Welcome Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 21 September 2009
Two international regattas concluded over the weekend, with success for USA. Although Emirates Team New Zealand took their fourth straight win in the Audi MedCup, defending champion, Quantum Racing (USA) did enough in the final races to take second place overall in the series. USA came away with four medals from the Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth England.
The MedCup win was virtually in the Emriates Team NZ kit-bag before the series started, however in the fresh winds of Cartagena, NZL-380 went up another gear and really the focus of this series was about who was going to finish second. In the end, that place went to Quantum Racing (USA), the defending champion, ahead of Artemis (SWE).
Where to from here, is the next question ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand and many of the other professional sailing teams. While these teams are primarily geared at the America's Cup, there is little likelihood of quick action on that front with currently three legal actions in various states of play in the New York Court system - and a fourth action possible if the Venue announcement is litigated.
Rough conditions at the Star North American Championship. - Star North Americans 2009 Allen Clark
Obviously the New Zealand based team will be a major player on the new Louis Vuitton World Series, if that event gets the necessary sign-off from the International Sailing Federation. Emirates Team New Zealand will also be competing in the next Audi MedCup, and from what we have seen this year should go into the next America's Cup with a very cohesive crew, not distracted by the shenanigans of trying to run a multihull challenge/defence.
If the 33rd America's Cup does take place on 8 February 2010, then many of the current issues relating to rules, measurement etc will be blown away - particularly if BMW Oracle Racing that event, and hold true to staging the 34th America's Cup as a multi challenger event in July 2011. On current form, Emirates Team New Zealand would have to be a very strong contender to win that regatta, given the relatively short time frames involved and the cohesiveness and focus of their crew.
An Alinghi win would see the 34th America's Cup organised on a similar time frame, but against a backdrop of litigation as continued after the 1988 Mis-Match.
Alinghi 5 on a final training session in Genoa, Italy. Bruno Cocozza@Alinghi
If litigation results in further delays to the staging of the 33rd America's Cup, then the professional teams will have to survive on a diet of reduced sponsorship opportunities in the medium and long term. A rethink of the options, will be required.
A key player in all this is the International Sailing Federation, who must act decisively to lead the sport out the current America's Cup morass, and assist the professional teams to remain viable. ISAF does possess considerable powers in this regard. In this issue we feature a previously confidential letter written by Sir Russell Coutts to the ISAF President, Goran Petersson, questioning the role the world body has played in their dealings with Alinghi and BMW Oracle Racing.
US Sailing's Olympic program received another boost with two bronze medals won in the Finn class and Womens Match Racing, at the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta, sailed in the 2012 Olympic venue of Weymouth, England. USA won Gold medal two of the three Paralympic events.
We have featured full reports on these events and many others, along with some great image galleries, in this edition
Images from SF Bay: 29er US Nationals - Day 1 Erik Simonson, h2oshots.com, Erik Simonson of www.h20shots.com provides this gallery of images from Day 1 of the US 29er Nationals being sailed in San Francisco... [more] Onsend this story
Al Hamra Island, Ras al Khaimah - video call Sail-World Asia, It's another video-visit to Ras al Khaimah, courtesy of Astrid in Dubai. There's certainly activity on Al Hamra Island. Tents. Tarmac. Tape measures. Take a look:... [more] Onsend this story
Lightning World Championship concludes Event media, Matt Fisher, Tobi Moriarty, and Dan Moriarty are the 2009 Lightning World Champions. At the beginning of the final beat of the final race of the 2009 Lightning World Championship, any of the top three boats had a shot at claiming the title.... [more] Onsend this story
29er US National Championship images from Chris Ray Chris Ray images, 29er's US National Championships images from Chris Ray. The St Francis Yacht Club is hosting the event on San Francisco Bay.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from Skandia Sail for Gold, Weymouth onedition, onedition presents a gallery of images from the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta, sailed at the 2012 Olympic venue in Weymouth, England.... [more] Onsend this story
