USA17 foils on San Francisco Bay—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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08 Feb 2013

USA17 foils on San Francisco Bay—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond



According to reports, the team seems excited with their 'new' boat. 'We made quite a lot of modifications,' reported skipper Jimmy Spithill. 'It just feels like a brand-new boat, and more importantly, it feels even better.' John Kostecki, Oracle Team USA's tactician, agrees. 'Everything on the boat is improved. The boat's a lot easier to sail, which is going to make it faster.'

Oracle Team USA second sailing day, San Francisco, USA  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©

Interestingly, the 'new' 'USA 17' appears to carry a bow-up trim while on her foils-a trait that she also carried in her original mode (pre-crash) and which is generally not believed to be particularly conducive to sustained foiling. While there's certainly a lot of shakeout and shakedown that needs to transpire before the starting guns sound for the 34th America's Cup this September, it will be interesting to see if the team continues to sail 'USA 17' with her bows up, and moreover, if the team's second-generation AC72 (due out of the shed this Spring) also carries this bow-up attitude. Don't miss the video footage of 'USA 17' riding high once again, inside.

Oracle Team USA second sailing day, San Francisco, USA  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©

Also in Cup news, Sail-World's New Zealand editor, Richard Gladwell, caught up with Nick Holroyd, Technical Director of Emirates Team New Zealand to talk about different concepts for designing AC72s. Inside, be sure to check out this video interview, as well as another video interview that Gladwell conducted with ETNZ's Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Shoebridge, to get a pulse on where the Kiwi-flagged team is at, some seven months before the Cup.

Closer to home, a strong fleet of Melges 20s are gathering at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, on Florida's Biscayne Bay for the 2013 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series this weekend. Currently, 47 boats are slated to be on the starting line, with racing starting on Saturday and continuing through Monday. Stay tuned for more from this event, as it becomes known.

Bernard Stamm, Cheminees Poujoulat - 2012 Vendee Globe  Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendée Globe ©

Meanwhile, in the solo, non-stop-around-the-world Vendee Globe Race, skippers Jean Le Cam (Synerciel), Mike Golding ('Gamesa') and Bernard Stamm ('Cheminées Poujoulat') all recently crossed the race's finishing line in Les Sables d'Olonne, France. Check out the post-racing Q&A with these skippers, as well as the other associated Vendee Globe media, inside.

Busy, close racing is to be a feature of the TP52 Southern Cross Cup. - TP52 Southern Cross Cup  John Curnow ©

