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19 Mar 2013

AC72 speed and a Farr 40 report—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Artemis Racing and Oracle Team USAAC72 training in San Francisco Bay in early February  Artemis Racing
While Oracle Team USA, Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) and Luna Rossa Challenge all managed to get up on their foils within a few days of first trimming-on the wingsails of their mighty AC72s, the Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing, has been beleaguered with speed issues since day one. Artemis Racing, it will be remembered, headed back to the shed a few weeks ago after some two-boat testing with Oracle Team USA on San Francisco Bay revealed some 'significant' speed deficits compared to the American boat. Now, the Swedish-flagged team is finally starting to release (a small amount of) media involving their latest composite-construction surgery.

Artemis Racing and Oracle Team USA AC72 training in San Francisco Bay in early February  Artemis Racing

While the main goal of Artemis' shed exercise is to get the mighty catamaran up on foils like her Kiwi, American and Italian 'friends', the team is also trying to coax every extra knot of boatspeed out of their first-generation AC72. According to Andy Fethers, Luna Rossa's bowman, one of the other tasks facing the team is to improve the boat's aerodynamic profile.

11/02/2013 - San Francisco (USA) - 34th America's Cup - Artemis Racing AC72 training  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

Inside, check out the teaser video showing the team's efforts (as well as a sneak preview of what the team's modified AC72 will look like) at making their boat faster through the air, and stay tuned for more updates from Artemis' camp, as they become known.

Skipper Wolfgang Schaefer and the Struntje Light team maintained the lead at the Miami Beach Invitational - Miami Beach Invitational   Sarah Proctor

Meanwhile, down in Florida, the racing action was hot at the Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational. According to reports, two down-to-the-wire finishes determined the regatta's final podium positions. 'It feels great,' said Wolfgang Schaefer, skipper of 'Struntje Light', which won the event by a one-point delta over 'Plenty'. 'We were a little bit worried because we had old sails, but we had good speed downwind and [tactician] Peter [Holmberg] did a tremendous job the whole regatta. We also have very good trimmers and they make life easy for me.'

Skipper Wolfgang Schaefer and the Struntje Light team celebrate their victory back at the dock. - Miami Beach Invitational   William Wagner

Everyone involved agreed that the racing was ultra-close. 'It was a hard-fought win and those always taste the best,' said Holmberg. 'We had very tricky conditions out there all week. I think the key was to get a feel for what the wind was doing on a particular day. It required a loose style of sailing and be ready to make adjustments because things could change from one leg to the next.'

Get the full scoop from the Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational, inside this issue.

