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24 Apr 2012

Ladies, gentlemen, will you welcome please... Sailing news from the U.S.


'We've had a close, successful relationship with Sperry for a long time, but this represents a whole new level of their commitment and our partnership,' said Dean Brenner, the Chairman of US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee. 'The Games begin in three months, and this significant expansion of our relationship comes at exactly the correct time, with an extension through the 2016 Games. We are thrilled to have a partner like Sperry, and our athletes will benefit immensely from all the resources they bring to the table.' Check out this issue for the latest details, and stay tuned for more, as it unfurls.

Until then, will you please welcome the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider and also please join the sail-world.com team (specifically the Seattle office!) in wishing them the best of luck at this summer's Games.

And speaking of the team, be sure to check out this issue for their latest results from the 2012 Semaine Olympique Francaise, which continues through this Friday.

onboard Groupama Sailing Team during leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami, USA. (Credit: Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race) - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Yann Riou

Offshore, the battle is hot in Leg Six of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), which is taking the five-strong fleet of fully crewed Volvo Open 70s from Itajai, Brazil to Miami, Florida. Emirates Team New Zealand (ENTZ) is currently leading the charge, but the fleet has now split, with ENTZ and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing hugging the coast, while Telefonica and Groupama are taking a more offshore routing; Puma Ocean Racing is taking the middle path, but erring on the offshore edge. 'There's a fair amount of instability inshore, but it's hard to judge how many miles away you need to be,' said Groupama 4's skipper, Franck Cammas. 'Our aim is to gradually distance ourselves from the Brazilian coast.'

Scott Cavanough completes a thorough mast check - Global Ocean Race 2011-12  Cessna Citation

And in the Global Ocean Race, leaders Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough, aboard Cessna Citation continue to bleed precious miles to rivals Financial Crisis and Phesheya Racing due to their private light airs and a huge fleet separation. 'One of the bad parts of having such a big lead is that it puts the leader in such a completely different weather system,' reported Cavanough. 'Hopefully we have stemmed the loss of miles, but we'll have to wait and see.' Get the full scoop, inside.

