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SNG to Appeal Decision on Ras Al Khaimah for 33rd America's Cup
The Defender of the 33rd America's Cup, Societe Nautique de Genève (SNG), is to appeal New York Supreme Court Justice Kornreich's decision of 30 October rejecting Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates as the venue for the 33rd America's Cup. SNG has applied for an expedited appeal to avoid any delay to the February 2010 Deed of Gift Match.

The choice of Ras Al Khaimah was made based on the plain language of Justice Cahn's (Kornreich's predecessor) May 2008 Court Order that ruled the location of the 33rd America's Cup Match to be in 'Valencia or any other location selected by the SNG'.

The Emirati venue was selected by the Defender for several reasons: the suitability of the weather conditions for a February Deed of Gift Match; the infrastructure offered by the country and the experience the UAE brings in organising world class sporting events.

While the Deed of Gift stipulates that racing for the America's Cup between 1 November and 1 May must take place in the Southern Hemisphere, Justice Cahn's 12 May 2008 New York Supreme Court Order 'that the location of the match be in Valencia or any other location selected by the SNG' led the America's Cup defending yacht club, Societe Nautique de Genève, to select Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates.

* Societe Nautique de Genève, has nominated Graham McKenzie (NZL) as an expert witness for the New York Supreme Court hearing on Wednesday 4 November.

In her decision announced on Friday (Easter Time), Justice Shirley Kornereich asked the Challenger, Golden gate Yacht Club and the Defender to each nominate a person to appear before her on Wednesday to respond to five questions relating to use of moveable ballast and its proper effect on measurement in the America's Cup context; proper appintment time for the International Jury and issues relating to racing documents necessary for the conduct of the regatta.

McKenzie was a member of the 32nd America's Cup Jury and has sailed both competitively and for leisure in New Zealand on a wide range of yachts.

He retired as partner from Bell Gully, a New Zealand law firm, in 2006 and is a Notary Public. McKenzie is a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand and Queensland, Australia, and is a Director of several public companies. He is also Deputy Chairman of Saint Kentigern Trust Board and a Trustee of the Bruce McLaren Trust. McKenzie is also a member of the International Sailing Federation's Constitution Committee

McKenzie and the Golden Gate Yacht Club's appointed expert will chose a third to assist Justice Kornreich with the technical issues still pending for the 33rd America's Cup. -- Sail-World

ISAF'S Involvement In The America's Cup -
What Do The Key Yachting Journalists Think About It?

James Boyd (UK), Tatjana Pokorny (GER), Loic Le Bras (FRA) and Emilio Martinelli (ITA) are well respected journalists who have followed the America's Cup closely and know the subject well. They tell the World Yacht Racing Forum what they think about it.

WYRF: Should ISAF be involved in the America's Cup? Is it right for a governing body (made up of delegates of its member nations - usually not professionals) to deal with the upper & almost budget free end of the sport? If no, what should the solution be?

James Boyd, UK, Editor, The Daily Sail: "ISAF is obviously involved with the rules, even though the defender in this case has been allowed carte blanche to change them. Should they be able to arbitrate on the America's Cup rather than the New York Supreme Court? Frankly ISAF is way out of its depth in terms of this. The ISAF is not really the governing body of our sport as a whole. It is the governing body of Olympic sailing from where it derives the majority of its funding. The solution surely, as mooted by Paul Cayard, is to have independent management of the America's Cup with a board comprising experienced representatives from the former Trustees of the America's Cup, a couple of sports marketing professionals, representatives of the defender and challenger of record, etc."

Loic Le Bras (FRA), Voiles & Voiliers: "I think that in an exceptional situation such as this one, with two competitors unable to agree on anything, ISAF can play a role in making the dual as equitable as possible. It should be the Federation's role to name the Race Committee, the on-the-water judges and the Jury. Every team should have a right of veto applicable once against a member of this panel. This would guarantee some equity.

Emilio Martinelli (ITA) - Yacht Capital: "I believe that a foreword is needed: while understanding Alinghi's and ISAF's position, I reckon that the co-operation agreement for the 33rd America's Cup was poorly managed and left many observers and spectators doubtful. The doubts were fuelled by the evolution, alas only in court, of the challenges. I then strongly believe that ISAF should not be involved in such a peculiar sailing event, which has also a huge financial aspect. If the next defender decides to radically change the format, we could possibly see new opportunities for ISAF to be a major player, i.e. creating a class of professional sailing judges."

