Wings, windsurfing and air time—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

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09 Nov 2012

Wings, windsurfing and air time—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Study an AC72 wingsail-powered catamaran and you might see a few pieces of gear that resemble 'sailing equipment' as it's commonly known, but the list is fairly short. Likewise, the maneuvers would seem foreign-looking and extreme to a monohull sailor-specifically the sprint between hulls during tacks/gybes-but it's an art that must be mastered by September of 2013 when the starting guns begin sounding for the 34th America's Cup.


Ray Davies sprints across the tramp during a Gybe. Emirates Team New Zealand. Day 13 of testing for the team's first AC72. Hauraki Gulf, Auckland. 17/10/2012 - Emirates Team NZ - Day 14  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©



Inside this issue, don't miss the great coverage of what it's like to actually move around on an AC72, and be sure to also check out how Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) is practicing for the dreaded plunge, should their boat pitchpole or capsize, a la Oracle Racing's carnage last month on San Francisco Bay.


'What we are trying to do is implant memory into the guys of what it actually feels like to fall from over [35 feet],' said Calvin Hicks, ETNZ's marine safety and medic officer. For ETNZ sailors, this involved a swimming pool and a series of progressively higher high-dive platforms and a command performance to jump. 'There were a lot of nerves initially, but in the end the guys all ended up pretty comfortable so it was a really positive exercise.'


Be sure to check out the latest AC72 multi-media reports, inside.


Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Argo Group Gold Cup Bermuda Day 6
© 2012 Rick Tomlinson/AWMRT
Finals Canfield v Berntsson
Canfield winner overall
  Rick Tomlinson /AWMRT



And in closer-to-the-water match-racing news, the wildcard entrants have been confirmed for the World Match Racing Tour's Monsoon Cup (December 3-8), which is the final event in this prestigious series. According to the reports, both Adam Minoprio (NZ) and Taylor Canfield (USVI) have been awarded these coveted spots for this year's regatta, thus ratcheting up the regatta's overall competition level.


'The Monsoon Cup is a big event with a lot of tough competitors who have been sailing all year, honing their skills and teamwork,' said Minoprio, who took two years off from match racing to sail in the 2011/2012 Volvo Ocean Race. 'We've sailed in Malaysia six or seven times now so feel we know the event. We just need to be back to top form and we can challenge for the podium.' Get the full scoop, inside.


And in Olympic sailing news, there has been some serious action to reinstate windsurfing-over kiteboarding-as official equipment for the 2016 Olympic Regatta. According to Richard Gladwell's latest report, the Events Committee of the International Sailing Federation has voted to reinstate windsurfing-a big decision that ent to Council with an extremely close voted. Be sure to check out Gladwell's report, inside, and stay tuned for more news, as it unfurls.


Ben Ainslie (GBR), Male winner and Lijia Xu (CHN) Female winner - ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2012  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo



Also inside, check out the multimedia reports from the non-stop, around-the-world-alone Vendee Globe race, which begins this weekend; get the latest from US Sailing Team Sperry-Topsider's Charlie Awards, and read about the newly named ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year. Enjoy!


