ISAF World Cup, VOR and Clipper—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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02 Apr 2014

ISAF World Cup, VOR and Clipper—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Norregaard Training (c) Dansk Sejlunion - ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca 2014  Dansk Sejlunion
The big news in the world of One Design racing is coming from the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía regatta (AKA the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca), where Olympic class sailors are lining up against the best in the world as they prepare for the long journey to the Rio Olympics 2016. According to reports, conditions have been light, with breezes below 10 knots for most of yesterday's racing. Still, the light breeze did nothing to lower the relative (competitive) pressure on the racecourse, especially given the caliber of the sailors gathered in Palma de Mallorca for this prestigious event.

So far, American sailors are experiencing a slow start to the regatta. Luke Lawrence and the rest of the U.S. Finn squad are having a particularly good showing, with Lawrence sitting in fourth place at the time of this writing, followed by Caleb Paine in 11th and John Dane in 35th; in the 144-boat strong Laser class, Erik Bowers is 17th overall, followed by Charlie Buckingham in 36th place. Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha are in 11th place in the Women's 470 class, and Stuart McNay and David Hughes are sitting in 25th place in the Men's 470.

Laser, Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif). - ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca  © Mick Anderson/

Inside, be sure to check out the full multi-media coverage of this Grand Prix-level One Design regatta, and stay tuned to the website for more news from Palma de Mallorca, as it unfurls.

Meanwhile, in ocean-racing news, skipper Charles Caudrelier and his crew aboard the Volvo Ocean 65 'Team Dongfeng' have dramatically altered their course towards Hong Kong on their training run that was supposed to take the boat from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. Unfortunately, the crew faced stiff headwinds that dramatically impacted their ability to realize high daily mileage runs, and the team ran shy of time to physically sail to Auckland and still make it to the start of the race (October 11, in Alicante, Spain) on time.

Dongfeng Race Team heads for Auckland, March 2014  Dongfeng Race Team

'We have been looking at the routing to reach New Zealand and the weather is simply not looking good enough to justify spending another 20 days in that direction and risk the chance of missing our shipping date,' said Bruno Dubois, Team Principal. 'Our plan is now to stay in the good breeze we have in this part of the ocean to achieve good downwind tests and push our crew more.'

Fortunately for the crew, the routing to Hong Kong involves plenty of off-the-breeze sailing. More, inside.

Derry~Londonderry~Doire at the start of Race 4 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in Cape Town, South Africa  Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race

And in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, crewmember Andrew Taylor, racing aboard 'Derry, Londonderry, Doire', fell overboard during a sail change in the middle of the Pacific Ocean during big seas and strong winds earlier this week. Fortunately, conditions were clear and the crew was able to rescue Taylor, who is reportedly doing fairly well.

'The sea can be a harsh environment and we rehearse every eventuality including a man overboard (MOB),' said Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Chairman and Founder of the Clipper Race. 'The MOB procedures were put into practice flawlessly by the crew in difficult conditions. It is a tribute to their training and determination that Andrew was successfully recovered. It is always a concern when we have a major incident and we will want to analyze the circumstances in detail to see if there is anything we need to learn or review as a result.'

Ben Schulz and Doug Sheppard (AUS) - 2014 Fireball World Championship  Fireball International

Also inside, be sure to get the latest news from the Fireball World Championships, the St. Thomas International Regatta, the BVI Spring Regatta and the America's Cup.

49er fleet during the 45th Trofeo Princesa Sofia  © Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia / Jesus Renedo

