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Sail-World USA: 4 December 2009

33rd America's Cup Jury Chairman, David Tillett (left) and Bryan Willis (second from left) sit together on a hearing after leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Cochin, India to Singapore.   Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race ©
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 4 December 2009

The International Sailing Federation have announced the names of the International Jury approved for the 33rd America's Cup.

As a consequence we can expect America's Cup Legal to shift from the Courtroom to the Jury Room, whether this is but a passing phase in the two year saga remains to be seen - before the lawyers opt for their more familiar habitat.

There is action aplenty at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, and none more so than young New Zealand crew of young Phil Robertson and his crew aboard Waka Racing who lie in fourth place overall on the leaderboard having disposed of some big scalps along the way. They have made top eight quarterfinalists, and before the regatta most would not have predicted the young crew to have made the top ten overall.

Two of the big names of the Monsoon Cup, Ian Williams (GBR) hitting Francesco Bruni (ITA) at the start and receiving a penalty. Monsoon Cup 2009. Both were failed to make the QuaterFinals.  Monsoon Cup ©

Missing from the Quarterfinals will be World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) and several other top names.

The Monsoon Cup is is the richest event on the World Match Racing Tour, with USD450,000 on the table in prize money, and even on their results thus far, Waka Racing will go home with a bit more than pocket change. Young sailors from around the world should be looking long and hard at the background to this team and a couple of others who have made the big time while in their early 20's.

Onboard cameras and commentary have added a new dimension to the coverage of sailing  Monsoon Cup ©

The regatta is remarkable for its broadcast coverage all being done via the live via the Internet. The quality of the coverage is absolutely remarkable with headcam action from media people on the back of the yachts, so the viewer really feels like part of the crew. There are more innovations to come, we are told.

Top sailing photographer, Erik Simonson of has provided an image gallery of his ten best images and sailing memories from San Francisco in this edition. They're real eye candy, and not to be missed.

Kitesurfing in San Francisco - 2009 Best of Sailing  Eric Simonson

While the America's Cup has been languishing on the sidelines, there is no shortage of events trying to fill the gap, and it would seem that if the World Match Racing Tour can stay with the standard of coverage from the Monsoon Cup, then they will have one big foot in that door. Another big foot in the same door looks to be the Volvo Ocean Race - who seem to be attracting America's Cup Challengers to their ranks. However it is early days for the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race ahead of the route and ports being announced.

Follow the Monsoon Cup action either live or delayed, using the link is contained in the story in this edition or off

Phuket King's Cup 2009. Twin Sharks (or maybe this is the Int Jury boat for the 33rd America's Cup?)  Guy Nowell ©

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The Best Of 2009 SF Regattas Imagery by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson,
Revisit the 2009 sailing season with images by Erik Simonson of from the largest ever Three Bridge Fiasco, South Tower Demons smack downs at the Crewed Lightship, The 1st ever Kiteboard Worlds, Some mighty mights in Optis, the excitement of the 505 Worlds and the glamour of the Big Boat Series to the spirits of the Great Pumpkin and everything in between! Enjoy and Happy Holidays!... [more]
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ISAF announce five person International Jury for America's Cup
ISAF Media,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today announced the ISAF approval for the appointment of the five member International Jury for the 33rd America's Cup. All thre members of the Expert Panel appointed by the New York Supreme Court are included. It will be chaired by David Tillett (AUS).... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup day four - what a difference a windy day makes
Tracey Johnstone,
It was a day of high drama for the international fleet competing in the 23rd Phuket King's Cup in the windy race day four with damaged boats and gear, and plenty of protests. After gentle, shifty breezes and smooth seas for the first three days of racing, the international fleet were today confronted today with strong winds and choppy sea conditions resulting in sail damage, broken masts, a... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - next moves
Richard Gladwell,
Today, December 4 in New York is likely to be a key date in the 33rd America's Cup, being the time set by Judge Shirley Kornreich for the Challenger and Defender to have come to Mutual Consent on the Rules issues surrounding the event. Mutual Consent are two words that have had little use in this round of the America's Cup.... [more]
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Meet the Newport Bermuda Race Chief Inspector, Ian McCurdy
Newport Bermuda Race Media,
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Monsoon Cup - Do or die for World Tour crews
Rob Kothe,
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Holmberg and Gram-Hansen remain undefeated at Carlos Aguilar
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
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Monsoon Cup - Thinking the Unthinkable!!
Rob Kothe,
The tension continues to increase on the Pulau Duyong Basin on Day 3 of the Monsoon Cup, as the 12 crews battle for their place in the quarter finals. The defending World Champion Ian Williams and his Team Pindar crew are almost certainly not going to make the quarter final cut but now New Zealand's Adam Minoprio; the 2009 World Match Racing Tour leader is in great danger too.... [more]
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IC 24's - Showstoppers in the Caribbean
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
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Pensacola Yacht Club offers US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminar First
Talbot Wilson,
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Transat Jacques Vabre yacht BT on her way back home
BT Team Ellen Media,
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Watch the Monsoon Cup LIVE now on,
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Clipper 09-10: Team Finland fights Spirit of Australia for lead
Clipper Ventures PLC,
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World Match Monsoon Cup – World Champion out, who else?
Rob Kothe,
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Monsoon Cup images from racing on Day 2
Monsoon Cup,
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US Sailing's 2010 (NSPS): 'Doing More with Less'
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Beau Geste sets a new Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup record
International Maxi Association News,
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Clipper 09-10: Spirit of Australia first to scoring gate
Clipper Ventures PLC,
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ISAF Sailing World Cup announces Revised Scoring System for 2009-2010
ISAF Sailing World Cup,
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2010 International Moth Worlds has a new title sponsor
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The Monsoon Cup 2009 - The Toughest Day at the Office
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
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Sailors released: Statement from Andrew Pindar Chairman, Sail Bahrain
Sail Bahrain media,
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CNN reports that captured British sailors have been released by Iran
Richard Gladwell,
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Clipper 09-10: Cape Breton Island finds the breeze
Clipper Ventures Media,
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World Match Racing Tour announces 2010 Schedule and Tour Invite Policy
World Match Racing Tour Media,
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Entries picking up for the 2010 St.Maarten Heineken Regatta
St.Maarten Heineken Regatta Media,
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Grant Dalton confirms discussions with Telefonica on Volvo Ocean Race
Richard Gladwell,
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J Class calendar for 2010 - a great Christmas present
Titch Blachford,
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