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Sail-World USA: 27 October 2009

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Welcome Sail-World.Com's US 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 filed several hours ago, however 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, covering 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.

33rd America's Cup - BMW ORACLE Racing - BOR 90 modifications  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.

We also feature the reaction from Societe Nautique de Geneve to the moves from the US Challenger. They're not happy.

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 would remain as Defender and holder of the trophy.

33rd America's Cup - BMW ORACLE Racing - BOR 90 modifications  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

There's another episode, this morning (Eastern time) 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.

The NZ 49er - 75nm into the 120nm reach 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. Just in is an image gallery from the incomparable Gilles Martin-Raget taken aboard BOR90 yesterday in San Diego.

33rd America's Cup - BMW ORACLE Racing - BOR 90 modifications  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

Via a web-cam we could see that the existing (MkII) mast for BOR90 being fitted, and it remains to be seen whether a hard wing sail will be trialled. 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.

We have a couple of great image galleries from Erik Simonson of taken on San Francisco Bay of racing in the Finn Class at st Francis YC and the Great Pumpkin Pursuit race which attracted over 200 yachts.

Great Pumpkin Pursuit - San Francisco October 2009  Erik

From the Bahamas, we have a report, via ISAF, on the Sunfish World Championship - which proved to be a benefit for the US, in a number of ways.

The Melges 24 Worlds are underway on Chesapeake Bay, with a fleet of over 50 crews. So far two races have been sailed, and as might be expected, it is very close at the top of the points table. We have a report in this edition along with a couple of great videos.

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

From New Zealand we wrap 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, as she hotts along at over 20kts. 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.

