PUMA Ocean Racing win Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race into Sandhamn Island, Stockholm Volvo Ocean Race/Sally Collision
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 17 June 2009.
Ericsson 4 has won the Volvo Ocean Race, with a leg and an In-Port race to spare. Barring a major mishap, the US entry Puma Racing skippered by Ken Read will take second overall. Both are outstanding achievements in the grueling event, where Consistency is King, and if you are brilliant too boot, so much the better.
Ericsson 4's campaign was definitely in the latter category, and her international crew led by Torben Grael, winner of five Olympic medals, sailed sublimely.
Hats off too, to Ken Read and his team aboard Puma Racing. They too were consistent - only winning one of the nine legs sailed to date. At this stage they are 9pts ahead of Telefonica Blue with 12pts on the table.
In this issue we update on the Telefonica Blue rescue and revival, she is now due to re-enter the water on Thursday morning. She will attempt to complete the leg, having suspended racing, and intends to sail in the In-Port race on Saturday. The final leg starts the following Saturday (27 June) and is a 400nm 'sprint' to St Petersburg, Russia.
Telefonica shore crews work around the clock to fix the damage sustained when they ran aground at the start of leg 9 Maria Muina/Equipo Telefonica
Yesterday on www.sail-world.com we posted a gallery of images taken at Telefonica Blue's time of impact and later haul-out and repairs, along with two video clips of the incident (including on board footage). Sorry there is no prize for counting the number of times 'Sci-Fi' Telefonica Blue's navigator says 'sorry', however the incident does underline the inherent danger of using a GPS position superimposed over digital charts when rock-hopping, while racing or cruising.
The Class Breaks for the Transpac Race have been published. Click here to review.
Autonet Mobile Melges 24 US Nationals-San Francisco Chuck Lantz
Another highlight of this edition are two photo galleries from Chuck Lantz from the Melges 32 Nationals in San Francisco. While we are getting used to seeing beautiful images taken from a carefully positioned media boat, due to the fact that he is on crutches awaing a hip operation, Chuck apologises for only being able to shot from the breakwater. they are excellent shots nevertheless.
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PUMA wins Leg 9 of Volvo Ocean Race - their first!! Kate Fairclough, PUMA won leg nine of the Volvo Ocean Race at 22:43:10 local (20:43:10 GMT) this evening, achieving their first leg win of the race to date. In the most nail-biting finish ever witnessed in the Volvo Ocean Race, PUMA began an intense tacking duel with Ericsson 3 just minutes from the finish line off Sandham, Sweden with the aim of causing Ericsson 3 to either slow or make a mistake. Ericsson 3 did.... [more] Onsend this story
Telefonica Blue: Work in progress and damage report - Images and Video Gabri Olivo and Maria Muina, This morning the boat has been hauled out of the water and work has started. All the guys, shore crew and sailors have been divided into each area of the boat, depending on everyone's skills. First priority was to check the bulb with all the bolts and the fin, to make sure everything was still in place and aligned.... [more] Onsend this story
Banque Populaire V on standby - North Atlantic Crossing record attempt Virginie Bouchet, The Team Banque Populaire will set sail towards New York on an attempt to reduce the 4 days 3 hours 57 minutes and 53 seconds of the North Atlantic crossing record. The stopwatch will go off on the finish line set between Ushant and Cape Lizard, the beginning of a story that will reach the main plot with the Jules Verne Trophy starting next winter... [more] Onsend this story
Giraglia Rolex Cup inshore racing concludes KPMS, At the Giraglia Rolex Cup the third and final day of inshore racing wrapped up in St Tropez today. The IRC A and Swan 45 divisions were sent on a 19.7 mile coastal course; after a short upwind beat, the fleet sailed downwind to a mark midway along the coast between Ste Maxime and St. Raphael, then back into the bay to the finish off St. Tropez.... [more] Onsend this story
US-IRC Great Lakes Championship hosted by the Port Huron Yacht Club Luiz E Kahl, If you are in the Great Lakes and are planning on competing in the Bayview Mackinac Race this year, get your boat and crew ready for the big race with a full month of competitive racing on Lake Huron when you enter the Lake Huron International Regatta (LHIR) and the IRC Great Lakes Championships (IRC GLC).... [more] Onsend this story
Telefonica Blue expected to resume racing by Thursday morning Gabri Olivo, Media crew member, Gabri Olivo updates on the Telefonica Blue situation: 'Yesterday, the bulb was straightened up by using a big hammer. Six people alternating hammering the thing down for the first part, but the bulb didn't move much. Then came the big Volvo Digger, but it was a bit of too much power for us.'... [more] Onsend this story
