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10 Mar 2013

Miami rocks the sailing world—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond


Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih - ISAF Sailing World Championships Perth 2011  Mick Anderson/SAILINGPIX.DK .

'Winning the Cup again means a lot to me; it's really great because winning any big Star regatta is not easy at all!' continued Mendelblatt. 'I'm very happy to have had Brian with me. He is a great crew and wanted to have his name on the Tito Bacardi trophy.'

The racing was also tight in the other four OD classes that were competing in Miami Sailing Week. For sailors competing in the newly minted J/70 class, the thrill of competition was a serious high note. 'Learned a lot in Key West, tried new things here in Miami and things have worked out!,' said Briane Keane, who won the class. 'Our goal was to be in the top-five and we did it. The J/70 class is the most exciting class in 10 years with top sailors; it's the best fleet in North America right now; winning Miami is a great accomplishment.'

Be sure to get the full Miami Sailing Week report, inside this issue.

Miami March 9 2013 Gaastra TP52 World Championships, final day, Quantum leads the group  Rick Tomlinson ©

Meanwhile, the big-boat sailors also had an amazing week of racing, despite some uncooperative winds. Niklas Zennstrom and his 'Ran Racing' team captured top honors after their rivals aboard 'Azzurra' suffered an ill-timed broach in the last race of the series.

IMG 6453 - 52 Super Series Gaastra World Championships day 4  Ingrid Abery - Copyright

'It is fantastic,' said Zennstrom. ' I am relieved after one of the most stressful days of my life I think. It came down to the last race and whoever would win between [us and 'Azzurra']. In the pre-start 'Azzurra' had their match-racing helmsman on the start and they took advantage of that and they did a bit of a match-racing trick on us. But we managed to stay close and in a position to attack. They tried to luff us and broached out and we could just sail past them. They tried to trick us and force a penalty situation but they broached.'

March 8 2013, ETNZLR (12) - March 8 2013, ETNZLR - - AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna March 8, 2013  Richard Gladwell ©

And in America's Cup news, some really interesting 'Am Cam' videos have surfaced from New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf showing Emirates Team New Zealand lining up against Luna Rossa Challenge as the two teams evolve towards this summer's Louis Vuitton Cup (July 4-August 30). While Luna Rossa is sailing their first-generation AC72, their Kiwi friends are working-up their Mark II boat, the video is still indicative of the kind of awe-inspiring racing that we can all look forward to this summer.

harborcup13d2-05H - 2013 Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup  Rich Roberts / photo boat captain Mike Learned .

