Controversial Melges 24 Worlds, Challenger of Record out of America's Cup


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Controversial Melges 24 Worlds, Challenger of Record out of AC

World Championships are a big deal in all classes, but what happens when the racing venue turns off a large number of would-be players? Such is the case with this week's Melges 24 Worlds, which are being held in Corpus Christi, Texas. Thus far, 32 boats have entered; contrast that with the 2010 Worlds, which were held in Tallinn, Estonia and attracted 111 boats. Why the precipitous drop? The economy? Nope. Lack of interest in the boats or the class? Hardly. The weather and the location? Bingo. You see, Corpus Christi's 'brochure' conditions call for fairly stiff winds, which will make many sore backs and abs after rifling through copious upwind legs. According to sources that shall remain nameless, numerous boats decided not to compete this year based both on the expected conditions, as well as a less-than-well-loved venue. We've been having trouble getting news from the event but we trust the flood gates are about to open and we can bring plenty of coverage of this year's Worlds, as the action unfurls.

03/05/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 Test Event - Day 9 - TV Production  Gilles Martin-Raget/

Meanwhile, in AC circles, the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, Mascalzone Latino has just announced that they will not compete in the 34th America's Cup. No announcement has yet been made by the America's Cup organisers as to what will happen next, in this unprecedented move, which had been tipped for some time.

Richard Gladwell our Editor at Large, brings you the latest news on this.

The world now has its first taste of what the next Cup will look like, at least from a viewer's perspective. One of the key features of this next Cup's television program are the virtual lines that will be overlaid onto images of the yachts racing (think football—thank you, Stan Honey and company!) to help the non-sailing public better understand what, exactly, is unfolding on the water. Check out the video clip of what this technology will look like, inside. (N.B., this clip is not the final media product, but rather a test/sample.)

New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup 2009  NYYC/Dan Nerney

Perhaps drawing from events such as the America's Cup and high-level match-racing and team-racing regattas that use on-the-water umpiring—rather than protest rooms—to settle disputes, the New York Yacht Club has announced that it will use a similar system for this fall's NYYC Invitational Cup. This event, which will be contested in Club Swan 42s, will feature 10 on-the-water umpires, and is sure to feature plenty of red-hot racing. More inside.

And in Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) circles, Emirates Team New Zealand departed yesterday from Lyttelton, New Zealand, on its 2,000 mile qualifying run that's required of all teams prior to the VOR's late October starting date. 'We are heading north-east from Lyttelton and we're expecting to be on the wind to Auckland,' said skipper Chris Nicholson. A large low-pressure area is developing in the Tasman Sea and we're keeping a wary eye on that.' The team has already seen some bumpy weather, but likely not quite like this. 'From Lyttelton, navigators Will Oxley and Andrew McLean have options of heading north-east, north-west, south-west and south-east,' said Roger Badham, the team's meteorologist. 'With the gale force winds coming, anywhere to west is not really an option. It's a 2000 mile qualifier, not a boat-breaking exercise.' Be sure to check out the story, as well as the embedded videos, inside.

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

America's Cup: Challenger of Record pulls pin in unprecedented move
Richard Gladwell,
The Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, Mascalzone Latino has just announced that they will not compete in the 34th America's Cup. No announcement has yet been made by the America's Cup organisers as to what will happen next, in this unprecedented move, which had been tipped for some time.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: One step forward and three steps back
Carol Cronin,
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Vivienne Masters,
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Anna Tunnicliffe,
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Elena Giolai,
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Jessica Gray,
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Paul Cayard,
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Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011 receives 603 pre-entries
Delta Lloyd Regatta,
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Sailrocket 2 under goes modifications
Paul Larsen,
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MC-R 35 built by McConaghy Boats, designed by Reichel/Pugh
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Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan ready for Olympic Trials
Amanda Clark & Sarah Lihan,
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Jennifer Crowley Fyke,
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Audi MedCup Circuit,
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Emirates Team NZ: Dalton's Crusade + Video
Anendra Singh, Hawkes Bay Today,
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Andrew Campbell,,
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Atlantic Cup offshore leg win to Dragon
Atlantic Cup,
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Erik Simonson images,
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Velux 5 Oceans,
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Richard Gladwell,
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Jan Harley,
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ISAF Media,
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Paul Pascoe, Chairman ISAF Multihull Commission,
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