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The America's Cup, or at least the challenger's series, the Louis Vuitton Cup, has been rescued from slipping into the perceived format with the upsets of the semi final series.

After a final pre-series that suffered from a lack of co-operation by the prevailing winds off Valencia, the semi finals looked a straight forward shoo-in for the two favourites, BMW Oracle and Emirates Team New Zealand.

But nobody told the Italians and Luna Rossa proceeded to take the USA team apart. A change of helmsman in the sudden death sixth match made not the slightest difference and BMW Oracle slipped quietly into the history books.

Meanwhile the Spanish boat Desafio Espanol, looking to be on the same conveyor belt to oblivion, pulled off a ballsy win over Emirates Team NZL, that had Spanish TV regretting that they had dumped the live feed for the Nadal v Federer tennis final in Hamburg.

But as soon as Federer had destroyed Nadal (on clay), they went into full - we have a winner - mode. Now we all have to wait until Tuesday to see if the Spanish can continue to spoil the Kiwi dream.

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Enjoy your sailing



Final of Fareastsails.com Spring Series
By Richard Baldwin,
Liverpool Yacht Club held the seventh and final race of the Fareastsails.com sponsored Spring Series on Sunday 20 May. With many of the larger yachts repositioned for the following weekend's Regatta at Holyhead only 10 yachts took part in the three IRC classes... [more]

Quotes of the Day - Semi Finals Louis Vuitton Cup
By America's Cup media,
Quotes of the Day, Louis Vuitton Cup Semi Finals Race Day 6. Dean Barker, Helmsman, Emirates Team New Zealand, on their pre-start: 'It was very difficult race track again today. It seemed to favour the left-hand side, and the opportunity to start on starboard was going to be compromised. We were down a tack and there wasn’t enough on the left to capitalise on. Things didn’t go as smoothly as we liked and we won’t be doing the same in the future... [more]


Fisher's View: BMW Oracle out of the Cup
By Bob Fisher,
Dickson’s days are not numbered; they are over. His demise from BMW Oracle Racing came officially at noon in Valencia, but the writing was on the compound walls long before that. The relationship had been strained for weeks and members of the team were relieved when the axe fell.... [more]


Spanish defeat Emirates Team New Zealand
By Emirates Team New Zealand,
It was always going to be a tough day on the water for NZL 92. Spain was fighting for its life and the sailing crew expected them to come out full of fight. And they did. They took a small lead on the first beat and then defended furiously right to the finish. The margins: first mark 12 sec to Spain, second mark 13 sec, third mark 8 sec, finish 12 sec.... [more]

Gilbert and Stewart win HISC Merlin Rocket Open
By Gerald New,
Roger Gilbert and James Stewart (Frensham Pond SC) were winners of the Merlin Rocket Open held at HISC Sunday... [more]


More images from the all action Glyn Charles event
By Around The Cans,
More images from the all action Glyn Charles event... [more]


Louis Vuitton - Spanish win - USA out
By Sail-World,
Desafio Espanol sailed to victory, while BMW Oracle went down and out to Luna Rossa in Sunday's match six of the Louis Vuitton Cup semi finals. The Spanish boat defeated Emirates Team New Zealand by 15 seconds to take the event into another day... [more]


Richard triumphant in Con Cup
By Rich Roberts,
Mathieu Richard of France met Johnie Berntsson of Sweden in the best-of-three championship match at Con Cup. The tri-color republic prevailed as Richard, the No. 2-ranked match racer in the world, finessed his way past his Scandinavian rival, 2-1.... [more]


Glyn Charles Pursuit Race
By Gerald New,
The Glyn Charles Pursuit Race was won by Chips Howarth and Vyv Townsend (Fireball) with second James and Will Rusden (420) and third Keith Walker and John Rees (Fireball), from an entry of 139... [more]

Riva Cup - Strong wind on the final day
By Riva media,
A strong Ora wind, blowing from South at 8-9 m/s on a wonderful sunny day, helped German crew Bohm-Roos to take the final win in the 505 class at this years Riva Cup - nothing changed in the Dyas and I-14... [more]


