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ETNZ Takes Cascais—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Emirates Team NZ - day 7 Cascais, Portugal  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com

The first America's Cup World Series (ACWS) event wrapped up this weekend in Cascais, Portugal, with some exciting racing taking place both days. Saturday was James Spithill's day to shine. Spithill, the skipper of one of Oracle Racing's two AC45 catamarans, swept Emirates Team New Zealand (ENTZ) in a head-to-head match race. Spithill's team also recorded a win against Artemis Racing after the Challenger of Record was forced to withdraw due to gear failure.

Sunday proved to be a different tale during the 'winner-takes-all' fleet race. Spithill again nailed the start, but managed to sail into softer pressure than both ENTZ and Artemis, both of whom crossed the line before Spithill, who was joined by his boss, Oracle Racing's owner, Larry Ellison. 'For us it was fantastic,' Dean Barker, ENTZ skipper. 'It was always going to be a very difficult race, as the breeze never really established. There were big ‘holes' in the race course, so it was about being at the right place at the right time.'

Similarly, Artemis was pleased with their performance. 'The guys did an awesome job to battle us up into the race,' said Hutchinson. 'It's probably the best we've gone in the entire regatta. It's a very good finish for Artemis.'

While the Defender obviously wanted to win, Ellison put it well himself: 'We had a great start but both Artemis and Team New Zealand managed to pass us and that's what these boats are all about,' he said. 'It makes the sailing much more exciting; it's not a matter of you win the start, you win the race. So it's just what we hoped for when we decided on multihulls for the next America's Cup...'

The Spanish-flagged Green Comm, skippered by Vasilij Žbogar, takes the award for the most-improved team. Green Comm debuted in Cascais with a not-so-stunning DFL, only to realize massive improvement during the rest of the event. A glance at the final results puts Žbogar and company in fourth place, immediately astern of ENTZ, Artemis and the Defender's two boats, helmed by James Spithill and Russell Coutts, respectively. Talk about a great showing and impressive company!

The next ACWS event unfurls in Plymouth, UK, starting September 10th and continuing through the 18th. After that, West Coast Cup junkies will have a chance to see the boats racing in San Diego in November. In the meantime, be sure to check out all the great ACWS media, in this issue.

The fleet at the Solent - Rolex Fasnet Race 2011  © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

In offshore news, the Rolex Fastnet Race kicked off this weekend, with some seriously hot boats in contention. The maxi-trimaran Banque Populaire, the longstanding super-maxi rivals Leopard and Rambler 100, and a the trifurcate of Volvo Open 70s (Groupama, Team Sanya and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing ) made up the flashiest hardware, but with a record-breaking 314 starters, the starting line was a hot place to be. Read the full story, inside, and stay tuned for more from the Fastnet, as it becomes known.

Left: (Front) Mark Strube and George Szabo celebrate after the Star medal race - Semaine Olympique Francais 2011  USSTAG

Also inside, be sure to read about the Chicago Match Race Center's storm-tossed Grade 2 Invitational, the Laser Master's, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the Solitaire du Figaro, and the wrap-up from the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, where, it should be noted with pride, American Paige Railey earned a third-place finish in the Laser Radials.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



