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Sail-World USA - 11 July 2009

Neville Crichton - smashes the race record in Transpac 2009  
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 11 July 2009.

In this newsletter we wrap up the Finn Gold Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark and the Star Europeans in Kiel, along with coverage from the opening day of the Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds in Brazil.

In the Finn Gold Cup, USA's 2008 Olympic Silver medalist Zach Railey finished on the medal winners' podium. In the Star Eupoeans, the two marks, earned a top ten placing for the USA.

In both events US sailors had their moments, leading the regatta, which is a creditable enough result. However both indicate that there is more work to be done.

Morgan Kiss and Laura McKenna are the best places US crew in the Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds being sailed in Brazil. They are lying fifth overall aftera day that started in a good breeze and faded sadly in the second race - which worked to the benefit of the US crew who scored third place.

Mark Mendelblatt and Mark Strube (USA)- Rolex Baltic Week Star European Championship   Rolex / Tom Körber ©

The Transpac is over with Neville Crichton taking a cutlass to the race record. The New Zealand born car dealer worked in Hawaii for five years in the late 1970's and this was his first Transpac in 30years. Crichton certainly made his return felt. We have a full report and interview in this issue.

DEN Jonas Hogh-Christensen - The Finn Gold Cup 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark  Richard Langdon ©

On another extreme of sailing, we have more images from the pre-launch and rigging of Alinghi 5. Certainly these are eye-candy for anyone interested in the development and application of sailing technology. Full marks to Alinghi for letting fans and photographers so close to their America's Cup Defender, at this stage of the contest.


Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
US Editor

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Team Aqua wins DHL Coastal Race at Malcesine RC 44 Cup
RC 44 Cup media,
The RC 44 Cup DHL coastal race took place early this morning and was definitely the highlight of the event so far. Indeed, the regatta took place in the best conditions Lake Garda can offer, with 20 knots of wind and a stunning sunshine. Most teams decided to start the DHL Trophy at the pin end of the line, which resulted in a big jam.... [more]
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Images from the Laser Radials - Day 1 Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds
Dave Kneale,
Top international sailing photographer, Dave Kneale, presents a gallery of images from the first day of racing in the 2009 Volvo ISAF Youth World Championships in Brazil.... [more]
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2009 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam Day 2
© PWA / David Swift,
2009 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam Day 2. Pozo Izquierdo has provided yet another astonishing day of competition where both the men's and women's wave fleets have been whittled down to the final few.... [more]
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Dragon Edinburgh Cup images
Lee Whitehead –,
Images from the Dragon Edinburgh Cup supplied by photographer Lee Whitehead – A first mark pile up in today's final race threw the fleet and the results into disaray.... [more]
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U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship winners crowned
Jake Fish,
The U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship was cancelled today due to insufficient winds. Consistency was the key to success for the new champions. Their worst finish was fifth in race one on Thursday. They won two races, finished second once, and added three third places to round out the championship with 13 points.... [more]
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Hardesty, Strauss and Young win 2009 Dragon Edinburgh Cup
Fiona Brown,
The finish of the Dragon Edinburgh Cup, sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management, could not have been more gripping as a first mark pile up in today's final race threw the fleet and the results into disaray. Going into the final race Craig led the regatta on 12 points with Hardesty two points behind. Rob Campbell, sailing GBR743 Quicksilver IV with John Torrance and Matt Walker was third overall... [more]
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Day One Of 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
ISAF Media,
After two races completed across all seven events, experience is the common denominator amongst the leading crews, with the top standings all dominated by teams who featured at the championship in Århus last year. Seven different nations currently occupy the top spots: France, Germany and Great Britain got the European challenge off to a strong start; Australia and New Zealand both hold a top spot... [more]
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US Sailing Team's Zach Railey wins Silver at Finn World Championship
Marlieke Eaton,
Less than a year after winning a silver medal at the Olympic Games – and after having taken most of that time off from sailing - US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics member Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) has proven that he is still on top of his game. Today in Vallensbaek, Denmark, the 25-year-old Railey won the silver medal at the Finn Gold Cup, the world championship for the Olympic Finn class.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart favourite Alfa Romeo smashes Transpac Race record
Edward Rowe,
Alfa Romeo, the Australian-built super maxi owned and skippered by Kiwi yachtsman, Neville Crichton, has smashed the race record in the TransPac race by more than a day, arriving in Hawaii in the fastest time in the 103 year history of the event, further confirming Alfa Romeo as the yacht to beat in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart race in December.... [more]
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Nail biting finish to 2009 Star European Championships
Andreas Kling,
A nail-biting final day at the 2009 Star European Championships title on Saturday (11 July). Topping a world-class fleet of 89 boats, Scheidt/Prada went into the last day's racing with just a one-point lead over early leaders and Olympic gold medallists Iain Percy/Andrew Simpson (Great Britain).... [more]
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Fairy tale ending as Jonas Høgh Christensen wins Finn Gold Cup
Robert Deaves,
Sailors competing at the Finn Gold Cup in Vallensbaek, Denmark knew he would be dangerous, but not even Jonas Høgh Christensen really thought he would win the world title in his home waters after taking nine months off since the Games last year.... [more]
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Asian Continental Kiteboard Tour sanctioned for 2009/2010
Markus Schwendtner,
A new continental kiteboard tour has been sanction by the IKA to commence at towards the end of this year in Asia.... [more]
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America's Cup Spycam - Alinghi launch and mast stepping

