2009 J-24 nationals, San Francisco Erik Simonson:h2oshots.com
Welcome Sail-World.Com's USA newsletter for 29 September 2009 US Olympic Gold medalist, Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) is one of four female nominees for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year. This is the second consecutive year that Tunnicliffe has made the nominees list and demonstrates the breadth of her sailing success as she has alternated between the Laser Radial class and the Womens Match Racing event.
We feature a report from US Sailing in this edition, and Anna's achievements in the current sailing year culminating in the honor of being shortlisted for the Rolex award.
There is also a report on the US Teams Racing Championship. This year the three year winning streak of New York Yacht Club's Silver Panda team was broken. See links to the full results for the regatta and video in this issue.
We have a detailed look at what is behind the latest round of affidavits that have been lodged in the America's Cup legal brouhaha. While this is eye glazing stuff for many, stripping aside the legal rhetoric, it is quite an interesting opportunity to look at rating rules, why they are so similar, why they have been around for over a century, and how the same principles can cover all manner of sailing craft from radio controlled yachts to America's Cup multihulls.
'Ella's Pink Lady' leaves the Australian Marine Enterprises shed bound for the water, with Jessica Watson on board and ready for the launching. Dave Jeffress
Our Australian publication has some interesting response and analysis on the exploits of another 16 year old, Jessica Watson who collided with a ship off the Queenland coast recently in a preliminary sail before heading off on a circumnavigation. While we wouldn't recommend that 16 year olds take off on circumnavigations. It is a free world, and provided you (and your family) are completely happy about you sailing to parts of the world from which you can't be rescued then...
And on the topic of voyages, don't miss the story of the planned trans-Pacific Migration in a fleet of six traditional canoes, being built in New Zealand to trace the wake of the historic voyages from French Polynesia to Hawaii. North Sails NZ have adopted some of their very interesting sail technology to the fleet. This sort of project has been undertaken by others, notably Dr David Lewis, proving the the traditional navigation methods, however we are not aware of a fleet taking on a voyage of this type. The last of the vaka are due to be finished in November, three are already sailing.
12 Metre World Championships - Evoking memories Jan Harley, 2009 12 Metre World Championships final day report. For the final act of the world championships, two races were sailed in all four divisions – Grand Prix, Modern, Traditional and Vintage – before The Candy Store Cup was re-run after being abandoned on day two of racing.... [more] Onsend this story
U.S. Team Racing Championship - Team Extreme reign supreme Jake Fish, The New York Yacht Club's Silver Panda team learned the hard way on Saturday that all winning streaks comes to an end. Silver Panda's three-year vice-like grip on the U.S. Team Racing Championship was broken up by Stuart McNay and Team Extreme in a thrilling final on Sunday.... [more] Onsend this story
More images from San Francisco: Last hurrah's for the YRA season Erik Simonson, h2oshots.com, Erik Simonson of www.h20shots.com provides this second gallery of images from the closing of the YRA season sailed in San Francisco... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10: Race 2 Day 8 - Into Stealth Mode Clipper Event media, Clipper 09-10: Race 2 Day 8 report. Cork, Ireland has been battling away in the middle of the fleet since destroying their medium weight spinnaker in a disastrous wrap, but they're keeping pace with Team Finland as they head through the Canary Islands.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from San Francisco: Last hurrah's for the YRA season Erik Simonson, h2oshots.com, Erik Simonson of www.h20shots.com provides this gallery of images from the closing of the YRA season sailed in San Francisco... [more] Onsend this story
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Battle by Affidavit Richard Gladwell, Another couple of Affidavits hit desk of Justice Shirley Kornreich, in the New York Supreme Court, last week. They are the latest in a building storm over the rules to be used for the upcoming America's Cup, scheduled for Ras al Khaimah in early February 2010. While the arguments may seem to be over a few words, the implications for professional sport are potentially much more severe.... [more] Onsend this story
Bliksem (USA) takes Melges 32 World Title Barby MacGowan, Pieter Taselaar's (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) Bliksem (USA) has taken victory in the Audi Melges 32 World Championship 2009, the first edition of the Worlds for the class, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo. Taselaar's team included Jeremy Wilmot (Newport, R.I.) as tactician and his brother Nathan (Sydney, Australia), who is a 470 Men's Olympic Gold medalist (2008). Other crew me... [more] Onsend this story
Images from San Francisco: J-24 Nationals Erik Simonson, h2oshots.com, Erik Simonson of www.h20shots.com provides this gallery of images from the J-24 Nationals sailed in San Francisco, on Sunday... [more] Onsend this story
