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13 Feb 2013

ETNZ foils again and OD news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

The big news in America's Cup circles this week comes from our antipodean friends, namely Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ), who recently sailed 'Aotearoa', their second-generation AC72 catamaran, for the first time after unveiling her last week. ETNZ will race 'Aotearoa' in the Louis Vuitton Series (July 4-August 30), and-if successful-they will also use her to challenge Oracle Team USA for the 34th America's Cup (September 7-21).

Emirates Team New Zealand's second AC72, NZL5 goes for it's first shake down sail. 12/2/2013  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

According to ETNZ's design group, 'Aotearoa' is more of an evolution than a revolution, as the team's emphasis was on bettering a lot of small details rather than rolling-out an untested design concept. While there was only about an eight-knot sea breeze blowing, the Kiwis impressively managed to foil their new ride, once again demonstrating the extensive amount of experience that they've amassed with wingsail-powered catamarans and hydrofoils in a compressed amount of time.

Team tender to starboard, Oracle spy boat to port - Emirates Team NZ - AC72 Aotearoa February 12, 2013  Richard Gladwell ©

'The first day was pretty good,' reported team boss, Grant Dalton, on the team's blog. 'Certainly better than the first day we had with our first boat... We put the boat up on its foils for a while, and no creaks or groans.' Inside, be sure to check out the photo galleries of 'Aotearoa' foiling around on New Zealand's beautiful Hauraki Gulf.

DSC 4767revd - Lauderdale Olympic Classes Regatta  John Payne

Meanwhile, in Olympic sailing circles, the inaugural Lauderdale Olympic Classes Regatta took place last weekend at the Lauderdale Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. According to reports, more than 60 boats-including Lasers, Laser Radials, Finns, 29ers and I-420s-enjoyed racing on flat waters in 10-12 knots of warm Florida breeze. Get the full scoop, inside.

Opening day of the J/24 Midwinter Championship 2013  J/24 Class Association

And speaking of the Sunshine State, the J/24 midwinters are taking place this week at the Davis Island Yacht Club, which is located in Tampa, Florida. At the time of this writing, John Mollicone's 'Team Helly Hansen' is looking strong, as are Will Welles' 'Cougar' team and Mike Ingham's '5448'. Stay tuned to the website for more from this event, as it unfurls.

And finally, don't miss the latest news from the J. J. Giltinan World Championship 2013 (February 15-24), the 2013 Rose Cup (June 19-23), the Youth America's Cup (September 1-4), as well as the Beneteau First 36.7 North American Championship 2013 (September 5-8).

