Med racing, A-Cats and AC news—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

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25 Oct 2012

Med racing, A-Cats and AC news—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Hi FIDELITY (RSA) - L to R Michael Joubert (Co-skipper), Eddie De Villiers (Owner), Mark Sadler (Co-skipper) - 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo

'It was a challenging race with lots of parking lots, breeze and different forecasts,' said Hi Fidelity's co-skipper, Mark Sadler. 'It was very demanding from a navigational and tactical point of view. We had a lot of opportunities (to take advantage) when the bigger boats parked and we could decide which way to go.' Get the full debriefing, inside this issue.

Meanwhile, in Islamorada Florida, the A-Cat Worlds were cut short after five races by the deteriorating weather that was spurned on by Hurricane Sandy's appearance (and advance) in the Atlantic. The always-quick Mischa Heemskerk (NED) was declared the 2012 class champion, beating Andrew Landenberger (AUS) by a margin of 15 points, while Steven Brewin (AUS) finished just two points astern of Landenberger to take third place. More, inside.

ORACLE Team USA AC 72 capsizes during training in San Francisco Bay  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©

And for Cup fans who just can't get enough footage from Oracle Racing's recent cartwheel, photographer Erik Simonson has compiled a frame-by-frame sequence of still images, strung together in video form, that chronicles the carnage in slow motion. Meanwhile, Oracle Racing's Amory Ross put together the team's official multi-media report from the day. Both of these videos are must-see material for AC fans and speed-sailing freaks alike.

And in Olympic-sailing news, the 49erFX—the newly chosen equipment for the Women's Skiff event for the 2016 Games—is now reportedly sailing in 19 countries. To date, 135 rigs have been built and will have been shipped by the end of the month, meaning that athletes can soon start training for upcoming 2013 events. Get the full report from Mackay Boats to learn more about how an Olympic class is born and nurtured.

Also inside, get the latest news from the RS:X Youth Worlds, the U.S. Team Racing Championship and, for anyone in need of a good laugh, don't miss Beau Outteridge (Gold medalist and AC72 skipper Nathan Outteridge's brother) 'inspired' ode to the next America's Cup, entitled 'Bangin' the Corners'. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

