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2013: The Year In Review


  • 2013: The Year In Review

    From tragic to magic, we review some of the highlights and low lights of the year 2013


    New Years 2013: Vendee Globe leaders reach Cape Horn!

    ©Tanguy de Lamotte/DPPI/Vendee Globe
    Cape Horn, and the left turn up the Atlantic has always represented some kind of deliverance for Vendée Globe skippers. Thus far the Pacific winds and seas may have been relatively gentle on the majority of the fleet, but it also is the relief from the mind and body numbing chill that the Atlantic finally brings which is universally welcomed.
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    Jan 13, 2013
    A Red and Gold Storm Encapsulates the Western Hemisphere!

    A Massive Red And Gold Storm moved across the land this week. A rumbling front like never seen before
    rushed across land and sea, read more HERE!!!
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    Jan 24, 2013
    Artemis Sails New Wing:

    Artemis Racing took to the water on the AC72 with Wing #2. In this video Juan K and Paul Cayard discuss the new wing and what it means for the team.
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    Jan 27, 2013
    Gabart Wins Vendee Globe

    François Gabart, MACIF, winner of the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe

    François Gabart crossed the Vendée Globe finish line at 15 hours 18 minutes 40 seconds, French time, setting a new solo round-the-world record of 78 day, 2 hours, 16 minutes and 40 seconds. Beating Michel Desjoyeaux’s record by 6 day 00 hours 53 minutes
    His final race time is 78 days 2 hours 16 minutes 40 seconds. His average speed was 15.3 knots and covering 28,646.55 miles.
    Note: the race’s theoretical distance is 24,393.41 miles.

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    The 2013 3 Bridge Fiasco:

    The record setting 3 Bridge Fiasco did not disappoint. With 365 boats registered, ma nature provided sunny skies, a nice 10 knot westerly and the remnants of a flood for the early starters. All thing pointed to a counter clockwise rotation for the groups departing the start area before 10:00 AM.
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    Feb 2: AC 72 US 17 is relaunched:

    The beast is wheeled out of the shed

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    ETNZ launch their 2nd AC72 in Auckland:

    Emirates Team New Zealand christened their second AC72 in Auckland, this morning, in a simple ceremony including a Maori blessing of the waka, or canoe.
    Strong winds prevented the official launch of the AC72, but she is expected to sail in Thursday.

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    Feb 9 2013, Artemis and Oracle Racing Hook Up with AC 72's:

    Today on San Francisco Bay, a minor milestone in the history of the Americas Cup was reached as the two locally based syndicates, Artemis Racing and Oracle Racing both got their AC 72's side by side for a little bravado and comparison check.
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    Feb 27, 2013, Maserati Arrives in SF! :

    The modified Volvo 70 "Maserati" sail under the Golden Gate this morning, shortly after 10:30 AM Local time establishing a new record for monohulls in the " Route Du Ore", the New York To San Francisco around Cape Horn voyage utilized by clipper ships during the Gold Rush.

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    March 3, 2013, The Oyster 82' Darling washes up in Linda Mar:

    In what looked like a nautical mishap, the 82' Sailing Yacht "Darling" mysteriously want aground in Pacifica this AM. We received a call from a friend at 7:00 AM that there was a boat on the beach and hustled down to see for ourselves
    Pacifica Police, Fire, State Parks swim rescue, USCG are all there in force...There were 3 people on board and they refused accept assistance from the USCG, and even after the USCG brought a radio over via a diver on the helo tether, the crew refused to us it, and went below....
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    March 9, 2013: Tragedy in The Islands Race:

    SAN DIEGO — One person is dead and five others were rescued by a San Diego-based Coast Guard aircrew, Saturday, after their boat drifted into the surf and broke apart near San Clemente Island, Calif., during a sailboat race.
    The 30-foot sailboat Uncontrollable Urge crew issued a mayday call and activated their Digital Selective Calling feature on their VHF marine radio around 9:26 p.m., Friday, after the sailboat’s rudder failed and they began drifting toward San Clemente Island during the Islands Race
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    April 9, 2013, The Laser Gets Torched:

    It appears the Laser is no longer. The Bruce Kirby Designed dinghy will now be known as "The Torch".

