Moths, Minis, OD and offshore—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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20 Oct 2013

Moths, Minis, OD and offshore—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

The 2013 Moth Worlds, which just concluded on Hawaii's amazing Kaneohe Bay, proved to be an up-and-down affair. The ups, of course, involved the stunning scenery and the world-class competition, but the downs included numerous postponements and race cancellations due to a lack of consistent breeze. Still, the RC and the sailors worked hard to get in ten races, which saw 2009 Moth World Champion Bora Gulari (USA) earn back his crown, followed on the podium by Nathan Outteridge (AUS) and Scott Babbage (AUS).

'It hasn't really set in yet,' reported Gulari. 'One thing I know for sure is that without Anthony [Katoun], George [Peet], Brad [Funk], and pretty much the entire U.S. Moth racing team, I would never be World Champion again.'

2013 Moth World Championship Day 5  ThMartinez/Sea&Co ©


According to Gulari, a lot of his success this year was determined on his hometown waters of Detroit, Michigan, before even departing for Hawaii's sunny and warm climes. 'We've been working for a solid year in Detroit, refining and changing things bit by bit until they're perfect,' said Gulari about his boat, sails and equipment. 'I've never sailed with a faster sail since I bought my first Moth.'

Get the full 2013 Moth Worlds multi-media report, inside this issue.

Katrina Ham, prepared for the start of the race - Mini Transat 2013  Audrey Knight


Meanwhile, in Douarnenez, France, the 84 skippers who amassed to race in the fabled Mini Transat Race are still awaiting a favorable (read: safe) weather window to start the first leg of their adventure, which is set to take the fleet of 21-foot speedsters to Puerto Celero in the Canary Islands. 'It is super frustrating,' said 26-year-old Australian skipper Katrina Ham. 'Having visualized the start for years as motivation to get through the tough times, it's disappointing to have to wait.'

And in Olympic sailing circles, racing recently concluded at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao, where sailors were tested in a wide range of conditions, from full-on blustery at the beginning of the regatta to barely anything on the final day of competition.

Lucas Calabrese and Juan de la Fuente 2 ARG Men's 470 - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao Day 3  ISAF ©


'It was a stressful race but we're really happy,' said Juan de la Fuente, who, along with Lucas Calabrese, earned a Gold in the Men's 470. 'Now we're trying to relax again. We came here looking for light winds and currents and we had it over the last four days so we're happy for that.'

More on the ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao, inside this issue.

And on Long Island Sound, strong northeasterly winds churned-up lumpy seas and made for some fairly extreme conditions at the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, especially for college sailors racing aboard borrowed keelboats. In order to keep everyone (and everything) safe, the RC made the wise decision to abandon racing, once it became clear that Mother Nature's mood was not likely to relent.

The J/44 Class at the 2013 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta  McMichaelYachts.com


'It was a shame for the teams that came so far,' said Regatta Chair Adam Loory. 'Our committee had to err on the side of caution; if boats get broken or people get hurt, we won't be able to pull together a regatta on this scale ever again. As it was, the City Island UK Sailmakers loft burned a lot of midnight oil to get sails back into one piece for Sunday.' Get the full report, inside this issue.

Action shot GB fighting to change the headsail from Yankee 2 to 3  Clipper Ventures PLC © .


Also inside, get the full story on the new course record for the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, don't miss the coverage of US Sailing's Annual Meeting Awards Dinner, and be sure to check out the reports from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Team Australia (Sean Langman) arrives in Auckland after setting a new Trans-Tasman crossing record of 2days and 19 hours.   Richard Gladwell ©


