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02 Oct 2013

Big Boat Series and AC35 news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

USA in action  Dick Mander
The big news in Grand Prix sailing news comes courtesy of San Francisco Bay and the Rolex Big Boat Series, which just wrapped-up on Sunday. Racing was reportedly hot in all classes-as always, in this classic big-breeze event-but competition was especially stiff in the J/105 and J/120 classes.

'It's one of the more challenging race courses in the world,' said Jim Swartz, owner of the TP52 'Vesper', about the general sailing conditions on San Francisco Bay. 'That's why we're here.' For their efforts, Swartz and his crew won both the St. Francis Perpetual Trophy and earned the honor of being named 2013 IRC West Coast Champion.

Teams in action  Dick Mander


Get the full story and some great photo galleries, inside this issue.

Meanwhile, in America's Cup news, the Australian-flagged Hamilton Island Yacht Club, led by Bob Oatley, has been named the official Challenger of Record for the 35th America's Cup. Oatley, it will be remembered, has had a series of successful Australian-flagged boats, including 'Wild Oats XI', which has won six of the past eight Sydney-Hobart Races.

'Given Australia's previous success in the America's Cup, the Admiral's Cup and Olympic yachting, and as proud Australians, we think it is time for our nation to be back in our sport's pinnacle event,' said Oatley. 'The recently completed America's Cup in San Francisco has revolutionized the sport for sailors and fans, and we were excited to see how many Australians played key roles on the teams and in the regatta organization.'

Bob Oatley, Tom Ehman and Jimmy Spithill with The Cup Hamilton Island Race Week 2011  Jeni Bone


For their part, the Defender also seems happy with their new Challenger of Record. 'We are delighted to have Hamilton Island Yacht Club and the Oatley's leading Australia back into the America's Cup for the first time since 2000,' said Tom Ehman, the Golden Gate Yacht Club's Vice Commodore and America's Cup liaison.

'The dates, type of boat, format and rules are subject to negotiation between the Challenger of Record and Defender, following consultation with prospective challengers, venues, sponsors and other stakeholders,' said Ehman. 'Both Clubs are keen to have multiple challengers, as has been the norm since 1970, and to cut campaign costs for all teams. But first we must determine the venue, which, under the America's Cup Deed of Gift, is decided by the Defender.'

Also AC-related, Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) skipper Dean Barker gave a super candid video interview on the prime-time New Zealand TV show, 'Campbell Live' about the crushing experience of having been so incredibly close to winning sailing's greatest prize. This must-see interview gives interesting insight to the future of the team (especially the 'NZ' part), now that AC34 has drawn to a close. Get the full report, inside this issue.

B Carlin Leg one Clipper   Clipper Ventures PLC © .