America's Cup World Series: Full replay of Race Day 7 now available
Richard Gladwell,
Full replay coverage is now available of the seventh 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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Gryphon Solo 2 takes on the Rolex Fastnet Race
Joe Harris,
The Rolex Fastnet Race is now underway. GryphoSolo2's skipper Joe Harris reports from Cowes on the team and the race course that lies before them. Your roving yachting reporter is coming to you live from Cowes England as we prepare for the start of the famed Fastnet race. The Fastnet is Britain's oldest and most prestigious sailing race and is one of offshore sailing's 'big four'... [more]
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Snipe Senior Worlds - Brazilians make their mark
Jerelyn Biehl,
At the Snipe Senior Worlds that finished Saturday in Rungsted, Denmark, the Brazilian sailors made their mark by securing all three podium places. In a great show of sailing and sportsmanship, eventual winner Alexandre Tinoco and Gabriel Borges did not sail the last race and cheered on their fellow sailors and countrymen on the sidelines... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro leg 3 a game of roulette?
Sail-World.com,
46 skippers started the third leg of the Solitaire du Figaro. Sunny, warm, pleasant conditions soon gave way to rainstorms, wind gusts and light airs - a roulette game for fleet. The first three boats to reach the Radio France mark were Fabien Delahaye (Port de Caen Ouistreham), Vincent Biarnes (Prati'Bûches) and Jeanne Grégoire (Banque Populaire).... [more]
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Fisher's View: Cascais - The finale – devil take the hindmost
Bob Fisher,
And so to the so-called Super Sunday . . and the opportunity for Jimmy Spithill to demonstrate to the boss, Larry Ellison, how it should be done. Larry claimed the sixth man spot and Jimmy appeared to be ready to present the dainty dish to set before the king with a classic, well-timed run into the start... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ claims the first AC World Series with a dramatic win
ACM,
Emirates Team New Zealand made an incredible recovery during the ‘winner takes all' fleet race on Sunday to win the America's Cup World Series Cascais, the first event of a new global series leading up to San Francisco in 2013. With nine boats on the start line, the competition was close, and with a tricky, patchy race course area, there were passing lanes throughout the day. ORACLE Racing Spi... [more]
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Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championship get underway
Thomas Capitani,
The Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championship taking place in Aarhus, Denmark is just getting underway; Saturday and Sunday will witness the measurement of the one-hundred cats and first practices will take place in advance of the five days of World Championship races, with the finals being raced on Friday 19th August.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet race gets off to a classic start - but one dismasting
Sail-World,
The record-sized Rolex Fastnet Race fleet set sail from Cowes in classic conditions – a beat westward up the Solent in a building west-southwesterly and sunshine, but with an ominous looking cloud line over the mainland. In the end there were 314 starters, the largest fleet ever to start the Rolex Fastnet Race following the previous record of 303 in 1979.... [more]
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PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup event summary
PWA,
The PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup has come to a close in Alacati, Turkey. We now share with you a rundown of all the action that took place amid supreme conditions that blessed the beautiful bay of Alacati for six days of slick slalom sailing allowing eleven dramatic eliminations to be completed and two world titles to be awarded.... [more]
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AC World Series - Oracle Racing finishes third with founder onboard
Tim Jeffery,
The America's Cup World Series has come to a close in Cascais, Portugal with the completion of a final fleet race. Oracle Racing finished with a third and fourth on Sunday with their team founder Larry Ellison onboard. After yesterday's victory in the match racing championship, skipper James Spithill appeared poised to capture the event championship as well.... [more]
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The sun shone on Chester
CRW Official Press,
The final day of racing at the Chester Race Week was blessed with sunny skies, warm temperatures and fair winds. Around the Chester Yacht Club the refrain 'for yacht racing, it doesn't get any better than this'. Andreas Josenhans generously gave of his time and significant yacht racing experience by running seminars each morning for the racers.... [more]
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Laser Masters World Championship - A nail biter to the very end
Paige Brooks,
Laser Masters World Championship - San Francisco Bay's trademark current and wild wind made a final appearance for the conclusion of the event. Competitors put on their warm gear and hopped into their boats one last time Saturday morning in preparation for the day's races.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Rolex Fastnet Race start images by Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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Three Volvo Ocean race entries to compete in the Rolex Fastnet Race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
With three Volvo Ocean race entries competing in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race, the Volvo Ocean Race has posted a series of videos relating to the three entries - Groupama, Team Sanya and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. This is the first time that VOR70's have lined up against each other.... [more]
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A variety of wind and weather conditions challenge Chester Race Week
Katie Nicoll,
The best sailors make the fewest mistakes and can adapt quickly to changing conditions. That is the name of the game this year to win Chester Race Week. 147 boats from around the Maritimes competed in the four day event at Chester Race Week with wind and weather challenges.... [more]
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Chicago Match Race Center Grade 2 Invitational day 2 + Video
Chicago Match Race Center,
Chicago Match Race Center Grade 2 Invitational at Navy Pier was halted as storms provided testy conditions for sailors. A storm cell blew in from the northwest and race officials made the call to abandon in the middle of Flight 4 of the second Round Robin. Officials rafted boats in the middle of the race course and rushed the sailors into the 70 foot Chicago Match Race Center houseboat... [more]
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Cal 20 Champs Cal 20 Championships day 1
Rich Roberts,
