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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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Karpathos prepares for 2009 Speed Windsurfing World Championships
Event media,
Karpathos prepares for thrilling action as the clock counts down to the 2009 Speed Windsurfing World Championships. In the men's fleet, all eyes are set to the reigning world champion and 500m world record holder Antoine Albeau from France, who clearly dominated last season. His strongest opponent is expected to be again European Champion Bjorn Dunkerbeck, living windsurfing legend... [more]
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2009 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam - Albeau's day
© PWA / David Swift,
2009 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam – Day 4 and a morning of shifting winds and abandoned races gave today's event an electrifying suspense. There was only one round of racing today. The offshore wind meant that the course could be designed so the sailors would hurtle towards the huge crowds for the crucial and competitive first gybe mark.... [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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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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Images from 'Frisco: Savage Beauty ravaged
Erik Simonson, h2oshots.com,
The Flying Tiger, 'Savage Beauty' cut it a little fine while racing in San Francisco on Saturday, doing a 'Telefonica Blue'. Sadly this one did not have as good an outcome as the incident involving the Volvo Ocean Race competitor, and Savage Beauty was lost. Her crew were taken off safely.... [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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NZL380 withstands pressure to win at Cagliari in Audi MedCup
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand held its nerve under pressure on the last day of the Med Cup regatta at Cagliari, Sardinia, winning its second successive regatta in the series. Starting the day with a paper thin 4.5-point overall lead, NZL380 took a third, first and a second to win by 14.5 points.... [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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Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam Day 3 - All change at the top
© PWA / David Swift,
2009 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam – Day 3: It's all change at the top. Sotavento Beach has once again provided incredible conditions, allowing the stars of the PWA to compete for glory just meters from an adoring crowd. The wind speed varied between 22 and 38 knots, in a day where consistency, talent, and speed were put to the test.... [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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Images of Cagliari: Juerg Kaufmann shoots the MedCup Final Day
Juerg Kaufmann,
Top international photographer, Juerg Kaufmann, of www.go4image.com Juerg Kaufmann presents a superb gallery of images taken during the Final day of the Audi Med Cup in Cagliari, Satdinia. 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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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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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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UK Mirror Nationals Day 1
Simon Lovesey,
Day 1 of the Mirror Nationals kicked off with a brisk breeze and big seas that had being building over the last few days. This led to a short postponment to allow the Race Officers to assess the conditions. With the threat of a black flag to keep racing on time, the race got under way on the first start.... [more]
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Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam Day 2
David Swift,
2009 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam – Day 2. A battering 40-knot wind churned the water white this morning, as the sailors prepared to push their limits over a dramatic new course. Speed was the focus of the day, with the fastest racers enjoying the opportunity to prove their talents.... [more]
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Virtual Eye: Bigamist 7's amazing recovery in Race 8 of Audi MedCup
Virtual Eye,
Bigamist 7 made an amazing recovery in Race 8 of the Audi MedCup being staged in Sardinia. using Virtual Eye we are able to see her jump the start and be recalled, and then climb back to be second at the weather mark for the first time.... [more]
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Images from Cagliari: Day 4 Audi Med Cup - Inshore Racing
Chris Cameron,
Top international photographer, Chris Cameron was on shooting at on Day 4 of the Audi MedCup series in Cagliari, Sardinia... [more]
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It's 45 degrees – and ugly out there - MedCup in Sardinia
Warren Douglas,
Grant Dalton describes the fourth race day of the Cagliari regatta as ugly - a light breeze, very shifty and very, very hot and the sailing wasn't good for anyone. The temperature climbed to 45degC during the day and was still a stifling 43 degC at 9pm.... [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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'Shooting the splash' at Phuket Raceweek
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
We over-ran the 'pix limit' on today's race report - but the sun was out and we didn't want to waste these. Enjoy!... [more]
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Flat out and full on at Six Senses Evason Phuket Raceweek
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Today's racing at the Six Senses Phuket Raceweeek fell firmly into the file marked It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This! Breeze on the water, plenty to start racing on schedule (10.00 hrs) and enough rays to dig out the sunblock and make everyone happy. The wind was out of the south and south west, so it was monsoon stuff, but it didn't bring in the heavy duty rain squalls that we saw yesterda... [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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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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Images from Cagliari: Day 3 Audi Med Cup - Coastal Race
Chris Cameron,
Top international photographer, Chris Cameron was on shooting at on Day 3 of the Audi MedCup series in Cagliari, Sardinia - the Coastal Race... [more]
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Images of Cagliari: Juerg Kaufmann shoots the MedCup Coastal Race - 2
Juerg Kaufmann,
Top international photographer, Juerg Kaufmann, of www.go4image.com presents Part 2 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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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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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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Good second extends NZL380's lead in Audi MedCup after Day 3
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand has extended its overall lead in the Audi MedCup Cagliari regatta with a strong second place finish in the 35-mile coastal race. With a 3.5-point lead and five races to go the team is anything but comfortable. 'One bad race and it could all evaporate,' Grant Dalton said. 'We were in a much better position at this stage in the Marseille regatta. We need a good day tomorrow... [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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Australia's Azzura Marine wins Trinity Superyacht contract
Azzura Marine Media,
Trinity Yachts, the United States' largest luxury superyacht builder, has sought the expertise of Australian custom yacht builders Azzura Marine to construct the interior of its brand new 57 metre luxury superyacht.... [more]
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29er Final Series regattas - Four races for the Gold Group
Antonio Sueri,
Final Series regattas beginning today. Four races for the Gold Group, concluding with the net domination of the fleet by Steven Thomas and Blair Tuke (AUS 1).... [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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2009 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam – Day 1
David Swift,
2009 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam – Day 1. Albeau opened with yet another incredible performance. Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard/Severne) snatched the final victory of the day, whilst Finian Maynard (RRD/NeilPryde) and Micah Buzianis (JP/NeilPryde) continually dominated at the head 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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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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Images from Cagliari: Day 2 Audi Med Cup - Emirates Team NZ in action
Chris Cameron,
Top international photographer, Chris Cameron was on shooting at on Day 2 of the Audi MedCup series in Cagliari, Sardinia... [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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Emirates Team NZ have lead chopped on day 2 of Audi MedCup
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand has maintained its hold on the overall lead in the third regatta of the Audi MedCup series, but an indifferent day on the water has seen that lead whittled away.... [more]
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Hanuman crosses the Atlantic to compete in New York
Sail-World and J-Class Association,
Hanuman is the first new J to be built in The Netherlands, and recently sailed to New York to compete in her first regatta. She has been built according the maximum performance rules of the JCA (J Class Association). She is the first new J to be built in The Netherlands, and recently sailed to New York to compete in her first regatta.... [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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Record gathering at Perini Navi Cup at Porto Cervo
Event media,
Close to two dozen Perini Navi sailing yachts will grace the quays of Porto Cervo's New Marina for the third edition of the Perini Navi Cup. The fleet of superyachts will range from the 24.5 metre Elettra, launched in 1987, to the incomparable 88 metre Maltese Falcon, launched in 2006, with 20 of the participating yachts measuring more than 40 metres in length.... [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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