Puma Racing Team ready for the start of the In-Port race in Stockholm Sally Collison/PUMA Ocean Racing
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 20 June 2009.
The JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race has concluded off Cowes, Isle of Wight. This event is one of the great sailing spectacles with 1800 yachts competing.
The 50nm course record is just over three hours for a multihull and just under four hours for a monohull, both records were safe this year. BMW Oracle Racing's Russell Coutts competed for the first time, aboard an Extreme 40 catamaran. Alongside was British sailing icon, Ben Ainslie in the Team Origin Extreme 40.
The Round the Island Race is a mix of serious fun, extreme sailing and personal challenge for those involved, it is the fourth largest sporting event in UK and attracts a huge entry of yachts and celebrities. In this edition we carry several reports from the race and will be updating these with more images on www.sail-world.com throughout the day.
In this issue we also have a some preview stories of the event and a look at the weather courtesy of PredictWind.com, which also provides a working example of how to use the application for an event such as this. Over the 12 months we have been using PredictWind in a variety of locations and have found it absolutely invaluable. The application is adjusted for the local topography in any of the places on the PredictWind map. PredictWind is quite remarkable - if only for giving some peace of mind as to what the wind will do several days out from that vital race or regatta next weekend. Same song, second verse for cruisers, who also want peace of mind in a safe anchorage or passage.
Yesterday, Telefonica Blue finished Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race, picking up another couple of points and reducing her deficit behind PUMA Racing to seven points with an In-Port race and the 400nm final leg to sail to St Petersburg in Russia. We feature reports and reflections from her crew of what might have been and what lies ahead. Even though Bouwe Bekking and his crew are down, they are certainly not out - and their focus is on the challenge ahead.
Part of the 1800 strong JP Morgan Round the Island Race fleet off the isale of Wight. TH Martinez/Sea&Co/onEdition
All eyes will be on Puma Racing on Sunday in Stockholm as the US entry tries to close down second place in the Volvo Ocean Race, when the In-Port race is sailed. In this issue we have an analysis of the points situation and what Ken Read and his crew have to achieve to head off Telefonica Blue. It's a case of so near, but so far - and maybe the outcome will not be fully resolved until the conclusion of Leg 10.
The JP Morgan Round the Island Race fleet round St Catherines off the Isle of Wight TH Martinez/Sea&Co/onEdition
Plus there's plenty more great USA and international sailing news in this issue, including reports and images from the Marion to Bermuda Race, and Long Beach Race Week. Plus 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe updates on progress with her 2012 Olympic Program.
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Chilean Team first to finish leg 5 of Portimao Global Ocean Race Oliver Dewar, At 11:37:05 UTC on Saturday 20th June, Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz took first place in Leg 5 of the Portimão Global Ocean Race. Their Class 40 Desafio Cabo de Hornos, crossed the finish line after 15 days 21 hours 07 minutes and 05 seconds of racing from Charleston, South Carolina.... [more] Onsend this story
Puma aims to seal overall Volvo Ocean Race result in Stockholm Kate Fairclough, If the Puma team are unable to close the competition in this Volvo Ocean Race In Port race, second and third place overall in the event will be decided by the result of the final leg from Stockholm to St Petersburg, Russia, which begins on Thursday June 25.... [more] Onsend this story
ICAP Leopard takes Round the Island Race monohull line honours Alex Mills, British supermaxi, ICAP Leopard, owned by Helical Bar PLC Chief Executive Mike Slade, has today taken monohull line honours in the JP Morgan Asset Management Round The Island Race. ICAP Leopard's afterguard called a great race in the testing conditions, using every shift to gain an advantage over the other competitors.... [more] Onsend this story
