Cupdate and U.S. sailors honored—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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16 Jan 2013

Cupdate and U.S. sailors honored—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond




'These boats are very high speed and high on apparent windspeeds,' said Drummond. 'Their windage as a proportion of their total drag is much higher than [on] monohulls and so it needs to be a higher priority in the design'. An example of this, says Drummond, is the platforms on Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ), which features a fairly wide gap between the base of their wing and the water's surface, and the platform on Oracle Racing's 'USA 17', which uses a funky-looking central 'pod' to help close this gap and thus reduce drag.


ORACLE Team USA AC72 training  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

The other major consideration, says Drummond, is whether to emphasize wing or foil design. According to Drummond's analysis, Artemis Racing, the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, has emphasized their aero package over their foils (hence, why their boat doesn't fully foil or 'fly'), while ETNZ placed their chips on foil development. Interestingly, Drummond sees foil development as the biggest difference between Luna Rossa and ETNZ, who share a basic design package.


Artemis Racing sailing their AC72  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

'They all know they will be foiling to some degree, whether that is 70-percent of the weight of the boat is on the foil, and 30-percent is by hull displacement, or 100-percent is on foils,' said Drummond. 'The aim has always been to 100-percent [on the] foil, but it is hard to manage without a control system. And you can foil at much lower speeds by having more pitch angle and more camber and more area on your foils. But the big question is, 'is it faster?' Get the full scoop, inside this issue, and stay tuned for Part Two of Gladwell's great report, which is scheduled to come online in the next day or so. Lastly, don't miss ETNZ's sneak preview of the second-generation AC72, which is also inside.


Emirates Team New Zealand testing their AC72 on NZ's Hauraki Gulf  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

Meanwhile, in offshore-sailing circles, the top four boats in the nonstop-around-the-world Vendee Globe Race are all looking to be in strong contention to break the race's existing elapsed-time record of 84 days (set by Michel Desjoyeaux in the 2008/2009 edition of the race), with the top boats poised to seriously improve this difficult metric. At the front of the fleet Francois Gabart ('Macif') and Armel Le Cleac'h ('Banque Populaire') are already north of the equator, with the rest of the fleet giving strong chase. Stay tuned for more, as it unfurls.


Mike Golding, Gamesa - 2012 Vendee Globe  Mike Golding Yacht Racing ©

And closer to home, Rolex and US Sailing recently announced the names of the winners of US Sailing's prestigious 2012 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards, which went to Johnny Heineken (Larkspur, California) and Jennifer French (St. Petersburg, Florida), respectively. Impressively, French earned her proud new Rolex by bringing home the only U.S. sailing medal from the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, where she and crewmember JP Creignou took a Silver medal in the SKUD-18 class, while Heineken was recognized for his impressive (and deep) list of kiteboarding accomplishments.


'I'm extremely humbled and overwhelmed by the honor of being placed in the company of so many fantastic sailors who have had such an influence on me,' reported French. 'It's a huge achievement, but I wouldn't be given this award if it weren't for [Creignou] and my husband, Tim, and a large team of special people in our lives who made it possible.'


2012 Rolex Yachtswoman Jennifer French  US Sailing ©

Likewise, Heineken was elated at the news of his award. 'To even be mentioned in connection with this award is an honor, said Heineken. 'So many of my role models are on the list of recipients. But it's also exciting that kiting has been accepted into the world of yachting. It's pretty amazing how far the class has come in the last five years and exciting for me to be involved in the development of that.' Get the full scoop, inside.


Also inside, get the latest preview from next week's Key West Race Week, check out the news from the RC44 class, and also check in with skipper Giovanni Soldini and his 'Maserati' crew as the team attempt to break the standing record for the New York to San Francisco run aboard their turbo-charged Volvo Open 70.


