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Finn Gold Cup - Ben Ainslie secures sixth title + Video

'Ben Ainslie (GBR3) and Mark Andrews (GBR88) - Finn Gold Cup 2012'    Mark Lloyd ©

The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth, UK concluded today, Friday 18th May 2012. It has been a week of extremes and the final day was no different. Though a medal race was attempted, it was soon abandoned and an hour later racing was completely abandoned for the day as the wind disappeared. This left Ben Ainslie (GBR) as Finn World Champion for the sixth time. Ed Wright (GBR) took the silver while Jonas Hogh-Christesen (DEN) took the bronze.

The forecast for the day was never very encouraging but racing did look possible. After a short postponement, the medal race was started in 6-8 knots. However within five minutes it became clear that things were going wrong as the wind switched off on the left, leading to the race officer Peter Reggio pulling the plug. He waited another hour or so, but then sent the fleet in as the wind had all but gone and showed no sign of putting in a late appearance.

As far as Olympic selection goes Poland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Turkey and China join he 18 nations that qualified in Perth and Great Britain as host. Many also have to satisfy national requirements so the final line up is not definite.

Ben Ainslie (GBR) was presented with the Finn Gold Cup for a record sixth time. He previously won the Finn crown in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2008. 'Winning this year is the most special [of all six titles] for me personally because it's where I grew up and learnt to sail and I have so much history here. And with the Olympics just around the corner it's a great time to go out and win a world championship.'

Ben Ainslie (GBR3) - Finn Gold Cup 2012 -  Mark Lloyd ©  

Is it his last Finn Gold Cup? 'That's a good question. There's a chance it could be. I have had 10 fantastic years in the Finn and I'm not sure how much longer I can keep going at this level, but I haven't made any decisions yet on any future Finn racing. I will see how things go this summer and what else happens and make a decision then. But I would miss the Finn if I gave it up. It's a fantastic boat. It's a great fleet, great sailors, and great camaraderie. And I think it's a real true test of sailing, ability and fitness.'

Silver medalist Ed Wright (GBR) said, 'It was a great week out there. I really had a lot of fun. The sailing was exceptional yesterday it was amazing; an epic day. And I really really enjoyed it. I am happy to come away with the silver but maybe a tad disappointed I didn't win but Ben has had a great week and is sailing really consistently – first, first, first, first, first … that's hard to beat really, just great great sailing from him.'

Silver: Ed Wright (GBR11) Gold : Ben Ainslie (GBR3) Bronze: Jonas Hoegh - Christensen - Finn Gold Cup 2012 -  Mark Lloyd ©  

Bronze medalist Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN) said, ' I think I had a decent, good week. I sailed parts of pretty much all the races quite well but I did make a lot of mistakes. I averaged about eighth so I am quite surprised to end up with the bronze. But my consistency gave me the extra to be ahead of the other guys. Ben and I were actually quite close together in most of the races but then I would make a mistake and he would go and win the race. That's pretty much how it happened all week. He sailed an almost flawless regatta; it's impressive.'

Fourth placed Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) said, 'For me it was a pretty tough week and difficult from day one. I had a messy start and I was hoping to play it a bit better later but every day I had one good and one bad result so it wasn't the best week for me. But in the end a lot of guys made mistakes and I ended up fourth which is not too bad but you can see that Ben is sailing very consistently and he is keeping the game simple, fast and doesn't make any mistakes, which is normal when you have such good speed, so I would be surprised if anything else happened regarding his performance. Truly an impeccable week from him and a good job from him, but hopefully for us he is going to make some mistakes in the future.'

Fifth overall Tapio Nirkko (FIN) said, 'It was a tricky week, but beautiful sailing condition. Yesterday was a really extreme day. With the waves, it was so much fun. During the downwind Zach and I were laughing and screaming. So I think everybody enjoyed it very much and it was great sailing. I managed to keep quite consistent tactics and was sailing quite consistently this week, which was one of my goals for this event and managed to avoid all the disaster races which is my weak point. I could finally sail on my level all regatta and I am really happy with my results here. Of course the medal was still available today, but maybe that's something for the Games. Ben was amazing. A good week for him, but perhaps a little bit unbelievable how he managed to put that kinds of series together in those conditions. But I still think he can be beaten at the end of July so we'll see what happens.'

