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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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A stellar list of just under 100 broadcasters has been lined up to showcase the world’s toughest ocean challenge, the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, to a new global audience of fans. The 12th edition has offered channels a line-up of a new 39-part weekly half-hour show plus special short bespoke features. ... [more]  

Photographer Eugenia Bakunova of leading Russian website www.mainsail.ru was on the water at Les Voiles de Saint Tropez on the French Riveria , and provided this gallery of images of the classics and other yachts racing on Day 2 ... [more]  

Southern Spars ships the world's tallest masts by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Leading world sparmaker, Southern Spars, has shipped two spars for a new 85 metre ketch. The superyacht will carry two 93metre masts which will be the world’s tallest rigs on one gigantic yacht. ... [more]  

Professional sailing photographers from all over the world are invited to join the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2014. Started in 2009, the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image is the world’s premier photography competition dedicated to the sport of sailing. The prestigious trophy will be awarded during the World Yacht Racing Forum in Barcelona, on December 11, 2014. ... [more]  

David Kellett (AUS) is to be awarded the ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy which honours an individual for their outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing. The ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy, first presented in 1988 in memory of Beppe Croce, the ISAF President from 1969 to 1986, will be presented to Kellett at the 2014 ISAF Annual Conference in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. ... [more]  

After being graced with plenty of late summer sunshine during the opening days of the event, more autumnal weather moved in on the fifth day of the DAVIDOFF Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam with grey skies and infrequent showers. Unfortunately though the light winds continued as the sailors endured another lay day. ... [more]  

In a move that is expected to benefit recreational boaters, on Oct. 22 the US Coast Guard will drop the current life jacket type code scheme -- Type I, II, III, IV and V -- that has been used for years to label and differentiate the types of life jackets and their specific use. ... [more]  

Kate Nota and her team onboard the J/111 Odyssey won the Ripple Effect Short Video Contest, which was part of the Ida Lewis Distance Race this summer (August 15). ... [more]  

The largest Laser World Championship in history will be taking place on the south coast of France when 515 sailors, representing 36 different countries, begin racing on October 5 to open the 2014 Audi Laser Masters’ World Championships. The Laser remains one of the best and most popular boats worldwide in which to enjoy the sport of sailing. ... [more]  

Carlo Borlenghi was back on the water for day two at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez to capture these images. ... [more]  

It has been an interesting journey so far for the Chinese team in the Volvo Ocean Race, Dongfeng Race Team. Approximately 10 months ago this team set out on a mission to select and train Chinese recruits in the hope that they would be ‘race ready’ for the start of leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race fans can now carry the world’s toughest ocean race in their pocket, thanks to the launch of a new official mobile app. Developed for both iOS and Android systems, the app is available for download from the App Store and Google Play now – and boasts a host of exciting features which will allow users to be closer to the on-water adventure than ever before. ... [more]  

Race teams planning next season’s calendar could do worse than sign up for the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series 2015 which runs from 16-24 January. This event, which kick starts the Caribbean race season, was re-launched in 2014 with a new race format and plenty of record-breaking opportunities. It proved such a success that an even bigger entry is expected in 2015. ... [more]  

Photographer Eugenia Bakunova of leading Russian website www.mainsail.ru was on the water at Les Voiles de Saint Tropez on the French Riveria , and provided this gallery of images of the classics and other yachts racing ... [more]  

Sunset+Vine|APP, the Oxford-based unit of the multi-award winning UK independent TV sports production and media company Sunset+Vine, has helped ISAF smash all previous broadcaster records for the recent Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships. ... [more]  

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne - Don’t forget to enter the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne. There are only two days left to take advantage of the discounted entry price offer. ... [more]  

2014 12 Metre North American Championships - Two days of a northerly (first strong, then light) and one day of a building southwesterly put six 12 Metre yachts to the test at their North American Championships, which were held off Newport, R.I. over September 26-28. Gunther Buerman’s (Newport, R.I.) KZ-3 and Dennis Williams’ (Hobe Sound, Fla.) Victory ’83 defended their titles ... [more]  

