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Oppie at the Extreme
sail-world.com/uk,
Over on the Rule69 blog, self-styled 'Hand-grenade journalist' Magnus Wheatley has been running a series on the virtues of the Topper vs Optimist, as a junior trainer. As the proud father of 'Hurricane' Harry Wheatley, Magnus is already much involved in the future of his son and likely prospects on the Open circuit, but which first craft will give him that winning edge?... [more]


Paprec-Virbac 2 close to finish of Barcelona Race
Barcelona World Race media,
Home is in sight this Sunday for the leading crew of the Barcelona World Race as Paprec-Virbac 2 prepares for what could be their last night at sea. The second boat, Hugo Boss is now facing horrible conditions on the approach to Gibraltar. Winds are in excess of 35 knots and the wave conditions are truly heinous.... [more]


Hull & Humber pushes Jamacia off pole
Clipper Event media,
Jamaica has finally been pushed off the top spot after 15 days in the lead, though she is far from out of contention, reporting just three nautical miles to the finish behind the new race leaders Hull & Humber. There is everything to play for amongst the top five boats, who after 1800 nautical miles of racing have just 16 nautical miles between them in terms of distance to finish.... [more]


Battling billionaires rock the America's Cup boat
Alistair Osborne/The Sunday Telegraph,
Alistair Osborne reports on the spat that has left the venerable America's Cup shipwrecked. At the centre of the squall between these two crashing egos is a 120-year-old document, running to just two pages. Billionaire number one is the winner of the 31st and 32nd races: Ernesto Bertarelli - Last year Forbes magazine ranked Serono-heir Bertarelli the world's 76th richest man, worth $8.8bn... [more]


Laser - Slingsby takes lead - Goodison stumbles
Di Pearson / Gerald New,
The going gets tough and the tough get going. World champion Tom Slingsby grabbed a marginal lead at the Laser World Championship, revelling on his home waters off Terrigal on the Boral sponsored Day 4 of racing, on the eve of groups being split into Gold, Silver and Bronze for the Finals starting tomorrow. Top Brit is Nick Thompson after racking-up a two wins and a third place... [more]


Godwin granted redress for race 3 at Laser Worlds
Di Pearson,
Competitors at the Laser World Championship arrived early at the Terrigal venue this morning after a late start and finish to Race 3 yesterday. Principal Race Officer Tony Denham and his crew plan an early start to racing, with the first warning signal planned for 9.30am. - Good news for Rob Godwin (GBR) who was reinstated in race 3... [more]


Ready for the Off at Yngling Women's Worlds
Yngling.org media,
Britain's defending World Champions, Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson will be the team to beat at the Yngling World Championships which get underway Sunday in Maimi.... [more]


How to Shower on a Boat - it's an art form
Nancy Knudsen,
There's no doubt about it. Showering on a boat is an art form. After sailing many thousands of miles while trying to placate an unreasonable Skipper who seems to want to give the water in three of our four water tanks a free trip around the world, I have now refined the art of showering with a ridiculously small amount of water, and I want to share this great achievement with you... [more]


Saving the planet - Prince Charles rents a yacht
Andrew Pierce/www.telegraph.co.uk,
The Prince of Wales has hired one of the world's most expensive private yachts to sail round the Caribbean - as a cost-cutting measure and to reduce green house gas emissions. The 2,000-ton Leander, decorated in the style of a faded English country home, has been leased to the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall for the 10-day trip next month. Clarence House has negotiated a reduced rate on the us... [more]


No respite from tough conditions for Clipper fleet
Clipper Event media,
Nova Scotia and Liverpool 08 are looking to hitch a ride north on the ‘Kuro Shio', which roughly translates as the Black Current, which flows northwards past the Philippines before sweeping out along the south eastern coast of Japan and out into the Pacific. With headwinds and contrary seas, an extra knot or two of current in the right direction can certainly help the miles. tick down,... [more]


Twilight Race - 18ft Skiffs
Frank Quealey,
It was a welcome return to form for the former Australian champion Asko Appliances team of Hugh Stodart, Niall Kinch and Paul Schulz when they took out the NAB Twilight 18ft Skiff Race on Friday evening.... [more]


Acura Key West 2008 - its a wrap
Jeanne Kleene,
“This was a classic Key West day. It was breeze on with warm weather and sunshine. You couldn't have asked for a better final day,” Melges 24 winner Dave Ullman said. A true national and international gathering, the southernmost city in the continental US welcomed over 2,500 sailors on boats hailing from 18 different countries and over 35 states. A record 60 foreign boats participated... [more]


Paprec Virbac 2 finally back in the Mediterranean
Barcelona World Race media,
Paprec Virbac 2 are finally back into the Mediterranean and their last 400 miles to Barcelona. Very tough sailing conditions have meant a long and very physical approach to the Strait as the race leaders were forced to tack along the coast and shelter from busy traffic lanes and big seas.... [more]


