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31 Aug 2012

17 emerges, ENTZ pushes 40 knots—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Oracle Team USA emerges from the shed in San Francisco  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©
This week's big racing news comes—not surprisingly—from San Francisco and Oracle Racing's camp, where the Defender of the 34th America's Cup recently pulled their first (of two) wingsail-powered AC72s from the shed, spilling light on what is widely regarded as one of the world's most sophisticated catamarans. As of this writing, the team have now test-stepped her mighty wingsail, formally christened her 'USA 17', and splashed their sleek-looking 72-foot sailing platform.


USA-17  


While Oracle Racing has been fairly tight-lipped with comments and officially released images of their stealthy-looking machine with the funky-looking central 'pod', there's a fantastic video—inside this issue—that shows some of the boat's exotic lines, her massive wingsail, and the elaborately choreographed effort required to 'step' her rig. Current reports are calling for USA 17 to enter her test-sailing phase next week, so stand by for updates, as they unfurl.

And speaking of AC72s, Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) has had their mighty wingsail-powered America's Cup challenger online for a few weeks now and have been consistently pressing the envelope as far as speed and loads are concerned. According to reports, ENTZ recently pushed the 40-knot barrier during a 20-knot day of sailing out on the Hauraki Gulf.


Emirates Team NZ AC72 sailing at speed in Auckland, on her fourth sailing day  Chris Cameron/ETNZ


'We sailed in, I guess it was over 20 knots a lot of the day,' reported ENTZ team boss, Grant Dalton. 'No problems really at all. And you could have problems today, for sure. So, we're happy with the way it's gone. The boat was in the high 30s—we didn't touch 40—but we were close to 40 at one stage. But we were flying!' The team's video footage and still images, inside, are must-see material for anyone interested in seriously fast racing machines.

Meanwhile, the Extreme Sailing Series Act Five has kicked off in Cardiff, UK, featuring plenty of breeze and tough competition. 'It was a wild day, things happened quick and it was some of the tightest courses and some of the strongest wind we've had and that made it pretty exciting,' said Omar Air skipper, Morgan Larson (USA).


2012 Extreme Sailing Series Act 5  Lloyd Images ©


'It was kind of hectic, there were tight corners, it was gusty, shifty, and basically we're happy to have got through that day without any damage,' said Larson. 'The racing today was tactical, but boat handling was really the key today, that is really what got us through—sharp boat handling by all the guys.' More, inside.

Also inside, check out Olympic and AC great Rod Davis' insights on the 1988 Cup and get the latest news from Luna Rossa's camp regarding their high-profile new coach. And finally, don't miss the Farr 40 Worlds preview or the latest news from the London Paralympics 2012, the PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup and the St. Moritz Match Race.


Angulo and Dunkerbeck collide - PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup 2012  © John Carter / PWA