The 50th Cal 20 Class Championship is hosted by the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. One everyone agreed on was that Saturday was tough racing. The warm wind started at eight knots but stayed south and never built into the double figures of typical Long Beach sea breeze as it did in Friday's qualifying rounds.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Full replay of Race Day 6 now available
Richard Gladwell,
Full replay coverage is now available of the sixth 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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Fisher's View: Cascais - A Box of Matches on the penultimate day
Bob Fisher,
It is a day when the amount of confusing material has been reduced to a minimum. We members of the media were addressed only by the ACRM supremo, Iain Murray, and with the 'big fella' there is no room for anything but straight talking, none of the confusion of marketing-speak.... [more]
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America's Cup: James Spithill crowned first match race champion
Oracle Racing,
In a pair of thrilling match races that featured four lead changes, skipper James Spithill and his impressive ORACLE Racing Spithill crew won the America's Cup World Series Cascais Match Racing Championship. The US America's Cup Defender won the match racing phase of the regatta with a 2-0 defeat of Dean Barker's Emirates Team New Zealand.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Alacati Turkey - World titles to Dunkerbeck and Offringa
Ed Sinclair,
With the pressure still on, Dunkerbeck shone through the initial races of the day, sailing a slick set of heats to earn his position in the winners' final. Having won five races in Alacati, Dunkerbeck secured a significant lead that could not be matched therefore granting him the event win prior to the finish of the competition.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing pull off Match Racing Final upset
ACM,
James Spithill and his Oracle Racing crew reversed Emirates Team NZ's run of form to win the Cascais AC Match Race Championship, as the AC World Series Cascais entered its final weekend of racing.... [more]
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Olympic Test Event final day – US Team medal races
Dana Paxton,
Olympic Test Event - On the final day the US Team took to the spectator-friendly Nothe Course for the medal races. In the Star medal race Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih finished in seventh for an overall 10th. That race was followed by the Finn medal race in which Zach Railey finished in ninth for an overall ninth place.... [more]
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Chester Race Week - Great conditions for Racing
CRW Official Press,
The participants in Chester Race Week were treated to superb yacht racing conditions in Mahone Bay today. All twelve classes got in a full afternoon of up to three races. The winds were light to start and so the committee boats moved the start lines to locations where the spotters told them to expect the winds. At about 12:30pm the breezes picked up and the races started with ideal conditions.... [more]
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Chicago Match Race Center Grade 2 Invitational day 1 + Video
Chicago Match Race Center,
Chicago Match Race Center Grade 2 Invitational kicked off with stadium sailing at Navy Pier today. 'We're pretty stoked that the Windy City is actually windy,' smiled New Zealander, Will Tiller. Tiller sits at the top of the rankings on the first day of the Invitational. Variable conditions this morning gave way to a southerly breeze of 15 knots with gusts up to 20.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta–Medal Races 49er and Star
International Sailing Federation,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen clinched the 49er gold medal on the final day of the Olympic Test Event following a fantastic medal race on the Nothe course. Iker Martinez and Xabier Hernandez led the Australians by four points before the Medal Race meaning that for the Australians to win they had to finish ahead of the Spaniards by two places... [more]
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Cal 20 Class Championship – Kevin Ives leads the fleet
Rich Roberts,
Cal 20 Class Championship - Keith Ives won two of his three races Friday to lead the qualification round followed by a flock of former class champions in the next several places. Did he feel the heat? Ives laughed and said, 'Once you get out in front it's easy.'... [more]
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49er Youth World Championship final
Jerelyn Biehl,
Thirty-seven teams representing fourteen nations competed in the first edition of the 49er Youth Worlds. Eventual Youth World winners Niels Gormsen and Anders Thomsen (DEN) sailed a fantastic series of 12 races with all races in the top ten with their discard a black flag penalty.... [more]
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Laser Masters Worlds - Great rides and catch ups
Paige Brooks,
San Francisco Bay delivered again today with big wind and waves in the second to last day of the Laser Masters Worlds. In the Grand Masters Standard Rig, the leads have been switching daily. The Standard Masters and Standard Apprentice Masters had an upwind leg today that started near Alcatraz and went upwind with the ebb current to the Golden Gate Bridge.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Full replay of Race Day 5 now available
Richard Gladwell,
Full replay coverage is now available of the fifth 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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Snipe Worlds - Tensions rise
Snipe Worlds,
On the penultimate day of racing at the 2011 Snipe Class World Championships tempers were beginning to fray a little. With a very full wind and level seas the fleet would have been confident of completing the planned three races without too much fuss.... [more]
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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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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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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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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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America's Cup: Watch the World Series live on Sail-World
Richard Gladwell,
Follow Day 6 of the America's Cup World Series live on Sail-World - racing gets underway at 1410hrs local time in Cascais, Portugal. At 1140 - Iain Murray, Regatta Director: 'We're starting on time today. The forecast is for 10 knots building to 15 knots by the end of the afternoon.'... [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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ICSA All-Academic Sailing Team 2011 nominations sought
ICSA All - Academic Committee,
The ICSA All-Academic Sailing Team recognizes those scholar athletes who have distinguished themselves in national and intersectional competition, while achieving the highest levels of academic excellence. Each year, up to 10 scholar athletes are selected for the National First Team, with up to another 10 selected for the National Second Team.... [more]
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