Neville Crichton poses aboard his supermaxi Alfa Romeo in Hawaii. Rick Rosen
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 14 July 2009.
While Neville Crichton was shredding the Transpac record in his supermaxi, Alfa Romeo, Sail-World's Asian Editor, Guy Nowell - who is also a professional photographer in his own right, was shooting the interior of the car importer's new yacht - a 70ft Riechel Pugh design being built by McConaghy Boats in China.
Below decks, Alfa Romeo is something else as you can see in the gallery of shots that Guy has kindly presented.
Although the first yachts have finished the Transpac 09, there's plenty of action in the van of the fleet. We are carrying Lynn Fitzpatrick's reports in this issue.
And in the 2009 Volvo ISAF Youth World Championships, seven different nations lead the seven events after two days of sailing. Tomorrow is a layday, and racing will recommended on Wednesday, with seven races left in the regatta.
Best performed US crew is Morgan Kiss and Laura McKenna in the Girls 420, who are lying in 4th overall - just three points shy of a podium place. Not so great is the US position in the Volvo Trophy for the overall team performance. With a full team USA is lying in 14th overall, which is not a great performance. France lead the Volvo Trophy followed by Great Britain and Italy. Conditions were very light for the two races sailed yesterday.
At the other end of the spectrum we have another edition of Open Letters between the Swiss and US yacht clubs involved in the 33rd match for the America's Cup. We also see the first of the TP52/America's Cup campaigns go on hold, as Vasco Vascotto apparently pulls the pin on the next round of the Audi MedCup.
The good news from the European Championship for the Laser Radial class in Skovshoved, Denmark, USA's Paige Railey leads after six races, by just one point. Stay tuned to www.sail-world.com and follow the action as this major Olympic calss regatta unfolds.
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Is it a boat? Is it a sports car? Pics of the new Alfa Romeo Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Congratulations, Neville, on your new TransPac record. And congratulations on being the owner of the only pocket maxi in the world with wing mirrors on the steering pedestals and a sports car stashed down below.... [more] Onsend this story
Railey (USA) leads Women's European Laser Radial Championship Christian M. Borch, Just when you thought it was safe to go racing, the conditions on day three of the European Laser Radial Championship in Denmark, got even more difficult. With the wind shifting wildly off the Charlottenlund shore, varying in angle by up to 30 degrees and gusting and lulling almost at random, today was a day for keeping your head while all around you your rivals were losing theirs.... [more] Onsend this story
470 Junior World Championships - Fleets ready for Day 2 470 media, At the 2009 470 Junior World Championships, three races were completed for each of the fleets on Day 1 of racing. Stephanie Hudson and Rebecca King (USA) are in 11th place.... [more] Onsend this story
Royal Yacht Squadron fields strong team for NYYC Invitational Cup Peta Stuart-Hunt, The Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS), the UK's most prestigious yacht club, has confirmed the full line up of its racing team for the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) Invitational Cup that takes place from September 15th -19th 2009 in the famous waters off Newport, R.I., USA.... [more] Onsend this story
Call for nominations 2009 ICSA All-Academic Sailing Team Matthew Lindblad, The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association of North America, the national governing body of the sport of college sailing, is seeking your assistance in nominating individuals for the 2009 ICSA All Academic Sailing Team.... [more] Onsend this story
International Lightning Class Canadian Open Regatta Lightning Class Association, Ched Proctor Jay Mueller and Jim Barnash finished first in the International Lightning Class Canadian Open Regatta sailed out of the Buffalo Canoe Club on the July 11-12, 2009.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from second day of racing at Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF Worlds Dave Kneale images, Dave Kneale images from the second day of racing at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Brazil.... [more] Onsend this story
Latest Transpac news as yachts arrive in Hawaii Lynn Fitzpatrick, Transpac - Tom Akin had a lot to say about sailing Flash, a TP 52, to Hawaii. His initial comments were, 'I found out what is its like to be in a TP52 for seven days. It was a 'storm cloud from hell,' that caused Akela to sit for four hours and watch Samba Pa Ti put 30 to 40 miles on them.... [more] Onsend this story
ValenciaSailing.com: Vasco Vascotto's TP52 program goes on hold?? ValenciaSailing.com, Vasco Vascotto seems to be, unfortunately, another victim of the worldwide financial crisis that has also affected the sport of sailing. After five successful years in the TP52 Med circuit, the legendary Italian sailor took the decision to put his project temporarily on hold. Pisco Sour will not race in Cagliari, according to an article published by our friend Juanpa Cadario, bowman of Pisco Sour... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week KPMS, The Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week began with a starting line packed with 205 boats, a long distance race of 55 nautical miles, 22 knots of wind, sunny skies and 29C degrees of hot Brazilian winter. It was a week that challenged all the competitors from the S40, ORC International and ORC Club classes.... [more] Onsend this story
Kahn and Christensen smash Doublehanded Transpac Record Lynn Fitzpatrick, The record for double-handing the Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu has been broken. Philippe Kahn and Mark 'Crusty' Christensen, crossed the Diamond Head finish line in the Open 50, Pegasus 50, in a record time of 7 days, 19 hours, 38 minutes and 35 seconds.... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship - second day of racing ISAF, Seven nations continue to occupy the seven top spots after a testing second day of racing at the 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Buzios, Brazil.... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup: You've got mail (again)!
