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Bribon and Ngoni Unstoppable—Sailing News from the U.S.

Region of Murcia Trophy final day - Audi MedCup Circuit 2011  © Ingrid Abery

After several engaging days of racing, Jose Cusi's Bribon (ESP) has won the TP52 class of the MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy, the season's fourth regatta of the larger 2011 Audi MedCup circuit. 'For so many years we've been fighting, fighting alongside each other with this crew, and so they deserve this for all the hard work they've done,' said Ignasi Triay, Bribon's project manager and trimmer. The Italian-flagged Audi Azzurra Sailing Team finished in second place, while Quantum Racing (USA) rounded out the podium.

In the Soto 40 class, action was equally hot. After eight races, Ngoni edged out the favored Iberdrola to take home the pickle dish, with the Spanish-flagged NH Resorts completing the top three. 'We are really happy,' said Kevin Sproul, Ngoni's skipper and helmsman. 'We've had a fantastic regatta here, we think that our progression from earlier events is due to the fact that we started with a new boat and did not have a lot of training. It was very, very difficult at the beginning for us, because Iberdrola and NH Resorts have been sailing really well and they had a lot of previous practice. We felt that every regatta we were a little bit better and that showed in the results'

Be sure to check out the race reports, as well as several great photo galleries compliments of ace lens-woman Ingrid Abery, inside.

Melges 17 U.S. National Championship 2011  Jonathan Ahlbrand

Meanwhile, the Melges 17 U.S. National Championships were held this past weekend at the White Lake Yacht Club, in Whitehall, Michigan, with Vincent Porter's Full Throttle team taking top honors. Also in the Midwest and also Melges-related, Team Tunnicliffe won the Buddy Melges Challenge, which took place in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. 'It was another beautiful day of racing here in Sheboygan with warm temperatures and a steady northerly wind around 8-13 knots,' reported Anna Tunnicliffe, the team's skipper. 'We sailed slightly longer races today since there was only the finals and petit finals racing to be concluded. The longer courses meant that we would get in good races. And we did.' Get the full reports from both of these great events, inside.

18ft Skiff International Regatta  Erik Simonson © www.pressure-drop.us

And on San Francisco Bay, Howie Hamlin and his CST team (Matt Noble and Paul Allen) has won the 18-Foot Skiff International Regatta, after several days of super tight racing. 'We're light,' said Hamlin. '66 pounds lighter than the heavies. If we can still go with the heavies that's good... Early in the week we were fast on the wind.' As for the overall level of competition, Hamlin was suitably impressed: 'The bottom end of the fleet is getting better here, and there's more of them.' Interestingly, this victory marks the sixth time that Hamlin has won the 18-Foot Skiff International Regatta out of the ten times that the St. Francis Yacht Club has hosted this international event. Get the full scoop inside, and also be sure to check out Erik Simonson's eye-popping image gallery.

