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26 Apr 2013

Oracle's new AC72 and OD news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

The Nacra 17 start line in Hyeres - Photo Thom Touw - ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres 2013  Thom Touw ©
The big news in the competitive sailing world this week is coming from the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, France, where 2016 Olympic hopefuls have gathered to race and to draw early quad speed comparisons against their rivals. According to reports, the famous Mistral breezes returned to the racecourses, helping to raise American fortunes, especially in the Women's 470 class, where Anne Haeger and Briana Provancha are currently sitting in third-place, followed by Sydney Bolger and Sarah Lihan, who are in tenth place. Impressively, Bolger and Lihen have earned two bullets so far in this regatta, showing that they are clearly on the pace.

'With the advice of our local knowledge, our coach Romain Bonnaud, we decided that the left side was favored with more pressure and a consistent angle at the top of the beat,' said Lihan. 'We set up ourselves up for a start that would let us hold on starboard, off the line, for a long time. We did that and tacked once. That put us into a really good position, tacking before the majority of the fleet. We rounded first and stayed first and finished first.'

Get the full multi-media scoop from this international regatta, inside this issue, and stay tuned to the website for more racing news, as it unfurls.

Icarus at the Atlantic Cup 2012 Leg One finish in New York, NY. - Atlantic Cup Race  Billy Black


And in American distance-racing circles, the Atlantic Cup has announced its critical dates and information for its third annual event. Racing will start on May 10 in Charleston, South Carolina and will take the fleet as far north as Newport, Rhode Island.

'With a growing American fleet and two of the top international Class 40 sailors racing in this year's Atlantic Cup, the competition is going to be very close,' said Hugh Piggin, Race Director. 'After a tough winter and heavy hurricane season that affected two of the three cities we will visit, our environmental commitment has become even more relevant and we are proud to be continuing our efforts to raise awareness and demonstrate that making small changes to how we organize and run our race can make a great impact over time.' Get the full story, inside this issue.

Oracle Team USA sail their second AC72 on San Francisco Bay for the first time on April 24, 2013  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing©


And in America's Cup circles, Oracle Team USA has now test sailed/foiled their second-generation AC72, dubbed 'USA17-2', on San Francisco Bay, reportedly sans incident or drama. 'We foiled pretty much on the first downwind run we did, which was hard to avoid,' said wing sail trimmer Dirk de Ridder. The new boat is reportedly stiffer than the team's first-generation AC72, but it will take some time for the team to work 'USA17-2' fully up to pace. Stay tuned to the website for more information, as it becomes known.

And in soon-to-be legal circles, the plot thickens with Bruce Kirby's legal battle against LaserPerformance and the International Laser Class Association. Inside, don't miss the famous Laser designer's latest volley over his intellectual-property rights. Here's a sample:

The Laser is the world's most successful One Design class  Thom Touw ©


'I have tried to work with ILCA and ISAF on rebranding the boat, but they refused and demanded instead that I get a Court Order,' wrote Kirby. 'So they are named in the lawsuit. After filing of the lawsuit, ISAF initially asked ILCA to stop issuing ISAF plaques to Laser Performance, but I don't yet know if ILCA complied. In a new twist, ISAF and ILCA now seem prepared to issue a new version of the plaque to Laser Performance which removes my name from my own design.'

More inside, and stay tuned to this evolving news item, as its ramifications could be far-reaching and tumultuous for the world's most successful One Design class.

Balz Muller - PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf 2012  © John Carter / PWA


