27 Apr 2009


Major Events

America's Cup

Olympic class regattas


Round the Island Race

Keelboat Events

Offshore Events

Extreme 40s

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

RC 44 Championship Tour

2009 World Match Racing Tour

2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race

2009 Monsoon Cup

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The latest weekend news from around the sailing world. The Hyeres ISAF World Cup regatta finished on Friday and as this goes out, Ericsson 4 crossed the line in Boston to win Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race.

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Good reading
Gerald New
UK Editor

29er victory at Glyn Charles Memorial Open Pursuit Race
Event media,
The Glyn Charles Memorial Open Pursuit Race was won by James Peters and Dicken Maclean of HISC, sailing a 29er. Second were Matt Findlay and Richard Anderton from Weston SC sailing a Fireball and in third John Bell and Graham Williamson in a Merlin Rocket from Hampton SC... [more]

Strong winds and tides for Fareastsails Spring Series
Richard Baldwin,
Liverpool Yacht Club held the third race of the Fareastsails.com Spring Series on Sunday. A good spring tide giving almost 5 knots and a southerly wind nearer 20 knots rather than the forecast 6 gave Race Officer Nick Ogden and interesting problem... [more]

Quantum Sails NZ first Kiwi's to win 18ft Skiff ANZAC regatta
Dave Healy,
Kiwi crews have dominated the 2009 18ft Skiff ANZAC regatta, with Quantum Sails NZ sailed by Chris Skinner, Chris Burgess and Dave Healy taking home the trophy. The top Aussie boat was Club Marine (Cameron McDonald) finishing 6th, after disappointingly falling out of contention in the final two races with gear failure.... [more]

Disappointment as ICAP Leopard breaks boom at Antigua Sailing Week
Neil Forrester,
The 42nd edition of Antigua Sailing Week began today with a single race for the Division A Racing fleets and the Division B classes of Performance Cruisers, Cruising fleets, Dragons and Multihulls.... [more]

More images from Semaine Olympique Francais at Hyeres
Richard Langdon,
Top international sailing photographer, Richard Langdon presents a second gallery from Semaine Olympique Française at Hyeres... [more]

Images of Semaine Olympique Francais at Hyeres
Richard Langdon,
Top international sailing photographer, Richard Langdon presents this gallery from Semaine Olympique Française at Hyeres... [more]

Indispensable Sunscreen Tips
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
This is the second part of a three-article series on sailors and the sun Dr. Steve Horwitz has been an active PHRF, Lightning and Etchells sailor for quite awhile. While most sailors on Biscayne Bay are used to seeing him at the helm of Widespread Panic, he crewed for years before he became a dermatologist.... [more]

Close leg 4 start for Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet
Oliver Dewar,
Portimao Leg 4 start. Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz chose to patrol the start line on Desafio Cabo de Hornos, reaching back and forth across the channel. The Chilean team's timing proved immaculate and Cubillos and Muñoz scorched towards the offshore end of the start, gybed at the inflatable marker buoy and crossed the line first.... [more]

Sodeb'O to tackle new record campaign across the Atlantic
Kate Jennings Translation,
The maxi-trimaran Sodeb'O will be tackling a brand new record campaign across the Atlantic in 2009. In 2009, the programme is once again an ambitious one for Thomas Coville, who will attempt to beat two records on his 32 metre maxi-trimaran... [more]

Please spare a penny (£1) for the Cowes fireworks
Victoria Rhodes,
The cry was 'Please spare a penny for the Guy, mister' well taking into account the credit crunch it seems a minimum of a pound is necessary to show your support for the Cowes Week Fireworks. 3,591 members of a new Facebook group, Save Cowes Week Fireworks, have pledged to contribute towards the display. However, there are still considerable funds to be raised... [more]

Images from the 41st Semaine Olympique Française - Hyères
Images from the 41st Semaine Olympique Française - Hyères... [more]

Finn focus in Hyeres – Gaspic confirms his Gold
Robert Deaves,,
Sixth place was enough for Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) to take the overall win in the Finn class at the 41st Semaine Olympique Française in Hyeres Friday, his first Grade 1 win in the class. Race winner and second overall was Ed Wright (GBR) with Gapser Vincec (SLO) taking the bronze medal... [more]

Medal winners decided at ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The wind finally came in Hyères for the Medal race providing great racing for the top ten sailors in each class. The French and British sailors revelled in the windier conditions, both taking five medals on the final day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup 4th event, the Semaine Olympique Française... [more]

