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14 Apr 2013

Extreme cats, large and small—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

AC World Series Naples Official Opening Ceremony, April 13, 2013, with LUNA ROSSA receiving loud cheers from the crowd.  Linda Wright
This week's Grand Prix sailing news is about to be dominated by the America's Cup World Series (ACWS) Naples event (April 16-21), which is the last time that the AC45 class catamarans will be used in the 34th America's Cup cycle. Eight teams will compete for bragging rights on Italian waters, and for a competitive edge on American waters going into this summer's Louis Vuitton Cup (July 4-August 30).

The opening ceremony was reported to be a crowd-pleaser, with the Italian-flagged Luna Rossa drawing massive cheers from their hometown crowd when they were announced on the outdoor movie screen. Be sure to check out all of the great pre-event media from this ACWS event, and stay tuned to the website for more racing news, once the starting guns begin sounding.

People ride four-person bicycles in Naples Italy through the AC World Series Village area on April 13, 2013 - AC World Series Naples Official Opening Ceremony Day  Linda Wright


Also in Cup news, Artemis Racing, the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, recently re-launched their first-generation AC72 catamaran after extensive surgery in the shed. Unlike the other AC72s afloat, Artemis's ride failed to get up on foils-a shortcoming that quickly proved itself enormous.

According to reports, inside, the re-floated first-generation boat still won't stand up on its foils, but, says team boss Paul Cayard, it will bear substantially more load on its daggerboards than its Mark I trim. The Swedish-flagged team's second-generation AC72-due out of the shed in the next month or two-will be a foiler, but it will be interesting to see if this gives the Challenger of Record enough time to learn to fly compared to the other teams.

AC72 testing in San Francisco bay. Artemis Racing April 2013, Alameda, USA  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©


Be sure to get the full story from the Artemis camp, including a great photo gallery of the team out sailing their modified first-generation AC72, inside.

Also multi-hull related, the Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 is taking place in Singapore, as crews contend with hot temperatures and equally hot racecourse competition. According to the latest reports, 'Alinghi' is sitting in the pole position, followed by the 'Red Bull Sailing Team' and 'The Wave, Muscat'.

2013 Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 - The evening light in Singapore shining through the skyscrapers on day 3  Lloyd Images ©


'In most venues you would be happy with a 27 point lead, but 'Red Bull Sailing Team' had about that lead going into the final day in Muscat [Act 1] and 'The Wave, Muscat' was able to turn the tables and come away and win,' said Alinghi's skipper, Morgan Larson. 'Especially here in this venue it's very easy to get a couple of last place finishes and eat away 27 points. We're happy with where we are so I think we should be proud of what we've accomplished so far and if it doesn't work out for us tomorrow we shouldn't cry over it.'

Get the full multi-media report from this fast-paced event, inside.

2013 Melges 32 Audi sailing Series Gaeta Day 2  © BPSE/Carlo Borlenghi


Also inside, be sure to get the latest news from the 49th annual Congressional Cup and the Les Voiles de Saint Barth, which just concluded off of Long Beach, California and Saint Barth's, respectively, and don't miss the latest media from the Audia Melges 32 Sailing Series event, which is taking place in Gaeta, Italy. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



