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Sail-World USA: 24 April 2010

Chris Welsh joined in on Ragtime - Newport to Ensenada, 2010  Rich Roberts ©
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 24 April 2010.

The Newport Ensenda Race got underway yesterday in light winds, with a fleet of 215 yachts facing the starter.

A late entry was Chris Welsh's 44 year old Ragtime, hoping to add to her illustrious racing record.

Rich Roberts covers the start for Sail-World, in this edition.

Emirates Team New Zealand's Volvo Ocean Race entry, Camper, took another step down its fast tracked program on Thursday afternoon, with the announcement of Australian Chris Nicholson as skipper, and young Kiwi match racer, Adam Minoprio as one of three under 30 crew.

Stars & Stripes, and Loe Real crossing tacks on the startline - Newport to Ensenada, 2010  Rich Roberts ©

Emirates Team New Zealand would have us believe that this whole effort came together in just three weeks, which if correct is absolutely remarkable. In this edition we have gone back and looked over some interviews, announcements and other comment, plus the information/rumour that gets fed through from international sources.

Estate Master on Day 3 of the 2010 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic   Rolex Farr 40 Worlds

The other point of interest is the entry into the Volvo Ocean Race of established professional teams with their own bases, design, engineering, support and sailing teams has added a new level of interest to the next Volvo Ocean Race - and with Emirates Team New Zealand, Groupama and the expected announcement by Alinghi - the event has definitely lifted to a new level.

No news from the America's Cup - save for a report that all will be revealed in May. Quite how this will all dovetail together remains to be seen. Certainly as we have seen with the 2011-12 Volvo, the established America's Cup teams have moved across to the Volvo Ocean Race, albeit keeping their powder dry in regards to the 34th America's Cup.

Kevin Shoebridge, Chris Nicholson and Adam Minoprio at the Camper/ETNZ skipper announcement  Richard Gladwell

