Welcome to Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 23 May 2009.
The Volvo Ocean Race is on the final stages of its sleighride across the Atlantic, with the latest projections from PredictWind and Expedition showing that a clear leader has emerged, and we are expecting to see the race finish on Sunday morning, local time in Galway Bay.
There has been some major drama aboard the US competitor, Puma Racing. We have the first pictures of the incident and repairs from aboard Puma Racing. There have been some significant changes in the podium places, after all yachts went through a positional blackout during their respective Stealth Plays.
The yachts are reaching in winds of around 30kts, which look like easing towards the finish. We will keep updating these reports daily, until the race end.
On the America's Cup scene, there has been an exchange of letters between Societe Nautique de Geneve and Golden Gate Yacht Club. In this issue we have reproduced both letters and looked at some of their contents, most of which are self-explanatory, and are best classed as public posturing, at this stage.
There is one interesting line - about the view that the Defender must build a similar sized vessel to the Challenger. From our analysis to date, we think BMW Oracle Racing are wrong on this point, and explain why, in this issue.
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Volvo Ocean Race - Out of stealth mode and fighting Various Volvo Ocean Race Competitors, Latest news from Delta Lloyd, Green Dragon, Telefonica Blue and Telefonica Black as they rapidly approach the end of leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race. The fleet is out of Stealth mode and the positions have changed. The Dragon has done exceptionally well.... [more] Onsend this story
Gladwell's Line: Golden Gate off beam with Defender claim? Richard Gladwell, Golden Gate Yacht Club would seem to have made a rare error in their almost two year long battle with the America's Cup Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve. In their letter to the Defender, dated 20 May 2009, GGYC stated: 'We assert that the Deed does not permit you to race a two-masted yacht, given that our Challenge Certificate describes a single-masted yacht.'... [more] Onsend this story
Green Dragon into second place with 200nm to go on Volvo Leg 7 Richard Gladwell, Ericsson 4 has emerged from a Stealth Play with a reduced lead in the Volvo Ocean Race, However the current race leader is still expected to win leg 7, due to finish in Galway Bay, early Sunday morning, local time. Most of the fleet have now engaged in a Stealth play, which means their positions are kept secret from the outside world and their competitors.... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race Stealth Play halves leg leader's margin Richard Gladwell, Ericsson 4 has emerged from a Stealth Play with a reduced lead in the Volvo Ocean Race, However the current race leader is still expected to win leg 7, due to finish in Galway Bay, early Sunday morning, local time. Most of the fleet have now engaged in a Stealth play, which means their positions are kept secret from the outside world and their competitors.... [more] Onsend this story
Chicago Yacht Club offers tracking for Race to Mackinac participants Race to Mackinac committee, The Chicago Yacht Club announced that it will make position transponders available to participants in the 2009 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.... [more] Onsend this story
Great day for Anna Tunnicliffe - NYYC's Women's Match Race Regatta Anna Tunnicliffe, Latest email from Anna Tunnicliffe competing at the New York YC Women's Match Race Clinic and Regatta. The conditions today were quite breezy, and made for some tough boat handling manouevers.... [more] Onsend this story
Flip Cat - all at Sea (Living) Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, And how deep is the bay just there? 'Er, not quite deep enough.'We don't really have a good story to go with this, but thought you'd like it anyway. And we know that Peter Dyer (owner), and Mike Downard (driver) both have a good sense of humour and are still on speaking terms.... [more] Onsend this story
Countdown to ICSA National Championships Jan Harley, Next week, the best college sailors in the nation must rise to the challenge as they race for three Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) national titles on San Francisco Bay.... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Capri Sailing Week Day 3 - Good day for American Farr 40 teams KPMS, Rolex Capri Sailing Week. The crews have been lucky to have Peter Reggio marshalling the racecourse this week. For the first race of the day, Reggio decided to take advantage of the light southerly breeze covering the region at a point where the channel between Capri and Sorrento was squeezing an extra knot or two out of the wind.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship Report - Day 3 Lynn Fitzpatrick, Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria (SUI), George Szabo and Rick Peters (USA) and Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) posted strong results in both races today at the Star Eastern European Championships in Hyeres, France. Scheidt/Prada, who have posted all top-10 finishes are leading the regatta and the Irish, Swiss and Americans are within striking distance.... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race - Puma disappears, for a while at least Kenny Read, Latest onboard email from Kenny Read. 'For all of you addicted to the three hour position reports, I write to you now because we are about to go Stealth and disappear for the next 12 hours or so. E3 is already Stealth and I would put a dollar on the entire fleet going stealth at about the same time for the first time this race.'... [more] Onsend this story
