Vendee, Cupdate and Read’s news—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

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14 Dec 2012

Vendee, Cupdate and Read's news—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond




'These are the conditions we have,' reported Dick. '[Gabert and Le Cleac'h] have more wind than me. That's the way it is and I have to accept it. But I fear the high-pressure bubble coming behind me, as according to the files there's no wind in this ridge. I'm trying to get away from it as fast as possible. If it catches me, I could lose hundreds of miles, even some days on the leaders. And they won't be easy to catch.'


Meanwhile, in Cup news, Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) has officially 'clocked-out' of their 30 allotted 2012/2013 training days (the only team to do so by a wide margin) and are in the process of decommissioning their first-generation AC72. The next challenge for the team will be to finish fitting out their next-generation AC72, which they plan to launch in early February (which, 'coincidentally', is when restrictions on the number of permitted training days ends).


Grant Dalton and Nick Holroyd  



Inside, Sail-World's Richard Gladwell has put together two must-see multi-media interviews, the first with ETNZ's team boss Grant Dalton and the second with the team's Technical Director, Nick Holroyd. 'The idea is to give the sailors more control and keep the boat close to optimum,' said Holroyd about ETNZ's design approach to their second-generation catamaran. 'The boards are another big area of gain. We've learned a lot with control of the boards in this boat, and the next generation of boards will be a big step again.'


And in sailing-industry news, Ken Read, the infamous skipper of Puma Ocean Racing's entries in the last two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race (as well as other high-profile campaigns), has been named President of North Sails. Read, who is taking over the helm from Gary Weisman in early 2013, has been a professional sailmaker (and sailor) his entire career and served as North's longtime VP prior to taking several sailing-related sabbaticals (including his recent VOR stints).


Ken Read at the helm. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa.  Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©



'Sailing has been my lifeblood since I was very young and it's such an honor to return to what I consider the marine industry's top brand' said Read. 'I've been the largest North Sails customer in North America for the past six years so I have a unique perspective on how North Sails works from the inside and outside, and where there are possibilities for improvement.' Get the full story, inside.


RS Elite - 2013 Antigua Sailing Week  Nonsuch Bay Resort



Also inside, get the wrap-up report from the fifth World Yacht Racing Forum, and check out the preview report for next year's Antigua Sailing Week, especially if your Vitamin D levels are headed southbound (caveat emptor: this could be a pricey-but-worthy 'quick look', especially if you live somewhere dark, stormy and cold).