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Lauderdale Olympic Classes Regatta enjoys successful first edition
John Payne,
The inaugural Lauderdale Olympic Classes Regatta was held last weekend. The event grew out of the annual Finn Midwinter and Women's Laser Radial North Americans that Lauderdale Yacht Club has hosted since 1982. This year, Men's Laser full rigs, I-420s and 29ers were added to the mix along with the inclusion of men in the Laser Radial class.... [more]
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J/24 Midwinter Championship - Consistency is key at Davis Island YC
Christopher E. Howell,
John Mollicone fortified his lead at the J/24 Midwinter Championship on Tuesday's three races. Team Helly Hansen has now tallied just twelve total points in the eight races thus far, dropping an eight in race one, leaving scores of 3,1,1,2,2,1,2. Will Welles moved into the second overall spot with a solid day and 18 total points. Mike Ingham stands in third with 26 points.... [more]
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Insight on the cause and prevention of hurricane damage
D. Scott Croft,
Hurricane Sandy was the single-largest recreational boating industry loss ever recorded, with over $650 million in damage to boats alone. Not included in that figure are the hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to marinas, boat yards and yacht clubs. Boats that didn't stay put in Sandy's exceptional storm surge caused damage to other boats, marina infrastructure, private and public property.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Closest finish in the race's 24-year history
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, with Tanguy De Lamotte (Initiatives Cœur) forecast to arrive on the morning of Sunday February 17 and the last man, Alessandro Di Benedetto (Team Plastique), now saying he will be back on Thursday, February 21, this is due to be the closest in the race's 24-year history.... [more]
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2013 Rose Cup set for Sheboygan action
Dave Perry,
The US Sailing Match Racing Committee and Sail Sheboygan are organizing the 2013 Rose Cup, a national youth match racing event, to be held June 19-23, 2013, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. This is the fourth running of the Cup. Ten skippers from around the U.S. will be invited.... [more]
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Red Bull Youth America's Cup: A late opportunity opens for Kiwi crew
36 Below Racing,
This week there was some fantastic news presented to a talented group of young New Zealanders, regarding a sailing opportunity to participate at a world stage event. An 11th hour invitation from the Youth America's Cup organisers was made to bring the 36 Below Racing team to the qualifying trials being held at the San Francisco venue beginning 18 February 2013.... [more]
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America's Cup: On the Hauraki Gulf for ETNZ's new AC72 - More images
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World' s Richard Gladwell was on the water today for the first sail of the team's second generation AC72, launched on February 4, 2013. Here's the second gallery of images of the 72ft catamran sailing for the frist time in a light seabreeeze of less than 8kts.... [more]
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America's Cup: A good first day on the Hauraki Gulf for new AC72
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World' s Richard Gladwell was on the water today for the first sail of the team's second generation AC72, launched on February 4, 2013.... [more]
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America's Cup: First day of sailing for Emirates Team NZ's new AC72
Chris Cameron,
Emirates Team NZ's photographer, Chris Cameron was on the water today for the first sail of the team's second generation AC72, launched on February 4, 2013... [more]
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18 footers - J. J. Giltinan Championship 2013 - Defending the crown
Frank Quealey,
18 footers - The J. J. Giltinan Championship 2013 is about to get underway and the crew of Gotta Love It 7 team are tapping all possible options to get them ready for their title defense starting on Sunday.... [more]
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Beneteau First 36.7 North American Championship - Registration starts
Charlie Wurtzebach,
The Beneteau First 36.7 North American Championship 2013 has already started accepting entries for the event scheduled for September 5-8, 2013 and hosted at the Belmont Station of Chicago Yacht Club (CYC). The Notice of Race (NOR) and registration instructions are located at YachtScoring.... [more]
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J/24 Midwinter Championship 2013 - Outstanding opener
Christopher E. Howell,
The J/24 Midwinter Championship 2013 commenced racing on Monday with John Mollicone's Helly Hansen taking the top spot on the leaderboard after five races in Tampa Bay, Florida.... [more]
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New Zealand's 18' Skiff Team for the J.J. Giltinan Trophy
John Little,
Seven New Zealand 18' skiffs are to take on the J.J. Giltinan Trophy starting this Saturday in Double Bay, Sydney. The J.J.'s has such prestige that it is known as the unofficial 18' skiff worlds and is sailed on the Australian based fleet's home waters. The regatta is contested from the 15-24th of February with an international fleet of 30 boats.... [more]
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Wow! That was the TP52 Southern Cross Cup
John Curnow,
Honestly, how much fun has the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup been, and I have not even been sailing it. True, some may have liked more wind and it was certainly not as consistent as Melbourne's Port Phillip is known for, but Race Management did manage to get all eight races in, which in turn allows for the one drop from the series scores.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series 2013 - Too close to call
Joy Dunigan,
The 2013 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club (CGSC), named Marc Hollerbach aboard Fu with tactician Jonathan McKee and crew member Ben Allen overall champion for Event No. 2 of the series. Hollerbach, a former International Class Chairman, had a great weekend in Miami finishing day one second overall.... [more]
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Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta 2013 - Winning challenger
Trish Jenkins,
The Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta 2013 drew to a close and the young crew of Cork 1720 Digicel Challenger celebrated the final day with a victory bash at the beach on Sunday evening, 10 February, after their overall win in the Racing Division of the popular sailing event in Antigua.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Bertrand de Broc arrives ninth in Les Sables d'Olonne
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe skipper Bertrand de Broc crossed the finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne at 17:12:14hrs UTC onboard Votre Nom Autour Du Monde avec EDM Projets. He finished in ninth place overall, crossing the line 1day 15hrs after eighth placed Arnaud Boissières and 14 days, 14hrs 53mins 34 secs after race winner François Gabart (Macif).... [more]
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J/24 Midwinter Championship - Twenty teams ready for a showdown
Julie & Christopher Howell,
Sailors from twenty teams will launch the J/24 Midwinter Championship from Davis Island Yacht Club on Monday, February 11. Racing amongst the impressive list of participants will continue through Wednesday in Tampa, Florida.... [more]
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