Welcome Sail-World.Com's USA's newsletter for 15 August 2009
TheRolex Fastnet Race is finally winding down, a week after starting, and turned into a Big Boat benefit in the light airs - a marked contrast to the horrendous conditions from 30 years previously. In this issue we conclude coverage of the regatta, and also have the video of ONE Sport's Martin Tasker's review of the race including several clips of the storm footage interviews with those involved in the fateful race.
CASCADE LOCKS - OREGON. USA . 2009 Moth Worlds. Day 3, Start of Race 8.
We have plenty of reports and lots of images from the foiling Moth Worlds being held in Cascade Locks, Oregon, which finished today. Although the fleet was riddled with many "name" competitors, one of particular note was 17year old Kiwi, Chris Steele, who two years ago was winning the World Optimist Championships. It's quite a step from sailing an Optimist to competing against many of the sailing greats like Rohan Veal and Nathan Outteridge (AUS), Kevin hall and the McKee brothers (USA).
Sad news from theInternational Olympic Committee, with the announcement that they will not hand back the 11th Medal event, taken in the name of cutting competitor numbers and controlling costs of the Olympics.
Quite where the International Sailing Federation goes from here is going to be interesting. If an early intention is not signalled, then options for putting the Tornado back into the Olympics become very limited - some way to span what will be an eight year competition gap must be found. Equally the prospect of an Olympics without a Multihull is clearly not palatable to a significant portion of the sailing population.
The 2012 Olympics will be sailed without the spectacular Multihull event. Richard Gladwell
Certainly from a media perspective, the 2012 Olympics without the spectacular Tornado, will not be the same. You only had to see how the cameras all swung their way when leaving the docks in Qingdao, to know that the media were voting with their lenses.
Ironically, while ISAF and the IOC are dropping the multihull out of the Olympics, the sailing world is fascinated with the two giant multihulls being prepared for the America's Cup. Earlier in the week BMW Oracle Racing had the team presentation in San Diego, This weekend Alinghi are sailing for the first time in Genova, Italy and we have the first images from that event.
Plus we have more images and video from the BMW Oracle Racing presentation in San Diego, earlier in the week.
2009 Moth World Championship - Moth World Champion decided Michelle Slade, 2009 CST Composites Moth World Championship final day. Once he knew he'd taken the first race, Gulari turned the fun dial up and relaxed into the last race, enjoying the lead down the first beat. Missing a tack going into the top mark set him back about five positions and he rounded the mark behind Psarofasghis, Payne, Bergan and Outteridge, so was in top company for the first run.... [more]
Images from San Diego: BMW Oracle Racing Presentation Gilles Martin-Raget, More images from the BMW Oracle Racing presentation in San Diego last Wednesday from one of the world's top sailing photographers, Gilles Martin-Raget.... [more]
BMW Oracle Racing Videos - Technology and San Diego Presentation BMW Oracle Racing, BMW Oracle Racing present two videos - of the San Diego presentation and BMW Oracle technology including some sailing footage of BOR90.... [more]
Moffs at The Locks - Images from the Foiling Moth Worlds Sean Trew, Sean Trew presents this gallery taken from the 2009 Moth Worlds sailed at Cascade Locks, Oregon... [more]
Tunnicliffe sails the Elliot 6m at Sheboygan, WI Anna Tunnicliffe reports, Latest report from Anna Tunnicliffe who has just returned from a three-day training camp in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The set up in Sheboygan was pretty much perfect. They have eight new Elliots available for practice; full access to a yacht club and a sailing center for our briefings and debriefings and a pleasant, quiet little town that was very easy to get around.... [more]
Images of the Rolex Fastnet Race by Carlo Borlenghi - Luna Rossa Carlo Borlenghi, One of the world's top sailing photographers, Carlo Borlenghi presents this gallery of images of the Rolex Fastnet Race. This gallery of the mini maxi, Luna Rossa... [more]
First saltwater sail for Alinghi 5 Alinghi Media, The America's Cup Defender sailed its giant catamaran, Alinghi 5, for the first time in the Mediterranean. Conditions for the first outing were ideal: a light southwesterly breeze and flat seas. 'Today was the first day in saltwater for Alinghi 5 and even though conditions were light; everything was good. We are happy to be in Italy for this period of our training programme...... [more]
Finn Anniversary Regatta Day 2 Robert Deaves, IFA, Finn Anniversary Regatta day 2 report from Lake Ekoln, near Uppsala in Sweden. The courses were set just off the clubhouse with the trapezoid course just about fitting between the two shorelines. This ultimately affected the racing with those favouring one side of the other generally finding the bigger shifts, though not always in the right direction.... [more]
Rolex Fastnet Race 2009 - the Wrap Rolex media, While the previous Rolex Fastnet Race is remembered for the course record time being demolished, the only record broken in this year's running of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial 608 nautical-mile classic was one relating to competitor patience, as light winds at the start and end, combined with spring tides, made for a 'tactically challenging' race, and one of the longest in recent years.... [more]
Images of the Rolex Fastnet Race by Carlo Borlenghi Carlo Borlenghi, One of the world's top sailing photographers, Carlo Borlenghi presents this gallery of images of the Rolex Fastnet Race... [more]
British and Open Optimist Championships - Largs IOCA (UK) media, Callum Airlie wins the Volvo Musto British Open National Optimist Championship with Josh Voller in second.... [more]
International Optimist World Championships - New World Champion Event website/IODA, International Optimist World Championships Niteroi, Brazil. Congratulations to Sinclair Jones (PER272), the new world Champion! In the second place was Mohamad Faizal (MAS85), followed by Ignácio Rogala (ARG3118).... [more]
Moth World Championships Day 4 report Michelle Slade, Moth World Championships Day 4 conditions were cold and very cloudy. Racing got underway around 11am in flat water and about 15 knots. The wind stayed in the 15-18 range for most of the morning, building for the third race, with the breeze always a bit heavier at the bottom end of the course.... [more]
Verve Cup Offshore – Friday Race Report Christie Denson, 2009 Verve Cup Offshore. Today's leader board was changing down to the last race, making for a great start to Chicago Yacht Club's annual Verve Cup regatta.... [more]
2009 Moth World Championships Day 4 images - Gulari leads ThMartinez images/Sail-World.com, Thierry Martinez images from Day 4 of the 2009 Moth World Championships in Cascade Locks (Oregon - USA ).... [more]
Sixtieth Anniversary Regatta and 2009 Swedish Championship Robert Deaves, IFA, Finn Sixtieth Anniversary Regatta and 2009 Swedish Championship report. So far, Lake Ekoln is living up to its name. In Norse, I am told, it means ‘difficult sailing' and that about sums up the first two days on the water.... [more]
La Solitaire du Figaro - Night of suspense to find winner Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, La Solitaire du Figaro - Any one of 20 boats could have won it, but ultimately it was Jérémie Beyou (Bernard Paoli) who held his nerve and crossed first. It was to be six hours before enough breeze kicked in to propel the boats the final distance, by which time the view from the finish line was of a seemingly endless arc of navigation lights across the bay.... [more]
2009 SAP 505 World Championship - Hamlin and Cayard team up Rich Roberts, 2009 SAP 505 World Championship and up to a hundred doublehanded dinghies converge on San Francisco Bay next week. Hamlin is definitely making the best of it. Three months ago on the Bay he and Cayard topped a fleet of eight boats in the two-day Elvstrom/Zellerbach Regatta for the Pacific Coast Championship.... [more]
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