Head fakes, foils and OD action—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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05 Apr 2013

Head fakes, foils and OD action—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond



'Emirates Team NZ is the favorite,' said Simmer. 'I would say that they are the favorites to win the Cup at the moment-from what we have seen of their on the water performance.'

Grant Simmer - America's Cup World Series 2012  OracleTeam USA©


And while Simmer might be using modesty rather carefully (read: tactfully), he was quick to note that the Americans are far from crooning their own swan song. 'We are obviously working to overcome the lead that they've had, and are confident that we are going to get there.'

Inside this issue, be sure to check out the great report that Richard Gladwell, Sail-World's New Zealand Editor, put together on Simmer and his thoughts on the 34th America's Cup, including the inside scoop on Oracle's heavily publicized, boat-breaking cartwheel back in October and the rebuild/modification process that the team put 'USA 17' through, prior to re-launching her earlier this year. It's possible that Gladwell also touches on the psychology, misinformation and the overall deception that is the America's Cup, so this is a must-read report for any AC fan.

CC130403-1218 - Emirates Team NZ NZL5 - Last sail in NZ  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©


And speaking of Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ), reports are emerging from Auckland that the Kiwis have now concluded their training on the Hauraki Gulf and are preparing to ship their mighty AC72 to San Francisco for the July 4th start to the Louis Vuitton Cup. According to reports, the team plans to physically ship their boat to the States on April 16, with their first test sail on American waters slated for May 23. Don't miss the great photo galleries of ETNZ's last antipodean test sail, and stay tuned for more, as it becomes known.

2013 Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE; Nacra 17  Thom Touw ©


Meanwhile, in One Design circles, the racecourse action has been intense at the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre (ISAF Sailing World Cup), which is being held in Palma de Mallorca. 'Yesterday we didn't have a bad day but we did have a few bad starts, so our focus today was to have some good starts,' reported Nacra 17 sailor Karel Begemann (NED), who, along with crewmember Renee Groeneveld, is currently leading this brand-new Olympic class. 'The first two races today were pretty much perfect, but in the last one we were a little bit unlucky with someone coming from over the line a little bit low and giving us some bad wind but we ended up fourth so it was okay.'

44 TROFEO S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre, day 3 - Nacra 17 USA USA-104 1 Sarah Newberry John Casey  © Jesus Renedo / Sofia Mapfre


Racing is, of course, proving to be ultra-competitive across all classes, with a full cast of new faces eagerly trying to show their mettle on this international stage. Racing continues through Saturday, so stay tuned to the website for the latest results, as they are made available, and be sure to also comb through this issue for all of the great multi-media reports from this Olympic class regatta.

