Welcome to Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 27 March 2010.
Did you have a great time at the San Diego NOOD Regatta; are you sailing in the Newport to Ensenada Race, The Border Run or The Melges California Cup?
If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, click on Yachting Cup and register for San Diego Yacht Club's Yachting Cup. Racing starts April 30th and the fun continues through Sunday, May 2nd.
Racing will be held under IRC, ORR or PHRF - so you can race under the rule of your preference. And you can help make a great regatta even better by entering early so the organizers can optimize the fleets to ensure you get the best possible racing.
Click here to read Lynn Fitzpatrick's story on the San Diego YC's Yachting Cup
Getting ready for another great regatta - the San Diego YC Yachting Cup SDYC Yachting Cup .
Peace in our time? The warring parties in the 33rd America's Cup have signed an agreement agreeing to cease all litigation, transfer the properties associated with the America's Cup, and have paved the way for the organization of the 34th Match and its buildup to get properly underway.
We have the key points of the settlement in this edition, along with some comment on related matters.
And so ends almost three years of litigation and argument which has not bought credit to any party, and which has caused significant damage to the profile of the sport.
Clearly the challenge is with the USA, as Defender, to put the America's Cup back on the rails, and make the 34th Match the best yet - no matter where the venue. And also, to create a blueprint for success, that will survive many America's Cups. It's a big ask.
While some believe that time must be taken to get the Cup 'right' our view is slightly different - and that seven years between multi challenger America's Cups is too long, and that the target year for the 34th Match should be 2012.
In this edition we feature interviews from Diane Swintal with Paul Cayard (Aretmis) and Francesco Bruni (Azzurra). They are differing views, with all due respect to Paul Cayard, we are with Francesco Bruni's thinking.
The Congressional Cup is in full flight, off Long Beach, with last week's Mascalzone Latino skipper, Gavin Brady topping the leaderboard. Not surprisingly, Brady has picked the lowest placed skipper Bill Hardesty to be his opponent in the Semi-Final to be sailed today.
We feature the usual great reports and images from Rich Roberts of this always spectacular and very unique event, which is the world's longest running match racing regatta.
A few from southern latitudes are scratching their heads over the next port announcement on the Volvo Ocean Race. Earlier this week Itajai (Brazil) and Miami, Florida were announced as the seventh and eight stopover ports. Neither have an associated boat announced for the race. Then, on Friday the NZ Government announced that it was putting up money for a Volvo Ocean Race stopover, with the comment that the Auckland City Council would be making a contribution. Whether there is a competitive bid process underway, or whether Auckland has been allocated the stopover, remains to be seen. However given the fact that the Volvo Ocean Race organization have undertaken to have the course announced by 31 March, there are not too many sleeps left.
Day 4 BMW Sailing Cup - World Final 2010 Ivor Wilkins
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It's Time to Register for SDYC's Yachting Cup Lynn Fitzpatrick, Did you have a great time at the San Diego NOOD Regatta; are you sailing in the Newport to Ensenada Race, The Border Run or The Melges California Cup? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, click on Yachting Cup and register for San Diego Yacht Club's Yachting Cup. Racing starts April 30th and the fun continues through Sunday, May 2nd.... [more] Share this story
International Rolex Regatta 2010 images Leighton O'Connor images and Sail-World.com, International Rolex Regatta 2010 images from photographer Leighton O'Connor.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Talking with Azzurra's Franceso Bruni - Looking Ahead Diane Swintal for CupInfo, A year ago, Francesco Bruni came to the Congressional Cup as a last minute replacement following a successful debut at the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series with Damiani Italia. But with the future uncertain for Cup employment, his main focus at the time was the Joe Fly Farr 40 program.... [more] Share this story
Paul Cayard talks about possible America's Cup 34 plans Diane Swintal for CupInfo, Paul Cayard, America's Cup sailor and President of the World Sailing Team Association (WSTA), spoke to a standing-room-only crowd Wednesday night at Ullman Sails in Costa Mesa, CA, talking about his sailing career and his recent past at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland.... [more] Share this story
Congressional Cup - Andrew Campbell reports on Team Hardesty's battles Andrew Campbell, Andrew Campbell reports from the Congressional Cup being held in Long Beach. 'While the other six boats run a fleetrace we will race a knockout series against Gavin Brady with hopes to race against the winner of Berntsson versus Bruni in the other semifinal. Racing should kick off the same time as today around 1130 or so.'... [more] Share this story
Congressional Cup - Brady leads Bruni, Berntsson, Hardesty in sailoffs Rich Roberts, Brady (NZL), with 15 wins and 3 losses in the double round robin, picked first-time Con Cup skipper Bill Hardesty (USA) (11-7) as his opening opponent in the best-of-three sailoffs, but the other match between Italy's Francesco Bruni, on a 10-race win streak at 14-4, and defending champion Johnie Berntsson of Sweden, also 14-4, stands to be just as lively, if not more so.... [more] Share this story
