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24 Jun 2013

Cup-aches and a weekend report—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Oracle Team USA - America's Cup Practice session - June 21, 2013  John Navas
Several days of Mediation meetings with two senior members of the International Jury have failed to resolve all of the looming issues (both public and private) regarding the proposed changes to the racing rules/format/safety precautions for this summer's Louis Vuitton Cup (LVC; July 5-August 30) and for the 34th America's Cup (September 7-21) in the wake of Artemis Racing's tragic accident on May 9. This comes as tough news to fans who are still largely in the dark as to what has been agreed upon, and what points are still sticky wickets. Furthermore, there still isn't an ironed-out starting date (or determined format) for this summer's initial LVC racing, as Artemis Racing-the Challenger of Record for AC34-likely will not be ready for any on-the-water action until late July (at the earliest).

'I want to thank the mediators for their work, as the process was beneficial,' said Iain Murray, regatta director of the 34th America's Cup. 'It was useful to hear the teams' perspective on safety from a competitive viewpoint. But as Regatta Director, I have a clear task. For me, safety means safety for everyone. Full stop. I stand behind all of the original recommendations to increase safety for all of our sailors this summer.'

Emirates Team NZ - America's Cup Practice session - June 21, 2013  John Navas


Get the full AC report (including some spectacular ‘Am Cam' footage of Emirates Team New Zealand executing a gybe while staying aloft on their foils), inside this issue, and stay tuned for the latest AC and LVC updates, as they become known.

Meanwhile, in Stateside sailing, Cleveland Race Week, hosted by the Edgewater Yacht Club, in Cleveland, Ohio, just wrapped up after many days of great racing on Lake Erie. Sixty-eight big boats participated in various different PHRF classes, with each class getting in at least seven or eight races. More, inside.

And at the Wayzata Yacht Club, in Wayzata, Minnesota, the racecourse action was hot at the J/24 Nationals, which just wrapped up after three days of competition. Mike Ingham and his crew aboard 'USA 5443' took home top honors, followed by Rolf Turnquist ('USA 3577') and Randy Gould ('USA 5136'). Check out this issue for the full details.

Route des Princes 2013  © Dominique Le Roux


Meanwhile, for fans of large multihull racing, the Route des Princes has been offering up some great racing and some spectacular sights. Yann Guichard's MOD70, 'Spindrift', capsized over the weekend, thus dropping the fleet size down to just three MOD70s for the last two legs of this stage-race event.

Spindrift capsizes in Dun Laoghaire on the first inshore race - 2013 Route des Princes  Mark Lloyd ©


Especially unfortunate for the 'Spidrift' team is the fact that they had been leading this event prior to capsizing. According to the latest reports, the 'Spindrift' team plans to bring their now-damaged MOD-70 back home to France for repairs. Get the full story, inside, and stay tuned to the site for the latest updates from the Route des Princes, as they unfurl.

Also inside, don't miss the latest reports from Kieler Woche, the ORCi World Championships, and the Danish Open Ladies Cup.

J-Class final day action - 2013 Superyacht Cup Palma  © Ingrid Abery


And finally, start out your week in style with a scroll through Ingrid Abery's great photo gallery from the J-Class' final day of racing at the Superyacht Cup, which just wrapped up in Palma, Mallorca. Enjoy!

