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Matt Coutts talks about the D-One

Posted on 30 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

A young New Zealand sailor is currently in Valencia, training on his Finn during the European summer and autumn, with the aspiration to represent his country in the Finn class in the 2012 Olympic Games. His family name might sound very familiar and with good reason. Matt Coutts is the nephew of the legendary Russell Coutts, 4-time America’s up winner among other, striving to continue the family saga in the sport of sailing.

Coutts is one of the 35 sailors that take part in the inaugural Magic Marine BetPro Gold Cup and on Thursday he sailed in the practice race. Although not a absolute beginner on the D-One’s Coutts will need some more work to master them. As he says, “Finns are nice but the D-One’s are absolutely amazing, so fun to sail”.

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Publication of AC72 Class Rule delayed until October 15

Posted on 30 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: BMW Oracle] Following a period of consultation with potential teams for the 34th America’s Cup, the release date of the AC72 Class Rule has been pushed back by two weeks to Oct. 15.

An initial draft was released to prospective teams on Sept. 16. Based on their considered input, a second draft will be issued on or before Oct. 6, allowing potential teams an additional comment period before its formal release.

“The Defender and Challenger of Record have agreed an amendment to the Protocol for the 34th America’s Cup to permit this short delay in publishing the AC72 Class Rule,” said Murray in a memo to prospective competitors for the 34th America’s Cup.

The AC72 is the new high-performance wingsail catamaran being developed for the 34th America’s Cup. The Rule is being drafted by Morrelli & Melvin Design and Engineering on behalf of US SAILING.

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Publication of AC72 Class Rule delayed until October 15

Posted on 30 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: BMW Oracle] Following a period of consultation with potential teams for the 34th America’s Cup, the release date of the AC72 Class Rule has been pushed back by two weeks to Oct. 15.

An initial draft was released to prospective teams on Sept. 16. Based on their considered input, a second draft will be issued on or before Oct. 6, allowing potential teams an additional comment period before its formal release.

“The Defender and Challenger of Record have agreed an amendment to the Protocol for the 34th America’s Cup to permit this short delay in publishing the AC72 Class Rule,” said Murray in a memo to prospective competitors for the 34th America’s Cup.

The AC72 is the new high-performance wingsail catamaran being developed for the 34th America’s Cup. The Rule is being drafted by Morrelli & Melvin Design and Engineering on behalf of US SAILING.

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Finn world champion Ed Wright learns the ropes of D-One sailing

Posted on 30 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

The inaugural Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup will start in full earnest on Friday afternoon but all but a handful of the 35 participants hit the waters off the Valencia yacht club for a warmup race wit ha breeze of around 8-9 knots. Among them was Ed Wright, the current Finn world champion, who sailed for the first time ever on the powerful D-One’s.

Wright admitted his learning process was a bit tricky and accidental as he capsized twice but he got hold of the tweaks needed to master the D-One’s. Still, he found those yachts very fun and exciting to sail and if tomorrow’s forecast of stronger breeze is true, the Finn world champion will show his pedigree.

Ed Wright learns the ropes of the D-One’s. Valencia, 30 September 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Devoti Sailing

Ed Wright learns the ropes of the D-One’s. Valencia, 30 September 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Devoti Sailing

It happens even to world champions… Ed Wright capsizes on his way out of the yacht club. Valencia, 30 September 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Devoti Sailing

It happens even to world champions… Ed Wright capsizes on his way out of the yacht club. Valencia, 30 September 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Devoti Sailing

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Lucy Macgregor Competes For Bragging Rights Over Her Tutor and Mentor

Posted on 30 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] Newly crowned ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Champion Lucy Macgregor is relishing the prospect of taking on her tutor and mentor, two-time Match Racing World Champion, Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar sponsored by Argo Group at The Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda next week. Macgregor will be one of the female skippers taking part in the 8th round of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour Championship, which runs from 5 to 10 October at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

Macgregor has been working with Williams throughout 2010 and capped off nine months of hard work, battling from 2-1 down in the final of the Women’s Match Racing Championship in New York to become the first British winner in the event’s 12 year history. Her team, which includes her sister Kate, will be making its debut in Bermuda with assured confidence but measured expectation as to the challenge that awaits them: “It will be a fantastic experience to race in Bermuda and take on the guys,” said the newly crowned World Champion. “I’d love to beat Ian but it will be tricky. I’ll be watching the teams very closely to learn as much as I can – it could come down to the amount of time spent in the boats.”