Sixth placed Piotr Kula (POL) both qualified his country and himself for the Olympics this week. 'This was the perfect week for me, but it was a really hard week. Last year I had an issue with my knee. That's why I didn't go to Perth, and actually it hurt badly this week so I was glad there was no racing on Wednesday. But the racing was tough, all the guys did their best, it's Olympic year and there are no excuses. I am happy because Rafal, my colleague from the team, was a hard and tough opponent. I am very happy to be going to the Olympics. I will do my best, but everyone will be fighting hard though. We are all friends on shore but on the water we fight hard. I am really excited. All my family believed I could do it, and they are also very happy.'

Seventh placed Mark Andrews (GBR) said, 'This week was pretty good for me good to be in the top ten. I haven’t been in the top ten since 2010 so it's great to get into the medal race. I didn't particularly start the week very well, but made a really good comeback as the week went on. It's good to get seventh, but a shame not to race today. Ben sailed a brilliant week, though he wasn't the fastest out there he was definitely the cleverest. It's good for him on the build up to the games and a good confidence builder going into it.'

Eighth placed Andrew Mills (GBR) said, 'The week went well for me at the start but I had a bit of shocker yesterday with some settings and things and I had no speed all day, which was the complete opposite to the first few days. I struggled as a result of that. I am a bit disappointed with the final result but it was a good call from Luigi not to sail today. Ben was going very well though it was annoying on some of the windy days not be set up a bit better and given him a run for his money. But he's sailing very well, fast and confident.'

Ninth placed Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) also met his national criteria for the Olympics this week, 'It was a great week racing here in Falmouth. We did nine races but no medal race but it was a great week in a variety of conditions. For me the week was all right. I didn't have the feeling I could have, so I could do better. I qualified myself for the games this week so that is a relief. I had to meet the quota and its strict for us and only the absolute best will do. Ben did an amazing job and is in a different class to the rest of us. He sits in his boat, sails it really fast, looks comfortable, puts a lot of energy into it and makes the right decisions. Ed in second, without too much sailing this year also did a great job and Jonas in third is progressing and it will be exciting for the Olympics.'

Tenth placed Zach Railey (USA) said, 'My performance for the week was very up and down. I never really put myself in a position to be successful on the race course. I was always digging myself out of holes. I was always deep at the first weather mark and never really got into a rhythm this week. But I trying really hard and always trying to get the best results I could. I just sneaked into the top ten, so it was a little bit of a success this week after the way it started when it didn’t look like I would be anywhere near the top ten. Overall I am disappointed, but our minds are focussed on the Olympic Games in two months and for me that's all that matters for me this year. Ben sailed fantastic. When someone goes out and sails like he did you have to compliment them. He did absolutely fantastic. He's always very hard to beat, we know he will be hard to beat, but you always look forward to the challenge. But this week he was very impressive.'

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup

Falmouth, Cornwall, UK

 

Final Results as of 2pm on May 18th 2012

Overall

Sailed: 9, Discards: 1, To count: 8, Entries: 94, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank BowNumber SailNo Helmname Junior R1 final
 
