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Sail-World USA: 23 September 2009

Pedro Sardina looks at the Volvo Ocean Race, America's Cup and trends in professional sailing generally  Volvo Ocean Race ©
Welcome Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 23 September 2009

America's Cup legal action takes centre stage again in this edition, with the determination of the Customs House Registry issue, by Justice Shirley Kornreich in the New York Supreme Court.

In her decision she covers a lot of ground, in a very readable review. In this issue we have featured the two very different reactions of the two warring parties, and also feature an analysis on the Decision and the Rules issue, expected to be raised.

This Decision is just the scene setter for another legal motion which will focus on the rules to be used in the regatta, an action into which the International Sailing Federation has been led by Societe Nautique de Geneve.

In this action, the agreement with the International Sailing Federation is expected to be closely scrutinised, and it is difficult to see how that agreement can be sustained. But that is a matter for the Courts to determine, not us - although several are having their say in our America's Cup e-Mailbag.

Mascalzone Latino's ACC boats fitted out for the Louis Vuitton Series. Valencia, 21 September 2009.

There has been no official response by the International Sailing Federation to the Louis Vuitton World Series, with the first event scheduled to get underway off Nice in France in just six weeks time. We understand that a crucial meeting will take place next week between the Louis Vuitton Word Series and the World Match Racing Tour. In this issue we feature an interview with Peter Gilmour,the acting President for the World Tour.

That same group, World Match Racing Tour has changed hands, and we feature that story in this issue.

Battle stations on Day 2 US 29er Nationals, San Francisco Bay.   Erik

Staying with professional racing, winner of the last Volvo Ocean Race, Ericsson, have announced that they will not be entering the 2010/11 event. We have that story in this edition, along with reflections from Ericsson 3's bowman Martin Krite three months after the race finished. There is expected to be the announcement of the first entry for the next edition of the round the world race, next week. Meanwhile Pedro Sardina, a top Spanish sailing journalist gives his views on the Volvo Ocean Race, the America's Cup and the professional sailing scene, generally.

Emirates Team New Zealand launches on Day 4 of the Audi MedCup  Ian Roman/Audi MedCup ©

The 12 Metres are back in Newport again, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the class being used for the America's Cup, in this edition we have images and reports from the first day of racing. Same for the Melges 32's which have started their World Championship in Porto Cervo.

An E-scow cluster - 7918 - 2009 E Scow Nationals hosted by the Oshkosh Yacht Club  Tammy L Sawyer

