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14 May 2012

Atlantic Cup report—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

40 Degrees Breaks its Mast on 1st Leg of The Atlantic Cup - The Atlantic Cup  Jeff Pomeroy
Stateside offshore action is hot in Leg One of the second-annual Atlantic Cup, which is taking the now fourteen-strong fleet of double-handed Class 40 raceboats from Charleston, South Carolina up to New York City, before continuing on to Newport, Rhode Island. Despite a somewhat tricky exit out of Charleston Harbor, the fleet has been making progress on their press northbound. Sadly, co-skippers Hannah Jenner and Peter Harding suffered mast failure when a cap shroud broke, dropping their stick just above the second spreader. 'I've sailed this boat through hideous weather and situations where you expect the rig to fall down and instead it's a flat calm day in the harbor which is probably pretty fortunate,' said Hannah Jenner. 'It's disappointing; not going to say it's not. We worked very hard to be here and this was the first double-handed race of the season and now we have to reassess the program.'

At the time of this writing, Jorg Riechers, and Ryan Breymaier aboard Mare are leading the stampede to the Big Apple by more than 25 miles, followed by Dave Rearick and Matt Scharl aboard Bodacious Dream and Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron aboard Campagne de France. 'We are in the gulf stream, so we now have a three knot current boost to our speed, so we are travelling about 10 knots through the water and about 13 knots over the ground,' reports American skipper Joe Harris, who, along with co-skipper Tristan Mouligne, is currently sitting in fourth place. 'I imagine most of the boats are in the same position, so the big question is how long to stay in the fast current of the gulf stream heading northeast before turning left and heading on a more northerly course to the entrance to New York Harbor. It's a time-speed-distance equation, and everyone has to estimate the trade-off of extra speed while headed slightly away from the mark versus heading straight at the mark at slightly slower speeds.'

It's great to see so many American names in the Top Ten in a game that's traditionally dominated by the French; may the trend continue all the way through Newport's final weekend of in-port racing! Get the full Atlantic Cup report, including skipper dispatches, inside this issue.

470 World Championships 2012 - Day 1  Thom Touw ©

And in One Design news, the Finn class and the 470 Class are having their Worlds this week in Falmouth, UK and Barcelona, Spain (respectively), and the leaderboard action is tight in both events.
Pictures of JP Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup 2012. Day 1 of Racing. Falmouth
Credit: Lloyd Images  Lloyd Images ©


Race 11 of the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race is slated to start on Monday, taking the fleet from Panama to New York, and Australian sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen won their historic fourth and third (respectively) 49er Worlds, which just wrapped up in Zadar, Croatia. 'It's a great feeling to win a fourth World Championship and my third with Iain,' said Outteridge. 'It sends a good message to the rest of the fleet and shows that the hard work we did earlier this year at home is really playing off.'

Venezia, 10/05/12
Luna Rossa AC45 Venezia
Luna Rossa training in San Marco square
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi  Carlo Borlenghi ©

And finally, the America's Cup World Venice event is set to kick off this Thursday, with nine different international teams preparing for the starting signals. To prepare, seven of these teams took part in Arzana's City of Venice Trophy as an unofficial warm-up. Be sure to start your week off right by scrolling through ace lensman Carlo Borlenghi's great image gallery of this event, inside.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



