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20 Jun 2012

Cupdate- Fifth Team antes up—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Team Korea has paid its entry fee to race to the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com©
It's official: Team Korea has paid its entry fee to race in the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup (which serves as the America's Cup Challenger Series), bringing the total number of teams competing for the 34th America's Cup to four Challengers and one Defender, Oracle Racing.

'I'm very happy to see Team Korea take this next step,' said Iain Murray, the Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup. 'The challenges faced by any America's Cup team are immense; it's just a massive project, so to see the Korean team tick another box and move to the next stage is very encouraging.'

Team Korea's next hurdle to competing for the Auld Mug will be to design and build an AC72 wingsail-powered catamaran, which will be used to contest the Cup next year on San Francisco Bay. The New Zealand-based design team of Bakewell-White Yacht Design is on the case, but the team must then build the major components in their own country. As of now, it's not clear whether the team will start with the 'basic AC72' plans and a 'standard' wingsail from Southern Spars and modify, or if they will be starting from scratch.

The 'ratified' entry deadline for the Louis Vuitton Cup is August 1, 2012, and two more teams—China Team and Energy Team—are believed to be close to securing the necessary funding and sponsorship required to mount a respectable challenge. Get the latest reports inside this issue, and stay tuned for more, as it becomes known.

The Team Sanya shore crew work on repairing delamination from the hull of the boat without hauling her from the wster.  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©

Meanwhile, in offshore circles, Volvo Ocean Race shore teams are busily making preparations for the final in-port race, as well as the final offshore leg, which will take teams from Lorient, France to Galway, Ireland. But unlike other VOR stopevers, the rules originally forbade teams from hauling or removing their rigs in Lorient; this proved problematic for Telefonica, Groupama and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, all of whom suffered breakage on the storm-tossed leg that took teams from Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient. Several teams requested permission to make sound repairs onshore, and a recent ruling by the International Jury permits this, but at a price of two points—a penalty that no team is willing to make lightly at this late stage.

Also offshore, Joe Harris and co-skipper Tristan Mouligne sailed an impressive Newport-Bermuda race aboard Harris' Class 40, GryphonSolo2, finishing solidly ahead of all other Class 40s. 'We never eased up,' said Harris. 'I hold the single-handed record in the Bermuda 1-2 Race from Newport to Bermuda at 62 hours and 37 minutes, but sailed that in the 50ft Gryphon Solo. We beat that time today by more than two hours in a ten-foot-shorter 40 footer. We never slowed down. We blew out two spinnakers, but kept on going. Totally soaked and stoked.'

Carina is the provisional winner of the St David's Lighthouse Trophy in the Newport-Bermuda Race  Barry Pickthall/PPL ©

The final positions are being determined in the Newport-Bermuda Race as boats continue to finish, but based on provisional reports, Carina, Rives Potts 48-foot McCurdy and Rhodes sloop, has won the coveted St. David's Lighthouse Trophy. If Potts' corrected time holds up to later finishers, it will be her second consecutive win and her third overall St. David's Lighthouse Trophy victory.

Impressively, the story goes deeper: 'The boat just got back from a circumnavigation and racing in the world's top races three weeks ago,' said Potts. My son and nephew did a great job of getting Carina ready for Bermuda. In a race like this, preparation is one key to winning. Crew work is another and we had a family-based crew working together.' Stay tuned for the latest news, as it unfurls.

