Anna Tunnicliffe (4) rounding the leeward mark - Detroit Cup 2009 Paul Tunnicliffe
Welcome Sail-World.Com's USA's newsletter for 5 September 2009
A new, provisional sailing speed record, in fact two records, have been set by the French foiler, l'Hydoptere sailing/flying off Hyeres, France overnight. The new 500 metre mark has been lifted to over 51kts and during the run, she hit a top speed of 55kts.
We have a brief report in this issue plus photos from the record attempt.
No significant news on the America's Cup front - save for a commentary piece which looks at the confidential agreement between the International Sailing Federation and Societe Nautique de Geneve. The latter claims that there is nothing unusual in the agreement, and that the New York Court agreed with them on that point. However that view was not shared by BMW Oracle Racing team boss, Larry Ellison, who saw the agreement - after the Court had given it the big tick.
There's another commentary from Eric Sharp, of the Detroit Free Press, a veteran US sailing and America's Cup writer - giving his always 'must read' view of the state of the America's Cup.
Hydroptère beat the overall sailing speed record with a run at 51,36 knts ( subject to ratification by WSSRC) Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget
In the commentary we look at what could be in the document, based on the thrust of the affidavits lodged late last week by Golden gate YC, the club of BMW Oracle Racing.
From the same affidavits, we are sure that BOR90 measures in over the 90ft Load Waterline Length, using the rules published in early August by SNG. So clearly there are some tense times ahead in the America's Cup legal saga. No papers have yet been filed in respect of the venue in Ras al Khamiah, however they are expected in a few weeks.
Action stations in the 49er European Championship 49er
In this issue we have the latest reports from International 18ft skiff series in San Francisco plus the latest news from the World Match Racing Tour event in St Moritz, Switzerland, and the Detroit Cup in, well, Detroit.
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Gladwell's Line: Secret America's Cup Agreement revealed? Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com, The sailing world has gained some insights into confidential agreement between the International Sailing Federation and the America's Cup Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve. An affidavit from sailing rules guru, Bryan Willis (GBR), traverses the independence and impartiality of an ISAF appointed International Jury, used for events like the America's Cup. Such advice is not randomly volunteered.... [more] Onsend this story
l'Hydroptère sets new record for the 500 and 1000nm Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, l'Hydroptère, the French foiling trimaran became the fastest yacht on the planet yesterday, setting a new record for the 500 metre mark of 51.36 knots, thus beating the previous record set by kitesurfer Alex Caizergues who held the previous record of 50.57kts set in Namibia last year.... [more] Onsend this story
RS:X Windsurfing World Championships - Mens and Womens reports Day One Rory Ramsden, RS:X Windsurfing World Championships. If the men were out on the ragged edge, the women's fleet were pushed even harder today. There was plenty of swimming and unscheduled flights over the handle bars but plenty of smiling faces after two races in the big breeze served up by the WPNSA today.... [more] Onsend this story
l'Hydroptère - First day, first record and they keep coming! l'Hydroptère.com, l'Hydroptère. Alain Thébault and his eight crew members started their first day of training this morning in the Hyères harbour. During the fourth run, l'Hydroptère team significantly improved the record over one nautical mile at 44.9 knots*.... [more] Onsend this story
Detroit Cup 2009: Day 2 ends initial Round Robin Anna Tunnicliffe, Racing for the first round robin at the 2009 Detroit Cupconcluded today. We had four races to do this morning and finished with a 3-1 record to add to our 5-2 record from yesterday. We finished the round 1st overall and will enter the quarter-finals tomorrow racing the number eight seed, Reuben Corbett from New Zealand.... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup: Statement from the Société Nautique de Genève Daphne Morgan Barnicoat. Alinghi Media, Fred Meyer, Vice-Commodore of the Societe Nautique de Geneve, current Defenders of the America's Cup, has issued the following statement commenting on the America's Cup latest litigation initiated by the Challenger, Golden Gate YC... [more] Onsend this story
18' Skiff International Regatta - Hamlin stays upright Rich Roberts, 18' Skiff International Regatta day one report. The eighth annual 18' Skiff International Regatta hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club the winners were the only ones who didn't get dunked. Hamlin's team remained the only one of 13 that never flipped, certainly a factor in achieving his fifth win in this regatta.... [more] Onsend this story
