VOR: Leg four wrap-up report—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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12 Mar 2012

VOR: Leg four wrap-up report—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Mar Mostro and overall race leader Telefonica completing the podium.

'We had to fight for this second-place finish, and we're very pleased,' said Ken Read, Puma Ocean Racing's skipper. 'It was a combination of boatspeed, the ability of the boat to handle the conditions, and of course the guys on board. It was a long, miserable leg, but the last 72 hours were the best we've sailed the boat. This finish is definitely something for us to build upon.' For Puma, this strong finish in a tough, two-stage leg is an important psychological victory, especially considering that the team started sailing the leg four's second stage nearly forty minutes astern of Groupama 4, due to their stage-one results. 'From day one of this leg, ever since we sailed into the South China Sea, it's been tough,' said Read. 'I know that's what we signed up for, but man, this was a challenging leg. This result is something we can build on.'

Impressively, Telefonica and Emirates Team New Zealand's (ENTZ) Camper crossed the finishing line within ninety-four seconds of each other, with the Kiwi boat having to settle for fourth place after a committed battle. 'It was a really close race but we just ran out of runway at the end,' said ENTZ's skipper, Chris Nicholson. 'It was the toughest leg so far. Now we're really tired and we're just looking forward to being home.'

Leg five of the VOR, a 6,705-mile grudge match that will take the fleet from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, begins on Sunday, March 18, giving shore teams precious little time to make repairs. Get the full VOR download, including plenty of great image galleries and on-board reports, inside this issue.

Melges 24 fleet - Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Melges 24  © JOY - U.S. Melges 24 Class Association

Stateside, Flavio Favini and his crew aboard Blu Moon have won the Melges 24 class of the 2012 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week. 'To put it plainly, we just had a great regatta,' said Favini. 'Day one conditions were beautiful. Fantastic. Yesterday was a tricky day. Today, because of the light air, it was tricky as well, however the conditions made for great sailing too.'

And in the Melges 20 class, Michael Kiss and his Bacio crewmates took first-place honors. 'We were really happy to do well in the heavy breeze earlier in the week and the light air today,' said Kiss. 'Lighter is always trickier, and this fleet is loaded with really good sailors. If you get behind it is so hard to catch up.' Get the full Miami Sailing Week report, including the latest from the talent-laden Star class, inside.

A three-boat photo finish from back in the pack - Harbor Cup Day 2  Rich Roberts ©

And in college-sailing news, the weekend's conversation hovered around the Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta, which was hosted by the Los Angeles Yacht Club and held in San Pedro, California. Here, college sailors from ten different schools spent their weekend fleet racing aboard identically matched Catalina 37s. Check out the post-racing results to learn how different teams adjusted to the rigors of big-boat racing and the communication and teamwork that it demands.

Thunderstorm coming - see the choc top - Performance Sailcraft sponsored Laser Masters World Championship 2012 - Brisbane Australia  Laser Masters Worlds Media 2012

