The last week have featured wet and wild day sailing on both coasts. At the 'Little America's Cup', as the International C Class Catamaran Championship has long been nicknamed, and which is being sailed on the iconic waters off of Newport, Rhode Island, skipper Steve Clark and crewmember Oliver Moore, on Aethon, hit an unexpected patch of turbulence left by a passing freighter on Wednesday and capsized, sending Clark through the wing, breaking the mast.
'The thing I would like to stress here,' said Clark, 'is that this was not a product of the conditions. It was a freak accident that could have happened at any time, at any wind speed. If the wing is trimmed all the way to windward and can't be eased the boat will tip over, and these boats are not designed to do that. It's a tough end to the last 18 months of work [that] Oliver and I put in, but sometimes these things happen.'
Aethon's rig, designed by ace wingman Duncan MacLane, has long been considered the fastest wing in the fleet. While this is certainly a disappointment for Clark and Moore, odds are excellent that they'll return, hopefully before too long, with an even faster wing in tow.
Jump coasts and on you're watching the 18ft Skiff International Regatta where sailors during the week enjoyed howling conditions that sent boats capsizing with port and starboard. The area around Alcatraz proved to be the biggest pile-up zone, with winds reportedly blowing 29 knots near the fabled former prison.
Even local knowledge wasn't enough to guarantee safe passage: local legend Howard Hamlin, the race's defending champion, even ended up swimming twice. Still, Hamlin and his crew of Matt Noble and Fritz Lanzinger, managed to finish the series in an extremely respectable fourth place, right behind a podium that's was populated by Aussies.
And speaking of San Francisco Bay, the sailing rumor mill is—as always—rife with gossip pertaining to the next Cup. The latest whispers involve words like 'San Francisco Bay' and 'multihulls'.
More as it becomes known but, given this week's carnage at the 18ft Skiff International Regatta, a Bay Cup sailed in hopped-up cats could be a very interesting reality...
Fair winds and following seas,
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Melges 20 U.S. National Championship - Touché Kiss Joy Dunigan, Melges 20 U.S. National Championship. The day started on time with a comfortable 8-10 knots out of the south. Kiss managed another great start, catapulting him to the front of the field. Race two brought a little less breeze and shiftier conditions, which simply frustrated teams as they worked hard to productively get around the course.... [more] Share this story
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Little America's Cup: C Class Cats - Canadians successful New York Yacht Club, Canadians Fred Eaton and Magnus Clarke, the defenders of the International C-Class Catamaran Trophy – sailed at the NYYC's Harbour Court -- won the first match race today with Canaan; they beat Australians Glenn Ashby and James Spithill on Alpha by about five minutes in light winds.... [more] Share this story
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Open 470 European Championships preview Luissa Smith, Ninety-two teams from 25 nations are converging on Istanbul, Turkey. In the Men's/Mixed division, defending Europeans Champions from Croatia, Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic are hotly tipped by many of their rivals as a good bet for gold in Istanbul.... [more] Share this story
Switzerland's Aluette wins the Mackenzie 8 Metre World Championship Victoria Crowder, Aluette of Switzerland wins the prestigious 2010 8 Metre World title on Lake Ontario today. While Toronto's Raven wins the Sira Cup, in the classic division, and places sixth overall defeating two of her modern counterparts. Another beautiful day of racing on Lake Ontario for the 8 Metre fleet marks the end of the eight race series.... [more] Share this story
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Images from Newport: Little America's Cup - the Flying C's George Bekris, Photographer George Bekris was on the water for the Little America's Cup being contested in Newport RI, and submitted this stunning image gallery of the racing.... [more] Share this story
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2010 - Clear Air wins again Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2010 – The Grand Prix handicap fleet winners at Hamilton Island tend to be the very well raced boat that happens to have a size/speed gap that gives it the cleanest air.... [more] Share this story
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Waka Racing: Foot to the floor in the Knickerbocker Cup Waka Racing Media, New Zealand matchracing team, Waka Racing report from USA: Today was the first day of the Knickerbocker Cup and it was good one for us! The breeze was in and the sun was shinning. The race committee was on fire completing 13 flights and so were we ending the day with 7 wins – 1 loss to be leading th regatta after day 1.... [more] Share this story
Video Images from the 18ft skiffs in San Francisco - Day 1 Erik Simonson pressure-drop.us, Erik Simonson presents a photo image video of all the action from the 18ft skiffs in San Francisco - Day 1... [more] Share this story
NZL's Phil Robertson maintains lead at Day 2 of the Knickerbocker Cup Andrea Watson, Phil Robertson, Waka Racing (NZL) has maintained his lead through day 2 at the Knickerbocker Cup, winning a tie breaker with Eugeniy Neugodnikov, Synergy (RUS), 9-2. Bill Hardesty, LineHonors.com (USA) is a close third, followed by Anna Tunnicliffe, Gus (USA). By the end of the Full Round Robin, 8 teams advanced to the quarter finals, in a first to win three knock out.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup: Cayard reflects on Artemis' Day 3 Audi MedCup - Cartagena Paul Cayard and Sander van der Borch, Artemis skipper, Paul Cayard (USA) reflects on Day 3 of the Audi MedCup in Cartagena, Spain: A long day in the heat today. It was 44C (which is about 107F) 10 miles North of here today. We had a light seabreeze...enough to get three races in. It is 1930 and we are heading back to the hotel. The Brits on TeamOrigin are on fire so far here with all their finishes in the top three.... [more] Share this story
