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America's Cup World Series: San Francisco Day 2
Photo by Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing. Click on image for photo gallery.

America's Cup World Series: ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL (Jimmy Spithill) won the second fleet race of the day and holds the fleet racing series lead with a 2-1.

Spithill grabbed the race lead about two-thirds of the way down the first run, sailing over the top of China Team (Phil Robertson) on starboard jibe, and then spent the rest of the race fending off the two Artemis boats. In the end Spithill pulled out a 15-second win over Artemis Racing Red (Santiago Lange), which beat stablemate Artemis Racing White (Terry Hutchinson) by 11 seconds.

After the race ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL tactician could be heard to say, "Nice start boys."

Spithill said, "We had a bit of a battle with the Artemis boats, but the boys stretched us out there at the end. There's a definite tide line up the course and the wind was difficult to read at the top end of the course. Our maneuvers were flawless. We're very happy with today and are looking forward to tomorrow."

ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL holds first with 22 points, followed by ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS (Russell Coutts) with 18 points, Artemis Red, 16 points, Artemis White, 16, Team Korea (Nathan Outteridge), 13 points, Energy Team (Yann Guichard), 13 points, Luna Rossa Piranha (Chris Draper), 13 points, J.P. Morgan BAR (Ben Ainslie), 9 points, Emirates Team New Zealand (Dean Barker), 7 points, Luna Rossa Swordfish (Paul Campbell-James), 5 points, and China Team (Phil Robertson), 2 points.

Racing resumes tomorrow at 2:05 pm PDT with remaining two matches of the match racing quarterfinals, followed by two more fleet races.

americascup.com

* Editor's note: The production values on the live video are absolutely world class. As good or better than anything i've seen in any sport, bar none. Kudos to the media crew in San Francisco.

Mothapalooza
Photo by Thierry Martinez, www.thmartinez.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

Mothapalooza Marking another world's first for the premier dinghy development class, the Moths take to the stage of Lake Garda in a "Mothapalooza" competition for artistic style and personality.

Coinciding with the 2012 Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds, from August 19 to 26, this competition is all about designing your craft to be a creation that is unique and spectacular to watch. There is a "palooza" of Moths ready to compete on the foreshores of Campione del Garda, ready to launch and be judged in a bid to win the 5,000 Euro first prize.

"Zhik is proud to sponsor this competition, the first of its kind anywhere in the world", said Brian Conolly, founder and managing director. "I believe this will begin a new trend in sailing, and hope the idea will catch on across many classes over time. We certainly plan to build on its success here, and make it an important element to the Moth Worlds regatta every year."

At every sailing regatta there are a fleet of sails, and this is an opportunity to express art across a mobile, floating canvas. This Mothapalooza event is aimed at demonstrating to the world that this floating canvas can be a worthy spectacle in itself. While we can celebrate wind, water, waves, lifestyle and sportsmanship, we can also add cultural diversity, personality and uniqueness to the mix. Something more for the observer of the sport, that will also help lift the profile of sailing in general.

Three judges will score each boat in four categories - Sail, Hull/Foils, Self and Overall Integrity - and these will be added together to declare the winner. Competition is intense, with a substantial winning cash prize, and significant gear prizes from Zhik's complete dinghy range.

You can follow all the news on Mothapalooza from Lake Garda on the official website at http://www.mothapalooza.com, and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mothapalooza , or follow it in combination with the Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds at http://www.mothworlds.org, and Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/mothworlds.

* Given his performance so far this week, Babbage would have needed a poor last day to put his lead in jeopardy. However, the three-way tie for second place between Joshua McKnight, Bora Gulari and Anthony Kotoun promises three days of intense and exciting races.

The boats will now be split into two fleets, based on their ranking in the qualifying series, with the top half going into the Gold fleet and the remaining yachts in the Silver fleet.

