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Yachting News 28th October 2009

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Greetings yachties,

RC44 – Dubai

Laura Dekker,

Vestas Sailrocket,

A Brush with Sail – Latest issue,

On the water Anarchy – Freddie Kemp – Ralfie Steitz,

Alinghi – Update – stop the press – RAK is out

Jessica Watson – Ahead of schedule,

Gary Jobson – Next President of US SAILING,

From just past Norfolk Island

This afternoon I was feeling a little down so to cheer myself up I made a few phone calls, turned the music up, gave my hair and teeth a good brush, all the things that would normally make me feel on top of the world before realizing that I’d forgotten to feed myself! A good helping of tinned
potatoes fried into chips later and I’m back to my normal cheerful self.

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Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup: The final showdown

The last event of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2009 will take place in one month in Dubai (UAE). The leading teams are merely separated by a handful of points whilst the regatta counts double. The contest will reach its conclusion from Wednesday, November 25th to Sunday, November 29th.

October 27, 2009 – The last regatta of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2009 will take place next month in Dubai. The ten RC 44 teams involved in the Championship Tour will participate in the event and fight hard to maintain or better their position in the rankings.

The Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup is the season’s most important regatta: four titles will be awarded at the end of the regatta and the points count double. The titles at stake are: the overall championship title, the match race and fleet race season titles as well as the DHL Trophy.

The RC 44 match race has become the toughest in the world over the years, with three times America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts sailing against Team New Zealand’s helmsman Dean Barker, Cameron Appleton, Paul Cayard, Ray Davies, Karol Jablonski, Markus Wieser and many more. During the last regatta, held in Portoroz in September, the three leaders of the annual ranking (Barker, Col & Appleton)finished no better than fifth, sixth and seventh, illustrating the level of the competition and leaving precious points to Karol Jablonski’s Organika and Paul Cayard’s new team Katusha. Nothing’s acquired yet in this contest: four team are still in a position to win the title: Artemis (9 points), Ceeref (11 points), Team Aqua and No way Back (12 points).

In the fleet race ranking, Torbjorn Tornqvist and Dean Barker’s Artemis sit two points ahead of Chris Bake and Cameron Appleton’s Team Aqua whilst third placed BMW ORACLE Racing and No Way Back are in their wake, with three more points. Vincenzo Onorato will be at the helm of BMW ORACLE Racing in this event whilst Pieter Heerema, Torbjorn Tornqvist and Chris Bake will steer their boat as usual.

The DHL Trophy ranking is even hotter, with four teams separated by four points: Artemis (7 points), Team Aqua and No Way Back (8 points) and BMW ORACLE Racing (9 points).

The most coveted title is the overall Championship Tour ranking. Team Aqua leads this contest with a three points margin over Artemis (9 points), No Way Back (13 points) and BMW ORACLE Racing (14 points).

Organised by Dubai International Marine Club, the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup will start on Tuesday November 24 with the practice Race and media day. The match race event will take place on Wednesday November 25 and 26 whilst the fleet regatta will take place from Friday November 27 till Sunday 29.

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Not so solo: 14-year-old’s world sailing tour made into reality TV show

If the juvenile court this week allows Laura Dekker to sail around the world, at least she won’t be by herself anymore. According to her lawyer the trip will be made into a reality TV show.
By our news staff

It could be the ultimate reality TV show: 14-year-old girl sails around the world solo, navigates the islands of Indonesia and the Panama canal, braves the pirate-infested waters off the coast of Somalia, faces rough storms, dead calms, loneliness and physical exhaustion. Her reward: the Guinness world record for becoming the youngest sailor ever to circumvent the planet solo.

TV stations have been competing for the rights to Laura Dekker’s story ever since it made headlines last August, when a Dutch juvenile court grounded her just as she was about to set sail in her 8-metre boat. Laura was temporarily placed under the supervision of a youth welfare organisation pending a decision by the juvenile court, which is expected by the end of this week.

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It sure was windy… but we are now conditioned for it. Putting the wing up was a slightly nervous affair. Some things didn’t feel right and the boat was shifting around bullishly. Everyone was nervous. It really was windy. I called back to the timing hut on the VHF’s… and they still spoke of ideal conditions. Soon they started radioing in gusts of 27… then 28… and soon 30 knots. I knew it was too much. There are aspects of this boat you just simply have to respect. Pure slap-dash bravery will not cut it on its own. As we only have three days left… two of which have a good forecast… we cannot afford to make mistakes. There is no longer the option of a lengthy repair period. This is it. We have to nail it with what we have now.

