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Sail-World USA: 4 November 2009

BOR90's sails are sorted on the dock after the dismasting. Image by Peter Rusch  BMW Oracle Racing ©
i>Welcome Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 4 November 2009

There's plenty of action on and off the water in the America's Cup.

The US Challenger for the 33rd America's Cup, BOR90 was dismasted yesterday off San Diego. We have featured the first reports and images in this issue. She was towed into San Diego at dusk, and the crew left for a debrief.

So far there is no real word on the cause of the dismasting - if we are ever told for competitive reasons.

Main interest will be what happens from here.

Stay tuned to for updates.

On Monday, before the dismasting we ran another sequence of images from San Diego taken by the brilliant Gilles Martin-Raget - they are real eye candy, as is the video that we have included of BOR90/USA in full flight on the ocean - just remarkable viewing.

More and more events and teams are taking advantage of the ease of uploading material onto YouTube. Increasingly we will be featuring video from this source on Sail-World, and will try to indicate the presence of these clips with the words '+ video' in the headlines of these stories.

BMW ORACLE Racing in full flight off San Diego - catch the video.  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

We also have another set of images from Rob Wagner, on the dock in San Diego - these are large close ups of the vitals of BOR90/USA and for anyone interested in sailing technology they are a must see.

Off the water, the legal soap opera, also known as the America's Cup continues with increasingly bizarre storylines. The Hearing scheduled for Wednesday, has now been postponed until Friday (Eastern time) in New York. Three expert Jurors have been appointed, two of who are already in New York, and they will attempt to answer the five questions posed by Justice Shirley Kornreich a week ago. Instead of appearing in the Supreme Court, they will now meet privately on Saturday and report to Justice Kornreich.

BOR90 dismasted off San Diego 3 November 2009  Sailing

Ahead of this session, we have taken a rather long look, at the questions, and have come to some conclusions. There are links to the relevant resources. We've tried to keep it as simple as possible. Hope you can understand the issues. Questions 2-5 will be relatively straightforward. Question 1 (Measurement of LWL with movable ballast) is much more complex.

Meanwhile The Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve have appealed Kornreich's decisions of last Friday, and asked for an expedited Hearing before the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court.

BMW ORACLE Racing - BOR 90 heads home in the Californian sunset  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

In breaking news we have the announcement that French sailing icon Franck Cammas and longtime sponsor Groupama will be entering the next two Volvo Ocean Races - marking the return of the French to this premier event. They have also secured the services of a top designer. Full details in this edition.

