Wings, foils and sponsorships—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
Today's action started with one half of the match-racing quarterfinals, before then transitioning to two fleet races. In the match races, Oracle Racing Spithill, skippered by Jimmy Spithill, beat Luna Rossa Piranha (Chris Draper), and skipper Terry Hutchinson's Artemis Racing White defeated skipper Max Sirena's Luna Rossa Swordfish.
Not surprisingly, Oracle Racing—the Defender of the 34th America's Cup—emerged victorious in the fleet-racing portion of today's sailing, with Oracle Racing Coutts (Russell Coutts) taking the first bullet, followed by Oracle Racing Spithill in second place and Luna Rossa Piranha in third. The day's second race saw Spithill take the gun, followed by Artemis Racing Red, skippered by Santiago Lange, in second place, while Artemis Racing White claimed third place.
Be sure to check out the full ACWS media blitz, inside this issue.
2012 ZHIK NAUTICA MOTH WORLDS. Day 4.
Meanwhile, another other turbo-charged event is unfurling on the scenic waters of Italy's Lake Garda, namely the Zhik Moth Worlds. Here, 125 Moths from around the globe have assembled to determine the fastest sailor on foils. After four days of racing, Australia's Scott Babbage leads Joshua McKnight (AUS), Bora Gulari (USA) and Anthony Kotoun (ISV)—who are all tied for second place—by a margin of nine points.
While Babbage has now won the qualifying series, the overall Worlds title—not to mention the three-way tie for second place—is still in close contention. 'I had a good day with two wins thanks to a bit of luck and a bit of skills,' said Gulari, who won the 2009 Moth Worlds. 'A few days ago I stated my goal was to finish in the top five because I wanted to be humble, but after listening to all the Australians claiming they wanted to win I will also state that my end goal is to win the worlds!'
2012 ZHIK NAUTICA MOTH WORLDS. Day 4.
Stay tuned for more from this high-flying event, and don't miss ace lensman Thierry Martinez's great image gallery—as well as a video recap of Day Four's action—inside.
And Olympic sailing circles, US Sailing and Sperry Top-Sider have inked a new multi-year sponsorship deal. 'Sperry is a pioneer in developing outstanding footwear for sailors, and have a long history of exceptional commitment to our sport,' said Jack Gierhart, Executive Director of US Sailing. 'We are very excited to extend our partnership with Sperry, and look forward to the energy and insight they bring to our members, events and programs.' More, inside.
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