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Gul RS300 Nationals - Event report
Steve Bollard,
Gul RS300 UK Nationals - Event report. First race on Thursday for the Clive Everest Cup was characterised by a large shift up the first beat. It was a case of local boy made good as first to the windward mark was Garry Phare.... [more]
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2009 Bedrock Trophy for Solent Etchells
Event Media,
Gary Player is credited with the saying “The harder I work the luckier I get” and, whilst some of the saying was true at this weekends (September 5th /6th) Etchells Solent racing for the Bedrock Trophy, it was only the first part.... [more]
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Dragon Worlds update - Perfect Day of Racing
Linda Laan,
Dragon Worlds update. Race One - The fleet had a big split after the start. Danish Jorgen Schonherr led the fleet round the first mark going in to the run. In the second lap the right side of the beat was favoured. Second race - After two general recalls the racing committee hosted the black flag.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - One, two, three down as breeze plays its part
KPMS,
2009 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and there was a twinkle in the eye of Poseidon this morning. This was to be a testing day for all competitors. The Racing Mini Maxis got proceedings underway. Neville Crichton all but confirmed his worst fears about preparation with a distinctly second row start that saw Alfa Romeo (NZL) forced to tack off onto port straight after the gun.... [more]
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RORC Cherbourg Race report
Louay Habib,
RORC Cherbourg Race report. The race was as quick as anticipated with almost the whole fleet in Cherbourg for breakfast. The wind angle was too tight for spinnakers, it was very gusty and there were big waves. Most boats had at least one reef in the main and a No. 3 or No 4 headsail.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Golden Gate lodge Appeal over Alinghi rule changing
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Golden Gate Yacht Club's new uber-lawyer, David Boies, has filed an Appeal with the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court over the decision handed down on 3 August and also refers to the Appeal Court Decision of 7 April. Essentially Boies is questioning Kornreich's view that the Deed of Gift allows the Defender to change the rules of the regatta anytime up to the start of the first race... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup preview
KPMS,
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, the big boat event of the season, has upped its numbers from last year in a period that has seen most numbers dropping. Some of the finest sailors in the world are gathered in Porto Cervo to do battle over the next six days on some of the finest yachts built.... [more]
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Dragon World Championships Race 1
Event media,
Dragon World Championships Race 1 report from Medemblik. In a nice 8 - 14 knots breeze, 68 dragons showed up at the start of the first race of the Gaastra Dragon Worlds. The conditions weer difficult because of variating and shifty winds, but it was very fast and tight racing.... [more]
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St Moritz -Adam Minoprio crowned King of the Mountain 2009
World Match Tour,
The last day of St. Moritz Match Race proved to be a tricky one for both the organisers and the competitors. The Northerly breeze was blowing very inconsistently, forcing the Race Committee to cancel many start procedures during the final series between Adam Minoprio (NZL, ETNZ/Black Match) and Torvar Mirsky (AUS, Mirsky Racing Team).... [more]
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RS:X World Championships - Day Two report
Lindsey Bell,
RS:X Windsurfing Worlds - Dutchman Dorian van Rijsselberge and home hope Nick Dempsey top the men's standings after day two of the RS:X World Windsurfing Championships... [more]
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49er European Championship Silver for Brotherton and Asquith
Lindsey Bell,
Reunited crew Paul Brotherton and Mark Asquith claimed an impressive silver medal at sailing's 49er European Championship in Zadar, Croatia, on Saturday (5 September).... [more]
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2009 Nautel Laser Masters World Championship - Wrap up
Laser Worlds Event Media,
Neither wind, nor lack of it, deterred the 2009 Nautel Laser Worlds and Master Worlds Championships. After 18 days of competition, the Laser Worlds came to an end Saturday on St. Margaret's Bay with races abandoned because of shifty and light winds and the Championships decided... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - Minoprio through to Final against ?
