ACWS Venice Event report—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

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17 May 2012

ACWS Venice Event report—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

This week's sailing headlines have been dominated by the start of the America's Cup World Series (ACWS) Venice Event, as well as the news of the ACWS' latest sponsor, Red Bull. For readers who are late to the conversation, Red Bull—the energy-drink manufacturer who famously claims to give its patrons 'wings'—has announced plans to sponsor the Red Bull Youth America's Cup, thus giving young sailors a clearly defined path into sailing AC45 wingsail-powered catamarans, and—hopefully—into the Cup itself.

'Before this,' said Oracle Racing's James Spithill, 'there has been no clear pathway to [taking part in] the America's Cup.' Problem solved.

16/05/2012 - Venice (ITA) - 34th America's Cup - America's Cup World Series Venice 2012 - Bad weather over Venice  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com©

Meanwhile, racing at the ACWS Venice Event was spectacular during the first day of sailing, with Energy Team currently commanding the leaderboard, followed by Luna Rosa Swordfish and Team Korea. 'Artemis was up against Emirates Team New Zealand for a two-out-of-three quarter match race series,' reports Artemis Racing's Paul Cayard. 'The Artemis boys looked sharp on the boat handling and quite fast as well. Lots of hard work by the whole team went into that. Very nice to see!' Get the full Red Bull and Venice ACWS updates, inside this issue.

Day 5 of racing. The JP Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup 2012. Falmouth
Credit: Lloyd Images  Mark Lloyd ©

Meanwhile, in One Design circles, Sir Ben Ainslie is in top form at the Finn Gold Cup and is now within striking distance of securing his sixth Finn World Championship title. 'It was a pretty big day, amazing conditions,' said Ainslie. 'There were massive waves. It was an amazing day's sailing for everyone I think. It is not often we race in conditions like that so it was great. I think there will be a lot of tired sailors but I think most people had a smile on their face most of the time.'

Also in OD circles, there has been much debate and contention involving the ISAF General Council's vote (a close 19-17) to drop windsurfing from the 2016 Olympics. Inside, Nevin Sayre has shared a letter to US Sailing, demanding that the organization explain the reasons behind its votes. Sayre also goes on to offer anecdotal evidence and experiences as to why he feels that kiteboarding isn't quite ready for Olympic Prime Time, even by 2016.

in the hospital after kitesurfing - Calling out U.S. Sailing to explain their Olympic vote  Nevin Sayre

'What is U.S. Sailing's plan to safely include kitesurfing into Junior Sailing Programs, the Olympic Youth Development Team, Youth Worlds Team, the Junior Olympic events, and all the pathways that leads to the Olympics?' queries Sayre. 'There are over 110 reported kitesurfing deaths in the last 10 years. That should be compared with an excellent safety record in windsurfing's 40-year history. I am personally very lucky not to be on the fatality list, and suffered a head wound with 150 stitches from kitesurfing. And I consider myself a decent kiter, and knowledgeable about the wind. There is no way I would allow my kids to kitesurf.'

