Welcome Sail-World.Com's NZ newsletter for 26 July 2009
Off Cagliari, Sardinia, Emirates Team NZ's TP52 NZL380 has not quite had it all her way in the third round of the Audi MedCup, however in the shifty winds overnight, the New Zealanders managed to extend their lead in the event, and have won the event.
US entry, and defending champions Quantum Rcing (Terry Hutchison) has had a mixed regatta placing seventh for this event and dropping down to third on the points table for the MedCup.
In this edition we feature many image galleries of the event, including one by top Swiss sailing photographer Juerg Kaufmann of go4image.com Juerg has developed a unique style of photography, and submitted 20 images to Sail-World taken in the Coastal Race of the MedCup. We present all of these in two galleries click here and here to see his outstanding work/art. And don't forget to click on the expand image option in the caption of the shot to see these images in full screen - they really light up.
Another top international photographer, Chris Cameron has also provided galleries of images of the Audi MedCup series. See the latest of his galleries by clicking here
In this edition we analyze the last race on Day 4 of the MedCup, Race 8, using Animation Research Ltd's Virtual Eye. In Race 8, Bigamist 7 (POR) was recalled at the start, recrossed 158 metres behind, dropped back further to 177 metres further up the beat, and then staged an amazing recovery (or 'jammed' a big shift on the starboard layline) to take the lead just short of the top mark, eventually rounding in second place, and then went on to take the race. This isn't a sequence those Optimist sailors trying to cure themselves of 'corner banging' should view!
Virtual Eye shows Bigamist 7 being chased to the finish of Race 8 in the Audi MedCup ARL Media
Sail-World has been using Virtual Eye for the analysis, reporting and images of the the Audi Med Cup and previously the Louis Vuitton Cup, using a version which runs on a laptop. It is the most amazing tool for media and fans that we have seen and used. Virtual Eye will transform the way sailing can be viewed and covered. While there are other tracking and graphics systems, the ones we have seen do not stand any comparison with Virtual Eye which is just the most stunning product. How yachting administrators and event organizers can spend hours pondering how to improve the coverage and following of the sport, and don't have Virtual Eye involved in their event, is beyond the comprehension of this scribe.
On Italy's Lake Garda, two USA crews have finished in the top ten in the 29er World Championship, with another in 17th overall. 186 crews from 20 countries contested the regatta. The 29er is an open class in the ISAF Youth Worlds from next year. We have featured daily reports from the 29ers in this issue.
In Cabrillo, CA, the US Optimist Championships are in their final day, today. Defending champion Christopher Williford (Fla) is not having an easy time of it. Catch Rich Roberts' reports and images in this edition.
We are also carrying reports on two match racing clinics conducted by current national champion, Dave Perry, in New York and Wisconsin. By all accounts they have both been a huge success, with the New York event attracting six teams and the other, a youth match racing camp drawing teams from Maine, California and US Virgin Islands.
First Annual Oak Cliff Match Race Invitational a huge success Event Media, The recently founded Oak Cliff Yacht Club in Oyster Bay, New York, held its first annual Match Race Invitational Clinic and Regatta, and it was a huge success by all measures. The event was held in Oak Cliff's six Swedish Match 40's, the boat used on the World Match Racing Tour. Six teams participated, including four Oyster Bay teams.... [more] Onsend this story
First National Youth Match Racing camp held in Sheboygan Event Media, The US Sailing Center of Sheboygan hosted the first national youth match racing camp July 8-12 in their fleet of evenly match Sonars. Leading the Camp was current national match race champion Dave Perry of Southport, Connecticut. The five day camp included sailors from Maine, California and the US Virgin Islands.... [more] Onsend this story
US Optimist National Championship Regattas Rich Roberts, There were 171 competitors when the US Optimist National Championships started 10 races ago. It's a three-boat battle for top honors going into the fourth and final day of the regatta hosted by the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club Sunday. The fight for the title will be nothing new.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from 'Frisco: Savage Beauty ravaged Erik Simonson, h2oshots.com, The Flying Tiger, 'Savage Beauty' cut it a little fine while racing in San Francisco on Saturday, doing a 'Telefonica Blue'. Sadly this one did not have as good an outcome as the incident involving the Volvo Ocean Race competitor, and Savage Beauty was lost. Her crew were taken off safely.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from Sperry Top-Sider Marblehead NOOD Leighton O'Connor images, Leighton O'Connor who has sent these images from the Sperry Top-Sider Marblehead NOOD. Enjoy and visit leighton's website - www.leightonphoto.com to view more... [more] Onsend this story
Laser Radial Womens Worlds 2009- Karatsu, Japan- 30 countries Sail-World.com, Here is the entry list for the Laser Radial Womens Worlds 2009- Karatsu, Japan, which runs from July 25 to August 2. As expected the Japanese contingent is the largest with sixteen sailors out of the overall 80 entries from 30 countries, but perhaps the surprise of these worlds, that Canada has the next largest group of sailors, with 11 sailors, ahead of the USA with 8 and Great Britain 7.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from Cagliari: Day 5 Audi MedCup - Inshore Racing Chris Cameron, Top international photographer, Chris Cameron was on shooting at on Day 5 of the Audi MedCup series in Cagliari, Sardinia... [more] Onsend this story
Images from Cagliari - Stfano Gattini at the Audi MedCup Stefanao Gattini, Top international photographer, Stefano Gattini from Carlo Borlenghi's studio was on hand to record the sailing action at the Audi MedCup in Cagliari - from the Practice to the final day of racing... [more] Onsend this story
