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Down to the Wire—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

For fans of multihull racing, these are heady days. The much anticipated AC72s, which will be used to contest the 34th America's Cup, will be coming online soon, and the already-active AC45s—the new One Design class of hard wingsail-powered catamarans—will be used to contest Cup pre-events, starting this summer. In the meantime, the hot Extreme 40 circuit offers super-fast racing action in a class that many Cup teams are using to pre-flight their AC45 programs.

Artemis Racing. Skippered by Terry Hutchinson with teammates Sean Clarkson, Morgan Trubovich and Julian Cressant
- Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 Istanbul  Lloyd Images ©

Take the Extreme Sailing Series Act 3, which just wrapped up in Istanbul. There, three boats locked horns entering the final double-points race, bringing the outcome down to the wire. Dean Barker's Emirates Team New Zealand trailed Terry Hutchinson's Artemis Racing—the newly named Challenger of Record for AC45—while Pierre Pennec's team was also in the mix. But, ultimately, 'We knew around the last lap that we had one opportunity and we needed to pass one boat to win the regatta and we passed one boat,' said an elated Hutchinson. 'I jumped up to the first spreader when I heard that we had won!' Check out the full report, as well as a day-five sizzle reel, inside.

Meanwhile, in Medemblik, Holand, the Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011 wrapped up this past weekend. Both the Dutch and the Australians have each sailed away with six medals, high-water records for this event. British Finn sailor Ed Wright, who's a strong contender for the 2012 Finn berth in Weymouth, nabbed a Gold. 'It was exciting to go out there this morning,' he said. 'I saw my friends win the 49ers and it was inspiring! I love these conditions and I was quite confident but you never know with the medal race.' Check out the full report and accompanying coverage, inside this issue.

Matchracing final, Groeneveld - Lehtinen. Groeneveld wins 2-1, May 29th, Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, The Netherlands (26/30 May 2011). - Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011  Delta Lloyd Regatta

In the Windy City, Don Wilson, founder of the Chicago Match Racing Center (CMRC), and crew have won the CMRC's Spring Invitational regatta, an ISAF Grade 3 season opener. Check out the article inside. Speed-sailing fans, be sure to check out Paul Larsen's update from his Vestas Sailrocket 2 as his team winds down their time in Walvis Bay, Namibia where they have been chasing after American kiteboarder Rob Douglas' outright speed-sailing record of 55.65 knots. While the calendar is working against the team, their wind fortunes may be about to change. See the images and report, in this issue. And finally, Stephen Colbert fans will be pleased to know that he safely reached Bermuda aboard the OnDeck Farr 65, Spirit of Juno, but unfortunately, the celebrity-studded team failed to catch fellow their competitor, Tucana. More inside.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