R2 final
 
R3 final
 
R4 final
 
R5 final
 
R6 final
 
R7 final
 
R8 final
 
R9 final
 
Total Nett
1st 29 GBR 3 AINSLIE Ben   1.0 (3.0) 1.0 3.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 13.0 10.0
2nd 01 GBR 11 WRIGHT Edward   2.0 1.0 5.0 7.0 5.0 4.0 2.0 (14.0) 4.0 44.0 30.0
3rd 17 DEN 2 HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN Jonas   14.0 9.0 4.0 6.0 2.0 8.0 4.0 (18.0) 17.0 82.0 64.0
4th 02 CRO 524 KLJAKOVIC GASPIC Ivan   (26.0) 16.0 3.0 12.0 3.0 20.0 13.0 3.0 2.0 98.0 72.0
5th 24 FIN 218 NIRKKO Tapio   6.0 (22.0) 9.0 8.0 16.0 2.0 5.0 17.0 9.0 94.0 72.0
6th 106 POL 17 KULA Piotr   9.0 10.0 8.0 15.0 12.0 5.0 9.0 12.0 (18.0) 98.0 80.0
7th 27 GBR 88 ANDREWS Mark   (33.0) 23.0 12.0 10.0 7.0 6.0 7.0 5.0 11.0 114.0 81.0
8th 14 GBR 85 MILLS Andrew   4.0 8.0 2.0 11.0 19.0 3.0 (30.0) 20.0 15.0 112.0 82.0
9th 03 NED 842 POSTMA PieterJan   22.0 14.0 11.0 4.0 (95.0 DSQ) 14.0 6.0 6.0 8.0 180.0 85.0
10th 09 USA 4 RAILEY Zach   15.0 15.0 10.0 (32.0) 8.0 13.0 18.0 11.0 3.0 125.0 93.0
11th 07 EST 2 KARPAK Deniss   5.0 5.0 20.0 26.0 4.0 7.0 (95.0 OCS) 15.0 13.0 190.0 95.0
12th 12 SWE 11 BIRGMARK Daniel   (24.0) 17.0 17.0 14.0 10.0 19.0 3.0 10.0 10.0 124.0 100.0
13th 53 AUS 1 CASEY Brendan   13.0 25.0 7.0 9.0 17.0 18.0 8.0 4.0 (95.0 DNC) 196.0 101.0
14th 32 CAN 5 DOUGLAS Greg   (34.0) 7.0 15.0 13.0 22.0 26.0 15.0 2.0 7.0 141.0 107.0
15th 10 FRA 112 LOBERT Jonathan   25.0 2.0 6.0 2.0 15.0 (27.0) 25.0 25.0 12.0 139.0 112.0
16th 81 NZL 1 SLATER Dan   12.0 24.0 13.0 27.0 9.0 (32.0) 10.0 7.0 14.0 148.0 116.0
17th 21 RUS 9 SKORNYAKOV Eduard   20.0 (42.0) 24.0 19.0 11.0 10.0 17.0 13.0 5.0 161.0 119.0
18th 05 ESP 100 TRUJILLO Rafael   31.0 (39.0) 14.0 5.0 6.0 15.0 12.0 24.0 30.0 176.0 137.0
19th 33 POL 7 SZUKIEL Rafal   3.0 20.0 22.0 16.0 27.0 22.0 (41.0) 28.0 22.0 201.0 160.0
20th 101 GER 151 MILLER Matthias   23.0 13.0 30.0 (54.0) 20.0 11.0 23.0 27.0 16.0 217.0 163.0
21st 30 UKR 1 BORYSOV Oleksiy   30.0 4.0 26.0 18.0 18.0 29.0 (32.0) 21.0 19.0 197.0 165.0
22nd 45 NZL 8 COUTTS Matt   (45.0) 35.0 36.0 22.0 32.0 25.0 11.0 9.0 6.0 221.0 176.0
23rd 26 AUT 3 RAUDASCHL Florian   29.0 11.0 21.0 (35.0) 33.0 28.0 16.0 16.0 28.0 217.0 182.0
24th 20 CZE 1 MAIER Michael   10.0 (37.0) 31.0 30.0 21.0 24.0 19.0 30.0 27.0 229.0 192.0
25th 87 CAN 41 COOK Christopher   8.0 12.0 16.0 1.0 13.0 12.0 40.0 (95.0 DNS) 95.0 DNC 292.0 197.0
26th 18 SWE 6 ALLANSSON Bjorn   (64.0) 26.0 19.0 42.0 28.0 31.0 21.0 8.0 26.0 265.0 201.0
