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Sail-World USA - 16 May 2009

The Skippers Press Conference in Boston

  Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race ©
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 16 May 2009.

In a few hours, Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race gets underway from Boston, heading for Galway, Ireland. We'll bring you full coverafe on our website www.sail-world.com.

On Thursday the New York Supreme Court ruled on the Contempt of Court issue, and also the question of just when BMW Oracle Racing had to supply their Customs-House Registry documents.

Justice Kornreich seemed to some observers to have come in with a decision already in her head, and was just testing the parties on that.

Surprisingly, she ruled from the bench, without the usual reserved decision. We have reaction of the parties in this issue.

BMW Oracle Racing - Day 1 iShares Cup Venice.
ThMartinez/Sea & Co/OC Events.
  ThMartinez / Sea & Co ©

One twist, was that Justice Kornreich tried to set up a mediation process between the parties. Whether this will fly remains an interesting issue. Top of the list of mediators she suggested was Justice Herman Cahn, who had heard the numerous previous motions in the NY Supreme Court on this vexed matters.

In Europe, the second race of the Audi MedCup, spluttered and spluttered in light winds. The breeze appeared for the third day of racing+ when officials were able to get three races away.

We have featured coverage of each day's racing so far, and have set up a special event on the Sail-World website to consolidate the coverage of this 60 race event.

TP52 Quantum Racing crossing GP42 Islas Canarias Puerto Calero  Audi MedCup Circuit ©

As part of our coverage we are pleased to have secured access to the Animation Research graphics package, Virtual Eye, as used in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series.

In another world first we are able to bring you images from the Audi MedCup series from Virtual Eye - the significance this time being that it is of fleet racing rather than just two-boat match racing. The Virtual Eye product is quite outstanding and it is a real credit to ARL that they have got it working to this level, (of being able to supply a viewer for remote media) so early in the regatta.

Start of Race 2, from the leeward end, with Bigamist 7 clearly over the line and Quantum Racing nearest the camera  ARL Media

We hope that this application will greatly enhance our coverage, both in terms of being able to tell the story of the race, and to produce images of critical incidents.

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Good sailing!

