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19 Sep 2012

USA 17 sails again!—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

'It was only our second day on the water, so we were focusing on loading the boat slowly to make sure there are no structural issues,' said Simmer. 'We sailed with the Code Zero and the Gennaker for the first time, and we were checking all of the systems.'

According to reports, the team sailed using temporary daggerboards and instead of foiling they focused on the systems and procedures that could be evaluated. 'We had a great day out there today,' reported skipper Jimmy Spithill. 'We ticked through all of the sails in the morning, and in the afternoon we concentrated on the wing. We have a list of things to work on now, but it was a very good day and fantastic to get the boat back out on the water.'

Inspecting the wingsail on Oracle Racing's USA 17  Oracle Team USA - copyright

Next up for Cup fans is the second of two 2012/2013 America's Cup World Series' (ACWS) events in San Francisco (October 2-7). Here, eight teams (11 boats) will compete in the smaller AC45-class wingsail-powered catamarans. If this event proves to be anywhere close to the great time that was had by all at this August's ACWS event, fans can expect stadium-style fleet- and match-racing at its finest. Stay tuned for more from the ACWS and be sure to get the latest reports on AC72 testing and development, inside.

Meanwhile, in Rochester, New York, 96 boats from more than a dozen countries enjoyed a great start to the J/24 Worlds. At the time of this writing, former J/24 World Champion Mauricio Santa Cruz (BRA) and his 'Bruschetta' team were in pole position, with six American teams in the Top Ten. More, as it becomes known.

Foncia, Leg 3 Around Portugal Race winner - 2012 MOD70 European Tour  © Ricardo Pinto / MOD S.A.

And in Cascais, Portugal on the MOD 70 European Tour, Michel 'Les Professor' Desjoyeaux and his 'Foncia' team strolled the event's 213-mile third offshore leg in just over 16 hours, taking top honors. 'It was very hard because the wind was very light,' said Desjoyeaux. 'We knew that before the start. And because we knew that, we followed the strategy very accurately and it was very close to what happened in reality. So we were very lucky in the right perception of where to go at what time.'

2012 Tornado World Championships  Martina Barnetova

Also inside, be sure to get the latest news from the 52 Super Series' Valencia Cup (September 18-22), the PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup and the Tornado World Championships. Also, don't miss the backstory on the Clipper Around the World Race's new 'Watch My Story' advertising campaign—maybe you will be inspired to 'achieve something remarkable'.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

