Welcome to Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 25 May 2009.
Today's edition is dominated with news from the Volvo Ocean Race finish in Galway Bay. As we predicted using the latest projections from PredictWind and Expedition, Ericsson 4 took Leg 7, and possibly the Volvo Ocean Race. She leads by a 14.5pt margin.
This crew is led by the amazing Torben Grael, who looks set to add Volvo Ocean Race laurels to his collection of Olympic medals, and three America's Cup campaigns, as tactician, with Prada/Luna Rossa.
There were some real upsets in the final stages of the race, resulting in changes to the podium placings.
PUMA Ocean Racing, skippered by Ken Read (USA) finish second on leg 7 from Boston to Galway, Sally Collison/PUMA Ocean Racing
Most notable of these was US entry, PUMA Racing (Ken Read) had an outstanding final 1,000nm breaking her rudder, stopping to fit a replacement, and then working her Stealth Play perfectly to lift onto a podium position. Green Dragon the Irish/Chinese entry was another big mover in the final stages of Leg 7.
In this issue we have full coverage of the finish in the Emerald Isle. From here, the race will now wind its way through Europe to finish in Russia. But once again the Volvo Ocean Race, has virtually finished in England with the overall leader in an almost unbeatable position with three legs, plus in-port racing still to be contested.
Telefonica Blackreaches into Galway in winds of 25kts on Leg 7 Airman Dermot Molloy 105 Sqn/Irish Air Corps
Letter writing continues to be a favourite occupation of those the running the America's Cup scene, at present.
In this issue we feature a couple more, as the protagonists descend further into the bear-pit, and we look at some of the outcomes. As in 1988, there is a lot of posturing and positioning underway as the PR and legal teams try to run interference on the other's campaign.
Sally Barkow vs Anna Tunnicliffe - NYYC Women's Match Racing Regatta
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PUMA fights back to finish incredible second in Galway Brigid Murphy, Fighting back to finish in an almost inconceivable second place after breaking their rudder mid-way across the Atlantic Ocean, Puma crossed the finish line of leg seven of the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway, Ireland at 02:19 local (01:19 GMT) this morning. Pulling back from last place two nights ago after breaking one of the boat's two rudders and having to stop to make emergency repairs... [more] Onsend this story
Memorial Day Regatta - great sailing for all classes big and small Rich Roberts, The wind blew, eight to 12 knots under sunny skies both days, for Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's annual Memorial Day Regatta Saturday and Sunday. 127 boats in 16 classes competed over the two days.... [more] Onsend this story
Images of Rolex Capri Sailing Week by Carlo Borglenghi Carlo Borglenghi, One of the world's top sailing photographers, Carlo Borglenghi was at the Rolex Capri Sailing Week and we present this gallery of his outstanding work... [more] Onsend this story
Tunnicliffe's victory at NYYC's Women's Match Racing Clinic & Regatta Brad Dellenbaugh, The final day of the New York Yacht Club Women's Match Racing Clinic & Regatta brought lighter and shiftier northeasterly winds and a variety of current conditions that challenged the sailors in the semi-finals and finals. Anna Tunnicliffe and Sally Barkow started the morning by closing out their semi-final series with their third straight wins... [more] Onsend this story
More America's Cup Letters - Coutts and Ehman threatened SNG and GGYC, As relations become increasingly strained between the two protagonists in the 33rd America's Cup, another exchange of letters took place late last week, which re republish here:... [more] Onsend this story
Images from the fast rides, and tough times on Leg 7, Volvo Ocean Race Various photographers, Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean race was notable for some high speed sailing, over a sustained period. Although the world 24hour monohull record didn't fall, the sailing was fast and furious - here we present some on and off the boat images of Volvo 70's at pace.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from Galway: Puma Racing comes from behind for second place Various photographers, Ken Read and the crew of il mostro staged an incredible comeback to take second place on leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race after breaking their rudder 1,00nm from the finish line, and having to stop the boat for around 20 minutes to fit an emergency blade. We present images from their finish at Galway, Ireland... [more] Onsend this story
Ericsson Racing Team has third consecutive win in Volvo Ocean Race Ericsson Media, Ericsson Racing Team won its third consecutive leg of the Volvo Ocean Race early this morning when Ericsson 4 arrived in Galway, Ireland, to a rapturous midnight celebration at the conclusion of Leg 7. Skippered by Brazilian Torben Grael, Ericsson 4 scored 11 of a possible 12 points on the leg - three points for third at the scoring gate and eight points for the leg win - and now has 92 points... [more] Onsend this story
Images from the finish of Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway Various, Images from the finish of Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway. Ericsson 4 again took maximum points this morning when she crossed the finish of Volvo Ocean Race leg seven in Galway in first position... [more] Onsend this story
First four boats complete Leg 7 of Volvo Ocean Race Volvo Ocean Race media, Ericsson 4 again took maximum points this morning when she crossed the finish of Volvo Ocean Race leg seven in Galway in first position. A huge and very excited Saturday night crowd was on the dockside, principally waiting to celebrate the arrival of Green Dragon, their hometown boat, but Ericsson 4 benefitted from a raucous welcome as they drew alongside.... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Capri Sailing Week winners decided KPMS, The Rolex Capri Sailing Week winners have been decided. Peter Reggio blew the final whistle on Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2009 just before the stipulated cut-off point. Overnight leaders instantly became overall winners... [more] Onsend this story
NYYC's Women's Match Racing Clinic & Regatta - First two days battles Brad Dellenbaugh, At the New York Yacht Club Women's Match Racing Clinic & Regatta, eight top women's teams completed the first round robin in a steady 11-14 knot southwester competing in Sonars. The invited skippers include the three US Sailing Team Alphagraphics match racing skippers.... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race - Puma has the hammer down! Volvo Ocean Race media/competitors, In the Volvo Ocean Race all but Telefónica Black played their Stealth option overnight to cover the timing of the critical gybe. The sailing continues to be fast and wet, but it has been a thrilling and memorable ride across the Atlantic.... [more] Onsend this story
O'Leary and Goodbody surf into their first Silver Star Championship Lynn Fitzpatrick, It came down to the final set of waves during the eighth race of the 2009 Star Eastern European Championship to determine that Irishmen Peter O'Leary and Tim Goodbody would be awarded their first Silver Star.... [more] Onsend this story
Great day for Anna Tunnicliffe - NYYC's Women's Match Race Regatta Anna Tunnicliffe, Latest email from Anna Tunnicliffe competing at the New York YC Women's Match Race Clinic and Regatta. The conditions today were quite breezy, and made for some tough boat handling manouevers.... [more] Onsend this story
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