TJV, Laser Worlds, Slingsby Q&A—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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24 Nov 2013

TJV, Laser Worlds, Slingsby Q&A—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond



While the race obviously went well for Riou and Le Cam, the two faced their share of troubles, including being forced to stop in Madeira to replace a failed rudder fitting. 'We weren't very often sailing at less than 15 knots,' said Riou. 'We pushed the boats hard from start to finish. We never had time to relax with the wind from astern. It was all out reaching all the time. When rudders fail like that, you have to wonder why.'

IMOCA 60' PRB - VINCENT RIOU / JEAN LE CAM - TRANSAT JACQUES VABRE 2013 - PORT LA FORET LE 10/09/2013  B Stichelbaut


'This was my seventh race, so one (win) in seven,' reported Le Cam. 'My last one was with Yves (Le Blévec) on the Multi 50 'Actual', and we finished in Cherbourg [France]. Let's say it is more enjoyable to arrive in Brazil!'

Get the full TJV report, inside this issue, and be sure to stay tuned to the website for the latest news as doublehanded teams continue to cross the finishing line.

Also in offshore news, the Mini Transat fleet has been experiencing trying conditions, ranging from squalls to unstable trade winds. The competition in the Prototype class has been especially tight, with just 5.2 nautical miles separating race leader Giancarlo Pedote, aboard 'Prysmian', and Benoit Marie, aboard 'benoitmarie.com'. Get the full scoop, inside.

The Laser World Championships 2013 - Standard. Mussanah Oman
The final day of racing, Robert Scheidt (BRA) shown here in action and celebrating after winning the championships

Oman.Credit: Lloyd Images.   Lloyd Images/Oman Sail©


And in One Design news, Robert Scheidt (BRA) has claimed his ninth Laser World Championship win, beating out Pavlos Kontides (CYP) and Philipp Buhl (GER) for top prize at a much-watched regatta that just concluded in Oman. 'This feels more special than any of the other Laser Worlds I have won,' said Scheidt. 'I am at a different stage of my life–being a dad and being away from Laser sailing all these years makes it more special.'

Scheidt spent the past nine years racing Stars but jumped back into the Laser for the 2016 Olympics, which will be sailed on his home waters of Rio de Janeiro. 'I didn't know what to expect when I came back into the Lasers but winning the Worlds after a tough seven days means a lot,' said Scheidt, who is now 40. 'Rio is still a long way off and I shall have to see how my body holds up over the next few years but the next Olympic Games in Rio is definitely how I want to end my career.'

Oracle Team USA v Emirates Team New Zealand. America's Cup Day 5 San Francisco. Oracle Team USA's Tom Slingsby at the Race 8 Media Conference  © Richard Gladwell


And in America's Cup news, Sail-World's Rob Kothe recently caught up with Tom Slingsby, strategist for Oracle Team USA in the 34th America's Cup, to get his pulse on AC34, as well as the state-of-play with AC35. Slingsby, it will be remembered, has already signed-on with Oracle Team USA for AC 35.

'I can tell you that I'm pretty ballsy and I love extreme sports and I'm not really scared of much, but I can tell you that you're definitely on edge when you're doing a bear-away in 23 plus knots and the boat is completely out of control,' said Slingsby. ‘You're scared. Some of your best mate's lives are in your hands right next to you.'

'Everyone says it's only 23 knots, [that] J/24s sail up to 25 knots, but they're not doing three times the wind speeds,' said Slingsby. 'They're not sailing round at 45 knots downwind.'

Be sure to check out the full three-part Slingsby interview, inside this issue.

Competitors in action during day four of the IKA Kiteboard Race World Championship 2013 on November 23, 2013 at King Bay Qionghai, China.  Xaume Olleros