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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Antigua Sailing Week - Guadeloupe to Antigua race
Sue Pelling,
Despite the current flight disruption in Europe that has left many competitors struggling to reach Antigua Sailing Week, there were nine entries in today's Guadeloupe to Antigua Race.... [more]
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Sermaine Olympique Francaise – Finally in France and ready to race
Anna, Team Tunnicliffe,
The whole team finally arrived in France late last night, after five days of trying, for the Semaine Olympique Francaise, the fourth stop of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Initially our plan was to arrive on Monday of this week, so as to have a week of training with the Spanish and French teams.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Tight at the top
Regatta News,
Nerone (ITA) looked to heading into the final day with a scoreboard lead until an uncharacteristic crew error at the final leeward mark of the day saw her slip from third place to seventh. The wind continued to make life difficult for the Race Committee and the competitors as it swung about violently during the day, rarely refusing to settle from one direction for any length of time.... [more]
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Newport to Ensenada Race - Day 1 - Ragtime joins the slow start
Rich Roberts,
Ragtime, the legendary 44-year-old wooden wonder from Down Under now owned by Chris Welsh, showed up unannounced at the starting line hoping to add to its recent glory of handicap victories in the 2008 Los Angeles to Tahiti race and the Sydney-Hobart Race.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française – World cup heats up in Hyeres
Agence Effets Mer,
The Semaine Olympique Française (SOF), fourth event in the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup (SWC), is set to start Sunday with most of the world's best sailors competing for the title and points for their SWC score.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series – Final venue confirmed
OC Events,
OC Events has today announced the final venue on the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series circuit. Kiel, on the Baltic Sea in northern Germany will play host to the dynamic circuit for the third year running (26th -29th August) with the action, once again, being played out just metres from the shoreline.... [more]
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Women's match racing to see its busiest year yet
WIMRA,
The Women's International Match Racing Association (WIMRA) 2010 calendar is underway and women's match racing is traversing the globe. With nearly 80 events on the WIMRA calendar, the organization is increasing events at an astonishing rate with less than a dozen events at its inception in 1996... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week 2010 - Swan Caribbean Challenge finale
Nautor Swan,
Antigua Sailing Week, 25–30 April, will be the finale event in the 2010 Swan Caribbean Challenge. This year there are nine Swan yachts competing at Antigua Sailing Week, including some famous faces like Swan 90, DSK Pioneer Investments (ITA), owned by Danilo Salsi who will be looking for a podium finish at the regatta. DSK recently competed in the RORC 600 earlier in the year where they won the aw... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - San Francisco to Panama – Day three
Clipper Ventures PLC,
The fast conditions the teams have been benefiting from since leaving San Francisco have slowed in the last 24 hours but the crews are still making the most of what they have, racing towards the Scoring Gate off the Mexican coast.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ's Volvo campaign - a three week wonder?
Richard Gladwell,
In the secretive underworld of the America's Cup, the Deep Throat's say: 'if you want to find out the truth, follow the money'. To understand Emirates Team New Zealand's fledgling Volvo Ocean Race campaign, maybe the phrase should be altered to say 'follow the dates' rather than the money. In just three weeks, Emirates Team New Zealand would have us believe that they have put together a Vol... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Slingsby on fire - but for nothing
Reggata News,
Racing at the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds was canned today, halfway through the first race of the day. Disappointing for all involved – the race committee that had worked hard to get the course in place, the competing crews that had waited patiently for the wind to settle and Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, owner of Transfusion (AUS), whose crew had chiseled out a handy lead in what racing there was... [more]
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ICSA - Competition, camaraderie & Cancer fundraiser
ICSA,
Wasn't/isn't college sailing the best time of your life? Remember the friends? The wins, losses and rapid-fire racing that gave you a chance to better your skills and your team's position? Oh yeah, and the post-race camaraderie. Remember the coaches and competitors who shaped your college experience? Names like Gary Jobson, Ken Legler, Scott Ikle, Blake Middleton, Kevin Hall, Meg Gailliard Myles,... [more]
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Transat AG2R-La Mondiale - Groupe Bel in the leading trio!
Groupe Bel,
Kito de Pavant and Sébastien Audigane surely heard laughter when the ranking was given this morning. Decorating the sails of the Groupe Bel Figaro, the most famous Laughing Cow in the world was in the lead of the Transat AG2R-La Mondiale.... [more]
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Valencia confirmed as fourth venue of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2010
Jean Philippe Jobé,
Valencia confirmed as fourth venue of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2010 The iconic sailing venue, home of the America's Cup 2007 and 2010, will host the fourth stage of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2010.... [more]
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New York Barcelona - Throwing down the gauntlet
NY-BCN Transoceanic Sailing Record Media Centre,
The sailing record between New York and Barcelona has been set at 12 days, 06 hours, 03 minutes and 48 seconds. Alex Pella, Pepe Ribes and Stan Schreyer, Estrella Damm's co- skippers opened a new chapter in the history of sailing records when they became the fastest crew to go from New York to Barcelona by sailboat.... [more]
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Racing is well underway among the crews of the Clipper 2009-10 fleet
Clipper Ventures PLC,
With San Francisco a wonderful memory the serious business of racing is well underway among the crews of the Clipper 2009-10 fleet. We are only half way through the 14 individual races within the 35,000-mile challenge so there are still plenty of points to be won and lost and positions to be gained.... [more]
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Radical sail change blows new life into Tornado racing
Roland Gaebler,
The International Tornado Association (ITA) has responded to the global downturn and the need to attract sailing's Generation Next to the class by allowing the best, not just the best funded, to race these ultra-fast sailing machines. And while it's not often in life the cost of anything goes down, this is exactly what will happen in the world of Tornado sailing.... [more]
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Nicholson and Minoprio named for Camper/ETNZ Volvo crew + Audio
Richard Gladwell and ETNZ Media,
Emirates Team New Zealand has appointed Olympic and round-the- world yachtsman Chris Nicholson to skipper Camper's entry in the 20 11-12 Volvo Ocean Race. Also at the announcement at Emirates Team New Zealand's Auckland base was World Match Racing Champion, Adam Minoprio, who was named as part of the crew.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2010 - Day 1 started hot
Regatta News,
After an hour and a half delay, the fleet was sent out to the race area just a mile out from the marina entrance and racing was underway by 1pm. But the tropical Caribbean – temperatures in the 90F temperatures coupled with the high humidity, tested crewmembers' concentration and focus.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - First night of racing to Panama is a fast one
Clipper Ventures,
'So far, it looks like there are three distinct game plans being played out. Team Finland, Spirit of Australia and Qingdao are taking the shortest route possible and have pulled out a lead over the other teams. Hull & Humber have opted for the offshore rote which despite costing them early miles....' - Race Director Joff Bailey... [more]
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Long Beach Yacht Club - Match racin' in the Bay
Rick Roberts / Long Beach Yacht Club,
Long Beach Yacht Club's Friday Night Match Racin' in the Bay is scheduled for Friday, April 30 at 5:00pm.... [more]
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Ten teams line up for Louis Vuitton Trophy in Italy
Louis Vuitton Trophy and WSTA Media,
The Louis Vuitton Trophy is coming to Sardinia in May, with 10 elite sailing teams set to race for two weeks on the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea off La Maddalena. With just one month to go before racing begins on May 22nd, the host team, Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, is eager to extend a warm welcome to teams, sponsors and guests alike.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Departure in pictures - Part Two

San Francisco Marine photographer David Well captured images from the start of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race leg out of the Bay Here are a few of the images from his www.waterhound.com site. Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Departure in pictures - Part Two... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy sets sail for La Maddalena in Sardinia
WSTA,
“La Maddalena is among the best places in the world to sail,” said Vincenzo Onorato, the team principal of Mascalzone Latino Audi Team. “The waters are warm, the wind conditions are very good and the people of La Maddalena will be gracious hosts. I want to welcome all of my sailing friends and fans of the sport to join us here in May.”... [more]
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