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The Battle Continues
Three down with nine to go. Today, the plotline revolves around a tired, lonely, Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) moored keel-less to a buoy for three days with too much time to think and not enough food or fuel. He is waiting for a weather window so that he can begin his 291 miles journey back to Les Sables d'Olonne. So near yet so far.

After 24 hours of surfing the coast to round Cape Finisterre in 30 knots of wind, rough seas, amongst the busy maritime motorway of cargo ships and fishing boats, a sleep deprived Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) has found shelter along the Galician coast, in the mining port of San Ciprian (San Cibrao). At 5:30 this morning, Virbac-Paprec 3 picked up a mooring buoy in the harbour, protected from the prevailing winds and the sea

On today's Vendee Globe Live, Jean-Pierre said he was exhausted. He was planning to dive and check to the boat so he could further secure it in face of an incoming gale expected between late Thursday lasting until Friday. He also indicated that he had used his engine, which broke the engine seal, in order to finalize his approach to the buoy. He must write a report to the jury to explain the facts. A second report will be issued to specify the start time. The jury will then decide his fate.

Re-start on Sunday?

The big question is when will he be able to resume his route to Les Sables d'Olonne? A potential weather window opens in just over 48 hours. "I set myself a limit of 25 knots of wind " he explained. In the Bay of Biscay, this weekend, the weather should improve. Virbac-Paprec 3 is currently 291 miles from Les Sables d'Olonne. If he returned to the race on Sunday morning, realistically he could arrive in the Vendee on Monday night. A double victory, fourth place and also, managing to successfully sail 2200 miles without keel.

Rankings as of Thursday 31 January 2013, 20:00 (FR)

1. MACIF, Francois Gabart, Arrival : Sunday 27 January 2013, 14:18:40 TU
2. Banque Populaire, Armel Le Cleac'h Arrival : Sunday 27 January 2013, 17:35:52 TU
3. HUGO BOSS, Alex Thomson Arrival : Wednesday 30 January 2013, 07:25:43 TU
4. Virbac Paprec 3, Jean-Pierre Dick, 291.8 nm
5. SynerCiel, Jean Le Cam, 1358.2 nm
6. Gamesa, Mike Golding, 1423.6 nm
7. Mirabaud, Dominique Wavre, 1884.1 nm
8. AKENA Verandas, Arnaud Boissieres, 2064.0 nm
9. ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered, Javier Sansó, 2237.7 nm
10. Votre Nom Autour du Monde avec EDM Projets, Bertrand de Broc, 2560.6 nm
11. Initiatives-coeur, Tanguy De Lamotte, 3130.7 nm
12. Team Plastique, Alessandro Di Benedetto, 4161.7 nm

Women's International Match Racing Series
"The women sailors have asked for a long time to have a Series of their own and WIMRA is thrilled to be in a position to work with our international event partner to make this happen", says WIMRA Executive Director and former Match Racing World Champion, Liz Baylis. "The Weymouth Olympics highlighted the spectacular nature of match racing and the Women's International Match Racing Series is going to take that to new heights. With events in France, Korea, Denmark, the United States and Sweden, spectators will be able to experience in person the excitement of the top women sailors dueling on the water."

Events on the 2013 Women's International Match Racing Series:

- Saint Quay Women's Match Racing – St Quay, France – Elliott 6m - May 15-19.
- Busan Cup International Women's Match - Busan, Korea - K 30 - June 6-9.
- Danish Open Women's Event - Copenhagen, Denmark - J/80 - June 20-23.
- New York Women's Invitational - Oakcliff, New York, USA – SM 40 - July 11-14.
- Lysekil Women's Match - Lysekil, Sweden - DS 37 - August 5-10.

The Women's International Match Racing Association (WIMRA) was formed to promote, coordinate and supervise women's international match race sailing.  The Women's International Match Racing Series (WIMRS) is the first international women's match racing series.

Katusha Rules The Waves
Photo by Nico Martinez, Click on image for photo gallery.

RC44 Oman Cup Muscat produced some perfect sailing conditions for the start of fleet racing at the RC44 Oman Cup. The sea breeze clocked in at 12 noon and continued to build from 9 to 15 knots throughout the afternoon bringing with it a big rolling swell. The conditions however couldn't separate the fleet of 13 RC44s who seemed to arrive at the windward mark in unison, causing difficult mark rounding's that kept the umpires very busy.

