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17 Mar 2013

Winging an AC72 and island fun—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Ready for the Challenge: Carlo Falcone's 1938 yawl, Mariella: Alfred Mylne-designed and Fife built classic  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©
If you've spent any time watching video footage of the mighty wingsail-powered AC72-class catamarans out foiling on either New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf or on San Francisco Bay, you're familiar with the fact that controlling the wing is an integral part of steering, trimming and controlling the mighty yacht. Onboard Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ), this important task falls to Glenn Ashby (AUS), a former Olympic Silver medalist and a multi-time A-Cat World Champion. According to Ashby, driving and controlling a huge AC72 is akin to barreling down the highway in a huge truck.

A-Class Australian Championship 2012 - Wangi Wangi (AUS) - 03/01/12
Glenn Ashby  Andrea Francolini ©

'Anticipating the next gear change, and executing it well, is where big gains can be made over your opponent,' said Glenn Ashby about the different modes that the wing can be trimmed to. 'Dean Barker, James Dagg, Ray Davies and I work closely on boat speed-effectively managing the speed and angle of the boat. It's a team effort for best round-the-track speed, and we all need to be on the same page.'

Emirates Team New Zealand training with Luna Rossa in their second AC72, NZL5 on the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland. 1/3/2013  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

As for foiling, the ETNZ wingman didn't hold back. 'I'll never forget looking through the tramp at the daggerboard going through the water-and knowing it was supporting the entire boat and the crew at close to 40 knots. It had been something that we had been working on for a very long time, and to see it at AC72 scale was pretty awesome and a great feeling.' Get the full scoop from Ashby, inside this issue.

Meanwhile, in One Design circles, this week's big news is that Bruce Kirby, the legendary designer of the Laser, is headed back to court with LaserPerformance, an international Laser builder, over a rights issue (Kirby's lawsuit also names the International Laser Class Association [ILCA] and the International Sailing Federation [ISAF]). While the different players had reached an arrangement some time ago, Kirby maintains the builders have violated this agreement.

'As a result [of the alleged license violation], boats currently distributed in interstate commerce and in Connecticut are counterfeit, and violate Kirby's trademark and publicity rights,' said the Complaints document in Kirby's case. 'Kirby sues for default of contract as well as counterfeiting, trademark infringement, unfair competition, false designation of origin, inducement to default on contract, and right of publicity under federal and state law.' More, inside, including counter-arguments from both LaserPerformance and the ILCA.

Ready for the Challenge: Carlo Falcone's 1938 yawl, Mariella: Alfred Mylne-designed and Fife built classic  Christophe Jouany

And for anyone who loves the romance of beautiful lines on the water, be sure to check out the preview of next month's 'Inn Challenge Trophy' (April 17-18), which is a match-racing event for classic yachts that's fought-out on the crystal-clear waters off of Antigua. 'After the success of our association over the last two years with the Royal Ocean Racing Club's prestigious race, the Caribbean 600 and other Caribbean regattas, it is a natural development for The Inn to play a more important role in the regatta scene,' said Fabio Giorgi, general manager of The Inn at English Harbor. 'We anticipate that The Inn Challenge Trophy will develop over time and will also become an important fixture on the Caribbean sailing calendar, attracting competitors and visitors from around the world.'

Start of the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2013  © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Also inside, get the latest news from Kitesurfing's 'Salt and Speed' event, check in with the Farr 400 class, and don't miss the wrap-up report from the sun-soaked Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean. And finally, for anyone in need of a shot of island weather, don't miss ace lensman Carlo Borlenghi's great image gallery from the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



