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06 Oct 2012

Come one, come all—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Interestingly, this year has also delivered some fine new offerings of the multihull variety, including the Motive 25R and the SeaRail 19, both of which look like they could help you taunt your local harbormaster with high-speed tomfoolery. Whether this influx of multi-hulls has been spurred by the (fairly) recent changes to the America's Cup or simply by the general public's greater awareness of boats with multiple hulls, U.S. sailors now have two more great options when considering a go-fast toy.

On the small-boat side of things, the story of this year's Annapolis is one about the newly launched J/70 and the Farr-designed B/One. Both boats look to have plenty of wick and they both feature great aesthetics; it will be interesting to see where OD classes (geographically) take seed and which class attracts more critical mass. Stay tuned!

The equipment tents were also bursting with cool new kit, the list of which is too extensive to mention here (yet another reason to travel to Annapolis to see this show for yourself). Suffice it to say, some bits were carbon fibers, others aluminum, hydraulic, plastic (of various flavors) or even stainless, but all are designed to help you sail faster and to have more fun (read: win more).

The show continues through October 8 (Sunday) so there's still time to rearrange your weekend's plans. According to reports, the weather could get a touch patchy this weekend (but hopefully not), so be sure to pack your foulies. And if you forgot to pack your wet-weather kit, trust me, there are plenty of opportunities to make purchases here. I'd be seriously surprised if you can find a better selection of foulies—or any other equipment or boats—anywhere in North America this weekend!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Sail America and the United States Sailboat Show to co-sponsor event
Sail America,
Sail America and the United States Sailboat Show will co-sponsor 'Best in Show' awards for 2012 at the boat show that is to take place in Annapolis, Maryland, October 4th–8th, 2012. Awards will be presented at the Sail America Members Meeting at the Marriott Hotel on Friday, October 5, at 8:00 am.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 3 - Ainslie sparkles in America's Cup World Series
Bob Fisher,
Day 3 MR Semis and Fleetracing: Much of the talk around the bases has been not so much of the AC-45s as of the 'real' America's Cup boats, the AC-72s. The performance of the Emirates Team New Zealand 72, seen around the world on video, has drawn gasps of astonishment, particularly when seen foil-borne at close to 40 knots.... [more]
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PWA Sylt World Cup - Stunning victory on day 7
Chris Yates,
Today at the PWA Sylt World Cup, there was a brief period of flukey cross-offshore wind as cooler air and wet weather hit Sylt, this didn't deter the crowds from flooding into the event area however. In the tricky racing conditions, the opening round of the third slalom elimination was completed, before the wind dropped at 13:15.... [more]
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RC44 World Championship - High scoring day in Rovinj
Jessica Gray,
Following another high scoring day at the Adris RC44 World Championship, crews must be questioning the lack of discards at this event. With six races now sailed, each race has had a different winner and no boat is without at least one double digit race score.... [more]
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AC World Series San Francisco - Good day for Artemis Racing
Paul Cayard,
Artemis Racing's Paul Cayard reports on the second day of the America's Cup World Series: First off, Terry Hutchinson and his team on Artemis White handily beat Team Korea in their quarter final match to advance to the Match Racing Semi Finals. Terry and the boys led the whole race and employed the 'stay between the man and the hoop' strategy...jargon for mirroring your opponents every move once y... [more]
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A-Class fleet coming to Florida Keys for 2012 Ronstan Worlds
William Clark,
Last year Australia's Steve Brewin won his second A-Class Catamaran world title, besting a field of 96 competitors to secure the top spot at the 2011 A-Class Catamaran World Championship in Aarhus, Denmark. This October he looks to defend his title when the A-Cat fleet arrives in Islamorada, Florida for the 2012 Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championship.... [more]
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AC World Series San Francisco - Team BAR out in front
Lucy Harwood,
At the America's Cup World Series in San Francisco, the first day of fleet racing was dominated by J.P. Morgan Team BAR. Ben Ainslie and the team were keen to make an impression after what some may have deemed a disappointing first event back in August. It was a great performance on the water, the team dominated race one taking the win from Emirates Team New Zealand.... [more]
