Cold, wet and nasty in the PNW—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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21 Mar 2013

Cold, wet and nasty in the PNW—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond



Take yesterday. The temperature wasn't bad at 0630 hours, a touch 'wet', but nothing that we haven't seen in heaps in this corner of the country. Things got interesting, however, when a piping wind spoke up a few hours later, threatening to blow dogs off chains and houses off foundations. More rain followed, encored by a sunny-but-steely cold winter sky, the unrelenting wind a constant companion. By Southern Ocean standards all of this amounted to a perfect day, of course, but after MONTHS of drizzle, mist, spit, drip and full-tilt boogie rain, it's high time that spring gets released from detention!

DONNYBROOK - 2013 International Rolex Regatta  Rolex/Ingrid Abery ©

Meanwhile, the fortunate few are down in St. Thomas at the Rolex International Regatta, where the racecourse action promises to be considerably warmer than Seattle's cold, ugly lurch into spring. 'Reliable winds every day, terrific competition, a challenging mix of courses, and of course plenty of camaraderie, the 40th Anniversary of the International Rolex Regatta will be a regatta to remember!' said Bill Canfield, regatta chairman.

MAYHEM and PRIVATEER - 2013 International Rolex Regatta  Rolex/Ingrid Abery ©

According to reports, the Rolex International Regatta expects to see a variety of exotic and elegant sailing hardware on the starting line, as well as plenty of super talented sailors at the onshore parties. Racing starts today and continues through Sunday, so be sure to stay current with the website for the latest news, as it unfurls.

Grant Dalton, Emirates Team NZ Managing Director  Richard Gladwell ©

Meanwhile, in America's Cup circles, Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) has had a bit of time to do some reflecting on the crane mishap that involved their wingsail and some high winds earlier this week. 'It was windy the other day and we did a bit of damage,' admitted Grant Dalton, ETNZ's team boss. 'America's Cup Race Management tells us we have got to be able to race in 30 knots so teams have to be able to get the wing up in [those winds]. It's not like we could say ‘we can't put the wing up so we can't go sailing'.'

Inside, be sure to check out ETNZ's video of the mishap, as well as their post-incident report. Fortunately for the Kiwi-flagged team, the damage to their wing was minimal and the team is already back at it on their AC72 on the Hauraki Gulf, preparing for their upcoming winter migration to San Francisco and practicing for the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup and the 34th Americas Cup.

2012 Les Voiles de St Barth  Christophe Jouany Les Voiles de St Barth

Also inside, get the latest news on the VX One sportboat class, check out the previews of next week's BVI Spring Regatta and the upcoming Les Voiles de St. Barth (April 8-13), and don't miss the latest from the venerable Finn class. And for anyone else who is as disgusted with winter as I am, try to focus on the fact that time does cure all ills, especially now that 2013's spring equinox is astern.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



