AC34 controversy and LVC racing—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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06 Jul 2013

AC34 controversy and LVC racing—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

This weekend's LVC itinerary includes the official opening ceremony for the America's Cup Park, an airshow, an AC72 boat parade, AC72 time trials, as well as the first match races of the LVC, which will be contested on Sunday between ETNZ and Italian-flagged challenger Luna Rossa.

As far as the problematic rudder elevators, Regatta Director Iain Murray has found himself in the middle of viscous crossfire this week regarding the list of 37 safety recommendations that he presented to the teams following Artemis' tragic May 9 accident. According to ENTZ and Luna Rossa, Murray has stepped beyond his authority as Regatta Director; because of this, these teams are protesting Murray's action with the International Jury, while Oracle Team USA maintains that Murray is simply doing his job as the event's commissioner.

03/07/2013 - San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America's Cup - Iain Murray press conference about safety  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

'I made these recommendations to the teams on May 22, over six weeks before the first race of the Louis Vuitton Cup,' said Murray in a recent press release. 'At that meeting, all of the teams agreed to all 37 of the safety recommendations.'

'Disappointingly, for competitive reasons, two of the teams are now protesting over some of these safety recommendations,' continues Murray. 'But I don't believe you can pick and choose. These safety recommendations are a package and together they increase safety for our sailors and they are now Rules of the event.'

Murray went on to add that, if his safety recommendations are not accepted by all teams, he would have to report back to the United States Coast Guard, who could in turn potentially pull the event's crucial Marine Event Permit. Inside, be sure to get the scoop on this AC controversy, and stay tuned to the website this weekend for the latest news from San Francisco, as it unfurls.

Meanwhile, Quantum Racing was able to fly the Stars & Stripes high and proud on Day Three of the 52 Super Series, which is currently taking place in Ibiza, Spain. Here, the American-flagged team posted two bullets and a fourth to take over the pole position.

tp 52 races 4, 5 & 6 ph m ranchi (3) - 52 Super Series Royal Cup Ibiza 2013  © Max Ranchi Photography

'It started out today a little bit cloudy and unusual, and filled in enough to get a start off and we were not sure where it was going to go next,' said Quantum's American skipper, Ed Baird. 'Because it was cloudy and earlier in the day it went left, and we happened to be on that side and so we were happy. Second race we went right and won that side and 'Azzurra' won the left and came out about length and a half ahead of us at the top mark. We got a little tangled up in traffic and ended up with a fourth, but it was still a strong finish.' More, inside, including some great image galleries, courtesy of top international shooters Ingrid Abery and Max Ranchi.

Wimbledon on sea – top seeds fall at Quarter-Final stage - Stena Match Cup Sweden 2013  WMRT ©

Also inside, be sure to get the latest reports from the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race, the Stena Match Race Sweden and the upcoming Rolex Fastnet Race.

