AC72 (re)launchings and VOR news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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06 Feb 2013

AC72 (re)launchings and VOR news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond



Not surprisingly, the Oracle design team used the rebuild process as an opportunity to substantially redesign and modify the boat's sailing platform (hulls and crossbeams), which has been successfully fitted with the team's second-generation wingsail. According to reports, Oracle Team USA's sailing team quickly helped rid 'USA 17' of her new-boat smell with a blast around San Francisco Bay.

USA 17 is back sailing / ORACLE TEAM USA  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing©

'We treated today kind of like we had a new boat, so it was basically a sea trial,' said tactician John Kostecki of their first day back on the water. 'With several changes to the boat and a brand new wing, we took everything slow, loaded it up gradually. Everyone was pretty keen to get back out there and it's hard to hold back, but that's the prudent thing to do on your first day.'

Emirates Team New Zealand step the wing on the team's second AC72  Emirates Team New Zealand / Photo Chris Cameron ETNZ ©

At the time of this writing ETNZ hasn't yet reported sailing, but Sail-World's New Zealand editor, Richard Gladwell, was on hand at the team's base at Auckland's Viaduct Harbor for the christening ceremony and to talk to skipper Dean Barker about the challenges of AC72 sailing. Inside, don't miss Gladwell's great video interview with Barker, and also be sure to check out the multimedia and still-photography galleries of 'USA 17's' strong return to the water.

Meanwhile, in ocean-sailing news, Newport, Rhode Island has been named as the sole U.S. stopover in the 2014/2015 edition of the fully crewed, around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race (VOR). Interestingly, while Newport has hosted myriad sailing events, this will be the VOR's first call on the city.

'We had a positive experience with the America's Cup World Series last summer, and I look forward to welcoming the Volvo Ocean Race to Rhode Island,' said Rhode Island's Governor, Lincoln D. Chafee. 'These large-scale sailing events draw impressive numbers of visitors to our state – visitors who make valuable contributions to our economy.'

Also inside, get the latest updates from the RORC's Caribbean 600, the Les Voiles de St. Barth and the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre Olympic-class regatta.

2013 VX One Midwinter Championship  VX One

And finally, for anyone in need of a Vitamin D fix, be sure to check out Christopher Howell's great image gallery from the VX One's Midwinter Championships, which took place last week.