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Extreme Sailing Series,
The eight strong fleet Extreme 40s taking part in this year's Extreme Sailing Series are preparing to continue their global tour with Act 2 taking place in the heart of Singapore in less than three weeks and returning to the line-up of entertainment for the first time in 2013 is the NeilPryde Windsurf Racing Series.... [more]
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Medical Support Offshore partners with Global Ocean Race
GOR Media,
The Global Ocean Race has announced that UK-based Medical Support Offshore Ltd (MSOS) is to be one of a select group of Race Partners for the 2014-15 edition. Providing medical training for the sailors who will undertake one of the world's toughest sailing feats, MSOS will also work with the GOR Race Organisers during any medical emergencies that occur on the race boats.... [more]
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Stage set for Melges 32 Virgin Island Sailing Series Act 2
Joy Dunigan,
The International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) will usher in round two of competition at the 2013 OtterBox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series (VISS) this weekend, March 22-24, held in conjunction with the International Rolex Regatta, hosted by the St. Thomas Yacht Club in beautiful St. Thomas, USVI.... [more]
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Stokey Woodall Atlantic Circuit announced
Stuart Gough,
Stokey Woodall Atlantic Circuit (SWAC) is a very special and bespoke event that provides a unique opportunity for similar sized cruising yachts from all over the world to take part in a single complete circuit of the North Atlantic.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Onboard Reporter Campaign nets 1,500+ applications
Jon Bramley,
The Volvo Ocean Race hunt for Onboard Reporters for the upcoming edition in 2014-15 has been given a resounding response, with over 1,500 applications received by organisers in less than ten weeks. The Volvo Ocean Race launched the search for the third generation of multimedia reporters to sail onboard the boats back on January 11.... [more]
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America's Cup: Reflections and lessons from the flight of the wingsail
Sail-World,
After Tuesday's rogue wingsail incident, probably something that Emirates Team NZ could have done without, but equally could have been a lot a worse. Maybe to the point of striking a different angle and toppling the crane. On Thursday the team rigged up, but didn't launch. See video for reactions to Tuesday's incident... [more]
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Independent study on 2013 Islands Race to be conducted by US Sailing
Matt Carter,
The 2013 Islands Race Organizing Authorities of San Diego Yacht Club and Newport Harbor Yacht Club have jointly requested that US Sailing, national governing body of the sport, conduct an independent review of the sailing catastrophe that occurred during the race on Friday, March 8 off the coast of Southern California that resulted in the death of a sailor.... [more]
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Future Olympic hopefuls chosen for US Sailing Development Team
Dana Paxton,
Some 38 gifted sailors have been named to the 2013 US Sailing Development Team, the pathway team supported by the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program and US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC). The USSDT was created in 2007 to help young athletes, who have been identified as future Olympic prospects, acquire the skills necessary to launch successful campaigns and compete at the Olympic level.... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta - Impressive fleet ready for action
KPMS,
The 2013 International Rolex Regatta commences tomorrow, Thursday 21 March, and runs to Sunday 24 March. The regatta celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with an impressive fleet of seventy boats that will contest three days of racing as part of an event that has graced the international yachting calendar since the 1970s.... [more]
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Journey to Rio 2016 begins for the Finns
Robert Deaves,
The long road to Rio 2016 begins in earnest this coming week as the first major European event of the new Olympiad gets under way at the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía Mapfre in Palma. It seems a long time since the end of the 2012 Olympic Games, but it has also been a period of transition for the Finn class with a large influx of new sailors joining the class.... [more]
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Protect Your Sailing Line with This Easy Whipping!
John Jamieson,
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America's Cup: Oracle flies in San Francisco
Amory Ross, Oracle Team USA,
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Rolex Big Boat Series 2013 - now with UMF rating system
Barby MacGowan,
Rolex Big Boat Series Regatta 2013. Maintaining its leadership position in yacht racing, the St. Francis Yacht Club, in San Francisco, host of the annual big boat regatta, announced today that it will employ the emerging Universal Measurement Form (UMF) for all handicap classes racing in the Rolex Big Boat Series taking place September 26-29, 2013.... [more]
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Marion Bermuda Race Safety at Sea Seminar 2013 - Walk-ons are welcome
Talbot Wilson and Associates,
Marion Bermuda Race Safety at Sea Seminar 2013. It's not too late to join the smart sailors for the upcoming seminar this weekend, March 23-24, at the University of Massachusetts-Boston campus.... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth - No sweeter a name for fine competition
Kirsten Ferguson,
Les Voiles de St. Barth. The name has a ring to it all its own, though it describes but a single regatta among several in a series that lures the world's best sailors to the Caribbean each spring.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - Fresh winds on the horizon
Trish Jenkins,
New activities for the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival were summarised at a press conference hosted by the Event Committee on at Peg Legs Restaurant. The occasion included the culturally and historically important presentation of Intrepid, a Tortola Sloop which was donated to the Virgin Islands Maritime Museum by the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival in association with VP Bank.... [more]
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VX One fleet heads for the Australian Sportsboat Nationals
Andrew York,
Australia's VX One distributor, Andrew York, updates on the growth of this exciting two/three person one design sportsboat in Australia, another active fleet sails in USA, with a third fleet being established in New Zealand.... [more]
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