Welcome to Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 29 December 2009
The main event over the past few days has been the Battle of the Supermaxis in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.
That ended last last night, local time. when Nevile Crichton (NZL) and his crew aboard Alfa Romeo took line honors ahead of Australian entry Wild Oats XI (Mark Richards/Bob Oatley) and GBR's ICAP Leopard (Mike Slade).
The Battle of the Supermaxis has got sailing back on the front of the sports and general news pages.
Who knows where and when we will see another match up with the three top supermaxis in the world, representing three different countries, and each with such outstanding competitive records?
RAN (GBR) doing 24 knots in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race Ran Racing
We'll continue to have the latest updates from the Rolex Sydney Hobart race on www.sail-world.com and in our special Rolex Sydney Hobart newsletters with each edition being sent to going to 85,000 unique subscribers.
Still at sea is the US entry Rapture, a Bruce Farr designed 100ft cruiser. Rapture has already competed in the Heineken Regatta in St Martin, the Super Yacht Cup in Sardinia and the Rolex Middle Sea race in Malta. After Hobart she will cross the Indian Ocean to Cape Town, then the Caribbean and on to Europe. Read her story in this edition.
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Alight at night - Alfa Romeo 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Murray Spence
In this edition we have the latest development in the Constructed in Country issue, first raised by America's Cup Challenger, Golden Gate Yacht Club, just prior to Christmas, and still unresolved or at all clear, with just six weeks to run before the first race of the 33rd America's Cup. New moves today on this front from the US Challenger.
Great news for Sail-World advertiser Weka Marine whose trimaran designed by New Zealanders Roger and Chris Kitchen has won the prestigious Dinghy of the Year award from Sailing World magazine. You can see the partial review by clicking here
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1,2,3 Knock-Out for McConaghy at 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart John Curnow, Alfa Romeo's Neville Crichton Win's the McConaghy Cup. Like a blockbuster movie with all the great actors and directors, the three McConaghy built Supermaxis, the 'winningest' Supermaxi's the world has ever seen, have completed the 1, 2, 3 knockout punch in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart.... [more] Onsend this story
Sydney Hobart - Supermaxi Rapture onboard videos Sail-World.com, Brook Lenfest's 100ft Farr 100 Rapture is currently 39 miles east of Flinders Island and has 254 miles to go to Hobart. She is 14th overall in this years Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more] Onsend this story
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 'celebrity boat' arrives in Hobart Greg Peart/Lisa Ratcliff, Rolex Sydney Hobart, Six yachts have now completed the 65th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race including Investec LOYAL, dubbed 'the celebrity boat' which left Sydney Harbour Saturday afternoon with a bunch of sports stars and sailors, and arrived with a tight team of yachties who can all talk the talk and walk the walk - albeit a little wobbly after nearly three days at sea... [more] Onsend this story
Meeting called to resolve America's Cup construction issue Richard Gladwell and GGYC Media, America's Cup Challenger, Golden Gate Yacht Club has initiated further moves on the Constructed in Country issue after the passing of its five day deadline set on 22 December. On 22 December GGYC notified The America's Cup defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve, requesting a response to claims that it's America's Cup Defender, Alinghi 5 had sails constructed using the 3DL process, manufactured at No... [more] Onsend this story
Sydney Hobart - Images of Alfa Romeo finish by Crosbie Lorimer Crosbie Lorimer, Alfa Romeo has taken line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, crossing the line at 10.02pm. Here are some of Crosbie Lorimer's photos os Alfa Romeo sailing uop the Derwent River as dusk turned to darkness and moonlight.... [more] Onsend this story
Alfa Romeo gets the cannon in Rolex Sydney Hobart Peter Campbell, The New Zealand super maxi Alfa Romeo set a new bench mark for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Her official finish time of 10:00:50 gave Alfa Romeo an elapsed time of 2 days 9 hours 00 minutes and 50 seconds.... [more] Onsend this story
USA's Rapture well placed in Sydney Hobart race Jim Gale & Sail-World.com, Among the eight maxis jostling on the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart start line yesterday was a US 100 foot luxury cruiser named Rapture. Overnight she romped south and today she is much better placed than forecast, she is between two serious stripped down 100 foot racers, Lahana, the former Zana, Konica Minolta, who was second on line hours in the 2003 Hobart race and ahead of Loyal, better known a... [more] Onsend this story
