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 04 Feb 2013
 


Vendee capsize and ISAF action - European and World Sailing News



When it comes to the Vendee Globe, though the podium places have been determined, the battle action is no less intense. The duel between Jean Le Cam and Mike Golding, tussling over fifth place, continues to simmer around the Azores high pressure. Yesterday the French skipper was staying tight lipped, silent through the day forcing the British skipper to wonder.... ‘he has gone strangely quiet at the moment, hasn't he...' whilst Le Cam himself told Vendée Globe live that he too just focuses on his own race.

'I like my position. Now I have to deal with the weather as it comes. So far I've been doing some good work, but I don't want to speak too soon because in half an hour it might change. I'm focused on my own job and I don't think about anything or anyone else.'

Also on the Vendee Globe news front is the capsize of Spanish solo sailor Javier 'Bubi' Sanso's Acciona 100% EcoPowered. On the morning of 3rd February, around 1049hrs UTC, two distress beacons of Acciona were triggered. The alarms were received at 1052hrs UTC.

At 1049hrs UTC the boat was positioned at 31° 59.00 N 27 26.24 W, so 500 miles west of Madeira and 360 miles south of the Azores island of Sao Miguel.

At 1750hrs UTC an EH101 helicopter was dispatched from the Azores island of Terceira heading to the zone to effect the rescue of Javier Sanso and is expected to be in the area by 2300hrs UTC.

Acciona position, capsize - 2012 Vendee Globe  Vendee Globe ©


As for the 2013 RC44 Championship Tour, action is now underway with the RC44 Oman Cup in which Russian Katusha claimed the event victory. The final day of racing was set for Sunday 3rd February but was snuffed out due to the Shamal, the wind that blows over the Persian Gulf states.

With no racing, Gennadi Timchenko's Katusha were crowned the RC44 Oman Cup winners. This has been an excellent event for the Russian team. With new tactician Andy Horton at the helm, the team were undefeated on the match race day, Steve Howe then took over for the fleet racing, winning four of the eight races, leading from start to finish.

RC44 Oman Cup - Katusha (RUS007)  RC44 Class/MartinezStudio.es


Meanwhile in ISAF Sailing World Cup Action, it has been a tale of victory and defeat on Miami's Biscayne Bay. Once again, conditions on the emerald waters mixed with the high level of competition and medal race urgency, allowed sailors to evaluate their abilities and determine where they rank among the world's best.

Sweden's Jesper Stalheim collected gold medal honors in the Laser class.

Jesper Stalheim SWE - ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2013  Walter Cooper ©


'Miami is really shifty,' said Stalheim. 'There was a bit more breeze in Miami than usual, so there was a lot of hiking. I was super fast on the downwind so that was great. It felt like the last day was super important, maybe a bit too much.'

Making its debut in World Cup competition is the mixed multihull Nacra 17 with Americans sweeping the top three positions. Sarah Newberry and John Casey (USA) capped a fantastic regatta in the intriguing Nacra 17 event. For nearly the entire week, Newberry and Casey were at the top of the leaderboard. They were fifth in the medal race and won the gold medal by five points. Finishing with silver was Sarah Streater and Matthew Whitehead (USA). Taylor Reiss and Sarah Lihan (USA) won bronze.

Nacra 17: Sarah Newberry and John Casey - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami  Walter Cooper ©


And for the the RS Feva Worlds- set to take place in Tuscany, the entries have surpassed the 100 mark with close to six months still remaining until the start of the event! The entry limit is 180 so don't miss this appointment with the Tuscan sun, sea and glorious pasta and wine! Fourteen countries from three continents are coming so far.

Action from the 2012 RS Feva Worlds  Richard Gibbons


There is also more news on the Volvo Ocean Race, the final stop for the upcoming 2014-15 edition will be Gothenburg, Sweden.

Gothenburg is Sweden's second largest city, Scandinavia's largest port and has a well-earned reputation for hosting major sporting events. 2014-15 will be the third time Gothenburg has hosted the Volvo Ocean Race and the second time it has staged the finale, following the success of 2005-06, when ABN AMRO ONE sailed into the port as overall race winners.