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America's Cup Court decision again goes in favour of BMW Oracle
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Societe Nautique de Geneve, the club Defending the America's Cup has lost all the decisions handed down in the New York Supreme Court today. For the first time in a almost two year legal saga, Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich ruled from the bench of the Court rather than reserving her Decision.... [more]
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Spirit of Sailing Gala Fundraiser a huge success
Community Sailing of Colorado,
It's about the Kids!' was heard all evening at the 10th Annual Spirit of Sailing Gala Fundraiser. During 2008, over 465 children attended Community Sailing's programs. This event raised over $42,000 and will be used to provide scholarships and tuition assistance for disadvantaged children and expand Community Sailing of Colorado's summer camp.... [more]
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9th Annual Summer Sailstice Holiday launches June 20 and 21
Event media,
Summer Sailstice announced June 20-21 for this year's annual sailing holiday on the summer solstice weekend and expects record participation as people sail away their cares and show support for ocean conservation... [more]
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Q in charge at 2009 Melges 32 East Coast Championship
Joy Dunigan,
Light and tricky conditions place Swartz's Q in charge at the 2009 Melges 32 East Coast Championship. Despite the brutal weather conditions on Thursday, seven Melges 32 teams prepared for racing... [more]
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Portimao Global Ocean Race leader heading for Charleston finish line
Oliver Dewar,
After 20 days of racing from Ilhabela, Brazil, the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet leader is just hours from the finish line in Charleston, South Carolina. Beluga Racer is 102 miles from the finish line with average speeds dropping slightly to 7.6 knots in the final approach to the American coast.... [more]
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Cammas and Groupama 3 crew set new Trans-Mediterranean record
Groupama 3 media,
Franck Cammas and his Groupama 3 crew have bagged the first record of their 2009 campaign beating the time set by Bruno Peyron in 2004 between Marseilles and Carthage. Groupama 3 covered the 458 miles separating Marseilles from Carthage at an average speed of 26.72 knots, compared with an average of 25.53 knots for Orange II... [more]
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Don't throw away your paper charts! - GPS failings to come
Blackwattle Studios,
A report just out by the Government Accountability Office of the USA has revealed significant issues with the future of the GPS world wide system, currently provided free by the USA. The report is entitled 'Significant Challenges in Sustaining and Upgrading Widely Used Capabilities' and was released last week.... [more]
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IYRS celebrates restored 1831 Aquidneck Mill building opening
Cynthia Goss,
The International Yacht Restoration School celebrated a milestone in the school's history on May 14: the official opening of the newly restored 1831 Aquidneck Mill building.... [more]
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Ericsson 4 skipper warns not to under estimate leg 7 Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is ready to face the North Atlantic for leg seven as the teams make their final preparations ahead of Saturday's start. Torben Grael, skipper of the overall race leader, Ericsson 4, cautioned that this leg could be a brutal one.... [more]
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iShares Cup Venice - BMW Oracle leads after five hotly contested races
iShares Cup media,
iShares Cup Venice and the 10 Extreme 40s put away five races this afternoon, before the breeze died. With two consecutive second places and a win in race 3, Gitana Extreme - Groupe LCF Rothschild impressed by their speed, consistency and tactics, and with BMW Oracle and Renaissance (Oman Sail) having posted a win each, the leading boats were clearly identified early in the competition.... [more]
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Consistency pays as winds return to Audi MedCup circuit in Alicante
MedCup Media,
Consistency was the key once again as champions Quantum Racing emerge to lead the TP52 series after three great races, while Roma 2 leads the GP42 Series. At times it was spectacular as the sea breeze off Alicante built to 17 knots at times, but it was never easy or straightforward as the Audi MedCup champions Quantum Racing (USA) eased into the overall lead of the City of Alicante Trophy Rega... [more]
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Solar Cup three day race event starts Friday
Rob Hallwachs,
Solar Cup to bring nearly 600 high school students on 33 teams to Lake Skinner for three days of qualifying, racing May 15-17. After Friday's inspections and qualifying, the competition culminates this Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17 with solar-powered endurance and sprint races. Sunlight is the only power source that can be used for propulsion.... [more]
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Now oficially the 'Pure Michigan' Bayview Mackinac Race
Bayview Mackinac Race media,
The 'Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race' title was chosen by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's (MEDC) Travel Bureau and Bayview Yacht Club as the official name of the 85th sailing of the 2009 race that starts in Port Huron... [more]
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Beluga Racer increases the lead over Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet
Oliver Dewar,
Portimão Global Ocean Race leaders Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme on Beluga Racer extending their lead over their Chilean rivals Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz on damaged Class 40 Desafio Cabo de Hornos. For solo sailor Michel Kleinjans on Roaring Forty, the remaining 700 miles to the finish line is a matter of making good speed and limiting further damage to his sail wardrobe.... [more]
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Groupama 3 off on Mediterranean record attempt
Groupama 3,
Groupama 3 set off on the Mediterranean record this Friday morning at exactly 0719 UT. Groupama 3 will have to arrive in Carthage before 01hrs 15' 33' (UT) on Saturday 16th May in order to break the record set by Bruno Peyron.... [more]
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Fickle breeze - on MedCup Day 2
Event Media,
Grant Dalton says fickle breeze is putting race officers under pressure. 'With two race days gone and only one of the scheduled six races sailed the race committee will be hoping that the forecast for better a better breeze tomorrow is accurate.'... [more]
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Ingrid Abery images from iShares Cup Practice Day in Venice
