News from the 35th America’s Cup—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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14 Mar 2014

News from the 35th America's Cup—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Team Australia and Oracle Team USA on Sydney Harbour  © Andrea Francolini Photography
Plenty of behind-the-scenes maneuvering continues to go on in the world of America's Cup sailing, where it was recently announced that French solo sailor and multi-hull expert Loick Peyron will rejoin Artemis Racing as a member of the team's design group and as a helmsman. Peyron, it will be remembered, played a critical role with 'Alinghi' in the 33rd Americas Cup and with 'Artemis Racing' in AC34. In addition, Peyron has amassed an impressive number of solo and shorthanded sailing victories on the IMOCA 60 and ORMA circuits.

'I have been involved in two America's Cups, but always just for the final year of the campaign,' said Peyron. 'What's great about today is that I'm with a team I really like, at the beginning of the game, when there is a blank piece of paper and everyone's heads are burning with excitement.

Loick Peyron at the America's Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 October event  ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget ©

'With ‘Alinghi' I had the chance to spend the final 12 months with a team that had dominated the America's Cup for a number of years; and with ‘Artemis Racing', it feels like I'm now involved with a team that will be the dominant force of the future,' continued Peyron.

Peyron's Artemis Racing teammates were also pleased to hear the news of his early return to the team. 'It's great that we have been able to retain so much talent from the last campaign, to keep the consistency,' said Nathan Outteridge, the team's primary helmsman. 'To be able to tap into Loïck's unrivalled experience of multihull sailing, and his connection not just with the sailors but with the designers as well, is a big skill to have within the team'.

SAILING - Team Australia AC45 - Sydney, Australia
ph. Andrea Francolini/Team Australia  Andrea Francolini

Also Cup related, the Sydney-based training sessions involving Oracle Team USA and Team Australia have-not surprisingly-started to become proper racing sessions, now that the Aussies have gained a bit of experience sailing their AC45 wingsail-powered catamaran.

'We're slowly building our team up,' said Mathew Belcher, Team Australia's skipper. 'The 10 days with Oracle will really give us a chance to get as many sailors into the boat as possible and for myself to come into the team and find out exactly where we are.'

Oracle Team USA: Tom Slingsby
Race 17

  Luna Rossa - Carlo Borlenghi ©

The American-flagged team is in a much stronger position, experience-wise, but the hard reality is that it's now been almost six months since the final guns of AC34 sounded, and even America's Cup champions need to practice. 'It's a great venue,' said Tom Slingsby, Oracle's sailing team manager and the team's tactician, about sailing in Sydney. 'Sailing AC45s in Sydney Harbor hasn't been done before and it's an amazing backdrop. We've had a couple of great days of training against the new Australian team and it's been going well.'

And speaking of Oracle Team USA, Larry Ellison, the team's principal, recently went on the record with Julian Guthrie, author of the book, 'The Billionaire and the Mechanic', to share some of his wide-ranging and still-solidifying visions for the 35th America's Cup.

San Francisco, 34th America's Cup Final - Oracle Team USA CEO Larry Ellison  Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa©

'We're going to start with two years of globe-trotting, Formula One-style racing in AC45s,' said Ellison about the lead-in period prior to AC35. 'AC45s are inexpensive to build, transport, and sail. You can throw an AC45 and its support equipment and chase boats into a couple of containers and ship them to regattas all over the world: Shanghai, Tokyo Bay, Marseilles, the Port of Rome, anywhere.'

Get the full AC35 update report from Artemis Racing, Team Australia and Oracle Team USA, as well as the rest of the Ellison interview, inside this issue, and stay tuned for more AC news, as it unfurls.

New York to Barcelona  Nico Martínez / FNOB

Also inside, don't miss the latest reports from both the Extreme Sailing Series and the World Match Racing Tour, and-for offshore sailors-be sure to read about the upcoming Ocean Masters New York to Barcelona Race (June 1).

