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At the final event of the 2009 ISAF Match Racing World Tour, the Monsoon Cup in Kuala Terengganu in Malaysia, New Zealand's Adam Minoprio and his ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing crew comprehensively outsailed Ben Ainslie and his TeamOrigin crew to claim the trophy and a large slice of the prize money. Ben had quite a bit to say.

Optimist sail number ‘6000' is up for auction on ebay with all money going to the John Merricks Sailing Trust.

The Transatlantic Maxi Race concluded with Peter Harrison's Sojana the first Supermaxi to finish.

The International jury has been chosen for the America's Cup with John Doerr and Bryan Willis selected.

Lots more news so please read on.


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Gladwell's Line: Monsoon Cup coverage sets new standards
Richard Gladwell,
TV coverage of the 2009 Monsoon Cup has set standards at a time when sailing is at a crossroads, and desperately needs to find a viable New Media platform to reach around the major TV sports, and their huge and captive audiences. The 2009 edition of the Monsoon Cup, the final and richest regatta in terms of prizemoney on the World Match Racing Tour is produced by Redhanded TV and distribute... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Team Finland regains the lead
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper 09-10 Team Finland has two reasons to celebrate today. 'Team Finland is now in tip top shape after a very busy night,' says watch leader Emil Vartiainen. The leg from South Africa to Western Australia is turning out to be one of the closest races of Clipper 09-10 so far, with only 120 miles separating the top seven yachts.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - World Champion Minoprio defeats Ainslie
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
Today the new ISAF Match Racing World Champion 24 year old Adam Minoprio sailed against the legendary Ben Ainslie, 32 year old British sailor, three-time Olympic gold medallist and ISAF World Sailor of the Year in 1998, 2002 and 2008.... [more]
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BlackMatch Racing win the Monsoon Cup in straight races
Richard Gladwell,
Adam Minoprio skippered BlackMatch Racing (NZL) to a 3-0 win over TeamOrigin's Ben Ainslie (GBR) in the Final of the Monsoon Cup, sailed in Malaysia. A day earlier Blackmatch won the World Matchracing title by virtue of making the Semi-Finals, and today's win extended the margin over Torvar Mirsky (AUS). The win earned the Blackmatch crew USD105,000 prizemoney.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup Final – Its Ainslie versus Minoprio
Rob Kothe,
It's been an drama filled day of match racing at the Monsoon Cup, the final event of the World Match Racing Tour, being sailed on the Pulau Duyong basin, Kuala Terengganu in Malaysia.... [more]
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Sail Sydney 2009 Day 2: Contenders rise to the top in ideal conditions
Sail Sydney Media,
Racing got away a little late in all classes today at the Sail Sydney regatta on Sydney Harbour, but it was worth the wait as competitors raced in ideal north-easterly winds and all but the lightest of crews appreciating typical Sydney summer conditions... [more]
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Inaugural Perth 2011 ENP Regatta provided fast learning curves
Perth 2011 Media,
Olympic class sailors Serbian Dany Stanisic (Laser) and Colombian Nicolas Lozano (RS:X) are today a step closer to reaching the Olympics, after winning their events at the Inaugural Perth 2011 Emerging Nations Programme (ENP) Regatta on the weekend.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: A three way battle at the front
Clipper Ventures Media,
Spirit of Australia achieve a quick fix with their steering yet still hanging on the lead, Qingdao successfully emerges from Stealth Mode, Close encounters of the Clipper kind between Edinburgh Inspiring Capital and Qingdao as they cross tacks... [more]
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Monsoon Cup 2009 – The Final Day
Rob Kothe,
Today, day five, is the Final of the Monsoon Cup and it will be sailed between Ben Ainslie and his TeamOrigin crew of Iain Percy, Matt Cornwell, Christian Kamp and Mike Mottl and Adam Minoprio and his crew, who are aiming to add the Monsoon Cup to their trophy tally.... [more]
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2009 Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup race concludes
Fabrizio Pirina,
Brilliant performances by all the competitors and a special mention to the Canadian Mini Maxi Valkyrie (Mr.Will Apold) who was second in the IRC overall corrected time, despite the severe damage to the generator which delayed the boat for several hours after the start.... [more]
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BlackMatch Racing are World Match Racing Champions + Audio + Video
BlackMatch Racing Media,
After getting off the water from our three nil win over Mathieu Richard, we watched an extremely close race against Peter Gilmour and Torvar Mirsky, a match that meant if Gilmour won we would be crowned World Match Racing Champions. Gilmour had incurred a penalty on the first beat and although he held the lead coming into the final run to the finish, we knew it was going to be extremely close.... [more]
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Minoprio and BlackMatch win the ISAF World Match Racing Championship
Rob Kothe,
The 2009 ISAF World Match Racing Championship was at stake on morning 4 of the Monsoon Cup. In the end, Adam Minoprio (NZL) and his ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing team won the 2009 ISAF Match Racing World Championship.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup pictures from Day 4 of racing
