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21 Jan 2013

Sun, offshore rivalries and KWRW—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond



Meanwhile, in the non-stop-and-solo around-the-world Vendee Globe Race, race leader Francois Gabart ('Macif') has carefully cultivated his lead over Armel Le Cleac'h ('Banque Populaire'), increasing his buffer zone to more than 140 miles at the time of this writing. While the two contenders have been neck-and-neck since the fleet entered the Southern Ocean, congenial niceties seem to have dropped off now that the leaders are free of the ice and the remaining (passing) runway is evaporating.

'Armel and I haven't spoken at all since Cape Horn,' reported Gabart. 'The last time was in the Pacific Ocean. We've seen each other, but if I remember well, we haven't talked.' Given that less than two thousand miles now separate 'Macif's' bow from the finishing line, it's fair to say that the stakes are high and rising by the mile.

Unfortunately, some boats are experiencing a particularly 'sticky' passage north as light airs have reduced 24-hour returns, ultimately adding time to each boat's total elapsed time. For some skippers, this reality is becoming a worry.

A tired Mike Golding onboard Gamesa - 2012 Vendee Globe  Mike Golding Yacht Racing ©

'Things have not been easy as we have not had hydro generators since the Southern Ocean,' reported sixth-placed skipper Mike Golding ('Gamesa'). 'While we did load some fuel [before the start of the race], we had a plan that covered a lot of bases – we have hydro, solar and fuel – we tried to cover our options. However, trying to predict our fuel usage from the beginning of Southern Ocean to the current point has been very difficult and now we are very low on fuel. So yes, pretty nerve-racking.'

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

Get the full multi-media Vendee Globe report, inside.

And for technically minded sailors, the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation (SYRF), a 501(c)3 organization, has recently released their post-presentation notes (inside this issue) from an interesting talk that took place last weekend at the Stamford Yacht Club in Stamford, CT. Here, top sailing luminaries—including navigators Stan Honey and Peter Isler and yacht designer Jim Teeters—gathered to discuss the ways that technology and science can make for better, higher-performance sailboats and better rating rules.

Sailing Federation  SYRF

'The mission of supporting science in sailing is a critical one, since this is a very technology-intensive game,' said Honey. 'In the past there has been tremendous progress made through various America's Cup programs, but there are still many areas of research that are needed that are not a current focus for those programs. And yet the demand remains for ever faster and safer boats, so SYRF can help fill this gap.'

Also inside, get the latest whispers from the Artemis Racing-the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup-regarding their wing inventory, check our Richard Gladwell's image gallery of the 18-foot skiffs out playing in the gusty stuff on New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf, and get the latest on two interesting Southern Ocean rescue efforts.

Yamaha and C-Tech - 18ft Skiff Nationals - Day 2, January 20, 2013  Richard Gladwell ©

And finally, be sure to stay current with the website this week for updates from the infamous Key West Race Week (January 20-25) as top-shelf racing unfolds in a wide variety of classes, ranging from sportboats to Mini Maxis. More, as it unfurls!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



