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Mistrals and Flipping Cats—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

When it comes to jaw-on-the-deck hardware, it's hard to beat the annual Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo. Yesterday's racing had to be cancelled due to a strong mistral wind howling through the rigging, and forecasts are calling for more of the same for the next few days, with things calming down by the weekend. 'We have a Mistral arriving from France, which is curling down the mountains in a Venturi effect between Sardinia and Corsica,' said Mike Broughton, navigator aboard Whisper. 'It keeps on pumping between the two islands, so we've got winds in the high-twenty/low-thirty knot [range] out there. It is on the edge and a little on the wrong side.'

Things aren't looking much better for the next few days. 'Often you have days when the wind stays between 20-25 and it makes for tricky but very enjoyable racing,' said Nacho Postigo, the navigator aboard Open Season. 'But days like today when wind conditions are well above 25 knots makes for extreme and dangerous sailing, considering size of the boats. The difference of just three knots can be really big.' Hopefully the wind gods will relent, letting the big dogs run. Racing wraps up on Saturday, so stay tuned.

05/098/2011 - Plymouth (UK) - 34th America's Cup - AC World Series - Plymouth 2011 - Monday Training  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com - copyright

Meanwhile, in Cup circles, Green Comm Racing has become the latest victim of vanishing stability and the newest member of the 'capsize club', an inevitable badge of honor that all teams will eventually receive aboard their AC45s, and probably their AC72s, as well. 'This incident didn't come as a surprise,' said Vasilij Zbogar, Green Comm's helmsman. 'Conditions were fresh with a southwesterly breeze between 20 and 25 knots, gusting at 30 knots, and we were pushing the boat to her limits throughout the day.' Thankfully, no one was hurt and there was only minor damage to the wing. Check out the full report, as well as the video, in this issue.

The Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 starts on September 25  .. .

Also inside, read about Emirates Team New Zealand's trip to London in their new VO70, learn how the Canada's Cup was won and check out the latest on the Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50, which kicks off on September 25.

