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Crew of Maxi Banque Populaire V - Jules Verne Trophy 2011-12  BPCE

One of the most interesting adventures in sailing is a Jules Verne Trophy (JVT) attempt. This offshore challenge is simple enough: Sail any vessel around the world as quickly as possible. Currently, skipper Loick Peyron and his crewmembers aboard the maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V are well on their way to establishing a new round-the-world standard, after setting several important 'virtual records' (e.g., the fastest times from the starting line, off of Ushant, France, to certain points en route, for example the Cape of Good Hope) along the way. Banque Populaire V is now well into the Indian Ocean, a full day ahead of skipper Franck Cammas' standing JVT time.

'A few decades ago, twelve days was the time set by Charlie Barr to cross the Atlantic, a record he held for a long time,' said Peyron. 'Today, it is almost the time it took us to get to the Southern Africa. However, we should not forget that we are sailing on an extraordinary machine. Banque Populaire is an amazing tool that uses the intelligence of men and the work of a team. What we have just achieved would not have been possible three years ago.' Get the full story, inside this issue.

Womens Match Racing Day 2 - ISAF Sailing World Championships Perth 2011  Paul Kane

Meanwhile, the One Design action at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, being held in Western Australia, has been as fierce as expected. 'Yesterday was the first day of racing at the Perth 2011 ISAF World Sailing Championships,' reports US SAILING Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) Women's Match Racing hopeful Anna Tunnicliffe. 'We had a great start with three wins in our three races. The river is really tricky to sail in and we're happy to get three wins in those conditions. All day the wind was coming over the sheds and dropping down. It was hard to see what was coming at us, and we were playing the shifts on a very short course.' Be sure to check out this issue for the latest reports from USSTAG sailors, as well as some great image galleries from Perth.

In Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) circles, Team Sanya's shore crew has built and installed a new bow section for their crippled VO70, restoring her to full-on racing capacity. Likewise, Puma Ocean Racing's shore crew preformed miracles and retrieved their dismasted Mar Mostro from the remote South Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha. Be sure to allocate some free time to check out the great hour-long video recap from Leg One of the VOR, inside.

The IMOCA Open 60 Neutrogena is in Barcelona preparing for the December 31 start of the Barcelona World Race - Barcelona World Race  Manuel Medir

