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Breaking News AC45 flips - Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Breaking News indeed as the Artemis Racing team in Auckland New Zealand has a less than perfect first session aboard the prototype AC45. We have the latest news from Richard Gladwell, our Kiwi and America's Cup editor with all the details in interviews with the ACRM's AC45 rep Troy Tindal and CEO Iain Murray .

Part of the disassembled AC45 wingsail in the Viaduct Harbour base - the damaged skin has been removed  Ivor Wilkins/

As multi-hull junkies know, Act One of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series is currently taking place in Muscat, Oman, with familiar names such as Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa, Artemis Racing, and even Alinghi, racing Extreme 40 catamarans. While this series isn't associated with the Cup, teams are clearly using this as an opportunity to tune-up their multi-hull prowess. Be sure to check out the reports and the image galleries, in this issue.

Artemis Racing during the first day of racing - Extreme Sailing Series 2011  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

To date, the double-handed, nonstop-around-the-stone Barcelona World Race (BWR) has delivered its fair share of nail-biting excitement, serious setbacks, tragedy, high-points and low-points—the essential ingredients for excellent shore side entertainment. We've seen two of the world's best distance sailors retire due to a broken rig, and we've seen amazing perseverance and performance from boats that weren't forecasted to excel.

The damaged section of the wingsail after the AC45 was recovered  Ivor Wilkins/

Take, for instance, the 2004 Olympic champions Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez aboard Mapfre. While it's no secret that Martinez and Fernandez are world-class sailors, this is their first 'lap', making them a somewhat unknown quantity. But a glance at the leader board currently places them in second place, astern of Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron aboard Virbac-Paprec 3. The Spanish duo, like all BWR skippers, are contending with onboard issues, making a stop in New Zealand an attractive option. Yet Martinez and Fernandez are pressing forth and avoiding the mandatory 48-hours of penalty time that's mandated by race rules for boats that stop this far down the track...despite the fact that stopping might actually be faster in the long run.

'We did not set out to sail round the world and stop,' said Martinez. 'We feel that opportunities to sail non- stop around the world might not come again; I don't know if we will have another so we have to take advantage of this opportunity, now. It is like the Olympics. You don't know if you will be back again, so take every opportunity when it comes and give it everything. We are just about OK; we did not count on so many extra days. We might be on diet at the end, but meantime: full speed, keep going!'

Elsewhere on the racecourse, Alex Pella and Pepe Ribes, aboard Estrella Damm, have been forced to make a heart-breaking stop in Wellington as they suffered the loss of their main forestay and their main genoa-furling drum while sailing in relatively mellow conditions. They will certainly not alone on the docks, which seem to be increasingly populated with IMOCA 60s. Read more inside.

And finally, for us sailing-starved souls dwelling in cold, dark climes, we can at least take solace that the Fortunate Few are about to have a rockin' good time racing in this year's RORC Caribbean 600, which starts today. This race, while only a few years old, consistently receives glowing reviews. More inside this issue.

