Speed thrills and an AC72 ride—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

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16 Nov 2012

Speed thrills and an AC72 ride—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond




SAILING - PRE-VENDEE GLOBE 2012 - PENMARCH' (FRA) - 24/09/2012 - PHOTO JEAN-MARIE LIOT / DPPI / VENDEE GLOBE - MACIF / SKIPPER FRANCOIS GABART (FRA)  Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendée Globe ©



In the non-stop, around-the-world-solo-and-unassisted Vendee Globe, François Gabart continues to lead the pack of Open 60s, followed by Armel Le Cleac'h and Bernard Stamm, as the fleet plunges downhill towards the Canary Islands. Thus far, two boats have already had to dropout due to structural failures or accidents (one broken keel and one collision with a fishing boat), thus signaling the start of the Vendee's time-honored war of attrition. There have been two more since.


And, given that the Vendee is a hardcore ocean race, the remaining 16 skippers are not exactly enjoying cocktails on sunny teak decks or the shade of cockpit awnings. 'What a chaotic sea, I feel like I'm in a roller coaster,' reported Stamm. 'I wasn't expecting such conditions at this point. I hope it's soon over because jumping over waves like this is difficult, I can't stay up, and even squatting or kneeling is difficult. It's so noisy, it feels like someone keeps firing a cannon! Be sure to get the latest Vendee report, inside.


Emirates Team New Zealand AC72 testing on the Hauraki Gulf. 14/11/2012  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©



For Cup fans, make sure to spend some time reading (read: drooling over) Richard Gladwell's amazing report from his day of sailing aboard Emirates Team New Zealand's AC72 wingsail-powered catamaran. 'The AC72 is a boat like you've never seen or experienced before, wrote Gladwell, who got to see the number 43.6 knots appear on the speedo. 'The first impression is of a very stiff platform (multihull-speak for the combination of hulls, beams, deck and supporting truss underneath the 40metre tall wingsail). There was no twisting. The whole boat is a single locked unit, as she charges into the moderate sea.' Get Gladwell's awe-inspiring report, inside this issue.


Vestas Sail Rocket 2  .. .



Meanwhile, in Namibia, Paul Larsen and his Vestas Sailrocket 2 team are hard at work, trying to best the outright sailing speed record. 'Just in... 61 + knot peak speed and a 54,' wrote Larsen. 'Something average. Had to stop as the end was coming up fast. Everything went into fast forward. I was saying 'This is fast, this is fast' and then she took off again... 'This is real f*****g fast'!!! I thought we might have bagged the outright [record] as well... as you would after hitting over 60 knots... but the average wasn't there... I think. Everyone is getting the data down now. We broke our own [Personal Best] twice today... so that's 2x triple rum and cokes in pint glasses... and of course the 60-knot bottle of champagne also falls. Happy days.' Get the full report, inside this issue.


