Hoofing it in San Francisco, Hamilton, 49ers - more Australian news

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 09 Jul 2013

Hoofing it in San Francisco, Hamilton, 49ers - more Australian news

Entries coming in fast for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, with more than 120 yachts have now entered for the 30th Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, and the fleet continues to grow.

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week   Andrea Francolini

A trend which Race Director Denis Thompson says, ‘confirms the status of this regatta on the Australian sailing scene. The numbers are impressive and most encouraging.'

With Australia´s top 49er pairing Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen otherwise engaged, on the final day of the 2013 49er and 49erFX European Championships in Aarhus, Denmark the Australian crews have missed out on medals.

While there were no medals for Australian sailors at the event, the mainly new pairings took a lot away from a solid week of racing in a range of conditions in Denmark.

34th America's Cup - Day 1 of racing for the LV Cup, Emirates Team NZ  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

Now to a Guest Editorial from our America´s Cup and New Zealand editor Richard Gladwell....

The race that wasn't, got sailed yesterday in the Louis Vuitton Cup.

An inauspicious start - but harking back to the same occasion in 2007, we had to wait for six days to get the first race away, due to light winds. This was in Valencia where we were promised plenty of wind every day - after Auckland copped it for the same transgression in 2003.

Yes the wind turned up in San Francisco, but the Italians didn't - keeping their principles uncompromised ahead of the International Jury Hearing tomorrow.

Emirates Team New Zealand turned on a sailing show today blitzing around the seven leg course in just over 40 minutes for the quickest race in an America's Cup ever. And on the final short leg to the finish the team hit speeds in excess of 40kts - believed to be a speed faster than an America's Cup yacht has ever sailed - in training or a race - and that includes Oracle BMW Racings 120ft trimaran of the 2010 America's Cup fame.

SAN FRANCISCO, USA July 7, first day of racing The Louis Vuitton Cup sailed in AC 72s between Emirates Team New Zealand skippered Dean Barker (NZL) and Luna Rossa Challenge skippered Max Sirena (ITA). Luna Rossa Challenge has decided to boycott the race. ©Paul Todd/OUTSIDEIMAGES.COM OUTSIDE IMAGES PHOTO AGENCY  Paul Todd/Outside Images ©

While the race lacked an opponent it didn't lack for spectacle, and being able to see an AC72 sailing at full speed for 40 minutes from a variety of camera angles including a helicopter, was not to be missed.

Technically it was fascinating. Overlaid with a race, the coverage will go up another level again - and then there is audio and more camera angles on and off the boats, to come.

In this edition of Sail-World we have a multitude of stories, images and video as we gear up our America's Cup coverage.

The doyen of sailing correspondents, Bob Fisher leads the coverage with his take on the days events. For sure there could have been ways around the Luna Rossa impasse - by changing the race schedule to use one of the Artemis Racing no-show days - and delaying this race until after the Jury Hearing.

Shore-side spectator get their first look at an AC72 doing battle. More or less. - America's Cup 2013 - LVC race 1  Chuck Lantz

Tomorrow, the focus shifts to the Jury Room, where the applications by Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa will be held. If these were Optimists, it would be a very short hearing, in our view. But Optimists it ain't, and there are the usual plays and posturing behinds the scenes as to the consequences of various outcomes.

But as anyone who has ever sat on a Jury will know, considering consequences of a decision is a very fraught business, and the only way to handle the Hearing, is to consider the case on its merits, find the facts, apply the rules and the Decision is clear and something to be proud of.

We have the background to the Hearing in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter

Current expectations are that the second race will take place as scheduled on the weekend between Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZ.

In this edition we have a short video of the Italians doing a foiling gybe - with their new wingsail and daggerboards.

What everyone looks forward to is the Louis Vuitton Cup being what it always has been - a keenly fought competition. And with Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand we have the sight of the two most experienced teams in the Challenger ranks in the history of the Louis Vuitton Cup, going head to head in the fastest boats ever sailed in the event.

