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 18 Oct 2012
 


AC72 Pitchpole —Sailing News from Europe 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.

Sail-World USA's Chuck Lantz reports 'I'm at Oracle's pier 80. What's left of the 72 was towed in at around 11:15 pm PST. As you've heard by now the wing was destroyed but two Oracle people told me the hulls may still be able to
be repaired. Earlier reports were that they had been destroyed, too.'

Oracle base after AC72 returned - America's Cup AC72  Chuck Lantz


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.

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.


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 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!



SDIM9975 - America's Cup AC72  Chuck Lantz


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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA returns home - latest images
Guilian Grenier,
Oracle Team USA's AC72 was towed back into San Francisco in the early hours of Wednesday morning, after being swept out into the Pacific Ocean when she capsized at 3.00pm local time on Tuesday. Guilian Grenier was on had to catch the arrival and reaction... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - 33rd edition all set
Penny Farmer,
There are only three days to go until the start of the 33rd Rolex Middle Sea Race, kicking off in Malta and final preparations are underway as the Royal Malta Yacht club makes their final registrations. 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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Nord Stream Race - Intense lineup in Saint Petersburg
Philippa Holloway,
The highly anticipated inaugural Nord Stream Race gets underway tomorrow, 18th October in Saint Petersburg, Russia. This new competition has brought the elite of the sailing world together to race across the Baltic in a radical development of offshore yachting. Gathered at today's pre-start press conference the competitor lineup was intense for this inaugural year.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA capsizes AC72 in San Francisco - Latest
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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America's Cup: Meanwhile aboard Emirates Team NZ - Images
Chris Cameron,
Emirates Team NZ photographer was onboard the AC 72 sailing on the Hauraki Gulf for another training session on Day 13. For the first time we get to see what it is like aboard the new America's Cup catamaran.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA images after the capsize
Guilian Grenier,
Oracle Team USA photographer Guilian Grenier, was on hand after Oracle Team USA's AC72 USA-17 capsized when training on Tuesday afternoon... [more]
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America's Cup: More images from aboard Emirates Team NZ
Chris Cameron,
Emirates Team NZ photographer was onboard the AC 72 sailing on the Hauraki Gulf for another training session. on Day 13 For the first time we get to see what it is like aboard the new America's Cup catamaran. Second image gallery.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA Before and After the Capsize
Guilian Grenier,
Oracle Team USA photographer captured some of the last shots before USA-17 capsized in San Francisco on Tuesday at 3.00pm local time, and afterward... [more]
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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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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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Vendee Globe - Acciona 100% EcoPowered all set
Helena de la Gandara,
With just over 24 days to the start of the Vendee Globe, the IMOCA 60 Acciona 100% EcoPowered has pulled in to Les Sables D'Olonne, the boat's new base, where it will be participating in the race— the toughest round-the-world regatta, alone and with no stops. On Monday the 15th, at 6pm, the Acciona 100% EcoPowered left its base at Brest and is now moored in the Race Village.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Golding and Gamesa ready for battle
Gamesa Sailing Team,
With just over 24 days to the start of the Vendee Globe, Mike Golding is back in the very familiar surroundings of Les Sables d'Olonne after arriving last night into the Port Olona marina with his IMOCA Open 60 Gamesa, following a fast and pleasingly uneventful passage from Southampton, UK.... [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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RS100 Euro Grand Prix overall
Al Hall,
The final day of the Euro Grand Prix dawned with a flat calm and the crews waited patiently for the breeze to fill in from the south west. After an hour delay a lovely force 3 filled in and the fleets were underway. Cunningham caught the breeze on the right side of the course and held the lead throughout.... [more]
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Vulcain Trophy claimed on Lake Geneva by Realstone Sailing
Zhik,
It took just two years for the young amateur crew from Geneva's Regatta Training Center to dominate the highly-competitive D35 class on Lake Geneva from the beginning of the 2012 season and claim the Vulcain Trophy. Nine young amateur sailors from Geneva, skippered by Jérôme Clerc, stormed through the D35 class and in just two years moved from absolute beginners to season's champions.... [more]
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SB20 World Championships preview
Lisa Ratcliff,
The UON SB20 World Championships 2012 get underway from Friday 14th December and will pit up to 45 SB20 crews against each other with Australia, which boasts the fourth largest SB20 fleet in the world, expected to field half the entry list. Thanks to a generous shipping subsidy from the Queensland government, an impressive overseas contingent of the one design 20-footers will be on the start line... [more]
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RS100 Euro Grand Prix day 1 and 2
Al Hall,
In the RS100 Euro Grand Prix, a fleet of ten RS100s - two from the UK, one from France, one from Switzerland and six from Italy set out on a beautiful force 3/4 from the north into the bay at Genoa ready for an epic day's sailing. Sadly, five minutes before the five minute gun the wind died and 45 minutes later set in as a thermal from the south west as a force two.... [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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Barcolana 44 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi Photography,
Images from the Barcolana 44 in Trieste, Italy by photographer Max Ranchi.... [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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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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