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17 Oct 2012

Flips, foils and Super Hornets—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Oracle Team USA capsized in San Francisco Image: Chris Ray  Americas Cup Media
One of the big 'what-if' questions about racing AC72 class catamarans on San Francisco Bay was answered today when Oracle Racing became the first team to capsize one of these wingsail-powered beasts, flipping their 'USA 17' on their eight day of sailing their new boat. USA 17 pitch-poled, and that the team was able to self-rescue, crew injuries were minimal. The fragile wingsail, however, is a different story as it took several attempts to right the mighty trimaran and the tow back to base was rough on both the boat and wing.


Emirates Team New Zealand. Day 12 of testing for the team's first AC72. Hauraki Gulf, Auckland.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ



This mishap comes on the heels of several successful days for both Oracle Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ), the only two AC34 contenders to have flown their AC72s on foils. Be sure to check out the great image galleries of Oracle Racing and ETNZ aloft, inside.ry


James Spithill flies with the Blue Angels  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©



And speaking of Oracle Racing, Jimmy Spithill—the team's young, red-hot skipper—recently got the chance to ride shotgun with the Blue Angles flying team in a Navy F/A 18 Super Hornet. Spithill was exposed to high-G Force moves during the flight (really cool video exists), but he came away loving the experience, calling it 'the thrill of his life'. Quite a statement, coming from a man who has driven two of the most exotic sailboats ever built. More, inside this issue.


Meanwhile, in the Heartland, Don Wilson and his team of Jen Wilson, Sally Barkow, Tod Reynolds and Erik Shampain won the prestigious Richardson Trophy match-racing event. Wilson and company won 21 out of their 24 match-racing flights; impressively, this is Wilson's second consecutive year to take top honors.


Don Wilson and team - Richardson Trophy  CMRC - Chicago Match Race Center - ©



'The top four teams were all solid, but we knew we had our work cut out for us in the semis and finals,' said Wilson. 'The scoreline made the finals look easy; it was anything but that. Sally and the team did a great job keeping us on the lifted tack at all times which was crucial to success upwind. We are stoked to have won this two years in a row.'


Esimit Europa 2 winner of 44 Barcolana race
Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi  Carlo Borlenghi/Luca Butto



Also inside, get the latest news from the Clipper Round the World Race, learn more about the Coast Guard Foundation (and how you can help support this important organization), and check out the preview of this week's Rolex Middle Sea Race. And finally, don't miss ace shooter Carlo Borlenghi's lovely image gallery from the Barcolana 44, which recently took place in Trieste, Italy. Enjoy!


