New low in America's Cup...120nm in a 49er - the Photos...Tasker aboard Alfa Romeo - the Video




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Sail-World New Zealand: 27 October 2009

Live webcam shot of the second mast being raised on BOR90 in San Diego earlier this afternoon.  
Welcome Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 27 October 2009

America's Cup news of various shades dominates this issue.

The Challenger of Record in the 33rd America's Cup has, Golden Gate Yacht Club, as expected, has filed an action for a Breach of Fiduciary Duty against the current Trustee and Holder of the America's Cup, Societe Nautique de Geneve.

This move is unprecedented in the history of the America's Cup, and is a new low-point for what used to be the premier trophy in sailing.

The media statement from GGYC was only filed a few minutes ago, and it is believed that the suit was filed with the New York Supreme Court just before the expiry of the self-imposed 10 day deadline from their legal counsel, David Boies in a letter to the NYSC on 16 October.

The 20 page Motion is fairly damning, and covers a number of points that have been publicly vented over the past two years and also goes back into alleged property and financial dealings by Bertarelli family interests linked to the America's Cup - covering both Valencia and Ras al-Khaimah, the proposed venue for the 33rd Match.

BOR 90 is relaunched after a month of modifications to accommodate rule changes and design development   BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

In this edition we have the full release, including grounds for the Motion, plus links to the papers filed with the New York Supreme Court, which will go to Trial, rather than the series of Gearings and Decisions held to date.

The outcome sought is, as indicated in several weeks ago, for SNG to be removed as Trustee and Event organiser and replaced with another independent and fit body. The Swiss club remains as defender and holder of the trophy.

There's another episode in America's Cup legal in the New York Supreme Court with a Hearing on the Venue selection and Rules motions. We have a short video interview with GGYC legal counsel, David Boies in this issue.

Between Whangarei and Tutukaka - Burling Tuke 49er ride in the 2009 Coastal Classic  Burling Media

On the sailing side of the America's Cup, Alinghi are trialling a newer and longer mast in Ras al-Khaimah. BMW Oracle Racing are launching a re-vamped BOR90 (as they are still calling the Challenger). In this edition we have two photo galleries of images taken from outside the enclosure in San Diego showing the changes that have been made.

Today via a web-cam we can see that the previous mast for BOR90 is now being fitted, and it remains to be seen whether a hard wing sail will be trialled. If you look at the top photo the upright black spar is clearly visible alongside the crane. The webcam is positioned in the Hilton Hotel in San Diego and is one of the ways hardcore sailing fans keep up with the latest America's Cup sailing action around the world.

The same crane can be seen in the shot below of the suspended BOR90, with the Hilton webcam shooting between the two hotels in the background of that shot.

Action stations for ONE Sport's intrepid reporter, Martin Tasker aboard Alfa Romeo at the start of the HSBC Coastal Classic  Richard Gladwell

Wrapping up our coverage of the HSBC Coastal Classic, we are pleased to feature the video clip from ONE Sport's Martin Tasker aboard race winner and record breaker, Alfa Romeo. We also feature the diary of images taken during Peter Burling and Blair Tuke's epic 120nm ride north in a 49er - an excursion which left them very sore, barely able to walk, but a great achievement nevertheless.

B2 World Blind Champion, Pauline Eitjens, sailing on a beat - 2009 North Island P and Starling Championship  Johan ter Beek

From the New Zealand sailing scene we have a story and photos of Paulien Eitjes, the B2 Blind World Sailing Champion competing in the North Island Starling Championships, an open regatta, held in Tauranga over Labour weekend.

