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Star Worlds: Kusnierewicz wins again - Percy out
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
It was all grins for Polish team of Mateusz Kusnierewicz and Dominik Zycki of Poland as they crushed the rest of the fleet during the second race of the Star Worlds. Call it Black Saturday for many who had hoped to win the 2008 Star Worlds or go to the Olympics. Twenty were black flagged including Britain's Ian Percy and Andrew Simpson... [more]


RS400 Fat Face circuit event at Queen Mary
RS media,
Paul Hilliar and Stu Jagger won the RS400 Fat Face circuit event at Queen Mary SC. Although bracingly cold, the wind was a pretty decent F3-4, shifting regularly. Twentyfive RS400s braved the forecast or snow and freezing temperatures to attend the first Fat Face circuit event of the season at Queen Mary SC... [more]


Tactics pay Uniquely Singapore & Nova Scotia
Clipper Ventures Media,
Uniquely Singapore's and Nova Scotia's tactical moves north have paid off and they stand to pull out a bigger lead over the rest of the Clipper fleet and benefit further from their gamble before the six yachts behind them get the same winds.... [more]


America's Cup - How long to build a catamaran?
Derek Kelsall,
In 1964, I was in Newport, R.I., USA, at the same time as the AC of that year, when it was a much more relaxed event. For example, Peter Scott was at the helm of the British challenger, having been chosen, just a few weeks before the start. I had arrived in Newport sailing the first none-ballasted yacht to compete in the Solo Trans Atlantic from Plymouth UK.... [more]


Design Guru, Olin Stephens 100 years young
sail-world.com/uk,
April 13 marks the 100th birthday of American design doyen Olin Stephens. Olin retired from the design business in the 1980's, after designing over 2,000 boats, including eight America's Cup winners, in career lasting more than 50 years. To celebrate the work of this designer with few peers sail-world.com has put together a few pictures covering some of his major design successes... [more]


Poles hold their nerve in the black flag starts
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Mateusz Kusnierewicz and Dominik Zycki (POL) had a game plan and they stuck to it. During each of the starts before the black flag went up during the first race of the 2008 Star World Championships hosted by Coral Reef YC, they were right near the boat. As they set up for the start under the black flag, Kusnierewicz/Zycki timed it perfectly so that they were right on the money.... [more]


Clipper R8: to Santa Cruz, New York takes the lead
Clipper Ventures Media,
Glasgow: Scotland with style Clipper, which had been leading for much of Race 8 so far, has been overtaken by New York and Hull & Humber although, with just 36 miles in terms of distance to finish separating the first seven boats, none of the crews or skippers can rest on their laurels.... [more]


China wins Asia's biggest boating awards
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Qingdao was named Asia's Maritime Capital at the fourth edition of the Christofle Asia Boating Awards, held at Le Royal Meridien in Shanghai last night. This is the first time a Chinese city has been awarded such a sought-after accolade. It recognises the tremendous effort that has been put into turning that city into a sailing hub in preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games.... [more]


Experienced crew needed for South Pacific Voyages
Jane Pares,
OceansWatch www.oceanswatch.org the newly formed Trust connecting sailors and divers with marine conservation and humanitarian projects, needs crew for two yachts this coming season in the South Pacific region. Among those needed are are crew members who can sail and dive, a Skipper, a Marine Biologist.... [more]


BMW ORACLE completes training session in Lorient
BMW Oracle Racing Media,
BMW ORACLE Racing today completed a successful two-week training session here off France's Brittany coast, on board the 60-foot multihull Groupama 2. 'It's been great for all of us to get onto a bigger boat which has accelerated the learning curve for everyone,' said BMW ORACLE Racing helmsman James Spithill (AUS).... [more]


Hostages released, Yacht Pirates captured
Bob Maxwell,
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced that 32 hostages held on the 288 foot superyacht Le Ponant by pirates off the coast of Somalia have been released. 'The President expresses his deep gratitude to the French armed forces and all the state services which enabled a rapid and peaceful solution to this hostage-taking,' a statement said.... [more]


