LVC, ocean and match-racing news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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11 Jul 2013

LVC, ocean and match-racing news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) and Luna Rossa presented their protests and arguments to the International Jury on Monday, carefully explaining how they feel that Regatta Director Iain Murray has overstepped his authority with his list of 37 safety recommendations. According to ETNZ and Luna Rossa, some of these safety recommendations are in fact performance boosters, which essentially amount to a backdoor change to the AC72 class rule. Luna Rossa plans to continue to boycott the Louis Vuitton Cup until the International Jury has delivered its decision, thus turning the first week of racing into some solo-sailing time for ETNZ.

08/07/2013 - San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America's Cup - Louis Vuitton Cup - Round Roin - Race day 2 - Emirates Team New Zealand Vs Artemis (forfeit)  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

The International Jury is expected to give their decision fairly soon (ideally today!), offering hope of clearer air in the near future. But, until that happens, the AC world remains one that's rocked with plenty of thunder and more than a little bit of metaphorical rain on the start to what had been gloriously billed as the 'Summer of Sailing'.

And to further complicate matters, Louis Vuitton is reportedly seeking a multi-million-dollar refund from the event, given the lackluster entry list. Stay tuned to the website for the latest LVC and AC news, as it breaks, and be sure to check out the coverage and image galleries from the first week of racing. Hopefully, the stank air will clear out on both coasts soon, allowing sailors to do what they love best.

2013 Transpacifc Yacht Race  © Sharon Green/

Meanwhile, in offshore news, the second wave of Transpac boats will cross the starting line off of Los Angeles today at 1300 hours, their bows eventually aimed for Hawaii. Current weather forecasts are calling for a light-air start, with only 5-10 knots from the west-northwest, so crews are bracing for a potentially sluggish start to their adventure. Get the full report, inside this issue, and stay tuned to the website for more Transpac news, as it unfurls.

And back on Long Island Sound, the inaugural Women's International Match Racing Series kicked off yesterday at the Oakcliff Sailing Center. This prestigious event will see eight of the fastest female match-racing skippers line up for four days of racing. 'Our open events have over the years always had a large number of women sailors, so it seems appropriate that Oakcliff is now hosting the only U.S. stop of the inaugural Series,' said Dawn Riley, Oakcliffe's Executive Sailing Director. Get the full scoop, inside this issue.

2013 Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week   Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

Also inside, check out the reports from the Formula 18 World Championships, the PWA Pozo World Cup, as well as the latest news from U.S. Sailing's upcoming West Coast Tour. And finally, check out Carlo Borlenghi's awesome image gallery from Brazil's Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