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Melges 24 Worlds - Sponsors and competitors in preparation for event
International Melges 24 Class Association,
Annapolis local hero Chris Larson outlines his preparations for the 2009 Melges 24 World Championship as Pusser's Rum confirms sponsorship for the event... [more]
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IRC certificates discount rate on offer
Luiz E Kahl,
The USSailing and RORC Rating Office are pleased to announce that 2009 IRC certificates issued after 30th September 2009 will be charged at only 50% of the standard rate.... [more]
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12 Metre Worlds - images from Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor images,
Photographer Leighton O'Connor took these images on day one of the 12 Metre World Championship.... [more]
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12 Metre World Championship - Sailors experience Déjà vu
Jan Harley,
12 Metre World Championship report. Divided into four divisions – Grand Prix, Modern, Traditional and Vintage – the 17 competing yachts sailed three races today, all in different wind levels in the Twelves old stomping grounds off Brenton Point. The southwesterly breeze went from light, increasing to 12 knots for race two.... [more]
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More Audi Melges 32 World Championship images
Guido Trombetta/B-plan & Carlo Borlenghi images,
More Guido Trombetta/BPplan and Carlo Borlenghi images from the Audi Melges 32 World Championship in Porto Cervo, Italy.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Battle of Biscay won
Clipper Event media,
The Clipper 09-10 race viewer indicates this morning that Hull & Humber may have won the Battle of Biscay. With only a few miles to go before rounding Cape Finisterre the team has a comfortable lead on the rest of the fleet. Despite having issues with their spinnaker Hull & Humber's decision to stay further offshore as they head towards Cape Finisterre has paid dividends.... [more]
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America's Cup E-Mailbag - latest correspondence
Various correspondents,
More letters as the life is slowly choked out of the America's Cup. Sail-World is happy to publish our readers' views an opinions on the America's Cup: Please address your contributions to Here Skip Lissiman (Australia II) comments, plus a letter from Spain, and now comment on the latest decisions from the New York Supreme Court... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Race 2, Day 2 - Hull & Humber eases into the lead
Clipper event media,
Clipper 09-10 Race 2, Day 2 - La Rochelle to Rio De Janeiro... [more]
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Gilmour pours cold water on Louis Vuitton World Series
In an interview with, the new head of the World Match Racing Tour, Peter Gilmour, has revealed that the WMRT have sole the rights to use of 'World' in their Championship title as regards matchracing, and that any new event pitched at the professional level of the sport would require the sanction of ProMatch Tour Ltd. It is believed that these rights stem from an agreement ...... [more]
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Audi Melges 32 World Championship images from Guido Trombetta
Guido Trombetta/B-plan images,
Guido Trombetta/BPplan present this gallery of images from the Audi Melges 32 World Championship in Porto Cervo, Italy.... [more]
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America's Cup Defender hints at action over 'unsportsmanlike' comment
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve have hinted, through their legal counsel, Barry Ostrager that the International Sailing Federation could take action against Golden Gate Yacht Club following the comments made by Justice Shirley Kornreich suggesting that the Challenger had engaged in unsportsmanlike behaviour In a story in the US legal news website, a story has been... [more]
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Audi Melges 32 World Championship Day One report - Italy in control
Joy Dunigan,
Audi Melges 32 World Championship day one report. Racing commenced on time under partly cloudy skies and moderate breezes with the left side of the line strongly favored. Upwind, the right initially appeared to be productive. For the second race of the day, the breeze dropped off slightly.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup images from Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor images,
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - Photographer Leighton O'Connor has sent us these images of the racing at Newport, Rhode Island.... [more]
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Emirates Team New Zealand - blasting in Cartagena
Emirates Team NZ,
Check out this stunning video from Emirates Team New Zealand competing in the final round of the Audi MedCup in Cartagena, Spain.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - Ericsson will not compete
Ericsson Racing Team media,
Ericsson's statement regarding their decision not to compete in the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race. 'The decision was not easy for Ericsson, since the race has served us extremely well and the feedback from our customers is great. But we achieved everything we hoped for and thus it is now natural to pause and? seek out new opportunities.'... [more]
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Andrew Campbell - Lesson learned in Weymouth
Andrew Campbell,
Andrew Campbell summarises his Sail for Gold regatta efforts. What a regatta Sail for Gold ended up being! Yikes. It didn't seem like we were able to get any breaks throughout the event. The strong northeasterlies forced us to sit ashore for a day and a half of what could have been very good racing.... [more]
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Three months later, Martin Krite reflects on the Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Martin Krite, bowman on board Ericsson 3 reflects on the race, three months later: To sail the Volvo Ocean Race was I dream I have had since I was a kid. To live your dream is a privilege that not many people get to do, but I was fortunate to get the opportunity. It was an adventure beyond the usual where I pushed myself to the utmost limits, both physically and mentally, time and time again.... [more]
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Two views of the latest America's Cup Legal Decision
Alinghi Media and BMW Oracle Racing Media,
Both Societe Nautique de Geneve and Golden Gate Yacht Club have responded to Justice Shirley Kornreich's decision handed down in the New York Supreme Court, today: 'The statement from Societe Nautique de Geneve reads: 'In her ruling relating to a hearing on 10 August, New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich highlights '...the unsportsmanlike behavior of Golden Gate...'... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship Entry deadline approaching
Melges 24 media,
The 2009 Melges 24 World Championship, being held in Annapolis, Maryland, US from 23-31 October is now just over a month away and the initial deadline for entries is tomorrow, Wednesday 23 September. Annapolis is one of the most famous and historic sailing venues in the USA and with the Eastport Yacht Club, the regatta sponsors and the city of Annapolis pulling out all the stops to make this a... [more]
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U.S. Team Racing Championship preview
Jake Fish,