Crescendo leads Marion Bermuda fleet into the Atlantic Talbot Wilson, The Multihull class of the 2009 Marion Bermuda Race started Saturday morning. In a surprise to all, a Class B boat led the fleet into the Atlantic. The Saturday morning position reports on iBoattrack showed the Swan 44 MkII Crescendo sailed by offshore veteran Martin Jacobsen (Newport Rhode Island) out ahead of the bigger and theoretically faster Class A boats.... [more] Onsend this story
Crew Lists for final Volvo Ocean Race In-Port race Volvo Ocean Race media, The Volvo Ocean Race fleet will take to the waters off Stockholm on Sunday afternoon for the seventh and final in-port race day of the event. While Ericsson 4 has mathematically locked up the overall race title, the battle for second place is still alive. Telefónica Blue has the best record of all the teams in the in-port race series.... [more] Onsend this story
Mistral blows hard at Audi Invitational Jill Campbell, Racing at the Ausi Invitational event, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) and valid as the third leg of the European Circuit for the Farr 40 class, was scheduled to start at 11 am but the Mistral arrived with too much force. With 25 knots of north-westerly wind and gusts of 28 the YCCS Race Committee postponed racing for two hours.... [more] Onsend this story
Spain's Calima - Javier Pujol winner of the Giraglia Race Event media, Javier Pujol, owner/skipper of the Sparkman & Stephens-designed 43-foot Calima (ESP), was confirmed as winner of the Giraglia Race today at the prizegiving ceremony for the 57th edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup, held at the Yacht Club Italiano in Genoa. Alegre (GBR) won the elapsed time Rolex trophy... [more] Onsend this story
Dial up the wind - Acura presents Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week Rich Roberts, If Chris Hemans and his friendly rivals run true to form, intense competition will not be a problem when Acura presents Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week next weekend, June 26-28.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from the start of the Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race Leighton O'Connor images, Photographer Leighton O'Connor provided these images from the start of the 645 mile Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race.... [more] Onsend this story
Images of Stockholm: Telefonica Blue finishes Leg 9 Volvo Ocean Race Media, Images of the finish of Telefonica Blue (Bouwe Bekking) on Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race. She was forced to suspend racing after hitting a rock while leading the leg.... [more] Onsend this story
Pace picks up as Portimão Global Ocean Race finish is in sight Oliver Dewar, With the exception of solo sailor Michel Kleinjans on Roaring Forty, the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet have picked up the pace since Thursday afternoon. Current weather models suggest that Desafio Cabo de Hornos is in approximately 18 knots of north-easterly breeze and this should hold until Cubillos and Muñoz approach Cabo São Vincente on the south-western extremity of Portugal.... [more] Onsend this story
Pressure on Mascalzone Latino at Audi Invitational in Italy Jill Campbell, Twenty four Farr 40 yachts are due to start racing tomorrow in the Audi Invitational organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in Porto Cervo. With ten nationalities represented by the fleet, a number of strong international participants will also be vying for victory.... [more] Onsend this story
Kiel Week- ISAF Sailing World Cup - strong US contingent Event media, The world's elite of Olympic sailing will be meeting for the 127 years old Kieler Woche. A total of seven top athletes of ISAF Sailing World Cup (SWC) ranking list have entered for Kiel to defend or improve their placings. Among them, gold medallist Anna Tunicliffe (USA) and Lucy Macgregor (GBR) who is leading the ISAF SWC ranking.... [more] Onsend this story
Marion Bermuda sailors face 'dynamic' Atlantic weather patterns Talbot Wilson, Forty-three monohull yachts started the 645 mile Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race. In a briefing Thursday afternoon, weatherman Dane Clark said, 'In my thirty years of weather forecasting for yacht races in the Atlantic, this one of the most dynamic weather patterns I've seen.'... [more] Onsend this story
Light winds expected for JP Morgan AM Round the Island Race Richard Gladwell, Light winds are predicted for the start of the JP Morgan Asset management Round the Island Race, off Cowes, Isle of Wight. Sail-World has used PredictWind to develop predictions for three critical points of the race. PredictWind shows the wind as being very light initially building slowly during the day.... [more] Onsend this story