Grand Slam Match Racing Series 2012  Chicago Match Race Center

And finally, be sure to check out the latest happenings from the Grand Slam Match Racing Series, which plans to hold four consecutive ISAF Open Grade 2 events this year in the U.S. 'What began last year as a series to promote the growth of match racing in the U.S. has grown to be a major international series,' said Dawn Riley, Oakcliff Sailing's Executive Director and a highly accomplished skipper. 'The requests for invitations for our event have come in early and hot, with only a few spots remaining.' Get the full story, inside.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Fisher's View: Day 1 ACWS - Venice turns on perfect racing conditions
Bob Fisher,
Day 1: Today's racing, which was fowards the fleet racing championship and also for Match-race seeding, was in sunshine and 8-10 knot southerly breezes outside the Lido - almost perfect conditions for the nine teams racing around the three lap courses. It provided some new faces on the leaderboard. Includes Video highlights.... [more]
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Laser Radial World Championship - Gold and silver fleets decided
Laser World Championship,
At the 2012 Laser Radial World Championships in cold but sunny weather, with oscillating winds between 15 and 28 knots, the sailors in Boltenhagen finished the last races of their qualifying series before being divided into the gold and silver fleets for the finals. The choppy waves out on the Wohlenberger Wiek proved challenging and again there were several capsizes.... [more]
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470 World Championship - Medal race battle hots up on day 5 + Video
Luissa Smith,
For the 2012 470 World Championships, there are only five races remaining - making race day five a crunch day as teams positioned themselves to make the medal race cut, with the points beginning to stack up amongst the 470 Women's teams in the challenge for Olympic qualification.... [more]
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AC World Series Venice - Sunny, chilly first day for Artemis
Paul Cayard,
America's Cup World Series Venice – Paul Cayard of Artemis Racing reports on the first day of the event: Sunny, but chilly day here on the Adriatic of the coast of Lido. It snowed in the mountains just North of here Tuesday night and the white hills are a beautiful backdrop to the racing here. Over 100 spectator boats ringed the race track to watch the fleet of nine do battle in the 8-12 knot... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Top form from Ainslie on day 5
Robert Deaves,
On day five of the Finn Gold Cup, an awesome performance was given by Ben Ainslie (GBR). In the toughest, roughest conditions that much of the fleet have sailed in for many years, he took three race wins and is now within a whisker of his sixth Finn World title. Ed Wright (GBR) remains in second while Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN) moves up to third.... [more]
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US recreational boating industry uptick says NMMA
Ellen Hopkins,
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has stated that in 2011, U.S. retail sales for recreational boats, accessories and marine services increased six percent to $32.3 billion, new power and sail boat retail sales increased 0.8 percent to 214,405, and boating participation increased ten percent to 83 million.... [more]
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ACWS Venice - Oracle Team USA Spithill advances to semifinals
Tim Jeffery,
The America's Cup World Series Venice is now underway and Oracle Team USA Spithill has advanced to the semifinal round by winning its quarterfinal match 2-0 on what was a disappointing opening day's racing on the fifth round of the AC World Series.... [more]
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Tall Ships Challenge - Fleet of seven arrive in Cape Fear
Kirsten Ferguson,
After departing a large public maritime festival in Savannah, Ga., on Monday, May 7, seven tall ships have reached Cape Fear, N.C., completing the first leg of 2012 Tall Ships Challenge®. Three of those ships will continue on to join four others in Greenport, N.Y., which is approximately 500 nautical miles away and due to host its own maritime festival beginning on Saturday, May 26 and continuing... [more]
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AC World Series Venice - Oracle Team USA joined by Lapo Elkann
Tim Jeffery,
America's Cup World Series (ACWS) Venice, the penultimate event of the 2011-12 season, is now underway. Oracle Team USA Coutts was joined in racing by guest and creative entrepreneur Lapo Elkann. Elkann visited the America's Cup World Series – Venice and joined the first day's racing with Russell Coutts, the most successful skipper in the history of the competition.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Ainslie within touching distance of sixth world title
Lindsey Bell,
J.P. Asset Management Finn Gold Cup penultimate day in Falmouth (Thursday 17th May) has seen Ben Ainslie move within touching distance of an historic sixth Finn World Championship title after three race wins amid ‘unbelievable' conditions.... [more]
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Revised Women's Match Race Rankings released
ISAF,
The International Sailing Association Federation have issued revised Match Race Rankings for 16th May 2012 following an administrative error in the Women's Match Race Rankings.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 4 prize giving + Video
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race (GOR) Leg 4 prize giving was held at the Charleston Yacht Club in City Marina with two of the GOR's Class40s, Cessna Citation and Financial Crisis, moored directly in front of the clubhouse. With three days remaining to the start of GOR Leg 5, the GOR Race Organisation and the four Class40 teams with an entourage of friends, family and supporters attended the event.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet battle for crucial points
