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After months of agonizing wait and deliberation, the Defender of the 34th America's cup, Oracle Racing and the Golden Gate Yacht Club, announced late on Friday afternoon—with just hours to spare before their midnight deadline as defined by the Protocol—that San Francisco will host AC34, much to the delight of many West Coasters.
Still, it's important to note that the deal that the Defender has accepted is not the same deal that was put forth by the city a few weeks ago.
Instead, the city and the Defender still have some important details to sort out in the weeks ahead, as well as other deadlines that must be honored, but these will hopefully be no more than a formality. 'We think we have given ourselves a good chance of getting our books back in balance, and are very confident that we have, to a large extent, de-risked the project,' said Stephen Barclay, Oracle Racing's Chief Operating Officer. Check out this issue for all the details that are currently known.
Meanwhile, in the Barcelona World Race (BWR), a nonstop, double-handed 25,000-mile round-the-world event, competition is fierce amongst the 14 boats competing. Leaving the Med is never easy, and the fleet is currently negotiating the Alboran Sea, an area east of the Straits of Gibraltar. And while race leadership has changed hands several times, Michel Desjoyeaux and François Gabart on Foncia and Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron on Vibrac-Paprec 3 are looking strong right out of the box.
Ryan Breymaier - Barcelona World Race Barby MacGowan
'We got left behind a little bit the night before last and we worked hard and we've caught up a lot,' reports Ryan Breymaier (Neutrogena), the sole American skipper. 'You know it would be nice to be a few more miles up the track than we are but at the same time it's not bad I hope. We do have some serious competition so I'm happy to be in the same part of the waters for sure.' With tens of thousands of miles of racing left, the future is wide open, but be sure to check out the BWR coverage in this issue.
In Malaysia, the Optimist class has gotten in two days of World Championship racing, with team racing about to begin. And in the Velux 5 Oceans Race, leader Brad Van Liew sent along his New Years best: 'I have the distinct pleasure of ringing in the New Year in the middle of nowhere with no champagne, no woman to kiss at midnight, no ball dropping and nobody to sing that 'old acquaintance be forgot' song that must be sung in unison annually.
Instead, I will be pondering the meaning of life in what is forecast to be a moderate Southern Ocean sailing experience with all my Southern Ocean friends.' Be sure to check back for more info on these events, as it becomes known.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
San Francisco writer gives Ellison black mark for Cup theatrics San Francisco Chronicle, Just two days after the America's Cup venue announcement in favor of San Francisco, here is how one columnist, CW Nevius sees it: Now that the America's Cup is firmly anchored in San Francisco Bay and everyone is trying on blue blazers and captain's caps, one question remains: Was this really necessary?... [more] Share this story
A Cats lead small Cat development says seven times World Champion Rob Kothe, With the switch to Multihulls for the America's Cup, the focus has swung to multihull development at both big boat and small boat level. Australia's Glenn Ashby, who was the BMW Oracle sailing coach for the 33rd America's Cup in Valencia and is the six times A Cat World Champion talks about recent developments in the A Cat class ahead of the star studded Australian Nationals, which begin today... [more] Share this story
America's Cup 2013 - San Francisco wins hosting right - its official Stephanie Martin, The world-famous San Francisco Bay will be home to the 2013 America's Cup Finals and the Challenger Selection Series for the Louis Vuitton Cup, as well as an America's Cup World Series event in 2012. This will be the first time the America's Cup has been hosted in the United States since 1995.... [more] Share this story
Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 – Who is who in the Zoo Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, Sail-World.com will be on the water for both the 2011 Zhik Moth Australian titles and the Zhik Moths Worlds- here we present, with the help of Pat Langley from the Zhik Moths Media centre, our Sail-World form guide on the big guns from the 115 boat fleet.... [more] Share this story
Moth Worlds 2011 - Solid Wing Fact or Rumours? Brendan Maxwell, There was a flurry of activity of recent weeks, culminating in the acceptance of the solid wing sail for this event. It has been expected that the 2009 World Champion Bora Gulari (USA) and George Peet (USA) would use the solid wing sail, but many commentators thought this would be an extremely high risk strategy, looking at what happened when a C Class cat with a solid wing sail capsized.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Work begins on creating a world class event venue Michelle Slade, New Zealand born journalist, Michelle Slade, now based in San Francisco, interviews Craig Thompson, CEO of America's Cup Event Management for the Marin Independent Journal: We've already surveyed office space in San Francisco and are planning to be there this month. We're going to start building up a staff in January and will continue building that staff up until we get to the America's Cup... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Bullens forced to retire after further problems Velux 5 Oceans, Belgian solo sailor Christophe Bullens has been left with no choice but to retire from the Velux 5 Oceans. With the second leg taking the fleet through the notorious Southern Ocean, fears about the safety of Five Oceans of Smiles too further added to Christophe's decision to pull out of the race.... [more] Share this story
