From Oppies in Garda to AC72s in San Francisco

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 18 Jul 2013

Where are the Emperor's clothes?

Not for the first time, I am going to complain about inaccuracy. Here at Sail-World we receive huge amounts of PR fluff on a daily basis, extolling events and products to the skies. Some of it is so puffed-up that it's inaccurate to the point of being misleading. A total glass-out at a regatta becomes ‘light and variable conditions'. Sub standard race management produces ‘challenging courses'. It's a bit like the world in which the trash collector becomes the Refuse Disposal Manager, and Rudolph is a Nasally Empowered Reindeer. It's also a bit like playing Contract Bridge, in which bidding two Clubs doesn't mean you think you can win the hand by two tricks, in Clubs. It's PR Code, and you have to be able to unscramble it. You have to be able to spot that, indeed, the Emperor has no clothes.

Today we received a press release for an event that calls itself a ‘raceweek' when in fact it is only a one-day regatta. It's nonsense, and needs to be discouraged. In the same vein, there's something going on in San Francisco right now that calls itself the ‘Summer of Sailing'. There are three boats on the entry list: so far, one boat has sailed three races against no opposition (my dictionary says that a race is “a competition between runners, horses, vehicles etc. to see which is the fastest in covering a set course”), one race had the loser so far behind the winner that they were outside the cut-off time, and in the most recent ‘race' the sole participant failed to finish within the prescribed time limit for the course but was still judged to be the ‘winner'. The Emperor has no clothes.

It's nonsense, right? We try to be more accurate, and objective, than that. Being honest doesn't always win friends, but we'd like our readers to know that when we say an event is good, it really is, which is why we do ‘reality editing' on the material we receive and publish. Now please excuse me while I go and get dressed (the aircon is getting a little chilly).

