Welcome Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 18 July 2009
Morgan Kiss and Laura McKenna were the best placed US crew at the Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds in Buzios, Brazil, which have just concluded. Sailing in the 420 Girls event, they finished a very creditable fifth overall. Although represented in each event, no other US sailors finished in the top ten, in the shortened regatta. Overall the US team finished 16th out of 45 teams in the Volvo Trophy, and clearly there is some serious thinking ahead of US Sailing to lift this performance in line with other major sailing countries.
A quick glance down the list of former medalists at this event shows names like Russell Coutts, Robert Scheidt, Ben Ainslie, Nick Rogers, Amelie Lux and Siren Sundby. There is a clear relationship between success at this regatta and the Olympics and like it or not, Youth Worlds experience and success is often vital for later Olympic medals.
We are featuring a reflective piece from US Sailing on the regatta.
Staying with young sailors, Rich Roberts previews the US Optimist Nationals which get underway at the Cabrillo Yacht Club - the first time the event has been sailed at a West Coast venue. 200 young sailors are entered for the regatta, from 16 states and two Canadian provinces.
The International Sailing Federation would appear to have been caught out by BMW Oracle Racing, ahead of the New York Supreme Court Hearing next week. The world sailing body have admitted they have come to arrangements with Societe Nautique de Geneve for the 33rd America's Cup. The US team are very unhappy that they have not been consulted in these arrangements for the Match, and even more so that ISAF will not release the agreement.
Quite where this one is headed is anyone's guess. However in the America's Cup, ISAF need to be even handed with all involved parties, and be seen to do so. The balance of power in America's cup organisation can very quickly change if the Challenger wins the trophy, placing the world sailing body in the invidious position of having to start a relationship with a team that it has previously cold-shouldered. The America's Cup is the richest property in Sailing and one in which ISAF involvement, and their reputation for fair play, would greatly enhance the image of the game. Against this backdrop, ISAF's apparent favouring of one team over another is rather curious. We examine this issue in more depth in this edition.
In this issue we feature the reports of the racing from the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup being sailed off Cowes, Isle of Wight. Although there were no US entries, the Quarter Tonners are an excellent example of how a revival class can work 'rediscovering' old yachts, and giving them a serious birthday. USA won the event in 1973 in the Ron Holland designed, Doug Peterson skippered Eyghthene and hosted 1976 event in Corpus Christi - so there must be a fleet somewhere.
In the 49er Worlds in Garda, Italy, none of the USA teams have made the Gold fleet, which is dominated by sailors from Australia, Great Britain and France. The top USA crew lie in 11th place in the Silver fleet. In this edition, we have featured daily reports on the regatta along with image galleries.
On the local scene we are featuring several events. The Governor's Cup is well underway at the Balboa Yacht Club, Newport Beach, CA and about to enter the finals phase, in which teams from Australia, New Zealand and two from USA will contest the prized youth match racing title.
We are also previewing the Chicago Mackinac Race, which is in its 101st edition. racing got underway this morning in Chicago and we will be posting reports and images on www.sail-world.com as the event progresses. The prestigious event has attracted a fleet of 337 entries racing in 21 divisions.
And if you are interested in signing up for the first Olympic Match Racing event to be staged in the USA using the Elliott 6 Metre class, then we have the application and entry details in this issue.
Boats to Watch in the 2009 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Christie Denson, The 101st Running of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is underway, with today's first start at 11:30 a.m. The new Doublehanded Division kicked off the race as the first section today to begin the 333 mile course to Mackinac Island, Mich. 'The Mac,' one of the world's oldest and most prestigious freshwater sailing races, brings hundreds of talented and experienced sailors to the waters of La... [more] Onsend this story
Harris and Byron second at Albacore International after Day 1 Alan Henderson - fofoboat PR, 52 Albacores came to the start line at Largs for the first day's racing of the Benromach Albacore Internationals. There were several capsizes during a short practice race, sailed on a single triangle, on the race area to the North of Great Cumbrae. NW winds brought sizeable waves to get the Championship off to an exciting start.... [more] Onsend this story
Match Racing - Governors Cup Day 3 Nancy Mellon, Friday, July 17 started as a perfect Southern California day for the Gov Cup teams. A few fluffy clouds along with brisk wind meant an early start to the racing. The wind seemed to hold steady between 7 and 9 knots throughout the day, but growing light for the last series. The seas were not as lumpy as yesterday, and the sailing skills of all of the teams have markedly improved. Spinnaker handling... [more] Onsend this story
Elliott 6m Racing in North America Liz Bayliss, The US Sailing Center Sheboygan and the Women's International Match Racing Association will host the first Olympic Class Elliott 6m match race event in North America.... [more] Onsend this story
