Hoofing it in San Francisco, Hamilton, 49ers - more Australian news

Louis Vuitton Cup sailed in AC 72s - Emirates Team New Zealand skippered Dean Barker (NZL)
Welcome to Sail-World.com's Australian newsletter for July 9th 2013

Entries coming in fast for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, with more than 120 yachts have now entered for the 30th Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, and the fleet continues to grow.

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

A trend which Race Director Denis Thompson says, ‘confirms the status of this regatta on the Australian sailing scene. The numbers are impressive and most encouraging.’

With Australia´s top 49er pairing Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen otherwise engaged, on the final day of the 2013 49er and 49erFX European Championships in Aarhus, Denmark the Australian crews have missed out on medals.

While there were no medals for Australian sailors at the event, the mainly new pairings took a lot away from a solid week of racing in a range of conditions in Denmark.

34th America’s Cup - Day 1 of racing for the Louis Vuitton Cup, Emirates Team NZ

Now to a Guest Editorial from our America´s Cup and New Zealand editor Richard Gladwell....

The race that wasn't, got sailed yesterday in the Louis Vuitton Cup.

An inauspicious start - but harking back to the same occasion in 2007, we had to wait for six days to get the first race away, due to light winds. This was in Valencia where we were promised plenty of wind every day - after Auckland copped it for the same transgression in 2003.

Yes the wind turned up in San Francisco, but the Italians didn't - keeping their principles uncompromised ahead of the International Jury Hearing tomorrow.

Emirates Team New Zealand turned on a sailing show today blitzing around the seven leg course in just over 40 minutes for the quickest race in an America's Cup ever. And on the final short leg to the finish the team hit speeds in excess of 40kts - believed to be a speed faster than an America’s Cup yacht has ever sailed - in training or a race - and that includes Oracle BMW Racings 120ft trimaran of the 2010 America's Cup fame.

SAN FRANCISCO, USA July 7, first day of racing The Louis Vuitton Cup sailed in AC 72s between Emirates Team New Zealand skippered Dean Barker (NZL) and Luna Rossa Challenge skippered Max Sirena (ITA). Luna Rossa Challenge has decided to boycott the race. ©Paul Todd/OUTSIDEIMAGES.COM OUTSIDE IMAGES PHOTO AGENCY

While the race lacked an opponent it didn't lack for spectacle, and being able to see an AC72 sailing at full speed for 40 minutes from a variety of camera angles including a helicopter, was not to be missed.

Technically it was fascinating. Overlaid with a race, the coverage will go up another level again - and then there is audio and more camera angles on and off the boats, to come.

In this edition of Sail-World we have a multitude of stories, images and video as we gear up our America's Cup coverage.

The doyen of sailing correspondents, Bob Fisher leads the coverage with his take on the days events. For sure there could have been ways around the Luna Rossa impasse - by changing the race schedule to use one of the Artemis Racing no-show days - and delaying this race until after the Jury Hearing.

Shore-side spectator get their first look at an AC72 doing battle. More or less. - America’s Cup 2013 - LVC race 1

Tomorrow, the focus shifts to the Jury Room, where the applications by Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa will be held. If these were Optimists, it would be a very short hearing, in our view. But Optimists it ain't, and there are the usual plays and posturing behinds the scenes as to the consequences of various outcomes.

But as anyone who has ever sat on a Jury will know, considering consequences of a decision is a very fraught business, and the only way to handle the Hearing, is to consider the case on its merits, find the facts, apply the rules and the Decision is clear and something to be proud of.

We have the background to the Hearing in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter

Emirates Team NZ purpose designed chase boat - powered by four Yamaha 300hHP outboards - Salthouse boats have built five of these million dollar craft

Current expectations are that the second race will take place as scheduled on the weekend between Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZ.

In this edition we have a short video of the Italians doing a foiling gybe - with their new wingsail and daggerboards.

What everyone looks forward to is the Louis Vuitton Cup being what it always has been - a keenly fought competition. And with Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand we have the sight of the two most experienced teams in the Challenger ranks in the history of the Louis Vuitton Cup, going head to head in the fastest boats ever sailed in the event.

Day 3 - 2015 J24 World Championship
© Chris Howell
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