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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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Before the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, Ken Read, skipper of the US supermaxi Comanche gave this tour above and below decks of Jim and Kristy Clark's new 100ft flyer. ... [more]  

Sail-World is now running live in the changed website format. If you are running on a Mac with iOS please scroll to the bottom of the site and check that your region is set for your region and not some other. It can be correctly set up using the drop down boxes. Then go to the top, click refresh, and you should be away. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Wild Oats XI and Comanche Finish Images *Feature by Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania
The Comanche and Wild Oats XI teams were equally gracious in victory and defeat on the dockside in Hobart today. It had been a close fought battle and while Comanche had reeled Wild Oats XI back in overnight to within 9nm , there simply wasn't enough air to power up the American boat in the run across Storm Bay and up the Derwent River. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: In what skipper Mark Richards described as the crew’s most hard-fought line honours triumph, Wild Oats XI held off the impressive challenge posed by Comanche, the newly-launched entry from the United States. Completing the race in 2 days, 2 hours, 3 minutes and 26 seconds, Wild Oats XI finished eight hours shy of the race record she set in 2012. ... [more]  

After being dismasted a short time ago in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, Giacomo is motoring to the lee of Maria Island. In other race news, a very disappointed Bill Wild has retired his Reichel/Pugh 55, Wedgetail, from the race after suffering mast damage in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 628 nautical mile race at approximately 7.40pm off Schouten Island. All are safe and well on board. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: Spithill was one of six helmsmen on Comanche. 'We can’t leave it at that,' he declared after finishing in Hobart. He says that on his watch this morning the boat reached a top speed of 32 knots and knows what she is capable of. 'Everybody got to see the true potential of this boat at the start. ... [more]  

Top international yachting photographer, Carlo Borlenghi was in the air above the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race fleet and provided these images of the third day of racing in the classic ocean race, as the leaders closed in on the finish, and the dock celebrations by Wild Oats XI. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - 'This is the sweetest victory by far,' Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards declared today after steering the silver-grey thoroughbred to a record eighth line honours victory in the Rolex Sydney Hobart. 'To rewrite a bit of sailing history doesn’t come along every day. To win a Hobart is a great honour but to win an eighth; I can’t believe I am here,' Richards said. ... [more]  

Photographer Andrea Francolini was on the water at 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race line honours finish and provided this gallery of images. ... [more]  

Wild Oats XI entered the Derwent River some forty minutes ahead of Comanche at the Iron Pot and gybed her way up river in 5-10 knot southeaster, bright sunshine and crystal clear light to take a record breaking eighth line honours win in this race at 3.03pm The size of spectator fleet that accompanied Wild Oats XI and the crowds on the dock were much the largest ever sen for this race. ... [more]  

The Volvo 70 Giacomo lost her rig in the vicinity of Maria Island about 5.30pm local time yesterday evening. A second yacht Wedgetail (an RP55) lost the top off her mast in the same area at the same time. Giacomo is a Volvo 70 owned and skippered by Jim Delegat (NZL) and has a full New Zealand crew aboard ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Wild Oats XI takes number eight by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team
Wild Oats XI finished at 303pm, with her big A2 flying. Her elapsed time was two days two hours three minutes and twenty six seconds 02:02:03:26 That was some eight hours outside the race record she set in 2012 of 1 day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds. ... [more]  

At the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race photographer Daniel Forster was on the water and provided this gallery of images from Day 2. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Wild Oats XI scores comfortable 8th win by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Wild Oats XI (Oatley family) has crossed the finish line for the Rolex Sydney Hobart race to take her eighth win in the offshore classic. She crossed the finish line in the Derwent River sailing on port tack with a big asymmetrical headsail flying, and accompanied by a bevy of spectator craft as she crossed the finish line at 3.00pm local time. ... [more]  

In Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's annual Boxing Day race the hometown Gibbs brothers, Riley, 18, and Sawyer, 16, started last in their 49er skiff but passed all of the other boats of various types to finish first in brilliant sun but cool light air Sunday. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Wild Oats XI is still leading the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart, some 38-nm from Hobart, and hoping to close in on a record eighth line honours win. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The crew on the American super maxi Comanche have not thrown in the towel. They do not believe the race for line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart is over despite Wild Oats XI’s commanding lead. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Bob Oatley’s 10 year-old super maxi Wild Oats XI is racing towards an historic eighth line honours victory in the Rolex Sydney Hobart this morning. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Wild Oats rounds Tasman Island by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Seven time race winner, Wild Oats XI (Oatley family) looks set to take her eighth win, after rounding Tasman Island just before noon, local time. The supermaxi rounded the landmark with a ten mile lead over the US supermaxi Comanche and has about 35nm to sail in a direct line to the finish line off Hobart. ... [more]  

With the front runners in the Rolex Sydney Hobart expected to sneak through in light to moderate tail winds, the weather prognosis for the remainder of the fleet is, well, interesting. The simple analysis is that fresh northerly winds will give the fleet a fast ride on Sunday and during the daylight hours of Monday. ... [more]  

Wild Oats XI (Oatley family) is expected to cross the finish line, around 4pm on Sunday and take her eighth line honours win. The race leaders are making good time down the coast of Tasmania, and at daybreak had approximately 100nm to sail. ... [more]  

Sydney to Hobart - Another 40 foot white-wash? by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team
With the Supermaxi battle probably all over in this 70th Rolex Sydney to Hobart race, unless Wild Oats XI drops her rig in the next five hours, she is set to take her eighth line honours victory so at last the attention will shift to the real race, the battle for handicap honours. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Your Turn, Then My Turn, Then Your Turn! *Feature by Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania
With the front runners over halfway to Hobart, this year’s race is turning out to be quite a page turner already; and that’s just the big boats. So let’s start with them. Wind back to the start, first honours to Comanche in the shoot out to the first mark. To be fair it was akin to pitting a brand new Bugatti Veyron against some classy and quick Ferraris and Porsches. The result in those ... [more]  

There is absolutely no way anyone can predict these before the vast majority of the still 109 vessels racing actually get home to Hobart Town. One can, however, talk about the very things that do go into making these results that so many chase and to do so, we have to work through a myriad of vessel designs, ages and types. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014; Handicap Honours Predictions VIDEO *Feature
Sydney Hobart 2014: A ridge too far for Comanche
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Images by Daniel Forster
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Honing in on halfway
Sydney Hobart Race: 'The Old Girl' proves she's still got great legs
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Drama among the supermaxis
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race images by Howard Wright
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Supermaxi Race Start VIDEO *Feature
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Perpetual Loyal forced to retire with hull damage *Feature
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart: Clouds backs the small boats for overall win
Rolex Sydney to Hobart: Replay video coverage on Sail-World *Feature
Sydney Hobart - Comanche leads but Oats XI keeps the rubber band on
Will Comanche take a scalp?
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014- Southerly takes its toll
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Comanche leads in softening morning breeze *Feature
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Comanche take a gun to the knife fight + Video
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - Supermaxi contest + Video
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Images from the flying start on Sydney harbour
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: Start photos by Andrea Francolini   
Sydney Hobart 2014 The Cutting edge Formula 1 yacht still leads   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 – Grand dame heads back to Sydney   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Day 1 start images by Carlo Borlenghi   
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Race Start Images by Crosbie Lorimer *Feature   
Clipper Ventures 10 starts Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Another year another record   
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014 – Comanche on the warpath   
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart - Spithill to grind on Comanche   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – Spinnaker start forecast   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Wild Oats XI ready to go   
Adventures of a Sailor Girl: Hobart coverage - December 26 - Live   
Rolex Sydney Hobart - The Peyron Perspective -Old People On New Boats *Feature   
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart - Spithill to grind on Comanche   
Rolex Sydney Hobart; Wild Oats XI trials Goose for Christmas   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - The Weather Gate *Feature   
For Christmas a Shiny new Sail-World.com *Feature   
Sydney-Hobart: Wacky Races 3 – Gravel and Red Max versus VMG *Feature   
Yankees at the Gate - A pre Sydney-Hobart conversation with Ken Read *Feature   
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Line Honours Skippers Press Conference - Video   


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