New twist in America's Cup...Rousmaniere on Ben Lexcen...Southern Spars share foiling Moth secrets


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Sail-World USA: 16 October 2009

Alfa Nav Desk - McConaghy Carbon Fibre Performance Wheels  John Curnow
Welcome Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 16 October 2009

We have hit a quiet spot on the racing scene at present, however not for long with the Rolex Middle Sea Race starting in Malta in the weekend, and the HSBC Coastal Classic starting in New Zealand a week later.

In this issue we previews the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Both will have some serious action at the front of the fleet with supermaxis ICAP Leopard and Alfa Romeo chasing the respective race records.

The Rolex Middle Sea Race has attracted a very high quality fleet including mini-maxis Beau Geste, Luna Rossa and USA's Rosebud.

We have several technology related stories in this issue.

ICAP Leopard takes line honours in 2009 Rolex Fastnet race  © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Southern Spars reveal a couple of interesting pieces of technology with their EC6 Hybrid rigging which incredibly can be used across the range from dinghies/foiling Moths through to J-class. And on the topic of foiling Moths there is also a story the carbon rigs used in these flying machines - where five of the top ten placegetters in the recent foiling Moth Worlds used Southern Spars.

Southern Spars EC6 Hybrid rigging product runs across the whole range from Moths to J-class  Southern Spars

Controversy and the America's Cup never seem to be too far removed, and in this issue the situation is no different.

We have a very long story on the Australia II winged keel controversy, with noted America's Cup historian John Rousmaniere outlining his experience with the investigation he conducted for the America's Cup Hall of Fame prior to Ben Lexcen's induction. Rousmaniere also comments briefly on the current controversy instigated by the team involved at the Netherlands Ship Basin. John Rousmaniere is one of the great writers of the sport and America's Cup in particular, and this is a quality piece of writing - best read over a long cup of coffee or with a glass of wine close at hand.

Societe Nautique de Geneve have responded to the Golden Gate Yacht Club submissions over the security and suitability of the venue at Ras al-Khaimah, UAE. We have that response in this issue, along with their wad of affidavits in support of the venue.

Alfa Romeo - will she set the record in the HSBC Coastal Classic?  

And in breaking news, we have the first legal starshell in the threatened breech of fiduciary duty action against Societe Nautique de Geneve, regarding the Swiss club's role as Trustee of the America's Cup by the Challenger, Golden Gate YC.

More to come on this over the weekend, no doubt. Oddly enough this route could be the fastest way out of the current chaos.

"Mr Foiling Moth" Rohan Veal flew with a Southern Spars rig at the 2009 Int Moth Worlds  Sean Trew (Pacific Fog) ©

