Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Full Pitchpole sequence and the hottest news from around world

by . on 26 Oct 2012
Events Clothing in full flight in San Francisco, they were the third placed New Zealand boat Christophe Favreau http://christophefavreau.photoshelter.com/
Hot out of cyberspace is a frame by frame analysis from Erik Simonson of www.pressure-drop.us who was standing opposite where Oracle Team USA capsized in October 16, 2012. Erik has run his images together into a frame by frame video which can be viewed in high definition and makes for an excellent piece of analysis as to what really happened. There's 380 shots in total of what happened that fateful day.

Don't miss the commentary from Rod Davis, on the Oracle capsize, and its lesson for other America's Cup teams.

The America's Cup, Auckland division, will go to a new level tonight with the launch of the Luna Rossa AC72 at 6.00pm in a private ceremony.

Certainly Luna Rossa are familiar with Auckland after their Challenges in 2000 and 2003 and New Zealanders took them to their hearts, with former skipper Francesco de Angelis being voted sexiest man, and receiving honorary Officer of the NZ Order of Merit - a rare recognition for the contribution of a foreigner.


They are a team that plays the America's Cup game with honour, even though they have their moments, like everyone else.

It was the same again at the media conference - and event notable for the lack of spin, and straight talking.

Sail-World will be at the launch this evening, and will report as soon as possible after the event.

There will be public vantage points around Westhaven Marina, as well as the launching, there will be firework displays inside and outside the marina.


At the media conference, earlier skipper Max Sirena was very conscious of the events that befell Oracle Team USA last week, and will be taking Luna Rossa's build up very steadily.

We have a video in this edition from Oracle Team USA, of their AC72 mishap and the recovery. Compiled by Amory Ross, formerly MCM with Puma on the recent Volvo Ocean Race, it is a very good record of the whole incident from start to finish - and a big improvement on the soundbite approach that has marked a lot of the earlier video.



Last May, the International Sailing Federation selected the 49er FX as the Womens Olympic Skiff. We're pleased to be able to report on the growth of the new class, which has proved the concept was right - to put a rig designed for Women sailors onto the existing 49er hull.

While some claimed that it was a compromise, and that a specialist boat would be a better option, the numbers speak for themselves, with the 49er FX sailing in 19 countries and with over 135 rigs will have been shipped by the end of October. The countries list will expand to 21 by that date.


As expected some of the top women sailors have moved into the class, whether that is permanent remains to be seen. Certainly there has been a loud sucking sound coming from the second hand 49er market, with the womens sailors buying while the prices are down. Being able to get a second hand boat for around $6000 (UK prices converted) and putting the new FX mast and sails on board for $8750 ex GST puts a perfectly good boat in the water for under $15,000 - an excellent price for a new two-handed Olympic class.

The first championships have already been scheduled, in conjunction with the Mens 49er Worlds and Europeans, and the two classes are being run by a combined organisation - making for an even smoother start-up.


In Florida, USA the A-Cat Worlds have prematurely concluded in the face of an advancing hurricane, with officials pulling the pin on the event after getting in the five races for a minimum series.

News from the Australian Farr 40 scene and more.


Stay up with the latest sailing news, as it happens, on our website www.sail-world.com

PredictWind.comMackay BoatsWildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

So what’s it really like?
For ages now, these editorials have talked about multihull this, record that, outrageous boat speed and 24-hour runs For ages now, well it seems like that anyway, these editorials have talked about multihull this, record that, outrageous boat speed and incredible 24-hour runs. In their own very unique way they totally represent the technical avant-garde, and thank God for that. Where would we be without their impressive shapes, wonderful rigs, and now of course, foiling magic.
Posted on 6 Mar
The price of legacy
Malcolm Page OAM, two-time Olympic Gold Medallist, became the Chief of Olympic Sailing for the USA on January 1 Malcolm Page OAM, two-time Olympic Gold Medallist (470) with Nathan Wilmot in 2008 and Mat Belcher in 2012, became the Chief of Olympic Sailing for the USA on January 1 this year. In and of itself it is hardly the freshest news, and well and truly yesterday’s fish wrapper. It was also a wise choice on behalf of Team USA, for he has succeeded in both the physical and commercial arms of our sport.
Posted on 5 Feb
You spin me right round
Vinyl records went the way of the dodo with first CDs, and then now with the likes of MP3 and streaming. Vinyl records went the way of the dodo with first CDs, and then now with the likes of MP3 and streaming. Recently, we have had unbelievable records set by Thomas Coville and then Armel Le Cléac’h. Soon (with over 1200nm in the bank as it were), it would seem to be the turn of the crew on board IDEC Sport for a record after their spin right round, as well. This is quite simply, terrific stuff.
Posted on 23 Jan
Lounge Music
What a groovy time that all was. Very sophisticated, and was the world so much simpler back then or what? What a groovy time that all was. Very sophisticated, and was the world so much simpler back then or what? It even managed it’s own parody with Jerry Lewis and the über-cool Purple Pit in the original Nutty Professor. I’ll just have an Alaskan Polar Bear Heater right now, thank you… Some will get their noses all twisted up about now saying it is all elevator music, but it was so well orchestrated
Posted on 15 Jan
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Suck it up, sunshine!
The 72nd start of the iconic blue water classic had 300,000 spectators lining the foreshores of Sydney Harbour The 72nd start of the iconic blue water classic had 300,000 spectators lining the foreshores of Sydney Harbour, another two million watching on TV, and the constant buzz and whir of media helicopters overhead. 88 boats, from Australia, USA, UK, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Japan, Korea, China, oh and New Zealand, had lined up on three start lines.
Posted on 31 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart - The Weather Gate
In order to win the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race there are three things you absolutely need to have accomplished In order to win the iconic Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race under IRC or ORCi rating, there are three things you absolutely need to have accomplished. Two of these you can certainly do something about, whereas the third is entirely out of your control.
Posted on 25 Dec 2016
Flight of the Pterodactyls
And you can be sure that it is very much a product of, and absolutely going to change, the future of our sport. OK. Well that pretty much sets up a mindset from a time long, long ago. However, this is something from the here and now. And you can be sure that it is very much a product of, and absolutely going to change, the future of our sport. The SuperFoiler is 7.9m long, 5.14m wide, has a 12.5m rig and a 295kg sailing weight. It has been developed to be the fastest course yacht ever, so to get a handle on
Posted on 27 Nov 2016
It’s Chuck’s fault!
The blame rests squarely with the much venerated, and truly celebrated US sports photographer, Chuck Lantz The blame rests squarely with the much venerated, and truly celebrated US sports photographer, Chuck Lantz. Had he not shown me this image he took during the recent Rolex Big Boat Series on San Francisco Bay, then this editorial would not have come to pass.
Posted on 26 Sep 2016
…and don’t call me Shirley!
Ah yes! It could only be the truly inimitable Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen) from Airplane! Ah yes! It could only be the truly inimitable Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen) from Airplane! (And that takes us all the way back to 1980 – believe it or not.) You know the lines; it’s when Ted Striker says, “Surely you cannot be serious?” To which Rumack then replies, “I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley!”
Posted on 19 Sep 2016
The door’s been flung open – again
Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing gets sexier for Tokyo Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing may get sexier for Tokyo 2020. Yes, the proverbial door has been cast ajar before, often to much fanfare, and not that much has been achieved.
Posted on 28 Aug 2016