J-Class final day action - 2013 Superyacht Cup Palma  © Ingrid Abery


May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Cleveland Race Week - 68 strong fleet for PHRF Offshore Series
Julie Howell,
Cleveland Race Week came to a close after tendays with 68 boats competing in the PHRF Offshore Series. The 'Big Boat' portion of the regatta commenced Thursday night with beautiful breeze on Lake Erie, and continued Friday night with lighter air.... [more]
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Kieler Woche - Glorious comeback for Robert Scheidt
Hermann Hell,
At Kieler Woche, sailors from six nations are leading the fleet in eight Olympic sailing disciplines and Paralympic boat classes 2.4mR. With Andrew's marks in the Finn and Sophie Weguelin/Eilidh McIntryre, the British are the first set for the Gold Fleet. In the 49er Delle Karth/Resch and 470 men Schmidt/Reichsstaedter.... [more]
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Marion Bermuda Race - Winners shine at Bermuda prizegiving
Talbot Wilson,
Marion Bermuda Race Chairman David Patton announced to a happy crowd at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club dock, that June 19, 2015 will be the 20th start for this classic ocean race. The crowd cheered and then he got on with the formalities of the night. His Excellency the Governor of Bermuda Mr. George Fergusson and RHADC Commodore Allan Williams presented all the prizes at the ceremony.... [more]
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Route des Princes - Focus returns to offshore racing
Sabina Mollart Rogerson,
In the Route des Princes, with no inshore racing possible in Dun Laoghaire on Sunday for the fleet due to very high winds on Dublin Bay, the focus for the multihull fleet returns to offshore racing as Leg 3, to Plymouth is set to start on Monday morning at 1100hrs local time (Dublin).... [more]
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ORCi World Championship - Nervous energy in the air on rehearsal day
ORC Media,
On the rehearsal day for the ORCi World Championship, there was nervous energy in the air, with both competitors and the Race Committee using the day to practice their respective roles in the coming show.... [more]
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Danish Open Ladies Cup - All Danish final between home sailors
Joakim Hermansson,
The Danish Open Ladies Cup concluded with an all-Danish final between home sailors Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen and Camilla Ulrikkeholm, a final that required five stunningly tight and truly explosive matches to decide this year's champion: Meldgaard Pedersen!... [more]
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J/24 US National Championship - Mike Ingham maintains lead
Julie and Christopher Howell, CAE,
Mike Ingham Maintains Lead After Five Races at J/24 US National Championship... [more]
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America's Cup: Mediation ends with issues unresolved and undisclosed
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup organisers have released a statement following the conclusion of the Mediation process conducted by two members of the International Jury at the behest of the Regatta Director, Iain Murray. The statement is cold comfort to America's Cup fans, with no indication of what has been agreeed and what is still being disputed.... [more]
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Kieler Woche - Spectacular action on day 1 + Video
Hermann Hell,
On the opening day of Kieler Woche 2013 (22-30 June), for the sailors on the triangle courses in front of Schilksee, it turned out to be a perfect hard-working day of sailing. All classes finished their planned races, thus putting the Olympic classes well on track for qualifying. Up to now, the German athletes have seven first places in the Olympic, the paralympic, and the international classes.... [more]
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Danish Open Ladies Cup - Electrifying action on day 3
Joakim Hermansson,
At the Danish Ladies Open Cup, the excitement was electric during Saturday's matches, first with a really tight conclusion of the round robin, and then the initial matches of the semi-finals. Just in time for the regatta dinner, race management stopped further racing for the day with both semi-finals tied 1-1.... [more]
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Superyacht Cup - Images from the final day of J-Class action in Palma
Ingrid Abery images,
Ingrid Abery was out on the water for the final day of J-Class action at the Superyacht Cup in Palma to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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Route des Princes - Spindrift capsizes on Dublin Bay
Sabina Mollart Rogerson,
In the 2013 Route des Princes, at 1434hrs local time (Dublin) this afternoon, race leader Spindrift skippered and steered by Yann Guichard (FRA), capsized on the first leg of the first inshore race of the day off Dun Laoghaire. The emergency procedures were activated immediately.... [more]
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SSV Oliver Hazard Perry arrives in Newport for hauling and painting
Barby MacGowan,
Rhode Island's official Sailing Education Vessel, the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, which will be completed in 2014 as a 196-foot, three-masted, square rigged tall ship, was towed from Senesco Marine in North Kingstown, R.I. to Newport today for hauling and painting at the Newport Shipyard.... [more]
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America's Cup: The slickest foiling, flying gybe in the West - Video
John Navas,
The always excellent John Navas caught Emirates Team New Zealand doing a foiling gybe, in full flight, on San Francisco Bay. We've see a few before but this is something else - in fact it was so slick we missed it, the first time. An amazing piece of sailing. Features the short clip of just the foiling gybe and the full practice session is in a second video, also included in this story... [more]
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America's Cup: Am-Cam video Oracle and Emirates Team NZ in breeze
