Snowfall, AC72s and OD action—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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10 Feb 2013

Snowfall, AC72s and OD action—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

While local Pacific Northwest sailors spent their weekend dodging rain clouds, recent reports from the right side of the country involve two words, 'snow' and 'lots'. According to friends throughout New England, the snow hammer fell heavy, clogging-up roads, taking down power lines and filling cockpits and coating uncovered decks with plenty of frozen precipitation. 'Power generators' emerged as a weekend buzz phrase, as did 'snow blowers', 'snow shovels' and 'melting salt', leaving PNW sailors to eye their 'dark curtain' (our nearly constant cloud cover) with an all-new sense of appreciation (read: non-frozen precipitation).

Artemis and Oracle Team USA - San Francisco  Erik Simonson © www.pressure-drop.us

Meanwhile, on sailing's grander stage, San Francisco Bay has been neither beleaguered with snowfall or excessive rain, yielding great training opportunities for both the Defender of the 34th America's Cup, Oracle Team USA, and the Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing. According to Bay-area reports, both boats have been logging plenty of training time, including a bit of one-on-one speed training.

While reports containing absolute comparisons between the two AC72s don't exist (yet), the rumor mill has been abuzz that Oracle Team USA's foil-bound boat is the faster of the two 72s. Be sure to check out the great image galleries of the two boat's lined up on San Francisco Bay and rest assured that by the end of September there will be no doubt as to what team built the fastest 'horse for the course'.

Hooligan and Calm 2 approach the bottom mark together. - TP52 Southern Cross Cup  John Curnow ©

And in high-end monohull racing, the TP52 Southern Cross Cup recently concluded at the Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne, Australia. Here, eight fully kitted-out TP52s gathered for some tactically engaging on-the-water fisticuffs, delivering huge smiles to sailors and spectators alike.

Shogun ducks Calm 2. - TP52 Southern Cross Cup  Teri Dodds ©

'What a tremendous job my on water team has done and it has worked well,' said Denis Thompson, event PRO for the TP52 Southern Cross Cup, who was obviously pleased with how the regatta turned out. 'The shorter courses has meant we have kept them to about 50 minutes and so we got all three races in today and had [the fleet] back at the clubhouse before 3pm.'

Audi Melges 20 2013 Miami Winter Regatta  Joy Dunigan

Meanwhile, back on the right side of the U.S., but situated suitably south of New England's latest blizzard, the second event of the 2013 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series unfurled this weekend at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club. Here, sailors had to contend with the 'hardships' of sunny, 80-degree temperatures 10-15 knot winds and plenty of great racing. Be sure to get the full report, inside.

And in offshore sailing news, work is well underway on the rigs for the new Volvo Ocean 65s, the new class of One Designs that will be used to contest the next two editions of the fully crewed, around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race. 'Making sure everything is one design from mast to mast was a big job in the beginning,' said Kevin Batten, Southern Spars' Project Manager. 'We have a process here: we pick fiber for each mast and check the resin content to make sure each mast is the same weight for the mast section. Once the masts come out of lamination, we weigh them all to make sure they meet the designed weight.'
Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta and Rum Festival  Kevin Johnson

And finally, be sure to check out the latest reports from the Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta 2013, the Youth America's Cup and the around-the-world-alone-and-unassisted Vendee Globe (N.B., snow shovels not required).

