Torches and AC45-foiling Swedes—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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11 Apr 2013

Torches and AC45-foiling Swedes—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond



According to reports, the Torch will be identical to the 'Laser', and Kirby hopes that the International Laser Class Association will give strong consideration to morphing itself into the International Torch Class Association. Kirby is also looking for Torch builders in order to quickly get dinghy stores stocked.

'The position now is that we have licensed builders,' said Kirby. 'The big thing now is to get tooling and get geared up and start building boats as fast as we can... Various groups have asked us to wait on the result of the court case, but that could be a year or two and that would be a disaster for the class.'

It will certainly be interesting to watch the Laser/Torch drama unfold, but hopefully for Laser/Torch sailors of all levels-from the occasional weekend warrior to the aspiring Olympic Medalist-the thorny details will get sorted out quickly so that world-class One Design sailing can seamlessly resume.

America's Cup - Artemis Racing foiling on their AC45 in San Francisco  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©


Meanwhile, in America's Cup news, Artemis Racing, the Challenger of Record for the 34th Cup, has recently released a video of the team out foiling around on an AC45. This is a big step for the Swedish-flagged team as they are the only team competing in AC34 not to be up on foils on their 72-footer (according to the latest reports, Emirates Team New Zealand can now stay aloft on their foils during gybes, and Oracle Racing is supposedly really close to pulling off this feat). Check out the video report, inside.

Also AC-related, Max Sirena, skipper of Luna Rossa, recently sat down with Pierre Orphanidis of the top European sailing website vsail.info to talk about his team's experience sailing and training on New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf. 'I'm convinced the period we spent in Auckland has been very positive and in fact we might we have done and achieved a lot more than what we thought would be possible.'

'You should keep in mind we started more than a year later than the other teams and, given the complexity of the AC72's, we feared we wouldn't be able to achieve what we wanted,' continued Sirena. 'On the contrary, the team worked very well and this allowed us to advance greatly both on and off the water. We were able to do much more than what we had initially scheduled even if, on purpose, we decided to keep a very low-profile communication. We decided not to issue press releases every day, the way the other teams are doing.' Get the full story, inside.

Les Voiles de Saint Barth 2013 - Lazy Dog in Spinnaker 2 Class reacing on Day 2  © Tim Wright / Les Voiles de St Barth


And from the sun-kissed waters of the Caribbean, don't miss the latest news from the ongoing Les Voiles de St Barth, where the fleet recently contended with some longer-course racing on the French West Indies gorgeous-looking water. 'I have been lucky enough to have sailed here a few times and it helps to know where the winds are more or less favorable,' said French solo sailor Marc Guillemot, who is sailing aboard the Swan 53 'Puffy' for the event. 'Personally, this week I am here to enjoy the racing and have some fun, and if we finish first or second, it is not going to make a huge difference...well, maybe for the crew it will!'

49th Congressional Cup Day 2 - Ian Williams crosses Taylor Canfield  Rich Roberts


Also inside, be sure to check out the latest news from the ongoing Congressional Cup and from the Extreme Sailing Series, as well as the Clipper Round the World Race.

Circa 22nd April 1969: Robin Knox-Johnston celebrates aboard his 32ft yacht SUHAILI off Falmouth, England after becoming the first man to sail solo non-stop around the globe.   Bill Rowntree - PPL ©