International Rolex Regatta 2010 -Interlodge wins the town race Regatta News, After all was said and done, Interlodge, with Lynn driving last-minute for Fragomen when Fragomen fell ill, won today's first 'town' race. In other classes crew were to blame ...'It's my crew's fault,' deadpanned Antonio Sanpere (Christiansted, VI), who handily won both races with his J/36 Cayennita Grande in CSA Non-Spinnaker Racing Class. 'No matter how I tried to screw up, they made it right.'... [more] Share this story
America's Cup Legal settlement unshackles the next Match Richard Gladwell, All litigation in the 33rd America's Cup has been discontinued, following an acceptance of an agreement announced between the four parties today. The dropping of the litigation will allow the formal handover of the various properties associated with the America's Cup and which are held by the Defender... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Cape Breton Island prepares for the worst Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10: California escort duty has proved trickier than anticipated. Just over 24 hours since handing over California escort duties to Hull & Humber and Spirit of Australia, Jamaica Lightning Bolt is stretching her legs once more and has made some good progress towards San Francisco.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup legal settlement reached over 33rd Match Golden Gate Yacht Club, An agreement has been reached with the previous America's Cup Trustee, Societe Nautique de Genève, that all outstanding litigation in the New York courts concerning the recent 33rd Match will be dropped by both sides. This includes GGYC's Breach of Fiduciary Duty ('BFD') claim against SNG, as well as all other claims over the design and construction of yachts Alinghi 5and USA.... [more] Share this story
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Impressive world class line-up Neus Jordi and Sail-World.com, 41st Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre will welcome around 680 boats and 1,000 sailors from 40 nations in the bay of Palma. The ISAF Sailing World Cup arrives in Europe following the events in Melbourne in December and Miami in January.... [more] Share this story
Derek Hatfield buys yacht to compete in Velux 5 Oceans Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges, Canada's most experienced round the world yachtsman can today announce the purchase of a yacht to race in the Velux 5 Oceans. Derek Hatfield and Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges has bought the Eco 60 yacht Great America III (formerly Solidaires) from veteran American solo sailor Rich Wilson.... [more] Share this story
NZ Government announces funding for Volvo Ocean Race stopover beehive.govt.nz and Sail-World.com, The New Zealand Government seems to have finally realised that there is a bidding, or rather stopover announcement process underway for the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race. Eight venues have already been announced in the nine leg race. Today the NZ Government announced that it was kicking in with NZD1.5million (UKP750,000) for a stopover in Auckland.... [more] Share this story
Congressional Cup - Semi finalists decided Rich Roberts, Francesco Bruni's sailing world turned in the 46th Congressional Cup Thursday when the Azzurra team skipper from Italy swept five races to join defending champion Johnie Berntsson and four-time winner Gavin Brady in Saturday's semifinals, as Bill Hardesty of San Diego slipped into position to claim the fourth slot.... [more] Share this story
Strictly Sail Pacific at Oakland's Jack London Square Strictly Sail Pacific, Strictly Sail Pacific is offering the ultimate one-stop sailing extravaganza! Running from from April 15 – 18 at Oakland's Jack London Square, the show has a new layout, which features a new indoor exhibit space, showcases more than 150 exhibitors from around the world.... [more] Share this story
2010 Charleston Race Week attendance record broken South Carolina Maritime Foundation (SCMF), 2010 Charleston Race Week is just around the corner. With 180 entries on the scratch sheet as of Wednesday, the South's largest regatta is again raising the bar, with a second consecutive year and the fourth out of five with a record entry list.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 Round the World race - Another low approaches the fleet Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race Leg 7 Quindgao to San Francisco Day 24. Crews are tightening their belts as another serious low pressure system approaches the fleet. Team Finland has picked up pace after a frustrating 24 hours of headwinds.... [more] Share this story
Team New Zealand defends BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010 Ivor Wilkins, New Zealand became the first nation to successfully win back to back titles in the BMW Sailing Cup World Final when a young crew led by Phil Robertson swept to victory on their home waters in Auckland today. In winning the prestigious amateur regatta in a field of seven nations, Robertson and his crew successfully defended the title won in Italy last year by another New Zealand crew... [more] Share this story
2010 Congressional Cup Day 2 - Unsettled business Rich Roberts, A jolt of intensity, a runaway mark and some unsettled business in the jury room left the 46th Congressional Cup in overnight anxiety after competition lurched through Day 2 Wednesday. The problem developed when, in a brisk building breeze, the windward mark broke loose from its ground tackle.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans: U.S. entry for race begins refit in Charleston Team Lazarus, Round The World Champion Racer Brad Van Liew hauled out his ECO 60 racing machine this afternoon with support from an enthusiastic network of sailing and adventure racing fans.... [more] Share this story
Etchells Jaguar Series Mid Winter Championship images John Payne images, Etchells Jaguar Series Mid Winter Championship images from photographer John Payne.... [more] Share this story
