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 27 Jun 2013
 


AC72's, Dragons, Kieler Woche and more...

Aerials 2 Boats Testing / SFO June Testing Session / ORACLE TEAM USA / San Francisco (USA)  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©
Oracle Team USA sailed their two AC72's on San Francisco Bay today, in the start of a two week testing program.

Both of the team's AC72 racing yachts spent the morning running through various tests and boat set-ups as they maneuvered around the San Francisco Bay.


'It was the best day of the campaign,' said skipper Jimmy Spithill. 'It has taken a lot of work and a lot of energy to get two full crews up to this level, to operationally get to this level, to launch and have two boats ready to go. A lot of credit goes to the shore and build teams.

'Now, we have two competitive boats,' Spithill continued. 'That's a good position to be in as you never know what's around the corner. For us to have two boats, with two race wings, and have a lot of depth in our sailing team, it certainly gives us a chance to produce more boat speed. And, from a racing point of view, it allows us to really learn the race track and build a playbook.'

John Navas was bayside and captured the action. Longer video available later in the day. Sail-World will be interviewing Jimmy in a few hours times, so we will have much more indepth news tomorrow.

2013 Dragon Edinburgh Cup   Fiona Brown ©

The South Coast Championship got off to a great but slightly delayed start at the International Dragon fleet's week long festival of sailing in Weymouth. Originally scheduled to be sailed over two days, strong winds on Sunday had forced the Race Committee to keep the boats in harbor. Fortunately on Monday the weather gods were smiling and the 37 strong fleet enjoyed three tightly fought races in shifty westerly winds of 15-20 knots.

With the South Coast Championship completed the fleet now moves into the Edinburgh Cup, for the open British Championship. The opening day ably demonstrated that the Corinthian, all-amateur, teams are more than capable of giving the professionals a run for their money. Now with four of a possible six races now completed, reigning Dragon World Champion Lawrie Smith, crewed by Ossie Stewart and Tim Tavinor, has moved into the lead in Weymouth.

2013 RC44 Sweden Cup - John Bassadone at the helm of Peninsula Petroleum (GBR 1)  MartinezStudio.es ©

On the opening day of fleet racing at the RC44 Sweden Cup, tricky conditions saw no one team able to finish in the top half of the leaderboard in all three races. There were race wins for Team Italia, Artemis Racing and Team Aqua, but the most consistent performers of the day were John Bassadone and Vasco Vascotto onboard Peninsula Petroleum. The Gibraltar based team scored two seconds and a seventh to take a two point overnight lead over Artemis Racing. Racing continues in Marstrand until Saturday 29th June. Stay tuned for daily reports.

2013 ORCi World Championship - Offshore race  © Max Ranchi Photography

At the ORCi World Championship, with most boats getting in just under the 32-hour time limit, the long offshore race is finally over and the cumulative standings after three races are now in. Inshore racing resumes today.

We have some great photos from the offshore race held in Ancona, Italy, taken on site by photographer Max Ranchi.

Tonnerre De Breskens   © Paul Wyeth / pwpictures.com

The RORC Season's Points Championship has arrived at the halfway stage with 112 yachts entered for The Morgan Cup, the seventh race of the thirteen race series with the Royal Ocean Racing Club. Yachts from Belgium, France, Great Britain, Holland, Ireland and Russia will be racing to Dieppe.

GBR 88 Marc Andrews - 2013 Kieler Woche  Kieler Woche

At Kieler Woche, one medal after another has been claimed in the Paralympic class 2.4mR and then in the eight Olympic classes. Great Britain gained three gold medals and Germany claimed three with Spain, Austria and Finland claiming once each. For the finish of the Olympic classes, Philipp Buhl (Sonthofen) defended his title in the Laser and relegated the two-time Olympic winner Robert Scheidt (Brazil) and Jesper Staelheim (Sweden) to the fringe.


