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Cats Out Of The Bag

06/08/2011 - Cascais (PRT) - 34th America's Cup - AC World Series - Cascais 2011 - Racing Day 1  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com

If high-performance catamaran racing is your thing, these are very exciting times. First and foremost this weekend was the first racing in the newly minted America's Cup World Series aboard the new, wingsail-powered AC45 catamarans. In fact, this was the first time that this class has officially raced, and while the winds were fairly light on Saturday, conditions improved on Sunday, allowing teams to tag some impressive speeds on the AC500 Speed Trail. Four races took place in all this weekend, plus the Speed Trial, allowing teams the opportunity to check their speeds in a variety of racing formats and conditions.

Not surprisingly, Emirates Team New Zealand sailed away from the Cascais AC Preliminaries in first place, followed by Russell Coutts' Oracle Racing, then Artemis Racing, followed by Jimmy Spithill's Oracle Racing team. 'We are happy how it went,' said skipper Dean Barker. 'But we know we have a lot to keep up with. It's nice; a good feeling to start the week, but there is a lot we need to improve on.' Be sure to check out all of the great media from this event, including some nice videos and image galleries, and stay tuned for more from this event, which runs through August 14.

Groupe Edmond de Rothshild collide with Artemis Racing on Day 2 - Extreme Sailing Series Act 5, Cowes  Giordana Pipornetti

Meanwhile, in Cowes, England, the Extreme 40 class is enjoying their Extreme Sailing Series Act 5. While the racing was tight, the news of the weekend was the collision that took place between France's Groupe Edmond de Rothschild and Sweden's Artemis Racing, resulting in severe damage to both boats. The corresponding battle wounds were enough to send both boats limping back to the shed for some repair work. Be sure to check out the video of the smash-up, inside.

In Olympic Class circles, the talk of the hour is fully centered on the Weymouth and Portland Games, which are currently taking place in Weymouth, England. This event serves as both the official trial of the Olympic racing facilities, but it's also an important chance for sailors to race against their rivals for next summer's medals. US SAILING Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) members have sailed a great event so far, with a particularly standout performance from Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Faith in the hyper-competitive Star class.

'It was breezy and still hard tactically,' said USSTAG's Paige Railey of yesterday's racing. 'When we first got out there we thought maybe the current would have more of an impact than the shifts, but the shifts were more important. It was hard work especially in the second race when it picked up. We were doing three laps out there. You have to be prepared for this.' Read the full accounts, inside.

A racing vessel collides with the 124,000-ton Hanne Knutsen Cowes Week - 7 August 2011  

And finally, be sure to see what happens when a raceboat looses a staring match with an oil tanker, at this year's Cowes Race Week.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



