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Sail-World USA - 23 April 2009

The GGYC team arrive at SNG's premises in Geneva.
Melinda Erkelens (BMW Oracle Racing General Counsel), Manolo Ruiz de Elvira (BMW Oracle Racing Team Designer) & Richard Slater (BMW Oracle Racing Rules Advisor).  Carlo Borlenghi / Alinghi©
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 23 April 2009.

In this issue we have the breaking news on the America's Cup meeting , which has resulted in the announcement by Societe Nautique de Geneve that the event will take place in May 2010 in Multihulls. We have the statements from the respective parties and and analysis of what this means for the 33rd and 34th America's Cups.

The 34th America's Cup is expected to take place in 2011, as a multichallenger event, in either Valencia or San Francisco.

Further Supreme Court action is likely over the dates announced by Alinghi which are in contravention of the Supreme Court Order. However that Order was not aligned by the Deed of Gift. The matter will be resolved by letters to the judge or by a further Hearing. Or, BMW Oracle may just accept the dates and further delay and just get on with it.

Deal Broken? Larry Ellison in a contemplative mood at the RC44 Cup Regatta in Cagliari (ITA) before the AC meeting in Geneva  Nico Martinez / RC 44 Cup ©

With the fleet just leaders just over 600nm from Boston the Volvo Ocean Race is looking to take an interesting turn with a Stealth Play now in force, and big disagreement between two weather feeds, which opens up the options for the leg leader and chasing competitors. In the story based on PredictWind's weather analysis and forecasting package, we can see the options facing Telefonica Blue before they imposed a 24hour blackout.

Green Dragon with the sunset lighting up the sea, on leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Rio de Janeiro to Boston  Guo Chuan/Green Dragon Racing/Volvo Ocean Race ©

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

Don't forget to catch Dick Enersen's report from US Sailing's Presidential nominee Gary Jobson's 'Don't pick me if you don't want to see a lot of changes' address to the St Francis Yacht Club.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
US Editor

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Gary Jobson speaks at St. Francis YC on the future of US Sailing
Dick Enersen,
Dick Enersen who describes himslf as an AC veteran (crew and media) and GGYC/BOR friend/supporter attended a meeting on Wednesday at the St Francis YC, where US Sailing Presidential nomination, Gary Jobson, addressed a packed clubhouse. 'Don't pick me if you don't want to see a lot of changes', was the comment that typified his approach to the Presidency.... [more]

Anna Tunnicliffe: Closing the Gap
Anna Tunnicliffe,
2008 Olympic Gold medallist, Anna Tunnicliffe reports from Hyeres, France: 'I have moved to within 4 points of the lead after today's sailing at the Semaine Olympique Francaise regatta. We got in 3 very tricky races and I had 3 great races. Despite a black flag in the first race, (I won the race on the water), in the other two races I finished 4th and 2nd.... [more]

Alinghi opts for a May 2010 America's Cup Match in Multihulls
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
Societe Nautique de Geneve and the new Challenger of Record,Golden Gate Yacht Club met for the first time in Geneva overnight NZT. Various proposals were considered and discussed, however the position of the Defender was much as expected, and they announced a Match in May 2010 in 90ft Multihulls.... [more]

62nd Newport-Ensenada Race starts Friday at noon
Rich Roberts,
272 boats will start the 62nd Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race at noon Friday. It's a new start line---a half-mile up the beach from the entrance to Newport Bay---for the traditional 125.5-nautical mile race down the Southern California coast to Baja California.... [more]

UC-Davis and SUNY Maritime Join US Sailing's Network of Schools
Jake Fish,
The University of California – Davis and SUNY Maritime College have partnered with US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport, in offering the nation's premier sailing education experience to their students.... [more]

Finn focus in Hyeres - Gaspic v Vincec showdown
Robert Deaves,
The medal race for Finns at the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyeres will be a showdown between two sailors who have dominated the headlines all week. Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) goes into the deciding race with an 11 point margin over world ranked number one, Gasper Vincec (SLO)... [more]

