Olympics, One Design and Cup news—Sailing news from the US and beyond

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02 Jan 2014

Olympics, One Design and Cup news—Sailing news from the US and beyond



'The boat is a lot different to any other boat', reported Australian skipper Darren Bundock, who has teamed up with Nina Curtis for 2016. 'It has got the curved foils, and also the double trapeze downwind–where the Tornado and F-18's only had a single trapeze.'

Nacra17 /Darren BUNDOCK & Nina CURTIS (AUS) - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne  Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library ©


These extra wires, curved foils and other tenants of modern design obviously make the Nacra 17 an extremely fast class. 'We are getting used to having the helm on the wire, plus the lift that is coming off the centerboards,' continued Bundock. 'You need to control that lift, trying to get the boat out of the water – but if it comes right out, the boat goes sideways, stops and you have to build your speed again.'

Inside, get the full scoop from Bundock and Curtis on what it's like to sail one of these dual-trapeze rocket ships and what crews are doing to tame the boat's distinctive bow-up propensity.

Concentrating rounding the mark  Guido Brandt


Also in One Design news, the Laser Radial Youth Worlds are currently taking place in Oman. Here, top male and female sailors have been contending with patchy, shifty winds that seriously test each skipper's ability to read cat's paws on the water's surface. According to reports, a few races had to be abandoned due to lack of wind, but fortunately the RC was still able to get in some good racing.

'The conditions here today were just like they are [back home] in Hungary,' reported Benjamin Vadnai. 'We sail on a small lake where the wind is usually very shifty – it is hard to read the shifts but you have to keep a close eye on the water.'

Racing continues at the Laser Radial Youth Worlds through Friday, so be sure to stay tuned to the website or the latest news, as it unfurls, and be sure to check out the race reports, inside this issue.

L to R: Taylor Canfield, Virgin Islands Sailor of the Year for 2013, Phillip Shannon, President of the Virgin Islands Sailing Association, with the iconic St. Thomas Yacht Club in the background.  Dean Barnes


And speaking of top One Design sailors, Taylor Canfield has been named the 'Virgin Islands Sailor of the Year 2013' after his outstanding performances on the Alpari World Match Race Tour. 'It is incredible how many great sailors have come from such a small island. I am sure it was a tough decision as there are plenty other sailors who deserve this award. This being said, I would not have been so successful in 2013 without my team.' Get the full scoop, inside.

Also, in America's Cup news, Sir Russell Coutts recently sat down with top New Zealand sports commentator Murray Deaker to share his thoughts on AC35. This video is a must-watch for any Cup aficionado, and offers some interesting insight into how the next Auld Mug will be won and lost. More, inside this issue.

SYHO13cb 55034 - 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Day 4  © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi


Also inside, be sure to check out the fantastic post-Sydney Hobart Race media including the televise start, don't miss the preview report for the upcoming Rose Bowl Regatta, and finally-for ocean-racing fans-be sure to check out the digitally restored version of the 1973-1974 Whitbred Round the World Race video.