And finally, be sure to get the latest news from the Laser World Masters Championships, where Sail-World is providing the coverage, , the Clipper Around the World Race and the Farr 40 USA circuit, inside this issue.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Volvo Ocean Race teams race against time to finish repairs
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4 winners Groupama are on track to finish repairs to their damaged bow by Tuesday evening despite the Auckland rain that hampered the six shore teams' progress. 'Basically we're still on schedule to finish at the end of the day tomorrow,' said Groupama shore team manager Ben Wright.... [more]
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Laser World Masters Championships day 2 - Red snakes but no ladders
Laser World Masters Championships media,
It was another glorious day for the second day of competition at the Laser World Masters Championships 2012. Sunshine with 10-15 knots of breeze graced the waters of Moreton Bay, Brisbane, Queensland.... [more]
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Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta final day
Rich Roberts,
Cal Maritime came into the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta not only to defend last year's championship but to make it madly interesting. For the first time in the event's five-year history, the top three teams were from California.... [more]
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VOR: Leg four wrap-up report—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Editorial... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 3 review
Oliver Dewar,
The third leg of the Global Ocean Race has come to a close and there were indeed ups and downs throughout. We now look back at the action that took place.... [more]
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Harbor Cup Day 2 - Cal Maritime Academy take lead
Rich Roberts,
That flash of speed running toward the horizon of the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta is ... the Cal Maritime Academy. The Keelhaulers, defending champions, won three of four races on Day 2 Saturday - now four of six overall - to build an eight-point lead over CSU Channel Islands and nine over USC going into the final day.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - De Lage Landen rejoin race
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - De Lage Landen's crew are focused on catching up with the fleet after their diversion and medical evacuation yesterday of one of their crew members. 'It all started when Cath James was thrown from her high side bunk and went airborne until she arrived with a crash on the low side,' explains Stuart Jackson, skipper of De Lage Landen.... [more]
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Images of the Waitemata: Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4 finish - Puma
Richard Gladwell,
Puma Ocean Racing, looked gone for all money a few days after the start of Leg 4 slipping back to be almost 300nm astern of the race leader at one point. However she placed her trust in the weather routing software and was quickly back in contact with the pack and then edged up into second place - which she held all the way to the finish line.... [more]
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Laser World Masters Championships day 1 - Straight out of the Brochure
Laser World Masters Championships media,
The wind gods read the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron's brochure and they dialled in perfect Laser breezes for the first two races of the 2012 Laser World Masters Championships.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's fight for second pays off
Lisa Ramsperger,
Puma crossed the line at 11:55.43 local/22:55.43 UTC in Auckland, New Zealand, completing the Volvo Ocean Race leg from Sanya, China, in 20 days, 3 hours, 57 minutes and 50. 'We had to fight for this second-place finish, and we're very pleased,' said skipper Ken Read. 'It was a combination of boat speed, the ability of the boat to handle the conditions, and of course the guys on board.'... [more]
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Miami Sailing Week Melges 24 - Great regatta for Favini
Melges 24 Class Association,
2012 Melges 24 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week. With a seven point advantage, Favini (Blu Moon) won the final race of the event on Sunday. 'To put it plainly, we just had a great regatta,' said Favini post racing.... [more]
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Miami Sailing Week Melges 20 - Kiss and Lalli come out on top
Melges 20 Class Association,
Sunday was the final day of racing for the Melges 20 fleet at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW). For Kiss and crew, this is the very first time they have won Bacardi. They won the one and only race conducted on Sunday, sealing the Championship deal by nine points.... [more]
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Farr 40 USA Circuit Event 2 victory to Enfant Terrible
Farr 40 Class Association,
2012 Farr 40 USA Circuit Championship Event 2 boats at the start of Race 8 were very slow off the line, half going right and half choosing the left side, and it was apparent early on that the right side of the course was the place to be.... [more]
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Laser World Masters Championship 2012 day 1 - set to start
2012 Laser World Masters media,
Blazing sunshine, then a thunderstorm ahead of day 1 racing at the 2012 Laser World Masters Championships. The extensive rigging lawns of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron were busy this morning with 233 Laser Masters preparing for the first day of racing. Then just as the welcome speeches were about to start in came the thunderstorm. An interesting week ahead!!... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Refusing to blink in the face of pressure
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Ken Read's Puma Ocean Racing have just a few hours to go to the finish line and are refusing to blink in the Leg 4 face off for second place against Iker Martinez's Team Telefonica and Chris Nicholson's Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Leg 4 finish and on the dock
Richard and Ben Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the water and ashore at the Viaduct Harbour for the arrival of Groupama (Franck Cammas), the first to finish Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, in Auckland and marking the return of the round the work classic to the City of Sails.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro dash to the finish
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 20 of the second stage of Leg 4. Ken Read, Skipper of Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: Just rounded North Cape. After about a million miles and I think about three weeks of sailing we saw land for the first time. Tony Mutter gave such an unequivocal 'Land Ho' that he is hoarse and his throat hurts.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing fight for second
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race team Puma Ocean Racing is ready to get to Auckland as Amory Ross, MCM, reports: This has all the makings of a lasting memory, or potentially – a 'last'-ing one. While Groupama's lead looks insurmountable (and rightfully so, they have sailed a flawless leg), we're staring down the barrel of a tight three-way race for second place, or a podium-less fourth, with one day to go.... [more]
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Miami Sailing Week day 2 Melges 20 - Kiss maintains lead
Melges 20 Class Association,
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) day 2 was as incredible as the first for the 40-strong Audi Melges 20 fleet. Saturday will be the last day of racing in Miami. The breeze is expected to be even lighter, in the six-eight knot range.... [more]
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Miami Sailing Week - Tight at the top
Jan Harley,
On the penultimate day of racing at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank, the temperature hovered around 80 and an east-southeast breeze of 12 knots blew. Two races were sailed by the Star fleet, and four were completed by the Audi Melges 20, Melges 24, Viper 640 and J/80 classes.... [more]
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