May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



America's Cup - High Drama
Richard Gladwell,
As we write this we are watching two screens. On one, a webcam is tracking Emirates Team NZ's ASC72 as she puts in yet another training session on the Hauraki Gulf sailing in winds that are averaging 25kts gusting 35kts. And on the other, in San Francisco, Oracle Team USA's AC72 has capsized, and has drifted out into the Pacific Ocean.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA capsize - full video
Sail-World,
See the full video of the Oracle Team USA capsize in San Francisco Bay in 25kts of breeze. This is the first AC72 to capsize... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA capsize - how it happened in images
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson of www.pressure-drop.us was on hand to capture the complete sequence as Oracle Team USA capsized at 3.00pm local time in San Francisco.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA capsize - how it happened in images - 2
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson of www.pressure-drop.us was on hand to capture the complete sequence as Oracle Team USA capsized at 3.00pm local time in San Francisco. Here is the second image gallery.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA capsizes AC72 in San Francisco - Live
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA have capsized their AC72 while training on Day 8 in San Francisco. Reports are still coming in as to the extent of the damage however there were apparently no serious injuries to the crew. The 72ft catamaran pitchpoled,during a bearaway. See the recovery on live video... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Coastal Race action on the horizon
Louay Habib,
With under five days to go to the start of the 33rd edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, a steady stream of boat captains have been making their way to the Royal Malta Yacht Club making their final registrations for the race. Yachts from eighteen different nations are taking up their berths at The Royal Malta Yacht Club and the Grand Harbour Marina.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle's Spithill rides with the Blue Angels + Video
Oracle Team USA,
Oracle Team USA's skipper, Jimmy Spithill (AUS) joins the US Navy's Blue Angels demonstration squad in 'Fightertown USA,' Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, to test his mettle at winged flight of a slightly faster kind. See how Spithill and the chief 'pilot' handles 6G's in the skies over San Diego.... [more]
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19th Annual Tribute to the U.S. Coast Guard's Seventh District
Jennifer Crowley Fyke,
The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, have announced that its 19th Annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard's Seventh District will take place on Friday, November 2, 2012.... [more]
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Historic football figure inducted into Sailing Hall of Fame
Katherine Terrell,
Stan Honey was not quite sure what to make of the phone call advising him that he had been selected into the National Sailing Hall Of Fame's 2012 class. It was still a prevailing feeling during the induction ceremony at the Southern Yacht Club on Sunday night. 'It's a huge honor. I wasn't convinced they weren't pulling my leg,' Honey said of the phone call.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team Oracle USA flies on foils
Gullian Grenier, Oracle Team USA,
US Defender, Oracle Team USA completed seven days on the water today. Here's a gallery of images from team photographer Gullian Grenier taken over the past few days on San Francisco Bay. While Oracle has been noted for the amount of platform twist, and discussions as to whether this is good or bad, planned or unplanned, controlled or uncontrolled. But here, on occasions, she flies straight and... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ flies in big breeze
Chris Cameron,
Team photographer, Chris Cameron was on the Hauraki Gulf today for Day 12 of the Emirates Team New Zealand AC72 testing programme on the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf. The cat performed well in a south-west breeze in the low to mid 20s with gusts to 28 knots.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team US's AC72 on Day 7 on San Francisco Bay
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson from www.pressure-drop.us joined the AC racer chasers club today on San Francisco Bay trying to get in position to get shots of Oracle Team USA's AC72 in action. An afternoon spent chasing the Oracle 72' yields limited success, just when you think you have a bead on their angle of attack, they gybe or tack, and despite the sizable ebb, they are gone in a heart beat.... [more]
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Kaenon reflects on ten years of unique product success
Steve Rosenberg,
Over 10 years ago, two brothers from Southern California created Kaenon – a premium sunglass brand offering high quality sunglasses designed in California, and powered by a truly innovative and proprietary lens technology known as SR-91®. Over the past decade Kaenon has evolved – and we will continue to introduce best-in-class product offerings – but our commitment to our founding principles has... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ sailing in 35kt winds
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand completed a five hour sailing and testing session, apparently without mishap today in winds that gusted over 35kts. Winds averaged 26kts at Bean Rock at the entrance to the Waitemata Harbour. The winds peaked at midday before easing. Real time observations in the area have the winds at 28kts, gusting 36kts.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Deputy Race Director appointed
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race,
Clipper Ventures has named Mark Light as Deputy Race Director of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Mark is an accomplished yachtsman and previous race skipper. 'I am absolutely delighted and feel very privileged to take on the role of Deputy Race Director,' said Mark Light.... [more]
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Richardson Trophy victory for Don Wilson and crew
Chicago Match Race Center,
The Chicago Match Race Center's Don Wilson and his crew of sister Jen Wilson, Sally Barkow, Tod Reynolds and Erik Shampain have today claimed victory in the Yacht Racing Union of the Great Lakes' 100th edition of the Richardson Trophy on an impressive streak of victories: in 24 flights, Wilson and team lost only three matches in the three days of this event.... [more]
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Grant size increased by BoatUS Foundation
D. Scott Croft,
After having funded more than $1 million in local boating safety and clean water projects for the past 21 years, the BoatUS Foundation's Grassroots Grants Program is more than doubling its maximum grant size to $10,000 for 2013. The Foundation is looking to fund projects that utilize innovative approaches to educate boaters on safe and clean boating topics.... [more]
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Barcolana 44 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Images from the Barcolana 44 in Trieste, Italy by photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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Is it a stick? Is it a tree? No it's Supercat! (Pt. I)
John Curnow,
Just like most of the Ssang Yong's out there, you won't have to venture too far to find someone who believes a few of the Lagoon catamarans have been whacked once or twice by the Ugly Stick. Rather, for some they may even feel that they have indeed had a brush in with the whole tree.... [more]
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Vendee Globe: Blasting with Hugo Boss
Christophe Launay,
Top international sailing photographer, Christophe Launay was on hand to capture Vendee Globe competitor, Hugo Boss and Alex Thompson as they ripped up the English Channel in a training session.... [more]
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Red sails on the Waitemata harbour - AC72 lines up against an ORMA60
Paul Gilbert,
Emirates Team New Zealand's AC72 and the ORMA 60 trimaran Teamvodaphone cut fast tracks in front of the Friday night racers, their red livery bright against a blue sea. A perfect evening on Friday preceded the weekend's bad weather, and both boats were fine tuning, TeamVodaphoneSailing for next Friday's Coastal Classic race... [more]
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Equipment Rules of Sailing for 2013-2016 now available
ISAF,
The Equipment Rules of Sailing (ERS) for 2013-2016 are now available to download online and for the first time, as an iOS application ahead of the worldwide date of implementation on 1 January 2013. The official ERS iOS Application, available on all mobile Apple devices, allows the user to quickly find information about all aspects of the rules that govern the sport on the water.... [more]
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Rio 2016: Olympic Event decisons should not be made in a vacuum
Rory Ramsden,
ISAF have published the submissions to the 2012 Conference in four weeks. If it was a question of counting the number in support of the RS:X and windsurfing for 2016, the result of the vote to change the Mid-Year decision would be a foregone conclusion But it's not that simple. There is a lot of work to be done to ensure that Council takes the chance to reinstate the RS:X for both men and women... [more]
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