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26 Jun 2013

Cupdate, hall of famers and BIRW—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Larry Ellison visits Team / SFO March Testing Session / Oracle Team USA  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing©
Oracle Team USA's elevated-rudder system has been commanding America's Cup headlines this week, with open debate amongst the other challengers as to whether this system is permissible. According to the latest reports, Luna Rossa has been quoted as saying that they are prepared to take Oracle Team USA to court over the questionable appendages, unless the other challengers can come together to prevent the Defender from using this technology.

Regatta Director Iain Murray released a list of proposed safety recommendations in the wake of Artemis Racing's tragic capsize on May 9 that cost crewmember Andrew 'Bart' Simpson his life. This list curiously contained a change that would allow teams to use rudder elevators (devices that allow the team to adjust the angle of attack on their rudder-mounted hydrofoils) until a race's warning gun was sounded.

Until this point, the AC72 rules forbade any adjustment of the hydrofoils/appendages, which was one of the main challenges that teams had to overcome to learn how to foil one of these mighty, wingsail-powered catamarans. It is believed that Oracle Team USA has been sailing with these elevators since mid-March; it's also believed that Oracle is the only team to have built rudder elevators.

GG13-SFOMAR-02113 - Oracle Team USA March 2013 Training  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©


'The class rule doesn't contemplate rudder elevators at all,' reported Luis Saenz, general counsel for the Luna Rossa Challenge, to Reuters news agency. 'We think they have nothing to do with safety. They are a performance instrument, and we do not believe the regatta director should get into regulating rudder elevators.'

The International Jury is likely the next step, but the issue could potentially find its way back into the lap of the New York Supreme Court-an ugly proposition, at best. Get the full details of this contentious story inside this issue, and stay tuned to the website for the latest AC news, as it breaks.

Meanwhile, for happier news regarding former America's Cuppers and other legendary sailors, the National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame has released the names of the ten sailors who will be inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2013. These men and women include Cup winners, Olympic and One Design champions, naval architects, sailing photographers and marine-industry greats. Inside, get the full list of 2013 inductees, and learn more about these individuals' proud achievements.

And on the storied waters of Block Island Sound, east coast sailors are enjoying a fine start to the biennial Block Island Race Week (BIRW). 'The first race felt like we couldn't do anything wrong,' said Andrew Fisher, skipper of the Swan 42, 'Bandit', currently sitting in the pole position in her class. 'All and all a good day, but just because we're in the lead now doesn't mean much. The winner of our last regatta averaged top-three every race.'

Racing continues at Block Island Race Week through Friday. Get the latest report, inside this issue, and be sure to visit the site throughout the week for updates, as they unfurl.

RC44 Sweden Cup - Torbjorn Tornqvist at the helm of Artemis Racing  MartinezStudio.es ©


Also inside, be sure to get the latest news from Kieler Woche, the RC44 Sweden Cup and the ORCi World Championships. And finally, Cup addicts are highly advised to pay close attention to the interesting correspondence (inside) between Stephen Barclay, CEO of America's Cup Events Authority, and Richard Gladwell, Sail-World's New Zealand and America's Cup editor.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