ISAF confirms secret agreement made with Alinghi Richard Gladwell, Further to the Motions lodged by BMW Oracle Racing earlier in the week alleging a secret agreement between the International Sailing Federation and the Societe Nautique de Geneve, the International Sailing Federation today issued a statement on their website confirming that an agreement had been reached with SNG, however BMW Oracle Racing is not a party to that agreement.... [more] Onsend this story
US Youth World Team learns lessons at Volvo Youth World Championships Marlieke Eaton, Members of the US Youth World Team are returning home from the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship with a wealth of new knowledge after the Team was not able to secure a medal at the regatta, which finished today in Buzios, Brazil.... [more] Onsend this story
Transpac - Lindsey Austin and the crew of Addiction arrive home Lynn Fitzpatrick, Transpac news. Lindsey Austin knows how to stage her returns to Hawaii. On Wednesday evening, Austin and the Addiction crew swooped into Ala Wai and stoked the flames of the sold out 800-person Mount Gay Rum Party at Hawaii Yacht Club. Addiction, a J 35, started the Transpac 09 on June 29 and was one of last boats to finish.... [more] Onsend this story
International Hobie 16 North American Championships Rich McVeigh, 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] Onsend this story
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup official sponsor announced Michael Bell, The New York Yacht Club today announced that Nautor's Swan has become an official sponsor of the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. The regatta, scheduled for September 15-19.... [more] Onsend this story
US Optimist National Championship Regattas Rich Roberts, The US Optimist National Championships will hit the West Coast for the first time Sunday with three days of Team Racing, to be followed by the one-day Girls Nationals and four-day open Nationals through the following weekend, all hosted by the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club.... [more] Onsend this story
Phil Lotz's Arethusa leads NYYC Swan 42 Nationals Michael Levitt, Newport, RI, July 16, 2009 -- 20 yachts are competing in the NYYC Swan 42 Nationals, held at the NYYC's Harbour Court July 16-19. On the first day of racing, preliminary results show Andrew Fisher (Greenwich, CT) won the first two races with Bandit. However, a 13th in Race 3 saw Phil Lotz (New Canaan, CT) and Arethusa take the lead. Behind Fisher, now in second, is John Hele (Toronto, Can.), saili... [more] Onsend this story
Images from Day 4 of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup, Cowes Paul Wyeth, Paul Wyeth of www.pwpictures.com presents this image gallery from the final day of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup being sailed in Cowes, Isle of Wight. 27 boats are competing in the high profile event, which features Quarter Tonners from 15 designers, including several past winners of the World Quarter Ton Championship.... [more] Onsend this story
Governor's Cup - NZ, Aus and two USA teams into finals Stacie Brandt with Preben Nielsen, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron's men's team had another strong day, advancing to the finals with a near-perfect 19 wins in 20 matches. For the first two round robins, the Squadron lost only one match, to CYCA and they look to be the favorites for the finals Sunday. two teams were tied for fourth, King Harbor Yacht Club and Mission Bay Yacht Club.... [more] Onsend this story
Peter Morton wins Final Day showdown at Coutts Quarter Ton Cup Fiona Brown, There was a cliff-hanger ending to the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup in Cowes today as husband and wife adversaries Louise and Peter Morton faced each other down in a veritable gunfight at the OK Coral that was ultimately decided by just one second and half a point. Sailing their Farr designed sister-ships Espada and Anchor Challenge they went into the final day with Louise leading the regatta..... [more] Onsend this story
470 Junior Worlds conclude - France and Spain the winners 470 media, The 470 Class Junior World Championships have been concluded today with the final medal races in the men's and women's event. The elite top 10 women were the first to line up for the final medal race in sunny conditions and moderate sea breeze in front of the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki. The men's 470 medal race started right after the women's.... [more] Onsend this story
Aussies maintain lead 49er Worlds, ahead of Austria, Britain and Italy
Aussies Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen maintained their lead at the 49er Worlds – Riva del Garda, Italy. In the silver fleet, Peter Burling and Blaire Tuke continue to lead with Jan Hauke Erichsen and Hans Jakob Dethleffsen of Germany leading the Bronze.... [more] Onsend this story
Images of the Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds - Medal Presentation Dave Kneale, Top sailing photographer, fresh from the Volvo Ocean race, Dave Kneale presents this gallery of images of the Medal Presentation at the 2009 Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds being sailed at Buzios, Brazil.... [more] Onsend this story
2011 Around Australia - Grab a slot reservation now!! The Sail-World Team, Start a Good Idea and nothing can stop it!! West Australian Bob Williams launched the 2011 Around Australia Race and Rally with an online newsletter to Sail-World's audience. Its not just a walk in the park, its a 7500 nautical mile race or rally, a major time commitment.... [more] Onsend this story
The Battle of the Mortons on Day 2 of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup Fiona Brown, On day two of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup, being hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes, sunshine gave way to torrential rain, but nothing could dampen the fleet's irrepressible spirit and the 27 teams enjoyed three more fantastically close races in a moderate to fresh and very shifty breeze.... [more] Onsend this story