2013 VX One Midwinter Championship  VX One

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



America's Cup: Dean Barker talks about the sailing side of NZA
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand's skipper, Dean Barker discussed the sailing issues and program with the teams new AC72, New Zealand Aotearoa. Surprisingly he reveals that the team only have 13 sailors, and that they will be announcing a 'First Eleven' from that group. For most teams that would not even be a viable reserve bench. Who is the backup skipper?... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Race to stop at Newport, Rhode Island for first time
Volvo Ocean Race,
Newport, Rhode Island will host the Volvo Ocean Race for the first time after winning a place on the route for the 12th edition of sailing's premier round-the-world challenge in 2014-15. The Race will reach Newport, one of the world's sailing capitals, around May 2015 after a stop in Itajaí, Brazil. From Newport, the teams will sail across the Atlantic for the final legs around Europe.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Bay of Biscay set to deliver sting in the tail + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, it is, ironically, for two of the Race's most experienced and toughest skippers, Jean Le Cam and Mike Golding, both in their early 50's, that the Bay of Biscay is set to deliver a sting in the tail for their finishing miles into Les Sables d'Olonne, one final riposte from the weather gods for a duel which has been ongoing since 12th-13th December.... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth - Fine competition, serious action ahead
Barby MacGowan,
Les Voiles de St. Barth - the name has a ring to it all its own, though it describes but a single regatta amongst several in a series that lures the world's best to the Caribbean each spring. The name rolls as effortlessly off the tongues of the French sailors/organizers who conceived it as it does the international sailors who have come to revere it as one of the best managed and presented.... [more]
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VX One Midwinter Championship images
Christopher E. Howell,
Images from the VX One Midwinter Championship that took place at Davis Island in Tampa, Florida USA.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Record entry to take part in 5th edition
Louay Habib,
More than fifty yachts will be competing for the fifth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600. The Royal Ocean Racing Club's latest ocean race has proved an irresistible temptation to an international set of yacht owners and crew representing nations from an incredible 28 different countries.... [more]
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America's Cup: Grant Dalton on the new AC72 - Aotearoa
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand's Managing Director, Grant Dalton spoke with Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, after the team named their second AC72 - New Zealand Aotearoa. Here he elaborates on the new features on the AC72 catamaran, and the thinking behind them, along with an assessment of the competition and where they are ranked.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA sails again after three months lost
Guilain Grenier,
Oracle Team USA's photographer, Guilain Grenier was on hand to record the re-launch of USA-17 on Monday, in San Francisco. The boat which suffered catastrophic damage in the capsize, last October has been repaired and altered. After her launch she sailed in light winds. Includes video of first sail and some interviews, after the outing.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Kites to test competition formats
Neus Jordi,
The 44th edition of the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre for Olympic classes, the first European ISAF Sailing World Cup stop, will include Kiteboarding as invited class. The kites will sail for the very first time in the most international regatta held in Spain, sharing the racing area in the bay of Palma de Mallorca (Spain) with the Olympic classes from 30th March to 6th April.... [more]
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420 to the Max video attracts almost 80,000 YouTube views
Luissa Smith,
Launched in 2011, the International 420 Class Association free online Training Video has attracted almost 80,000 YouTube views. Providing coaching and training tips for both the beginner and experienced 420 sailors, 420 to the Max has proved a real success story and available in four language options reaches out to 420 sailors all over the world.... [more]
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Southern Cross Cup – a new TP52 game begins
John Curnow,
From Friday, February 8, something not quite seen in Australia before will take place. It is a new Grand Prix if you will, and fittingly the first round of the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup is to take place in the home of the Formula One GP, Melbourne.... [more]
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America's Cup: Onto the next phase for Oracle Team USA
Oracle Team USA,
America's Cup 2013. Oracle Team USA ‘17' was back in the San Francisco Bay today, beginning the next phase of training for their upcoming America's Cup defense. A crew of 11 sailors, plus members of the design and performance team, took Oracle Team USA's AC72 racing yacht on the water for testing and commissioning of the boat and new wing.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA relaunch USA-17 in San Francisco
Sail-World,
Oracle Team USA relaunched their first AC72, USA-17, today in San Francisco. She was rebuilt after a catastrophic capsize in San Francisco, which destroyed her wingsail, and severely damaged the platform. She will now undergo sailing trials and the team will continue their development program from the eight days of sailing they were able to achieve before the capsize.... [more]
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Ida Lewis Distance Race - Sailors prepare for 9th edition
Barby MacGowan,
The ninth edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race challenges sailors of all ages and experience levels to attempt offshore racing by competing in the popular overnighter that starts and finishes at Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, R.I. Scheduled for a 1 p.m. start on Friday, August 16, 2013, the race is open to IRC, PHRF, One Design, Double-Handed and Multihull boats.... [more]
