TP52s, Melges 20s, and VO65s—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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15 Dec 2013

TP52s, Melges 20s, and VO65s—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond



'We've raced different venues and courses, inshore and offshore, traditional and with gates in the middle. We've competed in different states from right off the deck of SYC, one of the world's premier yacht clubs to pristine Pittwater, another world class venue,' said Gavin Brady, 'Team Beau Geste's' helmsman. 'I think the big thing we've achieved with this concept was showing clubs that as long as there's six meters of water, we can race these boats on an Opti course.'

Winning Team Beau Geste crew - TP52 Southern Cross Cup 2013  Crosbie Lorimer


While Kwok and his 'Team Beau Geste' crew can celebrate their latest victory for a small while, most of these sailors are stepping onto Kwok's brand-new 80-footer for the Sydney-Hobart, so expect this team to stay sharp in the weeks before the Boxing Day bash begins. Get the full scoop, inside.

In One Design news, John Taylor and his 'Ninkasi' crew have taken top honors at the Melges 20 Worlds, which just recently concluded at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida. 'I guess if I'm going to win one, this was the one to win,' reported Taylor, who was enjoying his first big win in this hotly contested class. 'I am honored to be in the presence of so many great owners and fellow sailboat racers. This is by far the best class, with the best owners in the world.'

Ninkasi - Audi Melges 20 World Championship 2013  ©2013 JOY / Int'l Audi Melges 20 Class Association


According to reports, the event wasn't decided until the regatta's final day, making for a spicy finish. Get the full story, inside this issue.

And in ocean racing news, Green Marine, one of the builders of the new Volvo Ocean Race 65 One Design, have now completed the build process of the VO65 for the Chinese-flagged VOR entry, 'Dongfeng', and have now transferred the boat over to the team. According to reports, the team is now in the process of fielding six to eight Chinese sailors, but, interestingly, their recruiting process advises that no sailing experience is mandatory to participate.

Dongfeng sea trials in Southampton 12th December 2013.   © Volvo Ocean Race


'The ‘only' thing we have left to do from there is sail from China back to Europe, effectively half of the Volvo Ocean Race course, during which the elite squad will sail on board in rotation over the legs,' said Team Director, Bruno Dubois. 'It's really quite ambitious what we're doing. But the guys need to clock up the hours, they need to spend night and day on the water, they need to experience the Southern Ocean and what it is like to round Cape Horn.'

'If they arrive at the start in Alicante having completed this journey they will understand at least in part what they are heading for, and they won't be complete newcomers,' continued Dubois. Get the full report on the team and their unconventional VOR campaign, inside this issue.

