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 17 Mar 2013
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AC 72 and Canadian Racing news!

We share many reports from the AC 72 yachts this week; Sail-World editor Rob Kothe has a straight talk with Oracle skipper James Spithill, America's Cup editor Richard Gladwell captured images and videos of Emirates Team New Zealand showing their stuff and we have picked up other select content from team blogs. The war of words and images is on as teams are fully intent on intimidating each other with their latest on-the-water foiling exploits. The next few months promise to be very exciting for America's Cup armchair racers. Next event in the AC World Series is set for Naples, Italy in mid April; this event takes place in the AC 45 yacht, the same yachts will be back In San Francisco in September for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup, where ten teams composed of 19 to 24-year-old racers will get an opportunity of a lifetime to race on an international scene.

The crew of Barking Mad hangs hard over the rail during an upwind leg. - Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational   William Wagner

The warmer climes of the Caribbean remain host to some exciting racing this winter; check out the latest from the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean and the Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational. Upcoming events include the 40th International Rolex Regatta in St. Thomas, the BVI Sailing Festival and Spring Regatta later this month.

Stark Raving Mad, Swan 601 - Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2013  © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Back home, the 2013 Mobility Cup will help Halifax get ready for the International Association for Disabled Sailing world championships in 2014. Halifax race organizers know a thing or two about putting together a successful event; I am sure they will not disappoint.

We're also paying attention to a story developing off the water; famous Canadian dinghy designer Bruce Kirby has been involved in a dispute over proper licensing rights for his legendary Laser design for many years. He has recently filed a formal legal complaint alleging counterfeit production of the popular racing dinghy.

