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 12 Apr 2013
 

Laser drama, America's Cup and the VOR

NSW IRC Championships at the 2012 Sail Port Stephens Regatta  Matt King /Sail Port Stephens 2012
At Madrid`s Barajas airport, heading for Dubai and Melbourne (arriving at sparrows on Sat am.) thence to Nelson Bay for 2013 Sail Port Stephens.

It's going to be another great regatta. More news and results at www.sailportstephens.com.au and of course with us.


Lasers to be legal in Kirby Torch fleets  © Marc Turner

Canadian Bruce Kirby designed a 'car-topper' in 1969. It was launched as a Laser in 1970 and more than 210,000 Lasers later, it is THE dinghy success story. Australia´s Performance Sailcraft (PSA) has been one of the key builders over the decades. Now they have been thrust front and centre in a major international drama.

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 and in early March that reached the U.S. Federal Court District of Connecticut, alleging unlawful counterfeiting of the Kirby dinghy by LaserPerformance principal Farzad Rastegar acting with and through LaserPerformance and its associated entities.

The case named the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) and ISAF alleging they assisted LaserPerformance by continuing to supply ISAF plaques to the builder, after Kirby had given them formal notice to stop.

On March 25th Legal Counsel for ISAF Jon Napier wrote to Jeff Martin the Executive Secretary of ILCA ISAF requesting that ILCA cease to issue ISAF plaques to LaserPerformance (Europe) Limited and Quarter Moon Inc. (the 'Builders') with immediate effect. The reason for this decision is that ISAF has concluded, based on the correspondence and court papers received from Bruce Kirby's attorneys, that the Builders are no longer licensed by Bruce Kirby and/or Bruce Kirby Inc. to build the Laser class boat (as required by the 1983 ISAF Agreement and our 1992 Plaque Agreement).

ILCA has ceased to supply LaserPerformance and related entities with Laser plaques.

That leaves Australia´s PSA as the key builder on the world scene. Read all about it.


We're pleased to able to report that Sail-World's transition to the Cloud is almost complete, one of the final phases of which has been to convert our newsletter system and so these are returning to their regular time slots.

Oracle Team USA  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing©

A main feature in this edition is a two-part interview with Oracle Team USA's COO, Grant Simmer.

Known affectionately as Grunter on the Aussie scene, at just 26 years old was the navigator on board Australia II, winning the first of his three America's Cups. Now in his ninth America's Cup, Simmer, the former mechanical engineer is with Oracle Team USA, who he joined after the evaporation of the GBR Team Origin in 2011.

In the two part interview Simmer is very honest about some of the issues that the Defender has faced, and seems to be very confident that the Defenders can get back on top of the game by the time of the 34th Match in September.

In other America's Cup news, we cover the final sail of Emirates Team New Zealand, unfortunately we only have the team supplied reports and images of this milestone event.

America's Cup - Artemis Racing foiling on their AC45 in San Francisco  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

In San Francisco, Artemis Racing have, today, released a video of their AC45 foiling in a very stable manner, save for one near cartwheel, which is also recorded. Whether they have been able to transfer this form to their AC72 remains to be seen. Their second SAC72 is due for launch in late May and is expected to be a true foiler. However as we note in the interview with Grant Simmer, time is fast running out in this America's cycle.

Luna Rossa are virtually out of Auckland. In this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter we feature an extract from an interview by top European website, vsail.info's Pierre Orphanidis, with their skipper Max Sirena, who certainly doesn't hold back on what he thinks of certain aspects of the America's Cup.

Official route of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15  Volvo Ocean Race ©

The full route for the Volvo Ocean Race has been announced. The latest and final stopover to be announced is Lorient, France. While some may disagree with the format of the race which has shifted a long way from its original concept of being a round the world sailing adventure, to being close to a round the world sailing rally, with a variety of long and short course racing. It is what it is, and the race seems to be ahead of where it was in previous editions.

The course also has a more solid feel to it with some new destinations mixed with some of the cornerstones of the old course. The key will be the negotiation of the second leg into and out of Abu Dhabi, avoiding the security issues of the previous edition, and have the boats racing for the complete leg.


