Cupdates and a VOR report—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

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29 Oct 2012

Cupdates and a VOR report—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

'This is our fourth challenge for the America's Cup, certainly the most revolutionary compared to past ones,' said Luna Rossa Challenge's Team Principal, Patrizio Bertelli. 'Launching a yacht is still as exciting as ever, maybe even more so in this case because this boat is so technologically extreme, the outcome of state-of-the-art research and of a huge effort from the whole team.'

Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 - Launch October 26, 2012 Auckland ©

According to reports, Luna Rossa Challenge enjoyed a party with some 350 guest to celebrate the Champaign-bottle-breaking ceremony (as well as the monumental amount of energy required to bring the boat online), but the team clearly understands the steep learning curve that it must face to be competitive with their soon-to-be Kiwi sparing partners. 'Today is a celebration day for all of us,' said Luna Rossa skipper, Max Sirena. 'Tomorrow we will begin the first structural tests on the water, and then, as soon as we complete our checks, we will start training.'

USA AC 72 capsizes during training in San Francisco Bay and is pushed out of the bay by the tide current as the team try to salvage the platform. Oct 16, 2012  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©

And Stateside in Cup news, the America's Cup Management (ACM) has prepared an interesting and in-depth look at 'USA 17's' dramatic pitchpole capsize a couple weeks ago in their most recent installment of 'America's Cup Uncovered'. This week's multi-media 'magazine' report looks into the causes and ramifications of this flip for Oracle Racing, investigates mainstream media's handling of the event and checks in with key personal (including skipper Jimmy Spithill) about the incident. Get the full multimedia report, inside.

Also pitchpole-relaed, don't miss Richard Gladwell's in-depth look at what this accident (and one seriously mangled AC72) will mean for Oracle's attempt at defending the 34th Americas Cup. Interestingly, Gladwell's take is that 'USA 17' will not only see full repairs (her new wing is already under construction at Core Builders in New Zealand, with an estimated delivery date of January 2013) but also substantial modifications. These will likely include larger daggerboards (a la ETNZ), as well as a sailing platform that's less prone to twisting (and thus less efficient foiling). Get Gladwell's full take on the Oracle shake-up, in this issue.

Emirates Team New Zealand. AC72 testing.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

And atop all of this headline-grabbing AC news comes a quiet report that ETNZ have racked up yet another one of their allotted (read: crucial) 2012/2013 AC72 training days, again sans accident or incident. To date, the Kiwi-flagged team has the most AC72 experience afloat, and it's becoming ever more obvious that their rules-interpretation (which was upheld earlier this month by the International Jury) of the class' expectation for daggerboard size was spot-on accurate (ETNZ uses significantly larger foils than Oracle Racing used on USA 17, thus making foiling easier and more stable for the Kiwis). Inside, be sure to check out the photographer Chris Cameron's great image gallery of the day's sailing.

Meanwhile, in Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) circles, the race management has prepared a couple of really cool videos detailing the construction process (and a few design details) of the new Farr-designed 65-foot One Design class, which will be used to contest the next two editions of this legendary ocean race. 'When you come down the dock you're gonna see a boat that's really cool,' said Patrick Shaughnessy, president of Farr Yacht Design. 'The stem shape has been styled to be emotional, forward looking and be relevant for years to come so it's a boat that's exciting and modern and it's gonna be iconic.'

China Cup 2012.  Stefano Gattini/ Studio Borlenghi

Also inside, be sure to get the latest scoop on the RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships, the China Cup International Regatta and—for speed-sailing freaks—the latest happenings from Paul Larsen's Vestas Sailrocket 2 project, which is currently 'taking flight' in Walvis Bay, Namibia. And finally, don't miss our coverage of the Vendee Globe, which starts next Saturday in Les Sables d'Olonne, France. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

