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31 Jul 2013

LVC updates and Grand Prix news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

34th Americas Cup
Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup  Luna Rossa/Studio Borlenghi/ Borlenghi-Butto
Emirates Team New Zealand continued their absolute rout of the Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robin series, defeating Luna Rossa Challenge for a fifth straight time on Sunday by a delta of three minutes and 21 seconds. By posting this win, Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) has cemented their spot as the top challenger and earned the right to skip the Louis Vuitton Cup (LVC) Semi-Finals round (August 6-15) and instead meet the winner of this contest on the starting line for the LVC Finals (August 17-30).

This means that the LVC Semi-Finals will be a death fight between Luna Rossa and Artemis Racing, the Challenger of Record (CoR) for the 34th America's Cup. For the Kiwis, it means almost three additional (and critical) weeks to modify/tweak their boat and fine-tune their already polished onboard maneuvers before entering into the final phase of the LVC. This decision by ETNZ could also serve to give Artemis Racing and Luna Rossa a chance to hone their games and bolster their confidences in a less-competitive environment.

28/07/2013 - San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America's Cup - Louis Vuitton Cup - Race Day 13 - End of Round Robin press conference - Ian Percy (Artemis Racing)  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

As for Artemis Racing, the big question is one about timing, namely, when will the Swedish-flagged CoR be ready for the racecourse? 'We suffered a horrendous accident and we need to take baby steps and progress at our own speed,' said Ian Percy (GBR), Artemis' skipper. 'It's fantastic being on the racecourse practicing, just getting out there and seeing the boats and having a look at the start sequences is all good practice, but we don't want to run before we can walk.'

Also of note in the LVC world, actor Tom Cruise and his son Connor joined the ETNZ crew onboard their mighty foil-borne AC72 after Sunday's race for the cruise back to the harbor. '[Tom Cruise] was seriously buzzing as we blasted around the Bay at over 40 knots, although this was a far cry short of his 'Top Gun' days!' reported Dean Barker, ETNZ's skipper.

Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing sailing on San Francisco Bay, July 30, 2013  John Navas

Get the full LVC report, including video footage of the Cruises aboard ETNZ's AC72, as well as images and footage of Artemis sparing with the Defender, Oracle Team USA, inside this issue.

Meanwhile, at the 52 Super Series event that's currently taking place at the 32nd annual Copa del Rey Mapfre regatta, the American-flagged 'Quantum Racing' managed to disrupt 'Ran's' otherwise unblemished collection of bullets in the final race of the event to edge out their Swedish-flagged rival by one point.

PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN - 30 JUL: during day one of 32 Copa de Rey Mapfre de Vela at Real Club N·utico de Palma on July 30 2013 in Palma, Spain. Photo by Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series  Xaume Olleros/52 Superseries

'We did quite good work today,' said Terry Hutchinson, 'Quantum Racing's' tactician. '[The crew] had the boat going really nicely through the water. The middle race was a bit of a disappointment because we had a 50-meter lead at the last top mark but lost it to 'Ran Racing'-who have just been on fire–on the last run. But we sailed a nice bounce back race then, the guys nailed the start and we stuck to our guns. Everyone kept taking a step out to the right to the pressure line, but we were happy with the middle and the upper left and low and behold it worked. We had a nice lead at the top.'

2013 Copa del Rey  © Max Ranchi Photography

More, inside, including a great image gallery, compliments of photographer Max Ranchi.

Also inside, get the full report from the hotly contested 420 Worlds, get the latest scoop on the 470 class' 50th anniversary celebrations and read about the 29er Worlds.

