Auld Mug report and a Rio update—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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17 Mar 2014

Auld Mug report and a Rio update—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Oracle Team USA - training with Team Australia, Friday March 14, 2014  Beau Outteridge/Oracle Team USA
American Rome Kirby is rapidly making a fine name for himself as a professional sailor of rare talents. The Newport, Rhode Island-native has already won the America's Cup as an offside trimmer for Oracle Team USA in the 34th America's Cup, and he has also already completed his first 'lap' of the planet aboard Puma Ocean Racing's 'mar mostro' in the 2011/2012 edition of the race after having served as a back-up for Puma during their 2008/2009 VOR campaign. Kirby is considered a shoe-in for a spot aboard Oracle during AC35-especially if a nationality clause is enforced-and is currently in Sydney, Australia training with his mates aboard one of the American-flagged team's AC45 class catamarans.

'It's only just started to sink in the last couple of months,' reported Kirby about the last six months of his life. 'After the America's Cup ended there was so much going on, it didn't really set in until just after Christmas when I finally had some time to slow down and hang out and process it. What we did in San Francisco was really pretty cool. It was a huge comeback and it's not something I expect to see again.'

Rome Kirby on the handles. Onboard PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Miami, USA to Lisbon, Portugal. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)   Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©

As for his return to the Auld Mug, Kirby envisions an entirely different landscape for AC35. 'Mentally, I think having done the Volvo Ocean Race really helped me,' said Kirby. 'It was a big deal for me to be able to take things on one day at a time. But I think for this time around [in AC35], a lot of us who were rookies last time are coming back as veterans now, and I think we'll be more mentally prepared than we were. I think we were pretty raw last time.'

Also in America's Cup circles, news recently hit the street that Adam Minoprio (NZ) has joined the Italian-flagged 'Luna Rossa' squad for the 35th America's Cup. Minoprio, it will be remembered, was the 2010 World Match Racing Champion, and he also sailed aboard 'Camper', Emirates Team New Zealand's Volvo Open 70, in the 2011/2012 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. Get the full story, inside this issue.

Adam Minoprio, Team Alpari FX, at the Argo Group Gold Cup, Bermuda, part of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.   © OnEdition / WMRT

Meanwhile, in Olympic sailing news, it's no secret that Rio De Janeiro, home to the Rio Olympics 2016, suffers from serious water-quality problems. Guanabara Bay, the venue for Olympic sailing and rowing competitions, reportedly receives 1.3 billion liters of 'sewage, effluent, oil and run-off' per day, of which only 40 percent is estimated to have been treated. Fortunately, the Brazilian government is attempting to tackle this situation, well in advance of the Games.

Guanabara Bay  Secretaria de Estado do Ambiente do Rio

'With all the efforts that the Rio de Janeiro State Government are performing in order to clean up the Guanabara Bay, the sailing community can expect a great event in the 2016 Olympic Games,' wrote the communications department for the Rio Secretary of the Environment in Rio de Janeiro, in response to a question in a Sail-World interview. 'The floating solid waste and the Bay's water quality are the main subject at all government levels. This issue is a commitment assumed with the International Olympic Committee and also with everyone who lives or travels to enjoy Rio de Janeiro city.'

Get the full Rio water-quality report, inside this issue, and stay tuned to the website for the latest Olympic-sailing news, as it breaks.

Also inside, be sure to get the latest reports from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, as well as the pre-race reports from the upcoming Les Voiles de St. Barth (April 14-19), and Act Two of the Extreme Sailing Series' 2014 season (March 19-22), which is being held in Muscat, Oman.

Oracle Team USA - training with Team Australia, Friday March 14, 2014  Beau Outteridge/Oracle Team USA

And finally, be sure to check out the great image galleries of Oracle Team USA's recent training sessions aboard one of their AC45 class catamarans on Sydney Harbor, which they shared with Team Australia, the Challenger of Record for the 35th Americas Cup.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

