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10 Oct 2012

Fall colors, ODs and AC news—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

ETNZ currently has some of the fastest foils afloat  Richard Gladwell
October has always been one of my favorite times to sail. Leaves are turning color, otherwise-crowded waters are thinned as boats go onto the hard for the winter (at least in northern climes), and the heat of summer has given way to cooler days. Sure, days are shorter but races are savored more as thoughts of frostbiting (or skiing) start to pepper the conscious mind.


On San Francisco Bay, the Melges 20 class enjoyed fine fall sailing conditions for their U.S. Nationals, which just took place at the Corinthian Yacht Club. After eight races, Michael Kiss' 'Bacio' took top honors, followed by John Kilroy's 'Samba Pa Ti' and Richard Davies 'Section'. Impressively, this victory marks Kiss' third consecutive Melges 20 Nationals win. Get the full scoop.


Surfing action at the Melges 20 Nationals  Fiona Brown ©



Also on San Francisco Bay, this issue is teeming with great coverage from the recent America's Cup World Series (ACWS) San Francisco event. Some of the world's best shooters were on hand to capture fantastic image galleries of AC45s flying hulls, burying bows and offering the hordes of assembled spectators a wild show involving both match racing and fleet races. More, inside.


Speaking of the Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) won a serious point with the international jury that—while small on the surface—will make a big difference on the water. At the core of the debate, which was decided by the International Jury, was whether the AC72 class rule requires boats to be measured with their daggerboards up or down. Richard Gladwell, Sail-World's New Zealand editor, has put together a great in-depth look at what this decision will mean for next year's Louis Vuitton Series, as ETNZ now looks to have the fastest foils afloat (at least for now). Get the full story, inside this issue.


Canfield in close quarter battle with Berntsson downwind 2 - 2012 Argo Group Gold Cup  © Talbot Wilson / Argo Group Gold Cup



And in Hamilton, Bermuda, skipper Taylor Canfield (USVI) and his Team Chicago Match Race Center crew won the prestigious Argo Group Gold Cup by beating skipper Johnie Berntsson (SWE) and his Berntsson Sailing Team. Canfield won three straight bullets, earning his name on the King Edward VII Gold Cup Trophy and collecting a check for $50,000. 'This is the first time the four of us have sailed together as a team,' reported Canfield. 'I feel like my crew, Dan Morse, Josh McCaffrey and Mike Rehe, did such a great job that all I had to do was point the boat in the right direction. The finals just went really well for us and we just seemed to be picking the shifts.'


Also inside, get the post-play reports from the PWA Sylt World Cup, the RC44 Worlds and the 2012 Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup. Enjoy!