Who do you believe on Leg 6 to Boston in Volvo Ocean Race?
Richard Gladwell,,
Most of the attention will be on the Volvo racers as they tangle with the fresh tailwinds over the morning of the 23rd April (EST), what happens next is going to be the most intriguing part of Leg 6. For the first time on this leg, we are seeing substantial variation between the two weather feeds used by PredictWind.... [more]

Gladwell's Line: America's Cup likely to return to US Supreme Court
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
The America's Cup seems to be destined to return to Court as a result of the action of Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve rejecting the offer of a Multi Challenger event sailed in yachts to the AC33 rule, made by the Challenger of Record, Golden Gate Yacht Club. At a meeting in Geneva, on Thursday, SNG/Alinghi did not accept the Multi Challenger proposal... [more]

Images from Geneva: America's Cup Meeting
Carlo Borlenghi,
Carlo Borlenghi presents images from the meeting in Geneva between Societe Nautique de Geneve and Golden Gate Yacht Club.... [more]

BlackMatch into the Quarter Finals in Spain
BlackMatch racing report on the first two days of the Open de Espana: 'The second day of racing saw the round robin completed and the top 8 teams progressing through to the quarterfinal. We managed 5 wins from our 7 races today and with an overall scorecard of 7 wins 4 losses, we earned our way through to the quarterfinals in 4th position.... [more]

Sailing in Bermuda gets juices flowing for Farrar
Colin Thompson - The Royal Gazette,
It is somewhat difficult to fathom how a simple can of concentrated orange juice could launch the career of one of the world's top International One Design (IOD) sailors.... [more]

Good media turn out for sponsorship event hosted by Sperry Top-Sider®
Barby MacGowan,
Sperry Top-Sider®, an iconic American brand that invented the boat shoe, and the New York Yacht Club®, one of the preeminent yacht clubs in the world, had an extraordinary turnout for their event at the West 44th Street Clubhouse on Tuesday, April 14.... [more]

Gold for Pietro and Giancarlo Sibello on penultimate day!
Corinne McKenzie,
Pietro and Giancarlo Sibello of Italy, in the 49er, have secured the first Gold medal of the Hyeres ISAF Sailing World Cup. The Italian pair have now added a second victory since their disappointing 4th place finish at the Olympic Games. Also on the cusp of Gold are Rohart and Ponsot of France, only a disqualification at the start or an equipment failure will deny them Star Gold... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Out come the Stealth Play cards
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Volvo Ocean Race - What else could Telefónica Blue do? Now running hard downwind, the wind direction had called for a gybe, and Bekking's dilemma was when, exactly, should he carry out the manoeuvre? Ericsson had inched to within six miles of the blue boat.... [more]

Is there life after an around the world race?
Oliver Dewar,
For the seven skippers in the Portimão Global Ocean Race, the 23 day, Leg 3 stop over on the tropical, Brazilian island of Ilhabela was a chance to rest, recover and repair after the major hurdle of 7,500 miles of racing through the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn.... [more]

Team GBR put 12 boats from 7 classes into Friday's final medal races
Lindsey Bell,
Olympic champion Paul Goodison continues to top the leaderboard in his comeback to the Laser fleet – heading into the final day of this French Olympic Sailing Week. Other GBR sailors to go into the Medal day in podium places - Helena Lucas (2.4mR), Bryony Shaw (RSX), Nick Dempsey (RSX) and Ed Wright in the Finn... [more]

Volvo Race - Out come the Stealth cards
Cameron Kelleher,
What else could Telefónica Blue do? At 07:00 GMT this morning, Ericsson had inched to within six miles of the blue boat. Telefonica Blue was first to blink, going into StealthPlay at the 07:00 GMT Position Report. Ericsson 4 followed suit at 10:00 GMT. Torben Grael's crew will exit cloak and dagger at 22:00... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma pushing hard for podium finish in Boston
Kate Fairclough,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the Puma Ocean Racing team is currently engaged in a tough battle as they begin to close on Boston, USA. Puma's il mostro is locked in battle with the two Ericsson boats, Ericsson 3 and Ericsson 4.... [more]