Anna Tunnicliffe ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award nominee Marni Lane, The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has named US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics' (USSTAG) Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) a nominee for the 2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award, the most prestigious recognition in the sport of sailing... [more] Onsend this story
Budget Marine Match Racing Cup - Match Racing in the Caribbean Heather Tackling, The second annual Budget Marine Match Racing Cup will once again take place two days before the start of the 30th edition of the Sint Maarten Heineken Regatta.... [more] Onsend this story
Interview with Glenn Ashby, BOR 90 Team sailing coach BMW Oracle media, With the BOR 90 being handed back to the designers and boatbuilders this week for some planned modifications, Glenn Ashby, the team's sailing coach, took time out to talk about how the sailors are preparing for what is sure to be a unique episode in the long history of the America's Cup.... [more] Onsend this story
Sonar World Championship at Noroton Yacht Club Lee Morrison, International Sonar Class World Championship. The Sonar is a 23' keel boat designed by Rowayton, Connecticut resident Bruce Kirby. It is known as an easy to sail, highly competitive, one-design boat appealing to club racing fleets, team and match racing championships, and para-olympic sailors.... [more] Onsend this story
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 email@example.com. 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] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10 - Race 2, Day 7. Mother nature in control Clipper event media, Clipper 09-10 - Race 2: La Rochelle to Rio de Janeiro. Day 7 report. Mother Nature pulled the plug and the normally reliable trade winds are switched off.... [more] Onsend this story
PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt Day 3 - Competition report plus video PWA/Paul Griffiths, 2009 PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt – Day 3 report. With the difficult freestyle conditions that the sailors were up against, the higher ranked competitors played it fairly safe in the first round to ensure they made the cut and advanced through.... [more] Onsend this story
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2009 nominations announced ISAF, ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2009 nominees have been announced. In deciding the nominees, the achievements of sailors made during the qualifying period of 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 are taken into consideration.... [more] Onsend this story
North Sails NZ provide sails for Vaka Pacific migration fleet Zoe Hawkins, Some of the earliest and greatest nautical adventurers were people of the Pacific Islands. Now, one of the world's greatest migrations across the Pacific Ocean is to be re-enacted using ancient seafaring skills and a fleet of traditional canoes, currently being built in New Zealand. North Sails have turned their hand to more traditional sailmaking.... [more] Onsend this story
U.S. Offshore Sailing Championship - protest decides outcome Jake Fish, U.S. Offshore Sailing Championship - Bruce Kuryla and his crew representing the New York Yacht Club posted a pair of second place finishes today to pull out a victory at US SAILING's 2009 U.S. Offshore Sailing Championship. A lingering low pressure system and a cold front hovered over Annapolis early this morning dumping rain with little wind as competitors arrived for the final day.... [more] Onsend this story
2010 Rolex Commodore's Cup - Join Team USA Talbot Wilson, Bill Heston and Steve Travis from Seattle, Washington have expressed interest helping to form a team to represent the USA in the 2010 Rolex Commodore's Cup next August. US Sailing is able to help with organization and team support.... [more] Onsend this story
PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt Day 2 - Another day spent onshore PWA/Paul Griffiths, PWA Colgate World Cup, Sylt Day 2. The slalom sailors were tantalizingly close to starting their first heats today, but with variable winds plaguing the event site, they have been forced to wait for another day. Race director Juan Antonio Aragon made every effort to get the racing underway today, but the wind was far too gusty to hold any heats.... [more] Onsend this story
iShares Cup Amsterdam - Seven different race winners iShares Cup media, iShares Cup Amsterdam. There were seven different race winners in this penultimate event, that was more about tactics than boat handling. Gitana Extreme sailed brilliantly under pressure to win the penultimate iShares Cup Amsterdam event ahead of Oman Sail Renaissance,... [more] Onsend this story
Jessica Watson blames instruments for bulk carrier collision Nancy Knudsen, Australian 16 year old Jessica Watson, who is aiming for the Round the World youngest sailor record has responded strongly to the Maritime Safety Queensland's damning assessment of the incident where her yacht was involved with a collision with a bulk carrier off the Queensland coast recently.... [more] Onsend this story
Melges 32 World Championship images - New World Champion Guido Trombetta and Stefano Gattini images, Melges 32 World Championship images. Bliksem wins title. This gallery of images is presented by Stefano Gattini and Guido Trombetta.... [more] Onsend this story
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