May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 10 October 2012
ISAF,
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 10 October 2012 have been released and for the first time include Kiteboarding.... [more]
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ISAF Presidential Candidate David Kellett nails his colours to mast
Sail-World,
In five weeks, the sailing world will gather in Dublin, Ireland to make a very important decision: Who will lead ISAF for the next four years? I urge you to attend the General Assembly on the 10th November and cast your vote to ensure ISAF has the best possible team to take it forward.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of Year Nominee - Tom Slingsby
ISAF,
Coming into the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition Tom Slingsby knew the Weymouth and Portland waters better than anyone and with an unbeaten record at the venue he was the overwhelming favourite to take gold... [more]
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Seawind Group Holdings released out of Voluntary Administration
Brent Vaughan,
The holding company of Seawind Catamarans and Corsair Marine, Seawind Group Holdings Pty Ltd, was released out of Voluntary Administration on October 9th 2012 by the Administrators, BRI Ferrier. As a result, the company is pleased to be back to business and fully operational.... [more]
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18' Hobie Tiger sets overall around Jamestown Record
Julianna Barbieri,
A new record was set for the Around Jamestown Record today. Dan Flanigan and Max Kramers sailed their 18 foot Hobie Tiger around Jamestown with an elapsed time of 1 hour 47 minutes and 24 seconds. The team chose to sail the course in a clockwise direction with 17 knots of wind in a northwesterly on an ebb tide.... [more]
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South West International Boat Show returns to Bay Area Houston
Sail America,
The fifth annual South West International Boat Show, presented by Geico, makes its return to the South Shore Harbour Marina, Bay Area Houston, Thursday through Sunday, March 21st–24th, 2013. As the Southwest's premier power and sailboat show and the largest in-water boat show in Texas, the Show is the only boat show in Texas endorsed by the national sailing association, Sail America.... [more]
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ACWS San Francisco Fleet Racing Championship – Tough race for Team BAR
Ben Ainslie,
The America's Cup World Series San Francisco Fleet Racing Championship round one concluded in San Francisco, California today. Ben Ainslie on the today's racing:... [more]
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America's Cup: Significant win for Emirates Team NZ in Jury Room
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand have been handed a small but very significant victory by the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup. In a decision dated October 7, 2012, the Jury has ruled on an application lodged by the New Zealand team on September 24, 2012, which queried a Public Interpretation given by the Measurement Committee. Features a 50ec video of Emirates Team NZ's AC72 foiling... [more]
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Sail For Hope in Newport
George Bekris,
The 2012 Sail For Hope to benefit Wounded Warriors and the Red Cross Family Assistance took place in Newport, RI on the 6th October.... [more]
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Post-Olympic era begins with a bang for the legendary Star Boat
Star Winter Series,
In August, the International Star Class sailboat said goodbye to the Olympics, after serving as the Men's Keelboat for the Games since 1932. Now, sailors from Florida and the Coral Reef Yacht Club are leading the charge to bring new excitement to this most historic of all racing yachts, with their announcement of the five-regatta Star Winter Series Presented By EFG International.... [more]
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Photos by Chuck Lantz, Saturday at the AC World Series San Francisco
Chuck Lantz,
America's Cup World Series - No fog and good winds, plus a rare mistake by Oracle's James Spithill. Images by photographer Chuck Lantz.... [more]
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AC World Series San Francisco concludes for Artemis Racing
Paul Cayard,
Artemis Racing's Paul Cayard reports on the conclusion of the America's Cup World Series in San Francisco, California: The AC World Series is over after the Super Sunday race amid the Blue Angels, the Blue Grass Festival the 49ers and the Giants. Today's race was heavily weighted with 40 points for first place rather than the 12 points for the winner of the first six fleet races.... [more]
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Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - Douglas Elmes emerges victorious
Laurie Fullerton,
Hamilton harbor set the stage for the final race of the 2012 Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup. Swiss sailor Damian Suri besting the fleet of 38 international and Bermuda sailors to win the tenth anniversary Renaissance Re trophy for his first place finish.... [more]
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ACWS San Francisco - Team USA Spithill claw back from slow start
Lisa Ramsperger,
America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Oracle Team USA Spithill clawed back from a slow start to win today's Super Sunday fleet race and take home the fleet racing overall championship at the . With the win, Oracle Team USA Spithill captured both the match racing and fleet racing titles... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Images by Chuck Lantz
Chuck Lantz,
More photos of Saturday's action at the America's Cup World Series San Francisco by photographer Chuck Lantz.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA win Match and Fleet racing World Series
Oracle Team USA Media,
Oracle Team USA - Spithill clawed back from a slow start to win today's Super Sunday fleet race and take home the fleet racing overall championship at the America's Cup World Series San Francisco. With the win, Oracle Team USA - Spithill captured both the match racing and fleet racing titles at the regatta.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship - Third victory for Bacio
Joy Dunigan,
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship 2012, which was hosted by the Corinthian Yacht Club, concluded yesterday, Sunday October 6th, with Michael Kiss on Bacio, alongside of tactician Chris Rast and crew Willie McBride winning for a third consecutive time.... [more]
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Kiteboard Course Racing Worlds - Winners decided in great style
IKA,
Following two days of qualifying series races and the final race series day, the last day of the 2012 Course Racing World Championships provided gusty offshore winds in the range of five to twenty knots. The race committee had a hard time to set a fair course and had to go approximately 2.5 kilometers offshore to place the starting line for the medal racecourse.... [more]
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America's Cup: Paul Todd's view of THAT capsize - Gallery 1
Paul Todd, Outside Images,
This is the first of two spectacular photo galleries taken by top international photographer, Paul Todd of Outside Images, who just happened to be on hand when James Spithill of Oracle Team USA performed a spectacular capsize on Day 4 of the America's Cup World Series... [more]
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America's Cup: Paul Todd's view of THAT capsize - Gallery 2
Paul Todd, Outside Images,
This is the second of two spectacular photo galleries taken by top international photographer, Paul Todd of Outside Images, who just happened to be on hand when James Spithill of Oracle Team USA performed a spectacular capsize on Day 4 of the America's Cup World Series... [more]
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Besides Spithill's crash, all went well on SF bay
Chuck Lantz,
Judging from all the images of what was probably the most-photographed capsize in sailing history, one might think the day was a total disaster. Not so.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ back into AC72 mode + Video
Warren Douglas,
The Emirates Team New Zealand sailing crew barely paused when they returned to the dock after the final day of the ACWS San Francisco regatta. They had showers and a quick change of clothes before grabbing taxis to San Francisco airport for the overnight flight to Auckland where the AC72 awaits.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa takes World Series result on the chin
Luna Rossa,
Sunday was the final day of the second America's Cup World Series of San Francisco. The format of the final regatta is such that the winner scores extra 40 points. Luna Rossa Swordfish, in spite of its strong start at the head of the fleet, was covered at the first gate and rounded the mark slowly, that cost the boat a loss of five positions.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Canfield sweeps the finals
Talbot Wilson,
In Hamilton, Bermuda, Taylor Canfield (ISV) Team Chicago Match Race Center swept the finals of the 2012 Argo Group Gold Cup, etching his name on the King Edward VII Gold Cup Trophy and taking home a check for $50,000 by defeating Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 3-0.... [more]
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