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29 Sep 2013

Cupdate, big boats, and OD news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

The good news is the Kiwis have decided not to pursue legal action against the Defender for their daggerboard-control system that they are said to have fitted onto their AC72 during the later half of AC34. It's fair to say that after 2008/2009, the less time the Cup spends in court, the better!

Inside, be sure to check out all of the post-Cup debriefings, including a rather personal blog entry from ETNZ skipper Dean Barker, as well as post-game analysis and some final sweet photos of AC72s strutting on San Francisco Bay. Irrespective on your feelings towards AC34 and its outcome, it's fair to say that the regatta's drama—as well as the sight of AC72 catamarans fully lit up on their foils—drew-in countless spectators (in-person and virtual) and drove sailing into the center of the national conversation more than any Cup in recent memory. And if you were lucky enough to attend, you understand full-well how amazing a venue San Francisco Bay is...especially when it's blowing 23 knots (or less) with a flood tide!

Local photographers are compelled by law to include at least one tower of the bridge in every photo gallery - Rolex Big Boat Series  Chuck Lantz

Also on the waters of San Francisco Bay, the Rolex Big Boat Series wraps up today after four great days of racing (hint: no wind limits, should the breeze fill-in). Competition has been hot in a variety of classes, with the venerable J/105 class picking up the most number of entries of any keelboat, followed by the Melges 24, which saw the most competitors in a One Design class, although there was also certainly plenty of interest in the new J/70 class as well. Get the full scoop, inside.

Speaking of J/70s, the class just held its North American Championships at the Annapolis Yacht Club in Annapolis, Maryland. Here, Heather Gregg Earl and Joe Bardenheier, along with crewmembers Stuart Saffer and Bill Lynn, got the honors of winning the class' first North Americans, beating out 88 other teams for top honors.

'We didn't know we won the regatta until we got to the dock!' said an excited Bardenheier. 'We just figured if we stayed in the top 10, we might end up pretty high in the event... We sailed very consistently and just stuck with it. We had great teamwork and good communication the whole time.'

Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen at the 2013 49er World Championships   Christophe Launay

Meanwhile, in Marseille, France, competition has proven to be especially stout at the 49er and 49er FX Worlds. Kiwi sailors are currently dominating the leaderboard in both the Men's and Women's classes, with the competition set to end after today's races. 'We're happy with how we're going in theatre-style racing and how we're sailing,' said Blair Tuke. 'We're both really excited about the chance of winning a world championship. We haven't won a world title since our junior days so we're very motivated.' More, inside.

Platu 25 World Championships, Portosín , Galicia, Spain. 24-29 September 2013 , final day ©  Jesus Renedo

Also inside, check out the wrap-up reports from the Chicago Match Race Center's Autumn Invitational and the Platu 25 World Championship, and check out the reports from the ongoing GP Joule PWA Sylt World Cup.

If they bump, there will be plenty of witnesses - Rolex Big Boat Series  Chuck Lantz

