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Louis Vuitton Cup final day. Emirates Team New Zealand defeats Luna Rossa Challenge  © Ingrid Abery

This week's Cup news has been dominated by the announcement that Patrizio Bertelli's Luna Rossa syndicate will be competing in the 34th America's Cup. Interestingly, Luna Rossa has partnered with Emirates Team New Zealand (ENTZ) so that both programs will be sharing technology and resources—a huge boon to the Italians and to Cup fans, as the stiffer competition raises the bar and (almost) always ensures that the best team wins. Moreover, it's great business for the Kiwi marine trade, which is now looking at multiple AC72 orders, not to mention extra wingsail purchases, which, as ETNZ boss Grant Dalton explains in an interview with journalist Peter Montgomery (inside), are significant.

According to the sources, both teams will sail identical first-generation AC72s that are built in New Zealand. This marks the first formal partnership between two teams in the Cup's storied history. After building the first-generation AC72s, 'we will then share testing information on the water,' said Dalton. 'We will make alterations to the boats—and we will find out what works and what doesn't. It also allows us to get testing a little earlier than you would normally able to do under the rules.' Get the full scoop on this partner—including its open-book possibilities, and low-down on the forced split of this partnership in 2013, plus much more—inside this issue.

Emirates Team NZ - Wingsail test - 3 November 2011  Richard Gladwell

Speaking of wingsails, be sure to check out Richard Gladwell's piece on ENTZ's new wingsail, which they recently tested on their SL33 catamaran in Auckland. It's believed that ENTZ is the first team participating in the 34th Cup to test a wingsail outside of the AC45 class. As if the announcement of ENTZ's deal with Luna Rossa hadn't already raised the temperature in Oracle Racing's offices, you can bet that this bit of news has their attention. Stay tuned for more on this, as it becomes known.

Also inside, be sure to check out all the great Volvo Ocean Race media, as Leg 1 of the 2011/2012 edition kick off on Saturday, taking the fleet from Alicante to Cape Town. The Transat Jacques Vabre transatlantic has begun, the ISAF Sailing World Cup series has kicked off with Sail Melbourne, and Laser designer Bruce Kirby sounds off about the mess that is quickly becoming the Laser class. Enjoy.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

