A Homecoming—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
Since Larry Ellison and his BMW/Oracle Racing Team (now truncated to just Oracle Racing) won the 33rd America's Cup in February of 2010, the sailors and the Cup itself have made victory laps of the U.S.
But the powerful lady herself, USA 17 has patiently sat in Valencia awaiting her next set of marching orders. Those have apparently arrived, as USA 17 was recently loaded onto the freighter M.V. Star Isfjord for the long voyage back to San Francisco, via the Panama Canal.
'The handful of us privileged to sail on USA 17 would love to sail her again in an instant. I dare say all those who never had this chance would like to as well,' said Oracle Racing skipper James Spithill.
'But the stark reality is that every aspect of the boat, every component, was built right to the limit so that for every hour's sailing, USA 17 required 20 hours of painstaking and rigorous maintenance. For the time being, the team's focus will be on the America's Cup ahead.'
Given the massive amount of maintenance involved, it's doubtful that Ellison and company will be offering up free pony rides to tourists on USA 17 once she's back Stateside, but should they change their minds, you can bet your last bottle of fine Caribbean rum that your editor will be first in line, hand raised high.
Much more likely, however, is that USA 17 will be on display for part—or all—of the 34th Cup. So, if you missed your chance to see the winged beast in Valencia, this could be your shot.
And speaking of AC34, the dates for the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series (LVCS)—the event that decides the challenger—and the dates for the Cup itself were released yesterday. They are as follows: LVCS will run from July 13, 2013 to September 1, 2013. The Cup itself will be decided from September 7-22, 2013. Now is likely an excellent time to plan your travel, as it's only going to get more expensive.
In offshore circles, the Barcelona World Race continues to feature great sailing throughout the fleet, with an extra special bare-knuckle fistfight taking place at the front of the pack between Virbac-Paprec 3 and Foncia. While the later emerged from 'ghost' mode astern of Virbac-Paprec 3, it's downright impressive that these two great teams both managed to pull a horizon job on the fleet after both stopping for repairs in Brazil. But, with over 18,000 miles of sailing—including the frigid South—left, the outcome can still be anyone's game. Stay tuned.
And much closer to home, check out all the great racing action that's taking place at the Miami OCR, where US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) sailors are enjoying a fine showing. Ace shooter Ingrid Abery was there with her long lens and has snapped an amazing gallery of images, which is in this issue. Also be sure to check out the on-the-water reports from USSTAG sailors in this issue.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
America's Cup - USA 17 headed to San Francisco Oracle Racing, The giant trimaran that won the 33rd America's Cup for Larry Ellison's Oracle Racing team is heading home to San Francisco. She was launched in Anacortes, WA, in August 2008, and after initial testing there moved to San Diego, CA, for a further period of training before being moved to Valencia for the 33rd Cup Match last February.... [more] Share this story
Miami OCR - Capsizes on the 49er race course images by Ingrid Abery Sail-World.com, Capsizes on the 49er race course at the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, part of the ISAF World Cup Tour. This gallery of images is from top British based photographer Ingrid Abery. There are several ways to get into strife in the 49er - here crews on the second day of the Miami OCR demonstrate two of these!... [more] Share this story
US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR - Stronger and faster on Day 2 Dana Paxton, Another day of solid results was turned in by US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) on day two of the ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Miami. In the 40-boat Finn class (Men's One Person Dinghy Heavy) Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) had a great day and is in third overall in the Finn class.... [more] Share this story
No Skipper's Weight in Rum This Year! Greg Nicoll, The 2011 Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race returned after a short hiatus with an exciting race covering approximately 70 miles around the island of Barbados.... [more] Share this story
Sailing Enthusiasts Head to the Grenada Sailing Festival Grenada Board of Tourism GBT, The Grenada Sailing Festival, in Grenada, West Indies, attracts sailing enthusiasts from all over the world and for the first time in 2011 it will feature two consecutive weekends of racing and activities.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Foncia breaks Mast top Barcelona World Race, Foncia, lying in second place in the race, had been sailing under mainsail with one reef and staysail in 30 knots of SW'ly wind. The top of the mast is reported to have broken off between the Solent forestay and the staysail forestay.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Miami OCR day 2 Dana Paxton, Olympic and Paralympic aspirants from 53 countries have flocked to this week's US Sailing Rolex Miami OCR. Two days of racing now completed.... [more] Share this story
