Extreme 40s, AC45s, Congo Cup—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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21 Mar 2014

Extreme 40s, AC45s, Congo Cup—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Extreme Sailing Series . Land Rover
Photo: Vincent Curutchet / Land Rover  © Lloyd Images/Extreme Sailing Series
The big story in this week's sailing news is unfolding in Muscat, Oman, where Act Two (March 19-22) of the Extreme Sailing Series is being held at the Almouj Golf Club. Here, 11 top international teams have gathered to determine bragging rights for this Act, to gain points in the Extreme Sailing Series' overall season tally, and-for those teams with aspirations for the 35th America's Cup-to keep their sailors razor sharp.

According to reports, the race committee managed to rifle off a total of seven races, with five different teams scoring bullets. 'SAP Extreme Sailing Team', 'Emirates Team New Zealand' and 'The Wave, Muscat' all claimed a single win, while 'Alinghi' and 'Groupama' each collected two victories in the light, 5-7 knots of oscillating breeze.

The Extreme Sailing Series 2014. Act 2. Muscat.
Gazprom Team Russia, Skipper/Tactician Igor Lisovonko, Helm Paul Campmbell-James, Mainsail Trimmer Alister Richardson, Headsail Trimmer Pete Cumming, Bowman Aleksey Kulakov
Credit - Lloyd Images  © Lloyd Images/Extreme Sailing Series

'It's going to be a long regatta and it's only day one but we're happy with our performance today and hopefully it can continue', said Jes Gram Hansen, 'SAP Extreme Sailing Team's' co-skipper. 'When you get ahead of the fleet it becomes easier, you have clean breeze and you're actually just gaining and gaining. Tomorrow we just need to stay focused.'

Anna Tunnicliffe, the Laser Radial Gold Medal winner from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is sailing aboard Alinghi after announcing her retirement from Olympic sailing in late 2013. 'We came away yesterday with two wins and a few Top-Five finishes,' said Tunnicliffe of the regatta's first day. 'The keys to yesterday were to get off the line well and hold your lane to layline. Once you rounded the top mark, picking your gybe back into the bottom mark was huge.'

Emirates Team New Zealand leads the fleet sailing on Day 1 of the Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 in Muscat, Oman.  Emirates Team New Zealand

'With the wind oscillating and not blowing much above seven knots all day, angles were changing hugely,' continued Tunnicliffe. 'There were times when you would come out of a gybe and think you would be OK on the mark, then the wind would die or shift and you would have to do two more gybes to the mark. And yesterday was not the type of day where you wanted to do extra maneuvers.'

Get the full report from Act Two of the Extreme Sailing Series, inside this issue, and stay tuned to the website for more racecourse action, including live video coverage, as it unfurls.

Oracle Team USA AC45 launch, Woolwich dock - Sydney, Australia
  Andrea Francolini

Speaking of high-performance catamarans, Oracle Racing, the Defenders of the 35th America's Cup, have been engaging Team Australia, the Challenger of Record for AC35, aboard AC45-class catamarans on the storied waters of Sydney Harbor. Inside, check out the team's multi-media report from their DownUnder training sessions.

Meanwhile, much closer to home, Artemis Racing recently had their AC45 out sailing on San Francisco Bay. Check out the multi-media report, inside this issue.

P1110310 - Artemis Racing - AC 45 training, San Francisco March 19, 2014  John Navas ©

Also on the West Coast, momentum is starting to gather for this year's Congressional Cup (April 5-13), which has the honored distinction of being the 50th anniversary of this match-racing event. This year's event is attracting many of the world's best match-racing sailors to Long Beach, California, including Ian Williams (UK), Mathieu Richard (FRA), Johnie Berntsson (SWE) and Simone Ferrarese (ITL) and Francesco Bruni (ITL), as well as the event's youngest former winner, Taylor Canfield (USVI).

The Congressional Cup - 2014 Congressional Cup  Rich Roberts

'I can't believe it's the 50th Congressional Cup,' said two-time 'Congo Cup' winner Dennis Durgan, who claimed top honors in 1979 and 1980, after first having served as Dennis Conner's tactician in 1973, 1974 and 1975. 'The Congressional Cup has to be one of the finest regattas in the world. The doors that were opened for me have been numerous meeting and sailing with and against all the great skippers and crews carried over into most of the major sailboat races around the globe. I am so lucky.'

Get the full preview report from the Congressional Cup inside this issue and stay tuned for more news from this storied event, as it becomes known.

J/24 North American Championship Day 2 - J/24 North American Championship 2014  Christopher Howell

Also inside, get the latest news from the J/24 North Americans, the Clipper Round the World Race and the Volvo Ocean Race.

Nacra 17 fleet - 2014 Arenal Training Camp Day 3  © Jesus Renedo/Arenal Training Camp

And finally, for fans of Olympic Class racing, don't miss Jesus Renedo's great image gallery from Day Three of the Arenal Training Camp, which is taking place in Mallorca ahead of the The 45 Trofeo Princesa Sofia–ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca (March 29-April 5). Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

