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AC34: An Evolving Landscape—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Mascalzone Latino sailing in the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup  Event Media

News is still sluggish to emerge about which challenger will fill the gaping hole left in the landscape that was the 34th America's Cup, now that Vincenzo Onorato, the boss of Mascalzone Latino, has announced his withdrawal as Challenger of Record and from the Cup itself. 'Since the very beginning of our role as Challenger of Record, I have been working on this project focused to bring the Cup in our Country,' wrote Onorato. He added that, '...we have discussed for a long time the challenge that the next Cup must face: an international situation with a big economic crisis and therefore huge difficulties to find sponsors.'

Vincenzo Onorato of Mascalzone Latino at a Press Conference for the
34th America's Cup

  Carlo Borlenghi ©

While Mascalzone Latino's withdrawal was foreshadowed by the fact that they did not take procession of their AC45, and by a comment that Onorato made several weeks ago predicting this move, succession is not clear. According to the Deed of Gift, Artemis Racing—the second challenger to enter the 34th Cup—has the right to Challenge before other teams can shoulder this responsibility. The only other team that's currently fully funded—Emirates Team New Zealand—has signaled that this is a role that they do not seek. This news brings the total number of teams involved down to thirteen, including the Defender, Oracle Racing. Stay tuned for more, as it becomes known.

The Velux 5 Oceans fleet
  Ainhoa Sanchez

In Charleston, South Carolina, the four competing skippers in the Velux 5 Oceans Race have set out on their final 3,600-mile Ocean Sprint, which will take the fleet to La Rochelle, France. 'These guys have already taken on the Southern Ocean, which is regarded as the most dangerous, but the North Atlantic can be as brutal,' said David Adams, Race Director of the Velux 5 Oceans Race. 'Different [than] the Southern Ocean legs where there are prevailing winds, on Ocean Sprint Five the skippers will have to deal with whatever the North Atlantic throws at them. It could be huge storms, or it could be a massive high-pressure system.' While the top step of the podium is already reserved for Brad Van Liew, the rest of the fleet will be battling hard for results.

Breaking news, reports of a magnitude 6.5 earthquake off the Papuan New Guinea coast in the Pacific Ocean, which could generate a tsunami, more news as it comes to hand.

Also, my apologies go out to the 2011 Melges 24 Worlds, which is about to start in Corpus Christi, Texas. In my last editorial I erroneously reported that 111 boats participated in the 2010 worlds; in fact, the correct number of entrants was 79. We have the latest news and photos from the Pre-Worlds and will be following the event closely with on-the-water reports and image galleries—right thru until May 21, so stay tuned.