THAT Australian flag - flies at Australia's largest regatta Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, When John Bertrand and his Australia II crew won the America's Cup in Newport, Alan Bond and the support crew delivered a giant Australian flag to Australia II which was hoist to the mast top, along with the iconic boxing kangaroo battle flag.... [more] Share this story
Miami OCR - Flawless Scott extends Robert Deaves, It was another flawless performance from Skandia Team GBR's Giles Scott on day two of the Rolex Miami OCR. Though Tuesday had started out with promises of increasing wind throughout the day. The fourth race started soon after with Scott taking his fourth win of the week so far. Team mates Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Andrew Mills (GBR) crossed in second and third.... [more] Share this story
Miami OCR images by Ingrid Abery Sail-World.com, These images from today's action at the Miami OCR are presented by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Tom Blackaller on Cats in the America's Cup Richard Gladwell, The modern America's Cup is almost completely devoid of the characters of yesteryear, epitomized by Tom Blackaller, who were never afraid to say what was on their minds, and stand up for their often extreme point of view. Sadly Tom died too young at the age of 49, but his daughter Lisa Blackaller has posted this clip of Tom, once again firing from the lip, and with a smile the width of the Golde... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Leader's luxury Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - As the first depression of the ‘big south' spins off south eastwards towards the depths of the Indian Ocean, there is a certain temporary stability visited on the positions of the leading trio of the Barcelona World Race this afternoon, but no such luxury for the chasing pack.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup & America's Cup Match dates confirmed Jane Eagleson and Sail-World, The 2013 race dates for the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup Match (Finals) have been confirmed by Regatta Director Iain Murray. The Louis Vuitton Cup will be conducted on 13 July – 1 September 2013, subject to the final number of Challengers and the precise format of the racing to be determined by the Challengers and Regatta Director.... [more] Share this story
BoatUS - Help Kids Stay Safe on the Water BoatUS News, BoatUS - The easiest way to ensure a child's safety on the water is to make sure they wear a life jacket that fits. But children's growth spurts and last minute changes to the roster of invited guests do not always make that easy.... [more] Share this story
Upcoming Series at the Herreshoff Marine Museum Sara E. Watson, The Herreshoff Marine Museum is pleased to announce its expanded lecture series, presented by Points East.... [more] Share this story
RORC Caribbean 600 count-down Louay Habib, With one month to go, the third edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 is turning into a truly international affair, with an unprecedented fifteen nations represented in a diverse fleet of yachts, from all over the world.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Miami OCR - Quiet day one Campbell Sailing, We had 12-15 knots of easterly breeze today in Miami. Steady and choppy conditions allowed two good races to go off for the Star fleet on time at 1100. We had 2.0 mile first beats and races took the better part of an hour and half each, at which point we blast reached back to the Grove by 3pm.... [more] Share this story
Sail-World Mailbag: Will the Cat cut the Mustard? Sail-World Readers, Sail-World readers comment on the recent commentary piece on the AC45 and use of catamarans in the 34th America's Cup... [more] Share this story
Superyacht dismasted off Guadeloupe in light airs Richard Gladwell, Sail-World has been advised that the 44m superyacht Salperton was dismasted on Saturday, 22 January 2011, whilst sailing off Guadeloupe with mainsail and blade in light conditions. Nobody was hurt and the yacht made port safely.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR Day 1 - Late Finish, Good Day Anna Tunnicliffe, US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR day 1 just finished and we have just gotten home from a late day of sailing. Group C completed three races this afternoon hitting the dock at 6pm. We had a good day finishing with three wins in our three races. It was a beautiful day, cloudy, but the wind was up around 12-15kts and mostly flat water.... [more] Share this story
Miami OCR 2011 images by Ingrid Abery Ingrid Abery images, Day one action images from the Miami OCR by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more] Share this story
