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The Ninth Player—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Real Club Nautico de Valencia   © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo


The much speculated question as to if any more serious players would step forth and participate in the next America's Cup was answered at a recent press conference in Valencia, Spain. There, the Real Club Nautico de Valencia (RCNV) and Green Comm Racing formally announced their joint participation in the first of the America's Cup World Series events, which will be held this in August in Cascais, Portugal. Furthermore, they also announced their intention to challenge in the 34th America's Cup, and they have appointed design duties to the University of Pisa and UCLA, both of which are considered to be top-notch in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics and Sensory Wireless Networks.

For fans of the new-generation, hard wingsail-powered multihulls this is great stuff, as it brings the total number of teams that will be racing this August at the Cascais event to nine, representing eight countries. (All told, there will be ten boats on the starting line, as Oracle Racing has two AC45s.) 'We're very pleased to welcome the Real Club Nautico de Valencia to the 34th America's Cup, representing a nation known for its rich maritime history and its significance to the America's Cup,' said Richard Worth, Chairman, America's Cup Event Authority. 'The Green Comm Racing, with their commitment to not just sailing excellence but also a sustainable future, will be a great complement to our strong group of competitors.'

Like many teams that lack Oracle Racing's years of experience designing and racing wingsail-powered multihulls, the team plans to use the existing base package that was out together by the America's Cup Race Management as a starting point, from which they will make their own custom modifications. Be sure to check out Richard Gladwell's feature on this team, in this issue, and stay tuned for more information about this upcoming campaign as it becomes known.

Team Maclaren Celebrating Their Gold Win At 2011 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta  Dana Paxton 2011

And in Germany, at Kieler Woche, Team Maclaren, headed up by ace skipper Anna Tunnicliffe, took home the highly competitive Women's Match Racing World Championships. 'It was a great way to wrap up the season,' reports Tunnicliffe in her regatta report. 'We are very excited to have won as it was one of our goals coming into this year. With the ISAF World Cup now wrapped up, we will move our focus onto the first part of our trials in October, and the World Championships in December.' Find out more about Team Maclaren, as well as Kieler Woche, inside.