Monsoon Cup,
At the Monsoon Cup on Day 4 of racing, the World Match Racing Champion was decided. Enjoy these images from today's action out on the race course in the Pulau Duyong basin in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.... [more]
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Gybing duel to the finish in the ARC 2009 race
World Cruising Media,
After a course distance of 2,700 nautical miles and almost twelve days at sea just 16 minutes and 5 seconds separated the first two yachts to cross the ARC finish line in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia. Every few hours the boats would meet and then gybe apart, Big One staying north whilst Bagheera went south.... [more]
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Watch the Monsoon Cup LIVE now on Sail-World.com
Sail-World.com,
Watch the Monsoon Cup LIVE now, on Sail-World.com - Left click in the Maximise box and watch in full screen mode... [more]
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Optimist Sail Number ‘6000' auction off to a flying start
RYA Media,
Don't forget to place your bid! The online auction for Optimist sail number ‘6000' opened at 7.00pm, Thursday 3rd December. This special auction is being run by the International Optimist Association together with the RYA and all proceeds from the auction will go to the John Merricks Sailing Trust.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro announces 2010 edition of the race
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The 2010 edition of La Solitaire du Figaro will cover 1,717 nautical miles between ports both old and new to the race. There will be the return to Gijon and Kinsale, which will bring back memories that are part of the rich history of La Solitaire du Figaro. Between these two stages abroad, Le Havre will host the race start for the 41st edition for the first time. Brest and Cherbourg-Octeville wi... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Spirit of Australia by a nose
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10: Skipper of the leading team, Brendan Hall, reports champagne sailing conditions today as Spirit of Australia continues to keep their nose just ahead of Team Finland. Yet to experience just what the conditions can be like is the team onboard Hull & Humber, although it won't be long before they too have a taste of the sleigh ride further south. 'The Southern Ocean beckons over on the... [more]
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Monsoon Cup – PredictWind Forecast for Final Days
Nathan May,
Predictwind is forecasting moderate to light winds for the final two days of racing of the Monsoon Cup. While the first day was the toughest in the five year history of the Monsoon Cup with monsoonal winds and rain, the last two days have provide excellent racing conditions and that should continue.... [more]
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ISAF announce five person International Jury for America's Cup
ISAF Media,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today announced the ISAF approval for the appointment of the five member International Jury for the 33rd America's Cup. All thre members of the Expert Panel appointed by the New York Supreme Court are included. It will be chaired by David Tillett (AUS).... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Ainslie stars in 'A Tale of Two Rivers'
Rob Kothe,
The Pulau Duyong Monsoon Cup match racing course is the meeting of the two Terengganu river flows, which split above the Island; the heavier right hand flow is deeper water, while the left hand flow is slower and shallower. PJ Montgomery interviews Adam Minoprio and Philip Robertson before the Quarterfinals on the highly popular Newstalk ZB Yachting and Boating show... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup day four - what a difference a windy day makes
Tracey Johnstone,
It was a day of high drama for the international fleet competing in the 23rd Phuket King's Cup in the windy race day four with damaged boats and gear, and plenty of protests. After gentle, shifty breezes and smooth seas for the first three days of racing, the international fleet were today confronted today with strong winds and choppy sea conditions resulting in sail damage, broken masts, a... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - next moves
Richard Gladwell,
Today, December 4 in New York is likely to be a key date in the 33rd America's Cup, being the time set by Judge Shirley Kornreich for the Challenger and Defender to have come to Mutual Consent on the Rules issues surrounding the event. Mutual Consent are two words that have had little use in this round of the America's Cup.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Do or die for World Tour crews
Rob Kothe,
Adam Minoprio and his Emirates Team New Zealand BlackMatch crew faced a sudden death match, going into the last event in the World Match Racing Tour, fighting for his season at 4-6, against Sebastien Col, 6-4.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Thinking the Unthinkable!!
Rob Kothe,
The tension continues to increase on the Pulau Duyong Basin on Day 3 of the Monsoon Cup, as the 12 crews battle for their place in the quarter finals. The defending World Champion Ian Williams and his Team Pindar crew are almost certainly not going to make the quarter final cut but now New Zealand's Adam Minoprio; the 2009 World Match Racing Tour leader is in great danger too.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre yacht BT on her way back home
BT Team Ellen Media,
Upon arriving back in the UK this Sunday, the BT IMOCA 60 yacht will be lifted out of the water in Cowes and go straight in to short but intensive refit to bring her back to full racing condition for the 2010 IMOCA season, albeit no longer as ‘BT'... [more]
