ACWS Live in San Diego!

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 18 Nov 2011
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ACWS in San Diego!

The America's Cup World Series have landed in San Diego, CA this week; the action is now heating up from earlier in the week when lighter conditions prevailed for some of the qualifying races. Saturday will see the winner of the Match Racing Championship decided in the final three race duel, while Sunday will should be exciting with the Speed Trial runs and the Fleet Race. All the action is available live on Sail-World.com; we also have video replays and amazing photos. San Diego is an incredible venue for this racing format!

Quite the year for Jean-Pierre Dick and Jeremie Beyou who were the first across IMOCA entry across the finish line in the Transat Jacque Vabre on boats Paprec-Virbac 3; Dick won the Barcelone World Race earlier this year, while Beyou was first in the Solitaire du Figaro. While the French know a thing or two about offshore racing, British racer Alex Thompson, on Hugo Boss, is set to arrive in Costa Rica in second place with Spaniard Guillermo Altadill. After 16 days of racing, the remainder of the Open 60 fleet still have a few hunder miles to go, closely followed by the two Multi 50, while Aquarelle.com, the closest Class 40 yacht, is still 1300 miles away.

While the entire fleet pushed as hard as they could to score additional points through the Clipper Round the World Ocean Sprint, Singapore has retired from the race following the steering problems they encountered last week. The 70-foot yachts regularly posted speeds over 20 knots surfing waves in the Souther Ocean. The top five boat are only within 40 miles of each other and it's still anyone's race to win as the leader keeps changing now that they are heading north along the New Zealand eastern shore.

Another duel at the front of the fleet is taking place in the Atlantic Ocean where Team Telefonica has just edged Puma Mar Mostro for the lead in the Volvo Ocean Race. Following the required celebrations while crossing the Equator, teams set their sight on the Fernado de Noronha Island, where they could start their big left hand turn through the Southern Atlantic. Navigators will have to find the best way around the St. Helena high pressure system and might be forced to put in more miles in order to keep the speedo up; this race is not over yet with Groupama slowly closing the gap at the back.

Sail-World is attending the METS trade show in Amsterdam where David Schmidt shares pictures of cool new toys.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




