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23 Apr 2013

Oracle's new AC ride and OD news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

301913 512115612158823 446208021 n  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing©
This week's big news in the world of the America's Cup is the recent unveiling of Oracle Team USA's second-generation AC72 wingsail-powered catamaran. The boat was pulled out of the shed on Monday for some load testing, with the team's official christening ceremony taking place on Tuesday. The team's second AC72 is also called 'USA17', but the new steed (dubbed 'USA17-2') features red war paint on her aggressive-looking bows, as well as myriad refinements both large and small.

'A big day for Oracle Team USA,' said skipper Jimmy Spithill, who is no doubt looking forward to starting the work-up process on the new wind-powered speed machine, which has already begun. 'A huge effort by the designers and shore/build teams.'

Oracle Team USA, AC72 launch April 23, 2013  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing©


Oracle Team USA is now the only team to have two AC72s afloat, which will no doubt be a massive advantage for the American-flagged team, especially given that-unlike the three challengers-they won't benefit from some solid battle-hardening in the Louis Vuitton Cup. (N.B., Emirates Team New Zealand dismantled their first-generation AC72 to finish building their second-generation boat, and while Artemis Racing, the Challenger of Record, is expected to launch their second-generation AC72 soon, their first generation stable mate doesn't fully foil, thus reducing its utility as a sparing partner.)

Stay tuned to the website for the latest news from Oracle Team USA's camp, as it unfurls, and be sure to spend some time staring at the great images of 'USA17-2', inside this issue.

Finn - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres  © Jean-Marie Liot /DPPI/FFV


And in One Design news, the action has been serious at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères, where U.S. Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider is off to a slightly sticky start in the light airs that have so far dominated conditions. Day Two was the last day of qualifying rounds, and American sailors have advanced to the gold fleet in the Women's 470, the 49er, the Women's RS:X and the Laser classes.

'We started off pretty poorly,' said Zach Brown, who qualified for the 49er gold fleet with Fred Strammer, beating out three other American-flagged teams. 'We got caught tacking a little too much in the middle. We knew we needed to force ourselves back into the race. At the top we did a jibe set and that bought us boats back, and we kept the boat rumbling on the second beat. One tack over and a couple more boats. That gave us enough to pull into the gold fleet. Glad we made it through this trying period and now we're excited for breeze the rest of the week.'

Franck Cammas and SophieTurckheim, Nacra 17 - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres  © Jean-Marie Liot /DPPI/FFV


More, inside this issue, and stay tuned to the website for the latest news from the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères, as it becomes known.

Also inside, learn about the International Laser Class Association's pick for the location of its 2015 Laser Men's Standard and the Masters Worlds, and speed freaks, be sure to check out reports from Australia's upcoming ANZAC Weekend Regatta, which will feature plenty of great action in the 18-foot skiff class. And lastly, be sure to check out ISAF's statement regarding the current state of play in the Laser Class.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



