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 06 Feb 2013
 

Of 52´s, Dalts on AC72´s, Vendee, Kitesurfing and more

Scarlet Runner gets busy on Port Phillip. - Southern Cross Cup  © Alex McKinnon
Southern Cross Cup 2013 – a new 52 foot game begins - This Friday, the first round of the inaugural Southern Cross Cup starts on Port Philip. There are to be eight 52-footers in this Grand Prix challenge. Seven of them are the famed Transpac 52s (TP52) and then there is one invited vessel, Rob Date's Reichel-Pugh penned, Scarlet Runner. This particular craft shares her hull design with the TP, Artemis, which is another vessel of the class that so famously charges around the waters near some of the Mediterranean's most glamorous ports.

Emirates Team New Zealand's Managing Director, Grant Dalton spoke this week with Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, after the team named their second AC72 - New Zealand Aotearoa.

Dalts elaborates on the new features on the AC72 catamaran, and the thinking behind them, along with an assessment of the competition and where they are ranked. First of a series of four with Grant Dalton, Kevin Shoebridge (COO on the shorecrew), Dean Barker (Skipper on the sailing aspects) and Nick Holroyd (Design Director).

Emirates Team New Zealand step the wing in the teams second AC72, NZL5 for the naming ceremony.  Emirates Team New Zealand / Photo Chris Cameron ETNZ ©


Sail-World is increasing its prescene in Europe this year and will be for the water or the first European World Cup event in Mallorca.

The 44th edition of the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre for Olympic classes is the first European ISAF Sailing World Cup stop and will be held from from 30th March to 6th April 2013. The regatta will include Kiteboarding as invited class. The kites will sail for the very first time in the most international regatta held in Spain, sharing the racing area in the bay of Palma de Mallorca (Spain) with the Olympic classes.

Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre 2013  John Heineken


This year's Vendee Globe has been one of the most engaging. French skipper Jean-Pierre Dick crossed the finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne this afternoon at 15hrs 5mins and 40 seconds UTC/GMT to finish fourth in this famous solo nonstop around the world race, despite having to race the final 2 650 miles without a keel on his IMOCA Open 60 Virbac-Paprec 3.

Double winner of the two handed Barcelona World Race and three times winner of the two handed Transat Jacques Vabre Dick was one of the possible favourites to win the Vendée Globe but in the end had to give up his third place position he was holding when his keel snapped off on 21st January. As he sailed to fourth place Jean-Pierre Dick's race revealed an inspiring mix of human fortitude and endeavour, sporting excellence and technical achievement.

Virbac Paprec 3 - 2012 Vendee Globe  Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendée Globe ©

Next across the line with be Le Cam and Golding,

Lots more news from the world and local scene, so we will get out of the pit and let you enjoy the news.


Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team



America's Cup: Grant Dalton on the new AC72 - Aotearoa
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand's Managing Director, Grant Dalton spoke with Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, after the team named their second AC72 - New Zealand Aotearoa. Here he elaborates on the new features on the AC72 catamaran, and the thinking behind them, along with an assessment of the competition and where they are ranked.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Bay of Biscay set to deliver sting in the tail + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, it is, ironically, for two of the Race's most experienced and toughest skippers, Jean Le Cam and Mike Golding, both in their early 50's, that the Bay of Biscay is set to deliver a sting in the tail for their finishing miles into Les Sables d'Olonne, one final riposte from the weather gods for a duel which has been ongoing since 12th-13th December.... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth - Fine competition, serious action ahead
Barby MacGowan,
Les Voiles de St. Barth - the name has a ring to it all its own, though it describes but a single regatta amongst several in a series that lures the world's best to the Caribbean each spring. The name rolls as effortlessly off the tongues of the French sailors/organizers who conceived it as it does the international sailors who have come to revere it as one of the best managed and presented.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA sails again after three months lost
Guilain Grenier,
Oracle Team USA's photographer, Guilain Grenier was on hand to record the re-launch of USA-17 on Monday, in San Francisco. The boat which suffered catastrophic damage in the capsize, last October has been repaired and altered. After her launch she sailed in light winds. Includes video of first sail and some interviews, after the outing.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Kites to test competition formats
Neus Jordi,
The 44th edition of the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre for Olympic classes, the first European ISAF Sailing World Cup stop, will include Kiteboarding as invited class. The kites will sail for the very first time in the most international regatta held in Spain, sharing the racing area in the bay of Palma de Mallorca (Spain) with the Olympic classes from 30th March to 6th April.... [more]
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Hardy Cup Under 25 ISAF Grade 3 Match Racing Regatta Day 2
Peter Campbell,
Hardy Cup Under 25 ISAF Grade 3 Match Racing Regatta is being hosted by Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron from 4 to 7 February 2013... [more]
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420 to the Max video attracts almost 80,000 YouTube views
Luissa Smith,
Launched in 2011, the International 420 Class Association free online Training Video has attracted almost 80,000 YouTube views. Providing coaching and training tips for both the beginner and experienced 420 sailors, 420 to the Max has proved a real success story and available in four language options reaches out to 420 sailors all over the world.... [more]
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Southern Cross Cup – a new TP52 game begins
John Curnow,
From Friday, February 8, something not quite seen in Australia before will take place. It is a new Grand Prix if you will, and fittingly the first round of the inaugural Southern Cross Cup is to take place in the home of the Formula One GP, Melbourne.... [more]
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America's Cup: Onto the next phase for Oracle Team USA
Oracle Team USA,
America's Cup 2013. Oracle Team USA ‘17' was back in the San Francisco Bay today, beginning the next phase of training for their upcoming America's Cup defense. A crew of 11 sailors, plus members of the design and performance team, took Oracle Team USA's AC72 racing yacht on the water for testing and commissioning of the boat and new wing.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week - Windsong of Mornington plays early bird
Rob Mundle,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013 has already started accepting entries on Tuesday and Jim Watson's 41ft cruising division yacht Windsong of Mornington became the first boat to book his participation for the upcoming sailing spectacle.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Jean-Pierre Dick takes fourth with no keel
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, French skipper Jean-Pierre Dick crossed the finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne this afternoon at 15hrs 5mins and 40 seconds UTC/GMT to finish fourth in this famous solo nonstop around the world race. His third participation has yielded his best ever result, despite having to race the final 2 650 miles without a keel on his IMOCA Open 60 Virbac-Paprec 3.... [more]
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Hardy Cup 2013 - Young guns fire on opening day
Peter Campbell,
Three young sailors from three different yacht clubs in New South Wales and Tasmania today combined to gain an impressive early lead on day one of the prestigious Under 25 ISAF Grade 3 match racing regatta on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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18ft Skiff Australian titles 2013 - Series decided in final race
Bob Killick,
Rag and Famish Hotel gave a faultless display on Sydney Harbour for the last race of the 18ft Skiff Nationals. Jack McCartney helm, Mark Kennedy main, and big David Witt bow, were strong into the wind, and fast and safe downhill, to beat Gotta Luv it 7, and Smeg to lock down the podium. But the title went to Gotta Luv it 7... [more]
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Sail Mandurah 2013 - Entries keep coming
Sail Mandurah in March Media,
Sail Mandurah Regatta 2013 is expected to have a crowded event in March. Organisers are delighted with the entry levels for the inaugural event at the end of the 'early bird' entry period. The new regatta, to be held on the March long weekend, 2-4 March 2013, offers family-friendly fun on Mandurah's dazzling sailing waters.... [more]
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Cottage Point Marine Rescue volunteers honoured for heroism
Ken McManus,
Members of Marine Rescue Cottage Point have been labeled heroes after providing emergency first aid to a swimmer suffering a serious injury after being struck by a houseboat propeller on Saturday afternoon, February 2. MR Cottage Point Unit Commander David White said a group of friends had hired a houseboat to host a weekend buck's party afloat on Jerusalem Bay.... [more]
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America's Cup 2013 - Emirates Team NZ unveil second AC72
Warren Douglas,
America's Cup 2013. Emirates Team New Zealand today unveiled its second AC72 with a low-key ceremony at the team's Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, base. Barely six months after the team's first AC72 catamaran started testing the second boat was ready for the water, another significant milestone accomplished as the team prepares for its challenge for the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Crown Series Bellerive Regatta - Production yachts join the party
Peter Campbell,
Crown Series Bellerive Regatta added a new Production Yacht division this year, enticing owners of Beneteau, Jeanneau, Bavaria and other production cruising yachts to compete in the popular regatta.... [more]
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