32nd Annual Museum of Yachting Classic Regatta 2011  George Bekris

And finally, be sure to scroll through George Berkins' image galleries from the 32nd Annual Museum of Yachting Classic Regatta. Enjoy.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup images from photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - New points system explained
World Match Racing Tour,
Argo Group Gold Cup - As the World Match Racing Tour heads into the penultimate event the race to become ISAF Match Racing World Champion is as competitive as ever. Following the cancellation of the 2011 Danish Open, a points system has been incorporated to award points for that event which could yet add a twist to the season.... [more]
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ISAF Match Race Rankings – Williams and Tunnicliffe top list
ISAF,
ISAF Match Race Rankings – Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) has moved to the top of the Women's Match Race Rankings for the first time whilst Ian Williams (GBR) maintained top spot in the Open Match Race Rankings. The American broke into the top ten in the Women's Rankings in December 2009 and has steadily worked her way up to take top spot.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Loick Peyron on Energy Team
Energy Team,
Loïck Peyron and the crew of Energy Team have been training since last Thursday in Plymouth Sound, which is famous for hosting the start of the transatlantic race. The French challenger has been through five busy days of training in conditions that have often been quite rough.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Hatches battened in Plymouth - Video
ACM,
On a wet and windy Tuesday, Principal Race Officer John Craig talks about the race course area and his plans for the racing in Plymouth, England, for the second round of the America's Cup World Series, which starts on Saturday.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper on the Thames - Video
Camper Media,
With two months to go until the start of the Volvo Ocean Race Camper's entry made a dramatic arrival in Europe when she sailed up the River Thames and through Tower Bridge, one of London's most iconic landmarks. The event was also a symbolic return to London for the Spanish footwear company as 134 years previously the grandfather of the current Camper President sailed up the River Thames... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Auckland Stopover News 3 - See the Volvo Trophy
VOR Auckland Stopover,
NZ sailing fans have a rare chance to see the new Volvo Ocean Race trophy as it goes on display at the Auckland International Boat Show in the Viaduct Harbour from 15-18 September. Visitors to the Show will be able to view the magnificent Race trophy on display with the Volvo Penta IPS marine diesel range on the Volpower NZ Ltd (Volvo Power) stand.... [more]
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Star European Championship day 3 racing abandoned
Sonja Lee,
Star European Championship - High winds once again dictated the racing on the third day of the series that has had two races out of the original programme completed. The overnight offshore gale eased slightly during the morning and a two-hour postponement by principal race officer David Lovegrove offered some hope of racing for the 27 crews waiting at the nearby Royal St. George YC.... [more]
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Farr 30 Pre-Worlds day 2 - Victory to Demourkas
Farr 30 Class Association,
Farr 30 Pre-Worlds - John Demourkas went against an age-old superstition today as he locked down the Farr 30 Pre-Worlds fleet to take an eight-point victory in the four-race regatta. 'We had a long talk last night between the two boats about the supposed bad luck that a Pre-Worlds win brings to Worlds competitors' said Groovederci tactician Scott Nixon.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - New skipper for De Lage Landen
Heather Ewing,
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will witness British yachtsman Stuart Jackson take over as skipper of the De Lage Landen yacht which is currently in Rio de Janeiro at the end of the first leg from the UK. Stuart, a 35-year-old Scot, who was born in Dubai and lives in Southampton, UK, has an impressive ocean racing pedigree... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit heads to Barcelona
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Conde de Godó Trophy - Barcelona looks set to witness the closest finish to the Audi MedCup Circuit for four years when the TP52's of the 52 Series shoot out for the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit title. Quantum Racing, skippered by America's Cup winner Ed Baird (USA), need a solid final regatta if they are to hold off the advances of Italy's Audi Azzurra Sailing Team... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup day 1 – Mistral conditions in Porto Cervo
Giles Pearman,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - During yesterday's Skippers' Briefing, Claus-Peter Offen, President of the International Maxi Association and owner of the 100-ft Wally Y3K (GER), jested about the possibility of the wind being too strong during the first day of scheduled racing. Rather than a whimsy, it proved to be a sharp prediction.... [more]
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More images of 32nd Annual Museum of Yachting Classic Regatta 2011
George Bekris,
Top East Coast yachting photographer, George Bekris provides a second gallery of images from the 32nd Annual Museum of Yachting Classic Regatta 2011... [more]
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Images of 32nd Annual Museum of Yachting Classic Regatta 2011
George Bekris,
Top East Coast yachting photographer, George Bekris provides these images from the 32nd Annual Museum of Yachting Classic Regatta 2011... [more]
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America's Cup: Green Comm Racing capsizes in 20kts at Plymouth + Video
America's Cup media,
Green Comm Racing has become the latest member of the 'AC45 capsize club'. As Vasilij Zbogar, helmsman, stated, 'this incident didn't come as a surprise. Conditions were fresh with a southwesterly breeze between 20 and 25 knots, gusting at 30 knots, and we were pushing the boat to her limits throughout the day.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper does sail-by of historic London Bridge
Sail-World,
Camper, Emirates Team New Zealand entry in the Volvo Ocean Race has marked its arrival in Europe with a sail-by of London's historic Tower Bridge. The trip up the Thames and sail through of Tower Bridge by the Volvo 70 yacht continues a tradition began by earlier Kiwi entries in the Volvo Ocean Race, and its predecessor the Whitbread Round the World Race... [more]
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Star European Championship day 2 - Italians lead
Star European Championship media,
On Sunday a lull allowed two races to be sailed today (Monday 5th September) that saw Italians Diego Negri and Enrico Voltolini deliver two consistent results of a race win and a second place in the 27-boat fleet from 17 nations.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup preview – A dramatic week of action expected
Giles Pearman,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – The 47 crews from 12 countries and territories present at the event are keeping a close eye on the weather forecast ahead of tomorrow's scheduled start to this eye-catching regatta. The outlook is lively. After a potent and contrasting cocktail of thunderstorms and benign winds was served over the weekend, predictions are for gusts of up to 30-35 knots for tomorrow... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - A challenging week ahead
Jill Campbell,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - The quays of Porto Cervo marina are bustling with the owners, sailors, technicians and supporters of the 45 maxi yachts gathered in Porto Cervo for the event, which will also include the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship. Over the past few days boats have been measured and weighed and registration procedures completed... [more]
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Zoke Kiwi Match Win USA Grand Slam
Logan Fraser,
Back to back regatta wins at the Knickerbocker Cup and Oakcliff Invitational, as well as two second place finishes at the Detroit Cup and Chicago Match Cup mean that Zoke Kiwi Match take out the USA Grand Slam series in dominating fashion.... [more]
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Ben Ainslie joins Oman Air for Extreme Sailing Series
Sail-World,
Ainslie is Britain's most successful Olympic sailor ever and will replace Frenchman Sidney Gavignet. Ainslie has spent an intense 10 months competing in his Finn Olympic dinghy where he is trying to gain selection to the 2012 Olympics to defend his current Olympic title and he is looking forward to the shift to multihull sailing.... [more]
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The Canada's Cup trophy returns to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club
Mary Devries,
The hotly contested Canada's Cup match race sailing competition concluded today with Team Vincere of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club of Toronto, Canada, winning by an overall score of five wins and three losses over Team Heritage of Macatawa Bay Yacht Club of Holland, Michigan. The Canada's Cup trophy returns to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club awaiting a future challenge from US sailors.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Daily Video Updates from Plymouth
America's Cup Media,
America's Cup World Series are producing a daily update of the Plymouth event which gets underway on 10 September. Here we feature the daily updates from the past three days... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: New European venue named for May 2012
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup World Series event managers have today named the Italian port of Venice, Italy as a stop on the ACWS tour. The Venice regatta will take place on May 17-20 2012, with match and fleeting racing championships as well as the overall winner-take-all title.... [more]
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Oakcliff Grade 2 Invitational - Jury in control
Jacon Mayer,
Jury was going to be hard to catch for Will Tiller and Full Metal Jacket racing. Then, at the Knickerbocker Cup last week in Manhasset Bay, which was also sailed in the Oakcliff Swedish Match 40s, Jury didn't drop a single race.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 6 - World Series, Plymouth
ACM,
America's Cup Uncovered Episode 6 begins where the 34th America's Cup will end - in San Francisco. Join America's Cup Race Management CEO and Regatta Director Iain Murray as he flies high over the City and the racing area for the 2013 events. Then it's onto Plymouth, where the locals share their excitement for the AC World Series Plymouth which begins September 10 and much more...... [more]
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America's Cup: This week in the Cup No.7
America's Cup Media,
America's Cup newsletter for 3 September 2011 - covering the build up to Round 2 of the America's Cup World series in Plymouth, next week.... [more]
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