Monsoon Cup, TJV, Mini Transat—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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01 Dec 2013

Monsoon Cup, TJV, Mini Transat—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond



'It was our first year on the Tour, and we came in all fists swinging, hoping to put up a fight, and we did!' reported an elated Canfield. 'Thanks go to my amazing team, they're the real force here. Hopefully we'll have many more years on the Tour.'

WAKA Racing and USone racing in the Semi Finals of the Monsoon Cup, Malaysia.  © OnEdition / WMRT


As far as the actual Monsoon Cup, Robertson and his 'WAKA Racing' team claimed first prize, followed by Williams and his 'GAC Pindar' squad, with Canfield rounding out the Top Three. But while Canfield might have won the 2013 tour, this was a big win for the 26-year-old Robertson and his Kiwi team.

'We're stoked,' reported Robertson. 'It's been a real long time coming. The boys put in a massive effort in the bigger breeze, and everything went our way today. That's what you need to happen in the Finals when the pressure is on.' Get the full Monsoon Cup report, inside.

Class 40 GDF Suez - 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre  Breschi / GDF Suez


Meanwhile, in offshore-sailing circles, the competition remains fierce in the ongoing Transat Jacques Vabre Class where the doublehanded fleet of Class 40s is approaching the finishing line under complicated skies. 'The final promises to be difficult,' reported Fabien Delahaye, co skipper of 'GDF Suez'. 'The files are showing we should have 15 knots of wind reaching with the gennaker, but we are under big spinnaker in five knots of wind. It's difficult to understand what is happening. And we just try to find the right sail combinations. We are getting there but there can be plenty of pitfalls along the final miles.'

Get the full TJV report, inside this issue, and be sure to stay tuned to the website for more from the Class 40s, as their race progresses.

François Guiffant (159, Scidiam) - Mini Transat 2013  © Jacques Vapillon / Mini Transat


And in the Mini Transat race, the fleet of singlehanded skippers is now confronting a major low-pressure system that's likely costing sleep and causing migraines as the sailors attempt to best position their boats relative to the weather front and to their competition. According to reports, the northerly option was the correct routing choice, with skippers on other courses struggling to find their pace. Get the full Mini Transat update, inside this issue, and be sure to also stay tuned to the website for the latest on this historically grueling race, as it progresses.

Also inside, be sure to get the full download from the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne (December 1-7) and the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, and don't miss the report on the recently announced improvements to the Offshore Racing Congress' rating systems.

49er Practice Racing - Sail Melbourne , 2013 - ISAF World Sailing Cup, Round 1- Day 0  © Richard Gladwell


And finally, be sure to check out the great image gallery of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne practice sessions, compliments of Sail-World's Richard Gladwell.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Laser Masters World Championships opening in Oman
Oman Sail,
Laser Masters World Championships 2013 get underway on Monday 2nd December at 12.00pm with two races scheduled. Just a week after the curtain came down on an action packed Laser World Championships, a new set of starting signals were sounded in Mussanah Beach today to mark the opening of the Laser Masters World Championships 2013 following a lively launch party last night.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne – 2013 The Road of Rio continues
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Sunshine and fresh breezes made for an exciting practice day for the 460 boats 581 competitors, sailing in the Olympic and Invited classes at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Sail Melbourne ahead of the official launch at Sandringham Yacht Club this afternoon.... [more]
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More Images from ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Practice sessions
Richard Gladwell,
Second image gallery from Sail-World's Richard Gladwell who is part of the Sail-World and media team at the 2013 Sailing World Cup- Melbourne regatta which has attracted and entry of total of 460 boats from 24 countries and a total of 581 competitors. These are shots mainly from the dinghy park. Racing starts tomorrow on Port Phillip Bay... [more]
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Images from ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Practice sessions
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's Richard Gladwell is part of the Sail-World and media team at the 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne regatta which has attracted and entry of total of 460 boats from 24 countries and a total of 581 competitors. These are shots mainly from the dinghy park. Racing starts tomorrow on Port Phillip Bay... [more]
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Mini Transat - Competitors accumulate constraints
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, caught in an eternal nightmare ... approaching the Canary Islands, the competitors, especially those who had to stop in Lanzarote, see the weather conditions blow hot and cold along the route. How many times did they think that 'this time, surely the trades are here ...'? And how many times did they find themselves disillusioned?... [more]
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AWMRT Monsoon Cup - Dramatic final day + Video
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
Taylor Canfield has won the Alpari Match Racing World Tour after a dramatic final day at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia. Canfield has Phil Robertson to thank for his Tour victory after the WAKA Racing skipper swept to a 3-0 win over Ian Williams to take the Monsoon Cup.... [more]
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Mini Transat - The depression continues
Mini Transat,
Mini Transat - The break is between the leading group and the rest of the fleet. The first six prototypes achieve a flawless course, allowing them to outrun their pursuers, while maintaining top speeds that are likely to protect them from any attacks.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - New skipper for Team Garmin
Marina Thomas,
The new Team Garmin Clipper Round the World Yacht Race skipper Mark Burkes has officially taken over from Leg 3 skipper, Ben Bowley after the yacht's arrival into Albany, Western Australia on Friday.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup: Watch the live action here - Final & Petite Final - LIVE
Sail-World,
Now in its ninth year, the Monsoon Cup, considered by many to be the most formidable leg of the Alpari World Match racing Tour, will see 12 teams battling for the event title and six fighting for the World Championship. The Monsoon Cup will be streamed from 26th – 30th November between 10:00 - 17:00 local time (GMT +8). With a million dollars of prizemoney on this event - there's plenty at stake!... [more]
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Disability accessible Tallship on World circumnavigation
Philippa Williams,
We are on board the Lord Nelson, a square rigged sail training ship operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust. The JST is a British based charity that strives to promote sailing as an activity open to everyone, regardless of individual's physical capacity. Andy, Allen and myself have all signed up as voyage crew for one leg of Nellie world circumnavigation - and we are all enjoying ourselves immensely... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Williams scrapes through in Malaysia + Video
Chicago Match Race Center,
At the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, Ian Williams bounced off the ropes to keep his hopes of a fifth world title alive after scraping through a tense Quarter-Final.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Uncertainty looms for the Class 40s
Soazig Guého,
In the Transat Jacques Vabre, heading into the final evening and night for the top three Class 40 duos, there is still a dense cloud of uncertainty hanging over the final outcome. Given that the waters off Itajaí Brasil have hardly seen breeze to ripple the surface of the sea through the day, the one certainty is that it will be a long evening and, maybe, night.... [more]
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Offshore Racing Congress reveals improvements for 2014
ORC Media,
At its Annual General Meeting held in Muscat, Oman, the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) reviewed its activities and policies for 2013, one of its more successful years to date: to the beginning of this month there was an almost 15% increase in ORC International and ORC Club certificates over 2012, with over 8200 certificates issued worldwide.... [more]
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AWMRT Monsoon Cup - Williams scrapes through tense Quarter Final
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
The Monsoon Cup, the sixth and final event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, continues in Kuala Terengganu, Malyasia. Ian Williams bounced off the ropes to keep his hopes of a fifth world title alive after scraping through a tense Quarter Final.... [more]
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Mini Transat 2013 - A nasty headache!
Mini Transat 2013,
The stormy depression that is plaguing the Mini Transat 2013 race area is expected to give those soloists without a good strategy a major migraine. While Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian) and Benoît Marie (benoitmarie.com) seem to have escaped at more than 10 knots in the 20.00 rankings, it is much harder for their pursuers.... [more]
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