27th 23 USA 619 PAINE Caleb   37.0 27.0 27.0 20.0 (95.0 DSQ) 16.0 20.0 36.0 20.0 298.0 203.0
28th 34 NED 83 HAGOORT Timo   35.0 21.0 28.0 25.0 31.0 (40.0) 14.0 22.0 35.0 251.0 211.0
29th 40 TUR 21 KAYNAR Alican   32.0 30.0 25.0 (64.0) 40.0 9.0 26.0 32.0 29.0 287.0 223.0
30th 90 CHN 1226 GONG Lei   21.0 31.0 33.0 38.0 26.0 17.0 28.0 (48.0) 33.0 275.0 227.0
31st 37 CZE 85 VIKA Tomas   17.0 19.0 39.0 (44.0) 25.0 35.0 34.0 38.0 21.0 272.0 228.0
32nd 47 NED 841 VAN EGMOND Hein   11.0 41.0 (42.0) 17.0 34.0 33.0 29.0 40.0 32.0 279.0 237.0
33rd 42 UKR 5 GUSENKO Andrii   43.0 18.0 40.0 21.0 30.0 36.0 (47.0) 26.0 24.0 285.0 238.0
34th 41 BRA109 ZARIF Jorge J 50.0 6.0 35.0 31.0 35.0 23.0 (95.0 OCS) 34.0 25.0 334.0 239.0
35th 57 CRO 11 OLUJIC Josip   36.0 (55.0) 34.0 23.0 39.0 21.0 36.0 19.0 36.0 299.0 244.0
36th 86 CAN 110 ROBITAILLE Martin J 18.0 33.0 29.0 45.0 24.0 (95.0 DSQ) 31.0 23.0 44.0 342.0 247.0
37th 103 NOR 1 PEDERSEN Anders J 44.0 46.0 18.0 (55.0) 20.0 RDG 34.3 RDGa 24.0 33.0 34.0 308.3 253.3
38th 58 CRO 671 BILIC Tudor   (48.0) 47.0 38.0 36.0 14.0 37.0 27.0 35.0 35.3 RDGa 317.3 269.3
39th 39 RUS 1 SELIVANOV Alexey   7.0 34.0 52.0 48.0 (95.0 DSQ) 30.0 22.0 53.0 39.0 380.0 285.0
40th 59 CYP 19 PAPADOPOULOS Haris   47.0 44.0 48.0 33.0 (50.0) 38.0 39.0 37.0 23.0 359.0 309.0
41st 117 POL 8 LESINSKI Lukasz   61.0 52.0 (70.0) 40.0 29.0 45.0 33.0 31.0 38.0 399.0 329.0
42nd 38 RUS 57 TERPIGOREV Egor   (95.0 BFD) 60.0 32.0 28.0 48.0 44.0 53.0 39.0 31.0 430.0 335.0
43rd 78 IND 11 JOHAL Nachhatar   38.0 38.0 (62.0) 52.0 43.0 29.0 RDG 48.0 45.0 43.0 398.0 336.0
44th 48 HUN 6 PAL Gaszton   39.0 29.0 43.0 46.0 47.0 34.0 49.0 51.0 (95.0 DNC) 433.0 338.0
45th 62 GBR 18 HADDEN James J (70.0) 36.0 47.0 41.0 49.0 60.0 37.0 42.0 37.0 419.0 349.0
46th 67 GBR 29 MCCOY Peter J 42.0 59.0 37.0 47.0 42.0 47.0 43.0 43.0 (95.0 DNF) 455.0 360.0
47th 113 SWE 89 AXELSSON Andreas   41.0 63.0 60.0 37.0 41.0 41.0 42.0 47.0 (95.0 DNC) 467.0 372.0
48th 79 IRL 4 HAMILTON Ross   (73.0) 40.0 45.0 58.0 38.0 46.0 50.0 56.0 46.0 452.0 379.0
49th 77 HUN 8 BELICZAY Marton   54.0 51.0 (64.0) 29.0 57.0 43.0 45.0 61.0 41.0 445.0 381.0
50th 119 CAN 902 WILTON Brendan   46.0 32.0 55.0 39.0 (95.0 BFD) 48.0 38.0 29.0 95.0 DNF 477.0 382.0
51st 92 DEN 46 ANDRESEN Kaspar   (66.0) 66.0 41.0 62.0 51.0 51.0 35.0 46.0 42.0 460.0 394.0
52nd 65 GBR 23 BRIDDON Harry J 49.0 53.0 57.0 56.0 36.0 (95.0 DNC) 57.0 50.0 47.0 500.0 405.0