18 teams qualify for College Sailing's National Championship final
Jennifer Mitchell,
A total of 36 college sailing teams descended on the U.S. Naval Academy this weekend for the Intercollegiate Sailing Association's (ICSA) National Championship Semi-Finals with supporting sponsors U.S. Sailing and Marlow. The Semi-Finals were divided into two fleets, Eastern and Western each comprised of 18 teams from schools across the nation.... [more]
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470 World Championships - Patient first day in Barcelona + Video
470 World Championships,
On the first day of the 470 World Championships, a patient morning was in store for the first race as the sailors waited ashore for the wind to appear. From early on, it was evident the scheduled start of 1200 hours was never going to happen. The postponement flag eventually came down just after 1430 hours. The ninety-five boat 470 Men were split into three fleets... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Mixed bag Day 1
Robert Deaves,
The opening day of the Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth, UK produced a mixed bag of results for a number of sailors with a shifty offshore breeze. After two races Ed Wright (GBR) leads Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Deniss Karpak (EST), while many sailors picked up high scores in the tricky conditions. The fleet was initially held ashore but there was a further delay on the water as the wind clocked round to the... [more]
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PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup - Round up of the Jinha beach action
PWA World Tour,
The 2012 PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup took place at Jinha beach, a beach that has continued to enrich its ever growing reputation, by providing five captivating days of racing out of a possible seven. This year's event truly was a culmination of blood, sweat and tears, as emotions ran high due to upsets and shock exits occurring left, right and centre, as well as seeing the emergence of a rising star... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 11 start expected on Monday
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race,
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet remain in Shelter Bay Marina, with the Race 11 start to New York now expected to be on Monday evening (GMT). The departure from Panama has been delayed due to an overdue engineering part which has been held up in transit and was not delivered yesterday, as expected. A Clipper Race employee is therefore now en route to Panama to deliver the part... [more]
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Arzana's City of Venice Trophy images by Carlo Borlenghi
Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi,
Arzana's City of Venice Trophy, an America's Cup World Series event, images from photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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Atlantic Cup - GryphonSolo2 rounds Cape Hatteras
Joe Harris,
Atlantic Cup - Joe Harris onboard GryphonSolo2 provides a progress update on the second day of racing: We have just rounded Cape Hatteras, under sunny skies and mellow southerly breeze of about 10-12 knots. Hatteras was our first goal and turning mark to head North to New York City, so it feels good to get around, although we not as far up in the fleet as we would like.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: New mobile app for sailing fans
Jack Griffin,
Available now from Apple's App Store, the new, free mobile Real Time Race Tracker is built into the Enthuse app, and lets sailing fans follow all the America's Cup World Series races as they happen. The Real Time Race Tracker uses the Emmy Award winning Liveline technology to superimpose the races on Google Maps... [more]
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470 World Championships - Barcelona in-port race + Video
Iasonas Georgaris,
At the 470 World Championships, the twenty best international sailing crews sailed two exhibition races in the port of Barcelona. The World championship gets underway tomorrow, Sunday 13th, with 43 countries and 258 yachtsmen. A crowd of spectators gathered to watch the advanced skills of the 40 most outstanding athletes perform fast and elegantly, thanks to the windy and sunny weather.... [more]
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Australia's Outteridge - Jensen sail into history with 49er Worlds win
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have made history with their gold medal at the 2012 49er World Championship in Zadar, Croatia. The win was Outteridge's fourth world title and Jensen's third, with the skipper putting his name in the history books as the first sailor to win four 49er World Championships.... [more]
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Cumberland Cup - Ideal team-racing conditions on day 2
Richard Bundy,
The second day of the Royal Thames Cumberland Cup dawned warm and sunny with a gentle northerly breeze of 10 knots – ideal team-racing conditions. Having completed 19 out of 28 races on day one, the Race Committee started racing as soon as possible, completing the first round-robin before moving on to a second, complete round-robin, the aim being to maximise the amount of racing time for all... [more]
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Bruce Kendall: Kite racing in the 2016 Olympics?
Bruce Kendall,
Olympic Gold and Bronze medalist in the Windsurfing Event, Bruce Kendall, presents a very measured view of what lies ahead for both board disciplines, as they contest a 2016 and 2020 Olympic berth: Some say the RSX was not a good Olympic Windsurfing board and had to go. Many say both Kite and RSX should be in the Olympics. Many are also saying Kite should be in the Olympics but not at the... [more]
