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02 Oct 2012

MOD 70s, Melges 32s and AC45s—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Spindrift Racing - 2012 MOD70 European Tour  © Mark Lloyd / MOD S.A
The multihull and OD worlds are abuzz with the news that skipper Yann Guichard's 'Spindrift' team took top honors in the Marseille City Race, which is a stage race in the greater MOD 70 European Tour. This victory puts Guichard closer to threatening Michel Desjoyeaux's position at the top of the leaderboard in this fleet of highly strung trimarans.


'Today was especially good for us,' reported Guichard. 'It is the last City Race of the season and the team work onboard was really good. We are only seven points behind [Michel Desjoyeaux's] Foncia for the final leg. [On] Leg Five there are 16 points available and anything can happen. We'd prefer to be closer than further back but that's the way it is.'


The five-strong fleet of MOD70s has now turned their attention to the 651-mile Leg Five, which began Sunday morning and which will take the fleet from Marseille to Genoa, Italy. Given the lightning-quick speeds that MOD70s regularly punch, count on a short passage time for Leg Five, and be sure to stay tuned to the website for more information from this unique event, as it unfurls.


Melges 32 World Championship 2012  ©2011 JOY | International Melges 32 Class Association



Meanwhile, in Grand Prix monohull OD circles, John Kilroy Jr.'s 'Samba Pa Ti' (USA 13131) team has won the prestigious and ultra-competitive Melges 32 Worlds, which just concluded on the waters off of Newport, Rhode Island. 'We've worked so hard for so long to accomplish this,' reported Kilroy. 'We won in Key West [Race Week], then [we] felt as though we were a little off track. Officially, we are back where we need to be with this incredible win, a win I consider one of the most treasured I have ever won.' Rounding out the Top Three were Alec Cutler's 'Hedgehog' (BER 1) and Stephen Howe's 'Warpath' (USA 32917); get the full report, inside.


And in Cup news, Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) has announced that crewmember and multihull legend Glen Ashby has returned home to Australia after sustaining an injury when the team's AC45 wingsail-powered catamaran capsized on San Francisco Bay last week, prior to this week's San Francisco America's Cup World Series (ACWS) event (October 2 to October 7). Ashby injured some of his ribs in last Wednesday's flip; according to reports, he is being replaced by Adam Beashel, at least for the upcoming SF ACWS event.


Emirates Team NZ in training AC45 Training San Francisco (USA)  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©



'To say we have had very disjointed preparation for these last few events would be an understatement,' said ETNZ's skipper, Dean Barker. 'We are back out [sailing] to keep pushing on with our development for this event. The sailing conditions are great and the racing is fantastic. Just more challenging than it needs to be at times.'


Also inside, be sure to check out the coverage from Match Race France, the Flying Dutchman Worlds and—on U.S. waters—US Sailing's Championship of Champions, as well as the wrap-up report from the Regates Royales-Trophee Panerai, which just concluded on France's Bay of Cannes. And finally, don't miss ace shooter Max Ranchi's great image galleries from the Melges 32 Worlds for a glimpse at how the pros play the game. Enjoy!