Top 10 results after 9 races (2 discards)
Merged results from the two fleets (Blue and Yellow)

1. Scott Babbage, AUS, 8 points
2. Joshua McKnight, AUS, 17
3. Bora Gulari, USA, 17
4. Anthony Kotoun, ISV, 17
5. Chris Rashley, GBR, 23
6. Joe Turner, AUS, 26
7. Andrew McDougall, AUS, 31
8. Julian Salter, AUS, 32
9. Jason Paul Belben, GBR, 32
10. Francesco Bianchi, ITA, 33

www.mothworlds.org

Optimist European Team Racing Championship
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Optimist European Team Racing Championship Sixteen national Optimist teams are assembled on beautiful Lake Ledro above Lake Garda for the fifth Optimist European Team Racing Championship.

The teams qualified from the 33 European countries at the European fleet racing championship held in June. In the interests of widening participation sailors who participated in the IODA Worlds are not permitted and teams must include both genders.

Racing each day is preceded and followed by interactive tuition by chief umpire and team-racing enthusiast Chris Atkins (GBR).

Top seeds and 2011 champions are Spain but four different countries have won the previous editions of the event.

tinyurl.com/ckos9vd

Tight at the Top
Tactical reputations will be placed on the line when Australia's best Grand Prix IRC class ocean racing yachts maned by internationally respected sailors go head to head in the AUDI Hamilton Island Race Week.

After five races contested in a mixed bag of wind from soft to moderate the Royal Geelong Yacht Club skipper Robert Hanna presently heads the point score with his high performance TP52 Shogun V.

Shogun V like their nearest rival Geoff Ross in Yendys have both won two races but the polished crew work backed by the tactical strategy from Steve McConaghy has paved the way for Shogun V to lead the championship by 2 points from Yendys followed by Stephen Ainsworth's Loki and the Marcus Blackmore skippered defending champion Hooligan.

All four crews can expect to face some intense tactical attention when they line up to contest three races over a windward leeward course .

Shogun V emerged as a title challenger when they won the 64 n/ml Club Marine race on Tuesday.

While this was a convincing win over a Rolex Sydney Hobart standard fleet the Shogun V crew are aware that they will become the focus of tactical attention when the battle lines are drawn for what promises to become an intense tactical 'Dog Fight' over the tactical torturing windward leeward course.

This suggests the experienced Shogun V crew will face the added task to protect their options to sail in uncontested sea space particularly when Yendys and the Brisbane pocket-maxi Black Jack stared in this racing format earlier in the series.

However the TP 52 Shogun V has been a model of consistency and owner Rob Hanna believes the former Italian Team Azurra sloop will be up to the task when the expected challenges come from Yendys, Loki, Hooligan and Black Jack. -- Ian Grant

Audi Australian Championship Hangs in the Balance
The unusual combination of fog and soft unpredictable winds has forced the 2012 Audi Australian IRC championship into a tactical showdown in the warm Whitsunday Islands.

For the first time in the 29 year history of Hamilton Island Race Week the race committee were forced because of the ever changing zephyr strength breeze to the set a windward leeward course on the testing waters of the Whitsunday Passage.

Racing in totally different environment presented the fleet with a new challenge but it failed to find any faults in the applied tactics presented from the cockpit of runaway line honours winner Wild Oats X1.

However the super maxi which presently holds the records for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race Audi Sydney the Gold Coast and the Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel coastal classics was held to a slow time over the Whitsunday Passage course today.

Wild Oats X1 secured her sixth consecutive line honours with unmatched all angle speed finishing 7 minutes 12 seconds ahead of the Mark Bradford skippered RP 66 Black Jack but again failed to finish in the top 10 on corrected time.

Handicap honours went to the cleverly sailed Black Jack which benefited from the combined tactical strategy applied by Gold Medal Olympic Laser sailor Tom Slingsby and regular helmsman Mark Bradford.

Black Jack which sailed in her own private breeze managed to hold out the match racing TP52's Hooligan (Marcus Blackmore) and Yendys (Geoffrey Ross) winning the fastest corrected time award by 30 seconds form Hooligan while Yendys finished another second behind.

Yendys entered today's important sixth race trailing the equally impressive Victorian TP52 Shogun V by 2 points on the score board.

