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13 Dec 2007

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If you look at nothing else, do yourself a favour and read Bob Fisher's open letter to Ernesto Bertarelli. The AC rumpus is alive and well, and for those who find this all interesting (who said the AC was just about sailing? No, this is all part of it, really) and set to run for a lot longer yet.

There's also an open letter from Paul Henderson concerning the selection (or de-selection, as the case may be) of the Olympic classes for 2012. Worth a read, too.

We wrap up what was possibly the best Phuket King's Cup ever - at least in terms of breeze. Let's hope it has set a meteorological precedent and wasn't a flash in the pan, report from Dubai on the RC44 Gold Cup, and bring news of the next VO70 currently in build in China.

December means that inevitably there's lots of news from Sydney concerning that little race that goes out of the Heads on 26 Dec and turns right.

Ignore the in tray, grab a coffee, and read on...

An Open Letter to Ernesto Bertarelli
Bob Fisher,
I thank you for your open letter and for the 90 minutes of your valuable time that you granted for an interview. At the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award dinner you took me to task for my criticism of your team’s behaviour towards the 33rd America’s Cup. I demurred, saying that if I were mistaken, it was due to a lack of communication from your team’s leaders. That now is not the case.... [more]

Another Racing Keelboat in China
'Crazy' Al Skinner,
I walked into the shed where the boat had sat under a sheet for 25 years, determining to spend a couple of hours and fine tooth comb looking for dents, gouges - the sort of thing that 25 years of neglect would produce - but in actual fact 10 minutes told me she had been looked after and cared for in the corner of the huge shed.... [more]

RYA report following death of Laser 4000 crew
The RYA has released the report following its investigation in to the tragic death of a Laser 4000 crew during the National Championships in July this year. The report confirms that the tragedy was the result of the crew being unable to free himself from the rigging of his Laser 4000 dinghy when the boat capsized and inverted, despite the efforts of both the helm and the safety boats on the scene... [more]

One day to go to the start of the Dubai Gold Cup
RC44 Event Media,
The Dubai Gold Cup – the last event of the RC 44 Championship Tour - starts tomorrow. The regatta will reassemble eight teams representing eight nations. All of them went out today for a couple of practice races. The conditions were quite difficult, with a fairly big leftover seaway, consequence of the strong 'Shamal' that blew during the previous days.... [more]

NZ's Maximus tipped as big Sydney-Hobart threat & Sail-World,
Bill Buckley's Greg Elliott-designed Maximus was one of the fleet front-runners in the 2006 Rolex Sydney Hobart race but lost her radical rig when her mast exploded off the NSW south coast less than 15 hours after the Boxing Day start.... [more]

Brits chase Fastnet - Sydney Hobart double
Kate Fairclough,
Ocean Marine, the British sailing team owned by Mike Slade will race City Index Leopard, the 100 foot super maxi yacht, in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. City Index Leopard will be looking to take line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, making her the first boat ever to take line honours in both the Rolex Fastnet Race and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in the same year... [more]

City Index Leopard aims for Fastnet -Hobart double
Kate Fairclough,
City Index Leopard will be looking to take line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, making her the first boat ever to take line honours in both the Rolex Fastnet Race and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in the same year.... [more]

World’s fastest cats to set sail on Westernport
Sail Melbourne media,
Some of world’s fastest catamaran sailors will race on Westernport Bay next month when Somers Yacht Club hosts the Tornado Asia Pacific Championship in tandem with the Australian Championship from 4-9 January as part of the lead up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics... [more]

Ian Walker to skipper Volvo entry The Green Team
Double Olympic medalist, Ian Walker is to skipper the Volvo entry The Green Team. As skipper of the Green Team entry, Walker will oversee both the design and build programme along with crew selection. Walker will get his first taste of sailing on a Volvo Open 70 in this year’s Sydney Hobart Race.... [more]

Into the furious fifties, but without Delta Dore
Barcelona World Race Media,
The leading boats in the Barcelona World Race have entered the 'Furious Fifties', that region south of 50-degrees latitude where the wind and waves roar around the planet uninterrupted by land... [more]

