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18ft Skiffs International Regatta: Winnings back to their winning ways
Rich Roberts,
18' Skiff International Regatta - The Winnings are, well, winning again, and the 18s ruled the waves of San Francisco Bay in Thursday's traditional Bridge to Bridge Race run in conjunction with the eighth annual 18' Skiff International Regatta.... [more]
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B14 European Championship 2009 images
Ingrid Abery images/Sail-World.com,
Neil Pryde sailing B14 European Championship 2009 images from Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - Strong start for Williams and Team Pindar
Jo Gawith,
St Moritz Match Race. Ian Williams and his Team Pindar crew have got off to a strong start at the St Moritz Match Race in Switzerland. Williams and crew dominated all five of their races, securing maximum points but were later penalised half a point, following a collision in the first race with Bruni.... [more]
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Rolex Swan 45 World Championship - Challenging conditions on Day Four
Event media,
Rolex Swan 45 World Championship - Challenging conditions today in Argentario for the event which is underway in Cala Galera (Argentario) and is organised by the Yacht Club Italiano and the Circolo Nautico e della Vela dell'Argentario in partnership with Rolex.... [more]
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Perini Navi Cup fleet fills the skyline
Susan Maffei Plowden,
Perini Navi Cup. From the (not-so) smallest, the 80-foot Elettra to the 288-foot Maltese Falcon, a technological marvel with it's three rotating masts, and a boat easily full of superlatives: 26,000 sq ft of sail area, 180' masts, and a maximum draft of 36 feet. Racing will take place on Friday and Saturday with one race planned each day; the first warning signal will be at 1200.... [more]
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Laser SB3 World Championships Day 4
Katie Ashworth,
Laser SB3 World Championships Day 4 report. With a forecast promising a building breeze, the fleet head out of the marina with big grins onboard. Today was going to be exciting, very exciting for the competitors.... [more]
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Will America's Cup legal disputes ever end?
Eric Sharp, Freep.com,
If you're a law student and wondering what would be a lucrative field to enter, give serious consideration to becoming a lawyer for the Swiss or American teams fighting over the rules for the next America's Cup. It's looking like this dispute will carry you into retirement.... [more]
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Laser Masters World Championships - Smiles all round
Event media,
2009 Nautel Laser Masters World Championships. The sea breeze returned to St. Margaret's Bay on Thursday. 'There were a lot of smiles out there today,' said Gerry Giffin, president of the Canadian Yachting Association and a competitor. 'This is what people came here for, some great days of racing.'... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - Strong day for Williams and Gilmour
MaxComm,
St Mortiz Match Race. After a short delay for the weather to improve the Race Committee got racing under way just after lunchtime and benefited from a good breeze – although quite shifty and not as strong as yesterday – to complete eight flights. Altogether the twelve teams racing in St. Moritz Match race have finished 18 flights in two days out of the 22 required to complete the Round Robin.... [more]
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Istanbul Europa Race - Estrella Damm 1876 takes the lead
Daniel Ferrando,
Istanbul Europa Race - After five days sailing in the Mediterranean, Guillermo Altadill and Pachi Rivero's Estrella Damm has moved into the lead for the first time since the start of the Istanbul Europa Race.... [more]
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2009 Tornado World Championship Day 4
Rob Kothe,
The forecast North wind arrived early on Lake Garda today, but she brought again light and tricky conditions for the Tornado catamarans sailing in the 2009 Tornado World Championship and the series leaders Bundock and Ashby took a dive today.... [more]
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America's Cup: Statement from the Société Nautique de Genève
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat. Alinghi Media,
Fred Meyer, Vice-Commodore of the Societe Nautique de Geneve, current Defenders of the America's Cup, has issued the following statement commenting on the America's Cup latest litigation initiated by the Challenger, Golden Gate YC... [more]
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'Bored with going really really fast and doing high speed cartwheels'
Erik Simonson www.MarineMediaAlliance.com,
Erik Simonson from www.MarineMediaAlliance.com was on hand fro Day 3 of the International 18ft Skiff Series in San Francisco 'Bored with going really really fast and doing high speed cartwheels....The boys at the 18 class have introduced a new discipline to their routine...massive wake jumping... you decide the 2009 winner!'... [more]
