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2009 OK Dinghy World Championship Kalmar, Sweden - Day One
Mary Reddyhoff, OKDIA,
After two general recalls, the race officer, Patrik Schander, used the black flag to get the clear start for the first race of the OK World Championships in Kalmar, Sweden. Sailing in sunshine and a moderate breeze, the 71 OKs set off up the 20 minute beat.... [more]
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British Classic Yacht Club Regatta Cowes 2009 finishes with a bang
Justin Chisholm,
The British Classic Yacht Club Regatta Cowes 2009 finished with a bang. Given the forecast of high winds, the race committee wisely abandoned their original plan to run two races and were rewarded with a wonderful race sailed in winds often topping thirty knots.... [more]
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Brits win Cadet European Championship
Sail-World.com,
The Cadet European Championship was sailed in Spain from the Club de Mar-Almerica, from the 18th to 24th July.... [more]
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International fleet gathers for 2009 Mirror World Championship
Justin Chisholm,
On the eve of the 2009 Mirror World Championship at Pwllheli, North Wales, competitors were able to make their final preparations. The forecast weather front, which hit the North Wales coast in the early hours of this morning, made for a damp and blustery start to the day but conditions began to improve around lunchtime.... [more]
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Six Senses Phuket Raceweek is one of 'Asia's Finest'
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Phuket Raceweek first-timer Ray Roberts and his regular crew – sailing the same trusty DK46, but now re-named ‘Evolution Sails', today raced well enough to deny the Racing Division title to another PRW ‘novice', Neil Pryde. But Roberts didn't have it all his own way – in sparkling sunshine and no more than 8 knots of breeze, Hi Fi and Team Pryde scored two bullets... [more]
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Wish You Were Here. Six Senses Phuket Raceweek
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
We have great racing in Hong Kong, but so often we can't see the scenery at all. The atmospherics just don't cut the mustard. I have to bring my camera to Phuket on regular visits (hooray!) just to make sure that the clever electronics inside can still see blue stuff. They can, and here's the proof.... [more]
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2009 Topper Worlds - GBR dominates
Sail-World.com,
After early public unhappiness with race management the 2009 Topper Worlds sailors calmed down enough to complete the series. Young British sailor Andrew Bridgeman won the Topper Worlds title in the final two races at Ebensee in Austria. The series was dominated by Britain who filled every place down to 15th except for second and 11th.... [more]
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RYA's Onboard program- Youngsters finish term on a wet and windy high
Ellie Williamson,
Youngsters from four Birmingham schools have been learning to sail through the RYA's OnBoard scheme at Bartley Sailing Club. They ended term with a blast around Bartley Reservoir in very challenging wet and windy conditions.... [more]
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Laser Radial Womens Worlds 2009- Karatsu, Japan- 30 countries
Sail-World.com,
Here is the entry list for the Laser Radial Womens Worlds 2009- Karatsu, Japan, which runs from July 25 to August 2. As expected the Japanese contingent is the largest with sixteen sailors out of the overall 80 entries from 30 countries, but perhaps the surprise of these worlds, that Canada has the next largest group of sailors, with 11 sailors, ahead of the USA with 8 and Great Britain 7.... [more]
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Images from Cagliari: Day 5 Audi MedCup - Inshore Racing
Chris Cameron,
Top international photographer, Chris Cameron was on shooting at on Day 5 of the Audi MedCup series in Cagliari, Sardinia... [more]
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Ben Rogerson completes Solo non-stop around GB and Ireland attempt
Sue Rogerson,
Ben Rogerson and Mini Minx have completed the Solo Non-stop around Great Britain and Ireland attempt. Ben has succeeded in his ambitious goal to sail non-stop around Great Britain and Ireland in a 25 year old Mini 6.5.... [more]
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Images from Cagliari - Stfano Gattini at the Audi MedCup
Stefanao Gattini,
Top international photographer, Stefano Gattini from Carlo Borlenghi's studio was on hand to record the sailing action at the Audi MedCup in Cagliari - from the Practice to the final day of racing... [more]
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Perfect sailing at Travemuende Week
Andreas Kling,
On Saturday (25 July) the first part of the 120th Travemuende Week ended with perfect sailing conditions. Overall winners in eight boat classes were crowned.... [more]
