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Sail-World USA - 10 June 2009

The consumate gentleman, Graeme Owens (WA), awarded the Order of Australia Medal - came under hostile fire from both sides in the Louis Vuitton Cup in San Diego in 1992.  Jenny Honeybun
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 10 June 2009.

The second round of the Audi MedCup is underway off Marseilles, France.

US entry Quantum Racing got off to a sticky start - having to restart in the opening race, but recovered well in the remaining two races. Emirates Team New Zealand were dominant taking two wins and a third in the opening three races.

In this issue we have reports on today's racing, and will be updating regularly for the remaining races of the series.

Although today's race was sailed in lighter airs, wPredictWind is indicating that the stronger winds that were a feature of last year's event in Marseilles will return for the next couple of days at least.

Sail-World now has the ARL Raceviewer running for the Marseilles event, and will be producing race reports and images of the key points in the event. Stay tuned to www.sail-world.com for the latest updates.

Quantum Racing (USA) is forced to return after an early start in Race 1 of the Audi MedCup - while NZL-380 gets a nice jump  ARL Media

The Delta Ditch Run was sailed on the weekend in San Francisco with over 120 yachts competing in the annual event. Courtesy of Erik Simonson from www.h2oshots.com we have a gallery of images from this very unique race.

2009 Delta Ditch Run, San Francisco  Erik Simonson:h2oshots.com

Just in from Perth is the news that Graeme Owens, a long time servant of Australian and international race management and adjudication was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the recent Queens Birthday Honours. Graeme will always be remembered as one of the real gentlemen of sailing, always with a very calm disposition, a real sense of purpose and tremendous dignity and decency both in the way he conducts himself and the way he treats sailors. Certainly those traits have been sorely tested at times - perhaps the most publicly in San Diego during his tenure of the International Jury during the 1992 Louis Vuitton Cup wihere both the Kiwis and Italians skippered by USA's Paul Cayard would regularly joust over the legality of NZL-20's bowsprit and how it was used.

Puma Racing, skippered by Ken Read (USA) goes through the Rotterdam Gate in the Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 8  Volvo Ocean Race ©

Despite intense provocation at the time, Graeme Owens never flinched, and set a fine example for others who followed. For a time he was a frequent visitor to US officiating as an Int Umpire or Chief Umpire at international match racing events. For many years, Graeme conducted ISAF clinics for new and certified Int. Umpires and Int. Judges - of which your humble editor participated (and qualified) in one, at the Congressional Cup in 1991.

A bit on their hands - 2009 Delta Ditch Run, San Francisco  Erik Simonson:h2oshots.com

