Welcome Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 12 September 2009
In this issue we have a focus on the Louis Vuitton World Series, announced last Wednesday and which we believe will be a very significant event for the sport of sailing.
In fact sailing is at a watershed point. Establish a proper professional circuit with a strong sponsor, and one that is owned by the teams, and you have an excellent platform for the future.
Go the other way and allow such a venture to fail, then professional sailing, outside the Volvo Ocean Race, will be doomed to hang on the coat-tails of the America's Cup and the agendas and timing of the current holder.
In this issue we have comment on the Louis Vuitton World series from Scott MacLeod of the World Match Racing Tour, and also Paul Henderson, former President of ISAF, and one who bought a lot of change to the sport during his tenure in that office.
Ragtime/Infodel competing in the 2009 Big Boat Series, San Francisco Erik Simonson:h2oshots.com
Our Asian Editor, Guy Nowell, comments on the situation in Hong Kong as the Asian gateway endeavours to secure one of the venues for the Louis Vuitton World Series.
We have some significant news from Southern Spars with the announcement of a new partnership with a European rigging company.
Rolex Big Boat Series - Day One Chuck Lantz
There's also some great comment in our E-Mail from Skip Lissiman, of Australia II fame, and others, on the current state of the America's Cup, which will be back in Court in early to mid-October. Top sailing journalist, Angus Philips, who has been covering the America's Cup for the Washington Post for almost as long as Bob Fisher has been around, blows up on the current state of the America's Cup
Looking beyond the Louis Vuitton and America's Cup scenes, we have reports from the World Match Racing Tour in Denmark, and plus there are some great reports and images from the Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco, and more reports on sixteen year old Jessica Watson's collision with a ship while sailing singlehanded.
Rolex Big Boat Series, San Francisco, Day 2 Erik Simonson:h2oshots.com
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Gladwell's Line: Louis Vuitton World Series in Match Racing headwinds Richard Gladwell, Just days after being launched in Paris, the Louis Vuitton World Series would seem to be beating into a stiffening breeze. At the launch of the new Series along with the World Sailing Teams Association, questions were immediately raised as to how the new event would work with the existing World Match Racing Tour and the strictures of the International Sailing Federation... [more] Onsend this story
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Final Day - Winners take their opportunities KPMS, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup final day's report. Good news also for those yachts still within touching distance of the top. A race would mean opportunity and in yacht-racing opportunity is everything, but only if you are prepared to take it. If only it were so simple.... [more] Onsend this story
World Match Tour Danish Open - Penalty packed action Sailing Intellgence, 2009 World Match Tour Danish Open - Possibly following yesterday's frustration, there were a huge number of penalties today to keep the on-the-water judges occupied.... [more] Onsend this story
More images from Day Two of the Rolex Big Boat Series Chuck Lantz, A bit less fog and a bit less breeze for the second day of the Rolex Big Boat Series. Images from Chuck Lantz, showing racing action from the second day of the four day event.... [more] Onsend this story
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. Here Skip Lissiman (Australia II) comments, plus a letter from Spain... [more] Onsend this story
Images from 'Frisco: Big Boat Series, Day 2 Erik Simonson, h2oshots.com, Erik Simonson of www.h20shots.com provide this gallery of images from the Big Boat Series sailed in San Francisco, today.... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Big Boat Series Day Two - Challenges all round KPMS, Rolex Big Boat Series day two report. The wind quickly picked up to 25-plus knots by the second race of the day, giving the 97 boats competing in four IRC and seven one-design classes a challenging day.... [more] Onsend this story
Jessica Watson - collision mystery Nancy Knudsen, Sadly, 16-year-old Jessica Watson's collision with a ship at sea in a shipping lane is just ordinary inexperience and miscalculation. Her AIS would have made her aware of it in good time. She therefore had the capacity to turn away, and, at a speed of probably 5 knots, get the hell out of there! Why didn't she do it?... [more] Onsend this story
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Lovell leads Melges 32 media, 2009 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship day 2 report. Two more races were added to the scoreboard with Andy Lovell (New Orleans, La.) on USA-136 Rougarou leading Don Jesberg (San Francisco, Calif.) on USA-162 Viva in second place by one slim point. In third overall is Philippe Kahn on USA-166 Pegasus 32.... [more] Onsend this story