Stay tuned to Sail-World.com/nz website for all the latest news.

Good sailing!

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team l

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ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - The return of Mark Spearman
At the 2013 Sail First ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, the Laser Radial Boys' and Girls' fleets in Limassol, Cyprus, will be the largest with 97 boats expected to take to the Cypriot waters. Fifty six Laser Radial Boys' will be aiming for glory whilst 41 Radial Girls' will take to the start line on 15 July to represent their country with racing coming to a climax on 19 July.... [more]
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Nv Charts releases a new app for mobile device navigation
Mike Martel,
Motor boaters, sailors, and cruisers who want to ride the cutting-edge crest of navigation with mobile devices can now take advantage of nv charts App, a new, simple-to-use free app now available from nv charts, a global leader in highly accurate, detailed maritime chart products.... [more]
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WSSR Council announces the establishment of a new World Record
John Reed,
The World Speed Sailing Record (WSSR) Council has announced the establishment of a new World Record.... [more]
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New rescue vessel is set for duty on Lake Macquarie
Ken McManus,
A new rescue vessel is set for duty on Australia's largest saltwater lake, Lake Macquarie, after its arrival at its new home base on Sunday, July seventh.... [more]
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America's Cup: Aerial Images of the Day from ACEA Louis Vuitton Day 1
Gilles Martin-Raget ACEA,
ACEA photographers present a selection of images from the Louis Vuitton Cup - Round Robin 1, Day 1 - this galley taken from a chopper above the AC72 Emirates Team NZ sailed alone today in winds of 16kts - hitting speeds of over 40kts on the way to the finish line... [more]
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49er and 49erFX European Champs - Australians miss out on medals
Craig Heydon,
The Australian crews have missed out on medals on the final day of the 2013 49er and 49erFX European Championships in Aarhus, Denmark.... [more]
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New boating and swimming zones for Port Phillip Bay
Kelly Sexton,
Swimmers and recreational boating enthusiasts will benefit this summer following the commencement of works to install new aids to navigation and clear signage to identify boating and swimming zones in Port Phillip Bay. Minister for Ports David Hodgett said the implementation of new signage will improve safety for users of the Bay from Elwood to Mount Martha.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Luna Rossa can do the foiling gybe, too - Video
Luna Rossa,
With a new wingsail and new daggerboards, Italian Challenger, Luna Rossa was showing her paces on San Francisco Bay recently - with a nice foiling gybe - which the team caught on video.... [more]
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2013 Transpacific Yacht Race starts tomorrow
Transpac media,
Tomorrow at 1:00 PM local time, the first of three waves of offshore yachts will start their 2225-mile journey to Honolulu in the 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race, aka the Transpac.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Images of the Day from ACEA - Louis Vuitton Day 1
ACEA - Abner Kingsman,
ACEA photographers present a selection of images from the Louis Vuitton Cup - Round Robin 1, Day 1 Emirates Team NZ sailed alone today in winds of 16kts - hitting speeds of over 40kts on the way to the finish line... [more]
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America's Cup: Louis Vuitton's Images of the Day - July 7, 2013
Paul Todd,
Top international photographers Paul Todd and Bob Greiser are shooting for series sponsor Louis Vuitton, at the Louis Vuitton Cup which got underway today, July 7. Today was their first race day on the water, here's Paul Todd's view of the day.... [more]
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2013 Audi Hamilton Island race week - More than 120 yachts now entered
Rob Mundle,
More than 120 yachts have now entered for the 30th Audi Hamilton Island race week.... [more]
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Circumnavigating French sailor in 8ft boat rescued in Torres Strait
Des Ryan,
He set out from French Polynesia to circumnavigate the world in the smallest sailing boat ever, but he only got as far as Torres Strait between New Guinea and Australia's Cape York.... [more]
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SAP 49er and 49erfx European Championships - Gold for Kiwis and Danes
Michalis Pateniotis,