Tatjana Pokorny (GER) - Sailing correspondent for Deutsche Presse Agentur, Welt and Yacht, author of various AC books: "ISAF should not be involved in major decision making processes of the America´s Cup. Historicly ISAF was not meant to be involved and thus hasn't got the right to be involved. Historically the America´s Cup is a "friendly" competition between Yacht Clubs in their own right. Exceptionally and at the Defender's request (if necessary at the Defender and the Challenger (of Record)'s request, general ISAF sailing rules could form the sportive and moral grounds of fair competition depending on the chosen vessel and format. Also on request, ISAF representatives could be involved in discussions about the right way into the future. No more than that."

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China Cup International Regatta
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China Cup Longcheer YC, Shenzhen, China: Led by former Shosholoza America's Cup skipper Mark Sadler, South Africa's team Sheraton retained their perfect scoreline today to win the China Cup International Regatta on Shenzhen's Daya Bay, off the Longcheer YC.

A pair of wins today in the strongest breezes that have yet been enjoyed over the three year history of this exciting, emerging regatta ensured they won overall with a race to spare. The only minor blot on their copybook was a spectacular, full scale Chinese gybe today which they took a little time to recover from.

Peak windspeed today was a muscular 26 knots but most of the time it was a settled 21-22, to produce some blissful racing conditions, imprinting great memories for the crews of the 30 First 40.7 Beneteau One Design fleets from 13 different countries and regions.

The short, steep choppy seas kicked up a regular drenching for crews but with bright sunshine and air temperatures at least in the mid 20's, there was little to complain about, a day which over wrote the images of last year's near windless Olympic regatta, clearly proving just how good sailing in China can be. It was the perfect high note to end on.

The South Africans may have been mostly in a league of their own, but the battle for the remaining podium places finished with only two points separating second from fourth placed China Boating, whilst Peter Robson's Team GBR satisfied their primary objective this week, improving on their ninth place last year as they landed fifth overall. -- Andy Robertson


1. Sheraton (R Dove/E Perch), South Africa 6pts.
2. Yachtfinders Global (B Marshall) New Zealand, 16pts.
3. Simpson Marine (R Wyatt) Hong Kong, 17pts.
4. China Boating, China, 18pts
5. Team GBR, (P Robson) 27pts

NOTE: IRC and handicap classes results not available at time of going to press.

Olympians Focus on 2009 Sail Sydney
Five Olympic sailors, including a Beijing gold medallist, are early entries for Yachting NSW's 2009 Sail Sydney (previously known as the Sydney International Regatta), which will again be held on Sydney Harbour from December 5-8 off the host venue, Woollahra Sailing Club.

The only ISAF Grade 1 event in NSW, Sail Sydney will feature 470, 49er, Finn, Laser, Laser Radial, and RS:X all classes that will compete at the Olympics in London 2012.

Sail Sydney entry is also open to the junior 420, 29er, Laser 4.7 and Bic Techno 293 classes, feeder boats into the Olympic classes, along with the Hobie 16 and Moth classes, which will undoubtedly add colour and spectacular viewing to this year's event.

Early entries for Sail Sydney include Australian Sailing Team members who represented at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games; Tom Slingsby (Laser), triple Olympian Anthony Nossiter (Finn), Nathan Outteridge with his new crew Iain Jensen (49er skiff) and 470 gold medallist Malcolm Page, with his new skipper Mathew Belcher.

Internationally, entries have already been received from Canadian Michael Leigh, a Beijing Olympian who continues his quest for an Olympic medal in the Laser class, and Ryan Seaton/Matt McGovern, who will represent Ireland in the 49er skiff.

Entries for the 18th edition of Sail Sydney, hosted by Woollahra Sailing Club, close on November 20. -- Di Pearson

Online entry, Notice of Race and further information at:

Candy Store Cup Races Into Newport Harbor Under Full Spinnaker
12 Metre Worlds The race following the 2009 12 Metre Worlds was the Candy Store Cup with all Divisions starting together in Rhode Island Sound racing toward the finish line at Bannister's Wharf in Newport Harbor. Under full spinnaker, Victory '83 led skippered by West Falmouth, MA's Dennis Williams. Next were Wright on White, Kiwi Magic, Freedom, Courageous and USA. The seventh place boat was a shocker. Gary Jobson says "as we rounded Ft. Adams and headed through the mooring field, I heard something. It was US 6 Onawa... the oldest boat competing in the Worlds, built in 1928, sailed by Gstaad's Morten Kielland and his Swiss team. Onawa passed eight other younger Twelves. This is what the 12 Metre Class is... pure competition." The champagne at Bannister's Wharf's dock tasted the sweetest to the crews of Victory '83 clad in their blue and yellow rugby shirts and Onawa.

