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24 Feb 2013

New offshore record and OD news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond



'We were always on the edge, that's what sailing these boats is like,' said Langman, who reported that 'Team Australia' pegged a top speed of 39.6 knots.

Hulls flying Team Australia & moth credit Jane Austin - New Sydney Hobart passage record holder Team Australia - blasts home  Jane Austin

According to reports, Langman and his crew experienced a wild, massively wet ride that sometimes teetered on the edge of control, but the fast and highly skilled crew kept everything together and sailed exceptionally well. As for the prospects of someone (eventually) breaking his newly established benchmark, Langman is both optimistic and realistic: 'We'll have another go when someone else breaks our [record].' More on this historic run, inside.

Jason Carroll, Argo at Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series   Joy Dunigan

Meanwhile, the racecourse action is heating up at the first event of the Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series 2013, which is being hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) on Virgin Gorda, BVI. At the time of this writing, Jason Carroll's 'Argo' was dominating the leaderboard, followed by Alex Jackson's 'Leenabarca' and Roberto Tomasini Grinover's 'Robertissima'. Be sure to check the website for more updates from this event, as they unfurl.

Oracle preparing for America's Cup World Series San Francisco in October   © ACEA

And in America's Cup news, Oracle Team USA's Tom Slingsby got the nod from his superiors to skipper his own AC45 in the upcoming America's Cup World Series Naples event (April 16-21). 'I've been in the tactician role, but now to steer in an America's Cup World Series event, I can't wait,' Slingsby said, who won Gold in the highly competitive Laser class at the London Olympics 2012. 'I saw my name on the wing the other day, and there was a realization that it's going to happen.'

'Having been the tactician and calling a lot of the shots on the water, it shouldn't be too hard of a transition,' continued Slingsby. 'Obviously our priority is the AC72 now, but hopefully we'll get some good training time in.'

Gotta Love It 7 - Race 7, JJ Giltinan Trophy, 2013, Sydney Harbour  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

And in high-performance One Design news, the three-man team of Steve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Peter Harris ('Gotta Love it 7') won the prestigious JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, beating out the 'Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel' crew for top bragging rights. According to reports, the action all boiled down to Race 7 (as Race 6 had to be cancelled due to high winds), where Jarvin, Babbage and Harris demonstrated their on-the-water magic. Get the full scoop, inside this issue.

Thurlow Fisher to leeward of Gotta Love It 7 - Race 7, JJ Giltinan Trophy, 2013, Sydney Harbour  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

Also inside, don't miss the latest news from the Harken Youth International Match Racing Championship 2013, the latest download from the Vendee Globe, and finally, get the wrap-up report from the RORC's Caribbean 600. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



