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Kiwi's Crush At Cascais—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Starting clean in the second fleet race of day four of the America's Cup World Series in Cascais, Portugal. 11/8/2011  Chris Cameron/ETNZ

If you've been wondering what team is the fastest afloat in the new AC45 class, the answer is obvious. Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) continues to dominate the field at the America's Cup World Series (ACWS) Cascais, Portugal event, sailing superbly in the fleet racing and beating Artemis in yesterday's match-racing event. 'It's very satisfying for us to feel like we are really improving and starting to get more and more to grips with the multihulls,' said Dean Barker, ETNZ skipper. Sudden-death racing starts this weekend, so stay tuned for more from Cascais, as it becomes known. Also, be sure to check out all of the ACWS coverage, including video interviews with Mr. Barker, as well as Terry Hutchinson, skipper of Artemis Racing, in this issue.

Meanwhile, at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, heavy winds forced most sailors to stay ashore yesterday. Star sailors were some of the few to get in any racing, and American Star-class reps Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih didn't disappoint. The team scored a tenth and fifth to hold onto eighth-place overall. Racing resumes today in Stars and Finns, with both classes medals races taking place on Saturday. Check out the full report, as well as video interviews with US SAILING Team AlphaGraphic Laser Radial rep Paige Railey, inside.

Midwest-based match-racing fans take note: The Chicago Match Racing Center is holding their Grade 2 Invitational in front of Navy Pier, starting today and running through Saturday. Big-name sailors include Anna Tunnicliffe, Bill Hardesty and Taylor Canfield (USVI). Ten international teams will be mixing it up in front of thousands of spectators, so count on the gamesmanship to be intense. Holding this event in front of Navy Pier represents an important evolution for this regatta, and it's also proof positive that match racing's popularity is on the rise in the States. If you're near the Windy City, be sure to check out the scene at Navy Pier—otherwise, stay tuned to the site for more, as it becomes known.