Also inside this issue, don't miss the event previews from the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final and the J/70 Great Lakes Championship Regatta, as well as the wrap-up report from this year's Magic Marine Easter Regatta. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2013 - Finn Class - Briton stays on top
Robert Deaves,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2013 - Finn Class. On the first day of the finals series for Finns in Palma de Mallorca, Giles Scott (GBR) took two wins and a second to move into an six point lead from the only other race winner Pieter-Jan Postma (NED). Andrew Mills (GBR) continues his good form to hold onto third place.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2013 - Aussies sweep races on Day 4
Craig Heydon,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2013. Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan have kicked off finals series racing in Palma, Spain in perfect style with three wins from three starts in the 470 men's fleet.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Images of Nacra 17s in action on day 4
The Sail-World.com Team,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Images of the action that took place in the Nacra 17 fleet on day four.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Day 4 images from Palma
The Sail-World.com Team,
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Images from day four in Palma for the 470 Men, 470 Women, 49er, 49er FX, Finn, Laser Standard, Laser Radial, Nacra 17, RS:X Men and RS:X Women's classes by photographers Jesus Renedo and Nico Martinez.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Finals heat up competition in Palma + Video
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre,
At the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre (ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma), the early leaders brought their form through to the final stage, consolidating and extended their positions at the front of the pack. Only one point separates the top three Laser sailors, and a third man has joined the dual between world number one Tom Burton (AUS) and world number two Philipp Buhl (GER).... [more]
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Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Day 4 images by Thom Touw
The Sail-World.com Team,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre, the final round action has commenced. Photographer Thom Touw was on site during day four to capture this gallery of images. Enjoy!... [more]
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World's tiniest PLB now certified for use
Alan Wrigley/Sail-World Cruising,
The tiniest PLB in the world, introduced to the sailing world in January, has now been fully certified for use throughout Europe and the USA after being awarded relevant COSPAS-SARSAT and product approvals. The product will be available in Australia after being launched later this month.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Action aplenty on day 4 in Palma + Video
Dana Paxton,
With the final round of competition underway at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma, today's racing was a new turn in the quest for top performance. Three races were held for each class, points counting as a sum with the carryover result (a sailor's overall standing at the end of the qualifying series).... [more]
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Busy season for Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges team
Derek Hatfield,
The Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges team has had a busy winter season marketing the new training and racing programs; attending boat shows, conducting presentations and preparing the two ocean racers for the upcoming busy offshore training season.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Great conditions for the 49ers
49er Class Association,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma, today was the first day of gold fleet racing. The 49erFX fleet was sent afloat first and had to work through some unsteadiness as the wind moved left 120 degrees in the first hour. Once things stabilized, the breeze built and the fleet got in three races in fantastic conditions.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Act 2 action underway next week
Extreme Sailing Series,
Act 2 of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series gets underway in just one weeks' time and the high-rise, cosmopolitan city of Singapore is getting into gear to host. Eight international teams with 28 World Championship titles, 20 Olympic campaigns and 25 America's Cups between them will line up on the 11th April for four days of intense stadium racing on Marina Bay Reservoir.... [more]
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Bull Ship Regatta - Cinde Lou Delmas gets her shot at competing
Michelle Slade,
For more than fifty years, Cinde Lou Delmas hankered for the opportunity to squish herself into a tiny 8-foot sailboat to make the crossing from Sausalito to the San Francisco city front, with just a ping pong paddle and cut-off chlorox bottle for assistance.... [more]
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Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event
Mario Vittone,
The new captain leaped from the deck, fully clothed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the couple swimming between their anchored sportfisher and the beach. 'I think he thinks you're drowning,' the husband said to his wife.... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth - 65 strong fleet set for 4th edition
Fabrice Thomazeau,
The fourth edition of Les Voiles de St Barth gets underway on Monday, April 8th. While Europe continues to shiver with a bitter wind coming down from Scandinavia, fans of high quality racing in warm winds and sunshine are eagerly looking towards the magical shores of the Caribbean and more precisely Saint Barth.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championship - Blasse extends lead on day 4
Robert Deaves,
