America's Cup - fun and games, Moths and a Smoke test

Team Australia AC45
On Monday we published the Sail-World interview with Iain Murray following the shock withdrawal of Hamilton Island Yacht Club as the Challenger of Record from the 35th America's Cup.

Regatta Director Iain Murray - at this morning’s America’s Cup media Conference

As our AC editor Richard Gladwell writes today, it was a delicate piece of timing and more is to come. It could be that HIYC might rejoin the fray if the building pressure on the defender delivers a seismic shift.

Skipper Max Sirena watches Team Luna Rossa AC45 training in Cagliari, Italy

If matters play out as expected then the Italian Challenger Luna Rossa is expected to be installed as the new Challenger of Record in early August.

Oracle Team USA foiling towards the end of the 2013 America’s Cup - Day 15
Kurt Molnar ©

Under the Protocol, Hamilton Island Yacht Club was required to confirm that they would be an Entry in the 35th America's Cup, even though they had already made their Challenge in September 2013. Their decision announced in the weekend was that they would not be making that Confirmation.

Team Australia and Oracle Team USA on Sydney Harbour

Hamilton Island is also required to give 90 days notice of its intention to withdraw as Challenger of Record, and presumably that has also been done. The Protocol also provides for the outgoing Challenger of Record to stay in place as CoR, for the duration of that 90 day notice period.

25/09/2013 - San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America's Cup - Oracle Team USA vs Emirates Team New Zealand, Race Day 15

So there is some order in the transition process, and the Protocol that has been negotiated stays in place for the time being at least. The fun and games are expected to start after entries close on August 8.

Gazprom Youth Sailing Challenge (RUS7) - RC44 Marstrand World Championship 2014

The Moth Worlds continue at Hayling Island in the UK, after a disasterous first race DNC, Nathan Outteridge is currently third ahead of Josh McKnight and Scott Babbage. Beau Outteridge continues to entertain with his video interviews. The fleet was mothballed today but Beau gave us the dirt.

And on the shameless self promotional front continues to hold its place as the most popular sailing website in the world according to the independent ranking organisatio

We've been beavering away on a complete new front end version and last night successfully completed a 'smoke' test across 31 sites world-wide.

Called a 'smoke' test because you switch it live and look for smoke and even flames. Fire extinguishers were not needed and we will progress toward Beta testing in the coming days.

As soon as that is ready we will put a big Beta button on the existing site and you will be able to play with the new site, which has a host of new features.

22/09/2013 - San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America's Cup - Final Match - Racing Day 12

Lots of interesting news as always, enjoy.