May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



America's Cup: Oracle Team USA is splashed in San Francisco + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Despite not being mentioned in yesterday's short media release from the US Defender, postponing their Media Day, it is now been confirmed that Oracle Team USA, have christened and splashed their first AC72. A video released today shows the 72ft catamaran being christened, and then lowered into the waters of San Francisco Bay by crane. She was also given a tow test, usually done to check for leaks.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championship – New inductees enter Hall of Fame
Robert Deaves,
At the OK Dinghy World Championship prizegiving held in Vallensbaek, Denmark last month, six more sailors were inducted into the OK Dinghy Hall of Fame. The OK Dinghy Hall of Fame was set up in 2007, on the classes 50th anniversary, to recognise outstanding contributions and achievements by individuals in the class, both on and off the water.... [more]
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U.S. Olympic Sailing Program under review
Jake Fish,
US Sailing President Gary Jobson has appointed an independent panel to review the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program.... [more]
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Paralympics London 2012 - SKUD18 competition
IFDS,
Australia's Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch and Great Britain's Alex Rickham and Niki Birrell will be the teams to beat.... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series - IRC North American Championship preview
Barby MacGowan,
The Rolex Big Boat Series doubles as the 2012 IRC North American Championship and competition for the IRC classes will be hotter than ever. While the big guns are slinging it out on San Francisco Bay from Thursday, September 6 through Sunday, September 9, three one-design classes, a new HPR (High Performance Rule) class and a performance catamaran class also will be sporting some top names.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Dutchman Tom Touber named COO
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race top management will be further strengthened with the addition of Dutchman Tom Touber who has today been named Chief Operating Officer (COO). Touber, 48, who has significant experience with the Race and within sailing generally, will report directly to CEO Knut Frostad and will assume operational responsibilities from Race headquarters in Alicante from September 3.... [more]
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Paralympics London 2012 - Sonars prepare for action
IFDS,
The 14-boat Sonar fleet will line up on 1 September as the 42 sailors in the three-person keelboat begin their Paralympic pursuit. British, Dutch, French, Norwegian, Israeli and German boats will be the front runners come race time.... [more]
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PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup - Day 4 a sight to behold
Chris Yates,
On day four of the PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup it was another enthralling day of action on the water as Alacati delivered the perfect slalom conditions for the third day in a row. With the sun shining and the wind blowing, between 15-25 knots, hundreds of spectators were treated to a sight to behold as the elite of the slalom world delivered another outstanding display.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - Robertson rises on day 2
Leigh Ireland,
On day two of the 2012 St. Moritz Match Race, a lack of wind eventually put a halt to racing, but Phil Robertson profited from a return to form which resulted in his rise to fourth on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour leaderboard after four stages... [more]
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Farr 40 World Championship preview
KPMS,
The Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 15th edition marks the climax of the F40 Class season and will take place in Chicago, in the United States, from 17-20 September. Around 20 boats are expected to compete at what promises to be an exciting competition where the level playing field of one-design racing ensures the best-prepared boat and crew prevail.... [more]
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America's Cup: Volvo Champion signs with Italian Challenger
Sail-World,
Italian America's Cup Challenger, Team Luna Rossa Challenge 2013, has announced that it has finalized a technical and sports agreement with French sailor Franck Cammas, winning skipper of the 2012 Round the World Race and one of the world's top multihulls experts. Cammas will join the team in the role of coach.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 fifth edition preview
Louay Habib,
RORC Caribbean 600 fifth edition is set to get underway on Monday 18th February 2013, in Antigua. The race attracts a wide variety of yachts from all over the world, including ocean going performance cruisers and some of the world's most magnificent yachts.... [more]
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International 18 Skiff Regatta day 3 - Fortunes change
Rich Roberts,
Rollerson moved up from fifth to third in the 18-boat battle, a point behind the USA's Howie Hamlin, whose 3-3-4 day left him seven points behind pacesetting Alex Vallings.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ claims near 40kts in AC72 + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand are claiming that their AC72 launched in July, achieved speeds close to 40kts sailing yesterday on the Hauraki Gulf. The speeds were achieved on just the fourth day of sailing in the 72ft catamaran which is the first of its type to be launched in the world.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle fits wing but delays AC 72 launch
Sail-World,
Oracle Team USA have postponed their Media Day, which was to have seen their first AC72 catamaran launched, but not sailed. Instead, the first dry-fit of the 12 story-high wingsail on the platform of the the AC72 was completed at their Pier 80 base in San Francisco today.... [more]
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Paralympics London 2012 - U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team preview
