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14 May 2013

Gulf Stream nights and AC news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Tristan Moulignac and Joe Harris on Gryphon Solo 2 in Charleston SC. Atlantic Cup 2012  GryphonSolo2
East coast ocean-racing sailors and fans have a great contest on their hands, namely the 2013 Atlantic Cup. This three-leg, double-handed race is conducted on Class 40 raceboats and has attracted a fleet of eight boats to this year's event, which started in Charleston, South Carolina and finishes in Newport, Rhode Island on May 26. According to reports, skippers and boats enjoyed a wild ride on their first night offshore, which-of course-involved the notorious Gulf Stream.

'It was a wild night in the Gulf Stream last night as 'GryphonSolo2' experienced high winds, lightning, squalls with heavy rain and generally trying conditions,' reported her skilled and experienced skipper, Joe Harris. 'In the wee hours of the morning, a major squall hit us and we had to take down our A6 heavy air fractional kite in about 30 knots of wind, which was difficult. We then were hit by another squall packing driving rain and gusts up to 40 knots so we had to run off under full main and solent jib to the east.'

Get the full report from the 2013 Atlantic Cup, inside, and stay tuned for more news from this race, as it unfurls.

Vendee Globe awards ceremony - Francois Gabart, Walk of Fame  vendeeglobe.org


Also in ocean-racing news, the Vendee Globe recently held their awards ceremony for the 2012/2013 edition of this storied, solo-around-the-world race, which concluded this winter. According to reports, race winner Francois Gabart, skipper of the French-flagged IMOCA 60 'Macif' received his trophy from Bruno Retailleau, President of the General Council in in Les Sables d'Olonne, France.

'I still cannot realize... I saw so many people during three months, including tonight,' said Gabart. 'What I know is that I realized my dream and I also made people dream. Especially since I was not expected at this stage. It's a great surprise for 'Macif', too. I do not know why, but I had to do this Vendée Globe, I needed it. And now that it's done, I'm very happy. I hope to be back one day.' More, inside.

And in America's Cup news, the sailing community continues to morn the massive loss of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, who was tragically killed last Thursday when Artemis Racing's first-generation AC72 capsized during a bear-away maneuver during a practice session on San Francisco Bay.

ACRM's Iain Murray  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©


It was announced during an international press conference on Friday that AC34 Regatta Director Iain Murray is going to lead a review into what happened during Thursday's training accident. 'It's too early to speculate about the causes of the accident,' said Stephen Barclay, chief executive of America's Cup Event Authority. 'Iain will conduct the review and will liaise with the San Francisco Police Department and the United States Coast Guard and any other third-party experts as necessary.'

Starboard hull, torn trampoline and remains of port hull on the ground - Artemis Racing May 11, 2013  Erik Simonson/ pressure-drop.us ©


As of this writing, there was still no official word as it if the capsize precipitated the boat's structural failure, or if a structural failure lead to the capsize. Please stay tuned to the website for the latest news on this story-including images of Artemis' destroyed AC72 being hauled-and be sure to get the full download on Mr. Murray's review, inside.

2013 Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series, Porto Ercole  Carlo Borlenghi ©


