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Sail-World USA - 21 April 2009

After dark last run. Last Day's run - end of second record attempt   Vestas SailRocket
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 21 April 2009.

In this issue we have the breaking news on the America's Cup saga, with the release of a position paper by Golden Gate YC ahead of their meeting with Societe Nautique de Geneve on Thursday in Switzerland.

We have also featured a commentary by your humble editor, as to the positions of the respective parties; and whether SNG are predetermined to have a Deed of Gift Match, and and are looking to wriggle through the Mutual Consent phase as quickly as possible.

The America's Cup hits a Y-Fork in its history on Thursday. What is transacted in Geneva, and maybe at subsequent meetings will have huge implications for the sport, which cannot afford to be without its shop-window event. And that involves having as many teams as possible on the startline in the 33rd Match. The time for brinkmanship is over.

Dawn Riley commentates aboard the BMW Oracle corporate yacht during the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series  Peter Idoine

The Volvo Ocean Race competitors have all rounded the gate off Fernando, Brazil and are heading for Boston. Currently there are about 2,000nm left to sail.

Using PredictWind and Expedition routing software, we are predicting a finish around 1400hrs on 25 April. However there are a couple of interesting weather systems to be negotiated along the way, and it would seem that the competitors are in for some very fast sailing.

Malcesine, 17/04/09
Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Malcesine 2009
© BPlan/Stefano Gattin  Stefano Gattini/BPlan

And we have the latest from Hyeres along with insights from Anna Tunnicliffe, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist in the Laser Radial class.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
US Editor

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Competitors set for slingshot to Boston in Volvo Ocean Race
Richard Gladwell,,
Competitors on Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race to Boston are expected to face some rough weather before the finish on Saturday. Currently (20 April at 1500hrs, local time) the!PredictWind model show the fleet on a beam reach in 14-16kt winds from a NE direction. With Telefonica Blue 30-40nm ahead of a bunch comprising Ericssons 3 & 4 and Puma Racing.... [more]

Golden Gate puts cards on America's Cup table ahead of Meeting
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
Golden Gate Yacht Club, the new Challenger of Record has put its cards, two of them, on the America's Cup negotiating table ahead of the first meeting between the Defender (Societe Nautique de Geneve) and the newly installed Challenger of Record. A statement and proposals for a Mutual Consent Match for the America's Cup have been posted to the Defender.... [more]

Anna Tunnicliffe: Happy with a bullet
Anna Tunnicliffe,
2008 Olympic Gold medallist, Anna Tunnicliffe reports from Hyeres, France: 'I won the only race of the day for the Laser Radial fleet today at the Semaine Olympique Francaise, to move up to second place overall. Racing was again scheduled to start at 12pm, but due to lack of wind, we were postponed for about an hour.... [more]

Gladwell's Line: Where are the lines drawn in the America's Cup sand?
Richard Gladwell,
As the parties in the America's Cup head for their first meeting in Geneva the respective positions of the parties will come under some real scrutiny by the America's Cup and sailing community. The hundreds of thousands of words that have been offered in this cause, during the 18 month legal process count for little now, and can be dismissed as legal and PR posturing.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - fleet catching Telefónica Blue
Lizzie Ward,
It's hell for Telefónica Blue today as they see their triple-figure lead whittled down to a miserable 30nm, but it's heaven for the chasing pack who are still romping along and enjoying the sailing, Caribbean style. But, the time will come when they too sail into the lighter conditions that Telefónica Blue is currently experiencing.... [more]

Entries close Tuesday for Newport to Ensenada race
Rich Roberts,
With the entry deadline coming on Tuesday at 5 p.m., the usual high-powered ocean racers are already lined up for Friday's start of the 62nd Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race, led by last year's two big winners.... [more]

Finn focus - Gaspic extends his lead to nine points
Robert Deaves,
The British Finn sailors were on a mid-regatta charge on day three of the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyeres. However Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) maintained his overnight lead and has extended his lead to nine points over Gasper Vincec (SLO) in second... [more]

Bermuda Race Week - Kempe sets pace in IOD overall and A Series
Talbot Wilson,
Unless disaster strikes in the first race tomorrow, Somers Kempe has the A Series in the IOD class locked up already at Bermuda International Invitational Race Week. Kempe leads fellow RBYC skipper Hubert Watlington who stands at 12 points. Kevin Farrar from Fishers Island YC trails in third with 17 points.... [more]

ISAF allocate Building Slots for Elliott 6m
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has finalized the distribution order for the new Elliott 6m keelboats, the equipment selected for the Women's Match Racing event at the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]

Three French teams in the lead at Hyeres World Cup
Corinne McKenzie,
Light conditions continue to prevail in the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères with a westerly wind that provided the last chances for the large fleets to qualify in the Gold fleet. Beijing Silver medallist Julien Bontemps takes the lead in the RS:X and Damien Seguin is back in the lead in the 2.4mR with a first and a second Tuesday... [more]

Volvo - Green Dragon powered up as Telefónica Blue falters
Cameron Kelleher,
While the rich get poorer at the front of the fleet as the pace slows and the concertina effect takes hold, in the cheap seats there are profits to be had – and on Green Dragon, they are all powered up. Skipper Ian Walker's men have their race faces on... [more]

