Weather cruel to Mini Transat—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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01 Nov 2013

Weather cruel to Mini Transat—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond



At the time of this writing, most of the fleet was reportedly heading towards Gijon, on Spain's Cantabrian coast. Once the fleet is safely ashore and the weather system has played through, race organizers plan to restart the fleet as quickly as possible. Get the full report, inside this issue.

Meanwhile, news recently broke of a Chinese entry into the 2014/2015 Volvo Ocean Race (VOR). Team Dongfeng, backed by Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle, will be the third Chinese-flagged entry in as many editions of the VOR, and they are also the third confirmed entry in this grueling, around-the-world battle.

Huang Gang, Dongfeng's General Manager and Knut Frostad, CEO of the VOR  Jiang Yongtao/Volvo Ocean Race


'Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle has become an important partner for the Volvo Ocean Race, which is an internationally renowned sailing event,' said Huang Gang, Dongfeng's General Manager. 'This is also a key step in DFCV's global marketing strategy.'

'Team Dongfeng will be sailing in our new One-Design Volvo Ocean 65, like the rest of the fleet, which means they will have exactly the same boat and competitive opportunities as anyone in the race, and they will be one of the first teams on the water,' said Knut Frostad, CEO of the VOR. 'The team will include a significant number of Chinese sailors and the search begins now to find the best in the country.'

Spindrift 2 in action  Chris Schmid/Spindrift Racing


Also offshore related, 'Spindrift 2', the world's largest offshore trimaran, is currently attacking the distance record from Cadiz, Spain to San Salvador in the Bahamas. The current record of 7 days, 10 hours, 58 minutes and 53 seconds was set in 2007 by skipper Franck Cammas and crew aboard the maxi trimaran, 'Groupama 3', but co-skippers Dona Bertarelli, Yann Guichard and the 12 other crewmembers aboard 'Spindrift 2' are hoping to best 'Groupama 3's' average pace of 21.70 knots.

The crew onboard Spindrift 2  Chris Schmid/Spindrift Racing


'Dona and I are proud to set off on this first trip, on this first adventure with the Spindrift racing team,' said Guichard. 'This is my 11th Atlantic crossing, and everything seems different. The pressure is positive and whilst leading this crew is no trivial matter, the shared adventure has all the ingredients and fun one feels on great crossings.'

Get the full scoop, inside, and stay tuned to the website for the latest news from 'Spindrift 2', as it becomes known.

Also inside, get the latest news from the Star class, the JP Aloha Classic and ISAF's latest match-racing rankings.

Skipper Ken Read at the helm in the Southern Ocean. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand, to Itajai, Brazil. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)  Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©