May the four winds blow you safely home from this Presidents Day Weekend,

David Schmidt

America's Cup: AC45 capsizes in Hauraki Gulf + Video
Richard Gladwell,
The prototype AC45 capsized on the Hauraki Gulf this afternoon, sustaining serious damage to her wingsail, however the platform would appear to be undamaged and there were no injuries to the crew save for wounded pride. The incident happened off Murray's Bay on Auckland's North Shore. Winds at the time were around 20kts and the AC45 had been sailing at speeds of up to 28.5kts.... [more]
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America's Cup Prototype boat flips in gusty winds,
Today the Swedish challengers Artemis Racing were on board the AC45 sailing in winds of around 20 knots on Hauraki Gulf, Auckland New Zealand, when the boat capsized. No one hurt... [more]
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2011 Farr 40 Australian Championship win to Nerone
Sam Crichton,
2011 Farr 40 Australian Championship racing today was on the offshore course on the Macquarie Circle after the race committee decided the race course inside the harbour would not provide a fair race course. The race committee had to shorten the last race when the breeze decided to drop out and the fleet was drifting down the course with zero's registering on the instruments on a number of boats.... [more]
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Albacore Internationals Regatta
Christine Short,
The Albacore International Regatta returns to the waters of Lake Ontario on September 16 - 23, 2011, drawing top international sailors and Olympians from a variety of classes. This year, Canada hosts the 20th event of its kind held bi-annually at venues alternating between the United Kingdom and North America. By simply planing back and forth on Canada's Muskoka Lakes, the late Bill Gooderha... [more]
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82nd SCYA Midwinter Regatta 2011 - Winter storms challenge racers
Rick Roberts,
82nd SCYA Midwinter Regatta 2011 - The Southern California storm system made it challenging for skippers and crew Saturday and Sunday in the 82nd annual SCYA Midwinter Regatta. Heavy rain, water spouts and potential lighting strikes added a little more excitement than anyone had bargained for in this traditional event.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Tacticians' tussle
Lisa Ratcliff,
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - This week's Rolex Farr 40 World Championship will pit the world's best sailing strategists against each other with a standout talent line-up among the owners, many of them former world champions, and their tacticians.... [more]
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Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac 2011 update
Greg Freeman,
Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac 2011 - There are 164, 165, 166 entries in the race, and going up every day. As expected, interest in the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, Presented by Veuve Clicquot is very high. We're getting more and more entries every day.... [more]
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Team Tunnicliffe - Chicago Match Race Center Winter Invitational 2011
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Team Tunnicliffe - We won the 2011 Chicago Match Race Center Winter Invitational in Miami, with a 14-2 record through the two round robins. We had some great races today against our opponents. Rounding out the top three were Silja Lehtinen and team from Finland with a 12-4 record for second, and Taylor Canfield and team in thrid with a 11-5 record.... [more]
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82nd SCYA Midwinter Regatta 2011
Rich Roberts,
82nd SCYA Midwinter Regatta - Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's branch of the Southern California Yachting Association's 82nd annual Midwinter Regatta Saturday and Sunday was one for the aged.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Artemis Racing day one
Artemis Racing,
Extreme Sailing Series - Wow. Finally underway! As soon as we woke up, today had a different feeling to it. We have been training in the Extreme 40 for a few weeks now. But unlike most Classes, 'training' in these boats is just doing a lot of races! Since arriving in Oman, I would say that we have probably competed in more than 60 practice races! All of them counting for points!... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 nearing the start
Allie Smith,
Caribbean 600 - 24 hours to go and the nerves are kicking in. Sun burnt noses, hands and feet are the order of the day, after the final training session yesterday morning. The Caribbean sunshine seems to be as strong as the rum punches the crew are drinking in the bars in an evening!!... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Maxi Banque Populaire V back in Lorient
Banque Populaire V,
On Saturday 22nd January at 12:11:45 pm (Paris time) the Maxi Banque Populaire V took off Ushant on her first attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy with a reference time of 48 days 7 hours 44 minutes and 52 seconds to beat.... [more]
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RS:X North American Championships - Vega and Mier dominate
Icarus Sailing Media (amended ISAF),
With six races completed at the RS:X North American Championships the Mexican team continue to dominate. In the men's competition Mier took advantage of his experience and used the strong current of six knots on the left upwind side and won two out of three races.... [more]
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Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race Sold Out!
Janine Bell,
The Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race is excited to announce that the 2011 race is officially sold out! 'In addition to the 40 boat limit we managed to squeeze in a couple of extras bringing the total number of boats to 42. We had an overwhelming response this year but unfortunately we were not able to accommodate all the sailors wanting to compete. We hope they will consider joining us for... [more]
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North American Windsurfing Championships video day 3
Patrik Pollak,
North American Windsurfing Championships for the RS:X, Bich Techno 293, Formula Windsurfing and Raceboard are being held in Cozumel, Mexico. Enjoy the day 3 video.... [more]
