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20 Aug 2012

SF Bay scalps ACWS fleet—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Team Korea digs in during practice before the America's cup World Series in San Francisco  Erik Simonson © www.pressure-drop.us
As anticipation ratchets up for this week's premiere event of the 2012-2013 America's Cup World Series' (ACWS) calendar, which is being held on San Francisco Bay (August 21 to 26), several boats have already discovered the realities of 'vanishing stability' during their precursor practice days. Thus far, three teams (Team Korea, Luna Rossa Swordfish, Artemis Racing) all sustained full-value capsizes as the sailors dealt with the windiest conditions that they have wrestled with aboard the wingsail-powered AC45 catamarans in months.

Team Korea, skippered by 2012 Gold medalist Nathan Outteridge, was the first to flip. Fortunately, all crew was uninjured and the damage to the wingsail was minimal. Unfortunately for the Italian-flagged Luna Rossa Swordfish, however, their wingsail was seriously injured when they took their ride, which resulted in the wing spending more than a half-hour in the drink.

'We were in a pre-start practice and we bear off and that was it,' reported Luna Rossa Swordfish skipper Max Sirena. 'It was pretty windy, over 25 knots, and the wind was against the tide (causing waves). Sooner or later, where you push the limits, it is going to happen.'

Luna Rossa Swordfish wing sustains damages after capsize  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

As for the extent of the damage, Sirena was realistic. 'The wing is certainly not in good shape,' he said. 'So we will use a new wing and are hoping to sail again on Monday.' This week could well be a reality check for teams as far as the prerequisite 'wing inventories' required to race on the Bay (and you thought buying laminate headsails for your club racer was expensive!). The event begins this Tuesday, so stand by for plenty of racecourse coverage, as it develops, and be sure to check out the pre-event capsize drama that's been taking place in SF, inside this issue.

CMRC Grade 2 - Day 1— with Taylor Canfield, Matt Clark, Will Cyr and Nicolai Sehested.  CMRC - Chicago Match Race Center - ©

Also stateside and in match-racing news, the Chicago Match Racing Center (CMRC) held its August Grade 2 Invitational this weekend. Sailors enjoyed spectacular racing conditions, with 10-14 knot breezes and relatively flat waters. Don't miss the full media coverage, inside this issue, including video recaps of the spectator-friendly match-racing excitement.

The 2012 Zhik Italian Moth Championships served as a feeder regatta for the 2012 Moth Worlds, which are currently taking place on scenic Lake Garda  Martina Orsini

Meanwhile, on Italy's Lake Garda, the Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds, which started today and run through August 26, is fielding a record-breaking 125 sailors from 20 different countries. A glance through the entry list indicates that this event will be hyper-competitive, with top talent coming from all corners of the globe to participate in what has rapidly become sailing's highest-foiling class of singlehanded rocketships. Given the talent-rife entry list, it's fair to say that the Top Ten list will likely go down to the wire, with serious competition for the coveted podium positions. Stay tuned for more, as it becomes known.

