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16 Aug 2012

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

ORACLE TEAM USA / San Francisco (USA)  Oracle Team USA - copyright
Given the 2012/2013 America's Cup World Series (ACWS) upcoming season's opener, there's plenty of Cup-related news this week. For starters, J.P. Morgan Asset Management announced a new sponsorship program with the newly minted J.P Morgan Ben Ainslie Racing. The team, headed by its namesake four-time Gold medalist Ben Ainslie, is due to debut at next week's regatta (August 21-26).

It will be really interesting to see how the Olympic ace scales-up from the singlehanded Finn class to the fully crewed and wingsail-powered AC45 catamarans. The first of the season's two San Francisco-based ACWS events will feature boats from eight different teams, hailing from eight different nations.

Emirates Team New Zealand sailing their recently launched AC72 on the Hauraki Gulf.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ

While Emirates Team New Zealand has certainly sailed their share of hard yards aboard the wingsail-powered AC45s, the team's problem for next week's regatta, says skipper Dean Barker, is that they've understandably been spending their time sailing and tinkering with their brand-new, scaled-up AC72. 'In the end the America's Cup is all about racing and we need a fast boat,' said Barker. 'The difficult thing is to get the balance right on developing the AC72 and racing the AC45.'

And the Defender, Oracle Racing, has announced their plans to launch and begin testing the first of the two AC72s that they plan to build in preparation for the 34th Americas Cup by the end of the month. According to a recent press release, the hulls were built in the team's base on San Francisco's Pier 80, while other components (e.g., the crossbeams and wingsail) were built in New Zealand at Core Composites. 'I can't wait to see the new boat in the water,' said team skipper Jimmy Spithill. 'The boat looks pretty cool in the building shop. The first sail will be a very special moment for the entire team.' Get the full AC scoop, inside, and stay tuned for more, as it unfurls.

MOD70's Musandam-OmanSail and Fonica racing in the Artemis Challenge 2012 - Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2012  Lloyd Images ©

Also inside, be sure to get the latest from the Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, which is currently taking place in Cowes, UK. This storied event is easily one of the world's biggest regattas, with ballpark 1,000 boats competing and the RC firing-off some 40 different races a day, across all 17 classes.

Great action on Alpha Course during Chester Race Week - Chester Race Week 2012  Tim Wilkes

And finally, get the full list of the 2012 inductees into the National Sailing Hall of Fame; check out the reports from the Chester Race Week (Chester, Nova Scotia) and get the latest news from the US Youth Sailing Champions (Cascade Locks, Oregon).

