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11 Jan 2012

Meet Ben Ainslie Racing—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Ben Ainslie, four time Olympic medallist pictured with Russell Coutts, head of Oracle Racing and current holder of the Americas Cup.
Shown here in central London as he launches "Ben Ainslie Racing". A new team that will compete in 2012 Americas Cup World Series.
Credit: Lloyd Images / Ben Ainslie Racing  Ben Ainslie Racing
For Americas Cup and One Design fans, yesterday's news conference delivered a nice surprise in the form of Ben Ainslie Racing's newly minted name on the entry list for America's Cup World Series (ACWS) events, starting this September.

Ainslie, one of the most decorated Olympic sailors of all time (despite a poor-form meltdown last month at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships) was actually paid money to stand down from other AC34 teams by Oracle Racing.

Now, as he transitions from his 2012 Olympic bid in the Finn class, Ainslie can expect to be given the keys to some pretty exotic sailing hardware, namely his own AC45, as well as some helm sessions on Oracle Racing's soon-to-be AC72 wingsail-powered catamaran.

While Ben Ainslie Racing will be underwritten/funded by Oracle Racing, Sir Ben's team will operate under the colors of the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club and will only participate in ACWS events—not the Cup itself. 'I would certainly rather that he was working with us, rather than sailing against us in this America's Cup,' admitted Oracle Racing's CEO, Russell Coutts. 'We get the use of his sailing ability in the AC72 program, and Ben gets to use that knowledge in the future.'

Tennis Commentator, Annabel Croft with Russell Coutts and Ben Ainslie on stage at the London Boat Show.  

For Sir Ben, it sounds as though the time has come to answer the siren's song known as the America's Cup.

Stay tuned for more Ben Ainslie Racing news as it breaks, and be sure to get the full media blitz, including Richard Gladwell's take on the rather strange deal, inside.

Team Sanya during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Andres Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo Ocean Race

In Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) circles, the fleet is madly preparing and practicing for this weekend's in-port racing, to be followed soon thereafter by the start of Leg Three, which will take the fleet from Abu Dhabi to Sanya, China. For Team Sanya, the first-ever Chinese-flagged entry in the VOR, the pressure is on as the team still has the little matter of logistics to shoot, following a rigging failure last month. 'Right now, we are looking at no more than four full days before we restart and head for China,' said Team Sanya's Media Crew Member, Andrés Soriano. 'Needless to say we have quite a bit on in a short period of time, and we are working hard to tick little jobs off when we can during this journey.' Get the full VOR scoop, inside.

We've been following the A Class Cats over the last week in detail with five America's Cup sailors at the Australian titles. Today we have some detail from Glenn Ashby on why it pays to trapeze downwind. (Don;t be surprized to see Big Ben in the A Cats next year.. )

