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05 Nov 2012

Sailing politics afloat—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond


Current ISAF President Goran Petersson is set to step down from his eight-year stint in November, and a field of three candidates (there's a refreshing thought) including Carlo Croce (ITA), Eric Tulla (PUR) and David Kellet (AUS) are running for the top job. Inside this issue, Kellet talks about his vision for the position, his style of leadership and 'nails his colors to the mast', directly addressing perceived criticisms of his candidacy.


'In earlier correspondence with you, I have given you a background of myself and my passion for the sport of sailing,' wrote Kellet in an open letter to all national sailing authorities. 'I am a practical, hands-on leader who is very approachable [and] with no hidden agenda. As you can probably gather from my emails and letters, I prepare everything myself and openly express how I feel about matters, no professional presentation, just an honest straightforward approach.'


Kellet, it should be noted, is a veteran racing sailor with 38 Sydney-Hobarts (and counting), as well as Fastnet and Newport-Bermuda experience, to his credit and has served two four-year stints as ISAF VP, as well as a four-year term as ISAF Treasurer. Check out the multi-media reports, inside this issue, to learn more about the ISAF Assembly and election, which will be held this coming weekend in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.


Artemis Racing AC72 Launch, 3 November 2012, Alameda, USA  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©



And in America's Cup news, Artemis Racing, the Challenger of Record for the 34th AC, has officially launched their first AC72 class wingsail-powered catamaran, despite some initial 'birthing pains'. The christening ceremony took place in front of the team's base in Alameda, California, with Barbro Osher, the Consul General of Sweden, performing the Champaign rites. 'We are extremely excited to get out sailing with this first boat and the learning opportunity that it represents,' said Juan Kouyoumidjian , the team's designer. 'Sailing here, in the realities of San Francisco Bay, makes the lessons hard, but extremely relevant.'


Artemis Racing AC72 Launch, 3 November 2012, Alameda, USA  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©



Artemis team boss Paul Cayard agrees. 'It's been a tremendous team effort to design, build and launch the AC72. We are looking forward to valuable training time on the Bay in the coming weeks.' More on Artemis, inside.


Auckland, New Zealand, 02-11-2012
Luna Rossa AC72
First sailing day in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland-NZ  Luna Rossa / Carlo Borlenghi



Also AC related, Luna Rossa launched their AC72 last week in Auckland, and have already started their sailing program, no doubt in an effort to log precious training time and to try to close the massive experience gap between themselves and Emirates Team New Zealand. Inside, check out ace shooter Carlo Borlenghi's great image gallery of the team's silvery cat's first sail, get Richard Gladwell's report on the team's first foiling experience, and also be sure to check out the grilling that the team received, courtesy of the New Zealand sailing media.


Auckland, New Zealand, 02-11-2012
Luna Rossa AC72
First sailing day in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland-NZ  Luna Rossa / Carlo Borlenghi



And for One Design fans, be sure to check out Gladwell's interesting piece on past Olympic medalists' thoughts on kiteboarding versus windsurfing for the 2016 Games. Given that the crucial vote for 2016 Olympic Equipment is about to happen, proponents of both sailing disciplines have been making strong arguments as to why their side should prevail, but Gladwell's piece, which is essentially a collection of quotes from Olympic greats, offers a far deeper look into the realities of changing from 'planks' to kites.


Artemis Racing AC72 Launch, 3 November 2012, Alameda, USA  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©



And finally, be sure to check out the latest reports from the Maui Makani Classic, the Student Yachting World Cup, and get the latest happenings from US Sailing's recent Annual Meeting Awards Dinner, which just wrapped up in San Francisco.

And finally, irrespective of your political leanings, don't forget to vote!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