Campbell Cup - New regatta added to big boat race schedule Rich Roberts, A new regatta has been added to the 2009 big boat race schedule, the Campbell Cup, Oct. 24-25, hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club. Entries are by invitation only and are restricted to boats that meet the eligibility requirements of the West Coast 70 Association and Farr 40s that meet their local fleet requirements.... [more] Onsend this story
Snipe World Championship - Brazil tops leaderboard Kimberly Kruger, Snipe World Championship Final Day report. Shifty breeze and light cloud cover greeted Snipe World Championship contenders on this final day of racing at the San Diego Yacht Club. The final two races saw a few positions in the top 10 shuffle around, but the Brazilians finished strong with three teams in the top six.... [more] Onsend this story
The Pope anoints the Louis Vuitton World Series Paul Henderson, Former International Sailing Federation President, Paul Henderson writes giving his thoughts on the Louis Vuitton World Series: Several years ago Cayard and Coutts met me in Los Angeles and we discussed this same concept and it was a 'no brainer' (as you say). The only difference is that they came to ISAF at the concept stage but that is a detail but with no sponsor like Louis Vuitton.... [more] Onsend this story
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2009 - Penultimate day Jan Harley, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - The fourth and penultimate race day of the event brought some surprises as the winning streaks of Roma – Aniene (ITA) and Whisper (IRL), in the Racing/Cruising and Mini Maxi Racing/Cruising divisions, were brought to an end... [more] Onsend this story
Louis Vuitton World Series: Hong Kong looks a Gift Horse in the mouth Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asian Editor, Sailors in Hong Kong are no doubt delighted that the city is still on the short list of places to host a regatta in the Series. But the Hong Kong Government have as much imagination as a box of whelks, and tend to see problems before opportunities. Will they be albe to appreciate the enormous media and PR exposure that a LVWS event in Hong Kong would generate for the city?... [more] Onsend this story
More images from Day One of the Rolex Big Boat Series Chuck Lantz, The San Francisco Bay fog politely left just enough open space for the first day of the Rolex Big Boat Series.... [more] Onsend this story
The America's Cup has been mugged Angus Phillips, Washington Post, Team New Zealand won the America's Cup from Dennis Conner in San Diego in 1995. In March 1997, a protester of Maori heritage slipped into the trophy room with a sledgehammer hidden on his person and bashed the silver ewer to a pretzeled hulk when no one was looking. My question is, where is that sledgehammer-wielding man when we need him?... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Big Boat Series images Day One Chris Ray images, Rolex Big Boat Series action at the St Francis Yacht Club.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Melges 32 U.S. Nationals - Magic day of racing in San Francisco International Melges 32 Class Association, It just doesn't get much better than this. Moderate breeze, flat water, nice temps and some really competitive, high-powered one-design racing on San Francisco Bay... [more] Onsend this story
‘Brotherhood of the Sea' comes to Jessica Watson's aid Bob Wonders, Marine industry companies stand firm with Jessica Watson. Gold Coast City Marina's Leigh-Smith described the actions of the companies that stepped forward to assist as being a first class example of 'the Brotherhood of the Sea.'... [more] Onsend this story
2009 6 Metre World Cup - Day 3 report 6mR World Cup Media, Strong breeze and current met the 6mR World Cup fleet again today, which kept the racing inside Narragansett Bay just north of Gould Island. For the second and third races of the day the course was shortened to 1.2 nm leg. Three races were completed in the Modern Division while the Classics completed two.... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Big Boat Series Day One - Class leaders emerge Dana Paxton, Rolex Big Boat Series day one report. Over 1,000 sailors on 97 boats in 11 classes are competing through Sunday, September 13. The largest one-design fleet is the J/105 class with 25 boats.... [more] Onsend this story
Storm Trysail Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminars - Fun with a purpose Media Pro Int'l, Building on the concept that “preparation prevents accidents from becoming catastrophes,” the Storm Trysail Foundation held its popular one-day Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminars at four different sailing hotspots during July.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from 'Frisco: Big Boat Series, Day 1 Erik Simonson, h2oshots.com, Erik Simonson of www.h20shots.com provide this gallery of images from the Big Boat Series sailed in San Francisco, today.... [more] Onsend this story
