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21 Jul 2009

Major Events


Attention-grabbers today are the (apparent) attempts by Alinghi to orchestrate changes to the new RRS which come out next year - with the suspicion that they may have built their new cat to suit rules that the rest of the world (including BMW Oracle) don't even know about yet. Ouch.

Then there's the Volvo Youth Worlds - seven classes won by seven different nations (including Hong Kong and Singapore), some sensational pics on board the 'BORacle Beast', and a poignant few words from recently-ex-Puma skipper, Kenny Read.

Time for another cup of coffee.

Alinghi prepare for their first sail on Lake Geneva
Carlo Borlenghi,
Alinghi, the Defender of the 33rd America's Cup, launched its new 90ft catamaran again today on Lake Geneva, Switzerland in preparation for the start of sailing trials. Carlo Borlenghi present this gallery of images of the occasion... [more]
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America's Cup Spycam - BOR90 sailing - 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. Latest postings include BOR90's new mast, Alinghi 5's motor and ballast system... [more]
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Division 0 to go round Tasmania in 2011 Round Australia Ocean Race
Rob Kothe,
Since West Australian Bob Williams launched the 2011 Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally – a 7500 nautical mile race or rally, there has been support coming from all quarters, with 90 boats expected to have reserved slots by the end of this week. Division 0 will go around Tasmania while other divsions will go around King Island.... [more]
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Lifelong shipbuilder scales it down a bit
Chris Smith / The Press Democrat,
Through most of his 83 years, Stuart Purvis has built boats, gorgeous ones. An early creation was a beauty, but a tad too big. The year was 1941 and Purvis was 15 when he set out to build and sell an 18-foot runabout power boat in the basement of his family's home in Burnaby, east of Vancouver. The process involved constructing a hull upside-down, then flipping it and building the craft's topside.... [more]
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Perfect all-in-one sailing gadget, the iPhone - Part 2
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 2 of a 3 Part Series.... [more]
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Practice Day for TP52 and GP42 Region of Sardinia Trophy regattas
MedCup media,
Strong winds have hampered the final training days before the Region of Sardinia Trophy regattas begins tomorrow. Today's brisk breezes have been close to ideal for the ten TP52 Series and five GP42 Series teams who will compete here.... [more]
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49er World Championship images
Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery has sent these images from the final day of competition at the 49er Worlds, on Lake Garda in Italy. Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) won the event from John Pink and Rick Peacock (GBR) with Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes (GBR) third.... [more]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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Come 'flathatting' with BOR90 off San Diego
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international sailing photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, takes us 'flathatting' (a low level unauthorised flight) board 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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A Full House for Rolex Fastnet Race
J2 Communications,
The Rolex Fastnet Race 300 boat maximum has been comfortably reached. While the UK and France comprise the majority, this year the line-up includes boats from as far afield as Australia, with Rolex Sydney Hobart entrant Berrimilla 2 sailed by Alex Whitworth and Peter Crozier, to the Chilean Desafio Cabo de Hornos, to Karl Kwok's Beau Geste from Hong Kong.... [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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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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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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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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