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 11 Mar 2013
 

Spithill and the Kiwis, exclusive AC72 vision, SH Regatta and Etchells

AC72 Sail 4 / Foiling / ORACLE TEAM USA / San Francisco (USA) / 01-10-12 - Oracle Team USA - Foiling - October 2012  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©
The Australian sailors in the 2013 America´s Cup teams are making a very significant impact.

Back in 2000 freckle faced James (Jimmy) Spithill at age 20 was the skipper of Syd Fischer's underfunded Young Australia team. He campaigned thru various Cup iterations, won a match racing World title and in 2010 Spithill became the youngest ever winner of the America's Cup, with BMW Oracle.

33rd America's Cup - BMW ORACLE Racing -James Spithill has a long way to look up.  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

We will be talking to the now 33 year regularly over the next six months leading up to the September event in San Francisco. We had a long conversation with him last week and today we publish the first part of that extended interview. How the expensive AC72 capsize has made his team tougher and how he has no desire to be a New Zealander. I admit to breaking up as he delivered those lines with a straight face.

In Part 2 that we will publish later in the week, Jimmy tells us more about the two boat program and what he REALLY thinks about the Kiwis.

Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZ just before the prestart - AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna March 8, 2013  Richard Gladwell ©

But they are not all bad, those sheep herders, on Friday afternoon the two America's Cup AC72's working out of Auckland, Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand, staged a series of semi-formal race training sessions off Takapuna Beach and as you´d expect Sail-World´s Richard Gladwell was right there. In this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter we feature three image galleries and a long video clip of one of the sessions.

All these were shot by RG from the seawall off Takapuna, which offered a remarkable vantage point for America's Cup fans, who could scarcely believe what they were seeing. This is content that you really have to look at.

Emirates Team NZ gets through to windward and ahead of Luna Rossa as they near the first turning mark - March 8 2013, ETNZLR - - AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna  Richard Gladwell ©

Over on our side of the ditch, it was a little slower paced.

Sydney Harbour Regatta 2013 - 9-10/03/2013, Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Sydney  © Andrea Francolini / MHYC

We had the Sydney Harbour Regatta, hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club, 220 boats, sunshine and 8-17 knots. Grant Wharington and his 100 foot long Wild Thing from Queensland got to race at last after the Rolex Sydney Hobart hiccup. Great pix from Drew Franks (Andrea Francolini) and full reports.

Heading to the hitch mark with Fifteen - 2013 AUS - VIC Championships  © Alex McKinnon


A weekend ago John Curnow reported on the NSW Etchells titles, this weekend it was the Victorian Etchells championships. Great reports, John knows his way around the race track and it shows. You will note we are gradually adding audio to our on water reports too.

A great weekend and plenty more local and OS news, grab a coffee and enjoy it all.


