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Sail-World USA: 7 October 2009

Vestas Sailrocket - Final World Record attempt  Vestas Sailrocket
Welcome Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 7 October 2009

If you are going to the US Sailboat Show starting 8 - 12 October in Annapolis make a point of catching up with Ned Wood of Manson Anchors who will be on the Navimo USA Stand C20 – C22. We have rerun the feature story on Manson Anchors in this issue which includes the incredible video shot in Magellan Straits, Cape Horn from a yacht holding on a Manson Supreme in 80kts. Manson Anchors are Lloyds certified, this story will certainly make you ask some different questions next time you purchase an anchor, or consider whether your current gear is up to the job.

America's Cup continues to dominate the sailing news, but in a different way, in this edition.

We are featuring several stories from around the world, including a video report from Television NZ's Martin Tasker who is the first recognised sailing journalist to visit Ras al-Khaimah, the contentious venue for the 33rd America's Cup. There is of plenty of great video of the venue and you can hear Martin's reaction to Ras al-Khaimah.

There is a second video from Astrid van der Knaap, who lives in UAE, showing preparations around the regatta venue in Ras al-Kahimah.

And there's plenty more America's Cup comment in our e-Mailbag, plus news of the formation of an America's Cup Trust, by a US group.

Work progresses on the island at Ras al-Khaimah  Alinghi Team

The former Louis Vuitton World Series has had a change of name to the Louis Vuitton Trophy for the first round in Nice, France. Sail-World understands that the International Sailing Federation have sanctioned just one event so far, and there has been a subtle name change. Team Origin have announced they are joining the Nice event, and outline their plans for 2010, in this edition of Sail-World.

Predictwind, the leading online wind prediction application used by Alinghi in their two America's Cup wins, have announced a completely new look to their web application, we have the key features ion this issue - but have a look for yourself by going to

Monaco centenary of Tuiga, flagship of the Monaco Yacht Club   © Juerg Kaufmann

There's plenty underway or about to happen in US. We have a preview from Anna Tunnicliffe ahead of the Rolex International Womens Keelboat Championships being sailed out of Rochester, NY. the regatta is being sailed in J/22's with racing is scheduled to start tomorrow and continue through Saturday. There are 36 teams competing from five countries, including USA, CAN, NED, RSA, and GBR.

The J-30 North American's have been contested at the Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT, we have a full report in this issue.

Hugo Boss - doing the Keel Walk  Alex Thomson Racing

In Bermuda current Tour leader Torvar Mirsky (AUS) and his Mirsky Racing Team leads Group 1 on opening day of Argo Group Gold Cup. We have reports and images from the World Match Racing Tour event.

Last week in Saint Tropez, an impressive fleet of classic and modern yachts assembled for the annual regatta. In this edition of Sail-World we feature a dozen stunning images from the regatta plus you have the chance to pre-order a copy of the superb regattabook of the event. Order now while stocks last - and you'll receive a special Sail-World discount.

Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2009, France, Classic Yachts,  © Juerg Kaufmann

