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Sail-World USA: 18 January 2010

Whose moniker is missing from the Signature page of the Singapore Agreement?  
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 18 January 2010.

The 2010 Star Worlds are underway in Rio de Janeiro. USA combination Andrew Campbell and Brad Nichol are very well placed after two races. In this edition we have full reports on the racing so far, plus Campbell's always insightful reports from the regatta.

As the clock ticks on the 33rd America's Cup a flurry of Open Letters have been issued by the Defender and Challenger in an endeavour to get some sort of action on the document known as the Singapore Agreement. That piece of negotiation seems to contain the key to resolution of five issues standing between a Deed of Gift event, and a regatta conducted under Mutual Consent - meaning that the yacht which wins the contest on the water will be declared the winner, and planning for the 34th America's Cup can begin.

This morning after the latest round of flip-flop sailing diplomacy, we talked to BMW Oracle Racing's Russell Coutts to get his perspective on the situation. We have also obtained the vital signature page of the Singapore Agreement, which tends to show just who really did cease the negotiations - if in the bizarre world of the 33rd America's Cup, they really stopped at all.

Andrew Campbell and Brad Nichol - Star World Championship 2010, Brazil  Fried Elliott ©

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Action aplenty SP High Modulus Australian Championship  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

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Enter NOW to win a $1,000 PredictWind Professional subscription
Richard Gladwell,
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Andrew Campbell writes: Star Worlds Brazil, 2 days down, currently 4th
Andrew Campbell,
We were overlapped with the second place boat across the finish line to take third in the race.... [more]
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America's Cup Challenger's deadline for Singapore Agreement response
Richard Gladwell and Golden Gate YC Media,
The Challenger for the 33rd America's Cup, Golden gate Yacht Club, has replied to the Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve's letter, by writing directly once again to the SNG Commodore, Pierre-Yves Firmenich regarding the recent meeting in Singapore, following which, a member of the Alinghi negotiating team made accusations that it was GGYC who had withdrawn the settlement offer made.... [more]
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Paul Cayard - Update from Dubai
Paul Cayard,
The latest news from a very busy Paul Cayard. 'For the past three days I have been working on the World Sailing Teams Association (WSTA) and the Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas that will be held over the next 12 months.'... [more]
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Key West 2010 attracts high quality mix of boats and sailors
Premiere Racing,
A diverse assortment of sailors and boats has descended upon the southernmost tip of Florida. Key West 2010, presented by Nautica. An impressive fleet of 133 boats in 11 classes on three divisions will begin racing Monday in the 23rd edition of this popular international regatta... [more]
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Star Worlds - Marazzi and De Maria win Race 2
Lynn Fitzpatrick - WorldRegattas,
Flavio Marazzi and Enrico de Maria (SUI) are a step closer to their dream after winning Race 2 of the 2010 Star World Championship.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Russell Coutts on the America's Cup bunny hunt
Richard Gladwell,
Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW Oracle Racing was in a slightly perplexed frame of mind, when called this morning (NZT) in Valencia, to discuss the latest about turn by the Defender, as they had apparently declared the arrangements for the regatta were done and dusted, last Friday.... [more]
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Dimension Polyant win 50th Barfoot and Thompson 12ft skiff Interdoms
Russell Davis,
Race 10 looked at one stage like it wasn't going to happen. A dying breeze had some worried faces hoping for breeze. About 1pm the breeze filled in enough to finally get a race away. The first leg Frankienskiff was in front of Dimension Polyant Australia and looking good for a win and then things turned.... [more]
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Clipper 09:10 - Canada's Cape Breton Island wins line honours
Heather Ewing,
It has been a day of high emotion at Nongsa Point Marina as a jubilant Canadian entry Cape Breton Island crew arrived after taking line honours in Race 5, while eight Cork crew members who transferred to California when their yacht ran aground in the Java Sea on Wednesday night reached port, some in tears and all exhausted and running on adrenaline.... [more]
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America's Cup Defender refutes claims made over negotiations
Richard Gladwell and Alinghi Media,
The Defender of the America's Cup, Société Nautique de Genève, has replied to the Challenger, Golden Gate Yacht Club's letter, written to SNG Commodore, Pierre-Yves Firmenich regarding the recent meeting in Singapore, following which, a member of the Alinghi negotiating team made accusations that it was GGYC who had withdrawn the settlement offer made.... [more]
