The America’s Cup is New Zealand’s Cup

Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand have won the 35th America’s Cup.

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Another dominant race win for Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand in race nine of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, gave the Kiwi team victory on the Great Sound in Bermuda, sparking wild celebrations on board their America’s Cup Class (ACC) boat, and the team’s support boats on the Great Sound. Burling now adds the 35th America’s Cup to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup trophy he won in San Francisco, 2013.
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Pass the Red Bull, Please!

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Red Bull Foiling Generation Racing
Back-to-Back US Qualifier and World Finals
October 15+16 and 22+23

A super exciting 11-day foiling event will be hosted by Sail Newport this coming weekend with racing to be held along the western shoreline of Fort Adams in Newport, Rhode Island.  Clinic racing starts on October 12 to prepare sailors for the US Qualifiers October 14-16. Sailors will compete to  earn a berth at the Worlds which follows October 21-23. This is a “don’t miss” and thrilling event to watch, set up in a similar “Sailing Village” set up to the Volvo Ocean Race and World Match Racing Tour. 

Red Bull Foiling Generation is about providing talented young sailors, ages 16 – 20 with the opportunity to advance their careers through top-notch hydrofoil racing. The competitions serve as training waters for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, which caters to competitors ages 19-25. Both competitions train youth sailors from all over the globe on smaller versions of catamaran racers with foils, like those used in one of the world’s most famous sailing competition – America’s Cup.

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The Sail Newport Sailing Center at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island will host both the Red Bull Foiling Generation US Qualifier on October 15 and 16 and the World Finals for the world to see on October 22 and 23. The seaside location is home to many sailing events and regattas because of its natural amphitheater on Narragansett Bay and legendary sailing waters.

SPECTATORS WELCOME

Each weekend, competition is scheduled to take place on Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday from 10 AM – 1 PM, followed by an Awards Ceremony. 

The America’s Cup World Series is Back

After the first rendition of the America’s Cup World Series which took place in Portsmouth, UK in late July, the second meet up of the super fast, foiling, carbon catamarans just ended in Gothenburg, Sweden. Two winners have surfaced after this most recent event, with former Team Oracle skipper Ben Ainslie, who split off from Oracle to form his own team for this Cup, winning the first races in the UK, and Team New Zealand’s recent win at the Swedish waterfront. Both teams took the Louis Vuitton silver home and get the satisfaction of beating some of the world’s best sailors on some of the most difficult boats to sail.

This edition has some seriously talented sailors in the mix, with the amazing Franck Cammas from France on Groupama, former ETNZ skipper Dean Barker at the helm of SoftBank Team Japan. Don’t forget Jimmy Spithill on Oracle Team USA, and Artemis is back in the mix with Nathan Outteridge and Iain Percy, both very solid sailors, on the sailing team.

The video above is a nice recap of the first Louis Vuitton Cup races in the UK. It shows how these boats sail right on the edge of being out of control (or so it appears) and how quickly maneuvers must be executed and without any mistakes.

The closest these boats get to the USA is a planned event in Chicago in the summer of 2016. I for one, would love to check that event out. Not likely i’ll be able to make it to Bermuda for the real cup races in June 2017….sigh…. The nextLouis Vuitton AC World Series heads to Bermuda October 16th – 18th and the Race Village will be situated in the capital: Hamilton. Who’s going???

They Came, They Saw, They Foiled….Vineyard Cup 2015

An Event Like No Other

From Press Release: (Sail Martha’s Vineyard)

Martha’s Vineyard is in full swing this time of year and it’s not just the Island that
has been hot. On July 10-12 the waters off Martha’s Vineyard played host to one of the most unique Regatta’s to ever take place.  88 boats ranging in size from 12 feet to 81 feet shared the water with 30 Foiling Kiteboards competing for $10,000 in the cash purse compliments of Lynch and Associates.

Sustainability for the Future

For 2015 the Vineyard Cup is building on its sustainable roots. For the past three years Sail Martha’s Vineyard has been moving up the ranks in the Sailors for the Sea Clean Regatta initiative but this year decided to go a step further by committing to serve all Local food, which was either grown, raised or landed on Martha’s Vineyard.

This included greens and tomatoes from Island Grown Initiative, Chickens from Morning Glory Farm, Oysters from Honeysuckle Oysters and Pigs from The Good Farm among other Island purveyors.

In addition the event attempted to be a Zero Waste event, meaning that all food would be composted, all containers recycled and anything that can be reused will be reused. In the end we had 1 yard of trash, 90% of which was from the packaging of materials provided to us by outside companies.

Maritime Heritage with a Progressive Thought Process

While Sail Martha’s Vineyard started with simple boat building and learn to sail programs back in 1992 it has grown immensely with classes ranging from Coastal Navigation to High School Vocational to Rowing to Captains License Testing. At the heart the organization still offers Island Children the opportunity to learn the skills of sailing for free. This in itself is a huge undertaking with 400 children taking to the water this summer alone.