Images from Glyn Charles Pursuit race at HISC
By Steve Arkley,
Images from Glyn Charles Pursuit race held at Hayling Island SC, Saturday 19 May. Winners were Chips Howarth and Vyv Townsend (Fireball) with second James and Will Rusden (420) and third Keith Walker and John Rees (Fireball), from an entry of 139... [more]


Chris Dickson is off BMW ORACLE
By Ivor Wilkins, BMW Oracle Racing Media,
Sten Mohr, the Danish BMW ORACLE Racing helmsman, will replace Chris Dickson at the wheel of USA 98 for today’s survival sixth Louis Vuitton Cup semi-final match against Luna Rossa Challenge... [more]


Bullimore’s long cruise
By Rob Kothe,
Tony Bullimore’s Round the World record attempt, started at the Iron Pot at the mouth of Hobart’s Derwent River on May 1st and lasted just six days, before a rigging failure pulled the pin, more than 1100m nautical miles south west of New Zealand.... [more]


From the Blogs: - Mark Chisnell: SOCK… KER-POW… KERRRUNCH
By Mark Chisnell,
It was the most extraordinary pre-start we’ve yet seen in this Louis Vuitton. Oracle took two penalties, getting a red flag with the second – which meant it had to be done immediately. They started a hundred metres behind, with the second penalty still to unwind. The boys in white wriggled and worked, but Luna Rossa never looked like they were going to let them get back into it.... [more]


Editorial: Will it be 'sayonara' to USA-98?
By nzeditor@sail-world.com,
BMW Oracle Racing team boss, Larry Ellison, previously owned a supermaxi yacht, Sayonara which was a top performer on the offshore racing circuit. Her name means 'farewell' or 'good bye' in Japanese. She was Ellison's entree into the America's Cup, with many of the team that he now has in Valencia. At this stage of the Louis Vuitton regatta, the name seems to be rather prophetic.... [more]


Fisher's View: Match Point
By Bob Fisher,
The old master fell at the feet of the young pretender in the pre-start manoeuvres of the match between Luna Rossa and BMW Oracle Racing. Chris Dickson, three times a match-racing world champion, fell before the sword of James Spithill, the youngest skipper in this competition.... [more]


Luna Rossa Cuptoon: The tail of Moby Dicko
By Sail-World,
Mark O'Brien who was a feature of the Louis Vuitton and America's Cups in Auckland, with his Monsta series, is in Valencia as part of the Luna Rossa team. We will be presenting Mark's latest Cup carton when available, either as a separate feature of as part of the Luna Rossa story of the day.... [more]


Winners decided at Rolex Capri Sailing Week
By KPMS,
Barking Mad (Farr 40), Atlantica Racing (Swan 45), Atalanta II (Mini Maxi) and Libertine (Comet) take victory at the Rolex Capri Sailing Week. Two-time Farr 40 World Champion (1998, 2004) Jim Richardson was delighted with his victory: 'The week's racing went terrific for us. We had come off of a couple of bad results back in the winter series in the United States, so to come here and do well was a bit of redemption.'... [more]


BMW ORACLE Racing and Desafío Español 2007 down to final chance
By America's Cup Media,
BMW ORACLE Racing and Desafío Español must win their next four races if they hope to advance to the Final of the Louis Vuitton Cup. That’s the grim reality facing both teams after they lost their matches on Saturday on the waters off Valencia, in front of an enormous weekend spectator fleet... [more]


Nowhere to run to, baby/Nowhere to hide
By Sail-World,
The FA Cup Final went into extra time on Saturday just as BMW ORACLE Racing and Desafío Español went down to Luna Rossa Challenge and Emirates Team New Zealand, respectively - Can BMW ORACLE and Desafío get to extra time?... [more]