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Gladwell's Line: New America's Cup legal slugfest signaled by GGYC
Richard Gladwell,
The two year plus legal saga, otherwise known as the 33rd America's Cup, took a new turn today with the release of a letter from the Challenger, Golden Gate Yacht Club saying that they were considering filing a new complaint with the New York Supreme Court. This concerns an alleged breech of fiduciary duty, by the Defender and current Trustee, Societe Nautique de Geneve.... [more]
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Australia II - Winged Keels revisited
Blue Robinson -,
Claims that Ben Lexcen did not design the 12 metre Australia II have been cropping up for 26 years. Dutchman Peter van Oossanen in the Sydney Morning Herald and Times Online claims' Ben 'had a flair for shapes, but he wasn't a scientist and he wasn't able to understand the full physics of what was going on'... [more]
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Corinthian crews prepare to battle Melges 24 World Championship
International Melges 24 Class Association Media,
The Corinthian Division at the Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis 2009 Melges 24 World Championship, in which competitors are required to hold ISAF amateur status, accounts for twenty five percent of the overall fleet and judging by the profile of the sailors, looks highly likely to match the main fleet for closeness of competition.... [more]
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US Sailing's Championship of Champions Day One - Fisher leads
Jake Fish,
Chilly Temperatures and Low Winds at Day one of US Sailing's Championship of Champions. The 2008 Thistle National Champion, Greg Fisher (Annapolis, Md.) with crew Dan and Tobi Moriarty (St. Louis, Mo.) dashed out to an early lead by winning three races today, including the first two.... [more]
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IFDS World Championship in Athens, Greece - Day Two
Betsy Alison - Paralympic Coach, US SAILING,
IFDS World Championship in Athens, Greece - Day Two report. The Sonar fleet started first today in a 6 to 9 knot northerly coming off the Athens shoreline.... [more]
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High Tech Hot Wheels from McConaghy International
John Curnow,
The 'Toy Shop' is McConaghy's development area at their Mona Vale facility. It's where the functional and structural necessities of Maxi's, Mini Maxi's and Ocean Racing Yachts are turned into carbon fibre works of art - one of the unique and defining factors of all McConaghy boats.... [more]
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Olympic Stars making history in New Zealand,
Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk took to Auckland's main waterway this afternoon, having recently placed a close second in the 2009 Star World Championship (held in Sweden). Hamish is a World Champion in the class (2006) and has sailed in three Olympic Games. Craig has competed in Two Olympics and is an Olympic silver medallist (1992).... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - one hour special on ESPN2
Barby MacGowan,
A one-hour special on the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, held this September, is scheduled to air on Sunday, October 25 at 7:00 pm Eastern (4:00 pm Pacific) on ESPN2.... [more]
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Linda Elias Memorial Women's One Design Challenge
Rich Roberts,
Linda Elias Memorial Women's One Design Challenge - The teams will be sailing on the same Long Beach Yacht Club Sailing Foundation Catalina 37s used in the Congressional Cup, with a minimum of seven crew members including the skipper.... [more]
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Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta: Two day mini course with maxi impact
Barby MacGowan,
Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta. Storm Trysail along with Larchmont Yacht Club and a multitude of sponsors have once again introduced the joys of big-boat racing to boatloads of college sailors in a two-day mini course with maxi impact.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World race - Light winds defeat California
Clipper event media,
Clipper 09-10: Team Finland is another day and a few hundred miles closer to Rio de Janeiro and it can't come soon enough for the crew onboard. They know this race is not in the bag yet though - the final stage of this race is hotting up and the leading five yachts are getting closer as each hour goes by.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Two's Company
The Rolex Middle Sea Race has attracted its share of characters over the years and more often than not in the double-handed division.... [more]
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SNG and Ras Al Khaimah file against America's Cup venue challenge
Alinghi Media,
Societe Nautique de geneve, the defending America's Cup yacht club has filed its opposition brief regarding BMW Oracle's latest legal challenge (the seventh from the American team; this time against the venue). The papers state the absolute legitimacy for Ras Al Khaimah to be the venue as per the Order and Judgement of 7 April 2009... [more]
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Australia II - John Rousmaniere reflects on that winged keel
John Rousmaniere,
The issue of who designed Australia II has come to the forefront once again (and more angrily than ever, it seems). It last arose four years ago when I wrote an article for the American magazine Sailing World titled 'Who Designed Australia II?' The story was stimulated by a particular question by a particular group, the America's Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee.... [more]
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Southern's Foiling Moth rig explained
Brenna Pringle,
During the recent CST Moth Worlds held in Oregon, Southern Spars new rig design was put to the test. Results are in, and 10 of the top 20 competitors were using Southern Spars kit. So what makes up the Southern Moth rig?... [more]
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World Masters Games - Sailing gets underway
Event media,
World Masters Games. After two days of postponements due to inclement weather competition finally got underway yesterday in the Tasar class at Woollahra Sailing Club.... [more]
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Southern Spars EC6 Hybrid has it covered from Foilers to J-class
Brenna Pringle,
Southern Spars' Composite Rigging department has been hard at work developing an innovative EC6 superyacht rigging solution. Following a cautious and calculated process, an exhaustive R&D programme has been carried out including full sized fatigue testing. The result? EC6 Hybrid.... [more]
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US Olympic Sailing Program to host Training Camps
US Sailing Media,
The US Olympic Sailing Program will host two training camps for members of the US Sailing Teams – Under 18 and Under 23 and other talented youth sailors who are on an Olympic track in the Laser, Laser Radial, 29er or International 420 classes... [more]
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USSTAG Teams had a great start at IFDS World Championship in Greece
US Sailing Media and IFDS Media,
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics posted a great first day at the 2009 International Foundation for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) World Championship.... [more]
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GP42 Global Championship - Consistency wins the day
Event Media,
GP42 . Through a great display of consistency not yet seen in this year's racing, Jose MarĂ­a van der Ploeg's (ESP) Turismo Madrid (ESP) has taken the early lead after three races in today's Day One of the 2009 GP42 Global Championship.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket - The Beast is back!
Paul Larsen,
Update from the Vestas Sailrocket team. After a big crash like the last one we need to spend some time just dialling the boat back in and making sure it is calibrated. This generally involves getting the steering system in sync with the foil alignment. We have a system of jigs and lasers to get it within fractions of a degree on land.... [more]
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2009 ICSA All Academic Sailing Team announced
Jan Harley,
The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) has recognized 20 outstanding scholar athletes by their selection to the 2009 ICSA All Academic Sailing Team.... [more]
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2009 Championship of Champions: Top one-design sailors vie for trophy
Jake Fish,
US Sailing's 2009 Championship of Champions - All of the competitors have qualified for this event by winning a National and/or North American Championship in a one-design class. The championship will be raced in Lightnings on Carlyle Lake, October 15-17.... [more]
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World Masters Games - Prince Frederik Tasared
Chris Clarke,
2009 Worlds Masters Games- Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik (DEN) was left cold and wet when he was forced to abandon sailing not once, but twice on Wednesday as stormy weather wreaked havoc with the sailing at Rose Bay.... [more]
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Andrew Campbell - An interesting week of Firsts
Andrew Campbell,
Andrew Campbell reports on his experiences this week. 'This past week has been quite a week of sailing. Wins are hard to come by at Grade 1 events. Take them when you can get them. We took three critical wins against Col, Hansen, and Marinho that made the difference in getting into the second round of the event.... [more]
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International Yacht Restoration School to host lecture series
Cybthia Goss,
International Yacht Restoration School. On five Tuesday nights from October to mid-December, experts will give lecture-goers a look at a series of magnificent yachts and the people behind them.... [more]
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