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19 May 2013

Atlantic Cup, CMRC and AC news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond



Before setting off on Leg Two, however, the sailors had an opportunity to sail a Pro-Am regatta in New York Harbor, strutting their slippery-fast Class 40s in front of one of the greatest cities under the sun.

'The starting gun went off at [1400 hours] in the Hudson River in front of the Statue of Liberty, and the fleet raced together out of New York harbor and down the coast of New Jersey to a turning mark off of Barnegat Inlet,' reported Joe Harris from aboard his well-sailed Class 40, 'GryphonSolo2'. 'So, on we go, with a bit of light rain and fog and a long night of tweaking and trimming the sails to squeeze out every last bit of speed. The finish line in Newport is about 200 miles away so we have a probable finish sometime tomorrow night.'

As of this writing, the fleet was pushing the offshore end of Long Island, with Block Island Sound in front of their bows. According to the race's fleet tracker, average speeds were hovering between six and eight knots, meaning that the sailors are engaged in a cerebral, tactical tussle that will likely carry the fleet all the way to the finishing line. Get the full report, inside this issue, and stay tuned to the website for more on this great event, as it unfurls.

Chicago Match Race Center's Spring Invitational  CMRC - Chicago Match Race Center - ©


Meanwhile, match racers have been enjoying a light-air affair at the Chicago Match Race Center's (CMRC) Spring Invitational, where the RC was only able to get in three flights on Day One due to the ephemeral breeze. Sailors are competing in the Chicago Match Race Center's fleet of TOM 28 One Designs that handled the variable conditions well; forecasts are calling for much better breeze on Day Two, so stay tuned for more, as it becomes known.

LunaRossa180513Upload174 - Luna Rossa (ITA) goes foiling on San Francisco Bay for the first time, May 18, 2013  Luna Rossa / Carlo Borlenghi


And in America's Cup circles, Luna Rossa became the first team to go foiling on an AC72 after Artemis' tragic accident (May 9), which led to the loss of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson. According to reports, the Italians managed a successful day of sailing on the Bay, demonstrating to their rivals that their good sailing fortunes on New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf directly translate to San Francisco. Interestingly, the Italian squad also chose to ignore a request from the America's Cup Review Committee that each team observe a one-week training/sailing break.

Italian America's Cup Challenger, Luna Rossa has her first training session on San Francisco Bay, May 18, 2013  Luna Rossa / Carlo Borlenghi


'The weather today was ideal for our first trial out on the water; from a technical standpoint it allowed us to test safety measures, loads and maneuvers,' said Max Sirena, Luna Rossa's skipper. 'However the really significant aspect was psychological: it was important for the crew to resume sailing on the AC72 and to get back into its normal training mode to prepare for the upcoming races. In the next few days we will continue with our training and development program as scheduled.'

San Francisco, 17/05/13
America's Cup 2013
Patrizio Bertelli amd Max Sirena
Luna Rossa Press Conference in Alameda-San Francisco
Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa  Luna Rossa / Carlo Borlenghi


Also inside, get the full scoop on Luna Rossa's recent press conference with team principal Patrizio Bertelli, don't miss the latest developments in Laser designer Bruce Kirby's legal battle with boat builder LaserPerformance and the International Laser Class Association, and finally, be sure to check out the latest news from the Farr 40 East Coast Championships.

The Italian entry Enfant Terrible, skippered by Alberto Rossi, had led the regatta after racing on Wednesday and Thursday. - Farr 40 East Coast Championship   Sara Proctor


Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Women's Int'l Match Racing Series - Macgregor claims St Quay victory
Joakim Hermansson,
In the finals of the Women's Int'l Match Racing Series, local sailor Julie Bossard gave the French crowd at the pier some hope after beating former Olympian Lucy Macgregor in the first match. But then the supreme sailor from Great Britain fought back, winning three consecutive matches to secure the title in this first event of the inaugural 2013 Women's International Match Racing Series.... [more]
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Atlantic Cup - GryphonSolo2 ready for Leg 2
Joe Harris,
This is the first report from sea for GryphonSolo2 in leg 2 of the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing. After sailing a very fun pro-am race, we prepared our boat and ourselves for another venture into the North Atlantic in May.... [more]
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Chicago Match Race Center Spring Invitational day 1
Stephanie Roble,
Light and fluky air prevailed in today's season opener at the Chicago Match Race Center's Spring Invitational, allowing only three flights of racing among the ten teams assembled here for this ISAF Grade 3 event.... [more]
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Melges 20 Audi Sailing Series - No action on Saturday
Joy Dunigan,
At the Melges 20 Audi Sailing Series in Porto Ercole, the weather instability was stronger and more than the Race Committee had expected for the start of Event number two. Weather forecasts called for big breeze which in turn, resulted in no racing on Saturday. Officials were prepared to conduct racing as late as 18.00, but instead teams were sent packing back to the docks.... [more]
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Farr 40 East Coast Championship - Enfant Terrible emerges victorious
Tink Chambers,
Enfant Terrible was sailing in fifth place of the final race at the Farr 40 East Coast Championship when tactician Vasco Vascotto made a bold move. Vascotto decided to split from the leaders and head toward the left side of the course, a risky move because it could have cost skipper Alberto Rossi the regatta.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa sails on San Francisco Bay
Sail-World,
On Saturday morning the Luna Rossa AC72 sailed for the first time in San Francisco in the bay where the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup regattas will take place starting July 7th. With an early morning roll out, Luna Rossa sailed in light winds (3 knots) that increased up to 12 and allowed the crew to carry out an extensive number of manoeuvres.... [more]
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Virtual ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships begin May 20th
SailX,
For a second year running, the award-winning sailboat racing simulator SailX.com will be running the 'Virtual ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships'. Following last years' successful collaboration with ISAF and the team in Dublin, this years' virtual event will take place from 20th May – 30th June 2013.... [more]
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Women's Int'l Match Racing Series - No Saturday surprises in St. Quay
Joakim Hermansson,
At the Women's International Match Racing Series in Saint Quay, there were no Saturday surprises, as all four of the crews that dominated the double round-robin also qualified for the semi-finals. The event's sovereign Lucy Macgregor of Great Britain, and Klaartje Zuiderbaan from The Netherlands, both swept away their opponents with a clean 3 - 0 score in their respective quarterfinal.... [more]
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AWMRT Match Race Germany: Qualifying complete, Quarter Finals underway
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
'It's not normally like this' – is a phrase regularly heard in sailing circles in reference to ‘unusual weather', however for once this has worked in the favour of competitors. After a brief lull in the middle of the day, the wind filled in this afternoon and the sun came out allowing the race committee to complete Qualifying and start the Quarter Finals.... [more]
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Safran back in the water
Caroline Coudert,
The Safran monohull is back in the water after 4 months of work. The relaunch went successfully and Marc Guillemot and his team are now looking towards the future with a busy schedule ahead of them.... [more]
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America's Cup: We are here for the sailing not a TV show - Luna Rossa
Richard Gladwell,
Luna Rossa, the Italian Challenger for the 34th America's Cup have just released a video of the media conference addressed by the team's principal, Patrizio Bertelli. The media conference was attended by the whole Italian team, who stood like a wall of support behind Mr Bertelli, skipper Max Sirena and key team members. Behind them all was the team's AC72... [more]
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Oakcliff's Spring Clinegatta is fully underway
Dawn Riley,
Oakcliff's Spring Clinegatta is fully underway with eight teams from four countries competing. Six Oakcliff Saplings will be handed off to the Atlantic Cup to serve as media crew members on Open 40s racing from New York City to Newport RI on Saturday morning. The first weekend of the classic spring series will run Saturday and Sunday.... [more]
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Tahiti Pearl Regatta - Opening events and race 1 (NPS)
Morgan Rogers,
In Raiatea (the Sacred Island of the Leeward archipelago of French Polynesia), coinciding with the opening ceremony and the establishment of the Regatta base for the Tahiti Pearl Regatta, the township came alive to the sounds of Aussie accents as for the first time the Sea Princess out of Sydney moored alongside the main dock.... [more]
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Will the Oysters take the Peal in 2013?
Morgan Rogers,
Forget July's Audi Sydney Gold Coast Race and freezing yachting conditions as the temperature plummets in Australia to our wintery norms, in French Polynesia each May a regatta is held in balmy tropical conditions that can only be described as the worlds playground for yachties. Consisting of 98% water - What else would you do in Tahiti!... [more]