The climax day of racing at the SAP 49er and 49erFX Europeans 2013 in Aarhus, Denmark, delivered a nail-biting finale. Crowds came out to witness the action on the promenade adjacent to the race track thronging with fans, with thousands more watching the live streaming online. A glorious day of sun and blue sky, with racing held off for just a while as the wind filled in.... [more]
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2014 Auckland to Fiji race - 11 months to go!
Suellen Hurling,
In just 11 short months, Royal Akarana Yacht Club will fire the starting gun for the 22nd Auckland to Fiji race, Sail Fiji. Already the interest for this race has been overwhelming, with big names such as Australian entrant, Lahana (formally Konica Minolta), Steinlager 2 and Lion New Zealand putting their hands up for the tropical challenge.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: More images from Day 1
Chuck Lantz,
more photos from the first day the America's Cup challenger series. With Luna Rossa refusing to participate in this first race to protest what they see as an unfair situation regarding the new rules proposed after the Artemis tragedy, the Emirates New Zealand AC72 ran the course alone. Those onshore didn't seem to mind, and enjoyed the solo show put on by the Kiwi monster boat.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: ETNZ wins first race by default - Image gallery
Chuck Lantz,
Today's first race of the challenger series in San Francisco was a bit lonely out there, with only ETNZ completing the course. Prada Luna Rossa, scheduled to race today, stayed at their base in protest of the method being used to implement the new safety rules, which were proposed after the fatal Artemis crash involving crewman Andrew Simpson.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72's alone - Brilliant concept, awful implementation!
Pierre Orphanidis, vsail.info,
Pierre Orphanidis of European website www.vsail.info is in San Francisco for the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Here is his take on the opening day: Brilliant concept, awful implementation! This is how, in my opinion, one could summarize the 34th America's Cup after watching the one-horse race... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Fastest Louis Vuitton Cup Race ever sailed + Videos
Richard Gladwell and John Navas,
The first race of the Summer of Sailing got underway on time today in San Francisco, with Emirates Team New Zealand sailing an uncontested race. Despite the no-show of Italian Challenger, Luna Rossa, the New Zealand team took the race as full on practice, entering the pre-start area at full pace ahead of the race set to be sailed over the 40 minute course. Includes 10 minute video - unblocked... [more]
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America's Cup: Ma'am there is no second - Louis Vuitton Cup opens
Bob Fisher,
July 7th was set in stone for the first race of the Louis Vuitton Cup and the race organisers were determined that racing should take place on that day no matter what; and so, they set up a 16.05 nautical mile course around which one competitor sailed in 46 minutes and 27 seconds. It was a sad reflection on what should have been a joyous day on San Francisco Bay – the day that the America's Cup b... [more]
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49er and 49erFX European Championship - Victory for Danish duo
Matthew Pryor,
At the 49er and 49erFX European Championship, Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen are Denmark's latest sailing sensations after they became the SAP 49er FX European champions on Sunday on the bay where they learned to sail as seven year olds 13 years ago.... [more]
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Can Bancroft make it three World titles with three crews?
Jane Moffat,
Starting on Wednesday 10 July Australian B14 sailor Guy Bancroft will start his attempt to win his third B14 World Championship with three different crews.... [more]
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America's Cup: Behind the Artemis door - the Swedish team unveiled
John Navas and Richard Gladwell,
On July 7, a media group was given a tour an update of the Artemis Racing base in Alameda. Here is an update on the team, their progress and prospects: Artemis Racing have a third wingsail in the assembly phase. 25% of the surface is uncovered, and they expect to be finished by the end of the next week. The boat is expected to be sailing in two weeks.... [more]
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CYCA Winter Series winners announced
Jennifer Crooks,
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Winter Series divisional winners have been determined with the final race in the series pointscore... [more]
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