52 Super Series 2013 - Favorites loom large on race day
52 Super Series,
The Quantum Key West regatta opened up its busy week of racing on Monday with two scheduled heats of the 52 Super Series 2013. If early indicators from the informal training races which have taken place over recent days are a yardstick, then the established form teams are certainly in for splendid sailing.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series 2013 - Elites spice up competition
Extreme Sailing Series,
Organisers of the Extreme Sailing Series announced details of the eight boats participating at the 2013 Series at the Dusseldorf Boat Show on Sunday.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - 8-strong fleet confirmed for Series opener
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series organisers, OC Sport, announced details of the 8-strong fleet for the 2013 Series at the Dusseldorf Boat Show today. The announcement was made from the stand of Marinepool, Official Clothing Partner to the Series, as they also confirmed a new three-year extension to their contract with the pioneering Stadium Sailing Series.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Power pressure and the Les Sables left hook + Video
Matthew Pryor,
In the Vendee Globe, the toughest South Atlantic that any of the skippers stuck in it can remember is beginning to turn the screw on supplies. Being dropped by a fickle wind or battered by a north one is one thing, but sixth-placed Mike Golding (Gamesa) has revealed that just having enough to run his auto-pilots in the busy shipping lanes for the finish is increasingly becoming a worry.... [more]
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America's Cup: New wingsail for Artemis Racing?
Sail-World,
San Francisco based website pressure-drop.us is reporting that the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, Artemis racing (SWE) has fitted a new wingsail at their base in Alemeda, San Francisco. They expect the AC72 to be sailing next week, with the new wingsail. The team has sailed on just 14 of their allowed 30 sailing days, before the first cut-off of January 31, 2013.... [more]
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Vendee Globe – Leaders brace for final test
Vendee Globe,
With Francois Gabart (Macif) taking small gains from trailer Armel Le Cleac'h (Banque Populaire), the positions of the top four leaders in the Vendee Globe Race seem settled until they reach the final test in their round-the-world voyage: the Azores high.... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race – The ladder changes
Andrea Golding,
Mike Golding and Jean Le Cam continued to trade lead on Sunday morning with the SynerCiel skipper holding a ten mile cushion from the Gamesa sailor, who held the fifth place most of yesterday in the Vendee Globe Race 2012-2013.... [more]
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Images of the Waitemata: 18ft skiff Nationals - Day 2 - Big breezes
Richard Gladwell,
Racing on Day 2 of the NZ 18ft Skiff Nationals was cancelled today on the back of a weather forecast of winds averaging 25kts, gusting 35kts for the afternoon. Grey skies in the morning gave way to a beautiful day in the afternoon, and some of the top crews went out for some practice ahead of the JJ Giltinan Series in Australia, next February.... [more]
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Orion on rescue mission to save French sailor
Peter Campbell,
Orion, a small luxury cruise ship, is on course to rescue a French sailor aboard a liferaft around 500 nautical miles south of Tasmania. An Australian Maritime Safety Authority plane discovered Alain Delord's raft floating on the southern ocean after his single-handed voyage around the world came to an end when his yacht lost its mast with a hole created on it.... [more]
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French sailor rescued from Southern Ocean
Sail-World.com Team,
Good news from the Southern Ocean, An Australian Maritime Safety Authority aircraft, a Dornier, located 63 year French sailor Alain Delord in his liferaft on Friday night after receiving a distress signal from the Frenchman, who had abandoned his yacht after it was dismasted and the hull holed and now the sailor has been rescued.... [more]
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Images from the Waitemata: NZ 18ft Skiff Nationals, Day 1
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's camera was on the water for third race of Day 1 of the 18ft skiff Nationals, sailed on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour, attracting a great fleet of 10 skiffs ahead of the JJ Giltinan Trophy in Sydney, next months - the unofficial world championship for the class.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Distant dreams and unfinished business + Video
Matthew Pryor,
In the Vendee Globe, a second podium finish may be a distant dream for Mike Golding (Gamesa) now, but he has unfinished business in his battle with Jean Le Cam. Golding passed Le Cam, moving into fifth by the narrowest of margins – 0.8 miles – at the 1600hrs UTC ranking.... [more]
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Talent2 Quarantine Station Race for Couta Boats
Alex McKinnon,
Alex McKinnon was out on the water from the Sorrento Sailing and Couta Boat Club on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula to capture the action in the Talent2 Race to the old Quarantine Station. A cool, fluctuating, but often stiff Southerly with ample sunshine greeted the fleet, where Salacia got the Line Honours victory on the day.... [more]
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Vendée Globe – Hugo Boss passes through the Doldrums
Vendee Globe,
Vendée Globe 2012-13 skipper Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss), as he forecast, appears to have enjoyed the simplest of passages through the doldrums and averaged double-digit speeds overnight (10.7 knots since 1900hrs UTC). On his path on the westernmost part of the fleet, he should have a north wind of between 15/20 knots all morning, decreasing in the afternoon... [more]
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Key West Race Week - Quantum leads bevy of sponsors
Key West Race Week,
The Key West Race Week 2013 is all set to begin another round of competitive racing, but before the sailing battle in Sunshine state gets underway, it's a right time to recognize the entities behind the success of one of the premier racing events in the world.... [more]
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SYRF Announces new initiatives and Challenge Grant Opportunity
Dobbs Davis,
On Saturday, January 12th, the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation (SYRF) hosted an invitation-only luncheon at the Stamford Yacht Club to reveal its mission to support the science of sailing, and announce a new challenge grant opportunity for tax-deductible donations.... [more]
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Azzurra ready for 52 Super Series battle in Key West
Giuliano Luzzatto,
The Azzurra team is in Key West where the 52 Super Series, won last year by the yacht of YCCS, gets underway on January 20th. The winners never rest on their laurels and immediately after the victory in Valencia during the final stage of the 52 Super Series 2012 – the top professional TP52 circuit and heir to the successful MedCup – the yacht was shipped to the USA in view of the 2013 season.... [more]
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Annapolis to Newport Race - Notice of Race now available
Chip Thayer,
The 2013 Annapolis to Newport Notice of Race is now available and has been posted on the event website. Online entry is open is also open. Enter by 1 May to avoid the late fee. There will be racing in IRC, IRC Double-Handed, PHRF and PHRF Cruising Divisions.... [more]
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Key West Race Week welcomes Melges 32 fleet
Joy Dunigan,
At the moment, Premiere Racing's 2013 Quantum Key West Race Week is shifting into high gear welcoming 11 spectacular Melges 32s to the southernmost tip of the coast of Florida for one of the sport of sailing's most highly-regarded titles - that of Key West Champion.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Running out and speeding up + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) threw caution to the wind on Friday and forecast a relatively simple passage through the doldrums on his westerly course. 'I don't really see it being too much of a problem,' a relaxed Thomson told Vendee Globe TV.... [more]
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Hydroptere team takes advantage of winter season
Thomas Lesage,
Following an eventful year and a first summer spent in the USA, the Hydroptere team of Alain Thébault is taking advantage of the winter season to fine-tune their technological and sports program. The partner search continues. In 2012, the winter was quickly over. Just sponsored by a French group, Hydroptere aimed to break the Transpacific Record between Los Angeles and Hawaii.... [more]
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America's Cup: Nick Holroyd on Emirates Team NZ's design gains + Video
Richard Gladwell,
'These boats have a long gestation', explains Nick Holroyd, Design Director for Emirates Team NZ. 'The designs for the tooling up at Cookson Boats, were delivered after just four or five days sailing in Boat 1.'... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Alex Thomson crosses equator, Mike Golding gains
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) passed the last great mark of this edition, becoming the fourth skipper to cross the equator and enter into the North Atlantic in the small hours of Friday morning. Thomson crossed at 0255hrs UTC after 68 days 14 hours and 53 minutes of racing.... [more]
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America's Cup: Inside the AC72 hangar with Grant Dalton + Video
Richard Gladwell,
'Two years ago, we were pretty well gone for all money. We were basically broke and trying to stay alive', says Emirates Team NZ's Grant Dalton, reflecting on the team's then dire situation, back in early 2011. 'We managed to get some good people on board, but they all knew that if we didn't have the money by April 2011, then we were gone. But it's moved a huge distance since then', he adds.... [more]
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