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 02 Oct 2013

Heigh-ho, the America's Cup is over, and I have stopped getting up at 0400 to watch what was undoubtedly some of the most nail-biting and amped-up racing that I have ever seen. Sailors everywhere seem to agree that what was a massively disappointing Louis Vuitton Cup – the sort of thing that could ‘bring the sport into disrepute' – when battle royal commenced between two teams that were really up for it, the fight was nothing less than spectacular.

Now, no matter whether you are cheering with the (Australian) skipper of Oracle, Jimmy Spithill, or commiserating with Dean Barker and Grant Dalton from Team New Zealand, the question is ‘what next?' No doubt there are innumerable sailors out there willing to give free advice, but Bob Oatley and the Hamilton Island Yacht Club have put their cards on the table as Challenger of Record, and we all wait with bated breath to see what sort of protocol gets cooked up for AC35 in (probably) 2017.

Meanwhile, the rumour mill has been grinding away merrily. There were suggestions that Oracle had an aeronautical control system (‘Little Herbie') borrowed from a Boeing 747 to assist in trimming their foils. This was neither confirmed nor denied by Oracle, but Grant Dalton categorically stated that ETNZ weren't ‘going there' in the guise of a protest on any other sort of off-the-water action. Now Yachting World's Tech Editor, Matt Sheehan, has done some talking and digging (story below - America's Cup: What was Changed on Oracle?). Just bear in mind that the information he gleaned came from the same people that copped a big fine from the IJs just before the AC started...

Sail-World's visitor figures have gone through the roof. But is sobering to remember that, however exciting the AC proved to be for us sailors, my next door neighbour (who is the owner/driver of a P1 powerboat racing team) still has no idea who Jimmy Spithill is, that Hong Kong's principal English-language daily (South China Morning Post) lists sailing under ‘other sports', and the rest of the world has moved swiftly on.

It's Open Season in Hong Kong harbour now, with the RHKYC holding their opening regatta last weekend, and everyone in Asia is eyeing the calendar and wondering how to rearrange their holiday entitlement to take in as many regattas as they possibly can over the next few months – China Coast, Vietnam Race, Raja Muda, King's Cup, Royal Langkawi and more.

The sun is out and the temperature has dropped - along with the humidity. I can see breeze on the water from my office window. Let's go sailing!

