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An Announcement Coming Soon...
The venue for the Press Conference was not named. The event will be live streamed on the internet.
Indications are that the 34th America's Cup will be staged in San Francisco, probably in monohulls sometime in 2014.
Currently there is only one Challenger for the trophy which was won by Golden Gate Yacht Club in February 2010, after an acrimonious legal saga spanning over two years and culminating in a decisive win for Larry Ellison's BMW Oracle Racing, sailing the wingsailed USA-17.
Since that time the Defender has been committed to a process of consultation with the prospective Challengers. Nothing concrete has been publicly revealed of that process, or the state of progress, which has been likened to watching the progress of a bus in a traffic jam.
The Notice of Challenge for the 34th America's Cup has not been publicly released, however it is expected that the next America's Cup will be conducted under the Mutual Consent provisions of the 19th century Deed of Gift, which means that anything that is contained in the Notice of Challenge can be altered by the Challenger and Defender, provided both agree.
While a formal protocol is not expected to be announced on 6 May, the basic parameters of the Match, prescribed by the Deed of Gift, being the dates, type and size of yacht and preferred venue are expected to be revealed. -- Richard Gladwell in Sail-World.com, www.sail-world.com
* Russ from CupView.com weighs in (just the bullet points here):
The multihulls we watched in America's Cup 33 were amazing, well, at least one of them. The boat that won. BMWOracle's trimaran USA.
Now the yacht club that sponsored BMWOracle Racing, Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco (GGYV), with an assist from its challenger partner, Club Nautico di Roma (ITA), has apparently formulated the protocol for America's Cup 34, and will be announcing it soon. That's great. All of us are ready and waiting.
Just for the record:
(1) We don't think America's Cup is drag racing.
The full article at americascupview.blogspot.com
Goodison and Shaw In Control at Mid-Way Point in Hyeres
Tuesday's race schedule was once again upset by the light wind conditions which prevailed over the area, and in spite of the organisers pulling the start times forward only one race was possible in the majority of classes.
Shaw's RS:X women's windsurfing class saw just one race, which the Olympic bronze medallist won to extend her lead, while Goodison, the Olympic, World and European Champion, picked up a ninth in the only Laser race of the day but still managed to pull into the lead in the men's single-handed event. He tops the leaderboard by just one point over Austria's Andreas Geritzer.
While the 49er yellow fleet saw no action on Tuesday, the blue fleet managed three races with Skandia Team GBR development squad duo Dave Evans and Ed Powys enjoying a solid day on the water including two results inside the top five.
In spite of having no race action, Paul Brotherton and Mark Asquith have moved into second place overall in the 49er fleet.
Women's match racers Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Ally Martin will have to wait another day to begin their quarter-finals round after the light winds meant they were unable to race on Tuesday.
Racing at the French Olympic Sailing Week is set to resume on Wednesday 28 April, with the final medal races scheduled for Friday 30 April.
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Laser 4.7 World Championships
The opening ceremony at Royal Varuna Yacht Club included an elephant, a parade, a flag raising ceremony and speeches including one from the Prince of Thailand.
Days 1-5 were sailed in a variety of different tidal conditions with a short sharp chop and a current of up to 3 knots at the start line. The wind varied from 8 to 18 knots with gusts into the low 20's in the prevailing SW with small oscillations and a swing which generally favoured the left side of the course.
New Zealand's Ryan Amlehn won the 2010 World Laser 4.7 Under 16 Champion, with me as Runner Up by 1 point. I was somewhat disappointed as I was so close and felt that I had put in my best effort - however being second best in the world is still OK.
The last day in the U18 girls division was equally thrilling with several Australian competitors having a good chance. Fortunately Caitlin Elks won Race 11 and then had to finish in the top 9 positions to hold onto the 1st spot. She cut it very fine and managed to finish with a 9th and became the 2010 World Laser 4.7 Under 18 Girls Champion.
The closing ceremony with lots of flag waving and national anthems was very moving with the Australians arguably the most successful team. -- Mark Spearman
Antigua Sailing Week
English Harbour, Antigua: Today's conditions confirmed exactly why Antigua Sailing Week (24- 30 April 2010) is so special. 15-18kts of breeze from the south-east, sparkling sunshine under a crystal clear blue sky, and big, surfing turquoise blue waves rolling in from the east, are the sort of conditions sailors' dreams are made of.
For Division A racing yachts it was another two-race day on courses set just off Falmouth. The first race of the day (the postponed race from Saturday) was a one-round, windward/leeward sprint with three-mile legs, which lasted less than an hour, to give enough time to complete the scheduled Race 5 (Willoughby Bay Race) in the afternoon. Crews in the cruising and charter boats in Division B - many nursing sore heads from last night's big party at Jolly Harbour - enjoyed a 29nm coastal race from Jolly Harbour back to Falmouth where they will remain for the remainder of the week.
Three days into the regatta, the situation is really starting to hot up now in many of the fleets including Racing 1 where Tom and Dotty Hill's custom Reichel/Pugh 75 Titan 15 and Niklas Zennstrom's 72ft Judel Vrolijk-designed Ran, together with Austin Fragomen's, JV52 Interlodge, and Ron O'Hanley's Farr 50 Privateer are enjoying some of the closest racing. This was confirmed in the in both races today day when Ran crossed the finish line just one second ahead of Titan in race one, and two seconds ahead in race two, despite Titan having to execute a penalty turn for a port-starboard incident at the top mark.
Ran spent the morning keeping tags on Titan as they once again headed offshore on their own two-horse race.