105 boats for Riva Cup Opening Day
By Riva Media,
Lake Garda was very calm, and Ora wind blowing regularly (4-5 m/s) in Riva Cup opening day. Yesterday afternoon 105 boats were at the starting line of the event, organized by Fraglia Vela Riva: 48 the crews racing in 505 class, 23 in Korsar, 19 in Dyas and 15 in the International 14... [more]


Artemis qualifies for the Transat Jacques Vabre
By Tim Kelly - Pitch PR,
Artemis Ocean Racing skipper, Jonny Malbon, and his co-skipper Graham Tourell arrived back at Ocean Village in Southampton (UK) in the early hours of Saturday morning after completing their first double-handed transatlantic voyage together... [more]


French v Sweden and Kiwis for the Con Cup
By Rich Roberts,
The semis and finals will be best of three, starting at 11:30 a.m. with a 10-mile fleet race among the six non-semifinalists. Fourth slot in the semifinals of the Long Beach Yacht Club's 43rd Congressional Cup went to France's Damien Iehl.... [more]


Top Teams Line Up For Dragon East Coast Championship
By Fiona Brown,
The 2007 East Coast Dragon Championship will take place at the Medway Yacht Club, Kent, over the Whitsun bank holiday weekend from 26-28 May. This annual event is a firmly established highlight on the British Dragon calendar and some 35 teams are expected to take part in the three day, five race regatta... [more]


Luna Rossa Cuptoon: The Spanish Inquisition
By Sail-World,
Mark O'Brien who was a feature of the Louis Vuitton and America's Cups in Auckland, with his Monsta series, is in Valencia as part of the Luna Rossa team. We will be presenting Mark's latest Cup carton when available, either as a separate feature of as part of the Luna Rossa story of the day.... [more]


Bob Fisher’s - An Absorbing Interest
By Media Services,
The Definitive History of the America's Cup from 1851 to 2003, written by Bob Fisher. Its two volumes covers the drama, boat design, personalities and sheer fascination of the America’s Cup.... [more]


Fisher's View: Holy Grael!
By Bob Fisher,
That Jimmy Spithill and the Luna Rossa boys have done it again – taken on the might of Larry Ellison’s BMW Oracle Racing and defeated the most expensive campaign in Valencia. It takes the score to 3-1 in Luna Rossa’s favour and while Australia II came back from that scoreline in 1983, the fact that Luna Rossa has led around every mark in the four races does not bode well for the Chris Dickson skippered boat’s chances.... [more]


Luna Rossa defeats BMW Oracle Racing
By Paolo Martinoni,
Luna Rossa wins the fourth race with a final delta of 23 seconds over BMW Oracle Racing with a final delta of 23 seconds and the provisional score is now 3-1. Down the first run Luna Rossa’s afterguard mirrors every move USA 98 makes keeping her in check and at the leeward gate has gained one additional second.... [more]


NZL 92 takes a 42 sec win, to be 3-1 up
By Warren Douglas,
NZL 92 took another win today to lead Spain 3 –1 in their semi-final of the Louis Vuitton Cup. In today’s other semi-final match, Luna Rossa beat BMW Oracle by 23 seconds.... [more]

RS300 Fat Face Event at Dalgety Bay
By RS media,
There were five RS300s at the Dalgety Bay Fat Face event over weekend of the 12 and 13 of May, which was down on what was expected, due to call offs and a fairly dreadful weather forecast but in the end the wind was great, 12 to 15 knots on Saturday and about 10 knots on Sunday, all from the East... [more]


Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZL take control
By ACM,
Luna Rossa Challenge has jumped out to a 3-1 series lead over BMW ORACLE Racing at the Louis Vuitton Cup. In the other pairing, Emirates Team New Zealand started ahead of Desafío Español 2007 and extended the rest of the way around the race track. Emirates NZL and Luna Rossa now both enjoy a 3-1 series lead... [more]

Irish port of Galway will be Volvo stopover
By Volvo media,
The west coast Irish port of Galway will be the stopover for the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race following the Irish Government’s announcement this week that it had agreed to make funding available to help bring the race to Ireland for the first time... [more]


