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27 Aug 2013

Hearings, Worlds and OD reports—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

While it's unknown as to what penalties the team may potentially face, things could get ugly at a crucial time for Oracle and for the 34th America's Cup, which starts on September 7. Stay tuned to the website for more news from Thursday's hearing, as it becomes known.

25/08/2013 - San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America's Cup - Louis Vuitton Finals Race 8; Luna Rossa vs Emirates Team New Zealand  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

Also in San Francisco but in monohull circles, news hit today that the HPR (High Performance Rule) National Championships is taking place as part of the St. Francis Yacht Club's fabled Big Boat Series (September 26-29). HPR racing will feature current-generation raceboats such as Carkeek 40's, Botin 40's, MC 38's and Farr 400's, as well as proven older-generation designs.

On the East Coast, the Byte CII Worlds are taking place at Sail Newport, in Newport, Rhode Island, where junior sailors are enjoying great times and spectacular sailing. In addition to being the class' Worlds, the regatta is also an Open Qualifier for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, which are being held in Nanjing, China. Get the full download, inside, and also don't miss the great image galleries of tomorrow's (potential) Olympic talent.

Byte CII World Championships 2013  Byte CII

The Farr 40 Worlds are also taking place in Newport, where a talented and experienced fleet of sailors has experienced great conditions (after a postponement for light airs) on their first day of racing. According to reports, the RC managed to rifle-off three races, with Nico Poons's 'Mon' toping the leaderboard, followed by Helmut Jahn's 'Flash Gordon 6' and Kevin McNeil's 'Nightshift'. Racing continues through Friday, so stay tuned for the latest news, as it unfurls.

Andrew Mills (GBR) in action on day 2 of the 2013 Finn Gold Cup  Robert Deaves/Finn Class©

And in Olympic Class circles, the Finn Gold Cup happening in Tallinn, Estonia, where sailors have been negotiating light winds and an extremely deep talent pool. 'Another tricky day,' reported current race leader Andrew Mills (GBR). 'Light winds [are] not traditionally what I am good at but I seem to be doing OK here. But it's a long way to go, with seven races left.' More, inside.

Howth Yacht Club, Co. Dublin, Ireland; Tuesday 27th August 2013: German entry JJ-One leading a group of boats towards the windward mark off Howth on day two of the BMW J24 World Championships before racing was abandoned due to lack of wind. The programme will continue for the rest of the week until Friday's final when fresher conditions have been forecast.  David Branigan/Oceansport

Also in Europe, the J/24 Worlds are taking place in at the Howth Yacht Club, which is situated near Dublin, Ireland. Get the latest scoop, inside, and also be sure to check out the great image gallery from this super competitive event.

Also inside, don't miss the latest news from the Red Bull Youth America's Cup (September 1-4) and be sure to also check out the post-racing reports from the Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 and the PWA Alacati World Cup.

San Francisco, 26/08/13 34th America's Cup - Louis Vuitton Cup 2013 prize giving at The Fairmont hotel  Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa©