However their race game plan to maintain access to clear wind on both the windward and downwind legs of the course proved to be a key factor allowing Yendys to become the overall leader on count back while Shogun V and Black Jack remain poised to enter into a tactical dogfight when the sails are tensioned for another exciting day of racing hopefully in more reliable winds tomorrow. -- Ian Grant

Bosham Classic Boat Revival
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Bosham Classic Boat Revival In only it's second year this unique event is expected to attract classic racing dinghies and dayboats from all over the UK and continue to play a key role in revitalising dinghy racing for some of the 'older' boats in the established, much loved classes.

Providing a fun, competitive environment for dinghies and dayboats that may not be in the first flush of youth, this years event is already well on target to beat last year's entry of 50 boats.

With pre-registered enquiries from nearly 30 different classes already it is hoped to attract 505, Albacore, Devon/Salcombe Yawls, Firefly, Fairy Falcon, Graduate, GP14, Hornet, International Canoe, International 14, Jollyboat, Merlin Rocket, Moth, National 12, National 18, Chichester Harbour 18, Osprey, Redwing, Scow, Snipe, Sharpie, Solo, Tideway, Torbay Minnow, YW Dayboat, and other similar 'classic' dinghy classes with a maximum length of 20 feet.

There will be five races over the two days for fast, medium and slow handicap fleets with committee boat starts in Chichester Harbour. There will also be a hotly contested Concours D'Elegance award where a wonderful range of classic wooden racing dinghies will be on display.

To ensure the atmosphere is maintained ashore the parties revolve around live music each evening and to keep costs down club members will be offering some free accommodation for visiting crews.

For more information visit boshamsailingclub.com/classic-boat-revival/ , or email

The Bosham Classic Boat Revival 2012 is kindly sponsored by Top Yacht, Wiley Nautical, Harken and Pusser's Rum.

Yellow Sea International Yacht Race Comes to an End
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Yellow Sea International Yacht Race A long way back expected the sailors of the Yellow Sea Race. The leg from Qingdao to Incheon lasted almost 3 day and had all range of conditions. At first it started with light winds close to Qingdao and continued with stormy weather and gusts reaching 30 knots. Both boats and crew were tested in the strong winds and many where those that had damages.

As the boats were getting closer to Incheon the wind started to drop again and slowed down the pace of the race again. Irene had a safe lead from the very beginning and their tactics were really good. Elena had an even better leg strategy planned and when the wind dropped they chose to go Sound in order to set the spinnaker and then pinched up in order to enter the low pressure system. The strong winds that followed got them in second place behind Irene. In 3rd place finished Haemaru and now everyone waits for the corrected times that will judge the final winner of the Yellow Sea International Yacht Race.

Video report from the Finish of the final leg : bit.ly/RhotwY

Industry News
Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) believes that an Outer Harbour breakwater is vital to the Isle of Wight economy and to the safety and future prosperity of Cowes Harbour. The Cowes breakwater project has all necessary permissions in place to proceed and the time for constructing the breakwater has arrived. CHC needs to capture crucial infrastructure investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) for the breakwater project to proceed. This requires the Isle of Wight Council, local town councils and stakeholders to re-confirm their support for this important investment for the Island and its future.

Cowes Harbour Commission needs to urgently progress with this project now, in order to secure the prioritisation of the project by its partners. CHC is prepared to drive, manage and part fund delivery, making a significant investment in terms of both financial and other resources. This puts the breakwater in a strong position compared with most national competing projects.

Cowes Harbour Commission's commitment to funding and more active involvement in delivery of the breakwater should help build on the substantial investment already made in the project and the continued commitment from partners to see the project through to completion, if action is taken now.

You can help CHC deliver the breakwater for Cowes by showing your support for the project. Find out more and register your support online at www.COWES.co.uk/breakwater or email using 'Breakwater' in the subject line.