Also unfurling this week is the Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta, the Carlos Aguilar Match Race, and the ongoing second leg of the Global Ocean Race, as well as the Phuket King's Cup. Be sure to track these events, and stay tuned for the latest from the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, as it takes place.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro onboard Team Bremen
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race - Ken Read, Skipper of Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress onboard Team Bremen: Team Bremen. That is the team we are on. When we started this leg (what feels like about 10 months ago) I always tried to envision success for Team Puma/Berg, but I never thought that by the time we got to Cape Town I would be on Team Bremen.... [more]
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Carlos Aguilar Match Race - Tricky conditions
Carlos Aguilar Match Race,
Carlos Aguilar Match Race - ‘Rain don't stop the Carnival' in the Virgin Islands and neither did a downpour derail any of the match racing action. The sprinkles turned to squall just as Finland's Staffan Lindberg sailed over the finish line three boats lengths ahead of the USA's Sally Barkow to win the Finals 3-1.... [more]
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Warpath claims Melges 32 Gold Cup victory
Joy Dunigan,
The Melges 32 Gold Cup has come to a close after three days of competition in which eight races took place. Steve Howe aboard Warpath with crew Morgran Larson (tactician), Jeff Reynolds, Warwick Fleury, Zach Maxum, Mark Towill, James Maloney, and Tim Klein have now been crowed the 2011 Melges 32 Gold Cup Champions.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Stopping over in Cape Town - Video Gallery
Volvo Ocean Race,
As the teams rest, repair and prepare from the travails of the first leg and gear up for the start of the second leg in about a week, preceded by the Pro-Am Race and Inport Race, we check out what is happening ashore with this round up of team and official video... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 reviewed - 60 minute Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
An epic first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 had just about everything, more than even experienced observers might have imagined. Watch events unfold in this 60 minute documentary.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships Day 3 preview
Perth ISAF Sailing World Championships,
At the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, the world's best sailors are vying to become world champions and to earn the right to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games. With racing coming up for the Women's RS:X, Men's 470, Laser Radial and Finn fleets, it should be close.... [more]
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Maxi Banque Populaire V shatters 'Cape' record in Jules Verne + Video
Charline Hamonic,
Jules Verne Trophy - Around 7:20am (Paris time) on Sunday morning, the 11 day 21 hour 48 minute and 18 second* point was reached since leaving Ushant for the crew of Maxi Banque Populaire V when they sailed across the Cape of Good Hope. Includes video of high speed sailing in the South Atlantic... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships – Great start for Tunicliffe
Anna Tunnicliffe,
ISAF Sailing World Championships – Team Maclaren report on the first day of Match Racing at Perth 2011. Yesterday was the first day of racing at the Perth 2011 ISAF World Sailing Championships. We had a great start with three wins in our three races. I apologize for the delay with the blog but we didn't get off the water until 7:15pm last night and then had to do our recovery program... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet drop towards Western Indian Ocean ice limit
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 fleet started leg two from Cape Town last Tuesday. The double-handed, Class40s have since hammered through headwinds around Cape Agulhas at the southern tip of Africa and dropped south sharply towards the GOR's 2,000-mile long, Western Indian Ocean ice limit at 42 degrees South.... [more]
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Zach Railey – US Finn sailing like a shark in Perth
Shauna McGee Kinney,
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics has a shark on their side and he's chasing down the competition. Zach Railey – 2008 Silver Medalist and ISAF 5 Ranked Finn sailor is heating up the competition at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships Day 2: Womens MR images
Paul Kane,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships images from the second day of Women's Match Racing by photographer Paul Kane.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships – Hard day for U.S. Team GetSailing
Dana Paxton,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - In uncharacteristic fashion, Freemantle's famous 'Doctor' didn't show itself, in fact it stayed away the entire day forcing ISAF Sailing World Championships' race committee to abandon women's match racing.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - America's Cup sailors in Perth
ISAF,
ISAF Sailing World Championships - A little bit of the America's Cup is brought to Fremantle at Perth 2011 as sailors such as Ed Wright (GBR), Tom Slingsby (AUS) and Iain Percy (GBR), who have recently been campaigning in the America's Cup World Series, continue their Olympic and World Championship aspirations in their respective classes.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race fleet heads to Gold Coast, Australia
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2011-12 fleet set off today on race six, from New Zealand to Gold Coast Australia, to a traditional Maori kapa haka farewell in Tauranga Bridge Marina. There was a blast of the horn as a passenger liner at Tauranga's cruise terminal saluted the teams setting out into the lively waters of New Zealand's Bay of Plenty.... [more]
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Second GTS43 Walawala II gets ready for Kings Cup
Crosbie Lorimer,
Like all the top regatta's around the world, the Phuket King's Cup is a deadline for the delivery of new boats. Barely three weeks after delivery of his new GTS43 Walawala II (the second boat of this new Jason Ker designed production racer cruiser from Sydney Yachts), Steve Manning is preparing to give his new yacht its first hit-out at the 25th anniversary running of the King's Cup in Phuket this... [more]
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Kiteboarders making history at Phuket King's Cup
Phuket King's Cup Media,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has decided to include kiteboarding course racing as an evaluation sport in the 2016 Olympics. This year the 25th Phuket King's Cup Regatta, the largest sailing event in Asia, is including a kiteboarding division, which will be run with the cooperation of Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA).... [more]
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Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta day 2 - Warpath hangs on to the lead
Joy Dunigan,
Day two of the 2011 Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta was just as spectacular as the first with Steve Howe on Warpath remaining in first place overall. Despite an OCS (as his discard) on the first day of racing, Howe was able to pull out the win in the second race and place second in the third giving him a significant lead in the championship.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Match Racers challenged on day 1
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailng World Championships,
During day 1 of the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, the Women's Match Racing crews set sail in a staggering 36C heat on Fremantle's Inner Harbour. AUS-1 (Souter) and the Finnish crew (Lehtinen) led the day's racing. Despite difficult conditions and shifty winds as the day progressed, world number one Tunnicliffe (USA-1) sailed true to form, leading her team to win three of three.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma steams towards South Africa + Video
