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It Sails!—AC45s, Barcelona World Race, and Key West Race Week

One of the coolest developing stories this week has been the successful launch of the first AC45 wingsail-powered catamaran, which was splashed earlier this week in Auckland, New Zealand.

AC45 on the Hauraki Gulf on Day 2 of sea trialling   Richard Gladwell

The boat, which will be used to contest some of the events preceding the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series and the Cup itself, starting this spring, sailed for the first time this week, stunning onlookers and media professionals alike with its close-winded performance, its turn-on-a-dime maneuverability and its sheer straight-line speed. If these impressive 45 footers are any harbinger of what awaits the world in AC34, dear friends, we are in for a real treat. Thus far, the boat has sailed in 25+ knots, enough pressure to get boatspeeds in the high 20-knot range. But like the Defender's giant wingsail trimaran, raising and lowering the rig is still one of the biggest challenges to sailing this boat (more on that in this issue).

Sail World New Zealand editor Richard Gladwell was lucky enough to be on hand for the big day—his on-the-water report is a must read for anyone even remotely interested in high-speed sailing. These lines in particular stand out: 'She exhibited excellent speed up and downwind - hitting 13-16kts upwind and 27-30kts downwind,' noted Gladwell. 'The sailing angles were very good - comparable with a keel boat.' Be sure to check out Chris Cameron's great image gallery of the first AC45 flying its hulls—if that doesn't get your blood flowing, it's high time for a cardiac exam.

In offshore circles, the pit stops that Foncia and Virbac Paprec 3 took last weekend in Brazil are long over, and the two boats are thundering their way to the front of the pack, making it clear that this race could very well boil down to an all-out dogfight between these two great boats and four great skippers. Check out the report in this issue for more information on this two-boat bare-knuckle brawl, as well as the action in the rest of the fleet.

On the international front, ISAF has welcomed the Madagascan Yachting and Rowing Club (Madagascar) as its newest member. 'I am so proud because we can now access the development and training that ISAF provides and that can only be a good thing,' said Brice Jacobsen, president of the Madagascan Yachting and Rowing Club. 'We are also hoping for visits from sailing experts who can help us promote the sport and uplift the people of Madagascar.'

And for those of us who are reading this from the frigid or sodden northcountry, solace can be had in the great image galleries, compliments of Joy Dunigan and Leighton O'Connor, from this week's Key West Race Week in this issue. While the fleet has endured light airs and less races than many sailors would like, the fact remains that the water is warm and the beers cold, so don't feel too badly for your friends down in Florida...

May the four winds blow you safely home.