34th America's Cup - Luna Rossa's Notice of Challenge accepted
Luna Rossa Challenge 2013,
34th America's Cup - Italian team Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 and the Circolo della Vela Sicilia of Palermo today announced that their Notice of Challenge has been accepted by the Golden Gate Yacht Club and will be held at San Francisco in September 2013. Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 and Emirates Team New Zealand have signed a cooperation agreement until 31st December 2012... [more]
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Kirby responds - ISAF and Laser World Council now with major Headache
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
This week the Laser Class President Heini Wellmann and Class Executive Secretary Jeff Martin announced that after an overwhelming vote by International Laser Class membership to change the class rules, they will be applying to ISAF to have that change ratified. The response from Bruce Kirby, was forthright... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ test wingsail on Waitemata
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand today tested a wingsail on one of the two SL33's on the Waitemata Harbour. The wingsail appeared to be different from the AC45 in profile, and from what could be observed is a two element wing.... [more]
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Prada's entry ups ante for 34th America's Cup
Michelle Slade,
In a media call today, America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray and CEO Craig Thompson commented on the exciting confirmation that indeed, long time Cup favorite Prada/Luna Rossa is back, this time collaborating on boats and such with Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ).... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - 11th Hour Racing chasing the wind + Video
Julianna Barbieri,
Transat Jacques Vabre - The most terrifying thing about having no wind is the thought that everyone else has the thing that you so desperately want. We have been struggling for most of the night in winds less than 10 knots. We know, or at least we think we know because we have a fancy computer that tells us so, that somewhere to the west of us is a 20knot express lane to the south west.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: From Steinlager 2 to Camper
Peter Montgomery,
Tony Rae is interviewed by top international yachting commentator, Peter Montgomery and looks at the differences between his first race on the Peter Blake skippered Steinlager 2, which won all six legs of the 1989/90 Whitbread Race, and the current day Volvo 70's of which he has clocked up 10,000 sea miles aboard Camper, sailed by Emirates Team NZ.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Macif and Cheminées Poujoulat set the pace
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre - Armed with the two newest IMOCA Open 60 designs in the fleet it is Francois Gabart and Seb Col on Macif and Bernard Stamm and Jean-Francois Cuzon with Cheminées Poujoulat which are setting the pace, reaching down close to the rhumb line course. Gabart may be tagged the race's ‘benjamin' or rookie, but the winner of the 2010 Figaro circuit has learned IMOCA racing with the... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 1 – Battle for last podium place
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 - After 40 days at sea and 7,000 miles of racing through the Mediterranean and North and South Atlantic, the podium will soon be completed, but with just 12 miles separating the front two boats, there's still no clear candidate for third place.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: See the start live on Sail-World + Preview Video
The Volvo Ocean Race starts on 5 November from Alicante Spain. The six teams are now making the final preparations before they set off from Alicante bound for Cape Town, South Africa, the first of nine offshore legs. Leg one starts at 1300 UTC (1400 local time) on November 5 and is expected to take around 21 days to complete.... [more]
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Transat Jacque Vabre: Akena Vérandas is dismasted
Around 0330hrs (UTC/GMT) this Friday morning skipper Arnaud Boissières confirmed that the mast of their IMOCA Open 60 Akena Vérandas had broken some 270 miles WNW of the Breton peninsula. The duo had been lying in ninth place in the Transat Jacques Vabre double handed Transatlantic race which set off from Le Havre, France on Wednesday.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Fast racing in first 24 hours
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre - With the first 24 hours of fast racing in their Transat Jacques Vabre despatched to their streaming wakes, the rhythm and the pace in each of the three classes is firmly established. And while the high speeds of the first night and early morning reduced slightly with the abating breeze, so the early realities start to hit home.... [more]
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America's Cup: Peter Montgomery talks with Grant Dalton on the Deal
Peter Mongomery,
Top international yachting commentator, Peter Montgomery, spoke with Emirates Team NZ CEO Grant Dalton after the announcement of the partnership with new Italian Challenger, Luna Rossa. He explains the huge significance the deal for the New Zealand marine industry, which will now have an additional 70,000 hours of boatbuidling time for the third boat. Plus Southern Spars substantial involvement... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Diego – Oracle Racing to return 'home'
Oracle Racing,
America's Cup World Series San Diego – Oracle Racing Spithill will race with an unchanged crew lineup from the Cascais and Plymouth rounds of the AC World Series. Oracle Racing Coutts sees Darren Bundock take over skipper duties from Russell Coutts with Tom Slingsby also racing for the first time.... [more]
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7 year old boy finds message in a bottle sent by Sailor Brad Van Liew
Meaghan Van Liew,
Before Van Liew raced across the start line in France to conquer what would be his third globetrotting track of victory under sail, his young daughter Tate asked if he would take a moment at the equator to send off a message in a bottle from her, with the hopes that it might be found some day and she would know where it traveled.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 1 - Fight for third place underway
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - At 09:00 GMT on Thursday, under 500 miles of the double-handed, Class40 GOR remains for Marco Nannini and Paul Peggs leading the second wave of boats towards the finish line with Financial Crisis.... [more]
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America's Cup: Plenty of upside with innovative Twin Team strategy
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa have announced the first ever formal collaboration between two teams in the America's Cup. The seven campaign competitor will partner with a three time challenger, Luna Rossa to collaborate on design, build and performance within the time frames permitted by the 34th America's Cup Protocol. In short it is very hard to find any downside in this deal for either party... [more]
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Sail Sydney Day 3 - Tough conditions with rain
Mainsheet Media,
Sail Sydney 2011 - On the third day of the first round of Sail Sydney the rain came down. Not long enough to overly disturb the competitors, but an array of offshore style clothing was very obvious on the official boats as they set the course for the days racing. In the final day of sailing for the RS:X sail boards, Norwegian sailor Wang-Hansen continued to show his style... [more]
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Perth Sailing World Championships Schedule Of Racing published
International Sailing Federation,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships Schedule of Racing has now been published after months of planning and the careful consideration of class requirements. Racing begins on 3 December at 12:00 local time with the women's match racers kicking things off. The Laser Radial, Women's RS:X, Finn and Men's 470 take to the water on 5 December with the Medal Races taking place on 11 December... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Series kicks off with Sail Melbourne
International Sailing Federation,
2011-2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup Series begins its fourth series with Sail Melbourne kicking things off at Sandringham Yacht Club, Melbourne, Australia, in a few days time. First launched in December 2008 the ISAF Sailing World Cup brings together the existing major regattas on the Olympic sailing circuit, starting in Australia.... [more]
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Penfold Audi Sport goes carbon
Melbourne based yachtsman Dave Ellis has upgraded his Archambault A31 'Penfold Audi Sport' with a custom designed Carbon mast from NZ Spars and Rigging. Dave sailed 'Penfold Audi sport' last season with the factory issued Alloy mast to some great results under IRC, but with Dave been the perfectionist that he is he wanted more, Everyone knew from Day 1 the alloy mast was on the softside and D... [more]
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America's Cup: Italian Challenger's return expected on Wednesday
Richard Gladwell,
Italian media are reporting that a media conference will be called late Wednesday afternoon (local time) to announce a return to the America's Cup by the three time Italian challenger, Luna Rossa, headed be Patrizio Bertelli. Also participating at the announcement will be Emirates Team New Zealand's CEO Grant Dalton, and the two teams are expected to announce a working agreement.... [more]
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