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America's Cup Regatta Management Trials and the Olympic Classes

It seems as though the Cup has been dominating headlines recently, and this issue is no exception. With the America's Cup Regatta Management Trials—a preflight for the media events that will accompany AC45 racing—taking place in Auckland, New Zealand, sailors and skippers are getting a feel for full-pace match-racing aboard hard wingsail-powered catamarans. To help get a better grasp on what the next Cup will be like once the lads scale up to the full-size 72 footers, don't miss the video interviews and racing clips from this event, in this issue. Also, Sail-World.com New Zealand's editor, Richard Gladwell (a former international umpire himself), sat in at the Management Trials for the last day of testing using the Remote Umpire System, which will govern all match racing in Cup and pre-Cup events. Get his impressions of the system inside.

Stan Honey - founder of Sportsvision in 1998 and developer of new TV graphics for the 34th America's Cup  Claude Breton


Also from Gladwell is an interesting video interview with Stan Honey, ace navigator and the guy responsible for much of the behind-the-scenes technology supporting the planned televised media from the next Cup. This piece is a great primer for anyone interested in seeing how technology will hopefully provide an entry point to sailing for the uninitiated during AC34.

The ISAF meeting which has just started in St. Petersburg, Russia will show us if the European sailing nations particularly are going to move forward or cling to the past. Ahead of the decision making you should read our feature For whom does the Olympic Bell toll? Part 1

In offshore circles, Groupama's new Volvo Open 70 has reached the team's base in Lorient, France. 'This is a very fine stage in the history of the project: Groupama 4 has finally made it to the base and we have her in front of us!,' said skipper Franck Cammas. 'The team will be able to work on her day and night now to fine-tune the VO70 with a view to her launch. It's almost done: we have to finish the electrics and fit the keel, mast and deck hardware, even though the latter has already been pre-assembled.' More inside.

Napoli, 18-03-2011
Audi Melges 32 sailing series - Napoli 2011
Brontolo
©Photo: Carlo Borlengh  BPSE/Carlo Borlenghi and Guido Trombetta

And lastly, be sure to check out the event report that we have in this issue of the Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series Marina Di Scarlino event, as well as the great image galleries, compliments of Max Ranchi and Guido Trombetta. [And for those so inclined to start their workweeks off with daydreams of sailing, point your mouse at Tim Wright's image gallery from Antigua Sailing Week.]