Until next time, we wish you fair winds and good sailing,


Anna Parker and the Sail-World Team



Qantas Downunder Pro - Full results and recap!
Sean O'Brien,
No valid races on the last day of the 2013 Qantas Downunder Pro – Formula Windsurfing Championships with 50 knot squalls battering the event for the entire day leaving the total at five races over the regatta. The 2013 Qantas Downunder Pro - Oceanic and Australian Formula Windsurfing Championships concluded on Saturday with an action packed five races taking place over the four-day regatta.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Spain's Sanso capsizes, distress beacons triggered
Sabina Mollart Rogerson,
In the Vendee Globe - this Sunday morning 3rd February, around 1049hrs UTC, two distress beacons of Acciona 100% EcoPowered, skippered by Spanish solo sailor Javier Sanso were triggered. The alarms were received at 1052hrs UTC.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Anything can happen at any time + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Jean-Pierre Dick was 550 miles south from the Azores when his keel broke off eleven days ago, his damage consequently handing over his third place to Briton Alex Thomson. And last night, at around 0200hrs UTC Tanguy de Lamotte, some 440 miles to the SW of the Cape Verde islands hit something in the water which damaged his rudder and his keel.... [more]
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Primo Cup - Day 3 photos from Carlo Borlenghi and Stefano Gattini
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Photographers Carlo Borlenghi and Stefano Gattini were on site to capture this selection of photos on day three of the 2013 Primo Cup.... [more]
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RC44 Oman Cup - Katusha declared winner as Shamal moves in
Jo Grindley,
At this year's RC44 Oman Cup, the opening event of the RC44 Championship Tour, the Shamal, the wind that blows over the Persian Gulf states, put paid to the final day of racing. The teams were sent out onto the race course, but with gusts of 38 knots and the wind averaging 27, the 13 teams were quickly dispatched ashore.... [more]
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America's Cup: Double AC72 launch on Monday on opposite Pacific coasts
Richard Gladwell,
Both Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team NZ have confirmed that they will launch AC72's on Monday February 4, 2013. Emirates Team NZ's will be first in the water with their second AC72 catamaran, in Auckland, New Zealand, followed about 20 hours later by Orate Team USA, who will be re-launching their first AC-72, repaired after its capsize four months ago, on October 2012... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Golding extends lead over Le Cam + Interview
Emily Caroe,
Vendee Globe 2012-2013 Mike Golding has doubled his lead on Jean Le Cam since the same time yesterday morning, now 80 miles ahead with 260 miles of separation NW-SE. Golding is at the latitude of Lisbon and is now on the opposite side of the high pressure system.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Victory and defeat on Biscayne Bay
Jake Fish,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, eight Olympic class events battled for medals in Saturday's finale. Once again, conditions on the emerald waters of Biscayne Bay mixed with the high level of competition and medal race urgency, allowed these sailors to evaluate their abilities and determine where they rank among the world's best.... [more]
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VX One Midwinter Championship - Reich wins Tampa tie-breaker
Christopher E. Howell,
The VX One Midwinter Championship concluded with four competitors tied on points for the lead, and David Reich of Birmingham, Alabama winning the tie-breaker. Reich, John Potter, Brian Bennett and Donnie Brennan were all knotted at twelve points after six races, and hopes for completing a seventh race were dashed when the breeze shut off.... [more]
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RS Feva Worlds surpass 100 entries
Bill Tucker,
On Friday, entries for the 2013 RS Feva Worlds set to take place in Tuscany - smashed through the 100 boat mark – and there is still nearly six months left to the start of the event! No time to be complacent about your entry though if it's not already in.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Long and intense duel + Video
Vendee Globe,
Their Vendée Globe battle has been nearly as long and intense as that of winner François Gabart against second placed Armel Le Cléac'h, and it is definitely proving an engaging postcript to the podium finishes, but British skipper Mike Golding insists he is not stressing about Jean Le Cam's strategy which is the very opposite to his.... [more]
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RC44 Oman Cup - Mixed fortunes on day 3
Jo Grindley,
The third day of fleet racing the RC44 Oman Cup saw the lightest conditions so far this week. There were mixed fortunes for the overall leader Katusha while Team Aqua closed the gap at the top of the leaderboard.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Golding climbs to fifth again
Emily Caroe,
Vendee Globe 2012-2013 - The early morning ranking on this 84th day of the course sees Mike Golding having risen to fifth place, now some 40 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam and the long-time rivals now splitting as they pursue different strategies.... [more]
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World Sailing Cup Miami - Medals in Paralympic and Windsurfing events
Jake Fish,
The first ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami medalists of 2013 were determined on day five. Men's and Women's RS:X events conducted semifinal and final round races. The 2.4 mR and Sonar fleets of the Paralympic events took part in their final day of fleet racing.... [more]
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Key West Race Week -Farr 40 Wrap + Video
Tink Chambers,
When it was all over, following a wild and windy week at Quantum Key West 2013, Jim Richardson bought a mudslide for John Demourkas and two veteran owners discussed another regatta filled with tight competition. Such is the nature of the iconic Farr 40 class, which features heavyweight fights out on the water and a Corinthian spirit back at the dock.... [more]
