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Gladwell's Line: ISAF to be dragged into America's Cup legal wrangle?
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's NZ and US Editor, Richard Gladwell looks at the legal issues likely to be put on the table of the New York Supreme Court, in the very near future by Golden Gate YC and their newly hired legal counsel, David Boies. This first part of a two part series, looks at the controversial agreement signed between the Defender and the International Sailing Federation.... [more]
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B14 European Championship - Four winners on day two
Mark Barnes, Mark Emmett, Tim Harrison,
Neil Pryde sailing B14 European Championship 2009 Day 2 started with a promising 8-10 knot thermal breeze from the SW building to 10-12 knots breeze.... [more]
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2009 Finn Junior and Senior European Championship Final Day
Corrine McKenzie,
2009 Finn Junior and Senior European Championship report from the final day of competition. Light and very unstable wind on the last day of the 2009 Finn European Championship in Varna, Bulgaria, forced the racing committee to cancel the Medal Race and the final race.... [more]
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Al Hamra Marina and Yacht Club, RAK - video
Sail-World Asia,
Take a look at this video of the Al Hamra Marina & Yacht Club in Ras al Khaimah. RAK is the intended venue for the America's Cup DOG match next year, and the video designed to put a good 'spin' on the situation suiggests there is more infrastructure in place that we have previously been led to believe.... [more]
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iShares Cup - Six races and six different winners
iShares Cup media,
iShares Cup Kiel Day 2 of the event. Six races were staged, each delivering a different winner. No one team dominated in the tricky conditions, although Pete Cumming's crew on Oman Sail Masirah did enough to stay at the top of the leaderboard with a 17-point lead going into the final day of racing, but they are certainly not invincible and round four of the iShares Cup is still wide open.... [more]
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505 Worlds win a breeze for Martin and Nelson
Rich Roberts,
Mother Nature gave Mike Martin the 18 knots of wind he asked for and he and crew Jeff Nelson took care of the rest of their business Saturday to win the 2009 SAP 505 World Championship with an artistic runaway performance.... [more]
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2009 SAP 505 Worlds Winners celebrate
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Mike Martin (USA) became the first 505 sailor ever to win the 505 World Championship as a crew (1999) and as a skipper (2009).... [more]
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Images and Video from SAP 505 Worlds Final Day - San Francisco
Erik Simonson www.MarineMediaAlliance.com,
Erik Simonson of www.marinealliance.com presents this gallery of images of the the winners of the 2009 SAP 505 World Championships held at San Francisco, plus a video of the series... [more]
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IWA Windsurfing Worlds - Brits rule the waves
Karenza Morton,
IWA Windsurfing Worlds - Three golds and four medals for British competitors. Sam Sills, 16, romped to glory in the Bic Techno Under 17 boys' division while 14-year-old Kieran Martin and Sam's sister Saskia Sills, 13, ensured Britain enjoyed a golden whitewash in the Under 15s'.... [more]
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470 World Championship images from Richard Langdon
Richard Langdon images/Sail-World.com,
Photographer Richard Langdon presents these images from the 470 World Championships.... [more]
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470 World Championship Medal Races - New pairings come good
Sailing lntelligence,
While the rain gods held off all week, the medal races for the 470 World Championship took place today, run by the Royal Danish Yacht Club off Rungsted harbour, in conditions varying so wildly that Beijing Gold medallist Malcolm Page described them as 'like four seasons rolled into one'.... [more]
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2009 SAP 505 Worlds - Martin and Nelson lead with one race to go
Rich Roberts,
Mike Martin and crew Jeff Holt, down in points to Mike Holt and crew Carl Smith and faced with lighter winds than they would prefer, pulled off a clutch victory Friday to carry the championship of the 2009 SAP 505 Worlds into the final race Saturday.... [more]
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IWA Windsurfing Worlds - Wind beats all on Day Five
Karenza Morton,
At the 2009 IWA Junior, Youth and Masters World Championships on day five breezes gusted to over 40 knots making competition impossible. It means that the race for the 2009 IWA Junior, Youth and Masters World Championships titles go down to the wire with all medal positions being decided on what is set to be a thrilling final day of racing tomorrow.... [more]
