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Team J.P. Morgan BAR racing - 2012 America’s Cup World Series San Francisco
© Jen Edney / Team J.P. Morgan BAR
At the end of the Weymouth Olympics much of the world sailing focus has moved to the America's Cup.

The AC World Series action has taken place in San Francisco, California USA over recent days with tough competition for Team Ben Ainslie Racing (Team BAR).

During day four of the event, Aussie James Spithill of Oracle Team USA delivered a spectacular pitchpole, which became the sailing event news of the week world-wide.

Oracle Team USA Spithill claimed the overall event victory and Team BAR snagged second place with Artemis Racing - White and Emirates Team New Zealand claiming third and fourth respectively.

Following the conclusion of the competition, Ben noted in his blog that, ‘Overall we had a great series here, the improvements from last time are massive and we know we have the ability to come back and start winning these events so that’s the plan moving forward.’

JP Morgan BAR Team website

06/09/2012 - Auckland, (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - Emirates Team New Zealand AC72 foiling in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland on the fifth day of testing. 6/9/2012 - Club Marine America's Cup Tour 2013
Guilain Grenier/FFV

It might seem all very complex and you can read Richard Gladwell’s full analysis but the fact is, the 2013 America’s Cup is going to be very much about high speed foiling and when you think what a foiling moth can do, just think about the speeds that will be achieved with the sail area of an AC72.

AC72 Sail 4 / Foiling / ORACLE TEAM USA / San Francisco (USA) / 01-10-12

We can hardly wait until the main game next year, but meanwhile we continue to get great reports from Bob Fisher in San Francisco and we welcome you all along for the ride.

Our America's Cup newsletter series is proving very popular, going to a giant audience both locally and worldwide.

5.8,6.8 Fleet - Team15

In Windsurfing news, the national final of the RYA Team15 Champions Cup is on the way! From the 13th-14th October, some one hundred windsurfers from across the country will battle it out in order to determine who will gain the coveted title of T15 National Champions 2012.

The 2011 winners, North West Zone’s West Kirby Warriors, have reveled in yet another successful season and will be keen to defend their national title. Also taking part in the action will be the Hythe Hotshots, Pitsford Pirates, Axbridge Animals, Pugney’s Pirates, Mumbles Mutineers, Lakeside Loafers and Loch Insh Monsters.

All of the competitors at the event will be under age sixteen and will compete in four different windsurfing classes, the 3.5m, 4.5m, 5.8m and Techno 6.8.

Lots of news to report today with much more on the Sail-World website