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Telefonica wins 2009 ORC 670 World Championship
ORC Media,
In conditions which varied from strong winds and rough seas to drifting at less than 1 knot, Pedro Campos' X-37 Telefonica (ESP) has claimed overall victory in the 2009 ORC 670 World Championship, hosted by Real Club Náutico de A Coruña. On the strength of first place finishes in five out of nine inshore and offshore races, Campos and team defeated 15 other teams representing Spain, Portugal, Aust... [more]
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Golden Gate YC lodges Motion over fairness of Rules for America's Cup
Golden Gate YC Media,
Tom Ehman, of Golden Gate Yacht Club has issued the following statement regarding motions filed in the New York Supreme Court today. 'Our reasons are clear: Recent actions by Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) to unfairly manipulate the rules continue their disturbing pattern of misconduct as Trustee of the oldest trophy in sports.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - Meet the Irish Teams
Media Pro Int'l,
The luck of the Irish will play a big part in the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, September 15-19, since not one but two teams from Ireland will be competing. For the chance of winning bragging rights and a new trophy, members of Ireland's Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC), the world's oldest yacht club, founded in 1720 and the Royal St. George Yacht Club will each field a team of amateur sailors... [more]
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Challenge lodged in NY Supreme Court to secrecy of ISAF agreement
Richard Gladwell,
Sailing Scuttlebutt commentator and lawyer, Cory Friedman has filed proceedings in the New York Supreme Court to challenge the confidentiality of the Agreement signed between the International Sailing Federation and Societe Nautique de Geneve. The papers seek a Hearing on 18 September and question the need and propriety of the confidentiality ordered by the Court for the agreement... [more]
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Istanbul Europa Race: Estrella Damm Sailing Team 1876 ready to attack
Estrella Damm Sailing Team Media,
According to this morning's 10.00 CET position report, Estrella Damm is in second place only 27.1 miles from Kito de Pavant's Groupe Bel. The battle with Michel Desjoyeaux's Foncia continues, although Rivero and Altadill have defended their position well over the last few hours.... [more]
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Perini Navi Cup 2009 starts today in Porto Cervo
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Media,
The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's September racing calendar is set to start in style as the Club hosts the Perini Navi Cup from 3rd to 5th September.... [more]
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Rolex Swan 45 World Championships - Two Dutch teams at the top
Event media,
Rolex Swan 45 World Championships and clear skies and fickle winds were the order of the day. Onboard the Yacht Club Italiano's Beppe Croce, the Race Committee had to wait for the wind to stabilize before starting the race at close to 1500 this afternoon. With five knots of breeze, the 17 teams headed out what would be a 9.8 mile course to the island of Giannutri.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Whois WSTA? (World Sailing Teams Association)
Richard Gladwell,
The big surprise from the announcement of the Louis Vuitton World Series was the disclosure of a new professional sailing teams group, named World Sailing Team Association. Quite where this group sits with the International Sailing Federation remains to be seen. Certainly WSTA are potentially a very powerful group - if they are able to work together behind the scenes... [more]
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Impressive IRC fleet lines up as St. Francis YC to honor Blackaller
Rolex Big Boat Series News,
2009 Rolex Big Boat Series On Wednesday, Sept 9 the St. Francis YC will pay homage to Blackaller, a member of the StFYC who passed away in 1989, with a special presentation lead by Paul Cayard. 'It just seemed logical to do something special to remember such a great personality and great sailor,' said Cayard, a StFYC member who refers to Blackaller as his 'sailing father, someone who had a huge ef... [more]
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49er European Championship Qualifiers - results and images
Event media,
49er European Championship Qualification series ended today, with two more races, in six-seven knots of sea breeze.... [more]
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Exercise Transglobe fleet heads for Cape Town
PR Works UK,
The Transglobe fleet is heading off on Leg 3, Rio de Janeiro – Cape Town (3,270nm) with a mix of ages and experience on board.... [more]
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Images of new Open 50 Actual from Thierry Martinez