Jobson Sailing Inc.'s film on the 12 Metre Worlds will air in the US on ESPN Classic at 1pm on November 7.

The Worlds' two great photographers were and

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The Irish Going Again for the Commodore's Cup
After a series of near misses in the Commodore's Cup, there were many reasons why 2008 would have been wholly appropriate timing for an Irish win on the Solent. It wasn't to be but the scene in Cork Harbour last Saturday - where two more teams are in gestation - is proof that Ireland still has the will to win the Commodore's Cup.

Third time lucky is how it was scripted in 08, but not how it was acted out. After first being jilted by the French and now, for the second time, by the English, the Irish could be forgiven for giving up on the cup. But we haven't, and we won't.

Ahead now lie eight months of waiting for another assault on the title, but also eight months in which Ireland can plot its final capture. It's a measure of that resolve that the Irish campaigns for 2010 are already forming, buoyed up by the fact that in the closing stages on Sunday, July 6th, Ireland White held the overall lead.

This is a significant point, not least because it reinforces just how quickly this event can turn, but mostly because it shows Irish cruiser pro-am racing deserves its place on the world stage...

Many now expect that a combination of the 2008 boats may resurface as a new team again next year. The ICRA meeting in two weeks time will reveal a lot. -- Afloat magazine,

Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race
The Queensland yacht Ocean Affinity has taken line honours overnight in the Hempel Paints 36th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race, but in the second slowest time in more than a decade.

She is only the second Queensland yacht to win line honours in this classic ocean race since The Office, skippered by the late Arthur Bloore, led the fleet home in 1985.

Ocean Affinity, a Martens 49 skippered by Stewart Lewis from the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, crossed the line at 9.12.08 last evening, taking 56 hours 12 minutes and 08 seconds to sail the 414 nautical mile ocean race across the northern Tasman Sea,

With no maxi yachts in the fleet this year and moderate northerly breezes for most of the voyage since the start from Broken Bay, north of Sydney, on Saturday, the race was bound to be slower than in recent years. The winds also lightened as Ocean Affinity neared the island,

In fact, it is the slowest time since Yendys took 57 hours in 2005 and Team Jaguar Infinity II took 57 hours 22 minutes over the slightly shorter course back in 1997.

The next boat in the fleet, Ed Psaltis and Bob Thomas' AFR Midnight Rambler, is nearing the finish and most of the fleet are expected during the day. Based on last night's radio position reports, the 51-year-old wooden yawl Sanyo Maris, skippered by Ian Kiernan was one line for a second successive IRC handicap win. -- Peter Campbell

Royal St. George seeks Sailing Manager

Sailing Manager
The Royal St George Yacht Club (RSGYC) in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, one of Ireland’s leading yacht clubs, is seeking to recruit a Sailing Manager.

The Sailing Manager is a senior management position reporting to the General Manager.

The position requires an individual able to work in a Club and associated Committee environment, providing assistance to the Members charged with oversight of various aspects of Club sailing activities.

The Sailing Manager will have responsibility for managing the Club’s extensive water based activities, sailing/boathouse staff, the Club’s boating equipment and resources, and for managing the Club’s sailing budget. The role, which is primarily a management position, requires excellent knowledge of and experience with managing marine equipment and resources. The remuneration offered will reflect the skills and abilities necessary for the position.

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Optimists for Sudan
Sudan is the latest recipient of a fleet of Optimists sponsored by the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) under its "6 for 5" development programme. Twelve Optimists have been purchased by the Sudan Sailing Federation from Far East Boats in Shanghai and will be based at the Blue Nile Sailing Club.

The club which is housed in the historic Melik gunboat used in the 1898 Sudan campaign has traditionally sailed in Khartoum One-Designs, a Morgan Giles 18ft sharpie dating from the 1930s. The acquisition of the Optimists is among the first fruits of a long-term plan managed by Mohamed Hadi Karim to develop "modern" sailing and to compete internationally. An instructor training course is also being sponsored and will be given by a coach from Algeria, the current African champions.