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup- World Yacht Clubs invade Newport Barby MacGowan, New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - It will be reminiscent of Newport's America's Cup days when 19 yacht club teams from 14 nations descend on this 'City by the Sea' next week.... [more] Onsend this story
Snipe World Championship Day 4 - Brazil leads Kim Kruger, Snipe World Championship Day Four - good breeze. Both races saw clear starts and crowded mark roundings, as the competition stiffens with another drop race allowed after the ninth race. The current regatta leader, Brazilian team Bruno Amorim and crew Dante Bianchi, continue to reign... [more] Onsend this story
RS:X Windsurfing World Championships - Two new Champions Rory Ramsden, RS:X Windsurfing Worlds. An emphatic win for both the Mens and Womens Champions. Over in the women's medal race, the battle was for the bronze medal. And in the Mens competition it has been a long time coming. The last Olympic windsurfing world champion from Great Britain was Barry Edgington and that was back in 1992.... [more] Onsend this story
More Images of the Sixes sailing on Rhode Island Sound - Day 2 Paul Todd, Outside Images, Top international sailing photographer, Paul Todd, presents more images of Day 2 of the Six Metre Worlds sailed at Rhode Island Sound... [more] Onsend this story
Images of the Sixes sailing on Rhode Island Sound - Day 2 Paul Todd, Outside Images, Top international sailing photographer, Paul Todd, presents these images of Day 2 of the Six Metre Worlds sailed at Rhode Island Sound... [more] Onsend this story
Southern Spars' Rig Pro and RSB Rigging Solutions of Palma join forces Brenna Pringle, Southern Spars Rig pro and RSB Rigging Solutions have announced they are to form a new partnership. The pairing will combine the world-class reputation of Southern Spars' Rig Pro, with the expertise and facilities of RSB Rigging Solutions. The new alliance will provide a high quality service operation to superyachts in the Med.... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Big Boat Series Classes announced; Blackaller Tribute Event Media, At this evening's Rolex Commodore's Reception, StFYC Commodore John McNeill announced the six classes that will compete for the Perpetual Trophies and included in the regatta kick-off was a special tribute to the late Tom Blackaller, the larger-than-life legend and StFYC member... [more] Onsend this story
Marblehead Labor Day Regatta images from Leighton O'Connor Leighton O'Connor images, The Marblehead Labor Day Regatta was hosted by the Eastern Yacht Club, Marblehead. Enjoy pphotographer Leighton O'Connor's images from the event.... [more] Onsend this story
Lightning World Championship preview Jan Davis, Lightning World Championship. The Malletts Bay Boat Club in Colchester, Vt. welcomes the best Lightning sailors in the world to the spectacular waterfront overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains for the 2009 Lightning World Championship on Sept. 12-18, preceded by the International Masters Championship on Sept. 9-11.... [more] Onsend this story
China host Hobie 16 International Regatta - Weihai Cup International David Brookes, Weihai Cup International Regatta. The IHCA's newest Hobie Fleet 619 in Weihai, Shan Don, China has just completed a successful Hobie Regatta. The Weihai Cup International Regatta hosted by the Royal Marina Club was by invitation only.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Six Metre World Cup - Big breeze challenges fleet Jan Harley, Six Metre World Cup. Competitors arriving at Sail Newport this morning to prepare for the second day of racing in the 2009 Six Metre World Cup were greeted by whitecaps on Narragansett Bay courtesy of a brisk northeasterly... [more] Onsend this story
Snipe Worlds Day 3 Report - Top contenders make themselves known Event Media, Snipe Worlds Day 3 Report. The top contenders made themselves known after two races were held in the Pacific Ocean today. Two races were held in 11-14 knots with the wind finally out of the 'normal' San Diego direction. Big swells, chop and current as well as kelp forests kept the sailors on their toes maneuvering around the race course.... [more] Onsend this story
30th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta Cynthia Goss, 30th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta, hosted September 4-6 by the Museum of Yachting, this annual regatta drew sailors from North America, Europe and New Zealand. Organizing Authority Sail Newport ran two days of racing for 12 Meters, S-Boats, and 6-Metres as well as handicap classes for Vintage and Modern spirit-of-tradition competitors.... [more] Onsend this story
U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships - Inspirational Sailors Gather Jake Fish, 2009 U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships preview. This year's championship, hosted by the Riverside Yacht Club and sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. and Dry Creek Vineyard, will be held on Sept. 11-13, 2009 in Riverside, Conn. The U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship is the only national sailing championship for disabled sailors.... [more] Onsend this story
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