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19 Nov 2013

Mini Transat, TJV, Extreme 40s—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond



'We are helming a lot and our hands are suffering for it, not quite bleeding yet, but not far off-we've been on this tack almost exclusively since Cape Finisterre,' reported Gavignet a day or so ago. 'Right now we are doing 21-knots of boatspeed downwind. There are still some challenges to come before Itajaii; we have to get through a small front with very little wind behind it, there will be a little from the north and a little from the south. It will be pretty tricky for both boats.'

Edmond de Rothschild wins 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre  © Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / TJV


Despite the tricky driving conditions, Josse and Caudrelier managed to sail a faster race than their rivals, reeling off all 5,450 miles in just 11 days, five hours, three minutes and 54 seconds. Inside, get the full report on how this tactically demanding race was won, and be sure to also get the full TJV download from the other classes that are still deep into their races.

Also racing across the Atlantic but aboard considerably smaller raceboats, the singlehanded Mini Transat Race is also throwing plenty of weather-related challenges as the fleet of 21-foot speedsters literally had to battle their way out of Sada, Spain before punching out on the 3,600 mile nonstop route to Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe. Upon exiting the coast of Lanzarote, skippers had to face the tough choice of routing, namely to take the southerly route or to sail the rumbline.

Mini Transat 2013  ©Jacques Vapillon / Mini Transat 2013


According to the latest reports, Giancarlo Pedote ('Prysmian') is leading the prototype class, followed by Benoit Marie and Bertrand Delesne, while the action in the production class is being driven by Aymeric Belloir ('Tout le Monde chante contre le Cancer'), followed by Benoit Marie and Bertrand Delesne. Inside, get the full scoop on routing choices, racecourse conditions and the greater tactical battle that's setting up as the boats sprint towards Pointe-a-Pitre.

Meanwhile, in inshore racing news, 'The Wave, Muscat' claimed top honors at the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series in Florianopolis, snatching victory away from the 'Alinghi' squad after a long tug-of-war contest. 'This is exactly how I thought the end result would go!' said Leigh McMillan, skipper of 'The Wave, Muscat'. We haven't been able to shake 'Alinghi' all year, they haven't really put a foot wrong!'

Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 - Florianopolis  Vincent Curutchet / Lloyd images / OC


'We knew they were going to do everything possible, the last few days they've been absolutely hammering us around the racecourse,' continued McMillan. 'They did an exceptional job in that last race getting in front and we were just lucky we just got the right corner of the course and the shift was big enough that we were able to keep in the game! It's a massive relief for what has been a couple of emotional days!'

Get the full Extreme Sailing Series news, inside this issue.

Laser World Championships 2013. Mussanah. Oman. Day 2 of racing, Robert Scheidt (BRA)  © Lloyd Images


Also inside, be sure to check out the news from the upcoming RC44 Championship, the Monson Cup, as well as an update from the ongoing Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and the Laser Worlds. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