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Maureen McKinnon-Tucker - Leadership In Women's Sailing Award
Maureen McKinnon-Tucker was honored with the annual Leadership in Women's Sailing Award. McKinnon-Tucker was featured in the 'Top Women in American Boating' article in the May 2009 issue of BoatU.S. Magazine.... [more]
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Fierce competition at Open 470 Class European Championships
Rick van Wijngaarden/Sail-World.com amended,
Open 470 Class European Championships for Men/Mixed and Women - both men's groups completed one race today, as did the women's fleet. Although wind conditions were light, competition was fierce. Eight nations from three continents are represented in the current men's 470 top 10. Nine nations from the same number of continents are represented in the women's 470 top 10.... [more]
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Watch out for Puma coming hot out of left field - Volvo Ocean Race
Rick Deppe - Puma Ocean Racing,
Volvo Ocean Race leg 8 - il mostro is coming in hot out of left field! The big question is will there be enough runway for us to make up a 60 to 80 mile deficit on our competition? We've been making as much as 25 miles per sched.... [more]
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The Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta: Way past the Limit(ations)
Betsy Alison,
The theme was 'Beyond Disabilities' this past weekend in Rye, N.Y. at the Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta presented by Heineken. American Yacht Club Commodore Mike Bruno suggested that perhaps an annual regatta could be instituted on Long Island Sound where 50 boats sailed by sailors with physical disabilities could test their competitive skills in a highly competitive regatta.... [more]
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RI Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry moves for the summer
Barby MacGowan,
The 132-foot hull of Rhode Island's Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry has a new home for the summer. The final fitting out of its spars, rigging and hardware will take place on the Newport waterfront at a location accessible for public viewing. When it is ready to sail in 2011 the Oliver Hazard Perry will be a 207-foot, three-masted square-rigged Class A Tall Ship.... [more]
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Compact but competitive fleet for Hoag Cup
Rick Roberts,
Two late entries, including a two-time former class winner, have boosted the competition to eight boats for this weekend's biennial big boat Invitational Regatta for the Hoag Cup starting Friday. The regatta benefits Hoag Heart and Vascular Institute and is organized and hosted by Hoag Hospital and the Balboa Yacht Club and Newport Harbor Yacht Club.... [more]
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2009 Korea Match Cup images from Gareth Cooke
Gareth Cooke images/Sail-World.com,
Images of 2009 Korea Match Cup taken by photographer Gareth Cooke - Subzero Images.... [more]
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Rolex Watch USA signs as Official Sponsor of NYYC's Invitational Cup
Dana Paxton,
Building upon a partnership established in 1994, the New York Yacht Club today announced that Rolex Watch U.S.A. has become an official sponsor of the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, to be held Sept. 15-19 in Newport, R.I. Rolex joins formerly announced sponsor Sperry Top-Sider... [more]
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Albeau and Ghibaudo take lead at Catalunya Costa Brava PWA World Cup
PWA Media,
Strong gusty winds see Antoine Albeau and Valerie Ghibaudo take an early lead after a furious first round in Costa Brava. Men's Race 1 continued as expected, with all of the top 20 seeds passing through to the quarterfinals without any troubles. Heat 11 saw one of the favorites for the event Kevin Pritchard (Starboard/Gaastra) blow up down the reach as his outhaul rope exploded.... [more]
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Perfect start for Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta
Event media,
Day one of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta could not have been more picture perfect. Pierluigi Loro Piana's My Song took victory on handicap in the first of four scheduled races in the event organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Boat International Media which will run until June 13th. Fastest around the course were three of the five competing Wally yachts.... [more]
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Puma suffers Sail damage on Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8
Puma Ocean Racing Team,
Puma has slipped back from third to seventh place, losing 25 miles in just a matter of hours. With 327 miles to go until the finish of leg eight in Marstrand, Sweden, the Puma Ocean Racing team are focussed on making some tactically winning moves to get themselves back in the race.... [more]
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Valsheda turns to T-Clewrings, a fast way to protect superyacht masts
Ivor Wilkins,
The T-Clewring system was developed in New Zealand for the America's Cup and has found wide acceptance in grand prix racing. In the highly competitive world grand prix racing owners are seeking America's Cup style crew manoeuvres. T- Clewrings are an innovative system for attaching sheets to headsails and spinnakers, to speed these moves.... [more]
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Emirates Team New Zealand sets the pace in Audi MedCup
MedCup Media,
Emirates Team New Zealand confirmed that their powerful new Botin Carkeek designed TP52 is no slouch in lighter breezes when they won two of three races today on Marseille's Rade Sud. Added to the third place in the day's second windward-leeward contest the Kiwi team lead overall by seven clear points in the Audi MedCup Circuit's Marseille Trophy.... [more]
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RS Racing launch new RS100 single-hander
Event media,
RS Racing has just launched the first prototype of a new hiking single-handed class with asymmetric spinnaker, which looks set to become the much anticipated RS100. The RS100 will have epoxy construction, a carbon mast and an easily driven hull... [more]
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Ainslie challenges for lead of World Match Racing Championship
Ben Ainslie and Team Origin have jumped into second place on the World Match Tour, just one point behind new Tour leader Kiwi Adam Minoprio. Britain's Ian Williams' Bahrain Team Pindar, the reigning World Champions, are in fourth place after three of the ten events... [more]
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Still all to win as Volvo fleet approach finish in Marstrand
Volvo media,
It has been a tough 24 hours for the seven boats in the Volvo Ocean Race as they enter the final stages of leg eight from Galway to Marstrand. Ericsson 4 still has a tenuous lead over Green Dragon (+3 nm) and the pair are match racing up the Danish coast... [more]
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Images from the Practice race of the Audi MedCup, Marseilles
Ian Roman and Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international sailing photographers, Ian Roman and Gilles Martin-Raget present this gallery of images from the Practice Day at the Audi MedCup sailed at Marseilles.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Sleeping wherever and whenever you can
Various Volvo Ocean Race Comprtitors,
Latest news from the Volvo Ocean Race boats on Leg 8. The general feeling onboard is the same - everyone is suffering from a lack of sleep during this leg.... [more]
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Annapolis-Newport: Rambler misses record but happy with the race
New York Yacht Club media,
Latest news from the Annapolis-Newport Race. The volunteers who stand watch both in the A2N Race Committee Headquarters at Harbour Court and at the Lighthouse had a steady stream of activity in the past 24 hours with 37 finishers between 1300 on Monday and 0900 on Tuesday.... [more]
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Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2009
YCCS media,
Racing is scheduled to start tomorrow, Wednesday 10 June at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2009. Both modern and classic designs are present with Andrea Recordati's Wally 101, launched less than one month ago, lining up against the Royal Huisman-built Meteor, a reproduction gaff rigged Gloucester Schooner launched in 2007... [more]
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Conditions baffling Team Mowgli in Portimao Global Ocean Race
Oliver Dewar,
Over the past 24 hours the distance between the Portimao Global Ocean Race race leader Desafio Cabo de Hornos and second place Beluga Racer expanded by 20 miles. West of the fleet leaders and in less stable conditions, the British duo of Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson on Team Mowgli and solo sailor Michel Kleinjans on Roaring Forty have been picking up speed... [more]
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Australian Graeme Owens honoured in Queen's Birthday Awards
Jenny Honeybun,
Australian International Umpire and Juror, Graeme Owens was this week honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours Awards with an Order of Australia Medal. With over 50 years of dedication to the world sailing scene, Graeme's resume is impressive to say the least. This quiet achiever is certainly well deserving of the award, the news of which has been well received within the sailing community.... [more]
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Tired boys on Puma - Volvo Ocean Race leg 8
Puma Ocean Racing Team,
Latest email from the Rick Deppe, Puma Ocean Racing Team, sailing leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race. The team has been up all night battling the light winds and strong currents trying to get around the Channel Islands in close company with our friends onboard Ericsson and Telefonica.... [more]
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Panama Canal Transit - the 'Flats' are open again

