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16 Oct 2013

Moths, Minis and speed-sailing—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Moth sailors in action  ©ThMartinez/Sea&Co/Moth World Championship
There's no doubt that the Moth class is one of the most captivating and exciting classes afloat. These tiny one-person boats were foiling years before AC72s rose from the brine, and the class has long served as a hotbed for go-fast innovations and technologies.

The class is currently beginning its Worlds on the picture-perfect waters of Hawaii's Kaneohe Bay, where some of the biggest names in the class, including Bora Gulari, Anthony Kotoun and Nathan Outteridge (among many others), are competing in this prestigious event.

Start on Day 1 of the 2013 Int Moth World, Hawaii   ©ThMartinez/Sea&Co/Moth World Championship


According to reports, fluky conditions forced the RC to abandon racing on day one, but the weather forecast looks optimistic for the rest of the event. Get the full scoop, inside, and stay tuned to the website for more news, as it becomes known.

Luderitz Speed Challenge 2013  © Patterson


Meanwhile, in Luderitz, Namibia, many of the world's fastest windsurfers and kiteboarders have gathered for the yearly Luderitz Speed Challenge, which takes place in the fabled 'trench'. Inside, be sure to check out the multimedia reports from this adrenaline-soaked event that's already seen peak speeds exceeding 50 knots.

Kiteboard foiling  Erik Simonson/ pressure-drop.us ©


Speaking of pure speed, don't miss the coverage on kiteboarding's newest phenomenon, kite foiling. Inside, kiteboarding ace Johnny Heineken and other top riders explain what it's like to fly on mere foils, powered by a kite.

And in offshore news, skippers participating in the Mini Transat Race are on a weather hold as a powerful weather system sweeps Cape Finisterre and the Bay of Bengal. The RC has resorted to using a color-code system to advise skippers of when the racing can begin, but the situation is obviously frustrating for the sailors who are keen to get racing.

2013 Mini Transat  © Jacques Vapillon / Mini Transat


And in Cup news, Oracle Team USA is partnering with Boeing to recycle some 7,000 pounds of carbon fiber from 'USA 71', a monohull that the team used (unsuccessfully) to challenge for AC31. This is an important development, as 'USA 71' is likely the largest carbon-fiber object to be recycled, and the process can be used by Boeing to recycle materials from its 787 Dreamliner, which uses extensive amounts of carbon fiber. More, inside.

Also inside, get the full download from the ongoing ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao and the Student Yachting World Cup, as well as the wrap-up report from the Argo Group Gold Cup.

Andrew Lewis TRI Laser - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao  ISAF ©