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exoscale, 100% Swiss cloud providers joins Multi One Design S.A. for the MOD70 European Tour which starts on 30th of August in Kiel, Germany and concludes on October 3rd in Genoa in Italy. This is a first major sports sponsorship for the leading technology provider.

exoscale Managing Director, Philippe Béal:  "The philosophy of the Multi One Championship, the traveling circuit that is committed to combining safety, reliability and performance along with cost control could be ours. exoscale is a platform at the forefront of technology that allows for the reduction of capital investment and development, one that improves responsiveness and efficiency by freeing up resources then available for new innovations. In different areas, our two companies offer platforms adapted to the realities and needs of today. We look forward to our association throughout the MOD70 European Tour and already wish Bon Vent to all the competitors!"

www.exoscale.ch
www.mod70-europeantour.com

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ISAF has announced that Antonio González de la Madrid (ESP) has been appointed as the new ISAF Sailing World Cup Manager. ISAF received 22 applications for this new role from around the world from people with a very wide range of sailing and international event organisation experience.

The new format of the ISAF Sailing World Cup will begin in Melbourne in December 2012 before heading to Europe (a North American event is not yet confirmed). In October 2013 a new Asian event will be introduced in Qingdao with ISAF also seeking to expand the event to Africa and the Middle East where we are still in contact with one of the bidders.

Antonio has been working as the ISAF Competitions Manager where he has been responsible for Race Officials as well as acting as the ISAF Technical Delegate for the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship and the ISAF Team Racing World Championship. Antonio is an ISAF International Race Officer and has a great deal of experience running major international events as well as having a unique understanding of ISAF rules and regulations.

sailing.org

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Henri Lloyd has enjoyed a long and unbroken period of support for Ben Ainslie throughout his adult sailing career becoming the quadruple Olympic gold medallist's first ever commercial sponsor back in 1996. During the association Ben has worked in conjunction with the Henri Lloyd design team on numerous projects including the development & launch of the Ainslie Junior Collection and more recently the Ainslie GBR 3 Collection.

Henri Lloyd has recently announced that they will become the Official Technical Clothing Supplier to Ben Ainslie Racing for the 2012/13 America's Cup Worlds Series campaign.

www.henrilloyd.com

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US Sailing, the national governing body of the sport, and Sperry Top-Sider®, a leading global nautical performance and lifestyle brand, have agreed on a new multi-year sponsorship deal. Sperry Top-Sider remains the official footwear provider of US Sailing. This news follows the April announcement that Sperry Top-Sider has become the title sponsor of the US Sailing Team.

Sperry's sponsorship includes the US Sailing Road Show, a grassroots sail education program that contributes to community sailing organizations throughout the summer. Additionally, Sperry will sponsor the Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals. The Junior Olympics is a nationwide series of 30 regattas that attracts nearly 5,000 junior sailors annually. The goal of the Junior Olympics is to promote the enjoyment of sailing, develop skills, and provide an Olympic pathway for talented juniors.

sperrytopsider.com

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Charles Schwab has announced a sponsorship of the 34th America's Cup, becoming the official investment firm for the America's Cup World Series events in San Francisco and the Louis Vuitton Cup, America's Cup Challenger Series, and America's Cup Finals in 2013.

Schwab will be hosting events at America's Cup venues and Schwab branches throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and will have a significant brand presence during America's Cup events, including the opening event of the 2012 AC World Series in San Francisco from August 21-26, 2012.

Not Sailing But Very Cool... And Who Doesn't Want To Do This?
We've all felt like throwing our phones one point - because of badly designed interfaces, lousy reception, shatter-prone screens or the rage-inducingly awful person we were just talking to. But what if you could hurl your phone as hard as you can and actually be rewarded for it?

Welcome to the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships/

Last weekend dozens of proud phone-chuckers from around the world descended on the small Finnish town of Savonlinna to compete and watch a bit of history made. Eighteen-year-old Ere Karjalainen from Finland set a new world record, organizers say, when he chucked an old Nokia phone 332.8 feet (101.46 meters). And to Karjalainen, there was little practice involved. He credited his win to his drinking session the night before...

Read more: newsfeed.time.com/2012/08/23/

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