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18 Oct 2012

Shattered—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

AC 72 Sail 8 Capize / SFO Oct Testing Session / ORACLE TEAM USA / San Francisco (USA) / 16-10-2012  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©
The sailing world is buzzing with news of Oracle Racing's capsize on Tuesday on San Francisco Bay, which shattered their wingsail and damaged their AC72 class catamaran, 'USA 17'. Oracle Racing, it will be remembered, was the first team to capsize an AC45, and now they're the first to take the full-value ride on an AC72. But unlike capsizing an AC45, however, the hard-check reality is setting in that flipping a 72 is far more expensive proposition, both in lost time and money.


According to reports, USA 17 suffered a pitch-pole after bearing away in a puff, transitioning through the so-called 'death zone' where the boat rapidly accelerates from upwind trim to off-the-breeze angles. 'We called for a bear-away as we were out training,' said tactician Tom Slingsby. 'The winds were blowing about 25 knots, and there was strong ebb current at the time. We started the bear-away, and as the boat accelerated it pitch-poled.


Oracle Team USA - Pier 80 Base, San Francisco  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©



Multiple photo galleries and video footage of the capsize—and the damage it rendered—exist, so be sure to check out this issue to get a feel for the amount of repair/rebuilding work that Oracle Racing must now tackle. Stay tuned for more from Oracle's camp, as it unfurls.


Emirates Team New Zealand. Day 13 of testing for the team's first AC72. Hauraki Gulf, Auckland.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ



Meanwhile, as the American-flagged Defender contends with broken boat bits, challenger Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) continues to lay down precious training miles on their AC72 on the Hauraki Gulf. The team has now logged more than a dozen of their allotted 2012-2013 AC72 training days, getting the boat up on her foils and learning the finer points of sailing this powerful new class of catamaran. Photographer Chris Cameron caught a ride aboard ETNZ's AC72 earlier this week, and his photo gallery (inside) presents a very different view of the AC34 experience than Oracle Racing is currently suffering.


Emirates Team New Zealand. Day 13 of testing for the team's first AC72. Hauraki Gulf, Auckland. 17/10/2012 - Emirates Team NZ - Day 14  Chris Cameron/ETNZ



And Olympic news, there's a renewed call to retain the Men's and Women's RS:X windsurfing classes for the Rio Olympics 2012 ahead of ISAF's annual conference. Windsurfing advocate Rory Ramsden has put together a compelling list of five reasons why different international sailing authority delegates should vote to re-open official discussions about keeping the RS:X in the Games. Check out Ramsden's open letter, inside.


Team Invictus, Falmouth UK  Team Invictus



Also inside, get the latest news from the Sunfish Worlds, the Rolex Middle Sea Race and the Extreme Sailing Series Act 7. And finally, don't miss the latest happenings from the Little America's Cup, which will next be contested from September 23-29, 2013 near Falmouth, U.K.


May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Is it a stick? Is it a tree? No it's a Supercat! (Pt. II)
John Curnow,
In Part I, we saw how the Lagoon 450 slots into the range, what the cats are all about and maybe a little about the owners who have kept this brand strong, despite the malaise the world's economies may be experiencing. Right. On y va...... [more]
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Maui Makani Classic - High flying action on the way
Russ Faurot,
The 2012 Maui Makani Classic is set to take place from the 25th October to the 3rd November. For most individuals, the terms Maui and Ho'okipa are synonymous with images of the world's greatest windsurfers flying high and gouging out waves at what is without doubt, the world's most infamous and challenging windsurfing beach.... [more]
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Little America's Cup action set for September 2013
Norman Wijker and Huw Traylor - Team Invictus,
There is now just one year's time to the return of C-Class Catamaran racing to the British shores, last seen here in 1969! The competition involves teams designing, building and racing light, fast and exciting C-Class catamarans to a minimal set of simple rules.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA damage revealed - images
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson of www.pressure-drop.us was down at Pier 80 again this morning and sent these images of Oracle Team USA's USA-17 as she was hauled from the water after the capsize yesterday.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of Oracle's AC72 being hauled from the water
Guilian Grenier,
Oracle Team USA's AC72 was hauled from the water at Pier 80 in surprisingly good shape considering her ordeal yesterday, after capsizing and being sucked out into the Pacific Ocean. The netting and other 'consumables' have all gone, but the hulls and platform generally seem to be intact albeit waterlogged.... [more]
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1958 yacht Weatherly receives federal recognition
Kirsten Ferguson,
The 1958 12 Metre sailing yacht Weatherly has obtained federal recognition for its contributions to the history of naval architecture, engineering, and recreation. Edward F. Sanderson, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, announced in September that the National Park Service has listed Weatherly on the National Register of Historic Places.... [more]
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Rio 2016: It's time to take action
Rory Ramsden,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Conference is almost upon us so I thought I'd utilize this opportunity just to reiterate the principle reasons why MNAs and Council members should vote for windsurfing and in particular the RS:X Class. Here are five good reasons why you should vote to include windsurfing in the Olympic sailing programme for Rio 2016.... [more]
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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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U.S. Team Racing Championship preview
Jake Fish,
A fleet of 12 of the best teams from the United States and Great Britain will compete for the esteemed George R. Hinman Trophy at the U.S. Team Racing Championship, hosted by the Larchmont Yacht Club, this Friday through Sunday, October 19-21.... [more]
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Sunfish World Championship - David Mendelblatt leads after 3 races
ISAF,
At the 2012 Sunfish World Championship, racing out of St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Mendelblatt leads on nine points the 74-boat fleet after three consistent results from the opening races. A fifth in Race 1 was followed up by two second places as he took an early eight point lead.... [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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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to support youth cancer charity
Amy Martindale,
For the world's longest ocean race, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, British yachting icons Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Dame Ellen MacArthur will launch a charity initiative. 'It has never been the cancer that has worried me but the depression that came with it...Of all the medicines she had, this one - the trip - was the one that made her better!'... [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 and Video
Chris Cameron,
Emirates Team NZ photographer, Chris Cameron, 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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