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 13 Jul 2013

Big Fella, Black Jack and more

05-1 - Luna Rossa - Race 3, Round Robin 1, Louis Vuitton Cup,  John Navas
Yes Sail-World´s coverage of the 34th America´s Cup Regatta is building up. Sail-World has a team of three in San Francisco - with the world's top international sailing correspondent, Bob Fisher providing his thoughts on the day. Videographer John Navas is providing some excellent insights of the racing and practice. With long-time America's Cup photographer and Sail-World contributor Chuck Lantz providing daily galleries of still images. Plus we have the images provided by the teams and official photographers.

The America's Cup Regatta build up (aka as Louis Vuitton speed trials) is gradually gaining momentum and ashore the International Jury ruling this week on the protest applications that have been lodged by Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa.

As Richard Gladwell, who will be on the water come September, wrote yesterday 'the Jury handed down a simple, and clear decision, which just restated the Protocol governing the 34th America's Cup, and AC72 Class Rule changes, in particular.

That decision should have come as no surprise to anyone. Sail-World first made the comment back on May 25, 2013 the day the Recommendations were announced. 'Changes to that AC72 rule can only be done with the consent of all the teams – a simple majority is not enough.'

Regatta Director Iain Murray - at this morning's America's Cup media Conference  Chuck Lantz

Australia´s Iain Murray, the Race Director, has been directed by the International Jury to 'make the views of all the Competitors known to the Coast Guard' so that the Marine Event Permit can be maintained, and that he is to negotiate with that body any changes to any component of the safety plan and what differences this will make.

Bob Fisher´s take is interesting as usual He reports that as 'always phlegmatic, Murray said 'We'll make it work one way or another.'

Today Beau Outteridge lightens the mood for everyone with his latest Bangin´the corners video. Well done mate!

Team Telefonica, now Blackjack   Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

Back in Oz Peter Harburg's newest Black Jack will be christened later this morning. The Volvo 70, which contested the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race as Telefonica, was shipped from Europe to Australia in March. Due to an unexpected delay the 70-footer went straight from the container ship to the shed for modifications.

This left Black Jack's crew a tight window of just five weeks to strip the old livery, rebrand the boat and complete sail handling modifications to make it more user-friendly inshore, ahead of the Sydney to Southport Race and its northern regattas.

Mark Spearman after winning at the 2012 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Ireland - Photo ISAF Youth Worlds  Craig Heydon

Ahead of next week's ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships the Australian Sailing Youth Team has arrived in Cyprus with three crews out to defend medals from 2012.

The Australian team features 12 sailors competing in eight classes with Mark Spearman the defending champion in the Laser Radial boys' class, while Carrie Smith and Ella Clark won silver in the 420 girls' in 2012, with Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland also finishing second in the multihull class.

Lots more news from the local and international scenes.