David Schmidt

America's Cup: AC45 ticks all the boxes on just her second day out
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was very privileged to get a look at the new AC45 sailing on the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf, in conditions that were testing - a 20kts SW breeze, gusting to 26kts. It was very hard, or impossible to find fault with the AC45, which turned in a remarkable performance by any standard and particularly for a multihull.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC 45 has no problems at top of wind range
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, was on hand to capture the second sail of the prototype AC45 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. Conditions today were a SW (offshore) breeze of 15-25kts, in which the AC45 was able to achieve speed of 14-16kts upwind and up to 30kts downwind.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 Testing Day Two - 25+ Knots
Jane Eagleson,,
Day two of testing in New Zealand and the team was confident enough to put the AC45 catamaran through its paces in 25 knots of wind, with spectacular results. With squirrely strong puffs gusting over 22 knots blowing through the Viaduct, the toughest part of the day was always going to be lifting the wing and getting it safely into the platform to launch the boat.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 sails in Auckland on Day 3
Chris Cameron,
Top international photographer, Chris Cameron, was on hand to capture the launch of the prototype AC45 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. The AC45 is the forerunner to the AC72 which will be used in the 34th America's Cup. The 45ft long yacht will feature a wingsail, the same as the larger 72ft yacht to be used in the September 2013 Match in San Francisco... [more]
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Key West Race Week images by Joy Dunigan and International Melges 32
Joy Dunigan,
Our thanks to photographer Joy Dunigan for this gallery of images from Melges 32 -Day 4 of Key West Race Week.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Back to the front
Barcelona World Race,
Virbac Paprec 3 has now leapt back into second place, powering past Estrella Damm to re-establish the two boats which led to South America as the fleet front-runners after their repair stopover in Recife, as Foncia leads by some 50 miles in this morning's 1000hrs ranking.... [more]
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Geoff Stagg talks Farr 40
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
In February 2011 the Farr 40 fleet will be returning to the waters off Sydney to contest the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. The Farr 40s were last in Sydney for their World Championship in 2005. This week Sail-World talked to Geoff Stagg about the development of the Farr 40's.... [more]
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Key West Race Week 2011 - No lead is safe
Bill Wagner,
At key West Race Week 2011 no lead is safe or insurmountable. A mere two points separate Warpath and Goombay Smash in Melges 32 after the discard was factored in following six races. Things tightened up considerably in the Mini Maxi class on Thursday as Bill Koch (Palm Beach, Fla.) and the Titan team posted two good results to put pressure on Dan Meyers (Boston, Mass.) and Numbers boys.... [more]
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Key West Race Week Day 4 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Our thanks to photographer Ingrid Abery for this gallery of images from Day 4 of Key West Race Week.... [more]
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Key West Race Week - Warpath into the final day
Joy Dunigan,
Key West Race Week - Warpath leads going into final day of racing - Steve Howe's Warpath (Morgan Larson, tactician) is very much in charge, Doug Douglas' Goombay Smash (Chris Larson, tactician) holds steady in second while Alex Jackson on Leenabarca (Rob Greenhalgh, tactician) is third overall. Friday's racing is destined to be intense as only three points separate the top runners.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Accelerating
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - From the pit lane to the slip lane... and into the fast lane. Having long left their pit stops behind, Foncia and Virbac Paprec 3 are not only accelerating out of the west Atlantic, but rapidly overtaking their way through the BWR.... [more]
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US Sailing's 2011 Rolex Miami OCR - Sailors at the top of their game
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR 2011 - Nothing says elite-level competition like it. The event returns to Coconut Grove, Fla., for its 22nd time on Monday, January 24 through Saturday, January 29... [more]
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Heineken Cape to Rio 2011 day 6 update
Jeanne Van Rooyen,
Heineken Cape to Rio 2011- Interim handicap results and race update for 20 January 2011... [more]
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Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race 'Safety at Sea' Symposium
Marion Bermuda Yacht Race,
Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race 2011 - The 2011 Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race 'Safety at Sea' Symposium, as sanctioned by US Sailing, will be taking place on Saturday, March 19th, at the very comfortable Kresge Auditorium at MIT in Cambridge, MA.... [more]
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Key West Race Week - Day 3 Melges 32 images
Joy Dunigan,
Key West Race Week 2011|Melges 32 - Photographer Joy Dunigan's images from Day 3... [more]
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Key West Week 2011 - Light air tests leaders on day three
Bill Wagner,
Every race counts at a highly-competitive, week-long regatta such as Key West 2011, presented by Nautica. Light winds allowed for only one race on Wednesday, but it proved crucial as there were changes atop the standings in some classes while others found the top boats consolidate their leads.... [more]
