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17 Sep 2012

Weekend wrap-up report—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Musandam-Oman Sail win Cascais City Race series - 2012 MOD70 European Tour  © Ricardo Pinto / MOD S.A.
If high-performance multi-hull sailing is your bag, the MOD 70 European Tour is likely the coolest and least-heralded soft-sail multi-hull event taking place these days. For readers who aren't up to speed on these ocean greyhounds, the fleet of identical 70 footers is being sailed, stadium-style, in a variety of European cities, but the series also includes distance-racing trophies. The current event is taking place in Cascais, Portugal, where skipper Sidney Gavignet (FRA) and his 'Musandam-Oman Sail' team proved the boat to beat during this weekend's 'city' racing.

'We are happy, we won three races from six which is pretty good,' reported Gavignet. 'For sure we are making progress and growing in confidence and that affects the others who lose in confidence, we need to keep progressing... The points for winning here are not much compared to winning offshore, but it's a step in the right direction. So we are kind of into our stride.'

MOD70 European Tour 2012 - Edmond de Rothschild Group  © Ricardo Pinto / MOD S.A.

The next offshore leg kicks off on Monday and will see the fleet embark on the 558-mile 'Around Portugal Race'. Then, starting on September 20, the MOD 70s will make the 1,071-mile 'sprint' from Cascais to Marseille, France. Get the full report, inside, and please stand by for more news from the MOD 70 European Tour, as it unfurls.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of interesting tidbits inside for Cup junkies, including an issue of the weekly video magazine, 'America's Cup Uncovered', which is put together by the America's Cup Management. Specifically, this week's issue looks at the questions of foils, and the role that these carbon-fiber blades could play in the 34th America's Cup.

Emirates Team New Zealand's AC72 returns to Auckland after her seventh day of sailing.   Richard Gladwell

Olympic sailors should tune in to Royal Yachting Association's video interview with David Howlett (Ben Ainslie's [GBR] coach), which considers what it takes to win Gold in the big leagues. Howlett has five Olympic Golds in his coaching C.V. in two different classes, as well as a strong OD and Olympic-class personal-sailing resume, and has been a force to be reckoned with on the coaching staff of the massively impressive Team Great Britain for years, making his thoughts especially germane.

And in One Design circles, the venerable J/24 class kicks off its 2012 Worlds this week in Rochester, New York (September 17 to September 21), hosted by the Rochester Yacht Club. According to pre-event reports, 96 teams from 12 different countries are on hand to determine bragging rights in this tightly fought and greatly loved class.

Day 5 - Formula 18 World Championship 2012  Rich Roberts ©

Multi-hull sailors, don't miss the full debriefing from the F-18 Worlds, which just took place in Long Beach, California. Skipper Olivier Backes (FRA) and crewmember Matthieu Vandame took top honors in a talent-rife fleet of 115 boats that gathered from around the world. Interestingly, this is Backes second F-18 World Championship win in three years, making him one of the fastest skippers afloat in this hyper-competitive class. 'The first time I won there was a big fight for the win at the end with three boats,' said Backes. 'This was much better. I'm really happy.'

