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America's Cup: July 2013 Edition - Let the America's Cup Regatta begin

The four skippers make the first pitch - America's Cup Day at AT&T Park with the SF Giants  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's ninth America's Cup Newsletter for the 34th America's Cup,

We have been on an enforced break during a major system upgrade, our apologies for the break in transmission.

A lot has happened in the past three months, which have been overshadowed by the first ever sailing death in an America's Cup venue.

The events of May 9, 2013, sent a major tremor through the America's Cup family, when Swedish Challenger, Artemis Racing, broke up during a capsize, around 1.00pm, killing double Olympic Medalist, Andrew 'Bart' Simpson.

We carry top international yachting correspondent, Bob Fisher's tribute to Andrew Simpson in this edition, along with an image gallery of a few of the many highlights and successes in this sailing career.

Iain Percy (right) and his mate of 25 years, Andrew Simpson (GBR), acknowledge the crowd at the medal ceremony for the Men's Keelboat (Star) event in the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.  onEdition ©

To date there has been no official release on the causes of the incident - the second capsize of an AC72 in San Francisco in seven months. The latter was even more catastrophic than the first.

Immediately a Review Committee was quickly assembled to look at both the Artemis and earlier Oracle incidents, and safety generally. An almost two week timeout was recommended by the Review Committee, but ignored in the end by Luna Rossa. Sailing has continued without serious incident.

ACEA Press conference following Artemis Racing capsize and loss of Andrew Simpson - Stephen Barclay (ACEA CEO) - Ian Murray (ACRM CEO) - Captain Matt Bliven (US Coast Gards) - Captain Tom Cleary (SFPD) / San Francisco (USA) / 10-05-2013  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing©

That Committee did not actually report, due to legal reasons, and the task fell to the Regatta Director Iain Murray, who compiled a schedule of 37 Recommendations. Sail-World understands that 34 of these were agreed to by the teams, with the remainder – relating to AC72 Class Rule changes and Protocol issues not being signed off.

A four day Mediation exercise conducted by two International Jury members, failed to resolve those points, and they are now destined to be heard by the International Jury, who are currently en route to San Francisco. They meet on Monday July 8 in San Francisco.

All teams stepped up their safety gear after the fatal Artemis incident.  Chuck Lantz

We have details of the saga in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter. To say that it is complicated is an understatement.

On the water all the teams have now been sailing, with Artemis being in the shed in Alameda since May 9.

At the point the Regatta Director announced the reduced Round Robin format dropping from seven rounds to five, Artemis Racing announced they would not be ready to sail in much of the Round Robin phase, and seemed set to join the Louis Vuitton Cup at the Semi-Finals.

Again there is a lot more behind this unprecedented development than in the few lines above. More detailed stories are in this newsletter.

34th America's Cup - Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZ in a practice race  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

Now, two of the Challengers will contest the first month of the Louis Vuitton Cup, sailing four maybe five races in July of just an hour's duration each. To get the points they need from the scheduled matches involving Artemis Racing, the teams will have to sail the course, alone, and finish. At stake in the Round Robin is the right to elect to progress straight through to the Final of the Louis Vuitton Cup, with the other two Challengers sailing off in the Semi-Final for the other berth in the Finals.

As it stands the business end of the America's Cup Regatta will not really get underway until the Louis Vuitton Cup Final – a best of 13 series to be sailed in mid August.

The winner of that series takes on the defender, Oracle Team USA in the Match for the 34th America's Cup, starting on September 7, 2013.

Ted Hood (second from left) at a media conference in the 1977 America's Cup, others are Bob McCullough (left), Bus Mosbacher (centre), Alan Bond, and Ben Lexcen  Paul Darling Photography© Maritime Productions

In this edition, we note the passing of Ted Hood, on June 28 at the age of 86 years. A member of the America's Cup Hall of Fame, he was one of the unique people in America's Cup history. Hood was from an era that is sadly past. His achievement was to be involved in the highest level of many facets of the America's Cup - sailmaking and sail design, including the weaving of sail cloth; yacht design; and helming in a successful Defence against Alan Bond's Southern Cross in 1974. Quietly spoken, Hood allowed his achievements to speak rather than words. We carry an obituary in this edition.