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    April 2 4, 2013, Oracle Racing Launch 2nd AC 72 :
    Today's Christening and launch at Pier 80 marked a milestone for the Oracle Racing Team, who are now poised to defend the Cup with their "Latest Weapon" as Jimmy Spithill put it. Yes, the new boat still has that new boat smell, and the team, families and invited guests were in great spirits, the sun plentiful and air temp still pleasant...

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    April 27, 2013, Nelson's Marine Out Of Business:

    We are saddened to hear that one of the Bay Area's longest operating yards, Nelson's Marine at Ferry Point in Alameda will be closing its doors on Tuesday. Nelsons has played a part in a multitude of high profile projects, including storing Steve Fossett's Maxi Cat "Cheyenne" (aka Play Station), Bruce Schwab's Vendee Globe entry "Ocean Planet", Artemis Racing has had work done in the yard, and most recently, l'Hydroptere has moved to the yard for some work.
    There was no one in the office today for statement, but we have heard from other yards which had received inquiries from boat owners seeking asylum elsewhere.
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    May 3 2013: Khaos In Konocti:

    The local Wylie Wabbit Fleet are far from hell raisers. Well maybe back in the day, but now, the gentrified fleet is " generally plus 45 years old and professionals", says Jim Malloy, one of the original Wylie Wabbit owners.
    But this weekend's encounter with local Park Rangers has turned the annual Konocti Cup from one of a joyous family retreat to one of trepidation and one of fear. Is it a reprisal from local law enforcement seeking revenge on the local sailing community or just bad judgment by one officer representing the local authority?
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    May 5, 2013: Breeze On For Vallejo Sailors:

    A windy start at the Berkeley Circle, followed by a bit of light air after Raccoon Strait and then a filling in nicely, provided crews with excellent conditions for today's ride to the Vallejo YC, the unofficial kick off to the Party Circuit!
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    May 8 2013: Trevor Wilson Rescued for 4th Time:

    1st Decemember 2002. Broached to. Winds gusting to 82 knots prevented helicopter from effecting rescue. Author in yellow life-jacket standing on portside of yacht Bowden a Trintella 29 class.
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    May 9th, 2013, Artemis Tragedy:
    Previous Update: KTVU news now reports the crew member which was missing then recovered, was at
    SF Marina and receiving CPR has expired. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Artemis Family.

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    May 15, 2013: 2013 Mini Fastnet, A Myriad of Attrition:

    16 boats started the 2013 edition of the Mini Fastnet, a 565 nm open ocean affair from Plymouth Sound to Coninberg Light Vessel , then Fastnet Rock and Bishops Rock before returning to Plymouth. The Sunday start witnessed the fast retirement of the British entry "Yellow Fin" with a knee injury to Skipper Tom Webb, followedshortly thereafter with the retirement of Nikki Curwen and Lizzy Foreman on "Artemis 438" after 12 hours of racing with a broken tiller.
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    May 25, 2013, Meanie sets new Spinnaker Cup Record:

    Tom Akin's Southern Cross 52 "Meanie' took advantage of the brisk north westerlies of the Nor Cal coast, arriving in Monterey ar 18:18: 33, to establish a new Spinnaker Cup Record, besting Akela's 2010 record by an estimated 41 minutes and change!
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    May 28, 2013, Svendsen's Marine Patriarch Svende Passes:

    We are just receiving word that long time Bay Area sailing legend Svend Svendsen, and proprietor
    of Svendsen's Boat Works has passed away from pancreatic cancer.

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    June 6, 2013, Ditch Run Ends In Tagedy:

    But all the joy and fun which the race and party provided to hundreds of sailors was tempered Saturday night as news began to spread that one of the sailors, and an SCC members, Noe Goodman's body was recovered late in the day in the marina after failing to being located Sunday. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Goodman family, friends and member of the Stockton Sailing Club as they attempted to put together the pieces. Members and friends and associates are still stunned that this vibrant young man with a bright future, could have had his life extinguished far too early. We will keep you posted as we learn more and of any pending services.