Clipper New York still nipping heels of Glasgow
Clipper Ventures Media,
With 12-hour runs averaging 100 miles, the Clipper 07-08 fleet continues to make good progress towards Santa Cruz and the contest for the coveted yellow pennant remains fierce, with mistakes ruthlessly punished by the opposition.... [more]


Star Worlds start with a Bang Bang Bang
starworlds2008.com,
Three cannon shots and the lowering of the American flag signalled the end of the opening ceremonies and the official start of the 2008 Star Worlds at Coral Reef Yacht Club today.... [more]


Star Practice Race, gears fine lets head for shore
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Most of the leaders spent the first part of the beat heading toward Coconut Grove, and that's where the Practice Race broke down. Satisfied that equipment was in order, the shore tempted many... [more]


Yachting Mutiny - what do you think should happen?
Nancy Knudsen,
It's not often in the 21st Century you hear of mutiny on the high seas, and more rarely on a yacht. However, a recent mutiny on a yacht in New Zealand waters raises interesting questions. When is a mutiny justified? If a crew mutinies because they are afraid for their lives, is that justified? Maybe yes. But if very inexperienced, maybe they are just panicked landlubbers without understanding?... [more]


Laughing Cow skipper out of Artemis Transat
Event media,
Kito de Pavant, skipper of Groupe Bel, bearing the effigy of the famous Vache qui rit® - Laughing Cow - has been injured during a preparatory sail for the Artemis Transat. A fracture of the fibula (left leg) will immobilize him for at least five weeks. He is therefore obliged to abandon his participation in the first race of the season, The Artemis Transat, leaving from Plymouth in a month... [more]


The best kept secret in the UK regatta season
Claire Kennard,
The Dartmouth Royal Regatta has been one of the best kept secrets in the UK regatta season and this year Global Yacht Racing will be entering a team on an IRC42. If you want to join the crew read more... [more]


Team Russia announce new Volvo crew members
Julie Turner,
At a press conference held at the Moscow International Boat Show, Team Russia skipper Andreas Hanakamp and syndicate president Oleg Zherebstov announced five key crew members that will join Team Russia to sail in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 - Line up - Guillermo Altadill, Stig Westergaard, Wouter Verbraak and Vladimir ‘Kuli' Kulinichenko... [more]


Megayacht builder for Solent
media,
The South East England Development Agency - SEEDA - has secured US super yacht company Palmer Johnson's investment in the Solent against fierce international competition. Palmer Johnson will build a range of multi-million pound, bespoke, super yachts up to 100 metres. These will be the largest leisure craft in production in the UK... [more]


Repaired Clipper yachts leave Honolulu
,
Westernaustralia2011.com and Durban 2010 and Beyond have both left Honolulu and will motor/sail to SantaCruz for the next start. The other eight teams who left Honolulu earlier to race to Santa Cruz have been battling with strong headwinds overnight with most skippers reporting that they have reefed mainsails and small headsails up - Glasgow:Scotland with style is the leader ahead of New York... [more]


Images from Lorient: BMW Oracle train in ORMA60's
Gilles Martin-Raget,
BMW Oracle racing is training for two weeks off Lorient, France in two ORMA 60's which are 60ft LOA x approximately 60ft beam - they are working up with a number of experienced French multihull sailors including Franck Cammas from Groupama... [more]


RS Anniversary Event entry passes 100
HISC media,
The entry list for the RS Racing Anniversary Regatta, sponsored by Fat Face, at Hayling Island SC has now passed the one hundred mark and still going. The three day event is open to the following RS classes: RS200, RS300, RS400, RS500, RS600, RS700, RS800, RS Feva, RS Vision, RS Vareo and RS K6... [more]


Deauville Week 2008 start is fast approaching
Translated by Kate Jennings,
The third edition of Deauville International Week remains loyal to its values whilst being innovative as regards the sports organisation and the entertainment on shore.... [more]