New Zealand leading supermaxi donnybrook in Rolex Sydney Hobart +Video Richard Gladwell, New Zealand supermaxi, Alfa Romeo (Neville Crichton) continues to lead the 65th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, ahead of Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard (GBR). Alfa Romeo is five miles ahead of Wild Oats (AUS). As expected the race is developing into real donnybrook between the three top supermaxis in the world, from three nations.... [more] Onsend this story
$180mill of coastal property made in a day at Marsden Cove and Pauanui Sail-World, December 21. 2009 was a big day for New Zealand's biggest private coastal land developer. With the opening of two new stages; one at Marsden Cove and the other at Pauanui Waterways, Hopper Developments have released around $180 Million worth of new residential coastal property onto the New Zealand market.... [more] Onsend this story
Alfa Romeo uses new product to preserve hull weight and design shape Sail-World, The name Alfa Romeo evokes sensuous lines, One of the major concern on any race boat is unnecessary weight. Any excess weight will create performance penalties that de?ne the difference between victory and defeat. When it was time to redo the anti-foul paint from Alfa Romeo's hull, the requirement is that 36 kg of old Anti-Foul needs to be removed, and precisely 36 kg be put on again.... [more] Onsend this story
Next Stop - Hobart! VOR, A phalanx of Whitbread/Volvo sailors will be scattered among the crew lists when the Rolex Sydney-Hobart starts on Boxing Day. Among them will be Guy Salter who has swapped his Media Crew Member role on Ericsson 4 in the 2008-09 race for a position on the bow of ICAP Leopard.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta breaks Record Connie Bischoff, With 731 Orange Bowl participants, it has officially broken its own record as the biggest youth regatta in the USA: 315 Optimists (89 of which are Green Fleet beginners), 192 Lasers (including Laser Full-Rig, Radials and 4.7) and 89 420s. Thanks to Amy Gross-Kehoe, US Sailing's Youth Sailing Council Chair, 23 International 420s will be participating in the Orange Bowl for their very first time.... [more] Onsend this story
Roy - this One's for You! Danielle McKay, YuuZoo skipper Ludde Ingvall says he will dedicate this year's Rolex Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race to the memory of his 'mate' Roy Disney. The 90ft maxi will carry a special message at the base of the mast saying; Roy, this one's for you.... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup: SNG respond on Construction in Country issue Richard Gladwell, The Defender of the America's Cup, Société Nautique de Genève (SUI) have responded to the Constructed in Country issue raised by the Challenger, Golden Gate Yacht Club via an Open Letter issued yesterday. That letter queried whether the Defender was using sails that were built on Switzerland, or if they were built in USA... [more] Onsend this story
Gladwell's Line: Positive progress on 33rd America's Cup negotiations Richard Gladwell, Despite the apparent silence since last Thursday's meeting in Valencia, discussions are believed to be proceeding positively with the Spanish authorities over arrangements on the 33rd America's Cup. At this stage the Match is still as the New York Supreme Court ordered - for a best of three Match starting on the 8 February 2010.... [more] Onsend this story
The Fifth Annual Zoo Regatta features Weta Trimaran Chris Kitchen, Last month the fifth annual Zoo regatta kicked off in the Caribbean. This year the venue was the beautiful Creole Beach spa and Hotel in Gosier, Guadeloupe. Other significant changes this year included Zoo regatta introducing the Weta 4.4 trimaran, these boats were generously provided Weta Caribbean. Short triangle courses were set close to the breakwater of Creole beach to allow spectator...... [more] Onsend this story
Boys on Tour 2: It's All About the Sons Godfrey Cray, Old Bulls and young guns take out line honors in the Trans Atlantic Rally for Cruising yachts. The 1999 Greg Elliot designed 53 footer owned and skippered by Steve Wilson crossed the line in St Lucia early on December 6th to take line honors and a divisional handicap win in the 158 entry fleet.... [more] Onsend this story
Boys on Tour 1: 3000nm of Tradewinds sailing across the Atlantic Simon Gundry, Whitbread veteran, and New Zealand sailing legend, Simon Gundry reports from St Lucia on the ARC Race across the Atlantic: 'The New Zealand yacht Rapparee took part in the 2009 ARC race from Gran Canaria Island to St Lucia, some 3000 miles glorious downwind sailing in warm tropical headwinds. She is owned by Southern Spars, Steve Wilson, who brought with him two former Whitbread Round the World r... [more] Onsend this story
US Sailing talks to Laser sailor Clayton Johnson Marni Lane / ISAF / US SAILING, US Sailing speaks to US Laser sailor Clayton Johnson, as he heads home from Australia with silver in hand following the opening event of the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup season.... [more] Onsend this story
