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In the soap-opera known as the America's Cup, in the best tradition of an episode resolution that is not what it seems, yet another twist.

The "alert" received by news outlets advising that a motion had been filed to 'Disqualify Counsel' was not what it seemed . . .

Richard Gladwell explains in his New twist in America's Cup Legal, piece.

Plus all the May Day weekend sailing news.

Enjoy your sailing,

Gerald New
EU Editor

60 and 40 footers bow out at the Grand Prix Petit Navire
Kate Jennings,
Sunday saw further racing in the fourth day of the Grand Prix Petit Navire with the grand entrance of the Dragons, the event's most loyal protagonists over its 10 year history. The 40 and 60 foot monohulls sailed their last race today with a coastal course reminiscent of yesterday's, but with added pizzazz!... [more]

Cervantes Trophy - Cowes, Isle of Wight to Le Havre, France

Nicholas de la Fourniere wins the 2009 Cervantes Trophy, IRC Two and the Two–Handed Division in his first race on his new X34 Exile/Mirabaud. The race was a testament to the calibre of those who sail two-handed with the RORC, with three IRC Two two-handed teams in the top five of the overall results... [more]

New twist in America's Cup Legal

On Friday 1 May at 1719hrs, Sail-World (along with many others) received an alert from the New York State Unified Court system advising that a motion had been filed to 'Disqualify Counsel'. Subsequently it has been confirmed to Sail-World by two independent sources that the Court alert was in error.... [more]

Eurocats Day 2 images from Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Thanks to well known photographer Ingrid Abery for capturing Day 2 of the Eurocat event in France. The event continues until May 3rd at the Yacht Club de Carnac.... [more]

Portimao Global Ocean Race - Solo Sailor closes in on leaders
Oliver Dewar,
At 1500 GMT on Friday, the Chilean team of Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz crossed the Leg 4 scoring gate south of Recife in second place on Desafio Cabo de Hornos, ten hours behind the German team of Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme on Beluga Racer.... [more]

Optimist sailors create Volvo Ocean Race boat of the future
Sally Burnett,
Optimist sailors from around the world have the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes in a new competition being run by the International Optimist Dinghy Association in conjunction with the Volvo Ocean Race. There is still time to enter the competition... [more]

Girls on top in Indian Ocean Race
Media Services,
There is currently a sensation in rowing circles, as the all female Ocean Angels rowing team are, after the first 11 days of racing, approx 20 nautical miles in front of their nearest rivals in the inaugural Indian Ocean Rowing Race.... [more]

Grand Prix Petit Navire Day 3 - A bay of lights
Kate Jennings - Expression,
Grand Prix Petit Navire Day 3 and this morning saw the first offshore racing for the Open 60s and 40 footers, whilst the opening of hostilities for the Dragons has been postponed until tomorrow due to a lack of wind.... [more]

More images from Eurocat Day 1
Ingrid Abery images,
More Ingrid Abery images from Day 1 action at Eurocat in France.... [more]

Ellen MacArthur Voyage of Discovery
Event media,
Starting from Cowes on 3 May, 85 young people will sail the 48 foot Scarlet Oyster the 2000 nautical miles around Britain on a four month voyage stopping at 17 ports around Great Britain... [more]

Internet 101 - Hits are not people - understanding basic web stats
Rob Kothe,
While the internet is now 20 years old, confusion still abounds about the basic recording of visits to websites. When you are being told about the wonderful traffic a website receives, check to see if the claimant has been impressed by the hits, the page views or the unique visitors.... [more]

Eurocat action - Ingrid Abery images
Ingrid Abery images,
Eurocat, the sports catamaran event in France, commenced on May 1st and will continue through until May 3rd at the Yacht Club de Carnac. Our thanks to Ingrid Abery who captured the 'flying cats' in action on Day 1 of the event... [more]

DCNS and Telecom Italia class leaders at Grand Prix Petit Navire
Kate Jennings - Expression,
The Grand Prix Petit Navire for the Imoca 60 footers and the Class 40 footers has enjoyed a second day in the glorious sunshine of southern Finistère.... [more]

UK 18ft Skiff start their season at Rutland Sailing Club
Event media,
A good fleet of seven boats turned out for the 18ft skiff fleet's first event of the 2009 UK season at Rutland Water Sailing Club, the usual suspects being joined by two local crews sailing older B18 designs... [more]

Beluga Racer first to Portimao Global Ocean Race scoring gate
Oliver Dewar,
Shortly after 0520 GMT this morning (01/05/2009), Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme crossed the Leg 4 scoring gate south of Recife, Brazil, in first place on Beluga Racer... [more]