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ stops testing, starts racing + Video
Sail-World,
Emirates Team NZ's skipper Dean Barker is acutely conscious of the fact that in only a few days he'll be back on the water racing rather than testing. And he will be at the helm of an AC45 rather than the AC72.... [more]
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Cowes Week - Ideal conditions on day 6
Rupert Holmes,
On day six of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, winds averaging 15 knots, with some stronger gusts, provided ideal conditions for competitors and for a record-breaking circuit of the Isle of Wight. The start for the SB20 (formerly SB3) class was in relatively light winds, but the fleet encountered big gusts and lulls only a few hundred metres to the west.... [more]
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Great weather and wind greet Atlantic sailors for Chester Race Week
Greg Nicoll,
Chester, Nova Scotia is once again home to the famous Chester Race Week, being held August 15-18. This race has been in existence for over 100 years, starting originally with fishermen's sailboats. This year's registrations are at a healthy 143 boats with the addition of another race course. In sailing circles Chester Race Week is one of the great regattas, full on racing and great parties... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta - Extra surprises for 40th edition
Barby MacGowan,
St. Thomas Yacht Club's International Rolex Regatta will be different. First, the event will get underway a week earlier than normal, on Friday, 22nd Match and will run through Sunday, 24th March. This is in order to accommodate holistic shifts on the Caribbean regatta calendar that have been planned jointly by various event organisers to give sailors a better flow to their Spring racing vacations... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 15 August 2012
ISAF,
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 15 August 2012 have been released. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 19 September 2012.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup preview
KPMS,
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 23rd edition is less than a month away and anticipation is building for the pinnacle event of the Mediterranean sailing season. Close to 40 international crews have registered for this top-level competition that is open only to yachts of 18.29 metres (60 feet) or more.... [more]
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Inductees into 2012 National Sailing Hall of Fame announced
NSHOF,
The National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame (NSHOF) yesterday announced the nine sailors who will make up its 2012 class of inductees into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Following a two month period this spring during which sailors from all corners of the country nominated their choice for induction, a selection committee reviewed the broad spectrum of nominations.... [more]
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America's Cup: Ainslie Racing announce new sponsor
Sail-World,
Four times Olympic Gold Medal winner Ben Ainslie, was greeted by the people of London as he sailed past his namesake Big Ben to celebrate his historic fourth gold medal at London 2012. Crowds gathered on the banks of the Thames to watch him celebrate his historic achievement on the waters of Weymouth and Portland, which saw him secure his place in the record books as one of Britain's greatest O... [more]
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Telefonica's Iker and Xabi finally get a break from Olympics and Volvo
Volvo Ocean Race,
Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez are looking forward to seeing their families and catching up on much-needed rest after their Olympic campaign came to an end ahead of the Medal Race for the Mens Skiff at the 2012 Olympics. The pair finished in 12th place in the 49er class after 15 tough races meaning they could not progress through to Wednesday's double points-scoring medal race.... [more]
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US Youth Sailing Championships – Close competition on Day 1
Jake Fish,
US Youth Sailing Championships are being held from 15th to 18th August 2012. Four fleets set sail on the Columbia River Gorge for the opening day yesterday which was highlighted by close competition at the top of the leaderboards in high wind speeds surpassing 15 mph.... [more]
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Oracle Team USA on countdown to AC72 launch
Oracle Team USA,
By the end of the month, Oracle Team USA expects to have tested and launched the first of its two AC72 wingsail catamarans... [more]
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National Sailing Hall of Fame names 2012 inductees
Jan Harley,
The USA's National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame has named the nine sailors who will make up its 2012 class of inductees. Following a two-month period this spring during which sailors from all corners of the country nominated their choice for induction, a selection committee reviewed the broad spectrum of nominations.... [more]
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US Grand Slam - Grade 2 Invitational all set
Chicago Match Race Center,
Competition will begin for the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC) on Friday, August 17th when it begins its Grade 2 Invitational with eleven teams from seven nations slated to do battle through Sunday. The event is the first of four in the US Grand Slam Series.... [more]
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US Sailing's US Youth Championship preview
Jake Fish,
US Sailing's 2012 Youth Championship will take place this week on the Columbia River Gorge where brilliant young sailors will be put to the test. The four day regatta begins this Wednesday, August 15. The Columbia Gorge Racing Association in Cascade Locks, Oregon will play host to this premier US Sailing Championship. The venue is well known for its fierce winds and ferocious currents.... [more]
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Cal 20 Class Championship - Keith Ives seeks repeat victory
Rick Roberts,
The 51st Cal 20 Class Championship is set to take place from the 16th-19th August at the Long Beach Yacht Club. Back to defend his 2011 win is local sailor Keith Ives who is very aware of the difference in racing and maintaining his Cal 20 versus the bigger ocean racing sleds.... [more]
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Bic Techno 293 Windsurfing World Championships preview + Video
Patrik Pollak,
The Bic Techno 293 Windsurfing World Championships 2012, Raceboard Youth and Raceboard Masters are being held from 11th to 19th August at the International Sailing Center in Medemblikv. Record breaking participation from all continents except Antarctica (But, if the Bic techno 293 class continues to grow this fast, I am sure penguins will be windsurfing on Techno in no time).... [more]
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