And finally, be sure to spend some time scrolling through the great image galleries of the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía regatta from top international shooters Jesus Renedo and Thom Touw. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Crews stuggle in the swell
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the wind has moderated after the front passed over the fleet yesterday, causing the biggest seas the teams have seen since the start of the race.... [more]
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Fireball World Championship - Perfect postcard conditions in Pattaya!
Cormac Bradley,
At the Fireball World Championship, the fleet in Pattaya enjoyed another perfect day in paradise for day three. Fifteen knots of breeze @210 degrees and a three knot tide running across the course – a tactician's paradise!... [more]
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The Friendship Route officially launched in Paris
Agence Mer et Media,
At a special launch night this Monday in Paris, Francis Joyon, skipper of the IDEC maxi trimaran, took another step forward towards the Friendship Route, the ocean crossing record between Bordeaux and Rio de Janeiro.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca 2014 - Final qualification racing
Daniel Smith,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca 2014 - Racing will commence at 11:00 with the 49erFX, Nacra 17 and Finn all scheduled for three races. The Laser Radial will also get going at 11:00 but only have two scheduled races.... [more]
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34th America's Cup: A Match of three weeks - Part 1 - Regaining time
Richard Gladwell,
Six months after the conclusion of the 34th America's Cup, Kiwi fans in particular, struggle for the answers as to how Oracle Team USA were able to effect a big performance turnaround, without predecent in an America's Cup regatta. Sail-World's NZ and America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell gives his personal perspective and analysis in this three part-series.... [more]
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Free fuel spill training for seasonal dock staff
As the summer boating season approaches, marinas, boat yards and clubs will be staffing up. These seasonal employees, sometimes high school, college students or part-timers will be responsible for refueling hundreds of boats – but do they have the training to prevent a fuel spill?... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Day 1 images by Thom Touw,
Thom Touw was on deck for the first day of racing at the 45th Trofeo Princesa Sofia - ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca to capture this selection of images.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Action begins for US sailors + Video
Will Ricketson,
Action began today at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca for US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes in sunny, cool, and shifty conditions. The breeze came in around 11:00AM local time, and did not exceed seven knots throughout the day. With qualification spots for gold fleet on the line, US athletes were keen to record a solid start.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival honored by Sailors for the Sea
Lisa Ramsperger,
In staying with best practices for the Sailors for the Sea Clean Regatta program, the regatta committee has added a Most Green Boat Award to the 2014 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival honors. The award joins to a long list of sustainability efforts incorporated throughout the event... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Day 1 images by Jesus Renedo,
Photographer Jesus Renedo was out on the water in Palma to capture these images during the first day of racing at the 45th Trofeo Princesa Sofia.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race - Great adventure awaits in 2015
Stuart Streuli,
Quite a bit has changed in offshore sailing since Larry Huntington first raced across the Atlantic in 1957. Advances in yacht design, construction and materials have made the boats exponentially faster and more durable. Modern communications enable boats to remain in touch with other competitors and the rest of the world throughout the nearly 3,000-mile journey.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - 1,130 sailors on the water + Video
Neus Jordi,
On the first day of racing at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia – ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, light breeze meant conservative racing for the 1,130 sailors from 55 nations taking part. Franck Cammas (FRA) showed why he is one of the finest sailors in the world at the moment by taking two bullets and a fifth to lead the Nacra 17 with crew Sophie de Turckheim.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng changes course from Auckland to Hong Kong
There has been a change of course for Charles Caudrelier and his crew on board the Volvo Ocean 65 Dongfeng, now heading for Hong Kong as forecasted weather scuppers plan to complete training leg to Auckland, New Zealand in time.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Solid start for 49er and 49erFX
Ben Remocker,
On the opening day of racing at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca – Trofeo Princesa Sofia, both the 49er and 49erFX managed to get in three races each. After an overcast start to the day, the clouds parted and a light sea breeze formed to allow racing to begin around noon on all courses.... [more]
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Fireball World Championship - Leader board shakeup on day 2
Fireball International Class (As Amended by ISAF),
Day two at the Fireball Worlds brought shifty conditions and a shakeup at the top of the leader board. Overnight leaders Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey (GBR) dropped down to sixth after a DSQ in the first race of the day.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Day 1 photos from Ocean Images,
Ocean Images was on site during the opening day of action at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca to capture these photos.... [more]
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St. Thomas International Regatta - Winners revealed
Carol Bareuther,
Top-quality competition, razor-close finishes and camaraderie that spanned decades for some and days for others proved that in spite of a new name, the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) has remained the ‘Crown Jewel' of Caribbean yacht racing.... [more]
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