Thierry Martinez images,
Thierry Martinez presents these images of the brand new Open 50' trimaran 'Actual', to be skippered by Yves Le Blevec (FRA).... [more]
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SB3 World Championships - Burlton hangs on
Katie Ashworth,
SB3 World Championships. Race winners today included Roger Hudson/Taariq Jacobs, Rob Gullan and David Hudson. Catching up with them as they came ashore, they all had plenty to report after what has clearly been a really challenging day in terms of the competitive fleet and shifting wind.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - St. Moritz Cup Day one
Tour media,
The twelve teams involved in the St. Moritz Match Race and the quest for the sixth stage of the World Match Racing Tour had a great time today. The conditions were indeed absolutely fabulous, with the sun shining and the thermal breeze growing up to 15-20 knots over the afternoon. Ten flights were completed on day one.... [more]
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2009 Tornado World Championships – Day 3 news and results
Rob Kothe,
On Lake Garda, the morning wind is usually a moderate northerly, which then transitions to a lighter southerly later in the day. After two days of soft conditions organizers devised a cunning plan, two morning races in the stronger breeze but today it just did not happen.... [more]
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Images from the 18ft skiff International - Day 2 - San Francisco
Erik Simonson www.MarineMediaAlliance.com,
Erik Simonson of www.marinealliance.com presents this gallery from the second day of the 18' Skiff International Regatta, San Francisco... [more]
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Tornado World Championship Day 2 - Bundock and Ashby do it again
Patricia Kirschner,
Tornado World Championship Day 2. Another great day's sailing for the Tornado fleet sailing on Lake Garda, in the waters near Gargnano and Toscolano-Maderno. The racing area was moved to the north end of the lake and according to British sailor Paul Mines 'it was a fantastic sight to see 17 Tornados being towed up behind the RC boat'.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton announce a World first Series
Richard Gladwell,
Louis Vuitton have announced that the first World Series, modeled on the highly successful Louis Vuitton Pacific Series will take place in 2010 The event to be known as the Louis Vuitton World Series will be undertaken in association with a new professional sailing group the World Sailing Team Association (WSTA). This group comprises eight teams, with others expected to join the powerful group... [more]
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Laser Masters World Championship Day Three
Event media,
Laser Masters World Championship Day Three. The offshore shifty wind with speeds of six to 15 knots (14 to 30 kilometres per hour) still made for a good day of racing. The Laser Masters is for athletes 35 years of age and older, sailing a single-handed single sail Laser. The oldest at this championship being held on St. Margaret's Bay near Halifax, Nova Scotia is 77 years old.... [more]
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18' Skiff International Regatta - Winning, Winning and more Winning
Rich Roberts,
18' Skiff International Regatta - Only four points separate the first four with six races remaining through Friday. Discards will kick in after the fifth and eighth races. Four races over the first two days of the event hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club have swept Australia's John Winning and John Jr. (a.k.a. Herman) and the veteran Trevor Barnabas into three of the top four current positions.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton World Series announcement believed to be imminent
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World understands that an announcement on a new World Sailing Series is imminent. The new event will be run by a group entitled the World Sailing Teams Association. Here we republish an earlier story, published over two months ago setting out the basis of the new Louis Vuitton World Series.... [more]
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Excellent conditions for the St. Moritz Match Race practice day
World Match Racing Tour Media,
The twelve teams racing in the St. Moritz Match Race – part of the World Match Racing Tour - have been training in perfect conditions today, getting to know the course and their opponents.... [more]
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Delayed launch of Gitana 11
Zephyr Communication - Translated by Kate Jennings,
A disturbed weather system, forecast over the tip of Brittany from tomorrow, has forced Yann Guichard and the shore crew from Gitana Team to delay the expected launch a few days... [more]
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Laser SB3 World Championships 2009, Burlton Maintains lead on Day 2
Katie Ashworth,
Having led over night, Craig Burlton suffered a poor first leg during the 1st Race, rounding the windward mark at least three quarters of the way down the fleet.... [more]
