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01 Aug 2013

LVC, GP and sail-making news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

navas 2013-07-31 11-41-19 p1090982 - Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing - San Francisco, July 31 2013  John Navas
Louis Vuitton Cup racing may be on hold until the August 6 start of the LVC Semi-Finals, but the action is still hot on San Francisco Bay where all four teams continue to develop, refine and polish all aspects of their programs, from hydrofoils and rudder angles to crew choreography through complicated foiling maneuvers. Artemis Racing currently dominates headlines, as everyone is intensely interested in learning how fast they look compared to the other, more practiced teams.

Inside this issue, be sure to check out the great am-cam footage of Artemis out sailing earlier this week. The good news for the Swedish-flagged Challenger of Record is that their 'Big Blue' catamaran doesn't seem inhibited about getting up on her foils and going, but the less good news is that the team is still in their nascent phase of learning how to handle her, and their gybes are not exactly smooth yet.

Learning to foil  John Navas

Also inside, be sure to check out the footage of Oracle Racing conducting more close-quarters in-house testing.

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' is looking increasingly good for a win at Palma and a shot at a winning 2013 campaign. 'It's a long regatta,' said Ed Reynolds, 'Quantum Racing's' project manager. 'We never think about individual regattas, we think of the season-long championship, but we would love to win Copa del Rey. It is just one of those things you want to win.'

32 Copa del Rey Mapfre - Quantum Racing and Azzurra  © Max Ranchi Photography

'Quantum' has won the last four races in a row, absolutely making them the boat to beat in this Grand Prix-level contest. 'We need to get past 'Quantum Racing', they are sailing very well,' Andy Hemmings, a strategist/trimmer aboard 'Rán Racing'. 'We won the first three races, they won the next four. At the moment they are getting really good starts and controlling the fleet, more or less from the start.'

Palma de Mallorca, Spain - 01 AUG: Day four of 32 Copa de Rey Mapfre de Vela at Real Club N·utico de Palma on August 01 2013 in Palma, Spain.  Xaume Olleros/52 Superseries

Get the full report from the Copa del Rey Mapfre regatta, inside this issue.

And on the industry side of sailboat racing, UK Sailmakers International was recently purchased by a large group of individual UK Sailmakers' loft owners. 'For the first time a group of independently owned sail lofts will control the reins of their central organization and have a say in how that organization operates,' said Butch Ulmer, the company's founder.

'This will be a unique experiment and one that has never been attempted before. I expect that having such an experienced group of sailmakers involved in the company's management will enhance our product line and positively impact what UK Sailmakers delivers to our customers,' continued Ulmer. 'I intend to remain involved in sailmaking and am looking forward to my new role as an advisor to the new management group.'

29er gold fleet downwind - 29er World Championship 2013  Robert Hajduk shuttersail.com

Also inside this issue, be sure to get the full reports from the ongoing 29er Worlds, the 470 Junior Worlds, and the upcoming ISAF Nations Cup, as well as wrap-up reports from the Laser North Americans and the 420 Worlds. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

