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04 Sep 2013

AC34: Oracle penalized, RBYAC—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Both Oracle boats testing trim and speed against each other. - America's Cup  Chuck Lantz ©
The International Jury has issued their findings and handed down penalties in the hearing involving Oracle Team USA and miniscule amounts of illegal weight that had been added to the kingposts of several of the AC45 catamarans that the team maintained. Two points will be subtracted if and when Oracle wins any races in the 34th America's Cup (AC34; September 7-21), three members of the team have been banned from participating in the 34th America's Cup, and the team was issued a relatively small fine. This situation sadly represents the worst case of cheating in the history of the America's Cup.

Importantly, the International Jury found that only a small number of Oracle sailors were involved in this ugly matter and that none of the team's senior management were aware of the illegal weight. 'While we disagree with the unprecedented penalties imposed by the Jury, we have no choice but to make the necessary changes to personnel on our race boat and do our best to use the next four days for the new team to practice and get ready for the start of the 34th America's Cup,' said Oracle Team USA's CEO, Russell Coutts.

While Oracle Team USA was also fined $250,000 U.S. dollars, odds are 100-percent that the team is a lot more focused on the lost points than their pecuniary penalty. Given that AC34 is a best-of-seventeen affair, Oracle Team USA will now have to win eleven races, while Emirates Team New Zealand-the official Challenger-only has to win nine.

This places even more importance on boatspeed and design, as a two-point deficit is a tough proposition, even for a team as well-funded and well-polished as Oracle. It also places a serious emphasis on crew work, as one of the three Oracle team members banned from participating in AC34 is Dirk de Ridder, the wingsail trimmer on Oracle's A-boat. Needless to say, this is a key position and one that involves a lot of communication and trust with skipper Jimmy Spithill.

Get the full report inside, and be sure to stay current with the website as more details about this bizarre incident emerge.

The Force - 2013 Red Bull Youth America's Cup  Balazs Gardi / Red Bull

On a much more positive note, the Red Bull Youth America's Cup (RBYAC) is delivering tight racing and plenty of big grins on San Francisco Bay. After three days of racing, 'New Zealand Sailing Team with ETNZ' tops the leaderboard, followed by 'Full Metal Jacket Racing' and 'American Youth Sailing Force,' with a single day of racing remaining.

According to reports, the Americans likely would have faired better, but unfortunately David Liebenberg, the team's tactician, missed his hiking strap on a maneuver and went swimming. 'That was kind of a setback,' said team skipper Mike Menninger. 'It's hard to sail these boats with five guys. Our maneuvers weren't as crisp and our boatspeed took a dip.' More inside, and be sure to stay tuned to the website for the latest RBYAC news, as it unfurls.

Fleet - 2013 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup  Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

Meanwhile, the fortunate few have been enjoying light-air conditions at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, which is currently taking place in Sardinia at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. 'We've written our name five times on the wall next to the door to the Yacht Club (Costa Smeralda), the idea of putting it there a sixth time, which I think would be a record for any name, is a terribly exciting idea,' reported Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones, owner of the Wally Centos 'Magic Carpet 3', who is currently sitting in second place in the Wally division. Get the full report, inside.

National Yacht Club, Co. Dublin, Ireland; Tuesday 3rd September 2013: Spain's Alicia Cebrien on the final day of qualifier races at the Laser European World Championships at the National Yacht Club.  David Branigan/Oceansport

Also inside, get the scoop from the ongoing Laser European and World Championships, the also-ongoing Star Worlds, and the upcoming Oakcliff International 2013, which is the final event in the GRAND SLAM Grade 2 Match Race Series.