May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Vendee Globe - Leaders shrug off pursuers at Cape Leeuwin + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Francois Gabart and Armel Le Cléac'h are the double act which have shared the top two places through the Indian Ocean locked together for six consecutive days now. This evening, probably around midnight, the race's runaway leaders should pass the longitude of SW Australia's Cape Leeuwin in quick succession.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ design chief looks to the second AC72
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ's Technical Director, Nick Holroyd outlines the changes he expects to be made to the team's second AC72, on Day 30, as New Zealand is decommissioned and packed away. Reading between the comments in this video interview with is reasonably plain that New Zealand, the team's first AC72 was always something of a sailing science experiment and the next will be a reliable race boat.... [more]
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America's Cup: Grant Dalton on hitting the big zero - Video interview
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand have become the first, and probably only team that will use its allocated 30 days for the first phase of sailing AC72's. According to the virtual Official Noticeboard for the 34th America's Cup, the team has a zero alongside its name in terms of sailing days left. Many pundits see that as a measure of the current state of play in the 34th America's Cup. But is it?... [more]
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UON SB20 World Championships - Apprentice shines on opening day
Lisa Ratcliff,
On the opening day of the UON SB20 World Championships at Hamilton Island, it's been a case of the apprentice showing the masters with Great Britain's 22 year-old Ben Saxton scoring two bullets. With an average age of 23 among the four crew on the SB20, Bango Powered by SLAM, the youngsters won the first race having led the fleet around the course in Turtle Bay.... [more]
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America's Cup: Old photo evokes design assistance claims
Richard Gladwell,
The off the water pressure in the 34th America's Cup, clicked up a few notches today with an attack on the Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa co-operation agreement. The text, published on a major US sailing website, and elsewhere on the interweb, ran under photo of Emirates Team NZ's Wing Design Coordinator, Steve Wilson, pictured on board Luna Rossa's AC72... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Leaders reach Australia's West gate
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Armel Le Cléac'h passed the Australia West gate last night at around 1944hrs UTC on its most westerly mark 21 minutes ahead of François Gabart, who was 18 miles to the east, but it is Gabart who has made the overnight gain as the fleet heads under Australia.... [more]
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America's Cup: End of the sailing road for the first AC72
Warren Douglas,
On Thursday the Emirates Team NZ shore crew began to decommission the yacht while the team concentrates on finishing Boat 2. Winch drums and some hardware will be removed from the yacht and fitted to Boat 2. Boat 1 will be refitted in the near future and held in reserve, to be commissioned quickly in the event it's needed.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Champagne for the boat and for the skipper + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, there has been champagne for the boat and a little for the skipper, as the effervescent Italian Alessandro Di Benedetto celebrated his passage of the Cape of Good Hope yesterday evening in the time honoured fashion, spraying more on the decks of his trusted IMOCA Open 60 Team Plastique than he consumed himself.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week 2013 - Fun, games and an exciting new event
Trish Jenkins,
Warm trade winds and Caribbean surf are the norm for five days of scintillating competition for the 46th edition of Antigua Sailing Week. Lay Day, which provides a mid-week break from racing on Wednesday, May 1, will be the setting for fun and games and an exciting new event for the Caribbean's most prestigious sailing regatta.... [more]
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Year-end gift to BoatUS Foundation benefits recreational boating
D. Scott Croft/BoatUS,
Boaters can assist themselves this holiday season by making a tax-deductible, year-end gift to the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit education and outreach organization operating more than a dozen programs benefitting targeting boaters. Donations are utilized year-round to help those on the water stay safe and to help keep our waterways clean.... [more]
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False Bay YC's GM discusses the upcoming Governor's Cup Yacht Race
Polly Tyekiff,
The Governor's Cup Yacht Race is a downwind 1,750 nautical mile ocean yacht race and is slated to be an entry on many sailors' ‘bucket lists'. First taking place in 1996, the Governor's Cup Race is a bi-annual event starting from False Bay Yacht Club in the quaint naval town of Simon's Town, South Africa, finishing in Jamestown, St Helena – one of the most remote destinations in the world.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - The fight for supremacy continues
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, three key duels of differing intensities prevail on the race track this morning - but only in the head-to-head tussle for the overall lead has there been no change in supremacy overnight. Racing in sunshine and 20kts of SW'ly winds it is the battle between François Gabart and Armel Le Cléac'h which remains closest.... [more]
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Ken Read named as new President of North Sails Group
Sail-World,
North Sails announced today that Volvo Ocean Race skipper and veteran sailmaker Ken Read will return to North Sails in the role of president in early January, 2013. Read will take over for current president Gary Weisman, who has served at the helm of the world's largest sailmaker for 16 years, and who plans to retire within the next 4 months.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing sailing on Day 8
Erik Simonson, www.pressure-drop.us,
Artemis Racing returned to training again on SF Bay after nearely another week between sessions. They theoretically have 22 days remaining, for 2012 but with weather and holidays in the mix it is mathematically difficult to get their full 30 days in before January 31, 2013.... [more]
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Don Wilson finishes year as number one match racer in U.S.
Dave Perry,
