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Sail-World USA - 18 May 2009

iShares Cup Venice - Final Day  Ingrid Abery © Copyright
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 18 May 2009.

The defending champion, Quantum Racing (USA) has finished fourth in the first round of the 60 race Audi MedCup in Alicante, Spain.

Just four points separated the top four boats, and like last year, consistency was the key. Louis Vuitton Cup winners, Emirates Team New Zealand have yet to learn this lesson. Competing for the first time on the circuit, they won two races, but also carried 6,7, 10 placings.

Quantum Racing (USA) competing in the first round of the Audi MedCup, Alicante  Ian Roman/Audi Medcup ©

Quantum Racing's worst place was a seventh, and she won last year with an average placing of fourth. In this edition we have a full analysis of the racing over the weekend, including plenty of screen shots of the critical points of the racing courtesy of Virtual Eye.

All neatly in line around Mark 1 in Race 9 of the Audi MedCup - from Virtual Eye  ARL Media

The fog came down on Saturday for the start of Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Boston. On this leg they head across the Atlantic to Galway in Ireland. In this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter we have plenty of images and reports of the start and early stages of the racing.

PUMA Ocean Racing, skippered by Ken Read (USA) at the start of leg 7 from Boston to Galway  Sally Collison/PUMA Ocean Racing

And as one Round the World fleet leaves, another arrives. In this edition of Sail-World, we feature reports and images from the finish of thePortiamo Global OceanRace in Charleston

And don't forget to catch the story about the Race Officer who cancelled because of the sea-state rather than the wind conditions. Too often after the cancellation of an event because of weather conditions or forecast, we hear grizzles from sailors to the effect that racing could have/should have taken place. This story, with the benefit of hindsight puts those sort of views in a different perspective.

PUMA Ocean Racing, skippered by Ken Read (USA) at the start of leg 7 from Boston to Galway  Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race ©

All is relatively quiet on the America's Cup front. It would seem that the parties are getting on with the business of preparing for a match in early February 2010, after which the rest of the teams wanting to sail in the event can put their heads down and get on with preparations for the next event, about 15 months later. Sail-World does have the transcript of the last Supreme Court hearing and will be putting this into a publishable form during the week.

A tight start on the final day of the Audi MedCup, Alicante  Audi MedCup Circuit ©

