Tunnicliffe leads Womens Keelboats...Vestas flips at 50kts...RAKian's Cup ultimatium rejected


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Sail-World USA: 9 October 2009

BlackMatch trailing Ben Ainslie - Argo Bermuda Gold Cup, 2009  World Match Racing Tour ©
Welcome Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 9 October 2009

US Olympic Gold medalist, and Rolex World sailor of the Year nominee, Anna Tunnicliffe is showing the way after the first day of the Rolex International Womens Keelboat Championship in Rochester NY. We have a full report in this issue.

In South Africa the Vestas Sail Rocket has kited during a speed record attempt - we have some pictures in this issue along with a video of recent events as they chase the 51kt plus speed record set by the French hydrofoiler l'Hydroptere a few weeks ago.

Britain's sailing superstar, Ben Ainslie is the first through to the Quarterfinals at the Argo Group Gold Cup sailed in Bermuda. However as will all the World Match Racing Tour events it is still early days and frequently the tables get upset in the final plays. We have reports on the event thus far, plus we'll be carrying updates over the weekend on www.sail-world.com

Gilmour and Walker - Bermuda Gold Cup  Bermuda Gold Cup/ Charles Anderson ©

USA's Quantum Racing is having a hard time of it in the World Championships for the TP52 class in Palma. As would be expected the racing is close - although she is lying in third overall after two days racing, Quantum Racing is just one point off the lead, and the top three boats have got a small jump on the rest of the fleet. Again stay tuned to www.sail-world.com for updates over the weekend.

Staying with TP52's a special launching took place in Auckland, NZ, yesterday afternoon with the splashing of Jim Farmer's new ILC52 Georgia Racing. She is special for a couple of reasons. Firstly she is a child of the recession, where Farmer was able to get some very good prices from builders and suppliers - making the project viable. She is taken off the hull mould off Emirates Team New Zealand's TP52, NZL-380, with the internal ballast being removed and the weight substituted with a cruising interior, and without the canting keel common on yachts this size. We have a report and photos in this issue.

Vestas Sailrocket hits a freak wave - World Record attempt. Photo: Nauder  Vestas Sailrocket

For America's Cup addicts, no real developments, that we can report, but there is plenty going on beneath the surface. There may be some more news over the weekend however a Judicial Conference was held today, in New York, with both side emerging with their usual widely differing version of what transpired. No official releases out yet - if indeed, they will be issued. The next formal Hearing is set down for 27 October, with the Notice of Race due to be issued on 6 November.

There was an exchange of letters this afternoon between the two clubs, Societe Nautique de Geneve and Golden Gate Yacht Club. We have both texts in this issue. They are self explanatory, with an ultimatum being given by Ras al-Khaimah - which was tossed straight back by the San Franciscans. But read for yourself, in this edition.