Finn class - San Francisco October 2009 - venue for the 2010 Finn Gold Cup  Erik

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Breach of Fiduciary Duty suit filed against America's Cup Trustee
BMW Oracle Racing Media and Richard Gladwell,
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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Images of San Diego: BOR90 is relaunched, rerigged and ready to roll!
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Images from Gilles Martin-Raget of the Golden Gate YC's America's Cup Challenger, BOR90 rigged up and ready to go after five weeks of modifications in San Diego... [more]
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Solidaire du Chocolat - Some relief for the fleet
Solidaire du Chocolat,
Solidaire du Chocolat - northern group have reached less harsh conditions south of the Azores as they race into lighter breeze. Fanned-out behind the race leader 100 miles separate four of the boats chasing Initiatives-Novedia: in fifth place Bruno Jourdren and Bernard Stamm on Cheminées Poujoulat hold the right-hand, windward side of the race track.... [more]
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Images from San Francisco: The Great Pumpkin Pursuit race
Erik Simonson,,
Erik Simonson of presents this gallery of images from the Great Pumpkin Pursuit race, sailed on San Francisco Bay. 200 plus boats charge en masse from Richmond Flats around Alcatraz and Angel Islands, picking up floating gourds along the way.... [more]
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Images from San Francisco: Olympic class regatta at St Francis YC
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson of presents this gallery of Finn racing at the St Francis Yacht Club, venue for the 2010 Finn Gold Cup.... [more]
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Statement from America's Cup holder on Fiduciary Duty challenge
Alinghi Media and Richard Gladwell,
The Defender of the America's Cup and current Trustee, Societe Nautique de Geneve has reacted angrily to the Breach of Fiduciary Duty (BFD) action lodged today: 'By filing their eighth legal action in two years, Larry Ellison and his Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) have demonstrated yet again that their true intention is to win sailing's most prestigious trophy in court instead of on the water.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - Team URI/USA reports
Epic conditions at the Student Yachting World Cup. Temperatures hovering around 70 degrees, cloudless, sunny skies and a solid NNW breeze between 8 and 15 knots provided for great racing. Race Committee scheduled three races, starting off with an inshore race, as the breeze was forecasted to die as the day went on.... [more]
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Sunfish World Championship - US clean sweep
Sunfish World Championship - The gruelling championship came down to the final moments of the last regatta. The Bahamas has ended up being somewhat of a good luck charm for David Loring. The Charleston, South Carolina native won his third Sunfish World Championships.... [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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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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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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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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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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Campbell Cup to Holua
Rick Roberts,
The inaugural Campbell Cup Sunday was won by Brack Duker and crew of his Santa Cruz 70 Holua.... [more]
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Melges 24 Worlds: Pre-Worlds to Bressani
Justin Chisholm,
Melges 24 World Championship - If the results of the Pre-Worlds Regatta give any indication of form, then it was to confirm the potency of the European contingent racing here this week.... [more]
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Rolex Osprey Cup - Italian crew triumph and Dana Paxton,
Rolex Osprey Cup, has been won by Giulia Conti (ITA), the defending champion, who defeated Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) in the final. Although Tunnicliffe defeated Conti during round robin racing, the final matches weren't as simple for either team.... [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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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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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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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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Chicago Match Race Center announces 2010 schedule
Mary Anne Ward,
Chicago Match Race Center has announced its 2010 season schedule. To break up the long winter hiatus, the CMRC's first event will be in Key West over January 23-24 at the Key West Match Race Invitational. This will be the second year of this Grade 3 event, and will be sailed again in Melges 24's.... [more]
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St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic Yacht Regatta - Early registrations in
St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic Yacht,
West Indies Events and the St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic Yacht Regatta Organization announced today that the early registrations for the upcoming January event are coming in at full speed. The beautiful yacht 'Grote Meid' owned by Paul Van Koelen has undergone a huge and complete haul over/refit in Curacao and will sail back to SXM together with the classic yacht 'Alert' to participate in the regat... [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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Sunfish World Championships,
At the 2009 Sunfish World Championships, after ten races David Loring (USA) finished in first place. Marx Chirinos of Venezuela dropped from second to fifth.... [more]
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Commentary: Alinghi Team continues its America's Cup shenanigans
Eric Sharp, Detriot Free Press,
Long-time America's Cup journalist Eric Sharp opines on the current state of the America's Cup in the Detroit Free Press: In its self-serving efforts to defend the America's Cup, the Swiss Alinghi Team has achieved the remarkable feat of pushing the world's most prestigious sailing regatta and oldest team event toward irrelevancy. That's because Louis Vuitton, the up-up-upscale French fashion h... [more]
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La Solidaire du Chocolat - Yet another storm for the fleet
Oliver Dewar,
As the first transatlantic race exclusively for Class40 yachts, the inaugural La Solidaire du Chocolat double-handed race is turning into a gruelling, 5,000 mile marathon for the teams involved. After a deceptively benign start off St. Nazaire in a very light north-easterly breeze, the second night at sea was brutal with a fast-moving cold front sweeping through the fleet delivering gusts of 50 kn... [more]
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Open letter from Brad Butterworth on America's Cup reform
Brad Butterworth,
Some have been calling for a rewrite of the America's Cup Deed of Gift, offering the Defender their own vision for the sailing competition. These shrill calls have been common before every match in recent times, usually from those with no record of success in the Cup. Claims of imminent death of America's Cup competition have always proven to be greatly exaggerated.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: Delonghi takes the Mick Scully Trophy
Frank Quealy,
With six of the fleet still missing due to their delayed return from the San Francisco regatta, the Australian 18 Footers League decided to reverse the scheduled events for today and next Sunday. As a result of that decision, the Mick Scully Trophy 3-buoys race was sailed today on Sydney Harbour... [more]
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BMW Oracle Racing gets ready for a return to the water
BMW Oracle Racing and Sail-World,
The BMW ORACLE Racing team is putting the final touches on the latest modifications to its trimaran, the BOR 90, before it returns to the water to resume testing ahead of the 33rd America's Cup Match. John Kostecki (USA) is the team's tactician and he's excited by the prospect of returning to the water next week as the team continues its preparations for the February Match.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket - Will it all come together? and Paul Larsen,
Latest news from the Vestas Sailrocket Team, who are running out of time on their final attempt at breaking the World Sailing Speed record... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship preview
Justin Chisholm,
Melges 24 World Championship - Teams are assembling in readiness for the event scheduled from Monday 26 to Saturday 31 October. No Melges 24 World Championship would be complete without the presence of brothers Brian and John Porter. In Annapolis the talented siblings will be racing as ever aboard their USA 749 ‘Full Throttle', along with regular crewmembers Harry Melges and Andy Burdick.... [more]
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Gary Jobson elected President of US Sailing at Annual General Meeting
Jake Fish,
At US Sailing's Annual General Meeting, Gary Jobson was elected by the new board of directors as the next president of the sport's national governing body... [more]
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Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - Overall Series winner decided,
The 17th edition of The Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 has been won by the Portuguese sailor Francisco Lobato (ROFF TMN). Yesterday Charlie Dalin took the second leg victory, however Lobato wins Overall for the Series thanks to the 22 hours time advantage he held from the previous leg win.... [more]
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