Welcome to Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 26 April 2009.
It has been a huge weekend for sailing with significant events internationally and on the US scene.
Off Boston the Volvo Ocean Race has trickled to an end, in light headwinds after an advancing front delayed its appearance. Ericsson 4 has won the race, after the leaders were hit by a squall on the finish line. The first three boats finished within 18 minutes, with Telefonica Blue finishing under mainsail alone.
USA's Ken Read skippered PUMA Racing was fourth home, and has slipped to third on the standings - by just 0.5pts!
It has been interesting to see shots coming back from aboard the yachts showing the same screen images from Predictwind and Expedition that we have been running since the fleet turned at Fernando. This facility literally allows Sail-World readers to peek over the navigator's shoulder, as the crucial decisions are made.
There's been a new record set in the Newport to Ensenada Race - but only by 7m 53 seconds. Rich Roberts reports.
On the Waitemata Harbour, in New Zealand, yesterday (and Thursday) Aucklanders were treated to the too rare sight of a sizeable fleet of 18ft skiffs from Australia and New Zealand competing in the ANZAC Regatta. Sail-World was on the water yesterday afternoon and we have featured picture galleries and a report from the event.
In Hyeres (FRA), USA's 2008 Olympic Gold medalist, Anna Tunnicliffe has done it again, coming from begin to win the Gold medal in the Laser Radial class. She tells us how the regatta unfolded for her. We also have full reports on the racing from all classes plus a couple of image galleries from top international sailing photographer, Richard Langdon.
PUMA Ocean Racing, skippered by Ken Read (USA) finish fourth on leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Rio de Janeiro to Boston, crossing the finish line at 23:12:42 GMT 26/04/09
On the America's Cup scene, the posturing continues. We gave several reports on various aspects of this saga. However the screws are tightening on Alinghi on several fronts, with the dates of the Multihull match set to develop into a major issue. There is little love lost between the two sides, and this is evident in an interview by Peter Montgomery talking with Alinghi skipper, Brad Butterworth. We have a rough transcript of the interview and a link for the full version.
A great sight as part of a fleet of almost a dozen 18ft skiffs start against the Downtown Auckland skyline Richard Gladwell
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Anna Tunnicliffe: I did it!! Anna Tunnicliffe, 2008 Olympic Gold medallist, Anna Tunnicliffe reports from Hyeres, France: "I did it!! I won the fourth leg of the ISAF World Sailing Cup at the Semaine Olympique Francaise in Hyeres, France, to maintain the overall lead in the World Cup standings. It came down to yesterday's ten-boat medal race to determine who would come out with the gold medal.... [more]
Images from the Volvo OR: Finish of Leg 6 - Boston Dave Kneale and Rick Tomlinson, Images from the finish of Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Boston... [more]
Ellison and his BMW Oracle Racing Team win Cagliari RC 44 cup RC 44 media, There were no races in Cagliari today due to the lack of wind. Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts' BMW Oracle Racing are the grand winners of the event, ahead of Chris Bake's Team Aqua and Igor Lah's Ceeref.... [more]
Catalina 30 loads Newport-Ensenada overall prizes Rich Roberts, 62nd Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race - who left town with the largest collection of hardware? Cleve Hardaker on his Catalina 30, Sojourn, from Silver Gate Yacht Club in San Diego.... [more]
Portimao Global Ocean Race - Chilean team reveal a secret Oliver Dewar, The first 24 hours of 4,800 mile Leg 4 has been a tortuous reintroduction to offshore sailing for the four boats in the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet.... [more]
Sojana smashes record on Day 2 of Antigua Sailing Week Neil Forrester, 140 boats in fifteen dedicated classes hoisted sail today in the azure waters off Antigua on Day 2 of the 42nd running of Antigua Sailing Week.... [more]
Images from the ANZAC 18fter Series: Race 3 Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, Images from 26 April, Race 3, in the ANZAC 18fter series. Racing was possible on only two days due to strong winds. New Zealand crews took the top five places in the series.... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race - Puma sails into Boston in fourth place Volvo Ocean Race media, Having been the bridesmaid so often, leg six was one that Puma's skipper, Kenny Read would particularly have liked to win, but, once again, it wasn't to be, and the team finished in Boston today at 2312 GMT (1812 local) in fourth place. Puma began leg six in the lead, after finishing second in the Rio in-port race, but quickly dropped to seventh the following day.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Ericsson 4,3 take top placings into Boston Volvo Ocean Race media, Ericsson Racing Team continued its dominance of the Volvo Ocean Race today when Torben Grael/BRA/Ericsson 4 and Magnus Olsson/SWE/Ericsson 3 finished first and second on leg six.... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race – 18 mins between top three into Boston VOR Media, The top three boats finished Leg 6 of the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean race , all inside an amazing 18 minutes after the 4900 nautical miles of racing.... [more]