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Manson - making anchoring safer for you
Richard Gladwell,
Anchors have two uses - the most frequent is to give safe holding in your favored bay or fishing spot. The other is your last line of defence when all else has failed and you have to stop your boat drifting onto nearby rocks, until help arrives. Read this if every you have to anchor a boat; check your anchoring gear against the chart, and check out the awesome video on anchoring at Cape Horn.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket out of action after 53 knot 'Boost' and crash
Paul Larsen,
Vestas Sailrocket's final World Record Attempt started on October 2nd. Today's latest news is not good for the Team. Paul Larsen....'Once we got it ashore we could do a basic damage assessment. The boat itself is undameged... amazingly enough... neither is the whole main section of the wing... or the two end flaps!!! '... [more]
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Alinghi 5 - more video from Ras al Khaimah
Astrid van der Knaap/Sail-World Asia,
More footage from deepest darkest Ras al Khaimah. The beast floats, and it lives in a tent. There's not much point in building 'real' facilities when 1) the match may not happen in RAK at all, and 2) if it does, it is likely to be all over in two races!... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice - Two more entries announced
Keith Taylor,
The World Sailing Teams Association (WSTA) and Louis Vuitton are delighted to announce the addition of two world-class sailing teams for the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta to be held in Nice next month (7th to 22d November). This brings the regatta total to eight confirmed teams, which is the ideal number for end-of-summer expected weather conditions... [more]
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J-30 North American Championship to Fuzzy Wuzzy
Eric Robbins (PRO),
Bengt Johansson, representing Raritan Yacht Club in NJ, sailed his Fuzzy Wuzzy to a second consecutive J-30 North American Championship, held at Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT on October 2-4.... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships - Anna's preview
Anna Tunnicliffe,
There are 36 teams competing from five countries, including USA, CAN, NED, RSA, and GBR. On top of the international competition, there is a wide age range in the competitors, with the oldest competitor being 80 years old and the youngest being 10 years old. I am sailing with my team of Liz Bower, Molly Vandemoer, and Debbie Capozzi.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup Bermuda - Penalty flags fly
World Match Racing Tour Media,
Undefeated in all four matches current Tour leader Torvar Mirsky (AUS) and his Mirsky Racing Team leads Group 1 on opening day of Argo Group Gold Cup. In the Iehl/Corbett flight, Iehl was black flagged and the match automatically went to Corbett. Umpire Henry Menin said 'Iehl had two penalty flags and if he had more flags on the boat they would have pulled them out, too.'... [more]
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7th annual Clubswan Caribbean Rendezvous announced
Swan Racing Office,
The Bitter End Yacht Club and Nautor's Swan are pleased to announce the 7thAnnual ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous which will run from 15 to 20 March 2010 in the British Virgin Islands.... [more]
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King Edward VII Gold Cup: Bermuda pair set to take on world's best
Laurie Fullerton,
They are back in Hamilton Harbour today as competition begins in one of the world's most prestigious match racing events on the sailing calendar. Walker's crew includes Somers Kempe, Will Thompson and Adam Barboza. Also representing the Island in a regatta which has attracted top sailors from around the world, is Paula Lewin Crews and her all-female crew - the only female team competing... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket - Team happy with steady run
Vestas Sailrocket team/Paul Larsen,
Vestas Sailrocket news from Paul Larsen. 'Righto, here we go again. Outside it has all the makings of a good day... but it is a great day that we seek. I'm taking no chances and have doubled the size of the launch anchor which Vestas Sailrocket strains against once the guy holding the nose into the wind let's go as we commence a run.'... [more]
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iShares Cup - The need to stay cool under pressure
Event media,
iShares Cup - The top three teams are separated by just one point going into the final fight for the overall title of 2009 iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series Champions, whilst throughout the fleet it's equally close!... [more]
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TP52 World Championships - A Quantum day
Event media,
TP52 World Championships - A delay while the sea-breeze built to allow a start just after 1520hrs afforded the ten TP52 crews the chance to make final preparations and to ease gently into the championships. The top three boats proved to be those which started best.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Day 15 - Hull & Humber suffers major spinnaker damage
Clipper event media,
Clipper 09-10 - Hull & Humber has suffered major spinnaker damage as Team Finland continues to extend their lead at the front of the fleet.... [more]
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America's cup: TVNZ's ONE Sport visits Ras al-Khaimah
Martin Tasker,
ONE Sport's Yachting reporter, Martin Tasker, visited the proposed America's Cup venue of Ras al-Khaimah in United Arab Emirates and filed this report, showing the state of preparation, three and a half months from the 33rd Match... [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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Alinghi V set to test the waters in Ras al Khaimah
W Johnson, The National,
Alinghi's arrival at Saqr Port last week took place under a veil of secrecy because of concerns over possible damage on its way from Europe. The new yacht saddled with the responsibility of keeping the America's Cup in the Swiss hands of multi-billionaire businessman Ernesto Bertarelli, should be sailing on Gulf waters before the end of next week.... [more]