Watch America's Cup World Series - San Diego on Sail-World LIVE NOW
Anna Parker, Sail-World,
Catch the America's Cup World Series - San Diego Live Now!... [more]
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Images from San Diego: ACWS Match Racing Day 2
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international sailing photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was on hand to capture sailing action on the second day of Match Racing at the America's Cup World Series in San Diego.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Hugo Boss expected to take second place
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre skipper Jean Pierre Dick confirmed his supremacy again this morning as the ultimate double handed monohull ocean racer when he and co-skipper Jérémie Beyou brought Virbac Paprec 3 across the finish line in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica at 08h 15mn 54s, UTC/GMT this Friday morning (02h 15mn 54s local time).... [more]
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Images from San Diego: ACWS Fleet Racing Day 1
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international sailing photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was on hand to capture sailing action on the first day of Fleet Racing at the America's Cup World Series in San Diego.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Team Telefónica leads the pack
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - In the second phase of leg one Team Telefónica has edged ahead of Puma's Mar Mostro as the leaders raced to reach a cold front that could catapult them to the finish in Cape Town. An on-the-water game of strategy was playing out as the teams lined up to navigate the St Helena High, a huge weather system blocking the path to the finish line in South Africa.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre – Virbac-Paprec 3 set new monohull record
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre tenth edition has been won by Jean-Pierre Dick and Jérémie Beyou, who crossed the finish line at 08h 15mn 54s, UTC/GMT this Friday morning (02h 15mn 54s local time). The French duo set a new monohull record for the race course from Le Havre - Puerto Limon. They improve the previous 2009 record by one hour and seven minutes.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefónica keeps pressure on Puma's Mar Mostro
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race fleet leaders, Puma's Mar Mostro (Ken Read/USA) and Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP), are neck and neck in the 6,500 nautical mile leg from Alicante to Cape Town, but ahead lies a tricky weather pattern which could give the chasing pack an opportunity.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Purple Beastie wins Ocean Sprint
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Race - 'Yesterday after pushing ourselves and the Purple Beastie right to the edge, we were rewarded by becoming the fastest boat in the race five Ocean Sprint. We are totally stoked that all of our hard work paid dividends and we had a wee dance on the deck in the moonlight to celebrate,' reports a jubilant Gordon Reid from on board Edinburgh Inspiring Capital.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Dick and Beyou on the cusp
Transat Jacques Vabre,
French duo Jean-Pierre Dick and Jérémie Beyou are on the cusp of winning the tenth edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre.... [more]
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Fisher's View: ACWS, San Diego: First day of the match racing
Bob Fisher,
It was a Grade A grey day in San Diego Bay to decide which of the six teams should join the three pre-selected semi-finalists in the match racing championship. Despite the fading breeze there was plenty of exciting matches to watch and the last of the five matches was described by the winning helmsman, Terry Hutchinson, as 'a f***king legendary race.'... [more]
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Watch the America's Cup World Series - San Diego on Sail-World NOW!
Anna Parker, Sail-World,
Catch the America's Cup World Series - San Diego NOW!... [more]
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METS: Cool Toys Galore!
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
When it comes to sailing gear, there is no cooler place to drool than the annual METS tradeshow, held each year in Mid-November in Amsterdam. While the nightlife is legendary, the show itself is offers are rare glimpse at brand-new gear that won't be in full circulation until next year, as well as European kit that won't necessarily make it's way to the States.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race crews prepare to face the St Helena High
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race first leg, from Alicante to Cape Town, has passed the halfway mark. The playing field could be about to open up as the teams, led by Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg and tireless rivals Team Telefónica, take on the complex weather systems of the South Atlantic.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Singapore heads back out to sea
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Race - At first light this morning in Queenscliff, Australia, Singapore‘s crew slipped lines and headed back out through the Port Philip heads and into the Great Australian Bight after successfully repairing their steering quadrant. Happy to be helming with a wheel again and not a tiller, skipper Ben Bowley has sent a note of appreciation at today's 0600 position report.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - King Neptune arrives on Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM, onboard Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: Hello and goodbye! That's been the theme for the past 24 hours and it's a good reminder that this leg is far from over. We crossed the equator late yesterday morning, and we've just rounded the little rock of Fernando de Noronha at about 4:30 AM UTC.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Singapore retires from Race 5
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - It's been another day of difficult decisions and challenging conditions for the ten-strong Clipper Race fleet as they continue to race through the Southern Ocean while the Race Committee has reluctantly accepted a request of retirement from Singapore.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma leads around Fernando by an hour
Richard Gladwell,
Puma Ocean Racing led the second placed yacht Team Telefónica, by an hour, as they passed the first mark off the western end of Fernando around 0400hrs UTC on 17 November.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - The Largest High Performance Regatta in the World
Rob Kothe & Sail-World.com Team,
In less than three weeks time the largest high performance sailing event conducted will take place in the one of the remotest cities on the planet. In Fremantle, Western Australia around 1,200 sailors from approximately 80 nations will compete in 800 plus boats, sailing across six courses.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma and Telefónica cross the Equator
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race leaders, Puma and Telefónica, ticked off a major milestone today as they crossed the Equator within an hour of each other – as third-placed Camper warned they could still win leg one of the round the world yacht race. Groupama sailing team, France's first entry in the race in 18 years, slipped 24 hours behind the leaders after being snared by the Doldrums... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Multi 50 leader Actual pass their milestone
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre - Multi 50 leader Yves Le Blevec and Sam Manuard, onboard Actual, passed their milestone at the edge of the Caribbean when they took their right turn, skirting St Barts against a beautiful sunrise this morning and headed SE towards Barbados where they turn to point to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefónica snatches lead from Puma's Mar Mostro
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race Team Telefónica have grabbed first place from Puma's Mar Mostro, this afternoon, just as the fleet prepared to enter the Doldrums and trust to luck. Anything could happen at this crucial stage of leg one as the boats charge towards the infamous area just north of the Equator where weather systems converge.... [more]
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Sayonara's headed home for permanent display
Pressure-Drop.us,
Having been holed up in Holland Michigan since the 2000 Chicago Mackinac Race, Sayonara, Larry Ellison's 80' Maxi is headed home. Her destination, Pier 80 in San Francisco which is currently HQ for Oracle Racing and ground zero for all things Americas Cup on SF Bay until the construction of the new piers on the City Front are complete... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race fleet powers towards Ocean Sprint start
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - As the rest of the fleet powers towards Tasmania and the start of the Ocean Sprint at 150 degrees east, Singapore is making good speed of seven to eight knots under secondary steering towards Queenscliff at the mouth of Port Philip Bay where they will be able to pick up the specialist tools required to repair their steering system.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Highlights from Day 1 in San Diego + Video
ACM,
Highlights from Day 1 of the America's Cup World Series sailed in San Diego... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Singapore heads to port for repairs
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race - Today's skipper reports are filled with varying fortunes of the ten-strong Clipper Race fleet as they continue in the marathon race through the Southern Ocean. Singapore is continuing to stay north of the fleet in order to avoid the worst of the weather associated with the frontal system that is forecast to reach the yachts in the next 48 hours.... [more]
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