Welcome to Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 15 June 2009.
Plenty of drama over the weekend from Sweden and Marseilles. Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race got underway to a fast start off Marstrand, Sweden yesterday. While leading the eight boat fleet, Telefonica Blue mounted a rock while sailing at 14kts and has sustained serious damage. Tthe incident looks potentially the second successive early exit for skipper Bouwe Bekking (NED), after Movistar sunk in the previous Volvo Ocean Race.
In this edition we have presented a gallery of shots of the start and a second gallery on the Telefonica Blue 'terrain closure' incident, taken from a helicopter at the scene and some dramatic images from below decks, with pumps running hard to cope with the inflow of water. There's also on-board video taken at the moment of impact.
Puma Racing's Ken Read (USA) was just ten boat lengths behind Telefonica Blue and provided a first hand account of the incident. We also have charts of the area which give some understanding as to why this most unfortunate incident happened.
Before the start of the leg, Puma Racing and Telefonica Blue were just 1pt apart on the points table for the race. The incident with Telefonica Blue should assure Puma Racing of second place overall, barring mishaps.
USA's Quantum Racing, skippered Terry Hutchinson had a herculean task to unseat Emirates Team NZ at the top of the points table in the Audi MedCup. Best option for the US team was to control the damage, and to try and minimize the Kiiw's lead - trimming a couple of points of it on the final day.
As we noted last week, Synergy, the former USA-17 out of BMW Oracle Racing is proving to be a bit of a dark horse scoring a win and a second on the penultimate day of the regatta.
As part of our coverage of this event, Sail-World has been provided with a viewer from Animation Research to develop images of key incidents from the Audi MedCup, using ARL's Virtual Eye technology.
Matador leads Quantum Racing around the leeward mark in the final race of the Audi MedCup with Emirates Team NZ back in the fleet. ARL Media
What we have lacked are incidents to test out the system. However this drought ended in Races 8 and 9 with plenty of action from both races. In this issue, we have presented a gallery and narrative of the key incidents - and there are a few we have left out. This application from ARL is absolutely stunning and will revolutionize the coverage of sailing on the web.
When viewing don't forget to click on the 'enlarge image' function to see the detail in full screen. Take a look at the ARL website www.arl.co.nz to see some more examples of how their outstanding graphics have been used as an integral part of media coverage of other sports. You'll be surprised.
Sail-World will be providing further galleries and incident explanations during the week.
Autonet Mobile Melges 24 US Nationals-San Francisco) Chuck Lantz
The US Melges 24 Nationals went into a three way tie for first place. In this issue we report on how the regatta panned out in San Francisco, along with some great images from Chuck Lantz..
History has been made at Long Beach, with Sally Barkow winning the Ficker Cup and becoming the first woman to qualify for the Congressional Cup, beating double winner of the Con Cup, Dave Perry. Rich Roberts reports in this issue, with the usual supply of some great images.
