Regional and International sailing news




05 Oct 2009

Major Events


Extract from the Deed of Gift for the America's Cup, dated 24 October 1887:

“The Challenging Club shall give ten months' notice, in writing, naming the days for the proposed races; but no race shall be sailed in the days intervening between November 1st and May 1st if the races are to be conducted in the Northern Hemisphere...”

Now, what do you think that means? From where I am sitting, it looks very much as if “no race shall be sailed in the days intervening between November 1st and May 1st if the races are to be conducted in the Northern Hemisphere.” That seems clear enough – it is in English after all - so why did Alinghi nominate Ras al Khaimah (which is some 25° north of the equator, and therefore firmly in the Northern Hemisphere) as venue for a Deed of Gift match in February 1010?

The America's Cup is now back in court for the seventh time, with Societe Nautique de Geneve (read: Alinghi) continuing to moan that Golden Gate Yacht Club (read: BMW Oracle) keep going to court because they don't want to actually sail a Match at all.

The other way of looking at it is that SNG/Alinghi is the party that doesn't really want to race - and has deliberately come up with a venue that doesn't qualify under the Deed of Gift in the sure knowledge that GYC/Oracle will go back to court...

What else can we deduce from this? Well, presumably, that everyone on the Alinghi team is getting paid more and more every day to compensate for fact that their credibility as sportsmen has long since been reduced to tatters. It must be a lot of money by now – but how much is enough?

