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 20 May 2013
 

You can't live your life in a sock drawer

Objective Australia in action  Gilles Martin-Raget
Maybe that is an expression you´ve heard lots - it's new to this writer, but is so true about life at every level.

After the death of Bart Simpson last week during a training session with Artemis Racing's AC72 on San Francisco Bay, there has been some speculation about both the America's Cup and the Youth America's Cup.


Objective Australia, Australia's entry in the inaugural Red Bull Youth America's Cup, has reaffirmed that the team is proceeding as planned for the September event in San Francisco.

Team Principal and Objective Corporation CEO Tony Walls said: 'Firstly, on behalf of the Objective Australia team, I would like to extend our condolences to Andrew's wife and family. We also know many of his teammates and hope they too are finding strength at this time'.

'The safety of all the sailing athletes is of paramount importance and we have every confidence that the America's Cup Event Authority and the America's Cup Race Management will redouble their efforts to ensure that these regattas are as safe as reasonably possible.'

'Whilst the One Design AC45's being used for the Youth America's Cup are at the leading edge of sailing and are very demanding on their crews, they have been extensively race proven over the past three years without serious incident. Prior to us having access to these boats again in August, they will have undergone rigorous safety checks by the event organisers to ensure they are 100% good to go'.

Red Bull Youth America's Cup Campaign  Objective Australia

'You can't live your life in your sock drawer, and in our eyes, the Red Bull Youth America's Cup has already established itself as a ‘safety first' event.

Our team sailed the AC45's in the February selection series when we qualified for the main event. The focus by event management on the preparation and proper training of the athletes in handling these boats has impressed us all.

They wouldn't let us near the AC45s until we proved that we knew what we were doing and even then we had Russell Coutts and Darren Bundock personally ensuring that we learned how to handle the boats properly.

Luna Rossa (ITA) goes foiling on San Francisco Bay for the first time, May 18, 2013  Luna Rossa / Carlo Borlenghi

America's Cup: On Saturday morning the Luna Rossa AC72 sailed for the first time in San Francisco where the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup regattas will take place starting July 7th.

Laser Lawsuit - Kirby´s dramatic move - While Australia´s Laser builder Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA) is waiting for news on how they can get moving again with production. Bruce Kirby and Kirby Inc. yesterday dramatically increased the pressure on allegedly delinquent builder LaserPerformance and ISAF and the ILCA when they asked the US Federal Court in Connecticut to issue a prejudgment remedy against LP.

If this was to be granted as requested LP and its associates would be unable to build Lasers or have anyone else build them for them, while the Courts then could take their time hearing the case.

Such a ruling would surely mean that ISAF and ILCA would have to moving from their currently puzzling position which would allow PSA to get down to either Laser or Torch production immediately.

Matthew Chew and his winning crew ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Championship 2012  ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Media

The 17th annual Etchells Australasian Winter Championships entries are coming in fast with more than 40 boats expected on the Mooloolaba sixth-9th startline.

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Lots more news from around Australia and the sailing world today, so once again we will stand aside and let you read it.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



