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Sail-World New Zealand: 18 October 2009

Francisco Lardies and Finn Drummond (NZL 52550) - International 420 Class World Championship - they need your help  Gianni Tomazzoni
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This edition of Sail-World is dominated by America's Cup news, with an Open Day being held in the proposed venue, Ras al-Khaimah, UAE, and in New York, the papers continue to flow with two actions underway and a third pending. Over in San Diego, the US Challenger is in the final stages of preparation after a set of month long modifications.

From the images and reports it is obvious that the UAE venue is literally being hacked out of sand and sea. Whether this is the best venue for the America's Cup, is a matter of personal opinion. History will judge how Ras al-Khaimah sits alongside the previous venues of Newport, Fremantle, San Diego, Auckland and Valencia.

Alinghi 5 flies a hull off Ras al-Khaimah - practice day 16 October 2009  Guido Trombetta/Team Alinghi

In this edition, we have the introduction by! who took the time to travel to RAK. Again, form your own opinion after reading their comprehensive reports with images of venue progress.

The issue of the role of the America's Cup Trustee may well be tested in the US Courts. Over the weekend another letter was filed by Golden Gate YC, by the redoubtable David Boies, acting for Golden Gate YC.

And back in Ras al-Khamah, Ernesto Bertarelli has given his take on the matter with media interviews, and is reported in this edition.

Media conference - Open Day - Ras al-Khaimah - Not your usual crowd  Guido Trombetta/Team Alinghi

Quite where this mess is headed, is anyone's guess. But certainly positions seem to be hardening ahead of the next round of Hearings in the New York Supreme Court on 27 October.

The Australia II design controversy continues with another of the sailing world's top journalists, Barry Pickthall (formerly of The Times of London) writing and quoting from his interview notes at the time. Barry gives and interesting perspective, as always.

View of the start in Grand Harbour - Rolex Middle Sea Race  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo

On the sailing front, the Rolex Middle Sea Race got underway from Malta, last night New Zealand time. The coverage of this event from the official website is superb - particularly the tracking system employed. The historic port formed an imposing backdrop as the fleet got away in light airs. Today (overnight, local time) they have been pushed along with a very willing breeze, which has taken its toll. At this stage, the record set two years ago is in the hands of the wind gods and ICAP Leopard (GBR). The story from forecasted the conditions accurately, and gives you some information to overlay on the course and tracking maps for the event.

Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk training in their Star on Auckland harbour  Andrew Palfrey