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Upgrades to Predictwind go live - many new features
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
A new version of Predictwind the popular online wind information application has gone live. Many new features have been incorporated in this version, which has a completely new look and feel. The user can now drive the application via a series on on screen options, that allow you to toggle between different features, feeds and views.... [more]
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Alinghi 5 arrives in Dubai - latest images and video
Astrid van der Knaap/Sail-World Asia,
Alinghi 5, the 90x90 cat built to defend the America's Cup, has arrived in Dubai. But, with the AC going back to court, whether she'll have anyone to race against remains to be seen.... [more]
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Classic and Modern Yachts in Saint-Tropez - Book and Images
Juerg Kaufmann,
The world's most exclusive reunion of restored wooden sailing yachts and the latest sophisticated maxi yachts happened again last week in Saint Tropez. The book about it: Classic and Modern Yachts in Saint-Tropez is produced and ready by mid-November. You can get a first glimpse of it on [more]
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Commentary: America's Cup Chess,
I open with my pawn (e4). You open with your pawn (e5). Then I move my bishop (b5). And so on. Remember? Somewhere beyond the standard openings, things get interesting. It reminds me of America's Cup.... [more]
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America's Cup: New Charitable Trust formed - your chance to join
Peter Huston,
The America's Cup Trust has been established as a Charitable Trust under the laws and codes of the United States of America by JohnTommy Rosas for the purpose of protecting the America's Cup from damage, past, present, and in the future. The US Department of Treasury/IRS has provided documented confirmation and verification of The America's Cup Trust.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta's Clean Green - green reusable water bottles
BVI Spring Regatta Press,
Money always makes people smile but this time, that is only part of the story Judy Petz explained, “We really did it. We set out to reduce plastic waste by 30% and with the donation by the BVI Tourist Board of the green reusable water bottles and Chuck Peterson stepping in and supplying free refills throughout our regatta, plastic waste was reduced considerably... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship heads for Rochester
US Sailing Media,
With less than two days until the start of US Sailings's Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship, 35 teams representing five countries (Canada, Great Britain, Netherlands, South Africa, United States) and 15 U.S. states have gathered at host Rochester Yacht Club (RYC)... [more]
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TP52 World Championship 2009 - A different strategy required
Event media,
TP52 World Championships, which start with tomorrow's Practice Race, represent a whole new opportunity. For certain most of the teams are familiar with the host club, the Real Club Nautico de Palma and the venue, not least the three teams for whom the Bay of Palma represents their home waters.... [more]
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Oyster Palma 2009 regatta
Barry Pickthall,
The Oyster Palma 2009 regatta had 23 crews representing Australia, Britain, Hong Kong, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and USA.... [more]
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TeamOrigin confirms Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta entry
Henry Foster,
TeamOrigin, the British America's Cup sailing team, today confirmed its entry in the new Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta to be held in Nice, France. TeamOrigin's entry in the Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas forms the mainstay of the team's extensive sailing programme for 2010.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Nine entries one year out from start
Tim Kelly,
Velux 5 Oceans race is shaping up to be the most successful for a decade. This winter will see major preparations as the contestants ready themselves for their great adventure, a solo circumnavigation of the world south of the three great Capes, which has only been achieved by 173 people in history.... [more]
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Redesigned Website for 2010 SCYC Hospice Regatta
Ellen Sanpere,
A redesigned website, free online registration and instantly available race results are some of the new features of the 2010 St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta, according to Julie San Martin, regatta director. The annual party with international racing is scheduled for February 19-21, 2010, at the club in Teague Bay.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10, Race 2 Day 14 - Moving again
Clipper Event Media,
Clipper 09-10, Race 2 Day 14 report. California's skipper Pete Rollason is pleased to get moving once more. But as Team Finland and the rest of the fleet head further south the wind pressure will begin to drop as they enter the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ICTZ), an area of light to zero wind commonly known as the Doldrums.... [more]
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The Solidaire du Chocolat - 50 sailors to set out on 5,000 mile test
Event media,
The Solidaire du Chocolat - Solidarity full sail ahead On Sunday 18 October at 17H00, 50 sailors will set off on a 5,000 mile (9,260 km) transatlantic crossing, the longest ever raced.... [more]
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Sonar World Championship - Title down to the final races
Andrea Watson,
The 57-boat fleet floated around in a typical Long Island Sound calm for nearly four hours before race committee chairman Mark Murphy was able to set a line and get the fleet away in a light south westerly.... [more]
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