Objective Australia committed to Red Bull Youth America's Cup Campaign
Almira Rapisarda,
After the tragic passing of Andrew Simpson last week during a training session with Artemis Racing's AC72 on San Francisco Bay, there has been some speculation about both the America's Cup and the Youth America's Cup. Objective Australia, Australia's entry in the inaugural Red Bull Youth America's Cup, has reaffirmed that the team is proceeding as planned for the September event in San Francisco.... [more]
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Etchells heading north for Australasian Winter Championships
Etchells Australasian Winter Championships Media,
The 17th annual Etchells Australasian Winter Championships are coming up fast, Trevor Martin, the Mooloolaba Etchells fleet captain, detailed to us yesterday the excellent flow of entries for the June long weekend. We have almost 30 entries in the system now and we are expecting to have more than 40 on the line come the June 6-9th regatta.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa sails on San Francisco Bay
Sail-World,
On Saturday morning the Luna Rossa AC72 sailed for the first time in San Francisco in the bay where the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup regattas will take place starting July 7th. With an early morning roll out, Luna Rossa sailed in light winds (3 knots) that increased up to 12 and allowed the crew to carry out an extensive number of manoeuvres.... [more]
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Finn World Masters - Record opening in La Rochelle
Robert Deaves,
The 2013 Finn World Masters has been officially opened at the Société des Régates Rochelaises (SRR) in La Rochelle, France, though Sunday's practice race was cancelled as strong winds, accompanied by incessant rain, kept the sailors ashore all day. A few sailors did venture out for some last minute practice, while the rest preserved their energy for the racing which starts Monday.... [more]
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Laser Lawsuit - Kirby´s dramatic move
MarineBusiness-World.com,
Kirby Inc. yesterday dramatically increased the pressure on LP, ISAF and the ILCA when they asked the US Federal Court in Connecticut to issue a prejudgment remedy against LP. If this was to be granted as requested LP and its associates would be unable to build Lasers or have anyone else build them for them, while the Courts then could take their time hearing the case.... [more]
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AWMRT Match Race Germany - Mixed bag on Lake Constance + Video
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
Light, strong, shifty, stable winds, rain and shine is what Lake Constance threw up to test the skippers at Match Race Germany. Today, it was the turn of 25 knot winds, sharp seas and driving rain in the morning only for these to peter out leading to a long delay before the Semi Finals could start... [more]
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Women's Int'l Match Racing Series - Macgregor claims St Quay victory
Joakim Hermansson,
In the finals of the Women's Int'l Match Racing Series, local sailor Julie Bossard gave the French crowd at the pier some hope after beating former Olympian Lucy Macgregor in the first match. But then the supreme sailor from Great Britain fought back, winning three consecutive matches to secure the title in this first event of the inaugural 2013 Women's International Match Racing Series.... [more]
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Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Winter Series - Langman v. Langman
Di Pearson,
Pete Langman today defeated his record-holding ocean racing father Sean in Race 4 of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Winter Series sailed on Sydney Harbour. Sailing three modernised Thunderbirds, individually skippered by Pete, his father Sean and a workmate, Shaun McKnight, the three were gearing up for another showdown in Division H.... [more]
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Derwent Sailing Club's autumn two-handed racing series
Peter Campbell,
A sports boat from Port Esperance Sailing Club at Dover, 83km south of Hobart, today clinched victory in the Derwent Sailing Squadron's annual Autumn two-handed series, dubbed by local sailors as the ‘world championship' of short-handed keelboat racing.... [more]
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Virtual ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships begin May 20th
SailX,
For a second year running, the award-winning sailboat racing simulator SailX.com will be running the 'Virtual ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships'. Following last years' successful collaboration with ISAF and the team in Dublin, this years' virtual event will take place from 20th May – 30th June 2013.... [more]
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Women's Int'l Match Racing Series - No Saturday surprises in St. Quay
Joakim Hermansson,
At the Women's International Match Racing Series in Saint Quay, there were no Saturday surprises, as all four of the crews that dominated the double round-robin also qualified for the semi-finals. The event's sovereign Lucy Macgregor of Great Britain, and Klaartje Zuiderbaan from The Netherlands, both swept away their opponents with a clean 3 - 0 score in their respective quarterfinal.... [more]
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AWMRT Match Race Germany: Qualifying complete, Quarter Finals underway
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
