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09 Jan 2013

Cupdate and Vendee Globe News—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Match Racing Semi finals of the San Diego ACWS event  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing©
The big news on the America's Cup scene is the announcement that the previously planned U.S. events for the 2013 America's Cup World Series (ACWS) have been cancelled. While the locations of these events were never officially specified, they were slated for May 28-30 and May 31-June 2, respectively, and it was anticipated that the regattas would take place in New York City. As it currently stands, the only ACWS event that will be taking place in 2013 will occur in Naples, Italy (April 16-21).


According to reports, the America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA) cited the close calendar proximity between the previously scheduled [New York] events and the start of what the ACEA dubbed the 'summer of sailing', which will start on July 4 with the Louis Vuitton Cup and continue through the conclusion of the 34th America's Cup, which starts on September 7. Both events, of course, will take place on San Francisco Bay using the newly launched AC72 class of wingsail-powered catamarans.


'Our number-one priority has to be the events scheduled for San Francisco this summer,' said ACEA chief executive officer, Stephen Barclay. 'San Francisco's spectacular-but-demanding bay will ensure a memorable America's Cup.'


Also in Cup news, internationally respected AC designer Duncan MacLane recently went on the record saying that despite Oracle Racing's capsize setbacks, he still gives the Defender of the 34th Cup a better than a 60-percent chance of successfully defending the Auld Mug in September.


'Oracle has an incredibly strong team and with tons of experience,' said MacLane. 'At the early stages I would have said that the chance of someone beating the U.S. was extremely slim, but right now I would say that it is maybe an even game.' Get the full Cup report, inside this issue.


Francois Gabart, Macif - 2012 Vendee Globe  Vincent Curutchet / DPPI



Meanwhile, in the solo and unassisted nonstop-around-the-world Vendee Globe race, current leader Francois Gabart ('Macif') continues to build and hold his now triple-digit lead over his second-placed rival, Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire).


Jean Pierre Dick, Virbac Paprec 3 - 2012 Vendee Globe  © JM Liot / DPPI / Virbac-Paprec Sailing Team



Interestingly, it was third-placed Jean-Pierre Dick ('Virbac-Paprec 3') that saw the most action in the past few days, as he had to contend with a busted soft shackle that's used to attach the forestay to the deck. Also of interest is that Bernard Stamm ('Cheminées Poujoulat')-who has endured a series of unfortunate set-backs in the past week-is seeking to re-fuel after almost running out of the precious liquid that's used to make the even more precious electricity that all raceboats need.


Bernard Stamm, Cheminees Poujoulat - 2012 Vendee Globe  Vincent Curutchet / DPPI



Also inside, check out the latest from the ZHIK CST Moth Australian Championships, get the latest scoop on the newly coined 'Sperry Top-Sider Melges 24 Worlds', and learn about Stanford University's juggernaut victory in the Rose Bowl Regatta.