And finally, check out ace shooter Carlo Borlenghi's image gallery from the Louis Vuitton Cup's prize-giving ceremony.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Louis Vuitton Cup - Prize giving images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi Images,
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was present at the Fairmont Hotel to capture these images during the Louis Vuitton Cup prize giving.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Mills extends lead in tricky day 2 conditions + Video
Robert Deaves,
On day two of the Finn Gold Cup in Tallinn, Estonia, Andrew Mills (GBR) has extended his lead after winning the second race of the day. Zsombor Berecz (HUN) moves up to second with Michele Palette (ITA) now in third. The first race of the day was won by Pieter-Jan Postma (NED).... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Swans battle for Swan Maxi Trophy
Nautor's Swan,
Preparations are underway in Sardinia for the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2013, where a fleet of Maxi Swan yachts will battle it out for the exclusive Swan Maxi Trophy, awarded to the best placed Swan yacht at the event.... [more]
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HPR National Championship at Rolex Big Boat Series
Dobbs Davis,
Interest is building for the 2013 HPR National Championship being held as part of the 2013 Rolex Big Boat Series, hosted by St Francis YC. Four days of inshore racing will be held over September 26-29th in San Francisco Bay, one of the world's great sailing venues. Winner of the HPR Class will not only win the National title, but a Rolex timepiece as part of the main event.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise to conclude EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup
John Friend,
Sailors from around the globe are invited to compete in the Semaine Olympique Francaise, the fifth and final leg of the EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup, which takes place in La Rochelle from ninth – 13th October.... [more]
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J24 World Championship - Racing abandoned on day 2
Graham Smith,
A lack of wind and strong tides played havoc on day two of the BMW J24 World Championship at Howth Yacht Club (near Dublin, Ireland), leaving Principal Race Officer David Lovegrove with no alternative but to abandon racing.... [more]
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USA 4 Windsurfing Campaign - Blazing saddles on the AC course
Steve Bodner,
At the 2013 USA 4 Windsurfing Campaign, our formula windsurfing fleet had been invited to race on the Americas Cup course as part of the AC- OPEN- a showcase of different sailing, windsurfing and kiteboarding competitions run in parallel with the Americas Cup and Louis Vuitton race series this summer on the San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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2013 Red Bull Youth America's Cup - Final week of training
Agence Mer et MEdia,
The Frenchmen in the Next World Energy team started their final week of training. Each day, the youngsters recruited and trained by Energy Team are sailing aboard the winged AC45s in races in order to prepare themselves before battle commences in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup on Sunday 1st September.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - How it came to Tallinn Bay
Robert Deaves,
At the 2013 Finn Gold Cup, the story of how it came to be in Tallinn is a long story, but one worth telling.It involves friendships nurtured under the controlling glare of Soviet rule, of an American sailor's immediate affinity with the Estonians of the Soviet times, his determination that the sailors would have their day and how those friendships shaped his life for the next 30 years... [more]
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AWT Pacasmayo Classic - Strong winds on day 2
American Windsurfing Tour,
What a day! Today was the day for the pros. We started early and ended late. Conditions offered up strong winds, long peeling lefts, and plenty of action for the spectators to watch. Waves were overhead and most riders were using 4.7 and 5.0 meter sails.... [more]
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Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race 2013
RHKYC Media,
The race is not for the faint-hearted, with challenging downhill conditions of 15 to 30kts often leading to gear failure on even the best-prepared boats. Entrants must pass strict scrutineering and safety checks, and are required to have a minimum of 50% of their crew to have undergone Safety at Sea Survival training, and 30% to hold First Aid/ CPR qualifications.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - The Wave, Muscat win in front of record crowd
Extreme Sailing Series,
At Act 6 of the Extreme Sailing Series, in excess of 120,000 people, the biggest crowds the Series has ever witnessed in its seven-year history, crammed around Cardiff Bay over the four days of racing to witness the battle of the Bay first hand.... [more]
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PWA Alacati World Cup overall
Chris Yates,
The PWA Alacati World Cup proved to be a tricky affair this year with light winds creating hugely challenging racing. By the end of the week five eliminations were completed on the beautiful turquoise waters of Alacati in winds ranging from 7-18 knots - meaning that the majority of the sailors were on their biggest equipment for much of the week.... [more]
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America's Cup: New report raises more questions on measurement ruckus
Richard Gladwell,
A new report released by the International Jury has revealed that there has been further tampering with the measured parts on the two AC45 catamarans sailed and managed by America's Cup Defenders, Oracle Team USA.To recap, a minor measurement incident has escalated into the most serious form of Hearing in the sport.... [more]
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New Zealand's $350 million role in the 2013 America's Cup
For the 2013 America's Cup, New Zealand has already benefited from well in excess of NZ $350 million dollars coming into the economy. Peter Busfield, executive director of the NZ Marine Industry Association (NZ Marine), says: 'There is no doubt that the America's Cup and all that the regatta represents, sporting-wise and commercially, has played a significant role in highlighting and developin... [more]
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Used boat buyers look out for Hurricane Sandy boats
D. Scott Croft,
With the fall boat buying season upon us, buyers looking for a pre-owned boat can often find deals as sellers, not wanting to take on the upcoming expense of winter storage fees, are in the bargaining mood. However, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) estimates that 65,000 boats were damaged or lost when Superstorm Sandy struck.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Light winds mix the fleet on day 1 + Video
Robert Deaves,
The opening day of competition at the 2013 Finn Gold Cup in Tallinn, Estonia, commenced slowly with light winds and a delayed start. After two races Andrew Mills (GBR) leads from Ed Wright (GBR) and Matt Coutts (NZL). Race wins went to Oliver Tweddell (AUS) and Jorge Zarif (BRA).... [more]
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J24 World Championship - Day 1 images by David Branigan
David Branigan Images,
David Branigan was on site during day one of the J24 World Championships at Howth Yacht Club near Dublin to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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J24 World Championships - Americans dominate day 1
Graham Smith,
On day one of the J24 World Championships at Howth Yacht Club, near Dublin, Ireland, American crews led the way in both races. After a two-hour delay for wind, the 40-boat fleet finally got away for the first race in a light but testing easterly breeze.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Time to deliver
It's time to deliver. After two days of racing at the Rolex Farr 40 pre-worlds, fifteen crews from eight countries are ready to fight for the coveted title of Rolex Farr 40 World Champions. The venue is spectacular and historic, the boats are the thoroughbred of world-class one-design racing and the competition is top-notch.... [more]
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Byte CII World Championship - More day 2 images by Rodrigo Fernández
Byte CII Media,
More images from day two of the Byte CII World Championship in Newport, Rhode Island by photographer Rodrigo Fernández.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Parade of sails from Tower Bridge
Julia Wall Clarke,
The UK capital is counting down to the biggest pageant on the River Thames since the Queen's Diamond Jubilee to mark the start of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race.... [more]
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AWT Pacasmayo Classic - Good news on day 1
American Windsurfing Tour,
Day one of the AWT Pacasmayo Classic started off with good news. Makael Buhon, who was pulled from the water in serious condition yesterday, is recovering in a nearby hospital. It is not yet known what caused the accident, but without the swift action of his fellow competitors and the El Faro staff to bring him to safety, we may have been reporting a different story.... [more]
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Melges 20 U.S. Nationals - Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti Named champion
Joy Dunigan,
With a frontal system on its way to the Michigan coast and all the forecast models in agreement, the 26 racing teams from around the U.S. and the world knew before they left the dock that the final day of the 2013 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship presented by Audi Muskegon would feature big waves and white knuckle speeds.... [more]
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Verve Cup Inshore Regatta - Shifty winds on final day
Rachelle Treiber,
At the Verve Cup Inshore Regatta hot, gusty winds led to challenging conditions and some tight competition as the event wrapped up today at Chicago Yacht Club's Belmont Station... [more]
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Detroit Cup Final Day - Gilmour victorious
Luiz E. Kahl,
On the final day of competition in an exciting Semi-Final and Final series of racing, David Gilmour and his Team Gilmour crew of Luke Payne and Peter Nicholas have won the 2013 Detroit Cup, the second stop on the ISAF Grade 2 US Grand Slam series.... [more]
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