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on the third day of race eleven from Panama to New York. As the ten international teams competing battle with the steady Caribbean trade winds on their way through the Windward Passage, focus turns to the vital Scoring Gate points.... [more]
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America's Cup: Red Bull Youth America's Cup announced
Oracle Racing edited by Sail-World,
For the first time in the history of the America's Cup, young, talented sailors have a clear pathway towards competing for one of the most prestigious trophies in sport. The Red Bull Youth America's Cup, launched today with ceremonies in Venice, Italy and San Francisco, USA, opens the door for young sailors to gain the experience they need to contribute to a Cup team. 'I think this is one of th... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup fourth venue announced
ISAF,
ISAF Sailing World Cup fourth venue has been announced as Qingdao in China. With two confirmed regattas from 12-19 October 2013 and 11-18 October 2014, the announcement marks a huge step forward for the ISAF Sailing World Cup. The sailors in the six confirmed events, Men's and Women's RS:X, Laser, Laser Radial and Men's and Women's 470, will also benefit from today's announcement... [more]
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Calling out to U.S. Sailing to explain their Olympic vote
Nevin Sayre,
Dear U.S. Sailing, Every class chosen for the Olympics has a pathway from young kid to Olympic champion. As yet, Kitesurf racing has no such pipeline. As an avid kitesurfer, windsurfer, sailor, U.S. Sailing member, and also someone who has been very involved in youth sailing development, I would like U.S. Sailing to explain their actions.... [more]
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Tahiti Pearl Regatta warm up race
Denis van den Brink,
Tahiti Pearl Regatta ninth edition is currently underway. Today a nice and peaceful 'warm up' round off Uturoa, on the island of Raiatea, one of French Polynesia leeward islands, was held for 40 multihulls and monohulls. Until next Sunday, over 250 yachtsmen and women, from eight different nations including Australia, the United States and Japan, will compete in three separate Classes... [more]
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Olympic Sailing Competition - Montreal 1976
ISAF,
Montreal 1976 Olympic Sailing Competition took place in the Canadian province of Ontario instead of Quebec, at Kingston, due to the terrorist murder of nine Israeli athletes at Munich which meant that the Montreal Games were held under the tightest security. In a bid to modernise Olympic sailing, two venerable keelboats were dropped, the Star and Dragon.... [more]
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Grand Slam Match Racing Series expands internationally
Chicago Match Race Center,
Grand Slam Match Racing Series qualifying events start this weekend in Chicago and Oyster Bay, New York. After last year's successful debut, organizers from the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC), Bayview YC (BYC), Manhasset Bay YC (MBYC) and Oakcliff Sailing have expanded their international slate of teams to compete in this year's Grand Slam Match Racing Series.... [more]
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America's Cup: Alinghi boss new General Manager for Oracle Team USA
Sail-World,
America's Cup champion team Oracle Team USA has been joined by three-time America's Cup winner Grant Simmer as General Manager. His role gives him day-to-day operational responsibility for the American team that is currently designing and building the race boats to defend the America's Cup in San Francisco in 2013.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival 2013 dates announced
Trish Jenkins,
BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival 2013 will take place a week earlier next year, with regatta dates set for 25th to 31st March, as announced this week by the Caribbean Sailing Association. In cooperation with other regattas, The BVI Spring Regatta, hosted by Nanny Cay Resort and Marina will move to the earlier date, but will continue to follow the St. Thomas International Rolex Regatta... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - 1988 Olympic gold medallist to compete
Jo Grindley,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta is being held from fourth to 9th June 2012. Newly crowned Star World Champions Scheidt and Prada with be racing against the 1988 Star class Olympic gold medallist Mike McIntyre at this year's event. The pull of racing in Weymouth and Portland in the Star class was just too much, that McIntyre is set to return to the Olympic sailing arena to compete in the Star class... [more]
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Atlantic Cup - GryphonSolo2 crosses Leg 1 finish
Joe Harris,
Atlantic Cup 2012 - Joe Harris onboard GryphonSolo2 provides a progress update on the fourth and final day of racing in leg one: When we last left off we were hootin and hollerin doing 18 knots in the gulf steam on Sunday. That day we reeled off easily 270 miles for an average of over 11 knots in 24 hours. We finally had to pry ourselves away from the conveyor belt to head northwest to NYC... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Competition heats up
Isabel Hokken,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race crew members are finding their sea legs again as competition heats up. 'It is fast, exhilarating wet and slightly wild,' sums up Gold Coast Australia skipper Richard Hewson. It's been busy for all then 68-foot yacht entries currently at the south of Jamaica in the Caribbean Sea.... [more]
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Tahiti Pearl Regatta warm up race
Denis van den Brink,
Tahiti Pearl Regatta ninth edition is being held from 16th to 20th May 2012. Things get serious today with a warm up race scheduled early in the afternoon that will take all 38 entrants to a seven miles inshore lagoon race.... [more]
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