May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Vendee Globe - Golding makes history, rounds Cape Horn for sixth time
Gamesa,
British and Gamesa solo sailor Mike Golding successfully rounded the Cape Horn on Wednesday 9 January, at 02:05 GMT, making him the only person to have raced around the dangerous rock three times each way: west to east and east to west.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA's second wingsail arrives in San Fran
Sail-World,
The new wing sail for Oracle Team USA arrived to San Francisco on Tuesday afternoon, completing a journey from New Zealand and around the South Bay before pulling into the team base at Pier 80. The wing is the second built by the team and will be fitted into the Defender's first AC72 to begin sailing again in the coming weeks. See video of the arrival and unloading... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race online entries hits capacity in 24-hours
Trish Jenkins, RORC,
By the time it hit midday, the Royal Ocean Racing Club confirmed that online entries for the Rolex Fastnet Race had hit capacity. Less than 24-hours after the online entry system opened, 300 boats had registered for this classic race. This sets a new record previously held by the last race in 2011 when the limit was reached after ten days.... [more]
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SCYA Women's Sailing Convention to launch at Bahia Corinthian YC
D. Scott Croft,
The west coast's premier sailing convention for women is set to launch on Saturday, February 2nd, at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, California. The Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the primary sponsor of the 24th Annual Women's Sailing Convention, presented by the Southern California Yachting Association (SCYA).... [more]
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America's Cup: Top designer still rates Oracle's chances of success
Sail-World,
Top America's Cup designer, Duncan MacLane rates Oracle Team USA's chances at better than 60% of mounting a successful Defence of the America's Cup in September 2013, despite the capsize in October which ripped four months out of their development program. 'I think it is possible, Oracle have an incredibly strong team and with tons of experience. At the early stages I would have said that the c... [more]
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Vendee Globe - High speed action at sea
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Bernard Stamm and his Team Cheminées Poujoulat today announced that they have elected the solution to get more fuel onboard his Open 60 Cheminées Poujoulat at sea, boat-to-boat. This solution ensures the safety for the sailor and his monohull, because approaching a port without means of propulsion, or navigation data could be dangerous.... [more]
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America's Cup Event Authority announces focus on 'Summer of Sailing'
America's Cup Event Authority,
In an effort to retain a sharp focus on the centerpiece of sailing's most prestigious trophy, the America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA) will shift its attention from the America's Cup World Series (ACWS) events contemplated for later in the spring. Instead, the ACEA will turn its full focus to San Francisco's 'Summer of Sailing,' starting with the Louis Vuitton Cup beginning July 4th and culminatin... [more]
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America's Cup: US events in America's Cup World Series cancelled
Richard Gladwell,
In a media conference just concluded the America's Cup Events Authority have announced that the two America's Cup World Series events scheduled for USA have been cancelled. The events were set down from May 28-30, and May 31 - June 2, 2013. Although no venue was nominated on www.americascup.com, the official website, it was advised that they were to have been held in New York.... [more]
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Vendèe Globe - SynerCiel due to round Cape Horn
Vendèe Globe,
Vendèe Globe - At the end of the pacific passage, through the treacherous deep south, Cape Horn is the last mandatory gate via which the skippers must pass. It is their dream to round the mythical Horn, synonymous with turning into the final furlong, onto the home strait.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle expect second wingsail to arrive on Tuesday
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup Defender Oracle team USA have are expecting their second wingsail to arrive in San Francisco on Tuesday. The 40 metre wingsail which has been shipped in sections, was constructed by Core Builders Composites in Warkworth, near Auckland, New Zealand.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Complex conditions for the fleet + Video
Vendee Globe,
At 5:15am in the Vendee Globe, Jean-Pierre Dick called his technical team to explain the strop (a soft shackle), which attached the forstay to the deck had broken. At the time of the incident, Virbac-Paprec 3 was sailing upwind in 30 knots of wind, with two reefs in mainsail and the staysail up. Jean Pierre immediately put the boat downwind to stabilize the situation and began work on the repair.... [more]
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2013 Melges 24 Worlds to be sponsored by Sperry Top-Sider
Georgina Bartlett,
The leading global nautical performance and lifestyle brand Sperry Top-Sider®, is proud to announce its title sponsorship of the 2013 Sperry Top-Sider Melges 24 World Championship. Teams from across the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, Japan and Australia are expected to participate in the Championship, which will be hosted by the San Francisco YC from September 20th, 2013 to October 5th, 2013... [more]
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Stellar Field at Australian ZHIK CST 2013 Moth Nationals + Video
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
2013 ZHIK CST Moth Australian Championshipss Day 1 - The ever consistent Scott Babbage leads a stellar field after the first three races of the Championships being sailed out of Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club on Lake Macquarie in the NSW Central Coast, have taken results of a second, a first and a third from the 66 boat fleet.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Tactical showdown continues for Gabart, Le Cleac'h
Vendee Globe,
The Vendee Globe 2012-2013 continues to be a fierce tactical battle between Francois Gabart and Armel Le Cleac'h with Banque Populaire's skipper surging towards east with the hope of taking the advantage of a pivotal wind shift.... [more]
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Sailing and Sponsorship – you can't have one without the other
Jeni Bone,
Recently, a feature piece by the editor of UK consultancy site, YachtSponsorship ran on this and other sites in the TetraMedia group, pondering the pros and cons of sponsorship in the sport of sailing, and lamenting that too often, the branding overshadows the sailors.... [more]
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Two Gates Pursuit Race 2013 - Long blows by competition to take title
Rick Roberts,
The Two Gates Pursuit Race 2013 witnessed one of the best sailing performances in the history of the event as Long Beach Yacht Club's Peter Long steered his Santa Cruz 70, OEX, past 25 other boats to take the title.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Emotions high as Stamm collides with UFO + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, on Sunday morning, around 3.30AM (French time), Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) informed his shore crew he had hit an unidentified floating object, which ripped off his port side hydrogenerator. His second hydrogenerator is also broken and is not charging.... [more]
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America's Cup: Conditioning for the Cup - a look inside + Video
Emirates Team NZ,
Emirates Team NZ trainer David Slyfield updates on the team's training program, the demands on AC72 sailors, and where it will go from here in the final eight months of the 34th America's Cup. There's also some comparisons between crewing on the monohull America's Cuppers and the new AC72 catamarans. Features new onboard video, plus a look at the team in the gym.... [more]
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Vendee Globe: Jury to reopen case of Bernard Stamm
Sail-World,
After receiving the written testimony of Professor Marine Khoromov, the jury decided to reopen the investigation of Case No. 4 under RRS 66... [more]
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Laser North American Championships kick off loaded Cork season
Cork,
Cork lines up an exciting start for the 2013 sailing season with the staging of Laser North American Championships on July 24 to 28 for the Laser Radial, 4.7 and Standard. The annual Cork events will officially kick off with Optimist Cork August 9 to 11 and then the Cork International.... [more]
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