Edgartown Race Weekend 2013  Michael Berwind

Also inside, get the latest scoop on ETNZ's fortunately small mishap with one of their wingsails down in New Zealand, check-out the post-racing report from the St. Mary's Women's Intersectional Regatta and don't miss the event preview from the Edgartown Yacht Club's Big Boat Buoy Races and 'Round the Island Race.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Les Voiles de St. Barth - No sweeter a name for fine competition
Kirsten Ferguson,
Les Voiles de St. Barth. The name has a ring to it all its own, though it describes but a single regatta among several in a series that lures the world's best sailors to the Caribbean each spring.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - Fresh winds on the horizon
Trish Jenkins,
New activities for the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival were summarised at a press conference hosted by the Event Committee on at Peg Legs Restaurant. The occasion included the culturally and historically important presentation of Intrepid, a Tortola Sloop which was donated to the Virgin Islands Maritime Museum by the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival in association with VP Bank.... [more]
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Edgartown Race Weekend 2013 - Extra day of sailing
Kirsten Ferguson,
Edgartown Race Weekend 2013. The Edgartown Yacht Club has added an extra day to its Big Boat Buoy Races (BBBR), which were inaugurated in 2012 as a one-day partner event to the club's famously popular 'Round the Island Race. Now the club, located on the renowned island retreat of Martha's Vineyard, can offer three full days of racing as part of its annual sailing event.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ damage wingsail in launch drama
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand have damaged their wingsail, in a launching incident, early this afternoon, NZT. The incident occurred as the wingsail was being lifted into place prior to the AC72 platform being taken from the hangar and placed underneath the wing, before rigging is secured.... [more]
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Circumnavigation of Bermuda in an Optimist - a first!
Colin Thompson, Royal Gazette/Sail-World,
The sailor was Welsh, the island was British, the location was off the coast of North America. Tom Herbert-Evans carved his name in local sailing history this week when he became the first sailor to circumnavigate the Island of Bermuda in a 7'6' dinghy. It might have been only local historians who are interested, but you can't help admiring his pluck and fortitude when you read the story.... [more]
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Calling Caribbean sailors: New Rally to the Amazon Basin from Trinidad
Nancy Knudsen,
So you've finished your sailing season in the Caribbean and now you have to either fly home (whether home is in Sussex, Ohio or Australia) or hunker down for the season and do some maintenance. No, it's not true - there's another option – there's the new Nereid's Rally to some exotic destinations of Guyana and French Guiana.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week - RS Elite Challenge on the way!
Louay Habib,
Lay Day at the 2013 Antigua Sailing Week will take place on Pigeon Beach on 1st May 2013. There will be joy for the whole family ashore with beach games, barbeques and music, but this year there will also be a spectacular new one-design racing competition on the water.... [more]
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Images of the 2013 Sydney Harbour Regatta
Beth Morley,
The Sydney Harbour Regatta was staged by the Middle Harbour Yacht Club in the second week in March. It attracted more than 200 keelboats racing in 26 divisions over 10 course areas on the harbour and offshore. Sydney based photographer Beth Morley captured the action... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis goes Aero + Video
Sail-World.com,
A few weeks ago, Artemis racing announced they were pulling their first AC72 off the training track, for modifications. The decision to take a time out came after initial race training against Oracle Team USA, when Artemis Racing opted to to join the foiling school of the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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St. Mary's Womens Intersectional Regatta - Shifty winds on Day 2
Adam Werblow,
St. Mary's Womens Intersectional Regatta 2013. Breeze came from the E, NE, S, SW with periods of solid pressure followed by glass often relating to flashes of sun and rain. Competitors were appreciative of the tremendous job trying to keep the courses square by PRO Justin Law and markset Chris Brady.... [more]
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He wasn't clipped on. Another sailor washed overboard drowns
Des Ryan,
He just wasn't clipped on. It happened in Australia, but it could have been anywhere. The two sailors were more than half way through their journey. They called in at the coastal town of Port Campbell on the south coast, docking for only a short time to refuel. The weather was nothing out of the ordinary and nothing suggested the tragedy that was only moments away.... [more]
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Solo sailor Laura Dekker denies support to the documentary about her
Nancy Knudsen,
It's just another typically small shred of evidence to show how much Laura Dekker, the youngest person ever to sail solo around the world, is a true sailor, not a willing media star. After world-wide publicity attached to the documentary on her achievement which is just launched at a media festival in Austin, Texas, Laura has, with a one-liner in her blog, distanced herself from any involvement.... [more]
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5,500 nautical mile Melbourne Osaka Cup 2013 under way
Sail-world.com,
The 5,500 nautical mile Melbourne to Osaka Race, first held in 1987 to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the opening of the Port of Osaka, Japan is run every four years to celebrate the City of Melbourne and the City of Osaka Sister City and Sister Port relationship. The race features staggered starts to try and ensure the boats arrive as close as possible together in Osaka. The first start... [more]
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Red Bull Storm Chase - What does it take to tackle the perfect Storm?
Red Bull,
The adage may be 'only the strong survive' but what does it take to tackle the perfect Storm? Ireland whipped the Atlantic Ocean into a frenzy and these ten heroes not only managed to push the limits of storm sailing, but actually put on a mesmerising show of sky-high jumps and thrilling wave rides as well. Let's meet them and see what's required to make it such a spectacle.... [more]
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Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational - Close finishes on final day
Bill Wagner,
Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational 2013. Most Farr 40 regattas comes down to the last leg of the last race on the last day. This one was even closer than that!... [more]
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New Manson Boss proves to be a shackle bender on test
Richard Gladwell,
Manson Anchors completed seabed testing on their new Boss model with a 15.7kg (35lb) anchor bending two sets of shackles, and causing the test to be stopped at almost ten tonnes of load being exerted on the anchor by the powerful tug being used for live seabed testing.... [more]
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Red Bull Storm Chase - The most challenging windsurfing contest ever
Red Bull,
Following a ground-breaking day of hurricane-strength windsurfing, six sailors out of the ten who began - Marcilio Browne, Dany Bruch, Victor Fernandez, Robby Swift, Julien Taboulet and Thomas Traversa - advance to Mission 2 of Red Bull Storm Chase. With wind speeds peaking at over 70 knots and angry, 20-ft waves, the ten competitors on Mission 1 completed three rounds.... [more]
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