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10 Jul 2013

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

Emirates Team NZ - Louis Vuitton Cup, Day 2, San Francisco  Chuck Lantz
The America's Cup world sits on pins and needles as the International Jury considers the eight-plus hours of evidence that Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) presented in their joint protest of America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray on Monday. For fans just tuning in, the controversy stems from a list of 37 safety recommendations that Murray made in the wake of Artemis Racing's May 9 capsize, which tragically killed Andrew 'Bart' Simpson. ETNZ and Luna Rossa both contend that a few of these recommendations are aimed at improving performance, not increasing safety, and that Murray overstepped his authority with these recommendations.

As a result, Luna Rossa is boycotting the Luis Vuitton Cup until the International Jury reaches a decision on the protest and on the validity of Murray's recommendations. ETNZ sailed a solo race on Sunday, earning the first point of the LVC, and then again on Tuesday (where they set a new AC72 speed record of 43.26 knots), but this was hardly the start of the 'Summer of Racing' that so many fans have been looking forward to for so long. According to the latest reports, inside, it's strongly hoped that the International Jury will reach a decision by Saturday, if not sooner.

'We still feel there is value in us racing on the course area under time pressure to work on our systems and to make sure we are fully prepared for later stages of the competition,' said ETNZ skipper Dean Barker. 'Meanwhile, we are standing by for the result of the Jury decision over the next few days and [to see] where that will lead.'

Emirates Team NZ - Louis Vuitton Cup, Day 2, San Francisco  Chuck Lantz


No doubt the additional point that ETNZ earned today is also nice, but, given that ETNZ is by far the most prepared challenger, this small early game advantage could easily prove irrelevant once the actual racing starts. Because of Artemis' absence (mid-to-late July/early August is their likely timeframe to launch their second-generation AC72) and because of Luna Rossa's refusal to race until their protest is considered, this week's racing action will be likely be limited to a 'no-show' non-race between Artemis and Luna Rossa on Thursday. Then, the Kiwis are slated to race Luna Rossa again on Saturday.

Depending on the International Jury's pending decision, this could be the first time that two AC72s line-up with real points pending. Be sure to stay current with the website for the latest LVC/AC-related news so that you can plan your weekend's sailing/viewing accordingly.

2013 Transpacifc Yacht Race  Sharon Green


In ocean-racing circles, the first boats competing in the 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race have now have now left Los Angeles, bound for Hawaii in what has been described as perfect Southern California conditions. To date, the Transpacific Yacht Club (TYC) Race Committee has conducted three staggered starts, with the next set of boats expected to depart from L.A. on Thursday.

'We are really pleased that the fleet got off to this great start,' said TYC Commodore Dave Cort. 'This was a classic day, just perfect breeze strength and direction. Some teams were very competitive from the start; others had more of the Aloha spirit. Regardless, we look forward to hearing from the teams en route, wish them all Good Luck, and we look forward to seeing them in Hawaii.'

2013 Transpacifc Yacht Race  Sharon Green


As for the sailors, the excitement is audible. 'I think this will be a great adventure and everyone should have a good time,' said first-time Transpac sailor Shirley Fischer, who is racing aboard 'DS Aquarius', a Jeanneau 43 Sun Odyssey that's owned by her daughter Janet Nicholson and Hiroyuki Funaoku. 'I'm 86 years young, I've sailed before with Hiro and my daughter Janet, and they asked me to come, so here I am. I'm looking forward to just being a part of this, for going this far, and enjoying the experience.

Meanwhile, the World Sailing Speed Record Council has ratified a new all-out singlehanded Transatlantic record of just five days, two hours, 56 minutes and ten seconds. Francis Joyon (FRA) pulled off this jaw-dropping achievement aboard the 118-foot trimaran 'IDEC' in mid-June, sailing a total of 2,880 miles at an average pace of 23.41 knots, besting Thomas Colville's 2008 record. More, inside.

Also inside, get the latest scoop on the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship (July 11-20 in Limassol, Cyprus), the PWA Ponzo World Cup and the ongoing Marblehead to Halifax Race.