Entry deadlines approaching for 2009 Melges 24 World Championship Melges 24 Association Media, With its European Championship concluded the International Melges 24 Class now turns it attention to the forthcoming 2009 Melges 24 World Championship, which is being hosted by Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis from October 23-31. To encourage early entry the organizers are running a special Early Bird draw for those who complete their entry by this Monday 7 September... [more] Onsend this story
Laser SB3 World Championship Final Day report Katie Ashworth, Laser SB3 World Championships 2009 - The normal dockside banter was missing this morning in Cascais on the final day. The fleet lined up for the first start of the day but were promptly recalled with at least 20 boats over the start line with 15 seconds to the gun.... [more] Onsend this story
Laser Master World Championships - Bott leads Apprentice Class Event Media, Laser Master World Championships. For the Master division (45 to 54 years old) with nine races complete, Brazilian Carlos Eduardo Wanderley remains in first, followed by Greg Adams of Australia in second, and Joao of Ramos of Brazil in third. Nigel Heath is the top Canadian in fifth spot.... [more] Onsend this story
Melges 32 North American Championship this weekend Melges 32 media, Melges 32 North American Championship kicks off this weekend at the Sausalito Yacht Club and runs from September 5-7. Entries include various local favorites such as North American Fleet President Stephen Pugh on USA-158 Taboo with Seadon Wijsen on tactics, John Kilroy on USA-13131 Samba Pa Ti will employ the tactical expertise of Morgan Reeser.... [more] Onsend this story
St Moritz Match Race - Mirsky Racing Team straight into Semi Final MaxComm, St. Moritz Match Race. The Australian sailor Torvar Mirsky, Mirsky Racing Team, aged 24, won the Round Robin. The last four flights of the Round Robin took place in difficult conditions this afternoon. Indeed, the wind was quite irregular and some of the situations encountered on the water made it very hard for the teams to choose the right option.... [more] Onsend this story
Tornado World Champions 2009 - Bundock and Ashby Patricia Kirschner, Tornado Worlds Racing Day 5 – Even though an early start was scheduled for the last day of the 2009 Tornado Worlds the wind did not arrive and racing was not possible. Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby added another World Title to the several existing. Bundock is now seven times Tornado World Champion, three of them with crew Glenn Ashby. They are also three times F18 World Champions and... [more] Onsend this story
Bridge to Bridge Race San Francisco - images from Chris Ray Chris Ray, Chris Ray has sent these images from Thursday's Bridge to Bridge Race, held by the St Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco.... [more] Onsend this story
A few words of wisdom from Paul Cayard Scuttlebutt.com, The responsibility of being ‘Defender', or more correctly, ‘Trustee', is a fiduciary responsibility to the Deed of Gift, its donor and beneficiaries, to run a proper event that is in the best interest of the Cup.... [more] Onsend this story
Chesapeake Log Canoes in action from Andrew Campbell Andrew Campbell, For those of you that haven't seen these Chesapeake Log Canoes in action, or choose not to believe it even when you have seen it: here are a few photos from a couple weekends ago.... [more] Onsend this story
18ft Skiffs International Regatta: Winnings back to their winning ways Rich Roberts, 18' Skiff International Regatta - The Winnings are, well, winning again, and the 18s ruled the waves of San Francisco Bay in Thursday's traditional Bridge to Bridge Race run in conjunction with the eighth annual 18' Skiff International Regatta.... [more] Onsend this story
Detroit Cup - Anna Tunnicliffe reports on her 5-2 day Anna Tunnicliffe, Anna Tunnicliffe reports from the 2009 Detroit Cup. The racing was held just off of the sea wall at Bayview YC, so other competitors and spectators could get some close-up action. We had great wind and a lot of current.... [more] Onsend this story
Will America's Cup legal disputes ever end? Eric Sharp, Freep.com, If you're a law student and wondering what would be a lucrative field to enter, give serious consideration to becoming a lawyer for the Swiss or American teams fighting over the rules for the next America's Cup. It's looking like this dispute will carry you into retirement.... [more] Onsend this story
Laser Masters World Championships - Smiles all round Event media, 2009 Nautel Laser Masters World Championships. The sea breeze returned to St. Margaret's Bay on Thursday. 'There were a lot of smiles out there today,' said Gerry Giffin, president of the Canadian Yachting Association and a competitor. 'This is what people came here for, some great days of racing.'... [more] Onsend this story
St Moritz Match Race - Strong day for Williams and Gilmour MaxComm, St Mortiz Match Race. After a short delay for the weather to improve the Race Committee got racing under way just after lunchtime and benefited from a good breeze – although quite shifty and not as strong as yesterday – to complete eight flights. Altogether the twelve teams racing in St. Moritz Match race have finished 18 flights in two days out of the 22 required to complete the Round Robin.... [more] Onsend this story
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