BRONENOSEC (RUS), winner Maxi class - 2012 Rolex Swan Cup  © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Also inside, get the latest on the Hatch Brown Trophy 2012, the 49er European and Youth World Championship, the Rolex Swan Cup, and the 2012 U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship, which skipper Genny Tulloch won for the third time in four years. And finally, don't miss the wrap-up report from the Farr 40 Pre-Worlds, which just concluded on Lake Michigan. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Set for fresh water battle + Video
In the time since the launch of the first Farr 40 in 1997, this high-octane grand-prix class has grown to 160 boats sailed in twenty countries. The well-organized class is run like a business, and the ensuing international competition has led the fleet around the globe to race in many of the sailing world's most iconic venues: San Francisco, Miami, Porto Cervo, Newport and Sydney.... [more]
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U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship - Tulloch victorious again!
Jake Fish,
The 2012 U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship was won by Genny Tulloch, the victory is the third in the event for Tulloch in four years. Tulloch and her crew were dominant this week by winning all 21 matches they raced. They put the finishing touches on this fantastic four-day event by winning 3-0 over Nicole Breault in today's Finals.... [more]
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J/24 World Championship - 96 teams set for Rochester battle
Christopher E. Howell,
The J/24 World Championship is set to take place in Rochester, New York from the 17th-21st September where 96 teams from twelve countries - representing Argentina, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Peru and the United States will meet to battle for supremacy.... [more]
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Hatch Brown Trophy - Victory for Jumbos from Tufts University
Franny Charles,
Hatch Brown Trophy 2012. NW breeze at 2-10 races, with a range of direction over sixty degrees. Five Races per division were sailed before the wind direction became too unstable. Course 4 and 3 were sailed.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup - Bronenosec, Natalia, Odine and Earlybird victorious
All four class leaders in the 2012 Rolex Swan Cup held on to their positions despite an intense contest on the water as the 17th edition of the competition came to a close. Gusts of 7-8 knots were present for the prompt 11:30 CEST race start as most of the near 60 strong fleet embarked on a final dash through Bomb Alley.... [more]
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49er European Championship - Images of the Final and Grand final race
Fabio Staropoli-fotofiore.com,
The best pictures of Final and Grand final race action of the 49er European and Youth World Championship by fotofiore.com/Fabio Staropoli.... [more]
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2012 Olympics: Ainslie's coach, David Howlett, on what it takes to win
Royal Yachting Association,
Four time Gold Medal winner, Ben Ainslie (GBR) has a long time relationship with top Finn coach, David 'Sid' Howlett. In this video from the Royal Yachting Association, Howlett talks about their coaching relationship - and the key factors in Ainslie's success.... [more]
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Formula 18 World Championship - French victorious on final day
Rich Roberts,
On Globaltech Formula 18 World Championship 2012 fifth and final day France's Olivier Backes and crew Matthieu Vandame figured they needed to sail only two of the last three races to pocket first place. Wrong. They needed only one as a light southwest breeze gasped its last against warm desert Santa Ana winds... [more]
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Farr 40 Pre-Worlds - Barking Mad victorious at Chicago YC
Farr 40 Class Association,
The 2012 Farr 40 Pre-Worlds is the last of five events in the 2012 Farr 40 North American Circuit and in the strength of yesterday's 1-2-1 scores and top-ten finishes in today's two final races, Jim Richardson from Newport, RI and his Barking Mad team have taken the victory. The win also gives Richardson the overall win in the series.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 55 - AC72's and Oracle's foil break
To fly or not to fly? This week's Americas Cup Discovered focuses on the latest technology as the hydro-foiling 72 foot wing-sailed catamarans become a reality. The secrecy around all the teams and their boat design has been rife, but we were there the moment Oracle Team USA went on the water - including the instant the foil broke. Features the US AC72 starting to lift, and then the floating foil... [more]
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Hatch Brown Trophy day 1
Franny Charles,
On day one of competition for the Hatch Brown Trophy, there was a WNW breeze at 8-12 knots under a clearing sky, which made for some classic Rivah Chuck conditions. Courses were 4s and 3s until the breeze veered into the N a bit more and courses needed to be stretched to 6s and 5s.... [more]
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49er European and Youth World Championship - Winners crowned
Jerelyn Biehl,
On the final day of the 49er European and Youth World Championship, theatre Style racing proved to be both exciting and promising. Matheiu Frei and Yann Rocherieux (FRA) sailed beautifully throughout the week and used the new format to their advantage to win the overall title.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup - Competition finely poised on penultimate day
Going into the final day of racing tomorrow at the 2012 Rolex Swan Cup, the competition is finely poised with the main prizes in all four classes still up for grabs. Conditions during today's day four may have been sedate but the contest on the water proved as intense as the glare of the scorching sun on the Costa Smeralda.... [more]
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MOD70 European Tour - Repeated success for Musandam-Oman Sail
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
In the MOD70 European Tour, light winds limited the planned itinerary of the Cascais City Race series heats to just the one single race today in Portugal. After winning the final race on Friday to lead the inshore race series overall, Sidney Gavignet's crew on Musandam-Oman Sail today repeated their success to extend their overall lead in the Cascais City Race Series to three points.... [more]
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Formula 18 World Championship Day 4 - French regain grip on title
Rich Roberts,
Globaltech Formula 18 World Championship 2012 fourth day started horribly for France's Olivier Backes and crew Matthieu Vandame — literally — but ended with them holding a firm grip on their second title in three years with only three races remaining.... [more]
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49er European and Youth World Championship, new pictures
Elena Giolai,
49er European and Youth World Championship - New pictures from Riva del Garda by photographer Fabio Stropoli.... [more]
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Farr 40 Pre-Worlds - Barking Mad leads after opening day
Farr 40 Class Association,
The Farr 40 Pre-Worlds got underway today at Chicago Yacht Club in light and shifty conditions that eventually improved to near perfect. Three races were completed with Jim Richardson's Barking Mad from Newport, RI leading the pack of 20 entries on scores of 1 - 2 - 1. The reigning North American Champion is also leading the series into this final event of the 2012 Farr 40 North American Circuit.... [more]
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PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup event preview
Chris Yates,
The third edition of the now legendary PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup is just around the corner, as the elite of the wave sailing world prepare to descend once again onto the shores of Klitmøller, Denmark, from the 17th until the 23rd September. Seven days of wave sailing heaven as the world's most radical sailors prepare to deliver another show stopping display in the penultimate event of the year... [more]
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49er European and Youth World Championship Day 6 - Perfect conditions
Jerelyn Biehl,
On day six of the 49er European and Youth World Championship, Garda was true to form as it served up 12-18 knots of perfection for the 49er teams. The Silver fleet held three races at 10am on the closer course with the Gold fleet being sent out in the afternoon and the Silver back out for one more after a lunch break, rounding out for a total of four races for the Silver.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup - A dynasty of elegant Swan yachts
The biennial Rolex Swan Cup provides a dynasty of elegant Swan yachts with the chance to engage in close racing amid the challenging and scenic waters off Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Following directly on from the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, held at the same venue, this year's 17th edition of the event involves over 60 crews from 13 countries.... [more]
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2012 Globaltech F18 Worlds - Winning isn't everything. But it helps
Rich Roberts,
Take Olivier Backes' word for it: Winning isn't everything. But it helps. The French sailor and crew Matthieu Vandame from Marseille took over first place from Switzerland's Billy Besson and Jeremie Laguarrigue Thursday in the Globaltech Formula 18 World Championship with a relatively modest scoreline (1-3-(6)-6-3-2-1-3-4) but no finish worse than sixth, one of which he discarded.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's Foiling Flypast on the Waitemata
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand returned from their seventh day of sailing, with another Foiling Flypast on the Waitemata Harbour, late this afternoon. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was there to catch the action as they ran through the Friday evening race fleet.... [more]
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