ALTAIR by Robertissima, Sail n: ITA 90003, Nation: ITA, Owner/Charterer: Paolo Scerni, Model: Swan 90 - 2013 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup  Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

And finally, be sure to devote some solid eye-candy time to Carlo Borlenghi's great image galleries from the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

America's Cup: Cheating doesn't pay but cheats do
Bob Fisher,
Oracle will lose the first two races it wins and the team will pay a fine of a quarter of a million US dollars for damaging the reputation of the America's Cup and five sailors in the team have been named and shamed in the worst case of cheating ever in the event's 162-year history.... [more]
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Star Worlds - Rohart-Pulfer win race 3 and Ledbetter take the lead
Star Worlds 2013,
French Star team Xavier Rohart and Serge Pulfer won the most difficult race the fleet has sailed so far in the series. Rohart and Pulfer battled through several large wind shifts and inconsistent pressure throughout the race and took the lead of the fleet on the final leg of the 10 mile race.... [more]
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Red Bull Youth America's Cup - Youth sailors fight for victory
America's Cup,
At the Red Bull Youth America's Cup, emotions are running high heading into the final day, will all to play for. It's a wide open leaderboard, and with double points available in the last race, nine teams still have a shot at the podium.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA responds to the Int Jury decision
Oracle Team USA,
Today, the America's Cup Jury announced that one Team USA sailor, our primary wing trimmer, and two shore crew have been excluded from further participation in the 34th America's Cup. This penalty was assessed because of a rules breach occurring in early 2012, well over a year ago, involving modifications to the team's AC45 yachts, not the larger AC72 yachts that will be used in the America's Cup.... [more]
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Grand Slam Match Racing Series - Oakcliff to host final event
Dawn Riley,
As the results stand after three events in the Grand Slam Match Racing Series, the top contenders are David Gilmour (AUS), Chris Steele (NZL), and Nicolai Sehested (DEN). Because each of these sailors will also be competing at the Oakcliff International, the results of the Grand Slam Series will come down to how well their teams sail during this last event.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Testing races on day 2
At the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, light conditions continue to characterize the 24th edition. For day two of racing and under a consistent 6-8 knot breeze, the Race Committee organized two short but testing windward/leeward races for the Mini Maxis and Wally classes while the remainder of the 37-strong fleet contested a 25-nm coastal course.... [more]
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Laser European and World Championships - Dazzling in Dun Laoghaire
Laser Europeans 2013,
At the Laser European and World Championships, in conditions more akin to the Mediterranean than Dublin Bay; bright sunshine, warm temperatures and even an unusual sea breeze, Ireland's local favourite Annalise Murphy remains the only sailor at the event to complete the six-race Qualifying Series, counting a score line of five race wins.... [more]
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America's Cup: Points, expulsions and fines in Jury Decision
Richard Gladwell,
Several members of Oracle Team USA have been excluded for various periods of time, substantial fines have been levied on the team and the team deducted two points in the forthcoming America's Cup Regatta. The International Jury has exonerated Team principals, specifically Grant Simmer and Russell Coutts, and it was their actions once they became aware of the measurement issues that carried a mi... [more]
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Red Bull Youth America's Cup - The Force tied for first
Vince Casalaina,
Following two days of racing in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup, the American Youth Sailing Force, ‘The Force', showed they have the skill and coolness under fire needed to win this regatta. Facing an aggressive fleet of international youth sailors, a strong showing in day-two pushed The Force into a tie for first place with New Zealand's Full Metal Jacket team.... [more]
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Mini Transat - The Race is refuelled
Solene Rennuit,
The small business that is the Mini Transat does not recognise the crisis. Once more the race for these boats of just 6.50 meters was refuelled, on 30 August, with 84 competitors admitted who had met the full requirements of the organiser and the Mini class.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - A game of snakes and ladders
Clipper Ventures Plc,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, after an exciting start yesterday off the South Coast of England, the competition is now fully underway. With PSP Logistics, Team Garmin and OneDLL taking an early lead, it's been all change overnight with the fleet racing tightly together with hardly anything separating current leaders Old Pulteney and second place Mission Performance.... [more]
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Star World Championship - Ledbetter and Morton win Race 2
Star Worlds 2013,
At the Qualcomm 2013 Star World Championship, race two got underway after a postponement due to fog. The Race Committee set a Course 3 (five legs) at 2.1 miles a leg again today. The overall results after two races show that only four of the 66 teams have finishes in the top 10 in both races.... [more]