May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Quantum Key West - Santa and crew prepare for battle
Victoria Low,
Of the two Farr 400's from overseas that will take part in the Quantum Key West 2013, Claus Landmark's appropriately named Santa is from the most northerly of latitudes. Landmark, a leading Norwegian marine trade figure and past veteran of two Whitbread Round the World races has assembled a top class Scandinavian crew, which is lead by Denmark's double Olympic gold medallist Jesper Bank.... [more]
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Dometic Marine employees come to the aid of Hurricane Sandy survivors
Doug Curtis,
Dometic Marine employees lended some support for people in New Jersey who are still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy by donating their own warm coats, sweaters and blankets. The coat drive was organised by Dometic Marine Engineering Laboratory Manager Angie Canon and sparked a huge response from staff wanting to help residents.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Hope and heat on the rise + Video
Matthew Pryor,
In the Vendee Globe, just 48 hours ago, Francois Gabart (Macif) was 274 miles ahead of a stalling Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) and some had begun crowning the young king. On Wednesday afternoon it is a different picture. The doldrums may have redistributed the wealth and Le Cléac'h may be able to bank some miles.... [more]
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British Steel Challenge and Global Challenge at the London Boat Show
Barry Pickthall,
Over 200 people have signed up to attend a 20th anniversary reunion this Saturday for skippers and crew from Chay Blyth's 1992-93 ‘wrong way' round-the-world British Steel Challenge yacht race, plus the four subsequent Global Challenge races.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Bank of the Doldrums is open again
Matthew Pryor,
In the Vendee Globe, after borrowing and lending to the fleet two months ago, the Bank of the Doldrums is open again. Francois Gabart (Macif) entered overnight and has logically been giving away miles to those behind, the next few days will show whether they will be able to bank them.... [more]
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Prepare for the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour!
World Match Racing Tour,
Preparations for the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, which kicks off in May at Match Race Germany, are gathering speed with the selection process for the list of 2013 Tour Card Holders. The deadline for all applications is 24 February 2013 with the final list set to be unveiled in less than eight weeks.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Battle continues as Gabart sets new record + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, the forecast for the finish keeps changing with the evolution of the Azores High ahead of the leaders, but one thing seems certain, barring multiple failures in all of the first four boats, the record will be broken. On Monday it looked like a January 26 and a 77-day finish, on Tuesday the long range forecast and routing suggested it might be January 27 or 28.... [more]
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St. Petersburg to host SB20 World Championships 2014
Katie Ashworth,
The SB20 World Championships 2014 will take place in St. Petersburg, Russia at Yacht Club Hercules, pitting in a strong fleet of international sailors against homegrown talents throughout the weeklong competition from September 5 to 11.... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race – East-bound Gamesa overtakes SynerCiel
Vendee Globe,
The Vendee Globe Race 2012-2013 is starting to heat up going into last stretches towards the finish line as Gamesa skipper Mike Golding gathered enough breeze in the east to sneak past west-bound Jean Le Cam of SynerCiel on Monday.... [more]
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Vasco Vascotto interview on the 2013 season for Azzurra + more
Gabriele Costa,
An interview with Vasco Vascotto on the 2013 season for the Tp52 Super Series, Audi Azzurra, Melges 32, Farr 40, America's Cup and Barcolana.... [more]
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America's Cup: First look at Emirates Team NZ's second AC72 + Video
Sail-World,
Emirates Team NZ have moved their second AC72 from the Cookson Boatbuilders yard in Glenfield, on Auckland's North Shore to the Hangar at the team base in Halsey Street. The hulls have been put in place, and beams will be fitted along with the rest of the infrastructure, after which the wingsail will be fitted.... [more]
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Steinlager 18ft Skiff Nationals – this weekend!
John Little,
The Steinlager 18ft Skiff Nationals are on this weekend at the Auckland Sailing Club, Okahu Bay. Ten boats are competing in this 6 race series to be sailed on the Waitamata Harbour in clear view of Tamaki Drive, Devonport and North Head. The regatta proves to be a timely shake up for the fleet with the JJ Giltinan's in Sydney less than one month away.... [more]
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Quantum Key West 2013 – Fierce battles at hand in sunshine state
Bill Wagner,
The Quantum Key West 2013 will feature interesting story-lines and the emergence of new boats such as the J/70, the IRC/TP 52, and the HPR class. Moreover, the upcoming war off the picturesque shore of Key West will showcase elite sailors as they gun for the top prize in one of the most popular sailing events in the United States.... [more]
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America's Cup: Ex-Oracle design chief looks at the Class of 2013
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World caught up with Mike Drummond, former Design Director for Oracle Racing in the 2010 America's Cup and asked his overall impression of the four designs currently working up towards the 2013 America's Cup regatta. 'From the design point of view there are three and a half groups,' he counters.... [more]
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US Sailing's 2012 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year named
Jan Harley,
Johnny Heineken (Larkspur, California), the 2012 Kiteboarding Course Racing World Champion and Jennifer French (St. Petersburg, Florida), the 2012 Paralympic Silver Medalist in the SKUD-18 class, have been named US Sailing's 2012 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year.... [more]
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London Boat Show - Global Ocean Race announcements at the ExCeL London
GOR Media,
Southampton and the Solent, on England's South Coast, famous as the start for some of the greatest ocean races of the past 50 years, has been chosen to host the start of the revamped Global Ocean Race 2014-2015.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - It was not a euphemism + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Mike Golding (Gamesa) is just 21 miles behind Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel) and on Vendée Globe TV yesterday speculated that Le Cam may be missing a sail. It was not a euphemism – he was not suggesting Le Cam is one sail short of a wardrobe – but questioning why the formidable French sailor was almost four knots slower than Golding overnight and this morning.... [more]
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Leukemia Cup Regatta Fantasy Sail announced
Gary Jobson,
I am pleased to announce that the 2013 Leukemia Cup Regatta Fantasy Sail will take place December 6-8, 2013 at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, Florida! Doris and Steve Colgate of Offshore Sailing School, and the organizers of the 2013 Fantasy Sail are already at work planning a very special weekend.... [more]
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Thirteen teams confirmed for RC44 Oman Cup
Jo Grindley,
With the 2013 RC44 season about to get underway at the end of January, 13 teams have confirmed they will compete in the opening Championship Tour event, the RC44 Oman Cup presented by Oman Shipping Company, hosted by Oman Sail at the Wave Muscat.... [more]
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Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges - Experience extreme ocean racing
Patianne Verburgh,
Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges now offer a unique opportunity for individuals with all levels of sailing ability to experience first-hand an extreme ocean racer. The Volvo Ocean 60 Amer Sports One has been built to a set of strict one-design rules to race around the world with professional crew.... [more]
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Vendée Globe – Locked in battle
Vendèe Globe,
Vendée Globe 2012-13 update after 64 days and 16 hours of racing with 470 miles to the equator.... [more]
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New York-San Francisco - Maserati crosses equator after nine days
Record New York-San Francisco,
Maserati has already crossed the equator and is now sailing in the Southern Hemisphere towards the challenging Cape Horn route after nine days and 45 minutes since leaving the Big Apple for the record-breaking New York-San Francisco attempt. ... [more]
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New sanctioning body formed to manage busy Caribbean race calendar
Alison Sly-Adams,
The Caribbean Sailing Association has created a new Regatta Sanctioning Committee with the aim to manage and supervise the scheduling of upcoming national and international events in the very busy Caribbean race calendar for 2013.... [more]
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