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26 Feb 2013

Wingsail-powered youths excel—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Objective Australia  Erik Simonson © www.pressure-drop.us
Despite the media hoopla, few people initially expected much from the upcoming Red Bull Youth America's Cup (September 1-4). For starters, there was the serious question as to if 'youths' could handle the power and the loads of an AC45-class catamaran, not to mention questions about the skill level of each team. But the past two weeks' worth of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup Selection Series proved the Doubting Thomas's sorely incorrect.

According to reports, twelve teams from eleven countries descended upon San Francisco Bay for the trials, and five have been selected to sail in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup against five other youth teams, which are supported by adult teams racing in the America's Cup World Series. Teams from Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland all made the grade during the Selection Series and can look forward to an amazing summer of sailing.

Interestingly, even the coaches and the support staff were blown away by the youth teams' level of professionalism and their top-notch sailing skills.

'We went into this with a plan not to let them sail in over 15 knots of wind and to keep the teams inside the Bay Bridge,' said double Olympic Gold medalist Hans-Peter Steinacher, who is one of the Sports Directors for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup. 'We broke both of those rules on the very first day! Fortunately, the teams have shown us they are able to handle the boats in conditions that are on the limit.' Get the full report, inside this issue.

Artemis Racing and Oracle Team USAAC72 training in San Francisco Bay in early February  Artemis Racing

Meanwhile, in actual America's Cup circles, Artemis Racing-the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup-has made the bold step to swap precious on-the-water training time for another chance to modify their AC72 in the hopes of higher performance. This decision comes after the Challenger of Record recently spent some time sparing against the Defender-Oracle Team USA-on San Francisco Bay.

'When you've got two boats together, you can take the good points that you see from both,' said Ian Percy, the team's sailing director. 'You learn from each other and make improvements and that's the power of sailing against another boat... We've learned we needed to make some changes to the boat and hence she's come into the shed.'

The team's top brass agrees. 'It's going to be a full team effort,' admitted Artemis CEO Paul Cayard. 'We have the shore team, the design team and everyone is enthusiastic and we are going to roll up our selves and get into it before we get back out on the track.'

2013 OtterBox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series - Virgin Gorda Fleet Racing - 2013 OtterBox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series  JOY - International Melges 32 Class Association ©

Meanwhile, in Grand Prix One Design news, Roberto Tomasini Grinover and his 'Robertissima' crew won the Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series Event No. 1, which was hosted by the lovely Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) on Virgin Gorda, BVI. According to reports, the regatta offered some of the tightest and finest racing that the class has seen in years. Ultimately, Grinover and company were joined on the podium by Alex Jackson's 'Leenabarca' and Ryan DeVos' 'Volpe' crew. Get the full report, inside this issue.

2013 race champions 'Gotta Luv it 7' takes out race 7 and the Championship - 18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championships2013 - Race 7  Beth Morley

Also inside, be sure to get the latest news from the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean (March 11-15), the Rolex Fastnet Race (August 11-17) and the post-racing reports from the JJ Giltinan Trophy.

Emirates Team New Zealand sail NZL5 in practice on the Hauraki Gulf. 20/2/2013  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

And finally, be sure to spend some time scrolling through photographer Chris Cameron's amazing image gallery of Emirates Team New Zealand lining up against Luna Rossa Challenge on New Zealand's beautiful Hauraki Gulf. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