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Red Bull Youth AC: Day 2, Races 3 and 4 - photos by Chuck Lantz
Chuck Lantz,
Even more drama unfolded on San Francisco bay during Race 3 and 4 of the 8 race Red Bull Youth America's Cup series. One of New Zealand's boats again suffered a gear failure, and the German team boat came way too close to capsizing.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand tests new mods
Chuck Lantz,
Emirates Team New Zealand's America's Cup AC72 challenger took to the waters of San Francisco bay in brisk breeze to test newly installed modifications, including a shrouded bowsprit and two open box-like devices on the rear crossover section.... [more]
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Red Bull Youth AC: Am-Cam video replay of Race 2, Day 2
John Navas,
Videographer John Navas was bayside in San Francisco for the first race of Day 2 of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup being sailed between ten teams of sailors aged 19-24 years old, and all representing their country... [more]
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Red Bull Youth AC: Am-Cam video replay of Race 1, Day 2
John Navas,
Videographer John Navas was bayside in San Francisco for the first race of Day 2 of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup being sailed between ten teams of sailors aged 19-24 years old, and all representing their country... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi Images,
Carlo Borlenghi was out on the water at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo, Italy to capture this gallery of photos. Enjoy!... [more]
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Laser European and World Championships - Finnish sisters on form
Laser Europeans 2013,
At the Laser European and World Championships, with a relatively promising forecast for the week, Monday looks like it will be breezy with plenty of wind out on the race areas. It is likely to moderate a little in the afternoon, but it should be pretty brisk. The winds are just south of west again and in the mid-teens with some more in the gusts.... [more]
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PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Former Danish Navy Seal to take part
Matthew Pryor,
The world's most talented wave windsurfers are gearing up for the 2013 PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup in Klitmøller, Denmark, from September 16-22. The spotlight will shine even brighter as the HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark is set to attend as the new patron of the event.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Coming of age in Newport
Passion and commitment are the two driving forces behind the Farr 40, one of the most competitive and successful classes of yachts worldwide, where Corinthian owners measure themselves against the best. There is no doubt that the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship is the most closely fought One Design event in the world.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 2 September 2013
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 2 September 2013 have now been released with Finn Gold Cup Champion Jorge Zarif moving up to world number 33. Serbia's Dany Stanisic has climbed to 357 in the Laser whilst Austrians retain world number one in the Nacra 17 after the inaugural European Championship. Canadian Laser and Radial shuffle after 100-point Cork OCR in Kingston, Canada.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA training session images
Oracle Team USA has been putting the finishing touches on their preparations for the Day of Reckoning on September 7, and the first race in the 34th match for the America's Cup. Team photographer, Guilian Grenier provided this gallery of images from one of their last two boat training sessions... [more]
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Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race - The adventure begins
Julia Wall-Clarke,
At the 2013 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the 12 yachts competing in the world's longest ocean race have started their 40,000 mile adventure off the English coast this morning. PSP Logistics and skipper Chris Hollis crossed the line first with Team Garmin and OneDLL closely behind on a running start with the yachts soon flying their new asymmetric spinnakers.... [more]
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America's Cup - Ken Read's View: Red Bull teams are ready for racing
Ken Read,
North Sails President and TV Commentary Team member, Ken Read gives his insider's view of the America's Cup Regatta: 10 Teams from around the world. All under the age of 25. All went through a trials period and were chosen because of their talent. And all are finding out that an event like this is about a LOT more than sailing - press functions, fundraising, dock out shows and TV.... [more]
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Star World Championship, day 1 - Brazilians on top
Star Worlds 2013,
On day one of the Star Worlds, sailors faced tough conditions and high competition. Star sailors Lars Grael, John MacCausland, and Andrew Campbell battle to win the first race of the Qualcomm 2013 Star World Championship today.... [more]
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Red Bull Youth AC - More photos from Chuck Lantz
Chuck Lantz,
More photos from Sail-World's Chuck Lantz, all shot from shore. The photos show how close to the action spectators can be along the San Francisco waterfront. All but a few grandstands have free admission, and all walk-in areas are free.... [more]
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