Welcome to Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 1 February 2010.
The America's Cup looks set to happen on 8 February, just under a week away, with the last Court obstacle cleared, or rather deferred until a later date. Sorry, to those who have asked, we have absolutely no idea of the TV broadcast schedules or the stations who may be carrying the coverage.
The only Rules issue on the table is the five matters raised by BMW Oracle racing, which was the the subject of an International Jury hearing yesterday week. In this edition we look at the likely outcomes from the Hearing. It has been adjourned with a Decision due tomorrow, which will be carried on www.sail-world.com
Sail-World will announce our coverage of the 33rd America's Cup on Tuesday evening. However your humble scribe will be traveling to Valencia this weekend, and we will be producing a special America's Cup newsletter, from Valencia, similar to that for the 32nd America's Cup, Louis Vuitton Pacific Series and 2008 Olympics plus, of course the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.
From Florida, the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta has concluded. In this edition, we feature reports, sailor comment and images from the second event on the 2010 ISAF World Cup circuit.
In San Francisco, Erik Simonson of www.h2oshots.com was on the water to capture the action in the Three Bridge Fiasco - we have two galleries of images from the event.
Three Bridge Fiasco, on San Francisco Bay, January 2010 Eric Simonson
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Ngatira, racing in the Mahurangi Regatta 2010, New Zealand Richard Gladwell
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Americas Cup: Images from Valencia - More of USA-17 +video Gilles Martin-Raget, Americas Cup There was a good breeze today in Valencia and both America's Cup sailing teams took full advantage of it. BMW Oracle's Gilles Martin-Raget was in the helicopter and took these shots. Points to note here are the clean wakes, and the amount of camber that is being induced in the wingsa... [more] Onsend this story
Images from the Three Bridge Fiasco, on San Francisco Bay - 2 Erik Simonson of www.h2oshots.com, Erik Simonson of www.h2oshots.com presents a second gallery of shots taken at Saturday's 358 boat strong Three Bridge Fiasco, on San Francisco Bay won this year won by Scott Eason on his Magic Moore 25 Eight Ball!... [more] Onsend this story
Classics of the Mahurangi Richard Gladwell, Auckland, New Zealand boasts one of the best fleets of classic yachts in the world. The Mahurangi Regatta is one of their principal racing events. sail-World was there on Saturday to witness the occasion of these classic yachts dating back into the 1800's and beautifully restored, being raced hard.... [more] Onsend this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 over a hundred miles behind Cammas-Groupama 3, Groupama 3 - Jules Verne Trophy update. After 24 hours on the water, Groupama 3 is conceding a deficit of nearly a hundred miles in relation to the reference time. On paper, this might appear worrying, but on water the situation is becoming favourable again for the giant trimaran this Monday afternoon.... [more] Onsend this story
29erXX Superbowl regatta underway Jerelyn Biehl, The 29erXX Seiko Superbowl regatta began today under slight showers and a fresh breeze. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate and as the wind slowly died after the finish, the storm clouds gathered and the fleet was sent in barely making the dock when the first squall line hit.... [more] Onsend this story
Extreme Sailing Series Muscat Day 1 - Finesse required OC Events, Extreme Sailing Series Day 1 - Muscat. With the wind reaching a maximum of nine knots, it was a slow afternoon for the Extreme 40s, requiring more brain than brawn to get round the four courses.... [more] Onsend this story
Images from the Three Bridge Fiasco, on San Francisco Bay Erik Simonson of www.h2oshots.com, Erik Simonson of www.h2oshots.com presents a gallery of shots taken at Saturday's 358 boat strong Three Bridge Fiasco, on San Francisco Bay won this year won by Scott Eason on his Magic Moore 25 Eight Ball!... [more] Onsend this story
Jessica Watson - Half way there and the book deal is done Nancy Knudsen, French-owned Hachette Publishers have announced that they will publish the story of Jessica Watson's solo sail around the world 'as soon as possible after her return'. ...and onboard Ella's Pink Lady, Jessica is already writing it, in spite of a recent admission by her mother that Jessica has severe dyslexia, which circuitously resulted in Jessica's desire to sail around the world... [more] Onsend this story