Luna Rossa testing in the final practice session, July 3, 2013  John Navas


And finally, check out the recently released footage of Luna Rossa performing a foiling gybe during a recent practice session. The Italians might not be racing until the International Jury delivers their decision, but their slippery-looking silver AC72 sure look good on foils!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



PWA Pozo World Cup - Hustle and bustle, but no action
Chris Yates,
The opening day of the 25th PWA Pozo World Cup saw sailors registering for the upcoming six days of competition between 10:30am and 11:30am. With a bustling atmosphere, the crowd and sailors gathered for the opening ceremony before the skippers' meeting was held at 1pm.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa and Oracle Team USA - Close Call + Video
John Navas,
A further training session video from John Navas, of Luna Rossa and Oracle Team USA on San Francisco Bay, on Monday. The video shows a couple of near misses for Oracle Team USA as a crew members slips changing side in the winch cockpit, and falls on his back. In the second incident, a crewman checks himself from falling forward as he passes ahead of the wingsail during a manoeuvre.... [more]
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America's Cup: A Scorcher in the fog - Louis Vuitton Cup, Day 2
Bob Fisher,
'The Mixture as Before' is the statement that appears on many new medicine bottles and today the competitors in the Louis Vuitton Cup round robin displayed their ability to take their medicine as directed. Without an opponent (in this case Artemis whose boat is far from ready for racing) Emirates Team New Zealand scorched around the 16-mile course. Includes video of full replay.... [more]
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America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup Day 2, Another day, Another record
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand picked up another point from her sail-over this morning, in the second day of the Louis Vuitton Cup in San Francisco. The uncontested race was another chance for the New Zealand team to work on their drills and course positioning, and some of the errors apparent on the first day were eliminated.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from the Bay - Louis Vuitton Cup, Day 2
Chuck Lantz,
For the second race in a row, ETNZ raced solo around the America's Cup course. Their scheduled competitor, Artemis, is still undergoing repairs. Chuck Lantz was on the Bay and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 of the Louis Vuitton Cup.... [more]
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America's Cup: Jury Hearing ends without resolution in Rules impasse
Sail-World,
The International Jury has heard evidence and questioned parties in the applications brought against the Regatta Director by Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge 2013. The changes were subject to over four days of Mediation by two members of the International Jury, and failed to get agreement.... [more]
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Sailor Jeanne Socrates, world's oldest non-stop female circumnavigator
Nancy Knudsen,
After many days of frustrating drifting, 70-year-old British sailor Jeanne Socrates has made it home to Victoria in triumph, becoming the oldest woman to single-handedly sail non-stop around the world without outside assistance.... [more]
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North American Championship at New York Yacht Club overall
NM Jacques,
2013 North American Championship - Thirty-five teams descended on sunshine-drenched Newport, RI and the New York Yacht Club, who played gracious hosts throughout the four day event.... [more]
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Transpacifc Yacht Race - Fleet sets sail amid perfect conditions
Transpac media,
In the first three starts of the 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race, from Los Angeles to Honolulu, perfect Southern California conditions greeted the 14 entries. The skippers and crews on these offshore yachts enjoyed sunny skies and 15 knots of westerly breeze to launch them off the starting line at Point Fermin and off on a fast track towards Hawaii.... [more]
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Youth Sailing World Championship - US youth team heads to Cyprus
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing's 2013 Youth Worlds Team travels to Limassol, Cyprus to represent the United States at the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth Sailing World Championship. Scheduled for July 11-20, the regatta is known as the world's leading youth sailing event.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa and Oracle perform on the Bay
John Navas,
John Navas was shoreside in San Francisco videoing Luna Rossa and Oracle Team USA out training. Winds were lighter 6 - 8 kts average picking up to 14-16kts later in the day... [more]
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America's Cup: Inside the shed - Narrated tour of Oracle Team USA
John Navas,