America's Cup: Rome Kirby: 'What we did was pretty cool'
America's Cup Media,
It took about three months. That's how long Rome Kirby, a trimmer with Oracle Team USA, says it took him to realize what his team had achieved with its comeback win over Emirates Team New Zealand in September.... [more]
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Rio Olympics 2016 - Water quality improving says Rio authorities
Jeni Bone,
The jewel in the crown of Rio de Janeiro would be Guanabara Bay, venue for rowing and sailing events at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. What a tragedy then that city officials admit that of the 1.3 billion litres (yes, that is correct) of sewerage, effluent, oil and run off that the city creates each day only 40% is treated. The rest goes to the waterways.... [more]
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All sails lead to Gdynia - bids for ISAF Worlds 2018
Dan Ibsen, presents the second European bid from Gdynia in Poland. On March 25 and 26 four cities will present their bids to ISAF in Southampton for the ISAF Worlds 2018 for all Olympic classes.... [more]
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Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14 – Fog halts racing
Clipper Race,
Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14 - Race director, Justin said 'They will now motor-sail offshore until the visibility improves and then restart racing using the Le Mans procedure. I expect that this will happen at first light tomorrow morning.... [more]
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Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14 – Fleet departs Qingdao
Ruth Harrington,
Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14 – Thousands of well-wishers lined the quayside eager get one last glimpse of the international fleet during an epic departure ceremony which attracted a large media presence and was broadcast live on TV.... [more]
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The Clipper Race 2014 - Countdown to Race 10
Ruth Harrington,
2013 - 14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 10 of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race gets underway Sunday (16 March) from Qingdao, China to San Francisco, USA... [more]
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52 Super Series - Quantum Racing win home series now head to Europe
52 Super Series,
2014 52 Super Series - Winning both Quantum Key West in January and the US 52 Championship which finished last weekend in Miami, Quantum Racing now head back to Europe for May's start to the Barclay's 52 Super Series as overall US 52 Super Series champions.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from Oracle Team USA training on Sydney Harbour
Richard Gladwell,
Beau Outteridge provided these images from on and off board Oracle Team USA's AC45 as they train with the Challenger of Record, Team Australia on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Researcher examines 'current leaks' that may change the way you sail
Isabela Le Bras/Sail-World,
Isabela Le Bras, from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography, investigates how ocean currents - those marvellous currents that can speed sailors' voyages around the world - interact in the with the Earth's changing climate. How they might change in future might affect the temperatures you will sail in in future. Here is her progress report, fascinating and alarming in some aspects... [more]
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US Sailing names 12 to 2014 ISAF Youth World Championship Team
Will Ricketson,
US Sailing has revealed the names of twelve athletes that have made in onto its 2014 International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth World Championships Team. The premier youth event in international sailing, ISAF Youth Worlds represents the ultimate stage for America's best young talent. The 2014 edition will take place from July 12-19 in Tavira, Portugal.... [more]
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Vote for your favorite safe or clean boating grant project by March 28
The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is seeking the public's help in selecting the winning projects in the competitive 2014 Grassroots Grants Program, which provides local non-profit groups up to $10,000 to help educate boaters on safe and clean boating topics.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race – Another win confirmed for Great Britain
Julia Wall-Clarke,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Great Britain has been confirmed in first place of Race 9.1 to China's ‘Sailing City' of Qingdao, its third win in the 2013-14 edition.... [more]
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ISAF Personal Safety Course Providers train in Great Britain
Daniel Smith,
Back in 2003, the International Sailing Federation introduced a standard basic syllabus for the training of safety courses in order to establish an internationally recognized qualification. The training requirements form part of the ISAF Offshore Special regulations and courses have been established and run, conforming to ISAF standards, within 20 Member National Authorities.... [more]
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Busan confirmed as bidder for 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships,
Inside the Games reports that the South Korean city of Busan has made a late entry into the race to host the 2018 International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Championships.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta - Details on the upcoming action
Delta Lloyd Regatta,
There are just ten weeks left until the 30th Delta Lloyd Regatta (May 20-24). We want to inform you about the format being sailed, the committees responsible for race management, the internationally formed jury, our PRO and the 2014 facilities you may expect.... [more]
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America's Cup: Kiwi World Champion signs with Italians
Richard Gladwell,,
New Zealand's Adam Minoprio, the 2010 World Match Racing Champion, has signed with the Italian Luna Rossa team for the 2017 America's Cup. The former New Zealand Sailor of the Year, competed in the 2010/11 Volvo Ocean Race, as part of the crew of Camper, managed by Emirates Team New Zealand, but did not transfer over to the team's America's Cup program after the conclusion of that race.... [more]
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RS Feva – A number of events on the horizon
Golly Tucker,
The RS Feva European Championships are set to take place 29th - 31st May. Entries for this three day event are now open. Bruinisse, Netherlands, the terrific venue of the 2011 World Championships is where we are headed to for this great event.... [more]
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Alex Thomson reflects on the Hugo Boss mast walk - Never Again!
Kate Laven, The Daily Telegraph (UK),
The Daily Telegraph's yachting correspondent, Kate Laven, talks with Alex Thomson after his his mast-walking exploit and video, which is getting close to the million views mark.Despite having a fear of heights, he walked the length of his 100 foot mast as his boat Hugo Boss was heeled at a 45 degree angle somewhere off the coast of Cadiz in Spain and dived fully suited, into the water.... [more]
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Class 40 and IMOCA 60 fleets to dock in Newport
Atlantic Cup,
For the very first time in the United States, the top two offshore short-handed classes in the world will be together in Newport, Rhode Island. From May 19-24th, the Class 40 and IMOCA 60 fleets will be docked at the Newport Shipyard for what will be a great opportunity for any offshore sailing fan to get an up close look at these racing machines.... [more]
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