Also in this issue, be sure to read the latest on the AC, updates from the Clipper Around The World Race, and find out why the 2011 Melges 20 U.S. Nationals was fittingly re-dubbed the Irene Cup.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy image gallery
Carlo Borlenghi,
MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy images shared with us by photographers Guido Trombetta and Stefano Gattini.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy final day images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy final day images from photographer Ingrid Abery... [more]
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Solo sailor nearly through the Northwest Passage!
Thomas Spitzer,
Here's an update from Matt Rutherford as he attempts to circumnavigate the Americas non-stop and alone: So, I was delivering a boat (Godspeed) to Antigua with Simon Edwards and Tag (Al Hunt). I was telling Tag about this idea I had during my second single-handed trans-Atlantic. I was thinking about tying to start a non-profit in Annapolis MD that would give sailing opportunities to the disabled.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race–Gold Coast Australia battle to stay ahead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Being at the front of the fleet is never a relaxing place to be, especially when the wind dies and the chasing pack starts to close in. But that is exactly the uncomfortable position that Richard Hewson and his crew onboard Gold Coast Australia are in as they approach Rio de Janeiro at the end of race two.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - The Wave Muscat Team in great form
Kinley Fowler,
St Moritz Match Race has always been one of the preferred events of skipper Torvar Mirsky and his team, with the fast paced Blu26 Swiss lake boats suiting their style. The tricky mountain venue doesn't lack challenges though, with the surrounding bringing gusty and sometimes unpredictable winds.... [more]
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Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 – Six women at the start
Veronique Largeau,
Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 is single-handed, without routing or contact with the earth and without assistance. 80 sailors from 16 countries will leave for a 4200 nautical miles voyage (7800 km) on 21-foot sailboats. It is starter for all the best sailors: Michel Desjoyeaux, Ellen MacArthur, Loïck and Bruno Peyron, Laurent Yvan Bourgnon, Bernard Stamm, Lionel Lemonchois, Thomas Coville... [more]
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18 Foot Skiff UK National Championship day 2 - Stunning conditions
Ben Clothier,
18 Foot Skiff UK National Championship - All eight skiffs were greeted with a stunning morning at Sandbanks. Sunny, moderate conditions, with breeze from the west enabled the Jon Gorringe and his Parkstone Yacht Club race management team to move the course close into the shore to give spectators a better view of the racing.... [more]
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Sarcoma Cup images by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson,
Sarcoma Cup images from photographer Erik Simonson... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship 2011
Jan Harley,
Racing at the 2011 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship begins tomorrow, Monday, August 29, with the warning signal for the first race sounding at 12:00 p.m. The four days of racing on Lake Ontario, under the leadership of Principal Race Officer Hank Stuart, will culminate with the crowning of a new champion on September 1.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Surfing waves and climbing masts
Lisa Blair,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race update from crew member Lisa Blair representing Queensland on Gold Coast Australia. Day eight of our first race down to Madeira ended with the birthday celebrations of crew member Patrick Cooper who was fortunate enough to be helming in ideal sailing conditions surfing waves with regular speeds of 14 knots.... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships on hold
Katie Nicoll,
Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships were all set to go with 36 teams from three countries, but the remainder of measurement, launching, and the practice race have all been cancelled due to the high winds and huge waves created on the North Shore of Lake Ontario with a north wind from Hurricane Irene.... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing Worlds welcome sailors to Schull
Vincent Ahern,
ISAF World Team Racing Championships will take place at the seaside village of Schull, West Cork, Ireland. On Sunday, amid bright sunshine, locals and visitors alike turned out in huge numbers to welcome sailors from around the globe to a world event based in a village setting.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy more final day images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy more final day images from photographer Ingrid Abery... [more]
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Melges 17 U.S. National Championships - Vincent Porter hangs tough
International Melges 17 Class Association,
Melges 17 U.S. National Championship day two forged ahead with four more races for a seven races complete. Hanging tough is Vincent Porter on Full Throttle in first place with a four point lead. In second overall and making a nice jump in the overall standings from fourth to second is Sean Fidler's Ludicrous Speed. Mike Dow on Flying Toaster slipped a notch to third.... [more]
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Buddy Melges Challenge day 5 - Victory for Team Maclaren
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Buddy Melges Challenge - It was another beautiful day of racing here in Sheboygan with warm temperatures and a steady northerly wind around 8-13kts. We sailed slightly longer races today since there was only the finals and petit finals racing to be concluded. The longer courses meant that we would get in good races. And we did.... [more]