Dongfeng sea trials in Southampton on the 12th December 2013.  © OC Sport


Also inside, get the full report on the Sydney to Hobart Race, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, and the One Ton Cup. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Volvo Ocean Race - Images of the construction timeline of the new 65s
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race picture desk has prepared a series of images to illustrate the construction timeline of the new boat to compete in the next two editions of the Race.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 World Championship overall
Joy Dunigan,
Audi Melges 20 World Championship 2013, hosted by Ocean Reef Club, concluded today in Key Largo, Florida. Congratulations to 2013 Audi Melges 20 World Champions John Taylor, owner of Ninkasi, tactician Bill Hardesty and Joey Mello on bow. After ten races, against 52 of the world's greatest Audi Melges 20 teams, Taylor cashed in big at the finish line on Saturday to win the Class' first World title... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup - Series whitewash for Team Beau Geste
Lisa Ratcliff/TP52SCC media,
In the inaugural Australian TP52 Southern Cross Cup Karl Kwok's Team Beau Geste completed a series whitewash with a fourth and final outright win in the three-day Pittwater regatta, December 13-15, 2013.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup - Quest for a series whitewash
Lisa Ratcliff/TP52SCC media,
In Australia's inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup, Team Beau Geste from Hong Kong, skippered by Karl Kwok and helmed by Gavin Brady, is striving for a series whitewash. But the pesky new kid in town is causing ripples for the international visitors.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race 5 - PSP Logistics heads towards finish
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14 - After racing over 2,000 miles from Albany, Western Australia PSP Logistics is just 15 miles away from crossing the finish line into Sydney, Australia.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup - Rob Hanna's Shogun V dismasted on Day 2
Lisa Ratcliff/TP52SCC media,
Premier Composite Technologies TP52 Southern Cross Cup 2013 final round is taking place out on Pittwater this weekend. In 18 knots of southerly breeze, Rob Hanna's TP52 Shogun V was dismasted off Palm Beach on Sydney's Northern Beaches on day two, Saturday 14 December 2014.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Ninkasi stuns spectators
Joy Dunigan,
The 2013 Audi Melges 20 World Championship, hosted by Ocean Reef Club, penultimate day was better than expected, most especially where racing conditions were concerned... [more]
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One Ton Cup Revisited broadens its embrace
Alan Sefton,
It has been decided to open up the proposed 'One Ton Cup Revisited' regatta to include all One Tonners that contested the Cup in the 'modern era' (1965 to 1994*). The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron announced that they were seeking an indication of potential interest in a proposed 'One Ton Cup Revisited' regatta, in Auckland, New Zealand, in February/March 2015.... [more]
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Budget Marine Match Racing Cup - NoR now available
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
The Budget Marine Match Racing Cup Notice of Race is now accessible online. This can be accessed via the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Website. Every year the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta by an invitation only event, The Budget Marine Match Racing Cup.... [more]
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Search for Chinese Team Dongfeng VOR crew - 'no experience required'
Dongfeng Race Team,
Ahead of being shipped to China on Wednesday, Green Marine have now officially transferred the Volvo Ocean 65 ‘Dongfeng' to OC Sport. On the other side of the globe in Sanya, China the Dongfeng Race Team is preparing to put Chinese athletes through their paces in the first of several sailing team selection trials.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Strong fleet ready for action
Jennifer Crooks,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - A fleet made up of 94 yachts, including 22 international entrants, five 100-ft Maxis, seven former winners and the current race record holder, is arguably the strongest in recent race history. Running for the 69th uninterrupted year and sponsored by Rolex since 2002, the 2013 edition of the 628-nm race starts – as is tradition – on 26 December from Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Fathers and sons out at sea
Jim Gale,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yact Race - In this city, if you played your cards right, when you were born your old man owned a boat, or was very good mates with someone who did - so your earliest memories were of sun, salt air and a summer sea breeze - messing around on Sydney Harbour with the nonchalance of someone born to it.... [more]
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Bella Mente Racing prepares for next action-packed campaign
Kirsten Ferguson,
With all hands on deck during the 'off season', Bella Mente Racing is preparing for its next action-packed campaign in 2014. Under the leadership of owner/driver Hap Fauth (Minneapolis, Minn./ Naples, Fla.), Bella Mente's team of 22 will take on eight of the year's most exciting racing events in North America and Europe aboard Fauth's 72-foot custom designed and built mini maxi.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet in full racing mode
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - After a triumphant finish yesterday which saw Henri Lloyd claim the line honours and 12 points, the remainder of the fleet is focused and upbeat as the race to Sydney, Australia is far from over.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 2 ends with a blast
Joy Dunigan,
2013 Audi Melges 20 World Championship day 2, hosted by the Ocean Reef Club, started with a brief postponement and ended with a blast. Travis Weisleder aboard Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team still sits firmly in the lead, ahead of second overall Jason Michas on Midnight Blue by a whopping 30 points. In third overall, behold is Jim Richardson's world-famous Barking Mad.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Henri Lloyd crosses finish line
Marina Thomas,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14 is on day 10 of Race 5. Henri Lloyd crossed the finish line into Sydney, Australia at 0315 local time (UTC+11), claiming its fourth consecutive podium result and its first win in the Race.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne Invited Classes – A pathway to the Olympics
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne Event Media,
Racing has been staged in 12 invited classes at the Sail Melbourne regatta, held in conjunction with the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne 2013. The classes sailed are mostly international classes, which are common sailing pathways to the Olympic classes. The inclusion of these feeder classes in the event, provides a great opportunity for young sailors... [more]
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Looking ahead to the 2014 U.S. Youth Championships
Jake Fish,
The time is now for the hundreds of talented young sailors across the country to start looking ahead to the 2014 U.S. Youth Championships. US Sailing has determined the selection process for next year's premiere youth racing regatta in the United States. This US Sailing Youth Championship regatta will be hosted by the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club (Mich.) on August 10-14.... [more]
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