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24 Oct 2012

Fast cats and collegiate sailing—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond




ESIMIT EUROPA 2 (SLO) at the front of the fleet - 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo



Meanwhile, the race leaders are approaching the finishing line of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. According to the latest reports, Igor Simcic's 100-foot 'Esimit Europa 2' (SLO) is enjoying an insurmountable lead and—at the time of this writing—is within 70 miles of taking the line honors; she is followed by the smaller pocket maxis including 'Rán II' (GBR), 'Med Spirit' (RUS) and 'Stig' (ITA). Get the full scoop, as well some race photography, inside.


Crew of RÁN 2 (GBR) sitting on the rail - 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo



For Cup fans, international yachting correspondent Peter Montgomery recently conducted and broadcast an interview with Oracle Racing's Murray Jones on a New Zealand radio station that detailed what it was like to be aboard 'USA 17' when she nosedived and destroyed her wingsail. Check out the full interview, inside, and also be sure to check out Grant Dalton's—Emirates Team New Zealand's boss—thoughts on what Oracle's capsize could mean for the 34th America's Cup.


And in collegiate-sailing news, the Intercollegiate Sailing Association has announced its 2012 All-Academic Sailing Team. This exclusive list honors sailors who are not only quick on the racecourse but also bright in the classroom, with a minimum standard of a 3.5 cumulative GPA. 'This year's selections are an excellent representation of the achievements on the water and in the classroom,' said Matt Lindblad, chairman of the ICSA All-Academic Sailing Team Selection Committee and head coach of the MIT Varsity Sailing Team. 'Eight of the team members also received a form of All-American recognition and most were competitive at the highest levels of collegiate sailing competition.' Get the full honor role, inside.


Also inside, be sure to get the full scoop on the RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships, the McMillan Cup, the Kathryn Hammond Memorial Regatta and the Stu Nelson Trophy, the later of which just took place at MIT on the always-shifty Charles River.


2012 Sugar Bowl J/30 North Americans  Leighton O'Connor ©



And finally, don't miss photographer Leighton O'Connor's image galleries from the recent J/30 North Americans.


