Compounding Vendee Globe blues—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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07 Jan 2013

Compounding Vendee Globe blues—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond




Some backstory. Stamm decided to continue racing, despite the news of his disqualification for 'receiving outside assistance' (a Russian sailor boarded Stamm's IMOCA 60 'Cheminées Poujoulat' uninvited during an anchor-dragging incident that involved a Russian-flagged research vessel), only to hit a UFO a few days later. The collision destroyed his portside hydrogenerator. Unfortunately for Stamm, his other hydrogenerator is also on the fritz, meaning that the Swiss-flagged sailor will need to save any and all remaining juice for his autopilots. Further compounding his situation is the fact that he's low on fuel and that he's roughly 1,000 miles from Cape Horn. According to reports, his team is investigating any and all possibilities.


Bernard Stamm, Cheminees Poujoulat - 2012 Vendee Globe  © Bernard Stamm / Cheminées Poujoulat



The one bright spot for Stamm is that the International Jury has decided to re-open his case after receiving a skipper's petition that was signed by fourteen of the other competing skippers in the 2012/2013 Vendee Globe. The bad news, however, is his fuel situation. Stay tuned for more from Stamm, as it unfurls.


Meanwhile, at the front of the Vendee pack, Francois Gabart ('Macif') continues to hold his advantage over Armel Le Cleac'h ('Banque Populaire'). At the time of this writing, Gabart was leading Le Cleac'h by more than 40 miles; interestingly, the leading duo have slowed compared to the pursuing pack thanks to lighter winds and higher angles of attack.


Francois Gabart, Macif - 2012 Vendee Globe  © Vincent Curutchet / Macif



'There isn't that much wind but honestly, if there were more, I'm not sure we'd go faster,' reported Gabart. 'We need to find the right position to face the depression that is coming. Sailing against the wind is always more difficult, it's easy to understand, it's just not a natural situation. There are many things that need to be anticipated and sometimes, the weather files aren't very accurate. It takes instinct, too.'


Jean-Pierre Dick ('Virbac Paprec 3'), who is currently sitting in third place, has enjoyed a fast few days compared to the leaders and has recently reduced his mileage deficit by nearly two hundred miles. Get the full story, and don't miss all the great multimedia skipper reports, inside this issue.


Meanwhile, in Cup news, Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) has released a fine look into the sort of physical fitness that's required to race aboard an AC72 wingsail-powered catamaran. In their interesting multimedia report, ETNZ shows how they are employing the latest advances in sailing-specific training to best prepare for the 34th America's Cup, which will take place this September on San Francisco Bay. Trust me, your arms will ache from just watching ETNZ's workout routine!


GC32  Christophe Launay ©



Also inside, get the wrap-up reports from the Governor's Cup and the Rose Bowl Regatta, and don't miss the latest on the new GC32 class of catamarans. Giddyap!