34th America’s Cup
Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup
  Luna Rossa/Studio Borlenghi/ Borlenghi-Butto

Finally, spend some time enjoying ace photographer Carlo Borlenghi's great image gallery of the Sunday's LVC Round Robin race between ETNZ and Luna Rossa.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

America's Cup: Oracle Team USA Match Race Practice - Video
John Navas,
John Navas presents the first video of Oracle Team USA staging a match race on the America's Cup Course in San Francisco between their first AC72 Boat 1 and the more recently launched Boat 2.... [more]
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BIC Techno 293 Worlds Day 1- Riders on the storm + Video
Patrik Pollak,
First it was little light, little wet and little cold. But soon it became pretty windy so everyone had to concentrate on sailing. It is not easy here in Sopot with offshore winds and it was quite a challenge for all.... [more]
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2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Notice of Race published
Elisha Keating,
The Notice of Race is now online and entries are now being accepted for ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne, which is the second regatta of the 2013-2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup series.... [more]
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420 World and Ladies World Championships - A thrilling final day
International 420 Class Association,
At the 2013 420 World and Ladies World Championships in Valencia, Spain ended today with a thrilling final day of racing.... [more]
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470 Worlds, Masters' Cup and Open Classic - Light breeze on Day 2
International 470 Class Association,
On day two of the 470 Junior Worlds, 470 Masters' Cup and 470 Open Classic events, scattered showers, intermittent sun and a fluctuating breeze over today's three races gave a real flavour of racing on the Atlantic coast off La Rochelle, France .... [more]
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Laser North Americans Championship - Champions crowned + video
Canadian sailing team,
Yesterday, the 2013 Laser North Americans wrapped up in 10-15 knots of breeze with newly crowned champs.... [more]
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America's Cup: Challenger of Record hooks up with Defender + Video
John Navas,
The Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing (SWE) hooked up with the Defender, Oracle Team USA, on a foggy day on San Francisco Bay. Earlier Oracle Team USA had sailed their two AC72 catamarans on the America's Cup course, again in foggy conditions. John Navas caught the action from both sessions today on San Francisco Bay. Includes video.... [more]
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29er World Championship - Challenging day in Aarhus
Jerelyn Biehl,
At the 29er World Championship, it was a challenging day for competitors and race committee alike on Kaløvig Bay! A morning race was held in eight knots for all courses with the Race Committee holding a watchful eye on the radar with an approaching thunderstorm.... [more]
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Copa del Rey - Rán Racing's unbeaten sequence halted
52 Super Series,
In the 52 Super Series at the 32nd Copa del Rey, with a victory in the third and final race of the day on the Bay of Palma, Rán Racing's unbeaten sequence was halted by a sixth place, Quantum Racing who seized the overall regatta lead by a single point.... [more]
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AWT Quatro Desert Showdown day 2
American Windsurfing Tour,
At the AWT Quatro Desert Showdown, following a beautiful morning of surfing and SUP at Punta San Carlos, it was time to get the contest rolling. Head Judge Keith Teboul made the call for a 1:30pm start at the Point for the Amateur division with heat lengths set at 16-minutes.... [more]
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Copa del Rey images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi Photography,
Photographer Max Ranchi was present at the Copa del Rey today to capture these images of all the action. Enjoy!... [more]
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WWA National Championships - Victory for Phil Soven
World Wakeboard Association,
Thousands of fans descended on the Voice of America Park to watch the world's best wakeboarders and wakeskaters battle it out at the final day of the Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships presented by Rockstar. Walking away with coveted 2013 National titles in the sport's two elite divisions were Phil Soven in the Men's Pro and Amber Wing in Women's Pro.... [more]
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420 World Championship - Two more races to determine the winners
International 420 Class Association,
The second day of final races at the 420 World Championship brought some up and down results for most of the top teams, a testament to how tough racing has become in the gold fleet battle. Two more races today have positioned the leaderboard into some close points scenarios, with just two more races tomorrow to determine the ultimate World Champions.... [more]
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North American Challenge Cup wraps up!
Rachelle Treiber,