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Finn European Championships - Euro title secured before medal race
Corrine Mckenzie,
2009 Finn Senior and Junior Open Euroepan Championship day five report from Varna. The day has tested the nerves of sailors and racing committee. Very light and fluky, the wind provided two challenging races, won by Tapio Nirkko (FIN) and Mark Andrews (GBR).... [more]
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Half Ton Classic Cup - Day Two and Three reports
Bert Janssen,
Ecover Half Ton Classics Cup Day reports from days two and three of the event. On Thursday the halftonners have been sailing the Radio Holland races, incorporated in the Ecover Half Ton Classics Cup. As during the previous day the wind picked up during the day, timidly at the beginning, but at the start of the third race the anemometers were indicating +20 knots southwesterly winds.... [more]
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iShares Cup Day One - Capsize and collisions, crew member hospitalised
iShares Cup media,
Capsize and collisions in gusty conditions on day 1 of the iShares Cup Kiel. 'It was carnage out there...' said Oman Sail crew David Carr. Ecover's capsized between races 3 and 4, resulted in a broken mast.... [more]
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Istanbul Europa Race - Moment of truth for Estrella Damm Sailing Team
Daniel Ferrando,
The moment of truth has arrived for Estrella Damm Sailing Team. They will face their first race on board Estrella Damm in the Istanbul Europa Race. The six IMOCA 60s will leave the Atakoi marina and head to Nice, on the French Côte d'Azur, where they are expected to arrive in approximately seven days.... [more]
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Laser SB3 World Championships preview
Katie Ashworth,
Laser SB3 World Championships 2009 and 56 entries represent eight countries. There are 14 races scheduled. Racing will start at 1300 hrs each day when the wind is forecast to be a stable 18 – 25 knots. As host Nation the Portuguese have fielded a strong fleet.... [more]
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2009 Melges 24 European Championship - Down to the last race
Justin Chisholm,
2009 Melges 24 European Championship came to a thrilling conclusion on the last day of racing in Hyeres. In the final minute before the start, UKA UKA Racing and Alina were engaged in what they believed was their own private match race. At the windward mark Alina rounded second behind Alberto Bolzan at the helm of Gianni Catalogna's Pilot Italia Hurricane.... [more]
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470 World Championship images from Richard Langdon
Sail-World.com,
470 World Championship images from the final round of racing, before tomorrow's medal races.... [more]
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Images from the 470 Worlds - Day 5: by Juerg Kaufmann
Juerg Kaufmann,
Top international photographer, Juerg Kaufmann, of www.go4image.com Juerg Kaufmann presents a superb gallery of images taken Day 5 of the 470 Worlds in Denmark.Don't forget to click on the 'view large photo' option to truly appreciate these magnificent shots which cross the boundary from realism into art.... [more]
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2009 Knickerbocker Cup - Tied at the top
Andrea Watson,
Two US Teams tied for first place after day 1 at the 2009 Knickerbocker Cup Port Washington, NY. Racing continues on Friday, with good wind predicted for Manhasset Bay, giving the rest of the teams a chance to catch up.... [more]
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2009 SAP 505 World Championship Day Four - New leaders
Rich Roberts,
2009 SAP 505 World Championship day four and the scenario has shifted in the event hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club.... [more]
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470 World Championships images from Richard Langdon
Richard Langdon images/Sail-World.com,
Photographer Richard Langdon presents these images from the 470 World Championships.... [more]
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IWA Windsurfing World Championship - France leads Youth division
Karenza Morton,
France's Olivier Pinlou leapt to the top of the Raceboard Youth rankings before insisting 'I must do better tomorrow' on day four of the IWA Junior, Youth and Masters Windsurfing World Championships. Britain's Kieran Martin reasserted his authority in the Techno Under 15 boys' competition.... [more]
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Fireball Worlds Day Four - One race and Black Flags
Tim Saunders,
Fireball Worlds Day Four report. Just one race today in La Rochelle. The race was finally away on the fifth attempt after a short postponement but not before 11 boats had been black flagged on the fourth attempt.... [more]