May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



America's Cup: Oracle Team USA gets foiling on Day 4
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA has become the second AC team to get an AC72 up on foils. The team met the benchmark of foiling on their fourth day of sailing, as did Emirates Team NZ, last month.... [more]
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WMRT Argo Group Gold Cup - High stakes battle on the horizon
Talbot Wilson,
The stakes are high at the 2012 Argo Group Gold Cup with twenty teams from around the world spending Monday training on Hamilton Harbour before competing in a gruelling round robin of qualifying matches that start Tuesday morning. Racing ends with the Argo Group Gold Cup finals on Sunday, Oct. 7. It's the seventh stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
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Nominations open for Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards
Jake Fish,
Beginning Monday, October 1, US Sailing will accept nominations for its Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards, widely acknowledged as the foremost individual sailing honors in the nation. Through November 30, every member of US Sailing may nominate the one male and one female sailor they think has turned in the most outstanding on-the-water performance during the 2012 calendar year.... [more]
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PWA Sylt World Cup - Iballa Ruano Moreno secures victory
Chris Yates,
On Monday, day three of the 2012 PWA Sylt World Cup, the freestyle and wave sailors hit the water as the action on the water continued for a third day in a row. The morning saw relatively flat water and cross-shore winds, which transformed Sylt into a freestyle arena as the double elimination began.... [more]
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MOD70 European Tour - Will the finale deliver a final cliffhanger?
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
In the MOD70 European Tour, following an unexpected outbreak of squalls, localised calms and torrential showers, this afternoon it is computed that less than one mile separated leaders Musandam-Oman Sail from fifth placed Groupe Edmond de Rothschild.... [more]
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Flashback of an intense month on l'Hydroptère DCNS + Video
Thomas Lesage,
l'Hydroptère DCNS arrived in San Francisco Bay a month ago, when the America's World Series regattas resumed between the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Across several weeks, the flying sailors shared the technology of their 'flying carpet' with the American public and their training sessions with guests on board.... [more]
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America's Cup: More Images of San Francisco - USA's AC72 on Day 3
Sail-World,
Oracle Team USA's AC72 was out on the water for her third day of sailing, on San Francisco Bay. We present two galleries of images of the second AC72 to be sailing in the world. No announcement was made on the day or what was achieved, however from the images it would seem as though all went well.... [more]
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Flying Dutchman World Championships day 8
Richard Phillips,
At the 2012 Flying Dutchman World Championship at Santa Cruz Yacht Club, going into the ninth race, second and third places were open as was fifth place and there were only four points separating seven boats any of which could finish sixth! The start was delayed due to various protests and requests for the International Jury decision regarding race 7 to be re-opened.... [more]
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PWA Sylt World Cup - Epic competition unfolds on day 2
Chris Yates,
The second day of the 2012 PWA Sylt World Cup saw great conditions as more wind and big, powerful, hollow waves hit the shores of Sylt. Over the course of the day, the conditions continued to improve as some epic action unfolded on the water. After six and a half hours of competition, and several sets of sacrificed equipment, the top four of the women's wave single elimination was decided.... [more]
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Championship of Champions - Ed Eckert emerges victorious
Jake Fish,
At Sunday's finale at the Championship of Champions in Wisconsin, in what appeared to be a runaway for the 2012 C-Scow National Champion Ed Eckert, the 2011 E-Scow National Champion August Barkow, had other plans. Barkow chipped away at Eckert's 19 point lead from the start of today's racing. However, his late surge came up just short as Eckert held on for the victory by two points.... [more]
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MOD70 European Tour - Epic final battle to Genoa on the horizon
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
In the MOD70 European Tour, after some 3,700 miles of offshore racing, over four weeks since leaving Kiel on Sunday September 2nd and 23 City Race heats in Kiel, Dun Laoghaire, Cascais and Marseille, it will be the final 651 miles leg to Genoa, Italy which will decide the overall winner. But, according to the key protagonists it might be the very last miles that settle it.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship - Samba Pa Ti emerges victorious
Joy Dunigan,
The closing day of competition at the 2012 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), had spectators on the edge of their seats for the last race of the 10 part racing series. John Kilroy, Jr. on Samba Pa Ti triumphed over the 33 strong fleet to claim the class' most coveted trophy and title - that of Melges 32 World Champion.... [more]
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Flying Dutchman World Championships days 6 and 7
Richard Phillips,
At the 2012 Flying Dutchman World Championship, after eight races, Szabolcs Majthényi and András Domokos are the provisional winners of the event with a race in hand. There was no racing on Friday 28 September due to lack of wind. Racing was postponed to the lay day on Saturday 29 September.... [more]
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Kite Racing Europeans midwway-report
Markus Schwendtner,
