Heatin’ It Up: Meet 212 Degree Racing

212 Degree Racing hopes to return to the Chicago Match Race Center for the USA Match Racing Grandslam Series. © Isao ToyamaMatch racing is one of the highest intensity disciplines in the sport of sailing. Because the courses are so short, with most races only lasting about 15 - 25 minutes, the interactions between the boats can get hairy, thereby demanding a complete knowledge of the rules and errorless boat handling.

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Sally’s Sailing with Team SCA!

Team SCA will be the first all-female team in the race since the 2001-02 edition. © Rick Tomlinson/Team SCA.comTwo-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Sally Barkow of Nashotah, WI has joined Team SCA Ocean Racing. The all-female roster currently comprises Barkow, Carolijn Brouwer from The Netherlands, Sam Davies, Abby Ehler and Annie Lush from Great Britain, Justine Mettraux from Switzerland, and Liz Wardley, Sophie Ciszek and Stacey Jackson from Australia, with trials for the remaining VOR berths underway at press time.

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Up to Speed at Quantum Key West 2014

Team Helly Hansen captured Quantum Sails Boat of the Week honors, and skipper Tim Healy hosted a pre-regatta J/70 clinic and two midweek video debriefs. © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.comTwo events in Florida each January provide keen amateur racers with an opportunity to compete against the world’s best professionals. Quantum Key West and the Rolex 24 at Daytona are quite dissimilar, of course, but not just because one is North America’s premier winter regatta and the other is a 24-hour sports car race.

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O’Pen BIC North American Championship

April 24 - 27

Although participants in the 2014 O’Pen BIC North American Championship won’t be sharing the racecourse with ORACLE Team USA’s AC72, they – and perhaps their parents – will be in Bermuda. © Onne Van der Wal/vanderwal.comO’Pen BIC sailors from the Northeast are invited to compete in the 2014 O’Pen BIC North American Championship, which will be hosted by the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club (RHADC) in “Mangroville,” Paget, Bermuda from April 24 - 27. Organized by RHADC in association with the Bermuda Sailing Association, the North American O’Pen BIC Class and the Bermuda O’Pen BIC Class, the event will comprise a U13 division for competitors born after 2001 and an Open division.

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Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race News

Team Alvimedica’s Volvo Ocean 65 one-design will be sailed by the youngest crew in the race. © volvooceanrace.comAmerican sailors who cheered for PUMA Ocean Racing in the previous editions of the Volvo Ocean Race have a new “home team” to support, as well as an all-female squad with one of the best sailors in the U.S. The 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race,
a 38,739-nautical mile race around the world, kicks off with an In-Port Race in Alicante, Spain on October 4, 2014. The first leg, from Alicante to Cape Town, South Africa, starts October 11.

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A Regatta Like No Other: Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week

by Dan Dickison

Helly Hansen, skippered by Tim Healy of Portsmouth, RI, won the 55-boat J/70 class at Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week last April. As this issue went to press, there were 60 J/70s on the 2014 scratch sheet and another 12 on the waiting list. © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.comIt’s the dead of winter; a tough time to envision being on the water. But the upcoming sailing season isn’t that far away, and one of the best ways to get a jump on it is to make your way to the South Carolina Lowcountry in early April for Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week. As its marketing tagline proclaims, this is “a regatta like no other,” and it’s quickly becoming a bucket list event for racing sailors everywhere.

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“Doin’ Bermuda?”

by Ernie Messer

The three-generation crew of Larry Glenn’s J/44 Runaway won the Family Prize in the 2010 Newport Bermuda Race. The award is given to the two top performing boats with four immediate family crewmembers aboard (one in the Cruiser Division and one in the St. David’s Lighthouse Division). One of those family members must also be in the afterguard, a skipper, watch captain or navigator. © Chris MuselerWhether you’re a professional or a newbie racer you’ll hear it around the boatyard or yacht club: “Doin’ Bermuda?” For East Coast sailors, the Newport Bermuda Race (which starts June 20, 2014) and the Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race (June 19, 2015) seem to be the pinnacle we all aspire to. Maybe it’s the challenge after hearing sea stories – some would say horror stories – or maybe it’s just part of the normal growth cycle of a sailor who takes it seriously, but there certainly is a seemingly well-earned mystique about doing a race to Bermuda. It is a wonderful place to bring your boat, with June temperatures in the 80s and water temps not far behind. So, if this is your year it’s time to get moving!

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The Land of Opportunity

by Bill Gladstone

© PhotoBoat.comIt happens, even to the best of racers. You find yourself at the tail end of the fleet. Who knows how you got there – a third row start, a miserable first beat, a big shift, a boat handling disaster. I will not dwell on the ways to fall behind; at that, it seems, we are all uniquely qualified.

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Race the Cape 2014 is July 18 - 24

David Barlow’s C&C 115 Koobalibra (Halifax) finished 16th overall in 2013. © Shawn DunlopNova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island is a sailors’ destination. Race the Cape is a sailor’s dream, and planning for Race the Cape 2014 is underway. This unique event combines four days of challenging point-to-point racing through the amazing Bras d’Or Lakes and along Cape Breton’s rugged Atlantic coast with five nights of legendary Cape Breton food, hospitality and entertainment.

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Trials on the Transat

by Hannah Jenner & Rob Windsor

Pressing on despite a broken forestay, electronics failure and a leak that threatened to sink their Class40, Team 11th Hour Racing’s Hannah Jenner and Rob Windsor completed the Transat Jacques Vabre. © Team11thHourRacing.comEditor’s note: On December 11, Team 11th Hour Racing – Hannah Jenner of Shropshire, England and Rob Windsor of Centerport, NY – finished the 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre. A doublehanded race for MOD70 and Multi 50 multihulls and IMOCA 60 and Class40 monohulls, the Transat Jacques Vabre (TJV) has a rhumbline course distance of 5,400 miles from La Havre, France to Itajai, Brazil. After a forestay failure forced them to return to France after the start, Hannah and Rob ultimately sailed their Class40 11th Hour Racing 6,297 miles to Brazil. With support from 11th Hour Racing, a Newport, RI-based environmental organization, Hannah and Rob sailed “Cleaner, Faster and Better” by implementing “11 Winning Solutions.”

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