UK sailing news - The Kirby Torch, America's Cup and VOR

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 12 Apr 2013
 


UK sailing news - The Kirby Torch, America's Cup and VOR



There has been a long running dispute between the designer of the Laser dinghy Bruce Kirby and one of the Laser builders LaserPerformance, the builder and supplier of Lasers into UK, Europe and North America, because of non-payment of design royalties and in early March that reached the U.S. Federal Court District of Connecticut, alleging unlawful counterfeiting of the Kirby dinghy by LaserPerformance principal Farzad Rastegar acting with and through LaserPerformance and its associated entities.

The case named the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) and ISAF alleging they assisted LaserPerformance by continuing to supply ISAF plaques to the builder, after Kirby had given them formal notice to stop.

In March 25th Legal Counsel for ISAF Jon Napier wrote to Jeff Martin the Executive Secretary of ILCA, requesting that ILCA cease to issue ISAF plaques to LaserPerformance (Europe) Limited and Quarter Moon Inc. (the 'Builders') with immediate effect. The reason for this decision is that ISAF has concluded, based on the correspondence and court papers received from Bruce Kirby's attorneys, that the Builders are no longer licensed by Bruce Kirby and/or Bruce Kirby Inc. to build the Laser class boat (as required by the 1983 ISAF Agreement and our 1992 Plaque Agreement).

ILCA has ceased to supply Laser Performance and related entities with Laser plaques.

You´d think that would be the end of the matter, but it looks like it might be just the End of the Beginning. Kirby has come up with a new name the Kirby Torch and new UK-European and North American builders. We have details from Bruce Kirby and are seeking more information from ISAF and ILCA.

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Oracle Team USA - March 2013  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing©

A main feature in this edition is a two-part interview with Oracle Team USA's COO, Grant Simmer.

Known affectionately as Grunter on the Aussie scene, at just 26 years old was the navigator on board Australia II, winning the first of his three America's Cups. Now in his ninth America's Cup, Simmer, the former mechanical engineer is with Oracle Team USA, who he joined after the evaporation of the GBR Team Origin in 2011.

In the two part interview Simmer is very honest about some of the issues that the Defender has faced, and seems to be very confident that the Defenders can get back on top of the game by the time of the 34th Match in September.

In other America's Cup news, we cover the final sail of Emirates Team New Zealand, unfortunately we only have the team supplied reports and images of this milestone event.

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

In San Francisco, Artemis Racing have, today, released a video of their AC45 foiling in a very stable manner, save for one near cartwheel, which is also recorded. Whether they have been able to transfer this form to their AC72 remains to be seen. Their second SAC72 is due for launch in late May and is expected to be a true foiler. However as we note in the interview with Grant Simmer, time is fast running out in this America's cycle.

Luna Rossa are virtually out of Auckland. In this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter we feature an extract from an interview by top European website, vsail.info's Pierre Orphanidis, with their skipper Max Sirena, who certainly doesn't hold back on what he thinks of certain aspects of the America's Cup.

Official route of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15  Volvo Ocean Race ©

The full route for the Volvo Ocean Race has been announced. The latest and final stopover to be announced is Lorient, France. While some may disagree with the format of the race which has shifted a long way from its original concept of being a round the world sailing adventure, to being close to a round the world sailing rally, with a variety of long and short course racing. It is what it is, and the race seems to be ahead of where it was in previous editions.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 13-14 Skippers  Red Photographic

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 in this issue.

Also in this issue is an interesting blog from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Laser Gold Medallist Paul Goodison. It seems he's still not decided the road ahead.


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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 40s in Singapore - throw the dice
Extreme Sailing Series,
Act 2 of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series has begun in Singapore under the gaze of the towering downtown city skyline where the Extreme Sailing Series Race Village is nestled in the heart of this bustling city. Marina Bay reservoir will provide a temporary residence for the eight Extreme 40s for the next three days of Stadium Racing, and if today's racing is anything to go by, Act 2 could be anyone... [more]
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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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British domination at RS Feva substitute event in Holland
Dave Hivey,
A fleet of five British Feva's travelled to the Netherlands over the weekend. They were supposed to compete in the United 4 event at Medemblik. However due to the conditions with a week to go, the event was deemed unsafe for the 400 sailors entered for the event.... [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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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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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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NHC gets a work out at Pwllheli
Emma Slater,
Over the Easter period whilst many of us were hiding inside tucking into hot cross buns and eating our boats weight in chocolate, up at Pwllheli, the RYA's new handicap scheme for cruiser racing, ‘NHC', was getting a work out in freezing cold and windy conditions.... [more]
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Solo Arrimer - Artemis Offshore Academy skippers prepare to embark
Artemis Offshore Academy,
For Artemis Offshore Academy new recruits Ed Hill and Jack Bouttell the Solo Arrimer starting tomorrow (Thursday, 11th April), will be similar to facing your first Grand National against the likes of Bob Champion and 2013 winner Ryan Mania.... [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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Solent Etchells fleet battle for the RYS Sir Kenneth Preston Trophy
Rob E Goddard,
The Cowes Etchells Fleet finally got their 2013 season underway with the Sir Kenneth Preston Trophy, after the Etchells Spring series was postponed due to the weather. Saturday morning's forecast was for a North Easterly force 4 becoming variable 2 before going South Easterly 4 later, but the best bit was the sun on the Solent, and the sun lasted all day, and then turned out again on Sunday.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2013 Accommodation Options!
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your accommodation for Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2013? All the best properties book out early, so make sure you book soon to secure your preferred option.... [more]
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Solo Arrimer - British offshore sailors ready for first race of season
Sam Joseph,
British offshore solo sailors, Sam Goodchild and Henry Bomby are all set for Thursday's (11th April 2013) start of the Solo Arrimer in Les Sables d'Olonne. The fleet for this 320 nm race is exceptionally strong. Amongst the 26 Figaroists are 6 previous winners of the Solitaire du Figaro including Michel Desjoyeaux, the only sailor to win the Vendee Globe twice.... [more]
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Olympic sailing venue starts 'Sail for a Fiver' Academy at Weymouth
Sail-World,
In the afterglow of the 2012 London Olympics, the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) is making the success of the Olympic legacy a personal goal, by helping to inspire the sportsmen and women of the future.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ starts packing for San Francisco
Sail-World,
Emirates Team NZ have started the pack out of their base in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. 31 containers holding everything from office furniture and tent structures to hydraulics and engineering workshops will leave the base this week alone.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race : Full route for 2014/15 race is announced
Volvo Ocean Race,
The French city of Lorient will return as the penultimate stopover in the Volvo Ocean Race for the 12th edition in 2014-15, completing a route that will test the world's best professional sailors to the limit in a race around the world lasting almost nine months and 40,000 nautical miles.... [more]
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