Melges 24s, RC44s and OD news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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04 Oct 2013

Melges 24s, RC44s and OD news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond


Huge shifts and really variable breezes meant that the RC could only fire-off one race on Thursday, placing extra emphasis on the remaining two days of racing. After four races, Jeff Madrigali's 'Mickey' is sitting in first place, followed by Flavio Favini's 'Blu Moon' and Brian Porter's 'Full Throttle'.

Teams on Day 1 in San Francisco Bay  Pierrick Contin – www.pierrickcontin.com


Get the full Melges 24 Worlds report, inside, and stay tuned to the website for more from this Grand Prix level event, as it unfurls.

And in Cascais, Portugal, the RC44 class is deep into the RC44 Cascais Cup (October 2-6). After three races, Chris Bake's 'Team Aqua' is sitting in first place, followed by John Bassadone's 'Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team' and Gennadi Timchenko's 'Katusha'.

RC44 Cascais Cup 2013  © MartinezStudio.es


'The sea state today was something else,' reported Cameron Appleton. 'We had a cross swell that meant you were almost into the swells on a port downwind. It made it challenging to balance out the sail trim verses the waves and the way the boat was being thrown around, so the sail trim adjustments were key. We're really pleased with today.' More, inside.

And in Nice, France, stiff breezes and big seas greeted sailors competing in the Extreme Sailing Series Act 7. 'We started really well today and were leading that third race before we nose dived,' said Rasmus Kostner, co-skipper of the Danish-flagged 'SAP Extreme Sailing Team,' who almost pitch-poled during racing.

'After we snapped the bowsprit there was nothing we could do,' continued Kostner. 'We managed to finish the race, but after we made the repairs just couldn't find the rhythm again.'

The Extreme Sailing Series 2013. Act7. Nice. France - The Wave Muscat skippered by Leigh McMillan (GBR), mainsail trimmer Pete Greenhalgh (GBR), headsail trimmer Musab Al Hadi (OMA), tactician Ed Smyth (NZL) and bowman Hashim Al Rashdi (OMA)  © Lloyd Images


Extreme 40 racing continues in Nice through Sunday, so stay tuned to the website for more, as it develops.

And in Cup-related news, Dean Barker, skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand, has continued his tour of the Auckland media after having lost the 34th America's Cup by a mere one race to the Defender, Oracle Team USA. Inside, check out Barker's interview on the NZ program, Radio Sport with Mark Richardson, to get some interesting insight as to what happened last week on San Francisco Bay.

Racing in the final race of the 2012 Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup. Skippers from 15 countries and Bermuda, their host, sailed 11 races during Argo Gold Cup Race Week. In 2013, 13 National champions will compete with four other international champions and about 40 young Bermuda sailors.  Talbot Wilson - Copyright


Also inside, be sure to get the latest reports from the Tornado Worlds, the RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup, the recently concluded Soling Worlds and the upcoming Argo Group Gold Cup.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