Vestas Sailrocket ends second record session on 100th run
Paul Larsen,
Latest news from Paul Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket Team endeavouring to break the World Sailing Speed Record on Walvis Bay, Namibia. 'Fear not, one way or another we will be back and we will be as hungry as ever. Each time we come back we come back stronger... if only the wind was the same!' - Paul Larsen... [more]

Portimao Global Ocean Race Leg 4 weather and strategy
Oliver Dewar,
Portimao Global Ocean Race: From Ilhabela to Charleston is a distance of around 4,850 nm and is the leg of the race where the competitors can expect the lightest average wind strength of the race and the warmest weather. With the southern hemisphere summer giving way to winter, there is a change in the weather and there is a chance that a cold front starting life well to the south will reach as fa... [more]

Borlenghi, Gattini and Trombetta at the Audi Melges 32s in Malcesine
Top international sailing photographers, Carlo Borlenghi, Stefano Gattini, and Guido Trombetta/BPlan present their views of the first race in the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series 2009 at Malcesine Italy... [more]

Why are advertisers moving to the Internet? Value for money!
Brendan Maxwell,
Guy Phillipson, chief executive of the IAB UK, said advertising budgets world-wide were being 'slashed' before and during the recession and advertisers wanted a 'clear return' on their money. 'Accountability is Online's trump card,' he said. And the Global Financial Crisis is accelerating the trend as value for money advertising is the only kind that companies can justify.... [more]

Pressure? What pressure! Racing at Hyeres got back to schedule
Corinne McKenzie,
It wasn't easy sailing with clouds creating uneven pressure in the racing area requiring the sailors at the Semaine Olympique Française to stay focussed. Racing in the second day at Hyeres got back to schedule with extra races sailed in all classes.... [more]

Payne flies to victory at HISC Moth Open
Andrew Friend,
Simon Payne in the new Mach 2 convincingly won the Hayling Island Moth Open, winning with six firsts. Second was Mike Lennon and in third Andrew Friend. Payne and the Mach 2 revelled in the windier conditions Sunday cruising to victory in all of the four races... [more]

Volvo Race - Telefonica Blue sees lead halved
Volov media,
The compression has started. Although still leading the fleet, Telefónica Blue has started to sail into a ridge of high pressure, which is checking her progress towards the finish in Boston, and allowing the rest of the fleet a slice of the action. Telefonica Blue's comfortable lead of 104nm was cut to 60nm... [more]

Volvo Ocean race - Does Puma know the fastest way to Boston?
Ken Read - Puma Ocean Racing,
Latest news from Puma sailing leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race to Boston. 'The race is essentially starting over again and the two Ericsson boats are right next to us - essentially tied with us in distance to the finish. '... [more]

Three Portimão Global Ocean Race yachts join Caipirinha Cup fleet
Oliver Dewar,
On Saturday 18th April, the Portimão Global Ocean Race stopover island of Ilhabela hosted the annual Caipirinha Cup: a local regatta for assorted racing and cruising yachts that was adapted to include the Portimão double-handed and single-handed boats... [more]

Sailor Students build robot yacht to sail the Atlantic
Science Daily/Sail-World Cruising,
Eight young Swiss sailors - who are also mechanical engineering students - have taken on something big: in the context of their focus project, they are designing a sailing boat to sail autonomously across the Atlantic. They are determined that their creation will be ready to enter the International Microtransat Challenge, which is the first Atlantic crossing race for unmanned yachts, later this y... [more]

Ties and mere points set leaders in all Bermuda Race Week Classes
Talbot Wilson,
Close racing at Bermuda Race Week in J105, J24, Etchells, IOD and Lasers. The J105 Class and the J24 classes are knotted in ties after two races and only points separates the leaders in the International Etchells and International One Designs (IOD) classes after three races. Lasers leaders on Course Bravo were also one point apart.... [more]

Tricky conditions - Hyères Day One
Event media,
The 41st Semaine Olympique Française, fourth event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup started with a long day on the water. The light and unstable conditions provided for tricky racing for the 505 teams engaged in the event.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Half way to Boston
Lizzie Ward,
The halfway point on leg six of the Volvo Ocean Race has been reached and long-term leader, Telefónica Blue is in the enviable position of being able to watch the battle unfold over 100 miles behind them.... [more]

Swan 80 Favonius Seals Maxi Class Victory at PalmaVela
Katy Gilmartin,
Swan 80 Favonius has sealed victory in the opening regatta of the 2009 Swan Maxi Class Circuit at PalmaVela. In a closely fought series Favonius had done enough on the first two days of the regatta, winning all four windward leeward races, to take first place overall... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race fleet blasts towards Boston
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race's US entry Puma is locked in a close battle as the fleet chews up the miles as they blast towards Boston. Skipper Ken Read reports 'A quick and gentle doldrums has lead to yet another drag race across the Atlantic- T-Blue with the jump, and the rest of us nip and tuck-careening through the tropics toward the North Atlantic.... [more]

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