Welcome Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 18 August 2009
In what has been a quiet few days on the racing scene, most of the racing interest is on the Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week. The competitors are enjoying the glorious and warm tradewinds of the Whitsundays in sunny Queensland.
The Sail-World team has been on site all regatta, enduring the conditions, to bring daily previews and reviews of the racing. From New Zealand, PredictWind.com have been keeping the fleet updated with the latest weather prognosis. Signed up for your free 30day trial yet? Click here to see the wind forecasting system the world is turning to - from dinghy sailors to America's Cup and serious offshore racers.
The Dark Blue Book is the first ever ‘Who's Who of Yachting' book to emerge on the scene, listing the contact details of some of yacht racing's most influential people in the sport, from team principals to sponsors, journalists and event organisers. With a new edition planned for release in 2010, more entries are being sought to add to the many contacts already in the book. Are you featured? Click here to buy your copy of the first edition, or make your entry for inclusion in the 2010 issue.
In Genoa, Italy, Alinghi 5 has continued her sea trials and the images keep coming from the Master, Carlo Borlenghi. As we saw with BMW Oracle Racing, the secrets slowly get released one by one, and you can learn a lot from a single shot taken at the right angle.
This stern shot of Alinghi 5 featured here is in that category. We can see the engine mounted on the after cross beam. Her crew are largely out of the way reducing windage. The leeward bows are not immersed, yet there is quite a lot of disturbance from the after end of the leeward hull. The image below, taken side on, shows the hull to sit clear of the water at both fore and aft ends. The rig is canted slightly, and will probably go some more when the new longer mast is fitted.
In the top shot, we can see the under beam stay structure. The complete hydraulic mainsheet system is also clearly visible running laterally on a traveler. BMW Oracle Racing uses a more traditional mainsheet system. Alinghi's 'S' shaped foils can be seen retracted in the windward hull. We are pretty sure that they are not using Swiss constructed sails - which will have to be used in the America's Cup, however we are expecting some innovations on that front too.
Plenty of food for thought for the sailing boffins. For another helping or two, have a look at the two galleries we have featured from Carlo Borlenghi and Guido Trombetta in this edition.
Peter Burling tries water walking at the 49er Worlds Gianni Tomazzoni
Everyone needs a laugh a day. Those who sail off the wire will know that spectacular disasters do happen. We've caught a few ourselves, from both sides of the lens. Well here's one for you - at the expense of a couple of outstanding young 49er sailors - Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) as they round the top mark in the recent 49er Worlds at Lake Garda. We feature the full sequence in this issue - great recovery - and outstanding photography. We have a few more in this series - stay tuned to www.sail-world.com
Images of 505 North American's - San Francisco - Day 1 Erik Simonson, The 2009 SAP 5O5 World Championships and North American Championships kicked off at the St. Francis Yacht Club. With more than 100 boats registered, the field features 2008 World Champions Ian Pinnell/Carl Gibbon; 2008 European and 2007 North American champion Ethan Bixby sailing with Australian legend Simon Gorman and 2006/2007 Australian champions Michael Quirk/Geoff Lange.... [more]
Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week Day 5 images Sail-World.com, Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week Day 5 images. A big breeze today for the start of racing. Most divisions embarked on their Long Passage races today and with the breeze building, its sure to be a fast ride home.... [more]
MedCup Circuit Portugal Trophy Race - Practice day MedCup media, Audi MedCup Circuit Portugal Trophy Race - Practice day report. Racing in an unsettled and challenging light breeze of 7-10 knots, Quantum Racing (USA) started smartly off the committee boat end of the start line which allowed them to break early to the right side of the track and gain the benefit as the wind clocked slightly to the right.... [more]
Images of Alinghi 5: In the evening... Carlo Borglenhi, Top sailing photographer, Carlo Borlenghi presents some images of Societe Nautique de Geneve's Defender, Alinghi 5, sailing in Genova, Italy after her early sea trials.... [more]
SLAM Kiwi Match take on USA competition for World Tour invitations