Georgia Racing in the slings prior to her launch  Zoe Hawkins

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International Women's Keelboat Championship: Tunnicliffe leads the way
Dana Paxton,
The first day of racing at US Sailing's 2009 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship got underway today after yesterday's racing was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions... [more]
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ISAF President Göran Petersson elected as IOC Member
Göran Petersson, President of the International Sailing Federation, has today been elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket flip video and images - Back in a week after repairs
Paul Larsen - Vestas Sailrocket,
Latest news from Paul Larsen, regarding Vestas Sailrocket. 'We are making great inroads into the long repair list and I feel that today will be the day that we 'break the back' of that list. Long, late nights can knock days of certain jobs.'... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - Regatta Center relocated to City Dock
Event media,
In an exciting last minute development the City of Annapolis has invited the Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Melges 24 World Championship to use the Annapolis City Dock facility as its Regatta Center for the forthcoming championship which takes place from 23-31 October 2009.... [more]
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World Match racing Tour Gold Cup - Perfect score so far for Ainslie
Talbot Wilson,
Ben Ainslie and his Team Origin sail through to the quarter final stage of the Argo Group Gold Cup undefeated. Today Ainslie defeated Seb Col (FRA) French Match Racing Team/K-Challenge, Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch and Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Alandia Sailing Team on another flawless day of sailing for the multi medal Olympian.... [more]
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Letters fly over America's Cup venue in Ras al-Khaimah
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
A terse exchange of letters has taken place over the designated America's Cup venue in Ras al-Khaimah, UAE. Today, Marcus Young of Golden Gate YC responded to an earlier note from Societe Nautique de Geneve, and a subsequent rejection by Dr Khater Massaad of Ras al-Khaimah of an accepted the invitation to visit San Diego and discuss the venue with the Challenger.... [more]
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US Sailing thrives in 2009
US Sailing,
As the heart of the sailing season winds down, US SAILING, the national governing body of the sport, looks forward to reflecting on achievements, honoring sailing enthusiasts, announcing future leadership, and sharing ideas with US Sailing's Board of Directors, House of Delegates, Committee Members and Staff at the 2009 Annual General Meeting, in League City, Texas on Oct. 21-24, 2009... [more]
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TP52 World Championship - Neck and neck and nothing in it
Event media,
TP52 World Championship - A first and a second from two difficult races today on the Bay of Palma sees the 2007 world champions Artemis (SWE) emerge with only the slimmest possible lead after four races have now been sailed at the 2009 TP52 World Championship.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Uniquely Singapore's spinnaker battle
Clipper Event media,
Clipper 09-10 Race 2 - Three yachts played their Stealth card. Hull & Humber's heavy kite is back in business after a three-day repair. Uniquely Singapore is still working on unraveling as spinnaker wrap around their inner forestay that has been refusing to unwind for two days.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Gold Cup action moves into Thursday
Talbot Wilson,
Argo Group Gold Cup action was delayed by light breezes on Tuesday and breakdowns in heavy winds and squalls on Wednesday, action continues Thursday. Groups 2 & 3 have both completed four flights and have three more today to complete their initial round robin stage.... [more]
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New Georgia Racing launched in Auckland
Zoe Hawkins, Wildemedia,
Direct from the drafting board of the duo that designed ETNZ' Audi Med Cup winning yacht comes the latest grand prix racer to join the New Zealand fleet. The sixth in a series called ‘Georgia', the boat, which an almost identical sistership to the NZL-380, capable of achieving speeds of up to 25 knots thanks to 350 square metres of sail area, and many other features.... [more]
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US-IRC continues to make strides - Five years of success
Media Pro Int'l,
It has been five years since the IRC rule ( www.ircrating.org) was adopted in the United States. The IRC rule is now part of sailing at all levels, ranging from club races to major offshore events,' said US-IRC President John Brim, who successfully skippers his RP55 Rima2 in national and international events.... [more]
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Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games - qualifying events
Young sailing hopefuls with their sights set on Singapore 2010 and the inaugural Youth Olympic Games can now find full details on the qualification events with the publication of the Notice of Race for each qualifier. The inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) will be held in Singapore in August 2010 and feature 100 young sailors competing across four sailing events.... [more]
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International Women's Keelboat Championship - High winds play havoc
Event media,
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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Argo Group Gold Cup - Breakages and Black Flags
Talbot Wilson,
Argo Group Gold Cup - Ben Ainslie was first out of the box in the first match of flight 2 for Group 2. Following Ainslie in Group 2 with 3-1 records are Adam Minoprio (NZL), Seb Col (FRA), and Bjorn Hansen. Dave Perry (USA) is 2-2, Alvaro Marinho (POR) stands 1-3 while Rasmus Viltoft (DEN) and Paula Lewin Crews (BER) are winless at 0-4.... [more]
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2009 Colgate World Cup Sylt - Video plus images
Sail-World.com/John Carter images,
2009 Colgate World Cup Sylt - Video plus John Carter's action packed images from the event. The Super Grand Slam event took place from the 25th September – 4th October in an array of conditions.... [more]
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Quantum Racing leads 2009 TP52 World Championships
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Quantum Racing (USA) took the winning gun for the second of two races today at the 2009 TP52 World Championships off Palma, Mallorca. Their win, paired with a fifth from the first race ensures the 2008 world champions lead overall by a single point.... [more]
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IKA terminates sanctioning for KPWT events
Markus Schwendtner,
The International Kiteboarding Association regret to announce, that all future KPWT events are not sanctioned anymore by the International Kiteboarding Association and thus do not count for the world rankings.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Team Finland in Stealth Mode
Event media,
Clipper 09-10, Race 2 Day 16 report. Team Finland went undercover at midnight UTC last night and Jamaica Lightning Bolt will disappear from our screens - and from the scheds for the other boats - for 24 hours at midday UTC today.... [more]
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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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Winning start for BlackMatch while 'Wind Gods' fail in Bermuda
BlackMatch Racing Media,
Today was the opening day of racing at the Argo Group Gold Cup World Tour Event. This is the penultimate event on the World Tour and with a host of legendary past winners that include Kiwi's Russell Coutts and Chris Dickson, we are hoping to go one better on our second placing here last year.... [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 undamaged... amazingly enough... neither is the whole main section of the wing... or the two end flaps!!! '... [more]
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