'It's not normally like this' – is a phrase regularly heard in sailing circles in reference to ‘unusual weather', however for once this has worked in the favour of competitors. After a brief lull in the middle of the day, the wind filled in this afternoon and the sun came out allowing the race committee to complete Qualifying and start the Quarter Finals.... [more]
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America's Cup: We are here for the sailing not a TV show - Luna Rossa
Richard Gladwell,
Luna Rossa, the Italian Challenger for the 34th America's Cup have just released a video of the media conference addressed by the team's principal, Patrizio Bertelli. The media conference was attended by the whole Italian team, who stood like a wall of support behind Mr Bertelli, skipper Max Sirena and key team members. Behind them all was the team's AC72... [more]
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Tahiti Pearl Regatta - Opening events and race 1 (NPS)
Morgan Rogers,
In Raiatea (the Sacred Island of the Leeward archipelago of French Polynesia), coinciding with the opening ceremony and the establishment of the Regatta base for the Tahiti Pearl Regatta, the township came alive to the sounds of Aussie accents as for the first time the Sea Princess out of Sydney moored alongside the main dock.... [more]
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Will the Oysters take the Peal in 2013?
Morgan Rogers,
Forget July's Audi Sydney Gold Coast Race and freezing yachting conditions as the temperature plummets in Australia to our wintery norms, in French Polynesia each May a regatta is held in balmy tropical conditions that can only be described as the worlds playground for yachties. Consisting of 98% water - What else would you do in Tahiti!... [more]
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America's Cup: Review Committee meets Teams - Italians break to ranks?
Richard Gladwell,
The Review Committee investigating all aspects of the 34th America's Cup have met with the four teams, today in San Francisco. The six person Committee was established by America's Cup organisers following the fatal accident when training, involving Artemis Racing, the Swedish Challenger for the 34th America's Cup. Includes video of Patrizio Bertelli's media conference... [more]
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Gov Cup chooses six international teams for the 47th Regatta
Nancy Mellon,
The Selection Committee for the 47th Annual Governor's Cup International Junior Match Race Championship has completed work on selection of the 12 international and US teams that will compete in this year's regatta which will be held at Balboa Yacht Club from July 16-21 in Newport Beach, California.... [more]
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Women's Int'l Match Racing Series - Macgregor remains on top
Joakim Hermansson,
When racing commenced today at the Women's International Match Racing Series in Saint Quay-Portrieux, France, Lucy Macgregor won all her matches but two, keeping her top position with an impressive 12 - 2 record after a still unfinished second round-robin.... [more]
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AWMRT Match Race Germany - Close competition on day 2 + Video
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
On the second day of Match Race Germany, Lake Constance remained well behaved. A light sub-10 knot northwesterly blowing down the lake allowed Rudi Magg's race management team to hold eight flights, leaving all twelve teams having sailed nine races of this Qualifying stage of the event.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Top talent to battle in Bermuda
Talbot Wilson,
As the Alpari World Match Race Tour commences this week with Match Race Germany, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club— organizers of the Argo Group Gold Cup— can certainly say that the regular schedule of tour events will conclude with a top slate of skippers.... [more]
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Rolex Volcano Race action on the way
Maria Luisa Farris,
2013 Rolex Capri Sailing Week Volcano Race final preparations are underway for tomorrow's race. Running until 24 May, the event welcomes an international fleet of Maxi yachts to the Tyrrhenian Sea for nine days of challenging racing, complemented by an impressive social programme.... [more]
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America's Cup: All teams recommended to suspend sailing
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup website has posted a note advising that following the first meeting of the America's Cup Review Committee on Thursday in San Francisco, teams have been asked to suspend all sailing in AC72 and AC45 catamarans until the middle of next week.... [more]
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America's Cup: 'We will not participate in the slaughtering game'
Richard Gladwell,
Patrizio Bertelli, owner of America's Cup challenger Luna Rossa, flew to San Francisco overnight in order to be present at Friday's meeting between the teams and organizers. The day after Andrew Simpson's tragic death Bertelli talked to La Stampa, one of Italy's major newspapers, and warned America's Cup organizers his team would require 'assurances' and 'formal commitment' to changes in order to... [more]
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NCYC's Inner Spring Regatta
Richard Howard,
NCYC announces that the 2013 Inner Spring regatta will be held on the weekend of the 31st August - 1st September 2013. Ably assisted by environmental consulting company EnviroPacific Service this year, will mark the third birthday for this regatta and represents a great way to wash off the winter cobwebs and spring into the 2013-14 summer of sailing.... [more]
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