VOR: Auckland madness—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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14 Mar 2012

VOR: Auckland madness—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond


And while heady, both of these numbers fall far shy of the 596.6 miles that Ericsson 4 sent in a day during the 2008/2009 VOR, setting the current 24-hour record for a fully crewed monohull. It will be interesting to see if any of the 2011/2012-generation VO70s can best E4's record on the Southern Ocean leg, which takes the fleet from Auckland to Itajaí, Brazil.

VolvoStopoverDay1 (21) - Volvo Ocean Race Village, Auckland, Day 3  Richard Gladwell

The other major VOR drama that's unfolding is the race against the clock that shore teams are facing. Given that the next inshore race is Friday and that the mammoth leg to Brazil kicks off Sunday, shore crews have had precious time to make repairs. Groupama is in an especially tight spot, having damaged their bow en route from Sanya, China. Stir in some wet, dank weather (not unlike Seattle at the moment), an outside cradle—rather than indoor shed space in which to work the repair—and the job becomes tough. Get the full VOR story, inside.

Artemis Racing steps the new wingsail on their ORMA60 in Valencia  Pierre Orphanidis/VSail.info

In Cup news, the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, Artemis Racing, recently tested a new wingsail design, which they mounted on an Orma 60 trimaran. While facts and details are scarce, the images that have hit the Web show a massive, multiple-element airfoil. Get the scoop, as well as news on personnel changes on various teams for the two upcoming America's Cup World Series events that are being held in Italy, inside.

Laser Worlds Masters 2012 Radial Apprentices Race 5  Sail-World.com /AUS ©

In One Design news, the Laser World Masters Championships are being sailed on Moreton Bay, in Brisbane, Australia. Some 233 sailors from around the world have gathered to enjoy some fantastic conditions and some serious pre-Olympic competition. 'I came to this event hoping for plenty of wind, I need more of that in my Olympic program and the second race today was windy at the beginning, up to 20 knots, so I was really pleased with that,' said current regatta leader, Chile's Matias Del Solar. Racing continues on Thursday and wraps up on Saturday, so check the site regularly for updates.

Also OD-related, US Sailing has announced its 32-member 2012 Development Team. 'We are starting to see pay off from our increased emphasis on youth development in the Olympic classes,' said Dean Brenner, Chairman of the Olympic Sailing Committee. 'In the past few years the level of talent has noticeably increased in all classes targeted for the 2016 Games. With the new structure in place and increased resources, we plan to see our performance improve in all areas as we work toward future Olympic medals.' Get the names of the new Dev Team sailors, as well as their respective classes, inside.

Three Cal 40s and Frolic (USA60217), a Sabre 362, at the start of Class 1 in the 2010 Newport Bermuda Race. Gone With The Wind (USA12) was over early. Sinn Feinn (USA1818) led the way over Belle Aurore (USA5191) and Frolic. Belle Aurore was 1st in class, Sinn Fein was 2nd and Gone With the Wnd was 3rd.. 183 boats started from Newport Rhode Island on the 635 mile thrash to the Onion Patch. credit Talbot Wilson  Talbot Wilson - Copyright

