Welcome Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 2 September 2009
Just out is the media announcement that the Louis Vuitton World Series will go ahead, with more to come on 8 September at a formal media conference.
Just as important is the announcement of the formation of a World Sailing Teams Association, comprising the major professional sailing teams. Already eight teams have joined the association, which will bring a single collective voice to professional sailing matters, and should bring an end to the dictates of those who believe they are bigger than the sport.
In this issue we have carried the official release from Louis Vuitton, and also republished our story of over two months ago, outlining how the series would be spliced together.
BMW Oracle zero in on the first mark in their Semi Final sail off of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series against Damiani Italia. Chris Cameron/ETNZ
Good news for the USA is that one of the regattas on the Louis Vuitton World series will be held in New York.
In San Francisco, the annual 18ft skiff International is well underway, with some of the leading skippers being older than your humble scribe! We have all the action in this issue along with some excellent images from Erik Simonson of MarineAllianceMedia.
2009 18ft skiff International Series - San Francisco - Day 2 Erik Simonson/MarineMediaAlliance.com
In this issue we feature the second in the series previewing the next round of America's Cup legal action expected anytime now in the New York Supreme Court - looking at the issue of the venue, measurement rules, and 'friendly competition'.
BMW Oracle Racing is one of eight teams in the World Sailing Team association Richard Gladwell
At present the sailing world feels like it is on the bottom of the ruck, feeling the boot put into the premier event in the sport on almost a daily basis. However stepping away from all that, and looking back at life when it is over, the 33rd America's Cup is a hell of a story. Great, spectacular boats, intrigue by the sewer-full, and only a fraction of the story has been told. Someone will no doubt write the definitive book...
Manson Supreme winner of Yacht Skipper anchoring test
Congratulations to Manson Anchors on having the Manson Supreme winning an independent anchor test ahead of several other models sold in New Zealand. The test was conducted by the prestigious German Yacht Skipper magazine - see the story in this issue and catch the YouTube clip of a Manson Supreme on the job in 70-80kts in the Straits of Magellan. This clip has had 25,000 viewings so far!
Images from the 18ft skiff International - Day 2 - San Francisco Erik Simonson www.MarineMediaAlliance.com, Erik Simonson of www.marinealliance.com presents this gallery from the second day of the 18' Skiff International Regatta, San Francisco... [more] Onsend this story
Laser Masters World Championship Day Three Event media, Laser Masters World Championship Day Three. The offshore shifty wind with speeds of six to 15 knots (14 to 30 kilometres per hour) still made for a good day of racing. The Laser Masters is for athletes 35 years of age and older, sailing a single-handed single sail Laser. The oldest at this championship being held on St. Margaret's Bay near Halifax, Nova Scotia is 77 years old.... [more] Onsend this story
Louis Vuitton announce a World first Series Richard Gladwell, Louis Vuitton have announced that the first World Series, modeled on the highly successful Louis Vuitton Pacific Series will take place in 2010 The event to be known as the Louis Vuitton World Series will be undertaken in association with a new professional sailing group the World Sailing Team Association (WSTA). This group comprises eight teams, with others expected to join the powerful group... [more] Onsend this story
18' Skiff International Regatta - Winning, Winning and more Winning Rich Roberts, 18' Skiff International Regatta - Only four points separate the first four with six races remaining through Friday. Discards will kick in after the fifth and eighth races. Four races over the first two days of the event hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club have swept Australia's John Winning and John Jr. (a.k.a. Herman) and the veteran Trevor Barnabas into three of the top four current positions.... [more] Onsend this story
Louis Vuitton World Series announcement believed to be imminent Richard Gladwell, Sail-World understands that an announcement on a new World Sailing Series is imminent. The new event will be run by a group entitled the World Sailing Teams Association, which is believed to incorporate the major professional yacht racing teams.... [more] Onsend this story
Small boat and cold weather safety tips from BoatU.S. Foundation BoatU.S Media, 'There are reasons why October and November are the deadliest months of the year for boaters,'... [more] Onsend this story
Excellent conditions for the St. Moritz Match Race practice day World Match Racing Tour Media, The twelve teams racing in the St. Moritz Match Race – part of the World Match Racing Tour - have been training in perfect conditions today, getting to know the course and their opponents.... [more] Onsend this story
18 footer Skiff International Regatta San Francisco - Images Sail-World.com, Here are some pix taken by photographer Chris Ray from Monday's 18 footer Skiff International Regatta being held at the St Francis Yacht Club this week.... [more] Onsend this story
Andrew Campbell reports on the Knickerbocker Cup Andrew Campbell, 2009 Knickerbocker Cup Grade 2 Match Race. Sailing with Dave Perry at the helm, Doug Clark trimming and Susan Daly on the bow, we had a great four days of racing in front of the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club.... [more] Onsend this story
49er Europeans Day One - French lead after four races Event media, 49er European Championship day one. The sailors hit the water today with winds from the northwest slowly building from 10 to 14 knots during the afternoon. With such excellent conditions, the Race Committee opted to run four races for each fleet.... [more] Onsend this story
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Will Boies get a foot in the door? Richard Gladwell, The venue of the 33rd America's Cup is expected to be another target for Golden Gate YC's newly hired legal 'Top Gun', David Boies, and legal friends. Under the Deed of Gift for the America's Cup, which is the governing document for this Multihull Match, the Challenger (Golden Gate YC) gets to nominate the time of the Match and the size of yacht, while the Defender (Societe Nautique de Geneve)... [more] Onsend this story