MaxComm,
St Moritz Match Race. No 1 in the world ranking, Kiwi sailor Adam Minoprio made no mistakes during the quarter and semi-finals. He got the first ticket for St Moritz Match Race final.... [more]
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Perini Navi Cup 2009 - Maltese Falcon claims victory
YCCS media,
Perini Navi Cup 2009. Westerly winds gusting at up to 40 knots put paid to racing on the second and final day of racing. The 64 metre Felicità west takes second place and the 46 metre Antara third.... [more]
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Commodores' Cup race - Liverpool Yacht Club
Richard Baldwin,
Liverpool Yacht Club held the annual Commodores' Cup race on Saturday September 5th. After a week of strong winds the weather was a benign but reasonable West to South West that was ideal for a fleet where all the yachts are being skippered and helmed by strangers.... [more]
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RS:X Windsurfing World Championships - Mens and Womens reports Day One
Rory Ramsden,
RS:X Windsurfing World Championships. If the men were out on the ragged edge, the women's fleet were pushed even harder today. There was plenty of swimming and unscheduled flights over the handle bars but plenty of smiling faces after two races in the big breeze served up by the WPNSA today.... [more]
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Musto Skiff 2009 European Championship - Final Day
Event media,
Musto Skiff 2009 European Championship - Final Day report. With Richard Stenhouse secure as the champion a battle ensued between his closest rivals for the remaining podium places.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère - First day, first record and they keep coming!
l'Hydroptère.com,
l'Hydroptère. Alain Thébault and his eight crew members started their first day of training this morning in the Hyères harbour. During the fourth run, l'Hydroptère team significantly improved the record over one nautical mile at 44.9 knots*.... [more]
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Rolex Swan 45 World Championship - Charisma crowned
Event Media,
Rolex Swan 45 World Championships - Stunning conditions yet again today in Argentario for the final day of racing. Blue skies and 10-12 knots of wind greeted the teams on the last day of the Rolex Swan 45 Worlds. You could feel the intensity on the water with two general recalls and a third of the fleet black-flagged in the final race.... [more]
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49er European Championships - Capsizes and breakages aplenty
Event media,
49er European Championship. It was one tough day with southerly wind from 15 to 20 knots. Both fleets did four races. Capsizes and broken gear were a part of today's exciting racing. Some gained a lot, and some lost a lot.... [more]
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Artemis Ocean Racing Figaro sailors team up for their next challenge
Tim Kelly & Associates,
After the gruelling La Solitaire du Figaro race, Jonny Malbon and the Artemis Ocean Racing Team's Figaro yacht are about to embark on their next challenge, the multi-stage Tour de Bretagne (‘round Brittany'). This time, Jonny will be joined by Artemis Ocean Racing's Figaro technical manger, Nick Bubb, racing double-handed.... [more]
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18' Skiff International Regatta - Hamlin stays upright
Rich Roberts,
18' Skiff International Regatta day one report. The eighth annual 18' Skiff International Regatta hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club the winners were the only ones who didn't get dunked. Hamlin's team remained the only one of 13 that never flipped, certainly a factor in achieving his fifth win in this regatta.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - Williams secures quarter-final place
Performance PR,
Team Pindar's Ian Williams, kept his ‘King of the Mountain' challenge alive today, comfortably securing a place in the quarter-final at the St Moritz Match Race in Switzerland.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Secret America's Cup Agreement revealed?
