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10 May 2012

Atlantic Cup 2012 report—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

0003 - Class 40, Atlantic Cup - 17 May 2011  George Bekris
The Atlantic Cup 2012 starts Friday in Charleston, South Carolina and will take a fifteen-strong fleet of Class 40 raceboats—raced double-handed—around Cape Hatteras and up the eastern seaboard to New York City. There, the fleet will enjoy a fun day of Pro-Am racing before another offshore leg, this one to Newport, Rhode Island. A final weekend of fully crewed, around-the-cans racing in Newport (May 26 and 27) serves as the event's grand finale, and will draw crowds of onlookers.

While the casual observer will notice 15 identical-looking raceboats, the astute sailor will recognize international teams and many big names within Class 40 racing. Why? Because the 2012 Class 40 schedule involved the Solidaire du Chocolat, which took the fleet from France to Mexico, and this summer, the Transat Quebec-St. Malo race will bring the Class 40s home. In the interim, many teams are using the Atlantic Cup 2012 to tune up, and to deliver their boats to Quebec. By doing so, these sailors have provided the Atlantic Cup 2012 with some serious gravity and plenty of global attention.

Emma at the finish of the 2011 Mini Transat - Atlantic Cup  Emma Creighton

'For me, it's really cool to see my friends from the U.S. getting a taste of what it's like to hang out with the pros from France, and it's very awesome to see the pros from France realize that the American group is worth talking to,' said American co-skipper Emma Creighton, who was the third American female to have completed the Mini Transat, which she tackled in 2011. 'I am really looking forward to sailing with Rob (Windsor; USA), and to experiencing a full-on double-handed event, without having to use my passport. And I'm ready to get offshore and to hopefully getting the big gear up!'

Other skippers agree. 'The atmosphere [here] on Wednesday night at the skipper's welcome party and in general between the skippers has been excellent,' reported American co-skipper American Jesse Naimark-Rowse. 'Everyone is extremely excited about the size of this event and the fact that it's taking place in the United States—even the French! With school children visiting the boats, the media team interviewing everyone and the sailors finishing all their last-minute preparations, the energy level on the dock is high and I personally can't wait for the start!'

Initiatives at last year's Class40 Worlds - Atlantic Cup  Emma Creighton

As for the draw, each sailor has his/her own reason, but many go something kind of like this: 'I like the long distance, then sprint, then [to] change it all up, [to] take everything off the boat and [to] switch to inshore-racing mode on this hot$%^ offshore racing boat—I dig the complexity of that,' said Windsor, Creighton's co-skipper.

As for technical challenges, the skippers point to Cape Hatteras and the various currents as Leg One's business district. 'From what it looks like right now, I'd say the current [will be the biggest challenge],' reports American Ben Poucher. 'From having the experience of getting out of Charleston, going around Hatteras and getting into New York a few times before this race, I know that all of these pieces can be very challenging. As far as Leg Two, again localized current, in addition to sea breezes, and the islands, will be the challenge.'

The fact that this is a golden opportunity for American shorthanded sailing to show the world that this doesn't have to be a French-dominated sport isn't lost on the skippers. 'In my mind this event is the future of Grand Prix-level shorthanded racing in the States,' said Naimark-Rowse. 'The event organizers are doing a remarkable job with all aspects of the event. I hope to see it grow and not just make this type of sailing more popular to sailors but more popular amongst the general public.'

Ask ten people any question and you'll get ten answers, but Timmy Fetsch, Poucher's co-skipper, summed it up why this event is so cool in the most poetic terms of those queried: 'We've never had a home game before!'

Game on!

Stay tuned to the website and the newsletter for updates, as they become known.

Tom Slingsby - Laser World Championship 2012  Johannes Berg

And be sure to also check out this issue's great Volvo Ocean Race coverage, get the scoop on Australian Tom Slingsby's historic Fifth Laser World Championship, and find out the latest happenings at the 49er Worlds.

