Welcome Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 28 July 2009
Our feature story today is a review of Alinghi 5, from a Sail-World correspondent based in le Bouveret, Switzerland who attended the media day, and has also been on the water several times following the massive catamaran.
Regardless of what you think about the America's Cup, and like most others, while we view the upcoming contest as something very unique and intriguing, the cost to the rest of the once America's Cup teams is just horrendous, and many teams are beyond the point of no return.
However be that as it may, the technology being used in the Alinghi 5 catamaran and BMW Oracle Racing's trimaran is a big step up in sailing technology, and this review is the first real look under the bonnet of either yacht that we have seen.
Our correspondent JPJ wishes to remain anonymous, however he is an experienced Swiss multihull sailor, with a racing trimaran, so he is very familar with the type and issues. Plus he is a very good photographer, and the detail shots won't be seen on any of the official websites.
Certainly JPJ has identified some issues with Alinghi 5, which may/may not have been expected at this stage. The design and sailing teams are now starting to run short of the currency of the America's Cup - Time. And, that is probably going to limit development of the boat - particularly once she moves away from Switzerland and the constructed in country rules come more into play.
Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) winner of the Gold Medal - Laser Radial - 2008 Olympics will be in the line up for the 2009 Worlds Richard Gladwell
We have all the US sailing news in this issue, from the final day of the US Optimist Championships in Cabrillo, Calif.; plus Anna Tunnicliffe looks forward to the Womens Laser Radial World Championship; follow Sally Barkow and friends in the ISAF Womens Match Racing Championship in Sweden; and we have the start and finish of the Bayview Mackinac Race.
Over the past few weeks we have featured some outstanding images galleries form some of the sailing world's top photographers, and we are pleased to present yet another from Carlo Borlenghi, who is on commission to Alinghi to cover their launch - don't miss more of his beautiful work.
We are pleased to advise that sometime today, if it hasn't already happened, Sail-World will set new record for numbers of Unique Viewers across all sites, and has already smashed the previous records for numbers of visitors, pages viewed, hits and content download. We look forward to reporting our new traffic numbers at the end of July.
Alinghi 5 - from A to Zee JPJ - Sail-World, Sail-World's Swiss correspondent gives his impressions of the America's Cup Defender, Alinghi 5, launched just last week in le Bouveret: 'Alinghi 5 have been out sailing four days now and although the wind hardly ever reach above 10 knots, we have a pretty good idea on the boat itself and how things work in its actual configuration. Let's review the boat starting with a few design comments.... [more] Onsend this story
Windquest first to finish Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race Bayview Mackinac Race Committee, The 86-foot Windquest prevailed as the first to finish ahead of the multi-hull Earth Voyager in the Cove Island Course to Mackinac in 34 hours and 39 minutes and 50 seconds to the finish in the Straits of Mackinac in the early morning hours Monday under a low cloud ceiling.... [more] Onsend this story
King of Spain Regatta report California Yacht Club, After four races in King of Spain Regatta, the CYC team of Ben Mitchell and Hal Haenel were tied, dead even with Jim Buckingham (NHYC) and Rick Peters (CYC).... [more] Onsend this story
Anna Tunnicliffe in Japan and ready for Women's Laser Radial Worlds Anna Tunnicliffe, Report from Anna Tunnicliffe, now in Karatsu, Japan for the Women's Laser Radial World Championship. We are sailing out of Saga Pref. Yacht Harbor in Karatsu Bay. I have been here since July 20th, and have had some great training so far. My trip over here was a bit of an adventure. I had two flights in the USA to get to Seattle, from where I would leave for Tokyo.... [more] Onsend this story
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup Dana Paxton, When the inaugural New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup begins on September 15, among its 19 teams from 14 nations will be two representing America's oldest and most revered yacht clubs: the event's host, the New York Yacht Club (New York, N.Y./Newport, R.I.), and St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco, Calif.).... [more] Onsend this story
ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship - Lysekil Match Race Josefine Ås, The ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship in Lysekil is the most prestigious event in women's match racing. After a few hours of training in more than 20 knots of wind the 12 teams had a good taste of what to expect for the next coming five tough days.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Mirror World Championship Day 1 Justin Chisholm, On the first day of the 2009 Mirror World Championship in Pwllheli, North Wales, family crew pairings had a great day. Chris and Jessica Rust from Brightlingsea SC lead the Championship with twin siblings Ed and Beth Grey in second place.... [more] Onsend this story
Images of Alinghi: Light airs on Lake Geneva Carlo Borlenghi, Top international sailing photographer, Carlo Borlenghi presents a gallery of images from around le Bouveret as Alinghi 5 searches for wind to undertake further test sailing.... [more] Onsend this story
More images from the Sperry Top-Sider Marblehead NOOD regatta Leighton O'Connor images, Photographer Leighton O'Connor sent these images from the Sperry Top-Sider Marblehead NOOD, sailed this past weekend.... [more] Onsend this story
US Optimist National Championship Regattas - Winner is decided Rich Roberts, Christopher Williford, the defending champion, made Axel Sly earn the US Optimist National Championships win in tough conditions against strong competition. Even after Sly, 15, of Weston, Fla., won the first of three races on the final day---his sixth win in the last seven---to all but clinch the glory, Williford, 14, from Ft. Lauderdale, still had some fight left.... [more] Onsend this story
Perfect all-in-one sailing gadget, the iPhone - Part 3 Mark Cherrington, Apple's much-hyped iPhone has attracted much attention since the global release of the 3G in 2008, with tens of thousands of applications, and more coming. Buried among the many, some of which are rubbish, are others that are excellent and purpose-designed for sailors, as Mark Cherrington describes. This is Part 3 of a 3 Part Series.... [more] Onsend this story
Bayview Mackinac Race start Bayview Mackinac media, The Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race has begun. It is reported that some of the faster boats including Windquest, Vincitore, Defiance, Evolution, Details, Stripes, Nitemare, Chance, and Earth Voyager have rounded the Trade First Cove Island buoy and the lead boats are about a third of the way to the Duck Islands.... [more] Onsend this story
Karpathos prepares for 2009 Speed Windsurfing World Championships Event media, Karpathos prepares for thrilling action as the clock counts down to the 2009 Speed Windsurfing World Championships. In the men's fleet, all eyes are set to the reigning world champion and 500m world record holder Antoine Albeau from France, who clearly dominated last season. His strongest opponent is expected to be again European Champion Bjorn Dunkerbeck, living windsurfing legend... [more] Onsend this story
International fleet gathers for 2009 Mirror World Championship Justin Chisholm, On the eve of the 2009 Mirror World Championship at Pwllheli, North Wales, competitors were able to make their final preparations. The forecast weather front, which hit the North Wales coast in the early hours of this morning, made for a damp and blustery start to the day but conditions began to improve around lunchtime.... [more] Onsend this story
Hobie 16 North Americas - Final report Robert Merrick, Puerto Rican sailor Enrique Figueroa has won his seventh North American title in the Hobie 16 class sailing with the young Victor Aponte. The change of conditions shuffled the top three a bit.... [more] Onsend this story
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