Skiffs, cats and a dream regatta—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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17 Feb 2013

Skiffs, cats and a dream regatta—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond



Not surprisingly, this high-octane class attracts some of the fastest sailors afloat. And while the class typically only receives passing mention in the States, the boats are wildly popular in Australia and New Zealand (not surprisingly, both of these countries are extremely strong in the 49er Olympic class skiff, which, while quite different, shares some basic performance attributes).

mojo wine crew stow the kite as they approach the leeward mark  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

This synergy of popularity and sailing talent has created a class with its own distinct culture and style, both of which are on full display at the 2013 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship. Be sure to get the latest multimedia reports, including the great still-photography galleries and live tracking, inside this issue, and stay tuned to the website for more information from this event, as it unfurls.

DSK training under Mont Serrat Volcano, Antigua - RORC Caribbean 600, 2010  Carlo Borlenghi ©

Meanwhile, in offshore-sailing circles, the Caribbean 600 is about to kick off in Antigua (February 18 to February 22), offering sailors of all stripes the chance to play offshore in some of the best ocean-sailing conditions imaginable. This year's fleet includes everything from sleek Gunboats to 'Leopard', Mike Slade's Farr-designed 100-foot super maxi.

'At the moment, the forecasts seem to be quite stable,' advised Hugh Agnew, navigator aboard 'Leopard'. 'We can expect 20-26 knots of easterly wind, maybe slightly to the south of due east for the duration of our race. The longest leg of the course is from St. Barths to Guadeloupe and with this wind direction, coupled with the apparent wind created by 'Leopard', it will be forward of the beam, so we will be unlikely to fly a spinnaker. This will slow us down, but the other side of the coin is that this wind direction may be beneficial on a crucial part of the course-the south side of Guadeloupe. If we get a one-sided beat, requiring few tacks, this could really work in our favor.'

ICAP Leopard in the RORC Caribbean 600  Tim Wright /Photoaction.com ©

Get the full Caribbean 600 report, inside, and stay tuned for more news from this bucket-list-worthy event, as it becomes known.

And in Cup circles, both Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) have been logging some foiling time on their newly (re)launched AC72s. While the American-flagged Defender is sailing on a heavily modified version of 'USA 17' (their wingsail-powered catamaran that they dramatically capsized on October 16, 2012 on San Francisco Bay), ETNZ is sailing their second-generation AC72, which they will race this summer/fall in the Louis Vuitton Cup (July 4-August 30) and-most likely-in the 34th America's Cup (September 7-21).

Emirates Team New Zealand, NZL5 takes to the air again on its second day sailing in Auckland.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

According to reports, video and still photography, both teams have successfully flown their mighty cats on their foils, much to the delight of their fans and (no doubt) to the relief of designers. Interestingly, ETNZ and Oracle Team USA both took different design routes to solve the foiling problem, and-from afar-both solutions appear to be working quite well. Inside, be sure to check out the great video footage of the powerful cats foiling around, as well as the commentary on the different design packages.