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross reports: Puma's easterly progress has resumed. At about 14:30 UTC yesterday afternoon our Puma's Mar Mostro and it's splintered mast were pulled from the waters of Tristan and placed on the deck of the freighter ship the Team Bremen. It is our new home, and we're now steaming towards South Africa and the starting line of leg two at 14 knots.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships – U.S.sailors on top form
Dana Paxton,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships kicked off today with the Women's Match Racing. Anna Tunnicliffe's (Plantation, Fla.) 'Team Maclaren' of Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) went 3-0 in the round robin against teams from Denmark, Canada and Brazil.... [more]
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Perth 2011 Opening ceremony images by Shauna McGee Kinney
Shauna McGee Kinney,
Perth 2011 Opening ceremony images by Shauna McGee Kinney... [more]
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Napier gears up for the Opti Worlds 2011 with PredictWind
Nathalie van Dort,
Napier is getting ready for the World Championship Optimist Sailing at the end of this month. Next week the Team New Zealand sailors: Leonard Takahashi-Fry, Markus Somerville and William McKenzie (all from Auckland) Isaac McHardie from Hamilton and Nathaniel Deverell from the Bay of Islands will arrive and start training in the Napier waters.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - Pre Regatta images
Various photographers images,
The ISAF Sailing World Championships have officially begun in Perth, Australia. Photographers Richard Langdon, Alex McKinnon and Paul Kane present images from days 2 and 3 of the Pre Regatta.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma on board and en route to Cape Town
Volvo Ocean Race,
Puma Ocean Racing successfully loaded their boat onto a container ship at Tristan da Cunha on Friday, breathing new life into their chances of rejoining the race on time. The operation went off safely, team general manager Kimo Worthington reported on Friday evening. 'Loading operations on Tristan have been completed safely and we'll be leaving in the next hour or so,' Worthington said.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships officially open
International Sailing Federation,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships were officially opened today, Friday 2nd December, in Perth, Western Australia by ISAF President Göran Petersson. Seventy nine nations were represented at the Opening Ceremony with over 1,100 sailors set to compete for world championship glory in the ten Olympic events on show in Fremantle.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 2 - Tough start
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race fleet have had a tough, 72-hour start to leg two. Plummeting into the high latitudes, the five double-handed Class40s ran into light winds at 38 degrees South, 200 miles below Africa, and spent Thursday night waiting for the westerly winds to arrive. Spread over 100 miles east-west and averaging below five knots, the ten sailors regrouped, repaired and drew breath.... [more]
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Hobie 14 and 16 Championships Brazil - Video
Hobie Class Association,
Video from the recent Hobie 14 and 16 Championships in Brazil.... [more]
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Lightning Class Boat Grant Program calls for applications
Laura Jeffers,
The International Lightning Class Association is now accepting applications for the ILCA Boat Grant Program for the 2012 season. Now entering its sixth season with dozens of Boat Grant alumni, the program offers a few select teams the chance to sail a race-ready boat for a season in one of the strongest one-design classes in North America.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 - Near perfect conditions
Paul Larsen,
Walvis Bay rose to my challenge today and delivered a near perfect speed sailing day for us. This is why we come here. Vestas Sailrocket 2 is in the best shape of her life. The whole boat is starting to feel like a finished piece and I am really happy with her. The first run today went well and was very smooth.... [more]
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Opportunities for women in the 29er XX
Kristen Lane,
I want to make sure you are in the loop about the US Team's new focus on women's two-person skiff sailing. Putting aside the politics of equipment selection for a moment, there's an exciting opportunity coming up for female sailors ages 18 – 25. To the extent you know sailors who qualify or who might be interested in learning more, here is some information.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - US Paige Railey and US Zach Railey - Two of us
Shauna McGee Kinney,
The US is hoping to see two Raileys single-handed at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Raileys are brother and sister and are among the top US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics sailors. Paige Railey is one of the world's top Laser Radial sailors and her brother, Zach Railey, is a 2008 Silver Medalist and world-class sailor in the Finn.... [more]
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Wings, the Next Generation
Kimball Livingston,
Wanna have some fun? Set Paul Cayard loose on the subject of America's Cup 34, some re-imagined and surprising wing-control mechanisms, and the terrors of San Francisco Bay in full cry...... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing back in boat mode
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM onboard Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: Don't lose the faith. Don't lose the faith, no matter what. That's been the message around here. We think we know what caused the rig to fall and end our leg, which brings some degree of comfort to the situation, but nobody is dwelling.... [more]
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American Mini skipper Emma Creighton reflects on the Mini Transat
Emma Creighton media,
Various weather experts and coaches give you a pamphlet before the race that lists the most common conditions for each area on the course, but none of these happened,' reported American Classe Mini skipper Emma Creighton (USA 574) about the conditions that she encountered during the 2011 La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 (AKA, the Mini Transat).... [more]
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Perth 2011 – Britain's Laser Gold Medallist takes the long view
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
Leading up to Beijing 2008 Olympics, British Laser champion Paul Goodison had a dominant 18 months, winning both test events and finishing off that campaign with an Olympic Gold Medal. Already selected for the London Olympics 2012, Goodison has a different focus to the rest of the Laser fleet heading into Perth 2011.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 2 - Fleet spend first full day at sea
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) double-handed Class40s have spent the first full day at sea on leg 2 from Cape Town to Wellington. The fleet were beating close inshore towards the Cape of Good Hope in strong headwinds before the breeze slackened.... [more]
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Transatlantic Superyacht Regatta and Maxi Yacht Cup–Hetairos in first
Jill Campbell,
Transatlantic Superyacht Regatta and Maxi Yacht Cup – The 2011-launched, 66 metre Baltic Yachts ketch Hetairos was the first superyacht to complete the regatta at 00.03 a.m. GMT on 30th November. After eight days, 10 hours, 58 minutes and 30 seconds of navigation, the yacht crossed the finish line located off Saba Rock... [more]
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