XS Sailing http://www.xssailing.com Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:29:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ‘Sense Of Pride’, ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères Preview http://www.xssailing.com/news/sense-of-pride-isaf-sailing-world-cup-hyeres-preview/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/sense-of-pride-isaf-sailing-world-cup-hyeres-preview/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:29:21 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19578 (April 20, 2015) – The ten Olympic and three Paralympic events at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères are flooded with Olympic, Paralympic, World and Continental Champions. Entries are restricted to 40 competitors in each fleet and 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships gold medalists Nicholas Heiner (NED), Mat Belcher (AUS) and Giles Scott (GBR) are excited about the new concept. With the world’s most athletic, versatile and competitive sailors making up the fleets the competition will be exceptional as Belcher explained, “There’s a sense of pride here because it’s the first time entries have been restricted”. Click headline for full story.

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PHOTOS: Charleston Race Week http://www.xssailing.com/news/photos-charleston-race-week/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/photos-charleston-race-week/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:29:15 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19580 The 20th anniversary edition of Sperry Charleston Race Week provide three days of racing for the 2,500 competitors on six race courses. Here are two galleries of photos from this year’s event.

Photos by Priscilla Parker

Photos by Daniela Clark, PhotoBoat

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Volvo Ocean Race: Slow going and no water for Dongfeng http://www.xssailing.com/news/volvo-ocean-race-slow-going-and-no-water-for-dongfeng/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/volvo-ocean-race-slow-going-and-no-water-for-dongfeng/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:29:09 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19582 Itajai, Brazil (April 20, 2015) – After a painfully slow start, the fleet finally got going. Team Alvimedica led the way out of Itajai. The Turkish American team must be spurred on and fired up for a good result for this homecoming leg back to Newport, Rhode Island. It was slow work northeast, moving more and more offshore and away from the land effect. At 22:00 UTC the fleet was dogged by some frustrating rain clouds that challenged some teams more than others.

SCA and Alvimedica fell foul of a shift that went against them, while MAPFRE and ADOR made the most of it stretching their lead North before tacking with the fleet east at around midnight. All the teams are now sailing incredibly similar speeds East with only 0.2 of a knot separating the fastest and the slowest.

Meanwhile, onboard Dongfeng Race Team, the crew is looking for ways to answer the question, how do you survive 20 days at sea without your main source of fresh water? Well, just 24 hours after the start of this Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, that question has had to be asked. The Chinese boat reported earlier today that their water maker is not working. The answer? Pumping, pumping a lot.

Sam Greenfield, Onboard Reporter for Charles Caudrelier’s boat, reports that the team is assessing the problem at the moment. “Today our water maker broke. Thomas discovered it fifteen minutes after I turned it on early this morning,” explains Greenfield.

“We’re not sure what the exact issue may be but the velocity of water spurting from the seal was a stern enough indicator to break out the emergency hand pump.”

The emergency hand pump will allow them to obtain fresh water to drink and cook, but it comes at a huge cost, hours of manpower needed to produce water. “Black, Eric, Thomas and I took about an hour and a half today to hand pump everyone’s water bottle and enough for dinner,” according to Greenfield. “The hand pump claims to be capable of 35 litres per hour but that is hardly the case.”

Back with the rest of the fleet, the light breeze has been prominent today. The fleet continues to sail east with MAPFRE in the lead. They are all within 5 miles of each other, easily spotted in the horizon and on AIS range. In the last hour, the fleet have had a 30 degrees shift to the right. If the shift continues we might see the first tack since today at 0005 UTC.