And finally, get the latest reports from the IFDS Worlds and the Clipper Around the World Race, and also be sure to read about the latest changes to the Bayview Mackinac Race.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Gladwell's Line: Ainslie Racing plans novel approach to America's cup
Richard Gladwell,
Reports in an English newspaper reveal that Ben Ainslie will announce in a few hours, a team to be backed by the America's Defender's Patron, software billionaire, Larry Ellison. The team will be unsponsored with Ellison as its Patron. The team will be entered under the burgee of a British yacht club. The team plan to compete in the America's Cup World Series from September 2012... [more]
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America's Cup: Ainslie launches hybrid Challenge at London Boat Show
Stuart Alexander,
Top international yachting correspondent, Stuart Alexander, writing in the The Independent (UK) takes a look behind the newly announced Ben Ainslie Racing team pitched at the America's Cup World Series. The new team will sail under the burgee of an English yacht club, but will enjoy the patronage of the US Defence team.... [more]
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America's Cup: Olympic sailor Ben Ainslie launches AC campaign + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Four times Olympic medalist, Ben Ainslie (GBR) today announced the formation of Ben Ainslie Racing, which will compete in the America's Cup World Series from September 2012. No sailing team members were announced at the media conference staged at the London Boat Show, however the management team will be headed by Grant Simmer, formerly with Ainslie at the previous British America's Cup entity,... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Crews practice
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet resume racing with the Abu Dhabi Pro-Am Race on January 12, followed by the Etihad Airways In-Port Race on January 13 and the start of the first stage of Leg 3 to Sanya, China on January 14.... [more]
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Downwind trapezing on the A Class Cat - The Drum
Sail-World.com,
The new boats don't seem to pay a huge penalty if you trapeze. With the curve boards the faster you go the more they lift so the more the boat unweights. You are sailing faster but because the boat has got slightly less wetted surface area your apparent (wind angle) goes forward and you end up sailing in roughly the same depth as what you do when you are sitting in, or very close to it anyway.... [more]
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Club Nautico de San Juan International Regatta set for Feb 3-5, 2012
Carol Bareuther,
Hot competition, superb sailing conditions and great fun on and off the water is what you'll experience at the 11th Club Nautico de San Juan's International Regatta (CNSJIR), set for February 3 to 5, 2012.... [more]
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Sail-World Facebook format - Have your Say!!
The Sail-World Team,
Sail-World.com is the largest sailing news network in the world. Around the world each day on www.Sail-World.com, we publish up to fifty stories; but, because the site uses geo-location, (meaning that it knows where you are), we only deliver U.S. interest stories to U.S. based audiences and UK interest stories to UK readers for example and as such, most of us only see about 20 new stories each day... [more]
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IFDS World Championships - First US Paralympic Team selection event
Dana Paxton,
IFDS World Championships - US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics is in Florida competing in the regatta, which serves as the first of two U.S. selection events for the US Paralympic Team – Sailing, will see over 100 of the world's top Paralympic sailors from 20 countries competing. The second, and final, selection event is US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR, 23rd to 28th January, in Miami, Fla.... [more]
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Bayview Mackinac Race announce changes
Commodore Gregory I Thomas,
Bayview Mackinac Race - This year we will offer five Divisions: Cove Island Racing; Shore Course Racing; Shore Course Cruising; Multi-Hull; and Double-Handed. All competitors will be handicapped using PHRF, and you will be required to have a valid, DRYA issued PHRF certificate.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Derry-Londonderry maintains lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The last 24 hours have seen new tactics being applied in the race. While Derry-Londonderry is still leading the race, Gold Coast Australia's decision to take a more northerly route has seen them jump up the leader board from sixth to second position.... [more]
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Sailing World Champions book tickets to London Olympics 2012
Mike Tancred,
In a year of sporting ups and downs, it was Australia's sailors that provided a shining light at the end of 2011, taking an impressive three gold medals at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. The newly crowned World Champions are some of the athletes selected today by the Australian Olympic Committee to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]
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Rena Disaster: Stern section of Rena sinks + Video
Sail-World and Maritime NZ,
Maritime NZ are reporting this morning that the 130metre stern section of the MV Rena is reported to be slipping off the Astrolabe Reef. They have previously stated that if this happens they expect the section to sink, which at the mid-morning report seems to be happening, and more debris and containers will be released. Latest reports, video and images will be included as they come to hand... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya anticipates a Leg 3 homecoming
Volvo Ocean Race,
Five of the Volvo Ocean Race teams are ramping up their preparation for this weekend's resumption of racing in Abu Dhabi whilst Team Sanya have rapidly settled back into the groove of life at sea and are making good progress towards the finish of the first stage of Leg 2.... [more]
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Camper poised to pounce in the Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand crew will enter this weekend's Etihad Airways In-Port Race and Leg 3 start only eight points off the overall lead. The team will be poised to pounce and snap up any opportunity to close the gap on the race leaders Team Telefonica, skippered by Spanish double Olympic medallist, Iker Martinez.... [more]
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2012 Budget Marine Match Racing Cup - Holmberg seeks third title
Michele Korteweg,
Peter Holmberg is a Virgin Islands sailing legend and the only Caribbean sailor to win both an Olympic Medal and the prestigious America's Cup. Holmberg is now set to return to one of his favorite sailing venues next month to contest the fourth running of the Budget Marine Match Racing Cup.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Derry-Londonderry takes lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Another day – another leader. The last 24 hours have seen the fleet move even closer, with Derry-Londonderry taking prime position. 'After a fantastic last 24 hours of racing the crew of Derry-Londonderry are delighted to have moved up into first position,' skipper Mark Light triumphantly reports to the Race Office in his 0600 report.... [more]
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Two Gates Pursuit Race 2012
Rick Roberts,
Temptress took first place Sunday in the 2012 Two Gates Pursuit Race hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club. A pursuit race is where all boats race each other based on their PHRF handicap rating... but in a reverse start.... [more]
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27th Rose Bowl Regatta Day 2
Rich Roberts,
After Day 1 Navy led Stanford by only two points in the 27-boat fleet but stretched that to nine, 61 to 72, at the end with solid, steady sailing.... [more]
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