2012 Olympics: The Medalists thoughts on Kites and Windsurfers
Richard Gladwell,
At the Medal Winners Media Conference held after the Medal Ceremony for the Mens and Womens Windsurfing Event at the 2012 Olympics, the new Olympic Medalists were asked their thoughts on the decision to change the event from Windsurfing to Kiteboarding the 2016 Olympics.... [more]
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ISAF Presidential candidate David Kellett talks to the sailing world
Sail-World,
ISAF Presidential candidate, David Kellett (AUS) has released a video setting out his experience and aspirations. Kellett is a veteran of 38 Sydney Hobart Races and has been involved in the ISAF since 1991. As well as being the ISAF Treasurer, and a two-term Vice President, Kellett has also been the ISAF Technical Delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of the Artemis Racing launch and christening
Sander van der Borsch,
Top international photographer Sander van der Borsch, team photographer for Artemis Racing presents a further gallery of images from the launch and christening of the team's first AC72, launched in San Francisco on November 3, 2012... [more]
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SAISA/MAISA Final at Charleston
Mitch Hall,
Day one of the SAISA/MAISA final was another beautiful day in Charleston as sailors were greeted by clear skies and temperatures in the 60s. Racing began on Crab Bank at 10:30 after a short postponement onshore due to several no shows. Four races in each division were completed using W4s with an offset and a gate before a lunch break was taken.... [more]
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O'Pen World Cup - A great 4 days on the Bay
Tamme Flood,
The official end of the O'Pen Bic World Cup Championship in Miami contained some surprises and a lot of smiles! It was a great four days on the Bay, and many new international friendships were formed. There were some lovely moments...at the end of the last race, the entire spectator boat cheered for each one of the last four sailors crossing the finish line.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa - Questions from the NZ sailing media
Richard Gladwell,
Last Thursday week, before the launch of Luna Rossa's America's Cup Challenger in Auckland, Team Patron, Patrizio Bertelli, and skipper Max Sirena, held a media conference in the Sofitel for New Zealand media. Most of the key New Zealand sailing media were there. Following is a record of the conference with the general sports media questions stripped out.... [more]
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America's Cup: Vital step for Challenger of Record in San Francisco
Erik Simonson,
The wingsail was installed and Artemis Racing's AC72 was christened today in Alameda, San Francisco. It was a long day for the Artemis team, the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, and one which began before dawn. The hull was moved to water's edge in the darkness and loaded via crane slowly as the sun began to rise.... [more]
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Artemis Racing launches first AC72 catamaran
Artemis Racing,
Artemis Racing has now launched its first AC72 catamaran, marking a major milestone in the team's quest for the America's Cup. Thousands of design and build hours came together today when the AC72 was launched at the team's base in Alameda. Barbro Osher, Consul General of Sweden in San Francisco and Godmother of Artemis, christened the AC72 in the presence of the entire team and their families.... [more]
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ISAF Conference: Youth Worlds to Oman, RS:X stays to 2016 for Youths
Sail-World,
The ISAF Youth World Championship Sub-committee met Saturday at the 2012 ISAF Annual Conference in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, on the opening day of the Annual Conference of the governing body for world sailing, being staged in Ireland. The RS:X has been confirmed in the Youth Worlds until 2016... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Record visitors to Race Village in Les Sables d'Olonne
Vendee Globe,
The level of the Vendee Globe's historic success continues to grow in Les Sables d'Olonne. In two weeks, no less than 575,000 visitors attended the Race Village and pontoons to see the 20 boats competing in the forthcoming non-stop round-the-world solo race without assistance.... [more]
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Contributors honored by US Sailing at Annual Meeting Ceremony
Jake Fish,
Friday evening at the Annual Meeting Awards Dinner at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, an impressive list of sailing contributors were presented with US Sailing's highest honors. Dick Rose (Seattle, Wash.) received the prestigious Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy for his outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa foils on Day 1 - with single foil
Richard Gladwell,
Luna Rossa Challenge were able to get their AC72 foiling on their first day of sailing on the Hauraki Gulf on Friday (NZT) It was the first day of sailing for the Italian America's Cup Challenger starting in light winds which slowly increased top around 15 knots.... [more]
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America's Cup: Join Emirates Team NZ for an AC72 aerial photo-shoot
Chris Cameron,
Join Emirates Team NZ photographer Chris Cameron as he jumps in a helicopter, and for the first time, gets a birds eye view of the AC72 ripping around Auckland Hauraki Gulf.... [more]
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After Hurricane Sandy - Getting boat salvage and repairs done right
D. Scott Croft,
For many recreational boaters, getting the proper salvage and repair assistance for a damaged boat after a hurricane is difficult. Some insurance programs like BoatUS will arrange and pay to have their insured's boats salvaged and other insurers will at least provide some assistance, but those without insurance don't have anyone to lean on.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Kiteboard Association releases Promotional video
Richard Gladwell,
Ahead of a crucial vote for the Events for the 2016 Olympics the International Kiteboarding Association has released a promotional designed to to show the sport at its best. Hear from sailors on the format and equipment, get first hand information from RS:X sailors like Dorian van Rijsselberghe, Zac Plavsic, and Race Officers like St. Francis' Director of Race Operations, Robbie Dean.... [more]
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Welcome Sail Canada / Voile Canada
Sail Canada,
At the CYA's Annual General Meeting, on Saturday, October 27th, a resolution to change the CYA's name was considered by the representatives of the CYA membership. The original motion for Sailing Canada was modified to Sail Canada after a friendly amendment approved by the voting representatives. When the amended motion was put to the meeting, it was carried by an overwhelming majority.... [more]
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Election of ISAF Officers to take place in Dun Laoghaire
ISAF,
The election of Officers of the International Sailing Federation, will take place at the ISAF General Assembly in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland on 10 November 2012. The ISAF Annual General Meeting is held at the close of the Annual Conference, and every fourth year is known as the General Assembly and brings together all of the Member National Authorities (MNAs), who represent the nations within ISAF.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa sails for the first time in the Hauraki Gulf
Carlo Borlenghi,
Italian America's Cup Challenger, Luna Rossa, was out sailing on the Hauraki Gulf today - just a week after being launched in Auckland. It was a grey day in Auckland, which started with light winds before the breeze came in to a modest strength - ideal for a first sail.... [more]
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New Olympic Multihull Nacra 17 – Update
Nacra Sailing,
The production of the Nacra 17, which is the new Olympic multihull for Rio 2016, is continuing at pace at Composite Marine International (CMI) in Thailand. By the end of the week, boat number 70 will be laminated and the first containers are underway to Europe.... [more]
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Sun shines on Seawind at 14th annual Pittwater Regatta
Brent Vaughan,
On the 26th to 28th of October 2012, a fleet of 27 Seawind catamarans sailed in idyllic conditions at the 14th Annual Seawind Pittwater Regatta, enjoying this yearly tradition of friendly racing, on-shore partying and entertainment. Retaining the title as the largest big cat regatta in Australia, around 130 crew members from around Australia and even as far as Florida USA, assembled.... [more]
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