RS:X Youth Worlds - Title claimed at the last gasp + Video
Rory Ramsden,
On day six of the 2012 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships, Saskia Sills [GBR] went into the medal race with a narrow four point lead. She had to finish in the top three to secure her second world championship title for 2012. Considering her form all week and her coolness under pressure, expectations were high. She finished fourth. Game over.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Oracle's options to get back into the Game
Richard Gladwell,
With just ten months left to the Defence of the 34th America's Cup, Oracle Team USA's current situation is not ideal. But it certainly isn't terminal either. After her capsize and subsequent retrieval from San Francisco Bay on October 16, there has been little by the way of comment from the team as to the state of the damage to their first launched AC72.... [more]
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America's Cup: Mental mistake leads to delay for Artemis racing
America's Cup,
Artemis Racing skipper Terry Hutchinson said the team made a 'mental mistake' last week that led to the postponement of the planned christening of its new AC72. Artemis Racing was towing its red-hulled platform under the Bay Bridge in calm conditions when team members heard popping noises. Concerned by the noises, the team concluded the towing exercise and returned the platform to the team's ba... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 61 - Oracle Team USA AC72 Capsize
In this week's America's Cup Discovered we look at the devastating capsize of ORACLE TEAM USA'S AC72 in San Francisco Bay. The capsize made headline news around the globe; conjecture and speculation rife as to the consequence of the capsize. The team is shock, and will now have to reevaluate their defence strategy for the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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AWT Maui Makani Classic - Single elimination win for Kevin Pritchard
Russ Faurot / American Windsurfing Tour,
Wow! What a day we had at Ho'okipa for day four of the AWT Maui Makani Classic! The swell had dropped off but was still substantial enough to provide some logo to mast high sets. The wind pushed through by mid-afternoon and most men had rigged 4.7 - 5.0 with the women choosing 3.7- 4.2.... [more]
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Youth America's Cup - Best of the best will compete on the Bay
Irene Corosu,
The 2013 Red Bull Youth America's Cup is set to take place from September 1st-4th and will open with Selection Series Trials in San Francisco in February. With the goal of ensuring the best of the best are on the starting line of the main event, the Selection Series Trials will narrow the field through a rigorous training workshop and regatta, February 9-24, 2013.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Courage and spirit abound in 33rd edition
The 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race captured a certain spirit of offshore sailing. A race characterized by an exasperating search for a fickle breeze tested crews' resolve, patience and determination. This was not split second, cut and thrust racing but rather tactically strenuous, mentally arduous sailing with concentration and team spirit at the fore.... [more]
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Erwin Schell Trophy at Edgewood YC
John Mollicone,
The 2012 Erwin Schell Trophy took place at Brown University/Edgewood Yacht Club over the October 27th-28th. On Saturday, North/Northeast winds started the day at 4-8 knots. There were periods of no wind and delays with an eventual easterly filling in at 5-8 knots for the last races of the day. All courses were W4's. Two protests resulting in DSQ's for Connecticut College and URI's B-division.... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race Village opening draws record spectators
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The first week of the Vendee Globe Race Village opening in Les Sables d'Olonne drew a record number of spectators. Since October 20th, no less than 230,000 people (including 10,000 school children) strolled around the aisles and the pontoons where the 20 boats participating in the next non-stop single-handed round-the-world race without assistance are moored. An obvious success!... [more]
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J/24 East Coast Championships overall
Mark Rivera,
The Hillman Capital Management J/24 East Coast Championships hosted by the Severn Sailing Association (SSA) and Fleet 8 in Annapolis, MD is held in the fall around Halloween and has the reputation of providing big breezes with cool temperatures, three days of competitive racing, and a great party.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - Busy day 2 in La Rochelle + Video
Student Yachting World Cup,
The 2012 Student Yachting World Cup is now in full swing! At La Rochelle, the first races have taken place, a leader is known and everybody will dispute him in order to be the next World Champion...... [more]
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US Disabled Sailing Championships titles decided in San Diego
Jake Fish,
Another successful edition of the US Disabled Sailing Championships competition was wrapped up yesterday, Sunday, at North San Diego Bay. Hosted by the Southwestern Yacht Club, titlists were crowned in three championship fleets of single, double and triple-handed racing with Charles Rosenfield, a US Disabled Single-handed Championship in 2011 and 2009, winning his third Judd Goldman Trophy.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Big surge in viewership says report
Volvo Ocean Race,
Stunning multimedia material produced by the Volvo Ocean Race's unique Media Crew Member programme, plus a clear focus on news production and distribution helped the 2011-12 edition deliver a surge in audience across platforms, figures in the end of race report show.... [more]