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Laser Lawsuit - Kirby´s dramatic move
MarineBusiness-World.com,
Kirby Inc. yesterday dramatically increased the pressure on LP, ISAF and the ILCA when they asked the US Federal Court in Connecticut to issue a prejudgment remedy against LP. If this was to be granted as requested LP and its associates would be unable to build Lasers or have anyone else build them for them, while the Courts then could take their time hearing the case.... [more]
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Farr 40 East Coast Championship - Barking Mad moves into the lead
Tink Chambers,
When asked to describe day three of the Farr 40 East Coast Championship, John Demourkas drank a beer while sitting in his support boat at the Annapolis Yacht Club docks and just shook his head. The California skipper remains baffled by the conditions on the Chesapeake Bay, but felt fortunate that his Groovederci team held onto third place for the third straight day.... [more]
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America's Cup: Review Committee meets Teams - Italians break to ranks?
Richard Gladwell,
The Review Committee investigating all aspects of the 34th America's Cup have met with the four teams, today in San Francisco. The six person Committee was established by America's Cup organisers following the fatal accident when training, involving Artemis Racing, the Swedish Challenger for the 34th America's Cup. Includes video of Patrizio Bertelli's media conference... [more]
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Gov Cup chooses six international teams for the 47th Regatta
Nancy Mellon,
The Selection Committee for the 47th Annual Governor's Cup International Junior Match Race Championship has completed work on selection of the 12 international and US teams that will compete in this year's regatta which will be held at Balboa Yacht Club from July 16-21 in Newport Beach, California.... [more]
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Korea International Yacht Race - Sixth edition now underway + Video
Icarus Sailing Media,
The sixth edition of the Korea Cup International Yacht Race is now underway off the eastern coastline of Korea. The week-long event, taking place from 16-22 May, is Korea's largest and most renowned yachting event, and this year is hosting teams from all over the world – Asia, Europe, Americas and Oceania - who will race in a series of inshore and offshore races.... [more]
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Women's Int'l Match Racing Series - Macgregor remains on top
Joakim Hermansson,
When racing commenced today at the Women's International Match Racing Series in Saint Quay-Portrieux, France, Lucy Macgregor won all her matches but two, keeping her top position with an impressive 12 - 2 record after a still unfinished second round-robin.... [more]
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AWMRT Match Race Germany - Close competition on day 2 + Video
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
On the second day of Match Race Germany, Lake Constance remained well behaved. A light sub-10 knot northwesterly blowing down the lake allowed Rudi Magg's race management team to hold eight flights, leaving all twelve teams having sailed nine races of this Qualifying stage of the event.... [more]
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Melges 20 Audi Sailing Series - Act 2 set for Porto Ercole
Joy Dunigan,
A fleet of 29 Audi Melges 20 teams are expected to take to the waters of Porto Ercole, Italy on Saturday, May 18 for the start of Event No. 2 of the 2013 Audi Sailing Series. This event will conclude a major Melges double-header, back-to-back weekend extravaganza where more than 50 Melges boats will have enjoyed the incredible racing conditions that Porto Ercole has to offer!... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Top talent to battle in Bermuda
Talbot Wilson,
As the Alpari World Match Race Tour commences this week with Match Race Germany, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club— organizers of the Argo Group Gold Cup— can certainly say that the regular schedule of tour events will conclude with a top slate of skippers.... [more]
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Farr 40 East Coast Championship - Enfant Terrible maintains lead
Tink Chambers,
It was as wild a day at the Farr 40 East Coast Championship on the Chesapeake Bay, with massive wind shifts and huge changes in pressure. It was tough for competitors to make sense of it all, but the remarkable fact is the top five places remain unchanged from the opening day.... [more]
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Rolex Volcano Race action on the way
Maria Luisa Farris,
2013 Rolex Capri Sailing Week Volcano Race final preparations are underway for tomorrow's race. Running until 24 May, the event welcomes an international fleet of Maxi yachts to the Tyrrhenian Sea for nine days of challenging racing, complemented by an impressive social programme.... [more]
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America's Cup: All teams recommended to suspend sailing
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup website has posted a note advising that following the first meeting of the America's Cup Review Committee on Thursday in San Francisco, teams have been asked to suspend all sailing in AC72 and AC45 catamarans until the middle of next week.... [more]
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Queen's Cup Feeder Race - from Waukegan to Milwaukee
SSYC,
Consider joining the feeder race from Waukegan to Milwaukee on Sunday, June 23rd. If you are coming to Milwaukee to participate in the Queen's Cup Race.... [more]
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America's Cup: 'We will not participate in the slaughtering game'
Richard Gladwell,
Patrizio Bertelli, owner of America's Cup challenger Luna Rossa, flew to San Francisco overnight in order to be present at Friday's meeting between the teams and organizers. The day after Andrew Simpson's tragic death Bertelli talked to La Stampa, one of Italy's major newspapers, and warned America's Cup organizers his team would require 'assurances' and 'formal commitment' to changes in order to... [more]
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