Action in San Francisco!

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 07 Oct 2012
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Action in San Francisco!

It is now official; there will be 20 racers on the start line in Les Sables d'Olonne next month for the legendary Vendée Globe. Polish racer Zbigniew Gutkowski, better known as Gutek to those of us who followed him around the world in the 2011-12 Velux 5 Oceans, has just completed all necessary qualifications and will join the fleet on his first Vendée Globe race aboard Energa, a 2007 Finot-Conq design. Stay tuned for highlights of the skippers and their yachts over the next few weeks.

Saturday October 6th. AC45 World Series San Francisco (Oct. 2-7).  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

The America's Cup World Series is back in California this week, experiencing for the first time the San Francisco venue ahead of the Louis Vuitton and America's Cup finals set for next summer. Recovering from a spectacular capsize earlier tin the week, Jimmy Spithill on Oracle racing beat ETNZ veteran Dean Barker to win the Match Racing Championship, while Ben Ainslie is leading the Fleet Racing Championship on JP Morgan BAR, with one race to go later today. Check your local TV schedule as NBC will air the event stating at 1:30pm PDT (4:30pm EDT); I've already set my PVR.

Audi Melges 20 : U.S. National Championship   2012 JOY | International Audi Melges 20 Class Association - copyright

Finally, also in San Francisco, four enthusiastic Canadian boat owners have towed their Melges 20 across the continent from the Toronto, ON area to the California coast to participate in the popular Melges 20 US National Championship. The series wraps up later today with RCYC's Erwyn Naidoo on Bohica currently in seventh place, PCYC's Rhonda Joyce (Batteries Not Required) and David Pollock (dp) in 13th and 16th respectively; Paul Currie on Wild Deuces sits in 22nd. Thumbs up to all!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

America's Cup: Images from Day 4 - Sander van der Borsch
Sander van der Borsch,
One of the world's top photographers, Sander van der Borsch presents this gallery of spectacular images from Day 4 of the America's Cup World Series, San Francisco... [more]
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AC World Series San Francisco - Another good day for Team Artemis
Paul Cayard,
Artemis Racing's Paul Cayard reports from San Francisco, California at America's Cup World Series. Another good day for Team Artemis out on the water yesterday. But this is not like any other regatta you have ever seen.... [more]
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America's Cup: Spithhill wins Match Racing title, Ainslie leads Fleet
America's Cup Media,
Oracle Team USA Spithill showed the resiliency today at America's Cup World Series San Francisco that is the mark of a great team. The veteran crew, led by skipper Jimmy Spithill, overcame a spectacular capsize in Fleet Race 5 and later won the Match Racing Championship of the event sailed on San Francisco Bay.... [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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America's Cup: Spithill cartwheels World Series style in Race 1
Oracle Team USA's James Spithill performed a spectacular pitch-pole when in second place rounding the first mark in the first fleet race of Day 4 of the America's Cup World Series, causing the competitors advancing rapidly from astern to scatter.... [more]
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Dean's Diary: Positives from average Day 3 of the America's Cup WS
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants and Nexus AB, reports from San Francisco, USA from the America's Cup and America's Cup World Series: Today was really an average day for us although I take a lot of positives from it.... [more]
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AC World Series San Francisco Day 2 images by Linda Wright
Linda Wright,
Images of the second day's racing action at the America's Cup World Series San Francisco by Linda Wright.... [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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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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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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MOD70 European Tour - Prizegiving at the Yacht Club Italiano
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
At the famous Yacht Club Italiano in Genoa, Wednesday October 3rd, the glittering prizegiving for the first MOD70 European Tour lowered the curtain on the first exciting season of competition in the new MOD70 class. Winners of the Krys Ocean Race and second overall in the MOD70 European Tour, Yann Guichard and the crew of Spindrift racing have won the 2012 Multi One Championship.... [more]
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America's Cup: Rookies win first races on Day 1 of World Series
A pair of first-time wins amid challenging conditions by the two youngest skippers in the fleet highlighted the first day of racing at America's Cup World Series San Francisco. Peter Burling of Team Korea, at 21 the youngest skipper in the fleet, and China Team's Phil Robertson, at 25 the second youngest, both scored their first victories in a dense wind around 20 knots.... [more]
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MOD70 European Tour - Foncia victorious in inaugural event
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
In the 2012 MOD70 European Tour, following more than 4400 miles of the five offshore racing stages and the 23 City Race series heats at four European Cities, Foncia's triumph was only secured in the final mile and 22 minutes of the course.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - IMOCA skippers participate in the Azimut Trophy
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe – From the 28th-30th September, IMOCA skippers were expected in Lorient to take part in the second edition of the Azimut Trophy (a 210-mile single-handed race) and Challenge (around Groix Island with a crew). It was the perfect change to get together 40 days before the start in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and face each other in a competition one last time before November 10.... [more]
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MOD70 European Tour - Spindrift wins Leg 5 to Genoa
Spindrift Racing,
In the fifth and final leg of the 2012 MOD70 European Tour, Spindrift Racing took the victory this morning in Genoa, Italy, after one day and 15 hours of tense battle between Marseille, Minorca and Corsica. Yann Guichard's bold bet to win the leg and hope for at least one boat to interfere between him and overall leader Foncia (Michel Desjoyeaux) did not materialize.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of San Francisco - USA's AC72 on Day 3
Oracle Team USA's AC72 was out on the water for her third day of sailing, on San Francisco Bay. We present two galleries of images of the second AC72 to be sailing in the world. No announcement was made on the day or what was achieved, however from the images it would seem as though all went well.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: The Volvo 65 deck layout takes shape
Richard Gladwell,
Construction of the new Volvo Ocean Race one-design is underway in Italy and France. In this video Volvo Ocean Race take a closer look at the progress being made in bringing the new Volvo 65 one design to life.... [more]
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