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Vestas Sailrocket 2 returns to Namibia this month  Paul Larsen

Just when you thought that performance-sailing news was entirely dominated by match racing, Paul Larsen and his Vestas Sailrocket 2 team are returning to Walvis Bay in Namibia this month to have another go at the outright world speed sailing record. This will be Larsen's second go at kiteboarder Rob Douglas' 2010 world record (a jaw-dropping 55.65 knots), as he and his Vestas Sailrocket 2 team were in Namibia this past spring, tuning up their new boat and learning how to sail her fast. In fact, the team's main goal for their return mission is to continue on their learning curve. 'With this much innovation,' said Larsen, 'sometimes you have to 'unlearn' aspects of what you know so that you can be open to the new ways that will ultimately take you forward.' But, they advise, should they find their sweet spot, they have no issue pressing hard. Check out the full report, inside.

In Cup circles, sailors are getting amped up for the second stop of the America's Cup World Series, which kicks off on Saturday in Plymouth, England. Given that it's been cold, wet and windy in Plymouth this week, chances are excellent that the sailors will have their hands full in this spectator-friendly venue. PRO John Craig briefs spectators on what they can expect, and advises that teams can expect races to start in breezes up to 30 knots.

Also Cup related, be sure to check out Artemis skipper Terry Hutchinson's description of what it's like to nosedive an AC45, and the fine line between water to the crossbeam and water further astern.

ESIMIT EUROPA 2 - Rolex Middle Sea Race   © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo

Meanwhile, in the Med, racing is in full swing at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, despite a frustrating start to their series (read: too much wind). Fortunately the Mistral winds have relented, and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's Race Committee have been more than happy to squeeze off bullets. 'I don't think it has ever been this close before,' said Sir Lindsay Owen Jones, the owner of Magic Carpet 2, a 94-foot Wally. 'The first three or four boats are very close in absolute terms and all of them can win on handicap. It is a highly competitive fleet. At the beginning, people thought the Wally class was gentlemen's racing [class] but it has become much more professional and close.' Get the full scoop, as well as an image gallery courtesy of Ingrid Abery, inside.

MOY by George Bekris0021 - 32nd Annual Museum of Yachting Classic Regatta 2011  George Bekris