Cowes Classic Week update
David Elliott,
The organising team for the Regatta from the Royal London Yacht Club recently met with Class Captains and representatives of classes attending the Cowes Classic Week regatta in order that the event can meet the needs of competitors... [more]

Shirley Robertson announces Team iShares crew line-up
Event media,
Shirley Robertson, double Olympic gold medallist and skipper of Team iShares for the 2009 iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series, has confirmed her crew for the season.... [more]

Antigua Sailing Week: Rio added to overall honours list
Neil Forrester,
The list of boat names is legendary: Titan. Kialoa. Infinity. Sayonara. Morning Glory. Pyewacket. The roster of yachts and sailors who have captured overall honors at Antigua Sailing Week is certainly long and distinguished.... [more]

Grand Prix Petit Navire - 60 and 40 footers star on first day
Kate Jennings - Translation,
The 10th edition of the Grand Prix Petit Navire has begun. At 1400 hours, Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) was leading the way with a record speed of 14.92 knots, closely followed by Marc Thiercelin (DCNS 1000) with 14.54 knots and Armel Le Cleac'h (Brit Air) with 14.44 knots.... [more]

World Speed Record 50 Knots ratified
John Reed, Secretary to the WSSR Council,
The WSSR Council announces the ratification of a new World Record. 50.07 knots over 500 metre course.... [more]

Alinghi launches multihull training programme on Lake Geneva
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
Alinghi, 33rd America's Cup Defender, has started its 2009-2010 multihull campaign in Switzerland launching the two Décision 35 catamarans that will be used as training platforms towards a multihull America's Cup in May 2010. The sailing team will be dedicated to multihull training, racing the Challenge Julius Baer on Lake Geneva for the rest of the season and withdrawing from other monohull commi... [more]

Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet approaching leg 4 scoring gate
Oliver Dewar,
With the leading boat in the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet around 24 hours from crossing the vital Leg 4 scoring gate off Recife, Brazil, the atmosphere at front of the race is becoming intense.... [more]

Dockwise Yacht Transport package deal to the Med on Yacht Express
Barby MacGowan,
This summer, for boat owners wanting to explore the Mediterranean, DYT is offering a special round-trip package deal.... [more]

ISAF invites Nominations for ISAF Athletes' Commission Members
ISAF) is inviting athletes to nominate candidates to represent their Olympic event on the ISAF Athletes' Commission. The ISAF Athletes' Commission represents the interests of the sailors in the Olympic events and reports directly to the ISAF Executive Committee.... [more]

France leads ISAF World Sailing Rankings
France hits the front in the national standings as there are two new leaders in the latest release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings on 29 April 2009. Helping France to the top of the Rankings are 470 stars Ingrid Petitjean and Nadège Douroux (FRA). The other new leaders are the 49er team of Pietro Sibello and Gianfranco Sibello (ITA).... [more]

America's Cup - Off the Record - 30 April: Alinghi on thin ice
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
Much of what we have written since early April has come from various sources, who won't be quoted but are reasonably happy to talk off the record, on a 'not to be attributed' basis: A leading legal source spoken to by Sail-World believes that the New York Supreme Court will get 'very stroppy' with the Defender of the America's Cup when the Contempt of Court matter is heard on 14 May... [more]

International Maxi Association's second regatta in the Med
Fabrizio Pirina,
The second event of the International Maxi Association, the Coppa Carlo Negri – Regate Pirelli, will be held from 30th April to 3rd May in Santa Margherita Ligure and is organized by the Yacht Club Italiano.... [more]

ISAF publish Guidelines for Prevention of Piracy
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced today the publication of Guidelines for yachts considering a passage through the Gulf of Aden, Yemeni and Somali waters. The International Regulations Commission has been established in accordance with Regulation 41 to provide advice on matters related to the regulation of recreational boats or craft by government actions or otherwise.... [more]

Alinghi parties respond to America's Cup Contempt of Court issues
Société Nautique de Genève,
In response to the initiation of Contempt of Court proceedings, Société Nautique de Genève, the Defender of the America's Cup have issued a statement explaining why they have apparently broken a New York Supreme Court Order, and firing shots back at Golden Gate YC on perceived shortcomings on the Challenger side.... [more]

