Welcome to Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 12 June 2009.
Off the south of France, Emirates Team NZ have jumped to a healthy 12.5pt lead after three days racing in the second round of the Audi MedCup Series for the TP52 class. With just two crew members short of a full America's Cup crew, the Emirates Team NZ combination are being watched closely, by their many fans, to see if they have eliminated the tactical quirks that have beleaguered the team in previous campaigns. So far, so good would seem to be the popular verdict.
USA's Quantum Racing (Terry Hutchinson), the former ETNZ tactician, in the 2007 America's Cup, and winner of the 2008 Audi MedCup is pulling his team through after an indifferent start to this regatta. Quantum Racing led the points table after Round 1 in Alicante, but has allowed the Kiwis to extend to a big lead early in the second. Consistency was the keynote of Hutchinsons team's performance in 2008 - and that would seem to be the case again this year. Quantum Racing took the Coastal Race sailed yesterday, and as we write is lying in third place in Race 8, with the Kiwis back in the fleet.
We will update the MedCup racing on www.sail-world.com once the final results are through.
Another boat to watch has been the former USA-17 raced for one event in 2008 under the flag of BMW Oracle Racing before being sold. As Rusal-Synergy she is performing well at times and is in the lead again today, sailed by a multi-national crew.
In Marstrand, Sweden, theVolvo Ocean Race has finished its 1250nm 'sprint leg'. Another bonus for Ericsson 4 - in this issue we feature full reports and plenty of images from this spectacular event, which has two legs to be sailed before finishing in Russia.
USA entry, Puma Racing (Ken Read) looks to be set for a tense couple of legs in the Volvo. Thanks to a second place finish in Leg 8, they enjoy a 1pt margin over Telefonica Blue - and currently lie in second overall. Mathematically Puma Racing they can still win the Volvo OR, however more achievable is second overall. Racing resumes on Sunday 14 June, with the fleet expected to finish the 525nm leg to Stockholm on Tuesday.
OSTAR 2009 has finished in Newport, RI, with the race record being broken for a 40ft yacht. in this issue we have reports and images of the finish.
Rich Roberts reports on the opening day of the Hoag Cup jointly hosted by the Balboa YC and the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Again stay tuned to www.sail-world.com for updates on the final two days racing.
There's plenty more USA and international sailing news in this issue.
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Match racing, Umpire Seminars and Christmas in June at Ficker Cup Jodi Unruh and Associates, LLC, Catalina 37's will then be seen ripping across the water this weekend as sailors vie for the coveted title of the Ficker Cup, where the winner moves on to the Congressional Cup. You'll also see small power boats zipping closely behind each matched yacht race with umpires from the International Sailing Federation, http://www.sailing.org , onboard shouting out commands for each play.... [more] Onsend this story
Ayres and Monsoon crew lead Melges 24 U.S. National Championship Melges 24 media, 2009 Autonet Mobile Melges 24 U.S. National Championship. The first day of racing got underway with ideal racing conditions. The fleet thoroughly enjoyed three amazing races and big breeze starting out at 15 knots and gradually building to 22-24 knots by the end of the day. The first race was a winner for Brun as he took charge of the fleet early and carried the lead across the finish line.... [more] Onsend this story
Audi MedCup: Lighter winds expected and course location change Audi MedCup Media, A return to gentler breezes means back to finesse sailing rather than high octane downwind runs and boat and sail handling tests. For the first time here in Marseille the race area is being moved on to the Rade Nord, which means a whole new set of conditions and influences to be learned. It's already very warm this morning and there will be every chance that the thermal sea breeze will build... [more] Onsend this story
Crew Lists and changes for leg 9 Volvo Ocean Race Volvo Ocean Race media, Crew Lists for Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race: Marstrand - Stockholm. Changes on Green Dragon, Ericsson 3 and Telefonica Blue.... [more] Onsend this story
