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 26 Oct 2012

Full Pitchpole sequence and the hottest news from around world

Don't miss the commentary from Rod Davis, on the Oracle capsize, and its lesson for other America's Cup teams.

The America's Cup, Auckland division, will go to a new level tonight with the launch of the Luna Rossa AC72 at 6.00pm in a private ceremony.

Certainly Luna Rossa are familiar with Auckland after their Challenges in 2000 and 2003 and New Zealanders took them to their hearts, with former skipper Francesco de Angelis being voted sexiest man, and receiving honorary Officer of the NZ Order of Merit - a rare recognition for the contribution of a foreigner.

Patrizio Bertelli says this America's Cup feels like a return to the days of the J-Class with only two or three boats  Richard Gladwell ©

They are a team that plays the America's Cup game with honour, even though they have their moments, like everyone else.

It was the same again at the media conference - and event notable for the lack of spin, and straight talking.

Sail-World will be at the launch this evening, and will report as soon as possible after the event.

There will be public vantage points around Westhaven Marina, as well as the launching, there will be firework displays inside and outside the marina.

Luna Rossa received a huge response from Italian fans in both the Italian America's Cup World Series regattas, and bring the Italian glamour to the America's Cup   Carlo Borlenghi ©

At the media conference, earlier skipper Max Sirena was very conscious of the events that befell Oracle Team USA last week, and will be taking Luna Rossa's build up very steadily.

We have a video in this edition from Oracle Team USA, of their AC72 mishap and the recovery. Compiled by Amory Ross, formerly MCM with Puma on the recent Volvo Ocean Race, it is a very good record of the whole incident from start to finish - and a big improvement on the soundbite approach that has marked a lot of the earlier video.

Oracle Team USA is lifted from the water to assist pumping  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©

Last May, the International Sailing Federation selected the 49er FX as the Womens Olympic Skiff. We're pleased to be able to report on the growth of the new class, which has proved the concept was right - to put a rig designed for Women sailors onto the existing 49er hull.

While some claimed that it was a compromise, and that a specialist boat would be a better option, the numbers speak for themselves, with the 49er FX sailing in 19 countries and with over 135 rigs will have been shipped by the end of October. The countries list will expand to 21 by that date.
The 49er FX has is now sailed in over 20 countries less than five months after selection as the Olympic Womens Skiff  Richard Gladwell ©

As expected some of the top women sailors have moved into the class, whether that is permanent remains to be seen. Certainly there has been a loud sucking sound coming from the second hand 49er market, with the womens sailors buying while the prices are down. Being able to get a second hand boat for around $6000 (UK prices converted) and putting the new FX mast and sails on board for $8750 ex GST puts a perfectly good boat in the water for under $15,000 - an excellent price for a new two-handed Olympic class.

The first championships have already been scheduled, in conjunction with the Mens 49er Worlds and Europeans, and the two classes are being run by a combined organisation - making for an even smoother start-up.

Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa wait for racing to start off Takapuna Beach, Auckland  Richard Gladwell ©

In Florida, USA the A-Cat Worlds have prematurely concluded in the face of an advancing hurricane, with officials pulling the pin on the event after getting in the five races for a minimum series.

News from the Australian Farr 40 scene and more.

Stay up with the latest sailing news, as it happens, on our website www.sail-world.com

America's Cup: Oracle Team USA capsize - frame by frame
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson of www.pressure-drop.us 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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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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Bertrand signs up for Etchells Nationals in Perth
Bernie Kaaks,
Regatta chairman for the 2013 Prochoice Safety Gear Australian Etchelsl Championship, Doug Kerr, expressed satisfaction with the level of interest in the series, to be hosted by Royal Perth Yacht Club in conjunction with Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, the two WA strongholds for the Etchells class.... [more]
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Farr 40 Class Championship - Gold Medallist Page joins Kokomo crew
Peter Campbell,
The elite crew of Lang Walker's Kokomo is joined by the bright and talented London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Malcolm Page for this weekend's exciting inaugural Queensland Farr 40 class championship. Malcolm Page's gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, sailing with Matthew Belcher in the 470 class, has made him the first Australian to win two Olympic sailing gold medals,... [more]
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Kids the winners at Try Sailing Day
The Boating Industry Association with the support of its sailing division and Yachting NSW will be holding their annual Try Sailing Day on Sunday 4th November.... [more]
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Two DK46s battle for Pittwater and Coffs Harbour Regatta
Club Marine, Australia's largest provider of pleasure craft insurance, is proud to be the naming rights sponsor of this exciting 2013 Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta as two DK46s toe against each other for Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta.... [more]
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ASMEX 2013 generates significant international momentum
AIMEX/Superyacht Australia,
The Australian International Marine Export Group and Superyacht Australia are again set to host the annual Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference (ASMEX), this is the key international conference for the marine export and superyacht industries in Australia.... [more]
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Oil tanker thermal imaging in icy waters to help sailors in the future
New imaging solutions for oil tankers are to trickle down to cruising and racing sailors in the future. Navigating an oil tanker in open water becomes difficult and dangerous in ice infested waters. Shipping companies are more and more concerned about the safety of ice-class tankers during sub-zero operation and are looking for innovative equipment... [more]
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SonarCharts launched by Navionics
Rus Graham,
Navionics, the leader in electronic charting and navigation data, have announced its new high-definition layer for the iPhone, iPad, GPS chartplotters and WebApps -- SonarChartsTM.... [more]
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Kickstarter launches Britannia rebuild
Cailah Leask,
One of the opening projects off of the starting blocks on Kickstarter, when it goes live in the UK on October 31st 2012, will be the design and engineering of Britannia, the famed yacht first owned by King George V, son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.... [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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Royal Brighton YC wishes to recruit a Training-Administration Officer
Eric Wegman,
Royal Brighton Yacht Club wishes to recruit a Training / Administration Officer. This is a hands-on full time role within the Sailing Office at a Yacht Club known for a comprehensive sailing program.... [more]
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Club Marine announces America's Cup Tour 2013
Club Marine Ltd,
Australia's largest provider of recreational boat insurance, Club Marine, has announced it is partnering with group tour specialist, Ticket2Ride Global Adventures, to present the Club Marine America's Cup Tour to the 34th running of sailing's premier contest, the America's Cup, to be held in San Francisco from September 7 to 22, 2013.... [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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Sydney Hobart entrant Martela wins Isle of Caves Race
Peter Campbell,
Tasmanian Rolex Sydney Hobart race entrant Martela continues to show impressive local form in the yacht's lead-up to the 628 nautical mile ocean classic, winning Bellerive Yacht Club's Isle of Caves race. The fifty nautical annual overnight race started on Wednesday evening and finished in the early hours of yesterday, giving crews time to recover on the Hobart Show holiday.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race entry applications close in one week
Jennifer Crooks,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race s being hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. For over 67 years many yachtsmen and women have foregone Christmas celebrations to prepare for the ultimate sailing test – completing a Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – and with just one week to submit an Application for Entry time is running out for those wanting to take the race off their bucket list.... [more]
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