America's Cup - Has San Francisco lost the Challenge?? Breaking News
Remember all the fantastic energy and optimistic buzz this summer and early fall about a San Francisco AC34? If you're like most sailors, you're ready for an answer, which, sadly, has not been forthcoming due to San Francisco city politics.
The Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club and BMW/Oracle, have until December 31, 2010 to announce the venue; last week they gave San Francisco City Hall an ultimatum of ironing out an acceptable deal by December 17—this Friday.
Richard Gladwell's breaking news pieces to learn more about the nitty-gritty of the decision-making process is a must read.
Has San Francisco lost it completely? Incredibly could this USA Cup defence end up in Valencia or Italy?
Meanwhile, at the RC44 Cup Miami—the first-ever U.S. event for this Grand Prix class—BMW/Oracle Racing commanded the top two positions, with William Douglass and Jimmy Spithill, aboard 17 finishing in first place, and Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts in second place; interestingly, Mascalzone Latino's—the Challenger of Record for AC34—Vincenzo Onorato and Francesco Bruni finished in third. 'I've got a good crew and a great tactician in Jimmy Spithill,' said Douglass. 'He's putting me in the right place and the guys have the boat tuned great. It's easy to go well when the boat's fast.' While Spithill and Douglass proved faster in Miami, Ellison and Coutts proved faster for the year: Ellison's second-place finish in Miami, coupled with the rest of his RC44 season, was enough to win the RC44 season championship.
Also, the Velux 5 Oceans Race delayed the start of the second 'Ocean Sprint', from Cape Town, South Africa, to Wellington, New Zealand, due to heavy weather off the South African Coast. 'Currently there are 35 to 40 knot south westerlies and big swells off the coast of Cape Town,' said Race Director David Adams. 'It would be unsafe to send seamen into a known storm. If they were already at sea and a storm hit there is nothing we can do about it but to knowingly send the skippers into a storm is irresponsible.' Currently, the plan is that the RC will begin the leg when they feel that it's safe and prudent to do so.
Lastly, be sure to check out the images of boats on the beach, Thailand style, at the Phuket King's Cup, and check out the race report documenting the drama that took place on the final day of this fabled event.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
America's Cup: BMW Oracle negotiators 'exasperated' by San Francisco Richard Gladwell, After a covers were lifted, late last week, on the Venue negotiations for the 34th America's Cup, it would now seem that even if San Francisco's Board of Supervisors meet a deadline imposed by Defender, and signs an agreement, approved by the America's Cup Event Authority, that will only now get the City into a position where its offer to host the 34th America's Cup will be compared to others on t... [more] Share this story
Austrans Vogl and Flatscher leading the fleet at Sail Melbourne Craig Heydon, There were some very disappointed Australians in the de-rigging area of the Sandringham Yacht Club this evening after light winds created havoc with the Sail Melbourne program and the results. However, Austrian eyes were smiling.... [more] Share this story
Belcher and Page lead the way on day one of Sail Melbourne Craig Heydon, Light winds and a lack of racing has dominated proceedings on day one of Sail Melbourne with Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page leading the way for the Australian Sailing Team in the men's 470 fleet.... [more] Share this story
BMW Oracle Racing clinches RC 44 season championship Tim Jeffery, BMW Oracle Racing clinches RC 44 season championship - The crew – including Russell Coutts (tactician), Dirk de Ridder (mainsheet), Ryan Godfrey (bow), Ross Halcrow (trimmer), Revelin Minihane (pit), Colin Orsini (grinder) and Chris Schirmer (trimmer) – placed second in the fleet racing portion of the Oracle RC 44 Cup Miami.... [more] Share this story
Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series Event No. 1 - Kiss wins Joy Dunigan, Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series Event No. 1 - Kiss wins - 2010 Audi Melges 20 USA Sailing Series Champion Michael Kiss, from Holland, Mich. and crew comprised of Chris Rast and Jamie Kimball on Bacio took the 25-strong Miami Winter Series fleet by storm winning all three of Sunday's races and the event by a substantial 8 points.... [more] Share this story
BMW Oracle Racing - Ellison secures 2010 RC 44 season championship Bernard Schopfer, BMW Oracle Racing - Ellison secures 2010 RC 44 season championship - Larry Ellison and his BMW ORACLE Racing crew wrapped up the 2010 RC 44 Season Championship with a second-place finish in the fleet racing portion of the Oracle RC 44 Cup Miami.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: High Noon for San Francisco over Venue wobbles Paul Oliva, Paul Oliva writes for the San Francisco Chronicle. Following is an unpublished report on the America's Cup venue stand-off which has appeared on the US sailing website www.pressure-drop.us Oliva spent Wednesday through Friday in Miami grilling sources involved in America's Cup hosting negotiations. Miami is also hosting the RC44 Worlds, and several key AC players were present... [more] Share this story