Silver Panda wins the 2007 Wilson Trophy
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Two American teams faced off in the finals of the Road Range Wilson Trophy, the 2007 British Open Team Racing Championship held in West Kirby.... [more]


Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2007 - Thursday
By Jan Harley, Media Pro Int'l,
After two days of action on the Gulf of Naples, two-time world champion Jim Richardson (USA), aboard Barking Mad, has taken the lead in the Farr 40 class at Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2007... [more]


RS500 Fat Face Circuit event
By RS media,
Husband and wife team, Chris and Natasha Pilling (Hickling Broad SC), won the RS500 Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy Fat Face Circuit event last weekend... [more]


Volkswagen Touareg Laser SB3 Grand Prix
By Clare Molloy,
This weekend (19/20 May) sees the second leg of the VW Touareg Laser SB3 Grand Prix Series being held at the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble. With some 80 boats expected on the start line it will be one of the most fiercely contested events on the circuit... [more]


GME GX620 Hand Held VHF Marine radio
By GME - Taline Tateossian,
The new GME GX620 Hand Held Marine VHF radio offers boat owners and marine enthusiasts a substantially lower cost portable option without sacrificing features or compromising on quality.... [more]

Spanish confirm two boats for 2008-09 Volvo
By Volvo media,
Spain will field two boats in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. The participation of the Spanish entries was officially confirmed by Francisco Camps Ortiz, the regional president of Valencia, at a civil reception in the start port of Alicante today... [more]


Are we going to see a Canting Keel in this AC?
By Sail-World.com,
In the first week of May the America's Cup Measurement Committee released their latest decision relating to the use of a canting keel in the 2007 America's Cup.... [more]


The America's Cup in San Francisco?
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
As I write this, four challengers and the defender remain in contention for the America’s Cup and the bigger prize – the victor’s right, under the deed of gift, to determine the host city. The Cup could return to Valencia or Auckland, but it could move elsewhere in the Med or to San Francisco, though this dream may be fading.... [more]


Stars after Valencia
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
While some Star crews have made religious commitments to attend the major regattas in North America and Europe over the past year, notable personalities have been missing from the action. They haven’t been boycotting the class by any means, they been consumed by America’s Cup campaigns.... [more]


The wild, wild RS200 Fat Face Racing Circuit
By RS media,
Shoreham YC made a great impression when they hosted their first ever RS event on 12/13 May with the visit of the RS200’s for round three of the Fat Face Racing Circuit.... [more]


ABN AMRO North Sea Regatta 2007 - Vuurschepenrace
By Diana Bogaards,
The changeable sailing conditions caused and interesting Vuurschepenrace 2007. After a promising start the fleet floated for hours during the night, as the wind dropped to almost zero. This calm made it impossible to break the record of 10 hours and 47 minutes, set in 1993 by Jan van Gelderen with his Lutra 40 Bierkaai... [more]


Luna Rossa Cuptoon: Oracle bites back
By Sail-World,
Mark O'Brien who was a feature of the Louis Vuitton and America's Cups in Auckland, with his Monsta series, is in Valencia as part of the Luna Rossa team. We will be presenting Mark's latest Cup carton when available, either as a separate feature of as part of the Luna Rossa story of the day.... [more]


From the Blogs: SailJuice - The Overdogs get a Whipping
By Andy Rice: www.sailjuice.com,
What another fantastic day’s racing off Valencia. We probably wouldn’t have thought so, were it not for the fact that it was the perceived underdogs in both matches who led from start to finish. But when you’ve got Luna Rossa leading BMW Oracle and Desafio leading the Kiwis, you’re just waiting for someone’s wheels to fall off and for the lead to change.... [more]


Historic victory for Desafío Español 2007
By Desafío Español Media,
For the first time in the history of this competition, a Spanish syndicate has beaten the New Zealanders. Desafío Español 2007 defeated Emirates Team New Zealand in the semifinals of the Louis Vuitton Cup. With this victory the Spaniards gain one point, and change the results table to 1-2... [more]