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2009 SAP 5O5 World and North American Championships
Scott Marx,
The 2009 SAP 5O5 World Championships and North American Championships are coming to the St. Francis Yacht Club. The North American Championships start August 16th with three days of racing beginning Tuesday, August 18th. The World Championships open Friday, August 21st featuring seven days of racing beginning Sunday, August 23rd.... [more]
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2009 OK Dinghy Worlds – 2008 Champion wins Practice Race
Mary Reddyhoff,
It is common for the leader not to finish the Practice race on the suspicion it will mar his performance later in the week; however Purdie sailed to take the gun with the comment 'I am out for what I can get this week!'... [more]
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Forza Kiwi - Mistral arrives for the Final Day of Audi MedCup
MedCup Media,
Emirates Team New Zealand add the Region of Sardinia Trophy to the Marseille Trophy after a composed final day of racing in a building Mistral breeze, while Islas Canarias Puerto Calero win the GP42 Series Regatta.... [more]
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2009 29er World Champions - Steve Thomas (AUS) and Blair Tuke (NZ)
Antonio Sueri,
2009 29er World Championship: 9:57 AM – Steven Thomas and Blair Tuke (AUS 1) are 2009's World Champions!... [more]
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'Travel brochure' images from Six Senses Phuket Raceweek
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
What would you rather be doing right now: bashing your way to windward all the way from Sydney to Southport, or cruising (sorry, racing...) through these picture postcards? Yes, this is Six Senses Phuket Raceweek, the Sea-Sail-Spa regatta hosted at the Evason Phuket Resort. Pics by Guy Nowell.... [more]
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You can't have too much of a good thing: Six Senses Phuket Raceweek
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The palm trees were awake and waving before 0800 hrs this morning, and the view from the breakfast terrace at the Evason Resort was nothing short of glorious. Blue sky, sunshine, breeze – heck, putting away the camera and going sailing seemed like a great idea. But that would have made this report a little tricky to write...... [more]
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More Images from Audi Gold Coast Race Start
Crosbie Lorimer,
Tony Donellan and his team aboard the Reichel Pugh 47 Shamrock proved that you don't need to have Volvo Round the World crew aboard your boat to get a glamour start.... [more]
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Ben Rogerson fifteen days into Round Britain and Ireland passage
Ben Rogerson racing,
Currently clawing his way around the Lizard on the 15th day of this epic Round Britain and Ireland passage the Finish Line is within reach but it is now all down to the wind gods. No matter, although exhausted after a tortuous week of storms and big seas, Ben is dragging out that last ounce of energy, stamina and will power to keep pushing the boat through the night.... [more]
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Albacore Internationals title a battle to the finish
Alan Henderson - fotoboat.com,
The stage was set for the Albacore Internationals final day's battle for the Championship on Friday 24 July. Race Officer Chris Nichol decided that today's final two races in the Championship should be held in the North race area, where in today's Westerlies the winds would come in true.... [more]
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Wind and more wind at the 2009 29er World Championship
Antonio Sueri,
2009 29er World Championship - Some very strong winds today: southerly, and with gusts up to 14 meters-per-second. (30 knots) Many crews experiencing difficulties: not only on the regatta courses, but also while returning to shore. Extraordinary levels of drama today.... [more]
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Hanging tough and winning ugly on Day 4 of Audi MedCup
Event Media,
A fifth and second place from two contrasting races for Emirates Team New Zealand sees them top the leaderboard again while three back to back wins for Islas Canarias Puerto Calero gives them a two points lead... [more]
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Laser 2 World Championship at WPNSA
Sail-World.com,
The Laser 2 World Championship was held at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy from 20th to 24th July 2009. Nigel Skudder and Keith Hills (GBR) won the event from the German team of Lisa Buddemeier and Matthias Duwel. Marian Scheer and Daniel Scheer (GER) were third.... [more]
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Images of Cagliari: Juerg Kaufmann shoots the MedCup Coastal Race -1
Juerg Kaufmann,