May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



ISAF Conference: Near-miss for Windsurfing in Olympic re-open call
Richard Gladwell,
The ISAF Council failed to support moves to re-open the topic of the 2016 Olympic Events and the vexed issue of Windsurfing and Kiteboarding. The move to re-open the decision made at the Mid-Year meeting of the ISAF Council in Stresa, Italy failed to gain the threshold of 75% support... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Final countdown underway
Vendee Globe,
For the Vendée Globe, weather forecasts look promising for the 20 solo skippers who start the seventh edition of the 28,050 mile solo non-stop around the world race tomorrow, Saturday at 1302hrs (French time, 1202hrs UTC). The final hours before the start are never, ever easy to deal with.... [more]
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Counting down the Top 50 Paralympic Moments of 2012
IPC,
This year was a substantial one for the whole Paralympic Movement, and in honour of that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will count down the Top 50 Paralympic Moments of 2012 on www.Paralympic.org starting on Monday, 12th November.... [more]
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Rob Andrews presented with ISAF President Development Award
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has bestowed the ISAF President Development Award upon London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition manager Rob Andrews. The Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the development of sailing. Rob Andrews already had a long and illustrious career in sailing when he was appointed to the role of Sailing Manager for London 2012.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Skippers come together for final press conference
Vendee Globe,
With an audience of more than two hundred media, Bruno Retailleau, the President of the Vendée General Council, accompanied by Louis Guédon, the mayor of Les Sables d'Olonne, Patricia Brochard the Co-President of the Sodebo and Denis Horeau, Vendée Globe race director presented the twenty skippers who will take part in the imminent Vendée Globe.... [more]
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18 year old Swedish talent wins Kona Windsurfing World Championships
Daniel Nordlund,
After four days of intense racing in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, young Swede Adam Holm is the new windsurfing World Champion in ISAF-class Kona One. Danish windsurfing legend Tim Aagesen finished second before third placed Australian Dennis Winstanley.... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Everything to play for in Malaysia
AWMRT,
In a month's time, the world's top match racers will descend upon Malaysia for the final event of the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour season, the Monsoon Cup. Whilst Bjorn Hansen and Ian Williams are touted as the most likely winners of this year's title, the stats suggest that the Monsoon Cup could well provide a twist in the tale of the season.... [more]
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US Sailing Team presents 'Charlie Awards' at St. Francis YC + Video
Dana Paxton,
From the iconic St. Francis Yacht Club, the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider presented the 2012 'Charlie Awards' to the sailors who attained excellence in the following categories: Breakthrough Performance, Commercial Award, Best Teammate, Social Media Award, and Outstanding Service to the Team.... [more]
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Record fourth ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award for Ainslie
Matt Carter,
Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor ever, was awarded the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award for a record fourth time on Tuesday, 6th November. The 35-year-old Finn sailor snagged the award at a glittering ceremony at the Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland, with China's Laser Radial sailor Lijia Xu named as the female world sailor of the year.... [more]
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Another breaching whale lands on boat off South Africa
Lee Mylchreest,
Apart from not sailing during the migration season, an underwater collision with a whale is one of those unavoidable incidents that any sailor dreads; but a whale that breaches on top of your boat is too terrible to imagine. This is the second such incident to occur in South Africa in as many years.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year award winners announced + Video
Marina Kienitz,
Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Lijia Xu (CHN) were named the male and female winners of the 2012 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards at a ceremony held at the Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland yesterday evening.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup Regatta leads Phuket's sports tourism drive
Phuket King's Cup,
The full complement of classes for the 2012 race year include IRC Zero (international 'Grand Prix' boats), the highly competitive IRC1, IRC2, IRC3, Premier, Sport Boats, Modern Classic, Bareboat Charter, Multihull, Firefly 850 Sports, Classic and Cruising classes.... [more]
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2012 ISAF Conference: Rolex Sailors of the Year announced
Sail-World,
The 2012 ISAF Rolex Sailors of the Year have just been announced at the ISAF Annual Conference dinner in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Lijia Xu (CHN) were named the male and female winners of the 2012 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards at a ceremony held at the Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland this evening.... [more]
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Sailing enthusiasts invited to vote for Yacht Racing Image of the Year
Bernard Schopfer,
