In 1988, Dennis Conner stunned the Cup world by demonstrating how 'effective' an ultra-lightweight multihull could be against a lumbering monohull. Flash forward 22 years and the Americans did it again, this time against a less lumbering Swiss-flagged cat. But in the process of winning the 33rd AC, BMW/Oracle also seems to have recharged some energy into hard wingsail technology, specifically in the foiler Moth crowd, the latest development class to succumb to the promise of more speed.
While the 2011 Moth Worlds are still a month away, much attention has swung recently to 2009 Moth World Champion Bora Gulari and his Object 2 Skiff Works-built wingsail, which is both the first of its kind and thus far the only of its kind.
The two-part question, of course, is A., will it be fast, and B., who else in this talent-rich 112-boat fleet will have one? Given the scant amount of wet surface area that these speed machines carry, it will be fascinating to see how wingsail technology makes the switch to 'monohulls', and where it leads this development-friendly class. Stay tuned for more on the Moth Worlds, which begin on January 8 on Australia's Lake Macquarie.
Ben Ainslie (L) of Great Britain during qualifying session 2 Monsoon Cup 2010. Cristian Kamp of Denmark (R) trims the spinnaker for Ainslie. World Match Racing Tour, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. 2 December 2010. Photo: Subzero Images/WMRT Subzero Images /WMRT
Meanwhile in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia at the Monsoon Cup—the final stop of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour—Day Two's standings have seen Brit skippers Ian Williams and Ben Ainslie in first and second place, respectively, with Torvar Mirsky rounding out the top three. While these skippers have certainly been sailing great regattas, interestingly, World Match Racing Championship tour leader Mathieu Richard and 2009 World Champion AdamMinoprion from New Zealand has been having an off regatta.' Stay tuned for more on the Monsoon Cup as it becomes known, and be sure to check out the live TV coverage of the event (see this issue for broadcast info).
And finally, in the Velux 5 Oceans Race, Belgian ocean racer Christophe Bullens is still limping towards Cape Town, with hundreds miles still to go. 'All is OK onboard except there is no wind,' said Bullens. 'Tonight, I should get more wind and be able to accelerate again. The problem is that I don't have a spinnaker halyard. So I am handicapped as I can't set all the sails. I would like to arrive in Cape Town this weekend but I don't have control on the weather forecasts.' With luck poor Bullens will have at least a few nights in Cape Town to rest and hoist a few pints before heading back offshore, this time to New Zealand.
May the four winds blow you safely home.
Zhik Moth Worlds has 112 entries but will we see a solid wing sail? Pat Langley, With just over a month to go before race one of the Zhik Moth Worlds, regatta organizers have received a talent filled 112 entries from ten countries who are all ready to test themselves and their boats on Lake Macquarie NSW, Australia in January 2011.... [more] Share this story
Clarke and O Canada prepare for Pacific racing Lynn Fitzpatrick, Canada's Richard Clarke and Philippe Kahn were the first to finish overall and doublehanded in the 2007 Transpac and the 2008 Pacific Cup in an Open 50. The 2001/01 Volvo Ocean Race helmsman/trimmer is spicing up his 2011 big boat and Olympic sailing programs with offshore racing in the Pacific this spring and summer. This season's flavor is an Open 60.... [more] Share this story
Killing has a mind for sailing Mike Dodd, Looking at him as he covers the floor of the upstairs office, you'd think Steve Killing is about to start working on someone's 2011 tax return. But it's doubtful the word sailing would come to mind. However, that's exactly what the easygoing Killing is up to his neck in these days as he looks forward to the 2013 America's Cup, an event that can only be described as the Super Bowl of sailing.... [more] Share this story
Monsoon Cup Quarter Finalists decided - Champion crashes Monsoon Cup Media, On day 3 of the Monsoon Cup, the final event of the 2010 ISAF World Match Racing Tour, the World Championship was still wide open. Tension was high as this was a make or break day for several of the World Championship contenders.... [more] Share this story
2011 J Class Calendar Now Available Titch Blachford, The 2011 J Class Desk Calendar captures all of the the J Class magic and elegance with twelve new images, one for each month. All current projects are featured – the three original yachts, Shamrock V, Velsheda and Endeavour, along with the replica new builds currently on the water, Ranger, Hanuman and Lionheart. There are also photographs and information on Rainbow and Yankee.... [more] Share this story
Monsoon Cup - Live on Sail.tv - coverage starts at 1000hrs local time Monsoon Cup, Follow the Monsoon Cup Live - on Sail.tv. Follow the action and see which skipper will win the Monsoon Cup 2010. Coverage starts at 1000hrs local time or 1500hrs in NZ on Friday; 1300hrs in Sydney; 2100hrs in New York and 0210hrs in London. Click on the link button on the right. or in the player below... [more] Share this story
WSSR Council ratifies New World Speed Sailing Record John Reed, WSSR Council announces the ratification of a new World Record... [more] Share this story