Images from the ANZAC 18fter Series: Race 4 Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, Images from 26 April, Race 4, in the ANZAC 18fter series. Racing was possible on only two days due to strong winds. New Zealand crews took the top five places in the series.... [more]
Quantum Sails NZ first Kiwi's to win 18ft Skiff ANZAC regatta Dave Healy, Kiwi crews have dominated the 2009 18ft Skiff ANZAC regatta, with Quantum Sails NZ sailed by Chris Skinner, Chris Burgess and Dave Healy taking home the trophy. The top Aussie boat was Club Marine (Cameron McDonald) finishing 6th, after disappointingly falling out of contention in the final two races with gear failure.... [more]
Team Aqua and BMW Oracle share lead at Cagliari RC 44 fleet regatta RC 44 media, Thanks to a first and a third, Chris Bake and his team climbed up the top of the Cagliari RC 44 fleet regatta provisional leader board, alongside Larry Ellison and the BMW Oracle Racing boys and ahead of the brilliant Spaniards from Puerto Calero Islas Canarias.... [more]
Newport to Ensenada - Record for Mag 80, first place for Loe Real Rich Roberts, Doug Baker just wanted the record. H.L. (Loe) Enloe would settle for his newfound respect. Both---one sailing the 80-foot monohull Magnitude 80 from Long Beach and the other the 60-foot Jenn trimaran Loe Real from San Diego---emerged from the 62nd Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race reasonably satisfied.... [more]
Disappointment as ICAP Leopard breaks boom at Antigua Sailing Week Neil Forrester, The 42nd edition of Antigua Sailing Week began today with a single race for the Division A Racing fleets and the Division B classes of Performance Cruisers, Cruising fleets, Dragons and Multihulls.... [more]
Ericsson 4 set for mid-Sunday morning finish in Leg 6 of the Volvo OR Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, Ericsson 4 is predicted to win Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race when it finishes in Boston on Sunday morning, local time. The final stretch is expected to be in 20kt plus tailwinds ahead of an expected front - a fast point of sailing for the Volvo 70's. At the final turning point, Ericsson 4 is predicted to have a lead of just 2nm, from Ericsson 3... [more]
More images from Semaine Olympique Francais at Hyeres Richard Langdon, Top international sailing photographer, Richard Langdon presents a second gallery from Semaine Olympique Française at Hyeres... [more]
Images of Semaine Olympique Francais at Hyeres Richard Langdon, Top international sailing photographer, Richard Langdon presents this gallery from Semaine Olympique Française at Hyeres... [more]
ICAP Leopard takes double victory in Guadeloupe to Antigua Race Neil Forrester, Mike Slade's powerful ICAP Leopard roared to an impressive 'double-double' victory—winning both line honors as first-to-finish and correcting out to first overall on corrected time—in the 2009 edition of the Guadeloupe to Antigua Race.... [more]
Volvo OR - Puma in stealth mode as Ericsson twins do battle for lead Volvo Ocean Race media, As Ericsson 4 became the first victim of the high pressure and Ericsson 3, having had a spell in Stealth yesterday, now heads the field into the final straight with Ericsson 4 on her flank a mile behind. Puma went undercover for 12 hours at 1000 GMT today, while the second tier is making some big gains.... [more]
Magnitude 80 breaks Newport-Ensenada race record for monohulls Rich Roberts, Doug Baker's Magnitude 80 broke the Newport-Ensenada race record for monohulls late Friday night when it finished the 62nd Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race at 10:37:50 p.m. in 10 hours 37 minutes 50 seconds---7 minutes 3 seconds faster than the record for the 125.5-nautical mile race set by Roy E. Disney's Pyewacket III in 2003.... [more]
Indispensable Sunscreen Tips Lynn Fitzpatrick, This is the second part of a three-article series on sailors and the sun Dr. Steve Horwitz has been an active PHRF, Lightning and Etchells sailor for quite awhile. While most sailors on Biscayne Bay are used to seeing him at the helm of Widespread Panic, he crewed for years before he became a dermatologist.... [more]
Grant Dalton: Louis Vuitton Series has America's Cup teams' support Paul Lewis, NZ Herald, Paul Lewis reports in the Sunday Herald on the next moves for the America's Cup teams: 'The next steps in the becalmed and beleaguered America's Cup saga are likely to see the emergence of new, Cup-like, global yachting regattas involving Louis Vuitton. 'It makes sense to do something like that,' said Grant Dalton, 'and it has the support of all the America's Cup teams.'... [more]
America's Cup: PJ Montgomery talks to Brad Butterworth on NewstalkZB Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, Newstalk ZB's Peter Montgomery interviewed Alinghi skipper, Brad Butterworth, this afternoon just after 1500hrs NZT, focussing mainly on the meeting held in Geneva on Thursday to discuss the upcoming Match between Alinghi and BMW Oracle Racing.... [more]
Sodeb'O to tackle new record campaign across the Atlantic Kate Jennings Translation, The maxi-trimaran Sodeb'O will be tackling a brand new record campaign across the Atlantic in 2009. In 2009, the programme is once again an ambitious one for Thomas Coville, who will attempt to beat two records on his 32 metre maxi-trimaran... [more]
