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30 Mar 2012

Inshore and offshore racing action—Sailing news from U.S. and beyond


Cascais RC44 Cup 2012  © Nico Marintez / MartinezStudio.es

'Today was an excellent day, the conditions were fairly stable and anything could have happened at any moment,' said Igor Lah, owner of the Slovenian-flagged Ceeref. 'In one race we came from almost last up to second or third place. Every moment mattered today so you had to be very careful with how you performed, but Michele [Ivaldi] was calling very good tactics and the crew members were excellent—it really paid off.' Get the full scoop on the RC44 Calero Cup, including a great photo spread of these powerful steeds, inside.

Meanwhile, in the ongoing Leg Five of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), fleet leaders Groupama and Puma Ocean Racing are closing in on Cape Horn. 'We are heading towards the southern tip of South America, but not directly towards Cape Horn, since we will have to gybe several times along the coast,' reported Groupama skipper Franck Cammas.

Martin Krite on the bow, preparing for a sail change, onboard Groupama Sailing Team during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil. (Credit: Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race)  Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team © /Volvo Ocean Race

While the weather has temporarily moderated, another low-pressure system is stalking the leaders. 'If 11 days of Southern Ocean shellacking isn't enough, it appears this remote place could be saving its severest punishment for last,' reported Amory Ross, Media Crew Member aboard Puma Ocean Racing. 'A new system of low pressure is moving in, and just in time to make sure we remember how miserably malicious the weather can be in this part of the world! The forecast is calling for 30 to 40 knots – maybe more – and we'll likely be gybing down the coast of Chile on our way down to The Horn. One more pasting for the books...'

Get the full VOR report, as well as updates from other teams (both those still racing and those who have suspended racing), inside, and be sure to stay tuned to the website as the lead teams should be rounding The Horn soon.

normal concup12d2-10H  Rich Roberts ©

Closer to home, the 48th Congressional Cup is taking place at the Long Beach Yacht Club, in Long Beach, California, featuring plenty of aggressive on-the-water moves by crews racing identical Catalina 37s. 'I am aggressive,' said skipper Simone Ferrarese. 'We started that much with the idea of being more aggressive because Gavin [Brady] is so fast.' More about the ongoing Congressional Cup, inside.

Also One Design related, the US Sailing Team AlphaGrapics has announced that the team will be training and racing in Europe through June in preparation for this summer's Olympic and Paralympic Games. 'Today marks four months until the Olympic Games begin with the Paralympic Games following a month after,' said US Sailing's High Performance Director and Head Coach, Kenneth Andreasen. 'Every competition counts toward the ultimate competition, and each is an important milestone in the Team's progress.'

