Passages and sweet race weeks—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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22 Apr 2013

Passages and sweet race weeks—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond



Impressively, Olsson was a six-time VOR veteran, as well as an extremely accomplished and absolutely rock-solid all-around sailor. Yet, talk to his friends, and laughter, kindness and a zest for life emerge as defining characteristics of a man who died far too young, yet still managed to leave a massive impression on everyone he met. 'It's with great sadness I received the news about Magnus passing away today,' said Knut Frostad, CEO of the VOR. 'He was my mentor when I sailed around the world with him 20 years ago.

Ericsson 3, skippered by Magnus Olsson (SWE) finish fourth on leg 10 in St Petersburg  Gustav Morin/Ericsson Racing Team/Volvo Ocean Race ©


'[Olsson] was the inspiration for me and for so many more, and more than anything he was the smile of the race,' continued Frostad. 'A true friend has left on his final leg, and the sailing world will never be the same without Magnus and his smile. Never.' More on this sad loss, inside this issue.

America's Cup World Series Naples 2013  Luna Rossa / Carlo Borlenghi


Meanwhile, the America's Cup World Series Naples Event wrapped up Sunday with 'Oracle Team USA Slingsby' taking top honors in the match-racing section of the event, while 'Luna Rossa Swordfish' won the fleet-racing section of the event.

Keen Oracle Team USA fans will notice that skipper Tom Slingsby stood in for Jimmy Spithill in this event. This was Slingsby's first ACWS event as skipper, but the young Australian proved a capable understudy. In fact, Spithill's performance was enough to lock-down overall victory in both the fleet-racing and match-racing section of the 2012/2013 ACWS season for Oracle Team USA.

America's Cup World Series Naples 2013 - Final Race Day - Oracle Team USA Slingsby  ACEA / Gilles Martin-Raget ©


'We are really proud to be getting the trophy for Oracle Team USA,' said Slingsby. 'Obviously, Jimmy Spithill and his team really set it up for us and we just had to come here, do our best. Luckily, they gave us a big enough points lead to take home the trophy.'

Be sure to get the full ACWS media blitz inside this issue, including eye-popping image galleries from the world's top shooters, post-game analysis of the entire event, and great video footage. N.B., savor this ACWS media frenzy, as this is the class' last ACWS tango during AC34

America's Cup World Series Naples 2013  ACEA / Gilles Martin-Raget ©


And closer to home, sailors enjoyed a fine time at this year's Charleston Race Week, despite big-weather conditions that forced the RC to reconsider their plans for the final day of racing. Tim Healey's 'Helly Hansen' took first-place in the 55-boat strong J/70 fleet, while Brad Boston, Lee Shuckerow and Eric Vigrass' 'Jackpot' won the 33-boat strong Viper 640 class. Alec Cutler and crew aboard the Melges 24 'Hedgehog' won the always-stiff Melges 24 class, while Michael Kiss and his 'Bacio' boys won the 33-boat-deep Melges 20 class. Get the full post-racing report, inside.

