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Drumstick wins Phuket King's Cup

'Double-beat for Drumstick (Toby O’Connell) - winning the King’s Cup for the 2nd year running. Phuket King’s Cup 2006.'    Guy Nowell ©    Click Here to view large photo

Dramatic finish at the 2006 Phuket King’s Cup yesterday afternoon and the big boats in the Racing 1 division were ‘neck and neck’ battling for the King's Cup. Neil Pryde’s Farr 52 Hi Fi was on 16 points, Paul Winkelmann’s TP52 Island Fling was on 17 points and last year's winner, Toby O’Connell’s DK46 Dhevatara Drumstick, was on 19 points.

The race started in easing conditions. Frank Pong earlier in the regatta had talked about the risks of trying to start with the smaller boats for his 76 footer Jelik. He preferred to keep away from the 50 footers and start in clear air at speed. Yesterday he suffered when caught in the middle of the bunch, he was over early and had difficulty sailing back.

Island Fling was first around the top mark, followed by Hi Fi, then Mandrake and Jelik. At the bottom mark Island Fling went left looking underpowered, while Hi Fi stepped out to the right, finding pressure and then tacked into a fast lane.

Just one run from the finish of the final race, the Racing division leader, Neil Pryde had sailed his Farr 52 into a regatta winning position - then the wind stopped. Pryde watched the fleet sail up to him. Behind him the entire fleet, from the largest Grand Prix racer Frank Pong’s 25 metre Jelik, down to the eight metre sports boats, joined the parking lot.

Behind Hi Fi, Paul Winkelmann’s Island Fling was caught in the windless zone and drifted into the mark. She completed her 360 in painfully light conditions. Gradually the fleet ghosted round the buoy, with boats heading offshore looking for the sea breeze. Instead it infilled from the land and Hummingbird Konka reached along the inside of the fleet, with her larger rivals still waiting for the breeze. Within a minute Dhevatara Drumstick, the second smallest boat in the Grand Prix fleet was reaching up to the bottom mark, at 17 knots. For Pryde the regatta was just about over.

Dockside the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club skipper Toby O'Conell commented, 'We knew we had to win and Hi Fi and Island Fling had to be well down in the places. Two thirds of the way round, Hi Fi was having a great race and Island Fling not so great, but not too far back. When we reached the parking lot at the mark, we edged around the outside of fleet. We were heading down to meet a sea breeze but saw it coming off the land.

'We hooked into it; hit 16-17’s, we were sailing deep and that helped us. The breeze stayed to the finish. Those conditions were the reverse of the first day, which was a big boat day. We are very happy boys!'

Konka Hummingbird, with Tiffany Koo at the helm, won Race 8 for the Racing 1 division on corrected time, from Toby O’Connell’s defending champion Dhevatara Drumstick, with Karakoa, helmed by Jamie MacPhail third. Frank Pong’s Jelik recorded the fastest time around the course.

Going into the last day's race Dhevatara Drumstick needed to place three spots above Neil Pryde’s Hi Fi to maintain her crown. The happy team on Drumstick achieved their goal and were presented with the King’s Cup. Hi Fi was second and Island Fling (Paul Winkelmann) finished third.

In the Coutts Premier division Race 7, Frangipani Girl (David Ross) won by nearly ten seconds on corrected time from Strewth (Geoff Hill) with Australian Maid (Jon Wardill). Yasooda registered the fastest time.

As a result of a second place, Strewth took out the overall Premier Championship from close rival, Moon Blue 11 (Peter Churchouse). Strewth and Moon Blue 11 were on even points going into the last race of the regatta. Moon Blue 11 finished second, with Andrew Rickards’ Moon Blue, third.

Race 7 belonged to Madam Butterfly on corrected time, in the Racing 2 division. Second on corrected time was Phoenix (Niels Dgenkolf) and third was Lunch Cutter 11 (Keith Dunn). The fastest time was recorded by Panic. The win ensured Madam Butterfly the Overall top placing, with Phoenix and Happy Endings filling the minor placings.