Also inside, be sure to check out the latest news from the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta, the J/105 Midwinters and the upcoming Voiles de Saint Barth. And finally, be sure to check out Rick Tomlinson's great image gallery from the TP52 Worlds. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Melges 24 champion crowned
Joy Dunigan,
The closing day of the Melges 24 Atlantic Coast Championship in conjunction with the 2013 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week proved the strength of yesterday's leader board with all three teams remaining on the podium. Italy's Riccardo Simoneschi, owner of Audi, impressed the fleet with two bullets today overtaking the lead with a five point spread to win the Melges 24 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Mendelblatt and Fatih take Bacardi Cup
Jan Harley,
Five one-design fleets, awash with competitors representing over a dozen nations, concluded six days of racing as the 2013 BACARDI Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank wrapped up today. With points tight among top contenders in each class, the big story of the regatta was the win of the 86th Bacardi Cup by the Florida team of Mark Mendelblatt (St. Petersburg) and Brian Fatih (Miami)... [more]
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2013 Harbor Cup - Cal Maritime leads pending protests
Rich Roberts,
Pending protests---the words that keep sailboat racers pacing the floor into the evening hours, California Maritime Academy's Keelhaulers held a 17-point lead with no more than three races remaining Sunday before they can claim their third consecutive title in the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta.... [more]
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2013 Gastra TP52 World Championship action images
Sail-world.com,
2013 Gastra TP52 World Championship action images by Rick Tomlinson... [more]
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Gaastra 52 World Championship - Rán Racing stay cool to lift title
52 series media,
Gaastra 52 World Championship - Niklas Zennström and the Rán Racing team secured the Gaastra 52 World Championship title on the final run of the last race of the series after a thrilling showdown off Miami's South Beach up against 52 Super Series champions and former world champions Azzurra.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Stars shine on Biscayne Bay + Video
Icarus Sailing Media,
Organizers of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week made the most of conditions on the penultimate day of competition as the Star class completed two races on Biscayne Bay where a northeast breeze of 8-11 knots was accompanied by a light chop. The first win of the day went to defending champions Xavier Rohart and Serge Pulfer, while the second race was won by 2012 Olympians Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih.... [more]
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J/105 Midwinter Championship - Solaris tops leaderboard
Christopher Howell,
On the first day of the J/105 Midwinter Championship local Bill Zartler took Solaris to the top of the leaderboard after four races. Defending Champion Zartler, of host Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas, began the day with an eighth place tally... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - shaken and stirred
Jan Harley,
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week 2013 - Organizers of the fourth annual Sailing Week made the most of conditions on the penultimate day of racing as all five classes... [more]
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Los Angeles Harbor Cup 2013 Cal Maritime sweeps first day
Rich Roberts,
Going into the sixth Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta you figure the other nine teams are gunning for you since you've won the last two. Then, overnight, you learn that a crew member is in the hospital with a medical emergency.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Wilson holds lead at Audi Melges 20
Melges 20 Class,
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - The second day of the Audi Melges 20 Bacardi Miami Sailing week was met with stronger breeze allowing for three completed races for the day. The weather was beautiful with clear skies and 75 degree temperatures setting the stage for a perfect day of racing.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Field takes lead in Melges 24´s
Joy Dunigan,
Day two at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week turned out to be far better than expected, in terms of the weather that is. Eighteen Melges 24s enjoyed three races under glorious sunshine and moderate, but quite shifty breeze... [more]
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Gaastra 52 World Championships 2013 Day 4 images
Sail-world.com,
Gaastra 52 World Championships Day 4 images - with just a day to go, the action was tight and British photographer Ingrid Abery was in close... [more]
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Gaastra 52 World Championships - Rán Racing lead into the Miami final
52 series,
Gaastra 52 World Championships - Rounding off a long day on the sun drenched waters off Miami's South Beach with their fourth race win from seven starts, Niklas Zennström's Rán Racing lead the regatta by four clear points going in to Saturday, the final racing day.... [more]
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America's Cup: Am-Cam Video - AC72s at Takapuna Beach - Practice Race
Richard Gladwell,
Two challengers for the 34th America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, had several practice racing sessions off Takapuna Beach, on March 8. This video picks the boats up from before the start, follows through a short prestart sequence, then than takes in the first reach, the mark rounding and then the first downwind leg until Emirates Team New Zealand gybed off... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72 at Takapuna Beach - First reach and Downwind
Richard Gladwell,
Two challengers for the 34th America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, had several practice racing sessions off Takapuna Beach, in a fresh offshore breeze.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72 at Takapuna Beach - the Start and first Reach
Richard Gladwell,
Two challengers for the 34th America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, had several practice racing sessions off Takapuna Beach, in a fresh offshore breeze. Sail-World captured the action... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72 Practice racing off Takapuna Beach
Richard Gladwell,
Two challengers for the 34th America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, had several practice racing sessions off Takapuna Beach, in a fresh offshore breeze. Sail-World captured the action... [more]
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Entries sought for 47th Governor's Cup
Nancy Mellon,
The oldest junior match racing championship, the Governor's Cup, will take place at Balboa Yacht Club July 16-21, 2013. The Governor's Cup has many alumni who have gone on to be victorious in sailing competitions around the world, including the America's Cup and the World Match Race Tour... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 - Victory and defeat in Muscat + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
It may not have been high speed racing on the final day of the Extreme Sailing Series opening Act in Muscat, Oman, but it was as tense as it gets, and in classic Extreme Sailing Series style, it came down to the final race for the winner to be decided.... [more]
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Finn Pictorial - Valencia shows off the best recent conditions
Robert Deaves,
After the announcement of the joint venture between the Finn Class and the Dinghy Academy, Valencia has been showing off some of its best conditions for the assembled Finn sailors in recent months. Top Finn sailor Vasiliy Zbogar (SLO) commented, 'Valencia is one of the best places in the world to train. We have always had good wind and weather.'... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Chilly start for Melges 20 fleet
Joy Dunigan,
The Audi Melges 20 fleet had a chilly first day on Biscayne Bay for the 2013 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week organized by Studiomilano. Light air conditions met with shifty winds challenging the fleet from start to finish and allowing for only one of the three races scheduled for day to be completed.... [more]
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Melges 24 Atlantic Coast Championship - Mojito out front on day 1
Joy Dunigan,
The 2013 Melges 24 Atlantic Coast Championship, being held in conjunction with Studio Milano's Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, welcomed the fleet with a cool morning. Unfortunately, due to little breeze, the race committee was only able to get in one of the three races scheduled for the eighteen teams in attendance.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Mother Nature must have had other plans
Jan Harley,
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) has been underway for three days with 56 Star teams competing for the 86th Bacardi Cup. Today, sailors in the Audi Melges 20, Melges 24, Viper 640 and J/70 classes were to have their first day of racing on Biscayne Bay, however, Mother Nature must have had other plans as she delivered just enough breeze to allow one race to be sailed in each of those classes.... [more]
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Women's International Match Racing - Terms of Series now available
WIMRA,
A big leap has been taken for women's sailing as the details of the entry and scoring process for the inaugural Women's International Match Racing Series is defined in the Terms of Series. This also marks the beginning of the entry process and within minutes of publication the first teams were signing up.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre chosen to test Olympic racing format
Neus Jordi,
The 44th edition of the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre for Olympic classes, the first European event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, has been selected by ISAF to test the racing format to be used at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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Gaastra 52 World Championships 2013 - Racing abandoned as wind fails
Jacaranda Marketing,
Gaastra 52 World Championships 2013. Racing at the TP52 Worlds off South Beach Miami had to be abandoned today, Thursday, when the light, fickle breezes proved too little to complete a fair race. Race 5 of the series was started and ran in very light, streaky and shifty conditions.... [more]
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