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06 Oct 2013

Melges 24s, J/22s and Cup news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond



'I have been trying to win this thing since the very first Melges 24 World Championship,' said Porter. 'I have come pretty close, second three times, so this has been an elusive target for us.'

Impressively, Porter and the 'Full Throttle' crew recently added mainsail trimmer Federico Michetti to their mix, making this his first Worlds on the 'FT' team. Yesterday's win became Michetti's unprecedented fifth Melges 24 Worlds win in this ultra-competitive class.

Sperry Top-Sider Melges 24 Worlds Day 3 racing fleet in San Francisco Bay  © IMCA/ Pierrick Contin


'I am still a little confused, trying to understand what has happened,' said a happy Michetti. 'It has been a great championship, made better by the fact that I sailed with some good friends. They have been unbelievable to sail with and I am I am so proud to be part of the 'Full Throttle' crew.'

Get the full Melges 24 debriefing, inside, as well as some great image galleries from this high-octane OD regatta.

Bob & Sandy Oatley Press Conference - 1 Oct 2013  


And for Cup addicts, don't miss the video footage of the Challenger of Record's press conference. Here, the father-and-son team of Bob and Sandy Oatley helped explain their vision of AC35, which, from the sounds of the press conference, seems to be aimed at including more teams and more great sailing.

Emirates Team New Zealand welcome home event in Auckland. Grant Dalton and Dean Barker on the stage in shed 10. 4/10/2013  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©


Also in Cup news, it now sounds like Team New Zealand could live on to sail again in the 35th America's Cup. 'This country and this government stands ready to be part of the next America's Cup,' said Steven Joyce, the New Zealand Economic Development Minister, told the returning team. 'Bring us a proposal and we will work with you on it.'

No doubt this is great news for Grant Dalton, Dean Barker and the rest of the TNZ crew, but the Protocol needs to be firmed-up before serious efforts can be made. Get the full story, inside this issue.

Dazzler - J/22 World Championship  J/22 Class Association


Meanwhile, Allan Terhune and his 'Dazzler' crew have won the J/22 Worlds, which just wrapped up in Newport, Rhode Island. 'I had an awesome team,' said Terhune. 'There's nowhere better than Newport. We had great sea breezes, we had some Northerlies, we had shifty races, we had a little bit of everything, and that's what makes it so fun. It was spectacular!' More, inside.

