VOR: Groupama wins!—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

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04 Jul 2012

VOR: Groupama wins!—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Groupama 4 proudly flies the French flag) or during singlehanded campaigns or Juyles Verne attempts. In fact, the 2011/2012 edition was their team's first foray into the VOR—an impressive tick by anyone's yardstick.

'To win the Volvo Ocean Race is a very fine challenge when you're a novice in this format and French to boot!' reported Cammas, who is the first French skipper to claim this lofty prize since skipper Lionel Péan and company claimed the prize in the 1985/1986 edition. 'We weren't a favorite or even an outsider at the start in Alicante. We were also in an easy position, especially as this first crewed race around the world was about learning the ropes prior to a planned second participation. We were here to discover the scene without any pressure on our shoulders, but to win was a surprise to everyone. We entered a tunnel where all we thought about was the race and we didn't think any further than that: our world may well be a bit empty for a few days after this coming weekend.'

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Chris Nicholson from Australia, celebrate winning leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Lorient, France to Galway, Ireland. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race)  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

While much attention was rightly focused on Cammas and company, skipper Chris Nicholson of emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) deserves a call out for a brilliant down-to-the wire win in Leg Nine—the team's first offshore leg win of the race. This win propelled ETNZ into second place overall, provisionally nudging skipper Ken Read and his Puma Ocean Racing team down to third place by a margin of six points. Be sure to check out the full VOR multimedia report, as well as plenty of great image galleries, inside, and stay tuned for more about this weekend's final in-port race, as it becomes known.

Race For Water, winner of prologue - Krys Ocean Race 2012  Krys Ocean Race

Also offshore-related, Steve Ravussin and his crew aboard the MOD70 trimaran, Race for Water, took first place in the Krys Ocean Race's 'prologue sprint' that took teams from Newport to New York. This Saturday, teams will leave New York astern for Brest, France, and a transatlantic passage that can only be described as a sprint aboard these powerful trimarans. Stay tuned to the website this weekend for more news from the Krys Ocean Race, as it unfurls.

Paige Railey USA - Rolex Miami OCR 2012  USSTAG

Meanwhile, in Olympic sailing news, don't miss the multimedia profile and Q&A with Paige Railey, US SAILING Team Sperry Top-Sider's Laser Radial rep for this the 2012 Olympics, to learn what this summer's Games will mean to Paige, and to the entire Railey family. 'It's a very special time for my family and brother. We are best friends and it has been a family goal for us to go [to the Olympics] together. I always state that I sail an individual boat, but I am part of a team. The Railey family has been working towards this for years so it is so exciting to be competing with Zach.'

Two competitors get into position just prior to the start of RHSP 2010 in Halifax harbour.  RHSP Media

Also inside, be sure to get the latest news from the world Match Racing Tour's Stena Match Cup Sweden, the ISAF Youth Sailing Worlds, the upcoming Route Halifax Saint-Pierre and the Finn Silver Cup.

