AC72 Pitchpole —Sailing News from the U.K. and Beyond

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 17 Oct 2012
 


AC72 Pitchpole —Sailing News from the U.K. and Beyond


USA 17 pitch-poled, and that the team was able to self-rescue, crew injuries were minimal. The fragile wingsail, however, is a different story as it took several attempts to right the mighty trimaran and the tow back to base was rough on both the boat and wing.

Sail-World USA's Chuck Lantz reports 'I'm at Oracle's pier 80. What's left of the 72 was towed in at around 11:15 pm PST. As you've heard by now the wing was destroyed but two Oracle people told me the hulls may still be able to
be repaired. Earlier reports were that they had been destroyed, too.'







This mishap comes on the heels of several successful days for both Oracle Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ), the only two AC34 contenders to have flown their AC72s on foils. Be sure to check out the great image galleries of Oracle Racing and ETNZ aloft, inside.





And speaking of Oracle Racing, Jimmy Spithill—the team's young, red-hot skipper—recently got the chance to ride shotgun with the Blue Angles flying team in a Navy F/A 18 Super Hornet. Spithill was exposed to high-G Force moves during the flight (really cool video exists), but he came away loving the experience, calling it 'the thrill of his life'. Quite a statement, coming from a man who has driven two of the most exotic sailboats ever built. More, inside this issue.


Esimit Europa 2 winner of 44 Barcolana race
Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi  Carlo Borlenghi/Luca Butto



Also inside, get the latest news from the Clipper Round the World Race and check out the preview of this week's Rolex Middle Sea Race. And finally, don't miss ace shooter Carlo Borlenghi's lovely image gallery from the Barcolana 44, which recently took place in Trieste, Italy. Enjoy!