And finally, don't miss the image galleries from the ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Beneteau receives top honors at sailing industry event
Peter Durant,
Sail America presented 2013 United States Sailboat Show 'Best in Show' awards to a standing room only crowd at the Sail America Members Meeting on Friday, October 11. Over 150 industry professionals were in attendance when Sail America presented the awards to six separate exhibiting companies; Beneteau won 'Best in Show' overall.... [more]
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NYYC seeks U.S. Qualifying Series interest
New York Yacht Club,
In only its third running, the U.S. Qualifying Series for the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup (USQS) has become one of the premier interclub regattas in the United States.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - Intense day 2 in Pornic + Video
Mike Pateniotis,
The Student Yachting World Cup was particularly intense in Pornic on day two. The weather condition was tiring for the crews as it has been raining all day. Still, France keeps a leap ahead in every race. Yesterday, the French team dominated the races but got an OCS penalty in one windward leeward race.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Color-coded system in place
Solene Rennuit,
In the absence of an opening in the next forty-eight hours, the Mini Transat race committee has decided to bring the Mini fleet back into Port Rhu where there are far more comfortable facilities to endure the wait. Yesterday's proposal to rally in Gijon before passing Cape Finisterre is temporarily abandoned.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - The journey begins
ISAF,
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao marks the beginning of the journey to the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships for the 131 sailors from 24 nations. Santander 2014 is the first qualification regatta for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition and hopeful sailors are using the ISAF Sailing World Cup series to test themselves in a range of conditions against the best in the world.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Big waves on day 3
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper Round the World Race, the fleet is experiencing some big surf and waves with several yachts coming very close to the ‘holy grail' mark of racing 300 miles in a day.... [more]
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Moth World Championship: Calm wind foils Moth Worlds fleet
Alan Block,
An eight-knot easterly breeze swept through Kaneohe Bay just after noon today, providing a glimmer of hope for day one of the 2013 McDougall + Maconaghy Moth World Championship fleet despite a dire forecast.... [more]
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Warren Luhrs (USA) single-handed trans-Atlantic winner dies at 69
Barry Pickthall,
Warren Luhrs, best known as the innovative co-founder of Hunter Boats in the USA, has died aged 69 following a heart attack on September 18. Warren's name first came to international prominence in solo trans ocean races, starting with the 54ft monohull Tuesday's Child which he and his brother John sailed to second place in class in the 1982 two-man Round Britain Race.... [more]
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David Green, driving force behind Gipsy Moth restoration dead at 52
Barry Pickthall,
David Green, who was found dead at his home on the Isle of Wight on October 7, was a driving force behind the restoration of Sir Francis Chichester's yacht Gipsy Moth IV, and her second circumnavigation with disadvantaged youngsters in 2005/7.... [more]
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Oracle Team USA recycle composites in America's Cup-Class Yacht
Oracle Team USA,
Oracle Team USA, winner of the 34th America's Cup, and Boeing [NYSE: BA] are collaborating to recycle 7,000 pounds (about 3,175 kilograms) of carbon fiber of USA-71, a yacht built for the America's Cup campaign in 2003. The hull and mast of the racing yacht will be processed and repurposed, a first-of-its-kind effort for what will likely be the largest carbon structure ever recycled.... [more]
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Moth World Championship - Rare forecast brings uncertainty
Alan Block,
A rare October appearance of unstable weather conditions has sent shockwaves through the fleet on the eve of the 2013 McDougall + Maconaghy Moth World Championship, where 80 of the world's fastest dinghy sailors from 15 nations are making final preparations for the prestigious event.... [more]
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Luderitz Speed Challenge - Hectic day of records + Video
Sophie Routaboul,
Today, the Luderitz Speed Challenge commenced with a stable wind from 25 knots to 30-35 knots average on the first part of the day. The Australian Windsurfers were still fighting for first place. Tony Wynhoven achieved 47.23 knots. Includes video of the Belgian Alain de Gendt beating his own record with 44.94 knots in the trench at Luderitz.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - World champ search commences + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
The Student Yachting World Cup has burst into action! At Pornic, the first races have taken place, a leader is known and everybody will dispute him in order to be the next World Champion. The program of the day was three windward leeward courses and a coastal one The first race was the opportunity for everybody to take their boat in hand.... [more]
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The foiling kiteboard phenomenon + Video
Erik Simonson,
The concept of foiling kiteboards is not something new with early editions reaching back a decade or more. Early models were cumbersome and involved ski boot s attached to wakeboard and one piece foils which limited the rider in many ways. The weight slowed the process of foiling.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Playing the card of transparency
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, the recurring question in Douarnenez is why did you not start on Sunday with good weather prevailing over the bay? The answer lies at Cape Finisterre on the northwestern tip of Spain. This is where the singlehanders might be caugh out in the cold, beating in winds of 35 knots in a big sea. Critical conditions for boats as small as 6.50m sailed singlehanded.... [more]
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Moth World Championship – Fleet prepare for Kaneohe Bay battle + Video
Alan Block,
On the eve of the 2013 Moth World Championship, a rare October appearance of unstable weather conditions has sent shockwaves through the fleet, where 80 of the world's fastest dinghy sailors from fifteen nations are making final preparations for the prestigious event.... [more]
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Will kitesurfing be included in future Olympic Games?
Afloat.ie,
Kitesurfing would bring an 'urban sport' feel to the Olympic programme and should be re-evaluated for inclusion in future Olympic Games.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Wild waves as racing commences
ISAF,
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao threw out big breeze, strong gusts and wild waves as racing at the opening event of the 2013-14 ISAF Sailing World Cup began. A wind shift ahead of racing brought a strong northerly breeze that took the world's finest Olympic sailing talent close to the limits.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Scott claims Finn gold
Matt Carter,
The fifth and final leg of the EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup drew to a close on Sunday (13 October) with Giles Scott claiming gold on his return to the heavy weight Finn class in La Rochelle, France.... [more]
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Sunfish Worlds Carnage - in choppy conditions
Hamrick Morgan,
The 2013 Sunfish Worlds, hosted this year by the Lewes Yacht Club featured many top sailors from around the globe along with serious wind and choppy conditions.... [more]
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Clipper Yacht Race - Tactics play out as fleet splits into two
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, it's been a day of close racing with top four yachts Great Britain, Team Garmin, Jamaica Get All Right and PSP Logistics all grouped very tightly together on a more northerly course as they head east, splitting away from the rest of the fleet.... [more]
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Campbell Cup - Farr 40 takes first place honors
Rick Roberts,
In the 2013 Campbell Cup, Roy P. Disney's Andrews 68, Pyewacket, finished in first place on corrected handicap time in the West Coast 70 Class Sunday while Jeff Janov's Farr 40, Dark Star, took first place honors in their class making this his third consecutive year winning this two-day regatta hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club and sponsored by North Sails.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Francesco Bruni takes Ainslie to win
Talbot Wilson,
It was a battle of America's Cup tacticians Sunday in Bermuda. In one of the most exciting finals in Argo Group Gold Cup history, Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa put a stop to the comeback kid, Sir Ben Ainslie (GBR) BART/Argo Group. Bruni won the first two races and then Ainslie took two and looked like he was going to add a Gold Cup comeback to his America's Cup record.... [more]
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ReniassianceRe Junior Gold Cup - Milo Gill-Taylor finishes fourth!
Talbot Wilson,
The winner of the ReniassianceRe Junior Gold Cup was decided in the final race on Hamilton harbour today with Milo Gill-Taylor of Great Britain finishing in fourth place today but earning the necessary points to win the overall regatta with 84 points... [more]
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33rd Student Yachting World Cup kicks off in Pornic + video
Mike Pateniotis,
The 33rd edition of the Student Yachting World Cup took off in Pornic, on France's Atlantic coast – an event organized by students for students.... [more]
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