Images of Cagliari: Juerg Kaufmann shoots the MedCup Final Day Juerg Kaufmann, Top international photographer, Juerg Kaufmann, of www.go4image.com Juerg Kaufmann presents a superb gallery of images taken during the Final day of the Audi Med Cup in Cagliari, Satdinia. Don't forget to click on the 'view large photo' option to truly appreciate these magnificent shots which cross the boundary from realism into art.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 SAP 5O5 World and North American Championships Scott Marx, The 2009 SAP 5O5 World Championships and North American Championships are coming to the St. Francis Yacht Club. The North American Championships start August 16th with three days of racing beginning Tuesday, August 18th. The World Championships open Friday, August 21st featuring seven days of racing beginning Sunday, August 23rd.... [more] Onsend this story
Forza Kiwi - Mistral arrives for the Final Day of Audi MedCup MedCup Media, Emirates Team New Zealand add the Region of Sardinia Trophy to the Marseille Trophy after a composed final day of racing in a building Mistral breeze, while Islas Canarias Puerto Calero win the GP42 Series Regatta.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 29er World Champions - Steve Thomas (AUS) and Blair Tuke (NZ) Antonio Sueri, 2009 29er World Championship: 9:57 AM – Steven Thomas and Blair Tuke (AUS 1) are 2009's World Champions!... [more] Onsend this story
US Opti Nationals take a Sly turn on a windy day Rich Roberts, US Optimist National Championships and Axel Sly just kept bailing with a bucket---standard equipment on Optimist dinghies---as he sailed into first place. Like Thursday, racing was delayed for about an hour until wind filled, but then it blew a steady 10 to 14 knots from the west-southwest past Point Fermin, the ideal direction for Hurricane Gulch.... [more] Onsend this story
Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam Day 2 David Swift, 2009 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam – Day 2. A battering 40-knot wind churned the water white this morning, as the sailors prepared to push their limits over a dramatic new course. Speed was the focus of the day, with the fastest racers enjoying the opportunity to prove their talents.... [more] Onsend this story
Virtual Eye: Bigamist 7's amazing recovery in Race 8 of Audi MedCup Virtual Eye, Bigamist 7 made an amazing recovery in Race 8 of the Audi MedCup being staged in Sardinia. using Virtual Eye we are able to see her jump the start and be recalled, and then climb back to be second at the weather mark for the first time.... [more] Onsend this story
Albacore Internationals title a battle to the finish Alan Henderson - fotoboat.com, The stage was set for the Albacore Internationals final day's battle for the Championship on Friday 24 July. Race Officer Chris Nichol decided that today's final two races in the Championship should be held in the North race area, where in today's Westerlies the winds would come in true.... [more] Onsend this story
McKinney wins 2009 U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship Jake Fish, The 2009 U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship has concluded. A great week of racing with an outstanding field of 49 competitors. Molly McKinney (Sarasota, Fla.), 17, representing the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program had never before competed in a national championship.... [more] Onsend this story
Wind and more wind at the 2009 29er World Championship Antonio Sueri, 2009 29er World Championship - Some very strong winds today: southerly, and with gusts up to 14 meters-per-second. (30 knots) Many crews experiencing difficulties: not only on the regatta courses, but also while returning to shore. Extraordinary levels of drama today.... [more] Onsend this story
Hanging tough and winning ugly on Day 4 of Audi MedCup Event Media, A fifth and second place from two contrasting races for Emirates Team New Zealand sees them top the leaderboard again while three back to back wins for Islas Canarias Puerto Calero gives them a two points lead... [more] Onsend this story
Images of Cagliari: Juerg Kaufmann shoots the MedCup Coastal Race - 2 Juerg Kaufmann, Top international photographer, Juerg Kaufmann, of www.go4image.com presents Part 2 of a superb gallery of images taken during the Coastal Race of Round 3 of the Audi MedCup off Cagliari, Sardinia. Don't forget to click on the 'view large photo' option to truly appreciate these magnificent shots which cross the boundary from realism into art.... [more] Onsend this story
Chicago to Mackinac Race winners Chicago to Mackinac media, After one of the longest Chicago to Mackinac races in recent history, all the boats are in and the results are official. Asylum, Zoom, Skye, Intangible, Nice Pair, Windquest and Lucretia take home the silverware.... [more] Onsend this story
Images of Cagliari: Juerg Kaufmann shoots the MedCup Coastal Race -1 Juerg Kaufmann, Top international photographer, Juerg Kaufmann, of www.go4image.com presents Part 1 of a superb gallery of images taken during the Coastal Race of Round 3 of the Audi MedCup off Cagliari, Sardinia. Don't forget to click on the 'view large photo' option to truly appreciate these magnificent shots which cross the boundary from realism into art.... [more] Onsend this story
Archambault M34 chosen for yachting's Tour de France Newcastle Yachting, In a major yachting coup, Archambault has just won the contract to build the next international one-design raceboat for the Tour de France à la Voile.... [more] Onsend this story
Alinghi 5: 'A tribute to the team' Daphne Morgan Barnicoat, Alinghi, the Defender of the 33rd America's Cup, held a press conference today in Le Bouveret, Switzerland, to present Alinghi 5, the Swiss team's giant catamaran. The boat was held ashore for the day as the weather turned foul on Lake Geneva, but the first trials held earlier this week were extremely successful: 'Being able to sail Alinghi 5 on the Lake for the very first time and seeing her perf... [more] Onsend this story
US Optimist National Championships - Sunshine state shines early Rich Roberts, Shifting the sailing in the US Optimist National Championships from protected waters to the added challenges of the open ocean, defending champion Christopher Williford and Axel Sly were in their element Thursday.... [more] Onsend this story
iShares Cup at Cowes Week Round 3 of the European circuit iShares Cup media, There's just one week to go until the iShares Cup at Cowes Week for Round 3 of the European circuit from August 1-3. The infamous Solent chop and strong tides will provide the crews with a fresh set of challenges.... [more] Onsend this story
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