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YAVA Trophy 2009
Yana Dobzhitskaya/ISAF,
ISAF Grade 1 YAVA Trophy - Thirty flights (90 races) were held in a short period of four days, but only after the 88th race were the semi-finalists confirmed. The semi-final races started at 17:00 with Neugodnikov defeating Ebler 3-1. In the second semi-final there was another Russian win with Arbuzov confidently defeating Ainslie 3-0.... [more]
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Istanbul Europa Race - Estrella Damm 1876 moves into second
Estrella Damm Sailing Team,
Istanbul Europa Race. After three days racing in the Mediterranean Estrella Damm 1876 has moved into second position. With only 900 miles to the finish line, it is an intense battle and emotions are high as the moment approaches to make some crucial final decisions. The fleet is currently sailing towards the south of Sicily, the first open water without islands since leaving Istanbul on Sat... [more]
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iShares Cup Kiel - A mixed bag of fortunes for BT
BT Team Ellen,
iShares Cup in Kiel held over the weekend produced seen some great racing and drama. It was again a mixed bag of fortunes for Nick Moloney and the BT Extreme 40 crew, although two wins in race 6 and 8 showed their capabilities if a good start could be had.... [more]
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49er Europeans Day One - French lead after four races
Event media,
49er European Championship day one. The sailors hit the water today with winds from the northwest slowly building from 10 to 14 knots during the afternoon. With such excellent conditions, the Race Committee opted to run four races for each fleet.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Will Boies get a foot in the door?
Richard Gladwell,
The venue of the 33rd America's Cup is expected to be another target for Golden Gate YC's newly hired legal 'Top Gun', David Boies, and legal friends. Under the Deed of Gift for the America's Cup, which is the governing document for this Multihull Match, the Challenger (Golden Gate YC) gets to nominate the time of the Match and the size of yacht, while the Defender (Societe Nautique de Geneve)... [more]
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Manson Anchors heads off all rivals in German test
Sail-World,
Manson Anchors have won an anchoring test conducted by the prestigious German publication, Yacht Skippers magazine. In doing so the Manson Anchors beat rival products Rocna (Chinese version) and the Sarca.... [more]
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Images from the 18ft skiff International - Day 1 - San Francisco
Erik Simonson www.MarineMediaAlliance.com,
Erik Simonson of www.marinealliance.com presents this gallery from the first day of the 18' Skiff International Regatta, San Francisco... [more]
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Mirsky Racing Team's Kinley Fowler reports on Melges 24 Europeans
Kinley Fowler - Mirsky Racing Team,
Mirsky Racing Team's Kinley Fowler reports. With Pink coming off a 2nd in the 49er Worlds on tactics, we knew that the only problem we were going to have would be keeping up with the rapid Italians who were setting the pace. However, after one day on the race course, it became apparent that we were going to have to fight harder than we thought to get into the top 20.... [more]
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18 Skiff International Regatta - Winning on his winning way
Rich Roberts,
18' Skiff International Regatta day one and with a wink and a nod to experience, Australia's John Winning and California's Howard Hamlin won the first two races. Winds started at 14 knots and built to 18 through the two races, with gusts to 20 knots.... [more]
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Clipper fleet heads north for race start on the Humber
Clipper Race Media,
The ten yachts that will be competing in this year's Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race received a big send off from their base in Royal Clarence Marina, Gosport today, ahead of their journey north to the Humber for the race start on 13 September.... [more]
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Six Metre World Cup - Tailor-made to create Magic
Media Pro Int'l,
Six Metre World Cup. For sailors, and spectators too, few sights on the water this summer will have more visual appeal than the 30+ yachts that will gather in Newport from September 8-12, 2009, for the Six Metre World Cup.... [more]
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Laser Masters World Championships - Gruelling day two for competitors
Event media,
Laser Masters World Championships gruelling day two for competitors. It meant for the second day in a row, athletes were on the water for more than six hours. That's a gruelling schedule for a Masters regatta where the youngest competitor is 35 and the oldest is 77 years old.... [more]