New ISAF Rules become effective 1 January 2010 ISAF Media, From 1 January 2010, the new edition of the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations 2010-11 comes into effect along with amendments to The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-2012 and the 2010 Prohibited List of the World Anti-Doping Code.... [more] Onsend this story
USA Junior Olympic Sailing expect 700 sailors from 20 countries US SAILING Communications, Another impressive turnout rate is expected for this year's USA Junior Olympic (JO) Sailing season finale in Miami, Fla. The 33rd annual Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, and takes place on December 27-30. Over 700 junior sailors from 20 countries, as well as 28 U.S. states... [more] Onsend this story
Swan Transatlantic Challenge 2009 - Tie at the top Nauter Swan Racing Office, Swan 70 Stay Calm owned by Stuart Robinson, and Swan 48 Amoress 2 owned by Mats Gustafsson, have victoriously finished the 2,700 nautical mile race from Las Palmas to St Lucia winning the 2009 Swan Transatlantic Challenge in a tie... [more] Onsend this story
RORC announce change to class bands for the 2010 Rolex Commodores' Cup J2 Communications, The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) today announced a change to the class rating bands for the 2010 Rolex Commodores' Cup which runs from the 15 to 21st August. The lower limit of Class 1 has been lowered by 10 points from 1.120 to 1.110. The rating bands for classes 2 and 3 remain unchanged.... [more] Onsend this story
Australia strikes first blow in 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup Dave Knapman - ISAF, Australian sailors won five gold medals as the host nation led the way at Sail Melbourne, first event of the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup series.... [more] Onsend this story
Around St.Maarten-St.Martin MultiHull Regatta announced St.Maarten-St.Martin media, Public Relations and Special Events company 'WIE' ( West Indies Events ) announced today that they are organizing the first ever Around St.Maarten-St.Martin MultiHull Regatta this coming February 27th 2010 in St.Maarten / St.Martin.... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup: Challenger initiates Construction Origin issue Richard Gladwell, The much expected Constructed in Country discussion has kicked off in the ongoing saga of the 33rd America's Cup. The issue harks back to the 19th century Deed of Gift which requires that the vessel be 'constructed in the country to which the Challenging Club belongs'. It has not really been determined if the same rule applies to the Defending club, and it is believed that the Defender has... [more] Onsend this story
2009 US-IRC Gulf Stream Series (GSS) Trophy winner announced Barby MacGowan, Rosebud/Team DYT, the Farr designed STP65, sailed by owner Roger Sturgeon of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has won the 2009 US-IRC Gulf Stream Series (GSS) Trophy. On the way to winning the fourth annual US-IRC GSS, Rosebud/Team DYT logged some impressive finishes.... [more] Onsend this story
Ben Ainslie back in the Finn Ben Ainslie blogspot, From Ben Ainslie's latest blog: This was the first time I'd even stepped back into a Finn since the Olympics and it has proved to be a really worthwhile week just sailing the boat again and being around the rest of the guys in the squad.... [more] Onsend this story
Roy E. Disney and the Newport-Ensenada Race Rich Roberts, Roy E. Disney led several notable lives---creative artist, entrepreneur, philanthropist---but the one where his loss will be felt most personally by his peers is that of a world class sailor and selfless promoter of the sport.... [more] Onsend this story
Geoff Holt ready to depart the Cape Verde Islands Harriet Courage, Since setting sail from Lanzarote on 10th December, Geoff Holt has made slow progress on his Atlantic crossing. Engine problems forced an unplanned stop at Cape Verde.... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup: Update on Valencia - 22 December 2009 Richard Gladwell, Despite many phone calls over the past two days, Sail-World has been unable to determine that anything other than a minimal Deed of Gift America's Cup Match will be held. That means that a Match complying with the minimum requirements of the Deed of Gift (a best of three series, over the prescribed courses) starting, as ordered by the New York Supreme Court will be sailed starting on 8 February 20... [more] Onsend this story
Gladwell's Line: Swiss fail to back latest America's Cup moves Richard Gladwell, In the 'He ran, she ran' crazy world of the America's Cup, it seems that the deal to change the dates on the America's Cup and run with an extended regatta are no more, and that Societe Nautique de Geneve have backed away from undertakings given earlier today.... [more] Onsend this story
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