Talks called with US on Cup...Clean Sweep for Southern...Production boats take top Rolex Sydney Hobart places


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Sail-World USA: 02 January 2010

BOR90 pushes on to Valencia aboard the Oceanlady, she is expected to arrive within the week.  BMW Oracle Racing ©
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 02 January 2010. We wish all our readers a great New Year, and new decade!

In this edition we have the latest developments 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 five weeks to run before the first race of the 33rd America's Cup.

In the latest moves the Swiss Defender Societe Nautique de Geneve have called for another meeting with the US team under the chairmanship of David Tillett (AUS) Chairman of the yet to be constituted International Jury for the event, and convener of the Expert Panel engaged by the New York Supreme Court in an advisory capacity.

The state of tension of the legal nuts and bolts may be of intense interest to the parties involved in America's Cup legal. For the sport, the bottom line is that five weeks out from what is supposed to be the premier regatta in the sport, there are some big gaps in the structure of the event, and that is not in the best interests of sailing. Acting in the best interests of sailing, in our view, is surely an area for swift action by the International Sailing Federation, which should have happened long ago, and would have happened in any other sport.

Wild Oats XI - leeward gets underway in the Coffs Harbour race (NSW).   Damian Devine

Staying with off the water antics, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race has been decided in the protest room - a decision which was to let the on the water result stand - resulting in the winner of the overall prize being a production boat.

That win must be a huge tonic for the sport, and once properly digested may lift the flagging fortunes of offshore racing in many countries. In fact the first four yachts overall were all production yachts of two designs (Beneteau First 40 and Sydney 38's).

Longtime Sail-World advertiser, Southern Spars made a clean sweep in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, taking the first five places across the line. Don't miss this story set against the background of some other very notable achievements in the build up to the offshore classic, plus of course first and second in the Volvo Ocean race.

Dr Andrew Sailes Beneteau First 40 Two True topped the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart leader board  © Rolex/Daniel Forster

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In our last edition we made a small but very significant typo with the Weta trimaran winning the prestigious Dinghy of the Year award from Sailing World magazine. You can see the partial review by clicking here. We have the correct name and links now, and are looking forward to our test sail of this exciting craft.

A chilly Valencia awaits the start of the 33rd America's cup  BMW Oracle Racing ©

Several of the stories appearing in this edition have been submitted via our online submission facility. You can submit your event/regatta/class/boat news by Clicking Here - all copy will be published, please include a photo or three with a side over 1280px wide. There's a new big icon on the home page of to make it even easier for you. You will now be automatically informed when your submission has been posted and which regions it has been posted to - a great way to get exposure for your club, class, event, program or campaign.

Many thanks for your help and input, we're here to help sailing, and help those who wish to help themselves.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
US Editor