Catalunya Costa Brava PWA World Cup Day 4: Tough day at the office Event Media, Catalunya Costa Brava PWA World Cup day four proved to be a difficult day for many racers as the light sea breeze almost allowed a complete race on the beautiful Costa Brava. By the late afternoon conditions were improving rapidly and finally race two got underway at 4pm.... [more] Onsend this story
Through the gate and into the record books: Portimao Global Ocean Race Oliver Dewar, Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme crossed the Portimão Global Ocean Race Leg 5 Scoring Gate in second place on Beluga Racer. Despite crossing the gate 21 hours behind the Chilean team of Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz on Desafio Cabo de Hornos, Herrmann and Oehme have now secured overall victory in the circumnavigation.... [more] Onsend this story
Pyewacket III sweeps Hoag Cup opening day by the numbers Rich Roberts, The start of the third biennial Invitational Regatta for the Hoag Cup. Three races remain---two Saturday and one Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. daily---on a course set near Newport Pier. The regatta benefits Hoag Heart and Vascular Institute and is organized and hosted by Hoag Hospital and the Balboa Yacht Club and Newport Harbor Yacht Club.... [more] Onsend this story
470 Europeans - Too much and then too little wind Int 470 class media/Amended Sail-World.com, On Lake Traunsee, Austria, only the men's 470 gold fleet completed one race today at the Open 470 European Championships for Men/Mixed and Women, with a start in heavy airs, and a finish in a flat patch. The women's 470 event got no further today than three general recalls before the wind conditions reached the lowest limits for racing.... [more] Onsend this story
Images of Porto Cervo: Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2009 Carlo Borlenghi and Guido Trombett, Top international yachting photographers, Carlo Borlenghi and Guido Trombettpresent this gallery from Day 3 of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2009... [more] Onsend this story
My Song leads Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2009 YCCS, On the third and penultimate day of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, Pierluigi Loro Piana's My Song has taken her second victory out of three races. After crossing the start line off Porto Cervo the fleet sailed south to round the islands of Mortorio and Soffi before turning north and heading to Monaci island.... [more] Onsend this story
Quantum Racing win MedCup race. Roma lead the GP42 Series Audi MedCup media, Defending champions Quantum Racing stepped up their challenge for the overall lead of the Marseille Trophy on the Audi MedCup Circuit when they won an exciting, stamina-sapping 39.7 miles coastal return race. Four different boats lead the race, but it was Quantum Racing's afterguard who were able to take advantage.... [more] Onsend this story
Melges 24 U.S. National Championship - Fleet stacked with talent Melges 24 media, Twenty-one Melges 24s will compete at the 2009 Autonet Mobile Melges 24 U.S. National Championship, June 12-14, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. Without a doubt this National Championship will be one of the most exciting and tightest fought ever... [more] Onsend this story
Annapolis-Newport race 2009 - Another successful race Chip Thayer/Sail-World.com, The last boat finished at 2158 Wednesday evening closing out the 2009 Annapolis-Newport race. The race provided the usual variety of conditions and tactical challenges. Most boats reported using just about every sail in their inventory. There were a couple of blown sails on the trip down the Bay, but no reports of serious damage or any injuries.... [more] Onsend this story
First coastal race of the Audi MedCup season Audi MedCup media, After missing out on a coastal race in Alicante due to the light breezes there, today's coastal race towards Cassis is one of the most spectacular of the season and is rich with challenges. Emirates Team New Zealand lead into today's coastal race with a ten point cushion over second placed Matador (ARG). Stakes are not quite as high as in previous seasons when there was a double points coefficient... [more] Onsend this story
Finn sailors to gather at the birthplace of the Finn Robert Deaves, In 1949 on Lake Ekoln in Sweden, Rickard Sarby launched the first Finn at the Uppsala Kanotförening (Uppsala Canoe Club). It was the start of a journey that has seen the Finn used in every Olympic regatta since 1952. In August, Finn No. 1 will be back in Uppsala for a special event being organised by the Swedish Finn Association to celebrate 60 years of Finn sailing.... [more] Onsend this story