Also inside, get the scoop on the nomination process for US Sailing's prestigious 2013 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards, check out the latest offshore report from the Clipper Round the World Race, and, for the speed-obsessed, get a preview of the Luderitz Speed Challenge.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Extreme Sailing Series - A final shakedown before battle commences
Extreme Sailing Series,
The Extreme Sailing Series Act 7 fleet took to the sky blue waters of Nice, on the French Riviera in admiration of local onlookers today for one final shakedown before battle commences tomorrow (3rd October) from 14.00 CEST. With less then 24 hours to go on the EDOX countdown clock until the eight-boat fleet take to the starting blocks, every minute trialling the Nice racecourse has been crucial.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Beijing Olympic memories return
ISAF,
Only twelve days remain until the start of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao and a number of sailors who competed at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will make their return to China. Qingdao hosted a memorable Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition and featured drama and tension until the very end.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - The marking of a significant chapter
KPMS,
Closing the Mediterranean sailing season with gusto, the 2013 Rolex Middle Sea Race is destined to mark an important chapter in the history of a popular offshore event. The race is in a period of ascendancy. Over one hundred international yachts have registered for the 606-nm contest commencing and finishing in Malta, and comprising a challenging anticlockwise circumnavigation of Sicily.... [more]
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Tornado World Championships - All to fight for on day 2
Andrew Dowley,
The second day of the Tornado World Championships started with the same conditions as the day before, the race committee decided to postpone racing for one hour to let the wind settle and shift as predicted.... [more]
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12 Metre North Americans - They can steal a sailing show
Kirsten Ferguson,
Whilst the America's Cup was finishing up on the West Coast, vintage 12 Metres from the Cup's Golden Era were gearing up on the East Coast to prove they still can steal a sailing show when it comes to grace, beauty and competition.... [more]
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Bic Techno 293 continues to bloom + Video
Patrik Pollak,
The summer of fun and great events for BIC Techno 293 one design class is coming to an end. Lets look back at the worlds this year. It is hard to believe that once again we can claim it was the biggest event yet!!!... [more]
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Kiwis win Gold, Gold, Silver in Olympic Skiff World Champs in France
Richard Gladwell,
New Zealand crews have swept the 49er and 49erFX World Championships winning the Gold Medal and World Championship in both events. A second New Zealand crew placed second in the 49er class, winning the Silver Medal. Both classes are the Olympic skiff, used for the Mens and Womens events in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. See image gallery with this story.... [more]
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America's Cup: Dean Barker interviewed on Campbell Live
Sail-World,
The day after arriving back in New Zealand, Emirates Team NZ's skipper Dean Barker was interviewed on Primetime news show, Campbell Live. In this very moving interview, a clearly still shocked Barker talks about why they were unable to win the America's Cup, and his thoughts on Russell Coutts rejoining the New Zealand team... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ pleased to have Aussies on board
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand today welcomed the return of Australia to the America's Cup. The Golden Gate Yacht club announced that it had accepted a challenge for the 35th America's Cup from Queensland's Hamilton Island Yacht Club. Includes 30 minute interview with Emirates Team NZ's Dean Barker. Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker said it was great to have Australia back in the Cup.... [more]
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J/22 World Championship - Allan Terhune leads on day 1
J/22 Class Association,
At the J/22 World Championship, sponsored by Fidelity Investments, Allan Terhune jumped out to the early lead after one day. With three points over two races, Dazzler notched first and second for a quick seven-point advantage.... [more]
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America's Cup: Hamilton Island Yacht Club confirmed as Challenger
Richard Gladwell,
On Monday, September 30th, the following statement was issued by the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC), the defender and trustee of the America's Cup. Hamilton Island Yacht Club (HIYC), located on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia, has challenged for the 35th America's Cup.... [more]
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Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards taking nominations
Kirsten Ferguson,
Beginning Tuesday, October 1, 2013, US Sailing will accept nominations for its 2013 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards, widely acknowledged as the foremost individual sailing honors in the nation.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - 100+ to compete
Louay Habib,
The RORC has been a supporter of the Rolex Middle Sea Race for more than fifty years and the 35th edition of the race has a record entry of over 111 yachts. For the first time the 606-mile race, starting and finishing in Malta, is included in the RORC Season's Points Championship and a number of boats are attending the event with the aim that their results could affect the final standings.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Battle for points continues
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, it's been a day of intense match racing in the top half of the fleet with former leaders Derry~Londonderry~Doire and Henri Lloyd battling it out within a few miles of each other for the last day after 3,600 miles of close ocean racing.... [more]
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J/22 Legends Regatta - Victory for Lars Hansen
Christopher E. Howell,
J/22 legends have reunited in the birthplace of the boat—Newport, Rhode Island—for the 30th anniversary celebration of the J/22. A group of past champions and stalwarts of the fleet's growth sparred on the race course Monday for bragging rights during the J Boats Legends Regatta.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor Awards - Nominees of the year announced
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and Rolex are proud to announce the Nominees for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2013... [more]
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RC44 Championship Tour returns to Portugal
RC44 Class Association,
In the 2013 RC44 Championship Tour, hosting the RC44 class for the second consecutive year, Cascais in Portugal will be the penultimate event. Local sailor Patrick de Barros is back in the fleet taking the helm of Team Cascais-Aleph Racing... [more]
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Tornado World Championships - Windy Day 1
Andrew Dowley,
At the 2013 Tornado World Championships in Ibiza, day one was set to be a windy one. The practice races yesterday had already been blown out but the sailors were keen to get out into the turquoise seas to test their boats... [more]
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McMillan Cup Regatta - Set on 26 and 27 October
Jahn Tihansky,
In the McMillan Cup Regatta, slots remain available for NEISA teams interested in competing at USNA in late October.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Registration open for 34th edition
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
The 34th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is set to take place 6th - 9th March 2014 and has now opened registration via the website, follow the link to enter your boat in this fun filled four day event. The Notice of Race is also available on the website with lots of other info on the regatta, the infamous parties and the fabulous Island itself.... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series: Images from Day 2
John Navas,
Videographer and sailing analyst, John Navas, was back on the wall on San Francisco Bay, on the edge of the racecourse, for the opening day of the Rolex Big Boat Series. He filed this gallery of images of the second day's action on the Bay.... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series - Enjoying stadium sailing at its finest
Barby MacGowan,
The Rolex Big Boat Series—St. Francis Yacht Club's signature regatta—took over San Francisco Bay for four days of spirited racing this week (Thursday through Sunday, September 25-28), just as the America's Cup finals did for two weeks before it, giving 107 teams in 10 classes the chance to enjoy stadium sailing at its finest... [more]
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49er/49erFX World Championships - New Zealand dominates in Marseille
Ben Remocker,
At the 49er and 49erFX World Championships, New Zealand dominated in Marseille with a dazzling display of confidence and maturity by three young teams all in their early 20s... [more]
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U.S. Offshore Championship - Travis runs the table
Jake Fish,
U.S. Offshore Championship - Sunday belonged to Steve Travis (Mercer Island, Wash.) and his team representing the Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle. Trailing by five points and in third place when the day started, Travis ran the table on Sunday by winning all three races to earn the title and his first Lloyd Phoenix Trophy.... [more]
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