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28 Jun 2012

ACWS Newport and VOR report —Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

26/06/2012,Newport(USA,RI), 34th America's Cup, America's Cup World Series Newport 2012, Official Training day 1 - Opening press conference  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com©
The historic waters off of Newport, Rhode Island are being graced by some of the fastest, most technically advanced boats afloat this week as the America's Cup World Series (ACWS) Newport event began today with a two-day practice session before the real racing begins on Thursday. Currently, Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ), Artemis Racing and the Defender, skipper Jimmy Spithill's Oracle Racing Spithill team, are in contention for the overall 2011-2012 season trophy. But as the minutes tick down to the starting guns, it's becoming increasingly obvious that the real fight for the podium's top step will be fought between Oracle Racing Spithill and skipper Dean Barker's ETNZ.

'This is why we're in the World Series, to be in regatta pressure and put ourselves on the line,' said Spithill, who is leading Barker by a small margin. 'I'd rather go in to the final event four points clear than the other way, but it's extremely close. The best thing is it will be decided on the water, and it will be decided on Sunday.'

23/06/2012, Newport (USA,RI), 34th America's Cup, America's Cup World Series Newport 2012, Free training Day 4  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com©

Like the other ACWS events, the Newport regatta will feature both fleet-racing and match-racing sections. According to Barker, the winner must have great acumen in both disciplines. 'We need to put together a good result in the Match Racing Championship which will set up the opportunity to take the overall title,' said Barker. 'Then it comes down to how well we fleet race. I think we have as good a chance as anyone.'

Also Cup related, veteran Cup writer Bob Fisher has put together an interesting report that looks at the crew numbers for the new AC72 class, which will be used to contest the 34th America's Cup, and offers his great perspective on the ACWS Newport event. More, inside.

Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan - ISAF Sailing World Championships Perth 2011  Mick Anderson/SAILINGPIX.DK .

And in Olympic sailing circles, be sure to check out Dana Paxton's interview with Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider's Women's 470 representatives for this summer's Olympic Games. While Clark and Lihan are noticeably short on total elapsed time spent sailing together (only 15 months), their great performance at the 2011 ISAF Worlds in Perth, and their recent silver-medal finish at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, which took place in Weymouth—the site of this summer's Games—proves that they are serious podium contenders. Find out more about what makes this duo so fast.

And in Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) circles, crews and shore teams are working fervently to prepare their boats for this weekend's Bretagne In-Port Race (Saturday) and the start of Leg Nine (Sunday), which is the final offshore tussle of this edition of the VOR. Currently, Groupama is in the pole position, followed by Puma Ocean Racing and Telefonica, with Emirates Team New Zealand still in the fight. Get the updates in this issue, and stay tuned for more VOR-related media—including a much-anticipated announcement from Knut Frostad, VOR CEO, on Thursday about the new class of boat that will be used to contest the next edition of the race—as it goes online.

Rainbow - J class sailing off Falmouth with a suit of 3Di sails  J Class Association

And for the technically orientated and inclined, Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com New Zealand's editor, has put together an intersting piece that looks at state-of-the-art 'grey sails' and how North Sails' 3Di sails have come to populate rigs and racecourses as diverse as the elegant J Class yachts that are racing in this week's UK J Class Regatta Series (get the racecourse reports, inside) to the more utilitarian Wednesday-afternoon club racers found in a harbor near you.

And finally, be sure to get the latest news from the ongoing J/80 Worlds, the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race and the wrap-up report from the 20th Annual Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta, which just concluded in the USVI.

