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Green Comm Racing (left) straddles Artemis Racing before the start of the final race of the America's Cup World series, Plymouth causing damage to the Swedish entry assessed at E100,000  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com

The good news about the new AC45 class of wingsail-powered catamarans that are being used to contest the America's Cup World Series is that they are infinitely repairable. The bad news is that carbon fiber and specialized labor aren't cheap. Take, for example, the recent bang-up that took place at Weymouth, England at the ACWS' second stop of the tour. Here, teams encountered breezy conditions and fairly confined waters, the combination of which—coupled with aggressive starting-line sambas—got ugly when Green Comm Racing triggered a pile up between themselves, Artemis Racing and Aleph. Get the full scoop on who owes what to whom, as well as some impressive images of torn carbon fiber, inside this issue.

U.S. Offshore Championship 2011 winners  US Sailing ©

In Annapolis, Bruce Kuryla of the New York Yacht Club and the Milford Yacht Club and his team edged-out Steve Travis and his crew from the Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle by a mere boat length in the final race of the U.S. Offshore Championship to win the Lloyd Phoenix Trophy. 'To pull it out at the finish line is unbelievable,' said Kuryla. 'We were behind Travis at the bottom mark, and after going back and forth with them, we trailed by a hundred yards at the top mark. We went low and fast in the light wind and kept creeping along in Long Island Sound style.' More, inside.

Sailing from Lanzarote to Alicante aboard PUMA Mar Mostro  Puma Ocean Racing

And in Volvo Ocean Race circles, Puma Ocean Racing's Mar Mostro is headed to Alicante and the late-October start of this much-anticipated offshore showdown. Puma Ocean Racing used Lanzarote in the Canary Islands as one of their training grounds, allowing them to quickly access full offshore conditions super close to their base. 'It's a fairly secluded marine facility on one of the windiest islands I have ever been to,' reports skipper Ken Read. 'Every day you get up to what sounds like the roof of your apartment being blown off. Here we go again, I would say to myself day after day—now I know what all the boys felt like that did the America's Cup in Fremantle in 1987. The wind every day just wears you out, but it was exactly what we needed.' Get the full download from Read on his team's state of play, and also be sure to read about Groupama's arrival in Alicante, inside.

Also in this issue, check out the official nominees for ISAF's Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, the latest from the Global Ocean Race and the Clipper Around the World Race, as well as previews for the TP52 Worlds, the Melges 24 U.S. Nationals, and the World Match Racing Tour's Gold Cup.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

