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Sail-World USA: 29 October 2009

A $10 can of gas looks woefully out of place aboard the high tech BOR90/USA - San Diego - 29 October 2010  Rob Wagner
Welcome Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 29 October 2009

America's Cup news once again dominates this issue, however maybe we are at the end of the beginning - or is it the beginning of the end?

Certainly the decision of Justice Shirley Kornreich to declare Ras al-Khaimah, UAE invalid as a venue - although not unexpected, nevertheless was a thunderclap, and left most inside the Courtroom stunned.

There was a similar reaction outside the Courtroom amongst the depleted ranks of America's Cup fans who struggled to grasp the implications of the latest Decision.

In this issue we have stepped back, and taken a look at the issues and options. It is very clear that the only real option left is to take the decision on the chin, and prepare for a match in Valencia on 8 February 2010 - in about 100 days time.

It's time this sorry saga was bought to an end, and Kornreich's decision is a big step in this direction. However what is still lacking is any degree of trust between the parties. Sitting in this chair, we have to deal with both sides. They are all fine people, and it is very sad that this situation has descended to the level that it has.

As yet, Societe Nautique de Geneve have not made any confirmed moves to confirm Valencia as their choice of venue; select a Southern Hemisphere venue or whether they will take the matter to the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court. However time is ticking away, and most know with the America's Cup, it is an exercise in time management.

Vestas Sailrocket - WRA4 RUN 9 on Walvis Bay  Vestas Sailrocket

Meanwhile in San Diego, the Challenger, BOR90/USA is being fitted out for a final set of sea trials before being shipped to the Match venue.

We have more shots of her gear, thanks to a local San Diegan photographer - the changes are so significant that BOR90/USA is virtually a new yacht.

A new mast is being fitted - their third, and there is a very strongly held opinion that there is a fourth, a wing mast, in the shed.

A far cry from the high-tech world of the America's Cup multihulls - 22' Dhows racing in Dubai  Ashraf Al Amra / DIMC

The Melges 24 Worlds are well underway in Annapolis. In this edition we have reports for the first three days of the regatta and are updating on our website www.sail-world.com/usa. Top US Laser sailor and now Star sailor, Andrew Campbell is also providing his own reports on the regatta, which are the usual incisive read. We're featuring plenty more US National and international regatta news.

If you haven't already caught new US Sailing President, Gary Jobson's acceptance speech on www.USSailing.org then click here and go to the direct link. With impeccable credentials and conenctions, Gary brings a new approach to the sport and its administration and the acceptance speech is very heartening. Don't miss it!

In this edition we also have the latest bulletins from Vestas Speedrocket as they try and set a new world speed sailing record in Walvis Bay, Namiba. So near, but so far for this exciting craft.

BMW ORACLE Racing - BOR 90 modifications  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

