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23 Aug 2013

LVC Finals break bad-luck streak—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

34th America’s Cup - Louis Vuitton Cup Final - Luna Rossa Challenge  LUNA ROSSA/Studio Borlenghi-Borlengho/Butto
For fans of America's Cup sailing, the past week has been a trying one. A series of mechanical failures turned the first three races of the Louis Vuitton Cup (LVC)Finals into a war of attrition, not tactics, and then winds exceeding the Coast Guard-enforced limits caused three races to be cancelled. Fortunately, this bad luck changed on Wednesday, with the RC getting in two full races, sans any mechanical issues. For Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) this worked out just fine, but it's safe to say that the sailors aboard Luna Rossa Challenge didn't enjoy their time as much as their Kiwi rivals.

Luna Rossa demonstrated great improvement in both races, but unfortunately for the Italian-flagged syndicate, it's painfully obvious that ETNZ's second-generation boat is substantially faster than the shared first-generation platform that both teams initially used, and which Luna Rossa then optimized for the LVC.

34th America’s Cup - Louis Vuitton Cup Final - Luna Rossa Challenge  LUNA ROSSA/Studio Borlenghi-Borlengho/Butto


'The positive is that we improve more and more every day, but I'm starting to get upset because it would be great to have another four or five months,' said Max Sirena, Luna Rossa's skipper. 'We're not that far from these guys, but the Cup is in a couple of weeks.' ?

While it's questionable exactly how 'close' the Luna Rossa squad is to ETNZ's drum tight teamwork (as evidenced by the high percentage of successfully executed foiling gybes and other high-level maneuvers), the fact remains that ETNZ now has four wins to Luna Rossa's single point (which they earned when ETNZ suffered an electrical problem and had to seek outside assistance from a chase boat). Given that the LVC Finals are a best-of-thirteen affair, the writing is clearly on the wall.

Lantz220813 (1) - Final of Louis Vuitton Cup, Day 4, August 21, 2013  Chuck Lantz ©


'We're stoked to come away with a couple of wins,' said Davies. 'The Italians have picked up their game. They had a close second race, it was proper match racing – covering and protecting a side of course. We'll have another day ashore tomorrow, but there's still plenty more performance to get out of this boat.' ?

Racing continues this weekend, with a single race scheduled for both Friday and Saturday, and two races (if a ninth race is needed) on Sunday, so stay tuned to the website for more LVC news, as it unfurls, and be sure to comb this issue for the latest media reports from Wednesday's successful double-header.

2013 Finn Gold Cup Preview 2  Robert Deaves/Finn Class©


Meanwhile, several top international events are poised to unfurl this weekend, including the Finn Gold Cup (Tallinn, Estonia), the Farr 40 Worlds (Newport, Rhode Island) and the New York Yacht Club's Invitational Cup (also in Newport, Rhode Island), so be sure to get the full details, inside this issue.

The Aussies warming up - PWA Alacati World Cup 2013  © John Carter / PWA


Also inside, be sure to check out the wrap-up reports from the CORK Olympic Classes Regatta, the ongoing Dragon Gold Cup and the PWA Alacati World Cup.

34th America's Cup - Louis Vuitton Cup Final - Luna Rossa Challenge with Emirates Team New Zealand in the background  LUNA ROSSA/Studio Borlenghi-Borlengho/Butto