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
The sailing world has gained some insights into confidential agreement between the International Sailing Federation and the America's Cup Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve. An affidavit from sailing rules guru, Bryan Willis (GBR), traverses the independence and impartiality of an ISAF appointed International Jury, used for events like the America's Cup. Such advice is not randomly volunteered.... [more]
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Laser SB3 World Championship Final Day report
Katie Ashworth,
Laser SB3 World Championships 2009 - The normal dockside banter was missing this morning in Cascais on the final day. The fleet lined up for the first start of the day but were promptly recalled with at least 20 boats over the start line with 15 seconds to the gun.... [more]
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Laser Master World Championships - Bott leads Apprentice Class
Event Media,
Laser Master World Championships. For the Master division (45 to 54 years old) with nine races complete, Brazilian Carlos Eduardo Wanderley remains in first, followed by Greg Adams of Australia in second, and Joao of Ramos of Brazil in third. Nigel Heath is the top Canadian in fifth spot.... [more]
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Melges 32 North American Championship this weekend
Melges 32 media,
Melges 32 North American Championship kicks off this weekend at the Sausalito Yacht Club and runs from September 5-7. Entries include various local favorites such as North American Fleet President Stephen Pugh on USA-158 Taboo with Seadon Wijsen on tactics, John Kilroy on USA-13131 Samba Pa Ti will employ the tactical expertise of Morgan Reeser.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - Mirsky Racing Team straight into Semi Final
MaxComm,
St. Moritz Match Race. The Australian sailor Torvar Mirsky, Mirsky Racing Team, aged 24, won the Round Robin. The last four flights of the Round Robin took place in difficult conditions this afternoon. Indeed, the wind was quite irregular and some of the situations encountered on the water made it very hard for the teams to choose the right option.... [more]
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Tornado World Champions 2009 - Bundock and Ashby
Patricia Kirschner,
Tornado Worlds Racing Day 5 – Even though an early start was scheduled for the last day of the 2009 Tornado Worlds the wind did not arrive and racing was not possible. Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby added another World Title to the several existing. Bundock is now seven times Tornado World Champion, three of them with crew Glenn Ashby. They are also three times F18 World Champions and... [more]
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Dragon World Championship preview
Event media,
Gaastra Dragon Worlds 2009 - Wind, water and world-class sailors in Medemblik... [more]
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RS:X World Championships set to start in Weymouth
Lindsey Bell,
Weymouth's world windsurfing festival continues this week with the RS:X World Championships due to get underway on Friday (4 September). Chasing gold for the host nation will be Skandia Team GBR's Bryony Shaw – the first British woman to win an Olympic windsurfing medal in Beijing last year.... [more]
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RYA Youth Match Racing crown to Mark Lees
Lindsey Bell,
Mark Lees is the 2009 RYA National Match Racing Youth champion skipper. Although no final rounds were contested, two complete rounds of round robins were finished and with 12 wins in total Lees and his crew were crowed 2009 champions.... [more]
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Musto Performance Skiff Europeans - Full reports and results
Event media,
Musto Performance Skiff European Championship reports for the three day's of the event. Results at the end of the reports. Perfect conditions on Lake Garda for day one of this year's Musto Performance Skiff European Championship. An excellent entry of 74 boats, comprising of ten nationalities, including three Australians and one Russian who had driven over 3200km to be at the event.... [more]
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BT IMOCA skippers rivals for the Tour de Bretagne
BT Team Ellen Communications,
On Saturday 5th of September, BT duo Sébastien Josse and Jean François Cuzon will take the start line of the double-handed Tour de Bretagne à la Voile (‘round Brittany') but on different Figaro boats!... [more]
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Honda RYA Youth RIB Champions 2009 to be decided
RYA Media,
Thirty two talented young power boaters from across the UK and Gibraltar will be hitting the water at the PSP Southampton Boat Show on Sunday (13th September) putting their skill, control and speed to the test in a race against the clock, in the hope of clinching the prestigious title of 2009 Honda RYA Youth RIB National Champion.... [more]
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49er European Championships - First day of Finals report and images
Event media,
49er European Championships - Report from the first day of the Finals racing. Sailors made their intentions known on the first day of racing in the Gold fleet.... [more]
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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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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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18' Skiff International Regatta - Small rigs rule the day
Rich Roberts,
18' Skiff International Regatta report from day three. Big rig or small rig? That was the decision some of the players had to make on day three of the regatta.... [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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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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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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Williams and Team Pindar bid to reclaim King of the Mountain title
Kate Brewer,
‘King of the Mountain' title at the St Moritz Match Race. Set at over 5,000 feet above sea level on Lake St Moritz, against the spectacular backdrop of the Swiss Alps, 12 teams will compete in Blu26 one-design sailing boats which, whilst easily manoeuvrable, can prove challenging in the local Maloja thermal breeze.... [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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Sponsor continues Paralympic Sailing campaign support
Fast Track,
Helena Lucas, the Paralympic sailing star who was the only female entrant in the 2.4mR Class at the Beijing Games finishing in a top 10 position, has announced that she will be continuing her campaign towards London 2012 glory.... [more]
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International OK National Championship - More than OK
Rebecca Jackson,
International OK National Championship report. 35 OK sailors eventually enjoyed champagne sailing conditions during the International OK National Championship at Dabchicks Sailing Club, West Mersea, despite the first day of racing being abandoned due to strong winds.... [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 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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