And finally, don't miss the great image galleries from Richard Gladwell and Peter Idoine of 'Team Australia' breaking the Sydney-Auckland record. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Teams shake up the leaderboard
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, it has been a game of cat and mouse in the last 24 hours as the fleet shake up the leaderboard following tactics that have seen the twelve teams spread out on a wider course in the race to Cape Town.... [more]
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Support a sailor - and one of the sailing media - Riding for Cancer
Sail-World,
Help support one of the sailing media, Boating NZ's Ben Gladwell, on a Cancer Society fundraiser - any contribution is greatly appreciated. If you are a sailor and have competed in 18fters, the Fastnet, Auckland Noumea, Auckland to Fiji and many other races - please help a fellow competitor to help others. Or maybe you want to remember a friend or relative has suffered from cancer...... [more]
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Moth World Championship - Gulari Crowned 2013 Moth World Champion
Alan Block,
An early squall drenched the 80 competitors for the 2013 McDougall + McConaghy International Moth World Championship this morning as they prepared their flying carbon-fiber craft for the final day of racing. The rain and clouds brought with them an unfortunate side effect, cooling down Oahu's Ko?olau Mountains and shutting down the building thermal breeze that might have allowed a final day of rac... [more]
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Mini Transat - Qualified to wait
Audrey Knight,
On Sunday 13 October, 84 skippers were set to cross the start line and race their tiny 21ft racers from Douarnenez in France to the stopover port of Puerto Celero in the Canaries in the 2013 Mini Transat race.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - Victory for France + Video
Mike Pateniotis,
This morning, tired faces could be seen among every crew. Today was the last day of the 33rd edition of the Student Yachting World Cup. France was already known as the new champion yesterday. Switzerland, second, was six points ahead Team USA. The EPFL team must secure their place.... [more]
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US Sailing honors contributors in Captiva
Jake Fish,
An outstanding list of contributors to the sport of sailing in the U.S. were presented with US Sailing's highest honors during Friday night's Annual Meeting Awards Dinner, presented by Rolex, at the South Seas Island Resort in Captiva, Fla.... [more]
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Moth World Championship - Under assault on Kaneohe Bay + Video
Alan Block,
At the Moth World Championships, a surprisingly stable 6-10 knot Northerly breeze allowed for more ‘flight time' on Friday than anyone expected, as 80 competitors from 15 nations took to the waters of Kaneohe Bay, HI for the penultimate day of the 2013 McDougall + McConaghy International Moth World Championship.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Captivating finale plays out + Video
ISAF,
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao offered a captivating finale as the inaugural event in China and the first World Cup regatta of the 2013-14 series came to a close. A range of conditions were thrown at the sailors across the week and on the final day a south easterly 5-7 knot breeze with gusts up to 10 knots and a maximum current of 2.1 knots made reading the conditions key.... [more]
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Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race - Lucky claims IRC Racer 0 Title
Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC media,
The TP52 Lucky which travelled all the way from America to take part in the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race has ensured she leaves with at least one piece of silverware, having won IRC Racing 0 Division on IRC handicap, pushing fellow TP52, OneSails Racing (which finished 1h 12m behind Bryon Ehrhart's boat) into second place on corrected time.... [more]
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Clipper Yacht Race - Teams try different tactics as fleet spreads out
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, various tactics are being played out and the fleet is becoming more widely spread with Great Britain and Derry~Londonderry~Doire heading further south, joining Invest Africa in the hope of finding more favorable winds.... [more]
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Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam race - Fischer says record was touch and go
Di Pearson,
Shortly after breaking the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam race record aboard Ragamuffin 90 this morning Hong Kong time, 86 year-old Syd Fischer told of the wild conditions on the first afternoon and night at sea.... [more]
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Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race - New record victory for Syd Fischer
Di Pearson,
86 year-old Syd Fischer and his Team Ragamuffin broke the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam race record this morning, beating Skandia's (Grant Wharington, AUS) 2004 time of 42h 45m 41s by just over four minutes, arriving at the Nha Trang finish line at 08:1120 this morning local time (11:11:20 Sydney time).... [more]
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Team Australia: Big Bird's record flight to Auckland
Lisa Ratcliff,
When they passed between Auckland's North Head and the leading lights at Rangitoto Channel at 9:12:43NZT this morning, the six-man crew on the giant multihull from Sydney nicknamed ‘Big Bird' set a new world speed passage record from Sydney to Auckland.... [more]
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Team Australia sets record for Trans Tasman crossing
Richard Gladwell,
The ORMA60, Team Australia, skippered by Sean Langman, has set a new record for the Sydney-Auckland crossing of the Tasman Sea, when she crossed the finish line around 9.00am NZT. Sail-World was on the water to accompany Team Australia for her final few miles and will post more photos and reaction as soon as they are processed... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - Outstanding conditions on day 5 + Video
Mike Pateniotis,
Day five of the Student Yachting World Cup was composed of three windward-leeward races with two laps each and one coastal race. The teams were able to enjoy outstanding warm weather in Pornic. In the morning, the wind was really good around twelve knots coming from the East.... [more]
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Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta - Strong winds test 400+ fleet
Kirsten Ferguson,
As a result of a stationary low, strong northeast winds blew for three days prior to the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, as well as for the two days of competition, making conditions extreme – even for experienced Long Island Sound racers.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Record fleet to contest
KPMS,
The 34th edition of the 606-nm Rolex Middle Sea Race will commence tomorrow, October 19th, with nearly 100 yachts from almost 20 countries expected to contest. 'We hope to make 100 starters which would represent a race record, beating the 82 competitors last year,' explained Godwin Zammit, Commodore of race organizers Royal Malta Yacht Club.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Intriguing penultimate day + Video
ISAF,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao, the action will heat up on the final day with equations and what ifs running through sailors heads after an intriguing penultimate day of racing in Qingdao, China. Light winds and a strong current made racing a tricky affair for the six classes sailing at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition venue.... [more]
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Moth Worlds: Charlie Connor at the 43rd position
Lulu Roseman,
After seven races, Australian teenager Charlie Connor is currently in 43rd position at the Moth Worlds in Kaneohe in Oahu, Hawaii. Not bad for the young Tasmanian who at 15 years old is one of the youngest sailors in the fleet. His uncle just happens to be seasoned Mothie Rob Gough, who finished third in last year's Moth Worlds at Lake Garda in Italy and is currently sitting in fifth place overall... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race day 6 - Side by side battle
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Old Pulteney and Henri Lloyd have been competing against each other side by side as the yachts fly their spinnakers for the first time since before Rio.... [more]
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Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race - 4 boats drop off the race
RHKYC Media,
24 hours into the RHKYC-organised Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race and 13 of 17 boats are still racing. Late yesterday Avant Garde was the first casualty, retiring after three fruitless hours spent trying to fix a steering problem.... [more]
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RHKYC Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race - Ragamuffin on a roll
Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC Media,
24 hours into the RHKYC-organised Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race and 13 of 17 boats are still racing.Late yesterday Avant Garde was the first casualty, retiring after three fruitless hours spent trying to fix a steering problem. Then, in the early hours of Friday, the drama surrounding Walawala 2's lost rudder unfolded, and then in another unrelated incident, EFG Bank Mandrake turned back... [more]
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