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Official Dates of 34th America's Cup Released
The 2013 race dates for the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup Match (Finals) were confirmed today by Regatta Director Iain Murray.

Since 1983, the Louis Vuitton Cup - the America's Cup Challenger Series - has been held when more than one Challenger is vying for the right to race the Defender for the America's Cup (as is the case for the 34th America's Cup). The role of the Louis Vuitton Cup is twofold - not only to select the best Challenger, but also to help prepare that the team to race successfully against the Defender in the America's Cup Match (Finals).

The winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup will race the Golden Gate Yacht Club's (GGYC) defending team in the finals, a first-to-win-five (best of nine) race series known as the America's Cup Match (Finals).

When:
Louis Vuitton Cup: 13 July - 1 September 2013*
America's Cup Match (Finals): 7-22 September 2013**

Who:
Under the Protocol Governing the America's Cup, GGYC as the Defending Club has the responsibility to select the dates.

The official notice of these dates to the currently entered six teams, and other prospective teams, from Regatta Director Iain Murray is now available at www.americascup.com under the Gallery section.

Where:
San Francisco Bay

*subject to the final number of Challengers and the precise format of the racing TBD by the Challengers and Regatta Director.
**subject to the whether the America's Cup Match (Finals) is won in five races, or goes the full nine races.

americascup.com

USA 17 Headed to San Francisco
The giant trimaran that won the 33rd America's Cup for Larry Ellison's ORACLE Racing team is heading home to San Francisco.

USA 17 has only ever competed twice, but she sailed the races of her life to dominate the Swiss defender, Alinghi, off Valencia, Spain, last year and win the 33rd America's Cup.

The extraordinary carbon-fiber machine is being loaded onto the freighter M.V. Star Isfjord this week for the long delivery trip to San Francisco via the Panama Canal. The freighter carrying both USA 17 and her extraordinary 223ft wingsail is scheduled to leave Valencia on January 29 or 30 for the 7,900-nautical-mile passage to the Bay Area.

The estimated arrival in San Francisco, dependent upon on-time loading, sea conditions en-route and transit time in the Panama Canal, is March 1.

The trimaran's arrival will mark the first time that USA 17 visits the city that ORACLE Racing calls home. She was launched in Anacortes, WA, in August 2008, and after initial testing there moved to San Diego, CA, for a further period of training before being moved to Valencia for the 33rd Cup Match last February.

americascup.com
www.oracleracing.com

Stronger, Faster on Day 2
Photo by Ingrid Abery, www.ingridabery.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

Miami OCR Another day of solid results was turned in by US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) on day two of the ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Miami, Fla. Clay Johnson (Toms River, N.J.) is in first in the Laser class; Jen French (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Jean-Paul Creignou (St. Petersburg, Fla.) are second in the SKUD18; Albert Foster (Wayzata, Minn.), Michael Hersey (Hyannis, Mass.) and David Burdette (Lutherville, Md.) are second in Sonar; Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) is third in the Finn; and Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Redwood City, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) top the Elliott 6 (women's match racing) with six wins, one loss.

Racing in 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes continues tomorrow, Wednesday, January 26. Competition is scheduled this week in the 10 Olympic and three Paralympic sailing classes in advance of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to be held in Weymouth, U.K. Over 700 of the world's top athletes from 53 countries are competing.

Top three by class:

2.4m
1. Damien Seguin, FRA, 9 points
2. Allan Leibel, CAN, 9
3. Thierry Schmitter, NED, 10

470 Men
1. Nic Asher / Elliot Willis, GBR, 11
2. Luke Patience / Stuart Bithell, GBR, 12
3. Mathew Belcher / Malcolm Page, AUS, 23

470 Women
1. Ingrid Petitjean / Nadege Douroux, FRA, 10
2. Camilie Lecointre / Mathilde Geron, FRA, 13
3. Penny Clark / Katrina Hughes, GBR, 16

49er
1. John Pink / Rick Peacock, GBR, 8
2. Dave Evans / Edward Powys, GBR, 11
3. Paul Brotherton / Mark Asquith, GBR, 13

Finn
1. GiIles Scott, GBR, 4
2. Ben Ainslie, GBR, 14
3. Zach Railey, USA, 15

Laser
1. Clay Johnson, USA, 9
2. Paul Goodison, GBR, 12
3. Rasmus Myrgren, SWE, 12

Laser Radial
1. Evi Van Acker, BEL, 6
2. Marit Bouwmeester, NED, 11
3. Annalise Murphy, IRL, 24