Top international photographer, Juerg Kaufmann, of www.go4image.com presents Part 1 of a superb gallery of images taken during the Coastal Race of Round 3 of the Audi MedCup off Cagliari, Sardinia. Don't forget to click on the 'view large photo' option to truly appreciate these magnificent shots which cross the boundary from realism into art.... [more]
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Archambault M34 chosen for yachting's Tour de France
Newcastle Yachting,
In a major yachting coup, Archambault has just won the contract to build the next international one-design raceboat for the Tour de France à la Voile.... [more]
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2009 UK Access Class National Championships
Chris Weston, Northampton Sailability,
Sailors with a wide range of disabilities took part in the 2009 Access Class National Championships at Northampton SC on 11/12 July. The most successful club was Frensham Pond Sailability with one National Champion and two runners up. A training day on the Friday attracted 25 sailors and was led RYA Sailability Racing Coach Matt Grier assisted by former RYA Sailability coach George Barker.... [more]
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Alinghi 5: 'A tribute to the team'
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
Alinghi, the Defender of the 33rd America's Cup, held a press conference today in Le Bouveret, Switzerland, to present Alinghi 5, the Swiss team's giant catamaran. The boat was held ashore for the day as the weather turned foul on Lake Geneva, but the first trials held earlier this week were extremely successful: 'Being able to sail Alinghi 5 on the Lake for the very first time and seeing her perf... [more]
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The Channel Challenge Cup - last RORC offshore race prior to Fastnet
Louay Habib,
This Saturday morning sees the start of the last RORC offshore race prior to the Rolex Fastnet Race in August. The Channel Challenge Cup is the overall prize and there are many other trophies including the Inter Service Trophy for the best Armed Services Yacht.... [more]
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iShares Cup rivals team up in bid for Olympic selection
iShares Cup,
iShares Cup sailors Chris Draper and Pete Greenhalgh both sail for Oman Sail, but when it comes to Extreme 40 racing they are very definitely rivals as they sail on different boats.... [more]
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Set to defend Artemis Challenge, Team Pindar's Open 60 is up for sale
Robin Gray – Team Pindar,
Team Pindar's radical Juan Kouyoumdjian designed Open 60 yacht is up for sale. The boat, which last year won the prestigious Artemis Challenge, also proved its race-winning capabilities offshore on its maiden round-the-world voyage, when Brian Thompson, skippered it to a fifth place finish in the Vendée Globe earlier this year.... [more]
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iShares Cup at Cowes Week Round 3 of the European circuit
iShares Cup media,
There's just one week to go until the iShares Cup at Cowes Week for Round 3 of the European circuit from August 1-3. The infamous Solent chop and strong tides will provide the crews with a fresh set of challenges.... [more]
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Swan European Regatta wrap report
Katy Gilmartin,
Once again for a week in mid-July a fleet of Swan yachts flocked to Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, for one of the highlights in the Swan racing calendar, the Swan European Regatta.... [more]
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Alinghi shows all at Media Open Day in Le Bouveret
Sail-World and JPJ,
Alinghi held a Media Day at their base in Le Bouveret, Switzerland, to allow invited media a close look at Alinghi 5 afloat. Media were not allowed in the 90ft LWL catamaran but had the opportunity to look over the boat and interview her crew and design team. Sail-World's correspondent 'JPJ' commented that Alinghi's team were very happy with Alinghi 5 after two days of sailing.... [more]
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Sixth day of racing at Travemuende Week
Andreas Kling,
On the 6th race day of the 120th Travemuende week three crews with a neat and clean record of bullets only lead their classes. The Travemuende Week races of the Laser Radial, the 420 and the Pirates represent the last rehearsal for the International German Youth Championship in the second week.... [more]
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Albacore Internationals Day 5 at Largs
Alan Henderson,
Racing resumed at the Albacore Internationals at Largs today after competitors spent yesterday relaxing and seeing some of Scotland on the lay day. Medium winds from the South were the order of the day, making a change from the generally fresh winds so far, and allowing some different faces to show near the front of the fleet.... [more]