The Sail-World.com Team



America's Cup: Oracle Team USA complete first day of two boat testing
Oracle Team USA Media,
Oracle Team USA completed a first full day of two-boat testing today in San Francisco. Both of the team's AC72 racing yachts spent the morning running through various tests and boat set-ups as they maneuvered around the San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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America's Cup: First video of Oracle Team USA AC72's two boat testing
John Navas,
Oracle Team USA sailed their two AC72's on San Francisco Bay today, in the start of a two week testing program. John Navas was bayside and captured the action. Longer video available later in the day.... [more]
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America's Cup: Jury to decide as Oracle sails with rudder elevators
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA is in the process of fitting and sailing with the new winglets specified by America's Cup Regatta Director, Iain Murray and made public just over four weeks ago. Before the end of the week, one of the parties is expected to refer the matter to the International Jury. The issue was dismissed by Oracle Team USA's CEO, Russell Coutts as 'rules minutiae'... [more]
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Round Texel Race - Successful 36th edition, 2014 date revealed
Simon Keijzer,
From 12-16 June, the beach around Paal17 on Texel was in the spell of the Texel Sailing Week and the 36th Round Texel Race. This 'Back to Basic' edition, of the biggest cat race in the world, took the sailors in the centre stage again. The 36th edition caused a lot of spectacle. Also in 2014, the Round Texel will be on the international sailing calendar.... [more]
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America's Cup: Both Oracle Racing AC72's on San Francisco Bay
John Navas,
Top videographer and still photographer, John Navas captured these images of Oracle Team USA's AC72's sailing on San Francisco Bay, today. This is the first time one team has sailed two AC72's at once, although two boat testing was common place in previous America's Cups.... [more]
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Dragon Edinburgh Cup - Smith leads after day 2
Fiona Brown,
In the Dragon Edinburgh Cup, with four of a possible six races now completed, reigning Dragon World Champion Lawrie Smith, crewed by Ossie Stewart and Tim Tavinor, has moved into the lead in Weymouth.... [more]
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ORCi World Championship - Capliso and Low Noise out front
ORC Media,
At the ORCi World Championship, with most boats getting in just under the 32-hour time limit, the long offshore race is finally over and the cumulative standings after three races are now in. All races scored have a point value of 1.0 points.... [more]
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RC44 Sweden Cup - Tricky conditions in Marstrand
Jo Grindley,
At the RC44 Sweden Cup, tricky conditions on the opening day of fleet racing saw no one team able to finish in the top half of the leaderboard in all three races. There were race wins for Team Italia, Artemis Racing and Team Aqua, but the most consistent performers of the day were John Bassadone and Vasco Vascotto onboard Peninsula Petroleum.... [more]
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GB Row Challenge - Islanders set to smash World Record
Mike Ridley / WWI,
A group of four young men who have spent the last 25 days rowing 2,000 miles non-stop around Britain are on course to set a new world record when they reach Tower Bridge at approx 5pm on Thursday, June 27. The crew – known as the Islanders because all come from islands – are expected to knock twelve hours off the world record which currently stands at 26 days 21 hours and 14 minutes.... [more]
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Kieler Woche - Golden victories in Schilksee + Video
Hermann Hell,
At Kieler Woche, one medal after another has been claimed in the Paralympic class 2.4mR and then in the eight Olympic classes. Great Britain gained three gold medals and Germany claimed three with Spain, Austria and Finland claiming once each.... [more]
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Route des Princes - FenêtréA-Cardinal claims Leg 3 victory
Sabina Mollart Rogerson,
In the 2013 Route des Princes, as Erwan Le Roux and crew of FenêtréA-Cardinal crossed the Plymouth finish line in warm summer sunshine and light airs to win Leg 3, they became the third different crew to have won the three consecutive offshore stages which have brought the fleet from Valencia to Lisbon to Dun Laoghaire to Plymouth.... [more]
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Kieler Woche - Brits emerge golden in three classes
Matt Carter,
At Kieler Woche, the fourth stage of the EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup, Britain's sailors claimed four medals with Mark Andrews picking up his third straight gold medal in the Finn class and the British Sailing Team claiming two golds and a silver in the 470 Men and Women events.... [more]
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ISAF reveals revised regatta reporting format
ISAF,
The ISAF XML Regatta Reporting format (ISAF XRR) is an XML-schema defined by the International Sailing Federation to accommodate a universal standard for the transfer of information allowing instant integration of results management systems with the ISAF results database... [more]
