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Volvo Ocean Race: Green Dragon close on Ericsson 4
Lucy Harwood,
Ian Walker and his crew onboard Green Dragon made a 90 mile gain on Ericsson 4's lead in the last 24 hours. As the fleet continue to push south they are currently passing the Marshall Islands and as the most easterly boat Green Dragon are likely to pass closer to these islands than other boat in the fleet... [more]


New Zealand Sports - investment plan for high performance success
Rob Kothe Sail-World,
New Zealands Sports and Recreation Commission (SPARC) has announced the four year 2009-2012 high performance investment programme for targeted sports geared to get NZ athletes on the podium at London 2012. SPARC High Performance Manager Martin Toomey says 'Priority has been given to sports with the greatest chance of success. We have had to be uncompromising in applying criteria based on past per... [more]


Boissières (Akena Vérandas) finishes Vendee Globe in seventh
Vendee Globe media,
Arnaud Boissières, the skipper of Akena Vérandas, crossed the finish line of the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe in seventh place. Twenty years after the first Vendée Globe, his life has come full circle back to Les Sables d'Olonne, where today he was welcomed by tens of thousands of spectators, as was the case for the six competitors, who finished before him... [more]


Images from 18 footer Worlds - final race
Sail-World.com,
Yesterday morning, five boats could have won the JJ Giltinan International, the 2009 18 footer World titles - here are Allan Barron's images from the final race.... [more]


Glyn Charles Pursuit Race at HISC this year
HISC media,
The Glyn Charles Pursuit Race will take place at Hayling Island SC on Saturday 25 April this year. All proceeds to the John Merricks Sailing Trust. The Glyn Charles Memorial Race is about fun, fundraising and remembering Glyn, one of Great Britain's best young sailors, tragically lost in the 1998 Sydney Hobart race... [more]


18 footer Worlds - Winners are Grinners - Southern Cross Construction
Frank Quealy,
Trend Barnabas, Euan Mc Nicol and Aaron Links, the 2009 18 footer World Champions, won the JJ Giltinan International championships on Southern Cross Constructions, on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]


The Cabo Verde PWA World Cup – Event Summary
PWA / Andrew Buchanan,
Ponta Preta once again switched on to deliver world-class conditions to see the Cabo Verde crown returned to its homeland. Opening the action, all eyes turned to the high profile return of ex-World Wave Champion, Francisco Goya (Goya Sails / MFC). Entering a four way standoff with only two positions available in the next round, Williams, Guilloul, Browne and Traversa went to blows... [more]


Portimão Global Ocean Race starts Leg 3 in Wellington
Oliver Dewar,
At 1415 local time (0115 GMT) on Saturday 21st February, the four 40ft yachts in the Portimão Global Ocean Race crossed the start line of Leg 3 in Wellington, New Zealand. Ahead of the seven offshore yachtsmen is a potential of 38 days and 7,500 miles in the most demanding sea areas on the planet as the fleet leave New Zealand and head south-east into the Southern Ocean en route to Cape Horn... [more]


Win a Line 7 Emirates Team NZ crew polo or a Line 7 jacket or pants
Sail-World.com,
Enter online now to win a choice of a Line 7 Emirates Team NZ crew polo, a Line 7 Force Jacket ,or Line 7 Force Vest, a Line 7 Gulf Jacket or Line 7 Gulf pants, or a Line 7 GP Microfleece. http://www.sail-world.com/sweepstakes_form.cfm?SSid=31!Enter_here_NOW!new!... [more]


Volvo Ocean Race: Mainsail woes for Telefonica Blue and Green Dragon
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Volvo Ocean Race - With 9,842 nm to go to the finish, Ericsson 4 led Puma by 39 nm, a loss for Puma of over 37 nm in the last 24 hours. Ericsson 3 (Magnus Olsson/SWE) also slipped back another 35 nm and had a deficit of 95 miles. Telefónica Blue led the Dragons by 13nm, although both boats sailed without mainsails for a short period overnight.... [more]


Closest ever 18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan World Championship
Frank Quealy,
Another win by appliancesonline.com.au and a dramatic last minute manoeuvre by the Gotta Love It 7 team have set the scene for the closest finish in the 70-year history of the Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship.... [more]


Award winning whale technology protects against collision
Julian Cribb,
Once prey to an industry that hunted them almost to extinction, whales today face a new threat – violent encounters with ships and pleasure craft. French biologist Michel André has pioneered a groundbreaking system to prevent collisions between whales and sea-craft... [more]


