Welcome to Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 28 May 2009.
America's Cup news dominates this issue.
Some concept drawings of the Alinghi Defender fell of the back of a truck last night, and we are featuring these in this issue. They aren't really the actual plans of their yacht, but are based on 'market intelligence' by a source we are told is an 'esteemed European multihull designer'. There is a second concept from another designer which shows the 115ft option.
Ours sources do not believe that Alinghi is building a 115fter, but are opting for a 90ft LWL catamaran as their 'weapon of choice' for the Defence.
That leads us the the response from Societe Nautique de Geneve to letters sent by Golden Gate YC. While SNG make some interesting points, the fact of the matter is that much of what is put into the market, is done to cut off certain options or promote various strategies - which are simply that Golden Gate wants some early certainty on the venue for the Match; Societe Nautique de Geneve want to know which boat the Challenger will use, or if there is a new yacht under construction. The answers aren't readily forthcoming - but we feature the latest intelligence attempts.
A Big Day Out at Southport, Australia .. .
Leading European sailing site, ValenciaSailing.com have conducted a very searching interview with Francesco de Leo, CEO of Green Comm, the Italian team that filed a challenge for the 33rd America's Cup, representing the Cirvolo Vela Gargnano. This is the team that filed a challenge after the Appeal Court decision was announced in early April ,and then asked for a time extension to be able to prepare. ValenciaSailing conducted a face to face interview with the principals and asked some very hard questions. We feature an extract from that interview in this issue.
Jane Macky (Auckland, NZL) and crew Marla Menninger (Newport Beach, Calif.) Photo: GTSphotos.com. - 2009 ICSA Women's National Championship
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America's Cup E-Mailbag - latest correspondence Various correspondents, More letters as the life is slowly choked out of the America's Cup. Sail-World is happy to publish our readers' views an opinions on the America's Cup: Please address your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org... [more] Onsend this story
'There's a cow in the rig' Gilles Martin-Raget, Top international sailing photographer, Gille Martin-Raget sends a set of images from Groupe Bel, taken recently in Port Camargue (South of France) during the sea trial of Kito de Pavant 's 60 ft monohull. The pictures have been taken before the announcement of the name of the crew of Kito in the next two handed Transat Jacques Vabre to be sailed next November.... [more] Onsend this story
Early race leader retires from OSTAR 2009 Event media/various blogs, OSTAR race leader Anne Caseneuve has informed race officials she has unfortunately had to retire from the race and is returning east. Read the latest blogs from two of the competitors.... [more] Onsend this story
BoatUS Santa Maria Cup Pro-Am cancelled Scott Croft, At 1:45 PM, PRO Mark Murphy made the difficult decision to cancel the 2009 BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup A LA MODE Pro-Am.... [more] Onsend this story
Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Women's Championship winner Jan Harley, Yale University has won the 2009 Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Women's Championship for the second time in school history. Coming into the final day of the championship Yale led the overall standings by just six points over Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va.).... [more] Onsend this story
Possible Volvo Ocean Race comeback for Seb Josse? Volvo Ocean Race media, Volvo Ocean Race news - If Josse is to come back, there is one project that would have a particular appeal for him. 'I am interested in coming back,' he says. 'I am here to see what is going on with the race, all the big changes that are being talked about. I would like very much to come back and do the race again, but this is a very early stage and I am looking at the options. There are a few... [more] Onsend this story
Annapolis to Newport Race attracts an impressive fleet Event Media, With the close of entries less than a week away an impressive fleet of 59 boats are in the final stages of preparation. There is another notable entry quite unlike the new all out race machines. It is Prim, a classic beauty. She is a modified Owens 41, entered by Henry Gibbons-Neff.... [more] Onsend this story
World Match Racing Tour - Match Race Germany WMRT Media, The picturesque town of Langenaren on the shores of Lake Constance will be flooded with sailors and spectators this week as Match Race Germany opens its doors.... [more] Onsend this story
RC 44 Austria Cup Day 1 - A tactician's nightmare Event Media, The teams involved in the RC 44 Austria Cup faced difficult conditions on day one of the Austria Cup, with shifty and irregular winds that tested the tactician's nerves and generated some unexpected come backs and upsets.... [more] Onsend this story
Anna Tunnicliffe - Delta Lloyd Day 1 a big breeze challenge Anna Tunnicliffe, It was windy today!! It was the first day of racing at the Delta Lloyd Regatta here in Holland and it gave us all the biggest breeze challenge we have had in a long time. Racing started at 11am in about 18-20kt of breeze.... [more] Onsend this story