2013 Sail First ISAF Youth Worlds Championship - No RS:X Certainties
At the Sail First ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, Great Britain's Saskia Sills will aim to defend her RS:X Girls title whilst an open RS:X Boys fleet means no certainties. Twenty two RS:X Girls competitors and 28 RS:X Boys sailors will take to the start line on 15 July aiming to take the ISAF St. Moritz Boardsailing Championship trophy and the Paul Phelan Boardsailing trophy respectively.... [more]
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America's Cup: The Italian quandary
Bob Fisher,
Luna Rossa, the Italian challenger from the Circolo della Vela Sicilia, did not race against Emirates Team NZ on the opening day of the Louis Vuitton Cup on the express orders of the team's principal, Patrizio Bertelli. This, he explained, was no sudden reaction but a carefully calculated matter.... [more]
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Images of 2013 Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
2013 Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week In Brazil - Images by International photographer Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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The 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race - Second wave to start tomorrow!
Transpac media,
For the second start to the 2013 Transpacifc Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, or the Transpac, Another wave of three classes will be setting off into the sunset tomorrow.... [more]
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RHKYC Hong Kong-Vietnam Race 2013 – records definitely under threat.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The provisional entry list is promising a bigger and more international fleet than ever before. Local boats who just can't stay away from this race include Sam Chan's FreeFire. 'We have unfinished business – a damaged mast in 2008 and a broken rudder stock in 2011 mean we haven't had any good finishes lately'. The Burns/Kinmonth combo Fortis Mandrake (King 40) is back for another go... [more]
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SSV Oliver Hazard Perry dedicated at Fort Adams
Kirsten Ferguson,
The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry was dedicated as Rhode Island's Official Sailing Education Vessel at a dockside ceremony Saturday morning at Fort Adams State Park. Rhode Island Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts was among a half dozen local, state and Navy dignitaries to speak to an audience of approximately 600 supporters and had the distinguished honor of reading the official declaration proclamation.... [more]
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US Sailing's West Coast Tour commences this this week
Jake Fish,
Modeled on the popular Roadshow format, US Sailing will visit sailing organizations throughout the West Coast focusing on signature regattas, junior and adult learn-to-sail clinics, community outreach programs, US Sailing Speaker Series, Regional Sailing Program Symposiums, Safety-at-Sea Seminars, and more.... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup – Day 2 a very relaxed affair
Chris Yates,
Day two of the PWA Gran Canaria Wind and Waves Festival proved to be a very relaxed affair as the wind and waves refused to cooperate for the second day in a row. With temperatures soaring into the thirties and a very light breeze most of the sailors took the opportunity to seek cover out of the sunshine, as the waiting game continued.... [more]
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New York Women's Invitational – Top crews ready for battle in Oakcliff
Joakim Hermansson,
Commencing this Thursday, eight of the world's leading women match racing skippers will kick off their battle in Oakcliff, New York, when the inaugural Women's International Match Racing Series makes its only US stop: 'Our open events have over the years always had a large number of women sailors, so it seems appropriate that Oakcliff is now hosting the only US stop of the inaugural Series,' says... [more]
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J/24 World Championship – Multiple champions sign-up for Howth action
Graham Smith,
The J/24 World Championship has some of the leading names already entered including the current World Champion Mauricio Santa Cruz of Brazil, the top two finishers in this year's NA Championship and 2011 European Champion Ian Southworth of Britain. The event is set to take place at Howth YC, near Dublin, Ireland, in late August. Almost 40 entries have been received to date from nine countries.... [more]
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Formula 18 World Championship - Brit claims lead in overall standings
Niccolò Pagani, Sailing &Travel Multimedia,
The Marina di Grosseto racing waters, currently hosting the Formula 18 World Championship 2013, delivered an amazing day's racing. After yesterday's rain forced the committee to halt the action after just one start, today a nine to 15-knot westerly and a calm sea served up the perfect conditions for the 161 teams entered to showcase their talents.... [more]
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Byte CII dinghy and Techno 293 Continental Championship dates revealed
Upcoming dates for the Byte CII dinghy and Techno 293 windsurfer Continental Championships have been confirmed with qualification places for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games up for grabs. Of the 40 Country qualification places available in the Techno 293 - 20 boys and 20 girls – 34 spots across six Continental Championships and the 2013 World Championships will be available.... [more]
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America's Cup: Dean Barker reflects on Race 2, Louis Vuitton Cup
Dean Barker,
Emirates Team New Zealand have lined up for their first official race of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Writing on his blog at Kiwi Yachting Consultants' websites, of which he is a substantial shareholder and director, skipper Dean Barker gives his views of the first day of racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup.... [more]
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America's Cup: Aerial Images of the Day - Louis Vuitton Day 2
Gilles Martin-Raget ACEA,
ACEA photographers present a selection of images from the Louis Vuitton Cup - Round Robin 1, Day 2 - this galley taken from a chopper above the AC72 Emirates Team NZ sailed alone today in winds of 14-18kts - again hitting speeds of over 40kts on the way to the finish line... [more]
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ISAF Youth Worlds - 29er and SL16 crews ready to race + Video
The 2013 Sail First ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship is set to take place in Limassol, Cyprus from 13-20 July with more than 350 sailors from 61 nations set to compete. Among the fleet will be twenty nine 29er teams and fifteen SL16 teams – set to take to the start line when racing commences on 15 July.... [more]
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Marblehead-Halifax Ocean Race - Rambler first across finish line
Chronicle herald,
Rambler, skippered by George David, has crossed the finish line in this year's Marblehead-Halifax Ocean Race.... [more]
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ISAF Open and Women's Match Racing world rankings for July 2013
Great Britain's Ian Williams and Denmark's Camilla Ulrikkeholm have retained their World number one spots in the ISAF Open and Women's Match Racing World Rankings.... [more]
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Australian speedster lines up for inaugural Auckland to Bluff Race
The Auckland to Bluff Ocean Race has received a major boost with 'Team Australia', the record-breaking 60ft trimaran, planning to take part in the inaugural race which sets sail from Auckland's Waitemata Harbour on Sunday, 9 February 2014.... [more]
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Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week Day 2 in Brazil - Images provided by international photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing emerges from the shed - First images
Artemis Racing's second AC72, 'Big Blue' has emerged from her shed in Alameda, CA in preparation for stress and structure testing. Here are the first images of the team's AC72, as she is turned upside down in preparation for the testing ahead.... [more]
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America's Cup: Behind the scenes at Artemis Racing - Video and images
On July 7, a media group was given a tour and update of the Artemis Racing base in Alameda. Two days ago Sail-World published a report in the media tour of the Artemis Racing base. Not to be missed. Now the team have produced 14 minute video of the visit, largely unedited and is a great look behind the scenes at Alameda, and maybe the best video produced by any of the teams to date.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ on fire in Louis Vuitton Cup
Irene Corosu, America's Cup,
In the America's Cup Challenger Series, the Louis Vuitton Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand today scored its second point in San Francisco. Skipper Dean Barker and crew were scheduled to race Artemis Racing, but the Swedish team is still assembling its second AC72 wing sail catamaran and won't be ready to sail for another two weeks.... [more]
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