JJ Giltinan Trophy: Wild day gives Gotta Love It 7 fifth JJ 18fter win
Frank Quealey and Sail-World,
Gotta Love It 7's Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Peter Harris became the 2013 champions when the took out Race 7 of the Winning Group JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today. Following yesterday's wipe out in Race 6 of the championship it all came down to today's final race in a strong North-East wind with Gotta Love It 7 and Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel level on a net 8 poin... [more]
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Harken Youth International: RNZYS crew wins by a 3 second margin
Amber Roberts,
Scott Barnes and his team of Jackson MacFarlane, Rawiri Geddes and Michael Boucher representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron win the Harken Youth International Match Racing Championship 2013! Barnes beat Adam Middleton (RPNYC) 2 nil in this afternoon's final. Barnes took the first race by 36 seconds, and in the second Middleton came back on the second beat. The wind was shifty and Midd... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Strong breeze again for Race 7 - PredictWind
Richard Gladwell,
A strong breeze is forecast for the final race of the 64th JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship being sailed on Sydney Harbour, at 3.00pm. PredictWind is showing a breeze at increasing through the day to an 18kts average at the race start time of 3.00pm - less than yesterday and which should be sailable.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Live coverage - normal start 3.00pm, Sydney
Richard Gladwell,
Normal start time for Race 7 - 3.00pm. 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 and Races 1 & 2 are available for viewing, other races will be posted on the Video channel www.jj18footerstv.com as they are uploaded.... [more]
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Team Australia smashes Sydney Hobart passage record
Sail-world.com,
Team Australia has set a new record for the 630 nautical mile passage from Sydney to Hobart. She crossed the finishing line off Constitution Dock at 16 51 20 this afternoon, to deliver a new elapsed time of 29 hours 52 minutes and 23 second, an amazing 12 hours 30 minutes and 49 seconds inside Wild Oats XI's 2012 record time.... [more]
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Laser Midwinters - Canadians bullets on day 3 in Clearwater
Canadian Sailing Team,
At the Laser Midwinters, there were two races in 10 - 12 knots and fog in Clearwater yesterday. David Wright laid down a marker with a 1,2 and start closing in on runaway leaderClay Johnson (USA). The first race was Wright's from halfway up the first beat, and the chasing pack fought hard for the next places with Chris Dold squeezing out Juan Maegil (GUA) in the last few feet of the race.... [more]
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Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series - Argo dominates on day 2
Joy Dunigan,
The OtterBox Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series 2013, Event No. 1 hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in Virgin Gorda, continued to provide spectacular sailing condition on Day 2 but the three-bullet performance by Jason Carroll's Argo made Friday's racing special... [more]
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18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan International 2013 - Gusty winds scrap Heat 6
Bob Killick,
The 18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan International 2013 had to abandon Heat 6 due to gusty winds on Sydney Harbour. The East Coast low moving along the NSW Coast put paid to Gary Linacre's patience yesterday.... [more]
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Champagne sailing on Day 2 at the 2013 Port Nicholson Regatta
RPNYC Events,
With the worst of the Southerly over in done with it was a case of the old saying 'You can't beat Wellington on a good day' on day two of the 2013 Port Nicholson Regatta.... [more]
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Harken Youth International: Barnes leads; top 8 go to Quarter Finals
Amber Roberts,
Scott Barnes (RNZYS) stole the lead from his previous first equal place holder Sam Gilmour (RFBYC) after 4 impressive wins today to take the top spot with 12 wins and only 1 loss at the completion of the Round Robin. Second overall Gilmour added 2 more wins taking his total to 10 wins and 3 losses.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18 footers Race 6 blown away
Frank Quealey,
All sailing on Sydney Harbour had been cancelled for the day, so officials of the Australian 18 Footers League left their decision as long as possible before deciding whether to race. With Race 6 of the Winning Group 2013 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship holding so much importance, they were always trying to 'make it happen'.... [more]
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Team Australia's Sydney Hobart express ride
Lisa Ratcliff,
Sean Langman's radical 60-foot trimaran Team Australia took the Tasman Sea express lane and this evening smashed the previous fastest time from Sydney to Hobart by a whopping 12 hours and a half hours.... [more]
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Team Australia closes on Sydney Hobart passage record
Sail-world.com,
Team Australia has been in 25kts North north easter steaming across Storm Bay with an ETA of 5pm at the finish in Hobart, 'boat is good, boys tired and very wet' says Josh Alexander , who also had this to say 'new top speed for this run 39.6 kts, we are coming home HOT!! At this stage the boat is set to go under 30 hours for the 630 nautical mile passage.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Tom Slingsby takes turn to helm Oracle
Lisa Ramsperger,
The America's Cup World Series is headed to its final event before the big race in September. Tom Slingsby, one of the biggest names in Olympic sailing, will take the helm for Oracle Team USA after serving as a tactician in the last two years. The London Games gold medalist will skipper the team's entry into the spring regatta, which runs April 16-21 in Naples, Italy.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Strong breeze for Race 6 - PredictWind
