ACWS and Moth Worlds debriefing—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

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26 Aug 2012

ACWS and Moth Worlds debriefing—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

The weekend's big-league action took place on San Francisco Bay, where the first event of the 2012-2013 Americas Cup World Series (ACWS) showed audiences both live and virtual just how cool a windy, wingsail-powered regatta can be, especially when some of the world's best sailors are pulling the strings. Fittingly, the home teams of both Oracle Racing Coutts and Oracle Racing Spithill proved the boats to beat in both the match-racing and fleet racing (respectively) events, taking top honors in both disciplines as well as the event's overall title.

The event's final match race saw the master, Russell Coutts, beat-out his teammate and protégé, Jimmy Spithill, by a slivery delta of a mere second. Then, in the fleet-racing event, Luna Rossa Piranha, skippered by Chris Draper, took line honors over Spithill by three seconds, who was in turn followed across the line by 2012 49er Gold Medalist Nathan Outteridge and his Team Korea. Spithill's second place finish was enough to win the fleet-racing section of the regatta on points, followed in second place by Luna Rossa Piranha and Team Korea.


Super Sunday, fleet race. August 25th, 2012, AC45 World Series San Francisco.  Christophe Favreau ©


'This is a fantastic result for Oracle Team USA, to win the match-racing, fleet-racing and overall championship,' said Spithill. 'I can't emphasize how much the boys fought around the race track. We battled our way back to the top in each event and were rewarded for it.' Get the full media blitz inside, including veteran Cup scribe Bob Fisher's perspective on both the weekend's sailing and next year's Louis Vuitton Cup, inside this issue. (And for anyone who missed it, the video of Coutts hitting the RC at ballpark 20 knots-during Saturday's fleet racing-is a must-see!)

Meanwhile, on Italy's scenic Lake Garda, Joshua McKnight (AUS) won the Zhik Moth Worlds by a three-point margin over Scott Babbage (AUS). Rob Gough, a third Aussie, rounded-out the podium, with American 2009 Moth World Champion Bora Gulari finishing in sixth place. McKnight sailed a nearly flawless final day, taking two bullets and a third out of three races.


Australia's Joshua McKnight took top honors at the Zhik Moth World Championships  Th Martinez


'I'm pretty relieved because a lot of effort and money has been going into this program,' reported McKnight. 'I sailed a little bit more consistently when there was less breeze and Scott was a bit more unfortunate in one race where he got a 16th, but that's sailing. It's really unfortunate for him. He probably put more time into this regatta than anybody else.' Get the full multimedia report, inside.

Racecourse action at the 2012 Melges 24 North American Championship hosted by San Francisco Yacht Club, CA, USA, from 22-26 August 2012.  Fiona Brown ©

Also inside, be sure to get the wrap-up reports from the Melges 24 North Americans, which also took place on San Francisco Bay, the Detroit Cup 2012 and the Cork Olympic Class Regatta.

And finally, check out the report on 2008 Laser Radial Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe's transition into high-speed catamaran sailing with her debut role as tactician for Team GAC Pindar at the Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 (Cardiff, UK; August 31 to September 2). Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



