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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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Jeremy Pilkington's Baltic 78, Lupa of London was announced as the first winner of the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy with the best elapsed time under IRC. Class winners received an engraved crystal decanter and all competitors present received a special edition bottle of Westerhall Plantation Rum, with the insignia of the RORC Transatlantic Race. ... [more]  

Qingdao, venue of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, will host some of the world’s finest sailors for the third consecutive year from 14-20 September 2015 with the 2016 dates to be confirmed. Spots for the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final, which will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 27 October to 1 November 2015, will be at stake as well as World Cup bragging rights. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - A bashing, crashing and punishing first night at sea could well decide the outcome in the race for line honours in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart race. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The 117 yachts in the Rolex Sydney Hobart will face an early test this year, with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecasting a sharp 20 to 25 knot southerly change on Boxing Day afternoon not long after the start. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Just a few days out from Boxing Day and the buzz around the docks of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is that Ray Roberts is looking like a very good bet to win this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - There’s no doubt the returned soldiers aboard Spirit of Mateship and Southern Excellence II are the kind of blokes you want around if things went horribly wrong – and for that matter, you want them for the good stuff too – because they are top blokes. ... [more]  

Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series: This event, which kick starts the Caribbean race season, is proving to be a huge attraction for overseas entries with over 20 already signed and more than 50 boats expected overall. One of the biggest draws is the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race (21 January), a 60 nautical mile ocean race round the island. There are currently 14 established records in this race. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race: The challenges of racing as a duo, not just seeking to perform at the highest level over a period of 90 to 100 days but actually co-habiting in a small, confined space whilst also experiencing extremes of discomfort – wet, damp, tired, hot, cold, emotional and physical. Here Ken Way gives an insight into how he helps the relationship between the two skippers work. ... [more]  

Comanche’s owner, Jim Clark concedes that a Rolex Sydney Hobart isn’t the ideal first race for such a big, complex machine, but: 'I am married to an Australian, and I’ve seen the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart a number of times. ... [more]  

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Organizers of the St. Thomas International Regatta are proud to announce that Cruzan Rum and Presidente beer, distributed by Glazer’s Premier Distributors, LLC, will provide major sponsorship in support for the 2015 regatta. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Warwick Sherman never really wanted to do the Rolex Sydney Hobart, he’d done plenty of ocean racing, but bashing his way across Bass Strait to get to Tasmania just didn't grab him. Perversely, all that changed when he was diagnosed with cancer. ... [more]  

The second stage of the Soto 40 South American Tour is coming up next and will be held in Algarrobo, Chile from 24 - 31 January. More than eight yachts are expected to take part in the Chille Sailing Week, a competition noted for its level of competition and close racing, where success is characterized by consistency, precision and teamwork. ... [more]  

The Flying Dutchman, regarded as one of the finest and fastest one-design dinghy classes ever designed, will return to Sydney Harbour en masse when the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron conducts the Australian and World championships, starting next week. ... [more]  

The International Moth Class isn't exactly a new sailing class, yet the learning curve would have to be one of the steepest out there. Moths have been on foils for almost 10 years, yet besides talking to fellow moth sailors, there isn't a lot of information out there to help you master the skills and techniques needed to fly ... [more]  

America's Cup: Full CAS report finds both ISAF and de Ridder at fault *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
The Decision of the Court for Arbitration of Sport over the suspension of Dutch sailor Dirk de Ridder has been circulated. The report, which was earlier reported in summary form as to the decision, confirms a 18month suspension on de Ridder, one of the Netherlands' top sailors ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Australia’s premier ocean race has always had an international flavour; Captain Illingworth, who started the whole Sydney Hobart thing was, after all, an Englishman. ... [more]  

An initiative by the SuperYacht Racing Association (SYRA) led to collaboration with the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) and ultimately the creation of a new superyacht handicapping rule - the ORC SuperYacht Rule (ORCsy). ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Ocean sailors are daft; why else would you think it a good idea to take a modern ocean racing yacht around the world on her own bottom to compete in lots and lots of races, some thousands of miles long? ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The island is off the NSW south coast, 155 nautical miles south of Sydney’s South Head and about 6 nm south-east of Narooma. Its lighthouse, built of granite quarried on the island, began operating in 1881. The island is a protected nature reserve. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Hundreds of Australian sailors spend their lives trying to win the Tattersall’s Cup; year after year they declare in Hobart that this was their last Rolex Sydney Hobart - definitely - for sure. But 12 months later you spot them again at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, tinkering with their pride and joy and nervously eying off Boxing Day ... [more]  