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iShares Cup Skippers ready for fast and furious action in Kiel
iShares Cup media,
The ten teams competing in the fourth event of the 2009 iShares Cup are ready for three days of fiercely contested Extreme 40 racing, which kicks off tomorrow, August 28th.... [more]
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Croatia and Japan top the Men's 470 Worlds
Sailing Intelligence,
Solid wind and blazing sunshine remain the welcome constant factors of this 470 World Championship, run out of Rungsted, Denmark, by the Royal Danish Yacht Club. But today the weather threw up yet more fresh challenge. The wind having returned to the south-southeast and gusting up to around 15 knots. But today the wind was oscillating and it was a case of picking the shifts wisely.... [more]
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Istanbul Europa Race - New maritime route for 60-foot Imoca class
Event media,
A few hours to go to the Bosphorus Trophy and the start of the Istanbul Europa Race, the skippers of the six participating boats said they are proud to pave the way for a new maritime route in the 60-foot Imoca class.... [more]
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Images from the 470 Worlds - Day 4: by Juerg Kaufmann
Juerg Kaufmann,
Top international photographer, Juerg Kaufmann, of www.go4image.com Juerg Kaufmann presents a superb gallery of images taken Day 4 of the 470 Worlds in Denmark.Don't forget to click on the 'view large photo' option to truly appreciate these magnificent shots which cross the boundary from realism into art.... [more]
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Mike Perham now youngest person to sail single-handed around the world
PPL,
17 year-old British sailor Mike Perham has become the youngest person to sail single-handed around the world. His 50ft yacht Totallymoney.com crossed the traditional Lizard/Ushant line marking the start and finish point of his 30,000 mile record-setting in bright sunshine at 09:47:30 secs (local).... [more]
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Gitana 11 almost ready for re-launch
Kate Jennings,
Despite the discretion which surrounds the transformation of Gitana 11, things are progressing well in the boatsheds of Baron Benjamin de Rothschild's stable based in Saint-Philibert... [more]
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New York Yacht Club (NYYC) Invitational Cup: Two Italian team profiles
Dana Paxton,
New York Yacht Club (NYYC) Invitational Cup taking place September 15-19 in Newport, R.I, two team profiles - Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Yacht Club Italiano.... [more]
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IWA Junior, Youth and Masters Windsurfing World Championships
Karenza Morton,
2009 IWA Junior, Youth and Masters Windsurfing World Championships -Nikos Kaklamanakis made light work of atrocious conditions in Portland Harbour to move stealthily up the Raceboard Masters rankings. Portugal's own quadruple Olympian Joao Rodrigues continues to sit atop the pile in a fascinating Masters contest.... [more]
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Finn European Championship Day Three - Mixed results
Corrine McKenzie,
Finn European Championship in Varna, Bulgaria and three races were sailed in light to medium wind on the third day. With all the top sailors scoring mixed results, the day's winner was surely Marin Misura who scored his best results so far in the championship with a 5th and two 3rds, bringing him in 6th position overall.... [more]
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Laser World Championship - New World Champion
Event media,
Nautel Laser World Championships 2009. There's a new Laser World Champion. 'The final race was classic with Goodison and Bullot hunting each other at the start,' said event manager Duncan Enman. 'It was a mesmerizing dance along the start line as each athlete tried to outplay the other. Amazing sailing, amazing sport, as one would expect at a World championship.'... [more]
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Fireball Worlds Day 3
Tim Saunders,
Fireball Worlds Day 3. Rain overnight had brought cloudy conditions to La Rochelle and the fleet launched in light conditions and waited for the Sea Breeze to fill in.... [more]
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Ecover Half Ton Classics Cup - Per Elisa leads
Bert Janssen,
Tuesday saw the first races for the 4th Ecover Half Ton Classics Cup in Nieuwpoort (BEL). The day started with a three lap upwind-downwind, followed by a two lap one to allow the slower boats to remain more with the pack.... [more]
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Child protection officials against thirteen-year-old's solo world sail
Sail-World Cruising,
It was when the local council learned that thirteen-year-old Laura Dekker was intending to leave Holland and sail around the world that the storm broke.... [more]