And finally, don't miss ace lensman Carlo Borlenghi's great image gallery from Wednesday's LVC Finals racing.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Dragon Gold Cup - The salvation of a light wind
Véronique Guillou Le Bivic,
The fourth day of racing at the Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup finally started after a long wait out on the water. Not a whisper of a breeze on the horizon until 17h.... [more]
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PWA Alacati World Cup - Day 4 a frustrating affair
Chris Yates,
Day four of the PWA Alacati World Cup proved to be a largely frustrating affair as teasing winds kept the competitors on standby for much of the day. After a very quiet start to the day at 12pm the wind swung 180 degrees and began to rapidly pickup causing a flurry of action on the beach.... [more]
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Tall Ship 'Eye of the Wind' bound for the Caribbean
Ina Trumpfheller,
The British Virgin Islands, Bermuda and the Azores – only three out of many paradisiacal destinations that awaken the dream and longing for the adventures of seafaring, which the historic windjammer ‘Eye of the Wind' will touch at.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Luna Rossa concede two races to Kiwis
Luna Rossa Media,
Luna Rossa Challenge raced against Emirates Team New Zealand in races 4 and 5 of the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals. Max Sirena, skipper of Luna Rossa, declared: 'The outcome of the first race was influenced by our start: we were in control and had almost closed the door on the Kiwis but unfortunately we were early and we paid a high price for this.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Emirates Team NZ enjoy a good day in the Finals
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand had a good day on the water today, winning two races in the Louis Vuitton Cup final clash against Luna Rossa. The regatta also had a good day. For the first time in the finals both teams completed the course without breakdown and both races scheduled went ahead.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup challenge awaits GBR sailors
Matt Carter,
Britain's heavyweight Finn sailors will hope to continue the success of the British Sailing Team at the prestigious Finn Gold Cup when racing gets underway in Tallinn, Estonia (23-31 August).... [more]
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2013 Finn Gold Cup - Sailors make final preparations in Tallinn
Robert Deaves,
With just three days to go before the first races of the 2013 Finn Gold Cup in Tallinn, Estonia, sailors are making their final preparations for the major Finn Class event of the year.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Am-Cam video Race 4 and 5 of the Final
John Navas,
Videographer, John Navas, was shoreside in San Francisco for Races 4 and 5 in the Louis Vuitton Cup Final, which got underway in moderate winds, which never threatened the wind limit. Here's John's video, images and commentary of the day's racing, including one slow-mo of Luna Rossa foiling upwind.... [more]
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Louis Vuittton Cup: Highlights of Races 4 + 5 by Chuck Lantz
Chuck Lantz,
Blue skies prevailed along with bright sun for two good races between Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa. Emirates Team NZ won both the fourth and fifth races of the challenger elimination series.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup Finals - Images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Images of Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand by international photographer Carlo Borlenghi at the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Emirates Team NZ score two more points in Final
America's Cup,
Emirates Team New Zealand took two more steps towards winning its second consecutive Louis Vuitton Cup by winning Races four and five of the 30th anniversary final.... [more]
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CORK Olympic Classes Regatta -Great sailing condition on the final day
Marianne Davis,
The last day of the event was another day of great sailing conditions, 12 – 15 knots of breeze from the southwest. The 49er and 49erFX entertained everyone with spectacular medal races close to shore at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour.... [more]
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2013 Wake Park Worlds return to Abu Dhabi
The World Wakeboard Association,
For the third year in-a-row, the WWA Wake Park World Championships hosted by Al Forsan International Sports Resort will make its journey back to Abu Dhabi, UAE on October 9-11, 2013.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Two straight for Kiwis on Day 4 of Final
Bob Fisher,
Emirates Team New Zealand proved superiority and reliability on a day when the west-south-westerly breeze was down to 12-14 knots and demonstrated that, barring breakdowns, that it will be the team that progresses to the America's Cup. The two races in the final of the Louis Vuitton Cup were one-sided, but considerably closer than anything that has preceded them.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Just like the brochure for Day 4 of the Final
Richard Gladwell,
San Francisco and the America's Cup finally delivered what everyone had been hoping for in Race 4 and 5 of the Finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup. The expected strong breeze missed its forecasted schedule – arriving late, and providing instead a moderate breeze under bright skies.... [more]
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U.S. Adult Sailing Championship set for Rochester YC action
US Sailing,
The historic U.S. Adult Sailing Championship will reveal a new and exciting format for competitive adult women and men sailors this Friday through Sunday, August 23-25, hosted by the Rochester Yacht Club (N.Y.).... [more]
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America's Cup turning 162 years young