And finally, don't miss the Cowes Week wrap-up report; the post-regatta write-up from the US Youth Sailing Championships; the daily reports from the recently concluded Cal 20 Class Championships, and the previews of this year's San Francisco Big Boat series (September 6-9) and the J/24 Worlds (September 13-21). Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Compulsory Viewing - The funniest sailing video ever!!
Sail-World.com Team,
A piece of 2012 Olympic sailing vision with an Irish commentary has become the hit of the Games amongst the sailing media contingent. This is the must watch!!... [more]
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Dean's Diary: ACWS - Fast and furious becomes old hat in San Francisco
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants and Nexus AB, reports from San Francisco, USA from the America's Cup World Series: Again today the breeze was in and we spent much of our practice sailing with Artemis. It is amazing how quickly you become accustomed to the stronger wind conditions and it makes for some exciting sailing.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 - Hannah Mills to join Team Wales
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 is being held from 31st August to 2nd September 2012 in Cardiff, Wales. Olympic silver medallist and one half of the successful British 470 women's duo Hannah Mills, will be flying the Welsh flag as part of Team Wales, a wildcard entry for Act 5. Team Wales will bring the tally of boats on the start line up to nine when the Extreme Sailing Series makes its Welsh debut... [more]
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420 Junior European Championship title to Pirouelle and Sipan
Luissa Smith,
420 Junior European Championships 2012 final races for each of the gold, silver and bronze fleets were held on Friday 17 August in Riva, Italy. Affirming the spread of young talent in the 420 fleet, eight different nations placed in the top 10 in the open division and eight different nations were in the Ladies top 10.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45's drag racing on the City Front + Video
Ahead of the America's Cup World Series, Artemis Racing and Emirates Team NZ continued their practice racing off San Francisco ahead of the start of the America's Cup World Series. Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was on hand to capture the action, along with Jeremy Leonard of Surf City Racing, shot and compiled this video of the action... [more]
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CMRC Grade 2 Invitational – Taylor Canfield dominates
CMRC August Grade 2 Invitational 2012 concluded today after three days of racing off Chicago's Belmont Harbor. As the Sailing Director for the past two seasons at the Chicago Match Race Center, Taylor Canfield spends most of his time teaching, training, maintaining and sailing the TOM 28's used at the center.... [more]
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51st Cal 20 Class Championship winners
Rick Roberts,
Mark and Bruce Golison from the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club have won the 51st Cal 20 Class Championship. Having won previously in 2003 and 2004, Mark and Bruce usually race with Mark's wife Jennifer but decided, as Mark put it, 'to leave her at the dock,' because of the light wind conditions.... [more]
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Overall winners of Chester Race Week 2012 are all winners!
Katie Nicoll,
Chester Race Week ended with glorious sun and good wind. The competitors were happy with the race management and the evening parties, which didn't start until 9:30 and were extremely well attended with 3 great local bands and wonderful Dark 'n Stormies at the bar.... [more]
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Ida Lewis Distance Race - Prophecy comes true for Catapult
Jan Harley,
The 26 boats competing in the Ida Lewis Distance Race were allowed to power up on Friday, August 17th amid ideal sailing conditions, perfect starts and a 16-18 knot southwesterly breeze. The fleet was able to provide a great show for the spectators who turned out to see them off on their offshore adventure.... [more]
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Cork Olympic Class Regatta - Great racing on day 2
Erin Murray,
On day two of the Cork Olympic Class Regatta, it was another day of sun and windy conditions with great racing in Kingston. All of the fleets had a good day yesterday and are racing hard today with the radials on the stadium course, right off the breakwater.... [more]
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Canadian report from the Yellow Sea Race
Sail-World /Mike Evans,
Captain Mike Evans is reporting from the Yellow Sea Race currently taking place in Korea and China. The sailors representing Canada were paired with Americans Gerry Tullo and Dan Liberty on Edeler Stern, a local Etap 34 and slowest yacht in the fleet. The event consists of three legs between Korea and China, with some in-port racing in between.... [more]
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Northern Seitz wins J/27 Lake Ontario
Dirk Sell - J/Boats,
Like their 'bro's' and colleagues sailing in the J/29s a bit farther East on the Canadian seaboard, the J/27s managed to also attract a strong contingent of teams from across the eastern parts of North America to sail in the J/27 Lake Ontario's off Oakville (near Toronto).... [more]
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America's Cup: Three AC45's capsize in two days at San Francisco
A strong San Francisco sea breeze of 15-25 knots with gusts to 30 gave the America's Cup World Series AC45 fleet another taste of the week to come on Saturday. Two yachts capsized – that's three in the last four days – as the breeze built from a range of17-18 to the mid-20s to gusts approaching 30.... [more]
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CMRC Grade 2 Invitational – Perfect sunny day 2 + Video
CMRC August Grade 2 Invitational day 2 and another perfect sunny day in Chicago greeted racers and spectators alike. The unexpected 10-14 knot seabreeze conditions were a bonus to the day, allowing for all but two flights of the second Round Robin to be completed... [more]
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US Youth Sailing Championships overall
Jake Fish,
>US Youth Sailing Championships, hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association, were held in Cascade Locks, Ore from 15th to 18th August. For the second straight day, light air ruled on the Gorge for the final day of racing. The Lasers, Laser Radials and Club 420s completed one race each, and the 29ers never got off the starting line.... [more]