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No real progress in America's Cup venue debacle
Richard Gladwell,
Following the verbal Decision given by Justice Shirley Kornreich in the New York Supreme Court, on Tuesday, it would seem that little real progress has been made in terms of 'what happens next' in the America's Cup saga, now in its third year. Sources spoken to by Sail-World, today, indicated that they were awaiting the written Decision from Justice Shirley Kornreich before ...... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - Larsen plays the conditions
Justin Chisholm,
Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Melges 24 World Championship - The promising early morning breeze out on the Chesapeake frustratingly evaporated almost immediately the fleet reached the race area. The lack of breeze at the start resulted in a somewhat chaotic scene as the barely moving boats struggled to build enough speed to get away from the line, as well as almost twenty boats being called over at th... [more]
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Morris Yacht & Beach Club Request for Burgees
Joe Sullivan,
The 150-year old mansion, that served as the clubhouse at our homeport, Morris Yacht & Beach Club on City Island, NY, burned to the ground in March 2006. To assist the club in its rebuilding efforts, our team elected to request donations of burgees from clubs all over the world.... [more]
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Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup - Season finale
RC 44 Cup,
The Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup is the final showdown of the season. Ten RC44 teams will take place, as the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup is the season's most important regatta: four titles will be awarded at the end of the regatta and the points count double.... [more]
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Artemis prepares for Louis Vuitton Trophy in Nice
Torbjorn Tornqvist's team Artemis (SWE) is in the final stages of preparation for the Louis Vuitton Trophy – Nice. 'We've built a solid team and have enjoyed racing in the TP52 and RC44 Classes to date. We are now looking forward to the Louis Vuitton Trophy – it is an excellent opportunity for Artemis to compete against the world's best sailing teams,' said Torbjorn Tornqvist, Founder and CEO of A... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: A rough week for the Cup at 60 Centre Street
Richard Gladwell,
Justice Shirley Kornreich's decisions, handed down from the Bench of the New York Supreme Court at 60 Centre Street, New York, should have surprised no-one. The words 'America's Cup' have now become a byline for long run litigation in sport, that benefits no-one.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Tough conditions test crews
Clipper Ventures and Sail-World.com,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - The conditions are tough and the fleet is experiencing vastly different conditions than on Leg 1. Spirit of Australia is one of the group opting for a more southerly route. Team Finland, their closest rival, is also struggling in the early stages of this race.... [more]
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Sailrocket World Speed Record Sailing attempt - 52 knots and the wall?
Sail-World.com and Paul Larsen,
The Vestas Sailrocket Team have been in Walvis Bay Namibia on their fourth and final attempt to break the Outright World Sailing Speed Record. 'Soon we will be packing up Vestas Sailrocket for the last time on the lawns of the Walvis Bay Yacht Club. Yesterday I felt pretty choked up at the end of our last run. We topped 50 knots for two of yesterdays three runs despite average winds of only 22... [more]
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ONE Sport looks at the America's Cup options after Court Decision
Martin Tasker, ONE Sport,
International sailing reporter, Martin Tasker, from ONE Sport looks at the options ahead for the America's Cup, including footage from inside the New York Supreme Court, Ras al-Khaimah, Russell Coutts and Sail-World.com's NZ/US Editor editor... [more]
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Images of San Diego: BOR90 up Close and Personal - 2
Rob Wagner,
Additional images taken earlier today in San Diego of the Golden Gate YC's challenger for the America's Cup, after she was launched and rigged earlier this week.... [more]
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Coutts calls for Valencia to be confirmed as venue for America's Cup
Golden Gate YC Media,
Valencia is the best option to get the America's Cup back on track as soon as possible. This is what sailing fans from around the world are waiting for. Both BMW ORACLE Racing and Alinghi still have bases in the Port America's Cup. The infrastructure created to the specification of the Swiss defender is in place, available and ready to recreate the atmosphere of the previous Matches. Cup in 2007... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - Team URI/USA reports
Days 3 and 4 reports from Team URI at the Student Yachting World Cup. Wednesday is moving day. After a postponement ashore until 1230pm, the fleet headed out to the Bay of Marseille for a W/Lx2 and an inshore race in a westerly that built from 4-7kts to a solid 8-12 by the end of the inshore race.... [more]
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Images of San Diego: BOR90 up Close and Personal - 1
Rob Wagner,
Images taken earlier today in San Diego of the Golden Gate YC's challenger for the America's Cup, after she was launched and rigged earlier this week.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship Day 3 - Leaderboard change
Justin Chisholm,
