Welcome to Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 30 November 2009
The Sunseeker Australia Cup has concluded in Perth with a win for Torvar Mirsky (AUS) with Ben Ainslie (GBR) second. We have reports on the weekend's racing in this edition. Now the crews head off for the Monsoon Cup, the final round in the World Match Racing Tour for 2009, and the one carrying the biggest purse on the circuit.
On the America's Cup scene, BMW Oracle Racing have announced they are shutting up shop in San Diego and shipping BOR90 to Valencia. Meanwhile in Ras al-Khaimah, Alinghi has emerged from the boatbuilding shop, with a longer sprit. In this edition, designer Grant Simmer explains why.
Down the coast, Paul Cayard reports in from the Sea Dubai RC44 Gold Cup, while Andrew Campbell and Brad Nichol are lying 9th overall, and are on the improve in the 53 strong, star studded fleet ('scuse the pun) at the South American Star Championships in Brazil.
BMW Oracle Racing's BOR90 is hauled out in San Diego for the last time before being shipped to Valencia. BMW Oracle Racing Team Blog
Bakewell-White Yacht Design has scored a top performance, with a recent line honours win by a 36fter Alfresco, in the 280nm Fremantle to Geraldton. The smallest boat in division one showed the way home to the 50ft fleet. Hitting speeds in excess of 28kts Alfresco was ahead of the Volvo60 race record at the three-quarter race distance. See the full story in this edition.
Mirsky and Ainslie on a very tight downwind run in heat two of the final. Sunseeker Australia Cup
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America's Cup Challenger shuts up shop in San Diego +Video BMW Oracle Racing, BMW ORACLE Racing has finished its final testing phase in San Diego as the team prepares for the 33rd America's Cup in February. This final session of sea trials on the BOR 90, with its new, revolutionary wing sail, was very successful. The wing is now scheduled to come out of the boat on Saturday morning, before the BOR 90 will be lifted from the water and prepared for shipping... [more] Onsend this story
Phuket wind shifts and strong current challenges first day King's Cup Tracey Johnstone, In the first day of racing in the 23rd Phuket King's Cup, it was Hong Kong's Neil Pryde and his Hi-Fi crew that finally earned overall Racing division handicap honours after a disastrous second race start and then a brilliant recovery. In other divisions there were some great results as some defending champions held their ground while other fell over under the pressure of stiff competition.... [more] Onsend this story
Paul Cayard on Katusha's overall performance Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup Paul Cayard, For the last race, we had a good start, actually all of our starts were good all week and that is a credit to Bob Little and Morgan Gutenkunst. We were battling away in 5th most of the race and then we passed Aqua down the final run to finish 4th in the last one. It was not our best regatta that is for sure. We made a lot of mistakes and had more than the normal amount of things go against us. So... [more] Onsend this story
Team No Way Back is crowned RC 44 Champion 2009 RC 44 Media, Pieter Heerema and his team No Way Back have conquered the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup. Winners of the fleet regatta and the DHL Trophy, they also grab the RC 44 Championship Tour 2009 ahead of Artemis, who retains the overall fleet race title.... [more] Onsend this story
Giant Killing 'Little Blue Maxi' is tearing up the town!
Following her giant killing performance in the Fremantle to Geraldton Yacht Race and more recently IRC dominance in the Coventry Reef race, the Bakewell-White designed 11m Alfresco has set the bar talk alight in Western Australia where the hot little twilight racer has been dubbed the 'Little Blue Maxi'.... [more] Onsend this story
Andrew Campbell reports from the Star South American Championship Andrew Campbell, Two Days, Three Races so far at the South Americans reports Andrew Campbell. Brad and I started the regatta with a strong showing in a light seabreeze on Thanksgiving.... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10 - Race to the scoring gate is on Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper 09-10. On your marks, get set for the race to the scoring gate. The crew of Spirit of Australia maintained their lead overnight with more upwind racing. It's no more comfortable or dry on Cape Breton Island, where they have spent another very cold night, heeled over and beating into Force 6 winds.... [more] Onsend this story
Mirsky defeats Ainslie in Sunseeker Australia Cup Rob Kothe & Al Constable, On the Swan River in Perth West Australia this after 23 year old Perth sailor Torvar Mirsky and his MRT team outsailed triple Olympic Gold Medallist Ben Ainslie, double Gold Iain Percy and his TeamOrigin in the final of 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup. 2-0.... [more] Onsend this story
Foundation 36 - Specifically designed for match racing Event Media, The concept for the Foundation 36 yacht, used in this week's Australia Cup, was developed by the Western Australian Yachting Foundation now trading as Swan River Sailing in conjunction with the boat builder Peter Milner Yachts and the designer Brett Bakewell-White.... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup: A longer bowsprit for Alinghi 5 Alinghi Media, After a few long days and late nights for the shore crew and some of the sailors and designers Alinghi 5, the Defender's giant catamaran, emerged from the boat shed at the team base in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, on Friday. If you look closely you'll see the difference! And in case you can't spot the modifications, Alinghi.com catches up with Grant Simmer, Alinghi design team coordinator:... [more] Onsend this story