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Ellison steers BMW Oracle into lead at Cagliari RC 44 fleet regatta RC 44 media, Larry Ellison showed from the first race of the Cagliari RC 44 fleet regatta that he was well in the game, taking a very good start and finishing third of the first race before winning the second regatta, grabbing an early lead in the tournament.... [more]
Portimao Gloabl Ocean Race fleet ready for Leg 4 to Charleston, USA Oliver Dewar, Portimao Global Ocean Race start of 4,800 mile Leg 4 to Charleston, South Carolina, is scheduled for 1500 UTC (1200 local) this Saturday. On Friday morning – with 24 hours to the Leg 4 start – the mood is more controlled.... [more]
Images and Video of the Waitemata: ANZAC 18's on Auckland Harbour Ross Whitburn, Aucklanders were treated once again to the sight of Australian and New Zealand 18ft skiffs on Auckland harbour on Thursday. Due to strong winds racing was cancelled on Friday and Saturday but is hoped to be held on Sunday. This story also includes the link to ONE Sport's Martin Tasker's report on Thursday's racing - must see.... [more]
Letter from the Indies: Santiago de Cuba to Cienfuegos (Cuba) Andrea and Ian Treleaven, Friends Geoff and Pip Lavis have now joined us for the 350nm sail west along the south coast of Cuba to Cienfuegos, passing the very high Sierra Maestra Mountains and on through the many cays of the Archipielago de los Jardines de la Reina (Royal Gardens).... [more]
Newport-Ensenada Race fleet starts in light breeze Rich Roberts, It was a gentle breeze that sent 272 boats away to Mexico in Friday's 62nd Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. Roy Pat Disney was looking good at the start on Pyewacket II, the same boat he sailed to break Merlin's 20-year-old Transpac record to Hawaii in 1997. The record is 10 hours 44 minutes 54 seconds set, but 2003 was a windy year.... [more]
Gold for Anna Tunnicliffe at Hyères Marlieke de Lange Eaton, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics member Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) has done it again: today, she won another gold medal at a major international regatta in the Laser Radial. Tunnicliffe won the event in today's medal race after a slow start in the regatta.... [more]
Volvo Race: Puma takes advantage and gets back into the race Puma Ocean Racing, Latest Volvo Ocean Race news from Puma's skipper Ken Read sailing leg 6 of the race to Boston. 'After a 4000 mile drag race, in which we admittedly did some good tactical moves and certainly a couple that we would take back if we could, we saw the opportunity coming to take advantage of a situation. Get right back into this race and really close the distance to the leaders.' Ken Read... [more]
Finn focus in Hyeres – Gaspic confirms his Gold Robert Deaves,, Sixth place was enough for Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) to take the overall win in the Finn class at the 41st Semaine Olympique Française in Hyeres Friday, his first Grade 1 win in the class. Race winner and second overall was Ed Wright (GBR) with Gapser Vincec (SLO) taking the bronze medal... [more]
Medal winners decided at ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres Corinne Rolland-McKenzie, The wind finally came in Hyères for the Medal race providing great racing for the top ten sailors in each class. The French and British sailors revelled in the windier conditions, both taking five medals on the final day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup 4th event, the Semaine Olympique Française... [more]
Ericsson 4 takes Volvo lead - Puma on a charge into second Volvo media, The gybe onto port yesterday was critical. Bouwe Bekking and his boys on Telefónica Blue were struggling with boatspeed against the powerful Ericsson 4 and both boats went into hiding to keep the moment of their manoeuvre secret for a long as possible. When they emerged, it became clear that it had been a catastrophic 12 hours for Telefónica Blue, who drops to fourth place on the leg leaderboard... [more]
Gold for Goodison as Brits score five medals in France Lindsey Bell, Paul Goodison struck gold at his first international event of the London cycle, with British sailors picking up a total of five medals at the fourth leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres on Friday. In the Finn class Ed Wright picked up silver, as did John Gimson and Ed Greig in the Star class and Bryony Shaw on the RSX. Nick Dempsey added a final Bronze in the men's RSX event... [more]
101st Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac sold out Eventa, Today, Chicago Yacht Club announced that it has reached its entry limit of 350 boats for the 2009 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac,... [more]
Bermuda Race Week - Vessella takes Lasers, Not Mine wins J105 prize Talbot Wilson, Peter Vessella sailed in his first Bermuda International Invitational Race Week and based on provisional results will take the Laser's Race Week Championship trophy home to San Diego California. J105 ‘Not Mine', skippered this year by Alan Williams, won the series and the B. W. Walker Memorial Trophy without having to sail the final race.... [more]
ONE Sport's Martin Tasker reports on America's Cup Meeting in Geneva TVNZ, ONE Sport's ubiquitous sailing reporter, Martin Tasker filed this report, live from Auckland's Viaduct Basin, with a backdrop of Sir Michael Fay's 'Big Boat' from the 1988 Match vs Dennis Conner's catamaran, after the Geneva Meeting between Alinghi nd BMW Oracle Racing.... [more]
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