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 16 Mar 2013
 


Laser designer in court battle, Jimmy Spithill interview pt 2 and more

Exhibit 16 - ISAF Laser plaque  
The most successful sailing boat in history is the single handed Laser, designed in 1969 by Bruce Kirby, launched in 1970 and more than 210,000 Lasers later, it is THE dinghy success story.

But there has been a long running dispute between the designer of the Laser dinghy Bruce Kirby and one of the Laser builders LaserPerformance, the builder and supplier of Lasers into UK, Europe and North America, because of non-payment of design royalties.

On March 4, 2013, Bruce Kirby, Inc., filed a complaint in the U.S. Federal Court District of Connecticut, alleging unlawful counterfeiting of the Kirby dinghy. Read more inside this issue...


34th America's Cup, ORACLE Team USA AC72 training  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

This week we ran a two part feature interview with the America's Cup winning skipper and Oracle USA Defender skipper James (Jimmy) Spithill and these attracted interest worldwide. In Part 2 Jimmy says 'It is sort of like a rugby game. You might be in the back line but every now and again you have got to get into the ruck and get the ball out. It's not just Kiwis that can play that game!

'Grant Dalton (Emirates Team New Zealand) constantly whenever he gets asked something in the media about Oracle he makes the statement that we have got unlimited resources and we can do anything we like. It is just complete ...

Emirates Team New Zealand training with Luna Rossa in their second AC72, NZL5 on the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland.  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

The Sail-World team has been very busy in Auckland, where Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa are practicing and today we have lots of vision from Auckland and San Francisco Bay.

Finn class action during the 43rd Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre  MartinezStudio.es ©

Beautiful weather in south eastern Spain over the last few days. The training regatta before the 44th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre will be held this weekend in Mallorca with around one hundred participating boats. The World Sailing Cup event will take place 30th March to 6th April. Sail-World will be in Palma, Mallorca, covering the event from start to finish.

Volvo 65, Hull 1, is delivered to Green Marine, Hythe.  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©

Alicante, Spain will be the starting point for the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race and as we move towards that start, the first VOR 65 One Design, after a six-day road trip from northern Italy to southern England, arrived yesterday at lunchtime at Green Marine.

'Everybody at Green Marine was delighted to have a boat to finally play with,' says Volvo Ocean Race's Rick Deppe, who followed the convoy all the way from Bergamo, Italy, to Hythe in the UK.

'The boat looks awesome and everyone around here is talking about it. It's very exciting.'

African Kite Racing Continental Championships 2013  © Icarus Sailing Media

From 24th to 29th March the African Kite Racing Continental Championships will run on Soma Bay in Egypt's Red Sea.

Lots more news, we will stand aside and let you enjoy.


