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21 Sep 2012

Cup gossip and Stateside racing—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

In America's Cup circles, reports have surfaced that Peter Burling (NZL) is replacing Nathanial Outteridge (AUS) as the skipper of Team Korea's America's Cup World Series (ACWS) boat for the upcoming ACWS San Francisco event (October 2-7). Outteridge, a Gold medalist in the London Olympics 2012 in the 49er class, is expected to join a team with an AC72 program and a shot at the 34th America's Cup.

It will be interesting to see where the talented Aussie lands, given that Oracle Racing already has Jimmy Spithill and Ben Ainslie under contract. Burling (21), it should be noted, won a Silver medal in this summer's Games, also in the 49er class, and is officially the youngest skipper to be given the helm of an AC45. Stay tuned for more, as it becomes known.

Meanwhile, in Rochester, New York, Mauricio Santa Cruz and his 'Bruschetta' team are on the eve of winning the always-competitive J/24 Worlds, which are being hosted by the Rochester Yacht Club. With one day of racing to go, Santa Cruz currently enjoys a 41-point lead over his nearest competitor and has dominated the series since Day One. Get the full report, inside.

Also on the East Coast, racing has commenced at the U.S. Match Racing Championship, which is being hosted by the Boston Yacht Club and is being contested off of Marblehead, Massachusetts. Veteran match racer and rules guru Dave Perry is attempting to capture his fifth Prince of Whales Bowl (September 20-23), but he will face serious competition from young guns such as the USVI's Taylor Canfield. More from Marblehead, as it unfurls.

FLASH GORDON 6, owner-skipper Helmut Jahn, tactician Bill Hardesty - 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo

And in Chicago, Helmut Jahn's 'Flash Gordon 6' (USA 60002) has won the prestigious Farr 40 Worlds, which have been taking place off of the Chicago Yacht Club on the notoriously windy waters of Lake Michigan this week. Alberto Rossi's 'Enfant Terrible' (ITA 29141) and Guido Belgiorno-Nettis' 'Transfusion' (AUS 6422) rounded out the top three, with a ten-point spread separating Flash Gordon 6's metaphorical stern from Transfusion's metaphorical bow. Don't miss all the great multi-media coverage of this Grand Prix event, inside.

Act 7, Nice 2011 - Team Extreme Nice Côte d'Azur - Extreme Sailing Series 2012  Lloyd Images ©