Mirsky and Ainslie into the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup Finals Rob Kothe & Al Constable, Just a few days before the start of the Monsoon Cup in Terengganu, Malaysia, the final round of the World Match Racing titles, where seven of the Monsoon Cup field are racing, the top of the two five crews on the Tour leader board and the favourites for the Monsoon Cup are heading towards a show down in Perth in the finals of the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup.... [more] Onsend this story
Team Katusha's Day 4 at the office in the RC 44 Gold Cup Dubai Paul Cayard, A decent day for Katusha today. Actually apart from one incident, it was a great day, we assumed Cereef were going to the other mark. So we went behind them and toward the mark Just then they gybed just to leeward of us. We were instantly overlapped on the inside with no way to get out.... [more] Onsend this story
Monsoon Cup - Biggest Prize Money in Sailing! Rurrum, The Monsoon Cup 2009 has confirmed its position as the premier match racing event this year by offering the biggest prize purse in all sailing events worldwide.... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10 - Spirit of Australia and Cape Breton Island fight on Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10. Cape Breton Island sailed back into the lead again, a moment that was short lived thanks to the efforts of Spirit of Australia. The two teams have been enjoying a close fought duel since the outset of this race to Western Australia, and as well as the ten points at stake for topping the podium, they are hoping to pickup the three for winning the race to the scoring gate.... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup Challenger packs up and head for Valencia + Video Chairmain Productions, BMW Oracle Racing's Tom Ehman turns his hand to video productions with two clips from the early sessions and final day of BOR90 sailing with her wingsail on San Diego before being packed up to be shipped to Valencia for the 33rd America's Cup in early February 2010.... [more] Onsend this story
St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta Inspired by Competition Ellen Sanpere, Regatta season in the northeastern Caribbean is coming soon. The St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta starts things off on February 19th, with an Opti Clinic for the youngsters and a fabulous rum party for the adults, followed by lots of great racing, February 20-21, 2010.... [more] Onsend this story
Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup - Not an easy day for fleet racing Paul Cayard, Paul Cayard reports from the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup. Today was the start of the fleet races. There were too many ups and downs to go through it all. Obviously, we did not sail great so we hope to improve on that tomorrow. Artemis had a good day.... [more] Onsend this story
Team Finland skipper change in Clipper 09-10 Round the World Race Zoe Willliamson, Eero Lehtinen, skipper of Team Finland in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race has resigned for family reasons. Southampton based skipper Rob McInally will replace him. Despite his personal difficulties, Eero has shown he is a consummate professional, once again leading his team to the front of the fleet as the boats battle across the Southern Ocean towards the finish at Geraldton-Greenoug... [more] Onsend this story
2009 North American Trapseat Championships a great success Mike Strahle, Disabled Hobie 16 sailors clash at the HavaMega North American Hobie Championships, in Lake Havasu City, AZ. USA. The Trapseat Class history and perpetuation into it's 25th year as the International Hobie Class Association takes disabled sailors under their wings. World Champion sailor and two time Olympic/Paralympic medalist John Ross-Duggan clashes with rival [and World Champion] Mike Strahl... [more] Onsend this story
Dart 18 Worlds and Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta final day Diana Bogaards, Dart 18 Worlds and Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta 2009 had to be cancelled. As soon as the tenth race was officially abandoned, the German sailors started celebrating their medal. Thierry Wibaux from France needed today's result in order to get rid off his second discard. That would bring him close to bronze, but it wasn't meant to be. Wibaux: 'The pressure is gone now, so it is ok. This is part... [more] Onsend this story
World Match Racing Tour form continues at Australia Cup Rob Kothe, After the Round Robin series in the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup, the top three skippers on the World Match Racing Tour, New Zealand's Adam Minoprio (Black Match Racing Team), Australia's Torvar Mirsky (Mirsky Racing Team) and Great Britain's Ian Williams (Bahrain Team Pindar) are atop the leaderboard.... [more] Onsend this story
Transat Jacques Vabre cliffhanger decides fifth to eighth Transat Jacques Vabre media, In the Transat Jacques Vabre, fifth to eighth places were on the line. To add to the intrigue four boats chose to go into 'Stealth' mode for the final miles... [more] Onsend this story
Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup - Four fleet races + video RC 44 media, At the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup Four races took place today in a light and fairly unstable breeze, allowing four different teams to score victories. The first race a splendid domination by the local Team Sea Dubai, with their local talent Yousef Lahej at the helm... [more] Onsend this story
John Rousmaniere looks at America's Cup waterline measurement John Rousmaniere, Noted America's Cup historian, and correspondent, John Rousmaniere comments on the predilection of America's Cup designers to get around the various measurement rules, and in particular the measurement of Load Waterline Length, which has a particular and current significance.... [more] Onsend this story
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