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America's Cup- NZ Rigging drops the Big Boat's mast into cafe alley *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:20 PM Mon 1 Jul 2013 GMT
KZ-1, the Big Boat of the 1988 America's Cup fame is now on permanent display outside the Maritime Museum, and forms the predominant landmark on the Auckland waterfront. 18 years had lapsed, since the 1988 America's Cup Challenger had her rig checked fully, and the Maritime Museum turned to NZ Rigging to undertake the tricky task. Sail-World was on site for the first few hours of the operation ...

America's Cup- Coast Guard permit triggers Class Rule changes *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 1:22 AM Sat 29 Jun 2013 GMT
America's Cup organisers have announced that they have received a Permit for the conduct of the America's Cup Regatta, with just a week to run before the start of the event. As expected the Organisers have made several significant AC72 Class rule changes, several of them without the unanimous approval of all four teams, as required by the protocol governing the conduct of the 34th America's Cup ...

America's Cup- Challengers on the Bay in 20kts of breeze - Video *Feature By John Navas, 8:24 PM Fri 28 Jun 2013 GMT
Another great piece of video from John Narras, from Thursday June 27, showing Emirates Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa in their AC72's and Artemis Racing practicing on two foiling AC45's. For Luna Rossa it was the first time on the water with new dagger boards. ...

America's Cup- Two Challengers haul Regatta Director in front of Jury *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 2:49 AM Fri 28 Jun 2013 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand have confirmed that they will be lodging an Application with the International Jury concerning the actions of the Regatta Director, who they claim has exceeded his authority in implementing his Recommendations following the safety review. ...

America's Cup- Jury to decide as Oracle sails with rudder elevators *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:00 PM Wed 26 Jun 2013 GMT
Oracle Team USA is in the process of fitting and sailing with the new winglets specified by America's Cup Regatta Director, Iain Murray and made public just over four weeks ago. Before the end of the week, one of the parties is expected to refer the matter to the International Jury. The issue was dismissed by Oracle Team USA's CEO, Russell Coutts as 'rules minutiae' ...

America's Cup- The slickest foiling, flying gybe in the West - Video *Feature By John Navas, San Francisco , 6:57 AM Sat 22 Jun 2013 GMT
The always excellent John Navas caught Emirates Team New Zealand doing a foiling gybe, in full flight, on San Francisco Bay. We've see a few before but this is something else - in fact it was so slick we missed it, the first time. An amazing piece of sailing. Features the short clip of just the foiling gybe and the full practice session is in a second video, also included in this story ...

America's Cup- Protagonists believed to be well apart on key issues *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 10:27 AM Fri 21 Jun 2013 GMT
Sail-World understands that while the teams have agreed on many of the basic safety issues proposed for the 2013 America's Cup Regatta, they are very entrenched on a few others affecting the broad format of the regatta. Sources spoken to by Sail-World believed that a full International Jury Hearing would be required next week to sort out the outstanding issues ...

Gladwell's Line- Claims that Artemis Racing used veto in own interests *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Takapuna, New Zealand , 7:48 PM Sat 8 Jun 2013 GMT
Emirates Team NZ 's Grant Dalton claims that the Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing, used their veto as Challenger of Record, to stymie a proposal for the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup to be delayed until 19 July, and for all teams to participate in a true Round Robin at that juncture. ...

Gladwell's Line- Summer of Sailing set to become to Summer of Waiting? *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Takapuna, New Zealand , 7:56 PM Fri 7 Jun 2013 GMT
The 34th America's Cup reached a farcical level today, with the release of a revised race schedule, co-incident with an announcement by the Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing (SWE) that they did not expect to be racing until the end of July. ...

America's Cup- Review Recommendations not expected to be an easy meal *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 12:18 AM Fri 24 May 2013 GMT
There could be some belching around the America's Cup table, in San Francisco before teams fully digest, and maybe sign-off the 37 recommendations served up by the America’s Cup Regatta Director, Iain Murray yesterday. The recommendations came on the back of a fatal accident on the Swedish AC72, and triggered the commissioning of a six person panel, by event organisers. ...

Laser Lawsuit - Kirby´s dramatic move *Feature By, 12:27 AM Sat 18 May 2013 GMT
Kirby Inc. yesterday dramatically increased the pressure on LP, ISAF and the ILCA when they asked the US Federal Court in Connecticut to issue a prejudgment remedy against LP. If this was to be granted as requested LP and its associates would be unable to build Lasers or have anyone else build them for them, while the Courts then could take their time hearing the case. ...

Gladwell's Line- Tragedy in San Francisco + RYA Tribute Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:42 PM Sun 12 May 2013 GMT
Following is the editorial published in Sail-World NZ's newsletter published on May 10, NZT. It is republished for those who don't subscribe to's New Zealand newsletter. Tragedy hit the 2013 America's Cup with the death of double Olympic Medalist, Andrew 'Bart' Simpson. Includes RYA tribute video to Andrew Simpson ...