Ericsson 4 takes Volvo lead - Puma on a charge into second
Volvo media,
The gybe onto port yesterday was critical. Bouwe Bekking and his boys on Telefónica Blue were struggling with boatspeed against the powerful Ericsson 4 and both boats went into hiding to keep the moment of their manoeuvre secret for a long as possible. When they emerged, it became clear that it had been a catastrophic 12 hours for Telefónica Blue, who drops to fourth place on the leg leaderboard... [more]

Gold for Goodison as Brits score five medals in France
Lindsey Bell,
Paul Goodison struck gold at his first international event of the London cycle, with British sailors picking up a total of five medals at the fourth leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres on Friday. In the Finn class Ed Wright picked up silver, as did John Gimson and Ed Greig in the Star class and Bryony Shaw on the RSX. Nick Dempsey added a final Bronze in the men's RSX event... [more]

Ericsson 4 set for a Sunday afternoon finish in Leg 6 of the Volvo OR
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com,
Ericsson 4 is predicted to win Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race when it finishes in Boston on Sunday afternoon, local time. The final stretch will be in 20kt plus headwinds - not a strong point of sailing for the Volvo 70's. At the final turning point, Ericsson 4 is predicted to have a lead of about 55nm, from Ericsson 3... [more]

Gladwell's Line: America's Cup likely to return to NY Supreme Court
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
The America's Cup seems to be destined to return to Court as a result of the action of Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve rejecting the offer of a Multi Challenger event sailed in yachts to the AC33 rule, made by the Challenger of Record, Golden Gate Yacht Club. At a meeting in Geneva, on Thursday, SNG/Alinghi did not accept the Multi Challenger proposal... [more]

Finn focus in Hyeres - Gaspic v Vincec showdown
Robert Deaves,
The medal race for Finns at the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyeres will be a showdown between two sailors who have dominated the headlines all week. Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) goes into the deciding race with an 11 point margin over world ranked number one, Gasper Vincec (SLO)... [more]

Gold for Pietro and Giancarlo Sibello on penultimate day!
Corinne McKenzie,
Pietro and Giancarlo Sibello of Italy, in the 49er, have secured the first Gold medal of the Hyeres ISAF Sailing World Cup. The Italian pair have now added a second victory since their disappointing 4th place finish at the Olympic Games. Also on the cusp of Gold are Rohart and Ponsot of France, only a disqualification at the start or an equipment failure will deny them Star Gold... [more]

Alinghi opts for a May 2010 America's Cup Match in Multihulls
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
Societe Nautique de Geneve and the new Challenger of Record,Golden Gate Yacht Club met for the first time in Geneva overnight NZT. Various proposals were considered and discussed, however the position of the Defender was much as expected, and they announced a Match in May 2010 in 90ft Multihulls.... [more]

Entry Open for JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race
Flavia Bateson,
The next JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race will take place on Saturday 20 June 2009 and entries can be made online. 2008 saw a record turnout of boats in the entire 78-year history of the race and despite the economic downturn entries this year are holding up well... [more]

Skin Cancer - the Reality of being a Fair-Skinned Sailor
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
'One of the first skin cancer screenings that I did at a regatta was during the 2001/02 Miami stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race,' said Dr. Steve Horwitz. Steve is sailing's skin doctor. He has been practicing dermatology in Miami for over three decades and has been sailing on Biscayne Bay for longer... [more]

Team GBR put 12 boats from 7 classes into Friday's final medal races
Lindsey Bell,
Olympic champion Paul Goodison continues to top the leaderboard in his comeback to the Laser fleet – heading into the final day of this French Olympic Sailing Week. Other GBR sailors to go into the Medal day in podium places - Helena Lucas (2.4mR), Bryony Shaw (RSX), Nick Dempsey (RSX) and Ed Wright in the Finn... [more]

Channel Islands Connex Spring Regatta

Moderate northerly winds over last weekend of the 18 and 19 April ensured excellent racing for all who turned out for the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club's annual Spring Regatta sponsored by Connex... [more]

Volvo Race - Out come the Stealth cards
Cameron Kelleher,
What else could Telefónica Blue do? At 07:00 GMT this morning, Ericsson had inched to within six miles of the blue boat. Telefonica Blue was first to blink, going into StealthPlay at the 07:00 GMT Position Report. Ericsson 4 followed suit at 10:00 GMT. Torben Grael's crew will exit cloak and dagger at 22:00... [more]

Marine Litter Summit at WPNSA
Katie Doerr,
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy is to host, in conjunction with the Dorset Coast Forum, a Marine Litter Summit on Friday, 24 April... [more]

RC 44 fleet faces tricky conditions on Day 1 of Cagliari Cup
Bernard Schopfer,
Two flights could be completed on day one of the Cagliari Cup match race event. The winners of the day are Team Puerto Calero Islas Canarias, undefeated, and No Way Back, who managed to beat the match race champion Ceeref. Team Aqua, Artemis and BMW Oracle Racing are also unbeaten.... [more]

