Kiel Week day 5 - Bronze medalist Anna Tunnicliffe on the water Luther Carpenter
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 25 June 2009.
US crews have taken two Gold and one Bronze medals in the fifth event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup sailed as part of Kiel Week (Kieler Woche) Germany.
These are great results for Paige Railey and Anna Tunnicliffe in the Laser Radial class and Mark Mendelblatt and Mark Strube in the Star class. USA has taken ownership of the laser radial event with Railey and Tunnicliffe winning all five ISAF World Sailing Cup events sailed so far this year. Currently the Gold medal count is stacked 3-2 in Tunncliffe's favor - so it will be game on for the final event in Weymouth at the Skandia Go for Gold Regatta, the final event in the new league.
In this edition we have full reports and images from most of the racing - given the regatta was plagued with light winds, meaning that in some classes only five races were able to be sailed.
The Volvo Ocean Race has started from Stockholm for the final 400nm leg to St Petersburg, Russia. The leg must finish on Saturday to meet a date with a couple of bridges, which will be raised to allow the fleet into the historic city.
US entry Puma Racing has made an excellent start, leading the fleet around the first mark. The Russian entry tried to re-join the fleet for the final leg, but failed to meet the organizers safety requirements and instead started late and will accompany the fleet to their home port.
In this issue we have the initial report from Volvo media plus a gallery of images from the Leg start.
Mark Mendelblatt and Mark Strube (USA) Star Gold medal winner Kieler Woche Kieler Woche
There seems to be some movement in the America's Cup scene after no news for three weeks or so.
In this issue we have set out what Sail-World understands to be the current situation with the extension of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series into an event we have entitled the Louis Vuitton World Series.
The new event is a combination of the Acts sponsored by Louis Vuitton that preceded the 2007 America's Cup, the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series and the global Volvo Ocean Race. In effect it is an attempt to turn the America's Cup into a truly global event, rather than a port/city venue centric event.
As one long time player, very close to the action described the concept to us (off the record, of course) as being 'the most exciting development that we are likely to see in our lifetimes'. The Multihill Match provides and opportunity for the America's Cup to be re-shaped without variation to the Deed of Gift, creating a super event which would be unique in sailing and in deed in world sport generally.
There would seem to be drums beating on other matters associated with the 33rd (Multihull) Match. We are checking this information before publishing, and will feature and update on www.sail-world.com as soon as we have undertaken this process.
Suffice to say the Louis Vuitton World Series project is very ambitious, but in our view is now necessary to ensure the survival of the America's Cup teams. One headline described the recent contretemps within Formula 1 as 'America's Cup on Wheels'. That headline stayed valid for a couple of days before the wiser heads involved in Formula 1 were able to engineer a solution and steer their event away from the abyss.
it is interesting to see the title of what should the the shop-window event for sailing used in this context and the phrase 'America's Cup' would now seem to be a byline in the general media for a once successful event self-igniting on a pyre of self-interest, posturing and litigation.
