Welcome to Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 29 April 2009.
More on the America's Cup today, with follow up stories on the Contempt proceedings reports earlier in the week. We have featured a response from Alinghi, together with some legal opinions we have canvassed in another of our Off the Record series. And we feature THAT photo
While the general media are widely disparaging of the current America's Cup situation, and everyone would rather be on the water sailing, the topic dominates the story ratings at Sail-World, and amongst the sailing world there is still significant interest in one of the shop-window events in the sport.
One thing that is looking more and more certain is that the America's Cup will emerge from the current contretemps in a new form and a stronger event - just the same as happened in 1992 after the Big Boat vs The Cat brouhaha in 1988. We will have a look at this situation next week in Sail-World, plus the Constructed in Country rules which will apply for the Deed of Gift Match.
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America's Cup - Off the Record - 30 April: Alinghi on thin ice Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com, Much of what we have written since early April has come from various sources, who won't be quoted but are reasonably happy to talk off the record, on a 'not to be attributed' basis: A leading legal source spoken to by Sail-World believes that the New York Supreme Court will get 'very stroppy' with the Defender of the America's Cup when the Contempt of Court matter is heard on 14 May... [more]
Beluga Racer first to Portimao Global Ocean Race scoring gate Oliver Dewar, Shortly after 0520 GMT this morning (01/05/2009), Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme crossed the Leg 4 scoring gate south of Recife, Brazil, in first place on Beluga Racer... [more]
J/109s finish 2nd and 3rd in JOG race to Hayling Bay Event media, Saturday was another beautiful morning in Lymington and the bacon butties tasted good on the motor up to Cowes on the J/109 Jibe (Robin Taunt). The J/109 had a great start and led across Cowes harbour, resulting in cries of ‘What colour is Snowden?'... [more]
2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart winner being protested Sail-World.com, Bob Steel the owner of the 2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart winner Quest is being protested over an IRC certificate issue. Steel has today issued this statement.... [more]
Antigua Sailing Week: Rio added to overall honours list Neil Forrester, The list of boat names is legendary: Titan. Kialoa. Infinity. Sayonara. Morning Glory. Pyewacket. The roster of yachts and sailors who have captured overall honors at Antigua Sailing Week is certainly long and distinguished.... [more]
Line 7 launches new 3 layer Offshore jacket and trouser Mdia Services, Iconic New Zealand sailing brand Line 7 has just launched a revolutionary new Offshore Jacket and Trouser within Line 7's ever growing Marine range of clothing.... [more]
Western Long Island Sound IRC Group formed Luiz E. Kahl - US-IRC Executive Director, Twelve owners of IRC-rated boats have formed a new group called Sound IRC. For the 2009 racing season, Sound IRC has started coordinating among boat owners and sailors, the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound (YRALIS), Race Committees of members clubs of YRALIS and the national IRC authority (US-IRC) to achieve the above goals.... [more]
USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival and US Junior Championships Jake Fish, US Sailing proudly presents the 2009 USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival and United States Junior Championships.... [more]
Grand Prix Petit Navire - 60 and 40 footers star on first day Kate Jennings - Translation, The 10th edition of the Grand Prix Petit Navire has begun. At 1400 hours, Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) was leading the way with a record speed of 14.92 knots, closely followed by Marc Thiercelin (DCNS 1000) with 14.54 knots and Armel Le Cleac'h (Brit Air) with 14.44 knots.... [more]
US Sailing offers College Sailors new Special Membership Jake Fish, US Sailing, the national governing body of the sport, and the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) have partnered to develop a program that provides college sailors with an opportunity to become US Sailing members at a special discount rate.... [more]
Antigua Sailing Week - Sojana and Lee Overlay Partners winners Neil Forrester, On a day of firsts for Antigua Sailing Week, Peter Harrison's Farr 115, Sojana, won the inaugural Corum Round Redonda Race. Adrian Lee's Cookson 50, Lee Overlay Partners, corrected out to first overall in the same contest to win the first-ever Antigua Ocean Series.... [more]
World Speed Record 50 Knots ratified John Reed, Secretary to the WSSR Council, The WSSR Council announces the ratification of a new World Record. 50.07 knots over 500 metre course.... [more]
Alinghi launches multihull training programme on Lake Geneva Daphne Morgan Barnicoat, Alinghi, 33rd America's Cup Defender, has started its 2009-2010 multihull campaign in Switzerland launching the two Décision 35 catamarans that will be used as training platforms towards a multihull America's Cup in May 2010. The sailing team will be dedicated to multihull training, racing the Challenge Julius Baer on Lake Geneva for the rest of the season and withdrawing from other monohull commi... [more]
Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet approaching leg 4 scoring gate Oliver Dewar, With the leading boat in the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet around 24 hours from crossing the vital Leg 4 scoring gate off Recife, Brazil, the atmosphere at front of the race is becoming intense.... [more]
Warm welcome in the Azores for the Spirit of Bermuda Ruth O'Kelly-Lynch. The Royal Gazette, The Spirit of Bermuda left the Island earlier this month on its first transatlantic crossing. Here is a report of its arrival and stopover in Ponta Delgada in the Azores from Ruth O'Kelly-Lynch in The Royal Gazette.... [more]
Dockwise Yacht Transport package deal to the Med on Yacht Express Barby MacGowan, This summer, for boat owners wanting to explore the Mediterranean, DYT is offering a special round-trip package deal.... [more]
ISAF invites Nominations for ISAF Athletes' Commission Members ISAF, ISAF) is inviting athletes to nominate candidates to represent their Olympic event on the ISAF Athletes' Commission. The ISAF Athletes' Commission represents the interests of the sailors in the Olympic events and reports directly to the ISAF Executive Committee.... [more]
France leads ISAF World Sailing Rankings ISAF, France hits the front in the national standings as there are two new leaders in the latest release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings on 29 April 2009. Helping France to the top of the Rankings are 470 stars Ingrid Petitjean and Nadège Douroux (FRA). The other new leaders are the 49er team of Pietro Sibello and Gianfranco Sibello (ITA).... [more]
ICSA pairings for Western and Eastern Semifinals announced ICSA, A year after its successful introduction of a semifinal round and 'brackets' to the spring-time competition for the ICSA/Gill Coed National Championship, ICSA (Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association) has announced the pairings for this year's Western and Eastern Semifinals.... [more]
PUMA Ocean Racing Leg 6 Week 2 film is now available for download PUMA Racing, PUMA Ocean Racing Leg 6 Week 2 film is now available for download and viewing. In this video, PUMA skipper Ken Read goes through what it's like to live and sail on a Volvo Open 70. Sailing around the world may sound glamorous, but not in these boats!... [more]
International Maxi Association's second regatta in the Med Fabrizio Pirina, The second event of the International Maxi Association, the Coppa Carlo Negri – Regate Pirelli, will be held from 30th April to 3rd May in Santa Margherita Ligure and is organized by the Yacht Club Italiano.... [more]
ISAF publish Guidelines for Prevention of Piracy ISAF, The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced today the publication of Guidelines for yachts considering a passage through the Gulf of Aden, Yemeni and Somali waters. The International Regulations Commission has been established in accordance with Regulation 41 to provide advice on matters related to the regulation of recreational boats or craft by government actions or otherwise.... [more]
Practical boating tips: Mediterranean mooring Rob Gibson, MED MOORING! This is the art of reversing into a space at high speed, while wrapping your anchor cable around the nearest superyacht... right? In this first excerpt from the RYA's 'Practical Boating Tips' series, Coastguard Education shows the easy way of handling this manoeuvre. See links at the bottom of the story for more on Coastguard Education's services and facilities and RYA publications.... [more]
Alinghi parties respond to America's Cup Contempt of Court issues Société Nautique de Genève, In response to the initiation of Contempt of Court proceedings, Société Nautique de Genève, the Defender of the America's Cup have issued a statement explaining why they have apparently broken a New York Supreme Court Order, and firing shots back at Golden Gate YC on perceived shortcomings on the Challenger side.... [more]
The Wilson Trophy - 42 teams, 252 sailors sailing 300 races Justin Chisholm, The British Open Team Racing Championship, taking place this coming weekend, 1 – 3 May at West Kirby Sailing Club, is the undisputed jewel in the crown of international dinghy team racing. - much more commonly known as simply ‘the Wilson Trophy' - 42 teams comprising 252 sailors will sail around 300 individual races over the weekend... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race - Ericsson 3 hopeful of podium spot in St Petersburg Riath Al-Samarrai, In the Volvo Ocean Race, Magnus Olsson and his Ericsson 3 team have been formidable in the last two legs, winning the fifth stage in breathtaking fashion before claiming second in the race to Boston. We are going to have to work really hard to get on the podium,' he said. 'So we have a lot to do but there is every chance we can get on or damn near the podium.'... [more]
Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week 13/08/09 Owners and charterers of suitably found single hull, self-righting boats are invited to apply for entry in the 20th Annual Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week, on the waters of Pioneer Bay.... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?SEid=1157
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