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16 Jul 2009

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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

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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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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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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Images from the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF Worlds: Day 3 and 4
Dave Kneale images,
Top international and Volvo Ocean Race photographer Dave Kneale, took these images from Day 3 and 4. Day 3 was the second day of racing at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Brazil. Racing was lost on day 4 due to a lack of wind, however sailors were treated to a visit from Torben Grael... [more]
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2009 African Optimist Championships
RSA Optimist Championship media,
News from the 2009 African Optimist Championships being held in Richards Bay and hosted by the Zululand Yacht Club. Tuesday 14 - Following postponement of the fleet racing, all 36 races in the round robin format Team racing were completed. The only disappointment was that the new IODA team racing course could not be used due to the confines of the sailing area.... [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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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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Hamilton Island Champion for Sale
Azzura Marine,
Like having fun? Enjoy an adrenalin rush? Is the smell of gun smoke appealing? Now is your chance as the Reichel Pugh designed, Azzura Marine built Wild Joe is exclusively for sale.... [more]
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Optimist European Championship report
Reports from the recent Optimist European Championship. In the second and final race of the day, Slovenia earned another bullet when Toni Vrscaj won his group race. The conditions today were difficult with current and wind shifts playing their part in making the correct tactical decisions.... [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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Images as Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge fleet leaves Boston Harbor
Leighton O'Connor images,
The Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge fleet were in Boston to take part in the five day Sail Boston festival. The fleet are now en route to Halifax. Photographer Leighton O'Connor took these images as the Tall Ships departed Boston Harbor.... [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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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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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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14 countries competing at New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup
Barby MacGowan,
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. The regatta, scheduled for September 15-19, will feature world-class, Corinthian sailing among 19 yacht club teams from 14 countries aboard one-design NYYC Swan 42s.... [more]
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Dutch lead F18 Worlds after four races- Full results
After four races in the qualifying series at the F18 World Championships in Belgium, Misha Heemskerk and Bastiaan Tentij of the Netherlands, sailing 1,2 today and are tied in the lead with Jean-Christophe Mourniac and Alexandre Guyader of France. Francois Morvan and Mathiue (FRA) are third De Koning and Visser (NED) the first day leaders are now fourth. Full results here... [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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Platu 25 Italian Championship ahead of World Championship
Sabrina Bonaiti,
Everything is ready in the comfortable and hospitable Lega Navale of Monopoli that will host most than 30 very competitive teams, all of them determined to win the prestigious title of Platu 25 Italian Champion. For the occasion, in Monopoli there will be also some foreign teams that have already moved to Italy.... [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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470 Junior World Championship, Thessaloniki, Greece
Sofian Bouvet and Jeremie Mion (FRA) lead in the Junior men's 470,ahead of Argentine and Russian teams while Tara Pacheco and Berta Betanzos (ESP) lead the Junior Womens class, ahead of Israeli and German crews.... [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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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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29erXX Gold Cup off to a Good Start
Event media,
Lehtinen/Howard lead after day 1 of the 29erXX Gold Cup.... [more]
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Raceboard World Championships 2009 Warnemuende-Germany
Event media,
The record entry of 114 surfers from 15 nations in the Raceboard World Championship 2009 sailed 12 races during the Championship. It was a tight finish before the world title in the Raceboard class was decided on Saturday June 11, 2009.... [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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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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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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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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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]
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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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Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week
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]
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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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Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship - second day of racing
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]
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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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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]
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Swan European Regatta Day 1
Katy Gilmartin,
The opening day of the Swan European Regatta saw the 41 entries enjoy two races in each of the three classes. The first race of the day began with a 13 mile course, from a committee boat start off Browndown, finishing on the Squadron line.... [more]
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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]
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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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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]
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Giallongo wins Cagliari event - Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series
Melges 20 media,
The final day of fourth Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series event has concluded. Benedetto Giallongo and his Value Team Melges 20 continued their winning streak and adds a fourth win to his collection, that also includes the previous three stages.... [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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67th Warnemuende Week concludes
Event Media/ISAF,
With a fresh breeze the 67th Warnemuende Week said good-bye to all its participants. The wind increased once more and demanded a lot of the sailors in eleven classes on the last weekend of the event. More than 130,000 spectators came to watch the highlights on the water during the nine-day event.... [more]
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