Alegre takes line honours in slow Giraglia Race KPMS, The Yacht Club Italiano race committee was on station at the finish line at Sturla, outside the entrance to the port of Genoa. Alegre, the Mills 68 Mini-Maxi of Andy Soriano, led Bella Mente over the line. After 243 miles and 37 hours of racing, Alegre finished less than three minutes ahead in one of the closest finishes in recent race history... [more] Onsend this story
Upcoming NYC area V15 NYC regattas NOR and entry online available Jamie Ewing Fleet Captain, CPYC Vanguard 15s, The Vanguard 15 summer traveling roadshow has four big regattas in the NY area in a five-week span. NOR and entry forms for the events are now online.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship NOR and Entry form online Joy Dunigan, The Notice of Race (NOR) and Entry Form for the 2009 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship slated for July 24-26, hosted by the California Yacht Club (CYC) is now available.... [more] Onsend this story
Telefonica Blue completes nightmare leg 9 of Volvo Ocean Race Volvo media/Bouwe Bekking, Latest news from Telefonica Blue as they head to the finish line of leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race. '33 miles to go to Almagrundet, the lighthouse where we turn the corner into the finish. Let's hope we keep the wind pressure, to get this horrible leg over as quick as possible.' - Bouwe Bekking... [more] Onsend this story
'Turbine' talks about Ericsson's Volvo winning template Riath Al-Samarrai, Ericsson 4 skipper Torben ('Turbine') Grael, a winner of five Olympic medals outlines the factors behind their winning campaign: 'I think Preparation is probably the most important part of a campaign,' Torben says. 'Look at Brasil 1. We only started sailing two months before the race started. When we started we had never sailed in more than 35 knots: on the first night we had 46 knots.... [more] Onsend this story
Extensive discussion at 470 Sailors' and Coaches' Meeting Luissa Smith, A highly experienced group of around 100 sailors and coaches were in attendance as the International 470 Class held is first 'Sailors' and Coaches' Meeting' of the season during the 470 European Championships in Austria. The meeting took place on 14 June and all those present participated in a wide ranging discussion with the objective to seek feedback and new ideas on all elements of the sport.... [more] Onsend this story
Images of Stockholm: City Sprint Volvo Ocean Race Media, Images from the City Sprint into Stockholm on Wednesday afternoon as part of the Stopover... [more] Onsend this story
If a Boat could talk, what would it tell you? BoatUS, Over 20 years ago, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) started asking its members about their boats, their marinas, their boat dealers and any other marine service provider that they had worked with. The online BoatU.S. Consumer Protection Database has reached its 10,000th entry.... [more] Onsend this story
Brewin backed for top honours in Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race Colin Thompson in Marion, Massachusetts, With two Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race titles under his belt, veteran American sailor Ron Noonan knows a potential contender when he sees one. Brewin's J-160 is ranked second in Class A and could mount a strong bid for top honours should weather conditions favour the 53-foot sloop's size and handicap.... [more] Onsend this story
Telefonica Blue 'rips up the miles' to make the Race on Sunday Bouwe Bekking, Telefonica Blue skippper is expecting to finish leg 9 on Friday and Telefonica Blue should sail in the In-Port race on Sunday. He writes: 'So tough the first 10 hours of sailing have been, so nice it has been since then. Sunshine, flat water and the beautiful Danish and Swedish coast lines in sight. We ripped the miles up passing all the commercial shipping if they were standing still.... [more] Onsend this story
Anna Tunnicliffe ready for Kieler Woche Anna Tunnicliffe, Since the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Holland at the end of May, Brad and I took a short trip to England. We showed up in Kiel and it was blowing around 30kts. We were too tired to unload, so we met up with my coach, Luther Carpenter and team head coach Kenneth Andreasen for dinner.... [more] Onsend this story
