Welcome to Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 18 April 2009.
In this issue we have another in our America's Cup 'Off the Record' series, looking at the some developments in Europe.
For those who enjoy the intrigue of the America's Cup, we have a good read, covering the erection of the assembly tent at the Alinghi building facility, a look at the design of the Defender, an update on the first Challenger/Defender meeting and Bruno Trouble. See America's Cup: Off the Record for more.
The first meeting between the Defender and new Challenger of Record, Golden Gate YC will take place on Thursday at 1030hrs local time in Geneva, Switzerland. We have the details in this issue in our regular America's Cup: Off the Record column.
The Volvo Ocean Race competitors have all rounded the gate off Fernando, Brazil and are heading for Boston. We have pictures of Telefonica Blue rounding the landmark, at the end of a drag race from the start off Rio de Janeiro.
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America's Cup - Off the Record - 17 April: The tent goes up 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]
Anna Tunnicliffe: Settled in Hyeres, France Anna Tunnicliffe, 2008 Olympic Gold medallist, Anna Tunnicliffe reports from Hyeres, France: "I've been in Hyeres, France since Saturday afternoon, training for the fourth leg of the ISAF World Cup series, the Semaine Olympique Francaise regatta. Brad (Funk) and I took the overnight ferry at the end of the regatta in Palma, Spain. We had a double cabin that we shared with Bryan Boyd, a USSTAG Finn sailor, with who... [more]
Will Earthrace become a Whale-saver? Powerboat-world.com, The next challenge for the bio-diesel fuelled 78 foot trimaran wave piercer Earthrace could be helping to save whales in Antarctica.... [more]
Telefónica Blue extends her lead in Volvo Ocean Race to Boston Lizzie (Green) Ward, One week from the start of Leg 6 in Rio and Telefónica Blue has extended a nice margin over rest of the Volvo fleet, as they head for Boston, although skipper, Bouwe Bekking, says the fleet will compress again as soon as Telefónica Blue starts sailing in lighter airs.... [more]
Curtain raised on the new l'Hydrotpère.ch Event media, On Wednesday during a press conference organized in Lausanne, on the campus of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, which is the scientific adviser of the project, Alain Thébault and a part of his team unveiled the drawings of l'Hydroptère.ch... [more]
Puma through Volvo Ocean Race leg 6 scoring gate in fourth place Puma Ocean Racing Team, Puma passed through the leg six scoring gate in fourth place last night, to maintain their current overall second place in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. Fernando de Noronha, an Atlantic archipelago which the fleet passed to the west of during leg one and to the east late last night, is the first milestone of the leg to Boston.... [more]
Hyères France - second European Stop for ISAF Sailing World Cup Corinne Rolland-McKenzie, Sailors from over 50 nations are in Hyères, France preparing for the start of the Semaine Olympique Française this weekend, the fourth event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup.... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race – Leg Six Week One summary LIzzie Ward, The first points of leg six of the Volvo Ocean Race have now been earned, and early yesterday evening, just before darkness fell, Telefónica Blue claimed the maximum of four points as she led the seven-strong Volvo fleet through the gate at Fernando de Noronha.... [more]
America's Cup Defender launches Décision 35 by chopper Alinghi Media, Alinghi launched its recently modified Décision 35 from the Alinghi boatyard in Villeneuve, Switzerland, by helicopter. The newly modified multihull is race-ready for the next Challenge Julius Baer which kicks off on 8 May with the Grand Prix Corum on Lake Geneva.The launch has created additional interest due to the build of the America's Cup muiltihull... [more]
Telefonica Blue first to Fernando Gate in Volvo Ocean Race VOR Media, Telefonica Blue, skippered by Bouwe Bekking (NED) was first through the scoring gate of Fernando de Noronha at 19:58:56 GMT 16 April 2009, securing 4 points, on of Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Rio de Janeiro to Boston... [more]
470 Class - 2009 Sailors' development programmes launched Luissa Smith, The International 470 Class is expanding its Sailor Development Programmes with the launch of the 'You Can Help' programme and the continuation of the 'International 470 Solidarity Programme'. The 'You Can Help' programme aims to secure donations of 470 equipment for sailors from emerging sailing nations.... [more]
Newport to Ensenada - Big Boat Wash leads in to a clean, green race Rich Roberts, Count on the 62nd Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race starting Friday, April 24, to be clean and green. This year's entry list, boosted by increased security measures by Mexican authorities in cooperation with NOSA officials, has passed 250, including 15 of the class winners from last year.... [more]
Audi Melges 20 racing as a fleet at Charleston Race Week 2009 Melges 20 Class Association, The Audi Melges 20 will race as a fleet at Charleston Race Week 2009. Racing begins on Friday, April 17 with six Audi Melges 20s and continues Saturday, concluding Sunday. Two-thirds of the fleet hail from the Midwest and Canada.... [more]
Will the Class 40 launch a global take-over? Oliver Dewar, Until the start of the inaugural Portimão Global Ocean Race in Portugal late last year, the longest distance race for a Class 40 was 4,300 miles in the 2007 edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre from Le Havre, France, to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.... [more]
Bermuda's Trevor Boyce defends J24 International Race Week title Talbot Wilson, The J24 fleet in the 2009 Bermuda International Invitational Race week year will have participants from Canada, the United States, Great Britain and Bermuda. Bermuda's Trevor Boyce defends J24 International Race Week title and Lance Fraser's all-Bermuda junior team sets sight on trophy.... [more]
Volvo Fleet race for scoring gate at Fernando de Noronha Volvo media, Today it is pure boat speed and the ability of each crew to squeeze out the last ounce of performance that is making the difference as the Volvo fleet reaches towards the scoring gate at Fernando de Noronha at a steady 15 knots. The fleet is now clear of Recife on the Brazilian coast and sailing directly towards the western end of the scoring gate, 129 nm ahead.... [more]
Sailing Superstars Line Up for 2009 iShares Cup Emily Caroe, The iShares Cup 2009 fleet will feature 40 of the World's best sailors, who between them have over 50 World Championship titles, 27 America's Cup participations, 17 Round the World navigations and 14 Olympic campaigns. Forty sailors across 10 teams are now officially confirmed for the 2009 series... [more]
Cape Breton Island confirms Clipper 09-10 entry Clipper media, The image of a magnificent eagle, the emblem of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, will adorn the 68-foot racing yacht which has today been confirmed as an entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race... [more]
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