Farr 30 World Championship going to Hyeres, France for the first time Farr 30 Class Association, The Farr 30 Class Association and C.O.Y.C.H. are pleased to announce the 2010 Farr 30 World Championship will be held in the sparkling Mediterranean city of Hyeres, France from October 23rd to 31st... [more] Onsend this story
BVI Spring Regatta announces new trophy on offer, the IYCC Linda Phillips, New for 2010, the Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club is inviting other yacht clubs from around the world to send teams to compete in the inaugural International Yacht Club Challenge. The IYCC will be part of the BVI Spring Regatta April 2 – April 4.... [more] Onsend this story
Groupama 3 sets off on latest Jules Verne Trophy attempt Cammas-Groupama 3, Groupama 3 and her crew have started their latest attempt for the Jules Verne Trophy. Franck Cammas and his nine crew set off at over twenty knots in a light N'ly breeze on the back of a mass of rain... This latest record attempt begins with some encouraging, albeit tricky weather conditions. The most uncertain phase relates to the passage of Cape Finisterre as the weather window is a very short one... [more] Onsend this story
Gladwell's Line: Second guessing the America's Cup Jury Richard Gladwell, The International Jury for the 33rd America's Cup is due to sit for the first time, in early February, to consider the five issues raised by BMW Oracle Racing on 19 January. We take a look at the scorecard from that first meeting.... [more] Onsend this story
18ft Skiffs Race 5 SP High Modulus Australian Championship Frank Quealey, Defending champions Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Tom Clout retained their Australian Champions crown despite finishing second in Gotta Love It 7 in Race 5 of the SP HighModulus-sponsored regatta on Sydney Harbour today.... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup: Stopwatches out for USA team www.sail-world.com / BMW Oracle Racing, Australian Glen Ashby, the six times A-Cat Class Catamaran World Champion has been a regular coach for the USA skipper and fellow Australian James Spithill, the BMW Oracle helmsman and skipper over the last few seasons, as Spithill began to come to grips with multihull sailing. Ashby is running the BMW Oracle sailing program and the pace is stepping up as the first race nears... [more] Onsend this story
Miami OCR - Intense day of racing pays off for Team Tunnicliffe Anna Tunnicliffe, An intense day of racing for Team Tunnicliffe at the Miami OCR. It was a great series against Lucy MacGregor and team, from Great Britain. The conditions were perfect for match racing this morning as the first warning gun went off at 9am. Our first race didn't start too well for us. We were awarded a penalty at 20 seconds to go.... [more] Onsend this story
Superyacht Cup Antigua - Windy day decides winner Kate Branagh, Superyacht Cup Antigua - It was another windy day with plenty of action for these immensely powerful superyachts, flying full mains and maximum downwind sails, they raced around the 24 mile course in just two and a half hours.... [more] Onsend this story
2010 Rolex Miami OCR: Focus on the Finn class medal race Robert Deaves, Fourth place in the medal race was easily enough for Ed Wright (GBR) to win the Rolex Miami OCR in the Finn class for the second year running, this time by a clear margin of 20 points. The 2009 ISAF Sailing World Cup winner, made very few mistakes all week in quite difficult conditions and takes a well deserved win and a great confidence boost at the start of the season.... [more] Onsend this story
Americas Cup: Images from Valencia - USA-17 from the air + Video Gilles Martin-Raget, Americas Cup There was a good breeze today in Valencia and both America's Cup sailing teams took full advantage of it. BMW Oracle's Gilles Martin-Raget was in the helicopter and took these shots. Plus there are video clips from the chopper and on-board USA-17 (sorry about the engine noise) Points to note here are the clean wakes, and the amount of camber that is being induced in the wingsa... [more] Onsend this story
Miami OCR day five - Hard won semis Anna Tunnicliffe, Today was a full day of racing against the Aussies to advance to the Finals at the 2010 Rolex Miami OCR. It felt like a long day of racing despite only sailing six races. Every race was very close, thanks to the shifty and puffy winds. You could never guarantee a win because the other team could get a shift and be right back in the race.... [more] Onsend this story
Miami OCR - Paralympic Classes medalists determined Marni Lane, Rolex Miami OCR - USA racked up the most medals with four, followed by Canada with two and one apiece for Norway, Great Britain and The Netherlands.... [more] Onsend this story