SKUD
1. Daniel Fitzgibbon, . Liesl Tesch, AUS, 7
2. Jennifer French / Jean-Paul Creignou, USA, 9
3. Alexandra Rickham / Niki Birrell, GBR, 14

Sonar
1. John Robertson / Hannah Stodel / Steve Thomas, GBR, 13
2. Udo Hessels / Mischa Rossen / Marcel van de Veen, NED, 20
3. Albert Foster / David Burdette / Mike Hersey, USA, 20

Star
1. Robert Scheidt / Bruno Prada, BRA, 13
2. Fredrik Loof / Max Salminen, SWE, 18
3. Xavier Rohart / Pierre Alexis Ponsot, FRA, 21

RS:X Men
1. Dorian van Rijsselberge, NED, 7
2. Nick Dempsey, GBR, 12
3. Ivan Postor, ESP, 13

RS:X Women
1. Marina Alabau, ESP, 4
2. Bryony Shaw, GBR, 13
3. Charline Picon, FRA, 16

Women's Match Race -- see rmocr.ussailing.org/2011/Results.htm

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The closing date for applications is March 4, 2011. The 2011 Dyneema® Experience Team ends on September 23rd 2011.

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Hooligan Wins Audi IRC Series with a Day to Spare
Photo by Andrea Francolini, www.afrancolini.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

Hoolican Bruce McCraken has kept the pressure on the rest of the Class B boats in the Audi Series at Audi Victoria Week today, a win and a second place in the two races sailed giving him the edge over his competitors.

During the past week, it has been almost impossible to separate the top five boats and impossible to lay a bet on a probable winner.

It appears McCraken's Beneteau 45 from Melbourne is just that little bit faster than the other two 45's in the fleet; Sydneysiders Victoire (Darryl Hodginson) and Balance (Paul Clitheroe) are third and fourth placed.

The Sydney boats locked horns the whole way around the course in Race 6 on Corio Bay today, onlookers treated to some excellent match racing. There was nothing in it; every time each tacked from opposite sides of the course, the one on port would have to give way. And so it went on for the entire race.

A DK46 from Melbourne, Extasea (Paul Buchholz) is in second place, separating the leader from the other two Beneteaus, and is just three points off the lead with one race remaining. Looking at the point score, Ikon will be hard to beat.

In Class C, Grant Botica's Adams 10 Executive Decision (Vic) is in an envious position on 11 points, six in front of second placed Penfold Audi Sport, the new Archambault 31 owned by David Ellis, who won Class C last year.

The 2008 Audi IRC champion, Peter Sorensen (NSW) remains in third place, but said today he hoped to make the move into second. With a race remaining, the chance is there, as 'Sorro' is a mere point behind Penfold Audi Sport.

Winds returned to the light conditions of two days ago. Light 8-10 knot breezes started from a northerly direction, but moved right as racing progressed.

The Audi IRC Series concludes tomorrow with Race 8 of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club hosted series, to be sailed on a windward/leeward course, starting from 11.00am, weather permitting. -- Di Pearson

Follow Audi Victoria Week at: www.victoriaweek.com

Rolex Baltic Week
Flensburg, Germany: The Metre yachts and Flensburg Fjord have always had a very special relationship, and this year it will reach new heights at the eighth Rolex Baltic Week, when both the Robbe & Berking 12-Metre World Championship and the Eights' world cup will be held here. The event will even see His Royal Highness Harald V of Norway take part at the helm of his 8-Metre yacht "Sira".

In conjunction with Kieler Yacht-Club (KYC), Flensburger Segel-Club (FSC) will welcome the creme de la creme of these classic vessels - including those participating in the Robbe & Berking 6mR Sterling Cup - from 28 June to 3 July 2011. The 12-Metre owners first staged their World Championship in Gluecksburg in 2008 after the 8-Metres held their Euro Cup there in 2005.

The first official entry for a sailing regatta is always very special, but when that entry is filed by a member of a European royal family, it instantly brings a little extra gloss to even a top class event. King Harald V of Norway, who has been known and loved for decades as an excellent offshore sailor and passionate competitor, will come to Flensburg Fjord from his Oslo Fjord home waters. Besides being the owner and helmsman of a number of top notch regatta boats named "Fram", the Norwegian monarch will pay tribute to his love of classic boats by taking "Sira" (launched in 1938) with sail number NOR 33 to the starting line. Boat captain Kjell A. Myrann was responsible for dispatching the entry form for the seven-man crew skippered by the King, and he also announced a support boat. Whether it will be the Royal Yacht "Norge" who will come to the Rolex Baltic Week, remains as yet open.