Also, fans of distance racing should be sure to check out the reports from the Marion Bermuda Race, which is winding down now in Bermuda. A new course record was set, and plenty of boats enjoyed a quick (read: blustery) ride. See the full report inside.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Images from Block Island Race Week, presented by Rolex
Daniel Forster,
Top international photographer, Daniel Forster, presents this gallery of images from Block Island Race Week, presented by Rolex, sailed at Block Island, nestled in the Atlantic 12 miles from coastal Rhode Island, USA.... [more]
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Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011 day 6 action
Ed Sinclair,
Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011 day six a dark cloud lingered over the event site throughout the day leading to a tactical day of racing on the Caribbean's azure blue water. The gusts came through blowing anywhere between 8-20 knots leaving the sailors hard pressed for equipment choice when race director Juan Antonio Aragon called a start to the day's proceedings at 10am.... [more]
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GoPro Match Cup Starts Off Strong + Video
Chicago Match Race Center,
Ten teams from four nations whittled down to a final four in one long day of round robin racing, followed by start of the Semi-Final and Consolation stages.... [more]
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Tension High In Elliott 6m Finals at Kieler Week
Elliott 6m Sailing,
Ekaterina Skudina wins another Kiel Week gold medal. USA's Anna Tunnicliffe, finished fifth in Kiel, has comfortably won the 2011 ISAF World Cup on 91 points. Silja Lehtinen (FIN), second 76 points, and Sally Barkow (USA), third 75 points. After an intense SWC battle GBR, USA, FIN, RUS, FRA, NED, AUS, GER, NZL, SWE, ESP, and DEN. have qualified for the WMR at the Weymouth Olympic Test Event in A... [more]
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Block Island Race Week - A finish on a high note
regattanews.com,
Two races provided a solid finish today for the Storm Trysail Club's (STC) biennial Block Island Race Week XXIV presented by Rolex and determined IRC, PHRF and One-Design winners in 14 classes along with titlists for the 2011 IRC East Coast Championship, the J/122 National Championship and the J/109 East Coast Championship.... [more]
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ORCi World Championship day five
Offshore Racing Congress,
At the 2011 ORCi World Championship in Croatia, Piero Paniccia's Cookson 50 will not be among the contenders tomorrow. On the final run of the final race, a strong 25-knot puff hit during their final gybe for the turning gate to the finish and their mast collapse in today's penultimate day of inshore racing.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup 2011 surprise overall winner Foxy Lady
KPMS,
59th Giraglia Rolex Cup surprise winner is the 37ft-Foxy Lady (FRA), co-skippered by brothers Dominique and Michel Heyraud. Foxy Lady finished the race in a time of 48 hours and four minutes, at 12:08 CEST today, and went on to win on corrected time by 11 minutes, 30 seconds ahead of a fellow 37-footer Jeminy (FRA) with Calima (ESP), overall winners in 2009, finishing in third place.... [more]
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Chester Race Week readies to sail again
Lynn Helpard,
The ever popular Chester Race Week regatta is once again being hosted by the Chester Yacht Club August 10th to 13th. Soon the waters of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia will be filled with billowing spinnakers as keen sailors seek trophies and the glory of winning against many of the finest yachts in the Maritimes and beyond.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup 2011 fleet head slowly into Genoa
KPMS,
By 10:00 CEST this morning, a further 41 yachts had followed Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) into Genoa, completing the 243-nautical mile adventure from Saint-Tropez.... [more]
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PWA Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011 day 5 action
Ed Sinclair,
Aruba High Winds Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau and Karin Jaggi storm into first place after an epic opening day of slalom... [more]
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Block Island Race Week - A special race around a special island
Barby MacGowan,
After yesterday's 'no blow' for zero races, today's 12-15 knots of breeze brought big smiles to the faces of more than 1,000 sailors competing in the Storm Trysail Club's (STC) biennial Block Island Race Week XXIV presented by Rolex.... [more]
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America's Cup: Green Comm and RCNV launch challenge of sustainability
Green Comm Racing,
The Real Club Nautico de Valencia (RCNV) and Green Comm Racing announced the details of their Challenge for the 34th America's Cup at a press conference Thursday afternoon in Valencia, Spain. The Green Comm Racing team, representing Spain's RCNV, completes the field of nine teams from eight nations that will be on the starting line in 10 AC 45 catamarans at the first America's Cup World Series... [more]
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ORCi World Championship new Class B leader
Offshore Racing Congress,
ORCi World Championship. Light winds and general recalls once again impeded progress on the event format and only one race was held, in Class B.... [more]
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America's Cup: Spanish-Italian Challenger announces in Valencia
Richard Gladwell,
European media are reporting that Spain's Real Club Nautica of Valencia and Italy's Green Comm Racing will jointly challenge for the 2013 America's Cup, according to an invitation issued for the official announcement. The Spanish-Italian challenge is the eighth challenger and will bring the total fleet to nine. They are the unannounced challenger alluded to at last week's Media Announcement in... [more]
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PWA Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam day 4 freestyle
PWA,
Belgian freestyle maestro, Steven Van Broeckhoven and Caribbean Queen, Sarah-Quita Offringa blow the competition out of the water to secure their places at the top of the freestyle rankings in Aruba.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 15 - Media Reaction
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 14 June 2011 covering the Media reaction to the America's Cup in San Francisco and more.... [more]
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Team Maclaren clinches Women's Match Racing World Cup title
Anna Tunnicliffe,
The 2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup wrapped up with the end of the Kieler Woche regatta and Team Maclaren came away with the Women's Match Racing Title.... [more]
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Block Island Race Week day 3 a loss but also a gain
Barby MacGowan,
At the Storm Trysail Club's (STC) biennial Block Island Race Week XXIV presented by Rolex it didn't matter that the sun wasn't out, just that there was a slight promise the wind would blow on the third day.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup goes from strength to strength
ISAF,
The 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup continues to grow after a successful third year which saw 74 nations and over 2,000 sailors compete at seven destinations in three continents.... [more]
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GoPro Match Cup at CMRC
Tod Reynolds,
GoPro Match Cup will use a two-for-one format, where 10 teams will compete in the A and B events, maximizing the opportunity for teams to earn ranking points towards the World Match Race Ranking list. It is the second event in an active season of match race sailing.... [more]
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U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship 2011 Preview
Jake Fish,
A competitive fleet of 57 youth sailors are preparing for US Sailing's 2011 U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship (USJWSC), hosted by Richmond Yacht Club in Point Richmond, Calif.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ starts sailing their two boat program
Richard Gladwell,
There's a new cat, soon to be two, prowling the Auckland waterfront. From the design board of a highly respected US multihull design partnership, and built by a top Wellington based composites builder, the pair of new black cats are here to stay for a couple of years at least.... [more]
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Kite Course Racing Worlds - Strongest fleet ever fight for the title
Markus Schwendtner,
Kite Course Racing Worlds 2011 - The worlds best kiteboarders meet on Sylt next week to fight for the 2011 Course Racing World Title... [more]
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St Maarten - St Martin Classic Yacht Regatta 2013 dates announced
Classic Yacht Regatta Organization,
St. Maarten - St. Martin Classic Yacht Regatta 2013 organizers announced today that the sixth Classic Regatta will take place over the weekend of Friday 29th to Sunday 31st March... [more]
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Block Island Race Week day two
Barby MacGowan,
The Storm Trysail Club's (STC) biennial Block Island Race Week presented by Rolex is underway for its 24th time since it was first held in 1965, and by all indications, it hasn't lost one bit of charm or competitive appeal in a history that spans more than four and a half decades.... [more]
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Team Maclaren fifth at 2011 Kieler Woche
Anna Tunnicliffe,
eam Maclaren finished fifth in this year's Kieler Woche Regatta. We lost the quarterfinals 2-3 to Nicky Souter (AUS). We sailed the consolation round race-offs for five-eighth overall and won our two races to take fifth.... [more]
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