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16 Jul 2009

Major Events


Alinghi and Oracle - tit for tat, the new Alfa Romeo -is it a boat or a sports car? 49er Worlds, F18's, Laser Radials, you name it ... we are overflowing with news today.

Alinghi respond with cross-filing in New York Supreme Court
Richard Gladwell,
Ahead of next Tuesday's Contempt Hearing set down for the New York Supreme Court, Societe Nautique de Geneve have cross filed, seeking the Customs House Registry of the Challenger 'USA' .Three documents have been lodged with the Court, seeking to be heard conjointly with the Hearing already called to discuss issues relating to the Rules and so-called Secret Agreements for the event... [more]
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Railey on the rampage at European Laser Radial Championship
Sailing Intelligence,
First day of the Gold Fleet Finals in the European Laser Radial Championship was tough on everyone. Going into today's Finals racing, the Paige Railey held the lead by a slender point. But her closest rivals - Sarah Steyaert of France and Charlotte Dobson of Great Britain - suffered bad two bad races.... [more]
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Spithill shows great form ahead of ISAF Women's Match Racing Worlds
The countdown is on to the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship in Lysekil, in Sweden, from 27 July-1 August. Australian Katie Spithill won the regatta at Marstrand, showing great form with strong, solid sailing in the DS 37, the same boat type to be used at the World Championship in Lysekil. Spithill, ranked 2 on the Women's ISAF World Match Race Ranking list.... [more]
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Brits take early lead at 49er Worlds
Jerelyn Biehl/,
Brits Dave Evans and Simon Hiscocks have taken the early lead of the 87 boat fleet at the 49er World Championship, being sailed on Lake Garda, Switzerland.... [more]
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What it's like to sail on board BOR90 - flying off San Diego
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international sailing photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, takes us aboard BOR90, the first yacht built by BMW Oracle Racing in preparation for the 33rd America's Cup on 8 February 2010.... [more]
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Youngsters take to sailing like ducks to water
Ellie Williamson,
Threatening skies, the occasional shower and increasingly breezy conditions did little to dampen the enthusiasm of over 50 youngsters, mostly from surrounding towns, who took part in the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) OnBoard Sailing Festival at Alton Water, Stutton, near Ipswich, on Saturday 11 July.... [more]
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2009 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam - Day 6
© PWA / David Swift,
2009 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam - Day 6. Antoine Albeau (JP/NeilPryde) has extended his strong lead over the fleet after another epic day of racing in Gran Canaria.... [more]
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Gul RS200 Youth Champsionship at Netley SC
RS Media,
18 RS 200s turned up at Netley sailing Club on Friday morning for the three day Under 22 youth championships. Two races were sailed in an increasing breeze, a fresh 18 knots saw some of the lighter crews struggling to stay upright.... [more]
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Wind frustrates competitors at 2009 Volvo Youth ISAF Worlds
David Knapman,
For the second time at the 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship competitors were left frustrated as all racing was cancelled with the breeze failing to materialize in Buzios today.... [more]
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Testing day on the Solent for Swan European Regatta fleet
Katy Gilmartin,
The Solent provided some testing conditions for the Swan fleet on day three of the Swan European Regatta. The first race of the day began with a downwind start under spinnaker towards the Eastern Solent over a 15 mile course. The second race saw a change in direction, with the three classes racing over courses between 8 and 12 miles in a 25 knot south westerly breeze.... [more]
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Familiar names at top of 29erXX and 49er leaderboards
Jerelyn Biehl,
Silja Lehtinen, 2006 29er World Champion with crew Will Howard leads the 29erXX Gold Cup posting a 2-1-1 today in trying conditions. 49ers - Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes (GBR)were able to sail a 3-1-3 today.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Champion still tops rankings
Robert Deaves, OKDIA,
The final OK Dinghy World Ranking List before next week's OK Dinghy World Championships in Kalmar, Sweden, reveals few changes from the previous issue. In fact the top four stay the same with Karl Purdie (NZL), the 2008 World Champion, still holding onto the number one slot over fellow Kiwi Mark Perrow, even though neither have sailed any additional ranking regattas since February.... [more]
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No racing again in 2009 Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds
Richard Gladwell,