53rd 46 AUS 261 TWEDDELL Oliver   16.0 43.0 23.0 24.0 61.0 61.0 (95.0 DNC) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 513.0 418.0
54th 110 TUR 35 KUYUMCU Efe   53.0 78.0 50.0 59.0 37.0 42.0 56.0 44.0 (95.0 DSQ) 514.0 419.0
55th 56 CHN 43 ZHEN Li   40.0 45.0 44.0 71.0 62.0 53.0 58.0 52.0 (95.0 DNC) 520.0 425.0
56th 105 POL 13 JODLOWSKI Michal J 67.0 65.0 54.0 (84.0) 55.0 54.0 44.0 41.0 48.0 512.0 428.0
57th 120 NED 58 MOHREN Thomas   (84.0) 67.0 63.0 34.0 45.0 56.0 60.0 55.0 50.0 514.0 430.0
58th 100 FRA 89 MONTAGUT Benjamin   59.0 54.0 61.0 51.0 59.0 (62.0) 59.0 49.0 40.0 494.0 432.0
59th 82 NZL 9 COUTTS Rob   57.0 58.0 (72.0) 60.0 52.0 50.0 52.0 59.0 45.0 505.0 433.0
60th 55 CAN 7 NICHOLSON Adam   60.0 48.0 58.0 50.0 54.0 57.0 76.0 57.0 (95.0 DNC) 555.0 460.0
61st 109 SUI 84 HOFER Silvan   55.0 74.0 56.0 75.0 44.0 52.0 54.0 (95.0 DNF) 53.0 558.0 463.0
62nd 111 USA 21 LAMPHERE Gordon   69.0 56.0 67.0 68.0 53.0 58.0 51.0 (95.0 DNF) 54.0 571.0 476.0
63rd 61 FRA 99 ALLAIN DES BEAUVAIS Marc   75.0 69.0 69.0 (82.0) 58.0 55.0 63.0 54.0 51.0 576.0 494.0
64th 63 GBR 2 BURRELL Allen   51.0 50.0 49.0 80.0 63.0 49.0 64.0 (95.0 DNC) 95.0 DNC 596.0 501.0
65th 88 CAN 9 HEMMING Rob   58.0 62.0 53.0 67.0 64.0 (95.0 DNC) 46.0 67.0 95.0 DNC 607.0 512.0
66th 54 BUL 77 NEDYALKOV Valentin   56.0 75.0 74.0 (79.0) 72.0 71.0 66.0 64.0 55.0 612.0 533.0
67th 80 LTU 7 RYMONIS Tauras   85.0 77.0 71.0 43.0 46.0 59.0 62.0 (95.0 DNS) 95.0 DNC 633.0 538.0
68th 112 USA 53 LEIBOWITZ Ben   72.0 72.0 80.0 (87.0) 67.0 70.0 67.0 60.0 52.0 627.0 540.0
69th 93 FRA 61 MINOS Mikael   65.0 68.0 83.0 77.0 65.0 66.0 55.0 65.0 (95.0 DNC) 639.0 544.0
70th 85 BUL 855 VANGELOV Dimitar J 19.0 64.0 65.0 73.0 66.0 (95.0 DNC) 68.0 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 640.0 545.0
71st 52 AUS 8 SERET Dirk   76.0 61.0 (86.0) 85.0 75.0 69.0 70.0 62.0 49.0 633.0 547.0
72nd 60 CZE 11 DEUTSCHER Patrik J 63.0 57.0 85.0 (95.0 DNF) 68.0 68.0 72.0 58.0 95.0 DNC 661.0 566.0
73rd 75 GBR 7 COOPER George   86.0 82.0 66.0 49.0 56.0 64.0 69.0 (95.0 DNC) 95.0 DNC 662.0 567.0
74th 50 TUR 7 MUSLUBAS Akif   27.0 28.0 51.0 83.0 (95.0 DNF) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 664.0 569.0
75th 108 SUI 63 GAUTSCHI Thomas   62.0 71.0 68.0 70.0 73.0 63.0 79.0 (95.0 DNC) 95.0 DNC 676.0 581.0
76th 73 GBR 665 SMITH Julian   79.0 85.0 73.0 61.0 60.0 65.0 65.0 (95.0 DNC) 95.0 DNC 678.0 583.0