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29ers Worlds - Final Rounds, Results and pictures
Sail-World.com,
Steven Thomas and Blair Tuke (AUS 1), lead Lauren Jefferies and her crew dual 49er World Champion skipper Nathan Outteridge, ahead of Haylee Outteridge and 49er World Champion crew Iain Jensen in the finals of the 29er Worlds.... [more]
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British Classic Yacht Club Regatta Cowes Day 4
Justin Chisholm,
The fifty-four boat fleet at the British Classic Yacht Club Regatta Cowes 2009 were chomping at the bit to get back to the task at hand on day four. With an early start time of eight o'clock, the fleet found the Solent almost deserted when they assembled off the Royal Yacht Squadron before setting off with the tide towards the East.... [more]
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Artemis wins, Emirates Team NZ extends in Audi MedCup
MedCup media,
As the Audi MedCup Circuit 2009 reaches its theoretical mid-point Artemis won the Coastal race and only one point separates the top four GP42 Series teams after today's three races. Second place on the passage down to picturesque Poetta, the next bay to the south east of the Sardinian capital, and back was enough to ensure Emirates Team New Zealand extend their regatta leading margin... [more]
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Monsoon breezes kick in at Six Senses Phuket Raceweek
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
New faces in the crowd included Neil Pryde and the crew of Hi Fi, keen to defend their AYGP crown right from the beginning of the season, with Ray Roberts (Evolution Sails, formerly Quantum Racing) there to keep them honest (and try to knock them off the perch). Henry Kaye appeared in the 'new boat, familiar name' category, with his super-go-fast carbon Sea Cart 30 trimaran, Thor.... [more]
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The Harwich Race Sunday 19 July 2009
Event media,
The Harwich Race was run Sunday 19 July 2009. The Harwich race started at the Branklet buoy in the Croch with a westerly breeze of up to 22 knots and a foul tide. With a downwind first leg, Class 3 got off to a flying start. Alan Bartlett's Inn Spirit won Class 1 and took the race overall to complete a fantastic weekend.... [more]
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The Walker Challenge Race
Event media,
Report from The Walker Challenge Race. On Saturday morning winds were gusting up to 30 knots from the west. The Class 3 boats got off to a flying start, fetching out to the Medusa buoy.... [more]
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Sam Davies moves on - former Roxy up for sale
Vendee Globe media,
The young British sailor, who so enthralled us during the last edition of the Vendée Globe has never hidden her desire to return in 2012 aboard a boat that is capable of winning the race.... [more]
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Laser 2 Worlds at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy
WPSNSA media,
The second day of the Laser 2 Worlds ushered in some challenging conditions with over 20 knots of wind. Three races were completed. Nigel Skudder and Keith Hills currently lead the 37 boat fleet.... [more]
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No racing at British Classic Yacht Club Regatta
Justin Chisholm,
Competitors at the British Classic Yacht Club Regatta Cowes 2009 arrived at the Cowes Yacht Haven this morning, they were greeted by the eerie sound of wind screaming through the rigging of the fifty-four classic yachts moored in the marina.... [more]
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Andrea Bonezzi wins Contender class Pre-Worlds at Travemuende Week
Sail-World.com,
At the Pre-World's held as part of Travemuende Week 2009, one of the most consistent sailors in the history of the Contender class Andrea Bonezzi, who took the world titles in 2003,2004 and 2006 beat Australian Jono Neate on a count back with 2005 World Champion the German Jan von der Bank in third place..... [more]
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Aussies lead 29er Worlds
Jerelyn Biehl,
Four races were scheduled, but only three were completed at the 29er Worlds. The Australian teams of Steven Thomas and Blair Tuke (NZL) and Haylee Outteridge and Iain Jensen are leading the 29er World qualifiers into the fleet splits for gold, silver, bronze and emerald flights.... [more]
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Italians do it better on Day 2 of Audi MedCup in Sardinia
MedCup Media,
Italy's Francesco Bruni called tactics for Matador as they posted a first and second today, rising to challenge the Kiwi dominance in the TP52 Series while his compatriot Vasco Vascotto won twice in the hot seat on the GP 42 Airis. Winners of the season's opening regatta in Alicante in May, Matador (ARG) reduced ETNZ's margin in the series to just a single point, as the wheels came off the Kiwis.... [more]
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