J/24 World Championship - Bruschetta keeps top spot on day 2
Christopher E. Howell,
On day two of the J/24 World Championship, Mauricio Santa Cruz on Bruschetta held his spot on the top of the leader board at the Rochester YC. Bruschetta from Brazil scored a nine and a one on Tuesday for a total of 18 points after two days racing. Luis Olcese on Scaramoush from Peru is in second overall with 41 points, and Frithjof Schade on JJone from Germany has 43 points in third place.... [more]
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PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Fears of black Wednesday emerge
Matthew Pryor,
The twelve riders remaining in the single elimination competition of the PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup face a black Wednesday on the water in notoriously tough on shore conditions in Klitmøller tomorrow. Windsurfing's oldest enemy - a lack of wind - kept the sails grounded in Klitmøller on Tuesday.... [more]
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52 Super Series - Valencia Cup practice race
Jacaranda Marketing,
The 2012 Audi Valencia Cup is set to welcome a fleet of thirteen TP52 and Soto 40 grand prix yachts to Mediterranean waters. The event will be hosted at Marina Real Juan Carlos I, the former Port America's Cup, in Valencia, Spain. Today was the practice race day for the season finale of the 52 Super Series and the Soto 40 class.... [more]
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MOD70 European Tour - Foncia back on top after Leg 3 win
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
In the MOD70 European Tour, they led out of Cascais yesterday at the very start of the 213 mile third leg and this afternoon, finished first across the Cascais finish line at 16hrs 07mins 44secs local time (UTC/GMT+1. In so doing, Michel Desjoyeaux and his crew of Foncia collected the maximum points on offer for the third stage.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Barth 2013 dates announced
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Les Voiles de Saint-Barth is being held from eighth to 13th April 2013. It has taken just three years to get racers from around the world used to the concept of yachting for pleasure and to develop this passion. The passion for magnificent yachts, fine cruisers and elegant Maxis, the passion for the extraordinarily beautiful waters and the passion of the men, who bring these yachts to life.... [more]
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BVI Sailing Festival preview – Exciting changes for 2013
Trish Jenkins,
The BVI Sailing Regatta and Sailing Festival is hosted annually by Nanny Cay. The event organisers have announced exciting changes to the format of the popular three-day prelude to the BVI Spring Regatta in 2013 - known as the BVI Sailing Festival.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship preview - Record number of entries
Joy Dunigan,
Melges 32 World Championship 2012 is due to start in less than two weeks (20-29 September). Teams from around the world are beginning to trickle into stunning Newport, Rhode Island. A record-breaking thirty-four entrants are preparing for the upcoming week that will include a rigorous six days of boat and sail measurement, crew weigh-in, practice and event registration.... [more]
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America's Cup; Jury rigged Oracle Team USA sails in San Francisco
Oracle Team USA 17 returned to the water today on the San Francisco Bay. A full team ran the new AC72 through various tests, taking the next steps in preparing the boat to sail at full speed. The boat was sailing for the first time since August 31 when testing was cut short due to daggerboard failure in the starboard hull. Temporary daggerboards were used during today's exercises.... [more]
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J24 World Championship 2012 - Day One
Clarity Nicoll,
Today was the start of the J24 world championships in Rochester, New York. The championship runs until September 21st. There are 95 competitors from Canada, United States, Barbados, Peru, Italy, Chile, France, Bermuda, Japan, Argentina, Germany and Brazil.... [more]
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PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Stars shine on day 1
Matthew Pryor,
At the 2012 PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup, Victor Fernandez Lopez was the brightest light on the first day of competition in Klitmøller on Monday, as it seemed the organisers would make the riders compete under the moonlight. In shifty conditions, veering between westerlies and south westerlies of 16-18 knots, the lack of wind was a great leveller.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship - Top talent arrives in Newport
Joy Dunigan,
The start of the 2012 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) is less than two weeks away and teams from around the world are beginning to trickle into stunning Newport, Rhode Island. A record-breaking 34 entrants are preparing for the upcoming week that will include a rigorous six days of boat and sail measurement, crew weigh-in, practice and event registration.... [more]
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J/24 World Championship - Bruschetta sails to the top on day 1
Christopher E. Howell,
On day one of the J/24 World Championship at Rochester Yacht Club in New York, Mauricio Santa Cruz sailed Bruschetta to the top of the leader. 96 teams from twelve countries (Argentina, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Peru and the United States) are participating in the event.... [more]
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PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Impressive battle on day 1
Chris Yates,
The opening day of the 2012 Kia PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup witnessed the sailors registering for the week ahead between 10am and 11am. The official skippers meeting was held at 12:30pm and head judge Duncan Coombs wasted little time in starting to contest, as the competition started promptly at 1:20pm. With a varying wind strength, the decision was made that one jump and two waves would count.... [more]
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AWT Hatteras Wave Jam - Camille Juban emerges victorious
Russ Faurot,
On the final day of the 2012 Hatteras Wave Jam, a solid swell hit the Island. With just a few hours remaining in the contest window, the wind gods smiled on the AWT once again providing incredible port-tack conditions to run the Pro, Women and Youth heats... plus an Amateur/Masters Expression Session for a Chinook Pro-1 Carbon boom.... [more]
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Tornado World Championships - Day 1 on Lake Garda
Andrew Dowley,
A fleet of 41 Tornado's from 11 different nations across the World have arrived in the beautiful scenic location of Torbole on Lake Garda, Italy for the annual Mixed and Open Tornado World Championships. The competition will take place from the 17th - 21st September.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race announces crew recruitment campaign
Ruth Harrington,
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race campaign 'watch my story' launched today, Monday 17th September. This new international crew recruitment campaign is urging people to ‘achieve something remarkable' by swapping the tedium of their daily routine for the excitement of racing across some of the most challenging oceans on the planet. No experience necessary!... [more]
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Formula 18 World Championships hotly contested
Bernard Schopfer,
Formula 18 World Championships have concluded at Long Beach, USA. The team which will represent Switzerland at next year's Little America's Cup, comprising Billy Besson and Jérémie Lagarrigue, made the best possible start to its preparations by winning a bronze.... [more]
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Major technology upgrade gives PredictWind faster forecast updates
Zoe Hawkins,
Popular wind forecast site PredictWind has achieved dramatic speed efficiencies by adopting Amazon Web Services' Cloud computing to deliver high-resolution wind forecasts for almost any part of the globe. By co-opting Amazon Web Services for its Cloud computing power, PredictWind has access to almost six times more computing power with which to process its Volvo Ocean Race-proven weather models.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Set for fresh water battle + Video
In the time since the launch of the first Farr 40 in 1997, this high-octane grand-prix class has grown to 160 boats sailed in twenty countries. The well-organized class is run like a business, and the ensuing international competition has led the fleet around the globe to race in many of the sailing world's most iconic venues: San Francisco, Miami, Porto Cervo, Newport and Sydney.... [more]
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