Welcome to Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 10 December 2009
The lead story in this edition is the announcement of the combined Auckland International Boatshow and the Louis Vuitton Trophy. Since that story was published, Bruno Trouble has confirmed that the regatta will take place in Auckland, however at this stage only using two boats between the eight teams competing.
It is intended to sail four races a day. Next week the full list of Louis Vuitton Trophy events will be announced for 2010. After a tentative start in Nice, last month, the Louis Vuitton Trophy looks to have found its feet and a program of about venues is expected to be announced. All other regattas will use the full four boats, as was used for the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in Auckland earlier this year.
On the America's Cup front there has been little in the way of developments. Decisions are yet to come from the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, but regardless of that outcome both sides are preparing for the Match in February in 2010 - and that event would seem to be near certain to proceed.
The weekend was all about BlackMatch and the Monsoon Cup, as the young Kiwi team won both the World Championship of Match Racing and then the richest prize in sailing, the Monsoon Cup - worth USD105,000.
The Monsoon Cup was also significant for its media coverage. The last event was seen by 30million viewers worldwide, and beamed into a potential audience of 1.4billion viewers.
Those are big numbers for any sporting event, particularly one of just five days duration. In this edition we look at the strategy of the broadcaster and distribution companies involved. There will be more stories to come in Sail-World in this vein, if only to highlight the many inept and self serving attempts to handle the media side of sailing by event organisers and sailing administrators from club level upwards, and how they are short-selling the sport, the sailors and their sponsors.
The live coverage of the Monsoon Cup that has been available to all, via the internet, is compelling TV. You can see the replays by clicking here to view, now, via the Internet.
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Geoff Holt sets off on bid to cross the Atlantic Harriet Courage, Geoff Holt has set out to become the first quadriplegic yachtsman to cross the Atlantic. Geoff hopes that his voyage will inspire others and show that anything is possible.... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup: Latest video from Alinghi and BMW Oracle Racing BMW Oracle Racing and Alinghi Media, As both 33rd America's Cup teams break camp for the Match expected to be sailed in February 2010, we present the two latest sailing videos produced by the teams. The first is for a presentation at BMW Technology Workshop in Munich, attended by many of the leading lights in BMWOracle Racing. The second shows Alinghi 5 sailing in a good breeze and flat seas off Ras al-Khaimah... [more] Onsend this story
CYCA's Flinders Islet Inquiry may affect 2009 Sydney Hobart safety reg Rob Kothe, After the tragic deaths of sailors Andrew Short, the owner/skipper of Andrew Short Marine and crew Sally Gordon, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) Board of Directors resolved to hold an inquiry into the incident that occurred during the Flinders Islet Yacht Race on 10 October 2009 and the interim recommendations may affect the 2009 Sydney Hobart safety regulations.... [more] Onsend this story
Wind ready for 40th Contender World Championships + Video Rob Kothe, It is fitting that this 40th World Championship is returning to its spiritual home as dinghy designer Bob Miller (later known as Ben Lexcen) designed the Contender in 1966 as a possible Olympic high performance single hander, to replace the Finn.... [more] Onsend this story
World Yacht Racing Forum: The Business of Yacht Racing Day 1 MaxComm Communication, Day 1 of the World Yacht Racing Forum “Yacht Racing has a massive – yet largely unexploited potential”, say World Yacht Racing Forum speakers The commercial return of yacht racing sponsorship and the tools used to promote and evaluate the sport's commercial return were at the heart of today's debates at the World Yacht Racing Forum.... [more] Onsend this story
Countdown on to start of ISAF Sailing World Cup Season Two ISAF Media, There are just four days to go until Sail Melbourne - the first leg of the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup, and the impressive number of competitors is increasing daily... [more] Onsend this story