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Melges 20 Class celebrates ISAF International Class recognition
Joy Dunigan,
As of January 1st, the International Audi Melges 20 Class Association is officially a recognized ISAF International Class. This is an impressive milestone in its short but storied history, an accolade which enables the Audi Melges 20 Class to conduct its very first World Championship, set to take place in Fall/Winter 2013 in South Florida, where in upwards to 60+ boats are expected to attend.... [more]
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Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta - Entry list shaping up nicely
Trish Jenkins,
The entry list for the Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta is shaping up wonderfully. There are currently seventeen online entries and a total of close to thirty boats have indicated their intention to participate. The Laser Picos are booking up quickly with a fleet that currently numbers 10 boats.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Jean-Pierre Dick takes fourth with no keel
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, French skipper Jean-Pierre Dick crossed the finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne this afternoon at 15hrs 5mins and 40 seconds UTC/GMT to finish fourth in this famous solo nonstop around the world race. His third participation has yielded his best ever result, despite having to race the final 2 650 miles without a keel on his IMOCA Open 60 Virbac-Paprec 3.... [more]
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Vendee Globe: Victory for Francois Gabart, North Sails, and 3Di techno
Sail-World,
Over the past three years, North Sails 3Di technology has won the Barcelona World Race, the Volvo Ocean Race, and now the Vendee Globe. The first two finishers for this spectacular race carried full North Sails inventories around the world, with the third placed boat a partial inventory.... [more]
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Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week NOR released, new classes named
Cowes Week Limited,
Cowes Week Limited have now released the Notice of Regatta for Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2013, the world's best-known sailing regatta, taking place 3 – 10 August. Entry fees have been maintained at 2012 levels with no increase, and event organisers have also introduced a range of welcome cost savings for early entrants.... [more]
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Vendee Globe 2012-2013 - Laborious night for Gamesa's Golding
Emily Caroe,
Mike Golding has worked Gamesa tirelessly through the night as he negotiates his way towards Cape Finisterre in light, upwind conditions which have confounded him several times in the night. He has lost some 20 miles on rival Jean Le Cam but remains some 50 miles ahead.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Safe and sound
Vendee Globe,
Lifted off his liferaft by helicopter at 2340hrs UTC last night, Javier Sanso, the Spanish skipper of Acciona 100% EcoPowered arrived to the Azores island of Terceira at 0330hrs UTC this morning. He was examined by a doctor in the helicopter who did not find any signs of hypothermia and at the military base in Terceira... [more]
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America's Cup 2013 - Emirates Team NZ unveil second AC72
Warren Douglas,
America's Cup 2013. Emirates Team New Zealand today unveiled its second AC72 with a low-key ceremony at the team's Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, base. Barely six months after the team's first AC72 catamaran started testing the second boat was ready for the water, another significant milestone accomplished as the team prepares for its challenge for the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Australian TP52 Southern Cross Cup - New breed of competition
Lisa Ratcliff,
The Australian TP52 Southern Cross Cup will fire up this weekend on Port Phillip, Victoria, bringing the action of TP52 battles from the Mediterranean to Australian east coast with the launch of a new three-part class series.... [more]
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San Juan International Regatta - Full blast sailing in the Caribbean
Carol Bareuther,
The San Juan International Regatta (SJIR) 2013, which was hosted by Club Nautico de San Juan from February 1 to 3, welcomed over 140 sailors in 102 boats racing in 10 classes. Conditions proved perfect with generally sunny skies and winds blowing under 10 knots the first day and gusting to nearly 20 knots on the final day of competition.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from Emirates Team NZ's launch in Auckland
Richard Gladwell,
Images from Emirates Team NZ's launch of their second AC72 in Auckland. These images of the boat and gear show a lot of the refinements which have been done from the first design, mainly in the area of platform fairing and drag reduction. The boat features smaller foils and slightly altered hull shape from its predecessor... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ unveil second AC72 in Auckland + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ christened their second AC72 in Auckland, this morning, in a simple ceremony including a Maori blessing of the waka, or canoe. As expected there was nothing radical about the boat, in terms of a departure from the base design developed for the teams first AC72, launched last July.Rather the focus is on refinement in terms of drag reduction and efficiency in working systems.... [more]
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St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic Regatta - Zaca A Te Moana charters open
Classic Regatta,
The St. Maarten-St.Martin Classic Yacht Club have announced that the fast 143 ft schooner Zaca A Te Moana will be available for regatta charters during the upcoming Classic Regatta in St.Maarten-St.Martin the last week-end of March and also during Antigua Classics in April.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Finn victory for Caleb Paine
Robert Deaves,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Caleb Paine (USA) rounded off an exceptional week's sailing by winning the enthralling Finn medal race to take the gold medal from London 2012 Olympians Greg Douglas (CAN) and Jorge Zarif (BRA).... [more]
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