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

America's Cup: Loick Peyron re-signs with Sweden's Artemis Racing
Irene Corosu,
Artemis Racing announced today that French sailing legend Loïck Peyron has committed his future to the Swedish team as a member of the design group and helmsman. Following his role as technical coach and helmsman during the 34th America's Cup, Loïck brings his renowned versatility and unparalleled experience to Artemis Racing.... [more]
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Byte CII South American Championship - Six Nanjing spots awarded
The Byte CII South American Championship has come to a close with three female and three male Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games places awarded. Held out of Yacht Club Santo Amaro in Sao Paolo, Brazil a 22-boat fleet raced on Lake Guarapiranga aiming for continental glory and spots at the second edition of the Youth Olympic Games.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World - Durban resident prepares for ocean crossing
Amy Martindale,
For the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, a young Durban resident is preparing to take part in what is dubbed as the most challenging ocean crossing of the 40,000 mile long race.... [more]
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America's Cup: Australia versus USA on Sydney Harbour,
Oracle Team USA and Team Australia, the Defender and Challenger of Record respectively, are currently in training/racing sessions on Sydney Harbour, sailing AC45's. Oracle Team USA sailing team manager and tactician Tom Slingsby is enthusiastic about his team's first days on the harbour.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series: Glenn Ashby looks to ahead to Act 2, Muscat
Extreme Sailing Series,
In 2014, Glenn Ashby returned to the Extreme Sailing Series as trimmer with the Kiwi Emirates Team New Zealand, after last competing in the circuit in 2011. He takes a look back at the opening Act of the season in Singapore, and eyes the upcoming Act in Muscat, Oman, which starts in just over one weeks time.... [more]
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Ocean Masters New York to Barcelona Race announced
IMOCA Ocean Masters,
A whole new era for the IMOCA 60ft monohull class will commence in less than three months with the Ocean Masters New York to Barcelona Race. This will be the first event run by Sir Keith Mills' Lausanne-based Open Sports Management (OSM), commercial rights holder to the IMOCA class and will be supported by the Fundacio per la Navegacio Oceanica Barcelona and the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation.... [more]
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America's Cup: Larry on the Big Picture for AC35
Oracle Team USA principal, Larry Ellison explains his vision for the 35th America's Cup and the lead-in. From Julian Guthrie, author of 'The Billionaire and the Mechanic' - this is an extra section added after Oracle Team USA's victory in the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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San Diego to Puerto Vallarta International Race to set sail March 14
Judy Parker,
San Diego Yacht Club, home of the America's Cup from 1987-1995, host of countless regattas and training ground for world champions and Olympic medalists, is happy to announce the 32nd edition of the exciting and historic biennial race from San Diego to the Mexican Riviera, known simply as the 'PV Race'.... [more]
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Serious innovation for maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 + Video
Virginie Bouchet,
A bike aboard a boat? It may sound silly but it is a very serious technical innovation to help Yann Guichard to handle the maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 alone on the next Route du Rhum. Prepare to find out more on your web series '40 metres solo'.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Team Gilmour to compete in event
Team Gilmour,
Team Gilmour has accepted a position as a Tour Card Holder on the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour. 'The Tour' consisting of six events across the globe begins in Germany for Match Race Germany, followed by Stena Match Cup Sweden on the island of Mastrand with Sopot Match Race in Poland rounding out the European leg.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Skippers reflect on a tough Leg 5
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the remaining yachts have all finished racing, with Switzerland, Henri Lloyd, Qingdao, Old Pulteney, Team Garmin, OneDLL, Jamaica Get All Right and PSP Logistics all motor sailing towards Qingdao after Race 9.1 ended.... [more]
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One Ton Cup Revisited - Notice of Race released
Alan Sefton,
The Notice of Race, Entry Form and Class Rules for the inaugural One Ton Revisited event, in Auckland in February/March 2015, have been announced by organisers Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.... [more]
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Weta Fest 2014 delivers in Florida
Miranda Powrie,
The second annual Weta Fest has successfully wrapped up at Fort Walton Yacht Club, Florida. This Weta Fest event has got great international traction in just its second year with numerous replica regattas being held throughout the world in each Weta community... [more]
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Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Championship skippers revealed
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
The Alpari World Match Racing Tour has now revealed the eight Tour Card skippers for the 2014 World Championship series. Defending Tour Champion Taylor Canfield (ISV) leads the line up of the world's top match racers alongside four-time Tour Champion Ian Williams (GBR), Keith Swinton (AUS), Bjorn Hansen (SWE), Mathieu Richard (FRA) and Phil Robertson (NZL).... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi on debut in England
Abu Dhabi Media,
Azzam, the new 65-foot carbon racing yacht in which Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) will contest the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, has sailed for the first time with the crew, led by British double Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker, conducting sea trials along the English south coast.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Will a Volvo 65 beat the 24 hour monohull record?
Agathe Armand, Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean 65 is a brand new boat, a one-design class specially built for the next two editions of the race. We did lots of calculations and ran velocity prediction programmes but who knew how fast that boat was really going to be? We wondered – you wondered. Not any more: Team Brunel has just sailed 540 miles in 24 hours between the UK and the Canary Islands last week.... [more]
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School's in Session at Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week
Charleston Race Week,
When is a regatta more than the sum of its parts? When it provides a service for more than just the competitors. For the past decade, the organizers of Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week have found important ways to benefit the community with their event. Each year, proceeds from the regatta are donated to support nonprofit sailing organizations in the Charleston area... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - El Ocaso earns most worthy performance
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
The last day of the 34th annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta closed in outstanding fashion last evening at the traditional Prize-Giving ceremony on Kim Sha Beach. The evening's top prize-the St. Maarten-Saint Martin Cup-for the regatta's Most Worthy Performance Overall went to Rich Wesslund's J/122, El Ocaso, the winner of the event's biggest division, the 18-boat CSA4 class.... [more]
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WWA Pro Card System revealed for pro men wakeboarders
The WWA,
Still setting the standards and preserving the vitality of competitive wakeboarding, the WWA announced the 2014 Malibu WWA Pro Card qualification events. Created as a recognition tool to clearly define competitive 'pro wakeboarders' as elite riders, the program includes qualification and WWA World Rankings to set a clear path for riders to follow.... [more]
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Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous starts March 20
Jill Campbell,
The Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous continues to go from strength to strength with twenty sailing superyachts signed up for the four day event. Organized by the YCCS and BIM from 19th to 22nd March in Virgin Gorda, the event is sponsored by the Italian luxury brand Loro Piana and plays host to three days of coastal racing for a fleet of sailing titans.... [more]
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