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Richard Gladwell
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Breach of Fiduciary Duty suit filed against America's Cup Trustee
BMW Oracle Racing Media and Sail-World,
The Challenger of record in the 33rd America's Cup has, as expected, filed an action for a Breach of Fiduciary Duty against the current Trustee and Holder of the America's Cup, Societe Nautique de Geneve. The San Francisco based Challenger is asking the Court to appoint a new club to oversee the connduct of the next Match. That organiser could be one of a number of bodies, however the Royal New... [more]
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Blind Sailor creates history in Tauranga
Murray de Lues,
Two times B2 Blind World Champion Paulien Eitjes, created history on the waters off Tauranga over Labour Weekend by competing in open competition with VHF radio assistance. The 35 year old has been honing her sailing skills in her Starling over the last couple of years. The Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club hosted this year's North Island Championships... [more]
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49er sails 120nm Coastal Classic - Images from the long ride
Burling Media,
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke completed the 120nm Coastal Classic course sailing alongside the top competitors. Although Alfa Romeo was long gone, the 49er crew battled with the 50fters, leading this group at Cape Brett, but losing their lead after their second pitchpole of the trip. We present images taken from their support boat... [more]
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50th Jubilee Interdinion 12ft Skiff Regatta – Gwen 12's produce a gem
Neil Kennedy,
As the interest in the Classic 12's regatta continues to grow the news that there are still Gwen 12's actively sailing has given the event another boost. Recent correspondence from Tim O'Shea in Adelaide has revealed that although the class held its last National championship in 1990, excellent examples of the class are still around...... [more]
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ONE Sport covers the HSBC Coastal Classic live from Alfa Romeo
International sailing reporter, Martin Tasker, from ONE Sport covered the HSBC Coastal Classic live from Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo on her attempt to take line honours and break the course record. See his post race review wioth plenty of on board footage as she cruised north at over 20kts... [more]
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Alfa Romeo smashes race record en route to Rolex Sydney Hobart
Edward Rowe,
Neville Crichton's super maxi, Alfa Romeo, is leaving a trail of smashed race records across the Pacific as she heads towards a head to head battle with Australian maxi ‘Wild Oats' in December's Rolex Sydney Hobart,... [more]
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Silver Sails line up in St Petersburg - Days 2 and 3
Silver sails Racing Media,
Silver Sails Racing (Samantha Osborne, Jenna Hansen, Genoa Griffin Fedyszyn and Raynor Smeal) is in St Petersburg, Florida, USA competing in the Osprey Rolex Cup and sent through this report:... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race - Sanyo Maris repeat performance?
Peter Campbell,
Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race. The classic boat Sanyo Maris celebrated her 50th birthday by winning last year's challenging race. Conducted by Gosford Sailing Club, the 414 nautical mile race to Lord Howe Island will start from Broken Bay at 1pm this coming Saturday, 31 October.... [more]
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Sailrocket team ready and waiting as clock is ticking and Paul Larsen,
Vestas Sailrocket team is attempting to break the World Sailing Speed record at Walvis Bay in Namibia. The record attempt ends on Thursday - just three days left to achieve their dream.... [more]
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America's cup Challenger re-launched in San Diego
BMW Oracle Racing Media,
On Sunday afternoon, the BOR 90 returned to its natural habitat as it was lifted by crane from its workspace into the harbour. It's been nearly five weeks since the trimaran was last on the water as the BMW ORACLE Racing team shifted into modification mode. The work onshore has been intense and required a full commitment from the boatbuilding team, supervised by Mark A. Turner (NZL).... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - Larsen leads
Melges 24 World Championship - As well as having to deal with a capricious breeze, which peaked this the morning at around ten knots but dropped to around six knots by the afternoon, the fifty-one-boat fleet also had to factor some complex and not insignificant current flow into their race strategies.... [more]
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David Boies fronts up on America's Cup issues in TV interview
Richard Gladwell,
Ahead of tomorrow's Hearing in the New York Supreme Court, Golden Gate Yacht Club's counsel, David Boies, has appeared in a short interview on CNBC discussing the case and the key points, with which GGYC is taking issue. There is as yet no announcement of the lodgement of the Breach of Fiduciary Duty action against Societe Nautique de Geneve, in its role as the current Trustee of the America's Cup... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Parlier joins Rivero onboard 1876
Source : Press FNOB,
Transat Jacques Vabre - Renowned French offshore sailor Yves Parlier is set to join Pachi Rivero for the Transat Jacques Vabre on board 1876. 'The boat has undergone a great refit and now we have two weeks ahead to get to one hundred percent for the start' explained Rivero.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Race 3 preparations
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Race 3 to Cape Town starts Tuesday 27 October. The yacht club has been a hive of activity all week as the teams prepare their yachts for the 3,385-mile race to Cape Town. Some have also taken to the water as Race 2 winners Team Finland along with Spirit of Australia, Jamaica Lightning Bolt and Cork took VIPs from the city out racing in Guanabara Bay.... [more]
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Yachting NZ Briefings for 21 October 2009
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
In this issue of Yachting NZ's Briefings: High Performance & International; Youth Sailing; Local Sailing; Admin, Safety & Training; What's On; Of Interest... [more]
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Longley and Bertrand interviewed on Australia II's design
Steve Tsuchiya,
America's Cup author and historian, Steve Tsuchiya provided two interviews with John Longley and John Bertrand on the issue of Australia II's design and specifically her keel.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart applications for entry close in one week
Jennfier Crooks and,
The 2009 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race is shaping as the most competitive for many years. Those owners and crews wanting to conquer this Mount Everest of ocean racing – the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – have just one week left to submit an application for entry.... [more]
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America's Cup Spycam: Images of BOR90 - San Diego 25 October