America's Cup: Images from Oracle Team USA AC72 launch
Sail-World,
Oracle Team USA have posted the first images on Facebook of the launch of their second AC72 in San Francisco, on April 23. The AC72 did attempt to have a first sail, but this was abandoned after a tow-out apparently due to an unacceptably high wind-strength for a first sail.... [more]
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Statement from the International Laser Class Association
ILCA,
ISAF and ILCA have taken steps to assure the uninterrupted supply of class legal Laser brand sailboats around the world. This includes making newly designed ISAF plaques available to all the current ISAF and ILCA approved manufacturers of the Laser dinghy in accordance with the ILCA class rules.... [more]
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ISAF Statement On International Laser Class
ISAF,
ISAF Statement - On 22 March the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) published a statement concerning the Laser Class dispute and proceedings filed by attorneys acting for Bruce Kirby. The legal situation is on-going but ISAF can confirm that: ISAF has been named a co-defendant in the legal proceedings filed in the US District Court.... [more]
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New 2000 website launched and boats soon to follow
LDC Sailing,
LDC Sailing, the new builder and distributor of the popular 2000 Class, has launched a dedicated website. The site contains information about the specification and features of the new 2000s, which will be in production very shortly. New moulds are nearing completion on the Isle of Wight with the first boats due to be completed within a few weeks.... [more]
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Laser Standard and Laser Master World Championship to head to Kingston
CORK,
From the International Laser Class; 'We are pleased to announce that CORK (Kingston, Canada) has been selected to host the 2015 Laser Men's Standard and the Masters Worlds. Pending final confirmation and contract signing between ILCA and CORK, the events will take place June 29-July 8 (Men's) and July 10-18 (Masters) out of the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Challenging day 2 for U.S. sailors
Dana Paxton,
On the second and final day of the qualifying round at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères, conditions were light making it challenging for all racing. U.S. sailors advanced to the gold fleet in Women's 470, 49er, Women's RS:X and Laser, where fleets are split. Day three will see the fleets start their results total from their cumulative result to date.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Zbogar excels in Finn fleet on day 2
Robert Deaves,
On the second day of the 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres, Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) was the best Finn sailor and moves into a 10 point lead at the top of the fleet from Giles Scott (GBR) and Pieter-Jan Postma (NED). Race wins went to Oliver Tweddell, Zbogar and Andrew Mills (GBR).... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Action aplenty on day 2 in Hyères + Video
FFVoile,
Two days of fickle breeze at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères drew the Qualification Series to a close as the world's best sailors positioned themselves at the top ahead of three days of Final Series racing. In a breeze that stabilised later on in the day, peaking at 10 knots, Ivan Pastor (ESP) and Charline Picon (FRA) were the star performers in the Men's and Women's RS:X.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Light winds keep sailors on their toes
Craig Heydon,
At the final round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, France, Australian crews have picked up race wins in two classes as light winds again kept sailors on their toes.... [more]
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Oracle Team USA launch second AC72
Lisa Ramsperger,
ORACLE TEAM USA officially launched the team's second AC72 today, April 23, from the team base at Pier 80 in San Francisco. Helmsman Jimmy Spithill led the team and audience in a toast after Oracle Chief Marketing Officer Judy Sim broke a bottle of champagne across the bowsprit. The boat was then lowered into the San Francisco Bay before docking out for the first time.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 images by Thom Touw
Anna Parker and The Sail-World Team,
On the second day of competition at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, France, photographer Thom Touw was out on the water to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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Dragon World Championship - Online entry now open
Martin Makey,
The 2013 Dragon World Championship Notice of Race has been published and online entry is now open for the event which is set to be hosted by the Portland and Weymouth Sailing Academy from 5 to 13 September 2013.... [more]
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Ceci Wollmann wins Bermuda Optimist Worlds Team Trials
Somers Cooper,
14-year-old RHADC sailor Ceci Wollmann clinched the Bermuda Optimist Worlds Team Trials this past weekend during Part 1 of the Bermuda Optimist Dinghy Association [BODA] World's Trial Series.... [more]
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AC World Series, Naples - Action concludes for Artemis Racing
Artemis Racing,
After nine successful America's Cup World Series events, the revolutionary concept which has changed the landscape of sailing, concluded Sunday afternoon in Naples. Nowhere has this been more evident than here in Naples, with close to one million spectators out to watch the nine teams battle it out on Super Sunday.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Annie Haeger on form in Hyeres
Dana Paxton,
Following a delay to allow the wind to strengthen into suitable conditions, day one of six at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères is in the books. A group of seventeen American athletes are competing in Women's 470, 49er, 49er FX, Women's RS:X, Laser and Finn classes.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Return to action for familiar faces in Hyeres
ISAF,
The first day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères marked the return to action for familiar faces on the World Cup series as Robert Scheidt (BRA) stepped back into the Laser and Lijia Xu (CHN) and Marit Bouwmeester (NED) made a Radial return.... [more]
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18ft skiffs: Top Australians to compete in ANZAC Weekend regatta
Sail-World,
A large and high quality fleet of 18ft skiffs are expected for the ANZAC Weekend Regatta which gets underway in Auckland this Thursday and runs through to Sunday, April 28, 2013. In addition to the strong New Zealand fleet expected to number ten boats, four Australian skiffs will cross the Tasman.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Wright and Tweddel victorious on day 1
Robert Deaves,
After the tricky opening day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, the 2010 World Champion, Ed Wright (GBR), is leading the Finn fleet. After posting a 17th in the first race, he came back to win the second race of the day.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 images by Thom Touw
Anna Parker and The Sail-World Team,
On the first day of competition at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, France, photographer Thom Touw was on deck to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing's David Brooke on the improve
Richard Gladwell,
The family of David Brooke (NZL), a veteran of several America's Cup campaigns and Volvo Ocean Races, have advised that he is recovering successfully after an emergency liver transplant last week, in San Francisco. In an email yesterday, his father Don Brooke thanked all those who had sent messages of support to the family. 'David has turned the corner today', Don Brooke wrote.... [more]
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Sailing big winner with funding increase
Rob Kothe and The Sail-World Team,
In a long on air interview with ABC Brisbane last night, Sail-World was asked ´Could Sailing be the new Swimming?' Naturally we said yes. The interview request was as a result of the news yesterday of the boost to sailing funding announced by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Tributes flow for Magnus Olsson
Sail-World,
Two former Round the World race skippers, now heading America's Cup teams, Paul Cayard and Grant Dalton have paid tribute to Magnus Olsson (SWE), a six times Volvo OR and Whitbread Round the World race competitor, who died last week aged just 64 years.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series concludes in Naples
Artemis Racing,
The America's Cup world series concluded yesterday in Naples after nine successful World Series events, the revolutionary concept has changed the landscape of sailing.... [more]
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The Inn Challenge Trophy winner announced
Lillo Mazzetti,
The inn challenge trophy event that took place along the English harbor in Antigua where the Mariella vs Vagabundo II competition took place.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week - Audi Melges 20 champion announced
Joy Dunigan,
On the Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2013 final day, weather forecasts had predicted some pretty substantial breeze, and with a wind speed rule in full effect for the Audi Melges 20 Class, everyone could only be hopeful that racing would happen.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week - Insane conditions on final day
Dan Dickison,
Principal Race Officer Hank Stuart was optimistic about sneaking in one final race on Circle 3 this morning, especially with Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week serving as the Melges 24 US National Championship.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA reveal new AC72 in San Francisco
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA, the Defending team in the 34th America's Cup have unveiled their second AC72 catamaran, and the boat that will most likely be the Defender in the America's Cup Regatta, to be sailed in September 2013. At first blush, the new AC72 appears to be a development of the design concept initiated with their first AC72, refined when that boat was modified after a capsize in October 2012... [more]
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