Day 3 Laser Worlds - GBR make right moves
Di Pearson / Sail-world.co.uk,
The third race of the Laser Worlds finally got underway after long delays due to storms sweeping the Australian coast. For the British competitors it was again an up and down day. Nick Thompson, leading Brit after the first day, retains his status but with a 17th today he dropped to 19th overall. It was a better day for Evan Scott and Paul Goodison - Scott finished in eighth and Goodison fourth... [more]


Storms stop Laser World Championships again
Di Pearson,
Although heavy rain periods were expected (and arrived early), isolated thunderstorms were also predicted and one arrived just as the boats started leaving the ramp, jury members came out blowing whistles, calling the boats back to their Terrigal base. Racing is set to get underway just after 5.00pm, when it is hoped that at least Race 3 will be completed in the three groups of the 160 boat fleet... [more]


Uncomfortable racing conditions for Clipper fleet
Clipper Event media,
The teams onboard the Clipper Round the World Racing yachts are still pounding their way north against the constant and unrelenting northerly wind as they make their way towards Qingdao. Joff Bailey, Race Director: 'When they (crews) finish they will be more than aware that they have tested themselves against some of the hardest sailing that can be done.'... [more]


Paprec-Virbac 2 battles high winds on way to Med
Barcelona World Race media,
Onboard Paprec-Virbac 2: 'It's a difficult situation right now so I can't really talk,' said a tense Jean-Pierre. 'We have 38 to 42 knots of wind, a cargo ship 300 metres away and big waves. The boat is really slamming. It's quite dangerous.' The strong conditions have seen the team tacking up the coast of Morocco for much of the day as they seek shelter from the traffic and the seas.... [more]


Alsogaray (ARG) leads Laser Worlds, Brits struggle
D Pearson / sail-world.com/uk,
Not a brilliant day for British competitors in the first two races of the Laser World Championships at Terrigal in Australia. Nick Thompson is best placed at 17th after tenth place finishes in both his races. Paul Goodison had an eighth in his first race, but then finished 33rd in his second race to be 47th overall for day one... [more]


Illingworth Challenge - New 400 mile JOG race
Event media,
A new offshore race, the Illingworth Challenge, has been announced by the Junior Offshore Group (JOG). Starting from the JOG start line in Cowes on 19 July 2008, the race will take competitors west out of the Solent, around Ushant to the finish off La Trinite, a distance of approximately 400 miles.... [more]


Mallorca ready for 39th Princesa Sofia regatta
Prensa Sofía - Neus Jordi,
The 39th Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia-MAPFRE will probably be the edition with highest competition level in the history of this traditional Majorcan regatta. The organisation has invited the best 90 sailors in the world - the Athens Olympics medallists as well as last year's World and European champions of the eleven Olympic classes... [more]


Torvar Mirsky wins Warren Jones Youth Regatta.
John Roberson,
West Australian skipper Torvar Mirsky became the first Australian to put his name on the Warren Jones Youth Regatta trophy for a second time, when he beat New Zealand's Adam Minoprio in the final on the Swan River.... [more]


Powerboat P1 appoint Andy Hindley as Race Director
Powerboat P1 Press Office,
Powerboat P1 Management Ltd has further strengthened its management team with the appointment of Andy Hindley as its Race and Technical Director. Currently Racing Director of the Volvo Ocean Race, Andy will take up his new position in early March with responsibility for the operational delivery of all P1 races which, in 2008, includes 14 World Championship rounds.... [more]


Winds freshen as Clipper fleet heads for Qingdao
Clipper event media,
The Clipper fleet continues its beat to windward towards Qingdao as the winds freshen and the sea state rises to an ugly chop. The same advantageous current that has propelled the chasing pack northwards towards Jamaica is running counter to the north-easterly winds and making for some very uncomfortable conditions onboard.... [more]


Graham Vials foils to victory at Tiger Trophy 2008
Dan Sanders,
Graham Vials put his memory of the Bloody Mary (win) firmly behind him to take the Tiger Trophy at the Rutland Challenge for the John Merricks Tiger Trophy, held last weekend at Rutland SC. Rutland's own micro-climate made sure that by the time the first of three handicap races started at midday on Saturday, the forecast 12 knots had given way to a finger biting 20 knot buster.... [more]


470 Champion going for Yngling Gold
Event Media,
The Greek Olympic gold-medallist, Sofia Bekatorou has spent the past month sailing out of Coconut Grove, FL, training on Biscayne Bay (Miami). Bekatorou is a four-time 470-class World Champion and a gold medallist in the 470 at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Bekatorou and her crews' aim is to clinch one of the four remaining spots and to continue training and preparing for China... [more]