 

Foiling Week – A Five Day Festival of Foiling

Have you witnessed a flying boat yet? It’s a sight and makes you wonder if perhaps you’re seeing things! Foiling is the way of the sailing future and with kites, catamarans, lasers even taking to the air, foiling is reaching new heights and popularity amongst the younger sailing population.

We told you about the Vineyard Cup which added foiling kites to their formerly water based event last week on Martha’s Vineyard. The event was very well received, the weather was perfect and the fleet of flying foiling kiteboards were blasting around at top speeds with an excellent turnout.

So of course the Euros have to take it to another level with a whole week of foiling fun. Read this report from the event website and watch the video and be the judge: are you ready to take your sailing to this next level? I’m happy to watch, thank you!

Website Report:  Foiling Week 2015 came to a close last weekend after a five day festival of foiling in superb conditions at Lake Garda. The weather really turned it on for three days of fast and furious foiling with Lake Garda an eclectic mix of foiling craft.

The sun came out every day and the pristine clear waters off Malcesine proved a big hit for the visiting sailors. The early morning Peler from the North switches off around lunchtime to make way for the afternoon Ora from the South which blew in 12 – 18 knots almost every day. Add the occasional summer thunderstorm in the mix and you have some awesome foiling conditions.

The Kitefoil Invitational proved such a hit amongst the visitors that international kite rider Marvin Baumeister is keen to organize a major kite event in Lake Garda as early as next year.

“The circuit is growing in strength and if we come here in Summer it doesn’t get much better, its not only a place that has really good conditions for some very fast racing, its also the panorama and the scene here just adds that extra element.”

Winner of the Long Distance Race, kiteboarder Torvar Mirsky from Western Australia agrees: “I have had a lot of fun here, this Foiling Week concept is great, the venue is great, the organization is spot on so we have had such a pleasant time.” (read more)

Sounds like fun to me, but still – i’ll take the video. Enjoy!

 

Sail in the Vineyard Cup

Once you’ve recovered from this past weekend’s madness – get ready for more on Martha’s Vineyard where the Vineyard Cup is about to go off.  This regatta has it all – from classic yachts to PHRF boat and then add in a dash of foiling Kiteboards! SICK! And the best part of it all is that it’s all to benefit Sail Martha’s Vineyard, an island based non profit whose mission is to get the islanders out sailing. Because NO, not every Martha’s Vineyarder is a trustafarian or hedge funder with a yacht on hand. Many scrape together summer tips to join the sailing programs and so helping the locals is the same out on the fancy island as it is in any other town. MV depends on donations and support from the masses to fund sailboats and sailors.

KiteFoiling/ Sailor Vineyarder and TotalBoat Ambassador, Brock Callen who is helping to rally the foiling side of the event says: “We are trying to create an event that is unlike anything out there. Classic Sailboats alongside Foiling Kiteboards, Fully sustainable with all local food and it is all to benefit a great organization.” Callen, who is an 11th Hour Racing Ambassador for clean water, was also proud to point out that the regatta has been granted Sailors for the Sea Gold Level Sustainability Status. No single use water bottles will be allowed! Water Filling Stations will be set up at both Kite venue and Sailing Venue. There will be all glass at the event tent. No plastic cups. Forks and knives are birch and the plates are compostable.  And all the food is local. Pretty cool.

And then there’s the cash….

Here is a great write up from Sailing Anarchy that sums up this part of the event really nicely:
… the Vineyard Cup was created 10 years ago and it has existed as a family fun regatta with a great party but for 2015 SailMV wanted to make some changes to the Vineyard Cup and wanted to provide the Island with an event that was not only beneficial to one of the most influential non profits but also to provide something that was exciting to watch. Enter Lynch & Associates and their commitment to donate $10,000 in cold hard cash as the prize money for the first Foiling Kiteboard Vineyard Cup.

Bill Lynch and Lynch & Associates have been the force behind the North American Speed Sailing Championships as well as Rob Douglas and his 2008 assault on the Outright World Speed Sailing Record in Namibia. With the prize money in hand Sail Martha’s Vineyard has opened up registration to 30 Foiling Kiteboards to race July 10-12 right off State Beach which in the summer boasts 7,000+ Sun burnt spectators lounging on the beach. So if you think you can nail a foiling jibe at 30 knots or if you want to support a great organization check out the Website here.

The NOR is hereRegister here for both Foiling Kiteboards and PHRF/Classics.

Are you ready? The Vineyarders are! Join in!

Sunday Funday! The Ultimate Sailing Speed Test

Kite vs. Moth vs. Nacra F20 FCS vs. Marstrom 32

Sit back, grab another cuppa and hold on because here is a break from the sanding, the planking and steam bending of the old beauties. Come for a ride on 4 of the fastest rides around the water. It’s fast and furious and foiling!  Any bets before you hit play of who might win this one?

Happy Sunday! Enjoy!