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iShares Cup - Resumption of hostilities in Kiel
Kate Jennings - Expression,
The summer break is drawing to a close for the teams in the iShares Cup 2009. Gitana Extreme – LCF Rothschild Group, was at the start of August, in a second place. Yann Guichard and his crew are ideally placed for the next stage of the Extreme 40 championship in Kiel.... [more]
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St. Moritz Match Race - King of the Mountain trophy at stake
World Match Racing Tour,
The St. Moritz Match Race will take place next week in the Swiss Alps. Eight members of the world's top ten are confirmed. The event starts on September 1. Twelve teams will fight for the coveted title of 'King of the Mountain'. Racing will take place on Lake St. Moritz, a natural amphitheatre that provides a perfect and natural viewing platform from the shore.... [more]
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470 World Championship - Tight at the top
Sailing Intelligence,
Day three of the 470 World Championships. Having sailed three races yesterday, today has been a comparatively short one with just one to sail, the final of the qualifying series.... [more]
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SAP 505 World Championship - The battle is just beginning
Rich Roberts,
Mike Martin and crew Jeff Nelson have won two of the three races in the 2009 SAP 505 World Championship. But its Mike Holt and crew Carl Smit of Santa Cruz, Calif who lead Australia's three-time world champion Chris Nicholson and crew Casey Smith.... [more]
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Five early entries for Global Ocean Race 2011-12
Oliver Dewar,
2011-12 Global Ocean Race, five entries have already signed-up for this unique, Class 40, round-the-world race. The first entry to reserve a spot on the start line in September 2011 is South African yachtsman, Adrian Kuttel, who confirmed his intention to compete in the event during the Cape Town stop over of the 2008-09 Portimão Global Ocean Race.... [more]
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B14 Europeans 2009 - Form Guide
Mark Barnes,
The B14 European Championship is being staged at Yacht Club de Carnac in Carnac over the Bank Holiday. There is a strong French contingent that if not windy as they are lighter than the average British teams, may well show how fast they are and possibly give some established teams a pasting. To add spice, one AUS team will be racing but not eligible for the overall event.... [more]
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Laser World Championships Day 5 - Still on hold....
Event media,
Laser World Championships Day 5 - For the second day in a row there was no racing. A brush with Hurricane Bill on Sunday forced organizers to store 196 Laser hulls inside two buildings at the St. Margaret Sailing Club. The boats were unpacked quickly on Monday morning in anticipation of a great day of racing, but St. Margaret's Bay did not live up to its reputation.... [more]
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2009 Flying Dutchman Eurocup and 2009's Riva Contender Regatta report
Antonio Sueri,
2009 Flying Dutchman Eurocup and 2009's Riva Contender Regatta: two separate events held concurrently in Riva. Both have just wrapped. Majthenyi Szabolcs and Andras Domokos (HUN 70) winners of the 2009 Flying Dutchman Eurocup. Very tough competition in this Eurocup from Roberto Cipriani and Stefano Morelli (ITA 10) and from Hans Peter Schwarz and Roland Kirst (GER 87). Among Riva Contender R... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Battle of the Titans
Jill Campbell,
When the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup gets underway in two weeks, expect nothing less than a medieval scrap between various latter day warlords and their trusted retainers. Only one division champion from 2008 is returning to the scene of their triumph. Lindsay Owen Jones' 28.8 metre (94 foot) Magic Carpet 2 (GBR) will be defending her Wally Yachts' title.... [more]
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NZ Rigging looks to top the table in big Australian regattas
Richard Gladwell,
NZ Rigging's Richard Bearda is confident of some great results from high profile Airlie Beach Race Week and the Hamilton Island regattas. He should do. Most of the top competitors are carrying his gear. Based in a very 'functional' factory in Birkenhead, on Auckland's North Shore..... [more]
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First ever MedCup Hat Trick for Emirates Team New Zealand
Event media,
Emirates Team New Zealand became the first team ever to win three consecutive MedCup Circuit regattas when they clinched the Portugal Trophy for the TP52 Series today off Portimao, winning by just 1.5 points from Torbjorn Tornqvist's Artemis.... [more]
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