Cowes Week entry now open
Event media,
Entries for Cowes Week are now open, and looks forward to welcoming regular participants and new competitors to this year's regatta. In addition, the organisers are pleased to report that a number of changes have been introduced in response to feedback received by competitors... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Ericsson 3 hopeful of podium spot in St Petersburg
Riath Al-Samarrai,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Magnus Olsson and his Ericsson 3 team have been formidable in the last two legs, winning the fifth stage in breathtaking fashion before claiming second in the race to Boston. We are going to have to work really hard to get on the podium,' he said. 'So we have a lot to do but there is every chance we can get on or damn near the podium.'... [more]

Grand Prix Petit Navire to celebrate tenth anniversary in style
Kate Jennings - Expression,
It's the tenth anniversary of the Grand Prix Petit Navire. The festivities will begin on 30th April with the Grand Prix for the Open 60 footers and Class 40s. The Dragons will join the proceedings on 2nd May with the Brittany Cup, which will continue through till 4th May. On Sunday 3rd May, the Optimists will be sailing in the Tréboul channel.... [more]

St. Croix Regatta to raise awareness and funds for Local Hospice Care
Ellen Sanpere,
The St. Croix Yacht Club has announced acceptance of their annual international regatta by the National Hospice Regatta Alliance with fiscal non-profit sponsorship by the St. Croix Foundation. Regatta organizers intend to attract both new sponsors and new racers to this charitable event, while raising awareness and funds for their local hospice, Continuum Care. Save the date: Feb. 19-21, 2010.... [more]

Farr 40 Class Association announce European Championship details
Farr 40 Class Association media,
The Farr 40 Class Association is delighted to announce details of its 2009 European Championship, which will be held at the end of busy summer season from 27 July to 1 August in Cagliari.... [more]

Hyperion returning to Superyacht Cup to defend 2008 title
Kate Branagh,
Hyperion, the powerful 46m Frers sloop, winner in the Cruising Class of The Superyacht Cup 2008, has confirmed they will be taking part at the Horus Superyacht Cup in Palma this June.... [more]

Portimao Gloabl Ocean Race - Nasty shock for Chilean team
Oliver Dewar,
At midday GMT on Monday, Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme made their move, thundering offshore on Beluga Racer while the Chilean race leaders, Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz, remained further inshore on Desafio Cabo de Hornos... [more]

Going cheap - Green Dragon VO70. One race only
David O'Brien, The Irish Times,
The Green Dragon, Ireland's entry in the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), is up for sale at €2.5 million – half the €5 million build price – and will be available immediately after the race ends in mid-June.... [more]

Gladwell's Line: America's Cup one step, or two, away from Forfeit?
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
As noted in this column late late week, the America's Cup has indeed returned to the halls of the New York Supreme Court, with the filing of a Contempt of Court papers on Monday. Here, Sail-World.Com's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, tries and explain Alinghi's Catch-22 and the way out of this legal mess.... [more]

International B14 class to go Carbon
Mark Barnes,
The International B14 class have voted to upgrade the wings from alloy to carbon. This will be phased in over the next few years with carbon winged boats carrying equalising weight in the outer wing ends till July 2013... [more]

America's Cup Contempt Hearing set down for two weeks
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The Golden Gate Yacht Club, Challenger for the 33rd America's Cup has lodged Contempt of Court proceedings against the Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve, and has obtained a prompt Hearing on the matter. Golden Gate has issued a statement and the Contempt of Court papers... [more]

Quantum Racing ready for MedCup TP52 Circuit opening
Event media,
Quantum Racing's skipper-helm Terry Hutchinson and crew are already doing their utmost to unfold a programme which will give them the best possible chance of becoming the first team yet to win the Circuit two years in succession... [more]

Final Raymarine Warsash Spring Championship weekend
Flavia Bateson,
This was the final weekend of the Raymarine Warsash Spring Championship for 'Big Boats, 45-footers, 40.7s, Hunter 707s, J/80s and Laser SB3s. The full programme of 14 races was completed for the sports boat fleet whilst the larger keelboats enjoyed nine or ten longer races... [more]

Final of Raymarine Warsash Spring Series
Flavia Bateson,
There could not have been a better finale to the seventh Raymarine-sponsored Warsash Spring Series - glorious sunshine and a decent south-easterly breeze that built gradually during the day. They were ideal conditions for close and challenging racing for the 220 boats entered, particularly exhilarating sailing for the sports boats... [more]

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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Yachting News
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2009 World Match Racing Tour

Top skippers and teams begin drive toward World Championship...
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All the Dinghy, Multihull and small keelboat events, news, racing reports and results....
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Extreme 40s

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Keelboat Events

Regattas, Open Meetings and Championship events for inshore keelboats - including the SB3, Dragon, Etchells, Soling, RS Elite, Daring etc...
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Regattas, Open, Championship and special events for Offshore yachts...
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