OSTAR Day 2 Blog from the Oscar Mead on King of Shaves Event media, A WILD night out in the race course, less a race course for King Of Shaves, more a survival course. I was down to the Number 4 and no mainsail overnight (and still am as I send this) with winds topping out at 40 knots. Now down to early 30's. Completely O T T for my little boat... [more] Onsend this story
J/109s finish 2nd & 3rd in RORC North Sea Race Class media, Five J/109s participated in the RORC North Sea Race over the Bank Holiday weekend. This race of approximately 210 miles is organised by RORC in association with the Royal Harwich Yacht Club. EAORA, Yacht Club Scheveningen, Royal Maas Yacht Club, Noordzee Club and the Royal Dutch Navy Yacht Club.... [more] Onsend this story
Study finds surprising new pathway for North Atlantic circulation Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Oceanographers have long known that the 20-year-old paradigm for describing the global ocean circulation – called the Great Ocean Conveyor – was an oversimplification. But while the conveyor belt paradigm establishes the melody, the subtleties and intricacies of the symphony of global ocean circulation largely remain a puzzle.... [more] Onsend this story
Andrew Campbell at Delta Lloyd Regatta - Knowing the tricks helps Andrew Campbell, Andrew Campbell shares this report from the Delta Lloyd Regatta. 'For the starboat sailors we have to weigh in at some point before the event, but the trick in Holland is that we can only check weight between 7-8 pm the night before the regatta or 8-9 am on the morning of.'... [more] Onsend this story
Ask the Experts: Course to Steer - RYA Navigation Handbook lll, Sail-World in conjunction with Coastguard Education presents another extract from the RYA Navigation Handbook. Here we look at course setting for both short trips and long, plus how to allow for tidal flows when course setting.... [more] Onsend this story
Gladwell's Line: Concept drawings of Alinghi's America's Cup Defender Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, By design or default, there is no doubting that the intrigue and attention that Alinghi has attracted attention from media and sailing fans. One forum topic on the subject of Alinghi's design and building facilities has attracted more than 50 pages of speculation on the Sailing Anarchy website. Here we show the concept drawings by two independent designers of how they envisage the Swiss defender... [more] Onsend this story
More America's Cup letters: The Empire answers back Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, Societe Nautique de Geneve (SNG) has responded to the earlier correspondence from the Challenger of Record, Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC). The letter is one of two published on the Alinghi.com website. In this they touch on the issue of rules and measurement. The reality is that the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) will be appointing the key officials for the event and that it will be condu... [more] Onsend this story
ISAF Sailor Classification Code and Classification FAQs updated ISAF, The ISAF Sailor Classification Code and Classification FAQs have been updated to in relation to the Classification of owners who occasionally charter out their boats and then race on them.... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race Shore teams pressed into 'fixing' mode Riath Al-Samarrai, The damage assessors have gone in and the verdicts suggest it is unlikely that lobster fishermen will receive many thank you cards from the shore crew in the near future.... [more] Onsend this story
Sol Trujillo inspires Italian America's Cup campaign Sail-World/Valencia Sailing, The Italian America's Cup Team needs to build a giant 90 foot state of the art racing multihull in a very short time and the marine industry doubts it can be done. The Italians says it can be and recently departed Telstra CEO Sol Trujillo is their inspiration.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 ICSA Women's National Championship - A perfect Day 2 Jan Harley, The conditions were 'perfect' on day two of racing at the 2009 Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Women's Championship as the ladies racing for the title were kept on the City Front course just outside the breakwater at the St. Francis Yacht Club.... [more] Onsend this story
Manson - making anchoring safer for you Richard Gladwell, Anchors have two uses - the most frequent is to give safe holding in your favored bay or fishing spot. The other is your last line of defence when all else has failed and you have to stop your boat drifting onto nearby rocks, until help arrives. Read this if every you have to anchor a boat; check your anchoring gear against the chart, and check out the awesome video on anchoring at Cape Horn.... [more] Onsend this story
Valencia Sailing puts the hard word on the CEO of Green Comm ValenciaSailing.Com, Valencia Sailing talked on Tuesday afternoon to Francesco de Leo, CEO of Green Comm, the Italian team that filed a challenge for the 33rd America's Cup, representing the Cirvolo Vela Gargnano. Our talk took place in the base of the 32nd America's Cup challenger +39 and covered a wide spectrum of questions such as Green Comm's agenda, its aim, its relation to Alinghi, its finances,... [more] Onsend this story
