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 01 Jul 2013
 

Waiting on the Jury, Winter series, Airlie Beach and more

Oracle Team USA  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©
Today we have news from the CYCA Winter series, Airlie Beach Race Week and the Seawind Whitsunday Rally but the major news is from San Francisco so today we have a guest editorial from Richard Gladwell our New Zealand and America´s Cup Editor. If you´ve not figured it out yet, Sail-World´s coverage of the America´s Cup 2013 is the most detailed there is.

The news during the week has been dominated by the build-up to the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup, in San Francisco, the issuance of the Coast Guard Permit, the Rule Changes, and the issues, statements and commentary surrounding those events. We don't propose to summarize the situation here, as there are several very detailed stories in this edition which set out the state of the play and the issues.

The matters will go before an International Jury on July 8 – after the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup a day earlier.

Essentially the situation is the same for all involved parties – in that they accept the Decision of the International Jury, or exit the America's Cup. A situation where outside bodies can make decisions which affect the competition a few days before it starts, is intolerable for the medium and long term confidence of the event.

21/06/2013 - San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America's Cup - Luna Rossa and ETNZ training  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

Short-term anyone can live with anything. It's only a yacht race, albeit a high stakes one. But whether a Challenger would come back for more beyond the 34th America's Cup is question that may be answered after July 8.

On the positive side of the America's Cup, we have several excellent long play videos (20 minutes) from John Navas, who is resident in San Francisco. For sailing aficionados his video is a big improvement on that released by the teams and organisers, due to the fact that it is not heavily edited and shows sailing sequences of significant duration, including tacks and gybes and other maneuvers.

Those interested in the technical side of the AC72 class should not miss the two videos from Genny Tulloch of 'America's Cup UnCut' where she talks with Oracle Team USA designer Joseph Ozanne about how the daggerboards are designed to work, and then Luna Rossa's Max Sirena about the delivery and expectations of their new set of boards.

Aerials 2 Boats Testing / SFO June Testing Session / ORACLE TEAM USA / San Francisco (USA) / 26-06-2013  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©

This week past, was also a significant event for the 34th America's Cup, in that it is the first time that two AC72's from the same team have sailed together. Oracle Team USA achieved this milestone when their Boat 1.5 and Boat 2 took to the waters of San Francisco Bay on Thursday. Both skippers rated it highly but the logistics of getting the two boats on the water by the one team was significant.

The America's Cup Regatta gets underway on this Friday, July 5 with the Opening Ceremony, followed by a Fleet event on Saturday, July 6, the Defenders have course access on July 7, and the first real race of the regatta will be on Monday July 8, at around 0900hrs NZT, between Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand. The second race between the two will take place on Sunday July 14, the third on Monday, July 22, and the fourth on Thursday July 25, and that might be it for the Louis Vuitton Cup. If Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZ do race again in the Round Robin it will on Monday July 29.

Luna Rossa training on San Francisco Bay  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

Sweden's Artemis Racing have announced they will not be competing in the Round Robin until late in July at the earliest, and may skip that phase of the Regatta. This means that the other two teams will have to sail the course alone to get the point. It remains to be seen if the Round continues once the first Finalist is found.

The other news item of note is the search for the classic schooner, Nina, missing on a passage to New Zealand. Nina built in 1928 to a design by W.Starling Burgess, who is best remembered for designing three successful Defenders of the America's Cup, Enterprise, Rainbow and Ranger – the latter in conjunction with Olin Stephens in 1937.

We did some research on the Nina and present a history of the yacht, based on a compilation by Rosemary Dyche – listed amongst the missing crew. There is also a gallery of images taken above and below decks on the classic yacht.

La Route des Princess 2013 - Edmond de Rothschild in action during the InPort race today, close to the city of Plymouth  Lloyd Images ©

We also update on the search for the yacht and crew. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and the searchers at this time.

The schooner Nina  


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21/06/2013 - San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America's Cup - Luna Rossa and ETNZ training  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team NZ - America's Cup Practice session - June 21, 2013  John Navas


