05 February 2013

Oracle Team USA AC72 Relaunch (video)

It's been a long time coming, but Oracle Team USA hit the water today (Feb 4, 2013) in its revamped AC72. General manager Grant Simmer told AC UNCUT's Genny Tulloch the design and build crews did more than just repair the boat; this is an improved version of boat one, with several key modifications.

America's Cup: Oracle relaunch repaired ship - video | Sport | SNTV: "Larry Ellison's Oracle Team USA relaunch their repaired America's Cup ship in San Francisco. The catamaran flipped over near the Golden Gate Bridge, resulting in extensive damage, last October. Repairs have been completed and on Monday the AC72 was put back in the waters of San Francisco bay. The biggest, most apparent feature of the relaunched boat is a brand new wing sail built at Core Builders Composites in Warkworth, New Zealand"

Biscay Finale for the Fabulous Fifties Le Cam and Golding - Vendée Globe 2012-2013: " . . . Le Cam, leading his English rival now by 65 miles on what should be his final afternoon at sea on this race, with 308 miles to the finish reported that conditions were hard for SynerCiel. “I have gusts of 35-40kts and I am not yet in the worst of it. After all that I have been through in this Vendée Globe we don’t deserve this at the end.” Jean Le Cam said, “I’d like to slow down a bit because of the conditions but I really can’t because of Mike. And I can’t push too hard. I have to make sure of this fifth place. I will not be sleeping before the finish line tomorrow.” Golding, who is on course to become the first sailor to ever finish three Vendée Globe races, is having to throttle back occasionally to deal with the increased flow of water in through the keel box of Gamesa. . . ."

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Vendee Globe - Countdown begins to Golding's record third finish
Sail World
In the Vendee Globe, the final miles across the Bay of Biscay are likely to be some of the most testing for Mike Golding onboard Gamesa as he counts down to finish of this solo, non-stop round the world race for a record-breaking third time. No other ...

Sail World

RI gov to announce new sailing event for Newport
The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that Newport will be hosting the only U.S. stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2015, a 'round-the-world sailing event that includes stops at port cities around the globe. Baltimore's Ocean Racing USA had sought to host ...

GW Sailing Gearing Up for 13 Regattas this Spring
George Washington University - Official Athletic Site
WASHINGTON - The George Washington sailing team returns to competition the weekend of February 16-17 for its first of 13 regattas scheduled during the spring semester. "Following a debut fall season in which everyone's learning curves were sky high, ...

George Washington University - Official Athletic Site

Sailing 'cathartic and uniquely tranquil' for wounded veterans
American Homecomings
POINT RICHMOND — Board a sailing vessel and leave the land behind, even for a short time, and it will change you. Schooner Eros captains Grace and Bill Bodle are extending that healing experience to some of our nation's most fragile souls: severely ...

American Homecomings

Sailing: Dawber leavres Frostbite rivals out in cold
Chichester Observer
But it was not to be – the RS400's much larger sail area gave it greater speed on the final reach and allowed it to cross the line ahead. The handicap victory, however, could hardly have been more emphatic – Dawber won by a five-minute margin, with ...

Chichester Observer

Sears Hometown Sailing Strong Into Next Earnings
Motley Fool
Near the end of 2012, former department store legend turned mall wasteland Sears (NASDAQ: SHLD ) segregated its high-value segments into one quickly growing, typically undervalued spinoff opportunity. And, in classic spinoff style, the stock was ...

Tobin's clean sweep all in preparation
Tobin, seventh at last year's Olympics, was one of only three sailors to win every race at the four-day International Sailing Federation grade one Olympic-class event, which finished today amid strong wind gusts of up to 30 knots on the Waitemata Harbour.

EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour: Fleet arrives in Bahrain ahead of Gulf's ...
Bahrain News Agency
Manama, Feb. 5. (BNA) -- With just 5 days to go before the start of the third edition of EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour, a fleet of One Design Farr 30 yachts has arrived at Amwaj Marina, starting point for the two week competition that will pit ...

Ida Lewis Distance Race 2013 readies for Ninth Edition
BYM News (press release)
The ninth edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race challenges sailors of all ages and experience levels to try offshore racing by competing in the popular overnighter that starts and finishes at Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, R.I. Scheduled for a 1 p.m ...

Sailing-Portugal bans Olympic windsurfer over secret pregnancy - Olympic sports- NBC Sports: "Portugal's Olympic committee has banned a female windsurfer for life for concealing she was pregnant but attending the London Games anyway to see her husband. Carolina Borges travelled to Britain as part of the Portugal team but then sent an email during the Games in July saying she was quitting before her RS-X event had even started. "The Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth accepted our recommendation and has forbidden the athlete from ever representing Portugal again," Olympic committee head Vicente Moura told Lusa news agency on Tuesday. Brazil-born Borges represented Brazil at the Athens Olympics in 2004 but later joined Portugal's squad. "It all points to the fact that she took advantage of the trip to the Olympics to be with her husband," Moura added. Borges is married to U.S. sailor Mark Mendelblatt, who competed in London in the Star class in the sailing regatta off the south coast of England. . . ."

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