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 29 Mar 2011

Exclusive AC45 launch videos and sailing news from around the globe

Welcome to this week's edition of Sail-World.com's Europe newsletter.

Anna-Maria Renken (GER) and co-skipper Hanna Jenner (GBR) have almost completed their mandatory Global Ocean Race qualifier - a 2,000 mile passage from the Caribbean to the Azores on board their chartered Class40, 40 Degrees.
Defending Congressional Cup champion Francesco Bruni (ITA) was defeated by Ian Williams (GBR) in the final of the Congressional Cup, Long Beach, USA. Mathieu Richard (FRA) finished in third place.

At Hamilton Island, in Queensland Australia, the SAP 505 Worlds are underway, well they were - the last two days racing has been 'blown out' due to bad weather. After two races, the defending champions Germany's Wolfgang Hunger and Julien Kleiner lead the event and with a shortened regatta, their chances are strengthened. We have reports and some great images in this newsletter.

2011 SAP 505 World Championship   Christophe Favreau ©

The Velux 5 Oceans solo sailors are on their way to Charleston, USA in sprint four of the race, and Barcelona World Race leaders Jean-Pierre-Dick and Loick Peyron (Virbac-Paprec 3's) are closing on the finish, with Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez (Mapfre) chasing hard.

China Team, now with Chinese government support and its ongoing French sailing influence has joined in the AC2013 battle. The boat is to built in China and sounds like good business for McConaghy International.

In this newsletter we are featuring a couple of videos taken last week by Sail-World New Zealand's Richard Gladwell at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour of the rigging and launch process for the AC45 catamaran, which is expected to be replicated for the 34th America's Cup and the AC45's big sister, the AC72.

It is a very different launch process from that followed with the AC monohulls, which were stored fully rigged and were taken into the water by travel-lift. The AC45 process is very simple, and takes just 30 minutes from the time the wingsail and platform are wheeled out of the hangar to the splash - less than the time it takes to apparently rig a 470.

Once the AC72's start being launched, we doubt if spectators will have the freedom to wander around quite as freely and these AC45 videos may be the last footage that is allowed out into the public arena without being sanitised by the PR and design teams.

Oracle Racing is lifted to the Viaduct Harbour  Richard Gladwell

The International Sailing Federation have released the submissions (65 of them apparently), with the bulk of these focussing on the vexed subject of the Olympic Events for the 2016 Olympics. Despite some very strong signals to the contrary from Phil Jones and the ISAF's Olympic Commission it is apparent that most national authorities have either not read the report or are very slow learners.

Unless something radial happens to the contrary, it seems that we will have much the same classes in the 2016 Olympics as at present, albeit with different job-titles. The peoples' choice for the Olympics, the Foiling Moth is not backed by a single country, save for New Zealand that at least proposed an Evaluation Trial in that category.

Some of the submissions are self-serving, to say the least, none worse than that of the Star which proposed itself as class to be sailed the Mens Keelboat event (not on the provisional events list for 2016). And then proposes that no less than seven events be the subject of a 'head to head vote' or and Evaluation Trial. Quite why the Mens Keelboat, and the Star, should be excluded from this process escapes us.

mark rounding under spinnaker - Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship Race 14  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

It remains to be seen whether the sailing youth of the world will opt for Olympic campaigns in classes designs whose designs had their genesis 40-100years ago, ahead of the temptations of America's Cup and the AC45's and AC72's.

Maybe a wander around Auckland's Halsey Street should be a compulsory exercise for ISAF delegates, ahead of their May Meeting.