The 2009 Catalunya Costa Brava PWA World Cup – Summary PWA, Round 3 of the PWA World Tour Slalom took place in the beautiful Costa Brava region of Catalunya, Spain. Set on the Ballena Alegre Camping resort inside the Bay of Roses, it was a slalom sailing paradise ready to test the world's best, men and women slalom racers.... [more] Onsend this story
Join the Summer Sailstice on June 20-21 John Arndt, Sailors everywhere are posting their sailing plans as part of the world's largest sailing rally at www.summersailstice.com. Wherever you sail and whatever you sail, Summer Sailstice is the weekend to connect with the rest of the world for a celebratory sail.... [more] Onsend this story
Next stop Portugal for World Match Racing Tour World Match Tour, The World Match Racing Tour heads for the Portuguese resort of Troia for stage 4 of the 2009 season. Sailed in the purpose designed SM40 at the tip of the Troia peninsula the Troia Portugal Match Cup will see 12 teams racing for a share of the €50,000 prize purse and valuable World Championship points.... [more] Onsend this story
Bouwe Bekking's worst hangover and the fight back Bouwe Bekking, After making a superb start on Sunday, leading the fleet away from Marstrand, it all went horribly wrong for Bouwe Bekking and TELEFONICA BLUE. Since the grounding, Bekking has had to watch the rest fleet sail away to the finish in Stockholm and watch as the battle for second place overall slips further from his grasp. Whilst waiting for the repairs to his boat, Bekking takes time-out to reflect o... [more] Onsend this story
Images from the Melges 24 U.S. National Championship Chuck Lantz images, More images from photographer Chuck Lantz, who was at the Autonet Mobile Melges 24 U.S. National Championship in San Francisco.... [more] Onsend this story
Melges 24 U.S. National Championship images from Chuck Lantz Chuck Lantz images, Photographer Chuck Lantz was at the Autonet Mobile Melges 24 U.S. National Championship and has provided these images of the action.... [more] Onsend this story
Ericsson 4 wins Volvo Ocean Race, Puma Racing wins Leg 9 Volvo Ocean Race media and Sail-World, A third place finish in leg nine has been enough for Ericsson 4 to provisionally win the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. The team now has a 13-point lead over PUMA, with just 12 points available in the rest of the race. Skippered by multiple Olympic medalist and America's Cup tactician, Torben Grael (BRA), Ericsson 4's ten strong crew has five New Zealanders aboard including two watch captains.... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race - The drag race is on for Puma Ken Read and Rick Deppe, Latest news from the Puma Ocean Racing team sailing the event filled leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race. 'The drag race is on, and I hope and pray that the wind holds out. We have all kinds of conflicting weather data, but reality is that there is a 16-knot westerly pushing us toward the finish and we are very happy it is here.'... [more] Onsend this story
Tactical day at Giraglia Rolex Cup challenges sailors Event media, Giraglia Rolex Cup - The Mini-Maxi division (boats measuring 60 - 79 feet) features several recent launches, one of which could technically include Bella Mente (USA). The Reichel/Pugh 69 went through extensive modifications last winter and has been performing well since. Bella Mente added to its' second place finish yesterday with a win today.... [more] Onsend this story
Entry for Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta opens Event media, The Royal Yachting Association has officially opened the entry list for the 2009 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta being held at the Weymouth 2012 Olympic venue from 14-19 September - The event is the seventh and final leg of the ISAF 2008-09 ISAF Sailing World Cup series... [more] Onsend this story
Ericsson 3 and 4 and Puma battle for lead into Stockholm Volvo media, After 24-hours of hard racing and not much sleep, Ericsson 3 is today's leader of the reduced pack of six Volvo 70s, but, with 122 nm to the finish in Sandhamn/Stockholm, only eight miles split the fleet from first to last... [more] Onsend this story
Portimao Global Ocean Race leaders face confusing conditions Oliver Dewar, Portimao Global Ocean Race - Michel Kleinjans on Roaring Forty crossed the Portimão Global Ocean Race Leg 5 Scoring Gate south-east of Newfoundland. Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz are currently 120 miles north of Flores in the Azores Archipelago and in the 0620 UTC position poll on Monday morning (15/06), their red Class 40 Desafio Cabo de Hornos is 71 miles ahead of second placed Beluga Racer.... [more] Onsend this story
'We were following about 10 boat lengths behind Telefónica Blue' Ken Read, Puma Racing, 'We were following about 10 boat lengths behind Telefónica Blue in second place heading south when it happened. Capey (Andrew Cape – navigator) was sitting next to me and saying that we were going to have to come up or down in the near future. We were going about 13 knots. And then...BANG. Their entire transom came out of the water right in front of us.'... [more] Onsend this story
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