Absolutely no apologies for this looking like an America's Cup newsletter - yesterday's news that the next AC is to be raced in (on?) super-fast wing-sail catamarans was expected by many, but now we have the confirmation. Whether this is a step up to a new level or a shot in the foot for the Cup is open to debate. Having watched fast cat racing in the form of the Extreme 40s (and even had a mind-expanding ride on one), personally I think it sounds hugely exciting. So just read all the stories in this newsletter, and you'll know as much about it as anyone - plenty of fodder there for endless discussions in the bar!
Fisher's View: It's catamarans in 2013 Bob Fisher, There was very little beating about the bush at the BMW Oracle Racing headquarters when the announcement concerning the 34th America's Cup was made. Russell Coutts was positive and clear – the next America's Cup would see sweeping changes. The first of these was that it would be held in 72-foot catamarans with wing rigs.... [more] Share this story
Gladwell's Line: Hit in the face with a wet fish or a hot cat? Richard Gladwell, After the shock of last night's announcement on the three elements of the 34th America's Cup, we spent an hour at the Emirate's Team NZ base this morning talking mainly with skipper Dean Barker, as to the team's initial take on the changes. First reaction from several, is that the claims of cost reduction don't stand up. 'This reeks of cost', Barker says and others echo his words.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup Reaction: Peter Montgomery talks with Murray Jones Peter Mongtomery, Top America's Cup broadcaster, Peter Montgomery who has covered live every race sailed in an America's Cup and Louis Vuitton Cup since 1986/87 in Fremantle was unexpectedly in Valencia for the America's Cup announcement last night (NZT) and spoke with BMW Oracle Racing's Murray Jones... [more] Share this story
America's Cup Reaction: Peter Montgomery talks with Russell Coutts - 1 Peter Mongtomery, Top America's Cup broadcaster, Peter Montgomery who has covered live every race sailed in an America's Cup and Louis Vuitton Cup since 1986/87 in Fremantle was unexpectedly in Valencia for the America's Cup announcement last night (NZT) and spoke with BMW Oracle Racing's Russell Coutts... [more] Share this story
Laser Masters World Championships - Day 1 Paul Wyeth, Laser Standards World Championships - After delivering a week of unbroken sunshine and pleasant light to moderate sea-breezes which finished eight days ago on the same waters with an impressive overall victory for Australia's Tom Slingsby, today Hayling Bay presented version 2.0 of English summer when more than 350 sailors from 30 different countries contested the first pair of races.... [more] Share this story
Tan Wearn Haw - back in the boat Tan Yo-Hinn, todayonline.com, The Singapore keelboat team are the defending champions after winning gold at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha. Yesterday, the 32-year-old led Team A to a convincing 4-1 win over Team D, led by national sailor Russell Kan, in the best-of-seven final at the SAF Yacht Club.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Russell Coutts interviewed by the international media Richard Gladwell, Following the announcement in Valencia on the plans for the 34th America's Cup and the future of the event, BMW Oracle CEO, Russell Coutts talked over the changes and the thinking behind them with several members of the international media.... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour welcomes 34th America's Cup Announcement WMRT Media, The ISAF World Match Racing Tour today welcomed the decision to run the 34th America's Cup in catamarans, as this confirms the WMRT as the world's pre-eminent monohull match racing series and creates a tremendous opportunity and responsibility for the Tour to continue to develop match racing worldwide.... [more] Share this story
Pearl Motor Yachts expand to Asia Jack Haines, MBY.com, Pearl Motor Yachts will be represented by Hong Kong based Ocean Bright Marine as they branch out to the Asian market. Managing Director of Pearl, Iain Smallridge says, 'We have a significant and well established presence across Europe and are now looking to extend this internationally.... [more] Share this story
Muted response from TeamOrigin to America's Cup announcement TEAMORIGIN Media, The British AC Team, TeamOrigin have issued the following statement following the publication of the 34th America's Cup Protocol and the information presented at the America's Cup Press Conference in Valencia. We now need to study the new Protocol document and determine whether it matches these promises. TeamOrigin will only challenge if the 34th America's Cup is fair and neutrally managed. '... [more] Share this story