Leg 6 (5,010 nm) Position Report (as of 21:55 UTC)
1. MAPFRE, Iker Martínez (ESP), 4813.2 nm Distance to Finish
2. Team Alvimedica, Charlie Enright (USA), 0.7 nm Distance to Lead
3. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Ian Walker (GBR), 1.1 nm DTL
4. Team SCA, Sam Davies (GBR), 1.5 nm DTL
5. Dongfeng Race Team, Charles Caudrelier (FRA), 1.8 nm DTL
6. Team Brunel, Bouwe Bekking (NED), 3.4 nm DTL
7. Team Vestas Wind, Chris Nicholson (AUS), Did not start

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Background: The 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race began in Alicante, Spain on Oct. 11 with the final finish on June 27 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Racing the new one design Volvo Ocean 65, seven teams will be scoring points in 9 offshore legs to determine the overall Volvo Ocean Race winner. Additionally, the teams will compete in 10 In-Port races at each stopover for a separate competition – the Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Series. The sixth leg, from Itajaí, Brazil to Newport, USA (5,010 nm), began April 19 with an ETA of May 6.

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All competitors??? http://www.xssailing.com/article/competitors/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/competitors/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:28:06 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19577

From the AC website – The America’s Cup competitors have agreed the format for racing in 2017 with all racing taking place on the waters of the Great Sound in Bermuda, the home of the 2017 America’s Cup.

“At our Competitor Forum meeting this week, the teams agreed on the details of our race program in 2017,” said Commercial Commissioner Harvey Schiller.

All teams will compete in a double round robin format for the America’s Cup Qualifiers, which will be sailed in the new America’s Cup Class foiling catamaran.

The top four challengers from the Qualifiers will advance to the Challenger Playoffs which consist of a match racing semi final and finals. The winner of the Playoffs will meet the defending champion, ORACLE TEAM USA, in the America’s Cup Match.

Racing will take place in June, 2017. A detailed race calendar will be determined by the Commercial Commissioner in consultation with the competitors and Regatta Director and published in due course.

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End of the road for Team NZ funding http://www.xssailing.com/news/end-of-the-road-for-team-nz-funding/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/end-of-the-road-for-team-nz-funding/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:06:51 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19574 Auckland, New Zealand (April 20, 2015) – The future of Team New Zealand is looking grim after the announcement today that there will be no America’s Cup pre-regatta for Auckland. All racing for the 2017 regatta will take place off Bermuda. The announcement was made on the Cup’s official website, which stated, “The America’s Cup event format was agreed by competitors and that all racing will take place in Bermuda.”

Team New Zealand say they have not agreed on that format.

“Emirates Team New Zealand would like to clarify we did not agree on the format or location of the qualifier because we have still have our case for the previously agreed qualifier in Auckland pending arbitration,” the syndicate said on their Facebook page.

With Team NZ’s bid for Government funding hinging on securing hosting rights to the qualifying regatta, there has been suggestion the Kiwi syndicate may be forced to close their doors without a top-up from the taxpayer.

Prime Minister John Key hinted at that this morning when asked whether the Government would fund the team now that there’s no Auckland regatta. “I think we’re at the end of the road really,” the Prime Minister said. “Of course Steven Joyce will continue to have discussions with Grant Dalton, but the Government’s position has been pretty clear.

“With the event being held 100 per cent in Bermuda, that becomes a really challenging issue to go beyond the $5 million we’ve already put in.”

Likewise, Mr Key told TVNZ’s Breakfast show the chance of the competition gaining Government funding was “significantly reduced” if there was no pre-regatta for Auckland.

There would be no promotion of New Zealand if the race was held overseas, he said. “It’s going to be very difficult to get the public on side that they think it’s a good idea to put more money in.”

Responding to the reported comments of the Prime Minister, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams said taxpayers have done enough to fund Team New Zealand.

“Taxpayers have already stumped up significant amounts of money in order to support what is a rich sport. The return to taxpayers of propping up a team to go and sail on the other side of the world was always questionable,” Williams said.

“While it is unfortunate that Auckland is unlikely to see Louis Vuitton racing, taxpayers will welcome the Government drawing a line in the sand on this one.”

The Government was expected to put in $5 million-$10 million into the next America’s Cup campaign if Auckland had been awarded qualifying hosting rights, meaning a loss of Government funding is not necessarily terminal for Team New Zealand.

