Clipper fleet heads for Panama...End of US sailor's eight year legal saga...Baird runs with Italians


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Sail-World USA: 21 April 2010

Looking better with a new mast, Califrnia at the start of Leg 8 Clipper Around the World  Erik
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 21 April 2010.

The Clipper Round the World race got underway for the start of Leg 8, today from San Francisco, We have a great image gallery in this edition from Erik Simonson of Next stop is Panama - a leg of just over 3,300nm.

Got your entry in for the San Diego Yacht Club's Yachting Cup yet? There's still time - with entries closing on 26 April.

Have a look at the SDYC site for all the latest news on the event and scroll down to see the entry list.

Still waters run deep in several areas of the professional sailing scene, with the announcement that Alinghi helmsman, Ed Baird (USA), will be helming for the Prada team who are set to make their re-entry onto the America's Cup scene after a three year absence. Also making a return is BMW Oracle Racing, after their America's Cup win. No mention of anything definite from Alinghi, however we understand they have several projects under consideration.

Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn (CAN) head for the finishing line, clear ahead - 2010 Western Hemisphere Star Championships  Fried Elliott Ā©

A separate story in the Daily Telegraph (UK) yesterday reports: 'Five teams have now entered the (Volvo Ocean Race) race with Spanish team Telefonica poised to announce their campaign and 2007 America's Cup winners Alinghi, a crew from Abu Dhabi and two more contenders all believed to be preparing entries.' By our maths that is a fleet of 10, but it is not known if any of the boats from the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will be lining up on start start line in Alicante, Spain, on Saturday 5 November 2011 for the 6500nm first leg to Cape Town.

Still there is no real news on the 34th America's Cup which the Independent's yachting correspondent Stuart Alexander describes as having 'all the pace of a bus in an inner city rush hour, but the interest among challengers is picking up considerably.'

Aberdare resplendent under extras - AHSSA Historical 18s Anzac Regatta, Brisbane  Mark Graveson

The Icelandic eruption is beginning to have its effect felt on the sailing regattas in Europe. Last week, Palma Vela concluded, and Paul Cayard has filed his quick exit report. Life might not be quite so quick and simple for those heading into regattas further north, with the Semaine Olympique Francais getting underway in Hyeres on 24 April. We have several stories in this edition which make reference to the effect the of the volcanic cloud, and its accompanying airspace shutdown. Andrew Palfrey's expedition from Palma to Cowes, is a great piece of writing.

Don't miss the first installment of a two part story on the foiling Moths, featuring the current World Champion, Simon Payne.

FLASH GORDON 6 and NERONE rounding the mark at the 2010 Rolex Farr 40 Pre-Worlds   © Rolex/Daniel Forster

