USA 17 sails again!—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
The big news of the week is that Oracle Racing's wingsail-powered AC72-class catamaran, 'USA 17', was back on the water and sailing in 'jury-rigged' condition, after a broken daggerboard (late August) left the team hobbled. According to Grant Simmer, Oracle Racing's general manager, slowly creeping up the loads, strains and speeds is the name of 17's game as the team learns how to sail their svelte-looking weapon on San Francisco's often-blustery bay.
|Oracle Team USA 17 returns to action Oracle Team USA - copyright|
'It was only our second day on the water, so we were focusing on loading the boat slowly to make sure there are no structural issues,' said Simmer. 'We sailed with the Code Zero and the Gennaker for the first time, and we were checking all of the systems.'
According to reports, the team sailed using temporary daggerboards and instead of foiling they focused on the systems and procedures that could be evaluated. 'We had a great day out there today,' reported skipper Jimmy Spithill. 'We ticked through all of the sails in the morning, and in the afternoon we concentrated on the wing. We have a list of things to work on now, but it was a very good day and fantastic to get the boat back out on the water.'
|Inspecting the wingsail on Oracle Racing's USA 17 Oracle Team USA - copyright|
Next up for Cup fans is the second of two 2012/2013 America's Cup World Series' (ACWS) events in San Francisco (October 2-7). Here, eight teams (11 boats) will compete in the smaller AC45-class wingsail-powered catamarans. If this event proves to be anywhere close to the great time that was had by all at this August's ACWS event, fans can expect stadium-style fleet- and match-racing at its finest. Stay tuned for more from the ACWS and be sure to get the latest reports on AC72 testing and development, inside.
Meanwhile, in Rochester, New York, 96 boats from more than a dozen countries enjoyed a great start to the J/24 Worlds. At the time of this writing, former J/24 World Champion Mauricio Santa Cruz (BRA) and his 'Bruschetta' team were in pole position, with six American teams in the Top Ten. More, as it becomes known.
|Foncia, Leg 3 Around Portugal Race winner - 2012 MOD70 European Tour © Ricardo Pinto / MOD S.A. |
And in Cascais, Portugal on the MOD 70 European Tour, Michel 'Les Professor' Desjoyeaux and his 'Foncia' team strolled the event's 213-mile third offshore leg in just over 16 hours, taking top honors. 'It was very hard because the wind was very light,' said Desjoyeaux. 'We knew that before the start. And because we knew that, we followed the strategy very accurately and it was very close to what happened in reality. So we were very lucky in the right perception of where to go at what time.'
|2012 Tornado World Championships Martina Barnetova |
Also inside, be sure to get the latest news from the 52 Super Series' Valencia Cup (September 18-22), the PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup and the Tornado World Championships. Also, don't miss the backstory on the Clipper Around the World Race's new 'Watch My Story' advertising campaign—maybe you will be inspired to 'achieve something remarkable'.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
|J24 World Championship 2012 - Day One |
Today was the start of the J24 world championships in Rochester, New York. The championship runs until September 21st. There are 95 competitors from Canada, United States, Barbados, Peru, Italy, Chile, France, Bermuda, Japan, Argentina, Germany and Brazil.... [more]
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|J/24 World Championship - Bruschetta sails to the top on day 1 |
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On day one of the J/24 World Championship at Rochester Yacht Club in New York, Mauricio Santa Cruz sailed Bruschetta to the top of the leader. 96 teams from twelve countries (Argentina, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Peru and the United States) are participating in the event.... [more]
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