Ingrid Abery images/iShares Cup media,
The three practice races that took place today in Venice confirmed what everyone predicted: the level of competition of the 2009 iShares Cup is very high! Gitana Extreme, Groupama and Oman Sail's Masirah each came ashore with a victory, the final race of the day having been particularly close-fought and spectacular. Photographer Ingrid Abery supplied these images from the day... [more]
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Puma prepared for transatlantic leg of Volvo Ocean Race
Puma Ocean Racing Team media,
The Puma Ocean Racing team will line up with the six other Volvo Ocean Race entrants for the start of Leg seven from Boston, USA to Galway, Ireland at 13:00 local (17:00 GMT) this Saturday.... [more]
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Groupama 3 go to Code Green for Friday record attempt
Cammas/Groupama 3 media,
Code green for Groupama 3 and Franck Cammas' crew - departure from Marseilles scheduled tomorrow morning, in a bid to break the Mediterranean record. Franck Cammas, skipper of Groupama 3, and Sylvain Mondon from Météo France, have just confirmed the presence of a favourable weather window to tackle the Mediterranean crossing record held by Bruno Peyron for the past five years... [more]
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No help from the breeze on Day 2 of Audi MedCup in Alicante
MedCup Media,
Capricious early season breezes off Alicante refused to co-operate to allow any racing today on the Audi MedCup Circuit where the GP42 class were due to make their debut on the world's leading regatta circuit.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet - An Open and Shut Case
Key Partners (KPMS),
Applications for the 2009 Rolex Fastnet opened on 1 January and effectively closed two months later when the 300 cap on entries was reached. Organisers, the Royal Ocean Racing Club, immediately set up a waiting list, which currently stands at seventy... [more]
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If it doesn't float, is it a 'boat'?
Mirabaud LX/Sail-World.com,
The 2009 version of the Mirabaud LX foiler has been presented to the public and media this morning during a press conference at the Société Nautique de Genève. Supported by Mirabaud & Cie, Banquiers Privés, Thomas Jundt's foiler has captivated the national and international sailing audience last year thanks to its revolutionary concept. But is it a boat?... [more]
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Four fleets to contest Rolex Capri Sailing Week
At Rolex Capri Sailing Week this year four fleets will be competing on waters of the Gulf of Naples. Farr 40s, Swan 45s, Club Swan 42s and Comets take to the racecourse in a week's time. The current entry list shows seventeen Farr 40s including current and three-time world champion, Vincenzo Onorato and Mascalzone Latino... [more]
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Salvesen and Thomson on Team Mowgli thunder northwards
Oliver Dewar,
Portimao Global Ocean Race leaders Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme on Beluga Racer are currently just under 600 miles from the finish line. The British double-handed crew of Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson on board third place Team Mowgli remain the fastest boat in the fleet and have reduced their deficit to Beluga Racer by approximately 50 miles during the past 24 hours... [more]
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PredictWind: Stronger winds expected for rest of MedCup
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The wind prognosis from www.predictwind.com!PredictWind.com is for stronger winds for the rest of the week at the Audi MedCup in Alicante. Winds are expected to build to around 15-20 kts each day, peaking in the early afternoon - with almost no wind at all in the morning.... [more]
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ISAF Mid-Year Meeting - moves on multihulls
ISAF Media,
The ISAF Strategic Plan and 2012 Olympic Games were key topics amongst the issued discussed at the ISAF Mid-Year Meeting held in Warsaw, Poland from 7-11 May. ISAF President Goran Petersson chaired the Council meeting on Saturday 9 May, covering a number of important issues including the '11th medal' at the 2012 London Olympic Games and the approval of two new ISAF members and classes.... [more]
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Ray Davies and Paul Cayard join RC 44 Class
RC 44 media,
The third event of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2009 will take place in Austria on May 27 - 31. Team New Zealand's Ray Davies joins the RC 44 Class on board Pieter Heerema's No Way Back, whilst Paul Cayard steps onboard Igor Lah's Ceeref. The four leaders of the Tour are separated by four points only.... [more]
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Inaugural Farr 40 Chesapeake Fleet Regatta
Dana Paxton,
Annapolis sailboat racer Rod Jabin started something when he and a crew of Chesapeake Bay sailors on Ramrod were top U.S. finishers at the prestigious Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in Miami last year. Annapolis-based racers have jumped into the hotly competitive class and formed the new Chesapeake Bay Farr 40 Fleet.... [more]
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Crew Lists for Volvo OR leg 7: Fisher off, Martinez on Telefonica Blue
Riath Al-Samarrai/Volvo Ocean race media,
Telefonica Blue helmsman Simon Fisher has confirmed he will miss the leg seven race across the Atlantic in order to 'recuperate' ahead of the final stages of the event. Volvo Ocean Race crew lists for leg 7 - Boston to Galway.... [more]
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Images from Alicante: Emirates Team New Zealand, Race 1
Chris Cameron - Emirates Team NZ,
Emirates Team New Zealand's Chris Cameron filed these images from the first day of racing in the MedCup at Alicante, Spain.... [more]
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Marazzi Sailing penalised 3 points for weight violation
MedCup Media,
After a minor crew weight violation, measured to be slightly over the class crew weight limit of 1273 kilos, Switzerland's Marazzi Sailing have been penalised three points and effectively lost out on their maiden race win in the 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit.The team which is skippered by the Swiss Olympic Star sailor Flavio Marazzi were officially measured to be above the limit by a very small margin.... [more]
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Swiss (almost) win first ever Audi MedCup Circuit event
Event media,
As a result of being officially measured over the crew weight limit for the TP52 Class by a small margin, Switzerland's Marazzi Sailing have been penalised three points from their aggregate score, effectively negating their opening race win at the City of Alicante Trophy regatta, the first event of the 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit... [more]
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