UAE hopefuls vie for spot in Abu Dhabi VOR crew Eugene Harnan, The National, One is a former Olympian. Another is descended from pearl divers. And the third candidate for an open spot on the Abu Dhabi boat in the Volvo Ocean Race has sailing in his blood. This Thursday, one of three Emiratis - Adil Khalid, 22, Abdul Aziz Abdulla, 27, and Butti Al Muhairi, 26 -will be named as the first Arab to take part in the world's most gruelling sailing race.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Miami OCR - A solid day of sailing Dana Paxton, The opening races for US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) at US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR commenced today. Competition is scheduled this week in the 10 Olympic and three Paralympic sailing classes in advance of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Florida locals Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih had a solid day in the 56-boat Star (Men's Keelboat).... [more] Share this story
Miami OCR 2011 day one - Double win for Giles Scott Robert Deaves, Sailed under warm cloudy skies and in a shifty but useful 10-15 knot breeze, Giles Scott took the first race after a delayed start from Railey and Brendan Casey (AUS) and was going fast enough around the course to take the second race from Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Railey to end the day on a perfect score.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing and Sailors for the Sea join forces US Sailing/Sail-World Cruising, In a move that could see dedication to preservation of the maritime environment cemented into the culture of sailing in America, US Sailing, the USA's National Governing Body of the sport, has proudly announced a new partnership with Sailors for the Sea, an ocean conservation nonprofit organization focused on the sailing and boating community.... [more] Share this story
64th Newport to Ensenada: Cabrillo never knew how much fun it would be Rich Roberts, 64th Newport to Ensenada is a tradition Don Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo could never have imagined when the Portuguese navigator brought the first two foreign vessels into lonely Todos Santos Bay on Mexico's Baja California peninsula in 1542.... [more] Share this story
An evening with Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge Part II Sail-World.com, Audi Victoria Week 2011 -An unbelieveably talented duo continue their good work down in Geelong, Australia. Nathan Outteridge has just won six SB3 races in a row on Corio Bay and his mate Tom Slingsby has just delivered four wins in a row, as tactician on Marcus Blackmore's TP52 Hooligan. Oh yes they have sailed a few other boats.... [more] Share this story
New Kiteboarding Competition Rules finalised ISAF, A new version of the Kiteboarding Competition Rules has been finalised by the ISAF Racing Rules Working Party and is available to view now.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing's 2011 Rolex Miami OCR - a big day ahead Dana Paxton, The day before a big game is always important, and for 716 sailors signed up to start racing tomorrow at US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, there was plenty to accomplish today between final registration and sail measurement at the U.S. Sailing Center in Coconut Grove.... [more] Share this story
An evening with Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge – Part I Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, Two Australian sailors are starring at the 2011 Audi Victoria Week, Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge. Outteridge after winning the Audi King of Docklands SB3 event is now leading the SB3 series. ISAF sailor of the year Slingsby is calling tactics on todays IRC Division A double winner Hooligan. Today we publish the first part of a three part interview series with them both.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Murray Jones on the AC45 at 25kts plus Richard Gladwell, Murray Jones is referred to as 'The Captain' in Oracle Racing circles. A recent convert from Team Alinghi, Jones is one of New Zealand's most accomplished sailors going right back into the 470 class where he and Andy Knowles were the NZ nomination for the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. Sail-World caught up with him, just after he stepped onto the dock, after just the second day of sailing aboard the... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Launching the AC45 - not that difficult? Richard Gladwell, Erecting the wingsail and launching the wingsailed AC45, and her larger sister the AC72, were expected to pose some problems for the America's Cup team support team crews. In monohull terms it is like trying to launch an ACC yacht with her sails up. In this series of photos and video we show how the Oracle Racing shore, design and build team have worked to overcome these issues.... [more] Share this story
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