ISAF mixed multihull evaluation rules - serious flaws identified
Roland Gaebler,
Roland Gaebler (GER) Tornado class President and current World Champion (sailing in an Open Championship with a mixed crew), has launched following the issuance of a specification by the International Sailing Federation for the Mixed Multihull evaluation trials.... [more]
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America's Cup: Jury assesses six figure damages in final Plymouth race
Richard Gladwell,
The International Jury has held a Hearing into a collision between Green Comm Racing and two other competitors before the start of the final race of the America's Cup World Series sailed in Plymouth, England. The Jury Decision is not posted on the AmericasCup.com website where Decisions are supposed to be posted and it can only be presumed that the Decision which has appeared on two US sailing... [more]
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WMRT Argo Group Gold Cup preview - 24 teams go head to head
World Match Racing Tour,
Argo Group Gold Cup Chairman Brian Billings believes there are a group of young and hungry match racers with the potential to upset five of the competing Tour Card Holders who have each lifted the Gold Cup. After wrestling first place in the Championship from Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing following a third place in St. Moritz, Ian Williams (GBR) will be the man to beat... [more]
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Melges 24 U.S. National Championship preparations underway
Joy Dunigan,
The U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USMCA) is proud to usher in what will be the third largest U.S. National Championship in class history. Hosted by Lake Geneva Yacht Club (LGYC) in Fontana, Wisc., forty-five Melges 24 teams from all across America and beyond anticipate a great event packed with awesome competition and camaraderie... [more]
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Puma's Mar Mostro heads to Alicante
Ken Read,
The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 is set to get underway on October 29. The crew onboard Puma's Mar Mostro are currently on their way to Alicante, Spain where the race will begin. Skipper Ken Read reports.... [more]
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ISAF request proposals for Women's Skiff and Mixed Multihull
ISAF have released the initial request for proposal of equipment for both evaluations with trials likely to take place at a suitable venue in Southern Europe in early spring 2012. Full details on the venue and dates will be announced nearer the time.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race: Positions change in squeeze through Med funnel
Oliver Dewar,
As the six Class40s in the double-handed Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) entered the funnel between Spain and the African coast, the fleet's ranking positions altered as the teams squeezed into the 110-mile wide section of the Mediterranean and Alborán Sea leading to the Strait of Gibraltar.... [more]
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Sail-World set for huge coverage of the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race
Brendan Maxwell,
The 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race starts on 5th November in Alicante Spain. The Sail-World team is planning detailed coverage, running hundreds of stories over the race duration and distributing over four million newsletters to our world-wide audience.... [more]
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Performance Sailcraft – positioned for new project expansion
PSA Media,
Currently experiencing a huge surge in production of Lasers, Performance Sailcraft Australasia (PSA) on the NSW Central Coast, now with enlarged facilities is now poised for further expansion. Chris Caldecoat, PSA's CEO explains ‘‘Overall PSA is well positioned, it has plenty of manufacturing capacity, is has an excellent distribution network and is looking at a lot of new projects.... [more]
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PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam day 4 winds lacking
The VW PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam has now completed the fourth day of competition. Day four's lack of sufficient winds prevented the slalom sailors from hitting the water however, blazing sun and peeling waves provided the ultimate conditions for the Reno world cup SUP race and a tow wave sailing session.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailor of the Year - Anna Tunnicliffe nominated as finalist
Team Maclaren,
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards – Team Maclaren reports on Anna Tunnicliffe´s nomination: Great news for Team Maclaren!!! Anna was nominated for the Rolex ISAF World Sailor of the Year. The announcement was made earlier today when the final list of nominees was released. The winner will be selected from this list of four sailors on November 8th at the ISAF annual meeting in Puerto Rico... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race – Third victory for Gold Coast Australia
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2011-12 - Gold Coast Australia have continued their winning streak by finishing first in the third stage of racing, from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town, crossing the finish line at 1056 UTC on Tuesday. The Australian team remains unbeaten after the first three races of the year-long series with their latest victory keeping them firmly at the top of the leader board... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards nominees announced
The International Sailing Federation received nominations for the 2011 Awards from across the world for sailors representing all aspects of the sport. In deciding the nominees, the achievements of sailors made during the qualifying period of 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 are taken into consideration. There can be only one winner in each of the two categories, male and female... [more]
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TP52 World Championships preview
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