Ostar 2009 images - JanKees Lampe on La Promese finish Leighton O'Connor images/Event Media, JanKees Lampe (La Promese) crossed the OSTAR 2009 line at 01.10 this morning 12th June and broke the existing record for a 40 foot yacht. Photographer Leighton O'Connor was dockside and captured these images of the finish.... [more] Onsend this story
J/122 Flying Jenny VI Wins IRC Class II - Annapolis Newport Race Stuart Johnstone, The J's had a good showing in this year's event with David Askew leading the pack on-board his J/122 Flying jenny VI, taking first over strong, experienced offshore competitors in IRC2 like the two J/44s- Leonard Sitar's Vamp and Jack Neades' Glory. Not to be outdone by the perseverance of their stablemates, Tom Carroll and crew onboard their J/133 Siren Song sailed hard to get second in IRC1...... [more] Onsend this story
Mirsky Racing Team interviewed by ValenciaSailing.com ValenciaSailing.com, Torvar Mirsky and his Mirsky Racing Team are in Valencia for a week of match race training and corporate events. The young up-and-coming match race team from Australia is in the host city of the 32nd America's Cup in order to train together with Adam Minoprio and BlackMatch Racing as well as help Victory Challenge with their corporate hospitality program onboard their two America's Cup yachts.... [more] Onsend this story
Strong gusts and wicked shifts on Day 3 470 Europeans Rick van Wijngaarden/Amended by Sail-World.com, The Open 470 Class Championships for Men/Mixed and Women went into it's fourth day today. In a total contrast compared to the days before, wind came, and built to over 25 knots. Today's main objective was to finalize the qualifiers in the men's 470 event.... [more] Onsend this story
OSTAR 2009 - La Promesse closes on Newport finish line Race Officers/Hannah White, On an overcast and sometimes foggy day in Newport we await the winner of OSTAR 2009. At the 1200UT positions La Promesse (JanKes Lampe)had just over 80 miles to go to the Finish Line. His speed was 5.5 Knots so we anticipate he will finish late today or early tomorrow. The finish line is between Castle Hill Light and Kettle Bottom Rock Buoy.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from the finish of Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 8 in Marstrand (SWE) Dave Kneale and Rick Tomlinson, Top international sailing photographers, Rick Tomlinson and Dave Kneale provided these images from the finish of Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean race in Marstrand, Sweden... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race - Thrilling finish as Puma comes storming back Volvo Ocean Race Media, In a thrilling finish to leg eight of the Volvo Ocean Race from Galway to Marstrand, Sweden, Ericsson 4 pulled out all the stops to take a third leg win in a row. Ericsson 4 made her way to the front on day four, arriving at the Rotterdam Gate in first place.... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race - Puma second into Marstrand but only just! Kate Fairclough, PUMA finished leg eight of the Volvo Ocean Race in second place at 05:04:46 local (03:04:46 GMT) this morning. The PUMA team staged an incredible comeback in the final 24 hours of the leg, crossing the line less than a minute ahead of third placed Green Dragon in yet another incredibly close finish.... [more] Onsend this story
Ericsson 4 is first into Marstrand Volvo media, Ericsson 4 has done it again. In a thrilling finish to leg eight of the Volvo Ocean Race from Galway to Marstrand, Sweden, Ericsson 4 pulled out all the stops to take a third leg win in a row. PUMA finished second and, after a heroic effort from the crew, Green Dragon clung on to third place... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Korea Match Cup images from Gareth Cooke Gareth Cooke images/Sail-World.com, Images of 2009 Korea Match Cup taken by photographer Gareth Cooke - Subzero Images.... [more] Onsend this story
Watch out for Puma coming hot out of left field - Volvo Ocean Race Rick Deppe - Puma Ocean Racing, Volvo Ocean Race leg 8 - il mostro is coming in hot out of left field! The big question is will there be enough runway for us to make up a 60 to 80 mile deficit on our competition? We've been making as much as 25 miles per sched.... [more] Onsend this story
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