And lastly, be sure to also check out this issue's reports from the Clipper Around the World Race, the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta wrap-up report, and an inside look at what it takes to win the storied Newport-Bermuda Race.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Volvo Ocean Race: More images from the Race Village
Richard Gladwell,
The Volvo Ocean Race Village is open in Auckland with a range of activities in and around the magnificent Viaduct Harbour. Then there are the shore crews working frantically to get the six Volvo Ocean Race competitors into trim for the Southern Ocean leg of the 39,000 ocean classic. Here's a second gallery of images... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma claims second distance award
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, a 24-hour run of 527.8 nautical miles has earned Ken Read's Puma team the IWC Schaffhausen Speed Record Challenge award for Leg 4. Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, who also set the best 24-hour distance in Leg 3, edged out leg winners Franck Cammas' Groupama sailing team by five nautical miles to record the best Leg 4 day's run on February 29.... [more]
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Careful preparation yields Newport Bermuda silver
Talbot Wilson,
Can Sinn Fein match Finisterre's Bermuda Record? Newport Bermuda Race Historian John Rousmaniere notes in Newport Bermuda Race Facts and Firsts, that only one skipper has won the Newport Bermuda Race three times. Carleton Mitchell won three in a row in 1956-58-60. And Mitchell won those three races all with Finisterre, the most famous of the Sparkman & Stephens centerboard yawls... [more]
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ISAF Match Race Rankings – Williams and Tunnicliffe still on top
ISAF,
ISAF Match Race Rankings - Ian Williams (GBR) and Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) hold top spot in the Open and Women's Match Race Rankings ahead of a busy European summer of match racing action.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams approach Scoring Gate
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Race teams competing in the Pacific have had a tough 24 hours as they continue to battle with a medley of challenging weather patterns. Feeling the full wrath of Mother Nature's fury is Singapore, who has slipped down to third place on the leader board after what skipper, Ben Bowley describes as, 'Another busy, frustrating and eventually rewarding 24 hours of hard work'... [more]
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Westward Cup Regatta line up confirmed
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Westward Cup Regatta, hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS), is taking place between 11th and 16th June 2012. The RYS has confirmed the line up of participating yachts. The competing yachts are Altair, Eleonora, Mariette and Mariquita. Also invited, but as yet unconfirmed, are Lulworth and Moonbeam IV.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma announce new crew member for Leg 5
Lisa Ramsperger,
Volvo Ocean Race team Puma Ocean Racing has announced that Thomas Johanson will join the crew for leg five. Johanson, from Espoo, Finland, will take the place of helmsman Kelvin Harrap onboard Puma's Mar Mostro for the journey. Harrap, who will take a break due to carpal tunnel syndrome in both arms as well as bursitis in his elbow, will remain part of the crew through the In-Port Race.... [more]
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Kiteboarding Course Racing World Championship changes
International Kiteboarding Association,
Unfortunately, the 2012 Course Racing World Championship will not be taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, due to issues getting the necessary permissions for an event at that time of the year and thus a delay in event funding.... [more]
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China Team announces crew for Naples World Series
Stephanie Martin,
Among the eight crew members, two skippers will be training on the recently acquired Ventilo M2 catamarans for the exclusive position of China Team skipper in Sanya. China Team's international crew will be training in Sanya from March 14 to 29, 2012, and will be heading to Naples for the upcoming America's Cup World Series.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing test new wingsail on Orma 60 in Valencia
Sail-World,
Top European sailing site, www.vsail.info is reporting the launch and trial of a new wingsail by Artemis Racing. The Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup has stepped a wingsail of an unknown size. Vsail.info's Pierre Orphanidis writes from Valencia: 'A major milestone in the 34th America's Cup was reached earlier this morning in Valencia when Artemis Racing launched their winged Orma... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet face punishing conditions
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet have faced a punishing 24 hours of conditions as they continue to be tested by gale force winds and waves the size of tall buildings.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover News 20 - Auckland's new sculpture
VOR Auckland Stopover,
Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race finished on Saturday night, and the Race Village is open in the Viaduct. The Global Party is underway with twelve hours of entertainment every day from 9am to 9pm. Today's line up includes five live bands as well as race highlights and action on the big screens. Then there's the Volvo Experience with the Grinding Challenge, the Race simulator and Air Balls on wate... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the Race Village
Richard Gladwell,
The Volvo Ocean Race Village is open in Auckland with a range of activities in and around the magnificent Viaduct Harbour. Then there are the shore crews working frantically to get the six Volvo Ocean Race competitors into trim for the Southern Ocean leg of the 39,000 ocean classic... [more]
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2012 Laser World Masters Championships day 3 - Getting serious
Laser World Masters Championships media,
Queensland turned on the sunshine for day 3 of the 2012 Laser World Masters Championships. Races 5 and 6 were sailed by some 233 sailors from 19 countries, across eight divisions. Chilean sailor Matias Del Solar continued his masterful display of sailing, scoring bullets in the two races sailed.... [more]
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Volvo Inmarsat Report: Leg 4 'Too long and hard was the consensus'
Mark Covell,
Groupama romped home on Saturday night with a healthy lead over the chasing pack. The French are the first to beat the Spanish to the top slot. It's a difficult call to start rating the legs as each one brings its own challenges. Seeing the drawn faces of the crews as they pulled into the dock told a story of its own. And when I asked them directly how the leg was, I got a similar tale from all... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica delay rigging replacement
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, team Telefónica have delayed replacing their standing rigging for the second time until after they arrive in Brazil at the end of Leg 5. Iker Martínez's team had planned on swapping the rigging over in Auckland, in a similar move to the last-minute changes they made in Sanya... [more]
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RS:X World Windsurfing Championships - Wall to wall talent
Rory Ramsden,
RS:X World Windsurfing Championship entries are now closed and fleets are full. 120 men and 80 women have been accepted to race. There are more sailors from more countries here than raced in the RS:X fleets at the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships last December in Perth.... [more]
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US Sailing announces Development Team for 2012
Dana Paxton,
Fifty-two talented sailors have been named to the 2012 US Sailing Development Team (USSDT), the youth pipeline team supported by US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC). The USSDT was created in 2007 to help young athletes, who have been identified as future Olympic prospects, acquire the skills necessary to launch successful campaigns and compete at the Olympic level.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover News 19 - Race against the Clock
VOR Auckland Stopover,
As the fleet battle it out on the way into Auckland, the Race Village is open in the Viaduct. The Global Party is underway with twelve hours of entertainment every day from 9am to 9pm. Today's line up includes five live bands as well as race highlights and action on the big screens. Then there's the Volvo Experience with the Grinding Challenge, the Race simulator and Air Balls on water... [more]
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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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