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By now, you've likely seen the impressive video footage of the new AC45 class of catamarans. These wingsail-powered thoroughbreds will be used to contest events leading up to the 34th America's Cup, and—more importantly—were introduced to give teams a helping hand with multihull and wingsail design... and to, of course, also help the Defender, Oracle Racing and the San Francisco Yacht Club, log more multihull hours.

30/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 sea trial n° 8  Gilles Martin-Raget/

For the past several weeks, sailors and designers have been sailing the first set of hulls in Auckland, New Zealand, while Core Composites, up the road in Warkworth, builds more. Teams expect to receive their first AC45s this spring. And now, after several successful weeks of sailing, the team is putting the wing through its paces, sailing it in some windy conditions.

'It was big breeze today—a good day for us,' said Matt Mason of Oracle Racing. 'We pressed the boat as hard as we have so a real good test for it. We put the bow in a couple of times at 30 knots and loaded everything up. We were on our toes the whole time and it was great for the boat and the crew to come out of it relatively unscathed.'
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Zach Railey (USA) Finn Class Maimai OCR.   Amory Ross ©

Perhaps it's in anticipation of the Cup coming home, or perhaps it's because it's downright engaging, but US Sailing says match racing is on the rise in the U.S., with some 50 domestic events planned for 2011. 'This growth in interest has been phenomenal,' said US Sailing's Match Racing Committee Chairman and Match Racing coach Dave Perry. 'We've been fortunate to have some enthusiastic clubs and patrons help support the game, including forming some new match racing centers around the U.S. Plus we have had great response from sailors who see match racing as an exciting form of the game that can lead to more and more competition through a series of qualifiers to the big events.' Check out more in this issue.

Erika Reineke competing at US SAILING's 2011 Rolex Miami OCR - Youth World Team 2011  Amory Ross ©

And speaking of US sailing, the names of the 2011 Youth World Team have now been released. They include:

Laser Radial (boy's one person dinghy): Mitchell Kiss
Laser Radial (girl's one person dinghy): Erika Reineke
International 420s (boy's two person dinghy): Graham Landy and Colin Murphy
International 420s (girl's two person dinghy): Morgan Kiss and Christina Lewis
29er (open high performance dinghy): Antoine Screve and Mac Agnese
RS:X (boy's and girl's windsurfer): Ian Stokes and Margot Samson
Multihull: Taylor Reiss and Matthew Whitehead

Congratulations to these fast juniors. Stay tuned to hear how the team does at the Youth World Championship, taking place in Zadar, Croatia, this July.

May the four winds blow you safely home.