SCYA Midwinter Regatta 2013  Rich Roberts

Also inside, be sure to check out the NOR for US Sailing's International Women's Keelboat Championship, check in with the Vendee Globe fleet, and get the latest news from the Southern California Yachting Association's Midwinter Regatta.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Vendee Globe - Tanguy de Lamotte crosses finish line + Video
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe 2012-13 skipper Tanguy de Lamotte crossed the finish line on Sunday at 10hrs 58min and 10 seconds (French time). He finished in 10th place with a race time of 98 days 21 hours 56 minutes and 10 seconds. He has travelled 28,160 miles on the water at an average speed of 11.9 knots.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy 18fters: Mojo's mistake is Thurlow's gain in Race 2
Frank Quealey and Sail-World,
The 18ft Skiffs are noted for their dramatic nature and today's Race 2 of the Winning Group 2013 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour didn't let supporters down. While Mojo Wine, skippered by two times Australian 16 Footer champion James Dorron, took line honours, the 18s rookie skipper and his crew of Ricky Bridges and Mike McKensey were totally dismayed when they failed to g... [more]
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SCYA Midwinter Regatta - Shifty sailing on Day 1
Rich Roberts,
The 84th Southern California Yachting Association Midwinter Regatta, hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, provided a light but shifty racing condition as local knowledge played second fiddle to sailing skill on Day 1.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff International 2013 - Tight opener + Video
Bob Killick,
The JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff International 2013 started with a lot of very excited and cheering fans from a large spectator fleet usually reserved for the last Sunday of this iconic skiff sailing contest.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Live coverage - start 3.00pm Sydney time
Richard Gladwell,
Organisers of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Trophy are running a great website which features live tracking. Click on the links below to follow the live race tracking (all things willing). A video of the Invitation race is available for viewing, other races will be posted on the Video channel www.jj18footerstv.com as they are uploaded.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Big rigs again for Day 2 - PredictWind
Richard Gladwell,
Moderate winds from a southerly direction are again forecast for the second race of the 64th JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship being sailed on Sydney Harbour. PredictWind is showing a a breeze expected to average 10-13kts around race start time of 4.00pm, slowly easing to 8-10kts a couple of hours later. Gusts will be above this average strength.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Upwind finish expected for Tanguy de Lamotte
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Tanguy de Lamotte (Initiatives Cœur) is forecast to cross the finish line at Les Sables d'Olonne between nine and ten (French time) on Sunday, February 17. It would give him a race time of around 98 days, 21 hours. But he will not be able to relax until he is home.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Sensational conditions predicted for 5th edition
Trish Jenkins,
Only 48 hours before a record breaking fleet sets sail for the fifth RORC Caribbean 600, weather forecasts are unanimously predicting sensational conditions, ideal for record-breaking pace, and there is every possibility that this will be the fastest RORC Caribbean 600 on record.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18 footers - Will Iain Murray´s latest wrinkle win?
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
Iain Murray, the Big fella arrived on the 18 footer scene in the mid 1970´s as a skinny 17 year old, with Color 7, he won six JJ Giltinan Trophy´s in a row from 1977 onwards, after making major changes to the 1976 design of his boat which revolutionised the 18 footer scene.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA enjoys steady flight on foils
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA, the Defender of the America's cup has released a video showing their AC72 catamaran flying steadily on San Francisco Bay while foil-borne. To date the team's first AC72 has been plagued with rumours about her ability to foil steadily and under control. This lack of ability has been put down to a number of factors, orbiting around the rather obvious platform twist.... [more]
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11th Hour Racing reveals Sailing Education and Stewardship Initiative
Amy MacMillan,
11th Hour Racing announces a new Sailing Education and Stewardship Initiative, a unique grant opportunity for programs or projects designed to increase the personal investment in the health and protection of our waters within sailing education and racing.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy 18ft skiffs: Clean race win to Gotta Love It 7
Frank Quealey,
An incident free race for the defending champion Gotta Love It 7 team proved a winning factor in a wonderful finish to Race 1 of the Winning Group 2013 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship sailed on Sydney Harbour today. Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Peter Harris were always near the lead and managed to manouvre their way around the south-east course without the dramas of their three main chal... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy: America's Cup yacht collides with two 18ft skiffs
Richard Gladwell,
The first race of the JJ Giltinan Trophy for 18ft skiffs got off with a bang on Sydney harbour this afternoon after two competitors were hit by an America's Cup yacht. The incident occurred before the start of the first race in the series when two yachts Yamaha White (New Zealand) and Southern Cross (Australia) were struck by the former America's Cup 12 Metre Steak n Kidney.... [more]
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Images of the Waitemata: Millennium Cup another great day's racing
Paul Gilbert,
Paul Gilbert from AquaPx was on hand to capture the action in another great days racing in the Millennium Cup, as the super yachts powered up the harbour to the finish line.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Invitation Race - The Kiwi way
Bob Killick,
JJ Giltinan Invitational Race goes to the Kiwis as Auckland's Alex Vallings on C-Tech gave the rest of the fleet a lesson in starting practice for the main event which starts on Saturday.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Big rigs for Day 1 - PredictWind
Richard Gladwell,
Moderate winds from a southerly direction are forecast for the first race of the 64th JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship being sailed on Sydney Harbour. PredictWind is showing a a breeze expected to average 10-13kts around race start time of 4.00pm, slowly easing to 8-10kts a couple of hours later. Gusts will be above this average strength.... [more]
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US Sailing's International Women's Keelboat Championship NOR released
Jake Fish,
The International Women's Keelboat Championship (IWKC) is a signature US Sailing event that was inaugurated in 1985. The International Women's Keelboat Championship rapidly became the premier women's sailing event in the U.S. and worldwide.... [more]
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Symposium on preserving and growing working waterfronts
D. Scott Croft,
Waterfronts are being squeezed. Traditional activities once considered vital to coastal communities -- boat building, fishing, recreational boating and other water-dependent businesses -- must now compete for limited space on the shoreline.... [more]
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Offshore Racing Congress launches new website
ORC Media,
The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) has announced that it has a new website design at its same address: www.orc.org. This new site has many new features to interest sailors, race managers, event organizers, and all others interested in ORC rules, rating systems, and the latest news from ORC events and activities worldwide.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Championship - Exciting racing on flying machines
Anna Parker,
The JJ Giltinan Championship was first held in 1938 and has since blossomed - producing many champions. This event has also produced some of the world's most exciting racing for thousands of spectators who have watched the flying machines in the hands of the world's best skiff sailors.... [more]
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Sail for Gold 2013 Entries Open
Matt Carter,
Entries for the 2013 Sail For Gold Regatta, being held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, are now open with an ‘early entry discount' available to those who get their entries in before midnight on 10th May 2013. The event takes place from ninth – 13th June 2013 on the waters used for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and all sailors should enter online via the event... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ flying on the Hauraki Gulf + Video
ETNZblog.com,
On Thursday, Emirates Team NZ's new AC72 had her second day of sailing on the Hauraki Gulf. Team Photographer, Chris Cameron, was on the water again and provided this gallery of images... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Kiwis take invitation race in Sydney Worlds
Frank Quealey,
The 64th JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship is shaping up as one of the closest contests for several years with 31 of the world's best teams lining up on Sydney Harbour for the 2013 title. Defending champion Gotta Love It 7 team of Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Peter Harris had a stressful week waiting for the outcome of repairs being made to their badly damaged hull last Sunday. Includes Video... [more]
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