77th 104 GBR 635 PERCIVAL Simon   71.0 79.0 78.0 63.0 71.0 67.0 71.0 (95.0 DNC) 95.0 DNC 690.0 595.0
78th 51 AUS 2 MCMILLAN Rob   28.0 49.0 46.0 (95.0 DNF) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 693.0 598.0
79th 91 DEN 210 NIELSEN Henrik Elmer   77.0 92.0 79.0 69.0 74.0 (95.0 DNC) 61.0 63.0 95.0 DNC 705.0 610.0
80th 68 GBR 567 HUGHES Martin   52.0 70.0 59.0 57.0 (95.0 DNC) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNF 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 713.0 618.0
81st 76 GBR 711 PETTIT Simon   78.0 90.0 77.0 72.0 69.0 (95.0 DNF) 73.0 66.0 95.0 DNC 715.0 620.0
82nd 64 GBR 20 DENISON Andy   81.0 83.0 75.0 65.0 70.0 (95.0 DNC) 74.0 95.0 DNS 95.0 DNC 733.0 638.0
83rd 94 FRA 57 BOULAN Damien   68.0 76.0 (95.0 DNF) 53.0 95.0 DNF 95.0 DNC 75.0 95.0 DNS 95.0 DNC 747.0 652.0
84th 95 FRA 66 LOBERT Philippe   74.0 81.0 82.0 66.0 (95.0 DNF) 95.0 DNC 78.0 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 761.0 666.0
85th 74 GBR 68 MACKIE John   80.0 73.0 76.0 78.0 (95.0 DNF) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 782.0 687.0
86th 98 FRA 869 BAUMGARTEN Regis   89.0 84.0 89.0 81.0 77.0 (95.0 DNC) 77.0 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 782.0 687.0
87th 97 FRA 86 JEAN Christophe   87.0 91.0 81.0 86.0 76.0 (95.0 DNF) 95.0 DNF 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 801.0 706.0
88th 71 GBR 631 HART Richard   93.0 86.0 87.0 74.0 (95.0 DNC) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 815.0 720.0
89th 96 FRA 72 LE FRAPPER Philippe   92.0 88.0 84.0 76.0 (95.0 DNF) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNF 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 815.0 720.0
90th 72 GBR 644 ARNELL Jack J 83.0 80.0 (95.0 DNF) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNF 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 828.0 733.0
91st 69 GBR 611 LOCK Tony   82.0 87.0 (95.0 DNC) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 834.0 739.0
92nd 99 FRA 880 HOLLIER Cedric   88.0 89.0 (95.0 DNS) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNF 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 842.0 747.0
93rd 66 GBR 24 BARNES Rory   91.0 94.0 88.0 (95.0 DNF) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 843.0 748.0
94th 70 GBR 617 HARPER Mark   90.0 93.0 (95.0 DNF) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 848.0 753.0