However, they would need to be based in Bermuda for longer now, with qualifiers being there, so costs will increase. Team New Zealand are challenging a decision by the America’s Cup Events Authority to ditch Auckland. Earlier this month chief executive Grant Dalton said regardless of the outcome of any hearing, “This is not the end of Emirates Team New Zealand.”

The original decision to hold a pre-regatta in Auckland was strongly opposed by the European challengers, who indicated a preference that all of the racing in 2017 be conducted at a single venue, Bermuda.

The decision was subject to a legal process after the ACEA back-tracked on its decision to hold an Auckland event, he said. Team NZ board chair Keith Turner said signed documents between Team New Zealand and ACEA confirmed the Auckland event earlier this year. It was also announced at a meeting with teams last month, he said.

“We are not at the end of the road,” he said. “They can’t do this, they can’t sign us up to a qualifier and then change their minds suddenly.

“It is subject to arbitration, we have some documentation that’s been signed between us and the ACEA. It was announced at the team meeting in March that there would be a qualifier in Auckland and that’s now subject to arbitration.” Turner said it was no secret the government would not provide additional funding if there was no Auckland event, but that stage had not been reached yet.

Since the ACEA’s announcement, Key has said it was now “extremely unlikely” the Government would give more funding to Team NZ. “I expect there to be further discussions between Steven Joyce and Grant Dalton, but I think it’s extremely unlikely there would be more funding for Team NZ.”

All teams will compete in a double round robin format for the America’s Cup Qualifiers. The top four challengers from the qualifiers will advance to the Challenger Playoffs. The winner of the playoffs will meet the defending champion, Oracle.

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2015 Mayors Cup: Breault dominates ISAF Grade 3 match race http://www.xssailing.com/news/2015-mayors-cup-breault-dominates-isaf-grade-3-match-race-2/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/2015-mayors-cup-breault-dominates-isaf-grade-3-match-race-2/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:05:53 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19565 Long Beach, CA (April 20, 2015) – Nicole Breault, San Francisco, CA won the 2015 Mayor’s Cup ISAF Grade 3 women’s match race Sunday, which also turned out to be her birthday. “I turned 43 today,” Breault said, “which should show that all ages can play this game.”

Hosted by the Long Beach Yacht Club and raced on the Long Beach Sailing Foundation’s fleet of Catalina 37s, the same boats used in the ISAF Grade 1 Congressional Cup, May 13-17, Breault put on a dominating show with only one loss in the double round robin format posting a 13-1 for the weekend.

For winning this year’s Mayor’s Cup, Breault received an invitation to The Buddy Melges Challenge ISAF Grade 1 match race, Sept. 16-21, hosted by Sail Sheboygan US Sailing Center in Sheboygan, WI. as part of the 2015 Women’s International Match Racing Series. Not a bad birthday present for talented women’s match racer.

Under sunny skies and typical Long Beach breezes out of the southwest between 8-15 knots, the eight women skippers raced 56 races over the two days in which they raced each other twice.

The seven other skippers Breault had to beat were; Lauren Amery, Santa Barbara, CA; Wendy Corzine, Long Beach, CA; Sandy Hayes, Scituate, MA; Jane Hoffner, Newport Beach, CA; Liz Hjorth, Marina del Rey, CA; Lisa Meier, Long Beach, CA; and Shala Youngerman, Mammoth Lakes, CA.

“I raced in the Mayor’s Cup in ’08,” Breault said. “I crewed for Sandy Hayes, and we lost to Liz Baylis. I’m happy to come back as a skipper with such a great team.”

Breault’s teammates were: John Collins, bow; Hannah Burroghs, mast/bow assist; Karen Loutzenheiser, mast; Joe McCoy, pit/trim; Dana Riley, trim; Tom Ducharme, trim and Claire Dennis, main/tactics.

This regatta was unique in that the women skippers were allowed to have a co-ed crew of both men and women, something not very common to the sport of match racing.

