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470 Men and 470 Women World Championships - Tricky week ahead
Sailing Intelligence,
The 159 teams taking part in the 470 Men and 470 Women World Championships have now arrived in Rungsted, Denmark, where measurement is currently taking place prior to Sunday's start of racing proper, run by the Royal Danish Yacht Club.... [more]
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Archipelago Raid Day 5 images
Thierry Martinez,
Here are some images of Day 5 in 2009 Archipelago Raid from photographer Thierry Martinez.... [more]
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Open minded and on top of the leaderboard on Day 3 of Audi MedCup
AudiMedCup Media,
A polished performance from Paul Cayard and the crew of Artemis won them their second consecutive coastal race and promotes them to the top of the overall leaderboard of the TP52 Series at the Portugal Trophy off Portimao Cayard attributes some of their success to date at this regatta to always remaining open minded about this venue, not bowing to preconceptions set from two previous TP52 MedCu... [more]
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Images of San Francisco: 505 North American's - Final Day
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson of MarineMediaAlliance.com was on the water today and provided this gallery from the final day of the North American 505 Championships, won by Mike Martin and Jeff Nelson.... [more]
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Shepherd Neame Merlin Rocket Nationals Day 5 report and images
Mark Barnes,
Shepherd Neame Merlin Rocket Nationals 2009 Day 5 report. With the ebb tide running east and wind coming for the SW to WNW, the seas were the classic Whitstable short chop that would sort the Cavaliers from those that like the rock and roll of full on sailing.... [more]
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Fireball French Nationals and Europeans Day 4 report and images
Tim Saunders,
Fireball French Nationals and Europeans Day 4. With two races to be sailed on the final day but no more discards to come in, it was very tight at the top of the leaderboard.... [more]
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Chicago Match Cup - Competition begins
Event media,
Today one-on-one match race competition will begin for the inaugural Chicago Match Cup, organized by the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC).... [more]
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Archipelago Raid - Swedes lead
Event media,
Archipelago Raid - Swedish Team Thule Strandberg/Örtendahl is increasing their lead doing 18 knots of boat speed in the strong southerly breeze. The wind has picked up since the start this morning and is averaging on 20 knots. Some boats have capsized due to the fairly rough conditions.... [more]
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Gul RS200 Nationals Day 5
Debbie Darling,
Day five of the RS200 Gul sponsored national championships saw a classic, final day showdown, that will be remembered for a long time to come. After one false start, the fleet got away at the second attempt. Initially, the left looked good, but a 20 degree right hand shift saw the leaders come in from that side.... [more]
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Class 40 World Championship 2009 - Day 3

Class 40 World Championship 2009 Day 3 – Round the Island Race. The race started at 0900hrs at Universal Marina buoy with 15 – 18 knots of breeze from the the southwest, giving them a beat to the needles as the fleet headed off on the traditional anti-clockwise course around the island.... [more]
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Laser World Championship - Day 1
Event media,
The first day of racing at the Laser World Championships. Conditions were ‘Laser' perfect with clear skies and winds ranging from 18 to 20 knots (35 to 39 kilometres per hour) and water temperatures at 19 Celsius.... [more]
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High-tech Sydney Rigging packages customised and online
Tracey Johnstone,
Wherever a yacht is in the world Sydney Rigging Specialists has the capability to design, deliver and support customised high-tech rigging packages, no matter what size or type boat.... [more]
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Nominations invited: ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2009
ISAF Media,
Nominations are now invited for the 2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, the most prestigious award of recognition in the sport of sailing. The nominees and winners since the first presentation in 1994 form an exceptional roll call of the world's top sailors from all disciplines of the sport.... [more]
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Eight weeks to go for the Rolex Middle Sea Race
Rolex Regatta News,
Two months out from the start of an event the stature and complexity of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, most yacht clubs would be happy to be entering the home straight of processing competitor registrations. Not the Royal Malta Yacht Club. Not only are they organising this 606 nautical mile offshore race, they are preparing to start it from a new line and with the new yacht club premises still in buil... [more]
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Team NZ's US lawyer joins BMW Oracle Racing legal team for new fight
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Further legal action in the next few days would seem to be likely with today's announcement that David Boies, has joined the Golden Gate YC legal team. Boies was previously retained by Team New Zealand in their case against Alinghi and owner Ernesto Bertarelli to pursue claims that the Swiss team had reneged on contractual undertakings to stage the 33rd America's Cup in 2009.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro - Race replayed
Event Media,
La Solitaire du Figaro. The Race replayed. It was a magnificent spectacle in Lorient on July 30th, as the 52 skippers left in bright sunshine on the first leg of the 40th edition of La Solitaire du Figaro.... [more]
