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08 Jul 2013

LVC meltdown and offshore news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Emirates Team New Zealand cross the finish line for the first point after Luna Rossa decide to boycott the first race of the Louis Vuitton Cup 2013. 7/7/2013  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©
This weekend's sailing news was dominated by San Francisco, where the 'Summer of Racing' was supposed to have started in grand fashion. According to reports, the opening ceremonies were spectacular, with doves released to the sounds of Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' and special appearances by the Maori performing arts group Te Waka Huia, the tenor Pasquale Esposito, the Voices of Sweden Choir and the Recycle Percussion troupe (visitor head count, however, was a different story). The wheels started to come off the bus when the breeze (reported to be 'over 20 knots') was deemed too high to conduct the much-anticipated time trials, but the bombshell exploded when Luna Rossa announced their boycott of Sunday's racing in light of their pending protest.

'I want to clarify the reason for which we are not racing today,' said Luna Rossa's skipper Max Sirena in a press release. 'As everybody knows we have protested the introduction of new Class Rules without the unanimous agreement of the competing teams. By racing under these rules, enforced by the Regatta Director with Race Notices 185 and 189, we would somehow silently approve them.'

Luna Rossa Skipper, Max Sirena - 34th America's Cup - Press Conference with Skippers  Americas Cup Media


'This is not the case,' continued Sirena. 'Therefore, we have no choice but to stay ashore until the International Jury has reached a decision on the matter. We have been forced into this position. We did not come to San Francisco to watch races, but to race.'

Not everyone sees the situation as being cut and dry. 'We find it hard to believe that someone wouldn't want to sail, because we so much want to sail, and we are working so hard to do so,' said Artemis Racing's boss, Paul Cayard. 'So we find it hard to understand.'

The net result was that Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) sailed the course alone, picking up the first points of this edition of the Louis Vuitton Cup. According to reports, the team tagged a top speed of 42.8 knots and managed to sail the 16.05 nautical-mile course in just 46 minutes and 27 seconds.

Emirates Team New Zealand sails solo around the course after Luna Rossa decide to boycott the first race of the Louis Vuitton Cup 2013. 7/7/2013  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©


'We actually enjoy it when it's windier, then you really start ripping downwind and can pull off some slick jibes,' said ETNZ skipper Barker. 'You never finish a race in one of these boats and think it's all gone perfect. We made a couple of mistakes today, but it was good to get out and go through the paces.'

Inside, get the full LVC debriefing, including reports from luminary sailing scribes such as Bob Fisher and Richard Gladwell, and image galleries from top international photographers, and stay tuned for the latest news from the LVC racecourse-and from the International Jury-as it unfurls.

Meanwhile, in offshore-sailing circles, French skipper Marc Guillemot broke the singlehanded transatlantic record aboard his IMOCA 60 'Safran', establishing a new monohull reference time of eight days, five hours, 20 minutes and 20 seconds. Guillemot's effort shaves nearly 16 hours off of the previous record and yielded the Frenchman an average pace of 14.59 knots.

'I set off at good speed from New York and the first part of the crossing was very tricky along the coast of Newfoundland, where we had to watch out for a lot of shipping, floating rubbish, whales,' said Guillemot. 'I moved along with one low-pressure area then another. I always had plenty of wind with one particular exception: the final 24 hours, when I was seriously slowed down with an area of calms associated with the Azores High. With wind right up to the finish, I would have got a better time, but for now, I'm just enjoying this great performance.'

CE0G4938a - IODA North American Optimist Championships  ©Charles Anderson/RBYC


Also inside, get the latest news from the Marblehead to Halifax Race, the International Optimist Dinghy Association North American Championship and the Stena Match Cup.