Liz Hjorth took second-place honors in the regatta and talked about the crew mix. “What we’ve lacked,” Hjorth said, “is the transfer of knowledge from men’s match racing to women’s match racing. Women’s match racing can only improve with the help of those guys. I’ve been match racing for a long time and to find out how good the men sail and see their intensity is impressive. Having the men onboard was very helpful. We need to have more women’s match racing with both men and women on the boat.”

Third place on the weekend was Wendy Corzine, who, having raced sailboats for a number of years, is relatively new to match racing. “When I chartered the [Catalina] 37s in [LBYCs] Wet Wednesdays,” Corzine said, “it was the first time I’ve skippered in years. I did match racing clinics and two other events before this with basically the same team. But this weekend it finally clicked! I get it now, and I want to do all of the match racing I can.”

Wendy Corzine credits her team and tactician Randy Smith with getting her an impressive third-place finish in the 2015 Mayor’s Cup ISAF Grade 3 match race. “Randy Smith was my tactician and to find him was amazing. The regatta was implacably run, and having Liz Baylis and her clinic was great. She’d come up to everyone on each boat and talk to them.”

The regatta, held on the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, was not the only racing action going on in Long Beach this weekend. The 41st Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach hosting the Verizon Indy Car Series was held on Sunday, only a couple of miles away on the downtown street course.

Mayor Robert Garcia, as busy as he was with the Grand Prix, made a point to show up for the Mayor’s Cup trophy presentation this afternoon and helped to hand out the hardware and congratulate the competitors.

Breault shared her thoughts on the regatta after the trophy ceremony. “This is an excellent event that attracts a lot of good sailors to come into the match racing game. I hope to come back to sail in the Mayor’s Cup year after year.”

Last held in 2008, this year’s regatta is a qualifier to the US Women’s Match Racing Championship, Aug. 13-16, which will be hosted by Newport Harbor Yacht Club in Newport Beach, CA.

In 2005, Camille Daniels, currently Port Captain for LBYC, and Mary Voigt from the Long Beach Sailing Foundation were asked by then mayor for the city of Long Beach, Beverly O’Neil, and the city’s Sea Festival organizers to put together a women’s match race regatta. With sponsors and a budget the Mayor’s Cup ran through 2008.

In 2009 the recession hit and sponsor dollars dried up, and so did the event.

This year, with the renewed focus of LBYC becoming a match racing center, it was decided to put the Mayor’s Cup back on the calendar. Thanks to forward thinking members on the budget committee, the flag officers and board of directors the regatta now has the financial support it needs.

Final Results
1. Nicole Breault, San Francisco, Calif., 13 wins, 1 loss
2. Liz Hjorth, Marina del Rey, Calif., 10 – 4
3. Wendy Corzine, Long Beach, Calif., 9 -5
4. Jane Hoffner, Newport Beach, Calif., 7 – 7
5. Shala Youngerman, Mammoth Lakes, Calif. 6 -8
6. Lisa Meier, Long Beach, Calif., 5 -9 (on tiebreaker)
7. Sandra Hayes, Scituate, Mass., 5 – 9
8. Lauren Amery, Santa Barbara, Calif., 1 – 13

Report by Rick Roberts, event media

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Where we belong http://www.xssailing.com/article/where-we-belong/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/where-we-belong/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:03:54 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19562

“We have officially left Brazil,” smiles Dee Cafarri, South American shoreline fading in the distance.

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America’s Cup: Coutts – Another Kiwi team could replace Team NZ http://www.xssailing.com/news/americas-cup-coutts-another-kiwi-team-could-replace-team-nz/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/americas-cup-coutts-another-kiwi-team-could-replace-team-nz/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:03:46 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19575 Sir Russell Coutts is confident Team New Zealand will contest the 2017 America’s Cup but has said if they don’t front in Bermuda, another New Zealand syndicate would fill their place. The America’s Cup official website announced that the entire event will take place off Bermuda, taking away initial plans of Auckland host a pre-regatta, and with it the likelihood of Team New Zealand getting government funding.

