Russell Coutts and Brad Butterworth - Louis Vuitton Pacific Cup - will both now be at the next America's cup. Crosbie Lorimer
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's NZ newsletter for 3rd April 2009 The SMS message on my iPhone this morning, from BMW Oracle Racing, was succinct 'Court decision:GGYC wins 6-0, Jane Eagleson'
That message has signalled the end of a rather sorry saga, which few outside America's Cup circles can understand.
Those inside that group would not, or should not have been surprised that events developed the way they did, as there has always been a flaw in the transition of the event from one cycle to another.
Insiders will also know that the America's Cup seems to go through this sort of cycle every 20 years, and emerges revitalised in a new form.
That will happen again, and the America's Cup is already well down that path.
Kevin Shoebridge (ETNZ) faces the media at the Emirates Team New Zealand base this morning. Richard Gladwell
In this issue we background the Appeal Court Decision; there's an audio of the full Emirates Team NZ Media Conference this morning; and analysis of where the America's Cup will head 'going forward'.
Stay tuned to www.sail-world.com/nz for more news and America's Cup stories as we catch up with the international players over the weekend.
As announced last Friday we have some great news on the contest front, with a new competition toWin a Laser, click on the link, or see the entry details button on the top right hand corner of the Sail-World website.
Eventual winner 'The Guarantee' - Export 33X Hebtro Trophy - held at Worser Bay John Hardy
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Whitianga Festival of Speed - 4 and 5 April 2009 Whitianga Festival of Speed
You don't often get something for free these days, but this weekend you can get some outstanding entertainment at the Whitianga Festival of Speed. Paul Shanahan and his team have put together a great programme featuring powerboats, car and airchraft racing plus aerobatic stunt teams spanning Saturday and Sunday. We have re-run the story from Monday's edition, but check the website for the latest news. We hope to have an updated program on Friday. While you are there check out the Whitianga Waterways development by Hopper Developments.
And if you are after a bit more boatspeed, without getting dragged through the New York Supreme Court - have a look at our story on the new Manson Racer - from Manson Anchors
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup Decision - Your call, Ernesto. Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com, The Appeal Court of New York State this morning ruled in favour of the Golden Gate Yacht Club on the legitimacy of Club Nautico Espanol de Vela (CNEV), as Challenger of Record for the 33rd America's cup. The simple answer was that CNEV did not satisfy the requirements of the Deed of Gift, and therefore was not a bona fide club from which the Defender Societe Nautique de Geneve (SNG) could accep... [more]
America's Cup - NY Court of Appeals rules in favor of GGYC Sail-World, The New York State Court of Appeals, in the case between Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) and Societe Nautique De Geneve (SNG), regarding the validity of Club Nautico Espanol De Vela (CNEV) as the Challenger of Record, has found in favor of GGYC, reversing the Appellate Division and reinstating Justice Cahn's orders.... [more]
I Know A Yacht Club When I See One, And This Is No Yacht Club' Scuttlebutt Europe, With those words Judge Herman Cahn sealed the fate of CNEV, the 'yacht club' that was formed, apparently, for the sole purpose of ensuring Ernesto Bertarelli's iron grip on the America's Cup. In an unusual but not unprecedented move, Judge Cahn and a number of New York State Supreme Court justices and their staffs flew to Valencia this past March to investigate the validity of the club in person.... [more]
Manson Anchors launches world's first yacht racing anchor
Manson Anchors has announced it will use the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 09 (SCIBS) for the Australian launch of the eighth Anchor in their range, The Manson Racer. The Racer offers racing yachts a specifically designed anchor solution.... [more]
Whitianga Festival of Speed gets underway this Friday Sail-World.com and Whitianga FOS, Destination Mercury Bay in conjunction with Events Whitianga have confirmed dates for a Festival of speed next weekend April 4 & 5 2009. Fast boats, cars, motorcycles and aircraft will all be part of the action. It is hoped to have many of the participants arrive on the evening of Friday April 3. Getting to Whitianga will be part of the fun and many may use the travel aspect of the event... [more]
Emirates Team NZ Media Conference - Full Audio Richard Gladwell, Kevin Shoebridge, Operations Manager of Emirates Team NZ, held a media conference at the Emirates Team NZ base this morning - after the announcement of the Appeal Court decision declaring Club Nautico Espanol de Vela as being non-compliant with the requirements of the Deed of Gift to be accepted as a Challenger (of Record) for the America's Cup.... [more]
Telefonica Blue's claim for redress denied by Jury Peter Rusch, The International Jury has denied the Telefonica Blue claim for redress. I'm) a little bit disappointed...They dismissed the protest, which is unfortunate for us and fortunate for the race committee and race authorities,' said Bouwe Bekking, skipper of Telefonica Blue.... [more]
