Artemis finally foil bound—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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25 Mar 2013

Artemis finally foil bound—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Anytime a new class of sailboat is launched, there's always the chance that a design will miss its mark compared to the rest of its inaugural class. Such was sadly the case with Artemis Racing's first-generation AC72. Unlike Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ), Luna Rossa Challenge or Oracle Team USA, Artemis Racing's first boat didn't stand-up on its foils, which was a serious drag (pun painfully intended) compared to the other boats. The team recently pulled the metaphoric plug on their training and headed back to the shed for a significant modification to their first-generation 72-footer, and now reports have emerged that the Challenger of Record is gaining some much-needed foil experience on a heavily modified AC45.


'We set up a little commando group of guys to get the 45 foiling,' said Artemis' foiling expert, Adam May. 'Things were kept simple to get foiling as quickly as possible, taking input from the ongoing work on boat two, what we've seen in use by other teams, and a healthy dose of ‘just do it' attitude. Our structural test day progressed quickly into controlled foiling flight, with the boat behaving really well and [skipper] Nathan [Outteridge] getting to grips with it in no time at all.'


For their part, the sailors are more than happy to be up on foils. 'To foil the new AC45 with complete control on our first outing gives our team great momentum. It's going to be a very exciting summer!' said Outteridge. Get the full scoop on Artemis' heavily modified AC45, inside this issue.


Roman Hagara (left) and Hans-Peter Steinacher (right), Sports Directors for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup  Youth America's Cup



And speaking of AC45s, it has been announced that Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher, the Austrian double Gold medalists in the Tornado class (2000 and 2004), have entered the America's Cup World Series Naples event (April 16-21) as 'HS Racing'. The team will be racing in a partnership with Oracle Team USA and will fly a U.S. flag.


'We trained on the AC45 back in February in San Francisco and felt very good from the start,' said Steinacher. 'The boat is extremely difficult to handle at strong winds and it develops unbelievable forces, but we are happy to take on the challenge.' More, inside.


Day 1 - 2103 International Rolex Regatta 2013  Leighton O'Connor ©



Meanwhile, the racing action has been hot in the Caribbean at the International Rolex Regatta, where light breezes have added to the tactical game. According to reports, the racing has been tight in all classes, from the modest IC24s all the way up to the mighty IRC class.


International Rolex Regatta 2013 - Dalton DeVos, Delta  Joy Dunigan



'Every boat in this class in capable of winning,' explains Jonathan McKee, a two-time Olympic medalist who is calling tactics for skipper Dalton DeVos on the Melges 32 'Delta'. 'It's all about who gets hot on a certain day. We got the breaks today and we were lucky we got the good moves. The Melges 32 class is so much fun because they are fast, powerful boats and all the same. It's a super one-design.'


Salperton, winner of Class A, Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2013.  Jeff Brown / Superyacht Media



Meanwhile, for fans of truly exotic sailing hardware, check out the reports from the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta, which recently concluded at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's Caribbean facility. And, for anyone in need of a Vitamin-D fix, the upcoming BVI Spring Regatta could be your ticket. Get the wrap-up report from the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta, as well as the BVI Spring Regatta preview, inside this issue.


Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2013  Carlo Borlenghi ©



Also inside, don't miss the latest update from the Volvo Ocean race on the progress of their new boat, the One Design Volvo Ocean 65, learn about skipper Francis Joyon's new WSSRC-ratified passage record Cadiz to San Salvador, don't miss ISAF's statement over the rights dispute in the Laser class and get the wrap-up report from the Philippine Hobie Challenge 2013.


May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor


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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ race training in the Channel
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ wrapped up their Friday training session with a series of windward leewards inside Rangitoto Light at the entrance to the Waitemata Harbour. The session and crew-work, in particular, was very impressive and slick. There was not enough wind to make foiling viable at the bottom of the course, with the rounding mark again 200 metres off Narrowneck Beach.... [more]
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America's Cup: James Spithill on Oracle Team USA AC72 modifications
America's Cup Media,
AC UNCUT's Genny Tulloch catches up with Oracle Team USA skipper James Spithill six months after their AC72 capsize. James talks the psychological benefit of going through the capsize, and how he believes Oracle Team USA is stronger than ever because of it.... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta - Final day action shots by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery was on deck in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands for the closing day of action of the International Rolex Regatta to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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Australian 18ft Skiff League Club Championship 2013 - Clean Sweep
Frank Quealey,
Australian 18ft Skiff League Club Championship 2013. Gotta Love It 7 made a clean sweep of the 2012-2013 Season championships when she took out the final race and the Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
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Auckland Cup: Video of TeamVodafoneSailing's dismasting
ARG Marine Media,
Simon Hull's ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing dropped her rig for the second time at the start of the third race on the first day of the 2013 Auckland Cup. ARG Marine Media were on hand to video the action... [more]
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Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta 2013 - Scintillating finish
Jill Campbell,
Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2013. It may have been the final day of racing at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, but there was a palpable sense of expectation on the dock. Not only were owners of the 20 sailing superyachts, their guests and crews looking forward to another classic day on the water, but also there was all to play for with the victory up for grabs in all classes.... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta 2013 - Day 2 - Melges 32 fleet
Joy Dunigan,
International Rolex Regatta 2013. Melges 32 action on the second day of racing at the International Rolex Regatta 2013 in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta 2013 - Tactical racing on Day 1
Carol Bareuther,
International Rolex Regatta 2013. Breezes barely blowing 10 knots added an extra tactical twist to the first day of racing. Sixty-three boats – all but the nine-boat one-design Melges 32 class that sailed its own course in Pillsbury Sound – took their start at 11 a.m. with sunny skies and calm seas for a race downwind into the Charlotte Amalie Harbor.... [more]
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Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup 2013 - Fleet survives blustery breeze
Matthew Lindblad,
Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup 2013. 12 races were run for all divisions in fireflies and FJ in a blustery NW breeze. There were many capsizes in the gusts around 30 knots but competitors handled the cold conditions very well.... [more]
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