Also inside, be sure to check out the latest reports from the Walt Elliott Harbor Challenge 2013, the Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series (Porto Ercol) and the Clipper Around The World Yacht Race.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Garda Trentino Olympic Week - Spectacular conclusion + Video
Elena Giolai,
A spectacular conclusion to the first leg of the Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup 'Garda Trentino Olympic Week': sunshine, wind and the best Olympic athletes in the final regatta, never as on this occasion has the 'final race' determined the places on the podium, despite the number of races held during the week.... [more]
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Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series - Fantastica victorious in Porto Ercole
Joy Dunigan,
In the 2013 Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series, taking advantage of great weather conditions, the Race Committee in Porto Ercole issued three more races to complete the second leg. Cirillo's single-digit scoreline, including a bullet in Race One of the series can be attributed to his victory.... [more]
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Atlantic Cup - Wild night for GryphonSolo2
Joe Harris,
In the 2013 Atlantic Cup, it was a wild night in the Gulf Stream last night as GryphonSolo2 experienced high winds, lightning, squalls with heavy rain and generally trying conditions. Our strategy was to get out to the Gulf Stream quickly and take the longest ride possible to Cape Hatteras, which is about 270miles from Charleston.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Awards ceremony under the stars + Video
Liliane Fretté,
Last night on the main beach in Les Sables d'Olonne, Vendee Globe winner François Gabart, the skipper of Macif, received his trophy from the President of the General Council, Bruno Retailleau. As for the 10 other skippers who have finished the race, they have received a reward. The nine others were also acclaimed.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams unveiled
Ruth Harrington,
For the 2013-14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, more than 400 of the 650 crew members taking part, the largest ever assembled for the biennial event, attended the Crew Allocation ceremony at Portsmouth Guildhall where they met their new team mates for the first time and discovered which skipper had been chosen to lead their team around the globe.... [more]
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Olympic Garda Week 2013 + Pre Medal Race video interviews
SailCoach,
The Olympic Garda Week 2013, Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup will experience a new format that could be adopted in the next Olympic games. Yesterday was important because it was the last chance for sailors to qualify for the Medal Race. Gold fleet racing was held in extremely tricky conditions.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing's damaged AC72 is pulled from the water
pressure-drop.us,
Artemis Racing's first AC72 has been hauled from the water in San Francisco after it destructed during a bearaway on its final sailing day on May 9, 2013. The wreckage and incident is now the subject of two inquiries - one by San Francisco Police Department, and the other by America's Cup Events Authority.... [more]
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Atlantic Cup Day 1 - All is good on board GryphonSolo2
Joe Harris,
The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing, got underway today May 11th, in Charleston, S.C. Joe Harris, skipper of GryphonSolo2, provides an on board update:... [more]
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Walt Elliott Harbor Challenge at Long Beach Yacht Club
Rick Roberts,
Walt Elliott Harbor Challenge 2013, organized by the Association of San Pedro Bay Yacht Clubs and hosted this year by Long Beach Yacht Club, was held on Saturday. Scott Holcomb of Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club won the Challenge on his Cal 25, Calamazoo, and, along with it, the right to keep the Walt Elliott Trophy at his club... at least until next year's regatta.... [more]
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Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series - Day 2 in Porto Ercol
Joy Dunigan,
The second day of the Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series in Porto Ercol finally got underway, after a long wait, with a late afternoon mistral. A dedicated Race Committee delivered two races when a solid 10-12 knots pumped in from the North, with wave action perpendicular to the wind direction.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing seek a cessation in media speculation
Sail-world.com,
Artemis Racing has requested a cessation on speculation in the media on the causes of the fatality on April 9, 2013: They have issued a statement: Out of respect for Bart's memory and his family, we ask that the broader sailing community and others reserve judgment until all the facts are known, and not persist in unnecessary rumor.... [more]
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Access Class European Championships - Rain and light winds on day 3
Icarus Sailing Media,
The third racing day on Lake Constance, in Switzerland, for the Access Europeans consisted of light winds and rain. Nevertheless, sailors couldn't be more excited to be here. And so they descended on the Arbon Marina, ready for an action-packed day. The boats always need some further attention. Due to the weather conditions, trimming and of course, emptying out any water on board was necessary.... [more]
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America's Cup: Am-Cam Video of Artemis Racing's final run
Sail-World,
Video shot on May 9, 2013 of Artemis Racing's final run on San Francisco Bay, before she had her fatal capsize later in the day. Second shows Oracle Team USA sailing very quickly in a fresh breeze, easily the fastest we have seen to date.... [more]
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America's Cup: Tributes flow after Gold Medalist dies in AC72 capsize
Richard Gladwell,
Artemis Racing have confirmed that 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist in the Star keelboatclass, Andrew 'Bart' Simpson has died in a training incident in San Francisco. Simpson was pulled from the water after the incident, and CPR was attempted on the water and ashore, but was not successful, and he was pronounced dead.... [more]
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Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series heads to Porto Ercole for Event 2
Joy Dunigan,
2013 Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series second event in Porto Ercole, hosted by the Circolo Nautico e della Vela dell'Argentario, organized by B-Plan Sport & Events in collaboration with the International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) and Melges Europe, got underway this weekend.... [more]
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America's Cup: Second AC72 capsize - San Francisco Police investigate
Richard Gladwell,
Regatta Director Iain Murray will lead a review into the events surrounding the capsize of Artemis Racing's first AC72 and the subsequent tragic death of crewman Andrew Simpson. During training on San Francisco Bay yesterday, Artemis Racing capsized in winds between 18 and 20 knots. The boat broke apart and Simpson, 36, became trapped.... [more]
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America's Cup: Two inquiries underway in fatal capsize - Updated
Richard Gladwell,
At an international media conference today, America's Cup Events Authority, Stephen Barclay, announced that two inquiries were running into the Artemis incident. The first is being conducted by the San Francisco Police Department, as is standard practice in any fatality. The SFPD have impounded the boat as part of their accident investigation.... [more]
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Access Class European Championships - Rain and light winds on day 2
Michael Pateniotis,
The second day of racing of the Access Class European Championships 2013 was a rainy one. Today's weather wasn't exactly favorable to sailing and the race committee was left with no choice than postpone racing for a few hours.... [more]
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Kirby files to cancel Laser Trademark and Sunburst Logo for Boats
MarineBusiness-World.com,
Bruce Kirby Inc. today filed the below petition to cancel US trademark registrations directed to both the word LASER and the Sunburst logo for boats. According to US Trademark Office records, these US registrations are owned by Karaya (Jersey) Limited based in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.... [more]
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Ulsan PWA World Cup - The king and queen of Jinha beach
Chris Yates,
he 2013 Ulsan PWA World Cup will be an event that Alberto Menegatti will remember forever as the Italian snagged his maiden PWA event victory after a stunning performance. Whilst Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) produced a superb display to be crowned the Queen of Jinha beach, as she became the first woman since 2010 to prevent Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic) from claiming the top spot... [more]
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