F18 World Championship – Dutch win 2009 title ahead of two Brits Rob Kothe, Sail-world.com, Winds up to 30 knots and two important black flags made for a tumultuous final days racing at the 2009 F18 Worlds. Dutch sailor Coen de Koning successfully defended his 2008 World Championship crown, winning the title from Britain's Rob Wilson and Marcus Lynch with second pairing Hugh Styles and Ferdinand West third.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from Day 2 of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup, Cowes Paul Todd, Paul Todd presents this image gallery from the second day of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup being sailed in Cowes, Isle of Wight. 27 boats are competing in the high profile event, which features Quarter Tonners from 15 designers, including several past winners of the World Quarter Ton Championship.... [more] Onsend this story
Medal races tomorrow at 470 Junior Worlds Rick van Wijngaarden, The final series have been completed today with race eleven and twelve at the 470 Class Junior World Championships for men/mixed and women. Sofian Bouvet and Jeremie Mion (FRA) have claimed the Junior World's title before the medal race has taken place.... [more] Onsend this story
Outteridge and Jensen lead 49er Worlds Final Series after Day 1 Jerelyn Biehl, The first day of racing in the 49er Worlds - Final Series provided fickle winds and changing conditions which seemed to suit current 49er World Champion Nathan Outteridge with crew Iain Jensen just fine.... [more] Onsend this story
Australia, France, Great Britain & Singapore win Gold in Youth Worlds ISAF Media, The seven Youth Worlds titles went to seven nations as Australia, France, Great Britain and Singapore join Brazil, Hong Kong and New Zealand as gold medal winners on the final day of the 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Buzios, Brazil... [more] Onsend this story
Volvo Ocean Race - What's your view? Lizzie Green, The dust is beginning to settle on the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 but the debate over the shape of the future of the event continues – both internally and externally. Volvo Ocean Race welcomes your thoughts on what you enjoyed most about the 2008-09 race, what didn't work for you and how you think the race could be improved.... [more] Onsend this story
Loïck Peyron joins Alinghi Team Daphne Morgan-Barnicoat, Alinghi, Defender of the 33rd America's Cup, welcomes one of the world's most renowned multihull sailors to the team for this campaign: Loïck Peyron.... [more] Onsend this story
Perfect all-in-one sailing gadget, the iPhone? - Part 1 Mark Cherrington, Apple's much-hyped iPhone has attracted much attention since the global release of the 3G in 2008, with tens of thousands of applications, and more coming. Buried among the many, some of which are rubbish, are others that are excellent and purpose-designed for sailors, as Mark Cherrington describes. This is Part 1 of a 3 Part Series.... [more] Onsend this story
Three Gold Medals and French Volvo Trophy success at Youth Worlds ISAF Media, The host nation Brazil, along with Hong Kong and New Zealand all secured gold medals whilst France is uncatchable in the Volvo Trophy standings following a bright and breezy day six at the 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Buzios.... [more] Onsend this story
Images of the Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds - USA Dave Kneale, Top sailing photographer, fresh from the Volvo Ocean race, Dave Kneale presents this gallery of images of USA sailors at the 2009 Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds being sailed at Buzios, Brazil.... [more] Onsend this story
RNZYS leads after Day 2 of the Governor's Cup Nancy Mellon, The teams that enjoy and are used to strong winds, had some success today. As of the end of the second day, only Royal New Zealand's Men's team remained undefeated. Also from RNZYS, the first all girl team to race in the Gov Cup won two out of their ten races.... [more] Onsend this story
New J80 World Champion J80 media/amended Sail-World.com, Report from the final day of racing at the J80 Worlds, Santana in Spain. The fight between Rayco Tabares and Gustavo Martinez was a fight that was likened to match racing; boat to boat, covering each other at the starting line, where Martinez took the advantage over Tabares by three boat lengths.... [more] Onsend this story
Morgan-Glass and Billoch finish third at 29erXX Gold Cup Jerelyn Biehl, Winning six of the nine races, Finnish sailor Silja Lehtinen with crew Will Howard sailed brilliantly to win the 2009 29erXX Gold Cup. Using their first race of a sixth as their discard, the pair sailed brilliantly mastering the technical skiff in trying conditions on Garda Lake in northern Italy.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from the 49er Worlds and the 29erXX Gold Cup Ingrid Abery images, More images from photographer Ingrid Abery from the 49er Worlds and the 29erXX Gold Cup, being sailed on Lake Garda, in Italy.... [more] Onsend this story
Women's European Radials - Paige Railey wins, Mihelic the Euro Champ Event Media, The outcome of the Women's European Laser Radial Championship in Denmark hung in the balance until the very end. It has been a shifty and unpredictable regatta every day on the ever-changing waters of The Sound between Denmark and Sweden, but most sailors believed today was the hardest of all.... [more] Onsend this story
Paige Railey wins Laser Radial European Championship Marlieke Eaton, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) might only be 22 years old, but she already has countless sailing titles to her name. Today, the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) member has added yet another title to her resume by winning the European Laser Radial Women's Championship in Charlottenlund, Denmark.... [more] Onsend this story
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