America's Cup: Oracle Team USA capsize - frame by frame
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson of has compiled this complete sequence of events from October 16 2012 on San Francisco Bay as Oracle Racing's US 17 become the first AC72' to capsize. View this video frame by frame, in high definition setting, to see exactly what did happen that fateful day.... [more]
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Boaters urged to prepare as Hurricane Sandy heads north
D. Scott Croft,
She's only a day old - and even though no hurricane watches or warnings have yet been posted for the eastern United States - Hurricane Sandy is getting some big time attention from forecasters because of unique circumstances that could make her more threatening. Some the forecast models predict Sandy will move into the Northeast next week, merging with another weather system.... [more]
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Events Clothing joins the Auckland 18ft skiff fleet
John Little,
Events Clothing is continuing its long standing support of New Zealand yachting, and has teamed up with an Auckland based 18 foot skiff team for the 2012/13 season. Events 18ft Skiff Team, with Riley Dean, John Little and James Gell, has already competed at the Nespresso International 18ft Skiff Regatta in San Francisco in August, coming a creditable ninth (and third NZ boat)... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Hi Fidelity emerges victorious
In the 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race, South African entry Hi Fidelity has been confirmed as the overall winner. Arriving at 04:18.15 CEST this morning, Eddie De Villiers' Welbourne 46, established a corrected time benchmark that has proved impossible for the remainder of the fleet to beat.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference headed for Dun Laoghaire
The 2012 ISAF Annual Conference will take place from first-11th November in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. ISAF Committee, Sub-committee and Commission members will travel from around the globe to Dun Laoghaire where they will be joined by ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs), Class Associations, sailors, event organisers, boat manufacturers and many more.... [more]
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RS:One World Championships set for action in Boracay
Manu Messiaen,
NeilPryde, the RS:One Class and the Philippines Windsurfing Association will be turning a dream into a reality with the first RS:One World Championships to be held on the paradise island of Boracay, Philippines, from the 10th-15th December.... [more]
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RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championship - Relentless action on day 4
Rory Ramsden,
On day four of the 2012 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships, Pawel Tarnowski [POL] was leaving nothing to chance. He would not release the relentless pressure. His scoreline since the aberration he suffered on day one includes four seconds and five bullets. No one can live with him when he is in this form.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA - capsize and recovery - Video
Amory Ross, Oracle Team USA,
Video from Oracle Team USA of the capsize and recovery of their AC72 USA-17, which capsized in San Francisco Bay, while trying to head home after the wind and tide increased at the end of a training session. The spectacular capsize in winds in excess of 25 kts and a 5kt current running against the wind created waves several feet high.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Italian Big Cat spots the Kiwi Cream
Richard Gladwell,
Have just got back from the Luna Rosa Media Conference held ahead of the launch, in Auckland, tomorrow evening. Speaking were team head Patrizio Bertelli and skipper Max Sirena. Mr Bertelli spoke in Italian and worked through an interpreter, so it lacked some of the flow, but he was very forthcoming in his answers. However he looked like a cat that had just spotted the cream.... [more]
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Bangin' The Corners - America's Cup Song
Beau Outteridge,
The ultimate underdog anthem for the America's Cup! Beau Outteridge (Nathan's brother) alerted us to what is going to REALLY happen in the upcoming America's Cup... [more]
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US Disabled Sailing Championships preview
Jake Fish,
Perhaps, no other US Sailing National Championship exhibits more spirit and courage than the U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships. The 2012 edition of this unique event will be hosted by the Southwestern Yacht Club in San Diego, California - for three days of racing beginning this Friday through Sunday, October 26th-28th.... [more]
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U.S. College Rankings - October 24, 2012
Meredith Powlison,
U.S. College Rankings - October 24, 2012... [more]
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A-Cat World Championship: Heemskerk wins Championship in Florida
William Clark,
The going got tough at the 2012 Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championship, with extremely high wind speeds and difficult conditions throughout the week, but after five races it was Mischa Heemskerk of the Netherlands who emerged with the win. After taking a third and two seconds to put himself two points clear of Brad Collett after Day 1 Heemskerk won both races on Wednesday... [more]
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U.S. Team Racing Championship - Team Extreme claim the title
Jake Fish,
At the 2012 US Team Racing Championship, in Larchmont, New York Yacht Club's Team Extreme captured their second title over the weekend. The twelve teams finished their second Round Robin stage and the top six teams advanced to the Gold Round Robin Finals where points were doubled. In the end, it was Team Extreme winning their second Hinman Trophy.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Esimit Europa 2 claims line honours
In the 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race, Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) has claimed line honours. The 30.48m/100-ft Maxi crossed the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour, Malta on Wednesday 24th October at 01:13.15 CEST, sealing a third straight line honours win.... [more]
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America's Cup: Rod Davis reflects on the Oracle nosedive
Rod Davis,
Double Olympic medalist and long time US and NZL America's Cup crew, skipper and coach, Rod Davis, reflects on on the work that's gone into the rescue and recovery plan in the event of a capsize...people first then recover the boat... [more]
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New Olympic Womens skiff off to a fast start - sailing in 19 countries
Since its selection as the new Olympic Women's Skiff in may, the 49erFX has experienced phenomenal growth, and is already sailing in 19 countries. By the end of October 135 rigs will have been shipped, to 21 countries, with an apportionment scheme still in place, as is normal with the start of a new Olympic class.... [more]
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Do something for windsurfing in Rio 2016 Olympics
Ned Crossley,
Annul the May ISAF Council Vote against Windsurfing. Do not let US Sailing and their three votes for kiting off the hook! Do not let the other 16 ISAF Council voters against windsurfing off the hook. Do something now prior to ISAF Annual Meeting 1-11 November 2012 to support windsurfing, please even if one design course windsurfing is not for you.... [more]
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