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 07 Oct 2010

Exciting Times!

One of the coolest announcements made during Monday's press conference at BMW/Oracle's Valencia base was word of the America's Cup World Series. This series, which starts in 2011 and carries through 2013, will be raced in identical 45-foot hard-wing sail cats designed by BMW/Oracle, and which are now being built in the New Zealand town of Warkworth.

The idea behind the America's Cup World Series, as well as the new Youth America's Cup (which starts in 2012), is to acquaint top-flight monohull sailors with the speeds and tactical challenges of racing wingsail speed machines. 'It's very exciting,' said BMW Oracle Racing's afterguard member Murray Jones. 'The boats are going to be very physical—grinding the sails and the daggerboards up and down in tacks is a real challenge. It's going to get everyone thinking of new ways to do things. And it's going to be exciting for the young sailors. It's good to give them an avenue into the game.'
AC45 male mould under construction - BMW Oracle Racing building facility - Warkworth NZL  Richard Gladwell

Sail-world has the first sneak-preview images of their building facility in Warkworth. An impressive effort, and yet further evidence that BMW/Oracle has been playing an ambitious and meticulous behind-the-scenes chess game involving careful preparation, planning and thinking.

Compare that to your lingering-hangover memories involving Ras al-Khaimah and Alinghi's butchered handling of AC33, and it's clear that the AC game is on a far better heading.

Best yet, of course, will be official word of a San Francisco AC34, but hopefully this is just a matter of time...

Also, check out Part Two of a Sail-Word.com exclusive interview with US SAILING president, Gary Jobson, himself a widely respected sailing journalist and former America's Cup winner. (Editor's Note: Both Part One—which ran on September 15—and Part Two of this interview took place prior to Monday's bombshell press-conference announcements in Valencia).

Fair winds and following seas,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Pittwater Spring Cup attracts sailors from Adelaide to Airlie Beach
Warwick Crossman,
Optimist sailors from around Australia will be making the most of their opportunity to get some regatta experience at the venue for the upcoming Australian Championships next January. The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club has received over 40 entries for the Pittwater Spring Cup this weekend, with competitors travelling from as far afield as Adelaide and Airlie Beach.... [more]
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Flinders Islet Race will pay tribute to Andrew Short and Sally Gordon
Di Pearson,
Andrew Short and Sally Gordon will be uppermost in everyone's minds when the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Flinders Islet race starts this Friday evening at 8.00pm. The two valued Sydney sailors tragically lost their lives in the early hours of Saturday October 10 last year, when Andrew's 24.4 metre yacht PriceWaterhouseCoopers hit rocks.... [more]
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Luderitz Speed Challenge 2010
Luderitz Speed Challenge,
The 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge was marked with a ceremony at Luderitz Bay Yacht Club on Saturday the October 2nd... [more]
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America's Cup: New Zealander appointed to America's Cup Race Mgt
Stuart Alexander,
The revolving doors of the America's Cup and the Audi MedCup, two of the top six pinnacles in world yacht racing, are spinning merrily as two directors join the board of America's Cup Race Management and the man who founded the internet telecoms system, Skype, joins the TP52 class and the Audi MedCup circuit. Plus audio... [more]
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Brisbane to Paradise Race to support Sail Paradise 2011
Rob Mundle,
Brisbane to Paradise Race to support Sail Paradise 2011 - The introduction of the Manly to Paradise race means there will be three events on the east coast leading up to Southport Yacht Club's Sail Paradise series, which is scheduled for 10–15 January. Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club with start the 30th Anniversary Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Race on January 2.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour Argo Group Gold Cup - Mirsky hits top gear
Argo Group Gold Cup - Mirsky team hits top gear - If reigning World Champion Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing and Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing stole the lion's share of the early headlines, it's the calm and collected young Australian who is now stamping his authority all over the penultimate event of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Mirsky Racing Team undefeated
Kinley Fowler,
Bermuda Gold Cup - MRT undefeated - Fiery matches were the flavour of the day, with one race seeing 6 penalties altogether. The victim of the onslaught was America's rules expert Dave Perry who conceded four penalties for a number of infringements around the track in Group 3's first race of the day.... [more]
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Barz Optics returns to the Annapolis Sail Show
Jeni Bone,
After an absence of five years Barz Optics, 'The Australian Sunglass Co', will again be exhibiting their new highly developed polarized sunglass range at the Annapolis Sail Show, Maryland October 7-11.... [more]
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TP52 World Championship - Quantum Racing on target
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Quantum Racing (USA) kept their challenge for a second TP52 World Championship firmly on target today. The America's Cup waters off Valencia have so far spoiled the TP52 championship crews for choice.... [more]
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Minoprio's Group of Death at the Argo Group Gold Cup
Reigning ISAF Match Racing World Champion Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing was given a stern reminder of just how difficult it is to win the Argo Group Gold Cup today as his team faced a series of tight battles in Qualifying Session 2.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit 2011 - Skype billionare joins TP52 circuit
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Circuit 2011 - One of the most successful current offshore sailing teams will compete on the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit with a new build Rolf Vrolijk designed TP52.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour Argo Group Gold Cup - Six Skippers unbeaten
Talbot Wilson,
World Match Racing Tour - French sailor Mathieu Richard did not have a good Tuesday in Bermuda. In the first three flights of the Stage 1 qualifying round-robin races in Bermuda's Argo Group Gold Cup, Richard's French Match Racing Team, the current leader on the World Match Racing Tour, suffered two critical losses.... [more]
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Chris Stanmore-Major gets wet in the marina at La Rochelle
Velux 5 Oceans,
Chris Stanmore-Major goes swimming in the marina during scrutineering. Ever seen a survival suit in action - see how the required personal safety gear checks out. Easy enough in the marina - but the Southern Ocean is something else again.... [more]
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Images from the first day of the J80 worlds, Newport RI
Paul Todd, Outside Images,
Top international photographer Paul Todd (Outside Images) presents this gallery of images from the first day of the J80 worlds, Newport RI... [more]
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Lock Crowther Memorial Regatta - e-marineworld travels north
e-marineworld this year travelled north for the APC Logistics 2010 Lock Crowther Memorial Regatta for the first time... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans skipper Gutkowski signs title sponsorship deal
Velux 5 Oceans,
Polish ocean racer Zbigniew Gutkowski has signed a title sponsorship deal.... [more]
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New Zealand Win Interdominion Team Sailing Championships at Algies Bay
Kirsty Laws,
New Zealand decisively won the three-day Interdominion School Team Sailing Championships from Australia at Algies Bay today. The top three school teams each from Australia and New Zealand completed five round robins in a full three days of racing, in mostly light conditions. New Zealand dominated throughout the event, also winning the Trans-Tasman trophy for top country.... [more]
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Images of the America's Cup: Constructing AC 45's in seven easy steps
Richard Gladwell,
Due to the secrecy under which most racing yachts are now constructed, media and cameras are not usually allowed into a building facility - however at Core Composites new construction facility in Warkworth, there are no secrets on the AC45 design and we have an all too rare chance to follow the action... [more]
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