Audi Melges 20 Nationals - Three bullets and the lead Joy Dunigan, Kiss puts 3 bullets in 2010 Audi Melges 20 Nationals to lead - Three races were held under picture perfect conditions with Kiss submitting in a 1-1-1 score line to lead the fleet. John Arendshorst on Blink is second and Simon Strauss on Simplicity is third overall.... [more] Share this story
Etchells Worlds 2010 - Ingrid Abery's images day 5 Sail-World.com, British photographer Ingrid Abery is on the water at the 2010 Howth Etchells Worlds and here is a selection of images from the second last day of the Championships.... [more] Share this story
Etchells World Championship - Getting tighter - full results Graham Smith, Australia's John Bertrand retained his grip on the World Etchells Championship title at Howth but he needed the abandonment of the eighth race in the series due to lack of wind to maintain that position with a day to go... [more] Share this story
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship Skippers confirmed ISAF, The skipper line up for the 2010 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships is confirmed. Relative newcomer to the women's match racing circuit after making the transition from the Yngling, Renee Groeneveld (NED) will be making her Women's Worlds debut in 2010. Groeneveld won her first ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta at Skandia Sail for Gold in 2009 and followed this with a win Palma this year,... [more] Share this story
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America's Cup: Russell Coutts - extended interview Martin Tasker, BMW Oracle Racing CEO, Russell Coutts talks with TVNZ's sailing reporter, Martin Tasker about how the US America's Cup Defender see the 34th America's Cup shaping up in a 21 minute interview recorded last Wednesday.... [more] Share this story
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Clagett Memorial Regatta - Winning day on the water Jan Harley, Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta - In each of the four classes (2.4 Metre, SKUD-18, Sonar and J/22) competing at the eighth annual C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta for sailors with disabilities, an unbroken winning streak on the second and final day of racing determined the championship winners.... [more] Share this story
International C-Class Catamaran Championship - New leader New York Yacht Club, Canaan dominates today in International C-Class Catamaran Championship - The stars today were the Canadian defenders Fred Eaton and Magnus Clarke, who won all three races, while Alpha, yesterday's leader, sailed by Australians Glenn Ashby and James Spithill, finished second in all three races. In point of fact, Canaan has won four straight races, winning the last one on Wednesday.... [more] Share this story
International C Class Catamaran Championship - Aethon wing destroyed Steve Clark, International C Class Catamaran Championship - Aethon capsized - The team hit a patch of turbulence left by a freighter for which they were not prepared and were unable to react in time. Crew Oliver Moore lost his footing and was washed off the boat with the mainsheet wrapped around his leg.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy - Frozen in the heat Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, The long wait, in stiflingly hot temperatures, proved to be in vain and the race committee sent the GP42 Series and the TP52 Series fleet back across an almost glassy sea to the historic harbour in Cartagena at just before 1600hrs.... [more] Share this story
Etchells World Championships day 4 - Dominance continues Graham Smith, John Bertrand's dominance of the Etchells World Championships at Howth Yacht Club continued on day 4 of the regatta. The 42-boat fleet faced a freshening north-easterly for the start of Race 5, sailing in 18 knots of wind and a choppy sea.... [more] Share this story
Classic 8 Metre boats show their speed today at the 8 Metre Worlds Victoria Crowder, A nice light five knot breeze on Lake Ontario marked the fourth day of the Mackenzie 8 Metre World Championship. This south easterly breeze allowed the classic boats to race head to head with their modern counterparts. Raven had another fabulous day with a 6, 6 finish in both the races. In the modern division the first race was won by Aluette of Switzerland.... [more] Share this story
What you really need to know about boat insurance in three minutes BoatUS, Boat insurance can be a dull, sleepy subject for many boaters and anglers. So why should you care about it? BoatUS just released a short, three-minute video on the topic that is certainly worth a few minutes of your time.... [more] Share this story
Knickerbocker Cup - Live video Chris Love, This year's edition of the Knickerbocker Cup Match Race, hosted by Manhasset Bay Yacht Club in Port Washington, NY, USA, will be broadcast live on the internet by Sailgroove.org... [more] Share this story
18ft Skiff International Regatta - Crash and burn on San Francisco Bay Rich Roberts, Before the day was over the 18s' seventh race of the week would be cut short as boats flipped over like in a slapstick film, and then the ensuing Bridge to Bridge Race from the Golden Gate to the Oakland Bay suffered similar catastrophe.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Pre-race party with Brad Van Liew and crew Team Lazarus, Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 race begins in France shortly. Brad and the crew intend to celebrate in style before the start and everyone is invited.... [more] Share this story
2010 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship - Big fleet ready Joy Dunigan, The 2010 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship officially gets underway this weekend at the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club in Holland, Mich. For the second running of the U.S. Nationals, the fleet is full of fresh faces.... [more] Share this story
Clagett Regatta competition underway Jan Harley, Sailing got underway on Narragansett Bay for the eighth annual C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta. In the five-boat Sonar fleet, 2008 SKUD-18 Paralympic Gold Medalist Maureen McKinnon Tucker (Marblehead, Mass.) and Gerry Tiernan (Falmouth, Maine) crewed for John Porter (East Troy, Wisc.) to win all five races and the lead position in that fleet on five points.... [more] Share this story
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