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 11 Mar 2013
 


Spithill unloads on NZL AC team, Luna Rossa AC72 vision and more

ORACLE Team USA AC 72 capsizes during training in San Francisco Bay a  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©
The non-American sailors in the 2013 America´s Cup teams are making a very significant impact.

Back in 2000 freckle faced James (Jimmy) Spithill at age 20 was the skipper of Syd Fischer's underfunded Young Australia team. He campaigned thru various Cup iterations, did some great things with the Luna Rossa AC syndicate, won a match racing World title and in 2010 Spithill became the youngest ever winner of the America's Cup, with BMW Oracle.

We will be talking to the now 33 year regularly over the next six months leading up to the September event in San Francisco. We had a long conversation with him last week and today we publish the first part of that extended interview.
How the expensive AC72 capsize has made his team tougher and how he has no desire to be in Team New Zealand´s shoes.

In Part 2 that we will publish later in the week, Jimmy tells us more about the two boat program and what he REALLY thinks about the New Zealanders.

Emiratres Team NZ and Luna Rossa, Practice Racing March 8, 2013, Takapuna, NZNZ  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

Last Friday afternoon the two America's Cup AC72's working out of Auckland, Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand, staged a series of semi-formal race training sessions off Takapuna Beach and as you´d expect Sail-World´s Richard Gladwell was right there. In this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter we feature three image galleries and a long video clip of one of the sessions.

And later in the week we will show your more vision from Auckland that will make Italian hearts soar. This is content that you really have to look at.

Artemis Racing  Erik Simonson © www.pressure-drop.us

In more AC news Artemis Racing announced on Friday that Charlie Ekberg will join Artemis Racing White during the America's Cup World Series (ACWS) April 16-21 in Naples, Italy. Charlie is one of Sweden's leading 49er helmsman.

Alinghi - 2013 Extreme Sailing Series Act 1  Lloyd Images ©

Also on Friday was the final day of the Extreme Sailing Series opening Act in Muscat, Oman. It may not have been high speed racing but it was as tense as it gets, and in classic Extreme Sailing Series style, it came down to the final race for the winner to be decided.


