Please select your home edition
Edition
BandG Triton2 AUS 728x90

Cupdate- Fifth Team antes up—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor on 20 Jun 2012
Team Korea has paid its entry fee to race to the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget © http://photo.americascup.com/
It’s official: Team Korea has paid its entry fee to race in the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup (which serves as the America's Cup Challenger Series), bringing the total number of teams competing for the 34th America’s Cup to four Challengers and one Defender, Oracle Racing.

'I'm very happy to see Team Korea take this next step,' said Iain Murray, the Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup. 'The challenges faced by any America's Cup team are immense; it's just a massive project, so to see the Korean team tick another box and move to the next stage is very encouraging.'

Team Korea’s next hurdle to competing for the Auld Mug will be to design and build an AC72 wingsail-powered catamaran, which will be used to contest the Cup next year on San Francisco Bay. The New Zealand-based design team of Bakewell-White Yacht Design is on the case, but the team must then build the major components in their own country. As of now, it’s not clear whether the team will start with the 'basic AC72' plans and a 'standard' wingsail from Southern Spars and modify, or if they will be starting from scratch.

The 'ratified' entry deadline for the Louis Vuitton Cup is August 1, 2012, and two more teams—China Team and Energy Team—are believed to be close to securing the necessary funding and sponsorship required to mount a respectable challenge. Get the latest reports inside this issue, and stay tuned for more, as it becomes known.


Meanwhile, in offshore circles, Volvo Ocean Race shore teams are busily making preparations for the final in-port race, as well as the final offshore leg, which will take teams from Lorient, France to Galway, Ireland. But unlike other VOR stopevers, the rules originally forbade teams from hauling or removing their rigs in Lorient; this proved problematic for Telefonica, Groupama and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, all of whom suffered breakage on the storm-tossed leg that took teams from Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient. Several teams requested permission to make sound repairs onshore, and a recent ruling by the International Jury permits this, but at a price of two points—a penalty that no team is willing to make lightly at this late stage.

Also offshore, Joe Harris and co-skipper Tristan Mouligne sailed an impressive Newport-Bermuda race aboard Harris’ Class 40, GryphonSolo2, finishing solidly ahead of all other Class 40s. 'We never eased up,' said Harris. 'I hold the single-handed record in the Bermuda 1-2 Race from Newport to Bermuda at 62 hours and 37 minutes, but sailed that in the 50ft Gryphon Solo. We beat that time today by more than two hours in a ten-foot-shorter 40 footer. We never slowed down. We blew out two spinnakers, but kept on going. Totally soaked and stoked.'


The final positions are being determined in the Newport-Bermuda Race as boats continue to finish, but based on provisional reports, Carina, Rives Potts 48-foot McCurdy and Rhodes sloop, has won the coveted St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy. If Potts’ corrected time holds up to later finishers, it will be her second consecutive win and her third overall St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy victory.

Impressively, the story goes deeper: 'The boat just got back from a circumnavigation and racing in the world’s top races three weeks ago,' said Potts. My son and nephew did a great job of getting Carina ready for Bermuda. In a race like this, preparation is one key to winning. Crew work is another and we had a family-based crew working together.' Stay tuned for the latest news, as it unfurls.

Finally, be sure to get the latest news from the ongoing Hobie 16 and Hobie 20 North Americans, the Clipper around the World Yacht Race and the wrap-up report from the Melges 24 Nationals, as well as the latest reports from the 2013 Laser Worlds, which—it has been announced—are being held in Oman.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

Sail Port Stephens 2017 660x82Beneteau SAIL Oceanis 51 and 57 660x82 1Harken AUS HL Snatch Block 660x82