May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



America's Cup: Challenger of Record pulls pin in unprecedented move
Richard Gladwell,
The Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, Mascalzone Latino has just announced that they will not compete in the 34th America's Cup. No announcement has yet been made by the America's Cup organisers as to what will happen next, in this unprecedented move, which had been tipped for some time.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - Pre-Worlds day one images
Fiona Brown,
Photographer Fiona Brown shares with us a gallery of images from day one of the Pre-Worlds in Corpus Christie, Texas.... [more]
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Melges 24 Pre-Worlds day one
International Melges 24 Class Association,
The international fleet was given a gentle introduction to the Melges 24 World Championship with just a single medium airs race made possible on day one of the Pre-Worlds Regatta.... [more]
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RC44 Austria Cup update from Cayard Sailing
Paul Cayard,
One race here in Austria on the final day for the RC44 fleet. It was a rainy and cold day....temperature about 10c. It hailed at one point.... [more]
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Portofino Rolex Trophy 2011 day three images
Carlo Borlenghi,
Portofino Rolex Trophy 2011 day three images from photographer Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Groupama becomes third Volvo 70 launched for race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Groupama Sailing Team's new Volvo Open 70 was launched this afternoon in Lorient, France. 'We've been working hard but won't stop here. It actually just begins.' said skipper Franck Cammas. 'We are now done with sketches; the boat is here in front of us,' said the team's shore crew manager, Australian Ben Wright. 'We've been working hard but won't stop here. It actually just begins.'... [more]
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RC44 Austria Cup - Team Aqua closes
Jessica Gray,
Team Aqua closed the gap on Oracle Racing today with another great show of consistent sailing. With an early start planned for the 13 RC44 teams, they were greeted by a three hour delay. But when the AP finally came down, it proved to be some of the best conditions of the week.... [more]
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Velus 5 Oceans Sprint 5 underway after close start
Velux 5 Oceans,
The four solo skippers today showed just how fired up they are for the climax of the round the world race, all crossing the ocean sprint five start line within seconds of each other. It was more like a scene from a dinghy regatta as they jostled for position in the starting area.... [more]
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New Olympic sailing discipline born for mixed sailing
Roland Gaebler,
It´s now time to get the races and championships ready for the new Olympic sailing discipline for mixed sailing.... [more]
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Portofino Rolex Trophy day two images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi shares this gallery of images from day two of racing at the Portofino Rolex Trophy.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Sprint 5 sets sail from Charleston
Velux 5 Oceans,
The Velux 5 Oceans Sprint 5 will begin today from Charleston SC (USA). The four skippers that remain will set off towards La Rochelle, France to complete a global circumnavigation back to where they began their journeys on October 17, 2010.... [more]
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CalCup Berkeley Windsurfing Series 2011 update from USA 4
Steve Bodner,
Its been two weeks already since the first Calcup in Berkeley. A bit fuzzy on the specifics but I do recall a few valuable lessons... [more]
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Team Tunnicliffe into USSTAG Qualifier finals
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Anna Tunnicliffe on a cold, wet Sheboygan day that ended with Team Tunnicliffe reaching the finals in the USSTAG Qualifier.... [more]
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Anchoring rights at stake in May ordinance meeting
BoatUS,
BoatUS is urging boaters, cruisers and sailors, and anyone who benefits from boater spending, to attend the May 26 meeting to have their voices heard because the ability for recreational boats to drop and set anchor in the city of St. Augustine is currently being reviewed by city officials who are seeking input.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Womens Match racing moves on after ISAF Decision
Liz Baylis,
Liz Baylis, Womens International Match Racing Association Director comments on the recent decision to drop the Womens Keelboat and March racing event from the 2016 Olympic card: Obviously this is a great disappointment to us and perhaps a decision they will regret. But it is done and we must now look forward and not backwards.... [more]
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The future of women's sailing in the Olympics
Liz Baylis,
WIMRA Executive Director Liz Baylis discusses the current status and future hopes for women's racing and sailing events in the Olympics and hopes for the sports continued growth.... [more]
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Next Step to Rolex teaches junior women sailors keelboat racing skills
Jake Fish,
Since being established in 1997 as an outreach program of US Sailing's Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship (Rolex IWKC), the Next Step to Rolex program has been a reliable catalyst for junior women sailors looking to broaden their sailing horizons.... [more]
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Icarus teams up with AAOT for Atlantic Cup inshore races
Atlantic Cup,
Skippers Ben Poucher and Tim Fetsch of Team Icarus, announced today that they will team up with the All-American Offshore Team (AAOT) for the inshore series in The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - Fleet unleashed on Corpus Christi
International Melges 24 Class Association,
The entry list boasts some of the very best international sportsboat teams in the world and the 2011 Melges 24 World Championship hosted by the Corpus Christi Yacht Club is noted to be one of the closest fought events in the class's history.... [more]
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Block Island Race Week - Serious competition at a hot vacation spot
Barby MacGowan,
June is just around the corner and competitors are again preparing for Block Island Race Week presented by Rolex. The regatta which has been returning biennially to one of New England's most beloved island getaways since 1965 will be held at the Storm Trysail Club.... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship applications open
Jan Harley,
US Sailing's Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship has been a constant and reliable catalyst for junior women sailors who are looking to broaden their sailing horizons.... [more]
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AC China Team – one step closer to San Francisco
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Today Thierry Barot, CEO China Team, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mark Evans, MD McConaghys International in Zhuhai, China. McConaghys will be building the AC72 for China Team to compete in AC34 in San Francisco.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: One step forward and three steps back
Carol Cronin,
Carol Cronin, US Womens Olympic Keelboat representative at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, gives her views on the recent decision by the International Sailing Federation to drop both the Men's and Women's keelboat events from the 2016 Olympics: During the International Sailing Federation's mid-year meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, Olympic sailing made one step forward. Unfortunately, it also too... [more]
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Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan ready for Olympic Trials
Amanda Clark & Sarah Lihan,
Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan share their thoughts on their 28 days of training, five days of traveling and four days spent on boat work and logistics during their road to the Olympic Trials and how they are glad to be home in Shelter, New York.... [more]
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Coast Guard Foundation honors the U.S. Coast Guard
Jennifer Crowley Fyke,
Today the Coast Guard Foundation announced its Annual Pacific Northwest Awards Dinner paying tribute to the U.S. Coast Guard.... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series - 47 and no signs of slowing
Barby MacGowan,
With San Francisco receiving extra attention from sailing fans courtesy of the America's Cup, it comes as no surprise that the Bay will be bustling with additional activity this fall when the 2011 Rolex Big Boat Series gets underway.... [more]
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