Wagons circle around America's Cup...Rough ride in Middle Sea race...More on Australia II


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Sail-World USA : 18 October 2009

Dubai Traditional 43 ft Dhow Sailing Championships   Dubai International Marine Club
Welcome Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 18 October 2009

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 ValenciaSailing.com!www.valenciasailing.com 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 an 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, yesterday morning, local 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 PredictWind.com forecast the conditions accurately, and gives you some information to overlay on the course and tracking maps for the event.

J/105s fight for position at the 2009 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta  SailingPress/ Andrea Watson

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US Sailing's Championship of Champions - Dieball adds another title
Jake Fish - Us Sailing,
US Sailing's Championship of Champions - Skip Dieball and crew Jody and Tom Starck have won US Sailing's Championship of Champions by a 13 point margin.... [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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Solidare du Chocolat - 5,000 miles double-handed
Event media,
Solidare du Chocolat - A 5,000 miles double-handed, non-stop race between France and Yucatan in Mexico. Ten nations will be represented on the start line; France, Ireland, UK, USA, Chile, Australia, Mexico, Spain, Italy and Finland.... [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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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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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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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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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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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]
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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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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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IFDS World Championship - GBR leads SKUD 18 fleet
Betsy Alison - Paralympic Coach, US SAILING Team,
IFDS World Championship Day 3 report. After a delay of several hours due to thunderstorms, all three fleets took to the water. However the westerly wind died after only two races of the day were completed.... [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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Sunfish World Championships 2009 in Bahamas
Thierry Huguenin,
Sunfish World Championships 2009 will be sailed in the Bahamas from Sunday October 18th. The event is preceeded by the International Junior Sunfish Championship, which runs from October 15 to October 17.... [more]
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US Sailing's Championship of Champions - New leader
Jake Fish,
US Sailing's Championship of Champions - The weather conditions tested the mettle of competitors today. There were reports of thin ice on dock ramps in the morning.... [more]
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PredictWind.com 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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Clipper 09-10 Race - Stealth card adds an extra element
Event media,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Key tacitcal moves are yet to be played out as Cape Breton Island considers playing their stealth card. But for some the stealth move has not proved fruitful. 'The introduction of Stealth Mode to the Clipper 09-10 Race has added an interesting extra element for skippers and crews, creating the ability to hide one's movements... [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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U.S. Multihull Championship for Alter Cup - F16 Vipers at Clearwater
Jake Fish,
2009 U.S. Multihull Championship winner will receive the Hobie Alter Cup. First held in 1987, the U.S. Multihull Championship is sailed annually in a different multihull class at a different venue around the country.... [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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Australia II - Winged Keels revisited
Blue Robinson - www.seahorsemagazine.com,
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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