May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Rose Bowl Regatta 2013 - Stanford snatches crown from behind
Rich Roberts,
The Rose Bowl Regatta 2013 provided more drama than its football counterpart as the Stanford Cardinal sailing team came from behind to snatch the championship from College of Charleston in the 28th edition of the popular New Year's Day Regatta in Long Beach, California.... [more]
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Two Gates Pursuit Race 2013 - Long blows by competition to take title
Rick Roberts,
The Two Gates Pursuit Race 2013 witnessed one of the best sailing performances in the history of the event as Long Beach Yacht Club's Peter Long steered his Santa Cruz 70, OEX, past 25 other boats to take the title.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Emotions high as Stamm collides with UFO + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, on Sunday morning, around 3.30AM (French time), Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) informed his shore crew he had hit an unidentified floating object, which ripped off his port side hydrogenerator. His second hydrogenerator is also broken and is not charging.... [more]
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Vendée Globe 2012-2013 - War in the Pacific
Vendée Globe,
No Sunday papers, no walk in the park this weekend for the thirteen Vendée Globe sailors. The four leading boats are currently climbing through the South Atlantic Les Sables D'Olonnes bound. Clawing past the edge of a high pressure waiting to reach the more sustained northerly winds. Meanwhile in the Pacific, the other skippers are being pounded by hard conditions. They are sailing with a reduced... [more]
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Rose Bowl Regatta 2013 - Rosy year for Stanford Cardinal
Rich Roberts,
The Rose Bowl Regatta 2013 is starting to be rosy for the Stanford, not only on the football field but off the coast of Long Beach, as the Cardinal emerge as one of the contenders in the 28th edition of the renowned Californian New Year's Day regatta.... [more]
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America's Cup: Tony Rae picks up 500kg of WeetBix + Video
Emirates Team NZ,
Long time Emirates Team NZ America's Cup campaigner and Round the World sailor, Tony Rae, is one of many in the AC72 crew who are WeetBix fans. In this video Tony sets off in the team pick-up to collect almost 500kg of WeetBix from Sanitarium, makers of WeetBix.... [more]
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America's Cup: Conditioning for the Cup - a look inside + Video
Emirates Team NZ,
Emirates Team NZ trainer David Slyfield updates on the team's training program, the demands on AC72 sailors, and where it will go from here in the final eight months of the 34th America's Cup. There's also some comparisons between crewing on the monohull America's Cuppers and the new AC72 catamarans. Features new onboard video, plus a look at the team in the gym.... [more]
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Vendee Globe: Jury to reopen case of Bernard Stamm
Sail-World,
After receiving the written testimony of Professor Marine Khoromov, the jury decided to reopen the investigation of Case No. 4 under RRS 66... [more]
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Vendee Globe skippers show support for disqualified Bernard Stamm
IMOCA,
Some of the competing Vendee Globe skippers, without passing comment on the jury's decision, have expressed their support for Bernard Stamm in the context of his request to reopen the case.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - From the back to the front, shaken not stirred
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, from the back to the front, 5105 miles separates Alessandro Di Benedetto (Team Plastique) and the current race leader, François Gabart (Macif). With four for of the fleet now racing in the South Atlantic and nine in the Pacific, the race is very different for each of the skippers. It is the weather that dictates the game.... [more]
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Laser North American Championships kick off loaded Cork season
Cork,
Cork lines up an exciting start for the 2013 sailing season with the staging of Laser North American Championships on July 24 to 28 for the Laser Radial, 4.7 and Standard. The annual Cork events will officially kick off with Optimist Cork August 9 to 11 and then the Cork International.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Jury President speaks on Stamm appeal + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) has been disqualified and therefore, has a right to appeal the disqualification. He has elected to appeal, and in order to do so, must present additional new information to be considered.... [more]
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Governor's Cup win to Thinus Groenewald's Reaction
Sue Pelling in conjunction with ADPR,
In the 2012 Governor's Cup, Thinus Groenewald's Royal Cape One-Design – Reaction – has claimed victory in the 1,750-mile bi-annual race from Simon's Town, South Africa, to the Atlantic island of St Helena, which started on 22 December.... [more]
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The Great Cup, GC32 arrive
Michalis Pateniotis,
The new year brings a new extreme series and an exciting new foiling catamaran. GC32 is aiming to shake things up and be the perfect class for owners that want an extra boost of adrenaline off their sailing experience. With a world tour organised in some of the best sailing places and three other individual tours in different continents, GC32 is setting some new standards in racing series.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Thomson rounds Cape Horn, leaders avoid pitfalls
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, South of the front three boats, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) triumphantly rounded Cape Horn early this morning at 0238 GMT in a 25 knot wind, making 17.5 knots. This is the first solo passage for the 38 year old British skipper and the culmination of twelve years hard work for him and his team.... [more]
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Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Full-throttle event for 2013
Dan Dickison,
The Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week is expected to get even bigger as more than 100 boats has already made their entries with still three and a half months to go before the 2013 edition of the fastest growing regatta in the United States for the past six years.... [more]
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Amazing fleet for ZHIK CST Composites Moth Australian titles
Phil Stevenson,
Up to 70 boats are expected for the event, with fierce competition expected. Entrants from 6 States plus Japan and NZ will compete against Gold medallists, Americas Cup sailors as well as present and past Moth World and National Champions.... [more]
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US Sailing's message regarding Hurricane Sandy Relief
US Sailing,
It has been over a month since Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast, and many people in the region and surrounding areas have experienced devastating losses. More than 100 sailing organizations have sustained damaging effects to their property as a result of the hurricane.... [more]
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2012 Maritime Heroes Award winner announced
Jake Fish,
In the culmination of a campaign to recognize people that make significant contributions to their local sailing community, Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky and US Sailing announce the winner of the 2012 Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Award. Donald Backe of Annapolis, Maryland, one of six 'unsung hero' finalists considered for the top honor, received the most votes in an online public vote.... [more]
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Step inside IYRS workshops during two January Open Houses
Cynthia Goss,
Those who are interested in pursuing new career tracks at the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) will have a chance to step inside the school's workshops during two January Open Houses. These two events will give career seekers an opportunity to meet with IYRS staff, observe students at work, and review the school's programs before applying for spring or fall 2013 admission.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Record fleet expected on the start line
Louay Habib,
The RORC Caribbean 600 is still defying the financial crisis with a record fleet expected on the start line when the fifth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 kicks off on February 18th 2013.... [more]
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Nacra Racing suspends delivery of Nacra 17 with carbon mast
ISAF,
Nacra Racing has reported to the International Sailing Federation with the following communication: Due to quality issues with the upper section of the carbon mast, decision has been taken to suspend delivery of the Nacra 17 with the carbon mast.... [more]
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