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Sail-World USA: 4 May 2010

Chuck Nichols being presented San Diego's Yachting Cup - San Diego Yachting Cup 2010  Jared Wohlgemuth
Welcome to's USA newsletter for 4 May 2010.

Further to our story in the last edition on what might come out of the meeting scheduled for 6 May in Rome on the America's Cup 34 process, we have featured a commentary piece on how we see the event shaping up along with the issue build up regattas and supporting events.

Whether we are on the mark or not, is irrelevant, the point of the commentary is that the options, aside form the basic choice of boat, venue and timing are not simple. There also needs to be a process put in place to give some continuity to the America's Cup, rather than the stop start approach which has prevailed since 2007.

The British Team Origin have announced that a match racing event will be held between themselves and BMW Oracle Racing replicating, in a modern way, the events that took place off the Isle of Wight in 1851.

29er action in the 2010 Elvstrom Regatta, San Francisco - imagine an America's Cup in this sort of breeze, every day?  Erik

Two ACC yachts will be shipped in from Valencia for the event, of which we have details in this issue.

New Zealand resident, Principal Race Officer, for the 33rd America's Cup, Harold Bennett will be interviewed by Peter Montgomery at a luncheon to be held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron at the end of May.

Alinghi prancing out of a big swell three hours before the start of Race 2 of the 33rd America's Cup, Valencia  Richard Gladwell

We have details of the event in this issue, along with some photos, which have not been published previously. They show Alinghi indulging in some spectacular pitching as she headed into the left over swell three hours or more before the race eventually started.

The America's Cup is on the Mid-Year agenda of the ISAF Council later this week, it maybe that the issues of the 33rd America's Cup are not quite dead and buried.

Flash mixes it up vying for position before the start - San Diego Yachting Cup 2010  David J. Shuler

The San Diego Yacht Club's Yachting Cup has been raced in classic San Diego conditions, by a good fleet of 100 yachts and 700 crew. The trophy was awarded to the winner J-120 fleet, which had the most competitive fleet.

Lynn Fitzpatrick has been filing excellent reports and images from the regatta and we feature these in this edition.

PUMA Ocean Racing, skippered by Ken Read (USA) at the start of leg 9 from Marstrand to Stockholm  Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race ©

We have a great feature from Ken Read on the US Volvo Ocean Race entry, in this edition. There's two videos plus a report and plenty of images before Read and his crew sailed PUMA Racing back to USA. Read reflects the new attitude of the Volvo Ocean Race, which will lift to new higher levels than previous editions - and there have been some great races. The challenge for this race will be to re-use the existing fleet, and in this story and video, just posted, Read outlines how PUMA are trying to achieve that by working with a new team.