International Lightning Class Association Boat Grant recipients International Lightning Class Association, The award winning Lightning Boat Grant program enters its fourth season with the strongest applicant pool to date. Seventeen teams from the US and Canada applied for grants this year and the International Lightning Class Association is proud to announce the recipients for the 2010 sailing season.... [more] Share this story
Etchells Jaguar Series MidWinters nail-biter Paige Brooks, Another Etchells Jaguar Series wrapped up for the winter season in Miami Florida and it was a nail-biter. The Jaguar Series score combines the rankings of the four weekends with one dropped result. Report, results and images from photographer John Payne.... [more] Share this story
Volvo Ocean Race - Miami added to stop over ports Volvo Ocean Race, Miami, Florida, will host the start of the transatlantic leg to Lisbon, Portugal, for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. The race village will be located at Bicentennial Park, on the Biscayne Bay, in the heart of Downtown Miami. It is a 29-acre, open park which is suited for major events and has been used in the past for shows such as the Cirque Du Soleil.... [more] Share this story
Clipper Leg 7 Qingdao to San Francisco – Fuel transfer to California Zoe Williamson, Uniquely Singapore has caught up with the US entry and the crew have begun the task of transferring fuel. The plan is to use several of the Clipper 68s as refuelling vessels for California to ensure they have enough to get them to San Francisco safely, more than 1,800 miles away.... [more] Share this story
RC 44 Class aims to create an American circuit Bernard Schopfer, The RC 44 Class Association announces today its project to expand to North America. Following three successful editions of the RC 44 Championship Tour in Central Europe and the Middle-East, the Class plans to develop a North American circuit. An RC 44 will be displayed in Newport (RI) this spring, allowing potential owners to test-sail the boat.... [more] Share this story
Congressional Cup 2010: Berntsson (SWE) all alone at 5-0 after Day 1 Rich Roberts, The Long Beach breeze would seldom be called fickle, but it took a freak turn Tuesday that settled a battle of unbeatens and left defending champion Johnie Berntsson of Sweden in first place after Day 1 of the 46th Congressional Cup. Late in the fourth of five flights, the wind shifted 70 degrees to northwest directly out of downtown Long Beach and dropped from a peak of 16 knots to 3, sending Ber... [more] Share this story
BVI Spring Regatta 2010: Pre-Register to win Linda Phillips, Not many people would turn down a chance to win up to $350 in drink tickets. That is just what one lucky skipper, who has pre-registered his boat for BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival can win. All boats registered before 4PM on Friday, March 26, will be entered in a drawing with the prize being their registration fee refunded in drink tickets redeemable at the Regatta Village bar and a b... [more] Share this story
Congressional Cup - Bill Hardesty and Team CMRC to compete CMRC Media, Bill Hardesty and his Team CMRC will start competition today in the 46th Congressional Cup, hosted by Long Beach YC. This event is the only ISAF Grade 1 match race regatta in the US. Racing with Hardesty on equally-matched Catalina 37 class yachts is Matt Cassidy, Rod Hagebois, George Peet, Andy Escort, and Andrew Campbell.... [more] Share this story
2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race South American stopover announced Volvo Ocean Race, 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race: he cityof Itajaí, in Brazil's southern state of Santa Catarina, will be the South American stopover for the race. The Volvo Ocean Race crews will have faced major challenges in the Southern Ocean, where icebergs, whales, huge waves and fiercely cold temperatures are common-place, Itajaí will be a great place for them to regain their strength before heading offshore again.... [more] Share this story
Team Tunnicliffe in Palma, Spain for Trofeo Princess Sophia Anna Tunnicliffe, Team Tunnicliffe has just arrived in Palma, Spain for training leading into the Trofeo Princess Sophia, the third event on the ISAF Sailing World Cup tour. Our last week has been extremely busy, between the USSTAG Training Camp in Colorado Springs... [more] Share this story
Ellison's goal is to market the America's Cup to the US Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, 'All we care about is if we duly lose that we get a fair chance to win it back next time. That's all we want. We don't want to ever have to go to court again to get a fair set of rules. It shouldn't be about money. It should be a little bit about technology and a lot about sailing. And it's got to be a great experience for viewers. It's got to be something kids want to watch.... [more] Share this story
A look aboard the new JP54: Below decks - the revolving interior! Richard Gladwell, The JP54 is based on the technology developed for high speed short handers of around 60ft in length. She is the brainchild of Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) a renowned short handed racer, most recently of Paprec Virbac 2 and the Vendee Globe fame. Below decks she has a number of interesting features including a revolving saloon floor known as a 'satellite'.... [more] Share this story
A look aboard the new JP54: Above decks a one sided yacht! Richard Gladwell, The JP54 is based on the technology developed for high speed short handers of around 60ft in length. She is the brainchild of Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) a renowned short handed racer, most recently of Paprec Virbac 2 and the Vendee Globe fame. There are many innovative feature above deck - and a revolving galley and navigation station below.... [more] Share this story
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