Katusha (RUS) were on fire and dominated the day winning the first two races and making a great recovery in the last to finish third, even after picking the un-favoured left side up the first beat and being buried at the top mark.

Chris Bake's Team Aqua (GBR) was hot on Katusha's tail, finishing second in both the opening two races and sixth in the third. But a collision in the final race resulted in a dramatic end, seeing the American team's scoop rip away from the hull. A protest was lodged by Ironbound's new tactician Paul Goodison and after much debate in the protest room, Team Aqua were disqualified from race three and given three additional penalty points, dropping them from second to sixth overall. Ironbound was awarded redress leaving them third in the overnight standings.

Artemis Racing won the final race of the day after what had been an indifferent start for Swedish team.

In a further incident between Team Italia and RUS 7 the Russian team were given three penalty points for damage.

Racing at the RC44 Oman Cup presented by Oman Shipping Company continues through to Sunday 3rd February with the first warning signal on Friday at 12.30 (GST).

Overall Fleet Race Results

RC44 Oman Cup 2013 presented by Oman Shipping Company After three races

1. Katusha, 5 points
2. Aegir Racing, 16
3. Ironbound, 17
4. Team Italia, 19
5. RC44 Team CEEREF, 20
6. Team Aqua, 21
7. Team Nika, 21
8. RUS7 Sail Racing, 23
9. Artemis Racing, 23
10. Lunajets Aleph Racing Team, 23
11. MAG Racing, 25
12. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 29
13. Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team, 33

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Global Tour Confirmed for Extreme Sailing Series Seventh Season
Photo by Vincent Curutchet / Dark Frame. Click on image to enlarge.

Extreme Sailing Series Eight Host Venues spanning the Middle East, Asia, South America and Europe have been announced for the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series, marking the third year of global competition for the circuit first launched as a European only event in 2007. The Series' Stadium Racing format will return to all seven of the intense stadium arenas from 2012 with Singapore returning as a venue after hosting successful test and exhibition events in 2010 and 2011. Eight iconic locations, on three continents.

Sailing fans around the world will be able to watch the stadium racing as it happens on the online live video stream enhanced by SAP analytics and including expert commentary from each venue.

The Host Venue tender process for 2014 will open shortly, with potentially up to five new venue slots available, due to venue deals coming to the end of their initial terms.

2013 Extreme Sailing Series Calendar

Act 1: Muscat, Oman 5-8 March
Act 2: Singapore 11-14 April
Act 3: Qingdao, China 2-5 May
Act 4: Istanbul, Turkey 20-23 June
Act 5: Porto, Portugal 25-28 July
Act 6: Cardiff, Wales 23-26 August (Media day 22 August)
Act 7: Nice, France 3-6 Oct
Act 8: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 14-17 Nov (Media day 13 November)

Day 1 of each Act is the official Media Day, followed by three days of stadium racing where the event opens to the public. In Cardiff and Rio de Janeiro all 4 days of racing will be public, with a non-scoring media day before the event publicly opens.

11 Countries Represented at Red Bull Youth America's Cup Trials
The line-up for the Selection Series for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup will include 11 national teams, attending the two qualifying sessions in San Francisco from February 9-24.

A British team, the GBR Youth Challenge, has been added to the roster to take the place of the previously invited French Youth Team, who now qualify directly for September's event after gaining support from the French America's Cup World Series entry, Energy Team.

The Red Bull Youth America's Cup, scheduled September 1-4, 2013, begins with the Selection Series in San Francisco in February. With the goal of ensuring the best of the best are on the starting line of the main event, the Selection Series will narrow the field through two rigorous training workshop and regatta sessions from February 9-15 and February 18-24, 2013.

Emirates Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing, China Team and Energy Team have all indicated they are supporting teams for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup. Youth crews with the support of an America's Cup World Series team are eligible for direct entry to September's event via the Regatta Director.

ORACLE TEAM USA, the current holder of the America's Cup, conducted its own training camp before Christmas to select which American teams it would support. USA45 Racing (representing the USA), and American Youth Sailing Force (representing San Francisco) will both spend the coming months training for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup under the stewardship of the American Cup defender.