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Watch the Monsoon Cup LIVE now on Sail-World.com
Sail-World.com,
Watch the Monsoon Cup LIVE now, on Sail-World.com - Left click in the Maximise box and watch in full screen mode... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Team Finland fights Spirit of Australia for lead
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10: Sprit of Australia is just about holding on to the lead following the team's recent victory at the Leg 3 scoring gate. 'Variable winds Southern Ocean style,' reports Edinburgh Inspiring Capital's skipper Matt Pike. 'Still a great sail in the moon light, bowling along towards Geraldton, minding the odd gust, and a fairly steady night.... [more]
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Last call for sign up to regional RYA Club and Coach Conferences
RYA Media,
The RYA is giving all club representatives and coaches involved in planning for the new season a last chance to reserve their places on the annual regional RYA Club and Coach Conferences taking place around the UK, 5-6 December... [more]
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The Best Of 2009 SF Regattas Imagery by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson,
Revisit the 2009 sailing season with images by Erik Simonson of h2oshots.com from the largest ever Three Bridge Fiasco, South Tower Demons smack downs at the Crewed Lightship, The 1st ever Kiteboard Worlds, Some mighty mights in Optis, the excitement of the 505 Worlds and the glamour of the Big Boat Series to the spirits of the Great Pumpkin and everything in between! Enjoy and Happy Holidays!... [more]
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Lymington's heating up - Royal Lymington Challenge Cup
Chris Neve,
The challenges have started to roll in! Five teams have already indicated they will be at the start line for the Royal Lymington Challenge Cup next June.... [more]
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World Match Monsoon Cup – World Champion out, who else?
Rob Kothe,
Monsoon Cup 2009 Day 2 and after the monsoon drama of the first day, the toughest racing day so far in the history of the regatta, today a World Champion probably exits the event and another star is born.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup images from racing on Day 2
Monsoon Cup,
Enjoy theses images from today's racing at the Monsoon Cup. The world's best match racers are battling each other to win the Monsoon Cup, which is the final stage of the World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
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25% off The Dark Blue Whos Who Book of Yacht Racing until 5th Dec
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Do you have a customer, partner or VIP that would benefit from receiving a copy of the Who's Who of Yacht Racing? With 25% off the price of the DARK BLUE BOOK until the 5th of December, this book of key contacts is a great gift. The Dark Blue Book is the first ever ‘Who's Who of yachting' book to emerge on the scene, listing the contact details of some of yacht racing's most influential people in... [more]
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Awesome weekend of Skiff sailing ahead on Waitemata
Hamish Hey,
Hot on the heels of the Auckland Champs weekend with the 18's the nation's 12ft Skiffs will assemble on mass for the Interdominon Trials this weekend. Racing starts 1pm on Friday afternoon (4 Dec) and concludes on Sunday (6 Dec). With fresh easterlies and an outgoing tide on Friday afternoon there promises to be plenty of spectacular action for spectators along the Tamaki waterfront... [more]
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Last chance to train with the UK's best Team Racers
RYA Media,
The RYA is reminding all adult Team Racers not to miss out on the opportunity to train with some of the top GBR Team racers over the winter and be in with a chance of competing as part of the RYA's first ever 18+ Team Racing team for 2010 events. - Sign up by Friday 4th December... [more]
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Farr 30 class take control of their own destiny
Carole Abbott,
The International Farr 30 One Design Class will no longer be under the management of Stagg Yachts. Management of the Class is now solely in the hands of the International Class Association... [more]
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Beau Geste sets a new Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup record
International Maxi Association News,
The Chinese maxi yacht Beau Geste crossed today the finishing line at Sint Maarten, concluding the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup 2009 from Tenerife after 9 days, 8 hours, 54 minutes, 27 seconds, which is the new record of the course.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Spirit of Australia first to scoring gate
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10: Spirit of Australia leads the fleet across the scoring gate as the Southern Ocean gusts take a toll on the fleet. By securing three points at the gate the Australian team has moved one step closer to the top of the overall leader board. As the fleet left Cape Town at the start of Leg 3, Team Finland was in the top spot, ahead of second place Spirit of Australia by three clear points... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup announces Revised Scoring System for 2009-2010
ISAF Sailing World Cup,
The ISAF Sailing World Cup today announced a revised scoring system for the 2009-2010 season, which begins in Melbourne, Australia later this month. The ISAF Sailing World Cup incorporates seven events across Australia, the USA, Spain, France, The Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain... [more]
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