While some of the most high technology kit ever seen in sailing was wheeled out of the shed in Villenueve, and San Diego, the Open Letter writers were at it again. This time drawing their respective lines in the sand as to where the 33rd America's Cup must be sailed, and how big the yachts are allowed to be.... [more] Onsend this story
Countdown to Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy Audi MedCup media, The third of this season's five 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit regattas, the Region of Sardinia Trophy, starts in one week. With the level set so high in both the TP52 Series and the GP42 Series already this season and two different boats in each Series having won in Alicante and Marseille, the question is will we start to see a dominant performer move ahead in Cagliari.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam - Day 4 David Swift - PWA, 2009 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam - Day 4. The Mighty Albeau holds all the cards after a cruel twist neutralizes Williams. Competition entered the fourth day here at Pozo Izquierdo, and it was clear that under such extreme conditions, nothing should be taken for granted. The morning looked calm, but the soft breeze soon gave way to another gale-force showdown.... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race - Knut Frostad reflects and looks ahead to 2011 Lizzie Green, Knut Frostad, Volvo Ocean Race CEO, takes time out to reflect on the challenges and achievements of the ground-breaking 2008-09 race and provides an update of the outline plans for the next event.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from the Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds - Opening and Day 2 Dave Kneale, Images from the opening ceremony of the 2009 Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds and the cancelled Day 2 in Brazil.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from Cagliari: Bruno Cocozza at the Audi Melges 20 Series Bruno Cocozza, Top sailing photographer, Bruno Cocozza was at the Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series at Cagliari, Italy, and presents this superb gallery of images from the event:... [more] Onsend this story
Magnitude 80 just fails to beat Morning Glory's time in Transpac Lynn Fitzpatrick, Magnitude 80 started the Transpac on July 5th along with the other Unlimited Class boats. It finished over a day behind the 100-foot Alfa Romeo, also an Unlimited Class Division I boat. Magnitude 80, like Alfa Romeo, has a canting keel. It also has a single retractable daggerboard on centerline.... [more] Onsend this story
A marathon sail - for charity - can one man make a difference? Robert Dowling/Sail-World.com, Rob Dowling is a man who believes 'one man can make a difference'. Driven by his passion and desire to help the children of the Amazon River basin and his love of sailing, Rob undertook on the 3-4th July, a marathon sail around an estuary in Northern Ireland. This is part one of his story.... [more] Onsend this story
Torbjorn Tornqvist and Artemis win RC 44 Malcesine Cup Loris Von Siebenthal, The fight for the podium positions, between Team Aqua, Artemis, BMW ORACLE Racing and No Way back has been fantastic. Showing great stamina, Chris Bake's squad managed to overcome a backstay breakage to remain in the fight. But Artemis dominated the last race and won the event.... [more] Onsend this story
Strong winds stop racing in Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds on Day 2 Richard Gladwell, Strong winds prevented racing in all classes on Day 2 of the Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds in Brazil today. Winds of over 35kts were caused by a stationary front ahead of a deepening trough of low pressure.... [more] Onsend this story
Day 2, Women's European Laser Radial Championship Sailing Intelligence, The second day's racing at the European Laser Radial Championship in Charlottenlund, Denmark, was - to borrow a well-worn football cliché - a game of two halves. If the super-shifty conditions in the morning race didn't suit you, maybe the steadier, stronger breeze of the afternoon was more to your liking.... [more] Onsend this story
Finn Gold Cup a resounding success Event media, The 2009 Finn Gold Cup attracted 89 entries from 31 countries as far afield as Australia and New Zealand, the USA and India, along with Russia and of course nations throughout Europe and the Baltic. A poll among the competitors has given the 2009 Finn Gold Cup the thumbs up for nearing that elusive ‘perfect regatta' status.... [more] Onsend this story
Transpac far from over - Overall winner yet to be decided Lynn Fitzpatrick, Magnitude 80, Doug Baker's Andrews 80, is about to pull to within 100 miles of Diamond Head and claim the Barn Door for the fastest elapsed time in the entire Transpac fleet. And from the time that they left Transpac Pier at Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, CA with their war flag flying and their red shirts on, Chip Megeath and his Criminal Mischief crew has given race trackers something to watch.... [more] Onsend this story
European Laser Radial Championship Day 1 Dansk Sejlunion, The first day's racing at the European Laser Radial Championship in Charlottenlund, Denmark, called for a cool head and a steady nerve. In the 96-boat women's division, France's Sarah Steyaert defied the odds.... [more] Onsend this story
J World withdraws from Transpac 09 Lynn Fitzpatrick, The boat and the crew are fine, but J World, a J/120 out of Honolulu, HI has withdrawn from Transpac 09. Wayne Zittel, the skipper, e-mailed the Transpac communications vessel, Alaska Eagle and informed Transpac officials of the boat's withdrawal.... [more] Onsend this story
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