Also inside, get the latest news from the Melges 20 Sailing Series 2013 and the 58th annual Miami to Key Largo Race, and check out the latest reports of the USCG's ice-breaking operations in Lake Huron. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Volvo Ocean Race: Magnus Olsson, Six times race veteran dies at 64
Volvo Ocean Race,
The world of sailing was in mourning on Saturday following the death of Sweden's Magnus Olsson at the age of 64. A tired Magnus Olsson on deck on Ericsson 3 during leg 8 from Galway to Marstrand. Gustav Morin/Ericsson 3/Volvo Ocean Race Olsson competed in the Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race in six editions from 1985-86 to 2008-09, tasting victory with EF Language in 1997-98. He was named a Volvo Oc... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA reveal new AC72 in San Francisco
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA, the Defending team in the 34th America's Cup have unveiled their second AC72 catamaran, and the boat that will most likely be the Defender in the America's Cup Regatta, to be sailed in September 2013. At first blush, the new AC72 appears to be a development of the design concept initiated with their first AC72, refined when that boat was modified after a capsize in October 2012... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ - winner takes all in Final Fleet Race
Richard Gladwell,
Racing at the Americas Cup World Series event in Naples wrapped up today with what organisers call 'Super Sunday' - a final fleet race that is worth triple points. That sets the scene for what is essentially a winner-takes-all last fleet race.... [more]
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Melges 32 Championships and Asia Pacific Cup on Sydney Harbour
Tracey Walters,
2013 Melges 32 Championships and Asia Pacific Cup - Today Sydney Harbour was picturesque, clear, sunny, a light shifting five to ten knot wind from the South, South East in stark contrast to the conditions faced by the Melges 32 fleet yesterday. Middle Harbour Yacht Club made the best of conditions on offer and finished the series, nine races in total.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Super Sunday - America's Cup WS - Race Day 4
Bob Fisher,
Race Day 4 America's Cup World Series, Naples: 'Super Sunday' – the very term is destined to be inspirational, but it can also induce fear to a team that has dutifully logged a series of good results to appear at or near the top of the scoreboard. The reason is the heavily skewed points available for the one race on the final day.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Oracle Team USA victorious in Naples
Lisa Ramsperger,
There has been a trio of America's Cup World Series regattas this season, and three match racing titles for Oracle Team USA. On Sunday in Naples, skipper Tom Slingsby and crew secured the third, defeating Luna Rossa Swordfish in the match race final.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series 2013 - Incredible opener in Gaeta
Joy Dunigan,
The Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series opened its 2013 session today with four incredible races. A nice sea breeze of five to 10 knots with waves and current greeted the fleet on the Gulf of Gaeta leaving Alessio Marinelli at the helm for Guido Miani on Out of Reach in first place overall. Miani, with tactician Gabriele Benussi now maintains an eight-point margin to lead Giancarlo Capolino's Legionario... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - More final day images from Naples
Carlo Borlenghi images,
On the final day of competition at the America's Cup World Series in Naples, photographer Carlo Borlenghi was onsite to capture this gallery of images, enjoy!... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Final day action shots by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
On the final day of racing at the America's Cup World Series Naples, photographer Carlo Borlenghi was present to capture this gallery of images, enjoy!... [more]
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AC World Series - Luna Rossa Swordfish, Oracle Team USA victorious
America's Cup,
At the America's Cup World Series in Naples, Luna Rossa Swordfish, led by helmsman Francesco Bruni, today claimed victory in the overall championship. Bruni posted a thrilling win in the fleet racing finale, coming from behind on the final run in a race that saw the lead change hands three times.... [more]
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Melges 20 Audi Sailing Series Day 1 images by Borlenghi and Gattini
Studio Borlenghi/Stefano Gattini/BPSE,
Melges 20 Audi Sailing Series 2013 - Carlo Borlenghi provides the action on the first day of competition at the Melges 20 Audi Sailing Series 2013 in Gaeta, Italy.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week 2013 - Action intensifies on Day 2
Corey Farrell,
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2013. On the heels of Friday's gear-busting winds, Saturday's moderate breezes and calm seas translated into less anxiety for most of the fleet at America's biggest regatta. That doesn't mean it was a drama-free Day 2 at 2013 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week; in fact, one look at the scoresheet makes it clear that there are some incredibly tight battles t... [more]
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America's Cup: Two wins in fleet racing for Emirates Team NZ
Warren Douglas,
Day 3 of racing on Naples Bay for the America's Cup World Series was about everything coming together for Emirates Team New Zealand which dominated the fleet racing, winning both races of the day. The breeze was in blowing 12-13 knots with a challenging sea state which made for a demanding day on the water. 'It was really lumpy out there today, which made for some really physical, tough sailin... [more]
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America's Cup WS: Images from Naples - At the rounding mark - Day 3
Linda Wight,
Sail-World's Linda Wright is at Naples, Italy, for the America's Cup World Series. She filed this image gallery from the Race Day 3, at Naples, where she was positioned on one of the mark rounding boats... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Oracle Team USA through to match final
Lisa Ramsperger,
At the America's Cup World Series in Naples, Oracle Team USA sailed clean on a choppy Saturday to advance to the match race final. Helmsman Tom Slingsby and crew also sit in second in the fleet race standings heading into Super Sunday's final race.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Birthday - in Naples - America's Cup WS - Race Day 3
Bob Fisher,
Race Day 3 America's Cup World Series, Naples: As if by magic, as the time for the racing approached, the clouds rolled away and there was 13 knots of seabreeze – almost perfect. The first match was between Tom Slingsby with Oracle and Ben Ainslie in BAR swith another crew from that stable. The pre-start was quiet but Slingsby started to windward of Ainslie and took the advantage to lead at the... [more]
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AC World Series - New Zealand score back to back wins in fleet racing
Irene Corosu,
At the America's Cup World Series, Dean Barker's Emirates Team New Zealand won today's fisticuffs on the Bay of Naples, but it was Oracle Team USA's Tom Slingsby who is on the verge of securing the season-long battle for the 2012-2013 America's Cup World Series Championship in Jimmy Spithill's No. 4 boat. See all today's video replay and highlights in this story.... [more]
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America's Cup: Teams in Naples come together to show support
Sail-World,
The America's Cup teams competing in Naples, Italy have come together to pose in the photo above, to show their support for David Brooke (NZL) who is in the early stages of recovery from an emergency liver transplant, after the collapsed in San Francisco, last Thursday week.... [more]
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America's Cup: Happy Birthday, Fish - Images of bygone daze
Sail-World and Various Photographers,
The doyen of America's Cup media, Bob Fisher, celebrates his birthday again today. Here's a selection of images from Bob's Birthdays past (and many).... [more]
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America's Cup WS: Images from Naples - Close to the action - Day 2
Linda Wight,
Sail-World's Linda Wright is at Naples, Italy, for the America's Cup World Series. She filed this image gallery from the Race Day 2, at Naples, where she was positioned on one of the media RIBs... [more]
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Charleston Race Week 2013 - Spectacular racing for Melges 20 fleet
Joy Dunigan,
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2013 is currently underway. The Audi Melges 20 Class thoroughly enjoyed four high-powered 'rippin' races today. Overcast skies, 15-20+ knots of breeze with periodic gusts up to 30, and white caps appropriately set the stage for opening day. Consistent top five finishes helped Michael Kiss on Bacio secure the overnight lead position by a ten point margin.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week – Epic breeze on Opening Day
Dan Dickison,
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week has a reputation for consistent, solid breeze. In fact, Charleston's great wind is one of the big reasons this event has grown so spectacularly over the past decade. Even so today may have been a case of 'too much of a good thing' for some competitors, though it was just perfect for others.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Poets in Naples - America's Cup WS - Race Day 2
Bob Fisher,
Race Day 2 America's Cup World Series, Naples: First up was the quarter-final match for Luna Rossa – Swordfish in the hands of Francesco Bruni and Dean Barker in ETNZ. It promised much, and delivered. Barker forced Bruni over early and after the Italian had taken his penalty, ETNZ led by five seconds at the first mark and held that to the leeward gate.... [more]
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