2011 Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race - Online entry available Sail-World.com, The 2011 Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race Notice of Race is posted and the online entry is now open.... [more] Share this story
Annapolis to Newport Notice of Race posted Annapolis-Newport Race Committee, Annapolis to Newport Race - The Notice of Race has been posted on the race website. Also posted is the Category 2 Offshore Regs Compliance Checklist which includes both the US and Annapolis-Newport Race prescriptions. The Crew Sign-Up List is open for those seeking a berth in the race... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Second sprint delayed due to adverse weather Velux 5 Oceans, The start of ocean sprint two of the Velux 5 Oceans has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions off the South African coast. Gale force winds and huge seas led to the race committee taking the decision to delay the start because of concerns about the safety of the skippers and their yachts.... [more] Share this story
18ft Skiff Syd. Barnett Memorial Trophy on Sydney Harbour Frank Quealey, Rookie 18ft Skiff skipper Jack Macartney and his Rag & Famish Hotel crew mates Tom Clout and Drewe Waller continued to impress when they recorded a 1m47s victory in the Syd. Barnett Memorial Trophy race... [more] Share this story
Rolex Trophy One Design Series - Nerone a cut above the rest Di Pearson, In the lead up to the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds, reigning World and European champion Nerone (ITA) has eaten the rest of the competition alive. From two days ago, when the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia hosted series started, there was no doubt that that Massimo Mezzaroma and Antonio Sodo Migliori's boat was the one to beat.... [more] Share this story
Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race 2011 - Notice of Race available Paige Brooks, Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race January 12 - 14 2011 - Notice of Race... [more] Share this story
BMW Oracle Racing on threshold of RC 44 season championship Tim Jeffery, BMW Oracle Racing on threshold of RC 44 season championship - Ellison and tactician Russell Coutts scored an eighth and a fifth in today's two races and now have 34 points. A top-three finish in the fleet racing, coupled with the sixth they scored in the match racing would be enough to secure the overall championship they led coming into the final event of the season.... [more] Share this story
RC 44 Cup Miami - Douglas, Ellison look to wrap up championship Bernard Schopfer, Oracle RC 44 Cup Miami - Douglas, Ellison look to wrap up championship - In a season that has seen a number of newcomers to the RC 44 Class, it's yet another newcomer that's dominating the fleet racing portion of the Oracle RC 44 Cup Miami.... [more] Share this story
Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Arendshorst in charge Joy Dunigan, Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Arendshorst in charge - John Arendshorst, from Holland Mich. on Blink 20/20 is seated in first place overall. 'Today was interesting. I supposed the toughest thing today was trying to locate the wind, because there was very little of it.' said Arendshorst after racing.... [more] Share this story
Clarke and O Canada prepare for Pacific Racing Lynn Fitzpatrick, Open 60 - Richard Clarke and Philippe Kahn were the first to finish overall and doublehanded in the 2007 Transpac and the 2008 Pacific Cup in an Open 50. The 2001/01 Volvo Ocean Race helmsman/trimmer is spicing up his 2011 big boat and Olympic sailing programs with offshore racing in the Pacific this spring and summer. This season's flavor is an Open 60.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: 'Sign by Friday' San Francisco given ultimatum on venue Richard Gladwell, The well connected America's Cup correspondent for the Associated Press, Bernie Wilson, is reporting that San Francisco City Hall has been given until next Friday, 17 December, to sign an acceptable agreement to host the 34th America's Cup. He reports that 'a letter was delivered to Mayor Gavin Newsom and other officials informing them of the deadline.... [more] Share this story
Chicago Yacht Club is proud to share 'The Arrival' documentary Greg Freeman, Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac -The CYC is proud to share 'The Arrival' - a documentary on the Race to Mackinac... [more] Share this story
Phuket King's Cup 2010 - boats still on the beach Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Since the multiple beaching of boats this morning, the tide has come up and is now on the ebb. All the multihulls (Thor, Pagatoon, Moto Inzi, Miss Saigon, Silk Purse) were sucessfully dragged, pushed and hauled up beyond the high water mark. Owners expect to reverse the process and refloat the boats when conditions have calmed down... maybe tomorrow.... [more] Share this story