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

America´s Cup - Jury restates the obvious
Richard Gladwell,
The 34th America's Cup Regatta lurches on in San Francisco, with the International Jury ruling this week on the protest applications that have been lodged by Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa... [more]
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Finn Silver Cup - Jorge Zarif claims Jorg Bruder Silver Cup
International Finn Class Association,
In the 2013 Finn Silver Cup, Jorg Zarif (BRA) will return to Brazil with the Jorg Bruder Silver Cup, which was donated to the Finn Class by the Brazilian Olympic Committee in 2004. This is a well-deserved victory by Zarif who didn't leave any doubt by winning the last race of the championship in totally different conditions.... [more]
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Australian Schools Team Racing Championship day 3
Peter Campbell,
Schools from Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania hold the first five places on the leader board going into tomorrow's final rounds and finals of the Harcourts Australian schools team racing championship on Hobart's River Derwent.... [more]
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2013 Transpacific Yacht Race - Slow second start
Transpac media,
The 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, or the Transpac, today greeted the 21 starters with unseasonably overcast rainy skies.... [more]
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Pittwater and Coffs Harbour Regatta - Entries open
Damian Devine & Lisa Ratcliff,
The 33rd Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race and associated Pittwater and Coffs Harbour regatta, organised by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club has announced the release of the Notice of Race and invites applications for entry... [more]
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2013 America's Cup - Images of Luna Rossa Challenge vs Artemis Racing
Carlo Borlenghi,
2013 America's Cup - Images of Luna Rossa Challenge vs Artemis Racing... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa takes her first point in Louis Vuitton Cup
Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 took to the America's Cup racecourse today for its first action of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America's Cup Challenger Series, and came away with 1 point. With the wind blowing around 13 knots, helmsman Chris Draper guided the silver AC72 around the 12.07-nautical-mile course in 28 minutes, 58 seconds.... [more]
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Optimist World Championship - Future of sailing to be on display
Elena Giolai,
The 2013 World Optimist Championship is scheduled to take place from 15th-26th July. The future of sailing will be on display at Riva del Garda which this year celebrates its 85th anniversary.... [more]
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America's Cup: White Smoke finally emerges from the Jury Room
Bob Fisher,
It took three days for the five-person International Jury to issue its findings from the two protests submitted by Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa. And when the tablets were handed down – all 23 pages – the important decisions were to be found 22 pages in, and most important of them all was: 'Regatta Notice 189 has the effect of changing the Class Rule and is therefore not in accordance... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup - Daida Ruano Moreno, Jane of all trades
Chris Yates,
On the third day of the PWA Pozo World Cup, it turned out to be another frustrating affair as the howling trade winds, which usually hammer Pozo throughout the summer months, continued to desert us in favor of uncharacteristically light winds. The sailors were eventually released at 4pm as conditions failed to develop.... [more]
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America's Cup: Jury refuses to support Regatta Director on Ruddergate
Richard Gladwell,
The International Jury have ruled that the Regatta Director did not have the authority to amend Class Rules in the AC72 for the 34th America's Cup. The decision was predicted from the outset by Sail-World, and is consistent with an earlier case (AC16), also taken by Emirates Team New Zealand which prevented the Measurement Committee introducing rule changes.... [more]
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Bangin' The Corners - AC team songs + video
Beau Line,
It's been far too long since Bangin' The Corners have made fun of the America's Cup and sailing in general. So, before more than one team takes to the AC race course, here's our latest video... a compilation of suitable songs, videos, photos and quotes for each America's Cup team.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - High profile women join in
Trish Jenkins,
For this year's Rolex Fastnet Race, a key feature will be the number of high profile women taking part, when the world's largest offshore race sets sail from Cowes on Sunday 11th August. Yet again the Royal Ocean Racing Club's flagship event is breaking new records in terms of the size of its fleet with 372 boats entered at present.... [more]
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Finn Silver Cup - Zarif seals title on penultimate day
International Finn Class Association,
At the 2013 Finn Silver Cup, with one race left in the Finn Junior World Championship, Jorge Zarif (BRA) has sealed the title after a series of consistent races. On the penultimate day, Zarif scored a third and a second place and is now untouchable. Jake Lilley (AUS) struck back with two bullets to pass current World Champion Martin Robitaille (CAN) by a few points.... [more]
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2014 A2B Ocean Race - Team Australia set for Kiwi challenge
Dean Wilson,
The Auckland to Bluff Ocean Race has received a major boost with 'Team Australia', the record-breaking 60ft trimaran, planning to take part in the inaugural race which sets sail from Auckland's Waitemata Harbour on Sunday, 9 February 2014.... [more]