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Sailing images from Ras al-Khaimah - Media Open Day
Alinghi Media,
Alinghi held an Open Day at Ras al-Khaimah, UAE to show invited media the state of preparation for the 33rd America's Cup and give the invited media a taste for what sailing conditions are likely to be in the venue.... [more]
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ValenciaSailing: Alinghi press conference and sailing in Ras Al Khaima,
Alinghi held on Saturday a presentation in Ras Al Khaimah in order to make 'official' its arrival in the emirate and carry out the first 'official' sail There wasn't any extraordinary announcement made this morning in the Al Hamra Golf Club. Both Ernesto Bertarelli, Alinghi's owner, and Dr Khater Massaad, CEO of RAK Investment Authority, repeatedly stressed the suitability of the chosen venue... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup Poker: 'Your one and up one'
Richard Gladwell,
What started with a complaint to Justice Shirley Kornreich, by the America's Cup Defender, that the US Challenger had been rather economical with the truth, escalated a few days later with the reply from the Challenger. In their letter Societe Nautique de Geneve claimed 'If the press reports are correct, GGYC may have made false statements to the United States Coast Guard, thereby subjecting it... [more]
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ICAP Leopard leads Rolex Middle Sea after night of attrition
Event Media,
After a fast passage across to Capo Passero and the southern tip of Sicily yesterday afternoon, so the Rolex Middle Sea Race launched first the sting from its tail as darkness closed last night. Whilst the leaders closed fast on the Strait of Messina, the smaller slower yachts experienced a night of squalls and rain as the front pushed through earlier than expected.... [more]
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She's off! Jessica Watson departs Australia - but for what record?
Nancy Knudsen,
After attracting world wide publicity for hitting a cargo ship on her first night at sea, Australian 16-year-old Jessica Watson set out this morning from Sydney on her quest to be the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world non-stop and unassisted. She is leaving just two days before the preliminary report on her skirmish with the bulk carrier, and without the WSSRC to record her journey.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - Azzurra practice sessions in Valencia
Louis Vuitton Trophy, is due to take place in Nice from 7th to 22nd November. Italian team Azzurra are completing practice sessions in the waters off Valencia.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Day 26 - Stealth mode tactics pay off
Clipper media,
Clipper 09-10 report from Race 2, Day 26 - Its all about tactics. Emerging from Stealth Mode, Qingdao had established a lead of 68 miles over Hull & Humber. Spirit of Australia is beginning to slow down, after gain miles over the past few days on rivals Cape Breton Island and Jamaica Lightning Bolt.... [more]
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Alinghi begins training in Ras Al Khaimah, 33rd America's Cup Venue
Daphne Morgan-Barnicoat, Alinghi Media,
Alinghi, the 33rd America's Cup Defender, cast off from the America's Cup Island of Al Hamra this morning and set sail for its first training day in Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. 'The conditions are ideal here for these boats,' said Brad Butterworth, Alinghi team skipper, 'exactly the building sea breeze that we hoped for which means we can sail as much as six days a week'... [more]
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Leading NZ lawyer discusses America's Cup Trustee dispute outcomes
Sunday Herald and Sail-World,
Sunday Herald's sports editor, Paul Lewis, talks to leading New Zealand lawyer and Queens Counsel, Jim Farmer, regarding a possible Breech of Fiduciary Duty action by Golen Gate Yacht Club, and the likely outcomes from that action, following a commentary piece published in Sail-World, on last week. Farmer confirms the views expressed in that story.... [more]
Onsend this story is Forecasting High Wind's for Rolex Middle Sea Race
Nathan May,
PredictWind has generated a detailed Marine Forecast for the 2009 Rolex Middle Sea Race. With strong winds hitting the Northern and Western Coasts of Sicily it should make for some very interesting sailing.... [more]
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Barry Pickthall wades into Australia II design controversy
Barry Pickthall,
Barry Pickthall, former Yachting Correspondent to The Times (UK) was one of the top international sailing journalists, who followed the saga of the Australia 2 design claims and sheds some new light on the statements and background to the controversy which is still alive and well over 25 years later... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Spectacular start for the 68 competitors
2009 Rolex Middle Sea Race. A big fleet of 69 yachts departed Grand Harbour today, to begin a 606 nautical mile journey. As yachts start passing the first transit mark of the racecourse at Capo Passero the early stages overall handicap standings will become clearer.... [more]
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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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Bertarelli interviewed on America's Cup stalemate options
Brian Murphy,
At the Media Open day in Ras al-Khaimah, Alinghi Team boss, Ernesto Bertarelli spoke of the options and situation facing the Defender in the current America's Cup impasse. 'Do (BMW Oracle) really think we are children?' Bertarelli told a news conference. 'Come on. Let's get real and let's get sailing and stop inventing stuff,' he said.... [more]
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GP42 Global Cup final day - Consistency pays
GP42 media,
2009 GP42 Global Cup final day and consistency pays. For Filippo Faruffini's Roma 2 (ITA) the prize for their excellent teamwork and good boatspeed throughout the event was first place on the podium. Coming into the final day, Roma 2 enjoyed a nine point lead over nearest rival Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP).... [more]
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America's Cup - Alinghi in RAK,
The Swiss Alinghi team begins training in Ras Al Khaimah, possibly the 33rd America's Cup Venue... [more]
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Excellence in sailing recognised at 2009 Australian Yachting Awards
Yachting Australia,
2008 Beijing Olympic Games Gold medalists Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page were named Male Sailor of the Year and Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson won the Female Sailor of the Year Award... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket - All efforts to maxxing out the MK1
Paul Larsen,
Latest news from the Vestas Sailrocket team on Walvis Bay in Namibia. The team had a few handling issues and I reminded them to stay alert and keep the foil off the sand at all times. These foils need to be in perfect shape... especially the tips. If the nose begins to rise then the top part of the foil will come out of the water meaning that the rest of the foil has to work harder.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Crews prepare for tough conditions
Rolex Middle Sea Race. The 30th Rolex Middle Sea Race, starts tomorrow morning from Grand Harbour, Malta, and the 70 crews have spent their last day readying themselves for what looks to be a challenging race.... [more]
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Dee Caffari receives an Exceptional Achievement award
Kelly Russell,
Record breaking solo round the world yachtswoman, Dee Caffari, was delighted to receive an Exceptional Achievement award yesterday from the United Kingdom Sailing Academy.... [more]
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Olympic Stars making history in New Zealand (Australia),
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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Queensland State Etchells champion to defend title
Tracey Johnstone,
Defending champion Vaughan Prentice promises tough competition in next month's Wharf Tavern Etchells Queensland State Championship for Etchells sailors with designs on taking the coveted trophy.... [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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High Tech Hot Wheels from McConaghy International
John Curnow,
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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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