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VX One Midwinter Championship - All tied up after Day 2
Christopher E. Howell,
On the second day of the VX One Midwinter Championship at the Davis Island Yacht Club, John Potter of Beaufort, SC tallied first-place finishes in both races to bring him into a tie for first place. Heading in to the final day of the event on Saturday, Potter stands with 12 points, as does David Reich of Birmingham, AL, with Donnie Brennan of Mobile, AL just one point behind them.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Franco-British duel resumes + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, offshore, along the coast of Brasil, to the west of Cape Verde, the Canary Islands, between Madeira and the Azores the skippers sail in the winds, along the edge of high pressure. There is another low north of Spain. 'That's the Vendée Globe,' said Bertrand De Broc (Votre Nom Autour du Monde avec EDM).... [more]
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5.5m World Championship - Mission Possible victorious in Curaco
Jens Dammeyer,
The 5.5m World Championship this year took place in Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean from the 28th January-1st February with the prize giving dinner taking place at Gouverneur de Rouville.... [more]
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RC44 Oman Cup - Greeted by white horses as Katusha extends lead
Jo Grindley,
At the RC44 Oman Cup, the forecasters don't always get it right and today was luckily one of those days. With racing already delayed in anticipation of an unsettled forecast, the teams were greeted with 13-15 knots and white horses as they sailed from The Wave, Muscat into the starting area for the second day of fleet racing.... [more]
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Transat Bretagne-Martinique - Le compte à rebours a commencé
Marie Le Berrigaud Perochon,
Le compte à rebours a commencé. La date du grand départ approche. Le 17 mars, ils seront près de vingt bateaux à couper la ligne de départ de Brest, cap sur la Martinique. Sur un parcours de 3 500 milles au jeu très ouvert, la course, première épreuve du Championnat de France Elite de Course au Large en Solitaire, promet d'être disputée.... [more]
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Bernard Stamm à moins d'une semaine de l'arrivée aux Sables d'Olonne
Fanny Evenat,
Il reste moins de 1200 milles devant les étraves de Bernard Stamm avant de toucher au but. Selon toute vraisemblance, le skipper de Cheminées Poujoulat fera son entrée dans la baie des Sables d'Olonne le mercredi 6 février en fin de journée, après un tour du monde terminé hors course mais non sans panache et engagement.... [more]
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33rd St. Maarten Heineken Regatta ready to kick off
St.Maarten Heineken Regatta,
Talented British Virgin Islands sailor Colin Rathbun tops the impressive field of world-class challengers and ex-Olympians scheduled to take part later this month in the fifth running of the Budget Marine Match Racing Cup. The annual event, scheduled this year for February 26, will once again serve as the official kick-off to the world-famous St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Intense duel continues between Golding and Le Cam
Sara Blackwell,
The duel between Vendee Globe 2012-13 skippers Mike Golding and Jean Le Cam has lost nothing of its intensity as the pair pass the latitude of Madiera this morning with Golding slightly quicker again on the very early morning poll. He is just 53 miles behind as the pair negotiate a tricky, messy weather pattern between two high pressure systems. One is centred more or less over the Azores... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Gothenburg named as 2014-15 race finish
Sail-World,
The Swedish city of Gothenburg will be the final stop on the route for the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15 and will also feature in the 13th edition under a two-race deal presented on Friday.... [more]
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RC44 Oman Cup: Ironbound has Scoop of the day
vsail.info,
On the first day of fleet racing at the RC44 Oman Cup, Team Aqua's bow hit the stern of Ironbound at the first weather mark of the last race. When Ironbound was rounding the bottom gate, first a piece of the bottom of her scoop came off and then the entire scoop fell off. See the full set of images... [more]
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RC44 Oman Cup - Russian supremacy
Jo Grindley,
Katusha (RUS) were on fire and dominated the day, winning the first two races in the fleet racing and finishing third in the final race to take the overall lead... [more]
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Downunder Pro Formula Windsurfing Championships - Action filled day 2
Sean O'Brien,
The second day of competition of the 2013 Qantas Downunder Pro Formula Windsurfing Championships got off to a fantastic start with the wind conditions sticking to the forecast and building across the afternoon allowing the first race of the event to get away at the scheduled 12.30pm start.... [more]
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Shackleton Epic 2013 - Alexandra Shackleton nears historic feat
Kim McKay,
Now into their ninth day at sea, the Alexandra Shackleton is within 180 miles of reaching South Georgia Island and achieving the first goal in the Shackleton Epic historic re-enactment, but the boat is tracking slightly off course and needs to correct its position within the next 36-48 hours to make its landing at King Haakon Bay.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Official briefings on benefits of Auckland Stopovers
Sail-World,
Following are three media statements relating to the announcement of the two-edition Volvo Ocean Race stopovers in Auckland. They are re-published not so much for their news significance, but for the statistics regarding the value of the New Zealand Marine Industry, developed largely over the past 30 years, off the back of New Zealand's involvement in the America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race... [more]
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Key West 2013 - Farr 40 Friendly competition
Bill Wagner,
Key West 2013 not only provided Farr 40 sailors with platform for competition but reasons to mingle with friends at the dock after an intense week of racing.... [more]
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