5,500 nautical mile Melbourne Osaka Cup 2013 under way
Simon Dryden,
The 5,500 nautical mile Melbourne to Osaka Race, first held in 1987 to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the opening of the Port of Osaka, Japan is run every four years to celebrate the City of Melbourne and the City of Osaka Sister City and Sister Port relationship. The race features staggered starts to try and ensure the boats arrive as close as possible together in Osaka. The first start... [more]
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OceansWatch training pays off for sustainability in the Solomon's.
Chris Bone/Sail-World Cruising,
Chris Bone, inspirational leader of OceansWatch, an organisation of sailors who help islanders of the Pacific where they sail to cope with their changing environment and climate change, speaks here about the challenges of 'making a difference'... [more]
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Behind the scenes - the story of one rescue
Nancy Knudsen,
What happens behind the scenes during a rescue of a sailing boat mostly remains unknown - the difficulties of the rescuers are considered hardly newsworthy compared with the real and present danger of those in trouble. That maybe true, but the efforts and bravery of the rescuers need acknowledging, such as in this story recorded by a spokesman for the rescuers - on the south coast of Britain.... [more]
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New Manson Boss proves to be a shackle bender on test
Richard Gladwell,
Manson Anchors completed seabed testing on their new Boss model with a 15.7kg (35lb) anchor bending two sets of shackles, and causing the test to be stopped at almost ten tonnes of load being exerted on the anchor by the powerful tug being used for live seabed testing.... [more]
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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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Getting your boat to shine in all weathers
Shurhold/Sail-World Cruising,
Do you end up with 'swipe marks' on your boat after cleaning? Do your zippers jam with salt? Do you find that even rain dirties your boat? Apart from moving to somewhere pristine and unpolluted, what can you do about these challenges? Here the cleaning experts at Shurhold give their Top Seven Tips for effective and easy washing:... [more]
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A sailing clubhouse with a difference
Nancy Knudsen,
The Arabella is the new 150ft clubhouse for the Manhattan Sailing Club in New York. Not content with using their clubhouse as an earthbound springboard for going sailing, the Manhattan Sailing Club has taken their passion for sailing to the next level - not one, but two, floating clubhouses. The Arabella is the latest.... [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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Get to know 49er FX athlete Helena Scutt
Dana Paxton,
Learn more about 49er FX sailor Helena Scutt, who reports in from Miami and the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider training camp. She discusses boat speed, team work and sharks in this exclusive report.... [more]
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Inn Challenge Trophy coming to Antigua next month
Lillo Mazzetti,
This exciting new contest will see Mariella, the majestic 80-foot 1938 yawl, throwing down the gauntlet to challenge similar classic yachts of traditional rig and appearance, to compete in an 'America's Cup' style match race competition - the Mariella Challenge. The Inn Challenge Trophy will be raced in Antigua between 17th and 18th April 2013 and the deadline for entries is 7th April 2013.... [more]
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Do you want visiting boaters to stop and spend money?
D. Scott Croft,
The Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program, which funnels federal fuel taxes paid by recreational boaters back to the states to draw visiting boaters with amenities such as secure overnight dockage, has a $6 million dollar surplus this year.... [more]
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Farr 400's sail to success on two different continents
Victoria Low,
Farr 400's sailed to victory at keynote regattas on two different continents over the past weekend. In Australia, Matt Allen and his crew of Ichi Ban topped the 18 boat PHS Division 1 by two points after the four races sailed over Saturday and Sunday at the regatta which is one of the biggest keelboat regattas in the country, attracting more than 200 boats.... [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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The question of Turtles
Jennifer Nolan/Sail-World Cruising,
There are probably few groups of people who come into contact with turtles more than cruising sailors. Whether we dive with them, shout a call when we sight them off the bow, or trek the beaches searching for their footprints, most cruising sailors are fascinated by turtles. And they need help. Read this fascinating article by Jennifer Nolan, a Sailors for the Sea Essay:... [more]
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Heading for the Southern Ocean? Solo? Take a TPS
Nancy Knudsen,
So you want to go sailing alone? Solo? Even worse for your family you want to sail in the Southern Ocean? Tell them you'll invest in a Guy Cotten Thermal Protective Survival (TPS) suit and this might be of some comfort to them.... [more]
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Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational Day 2 - Struntje Light maintains lead
Bill Wagner,
Bill Hardesty was amazed by what he saw during Thursday's action at the Miami Beach Invitational Regatta. Just after the fleet of Farr 40s rounded the first weather mark during Race 5, Hardesty looked around and it appeared all seven boats were dead even. 'All seven boats were lined up in a row. It literally looked like a seven-way tie,' said Hardesty, tactician aboard Flash Gordon 6.... [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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