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RC44 World Championship 2010 - BMW ORACLE Racing - Racing Day 2  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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San Diego Yacht Club's Yachting Cup - the wrap
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
'It was a difficult weekend because we rarely have a southerly on sunny days and we had it both days. The only way to win is with outstanding crew work and that's what we have.'... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: 34th America's Cup - Just do it!
Richard Gladwell,
The Media Conference next week in Rome is now expected to set the timelines and procedure for the consultative process, which will be a forerunner to the Protocol and opening of the entry window for the 34th America's Cup. That probably points to a Match date in 2014, venue will likely be San Francisco, as the mood seems to favour a home stadium option. Boat - probably a monohull in the 70... [more]
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Second's out for PUMA's Ken Read in Volvo Ocean Race + Video (x2)
Cameron Kelleher,
'The goal is to build a team not only of great sailors but of friends. I think people perform better when they enjoy what they do...' For a man with more medals in his locker than a green beret, having to settle for the second step of the podium at the end of a gruelling 2008-09 race was unfamiliar territory for Ken Read. Read's PUMA Ocean Racing finished behind Torben Grael's Ericsson 4... [more]
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The 2010 Podersdorf Surf World Cup – PWA interviews five stars
Paul Griffiths / PWA,
With every hope that the forecast would be wrong, the event organisers were ready to release the frustrated freestylers out of their equipment tents and onto the lake at 0600.... [more]
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Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association - Three major events coming up
Peter Beardsley,
There are three major class championships on the East Coast over the next two months, all of which have online registration.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 San Francisco to Panama – Day 14
Clipper Ventures PLC,
'Not long before dusk another white object was spotted on the horizon, but this time out to starboard. Being just out of range of the binoculars, speculation was rife that it was another yacht but with an hour to go until sched time we debated the possibilities.”... [more]
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World speed record holder l'Hydroptere relaunched in Lorient.
Guilain Grenier,
l'Hydroptere has been relaunched in Lorient (FRA,56) at Eric Tabarly Sailing City ahead of her European offshore sailing campaign this year.... [more]
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America's Cup: TEAMORIGIN and BMW ORACLE Racing to sail at Cowes
Team Origin Media,
Britain's America's Cup team, TEAMORIGIN, is to race the US team BMW ORACLE Racing during Cowes Week (starts 31st July 2010) for a new trophy -The 1851 Cup. Sir Keith Mills, Team Principal of TEAMORIGIN, has invited the America's Cup holders, BMW ORACLE Racing, to Cowes this summer to compete in a match race tournament that will involve a race clockwise around the Island over the historic orig... [more]
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2010 Podersdorf Surf World Cup – PWA interviews Van Der Eyken and Rowe
Paul Griffiths / PWA,
When the one gust of the day did hit, the professionalism amongst the competitors was outstanding. With a chance that the competition could run at any moment an elite entourage of freestylers were on the water and ready to rock out their radical tricks.... [more]
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Fireball Worlds 2010 - Britain's Howarth and Townend lead - results
Noah Purves-Smith,
Chips Howarth and Vyv Townend (GBR) continue to lead the 2010 Fireball Worlds after day two of racing. Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff (GBR) are in second place, while David Wade and Tim Saunders (GBR) climbed up the rankings to sit in third place.... [more]
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Inter-Collegiate Sailing Championships dominated by East Coast schools
Jan Harley,
The second most important college sailing competition of the year was held over the weekend of May 1st and second, and for the second consecutive year the action was dominated by schools from the East Coast.... [more]
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British Super-Maxi in New York for attempt on Transatlantic record
Alex Mills,
ICAP Leopard, the 100ft super-maxi racing yacht owned by Helical Bar PLC chief executive Mike Slade, is this week berthed in New York's bustling financial district as she prepares to launch her assault upon the west-to-east monohull transatlantic sailing record in the coming weeks.... [more]
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America's Cup teams to race at Cowes week 2010
Michelle Warner,
The 1851 Cup will bring together some of the world's greatest sailors at the world's largest sailing regatta and re-ignite and build interest in match racing in large yachts in British waters again.... [more]
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RC 44 Austria Cup – No wind brings RC 44 Championships to a halt
MaxComm Communication,
Lake Traunsee remained as flat as a mirror today, reflecting a grey and stationary sky. The sailors stayed on land all day, waiting for some wind. However Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio had no other choice than to call the day off at 3:30 PM.... [more]
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Régates Royales - Trophée Panerai - Jürg Kaufmann exhibits in Cannes
Soazig Gueho,
For the past three years, the official poster of the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai has been chosen through a competitive selection process. Painters and photographers from all over the world have submitted their pieces to a jury.... [more]
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2010 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series - No stopping Bliksem
International Melges 32 Class Association,
The anticipated duel between Lalli and Taselaar continued as Bliksem stretched the right side of the first downwind leg, while Lalli sailed his own race and did not allow Taselaar to dictate his moves. Lalli took the lead at the first rounding, in front of Taselaar.... [more]
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Bennett to relive the 33rd America's Cup at RNZYS luncheon
RNZYS Media and Sail-World,
After many months of back and forth court action, BMW Oracle Racing, the American challenger, won the 33rd America's Cup Match back in February in Valencia, sweeping past the Swiss defender, Alinghi, to a 2-0 victory. This was an historic race for the oldest trophy in international sport, featuring two of the most innovative boats on the planet.... [more]
