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Hyde Sails 2017 Dinghy Show USA Newsletter: Ocean racing action unfurls across two oceans


Offshore racing action unfurls across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

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The AAR fleet near the Bermuda start line, with Rambler 88 taking the lead in the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta. - photo © John Singleton

Dear Recipient Name

While the Volvo Ocean Race might have recently flaked their sails for the final time in the 2017/2018 edition, and while the Clipper Round The World Race has just one final leg (from Derry-Londonderry to Liverpool, which starts on July 22) to go in their 2017/2018 edition, this is an exciting time to follow offshore racing, as two important contests, the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta and the Pacific Cup, are currently unfurling. These races might be heading in opposite directions, but they are both presenting participants with plenty of adventure and challenge.

The Atlantic Anniversary Regatta began in November of 2017 with an east-to-west Atlantic crossing that took the fleet from Lanzarote Island to Grenada. This gave the 23 participating teams the opportunity to enjoy the full Caribbean racing and cruising season before heading back to the Continent on July 7 in a race that stretches from the island nation of Bermuda to Hamburg, Germany.

RC44 racing will be paused temporarily on Saturday 25th November for the start of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta incorporating the RORC Transatlantic Race - photo ©
RC44 racing will be paused temporarily on Saturday 25th November for the start of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta incorporating the RORC Transatlantic Race - photo ©

As of this writing, Jens Kellinghusen's Ker 56 Varuna (GER 7111) was leading the chase, followed by Boris Hermann's IMOCA 60 Mallzia Yacht Club Monaco and Eric de Turckheim's NMYD54 Teasing Machine, however the race has seen two high-profile retirements due to collisions with unidentified floating objects. These included George David's Juan K-designed Rambler 88, which was the line-honors favourite, and Mathias Müller von Blumencron's Class 40 Red.

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Some 477 nautical miles separate Varuna's bow from the finishing line, a distance that won't last long given the boat's VMG of 15.7 knots (again, at the time of this writing), however the competition is poised to leap on any tactical errors that may occur. Stay tuned!

Jens Kellinghusen's German Ker 56, Varuna sailing the first leg of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta - the RORC Transatlantic Race from Lanzarote to Grenada - photo © RORC / James Mitchell
Jens Kellinghusen's German Ker 56, Varuna sailing the first leg of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta - the RORC Transatlantic Race from Lanzarote to Grenada - photo © RORC / James Mitchell

Meanwhile, on the West Coast, the final class to start this year's Pacific Cup, which runs from San Francisco, California, to Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, using a pursuit-style format, began racing on (lucky) Friday, July 13. In total, 61 boats sailed westbound under the Golden Gate Bridge, with the country's prettiest city vanishing astern as their bows discovered the open-ocean conditions just beyond the Marin Headlands and Point Bonita Lighthouse, however two boats (Cetacea and Venture) were forced to retire from racing.

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At the time of this writing, Charles Devanneaux's Figaro Beneteau 3 A Fond le Girafon was leading the charge, followed by Emmanuel Suaquet's Hanse 505 OutreMer and Michael Bacon's Antrim 27 Bacon Burger, however it's important to remember that the Pac Cup uses a pursuit format, meaning that the sharpest blades - including Roy Disney's Andrews 68 Pyewacket and a handful of other 68 and 70ft sleds - will likely catch or pass the first starters before Maui hoves into view.

Fleet in action - 2016 Pacific Cup - photo © Lauren Easley
Fleet in action - 2016 Pacific Cup - photo © Lauren Easley

To date, the Pac Cup fleet has experienced relatively light conditions, but with well over 1,000 nautical miles to go for the bulk of the fleet, there's still plenty of brine left to create tactical and meteorological challenges for the competing crews. wishes all teams participating in both of these offshore contests safe and speedy passage, great conditions, and plenty of good luck as they continue to burn off the miles.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, North American Editor

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An interview with Schelleen Rathkopf about the 2018 Whidbey Island Race Week
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Two Canadian champions crowned at Charlottetown Race Week
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The Moorings Laser North American Championship at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club - Overall
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Golden Globe Race, Day 16: Péché and Slats slug it out at the front
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Tornado World Championship at Yacht Club de la Grande Motte - Overall
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48th Youth Sailing World Championships officially open
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The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championship - Day 1
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Optimist US National Championship in Pensacola Yacht Club - Day 1
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US Youth Sailing Team looking for medal haul at World Championships
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Sealegs wins High Court Copyright Judgment over design copies
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120 teams for new format Volvo Cork Week
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GKA Air Games Cabarete - Day 5 - Mario and Sol claim victory
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52 Super Series moves to Atlantic waters off Cascais
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Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race - Preview
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J/70s at Sail Newport Regatta
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Noble Allen 2018 International Moth UK Championship at Thorpe Bay - Overall
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OK Dinghy World Championship in Warnemünde - Overall
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Clipper Race: Get behind the helm for Unicef
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Luxury catamarans bring speed and style to 11th NYYC Race Week
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SDYC announces inaugural San Diego Olympic Classes Regatta
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World Sailing announces shortlist for Olympic Singlehander
World Sailing has announced that it received eight bids for the selection of equipment for the Mens and Womens One Person Dinghy. From the eight bids received the Re-Evaluation Working Party has short-listed four for further evaluation.

One year to go to Transpac 50
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Model yachting supremo’s affordable route into foiling Moth sailing
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49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 European Championship at Gdynia, Poland - Overall
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North Sails Weekly Debrief: Melges 40 Event #2, Summer Cruising, Lightning Youth Champs
Inga from Sweden is on fire, taking the top podium position in the first two events of the season. Tactician Cameron Appleton checks in after Inga's most recent victory.

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J/88 wins Mackinac Solo Challenge
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Govenor's Cup: Top ranked open Match Racer to head strong field
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Noble Allen 2018 International Moth UK Championship at Thorpe Bay - Day 3
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J/80 World Championship at Les Sables d'Olonne, France - Overall
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Philippe Péché sacrifices a 4 hour lead with navigation mistake in Golden Globe Race
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Hamilton Island Race Week: "My favourite sailing event in the world" says yachting great
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AAR Bermuda Hamburg Race
The first days of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta's final leg were truly breathtaking: After Line Honours favourite Rambler 88 had to retire from the race due to a rudder issue, Varuna and Malizia rose up to the challenge of taking Line Honours.

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