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Images of the 12's: Day 7 Barfoot and Thompson 12 foot skiff Interdoms
Garrick Cameron,
Garrick Cameron presents this gallery of images from the final day of racing in the 50th 12ft skiff Interdominion, being sailed from Auckland Sailing Club on the inner Waitemata harbour.... [more]
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Dubai to host Louis Vuitton Trophy Round in November
Sharon Allison,
Dubai was today unveiled as the Middle East venue selected to host the Louis Vuitton Trophy. The prestigious Louis Vuitton Trophy – a true test of the crews' ability with teams racing identical yachts - is one of the most coveted events in sailing and Dubai joins established premier regatta venues, including Auckland, Sardinia and Hong Kong, as 2010 hosts.... [more]
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BMW Oracle to sail without wingsail, initially
Richard Gladwell,
From photos released today on the BMW Oracle Racing team blog it would seem that BOR90 as she is still known will be sailing initially without her wingsail and will be testing a mast similar in type to that which was broken off San Diego.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Race 2 SP HighModulus Australian Championship
Frank Quealey,
Race 2 of the SP-HighModulus Australian 18ft Skiff Championship gave the defending champions Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Tom Clout their second win of the series when they brought Gotta Love It 7 home a narrow winner over Rag & Famish Hotel on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
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Jessica Watson celebrates at Cape Horn
Nancy Knudsen,
'Against the grey sky and with albatrosses flying in the foreground, it was just as I'd imagined for so long. Mythical and striking pretty much sums it up! The poor visibility didn't exactly make it the best sightseeing weather, but if we'd drifted comfortably by on a nice sunny day, it wouldn't have been half as special! In between taking pictures and phone calls,it was an extremely proud moment!... [more]
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BoatU.S. - Boating Safety and Clean Water Grassroots Grants
Boat US,
In the last 20 years the BoatU.S. Foundation has awarded more than $1 million from two separate grant programs targeting local grassroots organizations.... [more]
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Melges 32 Fleet touts Cream of the Crop Competition
Joy Dunigan,
Twenty-two Melges 32 entries make a healthy showing at Premiere Racing's Key West Race Week, January 18-22. Brand new faces and veterans alike have migrated south to enjoy great breeze and warm temps presenting yet another impressive ‘who's who in sailing' crew list.... [more]
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Star World Championship 2010: First race to young Germans
Lynn Fitzpatrick - WorldRegattas,
Johannes Babendererde and Timo Jacobs (GER) won Race 1 of the 2010 Star World Championship, a tricky race around Rio de Janeiro's harbor.... [more]
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Clipper 09:10 - Cape Breton Island closing on finish line
Clipper Ventures,
Cape Breton Island is closing in on the finish line in Race 5 of Clipper 09-10 but there is still some manoeuvring to do for the Canadian team.... [more]
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America's Cup: Latest video from Alinghi and BMW Oracle Racing
BMW Oracle Racing and Alinghi Media,
As both 33rd America's Cup teams prepare for the Match expected to be sailed on 8 February 2010, we present the some of the latest sailing videos produced by the teams.... [more]
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CORK hosts Optimist North American Championship June 26–July 4
Elsabe Falkson,
CORK (Kingston, Ontario) & CODA (Canadian Optimist Dingy Association) hosts the IODA (International Optimist Dingy Association) sanctioned Optimist North American Championship, OPTINAM 2010 , June 26 - July 4. Teams representing countries in North and South America and invited European sailors will compete in this international event. More than 200 sailors are expected to compete in OPTINAM 2010.... [more]
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Bertrand and Co close to unstoppable say Etchells rivals
Rob Kothe,
The battle for the minor podium places was on in earnest in Race 9, the last race of the Murphy & Nye 2010 Australian Etchells Championship, being sailed from the Lake Macquarie Yacht Club on Lake Macquarie, NSW.... [more]
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Star Worlds: Brun and Kunze win Taca Darke de Mattos - Practice Race
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Gastao Brun and Gustavo Kunze (BRA) won the Practice Race of the 2010 Star World Championship. More importantly, they won the Taca Darke de Mattos, the longest running sailing regatta in South America.... [more]
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Golden Gate calls out Swiss club over America's Cup Meeting comments
Richard Gladwell,