Guy Nowell
Sail-World Asia

HHYC 24HR Charity Race 2009
HHYC Media,
The seventh running of the Hebe Haven Yacht Club's annual 24 Hour Charity Race will take place this year on the 10th and 11th of October 2009, continuing our support for children's charities in Hong Kong: Children's Cancer Foundation, Enlighten for Epilepsy, the Sunnyside Club and Ideal – the Intellectually Disabled Education & Advocacy League.... [more]
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PANGAEA - a Pan-Global Adventure for Environmental Action
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Right now there's a 105' ketch moored at the Gold Coast Marina in Hong Kong. She's built of recycled aluminium, has a 2m shoal draft (with the keel up), landing skids that allow her to be run up on a beach, and an ice-breaker bow. She's a purpose-built expedition yacht: she's called ‘Pangaea', and owner and professional adventurer Mike Horn describes her as 'a four-wheel-drive for the sea.'... [more]
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Platu 25 Worlds - Final report plus images from the day's racing
Sabrina Bonaiti,
Platu 25 World Championship. Today is the last day of a fantastic World Championship, with 92 boats coming from 14 different Countries of three Continents. The crews competed in a very exited atmosphere and the agonistic level was very high, 'We are very satisfied' said Edoardo Barni, the President of the Italian Platu 25 Class. 'It was a World Champioship really appreciated by everybody with exi... [more]
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Allen Overy Regatta and Thai Platu Nationals 2009
OMYC Media,
The Allen Overy Regatta, the penultimate regatta on this year's sailing calendar, incorporating the Platu National Championship will take place on 10-11 October. A Raft-Up will be held at OMYC on Friday night, 9 October starting at 1730 hrs with a keg of free beer being opened at 1800 hrs sharp. As usual, a barbeque will be available.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup enters the Theatre of the Absurd
Richard Gladwell,
Just hours after Alinghi 5 was unloaded from a freighter in the United Arab Emirates state of Ras al Khaimah, the Challenger for the 33rd America's Cup was filing papers in the New York Supreme Court contesting the venue selected by the Defender. For what was its shop window event, the sailing world now has a tragicomedy.... [more]
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Langkawi Regatta spurs development of marine industry,
The Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) has spurred development of the maritime industry in the island resort, Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (RLYC) senior manager Abdul Rahman Mahani said. He said the regatta which gathers 30-40 yachts from all over the world had created many business opportunities to Malaysian maritime industry players.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Mistakes at sea can be costly
Clipper event media,
Clipper 09-10. Race 2, Day 13. A salutary lesson for the skipper and crew of Qingdao yesterday - mistakes at sea can be costly.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez images from the final day of racing
Rolex/Kurt Arrigo,
Kurt Arrigo has been photographing the magnificence of yesteryear in St Tropez at the Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez. Enjoy his images.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket's Final World Record attempt - And so it begins
Paul Larsen,
Vestas Sailrocket's World Record attempt started on October 2nd. Here is today's report from Paul Larsen. And so it begins... with what looks like a rather mild day.... [more]
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Golden Gate rejects America's Cup venue
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Golden Gate Yacht Club, the Challenger for the 33rd America's Cup has rejected the venue of Ras al-Khaimah, UAE, selected by the Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve. In a statement GGYC have advised that they have requested the New York Supreme Court to reject Ras al-Khaimah and order the 33rd America's Cup match returned to be sailed Valencia, Spain, the venue for the 32nd America's Cup in 2007.... [more]
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Sailrocket vs. Hydroptère video - Outright World Speed Sailing Record
Matt Thurling,
The Vestas Sailrocket team have returned to Walvis Bay in Namibia for one more assault on the outright speed sailing record. The 28 day record period commences on the 2nd of October. Since Sailrocket was first launched in 2004, the outright speed record has been broken seven times by a variety of different craft. The rival Hydroptère team hold the record, having achieved a speed of 51.36 knots... [more]
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Alinghi 5 arrives in Ras Al Khaimah UEA - Carlo Borlenghi images
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Well known photographer Carlo Borlenghi/Alinghi presents this gallery of images as Alinghi 5 arrives in Ras Al Khaimah UEA.... [more]
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Platu 25 World Championship - Spanish Tuypan Caixanova on top
Event media,
Platu 25 World Championship - The division between Group A and B was maintained but, calculating every day different scores, all the crews will change group and will be able to confront with all the adversaries until next Saturday.... [more]
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More Affidavits hit the Supreme Court's table over America's Cup rules
Richard Gladwell,
Golden Gate Yacht Club has released its Reply to the Opposition papers filed late last week in the New York Supreme Court, by the America's Cup Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve. GGYC filed a motion to re-argue an earlier decision that under a strict reading of the Deed of Gift, SNG, had the unfettered right to write and enforce rules for the Match scheduled for Ras al-Khaimah UAE, in February... [more]
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Commentary: Blame the NY court system for Cup's legal malaise
Damian Christie,
The America's Cup is in a legal deadlock now not just because of the intransigence of its Swiss masters and the American challenger, but also because of the erroneous rulings that the New York court system made two decades ago on the outcome of the 1988 catamaran/big boat mismatch.... [more]
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Winged Victory - the untold story of Australia II's keel design,
In the summer of 1983, in the months leading up to the 25th America's Cup competition in Newport, Rhode Island, a storm of controversy gathered over the challenging Australian and defending New York Yacht Club syndicates. At that time, the rules governing the Cup required that each yacht be designed by citizens of the country it represented. The principal designer of Australia II, the eventual win... [more]
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SNG tries to flush out GGYC on America's Cup venue
Richard Gladwell,
The Defender of the 33rd America's Cup, Societe Nautique de Geneve have issued an Open letter to the Challenger, Golden Gate Yacht Club, advising that preparations are underway in their chosen venue, Ras al-Khaimah (UAE). Since the venue was announced Golden Gate YC has not made any official comment as to whether they will agree to the venue, or revert to their previous stated position that sel... [more]
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TP52 World Championship preview
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Ten TP52's including the defending champions Quantum Racing (USA) and 2007 winners Artemis (SWE) will compete for the TP52 World title starting in one week's time off Palma, Mallorca. Racing at the TP52 World Championships starts with the official practice race on Tuesday 6th October and finishes on Sunday 11th October.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - Racing for the Traditional Classes
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - The Wally class had its start at 12.30, followed by the Modern boats with their start at 13.30. As the sun came up over this small village, the majority of the kings and queens of the nightclubs had retired and almost all the streets were quiet. All, that is, except those leading into la Place des Lices, where the famous open-air market was just coming to life.... [more]
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Asia Trivia Item of the Week
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
One of the trophies up for grabs in this week's racing in Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez is the Rolex Trophy for Classic Yachts, presented to a “Tradition” class boat over 16 metres that has accumulated the fewest points during the regatta. One of the previous winners (2006) was a 26m yacht named So Fong - designed by Sparkman & Stephens, and built in Hong Kong in 1937. Now owned by Bruno Entrecanales... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2009 nominations announced
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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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