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Morgan Cup - 112 strong fleet ready to race
Louay Habib,
The RORC Season's Points Championship has arrived at the halfway stage with 112 yachts entered for The Morgan Cup, the seventh race of the thirteen race series with the Royal Ocean Racing Club. Yachts from Belgium, France, Great Britain, Holland, Ireland and Russia will be racing to Dieppe.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series fleet Porto bound for Act 5
Extreme Sailing Series,
Following Extreme Sailing Series Acts in Oman, Singapore and China, the Extreme 40 fleet is bound for Porto, Portugal, a venue that in 2012 attracted the biggest crowds Series has ever witnessed. With just over four weeks to go, two of the three Swiss teams competing have drawn the lines against each other as sparring partners over three days of intensive training.... [more]
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ORCi World Championship - Long night for the fleet
ORC Media,
In the 2013 Adria Ferries ORCi World Championship, it was a long night for the fleet, but dawn has brought a welcome 10-knot SE breeze to bring the teams home to the finish at the venue at Marina Dorica. The fleet was battered overnight by extremes of weather, from dead calm to thunderstorms and heavy squalls of 25-30 knot winds.... [more]
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ORCi World Championship - Offshore race shots by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi Photography,
Here are some great photos from the ORCi World Championship offshore race held in Ancona, Italy, taken on site by photographer Max Ranchi.... [more]
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2013 Dragon Edinburgh Cup - Amateurs give Pros a run for their money
Fiona Brown,
The 2013 Dragon Edinburgh Cup opening day, supported by Aberdeen Asset Management, ably demonstrated that the Corinthian, all-amateur, teams are more than capable of giving the professionals a run for their money.... [more]
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Block Island Race Week - 1500+ set sail in sprint around 'The Block'
Barby MacGowan,
The 25th Anniversary Block Island Race Week, at the Storm Trysail Club, had more than 1500 sailors embark on an 18.2 nautical mile around the Island Race today, where 182 teams are competing in 19 classes.... [more]
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Solo sailor's mast fall death leads to £20 million drug find
Lee Mylchreest,
Last week we published a story of the death of a sailor who fell from his mast after Customs had boarded his yacht, Windrose, which had been towed into port in the Scilly Isles after calling for help. At the time what had occurred on the yacht was a mystery, and the authorities weren't talking. Now the mystery appears to have been solved.... [more]
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ORCi World Championship - A test of nerves and patience
ORC Media,
At the Adria Ferries ORCi World Championship, today's offshore will be a test of nerves and patience for all 110 entries in the event.... [more]
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RC44 Sweden Cup - Teams ease into action on day 1 + Video
Jo Grindley,
On day one of the RC44 Sweden Cup, light winds eased the twelve competing teams gently into action in Marstrand, owners and pro's took to the helm for the sole match race day of the event. And with three match racing events out of five now completed, Katusha still cling to the top of the match race leaderboard, with the fleet pushing hard behind.... [more]
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Pärnu Sailing Week - Kiwi victorious in Estonia
Merlis Orion (As Amended by ISAF),
Reuben Corbett (NZL) has claimed victory in the ISAF Grade 2 Pärnu Sailing Week in Estonia, defeating Marek Stanczyk (POL) in the final. A fleet of 10 teams from seven nations fought their way to the semi-finals with the top four emerging as Reuben Corbett (NZL), Marek Stancyzk (POL), Steffan Lindberg (FIN) and Mati Sepp (EST).... [more]
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Kieler Woche - Excitement to the very end
Hermann Hell,
On the penultimate day of Kieler Woche, the Germans can already celebrate their first win at the European Champions Sailing Cup (ECSC). Paralympic sailor Heiko Kroeger from Ammersbek is in first position in the 2.4mR with two outstanding races.... [more]
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Route des Princes - Oman Air-Musandam breakaway
Sabina Mollart Rogerson,
In the 2013 Route des Princes, just as they did on the very first leg around Europe, Sidney Gavignet and the crew of the MOD70 Oman Air-Musandam have managed to steal a meaningful march on their opposition. On Leg 1 in the Mediterranean they separated from the fleet and built a lead of more than 20 miles which served them well enough to win that opening leg into Lisbon.... [more]
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Cerebral Palsy teen to take on The French Connection
Karenza Morton / RYA,
Sixteen year old Natasha Lambert was born with atheroid cerebral palsy, which affects her limbs as well as her speech and confines her to a wheelchair. On Monday 1 July, she is leaving her wheelchair behind to embark on an incredible challenge entitled The French Connection which will see her sail her 21ft Mini Transat, Miss Isle Too, across the English Channel completely by herself.... [more]
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