Related Articles

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ give first look at the pedaling AC50
Emirates Team New Zealand formally christened their new AC50 America's Cup Challenger on a rainy Auckland afternoon. Emirates Team New Zealand formally christened their new AC50 America's Cup Challenger on a rainy Auckland afternoon. The team has been sailing for the previous two days making news headlines after it was revealed in Sail-World.com that the AC50 would become only the second yacht in America's Cup history to use pedal power.
Posted on 16 Feb
America's Cup - Kiwis sign Olympic Cyclist for the Tour de Bermuda
Ttop cyclist Simon van Velthooven, a 2012 Olympic Bronze cycling medallist had been signed by the America's Cup team Emirates Team New Zealand put in a second foiling display on Auckland's Waitemata harbour ahead of the official launching of their AC50 tomorrow. With brighter skies the cycling team took their places on the pedalstals and used leg power to provide the hydraulic pressure necessary to run the AC50's control systems for the foils and wingsail.
Posted on 15 Feb
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Suck it up, sunshine!
The 72nd start of the iconic blue water classic had 300,000 spectators lining the foreshores of Sydney Harbour The 72nd start of the iconic blue water classic had 300,000 spectators lining the foreshores of Sydney Harbour, another two million watching on TV, and the constant buzz and whir of media helicopters overhead. 88 boats, from Australia, USA, UK, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Japan, Korea, China, oh and New Zealand, had lined up on three start lines.
Posted on 31 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - More merriment on the airwaves
Here are more examples of merriment on the airwaves between the boats and Hobart Race Control So on December 29, 2016, after the River Derwent had let just three boats home (Perpetual Loyal, Giacomo and Scallywag, all inside the old race record, she went to sleep for a lot of the day. This made it frustrating for the sailors, some of whom saw the lighter side. So after seeing some of those in Dark & Stormy, here are more examples of merriment on the airwaves between the boats and HRC
Posted on 29 Dec 2016
Sydney Hobart Race-Dark and stormy, well because it is Dark and Stormy
Proving that there is a lighter side to the frustrations that is a race to Hobart Well it is now dark and the rain 'storms' have passed, but proving that there is a lighter side to the frustrations that is a race to Hobart, the custom Murray 37, Dark & Stormy had a wonderful exchange on the radio. Quite possibly it was co-owner and Navigator Terry Courts on the VHF in the super-frank exchange with Hobart Race Control at around 1928hrs on 29/12/16.
Posted on 29 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Wicked
ather and Son outfit, Wicked, are Matt and Mark Welsh from Melbourne. Matt is at home on the couch after knee surgery Father and Son outfit, Wicked, are Matt and Mark Welsh from Melbourne. Matt is at home on the couch after knee surgery, but Mark is out on the water, approaching Hobart. From on board he said, 'Amazing race. Barely any windward work. Just does not get better than this. Bit of gear damage cost us early, and we had to sail a little conservatively.'
Posted on 29 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Accepting the Challenge
When you buy a boat like the late Lou Abrahma's Sydney 38, Challenge, you're almost obliged to keep taking her South When you buy a boat like the late Lou Abrahma's Sydney 38, Challenge, you're almost obliged to keep taking her South at Christmas time. Luckily this has not been a problem for Chris Mrakas and his new crew, which includes Bruce Reidy
Posted on 29 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race – 67 out of 70
It's a pretty awesome score in anybody’s language. When it is the number of hours you spend under kite It's a pretty awesome score in anybody’s language. When it is the number of hours you spend under kite in the 72nd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race so far, then it is more than A+++. Anto Sweetapple from on board the Jones 40, Quetzalcoatl, reports in from at sea for us.
Posted on 29 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2016 - The 60 Hour report card
60 hours into the 72nd Rolex Sydney Hobart race. 16 boats finished,five boats retired and 67 boats at sea. The state of play 60 hours into the 72nd running of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. At 0100hrs Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time this morning, 16 boats had finished the 2016 race. Five boats had retired, and 67 boats were still on the water.
Posted on 28 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race – the second step for CQS and 2017
It was a frustrating end to a frustrating race for the newest supermaxi in the 2016 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race It was a frustrating end to a frustrating race for the newest supermaxi to compete in the 2016 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race. It was just her second ever race, with her first, the White Island Race in New Zealand, producing a line honours win. While Ludde Ingvall’s radical new 98-footer CQS had a very slow passage across an almost windless Storm Bay and River Derwent.
Posted on 28 Dec 2016