Richard Gladwell,
A strong breeze is forecast for the penultimate race of the 64th JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship being sailed on Sydney Harbour, at the later time of 4.00pm... [more]
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Worst in their wake, Team Australia speeds down Tasmanian East Coast
Lisa Ratcliff,
Team Australia successfully crossed Bass Strait overnight and is now on its way down the Tasmanian East Coast. At 7am their Yellowbrick tracker had them doing 26 knots of boat speed off St. Helens with two thirds of their attempt and the worst conditions in their wake.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Di Benedetto, Team Plastique across the line + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Alessandro Di Benedetto (FRA - ITA) on Team Plastique crossed the finish line at 15h 36 mn 30 s (French Time). He finishes eleventh in the race. In completing his race 26d 00h 17min 50s after race winner François Gabart, completed the course he ensures this seventh edition makes history with the shortest gap ever between the first and last finishers.... [more]
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Team Australia sets new Sydney Hobart passage record
Sail-world.com,
Sean Langman´s Team Australia has broken the Sydney to Hobart passage. She just crossed the finishing line at 16:51:20 with an elapsed time of 29 hours 53 minutes 23 seconds. 12 hours 31 minutes and 49 seconds inside the existing record.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Prize giving set for Antigua Yacht Club
Louay Habib,
At 0900 on day five of the RORC Caribbean 600, four yachts are still racing following a surge of arrivals last night and early this morning. With all of the class winners now decided, there will be a fantastic atmosphere at tonight's RORC Caribbean 600 Prize Giving, which will start at 1800 at Antigua Yacht Club.... [more]
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Intense competition for the Swan Caribbean Challenge Trophy
Jennifer Hall,
The fifth edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's (RORC) Caribbean 600 came to a close in Antigua yesterday with eight Swans competing in a fleet of 53 yachts from 27 nations. Competition was intense for the Swan Caribbean Challenge Trophy which was won in 2012 by Wendy Schmidt owner of Swan 80 Selene.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Team Korea to debut with Kiwi at the helm
Extreme Sailing Series,
The opening Act of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series will commence in Muscat, Oman in just over one week's time where Team Korea, the Korean America's Cup syndicate, skippered by Kiwi Peter Burling, Olympic silver medallist from London 2012, will line up for their Extreme 40 debut.... [more]
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Sydney to Hobart passage record attempt - Team Australia barrel south
Lisa Ratcliff,
Crew on the 60-foot trimaran Team Australia, which is barrelling south to Hobart attempting to set a new passage record for the 630 nautical miles between Sydney and Hobart, have described their journey so far as similar to being under a high-pressured fire hose.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy: The Rag gets it right in 18fters Heat 5 + Video
Bob Killick,
Race 5 of the Winning Group JJ Giltinan International saw Rag & Famish Hotel make all the right decisions, both in the rigging park, and on the No. 3 SE race Course. With Rag opting for its big rig, and both Gotta Luv it 7 and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers going with their small rigs Once on the start line it was very clear that the big rigs were advantaged, especially on the downwind legs, and the two s... [more]
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Barnes & Gilmour lead on Day 2 of the RNZYS Harken Youth International
Amber Roberts,
Scott Barnes (RNZYS) and Sam Gilmour (RFBYC) still hold the lead with 8 wins each on day two of the RNZYS Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships 2013. After another day of impressive close racing on the water, the duo hold a two point advantage over the four next placed skippers all tied on 6 wins each.... [more]
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Sydney-Hobart Passage Record Challenge - Team Australia begins quest
Lisa Ratcliff,
The leash was firmly on Team Australia when it began its Sydney to Hobart record attempt this morning from between Sydney Heads, but once the giant trimaran made it through the worst of the nasty chop between Sydney Heads and hit open water, the speed machine was given its head.... [more]
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Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series 2013 - Stunning opener
Joy Dunigan,
The OtterBox Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series 2013, Event No. 1 in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, was nothing short of stunning on all accounts in the opening race. The day produced simply gorgeous, sunny and warm island conditions, stellar racing action, and only par excellence on shore from host Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS).... [more]
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Red Bull Youth America's Cup 2013 - Decision day coming
Irene Corosu,
The 12 teams hoping to qualify for September's main regatta will know on Monday whether their dreams have been realized. Last week, six international teams were in San Francisco for the first qualifying session. This week, a second group of six teams from Europe, South America and New Zealand is working to impress selectors at the grueling training camp/selection series.... [more]
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America's Cup: Am-Cam video of Oracle's AC72 foiling in San Francisco
Andrew Wisner,
Oracle Team USA is videoed on a practice run on San Francisco Bay. Flick the quality onto HD and watch in full screen. In contrast to other video distributed on the interweb, this one is not too flattering. The wind conditions are described as light, but whitecaps are clearly visible which may be tide, but the breeze does look to be at least 12kts... [more]
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