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Barkow makes history at 2009 Ficker Cup Rick Roberts, Sally Barkow, Nashotah, Wis., made history Sunday by winning the 2009 Ficker Cup match race and becoming the first woman to sail into a spot in the Congressional Cup. Two other women have skippered in the Congressional Cup over the years---J.J. Isler (1993) and Betsy Alison (1999)---but competed in the event through the normal skipper selection process.... [more] Onsend this story
'We were following about 10 boat lengths behind Telefónica Blue' Ken Read, Puma Racing, 'We were following about 10 boat lengths behind Telefónica Blue in second place heading south when it happened. Capey (Andrew Cape – navigator) was sitting next to me and saying that we were going to have to come up or down in the near future. We were going about 13 knots. And then...BANG. Their entire transom came out of the water right in front of us.'... [more] Onsend this story
Three way tie at U.S. National Melges 24 Championship Event Media, U.S. National melges 24 Championship. Going into today's racing Porter led by a slim, five point margin over Ullman in second and Brun in third. In fourth was Bruce Ayres on USA-747 Monsoon and in fifth was Dan Kaseler on USA-379 pTeron.... [more] Onsend this story
Images of Marstrand: Telefonica Blue hits the rocks at Volvo OR start
Telefonica Blue hit a rock soon after the start of Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Dave Kneale and Rick Tomlinson plus Gabriele Olivo present these images from on the water and below decks of the stricken Volvo ocean racer after hitting the rock at a speed of 14kts.... [more] Onsend this story
Hannah White first woman to finish OSTAR 2009 Event Media, Hannah White (Pure Solo) was the first woman to cross the OSTAR 2009 finish line Sunday 14th June at 07.52 (EDT). Since Hannah's first attempt at the OSTAR in 2005, she has been working and sailing with some of the world's finest single handed sailors and this has paid handsome dividends for her OSTAR 2009 performance.... [more] Onsend this story
Portimao Global Ocean Race leaders face confusing conditions Oliver Dewar, Portimao Global Ocean Race - Michel Kleinjans on Roaring Forty crossed the Portimão Global Ocean Race Leg 5 Scoring Gate south-east of Newfoundland. Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz are currently 120 miles north of Flores in the Azores Archipelago and in the 0620 UTC position poll on Monday morning (15/06), their red Class 40 Desafio Cabo de Hornos is 71 miles ahead of second placed Beluga Racer.... [more] Onsend this story
Invitational Regatta for the Hoag Cup - Pyewacket's win Rich Roberts, To see Stark Raving Mad finish first in every race and to listen to Pyewacket II's people talk after the last race Sunday, who could guess which boat won the third biennial Invitational Regatta for the Hoag Cup?... [more] Onsend this story
New York Yacht Club 155th Annual Regatta a weather feast for sailors Barby MacGowan, New York Yacht Club (NYYC) 155th Annual Regatta attracted 105 boats, the most in a non-Bermuda Race year, and served up weather challenges that delighted the 1000 plus sailors competing on Rhode Island Sound over three days.... [more] Onsend this story
Images of Marstrand: Volvo OR Leg 9 gets off to a very fast start Rick Tomlinson and Dave Kneale, Rick Tomlinson and Dave Kneale were on hand at the start of the Volvo Ocean Race and provided this gallery of images from the fast paced start of Leg 9.... [more] Onsend this story
Puma makes excellent Leg 9 start - Volvo Ocean Race Kate Fairclough, Puma made an excellent start to leg nine of the Volvo Ocean Race in Marstrand, Sweden today, a 525 nautical mile sprint round the Swedish coast to Stockholm.... [more] Onsend this story
Record fleet sets sail at Giraglia Rolex Cup KPMS, 192 boats were entered for the 57th edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup, with over 2,000 sailors competing. The 21-boat IMA Maxi division went off first on a 21.9nm coastal race. The starting line was generous, but with the race committee end favored, the fleet naturally skewed that way.... [more] Onsend this story
Will Barkow make history at the Ficker Cup? Jodi Unruh, With just one day to go, a seven-member crew that is lead by skipper, Sally Barkow of Miami, Florida is on the brink of becoming the first ever all-women team to win the prestigious Ficker Cup at the Long Beach Yacht Club, www.lbyc.org. A victory that would mean they sailed their way into the highest graded matched racing event in the US, The Congressional Cup. The Event's Chief International U... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race - It's a disaster says Telefonica Blue skipper Volvo Media and Sail-World, Bouwe Bekking - It is clearly our own mistake of course, we thought we were to leeward of the rock and clear of it and we smacked it right on the head ... See onboard video of Telefonica Blue hitting the rock... [more] Onsend this story