May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Vestas Sailrocket 2 sets new speed record of 59kts
Paul Larsen,
Vestas Sailrocket Project Leader and Pilot, Paul Larsen, discusses how he and the crew have now achieved a record setting pace of 59.01kts - yet to be ratified. During the run the team exceeded 62kts. The new mark was set in Walvis Bay, Namibia this September with a new hydrofoil package. The ratified record stands at 55.65 knots (64 mph) and is held by American Kite Surfer Rob Douglas.... [more]
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Vendee Globe: Black Friday - And then they were 16
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Javier Sansó reports that he has been sailing for thirty-two hours without his mainsail. He was approaching the Canary Islands yesterday afternoon, where he will shelter in calmer conditions while he climbs up his 100ft mast to recover the main halyard.... [more]
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Go-fast gear at METS
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
The international marine industry is comprised of a series of innovative companies (some more so than others) that constantly press the envelope on what's possible. For the cruising crowd, this often translates to added comfort or extra amenities, but for us racers, the offer of increased speed drives research, design, development and, ultimately, sales.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Lead change and dismasting as skippers push on
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, while Samantha Davies announced her dismasting to the race office last night, Armel Le Cléac´h, (Banque Populaire) took the lead from François Gabart. But for all the skippers in the top eleven, the conditions are much more comfortable than at the back of the fleet.... [more]
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America's Cup: Sailing Ups and Downs in two Cities
Sail-World,
America's Cup Challengers are once again sailing out of two cities on opposite sites of the Pacific. In San Francisco, Artemis Racing went sailing for the second day - with a little more breeze than on the first, and by all accounts had a good session.... [more]
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J/24 North American Championship - Mollicone and Bream shine on Day 1
Christopher E. Howell,
The 2012 J/24 North American Championship opened up in a swashbuckling fashion as as John Mollicone's 11th Hour Racing and Peter Bream's Team Tarheel went neck-to-neck against each other over two races and finished the day with four points each to lead the rest of the pack heading into the second day of competition.... [more]
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2013 International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth World Qualifier
Dana Paxton,
Young sailors coming from different parts of the United States and Canada are expected to convene in Clearwater, Florida next year as they try to nab several spots up for grabs at the 2013 International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth World Qualifier, from January 18 to January 21.... [more]
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Vendée Globe - Samantha Davies reports Savéol dismasted
Vendée Globe,
Vendée Globe skipper Samantha Davies contacted the race office of the Vendée Globe at 1945hrs (French time), on Thursday, November 15th, to report that her boat had dismasted. Davies is not injured. She is safe inside the boat with all the watertight doors closed. She is monitoring the situation and does not require assistance.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Battered and broken but pushing on
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Louis Burton was winning his race against time yesterday as he limps back to Les Sables d'Olonne after his collision with a French fishing boat at 0300hrs on Wednesday. He had 408 miles to go at 1600hrs (French time) after and making 263 miles in the last 24 hours.... [more]
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New Melges 24 European Sailing Series announced for 2013
Riccardo Simoneschi,
We had a great year of sailing in the Melges 24 Class in 2012. A record breaking World Championship with 126 teams from four continents and 23 nations was, obviously, the pinnacle event of the year, but for me, the most important signal has been that we had many events with more than thirty boats taking place across Europe and North America.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 begins the big reveal of the beast within
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen of Vestas Sailrocket 2 discusses how the big reveal of the beast within is finally underway and how the speed was no accident nor was it unexpected.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing sails for first time in San Fran + Video
America's Cup.com,
Artemis Racing's AC72 hit San Francisco Bay under sail on Tuesday for the first time, with the team training for over three hours in winds of 8-12 knots. It was a milestone moment for the team who has seen this inaugural test sail delayed first by a damaged wing sail and then by structural issues with the platform during load testing last month. Includes video... [more]
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Don Wilson returns to number one U.S. Open Match Racer
Dave Perry,
Don Wilson (Chicago, IL), founder of the Chicago Match Race Center, returns to the number one spot, winning the 2012 Richardson Cup as well as the Grade 3 Chicago Autumn Invitational. Sally Barkow (Nashotah, WI) is second with third place finishes in two Grade 2 events, the Knickerbocker Cup and the Chicago Match Cup Qualifier.... [more]
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Pieces in motion at C-Class Summit
William Clark,
With the 2013 International C-Class Catamaran Championship in Falmouth, England less than nine months away, C-Class Catamaran enthusiast from six countries met at Rhode Island's Bristol Yacht Club on the weekend of November 10th.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Riding shotgun on Emirates Team NZ's AC72 at 43.6kts
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World.com's NZ and America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, spent three hours on Emirates Team NZ's AC72 for a training session on the Hauraki Gulf. Sailing in winds of up to 25kts the AC72 hit an amazing 43.6kts and didn't even feel like she was breaking into a sweat. He reports on Wednesday's race and test session.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Rollercoaster ride south is on for the leaders
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, the rollercoaster ride south is on for the leaders, as on the heels of strong breezes from the north, speeds for the pacemakers surged this afternoon, finally freeing them from the shackles of the high pressure ridge and a frontal passage, which combined to form the biggest strategic challenge of the solo nonstop round the world race thus far.... [more]
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Superstorm Sandy damages more than 65,000 recreational boats
D. Scott Croft,
The nation's largest group of boaters, Boat Owner's Association of The United States, estimates that more than 65,000 recreational boats were damaged or lost as a result of Hurricane Sandy. BoatUS also estimates that dollar damage to all recreational boats (only) is $650 million, making the late October storm the single-largest industry loss since the Association began keeping track in 1966.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Gains and strikes as skippers enter day 5 at sea
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Race Direction took a call at 0310hrs CET this morning from Louis Burton on Bureau Vallee. He reported that that he had been struck a glancing blow on the port side of his IMOCA Open 60 by a trawler. At the time, Bureau Valley was about 400 Nm west of Lisbon.... [more]
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Life for Vestas Sailrocket 2 starts at 60 knots
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen, Vestas Sailrocket 2 project leader and pilot, talks about the best looking day they've had so far in their record attempt. The forecast has been good for a while and finally it has arrived. The day started in a promising way but then it just hung around for a bit. Everyone was in cruisy 'stand-by' mode.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ out of shed after turbo-charging
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup Challenger, Emirates Team NZ's AC72, is out of the building shed in the Viaduct harbour and went for a brief test sail today, ahead of resuming her development program this week. The enhancements to the AC72 have not been specified are are believed to include the addition of aerofoil fairings to the beams, and other enhancements. See video in this story... [more]
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Top-notch sailing set to unfold at Quantum Key West 2013
Jeanne Kleene,
Top notch sailing competition is set to take place on the testy waters of Key West, Florida next year as the finest sailors coming from different parts of the United States and abroad battle it out for sailing glory at the Quantum Key West 2013. The 26th edition of the annual sailing event will also feature the return of the NYYC Swan 42 Class... [more]
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America's Cup World Series action returns to Naples in 2013
Irene Corosu,
Talented sailors will return to Naples, Italy from April 16-21 for the first America's Cup World Series event of 2013. Naples originally hosted the AC World Series in April 2012, drawing over 500,000 spectators on site, with the racing on the water highlighted by a spectacular debut from the Italian Luna Rossa Challenge team, who won fleet racing and finished in second place in match racing.... [more]
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World Yacht Racing Forum - Get to know industry leaders this December
James Gradwell,
At the World Yacht Racing Forum 2012, due to take place just four weeks from now on 11-12 December in Gothenburg, Sweden, top class speakers will discuss the latest trends and challenges in the business of yacht racing and what the future holds for an industry full of passion.... [more]
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Southern Spars exhibiting at METS2012
Sail-World,
Southern Spars will be exhibiting on stand 01.108 at METS and its incorporated SuperYacht Pavilion 2012. METS is the world's largest exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry. This year the show celebrates its 25th anniversary... [more]
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