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SailGP news, Golden Globe Race 2022, Tasar Worlds 2022 - USA newsletter


SailGP news, Golden Globe Race 2022, Tasar Worlds 2022

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Jimmy Spithill, CEO & driver of USA SailGP Team, and his crew celebrate onboard their F50 catamaran after winning the Range Rover France Sail Grand Prix in Saint Tropez, France - photo © Ricardo Pinto for SailGP

Dear Recipient Name

If you follow SailGP, you're aware that it's been a tough run for the American-flagged team during the first half of the Grand Prix sailing league's third season. Sure, many of the sailors on the team are household names, especially their CEO and driver, Jimmy Spithill, but the squad has struggled to click. That is, of course, until this past weekend's France SailGP, which was held on the waters off of Saint Tropez, and which saw Spithill and company finish all four fleet races in the top three and claim a win in Race 4. More importantly for American interests, the United States SailGP Team foiled off with the lone bullet in the event's three-boat Final, beating the New Zealand SailGP Team and the Great Britain SailGP Team.

While Spithill famously won the 34th America's Cup in a wild, juggernaut come-from-behind win that upset Emirates Team New Zealand's seemingly unsurmountable 8-1 lead, and which kept the Auld Mug in American hands (in Bermuda) for another Cup cycle, the 43-year-old Spithill had yet to win a SailGP event.

"This is a long time coming and it feels fantastic," said Spithill in an official team communication. "It's a sign of strength for the team to get out there yesterday and then again today in completely different conditions. It's been an all-around team effort: from the shore team, our coach Philippe Presti, and of course the athletes. Everyone did an incredible job."

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The SailGP F50 catamaran fleet on Race Day 1 of the Range Rover France Sail Grand Prix in Saint Tropez, France - photo © Jon Buckle for SailGP
The SailGP F50 catamaran fleet on Race Day 1 of the Range Rover France Sail Grand Prix in Saint Tropez, France - photo © Jon Buckle for SailGP

Impressively, the American-flagged team managed to still earn their way into the event's Finals, despite a collision with the France SailGP Team in the second race that cost Spithill and company valuable points. (N.B. SailGP has taken steps this season to stiffen penalties for collisions in an effort to bolster crew safety and to help keep the boats sailing.)

"My mistake, we clipped the back of the French boat," explained Spithill. "We got stuck at the bottom gate and didn't have much steerage. It wasn't on purpose, or dangerous. Look, if boats touch, someone is going to lose some points, and yeah, we were in the wrong."

Rubbing, after all, is racing, mate.

The Americans might have lost some points in their tangle with the French, but this didn't alter their focus or concentration: the team still managed to finish the race in second place, followed by a third in race three, a win in race four, and the bullet in the Final.

While the Americans enjoyed a fine showing, the same cannot be said of the Canada SailGP Team, which finished in last place, despite showing great pace earlier in the season. (N.B. the Canadian-flagged team finished third in Bermuda and second in Chicago, which were Season 3's first and second events.)

Sail-World tips our hats to the American efforts in Saint Tropez, and we hope that the Canada SailGP Team will rediscover the speed and smarts that they displayed earlier in the season.

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Golden Globe Race 2022, skipper Damien Guillou - photo © Yann Riou / polaRYSE / PRB
Golden Globe Race 2022, skipper Damien Guillou - photo © Yann Riou / polaRYSE / PRB

Jumping from the fastest sailboat race afloat to one of the slowest, the Golden Globe Race 2022 began on September 4, on the waters off of Les Sables-d'Olonne, France, and saw 32 skippers cross the starting line in boats that seek to recreate the challenges experienced by the skippers of the Golden Globe Race of 1968-1969 (read: high adventure using old boats and old technology, including sextants.)

To date, the fleet has experienced a slow start and some lumpy weather. As of this writing, Simon Curwen (GBR) was leading the hunt, followed by Tapio Lehtinen (FIN), and Pat Lawless (IRL), and 17 out of the original fleet of 32 starting skippers have retired racing. The retiree list includes Doug Dean (USA) and Edward Walentynowicz (CAN), however North American interests are still being represented by Guy de Boer (USA) and Elliott Smith (USA).

Finally, much closer to home, this week marks the start of the Tasar World Championship 2022 (September 17-25), which is unfurling on the waters of Puget Sound, and which is being hosted by the Seattle Yacht Club.

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Jonathan McKee & Libby Johnson McKee (USA) leading the fleet during the 2017 Tasar Worlds in Gamagori, Japan - photo © Junichi Hirai / Bulkhead Magazine Japan
Jonathan McKee & Libby Johnson McKee (USA) leading the fleet during the 2017 Tasar Worlds in Gamagori, Japan - photo © Junichi Hirai / Bulkhead Magazine Japan

This is the first time that a world championship regatta will be decided on the waters off of Seattle in over 40 years, and a glance at the registration list reveals some serious talent, including (but certainly not limited to) Anthony and Haley Boscolo, Dalton and Lindsay Bergan, Carl and Carol Buchan, Chris Dance and Peter Hacket, Jonathan McKee and Libby Johnson McKee, and Jay and Lisa Renahan.

