Welcome Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 9 September 2009
Some very positive news from the America's Cup scene, well from those who would have been involved in the 33rd America's Cup had it been held as originally planned in July of this year. After wandering in the America's Cup wilderness for two years eight professional racing teams came together last night in Paris to announce the formation of the World Sailing Teams Association and the launch of the Louis Vuitton World Series.
While some will be quick to note that not every box has been ticked, the situation is a lot more solid than that for the launch function for the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series back in 2008 - the Series was very light on detail at that juncture, but developed into a magnificent show of sailing. This one will be no different. Plus an event in the home of the America's Cup, Newport, is a real possibility.
In this edition we bring you full details of the Louis Vuitton World Series announcement, and will continue to do so as this exciting event is taken to the next level.
We also have several image galleries, in this edition, including a series of large screen shots from the record breaking run by the French foiler l'Hydroptere and a gallery from the Six Metre Worlds on Rhode Island Sound by photographer, Paul Todd. Plus there's the latest update from the Melges 32 North Americans in San Francisco.
Hydroptère beat the outright sailing speed record with a run at 51,36 knts Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget
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Images of the Sixes sailing on Rhode Island Sound Paul Todd, Outside Images, Top international sailing photographer, Paul Todd, presents these images of the Six Metre Worlds sailed at Rhode Island Sound... [more] Onsend this story
Melges 32 North American Championship - Jesberg wins International Melges 32 Class Association, Don Jesberg (San Francisco, Calif.) on USA-162 Viva along with his entirely Corinthian crew of tactician Zarko Draganic, Andrew Holdsworth, Thomas Iseler, Eric Baumhoff, Stephen Marsh, Jeff Wayne and Kristen Loewenthal wins the event... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Snipe World Championship Day 2 report Craig Leweck, If there was a form guide for the Snipe World Championship, the first two days of competition would have done little to shake the faith of the prognosticators. Despite another day of challenging conditions for the 49 boat fleet, the cream is definitely rising to the top.... [more] Onsend this story
Dalts on what's behind the World Sailing Teams and LV World Series ValenciaSailing.com, Following the presentation of the Louis Vuitton World Series ValenciaSailing talked to Grant Dalton, CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand, who was repeatedly mentioned by all participants as a key person in the establishment of the World Sailing Team Association and the new professional yacht racing circuit. Dalton spoke about the Series and his team.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from the World Sailing Teams Association announcement in Paris Louis Vuitton World Series media, Images from the launch of the World Sailing Teams Association and Louis Vuitton World series function in Paris on 8 September.... [more] Onsend this story
Images of Hyeres; l'Hydroptere cracks through the 51kt mark Gilles Martin-raget, Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was in Hyeres to record the French foiler, l'Hydroptere crack through 51kts setting two new speed records over 500 metres and 1000metres - both marks are yet to be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Council... [more] Onsend this story
World Match Racing Tour Argo Group Gold Cup looms as penultimate event Talbot Wilson, With three weeks and one World Match Racing Tour event to go, the Argo Group Gold Cup looks like it will be the race of champions. The competition for the 102 year-old King Edward VII Gold Cup is always hot; and the 2009 skippers will battle to the end to get their name etched on the golden prize beside those of the world's top match race sailors.... [more] Onsend this story
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Beau Geste fastest Media Pro Int'l, After two days of racing in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2009 the leaders of the five classifications remain unchanged: Jean Charles' Decaux's J One (GBR) in the Wally division; Patrizio Bertelli's Luna Rossa (ITA) in the Mini Maxi Racing; Michael Cotter's Whisper (IRL) in Mini Maxi Cruising/Racing; Filippo Faruffini's Roma – Aniene (ITA) in Racing/Cruising; and Velsheda (GBR) in the Cruising/Spirit... [more] Onsend this story
Gladwell's Line: Louis Vuitton's fabulous gift to Sailing Richard Gladwell, The announcement, overnight, of the Louis Vuitton World Series, should see a huge hole filled in Sailing's shop window. While some might quibble as to whether whether the right processes have been followed in obtaining the sanction of the International Sailing Federation, the world sailing body should not waste too much time on this at its upcoming Executive Committee Meeting. It's a no brainer.... [more] Onsend this story
British World Series participation in doubt Stuart Alexander, The Independent, Britain's participation in the Louis Vuitton World Series was still dangling in doubt today despite confident predictions by all the top managers that America's Cup challenger Team Origin would surely be included. The series kicks off with a regatta in Nice from 7-22 November and will be followed by a repeat of the Pacific Series earlier this year in Auckland at the end of next February and March.... [more] Onsend this story
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Leaders remain unchanged Media Pro Int'l, After two days of racing in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2009 the leaders of the five classifications remain unchanged: Jean Charles' Decaux's J One (GBR) in the Wally division; Patrizio Bertelli's Luna Rossa (ITA) in the Mini Maxi Racing; Michael Cotter's Whisper (IRL) in Mini Maxi Cruising/Racing; Filippo Faruffini's Roma – Aniene (ITA) in Racing/Cruising; and Velsheda (GBR) in the Cruising/Spirit... [more] Onsend this story
Jochen Schumann joins host team for Nice, Louis Vuitton World Series Stephanie Nadin, A new era has come in the sport of sailing with the launch of the Louis Vuitton World Series. It is also a new day for K-Challenge, a team who never stopped working since it took par to the 32nd America's Cup, including a participation in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series last February.... [more] Onsend this story
Solo 16-year-old sailor hits merchant ship BW, Jessica Watson, 16-year-old who had set off from Mooloolaba to Sydney on a leg which was to be a precursor to her attempt to solo sail the world non-stop and unassisted, has hit a cargo ship less than 24 hours after leaving port.... [more] Onsend this story
RS:X World Championships Race Report for day four Rory Ramsden, RS:X World Championships Race Report for day four. Now that the fleets have been fixed with the top half racing in the gold fleets and the rest in the silver. We have changed the procedure so that the two gold fleets go out together. First off the start line were the women. For once the Spanish dream team were not in control.... [more] Onsend this story
Fisher's View: Louis Vuitton World Series Bob Fisher, It may not be the America's Cup, but sure as Hell it promises to be a great deal more exciting and fun. And the excitement and the fun will not be restricted to the sailors but will extend to a broader audience – the spectators and the television viewers at home. Based on the same formula as the highly successful and popular Louis Vuitton Pacific Cup that was held in Auckland in February...... [more] Onsend this story
Louis Vuitton World Series: First events in Nice, Auckland and Italy Keith Taylor, The Mayor of Nice, the World Sailing Team Association (WSTA) and Louis Vuitton are pleased to announce that the first Louis Vuitton World Series event will be held in Nice, France on the 7- 22 November 2009. The second Louis Vuitton World Series event is scheduled for March 2010 in Auckland, New Zealand, followed by a Series in La Maddalena (Italy) in May 2010.... [more] Onsend this story
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Day Two Happy Campers Event Media, Day two of the 2009 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup dawned bright and clear. The wind had backed a little to the north, and was blowing a fresh 15 knots, but the sea state remained large and lumpy. The Racing Mini Maxis, once again the first start pathfinders, were shorn of one of their number before the day began.... [more] Onsend this story
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