A Cat- Who is who at the Australian Nationals? Sail-World.com, The A-Class catamaran continues to expand its followers worldwide and today 73 boats are lining up for the strongest Australian titles ever.... [more] Share this story
A-Cat Australian Championships 2011 set to start on on a high Bob Griffits, A-Cats away today - A record fleet of 73 competitors has entered the 2011 Australian Championships for the International A Class Catamarans, to be sailed on Lake Cootharaba, just inland from the Queensland Sunshine Coast.... [more] Share this story
Optimist World Sailing Championships - Team Racing begins IODA, Optimist World Sailing Championships - Days 1 and 2 reports from Malaysia. The day began with a briefing from Chris Atkins (Chief Umpire), who reminded sailors of the importance of displaying their protest flags clearly and promptly and to hail loudly.... [more] Share this story
2011 LandCorp Mirror Worlds underway in 20-25 knots Anthony Galante, Race 1 was a great start, with the fleet not wanting to repeat the Black Flag Affair of the Australian Championships. The Philippino pair of Balladares and Chavez got away boat end with great speed. The new Australian Champions, Paul and Austin Taylor, threw immediately to port from their boat end start and were one of only 17 boats to go right.... [more] Share this story
Rio 2016 Olympic Games unveils new emblem IOC, Rio 2016 Olympic Games' emblem was unveiled on a packed Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janerio by IOC President Jacques Rogge, IOC Coordination Commisssion Chair for 2016 Nawal El Moutawakel, and Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Africa or Spain? The dilemma looms Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race fleet knew it was never going to be easy to get out of the Mediterranean and so it is proving for all of the 14 duos.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race chats with the skippers on afternoon radio calls Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race had radio calls with skippers across the fleet this afternoon in which they chat about the conditions they are facing and life at sea for the pairs.... [more] Share this story
Final Voyage: Bill Langan, yacht designer
Michael William (Bill) Langan, age 55, died peacefully on December 31 at the Dana-Farber/Brigham & Women's Cancer Center after a courageous battle with leukemia.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Half way to Gibraltar Barcelona World Race, And after only between 36 and 48 hours of racing, already more 100 miles separates Foncia this morning from the 14th placed FMC.... [more] Share this story
The Hobie racing calendar is off and running in 2011! David Brookes, IHCA bids a Happy New Year to all as the Hobie racing calendar gets off and running!... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: What turned the tide in favour of San Francisco? Richard Gladwell, The decision to name San Francisco as the venue for the 34th America's Cup is a big turnaround from just over two weeks ago when the lead negotiator for the Defenders, Oracle racing's Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Barclay, described their team as being 'exasperated' with San Francisco's City Hall. San Francisco was accused of using a 'bait and switch' negotiating technique - where you negoti... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Happy 2011 from race leader Brad Van Liew Brad Van Liew, 2011! Wow, are you kidding?? That makes me really middle aged. Le Pingouin (LP) and I will have a chat as she has a lot to say about being middle aged. Boats live in dog years.? It is about seven years to one human year so she actually just broke through 60 years old.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand welcomes Venue Decision Warren Douglas, Emirates Team New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton said the team was pleased to finally know where the 34th America's Cup will be held. 'We have always said we favoured San Francisco in 2013 and that's what we've got.... [more] Share this story
Newsflash: America's Cup venue confirmed for San Francisco Richard Gladwell, In a statement just seven hours before the expiration the deadline set in the Protocol for the 31st America's Cup, it has been announced that San Francisco will be the Host Venue for the 34th America's Cup. The deal is understood to be within the boundaries set by the Board of Supervisors, so will not need confirmation by them. However that will have to be confirmed once the full agreement... [more] Share this story
29er World Championship competitors arrive in Argentina Jerelyn Biehl (amended by ISAF), 29er World Championships 2011 - The sailors have arrived in beautiful Mar del Plata, Argentina to contest the 2011 29er World Championship. Twelve nations are representing all continents with over 65 entries in what will be a highly competitive fleet.... [more] Share this story
Juan Yacht Designs on designing winners for the Volvo Ocean Race Andi Robertson, Volvo Ocean Race - Argentinian designer Juan Kouyoumdjian has designed two Volvo Ocean Race winners, and is looking for another. Andi Robertson talks to the head of Juan Yacht Design.... [more] Share this story
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