BMW Oracle Racing Blog: The future is multihulls BMW Oracle Racing Blog, Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing, unveiled a new vision for the future of the America's Cup today at a press conference at the team's base in Valencia. Coutts was joined by Vincenzo Onorato, President of the Challenger of Record syndicate Mascalzone Latino, in announcing that the next craft for the 34th America's Cup will be a high-performance, wingsail catamaran known as the AC72.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup Protocol: Significant changes to accommodate new Events Richard Gladwell, The creation of an America's Cup World Series has led to some significant changes in the Protocol for the 34th America's Cup which was released in Valencia at 1.00pm local time. The changes have been required to allow for a new class of yacht, in fact two new boats, along with philosophy of ensuring continuity in the event, rather than the style of the match being reset by each new Defender.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup transformed by radical changes - Official Release America's Cup Media, The America's Cup, sailing's most iconic event, has been re-energized and rejuvenated, ready for 2013 and the future. The best sailors in the world will race on the fastest boats with the introduction of an exciting wingsail catamaran. To build interest and audiences ahead of the 34th Match in 2013 is a new annual World Series, commencing in 2011.... [more] Share this story
Images from Maxi Cup: Chris Cameron aboard the J-class Ranger Chris Cameron, Top international photographer Chris Cameron was on hand at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and sends this magnificent gallery of some of the biggest yachts on the planet in fresh breezes.... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour Danish Open - Minoprio wins race of his life Audrey Lakai, World Match Racing Tour - Reigning Champion Adam Minoprio ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing declared his victory over close friend and fierce rival Torvar Mirsky Mirsky Racing Team in the final of the Danish Open as one of the best of his life. With the score tied at 2-2 in the first to 3 point series, Minoprio trailed Mirsky in the final match but battled back for the most dramatic victory of his career.... [more] Share this story
Volvo Ocean Race Legends: Destruction derby Volvo Ocean Race Media, The first leg of the third Whitbread Round the World Race in 1981-82, from Portsmouth to Cape Town, was dubbed by one yachting magazine as a ‘destruction derby': 'The boat was unnaturally quiet; gloom and doom below and the mood wasn't helped by the necessity to let the outside world know what had happened...... [more] Share this story
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2010 - Finale Jill Campbell, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2010 - A final day of great sailing came to a close with the victory of Esimit Europa 2 (Racing & Racing Cruising), Hetairos (Super Maxi), Ranger (Super Maxi & J Class) and Y3K (Wally) in their respective divisions. Niklas Zennstrom's Ran has been crowned Mini Maxi Rolex World Champion in the inaugural edition of the class championship.... [more] Share this story
Match Race Thailand - Fierce Indian and Malay girls challenge Morten Jakobsen, Match Race Thailand update: A bigger and better match race event will be held at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, Pattaya, Thailand on the weekend of 18 and 19 September. This event is grade four per the international ISAF grading system. Now four identical yachts are shared between all the attending teams, and two pairs will be racing at the same time.... [more] Share this story
Images from Maxi Cup: Magnificent J-class Chris Cameron, Top international photographer Chris Cameron was on hand at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and sends this magnificent gallery of some of the biggest yachts on the planet in fresh breezes.... [more] Share this story
Clipper Race – New Senior appointment reflects growing global demand Zoe Williamson, Clipper Ventures plc's creation of a new senior role reflects the growing global demand for the unique event which has developed an international reputation for delivering its sponsors' trade, tourism and cultural objectives. The Director of Business Development will report directly into Chief Executive William Ward and oversee the company's global business and external relations.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - NoR and Application for Entry Available Jennifer Crooks, Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race's organising authority, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, and Rolex SA of Geneva, the naming rights sponsor, have announced the release of the Notice of Race and now invite applications for entry.... [more] Share this story
Win an Opti for the Kids and One for the Club Sail-World.com & Powerboat-world.com, The winner of the OziOPti Sail-World competition will receive an OziOpti ‘Regatta Mark IV' GRP racing boat complete valued at AUD$3,950 (or NZ$5,135). AND They will ALSO win for their chosen sailing club an OziOpti ‘Tacker' Poly training boat valued at AUD$2,395 (or NZ$3,200). There will also be prizes of 10 x $100 ‘The Boatyard' vouchers.... [more] Share this story
ISAF publish 2012 Olympic Qualification System ISAF, ISAF has published the 2012 Olympic Qualification System as approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition to be staged in Weymouth and Portland will feature 380 athletes competing across 10 events.... [more] Share this story
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