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14 May 2013

AC update and Atlantic Cup news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Artemis Racing upside down in San Francisco after a capsize on April 9, 2013  
Nearly a week after Artemis Racing's AC72 capsize and the tragic death of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson on San Francisco Bay, there are still WAY more lingering questions than solid answers. According to the latest reports, the Golden Gate Yacht Club has assembled a six-person Review Committee to investigate and report on Artemis' accident. This experienced team, which will be lead by Iain Murray, Regatta Director for AC34, will work in conjunction with the United States Coast Guard and will issue their report prior to the start of this summer's Louis Vuitton Cup (LVC).

A four-team meeting was recently held in San Francisco, and all parties have agreed that both the LVC (July 4-August 30) and the 34th America's Cup (September 7-21) will go on as scheduled. 'The America's Cup will go ahead this summer. We will see the world's best sailors racing at the highest level on one of the most iconic race tracks in sport,' said Tom Ehman, Vice Commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club.

Andrew "Bart" Simpson pictured at the Medalists' Media Conference 2012 Olympics  Richard Gladwell ©


All teams are observing a week's hiatus from sailing on San Francisco Bay in reverence and respect for Mr. Simpson.

It is not yet known what Artemis Racing plans to do with regards to the LVC and even the Cup itself.

Also AC-related, the German team racing in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup has decided to pull the plug on the event, citing safety concerns. According to the team: 'The tragic accident of the British Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson moved the Sailing Team Germany (STG) and the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) to withdraw. The 'STG / NRV Youth team' that had qualified for the 'Red Bull Youth America's Cup' in San Francisco, will not be at the start of September. The health of young sailors should not be compromised.'

Inside, get the latest reports from this tragedy and please stand by for more information and findings from the Review Committee, as they become known.

Bodacious Dream at the Atlantic Cup 2012 start in Charleston, SC, sailing to New York, NY. - Atlantic Cup Race  Billy Black


Meanwhile, on the East Coast, the fleet of eight Class 40s that are competing in the doublehanded Atlantic Cup are just reaching the Big Apple after sprinting up the coast from Charleston, South Carolina. As of this writing, 'Bodacious Dream', co-skippered by Matt Scharl and Dave Rearick, was less than 5 miles from the finishing line, followed by 'LeCoq Cuisine' and '40 Degrees'.

'The boat is hanging tough in the pounding but we do have a few leaks that will need to be addressed,' wrote skipper Joe Harris, aboard 'GryphonSolo2', who is currently sitting in sixth place, about recent onboard conditions. 'The sun did come up this morning and everything seems brighter when that happens. So we will pound our way past Atlantic City and 'The Donald's' casinos on up to a finish in Manhattan's Lower West Side on the Hudson river, hopefully sometime tonight.'

More inside, and stay tuned to the website for the latest news from this now-classic three-leg event.

Also inside, don't miss the latest news from the U.S. Moth Class, the Sail for Gold Regatta and the Block Island Race Week.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