Sail-World wishes all entrants in the Tasar Worlds great luck, and, selfishly, we also hope to see another world championship regatta take place on Puget Sound, sans the 40-year interlude.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt North American Editor

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A Scow Atlas Title!
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11th Hour Racing Team prepares for The Défi Azimut Challenge
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Julio Reguero and his team takes the win at the fifth Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Clinegatta
The fifth Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Clinegatta for sailors with disabilities has been hosted by Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club over the weekend of September 9-11 with fifteen sailors from across the US and the Caribbean sailing.

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America's Cup: First AC40 arrives in Auckland and undergoes stress testing
The first AC40 off the production line was unloaded from its ship and transported into the Emirates Team New Zealand base in a typically understated fashion last week.

America's Cup: First look at Emirates Team NZ's AC40 show design developments
The video of the AC40 hull set up for stress testing gave Cup fans their first look at the half-scale AC75 to the Version 2 of the AC75 class rule.

2022 International Etchells Class Pre-Worlds at Cowes - Overall
The 2022 Etchells Pre-Worlds came to a spectacular conclusion with two races held in the Eastern Solent. A shifting south-easterly breeze, piping up to 14 knots, produced a highly complex race track for the final day of racing.

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100th Anniversary Star Class World Championship at Marblehead, USA - Day 2
An impressive run of form gave the race 2 win to Jørgen Schönherr (DEN) and Markus Koy (GER) who controlled the fleet from start to finish and end the day in 4th overall.

America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's new base is blessed in Auckland
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Rolex Swan Cup, more than 90 boats at 21st edition
The skipper's briefing in the Piazza Azzurra and the welcome cocktail on the terrace of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, overlooking Porto Cervo Marina, marked the start today of the 21st edition of the Rolex Swan Cup

ORC excellence at Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
With a record turnout of 50 entries, this year's Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup showcased the very best in modern technology and the sailing talent needed to harness it to the highest levels of competitiveness in the sport.

Announcing the RORC Caribbean 600 Series
The series will include three days of racing followed by the main event; the 14th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600. The RORC Caribbean 600 Series is open to boats racing under the IRC, CSA and MOCRA Class Rules, plus other suitable classes.

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100th Anniversary Star Class World Championship at Marblehead, USA - Day 1
The 2022 Star Class World Championship presented by Bacardi was officially declared open by Tom Londrigan, International Star Class President, on the morning of Sunday, September 11 accompanied by a parade of nations and gun salute at Eastern Yacht Club.

2022 International Etchells Class Pre-Worlds at Cowes - Day 2
Racing action got under way for the second day with two windward leeward races in a south easterly breeze in the Eastern Solent. Peter Duncan's Oatmeal (USA 1453) took the first race win and Lawrie Smith's Mila (GBR 1502) took the gun in Race Two.

Range Rover France Sail Grand Prix in Saint-Tropez - Overall
Jimmy Spithill has led his United States SailGP Team to his first ever SailGP victory, prevailing in light winds at the Range Rover France Sail Grand Prix in Saint-Tropez.

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Day 2 of Bart's Bash 2022
Thank you to everyone who has taken part in Bart's Bash this weekend! Because of you, our sailing community has joined together to get out on the water in our annual participation campaign.

U.S. SailGP Team wins big in Saint-Tropez
"This is a long time coming and it feels fantastic," said Jimmy Spithill upon the United States SailGP Team's first-ever SailGP event win at the Range Rover France Sail Grand Prix | Saint-Tropez.

Challenging Event for Canada SailGP Team
The fifth event of SailGP Season 3, the Range Rover France Sail Grand Prix, took place this weekend in Saint-Tropez. Expectations were high for the Canada SailGP Team with strong support from fans both in Canada and along the French Riviera.

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Australia Team miss out on podium as Jimmy Spithill takes home first ever SailGP victory
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Globe40 Race Leg 3 Start: From the Indian to the Pacific Ocean
Today saw the GLOBE40 crews take the start of the 3rd leg of the event; another substantial leg worth a coefficient 3, which will take the sailors on a journey of nearly 7,000 miles (13,000 km) from Mauritius to New Zealand, depending on the routing.

Red Fox Regatta fun for Silver-winning J/Teams
Blessed with good sailing conditions, the Charlevoix Yacht Club's annual Red Fox Regatta went off without any issues for the dozens of boats gathered together for their Labor Day weekend extravaganza.