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Melges 20 U.S. National Championship all set
Joy Dunigan,
The fourth edition of the Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship is only one day away from commencement in scenic San Francisco, California, hosted by the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon. An amazing 24 teams have assembled from all across America representing ten states, including five entries from Canada.... [more]
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Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association events for October 2012
Danielle M. Richards,
Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada. The following events have been scheduled by ICSA for 13th and 14th October.... [more]
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France's Team Energy dodges a bullet on Day 2 of Fleet Racing
Chuck Lantz,
France's 'Team Energy' America's Cup World Series AC45 class catamaran just barely escapes a capsize at the windward mark in fleet racing action on San Francisco bay.... [more]
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America's Cup WS: Penalty only blemish on good day for Emirates TNZ
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand had mixed results on Day 2 of the America's Cup World Series regatta at San Francisco. A win in the match racing quarter-final propels Dean Barker and crew through to the semi-finals on Saturday. Plus video... [more]
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America's Cup WS: Images from Day 1 by Linda Wright
Linda Wright,
Day one, San Francisco Bay: America's Cup World Series racing images by photographer Linda Wright.... [more]
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America's Cup WS: Ben Ainslie Racing takes early lead in Fleet Racing
England's Ben Ainslie arrived at the first America's Cup World Series San Francisco in August fresh from winning his fifth Olympic medal. With scant time to prepare for some of the most competitive sailing in the world, he struggled to learn a new boat and new fleet.... [more]
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Kiteboard Course Racing Worlds - Day 1 in Cagliari + Video
At the Kiteboard Racing World Championship in Cagliari, competition got off to a good start. The light Scirocco breeze picked -up in the afternoon at Poetto beach, allowing three races in each of the four fleets. The competitors were divided into three male fleets and one female.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 2 - Ainslie's day in America's Cup World Series
Bob Fisher,
Day 2 MR Semis and Fleetracing: The day belonged to Ben Ainslie Racing with a first and a third, while second place, five points back, is Outteridge, then Coutts on the same points and Spithill with one less, but one point ahead of Barker on ETNZ. Hutchinson's second place in the later race combined with his tenth in the first puts him sixth overall.... [more]
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AC World Series San Francisco - Semifinal teams decided
Irene Corosu,
At the America's Cup World Series in San Francisco, Artemis Racing – White (Terry Hutchinson) and Emirates Team New Zealand (Dean Barker) scored convincing wins in the quarterfinal round of the match racing championship. Racing on a relatively calm San Francisco Bay – with the wind blowing nine to 13 knots and a flat sea – Artemis Racing – White defeated young upstart Team Korea (Peter Burling).... [more]
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California Dreamin' Series to get underway with the Butler Cup
Rick Roberts,
The first stop of the 2012-2013 California Dreamin' Series will get underway this Saturday and Sunday with the Butler Cup, an ISAF grade 3 match race hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club. San Diego Yacht Club hosts the second stop of the tour, Jan. 12-13, 2013, and the teams are back in Long Beach for the third and final stop at the 2013 Butler Cup, March 16-17.... [more]
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AC World Series San Francisco - First day for Artemis Racing
Paul Cayard,
Artemis Racing's Paul Cayard reports from San Francisco, California where the team is competing in the America's Cup World Series.: Yesterday was the first day of the America's Cup World Series, San Francisco. It was a true SF day. I can tell you as I grew up sailing in those conditions...foggy and 24 knots of wind on an ebb tide. Not for the pleasure cruiser.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Images of Day 1 on San Francisco Bay
Chuck Lantz,
The first day of the latest edition of the ACWS went off without a hitch, with good winds and sunny skies. Here are a few photos of the fleet practice racing action from Chuck Lantz.... [more]
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CMRC Autumn B Regatta - Don Wilson emerges victorious
Chicago-based Don Wilson defeated Tyler Rice (ISV) 3-1 in a thrilling CMCR Autumn B Regatta final at the Chicago Match Race Center, USA. The victory is his second ISAF Grade 3 of the season after taking the honuors at CMRC's Spring Invitational in May.... [more]
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