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Knickerbocker Cup win for Black Sheep Racing
Andrea Watson,
Knickerbocker Cup 2009 - After placing sixth in the full round robin and winning the semi-finals in a tie breaker, Corbett went on the capture the Cup in a tight matches with Dave Perry (USA), Team Perry, beating the American 3-2.... [more]
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Istanbul Europa Race - The difficulties of the Aegean Sea
Event media,
Istanbul Europa Race sailors experience the difficulty of cruising around the islands of the Aegean Sea when the wind is missing. It creates tension in the race although on paper the route of stage 1 in the Istanbul Europa Race looks like a tourism guide for overstressed city-dwellers.... [more]
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Rolex Swan 45 World Championships
Event media,
Rolex Swan 45 World Championships. An optimal start to the event in Cala Galera (Argentario). The first start was at 1300 with five-six knot winds from the south. It was the Finnish team of Tea Ekengren-Sauren onboard Blue Nights who were first at the top mark.... [more]
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2009 Tornado World Championship Day One - Bundock and Ashby again
International Tornado Class Association media,
2009 Tornado World Championship Day One. Race 1 had beautiful conditions. A couple of individual recalls and the boats went off to provide the public with its usual show of speed, adrenaline and fast manoeuvres. 12 knots, double trapeze and lots of fun.... [more]
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Laser SB3 World Championships Day One report, results and images
Katie Ashworth,
2009 Laser SB3 World Championships Day one report and results. The fleet left the marina in very light winds this morning, and headed to Race Area A where a building northerly breeze awaited them. Throughout the day the wind increased to twenty five knots.... [more]
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B14 European Championship 2009 - And the winner is...
Gerry Brown and Nick Craig,
Neil Pryde sailing B14 European Championship 2009 went to to the last mark before the winner was decided. Sketch/North Sails (Dave Hayes/Richie Bell) were second overnight but were on a charge. They started well, had good consistent upwind pace and hit hard left before anyone worked out it was the way to go to win the first two races.... [more]
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Fireball Worlds Final Day report, results and images
Tim Saunders,
Fireball Worlds Day 5 - With three races to be sailed it was mathematically still possible for leaders Chips Howarth and Vyv Townend to lose their winning position. Race 10 started badly for some, with lots of boats OCS including the regatta winners, again conditions were excellent.... [more]
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2009 Rolex Swan 45 Worlds - 18 teams from eight nations gather
Event media,
2009 Rolex Swan 45 Worlds. More than 300 competitors are anticipated, as the 18 teams from eight nations gather in Argentario for the fifth edition of the World Championships for this prestigious one design class. Racing starts on Monday, 31 August.... [more]
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RC 44 Portoroz Cup - Paul Cayard to skipper team Katusha
RC 44 media,
RC 44 Championship Tour fifth stage is in Portoroz on Slovenia's narrow coastline and preparations are well underway. The RC 44 Class looks forward to welcoming a new team in Portoroz. 'Katusha' will fly the Russian flag and will be skippered by Paul Cayard, who has already been involved in several events with the RC 44 Class.... [more]
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Laser Masters Worlds Day One update
Event media,
2009 Nautel Laser Masters Worlds. Neither rain, nor gale, nor lack of power will stop the 300 athletes from around the world competing at the 2009 Nautel Laser Masters Worlds.... [more]
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Istanbul Europa Race - Estrella Damm Sailing Team tacitcs important
Estrella Damm Sailing Team,
Istanbul Europa Race - Only 24 hours after the start of the race and tactical options are proving decisive for 1876 Estrella Damm Sailing Team and the rest of the fleet.... [more]
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Istanbul Europa Race - Exit the Dardanelles Strait
Event media,
Istanbul Europa Race and after 24 hours of racing, the first edition of the race holds its promises. At the exit of the Dardanelles Strait in the early morning of the second day of competition, Kito De Pavant (Groupe Bel) has taken the lead over from Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) who was the fastest starter.... [more]
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Half Ton Classics Cup win to General Tapioca
Bert Janssen,
The Ecover Half Ton Classics Cup 2009 was won by the Belgian halftonner General Tapioca and crew. Heavy winds and swell prevented the 23 yachts of racing on the last two days of the event.... [more]
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