With the lack of Mutual Consent in the current edition of the America's Cup between Alinghi and BMW Oracle Racing, there are no rules regarding espionage activities between teams, or indeed what the public can see. Sail-World is happy to run legally obtained images of either BMW Oracle Racing or Alinghi. Stayed tuned for the latest on the road to the 33rd America's Cup... [more]
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2009 Highland Spring HIHO resport and results
Highland Spring HIHO media,
2009 Highland Spring HIHO Final Day. Sebastian Kornum of Denmark became the youngest winner ever in the 25 times the race has been contested in the waters off the British Virgin Islands today.... [more]
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Elvstrom 2009-2012 available now
McGraw-Hill PR,
Known to the sailing industry simply as 'Elvstrom', the next issue of 'Paul Elvstrom Explains the Racing Rules of Sailing' is out now and the essential handbook for serious racers.... [more]
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ISAF World Match Race Rankings
ISAF Media,
It remains all France at the top of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings released 8 July, with Mathieu Richard replacing team mate Seb Col at the top of the Open Rankings and Claire Leroy still 1 amongst the Women, although Australia's Katie Spithill is rising fast..... [more]
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2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship preview
The world's top young sailing talent is gathered in Buzios, Brazil for start of racing at the 39th Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship on Saturday 11 July.... [more]
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Three UK Teams to compete at New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup
Dana Paxton,
Three of the UK's most prestigious yacht clubs – The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), The Royal Thames Yacht Club (RTYC), and The Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) – have confirmed their participation in the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. The event is scheduled for September 15-19, 2009.... [more]
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Alfa Romeo powers towards Hawaii leaving Transpac records in its wake
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo is on track to break one Transpac record. After knocking out couple of 400-nautical mile days since departing Los Angeles, Alfa Romeo's pace slowed a bit on July 9th and she posted an awesome 391-nautical-mile day.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup drama -Zach Railey (USA) leads fleet to medal race
Robert Deaves,
American Zach Railey returned to the top of the leader board after a tough day at the Finn Gold Cup in Vallensbaek, Denmark. After leading the first race on Friday from start to finish, he placed seventh in race 10 to go in into Saturday's medal race with a narrow three point lead over Jonas Høgh Christensen (DEN). Race ten was won by Giles Scott (GBR), who completes the top three places.... [more]
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Ryan and Kirk lead U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship
US Sailing,
Three races are in the books after day one at the 2009 U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship. The team of Georgie Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) and Haley Kirk (Long Beach, Calif.) won the first two races of the day.... [more]
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BUSA/ICSA Tour 09 - Event two
Nigel Vick,
The second event if the BUSA/ICSA Tour 09 took place at Chew Valley Sailing Club on Thursday 9th July and comprised a best of nine match, three boat team racing in Lasers.... [more]
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International Hobie 16 North American Championships
Robert Merrick,
On July 17th an international field of catamaran sailors will begin to converge on Kingston Ontario for the 39th Hobie 16 North American Championship.... [more]
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Alfa Romeo breaks its own 24-hour Transpac record
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Alfa Romeo has been averaging 16.5 knots, which is over 2 knots faster than the Los Angeles to Hawaii Transpacific Yacht Race previous monohull record pace set by Morning Glory in 2005.... [more]
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Nominations sought for BoatU.S. Recreational Boating Access Award
With boaters in some parts of the country continuing to have a hard time gaining access to the water, the nation's largest boat owners group, BoatU.S., says there have been successful grassroots solutions to the problem.... [more]
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2009 Melges 24 World Championship
Melges 24 media,
The 2009 Melges 24 World Championship is to be contested October 23-31 on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. There will be a raffle for those boats who enter early (i.e., have completed registration before July 31).... [more]
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Barker wins Malcesine RC44 Cup Match Race
RC 44 media,
On great form in the Malcesine RC 44 Cup, Pieter Heerema and Ray Davies (Team No Way Back) started their day by putting a lot of pressure on Cameron Appleton (Team Aqua) during their pre-start, pushing Aqua out of the line prematurely.... [more]
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Optis set sail for US Nationals in California
Rich Roberts,
As many as 300 boy and girl dinghy sailors ages 7 to 15 will descend on San Pedro, Calif. for the US Optimist National Championships. What do they already have in common with America's Cup winners Ed Baird of the U.S. and Dean Barker of New Zealand and Olympic multi-gold medalist Ben Ainslie of Great Britain? Their first boats were Optimists, too.... [more]
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Paige Railey (USA) favourite for Laser Radial Europeans
Sailing Intelligence,
With the first race of the Women's European Laser Radial Championship about to take place this Saturday in Copenhagen, the competitors are wondering what the breeze will bring and how it will play to their particular sailing strengths and weaknesses.... [more]
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Wright (GBR) takes lead in 2009 Finn Gold Cup
Robert Deaves,
Sailors and equipment underwent a thorough testing on day four of the Finn Gold Cup in Vallensbaek, Denmark with strong winds introducing a new element to the championship. It was also all change at the top after race wins for Ed Wright (GBR) and Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN). Wright climbs to the top, with Giles Scott (GBR) in second and Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) moving up to third.... [more]
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