The Sail-World.com Team



Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Mendelblatt and Fatih claim the Cup
Icarus Sailing Media,
At the 2013 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, five one-design fleets, awash with competitors representing over a dozen nations, concluded six days of racing. With points tight among the top contenders in each class, the big story of the regatta was the win of the 86th Bacardi Cup by the Florida team of Mark Mendelblatt (St. Petersburg) and Brian Fatih (Miami).... [more]
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America's Cup update with Oracle helm James Spithill (part 1)
The Sail-World.com Team,
Oracle skipper and helm, James Spithill is a straight talking Australian. Sail-world interviewed him at length last week. Some of his observations were predictable and diplomatic but others less so and there is obviously some needle between Oracle USA and the Team New Zealand already.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Melges 24 champion crowned
Joy Dunigan,
The closing day of the Melges 24 Atlantic Coast Championship in conjunction with the 2013 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week proved the strength of yesterday's leader board with all three teams remaining on the podium. Italy's Riccardo Simoneschi, owner of Audi, impressed the fleet with two bullets today overtaking the lead with a five point spread to win the Melges 24 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week.... [more]
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Easy Tiger III settles for second best at Sydney Harbour Regatta
Lulu Roseman,
The Melges 32 Easy Tiger III made an impressive regatta debut at the Sydney Harbour Regatta over the weekend by finishing second overall behind the 2012 defending champion, 2Unlimited skippered by Greg ‘Enzo' Prescott... [more]
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NSW 18ft Skiffs Championship - Close racing on Sydney Harbour
Frank Quealey,
NSW 18ft Skiffs Championship fifth race was held today, Sunday 10 March 2013, on Sydney Harbour. Gotta Love It 7 became the 2012-2013 champion when Euan McNicol (replacing regular skipper Seve Jarvin), Scott Babbage and Peter Harris took out the last race of the championship.... [more]
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Sydney Harbour Regatta - Final day
Di Pearson,
Sydney Harbour Regatta, hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club, was blessed for the second year running with beautiful conditions, both days boasting winds of 8-10 knots early on and reaching 16-17 knots by late afternoon.... [more]
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If not one, then the other for Etchells
John Curnow,
So if yesterday was all about the warm Northerly, then today just had to be about the cooler Southerly. It seems only fair, after all, but the crews had to wait a little for it. There were the obligatory Swiss cheese holes in the wafting ‘wind' that hung over Melbourne's Port Phillip this morning, so it was little wonder that the AP with an hour's delay to racing was hoisted at around 1000hrs.... [more]
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2013 Gastra TP52 World Championship action images
Sail-world.com,
2013 Gastra TP52 World Championship action images by Rick Tomlinson... [more]
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Easter Racing: teams left turn ahead
Tracey Johnstone,
Manly Mooloolaba Hart Cup Race and Mooloolaba Yacht Club Easter Regatta 2013. With only four weeks to go to Easter there is plenty of talk around town about Mooloolaba's upcoming twin sailing event.... [more]
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Gaastra 52 World Championship - Rán Racing stay cool to lift title
52 series media,
Gaastra 52 World Championship - Niklas Zennström and the Rán Racing team secured the Gaastra 52 World Championship title on the final run of the last race of the series after a thrilling showdown off Miami's South Beach up against 52 Super Series champions and former world champions Azzurra.... [more]
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Sydney Harbour Regatta Day 1 images
Sail-world.com,
Andrea Francolini was on the water for Day One of the Sydney Harbour Regatta 2013. Here are some of his images.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Stars shine on Biscayne Bay + Video
Icarus Sailing Media,
Organizers of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week made the most of conditions on the penultimate day of competition as the Star class completed two races on Biscayne Bay where a northeast breeze of 8-11 knots was accompanied by a light chop. The first win of the day went to defending champions Xavier Rohart and Serge Pulfer, while the second race was won by 2012 Olympians Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih.... [more]
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Melbourne to King Island 2013 - Scarlet Runner takes line honours
Stephanie Juleff,
Scarlet Runner has taken line honours in the 2013 Melbourne to King Island race. In a time of 11 hours 41 minutes 13 seconds, Robert Date and his crew arrived behind the race record that earlier this morning they had looked on pace to beat.... [more]
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ORCV Melbourne to King Island - Fleet almost in to Grassy Harbour
Stephanie Juleff,
It's going to be a tight one right to the end for the remaining boats in this year's ORCV Melbourne to King Island. eXtasea is nine and a half nautical miles from the finish line, with a pack racing behind her to the finish.... [more]
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First at the Victorian Etchells Championship
John Curnow,
Right up front, let's just get it done first and out of the way. It was definitely champagne sailing today. Yes. Hot temperatures, flat water, mild and warm breezes of enough consistency to race, yet with enough flicks to allow for the astute sailor to do well.... [more]
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Sydney Harbour Regatta Day 1 - postcard conditions
Di Pearson,
Middle Harbour Yacht Club's Sydney Harbour Regatta - off to a flying start today when the overcast skies cleared and the predicted ‘sickly easterly' turned into a perfect breeze of up to 15 knots on the Harbour and offshore courses, prompting Wild Thing owner, Grant Wharington, to comment: 'It was a great day; really beaut conditions.'... [more]