Enjoy.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Volvo Ocean Race: New Farr 65 one design announced for two races
Richard Gladwell,
Knut Frostad has announced a new one design class for the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. The cost of the new boats all be EUR4.5million with a team budget of EUR15million.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Training Day images by Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor images,
Images by photographer Leighton O'Connor from the America's Cup World Series Training Day in Newport, RI.... [more]
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Working with Classics in an Aramid Age - Part 2 of a look at 3Di
Richard Gladwell,
Continuing the Sail-World's story on North Sails working with the classic J class yachts and 3Di: North's production isn't limited to the grey of 3Di. Often they will have four materials on the loft floor – 3Di, 3DL, Dacron and spinnaker nylon. 'The size of the sails being built has required some original thinking in terms of machinery, says Production Manager Matt Smeaton.... [more]
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Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2012 final day - Third victory for Morton
Fiona Brown,
Going into the final day of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2012 Peter 'Morty' Morton's 1978 Fauroux held a three-point lead over Sam Laidlaw's 1990 Vrolick designed Aquila. Race seven set the tone of high drama when a number of teams misjudged the strength of the tide, resulting in a series of mark one pile ups.... [more]
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Farr 30 Canadian National Title - Hamilton and team victorious
Farr 30 Class Association,
A total of eight teams from the United States and Canada took part in the Farr 30 Canadian National Title competition with 10 races sailed over three days on picturesque English Bay in Vancouver. Hosted by the beautiful Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, conditions ranged from moderate to light breeze and pouring rain on day one, to glorious sunshine and a stable eight to ten knot breeze on the final day... [more]
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AC World Series Newport - Artemis ready for battle
Artemis Racing,
America's Cup World Series Newport competition gets underway tomorrow. This will be the fifth and final event of the five part series. Having won the match racing in both Naples and Venice, Artemis leads this element of the series and is third in the overall standings.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day minus 1 ACWS Newport - Will they come to the races?
Bob Fisher,
Day minus 1: 'Twas the day before Christmas . . . or something like that. The morning was one of great hush with the last-minute preparations and repairs even taking place in the boat hangars close to the shore at Fort Adams. The crowds are somewhat diminished from those at the weekend, but the car parks were filling nicely by 0930... [more]
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Olympic Sailing Competition – Sydney 2000
ISAF,
The aesthetics were picture-perfect for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Sailing Competition - with Sydney Harbour's imposing city skyline, the stunning Sydney Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. On the outlook, a wonderful venue but challenging conditions faced the sailors throughout the competition.... [more]
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J Class: Valsheda wins in the fog on Day 2 of UK Series, Falmouth
Ben Stack,
The second day of the J Class regatta started in very dull weather, with thick fog and light rain. However, spectators, crew, and owners alike were desperate to get out on the water and the race was scheduled to start at twelve as planned. The fog lifted slightly as twelve o'clock approached and the rain stopped.... [more]
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Kiteboard Slalom World Championship heads to Sylt
ISAF,
The Kiteboard Slalom World Championship is set to take place from June 26 to July 1 in Sylt, Germany, where high performance will meet with high expectations and awesome jumps, dizzying races and pulsating slalom rides will be witnessed. Who becomes the World Champion in Slalom and who will be the rising star in Freestyle and Race?... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 27 June 2012
ISAF,
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 27 June 2012 have been released. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 15 August 2012.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Must-win opportunity for Puma
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Puma skipper Ken Read says he and his crew are viewing this Saturday's Bretagne In-Port Race as a must-win opportunity to close the gap on overall leaders Groupama. Despite lying 23 points adrift of Franck Cammas' crew with just the Lorient and Galway in-port races and final Leg 9 sprint to Ireland to go, Read said his team would keep on fighting as long as there was a... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race leaders cling on to podium positions
Amy Martindale,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day twelve of race thirteen from Nova Scotia to Derry-Londonderry. As the depression caused by ex-tropical storm ‘Chris' continues to slowly move north west of Ireland, the ten-strong fleet has had a mixed bag of weather in the last 24 hours. Potential still remains for a re-shuffle of positions on the leader board.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ have a couple of scrapes in Practice
Warren Douglas,
Competitors in the America' s Cup World Series Newport Regatta went practice racing today, revelling in the 12-18 knot breeze. Practice starts were followed by three races in great sailing conditions. With a third, second and sixth placing, Skipper Dean Barker was well satisfied with the day's sailing which followed some intensive training in the few days since arriving at Newport.... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing Worlds - Early favourites in control
ISAF,