Happy 2014!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Please Stop using Heats when you mean Races
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
In sport whether its athletics, rowing or surfing, elimination series are run with heats, quarter finals, semis and finals. So when non sailors read about heats in sailing, they reasonably expect they are part of an elimination series. But in sailing that is not the case ... some classes and sailors use the word Heat when they mean Race.... [more]
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Melges 24 European Championship - Online entry now open
Piret Salmistu,
The Notice of Race has now been published and the online entry system opened for the MKB Bank Melges 24 European Championship 2014 and Melges 24 sailors from around the world are invited to make their entries for this prestigious event that takes place from second-9th May 2014 in Balatonfüred, Hungary.... [more]
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Laser Radial Youth Worlds - Roller coaster day on the water
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
At the Laser Radial Youth World Championships, the melee outside the protest room on Thursday night told the story of a roller coaster day on the water with both reputations and trophies at stake for the leading contenders.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fleet bound for Brisbane
Marina Thomas,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Race 7 commenced at 1700 local time this afternoon (0600 UTC) off Constitution Dock, Hobart for the 1075 nautical mile stage to Brisbane, Queensland, to complete the Australian leg.... [more]
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2014 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship NoR released
ISAF,
The 2014 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship Notice of Race has been released. The event is set to be held in Cork, Ireland from 3-8 June 2014. Organized by the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) in conjunction with the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the regatta will welcome the world's top female match racers as they battle it out to claim the title.... [more]
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Windsurfer Bjorn Dunkerbeck confirms return for 2014 PWA World Tour
Chris Yates,
Bjorn Dunkerbeck, the most decorated sailor in windsurfing history, confirms he'll be back fighting for the title again in 2014. As the most decorated sailor in windsurfing history, Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Chris Benz / Dunkerbeck Eyewear), is accustomed to fighting it out at the very top of the rankings.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 7 to begin January 2
Clipper Round the World,
Race 7 from Hobart to Brisbane in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will start at 1700 local (0600 UTC) on Thursday 2 January 2014. However, a complication in the repair of Henri Lloyd's starboard rudder means this will not be complete in time for the race start, so the yacht will leave approximately 20-24 hours later and will be awarded average points for Race 7, based on the previous races.... [more]
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Laser Radial Youth Worlds - Big shifts take their toll in Oman
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
At the Laser Radial Youth World Championships, it was all change at the top of the leaderboard as a tricky day of racing, plagued by big wind shifts in Mussanah and patchy breeze, took its toll on form, rankings and race management.... [more]
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Nacra 17: ISAF's experiment gets big tick from top crew
Richard Gladwell,
The Nacra 17 is enjoying a stellar rise amongst the sailing and multihull community, both because of its design pedigree from US design team of Melvin and Morelli, and the fact that mixed gender crews are offering a new dimension to Olympic sailing. The great experiment has worked.... [more]
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Clipper 2013-14 Female skipper scoops silverware in Sydney Hobart race
Marina Thomas,
Vicky Ellis, the 31 year old skipper of Clipper Race yacht Switzerland, from Bristol UK, has been awarded a special trophy at the official prize giving ceremony of the 69th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (RSHYR) today at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.... [more]
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America's Cup: Russell Coutts on the 34th and 35th America's Cups
Sail-World,
After their win in the 34th America's Cup, Oracle Team USA CEO, Russell Coutts was interviewed by leading NZ sports broadcaster, Murray Deaker. Deaker's career was punctuated with many incidents. One of those was his founding of the Black Heart campaign. Ten years later the two adversaries met by accident, and this interview broadcast, first broadcast in his weekly TV show, was the result.... [more]
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Watch the film for the 1973-74 Whitbread Round the World Race
Austin Wong,
As a special gift, we've delved deep into our archives and dug up an exclusive first - a brand new digitally restored version of the official film for the inaugural 1973-74 Whitbread Round the World Race. It's not often you get to hold history in your hands, but that was the recent experience of Volvo Ocean Race's Rick Deppe when he went deep into the archives in search of lost treasures.... [more]
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Laser Radial Youth Worlds - Pressure rises in Oman
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
At the Laser Radial Youth Worlds in Oman, the leading sailors bid a fond farewell to the old year by raising performance levels and cranking up pressure in the standings as the competition reached its' halfway point.... [more]
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The sailing year in review—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Editorial... [more]
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - The final four
Danielle McKay,
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Sailors' loved-ones may need to block their ears as stories of survival come flooding in with the smallest yachts bringing up the rear of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart; Rounding Tasman Island -Got a Few Hours To Spare?
Crosbie Lorimer,
It's hard to imagine how Hobart was ever discovered by sea, really. There are two dimensions of the city's sea defences – neither has anything to do with the military - that have seemed to make Hobart an elusive chimera to many a seafarer over the decades and centuries.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Bacardi to return for 70th edition
Jennifer Crooks,
Rolex Sydney Hobart - She's not your typical sailing billboard, yet the old and slow Bacardi already has sponsors clamoring to have their name on her heavy frame for next year's 70th anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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