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Images from GreenDragon Team Volvo qualifier
Green Dragon Images,
The GreenDragon Team embarked on their 2000 mile qualifier. During the journey, the boat was sailed north to a waypoint of 5932 .2N 020.6W, approximately halfway between the Outer Hebrides and the Faroe Islands, northwest of mainland Scotland.... [more]


Letter from Qingdao: Practice Race and Launching
Denis Kiely,
Denis Kiely (Ireland) reports from the Paralympics in Qingdao: 'Just ashore from our practice races. Everything went well for the Sonar - Mac, Rhino and Ritchie, but the Skud - Amy and John, had another piece of bad luck. A coach boat following another race ran into their boat and holed them below the waterline. Luckily no one was injured but the damage required the boat to be lifted...... [more]


Paralympics: Canada's Practice Race
Brian Todd,
Brian Todd of the Canadian Paralympic Team reports on the Practice race, with some great images: 'Qingdao delivered a beautiful sunny day with a surprising 7-10kt breeze. Things started out a little slow but as race time came there was a 4-6kt breeze out of the 100-110 range and this built as the practice race moved along to reach 10 kts at times.... [more]


Images from Qingdao: Paralympics - The boat park

Images shot around the boatpark in Qingdao as the competitors prepare for the 2008 Paralympic Regatta... [more]


Look out for a charging Rhino at the Paralympics

To watch Paul Ryan (IRL) swing from a crane onto his Sonar or bound from the dock to the boat, you would never guess that the one-legged Irishman had broken nearly every bone in his body and had spent almost two years in a wheelchair. Rhino is his nickname, but he swings from high places like a monkey. Before his motorcycle accident he was a boxer and a hurler...... [more]

Brazil's first Sonar team at the Paras

Mariolo Faria, Darke Mattos and Rossano Sa Leital launched their Sonar for the first time ever on September 3rd. The first disabled sailing team ever to represent Brazil at the Paralympics is especially thankful for the support that Brazil's Adaptive Sailing Confederation, the Brazilian Paralympic Committee and the Brazilian Sailing Confederation have given them.... [more]


Images from the RS Elite UK Nationals
Greame Sweeney,
Images from the RS Elite UK Nationals by Greame Sweeney - The RS Elite 2008 UK Nationals were held at the Royal Burnham Yacht Club with 17 Boats from Ireland, Lymington, Hayling Island and Burnham taking part in one of this year's happiest sailing events - The title went to Jonathan Brown... [more]


South Easterly tradewind assisting Gitana 13
Gitana 13 media,
Gitana 13 is now benefiting from some fine conditions, slipping along in a SE'ly air flow characteristic of the southern hemisphere. Lionel Lemonchois and his men are continuing their climb towards the equator and are already considering how they're going to negotiate the famous doldrums.... [more]


Images and results as Rolex Maxi Cup concludes
Event media,
The 19th Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup ended at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Saturday after the final day's racing was cancelled. The end result is that yesterday's division leaders - Numbers (Mini Maxi), Ranger (Cruising), Magic Carpet II (Wally) and Rambler (Racing) - became cast in stone and will have their names carved into the honour roll... [more]


America's Cup delays strangling Team NZ
Paul Lewis, NZ Herald,
Crack syndicate Emirates Team New Zealand is down to only 'four or five' people, says former director of sailing Rod Davis, one of the latest casualties as the cost of prolonged America's Cup court action bites deep. Davis has been 'let go' as the legal wrangle between BMW Oracle and holders Alinghi continues to exert financial pressure on would-be Cup challengers.... [more]


Day 4 Rolex Maxi Cup images
Ingrid Abery images,
Ingrid Abery images from Day of the Rolex Maxi Cup in Sardinia.... [more]

Letter from Qingdao: An Irish Perspective: 1 and 2
Denis Kiely,
Maria was out at 8,00am under the boat polishing the hull - and had the whole job done when we arrived down at 10 - 10.30. Someone passed the remark ' a woman's work ...' but being a reformed - well partially reformed - MCP I immediately stopped him and instead explained what had kept us busy and unable to arrive any earlier. That seemed to diffuse the situation???... [more]


Qingdao Paralympics: Bang-On Predictions - Canada
Brian Todd, Canadian YA Media,
Another beautiful day in Qingdao; the winds were not bad and Doug Charko, our team meteorologist (from Sask but lives in NZ) was bang on with his predictions. It was 5-10 knots in the AM and slightly less in the PM. The Canadian team worked hard as usual gathering information for the coming races.... [more]