Finally, be sure to get the latest news from the ongoing Hobie 16 and Hobie 20 North Americans, the Clipper around the World Yacht Race and the wrap-up report from the Melges 24 Nationals, as well as the latest reports from the 2013 Laser Worlds, which—it has been announced—are being held in Oman.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Hobie 16 and Hobie 20 North American Championships day 2
Rich McVeigh,
Hobie 16 and Hobie 20 North American Championships 2012 second day delivered lake sailing at its best on San Francisco Bay. The marine layer was weak last night and we had full sun and warmer conditions but not much of a thermal.... [more]
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Dawn Riley to speak at GPYC USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival
Kelley Vreeken,
Dawn Riley is one of the best-known sailors in the world. Dawn is a much sought after motivational speaker. She is currently executive director of the Oakcliff Sailing Center, a non-profit training and coaching center in Oyster Bay NY.... [more]
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Snipe Juniors' National Championships - Puerto Ricans victorious
International Snipe Class,
The 2012 US Snipe Junior National Championship, hosted by Coral Reef YC, just came to a close with clear proof that age and experience count when the wind blows. Raul Rios and crew, Manuel Inserni, took the win in the event on Sunday with a first and a second in the day's races.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Carina steals the show
Talbot Wilson,
In the Newport Bermuda Race, going into Monday evening, LLwyd Ecclestone's ‘Kodiak' crew was hopeful of winning the St. David's Lighthouse Trophy, the most coveted of the three main Newport Bermuda Trophies awarded to the corrected time winner of the large amateur division. Then came ‘Carina' to steal the show.... [more]
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24th PWA Pozo Gran Canaria World Cup all set
Chris Yates,
The 24th edition of the PWA Pozo Gran Canaria World Cup arrives all-new and improved to kick off the 2012 PWA Wave Tour in style. The Gran Canaria Wind and Waves Festival will take place from the 2nd-7th July at Pozo Izquierdo (Gran Canaria), and promises to be better than ever.... [more]
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Kiel Week - Lack of wind on penultimate day
Kieler Woche,
On the penultimate day of Kiel Week, a touch of summer with a thermal sea breeze was supposed to dominate the sailing conditions in Kiel, but not much wind kicked in. Race director Jobst Richter had already announced an early start the previous day to be able to use each opportunity for some wind. But most participants got up early just to rest again and wait.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - Two men in a boat bridge South Africa race gap
Jon Herskovitz, Reuters,
London 2012 Olympics - Together Roger Hudson and Asenathi Jim are the South African entry for the two-man 470 sailing event. They see themselves as symbols of the multi-racial country former President Nelson Mandela was trying to forge.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams on full lookout
Isabel Hokken,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet has hit the infamous fog around the Grand Banks, Newfoundland in the North Atlantic. The air is damp, skies are grey and visibility for most of the day has been less than 100 yards according to reports from the Clipper Race skippers.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Boats allowed to haul - but at a points cost
Sail-World,
Rulings by the International Jury on Monday night mean that Abu Dhabi and Team Telefónica will each have to accept a two point penalty if they chose to haul their boats out of the water for repairs. Similarly, overall race leaders Groupama will be docked two points if they opt to lower their mast for repairs. Telefonica has also had a request declined in respect of replacement of her rudders.... [more]
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America's Cup: Fourth Challenger pays Entry Fee for Louis Vuitton Cup
Richard Gladwell,
Team Korea has paid its entry fee for next year's Louis Vuitton Cup (America's Cup Challenger Series) hitting another important milestone on the road to San Francisco in 2013. This marks the first time a team from Korea has challenged for the America's Cup.... [more]
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Classics: Rainbow II's journey home begins
Alan Sefton,
Rainbow II has started her long journey home to New Zealand where she is scheduled to arrive on 24 July, 2012. Chris Bouzaid's 36ft Sparkman & Stephens design that, in the mid to late 1960s, launched New Zealand into international offshore racing, has been moved from Bermuda, her home for the last 45 years, to New Jersey on the eastern seaboard of the United States.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - We won't give up says Puma's skipper
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race skipper Ken Read (Puma) has vowed he and his crew will keep on fighting until the very end. Read said Puma had approached the almost 2,000 nautical mile leg from Lisbon to Lorient via the Azores as a ‘must win' after making steady progress up the leaderboard since the first leg retirement.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Awaiting the jury decision + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Telefónica and Abu Dhabi have made formal requests for permission to take their boats out of the water for repairs and Groupama have requested permission to unstep their mast to work on it. Under the rules of the race, the teams are prohibited from craning their boats ashore during the Lorient stopover, meaning any repairs must be carried out afloat.... [more]