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Images from Elvstrom Zellerbach Regatta - San Francisco - Day 1
Erik Simonson,
The Elvstrom Zellerbach Regatta includes Finn, 29er, Laser, and Laser Radial classes in conjunction with the Formula Windsurfers. Conditions for Saturday were a bit late in arriving so the fleet had been held on shore while the Olympic class dinghies' went at it.... [more]
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Jessica Watson: Keeping the Record Straight
Nancy Knudsen,
As a publication for sailors, not the general public, it behoves us to be accurate about 'round the world' records. When Jessica sails into Sydney Harbour in May, she may have survived her voyage with bravery and skill, and be on her way to fame and fortune, but she will not have taken Jesse Martin's round-world record from him.... [more]
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Spectacular Racing For St FYC 2010 Elvstrom Zellerbach Regatta
David Wells,
The St Francis Yacht Clup 2010 Elvstrom Zellerbach Regatta was sailed in spectacular weather on SF Bay this weekend. Warm winds, at times gusting to 30mph, blessed Olympic Class Dinghies and Formula Windsurfers for two straight days.... [more]
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The Inaugural Youth Match Race Clinic and Regatta - Newport Beach CA
Nancy Mellon,
Ten teams will learn and compete, sailing the fleet of Governor's Cup 21's. Brian Angel will lead a team of coaches who will work with the racers to increase their match racing skills.... [more]
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Four teams on top of the RC 44 Austria Cup fleet race leader board
Bernard Schopfer,
The America's Cup team BMW ORACLE Racing has been in great form since the beginning of the year, and confirms it in the RC 44 Austria Cup. Indeed, USA 17 (Ian Vickers / John Kostecki) and USA 18 (Larry Ellison / Russell Coutts) share the lead at the end of day one of the fleet regatta, ahead of Pieter Heerema's No Way Back and Igor Lah's Ceeref.... [more]
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San Diego Yacht Club's Yachting Cup -700 sailors on 100 keelboats
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
San Diego Yacht Club's Yachting Cup kicked off today for nearly 700 sailors on 100 keelboats on three courses. The big boats on the West Ocean Course off of Point Loma and the J/120's, Melges 24's, J/105's and the PHRF 3's competitors on the Roads course off of Coronado experienced an 10-12 knot SSW, a large consistent swell, sunshine, temperatures in the low 60's and a bit of kelp. Schock 35's,... [more]
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Six countries in 24 hours - More planes, ferries and automobiles,
Once there I met a driver to take me to Jackie's family's hometown of Krefeld in western Germany. After a quick shower and freshen up I picked up the car and started my way across into Holland, Belgium and France to Calais where I got onto a ferry back to England, just 12 hours after I was first here.... [more]
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Elvstrom Zellerbach regatta – Day 1
Steve Bodner,
Day one of the Elevstrom/Zellerbach regatta at St Francis saw the formula fleet waiting ashore as the dinghies made their way around the double windward leeward course in the light breeze.... [more]
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2010 ICSA National Championship Eastern – Reports and results
Alice Manard,
Saturday was an excellent day for racing on the Cooper River with a good breeze, air temperatures around 80 and sunny skies.... [more]
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2010 ICSA National Championship Western - Reports and results
Kyle Eaton,
Saturday started with a postponement on shore as a light southerly switched to the north. A-fleet started racing shortly after noon in a steady 8-10 knots but winds began to die at the start of race two-A and remained light for the remainder of the afternoon.... [more]
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Melges 24 California Cup - Yachting Cup 2010 - more pictures
Images from the 2010 Melges 24 California Cup - part of Yachting Cup 2010. Plenty of sunshine in San Diego - a little more breeze would have been nice.... [more]
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Melges 24 California Cup - Yachting Cup 2010 - Pictures
Photographer Bob Betancourt has been on the water for the Melges 24 California Cup - part of San Diego Yacht Club's Yachting Cup 2010 - soft breezes but plenty of sunshine - enjoy the view... [more]
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Moored sailor sparks massive Coastguard search
Maritime Coastguard Agency/Sail-World,
In a call that echoes the sentiments of Coastguards round the world, an officer of the Thames Coastguard has pleaded with all sailors to set out with a working VHF, navigation equipment, up-to-date charts, flares and life saving equipment... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Team Tunnicliffe win silver
Anna Tunnicliffe,
We finished the Semaine Olympique Francaise regatta with a silver medal. We lost the finals to Silke Hahlbrock from Germany one-three. However, coming out of the finals in second, moved us up to first in the overall ISAF World Cup rankings.... [more]
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Land Ho! Plastiki Makes 1st Landfall!
The Plastiki has reached its first stop off after 39 days at sea! Having travelled from San Francisco, covering 3600 nautical miles, the crew are overjoyed to reach dry land, not to mention excited for the chance to sleep in a real bed that doesn't rock and roll all night!... [more]
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Alameda City courting America's Cup
Sam Felsing, Alameda Sun,
Next month, major decisions regarding the future of the next America's Cup race should be settled. Though the location of the future race is unlikely to be revealed, the cities of Alameda and San Francisco hope the decisions will help their efforts to secure the sailing challenge for the Bay Area.... [more]
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San Diego Yacht Club's Yachting Cup this Weekend
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
While horses jockey for a passing lane at Churchill Downs during the Kentucky Derby on May 1st, crews will be fighting for clear air off the starting lines and around the buoys set by San Diego Yacht Club during Yachting Cup.... [more]
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Hampidjan's Dynex - The Icelandic Rope that Roared
Richard Gladwell,
What started out as piece of fishing kit in the freezing cold Icelandic fishing grounds, aboard boats built for functionality and seaworthiness, now graces the decks and rigging of supermaxis and racing yachts as they sail and race the glamorous regatta circuits of the world.... [more]
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