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KSSS Vice Commodore Visits Artemis Racing

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting the Vice Commodore of our host yacht club, the KSSS. Bjorn Unger has a great sailing background and was involved in ...

 

One thing most of us forget about is that all Americas Cup teams must be sponsored by a Yacht Club. With prominent team owners such as Larry Elison, the yacht clubs don't really do much besides give their name to back the teams. It kind of an old Americas Cup formality. 

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Phuket NEWS: Thailand's development as a sailing nation with the P

Phuket NEWS: Thailand's development as a sailing nation with the P | High Performance Sailing | Scoop.it
Kevin Whitcraft president of Phuket's King’s Cup Regatta Organizing Committee talks about the development of sailing...

 

Its always interesting to hear about sailing developing is different areas of the world. It just goes to show that there is interest in sail all around the world, especially in parts of Asia.

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Dangling on the edge: Life of a daredevil photographer

Dangling on the edge: Life of a daredevil photographer | High Performance Sailing | Scoop.it
Clambering up masts 10 storeys-tall is all a part of the job for Kos Evans, a ballsy Brit who pioneered dangerous genre of masthead photography.

 

While climbing a 150 foot + tall mast may seem like fun, you often forget that all roll is amplified the higher up you go. This makes photography very challenging from on top of a mast. Plus, you have to have the stomach to do it and not get sick.

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Rán Leopard claims line honours in Transatlantic Superyacht & Maxi Regatta | VSail.info

Rán Leopard claims line honours in Transatlantic Superyacht & Maxi Regatta | VSail.info | High Performance Sailing | Scoop.it
Niklas Zennström and his 18-strong crew crossed the finish line off Virgin Gorda shortly after 10 p.m. UTC last night after covering 3,300 miles at an average speed of 18.6 knots.

 

Not a supprise that Ran Leopard broke the record for this race. This is a relativley new race, and the previous race record holder was a 220 foot sailing yacht. RAN Leopard, in contrast is a 100 fott carbon racing maxi with a fulltime professional crew. What is impressive though, is their average speed of 18.6 knots. This is fast!

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Numbers Man

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Kevin Hall's career in the America's Cup is a study in evolution and that's only accelerated with the advent of the AC72. 

 

"With the courses so compact and the boats so hungry for human horsepower, having one person dedicated to tracking the team’s progress around the course and keeping an eye on the competition is a luxury some teams may decide they can't afford."

 

 

Sailing these Americas Cup AC72s with just 11 people is an imprssive feat. These boast have larger loads and are more powerful than many of the big 100 foot + super maxi sailboats, yet these boats have no hydrolic winches or power assistened anything. Everthing must be done with human power, and there is just not that much of it on the boat. This requires everyone to help out and be physicall fit, even the navagator who has more data to analyze while sailing than ever before.

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Extreme Sailing Series - Exhilarating double win for The Wave, Muscat

Extreme Sailing Series - Exhilarating double win for The Wave, Muscat | High Performance Sailing | Scoop.it
At the Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 in Rio, it has been the most closely contested finish ever in the six-year history.
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Leigh McMillan does the double -- Act 8 Rio winner and 2012 Extreme Sailing Series Champion

http://extremesailingseries.com The most closely contested finish ever in the six-year history of the Extreme Sailing Series, today saw The Wave, Muscat clinch Victory.

 

 

While these boats are often considered out of date when compared to the Americas Cup AC 45s and AC 72s, there is still a large and competitive fleet that takes part in the Extreme Sailing Series. The circuts short course, "Stadium" format means that the race courses are always tight and the racing is close to shore where spectators can see the action. The racing is still really interesting to watch because the race format pushes the fleet together and makes for some really close racing, even if the boats are a little out of date.

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66. Year in the life of Luna Rossa Challenge - AC Discovered

This week on America's Cup Discovered we take an exclusive look into the year in the life of Luna Rossa Challenge. They may have joined the America's Cup Wor...

 

It is really impressive how Luna Rossa has developed their team over the past year. Unlike the other three competitors, Luna Rossa started competing in the Americas Cup World Series halfway through the first season. They were also about a year behind the other teams in the design and development of their AC72 catamaran. However, Luna Rossa's agreement with Team New Zealand helped the team make up some time with development of their boat. The team has also seen so much success because they were able to hire some the best sailors in saiing. Their depth of talent is on part, if not greater than many of the other teams, making them a force to be reconned with.

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You can’t play tennis by yourself | Emirates Team New Zealand

You can’t play tennis by yourself | Emirates Team New Zealand | High Performance Sailing | Scoop.it

This article does a nice job of highlighting the benefits of two boat testing in the Americas Cup. With all of the secrecy behind the design of these boats, team don;t usualy test with each other. However, because Team Emerates New Zealand and Prada have a design sharing agreement and have two identical version-one boats (Team NZ is planning on building a another boat for the americas cup next year), they are able to test with each other.

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REACH Program To Educate Youth

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US Sailing has just launched REACH program with the main purpose to educate young people on the benefits of practicing a sport, in this case, sailing.
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Paul Allen’s 126-metre Octopus rescues sailor in Pacific

Paul Allen’s 126-metre Octopus rescues sailor in Pacific | High Performance Sailing | Scoop.it
Monster superyacht's crew rescues stircken sailing yacht (RT @ybw: Superyacht rescues sailor in Pacific: Monster superyacht's crew rescues stricken sailing yacht http://t.co/x1Oa4FoF...)...
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Video: Grant Dalton updates on Emirates Team New Zealand | VSail ...

Video: Grant Dalton updates on Emirates Team New Zealand | VSail ... | High Performance Sailing | Scoop.it
TV3 sailing reporter Greg Pearson had a day out on the AC72. On the tow out he got a few minutes to sit down and get an update on the Emirates Team New Zealand campaign with Grant Dalton.

