink Chambers,
There has been one constant during the Farr 40 Midwinter Championship, skipper Alberto Rossi and the Enfant Terrible team have sailed brilliantly and have steadily put a stranglehold on the top spot in the standings. Beyond that, the four-day regatta has been tremendously competitive with numerous boats showing well at times and the results difficult to predict from race to race.... [more]
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Gazprom Int'l European Dragon Championship - Debutant retains top spot
The fleet of the Gazprom International European Dragon Championship, which is being organised by the Yacht Club Sanremo, was greeted today by excellent weather conditions with a bright sunny sky and steady westerly breeze.... [more]
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St. Thomas International Regatta: Caribbean consistency
Bob Fisher,
The three-day St. Thomas International Regatta opened in style on Friday but there was nothing other than age-old tradition that would have made the competitors in the seventy boats believe that the racing would have been as good as it was.... [more]
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MexORC Copa Corum - Challenging day 4 + Video
Icarus Sailing Media,
We welcome you back for day four of the MexORC Copa Corum. This great regatta is reaching the finishing line leaving behind the lay day where all the sailors enjoyed unique moments. The weather conditions were more than promising for another exciting day of racing action.... [more]
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Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta reveals coaching line up
Sam Crichton,
The C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta's mission statement is 'to provide sailors with disabilities the opportunity to improve their skills and reach personal goals through world-class coaching and competition'.... [more]
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Online videos allow Olympic sailors to learn on the move
Andy Rice,
Audi Sailing Team Germany has created a comprehensive range of ‘how to' videos for sailors to learn key racing skills whenever the time or the opportunity arises.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Scoring gate approaching
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, the first anticipated low front is still building and has not yet brought its strongest winds but as predicted, steady south westerly winds have produced greatest gains for the southern teams in the fleet whilst wind holes and headwinds hampered progress for those positioned further north.... [more]
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