avid Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Tom Slingsby – on the America's Cup (part 1)
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
Olympic Gold Medallist and Oracle Team USA 34th AC strategist Tom Slingsby confirmed to Sail-World last week that he will return to Oracle Team USA when it mounts its defense of the 35th America's Cup. Sail-World talked at length with Tom in recent weeks. Here is the first part of our three part interview series with him.... [more]
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Laser Standard World Championship day 2
Lisa Hynes,
At the 2013 Laser Standard World Championships in Oman, Robert Scheidt sounded a warning to his Rio 2016 rivals today with an emphatic win, which moved him five places up the leaderboard into second place.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Oman Air-Musandam crosses finish line
Oman Sail,
After a 5,968 nautical mile match race across the Atlantic Ocean, Oman Air-Musandam's skipper Sidney Gavignet (FRA) and co skipper Damian Foxall (IRL) crossed the Transat Jacques Vabre finish line in Itajaii, Brasil, at 23:04:09 CET on 18 November in second place, just 5 hours and 15 seconds behind Edmond de Rothschild's Sebastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier after 11 days, 10 hours, 4 minutes and... [more]
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America's Cup: The Comeback - Video
Sail-World,
Oracle Team USA, winners of the 34th America's Cup present a video compilation of the team's comeback to win one of the closest regattas in America's Cup regatta. Duration over 9 minutes. Enjoy!... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Official launch November 26
Jennifer Crooks,
The official launch of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2013 is set to take place next Tuesday, 26 November 2013, at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney. The launch will mark just one calendar month until the Boxing Day start of one of the world's most famous yacht races.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Tumbling along the coast of Lanzarote
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, its a grand parade in front of Puerto Calero. One after the other, the Minis tumble along the coast of Lanzarote before making their final choice of route across the Canary Islands. Head south as soon as possible like Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian) and Aymeric Belloir or stick with the rhumb line like Benoit Marie (benoitmarie.com) and Justine Mettraux (TeamWork).... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre victory for Edmond de Rothschild
Kate Jennings,
Claiming the win, Sébastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier crossed the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre in Itajaí (Brazil) this Monday at 17h03'54' (GMT) after 11 days, five hours, three minutes and 54 seconds of racing. Leading since leaving Le Havre, the trimaran Edmond de Rothschild won this sprint across the Atlantic at what proved to be a hellish pace.... [more]
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RC44 Championship Tour - Trio of titles up for grabs in Puerto Calero
Jo Grindley,
The final leg of the 2013 RC44 Championship Tour is set to take place in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote from the 20 – 24 November. With three titles are up for grabs, the 15 competing teams will be fighting it out to be crowned RC44 World Champion, with the RC44 Championship Tour and Match Racing titles still to be decided.... [more]
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Gill signs on as naming rights sponsor to Melges 24 World Championship
Gill Marine Media,
With entries pouring in from around the World, the forthcoming Melges 24 World Championship received an extra boost recently with the signing on of leading technical sailing clothing brand, Gill as the naming rights sponsor for the World Championship set to be held at Geelong Victoria in January 2014.... [more]
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Laser Standard World Championships - Scheidt sounds warning to rivals
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat, Oman Sail,
At the 2013 Laser Standard World Championships in Oman, Robert Scheidt sounded a warning to his Rio 2016 rivals today with an emphatic win which moved him five places up the leaderboard into second place.... [more]
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A-Class Worlds: 64 entries and counting down to February 2014
Sail-World,
Sailing Events Takapuna are proud to present the 2014 A Class Catamaran World Championships and Nationals as sanctioned by the IACA in February 2014. The event will be held at the picturesque Takapuna Boating Club right on the foreshore of Takapuna Beach on Auckland's North Shore from the fifth to the 16th February.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World day 14: Wind down, sun out and sky clear
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, conditions have eased considerably for the teams since the latest storm. The wind is down, the sun is out and the sky is clear, giving the Southern Ocean a very different personality.... [more]
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Laser World Championship: Perfect sailing conditions on day 1
Lisa Hynes,
In the Laser World Championships 2013, the 130 competitors from 51 countries enjoyed perfect sailing conditions on day one of the event - winds of between 15 and 18 knots, waves were 1.5 metres high, the sun shone. The favorites did well today with Britain's Nick Thompson at the top of the leader board at the end of day one... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - The Wave, Muscat crowned champion
Oman Sail,
In a thrilling final race on Sunday, Oman's The Wave, Muscat won the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series championship for the second year running!... [more]
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2013 Extreme Sailing Series - The Wave, Muscat clinch crown
Extreme Sailing Series,
The Wave, Muscat clinched victory in the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series™ in Florianopolis presented by Land Rover, in one of the closest ever-final races in the seven-year history of the Series. Under a brilliant Brazilian sunshine with a perfect 10 knots of breeze, Leigh McMillan, Ed Smyth, Pete Greenhalgh, Hashim Al Rashidi and Musab Al Hadi were leading the fleet as they went into the final.... [more]
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The Monsoon Cup: Receives valuable support from NSC
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
The sixth and final stage of the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour – the Monsoon Cup and the sport of sailing in Malaysia has received valuable support from the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sports Council (NSC) following an announcement to launch a series of development programs starting next year aimed at producing world class sailors from the country.... [more]
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Laser Standard World Championships - Promising start from Thompson
Oman Sail,
British sailor Nick Thompson has never won a major Laser event but today he revelled in the superb breeze at Mussanah Sports City, Oman to get his 2013 Laser Standard World Championships off to a promising start after the opening two races.... [more]
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Laser World Sailing Championships - Top ranked sailors compete
Lisa Hynes,
A star studded fleet of Laser sailors have arrived in the Sultanate of Oman for the Laser Standard Men's World's Championships which started today, November 17th. 48 of the 50 top ranked sailors in the world are competing at what is Oman's first ever sailing world championships.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - SAP Extreme Sailing Team recovers
Sarah Branson,
On the penultimate day of racing for this Extreme Sailing Series 2013, after the dramatic capsize yesterday afternoon, the SAP Extreme Sailing Team worked with impressive speed to de-rig the boat and tow it in off the water.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Wind gusts exceed 100 knots
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, mother Nature invited select teams to a star studded weather show yesterday. Those who were invited had no choice in their attendance, though according to skipper reviews it was a fun night of exciting, incredible, awe inspiring and definitely unforgettable proportion.... [more]
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World's best gather for WWA Wake Park World Series
Rob Corum,
For the first ever WWA Wake Park World Series contest an international pool of riders came together over the past two days in Australia. Go Wake – Mackay built custom rails and installed a brand new cable in the Queensland town of Mackay, Australia to accompany riders like Ange Schriber (AUS), Daniel Grant (THI), Tom Fooshee (USA), Matty Hasler (AUS), Julian Cohen (USA) and Aaron Gunn (AUS).... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - The Wave Muscat focuses on winning
Oman Sail,
Oman's defending champion The Wave, Muscat is completely focused on winning the Extreme Sailing Series Championship as as they go into Sunday's final day of the 2013 season with a slim three point lead after eight races in tough, gusty conditions in Florianopolis, Brasil on Saturday.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Competition Stiffens towards the finals
Oman Sail,
With just 700nms to go to the finish of the 5,450nm Transat Jacques Vabre, Oman Air-Musandam – the Sultanate of Oman's flagship MOD70 campaign – has made significant inroads on Edmond de Roth schild's lead, sitting just 39nms behind on Sunday morning.... [more]
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