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CYA votes to change name
John Kerr,
The Canadian Yachting Associations annual general meeting concluded Saturday with an afternoon vote to change the associations name. An overwhelming vote in support of the motion to change the name of the 74 year old organization to SAIL Canada was recorded, which allowed the national group to begin to align its positioning alongside many other national governing bodies in the sport.... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta - Hectic day 3 in Shenzhen
Andy Rice,
On a hectic day three at the China Cup International Regatta in Shenzhen, with wind gusting to 20 knots and rocks and moored ships to navigate, there was plenty to keep the 91 teams occupied and entertained. Many teams would have wished for a day like Sea Wolf's, whose two race wins have maintained a perfect score of straight victories for Yan Yuye's Archambault 40 in IRC division 3.... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta - Day 3 images by Stefano Gattini
Carlo Borlenghi,
Images from day three of the China Cup International Regatta by photographer Stefano Gattini.... [more]
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RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships Day 6
Rory Ramsden,
RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships sixth day of competition got underway today, Sunday 28 October. When he hit the water to go out for his 1130hrs start this morning, Pawel Tarnowski [POL] was unconcerned that the wind was light and shifty. He knew that he just had to stay out of trouble and finish the medal race to make sure that his second RS:X Youth World Championships was in the bag... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta - Seven jump the gun on day 2
Andy Rice,
After day two of the China Cup International Regatta in Shenzhen, there were some surprises in store for sailors as they looked at the results. Such is the competitive nature of the Beneteau 40.7 fleet, seven boats jumped the gun in today's first of three windward/leeward races, and paid the price with an OCS disqualification.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 working through odds and ends + Video
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen, Vestas Sailrocket 2 project leader and pilot, discusses slow speed sailing action: If there is something to 'blog' about I will. Unfortunately we have had a long run of very flat weather and it looks set to continue. We are working through odds and ends but basically we need to keep doing runs to follow a process of elimination.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: 'You're gonna see a boat that's really cool'
Volvo Ocean Race,
The 65-foot one-design boat for the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race will be very forward thinking according to Patrick Shaughnessy, president of Farr Yacht Design. 'The overwhelming impression will be of a top level Grand Prix racing boat,' says Shaughnessy, the boss of the company responsible for the new design.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ puts in another day on the water
Chris Cameron,
While the Italian America's Cup Luna Rossa, was preparing for their launch party. Emirates Team NZ were putting in another day out in the Hauraki Gulf - this was their 14th. That mark is just short of the halfway point in terms of days sailed. Oracle Team USA will now not use any more of their allocated 30days available before February 1, having put in just eight on the water. Luna Rossa and... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA - Repairs and Construction
Oracle Team USA,
One week after capsizing on San Francisco Bay, Oracle Team USA says it is busy moving forward with repairs on the first AC72. At the same time, construction is well underway on the team's second boat. Attention now turns to scheduling and balancing work lists as the team prepares not only to get sailing again as soon as possible, but also to race next summer.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa launched in Auckland + Video
Luna Rossa Challenge,
The AC 72 Luna Rossa catamaran, challenging in the 34th America's Cup, was launched on Friday evening in Auckland, New Zealand. At 6.40 pm local time, Miuccia Prada, with her husband Patrizio Bertelli at her side – the Team Principal of Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 – broke the champagne bottle, thus christening the 22-metre maxi catamaran: mirrored hulls and a 40-metre high wingsail, its aft half... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference - Events and equipment to be decided
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Council is responsible for determining the events and equipment used at the Olympic Sailing Competition. The same slate is then used at the ISAF Sailing World Championships and ISAF Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships - Mixed bag on day 5
Rory Ramsden,
On day five of the 2012 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships, it took time for the light and flukey wind to settle during morning but when it did, two good races in both fleets were run. Neomi Cohen [ISR] was on fire posting two bullets to snatch third spot back from Shahar Tibi [ISR] who is celebrating her 15th birthday today.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from Luna Rossa launch
Images from the launch of the AC72 for the Italian Luna Rossa Challenger 2013 in Auckland on Friday evening. Sail-World was not permitted cameras at the function and these shots were all taken from public areas surrounding the base.... [more]
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America's Cup: More Images from Luna Rossa launch
Second gallery of images from the launch of the AC72 for the Italian Luna Rossa Challenger 2013 in Auckland on Friday evening. Sail-World was not permitted cameras at the function and these shots were all taken from public areas surrounding the base.... [more]
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