At the 2012 ISAF Women's Match Racing Worlds in Gothenburg, Sweden the early favourites have proven their worth and taken control after day 1.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series heats up
ACWS,
Oracle Team's USA's Jimmy Spithill and Emirates Team New Zealand's Dean Barker have both declared their intention to leave Newport with the inaugural AC World Series trophy in hand.... [more]
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AC World Series Newport - Oracle Team USA prepares for battle
Tim Jeffery,
In practice last weekend for America's Cup World Series Newport, team skipper Jimmy Spithill acknowledged the local support Oracle Team USA, defender of the 2013 America's Cup, received on the waters of Narragansett Bay. 'The patriotism was awesome,' said Spithill, who skippered the American team to victory at the 2010 America's Cup. 'Anytime we were close to another boat there was yelling and... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day minus 2 ACWS Newport - Coutts: Do we need 11 crew
Bob Fisher,
Day minus 2: Russell Coutts was unbending when questioned about the crew numbers on the AC-72s. At the public press conference, I put it to him that the consensus was that eleven men would find sailing one of these boats for an hour would be exhausting - and there was no indication from him that this number would be increased, rather the opposite; Coutts spoke of ten, even nine... [more]
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US Sailing's Women's 470 duo Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan + Video
Dana Paxton,
Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan are members of the US Sailing Team.... [more]
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J/80 World Championship overall
Gemma Dunn,
The MIQ Logistics 2012 J/80 World Championship Powered by Slam was co-hosted by the Britannia Yacht Club and Royal Dart Yacht Club from the 9th to 15th June. The fleet consisted of seventy-six boats from nine countries across Europe and the USA, and for the first time in the competition's history included a team from Hong Kong.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's AC72 catamaran arrives at Viaduct
Warren Douglas,
The build of Emirates Team New Zealand's AC72 catamaran entered its final phase today with the arrival of the major components at the Team's Viaduct Harbour base. The hulls, cross beams and other structural elements arrived separately. The shore crew will assemble the components into the 'platform' over the next few weeks.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day minus 3 ACWS Newport - The Elephant is in the Room
Bob Fisher,
Day minus 3: While the attention should be on the completion of the 2011/2012 AC-45 World Series, much of the talk is of the AC-72s. It runs from the AC hierarchy right through to the sailors and the topics are wide and various, from whether the size of the boats will produce too heavy demands on the crews to the way in which the boats themselves are designed and structured.... [more]
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North Sails: Working with Classics in an Aramid Age
Richard Gladwell,
In the Aramid Age of Sailmaking, grey sails are becoming an increasing sight amongst harbour and club racers, as well as on the international racing scene. The rapid take up of the new technology of 3Di has surprised even North Sails' NZ Designer, Burns Fallow. 'Two years ago we would have had ten 3DL sails for every 3Di. Now it is about even.'... [more]
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C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta preview
Jan Harley,
/When sailors take to the water for the 2012 C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta, from July 6-9 at Sail Newport, they will be assisting in marking the 10th anniversary of this remarkable event for sailors with disabilities. From its beginning as an event for a single class of boat, the Clagett not only has evolved over the years to include all three boats which have been chosen for... [more]
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America's Cup: More Images from Newport
Daniel Forster,
Top international photographer, Daniel Forster is in Newport for the next round of the America's cup World Series and filed this second gallery of images of the teams practicing, in the traditional home of the America's Cup. The event will be sailed off Fort Adams and not the traditional America's Cup course... [more]
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USA's Logue Wins 20th Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta
Carol Bareuther,
Only four points separated the top five sailors going into the third and final day of racing at the 20th Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta. A record 127 sailors competed in the Advanced Red, Blue and White Fleets and beginner Green Fleet. The Advanced Fleets completed 11 races and the Green Fleet a total of 16 races over the three days of competition.... [more]
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Long Beach Race Week - Sharing the glory
Rich Roberts,
Jeff Janov's Dark Star dominated the Farr 40 class with six wins in seven races at Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week. Three others completed their perfect weekends at this event.... [more]
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Will Holz Wins 2012 Rose Cup
Dave Perry,
Will Holz from the Chicago Yacht Club has won the 2012 Rose Cup, a U.S. youth national match racing event sanctioned by US Sailing, hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in St. Petersburg, Florida,... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA show off hull lifting foil developments
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA have released the first images of their L-Board daggerboards and T foil rudders, which have been used in a testing session in San Francisco. The effect of the foils is very dramatic, lifting both hulls completely clear of the water, increasing stability and reducing drag - both of which will substantially increase speed, providing the 'flying' can be controlled.... [more]
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