Corinne McKenzie talks with Helena Lucas in Hyeres
Corinne McKenzie,
The Semaine Olympique Française is the second ISAF World Cup event for Skandia Team GBR, Helena Lucas who has returned to international competition early this month. Corinne McKenzie talks with Helena about the event... [more]

Regatta leaders collect top scores at Hyeres
Corinne McKenzie,
Another day of light and patchy conditions distributed high points to regatta favourites. While some classes see new leaders, high scores reduce the advantages gained and open the scores. With light and shifty northerly breeze coming in early afternoon, racing got underway behind schedule and di not end until after 7pm... [more]

Finn focus in Hyeres – Gaspic can do no wrong
Robert Deaves,
It would seem that Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic can do no wrong. After four days of an exceptionally up and down regatta at the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyeres, he has not yet placed worse than fifth. Second placed Gasper Vincec, 12 points behind, is also doing well and has an identical points gap over third placed Marin Misura... [more]

Team GBR suffer on day four in Hyeres
Lindsey Bell,
Only Paul Goodison, in the Laser, still holds a top position with one day to go before the Medal races at the ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Hyeres, despite posting a discardable 31. Nick Dempsey has crept up into the bronze medal position in the men's RS:X and 2.4mR sailor Helena Lucas dropped to the bronze medal position... [more]

GP42's ready for Audi MedCup Circuit stage one
Event media,
Final preparations are underway among the six teams competing in the GP42 Series for Stage One of the upcoming 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit. Like their larger bretheren the TP52's, the GP42's are a highly-competitive evolutionary box-rule class, where the boats must measure to within narrow design tolerances to comply to class rules for level racing... [more]

Chris and Nikki Catt win at RS500 HISC Open
Event media,
A close finish to an excellent RS500 open meeting at Hayling Island SC. Chris and Nikki Catt led with three wins the after the first days racing, with Alex Taylor and Bryan Mobbs tied with Andy and Elizabeth Palmer-Felgate. Despite a strong come back on the final day Taylor and Mobbs had to settle for second against Chris and Nickki Catt... [more]

Chumbley is Solo Spring Champion
Bob Ashby,
Charlie Chumbley was never out of the leading three, rounding out the day with a win in the final race to take the Solo Spring Championship at Oxford SC. Jim Hunt who led after the first two races, fell foul of the black flag and finished third overall, while Andy Davies recovered from a slow (for him) start to finish second... [more]

Whistling for the Wind - Can Volvo leader escape in time?
Volvo media,
Telefónica Blue should have been looking ahead to a clear win in Boston. However, nothing has gone according to plan. The Weather Gods are not playing fairly and Ericsson 4 and Ericsson 3 continuing to close. The gap is now a worrying 15 miles and there is only 1,150 nm of runway left for Telefónica Blue to the finish in Boston... [more]

Golding switches to Extreme 40 Cat for iShares Cup
Event media,
Whilst the world is more used to seeing Mike Golding racing offshore, often alone with his IMOCA 60 yacht, this year he will be joined by a team of professional sailors to participate in the iShares Cup on an Ecover-sponsored Extreme 40 catamaran... [more]

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston celebrates historic circumnavigation
On April 22 1969, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston made history as the first man to sail singlehanded and non-stop around the world. He was the only competitor to finish the Sunday Times Golden Globe yacht race after 312 days alone at sea. April 22 2009 saw the pioneering skipper mark the 40-year anniversary of this incredible accomplishment in central London... [more]

2009 Monsoon Cup
The Monsoon Cup Malaysia is Stage 10 of the 2009 World Match Racing Tour....
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2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race
5 legs around the World - the World's first Solo-Double race....
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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
The 2008-09 event will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon...
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Yachting News
Yachting News and Events...
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Round the Island Race
The world's largest and most famous yachting race, the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, is taking place in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England...
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Olympic class regattas
Olympic point scoring regattas....
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2009 World Match Racing Tour

Top skippers and teams begin drive toward World Championship...
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America's Cup

America's Cup news and information, including past challenge and new challenge....
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All the Dinghy, Multihull and small keelboat events, news, racing reports and results....
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Extreme 40s

Extreme 40 sailing events...
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Keelboat Events

Regattas, Open Meetings and Championship events for inshore keelboats - including the SB3, Dragon, Etchells, Soling, RS Elite, Daring etc...
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Offshore Events

Regattas, Open, Championship and special events for Offshore yachts...
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RC 44 Championship Tour

The RC 44 is a light displacement high performance One Design sailing boat. It was designed by three-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts, together with naval architect Andrej Justin....
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