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18 Apr 2013

ACWS, Congo Cup and OD news —Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

'All of our focus has been on the AC72, but on the days that we are not sailing on the AC72, we have been able get out on the AC45s,' said Tom Slingsby, an Olympic Gold medalist and the skipper of 'Oracle Team USA Slingsby'. 'We've had a few training sessions over the last couple of weeks which have been really important,' said Slingsby. 'And, I know to expect huge crowds – last year was the biggest crowd I've seen in sailing, so I'll be ready for that, which will hopefully take away some of the nerves.'

Americas Cup World Series - Naples Coastal Race April 14, 2013  

To date, the fleet has engaged in some friendly skirmishing, including a 21-mile 'scenic race' (aka the Coast Parade Trophy), which served as a charity fundraiser. Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) was the quickest horse around the course, followed by skipper Chris Draper's Luna Rossa Piranha and Oracle Team USA Slingsby.

Get the full multimedia blast from the warm-up event, and stay tuned for the latest ACWS Naples updates, as they become known.

AC72 testing in San Francisco bay. Artemis Racing April 2013, Alameda, USA  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

Also AC related but unfurling Stateside, Artemis Racing, the Challenger of Record for AC34, has released a video of their first-generation AC72 out sailing on San Francisco Bay following major modifications. In the video, helmsman Loick Peyron talks about how these changes have helped the team's speed and power, especially their second-generation wingsail. While the team is still awaiting the launch of its second-generation boat in order to get up on its foils like the other AC72 designs afloat, Peyron says the team's original boat is now more relevant to the AC34 conversation. More, inside.

2013 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series, Event 1, Day 3  © BPSE/Carlo Borlenghi

And in One Design racing, Valentin Zavadnikov's Team Synergy has won the prestigious Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series event, which just took place in Gaeta, Italy. Inside, get the full media debriefing, as well as some great photo galleries, compliments of ace shooter Carlo Borlenghi.

Ian Williams and Simone Ferrarese cross paths - 49th Congressional Cup Day 1  Rich Roberts ©

Meanwhile, in match-racing circles, Simone Ferrarese has won the prestigious Congressional Cup (aka the 'Congo Cup'), scooping victory away from Ed Baird. 'It was the best win of my life,' reported Ferrarese after winning this prestigious trophy. 'Taking the Crimson Blazer here has been my dream.' Interestingly, Ferrarese was the only semi-finalist to have not previously won the Crimson Blazer, but this didn't stop the 25-year-old Italian from winning top honors.

Close downwind action - Argo Group Gold Cup  © Talbot Wilson / Argo Group Gold Cup

And finally, don't miss the wrap-up report from Les Voiles de St. Barth, check out the latest news from the upcoming ISAF Sailing World Cup (April 22-27) and get the latest scoop from the Argo Group Gold Cup (October 8-13).