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    June 16, 2013, Joyon Smashes Atlantic Record :

    Francis Joyon has just shattered the North Atlantic record: 5 days, 2 hours, 56 minutes and 10 seconds or in other words a time that is 16 hours, 34 minutes and 30 seconds less than the previous record set by Thomas Coville in 2008.
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    July 10, 2013: Artemis's Big Blue Emerges:

    Artemis brought out Big Blue from the shed for the 1st time, then inverted her and quickly returned her to the shed for load testing. Image Sander van der Borsch / Artemis Racing

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    July 15, 2013, A near Miss On Lake Garda:

    At Lake Garda, the Opti Worlds and Melges 32's are sharing the same piece of water
    It's pretty fuzzy footage but the offending vessel appear to be 226,"Bribon-MoviStar" and 667 "Brontolo HH"....
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    July 24, 2013: Invisible Hand Win Transpac!

    The R/P 63 " Invisible Hand" crosses the line at Diamond Head at sunrise on July 21st.
    PD: The Invisible Hand Project began with one of the 1st J-111's to come on the market, and it had some success but also some issues with the construction. Was that the primary reason for looking elsewhere or was the J-111 a stepping stone?
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    Aug 8 2013, Oracle Racing Withdraws from AC World Series:

    ORACLE TEAM USA’s AC45 yachts have withdrawn, retrospectively, from the last four AC World Series regattas. This follows an internal investigation led by CEO Russell Coutts, which determined that prior to racing in the regattas the yachts were modified without the permission of the Measurement Committee. The withdrawal is in spite of the fact that the modifications had no impact on the performance of the boats.

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    Aug 12, 2013, Wylie Wabbit Wins Double Damned:

    Onboard Bill Erkelens's Wylie Wabbit "Jack", winners of the 2013 Double Damn Raced from Cascade Locks to The Dalles on the Columbia River Gorge. Full report to follow!
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    September 5, 2013: Kiwis Top Dogs in RBYAC:

    The Kiwi's proved too much for the other teams in the Red Bull Youth America Cup, taking 1st and 2nd in the "Inaugural" Red Bull Youth America's Cup. We use that term loosely, as there is no guarantee the event will ever be held again, ever.

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    September 9, 2013, Kiwi's Win Cup, But Run Out Of Time:

    Dominating in race 13, with light sub 10 knots of breeze, overcast skies and a hefty flood tide, ETNZ
    was well on their way to sipping Moet from the Auld Mug when the 40 minute time limit expired as the
    Kiwis were approaching the finish line.

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    Sept 9, 2013, Where No America's Cup Has Gone Before:
    The America's Cup moves into uncharted waters as it it heads to a final do or die Race 19....

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    Oct 14, 2013, The Kitboard Foil Phenomenon:

    The concept of foiling kiteboards isn't exactly new with early editions reaching back a decade or more. Early models were cumbersome and involved ski boot s attached to wakeboard and one piece foils which limited the rider in many ways. The weight slowed the process of foiling. Stuck in boots, the rider was stuck in a single position, leaving the options to toe-side vs backside sailing, and if god forbid you crashed, you had the equivalent of a ball and chain holding you back, while you struggled to swing the board foil combo into position, meanwhile wrestling with your kite. The penalty for blowing a tack or gybe was painful in more ways than one.

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    October 22, 2013, NOAA To Cease Paper Charts:
    NOAA announced today that they will cease making paper charts. PDF Charts
    are available for FREE for the next 3 months: For the three-month trial period, NOAA is providing about a thousand high-resolution printable nautical charts—almost the entire NOAA suite of charts—as PDF files. The PDF nautical charts, which are exact images of the traditional charts currently printed by lithography, will be available for free download on October 22. Coast Survey will then evaluate usage and user feedback to decide whether to continue the service.

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    Nov 8, 2013, Sail Drone Reaches Hawaii:

    On November4th, 2013, Saildrone 1 arrived in Kaneohe, Hawaii, 34 days after leaving San Francisco. This amazing accomplishment sets a new world record for a autonomous sailboats as well as being the first unmanned and autonomous vessel to cross an ocean using wind power
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