Lastly, I recently caught up with Ken Read, President of North Sails, World Champion sailor and the unofficial Don of the Newport Sailing Mafia, to get his pulse on sailmaking in the post-Great Recession era. Part One and Two are now live on the site, and Part Three of this exclusive Sail-Word feature will be published in the next few days.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Newport Bermuda Race - Notice of Race for 2014 now available
Talbot Wilson,
The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee has posted the Notice of Race for the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race® in its web site documents area. The Newport Bermuda Race Safety Requirements have also been posted. These requirements are based on US Sailing's new 'Ocean-level' standard, and include Newport Bermuda Race prescriptions.... [more]
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Entry system for ORC Worlds 2014 now open
ORC Media,
The ORC Worlds 2014 entry system is now open. Today the host club, the Kieler Yacht-Club, has opened the online entry system so that offshore sailors from all over the world are invited to make their entries for this prestigious event that takes place over 2-9 August 2014 in Kiel Sailing City, Germany.... [more]
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Spindrift 2 racing along the tradewind highway
Virginie Bouchet,
Having reached the island of Gran Canaria yesterday at 6pm - a required point of passage to be left to starboard - the Maxi Trimaran 2 Spindrift now speeds along the tradewind highway, with a strong northeasterly wind to propel them across the West Atlantic.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference to take place in Muscat
ISAF,
The 2013 ISAF Annual Conference is set to take place in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman from 9-16 November. ISAF Committee, Sub-committee and Commission members will head to Oman where they will be joined by ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs), Class Associations, sailors, event organisers, boat manufacturers and many more.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Gryphonsolo2's Joe Harris reminisces
Joe Harris,
Gryphonsolo2's Joe Harris reminisces on past editions on the Transat Jacques Vabre and looks ahead to the next installment which sets sail from Le Havre.... [more]
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The Professional-part three of a conversation with Ken Read
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Ken Read served as the skipper of Puma Ocean Racing's entries in the 2008-2009 and 2011-2012 editions of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), where the team finished in second and third place, respectively. Read has worked in various capacities for North Sails since 1996, and in January of 2013 he was promoted to the high-profile role of President.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - 20 world's top sailors compete + video
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
With fierce competition at the top of the Tour leader board in the penultimate event on the 2013 Alpari Tour, the Argo Group Gold Cup runs an expanded field of competition with 20 of the world's top sailors.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 8 - Lars Grael to spearhead Team Brazil
Extreme Sailing Series™,
For the Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 8, the Extreme 40 racing machines will line-up on a brand new stadium racecourse in Florianópolis, Brazil where they will be joined by Brazilian sailing royalty Lars Grael at the forefront of the invitational entry, Team Brazil in just two weeks .... [more]
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Mini Transat - Leg 1 cancelled, Bay of Biscay wins
Solene Rennuit,
Without doubt, the Bay of Biscay wins this year. Although the Mini Transat fleet had eaten up nearly two-thirds of the Bay of Biscay, the grib files are showing a further deterioration in conditions compared to those expected at the time of the start. At 19.00 tonight the Race Director took the decision to cancel the first leg to allow competitors to reach port safely.... [more]
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JP Aloha Classic PWA World Cup - Exciting sailing on day 8
Vivienne Masters,
A slower than expected start at Ho'okipa Beach Park on day eight of the JP Aloha Classic - presented by Nalu Kai - soon turned into a pulsating and extremely exciting day of sailing as the title race headed towards its climax.... [more]
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24th Marmaris International Race Week - Pressure mounts up at it's end
Mike Pateniotis,
Day four of the 24th Marmaris International Race Week and the pressure was mounting as the regatta nears it's end. After a challenging day offshore yesterday with tricky wind shifts and an unpredictable breeze, today's inshore race was bound to offer it's own set of challenges for the teams to overcome.... [more]
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2014 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Forty-Five starters
Joy Dunigan,
The highly-anticipated season opener for the 2014 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series is officially underway after a long day of stunning weather conditions, practice and registration, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club and supported by Melges USA. All forty-five teams registered have 100% secured their place on the starting line, ready to go head-to-head for one of the class' most coveted titles... [more]
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J/105 North American Championship - James Rathbun leads tight pack
Christopher Howell,
The standings couldn't be much closer after day one of the J/105 North American Championship, hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club in Maryland. Just four points separate the top five after three races were completed on Thursday. James Rathbun's Hey Jude holds the top position with scores of 6,3,1 for 11 points. Bruce Stone's LouLou trails by one point in second place after tallying a 4,4,3. Stephen Phil... [more]
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The Professional - Part 2 of a conversation with Ken Read
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Dennis Conner shoulder tapped Read to serve as his helmsman during the 2000 and 2003 'Stars & Stripes' campaigns, and Read has also served on the afterguard of plenty of high-profile big-boat campaigns, including George David's all-conquering 'Rambler'. More recently, Read served as the skipper of Puma Ocean Racing's entries in the 2008-2009 and 2011-2012 editions of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR).... [more]
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JP Aloha Classic - The hunt for redemption at Ho'okipa + Video
American Windsurfing Tour,
At the JP Aloha Classic, the decision was made early to release all PWA, Women and Youth and focus on the Amateur and Masters brackets once more. We continue to score with the conditions and Thursday and Friday are setting up to be amazing Ho'okipa days for the PWA Double Elimination.... [more]
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H.R. 3080 could hold benefits for boaters
BoatUS,
A bill that the US House of Representatives just passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, has Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) seeing possible benefits for recreational boaters.... [more]
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Dave's Dust Up Grade 5 Match Race
Rick Roberts,
On Saturday, Nov. 23, Long Beach Yacht Club will present Dave's Dust Up, an ISAF Grade 5 match race. The racing action will begin around 11:30 a.m. (weather conditions permitting) and will be able to be seen from Long Beach's Veterans Memorial Pier.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Dongfeng revealed as Chinese entry + Video
Jon Bramley,
For the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race, a team from China backed by Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle and run by leading sailing experts OC Sport will take part. Team Dongfeng will have the interests of Chinese sailing at its core with a significant number of Chinese in the final race crew, as well as its support team.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Pleasant sailing conditions arrive
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, after 24 hours of racing in north-westerly and westerly winds accompanied by chaotic seas, the Minis have at last begun to see some pleasant sailing conditions. Between the excitement of the start, the stress of the weather conditions and the reality of life aboard, many competitors have suffered from seasickness during the initial hours of the race.... [more]
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