America's Cup World Series: Full replay of Race Day 2 now available
Richard Gladwell,
Full replay coverage is now available of the second day of racing is now available on the YouTube America's Cup channel. Includes plenty of on board footage and audio including coverage from on board the race committee boat. Expletives have not been deleted.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing: Crowds turn out for the Extreme 40's at Cowes
Ben Gladwell, Sail-World,
Sail-World's Ben Gladwell stepped off the foredeck of one of the IRC Class Zero racers at Cowes, after the conclusion of racing for the day at Cowes Week, and onto a RIB to provide this gallery of images from the second day of the Extreme 40 racing.... [more]
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Two sailors rescued after collision with tanker in Cowes Week + Video
Jasper Copping, Telegraph UK,
Two sailors had to be rescued from the water at Cowes Week sailing regatta after their yacht collided with an oil tanker, The yacht, which normally has nine crew members on board, became entangled in the larger vessel's anchor and had its sails torn off and mast snapped. See HD Video of the incident... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race dilemma
Clipper Ventures,
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race offshore racing teams have at one time or another faced the same dilemma: sail a greater distance in the hope you'll get more favourable wind or sail the most direct route and take the risk of becoming more or less becalmed.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 smashing times on day 2 + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 is currently underway at Cowes and on the second day of racing, the spectators were certainly not disappointed with the action. The fourth race resulted in France's Groupe Edmond de Rothschild ploughing into Sweden's Artemis Racing at the top mark resulting in severe damage to both boats that was bad enough to end their racing for the day.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series and Cowes Week - Hectic for Artemis Racing
Paul Cayard,
America's Cup World Series spectators were not disappointed today they gathered along the shore to watch the fastest boats, sailed by the world's best sailors, here in Cascais, Portugal. With winds of up to 20 knots and clear blue skies, the setting was perfect for a long fleet race, followed by three speed trials for the AC45s.... [more]
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Oracle Racing find victories in preliminary round of ACWS
Oracle Racing,
The America's Cup World Series has witnessed victories in the preliminary round in Cascais today with Oracle Racing's Russell Coutts winning the long (40-minute) fleet race and Oracle Racing's James Spithill placing third.... [more]
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Battle lines drawn - Melges 32 Fleet at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Tracey Walters,
Complementing its sporty attitude the Melges 32 possesses one of the most diverse International regatta schedules that includes many prestigious venues; now on the list is Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, North Queensland.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta day 6
Dana Paxton,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta has reached its sixth day for U.S. Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and in sharp contrast to yesterday's quiet morning, today's start was on time in 20+knots of building wind. In addition, the courses were longer and the target time per race was longer, putting a premium on boat speed, boat handling, fitness and tactics.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ double winners in Cascais World Series
Sail-World,
Five teams crowded the podium on Sunday at the America's Cup World Series – Cascais as the opening weekend ended with some champagne sailing across the two events. On Sunday, large crowds on the beach and in the spectator fleet enjoyed front row seats with the racing just meters from the shore.... [more]
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Team NZ Dispute heads to mediation tomorrow over website dispute
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team NZ's dispute with the America's Cup over restrictions on the team's freedom to host its own America's Cup web site goes to arbitration tomorrow. The Protocol mandates that teams' America's Cup content should be consolidated on the AC web site. Emirates TNZ's position is that teams should be free to host their own sites, effectively creating a mirrored site with the America's Cup site... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta day 6 – Australians excel
International Sailing Federation,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta day six welcomed the sailors with blustery winds ranging from 19-24 knots. It was the Australians that excelled throughout the day as Tom Slingsby took the lead in the Laser, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen went ahead in the 49er and Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page notched up double bullets.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Team New Zealand man overboard images
Carlo Borlenghi/Nespresso,
America's Cup World Series Cascais images by photographer Carlo Borlenghi/Nespresso. Team New Zealand bowman Winston MacFarlane pitched into the water when a winch handle broke as he was grinding in the gennaker at the second mark.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Full replay of Race Day 1 now available
Richard Gladwell,
Full replay coverage is now available of the first day of racing is now available on the YouTube America's Cup channel. Includes plenty of on board footage and audio including coverage from on board the race committee boat. Expletives have not been deleted.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from the Opening Day of the World Series Cascais
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, was on the water for the first day of racing in the America's Cup World Series in Cascais, Portugal. The day got underway with heavy fog and light winds, one race was started and then abandoned just after the fleet had rounded the first mark. After a delay the breeze moved in, and three races were sailed.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing: Battle Stations at Cowes
Ben Gladwell, Sail-World,
Sail-World's Ben Gladwell stepped off the foredeck of one of the IRC Class Zero racers at Cowes, after the conclusion of racing for the day at Cowes Week, and onto a RIB to provide this gallery of images from the Extreme 40 racing.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland Int'l Regatta - US holds five top ten places
Dana Paxton,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta has completed its fifth day of racing and although there was slight onshore postponement while the RC waited for suitable wind, once racing got underway, it was well worth the wait. Light wind mid-day built to gusting 15-18 knots and cooler temperatures across the five race courses.... [more]
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Ainslie takes Finn lead at Weymouth and Portand International Regatta
Robert Deaves,
The first Finn race started in seven-eight knots with the fleet spreading out more or less evenly over the course area of the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011. In the second race, eventually started under black flag, Ainslie won the pin end and dominated the race to lead at each and every mark.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - 49er, Finn And Stars
ISAF,
The Weymouth and Portland International Regatta has now witnessed Tobias Schadewaldt and Hannes Baumann (GER) lead the 49er fleet after the first three races despite Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen notching up two race wins . The Germans end day one on ten points and have a one point lead after the Australians finished ninth in race three... [more]
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Fisher's View: In the Shotgun Seat on Artemis Racing - AC World Series
Bob Fisher,
Where did we finish? Who won? Don't know, and frankly, don't care. I was in Nirvana as the sixth man aboard Artemis. It may have been grey, drizzly even, but as far as I was concerned the sun shone in all its glory and I beamed back in pleasure (and it was only a boat race!) as five men in front of me went about their business in a manner that would shock the faint of heart.... [more]
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