Portimão Global Ocean Race teams share thoughts on Leg 4
Oliver Dewar,
Following the Leg 4 weather analysis by meteo expert Chris Tibbs, the Portimão Global Ocean Race teams shared their thoughts about the forthcoming 4,800 mile section of the circumnavigation from Ilhabela, Brazil, to Charleston, South Carolina, USA... [more]

US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics members to speak at Fan Pier
Jake Fish,
US Sailing is hosting 'Olympic Night with the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics' on May 13 at 6 p.m., in the Race Village at Fan Pier Boston. Seating is limited and based on a first come, first serve basis. This event will feature Dean Brenner; two-time Olympian, Tim Wadlow (49er class); and 2008 Paralympic gold medalist, Maureen McKinnon-Tucker (SKUD 18 class).... [more]

Andrew Campbell - Loop around loop-holes?
Andrew Campbell,
Andrew Campbell comments. So an interesting call has been initiated in the Rapid Response Calls section of ISAF. The specific call has to do with a situation that comes up at leeward marks quite often: one boat is overlapped outside another boat.... [more]

International Farr 30 One Design Class announces 2009 Worlds
Tink Chambers,
The International Farr 30 One Design Class Association is pleased to announce the venue and dates for its 2009 Word Championship. The event will be sailed in Porto Rotondo, Italy October 3 – 10, hosted at the Yacht Club of Porto Rotondo on the beautiful island of Sardinia.... [more]

Regatta leaders collect top scores at Hyeres
Corinne McKenzie,
Another day of light and patchy conditions distributed high points to regatta favourites. While some classes see new leaders, high scores reduce the advantages gained and open the scores. With light and shifty northerly breeze coming in early afternoon, racing got underway behind schedule and di not end until after 7pm... [more]

Finn focus in Hyeres – Gaspic can do no wrong
Robert Deaves,
It would seem that Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic can do no wrong. After four days of an exceptionally up and down regatta at the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyeres, he has not yet placed worse than fifth. Second placed Gasper Vincec, 12 points behind, is also doing well and has an identical points gap over third placed Marin Misura... [more]

Practical boating tips: Mediterranean mooring
Rob Gibson,
MED MOORING! This is the art of reversing into a space at high speed, while wrapping your anchor cable around the nearest superyacht... right? In this first excerpt from the RYA's 'Practical Boating Tips' series, Coastguard Education shows the easy way of handling this manoeuvre. See links at the bottom of the story for more on Coastguard Education's services and facilities and RYA publications.... [more]

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston celebrates historic circumnavigation
On April 22 1969, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston made history as the first man to sail singlehanded and non-stop around the world. He was the only competitor to finish the Sunday Times Golden Globe yacht race after 312 days alone at sea. April 22 2009 saw the pioneering skipper mark the 40-year anniversary of this incredible accomplishment in central London... [more]

Stronger winds in next 24 hours on Leg 6 to Boston in Volvo Ocean Race
Richard Gladwell,,
Although leg leader Telefonica Blue is being caught by the other three front runners, she is expected to extend on the final period of the race as she gets into a stronger wind pattern enabling her to stretch away. The!PredictWind model show the fleet on a beam reach in 16kt winds from a NE direction. With Telefonica Blue leading.... [more]

Pro skippers expect a tough RC 44 contest in Cagliari
RC 44 media,
The second event of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2009 begins tomorrow in Sardinia. The event marks the beginning of DHL's GoGreen program, aimed at compensating the carbon footprint of the RC 44 Championship Tour. Nine top level teams will compete for the title.... [more]

Hollerbach named Audi Melges 20 Champion in Charleston
Melges 20 media,
The Audi Melges 20 dazzled spectators and competitors alike at Charleston Race Week 2009 with six boats on the line, Marc Hollerbach takes top honors.... [more]

Kempe wins IOD A Series, first of many Bermuda Race Week prizes
Talbot Wilson,
Disaster almost did strike Somers Kempe in the final race of the IOD A Series at Bermuda International Invitational Race Week. Kempe and crew had winch malfunctions and could have switched boats under the IOD class rules, but elected to stay with that boat for the race.... [more]

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