Guy Nowell, Editor

IP Global Autumn Regatta - Clear sky and consistent wind on day 2
RHKYC Media,
At the IP Global Autumn Regatta, day two dawned with a clear sky and a consistent 10-14kt easterly, with 95 boats turning up on the start line to contest races two and three of the event... [more]
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IP Global Autumn Regatta - Wide range of breeze on day 1
RHKYC Media,
The first day of the IP Global Autumn Regatta in Victoria Harbour featured 98 entrants from eleven classes and divisions. Scanning the harbour earlier in the day, Deputy Race Officer Inge Strompf-Jepsen found a wide range of breeze from two to ten kts, at angles varying from 20 to 80 degrees and, given the inconsistent conditions, Race Officer Sofia Mascia elected to set the start line at Hung Hom... [more]
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Hong Kong to Vietnam - MACH² joins race
RHKYC Media,
MC²60 high performance cruising catamaran designed by Renaud Bañuls, is the only multihull entered into the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race which starts on 17th October.... [more]
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kukuKERchu at the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race
RHKYC Media,
At the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, starting on 17 October, kukuKERchu, a Ker 40 owned by David Ross for the past two years, will have a total of nine crew on board. All of the crew has raced with the kukuKERchu program over the years at various regattas throughout Asia, both on the 40 and the previous 32 of the same name.... [more]
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Thailand teams dominate on day one of the Qatar International Sailing
The Peninsula, Doha,
Thailand teams dominate on day one of the Qatar International Sailing Regatta winning the first two places in the Optimist Team Racing here yesterday. Two events, Sail Qatar and Qatar Match Racing Cup, form part of the five-day regatta organised by Qatar Sailing and Rowing Federation (QSRF).... [more]
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'Sail Arabia - The Tour' 2014 announced
Times of Oman,
EFG International, the leading global private banking group, has announced its return in 2014 as title sponsor for the fourth edition of the prestigious Sailing Arabia–The Tour (SATT), the Gulf region's only annual long distance offshore sailing event organised by Oman Sail.... [more]
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America's Cup: What was Changed on Oracle?
Matt Sheehan, Yachting World,
Oracle's jump in performance half way through the America's Cup is still the subject of hot debate, particularly among the New Zealand press who are convinced that the black cat had some special device that allowed them to foil more effectively. Was the ‘Herbie', as it became nicknamed, legal? Would Team New Zealand take legal action?... [more]
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Kiwis win Gold, Gold, Silver in Olympic Skiff World Champs in France
Richard Gladwell,
New Zealand crews have swept the 49er and 49erFX World Championships winning the Gold Medal and World Championship in both events. A second New Zealand crew placed second in the 49er class, winning the Silver Medal. Both classes are the Olympic skiff, used for the Mens and Womens events in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. See image gallery with this story.... [more]
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America's Cup: Dean Barker interviewed on Campbell Live
The day after arriving back in New Zealand, Emirates Team NZ's skipper Dean Barker was interviewed on Primetime news show, Campbell Live. In this very moving interview, a clearly still shocked Barker talks about why they were unable to win the America's Cup, and his thoughts on Russell Coutts rejoining the New Zealand team... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ pleased to have Aussies on board
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand today welcomed the return of Australia to the America's Cup. The Golden Gate Yacht club announced that it had accepted a challenge for the 35th America's Cup from Queensland's Hamilton Island Yacht Club. Includes 30 minute interview with Emirates Team NZ's Dean Barker. Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker said it was great to have Australia back in the Cup.... [more]
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America's Cup: Hamilton Island Yacht Club confirmed as Challenger
Richard Gladwell,
On Monday, September 30th, the following statement was issued by the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC), the defender and trustee of the America's Cup. Hamilton Island Yacht Club (HIYC), located on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia, has challenged for the 35th America's Cup.... [more]
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A toast to Robert Oatley
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Over the last decade we've all talked over a bottle or two of red that Australia has the sailors to win the America's Cup and the Oatley family had the money. Now Bob and Sandy have, almost when we least expected it, given Australian sailing the key Challenger of Record role ahead of the 35th America's Cup.... [more]
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PWA Sylt World Cup - Teasing winds on day 4
Chris Yates,
Day four of the GP Joule PWA Sylt World Cup began with overcast skies, but by the afternoon the glorious sunshine returned as the fantastic weather continued. Unfortunately though the wind never quite materialized today, despite teasing the competitors for much of the afternoon.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Battle for points continues
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, it's been a day of intense match racing in the top half of the fleet with former leaders Derry~Londonderry~Doire and Henri Lloyd battling it out within a few miles of each other for the last day after 3,600 miles of close ocean racing.... [more]
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RC44 Championship Tour returns to Portugal
RC44 Class Association,
In the 2013 RC44 Championship Tour, hosting the RC44 class for the second consecutive year, Cascais in Portugal will be the penultimate event. Local sailor Patrick de Barros is back in the fleet taking the helm of Team Cascais-Aleph Racing... [more]
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Tornado World Championships - Windy Day 1
Andrew Dowley,
At the 2013 Tornado World Championships in Ibiza, day one was set to be a windy one. The practice races yesterday had already been blown out but the sailors were keen to get out into the turquoise seas to test their boats... [more]
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PWA Sylt World Cup - Victory on day 3 for Moussilmani and Angulo
Chris Yates,
Day three of the GP Joule PWA Sylt World Cup saw the offshore winds continue as the first two eliminations of the week were completed in the men's slalom. Today saw slightly choppier water conditions as the wind turned slightly more cross-shore than yesterday, in the region of 9-22 knots.... [more]
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Luderitz Speed Challenge - The battle to push the limits
Luderitz Speed Challenge,
The Luderitz Challenge, the world record attempt in speed sailing, is welcoming nineteen different nationalities and potential new world records!... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 7 - GC32 catamarans latest emerging class
Extreme Sailing Series™,
In the Extreme Sailing Series™, the new GC32 one-design catamarans are the latest emerging class to be added to the on water warm up bill at the penultimate round in Nice, third to six October presented by Land Rover... [more]
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49er/49erFX World Championships - New Zealand dominates in Marseille
Ben Remocker,
At the 49er and 49erFX World Championships, New Zealand dominated in Marseille with a dazzling display of confidence and maturity by three young teams all in their early 20s... [more]
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Message in a bottle - found but unread because he won't open it
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
'Messages in a bottle' have long been associated with sailors who fear their lives may be lost and wish to get a message to the world or to a loved one. Even Christopher Columbus, caught in a storm, tossed a bottle into the water to tell news of the 'new world' he had discovered. But now there's a beach comber who has found what could be the world's oldest 'message in a bottle' and won't open it.... [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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Extreme Sailing Series - Penultimate Act set for French Riviera
Extreme Sailing Series,
The Extreme Sailing Series fleet of Extreme 40s are getting ready to flex their seafaring muscles at the penultimate Act of the 2013 Series in just one week presented by Land Rover. Set against the backdrop of the world famous Promenade des Anglais, Nice on the French Riviera will provide the playground for the eight Extreme 40s.... [more]
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The Mini Transat factor in technical innovation
Solene Rennuit,
Since the early editions, the Mini Transat has been propagating new ideas, technology and evolutions in hull design. Condensing into 6.50m anything that might make a boat go faster has led to many new ideas, some of which were revealed as great, while others were perfect failures. But today, the trend is to a maturing wisdom.... [more]
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Shocks could be used to aid recovery of degraded coral reefs
ARC Centre of Excellence,
Shocks caused by climate and seasonal change could be used to aid recovery of some of the world's badly-degraded coral reefs, an international team of scientists has proposed... [more]
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Scientific research finds that small prey fish can grow a bigger 'eye'
ARC Centre of Excellence,
New scientific research has found that small prey fish can grow a bigger ‘eye' on their rear fins as a way of distracting predators and dramatically boosting their chances of survival... [more]
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The argument for fractional ownership of your sailing boat
Renate Goodman/Sail-World Round-up,
Fractional rigs are one thing, not usually much good for the cruising sailor, but what about fractional ownership? Will this let you own the yacht of your dreams, without the huge outlay and relentless bills? Let's face it, many sailing boats (and power boats too) sit in the marina for the bulk of the year - so why not share with compatible sailors?... [more]
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Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta - The spectacular culmination
The grand parade of the 27 boats has been the astounding culmination to four days in which Barcelona has vibrated with the great vessels from the Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta which were moored at Port Vell. It has been four days fully open to the public in which locals and enthusiasts from around the world have taken part in the great celebration of the culture of the sea.... [more]
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2013 Phuket King's Cup Regatta
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is Asia's biggest and most popular regatta. Inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the event has been held every year since during the first week of December....
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