Welcome to Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 2 December 2009
In this edition we are breaking the story of Emirates Team New Zealand's CEO, Grant Dalton confirming that he is in discussions with the Spanish telco, Telefonica, about an involvement in the next Volvo Ocean Race.
No official announcement has yet been made, and the shape of that involvement is not disclosed. In this edition we discuss a couple of options, and are strongly led to believe that Dalton will not be severing his ties with the America's Cup racing team.
We are also carrying a story from yesterday on the seizure of a VOR60, Sail Bahrain who ventured 500metres into Iranian waters, together with confirmation of her crew's release by the Iranian National Guard. Significantly the scene of the boarding was about 60 miles away from the coast of Ras al-Khaimah proposed venue for the 2010 America's Cup and about which concerns on this very type of incident were raised by the US Challenger and dismissed by regatta organisers.
The America's Cup continues to percolate with a breakage aboard Alinghi 5 during sailing trials in a seaway off Ras al-Khaimah (UAE) plus there is a video from skipper Brad Butterworth on the Americas's Cup Defender, plus some very cool sailing footage. In San Diego, BMW Oracle Racing have hauled BOR90 for shipping to Valencia, plus a few modifications beforehand. We are also featuring an interview with Dirk de Ridder - aka 'Cheese' - who is the mainsail trimmer on board the BOR 90 he explains to Peter Rusch of BMWOracleRacings blogsite what it is like to switch from soft to hardsails.
And if you are looking for Christmas gifts, don't forget to check out the J-Class calendar in this edition.
Andrew Campbell and Brad Nichol, having their rookie year in the Star class have placed 13th overall in the South American Star Championships, 'we had four boats clustered in the top 13 at this event (8th, 10th, 12th, and 13th),' Campbell writes, 'which is a decent effort considering there were seven former world champions (gold-stars) in the top 14.
'I'm going to work with our current sponsors: Sperry Top-sider, Kaenon Polarized, McLube, and our numerous supporters to start a fundraising push to kick-start the final run-up to our fast approaching Olympic Trials. This coming January will be our last World Championships before the 2011 Perth Worlds, likely one of our Olympic Trials events. It doesn't seem like it has been that long since we were watching the torch lit in Beijing, but we can hear London calling...
'I think we have the correct tools to have a strong showing at January's worlds. The P-Star charter and the North M16/R2 combination that we have committed to for the winter has been a good decision thus far, and I would like to be able to continue towards owning the boat so we can properly modify it to win World Championship, an Olympic Trials and an Olympic Medal.
'Please email me at CampbellSailing(at)gmail.com for our the 2009-2010 Funding Report or to discuss sponsorship opportunities.'
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University of Wisconsin wins ICSA Timme Angsten Memorial Regatta Suzy Phelps, The University of Wisconsin was named the victor of the 63rd Timme Angsten Memorial Regatta, hosted by Chicago Yacht Club in 420's at Monroe Harbor in Chicago, November 27-29, 2009... [more] Onsend this story
Grant Dalton confirms discussions with Telefonica on Volvo Ocean Race Richard Gladwell, Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton has confirmed to Sail-World that he has been in discussion with Spanish telco Telefonica regarding an involvement in the next Volvo Ocean Race. Dalton would not disclose the specifics of his involvement, saying: 'It is no secret of my desire to be involved in the Volvo Ocean Race and yes I have spoken to Telefonica...... [more] Onsend this story
Sailors released: Statement from Andrew Pindar Chairman, Sail Bahrain Sail Bahrain media, Statement from Andrew Pindar OBE, Chairman of Sail Bahrain. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Foreign Office and the British and Bahrain Embassies for all their help and for bringing the matter to a swift conclusion and to the Iranian authorities for their understanding.... [more] Onsend this story
CNN reports that captured British sailors have been released by Iran Richard Gladwell, CNN is reporting that Iranian news sources are reporting that the five British sailors captured a week ago have been released, by Iranian authorities. The release is believed to have taken place five or six hours ago, although the news is only just being announced.... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10: Cape Breton Island finds the breeze Clipper Ventures Media, Hull & Humber leaves Cape Town and resumes racing. Out in the Southern Ocean the leaders are closing in on the scoring gate and it's a nail biting and frustrating time everyone, with Cape Breton Island going fast and Team Finland struck by whale in the boat's stern area... [more] Onsend this story