 

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ARC: designer and builder go racing

ARC: designer and builder go racing | High Performance Sailing | Scoop.it
Builder and designer of the new Pogo 50 fast cruiser are getting a hands-on test across the Atlantic.
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Carlos Aguilar Match Race - Holmberg leads day 3

Carlos Aguilar Match Race - Holmberg leads day 3 | High Performance Sailing | Scoop.it
The third day of the Carlos Aguilar Match Race was made spectacular for sailing by whitecaps and winds 20-25 knots.

 

Though this type of sailing is not that prominent in the United States, it is a really interesting for of sailing because of the runs and tactic involved. The level of sailing skill needed to excel in match racing is extremely highbecause of this.

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America's Cup Frontrunner Faces Shocking Accusation

America's Cup Frontrunner Faces Shocking Accusation | High Performance Sailing | Scoop.it
Larry Ellison's America's Cup sailing team has been accused by its Italian competitor of spying, a practice as old as the 161-year-old America's Cup trophy that's the prize on the San Francisco Bay this summer.Luna Rossa, the Italian team, contends...

 

 

Spying in the Americas Cup is total legal as long as you stay far enough away from the competition while they are training. In fact, bascially all of the teams have photographers and engineers watching all of the other teams training for the Cup. The question is whether Oracle got too close. This will be hard for Luna Rossa to prove but thats why there is an independent jury to resolve issues like this.

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Sail-World.com - Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Shimmer thrives on day 2

Sail-World.com - Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Shimmer thrives on day 2 | High Performance Sailing | Scoop.it
The Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series 2013 opened the second day of racing with the same light wind condition from yesterday.

 

 

With the past few years' economic events, sailing team budgets have been cut drastically and many of the larger teams have moved away from expensive maxi sailing and turned to sportboats. This is evident with the Melges 20 fleet. The class continues to have a large turnout at its events and the level of competition is very high with many professional teams racing in these small boats. 

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Milestones passed in Volvo Ocean 65 build | VSail.info

Milestones passed in Volvo Ocean 65 build | VSail.info | High Performance Sailing | Scoop.it
A couple of significant milestones have been passed in the build process for the Volvo Ocean 65 at boatyards in Italy and France.

 

While previous versions of the Volvo Ocean Race had the teams build their own boats under a box rule, after a small number of entrants in the last race and a lot of breakdowns, Volvo Ocean race officials have decided that this next edition of the race will be sailed in 65 foot one design boats. This means that the race officials have to be able to supply boats to anyone who wishes to enter the race. Officals believe that somewhere between 8 and 12 team will want boats so the construction process was started very early and boat number one is already under constuction with the hull being laid up right now.

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French sailor fined over COLREGs | Yacht News | Yachting World

French sailor fined over COLREGs | Yacht News | Yachting World | High Performance Sailing | Scoop.it
French sailor is fined £9,381 plus costs for refusing to alter course in traffic separation schemes...

 

This is an interesting story. Just because you are trying to beat a world record, does not mean that you have the right to disobey marine traffic laws and cause chaos in one of the most busy shipping lanes in the world. While sailboats do have the right away over powered vessel, this does not mean they can take advantage of that rule.

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ETNZ: AC72- Pushing it on day 28

On Day 28, with some top end weather conditions in the forecast the ETNZ engineers put the message out- "Push it."...

 

This is crazy. No other America's Cup team is confident enough in their boat to even consider going out when the winds were that high. This just goes to show that ETNZ is ahead of all the other teams and is very confident with their boat and their crewmembers. 42 knot plus downwind VMG is very fast. Just wait until these boats are racing against each other.

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Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 8 at Rio de Janeiro - Day 2 - Yachts ...

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 8 at Rio de Janeiro - Day 2 - Yachts ... | High Performance Sailing | Scoop.it
Sailing news as it happens. The first place to stop for reports, results, fixtures & photographs from racing sailing.
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Artemis Re-Shuffle

Artemis Re-Shuffle | High Performance Sailing | Scoop.it
Terry Hutchinson leaves, Iain Percy steps up to sailing director and Outteridge takes the helm...

 

While Terry Hutchinson is considered one of the all time great monohull sailors, he did not perform nearly as well as expected against the younger, up-and-coming sailors he was racing against in the Americas World Series. Therefore after Artemis poached some of the best prospects from the competition, Terry left the team and is being replaced by Nathan Outerage. Nathan is a world renowned 49er skiff sailor and olympic medalist, who seemed to pick up catamaran sailing faster than Hutchinson.

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Vendee Globe - Gap widens as first five pass Gate of Aiguilles

In the Vendee Globe, 30 minutes is the gap that separated the first and the third boat through the Gate of Aiguilles.

 

Its amazing how close these boats are after sailing all of that distance. This Vendee also shows how important weather modeling is in making tactical decisions. With boats hundreds of miles apart, the boats with the best winds and conditions will make up grounds, while the ones in light winds will sit around as the boats in better weather pass around them. However, the weather can also condense the fleet if the fleet sails into an areas of light winds and the back of the fleet which still is in better winds catches up.

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Twitter / vsail: The best sailing photo of 2012? ...

RT @vsail: The best sailing photo of 2012?

 

Very cool

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Sailing Around The World In The Smallest Boat

Sailing Around The World In The Smallest Boat | High Performance Sailing | Scoop.it
Sailing is without a doubt a fascinating thing. However, this can be quite dangerous, too, at least if you are not an experienced sailor and you are not using the proper gear.
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Vendee Globe: Shortest v fastest - who will benefit?

Vendee Globe: Shortest v fastest - who will benefit? | High Performance Sailing | Scoop.it
In the Vendee Globe, the front of the fleet are gnawing their nails as they are plagued by fickle weather conditions.
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