In England, the renowned Round the Island Race has been sailed. This year's was particularly poignant coming the day after the funeral service for Artemis Racing crewman, Andrew Simpson, at Sherborne Castle in nearby Dorset. The plan had been for Sir Ben Ainslie to race his AC45, emblazoned with the logos of his sponsor JP Morgan Asset Management, who are also the title sponsor of the Round the Island Race.
After the fatal capsize of Artemis Racing's AC72, Ainslie, a close friend of Simpson was rather dividend about proceeding with the race, the day after the funeral, but decided that it was the right thing to do, and set a new race record in the wingsailed 45ft catamaran.
In this edition we have reports and images of the classic race, together with a tribute from Ben Anslie, a winner of five Olympic medals , to his close friend, a winner of Olympic Gold and Silver medals in the Star keelboat.
In San Francisco, the America's Cup teams are in various stages of recovery after the Artemis capsize.
On the water three of the teams are sailing, along with Artemis Racing venturing out in a foiling AC45 catamaran.
There is no announced date for Artemis Racing to launch their AC72 catamaran. Whether they have a new wingsail available again is a matter kept within the team.
By any timeline, the Challenger of Record will be hard pressed to be on the startline for the opening of the America's Cup Regatta in a month - when the teams were due to line up in a fleet race.
Behind closed doors the discussion between the teams continue, with apparently little agreement on the sticking points of race schedule, changes to the class rules and other Protocol changes - save for those directly involving safety. But even on that front, some of the teams claim that what is required is their standard practice, or is just rule making to cover a situation they have already covered, and been practicing for several months.
Artemis Racing in the AC45 - June 2013 Artemis Racing
Our information from various sources is that the disputed matters will go the to Jury for either a full Hearing or Mediation.
The fact the the premier trophy in the sport could be in a situation where a month from the regatta, the number of races and racing schedule are still being worked out is bizarre, to say the least.
Sail-World is monitoring the situation and may have more to say online in a day or so.
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Jake Weeks prepares for the start - 2013 Brass Monkey Ben Morrison
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