49er fleet - 49 World Championship 2012  Nikola Sisko


May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



The Atlantic Cup - All systems go!
Emma Creighton,
All System Go! American shorthanded skipper Emma Creighton tackles the Atlantic Cup 2012 with co-skipper Rob Windsor (USA). 'There's never been a race like this before in the U.S.,' reported American Emma Creighton (27) — the third American female skipper to complete the Mini Transat and one of only four female skippers competing in the Atlantic Cup... [more]
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The Atlantic Cup announces final field and plans for Friday race start
Jeff Pomeroy,
The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing, the first carbon-neutral sailing race in the United States, readies for start of three-city, 15-boat international competition. Premier sailing event features largest Class 40 Field ever in the U.S., including top teams from USA, FRA, GER and GRB in Charleston, S.C. (May 11) to New York Harbor (May 14 – 19) to Newport, R.I. (May 25 – 27) Event... [more]
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2012 College Sailing National Championship Semi-Finals set to begin
Jennifer Mitchell,
This weekend, May 12 – 13, the U.S. Naval Academy will host the Intercollegiate Sailing Association's (ICSA) National Championship Western and Eastern Semi-Finals at the Robert Crown Center. The Crown Center was dedicated in the spring of 1974 named in honor of the late Captain Robert Crown.... [more]
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Star Worlds - Light and sunny penultimate day + Video
Iasonas Georgaris,
Day six of the Star Worlds in Hyeres, France, was one of ups and downs with Scheidt scoring a fifth while Percy came in 17th. Things are still open, so stay tuned!... [more]
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Australia's Tom Slingsby takes fifth Laser world title
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailor Tom Slingsby has won the 2012 Audi Laser World Championship with a race to spare in Boltenhagen, Germany. The 2012 title was Slingsby's fifth in six years as he cements his position at the top of the Laser class in the final run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]
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Laser manufacturer acquires Byte CII single-handed dinghy
Byte Class Association,
The long time Asia-Pacific Laser manufacturer Performance Sailcraft Australasia (PSA) has, after receiving permission from ISAF, acquired the Copyright and worldwide building and marketing rights to the single handed Byte and Byte CII dinghy from its designer and builder, Canadian Ian Bruce.... [more]
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Laser builder needs to move 250+ Lasers NOW!!
PSA Media,
After a very successful ISAF Perth 2011 Laser World Championships Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA) has more than 250 Lasers for sale. PSA General Manager Chris Caldecoat said today ‘These are one event old ISAF Worlds charter boats. Boats come on dolly, with top cover, mast bag, foil bag all new rigging...ready to race. Deals to be done anywhere!!... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Brit Jack Arnell youngest sailor to compete
Robert McMillan,
In the sailing world, when you think of 14 year old children, one imagines boys and girls sailing Optimists, maybe a Laser 4/7 or a 420. Well not in the case of Jack Arnell. Arnell, at the tender age of 14, is about to compete in his first Finn Gold Cup.... [more]
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49er Worlds day 4 - Consistency in desperate times
Jerelyn Biehl,
On day four of the 49er Worlds, Australian's Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen stayed cool and remained consistent despite some desperate times. Having a few World Championships under your belt might help and it seems the boys from down under called upon their patience during some tricky conditions and were able to recover enough from some deep roundings to sail through the fleet and remain atop t... [more]
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PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup - Intense marathon action on day 6
PWA World Tour,
Day six of the PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup was an intense day of racing, as competitors and race officials grinded out a marathon ten-hour day on the water, which saw the two and a half eliminations completed. By the end of racing this evening there was a new kid on top of the block, in the form of Antoine Questel (Starboard / Loft Sails).... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fleet set for race to New York
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race,
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet are all set to start a race from one world famous icon to another. Once they complete their transit of the Panama Canal, they'll start Race 11 to New York. 'Once the fleet has transited the 51 miles of the Panama Canal, the yachts will set off on a one-sided upwind battle north, leaving Jamaica on the port side before heading into lighter winds near... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Ken Read reflects on the race + Video
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race - Skipper Ken Read reports from the USA after Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg sailed across the Leg 6 finish line in Miami, Fl, USA, in first place... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Falmouth welcomes the world Finn elite
Robert Deaves,
Falmouth Finn Festival continues this weekend with the opening of the Finn Gold Cup, the class world championship with 94 entries from 30 countries registered. As an Olympic Qualification Regatta, the principal objective of the week is to select the remaining six nations for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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MOD70 Multi One Championship - Krys Ocean Race team line ups announced
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