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Barcelona World Race - Firm control for Virbac-Paprec 3
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - While the routing may be a bit slower and a little more frustrating than when he was off the Azores counting down the miles to victory in 2008, but Jean-Pierre Dick is hoping the net result will be the same, as the French skipper, along with Loïck Peyron remains firmly in control of the second edition of the race.... [more]
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34th America's Cup - China Team enters
America´s Cup / China Team,
The 34th America's Cup World Series begins its inaugural season July 2011. For the second time in the Cup history, China is back in the competition and has entered a team to challenge for the oldest sporting trophy in the world... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 Closeup - Rigging and Liftoff - Video
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, presents this 'fly on the wall' and commentary on the fitting of the wingsail and ground rigging process for Oracle Racing as they prepare to launch their AC45 before training. For those who haven't seen the AC45s launch first hand, this is a good option, and we don't expect to get this close with the AC72's... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 Closeup - Pre Flight Check and Launch + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, presents this 'fly on the wall' and commentary on the load and launch process required to get an AC45 off the dock following Artemis Racing as they prepare to launch their AC45 before a practice session. For those who haven't seen the AC45s launch first hand, this is a good option, and we don't expect to get this close with the AC72's... [more]
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Weymouth's Nothe Garden is the place to be for 2012 Olympics
Weymouth's Nothe Gardens has been announced as the proposed ticketed spectator location for the Olympic sailing events and is anticipated to hold up to 4,600 spectators providing a great Games experience with views close to the medal course.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race new rule forbids two-boat testing
Lizzie Ward,
According to a rule, which is new for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race, from 16 March 2011, the teams entered in the race can now only sail their 2011-12 race boats. This now allows other potential syndicates to acquire these second generation Volvo Open 70s... [more]
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Rolex International regatta day 3 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Rolex International regatta day 3 images by Ingrid Abery. A great final day of sailing at St Thomas, USVI. Ingrid captured all the sun, sea and action.... [more]
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SAP 505 Worlds 2011 - racing abandoned for another day
Di Pearson,
SAP 505 World Championship 2011.Conditions have worsened at Hamilton Island, so Race officer Kevin Wilson has had no alternative but to abandon racing for a second consecutive day at 11.00am, declaring the course area 'too dangerous to send the competitors out on.'... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta equals three days of sun-drenched racing
Barby MacGowan,
International Rolex Regatta and on the final day 700 sailors on 77 teams mixed it up on Pillsbury Sound, completing distance courses off St. Thomas. 'This has been one of the best groups of boats and sailors we've ever had,' said Regatta Director Bill Canfield. 'Sailors came from around the globe, and each class had a good number of boats with impressive depth of competition.'... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta Day 3 images + Video by Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor Images,
Leighton O'Connor presents this gallery of images from day three of the Rolex International Regatta, St Thomas, VI.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans sprint four early lead to Gutek
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski took an early lead over his race rivals as sprint four got underway from Punta Del Este. A completely different beast to the past two Southern Ocean legs, ocean sprint four will see tactics become more important than ever as the skippers battle their way north through the St Helena High before facing the Doldrums for the second time since the race starte... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - A tough and valuable qualifying voyage
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - Hannah Jenner and Anna-Maria Renken – the only all-female crew in the double-handed, round the world Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) – set off on the mandatory 2,000 mile qualifying passage from the Caribbean to the Azores on board their chartered Class40, 40 Degrees.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series - Let's Roll
Joy Dunigan,
Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series - Claudio Recchi's Let's Roll with tactician Lorenzo Bressani and Federico Michetti on bow have won the first stage of the 2011 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series in Naples, hosted by Circolo Canottieri Napoli. They champion the 31-strong field of competitors and win over second place finisher Federico Strocchi on Cheyenne and Luca Domenici on Notaro Sailing Team in third.... [more]
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Audi Sailing Series Melges 20 Naples images by BPSE/Guido Trombetta
BPSE/Guido Trombetta,
Audi Sailing Series Melges 20 Naples images by BPSE/Guido Trombetta... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing - Paul Cayard's update from Valencia
Paul Cayard,
Artemis Racing - Paul updates us from the middle of a two week stint in Valencia, Spain working mostly with the Artemis Racing technical team which is based here. Juan Kouyoumdjian (Juan K) has his office here with about 20 engineers and since Juan is our lead designer, we built a lot of our structure around Valencia.... [more]
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Congressional Cup win to Williams of Great Britain
Rich Roberts,
Congressional Cup 2011 has been won by Ian Williams (GBR) and his crew. They defeated Francesco Bruni of Italy.... [more]
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Low DSC connect rate:Sailor irresponsibility or technological failure?
Des Ryan,