Norwegian insiders have let on that as many as three 12-Metre yachts might accompany their royal team to Flensburg. The competition for the Twelves - an America's Cup class from 1958 to 1987 - will take place on familiar waters for Gluecksburg's two gems. Both "Sphinx", built 1939 and relaunched in 2008 following extensive restoration, and "Anitra" (1928), which has been returned to its former glory after an equally lengthy makeover, have chosen Flensburg Fjord as their home ground.

However, the number one favourite is "Nyala" (1938), with the American sail number US-12, which took the prize back in 2008. Owned by the Italian Prada boss Patrizio Bertelli, the Twelve is usually crewed by a professional team with America's Cup experience.

"Classic" Eights (vessels built between 1920 and 1966) will make up the largest division. Approximately 20 Eights could line up under starter's orders in Gluecksburg. They will sail windward-leeward courses within sight of the shore. The ORC World Championship races in September 2010 showed that the idyllic inner fjord between Germany and Denmark is an ideal venue. Both the Robbe & Berking 12-Metre and 8-Metre World Championships are due to consist of nine races, which will commence on 29 June.

www.rolex-baltic-week.com
www.fsc.de

Artemis Imoca 60 For Sale
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Artemis for Sale Artemis Ocean Racing 2008 Rogers, Super strong and one of the most powerful 60s ever built. (righting moment grandfathered well above 2011 rule maximum) 2nd IMOCA 60 in the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race, and WINNER IRC overall in RORC Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2010. Major refit carried out in 2009.

The boat is for sale with an extensive inventory providing the new owner with a full meticulously maintained IMOCA 60 to campaign with a package including a significant sail and spares inventory.

Ready to get back into the IMOCA circuit or for an adventurous owner to take on the IRC classic races. Currently out of the water in Southampton, ready for any inspection.

Contact Charles Darbyshire for more details +44 7768 982233

The Rollercoaster Ride Continues
As the first depression of the 'big south' spins off south eastwards towards the depths of the South Indian Ocean, there is a certain temporary stability visited on the positions of the leading trio of the Barcelona World Race this afternoon, but no such luxury for the chasing pack.

The fast moving front which has presented leaders Virbac-Paprec 3 and Foncia with a slingshot move south east, today allowing them to satisfy the requirements of passing the first security gate, but it has spirited the leading duo even further from the third placed MAPFRE and even more from the main body of the 13 boat fleet, which may still have a further encounter with the persistent high pressure system spreading again across the South Atlantic.

Since they returned from 'invisible' mode this morning, Foncia have been consistently around 27-28 miles behind leader Virbac-Paprec 3, running a nearly parallel course some 25 miles to the north of the blue-and-white hulled IMOCA Open 60 of Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron. As the front moves away from this afternoon and evening they will gybe in succession for the SW'ly winds behind the front and focus on the quickest course to the second gate on a fairly direct routing.

Though they are now some 517 miles behind the leaders MAPFRE have strengthened their position in third place. Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez have 160 miles in hand over fourth placed Estrella Damm, and the top Spanish duo will likely continue with brisk SW'ly breezes for a further 24 hours, allowing them to move still further ahead of those behind and give them a fighting chance to keep pace with the runaway leaders.

But behind them the high pressure in the South Atlantic will try and snare three quarters of the fleet, as the window of opportunity presented by the westerly breezes of the last 36 hours closes on the fingers of these chasing duos.

* Fast. That is probably the most apt adjective to describe "MAPFRE" over the past 24 hours in this edition of the Barcelona World Race. Whilst the French fleet leaders have been sailing at 13 knot speeds during the night, "MAPFRE" has been the fastest entry in the fleet, with 15 knot averages, at that time. Besides, the last position report (14.00 GMT) reveals that Iker and Xabi are sailing at average speeds topping 18 knots.

Glancing astern, the news is also good for the leading Spanish entry in the fleet "MAPFRE". The interchange of positions between "Groupe Bel" and "Estrella Damm" now in fifth and fourth place respectively has seen an increasing gap between Iker and Xabi and the French entry. Thus, the gap has been increased by 25 miles with Kito de Pavant and Sebastien Audigane, creating a pad of 171.2 miles (317.1 km) between themselves and "Groupe Bel".