Ericsson 4 now expected to be winner of Leg 7 in Volvo Ocean Race Richard Gladwell, Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael) is now expected to be a comfortable winner of Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race Previously the Leg was expected to be very close run between all the yachts. However a split in the fleet has paid a dividend for the Race leader. By taking a more westely course Grael seems to have opened up a significant advantage... [more] Onsend this story
Puma Racing rudder damage - first pictures Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, The first pictures have come in of the rudder damage sustained by Puma Racing earlier today. The images show the rudder has been removed completely from yacht, as yet there is no explanation of the damage except in one shot the blade is clearly not attached to the stock.... [more] Onsend this story
Tunnicliffe and team 6-1 at NYYC Women's Match Race Clinic and Regatta Anna Tunnicliffe, Latest from Anna Tunnicliffe competing at the New York Yacht Club Women's Match Race Clinic and Regatta. 'We had a great day finishing 6-1, with our only loss being to regatta leader Sally Barkow' - Anna Tinnicliffe.... [more] Onsend this story
Gladwell's Line: More Cup Letters, or is it Handbags? Richard Gladwell, The Open Letter has been one of the tools of war in the 33rd America's Cup. Two more have been issued in the last couple of days. Their objective is two-fold. First to put information into the public arena, and secondly to encourage the public to see things their way. The PR war being of equal import in America's Cup legal battles, as much as what happens between their respective Learned Friends... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race fleet splits in two racing in very strong winds Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, Over the past nine hours, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet have split into two groups, and are now separated laterally by 75 nm. The westernmost group comprises the former leg and current race leader, Ericsson 4, followed the the two yachts trailing the fleet - Ericsson 3 and Green Dragon.... [more] Onsend this story
Damage and concern on Puma on leg 7 Volvo Ocean Race Puma Ocean Racing Team media, Just after 1800 GMT today, Thursday May 21st, Puma broke one of their two rudders whilst racing hard across the Atlantic Ocean. Skipper Ken Read (USA) commented from the boat: 'Sailing on starboard tack at about 1800 GMT we had about 28 knots of wind and were going pretty quick with an A-zero and full mainsail. The sea state was quite awkward.'... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Capri Sailing Week Day 2 - Not Flash Gordon's day KPMS, Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2009 moved into its second day. Peter Reggio, the principal race officer, kept the fleet ashore for two hours to allow a westerly breeze to fill in. Helmut Jahn and Flash Gordon (USA), had Bill Hardesty calling tactics. The American crew struggled for consistency yesterday.... [more] Onsend this story
Star Eastern Europeans - after four races Lynn Fitzpatrick, As Hyeres, France heads toward its tourist season, the days are longer, the water is warmer and the winds are lighter than they were just three weeks ago during the ISAF World Cup regatta. While common wisdom in Hyeres is that the wind goes right during the day, it has done everything but go right during the first two days of racing during the Star Eastern European Championship.... [more] Onsend this story
18ft Skiff fleet head for Nationals at Hayling Island SC Alec McKinlay, The UK 18ft skiff fleet will be descending on Hayling Island SC this bank holiday weekend to compete for the RMW Challenge Plate for their National Championships. The event is being supported by Carbonology who will be providing some very generous prizes and the fleet will also be provided with head cams and on board video equipment by Predator Headcams... [more] Onsend this story
Very close finish expected in the Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday morning. Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, According to current projections the Volvo Ocean Race fleet should have a very fast trip across the Atlantic and are expected to finish around 0900hrs on Sunday, local time. Already in the grips of one 30kt front, the system looks like it will extend for most of the trip across the to Galway, Ireland. After moderating for a time, a second system will move in for the final push to coast of the E... [more] Onsend this story
Warning signs appearing for Volvo Ocean Race fleet Volvo Ocean Race media, The breeze is up and the Volvo fleet is rocketing downwind towards a predicted finish in Galway, Ireland early on Sunday morning. But, the old adage goes ‘red sky at night – sailor's delight. Red sky in the morning – sailor's warning', and Wouter Verbraak says the warning signs are already there.... [more] Onsend this story
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