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Twenty Twenty-Four starts in style - USA newsletter


Twenty Twenty-Four starts in style

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Arkea Ultim Challenge - Brest - photo © V.Curutchet / GITANA SA

Dear Recipient Name

It was almost two years ago that I wrote 'Twenty Twenty-Four', looking forward to a bumper year of sailing, leaving me wondering how time is flying by so fast. While in the wider world we continue to head down the dystopian path, the first week of the year has started in extraordinary fashion.

Firstly, let's have a quick look back, albeit it only a couple of weeks... We finished 2023 on a high note, with Australian Editor John Curnow orchestrating our coverage of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. With correspondents on the ground and in their air, we brought you all the action during the points of interest, including the thrilling line honours battle between andoo Comanche and LawConnect.

andoo Comanche and LawConnect battle to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race finish - photo © Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
andoo Comanche and LawConnect battle to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race finish - photo © Rolex / Kurt Arrigo

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A special thanks to Dale and Cros Lorimer for their brilliant coverage, and Tony Lathouras in Hobart for knowing the place to be to catch LawConnect on their charge up the River Derwent as they reeled in andoo Comanche to secure the line honours victory. It's no mean feat bringing this all together, leaving you having less sleep than a doublehanded navigator / helmsman, so many thanks John.

LawConnect was in second place for just about all of the trip up the River Derwent, and did not attract much of the spectator fleet. She went from 3nm astern to 30m in front. What an effort! - photo © Tony Lathouras
LawConnect was in second place for just about all of the trip up the River Derwent, and did not attract much of the spectator fleet. She went from 3nm astern to 30m in front. What an effort! - photo © Tony Lathouras

Back in the UK we've been battered by a succession of storms, but thankfully there was a brief window of respite on New Year's Day to get out and sail at my local club, participating in the traditional 'Rum Race'. First job was re-threading the halyard on my Keyhaven Scow, which I'd taken off ahead of the storms (to reduce windage), then out on the water to join 22 dinghies in a jovial celebration of all that's good about sailing. For the first time anyone can remember in the race, we had a general recall, and a fair bit of bumper cars, but mostly just laughter and great competition. I simply can't think of a better way of starting 2024.

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2024 Tasar World Championships at Sandringham Yacht Club Day 1: Top mark 100 percent action packed - photo © Beau Outteridge
2024 Tasar World Championships at Sandringham Yacht Club Day 1: Top mark 100 percent action packed - photo © Beau Outteridge

In Australia, a highly competitive 100-boat fleet is competing in the Tasar World Championship at Sandringham Yacht Club. A strong contingent of North American sailors are making their presence known at the front of the fleet, with Jonathan Mckee and Libby Johnson Mckee leading the charge. As a UK sailor, you know when a fleet is hot when you have to look outside the top ten for Steve and Sarah Cockerill's names, and we'll be tracking this event closely as it reaches its finale.

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GJW Direct 48th Bloody Mary - photo © Mark Jardine
GJW Direct 48th Bloody Mary - photo © Mark Jardine

On Saturday I travelled up to the outskirts of London to take photos and video of the GJW Direct Bloody Mary at Queen Mary reservoir. This is a true winter classic and attracted 185 boats onto the water. The pursuit race format usually leaves everyone guessing until the very end as to who will win, but Sam Pascoe in his Musto Skiff showed a devastating turn of speed to reel in the early starters, going on to win by a very comfortable margin.

The winter events in the UK are brought together so well in the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series, coordinated by Andy Rice and Simon Lovesey, and here Pascoe has had a superb season so far, winning the Draycote Dash, the Datchet Flyer, the Grafham Grand Prix fast fleet, and now the Bloody Mary.

Sam Pascoe wins the Datchet Flyer 2023 - photo © Tim Olin /
Sam Pascoe wins the Datchet Flyer 2023 - photo © Tim Olin /

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Roll on Sunday, and two more massive races...

Let's start with the Arkéa Ultim Challenge - Brest, as things simply don't get any bigger. Six foiling Ultim trimarans set off across the Bay of Biscay to start a battle around the world. Remarkably, these 32-metre-long leviathans (which can be up to 23 metres wide) are being sailed singlehanded. Just trimming a sail, or taking in a reef, takes a herculean effort, so the idea of 50 days at sea on one is beyond daunting.

Arkéa Ultim Challenge - Brest start: Sodebo Ultim 3 - Thomas Coville - photo © Alexis Courcoux
Arkéa Ultim Challenge - Brest start: Sodebo Ultim 3 - Thomas Coville - photo © Alexis Courcoux

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Early on Monday morning they passed Cape Finisterre, recording speeds of up to 45 knots during their intense first night at sea.