Finally, Rhonda Joyce and Melges 20 Canada share the first instalment of their racer profiles; PCYC's Jon Messenger is the subject of her first interview.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational - Close finishes on final day
Bill Wagner,
Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational 2013. Most Farr 40 regattas comes down to the last leg of the last race on the last day. This one was even closer than that!... [more]
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Laser designer takes builder, Class association and ISAF to court
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
Bruce Kirby, Inc. has filed a complaint in the U.S. Federal Court District of Connecticut, alleging unlawful counterfeiting of the Kirby dinghy by LaserPerformance principal Farzad Rastegar acting with and through Laser Performance and its associated entities. This case also names the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) and ISAF alleging they assisted LaserPerformance.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2013 - Carlo Borlenghi's photos on final day
Carlo Borlenghi,
Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2013. Carlo Borlenghi provides some of his shots on the final day of racing hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands.... [more]
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Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational - Position shuffles on Day 3
Bill Wagner,
Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational 2013. A three-race day off Miami Beach shuffled the fleet like a deck of cards. Struntje Light maintained its lead for the third straight day, but Barking Mad and Enfant Terrible made major moves on Friday as the overall standings scrambled like eggs.... [more]
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America's Cup: Confessions of a Wingman,
Glenn Ashby (AUS) describes his job as wing trimmer on Emirates Team NZ's AC72 as a bit like driving a truck. The multiple A-Cat world champion, Olympic Silver medalist, and former Tornado cat world champion, is talking a really big truck with a 32-speed gearbox as it traveling up and down a series of hills and turns.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2013 - Caribbean flight
Jill Campbell,
Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2013. The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and the British Virgin Islands provided the sumptuous setting for the Caribbean sailing spectacle which concluded today after four days of sporting competition. Over 20 Nautor's Swan yachts representing nearly ten countries and territories provided a dynamic spectacle in idyllic waters and varying wind conditions.... [more]
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Inn Challenge Trophy coming to Antigua next month
Lillo Mazzetti,
This exciting new contest will see Mariella, the majestic 80-foot 1938 yawl, throwing down the gauntlet to challenge similar classic yachts of traditional rig and appearance, to compete in an 'America's Cup' style match race competition - the Mariella Challenge. The Inn Challenge Trophy will be raced in Antigua between 17th and 18th April 2013 and the deadline for entries is 7th April 2013.... [more]
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Farr 400's sail to success on two different continents
Victoria Low,
Farr 400's sailed to victory at keynote regattas on two different continents over the past weekend. In Australia, Matt Allen and his crew of Ichi Ban topped the 18 boat PHS Division 1 by two points after the four races sailed over Saturday and Sunday at the regatta which is one of the biggest keelboat regattas in the country, attracting more than 200 boats.... [more]
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New sponsor announced for Mobility Cup and IFDS Worlds
Kathy Large,
High Liner Foods of Lunenburg, N.S. has announced the company will be the title sponsor for two important sailing regattas coming to Nova Scotia. The Mobility Cup will be returning to Nova Scotia in 2013 and the International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) will hold its world championships in Halifax in 2014.... [more]
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Youth America's Cup 2013 - Training begins for the Force
Vince Casalaina,
Youth America's Cup 2013. The American Youth Sailing Force (The Force) greeted twelve international youth teams vying for four spots in September's main regatta in last month's trials. With the competitors now selected, The Force gets down to work training on the AC45 this Friday. They know what's needed to win the Red Bull Youth America's Cup.... [more]
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Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational Day 2 - Struntje Light maintains lead
Bill Wagner,
Bill Hardesty was amazed by what he saw during Thursday's action at the Miami Beach Invitational Regatta. Just after the fleet of Farr 40s rounded the first weather mark during Race 5, Hardesty looked around and it appeared all seven boats were dead even. 'All seven boats were lined up in a row. It literally looked like a seven-way tie,' said Hardesty, tactician aboard Flash Gordon 6.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean - Jostling at the start line sets the scene
Jennifer Hall,
In the 2013 Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean, jostling at the start line set the scene for day three. With Classes A and B sharing a start line, there were bound to be a few exciting moments including this morning when Swan 90 Freya mixed it up with Swan 56 White Rhino and Swan 48 Catch 22 at the Committee Boat end of the line.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Winter Series - Messenger takes overall Corinthian
Rhonda Joyce - Melges 20 Canada,
The closing ceremonies for Bacardi Sailing Week ended on a high note for two Port Credit Yacht Club boats, which placed in the top three overall for the Audi Melges 20 Winter Series, Corinthian Division. On the aptly named Black Sheep, Jon Messenger took top honours winning first place.... [more]
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America's Cup: Larry Ellison checks out Oracle Team USA's AC72
Oracle Team USA's Larry Ellison took time out to visit Pier 80 with members of the shore and sailing crew, and get aboard the AC72. Team photographer Guilain Grenier was on hand to catch the occasion.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race to make another stop in Sanya
Kevin Fylan,
The Volvo Ocean Race will return to Sanya's sparkling Serenity Marina in 2014-15, with the Chinese holiday destination once again confirmed on the race route after making a great impression on its debut in 2011-12.... [more]
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America's Cup - Counting down to the ‘Summer of Racing' underway
Stephen Barclay,
The countdown has begun! We've taken possession of the new cruise ship terminal and are now starting to transform all of Piers 27 and 29 into what will become the America's Cup Park. The America's Cup Park and America's Cup Village (Marina Green) will be the two major event locations during the 'Summer of Racing' in San Francisco.... [more]
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Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational - Germans cruising on Day 1
Bill Wagner,
Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational 2013. Farr 40 owners from around the world came to Miami for the sunny skies, warm weather and consistent breeze. South Beach delivered on all counts as 70-degree temperatures and 12-18 knot winds welcomed the fleet for the regatta.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ does Waitemata flypast - Videos
Richard Gladwell and Andew Dickerson,
After another training session on the Hauraki Gulf, Emirates Team NZ AC72, did a flypast in front of the Sail-World video camera, as she sailed down Auckland's North Shore beaches and turned around North Head to enter the Waitemata Harbour . It was another great day in New Zealand's best summer for over 70 years, with a lovely seabreeze.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Coming soon to an ocean near you
Volvo Ocean Race,
The first Volvo Ocean 65 hull, the Volvo truck towing it, its driver and three attendees have been on the road for five days now. They left the Persico factory in Bergamo, Italy, this past Friday. They are taking the ferry today from Hook of Holland to Harwich and the crossing from the Netherlands to the UK will take them six hours.... [more]
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America's Cup: Higher and faster - more Am-Cam video from Takapuna
New AM-Cam video shot at Takapuna Beach on Friday March 8, 2013. Includes previous clips together with new video of the two AC72's sailing back to their base on the Waitemata Harbour. In this new footage Luna Rossa starts well behind Emirates Team NZ's AC72 and appears to be sailing higher and faster than the New Zealand Challenger which dominated the other racing on the day.... [more]
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Miami Beach Invitational Regatta - Farr 40s enter the spotlight
Tink Chambers,
The TP 52 fleet has packed up and shipped off to Europe. The Olympic class sailors of the Bacardi Cup have de-rigged and trailered their boats back home. Now the iconic Farr 40 class takes the sailing limelight on the waters off South Beach.... [more]
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America's Cup - Oracle's James Spithill tells it like it is!! (Pt 2)
Rob Kothe,
Oracle skipper, James Spithill is a straight talking Australian. Sail-world interviewed the America┬┤s Cup winning skipper last week.In Part I of this interview Spithill detailed the progress of the Oracle USA team and made some blunt comments about Emirates Team New Zealand. There is more of the same in Part II.... [more]
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America's Cup: Latest Oracle Team USA Am-Cam video from San Francisco
Oracle Team USA's revamped USA-17 was videoed again by an independent cameraman who captured the AC72 training on San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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Five injured, one fatality in NHYC/SDYC Islands Race
Chuck Hope, SDYC Paul A. Marshall, NHYC,
Deepest sympathies and prayers are now going out to the crew and family of the Uncontrollable Urge. On Friday March 9, 2013 at approximately 9:26 pm, while taking part in the fourth annual Islands Race, the crew reported rudder failure on their VHF marine radio. They were in the vicinity of San Clemente Island at the time.... [more]
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America's Cup: Leaning on the weatherman to get it right,
Even more so than previous America's Cups, the AC72 sailing and support crews are even more dependent on the weather predictions. In this clip from the Emirates Team NZ media unit, tactician Ray Davies talks about how times have changed the weather – and how they make use if the weather data painstakingly gathered by meteorologist Roger Badham... [more]
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America's Cup update with Oracle helm James Spithill (part 1)
Rob Kothe,
Oracle skipper and helm, James Spithill is a straight talking Australian. Sail-world interviewed him at length last week. Some of his observations were predictable and diplomatic but others less so and there is obviously some needle between Oracle USA and the Team New Zealand already.... [more]
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