TP52 World Championships is hosted by the YCCS. Racing starts on Tuesday October 4th and finishes on Saturday October 8th. A full diet of windward-leeward races is planned with the coastal race scheduled on Thursday October 6th.'This has to be one of the most exciting and open events since we have been involved in the MedCup.' Says Ed Reynolds (USA), project manager of Quantum Racing.... [more]
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RC44 Championship Tour heads to Croatia
Jessica Gray,
Adris RC44 Cup - Rovinj, Croatia may not currently be on the radar as a yacht racing venue, but that maybe about to change as the RC44 fleet descend on the beautiful fishing port of Rovinj in the north of the Adriatic Sea, for the penultimate round of the 2011 RC44 Championship Tour.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race: Lead change already in the match race for Gibraltar
Richard Gladwell,
The early leader in the Global Ocean Race, Buckley Systems (Campbell and Ross Field) have lost their 10 nm lead in the round the world race. After looking set to ease away from the rest of the six boat fleet, Buckley Systems was the first to make the break north to stay in favourable winds and enjoyed a lead of almost 8nm over Campagne de France... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 27 - From Plymouth
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 26 September 2011 covering the racing in Plymouth... [more]
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Chicago Match Cup Grade 1 Invitational – Meet us at Navy Pier
Chicago Match Race Center,
Chicago Match Cup Grade 1 Invitational - Calling all Midwest Sailors: Wrap up the summer sailing season with the Chicago Match Race Center. Racing takes place from September 28 to October 1 from 9am-5pm daily (weather permitting) on Navy Pier. You can watch live from stadium seats as the world's top-ranked sailors including two of the US Olympic Match Racing hopefuls compete for a $65,000 prize... [more]
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Global Ocean Race: Buckley Systems extends lead in race to Gibraltar
Richard Gladwell,
At the 0600hrs position sked, the father and son crew of Ross and Campbell Field led the Global Ocean Race by almost seven nm from Campagne de France (Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron). In third place, within a few hundred metres of Campagne de France is Phesheya Racing (Nick Leggatt and Philippa Hutton-Squire). 12 hours later the Fields had changed course and extended their lead to 10nm.... [more]
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Yacht Clubs of Long Beach Charity Regatta for The Children's Clinic
Rich Roberts,
Yacht Clubs of Long Beach 25th Charity Regatta - Ray Godwin, Bruce Golison and the Flams, names that are a familiar part of the fabric of the sport of sailing in the city, were the big winners when the Yacht Clubs of Long Beach Charity Regatta for The Children's Clinic (TCC) celebrated its silver anniversary Sunday.... [more]
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British-America Trophy victory to ICSA team
Adam L Werblow,
The British-America Trophy was contested at St. Mary's College of MD in a brand new fleet of FJ's. The ICSA team drew first blood in race one with the Brits having a deep six at the start—after getting shut out at the boat end. The ICSA team converted right away to a 2,3,4 and won with a 1,2.... [more]
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King of the Melges 32 World—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
A wrap of the news on Sail-World of the last three days from the U.S. scene and beyond.... [more]
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U.S. Offshore Championship winner decided in dramatic fashion
Jake Fish,
The Lloyd Phoenix Trophy was decided in dramatic fashion on Sunday at the U.S. Offshore Championship, hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy Squadron on Chesapeake Bay. Defending champion Bruce Kuryla (Milford, Conn.) of the New York Yacht Club and Milford Yacht Club and his team edged skipper Steve Travis (Mercer Island, Wash.) and his crew from the Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle... [more]
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U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship final day
Jake Fish,
U.S. Disabled Championship competitors were not able to compete in the final round of racing on Long Island Sound due to a lack of wind. Fortunately, each fleet completed at least the three race minimum required by each division to constitute a regatta.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 9 - World Series, Plymouth
The America's Cup World Series is in Plymouth. After a dramatic fleet race the teams are fighting against time to get their boats back on the water. Rock star Charlie Simpson is in town and double Olympian Iain Percy gives his first impressions after joining Artemis Racing.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 8 - World Series, Plymouth
The America's Cup World Series has reached Plymouth, England. Local boatbuilder Will Stirling compares his traditional handcrafted boats to the AC45 and goes onboard with Greencomm for a speedtrial. We meet the skippers at a press conference and go behind the scenes with the LiveLine team during a fleet race in extreme conditions.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 7 - World Series, Plymouth Preview
The second stop on the America's Cup World Series is just days away, America's Cup Uncovered is in Plymouth to meet the brains behind the revolutionary new graphics system LiveLine. There's an insight into the physiology of an America's Cup athlete with Artemis Racing's Dr Pete Cunningham and we catch up with some of the teams as they begin training on the south coast of England.... [more]
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Breaking News: Laser Class – Contracts signed and Kirby is back
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World.com Team,
Since its launch at the New York Boat Show in 1971, over 200,000 Lasers have been sold. The strength of the class comes from its rigid one design rules that designer Bruce Kirby approved 40 years ago. Six months ago Bruce Kirby gave his view on the ILCA's proposed fundamental rule change, calling it a disaster. Now Kirby has taken back design rights.... [more]
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