Anna Tunnicliffe - Training hard in Medemblik despite the weather Anna Tunnicliffe, Anna Tunnicliffe reports from Medemblik, Holland for the Delta Lloyd regatta. 'When we arrived, the weather was warm, sunny and a pleasant sea breeze. I had one day of great training in these conditions with teammate Paige Railey and coach Leandro Spina. However, the nice weather was not to last.'... [more] Onsend this story
Letter from the Indies: Belize, north-west Caribbean
Andrea and Ian Treleaven continue with their tales of sailing in their yacht Cape Finnisterre:From West End on Roatan, Honduras, to the outer atolls of Belize, we have a perfect 80nm daylight sail and manage to hook two beautiful Dorado. As provisions have not been easy, we have become hunters not gatherers.... [more] Onsend this story
Sanctuary Cove – almost a 50/50 boat show? Bob Wonders, The wind blew and the rain lashed, but Sanctuary Cove and the international boat show survived. For every person who thought the rain and strong winds had delivered a disastrous effect, to the show, there was another who thought it caused minimal disruption.... [more] Onsend this story
Leg 7 Volvo Ocean Race - A nail biter to the end says Bekking Bouwe Bekking, In just one month, on June 27, the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09 finishes in St. Petersburg, Russia. After adding the maximum number of points at the scoring waypoint of St. Johns, Newfoundland (Canada), Bouwe Bekking's boat finished Leg 7 in fourth place, not the result they were fighting for.... [more] Onsend this story
Three day Giraglia Rolex Cup attracts top-class fields KPMS, The entries are streaming in for the 57th edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup. What is particularly appealing about the Giraglia Rolex Cup is the diverse fleet attracted. Some boats choose to just sail the inshore races, others come just to compete in the legendary Giraglia race, but most of the fleet elects to do both.... [more] Onsend this story
Golden Gate's riposte to the Italian America's Cup Pretender Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, Golden Gate Yacht Club have responded to the letters sent earlier in May by Circolo Vela Gargano, who wish to have a Challenger Selection Series for the 33rd America's Cup and for the date of the 33rd Match to be delayed to accomodate their participation in that series.... [more] Onsend this story
Yacht departs Southport - see the pictures and believe Sail-World Cruising, This 'sailor' decided to commence a passage from Southport to Yeppoon yesterday. The forecast was seas 9 to 10 mtrs with a storm warning with winds that had at times been recorded at 61 kts at the seaway. He attempted to go out the seaway at 3pm yesterday.... [more] Onsend this story
Bakewell-White super maxi to contest Sydney Gold Coast race Jennifer Crooks and Sail-World, The New Zealand maxi yacht Zana, also known as Konica Minolta, will be overhauled by new owners Peter Millard and his brother-in-law John Honan to compete in the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, her maiden voyage for the new owners and under her new name Lahana.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Intercollegiate Sailing Association Women's Championship Day 1 Jan Harley, 2009 Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Women's Championship and the breeze was cranking between 18-26 knots over the course of the day, reaching its peak during the fourth race in A-Division where a glance at the scoreline with three DNFs (Did Not Finish) and one DNS (Did Not Sail) are indicative of the numerous capsizes on the course... [more] Onsend this story
New yacht wins Block Island Race in near record time Dana Paxton, Storm Trysail Club's Block Island Race - The 186 nautical mile race, in its 64th running, began Friday afternoon, May 22, and sent Titan 15 and 54 other IRC- and PHRF-rated boats off on a course from Stamford, Conn., down Long Island Sound, clockwise around Block Island (R.I.), and back.... [more] Onsend this story
Peace at last between Kiteboarders' Associations Media Services, The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) have announced today to enter a cooperation with immediate effect. As a result, the PKRA will be bidding farewell to the International Surfing Association (ISA) which sanctioned previous PKRA events... [more] Onsend this story
Brian Thompson attends spectacular Vendée Globe Prize-Giving Jo Gawith, Bahrain Team Pindar skipper, Brian Thompson joined fellow competitors and crowds of over 120,000 people in France on Saturday at a spectacular Vendée Globe prize giving ceremony, which took place on the beach in Les Sables d'Olonne... [more] Onsend this story
Iain Murray AM: of superyachts, sailing and the future of the sport Jeni Bone, From the time he was in trouble at school for doodling sketches of boats, Iain Murray AM, known affectionately in marine circles as “the big fella”, has been mad for yachting. At the recent Marine Industry luncheon on the Gold Coast, Murray spoke of his 40 years of sailing, achievements and dreams yet to be realised.... [more] Onsend this story
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