More images of BOR90/USA after she was launched in San Diego today - some idea of the modifications undertaken are visible - reduced main hull length and removal of grinding stations.... [more]
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Al Hur Rashid Al Muhairi's 'Dahees' ('Clear Air') victorious in Dubai
Sharon Allison, Dubai International Marine Club,
It is very heartening to see pockets of real traditional boat racing around the world. There is a whole plethora of craft racing in the Caribbean, the Indonesians are into the trad stuff big time, and now there is a resurgence of dhow racing taking place in the United Arab Emirates.... [more]
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SB3 Worlds confirmed for Australia in 2012
Rod Jones,
The International SB3 World Championships for 2012 have been confirmed for Australia. In late January 2012, the SB3 Class will take over Corio Bay, Geelong for their world championships.... [more]
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Belmont 16 footer RS Feva kids - vote yes!
Tracey Johnstone,
The kids votes are in and it's a definite Yes for the RS Feva class as they experience the new fleet of fun, fast, stable boats. Belmont 16 Foot Club Sailing Manager Vicki Engert said the success of the club's junior Learn to Sail Program was evident during the recent October school holidays when a group of 34 children leapt into the club's new seven RS Fevas for a week of great sailing.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - California makes it to Rio and Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. After 32 days at sea, California was the last of the ten yachts to arrive in Rio. The crew was upbeat, smiling and relieved to have finally finished the race. Uniquely Singapore and Edinburgh Inspiring Capital arrived at the Rio yacht club on Friday evening local time.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Race - Whitsunday crew has unfinished business
Ian Grant,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, often described as 628 nautical miles of sheer torture, has again attracted an international standard fleet including Bob Oatley's record breaking super maxi Wild Oats Xl.... [more]
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America's Cup Spycam: Images of BOR90 - San Diego 24 October

Images of BOR90/USA after she emerged from the builder's tent in San Diego - some idea of the modifications undertaken are visible - reduced main hull length and removal of grinding stations. Plus a lot of work underway all over the main hull.... [more]
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Sailrocket: Over 51 knots - so near but not quite and with problems and Paul Larsen,
Latest news from the Vestas Sailrocket Team - Twice on Sunday they hit over 51 knots, but an unexpected problem caused Larsen a bucket load of problems.... [more]
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Rolex Osprey Cup - Tunnicliffe and team finish second
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Our team finished in second place overall today at the Rolex Osprey Cup here in St. Pete, FL. We had some great races against eventual winner Giulia Conti from Italy, but in the end she got the better of us with a 3-1 record to win the series... [more]
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