America's Cup WS: Images from Naples - World Series Opening Ceremony
Linda Wright,
Sail-World's Linda Wright provided this gallery of images from the opening of the America's Cup World Series, in Naples... [more]
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America's Cup WS: Images from Naples - Taking to the Streets
Linda Wright,
Sail-World's Linda Wight is on the scene in Naples ahead of the America's Cup World Series. Today she walked around the town and provided this gallery of images from outside the compound.... [more]
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Melges 32 Sailing Series - Team Synergy keeps firm grip after day 2
Joy Dunigan,
On day two of the 2013 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series in Gaeta, Italy, the Race Committee took full advantage of the heated conditions to deliver three incredible races. As proof, each race presented a different winner. Lanfranco Cirillo's Fantastica took charge early to win Race One.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Changing tactics, leading the charge + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
The blazing Singapore sun challenged the cool of even the most experienced Extreme 40 sailors on Day 3 of the Singapore round of the Extreme Sailing Series. The Swiss America's Cup winning team Alinghi, however, didn't break their stride starting the day as they finished it by winning races and head into tomorrow's finale.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing makes change in design tack
America's Cup Media,
About a month and a half ago Artemis Racing CEO Paul Cayard put his hand up and essentially said his team had made a mistake. Artemis Racing had decided early in its campaign to not research a fully foiling AC72. But after a round of training against ORACLE TEAM USA's foiling AC72 in mid-February, Cayard said Artemis Racing would reverse course and produce a fully foiling AC72.... [more]
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Congressional Cup - 4-nation sailoff set for Saturday + Video
Rich Roberts,
At Long Beach Yacht Club's 49th Congressional Cup, Ian Williams endured his most difficult part of the week Friday night when it came time to pick his opponent for Saturday's championship sailoffs. 'It's really a hard choice,' he said.... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth - Door opens for rankings shift
Fabrice Thomazeau,
The Les Voiles de Saint Barth competitors - well-rested after a lay-day spent at the beach and enjoying other leisurely pursuits, returned to the race course today. Despite a forecast that called for rain and increased winds, sunshine and trade winds prevailed, though the breeze was lighter at 12 to 14 knots.... [more]
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Artemis Racing ready for ACWS finale in Naples
Artemis Racing,
The final event of the 2012-2013 America's Cup World Series will begin next week in Naples (ITA). Artemis Racing White (with 120 points) is currently standing in third position overall in the series, just one point behind Luna Rossa Piranha who are in second and Oracle Team USA Slingsby in first with 165 points.... [more]
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Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series - Day 1 images from Gaeta
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series - Day 1 images have been provided by photographer Carlo Borlenghi, who was present to cover the action.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: New and old faces turn out for China Team
Linda Wright,
At the America's Cup World Series in Naples Italy, China Team will introduce seven new young Chinese sailors to compete in 45ft wingsailed catamaran. Last November, these new young sailors went to a training camp to learn how to handle the one design catamaran designed as an entry level boat for teams wishing to compete in a future America's Cup... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Alinghi into pole position on day 2 + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
In Act 2 of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore, the eight world-class Extreme 40 teams competing under the shadow of some of the best modern architecture in the world on Marina Bay Reservoir felt the pressure -and the heat from the city- turn up a notch today, after a packed 11 race day.... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Williams in semifinals; Four fight for three spots
Rich Roberts,
49th Congressional Cup: When's the last time you saw spinnakers raised to start a match race? Or a leader spin off a penalty at the finish line with his opponent tickling his transom? Great Britain's Ian Williams, 33, and his talented crew offered a match racing clinic on day three when they pulled off both moves to stretch their win streak to fourteen and secure a place in Saturday's semifinals.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of a revamped Artemis Racing in San Fran
Sail-World,
Images of the Swedish Challenger Artemis Racing as she works up on San Francisco after her refit... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing Update - Three months left to LVC
Artemis Media,
With only three months until the start of the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series, Artemis Racing has been busy training and preparing for racing, which begins in San Francisco on July 4th. The team spent the majority of March in the shed modifying our AC72 and turning a standard AC45 into a foiling AC45.... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth - Lay day in paradise
Fabrice Thomazeau,
At the Les Voiles de St Barth, following two long days with plenty of racing, the competitors enjoyed a 'lay day'. It gave the 700 plus sailors a chance to see more of the island they had been sailing around the previous days and enjoy some of St. Barth's other offerings, which, not surprisingly, could be found at the famously popular Nikki Beach.... [more]
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It's getting hot and heavy in the world of J/70 sailing
J/Boats,
Action is getting hot and heavy in the world of J/70 sailing! There is a major event every month somewhere, and we haven't even gotten to the local events yet. This month Charleston Race Week promises the largest fleet to date, then the Annapolis NOOD two weeks later will no doubt have another big turnout. Boats from the Lake Erie/ Lake Ontario region will be taking part in both events.... [more]
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AC45 Video - Gybing with The Force
Ross Tibbits,
The American Youth Sailing Force has been practicing their AC45 maneuvers and learning how to gybe it properly. It's not as easy as it looks, and you'll see for yourself how challenging it is when you understand all that needs to be done. In this video team members talk you through the process and explain what's important.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week - Record setting entries for 2013 edition
Dan Dickison,
For the 2013 edition of Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week, critical mass is an apt description for the number of competitors expected to be on the water when the event gets underway on Friday, April 19. Nearly 300 sailboat owners from across the U.S. and six other countries have registered to compete.... [more]
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Edgartown Race Weekend set to start July 17
Kirsten Ferguson,
Edgartown YC's Edgartown Race Weekend invites sailors to the renowned island retreat of Martha's Vineyard for three jam-packed days of racing and onshore entertainment. The event features the Big Boat Buoy Races, inaugurated in 2012, and the historic ‘Round the Island Race, which takes competitors on a 54.7 mile course that passes over Nantucket Sound, the Atlantic Ocean, and Vineyard Sound.... [more]
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The Force hits the water with at risk youth, plan big announcement
Vince Casalaina,
The American Youth Sailing Force (The Force) and Sunsail joined together to sail across San Francisco Bay with students participating in the East Bay's Afterguard sailing program. While Sunsail provided the very comfortable and high performance Beneteau First 40 sailboats, The Force and the Afterguard kids enjoyed a spirited afternoon of sailing.... [more]
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Bella Mente Racing has sights set on five prizes
Kirsten Ferguson,
The crew of Bella Mente Racing has its eyes fixed on five prizes spanning the Atlantic Ocean this spring. The sailing team of 22, led by owner and driver Hap Fauth (Minneapolis, Minn./Naples, Fla.), will compete in a mix of inshore and offshore races throughout Europe, all of which lead up to the main event in Porto Cervo, Italy-- the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship.... [more]
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Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal to Jodee Carvalho and Adam Carper
Jake Fish,
US Sailing is bestowing an Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal to Jodee Carvalho and Adam Carper for rescuing the pilot of a crashed airplane from a river in Edgewater, Md. on March 26, 2010. The pilot, 76-year-old Richard Dreyer, was flying his recently restored vintage single-engine airplane to the Eastern Shore when a mechanical problem forced him to try to land at a small airport.... [more]
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Rolex Fasnet Race - 45th edition set for August
KPMS,
The Rolex Fastnet Race, one of sailing's greatest contests, reconvenes in for its the 45th edition this August. A sporting institution, Europe's oldest offshore race entails a gripping and punishing 608-nautical mile journey from Cowes, Isle of Wight to Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock, off the southern tip of Ireland.... [more]
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