Volvo Ocean Race Sailing in Boston

Sailing News Briefs

Today’s Sailing News:

The new Olympic boat, the ISAF Elliott 6m, made its debut at the ISAF (International Sailing Federation) Sailing World Cup event in Germany, in June and women’s match racing events growing in number and participation throughout the world, women’s match racing has never been stronger. New teams are joining the ranks and established match racing teams are developing Olympic programs.

The next stop on the ISAF Sailing World Cup, the Delta Lloyd Regatta, in Medemblik, The Netherlands, will feature women’s match racing for the first time and currently has 24 teams registered from 13 countries. They will sail
the 3-person Yngling for this year’s event, but will switch to the Elliott 6m for 2010.

Through a joint agreement between Germany, Finland, and The Netherlands, Elliott 6ms from those three countries will be used by the 24 teams from 10 countries at the Kieler Woche event which will be holding women’s match racing for the second consecutive year. A similar arrangement has been made between The Netherlands and Great Britain to have women’s match racing held in the Elliott 6ms during the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in September 2009 and the 2010 Delta Lloyd Regatta. Read more:

Boaters in Britain – Disabled sailor Hilary Lister needs help sailing around Britain for the record:

Volvo Ocean Race in Boston USA
All seven Volvo Ocean Race boats have now  returned to Boston Harbor, the yachts of Telefonica Blue and Green Dragon  having gone in Tuesday to join their five rivals which all went in Monday.  Delta Lloyd has made the most of the time available by going sailing today,  while Ericsson 3, Ericsson 4 and Green Dragon will head out Wednesday. The  Telefonica twins will take to the water on Thursday, as will PUMA. Delta Lloyd  has also bolstered its support corps by adding US Sailing Coach Ed Adams to assist in local knowledge and team training, while also bringing in Brazilian trimmer Marcelo Ferreira for the In-Port Race on May 9.

Ocean Angels, the women’s rowing team from the UK lead the Indian Ocean Race on Pura Vida to Mauritius. Read more:

America’s CupAlinghi goes to court to ask for yacht details

America’s Cup Swiss defender Alinghi has asked a court to force US syndicate Oracle to quickly provide it with a detailed description of the yacht it will use in their multihull duel slated for 2010, a source close to the dossier said Tuesday. In the request which Alinghi filed with the New York court, Alinghi argues that according to the regulations that govern the America’s Cup — known as the “Deed of Gift” — Oracle must provide it “as soon as possible” with this description. It said Oracle has up until now ignored this requirement.

This new step in the long-running legal battle between the two sides comes as a New York court is set to decide on May 14 if the duel to decide the 33rd America’s Cup will be held in Valencia in February 2010 as desired by Oracle or in May, as sought by Alinghi.

Alinghi said if Oracle does not provide a description of its yacht it should be disqualified from the event. Oracle, owned by American software tycoon Larry Ellison, has already been training since October on a giant trimaran built in the United States while Alinghi, owned by Swiss pharmaceuticals billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli, is still building its yacht.

The US side said in a statement that it “totally respected” the “Deed of Gift” and it once again accused Alinghi of seeking to delay the duel. A New York court in early April backed Oracle over Alinghi in the conclusion to their legal battle over the rules for the next edition of the America’s Cup.

The dispute has raged between the two since Alinghi won the 32nd America’s Cup in the Spanish port of Valencia in the summer of 2007.

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