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

PWA Chile, Surazo Windsurf Cup - Event 1 Matanzas complete
PWA World Tour,
The Surazo Windsurf Cup Event 1, the first in a three event race to determine the Chilean entries into the PWA event to be held in Matanzas in November, was completed in spectacular fashion over the weekend. The conditions made for a fantastic first event and the level of the local sailors was extremely high, with everybody in hot pursuit those all-important PWA National Association wildcards.... [more]
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Bayview Mackinac Race - Registration is open
Bayview YC,
The late arrival of spring has led to the late arrival of our first update for the Bell's Bayview Mackinac Race, but at long last, we have much to share. As we're all getting ready to start washing, sanding, painting, glassing, and all of the other dirty jobs required to get ready to go sailing, there's no better time to register for the 89th annual sailing of the Great Race on the Great Lakes.... [more]
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Fisher's View: A gift horse in need - America's Cup WS, Naples - Day 1
Bob Fisher,
Day 1 America's Cup World Series, Naples: Today's media 'conference', for want of a better word, was a shining example of a gift horse in need. It was held in a building with bare walls and more echoes than enough – and the behavior of the 'media' not actually involved was appalling – they talked loudly and the photographers were among the worst. Interviewing a skipper was a painful operation.... [more]
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The America's Cup: Adding up the scorecard for New Zealand Inc
Grant Dalton,
Emirates Team NZ leaves soon to begin the battle for the 34th America's Cup, the team has attracted major sponsorship from offshore; top international brands that are happy to invest large sums of money and partner with a New Zealand sports team. Here Grant Dalton reflects on the 2013 challenge, the team's achievements in getting where it is today and its place in the New Zealand marine industry.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series, Naples: More images from the Scenic Route
Linda Wight,
The Coastal Race in the America's Cup World Series being staged at Naples, won't be remembered as one of the great races of the century. But for a race against some spectacular backdrops - it set a high standard. Sail-World's Linda Wright was on the water, and filed this second gallery from Naples.... [more]
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International 14 Class World Championships - Notice of Race released
Peter Hayward,
International 14 Class World Championships 2013. The official Notice of Race for the upcoming regatta is now available from the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Go to the club's home page at!Royal_Canadian_Yacht_Club!new... [more]
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Solo Arrimer 2013 - Academy sailors conquer the Rookie podium
Artemis Offshore Academy,
Solo Arrimer 2013. British solo offshore sailing took a step in the right direction this weekend, as three Anglo-Saxon Figaro skippers conquered the Rookie podium. Storming the 305-mile Solo Arrimer finish line at around 23:30 BST on Friday 12th April, 22-year old Artemis Offshore Academy sailor Jack Bouttell claimed the Rookie podium top spot.... [more]
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Artemis Racing AC72 video update
Beau Outteridge,
After going through some modifications, the AC72 has been back out on the Bay training for this upcoming summer. Loïck Peyron talks about how these recent modifications have improved Boat 1.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series, Naples: Oracle Team USA ready for battle
Lisa Ramsperger,
Oracle Team USA is in Naples, Italy, and ready to focus on racing the AC45 in the America's Cup World Series. Skipper Tom Slingsby and crew Sam Newton (wing trimmer), Kinley Fowler (jib trimmer), Rome Kirby (runner) and Piet van Nieuwenhuijzen (bowman), arrived over the weekend and hit the ground running in preparation for this week's regatta, held April 16-21.... [more]
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BoatUS offers 5 ways to call for on water towing assistance
D. Scott Croft,
Let's face it. These days, there are so many ways boaters can communicate while on the water, it's hard keeping track. VHF radio, which is monitored by the US Coast Guard and its life-saving Rescue 21 system, is the accepted method for getting emergency help. But what about calling for routine on-the-water towing assistance for things like a dead battery, dead engine or grounding?<... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Initial invitations issued
Talbot Wilson,
The 2013 Argo Group Gold Cup is set to get underway on October 8th. The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and Argo Group have now issued invitations for the event. Match racing for the King Edward XVII Gold Cup will take place on Hamilton Harbour in Bermuda with the finals scheduled for Sunday October 13th.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup action set for Hyeres, China's Lijia Xu returns
The 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup – Hyeres is set to take place 22-27 April where more than 800 sailors across ten Olympic and two Paralympic events will sail. After regattas in Melbourne, Australia, Miami, USA and Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères will bring the 2012-13 series to a close and will feature the world's top sailors.... [more]
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WWA Pro Card Wakeboarding Qualifier - Action aplenty in Orlando
Rob Corum,
The stage for the inaugural Malibu WWA Pro Card Wakeboard Qualifier was set by glass clam water and a huge wake at Freedom Wake Park in Orlando, FL on April 13th. The event is a development project by the World Wakeboard Association designed to fuel the vitality of competitive wakeboarding long into the future.... [more]
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Youth America's Cup 2013 - Zhik announces sponsorship of The Force
Vince Casalaina,
The American Youth Sailing Force (The Force) is happy to announce that Zhik is now our official clothing sponsor. Zhik's Pat Langley is very enthusiastic, 'The team has a great amount of energy and have proven to be winners not only on the water but also on land.... [more]
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NoRs for Nacra 17 World and European Championships 2013 published
Nacra 17 International Class Association,
The International Nacra 17 Class Association is pleased to publish the Notice of Race for the first Nacra 17 World Championship and the European Championship. The world championship will be held at Hague, the Netherlands from Sunday 21 July to Sunday 28 July 2013, organized by the Royal Netherlands Sailing Association, the International Nacra 17 Class Association and the Foundation Nacra Events.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series, Naples: Images from the Scenic Route
Linda Wight,
The Coastal Race in the America's Cup World Series being staged at Naples, won't be remembered as one of the great races of the century. But for a race against some spectacular backdrops - it set a high standard. Sail-World's Linda Wright was on the water, and filed this gallery from Naples.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Naples: Charity fun day in the Coastal Race
Linda Wright,
It was a fun day on the race course for the America's Cup World Series, held April 14, 2013. The course started in Naples, Italy, on the Bay of Napoli and up the coast to Pozznoli and back. But there was no wind. Even so it was a great day to be on the water.... [more]
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CISA Advanced Race Clinic in full swing at Alamitos Bay YC
Jerelyn Biehl,
The 2013 CISA Advanced Race Clinic, being held at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, has been in full swing now for two days with 115 youth sailors on the water, spread across seven different classes. With the addition of the F-18 multihull, some new faces are on the water with three teams heading out on the multihulls.... [more]
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Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Event 1 - Images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series, final day of the first event was held in Gaeta, Italy. Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided the following images.... [more]
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Melges 32 Sailing Series - Team Synergy conquer the field in Gaeta
Joy Dunigan,
At the 2013 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series, from the moment that Valentin Zavadnikov's Team Synergy with tactician Tommaso Chieffi arrived on the Gulf of Gaeta, they commanded the event. As the final day of racing unfolded, Zavadnikov held off attacks from a combative, second place finisher Andrea Pozzi on Bombarda alongside of tactician Lorenzo Bressani to take the overall win.... [more]
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America's Cup WS Naples: Emirates Team NZ wins Coastal Race - Video
Emirates Team NZ,
The first event in the America's Cup World Series, Naples was staged today with the Coastal Race, a 21 mark jaunt around the picturesque coastline surrounding the Naples venue. Sailed in light airs, Emirates Team New Zealand won the event, and compiled this video of the day... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Alinghi claims faultless win in Singapore
Extreme Sailing Series,
In Act 2 of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series, Morgan Larson and his Swiss team Alinghi sailed a faultless regatta in Singapore on one of the most memorable stadium race courses the Extreme 40 fleet have ever sailed on to claim overall victory in this truly spectacular Asian city.... [more]
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Les Voiles de St Barth - Lively conditions served on final day + Video
Fabrice Thomazeau,
The last day of competition at Les Voiles de St. Barth served up lively conditions for the fleet, with 20+ knots of wind whipping up four- to six-foot seas. The race committee sent the Maxi/Racing, Maxi, and Spinnaker 1 and 2 classes on a 17 nautical mile course along the western side of the island, somewhat protected by the lee of the land but nevertheless providing shifty conditions.... [more]
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49th Congressional Cup - Ferrarese wins with speed in the light
Rich Roberts,
On Saturday at the Long Beach Yacht Club's 49th Congressional Cup Simone Ferrarese found speed in light wind like nobody else could to win the Long Beach Yacht Club's 49th Congressional Cup with a 54-second win over Ed Baird in a one-race championship showdown.... [more]
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