World Match Racing Tour announces 2010 Schedule and Tour Invite Policy World Match Racing Tour Media, The 2010 Tour schedule will comprise of the same nine events as 2009 starting the year in France in April and ending once again in Malaysia. A refined Tour Invite Policy for the 2010 season will be retained which will reward 9 skippers and teams with guaranteed invites to six events of their choice for the year.... [more] Onsend this story
Entries picking up for the 2010 St.Maarten Heineken Regatta St.Maarten Heineken Regatta Media, The entry list for the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta is steadily increasing. Owners and participants have started filling in their entry forms and so far the numbers look positive. The event takes place March 4 to 7 2010 and will include the pre-event the Budget Marine Match Racing Cup on the 2nd of March as well as the GILL Commodores Cup on March 4th.... [more] Onsend this story
J Class calendar for 2010 - a great Christmas present Titch Blachford, Capture some of the original 1930s J Class magic, along with fleet news and photography in the brand new desktop J Class calendar for 2010. Taking a month each, the three original yachts, Shamrock V, Velsheda and Endeavour are all featured, along with the replica new builds currently on the water, Ranger and Hanuman. There are further photographs and information on J Class yachts currently in bui... [more] Onsend this story
Cheese on trimming an America's Cup wingsail Peter Rusch, Dirk de Ridder - aka 'Cheese' - is the mainsail trimmer on board BMW Oracle Racing's America's Cup Challenger, BOR 90. Just an enormous wing sail. A veteran of three round the world races, he has previously been with AmericaOne and BMW Oracle Racing in the America's Cup. We caught up with him over the weekend following the final testing session in San Diego.... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup: Alinghi suffers breakage testing in a seaway + video Alinghi Media, Alinghi 5 is being lifted out of the water this evening in Ras Al Khaimah after suffering a minor breakage while sailing today in an unusually big sea state in the Arabian Gulf. The giant catamaran will be checked over and repaired ready for more training in the coming days.... [more] Onsend this story
Andrew Campbell on the Star South Americans - Out with a Whisper Andrew Campbell, Andrew Campbell reports on his campaign at the Star South American Championship. Brad and I had to wait for the hoist in the dark as one of the Iate Clube do Rio de Janeiro's angling fleet weighed in their 350 kilo, eight foot marlin on our hoist.... [more] Onsend this story
World Match Racing Tour - All at stake at the Monsoon Cup Rob Kothe & Al Constable, The Monsoon Cup, the final event of the nine stage 2009 World Match Racing Tour will commence on the Pulau Duyong Basin course in Kuala Terengganu tomorrow and the stage is set for an epic battle.... [more] Onsend this story
Star South American Championship to Swiss pair Lynn Fitzpatrick - World Regattas, Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria (SUI) won the Star South American Championship. The Swiss team has been ranked 1 by ISAF since July. By finishing seventh overall, past Star World Champion, Canada's Ross Macdonald and crew, Andre Lekszycki were the top North Americans.... [more] Onsend this story
Kiwi skippered Volvo60 seized by Iranians off America's Cup venue Richard Gladwell, Five crew members of a VOR60 have been captured and detained by Iran after their yacht strayed 500 metres into Iranian territorial waters late last week. The yacht, the Kingdom of Bahrain, was sailing from Dubai, UAE, and strayed 500 metres into Iranian territorial near the island of Sirri, 45nm off the coast of United Arab Emirates. She was on a voyage from Bahrain to Dubai, and was in the vicini... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10, Cape Town to Geraldton, Western Australia, Day 9 Clipper Ventures Media, It's poised to be an exciting start to the week both on and off the race track, Spirit of Australia in stealth mode, skippers ponder whether north or south will work out as the best option for scoring gate and Hull & Humber's crew count down to departure... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Phuket King's Cup Regatta 28/11/09 The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is Asia's biggest and most popular regatta. Inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the event has been held every year since during the first week of December.... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?SEid=849
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