Rob Kothe



Henry Lawson collides with Harrington breakwater
AAP Medianet,
At around 5am today, a 16.4 metre timber trawler called Henry Lawson collided with the breakwater at Harrington, about 200 kilometres north of Newcastle. The three crew members did not sustain any injuries. The vessel is believed to be carrying 1500 litres of diesel which may be leaking slowly due to damage on the port side of the vessel.... [more]
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Sir Thomas Lipton Match Race - Warm up for Black Swan Racing
Black Swan Racing,
Black Swan Racing has completed their first regatta in 2013 - the Sir Thomas Lipton Match Race in Javea, Spain. The team used the event primarily as a warm up, prior to the start of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour in May. Despite being an ISAF Grade 2 regatta, the standard of competition was high, giving us a number of challenges throughout the regatta.... [more]
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Paul Goodison ready for new projects and challenges but uncommitted
Sail-world.com,
An interesting blog from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Laser Gold Medallist Paul Goodison. It seems he's still not decided the road ahead.... [more]
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Volunteers join effort to prevent pollution after trawler crash
Ken McManus,
Volunteers from Marine Rescue Crowdy Harrington are assisting in an operation to prevent an environmental hazard in the seas off the Mid North Coast following a trawler crash near Taree early this morning. The trawler, with three people on board, collided with the Harrington breakwater south of Crowdy Head about 5am.... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Ian Williams clear of the field after day 2
Rich Roberts,
The 49th Congressional Cup is now underway and after the conclusion on day two, it's certainly no surprise that Great Britain's Ian Williams, the top-ranked match racer in the world and winner of the last two Congressional Cups, is clear of the field, but should he be making it look so easy?... [more]
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Harken Young 88 Nationals attract top Pro-Am talent
Mike Leyland,
The calibre of the owner drivers in the 2013 Young 88 fleet is enough to put the heat on the most seasoned professionals. Members of Emirates Team New Zealand have entered several times and prevailed over the last few years but this year the cat is amongst the pigeons and their desire for a serious one design competition has been foiled by other commitments.... [more]
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Historic photos of first solo circumnavigation saved for posterity
PPL Media,
A 3,000-strong archive of pictures, taken during Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's pioneering solo non-stop round the world voyage in 1968/9, has been discovered and saved for posterity by specialist photo library PPL. The pictures cover Knox-Johnston's entry in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in1968/9 when Robin was one of nine starters attempting to become the first to sail alone non stop around... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing release video on AC45 foiling
Sail-World,
The Swedish America's Cup Challenger, Artemis Racing, have released a video showing their AC45 verysuccessfully foiling on san Francisco bay. Features comment from Nathan Outteridge and Adam May.... [more]
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The Kirby Torch - Latest news after Laser lawsuit
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Canadian Bruce Kirby designed a 'car-topper' in 1969. It was launched as a Laser in 1970 and more than 210,000 Lasers later, it is THE dinghy success story.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series 2013: fiddle-dee-dee in Singapore?
Kate Laven, Daily Telegraph,
Making its debut as a regular Extreme venue, a hot and steamy Singapore will deliver light wind conditions for all four days of the event with almost no gradient wind creating frustration and forcing errors among the eight crews. Bouts of crash and burn that typify Extreme 40 racing are likely to give way to games of fiddle-dee-dee... [more]
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Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series set for Gaeta action
Joy Dunigan,
The 2013 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series will officially commence its sailing season this coming Friday, April 12th. Gaeta will be the hosting town for the opening edition dedicated to one of the largest boats produced by Melges Performance Sailboats in Zenda, Wisconsin USA.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race reveals 'dynamic dozen'
Adriana Wright,
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race gets underway this August and now, the 12 skippers for the ninth edition of the famous biennial event – which includes a mix of youth and experience, international challengers and home grown talent, as well as some familiar faces and only the third ever female to skipper the race - have been announced.... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Richard, Williams lead at 4-1 in fickle breeze
Rich Roberts,
The 49th Congressional Cup is now underway at the Long Beach Yacht Club. Mathieu Richard of France hadn't match-raced in seven months and Great Britain's Ian Williams was off for five, but they dealt better with weird conditions than anyone else in a 10-boat international field to share first place each with four wins and one loss.... [more]
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America's Cup WS: Ben Ainslie and J.P. Morgan BAR head to Naples
Lucy Harwood, Ben Ainslie Racing,
Naples marks the final event of the 2012-13 America's Cup World Series season. With two events under their belt J.P. Morgan BAR sit in fourth place overall and will look to improve on their second place result from the last event in October 2012.... [more]
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Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race - Frantic bags IRC
Tony Evans,
Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race 2013. Frantic has been declared the official winner of the 39th edition of the popular race with victory in the IRC division. The margin over the second place getter AFR Midnight Rambler was impressive and more than 1 hour, with Alegria V third.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa's Max Sirena reviews their time in Auckland
vsail.info,
Pierre Orphanidis of leading European sailing website vsail.info spoke with Luna Rossa skipper, Max Sirena, with the Italian team's AC72 yacht scheduled to arrive in San Francisco in a week and the sailing team preparing in Naples for the final America's Cup World Series event, Max Sirena gave us an update on the latest developments at Luna Rossa:... [more]
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