And finally, get the wrap-up report from the RS:X Windsurfing Worlds, the Clipper Around the World Race, the BVI Spring Regatta and the America's Cup, where the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the agreement to host the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco from September 7 to 22, 2012.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica to stop at Cape Horn for repair session
Volvo Ocean Race and Sail-World,
Team Telefónica will carry out repairs at Cape Horn without stopping on land instead of heading into Ushuaia in Argentina after refining their pit stop strategy for Leg 5. Skipper Iker Martínez said the team's technical chief Horacio Carabelli would meet them by boat at Maxwell Bay, a move that should save them a significant amount of time... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Major milestone for Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 12 of Leg 5. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: I don't care how far it is to Itajaí. I really don't, and I know I'm not alone; we'll get there when we get there. We have been looking ahead to Cape Horn since the instant we left Auckland, bashing our brains out during the dive into the Southern Ocean chaos... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Fierce competition for selection
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre will be the stage for fierce competition between the majority of future London Olympians and one last selection chance for many teams. Most international teams have sent their representatives to Palma, the third Sailing World Cup event on the international circuit.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Competition heats up
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - As the finish line of leg six draws closer, the competition between the ten internationally sponsored yachts is certainly heating up... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi's Southern Ocean repair + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing pulled off a heroic repair operation in the depths of the Southern Ocean after discovering delamination in their hull. Skipper Ian Walker supervised an incredible five-hour job that saw 30 bolts screwed through the hull of Abu Dhabi's boat Azzam (which means 'determination' in Arabic) to prevent further damage.... [more]
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'Sailing Around the World' the series
Benjamin Rouse,
There's a new action packed documentary film series called 'Sailing Around the World the series' (www.sailingaroundtheworld.tv) available worldwide on iTunes. The series promotes the sport of sailing by sharing the stories of elite athletes and sailing events internationally.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 - Telefónica will fight for podium position
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race overall leaders Telefónica have vowed to fight for a podium position in Leg 5 even though they are left with no option but to make a pit stop in Argentina for repairs. Iker Martínez's team currently top the overall leaderboard with a 15-point margin over second-placed Groupama sailing team... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi moves north after damage assessment/repair
Richard Gladwell,
A fourth yacht in the Volvo Ocean Race has significant issues in the Southern Ocean, and has had to make a significant course deviation, to effect repairs. Earlier today (1600 UTC) Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) reported that Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing had slowed down to give themselves an opportunity to make a damage assessment after the team's racing yacht Azzam suffered some delamination to the hull.... [more]
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BVI International Match Racing Championship Day 2 - Fascinating finale
Trish Jenkins,
Gill BVI Match Racing Championship final day of racing took place today during the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. The overnight leader, local favourite Colin Rathbun (Tortola, British Virgin Islands) had a real fight on his hands, losing the first two races to set up a fascinating finale with Guy Mossman (South Carolina, USA).... [more]
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Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac prepares for il Mostro's arrival
Rachelle Treiber,
The 70-foot Goetz Custom Boats Volvo 70 was recently purchased by Chicago Yacht Club member Peter Thornton with the specific goal of bringing honors for the famous Royono Trophy back to Chicago Yacht Club.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival - Absolute stunner
Louay Habib,
Big breeze and ocean swell set hearts racing for the competitors in the Nanny Cay Cup. Peter Aschenbrenner's 63ft Trimaran, Paradox was given a separate course outside the channel. The giant multihull was searing through the ocean swell, often close to airborne and consistently hitting speeds in excess of 20 knots.... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Williams closes on Brady
Rich Roberts,
Ian Williams raced like the world's No. 1-ranked match racer on day 3 of the Congressional Cup. Gavin Brady was only 2-2 on the day, including a close loss to Williams that saw them never more than a boat-length apart.... [more]
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RC44 Cascais Cup - Compact racing on day 2
Jo Grindley,
In the RC44 Calero Cup, a full on day of racing in every sense saw four different winners from four races and a very compact fleet competing for every inch around the race course. The steady easterly breeze averaged 15 knots throughout the day and produced some very close one-design racing.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race leaders close in on Cape Horn
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race at 1900 UTC today, as Groupama and Puma close on Cape Horn, conditions have improved temporarily for the series of gybes required to set them free of the Southern Ocean. Groupama reported sailing with 25 knots of west north-westerly wind in a much less violent sea.... [more]
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International Sailing Federation committee nominations
ISAF,
2012 is the year when the International Sailing Federation holds its quadrennial General Assembly, which is set to take place on Saturday 10 November 2012 in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, IrelandIt is on this occasion that the ISAF Officers (President and Vice-Presidents) members of the ISAF Council and all other ISAF Committee, Sub-committee and Commission members automatically retire and are eligible... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 3 prizegiving