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Team Alvimedica won a Leg 3 podium place in China after some of the closest racing ever seen in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race. The Turkish-American team protected their position in the final stretch to Sanya, carefully navigating a course peppered with fishing boats along the Vietnamese coast and across the South China Sea to cap off a well-sailed leg to clinch third. ... [more]  

The finish of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Sanya, China just before noon on January 27, 2015 marked an unbelievable end to a magnificent leg for Dongfeng Race Team. After leading the fleet virtually all the way from Abu Dhabi to Sanya in China, over more than 5,000 miles of intense ocean racing, Dongfeng finally crossed the finish line in first place ... [more]  

Winner of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Dongfeng, have released footage taken from a drone launched from the Volvo Ocean Race yacht, as she sails in light airs on the last days of Leg 3 of the race. It is believed to be the first time a drone, launched from a competitor, has been used in a major ocean race. ... [more]  

World sailing history was created earlier today when Dongfeng Race Team became the first Chinese yacht to have a win in a premier trans-ocean racing event. Her win was also a first in the 41-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race. At 1131hrs UTC the Chinese flagged entry emphatically won Leg 3 in their home port of Sanya to take the overall leadin the 40,000nm event with six stages to go. ... [more]  

On the morning of the 26th of January, the Maersk Line ship MV Stockholm delivered the Team Vestas Wind's damaged VO65 to the port in Genoa, Italy. From here she will be taken to the Persico building facilty where the rebuild of the wrecked boat will be undertaken. The team's goal is to rejoin the race in Lisbon, Portugal in June, 2015. ... [more]  

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is considering backing Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup bid, in a move that would propel the fortunes of the Olympic gold medallist yet further. Sir Ben is believed to have asked the Virgin billionaire to consider backing the venture when he and his new wife, Georgie Thompson, spent time on Sir Richard’s Necker Island in January. ... [more]  

To the 91st 2015 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race significant changes have been made in order to enhance the race experience, and by the looks of it, sailors are embracing them wholeheartedly. ... [more]  

Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Monsoon Cup preview by Alpari World Match Racing Tour
The final event of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Monsoon Cup Malaysia, is to take place in its new home of Johor, the southernmost state of Malaysia, over 10th-14th February. In addition to being the grand finale of the Tour, the event will also see the 2014 ISAF Match Racing World Champion crowned. ... [more]  

In the Barcelona World Race the two lead boats are preparing for a gruelling 3,500-mile game of chase across the Southern Ocean, until the next natural gateway of the course, Cape Leeuwin in south-west Australia. ... [more]  

Quantum Key West Race Week provided the opportunity for the GC32s to make a spectacular debut in the USA. During the five days of racing held in balmy temperatures off the southernmost tip of Florida, crews experienced a range of conditions. ... [more]  

40 year old Charles Caudrelier the skipper of race leader Dongfeng was a major figure of the winning French team Groupama in 2011-12 . With the Dongfeng team now approaching Sanya, almost unstoppable, its worthwhile hearing from Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad who is hugely pleased with the current on water situation. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race. The northerly drag race continues, with the stable light wind forecast to drop slightly. The boats have all remained in position, if anything cementing their places with gaps between them increasing slightly through the night. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - Sailing in a straight line was never supposed to be as tense as this. We’ve been pointing at Sanya for almost a day now and fortunately, Alvimedica, MAPFRE, and Brunel far enough back to not be in AIS range anymore. The problem is they’re not in AIS range anymore. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - After what can only be described as a frustrating few days of wind and current conditions in the Malacca Strait, the shipping lanes we had to pass were a bit more entertaining as it was upwind which meant some tacking. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 3 Finish - Video - Delayed feed by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Tune in here to see the finish of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean race in Sanya. Will sailing history be made? Can Dongfeng become the first Chinese flagged yacht to win a Leg in a Round the World Race? ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Bigger than ever in 2015, with an atmosphere crackling with adrenaline, the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella, was ground zero on Sunday as competitors from 63 countries made their final preparations. ... [more]  