The Selection Series in February will be held on the same AC45 wing sail catamarans the youth crews will race in September. These are also the same boats the America's Cup teams race in the AC World Series.

Teams participating in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup:
Selection Series Session 1 - February 9-15

AUS - Objective Australia
AUT - Team Austria
DEN - Danish Vikings
GER - STG-NRV Sailing Team
NZL - Full Metal Jacket Racing
RSA - Team i'KaziKati

Selection Series Session 2 - February 18-24

ARG - Argentina Youth Team
GBR - GBR Youth Challenge
ITA - Team Italy powered by Stig
POR - ROFF-Cascais

Youth crews supported by America's Cup World Series Teams

CHN - China Team / Name TBC
FRA - Energy Team / Name TBC
NZL - Emirates Team New Zealand / Name TBC
SWE - Artemis Racing / Swedish Youth Challenge
USA - ORACLE TEAM USA / American Youth Sailing Force (SFO)

Evacuation at Sea: Lessons Learned from the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race
Nobody should underestimate the importance or demands of these incidents and the efforts to deal with them. As Royal Bermuda Yacht Cub Commodore Jonathan Brewin observed, "We were dealing with just one boat and one casualty.  If four or five boats were involved, we wouldn't be able to handle all of it.  We need to have a team ready to work."  

The Newport Bermuda Race is closely followed by an onshore team of race officials who alternate four-hour watches as they monitor emails, satphone and radiotelephone calls, and the online tracker that identifies entries and their positions. At a little after 2000 EDT on the 2012 race's third night, June 17, watch-stander Nicholas Weare, based in Bermuda, received an email from the race's consulting physician in Massachusetts.

He promptly reported it to race officials: "Message received from Dr. Barbara Masser advising that she lost satphone contact 7:49 EDT while in communication with Seabiscuit regarding a 38-year-old insulin dependent male who has not eaten or drunk for 24 hours, with elevated blood sugar and appears confused."

These were the first two of more than two dozen emails (not to mention many satphone and radio calls) sent over the next seven hours concerning the serious problem on board Seabiscuit, a J-46 in the race's Double-Handed Division. The effort to assist and, eventually, evacuate the seasick sailor, Nathan C. Owen, included more than two dozen people, including race officials, rescue personnel in the U.S. and Bermuda, and the crews of two other racing boats and a cruise ship. -- John Rousmaniere

For the full report go to RACE NEWS

Scandinavian Gold Cup
NOR 57 Artemis and crew, winner of the 5.5m IC 2013 Scandinavian Gold Cup. Photo by Cisca Rusch. Click on image to enlarge.

Scandinavian Gold Cup Curacao: Deep blue sea, sun and beaches were the scenery for the 5.5m IC 2013 Scandinavian Gold Cup hosted last week in the Caribbean island of Curacao.

Eight nations competed in this year edition of the Gold Cup with two new comers the 5.5m Class Association is happy to welcome: The host country, Curacao and coming back to 5's racing, the U.S.A.

Weather and wind conditions were excellent with easterly winds averaging 16-18 knots. The biggest challenge for the competitors was to get used to and play with the strong current pushing the boats in direction to Santa Barbara beach.

At the end, mastering the conditions and the competitions, the Norwegian crew of Artemis (NOR 57) composed of Kristoffer Spone, Johan Barne and Christen Horn-Johannesen won the coveted trophy being the first boat winning three races.

The Classic and the Evolution Cups will take place later this year during the European Championship that will take place in Benodet (France) in September.

Cowes Classics Week - 15‐19 July 2013
This year we will have all the major metre classes. The 6mR, who founded the event, will be joining us again and we will all look forward to seeing the 12mR out once more. For the first time, the 8mR will be joining us. A new 8mR UK Class Association was formed a couple of years ago but the disparate location of the boats has made it difficult to organise class events. However, with new owners and a renewed enthusiasm CCW will form a centrepiece of their 2013 programme.

The Sunbeam fleet have been stalwart supporters of CCW from the outset. This year they are celebrating their 90th Anniversary and will sail for the Queen Victoria Jubilee Cup which was given to the Royal London Yacht Club in 1886 by Queen Victoria and disappeared for almost a century until re‐discovered in 1973. They are expecting a record turnout with some boats coming up from Falmouth.