US SAILING awards Wings with Hanson Rescue Medal US SAILING Media, An Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal has been awarded by US SAILING's Safety-at-Sea Committee to Wings, owned and skippered by Michael S. Bruno, Jr., for a man overboard rescue on April 20, 2008. The rescue occurred off Rye, N.Y. on the waters of Long Island Sound... [more] Onsend this story
Auckland International Boat Show and Louis Vuitton Trophy to combine? Richard Gladwell, Auckland's Viaduct Harbour and America's Cup bases are slated for removal/relocation and replacement with events facilities designed to turn the Viaduct area into an outstanding marine events centre. The first stage of the redevelopment will get underway early next year and the first event in the new layout is scheduled to be the combined Auckland International Boat Show and Louis Vuitton Trophy... [more] Onsend this story
Holt out to become first disabled yachtsman to cross the Atlantic Harriet Courage, On Thursday 10th December 2009 record-breaking disabled yachtsman Geoff Holt will be embark on a personal and emotive voyage to cross the Atlantic, returning to the scene of the accident that paralysed him 25 years ago.... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10: Qingdao concentrates on straight line speed Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper 09-10: Over the last 24 hours on Qingdao those scheds have brought some kind of satisfaction to those on board. Skipper, Chris Stanmore-Major, reports, 'This morning all concentration is on straight line speed and our helms and trimmers have been working hard to hit our speed targets and to stay bang on course. So far so good, with Qingdao being the fastest boat in the fleet over the past... [more] Onsend this story
ISAF World Match Race Rankings - Minoprio and Leroy lead ISAF, Newly crowned ISAF Match Racing World Champion Adam Minoprio of New Zealand maintains his hold on the top spot in the latest release of the Open ISAF World Match Race Rankings, as France's Claire Leroy extends her four and half year unbroken run at 1 in the Women's Rankings.... [more] Onsend this story
Velux 5 Oceans launches 'Taking On The Elements' Velux 5 Oceans Media, The Velux 5 Oceans today launched its sustainability agenda under the banner of ‘'Taking On The Elements'. The concept brings together all the key stakeholders in the race under the umbrella of the shared value of sustainability, providing a basis of understanding and a platform for activities and communications in 2010 and 2011... [more] Onsend this story
World Yacht Racing Forum, Edition 2: The Business of Yacht Racing MaxComm Communication, An mpressive turnout of over 350 delegates is expected at the second World Yacht Racing Forum tomorrow. Michel Desjoyeaux, Russell Coutts, Brad Butterworth, Tom Whidden, Juan Kouyoumdjian, Cam Lewis and Knut Frostad are amongst the event's headline speakers.... [more] Onsend this story
Gutkowski enters Velux 5 Oceans in Eco 60 Class Tim Kelly, Clipper Ventures today confirmed Polish skipper Zbigniew Gutkowski as the fourth entry in the exciting new Eco 60 Class in the Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11. Zbigniew, who hails from Gdansk, is a former member of Poland National Sailing Team in Olympic Class 470 (1987 -1995) and has also competed at the highest level in the 49er Class.... [more] Onsend this story
IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds 2010 organizing Committee installed Caroline Vogelzang, The Organizing Committee has been officially installed for the 2010 IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds 2010, to be sailed from 6-14 July 2010 in Medemblik, The Netherlands. The Dutch organising committee has been officially installed by the International Association for Disabled Sailing by handing over the IFDS flag at the end of the IFDS Worlds 2009 in Athens in October to Jacques Kellermann Slotemaker... [more] Onsend this story