America's Cup: Committee to report on AC72 safety measures
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup organisers, Golden Gate Yacht Club, have appointed a six-strong team to investigate and report on the facts of the Artemis incident, last Thursday, and to recommend on safety issues for the event. The group is working in conjunction with the US Coast Guard who must issue SLR's (Special Local Regulations) for the event to proceed.... [more]
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25th Block Island Race Week begins June 23
Kirsten Ferguson,
Had there been a playbook for grand summer sailing competitions, the Storm Trysail Club would surely have penned it. As the club heads into its 25th presentation of Block Island Race Week, no less than seven classes have coordinated major championships to be held in conjunction with the event, and now over 180 teams have registered.... [more]
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Lysekil Women's Match action commences August 5
Joakim Hermansson,
The 2013 Lysekil Women's Match is set to take place 5-10 August and Danish match racing star Camilla Ulrikkeholm is one of the skippers already having accepted an invitation to this year's event. British Olympian Lucy Macgregor, Claudia Pierce of New Zealand and last year's rookie Alexa Bezel of Switzerland (runner-up in Lysekil 2012) will be some of her competitors.... [more]
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WMRT Match Race Germany - Lake Contstance battle fast approaching
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
Match Race Germany is coming up and the top match racing crews from around the world are gathering on the north shore of Lake Constance this week ready for the first salvos of the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, set to commence on Thursday.... [more]
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Sail for Gold Regatta - Early entry fee discount period extended
Matt Carter,
2013 Sail for Gold Regatta event organisers are happy to confirm that the early entry fee discount period, which was due to close on Friday 10 May, will remain open until the final entry deadline of Friday 31 May - giving sailors the opportunity to get their entries in without breaking the bank!... [more]
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Struntje Light leads strong fleet at Farr 40 East Coast Championship
Bill Wagner,
Skipper Jim Richardson and his crew aboard Barking Mad captured Quantum Key West 2013 in convincing fashion. Owner-driver Wolfgang Schaefer and the Struntje Light team went wire-to-wire to win the Miami Beach Invitational.... [more]
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Atlantic Cup - Long, cold night for GryphonSolo2
Joe Harris,
Greetings from the shivering occupants of GryphonSolo2, currently competing in the Atlantic Cup. We are just passing the mouth of Delaware Bay and pointed towards the New Jersey shore and then the bright lights of NYC.... [more]
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Finn World Masters - Sailors return en-masse to La Rochelle
Robert Deaves,
The Finn class returns en-masse to La Rochelle, France for the 2013 Finn World Masters next week. It is destined to be not only the largest Finn Masters ever, but also the largest Finn event ever if all the pre-entered 307 sailors from 27 countries show up.... [more]
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Kieler Woche - Outright racing and pure excitement to the end
Kieler Woche,
The 2013 Kieler Woche will take place 22-30 June with victory and medal ranks being decided on the very last race day when the top six athletes race against each other in the finals. There will be no tactical games, but just outright racing and pure excitement until the very last, as only the finals will bring the decision.... [more]
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ORC International World Championship - List of entries published
ORC Media,
Organizers for the 2013 Adria Ferries ORC International World Championship have published the list of entries who will compete at the event held in Ancona, Italy over 21-29 June 2013. To maintain the highest possible standards for the event, organizers have put limits on the number of entries eligible to race, so there are now 100 confirmed entries and 22 yachts on the waiting list.... [more]
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Etchells Mid Winters West Regatta at San Diego YC overall
Rusty Snapshackle,
The 2013 SLAM Mid Winters West Regatta, the first of two major Etchells events on the west coast this Spring was held over the Easter Weekend. Point Loma Outfitting, owned by Fleet 13's own Tom Carruthers, proudly sponsored the three day regatta which attracted some of the best One Design racers on the left coast.... [more]
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America's Cup: German team pulls out of Red Bull Youth series
Sail-World,
The German team in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup, has issued a statement announcing their withdrawal from the series, citing safety concerns emanating from the Artemis Racing incident last Thursday in San Francsico.... [more]
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America´s Cup Artemis Crew in shock - newspaper quotes inaccurate
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The sailing world is very much in shock following the death of British Olympic Gold and Silver medallist and America's Cup strategist Andrew 'Bart' Simpson trapped under water after the capsize of the Swedish AC72 Artemis on San Francisco Bay last Thursday. Helmsman Nathan Outteridge has issued a statement saying that quotes attributed to his father were not accurate.... [more]
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Long Beach Race Week - Action commences June 28th
Rich Roberts,
The concept that sailboat racing could be fun even in large fleets of keelboats wasn't original 3 1/2 decades ago, but no event that evolved from that notion lives on more vigorously than the one that has ushered summer into Southern California for 35 years.... [more]
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America's Cup: Barclay expects Cup to proceed as planned
Richard Gladwell,
TV3's that America's Cup CEO Stephen Barclay is confident regatta director Iain Murray will take every step to ensure the America's Cup goes ahead, and does so as safely as possible. 'I have every expectation that the event will proceed as planned. But I'm going to give Iain Murray the time he needs to really look at it with his expert panel and get it right.'... [more]
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Atlantic Cup - Busy day for GryphonSolo2
Joe Harris,
In the Atlantic Cup, it was a busy 24 hours for Team GryphonSolo2, as we experienced light air for most of the day yesterday as we tried to get past Cape Hatteras. The joke between Tristan and I was that our computer screen was stuck with the image of Hatteras that wouldn't refresh.... [more]
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Italian Olympic Week Garda wrap-up + Video
SailCoach,
The 2013 Italian Olympic Week Garda has come to a close. We look at the action that took place via comments and video interviews with sailors that competed.... [more]
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US Moth Class announces 11th Hour Racing sponsorship
Matthew Knowles,
Sailing sponsorships are often about using high-profile regattas and athletes to sell products and services to a target audience. However, today the International Moth United States Class Association announces a very different kind of sponsorship arrangement.... [more]
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Sailing Handicap Calculator - A distinct advantage on the water
Lachlan Ritchie,
Former Etchells world champion, Bruce Ritchie wishes there was such a thing as a sailing handicap calculator app when he competed on the international scene in the early 80s. This Sydney sailing veteran of 65 years may have proved himself on the water over the decades but working out handicap race result times both mid race and post-race had always proved an elusive task, until now.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Tragedy in San Francisco + RYA Tribute Video
Richard Gladwell,
Following is the editorial published in Sail-World NZ's newsletter published on May 10, NZT. It is republished for those who don't subscribe to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter. Tragedy hit the 2013 America's Cup with the death of double Olympic Medalist, Andrew 'Bart' Simpson. Includes RYA tribute video to Andrew Simpson... [more]
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Access Class European Championships - Final day full of action + Video
Icarus Sailing Media,
Today, the 2013 Access European Championship comes to an end. On this last racing day in Switzerland, sailors from 12 countries arrived early at the Arbon Marina, ready to start with their preparations. Everybody was excited and ready to leave Lake Constance with an excellent performance.... [more]
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