Risotada (Keisuke Nagamatsu) scored the corrected time win in Race 7 for the tightly fought Sports Boat division. Motornet (Kenichi Takahashi) was thirty-eight seconds back followed by Just (Shuji Hagihara). G4S Somtam Express registered the fastest time. Overall, Motornet had already won the regatta and yesterday's sail was just ‘icing on the cake’. Scott Dunsanson’s G4S Somtam Express finished second, with Just (Shuji Hagihara) third.

In IRC 1, Race 7 Big A, Andy Pape’s Swan 55 won on corrected time, from Di Hard (Valdemar Bandolowski) and Sita (Peter Wintle). Line honours belonged to Sita. The winner of this division, Rhythm Stick, the X442 helmed by Japanese skipper Ryuji Nakata did not sail the last race after convincingly winning her division earlier in the week. Octopussy and Sita filled the minor placings.

In the Firefly 850's division Race 7, Twin Sharks (Bill Phelps) won on corrected time from Mamba (Henry Kaye) with Moto Inzi (Roger Kingdon) third. Chi Machine, after becoming the overall winner elected not to race yesterday. Instead, they enjoyed the sunshine and atmosphere at the Phuket Kings Cup. Twin Sharks and Moto Inzi completed the podium places.

In Multihull racing, Race 5 The Sting (Philip Day) won from Seekronghuk (Tim Milner) with Charro (Mervyn Owen) third on corrected time. Atmosphere took line honours. The win secured the Overall Championship for The Sting crew, with Seekronghuk second and Benoit Lassaffre’s Atmosphere in third.

In the Performance Multihull division, Race 5, Liam Nichols’ Gone with the Wind took the honours on corrected time, from Tony Roberts Tactical Directions and third Larry Pollock’s Running Cloud. Raimon Land Chameleon also recorded the fastest time.

Overall, Running Cloud was triumphant, with Gone with the Wind second and Raimon Land Chameleon finishing in third.

In IRC 2, Royal Thai Navy 1 (Lt. Peera Sagultem) won on corrected time from Master Blaster (Andrey Novoderezhkin) and Minx (Rob Taylor). Royal Thai Navy 1 clearly won the division overall, with Master Blaster and Minx takings the minor placings.

Princess Christina (Robert Yeltes) won the Sunsail One Design division yesterday on corrected time. Princess Anna (Christian Eschenberg) was second and Princess Isabella (Keith Harding) was third. Princess Athena (Antonio Escribano) secured the Overall Sunsail trophy. Princess Isabella finished second, with Princess Christina third.

In the Bareboat Charter division, Fidgi (Naoki Wada) was the corrected time winner, with Intan (Theodore Bakker) in second and Bintang (Doug Maddern and Keith Blankly) third. Bintang recorded the fastest time. The Overall championship in this division went down to the wire, with Bintang winning on a countback from Intan. Fidgi finished in third.

In the Ocean Rover division Race 5, Waconda (Simon Dupe) made her regatta debut on the podium winning on corrected time from the consistent performer Calypso JJ (Geoff Wilson). Rainbow Dream (Simon Piff) finished third. Millenium (John Clayton) took line honours. Calypso JJ, having already sealed the Overall championship sailed well again in the final race. Rainbow dream finished second and Festina Lente (Nick Pochin) in third.

In the Classic division, Argo (Brendon Baumeister) won on corrected time from Kiara (Roger Brett), with Jubilaeum (Mathew Harsley) in third. Argo recorded the fastest time over the course. Cordelia won the division Overall, from Argo and Kiara.

Overall Placings - End of Racing Protests Pending

 

20th Phuket Kings Cup Regatta
Progressive Series Results

Dec 9 2006 2:24 PM

Racing 1
Sail No Boat Name Country Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Total Drop Score Place