Macgregor wants Bermuda to be her proving ground in every sense. Not only will it allow her coach, Williams, to get a better impression of her racing style but she’ll also learn from the world’s best match racers and be able to tune her skills towards the women’s match racing events at the Olympics in 2012. Ultimately though, Macgregor admits to wanting a more significant future involvement on the Tour: “It would be great to see a larger female presence in the World Match Racing Tour and, being the pinnacle of match racing, the option to hold a Tour Card for it would be a fantastic achievement too.”


A twist of fate mixed with the unique race format at The Argo Group Gold Cup, means Williams and Macgregor could race head-to-head in the qualifying rounds with a further mouth watering bout in the latter stages of the competition also a possibility. Not only that, a contest with Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) Team Tunnicliffe, gold medalist in the Beijing Olympics and an established name in the top five of the women’s world rankings could be on the cards.

If Williams is looking back over his shoulder, he’ll need to focus ahead too if he is to hunt down title forerunner, Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team. Williams won the Argo Group Gold Cup in 2006 but is one of five returning title holders, with every winner from 2006-2009 and Jesper Radich (DEN) Rudy Project Sailing Team (2002 winner) all contesting this year. Williams said: “We face an uphill task being behind at this stage but we’ll focus on trying to win the final two races. If we can have a good result in Bermuda that will put us in a strong position for the Monsoon Cup where anything can happen”

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Lucy Macgregor Competes For Bragging Rights Over Her Tutor and Mentor

Posted on 30 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] Newly crowned ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Champion Lucy Macgregor is relishing the prospect of taking on her tutor and mentor, two-time Match Racing World Champion, Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar sponsored by Argo Group at The Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda next week. Macgregor will be one of the female skippers taking part in the 8th round of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour Championship, which runs from 5 to 10 October at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

Macgregor has been working with Williams throughout 2010 and capped off nine months of hard work, battling from 2-1 down in the final of the Women’s Match Racing Championship in New York to become the first British winner in the event’s 12 year history. Her team, which includes her sister Kate, will be making its debut in Bermuda with assured confidence but measured expectation as to the challenge that awaits them: “It will be a fantastic experience to race in Bermuda and take on the guys,” said the newly crowned World Champion. “I’d love to beat Ian but it will be tricky. I’ll be watching the teams very closely to learn as much as I can – it could come down to the amount of time spent in the boats.”

Macgregor wants Bermuda to be her proving ground in every sense. Not only will it allow her coach, Williams, to get a better impression of her racing style but she’ll also learn from the world’s best match racers and be able to tune her skills towards the women’s match racing events at the Olympics in 2012. Ultimately though, Macgregor admits to wanting a more significant future involvement on the Tour: “It would be great to see a larger female presence in the World Match Racing Tour and, being the pinnacle of match racing, the option to hold a Tour Card for it would be a fantastic achievement too.”


A twist of fate mixed with the unique race format at The Argo Group Gold Cup, means Williams and Macgregor could race head-to-head in the qualifying rounds with a further mouth watering bout in the latter stages of the competition also a possibility. Not only that, a contest with Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) Team Tunnicliffe, gold medalist in the Beijing Olympics and an established name in the top five of the women’s world rankings could be on the cards.

If Williams is looking back over his shoulder, he’ll need to focus ahead too if he is to hunt down title forerunner, Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team. Williams won the Argo Group Gold Cup in 2006 but is one of five returning title holders, with every winner from 2006-2009 and Jesper Radich (DEN) Rudy Project Sailing Team (2002 winner) all contesting this year. Williams said: “We face an uphill task being behind at this stage but we’ll focus on trying to win the final two races. If we can have a good result in Bermuda that will put us in a strong position for the Monsoon Cup where anything can happen”

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San Francisco’s bidding documents

Posted on 29 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Here’s some reading material if you are interested in knowing the details of the bid of San Francisco to host the 34th America’s Cup. I think it is getting clearer by the day that the 34th America’s Cup will be held there. However the official decision by BMW Oracle will not be announced before the end of the year:

San Francisco’s bidding documents

- Mayor’s Executive Summary forwarded on Tuesday to the Board of Supervisors

- Proposed AC34 Resolution currently before the Board of Supervisors

- “Term Sheet”

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What is this?

Posted on 29 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

While the nearly 35-strong fleet of D-ONE’s are ready to rock and roll in Valencia for their first Magic Marine BetPro Gold Cup, we had a surprise visit at the yacht club.

Can you recognize the sailors and their boat? We hear the official announcement of their participation in the Barcelona World Race is imminent.

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