The waiting game continued on day four of the DAVIDOFF Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam as the light winds continued. Over the course of the day a few sailors took the opportunity to make the most of the small waves on offer, either surfing or SUPping. After spending the day on hold the sailors were released at 4:30pm. ... [more]  

After Gmunden, Austria, in 2011 and Cala de' Medici, Italy, in 2012 and after a pained second place, same points with the Portogues 'Credite Egs' in Portosin, Spain, last year, the Italian crew coming from Puglia 'Euz II Monella Vagabonda', with Sandro Montefusco at the helm and his brother Paolo as a tactician, confirms for the third time the Platu 25 World Championship title. ... [more]  

Carlo Borlenghi was on deck for the first day of competition at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez to capture these images. ... [more]  

Photographer Ingrid Abery was on site for day one of racing at the 2014 Les Voiles de Saint Tropez to capture these images. ... [more]  

The final day of the 2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship ended up being a half day of sailing due to a complete shutdown of the wind. However, the fleet completed enough races to count Gold Round Robin 3 and crown Ladies and Gentlemen as the back-to-back Team Racing Champions. ... [more]  

Michigan, the Great Lakes State, was a fitting location as The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) gathered for the fourth time in the organization’s history to fulfill its mission to recognize Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing. ... [more]  

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has published guidelines for candidates bidding to host the 2016 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship. Bids to host the 2016 ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds must be received by Friday 24 October 2014. ... [more]  

The onboard medic-sailors competing in the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race have completed their last medical training. More than a basic first aid refresher course, the mandatory medical training each Volvo Ocean Race team had to carry out in the last few months and days are key to survival while at sea. ... [more]  

2014 Melges 20 Pacific Coast Championship - Images by Erik Simonson
J/105 North American Champs- Rod Wilmer and Terry McLaughlin succeeds
Extreme Sailing Series: Burling and Tuke back on board for Nice Act
2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen wins US event
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA's AC72 takes to the streets
Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Canfield wins first Dutch Match Cup
Pantaenius and Camper & Nicholsons Marinas become strategic partners
Kite Foil Gold Cup Australia 2014 – Day two video
Bart's Bash: Update and Video - Information overload!
2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship - Day 2
2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - USA leads Denmark in Sheboygan final
2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - Benz Faget wins third mallory
J/105 North American Champ - Wilmer/McLaughlin team maintain advantage
Images from Cannes: Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai
Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai: Cannes at its best
Dutch Match Cup - Gilmour keeps clean sheet in Lelystad
Dutch Match Cup - GAC Pindar through to fifth consecutive semi-final
Hobie 16 Open North Americans and 2015 Pan Am Games qualifier overall
Volvo Ocean Race - Frostad on Boat Design and final changes (Part II) *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race 10 days to go – Frostad on cultural change (Part I) *Feature
2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race on NBC Sports Network in the U.S.   
2014 J/24 World Championship - Will Welles’ Cougar clinches   
2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Meldgaard and Le Berre ready for semis   
2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - Day 3   
2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship - Day 1 + Video   
America's Cup: Then and now - Coutts on why Oracle won, and the Venue   
Byte CII World Sailing Championship comes to Royal Varuna, Thailand   
Dutch Match Cup: Canfield wins Qualifying, six set for Quarters battle   
12 Metre North Americans - A blast from the America’s Cup past   
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup qualification system published   
Volvo Ocean Race: Mapfre named as Spanish team sponsor + Video   
Extreme Sailing Series returns to Nice for the penultimate Act of 2014   
ISAF invites bids for 2016 Women's Match Racing World Championship   
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup, Melbourne - Teaming up   
Mascalzone Latino Jr. named 2014 Melges 20 European Ranking Champion   
2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Le Berre keeps winning in Sheboygan   
Hobie 16 Open North American Champ and Pan Am Games Qualifier - Day 4   
2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - Day 2   
J/105 North Americans - Wilmer and McLaughlin master light conditions   
J/24 World Championship - Will Welles hangs on going into last day   


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