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Cal 20 Class Championship - Fickle wind on Day 2
LBYC/Rick Roberts,
On the 51st Cal 20 Class Championship, hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club, second day a close look at the local weather forecast showed light breeze in the morning building to 11-12 knots by 1 o'clock.... [more]
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Dean's Diary: ACWS: Five AC 45's - But who's counting?
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants and Nexus AB, reports from San Francisco, USA from the America's Cup World Series: Well here we are in SF a little under a year out from the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup. How much has changed since my last Blog.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds - Record breaking fleet set to compete
The 2012 Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds are set to take place from 19th-26th August with a record-breaking fleet of 125 Moths from 20 countries set to take to the waters of Lake Garda. A talent-filled lineup promises to deliver what could very well be the most exciting worlds ever. Only a fool will dare make a prediction about the top 10, let alone the winner with such a quantity of red-hot talent.... [more]
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Cowes Week - Testing day 8 on the Solent
Rupert Holmes,
Following a week of predominately moderate to fresh winds at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, competitors were tested by lighter airs on day eight. The thin cloud over the Solent began to break up at midday and the Solent was soon bathed in bright sun, although the wind became patchy for a while in the mid-afternoon, especially in the eastern Solent.... [more]
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Cork Olympic Class Regatta preview
Erin Murray,
Cork Olympic Class Regatta (OCR) 2012 kicks off in Ontario today, August 18th running until August 22nd, with eight fleets and 241 competitors. The fleets include the two person boats, I14, 49er and 29er. The one person boats include, Finn, Laser, Laser Radial Female, Laser Radial Open and the Kites.... [more]
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Yellow Sea International Yacht Race - Exhausting Leg 2 + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
Yellow Sea International Yacht Race second offshore leg continued today and the boats reached Qingdao battling their way through light winds. After 30 hours of an exhausting trip for the crews the first boat arrived at the port of Qingdao early this morning.... [more]
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Chester Race Week celebrates 11 Olympians competing and volunteering
Greg Nicoll,
Chester Race Week made a special announcement to the racers amassed in front of the Chester Yacht Club during the post race debriefing; competing in this year's regatta were 10 Olympians and one Olympic coach.... [more]
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J/24 World Championships preview
J/24 World Championships gets underway on September 13th 2012. Over 100 J/24 teams are breathlessly anticipating the start of the first 'open' J/24 Worlds in decades. A strong American contingent will be doing battle against a cadre of past World, European, North American, South American, Canadian, Bermudian, Brazilian, Argentinean, Chilean, Peruvian and Japanese Champions.... [more]
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Yellow Sea International Yacht Race – Leg 2 start delayed + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
Yellow Sea International Yacht Race second offshore leg started today from Weihai to Qingdao.... [more]
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51st Cal 20 Class Championship day 1
Rick Roberts,
Friday was the first day of the 51st Cal 20 Class Championship hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club. A last-minute entry into the regatta was LBYC match racer Dustin Durant. Durant never finished worse than third on the day and showed great promise for the series.... [more]
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Moth Italian National Championship - Australians dominate top ten
Peter Campbell/Sail-World.com,
Australian sailors hold five of the top six placings overall in the International Moth Italian Open championship. A record total of 119 sailors has entered for the worlds.... [more]
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Bic Techno 293 World Championship day 4 + Video
Techno 293,
It is now day four of the Bic Techno 293 World Championship and excitement is building as the first competition rounds have been completed, scores have been added up, the worst result discarded and competitors now race the final round in Gold and Silver groups.... [more]
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Cowes Week - Tight reaching on day 7
Rupert Holmes,
On day seven of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, racing concluded for four White Group dayboat classes – SB20, J/80, RS Elite and Victory. The first leg was a tight spinnaker reach for most classes, with the most enthusiastic competitors hoisting as early as possible. However, only the best sailors were able to get them filling in the disturbed air on the start line.... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series - Performance catamarans join in
Barby MacGowan,
The Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco, California doesn't seem to skip a beat when it comes to offering cutting-edge grand prix racing. This year, the event—scheduled for its 48th edition on September 6-9, will be adding performance catamarans to the already dense roster of monohulls sailing in IRC and one-design classes.... [more]
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Chester Race Week video interview
Global Maritimes,
Chester Race week is in full swing. While it's a regatta sailing enthusiasts just can't miss, it's an event area businesses look forward to all year long. Rebecca Lau reports.... [more]
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Ida Lewis Distance Race - Maritime Academy Teams competing
Jan Harley,
Competitors readied for the eighth edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race (ILDR) which is set to get underway at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 17.... [more]
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