America's Cup: Loick Peyron talks about Artemis in San Francisco
US sailing website, Pressure-Drop.US caught up with Artemis Racing's Loick Peyron after the team's training session yesterday on San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Alinghi pulls ahead on day 2 in Muscat +Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
In Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series, it may not have been high-speed racing on the second day in Muscat, Oman, but it was as close as it gets, with the leaderboard reshuffling after every race.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series: Anna Tunnicliffe reports from Day 1 + 2
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) is an Olympic gold medal winner in the Laser Radial class from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a two-time winner of the ISAF World Sailor of the Year award. She is sailing with Alinghi in the Extreme Sailing Series and reports from Day 1 + 2 at Muscat, Oman - in Act 2 of the tour.... [more]
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Round Hainan Regatta attracts big international entry
China's premiere offshore racing event has attracted a record-breaking 45 entries with Olympic medalists and world champions among the 372 participating sailors representing 15 countries and regions from four continents. After China, Russia brings the biggest number of participants with six teams and dozens of sailors. The fifth edition of the race is another stepping stone for the island of Haina... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series: Emirates Team NZ mid-fleet after Day 1 at Oman
A very competitive fleet, an unpredictable breeze and tight racing combined to produce five winners in seven races on the first day of the Extreme Sailing Series at Muscat, Oman. The leader board at the end of the day is predictably tight. Only eight points separate the top six boats in the fleet of 11.... [more]
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The Congressional Cup - 50th anniversary
Rich Roberts,
The Congressional Cup - In 1964 when Lyndon Johnson was president he probably didn't notice that Eric Ridder had just sailed the 12-Meter Constellation to a four - zero sweep of Great Britain's Sovereign to keep the America's Cup in American waters, even with a full crew of Americans on the boat.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing training on San Francisco Bay + Video
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz,
For those longing for a Cup-Fix after six months of abstinence, videographer John Navas was back on the seawall on San Francisco Bay and provided this gallery of images and video of Artemis Racing (SWE) out sailing on San Francisco Bay. The former Challenger of Record still has a base set up in Alameda used in the last America's Cup, and have a sailing team on site.... [more]
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J/24 North American Championship 2014 - Mike Ingham holds advantage
Chris Howell,
Mike Ingham of the United States continued posting steady scores to maintain his lead on day two of the J/24 North American Championship in Mexico. Sailing Digger, Ingham recorded another first, plus a fourth (which was dropped), leaving the team with only seven points after five races.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA completes first session in Australia
Oracle Team USA Media,
Oracle Team USA has finished it's first training session of the 35th America's Cup in Sydney, Australia. Sailing team manager/tactician Tom Slingsby and skipper Jimmy Spithill, along with sailors Kyle Langford and Joe Spooner give their updates on the week.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Multiple winners on first race day in Oman
Extreme Sailing Series,
On the opening day of Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series, the fleet of 11 elite level Extreme 40 catamarans headed onto the Muscat racecourse, in what it's shaping up to be an unpredictable and close fought event, with five different winners over seven races.... [more]
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Nations rally for worldwide sailing development + Video
A group of 24 ISAF Member National Authorities attended the ISAF Development Symposium in Cape Town, South Africa from 14-16 March 2014. With more than 50 international delegates, ISAF Nominated Experts and invited speakers, including ISAF Vice-President Nazli Imre, in attendance, 17 unique presentations were delivered touching on a variety of subjects within the sport of sailing.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Auckland stop for VO65 Dongfeng in April
Auckland Volvo OR Media,
.Kiwis get the chance to see the new one-design boat which will be used by all teams in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 when Dongfeng Race Team sail into Auckland next month. Dongfeng Race Team are sailing a training leg from the team base in Sanya to Auckland in a trial run of what will be the challenging Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race next year.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Live Video coverage: Day 3, Act 2 Muscat
Catch the live racing action from Muscat, Oman for Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series. Racing starts at 11.00am GMT/UTC; Midnight NZT; 7.00am in New York, 11.00am in London; 12.00pm in Paris; 10.00pm in Sydney; 12.00pm in Alicante; 7.00pm in Singapore; 3.00pm in Abu Dhabi. And 4.00am if you are on the West Coast of USA... [more]
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RS Aero to rollout in North America
RS Sailing North America,
Following the U.K. debut of the RS Aero single-hander last month, demand has been greater than any demand for a new RS boat ever. The first 100 boats sold out literally in a weekend. Even with the manufacturers own lofty expectations for the boat, the worldwide response following the unveiling has been unprecedented.... [more]
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49er Olympic and world champs support Rio theatre style racing + Video
Ben Remocker,
The 49er Class is pushing for a theatre style conclusion in Rio with Olympic and World champions overwhelmingly supporting a 3-race proposal.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series: Emirates Team NZ video from Practice day
Emirates Team NZ,
Video from Emirates Team NZ as the Extreme Sailing Series gets underway in Muscat, Oman. First day on the water was practice race day in Oman. It was light and there were big holes dotted across the course. All a good time to iron things out and get the boat up to speed for racing to start tomorrow.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Varying degrees of wind holes
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, the first 24 hours of Race 10 have been demanding for the Clipper Race teams. Excellent initial sailing conditions and good fleet speeds quickly gave way yesterday to varying degrees of wind holes.... [more]
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Britomart joins Emirates Team NZ for Extreme Sailing Series + Video
Warren Douglas,
Britomart, Auckland's leading commercial, retail and entertainment development, has joined with Emirates Team New Zealand for the Extreme Sailing Series. The Extreme Sailing Series is a hotly contested, quick-fire regatta series, held close inshore at venues around the world. The 2014 series has eight regattas – the first held last month at Singapore and the second due to start this week at Mus... [more]
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The Rites of Spring 2014 - Spring has sprung!
Erik Simonson,
Light airs, a full moon ebb, and a forecast of 5-10 knots with temps in the 70's greeted sailors on San Francisco Bay this Saturday. Being the middle of March, chances of the wind making an appearance are good this time of year and as the City was getting it's Irish on, the luck was with the sailors!... [more]
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2014 Spring One Design Invitational overall
Erik Simonso,
With former StFYC PRO John Craig manning the helm this past weekend, The StFYC compressed two regattas in to one. 19 J-105s, 6 Melges 24's, 15 Express 27's, 6 Open 5.70's and 10 Knarrs filled the bill for some early season fun on The City Front.... [more]
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