Gitana 13 snatches the North Pacific record
Gitana Team media,
Gitana 13 adds the North Pacific crossing to its list of conquests by covering the 4,482 theoretical miles of the (direct) course in 11 days 12 minutes and 55 seconds. With a peak speed of 39.7 knots, performed by the skipper of Gitana 13, it's a new personal record for the crew on this crossing.... [more]


Star Class what it takes to be Measured & Weighed
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
The final bell tolled late in the afternoon and skippers and crews who had resorted to making weight by subsisting on green tea and salad greens had to face the facts. As they gingerly stepped on the scale and the register settled down they had to decide weather the exhale of their sigh of relief would be enough to tip the scale in their favor or whether they would have to shed some more clothing... [more]


America's Cup E-Mailbag
Various correspondents,
Another letter as the life is slowly choked out of the 2009 America's Cup. Sail-World is happy to publish our readers' views an opinions on the America's Cup: Please address your contributions to nzeditor@sail-world.com... [more]


Star Stars prepare for Star Worlds 2008
Janet Maizner & Sail-World,
Lots of activity at Miami's Coral Reef Yacht Club on Biscayne Bay Florida, with a giant field assembling ahead of the 2008 Star Worlds. All but one of the top 20 ranked Star Class teams in the world are among the 208 competitors who are preparing for the most important regatta in the Class – the Star World Championships, held annually since 1923... [more]


ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy to Nucci Novi Ceppellini
ISAF,
The ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy - which honours an outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing - has been awarded posthumously to ISAF Vice-President Nucci Novi Ceppellini of Italy. Nucci, who passed away in February this year, was dedicated to the sport of sailing throughout her life and an active and successful sailor... [more]


Gitana close to North Pacific Record Attempt goal
Kate Jennings - Gitana Team media,
Gitana 13 is positioned 174.60 miles from Yokohama at 1230 UT and boosted by a lead of over 948.1 miles on the reference time, and should conclude their North Pacific crossing during the course of the night (UT). In the meantime however, some difficult hours still lay ahead of the eleven sailors.... [more]


First International Canoe Open of the Season
Gareth Caldwell,
The International Canoe fleet emerged from their winter slumber and bolt holes, and the fleet's athletes descended on Grafham Water for their first open of the season. There was a good buzz around the fleet with the emerging Development Canoe bringing in new faces to sail all variants of the boat... [more]


How long to build an America's Cup multihull?
Sebastien Destremau and Sail-World,
Sebastien Destremau decided to speak with one of the most successful maxi multihull builder/designer's in the World, Gilles Ollier from Multiplast who openly insists 'It is impossible to build a 90 ft multihull in less than 8 months!' Coincientally, Sail-World had the same discussion, on Tuesday, with a leading New Zealand boatbuilder and our information is six months.... [more]


Vanda Young wins a snowy Solo Open at Littleton SC
Solo media,
Vanda Young won the Solo Open at Littleton SC after a tough series left the first five places to be split by one point - more than enough to test most dinghy sailors' brains. The morning of the Littleton Sailing Club Spring Solo open meeting, sponsored by The Dinghy Store at Datchet, dawned with a surprise covering of snow. The important thing was though that this time there was wind!... [more]


Progress well advanced on new America's Cup yacht
BMW Oracle Racing Media,
The third America's Cup racing yacht to be built in Anacortes is well underway, BMW ORACLE Racing, the U.S. Challenger for the 33rd America's Cup, confirmed today. The multihull yacht is being built for San Francisco's Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) team for a match against the defender later this year.... [more]


Two Clippers a step closer to joining the fleet
Clipper event media,
westernaustralia2011.com was moved from her berth at Hawaii Yacht Club to the boat yard as soon as the tide was high enough and the mast builder and riggers swung into action to crane her new mast onboard. As the sun was setting behind them the crew of Durban 2010 and Beyond were fitting the boom to their mast while victualling was being completed.... [more]