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



America's Cup: Sit in on the Remote Umpiring System + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World sat in on the final day of testing for the remote umpiring system to be used for the America's Cup World series and America's Cup itself in the new multihull competition. Developed to avoid the need for umpires to be chasing the competitors at speeds of up to 35 knots and making decisions, the on screen system effectively slows down the action and enables very accurate calls to be made... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: For whom does the Olympic Bell toll? - Part 1
Richard Gladwell,
Co-incidental with the conduct of trials designed to give sailing's most prestigious and oldest trophy, the America's Cup, its most dramatic makeover in 160 years, the International Sailing Federation will this week meet to decide whether it too, has the courage to make fundamental changes to its pinnacle event, the Olympic Sailing Regatta and its lead-up events... [more]
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J/80 Newport Circuit returns again
Stuart Johnstone,
Following up on the wildly successful 2010 Worlds, J/80's will be back in Newport this summer for 3 great events over a two week period in June and July 2011- Bacardi Newport Sailing Week June 23-26; J/80 Speed Clinic July 8th; SailNewport Regatta- July 9-10.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans skippers webchats
Velux 5 Oceans,
Fans of the Velux 5 Oceans will get another chance to ask their favourite skippers questions in the latest round of webchats via camera.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 8
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 02 May 2011 covering the latest entries and America's Cup World Series and more.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup standings shuffle
ISAF,
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings has seen some significant movement in many of the Olympic Sailing events and Paralympic Classes after the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères, France.... [more]
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PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf onshore
PWA,
With the prospect of another windless day at the PWA Surf World Cup in Podersdorf, we took to the event site to ask the riders your questions.... [more]
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Images of Puma Racing: First sail
George Bekris,
Top US photographer, George Bekris presents these images of the US Volvo Ocean race entry, Puma Racing on her first sail, yesterday.... [more]
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Olympic double medalist on Kite Boarding in the Olympics
Bruce Kendall,
Olympic Gold and Bronze medalist, and multiple World Windsurfing Champion, Bruce Kendall writes on the topic of whether Kiteboarding is too dangerous for inclusion in the Olympic Events Regatta. I have been surprised and shocked by many 'experts' regarding kite-boarding being in the Olympics. In a recent article, the 'ex – pope' of yachting encouraging the decision makers to 'have courage and have... [more]
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America's Cup: Media Trials get underway but miss nearby tornado
America's Cup Media and Sail-World,
Testing continued in Auckland for the second week of the America's Cup Regatta Management and Media Trials under cloudy skies, torrential rain and moderate, if gusty winds - including a nearby tornado. The Race Committee ran fleet races today and for the first time, China Team was a full participant.... [more]
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Puma's Volvo 70 Mar Mostro - images by George Bekris
George Bekris images,
Puma's Volvo 70 'Mar Mostro' is now a reality as these images from photographer George Bekris show.... [more]
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Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series intense final day
Justin Chisholm,
The final day of the Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series 2011 regatta at Marina di Scarlino, Maremma Tuscany, Italy saw the competition come to a thrilling conclusion over two intense and tightly fought races.... [more]
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World Speed Record contender Sailrocket 2's speed transitions
Paul Larsen,
Latest from Paul Larsen on the progress of Vestas Sailrocket 2 and the team in their attempt to beat the outright world sailing speed record. 'Yesterday evening we had our third session of tow testing of the bare platform. The new second 'step' on the rear underside of the hull quickly ventilated from behind at speeds as low as three-four knots.' Paul Larsen.... [more]
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New RC44 for Team Aqua
MaxComm Communication,
Team Aqua has been sailing on the oldest boat in the RC44 fleet up until now, and decided that to maintain the momentum, a new boat would be invested in for the 2011 season. Boat captain Nigel King has been working closely with RC 44 boat builders Pauger to make sure that the new boat is ready and raring to go by the time racing commences at the RC 44 Austria Cup on Lake Traunsee.... [more]
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34th America's Cup and magic buttons
Leighton O'Connor,
Last Wednesday, I was invited to a press conference in New Zealand wrapping up the third day of testing the AC45's. Unfortunately, I had to journey down under via a conference call. The kick off time was 4PM their time - midnight my time. I figured what the heck. Conan is all repeats this week and Letterman has been pretty lame lately.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française - great skills and battles
Corinne McKenzie,
Semaine Olympique Française regatta features the ten Olympic sailing events and Paralmypic classes and is the fourth of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas. This year's regatta has seen many displays of great skill and battles in Hyères, France... [more]
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Eighteen Teams advance to ICSA/Gill Dinghy National Championship
Jennifer Mitchell,
Long Beach, Calif. (May 1, 2011) – It was another warm sunny day for the sailors at Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier at the U.S. Sailing Center in Long Beach, CA with temperatures in the high 70s. The close racing continued and challenged sailors as the day began with the Southern California Santa Ana winds fighting the sea breeze. This resulted in some shocking puffs and fleet inversions where one... [more]
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PWA Surf World Cup day three images
Sail-World.com,
Gallery of images from the PWA of the windsurfing action in Podersdorf, Austria during the PWA Surf World Cup.... [more]
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Audi Melges 32 images by Guido Trombetta
Studio Borlenghi,
Guido Trombetta shares more images from the Melges 32 action in Marina Di Scarlino in the Audi Sailing Series.... [more]
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Melges 32 Marina Di Scarlino images by Guido Trombetta
Studio Borlenghi,
Gallery of images from the Melges 32 action in Marina Di Scarlino in the Audi Sailing Series by photographer Guido Trombetta.... [more]
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Melges 32 Marina Di Scarlino day three images by Max Ranchi
Maxi Ranchi Images,
Gallery of images from the Melges 32 action in Marina Di Scarlino during day three in the Audi Sailing Series by photographer Max Ranchi.... [more]
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ICSA Western and Eastern Coed Nationals Semifinals 2011 day one
Jennifer Mitchell,
ICSA Coed Nationals Semifinals at U.S. Sailing Center, Long Beach, California... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 11-12 International teams unveiled
Heather Ewing,
More than 360 adventurers travelled from all over the globe to Southampton on Saturday 30 April to discover which of the ten teams competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race they will represent... [more]
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America's Cup: The week that Was - Video from the Regatta Trials
Oracle Racing and America's Cup Media,
Catch this summary, in video, of the first week of the America's Cup Regatta Management Trials.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week images by Tim Wright
Tim Wright images,
Gallery of images from the racing action during Antigua Sailing Week by photographer Tim Wright.... [more]
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Melges 32 Marina Di Scarlino images by Max Ranchi
Maxi Ranchi Images,
Gallery of images from the Melges 32 action in Marina Di Scarlino during race four in the Audi Sailing Series by photographer Max Ranchi.... [more]
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