In these dark days, the Louis Vuitton events shine like a powerful beacon
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Team USA prevails in the medal races at Kiel Week Marni Lane, Team USA prevailed in the medal races today at Kiel Week, finishing the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup event with three medals in two classes. Paige Railey and Anna Tunnicliffe again dominated the Laser Radial class by winning a gold and bronze medal, while Mark Mendelblatt and Mark Strube won a gold medal in the Star class.... [more] Onsend this story
Barking Mad leads after day two of Rolex Farr 40 Worlds KPMS, On day two at the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2009 three boats held their nerve. Today was all about keeping your head at the start line. Neither race got away cleanly. The first race required two attempts, the second three. Those got away cleanly through luck or judgement had a relatively easy day.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from the start of Leg 10: St Petersburg here we come! Volvo Ocean Race media, Images from the start of the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race from Stockholm to St Petersburg (Russia). The fleet must arrive on Saturday, to pass beneath two bridges which will be specially raised to allow the fleet into the historic city.... [more] Onsend this story
PUMA leads as Volvo fleet heads to Russia Volvo Ocean Race media, PUMA, who is now assured second place overall, led the Volvo fleet out of Sandhamn, on the outer edge of the Stockholm archipelago today - a spectacular day where conditions were perfect for the start of the tenth and final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 to St Petersburg in Russia.... [more] Onsend this story
A good day for Anna Tunnicliffe as she claims the bronze Anna Tunnicliffe, Today was the medal race for the Kiel Week regatta. I had a good day and remained in third overall to take the Bronze medal for the event. In the ISAF World Cup Standings, I extended my lead by another two points over Croatia's Tina Mehelic.... [more] Onsend this story
Gladwell's Line: Final decision pending on Louis Vuitton World Series Richard Gladwell, An final decision is still pending on an extension of the highly successful Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, which will introduce a new world series of sailing regattas using America's Cup class yachts. Already several meetings have been held with 12 teams from 10 countries being present at one discussion. A second meeting was held in Marseilles during the recent Audi Med... [more] Onsend this story
The Gorge is ready for CST Moth World Championships Moth Worlds media, l There is less than two months to go to the CST Composites 2009 Moth World Championships. The venue should bring unparalleled conditions in terms of wind, water and scenery, and the sailors will bring the rest, leaving nothing on the beach. Alongside some fierce racing, the worlds will see the launch of the new CST Nano Spars™ series.... [more] Onsend this story
Kleinjans nears the end of his Portimão Global Ocean Race Oliver Dewar, After 21 days crossing the North Atlantic, the final competitor in the Portimão Global Ocean Race, solo sailor Michel Kleinjans, will cross the Leg 5 finish line shortly after midday UTC today (25/06). For Kleinjans, the Portimão Global Ocean Race has provided almost 160 days of non-stop, offshore action and the solo sailor has never failed to impress the double-handed teams.... [more] Onsend this story
IYRS celebrates School milestone at Annual Summer Gala Cynthia Goss, On Saturday evening, July 11, supporters and fans of the International Yacht Restoration School will flock to the campus for the 12th Annual Summer Gala sponsored by Land Rover North America. But this year's Gala also marks a school milestone: the completion of the restoration of the 1831 Aquidneck Mill building.... [more] Onsend this story
Long Beach Race Week celebrates 25 years Rich Roberts, A quarter-century of upbeat sailboat racing blended into shoreside fun will be celebrated when Acura presents Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week Friday through Sunday. The tradition was launched and organized by the local Golison family for 20 years and is now run by the Long Beach and Alamitos Bay Yacht Clubs.... [more] Onsend this story
Annual Report to US Sailing Members now available US Sailing, The Annual Report to Members summarizes US SAILING's initiatives and results for 2008. This report includes financial results, donor contributions, Olympic and Championship results, and an overview of each US SAILING department.... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race - A short, sharp sprint to the overall finish line Volvo Ocean Race media, It was like the end of a school term at the skippers' press conference in Stockholm today as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet prepares to tackle Leg 10, a final, short, sprint to the overall finish line in St. Petersburg.... [more] Onsend this story
