Italy's Venezia Challenge out of America's Cup

 



 
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Italy's Venezia Challenge Out of AC 34 Game—Sailing News from the U.S.

Torvar Mirsky  

The biggest development over the weekend in America's Cup racing circles is that Italy's Venezia Challenge has defaulted on the requirements needed to take part in the America's Cup World Series and the 34th America's Cup. As a result, the team, which was slated to feature top match-racing skipper Torvar Mirsky as helmsman, will not be eligible to participate in either event series. 'Following discussions and attempts to resolve in a timely way, there was an agreement to meet certain obligations by this weekend and the deadline passed,' said Iain Murray, the America's Cup Regatta Director and Chief Executive of America's Cup Management Limited. 'Venezia Challenge failed to fulfill its commitments to remain eligible to continue in the 34th America's Cup,' said Tom Ehman, Vice Commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club.

The ETNZ rugby game  Emirates Team NZ

Also in Cup-racing circles, Emirates Team New Zealand took a day out of their normal training regime to play a game of 'touch' rugby. The team's two main factions—the Volvo Ocean Race lads clad in red versus the Extreme 40 team in black—squared off just before each team prepares to leave their shared training base for their respective races. While the game was purported to be touch only, this hardly stood for long, given that bragging rights and honor were at stake.

Also, be sure to check out reports from the Sardinia Cup, where Audi Sailing Team Powered by All4One edged out a talented line-up of TP52s and Iberdrola Team cleaned up in the Soto 40 class. This event marks the third of five events on the Audi MedCup Circuit. Check out the complete reports, in this issue, and mark your calendars for when Eurosport will be broadcasting the action.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor




Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011 - Strong RS:X fleet
International Sailing Federation,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011 - Sixty five RS:X sailors will look to set an early marker one year ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition as they compete in Weymouth and Portland at the London 2012 Olympic Test Event. In the 34-strong Men's RS:X fleet Nick Dempsey (GBR) will be hotly fancied after he clinched gold at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in June.... [more]
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RS Feva World Championship 2011 day 1
Golly Tucker,
RS Feva World Championship 2011 - Today was for the big boys and girls with 18-22kts average and gusts of some more. Rescue was stretched but nowhere close to breaking point. Medics were on standby though, with their extractor pumps to remove the dangerous excess levels of adrenaline produced.... [more]
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Governor's Cup 2011 - San Diego Yacht Club victory
Nancy Mellon,
Governor's Cup 2011 - The victorious team from San Diego Yacht Club included the skipper, Nevin Snow, the youngest racer in the regatta. His team mates were Jake LaDow and Jake Reynolds. The team lost only four races in the Round Robin series. The final four teams included Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, San Diego Yacht Club and Newport Harbor Yacht Club.... [more]
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Clipper 11-12 Yacht Race - HMS Illustrious to support race start
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race - With one week to go until the cannon fires to signal the race start, the first global event to set off from the Solent since 2004, organisers are thrilled to welcome the Royal Navy's helicopter carrier, HMS Illustrious, which will attend the weekend's festivities, culminating in the race start on Sunday 31 July.... [more]
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Champions crowned at 2011 Techno Windsurfing World Championships
David Wells,
2011 Techno Windsurfing World Championships final day was a full one with two course races and a long distance race on the agenda and the tension could be cut with a knife with multiple world titles up in the air. The last day of the regatta followed the trend of oscilating fog banks; one day it's in, the next day it's out.... [more]
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International Lightning Class South American & Master Championships
International Lightning Class,
International Lightning Class Association South American and International Master Championships. Tito Gonzalez sailing with his son Diego Gonzalez Parro and Cristian Herman Sanhueza continued their excellent form and won all three races to take the South American Championship for the third year in a row.... [more]
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PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam 2011 day 2 - All guns blazing
PWA,
The PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam 2011 experienced incredible weather conditions on day two with 20 knots of wind, blazing sun and turquoise waters that allowed Jose Estredo and Sarah-Quita Offringa to bulldoze their way through the single elimination. Consistent conditions allowed the remaining heats of the single elimination and the opening heats on the men's double elimination to be completed.... [more]
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America's Cup: Italian team excused from further competition
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup organisers have announced that Venezia Challenge has defaulted on the requirements to be a competitor in both the America's Cup World Series and the 34th America's Cup. The Venezia Challenge shore team had been in Cascasis, Portugal, assembling the AC45 catamaran which had been allocated to the team for competition in the first round of the America's Cup World Series.... [more]
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U.S. Singlehanded Championships 2011 win for Vranizan and Neville
Jake Fish,
The U.S. Singlehanded Championships 2011 hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association took place in Cascade Locks, Oregon. The event has now concluded with Frederick Vranizan (Shoreline, Wash. / Seattle YC) dominating the men's Laser fleet from start to finish and Christine Neville (Oakland, Calif. / ILCA) coming from behind on Sunday to win the women's Laser Radial fleet.... [more]
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Laser Standard Youth & Radial Men World Championships
International Laser Class Association,
Laser Standard Youth & Radial Men World Championships, La Rochelle, France. A WNW breeze of 14-16 knots with gusts up to 18 knots and a beautiful sunshine added up to a great day on water. Two good races were run again for all fleets.... [more]
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Governor's Cup down to the final four
Nancy Mellon,
Governor's Cup. The Semi-Finals were organized for the top four teams, and the first race was held. The first place team was able to choose their first opponent from the other three teams. Only one race of the Semis was held as the wind faded.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy - Coastal success
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup's Region of Sardinia Trophy 2011 has resulted in victory in the 25 mile high-scoring coastal race for Jochen Schuemann and Seb Col who took a big step towards their first regatta victory of the season. Their Audi Sailing Team Powered by All4One (FRA/GER) leads the Region of Sardinia Trophy by 8.5 points over second placed Quantum Racing which finished second.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's crews switch to Rugby
Sail-World,
With Rugby World Cup fast looming, and with crews who have been working out of the same base together for several months about to depart, team training was varied to take in a game of touch rugby on nearby Victoria Park. In a game of Red vs Black - the Volvo Ocean race entry Camper crew, lining up against the America's Cup and Extreme 40 crew,... [more]
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Brad Van Liew and Le Pingouin Summer Tour 2011
Brad Van Liew,
Brad Van Liew, skipper of Le Pingouin, reflects on his latest Velux 5 Oceans Race experience and welcomes us all aboard the Le Pingouin Summer Tour 2011. Today I will once again walk down the dock and board Le Pingouin to go sailing. It was nearly two months ago that I crossed the finish line of the Velux 5 Oceans solo race around the world in La Rochelle, France.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 - North Atlantic Odyssey
Kirsten Ferguson,
Transatlantic Race 2011 - As 'an extended adventurous voyage,' the odyssey that is the Transatlantic Race 2011 was a defining event in ocean racing, as well as in the lives of the sailors aboard the 26 competing yachts. The race made history with the establishment of a new record – crossing 2,975 miles of ocean from Newport, R.I. to The Lizard on the south coast of England... [more]
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Chicago-Mackinac 2011 storm video footage
Greg Alm,
Here's edited footage shot from a helmet camera aboard the J109 Realt Na Mara during the 2011 Chicago to Mackinac Race in 50-60+ knots.... [more]
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Lake Ontario 300 Video interviews
Sail-World Staff,
Sail-World Canada Clarity Nicoll has the opportunity to chat with organizers and participants of the 2011 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge at the Skippers Meeting at Port Credit Yacht Club, then captures some of the action on the start line.... [more]
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Oyster Bay Youth Match Racing Clinegatta a great success
Diani Dozier,
The Oyster Bay Youth Match Racing Clinegatta wasn't decided until the last moments of the last leg. Clinton Hayes's team and the British team led by James French sailed down the final leg with Hayes in front but carrying an outstanding penalty.... [more]
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Ida Lewis Distance Race early entry deadline approaches
Barby MacGowan,
The Ida Lewis Distance Race (ILDR) is right around the corner, and organizers are encouraging competitors to register by the early bird deadline of August 5 to help build excitement among the competitors and encourage others to sign up early, too.... [more]
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Another great year for the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge!
Sail-World Canada,
A significant contrast from the 2010 event, the nearly 130 racers who participated in this year's Lake Ontario 300 Challenge were greeted with excellent weather and fabulous sailing conditions throughout most of the race.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Out of the box at Cascais - 2
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Gilles Martin-Raget provides more images from Cascais as some of the teams take delivery of their new AC45's and start the assembly process... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: More images of Cascais
Gilles Martin-Raget,
More images of Cascais, Portugal, from top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget went touring around Cascais, Portugal, ahead of the first event of the America's Cup World Series, with shots of the town and coast... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Images of Cascais
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget went touring around Cascais, Portugal, ahead of the first event of the America's Cup World Series, with shots of the town and coast... [more]
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Images of the Volvo Ocean Race: Around the teams - 100 days to go
Sail-World,
A gallery of images from the seven teams entered in the 2011/210 Volvo Ocean race which starts in just 100 days.... [more]
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Lightning South American and International Master Championships
International Lightning Class Association,
International Lightning Class Association South American and International Master Championships kicked off Wednesday. The International Masters Championship is sailed concurrently with the South American Championship but is scored seperately.... [more]
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U.S. Grand Slam Match Race Series invitations complete
Chicago Match Race Center,
All the excitement of ISAF Grade 2 match racing is coming soon to the U.S. with the Chicago Match Race Center's Grade 2 Invitational as the lead-off event in a four-week, four-regatta series called the U.S. Grand Slam Match Race Series.... [more]
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Transpac Race 2011 - Racers Second Chance rescue kayaker
Kimball Livingston,
Transpac Race 2011 - Transpac racers rescue not just any kayaker in the Molokai Channel. Guy Wilding has been out for a paddle in his 18-foot kayak every day for months, since moving to Honolulu from Sydney, Australia. Today seemed like any other day under the blue skies of the tradewinds until, as luck would have it, his paddle broke.... [more]
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Transpac 2011 - Different Boats, One Race
Kimball Livingston,
Just when we thought we were ready to show some serious aloha-love to the Aloha Division in comes Jack Taylor's Horizon. Even though they started four days apart, and even though the boat designs are light-years apart, Gracie and Horizon shared a common thread.... [more]
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Chicago-Mackinac Race—100 Knots and Off the Clock