Opening day action - Cork Week 2010  © Ingrid Abery

And finally, check out the regatta reports from Cowes Race Week, the latest on Mike Sanderson's Team Sanya (a last-minute Volvo Ocean Race entry with an impressive pedigree), the latest from the Snipe Worlds, as well as Ingrid Abery's image gallery from the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Chubb U.S. Junior Championships winners crowned
Jake Fish,
The Chubb U.S. Junior Championships 2011 have come to a close with three champions being crowned at Toms River capping. The championship is a US Sailing event that celebrates top youth sailors from around the country.... [more]
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AC World Series - Artemis Racing perseveres under pressure
Artemis Racing - Images by Sander van der Borsch,
At the America's Cup World Series in Cascais, Portugal, the weather conditions were perfect and allowed for three fleet races, followed by three match races to be completed. Artemis Racing was in good form on the race course with second place finishes in the first two races, followed by a fourth in the final fleet race.... [more]
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PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup Day 5 - Inching closer to the title
PWA,
The PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup currently taking place in Alacati, Turkey has reached its fifth day of competition. The day in Alacati has been a nervous one for Dunkerbeck as he inches closer to the world title with Sarah-Quita Offringa sticking two more bullets in the bag.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 drama filled six days
Extreme Sailing Series,
The Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 has come to the end of a week filled with big winds and high adrenalin action at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week. The six day racing extravaganza delivered some of the closest and intense ‘Stadium Racing' the circuit has ever seen - in front of the biggest crowds ever recorded for the event.... [more]
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U.S. Youth Sailing Championships preview
Jake Fish,
The U.S. Youth Sailing Championships will welcome the top young sailors from around the country to Newport, R.I. next week to compete in championship event. Two singlehanded fleets in Lasers and Laser Radials and two doublehanded fleets in Club 420s and 29ers will race on Narragansett Bay, beginning on Monday, August 15 through Thursday, August 18.... [more]
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America's Cup: Top six qualify for Match Race Championship
ACM,
Six teams have qualified for the America's Cup World Series Match Race Championship on Saturday, following a day of close, compelling competition on the waters off Cascais, Portugal. On Friday, James Spithill and his ORACLE Racing crew won all three fleet races, but their good work was undone in the ‘all or nothing' match race for first place, when Emirates Team New Zealand made a pass on the s... [more]
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Cowes Week - Surprise victories on day 7
Rupert Holmes,
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week has reached its seventh day of racing which presented a more gentle day than those earlier in the week. The day's racing got underway with bright sun and a gentle breeze that built to 15-18 knots. The day also saw incredibly tight racing across dozens of classes and a surprise early winner in the XOD class.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Cascais - Friday's media child is not forgiving
Bob Fisher,
In poetic terms, Friday's child is loving and giving, but this child of Friday is far from that. The world has been inverted. Gone is my ride with Mitch Booth and the China Team – I have been replaced by one Lili Canecas, described as a 'Portuguese Celebrity' - apparently the AC 'organisers' have first call on the position.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series heads to Newport
ACEA,
The America's Cup World Series will be heading to Newport, Rhode Island for the final stop of the 2011-12 season. The nine day AC45 professional circuit event promises to be a dramatic finish. In addition to being the first American host of the high-tech AC45 wing-sailed catamarans in 2012, Newport also has the honor of seeing the first AC World Series circuit champion crowned.... [more]
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Images of Cascais: Bob Greiser takes to the water
Bob Greiser,
Top international sailing photographer Bob Greiser, was on the water for the fifth day of racing in the first round of the America's Cup World Series, Cascais, Portugal, and provided this gallery of images from the day... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta Day 5 - Ainslie brilliant
Robert Deaves,
Ben Ainslie (GBR) produced pure brilliance on the final full racing day for Finns at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta. Not only did he win both races in confident fashion, he also dispatched his nearest rival in an audacious match racing move before the start, sealing his regatta win with a day to spare.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta Bronze for Railey
Dana Paxton,
At the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, it was ladies day for the US Team with entries in two of the day's medal races. Paige Railey won a bronze medal in Laser Radial, and Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar claimed a 470 Women's ninth overall.... [more]
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AC World Series riveting success for Oracle Racing
Tim Jeffery,
In the America's Cup World Series, a pair of riveting match races have taken place which featured Oracle Racing's two crews. The excitement of the racing action has fans and competitors alike anticipating tomorrow's final day in Cascais, Portugal for the championship.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race's first Atlantic leg underway
Zoe Williamson,
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet entered the 3,850 mile first Atlantic leg which takes them from Madeira to Rio de Janeiro at 1630 local time (1530GMT). In the strong north easterly trade winds, blowing twenty to twenty-five knots, the boats jostled for position and Geraldton Western Australia, who were early to the line had to put on the breaks to prevent themselves crossing early.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - A journey awaits
Trish Jenkins,
The Rolex Fastnet Race 2011's first starting gun will sound at 11:00 BST on August 14th from Cowes, Isle of Wight. over three hundred vessels will be competing in this edition of the race. 'The name of this great game is ocean racing, and it is also known as the king of sports.' So proclaimed Joseph Weston Martyr... [more]
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Transatlantic Race curtain call and twenty-one gun salute
Barby MacGowan,
