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.
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.
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