Great Schooner Race 2013 - Rockland, Maine  © Chibi Moku


And finally, check out Joshua and Natsuko Shaffer's image gallery from the Great Schooner Race. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Louis Vuitton Cup: Fastest Louis Vuitton Cup Race ever sailed + Videos
Richard Gladwell and John Navas,
The first race of the Summer of Sailing got underway on time today in San Francisco, with Emirates Team New Zealand sailing an uncontested race. Despite the no-show of Italian Challenger, Luna Rossa, the New Zealand team took the race as full on practice, entering the pre-start area at full pace ahead of the race set to be sailed over the 40 minute course. Includes 10 minute video - unblocked... [more]
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America's Cup: Ma'am there is no second - Louis Vuitton Cup opens
Bob Fisher,
July 7th was set in stone for the first race of the Louis Vuitton Cup and the race organisers were determined that racing should take place on that day no matter what; and so, they set up a 16.05 nautical mile course around which one competitor sailed in 46 minutes and 27 seconds. It was a sad reflection on what should have been a joyous day on San Francisco Bay – the day that the America's Cup b... [more]
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IODA North American Optimist Championships reach half way mark
Somers Cooper,
The 2013 International Optimist Dinghy Association North American Championship is at the half way mark with two days of fleet racing completed along with a successful day of team racing. 176 competitors from 19 nations have descended upon the tiny island from as far away as Japan and New Zealand.... [more]
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America's Cup: Behind the Artemis door - the Swedish team unveiled
John Navas and Richard Gladwell,
On July 7, a media group was given a tour an update of the Artemis Racing base in Alameda. Here is an update on the team, their progress and prospects: Artemis Racing have a third wingsail in the assembly phase. 25% of the surface is uncovered, and they expect to be finished by the end of the next week. The boat is expected to be sailing in two weeks.... [more]
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Fourth of July Regatta at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club - Day one
Rich Roberts,
Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's annual Fourth of July Regatta is being held this weekend. Multihull sailboat racing or not may be big in the news at San Francisco right now, but Matt Struble is perfectly happy 432.6 miles south competing in the event.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Luna Rossa excuse themselves from Race 1
Richard Gladwell,
Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 has confirmed that it will not race against Emirates Team New Zealand on July 7, 2013. The race was to have been the first of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the Challenger Selection Series for the America's Cup, starting on September 7, 201.... [more]
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Great Schooner Race - Images by Joshua and Natsuko Shaffer
Joshua & Natsuko Shaffer,
Husband and wife duo Joshua and Natsuko Shaffer were on site at the Great Schooner Race in Maine to capture these images.... [more]
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Stena Match Cup Sweden - Bjorn Hansen, eWork victorious in Marstrand
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
At Stena Match Cup Sweden, champagne flowed once more for Bjorn Hansen and his eWork Sailing Team, after another nail biting day on the water resulted in the local heroes winning the event for a second year in a row.... [more]
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52 Super Series Royal Cup - Quantum Racing victorious in Ibiza
52 Super Series,
In the 52 Super Series Royal Cup, Quantum Racing made it a second regatta win in a row when they crossed the last finish line today in second place, completing a 1,2 final day to run out regatta winners by seven clear points ahead of Tony Langley's Gladiator.... [more]
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Tritium Racing attempts to set world record in Transpac 2013
Cameron Andrews,
Tritium Racing is set to sail a 73-feet offshore trimaran on a world-record breaking pace of four and a half days while covering more than 2,225 nautical miles - 2,560 miles or 4,121 kilometers - during the Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac) from Point Fermin, Calif., to Honolulu on Saturday, July 13 at 1p.m.... [more]
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Competitors prepare for 2013 Marblehead to Halifax under sunny skies
Fletcher Boland,
Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race racers are pouring into Marblehead harbor in advance of the start Sunday, July 7th, beginning at 1p.m. Conditions at the moment look light for the start, but there is the chance of a front squeezing down from the north onto the course to bring more substantial breeze.... [more]
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J/70s continue to expand their presence
J/Boats,
J/70s continue to expand their presence on the Great Lakes, from Lake Ontario westward across Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan as well as in the many lakes across the states and provinces in the region.... [more]
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J/80 Worlds - 119 teams to battle in Marseilles
J/Boats,
With 119 teams participating in this year's J/80 Worlds in Marseilles, France, it look like the J/80s have again set the record for the most Worlds with 70+ boat fleets for any International ISAF one-design keelboat class-- four Worlds over the last ten years, quite a remarkable achievement!... [more]