Coutts, a five time winner of the America’s Cup, told the New York Times that he still hoped to have six challengers in Bermuda and said it was unlikely Team New Zealand would withdrawal. But if they did he said another team from New Zealand would most likely replace them. “Others would put a New Zealand team together because frankly they have the components of a very competitive team, more so under this rule,” the Oracle Team USA chief executive said. “They have a great sailing team, and this rule favors a great sailing team.”

Team New Zealand and Italian syndicate Luna Rossa have both protested the format change with Luna Rossa withdrawing from the 2017 event. Coutts told the New York Times he is keen for Luna Rossa to change their mind but is confident they’ll find other teams to replace them.

“Ideally, no question you’d keep Luna Rossa in the game,” Coutts said. “But I think we will definitely see other teams coming in because of the boat change, and I can tell you there’s a Japanese team coming in, and when you see who the owner of that team is, you would debate whether it’s bigger or smaller than Luna Rossa.”

With Team NZ’s bid for Government funding hinging on securing hosting rights to the qualifying regatta, there has been suggestion the Kiwi syndicate may be forced to close their doors without a top-up from the taxpayer.

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Charleston Race Week Wrap Up http://www.xssailing.com/article/charleston-race-week-wrap-up/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/charleston-race-week-wrap-up/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:03:40 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19576 BIG MOVES ON FINAL DAY AS 20TH EDITION OF

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (April 19, 2015)—With an early start time, a moderate yet consistent breeze from the southeast, and a ripping tide pouring out of Charleston Harbor, the overall victories and podium finishes were up for grabs throughout most of the fleet at Sperry Charleston Race Week 2015. Unlike Saturday’s action, the early breeze meant three short, intense races in some classes and two in others, allowing a few teams to sew up runaway victories and a few

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U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship to be hosted by Newport Harbor Yacht Club http://www.xssailing.com/news/u-s-womens-match-racing-championship-to-be-hosted-by-newport-harbor-yacht-club/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/u-s-womens-match-racing-championship-to-be-hosted-by-newport-harbor-yacht-club/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:38:43 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19556 The 2015 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship (USWMRC) will be hosted by Newport Harbor Yacht Club in Newport Beach, CA, on August 14-16. Eight teams will compete for the Allegra Knapp Mertz and Adams Memorial trophies. The winning skipper will also be awarded coveted invitations to the 2015 Women’s International Match Racing Series Buddy Melges Challenge and the 2015 U.S. Match Racing Championship along with a travel grant to offset costs. After a couple years of rebuilding in the Post-Olympic Women’s Match Racing Era, the USWMRC has rebounded and organizers expect healthy demand and participation. Click headline for full story.

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Desert Dawgs http://www.xssailing.com/article/desert-dawgs/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/desert-dawgs/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:38:37 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19558

The Arizona Yacht Club concluded their Spring Series this weekend on Lake Pleasant, which lies just north of Phoenix.
Staff Commodore Candidate Chris Smith spent the weekend doing race committee work and took some fine images, of which we
now share with you!

You got our vote Chris!


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2015 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship – The Michas Touch http://www.xssailing.com/news/2015-audi-melges-20-u-s-national-championship-the-michas-touch/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/2015-audi-melges-20-u-s-national-championship-the-michas-touch/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:38:33 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19557 Charleston, SC (April 20, 2015) – Three additional races were held on the final day of the Audi Melges 20 Nationals delivering down to the wire racing. A full round of congratulations are in order for two-time Sperry Charleston Race Week (CRW) Champion and now, 2015 U.S. National Champion Jason Michas on Midnight Blue with tactician Mark Mendelblatt and crew Tim Hotchkiss. Canada’s Paul Currie and his Wild Deuces crew comprised of David Mori and Justin Barnes captured Corinthian U.S. National Champion for second consecutive time. Click headline for full report.

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'A perfect experience' http://www.xssailing.com/article/a-perfect-experience/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/a-perfect-experience/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:38:29 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19561

Have you set sail in Leg 6 of the Virtual Volvo Ocean Race yet?