J-Dream takes TackTick J/105 National Championship
By Kirsty Apthorp,
The J/105 fleet arrived at Hayling Island Sailing Club on Friday evening, with the exception of BoJangles (Derek Copeman) who decided that the trip in a SW 7 with 4m waves from Shoreham would not be wise. The crew however were not to be outdone and did arrive at the Club in time for dinner and the annual party!... [more]


Fisher's View: Mediterranean Massacre
By Bob Fisher,
My father’s warning to avoid slow horses and fast women should also have been extended to betting on yacht races. While I ignored his warnings on the two counts, the experience of years has kept me from the latter. And today my reluctance was proved correct when the underdogs thrashed the superpowers.... [more]


Kokomo (AUS)- Barking Mad (USA) lead Farr 40's
By Jill Campbell and Vincenzo Frigo,
Day One of the Rolex Capri Sailing Week, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with the Yacht Club Capri. Fiftyone Farr 40, Swan 45, Comet and Mini Maxi yachts set out under clear blue skies and with winds of around 8 knots from south to south west which would strengthen during the afternoon, reaching 15 knots at times.... [more]


Spain fightback - Luna Rossa claim second win
By America's Cup Media,
The home team, Desafío Español 2007, beat Emirates Team New Zealand on Wednesday for the first time in ten tries at the 32nd America’s Cup. The Spanish team needed the victory – the result closes up the score in their best-of-nine Semi Final match to 2-1 with the Kiwis leading... [more]

RS800 Fat Face event at Beer SC
By RS media,
Once every blue moon a day arrives that is like no other, etched forever in everyone's memories. The seas at Beer had been building over several days, and 20+ kts on Saturday were joined by a rolling 4m swell. All credit to the RS800’s resilience - only one mast came down (due to operator error!)... [more]


Mean Machine leads Vuurschepenrace
By Diana Bogaards,
On Tuesday evening May 15 2007, the annual 110 miles Vuurschepenrace started with calm conditions. With a moderate westerly and cloudy weather, 56 competing yachts crossed the line off the Scheveningen (NL) coast. As expected, the VO70 Mean Machine of Dutchman Peter de Ridder took the lead over her direct competitors pretty soon... [more]

RS600 Fat Face series at Weymouth
By RS media,
Turning up on Saturday morning at Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy I opened the door of my van to have it ripped out of my hands. It proved to set what was to be one of the windiest days of the circuit yet... [more]


Glyn Charles Pursuit Race this coming weekend
By HISC media,
Find a dinghy - any size or age and come and join the fun and win some great prizes. Failing that, please pass this onto friends, family, small people etc. who can come and support this great event. Neilson Active Holidays have pledged a fabulous Beachplus Club holiday for two to the Aeolian Village in Lesvos, Greece, for the overall winner of the Glyn Charles Pursuit Race... [more]


Luna Rossa Cuptoon: Trimmer's Pasta
By Sail-World,
Mark O'Brien who was a feature of the Louis Vuitton and America's Cups in Auckland, with his Monsta series, is in Valencia as part of the Luna Rossa team. We will be presenting Mark's latest Cup carton when available, either as a separate feature of as part of the Luna Rossa story of the day.... [more]


From the Blogs: SailJuice - Dickson back from the Dead
By Andy Rice: www.sailjuice.com,
A week ago Gavin Brady voiced the confidence that BMW Oracle Racing have in their boat USA 98. 'I’ve personally never been on a boat where we feel we’re the only people that could screw it up for 98.'... [more]


National 12 GILL Series at Trent Valley SC
By Zoe Ballantyne,
The weekend of 12/13 May was the 70th anniversary of the first National 12 open meeting at Trent Valley, and was so well attended 70 years later that six flights had to be arranged... [more]


Fisher's View: The roles reverse
By Bob Fisher,
BMW Oracle is faster downwind than Luna Rossa. The American boat, skippered by Chris Dickson, proved this indisputably today by taking 38 and 37 seconds less than the Italian on the two 3.3-mile runs in a steady 12-knot sea breeze. It was another come-from-behind victory for Dickson.... [more]