Sail-World,
More video action from San Francisco Bay as Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team NZ went through a couple of hard training sessions in the AC72's in fresh conditions. Both teams look very slick. Bad news for Emirates Team NZ fans is that it looks like Oracle have improved their gybing - although the gybes seen are rounding up to head to windward or on a reach... [more]
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America's Cup: Blake aide hits back over Team NZ conduct comments
Sail-World,
On June 16, Golden Gate Yacht Club Vice-Commodore, Tom Ehman, commented on a story that had appeared in the San Jose Mercury News. His attack on Emirates Team New Zealand, and the way they had conducted themselves on various campaigns, prompted a response from one of his long-time adversaries, Alan Sefton, former Executive Director of Team New Zealand and very close friend of Sir Peter Blake.... [more]
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Danish Open Ladies Cup - Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen still on top
Joakim Hermansson,
At the 2013 Danish Ladies Open Cup, home sailor Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen remains on top after a second day with challenging conditions on the Skovshoved waters. She managed the gusty and shifty offshore winds up to just over 20 knots very well, and was beaten only by unranked Merel Witteveen of the Netherlands, who is now on a shared third place after British runner-up Lucy Macgregor.... [more]
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Route des Princes - Spindrift gunning for supremacy takeover
Sabina Mollart Rogerson,
In the Route des Princes, Saturday and Sunday on Dublin Bay off Dun Laoghaire's National Yacht Club are expected to see some of the most spectacular inshore racing yet. The combination of strong winds and a relatively open water race course which will be easily viewed from the shore should provide the perfect combination when the six, short sharp round the buoys races are contested.... [more]
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Superyacht Cup - Aerial J-Class images from Palma
Ingrid Abery images,
The Superyacht Cup is underway in Palma and photographer Ingrid Abery was in the air to capture these photos of the J-Class action.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: 30 hopefuls to attend selection
Amy Martindale,
A team from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is in Durban this weekend with 30 young South Africans from across the country who have been shortlisted for a tough three day selection process to find just eight who will go on to participate in the longest ocean race around the planet. They will come to the UK for intensive training prior to the start in London on 1 September.... [more]
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RS:One class powers on with the NeilPryde Racing Series
NeilPryde,
The RS:One class pushes on with the NeilPryde Racing Series in collaboration with the Extreme Sailing Series and in other organised independent events. The '24 Hour Auchan's Drive Team Relay' is scheduled for the 29th to 30th of June with a special freestyle tow in demonstration by Steven Van Broeckhoven and Maarten van Ochten to be performed in the Dunkerque Marina.... [more]
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America's Cup: Am-Cam video AC72's play dodgems as they blitz the Bay
John Navas,
John Navas presents another excellent piece of extended (20 minutes) Am-cam video from San Francisco Bay, as the AC72's of Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team NZ, play dodgems with a myriad of other traffic on the harbour from kayakers and cruisers to Optimists and fishing boats.... [more]
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International Optimist Regatta - 113 Sailors from 9 Nations
Carol Bareuther,
Over 100 7 to 15 year olds will set sail in the 21st International Optimist Regatta presented by Glacial Energy, June 21 to June 23. This marks the second year in a row that the event has surpassed the 100-mark in participation.... [more]
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America's Cup: Protagonists believed to be well apart on key issues
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World understands that while the teams have agreed on many of the basic safety issues proposed for the 2013 America's Cup Regatta, they are very entrenched on a few others affecting the broad format of the regatta. Sources spoken to by Sail-World believed that a full International Jury Hearing would be required next week to sort out the outstanding issues... [more]
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Inaugural Nacra 17 World Championship set for The Hague
Diana Bogaards,
Starting on Sunday July 21st, 2013 and running until Saturday July 27th, the first ever Nacra 17 World Championships bring the global Olympic top of multihull sailing to The Hague, Netherlands. With one month to go, there are now fifty entries from 22 countries. This new sailing discipline is part of the program of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.... [more]
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Kieler Woche - A very special challenge + Live streaming video
Hermann Hell,
Kieler Woche races get underway from 22nd to 30th June 2013. The kick-off, even for a sailor like Jochen Schuemann, will be a very special challenge. When the three-time Olympic champion and two-time America's Cup winner skippers Esimit Europa 2, the biggest yacht ever to take part in Kieler Woche, he will have to steer her clear of the more than 100 yachts that will crowd at the starting line... [more]
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Bermuda One-Two Yacht Race - Paris takes line honors
John Snyder,
First across the finish line in the single-handed leg of the Bermuda One-Two Yacht Race, was none other than Dr. Stanley Paris. Sailing Kiwi Spirit, a Lyman Morse 63 designed by Bruce Farr. Paris took line honors when he crossed the finish line at 0740 ADT on Wednesday June 12, 2013.... [more]
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