May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



ICSA Announces 2012 All-Academic Sailing Team
Jennifer Mitchell,
The Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) has named its 2012 All-Academic Sailing Team. The 2012 All-Academic Sailing Team recognizes collegiate sailors who have achieved excellence in national and inter-conference competition as well as excelling at the highest academic level for the 2011 – 2012 academic year.... [more]
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Do something for windsurfing in Rio 2016 Olympics
Ned Crossley,
Annul the May ISAF Council Vote against Windsurfing. Do not let US Sailing and their three votes for kiting off the hook! Do not let the other 16 ISAF Council voters against windsurfing off the hook. Do something now prior to ISAF Annual Meeting 1-11 November 2012 to support windsurfing, please even if one design course windsurfing is not for you.... [more]
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America's Cup: Rod Davis reflects on the Oracle nosedive
Rod Davis,
Double Olympic medalist and long time US and NZL America's Cup crew, skipper and coach, Rod Davis, reflects on on the work that's gone into the rescue and recovery plan in the event of a capsize...people first then recover the boat... [more]
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Bangin' The Corners - America's Cup Song
Beau Outteridge,
The ultimate underdog anthem for the America's Cup! Beau Outteridge (Nathan's brother) alerted us to what is going to REALLY happen in the upcoming America's Cup... [more]
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US Disabled Sailing Championships preview
Jake Fish,
Perhaps, no other US Sailing National Championship exhibits more spirit and courage than the U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships. The 2012 edition of this unique event will be hosted by the Southwestern Yacht Club in San Diego, California - for three days of racing beginning this Friday through Sunday, October 26th-28th.... [more]
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U.S. College Rankings - October 24, 2012
Meredith Powlison,
U.S. College Rankings - October 24, 2012... [more]
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U.S. Team Racing Championship - Team Extreme claim the title
Jake Fish,
At the 2012 US Team Racing Championship, in Larchmont, New York Yacht Club's Team Extreme captured their second title over the weekend. The twelve teams finished their second Round Robin stage and the top six teams advanced to the Gold Round Robin Finals where points were doubled. In the end, it was Team Extreme winning their second Hinman Trophy.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Esimit Europa 2 claims line honours
KPMS,
In the 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race, Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) has claimed line honours. The 30.48m/100-ft Maxi crossed the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour, Malta on Wednesday 24th October at 01:13.15 CEST, sealing a third straight line honours win.... [more]
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New Olympic Womens skiff off to a fast start - sailing in 19 countries
Sail-World,
Since its selection as the new Olympic Women's Skiff in may, the 49erFX has experienced phenomenal growth, and is already sailing in 19 countries. By the end of October 135 rigs will have been shipped, to 21 countries, with an apportionment scheme still in place, as is normal with the start of a new Olympic class.... [more]
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Kathryn Hammond Memorial Regatta
Kelly Troy,
The 2012 Kathryn Hammond Memorial Regatta got underway on Saturday, 20th October. The day was beautiful, fall, Austin weather, partly cloudy and in the 80s all day. The first race of the day started at 10:00 with light winds, but filled in after that. Breeze was between 8-12 knots, gusts were up to 20 knots. Typical of Lake Travis, the breeze was shifty and varying in velocity.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Leaders approach the finish line
KPMS,
Rolex Middle Sea Race leader Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) is expected to cross the finish line in Malta shortly after midnight having established an insurmountable lead. Esimit has passed the island of Lampedusa, the most southerly point of the 606-nm course and is some 70-nm from the finish line in Malta. A third straight line honours triumph beckons for Igor Simcic's 30.48m/100-ft Maxi.... [more]
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A-Cat World Championship - Mischa Heemskerk leads after Day 1
William Clark,
Consistency wins regattas, and after three races at the 2012 Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championship, Mischa Heemskerk of the Netherlands has been the most consistent sailor, taking a third and two seconds to get two points clear of Australia's Brad Collett and five points clear of current world champion Steve Brewin.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Sailors commit to conquer the challenge
KPMS,
Offshore racing is very competitive, mentally and physically testing, and, frequently unpredictable. Confronting long days at sea and challenging a three dimensional playing field, where the weather, the sea state and the occasional landmass influence tactics and strategy, requires detailed preparation and planning.... [more]
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RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championship - Action resumes on day 2
Rory Ramsden,
At the RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships, having taken Pawel Tarnowski [POL] to task for a less than brilliant first day, all credit to him for bouncing back today by posting two bullets and a second and take advantage of the first discard to climb to second place overall just four points adrift of Kieran Martin [GBR] who had a less than stellar third race today.... [more]
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Stu Nelson Trophy at MIT
Matthew Lindblad,
The Stu Nelson Trophy was originally the Powder Puff Trophy, which was the first women's competition in college sailing. It was appropriately re-named after former MIT women's coach Stu Nelson. Stu was the women's varsity coach at MIT for 39 years and was ICSA's first full time women's coach.... [more]
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Sugar Bowl J/30 North Americans - Day 3 images by Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor,
Images from day three of the Sugar Bowl J/30 North Americans by photographer Leighton O'Connor. Jalapeno was the winner of the 32nd edition - skippered by Ken Buhler and Bill Ross of the Pontchartrain Yacht Club in New Orleans, LA.... [more]
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Sochi 2014 - A blueprint for Games to come?
Craig Spence,
With Tuesday 23rd October marking five hundred days to go until the next Paralympic Winter Games, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven has said he expects Sochi 2014 to continue the Paralympic Movement's positive momentum and, in terms of accessibility, act as the blueprint for years to come.... [more]
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A-Cat Worlds Practice Race recap and race format update
William Clark,
The initial plan, given the tremendous size of the 2012 Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championship, was to split the fleet into four divisions and have each division race each other in a round robin group stage, with the top half of each group moving on to the championship round on day four and the bottom half racing in the silver division.... [more]
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McMillan Cup at Navy overall
Jahn Tihansky,
Sunday on the Chesapeake brought more typical fall conditions for the McMillan Cup with a solid 8-12 knot northwesterly breeze and clear sunny skies. After a brief postponement, PRO Keith Jacobs got racing underway. Mass Maritime started smart jumping out to a substantial lead that they would not relinquish to get the gun, Navy recovered from a poor start to nail a second.... [more]
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Lessons to be learnt from Sailing Event crowd hype
Rob Kothe,
In the months and weeks before the 2012 London Olympic regatta in Weymouth, which started in late July at the peak of the local tourist season, the local authorities had erected signs asking people to plan their travel plans carefully on the Devon coast because of expected delays due to heavy traffic congestion because of the upcoming Olympic event in Weymouth-Portland.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Esimit Europa 2 continues to lead
KPMS,
The 33rd Rolex Middle Sea Race continues to be characterized by a crawling pace as one of the slowest races in recent years unfolds. The bulk of the 83-strong international fleet has passed the volcanic island of Stromboli, and is engaged in a search for breeze to propel them across the northern coast of Sicily.... [more]
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New Florida Anchoring Information Tip Sheet available
D. Scott Croft,
Since it was initially made available at no cost two years ago, some boaters have called it one of the most useful documents to have aboard when anchoring in waters across the Sunshine State. Others are saying it's a great educational tool when they are confused about local and state anchoring regulations... [more]
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Coastal Classic Video: 40kts on a multihull and 25kts on a monohull
Stuart MacKinven and Will Calver,
Get up close with the sailing action in these two videos taken during the wild 2012 Coastal Classic Race - a 120nm sprint from Auckland to the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. The fleet was hit with a 35kt squall soon after the start which gave them a slingshot start for the ride north.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 hoping for big things
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen, Vestas Sailrocket 2 project leader and pilot, discusses the new PB over 500 meters of 50.98 knots. The peak speed was around 53 knots (one GPS was over, the other under). The run started perfectly and felt super steady. Having an average so close to the peak shows this. Vestas Sailrocket 2 felt great, the leeward pod was flying and the ride was smooth.... [more]
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