Recently we published a story about how few yachts had their Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipped VHF radio connected to their GPS so that their position would be recorded in an emergency. The tone of the article suggested that the low take-up was an indication of the irresponsibility of sailors, but responses to Sail-World after the article suggest that the situation is more complex than this... [more]
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505 World Championship 2011 images by Christophe Favreau
Christophe Favreau,
SAP 505 World Championship 2011 day 1 images of the first two races at Hamilton Island by photographer Christophe Favreau... [more]
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505 World Championship Video highlights from day 1
SAP 505 World Championship - Want to gain some insight into SAP's integration, innovation and technology efforts? That is possible with highlights of gusty conditions on Catseye Bay from day one of the SAP 5O5 World Championship 2011 on Hamilton Island!... [more]
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Wind and waves growing across the globe
Swinburne University of Technology,
Oceanic wind speeds and wave heights have increased significantly over the last quarter of a century according to a major new study undertaken by Australian researchers.... [more]
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ISAF publish urgent submissions for mid-year meeting
ISAF has now published the Urgent Submissions for the 2011 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting that will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia from fourth through the eighth of May. The Urgent Submissions are all related to the Event and Equipment choices for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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Sodebo's amazing adventure circumnavigating the globe
Kate Jennings translation,
The sequence of events in Sodebo's circumnavigation of the globe details the amazing adventure of Thomas Coville... [more]
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Images of the Heineken regatta 2011 at Puerto Rico
Bob Greiser, Outside Images,
Outside Images' Bob Grieser is at the Heineken regatta 2011 in Puerto Rico, and presents this gallery of a windy day with lots of sun.... [more]
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Normandy Sailing Week
Kate Jennings translation,
Normandy Sailing Week will be held in Le Havre from 11 to 13 June 2011 and this sixth edition will once again play host to racers from across the whole of France, as well as the UK, Holland and Belgium...... [more]
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BIFFA Nationals and FFI Worlds 100 entries
BIFFA Nationals and FFI Worlds,which includes the FFI Event for Classics and Silvers has reached 100 entries. The events are taking place at Hayling Island, July 16-28, 2011 – Entry for these events closes on 31st March.... [more]
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America's Cup: Ten teams now entered with a week to entry close
America's Cup Media,
With the entry deadline of 31st March fast approaching, two more teams have been accepted as competitors for the 34th America's Cup. Formal, public announcements by these two teams, revealing their identities, nationalities and plans are expected as early as next week. (Three teams are now undisclosed)... [more]
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New Solent island appears and is promptly claimed by two Clubs + Video
Richard Newnham, Sail-World et al,
Sail-World has received the following letter from the self-proclaimed Ambassador to The Great Gurnard, a new island in which appeared the Shingles Bank Archipelago, on 23 March, in the Solent, off the the Isle of Wight. It is apparently virgin territory for renowned yachting writer and sailor, Bob Fisher who is known to frequent the area.... [more]
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IFDS Blind Match Racing Championships 'Just one step at a time'
David Staley,
Semi finals of the IFDS Blind Match Racing Championships will commence tomorrow on Matilda Bay. The second round robin was concluded today in two sessions with a break to allow the new wind to settle in.... [more]
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ISAF South American Nations Cup Regional Final number one in Brazil
The first ISAF South American Nations Cup Regional Final for 2011 will take place from 24-27 March this week at Porto Alegre, Brazil.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings March 2011 release
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 23 March 2011 have been released. Spain and Great Britain top the rankings, followed by France.... [more]
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Yngling Class aims to keep keelboats in the Olympics
International Yngling Association,
International Yingling Class - Being a former Olympic Class we have a responsibility to our members and to keelboat sailors worldwide to prevent keelboat sailing being eliminated from the Olympics. As an International Class the IYA has the right to make submissions to the ISAF Council.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45's together as a fleet on the Hauraki Gulf
Ivor Wilkins,
Four of the five AC45's were together as a fleet on the Hauraki Gulf today, with Emirates Team NZ remaining in the shed. This is the first time that the AC45's have been together as a fleet, two boat training is expected to start in the next couple of days, with Defender, Oracle Racing, expected to do their own thing with their two boats and the Challengers, Artemis Racing (SWE) and Emirates Team... [more]
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America's Cup: Four AC45s flying on the Hauraki Gulf + Video
America's Cup Media,
The development of the new AC45 class reached another significant milestone in Auckland, New Zealand today when four of the high-performance catamarans lined up for a sailing session in the Hauraki Gulf. In a 10-15 knot breeze, the four yachts sped along at speeds reaching the mid-20 knot range, often within a couple of metres of each other. 'What we learned today is that we made the right deci... [more]
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Windsurfing for 2016 voting
Rory Ramsden,
Windsurfing has launched its campaign to retain two sets of medals - men and women - in the Olympic sailing events ISAF will select to take part in the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil... [more]
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