AC strait dope and a VOR update—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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14 Mar 2013

AC strait dope and a VOR update—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond



'It is just complete crap,' said Spithill in regards to the perception in Emirates Team New Zealand's (ETNZ) camp that the Yankees have an unlimited war chest. 'Larry Ellison didn't get to where he was by just throwing money [away]. We have got a budget and we have to stick to it and we have to make compromises and sacrifices and for some reason part of their strategy is to go out and try act like the little team out there. [ETNZ] have got a big budget. A really big budget. [Team boss Grant Dalton] just going around saying we have got unlimited resources is just complete bulls$%.'

Things also got interesting when Kothe inquired about the mechanics of carting an AC72 around the close-quarters San Francisco racetrack. 'The boats now can sail at pretty deep angles downwind but it will be a lot like the AC45 World Series,' reported Spithill. 'I think you are probably looking at around three gybes depending on where the top mark is. You are probably looking at around four or five tacks. The other factor will be the current.'

Be sure to check out both parts of this great interview, inside this issue.

Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing sails past the Guan Yin of the South Sea of Sanya   Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

Meanwhile, in offshore news, Sanya, China, has signed on to host another stopover on the 2014/2015 Volvo Ocean Race (VOR). 'In many ways Sanya proved to be the best kept secret in sailing,' said Knut Frostad, CEO of the VOR. 'The first-rate facilities, the perfect sailing conditions and the warmth of the people added up to an eye-opening and massively successful stop, and I'm looking forward to an even better experience in 2014/2015.'

Also in VOR news, the first VOR 65 One Design hull is currently being shipped from the Persico yard in Bergamo, Italy, to the UK's Green Marine, where the deck will be joined, creating the first finished boat. 'He is almost the helmsman of the boat at the moment,' said the VOR's Rick Deppe of Paul Hamels, who has been trusted to drive the truck across Europe. 'When you're helming a Volvo boat, it's a lot of responsibility. Well, when you're driving an exceptional convoy, it's a lot of responsibility too. You cannot just turn and go too fast. He plays it pretty cool.'

Larry Ellison visits Team / SFO March Testing Session-Oracle Team USA  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing©

Also inside, get the latest update on 'Team Australia's' now-sanctioned record passage from Sydney to Hobart, learn about the 34 athletes who were named to the 2013 US Sailing Team and learn about the cancelled classes at this year's Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre (March 30-April 6). And finally, be sure to check out the great am-cam footage of Oracle Team USA foiling around on SF Bay, as well as the great photo spread of Larry Ellison's most recent trip down to Pier 80 to visit his Oracle Team USA. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