First Discovery yacht rounding Cape Horn
Sail-World,
When one produces a yacht suitable for hard ocean sailing and any weather conditions, and not simply for cruising in gentle or protected waters, it's always good to hear that one of the yachts has been chosen by an extremely experienced skipper to do what it was designed for. So it is no wonder that Discovery Yachts is quick to tell the story... [more]


Calling all reclusive royals - the yacht for you!
PHilippa Kennedy, The National/Sail-World,
Are you a reclusive royal, a discreet duchess or a shy superstar? Yes? Then do we have a deal for you! Suddenly it's not cool to flash your wealth around, as the media are making mince meat of those who turn up to meetings in their private jets or other inappropriate splashes of decadence This makes a dilemma for the mega-rich. Where does one go for the ultimate luxury holiday away fro... [more]


Vendée Globe - Sunday finish for seventh placed Boissières
Vendee Globe media,
Arnaud Boissières is into the last two days of his Vendée Globe and is due to complete his race in seventh place. Steve White, GBR, (Toe in the Water) has been gaining miles after two good days of fast sailing and should get in to Les Sables d'Olonne in eighth place two days after the Akena Verandas skipper.... [more]


Swedish racing super J to be built to original plans and lines
David Pitman, J-Class Association,
J Class Association have approved Lines Plans for 'SVEA' one of the longest yacht construction projects - taking 74 years to complete. During 1999, whilst researching International 8 Metre plans by designer Tore Holm, John Lammerts van Bueren discovered plans for a Swedish J Class yacht dating from 1937. Completion is due for 2011, making this one of the longest yacht construction projects... [more]


Herrmann and Oehme ready for 3rd Leg of Portimão race this Saturday
Andreas Kling,
The double-handed crew of the Class 40 yacht 'Beluga Racer', Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme of Germany, will start the third leg of the Portimão Global Ocean Race this Saturday (21 February) in Wellington, New Zealand, as the overall race leaders... [more]


Volvo Race - Killer move by Bekking and Telefonica Blue
Volvo media,
Bouwe Bekking is determined to stick to his plan and sail to an imaginary point where he thinks will be the best place to cross the Doldrums on leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race. So far, it seems to be working, and Bekking and his team have snatched fourth place from Ian Walker's Green Dragon... [more]

Lewmar cut staff in response to tough global trading conditions
Media,
The UK-based deck hardware manufacturer Lewmar Ltd make 95 redundent in a major company re-structure in response to tough global trading conditions – with the majority coming from its 208-strong UK headquarters at Havant near Portsmouth... [more]


Volvo Race - Walker goes East - a gamble or a calculated risk?
Ian Walker,
For now Ian Walker and the crew of Green Dragon are happy to have over 200 miles of leverage to the east of the leaders and whilst they have invested considerable miles to get there, consider it a calculated risk rather than a gamble... [more]


SailRocket are Go! - Vestas SailRocket team return to Speed-spot
Paul Larsen,
The Vestas SailRocket team have returned to the Walvis Bay ‘Speed-spot' in Namibia for a second attempt at the Outright World Speed Sailing Record. The WSSRC ratified world record attempt will commence on the 20 February and will run for 28 days... [more]

RS800 Champions start 2009 season in style
Neil Baker,
RS800 National Champions Ben McGrane and Olivier Vidal added the GUL Winter title to their trophy cabinet. Seventeen RS800s arrived at Grafham Water this Valentines Day to be greeted by a glassy lake surrounded by snow. Still, all was in place for some tough competition for the first event of 2009... [more]

John Heissig is GUL RS700 Winter Champion
Ian Nolan / Jon Heissig,
John Heissig from Great Yarmouth and Gorleston SC, won the RS700 Winter Championship after the event was reduced to one day. With four races squeezed into the schedule and a consistent F2-3 blowing, Sunday delivered an excellent days racing for the competitors... [more]

Carveth and Clarke win RS200 GUL Winter Champs
Nick Charles,
The RS200 season kicked off at Grafham Water SC on the 14/15 of Feb at the Gul Winter Champs. Geoff Carveth and Emma Clarke took the season opener after a final race battle with Ben Saxton and Kate Macgregor... [more]


Emirates Team NZ test sail Cookson built TP52
Chris Cameron,
Emirates Team NZ yesterday sailed their new TP52 built by Cookson Boats and delivered to the Emirates Team NZ base on Monday. Sail-World understands that full sea trialling and workup will begin in earnest in early March before Emirates Team NZ is shipped to Europe for the 2009 MedCup circuit... [more]