After two days of racing at the Kite Racing Europeans, Adam Koch (USA, Mikes Lab/Ozone) and Steph Bridge (GBR, North) are leading the pack. In the men's fleet, five races have been completed in the qualifying series, while the women's fleet also run a total of five races in their single opening series.... [more]
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Bluenose II, a Canadian icon returns to the water
Nova Scotia News,
Thousands of Nova Scotians and visitors from across Canada were in Lunenburg today to celebrate the relaunch of the Bluenose II. Taking advantage of morning tides, the schooner was slowly winched into the water, link-by-link, from the 1,200-tonne marine railway at the Lunenburg Shipyard.... [more]
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America's Cup: Key Emirates Team NZ crew returns to Australia injured
Richard Gladwell,
Key Emirates Team New Zealand crew member, Glen Ashby, has left the team in San Francisco to recuperate after he injured some ribs in a capsize in San Francisco. The team is building up to the second round of the America's Cup World Series in San Francisco - and were on a longer build-up after their disappointing showing in the first round a month ago.... [more]
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MOD70 European Tour - Spindrift victorious in City Race series
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
In the MOD70 European Tour, after winning the Marseille City Race, Yann Guichard's Spindrift racing did all that they possibly could, over five races on the bay, to improve their chance of overhauling overall leaders Foncia to win the MOD70 European Tour, but with Michel Desjoyeaux's crew finishing in second, the overall difference between the two title chasers is cut only by one point.... [more]
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Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai concludes in Cannes
Soazig Guého,
On the conclusive day of the 34th edition of the Regates Royales-Trophee Panerai, the strong winds and heavy rainstorms sweeping the Bay of Cannes put a halt to the competition. The classic yacht fleet with a total 87 entries did however enjoy a whole week of racing in the most varied conditions offering a spectacular show for the public crowding the quay and the bay.... [more]
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Match Race France - Torrential conditions on final day
Leigh Ireland,
On Match Race France, the Alpari World Match Racing Tour sixth stage, final day reigning ISAF Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams overcame a spirited performance by young Kiwi William Tiller and torrential conditions to win the Final.... [more]
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Nassau Cup Ocean Race - Early entry deadline announced
Carol Stout Ewing,
The 2012 Nassau Cup, organised by the SORC group along with the Coral Reef and Nassau Yacht Clubs, gets underway on November 8th.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championships - Kilroy takes lead on Day 4
Joy Dunigan,
On the Melges 32 World Championship fourth day, hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), an additional three races were completed. John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti, with tactician Paul Goodison delivered a 1-2-8 punch to take the lead, five points ahead of Alec Cutler on Hedgehog with Richard Clarke on tactics in second.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship - Day 3 images by Max Ranchi
Maxi Ranchi Photography,
Melges 32 World Championships - Newport, Rhode Island. Day three images provided by photographer Max Ranchi.... [more]
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PWA Sylt World Cup - Sailors ready for epic battle
Chris Yates,
Throughout the opening day of the 2012 PWA Sylt World Cup, the tension slowly built as the prospect of tomorrows start loomed over the competitors heads. After the registration period, which took place between 11:30am and 1:30pm, the sailors spent the remainder of the day rigging their equipment and grabbing some last minute preparation on the water.... [more]
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MOD70 European Tour - Marseille City Race series underway
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
In the MOD70 European Tour, from a day of light winds on the bay off Marseille, it was Stève Ravussin's Race for Water that finished on top of the Marseille City Race series leaderboard, while honours were more or less shared evenly between the two teams which are duelling for the MOD70 European Tour title, Michel Desjoyeaux's Foncia and Yann Guichard's Spindrift racing.... [more]
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Details of ISAF President and Vice-President candidates available
ISAF,
Full details of the candidates for the elections of President and Vice-President of the International Sailing Federation, to be held in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland in November 2012, are now available on the ISAF website. The election for President and the seven Vice-Presidents, will take place at the ISAF General Assembly on 10 November 2012.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship - Challenging Day 3
Joy Dunigan,
Melges 32 World Championship 2012, hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), third day of racing got underway on Wednesday where PRO Hank Stuart fired off three more great races. With two more days left to race, the pressure to do well is extremely intense as Bombarda's Andrea Pozzi with tactician Gabriele Benussi sit atop the leaderboard ahead by two.... [more]
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US Sailing's Championship of Champions preview
Jake Fish,
A fleet of 20 of the top one-design skippers in the country will gather in Wisconsin this weekend for three days of racing at US Sailing's Championship of Champions, hosted by the Pewaukee Yacht Club from Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30. These skippers and their teams will race for class bragging rights and the Jack Brown Trophy.... [more]
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ISAF release Guide to Offshore Personal Safety for Racing and Cruising
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) have released a Guide to Offshore Personal Safety for Racing and Cruising, available to purchase now.... [more]
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