Don Wilson (Chicago, IL), founder of the Chicago Match Race Center, has finished the year as the number one ranked skipper on the U.S. Open Match Racing Ranking List. Second is Sally Barkow (Nashotah, WI), winner of the recent Carlos Aguilar Grade 2 Open Match Race.... [more]
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Fifth World Yacht Racing Forum a success
Bernard Schopfer,
The fifth World Yacht Racing Forum and Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium closed its doors tonight following two intense days of presentations and networking at Gothenburg's Clarion Post Hotel. Four time Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie was the key speaker of the day.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Advantage remains firmly with the leaders + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, the advantage remains firmly with the leaders. Though they have had challenging conditions, negotiating a front this morning which saw their wind swing from the north west to south west, requiring a gybe, the top duo François Gabart and Armel Le Cléac'h remain locked in combat less than ten miles apart.... [more]
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Yacht Racing Image of the Year Award goes to Kurt Arrigo
Bernard Schopfer,
The photographer Kurt Arrigo, from Malta has been awarded for his photography taken during the Volcano Race, featuring the yacht Nilaya and the reflection of the island of Capri on her hull. Some 46 photographers from all over the world participated in the contest.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Small gains as leaders head for Australia West gate
Vendee Globe,
Current Vendée Globe leader Francois Gabart on Macif banked a small, but significant gain overnight against his main rival Armel Le Cléac'h as the leading five continue to open a significant distance on the second group of boats.... [more]
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Swiftsure International Yacht Race 2013 - From Canvas to Carbon
Fiona Cubitt,
Swiftsure is no ordinary yacht race; it's a festival of excitement and camaraderie that draws the Pacific Northwest's best racers and an international audience to Victoria. 2013 will see the Royal Victoria Yacht Club host the 70th Swiftsure International Yacht Race on May 25 to 27, 2013.... [more]
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Youth America's Cup Selection Series invites extended
Irene Corosu,
Invitations have been extended to twelve of the best national youth sailing teams on the planet to compete in the February Selection Series for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup. The Red Bull Youth America's Cup, scheduled September 1-4, 2013, begins with the Selection Series in San Francisco in February.... [more]
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Need a Christmas gift idea? Zhik ZKG water shoes are sure to please!
Zhik Christmas Present Help Team,
Are you having trouble finding a Christmas present for that someone who spends all their time on and in the water? The search is over- Zhik ZKGs are the perfect gift this Christmas. Don't let the street styling fool you, these super light shoes are designed to be worn in both wet and dry environments to provide maximum performance and comfort.... [more]
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Sailing potential and assets highlighted at World Yacht Racing Forum
Bernard Schopfer,
Speakers of the World Yacht Racing Forum highlighted the great potential and assets of the sport of sailing. The industry offers wonderful prospects to partners, venues, athletes or events. However it needs more creativity. And a special care must be given to the return provided to the sport's partners.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Indian Ocean, Amsterdam gate, and beyond + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, after the toughest 24 hours of his race so far, required to make a vital repair to his rudder mechanism on Hugo Boss after hitting a floating object during Sunday night, Alex Thomson (GBR) has been losing no time in getting right back into the race. This afternoon he has been closing fast on Bernard Stamm to challenge the Swiss skipper for fourth place.... [more]
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25th Anniv. of Block Island Race Week to host 7 championship events
Kirsten Ferguson,
The Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with sporting style in the new year. Seven new championship events have been added to the biennial regatta's schedule along with the introduction of new classes for Classics, Doublehanded boats and Gunboats.... [more]
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Piana Cup overall
Paige Brooks,
The Piana Cup took place over the 8-9 December. By Thursday night, the first of the out of town teams were there and getting their boats set up and launched for a Friday practice race. By Saturday morning 52 boats were launched.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2012 - incredible finale to last day's racing
Event Media,
Beautiful sunshine, blue skies and consistent winds marked the final day of the 2012 Phuket King's Cup Regatta in fitting style as teams and their boats assembled at the start line in a final bid to resolve their class contests. Some results had effectively completed yesterday, but a majority of classes were anticipated to host some thrilling final day action.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - One record smashed, another under threat + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, flying François Gabart stepped up his challenge with an unprecedented display of lightning fast sailing in the middle of the Indian Ocean today. The youngest skipper in the race who, remarkably, is a rookie to solo sailing in the Southern Ocean has set a set a truly electric pace.... [more]
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ICSA Board to reconsider sponsorship contract with LaserPerformance
Steve Perry,
Earlier this fall, the NEISA Executive Committee approved a directive that has required the ICSA President to convene a special meeting of the ICSA Board of Directors to discuss the sponsorship contract with LaserPerformance (LP) and the manner in which it was negotiated. Notice of this meeting was sent out to the NEISA list serve on December 4th.... [more]
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Carlos Aguilar Match Race - Sally Barkow victorious in St. Thomas
Carol Bareuther,
The USA's Sally Barkow played the ‘comeback kid' by defeating the USA's Dave Perry 3-0 in the Finals at the fifth Carlos Aguilar Match Race (CAMR), presented by Ulysse Nardin/Trident Jewels and Time. Barkow, who has raced this regatta four times, took second last year after a narrow defeat by Finland's Staphan Lindberg.... [more]
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