HKG1998

Dhevatara Drumstick

Toby O'Connell

HKG

8

1

4

1

6

4

3

2

29

8

21

1

HKG2112

Hi Fi

Neil Pryde

HKG

3

2

3

2

4

5

2

5

26

5

21

2

GBR 88R

Island Fling

Paul Winkelmann

IRL

2

3

2

3

9

1

6

6

32

9

23

3

HKG600

Jelik

Frank Pong

HKG

1

6

7

8

3

2

1

8

36

8

28

4

HKG2166

Mandrake

Nick Burns

HKG

4

8

1

4

5

6

4

4

36

8

28

5

PHI8088

Karakoa

Jamie MacPhail

PHI

6

4

6

6

9

3

5

3

42

9

33

6

HKG2266

Konka Hummingbird

Adam Ng

CHN

7

7

8

5

1

8

8

1

45

8

37

7

HKG 2238

Ffree Fire 52

Russ Parker

HKG

5

5

5

7

2

7

7

7

45

7

38

8

Coutts Premier
Sail No Boat Name Country Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Total Drop Score Place

AUS6188

Strewth

Geoff Hill

AUS

5

1

1

4

2

2

15

5

10

1

CAY 8888

Moon Blue II

Peter Churchhouse

HKG

1

4

7

2

1

11

26

11

15

2

HKG1887

Moon Blue

Andrew Rickards

HKG

3

2

3

5

7

4

24

7

17

3

GBR 703 R

Yasooda

Hans Rahmann

GER

2

7

8

1

3

8

29

8

21

4

AUS4100

Australian Maid

Jon Wardill

AUS

4

6

5

3

6

3

27

6

21

5

VBI 612

Nix

Nico Cortiever

NED

6

5

2

7

4

5

29

7

22

6

53023

Frangipani Girl

David Ross

SIN

11

3

4

11

5

1

35

11

24

7

666

Lawana

Pana Trungkabunchar

THA

11

8

6

6

9

11

51

11

40

8

NZL 8818

Intrigue

Gary Foster

HKG

7

10

10

11

8

7

53

11

42

9

NED 5916

Bolero

Ed van den Heuvel

NED

11

9

9

11

10

6

56

11

45

10

Racing 2
Sail No Boat Name Country Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Total Drop Score Place

4497

Madam Butterfly

Peter Dyer

GBR

1

3

2

2

2

1

1

12

3

9

1

JPN 777

Phoenix

Niels Dgenkolf

JPN

4

1

4

3

1

2

2

17

4

13

2

SIN2811

Happy Endings

Jonathan Mahony

SIN

3

2

1

5

3

3

5

22

5

17

3

MAS31

Panic

Jeff Davison

SIN

2

4

3

1

4

4

4

22

4

18

4

SIN5625

Lunch Cutter II

Keith Dunn

SIN

5

5

5

4

5

5

3

32

5

27

5

Sports Boats
Sail No Boat Name Country Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Total Drop Score Place

JPN-6287

Motornet

Kenichi Takahashi

JPN

3

1

1

3

2

1

2

13

3

10

1

HKT801

G4S Somtam Express

Scott Duncanson

THA

1

5

3

1

1

5

7

23

7

16

2

JST 237

Just

Shuji Hagihara

JPN

10

2

4

4

6

3

3

32

10

22

3

HKT 804

Vino

Phil Wardrop

THA

2

6

2

2

5

7

8

32

8

24

4

THA-806

Risotada

Keisuke Nagamatsu

JPN

10

4

7

10

3

6

1

41

10

31

5

118

Platu

Ket Manghlaseranee

THA

10

3

5

10

7

4

4

43

10

33

6

THA-129

Sakura

Toshio Furuta

JPN

10

8

6

10

4

2

5

45

10

35

7

62

Moon Shadow

David Rule

THA

10

7

8

10

8

8

6

57

10

47

8

T4167

Porn Star

Kipsan Beck

THA

10

9

9

10

10

10

10

68

10

58

9

IRC1
Sail No Boat Name Country Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Total Drop Score Place

HKG10945 (1998 on spi)