Block Island Race Week day three breeze helps tightens results Dana Paxton, Storm Trysail Club's Block Island Race Week XXIII presented by Rolex after day two 153 teams could mark their fleet progress, or lack thereof, and plan their strategies for making the most of the precious two days remaining in this five-day competition.... [more] Onsend this story
Rafal Szukiel (POL) takes Finn Gold in Kiel Corinne Rolland-McKenzie IFA, Rafal Szukiel overcame close competition to win the Medal race at Kieler Woche and narrowly took his first victory ever in a Grade one event. Ed Wright (GBR) recovered from his 19th place scored on the first day to place sixth overall. With a further 15 points added to his ISAF Sailing World Cup standings.... [more] Onsend this story
Team Russia runs out of time to compete in Volvo Ocean Race last leg Volvo Ocean Race, Team Russia will sail with the fleet to St Petersburg but will not be a formal part of the Volvo Ocean Race proceedings after being unable to overcome their rule compliance issues. The team will now join the fleet on the 400-nautical mile trip to St Petersburg, where Westergaard believes it belongs.... [more] Onsend this story
Puma's leg ten race finale starts tomorrow Puma Ocean Racing Team, The Puma Ocean Racing team start the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race tomorrow, Thursday June 25. Starting at 14:00 local/12:00 GMT/06:00 EDT just outside the Stockholm archipelago in Sweden, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet will be racing just 400 miles up through the Baltic Sea to St Petersburg, Russia for the ultimate finale of the nine month race.... [more] Onsend this story
Barking Mad day one leader at Farr 40 World Championship Jill Campbell, At the Farr 40 World Championship the provisional overall classification sees Barking Mad, with America's Cup veteran Terry Hutchinson (2000, 2003, 2007) calling tactics, in the lead on 11 points. Owner Jim Richardson is President of the Farr 40 Class and has won the World Championship twice (1998, 2004) over the course of its 12 editions.... [more] Onsend this story
Minoprio extends World Match Racing Tour lead World Match Racing Tour media, Adam Minoprio (NZL) and his Emirates Team New Zealand/BlackMatch team have earned 20 points for their standing on the World Match Racing Tour leader board after finishing their last event as runner-up to Troia Portugal Match Cup winner Torvar Mirsky (AUS). This extends what was a shaky one-point lead to twelve points over a new runner-up, reigning match race World Champion Ian Williams (GBR).... [more] Onsend this story
Crescendo takes Marion to Bermuda race line honors Talbot Wilson, In the Marion Bermuda race, Martin Jacobson drove his Swan 44 MkII Crescendo first across the line off St. David's Lighthouse, Bermuda. Crescendo's crew included Jacobson aand daughter Caroline Jacobson Honorowski, Aaron Eddington (Tokyo), James Wilmot ( Rhode Island), Jeremy Whitty, navigator (Sydney, NSW), his son Jonathan Whitty, Marcus Spillane (Ireland) and Paul Atkins (Bagowlah, NSW).... [more] Onsend this story
Two US Golds at Kiel Week - ISAF Sailing World Cup (ISAF Tamsin Rand / Kieler Woche Marcus Schlichtin, For the ISAF sailing World Cup sailors the 127th Kieler Woche ended today with thrilling medal races in perfect conditions with 10 to 15 knots of wind and lots of sun. Racing started on Saturday but with two days of very light winds the beautiful conditions of the past two helped bring Kieler Woche back on schedule.... [more] Onsend this story
Happy ending for ISAF Sailing World Cup sailors at 127th Kieler Woche Kieler Woche Media, For the ISAF sailing World Cup sailors the 127th Kieler Woche ended today with thrilling medal races in perfect conditions with 10 to 15 knots of wind and lots of sun. Racing started on Saturday but with two days of very light winds the beautiful conditions of the past two helped bring Kieler Wocher back on schedule and made a happy ending for the fist part of the 127th Kieler Woche.... [more] Onsend this story
Storm Trysail Club's Block Island Race Week images Allen Clark images/Sail-World.com, The Storm Trysail Club's Block Island Race Week XXIII presented by Rolex has over 1500 sailors competing. Day One produced a howling gale and competitors battle the conditions. Allen Clark from Photoboat.com provided these images - www.photoboat.com... [more] Onsend this story
Sneak preview of Philippe Kahn's Pegasus 50 leaving Santa Cruz Harbor Rich Carlson images/Sail-World.com, A sneak preview of the Pegasus 50 motoring out of Santa Cruz Harbor on Monday evening around 7:30 on route to Los Angeles for the start of the Transpac race from Los Angeles to Hawaii.... [more] Onsend this story
Frank Pong's Team Jelik joins RC 44s for Malcesine Cup RC44 Association media, The RC 44's are at home on Lake Garda. Altogether, ten teams will compete for the Malcesine Cup. Teams are joined for the first time Frank Pong's Team Jelik, from Hong Kong, who has yet to announce the name of his pro-skipper.... [more] Onsend this story