Also inside, be sure to check out the latest reports from the Tornado Worlds, the PGA Cold Hawaii World Cup and the 52 Super Series. And looking ahead, don't miss the event preview of the 2012 12 Metre North American Championships, which are being sailed off of Newport, Rhode Island this weekend (September 21-23). Interestingly, Cup legends Dennis Conner and Ted Turner will both be participating, with Conner racing in the Grand Prix Division aboard 'Kiwi Magic' (KZ-7) and Turner sailing in the Traditional Division aboard his all-conquering old steed, 'American Eagle'. More from these events, as it becomes known!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Chicago's Helmut Jahn victorious
The 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship victory has been claimed by Chicago architect Helmut Jahn following nine races across four days of competition on Lake Michigan. A stalwart of the grand-prix class, Jahn's previous best result was a fourth place at last year's Rolex Farr 40 World Championship which was contested in Sydney, Australia.... [more]
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J/24 World Championship - Bruschetta preserves solid advantage
Christopher E. Howell,
At the J/24 World Championship, Mauricio Santa Cruz is on the verge of being crowned the 2012 J/24 World Champion. With nine races in the books, Bruschetta holds a 42-point advantage over its closest competitor. In the 96-boat fleet at the Rochester YC in New York, Santa Cruz has led from day one of the week-long event.... [more]
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2014 Youth Olympic Games - Sailing qualification system published
ISAF has published the qualification system for the sailing competition at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. The second Youth Olympic Games (YOG) will take place in Nanjing, China from 16-24 August 2014 and will feature 100 young sailors from around the globe. The sailing events at Nanjing 2014 are open to sailors aged 15-16 years old who must have been born between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 1999... [more]
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America's Cup: Burling joins Team Korea, Outteridge jumps to Artemis
Richard Gladwell,
The revolving doors continue to spin at Team Korea, with the announcement by America's that New Zealand Olympic Silver medalist, Peter Burling, will take over from Nathan Outteridge (AUS) as helm of the team's AC45 for the next round of the America's Cup World Series in San Francisco.... [more]
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Tornado World Championships - Perfect conditions on day 4
Andrew Dowley,
The third day of the 2012 Tornado World Championships was a write off with no wind on Wednesday. The race committee evaluated their decision again at 2pm CET but then cancelled racing for the day with not a breath of wind in sight. On Wednesday evening the class held the Annual General Meeting.... [more]
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PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Traversa claims victory in Klitmoller
Chris Yates,
On day four of the PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup, the double elimination was completed as Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra) took on the 2011 and 2012 PWA Wave Champion, Philip Köster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) in the super final. With the conditions looking marginal throughout the morning, the sailors and the crowds had to wait for a few hours before the action began.... [more]
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PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - French David beats German Goliath
Matthew Pryor,
Kia Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup final day was held in Klitmøller on Thursday afternoon. Thomas Traversa sent shockwaves through the world windsurfing tour by beating the double world champion, Philip Köster, in the super final.... [more]
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Lancer re-tube Coast Guard's largest RIB and set world record
Henderson based Lancer Industries has just re-tubed the largest vessel in the Auckland Coastguard fleet. The vessel has been previously owned by Emirates Team New Zealand and Ports of Auckland - being originally commissioned for use as an America's Cup tender - capable of towing IACC yachts and storing spare gear and sails.... [more]
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PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Epic super final battle brewing
Matthew Pryor,
In the super final of the 2012 PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup, it will be David against Goliath, the young king against the new star, the German heavyweight against the French flyweight. Thomas Traversa, who upset the formbook on Wednesday morning, could be forgiven for being intimidated when he meets the German giant of windsurfing, Philip ‘the kid' Köster.... [more]
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J/24 World Championship - Bruschetta's domination continues on day 3
Christopher E. Howell,
Three days into the week long J/24 World Championship at Rochester Yacht Club in New York and Mauricio Santa Cruz of Brazil has taken dominant control of the 96-boat fleet. Team Bruschetta has held the lead on each day of the event so far, and has now opened up a 41-point advantage with just three races to go.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Breezy action on Lake Michigan
There was no doubt remaining with regards to the location of the 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, the Windy City produced plenty of breeze for the penultimate day of grand prix racing on Lake Michigan. The southwest wind delivered as predicted, building over the course of the day as the clouds receded and temperatures rebounded by almost 30 degrees from their overnight low.... [more]
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U.S. Match Racing Championship – Sailors set for Marblehead battle
Jake Fish,
The 2012 U.S. Match Racing Championship will get underway on Thursday, September 20th in Marblehead, Mass. where American match racing guru Dave Perry will attempt to capture an unprecedented fifth title. A total of 10 teams will compete in Sonars for the Prince of Wales Bowl at the four day event which is being hosted by the Boston Yacht Club.... [more]
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PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - An ambush and a victory on day 3
Matthew Pryor,
Philip ‘the kid' Köster confirmed himself as the 2012 PWA Wave World Cup champion by taking the win in the semi-final of the PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup as the sun set on Wednesday evening. He set up a revenge final with Thomas Traversa, the French rider, who had ambushed earlier in the day in the single elimination, knocking him out in the semi-final.... [more]
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America's Cup: A week at Camp Artemis
Erik Simonson,
Last week, six lucky members from the KSSS (Royal Sweden Sailing Society) Youth Sailing Team were treated to a full week of the America's Cup Experience courtesy the Artemis Racing Youth Program. These Olympic hopefuls were chosen from a large pool of the clubs talented sailors and immersed into the Artemis Racing program, from early morning work outs, to assembling and launching the AC 45's.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship – Action packed Day 2 + Video
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship Day 2 - With a storm clearing the area overnight, crisp air and a sparkling Lake Michigan set the stage for an action-packed day of competition. 'The lake is very deep out in the middle,' said Principal Race Officer Peter 'Luigi' Reggio who likened Lake Michigan to an inland sea... [more]
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12 Metre North American Championships preview
Kirsten Ferguson,
At the 12 Metre North American Championships this week America's Cup Icons Ted Turner and Dennis Conner will reunite with Gary Jobson and Tom Whidden. History will repeat itself when two of sailing's most famous skippers reunite with their winning tacticians.... [more]
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