Patrizio Betelli (Luna Rossa) watches racing on Day 2 - Desafio Trophy Valenciasailing.com
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 9 November 2008
In the America's Cup, there is action on several fronts.
For the first time in 15 months there is racing being conducted in America's Cup class yachts, aside from the racing charters that operate daily on the Waitemata harbour.
In Valencia, the first races have taken place in the Desafio Trophy, with Origin and Alinghi being tied for first place after the first day of racing. Alinghi came back into their America's Cup wining form on the second day, taking two wins and the lead. We have reports and images from this event, and will continue coverage tomorrow on our website www.sail-world.com
Four teams are racing - Alinghi, Desafio Espanol Team Origin and Luna Rossa. Great to see some of the old names and faces back on the America's Cup scene, including Patrizio Bertelli (Luna Rossa) who was a spectator from the team tender.
The fleet gets underway on the first day of the Desafio Trophy Valenciasailing.com
Thee of these teams have entered the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - Luna Rossa, Alinghi and Team Origin. We have re-run the original story on the entries for this series, along with some new images of the entry announcement at a function this week at the New Zealand Embassy, in Paris.
In San Diego, BMW Oracle Racing, the US Challenger is continuing to sea trial the BOR90, and has been reviewed by Mr America's Cup, Dennis Conner. We have featured his comments in a report from the International Herald Tribune.
We also feature an interview with Russell Coutts, skipper of BMW Oracle Racing on his thoughts on the upcoming Louis Vuitton Pacific Series and their standing counter offer to the holders of the America's Cup, to get that event back on the road again.
Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie (GBR) driving for Team Origin on Day 2 - Desafio Trophy Valenciasailing.com
In Madrid, the ISAF Conference gets underway this weekend with some key issues on the table. We have featured the ISAF view of which issues are of significance. For many outside the the ISAF inner sanctum, there will be interest in whether there is a change in direction for the sport over the next four years, in terms of new thinking and for the sport to be doing its best to 'sell itself' and expand both in participation and in presence.
Sail Auckland flies with Singapore Airlines Sara Roberts, Sail Auckland have announced their continued sponsorship and association with Singapore Airlines. Auckland's largest dinghy sailing event is now in it's twelfth year and has been sponsored by Singapore Airlines for the past two years. Chairman of Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland Regatta, Alan Bilkey commented ‘We are extremely delighted to have Singapore Airlines onboard again this year.... [more]
Desafío Trophy - Day 2: Two bullets for Alinghi ValenciaSailing.com, Solid boatspeed, nearly flawless tactics and crisp crew work resulted in two bullets for Alinghi in the 2nd day of the Desafío Trophy. It is true that the other three teams might not be the formidable Emirates Team New Zealand the Swiss faced last year in the America's Cup, on the same waters, but today's Alinghi was definitely a notch closer to its former self.... [more]
12 teams named for Louis Vuitton Pacific Series Keith Taylor, Louis Vuitton announced today that 12 teams from 11 countries will compete in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in Auckland starting on January 30 2009. Making the announcement at the New Zealand embassy in Paris, New Zealand ambassador Sarah Dennis joined the chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton in welcoming the participating teams.... [more]
Reflections on Leg 1, looking to Leg 2 of Volvo OR Volvo Ocean Race media, With the Volvo Ocean Race fleet now safely ensconced in Cape Town, the shore crews are tackling job lists while the sailors recover. The teams, certainly, are looking ahead to leg two to Cochin, India, with the race start just one week away. But it may be instructive to look back over the past three weeks as well.... [more]
Alinghi leads AC class at CNEV annual regatta Neus Jordi, Alinghi showed today why it is the Defender of the America's Cup. SUI 100, after being on the cradle for over a year has won both ACC races with style at the Club Náutico Español de Vela annual regatta... [more]