Phuket King's Cup 2010: abnormal conditions hit fleet, update Tracey Johnstone & Guy Nowell, The drama continues on Kata Beach this morning with seven boats on the break and four beached as racing is cancelled on the last day of the Phuket King's Cup. Many boats have already left the bay heading for shelter in Ao Chalong. The mark boats are already there awaiting direction to return to provide ground tackle to any boats struggling to hold their anchors.... [more] Share this story
RC 44 Cup Miami - Upbeat on Katusha Paul Cayard, RC 44 Cup Miami - Aqua beats Artemis in the final - Paul Cayard reports from Miami with uplifting news at the RC 44 Cup.Yesterday we finished up the match racing with a win on Katusha over Cereef. Aqua was the overall winner of the match racing beating Artemis in the one race final.... [more] Share this story
RC 44 Cup Miami - BMW Oracle Racing fourth in fleet racing Tim Jeffery, BMW Oracle Racing holds fourth in fleet racing at RC 44 Oracle Cup Miami. According to mainsail trimmer Dirk de Ridder, the crew stumbled in the second race when they started early and had to re-start. But they also had a nice comeback in the fourth race, rallying from mid-fleet at the first mark to second place.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - U.S. Sailor takes on challenge of a lifetime Barby MacGowan, Barcelona World Race - U.S. Sailor takes on challenge of a lifetime - While the rest of the country is gearing up for New Year's celebrations and finalizing 2011 resolutions, Annapolis resident Ryan Breymaier is preparing for his first-ever circumnavigation around the world as a participant in the double-handed Barcelona World Race.... [more] Share this story
IODA North American Championship 2011 IODA North American Championship, IODA North American Championship 2011 - The North American Championship 2011 has finally been provisionally allocated to Los Angeles, USA. The host club will be the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club, located at the end of the west channel of Los Angeles Harbor.... [more] Share this story
Two handed Transatlantic Race relaunched Claire A. Royal Western Yacht Club, The Two Handed Transatlantic Race relaunch has proudly been announced by the Royal Western Yacht Club of England. The race will start on Sunday 3rd June 2012 from Plymouth and finish in Newport, Rhode Island. The race, also sometimes known as TWOSTAR, will be open to boats between 27 and 60 ft and there will also be a separate class for Class 40's.... [more] Share this story
The following program, Sydney GTS 43, is classified RGF John Curnow, It contains, strong adult themes, sexual references and occasional coarse language, too! Now the RGF stands for really good fun, which sums up the owner, just as much as it does the vessel itself. Additionally, another rating that the Sydney GTS 43 is bound to receive as well, is A+++ for keeping jobs in Australia.... [more] Share this story
Annapolis sailor Breymaier takes on challenge in Barcelona world race Barby MacGowan, .While the rest of the country is gearing up for New Year's celebrations and finalizing 2011 resolutions, Annapolis resident Ryan Breymaier is preparing for his first-ever circumnavigation around the world as a participant in the double-handed Barcelona World Race... [more] Share this story
Phuket King's Cup 2010. Oops! Ichiban grounded (and re-floated) Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, The classic recipe of weight on the boom, roll the boat over to reduce the draft, keep the engine running, and some towing assistance from dinghies in the vicinity did the trick... [more] Share this story
Rolex Trophy Series - Farr 40 World champion arrives in fine form Di Pearson, Rolex Trophy Series - Massimo Mezzaroma's Farr 40 world champion Nerone (ITA) gave the rest of the fleet a lesson in sailing on the opening day of the Rolex Trophy One-Design Series in Sydney today, the only yacht to sail consistently and start their campaign with a five point buffer over World's runner-up, Transfusion, after two races.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Trophy - Farr 40 fleet Italy v Australia take two Sam Crichton, The wind gods off Sydney Heads played cruel games today with the Farr 40 fleet contesting the Rolex Trophy waiting an hour and a half for their first start.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Fifth entry announced America's Cup Media edited by Sail-World, America's Cup event organizers today confirmed the receipt of the fifth entry for the 34th America's Cup in 2013. The official announcement by the team is expected in the coming weeks. The challenger is the second announced entry, who has elected not to publicly reveal their identity at the time of lodging their notice of challenge.... [more] Share this story
Team Tunnicliffe's good news day Anna Tunnicliffe, Team Tunnicliffe had a day of good news.There were two announcements made: one, the shortlist for the US Sailing's Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, and two, the release of the new ISAF World Rankings.... [more] Share this story
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