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Sail-World USA - 22 June 2009

Finn race at Kieler Woche - USA 808 Philip Ramming  Herman Hell Kiel Week 2009
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 22 June 2009.

In Kiel, several US crews are competing at Kiel Week (Kieler Woche) one of the largest regattas in Europe, and the penultimate event in the new ISAF World Cup series. US is competing in most of the Olympic class events No racing was possible Sunday, and on Monday, only the 49er and 2.4M classes, plus the Womens Match Racing sailed. Stay tuned to for the latest results and updates. US sailors are in third overall in two events, and have qualified for the Quarterfinals in the Womens Match Racing, however the series has been plagued with light winds and in some classes, such as the Star, only one race has been sailed.

Catch the reports in this issue from new US Star sailor, Andrew Campbell, and US Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe on their experiences at Kieler Woche

The Elliott 6M is making her Olympic event debut at Kieler Woche  Kieler Woche

Kieler Woche marks the first use of the Elliott 6M class in the new Olympic Womens Match Racing event. Genevieve Tulloch is skippering the US entry giving a first chance to have a look at the new class. In this edition we have some images of the Elliott 6M, which looks to be an excellent addition to the Olympic fleet.

In this issue we feature an interview with Torben Grael, skipper of Ericsson 4, which has provisionally won the 2008/09 Volvo Ocean Race. With five Olympic medals to his credit, plus three America's Cup campaigns, Grael is alwasy worth listening to, and gives some insights into the success secrets behind a winning campaign.

Ericsson 4, skippered by Torben Grael (BRA) at the start of leg 9 from Marstrand to Stockholm  Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race ©

Staying with the Volvo Ocean Race, Telefonica Blue showed they might be down but are not out, and actually closed the gap on second placed overall, USA entry Puma Racing (Ken Read). We have reports on the In-Port racing in Stockholm. Mathematically it is still possible for Puma Racing to be displaced. We think it is unlikely, but then yacht racing is a very strange sport at times.

PUMA Ocean Racing, skippered by Ken Read (USA) finished second in the Stockholm in-port race, and acknowledges part of the huge crowd in the VOR village   Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race ©

In these days of tight sponsorships some statistics from the Stockholm stopover make interesting reading. Approximately 70,000 people were in the race village for the in-port race, despite the action taking place nearly 25 miles away. Village attendance is already at 400,000 and expected to pass the half million mark. Around 3000 - 4000 boats were estimated to be on the water as spectators for the In-Port racing.

Part of the 1800 strong JP Morgan Round the Island Race fleet off the Isle of Wight.  TH Martinez/Sea&Co/onEdition

On Saturday the JP Morgan Round the Island Race was contested by almost 1800 yachts, a tremendous fleet and magnificent sight. We have more reports and images of the event, which is the fourth largest on the UK sporting calendar.


Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
US Editor

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Andrew Campbell - One race in two days is not a pretty picture
Andrew Campbell,
One race in two days is not a pretty picture for any regatta. Kieler Woche especially is legendary for its windy, rainy and long days on the water. Today could not have had less in terms of breeze.... [more]
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Can Team Russia be ready for the last leg of Volvo Ocean Race?
Riath Al-Samarrai,
Team Russia are on their way to Stockholm with the intention of taking part in the leg 10 sprint to their home port of St Petersburg, Russia. In the meantime, they have largely changed their management and crew and they now face a difficult task in being declared eligible to race.... [more]
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Puma Ocean Racing team finish Stockholm In Port race in second
Kate Fairclough,
The Puma Ocean Racing team today finished an incredibly close Stockholm In Port race competition in second place. On tie break, the Puma team finished the day in second place and continue to maintain second place overall in the Volvo Ocean Race, 6.5 points ahead of Telefonica Blue.... [more]
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Less wind and more Match Racing - another tough day at Kieler Woche
Another day of light winds has upset the schedule of the 127th Kieler Woche, and only three fleets were able to complete races today. Once again, it was only the Women's Match Racing event which was able to start this morning. The 49er and the 2.4 mR with two and three races were the only other Classes which could sail today.... [more]
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Caffari and all female crew break around Britain and Ireland record
Kelly Russell,
Caffari and her all female crew, including fellow British yachtswoman and Vendée Globe race rival Samantha Davies, completed the course around Britain and Ireland in 6 days, 11 hours, 30 minutes and 53 seconds – 17 hours and 16 minutes ahead of the previous record set in May 2004 onboard Solune.... [more]
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British Team Mogwli finish Leg 5 Portimao Global Ocean Race
Oliver Dewar,
Having made excellent speed during their last night at sea in the Portimão Global Ocean Race, the double-handed team of Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson ran into light airs just seven miles from the finish line early on Monday morning (22/06). Taking third place and maintaining pace with the German and Chilean teams has been a monumental achievement for the British team.... [more]
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Images of Kieler Woche: First day of Racing
Kieler Woche Media,
Images from Kiel Week (Kiler Woche) taken on the opening day of the regatta and also in the practice for the event. Kieler Woche is one of the events in the ISAF World Cup, as well as Olympic classes competing, International and Keelboat classes also compete in a sailing spectacle.... [more]
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Big blow in store tomorrow for Block Island Race Week
Barby MacGowan,
Tomorrow is the start of the Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week presented by Rolex. For its 23rd biennial running, the five-day event is hosting 153 boats and over 1500 sailors who will no doubt be donning their foulies for the expected 15-20 knots of breeze with gusts up to 40 and seas of four-six feet.... [more]
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Aviva on track to smash monohull speed record
Aviva Ocean Racing Team,
Dee Caffari and her all female crew aboard Aviva have the record for sailing around Britain and Ireland firmly in their sights as they passed the Scilly Isles Sunday morning.... [more]
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All quiet at Farr 40 Audi Invitational
Jill Campbell,
Today was the second and final day of racing at the Audi Invitational but a storm front which is passing across Italy put paid to all hopes of completing the minimum two races required to validate the event. Racing in Porto Cervo for the Farr 40 fleet will begin on Wednesday 24th June with the first start of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2009.... [more]
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Mirsky beats Minoprio to win Troia Portugal Match Cup
Dobbs Davis,
In only their second full season on the World Match Racing Tour, Torvar Mirsky (AUS) and his Mirsky Racing Team of Kinley Fowler, Kyle Langford, Tudur Owen, and Graeme Spence have claimed their first win at the Troia Portugal Match Cup.... [more]
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Images from the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race
Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery has sent these images from the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. Oman Sail Masirah took line honours and was the first Extrem 40 to finish the race. ICAP Leopard completed the race as the fastest monohull.... [more]
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Telefonica Blue bounces back in Stockholm In-Port Race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
After an extremely disappointing leg nine, which saw second overall in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 slip away when Telefónica Blue ran aground and had to return to Marstrand for emergency repairs, Bouwe Bekking and his men made a remarkable comeback today.... [more]
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Portimao Global Ocean Race - Beluga Racer takes first overall
Oliver Dewar,
Taking second place in Leg 5 of the Portimão Global Ocean Race, Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme on Beluga Racer crossed the finish line at 08:04:42 UTC on Sunday morning (21/09), winning first place overall in this round the world event with a total of 55.5 points.... [more]
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An OK Day for Anna Tunnicliffe on Day 1 at Kiel Week
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Anna Tunnicliffe reports from Day 1 of Kiel Week. 'Today was the first day of racing at the Kiel Week, the sixth leg of the ISAF World Cup Series. The day was heavily influenced by the clouds, the cliffs, and the rain squalls that rolled through the course. The first race was setting up with pressure left, and not much but a big cloud on the right hand side of the course.'... [more]
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Poor weather sums up Hubbard's misery
Colin Thompson,
Miserable weather conditions in Marion perhaps best sums up Paul Hubbard's day. The veteran skipper withdrew from Class D in this year's Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race before it even started due to a mechanical breakdown.... [more]
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Kieler Woche gets under way with Elliott 6m on Olympic event debut,
With highly competitive racing in the Olympic Classes at the sixth event of the 2008-09 ISAF Sailing World Cup the 127th Kieler Woche started on Saturday morning, 20 June. 'First we scheduled three races for today, but in not very easy conditions we are happy to have two races in most of the classes on the score', said Jobst RICHTER, Chairman of Kieler Woche Race Committee.... [more]
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Finn focus at Kiel - day one
Corinne McKenzie / IFA,
Seventh on the ISAF Sailing World Cup standings, Rafal Szukiel from Poland is leading the strong 63 Finn fleet after one race sailed under difficult conditions in Kiel, Germany.... [more]
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2009 RS:X European Champions decided
Rory Ramsden - amended by ISAF,
Israel's Shahar Zubari and Marina Alabau of Spain are the 2009 RS:X European Champions. In the men's Medal Race, Shahar Zubari (ISR) never looked threatened; always looked in control. The women's Medal Race was held first and it turned out to be a sweet victory for Marina Alabau (ESP).... [more]
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Ericsson Racing Team prepared for Stockholm In-Port race
Ericsson Racing Team media,
Ericsson Racing Team's two yachts in the Volvo Ocean Race are set for tomorrow's scheduled Stockholm In-Port Race. Tomorrow's racing is slated for Kanholmsfjärden on Stockholm's outer archipelago inside Sandhamn, where Leg 9 finished. The weather is expected to be light and shifty, a familiar pattern for the in-port races.... [more]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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Semi-Finalists decided at Troia Portugal Match Cup
Dobbs Davis,
Four teams have emerged on top to compete in tomorrow's Semi-Final stage of the Troia Portugal Match Cup. There may be some metaphorical value in the fact that the one pair that went to five had the oldest and youngest skippers doing battle against each other, with both also being from the Southern hemisphere.... [more]
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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]
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Extreme 40 Oman Sail Masirah first home in Round the Island 2009
Flavia Bateson,
Oman Sail Masirah has led the fleet back to Cowes in the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race as well as taking line honours in the Extreme 40 class. It was a nail-biting finish, with a provisional 29 seconds separating the Omani boat from Russell Coutts helming Team Aqua... [more]
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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]
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