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49er Worlds - Outteridge and Jensen world champions
Jerelyn Biehl,
On the final day of the 2012 49er Worlds, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen secured history by taking the win, although under not as joyful times as they would have liked. News arrived as sailors awoke in Croatia that Frank Bethwaite (91), father of Julian and an instrumental partner in the design and continued development of the 49er, had passed away overnight.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Opening ceremonies at the Royal Cornwall YC
Robert Deaves,
Finn Gold Cup - For the Finn Class, history, tradition and style are an inseparable part, so it was only fitting that the 2012 edition was opened amid the wonderful exhibition of British Olympic heritage in the stunningly modern and stylish National Maritime Museum Cornwall.... [more]
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Arzana's City of Venice Trophy - Images by Carlo Borlenghi
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
America's Cup World Series – Arzana's City of Venice Trophy images from photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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Atlantic Cup - Fast and furious action onboard GryphonSolo2
Joe Harris,
Atlantic Cup - Joe Harris onboard GryphonSolo2 provides a progress update on the first day of racing: The past 12 hours since the start of the 2012 Atlantic Cup have been fast and furious action. Leading up to the start, all the sailors were scrambling with last-minute shopping, fixing and making sure that everything that was needed was onboard and nothing extra that would add weight.... [more]
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La Transat AG2R La Mondiale - Artemis duo report broken forestay
Artemis Offshore Academy,
Transat AG2R La Mondiale is a double-handed transatlantic race from France to St Barts in the Caribbean. At 0752 GMT Artemis sailors Sam Goodchild and Nick Cherry racing in the Transat AG2R La Mondiale reported that the forestay had broken (the forward piece of rigging that holds the mast up). The failure was at the top where the rigging is terminated.... [more]
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Frank Bethwaite, the father of High Performance Sailing, dies at 92
Richard Gladwell,
The highly regarded designer, meteorologist and sailing scientist, Frank Bethwaite died in Sydney, Australia, this morning. Capable of intensely complex analysis Bethwaite was without peer in the science of high performance sailing. He coupled a very intense analysis approach with the ability to think laterally, and this created the genius that was Frank Bethwaite.... [more]
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40 Degrees breaks mast, Out of 1st Leg of The Atlantic Cup
Jeff Pomeroy,
40 Degrees had their cap shroud fail, which led to their mast breaking while departing the Charleston Harbor.... [more]
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Star Worlds - Scheidt and Prada emerge victorious
Iasonas Georgaris,
On the closing day of the 2012 Star Worlds, Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada became world champions following their hard fought battle with Percy and Simpson.... [more]
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Maserati ahead of Mari Cha IV record by 190 miles + Video
Meaghan Van Liew,
Giovanni Soldini and the Maderati crew are facing intense conditions, sailing through the floating icebergs of Newfoundland. At 12.36 GMT (08.36 EDT) the crew is flying at a speed of 23 knots, taking an advantage of 190 miles on Mari Cha IV, the 140 foot maxi yacht that set the New York-Lizard Point speed record in 2003.... [more]
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Atlantic Cup - GryphonSolo2 skippers prepare for Leg 1 start
Joe Harris,
Atlantic Cup 2012, presented by 11th Hour Racing, second edition kicks off in Charleston, South Carolina today, May 11th, with the first leg of the three stage race. Joe Harris onboard GryphonSolo2 provides a progress update prior to the race start.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Spanish admit error and apologise to their windsurfers
Richard Gladwell,
The Royal Spanish Sailing Federation has issued a statement announcing that their representative, Gerardo Seeliger, voted against instructions at the Mid-Year Meeting of the ISAF. The vote between Kiteboarding and Windsurfing was 19-17 and had the Spanish Councillor-substitute voted according to what RFEV claim were his instructions, then the controversial vote would have been tied 18-18... [more]
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New York to Cape Lizard Record – Maserati crew face intense conditions
Meaghan Van Liew,
New York to Cape Lizard Record – One day and six hours after crossing the starting line in front of Ambrose Light, in the bay of New York, Maserati is sailing at 20 knots toward Newfoundland. Last night went by without any problems on board but with many wind shifts caused by thunderstorms.... [more]
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Quantum Key West 2013 calendar dates announced
Jeanne Kleene,
Quantum Key West 2013, America's first major regatta of the winter season, is taking place from 20th to 25th January 2013 in Key West, Florida.... [more]
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Rio 2016: The campaign to put windsurfing back in the Olympics
Rory Ramsden,
When the going gets tough, the tough get going! I may have been raw, sore and shell shocked when I got home from the ISAF Mid Year Meeting in Streza, Italy but a quick check on the web told me that I was not the only one. As I write, the petition inviting ISAF to review their decision is past 13800 subscribers and the Facebook Group set up by others has 16,000 followers and climbing.... [more]
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