Tom Laperche, skipper of SVR-Lazartigue, summed up the situation by saying, "It's the dead of night, we're going down towards Cape Finisterre and we're all side by side with the different boats. There is a super irregular wind, which is quite rare: one minute we're at 40 knots, the next at 15 knots, and what's more, we're slaloming between the cargo ships! It's not easy but I managed to take a few naps. The start was great, a lot of emotions as we set off round the world but very happy to have left. The procedures and the progress went well with the team. It was beautiful to pass Ushant and the start line in the lead."

SVR-Lazartigue (Tom Laperche)  arrives in Brest for the start of the Arkea Ultim Challenge, January 6, 2034 - photo © Alexis Courcoux
SVR-Lazartigue (Tom Laperche) arrives in Brest for the start of the Arkea Ultim Challenge, January 6, 2034 - photo © Alexis Courcoux

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We wish all the skippers safe passage in what will undoubtedly be an exciting race, but one that is fraught with difficulty and danger. Hitting an object in the sea at the speeds these craft achieve can have catastrophic consequences, and they are pushing the boundaries of technology, so the risk to them all is very real.

Also under way is the RORC Transatlantic Race, with a diverse fleet, ranging from MOD70 trimarans and the mighty 100 foot Leopard 3, down to Sun Fast 3600s, setting off from Lanzarote to travel the 3,000 miles to Grenada. The fleet enjoyed a downwind start with flat water, 10 knots of breeze, 20-degree temperatures and a sizeable spectator fleet. We'll be following this race closely as well and wish all the competitors fair winds and safe seas.

RORC Transatlantic Race 2024 Start - Fair winds to the fleet - photo © Robert Hajduk
RORC Transatlantic Race 2024 Start - Fair winds to the fleet - photo © Robert Hajduk

Elsewhere we've been covering the ILCA 6 Women's Worlds in Argentina, the ILCA Australian & Oceania Championships in Adelaide, alongside a plethora of other events, and I haven't even mentioned the events discussed in the Twenty Twenty-Four article two years ago... the Olympics, the America's Cup, and the Vendée Globe. Undoubtedly, it's an immense year for sailing!

Mark Jardine and Managing Editor

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Final countdown to McIntyre Ocean Globe Leg 3
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2024 Cape Horn Hall of Fame nominations close by April 30
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ILCA Australian & Oceania Championships at Adelaide Sailing Club - Overall
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RORC Transatlantic Race: English commentary video of the start in Lanzarote
Video with English commentary of the start of the 10th edition of RORC Transatlantic Race which started in superb conditions outside Marina Lanzarote.

Arkéa Ultim Challenge - Brest day 2 morning update
45 knot speed peaks, slaloming past cargo ships and Cape Finisterre is already passed!

U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Sailing Day 2
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2024 ILCA 6 Women's World Championship at Yacht Club Argentino - Day 3
The third day of racing in the 2024 ILCA 6 Women's World Championship was derailed again by unfortunate weather conditions in Mar del Plata.

Jud Smith's Ten tops middle weekend of Davis Island J/70 Winter Series
Forty-eight J/70 teams continued the Winter Series at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida with the second of three weekends. Race Committee dodged morning storms, but completed six races over two days.

RORC Transatlantic Race - The Odyssey Begins
The 10th edition of RORC Transatlantic Race started in superb conditions outside Marina Lanzarote. Flat water, 10 knots of breeze and 20 degrees of air temperature provided spectacular sailing conditions for the start of the 3,000 mile oceanic race.

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Arkéa Ultim Challenge - Brest underway
As a new chapter in ocean racing history was opened with the start of the ARKÉA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest, the sun shone on the Rade de Brest in the west of France and the modest NE'ly wind was scarcely enough to lift the giant multihulls on to their foils.

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Arkea Ultim Challenge - Le Départ - Pre race interviews and Ultim boat tour
The Arkea Ultim Challenge got underway on Sunday, January 7, 2024 from Brest, France. Here's the competitor list, and two interviews and a look below in one of the 105ft foiling trimarans.

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2024 Tasar World Championships Sandringham Yacht Club, Victoria, Australia - Day 3
Another difficult day for the Race Officer, with the light northerly disappearing before the start time of 2pm and then a wait for the light South Easterly to fill in.

Dave Hayter: Leading the Queensland 18s back to glory days
Brisbane 18 footers sailing is fortunate to have someone like David Hayter heading up the efforts to return Queensland to its former glory days in Australia's iconic sailing class.

