Extreme 40s, VOR, Olympic OD—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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24 Mar 2014
 

Extreme 40s, VOR, Olympic OD—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

The fleet power off the compact startline - Extreme Sailing Series  © Lloyd Images/Extreme Sailing Series
This weekend's big sailing news comes from Muscat, Oman, where Act Two of the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series just wrapped up at the Almouj Golf Club. After four days of sailing that began with close-fought racing in light conditions before the breeze finally arrived, 'The Wave, Muscat' took top honors on their hometown racecourse, followed by 'Emirates Team New Zealand' (ETNZ) and 'Alinghi', where former American Olympic great, Anna Tunnicliffe, was calling tactics.

'It was too close for comfort, that's for sure,' said Leigh McMillan, 'The Wave, Muscat's' skipper. 'Today we had a fight on our hands, we knew we had to be exceptional and raise our game. I was just enjoying the sailing, the challenge of it, the situations that were tight and it all worked out for us. The wind came in and it was absolutely amazing sailing out there, absolutely perfect for the Extreme 40s.'

The Wave, Muscat celebrate their victory on their home waters - Extreme Sailing Series  © Lloyd Images/Extreme Sailing Series


As for Dean Barker and his ETNZ crew, the Kiwi team seemed pleased with their performance in Muscat, which was a marked improvement over their experiences at Act One, which was held in Singapore.

'We wanted to improve on Singapore; we wanted to sail well and get on the podium,' said Barker. 'We've achieved that. There's still a lot of room to improve but, in saying that, every team struggled with the conditions here. Our crew stayed very positive throughout, even when it didn't feel like things were going our way.'

The fleet powered off the startline and blasted around the course, with each race lasting around 10 minutes - Extreme Sailing Series  © Lloyd Images/Extreme Sailing Series


Get the full multimedia report from the Extreme Sailing Series, inside this issue, and stay tuned for news from Act Three, which is set to take place in Qingdao, China from May 1-4.

Dongfeng - Volvo Ocean Race) - Volvo Ocean Race   Dongfeng Race Team


Meanwhile, in offshore sailing circles, word has emerged that the Dongfeng Race Team (CHN) has left their home base at Serenity Marina, Sanya, China, for their first real taste of ocean sailing as a team as they perform a shakedown cruise to Auckland, New Zealand (5,264 nautical miles). The team is lead by skipper Charles Caudrelier and is populated by a mixed-nationality crew that includes six Chinese nationals.

'You can only do so much preparation for this onshore,' explains crewmember Jin Hao Chen. 'There comes a time when you just have to get on and do it. When I watch videos of this leg during the last edition of the race I'd be lying if I said I wasn't scared, but if you ask me if I think I'm capable the answer is yes.'

Charles Caudrelier ahead of departure for Auckland - Volvo Ocean Race   Dongfeng Race Team


While these are still early days, Caudrelier echoed similar thoughts, especially considering that the shakedown cruise will be the longest offshore leg that many of these sailors have ever experienced. 'The six Chinese sailors onboard will be pushed to their limits during this training leg,' reported Caudrelier. 'Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race is one of the toughest legs of all and although these sailors are incredibly talented inshore sailors, sailing offshore for 21 days on a leg like this is a whole different story. Some guys will naturally cope very well and others will not. I already have a good idea of who will do well from our training in Sanya but you can never be too sure which is why training legs like these are essential!'

ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca  Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía - Mallorca 2014


And in Olympic class sailing circles, the pre-regatta buzz is rapidly building for the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía, which is being held in Palma de Mallorca from March 29 to April 5. Inside this issue, be sure to check out the pre-regatta interview with Iker Martínez and Tara Pacheco, who are representing Spain in the Nacra 17 class. According to reports, Martínez and Pacheco have been sailing together for a year and have been getting quicker compared to their rivals-no doubt a function of their former Olympic experience in other boats.

'It is very similar in downwind legs, maneuvers and not so much in the beats to windward because the two hulls slow down the boat in the transitions and therefore you have to sail it differently,' said Martinez when comparing the Nacra 17 to the 49er, where he has previously collected two Olympic medals. 'Every day you train your best, but right now we're not training for Rio, we have a lot to learn before starting a specific training towards the Olympic Games.'

Race winners - J/24 North American Championship 2014  Christopher Howell


Meanwhile, on the North American continent, skipper Mike Ingham (USA) and his 'Digger' crew (Tim Healy, Enrique Pirez-Cirera, Marianne Schoke and Max Holzer) took top honors at the J/24 North American Championships, which just wrapped up racing in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. According to reports, the 'Digger' crew finished well-ahead of their nearest rivals, despite having never previously sailed together before.

'When this regatta was announced, I didn't have to look at my calendar. No matter what else was on it, I wouldn't miss this,' Ingham said. 'I've probably sailed 60 days in Mexico, and we've never missed a day of racing, and I've never worn a spray top. I love the 1:00 p.m. starts, with the thermal every day.' Get the full report, inside.

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous Day 3 - Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2014  Carlo Borlenghi ©


Also inside, don't miss the latest news from the Clipper Round the World Race and the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2014, and be sure to check out the preview reports from Antigua Sailing Week (April 26-May 2).