America's Cup: Oracle Team USA has a fine day foiling - Am-Cam video
Sail-World,
Oracle Team USA's revamped USA-17 was videoed again by an independent cameraman who captured the AC72 training on San Francisco Bay. The America's Cup Defender had her best day foiling that has been seen on Am-Cam from San Francisco, showing good control on the foils... [more]
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WSSRC sanctions Team Australia's new world record
Lisa Ratcliff,
The World Speed Sailing Record Council this week has sanctioned Team Australia's passage record from Sydney to Hobart which was set over 22nd and 23rd February 2013. The ORMA 60 with its six crew members established a time of 1 day 5 hours 52 minutes and 23 seconds for the famous 630 nautical mile Tasman Sea crossing, their average speed 22 knots.... [more]
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America's Cup: Larry Ellison checks out Oracle Team USA's AC72
Sail-World,
Oracle Team USA's Larry Ellison took time out to visit Pier 80 with members of the shore and sailing crew, and get aboard the AC72. Team photographer Guilain Grenier was on hand to catch the occasion.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy: NZ 18fter team NZ team reflects on two top tens
Auckland Sailing Club,
The better late than never recap of the New Zealand teams competing at the 2013 JJ Giltinan Trohpy. The New Zealand teams showed good form at this year's JJ Giltinan Trophy with two boats finishing in the top 10 of the 31 boat fleet.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race to make another stop in Sanya
Kevin Fylan,
The Volvo Ocean Race will return to Sanya's sparkling Serenity Marina in 2014-15, with the Chinese holiday destination once again confirmed on the race route after making a great impression on its debut in 2011-12.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2013 - Encore performance for leaders
Giuliano Luzzatto,
Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2013. Late night dancing under the stars at the Oil Nut Bay Beach Party did not dent the energy and enthusiasm of the Swan crews and owners Wednesday morning.... [more]
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Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational - Germans cruising on Day 1
Bill Wagner,
Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational 2013. Farr 40 owners from around the world came to Miami for the sunny skies, warm weather and consistent breeze. South Beach delivered on all counts as 70-degree temperatures and 12-18 knot winds welcomed the fleet for the regatta.... [more]
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34 athletes named to the 2013 US Sailing Team
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport, announced 34 athletes named to the 2013 US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. The national team is selected each year and comprised of the top sailors competing in the events selected for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Three classes get cancelled
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre,
The 44th Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre is set to take place 30th March - 6th April and we now know which three classes have been cancelled from the competition due to low entry numbers.... [more]
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Mussanah Race Week - Challenging first day for competitors
Mussanah Race Week,
Mussanah Race Week - Oman's annual dinghy regatta – got underway with a light wind start, making it particularly challenging for the competitors, with 6-8kts of breeze and small chop, their focus and concentration was continually being tested, leaving them with no room for error.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Coming soon to an ocean near you
Volvo Ocean Race,
The first Volvo Ocean 65 hull, the Volvo truck towing it, its driver and three attendees have been on the road for five days now. They left the Persico factory in Bergamo, Italy, this past Friday. They are taking the ferry today from Hook of Holland to Harwich and the crossing from the Netherlands to the UK will take them six hours.... [more]
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America's Cup - Counting down to the ‘Summer of Racing' underway
Stephen Barclay,
The countdown has begun! We've taken possession of the new cruise ship terminal and are now starting to transform all of Piers 27 and 29 into what will become the America's Cup Park. The America's Cup Park and America's Cup Village (Marina Green) will be the two major event locations during the 'Summer of Racing' in San Francisco.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Hunt for 2014-17 venues commences
Extreme Sailing Series,
OC Sport, organisers of the original stadium sailing circuit, the Extreme Sailing Series, are officially inviting formal bids from cities or regions around the globe interested in hosting an Act as part of this high profile, international annual circuit in 2014 and beyond.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ does Waitemata flypast - Videos
Richard Gladwell and Andew Dickerson,
After another training session on the Hauraki Gulf, Emirates Team NZ AC72, did a flypast in front of the Sail-World video camera, as she sailed down Auckland's North Shore beaches and turned around North Head to enter the Waitemata Harbour . It was another great day in New Zealand's best summer for over 70 years, with a lovely seabreeze.... [more]
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This Low Cost 'Line Saver' Could Save Your Sailing boat!
John Jamieson,
What one piece of low cost sailing gear could save your boat in a howling gale, or when tied up in a slip or pier, or in a swell-swept anchorage or mooring? Without it, your sailboat might well become just another marine insurance statistic! Discover one of the cheapest--but often forgotten--pieces of 'must have' sailing gear that will keep your sailing boat safe throughout the sailing season!.... [more]
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America's Cup: Higher and faster - more Am-Cam video from Takapuna
Sail-World,
New AM-Cam video shot at Takapuna Beach on Friday March 8, 2013. Includes previous clips together with new video of the two AC72's sailing back to their base on the Waitemata Harbour. In this new footage Luna Rossa starts well behind Emirates Team NZ's AC72 and appears to be sailing higher and faster than the New Zealand Challenger which dominated the other racing on the day.... [more]
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Recreational boat fee increase considered by NC General Assembly
D. Scott Croft,
The NC General Assembly is considering legislation that would significantly raise registration fees on recreational boats to grow revenue for coastal dredging projects. BoatUS is dedicated to preserving access to waterways but S.B. 58 places an unfair financial burden on recreational boaters while ignoring the responsibility of commercial fishing boats and for-hire charter fishing and head boats.... [more]
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New world record establishment announced by WSSR
John Reed, WSSR,
The World Speed Sailing Record Council has now announced the establishment of a new World Record.... [more]
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79-year-old sets out on solo circumnavigation
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
They're getting older and older - solo circumnavigators that is. Now that the rush of ever-younger would-be solo circumnavigators seems to be over, it's the turn of the over 70's. With 70-year-old British sailor Jeanne Socrates half way through her unassisted non-stop solo circumnavigation, now a 79-year-old New Zealander has joined the quest, but with a stop or two.... [more]
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America's Cup - Oracle's James Spithill tells it like it is!! (Pt 2)
Rob Kothe,
Oracle skipper, James Spithill is a straight talking Australian. Sail-world interviewed the America´s Cup winning skipper last week.In Part I of this interview Spithill detailed the progress of the Oracle USA team and made some blunt comments about Emirates Team New Zealand. There is more of the same in Part II.... [more]
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