It seems like nothing is going to stop Lindsey Duda and team on Sin Duda - the American Santa Cruz 52 - in their quest to win Racing 2. They bagged yet another two wins today beating Andrea Casale's Swan 90 DSK Pioneer Investments in both races. With five wins in a row, and first place overall more or less guaranteed, the race is on now on for second place overall.
Roman Paszke and the Polish team on the sole Racing Multihull R-Six Team suffered a shredded mainsail in today's Division A, first race. Just when the wind picked up sufficiently for the giant, 90ft carbon-fibre catamaran to fly a hull, the lower half of the main came tumbling down on the crew, leaving them no option other than to retire. Paske said he was keen to get the sail sorted in time for Thursday's penultimate race. -- Sue Pelling
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Groupe Bel Is Back
The Groupe Bel team has done everything possible to provide the crew with a replacement rudder. The technical manager, Herve Giorsetti, delivered the item at 10:00 this morning and two hours later, our duo was casting off again.
Disappointed to lose their position in the leading group, which they had defended for over a week, Kito and Seb envisaged everything possible to be able to continue to give this crossing their all.
The sailors are currently heading for the gate at La Palma, about one hundred miles from Tenerife. A few minutes before leaving the quay of the Santa Cruz marina, Groupe Bel's skipper consulted the weather forecast for the last time and told us that the wind could ease off at the head of the fleet.
Ranking on Tuesday 27 April at 15:00 (GMT+1)
BOATUS Santa Maria Cup Teams Announced
Team captains and their home country are:
- Claire Leroy (France): Ranked 1st in the world and defending champion and two-time match racing World Champion (2007 and 2008).
A Midsummer's Night Feast
A highly sought after opportunity for two people to dine aboard Lord Nelson's flag ship HMS Victory in Portsmouth UK, hosted by the second Sea Lord. This glittering prize is offered in a limited ticket raffle (only 100 tickets to be sold). The prize for the single winning ticket includes a reception at Admiralty House in Portsmouth and a tour of this famous ship. Event date: June 24th 2010
Ticket Price 25 GBP. Buy two tickets and odds fall to just 50:1. Apply by email to for an application form. Return the completed form with a cheque or by bank transfer. Payment and mailing details are on the application form.
All proceeds go to the Charity: Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care.
If you wish to use PAYPAL to make payment. Please send an email to , the number of tickets required and your name. We will send you an invoice you can pay via PAYPAL.
Surrey Drug & Alcohol Care (charity No 293421) run a 24 hour help line to provide support for substance users with the aim of bringing them into treatment.
Solo Offshore Racing Club Riow Race
7am start at Gurnard was down tide with the predicted 7 knots easterly, the fleet setting port pole spinnakers. A few struggled with asymetrics as winds went lighter and Simon Curwen on Voador then led a few onto starboard jibe away from the island towards the middle channel.
With 3 knots of tide and very little apparent wind many were caught out, having to turn hard left not to get swept beyond the Needles. Once around there was a welcome 10 knots easterly, as forecast, giving a beat up to St Catherine's increasing to 15-18 true. This leg put the fleet back into a more normal order with Noj White on SX Girl, Herve Dupriez on Penrod Beneteau ("avec les nouvelle North sails"), Carl Wilcox on Wee Bear all trucking off to windward enjoying the decent breeze. Numerous boats got "caught" by Isle of Wight fishermen when heading into the shore along the south side. The numerous pots, nets and buoys, mainly poorly marked, close to the shore and further out created some very frustrating moments.
Round the Island is rarely straightforward and the expected bear away at St Catherine's or Ventnor was not to be! Instead the wind clocked left making a continued beat up to Bembridge and then dropped to nothing for some in Sandown Bay. Boats that took a wide route around the corner found some wind further out, notably Penrod, Katie Miller on the Figaro 2 BlueQube, John Twiggs on Hod 35 TickTock, Barrie Harding on Sigma 38 Bellerophon and Rookie winner Simon Mitchell on Aquillo, a Beneteau 31.7.
Race Officer David Giddings shortened the course at Bembridge to enable as many to finish as possible. The battle at the front was won by Race Director Peter Olden's A35 Solan Goose finishing a minute ahead of Ding Dong and SX girl after 8 hours 40 minutes. Overall IRC winner was Herve on Beneteau 31.7 Penrod, 2nd Stephen Thomas on Truant, 3rd Solan Goose. Full Results on the website for all IRC rated boats.
The next race is 8th May to Poole with return leg on the 9th.
Details at www.offshoresolo.com
The Return Of "Come Racing" At Cowes Week 2010
Come Racing provides the perfect opportunity for those with limited or no sailing experience the chance to get afloat after racing has finished for the main Cowes Week fleet and enjoy some on-water action during this historic event, for just £10.00!
Each of the Laser SB3's, owned by Pelican Racing, will be helmed by a qualified skipper who will teach up to three crew members how to sail before lining up against the rest of the fleet for a taste of close quarters racing. The only kit needed for the taster session is a pair of soft soled shoes. All other essentials including spray tops and buoyancy aids will be provided.
Come Racing was a sell-out in 2009, with all daily sessions being booked up well in advance. The feedback received was extremely positive, "So much fun, I want to do it again!", "Great fun for a first timer!" and "The overall experience was amazing, I enjoyed every bit of it!"
Further details regarding booking will be made available at the beginning of June. For further information about Come Racing or further sailing opportunities during Cowes Week 2010, please contact Pelican Racing at or visit www.pelican-racing.co.uk or www.cowesweek.co.uk.
For The Record
Record: Indian Ocean Intermediate Record
* From: Tom Whitmore: re: "Chris Nicholson To Skipper Campers' Entry"...
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