At the OK Dinghy World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand, Roger Blasse (AUS) has claimed a commanding lead on day four. Race wins went to Andre Budzien (GER) and Mike Williams (AUS), while Blasse extended his lead to nine points from Nick Craig (GBR) and 11 points from Williams.... [more]
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Sailing World Cup Palma - Nacra 17 debut for Oberemko and Maslivets
Daniel Smith,
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapre 44th edition is currently underway in Palma de Mallorca. Ukraine's Maks Oberemko and Olga Maslivets have swapped the boards for the multihull and are making their Nacra 17 debut at ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma – Trofeo Princess Sofia Mapre.... [more]
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America's Cup: More images from the Hauraki Gulf as NZL5 departs
Chris Cameron,
More images from Emirates Team NZ's NZL5, had her final sail on the Hauraki Gulf on Wednesday, before packing up for San Francisco. Chris Cameron was in the air to catch her final hours in New Zealand.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from the Hauraki Gulf as Emirates Team NZ ends
Chris Cameron,
Emirates Team NZ's NZL5, had her final sail on the Hauraki Gulf on Wednesday, before packing up for San Francisco. Chris Cameron was in the air to catch her final hours in New Zealand.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle boss says Kiwis favourites - for the moment
Richard Gladwell,
With just over 20 weeks left on the clock until the start of the 34th America's Cup, Grant Simmer, COO of Defender Oracle Team USA, is playing the usual psychological games, picking challenger Emirates Team New Zealand to win the America's Cup. Emirates Team NZ is the favorite. I would say that they are the favorites to win the Cup, at the moment... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Finn Class - Tricky sailing on Day 3
Robert Deaves,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2013. Giles Scott (GBR) took the overall lead in the Finns for the first time on the third day of racing in Palma de Mallorca as the fleet heads into the finals series on Thursday. There were race wins for Giorgio Poggi (ITA) and Tomas Vika (CZE) in less wind than the previous days, with several sailors picking up high scores in the shifty conditions.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championships - Budzien second overall after day 3
Robert Deaves,
As racing resumed at the Singha OK Dinghy world Championship in Pattaya, Thailand, defending champion Andre Budzien (GER) claimed victory on the day with a first and second to move up to second overall. Roger Blasse (AUS) remains in second after a second and a third while the winner of the second race today, Mike Williams (AUS) moves up to third.... [more]
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Sailing World Cup Palma - Light and big winds no problem for Oliveira
Daniel Smith,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2012 - World's number one Women's 470 helm Fernanda Oliveira (BRA) enjoys the big breeze and the light winds, and after two days of heavy wind at ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Princess Sofia MAPFRE she's ready for a light wind on Wednesday.... [more]
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J/70 Great Lakes Championship Regatta 2013 - Buffalo YC to host event
J/Boats ED,
J/70 Great Lakes Championship Regatta 2013. The Buffalo Yacht Club is honored to announce that we have been selected to host the inaugural J/70 Great Lakes Championship Regatta. Racing will be on August 10th and 11th and past Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Jud Smith will be hosting a clinic on 9 August.... [more]
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28th Magic Marine Easter Regatta - Coldest Easter since 1964
Fettje Osinga,
The Netherlands' coldest Easter since 1964 dawned upon 209 competitors from 12 nationalities to race Optimists in the Magic Marine Easter Regatta. The famous Braassem Race Committee had to think smart and quick in order to continue to keep up with the prestige of the last 28 years.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Southern Spars ready to deliver first VO65 rigs
Volvo Ocean Race,
Two rigs done, five more underway: Southern Spars is on schedule to deliver the first Volvo Ocean 65 rigs next month. The New Zealand rig specialist will supply all the masts, booms and rigging for the 2014-15 and 2017-18 races.... [more]
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Techno T293 South American Championship 2013 - American dominance
Tamme Flood,
The Techno T293 South American Championships concluded this Monday on April 1 with almost 40 racers between advanced and beginners from five countries. As the preferred class for youth keeps growing in numbers and in countries participating...so does the competitiveness of the Americans... [more]
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NYYC Invitational Cup - Intense racing set for September
Jan Harley,
The first edition of the NYYC's Invitational Cup took place in 2009 and since then, the resounding success has reignited the tradition of international Corinthian competition between yacht clubs. The biennial event – returning to Newport from September 7-14, 2013 – fuses five days of intense racing with a glamorous social schedule to deliver an unrivaled event for competitors from around the globe... [more]
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49th Congressional Cup - Estate Master to take on World's best
Estate Master Media Team,
With just over a week until the start of the 49th edition of the Congressional Cup, Australia's only entry, Estate Master Sailing Team are gearing up to compete for the biggest match racing event in North America.... [more]
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St. Francis Interconference Regatta 2013 - Shifty and fluky weekend
Jessica Barhydt,
St. Francis Interconference Regatta 2013. Racing for the StFYC Interconference began just after 1100h on Saturday March 30, 2013. Breeze started at seven knots from 260 degree and clocked right to 300 degree.... [more]
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