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



America's Cup: Images of Artemis Racing
Sail-World,
Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing (SWE) was on San Francisco Bay for another day of practice and testing. These images courtesy of www.pressure-drop.us... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA sails in fresh winds at San Francisco
Guilain Grenier, Oracle Team USA,
Oracle Team USA was sailing today in fresh winds averaging 15kts - from wind recordings at one location. Guilain Grenier, the team photographer posted these images of the day.... [more]
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Youth America's Cup Selection Series - Massive expectations
Irene Corosu,
The Red Bull Youth America's Cup Selection Series provided on the first day an illustration of the massive expectations on the youth teams who have congregated in San Francisco for a shot at advancing to September's regatta.... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race - Hugo Boss makes podium with Doyle Sails
Guy Waddilove,
When Alex Thomson made the decision to use Doyle Sails for his third Vendée Globe attempt, he bucked the trend of the pack as the only Doyle skipper in the fleet. It was a decision that Thomson and his team believe paid dividends in his race.... [more]
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EFG Bank Sailing Arabia - The Tour 2013 - Femme fatale
Jo Uffendell,
EFG Bank Sailing Arabia - The Tour 2013. Record-breaking British yachtswoman Dee Caffari MBE today lines up against eight international crews as her all-female team take on the third edition of the popular race. Starting in Bahrain, the race is a series of seven intense legs of offshore racing over two weeks along the seas of Arabia.... [more]
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Wow! That was the TP52 Southern Cross Cup
John Curnow,
Honestly, how much fun has the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup been, and I have not even been sailing it. True, some may have liked more wind and it was certainly not as consistent as Melbourne's Port Phillip is known for, but Race Management did manage to get all eight races in, which in turn allows for the one drop from the series scores.... [more]
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18ft Skiff NSW Championship 2013 - Lawyers survive carnage
Frank Quealey,
The 18ft Skiff NSW Championship 2013 saw brilliant sailing from the Thurlow Fisher Lawyers skiff team of Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas and David O'Connor, who gave a wonderful exhibition on Sydney Harbour today when they took out race four in an 18-25-knots South-East wind.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Simply impeccable
Joy Dunigan,
The 2013 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series second event, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club (CGSC), delivered an impeccable first day of racing with steady 10-15 knots of breeze, constant lead changes, and beautiful 80 degree weather.... [more]
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Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta 2013 - Day 2 - Perfect!
Trish Jenkins,
Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta 2013 had 'a perfect day', was how Frolic's Don Ward described the second day of racing at the Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta. The Five Islands, the small line of rocks north of the entrance to Jolly Harbour, served as a scenic tropical backdrop to the four inshore races around the marks off Antigua's west coast.... [more]
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Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta Day 1 - Picos in motion
Trish Jenkins,
Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta 2013 - Seven Laser Picos provided by Antigua National Sailing Academy competed off Jolly Harbour's south beach today. Plenty of spectators watched the racing from Castaways Beach Bar and the young sailors enjoyed their first of two days racing as part of the sailing event... [more]
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TP52 women grinding smarter not faster
Lisa Ratcliff,
The muscle factor comes into play in the TP class, one of the reasons these hard core racing machines are handled predominantly by men. At the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup being held on Port Phillip in Victoria this weekend there is a handful of women among the 100 crew contesting the grand prix series opener.... [more]
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AYSF maintains AC45s for Red Bull Youth Americas Cup Selection Series
Vince Casalaina,
The American Youth Sailing Force (AYSF), has taken over regular maintenance of two AC45 yachts for use in the Red Bull Youth Americas Cup (RBYAC) International Selection Series. This Selection Series will determine which four international youth teams will compete in the RBYAC September 1-4 prior to the America's Cup. The two-part trials take place February 9-15 and February 18-24.... [more]
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Everyone's happy at the TP52 Southern Cross Cup
John Curnow,
Earlier on in the week, there had been a promise of the breeze being fresh to frightening for Saturday's racing on Port Phillip. This would have been more than good for TP52 Southern Cross Cup. Sailors would have been even more exhausted and spectators would have been completely thrilled.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup Team Beau Geste holds out local challengers
Lisa Ratcliff,
TP52 Southern Cross Cup 2013 - The Gavin Brady master class in match racing continued on Port Phillip today, but hot on Team Beau Geste's stern and chalking up their first bullet in race five was Marcus Blackmore's Hooligan.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Spar build well underway at Southern Spars
Volvo Ocean Race,
Wondering what's happening with the rigs of the new Volvo Ocean 65? It's well underway at Southern Spars, New Zealand. Our sole spar suppliers are working fast: three masts are already being finished and the first boom is ready to go.... [more]
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Valentine's Regatta and Rum Festival 2013 - Lovely opener
Trish Jenkins,
Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta and Rum Festival 2013 saw the first day of competition belonging to Youth and Elegance. Youth powered the Cork 1720 Digicel Challenger to a win in the CSA Spinnaker Class in the 13.6 mile race. The crew onboard, aged 14-16, showed some real talent in maneuvering their boat around the varied marks of the course, steered by the masterful Shawn Malone.... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race 2013 - Wavre seventh across the finish line
Bernard Schopfer,
Dominique Wavre, the skipper of Mirabaud, crossed the finish line at 16:16:42 this afternoon having completed his third Vendée Globe and a record-breaking eighth round the world race.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing hook up briefly
Sail-World,
San Francisco based website www.pressure-drop.us reports that America's Cup Defender, Oracle Team USA and Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing (SWE) were both sailing in San Francisco, and the two sailed against each other for a brief time.... [more]
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Dustin Durant soars to 31st in world rankings following Nations Cup
Rick Roberts,
Sailor Dustin Durant of the Long Beach Yacht Club has surpassed another rung on the ladder in his climb to the top of the world's match race rankings with his Feb. 3 win in the Grade 2 ISAF North America and Caribbean Nation's Cup in Bridgetown, Barbados. Son of LBYC members Bill and Pam Durant, he was 43rd in the ISAF match racing rankings going into the regatta, advancing to 31st after the win.... [more]
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America's Cup: Village coming together on Pier 27
Erik Simonson, www.pressure-drop.us,
Good progress is being made on construction at Piers 27-29, on the San Francisco waterfront, as the date draws nearer for the first Concert Series at the spectator villagein mid May, and the Louis Vuitton Series beginning July 4th.... [more]
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Isn't sailing an Outdoor Sport????
Molly Winans,
Every now and then we need to step back and take a breath... Spinsheet magazine Editor Molly Winans looks at sailing from a mainstream angle in a recent magazine editorial. What if we stopped talking like Thurston Howell III and started talking like cutting-edge outdoorsmen and women who are dedicated to inviting other fit, outdoorsy, adventurous, thrill-seeking, nature-loving, competitive people... [more]
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Yanmar named as Official Technical Partner of Oracle Team USA
Lisa Ramsperger,
Oracle Team USA have announced that Yanmar has been selected as Official Technical Partner. Yanmar, a Japanese company with an intimate knowledge of the world's oceans, will provide engines for Oracle Team USA's chase boats during the bid to defend the 34th America's Cup this September.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Dominique Wavre takes seventh in Les Sables d'Olonne
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe skipper Dominique Wavre crossed the finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne at 15 :16 :42hrs (UTC). He takes seventh place in the race behind Mike Golding. His elapsed time is 90 days 3hours 14minutes 42 seconds. His average speed on the course is 11.3 knots. He has sailed 27,395.82 miles on the water at an average speed of 12.7 knots.... [more]
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