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Medcup Circuit 2009 Portugal Trophy - Familiar faces at the top
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi Medcup Circuit 2009 Portugal Trophy. The gusty, puffy breeze was, once more, rich with both pitfalls and opportunities. Even when the north westerly had kicked in and the wind topped 20-21 knots there were lines of lighter breeze to avoid.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold 'Open Doors' at Weymouth and Portland
Event media,
Skandia Sail for Gold 'Open Doors' at Weymouth and Portland this September. More than 500 boats competing in all 10 Olympic Classes – including the new women's match racing class – plus the three Paralympic Classes are expected to compete across the week of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta... [more]
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Gul RS200 Nationals Day Four
Debbie Darling,
Gul RS200 Nationals Day Four report. good 15-18 knots was blowing in a misty bay, with drizzle in the sky – beautiful English summertime conditions! Woolly hats came out and the fleet launched though, looking forward to some fast downwind sailing at last.... [more]
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Shepherd Neame Merlin Rocket Nationals 2009
Mark Barnes,
Shepherd Neame Merlin Rocket Nationals 2009. You should have seen Race 4 sailed in a building sea breeze. However, this was not to be as the gradient breeze battled with the thermals and so generated a light and at times unstable breeze.... [more]
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The Beast at Speed - Images of BMW Oracle Racing
Gilles Martin-Raget,
BMW Oracle Racing's Challenger for the America's Cup has been testing at warp speed off San Diego. Top sailing photographer Gilles Martin-Raget just happened to have his camera along, and posted these images...... [more]
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Fireball French Nationals and European Championships Day 3 Results
Tim Saunders,
A warm and sunny again with a slightly delayed start at around 3pm for the Fireball French Nationals and European Championships Day 3 at SRR La Rochelle... [more]
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Shepherd Neame Merlin Rocket Nationals 2009 Day 3
Mark Barnes,
The third day of the Shepherd Neame Merlin Rocket Nationals in Whitstable Bay, was to prove the trickiest yet. With the breeze coming off the land from the South to SE, which would come into play and generate the wind bends and lanes, Borstal Hill or Tankerton Hill and how much would the ebb tide broaden the reaches.... [more]
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Jonny Malbon completes La Solitaire Du Figaro in a nail biting finish
Artemis Ocean Racing Media,
In a close-fought end to this notorious race, Jonny Malbon onboard Artemis, completed the gruelling Solitaire du Figaro with an impressive final leg into Dieppe after over 75 hours at sea. It was a tense finish for the fleet but for Jonny it was his best position yet, gaining 10 places overnight and leaving previous winners of the event in his wake.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro 2009 - The finish decides the winner
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro 2009 - it just doesn't get closer than this. After 511 miles of intense competition, the 52 boat fleet finished the fourth and final leg of the event's 40th anniversary edition this afternoon in Dieppe.... [more]
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Dates and Venues for 2010 World Championships for Olympic Events
ISAF,
ISAF has published the Dates and Venues for the 2010 World Championships for Olympic Events. The World Championships for the Olympic events are one of the annual highlights of the sailing calendar.... [more]
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Class 40 Worlds Championship Day 2
Lucy Burn,
Class 40 World Championship Day 2 – Championship racing gets underway. The wind was 5-6 knots from the southeast by the time the briefing took place at 0830hrs, and was forecasted to track to the southwest increasing 12-14knots with the sea breeze at lunch time.... [more]
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MedCup Portugal Trophy - A return in testing conditions
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi Medcup Circuit 2009 - Portugal Trophy. It was an interesting, testing day for the ten TP52 crews off Portimao as the early, light sea breeze built for the first race before it gave way to the NW'ly gradient wind which offered two excellent races in which big gains and losses were available dependant on the shifty, puffy conditions presented racing closer to the Algarve shore.... [more]
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Archipelago Raid Day 3 images
Thierry Martinez,
Photographer Thierry Martinez sent these images from Day 3 of the 2009 Archipelago Raid. The Raid is now in Aland archipelago ( Between Sweden and Finland). With 10 to 20 knots of wind, sun and great sailing even with an early start at 5:00 am... Archipelago is one of the best places on the planet to race.... [more]
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Archipelago Raid 2009 - Fierce sailing conditions stop the show
Event media,
This year's Archipelago Raid has quickly become a fierce battle against strong winds and abnormally difficult sailing conditions. It is now likely that the race will leave the Åland Islands and go back to the Stockholm Archipelago. The strong wind is expected to continue and the forecast predicts winds of 20 knots, which is pushing the envelope for those racing in the small catamarans. The nint... [more]
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Class 40 World Championship images
Mike Jones images,
Class 40 World Championship images from Mike Jones of Pike Pictures. The event is being sailed out of the Royal Southern Yacht Club, Hamble... [more]