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New York Supreme Court orders 33rd America’s Cup to be Deed compliant

The New York Supreme Court today ruled that the 33rd America’s Cup, scheduled in February 2010, must take place in a venue in the Southern Hemisphere as per the strict reading of the competition’s governing document, the Deed of Gift, or in Valencia, Spain, as the only exception to that rule.

“This is a disappointing result as we were certain that Justice Cahn’s May 2008 decision allowed the Defender to chose Valencia or ‘any other location’,” said Lucien Masmejan, Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) legal counsel. “Ras Al Khaimah has put enormous time and effort into this 33rd America’s Cup project. We thank them and feel sorry for this unexpected result out of the New York court.

“We are satisfied however as Justice Kornreich confirmed that the Deed of Gift Match will be conducted under Société Nautique de Genève rules as she had already ruled in a previous court order,” added Lucien Masmejan.

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Statement from Société Nautique de Genève on GGYC fiduciary challenge

“By filing their eighth legal action against the Defender of the America’s Cup in two years, Larry Ellison and his Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) have demonstrated yet again that their true intention is to win sailing’s most prestigious trophy in court instead of on the water. After failing in their attempts to circumvent the terms set in the governing Deed of Gift, Ellison is now seeking to snatch the Cup from Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) with a new round of baseless allegations,” said Fred Meyer, Société Nautique de Genève Vice-Commodore. “As two-time winner of the America’s Cup and organiser of what was widely considered the most successful America’s Cup event ever in Valencia, Spain, in 2007, SNG and Alinghi will continue to fight for their legitimate rights in order to promote the sport of sailing around the world. We hope that GGYC will abandon this unsportsmanlike conduct and either join the competition on the waters off Ras Al Khaimah this February or let other teams who want to participate challenge for the Cup,” he concluded.

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Monday, October 26, 2009
Armageddon, Dirty Bert, and the Disgrace of America’s Cup 33

“In exchange for selecting Ras Al Khaimah to host the 33rd America’s Cup, SNG (Société Nautique de Genève) secured the following commitments, among others: the Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (“RAKIA”) agreed to finance a shipyard to be built in Ras Al Khaimah by Décision SA, a Swiss yacht-building firm that has built all five of SNG’s America’s Cup racing yachts and which is owned in part by Ernestor Bertarelli (SUI), who controls SNG’s racing team, Alinghi.”

Does that sound to you like self-dealing?

Well, that’s just part of it.

“RAKIA agreed to finance the building of a campus in Ras Al Khaimah for Ecole Pol(y)technique Fédérale de Lausanne (“EPFL”), a Swiss institution that has served as a scientific advisor and partner to Alinghi since 2003 and has played an important role in the design of Alinghi 5, the catamaran SNG/Alinghi built to defend the 33rd America’s Cup; and RAKIA agreed to provide funding for EPFL’s Center for Neuroprostheses, which is overseen by five chairs, two of which are endowed by the Bertarelli Foundation, a foundation established by the Bertarelli family, including Ernesto Bertarelli, to manage and fund the family’s philanthropic interests.”

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EARLY DAYS, BUT JESSICA “AHEAD OF SCHEDULE”

Monday, 26 October, 2009 (8.00pm AEDT)

After day 8 of Jessica’s around the world voyage, she continues to make good progress and is slightly ahead of her scheduled 100 nautical miles per day estimates.

“I woke up this morning to find a school of squid had visited me overnight, including a 25cm one that decided to jump on board overnight. But it’s all going well and we are making steady progress,” said Jessica.

After a incident-free first week with Ella’s Pink Lady, the winds have certainly shifted around yet again in terms of public opinion, which is now firmly behind Jessica.

Her blog continues to receive an abundance of inspirational comments from around the world each day. Newspaper columnists are now parading her as a role model, noting that hundreds of teenage Australians die each year after drinking or drugging themselves senseless. There’s certainly zero risk of that in Jessica’s world right now!

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Gary Jobson has been elected as the next president of US SAILING
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On Saturday night at US SAILING’s Annual General Meeting, Gary Jobson was elected by the new board of directors as the next president of the sport’s national governing body.
In his acceptance speech at the board of directors meeting, Jobson highlighted his plans for US SAILING. He discussed the philosophy of the organization and explained US SAILING’s goal to create opportunities for more people to sail and encourage participation, especially among youth. “We want to make sailing safe, easy, and fair,” said Jobson. “We’ll work to make sailing available to everyone.”

Increased visibility for US SAILING and awareness of the sport is a high priority for Jobson. He also put an emphasis on elevating US SAILING’s National Championships. Jobson is focusing on creating value for the US SAILING membership. “We will not make a US SAILING membership mandatory,” Jobson stated. “We want people and organizations to become members of US SAILING because we provide a great service for sailors, and we want to inspire others to get involved with the sport.”

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