America's Cup: Competitors Forum breaks up on a promise
Richard Gladwell,
The competitors in the 2013 America's Cup met by teleconference today. Sail-World is informed that the meeting broke up without any decisions being reached. That is somewhat surprising given that there is currently a Protocol in place for the event, a number of teams have purchased AC45's and have active design teams for the AC72 program, and a regatta management and media test event has just b... [more]
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Gill/ICSA Dinghy National Championship Day 1
Jennifer Mitchell,
Cascade Locks, OR (May 30, 2011) – Today was the first day of the Gill/ICSA Dinghy National Championship where 18 teams from across the nation have qualified to compete in Cascade Locks, OR for the Henry A. Morse Trophy. Gill North America is a title sponsor of the event with the ICSA; it is hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association and the Northwest Intercollegiate Sailing Association.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 event preview
The PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 is set to start on 31st May. The event will be the first of the European slalom venues and will be featuring the men's racing fraternity do battle on the waters of Spain's elegant Bay of Roses.... [more]
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Designer Greg Elliott on the eviction of the Olympic Keelboat in 2016
Richard Gladwell,
Greg Elliott, designer of the Womens Olympic Keelboat, is understandably not pleased with the decision by the International Sailing Federation to drop the Womens (and Mens) Keelboats from the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. He is even more surprised that a boat and event into which so much effort has been dropped before even sailing in the Olympics.... [more]
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CMRC Spring Invitational lead to Wilson + Video
Chicago Match Race Center,
CMRC Spring Invitational saw rough Spring weather with foggy, rainy conditions that kept race managers and participants on their toes.... [more]
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Kite Course Racing World Championships attracts international fleet
Markus Schwendtner,
With only a little less than one month to go until the first competition day of the 2011 Kite Course Racing World Championships in Sylt, Germany, and 60 of the worlds finest course racers from 23 nations representing five continents have already registered so far.... [more]
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America's Cup: Different players - but the arguments remain the same
Richard Gladwell,
Readers will recall at the time of the recent Emirates Team NZ funding announcement that CEO, Grant Dalton advised, in little more than a quick sentence in a 40 minute presentation that one of the tentacles of the NZ Government, NZ Trade and Enterprise would again be one of the principal investors in the 2011-13 America's Cup campaign on the basis of a long-standing contract... [more]
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The flying Q capsizes in Sydney Harbour - images,
Ian Oatley's Q, the radically designed Reichel/Pugh 42 capsized yesterday in Sydney Harbour, after a keel malfunction.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship day two
Rich Roberts,
Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship day two and the fleet was hit by strong winds and big seas on Sunday. Dave Voss's Piranha is a class icon with the cartoon of the mean little creature on its spinnaker, but the angry fish turned on its master with a vengeance Sunday, costing him ninth and seventh places in the 10-boat fleet.... [more]
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Roger Williams Wins APS/ICSA Team Race Nationals
Jennifer Mitchell,
The final day of racing at the Columbia River Gorge for the APS/ICSA National Championship has ended with Roger Williams University coming out on top to win the Walter C. Wood Memorial Trophy. Today was the culmination of three days of racing which included six round robins.... [more]
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Spinnaker Cup Yacht Race images plus mini movie by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson images,
Photographer and videographer Erik Simonson captured the 2011 Spinnaker Cup Yacht Race From San Francisco to Monterey CA action... [more]
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CMRC Spring Invitational to Don Wilson + Video
Chicago Match Race Center,
The CMRC Spring Invitational was cut short due to tornado warnings and highly violent storms. This has resulted in the events from day one leading to the proclamation of Don Wilson as the winner along with Steve Hunt, Sam Rogers, Mandi Markee, and Eric Shampain.... [more]
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Dutch Team win in WMR Finals spectacle at Delta Lloyd Regatta
Elliott 6m Sailing,
The women's match racing event provided plenty of drama and excitement for sailors and spectators at the Delta Lloyd Regatta. In an exciting finals battle Team Groeneveld (NED) won gold in home waters. The final races delivered plenty of action and drama in a spectacular battle with Silje Lehtinen (FIN). Despite losing crew overboard in race two the Dutch team were able to put it together and wi... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 agony and ecstasy
Extreme Sailing Series,
Three boats were in strong contention going into the final double points race. The first three days delivered challenging and gusty conditions for the 11 Extreme 40 teams, racing on the limit, over the short courses laid out on the Halic estuary. The most dramatic moment came in the fourth race of day 3 when Alinghi careered into the side of Team Extreme.... [more]
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Match Race Germany win to Bruni
World Match Racing Tour,
Match Race Germany 2011's title has been taken by Francesco Bruni. Bruni has won his first World Match Racing Tour victory after stamping out Peter Gilmour on Lake Constance.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011 Team Maclaren take Bronze medal
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011 Team Maclaren have won the Bronze medal. We swept the petit-finals 2-0 over Team Wang from China this morning in a shifty, puffy two races.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup standings shape up
International Sailing Federation,
The medals at the Delta Lloyd Regatta will be decided throughout the day in Medemblik, the Netherlands. Stephen Morrison and Ben Rhodes (GBR) won the first gold medal of the day in the 49er handing the Brits 20 points to their 49er ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings total. They move up to fourth in the Standings on 42 points.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew takes the title
Velux 5 Oceans,
Brad Van Liew is the American skipper who has now sailed into the record books by winning every leg of the Velux 5 Oceans race for the second time!... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 top tips for becoming sailing fit
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 is harsh on the boats, tough on the shore team and physically, unbelievable brutal on the race crew. All teams know that being in the best shape possible will be critical to victory. So does Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's chief physiotherapist Sarah Burney, who gives us her top tips for getting fit for sailing... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship day 1 surprise
Rich Roberts,
2011 Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship day 1. Viva La Vida, just in from Australia won its first race in the hands of new local owners Bill Durant and Jeff Shew to steal some glory of its own. Dark Star (1-1-5) led at every mark through the first two races, which were two and three laps around windward-leeward courses measuring 1.5-nautical miles top to bottom.... [more]
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APS/ICSA Team Race Nationals Day 2
Jennifer Mitchell,
Day two of the APS/ICSA Team Race Nationals began with the sun shining and a steady 8-10 knots from the west across the course with gusts up to 14 knots, the temperatures continued to linger in the chilly 50s. The first round of the Gold Fleet started the day and the Consolation round began racing around noon.... [more]
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Charleston Bermuda Race - Stephen Colbert falls short
Charleston Bermuda Race,
Charleston Bermuda Race 2011 saw Stephen Colbert and his crewmates on board the Spirit of Juno race hard right to the end. Colbert and his crew spent the greater part past six days sailing head to head with Tucana.... [more]
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Rolex Capri Sailing Week - Rolex Volcano Race spectacular final day
The Rolex Volcano Race 2011 is taking place within the Bay of Marina Piccola which is considered to be a stunning and famous locale.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans overall victory to Brad Van Liew
Velux 5 Oceans,
Brad Van Liew has crossed the finish line of the final sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world yacht race to secure overall victory.... [more]
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Match Race Germany - A make or break day
It was an intriguing conclusion to the Qualifying Sessions. Against a backdrop of lashing rain and a peak of 20 knot winds, Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing stamped his mark. Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing looked odds on to be a big name casualty. With just two wins from five, he then had immediate defeats against Bruni and Richard at the start of this last Qualifying Session.... [more]
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ICSA Women's Sailing honors awarded at Final Banquet
Jennifer Mitchell,
The Intercollegiate Sailing Association has announced the Quantum Women's College Sailor of the Year and their 2011 Women's All America Team. The prestigious awards are a highlight of the collegiate sailing year. The Women's College Sailor of the Year and the All-American honors are chosen by a committee of representatives from each of the seven ICSA districts.... [more]
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It's the Bermuda 1-2 for One Girl's Ocean Challenge
Guy Perrin,
Toronto's Dian Reid is counting the 'sleeps' until the start of the Bermuda 1-2 Race where she will be racing her Mini 6.5, One Girl's Ocean Challenge, on June 3rd. The race, a biennial tradition on the eastern seaboard since 1977, is a grueling 635-mile single-handed race from Newport, Rhode Island to St. George's, Bermuda, followed by a double handed return on June 16th with Nick Sellars.... [more]
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