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Fireball French National and European Championships Day 2
Tim Saunders,
Fireball French National and European Championships Day 2 report. Race 3 started in 10 knots of breeze and bright sunshine.... [more]
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Fireball French Nationals and Europeans Day 1
Tim Saunders,
Fireball French Nationals and Europeans Day 1 report. Two races were sailed in warm and sunny conditions with the wind slighty better than forecast and temperatures slighy lower than the previous few days!... [more]
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470 World Championship Preview
Sailing Intelligence,
470 World Championship. The start gun for the opening races, to be held off the harbour, 25km north of Copenhagen, will be on Sunday, 23 August, culminating in medal races for the Men's and Women's fleets on Saturday, 29 August.... [more]
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Images of 505 North American's - San Francisco - Day 1
Erik Simonson,
The 2009 SAP 5O5 World Championships and North American Championships kicked off at the St. Francis Yacht Club. With more than 100 boats registered, the field features 2008 World Champions Ian Pinnell/Carl Gibbon; 2008 European and 2007 North American champion Ethan Bixby sailing with Australian legend Simon Gorman and 2006/2007 Australian champions Michael Quirk/Geoff Lange.... [more]
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Gul RS200 Nationals Day Two
Debbie Darling,
Day two of the 2009 Gul RS200 National Championships dawned with a light breeze blowing through the dinghy park and the sunshine trying to peek through the clouds. The 130 boats launched with an optimistic feeling, hoping for a little more wind than the previous day's light airs.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro 2009 - Countdown to Grand Finale
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro 2009 Final leg. Presently making seven knots of boat speed, in variable south-easterly and south-westerly winds, the leaders are expected to round at about 1800 (UK time) this evening, before setting off on the final cross-Channel phase to the finish in Dieppe.... [more]
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Shepherd Neame Merlin Rocket Nationals 2009
Mark Barnes,
Shepherd Neame Merlin Rocket Nationals 2009 day two report. With the fleet revitalised and many looking for a better day, lady luck would be dealing many another bad hand. However, some would prevail and so spice up the results scores.... [more]
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MedCup Circuit Portugal Trophy Race - Practice day
MedCup media,
Audi MedCup Circuit Portugal Trophy Race - Practice day report. Racing in an unsettled and challenging light breeze of 7-10 knots, Quantum Racing (USA) started smartly off the committee boat end of the start line which allowed them to break early to the right side of the track and gain the benefit as the wind clocked slightly to the right.... [more]
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Class 40 Worlds Day 1 - Practice Race and Registration
Lucy Burn,
Competitors for the inaugural Class 40 World Championship arrived to blue skies and fair winds on Monday 17th August. 15 teams in total will be contesting the Championship title from Great Britain, France, Belgium, Germany and Chile.... [more]
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Images of Alinghi 5: In the evening...
Carlo Borglenhi,
Top sailing photographer, Carlo Borlenghi presents some images of Societe Nautique de Geneve's Defender, Alinghi 5, sailing in Genova, Italy after her early sea trials.... [more]
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Are you listed in the the ‘Whos Who' of Yachting?
Sail-World.com,
The Dark Blue Book is the first ever ‘Who's Who of yachting' book to emerge on the scene, listing the contact details of some the most influential people in the sport. With a new edition planned for release in 2010, more entries are being sought to add to the many contacts already in the book.... [more]
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Images of Alinghi 5: First few days sailing in Genova, Italy
Carlo Borglenhi,
Top sailing photographer, Carlo Borlenghi presents some images of Societe Nautique de Geneve's Defender, Alinghi 5, sailing in Genova, Italy in her first sea trials.... [more]
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Chicago Match Cup - International teams to compete
Mary Anne Ward,
The inaugural edition of the Chicago Match Cup will be held from August 21-23. It is organized by the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC) and is an International Sailing Federation Grade 2 event. International teams will compete.... [more]
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RYA Sailability multi class regatta heralded a success
Emma Slater,
Seventy two boats and 94 disabled and able-bodied sailors converged on Rutland Water over the weekend (14-16 August) to compete at the third annual RYA Sailability Multi Class Regatta. Each class competed in two fleet races, both scheduled for Saturday, however due to winds of up to 30 knots; the afternoon fleet race was postponed to Sunday morning.... [more]
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Archipelago Raid - Good start for foreign teams
Daniel Ferrando,
On Monday the fleet of competitors in the ninth annual Archipelago Raid left Lidingö and Stockholm. It was three foreign teams that came off best immediately following the race start at 14.45 this afternoon. Team Cobalt, comprised of British sailors Luke Yeats and Conrad Humphries, was first to cross the starting line and head downwind.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro Leg 4 - Buzzing the fleet
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro Leg Four - The fleet were making steady progress under spinnaker, on calm seas and with good visibility, on their way to Land's End and their next mark of the course, Wolf Rock.... [more]
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