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Familiar Shoals for America’s Cup: A Spat Over Rules http://www.xssailing.com/news/familiar-shoals-for-americas-cup-a-spat-over-rules/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/familiar-shoals-for-americas-cup-a-spat-over-rules/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:38:26 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19566 By Christopher Clarey
The America’s Cup appeared to have regained momentum in San Francisco Bay in September 2013, but 19 months later; it looks in need of a gust of wind.

The last Cup ended with one of the most remarkable comebacks in any sport as Oracle Team USA, only one race from defeat, rose from the depths of an 8-1 deficit against Emirates Team New Zealand to defend the Cup with eight straight victories.

It was thrilling as well as spectacular because it was contested in 72-foot foiling catamarans with wing sails that often looked more like flying machines than yachts. Yet for all the risks, the outcome seemed to create a solid platform for a venerable sailing event that had been badly rattled by legal disputes, declining interest from challengers and, worst of all, the death of the British sailor Andrew Simpson in a training accident a few months earlier.

Instead, the Cup, which dates to 1851, has returned to too-familiar waters with more squabbles, money worries, challenger withdrawals and controversial changes. There are also concerns about the Cup’s relevance and appeal in a global sports marketplace full of sharp elbows and much easier sells.

Luna Rossa, the Italian team that has been one of the pillars of the modern Cup, withdrew this month. Its owner, Patrizio Bertelli, who runs the Italian company Prada, disapproved of the challengers’ vote to downsize to 48-foot catamarans for the next Cup, in Bermuda in 2017. (The rules for 2017 had previously provided for 62-foot catamarans.)

Team New Zealand, another pillar, is also not yet a sure thing.

Team Alinghi, led by the Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli, had been a mainstay of the competition but has not returned since it lost the Cup to Oracle in 2010, after a long legal battle with the Oracle team owner Larry Ellison.

“I hope the world gets to understand that when I’m not racing, and when Bertelli pulls the plug, when Team New Zealand is struggling, it is all because these people do not behave like sportsmen,” Bertarelli said in a telephone interview. “Sports is about setting rules, having an independent referee and going at each other fairly.”

Some Oracle officials and sailors, including the skipper James Spithill, argued that to the contrary, the goal was a more equitable Cup in which more teams would have a chance to take part and be competitive.

With Alinghi as defender, the full-scale Cup in 2007 in Valencia, Spain, had 11 challengers. There were three in 2013, and for now, there are only four for 2017.

“It’s a real shame; I consider Patrizio Bertelli a friend, a good friend,” said Spithill, formerly the helmsman for Luna Rossa. “But I truly believe we have to think about the future of the event. And the bigger boats, we’ve kind of proven the last couple of Cups that while sure, they are pretty spectacular, it just really is unsustainable. We need to attract new teams, and we want to have a boat now that is locked in for the next Cup after this one.”

It should be noted, in the litigious context of the Cup, that no formal agreement yet exists to contest the next edition after 2017 in the same 48-foot catamarans.

Bertarelli and Bertelli maintained that the problem for this round was not the smaller boat, which most viewers will have difficulty distinguishing from a 62-footer on television, but changing the rules midstream. Bertelli, who has now officially withdrawn and is dismantling his team’s base in Cagliari, Italy, believed he had a design advantage with the 62-foot boat, called the AC62, before the switch. Full Report

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2015 J-Fest http://www.xssailing.com/article/2015-j-fest/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/2015-j-fest/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:38:23 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19568

The annual nod to all things J-Boats, St Francis Yacht Club’s J-Fest host 5 classes of J’s
The 24s, the 111’s, the 70’s, the 120’s and the 125’s over the weekend on the City Front
and for the big boats deep into the Central Bay. Saturday’s racing started mild mild and turned wild
as the bay lit up with 25-30 knot, cold, moist Pacific winds funneling through the Gate and into the slot.