Alinghi 5 flies for the final time in Genoa Bruno Cocozza - Alinghi, Top international photographer, Bruno Cocozza, took these images of Alinghi 5 in one of her last training sessions in Genoa, Italy, before being shipped to the United Arab Emirates.... [more] Onsend this story
Coutts' letter released to ISAF President on Cup secret agreement Richard Gladwell, In a confidential letter to the International Sailing Federation, BMW Oracle Racing skipper and CEO, Sir Russell Coutts requested a meeting with the ISAF Executive Committee. The Executive Committee met last weekend in Copenhagen, Denmark and Sail-World understands that a meeting took place, with both BMW Oracle Racing and Alinghi, with ISAF meeting both separately.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 US E Scow Nationals Oshkosh - News,Results and Images Sail-World.com, The 2009 E Scow Nationals hosted by the Oshkosh Yacht Club on Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin was sailed a week ago. Here is the report. More images will be added soon.... [more] Onsend this story
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - the wrap Barbara Mc Gowan, No one knew quite what to expect, even though a year and a half of planning went into getting 19 teams from 14 nations to Newport, R.I., for the inaugural New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.... [more] Onsend this story
Emirates Team NZ's mission accomplished with win in MedCup Warren Douglas, Emirates Team New Zealand has won the final regatta in the Audi MedCup circuit and taken the 2009 series title. Only one race was held on the last day at Cartagena, Spain. NZL380 finished second behind Synergy (Russia). NZL380 finished the regatta on 10 points, followed by Bigamist 7 (Portugal) on 23 and Quantum Racing (USA) on 27.... [more] Onsend this story
Chicago Match Race Center September 'B' Regatta - Hardesty in the lead CMRC media, Bill Hardesty and his team continued their winning ways today in Day One of the September 'B' Regatta of the Chicago Match Race Center, leading the pack on scores of 7-2. But also doing well in this stage of the competition is local-based Nathan Hollerbach, who also amassed a strong 7-2 score.... [more] Onsend this story
Chicago Match Race Center's September 'A' Regatta - Hardesty wins CMRC media, Chicago Match Race Center's (CMRC) September 'A' Regatta. After an undefeated effort in the Round Robin and Quarter Finals in Day One, former Match Race and Etchells class World Champion Bill Hardesty continued his winning streak to win.... [more] Onsend this story
Anna Tunnicliffe - Bronze at Sail for Gold Regatta Anna Tunnicliffe, Anna Tunnicliffe reports on her race to win the Bronze medal at the Sail For Gold Regatta in Weymouth. The series was a best-of-three series. We knew the racing was going to be close, and it was. When we first got out there, the breeze was dying. We sat around for three hours as we waited for it to fill back in, and when it did, it was perfect. It was shifty, but this kept the game challeng... [more] Onsend this story
Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy - Winners are grinners MedCup media, Islas Canarias won today to clinch the Audi MedCup for the GP42 Series, whilst Emirates Team New Zealand won their fourth regatta on the trot and are Audi MedCup 2009 TP52 champions... [more] Onsend this story
Skandia Sail for Gold - USA Wins Two Bronze, Two Gold Medals Marni Lane, USA's medal count doubled today at Sail for Gold when Olympic Silver Medalist Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) won a bronze in the Finn class and Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), crew Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer (Redwood City, Calif.) and Alice Manard (Charleston, S.C.) won a bronze in the new Elliott 6 m.... [more] Onsend this story
MedCup Circuit - Tribute in Cartagena Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, The MedCup Circuit was started by a group of individuals and it has continued to attract discerning, experienced owners who thrive on the close competition which the class provides with the crucial mix of real time racing but also the scope of Box Rule designs which allow them to explore different design ideas.... [more] Onsend this story
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - Host club leads Barby MacGowan, New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - 19 teams from 14 nations at the inaugural event have sorted themselves on the race course. With two third-place finishes and a tenth to round things out today, the New York Yacht Club has 39 overall points to the 52 carried by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club team, skippered by Terry McLaughlin.... [more] Onsend this story
Star North American Championship - New Champions Lynn Fitzpatrick - Worldregattas.com, Report from the final day of the Star North American Championship by Lynn Fitzpatrick. Andy Horton and Steve Erickson (USA) were in command of the 2009 Star North American Championship and kept the upper hand on the 47-boat fleet right through the final race of the series.... [more] Onsend this story