Also inside, get the latest scoop from the CISA Youth Advanced Racing Clinic and the Extreme Sailing Series, and, finally, don't miss the event preview of the Podersdorf Surf World Cup, which is the opening event of the 2013 PWA World Tour.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series - Caribbean Championship
Joy Dunigan,
The big showdown. The grand finale. The final act. Call it what you like, but the last event of the M32VISS, the first ever Caribbean Championship hosted at Peter Island Resort and Spa will be by far the most sensational of the three-part racing circuit. With seven teams scheduled to appear, it will be the most climactic of all.... [more]
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Big race boats to make a splash at Antigua Sailing Week
Trish Jenkins,
The 46th edition of Antigua Sailing Week will commence with the Yachting World Round Antigua Race on Saturday 27th and conclude on Friday 3rd May 2013... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Giles Scott makes his move on day 4 in Hyeres
Robert Deaves,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres, Giles Scott (GBR) made his move on the fourth day. A 1, 2 in Thursday's races gives him a five point lead over Andrew Mills (GBR), who won the second race, while some great sailing and consistency moves Josh Junior (NZL) up to third.... [more]
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Podersdorf Surf World Cup - Raising the curtain on the PWA World Tour
Chris Yates,
This year, the freestylers will have the pleasure of raising the curtain on the 2013 PWA World Tour, as the men's freestyle fleet prepares to once again descend upon Austria's beautiful Neusiedler See. Between the 26th to the 30th of April the contortionists of the windsurfing world will be showcasing their biggest and most explosive moves, as they kick off the 2013 season in spectacular fashion.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Mistral returns, U.S. sailors excel
Dana Paxton,
Whilst the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider sails into the conclusion at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères, one day remains to qualify for the medal round on Saturday. Today marked the return of the French mistral wind and with it continued improvement on overall performance.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 - Qingdao next stop, announcement planned
Extreme Sailing Series,
Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series is on the way and China's Olympic Sailing City Qingdao is preparing to welcome the eight international Extreme 40 teams. Just two weeks ago, the Swiss team Alinghi claimed victory in Singapore before the fleet and all the Series paraphernalia were packed into containers and shipped by Logistics Partner GAC Pindar non-stop to Qingdao.... [more]
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CISA Youth Advanced Racing Clinic in Long Beach
Stu Mcnay,
Today, we completed racing the Melges 20 at Charleston Race Week, but earlier in the week, I was in Long Beach, CA for one of the best clinics I have ever been a part of: The CISA Youth Advanced Racing Clinic. Youth sailors were invited based on their resume, potential, and passion for racing.... [more]
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Atlantic Cup announces launch plans, green initiatives
Jeff Pomeroy,
The 2013 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing announced today its final plans and competition field for the third running of the premier U.S. Class 40 sailing event in the country. The event will feature seven boats; six from the USA and one from Great Britain.... [more]
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Full Rio campaign up and running for South Africa's Asenathi Jim
Daniel Smith,
South Africa's Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson are happy to start a Rio 2016 campaign at an early stage with ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA sail new AC72 for first time
Sail-World,
Oracle Team USA sailed their AC72 for the first time today on San Francisco Bay. By all accounts the session went without mishap, after yesterday's planned session was cancelled due to over-strength winds... [more]
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ANZAC 18ft Series: Big breeze plays havoc with Kiwis on Day 1
Sail-World,
A big breeze on the first day of the 2013 ANZAC regatta has left more than half the fleet scrabbling to effect repairs in order to resume racing tomorrow. The Kiwi teams in particular were the ones to suffer the most, with torn main sails, snapped masts, wing and hull damage.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Video interviews
Ajay Rau,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Video interviews from day three.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Postma excels on day 3 for the Finns
Robert Deaves,
On day three of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres, a change in wind wrought many changes for the Finn class. Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) has moved into a narrow lead over Giles Scott (GBR) while former leader Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) drops to third, though just one point separates the top three. In the much needed, much increased wind, race wins went to Jonathan Lobert (FRA) and Ed Wright (GBR).... [more]
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It's the boat that matters, not the name
Bruce Kirby,
In an attempt to rescue the Laser Class from its downhill course of the past few years I have reluctantly decided that a name change, or re-branding is necessary. During the past three or four years dealers have had difficulty getting timely delivery of boats, and in particular, of parts.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - More day 3 images by Thom Touw
Anna Parker and The Sail-World Team,
Photographer Thom Touw was out on the water to capture this gallery of images during day three of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup, Hyeres - U.S. sailors continue the charge
Dana Paxton,
With sailors at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères into the final series to determine medal racing slots, U.S. sailors continued their charge at improving results. The characteristic, gusting wind was back in the mid-teens and two races were completed in all classes, except the 49er and 49er FX with three.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Top sailors battle head to head in Hyeres
ISAF,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup, the mistral kicked in on the third day of racing in the South of France as the final series got underway, pitting the top sailors against one another. After two days of tricky breeze, a fresh 17-20 knot easterly breeze was welcomed by the sailors as racing ramped up.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 3 images by Thom Touw
Anna Parker and The Sail-World Team,
On the third day of competition at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, France, photographer Thom Touw was on site to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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Bob Adriance honored with ABYC Life Service Award
D. Scott Croft,
Bob Adriance, the freshly retired editor of the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Marine Insurance Program damage avoidance publication Seaworthy, was recognized with an American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Lifetime Achievement Award.... [more]
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Olympic medallists to make guest appearance at top team racing event
Georgie Corlett,
Two Olympic silver medallists are set to take on West Kirby Sailing Club's home team plus other top teams from across the UK, USA and Ireland, as the world's largest team racing event, the British Open Team Racing Championship for the Wilson Trophy, is hosted by West Kirby Sailing Club over Bank Holiday weekend (3-5 May).... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Tribute from Simon Le Bon to Magnus Olsson
Sail-World,
Simon Le Bon sailed with Magnus Olsson on board Drum in the 1985-86 edition of the race. Le Bon has sent The Volvo Ocean race website a personal tribute to his smiling Swedish friend, who died on April 20 at the age of 64. A musician and the owner of the maxi yacht Drum, Le Bon was participating in the Fastnet with skipper Skip Novak when the boat lost her keel and capsized.... [more]
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The Atlantic Cup announces VX One Class to race
Atlantic Cup Media,
The third annual 2013 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing, gets underway in less than a month. Manuka Sports Event Management is pleased to announce three new race partners, Block Island Organics, Jamestown FiSH and McMurdo. In addition the VX One class will race as a promotional class in the the Newport Inshore Series.... [more]
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Laser Legal tangles continue
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Previously ISAF had recognised that LPE were no longer licensed Laser builders and had stopped the issuance of plaques by ILCA. Major developments in the last few days with ISAF changing tack and now in conjunction with ILCA moving boldly to remove Bruce Kirby´s design rights... [more]
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