Rubbini rules at Melges 32 Santa Margherita Ligure
Justin Chisholm,
Fausto Rubbini on Thule continues to lead the Santa Margherita Ligure edition of the Melges 32 2008 Audi Sailing Series after a single race on day two... [more]


Kroger Aims For Second Paralympic Gold
ONS Media,
German 2.4 Metre sailor Heiko Kroger lines up as one of the favourites for medals in the single-person keelboat event at the 2008 Paralympic Sailing Competition in Qingdao. Heiko kroger (GER) stands beside his new 2.4 Metre and recounts the sailing history of a multiple time world champion.... [more]


Images from the RS800 UK Nationals
Sail-world,
Fotoboat images from the RS800 UK Nationals... [more]


Richard wins first Semi-final at St Moritz
Event media,
With the quarter-finals decided today (Saturday) action for the semi-finalists, Mathieu Richard, Philippe Presti, Ian Williams and Adam Minoprio, got under way in a fading breeze. Only one match was completed - Mathieu Richard won first semi-final match against Philippe Presti.... [more]


RS Elite UK Nationals
Ant Law,
The RS Elite 2008 Nationals were held at the Royal Burnham Yacht Club with 17 Boats from Ireland, Lymington, Hayling Island and Burnham taking part in one of this year's happiest sailing events. The title went to Jonathan Brown crewed by parents Lyn and David in Aeolus (RBYC), closely followed by RS's very own Martin Wadhams with Amanda and local guru Paul Fisk... [more]


Rubbini leads Melges 32, Santa Margherita Ligure
Justin Chisholm,
The twelve teams competing on day one of the Santa Margherita Ligure edition of the Melges 32 2008 Audi Sailing Series were faced with tricky conditions for the first two races of the series. Fausto Rubbini on Thule leads with the Leporati brothers in second... [more]


Day 4 in Costa Smeralda Maxi Paradise
Event media,
Day four of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup started late, but did not come up short on excitement or entertainment, especially in the Cruising Division. Happy boats today were Rambler (Racing), Highland Fling (Wally), Ranger (Cruising) and Numbers (Mini Maxi).... [more]


Quarter Finals under way in St Moritz
Event media,
On Day three at the St Moritz Match Race, Monnin and Minoprio took the upper hand. The eight quarterfinalists are Ian Williams (GBR), Jes Gram Hansen (DEN), Adam Minoprio (NZL), Eric Monnin (SUI), Mathieu Richard (FRA) and Sebastien Col (FRA), Peter Wibroe (DEN) and Philippe Presti (FRA)... [more]


Competitor List - 2008 Paralympics in Qingdao
ISAF and Sail-World,
ISAF have announced the complete competitor list for the 2008 Paralympics to be sailed in Qingdao, China at the 2008 Olympic Regatta venue. 78 sailors will compete in three events, with racing commencing on Monday 8th September.... [more]


Poul Jensen wins Dragon Gold Cup
Event media,
Poul Jensen with Theis Palm and Andrew Mortem are the Cascais Dragon Gold Cup winners. They won the championship, with a four point advantage over Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, Jon Mortimer and Ron Rosenberg (GBR)... [more]


PUMA arrives in Spain for Volvo Race
Event media,
PUMA Ocean Racing arrived in Alicante, Spain mid afternoon Friday, successfully delivering their boat il mostro from their training base in the USA. The Puma boat and sailors will remain in Spain until the Volvo start in October... [more]


New software aids sextant calculations
Tim Thornton,
In these days of GPS and computers, you may think that traditional navigation by sextant is a dying art. However this is not the case, with sextant sales remaining buoyant as mariners use a sextant both as a back-up against GPS failure, and for the satisfaction of actually deriving their position rather than just reading it off an electronic display... [more]


Images from Anacortes: BMW Oracle Racing on trial
Gilles Martin-Raget,
More images from Gilles Martin-Raget of the just launched America's Cup multihull challenger as she undergoes sea trials off Anacortes, WA, USA... [more]

RORC Season's Points decider starts Friday
Louay Habib,
The RORC Cherbourg Race starts from the Royal Yacht Squadron at 18:20 Friday and this final race will decide the winner of the Season's Points Championship. It looks set to be a real cracker, with many Class winners still undecided going into the last race... [more]