America's Cup: Lawsuit against Oracle Racing lodged in San Francisco *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
In further legal fallout from the 34th America's Cup one of the New Zealand sailors named in an action bought by the International Sailing Federation has in turn lodged a lawsuit in a California Court against his former racing team, Oracle Racing Inc over boat fixing in America's Cup World Series ... [more]  

Antigua Sailing Week 2015 by Antigua Sailing Week
If you haven't been to Antigua Sailing Week for some years Antigua Sailing Week have a quick overview for you of what has changed and what makes it worth the journey along with information on bareboat and race charters, multihulls and challenges for 2015. ... [more]  

RORC Transatlantic Race: The three-man team on Sérénade was the final yacht to complete the inaugural race. Having spent over 18 days at sea, the crew were understandably tired but Denis Villotte, Alain Houchard and Pit Porta were smiling from ear to ear in Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. A large welcoming party had gathered to greet them. ... [more]  

2017 J/80 World Championships: The Royal Southern Yacht Club (RSrnYC) has an active J/80 fleet and attracts many more of the class to its summer series of regattas run annually from May through to September, in addition to match racing J/80s in the annual Grade 2 Match Cup. ... [more]  

Spectacular fire on Sydney Harbour captured on video *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Sydney sailing sports photographer, Beth Morley was on Sydney Harbour, capturing images of the Friday night racing, when a luxury launch caught fire nearby. I was out photographing the Ransa Sailing yacht race this evening when I saw smoke coming from the back of a large cruise boat around the back of Sow and Pigs (reef) area towards Middle Head. ... [more]  

Clipper Race skipper to receive prestigious US award
OK Dinghy Worlds - Preview 2: Overindulgence in sailing fun
America's Cup: Full CAS report finds both ISAF and de Ridder at fault
Sydney Hobart Race - Crew prepares for a game of 'Snakes and Ladders'
WPA Race Season - Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge preview
Comanche in the Solas Big Boat Challenge - Images by Andrea Francolini
Sunbrella Fabrics supports US Olympic and Paralympic Sailors
Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Mauritius as Vestas Wind salvage begins
Volvo Ocean Race: Martinez leaves Mapfre for Leg 3 to China
Volvo Ocean Race: Nicholson back on the atoll to retrieve Vestas Wind
America's Cup: Iain Murray appointed as Regatta Director again
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Clipper Race to enter 12-strong fleet
Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from December 16 show
Pogo 40, Bingo completes RORC Transatlantic Race 2014
Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson Interview - Part 3 - On the Atoll *Feature
Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race - Safety Requirements published
Int'l 14 World Championships - Defending champion expects tight racing
WWA Wake Park World Series - Daniel Grant and Aaron Gunn make history
US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards
Sailing World Cup Melbourne: Highlights video from Port Philip
Bart’s Bash raises huge total for international sailing charity   
Optim'X (FRA) completes RORC Transatlantic Race 2014   
Perpetual Loyal unveils 1120 square metre A2 for Rolex Sydney Hobart   
ISAF SWC Melbourne – Girls’ Day Out *Feature   
Website for the 2015 Finn Gold Cup in Takapuna is launched   
Great signed Limited Edition sailing books by Bob Fisher for Christmas   
Clipper Race - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to mentor young South African   
IFDS Worlds 2014 New Video Memories - Halifax is just a click away!   
McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds 2015 - Must see, seriously fun event   
Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson Interview - Part 2 - On the Rocks *Feature   
Successful St. Maarten Regatta Beach Clean-Up at Kim Sha Beach   
US Sailing releases Rio 2016 Olympic Trials System   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Oldies return   
Volvo Ocean Race sets up independent inquiry into Vestas Wind disaster   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Brunel: sweet victory   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Apollo 7 touch down   
2014 OK Dinghy Worlds Preview one - Last but not least   
Melges 24 Christmas Sprint Series - Christmas comes early for Red Mist   
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act 8 - Superb podium finish for Realteam   
Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson on the Team Vestas Wind disaster - 1 *Feature   


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