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PHOTOS: 2015 Star Western Hemisphere Regatta http://www.xssailing.com/news/photos-2015-star-western-hemisphere-regatta/ http://www.xssailing.com/news/photos-2015-star-western-hemisphere-regatta/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:38:18 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19569 Thirty-eight teams from seven countries competed in the 2015 International Star Class Western Hemisphere Regatta on April 16-19, completing seven races held on Biscayne Bay in winds mostly from 6 to 13 knots. Brian Ledbetter and Josh Revkin (USA) dominated the final three days, posting all top two scores to win by 12 points over Lars Schmidt Grael and Samuel Goncalves (BRA), with Paul Cayard / Brian Terhaar (USA) in third.

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Mystery Body identified as Sailboater http://www.xssailing.com/article/mystery-body-ided-as-sailboater/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/mystery-body-ided-as-sailboater/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:38:13 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19570 A body found last summer has been identified via DNA as a missing sailor, but the cause of his death as well as the whereabouts of his sailboat and companion remain a mystery.
Last August 8 a badly decomposed body was discovered …

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11 Things We Learned at the Voiles http://www.xssailing.com/article/11-things-we-learned-at-the-voiles/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/11-things-we-learned-at-the-voiles/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:38:07 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19571 With a record 70 boats on the course, the six-year-old Voiles de St. Barth is getting more popular all the time. This despite the fact that the emphasis is on the quality of boats, not the quantity. The Voiles, for example,…

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Star Western Hemisphere Championship 2015 Miami FL, USA Final results http://www.xssailing.com/article/star-western-hemisphere-championship-2015-miami-fl-usa-final-results/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/star-western-hemisphere-championship-2015-miami-fl-usa-final-results/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:05:56 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19541 The Western Hemisphere Championship 2015 ended yesterday with a last race sailed in a 1012 kn breeze. Brian Ledbetter/Joshua Refkin USA have been the premature winners of the Championship before the last heat, but nevertheless, …

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Volvo 65 Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15 Itajai BRA Leg 6 Day 1 http://www.xssailing.com/article/volvo-65-volvo-ocean-race-201415-itajai-bra-leg-6-day-1/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/volvo-65-volvo-ocean-race-201415-itajai-bra-leg-6-day-1/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:05:50 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19543 Leg 6 over 510 miles from Itajai BRA to Newport RI USA was started in an almost total lack of breeze. After approaching almost an hour of drifting, the Race Committee decided to shorten the inshore buoy course, allowing the …

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Another Record Shattered http://www.xssailing.com/article/another-playstaion-record-shattered/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/another-playstaion-record-shattered/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:01:48 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19552

Bermuda (20 April 2015) – Renaud Laplanche, CEO of Lending Club (NYSE: LC), the world’s largest marketplace connecting borrowers and investors, co-skipper Ryan Breymaier, and the crew of the 105’ trimaran Lending Club 2 have today established a new world sailing speed record for the 635-nautical mile course from Castle Hill Lighthouse, in Newport, Rhode Island, to Kitchen Shoal Beacon in Bermuda. The new record, subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC), is 23 hours, 9 minutes, 52 seconds at an average speed of 27 knots.

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Fiercesome line-up for the Solo Maître Coq http://www.xssailing.com/offshore/fiercesome-line-up-for-the-solo-maitre-coq/ http://www.xssailing.com/offshore/fiercesome-line-up-for-the-solo-maitre-coq/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:20:58 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19545 Now in its fifth year, the Solo Maître Coq starts today in Les Sables d’Olonne, home of the Vendée Globe, for the Figaro fleet.

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Foiling together: Stunt 9, Kite and Windsurfer http://www.xssailing.com/article/wip-foilers-video-stunt-9-kite-windsurf/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/wip-foilers-video-stunt-9-kite-windsurf/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:20:53 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19546

Excellent clip from Stunt 9 photo session, sent by Remi Finiel.


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x marks the spot http://www.xssailing.com/charleston-race-week/x-marks-the-spot/ http://www.xssailing.com/charleston-race-week/x-marks-the-spot/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:20:42 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=19550