Guy Nowell, Editor

Rolex Fastnet Race - High profile women join in
Trish Jenkins,
For this year's Rolex Fastnet Race, a key feature will be the number of high profile women taking part, when the world's largest offshore race sets sail from Cowes on Sunday 11th August. Yet again the Royal Ocean Racing Club's flagship event is breaking new records in terms of the size of its fleet with 372 boats entered at present.... [more]
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World Optimist Championships - 51st edition officially open in Italy
Elena Giolai,
The 51st World Optimist Championships officially opened in Riva del Garda, Italy, organised by Fraglia Vela Riva in collaboration with IODA (the International Optimist Class) in the presence of ISAF President Carlo Croce, Olympian Alessandra Sensini and IODA President Peter Barckley.... [more]
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2013 Optimist Worlds - Hong Kong Team ready
Richard Knight,
2013 Optimist Worlds practice race and opening ceremony where the Hong Kong team arrived six days early to prepare for the Worlds at Lake Garda, Italy.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Softly, softly catchee monkey . . .
Bob Fisher,
It was nothing more (nor less) than an exercise in sailing an AC-72 in light airs when the Luna Rossa crew graced San Francisco Bay with their elegant silver and red boat for an hour on a grey Tuesday afternoon. There was no excitement, but none had been expected, although the mandatory body armour seemed superfluous to requirement and more restrictive to movement than the sailors might have pref... [more]
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Boat Shows everywhere get interactive - now the All Wales Boat Show
Lee Mylchreest,
Interactivity and skill building are becoming a growing part of boat shows all over the world. From Annapolis to Sydney to Southampton, boat shows are responding to the popularity of participation and education on the part of boat show attendees. The latest boat show to pick up the baton is the All Wales Boat Show, 24 - 28 July being held at Conwy and Deganwy Quay Marinas in the County of Conwy.... [more]
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'More fizz' for RHKYC Top Dog Series
RHKYC Media,
One of the world's most popular and prestigious champagne brands, Veuve Clicquot, has been appointed the Official Champagne of the 2013-2014 Top Dog Trophy Series hosted by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. The Top Dog Trophy Series is a four-race series of pursuit races held in Victoria Harbour from November to May each year... [more]
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Sansiri impresses early in 2013 Transpac Race
Event Media,
The 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac) started in perfect Southern California conditions on Monday 8th July with Thai entry 'Sansiri' in the first of three starts in 15 knots of westerly breeze.... [more]
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Turkmenistan opens its first ever yacht club
Sail-World Cruising,
You won't be able to sail there any time soon, but the central Asian state of Turkmenistan has just joined the ranks of boating nations with the opening of its first yacht club.... [more]
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America's Cup: Can Emirates Team NZ foil upwind? + Video
John Navas,
Sail-World's resident photo and videographer, John Navas, was out on the water today and captured video of Emirates Team NZ's AC72 sailing a near windward course while foiling. Speed is dramatic - 30-35kts clocked off the chasing powerboat - compared to the usual 20-23kts seen in racing to date.... [more]
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Docks with faulty wiring continue to prove deadly
D. Scott Croft,
This past year over Fourth of July weekend, Alexandra Anderson, 13, and her brother, Brayden Anderson, eight, were swimming near a homeowner's dock on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri when they started to scream. By the time the siblings were pulled from the lake, they were unresponsive and a short while later were pronounced dead.... [more]
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52 Super Series - The Phoenix arrives in 2014
52 Super Series,
The 2014 52 Super Series will welcome a new owner and his brand new build TP52 to the fleet. Botin Partners, designers of the 52 Super Series champions Azzurra, have confirmed today they have been commissioned to design a new TP52 for renowned Brazilian owner Eduardo de Souza Ramos.... [more]
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LA-Honolulu Race - Dismasting, debris and dazzling speed
Transpac media,
Today, in the 2225-mile LA-Honolulu Race organized by the Transpacific YC, or the Transpac, it was a glorious day for some teams, but not great for others.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: July 14 - Emirates Team NZ wins another solo race
Chuck Lantz,
On Sunday, July 14, with less fog and haze on the LVC/AC race course, ETNZ took another point in a solo run. Photos by Chuck Lantz in San Francisco, shooting from the shore... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup - Promising, but not enough on day 5
Vienne Masters,
The penultimate day of the PWA Pozo World Cup (Gran Canaria Wind and Waves Festival) saw the most promising conditions thus far, but unfortunately they were never consistent enough to allow for the competition to begin.... [more]
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Transpac - Perfect conditions for final start
Transpac Media,
The final start of the Transpacific YC's race from LA to Honolulu commenced amid sunny skies and 8-10 knots of westerly breeze. After a celebration send-off from Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, 21 of the fleet's fastest monohulls and two large fast multihulls started at 1300 local Pacific Daylight Time today off Point Fermin on the their way to the finish at Honolulu's Diamond Head, 2225-miles away.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Aerial Images of Day 4
Gilles Martin-Raget ACEA,
ACEA photographers present a selection of images from the Louis Vuitton Cup - Round Robin 2, Day4 - this galley taken from a chopper above the AC72s... [more]
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2013 Transpacific Yacht Race - Slow second start
Transpac media,
The 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, or the Transpac, today greeted the 21 starters with unseasonably overcast rainy skies.... [more]
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America's Cup: White Smoke finally emerges from the Jury Room
Bob Fisher,
It took three days for the five-person International Jury to issue its findings from the two protests submitted by Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa. And when the tablets were handed down – all 23 pages – the important decisions were to be found 22 pages in, and most important of them all was: 'Regatta Notice 189 has the effect of changing the Class Rule and is therefore not in accordance... [more]
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America's Cup: Jury refuses to support Regatta Director on Ruddergate
Richard Gladwell,
The International Jury have ruled that the Regatta Director did not have the authority to amend Class Rules in the AC72 for the 34th America's Cup. The decision was predicted from the outset by Sail-World, and is consistent with an earlier case (AC16), also taken by Emirates Team New Zealand which prevented the Measurement Committee introducing rule changes.... [more]
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