Indicative of the now well‐established reputation of CCW, a number of Howth 17 Footers will be coming over from Dublin Bay. An 1898 design, they are probably the oldest racing one‐design keelboat class in the world designed by W. Herbert Boyd who was Commodore of Howth Sailing Club for 52 years. They sail a regular match race with the Gaerloch fleet from the Clyde in the local class in alternate years. The Howth 17s will race with the Revival Old Gaffer fleet.

In addition to our regular fleets of 6mR, Darings, Sunbeams, XODs, Bembridge One Designs and Loch Longs we are expecting some of our occasional attendees ‐ Dragons, Mermaids, Squibs, Yarmouth One Design, Bembridge Redwings. -- David Elliott

RORC Rating Office Takes to the Road with Cruiser/Racing Seminars at Local Clubs
World renowned as a centre of excellence for measurement, the UK-based RORC Rating Office, the technical hub of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), is delivering a series of Seminars to clubs all over the UK this Spring. The main focus of the presentations is to examine the current state and future opportunities for club cruiser racing at a local level. The aim of these 'roadshows' is to encourage all the clubs in a specific region to work together to offer cohesive and attractive racing to club sailors for the benefit of all.

Sailors have different priorities & concerns about racing.

The idea for the seminars came from a survey run by the Rating Office last winter, which showed that sailors had many varied priorities and concerns about racing, either under Spinlock IRC or local handicap/PY.

The Seminars are being presented by Mike Urwin, RORC's Technical Director, who explained: "These seminars will offer a discussion forum about improving turnouts generally; the advantages of dual scoring, class splits, types of courses, and any other issues relating to cruiser racing.  They should also dispel some of the many myths surrounding IRC, such as the idea that it is only suitable for grand prix racers, which is very far from the truth!"

Mike will also be explaining the highly practical initiative for 2013, the Limited Validity TCC, for those who might like to do one or two IRC events a year.

In addition, members of the RYA Technical office will be attending at least one of the seminars to introduce the new National Handicap scheme for Cruisers (NHC).

All are welcome

The RORC Rating Office is urging all the individuals undertaking key roles at the local clubs to attend, such as the sailing secretary, club secretary, captain of racing and other flag officers; and of course the sailors, whether they usually race PY/ local handicap or Spinlock IRC. All are welcome.

There are currently nine events scheduled between the end of January and the end of March, with venues stretching from the Isle of Wight on the South Coast to Inverkip on the Clyde in Scotland.  Others include South Wales, the East Coast and the Channel Islands.

Full details of the venues and dates can be found here:

For The Record
The WSSR Council announces the establishment of 2 new World Records.

Records: Round the World. Monohull and Singlehanded Monohull
Yacht: "Macif". Open 60.
Name:  Francois Gabart FRA
Dates: 10th November 2012 to the 27th January 2013.
Start time: 12; 02 UTC on 11/11/12
Finish time: 14; 18; 40 UTC on 27/01/13
Elapsed time: 78 days 2 hours 16 minutes and 40 seconds
Distance: 21600 NM
Average speed: 11. 52 kts

Comments: Previous record:  "Foncia". Michel Desjoyeaux FRA, Feb 09. 84d 36h 9m 8s

John Reed
Secretary to the WSSR Council

Kiteboards at Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre
Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, the first European ISAF Sailing World Cup of the 2013-2016 cycle, will include kiteboarding. The Palma organizers just confirmed to include kiteboarding as additional event with a 4 day racing schedule and an exhibition/demo to be held on the final day of the event, when the Olympic classes will have their medal races.

The schedule has been confirmed as follows:

April 1st: Registration
April 2nd: Registration till 12:00, Racing from 14:00
April 3rd till 5th: Racing from 14:00
April 6th: Exhibition / Demo Day

The International Kiteboarding Association is more than happy to secure the inclusion in this important event, as it brings another excellent opportunity to prove how kiteboarding can be included in the major ISAF sailing events.

The Palma event will take place just 3 days after the end of the IKA African Course Racing Championships, allowing sailors to attend both events with enough travel time in between, and to collect important points for the IKA world ranking within a short period. For overseas competitors it is a chance to take part in two high scoring events back to back to qualify for the upcoming IKA course racing world championships later in the year.

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