America's Cup,
America's Cup, the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport, will celebrate its 162nd birthday this week. It was August 22, 1851, when the yacht America beat the best of the British fleet in a race around the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England.... [more]
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PWA Alacati World Cup - Frustration arises on day 3
Chris Yates,
Day three of the PWA Alacati World Cup allowed for just three heats to be completed in the women's second elimination as flukey winds brought an early conclusion to the day. After a similar start to Wednesday as yesterday, conditions began to rapidly improve at around 2pm.... [more]
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RCYC NYYC Invitational Cup - Team heads to Newport
Team RCYC,
The RCYC's New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup teams are heading to Newport for a final training session August 23-25. The Team will train against the Larchmont Yacht Club's NYYC entry.... [more]
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Dragon Gold Cup - Great stroke of luck on day 3
Véronique Guillou Le Bivic,
Day three of the Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup saw racing in baking temperatures and very light winds. It was a great stroke of luck for the holiday makers in Douarnenez, but for the tacticians on board the Dragons it threw all kinds of doubts and questions into the mix.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - ChinaSpirit to compete in Cardiff + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
The Extreme Sailing Series Cardiff touches down in the Welsh capital this Bank Holiday weekend for the UK leg of the global stadium racing series, and a new team in the form of ChinaSpirit can finally be unveiled as the eighth team in the starting blocks.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 - An event to remember
KPMS,
Every edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race deserves its own chapter in the event's proud annals so rich are the stories that emanate every time the offshore classic is held. Yet, in its 88 years of existence, few Rolex Fastnet Races have captured the values intrinsic in making the competition an international icon in quite the same way as 2013.... [more]
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ISAF Athletes' Commission sailors revealed
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is happy to reveal the sailors who will serve on the ISAF Athletes' Commission for 2013-2016. Five sailors have been elected to join three who remain on the Commission to complete their second term.... [more]
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Getting ready for the 2013 Platu 25 Worlds in Portosin
Sabrina Bonaiti,
Platu 25 Worlds is getting nearer and nearer and the International class is preparing to the 2013 top event: the World Championship in Portosin, Galicia, North Spain. After competing Worlds in Alicante in 2010, in Gmunden, Austria, in 2011 and Cala de' Medici, Italy last year, here we are back to Spain.... [more]
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O'Pen BICs take center stage at AC Open
Nevin Sayre,
When the second AC72 Challenger Finals races were postponed Saturday and Sunday due to 'too much wind', twenty-five youth sailors in O'Pen BICs hit the water at the America's Cup Village Marina Green. They entertained the spectator crowd directly off the grand stands with the first ever O'Pen BIC Hi-Wind Slalom, part of the AC Open series.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 - The wrap-up feature
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
New benchmarks continue to be set in the Rolex Fastnet Race. The Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial flagship event this year saw the entry list sell out in less than 24 hours. Its position as the world's largest offshore yacht race was further confirmed when a record-sized fleet of 336 yachts set sail from Cowes on 11th August.... [more]
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2013 Finn Gold Cup Preview - Tallinn beckons world's best sailors
Robert Deaves,
Estonia holds a special place in the hearts of Finn sailors and the opening of the 58th Finn Gold Cup in Tallinn this Sunday, 25 August, will be a momentous occasion for many reasons, and for many people.... [more]
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L'équipe professionnelle Realteam met le cap sur Cardiff
MaxComm Communication,
Troisième de l'Acte 5 des Extreme Sailing Series à Porto, l'équipe suisse Realteam poursuit son ascension en direction de l'élite mondiale. Prochaine étape au Pays de Galles, à Cardiff, du 23 au 26 août.... [more]
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Wetas at Wine and Roses Regatta, Santa Barbara Yacht Club
Miranda Powrie,
he weekend of August 17 & 18 four Wetas traveled to sunny Santa Barbara for the annual Wine & Roses regatta. Along with 35 beach cats, Dean Daniels from San Francisco, Brian Grover of Encinitas (near San Diego) Paul Martson and Bob Shirley from Ventura enjoyed good weather, camaraderie, hospitality and competition.... [more]
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America's Cup: Int Jury to hold Hearing into Oracle AC45 claims
Richard Gladwell,
The International Jury has announced that it will hold a preliminary inquiry into an Application lodged on August 19, by Oracle Team USA alleging that members of the Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand have infringed one of the provisions on Reconnaissance of the Protocol governing the America's Cup.... [more]
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CORK Olympic Classes Regatta - Battles heat up for finals on day 4
Canadian sailing team,
On Day four of the event, Kingston offers up another stellar day of breeze with some sailors capitalizing on the day while others falling victim.... [more]
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