A savvy boater understands 'towing' and 'salvage' differences
D. Scott Croft,
On-the-water breakdowns, running aground or other mishaps can ruin a day of boating or fishing enjoyment. But when the towboat arrives on the scene, do you know if the service is a 'tow' or a 'salvage' job? If you're ever in doubt, the safest bet is to ask the towboat crew.... [more]
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America's Cup: On board Emirates Team NZ's new AC72
Sail-World,
Chris Cameron, Emirates Team NZ's photographer takes us on board the team's new AC72 as she works up against Luna Rossa, doing some race training in the Hauraki Gulf, ahead of leaving for San Francisco for the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup in July... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing suspends sailing program to modify AC72
America's Cup Media,
Following a couple of training sessions on San Francisco Bay earlier this month, when Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing lined up with their two AC72s for the first time, the Swedish team has decided to suspend their sailing program in favor of boat modifications.... [more]
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Marion Bermuda Race to host Celestial Navigation Seminar
Talbot Wilson,
It's time to improve your fundamental seamanship skills. Join the Marion Bermuda Race Team for an Introduction to Celestial Navigation Seminar Presented by Ocean Navigator School of Seamanship at the Sippican Women's Club in Marion, MA on May 4 – 5, 2013.... [more]
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Fiji booming on its welcome to cruising sailors
Fiji Times/Sail-World Cruising,
With the steady growth in the number of cruising sailors choosing to stop in Fiji, Fiji is becoming a yacht and super yacht hub of the South Pacific.... [more]
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Alluring Northwest Passage - the transit tally so far
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The most adventurous challenge for the cruising sailor is the Northwest Passage. Not so impossible as to be foolhardy, not so easy as to be a cinch, and the most alluring in terms of the rarely seen natural world - the ice floes, the life at the floe edge, the polar bears, the seals, the life of the Inuit. It has still only been negotiated by 135 vessels since recorded transits began... [more]
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Boat Shows - Provide touch and feel and Internet takes worldwide
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Later this week the world's largest dinghy boat show, the RYA Dinghy Show will open at London's Alexandra Palace. On Saturday and Sunday March 2nd and 3rd some 200 exhibitors will be showing their wares to the walk in audience. But many will consider there is an Elephant in the Room – the Internet.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - RORC increases entry number to satisfy demand
Trish Jenkins,
With the entry limit of 300 filled within 24 hours, more than 100 boats on the waiting list and entries from multihulls, IMOCA 60s and Class 40s still coming in, demand for places in this year's Rolex Fastnet Race have been greater than ever.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean - Fine gathering set for Virgin Gorda
KPMS,
The Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean – set to take place from 11-15 March – marks a continuation of the partnership between the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), Nautor's Swan and title sponsor Rolex that stretches back to the early 1980s by virtue of the biennial Rolex Swan Cup, a much vaunted gathering of the world's finest Swan yachts in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.... [more]
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Calema Midwinters, Techno 293 NAs and Kona Nationals set for Merritt
Tinho Dornellas,
The 27th annual Calema Midwinters are set to take place February 28-March 3rd in Merritt Island, Florida. This is a hugely anticipated event as it is the first event of the year where the latest gear is unveiled for the season, bringing in amateurs and the pros from all different manufacturers to a non cash prize event - all racing together.... [more]
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New Mackay 470 for 2012 Olympic Gold Medalists
Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie,
2012 Olympic Gold medalists in the Womens 470 class, Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie report from their their new website: We have been getting back into the swing of things, and keeping rather busy! Just a bit of an update, we had our first regatta back of the season, which was the Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta, held at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club, where we had a rather blustery three day event!!... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy: Iconic images from Race 7 - 18ft skiff 'Worlds'
Beth Morley,
Sydney photographer, Beth Morley was on hand to capture the big breeze action from Race 7 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy, the unofficial World Championship for the 18ft skiff class, being sailed at the home of 18fter skiff sailing, on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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America's Cup: Red Bull Youth teams for September announced
Sail-World,
Five teams to go forward to the Red Bull Youth America's Cup in September have been announced. The teams are selected on the basis of a number of subjective criteria, and not finishing places in the racing trials.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18fters: Racing in the Big Breeze - Heat 7 + Video
Bob Killick and Sail-World,
The video of the final race in the 2013 JJ Giltinan Trophy sailed on Sydney Harbour yesterday is now available. Sailing in winds averaging 25 kts plus, the race started over the long three lap course to determine if Gotta Love It 7 would add a fourth successive JJ Gilitinan Trophy win, or if Rag and Famish Hotel to take the title.... [more]
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Cruising Club of America hails Connecticut man for meritorious service
Kirsten Ferguson,
The Cruising Club of America (CCA) has selected Brin R. Ford (New Haven, Conn.) to receive its 2012 Richard S. Nye Trophy for his contributions to the Club in the form of meritorious service. The trophy will be awarded by Commodore Daniel P. Dyer, III at the annual Awards Dinner on March 1, 2013 at New York Yacht Club in Manhattan.... [more]
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An Antipodean experience - Louisiades Rally in September 2013
Nancy Knudsen,
Charter a yacht and experience one of the most exciting rally experiences in the world. Now in its sixth year, the Louisiades Yacht rally is being held in September 2013 and going from strength to strength. So where on earth is the Louisiades? It is actually the 'tail' of New Guinea The Louisiades Archipelago is 520 nautical miles north-east of Cairns and 100 nautical miles east of 'mainland' Papu... [more]
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Barz Optics seeks US distributor to capitalise on growth
Jeni Bone,
Barz Optics are seeking a US distributor to market its range of Polarized Sunglasses throughout the USA with the possibility of distribution in the Caribbean.... [more]
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Melges 32 Virgin Island Sailing Series - Robertissima victorious
Joy Dunigan,
In the Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series, congratulations are in full order for Roberto Tomasini Grinover aboard Robertissima with tactician Vasco Vascotto and crew comprised of Gaetano Figlia di Granara, Giovanni Cassinari, Gunnar Bahr, Armin Raderbauer, Pablo Torrado and Nevio Sabadin as they are now the Event No. 1 Virgin Gorda champions!... [more]
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Missing Ghost Cruise Ship found - the strange tale of MV Lyubov Orlova
Lee Mylchreest,
MV Lyubov Orlova has had an adventurous life as a cruise ship, but in her latest voyage her salons are empty, there's no band playing and no Captain on the bridge. Since she was let loose by Canadian authorities in International waters last month she has made her slow way across the Atlantic towards Europe, alone, obviously determined to escape the scrapyard where she was headed.... [more]
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Sail-World.com goes multilingual
Jeni Bone,
Sail-World.com is the largest sailing news network in the world, with an audience last year of over 2.2 million readers across 13 marine sites. But for all of its 16 years, its content – some 106,000 stories – have all been viewable only in English, although it has readers in 40+ countries.... [more]
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Sail-world.com expands customized toolbar for serious USA sailors
The Sail-World.com Team,
Sail-World.com the largest sailing marine news network in the world has an extra-ordinary amount of sailing content, currently 106,000 stories, with images and result stretching back 16 years. This is easily the largest sailing database in the world. For serious sailors there is a USA customized Sail-World toolbar that you can use now.... [more]
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