28 Mar 2009
At long last (and certainly not a moment too soon for the hungry crews!) the VOR fleet is trickling in to Rio. Ericsson 3 led the slow-mo charge, followed by E4 and then Puma, leaving Green Dragon and Telefonica Blue at sea.
Meanwhile, on board Musandam Mohsin Al Busaidi is delighted to become the first Arab sailing circumnavigator, and Vestas Sailrocket is ready for another 'crack' at the speed record - stay in one piece, please fellas.
We also have the very unpleasant story of the British sailing couple attacked in Thai waters. This has received a great deal of prominence on the internet and in regional press recently. It has been headlined as "piracy", but looks more to have been a piece of small-time opportunism that escalated into a horrific tragedy than any form of organised piracy.
It's still cold, foggy and raining in Hong Kong, which just serves to remind us why people sail off the the Philippines at this time of year - the RHKYC's San Fernando Race leaves Hong Kong on 08 April. Stand by your bunks...
|America's Cup outcomes - Dick Enersen |
Veteran America's Cup aficionado, and television producer, Dick Enersen (USA) gives his overview of the possible outcomes stemming from the America's Cup Appeal decision, expected any day: 'A decision is imminent. Apparently the court only announces decisions on Tuesdays & Thursdays, at 0900 East Coast time. There are three possible outcomes...... [more]
|Congressional Cup: What a day! Ainslie 0-5, Richard and Minoprio 5-0 |
Rich Roberts reports on Day 3 at the Congressional Cup, Long Beach. A recent series of small earthquakes in the California desert not far away was felt on the water here Thursday. How else to explain the virtual tsunami that swept over the Long Beach Yacht Club's 45th Congressional Cup and turned the battle for the Crimson Blazer upside down?... [more]
|Ericsson 4 finishes second but strengthens grip on Volvo leaderboard |
Ericsson 4 media,
Ericsson 4 finished more than 12 hours behind teammate and leg winner Ericsson 3. The arrival of Ericsson 4, with three Brazilians aboard - Grael, Horácio Carabelli and João 'Joca' Signorini - marked a homecoming of sorts.... [more]
|OMYC Pattaya Raft-Up next week |
Ocean Marina Yacht Club's next raft-up in Pattaya will take place on the Tuesday before a race weekend - next Tuesday 31st March at Shenanigans Jomtien, starting at 1800 hrs.... [more]
|Bundock to helm Extreme 40 BT for iShares Cup series |
BT Extreme 40 media,
The 2009 calendar for the iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series is confirmed and the BT Extreme 40 is ready for action with a strong crew line up led by Nick Moloney. There is a change of helm for BT, as top Australian Olympic catamaran sailor Darren Bundock steps in. Nick and Darren will be joined by top British Tornado crew Ed Barney. The fourth member of the team is Steve Mitchell from GBR.... [more]
|Trouble ahead for Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet |
The Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet are set for a finish line scramble early next week. Over the past 24 hours, the German team of Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme on Beluga Racer have made a break away.... [more]
|Ericsson 3 finish first in Rio de Janeiro on leg 5 of Volvo Ocean Race |
Ericsson 3, skippered by Magnus Olsson (SWE) finished first into Rio de Janeiro on leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, crossing the line at 10:37:57 GMT 26/03/09, after 41 days at sea. At 12,300 nm it is the longest leg in the 36-year history of the event... [more]
|Holiday hell as pirates attack couple, kill husband |
A British couple has endured a harrowing and fatal encounter with pirates who ransacked their boat, named Mr Bean, off the coast of Thailand.... [more]
|Green Dragon in calm seas as fuel situation reaches critical level |
Green Dragon media/Ian Walker,
Green Dragon have reached the 40 day mark of leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean race, the last few days onboard have been long and slow. 'We are still in the grips of the ever expanding high pressure. Last night and this morning was the calmest I have ever seen the sea. We went hours and hours without even seeing a ripple on the surface.' Ian Walker... [more]
|Mohsin Al Busaidi becomes first Arab to sail non-stop around the world |
Mohsin Al Busaidi left Muscat, Oman on an attempt to sail non-stop around the world on January 8 2009. 76 days later, the Sultanate of Oman has welcomed him home as a hero.... [more]
|Vestas Sailrocket ready for another speed record attempt at Walvis Bay |
The fact that Vestas Sailrocket now sits outside this here container 100% ready for another assault on the Walvis Bay Speed sailing course bears testimony to the effort put in by the team since the violent crash 13 days ago. - Paul Larsen... [more]
|Portimao Global Ocean Race: Beluga Racer back into the lead |
With the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet north of the Falkland Islands and 1,000 miles from the Leg 3 finish line in Ilhabela, Brazil, pole position is taken by the German team on Beluga Racer. After 14 days at the front of the fleet the Chileans on Desafio Cabo de Hornos drop back to second place. Team Mowgli and Roaring Forty are closing in on the leaders from the west and south.... [more]
|Monsoon Cup 2009 Qualifiers open for teams registration |
The Monsoon Cup Malaysia 2009 is looking for young sailors and fresh talents across Malaysia and Asia for its qualifiers with the winners getting the opportunity to race with the world's best sailors in the Monsoon Cup the final event of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) at Pulau Duyong in Kuala Terengganu from Dec 1- 6.... [more]
|El Coyote Cup, 4/5 April 2009 |
This fabulous event is sponsored by the crew of El Coyote and will consist of around the cans races on Saturday, 4th April and Sunday, 5th April, the first two days of the first long April weekend. Your last chance of getting your crew fine-tuned before The Top Of The Gulf Regatta in a competitive environment.... [more]
|Images of the Congressional Cup - Day 1 |
Top US sailing journalist Rich Roberts had his camera in action on the water for the first day of racing in the Congressional Cup... [more]
|Telefonica Blue the envy of a hungry Volvo fleet |
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Unlike the other Volvo Ocean Race teams rationing food and diesel on leg 5, Telefónica Blue has been well provided for by MCM Gabriele Olivo. Ericsson 3 still holds her lead (DTF 424 nm). The real boat race now seems to be between becalmed Green Dragon (DTF 918nm) and the limping Telefónica Blue (DTF 983 nm), who has made a more sophisticated repair to the checkstays on the mast.... [more]
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