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Clipper Fleet gets away to fresh start for Leg 8 from San Francisco
Erik Simonson,
The nine yachts in the Clipper Around the World Race got off to a spanking start on Leg 8. Departing San Francisco on a mild ebb tide with a 20 knot plus breeze. Rain that had pummeled the Bay Area earlier departed over the central Bay making for pristine conditions. While a menacing anvil cloud formed and dumped copious rain, hail and even snow just to the south... [more]
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ETNZ/Camper Volvo skipper to be named tomorrow afternoon
Richard Gladwell,
The skipper of the Camper sponsored Emirates Team New Zealand Volvo Ocean Race yacht is to be announced tomorrow afternoon in Auckland. TVNZ sports news is reporting that it will be three times 49er World Champion and Round the World sailor, Chris Nicholson (Australia).... [more]
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Eight year legal saga comes to an end for US boardsailor
TVNZ News,
American boardsailor Kimberly Birkenfeld has lost her nearly eight-year bid to get $15 million damages from Olympic gold medallist Bruce Kendall and Yachting New Zealand. Once the United States' top female boardsailor, Birkenfeld suffered severe brain and spinal injuries in 2002 when her windsurfer collided with a Yachting New Zealand-owned motorboat driven by Kendall in Greece.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 departs San Francisco - Governor commends crews
Clipper Ventures PLC,
The teams competing in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race couldn't have hoped for better conditions for the start of Race eight of the 35,000-mile challenge from San Francisco. A brisk 20 to 25 knot wind powered the fleet of internationally sponsored ocean racing yachts across the start line opposite the Golden Gate Yacht Club and out under the Golden Gate Bridge.... [more]
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New York Barcelona - Estrella Damm sets the bar high
NY-BCN Transoceanic Sailing Record Media Centre,
Twelve days, six hours, three minutes and 48 seconds, is the mark for the sailing record books. Estrella Damm, the IMOCA Open 60, and the crew of Alex Pella (ESP), Pepe Ribes (ESP) and Stan Schreyer (USA) set the first record for the 3670 (orthodromic) miles passage under sail from New York to Barcelona... [more]
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63rd Newport-Ensenada starts this at noon Friday April 23, 2010
Rich Roberts,
Seven of last year's nine winners of major awards in the Newport Ocean Sailing Association's Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race will return to the starting line off Balboa Pier for the 63rd annual classic Friday, April 23, 2010, at noon.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championships 2010 - just one sleep away
Giles Pearman,
The docks of the Casa de Campo Marina were buzzing again today as competitors completed sail measurement, weigh-ins and registration in advance of the start of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, which begins tomorrow, Wednesday, April 21 and continues through Saturday, April 24... [more]
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An Epic Tale - Andrew Palfrey's journey to the UK from Spain
Andrew 'Dog' Palfrey,
Professional sailor and coach and raconteur Australia's Andrew 'Dog' Palfrey tells a great story- grab a coffee and enjoy this... Currently moving across the European continent, dealing with the volcanic ash interruptions to air travel. Have been reflecting on how I got into this 'sitchie'. One thing I have is time. So I started jotting down some thoughts.... [more]
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Countdown to Antigua Sailing Week
Antigua Sailing Week,
With just four days remaining before the start of 43rd edition of Antigua Sailing Week (24-30 April 2010), there is still a consistent stream of entries coming in. While numbers at this stage of countdown are lower than in previous years, there is no doubt that what the entry list lacks in quantity it makes up in quality.... [more]
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ICSA release new racing rules DVD
We are happy to announce that our new Racing Rules DVD is finally finished. The Racing Rules DVD 2009-2012 covers the most frequent racing rules situations that cause protests in regattas.... [more]
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Save $300 on Spirit Ocean Adventure Summer programs before May 15th
South Carolina Maritime Foundation,
The South Carolina Maritime Foundation announces open enrolment for two summer sailing expeditions aboard the Spirit of South Carolina, through the Spirit Ocean Adventure program. Each of these awe-inspiring and life-changing adventures for 15 to 18 year olds is only open to 20 participants per sail.... [more]
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New York Barcelona - Estrella Damm 21 miles from Barcelona
NY-BCN Transoceanic Sailing Record Media Centre,
As the evening approaches in Barcelona, the leading boat has slowed a little as they are around 20 miles from the line.... [more]
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Locals face tough challenge in Bermuda International invitational race
Talbot Wilson,
Bermuda's one-design keelboat and dinghy fleets issued invitations for the 2010 Bermuda International Invitational Race Week sponsored by Bermuda Premium Spirits Limited, local distributors of BacardiĀ® rum, and now face tough group of international competitors for the 2010 Race Week coming to Bermuda April 24th-30th.... [more]
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Indian Ocean Five Capes Race - Fremantle-Singapore - A warm welcome
OC Events,
The international crew on board Oman Sail's A100 trimaran ‘Majan' have celebrated their arrival in Singapore on the penultimate leg of the Indian Ocean Five Capes Race. Majan left Fremantle (Australia) on the 9th April for the 2,700-mile leg to Singapore which has proved to be a ‘mild affair' compared to the storm-fuelled leg from Cape Town to Fremantle with Majan surviving 70-knot winds... [more]
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Top 18ft Skiff crew set to miss ANZAC regatta and cop big freight bill
Dave Healy,
Chris Skinner and his crew on Bassett Plumbing & Drainage are looking like they may miss the opportunity to defend their ANZAC regatta title due to being given a hefty shipping bill this week, which will likely need to be paid for the boat to be released. In order to better prepare themselves for the JJ Giltinan Championship in February, Bassett Plumping & Drainage shipped..... [more]
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Prada signal America's Cup involvement, Alinghi helmsman hired
Stuart Alexander,
Italian fashion house Prada signalled its return to the America's Cup scene when it announced today that it will compete in the Louis Vuitton trophy regatta in La Maddalena, Sardinia, next month. Racing under the name Luna Rossa, Patrizio Bertelli, a three-time America's Cup campaigner and chairman of the Prada group, has asked the American Ed Baird to skipper the Louis Vuitton crew... [more]
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Foiling Moths – the DevelopMENTAL class - Part One
John Curnow,
Simon Payne is the new 2010 Moth World Champion. He loves the fact that the class is all about development and is equally clear about just how much of the winning factor with a foiling Moth, is purely mental. Strap in and come for a blast, as he takes us through his life and the interesting things he has to say, from his observations after some 30 years of sailing.... [more]