Just as it is for ship traffic, the Panama Canal is a vital link for yachts wanting to transit between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Since the overnight demolishing of the long-standing Panama Yacht Club, which catered to the needs of transiting yachts, in March this year, Shelter Bay Marina on the far side of the bay has had a virtual monopoly - until now... [more]
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Images from the Delta Ditch Run
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson of h2oshots.com provided these images from the 65nm 2009 Delta Ditch Run organised by the Stockton Sailing Club and Richmond Yacht Club in San Francisco.... [more]
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Waka Racing second in Poland, now for Russia
Waka Racing Media,
Waka Racing report on racing behind the Iron Curtain: 'Welcome to St Petersburg.....10 degrees, heavy rain, no wind, 3 knots of current and a racing area the size of a rugby field! Despite this the boys are in high spirits and looking forward to our second grade 1 event. Last week we were in Poznan, Poland for a grade 3 event. This was on a lake that reminded us a lot of the familiar Lake Pupuke.... [more]
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PWA Costa Brava action heats up on Day 1
Event media,
Three heats were completed as the PWA kick-start the action here in Costa Brava. On cue at around 2pm a light 10-15kt thermal wind switched on, giving the PWA elite their first chance to test the waters. The spectators were treated to an incredible show as the worlds best hit the ocean and went head to head to check their speed.... [more]
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Open 470 Class European Championships leaders remain unchanged
470 Class media,
Open 470 Class European Championships for Men/Mixed and Women - The Race Committee put all efforts into getting racing underway to secure the schedule of qualifying races that need six races in each event. They managed to complete one race in both the men's groups. The leaders remain unchanged.... [more]
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Croatia and Italy set the opening lead at 470 Europeans
Event Media,
The first three races of the Open 470 Class European Championships for Men/Mixed and Women were completed Tuesday on Lake Traunsee in Austria. Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic from Croatia take the lead in the Men's 470 event. Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol from Italy take first place in the Women's event... [more]
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Italian confidence rises on Audi Q8 as they win Marseille practice
Event Media,
Riccardo Simoneschi's team on Audi Q8 deciphered the difficult, changeable breeze on the Rade sud best to win the Marseille Trophy's practice race today for the eleven TP52 Series crews... [more]
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Volvo fleet in high speed downwind dash to Marstrand
Volvo media,
There is a lot to be happy about in the Ericsson camp today. Ericsson 4 got the better side of a big wind shift, which propelled her up the order to take over first position in leg eight of the Volvo Ocean Race, while Ericsson 3 recorded the fastest time in the ‘Rotterdam Gate Race'... [more]
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Who will win the Transpac Bet?
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
The Transpac bet is on again between Philippe Kahn and Dave Ullman. Once again, it's for a pittance. Their last $1 bet was over the 2008 Pacific Cup. Ullman sailed the fully crewed Santa Cruz 70, Holua, and Kahn double-handed his Open 50, Pegasus 50, with Richard Clarke.... [more]
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Mast damage for Beluga Racer in Portimao Global Ocean Race
Oliver Dewar,
Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet - the German team were averaging the highest speed in the fleet at just over 12 knots – four knots faster than the Chileans on Desafio Cabo de Hornos - and had closed down the lead of Cubillos and Muñoz by a handful of miles, trailing the leaders by 55 miles.... [more]
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2009 PWA Catalunya Costa Brava Slalom World Cup - Event Preview
Andrew Buchanan- PWA,
Round 3 of the PWA World Slalom Tour is all set to kick off next week in the beautiful Costa Brava region of Catalunya, Spain. Costa Brava can serve up a real mix of conditions, testing everyone and forcing mistakesLeading the tour going into Round 3 is the 2008 World Champion, Antoine Albeau (JP/NeilPryde).... [more]
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2009 Annapolis Newport race - Boats home and IRC winner decided
Chip Thayer,
2009 Annapolis-Newport 24 boats have now finished. Rambler, a 90' maxi owned by George David, competing in her first Annapolis to Newport Race was launched at the start and kept their lead the entire race. Vela Veloce, Richard Oland's brand new R/P 52 crossed the line at 02:19:05.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit heads to Marseille's challenging course
Event Media,
Marseille's Rade Sud is one of the most challenging race areas on the Audi MedCup Circuit. Tuesday's TP52 Practise Race for the eleven TP52 Series is preceded today by a muscular 23 knots of breeze out on the Rade Sud. Wednesday is the GP42 Series' Practice Race.... [more]
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Legendary line-up for the 40th edition of La Solitaire du Figaro
Event media,
From Lorient to Dieppe passing by La Coruña in Spain, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie and Dingle in Ireland, the 2009 edition of La Solitaire will be competed over 1,706 nautical miles. The 2009 line-up is unquestionably/indisputably one of the finest in the history of the race.... [more]
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