Expensive Americas Cup WS Bang-Ups—Sailing News from U.S. and Beyond
Green Comm Racing (left) straddles Artemis Racing before the start of the final race of the America's Cup World series, Plymouth causing damage to the Swedish entry assessed at E100,000 Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com
The good news about the new AC45 class of wingsail-powered catamarans that are being used to contest the America's Cup World Series is that they are infinitely repairable. The bad news is that carbon fiber and specialized labor aren't cheap. Take, for example, the recent bang-up that took place at Weymouth, England at the ACWS' second stop of the tour. Here, teams encountered breezy conditions and fairly confined waters, the combination of which—coupled with aggressive starting-line sambas—got ugly when Green Comm Racing triggered a pile up between themselves, Artemis Racing and Aleph. Get the full scoop on who owes what to whom, as well as some impressive images of torn carbon fiber, inside this issue.
In Annapolis, Bruce Kuryla of the New York Yacht Club and the Milford Yacht Club and his team edged-out Steve Travis and his crew from the Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle by a mere boat length in the final race of the U.S. Offshore Championship to win the Lloyd Phoenix Trophy. 'To pull it out at the finish line is unbelievable,' said Kuryla. 'We were behind Travis at the bottom mark, and after going back and forth with them, we trailed by a hundred yards at the top mark. We went low and fast in the light wind and kept creeping along in Long Island Sound style.' More, inside.
Sailing from Lanzarote to Alicante aboard PUMA Mar Mostro Puma Ocean Racing
And in Volvo Ocean Race circles, Puma Ocean Racing's Mar Mostro is headed to Alicante and the late-October start of this much-anticipated offshore showdown. Puma Ocean Racing used Lanzarote in the Canary Islands as one of their training grounds, allowing them to quickly access full offshore conditions super close to their base. 'It's a fairly secluded marine facility on one of the windiest islands I have ever been to,' reports skipper Ken Read. 'Every day you get up to what sounds like the roof of your apartment being blown off. Here we go again, I would say to myself day after day—now I know what all the boys felt like that did the America's Cup in Fremantle in 1987. The wind every day just wears you out, but it was exactly what we needed.' Get the full download from Read on his team's state of play, and also be sure to read about Groupama's arrival in Alicante, inside.
Also in this issue, check out the official nominees for ISAF's Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, the latest from the Global Ocean Race and the Clipper Around the World Race, as well as previews for the TP52 Worlds, the Melges 24 U.S. Nationals, and the World Match Racing Tour's Gold Cup.
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