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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA capsizes AC72 in San Francisco - Latest
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA have capsized their AC72 while training on Day 8 in San Francisco. Reports are still coming in as to the extent of the damage however there were apparently no serious injuries to the crew. The 72ft catamaran pitchpoled,during a bearaway. See the recovery on live video... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA Before and After the Capsize
Guilian Grenier,
Oracle Team USA photographer captured some of the last shots before USA-17 capsized in San Francisco on Tuesday at 3.00pm local time, and afterward... [more]
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America's Cup - High Drama
Richard Gladwell,
As we write this we are watching two screens. On one, a webcam is tracking Emirates Team NZ's ASC72 as she puts in yet another training session on the Hauraki Gulf sailing in winds that are averaging 25kts gusting 35kts. And on the other, in San Francisco, Oracle Team USA's AC72 has capsized, and has drifted out into the Pacific Ocean.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA capsize - full video
Sail-World,
See the full video of the Oracle Team USA capsize in San Francisco Bay in 25kts of breeze. This is the first AC72 to capsize... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA capsize - how it happened in images
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson of www.pressure-drop.us was on hand to capture the complete sequence as Oracle Team USA capsized at 3.00pm local time in San Francisco.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle's Spithill rides with the Blue Angels + Video
Oracle Team USA,
Oracle Team USA's skipper, Jimmy Spithill (AUS) joins the US Navy's Blue Angels demonstration squad in 'Fightertown USA,' Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, to test his mettle at winged flight of a slightly faster kind. See how Spithill and the chief 'pilot' handles 6G's in the skies over San Diego.... [more]
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Close racing at the Hamble Autumn Championships
Joe Llewellyn (GBR 3082),
Shifty conditions off Hill Head provided an excellent weekend of sailing over the 13th-14th October for the first seven races of the 2012 Hamble Autumn Championships. A strong fleet of fourteen SB20s raced nose to tail throughout the weekend, with current World Champion Geoff Carveth dominating the top position on the first day by sailing fast and nailing every shift around the track.... [more]
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Team15 Champions Cup - Hythe Hotshots emerge victorious
RYA,
100 young windsurfers from nine teams across the UK took to the water at Pitsford Reservoir over the weekend of 13th-14th October to take part in the 2012 Team15 (T15) Champions Cup where the Hythe Hotshots from South East Zone clinched the victory.... [more]
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Kaenon reflects on ten years of unique product success
Steve Rosenberg,
Over 10 years ago, two brothers from Southern California created Kaenon – a premium sunglass brand offering high quality sunglasses designed in California, and powered by a truly innovative and proprietary lens technology known as SR-91®. Over the past decade Kaenon has evolved – and we will continue to introduce best-in-class product offerings – but our commitment to our founding principles has... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ sailing in 35kt winds
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand completed a five hour sailing and testing session, apparently without mishap today in winds that gusted over 35kts. Winds averaged 26kts at Bean Rock at the entrance to the Waitemata Harbour. The winds peaked at midday before easing. Real time observations in the area have the winds at 28kts, gusting 36kts.... [more]
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RS100 Euro Grand Prix overall
Al Hall,
The final day of the Euro Grand Prix dawned with a flat calm and the crews waited patiently for the breeze to fill in from the south west. After an hour delay a lovely force 3 filled in and the fleets were underway. Cunningham caught the breeze on the right side of the course and held the lead throughout.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Deputy Race Director appointed
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race,
Clipper Ventures has named Mark Light as Deputy Race Director of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Mark is an accomplished yachtsman and previous race skipper. 'I am absolutely delighted and feel very privileged to take on the role of Deputy Race Director,' said Mark Light.... [more]
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RYA Olympic Classes National Ranking Series - Winners crowned
Matt Carter,
A mix of Skandia Team GBR's young guns and seasoned campaigners topped the standings this weekend as the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) staged the final installment of the RYA Olympic Classes National Ranking Series 2012 over the 13th-14th October.... [more]
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SB20 World Championships preview
Lisa Ratcliff,
The UON SB20 World Championships 2012 get underway from Friday 14th December and will pit up to 45 SB20 crews against each other with Australia, which boasts the fourth largest SB20 fleet in the world, expected to field half the entry list. Thanks to a generous shipping subsidy from the Queensland government, an impressive overseas contingent of the one design 20-footers will be on the start line... [more]
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RS100 Euro Grand Prix day 1 and 2
Al Hall,
In the RS100 Euro Grand Prix, a fleet of ten RS100s - two from the UK, one from France, one from Switzerland and six from Italy set out on a beautiful force 3/4 from the north into the bay at Genoa ready for an epic day's sailing. Sadly, five minutes before the five minute gun the wind died and 45 minutes later set in as a thermal from the south west as a force two.... [more]
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Barcolana 44 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Images from the Barcolana 44 in Trieste, Italy by photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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Is it a stick? Is it a tree? No it's Supercat! (Pt. I)
John Curnow,
Just like most of the Ssang Yong's out there, you won't have to venture too far to find someone who believes a few of the Lagoon catamarans have been whacked once or twice by the Ugly Stick. Rather, for some they may even feel that they have indeed had a brush in with the whole tree.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Summer Specials plus Accommodation options for the SB3
Kristie Kaighin,
Specialising in luxury Hamilton Island Accommodation, we offer a full range of stunning privately owned, self-contained apartments, villas and houses... You will be sure to find something that is the perfect fit for you!... [more]
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Vendee Globe: Blasting with Hugo Boss
Christophe Launay,
Top international sailing photographer, Christophe Launay was on hand to capture Vendee Globe competitor, Hugo Boss and Alex Thompson as they ripped up the English Channel in a training session.... [more]
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Equipment Rules of Sailing for 2013-2016 now available
ISAF,
The Equipment Rules of Sailing (ERS) for 2013-2016 are now available to download online and for the first time, as an iOS application ahead of the worldwide date of implementation on 1 January 2013. The official ERS iOS Application, available on all mobile Apple devices, allows the user to quickly find information about all aspects of the rules that govern the sport on the water.... [more]
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Goldsmiths partner with RYA to support aspiring Paralympic sailors
Susie Nation-Grainger,
The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths are partnering with the RYA in order to provide vital funding to support aspiring Paralympic sailors. The Golden Dream Fund will assist developing sailors in the Paralympic classes who are aiming for the 2016 Rio Games and beyond, with key areas including boat purchase, boat equipment, events, accessible accommodation, travel and the support of volunteers.... [more]
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Rio 2016: Olympic Event decisons should not be made in a vacuum
Rory Ramsden,
ISAF have published the submissions to the 2012 Conference in four weeks. If it was a question of counting the number in support of the RS:X and windsurfing for 2016, the result of the vote to change the Mid-Year decision would be a foregone conclusion But it's not that simple. There is a lot of work to be done to ensure that Council takes the chance to reinstate the RS:X for both men and women... [more]
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RS400 Inlands and Grafham Water SC
Pete Vincent,
Considering the very poor forecast for very light winds throughout the weekend, it was a very decent fleet of 36 RS400's that arrived at Grafham Water on Oct 6-7 for the RS400 Inland Championships. Considering how light and fickle the wind proved to be, the race team led by Pete Saxton did a sterling job of fitting four races in.... [more]
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British Keelboat Academy's 2013 line up confirmed
Matt Carter,
The British Keelboat Academy has confirmed the next wave of aspiring keelboat sailors following a challenging selection process to earn their place in the RYA and UKSA's joint keelboat racing initiative. Two separate selection weekends were held, with a total of 35 sailors invited to Cowes to prove that they deserved a place in the BKA squad, from a total of 50 applications received to attend.... [more]
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