Hugo Boss: Close to the Straits of Gibraltar
alexthomsonracing.com,
Hugo Boss reports in: Position: Second Average speed: 10.6 knots, For the first time in over a week, the wind direction is allowing us to point almost directly at Gibraltar, Spain. With any luck, the current stretch of weather should get us close to the Straits of Gibraltar and our entry to the Mediterranean.... [more]


Woes continue at Laser Worlds - Day 1 abandoned
Di Pearson,
First the Start boat broke free from its mooring and was beached. Then, the first day of racing at the Laser World Championship, being sailed off Terrigal, Australia, was abandoned at 3.30pm with reports of more thunderstorms on the way up from Sydney. On the premise that things can only get better, officials will attempt to sail races 1 and 2 tomorrow... [more]


Groupama 3 out of Atlantic in less than 2 weeks
www.cammas-groupama.com,
The passage of the Cape Agulhas is the second intermediary point of the Jules Verne Trophy: Groupama 3 has accumulated a lead here of 23 hours and 30 minutes over Orange II in 2005, by reaching the longitude 20° East after 13 days 8 hours and 47 minutes! A new reference time was achieved this Wednesday at 1637 UTC... [more]


Waiting for the breeze - Laser day 1
Di Pearson,
No Breeze and then thunderstorms have put the Laser Worlds start on standby. All the Lasers are rigged and sailors waiting by their boats or sitting in the Terrigal Trojan Rugby Club waiting for the AP flag to drop, signaling the fleet can leave The Haven and head out for Races 1 and 2 of the Championship at this ISAF Grade 1 event which will make or break the Olympic fortunes of many... [more]


Virgin Islands Race Week Great prizes on offer
caribbeanracing.com,
Discounted rates on hot yachts and destination vacations as top prizes. This is just a sample of what awaits sailors who compete in the inaugural Virgin Islands Race Week – March 28 to April 6 – presented by the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism.... [more]


Reduced rations as Paprec-Virbac slows
Barcelona World Race media,
At half an hour per tack the situation is getting more difficult now for the race leading crew on board Paprec-Virbac 2 as they are forced further and further north of Gibraltar. Skippers Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall are waiting for the wind to shift to allow them to tack towards the Mediterranean gate - Now on reduced rations as their food supplies become more and more meager by the day... [more]


Ayton - On track for another Yngling World title
RYA / Sail-world.com/uk,
Defending World Champion helm Sarah Ayton insists that “Our plans are on track for another Yngling World title” - Ayton, with Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson, clinched their first world crown at the ISAF World Championships in Cascais last July - Despite not making the medals at the Rolex Miami OCR last week, Ayton insists she, Webb and Wilson are ready to take what is thrown at them... [more]


What a Corker !
PR / Sail-world.com/uk,
ACCBank Cork Week looks like it will be a real Corker this year! Entry levels for the 2008 event, which takes place from July 12 to 18 in Crosshaven, Co Cork, Ireland, are significantly up on 2006 - Six confirmed TP52s have entered who will compete for the Carroll Challenge Cup and the Laser SB3s will have more than 60 boats racing on the One-Design Course... [more]


Coutts on the new RC 44 Championship Tour
PR,
The RC 44 Class has announced its regatta programme for 2008. The RC 44 Championship Tour 2008 will comprise six regattas in three different countries and this year the class will have DHL as Official Logistics Partner... [more]

To Close to Call for Clipper leading pack
Event media,
The leading Clipper boats are almost free of the confines of the South China Sea and soon will be out into the open Pacific Ocean where skippers will be able to execute any tactical plans that they have been hatching in order to gain an advantage. Jamaica still leads but now by just 39nm from Glasgow... [more]


Konyukhov passes first gate in Antarctica Cup
Bob Williams,
Russian sailor Fedor Konyukhov passed through the Cottee Gate (140E) at 15:17:56 UTC on Feb 5 to complete the first stage of his solo record attempt around the 14,000 mile Antarctica Cup racetrack. Its a slow start, but with classic Southern Ocean winds – and snow – forecast for the next few days, the 56 year old adventurer expects to reach the next gate – Wilkes – in much shorter time.... [more]


Arriving US Yachties Fined $19,000 by Australians
Thornton Reese, About.com Sailing,
An Australian court has upheld the conviction and large fine levied against a yachtsman who was convicted by a customs magistrate of failing to announce the intended arrival of his vessel and crew into Australia. The magistrate assessed a fine of $4,000 and $15,000 in court costs. The yachtsman appealed the lower court's conviction, but last week a District Court dismissed the appeal and upheld th... [more]


Cooksons rewarded by on-water performance
Tracey Johnstone,
There is little doubt in Mick Cookson's mind; with the number of Cookson boats competing and their winning performances delivered, 2007 was one of the best year's for Cookson Boats. Quantum Racing's division and overall result in the 2007 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race was a reward for both Ray Roberts and the team at Cookson Boats. The Cookson 50, racing with a canting keel, finished first in... [more]