And finally, if you're in need of a sunny, Grand Prix monohull fix, don't miss the reports from the TP52 Southern Cross Cup, which is unfurling now at the Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne, Australia. Eight tricked-out TP52s have gathered for the inaugural running of what sounds like a wonderful event that promises to be a lot warmer and drier than our local winter sailing scene here in Seattle. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Fill the order book at the TP52 Southern Cross Cup
John Curnow,
The design of the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup stipulated close racing to ensure maximum enjoyment for both competitors and spectators alike. Add in a variety of results with places changing considerably from leg to leg, race to race, a little breeze, plenty of sunshine and you pretty much have the whole order book filled, right there.... [more]
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Clean start to the Australian TP52 Southern Cross Cup
Lisa Ratcliff,
Australian sport is in turmoil with the drug scandal story that has broken this week. Meanwhile off Sandringham Yacht Club there was plenty of good clean fun being had by the eight boats and 100 sailors who jumpstarted their TP52 Southern Cross Cup today.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup - Images from Teri Dodds
Teri Dodds,
The TP52 fleet today made history on Port Phillip in Melbourne, with the commencement of their inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup. Teri Dodds was on the water and presents these images from Day One.... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race - Hugo Boss with Doyle Sails
Guy Waddilove,
When Alex Thomson made the decision to use Doyle Sails for his third Vendée Globe attempt, he bucked the trend of the pack as the only Doyle skipper in the fleet. It was a decision that Thomson and his team believe paid dividends in his race.... [more]
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Valentine's Regatta and Rum Festival - Antigua's other side
Trish Jenkins,
Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta and Rum Festival 2013 kicked off with a gathering of sailors, sponsors, and guests on the waterfront at the Westpoint Bar on Thursday.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup Regatta 2013 - Ready to Rock
Lisa Ratcliff,
The TP52 Southern Cross Cup Regatta 2013 is about to get underway with each boat owners setting their sight at the top prize in the first stop of the brand new class series.... [more]
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America's Cup 2013 - Shining platinum
Irene Corosu,
America's Cup received major backings from Sailors for the Sea, which is recognizing each of the America's Cup World Series regattas in San Francisco in August and October 2012 with the first-ever Platinum level certification under its Clean Regattas program due in part to an outstanding 98 percent landfill diversion rate at the second AC World Series regatta in San Francisco last October.... [more]
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The gun fires at the TP52 Southern Cross Cup
John Curnow,
Racing begins today at Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) in Melbourne for the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup. However, it very much all got underway last night at the opening cocktail party. Based on the success of that and positive comments revolving around the both the regatta format and the host club, this is set to be a really great three days of high-end yacht racing.... [more]
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Adam Beatie and Jamie Leitner emerge Nacra Infusion World Champs
Bronwen Ince,
Australian entrant Adam Beatie with Jamie Leitner have emerged winners of the 2013 F18 Nacra Infusion World Championships with a score of 20.8. They managed to take the lead from local Brisbane sailor Mick Guinea, whom came from sixth to place second and lose the regatta by only 0.2.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Emotion and reflection in Les Sables d'Olonne
Vendee Globe,
Following the arrival of three Vendee Globe skippers in Les Sables d'Olonne in close succession yesterday - to conclude their respective adventures - today was one for the respective skippers, Jean Le Cam, Mike Golding and Bernard Stamm to reflect on their own races in more depth.... [more]
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America's Cup: Kiwi Olympic medalist to skipper Red Bull Youth AC team
Sail-World,
Silver medalists in the 49er class in the 2012 Olympics, will head a group of talented young sailors selected to represent New Zealand in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup in San Francisco this September. They have been joined by three other team members from the NZL Sailing Team, and two leading sailors who have already made their mark on the international keelboat scene.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Record fleet for Event No. 2
Joy Dunigan,
The Audi Melges 20 fleet is set to reconvene for Event No. 2 of the 2013 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series, hosted by the incredible Coconut Grove Sailing Club. On the heels of being awarded ISAF Class status, the International fleet continues to grow exponentially with a record breaking 47 boats on the starting line for the 2-day affair beginning Saturday, February 9 in beautiful Miami, Florida.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - 33rd edition has something for everyone
St.Maarten Heineken Regatta,
With a little over three weeks to go before action commences in the 33rd annual edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, entries continue to pour in and plans continue to firm up. The 2013 running of the event begins on February 28th with the pre-regatta tune-up series, the Gill Commodore's Cup. With nearly 150 boats now registered, the fleet continues to grow.... [more]
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Australian TP52 Southern Cross Cup 2013 - Baptism of fire
Lisa Ratcliff,
Australian TP52 Southern Cross Cup 2013 marks the birth of sailing's new Formula 1 circuit which starts on Port Phillip Friday at Sandringham Yacht Club.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA foils again in San Francisco
Sail-World,
Oracle Team USA's rebuilt AC72, USA-17, has sailed for two days in San Francisco, and the team have released some images and video showing her in foiling mode. Some changes have clearly been made to the boat - most obvious being removal of the former steering system, now replaced with a wheel, the same as Emirates Team NZ.... [more]
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America's Cup: Nick Holroyd looks at AC72 design concepts and rivals
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealands's Technical Director, Nick Holroyd talks about the changes that have been made to the latest AC72 for the team, and gives his thoughts on what is being seen of the teams now sailing in San Francisco. This video features many still images to illustrate the design nuances of the AC72, and in many ways this video is a primer on AC72 design thinking and concepts.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's Kevin Shoebridge looks shoreside
Richard Gladwell,
In past America's Cups, the shore and support crews have been very much an unseen force. But in the 34th America's Cup - while they are still largely unseen - the dependence of the team on their skills and dedication has never been more crucial. In this video interview, on the occasion on Emirates Team NZ's christening of their second AC72 catamaran, Chief Operating Officer for the team, Kevin... [more]
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Chicago Match Race Center - Fresh opportunities
Stephanie Roble,
The Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC), entering its fifth season of providing world class match race sailing to the Great Lakes area, is pleased to announce its 2013 schedule of events and a new entry fee policy that seeks to grow sustainable match race sailing around the US.... [more]
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Port of L.A. Harbor Cup - Catalina 37 action approaching
Rich Roberts,
College sailing will take its annual leap from dinghies to the next level up next month with ten teams from across the nation racing brawny Catalina 37s in the sixth Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta March 8-10.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Brit Mike Golding 6th in historic third race finish
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, when British skipper Mike Golding on Gamesa crossed the finish line at 18h 38m 26s UTC this Wednesday 6th February he took sixth place. He became the first sailor ever in the iconic race's 24-year history to finish three times and completed his journey just 6 hours 23 mins and 28secs behind his French rival Jean Le Cam.... [more]
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2013 ‘Summer of Racing' calendar culminates with America's Cup Finals
Irene Corosu,
The calendar for the 2013 ‘Summer of Racing' in San Francisco has been revealed, culminating with the America's Cup Finals from September 7-21, when the defending champion, Oracle Team USA, will face the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup (the America's Cup Challenger Series).... [more]
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2012 Coaches of the Year announced by US Sailing's OSC
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) has selected two outstanding sailing coaches for the 2012 Coaches of the Year Awards. Based on nominations from the public, the OSC has named Mike Callahan (Washington, D.C.) the National Coach of the Year and Steve Keen (Greenwich, Conn.) the Developmental Coach of the Year.... [more]
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Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta & Rum Festival underway tomorrow
Trish Jenkins,
The countdown is underway to the start of the Jolly Harbour Valentine's Regatta & Rum Festival tomorrow. It's an event that the world outside Antigua, WI is going to hear a lot more about as the regatta moves to the international stage after twenty successful years of great local racing in the blue waters on the leeward side of this sailors' favourite tropical island.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Barth - Unusual suspects and new names join in
Fabrice Thomazeau,
There have been three editions of the Voiles de Saint-Barth and great excitement and interest have filled its short history. Starting in 2010, it won over owners, racers and sailors with its original idea of bringing together magnificent racing around the islands and the pleasures of life in this small exotic paradise.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Jean Le Cam takes fifth place
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Jean Le Cam crossed the finish line at 12h:14m:58s UTC (local time France minus one hour) this Wednesday 6th February to end a gale stricken final passage across the Bay of Biscay and secure fifth place overall after a long, protracted battle with English skipper Mike Golding, an adversary which he has enjoyed many previous encounters with.... [more]
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Etchells Jaguar Series 2013 - High standards
Paige Brooks,
Etchells Jaguar Series 2013. Shannon Bush seems to get better every year. This year she's set a goal for the Italian Worlds, followed by the Etchells NAs in Newport. In pushing her program to winning levels, she's added new team members, hired a coach, and taken extra days off work each month for practice before the upcoming Etchells competitions.... [more]
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