And finally, spend some time with Chuck Lantz's great image galleries from the Rolex Big Boat Series. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Clipper Yacht Race - King Neptune makes a royal appearance
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper Yacht Race, it's been a fun 24 hours for the teams that have had the honour of crossing the Equator, with King Neptune making a royal appearance to welcome the crew on board into the Southern Hemisphere... [more]
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Laser World Championships - Star studded entries confirmed
Oman Sail,
At the 2013 Laser Standard Men's World Championships, organised by the Ministry of Sports Affairs and Oman Sail, a star studded international line up looks set as the 50 day countdown to the 16 November start of the event in Oman begins.... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series - Perfect Day 3
Kirsten Ferguson,
On day three of the Rolex Big Boat Series, as 22 J/105s came running down San Francisco Bay with the Golden Gate Bridge rising from behind their colorful spinnakers, 38 Melges 24s sailed upwind toward them in a freshening 8-12 knot westerly that enabled both fleets to comfortably negotiate the current and wind for optimum speed.... [more]
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J/70 North Americans - Gregg Earl and Bardenheier secure victory
J/70 Class Association,
Heather Gregg Earl and Joe Bardenheier will be remembered as the first ever J/70 North American Champions. The co-owners from Boston, MA, sailing Muse with Stuart Saffer and Bill Lynn, earned a ninth in the final race to secure victory with 95 points in the seven-race series.... [more]
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49er and 49erFX World Championships - Day 5 domination in strong winds
Michalis Pateniotis,
Going into the final day of the 49er and 49erFX World Championships, New Zealand crews sit at the top of both leaderboards in Marseille. In the 53-boat women's FX fleet, Alex Maloney and Molly Meech took a firmer grip on the Seiko yellow jerseys after a masterful display of strong-wind boathandling in four Semi-Final races on a gusty, shifty course close to the shore.... [more]
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America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - It's over
Dean Barker,
Writing on his blog at Kiwi Yachting Consultants' website Emirates Team NZ skipper Dean Barker gives his view on the 34th America's Cup: This is not the entry I was ever hoping to have to write. But here we are the day after and it hurts. Yesterday's loss in the deciding race was a bitter pill to swallow. But the writing was on the wall the day before when Oracle sailed around us on the upwind leg... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series: Images from Day 1
John Navas,
Videographer and sailing analyst, John Navas, was back on the wall on San Francisco Bay, on the edge of the racecourse, for the opening day of the Rolex Big Boat Series. He filed this gallery of images of the day's action on the Bay.... [more]
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The Portuguese 'Credite EGS' is the new Platu 25 World Champion
Sabrina Bonaiti,
After eleven very competitive races, the Portuguese 'Credite EGS' of Afonso Domingos and Hugo Rocha, is the winner of the Platu 25 World Championship of 2013, tied at 25 points with the Italian 'Euz II Monella Vagabonda' helmed by Sandro Montefusco, who was relegated to second place for having the Portuguese more podiums on first position.... [more]
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PWA Sylt World Cup - An evening dedicated to André Paskowski
Chris Yates,
The first day of competition at the GP Joule PWA Sylt World Cup saw summer return as warm temperatures, light winds and beautiful sunny skies graced Sylt with its presence. Whilst no windsurfing took place today, the event site was still buzzing as the crowds basked in the late summer sunshine.... [more]
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NeilPryde Racing Series set for October 5th start
International Windsurfing,
The NeilPryde Racing Series, together with the prestigious Extreme Sailing Series, will head to the city of Nice from the fifth-6th October. The Racing Series features an attractive and dynamic race format making the racing a spectacle for the watching crowds and allowing windsurfers of all levels, ages and genders to compete together.... [more]
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Platu 25 Worlds - Rain and shifty wind stops event on day 4
Sabrina Bonaiti,
The Committee of the Platu 25 World Championship, which takes place in waters of the 'Ria de Muros-Noia', tried until the last moment, but the wind and sea conditions today yesterday were really complicated in Portosín.... [more]
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More photos from day 2 of the Rolex Big Boat Series by Chuck Lantz
Chuck Lantz,
After months of watching the AC72 America's Cup foiling 'cats howling across the San Francisco bay at unbelievable speeds, it was a bit of a shock to see the more 'normal' racers competing in the Rolex BBS. But we'll adjust soon enough.... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2 photos from Chuck Lantz
Chuck Lantz,
Some San Francisco sailors swear that the water temperature on the bay was still a few degrees warmer than normal after being sliced and diced for months by the America's Cup boats, but everything else was back to normal on day two of the 49th annual Rolex Big Boat Series, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club.... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series - Good breezes on San Francisco Bay for big flee,
Just as it did yesterday, the wind faithfully filled in as a westerly—at 18-20 knots, by the end of the day— accommodating two races each in the four handicap classes, a performance multihull class, and four one-design classes In a fifth one-design class for J/70s, a second set of three races was added to three races from yesterday and began to tell a story of 'consistency pays off.'... [more]
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Kathryn Hammond Memorial Regatta - Race notice
Marissa Ann Morrison,
Kathryn Hammond Memorial Intersectional Hosted by the University of Texas and Austin Yacht Club... [more]
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America's Cup - Oracle Team USA defends barely
Gary Jobson,
Today's victory by Team Oracle USA concluded an America's Cup that will add quite a unique chapter to the long history of this regatta.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Kiwis bloodied but should be unbowed
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA did what most believed impossible – coming back from 8-1 down to winning 9-8 in a series that stretched to become the longest running series in Cup history. This was also the second occasion on which the second Defender to win in a winner take all Match. Australia II won the third, tied encounter, and changed the face of the America's Cup forever.... [more]
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12 Metre North Americans commence on Narragansett Bay
Barby MacGowan,
The 12 Metre North Americans sponsored by Pine Brothers is set to commence today on Narragansett Bay and continue through Sunday, with six of the graceful and historic 12 Metres participating.... [more]
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49er and 49erFX World Championships - Kiwis excel on day 4 + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
On day four of the 49er and 49erFX World Championships, an increase in breeze elevated young Kiwi team Alex Maloney and Molly Meech to the top of the leaderboard in Marseille. With the top 20 women's teams now competing in Gold Fleet Semi-Finals, the New Zealanders put in a solid set of scores in four races in moderate breeze, racking up 6,2,6,1.... [more]
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IFDS World Championships 2014 set for Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron
Sail Canada,
The International Disabled Sailing Association is set to host it's IFDS World Championships at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, August 2014. RNSYS is home to Canadian Gold Medal Paralympian Paul Tingley who has recently moved from the 2.4mR class to the Sonar Class with team mates Logan Campbell and Scott Lutes.... [more]
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J/70 North American Championship - No racing on day 2
Christopher E. Howell,
A lack of wind led to racing being abandoned on day two of the first-ever J/70 North American Championship in Annapolis, MD. Bennet Greenwald will take his lead into the final day of competition, which gets underway one hour earlier at 10:00 a.m. EDT Saturday. Perseverance compiled just 12 points after Thursday's three races. Joel Ronning's Catapult stands in second place with 22 points.... [more]
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PWA Sylt World Cup - Sailors prepare for epic battle
Chris Yates,
The opening day of the GP Joule PWA Sylt World Cup saw the crowds begin to build as thousands of people took the opportunity to kick-start their weekend early, either by rubbing shoulders with their idols or simply enjoying a glass of champagne whilst absorbing the bustling atmosphere in glorious sunshine.... [more]
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Platu 25 Worlds - Montefusco closes the gap
Sabrina Bonaiti,
After four races competed today, the distance between 'E para comer Lugo' helmed by the Spanish Champion Gonzalo Arujo and 'EUZ II Monella Vagabonda' helmed by the defending World Champion Sandro Montefusco, is getting smaller and smaller, and the Portoguese 'Credite EGS' is gaining positions.... [more]
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America's Cup: Monsta's view of the key moments of the 34th Match
Mark O'Brien,
New Zealand based caricaturist, Mark O'Brien, has become a feature of the America's Cup since 2000. He's in San Francisco for the 34th America's Cup - here's his gallery of the regatta so far.... [more]
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Clipper Yacht Race - Leaderboard shaken as teams escape the Doldrums
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, with Jamaica Get All Right, Qingdao and PSP Logistics making much better speed having headed east and climbing up the leaderboard, things are beginning to look up for some of the teams... [more]
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