Rhythm Stick

Ryuji NAKATA

HKG

2

1

1

2

1

1

10

18

10

8

1

THA99

Octopussy

Jaray Tipsuk

THA

5

5

2

1

3

2

6

24

6

18

2

HTG 2033

Sita

Peter Wintle

AUS

3

6

3

3

2

4

3

24

6

18

3

SIN 888

Switch Blade

Mike Downard

SIN

1

4

5

5

4

6

7

32

7

25

4

9290

Di Hard

Valdemar Bandolowski

THA

7

3

7

10

6

3

2

38

10

28

5

5793

Orinocco

Brian Rogers

GBR

6

7

4

4

8

5

5

39

8

31

6

HKG1683

Beaux Esprits

Keith Gary

HKG

4

8

6

7

7

7

4

43

8

35

7

MLT1295

Big A

Andy Pape

THA

10

2

8

10

5

10

1

46

10

36

8

SUI4901

Blue Juice

Beat Bosshard

SUI

8

9

9

6

9

8

8

57

9

48

9

Firefly 850 Sport
Sail No Boat Name Country Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Total Drop Score Place

FF 888

Chi Machine

Marc Cudennec

THA

1

2

1

1

4

1

6

16

6

10

1

298

Twin Sharks

Bill Phelps

THA

2

5

3

6

2

2

1

21

6

15

2

ff 222

Moto Inzi

Roger Kingdon

THA

4

4

2

2

1

3

3

19

4

15

3

ff 559

Mamba

Henry Kaye

THA

3

1

4

3

3

4

2

20

4

16

4

F111

Pink Lady

Andrew Marshall

THA

5

3

5

4

5

5

4

31

5

26

5

Multihull Racing
Sail No Boat Name Country Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total Drop Score Place

011

The Sting

Philip Day

THA

5

2

1

4

1

13

5

8

1

888

Seekronghuk

Tim Milner

THA

6

1

8

1

2

18

8

10

2

HKG8675

Atmosphere

Benoit Lasaffre

HKG

4

7

2

2

6

21

7

14

3

THA-94

Cedar Swan

Radab Kanjanavanit

THA

2

3

8

5

4

22

8

14

4

M296

X Catriot

Bob Brindley

AUS

3

5

8

3

7

26

8

18

5

159

Chimera

Christopher Edwards

GBR

1

6

8

7

5

27

8

19

6

459

Charro

Mervyn Owen

THA

7

4

8

6

3

28

8

20

7

Performance Multihull
Sail No Boat Name Country Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total Drop Score Place

24

Running Cloud

Larry Pollock

USA

2

5

1

1

2

11

5

6

1

14

Gone with the Wind

Liam Nichols

AUS

6

1

2

4

1

14

6

8

2

20

Raimon Land Chameleon

Chris Runnegar

THA

1

2

3

2

3

11

3

8

3

N50

Tactical Directions

Tony Roberts

AUS

6

4

6

3

6

25

6

19

4

007

Ambre

Alfred Poulsen

THA

6

3

6

5

6

26

6

20

5

IRC2
Sail No Boat Name Country Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total Drop Score Place

THA 1993

Royal Thai Navy 1

Lt. Peera Sagultem

THA

1

3

1

2

1

8

3

5

1

GER4105

Master Blaster

Andrey Novoderezhkin

RUS

3

4

2

1

2

12

4

8

2

THA777

Minx

Rob Taylor

THA

2

1

4

7

4

18

7

11

3

SIN2626

Next Page

Peter Forbes

SIN

4

2

3

4

3

16

4

12

4

SIN333

Waka Tere

Kenn Eyears

SIN

5

5

14

3

8

35

14

21

5

139

Cinders

Stewart Crowe

GBR

14

7

14

8

5

48

14

34

6

44

Jemini Jo

Larry Emerson

USA

14

6

14

5

11

50

14

36

7

GBR 6010T

Tag

Fiona Hicks

GBR

14

9

14

6

7

50

14

36

8

GBR 519R

Chetak

Jim Kane

THA

14

8

14

12

6

54

14

40

9

43057

Perky

Jimmy Watts

USA

14

10

14

10

9

57

14

43

10

YC360

Patrice III

James Hardie

VTM

14

12

14

9

10

59

14

45

11

THA 19

Tong Fa

Jakarapong Supthayi

THA

14

11

14

11

12

62

14

48

12

17

Free Wind

George Foose

USA

14

14

14

14

14

70

14

56

13

Sunsail One Design
Sail No Boat Name Country Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total Drop Score Place

