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24 Aug 2012

Wings, foils and sponsorships—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Oracle Racing Spithill showing how its done.  Chris Cameron/ETNZ
The eyes of the sailing world are riveted on San Francisco Bay this week as the first event of the 2012-2013 America's Cup World Series (ACWS; August 21-26) kicked off with gusto, capsizes and great racing action. Eleven boats from eight different syndicates have been blasting around 'the Bay' on their wingsail-powered AC45 catamarans, creating an amazing sight for spectators and sailors alike.

Today's action started with one half of the match-racing quarterfinals, before then transitioning to two fleet races. In the match races, Oracle Racing Spithill, skippered by Jimmy Spithill, beat Luna Rossa Piranha (Chris Draper), and skipper Terry Hutchinson's Artemis Racing White defeated skipper Max Sirena's Luna Rossa Swordfish.


Artemis Racing - America's Cup World Series 2012-13  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©


Not surprisingly, Oracle Racing—the Defender of the 34th America's Cup—emerged victorious in the fleet-racing portion of today's sailing, with Oracle Racing Coutts (Russell Coutts) taking the first bullet, followed by Oracle Racing Spithill in second place and Luna Rossa Piranha in third. The day's second race saw Spithill take the gun, followed by Artemis Racing Red, skippered by Santiago Lange, in second place, while Artemis Racing White claimed third place.

Be sure to check out the full ACWS media blitz, inside this issue.

2012 ZHIK NAUTICA MOTH WORLDS. Day 4.
  Th Martinez

Meanwhile, another other turbo-charged event is unfurling on the scenic waters of Italy's Lake Garda, namely the Zhik Moth Worlds. Here, 125 Moths from around the globe have assembled to determine the fastest sailor on foils. After four days of racing, Australia's Scott Babbage leads Joshua McKnight (AUS), Bora Gulari (USA) and Anthony Kotoun (ISV)—who are all tied for second place—by a margin of nine points.

While Babbage has now won the qualifying series, the overall Worlds title—not to mention the three-way tie for second place—is still in close contention. 'I had a good day with two wins thanks to a bit of luck and a bit of skills,' said Gulari, who won the 2009 Moth Worlds. 'A few days ago I stated my goal was to finish in the top five because I wanted to be humble, but after listening to all the Australians claiming they wanted to win I will also state that my end goal is to win the worlds!'


2012 ZHIK NAUTICA MOTH WORLDS. Day 4.
  Th Martinez


Stay tuned for more from this high-flying event, and don't miss ace lensman Thierry Martinez's great image gallery—as well as a video recap of Day Four's action—inside.