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Swiss seek more talks on America's Cup issues
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve, sent a letter to Golden Gate Yacht Club representatives on 31 December 2009, inviting the American Challenger to a meeting with David Tillett, the Chairman of the 33rd America's Cup International Jury, to discuss various topics raised by both teams.... [more]
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Skype - key communication tool for Marine Industry and Offshore Racing
TetraMedia's IT Team,
Two Swedish techno-nerds Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis spent the noughties revolutionizing music distribution and telephony in the 21st century.... [more]
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Contenders return to their Spiritual Home
Ian Grant,
Brisbane sailor Bob Miller changed the excitement level of international dinghy sailing almost 45 years ago when he drew the crude lines of the Contender dinghy on a piece of plywood in a hot galvanised iron clad Brisbane riverfront boat shed.... [more]
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Pittwater Water Coffs Race - Wharro goes to War, Part 2
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
As Grant Wharington and his Etihad Stadium supermaxi crew sailed under the Harbour Bridge, on their way to the start of the 2009 Rolex Sydney to Hobart, the owner/skipper turned to his after guard and asked – 'Does anyone else feel like we are off to war?' She was forced to retire soon after the Hobart start with rigging issues, but now Wharro, along with Graeme Taylor (GT) and his crew... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Could ORCi replace IRC for this ocean classic?,
Once there was IOR, then IMS, then IRC. Could ORCi be the next big thing in offshore race handicapping?... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - To the victors go the spoils
Owners and crews, friends and family, gathered on the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania lawn in warm sunshine today for the presentation of trophies for the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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Optimists gather in Adelaide
Janet Jerwood,
Optimists sailors from across the globe are gathering at Brighton and Seacliff YC in preparation for the start of the OZIOPTI Australian High performance clinic which commences tomorrow. The clinic which boasts world renowned optimist coaches has attracted 87 sailors from Denmark, UAE, Hong Kong, Japan, Myanmar, New Zealand, PNG, Singapore and USA.... [more]
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The 2009 Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta crosses Finish Line
Connie Bischoff,
After four days of sailing 12 races, everyone was a winner at the 2009 Orange Bowl hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club. The weather had cooperated with lots of sunshine and wind. Co-Chairs Wendy Kamilar and Pat Ficaro set out the many awards and Registrar Carol Ewing filled the huge silver Trophy Bowl with oranges. Everyone was ready for trophies and the Magnus Liljedahl Sportsmanship Award.... [more]
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Two True wins 2009 Sydney Hobart - protests dismissed,
Dr Andrew Saies and his Two True team have won the 2009 Rolex Sydney Tattersalls Cup. Kioni was disqualified for Sydney Harbour incident. Protests against Colortile, She's the Culprit and Two True were dismissed. Two True (Andrew Saies), Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia and Wicked (Mike Welsh) from Sandringham Yacht Club were first and second. Here are the overall results after the Prote... [more]
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25th annual Rose Bowl Regatta, this Saturday and Sunday, Jan 2-3, 2010
Rich Roberts,
Twenty-seven colleges from the East Coast to Hawaii and 54 high school teams representing 41 schools from throughout California will celebrate the silver anniversary of the nation's largest combined scholastic sailing competition in the 25th annual Rose Bowl Regatta Saturday and Sunday (January 2-3, 2010).... [more]
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Geoff Holt reaches mid way point of his Transatlantic Challenge
Quadriplegic yachtsman Geoff Holt reaches the half way point of his Transatlantic Challenge today, 19 days after leaving Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.... [more]
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1,2,3,4,5....... is reward for Southern Spars in Rolex Sydney Hobart
David Glen,
The performances of Alfa Romeo, Wild Oats XI, ICAP Leopard, Investec Loyal and RAN confirm the status of Southern Spars rigs at the forefront of the world's leading offshore yachting events. Southern Spars achieved a notable feat with the fully rigged Ericsson Racing Team and PUMA leading home in the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race... [more]
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A longday at the Orange Bowl where the competition tightened up
Connie Bischoff,
Bay was definitely the center of Miami's action between the competing Orange Bowl boats, many coach boats and spectators and recreational boats (motor and sail) streaming down the Intercoastal. Hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club, the competition tightened up in all the classes. Tonight is the famous Orange Bowl Giveaway where every sailor goes home with a donated sailing item.... [more]
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Groupama 3 back in Lorient to prepare for Jules Verne Trophy attempt
Cammas-Groupama 3,
Groupama 3 was eelcomed home by Franck Cammas and his team, the ten crew will now be able to enjoy a much deserved break as the technicians take over to prepare Groupama 3 for a fresh attempt to conquer the Jules Verne Trophy the minute the weather conditions are favourable at the start of 2010.... [more]
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Time, food and water the problems for Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet
Rob Kothe,
It's the fifth day of the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart race and three critical things, time food and water are starting to run light for the 40 footers still in with an overall handicap chance in this blue water classic.... [more]
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Orange Bowl Regatta - An international success
Connie Bischoff,
This 40th Orange Bowl Regatta has lived up to its name by attracting sailors from 17 countries (6 European nations, 5 South American nations, plus 23 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands). The results reflect the international flavor. It is hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club assisted by the US Sailing Center-Miami, Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and Lauderdale Yacht Club.... [more]
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First European Championships in Freestyle Kiteboarding
For 2010, the International Kiteboarding Class Association (IKA) announces the first official European Championships in Freestyle Kiteboarding. For 2010, the tour starts with stages in Austria, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and at least one more country, and will have a total Price Money of more than 60.000€.... [more]
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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]
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Ingvall and Witt of YuuZoo talk about plans after Rolex Sydney Hobart
Bruce Montgomery/Di Pearson Rolex Media,
Having returned to ocean racing after a four-year break with a seventh across the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race finish line today on his super maxi YuuZoo, Finnish-born champion sailor Ludde Ingvall is on a mission.... [more]
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Richard Gladwell,
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