29er World Championship - French regain the lead
Jerelyn Biehl,
At the 29er World Championship, the racing was close today on Kaløvig Bay with the lead for the Gold fleet changing at each race. Four races were held starting at 3pm after a postponement on shore waiting for a front to pass, but leaving behind light winds for the sailors.... [more]
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470 Junior Worlds get an early start
International 470 Class Association,
There were starts at opposite ends of the day for the 470 Junior Worlds and Masters' Cup fleets in La Rochelle, with the junior fleets benefiting from the early morning breeze and a more sedate start for the Masters in the afternoon.... [more]
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Copa del Rey - Back to back wins in Palma
52 Super Series,
With two days of racing left in the 32nd Copa del Rey in Palma, Quantum Racing's lead grew a little more thanks to back to back victories in typical Palma sea breeze conditions. As a crew Quantum Racing have never won the prestigious Copa del Rey but increasingly it is looking like they are piecing together a winning campaign.... [more]
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Copa del Rey - Today's images from Palma by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi Photography,
Images from today's action in Palma at the Copa del Rey Mapfre, captured on site by photographer Max Ranchi.... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup - Highly competitive field all set
The Nations Cup commences next week (Tuesday, August 6-10) in Middelfart, Denmark, with 10 countries represented in a highly competitive field of skippers. Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and USA will contest the Open competition and Brazil, Denmark, Norway and USA, the women's competition.... [more]
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Collaborative effort to promote the wearing of lifejackets formed
Office of Boating Safety & Maritime Affairs,
In a global initiative, leading marine safety organisations from around the globe have formed a collaborative effort to promote the wearing of lifejackets when boating. Canadian Safe Boating Council Chair Jean Murray said the centrepiece of the initiative is a set of principles to promote the wearing of lifejackets.... [more]
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470 Junior World Championships - Hot, humid and windless on day 3
International 470 Class Association,
On day three of the 470 Junior World Championships, it was hot and humid with no wind. The Masters' Cup and Open Classic fleets were enjoying a day off, but for the junior fleets it was a long wait hoping for a breeze that never materialized. Racing was called off at 1540 hours, with the Race Committee hoisting AP over A.... [more]
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Lysekil Women's Match commences next week
WIMRS Media,
Following four events in as many countries, the inaugural Women's International Match Racing Series is ready for its fifth and final battle, to be held in picturesque Lysekil, Sweden, next week.... [more]
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32nd Copa del Rey Mapfre - H.R.H. Prince Felipe of Spain joins + Video
Icarus Sailing Media,
On the third day of competition of the 32nd Copa del Rey Mapfre, H.R.H. Prince Felipe has joined the crew of 'Aifos'. Today, three classes competed in a coastal race while the other five completed a windward/leeward course. Racing will continue tomorrow in the waters of the Bay of Palma.... [more]
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UK Sailmakers' loft owners buy UK International
UK Sailmakers,
UK Sailmakers International (UKI), the owner of the UK Sailmakers name, trademarks and proprietary sailmaking software, has just been purchased by a large group of UK Sailmakers' loft owners. With the individual lofts becoming owners of the brand, the global group of over 50 lofts will grow stronger and attract more lofts to the group in major sailing centres around the world.... [more]
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BIC Techno 293 Worlds Day 2 - Running in the family +video
Patrik Pollak,
The second day of racing at the BIC Techno 293 Worlds with reverse order of groups on water and weather as well. First nice and sunny then rainy and again sunny then rainy.... [more]
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Inner Spring Regatta at New York YC preview
NCYC Media,
Over the weekend of the 31st of August and first of September 2013, the 2013 Inner Spring regatta will be held. Ably assisted by environmental consulting company EnviroPacific Services this year will mark the third birthday for this spring IRC and PHS keel boat regatta which has grown year on year.... [more]
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AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Epic conditions on Day 3
American Windsurfing Tour,
The competition got started at 11:30 and ran all the way until 6:30 with 16-minute heats.The south swell filled in at Punta San Carlos bringing consistent logo-high to mast-high swells to the point that would roll through the Chili Bowl.Let's check out the action.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle and Artemis out to play on the Bay + Video
John Navas,
Videographer John Navas was shoreside on San Francisco Bay, for the practice session involving Artemis Racing, Oracle Team USA and also Luna Rossa. The latter reported as being stopped in the water for a 90 minute period in the afternoon. Includes video... [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. The regatta will run out of the world acclaimed Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne Australia, from the 1st-8th December 2013.... [more]
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29er World Championship - Competition heats up in Aarhus
Jerelyn Biehl,
At the 29er World Championship, with the fleet now split into Gold, Silver, Bronze and Emerald, competition heated up with every race on the line. Three races were held on the four courses simultaneously but with differing winds as they were spread across Kaløvig Bay.... [more]
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Copa del Rey - Quantum Racing continues to excel
52 Super Series,
For the 52 Super Series at the 32nd Copa del Rey Mapfre, Doug DeVos' Quantum Racing team moved two more points ahead of Rán Racing at the top of the standings, their reward for winning a surprisingly challenging but nevertheless interesting 29 miles coastal race out of Palma.... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series - Multiple champions to compete
Barby MacGowan,
The 2013 Rolex Big Boat Series will again be hosted at the St. Francis Yacht Club where racers from around the globe will participate in the West Coast's premier regatta from September 26-29. The event, in its 49th edition, will host four days of racing for monohull and multihull classes and serve as the West Coast IRC Championship, the HPR National Championship, and the Melges 24 Pre-Worlds.... [more]
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Chicago Match Cup to broadcast live next week
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
This coming week, the Alpari World Match Racing Tour heads to Chicago for Stage 4 of the World Tour; the Chicago Match Cup from 6th - 11th August 2013. The event will be broadcast LIVE in full HD format via the internet and broadcast networks.... [more]
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Copa del Rey - Images from Palma by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi Photography,
Photographer Max Ranchi was out on the water in Palma to capture these images during the Copa del Rey Mapfre.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to stop in Albany
Marina Thomas,
The 2013-14 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will stop in Albany, Western Australia, at the conclusion of Leg 3 from Cape Town later this year.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle and Artemis at play on San Francisco bay
Chuck Lantz,
Chuck Lantz was shoreside on San Francisco Bay today, with a big lens and caught this action as Artemis Racing and Oracle Team USA, sparred together.... [more]
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Copa del Rey Mapfre - Intense second day + Video
Icarus sailing media,
Today the field of play in Bay of Palma has seen an intense second round on 32nd Copa del Rey Mapfre. Wind today decided to cooperate with show, so all fleets managed to sail all races schedule and to return to Real Club Nautico de Palma with four complete scores. Tomorrow, entries in different Hublot IRC classes will sail a coastal race.... [more]
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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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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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