After coming back from a rest day when there was a beautiful sailing breeze, there was no racing on what should have been the third day of racing in the prestigious event. After rain cleared the winds were still too light for racing at Buzios, Brazil.... [more]
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New ISAF Training and Development Manager appointed

Dan Jaspers has joined the Secretariat of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) as the new Training and Development Manager. Dan Jaspers, originally from Germany but a resident of the UK since the age of eight, joins ISAF from LDC Racing Sailboats, who build RS Fevas, where he was Training and Fleet Sales Manager.... [more]
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America's Cup Spycam - Alinghi and BOR90 afloat and ashore - close up,
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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Catching up with Kenny
PUMA Ocean Racing media,
I'm back in Newport and lying low in general. Regattas are going on all around us and there is nothing I would rather not do than sail right now. Casey went out on the Rambler last weekend and reported that it was interesting. Craig Satterthwaite did the Transpac. I think everyone else is laying low too - well deserved, I might add.... [more]
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Irish Fireball Open Championships 2009
M O'Rourke,
Over half of the Fireball Open Championships 2009 fleet raced on Thursday and Friday as part of the regatta series, while the remaining boats arrived on Saturday for the Open event. Four top class Fireball teams travelled over from the UK to compete, raising the bar for the top Irish boats.... [more]
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Change of location for RYA Power and Sail Muster
Emma Slater,
RYA Power and Sail Muster is having a bit of shake up this autumn when it moves location to the East Coast. The RYA Power and Sail Muster boasts a packed agenda incorporating boating master classes, boat handling and taster sessions, as well as expert presentations and skill building activities.... [more]
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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston enters the Artemis Challenge
Tim Kelly,
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the iconic sailor who is celebrating the 40 year anniversary of his historic solo circumnavigation of the planet in the 1969 Golden Globe, has confirmed that he will compete in the Artemis Challenge at Cowes Week on August 5th.... [more]
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Rutland Challenge 2009 for the John Merricks Tiger Trophy
Rutland SC media,
Dave Hivey and Emma Clarke of the Army Sailing Association, sailing an RS 400 win the John Merricks Tiger Trophy at this weekend's regatta. The winner of the Pursuit race was Richard Stenhouse from Rutland in a Musto Skiff.... [more]
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Spineck wins Cowes-Dinard-St Malo race
Louay Habib,
Hugues Riché's Grand Soleil 44, Spineck, was declared winner of the RORC Cowes – Dinard - St. Malo Race. Andy Tourell's IMOCA 60, The Profit Hunter, won IRC Class Super Zero Canting Keel but they weren't the first boat home.... [more]
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Alinghi respond to America's Cup Contempt Hearing issues
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) have issued the following statement in reaction to the latest Golden Gate Yacht Club legal action. Sail-World has spoken with several sources in connection with this matter. None would comment on the record. It would seem that the 33rd America's Cup will, as with all other sailing events, be sailed under the current version of the ISAF Racing Rules... [more]
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2010 Rolex Commodores' Cup details announced
J2 Communications,
Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), together with Rolex, is delighted to announce details for the 2010 Rolex Commodores' Cup to be held in Cowes, Isle of Wight.... [more]
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Albacore Internationals ready to roll at Largs Sailing Club
Fotoboat PR,
It only comes once every two years. It is what all the sailors look forward to. It is what they come for from far and wide. It is the Albacore Internationals, held from 18 to 24 July, at Largs Sailing Club. Just a few days ago, entries breached the 50 entry barrier.... [more]
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2009 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam Day 5 - Albeau pushed to the edge
PWA - David Swift,
2009 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam Day 5. New challenges awaited the fleet at Pozo this morning, with a course format that favored the more technical sailor. A six-mark layout shortened the broad reaches and increased the pressure at the gybes, forcing a day of tight and unforgiving racing.... [more]
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2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship Lay Day
Event media,
2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship. After an exhilarating opening ceremony and four races held across all events, today has been the lay day for the young sailing stars. The 39th edition of the Youth Worlds is taking place in the coastal town of Buzios, Brazil, in the Rio de Janeiro state.... [more]