And finally, be sure to check out the wrap-up report from the Museum of Yachting's 32nd Annual Classic Yacht Regatta, as well as an update from the Global Ocean Race, which kicks off on September 25.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Illusion and Kira crash images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Illusion and Kira crash images from photographer Ingrid Abery. Coming into the start at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup this afternoon the thirty metre Illusion misjudged the distance and ploughed right into Kora. The crew were thrown across the deck with a few damaged ribs counted, one person in the water and plenty of damage to both boats.... [more]
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Don Finkle Recognized at Beneteau 36.7 North American Opening Event
Greg Nicoll,
The Beneteau 36.7 North American Championship's opening reception was held Wednesday night at the Toronto Downtown Hilton Hotel. The event was hosted by Mike Sonosky and Richard Reid, members of the organizing committee, who had the pleasure of introducing special guest Dr. Leroy McClean, Consulate-General of Barbados – the title sponsor of this year's championship.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Skippers Media Conference Plymouth - Video
ACM,
Video of opening Press Conference from the second round of the America's Cup World Series in Millbay, Plymouth. Live from Millbay in Plymouth. The nine skippers are introduced to members of the media, facilitated by Annie Gardner (USA) and David Fitzgerald (GBR) .... [more]
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Big Boat Series day 1 images by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson,
Big Boat Series day 1 images from Erik Simonson... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series – Close at the top
Barby MacGowan,
Rolex Big Boat Series – If two and three-way ties for first are indicative of heated competition, four classes set the stage in today's opener for some fiery showdowns over the next three days of competition. A total of 81 boats took to San Francisco Bay for the 47th annual event, with seven classes... [more]
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Farr 30 World Championship - Gear busting day 1
Farr 30 Class Association,
Rough ebb-against-tide waves and a constantly building breeze gave an emphatic welcome to the Farr 30 World Championship fleet today in three action-packed races. 8-Ball were literally on fire on the way to the dock! 'We've had some engine issues over the past few days, but we were a little surprised to see flames coming from the battery compartment on the way in,' Louie said.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Emirates Team NZ tests Plymouth Sound
Sail-World,
Emirates Team New Zealand took a short test sail in Plymouth on Thursday, in preparation for the opening fleet races of the America's Cup World Series on Saturday. 'We just went out for a quick sail, but it was good,' said wing trimmer Glenn Ashby. 'There is a lot more current and tide than what we experienced in Cascais, so I think that will play a big part in the decision-making process.'... [more]
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EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix to welcome new event
John Friend,
The EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix will mark the start of an innovative new event for some of dinghy sailing's most ground breaking classes. The event is set to take place next month in Mar Menor, in the Murcia region of Spain.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Day 3
KPMS,
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup has completed the third day of racing which has provided yet another installment of stunning racing for the now 45-strong fleet of Maxi yachts. As the wind abates in Porto Cervo, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Race Committee has been able to extend its reach.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup's picture perfect mistral
Jill Campbell,
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is just this side of a picture-perfect second day of racing and the provisional overall classification sees Niklas Zennstrom's Ràn 2 (GBR) in the lead in the Mini Maxi class... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Buried up to the wing - Video
ACM,
Skipper Terry Hutchinson of Artemis Racing talks about 'nose-diving' in the AC45 in fresh conditions on Plymouth Sound.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race confirms first group of broadcast partners
Sophie Luther,
Volvo Ocean Race and IMG Media, host broadcaster and global media distributor for the event, announce the first group of broadcast partners for the 2011-12 edition of the race with 57 broadcasters covering over 50 countries. The list includes several broadcasters in host ports such as Television New Zealand, SuperSport, TG4, Fox Sports Net, Abu Dhabi Media and three broadcast partners in Brazil... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 returns to hunt the 'limit'
Paul Larsen,
The team behind the Vestas Sailrocket 2 program are returning to Walvis Bay in Namibia to continue their quest to set the outright world speed sailing record. The months of September through to December typically provide the best winds for speed sailing and the team have been keeping their powder dry in anticipation.... [more]
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America's Cup: Expanded TV coverage announced
Sail-World,
As the AC World Series prepares to make its second stop in Plymouth September 10-18, event organizers today announced that Comcast Sportsnet in the San Francisco Bay area and Viasat Sports in Scandinavia have joined the list of broadcasters carrying the final Sunday winner-take-all event live.... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final preview
International Sailing Federation,
ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final, hosted by Sail Sheboygan, one of four US Sailing Centers, the competition will see some of the finest sailors from across the globe mixing it up along the Lake Michigan shore in identical one-design class sailboats for this culmination of a series of eight match racing regattas that started in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on 24 March.... [more]
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CMRC Autumn Open set for September 9
Tod Reynolds,
Chicago Match Race Center's fall season kicks off with the Autumn Open Grade 3 A and B Events September 9-12. With the combined events, this weekend maximizes a travel time for points awarded for the teams from five nations travelling to Chicago to compete.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup challenged by southerners
Jan Harley,
The New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, presented by Rolex, will commence with competition on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 with most of the 22 participating yacht club teams being fresh from racing at the peak of the sailing season in the northern hemisphere.... [more]
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US Sailing Board of Directors 2011 elections
US Sailing,
From September 9 to October 19, 2011, US Sailing will hold its annual election to fill three seats on its Board of Directors. As a member, you have the power to directly elect the Board members, thereby building ownership in the organization and selecting the best people to lead the sport in the United States.... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final set for Sheboygan
ISAF,
The ISAF Nations Cup will hold its Grand Final in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA from 13-18 September. Hosted by Sail Sheboygan, one of four US Sailing Centers, the competition will see some of the finest sailors from across the globe mixing it up along the Lake Michigan shore in identical one-design class sailboats for this culmination of a series of eight match racing regattas... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Day 2 - A Flying start
KPMS,
Heading into the first race at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, anyone finishing ahead of Rán 2 would have had cause for celebration. With places in the coastal races scored in at a 1.5 multiple, this could prove a significant victory for Rán 2 as the upcoming windward/leewards are graded at one point per place.... [more]
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Museum of Yachting 32nd Annual Classic Yacht Regatta wraps up
Cynthia Goss,
The 32nd Annual Classic Yacht Regatta sponsored by Officine Panerai, was welcomed in Newport by strong winds and sunny skies. The North American Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has wrapped up marking the second year that the event has taken place.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - New points system explained
World Match Racing Tour,