Puma's effort and seamanship rewarded Volvo Ocean Race media, The great and the good of the Volvo Ocean Race gathered on Monday night in Stockholm's beautiful 'Stadshuset' (City Hall) to celebrate the achievements of the teams on Leg Nine, the Swedish sprint from Marstrand to Stockholm.... [more] Onsend this story
Day two offers relief for Block Island Race Week participants Barby MacGowan, With the wind backing off after howling relentlessly on opening day, the Storm Trysail Club's Block Island Race Week XXIII presented by Rolex today offered physical relief for over 1500 sailors competing here.... [more] Onsend this story
Finn focus at Kiel Day four - Karpak leads a chasing pack Robert Deaves, The medal race for the Finn class at Kiel Week couldn't be closer. A mere eight points separate the top six boats. Tuesday was day four at Kiel and with just one race on the board from Saturday's decidedly up and down race, the fleet was keen to get going. So much so that seven boats were pulled out of the first race on Tuesday with black flags.... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Russia's racing bid hangs in the balance Volvo Ocean Race media, Team Russia arrived in Stockholm in the latest stage of their bid to qualify for a return to racing. Discussions are currently going on between the team and the race organisation to ascertain what needs to be done before the boat is given the go-ahead to end its self-imposed suspension and return to racing.... [more] Onsend this story
Women's Match Racing - Rolex Osprey Cup NOR posted online Dana Paxton, The Notice of Race for the 2009 Rolex Osprey Cup has been posted by organizers St. Petersburg Yacht Club (St. Petersburg, Fla.) to the event website www.rolexwomensmatch.org. The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Grade 1 match racing regatta – scheduled for October 20-24 – annually attracts the world's top women sailors... [more] Onsend this story
GP42 Global Cup Puerto Calero announced ORC, The GP42 Class, World Sailing Management, and Puerto Calero are pleased to announce that the 2009 GP42 Class Global Championship will be held over 13-17 October at the Club de Mar Puerto Calero, Lanzarote.... [more] Onsend this story
Marion to Bermuda Race race leader retires Talbot Wilson, Big Bear is the latest casualty in the Marion to Bermuda Race. Big Bear's withdrawal leaves Class B Crescendo, Martin Jacobson's Swan 44 MkII (Newport, Rhode Island) at the head of the fleet and looking at possible line honours.... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds set to start in Porto Cervo Jill Campbell, Twenty six Farr 40 yachts representing 10 nationalities (Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany,Greece,Italy, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United States) are ready and waiting for tomorrow's start in the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS). Windward-leeward races will take place from June 24th to 27th with a maximum of ten races scheduled... [more] Onsend this story
Mystery yacht found floating without crew Globe and Mail/Sail-World, There was just a light breeze by the time the Belgian yacht Genesis spotted the white-hulled sailboat adrift in the middle of the Atlantic. The drifting boat, a French vessel named L'Actuel, was upright, the mainsail still on the mast. The headsail was torn and partly furled. Lines trailed in the water.... [more] Onsend this story
Kieler Woche comes up with another blank Anna Tunnicliffe, Latest email from Anna Tunnicliffe who is still waiting to race at Kieler Woche. Once again, the usually windy venue of Kieler Woche, came up with a blank. The forecast for tomorrow is for a little more wind, so the Race Committee will try to catch up and get us back on schedule.... [more] Onsend this story
Marion to Bermuda Race - Big Bear leads diminishing fleet Talbot Wilson, Jonathan Brewin's Big Bear (Warwick, Bermuda) continues to lead the diminishing fleet in the Marion to Bermuda Race. By Bermuda noon on Monday, a dozen of the original forty-eight entries in the Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race were out of the competition. Four did not start to begin with, and seven have retired down the course in the face of big seas and big westerly winds.... [more] Onsend this story
Block Island Race Week - Fleet starts in raging winds Barby MacGowan, At today's start of the Storm Trysail Club's biennial Block Island Race Week presented by Rolex, spectators ashore oohed and aahed at the magnificent site of 153 boats trying to hold it together in raging winds on the Atlantic Ocean. A mass of colorful spinnakers paralleled the shore - some of them flailing wildly during broaches.... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race timetable set for 2010-2011 race Volvo Ocean Race media, Knut Frostad, the CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, presided over the fourth and final 'Roundtable' session in Stockholm on Monday morning. Frostad stated the goal of the organisers of the race is to 'become the world's number one sailing event; that's our ambition.'... [more] Onsend this story
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] Onsend this story
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