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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma says a big thank you
Kate Fairclough,
How do you start a note like this when you feel like you have to thank a million people? Latest email from Ken Read, skipper of Puma Ocean Racing.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Green Dragon hits a snag
Ian Walker - Green Dragon,
Latest Volvo Ocean Race news from Ian Walker, skipper of Green Dragon. 'Why did I have to mention the threat of lobster pots yesterday?'... [more]
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Korea International Boat Show is BIG
KIBS Media,
In 2008 the show received over 350,000 visitors, making it instantly one of the world's most highly attended boat shows (compare this to 112,000 for this year's London Boat Show or even 238,000 for Dusseldorf, Europe's biggest boat show). This is hardly surprising, with a local population of over 22 million living within 50 miles of the boat show site hungry for new leisure activities.... [more]
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Another Portimao Global Ocean Race arrival in Charleston
Oliver Dewar,
Early in the evening of Sunday 17th May, the Chilean double-handed team of Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz on Desafio Cabo de Hornos crossed the finish line of the Portimão Global Ocean Race Leg 4 from Ilhabela, Brazil.... [more]
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Light winds, heavy tension at final day of iShares Cup Venice
Event media,
Great starts, impressive speed and flawless manoeuvres allowed Yann Guichard's crew to shine on the racecourse since Day 1 at the iShares Cup Venice... [more]
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Fog makes for interesting times in Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7
Volvo Ocean Race media,
For the fleet racing in leg seven of the Volvo Ocean Race, it's the fog that they have to concentrate on. Fog is one of the worst hazards at sea and it means constant radar watch. However, radar does not pick up the dozens of lobster pots, which littered the area just after the fleet set out into the open ocean.... [more]
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Swartz wins first Melges 32 title
Joy Dunigan,
2009 Melges 32 East Coast Championship. This is the first major win for Swartz in the Melges 32 Class. 'This has been fantastic. We feel incredibly lucky. It came down to the last race, and we had some interesting starts that got our blood pumping. But this team rose to the occasion' said Swartz.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ struggle to cover all their options in MedCup final
Richard Gladwell,
Going into the last race of the Audi MedCup, Emirates Team New Zealand looked to have the first round of the series in the bag. They got away to an excellent start at the leeward end of the line with three boats to leeward {Pisco Sour, Quantum racing and Synergy) and one, Bigamist 7, to windward, with just metres covering the lead group... [more]
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2009 Audi MedCup Circuit regatta goes down to the wire
MedCup Media,
In 9-12 knots of sea breeze conditions and perfect early season Mediterranean sunshine the four leading protagonists Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Artemis (SWE), Matador and reigning champions Quantum Racing (USA) lined up side by side in the penultimate race on the final day of the first round of the Audi MedCup circuit.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - The Dragon on its way
Lucy Harwood,
The crew onboard Green Dragon were given a warm send off in Boston today by a huge crowd of Irish supporters. The fleet were recalled from the first start after the start gun malfunctioned... [more]
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Images from Day 2 iShares Cup Venice
Ingrid Abery images,
Ingrid Abery images from Day 2 of the iShares Cup in Venice.... [more]
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Images of Puma racing - start of Leg 7, Volvo Ocean Race, Boston
Sally Collison,
Images of the hometown boat, Puma Racing at the start of leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Boston, USA. The Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 is the 10th running of this ocean marathon, which started from Alicante in Spain, on 4 October 2008, taking in Cochin, India, Singapore and Qingdao, China before finishing in St Petersburg, Russia. The race covers some 37,000 nautical miles.... [more]
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Images from the start of Leg 7 - Volvo Ocean race, Boston
Volvo Ocean Race,
Images from the start of Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Boston. The Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 is the 10th running of this ocean marathon, which started from Alicante in Spain, on 4 October 2008, taking in Cochin, India, Singapore and Qingdao, China before finishing in St Petersburg, Russia. The race covers some 37,000 nautical miles.... [more]
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Images from Volvo Ocean Race leg 7 Boston start
Leighton O'Connor images,
Photographer Leighton O'Connor was out on Boston Harbor to farewell the Volvo Ocean Race fleet at the start of leg 7 from Boston to Galway. Enjoy this selection of his images... [more]
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Another Q day at 2009 Melges 32 East Coast Championship
Joy Dunigan,
Q took competition to the max today at the 2009 Melges 32 East Coast Championship. The fleet was not only greeted this morning with gloomy, dark overcast skies but a very heavy fog that prompted a brief on land postponement. Shortly thereafter the seven-strong Melges 32 fleet left the harbor.... [more]
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Portimao Global Ocean Race - Charleston welcomes first arrival
Oliver Dewar,
The Portimao Global Ocean Race competition will recommence with the restart from Charleston on 31st May and Boris Herrmann is already excited about the challenge as the honour of winning the final leg of the race is immeasurable and the transatlantic crossing will be intensely fought.... [more]
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Puma's il mostro receives visit from actress Salma Hayek
Puma Ocean Racing media,
One year since christening Puma's il mostro in Boston Harbor, Salma Hayek reprised her role as the boat's godmother. Crowds of thousands lined the dock at Fan Pier, Boston, as family, friends and fans said an emotional goodbye to the Puma Ocean Racing team.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Day 4: Artemis overall leader after two seconds and a win
Even under the trickiest conditions, Artemis clearly showed they have all it takes to be the event's leaders. With Torbjorn Tornqvist on the helm and with Russell Coutts calling tactics the Swedish boat sailed nearly to perfection, scoring two seconds and a bullet and grabbed the overall leadership, tied with Emirates Team New Zealand.... [more]
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Confusion at start of Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7
Volvo Ocean Race media,
The last open ocean leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 got underway. After the gun fired, the seven-strong fleet split immediately with Puma looking really strong on port tack, followed by Delta Lloyd, Telefónica Black and Ericsson 4, while Ericsson 3, Green Dragon and Telefónica Blue opted for a starboard tack start.... [more]
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Close racing in TP52 and GP42 classes at MedCup Alicante Trophy
MedCup media,
2009 Audi MedCup Circuit. After three more windward-leeward contests in a gentler sea breeze today off Alicante an exciting final Sunday showdown is now in prospect with the City of Alicante Trophy at stake... [more]
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New Zealand built yachts joint leaders in Audi MedCup

The two New Zealand built yachts launched a couple of months ago at the Viaduct harbour are tied on the top of the points table at the Audi MedCup regatta in Alicante.... [more]
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Date set for J24 Asia - Pacific Championship in Adelaide
Event Media,
The Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia will host the first J24 Asia - Pacific Championship. With resurgence worldwide in the J24 class Asia is one of the last areas on the globe to have an active international circuit fot the class. Five Australian states as well as Singapore and Korea will be represented at the Regatta.... [more]
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It's good to be right
John Curnow,
This article is all about thanking the Senior Duty Forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology for his efforts in relation to the 2009 Melbourne to Apollo Bay race.... [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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Sailors don't make the best lovers – report overturned
In recent days, boaters around the world over have been proudly boasting of news from the Onzin Institute in Amsterdam. Now its revealed that the report has been overturned..... [more]
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On-line Gamers to interact with Green Dragon
Volvo media,
Ian Walker's Green Dragon team has announced a unique partnership with the Volvo Ocean Race Game ahead of leg seven, which takes the fleet from Boston to Galway, Ireland, starting on Saturday. The arrangement will give the game playing community on the Volvo Ocean Race Game the ability to interact with the Green Dragon afterguard... [more]
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