Vendee Globe skipper uses CT Sailbattens to strengthen his yacht
Lara Cooper,
CT Sailbattens not only provided the battens for the majority of yachts in the last Vendee Globe but also went a step further to helping yachts stay in the race when conditions got tough. A prime example came after Roland Jourdain (Bilou) sailing 'Veolia Environnement' collided with a whale. His yacht suffered considerable damage and Bilou used batten sections to strengthen the main bulkhead.... [more]


2009 Living Colour 505 Nationals - Higgins and Spencer take title
Simon Reffold,
As you read this South Australian's Sandy Higgins and Jordan Spencer will be nursing hangovers at one of Manly's most fashionable coffee shops, their boat packed away and nothing to do but wonder what to have for lunch.... [more]


Arnaud Boissières creeping slowly to his Vendee Globe finish
Vendee Globe media,
Arnaud Boissières is 411 miles from the finish of his first Vendée Globe but was making just less than three knots in the painfully slow going as he beats against the light winds to get to the line. Steve White, GBR, (Toe in the Water) is eating up the miles in great conditions for his older boat, and has less than 1130 miles to finish, he'd like to be in late Monday or Tuesday.... [more]


Back in action: RC 44 Championship Tour starts next week Puerto Calero
Bernard Schopfer,
The RC 44 fleet is back in action, with the Puerto Calero Islas Canarias RC 44 Cup – the season's first regatta - starting on Wednesday February 25. the RC 44 Cup will begin with two days of match racing, followed by three days of fleet racing.... [more]


18ft Skiffs World titles - JJ Giltinan Championship – Race 5
Frank Quealy,
Appliancesonline.com.au became the fifth winner from as many races when she took out Race 5 of the Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]


Images From Living Colour 505 National Titles by Crosbie Lorimer
Crosbie Lorimer,
With one day to spare Sandy Higgins and Jordan Spencer have taken out the Living Colour International 505 Australian Championship title. Sailing offshore for the first time in the series the fleet enjoyed sunshine and a building north/northeasterly over a long swell south of the Heads for the first race... [more]


Volvo Ocean Race: Green Dragon turns south
Lucy Harwood,
The fleet have changed direction and are now heading south as conditions remain at 15 knots. Green Dragon have made the turn south as the boats start to fall into line.... [more]


Entries invited for Women's Olympic Classes Match Racing Qualifiers
Karenza Morton,
Women's Match Racing teams looking to represent Great Britain at this year's international Olympic Classes Regattas are now invited to enter the RYA Women's Match Racing National Qualification Series. Seven qualifiers will take place between March and October with grant-aided places at stake... [more]


Emirates Team NZ TP52 expected to sail this week
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The new TP 52 for Emirates Team NZ is undergoing finals stages of fit-out at the professional racing team's Auckland base, prior to starting sailing trials later this week. The plan is for full sea-trialling to start in early March, with the TP52 being shipped to Europe to compete on the MedCup 2009 circuit, with 15 New Zealand crew - two short of a full America's Cup complement.... [more]


Mark Downer wins BSC Illusion Valentine Trophy
Barnaby Edwards,
Clearly the new 'three boat-length' rule does not apply to nuclear submarines! It is still unclear whether us, the French, or both are required to perform a 270, but given that the government appears very capable of 180s, we may be more than half-way there already... [more]


Volvo Ten Zulu Report - Another Day, Another Dollar
Mark Chisnell,
Another day, another 400 or so miles on the clock – wind speed: mid-teens; wind direction: northerly. Nothing much has changed. These are the humdrum miles, the 9-to-5 miles, the are-we-nearly-there-yet miles, the boat speed miles . . . this is where the speed kings earn their keep... [more]


Top-Notch Racing and Fun in the Sun on St Thomas
Barby MacGowan,
Spring is coming and there's no better time for a sailor to enjoy the Caribbean racing scene than Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29, when the International Rolex Regatta returns to St Thomas Yacht Club for its 36th edition.... [more]


Vendee Globe - Arnaud Boissières expected Sunday or Monday
Event media,
Arnaud Boissières should be the next skipper to finish the Vendée Globe later this weekend, or perhaps early Monday, nearly a week after the triumphant arrival of Dee Caffari who he sailed the Southern Oceans with.... [more]


 


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