Happy Fourth of July!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama 4 outright champions
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - Franck Cammas and his men are already the outright champions of the eleventh edition of the race: by finishing second in the final leg between Lorient and Galway behind the New Zealanders, Groupama 4 has racked up a sufficient lead to be assured of first place in the overall standing, whatever the result during the last In-Port race on Saturday.... [more]
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2012 Farr 40 North American Championship preview
Farr 40 Class Association,
Farr 40 class contests will contest the 2012 Rolex North American Championship from July 4-7 in the City by the Sea, Newport R.I.... [more]
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US Laser Radial sailor Paige Railey + Video
Dana Paxton,
Laser Radial sailor Paige Railey is a member of the US Sailing Team.... [more]
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Krys Ocean Race - Race For Water victorious in prologue
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
In the 2012 Krys Ocean Race, Steve Ravussin and the crew of the MOD70 Race for Water took the win in the prologue from Newport to New York when they passed Groupe Edmond de Rothschild in the final half mile to the finish line. Ravussin, one of the founders of the MOD70 class, could not contain his delight as he hugged his crew, which included class President Marco Simeoni.... [more]
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Finn Silver Cup day 3 - Kistanov on the rise
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
In the 2012 Finn Silver Cup, current World Champion Arkadiy Kistanov (RUS) is coming back, now only seven points behind regatta leader Lennart Luttkus (GER). The Russian enjoyed a good day taking the bullet in the first race and finishing fifth in the next. After a clear start, Kistanov played the shifts well and pressure in a medium breeze, to take the lead from the first mark to the finish.... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup - Massive action on day 2 + Video
Chris Yates,
On the second day of the 2012 PWA Pozo World Cup, with lighter winds than the previous day, head judge Duncan Coombs made the decision to run the women's single elimination ahead of the remainder of the men's. Although the winds were lighter than on Monday, the women were still reaching for their 3.4-3.7 sails in order to survive the powerful winds of Pozo.... [more]
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WMRT Stena Match Cup Sweden - Day 2 and the chase is on
WMRT,
After the second day of Stena Match Cup Sweden, the third stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Bjorn Hansen joined Keith Swinton and Ian Williams at the top of the qualifying standings. Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team made his mark on the Qualifying Session in front of home support, adding three additional victories to take his total to five wins from five.... [more]
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Route Halifax Saint-Pierre 2012 Start Line Sunday, July 8th in Halifax
RHSP Media,
Approximately 30 boat crews from Canada, US and France are getting ready for a challenging international sailing event that connects eastern Canada and the French islands of St. Pierre et Miquelon. This 360-mile race starts in Halifax on July 8, 2012 and ends at the small French island of Saint-Pierre, which lies just off the coast of Newfoundland. Social events are planned for both host cities... [more]
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ISAF Youth Sailing Worlds - Gold Medallists return to defend titles
ISAF,
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship is to be held from 12th to 21st July 2012 in Dublin, Ireland and is set to welcome back 2011 gold medallists in the SL16 and 29er. Martin Lowy and Kim Andrade (BRA) head to Dublin, Ireland to defend the SL16 title they comprehensively won in Zadar, Croatia last year whilst Spain's Carlos Robles and Florian Trittel (ESP) will be aiming to do the double.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: More Images of Galway - Leg 9 finish
Sail-World,
More images from the finish of Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race, and the realisation of Groupama's overall race win... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images of Galway - Leg 9 finish
Sail-World,
Images from the finish of Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race, and the realisation of Groupama's overall race win... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race finish in Galway - Images by Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor images,
Photographer Leighton O'Connor was on hand in Galway, Ireland to capture the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma cross Leg 9 finish
Lisa Ramsperger,
Volvo Ocean Race team Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg set out on the around-the-world race on November 5, 2011, from Alicante, Spain, and early Tuesday morning they completed the journey they started. Puma's Mar Mostro crossed the line in Galway, Ireland – the final port of 10 stops across the globe – in third place, finishing Leg 9 from Lorient, France, at 00:55:01 UTC/01:55:01 local on July 3... [more]
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2012 470 European Championship day 5 - Hunting the wind + Video
Luissa Smith,
The damp and variable wind conditions that have persisted so far in the 2012 470 European Championship continued for another day. Race day 5 was about hunting out your wind track, in what were some of the most testing conditions so far in the Championship.... [more]
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Krys Ocean Race prologue - Josse wins start
Sabina Mollert-Rogerson,
Sebastien Josse and his young crew on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild made the best start to the Krys Ocean Race prologue. In the puffy, gusty 11-15 knots of northwesterly breeze, the Groupe Edmond de Rothschild crew were quickest off the start line.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 secures overall victory
Volvo Ocean Race,
Franck Cammas and his crew score a historic Volvo Ocean Race victory. Groupama 4 is the first French boat to compete in the event since 1993.... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup - Brilliant conditions on day 1
Chris Yates,
Day one of the 2012 PWA Pozo World Cup saw sailors registering for the week of competition ahead between 10am and 12pm. From the outset, the sailors were greeted with strong winds and waves as brilliant conditions hit the shores of Pozo. By 2:15pm, the men's single elimination was up and running as 12 heats were completed before the end of the day.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Day 2 - Camper takes cliffhanger in Galway
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race are running a series of updates on progress on the final 550nm Leg 9 of the race to finish in Galway, Ireland. Camper has won the ninth Leg and her first leg win of the Volvo Ocean Race. Groupama has finished second and confirmed her overall win in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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WMRT Stena Match Cup Sweden - Yanmar Racing leads
WMRT,
In the Alpari World Match Racing Tour's Stena Match Cup Sweden, several skippers have started strongly with Tour stalwart Peter Gilmour finishing the day as the man to beat on four victories and a loss whilst Australian Keith Swinton also staked an early claim in the race to win in his adopted home country.... [more]
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Laser Radial Youth Championships Day 4 - The battles continue
www.sail-world.com,
Sailors from 19 countries are competing in the Laser Radials Youth World Championships 2012 being sailed out of Brisbane's Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.... [more]
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Krys Ocean Race fleet bid farewell to Newport
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Whilst there may not be Multi One Championship points at stake for the Krys Ocean Race MOD70's when they set off from Newport, Rhode Island, late this Monday afternoon and head to New York, all five of the skippers have confirmed this morning that the memorable experience of arriving in to New York under sail would be made sweetest by leading across the finish line tomorrow.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Day - 1 Fleet on the final stretch to Ireland
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race are running a series of updates on progress on the final 550nm Leg 9 of the race to finish in Galway, Ireland. Wind conditions currently are reported to be 16kts, but are predicted to drop to 9-11kts for the remainder of the leg from Fastnet to Galway. The boats rounded Fastnet Rock at 1030 approx UTC, and the finish is projected for 0300UTC on July 3, 2012... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Intense onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 1 of Leg 9. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: I feel the need to apologize before I write any further: sleep has not been a component of Leg 9 thus far and it's hard to do anything at the moment that doesn't start with keeping the eyes open.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Newport images by Carlo Borlenghi
Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi,
America's Cup World Series Newport images from Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Newport huge success for Oracle Team USA
Tim Jeffery,
America's Cup World Series Newport - Oracle Team USA CEO Russell Coutts stood giving an interview to a reporter, reflecting on the final day of racing when team skipper Jimmy Spithill sidled up next to him. 'Nice work you old bugger. Hey, you still got a few tricks in you. How you feeling, alright?' said Spithill... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro Leg 2 fleet streaming north
RivaCom,
The second stage of La Solitaire de Figaro - Eric Bompard Cachemire commenced at 12.30 today. Despite over 440 miles to sail, there were four individual recalls for being early over the start line.... [more]
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