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Miami Invitational lead to Team Tunnicliffe
Team Tunnicliffe,
There are nine teams total sailing; four women's teams and five open teams. We had some great races today against all of the teams. It was great to sail against teams other than the usual ones because different teams bring different tendencies and tactics which help to keep us on our game all day long.... [more]
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Miami Invitational Match Racing day 1
Perfect 12-15 knot conditions today on Biscayne Bay allows completion of 12 flights. Taylor Canfield is a reigning Intercollegiate champion from Boston College, but has also won match race events at CMRC and elsewhere in North America and currently lies third. Anna Tunnicliffe and her Team Tunnicliffe are leading the ISAF Grade 3 Miami Invitational.... [more]
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North American Windsurfing Championships videos day 1 and 2
Patrik Pollak,
North American Windsurfing Championships for the RS:X, Bich Techno 293, Formula Windsurfing and Raceboard are being held in Cozumel, Mexico from February 17 to 20.... [more]
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RC44 Cup San Diego - Ready to do battle
Dobbs Davis,
International high-tech sailing comes to the very front steps of downtown San Diego as nine RC44 Class yachts have arrived at the Broadway Pier in preparation for the Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego. Tilted provocatively in their innovative shipping containers, these carbon fiber yachts will soon join two already launched to compete in a series of match & fleet race sailing on San Diego Bay March 2–6.... [more]
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World Champion enters North American Blokart Sailing Championships
Ross Vickers,
Santi Oliver, Spain's dual world blokart champion has officially entered the 2011 North American Blokart Sailing Championships, lifting the field up a notch and adding a second world champion to the fleet. The event to be held on the dry lake bed from the 25th through to the 30th of March... [more]
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Miami Invitational kicks off 2011 US match racing season
Dobbs Davis,
The Chicago Match Race Center & Sail Sheboygan have teamed up for this weekend's Miami Invitational, the first event of over 60 in the 2011 US match racing season. This will also be the first Open event sailed in the boats used in the 2012 Olympic Games, the Elliott 6M, and as such has attracted a field of nine men's and women's teams to compete on courses set in Miami's Biscayne Bay.... [more]
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Newport to Ensenada 64th International Yacht Race
Rich Roberts,
Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race - Win a GPS or VHS ... and learn how to win the N2E... [more]
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2011 Extreme Sailing Series - Alinghi season starts in Oman
Alinghi begins an exciting new journey in the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series this weekend with the first event of the championship taking place in Oman. The Swiss team, back on the X40 multihulls after an absence of two years following their victorious 2008 campaign, is embarking on this new adventure with the ambition to consistently compete against eleven other top international teams.... [more]
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North American Windsurfing Championship 2011 - Day one
Patrik Pollak,
North American windsurfing championship - The North American championship in RS:X, Bich Techno 293, Formula windsurfing and Race board is now in Cozumel island Mexico.... [more]
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America's Cup: NZL Sailing Team get to sail the AC45
Hannah Davis,
New Zealand's young Olympic medal hopefuls from the NZL Sailing Team, the Yachting equivalent of the All Blacks, were given a chance to experience the ‘next step' in their sailing careers when they spent the afternoon sailing the AC45. For Jo Aleh, Olivia Powrie, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke it was second-time lucky after sailing was cancelled earlier in the week due to lack of breeze.... [more]
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America's Cup: Who are these visitors from the Western Island?
Richard Gladwell,
In line with the curious practice that seems to have evolved with this America's Cup, we see for the second time, teams who have not announced key crew out sailing on the Waitemata in the AC45. For die-hard Cup fans, there will be another round of peering at photos, trying to identify some of the faces, ahead of the team announcements.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Catching up with Robbie Ferron
Heather Tackling,
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - There are few people who have experienced and shaped the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta quite like Budget Marine's Robbie Ferron, who was there at the beginning some three decades ago and continues to serve as the Chairman of the Steering Committee for the event to this very day.... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta - Sorting out for some top IRC competition
Barby MacGowan,
International Rolex Regatta - As it has proven for 38 years, the International Rolex Regatta is a racing getaway that is as much about serious competition as it is about the relaxed Caribbean experience that host St. Thomas Yacht Club has created around it.... [more]
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Sarasota Yacht Club cancels Sarasota to Havana Event for 2011
Nancy Knudsen,
February 15 came and went with no positive word from USA authorities, and the Sarasota Yacht Club had established that as the deadline for getting permission for almost 200 sailors who wanted to sail to Havana in Cuba.... [more]
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World's Top Sailors Compete for Canada's Cup 2011 in Holland, MI
Andrea Groom,
The Macatawa Bay Yacht Club (MBYC) today announced it will host, for the first time ever, the prestigious Canada's Cup match race September 1 – 4, 2011. The world-class sailing event will draw top sailors from around the globe to West Michigan to compete in the US Defender Trials August 26 – 29 for an opportunity to defend the Cup.... [more]
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