Sailing enthusiasts are invited to vote for their favourite yacht racing photo on the World Yacht Racing Forum Facebook Page. The ‘Yacht Racing Image of the Year 2012', presented by Mirabaud and Cie Private Bankers, is open to professional photographers from all over the world.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Skippers aspire to expand race history
Vendee Globe,
Since the second edition of the Vendée Globe, that was raced between 1992-1993 when Alain Gautier won, there have been solo skippers from Great Britain in each successive edition. Alan Wynne-Thomas and Nigel Burgess were the first British skippers to start a Vendée Globe race. Tragically Burgess drowned in the Bay of Biscay three days into the race.... [more]
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Improvement all around for Vestas Sailrocket 2 + Video
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen, Vestas Sailrocket 2 project leader and pilot, discusses how the team has now been able to get out on the race course and make all around improvements. We managed to get out on the course yesterday in slightly marginal conditions. The wind was between 17-24 knots... mostly around 20. We were happy to have Dave and Gordon Cameron out as guests today.... [more]
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ORC announce Velocity Prediction Program improvements
Offshore Racing Congress,
On the occasion of its 43rd Annual General Meeting, the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) is happy to announce a major step forward in the accuracy of its Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) to be implemented for the 2013 sailing season.... [more]
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Record-chasing season concludes for l'Hydroptère.ch
Bernard Schopfer,
The experimental hydrofoil catamaran Hydroptère.ch has concluded its record-chasing 2012 season. Its results were exceptional, including one of the best times of all times on the Ruban Bleu course despite adverse weather conditions.... [more]
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Melges 24 World and Continental rankings decided
Fiona Brown,
The 2012 Melges 24 World and Continental Ranking series featured twenty-one events across Europe and North America, opening with Quantum Key West Race Week and incorporating the Melges 24 World and North American Championships in addition to a host of National Championships and major regional events across Europe and North America.... [more]
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Around Jamestown record set at 01:47:24
Hugh Piggin,
Friday evening at the International Yacht and Athletic Club (IYAC) in Newport, Rhode Island, Dan Flanigan and Max Kramers from Tiverton, Rhode Island were awarded the inaugural Around Jamestown Record trophy and their prize of Mount Gay Rum for setting the outright Around Jamestown Record in 2012.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta to provide new challenges in 2013
Trish Jenkins,
The 2013 BVI Spring Regatta, which runs from March 25 to March 31, will be as exciting as ever as previous champions and new waves of contenders are expected to participate in the weeklong race to be held in the picturesque but challenging waters of the British Virgin Islands.... [more]
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Kennedy Cup contested in the Chesapeake Bay
Nancy Haberland,
The Kennedy Cup, Intercollegiate Sailing's Big Boat National Championship, was contested in the Chesapeake Bay on 2/3/4 November. Ten teams from around the country vied for the chance to become this year's winning crew.... [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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Vendee Globe - Who will win the seventh edition?
Vendee Globe,
The seven edition of the Vendee Globe will get underway on Saturday, 10th November at 1302hrs from Les Sables d'Olonne in France's Vendee region on the Atlantic coast and it is a very special formula which delivers outright victory in this solo non-stop around the world race.... [more]
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Richardson to replace Brenner as Olympic Sailing Committee Chairman
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing President Gary Jobson announced the appointment of Ben Richardson (Gloucester, Mass.) as chairman of the Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) during US Sailing's Annual General Meeting, held November 3rd in San Francisco, California. Richardson will take over from outgoing chairman Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.), who has served as chairman since 2008.... [more]
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Intercollegiate Sailing Championships decided at Belmont Pier
Rich Roberts,
Sunday, the third day of racing in the 2012 LaserPerformance/ICSA Singlehanded Nationals saw the top eighteen men and eighteen women singlehanded college sailors from around the country return to the US Sailing Center off of the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier in Long Beach, CA.... [more]
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F18 - the Hot new Capricorn (Part I)
John Curnow,
Every now and then a racing boat comes along that has success written all over it. Such is the new F18 Capricorn catamaran, Designed by multihull expert Dr Martin Fischer and built by an Australian marine company with a long long pedigree, Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA).... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Skippers come together for final press conference
Vendee Globe,
With an audience of more than two hundred media, Bruno Retailleau, the President of the Vendée General Council, accompanied by Louis Guédon, the mayor of Les Sables d'Olonne, Patricia Brochard the Co-President of the Sodebo and Denis Horeau, Vendée Globe race director presented the twenty skippers who will take part in the imminent Vendée Globe.... [more]
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