Luna Rossa training on san Francisco Bay  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©
Stay tuned to www.sail-world.com - for the latest updates on the progress of the America's Cup teams. Depending on the racing and other developments, we will up the frequency of this newsletter. Regardless we will continue to bring you the latest news and developments on www.sail-world.com

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell .
Sail-World's America's Cup News Editor

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21/06/2013 - San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America's Cup - Oracle and ETNZ train today on the Bay  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

21/06/2013 - San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America's Cup - Oracle and ETNZ train today on the Bay  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

America's Cup: Andrew Simpson MBE remembered
Bob Fisher,
Andrew Simpson died doing what he did well – sailing a high-end racing craft. He was a leading figure in the development of the Artemis Racing 72-foot wing-sailed catamaran for the upcoming America's Cup. Simpson, known universally among his fellow sailors as 'Bart', was trapped under the boat when it capsized on San Francisco Bay during a routine training exercise.... [more]
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America's Cup: Louis Vuitton's Images of the Day - July 2, 2013
Paul Todd,
Top international photographers Paul Todd and Bob Greiser are shooting for series sponsor Louis Vuitton, at the Louis Vuitton Cup which gets underway this weekend. Today was their first day on the water, here's Paul Todd's view of the day, July 2, 2013... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa takes tough line against Race Director
Luna Rossa Challenge 2013,
Today the team Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 will file a protest before the International Jury of the 34th America's Cup against the measures introduced by the Regatta Director on Friday 29th of June (Regatta Notices 185 and 189). Luna Rossa considers that, by issuing these documents, the Regatta Director has blatantly breached the rules governing the 34th America's Cup and has exceeded his jurisdi... [more]
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Americas Cup: Italian skipper fires broadside on Luna Rossa base tour
Pierre Orphanidis, www.vsail.info,
Pierre Orphanidis of top European sailing website, www.vsail.info, is in San Francisco for the start of the 34th America's Cup Regatta. He filled this report of his tour of Italian Challenger Luna Rossa's base: Greetings from sunny and warm San Francisco, the venue of the 34th America's Cup. Our coverage starts today with the media event Luna Rossa held at their base at noon.... [more]
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America´s Cup 2013 Team New Zealand prepares for Louis Vuitton
San Francisco yachting photographer Chuck Lantz was on the water to watch Emirates Team New Zealand in their full new safety gear in training ahead of the start of the 2013 Louis Vuitton... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle and Emirates hit their straps - AmCam Video
John Navas,
Top videographer and photographer, John Navas, caught the action as Oracle Team USA - Boat 1 and Emirates Team NZ went through their paces on San Francisco Bay, today, Tuesday local time. Wind was averaging 15kts and gusting 25kts... [more]
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America's Cup: Ted Hood dies at 86
America's Cup Hall of Famer, Ted Hood, has died at the age of 86. Hood is perhaps best known worldwide as the man who founded Hood Sail makers, which during the 1960's and 1970's was the world's largest sail maker. In 1974, as skipper of the Sparkman & Stephens designed Courageous he won the America's Cup defeating Australia's Southern Cross, 4-0. Three years later he campaigned Independence... [more]
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America's Cup: Review Committee member - will commonsense prevail?
Jim Farmer QC,
Jim Farmer QC is one of New Zealand's top amateur and offshore sailors, and a leading corporate lawyer. He participated in the Review Committee set up after the fatal incident involving Artemis Racing. Now that exercise is over, and he is Farmer set out his thoughts on his experiences over the past few weeks on the Georgia Racing website:... [more]
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America's Cup: Dean Barker claims new rudder regulations are unsafe
Dean Barker,
There is one week to go until Emirates Team New Zealand will line up for their first official race of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Writing on his blog on Kiwi Yachting Consultant, of which he is a substantial shareholder and director, skipper Dean Barker gives his views of the controversial rudder issues.... [more]
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America's Cup: NZ Rigging drops the Big Boat's mast into cafe alley
Richard Gladwell,
KZ-1, the Big Boat of the 1988 America's Cup fame is now on permanent display outside the Maritime Museum, and forms the predominant landmark on the Auckland waterfront. 18 years had lapsed, since the 1988 America's Cup Challenger had her rig checked fully, and the Maritime Museum turned to NZ Rigging to undertake the tricky task. Sail-World was on site for the first few hours of the operation... [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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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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America's Cup: Two Challengers haul Regatta Director in front of Jury