MOD70 Multi One Championship - A total of thirty crew on board the five MOD70's Race for Water, Foncia, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, Spindrift Racing and Oman Sail will set out on sailing's big new adventure. Leaving from the foot of the iconic Statue of Liberty the teams take on the Krys Ocean Race, 2950 miles across the Atlantic in the brand new fleet of evenly matched one design MOD70 trimarans... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Venice - Jimmy Spithill rotates crew
Tim Jeffery,
America's Cup World Series Venice - With the penultimate event set to begin in one week skipper Jimmy Spithill has rotated the crew that moved into the overall lead at the previous event and team CEO Russell Coutts returns to the fray aboard Darren Bundock's AC45. Both the Spithill and Bundock crews will race the America's Cup World Series Venice under the team's new colors: Oracle Team USA.... [more]
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US Olympic Team Qualifier for Women's Match Racing at WPNSA
Cailah Leask,
US Olympic Team Qualifier for Women's Match Racing was held over four days at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA). This was the all-important selector to decide the US Olympic Team for Women's Match Racing. Anna Tunnicliffe and her Team Maclaren crew Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi defeated Barkow in the 'first-to-six-wins' final match-up.... [more]
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International One Design Worlds - Simmons to gun for seventh title
Colin Thompson, The Royal Gazette,
International One Design World Championships 2012 - Hall of Fame sailor Penny Simmons has earned the right to gun for a seventh IOD World Championship. Simmons, who placed third in the IODs during last month's Bermuda International Invitational Race Week qualified for this year's world championships during the previous domestic season that concluded last November.... [more]
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Annapolis Leukemia Cup Regatta open to the public
Beth Prensky,
The annual Annapolis Leukemia Cup Regatta Cup, presented by SunTrust Bank, is being held over the weekend of 1st and 2nd June in Annapolis, Maryland announced The Maryland Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society today. Celebrating its 20th year, the Annapolis Leukemia Cup Regatta is a thrilling event that started in Annapolis... [more]
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Model sailboat program created to benefit disabled students
Jan Harley,
Student sailors that have disabilities in Massachusetts and beyond will have the opportunity to race model sailboats as part of an extensive senior project take on by Tabor Academy senior Asa Smith. A resident of Wellesley and a boarding student at Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass., Smith is completing and renovating model boats left unfinished in previous semesters by students taking... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma finish first in front of hometown crowd
Lisa Ramsperger,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg crew charged to the front of the fleet when they departed Itajai, Brazil, and held on to the lead through the finish of Leg 6. PUuma'ss Mar Mostro crossed the line in Miami, Fla., USA at 14:14:00 local/18:14:00 UTC on Wednesday, May 9, to win a second consecutive leg in front of a hometown crowd.... [more]
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Rio 2016: The campaign to put windsurfing back in the Olympics
Rory Ramsden,
When the going gets tough, the tough get going! I may have been raw, sore and shell shocked when I got home from the ISAF Mid Year Meeting in Streza, Italy but a quick check on the web told me that I was not the only one. As I write, the petition inviting ISAF to review their decision is past 13800 subscribers and the Facebook Group set up by others has 16,000 followers and climbing.... [more]
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Block Island Race - Short course addition announced
Kirsten Ferguson,
At this year's Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race, some new faces are expected following the announcement of a short course addition -- the Plum Island Course (126 nautical miles all in Long Island Sound) -- as a PHRF-class option to the event's traditional 186 nautical mile course for both IRC and PHRF.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Images of sailors competing in Falmouth
Robert Deaves,
JP Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup - There are just four days to go before the first races in Falmouth, UK and the sailors are making last minute preparations for the battle that lies ahead. This gallery of images from Lee Whitehead showcases some of the sailors that we will see racing on Falmouth Bay next week.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup preview
KPMS,
Giraglia Rolex Cup 2012, starting on Friday 8 June, enters its final month of preparation this week. Celebrating its 60th edition this year, the week long programme of sailing commences with a prologue race from Sanremo to Saint-Tropez. The main event, the 241-nautical mile race from Saint-Tropez to Sanremo via La Giraglia, starts on Wednesday 13 June.... [more]
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IRC Rule Notice 2012-02 Headsail foot offset
Mike Urwin and Jean Sans, IRC Technical Committee,
Several Sailmakers have intentionally attempted to circumvent IRC rules 2.4 and 2.5 by developing headsail foot shelf profiles that artificially reduce the headsail measurements, reducing the IRC rating without a corresponding reduction in performance.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma heads towards first turning mark + Video
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 17 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: I honestly wonder if I'll be writing another one of these this leg... 48 hours ago I would have guessed we'd finish sometime on Wednesday. 24 hours ago I would have told you we'd finish on Wednesday. 12 hours ago I would have even gone as far as to say 2 p.m., local time.... [more]
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