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New York YC Annual Regatta - Wrap-up of the action + Video
Kirsten Ferguson,
A total of 141 teams took part in the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) 158th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex that took place from 8-10 June in Newport, Rhode Island. We take a look back at all the action via these video highlights.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Seabiscuit skipper successfully evacuated
John Rousmaniere,
In the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race, intense efforts on the part of many people came to a satisfying conclusion before dawn on June 18 when an ill sailor was evacuated from the competing yacht Seabiscuit. Assisting in this demanding exercise were a medical doctor, men and women standing radio watch, the skippers of several vessels, and the Bermuda Government Office charged with rescuing mariners... [more]
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US Sailing partners with St. Petersburg for National Youth Match Race
Dave Perry,
US Sailing has partnered with the St. Petersburg Yacht Club to organize the 2012 Rose Cup, a national youth match racing event to be held on June 20-24, in St. Petersburg, Florida. The event, founded by the Newport-Balboa Sailing & Seamanship Association, is the third running of the Rose Cup... [more]
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J/80 World Championships overall - Prizegiving ceremony
Becci Eplett,
J/80 World Championship Powered by Slam final race day was held in Dartmouth on Friday 15th June. A jittery J/80 fleet assembled at the regatta HQ in nervous anticipation of the two final races of the eleven race series scheduled for the day. The Regatta HQ had been rife with discussion amongst the crews the night before as to the likelihood of high winds stopping play on the final day.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race fleet prepare for Scoring Gate dash
Amy Martindale,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day three of race thirteen from Nova Scotia to Derry-Londonderry. It has been another eventful 24 hours for the teams racing across the North Atlantic. While the winds have eased off slightly along with the spur of sea sickness, thoughts have turned to tactics overnight.... [more]
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Melges 24 U.S. National Championship - Heated battles on Day 3
Joy Dunigan,
Melges 24 U.S. National Championship 2012 final day of racing concluded with three more races completing a series of eight. Harry Melges, alongside tactician Andy Burdick, and crew comprised of his brother Hans and Matt Woodworth aboard Zenda Express, whipped out an impressive 1-1-1-2-[6]-1-2-1 score line to win by a twelve point margin.... [more]
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America's Cup 2013 - African Diaspora Maritime sues Golden Gate YC
Aaron Sankin, Huffington Post,
African Diaspora Maritime, a non-profit corporation created to motivate, inspire, and teach problem solving and cooperation by introducing early disciplines of maritime knowledge, is suing America's Cup host, Golden Gate YC, for not letting them compete. 'I just want to integrate a sport that really needs some integration,' Charles Kithcart said with more than a twinge of frustration in his voice... [more]
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Canada take three of top four spots - 2012 Great Lakes Challenge Cup
Katie Nicoll,
The Great Lakes International Challenge Cup and Stolze Cup were held at the Rochester Yacht Club on June 15-17, 2012. Competitors from four countries vied for the coveted cup over varied wind conditions and some good current at the mouth of the Genesee River.... [more]
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Newport-Bermuda records falls—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Last August, skipper George David's co-owned Rambler 100 made international headlines when her keel catastrophically failed, roughly a half hour after rounding Fastnet Rock in the 2011 edition of the fabled Fastnet Race, causing the boat to turn turtle in less than a minute. While all crewmembers were saved, the breakage not only put everyone in harm's way, but it also prevented the team— o... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Blasting and wipe-outs in the Atlantic Storm - Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
A North Atlantic storm during Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 wreaked havoc on the fleet but provided powerful winds that saw race speed records fall and boats averaging over 30 knots on multiple stretches. Features all the major high-speed action including Telefonica's rudder breaking wipe-outs... [more]
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As a boater you need to read this about this complete Rubbish
Jarrod Day, Editor FishingBoating-World,
In today's era I still can't believe that so many of our beaches and waterways continually become littered by those too lazy to take their rubbish home. This is not a problem with the mainstream public but includes recreational marine users who should know much better.... [more]
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Bol d'Or - Over 300 on start line
Paul Cayard,
More than 300 boats were on the starting line off the Societe Nautique de Geneva at 1000 yesterday for the 74th running of the Bol d'Or. It was a sunny day with Mont Blanc clearly visible, but there was little wind for the start. Artemis Racing was participating again this year with Torbjorn Tornqvist at the helm.... [more]
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