A Big Week All Around—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
This is a big week for sailors and the sailing industry alike. On the sailing industry-side of the coin, this week marks the annual METS trade show, which is hosted yearly in Amsterdam and is billed as the world's largest marine-aftermarket show. Here, industry and visitors alike can stroll the cavernous RAI Convention Center, checking out the latest go-fast goodies and cruising amenities. The show starts tomorrow and Sail-World.com/US is here in Amsterdam, so stay tuned for updates on the latest and greatest new kit, as the week unfolds.
Skipper Chris Nicholson and trimmer Rob Salthouse in control of CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Hamish Hooper/CAMPER/Volvo Ocean Race
Meanwhile, on the racing side of the coin, there's plenty of great action to check out in this issue. The lowest-hanging fruit—and certainly some of the sweetest-tasting—comes from the ongoing Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), where four Volvo Open 70s as currently negotiating the Doldrums en route to a fast-paced passage south down to Cape Town and the end of Leg 1. The weekend basically saw Franck Cammas' inshore-routing lead, which had once looked promising, shrink substantially, with Puma Ocean Racing and Telefonica now leading the way south. Meanwhile, Camper/Emirates Team New Zealand have taken perhaps the most unorthodox passage since leaving the Med, but are still in the hunt, albeit to stern of the race leaders. 'History tells us that west is best for a passage of the doldrums however once through the doldrums a boat in the west has to sail finer, tighter angles to Fernando and the boats slightly to their east [are] able to put the bow down and go faster,' said Emirates Team New Zealand's navigator, Will Oxley. Stay tuned for plenty of more VOR action this week, and be sure to check out this issue for the latest media updates.
Meanwhile, back Stateside, the America's Cup World Series' (ACWS) San Diego event unfurls this week, with international teams now descended on this once-AC host town. While the real racing doesn't get underway until this Wednesday, the weekend did see the two-day Port Cities Challenge take place, with Emirates Team New Zealand team taking top honors, followed by Oracle Racing Spithill in second place and Artemis Racing in third.
'It was a great day for the Port Cities Challenge,' said Artemis Racing's tactician, Ian Percy of Sunday's racing. 'We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The winds were tricky inside the Bay and things didn't always go our way. But we fought our way all through the day and are certainly sailing better than we were at the beginning of the week.' Interestingly, Team China scored their first race win in this series, which is certainly a big moral boost to a team that has clearly been suffering from some leadership and speed issues so far. Be sure to check out the great image galleries, as well as full racecourse coverage, in this issue and stand by for more ACWS media, as it shakes out.
Also inside, get the latest happenings from the ISAF Annual Conference 2011, which just wrapped up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship 2011, the Transat Jacques Vabre, the Clipper Around the World Race, the official wrap-up from Sail Melbourne and the lead up to Perth 2011 and also the latest from the Audi Melges 20 U.S. Nationals. Enjoy.
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