And finally, best wishes to you and your family for a happy, safe and festive Fourth of July. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Gladwell's Line: Official boilover will only heighten protest tensions
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup COO, Stephen Barclay has all but assured that Italy's Luna Rossa will not take part in the opening race of the Louis Vuitton Cup, with a statement calling the Italian's position 'unprincipled'. In a statement on the website, Barclay decried the position advanced by Max Sirena, the Luna Rossa skipper.... [more]
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America's Cup: Smiles break ice at Skippers Media Conference
Richard Gladwell,
Despite their much published differences, it was almost all sweetness and light between the four America's Cup skippers at the Media Conference to open the 2013 America's Cup Regatta. The full video replay is included in this story.... [more]
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America's Cup: Press conference and parade images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Renowned photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on site for the 34th America's Cup press conference and parade to capture this gallery of images. Enjoy!... [more]
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Stena Match Cup Sweden - Perfect conditions for the Semi-Finals +Video
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
The Semi-Finals at Stena Match Cup Sweden were held in perfect conditions with 25 knot winds, big seas and blazing sunshine. There have been few days when match racing as a spectator sport has been shown off so well.... [more]
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52 Super Series Royal Cup - Gladiator proves staying power in Ibiza
52 Super Series,
In the 52 Super Series Royal Cup Ibiza, Tony Langley and the crew of Gladiator proved their staying power as well as their skills today when they won the 33 miles coastal race, holding off regatta leaders Quantum Racing all the way round the long upwind- downwind passage which took the fleet up to the NE corner of Ibiza to the finish line off the entrance to the Ibiza town harbour.... [more]
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52 Super Series Royal Cup - Race 7 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi Photography,
Photographer Max Ranchi was out on the water at the 52 Super Series Royal Cup in Ibiza to capture these images during race 7.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Confirmed enrolments 90% complete
Solene Rennuit,
The Trophy Marie-Agnès Péron and the Mini Fastnet have handed down their verdict. In rather mild weather conditions, nearly all the entered competitors successfully finished the races and many of them were able to validate their qualification for the Mini Transat. In addition several new competitors were able to get their passport to the great crossing.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series heads to Torbole this weekend
Joy Dunigan,
The penultimate event on the 2013 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series takes place this weekend in Torbole, Italy on July 6-7, hosted by Circolo Vela Torbole. Twenty-seven teams representing seven countries are in attendance, and some arrived a few days early in an effort to better prepare, fine tune their boats and dial in their handling skills as they prepare for some of the toughest competition ever.... [more]
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America's Cup: Cayard claims Artemis excluded under rudder rules
Paul Cayard,
The 34th America's Cup is about to get under way in San Francisco. At Artemis Racing, we have had our heads down, working hard to finish a new boat and wing in order to get back out on the water and compete in this event that we have worked hard on for three years. In general, when you are as busy as we are, you don't have time to get involved in media and spin.... [more]
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Rio 2016 Paralympic medal event and athlete quotas revealed
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has revealed that the Rio 2016 Paralympics are set to feature more female athletes than ever before, whilst the overall progam will include 23 more medal events than at London 2012, with women and athletes with high support needs the main beneficiaries.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from the Opening Ceremony
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget provided this gallery of images from the America's Cup Opening Ceremony in San Francisco, on Independence Day, July 4.... [more]
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America's Cup: Opening ceremony pulls thousands of San Francisco fans
The 2013 America's Cup opened amid great fanfare and celebration today with the grand Opening Ceremony on the main stage at the America's Cup Pavilion. With the sailors of the four teams contesting the 2013 America's Cup—Oracle Team USA, Emirates Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa Challenge and Artemis Racing—standing behind her, Lucy M. Jewett, recently elected to the America's Cup Hall of Fame,... [more]
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Missing text message reveals ripped storm sails in Nina search
Rosemary Neilson, Maritime NZ,
On 29 June it became known that the last transmission (a text message), on 4 June, had not been delivered to its intended recipient by the Iridium system. RCCNZ, working with the United States State Department, sought the release of the undelivered text message contents, which RCCNZ received on 3 July.... [more]
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Stena Match Cup Sweden - Further upset in Quarter-Final rounds
World Match Racing Tour,
Stena Match Cup Sweden - With Taylor Canfield and Alpari World Match Racing Tour leader Mathieu Richard failing to make the grade at the end of Qualifying, there was further upset today in the Quarter-Final rounds.... [more]
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America's Cup: Final Practice Session on the Bay - Am-Cam Video
John Navas,
John Navas was back in familiar territory alongside San Francisco Bay, yesterday, as the teams went through final practice sessions ahead of the start of the America's Cup Regatta, which starts next week with the first race in the Louis Vuitton Cup.... [more]
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52 Super Series Ibiza - Stars and Stripes fly with pride
52 Super Series,
On Day 3 of the 52 Super Series in Ibiza the Stars and Stripes were flown with pride in the 52 fleet on American Independence Day, July 4th, but it was Quantum Racing who were the stars of Day 3 as the American flagged team rolled out two wins and a fourth place to take the overall event lead by two points ahead of Italy's Azzurra... [more]
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Queen's Counsel latest inductee into America's Cup Hall of Blame
Richard Gladwell,
One of New Zealand's top offshore sailors, and Queen's Counsel, Jim Farmer QC, is the latest to be bawled out over comments made on the interweb. Apparently some in the City by the Bay, took exception to his remarks, made in a personal capacity, and today he posted a follow up.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race to set new records
Trish Jenkins,
The Rolex Fastnet Race is organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC). Plymouth is gearing up to welcome thousands of sailors from all corners of the globe in the celebrated Rolex Fastnet Race. Now in its 45th year, the biennial race, which started in 1925, features on every seasoned sailor's 'must do' list as well as newcomers seeking a tough personal challenge.... [more]
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52 Super Series Royal Cup Ibiza images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi Photography,
52 Super Series Royal Cup Ibiza images from races four, five and six by Max Ranchi photography.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from the Oracle Team USA base tour plus Video
John Navas,
John Navas was on the media tour of the Oracle Team USA base today, and provided this image gallery. Catch two videos, the first by Pierre Orphanidis of European website who is in San Francisco for the week, and the second from Oracle Team USA as Tom Slingsby discusses rudder elevators.... [more]
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America's Cup: Iain Murray sets record straight on protests
America's Cup Media,
Regatta Director Iain Murray met the media on Wednesday morning to address issues raised in the protests filed by Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge head on. Murray says claims that his 37 Safety Rules are changing the game one week before the regatta are baseless.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ surprised at Regatta Director comments
Emirates Team NZ,
Under rules of procedure for the America's Cup jury, no party is permitted to comment on matters before the jury. Emirates Team NZ is surprised by comments made by the regatta director, particularly since, apart from his proposed unilateral changes to the AC72 class rule, all of his recommendations have been implemented by the competitors agreeing to changes in the racing rule and protocol... [more]
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