Kidnapped Crew on yacht Le Ponant Alive and Well
BW Media,
All 32 crew members on board a luxury French yacht captured by Somali pirates at the weekend are alive and being well treated, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday citing the country's embassy in France... [more]


SailJuice: More to this than meets the eye?
Andy Rice and Simon Morgan,
Not everyone has welcomed ISAF's new submission with open arms. The UK Catamaran Racing Association's Simon Morgan sent SailJuice this response to the submission, and Simon questions some of the language used by ISAF in this new document... [more]


Classy fleet for Rolex Farr 40 World Championship
Key Partners (KPMS),
The world's best are gearing up in Miami for the 2008 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. Among the 33 entered teams, 10 countries are represented, with the bulk of the fleet consisting of American and Italian entries. At the top of the favorites is Mascalzone Latino, Vincenzo Onorato's Italian entry. He will have his work cut out for him as there are three past world champions in the fleet... [more]

British sailors named for 2008 Paralympic Games
RYA,
Six of Britain's top disabled sailors have today been named as part of the Paralympics team for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Britain qualified and will be represented in all three Paralympic boat classes at the Games – the Sonar – a three-person keelboat, the SKUD – a two-person keelboat or and the 2.4mR single-handed keelboat... [more]


Clipper R8 to Santa Cruz: 2 yachts still in Hawaii
Clipper Ventures Media,
There has been no let up in the pace of the work to replace Durban 2010 and Beyond's mast and repair westernaustralia2011.com's. Having lifted Durban 2010 and Beyond's mast into place late yesterday afternoon, the riggers have been working today to replace the rope guys that had been holding it in place overnight with steel rigging cables.... [more]


If Valencia wants the America's Cup in 2009 ...
Levante and Valencia Life Network,
'Now we are in discussions with the authorities so that the contract that was signed for a conventional cup in 2009 can be adapted to the current situation, which means an exceptional Cup race in 2009 with two teams in multihulls and if we win another conventional Cup with all the syndicates in 2011. We have proposed Valencia to stage these without costing them one Euro more than they have already... [more]


Charter Boat Bikini Girls Run out of Town
Vera Knaice,
In Fort Pierce, Florida, Gil and Kathi Coombes have run charter boats for years. But it wasn't until this January their business really took off. That's when they added Bikini Girl Charters. For a few extra dollars they'll drop their tops once they get a few miles offshore, but as reported this week on WCTV, 'Smokin'em Charters' was a bit too bawdy for city officials in one U.S. town... [more]


BVI Spring Regatta Ends on a High Note
Linda Phillips,
With winds hovering about 20, the lightest wind seen all weekend, choppy seas and very blue skies, BVI Spring Regatta wrapped up today. There seemed to be a consensus that today's conditions were the best yet... [more]


Somalia: unconfirmed reports Pirates attacked
Source Radio Garowe,
Somalia's Radio Garowe said last night that the hijacked French yacht had passed Eyl and headed south towards coastal waters off the region of Mudug, in central Somalia. Unconfirmed reports said armed villagers engaged the pirates in a skirmish that killed at least two people... [more]


Topper Open Meeting at Wilsonian Sailing Club
Roy Winnett,
Nine Toppers representing eight sailing clubs from across the southeast attended the open meeting at Wilsonian Sailing Club on Saturday 5 April. A lapping course, one race in the morning and two back-to-back after lunch with two to count was the format. The moderate breeze was manageable, the only problem being the short chop from wind against the flood tide... [more]


Snow laughing matter at Warsash Spring Series
Flavia Bateson,
Britain's The Raymarine Warsash Spring Series was abandoned after a snow blizzard hit the Solent early Sunday morning. After the race management team consulted their weather adviser they decided to abandon racing for the day, since conditions were not forecast to improve until afternoon. It was time for a late breakfast for those crews who had battled through to the Hamble moorings and marinas... [more]




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