America's Cup World Series - Perfect day on San Francisco Bay
Artemis Racing,
It was a perfect day for racing in the America's Cup World Series on San Francisco Bay. Oracle Team USA's two AC45s lined up for the Match Racing Finals. It was America's Cup legend Russell Coutts who won the start off teammate Jimmy Spithill, and sailed a perfect race to win the title.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 5 ACWS San Francisco - Seriously speedy Sunday
Bob Fisher,
Day 5: It had to be singularly appropriate that the two home teams, Oracle Team USA - Spithill and Oracle Team USA - Coutts met in the final of the match racing on the Bay. It provided a preview for the next twelve months when they will work up for the defence of the America's Cup in the 72-footers, the first of which is scheduled to take to the water this week.... [more]
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Detroit Cup 2012 - Junior and team victorious
Luiz E. Kahl,
Day Four of the Detroit Cup. In a thrilling first-to-three point Final, Josh Junior and his team of Matt Steven and James Sandall have taken victory in the second stop on the ISAF Grade 2 US Grand Slam Series.... [more]
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America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup will be stunning - Yves Carcelle
Bob Fisher,
While some concerns have been expressed that the small number of challengers for the America's Cup might detract from the spectacle and importance of the Louis Vuitton Cup, this is not expressed by Yves Carcelle, the Chairman and CEO of the Paris-based luxury goods company. 'When the 72-footers race in San Francisco Bay, all those concerns will be behind us.'... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Team BAR on Day 4
Ben Ainslie,
America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Ben Ainslie on the fourth day of racing: We might not be climbing up the leader board but I think we have been making good progress this week, it's just difficult to see that from the outside I guess. But I'm starting to understand more about the handling of these boats and appreciating how tricky they are. One of the big lessons is timing.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds - Joshua McKnight claims 2012 title
Pierre Orphanidis,
This year's Zhik Nautica Moth World Championships came down to the wire and were decided in the final race amid fabulous conditions. Joshua McKnight kept his calm, sailed nearly flawlessly and prevailed over fellow countryman Scott Babbage with two bullets in three races. Rob Gough had a very good last day and snatched third place overall from Anthony Kotoun in the last race.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Oracle Team USA hold on to top spot
Lisa Ramsperger,
America's Cup World Series match racing final on Sunday will be an all Oracle Team USA affair after helmsmen Russell Coutts and Jimmy Spithill each notched wins in the semis in San Francisco on Saturday, 25th August. Oracle Team USA Spithill followed with second and first place finishes in the day's fleet races to hold on to the top spot on the leaderboard.... [more]
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Melges 24 North American Championship - Bandit maintains lead
Fiona Brown,
012 Melges 24 North American Championship competitors completed races four to six of their eight race series, making for non-stop action and drama on San Francisco Bay's Berkeley Circle today... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Carlo Borlenghi images
Carlo Borlenghi images,
America's Cup World Series San Francisco day 4 racing images from photographer Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 4 ACWS San Francisco - Almost Jimmy's Day
Bob Fisher,
Day 4: Saturday was Spithill day on San Francisco Bay. The Oracle Team USA skipper won his match race semi-final and then placed second in the first of the fleet races before demonstrating total control in the second race to win by over a minute. He praised his local tactician, John Kostecki, for his contribution to the team's success: ' 'JK' knows the best way to go and I listen to him.'... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Oracle Team USA's day
Jane Eagleson,
Oracle Team USA's Jimmy Spithill had a great day on the racecourse at the America's Cup World Series San Francisco on Saturda... [more]
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America's Cup: Bob Fisher checks out the Oracle Team USA's AC 72
Bob Fisher,
Oracle Team USA's boatbuilders almost certainly had other comments as Russell Coutts' AC45 the damage kept them busy all night in order to have their leader back in the competition the next day. Those boatbuilders already have their hands full completing the first of the Oracle AC72s that is due to be unveiled on Tuesday.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds day 6 - McKnight pulls ahead + Video
Pierre Orphanidis,
On day six of the Zhik Moth World Championship, the young Australian sailor overtook Scott Babbage thanks to three excellent races. Babbage paid the price of an average start and wrong tactical call in the first race, where he finished 16th. With three more races to go on Sunday and just two points separating McKnight and Babbage, the 2012 Zhik Nautica Moth World Championship is still wide open!... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Tough day 3 for Team BAR
Ben Ainslie,
The America's Cup World Series is currently taking place in San Francisco, California. Ben Ainslie on the third day of racing: Today was the toughest day for us so far. The schedule itself kept us busy with a match race against the Kiwis and then two fleet races in a fair bit of breeze, so it was always going to be a demanding day.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Carlo Borlenghi images
Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi,
America's Cup World Series San Francisco day 3 action from master photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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Melges 24 North American Championship day 1 - Australians on top
Melges 24 North Americans,
On the opening day of competition at the 2012 Melges 24 North American Championship, San Francisco produced spectacular conditions. Competitors enjoyed three fantastic races in near perfect conditions.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Mixed day for Oracle Team USA
Lisa Ramsperger,
Oracle Team USA had a roller coaster day on the water. Oracle Team USA Spithill bounced back from a middle-of-the-pack first fleet race to win the second and hold on to the top position on the leaderboard.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Team Korea moves as Coutts crashes out
Jane Eagleson,
At the America's Cup World Series, Oracle Team USA Coutts crashed out in spectacular fashion on Friday, hitting the Race Committee boat at speed during the start of fleet race number three. The veteran had been trying to squeeze into a narrow gap between the start boat and his stablemate, Oracle Team USA Spithill (Jimmy Spithill), but there wasn't enough room and a violent collision resulted.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 3 ACWS San Francisco - All on a sunny day
Bob Fisher,
Day 4: As is the established pattern of ACWS racing, the day opened with two quarter-final matches in which both Luna Rossa teams made their exit. Luna Rossa-Swordfish, skippered by Paul Campbell-James was comprehensively beaten by Terry Hutchinson with the Artemis Racing-White team... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta all set
Rich Roberts,
Now that Olympic champions, America's Cup winners and other world class talents have scuffled with the high-tech trials of San Francisco Bay, it's time for some seasoned competitors to show their flair at the 2012 18ft Skiff International Regatta.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Another new experience for Ainslie
Ben Ainslie,
The America's Cup World Series is currently taking place in San Francisco, California. Ben Ainslie talks about the start of the fleet racing series. Another first in my current list of new experiences came today with the start of the fleet racing series. With eleven boats on the line and a high speed reaching start to the first mark, this part of the race is crucial.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds day 5 - Babbage and McKnight excel + Video
Pierre Orphanidis,
On day five of the 2012 Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds, sparring partners Scott Babbage and Joshua McKnight excelled in the fabulous conditions on Lake Garda. Babbage scored two bullets in the day's three races and now leads the final series, followed by McKnight. Joe Turner's aspirations for a world title come to an abrupt end due to an unfortunate crash at the first weather mark of the first race.... [more]
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PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup preview
Chris Yates,
The 2012 PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup is set to take place from the 27th August to the 1st September. The world's fastest sailors will grace the idyllic shores of Alacati with their presence when the men hit the race course just one month after their last event in Fuerteventura, whilst the women will be recommencing battle with one another for the first time since Korea.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds - Day 5 images by Thierry Martinez
Thierry Martinez,
Photographer Thierry Martinez was on hand for day 5 of the 2012 Zhik Nautica Moth World Championships in Campione del Garda (ITA) to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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Cork Olympic Class Regatta completes a fantastic week
Erin Murray,
Cork Olympic Class Regatta 2012 final day was held on Thursday August 23rd. It was another day of fantastic sailing conditions in Kingston Harbour. Cork brought sailing to those on land via the stadium course off of the breakwater.... [more]
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