2011-12 Global Ocean Race confirms tenth entry Oliver Dewar, Bahamas-based South African sailor Lenjohn van der Wel today confirmed his Team Entry in the 2011-12 Global Ocean Race. Van der Wel's Class40 is an Owen-Clarke designed Express 40, built for him in Cowes, Isle of Wight, in 2007.... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10: Farewell to the Southern Ocean Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10: 'Farewell to the Southern Ocean,' says skipper of Team Finland, Eero Lehtinen. Uniquely Singapore's tactical move to the north 48 hours ago would suggest they've already had a long, hard think about how they're going to approach the last major hurdle of this Southern Ocean leg.... [more] Onsend this story
ISAF Offshore Special Regulations for 2010-11 published ISAF, The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has today published the 2010-11 edition of the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations. A number of changes made at the recent ISAF Annual Conference affect the new 2010-11 edition of the Special Regs.... [more] Onsend this story
Sail Sydney Winners announced Sail Sydney Media, Sail Sydney. Expected light south-south-westerly winds did not eventuate on Sydney Harbour today, instead a lovely nor-easter, mirroring yesterday's conditions, eventually filled in. Former double world champion and Beijing Olympian Tom Slingsby's third in the shortened Laser series was enough for the overall win by three points over New Zealand's Sam Meech.... [more] Onsend this story
Lüderitz Speed Challenge wrap - Records and crashes + videos Lüderitz Speed Challenge News, The last day of Lüderitz Speed Challenge racing saw Rob Douglas hit just over 50 knots, with his brother Jamie close behind with an excellent 48.67 (both on Cabrinha kites), and Alex Caizergues (F-One) again in the top three with 48.55. The French, however, dominated as usual, with Alex Caizergues, Sebastien Cattelan and Christophe Prin-Guenon dominating the rankings... [more] Onsend this story
Holmberg defeats Canfield in all IVS Final - Carlos Aguilar Match Race Lynn Fitzpatrick, Peter Holmberg, Maurice Kurg, Morgan Avery and Ben Beer (ISV) resorted to decades of experience to defeat Taylor Canfield, Max Nickbarg, Tyler Rice and Chris Rosenberg (ISV) in an all US Virgin Islands final at the 2nd Annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race. Holmberg took Canfield down with two straight wins in the best of two finals in the Grade 3 Match Race... [more] Onsend this story
Sail Sydney Day 3: Light to start – fabulous to finish Sail Sydney Media, Due to unstable and at times non-existent breeze, Principal Race Officer Tony Denham held sailors ashore until a light north-westerly prevailed, the first classes getting away at 11.20am, instead of the planned 10.00am.... [more] Onsend this story
No wind scuppers Cayards day at Nestle Brasil Match Cup Paul Cayard, Unfortunately the wind did not cooperate today. No wind and no racing. Seems like I have been experiencing a lot of this lately... [more] Onsend this story
Carlos Aguilar Match Race into semi finals stage Lynn Fitzpatrick - World Regattas, Colin Rathbun (IVB) and his team had a spectacular completion of the last three flights of Round Robin 2 at the 2nd Annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race and moved onto the Semi-Finals. As the MC for the afternoon, Perry engaged the crowds on shore during the first two races of the Open and Women's Semi-Finals.... [more] Onsend this story
BlackMatch Racing win the Monsoon Cup in straight races Richard Gladwell, Adam Minoprio skippered BlackMatch Racing (NZL) to a 3-0 win over TeamOrigin's Ben Ainslie (GBR) in the Final of the Monsoon Cup, sailed in Malaysia. A day earlier Blackmatch won the World Matchracing title by virtue of making the Semi-Finals, and today's win extended the margin over Torvar Mirsky (AUS). The win earned the Blackmatch crew USD105,000 prizemoney.... [more] Onsend this story
Nestle Brasil Match Cup - Pretty typical conditions Paul Cayard, Nestle Brasil Match Cup - It was a rainy, blustery day in Rio today, but pretty tropical conditions. You could even say down right miserable. Still a lot of racing took place.... [more] Onsend this story
BlackMatch Racing are World Match Racing Champions + Audio + Video BlackMatch Racing Media, After getting off the water from our three nil win over Mathieu Richard, we watched an extremely close race against Peter Gilmour and Torvar Mirsky, a match that meant if Gilmour won we would be crowned World Match Racing Champions. Gilmour had incurred a penalty on the first beat and although he held the lead coming into the final run to the finish, we knew it was going to be extremely close.... [more] Onsend this story
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