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SailGP USA score their first SailGP Event win on a slow day in Saint-Tropez
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SailGP: Gilles Martin-Raget catches the crucial moments of Day 1 in Saint-Tropez
See the Mark 1 roundings for each race in 30 kts of wind, and all the contentious action on the final leg of the course, NZL vs AUS on Race 1; the Canadians near capsize, and plenty of high speed action from Saint-Tropez.

Six Metre European Championship 2022 at Clube Naval de Cascais - Overall
A spectacular photo finish eighth race brought the 2022 International Six Metre European Championship to a conclusion after five glorious days of racing off Cascais.

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Awesome J/105 Racing in Bi-State Races!
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J Class at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Overall
A Mistral wind with gusts to over 30 knots thwarted efforts to run racing on the final day of the 2022 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup on Sardinia's Porto Cervo.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Overall: Sweden dominates as H20 is unbeaten
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2022 International Etchells Class Pre-Worlds at Cowes - Day 1
The start of the Pre-Worlds was delayed today with a 21-gun salute at the Royal Yacht Squadron. The salute was fired for His Majesty The King, to coincide with the formal proclamation of His Majesty King Charles III by the Accession Council at 11:00 BST.

Range Rover France Sail Grand Prix in Saint-Tropez - Day 1
Battle for the SailGP championship lead between Australia and New Zealand heats up as home team France sets all time F50 speed record of 99.94 km/h.

Catch Up With Day 1 of Bart's Bash
Whether you were out on the water or helping to fundraise for your event, we hope that you enjoyed joining together with the sailing community around the world.

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SailGP: New all-comers foiling speed record set in San Tropez, as Kiwis dominate again
New Zealand again dominated the fifth SailGP regatta in Season 3, but stumbled in the second race, ending the series with two wins from three races.

Global Solo Challenge: How do you get power when sailing around the world?
Whilst the sailing world is undoubtedly grateful to companies like Raymarine for the incredible safety and information technologies that we now take as standard when we are at sea, we have to remember that every one of these devices takes power.

12th Défi Azimut - Lorient Agglomération preview
It's the start of the autumn term for offshore racing and Lorient La Base is fervently preparing to play host to nearly 30 IMOCAs for an unprecedented four-day challenge.

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J/domination in Vineyard Race
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Day 4: Winning with a day to spare
Thursday's layday at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup was one of sorrow, especially for the Anglo-Saxon competitors.

2.4 mR World Championships at Davis Island Yacht Club - Preview
The event is expected to draw around 80 sailors and their coaches from Europe, Central and North America, Asia, and Australia. Nine countries are already being represented with room for more.

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Spain announces Youth and Womens America's Cup Challenge
A new America's Cup team has been created in Barcelona to represent the City, Region and Country to challenge for the Youth & Woman's America's Cup in 2024.

Tough start and slow progress for the Golden Globe Race as strong headwinds batter the fleet
The new start date for the Golden Globe has not made it easy departing Les Sables d'Olonne. It is a transitional season in the Bay of Biscay and the route towards Lanzarote is uncertain as the fleet has been hit with several low pressure systems.

Cyclops Launches World's First Wireless Load Pin For Yachts
Innovators in load monitoring technology, Cyclops Marine love to be first. With their existing 'smart range' of wireless load sensors, they brought performance insights usually reserved for Grand-Prix race teams to sailors everywhere for the first time.

Finn de siècle - Early history of the Finn class dinghy
We look at the Finn, the boat that had already cemented its position as the Olympic singlehander in the 50s, although the DNA of the boat was rooted in events leading back even before the war years....

Meilhat: It's like a dream to do the Route du Rhum and then The Ocean Race
IMOCA skippers are passionate sailors, competitors, businessmen and women, team leaders, spokespeople and increasingly environmentalists.

SailGP and Oracle Red Bull Racing hold ultimate match-up in Saint-Tropez
Red Bull Racing F1 team drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez teamed visited Sail GP Saint-Tropez to team up with U.S. SailGP Team driver and fellow Red Bull athlete Jimmy Spithill to see if their talent could upset overall season leader Tom Slingsby.

2022 Wooden Boat Festival
Come learn why synthetic standing rigging is best system out there! Listen as Ian Weedman, Colligo Marine's John Franta, and Jen Bates explain how they use traditional rigging skills to implement on modern fiber.

An interview with Juana Rudzki on the 32nd annual Juana Good Time Regatta
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Boost your boat's IQ: Sail smarter with the new B&G Triton Edge sailing processor
B&G®, the world's leading sailing electronics manufacturer, has debuted the new B&G Triton™ Edge sailing processor this week, delivering the most advanced processor ever to hit the sailing market.

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With so many changes and updates in the industry, how do you stay on top of it all? Check out this week's newsletter bursting with marine industry news and the latest hot jobs available .

An interview with John Wolfe on the 2022 Ultimate 20 North American Championship
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