Manson Anchors heads off all rivals in German test Sail-World, Manson Anchors have won an anchoring test conducted by the prestigious German publication, Yacht Skippers magazine. In doing so the Manson Anchors beat rival products Rocna (Chinese version) and the Sarca.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from the 18ft skiff International - Day 1 - San Francisco Erik Simonson www.MarineMediaAlliance.com, Erik Simonson of www.marinealliance.com presents this gallery from the first day of the 18' Skiff International Regatta, San Francisco... [more] Onsend this story
Melges 17 U.S. National Championship - Winners crowned International Melges 17 Class Association, Melges 17 U.S. National Championship. The temperature was cool but the racing was hot today. Absolutely picture perfect Melges 17 race conditions on Glen Lake. Crystal Blue water, white caps, sunshine and Melges 17's lined up for some fast sailing on this beautiful Sunday morning.... [more] Onsend this story
18 Skiff International Regatta - Winning on his winning way Rich Roberts, 18' Skiff International Regatta day one and with a wink and a nod to experience, Australia's John Winning and California's Howard Hamlin won the first two races. Winds started at 14 knots and built to 18 through the two races, with gusts to 20 knots.... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper fleet heads north for race start on the Humber Clipper Race Media, The ten yachts that will be competing in this year's Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race received a big send off from their base in Royal Clarence Marina, Gosport today, ahead of their journey north to the Humber for the race start on 13 September.... [more] Onsend this story
Six Metre World Cup - Tailor-made to create Magic Media Pro Int'l, Six Metre World Cup. For sailors, and spectators too, few sights on the water this summer will have more visual appeal than the 30+ yachts that will gather in Newport from September 8-12, 2009, for the Six Metre World Cup.... [more] Onsend this story
Laser Masters World Championships - Gruelling day two for competitors Event media, Laser Masters World Championships gruelling day two for competitors. It meant for the second day in a row, athletes were on the water for more than six hours. That's a gruelling schedule for a Masters regatta where the youngest competitor is 35 and the oldest is 77 years old.... [more] Onsend this story
Knickerbocker Cup win for Black Sheep Racing Andrea Watson, Knickerbocker Cup 2009 - After placing sixth in the full round robin and winning the semi-finals in a tie breaker, Corbett went on the capture the Cup in a tight matches with Dave Perry (USA), Team Perry, beating the American 3-2.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Tornado World Championship Day One - Bundock and Ashby again International Tornado Class Association media, 2009 Tornado World Championship Day One. Race 1 had beautiful conditions. A couple of individual recalls and the boats went off to provide the public with its usual show of speed, adrenaline and fast manoeuvres. 12 knots, double trapeze and lots of fun.... [more] Onsend this story
Laser SB3 World Championships Day One report, results and images Katie Ashworth, 2009 Laser SB3 World Championships Day one report and results. The fleet left the marina in very light winds this morning, and headed to Race Area A where a building northerly breeze awaited them. Throughout the day the wind increased to twenty five knots.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Rolex Swan 45 Worlds - 18 teams from eight nations gather Event media, 2009 Rolex Swan 45 Worlds. More than 300 competitors are anticipated, as the 18 teams from eight nations gather in Argentario for the fifth edition of the World Championships for this prestigious one design class. Racing starts on Monday, 31 August.... [more] Onsend this story
Double Delight As Oman Dominates In Germany Oman Sail Media, An action packed three days came to an end with a nail biting finish as both Oman Sail boats tied for first place. No one could have scripted the final races of the Kiel leg of the iShares Cup in Germany with so much action, tension and suspense. As the first races started, Masirah's overnight lead started to be reduced as they scored an unprecedented seventh place in the first race as a result of... [more] Onsend this story
RC 44 Portoroz Cup - Paul Cayard to skipper team Katusha RC 44 media, RC 44 Championship Tour fifth stage is in Portoroz on Slovenia's narrow coastline and preparations are well underway. The RC 44 Class looks forward to welcoming a new team in Portoroz. 'Katusha' will fly the Russian flag and will be skippered by Paul Cayard, who has already been involved in several events with the RC 44 Class.... [more] Onsend this story
Laser Masters Worlds Day One update Event media, 2009 Nautel Laser Masters Worlds. Neither rain, nor gale, nor lack of power will stop the 300 athletes from around the world competing at the 2009 Nautel Laser Masters Worlds.... [more] Onsend this story
Istanbul Europa Race - Estrella Damm Sailing Team tacitcs important Estrella Damm Sailing Team, Istanbul Europa Race - Only 24 hours after the start of the race and tactical options are proving decisive for 1876 Estrella Damm Sailing Team and the rest of the fleet.... [more] Onsend this story
Knickerbocker Cup - Anna Tunnicliffe report Anna Tunnicliffe, Anna Tunnicliffe reports from the Knickerbocker Cup. Racing wrapped up today at the 2009 Knickerbocker Cup hosted by Manhasset Bay YC in Port Washington, NY. We had one race of the quarter finals to complete before racing for the finals started.... [more] Onsend this story
Melges 17 US National Championship - A perfect day of racing Andy Burdick, Melges 17 US Nationals turn up the heat – the best part of day two was the perfect wind condition for the Melges 17. Jamie Jones the PRO fired up another race right away. The Race Committee adjusted the mark left as a slight shift came through. The second race of the day and fifth race in the championship series, was a battle between local hero Jim Hilgard and now overall leader Fidler.... [more] Onsend this story
18' Skiff International Regatta - Spectacular racing guaranteed Rich Roberts, 18' Skiff International Regatta - 18s' 8th annual thrill show under way on the Bay. The diverse Bay sailing scene has shifted over the last couple of days from a splash and crash 505 dinghy Worlds last week to a wooden boat regatta Sunday and now to perhaps the wildest exhibition of racing on the edge: the eighth annual 18' Skiff International Regatta Monday through Friday.... [more] Onsend this story
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