Also inside, get the latest news from the Clipper Round the world Yacht Race, the Kiteboard Course Race World Championship and the RC44 Worlds.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Tom Slingsby – America's Cup at the Extremes and Olympics (Part III)
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
‘For all the computer sailors, the guys who sit on the Internet and say this or that the wind limits are too low, they need to understand the risks. These guys weren't on the boat in 23 knots when you are doing close to 50 knots in a bear away and not in control, the boat is hobby horsing and you are nose diving.... [more]
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Chris Steele's the show to claim victory in the 2013 Harken
Damian Devine,
After four days of racing, Chris Steele from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron stole the show to be crowned the 2013 Harken youth match racing champion with a resounding win today in the final on Pittwater, hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.... [more]
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Turkey Day Regatta at Alamitos Bay YC – Day 1
Rich Roberts,
Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's 66th annual Turkey Day Regatta is being held on 23rd and 24th November in Long Beach, California. A light and chilly breeze shifting left and right on a crystal clear afternoon was not typical for Long Beach, but it fit right into Simone Staff's plan.... [more]
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Kiteboard Course Race World Championship - Big changes on Day 4
Michalis Pateniotis,
2013 IKA Kiteboard Course Race World Championship is being held in Boao King Bay, Hainan, China, from 18 to 24 November. The lighter, shifting winds that graced day four of the championships threw a spanner in the works of the reigning title holders' virtually unchallenged bid for back-to-back victories, while favouring riders whose style more suited the conditions.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Top three teams enter stealth mode
Clipper Ventures,
The fight to the finish line of race 4 could be one of the most hotly anticipated finishes so far in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, as in the last 24 hours the top three teams have all entered stealth mode eager to hide their positions and tactics from its closest competitors.... [more]
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3-Buoys Challenge Series Race 6 - Rabbitohs-Kenwood team dominate
Frank Quealey,
3-Buoys Challenge Series Race 6 was held today, Sunday 25 November 2013, on Sydney Harbour. The Rabbitohs-Kenwood team of Brett Van Munster, Joel Castle and Kurt Fatouris dominated the fleet for an easy victory.... [more]
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Carlos Aguilar Match Race: Semis for Holmberg, Perry, Roble and Wilson
Carol Bareuther,
Sailors, local sailing enthusiasts, school children and even the territory's Governor came out to watch the second day of racing in the sixth Annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race (CAMR).... [more]
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RC44 World Championships - Tight at the top on penultimate day
Jo Grindley,
The wind gods played ball on the penultimate day of competition at the Calero Marinas RC44 World Championships. An 8-13 knots breeze graced the course throughout the day, allowing the race committee slot in four races. Consistency was key and the on form boats were Ironbound and Team Aqua, who sit on equal points at the top of the leaderboard going into the final day of racing.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Scattered, and trying to solve the puzzle
Solene Rennuit,
The soloists of the Mini Transat are still not done with the unstable trade winds. Between windy squalls and areas without a breath, all must be prepared to face some tough times. If salvation seems to come from the southwest, they must also find the right balance between heading south to find more consistent trade winds and wining in the west on the Antilles route.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World - Battle to win the Kinjarling Cup rumbles on
Clipper Ventures PLC,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, with just over 400 miles until the race 4 finish in Albany, Western Australia for the leaders of the pack, just one mile currently separates OneDLL and Great Britain as the battle to win the coveted Kinjarling Cup rumbles on.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - PRB speeds towards IMOCA Open 60 finish line
Soazig Guého,
In the Transat Jacques Vabre, having crossed the final major weather hurdle, a stormy unsettled low pressure front, as they passed the entrance to the Bay of Rio earlier, Vincent Riou and Jean Le Cam on PRB had less than 340 miles left to sail of the 5450 mile course from Le Havre to Itajaí where the finish line for the IMOCA Open 60 class awaits them.... [more]
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Thunderstorms rain on the parade on Day 3 of Harken International
Damian Devine,
The penultimate day of competition in the 2013 Harken Youth International Match Racing Championship hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club only saw the completion of stage one on a benign Pittwater today with just four matches sailed.... [more]
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Laser Standard Worlds: Robert Scheidt claims ninth Laser title + Video
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
Robert Scheidt was crowned 2013 Laser World Champion in Oman for the ninth time today after winning the final race of the regatta then proclaimed this Laser World Championship title as his best so far. The 40 year-old Brazilian sailor started the last race just one point ahead of rival Pavlos Kontides but put in a flawless performance to win by two boat lengths... [more]
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Star Sailors League Final - America to have most competitors in Nassau