Jedda Murphy and the Sail-World.com Team



WMRT - Berntsson Sailing Team announce title sponsor
Match Racing 360°,
Stena Match Cup Sweden is one of several official stages of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Today the international brand Stena, one of Sweden's biggest family-owned companies with businesses worldwide, has announced their title sponsorship of the Stena Sailing Team skippered by Swedish match racer Johnie Berntsson.... [more]
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Salt and Speed - Kitesurfing world sailing speed record attempt
Tanguy Blondel,
Salt and Speed is a sailing speed record attempt being held in Salins-de-Giraud, southern France. The two kitesurfers involved are actively preparing for the off. In this way, Thursday and Friday will see them open proceedings for the second edition of the event. Some boisterous weather conditions are expected on site with over 40 knots of breeze forecast.... [more]
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America's Cup: Big week of racing for Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa
ETNZblog.com,
It has been a big week of racing with Luna Rossa for the Emirates Team New Zealand sailing team on the Hauraki Gulf in Auckland. Four days sailing and racing is not just hard on the sailors, the shore crew plays a vital role in keeping the highly tuned racing machine in race mode for each days sailing. Images gallery and Video.... [more]
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Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup - Victory with a final flourish
Rich Roberts,
California Maritime Academy's Keelhaulers won half of the ten races in the sixth Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta, including the last one Sunday that they really didn't need to sail. 'We thought it was the sportsmanlike thing to do,' skipper Mark Van Rensselaer said.... [more]
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27th Calema Midwinters event summary
Tinho Dornellas,
The 27th Calema Midwinters was very much like a well composed orchestra. The event was home for the Kona One Design National Championships, the Bic Techno 293 North American Championships (this is the Youth Olympic class board), and the usual stop for the Formula racers, as well as the Olympic class RSX competitors, hailing from all parts of the country and the world over.... [more]
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Prologue AG2R La Mondiale
Marie Le Berrigaud Perochon,
Symbolique mais toujours important, le Prologue AG2R La Mondiale a lancé ce dimanche les festivités sportives de la Transat Bretagne-Martinique. Les quinze solitaires en lice ont ainsi profité d'un parcours de 8,5 milles en rade de Brest pour se dégourdir les quilles et se donner en spectacle au ras de la marina du Château.... [more]
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Princesses de Bretagne mettre à jour
Fanny Evenat,
L'équipage féminin de Prince de Bretagne n'a pas raté son entrée en scène sur la Women's Cup ce week-end. Julie Bossard et ses équipières terminent deuxièmes de leur première compétition de la saison sur le plan d'eau de Pornichet.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Mendelblatt and Fatih claim the Cup
Icarus Sailing Media,
At the 2013 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, five one-design fleets, awash with competitors representing over a dozen nations, concluded six days of racing. With points tight among the top contenders in each class, the big story of the regatta was the win of the 86th Bacardi Cup by the Florida team of Mark Mendelblatt (St. Petersburg) and Brian Fatih (Miami).... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Melges 24 champion crowned
Joy Dunigan,
The closing day of the Melges 24 Atlantic Coast Championship in conjunction with the 2013 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week proved the strength of yesterday's leader board with all three teams remaining on the podium. Italy's Riccardo Simoneschi, owner of Audi, impressed the fleet with two bullets today overtaking the lead with a five point spread to win the Melges 24 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Mendelblatt and Fatih take Bacardi Cup
Jan Harley,
Five one-design fleets, awash with competitors representing over a dozen nations, concluded six days of racing as the 2013 BACARDI Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank wrapped up today. With points tight among top contenders in each class, the big story of the regatta was the win of the 86th Bacardi Cup by the Florida team of Mark Mendelblatt (St. Petersburg) and Brian Fatih (Miami)... [more]
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NSW 18ft Skiffs Championship - Close racing on Sydney Harbour
Frank Quealey,
NSW 18ft Skiffs Championship fifth race was held today, Sunday 10 March 2013, on Sydney Harbour. Gotta Love It 7 became the 2012-2013 champion when Euan McNicol (replacing regular skipper Seve Jarvin), Scott Babbage and Peter Harris took out the last race of the championship.... [more]
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Gaastra 52 World Championship - Thrilling showdown on final day
Giuliano Luzzatto,
Gaastra 52 World Championship final day got under way in Miami, Florida, on Saturday March 9th. Azzurra clearly takes the 52 US Super Series circuit and nearly tasted victory at the Worlds but a broach in the last run of the last race allows Ran to overtake and win by just one point.... [more]
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2013 Harbor Cup - Cal Maritime leads pending protests
Rich Roberts,
Pending protests---the words that keep sailboat racers pacing the floor into the evening hours, California Maritime Academy's Keelhaulers held a 17-point lead with no more than three races remaining Sunday before they can claim their third consecutive title in the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta.... [more]
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Gaastra 52 World Championship - Rán Racing stay cool to lift title
52 series media,
Gaastra 52 World Championship - Niklas Zennström and the Rán Racing team secured the Gaastra 52 World Championship title on the final run of the last race of the series after a thrilling showdown off Miami's South Beach up against 52 Super Series champions and former world champions Azzurra.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Stars shine on Biscayne Bay + Video
Icarus Sailing Media,
Organizers of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week made the most of conditions on the penultimate day of competition as the Star class completed two races on Biscayne Bay where a northeast breeze of 8-11 knots was accompanied by a light chop. The first win of the day went to defending champions Xavier Rohart and Serge Pulfer, while the second race was won by 2012 Olympians Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - shaken and stirred
Jan Harley,
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week 2013 - Organizers of the fourth annual Sailing Week made the most of conditions on the penultimate day of racing as all five classes... [more]
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Los Angeles Harbor Cup 2013 Cal Maritime sweeps first day
Rich Roberts,
Going into the sixth Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta you figure the other nine teams are gunning for you since you've won the last two. Then, overnight, you learn that a crew member is in the hospital with a medical emergency.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Field takes lead in Melges 24´s
Joy Dunigan,
Day two at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week turned out to be far better than expected, in terms of the weather that is. Eighteen Melges 24s enjoyed three races under glorious sunshine and moderate, but quite shifty breeze... [more]
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Gaastra 52 World Championships 2013 Day 4 images
Sail-world.com,
Gaastra 52 World Championships Day 4 images - with just a day to go, the action was tight and British photographer Ingrid Abery was in close... [more]
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Gaastra 52 World Championships - Rán Racing lead into the Miami final
52 series,
Gaastra 52 World Championships - Rounding off a long day on the sun drenched waters off Miami's South Beach with their fourth race win from seven starts, Niklas Zennström's Rán Racing lead the regatta by four clear points going in to Saturday, the final racing day.... [more]
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America's Cup: Am-Cam Video - AC72s at Takapuna Beach - Practice Race
Richard Gladwell,
Two challengers for the 34th America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, had several practice racing sessions off Takapuna Beach, on March 8. This video picks the boats up from before the start, follows through a short prestart sequence, then than takes in the first reach, the mark rounding and then the first downwind leg until Emirates Team New Zealand gybed off... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72 at Takapuna Beach - First reach and Downwind
Richard Gladwell,
Two challengers for the 34th America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, had several practice racing sessions off Takapuna Beach, in a fresh offshore breeze.... [more]
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Entries sought for 47th Governor's Cup
Nancy Mellon,
The oldest junior match racing championship, the Governor's Cup, will take place at Balboa Yacht Club July 16-21, 2013. The Governor's Cup has many alumni who have gone on to be victorious in sailing competitions around the world, including the America's Cup and the World Match Race Tour... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 - Victory and defeat in Muscat + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
It may not have been high speed racing on the final day of the Extreme Sailing Series opening Act in Muscat, Oman, but it was as tense as it gets, and in classic Extreme Sailing Series style, it came down to the final race for the winner to be decided.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Charlie Ekberg joins Artemis Racing
Jennifer McHugh,
Artemis Racing has now announced that Charlie Ekberg will join Artemis Racing White during the America's Cup World Series (ACWS) April 16-21 in Naples, Italy. The move marks Artemis Racing's investment in the next generation of America's Cup sailors and Swedish youth sailing. Charlie is one of Sweden's leading 49er helmsman.... [more]
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Finn Pictorial - Valencia shows off the best recent conditions
Robert Deaves,
After the announcement of the joint venture between the Finn Class and the Dinghy Academy, Valencia has been showing off some of its best conditions for the assembled Finn sailors in recent months. Top Finn sailor Vasiliy Zbogar (SLO) commented, 'Valencia is one of the best places in the world to train. We have always had good wind and weather.'... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre chosen to test Olympic racing format
Neus Jordi,
The 44th edition of the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre for Olympic classes, the first European event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, has been selected by ISAF to test the racing format to be used at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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