Steve Howe at the helm of Katusha at the RC44 Cascais Cup  © MartinezStudio.es


Also inside, get the full report from the RC44 Cascais Cup, the Extreme Sailing Series Act 7 (held in Nice, France) and the Clipper Round the Worlds Yacht Race. And finally, be sure to check out the pre-race report from the Argo Group Gold Cup, which starts this week (October 8) in Bermuda. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Melges 24 Worlds - Images and Video from the final day
John Navas,
John Navas was again on the water for the final day of the Melges 24 Worlds, being organised by the San Francisco Yacht Club. Here's his view of the day in still and video images.... [more]
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America's Cup 35 - Challengers of Record first press conference
Sail-World,
An extended ABC (Australia's National broadcasters) press conference with Bob and Sandy Oatley, provides a window into the 35th Americas Cup from the Challenger of Record's perspective.... [more]
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Tornado World Championship - Plenty of chances to win or lose
Roland Gaebler,
At the Tornado World Championship, we had one of the best sailing conditions ever. 10 races with winds between six and 25 knots. Every race day had its own tactical challenge with plenty of chances to win or lose a race. On the first three days the racing was also combined with big waves, which creates high jumps on the Tornadoes... [more]
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Tornado World Championships - The Greeks retain the title!
Andrew Dowley,
The 2013 Tornado Open and Mixed World Championships finished on a high in Ibiza on Saturday, another fantastic day on the water.Three races were run to make the full quota of 10 races after one was missed earlier in the week. The wind was between seven and 13 knots and coming from the North to North East direction... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from the Harbour welcome home for Team NZ
Sail-World.com,
Emirates Team New Zealand were welcomed back to Auckland on Friday with a tour of the Auckland waterfont Ten thousand fans turned out to see the team.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Teams fight for line honors
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, it is an extremely close battle between leaders PSP Logistics, Qingdao and Jamaica Get All Right with the teams fighting for line honors into Rio... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from Shed 10 - Welcome home for Team NZ + Video
Sail-World.com,
Emirates Team New Zealand were welcomed back to Auckland on Friday with a formal welcome in Shed 10 on Auckland's waterfront, attended by thousands of fans. Followed by a harbour welcome. Ten thousand fans turned out to see the team. The NZ Government announced that they would be again partnering the team - provided the next Protocol was acceptable by the NZ Team. Includes Video... [more]
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Melges 24 Worlds: Images from Day 3 + Race Videos
John Navas,
John Navas was on the water for the third day of racing at the Melges 24 Worlds and provided this gallery of still images from the day. Also see his video of the three races sailed.... [more]
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RC44 Cascais Cup - Katusha on a roll
RC44 Class Association,
The penultimate day of racing in Portugal saw a new name at the top of the leaderboard. As the wind increased, typical Cascais Bay conditions kicked in and local knowledge came into play.... [more]
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Sperry Top-Sider Melges 24 Worlds - Porter snatches world title
International Melges 24 Association,
American Brian Porter on Full Throttle took fourth in the final race of the Sperry Top-Sider Melges 24 World Championship 2013 today to finally lay claim to the title he has been trying to win for many years... [more]
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J/22 World Championship - Allan Terhune dominates
Christopher E. Howell,
Allan Terhune won the first race of the J/22 World Championship and never looked back. Now he and his Dazzler crew of Katie Terhune, Kristine Wake and Marcus Eagan are the 2013 J/22 World Champions. After dropping a 19 in race nine, Terhune kept scores of 1,2,3,9,2,2,1,4,4 for 28 net points in 10 races.... [more]
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Les Voiles des Saint Tropez images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi Images,
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was out on the water during the Les Voiles des Saint Tropez to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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RC44 Cascais Cup - New name at the top of the leaderboard
Jo Grindley,
At the RC44 Cascais Cup, the penultimate day of racing in Portugal saw a new name at the top of the leaderboard. As the wind increased, typical Cascais Bay conditions kicked in and local knowledge came into play.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Intensity mounts on penultimate day + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
On the penultimate day of Act 7 in the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series, there was a change of pace in Nice - where the big winds abated to be replaced with a much fresher breeze that played across the Bay of Angels, testing the teams' tactical aptitude.... [more]
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PWA Sylt World Cup - Action packed final day expected
Chris Yates,
At the PWA Sylt World Cup, with an outside chance of some wind and waves on the horizon for this morning, the wave fleet met at 7am. Unfortunately though, the early start didn't pay off as the competitors and crew were greeted with light cross-onshore wind and very little in the way of waves.... [more]
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35th America's Cup - Names to look for as teams start assembling
America's Cup,
This year's America's Cup opened up opportunities for a new breed of America's Cup sailor. Fitter, younger, new to the game, but bursting with accomplishments in dinghy classes where going fast, and sailing on the edge were the daily routine.... [more]
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Melges 24 Worlds: Images from Races 4 and 5 + Video
John Navas,
John Navas was on the water for Day 2 of the Melges 24 Worlds being sailed in San Francisco, and organised by the San Francisco Yacht Club. He provided these images and video from Races 4 and 5... [more]
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2013 Tornado World Championships - Light winds on day four
Andrew Dowley,
Light winds greeted the sailors when they arrived at the beach this morning for the fourth day of the Tornado World Championships... [more]
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Melges 24 World - Tricky day 3
International Melges 24 Association,
At the Sperry Top-Sider Melges 24 World Championship 2013, day three of competition saw three races take place in shifty northeasterly breezes, which ranged as low as eight knots and as high as 18 knots.... [more]
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Vietnam Race will provide first supermaxi head-to-head in Asian waters
RHKYC Media,
A late entry from Super Maxi, Chivas has pushed the entry list in the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race to a record 17 boats hailing from all over the world. It has also set up one of the juiciest offshore contests for armchair enthusiasts in the 17 years since the inaugural race in 1996, with a ‘Clash of the Titans' shaping up between Syd Fisher's Ragamuffin 90 and... [more]
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America's Cup: NZ Government backing confirmed for Team New Zealand
Sail-World,
Fans who have given Team New Zealand a heroes' welcome in Auckland have been told unreservedly: the Government will support another America's Cup challenge. Skipper Dean Barker, boss Grant Dalton and the rest of Team New Zealand were greeted rapturously by a crowd which had gathered since early this morning to see the defeated challengers.... [more]
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J/22 World Championship - Brad Julian Charges as Allan holds lead
Christopher E. Howell,
A battle between two Annapolis-based teams takes center stage as competitors now approach the final day of the J/22 World Championship... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Red Bull Sailing Team on the rise
Extreme Sailing Series,
In Act 7 of the Extreme Sailing Series, the intensity ramped up a level as the fleet moved into Stadium Racing mode today in Nice, as the French Riviera continued to push the fleet to their limits – both physically and mentally. The eight Extreme 40s steamed around the course at full throttle, drag racing down the downwind legs and holding nothing back.... [more]
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RC44 Cascais Cup - All change on the leaderboard + Video
Jo Grindley,
At the RC44 Cascais Cup, with six races completed, it was all change on the leaderboard as Peninsula Petroleum claimed the top spot and Team Aqua dropped to fourth. Katusha was the most consistent team in a day where the sea state flattened, the fleet compressed and every position counted.... [more]
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PWA Sylt World Cup - On the verge of world titles
Chris Yates,
The seventh day of the GP Joule PWA Sylt World Cup proved to be the busiest day of competition thus far as both the freestyle and slalom fleets took to the water. The freezing cold continued today as both the men's freestyle double elimination - dedicated to André Paskowski - and the fifth elimination of the men's slalom were completed before the end of a very long day.... [more]
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