Telefonica Blue on rocks...Barkow qualifies for Congressional Cup...Melges 24's all tied up before final day


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Sail-World USA - 15 June 2009

Bill Ficker (l) stands alongside Sally Barkow and her team after their 2009 Ficker Cup victory  Rick Roberts ©
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.

Telefonica Blue run aground the start of leg 9 from Marstrand to Stockholm  Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race ©

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.

PUMA Ocean Racing, skippered by Ken Read (USA) at the start of leg 9 from Marstrand to Stockholm  Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race ©

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 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.

Dave Perry (left boat) and Sally Barkow (r) battle it out in the last race of the 2009 Ficker Cup  Rick Roberts ©

Rich Roberts also brings us reports and images from the Hoag Cup, sailed out of Balboa YC. And from the East Coast catch Bobby MacGowan's report on the New York YC's 155th Annual Regatta.

Plus there's plenty more great USA and international sailing news in this issue.


Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
US Editor

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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]
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'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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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Record fleet sets sail at Giraglia Rolex Cup
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]
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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, 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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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Sunrise start for 470's to finalise 2009 European Championships
Rick van Wijngaarden/Amended,
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]
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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-[7] score to take the overall lead from Bruce Ayres on USA-747 Monsoon who has slipped the fourth.... [more]
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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 ( Sail-World is able to bring our readers a view not seen in the official reports from the regatta.... [more]
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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]
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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]
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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, , onboard shouting out commands for each play.... [more]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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