Melges 24 World Championship Day 3 - Race one saw the three Championship leaders, Chris Larson on 'West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes', Gabrio Zandona on 'Joe Fly' and Bill Hardesty on 'Events Clothing/Atlantis', round the first windward mark in that order. Hot on their heels was first Corinthian helm Bruce Ayres on 'Monsoon'.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket - Into the Twilight
Sail-World.com and Paul Larsen,
The very latest news from Vestas Sailrocket. 'The rig is up again, and the sun is down. We are hoping we might just get that one awesome gust, just 20 seconds is all we want. ' Paul Larsen... [more]
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Business as usual for Alinghi post America's Cup venue decision
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup Defender, Alinghi, have confirmed that they are continuing to run their development program in Ras al-Khaimah, despite the adverse decision handed down from the Bench of the New York Supreme Court yesterday. In a statement posted on their website, the Swiss two time winner of the America's Cup said: 'Alinghi continues with its training plan towards the 33rd America's Cup scheduled... [more]
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Andrew Campbell reports from the Melges 24 Worlds
Andrew Campbell,
Andrew Campbell reports from the 2009 Melges 24 World Championshipsin Annapolis, where he is racing onboard Rome Kirby's charter USA 620, as tactician.... [more]
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ISAF Match Race Rankings - Minoprio and Leroy remain on top
New Zealand's Adam Minoprio and French skipper Claire Leroy are again unmoved from the top spots in the latest release of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings on 28 October.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Race 3 - Crews adjust to choppy conditions
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Race 3 - Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town. The lumpy conditions weren't very much in evidence in the first two races of the Clipper 09-10 series so it will take some time for crews to adjust. Race Director Joff Bailey says, 'All of the teams are currently sailing hard on the wind into a very lumpy sea which will be taking its toll on body and mind as the boats plough through waves and the... [more]
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2009 IRC East Coast Championship IRC Forum
Luiz Kahl,
2009 IRC East Coast Championship IRC Forum. Join us for an IRC forum with discussions, updates and review of the coming rule changes for 2010. US-IRC will be providing the first beer keg and you will have the opportunity to get answers to questions you may have about IRC.... [more]
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International Yacht Restoration School Open Houses
Cynthia Goss,
The International Yacht Restoration School will host open houses at both its Newport and Bristol facilities in November.... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta - More than meets the eye
Barby MacGowan,
International Rolex Regatta – Now is the time of year when sailors from the U.S. and Europe plan their trips to the Caribbean to participate in one or more of the popular island regattas traditionally held there every Spring.... [more]
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Melges 24 Worlds - Day 2 Italians get the gun as Larson extends lead
International Melges 24 Class Association,
Whilst obviously delighted to still be leading at this stage, Larson also recognised that there was still a long way to go in this Championship. 'We are four races in to a twelve race series and so far I've been successful with doing my job on the boat, which is to get us off the line cleanly. Richard Clarke has been doing a great job on tactics and the whole crew has been solid.... [more]
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Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - Skipper sails past destination
Sail-World.com and Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat,
La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50. On October 26, 2009 an alert was raised after Alexander Scrizzi (Phoenix) passed the latitude of Salvador de Bahia in the second stage of the race from Funchal (Madeira, Portugal) to Brazil. The yacht continued at 90 degrees from the route to Salvador at seven to eight knots.... [more]
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Solidaire du Chocolat - Thierry Bouchard and Oliver Krauss retire
SailWorld.com and Solidaire du Chocolat,
Solidaire du Chocolat update from Thierry Bouchard and Oliver Krauss (Mistral Loisirs - Pole Santé Elior). Unfortunately they have been forced to retire from the race after damage to their mainsail attachment was worse than initially thought.... [more]
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America's Cup venue in Ras al-Khaimah ruled invalid by Court
Richard Gladwell,
In a Hearing in the New York Supreme Court today, Justice Shirley Kornreich ruled that any venue arbitrarily selected by the Defender of the America's Cup for the 33rd match had to be Deed compliant. The decision from the Bench surprised many, and means that the only valid venue for the 33rd Match is Valencia, Spain; or a Southern Hemisphere venue; or a venue determined by mutual consent between... [more]
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Images of San Diego: BOR90 is relaunched, rerigged and ready to roll!
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Images from Gilles Martin-Raget of the Golden Gate YC's America's Cup Challenger, BOR90 rigged up and ready to go after five weeks of modifications in San Diego... [more]
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