The Chinese entry Dong looks set to create sailing sailing history when she finishes first on Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Sanya in two days time. Includes video Currently Dongfeng is 250 nm to the finish line in Sanya and the chasing pack with ADOR ahead in second place 55+ nm behind the Chinese team. ... [more]  

The first of the iconic Great Capes has been passed in the Barcelona World Race with Cheminées Poujoulat rounding the Cape of Good Hope earlier this morning. Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam passed 20°E around 400 miles south of Cape Agulhas – the southernmost tip of Africa – at 0935am (UTC) today and have begun the Indian Ocean leg of their race around Antarctica. ... [more]  

The Classic 18fters were racing again on Saturday on Sydney harbour. Michael Chittenden caught the action from a shore vantage point. ... [more]  

When race leader Dongfeng rounded Singapore 60+ nautical miles ahead of the chasing pack, it looked like the final 1200 miles of Leg three would be a procession but over the last day, the Volvo Ocean race leg from Abu Dhabi to Sanya China appears to have tightened incredibly. ... [more]  

US Sailing and Rolex USA announced last week that the 2014 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year is Stephanie Roble. Her accomplishments on the water last year were recognized by the selection panel for her versatility; her accomplishments as a skipper and as a crew; and her competitive successes on a variety of platforms, sailing against both men and women. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - The first of the Great Capes is fast-approaching, with the leading boats in the Barcelona World Race expected to pass the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope at the tip of South Africa tomorrow. As they pass 20°E, the Atlantic Ocean will deliver its verdict – did Cheminées Poujoulat’s east-bound track or Neutrogena’s southerly gamble pay off? ... [more]  

Mardi Gras may not be for another month but US Sailing’s National Sailing Programs Symposium (NSPS) kicked it off early for Oakcliff Sailing this year. This evening, Oakcliff received The Captain Joe Prosser Award, given to an organization that has made an exemplary contribution toward improving the quality and safety in the training or instruction of sailors. ... [more]  

20 Nations head for 2015 St.Maarten Heineken Regatta
Volvo Ocean Race - Less than 500 miles to go
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Fantastic finish
Barcelona World Race: Weather beacons launched midrace
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 5
Mount Gay Round Barbados Race – Gala prizegiving marks end of event
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 5 images by Ingrid Abery
Volvo Ocean Race Leader - Dongfeng - the right place at the right time
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Notice Of Race online
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Volvo Ocean Race: Changes to Team Vestas Wind crew
McDougall+McConaghy Moth Worlds: Highlight video released
America's Cup: Oracle crew mate lodges complaint against Tienpont
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 4 images by Ingrid Abery
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - US Sailing Team preview
Quantum Key West Race Week 2015 - A great day
Volvo Ocean Race: Jump seat and Pro-Am race spots up for auction
Lauderdale Olympic Classes Regatta overall
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng? Race Team suffer? damage
America's Cup: Italy to host first America's Cup World Series regatta
Breeze and Sunshine at Quantum Key West Race Week   
Images of the Millennium Cup and Bay of Islands Sailing Week - Day 1:   
2015 Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race – Three records broken   
St.Maarten Heineken Regatta - Simplified logistics and fun themes   
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 3 images by Ingrid Abery   
Millennium Cup: Racing in the picturesque Bay of Islands   
Volvo Ocean Race - Up up and away   
Barcelona World Race - 'Haves' and 'Have Nots'   
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 update from Jack Bouttell onboard Dongfeng   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Game time!   
Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015 – Ninth year ready to rock!   
Foiling GC32s Key West Race Week images by Ingrid Abery   
Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race - Crews prepare for big race   
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 2   
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - A challenging day   
America's Cup: Spithill leads Oracle reconnaissance team in Bermuda   
Extreme Sailing Series announces new teams and venues for 2015   
Barcelona World Race - Leaders enter the fastest section of the course   
Martinique Surf Pro - Must attend event in the world surfing circuit   
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup preview   


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