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Sail-World USA - 27 June 2009

PUMA Ocean Racing, skippered by Ken Read (USA) finish second on leg 10 in St Petersburg, crossing the line at 00:42:48 GMT  Yongtao Jiang
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 27 June 2009.

In St Petersburg, Russia, the final notes in the Volvo Ocean Race have been played. While some may have reservations about the course, number of entries and overall challenge of the event compared to the four leg adventure/challenge/race of the early Whitbread events such as the third edition which attracted 29 entries compared to the present seven or eight.

However this race is now a heavily commercial affair, where success is gauged in terms of numbers passing through race villages, internet page views and television hours.

In contrast to the last race, where all but two of the competitors did at least one leg on a truck or a ship, this race has not been too bad and has certainly set a good platform on which to advance the event to another level, albeit with less stopovers and a more traditional course. The next edition starts in 2011, and must look very attractive to many of the professional racing teams currently doing bench time waiting for the America's Cup to be put back on the rails.

PUMA Ocean Racing finish the final Leg 10 of the VOR 08-09 in St Petersburg in 2nd place, clinching the position of second overall in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09
  Sally Collison/PUMA Ocean Racing

USA's Puma Racing performed very well in this event to take second overall, and with that position pretty well in the bag after the Telefonica Blue mishap at the start of Leg 9. While that event all but secured the position for Puma Racing, Read and his merry men performed well in the latter half of the race particularly, being very consistent and getting more than their fair share of the points available.

Read's last email is a classic.

Day 1/Acura presents Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week  Rich Roberts ©

Elsewhere in this issue we have featured reports and some great images from Rich Roberts on Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week.

On the East Coast, Block Island Race Week has concluded. The regatta attracted 153 entries , competing in 17 events which in the current economic times is a good fleet.

Third place in the IRCA class Steve & Heidi Benjamin (Norwalk, CT) Tripp 41C HIGH NOON - Block Island Race Week  © Rolex/Dan Nerney

In the Farr 40 Worlds in Portp Cervo, USA is leading the event with one day left in the Rolex sponsored regatta we have reports on each day's racing and some great images in this edition.


Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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Five new inductees into ICSA Hall of Fame
Jan Harley,
The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) recently acknowledged the contributions of five individuals to the sport of college sailing by inducting them into the ICSA Hall of Fame. The ICSA Hall of Fame was established in 1969 to acknowledge the competitive achievements of undergraduates as well as the service contributions of individuals who have helped college sailing.... [more]
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PWA Costa Teguise Freestyle World Cup - Event Preview
Event media,
The Canary Islands events are one of the most eagerly anticipated legs of the PWA World Tour; offering a fantastic combination of challenging, extreme and spectacular windsurfing.... [more]
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First Leg win for Telefónica Black in thrilling Volvo Ocean Race Final
Volvo Ocean Race media,
It was an historic moment tonight in St Petersburg, Russia, when as the White Night turned to dawn the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, led by Telefónica Black in a thrilling climax, crossed the tenth and final finish line of this nine-month, 37,000 nm race around the world.... [more]
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More images from the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race - St Petersburg
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
More images from the finish of Leg 10 and the Volvo Ocean Race in St Petersburg, Russia... [more]
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Block Island Race Week ends as winners named in 17 classes
Barby MacGowan,
A single race today decided the fate of 153 boats entered in the Storm Trysail Club's Block Island Race Week XXIII presented by Rolex. Of the 17 victors named in as many classes today, three were new leaders since yesterday, illustrating best how the tough got going when the going got tough.... [more]
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Long Beach Race Week day one a big blast!
Rich Roberts,
Acura presents Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week this weekend. 'Today was about as much fun in sailboat racing as I've ever had,' Geoffrey Longenecker of San Diego said after the first of three days of racing. 'Everybody's competitive and sailing good boats. It was just a blast.'... [more]
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Images from Block Island Race Week
Leighton O'Connor images,
Leighton O'Connor's images from the Storm Trysail Club's Block Island Race Week XXIII presented by Rolex. This year 153 boats contested titles in 17 classes.... [more]
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Skiffs arrive in Carnac for Mark Foy Trophy
Event media,
The 18 foot skiffs have arrived at the Yacht Club de Carnac to take part in the first edition of the Mark Foy Trophy which will take place from the 28th June to the 4th July.... [more]
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Francolini images from Pure Blonde Hamilton Island Outrigger Cup 09
Andrea Francolini images,
Photographer Andrea Francolini sent these images from the Pure Blonde Hamilton Island Outrigger Cup 09. The event commenced on June 25th and runs until June 28th.... [more]
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Moth European titles Day 2
M.E.Media/Simon Payne,
Moth European Championship, Horsens Denmark Race 4 - In heavy conditions Current European Champion Arnaud Psarofaghis won ahead of Britain's Simon Payne... [more]
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Close finishes mark the end of the Volvo Ocean Race in St Petersburg
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World and Volvo OR Media,
The Volvo Ocean Race is over - finishing in St Petersburg, Russia with Telefonica Black taking the final leg after a tacking fuel with Puma Racing (Ken Read. The second place on the final leg gave Read and his crew second place overall in the 37,000nm sailing marathon. Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael) took an unassailable lead after Leg 9 to win the 2008/09 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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Images from the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race - St Petersburg
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Images from the finish of Leg 10 and the Volvo Ocean Race in St Petersburg, Russia... [more]
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505 Europeans, X-35 Worlds and X-41 Europeans Day 2 update
Herman Hell/amended Sail-World.com,
There was no small boat racing in Kiel today. Among the few classes that eventually did race though were the X-Yachts sailing in their respective championships. Alessandro Solerios X-35 Lelagain from Italy still leads the rankings as does the German König & Cie helmed by Sven Erik Horsch in the X-41-class.... [more]
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Horus Superyacht Cup day two
Tork Buckley - Editor The Yacht Report,
Day Two of the Horus Superyacht Cup dawned calm and hot. Yesterday's winner Antara had a Bucket rating revision of her day one handicap so finished second from last. It is perhaps a function of the eternally refining Bucket racing system, that some race places changed radically from day one to day two.... [more]
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Barking Mad still in control at Farr 40 Worlds
Jan Harley/Jill Campbell,
Already a two-time winner of the Farr 40 World title (1998, 2004), Jim Richardson (Boston, Mass./Newport, R.I., USA) on his Barking Mad continues to lead the fleet in Porto Cervo after three races were sailed on the penultimate day of racing in the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2009 organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds - Mascalzone Latino will fight to the last
At the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds, the penultimate day was no less enthralling than the first two. Current World Champions, Mascalzone Latino (ITA), will go down fighting to the last, but a twenty-eight-point gap to the lead looks insurmountable even for the miracle workers on board.... [more]
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Puma Email: 'The last part of our amazing voyage'
Rick Deppe,
With second place overall assured, aboard Puma Racing, skipper Ken Read and his crew are counting down the miles to the finish in St Petersburg, Russia. Rick Deppe reports on life on board: 'Not much happening on the boat at the moment and with about 140 miles to the finish it's really just a case of trying to keep the speed on and the other guys behind us.... [more]
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Groupama 3 bound for New York
Franck Cammas/Groupama 3 media,
Groupama 3 has just cast off into the open ocean bound for New York. Under the aegis of Frédéric Le Peutrec, we can find some faithful right-hand men like Loïc Le Mignon, Loïc Dorez, Ronan Le Goff, Yann Riou, Olivier Mainguy and Gaël de Kerangat. However, there will also be some talented skippers such as Lionel Lemonchois and Bernard Stamm.... [more]
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Farr 30 competition at Tour de France à la Voile 2009
Event media,
First racing day for the 23 Farr 30 competing for the Tour de France à la Voile 2009. A prologue and a triangle were expected. The prologue did not count for the overall ranking but the following inshore race opened the point competition. Friday, an inshore race is planned at 10.00 am, with one or several legs to follow.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Ken Read says 'it's very civilized sailing'
Ken Read,
Latest news from Ken Read, Puma Ocean racing Team's skipper. 'We are racing again. I have to admit that this leg was a tough one to really get fired up about. The leg awards banquet in Stockholm and the final exit to the racecourse really started to feel like the end is near. ' -Ken Read... [more]
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Slot Reservations flooding in for 2011 Around Australia Ocean Race
Event Media,
The 2011 Race event is for monohull and multihull yachts (Category 1). The event format is designed to allow yachts from all around Australia, and overseas, to compete.... [more]
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Tight at the top of RS Elite Nationals Day One leaderboard
Martin Wadhams,
The RS Elite UK Nationals at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club commenced on a perfect day for sailing. It was Sean McLean's Scottish team that opened the batting with a solid race 1 win, while behind them there was more place changing in the 10 knots breeze under blue skies.... [more]
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Puma leading Volvo Ocean Race fleet to St Petersburg
Puma Ocean Racing Team,
Latest news from Puma as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet heads towards their final destination in St Petersburg, Russia 'Apparently the hammering taken by Telefonica Blue the other week on the rocks outside Marstrand seems to have had very little effect on the boat. They do not have a speed problem at the moment.' - Rick Deppe... [more]
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Wind finally play ball at Block Island Race Week
Barby MacGowan,
With a four-hour delay on shore today, 1500 sailors got to enjoy some fun and games before heading out for a fourth day of competition at the Storm Trysail Club's Block Island Race Week XXIII presented by Rolex.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Another jaunt into the unknown
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
Latest emails from the Volvo Ocean Race fleet as they sail towards their final destination in St Petersburg, Russia. Telefonica Blue and Ericsson 4 are playing tag and on Ericsson 3 the mood is happy. On Green Dragon it's 'here we go again' and on Ericsson 4 the crew is looking forward to another jaunt into the unknown. Read on ......... [more]
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Antara takes the honours on day one of Horus Superyacht Cup
Martin Redmayne, The Yacht Report Group,
The 2009 Horus Superyacht Cup got underway on a crystal clear day, after a delayed start. With a consistent light breeze the fleet lined up for the usual pursuit start, now under Bucket rules, with the graceful Perini, SY Antara skipping along gracefully over the starting line. Prior to the belated first gun the fleet bobbed and weaved in and out of the inner bay.... [more]
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Marion to Bermuda - Long, hard fight for competitors to finish race
Talbot Wilson,
The Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race has been long and hard with the boats experiencing twenty-five to thirty knot headwinds and ten to twenty foot seas. Boats still on the course still racing or those who have retired and still at sea at 2:30PM ADT are now experiencing real fatigue.... [more]
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Bermuda opens its doors for the Argo Group Gold Cup
Talbot Wilson,
The invitation process for the Argo Group Gold Cup is now underway. The 24 team event will comprise of the eight World Match Racing Tour Card holders winners of the two qualifier events in the United States and Bermuda and 14 invites handed out by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.... [more]
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Kleinjans finishes the Portimão Global Ocean Race
Oliver Dewar,
Michel Kleinjans and Roaring Forty crossed the Leg 5 finish line of the Portimão Global Ocean Race after 20 days 22 hours 51 minutes and 28 seconds of racing from Charleston, South Carolina, on the final, North Atlantic section of the 33,000 mile circumnavigation.... [more]
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