America's Cup- Am-Cam Video of Artemis Racing's final run *Feature By Sail-World, 11:38 AM Sat 11 May 2013 GMT
Video shot on May 9, 2013 of Artemis Racing's final run on San Francisco Bay, before she had her fatal capsize later in the day. Second shows Oracle Team USA sailing very quickly in a fresh breeze, easily the fastest we have seen to date. ...

America's Cup- Tributes flow after Gold Medalist dies in AC72 capsize *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:38 PM Fri 10 May 2013 GMT
Artemis Racing have confirmed that 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist in the Star keelboatclass, Andrew 'Bart' Simpson has died in a training incident in San Francisco. Simpson was pulled from the water after the incident, and CPR was attempted on the water and ashore, but was not successful, and he was pronounced dead. ...

America's Cup- Two inquiries underway in fatal capsize - Updated *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:34 PM Fri 10 May 2013 GMT
At an international media conference today, America's Cup Events Authority, Stephen Barclay, announced that two inquiries were running into the Artemis incident. The first is being conducted by the San Francisco Police Department, as is standard practice in any fatality. The SFPD have impounded the boat as part of their accident investigation. ...

America's Cup- Television deals, details and conflict revealed *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 7:39 PM Wed 8 May 2013 GMT
A spat between two America’s Cup team bosses at a fundraising dinner has led to details of the America’s Cup television coverage being revealed to Sail-World. CEO of America's Cup Event Authority revealed that organisers had been forced to buy TV air time in USA to to reach the maximum audience. ...

Laser Lawsuit - Challenge to Laser trademark ownership *Feature By Marine Business-World, 10:34 PM Tue 7 May 2013 GMT
Another new development in the widening legal dispute between Bruce Kirby, the designer of the world´s best known sailing boat, the Laser dinghy and one of the Laser builders LaserPerformance (LPE) the builder and supplier of Lasers into UK, Europe and North America, because of non-payment of design royalties. ...

ISAF and ILCA on thin ice? Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright *Feature By Marine Business-World, 8:09 PM Sun 5 May 2013 GMT
Extracts from an article written for Scuttlebutt USA by IPR lawyer John Harwood-Bee on the lawsuit between Laser designer Bruce Kirby, builder LPE and associated companies and ISAF and ILCA. ...

America's Cup- Coutts and Dalton at odds over Cup television coverage *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 4:38 AM Sat 4 May 2013 GMT
The heads of two America's Cup teams squared off in Auckland on Friday May 3, 2013, at a fundraising dinner to support the 2016 Paralympic campaign of two America's Cup sailors, Rick Dodson and David Barnes. Here is the first of a two part feature covering the Question and Answer session between Grant Dalton and Russell Coutts. television and the America's Cup dominated the opening rounds + Video ...

ISAF Laser intervention - Supply problems looming? *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 1:11 AM Wed 1 May 2013 GMT
The long running dispute between the designer of the Laser dinghy Bruce Kirby and one of the Laser builders LaserPerformance, the builder and supplier of Lasers into UK, Europe and North America, because of non-payment of design royalties is now much wider than ever before and now it appears that its likely to threaten supplies of Lasers. ...

ISAF Sailing World Cup 2013 -Golden returns as Hyeres action concludes *Feature By Fabienne Morin, 10:13 AM Sat 27 Apr 2013 GMT
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres 2013, the medals were decided across the ten Olympic events which brought the regatta to a close. An up and down breeze that never truly filled in at any point ensured for close knit racing on the final day in the south of France. ...

Fisher's View- Super Sunday - America's Cup WS - Race Day 4 *Feature By Bob Fisher, Naples, Italy , 7:30 PM Sun 21 Apr 2013 GMT
Race Day 4 America's Cup World Series, Naples: 'Super Sunday' – the very term is destined to be inspirational, but it can also induce fear to a team that has dutifully logged a series of good results to appear at or near the top of the scoreboard. The reason is the heavily skewed points available for the one race on the final day. ...

America's Cup- Happy Birthday, Fish - Images of bygone daze *Feature By Sail-World and Various Photographers, 7:57 AM Sat 20 Apr 2013 GMT
The doyen of America's Cup media, Bob Fisher, celebrates his birthday again today. Here's a selection of images from Bob's Birthdays past (and many). ...

America's Cup WS- Images from Naples - Close to the action - Day 2 *Feature By Linda Wight, 6:52 AM Sat 20 Apr 2013 GMT
Sail-World's Linda Wright is at Naples, Italy, for the America's Cup World Series. She filed this image gallery from the Race Day 2, at Naples, where she was positioned on one of the media RIBs ...

Fisher's View- Poets in Naples - America's Cup WS - Race Day 2 *Feature By Bob Fisher, Naples, Italy , 9:46 PM Fri 19 Apr 2013 GMT
Race Day 2 America's Cup World Series, Naples: First up was the quarter-final match for Luna Rossa – Swordfish in the hands of Francesco Bruni and Dean Barker in ETNZ. It promised much, and delivered. Barker forced Bruni over early and after the Italian had taken his penalty, ETNZ led by five seconds at the first mark and held that to the leeward gate. ...

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