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Coutts Quarter Ton Cup has record entries
Fiona Brown,
With a record entry of 27 boats, this year's Quarter Ton fleet is currently gathering in Cowes in preparation for the 2009 Coutts Quarter Ton Cup, hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club The event runs from 15-18 July.... [more]
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Banbury SC GP14 Open
Tim Matthews,
Banbury Sailing Club hosted round 10 of the GP14 Midland Bell Championship on Sunday 12th July. Eight home boats were joined by eight visitors, from Chase, Midland, South Staffs and Nottingham sailing clubs.... [more]
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470 Junior Worlds - France and Spain lead into Finals
Rick van Wijngaarden,
The qualifying series has concluded today with the scheduled six races sailed at the 470 Junior World Championships for men/mixed and women. Three races took place today, and Sofian Bouvet and Jeremie Mion from France take over the lead in the men's 470, whilst Tara Pacheco and Berta Betanzos (ESP) maintain their leading position from yesterday.... [more]
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Swan European Regatta - spectacular day on the Solent
Katy Gilmartin,
Following the second day of racing at the Swan European Regatta, in ideal conditions on the Solent. Ian Laing's Swan 53 Sassenach has asserted the lead in Class A after securing two race wins today.... [more]
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British Classic Yacht Club Cowes Regatta 2009
Justin Chisholm,
Classic yacht owners from across the UK and Europe will be gathering at Cowes Yacht Haven this coming weekend for the eighth edition of the British Classic Yacht Club Cowes Regatta.... [more]
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Court Hearing date set for new Rules and ISAF issue in America's Cup
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
At Golden Gate Yacht Club's request, today the Supreme Court of the State of New York issued an order directing the defender, Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), to show cause why it should not be held in contempt of court for failing to comply with the America's Cup Deed of Gift by denying GGYC its rights, as the next America's Cup challenger of record, as detailed in the Order and Judgment.... [more]
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Brits in strong positions at ISAF Youth Worlds
Karenza Morton,
RYA Youth Racing Manager Duncan Truswell is urging his young charges to keep their focus as RYA Volvo Team GBR head into the business end of the 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Brazil.... [more]
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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]
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Classic Malts Cruise leaves Oban
Trish Jenkins,
The team at Oban Marina, Isle of Kerrera, welcomed international crews from 12 different countries prior to the start of the popular Classic Malts Cruise which set off from Oban on Sunday 12th July.... [more]
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Win a MK3 Winder Mirror Competition
Justin Chisholm,
The International Mirror Class Association is offering the chance for one lucky individual to win a brand new, race specification Mirror.... [more]
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B14 Travellers Trophy at Restronguet SC
B14 media,
Five visitors made the journey to Falmouth to join the local B14 fleet for the latest round of the B14 travellers trophy. On Saturday three back-to-back races were held in a shifty wind varying from 10-15 knots with a few tricky shifts thrown in.... [more]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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National Match Racing Series Qualifier at Mayflower Marina
Kary Thorpe,
For the first time ever, Mayflower Marina will host a two day RYA (Royal Yachting Association) National Match Racing Series Qualifier on the 18th and 19th July.... [more]
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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]
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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]
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Governor's Cup challenge awaits young British crew
Karenza Morton,
Reigning RYA National Youth Match Racing champion Sam Goodchild will have the chance to pit his wits against some of the World's best Under 20 match racers when the 43rd Governor's Cup gets underway in California tomorrow (Tuesday 14 July).... [more]
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Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta final day
Louay Habib,
Saturday's gale force winds and rain gave way to sunshine for the final day of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. All was still to play for in nearly all of the 21 classes and the overall prize for the Volvo trophy. Three contenders were identified going into the final day, with the leaders of the IRC1, IRC2 IRC3 all looking like they could take the top regatta prize.... [more]
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