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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Bitter End Yacht Club Pro Am - Paul Cayard reports
Paul Cayard,
Bitter End Yacht Club, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. Today was the first 'real' day of racing here at the Pro Am. Anyway, Team Cayard managed 5 wins out of 7 races today to share the lead with Ken Read who had the same score.... [more]
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America's Cup challenger BOR90 dismasting - pictures and news updates
Earlier today BMW Oracle Racing's 90ft multihull was dismasted while sea trailling off San Diego. The first pictures are coming through and will be updated on this this image sequence.... [more]
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LaserPerformance to launch the Vapor Optimist
LaserPerformance Media,
On November 16th LaserPerformance will launch a new Optimist branded the Vapor. The Optimist has long been a part of LaserPerformance's (previously Vanguard) line up. However, with the Vapor, LaserPerformance will be bringing production back to the US. The Vapor will be produced alongside the Laser, Sunfish, and 420 in LaserPerformance's Portsmouth RI production facility... [more]
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Coast Guard Foundation to host USCG's Seventh District annual tribute
Rushton Gregory Communications,
The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its 16th Annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard's (USCG) Seventh District will take place on Thursday, November 12, 2009.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Perseverance pays off
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Despite chasing hard, both Uniquely Singapore and Cork were unable to catch Hull & Humber before the gate, crossing at 0819 and 0911GMT respectively to take the final points. Failing to make the gate in time, but more determined than ever to score a hat trick by taking a third consecutive victory in Clipper 09-10, is Team Finland.... [more]
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Defiance Day race - Bitter End Yacht Club
Paul Cayard,
Bitter End Yacht Club, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. Today was the Defiance Day race here in the epicenter of yacht racing... [more]
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A few minutes ago this message went out via the ether - SailWorld News Newsflash: BOR 90 has dismasted off San Diego Immediate Sailing News just became even more so as, the largest online marine network has just begun its Twitter service... [more]
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Newsflash: BOR 90 has dismasted off San Diego
BMW Oracle Racing have just advised that their 90ft trimaran has dropped her rig while trialling off San Diego. The statement from the team says that no-one as hurt in the incident and all crew are safe. The incident happened four hours ago Support craft were with the race boat at the time and are currently working to salvage the rig and get the boat back to shore.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - Its a wrap
Justin Chisholm,
Melges 24 World Championship wrap report. Fifty-one entries from across Europe and the US, with teams from the USA, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Britain, the Netherlands, Norway and Ukraine congregating in Annapolis. In the main eleven-race Championship series, it was Annapolis resident Chris Larson who eventually overcame the strength of the European squad, to claim the 2009 Melge... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta - TeamOrigin announce sailing line-up
Henry Foster,
TeamOrigin announced today the sailing team line-up for the forthcoming Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta in Nice, Côte d'Azur which commences at the weekend. The team includes eight sailors from Great Britain, four from New Zealand, three from Australia, and one each from France, Denmark and Poland.... [more]
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French sailing icons make long term commitment to the Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Groupama Insurance Group confirmed today that it will enter the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race with its long term French skipper, Franck Cammas, a commitment that will last until 2015. The chosen designer for Groupama's new boat is Argentinean Juan Kouyoumdjian, the designer of the winning boats in the last two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta: A Different Experience
Ellen Sanpere,
'The St. Croix Hospice Regatta is a different experience from the other Caribbean regattas, each of which has its own flavor,' says Regatta Director Julie San Martin. She hopes the Cruzan flavor will appeal to many different kinds of racers during the regatta, February 19-20, 2010, and highlights some of the factors that go into it.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Justice Shirley's America's Cup questions answered
Richard Gladwell,
On Friday 6 November at 0930hrs the New York Supreme Court will reconvene once again to hear submissions from lawyers representing the America's Cup Defender and Challenger. But centre stage will be three expert Jurors appointed following Justice Shirley Kornreich's remarkable decision of just a week ago. Here we look at the questions and the likely answers...... [more]
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Images of San Diego: The Big Bird flies + Video
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget provided this gallery of images from BOR90's latest test sail off San Diego. Make sure you catch the incredible video at the bottom of the gallery... [more]
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2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - one week to go
2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards will be announced on Tuesday, 10 November, Busan, Korea. This year four female and six male nominees have been shortlisted for the Award, based on their achievements during the qualifying period of 1 September 2008 to 31 August 2009.... [more]
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2009 URI World Cup Racing Team report
URI Racing Team,
2009 URI World Cup Racing Team report - Monday Morning Tactician from Jesse. The jet lag is wearing off and our lower backs are realigning after a long day of travel back to the United States of America. I could tell that we all felt a sense of relief to be home but for me it also solidified the end of a great run.... [more]
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Clipper 09- 10: Battle to the scoring gate
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race. Having reaped the rewards of their tactical decision to head south from the outset, Hull & Humber is now fighting to hold on to their narrow lead as the fleet approaches the Race 3 scoring gate.... [more]
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La Solidaire du Chocolat - Showing signs of fatigue
La Solidaire du Chocolat,
La Solidaire du Chocolat - Two weeks into the race and men and machines are showing signs of fatigue. Race rules force a minimum three hour stop if a boat decides to put in to port for technical reasons. Three days to wait before sighting land, for the race leaders that is, four more for the tail enders.... [more]
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IRC East Coast Championship - Decision IV named winner
Barby MacGowan,
IRC East Coast Championship - In total, 38 yachts raced in five classes at the event, held October 30-November 1, 2009, with overall results calculated on average corrected speed for each of the class winners for the entire regatta. (... [more]
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Swiss to appeal decision on Ras Al Khaimah for 33rd America's Cup
Alinghi Media,
The Defender of the 33rd America's Cup, Societe Nautique de Geneve (SNG), is to appeal New York Supreme Court Justice Kornreich's decision of 30 October rejecting Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates as the venue for the 33rd America's Cup. SNG has applied for an expedited appeal to avoid any delay to the February 2010 Deed of Gift Match.... [more]
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Lüderitz Speed Challenge - Day one to Caizergues
Lüderitz Speed Challenge,
November 1st was the first official racing day of the 2009 Lüderitz Speed Challenge. Most riders were using their larger kites (10 to 11m2), but still managed to get well over 40 knots (which was a major achievement in perfect conditions only a few short years ago). Alex Caizergues, Rob Douglas and Christophe Prin Guenon led the field with 43.11, 42.92 and 42.10kt respectively.... [more]
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Sint Maarten Heineken Regatta - Commodores Cup has new title sponsor
Sint Maarten Heineken Regatta,
Sint Maarten Heineken Regatta Committee announce the introduction of a new title sponsor for the Commodores Cup. The commodores cup is a pre-event to the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta, designed to give those crews and the fleet an additional day of racing.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Book Launch
Lizzie Green,
Spanish Castle to White Night, an award-winning story by Mark Chisnell launched. Eighty-eight men set off from beneath the ramparts of Alicante's Castle of Santa Bárbara, but only 36 would journey the full 37,000 miles to finish in the White Nights of St Petersburg. Japan's Black Tide, brutal weather, injuries, and even the credit crunch all took their toll.... [more]
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New US Sailing Development Team - Applications for 2010 being accepted
Marni Lane,
Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 US Sailing Development Team (USSDT), a new, youth pipeline team supported by US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC).... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - Team URI/USA final report
Team URI/USA reports from day 6 of the Student Yachting World Cup. We were pleased with our performance this week. There will always be second guessing about where we could've pick up a point or two, but that is always the case with any event. We left everything on the race course, especially with the bullet in the last race.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship images and Stefano Gattini images,
Stefano Gattini/Joe Fly took these images at the Melges 24 World Championship just completed in Annapolis... [more]
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2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart - Fleet of 116 yachts nominate
Lisa Ratcliff/Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Team,
In 2004 116 yachts sailed south for the 60th anniversary edition and prior to that 115 made it to the start line in 1998. It's likely that this year's fleet will finish up the second largest in more than a decade.... [more]
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Storm Trysail Club - IRC East Coast Championship images and Leighton O'Connor images,
Photographer Leighton O'Connor presents these images from the Storm Trysail Club - IRC East Coast Championship.... [more]
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La Solidaire du Chocolat: Breakage slows down the leader
La Solidaire du Chocolat,
La Solidaire du Chocolat: A low pressure system was expected to hit the fleet but ended up changing direction north, leaving the Class 40 in the high which has shifted south of the Azores. The whole fleet has similar conditions, east-south-east of around 15-25 knots, depending on the latitude.... [more]
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Images from San Diego: More close-ups of BOR90 gear - 2
Rob Wagner,
Second gallery of images taken today of the US America's Cup Challenger BOR90/USA tied up to the dock in San Diego... [more]
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Images from San Diego: More close-ups of BOR90 gear
Rob Wagner,
More images taken today of the US America's Cup Challenger BOR90/USA tied up to the dock in San Diego... [more]
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