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D. Scott Croft,
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Mini Transat - All hands on deck
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, tonight 84 single handers are all present and correct, or almost, on the pontoons of Port Rhu. Come sunrise the competitors will awake to the delightful surroundings in which their racing machines are embedded. Meanwhile, volunteers and professionals are working hard to finalise the race village, whose inauguration is scheduled for tomorrow.... [more]
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Extreme Sailling Series - Weather conditions extend advantage
Sarah Branson,
At the Extreme Sailling Series 2013, the crew of the SAP Extreme Sailing Team got stuck into the penultimate Act today, knowing that the weather conditions would play a large part in their success in Nice... [more]
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RC44 Cascais Cup - Demand for maximum concentration + video
RC44 Class Association,
At the RC44 Cascais Cup, a two metre swell and light breeze that never topped eight knots, demanded maximum concentration from the owner drivers on the first day of fleet racing... [more]
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America's Cup: Former PM Bob Hawke at Cup 30year reunion
Sail-World,
Former Australian PM Bob Hawke, was in fine form at a 30 year reunion of the Australian America's Cup victory in 1983. He was on stage with skipper John Bertrand, and team principal, Alan Bond. Here, courtesy of ABC is his contribution to the evening.... [more]
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Sperry Top-Sider Melges 24 World Championship 2013 - Breezy day two
International Melges 24 Association,
Light winds at the beginning and end of the second day of the Sperry Top-Sider Melges 24 World Championship.... [more]
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J/22 World Championship - Allan Terhune extends advantage
Christopher E. Howell,
Seven races are now in the books, and Allan Terhune of Arnold, MD has yet to relinquish his hold on first place at the J/22 World Championship.... [more]
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GP Joule PWA Sylt World Cup - Bitterly cold day 6
Vivienne Masters,
Day six of the GP Joule PWA Sylt World Cup saw the freestyle sailors take center stage for the first time this week in some of the harshest sailing conditions of year on the PWA World Tour.... [more]
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America's Cup: Dean Barker reflects on the 34th America's Cup
Sail-World,
Emirates Team NZ skipper, Dean Barker, was interviewed for an hour on Radio Sport this morning on the 34th America's Cup. In this full length audio and 11 minute video clip he discusses the campaign, the mistakes that were made, why Oracle Team USA ultimately prevailed and what it is like having Jimmy Spithill for a neighbour in Auckland's Herne Bay.... [more]
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Tornado World Championships - Rolling waves enter the Bay
Andrew Dowley,
At the Tornado World Championships on Wednesday evening, a number of competitors travelled across the island of Ibiza to the Blue Marlin Beach Club, a main sponsor of the Tornado World Championships. A lovely exclusive beach club in a beautiful location with fantastic food and atmosphere - highly recommended to anyone who visits Ibiza.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Nerves of steel needed on day 1 in Nice
Extreme Sailing Series,
On the opening day of Act 7 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Nice, ‘extreme' ‘on the edge' and ‘intense' was how the fleet of elite Extreme 40 sailors described the action packed racing. Twenty knots of breeze with gusts of 25 knots and rolling two metre seas saw the eight Extreme 40s hurtle around the Bay of Angels with hulls soaring, bows diving and water spraying.... [more]
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RC44 Cascais Cup - Brits consistent as fleet racing begins
Jo Grindley,
On the first day of fleet racing at the RC44 Cascais Cup, a two metre swell and light breeze that never topped eight knots, demanded maximum concentration from the owner drivers. It was two of the British teams competing in Portugal that had the most consistent results throughout the three race day, to sit at the top of the overnight leaderboard.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Entrants eligible for waived fees
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominee - Raiya Al Habsi (OMA)
ISAF,
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominees are out and we are taking a look at one of them, Oman's Raiya Al Habsi. From great opportunities, come great moments. Raiya Al Habsi made history in 2013 when she became the first Omani woman to sail the Rolex Fastnet Race on Oman's flagship, the MOD70 Oman Air-Musandam.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominee - Mathew Belcher (AUS)
ISAF,
Today we take a look at 2013 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award Nominee Mathew Belcher (AUS). Belcher is without a shadow of doubt the undisputed champion of the Men's 470 World. In the history of the class no one has dominated quite like Belcher and the Australian has delivered 17 consecutive knockout blows stemming from November 2011.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Canfield to lead world's top skippers
Talbot wilson,
In next week's Argo Group Gold Cup, returning champion Taylor Canfield (ISV) Team USone will lead the world's top 11 ISAF match race skippers. They will be joined by Adam Minoprio (NZL) Team Alpari FX, ranked third on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT), and unranked Sir Ben Ainslie (GBR) BART in their quest for the King Edward VII Trophy and $50,000 of the $100,000 prize purse... [more]
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RC44 Championship Tour - Team Aqua keeps a clean sheet + video
RC44 Class Association,
At the 2013 RC44 Championship Tour in Cascais, in the penultimate round, Portugal kicked off with a day of match racing. Only Team Aqua, helmed by Cameron Appleton, managed to keep a clean sheet on a day where the wind varied from six to fifteen knots and sun, rain and fog all graced the race course... [more]
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Clipper Yacht Race - Changes in wind speed and direction
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Leg 1 in Race 2, Day 25, with changes in wind speed and direction, there have been a lot of sail changes happening on the top three yachts who are 500 miles away from Rio and racing very close together.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - Tricky day 1
International Melges 24 Class Association,
The first day of racing at the Sperry Top-Sider Melges 24 World Championship 2013, hosted by The San Francisco Yacht Club in Belvedere, California delivered three excellent races sailed in bright sunshine and winds ranging from eight to fourteen knots.... [more]
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J/22 Worlds - Allan Terhune Continues To Lead the Pack on day 2
J/22 Class Association,
On day two of the J/22 World Championship, sponsored by Fidelity Investments, Allan Terhune of Arnold, MD upheld his lead as three spectacular races were completed.... [more]
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RC44 Cascais Cup - Sun, rain and fog grace the course
Jo Grindley,
The penultimate round of the 2013 RC44 Championship Tour in Cascais, Portugal commenced with a day of match racing. Only Team Aqua, helmed by Cameron Appleton, managed to keep a clean sheet on a day where the wind varied from 6-15 knots and sun, rain and fog all graced the race course.... [more]
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ICSA College Rankings for October 2, 2013
Meredith Powlison,
ICSA SW College Rankings for October 2, 2013 have now been released.... [more]
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U.S. Team Racing Championship - Twelve teams to compete
US Sailing,
A fleet of 12 of the top teams from the U.S. will compete for the esteemed George R. Hinman Trophy at the U.S. Team Racing Championship, hosted by the Newport Harbor Yacht Club (Calif.), this Friday through Sunday, October 4-6.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - The marking of a significant chapter
KPMS,
Closing the Mediterranean sailing season with gusto, the 2013 Rolex Middle Sea Race is destined to mark an important chapter in the history of a popular offshore event. The race is in a period of ascendancy. Over one hundred international yachts have registered for the 606-nm contest commencing and finishing in Malta, and comprising a challenging anticlockwise circumnavigation of Sicily.... [more]
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12 Metre North Americans - They can steal a sailing show
Kirsten Ferguson,
Whilst the America's Cup was finishing up on the West Coast, vintage 12 Metres from the Cup's Golden Era were gearing up on the East Coast to prove they still can steal a sailing show when it comes to grace, beauty and competition.... [more]
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