Kiwi Match, a New Zealand match racing team with the support of SLAM, are about to embark on their up-coming tour of the USA. With three North American Yacht Clubs joining forces to create a three regatta series over three weeks and with the inclusion of three other antipodean teams the competition is expected to be action packed.... [more]
Meridien Marina's Airlie Beach Race Week Day 4 – The Sharp End Rob Kothe, Another perfect day in Paradise for Day 4 of the 20th annual Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week. The trade winds returned just a little today with south easterly winds starting at 8 knots and building across the day.... [more]
Are you listed in the the ‘Whos Who' of Yachting? Sail-World.com, The Dark Blue Book is the first ever ‘Who's Who of yachting' book to emerge on the scene, listing the contact details of some the most influential people in the sport. With a new edition planned for release in 2010, more entries are being sought to add to the many contacts already in the book.... [more]
Images of Alinghi 5: First few days sailing in Genova, Italy Carlo Borglenhi, Top sailing photographer, Carlo Borlenghi presents some images of Societe Nautique de Geneve's Defender, Alinghi 5, sailing in Genova, Italy in her first sea trials.... [more]
Rolex Sydney Hobart Notice of Race, Application for Entry available Jennifer Crooks, The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the organising authority for the 65th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, and Rolex SA of Geneva, the race's naming rights sponsor, have announced the release of the Notice of Race and invite applications for entry.... [more]
Chicago Match Cup - International teams to compete Mary Anne Ward, The inaugural edition of the Chicago Match Cup will be held from August 21-23. It is organized by the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC) and is an International Sailing Federation Grade 2 event. International teams will compete.... [more]
MedCup Portugal trophy - Learning the ropes MedCup media, Portugal Trophy regatta off Portimao on the sunshine drenched Algarve coast practice sessions for most teams. The question remains how they can match the seemingly relentless march of Emirates Team New Zealand.... [more]
Archipelago Raid - Good start for foreign teams Daniel Ferrando, On Monday the fleet of competitors in the ninth annual Archipelago Raid left Lidingö and Stockholm. It was three foreign teams that came off best immediately following the race start at 14.45 this afternoon. Team Cobalt, comprised of British sailors Luke Yeats and Conrad Humphries, was first to cross the starting line and head downwind.... [more]
Finn Anniversary regatta ends with a blast Robert Deaves, IFA, 60th Finn Anniversary Regatta and 2009 Swedish Championship day three report. The final day of the Finn 60th Anniversary Regatta at Uppsala Kanotforening on Lake Ekoln ended on a high, with 30 knot winds and spectacular sailing conditions.... [more]
Verve Cup - Sunday Race Report Christie Denson, Verve Cup - Sunday Race Report. Testing the boat handling skills of the crews, the morning winds were the strongest of the regatta, blowing about 15-20 knots. Mains were reefed, and some boats were on the run without spinnakers. But it was the afternoon storm cell that really shook up the regatta.... [more]
Images of Garda: Action Central at the top mark Burling Media, Enjoy this sequence as Peter Burling and Blair Tuke engage some unusual mark rounding technique in the 49er Worlds on Lake Garda. they went on to win the Silver fleet and finish 26th in their first ever World Championship - a great effort.... [more]
Melbourne Winter Series - Cat 4 plus 55 knots equals what? John Curnow, Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's Melbourne Winter Series - Cat 4 plus 55 knots equals what? Postponement, that's what. The Bureau of Meteorology certainly got it right again as you can see from the graph of Sunday's wind. What are most interesting however are the maximum speed of 43 knots and a huge 59 knot gust at around the same time as the starting gun was meant to be fired!... [more]
MedCup Portugal Trophy - Fleets assemble Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, The Portugal Trophy fleet for the 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit is all but assembled in the Marina of Portimao on the Algarve. The Portugal Trophy regatta falls at a busy and interesting time for the top professional sailors who race on both the TP52 Series and GP42 Series, and there are still key sailors due to fly in from a very diverse range of events, once again underlining the talent level on... [more]
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