And Olympic sailing circles, US Sailing and Sperry Top-Sider have inked a new multi-year sponsorship deal. 'Sperry is a pioneer in developing outstanding footwear for sailors, and have a long history of exceptional commitment to our sport,' said Jack Gierhart, Executive Director of US Sailing. 'We are very excited to extend our partnership with Sperry, and look forward to the energy and insight they bring to our members, events and programs.' More, inside.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Carlo Borlenghi images
Carlo Borlenghi images,
America's Cup World Series San Francisco day 2 action from master photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 - USA's Tunnicliffe to join GAC Pindar
Nicolle Bloomfield,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 is being held in Cardiff, UK from 30th August to 2nd September 2012. Olympic medalist and Team USA heroine, Anna Tunnicliffe, is to join the GAC Pindar Extreme sailing team for the event. Tunnicliffe, who is fresh from competing in the spectacular London 2012 Olympics, will swap match racing for multihull action as GAC Pindar battle against the Extreme fleet... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Oracle Team USA on top
Lisa Ramsperger,
America's Cup World Series first stop in the 2012-13 season is currently underway in San Francisco, Calif where Oracle Team USA made the first impression count with a pair of wins in the first two fleet races in front of a home town crowd. Skipper Jimmy Spithill and crew opened with a win in the match racing quarterfinals, and followed with a first-place finish in the second fleet race.... [more]
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Melges 24 North American Championship preview
Joy Dunigan,
The top US Melges 24 teams are joined on San Francisco Bay this weekend by visitors from Switzerland/Italy, Australia, Ireland, Canada and the UK for the 2012 Melges 24 North American Championship.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 3 ACWS San Francisco - Home team scores big time
Bob Fisher,
Day 3: As is the established pattern of ACWS racing, the day opened with two quarter-final matches in which both Luna Rossa teams made their exit. Luna Rossa-Swordfish, skippered by Paul Campbell-James was comprehensively beaten by Terry Hutchinson with the Artemis Racing-White team... [more]
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2012 Moth Worlds day 4 - Babbage takes qualifier series + Videos
Pierre Orphanidis,
A three-way tie for second place between Joshua McKnight, Bora Gulari and Anthony Kotoun promises three days of intense and exciting races at the Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds on Lake Garda, Italy. Scott Babbage would have needed a poor last day of the qualifiers to put his lead in jeopardy. jeopardy.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds - Day 4 images by Thierry Martinez
Thierry Martinez,
Photographer Thierry Martinez was on hand for day 4 of the 2012 Zhik Nautica Moth World Championships in Campione del Garda (ITA) to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series – Ainslie through to quarter finals
Ben Ainslie,
America's Cup World Series 2012-13 is being held in San Francisco from August 21st until August 26th 2012. Ben Ainslie provides an update on the first day of racing. So, having won both of our matches against Team Korea, we're through to the next stage of the match racing series, the quarter finals.... [more]
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US Sailing and Sperry Top-Sider agree on new sponsorship deal
Jake Fish,
US Sailing, the national governing body of the sport, and Sperry Top-Sider®, a leading global nautical performance and lifestyle brand, have agreed on a new multi-year sponsorship deal. Sperry Top-Sider remains the official footwear provider of US Sailing. This news follows the April announcement that Sperry Top-Sider has become the title sponsor of the US Sailing Team.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Action on the bay
Jane Eagleson,
The America's Cup World Series opened in San Francisco on Wednesday afternoon. It was a good day for Luna Rossa. Both Max Sirena's Swordfish and Chris Draper's Piranha crews won their matches 2-0.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 2 ACWS San Francisco - Short sharp early Matches
Bob Fisher,
Day 2: The opening day of the ACWS for 2012/2013 on the 161st anniversary of the race around the Isle of Wight that started the competition that we now know as the America's Cup, was one of very short match races on San Francisco Bay. Three matches - first to two wins - were held and the projected time for each was 13 minutes.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds - Babbage extends lead on Day 3 + Video
Pierre Orphanidis,
On Day 3 of the Zhik Moth World Championship, the 125-strong fleet faced a wide range of conditions that started with a 25-knot 'Peler' and 1-meter waves early in the morning, to a dying 'Ora' late in the afternoon that forced the race committee to shorten the last race. Babbage dominated once again and extended his lead, but the day's story is certainly Anthony Kouton.... [more]
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ISAF World Match Race Rankings for the 22 August 2012
ISAF,
The ISAF World Match Race Rankings for the 22 August 2012 have been released. There is no change at the top of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings with 2011 World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) holding firm at the number one position in the open rankings and Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) staying put at the top of the women's rankings.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series – Ben Ainslie plays catch up
Ben Ainslie,
America's Cup World Series 2012-13 is being held in San Francisco from August 21st until August 26th 2012. Today was the last day of practice.... [more]
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Dean's Diary: ACWS - Barker downplays capsize 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: Today was the official practice day for this event in SF. Plan was for two match races and then some fleet race starts and race. Unfortunately for us it was a short day after capsizing in our first race against Artemis.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère DCNS in San Francisco on standby
Stéphanie André,
Deprived of a favourable weather window over the short term for her bid to break the Transpacific record (Los Angeles - Honolulu), 'Hydroptère DCNS crew left their base in Long Beach to continue training in San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Capsize images
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Emirates Team New Zealand and China Team capsize images from top international photographer Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day -1 ACWS San Francisco - Coutts on the ACWS
Bob Fisher,
Day -1: Russell Coutts was holding nothing back when he talked with a small media group the day before the America's Cup World Series 2012/2013 began. He was unreserved when asked about the relative merits of Match and Fleet racing: 'I think the guys who made the Deed of Gift, and changed the event from a fleet race to a match race, [if they were still about] would think the move was a pity.'... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds - Weather halts competition on day 2 + Videos
Pierre Orphanidis,
On day two of the 2012 Zhik Nautica Moth World Championships, very light and unstable breeze on Lake Garda didn't let the Moths fly. The race committee will try to schedule as many races as possible on Wednesday with an 8:30am morning start.... [more]
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