David Schmidt, US Editor

America's Cup: AC45 clocks a new speed record on the Waitemeta - Video
George Johns,
The AC45 set a new speed record of 29.9kts on Auckland's Anniversary Day as she ripped around the Waitemata Harbour with the Oceanbridge Anniversary Regatta fleet. Here's another George Johns' video of the day and the occasion - including some high speed bow dips.... [more]
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Did Kiteboarding's Olympic hopes die this Weekend in Miami?
David Wells -,
The 2016 Olympics will hold some big changes for the sport of sailing and if the Kiteboard Class has its way the inclusion of Kiteboarding will be one of those changes.... [more]
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Book Extract: Paul Henderson - 'The Pope of Sailing' + Video
Paul Henderson,
Last month, in our New Zealand edition, we ran the following extract from former ISAF President, Paul Henderson's excellent book, 'The Pope of Sailing'. Henderson is a three time Olympian in three different classes, before going on to put back more into the sport than he had taken out of it.... [more]
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Albacore Internationals to be held Sept 16-23 in Toronto, Ontario
Ken Yamazaki,
The 20th Albacore Internationals will be held from September 16th to 23rd, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario. An exciting week is being planned with great sailing and social events. Racing will be held south of Toronto Island.... [more]
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America's Cup: Evacuating from Valencia + Video
Oracle Racing,
A chapter of America's Cup history closed, and a new one opened, with the departure of the then BMW Oracle Racing team from Valencia, Spain - headed for San Francisco, USA. Taking advantage of a fortuitous break in the weather, Scott Sandford and a team from Oracle Racing were able to finish the loading of USA 17, the America's Cup-winning trimaran, and its massive wingsail aboard the freighter M.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Beating the depression
Barcelona World Race,
The duel in the Indian Ocean between the ‘Red Cow Boys' – De Pavant and Audigane - on the VPLP Verdier designed Groupe Bel which is also known as ‘Cochise' (ed note as in Cow Cheese!), and Alex Pella and Pepe Ribes, who signs his communications as ‘Jack Sparrow' on the Red Pearl which is better known as the Farr designed Estrella Damm.... [more]
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Match Racing on the rise in North America
Jake Fish,
US Sailing has nearly 50 match racing events this year have been scheduled around the country, including Canada. These range from one-day clinics and local ISAF Grade 5 regattas to world-class prize-money Grade 1 events. See the US Sailing match racing calendar for a full 2011 schedule.... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing World Championship Cork, Ireland
Jackie Keogh,
ISAF Team Racing World Championship, which will be held in Schull later this year, has been confirmed to allocate 30,000 Euros by the Mayor of County Cork to the Cork County Council.... [more]
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The Mother of all Tropical Cyclones!!
Bureau of Meteorology/Marine Business News,
Tropical cyclone advice number 11 top priority issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane at 5:01am EST on Wednesday the second of February 2011.... [more]
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US Sailing Youth World Team 2011 selected
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing's 2011 Youth World Team has twelve youth sailors qualified, and they will receive invitations to represent the United States at the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth World Championship in Zadar, Croatia, from July 7-11, 2011.... [more]
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ICSA Varsity Collegiate Match Racing Clinic - Space still available
Dave Perry,
ICSA Match Racing Clinic - The North U Varsity Match Racing Clinic will take place on February 18-20, 2011 at the Rollins College Alfond Boat House, Winter Park, Florida (near Orlando).... [more]
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BoatUS News - Dan Richter's Fishing Story
BoatUS - Dan Richter's true fishing story from south of the border at Mexico's Isla Coronado Fishery.... [more]
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Bayview Mackinac Race 2011 - Race Updates
Charlie Elmer,
Bayview Mackinac Race 2011 - The 87th Annual Race is coming up and race Charlie Elmer is honored to be chairman of this freshwater classic, which attracts boats of all shapes and sizes, as well as sailors from across the world.... [more]
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Heineken Cape to Rio - Day 17 positions
Race HQ,
Heineken Cape to Rio - Positions from Day 17... [more]
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Neptune Regatta 2011: Ready to head south to Neptune's Realm
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
‘It' is the Neptune Regatta, ‘The Race to Zero', and as far as we know (challenges, anyone?) it is the very first regatta to sail to the Equator and use 0 deg 0 min 0 sec as the finish line. Right now nine sailing yachts and four motor yachts (yes, everyone is welcome) are ready and prepped at the Nongsa Point Marina, Batam, Indonesia.... [more]
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America's Cup: No public announcement of World Series today
Richard Gladwell,
With the deadline for announcement of the America's Cup World Series venues and dates just hours away, it seems that there will be no public announcement by the deadline set down in the Protocol for the 34th America's Cup. Earlier today, Sail-World asked the spokesperson for the America's Cup Event Authority Stephanie Martin, as to whether the announcement would be made on the deadline of 31 Ja... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta 40th Anniversary
Linda Phillips,
BVI Spring Regatta is celebrating several important milestones at this year's event (March 28 – April 3, 2011), including the regatta's 40th anniversary and many wonderful years of support from its oldest sponsors, Mount Gay Rum, Heineken and their distributor Road Town Wholesale (RTW), a Tortola-based food and spirit distributor.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 suffers wing damage in high winds
Jane Eagleson,,
The boat received some minor damage to the trailing edge of the wing in the first gybe of the day out of the Viaduct Harbour but nothing to get in the way of a 30-mile sail in up to 30 knots as the crew opted for a circumnavigation of the iconic Rangitoto Island.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Standings take shape after Rolex Miami OCR
ISAF Sailing World Cup - US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR came to an end over the weekend with Great Britain taking 14 medals to lead the medal table in the International Sailing Federation Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends - Former Olympian enters Norwegian boat
Volvo Ocean Race Legends,
Volvo Ocean Race Legends - Flying the Norwegian flag, the Norway Round the World project, headed by former Olympic sailor Peder Lunde, jr, will sail the veteran Swan 57, Berge Viking, to Alicante in November this year.... [more]
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America's Cup: On board the AC45 - Wet, Wet, Wet ....
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Images from aboard the prototype AC45 on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour during the Oceanbridge Anniversary Regatta capturing this very wet action - and maybe a glimpse of what we can expect to see in the real thing . Winds in the harbour were recorded at a peak average of 29kts with gusts recorded at 35kts.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 - fast and furious on the Waitemata + Video
Gilles Martin-Raget,
The prototype AC45 was put through her paces again today on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour during the Oceanbridge Anniversary Regatta. Winds in the harbour were recorded at a peak average of 29kts with gusts recorded at 35kts. Not sure what speed the AC45 hit in these images, however she looks fast and wet...... [more]
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SSS 3 Bridge Fiasco - The Giant Flush
Erik Simonson,
SSS 3 Bridge Fiasco - With a record number of entries for the2011 Single Handed Sailing Society's annual 3 Bridge Fiasco, numbers became and interesting part of the 21 nautical mile tour of San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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IKA Course Racing Schedule unveiled
Markus Schwendtner,
The International Kiteboarding Association has announced a tentative schedule for 2011. IKA Course Racing Schedule unveiled.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing design group meets in Auckland - Video
Richard Gladwell,
The design group of the ORACLE Racing Team met in Auckland last week, to map out next steps for the team for the 34th America's Cup. In this YouTube clip from Oracle Racing, Design Coordinator Ian 'Fresh' Burns speaks about the new AC45.... [more]
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Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race Educational sailing seminars
Liz Stott, Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race,
The organisers of America's annual Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race, which many cruising sailors use as a way of travelling from the northern climes of the east coast of the USA to the Caribbean, have an overall mission in which the important part is to provide education for the sailing community.... [more]
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