Antigua Superyacht Cup - Onboard Ranger Norma Trease, Antigua Superyacht Cup day two experience onboard Ranger. When invited on the modern J-Boat Ranger, which numbers among her traditional themes no safety rails when racing, you can also count on some heart-in-the-throat moments of exhilaration – only tempered a bit by good, healthy, watch-what-you're-doing fear.... [more] Onsend this story
Miami OCR day five Finn - Double win for Jonathan Lobert Robert Deaves, The final day of the qualification races in the Finn class at the 2010 Rolex Miami OCR brought a new face to the front of the fleet. Overnight leader Wright placed 5-2 and will lead into the medal race by a useful 14 point margin over team mate Scott who produced a 2-7.... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup: New York Supreme Court declines to rule before Match Richard Gladwell and Alinghi Media, According to a new release by America's Cup Defender Societe Nautique de Geneve, the New York Supreme Court has declined an expedited Hearing on the Constructed in Country issue, and has ordered to two competitors to race now, and argue later.... [more] Onsend this story
'For the Record: Fred Meyer' + 'SNG tries to re-write the rules again' SNG Media; GGYC Media, In the latest round of 'You said; Oh no I didn't', America's Cup Defender Societe Nautique de Geneve's Vice-commodore, Fred Meyer, commented on Challenger Golden Gate Yacht Club's previous statements on Court actions, and Golden Gate Yacht Club responded:... [more] Onsend this story
Miami OCR Quarter final day for Team Tunniclife Anna Tunnicliffe, Anna Tunnicliffe reports from the Rolex Miami OCR. Our first Gold fleet race today was against the reigning ISAF Women's Match Racing champion, Nicky Souter. We led her off the line, but made a small mistake upwind, put ourselves behind, and were unable to catch up.... [more] Onsend this story
2010 Rolex Miami OCR: Competition is hot for medal race places Media Pro Int'l, Today was a critical day for sailors competing in US Sailing's 2010 Rolex Miami OCR. Highlighted by both lead changes and consolidations, it raised the heat for tomorrow's final stretch: where medal winners in three Paralympic sailors will be named and top-ten sailors in ten Olympic classes will be determined for entry into Saturday's medal races.... [more] Onsend this story
Velux 5 Oceans Race: Van Liew goes solo and sole, acquires Open 60 Team Lazarus, >Legendary US ocean racer and sole USA entrant, Brad Van Liew, is one step closer to competing in his third solo round-the-world race, this time aboard an Open 60 raceboat designed and built specifically for the task. Last week, Van Liew purchased the boat he feels is the best prepared for the extreme conditions that set the Velux 5 Oceans Race apart as The Ultimate Solo Challenge®.... [more] Onsend this story
2010 Rolex Miami OCR, Florida images from Richard Langdon - 2 Richard Langdon images, Photographer Richard Langdon presents these images from the 2010 Rolex Miami OCR, Florida... [more] Onsend this story
2010 Rolex Miami OCR, Florida images from Richard Langdon - 1 Richard Langdon images, Photographer Richard Langdon presents these images from the 2010 Rolex Miami OCR, Florida... [more] Onsend this story
GGYC accuses America's Cup Defender of 'snow-blindness' over Match GGYC Media, Last week SNG let go an avalanche of papers to obscure several simple questions. The Swiss defender has long appeared to be suffering from snow-blindness over the fact that the 33rd Match is not a normal regatta. It is not even a normal America's Cup. It is a 'Deed of Gift match' in which the clear wording of the Cup's ruling document must be adhered to by both teams.... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Miami OCR 2010: Sailors hit their stride at halfway mark Media Pro Int'l, More than 600 athletes representing 45 nations have hit their regatta halfway mark after today's racing at US Sailing's 2010 Rolex Miami OCR, the second of seven stops of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup 2009-2010 and the leaders swap places... [more] Onsend this story
World Match Racing Tour adds $250,000 bonus prize Yvonne Reid, The incentive to compete in the world's premier sailing series just got bigger. A US$250,000 overall prize pool for the top nine teams with a $50,000 bonus for the outright winner of next year's World Match Racing Tour is now on offer.... [more] Onsend this story
2010 Rolex Miami OCR, Florida images from Richard Langdon Richard Langdon images, Photographer Richard Langdon presents these images from the 2010 Rolex Miami OCR, Florida... [more] Onsend this story
Anna Tunnicliffe on the Rolex OCR - a long day and sunset sailing Anna Tunnicliffe / TeamTunnicliffe, Today was a bit of tough day for us at the 2010 US Sailing Rolex Miami OCR. We ended the day with an overall score of 4-2. We have one more race tomorrow morning to determine into which group we will advance... [more] Onsend this story
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