Hearing that it's windy and rainy is one thing. Hearing that water is vaporizing all around you is a completely different tale of horror. Descriptions of the 'strobing' lightning and 'white water everywhere' are on an entirely different level than anything that racing sailors in North America have seen in many, many decades.... [more]
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Press Conference with Chicago Yacht Club's Greg Freeman
Chicago Yacht Club,
Chicago Yacht Club's 103rd Race to Mackinac. Press Conference audio - Greg Freeman, Chair of the Race to Mackinac Comittee... [more]
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Chicago-Mackinac Race—State of the Race
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
The sun is shining here on Mackinac Island, and a gentle breeze is flowing out of the south-southwest, helping to deliver the remaining 150 boats that are still racing to this picturesque island. To date, 148 boats have finished race, and 36 boats have withdrawn due either to the lashing, violent winds of last night's vicious storm.... [more]
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A Sad Day on Mackinac Island
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Distance racing is truly a strange sport. Boats can start at similar times and—depending on their speed and the direction that they sail—experience completely different sets of conditions. Such was the case with this year's Chicago—Mackinac Race.... [more]
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Chicago-Mackinac Race—A Tale of Two Races
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
For the 350 boats racing in this year's Chicago-Mac Race, the sailing truly was a tale of two distinctly different races, governed entirely by when boats finished sailing.Vessels that finished sailing prior to Sunday night's horrible storm reported Champagne-sailing conditions. Mother Nature, however, was not kind to boats that finished later after the storm swept the course.... [more]
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Statement from Chicago Yacht Club on Race Deaths
Chicago Yacht Club,
As of Monday, July 18, it has been confirmed by the U. S. Coast Guard and it is with great regret that the Chicago Yacht Club acknowledges the deaths of two sailors who were competing in the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac.... [more]
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Chicago-Mackinac Race—Mac Finishes
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
The Chicago Yacht Club's 103rd Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot—While the early reports involved tales of downhill sailing, boats arriving later in the evening were dealt a catastrophic bag of conditions, covering the gamut of light stuff to a severe Midwestern thunderstorm that delivered sheet lightning, peak winds in the mid-40s and torrential rain.... [more]
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Chicago-Mackinac Race—The New Old Fashioned Way
David Schmidt,
The Chicago Yacht Club's 103rd Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot—Believe it or not, there was a day—not so long ago—when the Internet did not rule people's lives. True, information moved slower, but the pace of life was also a bit slower then as well (example: horses, not cars).... [more]
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Chicago-Mackinac - strong conditions ahead for big fleet
Rob Kothe,
A fascinating battle in the Chicago Yacht club's 103rd Race to Mackinac presented by Veuve Clicquot, with 361 boats racing north. Around Point Betsey at 4am the breeze had swung to the southwest at a light 5-10 knots, but winds will build over the next few hours, up to 10-15 knots by 7am, even up to 15-20 knots by 10am, increasing rapidly to 25-30 by 1pm, easing slightly as the fleet approaches... [more]
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