Soling World Championship - Canadians take the lead Matias Collins, modified by Sail-World.com, 2009 Soling Worlds, Lake Ontario Canada. The fleet sailed in excellent conditions. The wind started from the northwest and then shifted to the north. It was blowing mostly between 16 and 19 knots with some gusts reaching the 25, and the local teams showed their knowledge.... [more] Onsend this story
Images of the MedCup, Cartagena - Day 5 - Master Blasters Chris Cameron, Top international sailing photographer, Chris Cameron presents this gallery of images from Day 5 the Audi MedCup at Cartagena... [more] Onsend this story
Anna Tunnicliffe - Bronze battle tomorrow Anna Tunnicliffe, Anna Tunnicliffe reports from Weymouth's Sail for Gold regatta. Tomorrow, we will race France's Claire Leroy for the Bronze medal. Today was an up-and-down day for us.... [more] Onsend this story
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics - Two Gold medals at Sail For Gold Marni Lane, The strong and shifty gusts in Weymouth didn't deter two US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) teams from winning gold medals today in the Paralympic classes at Sail for Gold. Today was the final day of racing for the three Paralympic classes and the final day of fleet racing before tomorrow's Medal Races for nine out of 10 Olympic classes.... [more] Onsend this story
Skandia Sail for Gold Day Five - Exciting finale for Finn competition Robert Deaves IFA, Skandia Sail for Gold. The final qualification day at the 2009 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth brought more of the same, with cold and shifty moderate north-easterly winds mixing up the fleet. With several of the top sailors picking up high scores, the points at the top narrowed. Just five points now separate second to fourth.... [more] Onsend this story
MedCup Cartagena - Emirates Team New Zealand again Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, Audi MedCup Circuit Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy. While conditions were not as tough as Thursday's, the breezes in each successive race proved different, hard to read, and a over the three contests a comprehensive test for tacticians and crews in both TP52 and GP 42 Series.... [more] Onsend this story
Etchells North American Championships - Day Two Sail-World.com, .2009 Glenfiddich Etchells North American Championship being sailed on Toronto Harbour, from the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. On Day one of the 2009 Etchells North American titles two races were sailed. US sailor Bruce Burton who won the Etchells World Championship in this same venue in 1986 had an excellent regatta start. On Dayt two, three races were sailed and the podium places changed.... [more] Onsend this story
Andrew Campbell - Poised for a comeback... still Andrew Campbell, Andrew Campbell reports from Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth, UK. 'If it were easy, everybody would be doing it.' That's what my coach Bill Ward used to say about racing on the international circuit.... [more] Onsend this story
Chicago Match Race Center's September A regatta - Hardesty undefeated CMRC Media, Day One of the Chicago Match Race Center's September A regatta. 'It was tricky in the waves and light wind especially in the pre-starts,' said Hardesty. 'We were lucky to have lots of experience in these boats and able to come from behind with boatspeed.'... [more] Onsend this story
Star North American Championship - Horton cracks the code Lynn Fitzpatrick Worldregattas.com, Star North American Championship report. Horton/Erickson (USA) cracked the code of Long Island Sound's wind shifts and flushing current and walked away from Thursday's two races of the 2009 Star North American Championship with two horizon jobs.... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship preview Dana Paxton, Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship preview. Scheduled for September 24-27, the regatta will be preceded by the Windy City Match Race, September 22-23. As the premier owner/driver one-design class, Farr 40 owners annually determine the group's racing schedule, and it was unanimous that the North Americans take place in Chicago.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Soling Worlds, light winds at the second day of racing Matias Collins, 2009 Soling Worlds - it was a Brazilian day; BRA 73 had a bullet in the first race and a third in the second, bringing them up to the second place overall. In race one, the right outside part of the lake paid as there seemed to be a bit more wind.... [more] Onsend this story
Anna Tunnicliffe - Sail for Gold - Three wins to advance Anna Tunnicliffe, Anna Tunnicliffe reports from the Sail for Gold regatta at Weymouth. The day started with group A finishing up their four races to complete their round robin, and then we went out to sail.... [more] Onsend this story