S3

Princess Athena

Antonio Escribano

ESP

2

1

1

1

7

12

7

5

1

S5

Princess Isabella

Keith Harding

HKG

1

2

5

3

3

14

5

9

2

S4

Princess Christina

Robert Yeltes

GBR

3

3

7

4

1

18

7

11

3

S1

Princess Anna

Christian Eschenberg

GER

4

7

3

2

2

18

7

11

4

S6

Princess Sharda

Philip Bowring

GBR

6

4

2

6

4

22

6

16

5

S2

Princess Arieta

Peter Jung

GER

5

7

4

5

5

26

7

19

6

Bareboat Charter
Sail No Boat Name Country Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total Drop Score Place

S10

Bintang

D. Maddern/Keith Blankly

UAE

1

1

6

4

3

15

6

9

1

S12

Intan

Theodore Bakker

NED

4

3

2

2

2

13

4

9

2

051

Fidgi

Naoki Wada

JPN

7

2

1

6

1

17

7

10

3

14

Amadeus

Masakido Kato

THA

2

11

3

1

6

23

11

12

4

S13

Paprika II

Peter Beaumont

GBR

3

4

5

8

5

25

8

17

5

S9

White Cloud

Schibler Andre

SUI

5

6

11

5

4

31

11

20

6

THA4239

Sudawadee

Simon Denye

GBR

8

5

11

3

7

34

11

23

7

S11

Singa Besar

Christopher Limpert-Peers

GER

9

7

4

7

8

35

9

26

8

S17

Madisson

David Craig

RSA

6

8

11

9

9

43

11

32

9

17

Alissa

R & P. Sym

THA

10

9

11

11

11

52

11

41

10

Ocean Rover
Sail No Boat Name Country Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total Drop Score Place

N112

Calypso JJ

Geoff Wilson

AUS

1

1

1

4

2

9

4

5

1

19

Rainbow Dream

Simon Piff

GBR

10

2

3

5

3

23

10

13

2

GBR 5506L

Festina Lente

Nick Pochin

GBR

4

3

4

2

10

23

10

13

3

NOR 8775

Embla

Gunnar Myhre

NOR

2

4

10

3

7

26

10

16

4

AUS 5419

Millenium

John Clayton

AUS

3

6

10

1

8

28

10

18

5

0

Rusalka

Kevan Perrins

GBR

10

7

2

7

4

30

10

20

6

903489

Abracadabra

Philip Strauss

USA

5

5

10

5

6

31

10

21

7

WYT

Waconda

Simon Dupe

GER

10

8

10

10

1

39

10

29

8

724810

Minico

Gartmann Ricco

SUI

10

9

10

8

5

42

10

32

9

Classic
Sail No Boat Name Country Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total Drop Score Place

4176

Cordelia

Tim Wilson

AUS

1

1

1

1

4

8

4

4

1

54

Argo

Brendon Baumeister

BVI

3

3

2

2

1

11

3

8

2

GBR 777

Kiara

Roger Brett

GBR

5

2

3

4

2

16

5

11

3

15

Jubilaeum

Mathew Harsley

AUS

2

4

5

3

3

17

5

12

4




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Picture postcard perfect conditions returned to Bermuda for the third and final day of Qualifying at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour. After yesterday’s torrential rain, Hamilton Harbour was bathed in glorious sunshine and breeze that by lunchtime was gusting up to the mid-teens. ... [more]  

Rolex Middle Sea Race - Keeping a good watch by Media Royal Malta Yacht Club
Peter Dimech, Principal Race Officer and Race Chair spoke about the storm that raged through the Rolex Middle Sea Race fleet. “The remaining yachts racing in the Rolex Middle Sea Race are expected to arrive at the Royal Malta Yacht Club by today and tomorrow. Whilst the wind speed has decreased, the sea state is still significant and we are keeping a close watch on the yachts still at sea. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Onboard Team Alvimedica. I’d hate to come across as being impossible to please but after days of wanting out of the doldrums, days of struggling with routines, with sleep, with a lack of regularity and consistency to our schedules, and of course--predictability to the weather—we’re 'out' and still trying to find it ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day 13 onboard Team SCA. I’m unsure if I should be nervous, excited, stressed, or thrilled today. As today I get to have fish guts smeared over me only to then become officially apart of King Neptune’s kingdom. ... [more]  