RS700 Fat Face Racing Circuit
By RS media,
The WPNSA greeted the travelling RS700 sailors with a stiff 30+ knot breeze and sunshine. Boats were rigged with several helping hands needed to get the masts up... [more]


LVC - BMW Oracle stage great comeback; Emirates two up
By ACM,
BMW ORACLE Racing earned one of the great comebacks in the 32nd America's Cup, beating Luna Rossa Challenge after trailing by as much as 58 seconds at the first windward mark - In the other pairing, Emirates Team New Zealand lead Desafio Espanol 2007 from the start... [more]


Jourdain names Luc Nélias for Barcelona World Race
By Lou Newlands,
Jourdain, winner of the IMOCA 60 class in the 2006 solo Route du Rhum, selected Nélias as his partner for the Barcelona World Race, for his weather and navigation skills.... [more]


Quotes of the Day - LVC Semi Finals: Race Day 2.
By America's Cup Media,
'It is not all boat speed. We are happy with USA 98 all around the course, the oscillations and puffs gave more opportunity for the trailing boat to look super fast than on a typical sea breeze day where it is more persistent. It was a matter of being patient and looking for opportunities. It is completely maddening to sail against a boat that won’t tack on you or gybe with you when you are way behind, and psychologically it’s nice when you can make a split. We made a nice gain on the first run. Gavin (Brady) and Eric (Doyle) did a great job calling the wind'... [more]


Sailor trapped in Internet Café
By Bruce Schwab,
American Round the World Sailor Bruce Schwab is trapped in an internet café in La Rochelle in Western France. He is there preparing for an Atlantic delivery and went to the bathroom just before closing time.... [more]


RS700 National Championships Wide Open
By RS media,
It’s barely three weeks ‘til the 2007 RS700 Nationals and, falling relatively early in the season, the Championship is wide open. A wide range of sailors, from ex-Olympians to complete novices, will be making the trip to the Royal Torbay Sailing Club on 2 -5 June, and – with the benefit of high-level coaching throughout the Event – there are no dead certs!... [more]


Fisher's View: Holy Toledo !
By Bob Fisher,
The odds against it happening were very long, and it needed a specific type of performance to happen, but the records will always show that Luna Rossa beat BMW Oracle Racing in the first of their semi-final matches in the Louis Vuitton Cup by a massive 2:19.... [more]

Team Mean Machine is ready for its racing debut
By Diana Bogaards,
On Monday morning May 14 2007, the organisation of the annual Vuurschepenrace received 57 pre-entries. At 7 pm on Tuesday May 15, Dutch politician Jozias van Aartsen will fire the starting gun from the three-master Minerva. That will be the official beginning of the ABN AMRO North Sea Regatta 2007... [more]

Uniquely Singapore launches Clipper 07-08 campaign
By Clipper Ventures,
Solo round-the-world yachtsman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, helped set Uniquely Singapore Clipper on her race around the globe this morning (13 May 2007). The 68-foot yacht representing Singapore in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race is officially on course for her next Clipper campaign. She will compete against nine other Clipper 68s in the race, all of which are named after international cities or regions. This will be the second time Uniquely Singapore Clipper has competed in the race.... [more]

Phantom Inland Championships 2007
By S Childs,
Chew Valley played host to the 2007 Inlands over the weekend of 12/13 May. Given the recent drought-like conditions, the drive down to the West Country through torrential rain and winds was a warning of the weekend ahead... [more]


Images from the RYA Eric Twiname Championships
By Paul Wyeth / RYA,
Images from the RYA Eric Twiname Championships... [more]


43rd Con Cup starts Tuesday
By Rich Roberts,
It's a rare spring when the Congressional Cup comes around and most of the world's famous match-racing sailors aren't competing in Long Beach. This week several are sailing in another event in Spain , including the older brother of Long Beach resident Scott Dickson and also a sailor of some notoriety.... [more]