Day 3 action - Semaine Olympique Francaise de Voile 2012  © Ingrid Abery

And finally, don't miss the post-regatta reports from this year's Charleston Race Week; check out the light-air drifter report from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, and spend some time scrolling through Ingrid Abery's great image gallery from the 2012 Semaine Olympique Francaise.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Sperry Top-Sider to be title sponsor for US Sailing Team + Video
Dana Paxton,
Sperry Top-Sider, the leading global nautical performance and lifestyle brand, announced today its title sponsorship of the US Sailing Team, newly named US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. The title sponsorship is the brand's highest profile sailing sponsorship to date and is effective immediately through December 31, 2016.... [more]
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Bermuda International Invitational Race Week Day 2
Talbot Wilson,
Bermuda International Invitational Race Week action continued today in the waters of Bermuda's Great Sound.... [more]
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PWA Reggio Calabria World Cup - Dramatic finishes and first victories
PWA,
The final day of the PWA Reggio Calabria World Cup delivered wind late in the day, as it had the previous evening. It wasn't until 17:30 that the north wind kicked in to allow the conclusion of the men's first elimination, and the completion of the women's second elimination. It was a great way to end the event with dramatic finishes for both divisions.... [more]
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Catalina 37s at Long Beach Race Week
Rich Roberts,
Every spring amateur sailor watches the world's greatest professionals match racing on the Catalina 37s in the Congressional Cup and try to imagine themselves on board the boats. It's not just a fantasy for Chuck Clay, who has no illusions of winning a Crimson Blazer... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - A fleet divided, keep your enemies close
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) continue to maintain the lead in Leg 6 to Miami from their inshore position, 20 nautical miles off the Brazilian coast, but the fleet is clearly divided on whether sailing inshore or offshore will pay off.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Day 3 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery shares with us images from day three of competition at the 2012 Semaine Olympique Francaise taking place in Hyeres, France.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Making the most of windy conditions
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
On day three of the Semaine Olympique Francaise, a pessimistic weather forecast predicting strong winds, led the race committee to start the day as early as possible to make the most of the sailable conditions. At 8am, all the sailors were ready to hit the water for their races scheduled at 9am. With the end of the qualification ending tonight, priority was given to the classes sailing in groups.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 opts for easterly course
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race - After a fast start in a good south-westerly wind offshore of Itajai, which enabled Groupama and her rivals to power along at an average speed of over 18 knots, the wind dropped away sharply level with the longitude of Rio de Janeiro. Indeed, it was offshore of the large Brazilian city that the fleet dispersed, with Camper and Abu Dhabi opting to pick their way towards Cape Frio... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Simple sailing for Puma's Mar Mostro + Video
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 2 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: Living at sea can be a lot of fun and the remoteness that it demands can be rewarding, but the days after leaving shore are often filled with frustrating withdrawal from connectivity. Take, for example, hockey.... [more]
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2016 Women's Olympic Skiff Evaluation response from RS Sailing
Martin Wadhams,
Martin Wadhams from RS Sailing has provided the following response following the release of the women's Olympic skiff Evaluation Report which was published by ISAF on Friday: The RS900 and 49er FX have been recommended as the only two boats that ISAF Council should consider when making their final decision. So, this race will go on right until the finish line!... [more]
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Bermuda International Race Week - Dickinson and Young top Comet Class
Colin Thompson,
Bermuda International Invitational Race Week - The dynamic duo of Stevie Dickinson and Patricia Young captured the first piece of silverware up for grabs yesterday. And they did so in dominant fashion, posting four successive bullets in ideal sailing conditions to clinch the five-race Comet Class series with a race to spare.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week Melges 24 Gold Cup - Golden Gulari
Joy Dunigan,
Gulari took the lead on the final race of the week from overnight leader and 2011 Charleston Race Week winner Kristen Lane (Brick House 812), winning his first ever Melges 24 Gold Cup, and second Charleston Race Week in three years.... [more]
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PWA Reggio Calabria World Cup - Action aplenty on day 5
PWA,
On day five of the PWA Reggio Calabria World Cup, it truly looked like no action would be possible. The day started with overcast skies and hardly a breath of wind, however at 16:00 the wind suddenly kicked in out of nowhere. This enabled the first elimination of the women's slalom to be completed, whilst 13 heats of the men's slalom were finished.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - US Team enjoying the challenge + Video
Dana Paxton,
On day two of the 2012 Semaine Olympique Francaise, the strong Mistral wind experience in Hyeres, France, has proven a challenge that the US Sailing Team is enjoying. Racing in 20-25 knots, all classes caught up from day one's abbreviated schedule, and the Team holds five top-10 positions... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper out in front as fleet splits
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, just as forecast, the fast reaching conditions have been replaced by lighter south easterly airs and after a steady 24 hours, the five-boat fleet racing in Leg 6 to Miami has split. At 1900 GMT tonight, leading the pack in the northwest are Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand, who are doing their best to shake off their newfound opponent, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Back on form and enjoying the breeze
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The second day of the 2012 Semaine Olympique Francaise was a long one on the water for the sailors. In order to catch up with the racing schedule, after yesterday's cancelled races, sailing started early and finished late in the afternoon.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper and Abu Dhabi tussle for Leg 6 lead
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Camper and Abu Dhabi snatched the first and second spots on the Leg 6 leaderboard on Monday as they revelled in the close quarters action of the opening days of the race from Itajaí to Miami. Puma had clung to their lead for the first 18 hours of the 4,800-mile leg but by 1300 UTC on Monday Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand occupied the top spot due to their position to the north west of th... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6 - Puma Ocean Racing crew excited to head home
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 1 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: I could rave about the Itajaí experience, our incredible Brazilian send-off and their passionate and constant support. I could tell the story of leaving the hotel yesterday morning on my bike to see the container ship Zim Monaco sailing into port... [more]
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Great Lakes Championship Series dates announced
Frank Kern,
Great Lakes Championship Series third season starts in June with the Queen's Cup Race presented by the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee, WI and concludes September 15 with the Bayview Long Distance Race in Detroit, MI. A total of six Great Lakes races will be a part of this year's Championship Series.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week 2012 - Challenging conditions on final day
Charleston Race Week 2012,
Unsettled conditions meant different challenges throughout the three race areas on the final day of Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2012.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week - Shimmering victory in Audi Melges 20
Joy Dunigan,
At the 2012 Charleston Race Week, Russell Lucas on Shimmer, with team mates Harry and Hans, took the victory in Audi Melges 20. This is Lucas' first major regatta win since entering the class last season. 'It was just great sailing with these guys,' said Lucas 'What a great event. We had so much fun.'... [more]
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Bermuda International Invitational Race Week - Patton on form
Talbot Wilson,
During the first day of racing in Bacardi's Bermuda International Invitational Race Week on Sunday, Bermuda Etchells sailor Tim Patton, with Peter Martin and Hal Kempe as crew, had a top-notch performance. Patton who has been representing Bermuda in international world-class competition took three firsts and a second (1-1-1-2).... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6 - Puma leads
Lisa Ramsperger,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Puma's Mar Mostro powered to the front of the fleet to lead the departure from Itajai, Brazil, for the start of Leg 6. The Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg crew completed the in-port loop in 42 minutes, 32 seconds, heading out for the offshore portion of the leg about a half mile ahead of Team Telefónica. Next stop: Miami, Florida, USA.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Day 1 for Team AlphaGraphics + Video
Dana Paxton,
On the opening day of competition at the 2012 Semaine Olympique Francaise, the schedule of racing was revised due to the famed Mistral. With winds topping out at 42 knots, most racing was shortened with racing being postponed in the Sonar.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française now in full swing
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The opening day of the Semaine Olympique Française, fourth event on the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit, started in high gear with a strong South-Westerly and athletic racing conditions. Today was a 'winners take all' with breeze lovers making the most of the conditions by winning all races.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 6 Start in Itajai - Puma leads - Full Replay
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race: Puma have wasted no time in stamping their intentions to win the Leg 6 race to their home country, leading the fleet out of Itajaí and into the first few crucial days of the 4,800 nautical mile course to Miami. See the start of Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race in full replay, from Itajai, Brazil... [more]
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