National Sailing Hall of Fame reveals this year's inductees
Jan Harley,
The National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame (NSHOF) have revealed the ten individuals that will make up its 2013 class of inductees into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Following a two-month period this spring during which sailors from all corners of the country nominated their choice for induction, a selection committee reviewed the broad spectrum of nominations.... [more]
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ORCi World Championship - A test of nerves and patience
ORC Media,
At the Adria Ferries ORCi World Championship, today's offshore will be a test of nerves and patience for all 110 entries in the event.... [more]
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RC44 Sweden Cup - Teams ease into action on day 1
Jo Grindley,
On day one of the RC44 Sweden Cup, light winds eased the twelve competing teams gently into action in Marstrand, owners and pro's took to the helm for the sole match race day of the event. And with three match racing events out of five now completed, Katusha still cling to the top of the match race leaderboard, with the fleet pushing hard behind.... [more]
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Kieler Woche - Excitement to the very end
Hermann Hell,
On the penultimate day of Kieler Woche, the Germans can already celebrate their first win at the European Champions Sailing Cup (ECSC). Paralympic sailor Heiko Kroeger from Ammersbek is in first position in the 2.4mR with two outstanding races.... [more]
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Route des Princes - Oman Air-Musandam breakaway
Sabina Mollart Rogerson,
In the 2013 Route des Princes, just as they did on the very first leg around Europe, Sidney Gavignet and the crew of the MOD70 Oman Air-Musandam have managed to steal a meaningful march on their opposition. On Leg 1 in the Mediterranean they separated from the fleet and built a lead of more than 20 miles which served them well enough to win that opening leg into Lisbon.... [more]
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BYTE CII set for 2013 World Championships in Newport R.I.
John Curnow,
The Byte CII 2013 World Championships, will be sailed out of the Newport Sailing Center in Rhode Island, USA from August 24 to 28, 2013. The single handed Byte CII is surging in popularity because it is filling a gap in the market between the Optimist and the Laser.... [more]
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One More Time Regatta is swept by Dennis Conner
Andy Kopetzky,
The 38th annual One More Time regatta is beign sailed in Santa Monica Bay, California where Dennis Conner leads. In his first appearance in the annual wooden hull event, San Diego based Dennis Conner took home all the marbles with his 47 foot Sloop Splendor.... [more]
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Block Island Race Week - Saving for a rainy day
Barby MacGowan,
After opening races at the Storm Trysail Club's 25th Anniversary Block Island Race Week, leaders were thinking that saving for a rainy day is a good idea in sailboat racing just as it is in real life.... [more]
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America's Cup: Illegal rudder move seems destined for Jury or Court
Richard Gladwell,
Reuters news agency is quoting a rules advisor for the Italian Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 as saying they will take the contentious rudder elevator issue to court, unless AC72 class rules changes are unanimously passed by all Challengers as required by the Protocol governing the conduct of the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Final two classes for 2013 US Sailing Team to be decided this Summer
Dana Paxton,
American sailors shooting for a berth at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will have an additional opportunity this summer to qualify for the 2013 US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider in the SKUD-18 and Nacra 17 classes.... [more]
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Kieler Woche - New format leads to more dynamic results + Video
Hermann Hell,
At Kieler Woche, the new race format for the Olympic classes makes the result lists more dynamic. After the first two days of racing, the sailors have only taken their position as a point score into the first elimination round.... [more]
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Go slow, be prepared this July 4th holiday urges BoatUS
D. Scott Croft,
BoatUS predicts that this July 4th holiday week will be a doozie for America's recreational boaters. While boaters will have the best views for waterfront fireworks shows, 'From June 29 to July 7, America will have more boats on the water than at any other time during the entire summer boating season,' said BoatUS Director of Public Affairs Scott Croft.... [more]
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ORCi World Championship - Tight at the top after day 1
ORC Media,
This morning on day one of the Adria Ferries ORCi World Championship, things appeared extremely promising: partly sunny skies, 14-17 knots of wind from the northwest, just enough to speckle whitecaps on the beautiful azure seas of the Adriatic. Race managers were excited about the day, planning to hold two out of the seven inshore races they intend for the week.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup - History, enchantment and dramatic action
KPMS,
The Giraglia Rolex Cup while evoking a sense of history and enchantment, also reserved dramatic action. Attracting an eye-catching mix of new designs and historic entrants, yachts measuring from 30 to 100-feet, fully Corinthian and professional crews, the 61st running of this Mediterranean classic was defined by intense competition throughout the fleet.... [more]
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Route des Princes - An ironic change ahead
Sabina Mollart Rogerson,
The Route des Princes fleet of eight grand prix multihulls are bound for Plymouth, one of England's most historic ocean racing centres, after departing from Dun Laoghaire, Dublin Bay at 1100hrs this Monday morning.... [more]
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ORC World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi Photography,
Photographer Max Ranchi was out on the water for the opening day of action at the ORC World Championship in Ancona, Italy, to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Is a Trojan Horse being used in the America's Cup?
Richard Gladwell,
Following the conclusion of a four day Mediation by two members of the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup, it was confirmed by various sources, that while the main sticking point for the teams is the adoption of rules regarding Rudder Elevators, there are still serious issues remaining.... [more]
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Clipper Race gives out names of crew to support Nelson Mandela legacy
Amy Martindale,
Clipper Ventures, with Sapinda Rainbow and Nelson Mandela Children's Fund (NMCF), has revealed the eight young South Africans selected to create a ‘tag' team, each to participate in one of the eight legs of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - at 40,000 miles it's the longest ocean challenge on the planet!... [more]
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USA's Screve wins 21st International Optimist Regatta
Carol Bareuther,
Covering the fleet and staying in front proved successful strategies for 15-year-old Romain Screve. Screve won the 21st International Optimist Regatta presented by Glacial Energy and held out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club, U.S. Virgin Islands, from June 21 to 23.... [more]
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America's Cup: Barclay claims shortcomings in Sail-World story
Sail-World,
Sail-World has received a letter from Stephen Barclay, CEO of America's Cup Events Authority regarding comments made in a story on the America's Cup Mediation published in Sail-World, to which the writer, Sail-World's NZ and America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell responds... [more]
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Storm Trysail Club celebrations 25th Anniversary
Barby MacGowan,
Though racing doesn't start until tomorrow, the 25th Anniversary of the Storm Trysail Club's famous Block Island Race Week is already looking to be an occasion of epic proportions.... [more]
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J/24 US National Champion crowned
Christopher E. Howell,
ike Ingham of Rochester Yacht Club and his crew on USA5443 have earned the title of J/24 US National Champions at Wayzata Yacht Club in Minnesota.... [more]
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