ISAF Annual Conference underway in Madrid ISAF, The ISAF Annual Conference is underway in Madrid, Spain with the 2012 Olympic sailing equipment and the vote for the next President and Vice-Presidents amongst the key issues set to be decided.... [more]
Baptism of fire awaits Vendée Globe newcomers Vendée Globe media, For the Vendée Globe veterans start day will be a heady cocktail of déjà vu rushing into an immediate test of seamanship and brinksmanship. Those old hands, the likes of Wavre, Golding, Desjoyeaux, Peyron, may be better equipped mentally to deal with the inevitable flood of dockside emotions.... [more]
Harken International Youth Match Racing Sailsportz, The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club have announced a cracking field of local, interstate and International competitors for the 2008 ISAF Grade 3 HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championships to be held on Pittwater from the 19th to the 23rd November 2008.... [more]
Alinghi and Origin tied in first place on Day 1 ValenciaSailing.com, Regardless of what one might opine about the CNEV, it was great to see the 4 America's Cup boats racing this afternoon off the Malvarosa beach in Valencia. Not only did we get the chance to see some nice sailing, unfortunately in light winter conditions, we watched Team Origin maker its fist official appearance as well as the return of a new Luna Rossa with Peter Holmberg at the helm.... [more]
Conner: Alinghi is trying to shanghai the Cup International Herald Tribune, Mr America's Cup, Dennis Conner after seeing the BMW Oracle Racing's BOR 90 sailing off San Diego says: 'The whole sailing world will benefit by having this out on the race course in a lot of different ways,' Conner said. 'I applaud Larry Ellison for building this boat. I'd like to see it race and I'd like to see Larry win because Alinghi is trying to shanghai the event.'... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race Fleet analysis - Bouwe Bekking Bouwe Bekking, Volvo Ocean Race fleet is now safely in Cape Town at the end of Leg 1. Bouwe Bekking analyses the fleet and the immediate tasks ahead.... [more]
Coutts: 'Louis Vuitton a big boost for sailing' BMW ORACLE Racing Media Team, With the action underway on various fronts in the America's Cup, the BMW Oracle Media Team conducted a debrief with their CEO and skipper, Russell Coutts on the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series and his views on the on going debate between his long time friend, and Alinghi counterpart, Brad Butterworth over the 33rd America's Cup.... [more]
Good sailing as the race tightens - Portimão GOR Brian Hancock, The race has tightened considerably as a weak front sweeps across the South Atlantic bringing strong winds and some superb sailing to the leaders of the Portimão Global Ocean Race.... [more]
Team Origin wins first ‘Cup' race Annabel Merrison, Team Origin won the first ‘Cup' race in the CNEV regatta in Valencia and took third place in race two to share the overnight leaderboard with Alinghi who finished third and first... [more]
ISAF meet to select 2012 Olympic classes Richard Gladwell, In Madrid, the ISAF Annual Conference is underway, with the principal topics being the selection of the 2012 Olympic classes and election of the Vice Presidents. More importantly for the future of Olympic sailing are the submissions from France, New Zealand and Australia on the way forward for the make-up of the sailing disciplines and the widening of the Olympic decision process... [more]
Monsoon Cup 2008 – World Championship Final Round Rob Kothe Sail-World, The climax of the 2008 World Match Racing Tour is the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, which will be sailed from 3rd to 7th December 2008. The Monsoon Cup is the last stage of the 2008 Tour and is shaping up to be the most exciting event of the year.... [more]
ISAF Athletes Commission launches new online forum ISAF, The ISAF Athletes' Commission has launched a new online forum giving Olympic sailors all over the world a chance to have their say on the issues affecting the sport.... [more]
2008 Monsoon Cup 03/12/08 The Monsoon Cup is Stage 9 of the 2008 World Match Racing Tour. This fourth annual event will be sailed on Pulau Duyong, in the eastern Malaysian state of Terengganu.... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?SEid=1119
Vendee Globe 2008-2009 10/11/08 Vendee Globe 2008-2009 - A sailing race around the world, for singlehanders, without any stopover.... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?SEid=1117
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