Branson joins with Team Origin for record attempt
Event media,
Sir Richard Branson, Founder of The Virgin Group will this week join America's Cup Challenger, Team Origin, in a new attempt to break the transatlantic record, which currently stands at 6 days, 17 hrs, 52 minutes and 39 seconds, to become the undisputable fastest mono-hull sailing yacht to cross the Atlantic... [more]


Background of Virgin Money 99ft maxi-race yacht
Virgin Money Media,
Virgin Money, the yacht taking Sir Richard Branson and his crew of 24 across the Atlantic represents the latest in sailing technology. Sir Richard Branson announced that he had joined with Team Origin in an attempt to break the transatlantic record on the 99ft maxi-race yacht Virgin Money... [more]


Hoj Jensen takes lead at Dragon Gold Cup
Event media,
Fourth day of racing and the fourth different leader at the Cascais Dragon Gold Cup. Britain's Poul Richard Hoj Jensen with Theis Palm and Andrew Mordem are first, with only one race to be sailed. Manuel Champalimaud, Mark Hart and Ed Streeter, from Portugal, are second and Britain's Robert Campbell is third... [more]


Gitana 13 round the Cape of Good Hope
Gitana 13 media,
Gitana 13 rounded the Cape of Good Hope this Thursday morning, shortly before 0600 hours UT.... [more]


French sailors aboard BMW Oracle's 'Stradivarius'
Franck Cammas,
Based in Anacortes on the west coast of the United States since 21st August 2008, the skipper of the Groupama Trimarans and his team are full of praise aboard the 90 foot trimaran BMW Oracle designed by the French architects VPLP. After the initial sail trials, Franck Cammas gives us his take on events.... [more]

Paralympics open this weekend - First races Monday
Karenza Morton,
Great Britain's Paralympic team sailors will be on a mission to replicate the success of the country's history-making sailors at last month's Olympics when the curtain is officially raised at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games on Saturday - First races Monday... [more]


Olympic effect on ISAF Sailing Rankings
Media,
Following the 2008 Olympics there have been some obvious changes in the latest release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings. With the results of the participating sailors included, Paul Goodison reclaims the top spot in the Laser, after winning Olympic gold in Qingdao and in the Women's 470 rranking, Italians Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol are back in the top spot... [more]


Big Day at Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
Jill Campbell,
If they ever invent a 4x4 RIB the photographers and film crews that covered today's proceedings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup will be in the market for it.... [more]


BMW Oracle Racing flies main hull at Anacortes
Gilles Martin-Raget,
The new 90ft America's Cup Challenger, BMW Oracle Racing, flew her main hull for the first time today at Anacortes, sailing again in light winds. The precarious helming position is not for the faint hearted.... [more]


Aggressive matchracing at St Moritz quarterfinal
WMRT Media,
A south-westerly breeze of eight to twelve knots came through and provided for some very close match racing. In the final flight of the round Jes Gram Hansen won his match against Peter Wibroe and Ian Williams defeated Paolo Cian after a tight match that went down the final few metre's of the race giving Gram Hansen and Williams the three points they needed to head straight to the Quarterfinals... [more]


Artemis Ocean Racing II completes qualification
Vendée Globe media,
Artemis Ocean Racing II, skippered by British solo sailor Jonny Malbon, has today completed the qualification requirements for the Vendée Globe 2008. Malbon, who set off solo from Plymouth on August 14th, has now effectively completed a double transatlantic crossing.... [more]


Ingrid Abery Images from Rolex Maxi Cup Day 2
Ingrid Abery images,
Well known photographer Ingrid Abery is at the Rolex Maxi Cup in Sardinia. Here are her images from Day 2.... [more]


Col and Minoprio Stand out on day 1 at St Moritz
World Match Racing Tour media,
The format for the St Moritz Match Race sees the teams split in to two groups for the Round Robins. Round Robin A finished with Col in the lead with 4 wins. The afternoon saw another fleet race and then Round Robin B get underway with a standout performance from Adam Minoprio's BlackMatch racing who go into tomorrow undefeated with 3 wins.... [more]

World Laser 4.7 Youth Championship 2008
Mejrema Reuter amended by ISAF,
Shahar Jacob of Israel and Singapore's Elizabeth Yin took the titles at the Laser 4.7 World Championships in Trogir, Croatia. It is difficult to find the right superlatives to describe Israel's Shahar JACOB's stunning performance in this year's championships here in Trogir.... [more]


Olympic Sailing and the media
Rob Kothe,
Sailing secures the least television ratings interest of any Olympic sport according to the IOC and the Medal Race was implemented in an attempt to make the sport more media friendly. Did it deliver in Qingdao?... [more]