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Volcanic Ash Clouds and Air travel -Paul Cayard reporting from Lisbon
Paul Cayard,
A few more airports in Europe are open today than yesterday, mostly in the South; Northern Europe still closed. Luckily, I tacked to the Southwest! My original route was through Frankfurt, which is a no go zone.... [more]
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BMW ORACLE Racing returns to competition this month
Jane Eagleson,
BMW ORACLE Racing will return to competitive sailing at the end of the month following its win in the 33rd America's Cup in Valencia in February. First on the agenda is the RC 44 Austria Cup, the second regatta on the 2010 RC 44 Championship Tour where BMW ORACLE Racing will be represented by two boats.... [more]
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A busy year ahead for Britain's Ben Ainslie
Ben Ainslie,
It was an amazing spectacle, the boats were incredible feats of design and engineering and it was a fascinating learning experience seeing some of the technology involved up close. As a competition BMW Oracle's use of the 'wing' technology meant it was something of a mismatch but it was just such a relief to finally see the event staged and now we can start looking forward to what BMW Oracle...... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht race - Team Finland in San Francisco
Clipper Ventures,
It was an early morning arrival in to San Francisco for Team Finland, and although the sun had yet to rise, the crew were treated to a warm welcome by a crowd of family members and fellow crew. The Finnish entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race sailed under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge at the end of an eventful North Pacific race having left Qingdao, China, two weeks after the rest... [more]
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New York Barcelona - A slow countdown to the finish
NY-BCN Transoceanic Sailing Record Media Centre,
The crew of Estrella Damm may be counting down the distance to the finish of the New York Barcelona Transoceanic Sailing Record challenge, as they gently slid under the 200 miles marker during Monday morning, but both teams know that a long, slow Tuesday may need to be endured before the pleasure of arriving in Barcelona can be enjoyed.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 – Schedule announced
Volvo Ocean Race,
The course and dates for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 have been officially announced today. This edition of the race will see a new format for the racing programme in the host cities, including the start city of Alicante, Spain and finish city of Galway, Ireland. For the first time, the Volvo Ocean Race will finish with an In-Port race in Galway.... [more]
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J/111 Speedster launching soon - Sailing in Newport by June.
Stuart Johnstone,
The first J/111 hull hatched and she's ready to fly! She's a beauty. The project is on track for sailing in June. Key features enable state-of-the-art, affordable performance similar to downwind flyers like the J/90 and J/125. With nearly the same BWL/Sailing Length and Downwind SA/Wetted Surface ratios, the J/111 will be a rocketship reaching and running at double-digit speeds!... [more]
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Late surprises in the last and best day of races in the bay of Palma
Eva Dallo,
In a nice breeze of from SW which increased to 12 knots, and an airplane free sky, the Hublot PalmaVela regatta held the last races of its seventh edition. All the fleets were on the water today, with Maxis and TP 52's running their coastal races in the charlie area. In the TP52 class Artemis was the predictable winner, but Cristabella managed second, whereas Magic Carpet 2 won the also magic... [more]
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Canadians win Silver Star Championship in a PStar
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn (CAN) have won the 2010 Star Western Hemisphere Championship held in Nassau, Bahamas. The Canadians dominated in Montagu Bay's heavy winds and frothy seas during the early races in the series. Their sixth place finish in Saturday's fifth race in light air clinched the series, yet they sailed the final race, because, as Clarke said, 'We need the practice.'... [more]
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Images of Palma Vela: Day 4 - Artemis takes overall honours
Sander van der Borch,
Top international photographer Sander van der Borch provides this gallery from the final day of TP52 racing at Palma Vela, and reports: 'Artemis scored a 2nd and third place to win the TP52 class overall.'... [more]
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Clipper Round the World yachts get ready
Erik Simonson,
With yet another late season a weather system scheduled to hit the West Coast of the USA, teams with the Clipper Round the World Race get in some final preparations and practice before shoving off Tuesday afternoon. The 6:00 PM start at the Golden Gate Yacht Club will take the competitors outside the Golden Gate then left towards Panama and eventually Jamaica.... [more]
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2010 Rolex Farr 40 Pre-Worlds Results Australia, USA,USA
Giles Pearman,
The sailing conditions off the Casa de Campo resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic lived up to expectations as the Farr 40 fleet finished up a five-race series for the Rolex Farr 40 Pre-Worlds. Ten boats and teams from four countries – United States, Italy, Australia, and Germany – are in the Caribbean to tune up for the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship which will run from April 21 – 24, 2010.... [more]
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Volcanos- Planes, trains and automobiles!
Paul Cayard,
I could never explain well enough what the situation is like over here in Europe for anyone who wants to travel somewhere or get a hotel room.... [more]
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New York Barcelona - High tension in the Mediterranean
NY-BCN Transoceanic Sailing Record Media Centre,
Virtually stuck in a wind hole, a handful of miles off Almeria, making just around four knots of boat speed in three or four knots of wind, the New York Barcelona Transoceanic Sailing Record leaders Estrella Damm were doing all they could to avoid falling prey to the consistent advances of W Hotels.... [more]
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Oysteer BVI regatta - Oysters shine in sparkling downwind conditions
Barry Pickthall,
Slick spinnaker work carried Chris and Susan Shea's Oyster 72 'Magrathea' to the fore of the fleet in the third race of the Oyster BVI Caribbean regatta on Friday. Making the most of classic 20-knot tradewind conditions, the 'Magrathea' crew were first to hoist, and after surviving a tricky luff from Richard Smith's Oyster 655 'Sotto Vento', soon powered into the lead on what became...... [more]
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TP52 Palma Vela – Paul Cayard reports
Paul Cayard,
A decent sea breeze filled in today around 1400 and two races were held in 8-9 knots from the southwest. The wind was more shifty and the race course more open than the usual, 'must go left' Palma.... [more]
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