Transatlantic Race this week enjoyed the presentation of awards at the Royal Yacht Squadron's Cowes Castle on the Isle of Wight. The cast of players have taken their final bow, and the production that was the Transatlantic Race 2011 has closed to rave reviews.... [more]
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Chester Race Week - Better weather makes for smoother sailing
CRW Official Press,
The winds abated and the seas were more comfortable today compared to yesterday's rough conditions. Light breezes backed into the south west with a few welcome sunny patches. At Chester Race Week on the opening day, Wednesday, several of the 'Classic' boats had to withdraw for fear of breaking some very old and hard to replace equipment. Today, the whole fleet were on the starting lines.... [more]
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Andreas Josenhans give tips on how to improve your boat speed at CRW
Katie Nicoll,
Every morning of Chester Race Week, Andreas Josenhans 'Holds court' with the local sailors to help them improve their sailing skills and race results. After yesterday's blow, many skippers where frustrated by their boat's lack of performance.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Cascais - Paradise Lost and maybe Regained?
Bob Fisher,
Some days one has to take a break from the pursuit of pleasure – not that I have tired of it, far from that, but I am on another promise and I await developments in that direction with acute interest. Besides, I went to the 'wrong' party in search of rides last evening... [more]
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34th America's Cup and YouTube announce Media Partnership
ACM,
America's Cup organisers have announced a new media partnership with YouTube. Combining the world-class content developed by the in-house America's Cup Television (ACTV) and Technology teams with YouTube's powerful media platform and livestreaming capabilities, the online partnership will deliver into people's homes like never before.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Full replay of Race Day 4 now available
Richard Gladwell,
Full replay coverage is now available of the fourth day of racing is now available on the YouTube America's Cup channel. Includes plenty of on board footage and audio including coverage from on board the race committee boat. Expletives have not been deleted.... [more]
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High Winds and wet weather create challenges for Chester Race Week
Katie Nicoll,
Overcast skies, wet weather, and strong winds greeted the 147 yachts on the first day of racing at Chester Yacht Club when they hit the starting lines at noon for racing. Hosted by the Chester Yacht Club, Race Week is the largest keel boat regatta in Canada.... [more]
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Laser Masters Worlds day 4 - It's not over 'til it's over
Paige Brooks,
Thirty sailors 65 years and older, make up the Great Grand Masters Fleet, and they started their first race a little later today. In the Grand Master fleet, the racing started really tight today with American sailors Bill Symes and Bruce Martinson just one point apart.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta day 10
Dana Paxton,
The Weymouth and Portland International Regatta day ten has presented yet another day of hammering winds on Weymouth Bay which disrupted plans for racing. One of the few classes to make it off the docks was the Star class, which completed two races. Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih scored a tenth and fifth to hold the overall eighth position.... [more]
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America's Cup: Kiwis rolling over the competition at Cascais
ACM,
Emirates Team New Zealand is quickly becoming the star of the show at the America's Cup World Series – Cascais, Portugal. For the second consecutive day, the New Zealanders earned maximum points, after beating Artemis Racing in a match racing duel for first place to conclude a full day of racing.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ on top - but not without drama
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand finished another good day on the water on Day 4 at Cascais with a solid match-race win over Artemis Racing (Sweden). Dean Barker, Ray Davies, Winston Macfarlane, James Dagg and Glenn Ashby, had earlier won two of the three fleet races, giving them a second straight overall win for the day.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day Six – Belle jour with Loick Peyron
Bob Fisher,
The smile is back, and full-on too. I managed to obtain my fix early in the day, and a belle jour it was too with Loick Peyron and the aptly named Energy Team. It was the first of the three fleet races with the wind still patchier than a tramp's trousers, but therein lies the skill of sailing the AC-45s.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ sets pace on Day 1 of Match Racing
ACM,
Emirates Team New Zealand is setting a torrid pace at the Cascais AC Match Race Championship, the third stage of the AC World Series competition, leading after the first day of the series. Following a two-hour postponement due to unusually light and fickle winds in Cascais, the three seeding fleet races were packed with thrills and spills, the most dramatic of which was a start line collision b... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 22 - In Cascais
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 09 August 2011 covering the racing in Cascais... [more]
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Laser Masters Worlds - San Francisco Bay breeze does not disappoint
Paige Brooks,
In the Standard Apprentice Laser Fleet, Ben Richardson from Glouster, MA has a set of scores that most sailors would be envious of - five points after six races, and his dropped race is a second.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Sustainable lunch and the next AC World Series ride
Bob Fisher,
Day 5 another lay day - America's Cup World Series - Cascais, Portugal: I attended the subsequent lunch with TVNZ's Martin Tasker and we reasoned that we were doing our bit for sustainability by eating food that might otherwise have been thrown away.... [more]
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America's Cup Emirates Team NZ calls for vote on website dispute
Warren Douglas,
Following a mediation session convened yesterday between the parties, Emirates Team New Zealand wants all challengers for the 34th America's Cup to be given a say on whether or not they should be allowed to maintain their own internet sites containing America's Cup content mirrored with the 34th America's Cup site.... [more]
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Chicago Match Race Center's Grade 2 Invitational begins August 12th
Chicago Match Race Center,
The Chicago Match Race Center will welcome stadium sailing to Navy Pier when the Grade 2 Invitational gets underway on August 12. CMRC's Grade 2 event has been upgraded considerably from last year as the stage is set for teams to compete right in front of one of Chicago's largest tourist attractions.... [more]
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