Spithill unloads on NZL AC team, Luna Rossa AC72 vision and more

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 12 Mar 2013
 


Spithill unloads on NZL AC team, Luna Rossa AC72 vision and more


We will be talking to the now 33 year regularly over the next six months leading up to the September event in San Francisco. We had a long conversation with him last week and today we publish the first part of that extended interview.

How the expensive AC72 capsize has made his team tougher and how he has no desire to be in Team New Zealand´s shoes.

In Part 2 that we will publish later in the week, Jimmy tells us more about the two boat program and the key role Ben Ainslie will play, in this crucial part of the run up to the Cup and what he REALLY thinks about the New Zealanders.

Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa   Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

Last Friday afternoon the two America's Cup AC72's working out of Auckland, Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand, staged a series of semi-formal race training sessions off Takapuna Beach and as you´d expect Sail-World´s Richard Gladwell was right there. In this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter we feature three image galleries and a long video clip of one of the sessions.

And later in the week we will show your more vision from Auckland that will make Italian hearts soar. This is content that you really have to look at.

Also on Friday was the final day of the Extreme Sailing Series opening Act in Muscat, Oman. It may not have been high speed racing 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.

The Extreme Sailing Series 2013. Act 1. Racing close to the shore. The Wave Muscat.   Lloyd Images ©

Defending champion Leigh McMillan (GBR) and his team on The Wave, Muscat sailed a picture perfect day coming back from a 15 point deficit to Red Bull Sailing Team to claim overall victory, in the closest possible finish on their home turf.

Azzurra - 2013 Gaastra 52 World Championships  © Ingrid Abery / Azzurra

On Saturday, the final day of the Gaastra 52 World Championship in Miami, Florida, Alberto Roemmers, owner and helmsman from the Azzurra had been sailed very well on the 52 US Super Series circuit and nearly tasted victory at the Worlds but a broach in the last run of the last race allowed Nicklas Zennström and his British based Ran Racing team to overtake and win by just one point.

Finn Class partners Dinghy Academy to train next Olympians  Pavlina Soukupova

After the announcement of the joint venture between the Finn Class and the Dinghy Academy, while sailors battle wind chill in Weymouth, Valencia has been showing off some of its best conditions for the assembled Finn sailors in recent months. There to capture these moments is the talented Pavlina Soukupova who has turned Finn photography into a fascinating art form.


Jedda Murphy and the Sail-World.com Team



America's Cup update with Oracle helm James Spithill (part 1)
Rob Kothe,
Oracle skipper and helm, James Spithill is a straight talking Australian. Sail-world interviewed him at length last week. Some of his observations were predictable and diplomatic but others less so and there is obviously some needle between Oracle USA and the Team New Zealand already.... [more]
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America's Cup: Big week of racing for Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa
ETNZblog.com,
It has been a big week of racing with Luna Rossa for the Emirates Team New Zealand sailing team on the Hauraki Gulf in Auckland. Four days sailing and racing is not just hard on the sailors, the shore crew plays a vital role in keeping the highly tuned racing machine in race mode for each days sailing. Images gallery and Video.... [more]
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27th Calema Midwinters event summary
Tinho Dornellas,
The 27th Calema Midwinters was very much like a well composed orchestra. The event was home for the Kona One Design National Championships, the Bic Techno 293 North American Championships (this is the Youth Olympic class board), and the usual stop for the Formula racers, as well as the Olympic class RSX competitors, hailing from all parts of the country and the world over.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Mendelblatt and Fatih claim the Cup
Icarus Sailing Media,
At the 2013 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, five one-design fleets, awash with competitors representing over a dozen nations, concluded six days of racing. With points tight among the 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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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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NSW 18ft Skiffs Championship - Close racing on Sydney Harbour
Frank Quealey,
NSW 18ft Skiffs Championship fifth race was held today, Sunday 10 March 2013, on Sydney Harbour. Gotta Love It 7 became the 2012-2013 champion when Euan McNicol (replacing regular skipper Seve Jarvin), Scott Babbage and Peter Harris took out the last race of the championship.... [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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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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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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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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Round the Island Race – Free informative forums announced
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race takes place on Saturday 1st June 2013. The race management team at the Island Sailing Club is holding three more free-to-attend and informative Forums this Spring, with the first one on Saturday 23rd March at Portsmouth Harbour Yacht Club at Port Solent, Hampshire. The Forum starts at 4.30pm.... [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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RYA National Match Racing Series - Entries now open
Matt Carter,
The RYA National Match Racing Series has now opened for entries with the first of seven events taking place at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy between the 25-28 March in the RYA's fleet of Olympic Elliott 6m keelboats.... [more]
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