America's Cup E-Mailbag
Various correspondents,
There are several new letters in overnight as the life is slowly choked out of the 2009 America's Cup. Sail-World is happy to publish our readers' views an opinions on the America's Cup: Please address your contributions to [more]

24th SEA Games - day three
Dave Moxey, RSYC,
With last night’s visit to the Jury Room out of the way, it was back to the race course for the four very evenly matched crews in the Farr 25 Platu class at this year’s games. The forecast was for more wind, but again the gods played their own game with the teams on the water.... [more]

Wild Oats XI wins SOLAS Big Boat Challenge
Crosbie Lorimer,
Wild Oats XI won today's SOLAS Big Boat Challenge from Skandia, with Ichi Ban taking third place, having led the fleet to the first mark. Crosbie Lorimer was out on the water capturing the action. More pictures and a report will follow later.... [more]

Paul Henderson: Open Letter on Olympic Selections
Paul Henderson,
I am in receipt of the letter sent by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) with regard to the process and results in the selection of the Events for the 2012 Olympic Games. This selection always is controversial and political as it is with any organization which tries to accommodate over 125 MNA's in such a diverse sport as Sailing. The RYA uses IOC historical arguments to make their case to quest... [more]

Editorial: America's Cup - Hurry up and Wait?,
The protagonists in the 33rd America's Cup continue to slug it with handbags at 30 paces. Well, the Defender seems to be in full swing, while the Challenger looks on with an air of incredulity and bemusement. The reaction to Ernesto Bertarelli's Open Letter, released on Friday night, has been universally scathing. Our editorial on Saturday being one of the more polite and measured commentaries.... [more]

Bladerider hits 25kts on Lake Pupuke!
Andrew Brown,
WOW a Bladerider can go fast!!! Top speed recorded was 24.8 knots, and top speed over a 10 second average was 24.2 knots, and complementary to this top speed a wipe-out soon happened and I have reiceved the hugest bruise I have ever had on my left leg!!!... [more]

Olympic prospects arrive in preparation for SIRs
Di Pearson, SIR Media Manager,
Many Australian and international Olympic class athletes have arrived at Woollahra Sailing Club in Sydney in preparation for Yachting NSW's Sydney International Regatta (SIRs) to be sailed on Sydney Harbour from December 15-18... [more]

Damaged Estrella Damm heading to Cape Town
Estrella Damm Sailng Team,
At 18:00 GMT co-skipper Jonathan McKee on board Estrella Damm, skippered by Guillermo Altadill, contacted the shore team to report serious damage to their port rudder... [more]

Editorial - The Build up to the 63rd Race
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
No yachting event in the world attracts such huge media coverage every year and this year with a lot of international competitors racing Sail-World’s coverage of this iconic event will be more intense than ever before.... [more]

The Horse, The Whale and The Frog
Rob Kothe,
Was it a whale? a sunfish? a whaleshark? Yesterday, the little Seawind 24 called The Horse was sailing in the final race of the 21st annual Phuket Kings Cup regatta when it had a collision with a marine animal... [more]

Clipper front eight separated by less than 80nm,
Race 4 is proving to be a very close run thing with the top eight boats split by less than 80 nautical miles in terms of Distance To Finish. With the fleet so close to each other it will make for exciting viewing over the next week as they approach the Western Australian coast and the eventual finish line at Fremantle's Swan River... [more]

Golding out of B to B race - Mike Golding retires
Solo British yachtsman Mike Golding has been forced to retire from the Transat Ecover B to B race from Bahia, Brazil to Port La Foret, Brittany. Last night the struggling engine blew an oil seal spraying the entire cabin, damaging equipment and making the whole area very unsafe.... [more]

2007 Phuket King's Cup winners declared
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
The battle for the 21st Phuket King’s Cup in the Racing Class was over in just three seconds in this morning’s race. The 2006 King’s Cup Racing Class winner, Ray Roberts’ Quantum Racing needed to convincingly ‘out sail’ Frank Pong’s Jelik to win the 2007 regatta.... [more]

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