Kiwis win 2009 Audi Med Cup Marseille Trophy - Roma wins GP42 Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, Emerging with a sixth from a scrappy, difficult final race which was contested in conflicting breezes Emirates Team New Zealand clinched the Marseille Trophy by 14 points, the biggest regatta winning margin on the Audi MedCup Circuit since Mean Machine won in Portimao in 2007.... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Leg 9 leader, Telefonica Blue hits rock Volvo media, Telefonica Blue skippered by Bouwe Bekking hit a rock while racing at around 14 knots of boatspeed and is hard aground in one-metre swells and suspended racing at 12:31GMT. They had been leading the Volov fleet at the start of leg nine to Stockholm... [more] Onsend this story
Images from Marseilles: Day 5 Audi Med Cup Chris Cameron, Top international photographer, Chris Cameron was on shooting at the Audi MedCup series being sailed in a fresh breeze in Marseilles, south of France.... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race: The dreaded lurgy and that bump! Various Volvo Ocean Race Competitors, Latest emails from the boats in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet. Telefonica Blue's collision is on everyone's minds. The fleet is changing positions and unfortunately for Ericsson 4, the lurgy is overtaking the boat. Read on...... [more] Onsend this story
Will Marseilles Trophies go in the first race for GP42's and TP52's? Audi MedCup Media, Regatta or Circuit? As ever teams will tell you that the Circuit is the main focus and winning regattas is simply a nice bonus if and when it happens. It's a passing reward to the team for their hard work and execution as well as a confirmation that they are headed in the right direction. But the universal pursuit at this stage, TP52 and GP42, is to win the Audi MedCup Circuit.... [more] Onsend this story
Pyewacket and Grand Illusion racing for Hoag title Rich Roberts, Until the fourth race of the third biennial Invitational Regatta for the Hoag Cup Saturday, finishing first in every race was nice but not enough for Stark Raving Mad, Jim Madden's newly acquired and upgraded TP52 that finally finished far enough ahead of the competition with the highest ORR handicap rating in the fleet to beat the numbers, as well, for its first official victory.... [more] Onsend this story
Sunrise start for 470's to finalise 2009 European Championships Rick van Wijngaarden/Amended Sail-World.com, Open 470 European Championship Men/Mixed and Women being sailed at Lake Traunsee in Austria. To provide the best possible change of completing a valid regatta, the first starting signal for Sunday's racing is scheduled at sunrise at 7:00 to take benefit of a possible SW breeze to have one race. Two races are scheduled in the afternoon in an expected NE thermal breeze.... [more] Onsend this story
Porter Full Throttle on Day 2 Melges 24 U.S. National Championship Melges 24 Class Association, Day two of the 2009 Autonet Mobile Melges 24 U.S. National Championship was as exciting as the first with the maximum breeze around 15 knots and plentiful sunshine. Brian Porter on USA-749 Full Throttle improved his position today with a 1-1- score to take the overall lead from Bruce Ayres on USA-747 Monsoon who has slipped the fourth.... [more] Onsend this story
Virtual Eye sees incidents galore on Day 4 of Audi MedCup Virtual Eye and Richard Gladwell, There were many incidents on the Rade Nord course off Marseilles during the fourth day of sailing in the Audi MedCup. Using Virtual Eye from Animation Research (www.arl.co.nz) Sail-World is able to bring our readers a view not seen in the official reports from the regatta.... [more] Onsend this story
World's largest yacht launched Sail-World Cruising, On Friday the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg launched the world's largest superyacht Eclipse for Russian Billionaire Roman Abramovich. The yacht will be used by Roman and his girlfriend Daria Schukowa for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He already has three other superyachts.... [more] Onsend this story
Audi MedCup: Emirates Team NZ extend series lead despite penalty Audi Med Cup Media and Richard Gladwell, Emirates Team New Zealand extended their lead in the Audi MedCup series at Marseilles today, despite being forced to take a penalty turn in the first race. The Kiwis were back in the van of the fleet at the time, but were let out of jail with an ubnforced error by the second placed yacht overall, Quantum Racing (USA).... [more] Onsend this story
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
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
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
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