US Sailing,
The 2012 U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team represents the best of American Paralympic sailing. As the top-scoring eligible American athletes in their respective Paralympic sailing classes, Jen French and JP Creignou, Mark LeBlanc, and Paul Callahan, Tom Brown and Bradley Johnson successfully completed qualification.... [more]
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ICSA All-Academic Sailing Team nominations sought
Matthew Lindblad,
The ICSA All-Academic Sailing Team recognizes those scholar athletes who have distinguished themselves in national and intersectional competition, while achieving the highest levels of academic excellence. The ICSA All-Academic Sailing Team (AAST) was inaugurated in 2006, and joins the ICSA All-American Sailing Team, which recognizes outstanding competitive performance only.... [more]
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Hurricane Season - Useful information
US Sailing,
With Hurricane Isaac impacting the gulf coast states this week, and nine more weeks of the 2012 Hurricane Season remaining, Gowrie Group invites you to visit the Gowrie Storm Center... [more]
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PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup - Non-stop drama on day 3
Chris Yates,
On day three of the PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup a further two eliminations were completed, once the wind settled in, after a somewhat frustrating morning. However, the wind soon swung more cross-shore which resulted in an afternoon of spectacular slalom, with high, lows and non-stop drama.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - Commanding victories on day 1
MaxComm Communication,
On the first day of competition at the 2012 St. Mortiz Match Race, Laurie Jury made an early statement of his intentions in Switzerland as he took five wins from five in shifty winds on Lake St. Moritz and put himself in a good position ahead of the second day of qualifying tomorrow.... [more]
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San Diego to Vallarta Race 2014 dates announced
Jared Wohlgemuth,
San Diego to Vallarta Race, the 31st Biennial 'Race to Paradise,' is scheduled for March 13th to 22nd 2014. You won't want to miss this... save the dates March 13 - 22, 2014! In 2012, Dennis Pennell's R/P 50 Blue Blazes set the course on fire in the 30th edition of the San Diego Yacht Club Vallarta Race, winning Division 3 and First Overall.... [more]
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International 18ft Skiff Regatta day 2 - Hamlin's surprise
Rich Roberts,
Harry Hamlin and crew defended against all the ferocity that San Francisco Bay had to offer, on an otherwise cool but cloudless sunny day. Harry Hamlin and crew defended against all the ferocity that San Francisco Bay had to offer, on an otherwise cool but cloudless sunny day. That's what it took for the USA's six-time winner Hamlin to collect a runaway win, which was no easy task... [more]
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Rod Davis: Back to the Future - Have we progressed since 1988?
Rod Davis,
While sitting in LA Airport waiting for the plane home, professional sailing coach, Olympic Gold and Silver medalist and long time America's Cup crew and skipper, Rod Davis penned these insights on the 1988 America's Cup, and asks if we really progressed in 2012? 'Sometimes when you get beat, you are hurting so much you can't see or appreciate the effort and magic of the other team. '... [more]
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America's Cup - Oracle Team USA to launch of AC72 this week
Tim Jeffery,
Oracle Team USA has started the countdown to launching its first AC72 wingsailed catamaran this week. Friday 31 August is the first scheduled sailing day for the boat that will play a central role in the San Francisco team's bid to win the America's Cup again next year. Today, the giant 12 story high wing was lifted at Pier 80 in a successful test of the new ground handling systems.... [more]
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Wingsails, ODs and gender roles—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Editorial... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Francisco a success
Jane Eagleson,
The luster of the AC World Series San Francisco still radiates two days after racing ended. The debut of wingsail catamaran racing on the Bay has generated great excitement throughout the AC host city. Even track and field star Michael Johnson, the four-time gold medalist the greatest long sprinter in the history of track and field, admired the athleticism required to race the AC45.... [more]
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PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup - Intense action on day 2
Chris Yates,
Following a relaxed opening to the 2012 PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup yesterday, today was at the opposite end of the spectrum as the event exploded into life. The wind arrived right from the off, which allowed two men's and women's eliminations to be completed in incredible slalom conditions over a grueling seven and a half hours on the water.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - Mathieu Richard seeks third win
MaxComm Communication,
The St. Mortiz Match Race gets underway tomorrow and Mathieu Richard, who has won the event two times previously, will be joining this fifth stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour as a wildcard. With Bjorn Hansen battling with Ian Williams for top spot on the overall Tour leaderboard, there is much at stake as the world's top match racers begin their battle to become ‘King of the Mountain'.... [more]
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Youth Sailing World Championship - ISAF invite bids to host 2016 event
ISAF,
The ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship is ISAFs longest running event, having taken place every year since the first championships hosted by Sweden in 1971. ISAF is now inviting bids to host the 2016 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship.... [more]
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