Jedda Murphy and the Sail-World.com Team



Laser designer takes builder, Class association and ISAF to court
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
Bruce Kirby, Inc. has filed a complaint in the U.S. Federal Court District of Connecticut, alleging unlawful counterfeiting of the Kirby dinghy by LaserPerformance principal Farzad Rastegar acting with and through Laser Performance and its associated entities. This case also names the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) and ISAF alleging they assisted LaserPerformance.... [more]
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Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational - Position shuffles on Day 3
Bill Wagner,
Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational 2013. A three-race day off Miami Beach shuffled the fleet like a deck of cards. Struntje Light maintained its lead for the third straight day, but Barking Mad and Enfant Terrible made major moves on Friday as the overall standings scrambled like eggs.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2013 - Carlo Borlenghi's photos on final day
Carlo Borlenghi,
Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2013. Carlo Borlenghi provides some of his shots on the final day of racing hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands.... [more]
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America's Cup: Confessions of a Wingman
www.ENTZBlog.com,
Glenn Ashby (AUS) describes his job as wing trimmer on Emirates Team NZ's AC72 as a bit like driving a truck. The multiple A-Cat world champion, Olympic Silver medalist, and former Tornado cat world champion, is talking a really big truck with a 32-speed gearbox as it traveling up and down a series of hills and turns.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2013 - Caribbean flight
Jill Campbell,
Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2013. The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and the British Virgin Islands provided the sumptuous setting for the Caribbean sailing spectacle which concluded today after four days of sporting competition. Over 20 Nautor's Swan yachts representing nearly ten countries and territories provided a dynamic spectacle in idyllic waters and varying wind conditions.... [more]
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Salt and Speed - Kitesurfers in great shape for record attempt
Tanguy Blondel,
In the strong winds (Force 9) of the past two days, kitesurfers Alexandre Caizergues and Rob Douglas have linked together a number of runs at over fifty knots on the 500m 'Volkswagen Transporter Arena' course in France's Salin-de-Giraud.... [more]
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Youth America's Cup 2013 - Training begins for the Force
Vince Casalaina,
Youth America's Cup 2013. The American Youth Sailing Force (The Force) greeted twelve international youth teams vying for four spots in September's main regatta in last month's trials. With the competitors now selected, The Force gets down to work training on the AC45 this Friday. They know what's needed to win the Red Bull Youth America's Cup.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean - Jostling at the start line sets the scene
Jennifer Hall,
In the 2013 Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean, jostling at the start line set the scene for day three. With Classes A and B sharing a start line, there were bound to be a few exciting moments including this morning when Swan 90 Freya mixed it up with Swan 56 White Rhino and Swan 48 Catch 22 at the Committee Boat end of the line.... [more]
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Arenal Training Camps Trophy - Prelude to Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mapfre
Neus Jordi,
Nearly 100 Olympic international teams will take part this weekend in the Arenal Training Camps Trophy in the bay of Palma de Mallorca; a training regatta for the Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mapfre, to be held from 30 March to 6 April. Among the many entries, the Training Camps Trophy will see the teams taking new options for the Río 2016 Games following the change of the Olympic programme.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to stop in Cape Town
Adriana Wright,
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has announced that Cape Town will again be its official South African host port later this year with the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront being the fleet's base in the city for the ninth edition of the unique global race.... [more]
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Corfu Cup - Superyachts to descend on Greece this September
Icarus Sailing Media,
A new race for Superyachts will get underway in the majestical island of Corfu in Greece. From the 23rd-29th September, the island welcomes some of the best sailing yachts from around the world to compete at the inshore and coastal races in front of the picturesque city of Corfu.... [more]
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African Kite Racing Continental Championships set for Soma Bay action
Icarus Sailing Media,
From the 24th until the 29th of March, the African Kite Racing Continental Championships are set to take place. More than 90 kiters will gather in the beautiful locale of Soma Bay in Egypt to compete in the turquoise waters of the Red Sea Riviera for the title of the best course racing kiter in the African continent.... [more]
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San Fernando Race - set sail for the Philippines on 27 March
RHKYC,
Supported by the Philippines Department of Tourism and proving ‘it's more fun in the Philippines!', 25 boats will gather on the start line in Victoria Harbour for the 19th edition of the San Fernando Race, which gets underway on Wednesday 27 March. This 480nm Category 1 offshore race attracts a sector of the sailing population committed to blue water offshore racing.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA has a fine day foiling - Am-Cam video
Sail-World,
Oracle Team USA's revamped USA-17 was videoed again by an independent cameraman who captured the AC72 training on San Francisco Bay. The America's Cup Defender had her best day foiling that has been seen on Am-Cam from San Francisco, showing good control on the foils... [more]
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America's Cup: Larry Ellison checks out Oracle Team USA's AC72
Sail-World,
Oracle Team USA's Larry Ellison took time out to visit Pier 80 with members of the shore and sailing crew, and get aboard the AC72. Team photographer Guilain Grenier was on hand to catch the occasion.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy: NZ 18fter team NZ team reflects on two top tens
Auckland Sailing Club,
The better late than never recap of the New Zealand teams competing at the 2013 JJ Giltinan Trohpy. The New Zealand teams showed good form at this year's JJ Giltinan Trophy with two boats finishing in the top 10 of the 31 boat fleet.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race to make another stop in Sanya
Kevin Fylan,
The Volvo Ocean Race will return to Sanya's sparkling Serenity Marina in 2014-15, with the Chinese holiday destination once again confirmed on the race route after making a great impression on its debut in 2011-12.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2013 - Encore performance for leaders
Giuliano Luzzatto,
Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2013. Late night dancing under the stars at the Oil Nut Bay Beach Party did not dent the energy and enthusiasm of the Swan crews and owners Wednesday morning.... [more]
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Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational - Germans cruising on Day 1
Bill Wagner,
Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational 2013. Farr 40 owners from around the world came to Miami for the sunny skies, warm weather and consistent breeze. South Beach delivered on all counts as 70-degree temperatures and 12-18 knot winds welcomed the fleet for the regatta.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Three classes get cancelled
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre,
The 44th Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre is set to take place 30th March - 6th April and we now know which three classes have been cancelled from the competition due to low entry numbers.... [more]
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Mussanah Race Week - Challenging first day for competitors
Mussanah Race Week,
Mussanah Race Week - Oman's annual dinghy regatta – got underway with a light wind start, making it particularly challenging for the competitors, with 6-8kts of breeze and small chop, their focus and concentration was continually being tested, leaving them with no room for error.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Coming soon to an ocean near you
Volvo Ocean Race,
The first Volvo Ocean 65 hull, the Volvo truck towing it, its driver and three attendees have been on the road for five days now. They left the Persico factory in Bergamo, Italy, this past Friday. They are taking the ferry today from Hook of Holland to Harwich and the crossing from the Netherlands to the UK will take them six hours.... [more]
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Athens Eurolymp Week - Greek sailors dominate + Video
ISAF,
With 400 competitors, the 50-point ISAF graded Athens Eurolymp Week stirred up some intense competition as the battle for the National Championship titles ensued. Bulgaria's Dimitar Vangelov was the only sailor to half the Greek domination as he finished second in the Finn class behind Finn European Champion and three time Athens Eurolymp Finn class winner Ioannis Mitakis.... [more]
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