There was a shakeup at the top on day three of the 2014 RS:X Youth Worlds in Clearwater, Florida! Fully recharged thanks to the lay day yesterday, all competitors were eager to enter the final stretch of the competition in Clearwater, and the planing conditions in the forecast certainly contributed to the excitement on the beach. ... [more]  

The opening day of the 105-boat China Cup International Regatta saw old rivalries renewed in the Beneteau 40.7 class, as Vatti Sailing stole victory from Vanke Longcheer in the opening Simpson Marine Passage Race from Hong Kong to Shenzhen. ... [more]  

Team Alvimedica Navigational Strategist, Anderson Reggio, explains the issues ahead of the crews in the remaining half of leg 1 of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. After the Equator and Fernando, the weather looks to be shaping up to be pretty standard for the South Atlantic. The St Helena High which typically dominates this body of water is the main driver for breeze in the short term. ... [more]  

The next landmark, or ‘sea mark’ if you will, for Leg 1 is crossing the Equator, as Team Alvimedica continue to make their way south to round Fernando de Noronha off the coast of Brazil. Crossing this latitude is not like crossing any other on their way around the world, but has special significance for sailors who have never crossed the 0° parallel of latitude. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Mapfre cruzará el Ecuador hacia las 13:00 aproximadamente. ... [more]  

Argo Group Gold Cup - A front slowly crossing Bermuda brought with it an overcast sky and rain squalls. Nonetheless, despite squelching their way ashore completely soaked, the Group 2 crews enjoyed the morning’s stronger breeze, the wind less shifty having veered into the southwest overnight, blowing down Hamilton Harbour rather than across it. ... [more]  

RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup - In second place, Adam Larson of Bermuda has seven points and had a great day on the water today. Larson, whose family is still without electricity after Hurricane Gonzalo, said he has been getting to bed a lot earlier these days and feels that the conditions also favored his performance today. ... [more]  

As predicted in last night's preview in Sail-World, the ORMA 60 TeamVodafone Sailing has set a new course record for the 119nm course in the PIC Coastal Classic. ... [more]  

Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One, top seed in Group 2, is the first skipper to qualify for the Quarter Finals in the 2014 Argo Group Cup. Canfield lost his first match in day one of racing against Chris Poole (USA) Riptide Racing. Since then the number two skipper on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour has sailed to seven straight points. ... [more]  

The forecast for day six at the La Torche PWA Grand Slam offered a slight possibility of producing some racing, but unfortunately the wind never really materialised meaning the sailors spent another day on hold. Throughout the day there were gusts of up to 10 knots, but the wind failed to improve beyond that. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day 12 onboard Team SCA. This morning the boat was so quiet you could hear a pin drop, shortly after sun up we were hooning along in 20kts in a torrential downpour, by late afternoon we were sailing backwards, and who knows what tonight will bring. ... [more]  

The push and shove of 12 knots of Atlantic breeze – things are looking up in the Volvo Ocean Race. On board Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, things are looking up. First in the fleet, and out of the Doldrums, they’re heading fast towards the Equator, trade winds blowing gusts of encouragement around their ears. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race - Day 12 for Team Alvimedica by Amory Ross, Team Alvimedica
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day 12 onboard Team Alvimedica. There is no question as to the origins of the phrase 'down in the doldrums;' the monotony of these days is painfully apparent. It’s a pattern too familiar: a night of variable conditions—torrential rain and 20 knots of wind one minute, no wind and starry skies the next. Feast or famine. ... [more]  

With only nine days remaining until the close of entries, one of the smallest, most audacious and memorable yachts in the history of the CYCA’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, appropriately became the 100th entry. A mere 10.5 metres, James Cameron’s Hick 35, Luna Sea, will again do duty as one of the pintsized yachts in fleet for the 70th edition of the 628 nautical mile race. ... [more]  

Today was the last day of competition at the Student Yachting World Cup. Even though England’s victory was already for sure, the top-5-ranking could change a lot with two more races: Italy was second with 46 pts, Ireland third with 47 pts, Norway fourth (52 pts) and Switzerland fifth (58.2 pts)… the USA followed with 59 pts! ... [more]  