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2013 Hamilton Island Audi Race Week - Accommodation Options
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your accommodation for Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2013? All the best properties book out early, so make sure you book soon to secure your preferred option.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Worlds - Brits gear up to defend the Nations Trophy
Matt Carter,
At the 2013 Sail First ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships,Britain's sailing stars of the future are all geared up to defend the prestigious Nations Trophy as they fly out to Limassol, Cyprus to represent RYA Volvo Team GBR at the pinnacle event of the Youth sailing calendar.... [more]
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Australian Schools Team Racing Championship day 2
Peter Campbell,
After day two of the Harcourts Australian Schools Team Racing Championship being sailed on Hobart's River Derwent, school teams from South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania fill the top six positions on the leader board in somewhat chilly weather.... [more]
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2013 Sail First ISAF Youth Worlds Championship - No RS:X Certainties
At the Sail First ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, Great Britain's Saskia Sills will aim to defend her RS:X Girls title whilst an open RS:X Boys fleet means no certainties. Twenty two RS:X Girls competitors and 28 RS:X Boys sailors will take to the start line on 15 July aiming to take the ISAF St. Moritz Boardsailing Championship trophy and the Paul Phelan Boardsailing trophy respectively.... [more]
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New Black Jack to be christened at Rivergate Marina
Lisa Ratcliff,
Peter Harburg's Black Jack stable will be unleashed with a christening and Australian sailing debut, this Saturday morning. The Volvo 70, which contested the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race as Telefonica,was shipped from Europe to Australia in March. Due to an unexpected delay the 70-footer went straight from the container ship to the shed for modifications... [more]
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The 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race - Second wave to start tomorrow!
Transpac media,
For the second start to the 2013 Transpacifc Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, or the Transpac, Another wave of three classes will be setting off into the sunset tomorrow.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Worlds Championships - Australian team arrives in Cyprus
Craig Heydon,
Ahead of next week's ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships the Australian Sailing Youth Team has arrived in Cyprus with three crews out to defend medals from 2012.... [more]
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RHKYC Hong Kong-Vietnam Race 2013 – records definitely under threat.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The provisional entry list is promising a bigger and more international fleet than ever before. Local boats who just can't stay away from this race include Sam Chan's FreeFire. 'We have unfinished business – a damaged mast in 2008 and a broken rudder stock in 2011 mean we haven't had any good finishes lately'. The Burns/Kinmonth combo Fortis Mandrake (King 40) is back for another go... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup – Day 2 a very relaxed affair
Chris Yates,
Day two of the PWA Gran Canaria Wind and Waves Festival proved to be a very relaxed affair as the wind and waves refused to cooperate for the second day in a row. With temperatures soaring into the thirties and a very light breeze most of the sailors took the opportunity to seek cover out of the sunshine, as the waiting game continued.... [more]
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New York Women's Invitational – Top crews ready for battle in Oakcliff
Joakim Hermansson,
Commencing this Thursday, eight of the world's leading women match racing skippers will kick off their battle in Oakcliff, New York, when the inaugural Women's International Match Racing Series makes its only US stop: 'Our open events have over the years always had a large number of women sailors, so it seems appropriate that Oakcliff is now hosting the only US stop of the inaugural Series,' says... [more]
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J/24 World Championship – Multiple champions sign-up for Howth action
Graham Smith,
The J/24 World Championship has some of the leading names already entered including the current World Champion Mauricio Santa Cruz of Brazil, the top two finishers in this year's NA Championship and 2011 European Champion Ian Southworth of Britain. The event is set to take place at Howth YC, near Dublin, Ireland, in late August. Almost 40 entries have been received to date from nine countries.... [more]
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Formula 18 World Championship - Brit claims lead in overall standings
Niccolò Pagani, Sailing &Travel Multimedia,
The Marina di Grosseto racing waters, currently hosting the Formula 18 World Championship 2013, delivered an amazing day's racing. After yesterday's rain forced the committee to halt the action after just one start, today a nine to 15-knot westerly and a calm sea served up the perfect conditions for the 161 teams entered to showcase their talents.... [more]
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Finn Silver Cup - Snakes and ladders in Malcesine
International Finn Class Association,
At the Finn Silver Cup in Malcesine, Italy, it was a day of snakes and ladders on Wednesday. Racing began early again with the same solid north wind, but the difference was that light rain greeted the sailors. Temperatures remained warm so nobody was complaining.... [more]
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