The New York Yacht Club (NYYC) has made winning the U.S. Team Racing Championship a proud tradition. A total of 16 teams, sailing in Vanguard 15s with a three-boat / six-sailor team format, will vie for US Sailing's George R. Hinman Trophy in Sippican Harbor for three days of racing. Silver Panda owns four of the six U.S. Team Racing Championships won by the NYYC since 1999.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Supreme Court again rules in favour of Golden Gate
Richard Gladwell,
In a decision issued this morning, NZT, Justice Shirley Kornreich has ruled that Golden Gate Yacht Club do not have to provide their Customs House Registry certificate until two weeks before the 33rd America's Cup Match, scheduled for 8 February 2010 in United Arab Emirates. Kornreich was ruling on a motion lodged by SNG, requiring that the Challenger be required to produce the document... [more]
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Bob Fisher: Swiss club gains control of America's Cup rules
Bob Fisher, The Guardian,
In a seven-page document, which until recently was kept secret, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has given the Swiss holders of the America's Cup carte blanche with the sailing rules for the event, in exchange for a sum of €150,000 (£136,000). The ISAF has granted the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), which is represented by the Alinghi team, the right to amend the universally used R... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Race 2 La Rochelle to Rio de Janeiro
Clipper event media,
Clipper 09-10 - Race 2, La Rochelle to Rio de Janeiro. Ahead lies a 4,890-mile route that is expected to take around 28 days to complete - the longest passage most of the crews will have ever made. The Clipper Race is the only race in the world where the crews come from all walks of life, all ages and with all levels of experience. Prior to their training, some 40 percent of the crews had never... [more]
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Audi Melges 32 World Championship 2009 preview
Jill Campbell - YCCS,
Audi Melges 32 World Championship 2009. Although approximately two-thirds of the fleet is Italian, seven other nationalities - Australia, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Monaco and the USA - are also represented. The teams to watch are numerous and no one boat is seen as a favourite for the championship, so competition is sure to be fierce.... [more]
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New Investors take a stake in the World Match Racing Tour
WMRT media,
Hong Kong - based private company Regal Faith Ltd and its consortium of investors based in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Australia has acquired ProMatch Tour Ltd, the exclusive rights holder of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). Match racing veteran Peter Gilmour has been appointed Acting President and will become the Tour Advisor once a full time replacement has been found.... [more]
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Images from SF Bay: 29er US Nationals - Day 2
Erik Simonson,,
Erik Simonson of provides this gallery of images from Day 2 of the US 29er Nationals being sailed in San Francisco... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Q&A: with Pedro Sardina
Volvo Ocean Race,
Pedro Sardina, sailing correspondent of Spanish newspaper ABC, has dedicated 30 years to the sport. When he talks sailing, Spain listens. He gives his views on the 2008-09 race and suggests changes for the future. I am a big fan of Peter Blake's Steinlager (1989-90). For me, the best Spanish skipper in the Volvo Ocean Race has been Javier de la Gandara'... [more]
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Mascalzone Latino's ACC boats getting ready in Valencia for the LVWS
The opening event of this newly-founded professional circuit in Nice, France is just a month and a half away and time will be short for the organization and teams to get ready. The Italian team's shore crew has started preparing ITA-90 and ITA-99 since they will be the ones the 10 teams will race in Nice, together with Desafío's ESP-88 and ESP-97.... [more]
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Soling World Championship - Canadians are new champions
Event media,
Soling World Championship final report... [more]
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LearnToSail.Net Releases Learn to Sail Companion Dvd
Linda Cullum,
LearnToSail.Net continues to provide ways to help aspiring sailors find the most economical way to learn to sail and at their own pace. They have just released a Learn to Sail Companion Dvd featuring full screen TV or PC Dvd Movie Sailing Training Video. Over an hour of footage of learning the Points of Sail, Tacking, Jibing, Spinnaker Sailing, Anchoring, Weather, Knots, Splicing, Racing and mor... [more]
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Abby Sunderland - An Imperiled Dream
Matt Tolnick,
Having grown up in, on, and around sailboats, Abby Sunderland made a resolution on her thirteenth birthday: become the youngest person (man or woman) to sail around the world without assistance. At this moment, Abby's dream is in serious danger.... [more]
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More photos by Chuck Lantz from the 29er North American Championships
Chuck Lantz,
More photos by Chuck Lantz from the 29er class North American Championships, held Sept. 19 & 20, 2009 on San Francisco Bay, hosted by the St. Francis YC... [more]
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Photos by Chuck Lantz from the 29er North American Championships
Chuck Lantz,
Photos by Chuck Lantz from the 29er North American Championships, held Sept. 19 & 20, 2009 on San Francisco Bay, hosted by the St. Francis YC... [more]
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U.S. Men's and Women's Championships preview
Jake Fish,
In conjunction with the Bay-Waveland Yacht Club in Bay St. Louis, Miss., US Sailing presents the U.S. Men's and Women's Sailing Championships on Sept. 23-26, 2009. These two national championships, rich in tradition, feature four days of racing in Flying Scots on St. Louis Bay.... [more]
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Renaissance Reinsurance Junior Gold Cup preview
Talbot Wilson,
Renaissance Reinsurance Junior Gold Cup. Invitations were sent to the Optimist Dinghy associations of sixteen countries on five continents to lure their best 'Opti' sailors to Bermuda.... [more]
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2009 Etchells North Americans Final Results,
Houston USA sailor Marvin Beckmann sailed to victory in the 2009 Glenfiddich North American Etchells titles in Toronto Canada this week ahead of Canada's Hank Lammens and 1986 and 1987 Etchells World Champion Bruce Burton.... [more]
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Sailing into the sunset - Scows on Lake Winnebago,
We all get wrapped up in our own sailing, not realising there is another world out there. Take a few minutes to look at these E Scow images from the 2009 Nationals Oshkosh, Lake Winnebago Wisconsin USA... [more]
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Chicago Match Race Center's September B regatta - Hardesty wins again
San Diego-based Bill Hardesty and his team of Dave Gerber, Matt Cassidy, and Jen Wilson were on fire from Thursday through this weekend, winning both Chicago Match Race Center's September 'A' and 'B' regattas... [more]
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2009 Monsoon Cup
The Monsoon Cup Malaysia is Stage 10 of the 2009 World Match Racing Tour....
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race
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Louis Vuitton World Series
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