Gold Cup Competition: Melges 32 Fleet gets ready Joy Dunigan, Gold Cup Competition - Twenty-one teams have registered to compete at the 2010 Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta, hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club, December 3-5... [more] Share this story
J/24 Ontario and World Qualifier winners Katie Nicoll, Peter Wickwire in Sunnyvale and Ted Bartlewski in Driver's Wanted walked off with most of the hardware at this year's Ontario J/24 Awards Night held at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club Friday, November 26th. Peter won the Matthews Ambassador Award and the Ontario Provincial Championships. Ted won both the Ontario & World Qualifier Series.... [more] Share this story
Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium partners North Sails Bernard Schopfer, The Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium is pleased to announce a new partnership with North Sails, which joins the second edition of the Symposium as Gold Partner.... [more] Share this story
1973 Whitbread racer to join Volvo Legends - Copernicus confirms entry Volvo Ocean Race, Polish yacht Copernicus, the smallest yacht to complete the very first Whitbread Round the World Race (the forerunner of the Volvo Ocean Race) in 1973-74 will join Great Britain II/Whitbread Heritage on the start line of the Volvo Ocean Race Legends, the first official reunion and regatta to be held in Alicante next year and celebrating the first 10 races held over 37 years.... [more] Share this story
Chicago Match Race Centre supports Carlos Aguilar Regatta Chicago Match Race Centre, Chicago Match Race Centre sailors, staff and race management team in St Thomas, USVI to support this ISAF Grade 2 memorial event over December 2nd-5th.... [more] Share this story
Canadian sail team could challenge for America's Cup Dave Perkins, Toronto may be closer to the World Series than we all think. No, not that World Series. I mean the newly created America's Cup World Series, the pinnacle of big-time yacht racing, for which a Canada-wide challenge, to be put forth by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club at a cost of $30 million to $45 million, is being discussed.... [more] Share this story
U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship - Paralympic Hopefuls Turnout Jake Fish, U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship - The 2010 US SAILING National Championship season comes to a conclusion this weekend in St. Petersburg, Fla. The true spirit of competitive sailing will be on display at the USDSC, hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, for three days of racing on Tampa Bay this Friday through Sunday (Dec. 3-5)... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy: Barker bids adieu to the America's Cup Class Louis Vuitton Media, Emirates Team New Zealand skipper, Dean Barker is in a reflective mood as the America's Cup Class era ends in Dubai, UAE, and the top professional team in the world are faced with having to start over again, if they are to mount a challenge for the 34th America's Cup... [more] Share this story
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship 2011 Notice of Race published ISAF, ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship 2011 - The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today published the Notice of Race for the 2011 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, the 41st edition of the championship being held in Zadar, Croatia from 7 to 16 July 2011.... [more] Share this story
Sailing animation system sets new standards in test cricket coverage Sail-World, The animation and replay package developed by New Zealand's Animation Research Ltd has set new standards in the television world after being used in the first Ashes cricket match between Australia and England. The technology was originally developed in 1991, for the 1992 Louis Vuitton and America's Cups and has been a world leader for the past 20 years across many sports as well as yachting.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Jimmy goes Skydiving - Blame it on the wing! BMW Oracle Racing, BMW ORACLE Racing skipper James Spithill has developed an affinity for death-defying aerobatic stunts. While learning how to sail the wingsail trimaran USA, he also gained his pilot's license, reasoning that understanding how air flows across a wing would serve him well at the wheel of the 90-foot tri.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing - Paralympic hopefuls turnout for sailing championship Jake Fish, US Sailing National Championship 2010 season comes to a conclusion this weekend in St. Petersburg, Fla. The true spirit of competitive sailing will be on display at the U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship (USDSC), hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, for three days of racing on Tampa Bay this Friday through Sunday (Dec. 3-5).... [more] Share this story
Sunfish National Championship - The Sands Supremacy Thierry S Huguenin, Sunfish National Championship regatta last weekend was won by seventeen year-old Christopher Sands, who narrowly beat his rivals for first place. This is Sands' fourth national title.... [more] Share this story
Sunfish South American Championship - Olcese has it in the bag Jorge Barreda, South, Central and Caribbean Sunfish Championship held from November 23 to 27 November at Paracas Perú saw a nice 18 to 20 knot breeze persist in the 2010 edition of the event.... [more] Share this story
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