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng Race Team depart China for New Zealand
Dongfeng Race Team,
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race - Charles Caudrelier led his team out of Serenity Marina, Sanya, China today as ‘Dongfeng' set sail for Auckland, New Zealand. This journey, officially described as a Training Leg, will allow Charles to analyse and test the six Chinese Race Squad sailors onboard – a key initiative to help Charles choose the final race crew for the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series: Emirates Team NZ down to the wire in Muscat
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team NZ led by Dean Barker, performed well under pressure on the Final Day of the Extreme Sailing Series in Muscat, Oman, to place second overall. Two race wins and a third place in the double-points final race was enough for them to claim second, bettering their fourth place finish from Act 1, Singapore.... [more]
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Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía - Iker and Tara interview
Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía,
Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía - Mallorca 2014 - The twice 49er Olympic medallist Iker Martínez and the 470 World Champion Tara Pacheco will reach their first year as team on board the Nacra 17, the new Olympic multihull at the 45 Trofeo Princesa Sofia.... [more]
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Clipper Race 2013-14 – Day five from OneDLL skipper Olly Cotterell
Clipper Round The World Yacht Race,
Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14 - As it is, it seems the path I chose is the middle ground, along with Qingdao. Henri Lloyd and Old Pulteney are just south and Great Britain and Derry~Londonderry~Doire are to our north.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Queen of the Harbour Race – Winner decided
Frank Quealey,
18ft Skiffs Queen of the Harbour Race - Yandoo edged away from the rest of the fleet down the first spinnaker run and held a 30 seconds margin over Asko Appliances at the bottom mark.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 10 day 5
Eric Holden,
2013 - 14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - - The Henri Lloyd skipper Eric Holden reports.. Becalmed again, yet with a residual rough sea state the whole boat is being constantly shaken. On the plus side, the sun is out and we're able to dry out on deck after a wet day yesterday. Feeling the warmth of the sun on one's face is wonderfully rejuvenating, almost as much as sleep.... [more]
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Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous - Day 3
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda,
After three days of picture perfect sailing Nilaya (Class A), Freya (Class B) and Moonbird (Class C) have been crowned winners in their respective divisions at the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2014.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series- learning curve remains steep for GAC Pindar
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
In Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series,the young all Australian GAC Pindar crew continued their education, posting some solid results including two podiums, two fourth places and two fifth place finishes. Skipper Seve Jarvin says 'It is a big learning curve but we are getting there. It is a very tough fleet and we expected we would be in the deep end a little bit and now we are improving.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics retains the lead
Clipper Round the World,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, PSP Logistics has managed to hold on to its early Race 10 lead after its first 48 hours of racing*, despite an eight hour diversion to medevac an injured crew member.... [more]
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Round Hainan Regatta 2014: Page (AUS) takes lead on Day 2 in China
go4image,
For the second day in a row, Sanya delivered champagne sailing conditions for the 45-strong fleet of the Round Hainan Regatta. The northeasterly breeze blew between 15 and 22 knots, and the South China Sea kept the crews on their toes with a short chop.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Crew member medevaced
Clipper Round the World,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Jamaica Get All Right round the world crew member Mick Wood, 63 from Bordon in Hampshire is to be medevaced; he has been treated for a chest infection but is now suffering from chest and arm pains.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Live Video coverage: Day 5, Act 2 Muscat
Sail-World,
Catch the live racing action from Muscat, Oman for Finals of Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series. Racing starts at 11.00am GMT/UTC; Midnight NZT; 7.00am in New York, 11.00am in London; 12.00pm in Paris; 10.00pm in Sydney; 12.00pm in Alicante; 7.00pm in Singapore; 3.00pm in Abu Dhabi. And 4.00am if you are on the West Coast of USA... [more]
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Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous - Day 2
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda,
Following yesterday's clockwise circumnavigation of Virgin Gorda, day two of the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous saw the 20-strong superyacht fleet complete a second round-the-island race, this time sailing counter clockwise around the BVI's third-largest land mass.... [more]
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J/24 North American Championship - Mike Ingham victorious as champion
Chris Howell,
Mike Ingham of the USA continued his masterful performance at the J/24 North American Championship in Mexico and secured the title for his Digger team. Sailing with Tim Healy, Enrique Pirez-Cirera, Marianne Schoke and Max Holzer, Ingham totaled just 14 points in nine races.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series: Emirates Team NZ in top three ahead of Final
Warren Douglas,
Five points from the lead, one point from second at the end of the third day of the Muscat Extreme Sailing Series regatta.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week 2014 – One of most international regattas
Louay Habib,
Antigua Sailing Week 2014 - Of the 73 entries so far, 21 entries are representing different countries. From outside the Caribbean, there are competing yachts from: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Ireland, Lithuania, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United States of America.... [more]
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J/24 North American Championship - Mike extends lead into final day
Chris Howell,
American Helmsman Mike Ingham has opened up a 10-point advantage going into the final day of competition at the J/24 North American Championship in Mexico. Sailing Digger with Tim Healy (current J/24 World Champion), Enrique Pirez-Cirera, Marianne Schoke and Max Holzer, Ingham absorbed his worst score so far—dropping an eight in race seven.... [more]
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US Sailing reveals roster for 2014 US Sailing Development Team
Will Ricketson,
US Sailing has now revealed the roster of the 2014 US Sailing Development Team (USSDT), the pathway team for the US Olympic Sailing Program. The Development Team is comprised of athletes who have demonstrated elite talent and rank as America's top prospects for future elevation to the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, and the US Olympic Team.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Intense competition begins this April
Sailing World Cup Hyeres,
In just a month's time, from 19 to 26 April 2014, the town of Hyères will be hosting the much awaited final leg of the ISAF world circuit, the Sailing World Cup Hyères – Toulon Provence Mediterranean. The only French leg of the Sailing World Cup, organised by the French Sailing Federation (FFV), is proud to welcome more than sixty delegations.... [more]
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America's Cup: Loick Peyron talks about Artemis in San Francisco
Pressure-Drop.US,
US sailing website, Pressure-Drop.US caught up with Artemis Racing's Loick Peyron after the team's training session yesterday on San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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