Day 25 - 14:00 GMT.
1. Virbac-Paprec 3 (Jean Pierre Dick - Loick Peyron) FRA, 18,709 Miles From Finish
2. Foncia (Michel Desjoyeaux - Francois Gabart) FRA, + 27.3 Miles to leader
3. Mapfre (Iker Martínez - Xabi Fernández) ESP, +517.6
4. Estrella Damm Sailing Team (Alex Pella - Pepe Ribes) ESP, +672.7
5. Groupe Bel (Kito De Pavant - Sebastien Audigane) FRA, +688.8
6. Renault Z. E. (Pachi Rivero - Antonio Piris) ESP, +743.5
7. Mirabaud (Dominique Wavre - Michele Paret) SUI, +850.6
8. Neutrogena Formula Noruega (Boris Herrmann - Ryan Breymaier) NOR, +913.7
9. Gaes Centros Auditivos (Dee Caffari - Anna Corbella) GBR/ESP, +948.6
10. Central Lechera Asturiana (Juan Merediz - Fran Palacio) ESP, +1,133.1
11. Hugo Boss (Wouter Verbraak - Andy Meiklejohn) GBR, +1,189.7
12. We Are Water (Jaume Mumbrú - Cali Sanmartí) Esp, +1,317.7
13. Forum Marítim Catala (Gerard Marín - Ludovic ESP) ESP, +1,394.4
** President (Jean Le Cam - Bruno García) FRA/ESP, Race Abandoned

barcelonaworldrace.com

Eight Young Hopefuls Line Up For Colin Mullins Regatta
Perth, Western Australia: Eight of the world's most promising young match race skippers and their crews will gather in Perth this week to contest the Colin Mullins International Youth Regatta, travelling from as far away as Japan, New Zealand and the east coast of Australia.

The event is the first of two back-to-back youth regattas on Perth's Swan River, which gives the young sailors a unique opportunity to accrue double world ranking points at the same venue within a ten day period.

The Colin Mullins series is a qualifying event for the more established Warren Jones International Youth Regatta.

Topping the bill for this year's Colin Mullins Regatta is a name that is very familiar in match racing circles, Gilmour - David Gilmour, son of Peter Gilmour, who has won the Match Racing World Championship three times, and counts his time as the world number one in years rather than months.

Young David Gilmour is currently ranked 95th in the world, having cracked the top 100 for the first time last month, while Gilmour senior is currently 10th on the ladder, having dropped from 5th in December.

For the first time in the history of the Colin Mullins Regatta, there is an all female crew, led by Danielle Bowater of Auckland's Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, who is 69th on the women's world rankings.

Making the trip from Japan is Kosaku Yoshida of the Japan Yacht Matchracing Association, he is ranked 302nd in the world, and will gain valuable experience at these events.

Both regattas are hosted by the Royal Perth Yacht Club, with the Colin Mullins event running from 26th to 29th January, while the Warren Jones Regatta runs from 30th January to 3rd February. -- John Roberson

Entries:
Skipper - Country - Club - ISAF Ranking
David Gilmour, AUS, RFBYC, 95
Evan Walker, AUS, CYCA, 110
Matthew Steven, NZL, RPNYC, 126
Tristan Brown, AUS, RFBYC, 190
Kosaku Yoshida, JPN, JYMA, 302
Harry Thurston, NZL, RNZYS, 628
Danielle Bowater, NZL, RNZYS, 787 (Women's 69)
Tom Johnson, AUS, RFBYC, unranked

www.rpyc.com.au

RS:X Evolutions In Singapore
The Singapore edition of the RS:X Asian Grand Prix featured 10 specially built new light weight RS:X Evolutions. Be sure that this is an evolution of the existing RS:X. It comes from the same mould as the RS:X so it is the same shape as the existing RS:X AND if it were on the market today, it would be the same price as the existing RS:X.

So what's the difference?
It's up to 3 kgs lighter. It has a new sail including the latest developments in windsurf rig design. It has a wider wind range. It faster and more responsive. All in all the RS:X Evolution provides a revolution in terms of performance.

Together with Neil Pryde Windsurfing, the RS:X Class is planning a series of Grand Prix events to thoroughly test the evolution of the existing equipment but also to test the new short course format concept of 'City Centre Racing'.

With a maximum of 10 racers in each heat and a race length of 8-10 minutes, this new style of racing will be taken to Hong Kong (March), Shangai (April) and Mondello in May with more dates planned in other continents later in the year.

The plan is to thorughly test course configurations so that they can be incorporated into the RS:X 'Back-To-The-Future' format proposals for Rio 2016.

So racing on day one of a major class championship may take the form of a long distance race using a natural course, set with gates and a Le Mans style mass start off the beach. Day 2 would then include up to three races of 40 - 45 minutes with long windward leeward legs before moving on to the second round which would take the form of a double elimination knock-out quarter, semi and finals. No discards. No protests ashore.

Provided that the RS:X Class Annual General Meeting accepts the concepts, the RS:X Evolution will be the centre piece of the bid to retain Olympic status for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.

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