Argo Group Gold Cup - As the World Match Racing Tour heads into the penultimate event the race to become ISAF Match Racing World Champion is as competitive as ever. Following the cancellation of the 2011 Danish Open, a points system has been incorporated to award points for that event which could yet add a twist to the season.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup images from photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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ISAF Match Race Rankings – Williams and Tunnicliffe top list
ISAF,
ISAF Match Race Rankings – Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) has moved to the top of the Women's Match Race Rankings for the first time whilst Ian Williams (GBR) maintained top spot in the Open Match Race Rankings. The American broke into the top ten in the Women's Rankings in December 2009 and has steadily worked her way up to take top spot.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Hatches battened in Plymouth - Video
ACM,
On a wet and windy Tuesday, Principal Race Officer John Craig talks about the race course area and his plans for the racing in Plymouth, England, for the second round of the America's Cup World Series, which starts on Saturday.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Auckland Stopover News 3 - See the Volvo Trophy
VOR Auckland Stopover,
NZ sailing fans have a rare chance to see the new Volvo Ocean Race trophy as it goes on display at the Auckland International Boat Show in the Viaduct Harbour from 15-18 September. Visitors to the Show will be able to view the magnificent Race trophy on display with the Volvo Penta IPS marine diesel range on the Volpower NZ Ltd (Volvo Power) stand.... [more]
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Star European Championship day 3 racing abandoned
Sonja Lee,
Star European Championship - High winds once again dictated the racing on the third day of the series that has had two races out of the original programme completed. The overnight offshore gale eased slightly during the morning and a two-hour postponement by principal race officer David Lovegrove offered some hope of racing for the 27 crews waiting at the nearby Royal St. George YC.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup more images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup more images from photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit heads to Barcelona
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Conde de Godó Trophy - Barcelona looks set to witness the closest finish to the Audi MedCup Circuit for four years when the TP52's of the 52 Series shoot out for the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit title. Quantum Racing, skippered by America's Cup winner Ed Baird (USA), need a solid final regatta if they are to hold off the advances of Italy's Audi Azzurra Sailing Team... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup day 1 – Mistral conditions in Porto Cervo
Giles Pearman,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - During yesterday's Skippers' Briefing, Claus-Peter Offen, President of the International Maxi Association and owner of the 100-ft Wally Y3K (GER), jested about the possibility of the wind being too strong during the first day of scheduled racing. Rather than a whimsy, it proved to be a sharp prediction.... [more]
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More images of 32nd Annual Museum of Yachting Classic Regatta 2011
George Bekris,
Top East Coast yachting photographer, George Bekris provides a second gallery of images from the 32nd Annual Museum of Yachting Classic Regatta 2011... [more]
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Images of 32nd Annual Museum of Yachting Classic Regatta 2011
George Bekris,
Top East Coast yachting photographer, George Bekris provides these images from the 32nd Annual Museum of Yachting Classic Regatta 2011... [more]
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America's Cup: Green Comm Racing capsizes in 20kts at Plymouth + Video
America's Cup media,
Green Comm Racing has become the latest member of the 'AC45 capsize club'. As Vasilij Zbogar, helmsman, stated, 'this incident didn't come as a surprise. Conditions were fresh with a southwesterly breeze between 20 and 25 knots, gusting at 30 knots, and we were pushing the boat to her limits throughout the day.... [more]
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Star European Championship day 2 - Italians lead
Star European Championship media,
On Sunday a lull allowed two races to be sailed today (Monday 5th September) that saw Italians Diego Negri and Enrico Voltolini deliver two consistent results of a race win and a second place in the 27-boat fleet from 17 nations.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup preview – A dramatic week of action expected
Giles Pearman,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – The 47 crews from 12 countries and territories present at the event are keeping a close eye on the weather forecast ahead of tomorrow's scheduled start to this eye-catching regatta. The outlook is lively. After a potent and contrasting cocktail of thunderstorms and benign winds was served over the weekend, predictions are for gusts of up to 30-35 knots for tomorrow... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - A challenging week ahead
Jill Campbell,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - The quays of Porto Cervo marina are bustling with the owners, sailors, technicians and supporters of the 45 maxi yachts gathered in Porto Cervo for the event, which will also include the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship. Over the past few days boats have been measured and weighed and registration procedures completed... [more]
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Ben Ainslie joins Oman Air for Extreme Sailing Series
Sail-World,
Ainslie is Britain's most successful Olympic sailor ever and will replace Frenchman Sidney Gavignet. Ainslie has spent an intense 10 months competing in his Finn Olympic dinghy where he is trying to gain selection to the 2012 Olympics to defend his current Olympic title and he is looking forward to the shift to multihull sailing.... [more]
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The Canada's Cup trophy returns to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club
Mary Devries,
The hotly contested Canada's Cup match race sailing competition concluded today with Team Vincere of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club of Toronto, Canada, winning by an overall score of five wins and three losses over Team Heritage of Macatawa Bay Yacht Club of Holland, Michigan. The Canada's Cup trophy returns to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club awaiting a future challenge from US sailors.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: New European venue named for May 2012
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup World Series event managers have today named the Italian port of Venice, Italy as a stop on the ACWS tour. The Venice regatta will take place on May 17-20 2012, with match and fleeting racing championships as well as the overall winner-take-all title.... [more]
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Oakcliff Grade 2 Invitational - Jury in control
Jacon Mayer,
Jury was going to be hard to catch for Will Tiller and Full Metal Jacket racing. Then, at the Knickerbocker Cup last week in Manhasset Bay, which was also sailed in the Oakcliff Swedish Match 40s, Jury didn't drop a single race.... [more]
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2011 Mobility Cup final day
John Kernaghan,
Pierre Richard saved the best for last, winning the final two races in Gold Fleet competition in the 2011 Mobility Cup. Genevieve Wickham of Sailability/Royal Perth Yacht Club of Perth, Australia, who led the Access Liberty Fleet all week, sank to seventh in the second last race on the final day, a result she could discard.... [more]
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Champlain & Erie Canal Closed
Drew Robertson,
Flooding caused by Hurricane Irene has damaged locks and the Champlain & Erie Canals have been closed while a complete damage assessment is carried out. The Scuttlebutt from sailors in the canal is that the damage looks terminals and the canals could be closed down until spring. Canadian sailors heading for warmer clients should check with the NY State Canal Corporation before departing.... [more]
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2011 Canada's Cup Competition - Day 2
Mary Devries,
The Canada's Cup match race sailing competition got underway today on Lake Michigan. This match race sailing competition occurs between the US and Canada. The morning started with brisk winds, which diminished over the course of the day. Team Vincere, of the RCYC holds a 2-1 lead, after today's three races. Racing will continue for the next two days in this best of nine racing series.... [more]
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