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand have confirmed that they will be lodging an Application with the International Jury concerning the actions of the Regatta Director, who they claim has exceeded his authority in implementing his Recommendations following the safety review.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA complete first day of two boat testing
Oracle Team USA Media,
Oracle Team USA completed a first full day of two-boat testing today in San Francisco. Both of the team's AC72 racing yachts spent the morning running through various tests and boat set-ups as they maneuvered around the San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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America's Cup: First video of Oracle Team USA AC72's two boat testing
John Navas,
Oracle Team USA sailed their two AC72's on San Francisco Bay today, in the start of a two week testing program. John Navas was bayside and captured the action. Longer video available later in the day.... [more]
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America's Cup: Jury to decide as Oracle sails with rudder elevators
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA is in the process of fitting and sailing with the new winglets specified by America's Cup Regatta Director, Iain Murray and made public just over four weeks ago. Before the end of the week, one of the parties is expected to refer the matter to the International Jury. The issue was dismissed by Oracle Team USA's CEO, Russell Coutts as 'rules minutiae'... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Is a Trojan Horse being used in the America's Cup?
Richard Gladwell,
Following the conclusion of a four day Mediation by two members of the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup, it was confirmed by various sources, that while the main sticking point for the teams is the adoption of rules regarding Rudder Elevators, there are still serious issues remaining.... [more]
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America's Cup: The slickest foiling, flying gybe in the West - Video
John Navas,
The always excellent John Navas caught Emirates Team New Zealand doing a foiling gybe, in full flight, on San Francisco Bay. We've see a few before but this is something else - in fact it was so slick we missed it, the first time. An amazing piece of sailing. Features the short clip of just the foiling gybe and the full practice session is in a second video, also included in this story... [more]
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America's Cup: Törnqvist takes the helm of Artemis AC45
Jennifer McHugh,
Artemis Racing's owner, Torbjörn Törnqvist, touched down in San Francisco this week, where he spent time with the team—working out, taking part in dive training, and sailing on the AC45 (even notching a new speed record). It was Torbjörn's second visit in the last month.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing's Iain Percy - 'We want to race'
Artemis Racing's Sailing Director, Iain Percy, has spoken out for the first time since the team's training accident, on May 9, 2013, which resulted in the death of his fellow double Olympic medalist, and long time friend and crew, Andrew 'Bart' Simpson. Interviewed by Genny Tulloch of America's Cup Uncut, Percy spoke of the loss of his 'best mate' and the impact on the team.... [more]
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America's Cup: Regatta rules issues sent to Int Jury for resolution
Richard Gladwell,
The impasse in several matters governing the conduct of the America's Cup Regatta, and Louis Vuitton Cup, has been passed to the International Jury to resolve, and potentially make a binding Decision. As a first stage, two members of the International Jury have been assigned to initiate and conduct a Mediation process in an endeavour to identify and resolve as many of the issues as possible.... [more]
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America's Cup: War of Words erupts over changed Race Schedule
Richard Gladwell,
Artemis Racing's skipper Paul Cayard has hit back at Emirates Team NZ's MD Grant Dalton's comments made after the Teams Meeting in San Francisco, late last week. A couple of hours Dalton in turn responded. But on a closer examination of the rules it would seem that Artemis Racing may have to go with a decision of the majority of the Challengers or submit to Mediation or a full Jury Hearing... [more]
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America's Cup: David Brooke back on the job for Artemis Racing
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 continuing a successful recovery after an emergency liver transplant in mid April, in San Francisco. He has finished with dialysis and is being encouraged to rejoin Artemis Racing team to make a positive contribution as they regroup.... [more]
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America's Cup - 1970: Revelations from the Race Committee Chairman
Devereux Barker III,
The 1970 America's Cup Match between the revamped Defender, Intrepid, and the Australian Challenger, Gretel II attracted much media attention for the drama that occurred on the water and was replayed in Protest Room. In a new book Dev Barker, then the 31yrs old Chairman of the New York Yacht Club's Race Committee, shares his views of the series... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis damage and possible causes revealed on haulout
Richard Gladwell and Natasha Pyle,
Sail-World has obtained images of Artemis Racing's damaged AC72 as it was hauled from San Francisco Bay at Alameda. The images show the main beam broken at about mid-way to the port hull. It is not known if this broke before, during, or after the capsize. Or indeed, if some other part failed before the main beam fractured.... [more]
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