John Navas takes us on a tour of the Oracle Team USA facility in San Francisco, with the teams two AC72's Shows a series of still shots with a commentary on each including the controversial rudder elevators.... [more]
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America's Cup: Dean Barker reflects on the first solo race in the AC72
Dean Barker,
Emirates Team New Zealand have lined up for their first official race of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Writing on his blog at Kiwi Yachting Consultants' websites, of which he is a substantial shareholder and director, skipper Dean Barker gives his views of the first day of racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup.... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup - Wave sailing elite return to Gran Canaria
Chris Yates,
The 2013 PWA Pozo World Cup is set to take place from the 9th-14th July with the elite of the wave sailing world making their return to the shores of Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria, to launch the opening wave event of the 2013 PWA World Tour, as well as marking the 25th anniversary of fantastic PWA Pozo World Cup events, so you could argue that this year's titles are even more special than usual.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - The return of Mark Spearman
ISAF,
At the 2013 Sail First ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, the Laser Radial Boys' and Girls' fleets in Limassol, Cyprus, will be the largest with 97 boats expected to take to the Cypriot waters. Fifty six Laser Radial Boys' will be aiming for glory whilst 41 Radial Girls' will take to the start line on 15 July to represent their country with racing coming to a climax on 19 July.... [more]
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WSSR Council announces the establishment of a new World Record
John Reed,
The World Speed Sailing Record (WSSR) Council has announced the establishment of a new World Record.... [more]
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America's Cup: Aerial Images of the Day from ACEA Louis Vuitton Day 1
Gilles Martin-Raget ACEA,
ACEA photographers present a selection of images from the Louis Vuitton Cup - Round Robin 1, Day 1 - this galley taken from a chopper above the AC72 Emirates Team NZ sailed alone today in winds of 16kts - hitting speeds of over 40kts on the way to the finish line... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Luna Rossa can do the foiling gybe, too - Video
Luna Rossa,
With a new wingsail and new daggerboards, Italian Challenger, Luna Rossa was showing her paces on San Francisco Bay recently - with a nice foiling gybe - which the team caught on video.... [more]
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2013 Transpacific Yacht Race starts tomorrow
Transpac media,
Tomorrow at 1:00 PM local time, the first of three waves of offshore yachts will start their 2225-mile journey to Honolulu in the 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race, aka the Transpac.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series - Turnover victory in Torbole
Joy Dunigan,
In the Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series in Torbole, Renato Vallivero's Audi Turnover has claimed the victory. Hosted by Circolo Vela Torbole, Vallivero and his team comprised of tactician Enrico Fonda and Marco Perazzo took advantage of the permanent Ora wind to gain the podium.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Images of the Day from ACEA - Louis Vuitton Day 1
ACEA - Abner Kingsman,
ACEA photographers present a selection of images from the Louis Vuitton Cup - Round Robin 1, Day 1 Emirates Team NZ sailed alone today in winds of 16kts - hitting speeds of over 40kts on the way to the finish line... [more]
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America's Cup: Louis Vuitton's Images of the Day - July 7, 2013
Paul Todd,
Top international photographers Paul Todd and Bob Greiser are shooting for series sponsor Louis Vuitton, at the Louis Vuitton Cup which got underway today, July 7. Today was their first race day on the water, here's Paul Todd's view of the day.... [more]
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Fourth of July Regatta - 13-year-old Maura Cannon wins
Rich Roberts,
'Mom, I won the regatta!' That was 13-year-old Maura Cannon shouting across the boat yard after being shown the final results of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's annual Fourth of July Regatta Sunday. The slight youngster from Balboa YC led a BYC assault on the Naples Sabot classes with first place in Sabot C2s, the first victory of her budding career.... [more]
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Tiedemann Classic Yachting Weekend - Spartan and Chips celebrate
Stuart Streuli,
This year's regatta was highlighted by the presence of two boats celebrating centennial anniversaries, the NY-50 Spartan (above, center) and the Starling Burgess design Chips. Newport and Narragansett Bay rolled out perfect sailing conditions for the fourth biennial Robert H. Tiedemann Classic Yachting Weekend, hosted by the New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court station.... [more]
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