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Sail-World USA - 15 April 2009

The brand new Miami Yacht Club 20 boat fleet - 1st Annual Miami YC O'Pen Unregatta  Miami Yacht Club
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 15 April 2009.

There was a flurry of mail yesterday into the various America's Cup postboxes. Some it was old, some new, some undelivered.

In this issue we have another in our Off the Record series, looking at the letters that have been sent, and anything that is new in them.

For those who enjoy the intrigue of the America's Cup, they are a good read.

For those more interested in what is going to happen next, there is the offer of a Meeting - yet to be accepted.

12 Metre start, New York Yacht Club Race Week   © Rolex/Dan Nerney

There's more on who is hiring boatbuilders, an intriguing re-work of America's Cup history, and the latest on the Louis Vuitton Series. Click here to read it all. If only we could name the sources of some of this information - but that is the way the game is being played at this stage.

PUMA Ocean Racing, on leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Rio de Janeiro to Boston
  Rick Deppe/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race ©

And there's the latest on Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, as they head for the gate off Fernando. Ericsson 3 is the first casualty of the leg.

And on the water safety front, click here to see the you might like to take a look at NZ's TV3 report on the collision between a launch and trimaran yesterday. Fortunately all concerned were rescued and are safe. However it could have been a very different story - which we will follow in Sail-World.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
US Editor


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America's Cup - Off the Record - 15 April: Postman's Knock
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
Much of what we have written since the Appeal Court Decision of 2 April has come from various sources close to the America's Cup action, who won't be quoted but are reasonably happy to talk off the record, on a 'not to be attributed' basis. The situation as we hear it today runs something like this... [more]

2009 Annapolis Melges 24 World Championship NOR now available
Event Media,
The Notice of Race (NOR) is now available for the 2009 Melges 24 World Championship, organized by the Eastport Yacht Club scheduled for October 23-31.... [more]

Images of the 2009 J-Fest Regatta, San Francisco
Erik Simonson, h2oshots.com,
Erik Simonson (h2oshots.com) took these images of the 2009 J-Fest Regatta, San Francisco... [more]

First annual Miami Yacht Club Bic O'Pen Unregatta a success
Tomas Nores,
Less than one week after delivery of its brand new fleet of 20 O'Pen BICs, the Miami Yacht Club celebrated by hosting the '1st Annual MYC O'Pen Bic Un-Regatta'. Miami YC plans to expand and combine its already successful Opti Racing program with O'Pen BIC racing at the local and international level.... [more]

Melges 32 East Coast Championship NOR and Online Registration

Notice of Race and online registration now open for the 2009 Melges 32 East Coast Championship, preceded by American Yacht Club Spring Series and North Sails Speed Clinic.... [more]

Images of the Singlehanded Society's Corinthian Regatta, San Francisco
Erik Simonson, h2oshots.com,
Erik Simonson (h2oshots.com) took these images of the Singlehanded Society's Corinthian Regatta, San Francisco... [more]

Images of the 2009 City Front Regatta, San Francisco - h2oshots.com
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson (h2oshots.com) took these images of the 2009 City Front Regatta, San Francisco... [more]

Antigua Sailing Week shaping up as a memorable series
Neil Forrester,
Antigua Sailing Week is shaping up as yet another memorable series with the competition scheduled to begin just days from now, on Saturday, April 25th. The format and the race committee may be new—as are many of the entrants making their debut at Antigua Sailing Week—but there are also many familiar boats and sailors descending on the dramatic and picturesque Caribbean isle.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Ericsson 3 snaps top mast runner
Various Volvo Ocean Race Competitors,
Latest news from the Volvo Ocean race fleet on leg 6 to Boston. Drama on Ericsson 3 as her top mast runner snapped. Quick thinking by the crew saved the mast from coming down. Delta Lloyd's navigator explains their roamings all over the course and on Puma they are trying to avoid that one big mistake. On Ericsson 4 its all about snacks........ [more]

New York Yacht Club's Annual Regatta the longest running in America
Barby MacGowan,
When it comes to maintaining tradition in the sport of sailing, the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) has it down to a science. This spring, from June 12-14, the New York Yacht Club 155th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex (www.nyyc.org/155annual/) will deliver the next chapter of the longest-running regatta in America.... [more]

ISAF World Sailing Rankings - 15 April 2009
The leading sailors and top nations all appear to consolidate their positions in the latest release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings on 15 April 2009.However these rankings include a number of crews who retired after the Beijing Olympics or sailors who have not raced in their classes since that time.... [more]

