News: SailWorld News Roundup

March 16, 2010 by Yachtie
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The Louis Vuitton Trophy, Auckland, has been showing on a big screen in the Main Bar at the RHKYC these last few days. On Friday night one member said to me, “this America’s Cup thing is dragging on too long, when’s it going to be over?” So I bought him a beer and explained that the AC is over for the time being, and what is happening in Auckland is not the AC (even though it is sailed in IACC boats).

Image problem? Perception problem?

And for those who are actually up-to-date and want to stay that way, here is the news:

Guy Nowell, Editor

Louis Vuitton Trophy – Live updates – Racing underway after delay
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World presents live race updates from Day 8 of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Emirates Team New Zealand are first up against Synergy. However the wind has been up and down in strength and with substantial variances in direction, and there has been two delays thus far….

Ocean race puts wind into Abu Dhabi’s sails Rebecca Bundhun, The National, The capital, which is investing billions of dirhams in its marinas and other leisure boating operations, will be the first Middle East port to host the racers. The teams will stop in Abu Dhabi during the next edition of the race, which was formerly called the Whitbread Round the World Race. Abu Dhabi will host the event in January 2012, as the yachts arrive from Cape Town at the end of the second…

Clipper 09-10 – Qingdao into Stealth Mode as scoring gate approaches Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race – Race 7 Qindgao to San Francisco Day 14. The Pacific is clearly not living up to its name at the moment as the cold wet and windy conditions persist and heavy squalls mean that layering up is a must before the crews dare to venture on deck…

Abu Dhabi marks Middle East Volvo Ocean Race Debut Volvo Ocean Race, An agreement signed in the United Arab Emirates capital, Abu Dhabi, today will see the Arabian Gulf’s emerging marine leisure hub become a host port for the 2010-12 race….

America’s Cup: New, stunning, video posted of Race 1 start Richard Gladwell, At the Auckland International Boat Show, Sail-World ran all the video we had of the 33rd America’s Cup. One 20 minute section of the start of Race 1 was guaranteed to stop the crowds and pack them around the big screen. Having been on the water, and later seen the broadcast, we don’t believe that the broadcast did justice to that opening stanza of the 33rd America’s Cup. However Sailing Anarchy…

Keerati (THA) and Romzi (MAL) scoop Laser honours in Pattaya Peter Cummins, Thai Laser national champion, Keerati Bualong reigned supreme in the Laser Standard Rig, while Malaysian sailor Muhamad Mohd Romzi did likewise in the Smaller Laser Radial Rig, in the concurrent championships sailed off the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, in South Pattaya this week….

Koh Samui Regatta to use SMS handicaps for Sportsboats Simon James, Koh Samui Regatta, With the announcement of the 2010 Asian Sports Boat Championships and the growing range of true ‘Sports Boats’ in the region. The Race Committee has decided to update the handicap system used for Sports Boats Class for this year’s Koh Samui Regatta….

Swiss manager tries to deflate amazing U.S. win Eric Sharpe, The Free Press, And in the 2 1/2 years of legal squabbling that led to the event, he implied more than once that Larry Ellison, billionaire owner of the American BMW-Oracle team, was less of a sailor and sportsman because Ellison turned over the steering duties to a professional from Australia, Jimmy Spithill…

Jules Verne Trophy – Groupama 3 in deficit at the final marker
Jules Verne Trophy – For Groupama 3 the final marker before the finish off the Cr�ac’h lighthouse, the equator was traversed this Sunday at 11h 04′ 53” UTC, after 41 days 21 hours 09 minutes at sea. Full of energy for the ascent, the crew of Groupama 3 is still just as concentrated in this final phase between the switch of hemispheres and the island of Ushant some 3,350 miles ahead….

2010 PUMA Moth Worlds – Day Seven Report
Brigid Murphy,
2010 PUMA Moth Worlds – drama on the last day, with late podium changes. The 2010 Moth World Championships were not decided until the 14th and final race. Full news and results here….

America’s Cup: Nitro’s Wingsail Trimming Primer
Richard Gladwell. Sail-World.com,
Sail-World’s Richard Gladwell interviewed Noel (Nitro) Drennan, on the Sail-World stand at the Auckland International Boat Show. In this first part of a two part story, we look at the trimming differences between the soft and wing sails; how the trimmers would get USA up and hull flying;plus how Drennan made the transition from being a sailmaker at Norths into the professional sailing world…

America’s Cup: Peter Montgomery talks with James Spithill
Peter Montgomery,
Top international yachting commentator, Peter Montgomery, caught up with winning America’s Cup skipper, James Spithill in at the Auckland International Boat Show in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. Spithill has become only the second Australian skipper to win the America’s Cup – the first used a winged keel, the second a wingsail….

Fisher’s View: The best seat in the house!
Bob Fisher,
Imagine sitting behind Jason Button in his McLaren as he laps the Bahrain circuit during this weekend’s Formula 1 Grand Prix; it’s the same as being behind Ben Ainslie as 18th man on TeamOrigin in a match with Bertrand Pace and the Aleph team. Maybe the corners don’t come up at more than 300 kph, but it sure as hell feels like it….

Malaysia scores at Asia Pac Laser Champs
Malaysian sailors sailed home with a gold, two silver and a bronze medal from the Asia Pacific Laser Radial Sailing Championships in Pattaya, Thailand. Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA) General Manager Mohd Afendy Abdullah said Mohd Romzi Muhammad was the toast of the team as he won the gold from the Laser Radial Open category….

Alinghi and SNG RC talk about 33rd America’s Cup at Multihulls conf.
Jean Philippe Job,
At the recent Multihull conference in Geneva, Alinghi’s builder, crew and Race Commitee talked about the Swiss boat, the AC33 series and Harold Bennett…

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