Alex D'Agosta,
With the largest number of sailors ranked in the Star Sailors League (551), America will have the most competitors taking part in the inaugural Star Sailors League Final, hosted by the Nassau Yacht Club, 3-8 December. Mark Mendelblatt (15th) with Brian Fatih (13th) are the SSL Ranking leader in the stars and stripes contingent.... [more]
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Update on alarming loss of U.S. Coastal Wetlands
Laurel Bryant, NOAA Fisheries,
NOAA has co-authored a report with the Fish and Wildlife (FWC) Service documenting the current status and trends of wetlands loss along the coastal watersheds of the United States. According to the report's findings, from 2004-2009, coastal watersheds lost wetlands at the alarming rate of 80,000 acres per year--a 25 percent increase over the last six year period reported.... [more]
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IKA Kiteboard Course Race Worlds - Heineken siblings dominate + Video
Neil Godbold,
On the third day of the IKA Kiteboard Course Race World Championship, current title holders Johnny Heineken and sister Erika continued their domination. But as competition intensified, the siblings showed they were human after all with a few blips in otherwise flawless performances in a series of races in perfect 20kts winds and flat water.... [more]
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Carlos Aguilar Match Race - Holmberg and Perry lead day 1
Carol Bareuther,
No team remained undefeated at the end of the first day of racing in the sixth Annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race (CAMR). In fact, nearly half the fleet or four teams – Finland's Antti Luhta, the USA's Stephanie Roble, the BVI's Colin Rathbun and Greece's Stratis Andreadis – are tied with four wins apiece.... [more]
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RC44 World Championships - More headaches in Lanzarote + Video
Jo Grindley,
At the RC44 World Championships, light winds caused more headaches for the Race Committee in Lanzarote. The fleet were held ashore for an hour to wait for the breeze to put in an appearance. Racing eventually got underway at 1400, after a promising start the wind died as the fleet approached the top mark and the race was abandoned.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Fleet advances between squalls
Solene Rennuit,
Mini Transat - Douarnenez to Pointe-a-Pitre. From beautiful straight lines to course changes at the mercy of the oscillating trade winds. The competitors' routes show a guilty penchant for zigzaging back and forth reflecting the instability ot the conditions they are encountering.... [more]
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Star Sailors League Final - Two German teams to compete
Alex D'Agosta,
Two world-class German teams will be taking part in the inaugural Star Sailors League Final hosted by the Nassau Yacht Club, 3-8 December: Johannes Polgar and Markus Koy and Robert Stanjek and Frithjof Kleen.... [more]
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Laser Standard Worlds - Day 6: Mistakes and mixed fortunes + Video
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
At the Laser Standard World Championships, a day of mistakes and mixed fortunes among the main contenders for the title has paved the way for a thrilling finale in Oman with the last two races on Saturday set to determine medals and futures.... [more]
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2013-14 College Sailing Match Race National Championship
Jennifer Mitchell,
The Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Match Race National Championship for the Cornelius Shields, Sr. Trophy, is set to begin tomorrow, Friday, November 22 and will last through Sunday, November 24. The event is hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and racing will take place in Tampa Bay.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics smash race record
Clipper Ventures PLC,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, PSP Logistics had much to celebrate yesterday as it found itself a new gear, smashing the golden ‘300 mile in 24 hours' mark, whilst also setting the new fastest time for the ocean sprint of 18 hours and two minutes.... [more]
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Sail America to host June race at College of Charleston
Sail America,
Sail America has scheduled a regatta to accompany its fourth biennial Industry Conference, June 9-11, 2014, at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. The regatta will be held Monday, June 9, at the College of Charleston.... [more]
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Practice Day at 6th Carlos Aguilar Match Race
Carol Bareuther,
Charlotte Amalie's harbor is one of the most picturesque ports in the Caribbean. For sailors, this beauty comes with a beast. That is, extremely shifty winds blowing off the surrounding mountains, and knowing how to call the shifts correctly, can spell the difference between winning and losing a race.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - 300 mile barrier record smashed
Ruth Harrington,
In Race four of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race the fleet is currently en route to Western Australia. In the last 24 hours competitor PSP Logistics has set a new record for the number of miles covered in a day as it continues its campaign to win the world's longest ocean race. .... [more]
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Harken International Youth Match Racing Day 2 - Weather Gods dictate
Damian Devine,
It was the weather Gods dictating terms on Pittwater today for Day two of the 21st Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship, hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Only three flights and ten races all up were able to be completed with the nor' easter tipping the scales at 25 knots and forcing an abandonment to racing shortly after 2pm.... [more]
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