Will Britain dominate Sailing at 2008 Paralympics?
Sail-World,
Team GB won four Gold medals at the Olympic regatta in Qingdao and similar domination could happen at this regatta, as the British won two Gold Medals out of the three classes in the 2008 IFDS Qingdao International Regatta, which was the most recent form guide... [more]


Day 2 of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
Event media,
Day 2 of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup opened with less than promising conditions. The Race Committee kept the fleet ashore until 11:30, but even then it was not until 13:30 that the racing began in just over 5 knots of breeze. Three hours later, the Cruising and Mini Maxis had completed a 17 nautical mile course, while the two J Class, Ranger and Velsheda enjoyed another match-race round the course... [more]


In-House Certification Programme Olympic Milestone
ISAF,
The credentials of the IHC scheme were confirmed when the first IHC built sails were presented for measurement at the Beijing Olympic Games. Sails used by competitors in the 470, Finn and Yngling fleets, self certified by North Sails OD in Gosport, were despatched to Qingdao and passed the equipment inspection with no problems.... [more]


Champalimaud (POR) new leader of Dragon Gold Cup
Event media,
Manuel Champalimaud is the new leader of the Cascais Dragon Gold Cup. The Portuguese sailor was eighth in the championship's fourth race and has a three point advantage from Poul Richard Hoj Jensen, Theis Palm and Andrew Mordem and 8,7 from Robert Campbell, Matt Walker and Jonathan Hill, both from Great Britain... [more]

Cap Istanbul: New format but the same mindset
Kate Jennings,
Thirty competitors including two women and two overseas entries, five stages and a 1,660 mile course, such is the scenario of this 3rd edition of the Cap Istanbul. The race will stretch from Nice in the Alpes Maritimes region of France to Istanbul in Turkey via Cagliari in Sardinia, Marzamemi in Sicily, Aghios Nikolaos in Crete and finally Bozcaada in Turkey... [more]


UK Launch of the Bavaria 43 by Clipper Marine
Fast Track Sailing,
Clipper Marine, the UK dealership for Bavaria Sailing Yachts will be hosting the exclusive launch of the new Bavaria 43 model at this year's PSP Southampton Boat Show. The launch is on the Bavaria stand F007 on Friday, 12 September. Yacht builder, Bavaria Yachtbau, has a new design concept, notably the new flexible cabin options with the choice of 2 aft cabins or 1 single, large owner's cabin... [more]


Images from the 49er National Championship
Cailah Leask,
The 49er Class Association chose the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy venue for their 2008 National Championships. Skandia Team GBR sailors John Pink and Rick Peacock sailed a near flawless regatta picking up seven race wins and two 3rd place finishes in the nine race series... [more]


Images from Qingdao: View from the sea
Richard Gladwell,
There is a lot of misunderstanding about China, particularly if your views are formed on the basis of TV news. The giant nation is undergoing a tremendous change as it both seeks to retain its own culture and identity and embrace, or rather shake hands, with the West. On the Chinese mainland it is often difficult to gain an overall impression of this growth... [more]


BMW Oracle Racing flies at Anacortes
Gilles Martin-Raget,
The new 90ft America's Cup Challenger, BMW Oracle Racing, had her first outing under full sail off Anacortes, today. The winds were light, but some of the speeds being clocked by the newly launched trimaran are quite remarkable.... [more]


K-Challenge starts second phase
Stephanie Nadin,
K-Challenge continues its preparation in order to be ready when the race against time for the next multi-challengers America's Cup will start. This second phase comes up after having worked a lot this year for the launch of a team based on the new generation (key members' detection, start of the common work and methodology validation).... [more]

New leader at Dragon Gold Cup - Day 2
Event media,
Russia's Alexey Krylov with Vlad Kapitonov and Alexei Bushuev are the new Cascais Dragon Gold Cup leaders after second day of racing in the fantastic scenery of Cascais. Britain's Robert Campbell, Matt Walker and Jonathan Hill are second overall and Portuguese Manuel Champalimaud, Mark Hart and Ed Streeter are third... [more]


Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - day 1
Event media,
The 19th Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup kicked off Tuesday in a building breeze from the north-west and clear blue skies in the waters off Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Top spots in the fleets went to the Ernesto Bertarelli-chartered Numbers in the Mini Maxis, Ranger in Cruising, Alfa Romeo in Racing and Lindsay Owen-Jones Magic Carpet 2 in Wally... [more]




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