A varied and international fleet ranging from 40 to 100ft (12.19 to 30.48m) will set off for Grenada on Saturday 29th November from Lanzarote, the most eastern in the Canary Islands chain, in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Transatlantic Race. ... [more]  

The United States will be the second most heavily represented nation at the Star Sailors League Finals when they take place at Nassau in the Bahamas between December 1st and 7th. Reflecting the consistency, quality and number of sailors involved in the Star class, the United States has the largest representation in the Star Sailors League with 294 skippers and 376 crew. ... [more]  

Airbus and Oracle Team USA have forged a technology partnership. As Official Innovation Partner of Oracle Team USA for the 35th America’s Cup, Airbus will share the know-how of its engineers and experts in fields such as aerodynamics, instrumentation and simulation, composites, structures, hydraulics and data analysis to work with the Oracle Team USA design team. ... [more]  

Thursday has proved another dramatic day in the story of the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race. While yesterday (Wednesday) was a day of seamanship and survival as yachts battled storm force winds, it was also a day of arrivals as the same winds pushed competitors to the finish. ... [more]  

The Royal Malta Yacht Club has been a hive of activity both day and night, welcoming back yachts taking part in the Rolex Middle Sea Race. By Midday on Day Six 34 yachts have finished the race and 25 yachts have retired. Each and every sailor that has taken part, including those that are still out there, has a story to tell for years to come. ... [more]  

Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar made a near perfect start to in the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda yesterday. The British skipper who stands top of the the Alpari World Match Racing Tour and is second in the ISAF rankings, goes into today's remaining round robin flights leading group 1. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Onboard Team Brunel. 'At this rate, it will take a century before we get to Cape Town,' sighs Jens Dolmer, standing on the bow. He is trying in vain to push the flapping foresail outwards. There is hardly a breath of wind. In the distance, the sun is sinking into the ocean. ... [more]  

Over 100 riders from more than 20 different countries have already registered and over the two weeks will compete against each other in the pro, amateur, master, grand master, youth and women's fleets for the honor of becoming the Aloha Classic Champions. ... [more]  

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Artie's heroic return
Argo Group Gold Cup - Slender lead for Marek Stanczyk
Ben Ainslie Racing foiling on the Solent + Video *Feature
METS names DAME Award nominees
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - A day of rest for wave sailors
Rolex Middle Sea Race - A day of reckoning for the fleet
Volvo Ocean Race - Playing the Doldrums lottery
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng Race Team takes on the Doldrums
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica, somewhere in the windless ITCZ
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Artie gunning for glory
Volvo Ocean Race - Another perspective from Team SCA
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Success in San Francisco
RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championship - Intense racing + Video
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Big breeze and lumpy seas
The first sail that changes lives
Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 10 plus Videos *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 turns inside out in Doldums *Feature
34th Student Yachting World Cup La Rochelle 2014 - Fifth race day
2014 Argo Group Gold Cup - Match racers defy Gonzalo
Volvo Ocean Race: Big gains for two boats in Doldrums *Feature
Argo Group Gold Cup - Qualifying Groups set   
Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - Kids breeze past Hurricane Gonzalo   
DSS to revolutionise IMOCA 60s, both new and old   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami: Groupe Beneteau sponsors US Sailing Team   
Volvo Ocean Race - The bright side of the Doldrums   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Vestas Wind contemplates the tropics + Video   
Volvo Ocean Race - Dull day, crazy night for Dongfeng Race Team   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA ready for equator crossing   
Volvo Ocean Race - Tough challenge for Brunel's Pablo Arrarte Elorza   
RS:X Youth Worlds - Hard work on day 1 + Video   
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - NoR released, entries open for 2015   
Rolex Middle Sea Race - A turning point for the fleet   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Leg one – Doldrums for dummies   
Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 9 plus Videos *Feature   
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Fight to the finish   
Student Yachting World Cup - Fourth race day + Video   
New improved swell forecasting and more locations from PredictWind   
Volvo Ocean Race: Day 9 final report - Lead continually changing   
Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - An opportunity for growth   
Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet charges the door of the Doldrums Casino *Feature   


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