The IODA has highlighted Africa as one of its main development areas and this year has also sponsored additions to the fleets in Angola and the Seychelles. For further details see

Black Swan Racing Wins Trapani International Match Race
Today was a real test of patience. We came to Trapani prepared to sail the 3 man Comet 21 but following some teething problems we went back to sailing the reliable Zip 25's. Today for the finals we were back into the Comet 21 yachts with all problems fixed. Added to this we were sailing in the tricky Trapani Harbour - the ball game could not have been more different to earlier in the regatta.

We choose Jacopo Pasini from Italy as our opponent in the semi-final. Leaving Linberg (Finland) and Orel (Slovenia) to fight it out in the other semi.

We came into the finals knowing Lindberg would be a tough opponent especially in his favoured light and shifty conditions. This proved to be right as they took the first two races in the finals despite us leading off the start line on both occasions. Just before our entry into the third race, a must win match for us our jib halyard snapped leaving us without a jib. In a tough situation we managed to quickly re-rig the jib whilst trying to stay trouble free in the pre-start. Despite being restricted for most of the pre-start we managed to get a great start and sail away for a confidence boosting win. With time quickly running out we went into the final race knowing a win would level the series and with no more time for racing we would win on count back. We managed to get a solid start but it was still tight with Lindberg by the top mark. We did a great job of defending on the downwind and continued to build our lead to win the race and take out the 2009 Trapani International Match Race.

Final Results

1. Keith Swinton (AUS, Black Swan Racing)
2. Steffan Lindberg (FIN, Alandia Sailing Team)
3. Jure Orel (SLO, Bora Sailing Team)
4. Jacopo Pasini (ITA, JP Match)
5. Eric Monnin (SUI, Team Monnin)
6. G L Perris (MON, Team Dangerous but Fun)
7. M Perris (MON, Team Dangerous but Fun)
8. Rasmus Viltoft (DEN)
9. Simone Ferrarese (ITA, Ferrarese Racing)
10. Nick Cherry (GBR, Cherry Racing)

Across The Irish Sea... In A Renault...
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Irish Lunatics. Bless them. Battered, wet and tired - but triumphant. That's how Peter Martin (38) said he felt after making maritime history by crossing the Irish Sea in a converted car.

Along with friends Carl McConkey, Rick Miles and Mark Farrell, the Bangor man arrived in Scotland on Saturday evening having set sail from Donaghadee Harbour in Sir Tristram.

During the summer, Mr Martin, a lecturer, adapted a Renault Laguna - which he bought for 100 pounds- with foam and an outboard motor for the daring venture, after being inspired by the BBC's Top Gear programme.

And it was full steam ahead as the car-boat successfully made land in Port Patrick Harbour, seven hours after leaving Northern Ireland - earning nearly 3,000 for the charity Help for Heroes, and a place in the record books.

The Sir Tristan will now be auctioned off on eBay, with the proceeds also going to Help for Heroes.

From the Belfast Telegraph,

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* From Paul Cayard: The Bitter End Yacht Club has welcomed me and my family here 10 times in the past 18 years. My daughter Allie joined me this time. The staff remember her being a little girl playing in the sand and flapping around the pool. Now she is writing college papers in her room before dinner, then ordering Rum Punch at the Pub after dinner, while we shoot pool and listen to Reggae. She also looks like a young woman, so I have to be quick to introduce her as my daughter because we have both gotten some nasty stares.

The trade winds blow here consistently between 10-15 knots. The sun is plentiful and the temperature is 82 degrees day and night. I know that is hard to take.

There was no time spent arguing about the rules or the Notice of Race. There was zero money spent on lawyers or travel expenses to a New York court. But we did spend some money on rum drinks.

Finally, the competitors. This is a Pro Am, the Pros skipper the boats and the hotel guests do the crewing. The Pros: Ken Read (what did her ever do?), Zach Riley (some kid from Florida who went on a trip to China last year to pick up a piece of metal), Anna Tunnicliffe (some chick who likes to sail and went to China as Zack's friend, saw his chunk of metal and decided to get a better one...just like a chick), Keith Musto who won a piece of metal in the 72 Oly's and yours truly who is a journalist masquerading as a sailor. There is a new addition to this year's skippers format; an amateur! One of the division winners from Block Island Race Week last summer won the right to race against the Pros and his name is Craig Albrecht. This should be a cool new innovation down here.

So the point is, the Bitter End Pro Am is a lot about what sailing is and should be; FUN.

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