Golden Gate not happy with ISAF 'secret' agreement on America's Cup Golen Gate YC Media, Following yesterday's unexpected release of the so=called 'secret agreement' between the International Sailing Federation and Societe Nautique de Geneve, the Challenger of Record have issued a statement commenting on the agreement and the advantage they believe it confers on the Defender (SNG/Team Alinghi).... [more] Onsend this story
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup: 'Game on' as NYYC leads Barby MacGowan, New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. Lotz gave credit to his team and tactician Ken Read (Newport, R.I.), known as one of the best sailors in the world, for a remarkable comeback in the second race that took them from sorry-at the-start to phenomenal-at-the-finish. Having jumped the start gun with three others, the team was called back to clear itself and begin again.... [more] Onsend this story
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta approaches its climax Event media, The Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta approaches its climax. Skandia Team GBR sailor Paul Goodison, the Beijing 2008 Laser gold medallist, brought to an end Tom Slingsby's (AUS) impressive record of five wins from five races in the final Laser class race of the day.... [more] Onsend this story
MedCup Circuit: TeamOrigin onboard for 2010 Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, Britain's TeamOrigin, following an announcement yesterday, will be stepping up their sailing activities again, there has been confirmation that the team plan to compete on next year's Audi MedCup Circuit.... [more] Onsend this story
MedCup Circuit Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy underway Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, Audi MedCup Circuit Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy: As if to display exactly why they are the champions-in-waiting of the 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit TP52 Series, Emirates Team New Zealand produced a flawless display across two very challenging big breeze races today to set themselves off on the perfect footing as the Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy finally got under way.... [more] Onsend this story
Star North Americans - Clarke and Bjorn and the P Star surf ahead Lynn Fitzpatrick - Worldregattas.com, Star North American Championships report from day two of competition. Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn (CAN) surfed their way to two bullets in an easterly that swept swells and saturated rain clouds down Long Island Sound.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Soling World Championship day one- Lake Ontario, Toronto, Canada Event media, Day One for the 2009 Soling World Championship being sailed on Lake Ontario in Toronto, Canada. The wind built up from northeast and then went more to the east. Initially winds were around 10 knots but conditions built, there was some short chop and the wind kept increasing with gusts reaching 20 knots.... [more] Onsend this story
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup images from Leighton O'Connor Leighton O'Connor, New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup day one. Photographer Leighton O'Connor took these images from race one of the event.... [more] Onsend this story
NYYC Invitational Cup - day 1 is 'a ripper' NYYC Media, The opening race, sailed in lumpy seas and an 18-knot easterly on Rhode Island Sound, started the regatta off with lots of action, as the Canadian boat, helmed by Terry McLaughlin, battled most closely with the New York Yacht Club, Royal Cork Yacht Club (IRL) and Japan Sailing Federation for best position between the start and the first mark two miles to windward.... [more] Onsend this story
Anna Tunnicliffe Day 2 and 3 reports from Sail for Gold Regatta Anna Tunnicliffe, Anna Tunnicliffe reports from the Sail for Gold Regatta at Weymouth, UK. Today was blown out for most classes here at the Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth, England... [more] Onsend this story
Gladwell's Line: ISAF releases confidential document ahead of Hearing Richard Gladwell, The International Sailing Federation have released the hitherto confidential America's Cup agreement ahead of a telephone hearing the New York Supreme Court. Yesterday permission was sought from the New York Supreme Court by Sailing Scuttlebutt's America's Cup correspondent Cory Friedman, who had filed papers with the Court, to have the agreement made public.... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup - ISAF requests permission to file Amicus Curiae Brief ISAF, The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today asked the New York Supreme Court for permission to file an Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) brief in the litigation between the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) and the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) regarding the 33rd America's Cup.... [more] Onsend this story
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