Portimão Global Ocean Race leader grinds to a halt Oliver Dewar, The front runner in the Portimão Global Ocean Race, Desafio Cabo de Hornos, hit a light zone. Since dawn, the Chilean team have gradually picked up speed although their lead has been eroded and at 1220 UTC, Desafio Cabo de Hornos leads Beluga Racer by 81 miles with Team Mowgli trailing the Chilean Class 40 by 252 miles.... [more] Onsend this story
Giraglia fleet have their patience tested by conditions KPMS, The 190-boat Giraglia fleet crept towards La Giraglia rock and the turn towards the finish in Genoa. Bella Mente navigator Robert Hopkins emailed, 'As of 0500, we have been becalmed for an hour. Container has coasted to a stop to our north and Alegre appears to be less than a .5 mile behind us.'... [more] Onsend this story
Applications open for Rolex Next Step Program for Junior Women sailors Dana Paxton, US Sailing and Rochester Yacht Club (RYC) announce that applications are now being accepted for the Next Step to Rolex Program for junior women sailors age 13-17. 'Interested sailors are asked to apply online and submit a letter outlining why they are interested in participating and to provide a recommendation from their sailing organization or coach,' said Cory Sertl.... [more] Onsend this story
What is a Shore Team? Puma's Chris Hill explains Puma Ocean Racing Team, PUMA Ocean Racing has a shore team that outnumbers the crew sailing the boat by almost 2:1, plus two sets of five 40 ft shipping containers that leapfrog from port to port ahead of the boat. These containers make up our workshop, sail loft, offices and storage for the duration off each stopover.... [more] Onsend this story
ICSA All-America Sailing Team announced Talbot Wilson, The Intercollegiate Sailing Association of North America (ICSA) has announced the members of its 2008/2009 ICSA All-America Sailing Team, along with the Quantum Female College Sailor of the Year, the College Sailor of the Year, Sportsman of the Year and the winner of the Leonard M. Fowle Memorial Trophy for the all-around best college team.... [more] Onsend this story
CNN's Mainsail talks to Ernesto Bertarelli about America's Cup Cats CNN's Mainsail, CNN's MainSail show visited the Alinghi base in Switzerland to try to catch a glimpse the new Alinghi - but they came no closer to seeing the boat under construction. MainSail presenter Shirley Robertson only got as far as the compound gates in her quest to see the vessel. The team's design co-coordinator, Grant Simms, told CNN that the design would not be revealed until the latest possible point.... [more] Onsend this story
Bermuda Sailors invade Marion Talbot Wilson, 2009 Marion Bermuda Race - Friday start for 17th sailing of this prestigious event. With favorable winds and currents that are now predicted for the 645-mile ocean racecourse, the invasion of Bermuda should begin sometime early on Monday morning.... [more] Onsend this story
Telefonica Blue resumes racing after fantastic job by shore crew Volvo Ocean Race Media, Telefonica Blue have resumed racing in leg nine and are en route to Stockholm.The team informed the Volvo Ocean Race duty officers they were continuing their leg at 19:16 GMT. On Sunday, Telefonica Blue found themselves stuck on a rock just after the start, outside Marstrand. It took great effort to free the boat and an even bigger push by the shore crew to repair the damage... [more] Onsend this story
Troia Portugal Match Cup - Gilmour leads with first day 5-0 Tour Media, Stage 4 of the 2009 World Match Racing Tour season, Troia Portugal Match Cup, began today off the beautiful shores of the Troia peninsular with a shifty 5-7 knot breeze which built throughout the day to 12-14 knots. Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, Philippe Presti (FRA) and Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing team are the early leaders after 10 flights of racing.... [more] Onsend this story
Banque Populaire V on standby - North Atlantic Crossing record attempt Virginie Bouchet, The Team Banque Populaire will set sail towards New York on an attempt to reduce the 4 days 3 hours 57 minutes and 53 seconds of the North Atlantic crossing record. The stopwatch will go off on the finish line set between Ushant and Cape Lizard, the beginning of a story that will reach the main plot with the Jules Verne Trophy starting next winter... [more] Onsend this story
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