CT Sailbattens provide reliability during Volvo Ocean Race Lara Cooper, CT Sailbattens are once again proving their strength and success in the extreme conditions provided by every leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. Surviving the toughest racing challenges faced by professional sailors CT Sailbattens are proving extremely reliable as a product and are used on every VOR70 in the 37,000nm race around the world.... [more]
Puma's French influence Peter Rusch, Sidney Gavignet is one of just two French sailors competing in the Volvo Ocean Race this time around. While French sailing is increasingly focussed on short-handed, offshore races, Gavignet has bucked the trend and worked to forge his career in the Anglo-Saxon world.... [more]
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - the options going forward. Richard Gladwell, 'Going Forward' is one of the most abused terms in the corporate vocabulary, but in the aftermath of the Appeal Court Decision from New York, there can only be forward momentum in the America's Cup. The current attitude of the general media seems to be overwhelmingly negative, as it always is towards anything, to do with the America's Cup, other than an America's Cup win.... [more]
Win a Laser sailing boat!! - value AUD$9,200 - NZ$11,495 Sail-World.com, To celebrate the 2009-2010 season Performance Sailcraft Australasia, the ‘down under' Laser builder has teamed with Sail-World to launch an online competition. http://www.laser-sailing.net/sweepstakes_form.cfm?SSid=32!Enter_online_now!new to win a choice of a Laser 4.7, a Laser Radial or a Laser Standard sailing boat, built by Performance Sailcraft Australasia in its Australian factory.... [more]
12 Metres grace Newport before September World Championships Jan Harley, the 12 Metre World Championships will be held at from September 22-27 at Newport, R.I. The world championships will be the focal point of what organizers have called 'The Golden Year of Racing,' which launched in 2008 on the 50th anniversary of the 12 Metre's debut in the America's Cup.... [more]
Judges call on Americas Cup rivals to resolve their lengthy dispute Stuart Alexander, The Independent, One of the worlds leading international journalists, Stuart Alexander, comments in The Independent on the America's Cup decision just announced in New York: 'Swiss America's Cup holder Ernesto Bertarelli was hit for six today when the New York Court of Appeals ruled that his structure for the next event was faulty and installed California-based arch-rival Larry Ellison as challenger of record.... [more]
CNEV and Desafio Epanol disappointed at America's Cup decision Neus Jordi, Club Náutico Español de Vela (CNEV) and Desafío Español have received the news of the New York Court's decision with disappointment. The 33rd Edition of the America's Cup is now pending agreement between BMW Oracle Racing Team and Alinghi, following the New York Court's decision in favour of GGYC... [more]
Ericsson 3 watch captain Richard Mason ready to return Volvo Ocean Race media, Ericsson 3 watch captain Richard Mason has declared himself available for selection after recovering from a back injury. The New Zealander suffered a prolapsed disc in his back on the fourth stage, an injury that saw him miss out on the team's stunning win into Rio de Janeiro.... [more]
Airlie Beach hosts 8th annual Oceanic Whitsunday Boat & Leisure Show Jeni Bone, More than 7,500 visitors and sales around $9m are anticipated for this year's Oceanic Whitsunday Boat & Leisure Show, to be held on the 6th and 7th of June over the Queen's birthday long weekend in the country's cruising heartland, Airlie Beach.... [more]
Nick Craig back in the OK at Northern Challenge Event media, Nick Craig was the winner, ahead of Terry Curtis and Keith Byers at the unique two venue event which was hosted jointly by South Windermere (shifty, windy, freezing cold and glorious scenery) and Morecambe and Heysham Yacht Club (tidal, open sea conditions) over the weekend 28/29 March... [more]
Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta - Preview Jennifer Crooks, Since the announcement that match racing will be included into the sailing regatta at the 2012 Olympics, never has the competition in women's match racing been so fierce. With last year's champion and world number 1 ranked women's match racer Claire Leroy not making the trip down under, the Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta is up for the taking.... [more]
Valencia to host 2009 America's Cup pre-regattas - first set for July Alinghi Media, The 33rd America's Cup event authority, AC Management, today signed a Host Venue agreement with the Valencian Municipality and Regional Government for the Spanish city of Valencia to hold two America's Cup pre-regattas, the first from the 10-19 July and the second in October. The Defender and the Challengers will meet off Malvarrosa Beach with the ACC Version 5.0 yachts in just three months time... [more]
Vestas Sailrocket posts second fastest nautical mile run on record Paul Larsen - Vestas Sailrocket, Yesterday Vestas Sailrocket effortlessly posted the second fastest nautical mile run ever. Whilst yesterday was a bit light to hit top speeds, conditions were pretty ideal to ramp up the check-out of Vestas Sailrocket in preparation for what is to come...... [more]
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