Olympic sailing lottery fears dismissed
Ollie Williams and the BBC,
Jerome Pels, secretary general of the International Sailing Federation, told BBC Sport the Qingdao venue had performed well in test events. Pels said conditions were not ideal but he insisted 'fair' racing was possible.... [more]


Alfreds II -Laser World's start boat returns home
Di Pearson,
It did not take much for the 'Alfred's II' to break its mooring and come to lay to rest at Terrigal's 'The Haven' on Monday evening, but it has been a massive job to get what was to be the Laser World's start boat back to dry dock.... [more]


Hagara takes NZ Open Tornado Championships
Sail-World,
2004 Olympic Gold medalist Ramon Hagara (Austria) has taken the New Zealand Open Tornado Championship, sailed off Takapuna. Sailing with crew Hans Peter Steinacher, Hagara improved as the series progressed only once finishing out of the top three, after the first day of racing. They scored three wins and four seconds to pass the overnight leader Xavier Revil and Christophe Espagnon (FRA)... [more]


Sprinting to Gibraltar, but trouble looms ahead
Barcelona World Race media,
Paprec-Virbac 2 have piled on the miles, adding over 150 miles to their lead over the last 24 hours. But trouble looms ahead as the weather forecast is for lighter headwinds for much of the rest of the way to Gibraltar and even beyond into the Mediterranean. This means the impressive mileage is going to slow and second placed Hugo Boss is likely to make a deep cut into the lead.... [more]


Time is short to enter Acura Miami Grand Prix
Event Media,
An impressive fleet of top-caliber racing programs is gearing up for top tier racing next month. The 2008 Acura Miami Grand Prix (March 6–9) will carry on the winter regatta excitement that recently concluded in Key West. The first entry deadline is February 8, after that date a late fee will be applied.... [more]


Minor setback for Laser World Championship
Di Pearson,
The start vessel for the Laser World Championship broke its moorings and washed up on the beach. On loan from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Sydney's Northern Beaches, the motor boat was swamped by waves and lie on its side on the beach semi-submerged throughout the night and this morning.... [more]


Cumbley beats frostbite to win Solo Winters
Event media,
Despite severe weather warnings around the country, 59 helms came from as far a field as Largo Bay SC in Scotland and Teign Corinthian in Devon to compete in the Solo Winters. The final race positions, and the Championship were decided upon the outcome of a protest, however Charlie Cumbley took first place, Ewan Birkin-Walls second and Andy Davies third... [more]


Hugo Boss attempt a shortcut to the Med
Event media,
Barcelona World race leader Paprec-Virbac 2 is being forced to take the long road home, with a large high pressure system blocking the direct route to Gibraltar. For the chasing Hugo Boss this could be a chance to cut inside and gain some miles before reaching the Mediterranean. - The routing shows that we'll be able to cut the corner, confirmed Hugo Boss skipper Alex Thomson... [more]


New sponsor for Jersey Regatta - Brewin Dolphin
PR,
The largest independent private client investment manager in the United Kingdom, Brewin Dolphin, is the sponsor of the 10th running of the Jersey Regatta. This major Channel Islands sailing event provides three days of great racing, with a wide variety of racing classes including sportsboats, cruiser/racers, quarter-tonners, dayboats, dinghies and sport-catamarans... [more]


Were they Pirates? Or Were they Curious?
Nancy Knudsen,
The hysteria attached to the idea of Pirates, the reality of the existence of pirates in certain areas of the world, and those who make their living out ot selling books about 'Piracy' can make long range cruising sailors extremely jumpy - and, if they have weapons on board, prone to use them too quickly. Following is the story of a 'pirate' encounter off the western coast of India, near Cochin... [more]


Kiwis have their work cut out in Tornados
Sail-World,
The New Zealand contingent are being shown a clean set of transoms by the international fleet at the 2008 Tornado Nationals, a build up regatta to the World Championships being staged later this month off Takapuna. Only one international competitor is spoiling the clean sweep the Kiwis are making of the tail-end of the fleet. The regatta is led by Xavier Revil and Christophe Espagnon (FRA)... [more]


Big Winds to herald start of Laser World Champions
Di Pearson,
The weather bureau has predicted big winds and seas for the early stages of the Olympic class Laser World Championship that starts off The Haven at Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast on Wednesday.... [more]

Primo Cup: English Dragon pipped to the post
Event media,
A brisk easterly wind dominated the first weekend of the Primo Cup in Monaco which saw top sailors from 17 nations battle for supremacy in the six classes: Dragon, Star, Smeralda 888, H22, J24 and Surprise.... [more]




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