Luna Rossa Cuptoon: Trimmer's Pasta
By Sail-World,
Mark O'Brien who was a feature of the Louis Vuitton and America's Cups in Auckland, with his Monsta series, is in Valencia as part of the Luna Rossa team. We will be presenting Mark's latest Cup carton when available, either as a separate feature of as part of the Luna Rossa story of the day.... [more]


Quotes of the Day: Semi-finals LVC Raceday 1
By America's Cup Media,
'It was a risk/reward type calculation the whole time. If you are anything less than 70% confident you can be easily bitten. These are not Lasers and you can’t just tack on every wind shift. Coming into the top mark it was very shifty, and there were some pretty close and hairy moments there - they just kept chipping away at us. It is really just a balancing act between the two.'... [more]


Emirates Team NZL and Luna Rossa Lead
By America's Cup Media,
It was a difficult day to be an afterguard member at the Louis Vuitton Cup on Monday. The first races of the Semi Finals saw an offshore breeze that varied from eight to 18 knots in strength and shifted by nearly 180 degrees. In fact, on the final run, the boats started under spinnaker and finished under genoa, tacking for the finishing line... [more]


LVC Semi Final - Results of day 1
By Sail-World,
Luna Rossa (ITA) and Emirates Team NZL take first wins on day 1 of LVC Semi Finals. Racing began with a warning signal at 14:50 and a first race start at 15:00. Each team announced that it would be sailing the same boat that it used in the Round Robin... [more]


Bullimore aims for Auckland
By Team Bullimore,
Neither Bullimore nor his catamaran are in any danger, but he is battling against very strong headwinds that have been gusting up to 50knots at times. Bullimore is now almost due west of Wellington and plans to continue his northerly course until the winds turn SW on Tuesday and allow him to tack NW towards Auckland.... [more]


Flying Fifteen Diamond Jubilee & Southerns
By Keith Jamieson,
Flying fifteen designer Uffa Fox’s home waters proved a fitting and challenging venue for the Flying Fifteen Diamond Jubilee celebrations and Southern Area Championships held over the early May Bank Holiday weekend... [more]


B14 Open at Whitstable is a nail biter
By Mark Barnes,
The B14 circus headed to Whitstable for TT-03. The fleet were to be greeted by strong winds gusting as high as 38 knots on Saturday. Therefore the RO Howard Patterson postponed racing till Sunday... [more]


Extreme 40s at Skandia Cowes Week
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series is coming to Skandia Cowes Week, this summer. The third and penultimate event of the iShares Cup will run over three days from the 3-5 August as part of the World’s longest-running and largest sailing regatta... [more]


The unseen trials of an Olympic Tornado Campaign
By Bruce Kendall,
Bruce Kendall, NZL Olympic Gold and Bronze medallist, along with Brett Sellers, son of Olympic Gold and Silver medallist Rex Sellers, is campaigning a Tornado in Europe. Here he recounts some of the problems of running a low budget Olympic campaign - including problems with cheap accomodation, breakdowns and being robbed in Valencia... [more]


RYA Eric Twiname Championship goes South
By RYA,
The rain poured in Rutland on day two of the 2007 RYA Eric Twiname Championships, but it did nothing to dampen the spirits of some 330 junior sailors who were fighting it out on this final day of the ‘Battle of the Zones’... [more]

2007 Skandia Cowes Week
Cowes 03/08/07
When seven yachts signed up for the first organised yacht race at Cowes on 10th August 1826, it is unlikely anyone envisaged that this would become the annual world-class yachting event....
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Raymarine Warsash Spring Series
Warsash SC 11/03/07
The Series comprises Six races with the best five results to count: 11, 18 and 25 March - 1, 15 and 22 April Two central Solent start lines - First starts around 10am - IRC 4-5 classes, J/105 and J/109....
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Gear & Gadgets
01/01/07
Latest sailing gear and gadgets...
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2007 America's Cup

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DINGHY

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