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 Leg 3 prizegiving, organized by the Yacht Club Punta del Este and the Uruguay Ministry of Tourism, took place at the Conrad Hotel. During the evening, the GOR committed to return to Punta del Este for the 2013-14 edition.... [more]
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Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Women's Match Racing preview
WIMRA,
The 43rd Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre is set to get underway on the 2nd April in Palma de Mallorca, where all of the Olympic hopefuls for Women's Match Racing will be keen on gauging their training progress since their last meeting in Miami back in January. The event will be the first stop on the European swing of the ISAF Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Conserving fuel onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 11 of Leg 5. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: We have just over 500 miles to go until Cape Horn, and that's about the only thing driving the 11 of us forward right now. It's not getting warmer, it's not getting drier, and it's not getting easier, but the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter... [more]
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ORCi World Championship 2013 preview
ORC,
ORCi World Championship 2013 annual event is the sole Offshore World Championship sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), and the four organizing clubs - SEF Stamura, Ancona Yacht Club, Lega Navale Italiana di Ancona, and Assonautica Ancona - are affiliates of the Italian Sailing Federation (FIV).... [more]
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BVI International Match Racing Championship Day 1 - Tricky conditions
Trish Jenkins,
BVI International Match Racing Championship - Crews from seven teams raced in tricky conditions on day one of the an ISAF Grade 3 listed event taking place during the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. Thanks to the support of title sponsor, Gill North America and supporting sponsor, New England Ropes, top teams have been attracted to race the fleet of identical IC-24's.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Host of issues for Puma's Mar Mostro
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 11 of Leg 5. Ken Read, Skipper of Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: Believe it or not I can't sleep. The last few days have brought another host of issues. Most pressing has been the infection in Jono Swain's elbow that started with a quick wash down the cockpit about a week ago and has turned into a mess.... [more]
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Congressional Cup day 2 - Tough and competitive
Rich Roberts,
Competition on Day 2 of the Long Beach Yacht Club's 48th Congressional Cup was hard and tough. 10 competitors waved an estimated 39 protest flags in 30 races and the on-water umpires imposed 17 penalties... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival: Bitter End Cup decided Video
Louay Habib,
Racing finally got underway for the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. A 15-knot easterly breeze with flat water provided awesome sailing conditions for the fleet.... [more]
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Team AlphaGraphics hit Europe to prepare for Olympics and Paralympics
US Sailing,
In order to prepare for the top sailing events this year - the Olympic and Paralympic Games – the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) is in Europe through June to train and compete at major international events. The Team is comprised of the 30 top American sailors in the 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes.... [more]
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RC44 Cascais Cup day 1 - Blow outs and breeze
Jo Grindley,
The RC44 Cascais Cup, the second leg of the 2012 RC44 Championship Tour, is now in full swing in Portugal. Two Russian teams and one representing Portugal made the most of the conditions, which saw a few spinnaker blow outs in the morning as the breeze topped 20 knots.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Hurtling towards Leg 5's major milestone
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 leaders Groupama Sailing Team were within 700 nautical miles of the infamous Cape Horn on Tuesday evening as the fleet hurtled east towards Leg 5's major milestone. With boat speeds averaging around 20 knots, the southernmost tip of South America should be less than two days sailing away for the French frontrunners... [more]
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RS:X World Windsurfing Championships titles to Bontemps and Korzits
ISAF,
The RS:X World Windsurfing Championship 2012, held in Cadiz in Spain, ended today without any races on the final two days as heavy winds meant cancellations were required. With four race wins to his name Julien Bontemps (FRA) takes the Men's title whilst Lee Korzits (ISR) makes it back to back World Championship titles with another consistent display on the world stage.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Bleak onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 10 of Leg 5. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: Roaring Forties, check. Furious Fifties, check. Screaming Sixties? Ohhhhh so close! We got as far as latitude 59, just one degree shy of 60 South, but we are finally on our way back north after making the first jibe in weeks.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Night gybes as course set for Cape Horn
Volvo Ocean Race,
At 1000 UTC today, Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) maintained a 51-nautical mile (nm) ead over Puma's Mar Mostro (Ken Read) after the French team pulled off a demanding night time gybe at latitude 58 degrees south, their first manoeuvre in over a week. Puma Ocean Racing who reached 59 degrees south -- just shy of the ‘screaming sixties' -- followed suit... [more]
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Congressional Cup day 1 - Brady finds his touch
Rich Roberts,
On Day 1 of Long Beach Yacht Club's 48th Congressional Cup Gavin Brady quickly found his touch to sweep his five races. Winds for the racing before spectators on the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier were a moderately chilly and brisk 10 to 14 knots from the normal southwest, leaving boat handling paramount and the rest of the fleet tightly bunched at 3-2 or 2-3.... [more]
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