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History to repeat at the 2013 NZ Elliott 5.9 Nationals
Elliott 5.9 Class Association,
2013 is a notable year for the Elliott 5.9 fleet as 30 years will have passed since the first three boats made such an impact at the 100-strong 1983 NZ Trailer Yacht National Regatta sailed out of Bucklands Beach Yacht Club. The event is supported by PICMarine Insurance Brokers and Doyle Sail makers.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Field takes lead in Melges 24´s
Joy Dunigan,
Day two at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week turned out to be far better than expected, in terms of the weather that is. Eighteen Melges 24s enjoyed three races under glorious sunshine and moderate, but quite shifty breeze... [more]
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Gaastra 52 World Championships 2013 Day 4 images
Sail-world.com,
Gaastra 52 World Championships Day 4 images - with just a day to go, the action was tight and British photographer Ingrid Abery was in close... [more]
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Gaastra 52 World Championships - Rán Racing lead into the Miami final
52 series,
Gaastra 52 World Championships - Rounding off a long day on the sun drenched waters off Miami's South Beach with their fourth race win from seven starts, Niklas Zennström's Rán Racing lead the regatta by four clear points going in to Saturday, the final racing day.... [more]
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Melbourne to King Island 2013 yachts into Bass Strait
Stephanie Juleff,
The 2013 Melbourne to King Island Race has started on schedule in a light easterly breeze. As predicted by race directors Scarlet Runner, the largest competitor in this year's race, has taken its place at the head of the fleet, clear of the heads and set in for the Bass Strait journey.... [more]
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Sydney Harbour Regatta - Lengthened Wild Thing set for debut
Di Pearson,
Middle Harbour Yacht Club's Sydney Harbour Regatta is set to get underway at 11.30am on Saturday, 9th March with the Premier Class Ocean Passage, featuring Grant Wharington's lengthened Wild Thing from Queensland, which will make its debut as a 100 foot super maxi.... [more]
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Scarlet Runner on record pace in Melbourne to King Island Race
Stephanie Juleff,
Eight hours in to this year's Melbourne to King Island Race and Scarlet Runner has stamped itself firmly in the lead. Robert Date's Rp-52 is streaking ahead at speeds of 11 knots, 37NM ahead of the rest of the fleet. With around 45 nautical miles left to go, they might just be on pace to get in to Grassy Harbour ahead of Cadibarra 8's 2002 race record of ten hours and eight minutes.... [more]
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America's Cup: Am-Cam Video - AC72s at Takapuna Beach - Practice Race
Richard Gladwell,
Two challengers for the 34th America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, had several practice racing sessions off Takapuna Beach, on March 8. This video picks the boats up from before the start, follows through a short prestart sequence, then than takes in the first reach, the mark rounding and then the first downwind leg until Emirates Team New Zealand gybed off... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72 at Takapuna Beach - First reach and Downwind
Richard Gladwell,
Two challengers for the 34th America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, had several practice racing sessions off Takapuna Beach, in a fresh offshore breeze.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72 at Takapuna Beach - the Start and first Reach
Richard Gladwell,
Two challengers for the 34th America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, had several practice racing sessions off Takapuna Beach, in a fresh offshore breeze. Sail-World captured the action... [more]
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Entries sought for 47th Governor's Cup
Nancy Mellon,
The oldest junior match racing championship, the Governor's Cup, will take place at Balboa Yacht Club July 16-21, 2013. The Governor's Cup has many alumni who have gone on to be victorious in sailing competitions around the world, including the America's Cup and the World Match Race Tour... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 - Victory and defeat in Muscat + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
It may not have been high speed racing on the final day of the Extreme Sailing Series opening Act in Muscat, Oman, but it was as tense as it gets, and in classic Extreme Sailing Series style, it came down to the final race for the winner to be decided.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Charlie Ekberg joins Artemis Racing
Jennifer McHugh,
Artemis Racing has now announced that Charlie Ekberg will join Artemis Racing White during the America's Cup World Series (ACWS) April 16-21 in Naples, Italy. The move marks Artemis Racing's investment in the next generation of America's Cup sailors and Swedish youth sailing. Charlie is one of Sweden's leading 49er helmsman.... [more]
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XXXX Sail Paradise - All systems go for fourth edition at SYC
Bronwen Ince,
XXXX Sail Paradise vessels have begun to arrive at Southport Yacht Club for the fourth annual edition. Events will begin on Thursday 14th March with the XXXX Welcoming Party from 6pm, followed by a strong fleet of 12 IRC vessels, competing from Friday 15 - Sunday 17 March, vessels from both Queensland and New South Wales will be competing.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Mother Nature must have had other plans
Jan Harley,
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) has been underway for three days with 56 Star teams competing for the 86th Bacardi Cup. Today, sailors in the Audi Melges 20, Melges 24, Viper 640 and J/70 classes were to have their first day of racing on Biscayne Bay, however, Mother Nature must have had other plans as she delivered just enough breeze to allow one race to be sailed in each of those classes.... [more]
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