On July 26 – 29, 2013 the Chicago Yacht Club's North American Challenge Cup (NACC) was held at Belmont Harbor. The first NACC regatta was in 1992, and has grown over the past 20 years, from its inaugural year in 1992 with racing in only one class, the Freedom 20s, to the addition of two Paralympics class sailboats, the one-person 2.4mR and the three-person Sonar.... [more]
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470 Class 50th Anniversary celebrations launched in La Rochelle!
International 470 Class Association,
Today, there was no gentle introduction to the opening events at the International 470 Class 50th Anniversary celebrations in La Rochelle, with a blustery and building breeze greeting teams on the race courses... [more]
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29er World Championship - French move into the lead
Jerelyn Biehl,
The second day of qualifying for the 2013 29er Worlds held out of Kaløvig Sailing Club in Aarhus, Denmark got back on track after five hour delay due to a dead calm. Two more races were held in eight knots which fell to six knots during the final race, enough to count for all competitors.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Dean Barker reflects on the final Round Robin
Dean Barker,
Emirates Team New Zealand have sailed their last race in the Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robins. Writing on his blog at Kiwi Yachting Consultants' websites, of which he is a substantial shareholder and director, skipper Dean Barker gives his view of the day out with Tom Cruise in the Louis Vuitton Cup.... [more]
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AWT Quatro Desert Showdown day 1
Russ Faurot,
Everyone has made it to Punta San Carlos for the 2013 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown and we are anticipating an amazing event. Day one showed promise with some decent sets rolling through but with the forecast only looking better, head judge Keith Teboul decided to give everyone a day for warming up to the conditions... and everyone took advantage.... [more]
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Copa del Rey Mapfre - Challenging day 1 on the Bay of Palma + Video
52 Super Series,
On the first day of the 32nd Copa del Rey Mapfre on the Bay of Palma, the challenges came in different forms for some of the top 52's, but it was Niklas Zennström's crew on Rán Racing which won the one and only race for the Gaastra IRC Class.... [more]
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NYYC Invitational Cup - Impressive lineup prepares to race
The third edition of the NYYC Invitational Cup is coming up and an impressive collection of crews from the world's most famous and influential yacht clubs are currently preparing. Taking place from 7-14 September at Harbour Court, the New York Yacht Club's summer home in Newport, Rhode Island, this biennial event is held in high esteem for its promotion of Corinthian, one-design sailing.... [more]
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420 World and Ladies World Championships: All change at the top
International 420 Class Association,
At the 2013 420 World and Ladies World Championships in Valencia, Spain the first two races of the final series got underway today and it was all change at the top of the leaderboard.It may have been the pressure of the first day of finals, with the best sailors pooled together in the gold fleet, or the increase in breeze to around 22 knots - who knows - but there was shuffling around.... [more]
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Grandmasters Team Race Regatta at New York Yacht Club
Stuart Streuli,
New York Yacht Club Grandmasters Team Race Regatta was held over the weekend in Newport, R.I. Peter Wilson was succinct when asked about the secret to Noroton Yacht Club's third consecutive win.... [more]
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North American Challenge Cup - Day 2 gets off
Rachelle Treiber,
The second day of racing at the 2013 North American Challenge Cup in Chicago Yacht Club's saw a continuation of the unseasonably cold weather from Saturday, with early morning weather reports promising even colder temperatures than the previous day.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Images of Round 5, Race 1 by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Images of Round 5, Race 1 of the Louis Vuitton Cup by Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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Youngstown Regatta - Big J fleet sailing
It what may be the 40th, and last Youngstown Level Regatta hosted by the Youngstown YC, sailors in the northeast have showed up 180 boats strong to celebrate a wonderful four decades of summer sailing tradition at the western end of Lake Ontario.... [more]
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Laser North American Championship concludes racing
Marianne Davis,
Today, the 2013 Laser North American Championships concluded with racing for all fleets in 10-15 knots. The Regatta management teams worked hard to deliver good racing throughout the event and variable conditions. 250 athletes from 10 countries and seven Canadian provinces competed on the fresh water of Kingston harbour, supported by 80 plus volunteers.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Am-Cam Video - Emirates Team NZ's clean sweep
John Navas,
Videographer, John Navas, was on the shore of San Francisco Bay to see Emirates Team New Zealand in their final Round Robin Race against Luna Rossa.... [more]
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