U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Sailing Day 1
Day one of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Sailing greeted competitors with 11-13 knots of breeze gusting to 15 with 3-5 foot swell for the 470s and 49ers, and slightly calmer conditions for the iQFOiLs and Men's Kites.

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P Class Centenary Race - America's Cup champion goes back to his beginnings
The P Class celebrated their Centenary today, with a race for the Centenary Trophy sponsored by RAM3D. Several top America's Cup and Olympic sailors who had started their sailing careers in the P Class spoke with the 50 competitors, and later sailed.

Xavier Guilbaud's view on the ULTIM fleet ahead of the Arkea Ultm Challenge - Brest
Xavier Guilbaud has been with French design cabinet VPLP for more than 20 years and so knows the ULTIM fleet much better than most, having been with the company through all of their ULTIM projects.

2024 RORC Transatlantic Race Course amended
The Royal Ocean Racing Club, after consulting with various meteorological experts, has amended the course for the 2024 RORC Transatlantic Race. The requirement to leave the Canary Islands to port has been removed.

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Global Solo Challenge: Philippe Delamare's delicate final approach to Cape Horn
After 97 days at sea and 18,000 Nautical Miles sailed from A Coruna, Philippe Delamare must be certainly starting to feel that the big prize of rounding Cape Horn is getting closer and closer.

Ocean Globe Race - Auckland stopover - Images from North Wharf
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95 Boats to Open 2024 Melges 15 Winter Series
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Anthony Marchand: “Only when we finish will we have achieved something extraordinary”
When it comes to racing Ultims, compared to Caudrelier Le Cléac'h and Coville for example, Anthony Marchand is a relative newcomer.

61 athletes racing at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Sailing to represent Team USA at Paris 2024
The most important qualifying regatta in the lead-up to the Olympic Games Paris 2024 will take place January 6-13 out of Miami Yacht Club as 61 American athletes will race on the Atlantic Ocean.

Arkea Ultim Challenge Brest: Charles Caudrelier's singlehanded round the world race for a debut
Skipper of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild since 2019, the date he joined the Gitana racing stable, today Charles Caudrelier boasts one of the finest track records in French offshore racing.

Finn Class returns to Aarhus for 2024 Finn Gold Cup
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The Gulet Experience: Combining Tradition and Luxury at Sea
A Gulet is more than just a boat; it's a traditional masterpiece sailing across the sea, blending history with modern luxury.

America's Cup: Brits ring the changes to bolster Cup program
The announcement that the most successful sailor in Olympic sailing history, Ben Ainslie (GBR) is stepping down as driver of the Emirates GBR SailGP Team comes after a series of setbacks in the INEOS Britannia America's Cup program. Something had to give.

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Thomas Coville: “The question we ask ourselves is not so much “Who will win?” but “Is it possible?”
More than any other skipper on the ARKÉA ULTIM CHALLENGE- Brest, at 55 years old Thomas Coville knows what lies ahead.

2023 Cruising Club of America Awards announced, Blue Water Medal goes to Kirsten Neuschäfer
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New Year, New Gear
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An interview with Brendan Huffman on the Del Rey YC's William Berger Series
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From the Arkea Ultim Challenge to the Vendee Globe, 2024 promises to be a great year for sailing
The sailing world is about to enjoy an embarrassment of riches. This is because 2024 is an Olympic year, an America's Cup year, and a Vendee Globe year. But first, get ready for the Arkea Ultim Challenge.

An interview with Erden Eruç about his preparations for the 2026 Golden Globe Race
I checked in with Erden Eruç, an 18-time Guinness Book of World Records holder and high-level ocean rower (and my longtime friend), via email, to learn more about his ongoing preparations to compete in the 2026 Golden Globe Race.

Marine Auctions: January Online Auctions and Boats
Bidding will commence on Friday 19th January end on Thursday 25th January 2024 at 2 pm AEST

Happy New Year from the Finn Class on its 75th Anniversary
Happy New Year from the Finn Class. 2024 is going to be rather special for many reasons, but chiefly because it is the classes 75th anniversary. The Finn class is buzzing right now and it's an exciting time to be involved.

SVR Lazartigue's Tom Laperche joins Arkea Ultim Challenge - Brest
At the age of just 26 Tom Laperche is a prodigious talent. François Gabart recognised his huge potential some years ago, not least when he won the 2021 La Solitaire du Figaro.

SailGP: Top Moments of 2023
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49th Australian Tasar Championship at Sandringham Yacht Club - Overall
Following yesterday's blow out where the breeze and seas were fit for a Tasmanian west coaster, today, Port Philip displayed some hopeful signs of summer.

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