Volvo Race - Delta Lloyd's had a glamour day, making big gains
volvo media,
Telefonica Blue skipper Bouwe Bekking - Delta Lloyd had a glamour day, and some way, somehow made big gains - he lamented. They are only five miles east of us, having missed all the bad clouds. There has been so much lane hopping and driving under the influence among the fleet that sooner or later there is going to be a tap on the shoulder from the local traffic cops.... [more]

Hugo Boss back in the water!
Alex Thomson Racing,
Last week Hugo Boss went back into the water in her home berth in Haslar Marina, after spending the last few months in Endeavour Quay being repaired. The mast has now been stepped and the boat is being prepped this week for sailing. She will then spend the next few weeks doing sea trials.... [more]

BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup attracts world class match racing field
confirmed slate of world-class match racers has been announced for the 18th Annual BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup, to be held May 26 - 30 in Annapolis, MD and hosted by Eastport Yacht Club.... [more]

Ericsson 4 pushing Telefonica Blue for Volvo Ocean race Leg 6 lead
Ericsson Racing Team,
Ericsson 4 is onto the stern of Telefónica Blue in the battle for the fleet lead on Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race. The Spanish boat has held the lead since Sunday morning, but overall race leader Ericsson 4, skippered by Brazilian Torben Grael, has steadily closed the gap. In the past 24 hours Ericsson 4 has halved its deficit to eight nautical miles at the 1307 GMT position report.... [more]

Team AlphaGraphics members lead ISAF Sailing World Cup standings
Marni Lane,
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) members continue to lead the International Sailing Federation's (ISAF) Sailing World Cup Standings.... [more]

Portimao Global Ocean Race - All important Health and Safety offshore
Oliver Dewar,
In the Portimão Global Ocean Race, the double-handed and single-handed teams have to comply with an enormous number of rules applying to their boat and to the team members personally.... [more]

Just four weeks left until season opener of 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Five regattas on the 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit means that each single regatta this season is more important, leaving less opportunity for crews to learn, change and optimise on the race course. Just four weeks are left until the start of the season.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - The Champagne goes flat
Volvo media,
Now thoroughly into the south easterly trade winds, the Volvo fleet should be enjoying a fast transition to the scoring gate at Fernando de Noronha, 700 nm to the north, but instead, the trade winds are not living up to their reputation. In fact, champagne sailing this most certainly is not... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race- Fast reaching, squalls and keeping up the motivation
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
Latest news from competitors on leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Rio to Boston. On Telefonica Black they are fast reaching, on Delta Lloyd its a minefield of squalls and on Ericsson 3 they are keeping the motivation up. Read on...... [more]

Genny Tulloch wins 2009 Rolex Women's Match
Dana Paxton,
Genny Tulloch (Tiburon, Calif.) and her team won the 2009 Rolex Women's Match, hosted April 9-12 by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club (St. Petersburg, Fla.). A total of 10 teams competed in the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Grade 3 match-racing regatta.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma in a drag race to Fernando scoring gate
Puma Ocean Racing,
Latest news from onboard Puma, racing Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Rio to Boston USA. Ken Read reports on a furry, long eared animal superstition that affected (?) their race yesterday.... [more]

Rosebud/Team DYT sets new record in Fort Lauderdale to Charleston Race
Dana Paxton,
In a fitting re-birth of the venerable Fort Lauderdale to Charleston Race, Roger Sturgeon's STP65 Rosebud/Team DYT (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) crossed the finish line just before 10 p.m. on April 10, to break the 35-year-old race record set in 1974 by Ralph Ryder's C&C 66 Phantom and set a new standard for the modern running of this event.... [more]

Korea International Boat Show
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2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race
5 legs around the World - the World's first Solo-Double race....
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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
The 2008-09 event will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon...
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2009 Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) Tour

The Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) Tour 2009...
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2009 World Match Racing Tour

Top skippers and teams begin drive toward World Championship...
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Lewmar News

Product information from Lewmar...
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Line 7 news

Line 7...
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Manson Anchors News

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Marsden Cove News

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Marten Yachts News

News and information on the Marten Yachts Range....
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Predict Wind News

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Southern Spar News

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US College Sailing Events

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US Sailing

US Sailing's mission is to encourage participation and promote excellence in sailing and racing in the United States...
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