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Stuart Alexander,
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Airlie Race Week: Sports Boats entry numbers building strongly
Tracey Johnstone,
Sports Boat's Brett Whitbread is ranked highly among the strong contingent of Queensland skippers who will contest this year's Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week. The ‘everywhere man' when it comes to Sports Boat events, Whitbread will this year be campaigning his Egan designed Crank having carried out significant modifications to the boat since he raced it as the podium placing...... [more]
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CYCA Winter Series Race 9 - Competition tight at the top
The ninth straight day of rain in Sydney did not,
With competition tight at the top of the leader board in the overall series pointscore, the ninth straight day of rain in Sydney did not deter the 106 competitors in Race nine, the penultimate race of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Winter Series.... [more]
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Route des Princes - Arkema - Région Aquitaine win Multi50 class
Sabina Mollart Rogerson,
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Stena Match Cup Sweden - Teams ready to rumble in Marstrand
AWMRT,
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Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2013 Accommodation options
Kristie Kaighin,
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Marine Rescue Port Jackson commissions new rescue vessel
Ken McManus,
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Montenegro's hotspot marina doubles its berths
SAil-World Cruising/Superyacht News,
Capitalising on the increasing popularity of Montenegro with the yachting fraternity, especially for visiting New Zealand and Australian sailors, Porto Montenegro, one of Europe's most up-and-coming yachting hotspots, is to double its marina capacity to 490 berths by next summer – giving it one of the biggest yacht capacities in the world, with an emphasis on the larger end of the spectrum.... [more]
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Missing schooner Nina presumed sunk
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
After several days of searching, the 21m American schooner Nina, with seven crew on board, is presumed to have sunk, according to Australian and New Zealand rescuers. The fact that satellite phones were not used and the EPIRB was not set off points to the fact that the historic schooner sank so suddenly in some catastrophic event that none of the crew had time to activate the EPIRB, or phone.... [more]
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Hear John Hearne master sailmaker at SIBS Cruising Masterclass 3/4 Aug
Nancy Knudsen,
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Kieler Woche - Hunger and Kleiner gunning for gold
Hermann Hell,
At Kieler Woche, on the day where the tall ship parade disappeared in the fog on the fjord, sailors of the international classes had to wait a bit longer before the wind was sailable and they were sent out on the water. The race committee showed patience and a good hand and weas rewarded with good winds and finally some sunshine. For each class, the whole race program was completed.... [more]
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Route des Princes - Winners to be decided in final offshore sprint
Sabina Mollart Rogerson,
In the Route des Princes, the winners will be decided on a final offshore sprint to Morlaix. Following victory in the inshore race series on Plymouth Sound, securing a perfect inshore record this afternoon, Sébastien Josse's crew of Edmond de Rothschild go into Leg 4, Plymouth to Morlaix, needing only to win the bonus points available at the La Roche Gautier mark, 43 miles from the finish.... [more]
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ORCi World Championship - Images from races 5 and 6
Max Ranchi Photography,
Max Ranchi was on site today in Ancona to capture these images from races 5 and 6 at the ORCi World Championship. Enjoy!... [more]
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Sail Mooloolaba 2013: Mike Kenyon action shots from small boat fleets
Tracey Johnstone,
Mike Kenyon was on the water this weekend for all the action in the Sail Mooloolaba Dinghy Division racing. The sun was hiding, but the breeze was still there to keep the racing exciting.... [more]
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Second day of shoreline searching for missing schooner yields no clues
Sarah Brazil, Maritime NZ and Rosemary Dyche,
An extended shoreline search for the crew of the historic American 21m (70ft) schooner Nina missing en route from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Newcastle, Australia, has been undertaken for a second day today (29 June) without success.... [more]
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America's Cup: Coast Guard permit triggers Class Rule changes
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup organisers have announced that they have received a Permit for the conduct of the America's Cup Regatta, with just a week to run before the start of the event. As expected the Organisers have made several significant AC72 Class rule changes, several of them without the unanimous approval of all four teams, as required by the protocol governing the conduct of the 34th America's Cup... [more]
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VAT on chartering a yacht in France to begin July 15
Nancy Knudsen,
The French have taken their time to make the announcement, but now it's official. If you charter a yacht in France from now on you will have to be VAT on the charter.... [more]
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Route des Princes - Edmond de Rothschild top inshore team
Sabina Mollart Rogerson,
In the Route des Princes, Sébastien Josse's Edmond de Rothschild again proved to be the best MOD70 inshore team around the short courses off Plymouth Sound today (Friday) but their advantage was much less obvious that it was in Valencia and Lisbon where they won both regattas.... [more]
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Kieler Woche - Excellent form from Hunger and Kleiner + Video
Hermann Hell,
Serial winners of Kieler Woche have proven on the second day of the international part of the event, just why they are up for the gold year after year. The five-time 505 World Champion Wofgang Hunger (Kiel) and his crew Julien Kleiner (Munich) had to discard merely a second position after six races. It looks like they may triumph again for the 21st time at the 131st edition.... [more]
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ORCi World Championship - One day left until champions are crowned
ORC Media,
At the Adria Ferries ORCi World Championship, there were two inshore races...and rain...today here on the Le Marche coast, which means there are enough races completed for a valid official championship with one day left of racing tomorrow.... [more]
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Which overboard emergency recovery side should you choose?
John Jamieson,
Not many sailing safety issues chill the blood like the thought of falling overboard. But, even more dangerous could be the recovery itself. Why is that? You may have read and practiced different overboard approaches. But there's still a lot of controversy about the final approach to bring the person alongside, close to your small sailboat.... [more]
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ORCi World Championship - Images from races 4 and 5
Max Ranchi Photography,
Photographer Max Ranchi was out on the water at the ORCi World Championship to capture these images during races 4 and 5.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to be hosted at Olympic venue
Ruth Harrington,
The 2013-14 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is to be hosted by the Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro this October. The port will bring to a close Leg 1 of the Clipper Race which sets sail from London on 1 September, creating a fitting link between the hosts of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Sail 4 Cancer calls on skippers and crews
Lizette van Niekerk,
Sail 4 Cancer is calling for skippers and crew members taking part in this year's Rolex Fastnet Race to join a fundraising campaign in support of the charity's ‘Young Carer' project which benefits young British families living with cancer.... [more]
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America's Cup: Peyron tells of fatal Artemis training capsize
Richard Gladwell,
One of the world's top multihull sailors, Loick Peyron has spken in the New York Times on the what happened in the Artemis Racing capsize incident, in which a double Olympic medalist, Andrew Simpson, died. To date little has been spoken by the Swedish Challenger of Record, when their first AC72 pitchpoled, on the final run of its final sail before being decommissioned.... [more]
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RC44 Sweden Cup Day 3 - Brits on top + Videos
RC44 Class Association,
At the RC44 Sweden Cup in Marstrand the wind kicked ,for the third day of racing, with conditions not dissimilar to The Solent it was the British boats that excelled.... [more]
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Boaters to steer clear of Clarence River at Grafton this weekend
Medianet Operations,
Licences for the safe staging of ski races on the Clarence River at Grafton have been granted by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) on Saturday and Sunday.... [more]
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