The Challenger for the 33rd America's Cup has called out Societe Nautique de Geneve over comments made following the breakdown of discussions in Singapore, earlier this week. In an Open Letter, posted on the Golden Gate Yacht Club website, the Club Commodore, Marcus Young, has strongly disputed comments made following the meeting... [more]
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Alinghi 5 sails in Valencia for first time
Alinghi Media,
Alinghi welcomed the Valencia authorities to its base in the Dársena this afternoon to watch the Defender's giant catamaran, Alinghi 5, be launched ahead of its first sail in Spanish waters. Ernesto Bertarelli, Alinghi team president, greeted Francisco Camps, the president of the region, and Rita Barberá, the Valencia mayoress, who presented him with the Valencia flag which was immediately raised... [more]
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2010 Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race - Everyone has Finished
Guy Perrin,
Everyone is accounted for in Key West this morning. Just Right and Karma were the last yachts to cross the finish line last evening. After a short rest, many of the yachts will be getting ready for Key West Race WeeK.... [more]
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Key West 2010: The heat begins Monday
Premiere Racing,
Sailors from around the world are arriving in Key West and preparing to race in North America's premiere annual international regatta – Key West 2010, presented by Nautica.... [more]
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2010 Newport Ensenada Race NOR available - The Thrill of Victory
Rich Roberts,
Online and paper mail-in entry is now available on the new nosa.org website for the 63rd Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. The 125.5-nautical mile race to Mexico organized by the Newport Ocean Sailing Association starts Friday, April 23. This year's race theme is 'The Thrill of Victory,' which has been pursued over the years by luminaries such as .................. [more]
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Star Worlds 2010 - Top Star sailors expect a tough competition
ZDL - João Pedro Nunes,
That was the general consensus of top Star sailors, such as current world champions George Szabo and Rick Peters (USA) , reigning Olympic champion Iain Percy (UK) and Brazilian sailors Marcelo Ferreira, two-time Olympic and World Champion, Alan Adler, first South-American Star World Champion in 1989, and Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada, world champions and Olympic silver medalists.... [more]
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America's Cup: Latest video from Alinghi and BMW Oracle Racing
BMW Oracle Racing and Alinghi Media,
As both 33rd America's Cup teams prepare for the Match expected to be sailed on 8 February 2010, we present the some of the latest sailing videos produced by the teams.... [more]
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Brad Butterworth on America's Cup negotiations in Singapore
Alinghi Media,
On his return to Valencia, Brad Butterworth, Alinghi team skipper and representative at the recent Singapore meetings with BMW Oracle, comments on what happened: 'We had a meeting with BMW Oracle representatives from 09:00 SGT on Tuesday 12 January until 20:00 that night and agreed to reconvene the next morning to continue as there were a lot of issues that we had agreed on but a few that were... [more]
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BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup NOR available
Boat US,
World-class sailboat match racing returns to Annapolis' doorstep on June 2 - 5 with the 20th Annual BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Damage assessment, California heads to Singapore
Clipper Ventures,
California and Team Finland rescue Cork crew after yacht hits reef. Having hit a submerged reef during the hours of darkness, Cork was stuck fast and unable to move. As a precautionary measure, the crew were evacuated using life rafts to get ashore.... [more]
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BMW Oracle Racing weathers storm in Valencia
Peter Rusch BMW Oracle Racing,
A wind storm hit Valencia today, causing BMW ORACLE Racing to batten down the hatches at its team boatyard to ensure none of its equipment was damaged ahead of the 33rd America's Cup Match next month. The storm force winds are the result of a fast moving low pressure system to the north of Valencia.... [more]
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Narrow escape for Alinghi sailmakers in gale force winds + Video
Alinghi Media,
Alinghi's 1,000m2 temporary sail repair tent in the outer Dársena of Valencia was blown over and destroyed in winds gusting up to 60 knots on the morning on 14 January 2010. Thankfully no one was inside at the time and there were no injuries in the accident, but with gale force winds averaging 40knots anticipated throughout the day... [more]
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2010 Fort Lauderdale to Key West Report
Guy Perrin,
With light conditions at the start, it quickly became obvious that the monohull record of 10 hours 24 min, set by Carrera, Joe Dockery's R/P 81 in 2005, was safe for 2010. The breeze eventually picked up through the night and allowed Rambler, George David's R/P 91 to complete the race in 12 hours 31 min.... [more]
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