And finally, for fans of ocean racing, be sure to check out the archival report from Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's groundbreaking first non-stop, solo and unassisted circumnavigation, which he completed in 1968-1969. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Paul Goodison ready for new projects and challenges but uncommitted
Sail-world.com,
An interesting blog from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Laser Gold Medallist Paul Goodison. It seems he's still not decided the road ahead.... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth - First day down and competition defined
Fabrice Thomazeau,
In the 2013 Les Voiles de St Barth, after having been given plenty of time on yesterday's longer courses to sort out their crew work, sail selection, tactics and sunscreen, sailors took to the turquoise seas off the French West Indies island of St. Barth for a second round of competition. With the first day down and competition defined, now it was time to fine-tune and sort out standings.... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Ian Williams clear of the field after day 2
Rich Roberts,
The 49th Congressional Cup is now underway and after the conclusion on day two, it's certainly no surprise that Great Britain's Ian Williams, the top-ranked match racer in the world and winner of the last two Congressional Cups, is clear of the field, but should he be making it look so easy?... [more]
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Historic photos of first solo circumnavigation saved for posterity
PPL Media,
A 3,000-strong archive of pictures, taken during Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's pioneering solo non-stop round the world voyage in 1968/9, has been discovered and saved for posterity by specialist photo library PPL. The pictures cover Knox-Johnston's entry in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in1968/9 when Robin was one of nine starters attempting to become the first to sail alone non stop around... [more]
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WWA Wakeboard National Championships return to West Chester
WWA,
After making quite a splash in its Ohio-debut in 2012, the largest wakeboarding event in the United States will return to West Chester for the 2013 Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships Presented By Rockstar from July 25-28. The annual event will take place at Voice of America MetroPark and will feature the country's top professional and amateur wakeboarders and wakeskaters.... [more]
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Rallye Des Iles Du Soleil delayed until 2014
Veronique Largeau,
The Grand Pavois Organisation (GPO) took over the helm of the Rallye des Iles du Soleil (RIDS) in December 2012; subscriptions opened following the official signature at Nautic de Paris, where GPO hosted a stand in the event colours.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing release video on AC45 foiling
Sail-World,
The Swedish America's Cup Challenger, Artemis Racing, have released a video showing their AC45 verysuccessfully foiling on san Francisco bay. Features comment from Nathan Outteridge and Adam May.... [more]
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The Kirby Torch - Latest news after Laser lawsuit
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Canadian Bruce Kirby designed a 'car-topper' in 1969. It was launched as a Laser in 1970 and more than 210,000 Lasers later, it is THE dinghy success story.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series 2013: fiddle-dee-dee in Singapore?
Kate Laven, Daily Telegraph,
Making its debut as a regular Extreme venue, a hot and steamy Singapore will deliver light wind conditions for all four days of the event with almost no gradient wind creating frustration and forcing errors among the eight crews. Bouts of crash and burn that typify Extreme 40 racing are likely to give way to games of fiddle-dee-dee... [more]
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Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series set for Gaeta action
Joy Dunigan,
The 2013 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series will officially commence its sailing season this coming Friday, April 12th. Gaeta will be the hosting town for the opening edition dedicated to one of the largest boats produced by Melges Performance Sailboats in Zenda, Wisconsin USA.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race reveals 'dynamic dozen'
Adriana Wright,
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race gets underway this August and now, the 12 skippers for the ninth edition of the famous biennial event – which includes a mix of youth and experience, international challengers and home grown talent, as well as some familiar faces and only the third ever female to skipper the race - have been announced.... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Richard, Williams lead at 4-1 in fickle breeze
Rich Roberts,
The 49th Congressional Cup is now underway at the Long Beach Yacht Club. Mathieu Richard of France hadn't match-raced in seven months and Great Britain's Ian Williams was off for five, but they dealt better with weird conditions than anyone else in a 10-boat international field to share first place each with four wins and one loss.... [more]
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America's Cup WS: Ben Ainslie and J.P. Morgan BAR head to Naples
Lucy Harwood, Ben Ainslie Racing,
Naples marks the final event of the 2012-13 America's Cup World Series season. With two events under their belt J.P. Morgan BAR sit in fourth place overall and will look to improve on their second place result from the last event in October 2012.... [more]
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New York to host Living on the Edge event
Kate Neubauer,
11th Hour Racing is pleased to announce Living on the Edge: Coastal Communities and Climate Change, an evening celebration of the third sailing of The Atlantic Cup, the first carbon neutral sailing race in the United States.... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth 2013 - Bring it on
Sue Maffei Plowden,
Les Voiles de St. Barth 2013 - It was hard to tell dockside in Gustavia this morning if there was a care in the world among the Les Voiles de St. Barth competitors, what with the trade winds blowing, blue skies prevailing, and large cumulus clouds scudding overhead.... [more]
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CISA Advanced Race Clinic begins Saturday
Jerelyn Biehl,
The 2013 CISA Advanced Race Clinic begins Saturday, April 13 held at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. The Clinic will host 115 of the nation's top youth talent and will be sailed in Laser, Radial, 29er, I420, Club 420, CFJ and this year sees the addition of multihulls.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa's Max Sirena reviews their time in Auckland
vsail.info,
Pierre Orphanidis of leading European sailing website vsail.info spoke with Luna Rossa skipper, Max Sirena, with the Italian team's AC72 yacht scheduled to arrive in San Francisco in a week and the sailing team preparing in Naples for the final America's Cup World Series event, Max Sirena gave us an update on the latest developments at Luna Rossa:... [more]
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