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The Guru enters the 2011 North American Blokart Sailing Championships
Ross Vickers,
Paul Beckett, AKA 'The Guru', inventor of the Blokart has entered the 2011 North American Blokart Sailing Championships. Paul brings both his larger than life personality and also his sailing experience to the event as the current performance super heavy weight champion.... [more]
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Moth Worlds images by Howard Wright
Howard Wright, Image Professional Photography,
Howard Wright, Image Professional Photography, presents another selection of images captured at the recent Zhik 2011 Moth Worlds at Belmont, NSW.... [more]
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Key West Race Week images by Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor images,
Photographer Leighton O'Connor has sent this gallery of images from Key West Race Week where he was busy capturing the action on day 3.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Brad van Liew scoops bonus points
Velux 5 Oceans,
Amerian ocean racer Brad Van Liew has picked up three bonus points for being the quickest of the Velux 5 Oceans skippers to pass between the ocean sprint two speed gates.... [more]
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Key West Race Week - Warpath maintains Melges 32 lead
Joy Dunigan,
Key West Race Week - Steve Howe's 'Warpath' maintains a solid lead - Day three of racing in Key West produced light air conditions and only one race leaving Steve Howe's Warpath (Morgan Larson, tactician) with a comfortable seven point lead in the Melges 32 fleet.... [more]
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IFDS Disabled Sailing International Championship last call for entries
IFDS Disabled Sailing International Championship, 2011, Homerus Blind Match Racing has the final call for entries as 1 February 2011.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race sole U.S. Sailor Ryan Breymaier
Kirsten Ferguson,
Barcelona World Race's only U.S. competitor, Ryan Breymaier, watched his latitude position count down to zero in his first-ever crossing of the Equator this past Saturday. Now he is preparing to round the Cape of Good Hope on his journey.... [more]
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BoatUS recognizes twelve boating access advocates
BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Awards had an even dozen boating people, projects and public policy measures make the cut. Winners range from Maine to Hawaii and California to Florida, and run the gamut from changing state law and setting national priorities to building bricks-and-mortar boat ramp and dockage facilities.... [more]
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US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics prepares for Rolex Miami OCR 2011
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics is in Miami for elite training in preparation for next week's US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR with the new year in full swing. Scheduled for Monday, January 24 through Saturday, January 29, 2011, this prestigious event is the second stop on the International Sailing Federation's (ISAF) Sailing World Cup 2010-2011 circuit and expects over 800 athletes from 52 countries.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - RORC confirms huge interest
Royal Ocean Racing Club,
Rolex Fastnet Race - Entry for one of the world's most popular yacht races opened at midnight on Sunday 9 January and by midday Monday, nearly 100 entries had signed up, with an unprecedented number doing so in the early hours of the morning.... [more]
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Key West Race Week - Mascalzone Latino holds provisional lead
Mascalzone Latino,
Key West Race Week 2011 - Yesterday it was a fabulous day for Mascalzone Latino, who is taking part in the 2011 Key West Week. Vincenzo Onorato's team won both races and this achievement granted it the first position on the provisional scoreboard.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race unveils youth programme
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race is proud to announce its new youth sailing initiative, the Volvo Ocean Race Academy. This Academy marks the continuation of the Volvo Ocean Race's commitment to youth sailing worldwide.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Chris Stanmore-Major battles on
Velux 5 Oceans,
After a quick passage through the Bass Strait in between mainland Australia and Tasmania where he averaged around 12 knots, at the 0000 UTC position report CSM was 472 nautical miles from Wellington.... [more]
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Are sharks colour blind? Should swim shorts and wet suits all be pale?
Springer Science+Business Media,
Are sharks colour blind? - Sharks are unable to distinguish colors, even though their close relatives rays and chimaeras have some color vision, according to new research by Dr. Nathan Scott Hart and colleagues from the University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland in Australia. And this leads to the question - should the underside of surfboards be pale blue along with swimming... [more]
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Team New Zealand deny interest in rival America's Cup circuit
Richard Gladwell,
A spokesman for Team New Zealand has denied any involvement or relationship with the group said to be organising an alternative monohull competition to the 34th America's Cup. The story, first published in a Spanish newspaper has been doing the rounds in Europe and USA, and names four teams as being involved - being Sir Keith Mills (TeamOrigin), Ernesto Bertarelli (Alinghi), Patrizio Bertelli... [more]
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Argo Challenge has Legs
Argo Challenge,
Argo Challenge has Legs - The Argo Challenge has been working 24/7 in Europe and from the West Coast of the United States to transform Idea Argo into a reality. We have one vision, one value and one dream. We want to compete in the 34th edition of the America's Cup on under the same terms as the other challengers.... [more]
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