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America's Cup: Smiles break ice at Skippers Media Conference
Richard Gladwell,
Despite their much published differences, it was almost all sweetness and light between the four America's Cup skippers at the Media Conference to open the 2013 America's Cup Regatta. The full video replay is included in this story.... [more]
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Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race - Hans Himmelman to compete
Brian Freeman,
Though crews that can number in the teens staff many entries in this year's Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race, the 51-foot sloop out of Halifax is one of six double-handed entries in this year's international racing class.... [more]
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America's Cup: Press conference and parade images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Renowned photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on site for the 34th America's Cup press conference and parade to capture this gallery of images. Enjoy!... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Official boilover will only heighten protest tensions
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup COO, Stephen Barclay has all but assured that Italy's Luna Rossa will not take part in the opening race of the Louis Vuitton Cup, with a statement calling the Italian's position 'unprincipled'. In a statement on the americascup.com website, Barclay decried the position advanced by Max Sirena, the Luna Rossa skipper.... [more]
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Stena Match Cup Sweden - Perfect conditions for the Semi-Finals +Video
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
The Semi-Finals at Stena Match Cup Sweden were held in perfect conditions with 25 knot winds, big seas and blazing sunshine. There have been few days when match racing as a spectator sport has been shown off so well.... [more]
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52 Super Series Royal Cup - Gladiator proves staying power in Ibiza
52 Super Series,
In the 52 Super Series Royal Cup Ibiza, Tony Langley and the crew of Gladiator proved their staying power as well as their skills today when they won the 33 miles coastal race, holding off regatta leaders Quantum Racing all the way round the long upwind- downwind passage which took the fleet up to the NE corner of Ibiza to the finish line off the entrance to the Ibiza town harbour.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Confirmed enrolments 90% complete
Solene Rennuit,
The Trophy Marie-Agnès Péron and the Mini Fastnet have handed down their verdict. In rather mild weather conditions, nearly all the entered competitors successfully finished the races and many of them were able to validate their qualification for the Mini Transat. In addition several new competitors were able to get their passport to the great crossing.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series heads to Torbole this weekend
Joy Dunigan,
The penultimate event on the 2013 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series takes place this weekend in Torbole, Italy on July 6-7, hosted by Circolo Vela Torbole. Twenty-seven teams representing seven countries are in attendance, and some arrived a few days early in an effort to better prepare, fine tune their boats and dial in their handling skills as they prepare for some of the toughest competition ever.... [more]
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America's Cup: Cayard claims Artemis excluded under rudder rules
Paul Cayard,
The 34th America's Cup is about to get under way in San Francisco. At Artemis Racing, we have had our heads down, working hard to finish a new boat and wing in order to get back out on the water and compete in this event that we have worked hard on for three years. In general, when you are as busy as we are, you don't have time to get involved in media and spin.... [more]
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Rio 2016 Paralympic medal event and athlete quotas revealed
IPC,
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has revealed that the Rio 2016 Paralympics are set to feature more female athletes than ever before, whilst the overall progam will include 23 more medal events than at London 2012, with women and athletes with high support needs the main beneficiaries.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from the Opening Ceremony
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget provided this gallery of images from the America's Cup Opening Ceremony in San Francisco, on Independence Day, July 4.... [more]
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America's Cup: Opening ceremony pulls thousands of San Francisco fans
Sail-World,
The 2013 America's Cup opened amid great fanfare and celebration today with the grand Opening Ceremony on the main stage at the America's Cup Pavilion. With the sailors of the four teams contesting the 2013 America's Cup—Oracle Team USA, Emirates Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa Challenge and Artemis Racing—standing behind her, Lucy M. Jewett, recently elected to the America's Cup Hall of Fame,... [more]
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Missing text message reveals ripped storm sails in Nina search
Rosemary Neilson, Maritime NZ,
On 29 June it became known that the last transmission (a text message), on 4 June, had not been delivered to its intended recipient by the Iridium system. RCCNZ, working with the United States State Department, sought the release of the undelivered text message contents, which RCCNZ received on 3 July.... [more]
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