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America's Cup: This week in the Cup No.6
America's Cup Media,
America's Cup newsletter for 27 August 2011 - covering the racing at Cascais, and a look ahead top Plymouth in September.... [more]
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Audi MedCup: Azzurra's outrageous misfortune puts them sixth
Stuart Alexander,
Sport can dish up some cruel misfortunes, not least for the resurgent Italian crew of Azzurra in the Audi MedCup. After a great start in the 21-mile coastal race the big blue TP52 was leading only to be pipped at the first mark by its red sistership of the Franco-German All 4 One.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 5 - World Series, Plymouth
ACM,
America's Cup Uncovered Episode 5 picks up at the first AC Match Race Championship, with Terry Hutchinson and Loick Peyron providing a behind-the-scenes view of the race in action. Next, meet Green Comm Racing's 'rockstar' Carrie Howe, the only female sailor in the America's Cup World Series. Then listen to Aleph's Alain Gautier and Philippe Ligot as they follow their team for the Cascais title.... [more]
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Knickerbocker Cup win to New Zealand's Laurie Jury
Andrea Watson,
Knickerbocker Cup - Racing at the Knickerbocker Cup is by invitation only, but Mother Nature must have missed that email and sent Irene to leave her calling card. By end of day Friday, the local Office of Emergency Management had closed to bay to all activity and began evacuating residents with homes on the perimeter of the bay.... [more]
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Melges 17 U.S. Nationals - Perfect conditions on Lake Michigan
International Melges 17 Class Association,
Melges 17 U.S. National Championship 2011 - WLYC has already proven itself as an outstanding host of the largest ever Melges 17 Nationals with 35 entries. Virtually all attending competitors have been provided free houses from WLYC friends and members. The event organization and management by Tom Munroe, food, drink and race committee work by PRO Jamie Jones have been nothing short of outstanding... [more]
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Canadian Optimist Dinghy Championships overall
Keith Richardson,
Canadian Optimist Dinghy Championships, hosted by the Lunenburg Yacht Club, have concluded with two races sailed on Friday to complete 12 races in total. Conditions for the event challenged the 85 sailors from across Canada, the US and Bermuda.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs International Regatta HeadCam images fron onboard OCanada
Erik Simonson,
GoPRo headcam images on the yellow boat OCanada, from the finale at the St Francis Yacht Club 18ft Skiffs International Regatta on San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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Kaenon Kronicle: Special Edition Frame Style & World Championship Wins
Kaenon,
The America's Cup World Series was sailed in Cascais, Portugal and top sailors like Cup legend Russell Coutts, in Klay Titanium G12, Team New Zealand's Ray Davies, in Hard Kore Black C12, and Terry Hutchinson, wearing Kore Black C12, are benefitting from Kaenon Polarized when reading the breeze and sea conditions... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta images by photographer Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson images,
18ft Skiff International Regatta images from San Francisco Bay by photographer Erik Simonson.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 U.S. Nationals renamed the Irene Cup
Joy Dunigan,
Audi Melges 20 U.S. Nationals - Teams arrived at the Newport Shipyard on Friday morning only to discover barely a breathe of air. After a quick review of the 05.00 advisory on Hurricane Irene, the decision was made that racing would be cancelled for sure on Saturday. However, Friday's schedule tentatively hung in the balance due to the present light air conditions.... [more]
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Buddy Melges Challenge day 4 – Team Maclaren into the final
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Buddy Meldges Challenge - We advanced to the finals today. After winning our first race of the day against Team Wang to wrap up our quarterfinals 3-0, we then took the semi's 3-0 against France's Team Bossard. It was a beautiful day of sailing and there were some very good races all around the track. Tomorrow we race Team Le Berre from France for the 2011 Buddy Melges Challenge Trophy.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week- Marcus Blackmore's Hooligan wins IRC A
Lisa Ratcliff,
A 28-year dream of winning the Grand Prix division at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week has been realised for Sydney yachtsman Marcus Blackmore.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Images of IRC Champion Hooligan
Crosbie Lorimer,
In yesterday's race around the islands, Marcus Blackmore's TP 52 Hooligan (formerly Emirates Team NZ) convincingly sealed victory as the Class A winner in the Audi IRC Australian Championships, taking her seventh division win of the week in this closing championship regatta of the 2011 series.... [more]
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Audi IRC Australian Championships 2011 - Full Results
www.sail-world.com,
With the final race of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week blown out, the 2011 Audi IRC Australian Championships is now decided.... [more]
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J Class Race Newport - Velsheda wins the three hour battle
Ben Stack,
J Class Race - Had you been sailing in the vicinity of Newport harbour, USA, yesterday, you would have come across a remarkable sight; two J class yachts, Velsheda and Ranger, in an epic three hour battle around the Harbour. This was the last race in a private three race series that was a pre-cursor to the Newport Bucket, unfortunately cancelled due to the imminent arrival of Hurricane Irene... [more]
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